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Jessica Mathews_Soccet_FounderThe Federal Government has appointed a US-based Nigerian, Jessica Mathews, who recently innovated an energy generating football and skipping rope, as an Entrepreneurship Ambassador.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga, on Friday, after the presentation and demonstration of the invented products to President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa.

According to the Edo State-Born inventor the soccer ball could generate three hours of electricity after 30 minutes of play and could store power for 72 hours.

Gbenga AshiruThree months to the commencement of the £3000 visa bond regime due to be imposed on Nigerians travelling to the United Kingdom, the Federal Government may have perfected plans to impose a £5,000 visa bond on prospective British citizens visiting Nigeria.

This is in retaliation to the new but controversial immigration policy of the UK scheduled to commence in November 2013.

The Home Office of the United Kingdom, recently classified Nigeria, India, as “high risk” and placed a £3,000 bond on every Nigerian visiting Britain.

The bond will be forfeited to the British government if an immigrant overstays his permit.

Friday, 16 August 2013 17:48

Foreign businesses attacked in Duduza

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Foreign owned_shops_burnt_at_Duduza._Photo_by_David_RichieDozens of foreign-owned shops were burned and looted in Duduza on the East Rand, Johannesburg police said on Friday.

The violence on Thursday was sparked by the shooting and wounding of a 23-year-old man, allegedly by a Somali shop owner who sold him a used airtime voucher, Captain Johannes Ramaphora said.

“Residents vented their anger by looting and burning foreign-owned shops in the area,” said Ramaphora.

Friday, 16 August 2013 12:26

Osun Festival: Big Sponsors pitch in

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Participant at_the_Osun_River_festivalThe consultant of the Osun Osogbo Festival in Osun, Mr. Ayo Olumokoko, on thursday said this year's celebration had been repackaged to meet the global standard due to expectance of a large number of tourists from overseas expected to grace the annual occation.

According to him, major sponsors have indicated interest to ensure the success of the festival.He mentioned such sponsors as the producer of Seaman Schnapps, Nigerian Breweries and MTN, among others.He lauded the gesture and confidence the sponsors reposed in the annual festival, saying it would make this year's celebration a better outing.

Friday, 16 August 2013 11:50

Tshwane to launch free wi-fi

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Woman browsing_the_Internet Within the next three years, the City of Tshwane will be the first metro on the African continent to have its residents covered with wi-fi on a massive scale.

Executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa on Thursday launched the city’s latest project that will give free wi-fi and internet access to more than 200 schools and tertiary institutions in disadvantaged areas in the city – all for the sake of improving education and granting students and pupils educational resources.

Poor and previously disadvantaged communities will be given priority.

“We are investing in the Tshwane child to broaden their platform of opportunities,” Ramokgopa said at the launch in Centurion.

Orji Uzo_Kalus_houseThe Lagos State Government on Tuesday have made a frantic effort to explained why it shut a building belonging to a former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu.

The State said Kalu defaulted in the payment of his Land Use Charge, an annual fee paid by all landlords for their property in Lagos State.

The house is located in Park View, Ikoyi, a highbrow area of the state.

A statement by the State government said that contrary to the political undertones read into the sealing of the property, Kalu had failed to pay the fees despite the three notices served him.

MalemaMaverick politician and expelled former youth leader of the African National Congress (ANC) is reported to be on his way to Nigeria with close associates from his new political party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on a 'spiritual visit’ to South Africa.

The young political gadfly would not be the first South African politician to visit Pastor TB Joshua’s Synagoge Church of All Nations (SCOAN). Notable S.A politicians, celebrities, sports personalities and even Royalties have made the pilgrimage to Lagos severally.

In a statement on their EFF’s Facebook Page, spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said that the organization’s Commander in Chief (Malema) and a delegation of fellow leaders will go on a “spiritual visit to meet and create friendship with this son of Africa and his congregation and ask for blessings for the journey ahead”.


Child not_BrideIt has been reported by Guardian Nigeria that Nigerian Children in Ogun state, irked by the controversial passage of the despicable Child Marriage Bill by pedophile lawmakers operating under the shameful guise of religious freedom to lower marriageable age in the country to nine (9) years, are threathning a showdown with the Senate . If allowed, the law would permit children as young as 9 years old to get married to persons who would be as old as their grandparents.

The children have threatened hunger strike as outrage over the issue is gradually reaching a boiling point amongst citizens. The Children demanded an unreserved apology from the House of Senate for even entertaining the controversial Bill.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 01:34

Alarm as false hijack causes panic at SAA

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SAAA hijack notification caused panic at SA Airways (SAA) on Tuesday, spokesman Tlali Tlali said.

He said a false notification was activated about flight SA 417, which left Johannesburg at 1.05pm and landed in Port Elizabeth at 2.30pm.

“The plane was already airborne when we came to know of the notification,” Tlali said.

Emergency services and extra security were sent to the Port Elizabeth airport to meet the flight when it landed.

Tlali said the plane, with its passengers still on board, was inspected and declared safe and incident free.


Zimbabwe's presidential and parliamentary elections were "free, honest and credible", the African Union observer mission's head has said. Olusegun Obasanjo said the incidents reported during Wednesday's poll could not "change the outcome". The largest observer group said earlier the poll was "seriously compromised".

President Robert Mugabe's party is claiming victory in the election, which was rejected as a "huge farce" by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

On Wednesday, voters were choosing a president, 210 lawmakers and local councillors. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has five days to declare who won the poll, reports the BBC. Indications are President Mugabe will sweep to power with a colossal margin as his party scores a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly.

Zim VotersZimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has dismissed the country's national elections as a "huge farce" and the results invalid because of intimidation and ballot-rigging by President Robert Mugabe's ruling party, which has claimed victory.

"In our view, that election is null and void," he said, after a senior Zanu-PF source earlier claimed a resounding victory for President Mugabe in Zimbabwe's presidential and parliamentary elections.

The unnamed senior official said the outcome was already clear and told Reuters news agency: "We've taken this election. We've buried the MDC. We never had any doubt that we were going to win."

Thursday, 01 August 2013 10:15

South Africa is a friendly nation - Zuma

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President ZumaDespite "isolated" incidents of violence against foreigners, South Africa's general population is a friendly and welcoming, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

"South Africa is a hospitable country and South Africans are welcoming to foreigners," he said in Midrand.

"Between 2006 and 2011, South Africa registered more than 816 000 new asylum applications, making it by far the top destination for asylum-seekers..."

He described the "isolated" attacks as unacceptable during an address to the Black Business Council.

At least 62 people were killed in xenophobic attacks in May 2008. Since then there have been random incidents against foreigners.