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South Africa celebrates Mandela's 95th birthday Thursday

Published in News
Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:14

mandela1South Africans prepared for celebrations and charity work as a way to commemorate the birthday of former president Nelson Mandela, who turns 95 on Thursday in a hospital where he has been for weeks for a lung infection.

"It is obviously more significant now because of his medical condition," said Noor Nieftagodien, an associate professor from the University of Witwatersrand. "Previously, his birthday embodied our democracy, but it's profoundly more important now."

Nigerian UniverityThe Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Jos state Chapter, said Nigerian students pay about $3billion as tuition fees to study in African Universities every year.

The ASUU Chairperson, Dr. David Jangkam flung by his Secretary, Dr. Noel Wannang and other members of the executive disclosed this while addressing newsmen at the ASUU secretariat in Jos, on Tuesday over the ongoing ASUU strike, and the conduct of the Post UMTE Screening by
the Administration of University of Jos,

According to him, “Nigerian Scholars are migrating to other African countries in their numbers, paying about 3 billion dollars annually as tuition fees and other charges in other African Universities.

ChimamandaNigerian author , Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, will be awarded the Heartland Prize for fiction in celebration of her most recent novel “Americanah.” A 2008 MacArthur Foundation “genius award” recipient, Adichie writes about issues of identity, displacement and dislocation. Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications such as The New Yorker and the Financial Times.

Thomas Dyja will be honored with the Heartland Prize for non-fiction for “The Third Coast,” a cultural history of his hometown of Chicago. Originally from Chicago’s Northwest Side, Dyja comes at the American experience from a unique angle, looking at mid-century Chicago when so much of what is considered truly American – McDonald’s, Playboy, Great Books – was born. He elucidates this profound impact on America and also speaks to the waning of post-war creativity in Chicago.

Ifeanyi Ubah's campaign train visit to South Africa

Published in Events
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 11:52

ifeanyi ubahIfeanyi Ubah’s Labour Party Gubernatorial candidacy train hit South Africa. On Saturday 13th July 2013, The Charismatic Anambara State Governorship candidate had a town hall meeting with Anambrarians, and other Nigerians resident in South Africa. After when his campaign team proceeded to visit and campaign at Cape Town and Durban.  In attendance were several Nigerian community leaders including Ohaneze Ndigbo South Africa leadership, Igbo States Union leadership in South Africa and Igbo community traditional leaders in South Africa.

Keshi Turns to Anichebe

Published in Sports
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 21:23

anichebeThe Big Boss has turned back to the Everton frontman in order to fix some of the offensive failings so apparent at the Confederations Cup

The Super Eagles’ failings during the Confederations Cup were plain for all to see.

Despite thrashing Tahiti and performing admirably against Uruguay and Spain, Nigeria’s sojourn to Brazil provoked a response of frustration and, at times, anguish.

Stephen Keshi’s side were eliminated at the Group Stage, but everyone knew that things could have been so much better.

Shola Ameobi targets World Cup with Nigeria

Published in Sports
Monday, 15 July 2013 22:44

Shola AmeobiNewcastle striker Shola Ameobi has set his sights on playing for Nigeria at next year's World Cup in Brazil.

Ameobi is available again for Nigeria after the removal of a clause in his club contract that stopped him playing at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Capped only once, the 31-year-old is eager to make up for lost time.
"It would be incredible for me to represent Nigeria again. And to help them qualify for the World Cup would make it extra special," he said. Every player is looking to play at the World Cup. I think we've got every chance of qualifying

Bye Bye 8ta

Published in Business
Monday, 15 July 2013 12:59

8ta-Telkom-MobileTelkom's recent decision to brand its SIM-Sonke pre-paid product under Telkom Mobile has sounded the death knell for its 8ta brand.

Telkom Mobile recently launched it new SIM-Sonke pre-paid product, but curiously didn’t launch it under the 8ta brand.

This is despite Telkom’s statements that it was simply repositioning the 8ta brand for particular market segments, and the fact that the “8ta More” pre-paid offering appeared to be the only remaining 8ta-branded product at Telkom Mobile.

CHAN:Eagles fly over Ivory coast once more

Published in Sports
Monday, 15 July 2013 12:40

Sunday MbaJul 6, 2013

The Chan qualifier started at a slow pace though the Super Eagles dominated possession in the early minutes of the game but was sparked into life in the 14th minute when Gambo Mohammed swiveled on the edge of the box and let fly a left-footer which beat the Elephants’ goalkeeper. That was Gambo’s first goal in only his second outing for the national team.

Baresi was given the first yellow card of the match for a foul on Gomo Onduku in the 22nd minute. A solo run from Sunday Mba was cut short as Gambo ran into an offside position. Two minutes later, a long ball from Godfrey Oboabona found Ezekiel Mbah on the right wing and his first-time cross was met by a half volley from Sunday Mba and that threw the crowd into delirium.


Published in News
Monday, 15 July 2013 12:24

Hassan al-bashirCivil rights activists and human rights lawyers Monday demanded that Nigeria arrest Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir and deliver him to the International Criminal Court to stand trial for crimes in Darfur.

President Goodluck Jonathan was urged "to support the demand by the international community for justice for the victims of genocide and war crimes," by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project.

Human rights lawyers are going to court to argue for an order to force the arrest, said Chino Obiagwu of Nigeria's Legal Defense and Assistance Project.

Human Rights Watch was contacting diplomats to add to the pressure. They are urging Nigeria's international partners "to signal that Nigeria should show leadership and not host ICC fugitive Bashir," said Elise Keppler of the New York-based organization's International Justice ProgrNigeria is a member of the International Criminal Court and "has international legal obligations to ensure that this country does not become a safe haven for alleged perpetrators of crimes under international law like al-Bashir," said Adetokunbo Mumuni, executive director of the rights and accountability project.

Mass graves found in Nigeria raids

Published in News
Monday, 15 July 2013 10:40

mass-graveMaiduguri - Military officials say they have uncovered mass graves of decomposing bodies, networks of underground tunnels and caches of buried arms in raids that killed dozens of Islamic extremists in Nigeria's north-eastern city of Maiduguri.

Sunday's statement about last week's raids contradicts previous military assurances that it had forced militants out of major cities and towns in a two-month-old security crackdown in three north-eastern states covering one-sixth of Nigeria.

Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa said security forces also rescued many women and girls kidnapped by the extremists in an attack in Maiduguri's Bulabulinganaram neighborhood.