The Accomplish Magazine February Edition

Accomplish Magazine brings Valentine Day gift ideas. We also feature Maxwell Chikumbutso, Zimbabwean whose inventions threatens Western interests and other special stories.

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M A G A Z I N E<br />

FEBRUARY 2024<br />

10<br />

Gift<br />

Ideas<br />

for Him<br />

& Her<br />


UNION’S<br />


Women in<br />

Politics:<br />

<strong>The</strong><br />

Positives,<br />

<strong>The</strong> Warts<br />

<strong>Accomplish</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong><br />

Mourns its<br />

Editorial<br />

Board<br />

Chairman,<br />

Dr Austin<br />

Nweze<br />

Maxwell<br />

Chikumbutso<br />




Contents<br />

Team<br />

EDITOR<br />









BEN FUJA<br />
















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and influencers in business, manufacturing,<br />

agriculture, academia, administration,<br />

entertainment and innovation in Nigeria, Africa<br />

and, indeed, globally.<br />


COVER<br />

18 Maxwell Chikumbutso: His<br />

Struggles, Triumphs & Africa's<br />

Urgent Wake-Up Call<br />


4 10 Rare Gift Ideas for Her<br />

6 10 Rare Gift Ideas for Him<br />

32 European Union's LGBT Threat<br />

36 LGBT: <strong>The</strong> Vatican Stand<br />


14 Two Million Workers May Lose<br />

Jobs in 2024 – ILO<br />

& Other Stories<br />


28 Tribute to Dr. Austin Nweze<br />

32 10 Inventions that Changed<br />

the World<br />

36 Ethical Values<br />

38 Women In Politics<br />

52<br />

12 36<br />

42 Why Did Amarachi Commit<br />

Suicide At Work?<br />

44 Plateau Massacre - Should<br />

the Service Chiefs be Sacked<br />


46 Applied Law of Attraction...<br />

& other stories<br />


50 Dr. Vera Songwe: Africa<br />

Needs <strong>The</strong> Will to Grow<br />


54 3 Tips for Prosperity In Real<br />

Estate Investment<br />


58 Who You Know Isn't Enough.<br />


60 IMF Anticipates Strong Global<br />

Economy by 2024 Despite<br />

Lower Average Growth<br />

Rates...& other stories...

GLOBAL NEWS...<br />

62 KIA Enters the Electric Van<br />

Race to Revolutionise the<br />

Automaker Industry<br />

& other stories...<br />


64 AI Today & Tomorrow -<br />

Addresssing Concerns And<br />

Learning From Failures in Ai.<br />

66 ARTS & THE MASTERS -<br />

Philadelphia Museum<br />

of Art Appoints Eleanor<br />

Nairne as Head of Modern<br />

and Contemporary Art<br />

Department...<br />

68 Alternative Medicine<br />



66 Food & Wine - Healthy<br />

Breakfast Ideas<br />

From <strong>The</strong> Editor<br />


74 <strong>The</strong> French Riviera: Cote<br />

d'Azur"<br />


76 INNOSON MOTORS: Taking<br />

Giant Strides<br />

30<br />

74<br />

70<br />

Team <strong>Accomplish</strong> is mourning! As<br />

we were putting resources in place<br />

for executing our 2024 plans, the<br />

very unbelievable news of the demise of<br />

our Editorial Board Chairman, Dr. Austin<br />

Nweze, broke!<br />

How could the easy-going, multi-skilled,<br />

strategy-bank and champion of good<br />

governance exit so soon? We are still<br />

baffled but we have surrendered to the<br />

will of He who knows the end from the<br />

beginning! One of our ace contributors,<br />

Chief Victor Olenwunne, has written a<br />

tribute on Dr. Nweze...<br />

Still on the issue of death, the death, by<br />

suicide, of Amarachi, a staff member of<br />

a bank in Nigeria caught our attention.<br />

Segun McMedal's piece seeks to know if<br />

Amarachi's case is a loner or part of rising<br />

work-related suicides.<br />

Well, life must go on so we turn to other<br />

issues...<br />

We took a bold step to promote an<br />

African who could be described as the<br />

inventor of the era in many respects.<br />

Maxwell Sangulani Chikumbutso, the<br />

Zimbabwean inventor who's referred to<br />

as "Africa's Tesla" has literally wowed the<br />

entire world! Surprisingly, there have been<br />


Editor<br />

: info@theaccomplishmagazine.com<br />

threats to his life and we're wondering<br />

who's going after him and why.<br />

It's <strong>February</strong> again and the world is<br />

already embracing Saint Valentine's<br />

Day! You can tell from the avalanche<br />

of planned events available on the<br />

traditional and social media platforms.<br />

We have some out-of-the-way ideas<br />

for men and women of class thinking of<br />

high-taste gifts for the special person in<br />

their lives...<br />

Let's bear in mind that the only kind<br />

of love that truly mirrors what Saint<br />

Valentine represented and died for is<br />

agape. Does yours match?<br />

Tolu Akinruli's "Women in Politics:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Positives, <strong>The</strong> Warts" looks at the<br />

impression women who have held public<br />

office have left behind. Can women be<br />

the answer to corruption-free public<br />

service?<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is so much more in this edition...<br />

Ethical Values; Grand Design; 10<br />

Inventions by Blacks that Changed the<br />

World for Good; Realtors'Avenue etc. on<br />

the menu.<br />

Enjoy!<br />

Disclaimer<br />

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opinion of the management or staff of<br />

<strong>Accomplish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>.<br />

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RARE<br />

GIFT<br />

IDEAS<br />

FOR HER<br />

By Tolulope Akinruli<br />

Valentine's Day, a celebration cherished<br />

by people around the world serves as the<br />

perfect occasion to express deep affection<br />

and love for your partner. More than just<br />

a day for exchanging gifts, <strong>February</strong><br />

14 holds significance in the messages conveyed<br />

through those gifts. In the quest to make this year's<br />

Valentine's Day exceptional for the woman in your<br />

life, it's worth investing time and thought into the gifts<br />

you choose. While flowers and chocolates are classic,<br />

adding a touch of personalisation and consideration<br />

can elevate the experience.<br />

<strong>Accomplish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>, a publication that offers gift<br />

recommendations, among other things, suggests a<br />

range of thoughtful ideas you would love to explore:<br />

Love Journal<br />

This personalised journal 1allows<br />

you to articulate the nuances<br />

that make your partner special.<br />

From the fragrance of her<br />

shampoo to the thoughtful<br />

way she nibbles on every bite<br />

of food, it's about capturing<br />

the intricacies that define her<br />

uniqueness. Taking it a step<br />

further, creating a DIY craft book<br />

adds an extra layer of personal<br />

touch, ensuring a cherished gift.<br />

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2<br />

Jewellery<br />

More than 97% of women like to<br />

put on jewellery. It could be in the<br />

form of a necklace, earrings, gold<br />

or diamond wristwatch, rings and<br />

so much more.<br />

Skincare<br />

Products and<br />

Make-up<br />

By investing in the<br />

skincare products<br />

she desires, you not<br />

only address her<br />

beauty needs but also<br />

convey thoughtfulness<br />

and care. Similarly,<br />

choosing her<br />

favourite brand and<br />

type of make-up<br />

demonstrates a keen<br />

understanding of her<br />

preferences.<br />

3<br />

4 5<br />

Perfume<br />

Choosing a fragrance that resonates with<br />

her preferences ensures that every whiff<br />

becomes a lasting memory. Coming from<br />

you, it would mean a lot to her.<br />

Books<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are often<br />

underestimated as gifts<br />

but they hold immense<br />

value for book worms.<br />

A new set of books<br />

or a subscription<br />

plan for books on<br />

the Kindle platform,<br />

for instance, can be<br />

a delightful addition<br />

to her collection. This<br />

thoughtful gesture<br />

shows that you<br />

respect and support<br />

her interest in self<br />

development.<br />

Subscription Boxes<br />

Setting up a subscription 8box for<br />

your partner can be a great way<br />

to express affection while easing<br />

some of life's inconveniences.<br />

Whether it's covering bills like wi-fi,<br />

streaming, gym subscriptions, or<br />

even a food plan, this thoughtful<br />

gesture shows you care about<br />

making her life a bit easier.<br />

Hair Products<br />

Taking time 9out to get her a<br />

conditioner, shampoo, leave-in<br />

conditioner, or any other product<br />

she desires will say so much<br />

about how much you care for<br />

her. This shows interest in her<br />

hair care routine and aligns with<br />

her specific needs.<br />

Shoes and Bags<br />

Brands like Versace,<br />

10<br />

Prada, or<br />

Louis Vuitton are extravagant yet<br />

impactful gifts. While they may<br />

come with a substantial price<br />

tag, these luxury items convey<br />

a sense of appreciation and<br />

indulgence.<br />


Couple's Bucket List<br />

6<br />

Creating a couple's bucket list can be a delightful way to plan activities<br />

together. Solicit her input and dedicate the coming year to checking<br />

off these shared experiences. It's a gift that keeps on giving, fostering<br />

shared memories, and strengthening your bond.<br />

7<br />

A vacation<br />

It doesn't<br />

have to be an<br />

extravagant<br />

international<br />

trip; even a local<br />

hotel or resort<br />

get-away can<br />

provide quality<br />

time together.<br />

<strong>The</strong> effort put into<br />

planning such an<br />

'escape' adds a<br />

personal touch<br />

that she is likely to<br />

appreciate.<br />

Conclusion<br />

Valentine's Day is a celebration<br />

of love, and the gifts chosen for<br />

the lady one cares for reflect<br />

the depth of that sentiment.<br />

Whatever ideas you decide<br />

to pursue, remember that it's<br />

the thought and effort you put<br />

into the gift that will resonate<br />

most with your partner. This<br />

Valentine's Day, make it<br />

memorable by selecting gifts<br />

that not only express love but<br />

also demonstrate a genuine<br />

understanding of your partner's<br />

desires and preferences.<br />

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EXOTIC<br />


FOR HIM<br />

By Tolulope Akinruli<br />

Perfume or Cologne<br />

Elevate his scent game with<br />

a high-quality 1perfume or<br />

cologne. Opt for well-known<br />

brands like Versace, Polo, or<br />

Oud, choose your budget,<br />

and create a fragrance he'll<br />

cherish.<br />

As Valentine's Day swiftly approaches, marking the<br />

annual celebration of love and romance on <strong>February</strong><br />

14, it's a momentous occasion that encourages<br />

couples to express their affection in myriad ways.<br />

Beyond the conventional candle-lit dinners and<br />

dressed-up date nights, this day serves as an opportunity<br />

to connect with loved ones through thoughtful gestures and<br />

shared moments.<br />

Texam <strong>Accomplish</strong> recognises the diversity of relationships<br />

and the importance of finding the perfect gift, especially when<br />

it comes to selecting something special for the men in our<br />

lives. Whether you're embarking on a new romance, have been<br />

happily married for years, or are dropping subtle hints, the task<br />

of choosing the ideal present can be quite challenging.<br />

In the light of this, we have a list of thoughtful and diverse gift<br />

ideas for your man.<br />

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A Timepiece<br />

A beautiful, original<br />

watch is a timeless<br />

6gift that can<br />

genuinely make<br />

a man happy.<br />

Consider adding<br />

a personal touch,<br />

such as a corny joke<br />

about time and your<br />

relationship, creating a<br />

memorable keep-sake.<br />

Gaming CDs or Consoles<br />

Gaming CDs or Consoles<br />

Depending on your budget,<br />

gaming compact discs or<br />

consoles would make a perfect<br />

gift. Listen for any mentions of a<br />

game he desires and turn it into a<br />

thoughtful surprise that keeps him<br />

entertained without straying from<br />

Valentine's Day Outing<br />

Surprise him 8by taking charge of<br />

Valentine's Day plans. Treat him to a<br />

meal at a nice restaurant and take care<br />

of the bill, reversing the roles for the day<br />

and creating a memorable experience.<br />

Can you see the pleased look on his face<br />

already?<br />

2 3 4<br />

your company. A smart move, it is,<br />

of course!<br />

Fashionable<br />

Attire<br />

Explore the world of<br />

tailored fashion by<br />

gifting him a well-fitted<br />

agbada or kaftan.<br />

Check his shirt and<br />

pant sizes, and surprise<br />

him with a 'designer'<br />

outfit that reflects<br />

thoughtfulness.<br />

Stylish Footwear<br />

Enhance his wardrobe with a<br />

pair of 5shoes he's been eyeing.<br />

Whether it's monk shoes, brogues,<br />

desert boots, or work-out<br />

shoes for the fitness<br />

enthusiast, surprise<br />

him with the perfect<br />

footwear.<br />

Prepared Food<br />

Packages<br />

Cater to his culinary<br />

needs by considering<br />

7<br />

chefs who prepare<br />

packaged meals. This<br />

thoughtful gift will<br />

ensure that he thinks<br />

of you every time he<br />

enjoys a delicious meal.<br />


Sports Jerseys<br />

If he's a sports<br />

enthusiast, a jersey of<br />

his favourite team with<br />

his name and preferred<br />

number printed on it can<br />

be a winning choice. Go<br />

the extra mile with both<br />

home and away jerseys<br />

for a grand gesture.<br />

Conclusion<br />

This list presented here ensures<br />

a diverse range of options<br />

for expressing your love and<br />

appreciation on Valentine's Day.<br />

Whether it's a tangible item or an<br />

experience, the key is to tailor the<br />

gift to your man's preferences,<br />

creating a memorable and<br />

heartfelt expression of affection.<br />

Happy Valentine!<br />

Alcohol Hamper<br />

9<br />

For the man who enjoys a good drink, assemble an arrangement<br />

of his favourite beverages. Whether it's wines, spirits, whiskey, rum,<br />

or an aphrodisia, a personalised alcohol hamper is sure to delight.<br />

Custom<br />

Accessory<br />

Sets<br />

If all else fails, consider<br />

personalised accessory<br />

sets. From pens and<br />

belts to wallets, shoes,<br />

cufflinks, and tie clips,<br />

10<br />

customising a set of<br />

accessories for him<br />

will add a good touch<br />

to memories you both<br />

share.<br />



My love to impact knowledge<br />

to the young and old led me to<br />

research and writing. Also, l<br />

have been business-oriented,<br />

right from childhood, which<br />

made me focus more on driving<br />

the business world and also to<br />

help people grow their business.<br />

As a writer, I aim to create an<br />

insightful image in the minds<br />

of every reader for maximum<br />

wealth and health.<br />

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UNION’S<br />


By Sonnie Ekwowusi<br />

<strong>The</strong> refusal of<br />

Nigeria and 34<br />

other African,<br />

Caribbean,<br />

and Pacific<br />

(ACP)<br />

countries to be<br />

bullied into<br />

signing the<br />

LGBT<br />

Agreement is<br />

praise worthy.<br />

When the<br />

history of<br />

Africa is<br />

rewritten, this<br />

courageous<br />

act will be<br />

remembered<br />

with great<br />

admiration.<br />

Ostensibly<br />

peeved by the<br />

refusal of 35<br />

African,<br />

Caribbean,<br />

and Pacific (APC) countries,<br />

including Nigeria, to sign<br />

the controversial European<br />

Union's LGBT Agreement,<br />

the EU-ACP Treaty, or the<br />

Samoa Agreement on<br />

November 15, 2023, the<br />

European Union issued a<br />

significant threat dated<br />

November 24, 2023.<br />

According to the threat,<br />

which was issued in<br />

Brussels on November 24,<br />

2023, any African,<br />

Caribbean, or Pacific<br />

country failing to sign the<br />

LGBT Agreement by<br />

January 1, 2024, when the<br />

agreement is scheduled to<br />

come into force, will face<br />

dire consequences. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

consequences include the<br />

denial of EU funding,<br />

development assistance,<br />

and programme<br />

implementation.<br />

Furthermore, the threat<br />

specifies that such<br />

countries will be treated as<br />

pariah nations and may be<br />

subject to economic<br />

sanctions. <strong>The</strong>y would also<br />

be barred from<br />

participating in EU-<br />

Organization of African,<br />

Caribbean, and Pacific<br />

States (OACPS) meetings<br />

and activities.<br />

Recall that before the<br />

Samoa Agreement, the EU<br />

had been applying<br />

increasing pressure on<br />

African, Caribbean, and<br />

Pacific (ACP) ministers to<br />

persuade ACP heads of<br />

governments to sign the<br />

contentious LGBT<br />

Agreement. Several<br />

meetings convened for this<br />

purpose ended in deadlock<br />

as many ACP countries<br />

refused to sign the<br />

Agreement. Surprisingly,<br />

towards the end of October<br />

2023, news emerged that<br />

the EU had scheduled<br />

November 15, 2023, for the<br />

signing of the Agreement in<br />

Samoa, a small island<br />

country in the central South<br />

Pacific Ocean composed of<br />

an archipelago of nine<br />

islands, four of which are<br />

inhabited.<br />

To the surprise of the EU, on<br />

November 15, 2023, 35 ACP<br />

countries, including Nigeria,<br />

the Republic of Benin,<br />

Senegal, Liberia, Botswana,<br />

Burundi, Jamaica, Mali,<br />

Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda,<br />

Somalia, Namibia,<br />

Grenada, Eritrea, Malawi,<br />

Guinea-Bissau,<br />

Madagascar, Antigua and<br />

Barbuda, <strong>The</strong><br />

Commonwealth of the<br />

Bahamas, <strong>The</strong> Central<br />

African Republic, <strong>The</strong><br />

Republic of Cuba, the<br />

Dominican Republic,<br />

Equatorial Guinea, <strong>The</strong><br />

Kingdom of Eswatini, <strong>The</strong><br />

Cooperative Republic of<br />

Guyana, <strong>The</strong> Republic of<br />

Maldives, Mauritania, <strong>The</strong><br />

Republic of Nauru, <strong>The</strong><br />

Republic of Palau, Saint<br />

Lucia, <strong>The</strong> Republic of Kitts<br />

and Nevis, <strong>The</strong> Kingdom of<br />

Tonga, <strong>The</strong> Republic of<br />

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Trinidad and Tobago, and<br />

Tuvalu, refused to sign the<br />

LGBT Agreement.<br />

In fact, on that fateful<br />

November 15, 2023, Nigeria<br />

not only refused to sign the<br />

LGBT Agreement but was<br />

conspicuously absent in<br />

Samoa on the day of the<br />

signing. Frustrated by the<br />

refusal of these 35<br />

countries to sign the<br />

agreement and fearing<br />

that those who signed<br />

might withdraw their<br />

support, the EU is now<br />

issuing the aforementioned<br />

threat dated November 24,<br />

2023. This threat stipulates<br />

that countries refusing to<br />

sign the Samoa LGBT<br />

Agreement would face<br />

economic sanctions and<br />

lose EU funding and<br />

development aid.<br />

<strong>The</strong> refusal of Nigeria and<br />

34 other African, Caribbean,<br />

and Pacific (ACP) countries<br />

to be bullied into signing<br />

the LGBT Agreement is<br />

praise worthy. When the<br />

history of Africa is rewritten,<br />

this courageous act will be<br />

remembered with great<br />

admiration. By refusing to<br />

succumb to the<br />

intimidation and coercion<br />

of the EU, the 35 ACP<br />

countries have sent a<br />

strong message to the EU<br />

and the entire world that<br />

ACP countries have come<br />

of age and will no longer<br />

bow to international<br />

threats, blackmail, or<br />

intimidation. I am pleased<br />

that Nigeria has called the<br />

bluff of the EU's intimidation,<br />

coercion, and threats — a<br />

significant victory for<br />

Nigeria in refusing to sign<br />

the Agreement. To begin<br />

with, LGBT is outlawed in<br />

Nigeria by virtue of the<br />

Same-Sex Marriage<br />

Prohibition Act of 2014.<br />

<strong>The</strong>refore, it makes no<br />

sense for Nigeria to append<br />

her signature to the EU's<br />

LGBT Agreement. If the EU<br />

does not want to provide<br />

funds or enter into a trade<br />

or economic alliance with<br />

us simply because we have<br />

refused to legalise LGBT, it<br />

should go to hell with its<br />

funds and trade<br />

relationships.<br />

<strong>The</strong> leaders of ACP<br />

countries should reconsider<br />

their position. <strong>The</strong>y should<br />

Fiamē Naomi<br />

Mata'afa,<br />

Samoa's<br />

Prime Minister,<br />

third left, and<br />

Jutta<br />

Urpilainen,<br />

European<br />

Commissioner<br />

for<br />

International<br />

Partnerships<br />

second right.<br />

Photo: ©<br />

European<br />

Union<br />

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stop deluding themselves<br />

into believing that Europe<br />

and America have their<br />

economic interests at heart<br />

and are keen on seeing<br />

human flourishing and<br />

economic prosperity take<br />

root in ACP countries. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

is no free lunch anywhere!<br />

So much fuss about foreign<br />

aids and poverty reduction<br />

in Africa, yet so much<br />

impoverishment of Africans.<br />

Africans must understand<br />

that the fate of Africa lies in<br />

the hands of Africans. Only<br />

Africans can truly and really<br />

develop Africa, not<br />

foreigners. Despite wresting<br />

political independence from<br />

their erstwhile colonial<br />

masters, the economic<br />

systems and political<br />

policies of most African<br />

countries, infatuated with<br />

foreign aids, are still tied to<br />

the apron strings of the<br />

World Bank and powerful<br />

European and multinational<br />

organisations.<br />

In his book, "Emerging<br />

Africa," former Central Bank<br />

of Nigeria Deputy Governor<br />

and presidential aspirant,<br />

Prof. Kingsley Chiedu<br />

Moghalu, brilliantly<br />

enunciates how foreign aids<br />

have underdeveloped Africa<br />

and why foreign aids are<br />

not the panacea to Africa’s<br />

myriad socio-economic<br />

and political problems. Prof.<br />

Moghalu wonders why<br />

African leaders have not<br />

woken up to the reality that<br />

the so-called billions of<br />

dollars doled out to many<br />

African countries by their<br />

so-called Western<br />

development partners<br />

"have failed to produce any<br />

significant development<br />

leaps in Africa, and many<br />

aid-dependent African<br />

countries are poorer today than they were a<br />

half-century ago." He regrets that foreign<br />

aids in Africa have many strings attached<br />

to them. "Much of the foreign aids, then, is<br />

about giving with the right hand and taking<br />

back with the left what is presumed to have<br />

been given," he writes.<br />

<strong>The</strong> refusal of Nigeria and the other 34 ACP<br />

countries to sign the Samoa Agreement will<br />

strengthen their national sovereignty. It will<br />

erase the wrong impression that the ACP<br />

countries are inferior to other European<br />

countries. Above all, it will act as a bulwark<br />

against the bullying, intimidation, and<br />

coercion of ACP countries by the EU. For<br />

years, African countries, Nigeria included,<br />

have been victims of organised deception,<br />

coercion, bullying, blackmail, manipulation,<br />

and abuse of power at the United Nations.<br />

For example, under the guise of promoting<br />

egregious women’s rights, some United<br />

Nations agencies such as the United<br />

Nations Population Activities (UNFPA) have<br />

overrun Africa with radical, strange ideas<br />

that violate the cultural backgrounds and<br />

philosophical convictions of African people.<br />

<strong>The</strong> scramble for Africa, which began in the<br />

1880s and the Berlin Conference of 1884 for<br />

the partition of Africa, may have come and<br />

gone, but different forms of scramble and<br />

partition are still ongoing in Africa today.<br />

<strong>The</strong> enslavement of Africans has not ended<br />

either. Open your eyes. <strong>The</strong> erstwhile<br />

colonial masters in Africa have not left; they<br />

have merely changed their tactics. <strong>The</strong>ir<br />

goal is to pillage the raw materials in Africa<br />

and destroy or reduce the human capital in<br />

Africa.<br />

As we mourn the passing of<br />

Alfred Henry Kissinger, we<br />

can revisit the Kissinger<br />

Report of 1974, which<br />

explains why America and<br />

Europe are underdeveloping<br />

Africa. On December 10,<br />

1974, the United States<br />

National Security Council<br />

promulgated a top-secret<br />

document entitled National<br />

Security Study<br />

Memorandum 200 (NSSM-<br />

200), also called <strong>The</strong><br />

Kissinger Report. It was<br />

subtitled “Implications of<br />

Worldwide Population<br />

Growth For U.S. Security and<br />

Overseas Interests.”<br />

This hitherto classified<br />

document was declassified<br />

in 1989. It laid out a detailed<br />

strategy by which the United<br />

States would aggressively<br />

promote population control<br />

in developing nations to<br />

regulate (or have better<br />

access to) the natural<br />

resources of these countries.<br />

In order to protect U.S.<br />

commercial interests,<br />

NSSM-200 cited a number<br />

of factors that could<br />

interrupt the smooth flow of<br />

materials from lesserdeveloped<br />

countries, as it<br />

referred to them, to the<br />

United States. <strong>The</strong>se factors<br />

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included a large population<br />

of anti-imperialist youth,<br />

who, according to NSSM-<br />

200, must be limited by<br />

population control. <strong>The</strong><br />

document identified 13<br />

nations by name that would<br />

be primary targets of<br />

U.S.-funded population<br />

control efforts.<br />

<strong>The</strong> named countries were<br />

India, Bangladesh, Pakistan,<br />

Nigeria, Mexico, Indonesia,<br />

Brazil, the Philippines,<br />

Thailand, Egypt, Turkey,<br />

Ethiopia, and Colombia.<br />

According to NSSM-200,<br />

elements of the<br />

implementation of<br />

population control<br />

programmes could include:<br />

a) the legalisation of<br />

abortion;<br />

b) financial incentives for<br />

countries to increase their<br />

abortion, sterilisation, and<br />

contraception-use rates;<br />

c) indoctrination of<br />

children; and,<br />

d) mandatory population<br />

control, and coercion in<br />

other forms, such as<br />

withholding disaster and<br />

food aid unless developing<br />

countries implement<br />

population control<br />

programmes.<br />

NSSM-200 also specifically<br />

declared that the United<br />

States was to cover up its<br />

population control activities<br />

and avoid possible charges<br />

of imperialism by recruiting<br />

some United Nations<br />

agencies, such as the<br />

UNFPA, to do its dirty work.<br />

Section 30(a) of NSSM-200<br />

states: “Concentration on<br />

Key Countries. … Assistance<br />

for population moderation<br />

should give primary<br />

emphasis to the largest and<br />

fastest-growing developing<br />

countries where there is special U.S. political<br />

and strategic interest. Those countries are:<br />

India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mexico,<br />

Indonesia, Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand,<br />

Egypt, Turkey, Ethiopia, and Colombia.<br />

Together, they account for 47 per cent of<br />

the world's current population increase.”<br />

NSSM-200 also states, “No country has<br />

reduced its population growth without<br />

resorting to abortion… since abortion is still<br />

repugnant to the peoples of Latin America,<br />

the Caribbean, Africa, and parts of Asia and<br />

Oceania, we must mask our desire to<br />

legalise abortion by pretending to care<br />

about the state of women’s health. We do<br />

this by saying that we want to eliminate<br />

“unsafe abortion.”<br />

Since 1991, the “developed” nations of the<br />

world have spent US$4.91 billion trying to<br />

reduce the population of Nigeria. In 1991, the<br />

population controllers spent about US$31<br />

million in Nigeria, but this has increased by<br />

a factor of more than 30 to more than half a<br />

billion dollars a year. This is because Nigeria<br />

is becoming too strong and must be kept<br />

weak by suppressing its population. Dr. Alan<br />

Guttmacher, who did more than anyone<br />

else in the history of the world to spread<br />

abortion and population control<br />

everywhere, said that “If you’re going to<br />

curb population, it’s extremely important<br />

not to have it done by the dammed<br />

Yankees, but by the UN. Because the thing is,<br />

then it’s not considered genocide. If the<br />

United States goes to the Black man or the<br />

yellow man and says slow down your<br />

reproduction rate, we’re immediately<br />

suspected of having ulterior motives to<br />

keep the white man dominant in the world.<br />

If you can send in a colourful UN force,<br />

you’ve got much better leverage.”<br />

It is evident that the EU's LGBT agenda in<br />

Africa is another form of population control.<br />

<strong>The</strong> paradox lies in the fact that the West,<br />

intent on reducing human capital in Africa,<br />

is now confronted with a serious<br />

demographic disaster. For instance, Europe<br />

has transitioned from the peak of its baby<br />

boom to the depths of a baby bust. <strong>The</strong> UK<br />

is gradually being populated by Asians,<br />

Nigerians, and other immigrants. In fact, it is<br />

forecasted that the UK’s population will<br />

irreversibly shrink below replacement level<br />

by 2030. If the populations of these Western<br />

countries are dwindling to<br />

their detriment, why<br />

advocate for Africa to suffer<br />

the same fate?<br />

<strong>The</strong>refore, Nigeria and the<br />

34 ACP countries should<br />

maintain their resolve not to<br />

sign the agreement. Other<br />

ACP countries that signed<br />

the agreement in Samoa on<br />

November 15, 2023, should<br />

retract their respective<br />

signatures. <strong>The</strong> ACP<br />

countries should dismiss the<br />

EU's cheap threats and<br />

stand firm. Instead of<br />

succumbing to EU<br />

intimidation, they should<br />

assert their sovereignty and<br />

break ties with the EU. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

are no longer under the<br />

tutelage of their former<br />

colonial masters.<br />

If the EU decides to cease<br />

financial assistance to ACP<br />

countries for refusing to sign<br />

the LGBT agreement, so be<br />

it. What the ACP countries<br />

must not do is bow to the<br />

EU's cheap threats and<br />

blackmail by signing the<br />

LGBT Agreement.<br />

SONNIE<br />



Ekwowusi is the Chairman,<br />

Human & Constitutional<br />

Rights Committee of the<br />

African Bar Association<br />

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LGBT: <strong>The</strong><br />

Vatican's Stand<br />

By Diiyi William-West<br />

in recent weeks, there have a series of formal and<br />

informal discussions on the stand of the Vatican<br />

on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)<br />

marriages with some people purporting that the<br />

Pope has endorsed such marriages while others<br />

declare that such endorsement hasn't and cannot<br />

happen. <strong>The</strong> reasons for this controversy isn't farfetched.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Vatican, as the spiritual and administrative<br />

centre of the Roman Catholic Church, holds<br />

significant influence over the beliefs and teachings of<br />

its followers worldwide. Throughout history, the<br />

Vatican's stance on various social issues has been a<br />

subject of debate and scrutiny.<br />

Findings from recent research indicate that neither<br />

the Pope nor the Catholic Church has endorsed LGBT<br />

Pope Francis<br />

marriages. Indeed, the Vatican's position on LGBT<br />

individuals is rooted in its interpretation of Catholic<br />

doctrine, which emphasises the importance of<br />

traditional marriage and the complementarity of<br />

genders. <strong>The</strong> Catholic Church teaches that marriage<br />

is a sacred union between a man and a woman,<br />

intended for procreation and the raising of children.<br />

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Consequently, any sexual activity outside of this<br />

context is considered sinful.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Vatican's stance on LGBT matters is primarily<br />

based on the teachings of the Catechism of the<br />

Catholic Church, which states that homosexual acts<br />

are "intrinsically disordered" and contrary to natural<br />

law. However, it is important to note that the Church<br />

distinguishes between homosexual orientation and<br />

homosexual acts. While the Church does not<br />

condemn individuals for their sexual orientation, it<br />

does consider acting upon same-sex attraction as<br />

morally wrong.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Vatican's position on LGBT individuals is not<br />

limited to matters of sexual morality. It also extends to<br />

issues such as same-sex marriage and adoption by<br />

same-sex couples. <strong>The</strong> Church opposes the<br />

legalisation of same-sex marriage, arguing that it<br />

undermines the institution of traditional marriage<br />

and the family unit. Similarly, the Vatican opposes<br />

adoption by same-sex couples, asserting that<br />

children have the right to be raised by a mother and<br />

a father.<br />

Some critics argue that the Vatican's stance on LGBT<br />

matters is outdated and discriminatory, as it fails to<br />

recognise the diversity of human sexuality and the<br />

importance of equal rights for all individuals. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

argue that the Church's teachings contribute to the<br />

stigmatisation and marginalisation of LGBT<br />

individuals, leading to their exclusion from certain<br />

religious practices and institutions.<br />

However, proponents of the Vatican's position argue<br />

that it is based on a sincere interpretation of religious<br />

doctrine and a commitment to upholding traditional<br />

values. <strong>The</strong>y contend that the Church's teachings on<br />

sexuality and marriage are intended to guide<br />

individuals towards a life of virtue and holiness, rather<br />

than to discriminate against any particular group.<br />

note that carries the weight of a universal ground rule<br />

for the Roman Catholic Church.<br />

<strong>The</strong> explanatory note refers to homosexuality as a<br />

choice and says it cannot be recognised as<br />

objectively ordered to God's plan. WION added that<br />

the Holy See's statement also says and "God does not<br />

and cannot bless sin. <strong>The</strong> church does not have and<br />

cannot have the power to bless unions of persons of<br />

the same sex.<br />

"<strong>The</strong> decision is a setback for Catholics who had<br />

hoped for the institution to modernise with time,<br />

especially in regards to homosexuality. Dozens of<br />

countries, including many in Western Europe, have<br />

legalised same sex marriages.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Vatican's resistance to embrace the LGBT<br />

community has alienated it from younger followers.<br />

<strong>The</strong> church considers marriage as an exclusive union<br />

of man and woman."<br />

Conclusion<br />

<strong>The</strong> Vatican's stand on LGBT matters is firmly rooted<br />

in its interpretation of Catholic doctrine, emphasising<br />

the importance of traditional marriage and the<br />

complementarity of genders. While the Church does<br />

not condemn individuals for their sexual orientation, it<br />

considers acting upon same-sex attraction as<br />

morally wrong. <strong>The</strong> Vatican's position extends to<br />

issues such as same-sex marriage and adoption by<br />

same-sex couples, which it opposes on the grounds<br />

that they undermine traditional family structures.<br />

While critics argue that the Vatican's stance is<br />

discriminatory, proponents maintain that it is based<br />

on a sincere interpretation of religious teachings.<br />

Understanding the Vatican's position on LGBT matters<br />

requires a nuanced examination of its theological<br />

foundations and the broader context of Catholic<br />

doctrine.<br />

A Recent WION Broadcast on the Issue<br />

In a recent news broadcast, WION (World Is One<br />

News), the online television channel stated that the<br />

Vatican has forbidden blessings to same sex<br />

relationships. According to WION, in the latest decree<br />

approved by Pope Francis, the Vatican has said that<br />

priests cannot bless same sex unions.<br />

<strong>The</strong> broadcast indicated that the Roman Catholic<br />

Church has described such relationships as "...Not<br />

ordered to the creator's plan and that the blessings of<br />

homosexual unions cannot be considered". <strong>The</strong><br />

broadcast further said that the Vatican's doctrinal<br />

watchdog, the Holy See, has issued an explanatory<br />

DIIYI<br />



More fondly known as DDWEST, he has several years<br />

of media practice experience spanning magazines,<br />

newspapers, television and radio; laying emphasis<br />

on maintaining standards in media practice. He<br />

practised and lectured Public Relations for nearly a<br />

decade before going into leadership consulting and<br />

real estate consultancy.<br />

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NIGERIA:<br />

BITS & BOBS<br />

By Ikenna Ngere<br />


Two Million Workers<br />

May Lose Jobs in 2024<br />

– ILO<br />

According to International<br />

Labour Organisation (ILO)<br />

projections, two million workers<br />

could lose their jobs this year<br />

in Nigeria, with the global<br />

unemployment rate expected to<br />

rise from 5.1% in 2023 to 5.2%. <strong>The</strong><br />

ILO reported in its most recent<br />

report, "World Employment and<br />

Social Outlook: Trends 2024," that<br />

although unemployment and jobs<br />

gap had decreased from prepandemic<br />

levels, unemployment<br />

would still rise globally in 2024.<br />

It also stated that rising<br />

inequality and sluggish<br />

productivity should be<br />

taken seriously. <strong>The</strong> rate of<br />

unemployment worldwide<br />

has decreased for three years<br />

running, from 6.9% in 2019 to 5.1%<br />

in 2023.<br />

According to the research,<br />

labour markets had exhibited<br />

surprisingly strong resilience<br />

in the face of worsening<br />

economic conditions. However,<br />

the pandemic's aftermath<br />

was uneven, with promises for<br />

increased social fairness being<br />

undermined by a number of<br />

crises and new vulnerabilities.<br />

More Multinationals<br />

May Exit Nigeria in 2024<br />

– Report<br />

Based on a recent assessment<br />

by financial solutions provider,<br />

Cardinal Stone, multinational<br />

companies in the fast-moving<br />

consumer goods FMCG)<br />

subsector may leave Nigeria this<br />

year if the operating environment<br />

does not improve.<br />

According to the report, titled<br />

"Strategic Resilience: Sailing<br />

Through Business Disruptions",<br />

businesses in the fast-moving<br />

consumer goods industry would<br />

continue to face high operational<br />

costs.<br />

<strong>The</strong> report states that fluctuations<br />

in commodity prices, exchange<br />

rates, import and clearing tariffs,<br />

and freight costs continue to<br />

have a significant impact on the<br />

FMCG industry.<br />

Naira’s Decline to<br />

1082/$ raises Concerns<br />

Despite CBN Clearing<br />

$2bn Debt<br />

Since the Central Bank of Nigeria<br />

stated that it has cleared $2<br />

billion in its backlog of obligations,<br />

the value of the naira against the<br />

dollar in the official Investor and<br />

Exporter window of the foreign<br />

exchange market has dropped by<br />

26.36%. <strong>The</strong> apex bank revealed<br />

on Monday, January 8, that<br />

it has paid $2 billion from the<br />

backlog of its forward contract<br />

obligations. This was declared<br />

upon disclosing that, as part of<br />

its matured foreign exchange<br />

obligations, it had paid $61.64<br />

million to foreign airlines.<br />

<strong>The</strong> naira concluded trading at<br />

N856.57/$ on Monday, January 8.<br />

According to data from the FMDQ<br />

Securities Exchange, the naira<br />

has since traded above N1000<br />

versus the dollar and dropped<br />

by 26.36% to settle at N1082.32/$<br />

on Wednesday, January 10. This<br />

represents a marginal increase of<br />

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0.66 per cent from the N1089.51/$<br />

closing price on Tuesday, January<br />

9. Since the Central Bank of<br />

Nigeria lifted the rate restriction<br />

on the country's currency, the<br />

naira has closed above N1000 on<br />

the official window five times.<br />

Naira Suffers Major<br />

Blow, Hits 1300/$ at<br />

Parallel Market<br />

On Tuesday, January 16, the<br />

naira dropped to N1,300/$ on<br />

the parallel market. This comes<br />

after it closed trading on the<br />

Peer-to-Peer cryptocurrency<br />

window at N1,315.3/$1 for the day,<br />

as confirmed by the bureau de<br />

change operators.<br />

According to Magaji Muhammad,<br />

an Abuja bureau de change<br />

operator in Zone 4, the rate<br />

increased to N1,300/$ on Tuesday,<br />

January 16.<br />

National Assembly<br />

Raises Works Ministry<br />

with Budget Exceeding<br />

N1tn<br />

<strong>The</strong> Ministry of Works now<br />

receives a budgetary allocation<br />

from the National Assembly of<br />

N1.03 trillion, up from N657.3 billion<br />

in the proposed budget.<br />

This is a rise of N373 billion, or<br />

56.7%, over the initial amount<br />

stated in the appropriations law.<br />

Additionally, it is a 65.4% increase<br />

over the sum authorised in the<br />

budget for 2023.<br />

•Dave Umahi<br />


PDP Celebrates Financial<br />

Success with N175m from<br />

Nomination Form Sales<br />

Five candidates<br />

for the Edo State<br />

gubernatorial<br />

election<br />

purchased<br />

candidature<br />

and expression<br />

of interest forms,<br />

earning N175 million for the<br />

Peoples Democratic Party. <strong>The</strong><br />

state governorship election is<br />

scheduled on September 21, 2024,<br />

according to the Independent<br />

National Electoral Commission.<br />

<strong>The</strong> PDP announced a<br />

schedule of events for the<br />

election, stating that the congress,<br />

where its candidate for governor<br />

will be chosen, will take place<br />

on <strong>February</strong> 22, 2024. As a result,<br />

on Wednesday, January 10, the<br />

PDP started selling nomination<br />

and expression of interest forms<br />

to party members hoping to be<br />

elected governor of Edo in Abuja.<br />

A candidate is supposed to<br />

pay N35 million in total. Five<br />

candidates have already paid for<br />

the forms, bringing N175 million into<br />

PDP's coffers.<br />

Benue Governor Halts<br />

APC Primary Election<br />

Amidst Alleged Voting<br />

Malpractices<br />

Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, the Governor<br />

of Benue State, has issued an order<br />

suspending the All Progressives<br />

Congress primary poll for the<br />

Guma 1 State Constituency<br />

immediately. <strong>The</strong> governor, who<br />

issued the directive while briefing<br />

reporters on Saturday, January 6<br />

about the primary's proceedings,<br />

expressed sadness that the<br />

delegate election was tainted by<br />

insecurity and anomalies.<br />

With Dr. Yamar Ortese's<br />

departure to become a<br />

commissioner, the State House<br />

of Assembly's Guma 1 State<br />

Constituency seat was declared<br />

vacant. <strong>The</strong> primary election is to<br />

select the candidate because the<br />

election to fill the vacant position<br />

is anticipated to take place in<br />

<strong>February</strong>.<br />

.President Bola Tinubu<br />

suspends Betta Edu over<br />

alleged N585m fraud,<br />

probed by EFCC<br />

Dr. Betta Edu, the Minister of<br />

Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty<br />

Alleviation, has been suspended<br />

from office by President Bola<br />

Tinubu. <strong>The</strong> president further<br />

ordered the Executive Chairman<br />

of the Economic and Financial<br />

Crimes Commission (EFCC)<br />

to carry out a comprehensive<br />

investigation into all facets<br />

of the financial transactions<br />

involving the Federal Ministry<br />

of Humanitarian Affairs and<br />

Poverty Alleviation, as well as one<br />

or more agencies thereunder,<br />

according to a statement<br />

made public by the president’s<br />

spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelali.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Economic and Financial<br />

Crimes Commission invited the<br />

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs<br />

and Poverty Alleviation, Betta<br />

Edu, to its headquarters located<br />

in Jabi, Abuja, less than an hour<br />

after Tinubu suspended her<br />

from office. It has been alleged<br />

that the minister approved the<br />

disbursement of N585,198,500<br />

into a personal account.<br />

<strong>The</strong> President’s cabinet’s<br />

youngest minister, Edu, 37, later<br />

said that attempts were being<br />

made to damage her reputation<br />

and emphasised that she would<br />

never misuse public monies.<br />

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Two Books Launched<br />

in Honour of Buhari’s<br />

Legacies, Tinubu<br />

Speaks at Presentation<br />

President Bola Tinubu was<br />

invited as a special guest<br />

of honour to the public<br />

presentation of two books on<br />

Tuesday, January 16, in Abuja.<br />

One of the books was written<br />

by Femi Adesina, a former<br />

Special Assistant to President<br />

Muhammadu Buhari on<br />

Publicity and Media. "Working<br />

with Buhari: Reflections of A<br />

Special Adviser, Media, and<br />

Publicity (2015-2023)" is the<br />

title of Mr. Adesina's book, while<br />

the other is published in five<br />

volumes and was co-authored<br />

by other authors.<br />

Following the transfer<br />

of power on May 29, 2023,<br />

this was the first public<br />

appearance together for<br />

former President Buhari and<br />

his successor, President<br />

Tinubu, at the Transcorp<br />

Hilton. <strong>The</strong> events, tales, and<br />

information surrounding<br />

Mr. Buhari's eight years<br />

as a civilian president are<br />

chronicled in Mr. Adesina's<br />

book<br />

Northern Governors<br />

Laud Federal<br />

Government’s<br />

Intervention in Plateau<br />

Killings<br />

<strong>The</strong> Northern Governors' Forum<br />

expressed its satisfaction with<br />

President Bola Tinubu's action<br />

on Thursday, January 4, to stop<br />

the massacres from happening<br />

again in Plateau and Kaduna<br />

states. Governor Inuwa Yahaya<br />

of Gombe State, who chairs the<br />


•Rupert<br />

•Dangote<br />

South African<br />

Billionaire, Johann<br />

Rupert, displaces Aliko<br />

Dangote to become<br />

Africa’s Richest Man<br />

Aliko Dangote dropped to<br />

second place on the Forbes'<br />

Daily Billionaires ranking list,<br />

which analyses daily changes<br />

in the fortune of the world’s<br />

most affluent people. Dangote’s<br />

wealth dropped from $13.5<br />

billion in 2023 to $9.5 billion at<br />

the beginning of 2024.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re were notable drops in<br />

the billionaires’ wealth on the<br />

list. Mike Adenuga of Nigeria<br />

rose to the tenth rank due to<br />

his fortune, whereas Patrice<br />

Motsepe, who was among<br />

the top ten in 2023, was not<br />

among the top ten richest men<br />

in 2024. Moreover, no female<br />

appeared on the list of the 10<br />

richest people at the beginning<br />

of the year. <strong>The</strong> declining<br />

wealth of some of these people<br />

forum, also expressed gratitude<br />

to the administration for giving<br />

surviving members of the<br />

deceased's families help and<br />

supplies.<br />

Speaking in Hausa to State<br />

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By Harry Choms<br />

Maxwell Chikumbutso, a self-taught innovator from Zimbabwe, has carved<br />

a path marked by daring and mind-boggling discoveries throughout<br />

his innovative journey. However, trailing behind these groundbreaking<br />

advancements is a faction of critics from popular media situated firmly on one<br />

side of the divide. <strong>The</strong>y cast doubt and attempt to disapprove of his works, yet<br />

Maxwell persists, forging ahead with unwavering determination, unveiling new<br />

findings and pioneering innovations.<br />

From his early years, Maxwell has harboured a profound interest in the world<br />

of technology. Even in his youth, his innovative ideas and discoveries garnered<br />

recognition, earning him the esteemed title of a "prominent young man in the<br />

innovation industry" in 1999.<br />

Early Life and Rise<br />

At the age of 43 (he was born<br />

November 10, 1980), Maxwell<br />

Chikumbutso, the Zimbabwean<br />

innovator, stands as the mind<br />

behind the world's inaugural<br />

green power generator. This<br />

groundbreaking invention<br />

harnesses radio frequencies<br />

to generate electricity. Not<br />

stopping there, Chikumbutso<br />

has also conceptualised<br />

and constructed an electricpowered<br />

vehicle and a hybrid<br />

helicopter, that, ingeniously,<br />

utilises six different types of fuel.<br />

Being a school dropout<br />

with no formal technology or<br />

science training, Chikumbutso<br />

has relied on revelations of<br />

blueprints and visions to fuel<br />

his inventive spirit. In 1997,<br />

Chikumbutso established Saith<br />

Technologies. <strong>The</strong> inspiration<br />

for the name struck him while in<br />

prayer on a mountain, drawing<br />

from the scripture in Isaiah 46,<br />

embodying the phrase "thus<br />

saith the Lord."<br />

Originally aspiring to be a<br />

mechanic, Chikumbutso<br />

initiated his first project in 1999<br />

- a radio broadcast transmitter.<br />

His broadcasts were considered<br />

illegal and the project was<br />

eventually abandoned due<br />

to lack of funding. By 2001,<br />

Chikumbutso crafted a digital<br />

navigation facilitator designed<br />

to enhance aircraft landings<br />

based on size, speed, and<br />

positioning.<br />

Following numerous<br />

setbacks in partnerships and<br />

funding, Chikumbutso made<br />

a pivotal move to the United<br />

States in 2017. He expressed<br />

gratitude for the recognition by<br />

the U.S. government, making<br />

California the headquarters<br />

of Saith Holdings Inc. Despite<br />

this relocation, his love for<br />

Africa persists, and he plans to<br />

return to Zimbabwe, where his<br />

remarkable journey began.<br />

.<br />

Maxwell<br />

Chikumbutso’s Life<br />

& Controversies<br />

Maxwell's ascent to prominence<br />

gained momentum with his<br />

groundbreaking discovery, the<br />

"Digital Navigation Facilitator."<br />

This innovative technology,<br />

designed to streamline aircraft<br />

landings, underwent rigorous<br />

testing and received approval<br />

from the Air Zimbabwe<br />

Technical Training Centre.<br />

However, controversies began<br />

to swirl around Maxwell in<br />

recent years when he unveiled<br />

a green energy technology<br />

capable of converting radio<br />

frequencies directly into clean<br />

and renewable energy. Despite<br />

practical demonstrations,<br />

authorities contested the<br />

feasibility, citing violations of<br />

the laws of Physics and denying<br />

him the ability to patent his<br />

discovery.<br />

Despite being one of Africa's<br />

most underrated yet highly<br />

productive innovators, Maxwell's<br />

portfolio is rich and diverse.<br />

From a hybrid helicopter<br />

capable of running on six<br />

different fuels to a green power<br />

generator producing electricity<br />

from radio frequencies, cordless<br />

televisions with free energy,<br />

and other notable products, his<br />

impact is undeniable. Maxwell's<br />

innovations should have<br />

garnered more media attention<br />

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•Maxwell speaking<br />

and awards from relevant<br />

institutions.<br />

Luis Cupenala, an esteemed<br />

Angolan businessman and<br />

chairman of the Bongani Group,<br />

recognised Maxwell's potential<br />

and placed a substantial bet on<br />

his talent. Maxwell's innovations<br />

have also garnered attention<br />

from major industry players,<br />

securing contracts, particularly<br />

in the United States, where he<br />

currently operates in.<br />

In an interview confirming<br />

Saith Holdings Inc.'s relocation<br />

to the US, Maxwell expressed<br />

gratitude to the US government<br />

for recognising opportunities<br />

Africa overlooked. While he<br />

operates more from the United<br />

States, he remains proud of his<br />

African roots and plans to return<br />

to Zimbabwe, where his journey<br />

began.<br />

As Maxwell's influence<br />

spreads globally, a prevalent<br />

question on many minds is, "Is<br />

Africa losing its top talents to<br />

the West?"<br />

Maxwell<br />

Chikumbutso's<br />

Struggle,<br />

Triumphs, and the<br />

Urgent Wake-Up<br />

Call for Africa<br />

In recent years, media outlets,<br />

particularly social media<br />

networks, have been inundated<br />

with news about the remarkable<br />

inventions of Maxwell<br />

Sangulani Chikumbutso. His<br />

creations include several<br />

environmentally-friendly<br />

machines that signify a true<br />

revolution. Unfortunately, amidst<br />

the positive news, a tragedy<br />

unfolded as the inventor was<br />

allegedly poisoned, possibly<br />

due to the transformative<br />

nature of his discoveries. While<br />

the culprit remains unknown,<br />

speculation suggests two<br />

possible reasons for the attack<br />

on Maxwell's life. Firstly, the<br />

notion that an African could<br />

be the inventor of such crucial<br />

items challenges conventional<br />

intelligence. Secondly, his<br />

inventions pose a threat to<br />

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established giants in the energy and oil industries.<br />

His endeavours fall under the umbrella of "wireless<br />

energy transmission innovation," encompassing<br />

a diverse array of inventions, such as a hybrid<br />

engine-powered helicopter, an electric car, a<br />

magnetic converter, a green power generator,<br />

and a drone - all products of his company, Saith<br />

Technologies. Despite dropping out of school<br />

at 13 or 14, he entered the competitive global<br />

aviation and hi-tech entrepreneurial ecosystem,<br />

securing significant deals worldwide. His magnetic<br />

converters, green power generators, drones, and<br />

an automated disinfecting machine designed in<br />

response to the pandemic are in high demand.<br />

Chikumbutso's primary goal is to merge scientific<br />

invention with top-notch business acumen. Initially<br />

modest, Saith Technologies holds the potential<br />

to evolve into a billion-dollar company providing<br />

electric cars, helicopters, telecom solutions, security<br />

and surveillance, UAVs, traffic safety and lighting<br />

products, and MSED-powered home lights using<br />

wireless energy transmission. Notably, many of<br />

these innovations are based on rudimentary<br />

materials sourced from Harare's popular Siyato<br />

Market, transforming basic elements into highly<br />

engineered materials.<br />

Despite his accomplishments, Chikumbutso<br />

has continued to face challenges in garnering<br />

encouragement and validation from his own<br />

community. In 2017, he made a significant move<br />

to California, drawn by the recognition that eluded<br />

him in Africa. He expressed love for his birthplace<br />

but highlighted the lack of acknowledgement from<br />

his own people. Despite difficulties in patenting his<br />

inventions globally due to their use of free energy<br />

- thus violating thermodynamic laws - Saith<br />

Technologies is set to be listed on the New York<br />

Stock Exchange.<br />

In May 2021, the company revealed that Maxwell<br />

experienced a third attack on his life, attributing it<br />

to poisoning. <strong>The</strong> company, shrouded in secrecy<br />

regarding the scientist's life, disclosed threats<br />

ranging from death to financial and personal ruin<br />

through various communication channels.<br />

Chikumbutso's latest creation, the self-powered<br />

•Maxwell, displaying his newly<br />

invented Microsonic Greener Power<br />

Machine that generates 50 kilowatts<br />

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•Maxwell Chikumbutso, displaying<br />

to a selected a part of his innovation<br />

television, operates without electricity or solar<br />

panels, converting radio frequencies into pure<br />

energy. In the eyes of his admirers, Chikumbutso<br />

holds the potential to contribute significantly to<br />

a better world in 2024, especially in the context of<br />

progress in green energy.<br />

Reflecting on Chikumbutso's life and work prompts<br />

contemplation about Africa's historical oversight<br />

in recognising and supporting skilled individuals<br />

on the continent. Creating an environment that<br />

values, encourages, and applies the works of<br />

these geniuses could contribute to achieving<br />

important goals like the Sustainable Development<br />

Goals (SDGs). Acknowledging and celebrating the<br />

talents of these individuals in Africa would prevent<br />

their migration in search of more favourable<br />

environments, potentially avoiding tragic events<br />

like the attacks on Maxwell Chikumbutso. His case<br />

serves as a wake-up call for Africans to appreciate<br />

and nurture their homegrown talents.<br />

Maxwell Chikumbutso's<br />

Unpatented Wonders<br />

Among the listed innovations attributed to Maxwell<br />

are a digital navigation facilitator and a green<br />

energy generator. Notably, the generator lacks a<br />

patent, as it purportedly "defies" the laws of Physics.<br />

Maxwell has reportedly turned down buyout<br />

offers from an undisclosed European company. In<br />

certain instances, he utilises personal funds before<br />

securing a $500,000 funding injection from Teddy<br />

De Almeida. While Almeida initially presented the<br />

money as a loan or investment, she was later<br />

offered a stake in the company on launch day.<br />

Despite these challenges, the Western media<br />

has, unsurprisingly, embarked on discrediting<br />

Maxwell over the past two years. This scenario is an<br />

example reminiscent of historical patterns where<br />

the media has deceived the masses, neglecting<br />

to educate them adequately about the significant<br />

contributions of Africans globally. <strong>The</strong> narrative<br />

suggests that Africans have been the inventors of<br />

nearly everything in contemporary use, obscured<br />

by the media's historical misrepresentation.<br />



Harry Choms is a freelance writer with a<br />

passion for words and a keen eye for details, an<br />

editor, and an avid tech believer. His works can<br />

be seen on EntrepreneurNG.com, Imautomator,<br />

Secureblitz, Withinnigeria, Feelgospel,<br />

Kemifilani, and Glamsquad <strong>Magazine</strong>. He is<br />

the Webmaster and sole owner of Matrismart.<br />

com and biowiki.com.ng.<br />

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WHY IS "THE<br />



THREATS?<br />

Maxwell Chikumbutso has been on an extraordinary<br />

journey, pushing the boundaries of innovation. Often<br />

referred to as "<strong>The</strong> African Tesla," Chikumbutso's<br />

works have defied conventional wisdom, sparked<br />

controversy, and faced severe threats. Let's delve into the<br />

compelling narrative of a visionary fighting against the odds.<br />

By Harry Choms<br />

<strong>The</strong> Genesis of a Visionary<br />

Maxwell Chikumbutso's story is one of resilience and<br />

determination. He embarked on a relentless pursuit<br />

of ideas, facing numerous failures until a dream-like<br />

inspiration struck. This revelation led him to explore<br />

the untapped potential of airwaves, unveiling the<br />

boundless energy in the sky through radio waves.<br />

He discovered that this microwave source could be<br />

harnessed for electrical power.<br />

Despite his groundbreaking discoveries,<br />

Chikumbutso encountered resistance from his<br />

government. When questioned about the hostility,<br />

he prophetically remarked that the African mind<br />

had been conditioned to distrust African ingenuity.<br />

This scepticism labelled him a con artist and<br />

marginalised him within government circles.<br />

Brushing shoulders with the law, Chikumbutso's<br />

crime was daring to dream and turning those<br />

dreams into tangible, life-benefiting projects.<br />

Undeterred by the ridicule in his homeland,<br />

Chikumbutso sought support from a visionary<br />

Mozambican businessman. With millions of dollars<br />

invested, they translated his ideas into a practical<br />

electricity-generating project, powering three<br />

hundred homes with minimal ongoing costs.<br />

This brought Chikumbutso's innovations to<br />

the attention of American professors who<br />

were impressed and recognised the potential<br />

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• <strong>The</strong> Saith Fully Electric Vehicle which was<br />

designed and made locally by Chikumbutso<br />

to revolutionise electricity generation. That<br />

acknowledgement came at a crucial time when the<br />

world grapples with the urgent need to transition<br />

away from environment polluting fossils.<br />

As the founder of Saith Technologies, Chikumbutso<br />

proudly holds the title of being the first Zimbabwean<br />

to design and create a hybrid engine-powered<br />

helicopter, an electric car, a magnetic converter,<br />

a green power generator, and a drone. His<br />

groundbreaking moves have positioned Saith<br />

Technologies in the highly competitive global<br />

entrepreneurial ecosystem.<br />

Why is He and His Innovations Facing<br />

Severe Threats?<br />

Maxwell Chikumbusto's success story is, however,<br />

marred by a darker side. Chikumbutso's battle<br />

extends beyond innovation; it encompasses<br />

a struggle for security and survival. A chilling<br />

statement on his company's Facebook page reveals<br />

that he has faced poisoning attempts that affected<br />

vital organs like the kidneys and liver. <strong>The</strong> threats<br />

range from death to financial and personal ruin,<br />

delivered through various channels, including emails<br />

and social media platforms.<br />

Chikumbutso's plight echoes a disturbing global<br />

pattern. Reports suggest that free energy access<br />

scientists worldwide have been targeted, with a<br />

sinister nexus believed to be led by the oil and solar<br />

technology energy industry mafia. <strong>The</strong>se shadowy<br />

figures aim to maintain dominance over lucrative<br />

deals in their respective sectors, resorting to extreme<br />

measures, including murder and poisoning.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Unyielding Vision<br />

In 2021, a LinkedIn post by Chikumbutso revealed<br />

the gravity of his situation. He wrote, "<strong>The</strong>re have<br />

been many threats on my life from poisoning which<br />

affected my kidneys and liver etc., and they are<br />

'cabals' who are not stopping at anything - fighting<br />

and not giving up, they want to make sure I am<br />

dead, and the MSED is dead. In the greater part of<br />

2021, I was in hospital, suffering from poisoning. I<br />

have come to the point of saying, "This is not the<br />

time to give up, and giving up is no longer an option."<br />

Either we will win or die trying to make the world<br />

better for everyone."<br />

Maxwell Chikumbutso's journey is a testament to<br />

the resilience of human innovation. As "<strong>The</strong> African<br />

Tesla" faces severe threats, the world watches,<br />

recognising the potential to transform energy<br />

landscapes. Whether it's overcoming scepticism,<br />

navigating global conspiracies, or battling personal<br />

health issues, Chikumbutso's story captures the<br />

essence of a visionary fighting against all odds to<br />

shape a brighter future for us all.<br />



Harry Choms is a freelance writer with a<br />

passion for words and a keen eye for details, an<br />

editor, and an avid tech believer. His works can<br />

be seen on EntrepreneurNG.com, Imautomator,<br />

Secureblitz, Withinnigeria, Feelgospel,<br />

Kemifilani, and Glamsquad <strong>Magazine</strong>. He is<br />

the Webmaster and sole owner of Matrismart.<br />

com and biowiki.com.ng.<br />

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Picture<br />

• Maxwell Chikumbutso, making a speech<br />

• Guests who also included school children<br />

look at the Saith-Hex Copter during its test run<br />

• Maxwell Chikumbutso on the media<br />

• <strong>The</strong> Saith Fully Electric Vehicle which was<br />

designed and made locally by Chikumbutso<br />

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• Maxwell Chikumbutso, taking visitors and prospective<br />

investors on a tour of some of his inventions.<br />

•Maxwell Chikumbutso with<br />

the 2 seater helicopter<br />

•<strong>The</strong> Zimbabwean operating the Power<br />

Machine, showing how it works.<br />


• the traffic signs which are some of Chikumbutso's inventions<br />


My love to impact knowledge to the<br />

young and old led me to research and<br />

writing. Also, l have been businessoriented,<br />

right from childhood, which<br />

made me focus more on driving the<br />

business world and also to help people<br />

grow their business. As a writer, I aim<br />

to create an insightful image in the<br />

minds of every reader for maximum<br />

wealth and health.<br />

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Dr. Austin Nweze<br />

appeared, with<br />

just 24 hours<br />

prio notice,<br />

to mark my<br />

birthday on the<br />

21st of October 2023. He came<br />

in his usual simple self, wearing<br />

a fez cap. ‘Your Excellency’<br />

as I always addressed<br />

him, following his two-time<br />

governorship contest in Ebonyi<br />

State, was his usual calm, soft<br />

spoken self.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was no sign of pain or<br />

any underlying ailment. We<br />

ate and shared some bottles<br />

of wine, and spent time talking<br />

far into the night that it literally<br />

became too late for him to go<br />

back to his lodging. He spent<br />

the night at my abode, forever<br />

his cheerful, well measured self.<br />

Beneath his calm, peaceful<br />

exterior, I never knew things<br />

were getting out of hand;<br />

that Dr. Nweze’s health was<br />

rapidly failing. After a surgery<br />

in early 2023, I believed he<br />

had recovered remarkably,<br />

not knowing that the ugly<br />

hand of death was stubbornly<br />

stretching towards him. Of<br />

course, Austin was never one<br />

to complain much about the<br />

challenges of everyday life!<br />

His Excellency was a<br />

remarkable person in many<br />

ways. His long profile with<br />

a retinue of immeasurable<br />

contributions in academia,<br />

corporate development,<br />

public discourse, research<br />

and publications will serve to<br />

increase the grief, the sense<br />

of loss, of those who knew him<br />

closely. To others, it may bring<br />

consolation on the grounds<br />

that, it is not how long one lives<br />

but what impact one made.<br />

For impact, Dr. Austin Nweze<br />

definitely gave a very good<br />

account of himself. Many<br />

of his Masters and Ph.D.<br />

students have called to<br />

lament his sudden demise. As<br />

a facilitator and a trainer, he<br />

shared knowledge locally and<br />

internationally that changed<br />

lives for good, including mine.<br />

As a public analyst on current<br />

economic and political affairs,<br />

he was, indeed, a familiar face<br />

on Nigeria television screens.<br />

And, on those occasions, he<br />

spoke the minds of many with<br />

such insight and precision<br />

of delivery that delighted<br />

his viewers and listeners.<br />

As an author, the quality of<br />

knowledge he loaded in his<br />

books was for posterity to gain<br />

understanding from and for his<br />

readers to find their way in the<br />

labyrinth of life. Surely, Austin<br />

cannot be forgotten any time<br />

soon.<br />

Dr. Austin Nweze was<br />

internationally exposed and<br />

globally aware, well trained<br />

and educated in different parts<br />

of the world. He was credited to<br />

have authored several books<br />

including "Taking the Bull by the<br />

Horn"; "Enterprise Champions:<br />

Entrepreneurshi p in Ascent<br />

in Nigeria"; "Destination<br />

Africa: Strategic Business<br />

Outsourcing"; "Entrepreneurship<br />

and the Economic<br />

Development of Nigeria"; "<strong>The</strong><br />

Economics of Leadership";<br />

"Fortune Hunters: A Discourse<br />

on Nigeria's Political Economy";<br />

"<strong>The</strong> Knowledge Economy";<br />

and "Business Etc: A General<br />

Management Handbook'.<br />

He also wrote over 50<br />

newspaper and progressive<br />

magazine articles particularly<br />

on leadership development<br />

, good governance, virile<br />

economy, media practice,<br />

entrepreneurship promotion<br />

and progressive electoral<br />

practices.<br />

For over 15 years, he consulted<br />

for organisations on<br />

organisational transformation/<br />

revitalisation. He developed<br />

and delivered training<br />

programmes for corporate<br />

organisations and government<br />

establishments in the areas of<br />

entrepreneurship development,<br />

venture management,<br />

leadership, six sigma, media<br />

relations, finance, financial<br />

planning, retirement planning,<br />

marketing, strategy and soft<br />

skills .<br />

He also worked with the<br />

Institute of Financial Planning<br />

as the Director of Programmes<br />

and Publication, and Director<br />

of Learning and Management<br />

Education before joining the<br />

Lagos Business School (LBS),<br />

Pan African University as Head<br />

(Administrator), Centre for<br />

Applied Economics, and later<br />

in the Executive Education Unit.<br />

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He was involved in research,<br />

teaching and marketing at the<br />

LBS.<br />

Dr. Nweze also attended<br />

advanced management<br />

courses in Nigeria (including<br />

Lagos Business School - AMP<br />

18, Developing and Managing<br />

Business Ventures and Executive<br />

Team Leadership) and abroad.<br />

He is a Centre for Management<br />

Development (CMD) accredited<br />

trainer and Insight Learning<br />

Foundation (USA) certified<br />

facilitator.<br />

He was a member of USAbased<br />

International Association<br />

of Facilitators (IAF), Nigerian<br />

Facilitators Network (NFN),<br />

and Nigerian Institute of<br />

Management (NIM). He<br />

was awarded Certificate of<br />

Completion for Technology of<br />

Participation (Group Facilitation<br />

Methods and Participatory<br />

Strategic Planning) from the<br />

Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA)<br />

Unoted Kingdom and Ghana.<br />

He was an international<br />

conference, seminar, and<br />

workshop speaker and<br />

consultant. He had varied<br />

experiences in consulting for<br />

corporate and government<br />

institutions at different levels<br />

in business process and<br />

improvement. He was a<br />

speaker at the Geneva-based<br />

International Trade Centre<br />

(ITC) outsourcing conference in<br />

Ghana, Nigeria, and authored<br />

a book - "Strategic Business<br />

Outsourcing for ITC. He was<br />

also a national trainer for ITC<br />

Access! Programme for Women<br />

in Export Business in Africa. He<br />

participated in the Nigerian<br />

Export Promotion Council (NEPC)<br />

programmes and studies. He<br />

was the Founding President<br />

of Association of Outsourcing<br />

Practitioners of Nigeria (AOPN).<br />

He was also a member of the<br />

Africa Outsourcing Association.<br />

Dr Austin Nweze was part of<br />

the facilitation team for the<br />

Nigeria 2020 Business Scenarios<br />

in October 2006 organised by<br />

African Business Strategies<br />

in cooperation with Phillips<br />

Consulting Nigeria and the Lagos<br />

Business School. He participated<br />

as a mentor and facilitator in<br />

Centre for Values in Leadership<br />

(CVL) community development<br />

services programmes and<br />

facilitator at the DFID-sponsored<br />

Ajegunle community skills<br />

acquisition training for women.<br />

He was also a key participant<br />

in the drafting of DFID's 2008-<br />

2013 Strategic Plan; and key<br />

participant in the review of<br />

Nigeria Trade and Industrial<br />

Policy, Federal Ministry of<br />

Commerce and Industry.<br />

He was a member of the<br />

Ministerial Committee for the<br />

National Film Development Fund<br />

(alternate to Prof. Pat Utomi),<br />

and also a member of National<br />

Film Fund Report Writing Subcommittee.<br />

He was an Associate<br />

Adjunct Faculty Member of<br />

<strong>The</strong> Island Open University and<br />

a member of the Technical<br />

Working Committee {TWC) of<br />

the Nigerian Mapping of the<br />

Creative Industries sponsored<br />

by the British Council. <strong>The</strong> list<br />

of his extensive engagements<br />

in various fields of endeavour<br />

would take several pages to<br />

chronicle!<br />

In the political field, Dr. Austin<br />

Nweze was intentionally<br />

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progressive. His belief that it would take<br />

positive, proactive steps to overturn years<br />

of mis-governance led to his aspiring to<br />

become governor of Ebonyi State under the<br />

banner of the Social Democratic Party (SDP)<br />

in 2011 and 2015 respectively<br />

That same firm resolve led to his<br />

unequivocal alignment with the Obidient<br />

Movement. He became a Lead Director of<br />

movement's <strong>The</strong> Big-Tent. He is also a former<br />

National Director Obi-Datti Elders' Council.<br />

Perhaps we can be consoled by the fact that<br />

Dr. Austin Nweze gave the best of himself to<br />

every single endeavour of his life: his family,<br />

his profession, public policies, politics, public<br />

good, publishing, as a born again Christian,<br />

and so much more.<br />

By every stretch of imagination, Dr. Nweze's<br />

story is a shining example of what a full,<br />

successful, exemplary generous and<br />

impactful life should be!<br />

<strong>The</strong> sudden end of the over twenty years I<br />

have personally known Austin is one of the<br />

most traumatic shocks of my life. <strong>The</strong> loss<br />

of a beautiful soul, the ever present voice<br />

of calm and reason, who will never hurt an<br />

enemy how much more a friend. But I am<br />

eternally grateful to God for the exceptional<br />

individual he made Austin to be, and the<br />

privilege to have crossed his path.<br />

As Christians, we are admonished never to<br />

mourn as people who have no hope. Our<br />

hope is in the resurrection through Christ<br />

Jesus. Austin has been called home by His<br />

Father, the giver of life, to another, and I must<br />

confidently say, to a better life.<br />

Your Excellency, may your humble soul rest in<br />

the bosom of our merciful God.<br />

Victor Olewunne.<br />


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10<br />




By Adebayo Afolabi<br />

A<br />

few decades ago,<br />

life was different, and<br />

the advancements<br />

we now enjoy were<br />

not yet a part of our<br />

everyday experience.<br />

This is thanks to ground-breaking<br />

inventions that have profoundly<br />

changed the world, making<br />

things easier. <strong>The</strong>se inventions<br />

span various fields, including<br />

technology, medicine, and<br />

communication.<br />

In the realm of technology,<br />

the development of personal<br />

computers, smart phones, and<br />

the internet has changed the<br />

way we live and connect with<br />

others. Medical breakthroughs,<br />

such as vaccines, have improved<br />

health care and increased life<br />

expectancy. Communication has<br />

been transformed by innovations<br />

like social media and instant<br />

messaging, connecting people<br />

globally in ways unimaginable in<br />

the past.<br />

Shaping the modern world, let's<br />

explore ten inventions that have<br />

had an immense impact.<br />

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Electricity<br />

Electricity, a game-changing<br />

invention, has had a huge<br />

impact on our world. Its impact<br />

is felt across every spectrum of<br />

modern life.<br />

Thomas Edison, a key figure in the<br />

practical application of electricity,<br />

is credited with inventing the<br />

electric light bulb. <strong>The</strong> invention<br />

of the light bulb illuminated<br />

homes and streets, extending<br />

productivity beyond daylight<br />

hours. Electricity also paved<br />

the way for the development of<br />

electronic devices, from radios<br />

to computers, improving<br />

connectivity and<br />

information sharing.<br />

In addition to Edison,<br />

other notable<br />

figures such as<br />

Michael Faraday,<br />

Alessandro<br />

Volta, and<br />

Nikola Tesla<br />

also made<br />

substantial<br />

contributions<br />

to the<br />

understanding of<br />

electricity.<br />

Internet<br />

<strong>The</strong> internet stands as a<br />

ground-breaking invention that<br />

has profoundly transformed<br />

the world. Vinton Cerf and<br />

Robert Kahn played a big<br />

part by developing important<br />

communication protocols. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

made the transmission control<br />

protocol (TCP) and the internet<br />

protocol (IP), which are like the<br />

building blocks of the internet.<br />

Tim Berners-Lee, invented the<br />

world wide web (WWW), making<br />

it easier for us to use the internet.<br />

He created the first web browser,<br />

a tool to explore the internet, and<br />

the first website.<br />

•Apple I personal<br />

computer, 1976–79<br />

<strong>The</strong> Internet connects people<br />

from all over, letting them share<br />

information and talk to each<br />

other easily. With the internet,<br />

we can learn new things, play<br />

games, and even see and talk<br />

to friends and family who are far<br />

away. This helpful tool has made<br />

our world more connected.<br />

Vaccination<br />

Edward Jenner's creation of<br />

vaccination, particularly the<br />

smallpox vaccine in the late<br />

18th century, is an invention that<br />

Thomas Edison<br />

changed the world. This idea<br />

involved introducing a weakened<br />

form of a disease into the body,<br />

priming the immune system to<br />

recognise and fight off the actual<br />

illness when it strikes. Jenner's<br />

ground-breaking work laid the<br />

foundation for immunisation,<br />

extending its impact to prevent<br />

various infectious diseases<br />

like polio, measles, and<br />

influenza.<br />

Today, vaccination<br />

has played a role<br />

in reducing the<br />

incidence of these<br />

diseases, contributing<br />

significantly to public health<br />

and saving countless lives<br />

worldwide.<br />

Penicillin<br />

Penicillin, discovered by Sir<br />

Alexander Fleming, is a gamechanger<br />

in medicine. Sir Fleming<br />

found it in 1928, and this discovery<br />

revolutionised how we treat<br />

infections. Penicillin was the<br />

first antibiotic used in fighting<br />

bacteria and remains useful till<br />

date. Before penicillin, people<br />

had a harder time healing from<br />

bacterial infections, and many<br />

lives were lost. With its invention,<br />

doctors could treat infections,<br />

saving lives and making surgeries<br />

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to rely on letters or face-toface<br />

conversations to talk<br />

over long distances. With<br />

the telephone, we can now<br />

instantly talk to someone far<br />

away. <strong>The</strong> telephone has made<br />

communication much more<br />

accessible.<br />

safer. This invention laid the<br />

foundation for the development<br />

of various antibiotics that we<br />

still use today to keep people<br />

healthy. Sir Alexander<br />

Fleming's discovery of<br />

penicillin was a key<br />

moment in medical<br />

history, making a lasting<br />

impact on how we fight<br />

infections and treat<br />

diseases.<br />

Automobile<br />

Automobile was invented by<br />

Karl Benz, and it has made a<br />

huge difference in our lives. Karl<br />

Benz built the first practical car<br />

in 1885, and since then, cars<br />

have become a part of how<br />

we get around. <strong>The</strong>y've made<br />

transportation faster, allowing<br />

us travel long distances in a<br />

short time. <strong>The</strong>y've opened<br />

up opportunities for jobs and<br />

travel, making the world more<br />

connected.<br />

Aeroplane<br />

<strong>The</strong> airplane was invented by<br />

the Wright brothers, Orville and<br />

Wilbur, and it's an incredible<br />

invention that changed the<br />

way we travel. In 1903, the<br />

Wright brothers made the first<br />

•Benz Patent-Motorwagen, 1885<br />

•Telephone, 1876<br />

successful powered flight, and<br />

since then, airplanes have<br />

become a part of transportation.<br />

Airplanes make it possible for<br />

us to travel long distances<br />

in a short amount of time,<br />

connecting people and places<br />

around the world. <strong>The</strong>y've<br />

opened up opportunities for<br />

business, tourism, and personal<br />

adventures. Thanks to airplanes,<br />

we can explore new countries,<br />

visit friends and family far away,<br />

and experience different cultures.<br />

Telephone<br />

<strong>The</strong> telephone was invented<br />

by Alexander Graham Bell, and<br />

it's a truly amazing invention.<br />

Alexander Graham Bell created<br />

the first practical telephone<br />

in 1876, changing the way we<br />

communicate forever. Before<br />

the telephone, people had<br />

Computer<br />

<strong>The</strong> computer, a<br />

brilliant invention<br />

that led to the digital<br />

age, doesn't have<br />

a single inventor; its<br />

development involved<br />

many clever people. One<br />

important figure is Charles<br />

Babbage, who designed the first<br />

mechanical computer in the 19th<br />

century. <strong>The</strong> modern computer<br />

we use today was shaped by<br />

many inventors and pioneers<br />

like Alan Turing and John von<br />

Neumann. From helping us<br />

work to storing information and<br />

connecting us online, computers<br />

have influenced nearly every part<br />

of how we live today.<br />

Space Travel<br />

German engineer, Hermann<br />

Oberth, is credited with inventing<br />

the first functional spaceship. <strong>The</strong><br />

impact of Oberth's invention has<br />

been profound and its<br />

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•Spaceship, Hemann<br />

Oberth's Modell-B, 1923<br />

In the realm of<br />

technology, the<br />

development<br />

of personal<br />

computers,<br />

smart phones,<br />

and the internet<br />

has changed the<br />

way we live and<br />

connect with<br />

others.<br />

fantastic invention that's changing<br />

the way we live.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se inventions have made<br />

our lives a whole lot easier!<br />

I mean, think about it – the<br />

internet connects us all, making<br />

everything just a click away.<br />

Vaccines keep us healthy and<br />

safe from diseases. Cars zip us<br />

around, saving us from long,<br />

long walks. Phones let us talk to<br />

anyone, anywhere, anytime.<br />

Altogether, these inventions<br />

are like everyday superheroes,<br />

making life easier and way more<br />

awesome!<br />

development paved the<br />

way for human space<br />

exploration, leading to<br />

historic achievements<br />

such as Yuri Gagarin's<br />

orbital flight and the<br />

'Apollo' moon missions.<br />

<strong>The</strong> invention of<br />

the spaceship not<br />

only expanded our<br />

understanding of<br />

the cosmos but also<br />

fuelled advancements<br />

in satellite technology,<br />

telecommunications,<br />

and scientific research<br />

conducted in space.<br />

Also, it triggered a new<br />

era of international<br />

collaboration, inspiring<br />

nations to work together in<br />

the exploration and use of<br />

outer space.<br />

AI<br />

Artificial Intelligence (AI)<br />

doesn't have a single inventor.<br />

It's an amazing creation that<br />

has evolved over time with<br />

contributions from many<br />

people. AI involves making<br />

machines and computers<br />

smart, like teaching them to<br />

think and learn on their own. It's<br />

a bit like giving them a brain!<br />

AI helps in so many ways; like<br />

making our phones smart,<br />

helping doctors diagnose<br />

diseases, and even guiding<br />

self-driving cars. Even though<br />

it's still growing and learning,<br />

AI has already become a<br />



I am a passionate business writer<br />

with a knack for translating<br />

complex concepts into accessible<br />

content. With a keen eye for detail,<br />

I deliver compelling content that<br />

educates, inspires, and drives<br />

positive change in the realm of<br />

finance and business.<br />

•Wright brothers Aeroplane, 1903<br />

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By Victor Olewunne<br />

ethical values serve as the moral compass<br />

that guides individuals and societies in<br />

making decisions, shaping behaviour,<br />

and defining the principles that underpin<br />

a just and humane world. Ethical values<br />

are the set of principles and beliefs that<br />

govern human conduct and distinguish right from<br />

wrong. <strong>The</strong>se values are deeply ingrained in cultural,<br />

religious, and societal norms, providing a framework<br />

for individuals to make morally sound decisions.<br />

While ethical values can vary across cultures and<br />

belief systems, certain core principles often form the<br />

foundation of universally accepted ethical standards.<br />

Foundations of Ethical Values<br />

Cultural Perspectives<br />

Cultural backgrounds significantly<br />

influence ethical values. Different<br />

societies may prioritise various<br />

virtues, such as honesty, loyalty, or<br />

compassion, based on their cultural<br />

heritage and historical context. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

can be gleaned from expressions in<br />

the people’s language. Igbos will say,<br />

‘Onye aghala nwanneya’, meaning<br />

none should leave his brother or sister<br />

behind. Or ‘Eziokwu bu ndu’, meaning<br />

truth is life. Understanding cultural<br />

diversity is key to fostering respect for<br />

varying ethical perspectives.<br />

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Religious Influences<br />

Many ethical values find their roots<br />

in religious teachings. Various<br />

faiths provide moral guidelines and<br />

commandments that shape the<br />

ethical framework of their followers.<br />

Within the Christian faith for instance,<br />

concepts like justice, forgiveness,<br />

and charity are evident from their<br />

religious doctrines, impacting<br />

the ethical values embraced by<br />

individuals within the religious<br />

community.<br />

Philosophical Principles<br />

Ethical values have deep<br />

connections to philosophical<br />

thought. Philosophers throughout<br />

history, from Aristotle to Kant to<br />

Thaddeus Metz, have explored and<br />

articulated theories on morality<br />

and ethics. Utilitarianism (based on<br />

consequences), deontology (based<br />

on duty), virtue ethics (based on<br />

character), African ethics (based on<br />

the interconnectedness of humanity)<br />

and other philosophical frameworks<br />

contribute to the intellectual<br />

discourse surrounding ethical<br />

decision-making.<br />

Laws<br />

Societal laws often reflect ethical<br />

values, serving as a formalised<br />

expression of shared moral principles.<br />

Legal systems are designed to<br />

protect individual rights, promote<br />

justice, and maintain social order.<br />

Ethical considerations can influence<br />

the creation and evolution of laws,<br />

and in turn, legal standards can<br />

shape societal ethical norms.<br />

Role of Ethical Values in Society<br />

Behaviour, Relationship,<br />

Culture and Social Justice<br />

Ethical values provide individuals<br />

with a moral compass, to guide<br />

their behaviour in both personal and<br />

professional spheres. Trust as ethical<br />

value is a fundamental component<br />

of any healthy relationship, be<br />

it in personal friendships, family<br />

dynamics, or professional<br />

collaborations. Upholding ethical<br />

values promotes trust, as individuals<br />

can rely on each other to act with<br />

integrity and honesty. Ethical values<br />

are integral to the formation of<br />

organisational culture. Companies<br />

that prioritise ethics create a positive<br />

work environment and enhance<br />

employee morale. Ethical business<br />

practices contribute to long-term<br />

success, as customers, employees,<br />

and stakeholders are more likely<br />

to support ethically responsible<br />

organisations. Ethical values help<br />

address social issues and promote<br />

justice. Nigeria will be a better<br />

place if it could recognise and<br />

rectify systemic injustices through<br />

a collective adherence to ethical<br />

values.<br />

Challenges and Considerations<br />

Cultural differences lead to conflicting<br />

ethical values. Striking a balance<br />

between respecting cultural diversity<br />

and advocating for universal ethical<br />

principles poses a complex dilemma.<br />

<strong>The</strong> rapid evolution of technology<br />

introduces ethical challenges<br />

too, from privacy concerns to the<br />

ethical implications of artificial<br />

intelligence. New ethical frameworks<br />

to guide tech development is<br />

required. As the world becomes<br />

increasingly interconnected, ethical<br />

considerations and global issues<br />

demand collaborative ethical<br />

solutions.<br />

Conclusion<br />

In a world characterised by complex<br />

diversity, ethical values serve as the<br />

bedrock of a just and harmonious<br />

society. Understanding the<br />

foundations of ethical values — rooted<br />

in culture, religion, philosophy, and law<br />

— allows individuals and communities<br />

to navigate the challenges of today’s<br />

world. By upholding ethical principles<br />

in personal and professional life, we<br />

contribute to a global community<br />

built on trust, respect, and shared<br />

values. Embracing a commitment to<br />

ethical values must not be a matter<br />

of personal whims; it should be a<br />

collective responsibility that shapes<br />

the present and molds the future for<br />

generations to come.<br />

VICTOR<br />



Victor Olewunne, the Ethicist,<br />

is a public affairs analyst and<br />

Founder, African Foundation for<br />

Ethics and Social Responsibility.<br />

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Women in<br />

Politics:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Positives,<br />

<strong>The</strong> Warts<br />

By Tolulope Akinruli<br />

women's access to governance has<br />

been a topic of great importance in<br />

Nigeria for decades. More and<br />

more women are now taking on<br />

leadership roles in various tiers<br />

and sectors of the country. This<br />

shift has brought about a significant change in the<br />

traditional male-dominated landscape and has<br />

sparked discussions on the impact of women in<br />

positions of power.<br />

<strong>Accomplish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> takes a look at the impact<br />

made by some Nigerian women who have had the<br />

privilege of holding public office. Particular<br />

emphasis is on whether those women made an<br />

enviable, exemplary impact or if they were just<br />

feminine versions of the numerous men who have<br />

been largely blamed for the derelict state of<br />

Nigeria's political and economic fabrics.<br />

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Stella Adaeze Oduah is a prominent Nigerian politician<br />

who served as the Minister of Aviation in Nigeria from 2011 to 2014.<br />

During her tenure, she implemented various reforms and<br />

initiatives to improve the aviation sector. One of her notable<br />

achievements was the successful remodelling and upgrading of<br />

major airports across the country.<br />

<strong>The</strong> improvement of airport infrastructure has significantly<br />

enhanced the travel experience of domestic and international<br />

travellers. Her efforts in modernising and developing airport<br />

facilities have played a crucial role in positioning Nigeria as a hub<br />

for regional and international travel. However, Oduah's political<br />

career has been marred by scandal when she became embroiled<br />

in a corruption allegation involving the purchase of bullet-proof<br />

cars at inflated prices of $1.6 million for the Nigerian Civil Aviation<br />

Authority. This has damaged her reputation and cast a shadow<br />

over her contributions to the aviation sector.<br />

Diezani Alison-Madueke served as the Minister of Petroleum<br />

Resources in Nigeria from 2010 to 2015. She made notable efforts to<br />

implement several policies and reforms aimed at combating corruption in<br />

the sector. For example, she initiated the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) which<br />

aimed to restructure and change the oil and gas industry in Nigeria, with<br />

focus on improving regulatory frameworks, transparency, and<br />

accountability. Although the bill faced numerous challenges and was not<br />

fully implemented during her tenure, the efforts and initiatives she<br />

introduced signified a step towards improving governance in the oil and<br />

gas sector in Nigeria. During her time in office, Alison-Madueke faced<br />

numerous allegations of financial impropriety, including the<br />

mismanagement of public funds and involvement in money laundering<br />

schemes. In 2015, she was arrested in the United Kingdom on charges of<br />

corruption and money laundering, and she has since been the subject of<br />

various international investigations.<br />

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, GCON.<br />

She is a renowned economist and former Finance Minister of Nigeria. She is widely respected for<br />

her efforts in leading economic reforms and her role in negotiating the cancellation of Nigeria's<br />

external debt. She has also been a strong advocate for women's empowerment and has made<br />

significant contributions to development initiatives within the country. Notwithstanding, her tenure<br />

as Finance Minister was not without downtime, as she faced criticism for handling the fuel subsidy<br />

removal, which led to widespread protests and civil unrest. Despite this, Okonjo-Iweala's positive<br />

impact on Nigeria's economy cannot be overlooked.<br />

Many would recall that her fearless and uncompromising stance against economic saboteurs<br />

within and outside the corridors of power brought her and members of her nuclear family close<br />

shaves with death! This not only shows how resolutely she stood against corruption, but it also<br />

proves that not every Nigerian in public office can be tainted with thieving from the country's<br />

commonwealth.<br />

She has the distinction of holding various ministerial portfolios to two presidents of Nigeria. She<br />

served as minister of finance in the administrations of President Olusegun Obasanjo and<br />

President Goodluck Jonathan. Under the former's tenure, she also served as Coordinating Minister<br />

of the Economy and Minister of Foreign Affairs respectively. She is currently the 7th Director-<br />

General of the World Trade Organisation.<br />

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Kemi Adeosun<br />

is the former Minister of Finance. She made some impact by<br />

improving government spending, which helped to reduce waste<br />

and mismanagement of public funds. She also played a key role<br />

in advocating for responsible budgeting and financial<br />

management practices, which are essential for ensuring the<br />

long-term economic stability and prosperity of the country.<br />

Her tenure was destroyed by controversy when it was revealed<br />

that she had obtained a fake National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)<br />

exemption certificate. This scandal raised questions about her<br />

integrity and raised concerns about the credibility of her financial<br />

management expertise. Adeosun ultimately resigned from her<br />

ministerial position after she acknowledged that her NYSC<br />

exemption certificate was not authentic.<br />

Amina Jane Mohammed, GCON.<br />

She is the current Deputy Secretary-General of<br />

the United Nations. Prior to this, she served<br />

Nigeria as Minister of Environment. She has been<br />

a champion for sustainable development and<br />

environmental conservation in Nigeria. She<br />

played a crucial role in the implementation of<br />

policies to tackle climate change and promote<br />

clean energy initiatives.<br />

However, at some point, she was criticised for<br />

her alleged role in the controversial issuance of<br />

timber export permits in Nigeria. In 2017, it was<br />

reported that she had signed thousands of<br />

permits allowing the export of endangered<br />

rosewood from Nigeria to China. <strong>The</strong> critics<br />

claimed she had done so even though the<br />

Convention on International Trade in<br />

Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora<br />

(CITES) had placed a ban on the export of<br />

rosewood from Nigeria due to concerns about<br />

the sustainability of the species.<br />

Her alleged actions, in this regard, have been<br />

seen as a betrayal of her responsibility to protect<br />

the environment and endangered species.<br />

Furthermore, the issuance of these permits had<br />

a detrimental impact on the Nigerian<br />

environment and further fueled the illegal<br />

logging trade, leading to further deforestation<br />

and the destruction of natural habitats.<br />

As the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on<br />

Post-2015 Development Planning, Mohammed worked<br />

tirelessly to ensure that Nigeria's priorities and<br />

aspirations were reflected in the global agenda for<br />

sustainable development. Through her efforts, Nigeria<br />

became a signatory to the SDGs, committing to<br />

eradicating poverty, promoting environmental<br />

sustainability, and fostering inclusive economic growth.<br />

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Halima Shehu was, until her<br />

suspension by President Bola<br />

Ahmed Tinubu, the Chief Executive<br />

Officer of the National Social<br />

Investment Programme Agency<br />

(NSIPA). Her suspension followed<br />

allegations of financial<br />

malfeasance.<br />

Before her appointment to lead<br />

the NSIPA, was confirmed by the<br />

Senate on October 18, 2023, she<br />

served as the National<br />

Coordinator of the Conditional<br />

Cash Transfer (CCT) programme.<br />

She had also worked with the<br />

Federal Ministry of Humanitarian<br />

Affairs, Disaster Management and<br />

Social Development between 2017<br />

and 2022. She is a strong<br />

advocate for women's<br />

participation in the economy. She<br />

has been instrumental in creating<br />

platforms and opportunities for<br />

women to voice their concerns<br />

and play meaningful roles in<br />

effective governance. Her efforts<br />

have helped to create a more<br />

inclusive and diverse political<br />

environment in Nigeria, leading to<br />

a more representative and<br />

Dr. Betta Edu made a name<br />

for herself in Nigerian politics as a<br />

public administrator, and former<br />

Director General of the Cross River<br />

State Primary Health Care<br />

Development Agency. She was<br />

appointed Minister of<br />

Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty<br />

Alleviation of Government by<br />

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. She<br />

was suspended from office after<br />

an alleged 585 million naira<br />

scandal in her ministry.<br />

Leaked documents allege that Edu<br />

diverted over 585 million naira<br />

(U.S.$640,000) into a civil servant's<br />

private account. Her ministry is<br />

effective government. In addition to<br />

the allegations of fraud, she has<br />

been accused of using her position<br />

of power to further the interests of<br />

her political party at the expense of<br />

the welfare of the Nigerian people.<br />

This type of partisanship is<br />

detrimental to the democratic<br />

process and undermines the<br />

principles of fairness and equality<br />

that should underpin political<br />

decision-making by public officials.<br />

As critics say, by prioritising the<br />

interests of her party over the needs<br />

of the citizens she was appointed to<br />

serve, Halima Shehu has contributed<br />

to the polarisation and division<br />

within Nigerian politics.<br />

said to have approved the transfer<br />

into a personal account, which was<br />

not in her name, but said it was for<br />

the "implementation of grants to<br />

vulnerable groups". Following the<br />

public outrage that followed,<br />

President Tinubu ordered a<br />

comprehensive investigation into all<br />

the transactions to uncover the<br />

truth. Edu has continued to maintain<br />

that the transfer was for legitimate<br />

grant implementation. It would be<br />

recalled that when she served as<br />

commissioner in Cross River State,<br />

there were also allegations against<br />

her with regards to distribution of<br />

palliatives to vulnerable persons.<br />

However, she is credited to have<br />

adequately coordinated efforts to<br />

ensure that essential food items and<br />

relief materials reached those most<br />

in need during the lockdowns and<br />

economic hardships caused by the<br />

pandemic. Her proactive approach<br />

and commitment to addressing the<br />

challenges faced by vulnerable<br />

populations during the pandemic<br />

we're reported to be commendable.<br />


Conclusion<br />

Based on the foregoing, it is<br />

obvious that the involvement of<br />

women in governance brings<br />

about positive or negative<br />

performance. In order words,<br />

there is no clear evidence, so far,<br />

that giving women opportunity to<br />

hold public office will eliminate<br />

corruption. Nevertheless, it is<br />

imperative to continue<br />

advocating for women's<br />

representation in governance and<br />

to create a supportive<br />

environment that will enable<br />

women to excel in leadership<br />

roles. As more women continue to<br />

seek public office, it is mandatory<br />

lthat they evaluate the<br />

performance of women that had<br />

served in government in order to<br />

redirect their minds to upholding<br />

the highest standards of integrity<br />

and accountability in serving the<br />

Nigerian people.<br />



My love to impact<br />

knowledge to the<br />

young and old led<br />

me to research and<br />

writing. Also, l have<br />

been business-oriented,<br />

right from childhood,<br />

which made me focus<br />

more on driving the<br />

business world and<br />

also to help people grow<br />

their business. As a<br />

writer, I aim to create an<br />

insightful image in the<br />

minds of every reader<br />

for maximum wealth<br />

and health.<br />

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“Nothing<br />

is working in my<br />

life. My brain is clogged<br />

up. <strong>The</strong> economy is getting<br />

harder. My decisions are<br />

wrong. My mind is messed up.<br />

<strong>The</strong> future doesn’t seem bright<br />

at all. I see extreme hardship,<br />

and I can’t bear the pain<br />

anymore. I’m sorry Mom,<br />

I’m sorry Dad.”<br />

Why Did<br />

Amarachi Commit<br />

Suicide At Work?<br />

By Segun McMedal<br />

On January 8, 2024, the news broke that a female<br />

staff member of Globus Bank in Lagos, known as<br />

Miss Amarachi Ugochukwu, committed suicide!<br />

Her body was found on the floor of the bank’s<br />

staff toilet. Also found were her diary containing<br />

her suicide note and a can of insecticide she drank.<br />

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Just like you, this story caught my<br />

attention. What is not in the news is<br />

the subject of this article. Walk with<br />

me, please.<br />

Sometimes, I fancy myself thinking<br />

like Sherlock Holmes. Generation X<br />

will remember Holmes, famed for his<br />

uncanny ability to gather evidence<br />

based on his honed skills of<br />

observation and deductive<br />

reasoning. So, like Holmes, I<br />

wondered why Amarachi chose to<br />

commit suicide at work and not at<br />

home. What triggered this state? Was<br />

she suicidal?<br />

It was important to do a background<br />

check. So, I visited her LinkedIn page.<br />

Amarachi landed a job as a<br />

relationship manager at the Globus<br />

Bank in May 2023. She wrote on her<br />

timeline about securing the job, “I’m<br />

happy to share that I’m starting a<br />

new position as Relationship<br />

Manager at Globus Bank!" She had<br />

moved from Zenith Bank.<br />

Amarachi was 32, well-dressed,<br />

pretty, and bright. She also wrote on<br />

her page, “Being the best and<br />

nothing less is my identity. I was<br />

awarded best graduating student<br />

from a pool of over a hundred<br />

students in 2016. <strong>The</strong> Achievers team<br />

was top performer in 2019, increasing<br />

sales by over a 100% and I was the<br />

team leader. Performing at my job<br />

with excellence and competence has<br />

given me the opportunity to work in<br />

three different units in the space of a<br />

year in Zenith Bank.”<br />

From this, one could deduce that she<br />

was happy and excited about life<br />

and ready to take on the world. It<br />

seemed like everything was going<br />

well for her. On the surface, at least.<br />

Is it fair to rule out the possibility that<br />

she was suicidal? Let’s take a deep<br />

dive into what’s happening in<br />

Nigerian banks. Bank marketers,<br />

Amarachi was 32, well-dressed,<br />

pretty, and bright. She also wrote<br />

on her page, “Being the best and<br />

nothing less is my identity. I was<br />

awarded best graduating student<br />

from a pool of over a hundred<br />

students in 2016.<br />

especially those who are far from meeting set deposit<br />

targets, dread going to work on Mondays! Why? <strong>The</strong>y<br />

will be talked down on, bashed, and harassed for not<br />

delivering! <strong>The</strong>y may even be served queries. During<br />

end-of-the-week meetings, some marketers’ selfconfidence<br />

will drop significantly. Is this enough to<br />

trigger suicide?<br />

In Amarachi’s case, it is important to know what<br />

happened at the review meeting that Monday morning,<br />

if there was one. Was the meeting the tipping point for<br />

her? Her suicide note read: “Nothing is working in my<br />

life. My brain is clogged up. <strong>The</strong> economy is getting<br />

harder. My decisions are wrong. My mind is messed up.<br />

<strong>The</strong> future doesn’t seem bright at all. I see extreme<br />

hardship, and I can’t bear the pain anymore. I’m sorry<br />

Mom, I’m sorry Dad.”<br />

We all know that one person can start an epidemic. I<br />

hope that Amarachi’s case will not become a tipping<br />

point for other marketers in the banking sector who are<br />

under pressure to perform!<br />

SEGUN<br />



Mr. Segun McMedal is an experienced<br />

story teller, reputation manager, brand<br />

builder, business coach, social butterfly,<br />

publisher, content creator, digital public<br />

relations consultant and immediate Past<br />

Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Public<br />

Relations. He is the President & CEO,<br />

Upticomn Marketing Company, Lagos.<br />

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Plateau<br />

Massacre<br />

Should the<br />

Service<br />

Chiefs be<br />

sacked?<br />

By Dave Baro-Thomas<br />

it appears the security breaches in Plateau<br />

State approximate the thoughts of Thomas<br />

Hobbes in "Leviathan" (1660), that human<br />

life was solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and<br />

short. By the last count, hundreds have been<br />

slaughtered, scores are missing, and countless<br />

are wounded as the once serene and peaceful<br />

state has become Golgotha and a field of blood<br />

while we fold our arms and watch the carnage.<br />

Hobbes further reasoned that the remedy to<br />

this maleficence is a virile, intentional and<br />

uncompromising leadership in this context<br />

rather than the authoritarian or monarchical<br />

government contemplated originally.<br />

<strong>The</strong> unrestrained<br />

bloodbath in some parts<br />

of that state is worrisome<br />

and leaves many<br />

confused because,<br />

sometimes, these<br />

marauders and<br />

insurgents give advance<br />

notices before the<br />

attacks, and<br />

communities are sacked<br />

overnight without the<br />

slightest resistance from<br />

the authorities saddled<br />

with the responsibility of<br />

securing lives and<br />

property in the country.<br />

Without mincing words,<br />

two possibilities give rise<br />

to these outcomes: either<br />

the entire security<br />

intelligence architecture<br />

in that space has<br />

collapsed, or there is<br />

ungodly complicity in<br />

•Lt. General Taoreed Lagbaja<br />

certain quarters. For<br />

anyone who cares to<br />

listen, Plateau State is<br />

falling, and no society<br />

makes any meaningful<br />

progress - on social or<br />

economic fronts - where<br />

insecurity of this<br />

magnitude thrives<br />

unabated. Responsibility<br />

comes with<br />

consequences and<br />

rewards, and when<br />

performance metrics are<br />

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negative, the President<br />

and Commander-in-<br />

Chief should be<br />

courageous enough to<br />

make the tough decision.<br />

One such tough decision<br />

is a dispassionate review<br />

of the performance of all<br />

the service chiefs viz-aviz<br />

the state of insecurity<br />

in the country. <strong>The</strong><br />

question that should<br />

trouble the President's<br />

mind is: What has<br />

changed in the security<br />

architecture since the<br />

appointment of this<br />

bunch of service chiefs.<br />

It's really true that when<br />

performances are<br />

reported rather than felt,<br />

somebody is not telling<br />

the whole truth.<br />

Plateau, like some other<br />

states in the North, have,<br />

no doubt, become a<br />

killing field, and all<br />

Nigerians get, most times,<br />

is a delegation of service<br />

chiefs making what<br />

many consider endless,<br />

lip-service condolence<br />

visits around the affected<br />

states. <strong>The</strong>se visits are<br />

now for the optics and,<br />

probably, playing to the<br />

gallery. <strong>The</strong> crux of the<br />

matter is that after a few<br />

weeks, a large troop of<br />

bandits will travel across<br />

the expanse of open land,<br />

given the topography of<br />

most Northern states,<br />

invade villages and<br />

massacre defenceless<br />

Nigerians in operations<br />

that can last all night,<br />

and in recent cases like in<br />

Plateau State, for days,<br />

then, return to their hiding<br />

dens without any trace or<br />

arrests.<br />

Sometime in mid-2023,<br />

no fewer than 300 people<br />

were massacred in a<br />

series of attacks by<br />

insurgents in the Mangu<br />

Local Government Area.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Nigerian Army<br />

launched a special<br />

operation code-named<br />

"Operation Hakorin<br />

Damisa IV" as a response<br />

to put a stop to the<br />

carnage. Major-General<br />

Taoreed Lagbaja, the<br />

Chief of Army Staff,<br />

vowed to crush the<br />

bandits. Six months later,<br />

the sloppy performance<br />

report cards are out<br />

there!<br />

It is either these bandits<br />

have become subsovereign<br />

to themselves<br />

within the Nigerian nation<br />

or are invisible and<br />

invincible to the Nigerian<br />

military and the Police.<br />

Kidnapping is resurging<br />

on the Abuja-Kaduna<br />

highway. <strong>The</strong> Lokoja axis<br />

is a free fall, killings and<br />

the so-called farmersherders<br />

crisis are<br />

rebounding.<br />

<strong>The</strong> truth remains that<br />

the Plateau bloodbath is<br />

the battle for the soul of<br />

the land. <strong>The</strong> barbarism<br />

and dastard acts by<br />

these bandits on<br />

innocent Nigerians are<br />

simply inconceivable. It is<br />

about time all the heads<br />

of security operatives in<br />

the country had a frank<br />

conversation with the<br />

Commander-in-Chief<br />

and receive a clear-cut<br />

matching order to<br />

dissipate the terrorists, or<br />

they get relieved of their<br />

appointments!<br />

How can a large<br />

contingent of bandits<br />

sack communities and<br />

disappear into thin air,<br />

and people appointed to<br />

protect them and<br />

sustained in office by<br />

taxes of the people are<br />

still keeping their jobs,<br />

gracing TV shows to<br />

explain how<br />

handicapped the nation’s<br />

security architecture has<br />

become in the face of<br />

banditry?<br />

In a country where you<br />

cannot defend yourself,<br />

marauders can walk in<br />

and kill hundreds in one<br />

night. Is this how to<br />

govern a nation? Is this<br />

what those in public<br />

office were sworn-in to<br />

do?<br />

DAVE<br />



A Banker, Special<br />

Project Executive<br />

(BusinessDay Media)<br />

and Event/Conferences<br />

Manager (Vanguard<br />

Newspapers). A<br />

Producer, Editor, Author/<br />

Publisher, (Development<br />

Post & Agrobusiness<br />

Times) Columnist,<br />

Voice-over artist,<br />

Content Specialist (Pan<br />

Atlantic University),<br />

Trainer, and Media<br />

Entrepreneur (GreenStel<br />

Communication/Zemeef<br />

Communications)<br />

with a strong flare for<br />

marketing<br />

and research.<br />

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"I heard my mother ask the<br />

neighbors for salt. But we had salt<br />

at home. I asked her why she asked<br />

the neighbours for salt. And she<br />

replied: - Because our neighbors<br />

don't have much money and they<br />

often ask us for something. From<br />

time to time I also ask them for<br />

something small and economical,<br />

so that they feel that we need them<br />

too. That way, they will feel more<br />

comfortable and it will be easier to<br />

keep asking us for everything they<br />

need.<br />

And that's what I learned from my<br />

mother... let's build empathetic,<br />

humble, supportive children .<br />

Written by Coleen Rodgers and<br />

posted by <strong>The</strong> Law of Attraction<br />

& <strong>The</strong> Secret on Quora.com<br />

1. <strong>The</strong>y love to hear<br />

the word “No”.<br />

<strong>The</strong> real secret to success isn’t<br />

that first win, it’s all the nos<br />

people heard to get there. As<br />

someone once stated, a person<br />

can achieve anything if they are<br />

willing to hear 'no' repeatedly.<br />

2. <strong>The</strong>y improve<br />

themselves for<br />

themselves, rather<br />

than for external<br />

reasons.<br />

Successful people find immense<br />

satisfaction in their own selfdevelopment<br />

and taking care of<br />

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real desires and settle,<br />

creating a genuine<br />

standard for themselves.<br />

And when it comes to<br />

relationships, connecting<br />

with compatible singles<br />

meet their standards is<br />

key.<br />

5. <strong>The</strong>y always<br />

pursue multiple<br />

options.<br />

Successful people don’t<br />

rely on only one avenue<br />

and hope it works out.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y diversify and improve<br />

their odds and never put<br />

all their eggs in one basket.<br />

Distinct<br />

Characteristics<br />

of Successful<br />

People<br />

their needs. <strong>The</strong>y don’t do it to<br />

try and get a girlfriend back,<br />

prove someone wrong, or to<br />

receive validation.<br />

3. <strong>The</strong>y’re willing to<br />

have egg on their<br />

face.<br />

Yes, the willingness to appear<br />

stupid means a refusal to let<br />

the weight of other people’s<br />

opinions dictate what they do.<br />

Moreover, it signals a crucial<br />

fact: the less seriously they<br />

take life, the better chances of<br />

success.<br />

4. <strong>The</strong>y don’t settle<br />

for less than they<br />

deserve.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are honest about their<br />

desires and don’t hide their<br />

6. <strong>The</strong>y are not<br />

islands unto<br />

themselves.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y do not work<br />

independently all the time,<br />

or assume they can<br />

handle everything alone. In<br />

fact, one of their greatest<br />

attributes it their<br />

willingness to surround<br />

themselves with people<br />

who are smarter than they<br />

are.<br />

Editor's Note: This<br />

piece was posted by<br />

Alex Ferman with a<br />

different title on<br />

Quora.com<br />

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Some Golden Habits You<br />

Should Imbibe in 2024.<br />

Avoid<br />

gossiping<br />

about<br />

people<br />

with other<br />

people.<br />

Just<br />

remain<br />

silent.<br />

Know what to tell<br />

people and what you<br />

shouldn’t tell. Keep<br />

privacy and keep secrets.<br />

Have the<br />

blueprint that<br />

you will<br />

forever be a<br />

student in life;<br />

if not, you<br />

might<br />

have to<br />

learn<br />

with<br />

your<br />

own life.<br />

Don’t drink and drive.<br />

By not doing so, you<br />

will save your life and<br />

someone else's life.<br />

Effectiveness<br />

is not just<br />

enough to<br />

enjoy this life.<br />

Try to be<br />

efficient.<br />

Start<br />

spending<br />

money to<br />

collect some<br />

wonderful<br />

moments.<br />

Avoid being<br />

available for<br />

people 24/7,<br />

unless you work<br />

as a customer<br />

care agent.<br />

People won’t<br />

respect you.<br />

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You cannot<br />

manage time but<br />

you can manage<br />

your priorities and<br />

activities.<br />

History Never Forgets<br />

<strong>The</strong> lady circled in red was Lucy Higgs Nichols. She<br />

was born into slavery in Tennessee, but during the<br />

American Civil War, she managed to escape and<br />

found her way to 23rd Indiana Infantry Regiment<br />

which was encamped nearby.<br />

Talk to your<br />

loved ones daily or<br />

weekly.<br />

Try to, at least,<br />

put a smile on<br />

someone's face<br />

daily.<br />

Instead of mocking<br />

someone because of<br />

their situations, you<br />

can always help<br />

them out.<br />

She stayed with the regiment and worked as a nurse<br />

throughout the war. After the war, she moved north<br />

with the regiment and settled in Indiana, where she<br />

found work with some of the veterans of the 23rd. She<br />

applied for a pension after Congress passed the<br />

Army Nurses Pension Act of 1892 which allowed Civil<br />

War nurses to draw pensions for their service.<br />

<strong>The</strong> War Department had no record of her, so her<br />

pension was denied. Fifty-five surviving veterans of<br />

the 23rd petitioned Congress for the pension they felt<br />

she had rightfully earned, and it was granted. <strong>The</strong><br />

photograph shows Nichols and other veterans of the<br />

Indiana regiment at a reunion in 1898. She died in 1915<br />

and is buried in a cemetery in New Albany, Indiana.<br />

Editor's Note: This piece was originally<br />

published by Quora.com<br />

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DR. VERA<br />

SONGWE<br />

"Africa Needs the Will to Grow."<br />

Dr. Vera Songwe is an acclaimed economist and banking<br />

executive who currently serves as serves as a nonresident<br />

Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution's<br />

Africa Growth Initiative. In 2022, she was appointed<br />

chairwoman of the board of the Liquidity and Sustainability<br />

Facility (LSF), a finance mechanism aimed at improving the<br />

liquidity of African sovereign debt.<br />

She had, previously, worked for the World Bank from 1998 to<br />

2015. <strong>The</strong> Cameroonian-born economist had also served as<br />

Western and Central Africa's regional director for the<br />

International Finance Corporation between 2015 and 2017.<br />

Interestingly, Dr. Songwe was the first woman to head the United<br />

Nations' Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) at the level of<br />

Under Secretary-General.<br />

In this brief interview conducted by originally published by Ruth<br />

Lago of "AfricaNews, Dr. Vera Songwe speaks on the need for<br />

African countries to embrace diversification of their respective<br />

country's economy to bring about true, widespread prosperity.<br />

She also calls for African governments to create opportunities for<br />

young people to not only use technology but also invent<br />

technology for Africa's advancement.<br />

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Ruth Lago: You have declared<br />

that African countries must<br />

define their development model.<br />

Should we conclude that in the<br />

last 5 years there has been no<br />

progress in this direction?<br />

Every time we talk about Africa<br />

we always have the impression<br />

that we are talking about a<br />

monolithic whole. We have more<br />

than 50 countries. We have made<br />

a lot of progress.<br />

I think that there are countries<br />

that have adopted this<br />

information economy --<br />

especially in East Africa. We have<br />

made a lot of progress in Kenya,<br />

Uganda but also Ethiopia. But also<br />

in countries like Cape Verde,<br />

small island countries. We've also<br />

seen the industrialization of<br />

countries like Morocco -- also<br />

because of the diversification of<br />

its economy.<br />

Ruth Lago: <strong>The</strong> year 2020 with<br />

Covid had a definite impact on<br />

economies. What can we expect<br />

as the disease abates but<br />

economies are stretched thin?<br />

First of all, we can celebrate the<br />

resilience of African economies a<br />

little bit because we did not seen<br />

a total collapse of any of them.<br />

We can see that countries are<br />

coming out of it. Before we had a<br />

growth rate of 3.2% and I think<br />

everyone knows that Africa needs<br />

a growth rate of 8% and 10%; so<br />

we should now put a little more<br />

effort into the recovery.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Economic Commission for<br />

Africa is campaigning for a green<br />

recovery, a more sustainable<br />

recovery of the economy. We<br />

have carried out studies that<br />

show that with a greener<br />

recovery, a green industrial<br />

recovery, we can create 450%<br />

more jobs in South Africa, 320%<br />

more jobs in the Democratic<br />

Republic of Congo and other<br />

countries.<br />

Ruth Lago: Let's talk about plans<br />

for the next 5 years? What will<br />

Africa need?<br />

<strong>The</strong> only way to open up our<br />

economies -- to open them up<br />

peacefully, is to have a vaccine<br />

and to have vaccinated 60% of<br />

our populations. Secondly, I think<br />

it's what we call enablers in<br />

French; it's having energy, access<br />

to energy, not access to energy<br />

for every house but access to<br />

energy for the industrialisation of<br />

the continent.<br />

But there is all this human<br />

capacity that we have to build.<br />

We have to create capacity for<br />

our young people to be able - not<br />

only to use information<br />

technology but to create it and<br />

become captains of industry<br />

themselves. We have to create<br />

the capacity for our young people<br />

to be able to - not only use<br />

information technologies but to<br />

create them to become<br />

themselves the captains of<br />

industry in the fields of<br />

information technology.<br />

So the first thing is the vaccine,<br />

the second thing is infrastructure<br />

the roads, the energy. And the<br />

third thing is obviously to take<br />

advantage of (<strong>The</strong> African<br />

Continental Free Trade Area<br />

(AfCFTA) to open up our<br />

economies a little more, to have<br />

regional value chains that are<br />

strengthened so that we can add<br />

value on the continent before<br />

exporting, and then, of course to<br />

strengthen the human capacity<br />

of our young people.<br />

DR. VERA<br />

SONGWE<br />

Editor's Note: This interview was<br />

originally published by AfricaNews<br />

(www.africanews.com)<br />

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By Damian Ikenna Ngere<br />

• MAD Architects Unveils Nanhai Art Centre Design in<br />

Foshan City, Guangdong<br />

<strong>The</strong> plans for the Nanhai<br />

Art Centre in Foshan City,<br />

Guangdong, south east China,<br />

have been made public by MAD<br />

Architects. <strong>The</strong> 59,445 square<br />

metre project consists of three<br />

primary components: a sports<br />

centre, a museum, and a grand<br />

theatre.<br />

With a new public entrance to<br />

the shoreline, the centre’s wavelike<br />

shape aims to promote<br />

community and traditional<br />

culture. After construction is<br />

finished, the art centre aims to<br />

become a brand-new waterfront<br />

public area that combines<br />

artistic and social elements.<br />

<strong>The</strong> grand theatre and museum<br />

are situated on one side of the<br />

centre’s plan, which creates<br />

a visual axis towards the lake,<br />

in accordance with national<br />

museum standards.<br />

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Dan<br />

Kiley<br />

• Unveiling the Genius of Dan Kiley: A Journey<br />

into Modernist Landscape Architecture<br />

Dan Kiley was known to have made a<br />

substantial contribution to the field of design<br />

as a landscape architect. Influential architects<br />

such Louis Kahn, I.M. Pei, and Eero Saarinen<br />

collaborated with the designer. André Le<br />

Nôtre’s classic landscapes had a great<br />

influence on Kiley. His designs are renowned<br />

for the way they use grids and allées to create<br />

a harmonious blend of natural and structured<br />

beauty.<br />

<strong>The</strong> travelling photographic show “<strong>The</strong><br />

Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley”<br />

honours one of the most influential modernist<br />

landscape architects and opens on January<br />

18. <strong>The</strong> display, which is being curated by<br />

<strong>The</strong> Cultural Landscape Foundation, intends<br />

to examine and raise awareness of the<br />

architect’s significant influence.<br />

Exhibited in Brooklyn’s <strong>The</strong> Exhibition Space<br />

@ ABC Stone, United States, the display takes<br />

viewers on an engrossing journey through 27<br />

of Dan Kiley’s meticulously selected works. <strong>The</strong><br />

show, which runs through April 30, 2024, takes<br />

visitors on a tour through 27 of the renowned<br />

Dan Kiley’s designs. <strong>The</strong>se include wellknown<br />

sites like the Ford Foundation Atrium at<br />

Rockefeller University in New York; Kenjockety in<br />

Westport; the South Garden of the Art Institute<br />

of Chicago; and, Patterns, a garden designed<br />

for Governor and Mrs. Pierre S. “Pete” du Pont IV<br />

in Wilmington, Delaware.<br />

DAMIAN<br />



Ikenna is a graduate of Physics and Education,<br />

who works as a freelance writer. He has interest<br />

in technology, humanity and sports.<br />

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TIPS<br />

FOR<br />


IN REAL<br />

ESTATE<br />


By John Abiodun Olaitan<br />

it is a globally known truth that investing in real estate is<br />

better and safer than investing in the stock market. Real<br />

estate investment is not just great, it is a tested and trusted<br />

investment option for people who want to achieve financial<br />

success. Becoming a successful real estate investor is a<br />

great step towards achieving that much desired financial<br />

freedom that we all desire.<br />

Real estate investment offers<br />

better cash flow prospects<br />

than the stock market.<br />

However, you need to be<br />

intentionally mindful to avoid<br />

mistakes that make so many<br />

forays into the lucrative<br />

property investment turn into<br />

nightmares and bankruptcy.<br />

Good cash flow from the<br />

rental aspect of real estate<br />

means the investment is,<br />

needless to say, profitable.<br />

A bad cash flow, invariably,<br />

means you won’t have<br />

money on hand to meet your<br />

responsibilities - including<br />

family bills and repaying your<br />

debts. <strong>The</strong>refore, finding a<br />

good investment opportunity<br />

would be key to becoming<br />

successful in real estate<br />

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investment.<br />

A carefully sought out investment property<br />

is smarter and will ensure lower recurrent<br />

expenses. Meaning you will spend less to gain<br />

much more as the value of the asset continues<br />

to keep an upward swing as real estate<br />

investments genreally do.<br />

3 Proven Tips for Prosperity in<br />

Real Estate Investment<br />

1. Smart Choice and Timing of<br />

Investment:<br />

For successful real estate investment, it’s very<br />

important to be deeply conversant with your<br />

local market which could be different from<br />

what’s going at the nation level. You have to<br />

be intentionally discerning while considering<br />

each investment opportunity, so that you<br />

don’t buy at a high price where a lower price<br />

is possible for a similar opportunity elsewhere.<br />

Your purchase and its success will be most<br />

influenced by the factors at work in your<br />

specific real estate market. A rule of thumb for<br />

success in real estate investment is to avoid<br />

very hot markets. Some real estate investors<br />

may brag about the appreciation of their<br />

properties or rising prices, but if you go on<br />

and buy at an already high price, the rate of<br />

returns will be lower when compared with an<br />

alternative location.<br />

Real estate markets move in cycles due to<br />

owners' desire for profits and every real estate<br />

market is at a slightly different phase of the<br />

price cycle. You need to find locations that<br />

are in the phase of expansion – where sales<br />

and prices are rising, affordability is good,<br />

construction cost is relatively low and capital<br />

investment is rising.<br />

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Your focus should also be on<br />

the location of the property<br />

within the market. You should<br />

invest in locations which have<br />

high population density, are<br />

developing, and have all basic<br />

amenities.<br />

All great neighbourhoods have<br />

the following in common:<br />

- Low crime rate<br />

- Reputable schools<br />

- Access to parks and leisure<br />

destinations<br />

- Access to reputable medical<br />

care<br />

- Family-friendly<br />

- Access to public<br />

transportation<br />

- Access to shopping malls<br />

and restaurants<br />

- Good pedestrian walkway.<br />

All of these translate into high<br />

demand for residential and<br />

commercial housing.<br />

2. Buy Low:<br />

Real estate invesent can be<br />

compared to investing in a<br />

dividend-paying stock. <strong>The</strong><br />

ROI (return on investment)<br />

is based on how cheap you<br />

bought the commodity in the<br />

first place. To start with, you<br />

need to consider expected<br />

return on the investment.<br />

A cheap, small house in an<br />

unsafe neighbourhood can<br />

be bought for little money, but<br />

you won’t make much money<br />

from it in the long run. Instead<br />

of focusing on buying a house,<br />

focus on buying land or an<br />

off-plan. This way, you buy<br />

cheap, save money and gain<br />

more as the years go by.<br />

3. Dive Into the Hidden<br />

Market:<br />

<strong>The</strong> hidden market in real<br />

estate refers to properties<br />

that are deeply discounted for<br />

profit at "wholesale".<br />

<strong>The</strong> ideal case is buying<br />

property from a seller at a<br />

"distressed" rate. This means<br />

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that you can get it way below<br />

the fair or real market value.<br />

To achieve this, you have to<br />

look for buildings, residential<br />

or commercial, with distressed<br />

rates and have not been<br />

publicized in the market yet.<br />

Distressed sales are common<br />

place these days for various<br />

reasons. You could even<br />

make it become your core<br />

area of real estate investment,<br />

and get vendors or agents to<br />

source for you.<br />

As we make progress in<br />

gaining knowledge about<br />

real estate business and<br />

investment, it'll be great to<br />

read your feedback and<br />

questions.<br />

JOHN<br />



John Abiodun Olaitan is a real<br />

estate consultant, realtor and<br />

emerging developer and CEO<br />

of Arklanded Properties Ltd.<br />

He diversified into real estate<br />

after decades of experience<br />

in the oil and gas sector. He’s<br />

happily married<br />

with children.<br />

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with Diiyi William-West<br />

SERIES<br />

Who You<br />

Know Isn't<br />

Enough!<br />

Some years ago,<br />

I worked for<br />

a leadership<br />

development<br />

consulting firm.<br />

I went there to<br />

get mentoring<br />

on-the-job because I<br />

wanted to gather experience<br />

to run my own leadership<br />

development consulting firm.<br />

With that determination, I<br />

put in so much effort at work<br />

and acquiring knowledge.<br />

One of my first observations<br />

was the sheer amount<br />

of typographic errors in<br />

the firm's operational<br />

documents!<br />

I brought years of experience<br />

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in diverse sectors, including<br />

book/magazine editing, to<br />

bear as I spent extra hours<br />

to rework several documents<br />

the firm had been using in its<br />

operations. <strong>The</strong>y included tens<br />

of seminar proposals, letter<br />

formats, and more. It took me<br />

about 6 months of regular<br />

and unpaid overtime effort to<br />

get the volume of documents<br />

proofread and edited. In fact,<br />

as I worked, I shuddered at the<br />

confidence with which regular<br />

letters and proposals were<br />

sent out to would-be clients<br />

for over a decade with heavy<br />

typographic deficiencies!<br />

My colleagues and some<br />

regular visitors commended me<br />

for going the<br />

extra<br />

Here<br />

was a<br />

man who was<br />

"a millionaire"<br />

in relationships<br />

but was not even<br />

"a hundredaire" in<br />

harnessing those<br />

relationships on his<br />

own!<br />

mile<br />

to lift<br />

the quality of those materials. It<br />

was one of the places I realised<br />

that who you know isn't enough.<br />

Not one of the high net worth<br />

individuals who dealt with the<br />

firm called the attention of<br />

the CEO that something was<br />

seriously amiss with the firm's<br />

corporate documents!<br />

Another example is the story<br />

of a CEO of a company who<br />

was overly reluctant to apply<br />

relationships in his wide network<br />

to get contracts legitimately.<br />

Both his parents had been<br />

primary school teachers in the<br />

1960s before rising, through<br />

self development, to become<br />

secondary school lecturers and,<br />

later, high standing university<br />

lecturers. Both of them treated<br />

pupils and students as their<br />

own children, so you can<br />

imagine the wide network of<br />

grateful former students that<br />

continued to relate with the<br />

man's parents and looking for<br />

opportunities to return favours.<br />

Majority of them had become<br />

top shots in various leading<br />

private and public sector<br />

organisations. All this<br />

CEO needed to do<br />

was package<br />

and submit<br />

reasonable and<br />

convincing<br />

proposals for<br />

contracts<br />

since he was<br />

a contractor.<br />

Similarly,<br />

he hardly<br />

contacted his<br />

own peers. He<br />

was known to<br />

always promise<br />

to contact this<br />

person or the other<br />

but barely ever did.<br />

At first, his father was<br />

helping to reach out and<br />

the CEO's company did well.<br />

Some time later, the older man<br />

died. It marked the descent of<br />

his son's company into oblivion<br />

only a few years later. Here was<br />

a man who was "a millionaire" in<br />

relationships but was not even<br />

"a hundredaire" in harnessing<br />

those relationships on his own!<br />

At this point, I'll love you to,<br />

please, do some introspection.<br />

Is your academics, business,<br />

health or ministry suffering from<br />

"relationship kwashiorkor"? Ask<br />

yourself if your situation is due<br />

to people who, as we read in<br />

the first story, watch their family<br />

and friends go down by not<br />

pointing out what needs to be<br />

corrected in their lives, business<br />

or career. Or, is yours the case<br />

of being too arrogant or timid to<br />

ask for reasonable favours?<br />

I don't need to say more. Do<br />

I? If your introspection shows<br />

that you are treading the path<br />

of relationship kwashiorkor in<br />

either way, you need to pull<br />

away from it as a matter of<br />

urgency! Why? Productive<br />

relationships are the nutrients<br />

each of us needs to grow our<br />

efforts into good success.<br />

Till we meet on these pages<br />

again next month, let who you<br />

know count!<br />

DIIYI<br />



More fondly known as DDWEST,<br />

he has several years of media<br />

practice experience spanning<br />

magazines, newspapers, television<br />

and radio; laying emphasis<br />

on maintaining standards in<br />

media practice. He practised<br />

and lectured Public Relations for<br />

nearly a decade before going into<br />

leadership consulting and real<br />

estate consultancy.<br />

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By Damian Ikenna Ngere<br />


joining Affirma to finance the<br />

purchase for a 36.34% share in<br />

CEC, which is listed on the Lusaka<br />

Stock Exchange. Before being<br />

split out as a separate company<br />

in 2019, Affirma was Standard<br />

Chartered Bank's private equity<br />

division.<br />


IMF Anticipates Strong Global<br />

Economy by 2024 Despite<br />

Lower Average Growth Rates<br />

<strong>The</strong> global economy is expected<br />

to experience a "soft landing"<br />

in 2024, according to the<br />

International Monetary Fund.<br />

However, a representative for the<br />

Fund, Julie Kozack, cautioned on<br />

Thursday, January 11 that leaders<br />

have to be ready for shocks<br />

and difficulties down the road.<br />

According to projections, Africa<br />

will have the second-fastest rate<br />

of economic growth globally.<br />

Mozambique's Economic<br />

Growth Boosted with IMF Grant<br />

of $60.7m<br />

<strong>The</strong> third evaluation of<br />

Mozambique's three-year<br />

loan programme has been<br />

successfully completed by the<br />

International Monetary Fund's<br />

(IMF) executive board.<br />

According to the IMF, this change<br />

permits an immediate payment<br />

of about $60.7 million to Maputo.<br />

As of the latest statement<br />

from the IMF, the overall<br />

disbursements under the $456<br />

million Extended Credit Facility<br />

programme, sanctioned in<br />

2022, now stand at roughly $273<br />

million. <strong>The</strong> IMF confirmed that<br />

the programme had performed<br />

satisfactorily, noting a significant<br />

decline in inflationary pressures<br />

and a significant acceleration of<br />

the economic recovery.<br />

Zambia’s Mines Rejoice as<br />

Energy Supplier Secures $145m<br />

Investment<br />

Private equity firm, Affirma<br />

Capital, which is also Copperbelt<br />

Energy Corporation's largest<br />

stakeholder, is leading a $145<br />

million investment in the<br />

company. Copperbelt Energy<br />

Corporation (CEC) distributes<br />

electricity to mining activities<br />

in Zambia and the Democratic<br />

Republic of the Congo.<br />

Norfund, the Norwegian<br />

development finance<br />

organisation, along with<br />

Kommunal Landspensjonskasse,<br />

a Norwegian pension fund, are<br />

Lawyers Rally Against President<br />

Ruto’s Intimidation Tactics<br />

Targeting Kenyan Judges<br />

<strong>The</strong> Law Society of Kenya (LSK) is<br />

organising a protest in which dozens<br />

of legal professionals will take to<br />

the streets of Nairobi, the capital<br />

of Kenya, to voice their opposition<br />

to President William Ruto's threats<br />

to flout court rulings. <strong>The</strong> goal of<br />

the march, which began at the<br />

Supreme Court and proceeded<br />

to the president's office, is to voice<br />

concerns over the president's recent<br />

remarks.<br />

When President Ruto openly<br />

announced that he intended to defy<br />

court decisions, he came under<br />

heavy fire. He said that certain<br />

judges, who remained anonymous,<br />

had conspired with opposition<br />

leaders and "cartels" to thwart the<br />

initiatives of his administration.<br />

Former Kenyan Minister Arrested<br />

for Alleged Gold Smuggling in<br />

Uganda<br />

Stephen Tarus, a former Kenyan<br />

assistant minister for internal<br />

security, is being held by Ugandan<br />

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officials on suspicion of smuggling<br />

gold into the nation using forged<br />

passports. <strong>The</strong> Uganda Revenue<br />

Authority (URA) said that Mr. Tarus,<br />

who was detained on January 6,<br />

was taken before the Ugandan anticorruption<br />

court on Wednesday,<br />

January 10, to answer to charges of<br />

fabricating export documentation.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Ugandan government suffered<br />

large financial losses after some<br />

individuals used forged trade<br />

documents in the sector, according<br />

to the URA.<br />

<strong>The</strong> charges against Tarus<br />

specifically pertain to the fabrication<br />

of export documentation connected<br />

to 13 kilogrammes of gold valued at<br />

$30,000 (£24,000). <strong>The</strong> URA believes<br />

that the gold in question was part<br />

of an illegal smuggling operation<br />

that was meant for Dubai. Tarus has<br />

been placed under remand in Luzira<br />

Prison until January 18, pending<br />

more inquiries into the matter. He<br />

hasn't made any comments on the<br />

accusations yet.<br />

International Partnership Bolsters Damietta Port Development with<br />

Massive $455 Million Funding in Egypt<br />

<strong>The</strong> construction of a second container terminal at Egypt's Damietta<br />

Port is being funded by a coalition of international organisations.<br />

This development will triple the port's capacity and increase its<br />

competitiveness. Established by Eurogate, Contship Italia, Hapag Lloyd,<br />

MELC Group, and Ship & C.R.E.W., Damietta Alliance Container Terminals<br />

is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with a 30-year concession to design,<br />

develop, operate, and maintain the terminal.<br />

<strong>The</strong> financing package comprises US$60 million from the German<br />

development finance institution DEG, US$50 million from Proparco, US$125<br />

million from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development<br />

(EBRD), US$120 million from the International Finance Corporation (IFC),<br />

and US$100 million from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).<br />

AppsFlyer Unveils Cutting-Edge AI Solution to Boost Marketing<br />

Strategies in Africa<br />

AppsFlyer, a provider of marketing measurement, attribution, and<br />

data analytics solutions, has announced the release of a new artificial<br />

intelligence (AI) tool that will give marketers unmatched insights into their<br />

creative assets and data-driven recommendations for optimising their<br />

impact. <strong>The</strong> new approach, called Creative Optimisation, helps marketers<br />

make the most out of their advertising budget while boosting the efficacy<br />

of their creative content and campaigns by identifying the patterns,<br />

trends, and characteristics that lead to the best possible audience<br />

engagement.<br />

With the help of the solution, stakeholders from the creative, business<br />

intelligence (BI), and performance marketing teams can work together to<br />

create a variety of asset variations, test, and validate winning variables in<br />

commercials, and ultimately improve performance while saving time and<br />

money. With the right tools, marketing teams can now combine human<br />

intuition with the accuracy, speed, and scalability of AI capabilities built<br />

right into the product to make creative decisions.<br />

Eleven Candidates to Run<br />

in Zimbabwe’s Presidential<br />

Elections in August<br />

<strong>The</strong> Electoral Commission of<br />

Zimbabwe declared on Thursday,<br />

January 11, that eleven candidates<br />

will contest for the presidential<br />

election in August.<br />

It would be recalled that after<br />

failing to fund the $20,000 required<br />

to run, several candidates - including<br />

the sole female contender, Linda<br />

Masarira - were declared ineligible.<br />

On August 23, Zimbabweans will go<br />

to the polls.<br />

Mnangagwa is running for<br />

reelection amid Zimbabwe's<br />

economic crisis. This month, the<br />

value of the Zimbabwean dollar<br />

declined by over 50% relative to the<br />

United States' dollar.<br />

DAMIAN<br />



Ikenna is a graduate of Physics<br />

and Education, who works as a<br />

freelance writer. He has interest in<br />

technology, humanity and sports.<br />

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By Damian Ike<br />

assessed by the Producer Price<br />

Index increased by 1% yearly in<br />

December, up slightly from the<br />

revised 0.8% reading in November.<br />

<strong>The</strong> core PPI was flat for the<br />

month when the volatile food and<br />

energy categories were removed,<br />

resulting in a 1.8% annual gain<br />

instead of a 2% increase.<br />

KIA Enters the Electric Van Race to Revolutionise<br />

the Automaker Industry<br />

Kia, the newest automaker<br />

to join the very competitive<br />

electric van industry, made its<br />

debut on Tuesday, January<br />

9 at the 2024 Consumer<br />

Electronics Show with a<br />

range of highly configurable<br />

ideas. As Americans have<br />

grown accustomed to having<br />

more items delivered and<br />

automakers and their corporate<br />

fleet clients are searching for<br />

ways to cut emissions, the<br />

market for electric vans has<br />

expanded significantly.<br />


US Wholesale Inflation<br />

Wraps up 2023 With 1%<br />

Annual Rate in December<br />

Due to weekly gains of the euro<br />

an<strong>The</strong> United States begins<br />

2024 with supply-side price<br />

pressures under check. For the<br />

third straight month, US producer<br />

prices declined in December,<br />

pushing a carefully monitored<br />

inflation indicator closer to prepandemic<br />

levels. According to<br />

figures provided by the Bureau<br />

of Labour Statistics on Friday,<br />

January 12, wholesale inflation as<br />

Amazon, the company's<br />

largest backer, is already a<br />

customer of Rivian, which<br />

has revealed it is also selling<br />

the electric delivery vehicles<br />

to other companies. Ford is<br />

the seller of the E-Transit,<br />

and General Motors sells its<br />

own electric delivery vans<br />

through a subsidiary called<br />

Brightdrop. <strong>The</strong> parent firm<br />

of Ram trucks, Stellantis, will<br />

shortly start offering electric<br />

Ram Promaster EV vans for<br />

sale.<br />

Unprecedented Job<br />

Cuts at Google as<br />

Assistant, Hardware, and<br />

Engineering Divisions<br />

Take a Hit<br />

Financial giants - Wells Fargo,<br />

Bank of America, and Citigroup<br />

revealed in their fourth-quarter<br />

reports on Friday, January 12, that<br />

they cut their work forces by a total<br />

17,700 last year. Banks terminated<br />

staff members or ceased hiring<br />

new ones last year as deal making<br />

dried up and borrower demand<br />

decreased.<br />

<strong>The</strong> biggest lender in the<br />

country, JPMorgan Chase, defied<br />

the trend by adding staff for<br />

a third year in a row. This year<br />

may continue to be difficult for<br />

the sector as banks may reduce<br />

lending due to the decline in<br />

commercial real estate and the<br />

more stringent projected capital<br />

regulations.<br />

Major US Banks Witness<br />

Mass Layoffs, Marking a<br />

Chaotic Year<br />

Financial giants - Wells Fargo,<br />

Bank of America, and Citigroup<br />

revealed in their fourth-quarter<br />

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nna Ngere<br />


reports on Friday, January 12, that<br />

they cut their work forces by a total<br />

17,700 last year. Banks terminated<br />

staff members or ceased hiring<br />

new ones last year as deal making<br />

dried up and borrower demand<br />

decreased. <strong>The</strong> biggest lender<br />

in the country, JPMorgan Chase,<br />

defied the trend by adding staff for<br />

a third year in a row.<br />

This year may continue to be<br />

difficult for the sector as banks<br />

may reduce lending due to the<br />

decline in commercial real estate<br />

and the more stringent projected<br />

capital regulations.<br />


40 Russian Missiles<br />

Rain Down on Ukraine<br />

in Overnight Attack –<br />

Ukraine Air Force<br />

In the early hours of Saturday,<br />

January 13, Ukraine was<br />

subjected to a significant Russian<br />

missile bombardment, albeit a<br />

significantly less percentage of<br />

the missiles were shot down by<br />

Ukraine's air defences than usual.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Airforce of Ukraine reports<br />

that Russia launched three drones<br />

and 37 missiles. It claimed to<br />

have downed eight missiles in a<br />

social media announcement. A<br />

spokesman for the air force stated<br />

that Ukraine was now experiencing<br />

a shortage of air defence<br />

weapons. Whether this or any<br />

other issue was the cause of the<br />

poor hit rate was not immediately<br />

apparent.<br />

.Taiwanese Presidentelect<br />

Faces China's<br />

Disapproval Head-On<br />

When he takes office in May,<br />

Taiwan's incoming presidentelect,<br />

Lai Ching-te, will probably<br />

have his hardest assignment yet<br />

because of China's ire, which has<br />

consistently branded him as a<br />

dangerous separatist.<br />

Throughout the campaign, Lai,<br />

who won on Saturday, January 13,<br />

repeatedly stated that he wanted<br />

to maintain the status quo with<br />

China, which claims Taiwan as its<br />

own, and he promised to speak<br />

with Beijing.<br />

Israel’s Gaza Offensive<br />

Reaches its Pivotal 100th<br />

Days of War<br />

As the conflict nears its 100th<br />

day with no end in sight, Israel<br />

continued to attack the Gaza<br />

Strip on Saturday, January 13,<br />

and promised to carry out its<br />

offensive to eliminate the Islamist<br />

movement, Hamas. A dispute<br />

Israel is currently defending at<br />

the International Court of Justice<br />

in <strong>The</strong> Hague on allegations that<br />

the campaign in Gaza amounts<br />

to genocide will not dissuade<br />

it, according to Prime Minister<br />

Benjamin Netanyahu. Over 20,000<br />

Palestinians have lost their lives<br />

in the conflict, more than three<br />

months after Hamas' attack on<br />

Israel on October 7, 202ok3.<br />

<strong>The</strong> majority of Gaza's 2.3<br />

million residents are trapped in a<br />

small area at the southern edge<br />

of the territory, while much of Gaza<br />

has been reduced to rubble.<br />

X Plunges by 71% Since<br />

Elon Musk’s Acquisition<br />

– Fidelity estimates<br />

Elon Musk's acquisition of X<br />

(formerly Twitter) in late 2022<br />

has resulted in a remarkable 71%<br />

drop in the company's worth.<br />

Fidelity, a prominent investment<br />

group, conducted an analysis on<br />

Monday, January 1, 2024, marking<br />

the second decline in X's value<br />

within that year, as reported<br />

by Axios. Musk paid $44 billion<br />

to purchase the social media<br />

behemoth at first.<br />

A $33.5 billion equity<br />

investment from Fidelity was<br />

crucial to Musk's takeover of<br />

Twitter; debt financing was<br />

used to raise the remaining<br />

funds. After the agreement was<br />

completed in October 2022,<br />

Twitter became a privately held<br />

business.<br />

DAMIAN<br />



Ikenna is a graduate of<br />

Physics and Education,<br />

who works as a<br />

freelance writer. He has<br />

interest in technology,<br />

humanity and sports.<br />

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AND<br />


FROM<br />


IN AI<br />

By Adebayo Afolabi<br />

Occasionally, we come across headlines<br />

discussing the failures of AI or technology,<br />

sparking concerns about the future of this<br />

evolving technology. <strong>The</strong>se instances make<br />

us pause and reflect on the challenges that<br />

arise as people increasingly integrate artificial<br />

intelligence into various aspects of their lives.<br />

Undoubtedly, it is widely acknowledged that artificial intelligence<br />

(AI) comes with its fair share of challenges and setbacks. While the<br />

advantages of AI are transformative, it is necessary to address the<br />

existing concerns within this rapidly advancing field.<br />

In a concerning incident late last month, a Tesla robot reportedly<br />

attacked an engineer at the company's Texas factory during a<br />

violent malfunction. <strong>The</strong> episode left a "trail of blood," prompting<br />

workers to urgently press the emergency shutdown button.<br />

This unfortunate event highlights the risks associated with the<br />

integration of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML)<br />

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<strong>The</strong>re is also a growing concern<br />

regarding the storage of facial<br />

recognition data, as these<br />

databases have the potential to<br />

be breached. Hackers have, in<br />

the past, successfully broken into<br />

databases that store facial scans<br />

collected and used by various<br />

institutions such as banks and<br />

police departments. <strong>The</strong> security<br />

of these databases becomes an<br />

issue, as unauthorised access to<br />

facial recognition data can pose<br />

risks to peoples' privacy.<br />

•Tesla robots<br />

and robotics in industrial settings.<br />

As these advanced technologies<br />

increasingly make their way into<br />

manufacturing facilities, the need<br />

for careful consideration of safety<br />

measures becomes apparent.<br />

More and more, chatbots giving<br />

medical advice are becoming<br />

common, but this presents a<br />

big challenge: AI should never<br />

replace your doctor's advice.<br />

While chatbots can provide<br />

information, they lack the nuanced<br />

understanding and personalised<br />

assessment that a doctor provides.<br />

Relying solely on AI for medical<br />

advice can be risky, as it might<br />

not take into account health<br />

histories, specific symptoms, or<br />

the unique context of each case.<br />

Human doctors have the ability<br />

to consider factors, including<br />

patient history, lifestyle, and other<br />

subtle nuances that contribute to<br />

accurate diagnosis. <strong>The</strong> challenge<br />

lies in striking a balance, leveraging<br />

AI for its efficiency while always<br />

prioritising the expertise of medical<br />

professionals.<br />

<strong>The</strong> rise of generative AI also<br />

introduces a significant challenge:<br />

the technology makes things up,<br />

and people share these creations,<br />

contributing to the spread of<br />

misinformation. Generative AI,<br />

which is capable of producing<br />

content, texts, or even images, can<br />

sometimes generate information<br />

that is not accurate or based on<br />

real facts. When people share<br />

these AI-generated outputs<br />

<strong>The</strong> rise of<br />

generative AI<br />

also introduces<br />

a significant<br />

challenge: the<br />

technology makes<br />

things up, and<br />

people share<br />

these creations,<br />

contributing to<br />

the spread of<br />

misinformation.<br />

without proper scrutiny, it can lead<br />

to the dissemination of misleading<br />

or false information. This challenge<br />

highlights the importance of factchecking<br />

in the digital age.<br />

Another notable challenge<br />

encountered in the realm of<br />

artificial intelligence is the reported<br />

instances of facial recognition<br />

technology failing. Instances<br />

have been documented where<br />

facial recognition systems either<br />

inaccurately identify individuals or<br />

fail to recognise them altogether.<br />

This is a concern as these systems<br />

are integrated into various aspects<br />

of daily life, such as security<br />

systems, authentication processes,<br />

and public spaces.<br />

AI-powered self-driving cars have<br />

also faced challenges, especially<br />

shown by their involvement in<br />

accidents. Many drivers shared<br />

instances where the car failed to<br />

recognise stoplights, leading to<br />

collisions with vehicles in front of<br />

them. <strong>The</strong> development has shown<br />

that it is hard to create effective<br />

AI systems that can handle the<br />

complicated and unpredictable<br />

situations of real-world driving.<br />

As AI becomes more widely<br />

accepted across different<br />

industries, it is important to address<br />

concerns and learn from failures.<br />

Embracing this technology brings<br />

great possibilities, but it also<br />

comes with the likelihood of more<br />

challenges. By acknowledging<br />

the issues that arise, we can work<br />

towards improving AI systems and<br />

promoting their responsible use.<br />



I am a passionate business writer<br />

with a knack for translating<br />

complex concepts into accessible<br />

content. With a keen eye for<br />

detail, I deliver compelling<br />

content that educates, inspires,<br />

and drives positive change in the<br />

realm of finance and business.<br />

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By Damian Ikenna Ngere<br />


• Philadelphia<br />

Museum of Art<br />

Appoints Eleanor<br />

Nairne as Head<br />

of Modern and<br />

Contemporary Art<br />

Department<br />

Eleanor Nairne has taken over<br />

as the head of the Modern and<br />

Contemporary Art Department<br />

at the Philadelphia Museum of Art<br />

(PMA), replacing Carlos Basualdo,<br />

who was appointed chief curator and<br />

deputy director in December 2023.<br />

She resumed her new position late in<br />

January.<br />

• Eleanor Nairne<br />

Nairne joins the PMA after serving as<br />

senior curator at London's Barbican<br />

Art Gallery, which presents both<br />

performing arts and art exhibitions,<br />

for nearly nine years. She oversaw<br />

well-received exhibitions during her<br />

time there, including a survey of Alice<br />

Neel in 2023 and a retrospective<br />

of Lee Krasner in 2019, as well as<br />

individual shows including artists like<br />

Jean-Michel Basquiat and Soheila<br />

Sokhanvari.<br />

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• Nigerian Art Phenomenon, Chancellor<br />

Ahaghotu, Shatters Guinness World<br />

Painting Record<br />

• Chancellor<br />

Ahaghotu<br />

After painting for 100 straight hours,<br />

Chancellor Ahaghotu, a Nigerian<br />

art student, shattered the record<br />

held for the longest painting marathon<br />

for ten years. Guinness World Records<br />

revealed Ahaghotu’s accomplishment<br />

on its website and social media<br />

accounts on Wednesday, January 3.<br />

Roland Palmaerts (Belgium/Canada)<br />

set the previous record of 60 hours,<br />

which was greatly surpassed by the<br />

sophomore at Savannah College of Art &<br />

Design in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2013.<br />

DAMIAN<br />



Ikenna is a graduate of Physics and Education,<br />

who works as a freelance writer. He has interest<br />

in technology, humanity and sports.<br />

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• Jute<br />





By Dr Joel Logbo<br />

Corchorus olitorious is an annual much-branched<br />

herb belonging to the malvaceae family. It grows<br />

in grassland and fallow or abandoned fields.<br />

Popularly called jute leaves, it is commonly known as<br />

"ewedu" among Yorubas, "lalo" among Hausas and<br />

"kerenkeren" among Igbos in Nigeria. It has been scientifically<br />

proven to be quite nutritious for humans and animals.<br />

Ewedu has been part of the south westerners’<br />

diet for so many decades. In Nigerian<br />

cuisine, especially amongst the Yorubas, it<br />

is commonly used in making stew for eating<br />

starch-based foods such as amala. Ewedu<br />

could also be blended with gbegiri, an Nigeria<br />

soup. In Northern Nigeria, the leaf is known as<br />

lalo or ayoyo. It is used to make a sauce called<br />

miyan ayoyo which is commonly served with<br />

tuwon masara or tuwon allebo.<br />

It is known that some people do<br />

not like to eat okra. This could be<br />

due to its spiritual effects. <strong>The</strong> jute<br />

leaf is a great substitute for okra.<br />

<strong>The</strong> following are the<br />

nutritional and health<br />

benefits of ewedu or<br />

jute leaf, beyond its<br />

delicacy:<br />

Presence of Essential Nutrients:<br />

It contains nutrients such as<br />

Vitamin A, C and E which reduce<br />

Illness in the human body. With<br />

these vitamins, it prevents the<br />

body from degenerating diseases.<br />

It also contains potassium, which<br />

is quite beneficial to people<br />

managing high blood pressure<br />

and other cardiovascular<br />

diseases.<br />

It Makes Skin Glow:<br />

<strong>The</strong> presence of essential vitamins<br />

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in the jute leaf increases the<br />

production of collagen which<br />

keeps the skin firm and beautiful.<br />

So you can grind the leaves and<br />

mix with black soap and enjoy its<br />

skin glowing benefits.<br />

You can also crush the fresh<br />

leaves and mix the paste with<br />

sugar and Epson Salt as skin<br />

scrub.<br />

Hair and Dandruff Cure:<br />

You can have long and glowing<br />

hair if you, at least, twice weekly,<br />

use fresh jute leaves juice to wash<br />

your hair overnight. Rinse off with<br />

clean water - next morning. This<br />

simple procedure can also help<br />

eliminate dandruff.<br />

Boost Immune System:<br />

Ewedu leaves are also known for<br />

boosting immunity and nourishing<br />

the body system.<br />

Boil fresh ewedu leaves without<br />

crushing them; like you do<br />

when you want to cook them<br />

for consumption. Just boil for 10<br />

minutes and drink a half cup early<br />

mornings. This can even prevent<br />

endemic and pandemic infectious<br />

diseases.<br />

You can also dry them and<br />

grind to fine powder. <strong>The</strong>n, mix<br />

a teaspoon of it with pure honey<br />

and lick to boost your immune<br />

system.<br />

For Inflammatory Issues:<br />

Jute is often used for antiinflammatory<br />

treatment. Some<br />

people believe that it cures<br />

chronic inflammation of the<br />

urinary bladder.<br />

Take as tea for this purpose.<br />

Improves Sight:<br />

<strong>The</strong> beta-carotene in jute leaves<br />

helps to improve sight.<br />

Squeeze fresh jute leaves into<br />

clean water. Pour the juice into a<br />

bowl and open your eyes inside<br />

the bowl for a minute or two. Do<br />

this 6 times daily.<br />

Prepare a fresh one the following<br />

day.<br />

Rich in Calcium:<br />

Ewedu leaves contain a high<br />

amount of calcium which<br />

contributes to making teeth and<br />

bones stronger.<br />

If you have calcium deficiency,<br />

prepare it with snail and enjoy<br />

the calcium benefits. This is one<br />

reason it is often recommended<br />

for pregnant women among<br />

Yorubas.<br />

An Anti-oxidant:<br />

If you are concerned about<br />

wrinkles, ewedu is here to the<br />

rescue with its anti-oxidant<br />

substances.<br />

All plants contains anti-oxidants<br />

because they use the nutrients to<br />

protect themselves.<br />

Rich in Fibre:<br />

Being rich in fibre, continuous<br />

consumption of this slimy<br />

vegetable (like okra and aloe<br />

vera) helps to regulate blood<br />

pressure, cholesterol build-up,<br />

and diabetes. It lowers the risk<br />

of asthma and cancer. It also<br />

prevents heart disease and can<br />

help with constipation.<br />

Contains Oxytocin for Easy<br />

Child Delivery:<br />

Ewedu is commonly used by<br />

Yorubas for pregnant women.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y eat it with to eat snails,<br />

especially during third trimester<br />

of pregnancy. Once a pregnant<br />

woman's EDD remains two weeks,<br />

they prepare ewedu as a regular<br />

delicacy.<br />

It, generally, boosts fertility in both<br />

men and women as it supports<br />

production of sperm and boosts<br />

ovulation.<br />

Treatment of Ulcer and<br />

Internal Bleeding:<br />

Ewedu seed is a powerful wound<br />

healer. You can spread powder<br />

from the seed directly on wounds.<br />

Mix the seed with honey or palm<br />

kernel oil for stomach ulcer. Take<br />

two tablespoons, twice a day.<br />

For internal bleeding, drink fresh<br />

juice of jute leaves about twice to<br />

three times a day. Take jute leaves<br />

juice for diarrhea and dysentery<br />

conditions respectively.<br />

Jute is a powerful vegetable that<br />

can be used as medicine, food<br />

and for positive energy.<br />

For further information, contact<br />

us via our website www.<br />

mahchealthcare.com.<br />

Dr. Joel Logbo 07030420960.<br />

JOEL<br />

N. LOGBO<br />


Dr. Joel N. Logbo is a patientcentred<br />

Natural Medicine<br />

doctor with 12 solid years of<br />

industry experience in Lagos,<br />

Nigeria and Wales, Scotland.<br />

He is currently seeking more<br />

international collaborations<br />

to provide holistic, noninvasive<br />

medical care for<br />

patients and the public on<br />

health promotion.<br />

His unique approach<br />

that has led to admirable<br />

achievements include<br />

meeting with patients to<br />

assess their health and<br />

wellness, learn their health<br />

goals and create treatment<br />

plans. He also collaborates<br />

with various teams of<br />

medical professionals<br />

to provide first-line and<br />

supplemental medical<br />

treatments through a holistic,<br />

natural approach.He loves<br />

traveling, adventures,<br />

cooking and driving.<br />

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10<br />



IDEAS By Simnom Joshua<br />

many experts believe that breakfast is the<br />

most important meal of the day as it has<br />

many health benefits. While having breakfast<br />

replenishes our energy and neutralises our<br />

body system, it also provides other essential benefits<br />

needed for good health.<br />

If you are tired of giving or making the same breakfast for<br />

your family and yearn for a change, then these nutrientpacked<br />

breakfast ideas will help you to start eating<br />

healthy this new year.<br />

1. Bread Sandwich<br />

with Beverage: Tea<br />

and bread is a popular<br />

breakfast in Nigerian<br />

home. You can make<br />

it tastier by using<br />

Sandwiches and tea<br />

instead of the normal<br />

tea and bread.<br />

Sandwich is very<br />

delicious and easy<br />

to make. With just<br />

few ingredients and<br />

minimum time spent,<br />

you are on a cruise to<br />

a great breakfast.<br />

2. Smoothie:<br />

Smoothies are always<br />

healthy to take. All<br />

you need is the right<br />

combination and<br />

reasonable portions<br />

of fruits and veggies.<br />

Incorporating a<br />

smoothie in your<br />

breakfast will help to<br />

boost your fruits and<br />

vegetables intake<br />

and also provides you<br />

with the necessary<br />

vitamins.<br />

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3. Oatmeal: Oats are a whole grain<br />

meal and is among healthiest meals.<br />

Oatmeal meal can be eaten on its own or<br />

combined with fruits and dairy products.<br />

4. Omellete: Omellete is a delicious and easyto-make<br />

dish that can be enjoyed for breakfast.<br />

Here’s a guide to making a healthy and delicious<br />

omellete.<br />

How to Make Omelette<br />

Ingredients:<br />

- 4 eggs (or more, depending on the number of<br />

people)<br />

- Onion, chopped<br />

- Green pepper, chopped<br />

- Vegetables (tomatoes,green pepper etc.)<br />

- Salt to taste.<br />

Preparation:<br />

- Beat your eggs until it is well mixed<br />

- Mix the chopped onion, tomato, and green<br />

pepper or any other vegetables of your choice<br />

with the eggs.<br />

- Add salt and mix well in a frying pan<br />

- Heat a small amount of vegetable oil over<br />

medium heat in your frying pan. (You may use<br />

butter or margarine)<br />

- Pour the egg mixture into the frying pan and<br />

cook until bottom is brown<br />

- Use a spatula to flip the omelette and cook until<br />

it turns brown<br />

- Serve with custard or hot beverage. (You may<br />

add milk)<br />

5. Plantain and Egg Frittata: Plantain<br />

and egg frittata is perfect and healthy for<br />

breakfast. Another thing to note is that the<br />

combo is filling as it'll hold you up for a long<br />

time before the next meal comes. Plantain<br />

and egg frittata is made with vegetables.<br />

You can also add your choice of meat or<br />

any other protein. It is easy to make, not<br />

expensive and can be served with hot/cold<br />

beverage.<br />

How to Make Plantain and Egg Frittata<br />

• Peel and slice the plantain into thin rounds<br />

• Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium<br />

heat<br />

•Add the sliced onions and bell pepper to the<br />

frying pan until they are softened<br />

• Add the sliced plantain to the frying pan<br />

and cook until the are lightly browned on<br />

both sides<br />

• Beat the eggs and seasoned with salt and<br />

pepper in a separate bowl<br />

• Pour beaten egg over the plantain and<br />

vegetables in the frying pan<br />

• Cover the pan with a lid and allow it to cook<br />

on medium heat<br />

• Remove from heat, cool, slice and serve<br />

with and beverage of your choice.<br />

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6. Pasta- You can never go wrong with pasta for<br />

breakfast, whether spaghetti or macaroni. Cook<br />

it your best way incorporating all your vegetables<br />

and protein of choice.<br />

7. Bean-cake (akara) and Custard: Bean-cake<br />

and custard is a nutritious meal for high net worth<br />

families. <strong>The</strong> combo is quite jealthy and easy to<br />

make. Remember that bean-cake is made from<br />

beans paste and spices while custard is product of<br />

maize and other ingredients, including vitamins. It is<br />

ideal for breakfast.<br />

9. Toasted Bread and coffee-<br />

Toasted bread is very delicious<br />

especially when eaten with coffee or<br />

any beverages.<br />

8. Fruit Salad- Fruit salad is super-rich breakfast<br />

option. It boasts the immune system, promotes<br />

digestion, and provides essential vitamins and<br />

minerals and that’s what you need to begin your<br />

day. Breakfast doesn’t have to be cooked, it can be<br />

raw and fresh.<br />

10. Pancakes<br />

Pancakes are<br />

easy to make<br />

recipe and<br />

very good idea<br />

for breakfast.<br />

You need just<br />

a few simple<br />

ingredients<br />

to enjoy this<br />

delightful taste.<br />

Pancakes can be made plainly or with the<br />

incorporation of fruits like banana, strawberry,<br />

and any other fruits of your choice and can be<br />

eaten with pap, custard, and hot beverage.<br />



Simnom Josephine Joshua began her journey as a chef<br />

with just loving to cook. She loves creating new recipes<br />

and gets satisfaction from making great meals. Though<br />

she has years of experience in broadcasting<br />

and marketing, both fields of endeavour<br />

don't give her the happiness she feels when<br />

people around her enjoy her dishes.<br />

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Travel / Escape<br />

THE<br />

FRENCH<br />


Cote d'Azur"<br />

By Joy Agbakoba<br />

the beautiful coastline<br />

in the south of France,<br />

along the Mediterranean<br />

Sea, is the French<br />

Riviera. It is known for<br />

its beaches, views,<br />

picture-perfect water, beautiful<br />

landscapes, yachts and as a<br />

playground for the wealthy. It<br />

also has charming towns and<br />

villages (and Monaco, which is<br />

an independent state) and a<br />

highly regarded art and culture<br />

scene.<br />

<strong>The</strong> French Riviera also<br />

known as "Cote d'Azur", a name<br />

given by Stephen Liegeard.<br />

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He called it this because of<br />

the azure blue colour of the<br />

Mediterranean. It covers about<br />

550 miles with a total population<br />

of more than two million. It is<br />

made up of the seaside resorts<br />

of Cap-d'Ail, Beaulieu sur-Mer,<br />

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat,<br />

Villefranche-sur-Mer, Antibes,<br />

Juan-les-Pins, Cannes, Saint-<br />

Raphael, Frejus, Sainte Maxime<br />

and Saint-Tropez.<br />

7 Key Facts about the French<br />

Riviera<br />

1. It's largest city is Nice and home<br />

to France's third busiest airport<br />

(Nice Cote d'Azur Airport, after<br />

Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport<br />

and Paris-Orly).<br />

2. <strong>The</strong> Nice Carnival is considered<br />

one of the world's major festivities.<br />

It dates back to 1294, making it the<br />

oldest and, perhaps, the original<br />

carnival celebration. <strong>The</strong>se days,<br />

the two-week event attracts over<br />

a million visitors to Nice every year.<br />

3. Monaco - the second smallest<br />

country in the world (the first is<br />

Vatican in Rome, Italy). It is a taxhaven,<br />

as residents do not pay<br />

any income tax, and is one of the<br />

most densely populated states in<br />

the world.<br />

Monaco is ruled by the Grimaldi<br />

family and home to world famous<br />

casinos (although citizens of<br />

Monaco are not allowed to

gamble or go inside a casino)!<br />

Monaco also hosts the yearly<br />

Monaco Grand Prix.<br />

4. Grasse, a short drive from<br />

Cannes, has been the capital of<br />

the perfume industry since the<br />

Renaissance period. About three<br />

quarters of the world's essences<br />

are produced from gardens in<br />

Grasse, comprised of daffodils,<br />

lavender, jasmine and more.<br />

5. Cannes is famous for the<br />

Cannes Film Festival, which is<br />

one of the most prestigious and<br />

oldest film festivals in the world.<br />

This glamorous event is usually<br />

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held in May and showcases many<br />

international films and screen<br />

plays - not to mention fashion!<br />

6. <strong>The</strong> French Riviera is the home<br />

of the world's most expensive<br />

villa and penthouse. <strong>The</strong> Villa<br />

Leopolda in Villefranche is valued<br />

at $750m, and the top floor suite in<br />

the new Odeon Tower in Monaco<br />

is estimated at $400m.<br />

<strong>The</strong> region is also the home of<br />

many of the world's biggest stars.<br />

Our personal favourite is the<br />

incredible mansion owned by<br />

Elton John, next to a castle in Nice<br />

with stunning panoramic views on<br />

both sides.<br />

7. <strong>The</strong> French Riviera produces<br />

over 75% of the world's luxury<br />

perfume from flowers cultivated<br />

and harvested around Grasse.<br />

It's also the chosen location for<br />

parties for fashion giants like<br />

Christian Dior, Chanel, Estee<br />

Lauder and Bulgari.<br />

What are you waiting for? If you<br />

don't already have <strong>The</strong> French<br />

Riviera on your bucket list, best to<br />

add it now.<br />

Life is waiting to be discovered.<br />



Joy Agbakoba is the Chief<br />

Executive Officer of Travellers<br />

Haven Limited and has built<br />

its solid reputation since 2003,<br />

providing travel consultancy<br />

services as well as organising<br />

cruises and private tours. She<br />

is also the Founder of Women’s<br />

Business Arena, a market<br />

place for creative female<br />

entrepreneurs.<br />

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Innoson Vehicle<br />

Manufacturing<br />

Company<br />

Limited (IVM) is<br />

an indigenous,<br />

privately-owned<br />

Nigerian group<br />

of companies<br />

committed<br />

to driving the<br />

Nigerian economy<br />

forward through<br />

industrialisation.<br />


MOTORS:<br />

TAKING<br />

GIANT<br />


By Diiyi William-West<br />



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Our Brand<br />

We are the first made-in-<br />

Africa automobile brand.<br />

Our Purpose<br />

To eradicate “tokunbo”<br />

(foreign used) automobiles<br />

from Africa.<br />

Our Vision<br />

To become the pride of<br />

African roads; that is, Africa’s<br />

most preferred automobile<br />

brand.<br />

Our Values<br />

Cost – always reduce costs<br />

to increase sales.<br />

Honesty – honesty is the<br />

best policy.<br />

Innovation – to be ahead,<br />

always break new grounds.<br />

People – any work that a<br />

person can do well should<br />

be given to a human being,<br />

not a machine.<br />

Our Quality Policy<br />

Innoson Vehicle<br />

Manufacturing Company<br />

Limited is committed to<br />

manufacturing and sale of<br />

quality vehicles that meet<br />

our customers’ requirements<br />

or exceed their expectations<br />

and all applicable statutory<br />

and quality requirements.<br />

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Our Mission<br />

To make durable and<br />

affordable brand new<br />

automobiles for Africans.<br />

Our Values<br />

Cost – always reduce costs<br />

to increase sales.<br />

Honesty – honesty is the<br />

best policy.<br />

Innovation – to be ahead,<br />

always break new grounds.<br />

People – any work that a<br />

person can do well should<br />

be given to a human being,<br />

not a machine.<br />

We are totally committed to continual improvement of our quality<br />

management system.<br />

This quality policy is communicated, understood, implemented,<br />

and maintained at all levels in our organisation.<br />

Why Buy Innoson Vehicles?<br />

Rugged Performance:<br />

Innoson motors are automobiles made for African roads. <strong>The</strong>y are<br />

rugged by nature.<br />

Fuel Economy:<br />

<strong>The</strong> fuel consumed is nothing compared to the distance you cover<br />

while driving an Innoson automobile.<br />

Low Chances of Overheating:<br />

Our vehicles are specially manufactured to reduce chances of<br />

overheating despite the hot African weather.<br />

Reinforced Shock Absorbers:<br />

Our vehicles are specially engineered with reinforced shock<br />

absorbers to withstand the myriad potholes on African roads.<br />

Available Spare-parts:<br />

Our vehicle parts are available nationwide through our<br />

network of sub-dealers.<br />

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quite reasonable to state that we<br />

are not second-class people that<br />

should only drive second-hand<br />

vehicles! <strong>The</strong> pursuit of this goal<br />

is Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing<br />

Company Limited's mission; to<br />

change that narrative just as we<br />

did for motorcycles in the past!<br />

Auto Finance:<br />

We’ve partnered with some<br />

Nigerian banks to ensure that you<br />

have access to car loans to buy<br />

our vehicles.<br />


We’ve done it before for<br />

motorcycles; we are doing it<br />

again for automobiles!<br />

In the Beginning…<br />

Precisely in 1978, a commercial<br />

town situated in the eastern part<br />

of Nigeria, called Nnewi, was<br />

the central hub for motorcycle<br />

importation. As it is today for<br />

tokunbo (foreign used) cars,<br />

so it was then for tokunbo<br />

motorcycles.<br />

By 1987, a brand new motorcycle<br />

was sold for N150,000 and a<br />

tokunbo alternative was sold for<br />

N90,000 – N100,000. Things would<br />

have continued this way to this<br />

day, but for the intervention of<br />

a 25-year old Nigerian, named<br />

Innocent Chukwuma, the founder<br />

of Innoson Motors (IVM).<br />

Driven by his passion for people<br />

and his core business philosophy<br />

of bringing down costs and<br />

passing the gain to customers,<br />

he pioneered the first made-in-<br />

Nigeria motorcycle brand that<br />

sold for as low as N60,000. By<br />

year 2002, he had successfully<br />

driven out tokunbo (foreign<br />

used) motorcycles out of Nigeria<br />

forever!<br />

<strong>The</strong> Present…<br />

Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing<br />

Company Limited (IVM)<br />

is manufacturing durable<br />

and affordable brand new<br />

automobiles for Africans. Our<br />

brand new automobiles are<br />

selling for almost the cost of<br />

their tokunbo equivalents. And<br />

they are as good as any foreign<br />

automobile brand you know.<br />

<strong>The</strong> statistics are alarming,<br />

according to a recent research<br />

by PricewatershouseCoopers<br />

(PwC); the ratio of brand new<br />

automobiles to foreign used<br />

ones on Nigerian roads is 1:131!<br />

Meaning that for every brand<br />

new car bought in Nigeria, there<br />

are 131 tokunbo ones!<br />

Nigerians Deserve to Own Brand<br />

New Vehicles at Affordable Prices<br />

Nigeria is among the biggest<br />

consumers of automobiles in<br />

the world without manufacturing<br />

its own cars. Africa has literally<br />

become a dumping ground for<br />

foreign, used automobiles. It is<br />

We are not just another madein-Nigeria<br />

automobile brand;<br />

we are the first made-in-Africa<br />

automobile brand. Eight years<br />

after we launched production<br />

and 10,000 automobiles after,<br />

we are still committed to our<br />

purpose of eradicating “tokunbo”<br />

(foreign used) automobiles from<br />

Africa.<br />

Africans deserve better, and<br />

it’s not up to the foreigners to<br />

change the narrative; it’s up to<br />

us. When we patronise made-in-<br />

Nigeria vehicles, all the money<br />

being wasted on importation<br />

of vehicles, would remain in<br />

the country. We will have more<br />

money in our hands to develop<br />

our country.<br />

DIIYI<br />



More fondly known as DDWEST,<br />

he has several years of media<br />

practice experience spanning<br />

magazines, newspapers,<br />

television and radio; laying<br />

emphasis on maintaining<br />

standards in media practice. He<br />

practised and lectured Public<br />

Relations for nearly a decade<br />

before going into leadership<br />

consulting and real estate<br />

consultancy.<br />

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