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Thursday, February 28, 2013

30 UNDER 30: AFRICA’S BEST YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS



 
 
 FORBES) — Young entrepreneurs are changing the face of Africa. Here is a list of the 30 Africans under 30 years old who are making the most dramatic impact across the continent.
1. Jonathan Liebmann, South African
Real Estate developer, CEO of Propertuity
Liebmann, 28, is the Managing Director of Propertuity, a South African Real Estate development company and the brains behind the construction of the Maboneng Precinct, a thriving cultural district in the east side of Johannesburg’s CBD.
2. Patrick Ngowi, Tanzanian
CEO, Helvetic Solar Contractors
Nine years ago, Patrick Ngowi, 28, received a small loan from his mother to start off a business. He started off selling Chinese mobile phones, but when he discovered that a tiny fraction of Tanzanians enjoyed any access to stable and reliable electricity, he knew he had to rectify that problem. Ngowi set up Helvetic Solar Contractors Limited, a company that is a pioneer in the supply, installation and maintenance of solar systems throughout the Northern Circuit of Tanzania.
3. Lorna Rutto, Kenyan
Green Tech Entrepreneur, Founder, EcoPost
Lorna Rutto, 28 is the founder of EcoPost, a profitable social enterprise which manufactures aesthetic, durable and environmentally friendly fencing posts using plastic waste, a more environmentally friendly alternative to timber.
4. Justin Stanford, South African
Founder & CEO, 4Di Group
Stanford, 28, is a software entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Seven years ago, he cornered the exclusive and lucrative distribution rights for ESET, a Slovakian anti-virus software package. Today, Stanford’s ESET Southern Africa operates the ESET brand in the region and sells ESET’s range of internet security products in about 20 sub-Saharan countries, recording over $10 million in annual turnover.
5. Rapelang Rabana, South African
Founder, Yeigo Communications
Rapelang Rabana, 28 is the CEO and founder of Yeigo Communications, an innovative Cape Town-based company which develops software for telecoms-related services including Voice over IP, Instant messaging, SMS messaging and push email services.
6. Kimiti Wanjaria & Ian Kahara, Kenyan
Founders, Serene Valley Properties
Both in their late 20s, Kimiti Wanjaria and Ian Kahara are part of a group of four co-founders ofSerene Valley Properties (SVP), a Real Estate development company in Nairobi that constructs and sells residential properties to Kenya’s ever-growing middle class. SVP is behind the development of Sigona Valley project, a KSh350m (US$4.2m) gated residential community outside Nairobi.
7. Evans Wadongo, Kenyan
Chairman, SDFA Kenya

Wadongo, a 26 year-old Kenyan engineer designed a solar-powered LED lantern called MwangaBora (Swahili for “Good Light”), an invention which is fast replacing smoky kerosene lamps and firelight in rural Kenya. Wadongo has been distributing thousands of these lanterns throughout rural Kenya where there is little or no electricity. His organization, Sustainable Development For All (SDFA) sponsors an empowerment initiative that teaches poor Kenyans how to reproduce these solar lanterns and sell for profit.
8. Ludwick Phofane Marishane, South African
Founder, Headboy Industries
Marishane, 21, is the founder of Headboy Industries, a South African company which developed and owns the patent for Drybath, the world’s first germicidal bath-substituting skin lotion/gel.
9. Cosmas Ochieng, Kenyan
Founder, Ecofuels Kenya
Cosmas Ochieng, a 26 year-old Kenyan entrepreneur runs Ecofuels Kenya, an East Africa firm which produces environmentally friendly, green biofuels and organic fertilizers from renewable indigenous sources such as the croton nut.
10. Eric Muthomi, Kenyan
Founder, Stawi Foods & Fruits
The 26 year-old Kenyan entrepreneur is the founder of Stawi Foods and Fruits, an innovative start-up which procures bananas from smallholder farmers in rural Kenya and processes them into banana flour.
11. Joel Mwale, Kenyan
Founder, Skydrop Enterprises
Mwale who is 20 years old runs SkyDrop Enterprises, a rainwater filtration and bottling company which produces low-cost purified drinking water, milk and other dairy products in Kenya. Mwale founded Skydrop in December 2009 and the company now employs over 20 people.
12. Verone Mankou, Congolese
Verone Mankou is the founder of VMK, a tech company focused on mobile technologies, specifically in the design, in Africa, of Tablet PCs & Smartphones. In 2011 VMK presented the Way-C, its first Android Tablet PC. The Way-C retails at USD $300 and is available in the Congo and France. VMK also manufactures an African-themed Android smartphone calledElikia. Mankou is 26.
13. Opeyemi Awoyemi, Olalekan Olude & Ayodeji Adewunmi, Nigerian
Founders, Jobberman
The trio founded Jobberman, Nigeria’s biggest job search engine and aggregator. Jobberman went live in August 2009, and today the site attracts over 50,000 unique users each day. Through simple, yet cutting-edge technology, Jobberman helps link qualified personnel to the right job opportunities. Jobberman is one of the few companies in Nigeria’s tech space that enjoy venture capital backing.
14. Oluwaseun Osewa, Nigerian
Founder, Nairaland
Nigerian geek Oluwaseun Osewa is the founder ofNairaland, Africa’s largest online forum. He founded the site in March 2005 as a general purpose discussion forum with a bias towards issues of interest to Nigerians. The site took off. Nairaland now has close to 1 million registered users and is the most popular Nigerian website today. For perspective: In Nigeria, Nairaland gets more visits than Wikipedia.
15. Ashley Uys, 29, South African
Founder, Medical Diagnostech
Ashley Uys’ company, Medical Diagnostechdevelops and markets affordable and reliable medical test kits for malaria, pregnancy, syphilis, malaria, HIV/ Aids for South Africa’s rural poor. The company’s Malaria pf/PAN (pLDH) Test kit canreportedly detect all strains of malaria and indicate within 30 minutes whether the malaria treatment provided is effective. Last November, Medical Diagnostech won $120,000 in prize money at the SAB Foundation 2nd Annual Social Innovation Awards.
16. Sizwe Nzima, South African
Founder, Iyeza Express
The 21 year-old South African entrepreneur runs Iyeza Express, an innovative enterprise which helps reduce overcrowding at public health facilities by collecting and delivering medication from public clinics and hospitals on bicycles to residents of the Western Cape who are on protracted medication.
17. William Kamkwamba, Malawian
Inventor
Meet the boy who harnessed the wind. Born in Malawi, William was only 14 years old when he built an electricity-producing windmill from junkyard scraps in order to provide a steady source of water for his family’s farm and village in Masitala Village, Wimbe. With a bicycle dynamo and chain ring, tractor fan, rubber belts and bamboo poles, William succeeded in building a functioning windmill that provided energy for two radios and four light bulbs. Fuelled by the modest success of the initial windmill, William set out to build a larger windmill to help with irrigation for his entire village. Kamkwamba is currently studying for a degree in Environmental studies and Engineering at Dartmouth College in the USA.
18. Sandra Appiah and Isaac Boateng, Ghanaian
Co-founder, Face2Face Africa
Sandra Appiah, 23 and Isaac Boateng, 28, both Ghanaian nationals are the founders of Face2Face Africa (F2FA), a New York city-based new media company with a mandate to restore Africa’s image within the global community. The company has three divisions: an outfit that publishes a magazine which explores African development, culture, entertainment and fashion, an events business and a thriving website.
19. Ola Orekunrin, Nigerian
Medical Doctor, Founder, Flying Doctors

A Nigerian healthcare entrepreneur and medical doctor, Orekunrin, 25, is the founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, West Africa’s first Air Ambulance Service. Flying Doctors Nigeria provides urgent helicopter, airplane ambulance and evacuation services in Nigeria and other countries across West Africa.
20. Andrew Mupuya, Ugandan
Founder, Youth Entrepreneurial Link Investments (YELI)

In 2008 Andrew raised $18 from family and friends and started making paper bags on a small scale. In 2010 he registered his company, Youth Entrepreneurial Link Investments (YELI), which is now the first locally registered paper bag and Envelope-producing Company in Uganda.
21. Chude Jideonwo & Adebola Williams,Nigerian
Founders, Red Media/ The Future Project
Jideonwo and Williams are co-foundersand Partners of Red Nigeria- a leading full service media-content, communication and Development Company in Nigeria. The firm also owns The Future Project (TFP) – a strategic social enterprise/change communications firm which hosts theannual Future Awards, Nigeria’s most important awards for outstanding young Nigerians.
22. Mark Kaigwa, Kenyan
Partner, Afrinnovator
Mark Kaigwa, 25 is a multi-talented creative director, filmmaker, digital marketer and entrepreneur. Kaigwa is a co-founder and partner atAfrinnovator, a venture which aims to put Africa on the map by publishing exploits across African innovation, technology and start-ups. He is also Partner at African Digital Art – the web’s leading resource for creative inspiration in animation, illustration, photography and design from Africa.
23. Arthur Zang, Cameroonian
Inventor
Last year, Arthur Zang, a 25 year-old Cameroonian engineer invented the Cardiopad, a touch screen medical tablet. With the Cardiopad, heart examinations such as the electrocardiogram (ECG) can be performed at remote, rural locations while the results of the test are transferred wirelessly to specialists who can interpret them.
24. Thula Sindi, South African
Fashion Entrepreneur, Founder, Thula Sindi
The 28 year-old is one of Southern Africa’s best-known young fashion designers. After completing his studies at the London International School of Fashion he landed his first job as head designer at Vlisco, a Dutch textile company. He quit shortly afterwards to launch his eponymous self-titled clothing label which designs, manufactures, and markets delicately crafted women’s clothing.
25. Farai Gundan, Zimbawean
Founder, Farai Media
The Zimbabwean-born media personality and Internet entrepreneur is the founder of Farai Media, an Africa-focused online mobile and advertising platform. She is also a co-Founder of AfricaTripDeals, a global distribution system for travel to Africa.

ENGINEEERING AGENCY

A Government Agency hereby invite applications from suitably qualified candidates for the following positions:
1.Electrical Officer I
  • M.Sc and B.Sc /HND in Electrical/Electronic Engineering with minimum of 2nd class Lower/Uppere credit
2.Electrical Officer II
  • BSC OR HND in Electrical/Electronic Engineering;BSC or HND Civil Engineering with min of second class lower or Upper credit
3.OFFICER IV
  • OND/ND in Electrical Engineering
TO APPLY:
NORTH EAST- www.binaryconsult.com
SOUTH SOUTH- www.moradechi.com/recruitment
NORTH WEST- www.kbs.edu.ng
SOUTH WEST-  admasrecruitmentservice.com
NORTH CENTRAL- www.hdaaudit.com

Applications for 2 and 3 should not be above 35 yrs

3RD ASO HOUSING EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE

 

ASO Housing EXCO

Date:April 11th - 13th, 2013

Venue:International Conference Centre, Abuja

Time:8 am - 5 pm daily

For the Public

The ASO Housing Exhibition and Conference (EXCO) is the biggest and the most important exhibition and conference for Housing in Nigeria and will take place for the 3rd time at the International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja. The theme for the 2013 Housing EXCO is "Achieving affordable housing delivery by creating 500,000 housing units by 2016”. This is pertinent as it provides a significant platform which will offer an ideal overview of industry trends for affordable housing in the country.
This unique annual event brings together experts in the Housing value chain, Mortgage Lenders, State Government Housing Corporations and authorities in Nigeria's lands and Housing sector who will be there to show case their products and services.
For variety of reasons, the event also attracts a huge buying audience that includes property development agencies, construction lead buyers, procurement officers, International trade agencies and many enthusiastic Nigerians who have but the same underlying idea- affordable housing.
So if you are looking for that perfect opportunity to conveniently explore through variety of available house types, mortgage options, housing schemes plus valuable information on land titles and housing documentation, then 2013 Housing EXCO is the place to be.
Come and also meet reputable Estate developers, experienced Artisans, exquisite Interior Decorators, renowned Architects, well known construction firms, Builders, Painters, Furniture makers and a host of others who are more than ready to provide you with all essentials in the home buying process.
At the 2013 Housing EXCO, you can also win wonderful House hold items. All you have to do is visit any of our Diamond or Gold sponsors at the exhibition and get rewarded with a ticket to enter our special Draw. If you are our friend on Face book, you can also win an iPad each day by being the first to provide answers to our Housing EXCO riddles at the venue. Like us on Face book, follow us on twitter to find out more.
We have fun activities too for the kids so bring the whole family along. Entrance to the exhibition is free.

For Exhibitors

Do you fall under any of these categories?
  • Estate Developers
  • Housing Corporatives
  • State Governments
  • Architects
  • Building Contractors
  • Interior Decorators
  • Construction Firms
  • Appliance Retailers
  • Tiles Manufactures
  • Home Security Solution Providers
  • Furniture Manufacturers
  • Artisans
  • Brick Manufacturers
  • Estate Surveyors
  • Estate/ House Agents
  • Building Owners
  • Cleaning Agencies
  • Property Developers
  • Other Businesses involved in the Home Buying process.
If yes, don't miss out on this great opportunity to meet potential clients from various works of life.
Also, project your businesses better by taking advantage of our affordable advert options and sponsorship packages for our 2013 Housing EXCO.
You can't afford to miss this event!!!
www.asoplc.com/exco

MULTINATIONAL COMPANY(Lagos)

A multinational company based in Lagos require applications to fill the vacant positions:
1.SALES MGR
  • HND/BSC,MBA
  • 10 yrs working experience
  • Must be 35 yrs and above
  • Proficient in Ms word,Excel
2.SALES SUPERVISORS
  • HND/B.Sc in Marketing or related field
  • Must be 30 yrs old and above
3.SALES EXECUTIVES
  • HND/BSC in Marketing or related field
  • 3 yr working experience
4.IT Officer
    • BSC/HND in Electrical/Electronics or related field
    • 5 yrs working experience
TO APPLY: Forward your cv to  hrmh@hotmail.com
Deadline: 7th March 2013

MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC MARKETING COMPANY(LAGOS)

A well established medical diagnostic equipment marketing comopany in collaboration with aforeign multinational company wish to recruit high fliers for the following positions:
1.Admin Mgr
-Not below 35yrs
-Computer literate
2.Marketing Mgr
-Above 35yrs
-Good personality and experience
3.Engineering graduates
-Biomedical Engineers
-Electrical/Electronics Engineer
-Mechanical Engineers
4.Radio Technologists/Technicians
5.English Graduates
TO APPLY: Reference-  HLC/Jan/2013Vacancies/Position applied for
Email: healthylivingvacancies@gmail.com
Deadline:3 weeks from today

PROPERT COMPANY(ABUJA)

A property Development Company based in Abula requires the services of young,challenge driven and result oriented individuals to apply for the post of the following:
1.QUANTITY SURVEYOR:
  • 1st degree in Quantity Surveying or any related discipline
  • 2yrs post NYSC experience
  • Not more than 28yrs
2.MARKETING STRATEGIST
  • A degree in Marketing
  • 2yrs post NYSC experience
  • Not more than 30 yrs
3.OFFICE ASSISTANT
  • OND/HND in any discipline
  • 2 yrs post NYSC experience
  • Not more than 28 yrs
TO APPLY: Send your CV and a cover letter to hr.gpltd@yahoo.com
Deadline March 14 2013

ENGINEERING FIRM

The following vacancies exists in an Engineering firm:
1.Experience Accountant
2.Generator Technician
3.Experienced Electrical/Electronic Engineers
Requirements:
-B.Sc/HND Electrical Electronics
-3 yrs minimum cognate working experiencein Electrical Installation and maintenance.
TO APPLY: Forward your cv with application to-The Manager,Greenhorn Recruitment Services  greenhornrecruits@gmail.com

Reddington Hospital Group – Applications are invited from interested candidates for the following positions at Reddington Hospital, an internationally quality accredited facility:
1.) Medical Officers (mm 3 years experience)
2.) Senior Medical Officers (min 8 years experience)
3.) Emergency Room Physician
4.) Consultant Paediatrician
5.) Consultant Anaesthetists and Critical Care
6.) Consultant General Practitioners (GPs)
7.) Consultant General Surgeon
8.) Consultant Radiologist

9.) Locum Night Duty Senior Registrars in Emergency Medicine
10.) Weekend locum GP, Paediatrician and Internal Medicine
11.) Orthopaedic Surgeons
 (Locum and substantive)
12.) Night Duty Charge Nurses (mm 5 years experience)
13.) Staff Nurses
14.) Pharmacy Technicians
15.) Cardiac Technicians
 (conversant with cardiac / CCU equipment)
16.) Radiographers
17.) Human Resource Manager
18.) Human Resource Executive

19.) IT Manager (must be conversant with PACS)
20.) Accounts Billing Officer
Job Requirements
  • All applicants must have completed the required professional training and qualification for their disciplines from recognized institutions
  • Full registration and affiliation with relevant bodies
  • 2 years working experience unless otherwise stated
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
These positions attract good remuneration packages with opportunities for further career development.

Method of Application

Interested candidates should forward their applications, copies of credentials and curriculum vitae with contact telephone numbers to:
The Human Resource Manager
The Reddington Multi-Specialist Hospital
12, Idowu Martins Street,
Victoria Island, Lagos

ACCENTURE INTERNSHIP


accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.
Working with Accenture in Nigeria,  you can join ranks with more than 259,000 people in 63 countries and work with clients in nearly every major industry worldwide, including 89 of the Fortune Global 100, more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500 and government agencies around the world. Accenture’s people build careers in different areas of business, specifically Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing, as well as within our internal corporate functions.
Interns at Accenture Nigeria have the opportunity to work alongside high performers in all Workforces (Consulting, Enterprise, Services) gaining exposure to how business processes work and interact. As a member of the team, you will gain exposure to various skills, operations and best practices which would develop and prepare you for the future.
You will be engaged to work for a 2 to 6-months’ placement. You will undergo orientation and also be given the opportunity to learn on the job. This will allow you gain true understanding and experience of what a career in Consulting means and what it is like to work in Accenture. Much of the work we do is at the cutting edge of innovation and thinking and we therefore involve our teams in publishing and sharing this knowledge as thought leadership to benefit clients, industry and fellow colleagues.
www.careers.accenture.com/ng-en/jobs

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

COURT OF APPEAL SACKS NYAKO



For the second time in thirteen months, Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako has been sacked by a court of law. The Appeal Court sitting in Yola, the state’s capital has ruled that the shadow elections of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through which Nyako emerged as the party’s flag bearer in 2012 was characterised by breach of the constitution, the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, and the provisions of the PDP Constitution.
The court therefore ruled that Governor Murtala Nyako was not duly nominated as stipulated by the provisions of the Electoral Act, the PDP Constitution and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In the ruling, Justice Ignatius Igwe, who read the lead judgment stated that the primary election that produced Admiral Nyako (rtd) was an invalid exercise which lacks legal ingredients. The judge accused the PDP, which was joined as a defendant in the suit, of criminal discrimination against Dr. Umar Ardo. .
Though the primaries were declared invalid by the court, the judge noted that the court was constrained by Section 31 sub-Section (1) of the Electoral Act 2010, as amended, to order for a fresh primary election. Justice Igwe pointed out that the evidence before the court proved that the fundamental human rights of Dr. Umar Ardo, who showed interest to participate in the primary election, were trampled upon by denying his supporters nomination forms to participate as delegates.
The judge also stated that Dr Ardo failed to prove to the court that he participated in the primary election in which Nyako was declared winner; he therefore ruled that Ardo lacks the constitutional powers to challenge the outcome of the election since he was not a participant in the controversial primary election.
On the jurisdiction to hear the matter, Justice S. Denton-West held that Section 87, sub-section 4 empowers Federal High Court, state High Court and the FCT High Court to preside over such complaints brought before them. Reacting after the session,  Nyako’s counsel, Ayo Akam, who stood in for Kanu Agabi (SAN) described the ruling as a judgment for democracy.
Dr Ardo, on his part however vowed to approach the Supreme Court as he said the ruling was not based on law, but on language technicality. He said he won four of the five prayers he sought at the appellate court.
“One of the exhibits my counsel tendered before the court was my election result, which shows that I was scored zero. The result was signed by the chairman of the primary election, so, how can the court say that I was not part of the primary election?” Ardo queried.
It will be recalled that Murtala Nyako and his counterparts from Bayelsa, Kogi, Cross River and Sokoto were sacked on January 27, 2012.

Monday, February 25, 2013

NIGERIAN TOP SCAMMER FINALLY CAPTURED BY FBI



A notorious US born Nigerian fraudster who was placed on the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ‘Most Wanted list’ has been captured after eluding authorities for over four years.

Mr. Tobechukwu Enyinna Onwuhara, 33, described as ‘a criminal mind’ by the FBI for stealing $44 million dollars from US banks using sophisticated methods, including stealing bank customers' personal information, Home Equity Lines of Credit details and account numbers, was nabbed in far away Australia.

The FBI did not say how and when Onwuhara was captured but a mug shot of the scammer on its website http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/cyber/image/onwuhara-captured/view listed him as ‘captured.’

FBI agents say Onwuhara was born in Houston and sent to live with his wealthy Nigerian father, Prince Doris Onwuhara who the Bureau say is a 'well-known con man who made a fortune from the notorious Nigerian 419 scheme' before returning to the United States when he reached his teenage years in 1999.

Having settled in the southern state of Texas, he got a job with US lender, Capital One Financial Corporation where authorities believe he gained insider knowledge on how to work the US financial system.

His first brush with the law happened in April 2002 when he was arrested by Lewisville city police in Lewisville, Texas after police got a tipoff that he may be using stolen identification to steal money from credit card accounts. When police raided his apartment, they found stolen credit card account numbers, fake driver's licenses and materials used to forge identification.

Same year in December in the western state of Seattle, FBI said 'Onwuhara walked into a local bank and tried to max out the cash withdrawal limit on a stolen credit card' but fled the bank when he sensed trouble. He was said to have jumped into a waiting car driven by a friend of his, Abel Nnabue and they led Seattle police on a high-speed chase but were eventually caught when they tried to flee on foot.

Both men were charged, convicted and sentenced to two years in a Seattle prison but spent only eight months of their sentence for good behaviour.

After their release, they relocated to Texas and went low for a while until sometime in 2005 when the real estate market was at an all time high and Home Equity Lines Of Credit loans became available. Though it was harder to steal from Home Equity Lines of Credit, Onwuhara and his co-conspirators found a way around it.

FBI say Onwuhara painstakingly researched home owners credit reports to see if they opened home lines of credit accounts and how much they had available. At this time in the real estate market, it was very common to find homeowners with $300, 000 - $ 400, 000 in home equity.

Onwuhara impersonated such homeowners after learning their passwords and home phone numbers through extensive research.

The Nigerian acquired multiple prepaid phone lines and wireless internet cards to prevent anyone from successfully tracing their numbers. He then also signed up to a spoofing service which allowed a home owner's number appear on the bank representative's caller ID when he called a bank to request a wire transfer from the account to a home owner's regular checking account before the funds are eventually wired to accounts in Asia and then the monies would go to a Hawala in Africa.

'Hawalas' are funds transfer systems that are not regulated instead, they operate on trust. 'Brokers or Hawalanders would take a cut and then transfer the money to an African Bank, eventually returning to a US bank,' according to America's Most Wanted.

Most of the funds returning to the United States came through accounts belonging to Precious Matthews or one of the other conspirators.

Investigators say Onwuhara made most of the calls himself but when an account belonged to a female, he would get his girlfriend, Precious Matthews to make the call while other co-conspirators would be delegated other duties including finding new home owners with equity in their homes.

According to FBI records, Onwuhara and his crew had stolen more than $20 million dollars before the bureau were notified of the scam and by the time the FBI penetrated their well-organized syndicate and learned their identity, they had stolen an additional $20 million dollars.

To learn their identity, the FBI contacted Verizon Wireless, a prepaid wireless company after it learned they were using prepaid internet services provided by the company to log into bank accounts and were able to obtain surveillance videos of three men paying for the service at one of the provider's stores.

In the spring of 2008, the FBI got a break when they also found out that Onwuhara was using a spoofing service and they contacted the provider who made more than 1500 audio recordings available to them. As expected, most of the recordings were conversations between Onwuhara and various bank representatives, but unfortunately for Onwuhara someone from his crew had also used the phone to call a pharmacy pretending to be a doctor and ordered a prescription for Tobechi Onwuhara. This was a huge lead for the FBI. When they ran Onwuhara's name, there was a match in their database where they found out he had been arrested before for bank fraud.

When they matched his photo with the surveillance videos obtained from the telecommunications company, they believed they had their man.

Gradually, they started their investigations and tried to learn the identity of his co-conspirators. This was when they discovered that Onwuhara had left Miami for Nigeria with a brief stopover in New York.

The FBI waited for Onwuhara and his travelling companions to return to the country and decided to stop him at the airport after he had rerouted his ticket several times.

The Bureau said they wanted him to believe he was being questioned as a possible terrorist and he fell for it by giving them information that eventually linked him to the fraud...
...culled from The Will


LEAP AFRICA LEADERSHIP TRAINING








About LEAP Africa  www.leapafrica.org

Leadership Effectiveness Accountability Professionalism (LEAP) Africa is a nonprofit organization, which is committed to developing dynamic, innovative and principled African leaders. Since 2004, LEAP has equipped over 30,000 youth between the ages of 16-30 years with skills and tools that they require to serve as effective change agents in the society through its Youth Leadership Programme. In turn, these youth have initiated high impact social projects in their local communities.
About Youth Development Training Programme (YDTP)
The YDTP is a Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for participants - who serve as teachers, workers and individuals in organizations and establishments with a focus or interest in youth training and development. The workshops will enhance the life, leadership and facilitation skills competencies of participants-cum-trainers. The trained trainers will be supported with learning materials to cascade the training to youth within their spheres. Through this approach, LEAP seeks to train 300 YDTP trainers who will cascade the training curriculum to 9000 youth beneficiaries, between 2013 and 2014, within their personal or organizational spheres of influence.
The objectives of the YDTP are to:
  • Strengthen the local capacity of teachers, youth leaders, faith based leaders and guidance counselors to share and impact knowledge and support them to deliver the YDTP curriculum to young people.
  • Support youth through the process of looking within to take stock of their lives – dreams, visions for the future, current skills, talents and inclination.
  • Expose youth to the concept of leadership, offering tools and skills required for effective leadership.
  • Advance youth participation in nation building and community development through development of change projects* in their communities
Trainers who successfully complete the ToT workshop and step-down the curriculum to a minimum of 30 youth within their spheres of influence over a one-year programme timeline will receive a certificate as a trained leadership skills facilitator.
*As an output of their learning, the youth will be encouraged to develop change projects to apply the skills acquired from the YDTP curriculum and contribute to the transformation of their communities.
Criteria for Participation
All participants applying to be trained as YDTP trainers are expected to be:
   - Interested in acquiring life , leadership and facilitation skills
   - Preferably nominated by an existing organization with access to youth
   - Committed to training a minimum of (30) youth within their network over a one year timeline

Programme Details 
   - Fee:             N5,000 (Covers cost of trainers manual, support materials and lunch for 5 days)
   - Location:    Lagos, Anambra & Ogun
   - Date:          March and August, 2013
All completed application forms should be sent to Ukwori Ejibe at uejibe@leapafrica.org or call 012706541/2 if you have any questions or concerns.

NIGERIAN STUDENTS RESEARCH COMPETITION 2013


Registration Process

  1. Obtain approval to present: Email a brief (50 words or less) project description to meetings@sigmaxi.org with subject line "Showcase Presentation Description" to obtain pre-approval to present
  2. Follow registration instructions listed in the pre-approval notification email from Sigma Xi
  3. Complete registration with payment** by March 8, 2013.
  4. Create presentation site and submit link to meetings@sigmaxi.org by March 8, 2013.
FOR MORE VISIT:http://www.sigmaxi.org/meetings/src/showcase.shtml

GOLDIE'S LYING IN STATE


DIGITEST 2013 COMPETITION(ICT:A KEY FOR TRANSFORMATION)







 
Digiteast Peers International cordially invites you to it's 14th edition of DIGITEAST,an annual ICT camp and  competeition,hosting in the ancient town of Ilorin,Kwara State....DIGITEST 2013 promises to be educative,informative and fun-filled as participants converge from within within and outside the shores of the country to showcase Digital Excellence while employing diverse tools to unveil the sure path to National and Global Transformation..
Gifts and prizes: T shirts,bags,writing materials,laptops,desktops,Dvd players,etc
Eligibility:Children aged 8 to 18 who have basic knowledge of computing2.Teachers in secondary school either self-sponsored or nominated by their school principals,who have basic knowledge of computing...
For More Visit:7 Usman Sarki Crescent(Foursquare House)
Opp Golden Astoria Hotel,By Arab Contractors
Utako,Abuja,Nigeria
Telephone:08077023307/8,
email:dpi@digitalpeers.org
Email

OSCAR:2013,THE BLITZ.....





List of the 85th annual Academy Award winners announced Sunday in Los Angeles:
1. Best Picture: “Argo.”
2. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.”
3. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook.”
4. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.”
5. Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables.”
6. Directing: Ang Lee, “Life of Pi.”
7. Foreign Language Film: “Amour.”
8. Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, “Argo.”
9. Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained.”
10. Animated Feature Film: “Brave.”
11. Production Design: “Lincoln.”
12. Cinematography: “Life of Pi.”
13. Sound Mixing: “Les Miserables.”
14. Sound Editing (tie): “Skyfall,” ”Zero Dark Thirty.”
15. Original Score: “Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna.
16. Original Song: “Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth.
17. Costume: “Anna Karenina.”
18. Documentary Feature: “Searching for Sugar Man.”
19. Documentary (short subject): “Inocente.”
20. Film Editing: “Argo.”
21. Makeup and Hairstyling: “Les Miserables.”
22. Animated Short Film: “Paperman.”
23. Live Action Short Film: “Curfew.”
24. Visual Effects: “Life of Pi.”

Sunday, February 24, 2013

BECOME SELF EMPLOYED REGISTER FOR SURE-P




The reduction of the fuel subsidy by the Federal Government in January 2012, as a deliberate policy aimed at conserving and maximizing the oil wealth of Nigeria, generated cries of discontent, fear and worry amongst Nigerians which led to a national strike. In response to the cries of Nigerians, the President announced the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) to reinvest the Federal Government’s share of the savings arising from the reduction of subsidies on petroleum products into programmes and initiatives that would go a long way to ease the pain of subsidy removal and create a better life for Nigerians.
The programme therefore ensures that the Federal Government’s part of the savings from fuel subsidy removal or reduction is applied on critical infrastructure projects and social safety net programmes that will directly ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerians and mitigate the impact of subsidy removal.
In summary, the 1-year paid internship scheme will help to:
Acquire experience for self-employment
Acquire certified on-the-job experience and industry skills
Boost your prospect for good employment afterward.
To apply, log on to

 
 

NIGERIAN STAR SINGER SHOT IN SOUTH AFRICA


Gospel singer, Lanre ‘Atorise’ Teriba is said to have had a bad deal the last time he was in South Africa to perform.
According to reports, the artiste was said to have left the shores of Nigeria to discharge his duty as an artist in South Africa. Lanre and Dele Taiwo performed at a Valentine show tagged ‘Praise Night Concert in South Africa’.
The event, which took place on the 15th of February at West End Theater, G2 Entrance, Pretoria Show Ground, Pretoria West, was a huge success. But it didn’t end well as Teriba was attacked immediately after the show by some unknown assailants. He was also shot in the leg, while valuable items like BlackBerry Porch, iPad, gold wristwatch and money were taken away from him. The artiste was later rushed to a nearby hospital in Pretoria for prompt treatment.
According to reports, he has fully recover from the wound sustained.
 
[247NigeriaNews]
 

UDUAGHAN RENEWS VOWS WITH WIFE




 
Governor of Delta State Emmanuel Uduaghan renewed vows with the wife of 25 years,at the First Baptist Church in Warri on Wednesday 20th Feb,2013.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

GHANA STAR STABS WIFE IN THE EYE



Former Fulham, West Ham and Leicester City defender John Paintsil was being held by police in Ghana on Friday after his wife was stabbed.
An Accra police spokesman told AFP they were called to a domestic incident in a suburb of the capital and Paintsil was arrested for allegedly chasing his wife into the garden of a neighbour and stabbing her.
The spokesman said the woman is receiving hospital treatment for serious eye wounds after collapsing following the assault.
Paintsil was part of the Ghana 2006 and 2010 World Cup squads and the team that finished fourth this month behind Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

THRIVE:HARVESTERS INTERNATIONAL HOSTS MYLES MUNROE

 
Have you ever had the chance to watch Myles Munroe teach.Myles Munro is a world renowned teacher on faith,entrepreneurship and leadership.He hails from Bahamas.

Thrive – an enterprise development platform powered by Harvesters - hosts renowned author, consultant, lecturer and international leader, Dr. Myles Munroe, right here in Lagos Nigeria. Thrive is designed as a platform for entrepreneurs, business executives and other professionals to grow into leaders of reckon in the global sphere. Thrive seeks to do this by building knowledge, information, motivation and spiritual bridges: bridges between ideas and solutions, between dreams and opportunities. Through tactical knowledge and proven insights from experienced minds, Thrive provides a platform for those who desire to fill the gap between their potentials and exponential possibilities. According to the convener of Thrive, Bolaji Idowu (pictured right)“Thrive is about raising people who will take the leadership roles in their various businesses” to the global dimension and “dominate their business space”. This February, Thrive will be focusing on the theme – “Positioning for Global Dominance” Having Dr Myles Munroe in Thrive is a very strategic move; digging a little into Dr Munroe’s life shows that he had a lot in common with the average Nigerian: starting out in an average large family, Dr. Myles Munroe rose against all odds to become one of the most sought after leader, consultant, author and speaker; consulting for various governments and fortune 500 companies across the globe. There is definitely something for the Nigerian business person to learn in order to effectively take advantage of the available opportunities to play on the global stage. Thrive will start out on Saturday at 5pm with an exclusive interactive session for Business Leaders, entrepreneurs, middle and senior management, and other professionals. Interested participants can pre-register at www.harvestersng.org/thrive. The exclusive sessions will be followed by open sessions on Sunday at 7.15, 9.00am and 11am. All events holds at Harvesters International Christian Centre, Plot 5-7 Gbagada-Oshodi expressway, Gbagada, Lagos.

Friday, February 22, 2013

HEAVEN:HOW IT LOOKS LIKE



An Artist was given a revelation of what Heaven looks like, so that he could draw it and show us. This picture shows Jesus welcoming and taking a saint into Hea...ven. Isn't it an amazing sight? You and I shall pass through that lovely gate and be welcomed into eternity with Him one day. We shall not miss out in Jesus Name.

KPMG

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Advisory and Tax services. We are currently recruiting for the job vacancies in Nigeria.
Job Tittle: HEAD OF FINANCE
Ref: HoD – FS001)
Description
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the successful candidate will be responsible for the Company’s financial strategy, Group reporting and adherence to accounting and reporting standards.
Key Responsibilities
  • · Oversee the articulation of Group capital allocation and investment strategies in alignment with the group’s objectives.
  • · Coordinate the tracking and reporting of subsidiaries’ performance.
  • Oversee timely and accurate preparation of Group financial reports in compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.
  • · Anticipate Group funding requirements and articulate appropriate and optimal financial strategies.
  • · Provide broad guidelines for the articulation and documentation of Group finance policies and procedures.
Qualification, Skills and Experience
  • · A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline (preferably in accounting, finance, mathematics, or statistics).
  • · Professional accounting! finance certification, (e.g. ACA, ACCA, CIMA or CPA).
  • · A minimum of fifteen (15) years relevant experience of which at least five (5) must have been at management level in an accounting or finance-related function.
  • · Good understanding of local and foreign financial regulations and financial reporting standard (lFRS and GAAP).
  • · Strong business acumen, tact and an ability to relate with executive management and Board of directors.
Job Tittle: HEAD OF RISK MANAGEMENT
Ref: HoD FS002
Description
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the successful candidate will be responsible for identifying, analysing and evaluating the group’s risks.
Key Responsibilities:
  • · Define the Group enterprise risk management framework.
  • · Champion the development of the Group risk appetite, limits and tolerance levels.
  • · Assist in developing risk mitigation strategies for the Group’s critical risks and monitor implementation.
  • · Coordinate the identification and assessment of business risks relating to the Holding Company’s processes and controls.
  • · Continuously review and update Group risk charters, policies and procedures, methodologies etc, and as required.
Qualification, Skills and Experience:
  • · A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.
  • · Relevant professional certifications such as FRM, CFA, PRM and other risk management certifications.
  • · A minimum of ten (10) years relevant experience of which at least four (4) must have been at management level.
  • · Relevant experience shall be in risk management in financial services.
  • · Demonstrate a proven ability to manage market, liquidity and other types of enterprise risks.
  • Good understanding of local & international risk management trends in the financial services industry.
Job Tittle: STRATEGY AND CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Ref: HoD – FS003
Description
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the successful candidate will be responsible for organizing Group strategy articulation process, identification and monitoring of Group synergies and initiatives.
Key Responsibilities:
  • · Monitor local and global macro-environment, regulatory, industry trends and developments and distill insights for the Group.
  • · Coordinate the articulation and monitoring of the Group’s strategy.
  • · Support the Group in the evaluation and execution of mergers and acquisitions.
  • · Identify, define and monitor initiatives for synergy realisation
  • · Provide support to Holding Company’s Management on other strategic issues.
Qualification, Skills and Experience:
  • · A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, an MBA would be an advantage.
  • · At least seven (7) years relevant experience in strategy, corporate development, mergers and acquisition or Group coordination.
  • · Working knowledge of the financial services industry.
  • · Good understanding of corporate development practices, including portfolio evaluation, business development, new market entry and growth strategies.
  • · Good knowledge of the local and global economic dynamics, including trends and key drivers of change.
How To Apply
Interested candidates should send their applications by email to: recruitment@ng.kpmg.com
Using the relevant job title and code stated as the subject of the email Each application must include:
· A cover letter detailing the applicant’s position of interest and detailed contact information.
· Applicant’s updated curriculum vitae.
· Copies of relevant credentials and certificates.
All applications will be treated in confidence. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Application Deadline Date
Closes by 1st March, 2013.

SAIPEM RECRUITMENT

Thursday, February 21, 2013

NIGERIAN CUSTOMS ARREST MAN WITH $1.1M


The MMIA Command, Lagos, of the Nigeria Customs Service yesterday arrested a passenger with $1.1 million at the international wing of the Lagos Airport.
The passenger, identified as Professor Ofoegbu Charles Ononuju, allegedly claimed to be the director of AZ Petroleum. The professor was travelling with a passport with registration number A04008969.
According to the customs area comptroller, Mr. Eporwei Charles Edike, the passenger declared the currency both on forms CDF1A and CDF1B, but claimed he was travelling with Kenya Airways flight number QR542 to Kenya to solve a dispute with a Kenya community over oil blocks .
Edike said the passenger and the currency had been handed over to officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation.
He explained that, in 2012, the Nigeria Customs Service, MMIA Command, intercepted over $12.1 million from 14 persons who tried to take money out of the country in contravention of extant regulations.
He said the relevant government agency has been collaborating with Customs to ensure that the law takes its course on the matter, adding that the rise in the incidence of arrests of passengers trying to smuggle foreign currency is a fallout of the inter-agency collaboration.
Edike said the Airport customs command raked in over N35 billion as revenue in 2012, a marked improvement over that of 2011, which was N34 billion.
He attributed the increase in revenue to blockage of leakages and cooperation by forwarding and clearing agents on compliance measures introduced by Customs to enhance revenue.
He said the revenue for 2012 could have been more, if not for the one month disruption in operations at Lagos airport which affected cargo and some of the ground-handling companies. He said revenue projection for 2013 could not be ascertained until the headquarters in Abuja communicated to the command.
Meanwhile, motorists plying the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Road yesterday evening experienced heavy traffic jam as policemen embarked on thorough search of motorists. They were looking for kidnappers who allegedly abducted a young woman at the Mafoluku area of Lagos State.
It was gathered revealed that the woman, who was simply identified as Aisha and whose age could not be ascertained as at the time of filing in this report, was kidnapped around 4:40pm at Mafoluku, a residential area very close to the airport.
The woman was said to have been driving in a black jeep before she was abducted. She was allegedly bundled into the car booth of the kidnappers’ vehicle before they sped off.
Immediately the kidnapping incident occurred, the police authorities in the state contacted every command to cordon off all strategic areas and search for the kidnappers.
At the airport, the exit points from Mafoluku and Ikeja areas were cordoned off by stern-looking police officers who searched every car on the road.
The deputy commissioner, Airport Command, Mr. Aliru Gwandu, confirmed the incident.
He explained that the kidnapping led to the dispatch of police to strategic positions in the state, but explained that the incident did not happen under his command.
He said, “The information got to the police authorities. The commissioner just called that we should designate our men. A black jeep was snatched. I don’t know the number of people involved. It’s not airport command but happened around the Lagos State Command because it happened around Mafoluku area of the state.”
...Culled from Leadership News

HEAVY TRAFFIC ANTICIPATED AS CLINTON COMMISSIONS EKO ATLANTIC CITY PROJECT

     
 


 It is highly anticipated that there will be heavy traffic in the Lagos Island as  GoodluckJohnathan,Clinton.commissions the Eko Atlantic City Project.
 .                      The project, an idea of the administration of Fashola, seeks to provide a new town.
                         It is aimed at renewing Lagos Island, which has gradually been crowded by failure  tocomply with town planning rules and also to provide mass accommodation.      
                       Major roads on Lagos Island are due to be closed before and throughout the duration of the programme
 
 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

BE SELF EMPLOYED,BECOME A NAFDAC CONSULTANT

Accreditaion of NAFDAC Regulatory Consultants
1. The Act establishing the National Agency for food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) confers on the Agency the responsibility amongst others to:
i. Regulate and control the importation, exportation, manufacture, advertisement, distribution, sale and use of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water and chemical;:
ii. Undertake inspection of imported food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water and chemicals and establish relevant quality assurance systems; including certification of the Production sites and of the regulated products.
iii. Undertake the registration of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water and chemical; etc.
iv. Carry out such activities as are necessary or expedient for the performance of its functions under this Act.
2. Requirements for Accreditation
The accreditation of Consultants by NAFDAC is the recognition of the competence of both the Organization and the Technical experts within the organization that meet requirements as stipulated below:
i. Organization
- A duly registered Company (legal entity)
- Show evidence in the area(s) of specialization
ii. Technical Expert
- A first degree or its equivalent and cognate experience, not less than 5 years post graduation.
- Employee of an organization seeking accreditation as a Consultant with NAFDAC
- Documented evidence of training, workshop, conferences and certified from both local and/or international organizations in the specified technical areas.
3. Areas of Specialization/Fields of Operations
i. Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
ii. Regulations and Regulatory
iii. Clinical Trials
iv. Chemicals and Controlled Substances
v. Surveillance
4. Application
i. Forms
A Prospective Accredited Consultant shall obtain an Application Form A for the Organization and Application Form B for each of the Technical Expert within the organization in the area(s) of Specialization.
Each application form cost N10,000.00 (Ten thousand naira only) payable at the point of collection of form.
ii. Processing Fees
A non-refundable processing fee of N40,000.00 (Forty thousand naira only) is payable at the point of submission of the completed form.
iii. All payments should be made in a certified bank draft payable to National Agency For Food And Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
5. Submission of Application Forms
i. Completed application forms shall be submitted to the DG’s office and forward to the Verification Committee for processing with relevant documents
ii. All applications shall be submitted on or before Tuesday, June 5th 2012, with the envelope marked “Application as NAFDAC Regulatory Consultant” and forwarded to:
Director General
National Agency For Food And Drug Administration And Control (NAFDAC)
Plot 2032, Olusegun Obasanjo Way,
Wuse Zone 7, Abuja
Or
Central Laboratory
No. 3/5 Oshodi Apapa Expressway,
Oshodi- Lagos State
E-mail: accreditation@nafdac.gov.ng This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Contact Phone no: 08033023876, 08129129782,01-4731018.
 
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