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Thursday, May 28, 2015

First Book on 2015 Presidential Election in Nigeria To Be Released Worldwide On May 29



The first book on the 2015 presidential election in Nigeria, "The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream" will be released worldwide on May 29 as the man of the moment President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari takes over as the new President, Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces of Federal Republic of Nigeria in a historic swearing in ceremony at the Eagles Square, Abuja. The author Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima is a prize winning writer and publisher. 

Dedicated to all the fearless patriots of united Nigeria; to all the nation builders of a New Nigeria who are believers, champions and defenders of the Nigerian Dream and to all the martyrs of the Change Revolution by peaceful election who sacrificed their precious lives for the successful election of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) in Rivers State, Edo State, Kaduna State and other parts of Nigeria during the 2015 elections. 

The colourful book captures the most melodramatic moments of the presidential election campaigns of Buhari from the street to the internet, including the live mobile phone text messages sent from Rivers State during the bloody presidential election on March 28 as an All Progressives Congress (APC) member was shot and killed at a polling unit.

The book also chronicled the vitriolic attacks on Buhari by the attack dogs of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State and Dr. Doyin Okupe, the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan who are now eating their dirty words of campaign of calumny and the PDP man who wished Buhari dead, but later slumped and died.
There are articles on the significant roles played by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi and also critical analyses on the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP.

The Internet meltdown caused by the beautiful daughter of Buhari, Zahra, the invasion of Lagos streets by the OPC thugs and finally the most colourful scenes of the presidential campaigns showing the beautiful women of APC and as Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State and Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers were dancing "Shoki" at campaigns.
The book is a must read and a collector's item for all Nigerians and others, especially historians and students of political history.

 "The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream" will be distributed worldwide by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Lulu and other leading booksellers. Interested distributors in Nigeria should contact the Publisher by email. publisher@nigeriansreport.com

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

GTBank and Etisalat in Strategic Partnership to Offer New Retail Banking Service



GTBank and Etisalat in Strategic Partnership to Offer New Retail Banking Service

Guaranty Trust Bank plc, a foremost financial institution in Africa and Etisalat, one of Nigeria’s most innovative and fastest growing telecommunications company have partnered to introduce GTEasySavers, a savings account that is easy to open and easy to save; designed to enable under-banked and unbanked individuals achieve their financial goals while operating a regular bank account via their mobile phones. This strategic alliance that will enhance the service delivery of both brands, will offer customers, unparalleled lifestyle and loyalty benefits.


Registered subscribers of Etisalat network can conveniently open a GTEasySavers account by simply dialing a USSD short code–“737*0#”via their mobile phones, and a ten digit GTBank account number is sent via SMS immediately. Funding of the account can be done by Cash deposits at Etisalat Experience Centers and GTBank branches; electronic transfers from other bank accounts; Cash Deposit ATMs at GTBank branches and GT Express Agent locations.

From Left: Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher; Managing Director, Guaranty Trust Bank GTB , Segun Agbaje; and Chief Marketing Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Angelone Francesco at the launch of “GTEasySavers” powered by Etisalat and GTBank at Guaranty Trust Bank Headquarters in Lagos on Tuesday, 26th May 2015.

Speaking on the partnership, the Managing Director and CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Mr. Segun Agbaje stated that “we are passionate about driving the CBN’s financial inclusion strategy in ensuring the under banked and unbanked, begin to find the propositions of banking services more attractive and convenient and then take the bold step of patronizing our numerous bank products and offerings, a passion which we fully share with Etisalat Nigeria”.

 The GTEasySavers account operates like a regular bank account and is in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s financial inclusion strategy for the country. Transaction limits on the account is pegged at CBN’s Tier 1 KYC status limits of N20,000 for single deposits and maximum cumulative of N200,000 account balance at any point in time. Benefits for account holders include free airtime, higher interest rates on savings and quarterly rewards.

Mr. Matthew Willshire, CEO, Etisalat. 

"This is a new chapter in the continuing growth of the banking industry made possible through GTEasySavers by GTBank and Etisalat Nigeria. Enabling account opening via an Etisalat phone will make it more convenient for individuals to carry out transactions using the transformative power of the banking system. Etisalat currently has the highest quality network in Nigeria and our partnership with GTBank is designed to add value to the lives of our customers and make banking more accessible. We will continue to offer innovative products and services in fulfillment of the promise we made to Nigeria over six years ago when we commenced operations in the country. The partnership will also begin the journey for unbanked customers from our over 22 million subscriber base," said Etisalat’s CEO Matthew Willsher.

Customers who sign up for this account need not provide any initial documentation but can upgrade the status of their accounts to Tier 3 at any time, by simply visiting any GTBank branch with additional information/documentation, including a valid identification card and utility bill.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Apple iStore Offers the Biggest Deals @ Jumia's Mobile Week Megathon!


Apple iStore Offers Big Deals @ Jumia's Mobile Week Megathon

Apple iStore, (The home of everything Apple in Nigeria)is has announced it's special participation in Jumia’s Mobile Week Megathon, the one and only mobile sale of this size in Nigeria, taking place from the 1st to the 7th of June. 

iStore and Jumia partnered to offer mega deals on its finest and latest Apple products, from iPhones to iPads on iStore Online - Powered by Jumia - for seven days in a row, offering customers nationwide the chance to purchase the Apple device of their dreams at a price they won’t be able to find somewhere else.

Jumia has been revolutionizing the way of accessing the Nigerian market for mobile brands for three years now, providing trustworthy, direct and fast access to Apple products for the end customers. It is therefore natural that iStore collaborates with Jumia to bring to its customers exactly what they want, and at the best price. Apple Deals available are:

1. 10% Discount across iPad mini, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. All capacities and colors where applicable (16, 32, 64 & 128GB - White, Black, Space Grey, Gold and Silver)
2. Buy an iPhone 6 16GB with a free Griffin/Incase cover and screen protector and save N23 000
3. Buy an iPhone 6 64GB with a free Griffin/Incase cover and screen protector and save N33 000 - Hero Deal
4. Buy an iPhone 6 128GB with a free Griffin/Incase cover and screen protector and save N23 000
5. Buy an iPhone 6 Plus 16GB with a free Griffin/Incase cover and screen protector and save N23 000
6. Buy an iPhone 6 Plus 64GB with a free Griffin/Incase cover and screen protector and save N33 000 - Hero Deal
7. Buy an iPhone 6 Plus 128GB with a free Griffin/Incase cover and screen protector and save N23 000

Make sure to download the Jumia App and get access to Apple deals hours before everyone else. Note that the deals will be available on the app from 5am every day before they go live on the website at 9am! You can win a N5000 voucher simply by sharing the news on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus!

The Apple iStore is located at ikeja Shopping Mall. 

Let the countdown
begin! Click on www.jumia.com.ng/megathon/ for more information or visit www.istoreonline.ng



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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ending Modern Slavery in Nigeria - Invitation To Tender


ABUJA, Nigeria, 19 May 2015 / PRN Africa / --

Invitations for tender to NGOs, relevant charities or private sector organisations relating to ending Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in Nigeria

The British High Commission is today opening two invitations for tender to NGOs, relevant charities or private sector organisations to bid for public enlightenment projects on ending Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in Nigeria, from Nigeria, by Nigerians. The British High Commission also invites invitations to bid for projects to support victims of Human Trafficking in Nigeria

More detail on the projects themselves and the bidding process can be found in the attached documents.
The application process opens on 13 May 2015, and will close on 13 June 2015.

SOURCE British High Commission Abuja

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Lionel Messi is My Role Model - SS2 MVP Winner of 2015 Gtbank Principals Cup


Salisu Anuoluwapo, an SS2 student from Ikotun Senior Secondary School won the Most valuable Player (MVP) Award at the just concluded Season 6 Finals of the GTBank Lagos Principals Cup Competition held on Wednesday May 20, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere.
The young girl led her school to victory, defeating Oriwu Senior Model College of Ikorodu by three goals to one. Salisu Anuoluwapo scored two of the three goals that made her school team champions for the second time in 3 years.
Captain of her team, Anuoluwapo said the famous Lionel Messi of Spanish club FC Barcelona and Captain of Argentina national team is her role model.


“I’m very happy to have helped my school lift GTBank Principal Cup 2015. I really appreciate my parents for standing by me when I started my football career as early as 7years.” The young lady who had a brace for the finals, appreciated her parents further in her words, “Thank you for standing by me for the past 8years while achieving my dreams. I pay raft attention to both my academics and football because I know in the nears future, I will be playing for super falcons which I believe will take me to next level in life as I look forward to playing like my role model, Lionel Messi.”

Source: http://totnaija.blogspot.com/2015/05/ikotun-senior-secondary-school-and.html

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ikotun Girls, Birrel Boys Win GTBank Principals’ Cup Season 6

Ikotun Girls, Birrel Boys Win GTBank Principals’ Cup Season 6

IKOTUN GIRLS, BIRREL BOYS WIN GTBANK PRINCIPALS’ CUP SEASON 6


The 2015 GTBank Lagos State Principals cup ended in a grand style at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, with Ikotun Senior Secondary Schopol, Ikotun smashing  Oriwu Model Senior College, Ikorodu in a 3-1 thriller in the female final match to make them champions for the second time in 3 years. The goals were scored by Chinemerem Anselm and Salisu Anuoluwapo (brace) for Ikotun Senior High School and Ikeduba Peace scored the only goal for Oriwu.

 In the male category, first time finalist Birrel Avenue Senior Secondary School, Sabo defeated former champions Keke High School of Ijaye-Agege by 4-2 in the penalty shootout.after after both teams had played 1-1 at regulation time. The goals in regulation time were scored by Daniel Emmanuel for Birrel Avenue and Oseni Sodiq for Keke High. Akeem Oladunjoye of Birrel Avenue Senior Secondary School won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for boys.

The GTBank Lagos State Principals Cup.
Triumphant Ikotun Senior Secondary Schopol, Ikotun.
Victorious Birrel Avenue Senior Secondary School, Sabo, Yaba.
Oriwu Model Senior College, Ikorodu with the second place prize.
Pupils from Keke Senior High School supporting their school team.
Pupils cheering the competing soccer teams.

From 615 teams drawn from secondary schools across 6 districts in Lagos state, Ikotun girls and  Birrel boys have shown that they are unstoppable forces in Nigeria’s grass-root soccer.

The “Smash all Barriers” of the prestigious secondary school tournament is an annual football competition geared towards the development of grass roots football. The discovery of young football talents fostering camaraderie among secondary students as well as helping students actualize their dream of becoming professional footballers.

According to the GTBank CEO, Mr. Segun Agbaje, GTBank is out to create a passion for young ones. His words: “What we set out to achieve for young ones is to create a platform for them to compete, develop and create values and work out a passion for young ones, not necessarily to raise professional footballers. If you look at the attendance today, we are encouraged and we think it’s been a great success. We believe that one of the best places to learn the principles of hard work, competing values, is through sports and if they have those values, we are very sure, they will do well in life.”

For 6 years running, the competition has provided a developmental platform for young talents to be identified, nurtured and contribute immensely to the development of grassroots football.

GTBank MD/CEO, Mr. Segun Agbaje and other VIPs at the finals.
Mr. Segun Agbaje presenting medals to the winning female team Ikotun Senior Secondary Schopol, Ikotun.
Mr. Segun Agbaje speaking to the press.

Agbaje explained that the GTBank Principals Cup game started slowly. His words: “We started the Principals Cups game slowly, and now we have one in Ogun and Port-Harcourt. In order to do things properly, we need take time to invest the right resources, so that many ultimately will see the game getting more interesting. Ogun State Principals Cup is as committed as that of Lagos State. I would like to thank the state governors of both states for their incredible support for the Principals Cup.”

On his part, the Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association and the 1st Vice-President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), emphasized the importance of infusing a national policy to encourage football in youths. His words: “From the boys and girls, we observed the talents among them, but the issue is to harness these talents. The idea is to inaugurate these kind of tournaments and ensure they are infused into the national policy, so that we could have a pathway way which everyone will know and go through. There’s a difference between literate and illiterate footballers, and so we shouldn't be left behind, that’s why we are infusing and trying to balance up education and football.”

 GTBank gave out prizes to winners and runners-up as promised, ranging from N1,000,000 (one million naira) for the winner, to N750,000 for the 1st runner up, N500,000 for the 2nd runner up and N250,000 for the 3rd runner up, accompanied by other offers such as immediate upgrade of sport facilities, including goalposts, balls, goalpost nets and corner flags in their various schools. However, for the girls, Ikotun High School, Oriwu Model College, Government Senior College and CMS Girls Senior Secondary School had these gifts respectively; while for the boys, Birrel College, Keke High School, Ikorodu Senior Grammar School and Ifako Comprehensive High School had these gifts.

Speaking at the event, Salisu Anu an SS2 student from Ikotun High School and Most Valuable Player (MVP) said, “I’m very happy to have helped my school lift GTBank Principals Cup 2015. I really appreciate my parents for standing by me when I started my football career as early as 7 years.”
The young lady who had a brace for the finals, appreciated her parents further in her words. “Thank you for standing by me for the past 8 years while achieving my dreams. I pay rapt attention to both my academics and football, because I know in the nears future, I will be playing for the Super Falcons which I believe will take me to the next level in life as I look forward to playing like my role model, Lionel Messi.”

Salisu Anu an SS2 student from Ikotun High School and Most Valuable Player (MVP).

The CEO, GTBank reiterated that they are happy, because the quality of football has been high, and there hasn't been any cheating so far in this year’s edition.

The bank also complements the Principals Cup tournaments with an annual residential coaching programme known as CAMP GTBANK which was designed to discover, sharpen and cultivate the skills of outstanding talents of the GTBank Lagos State Principals Cup and Master Cup, drawing on the experience of the top coaches from European clubs.

This grassroots career development in the country shows Guaranty Trust Bank Plc is one of the few Nigerian financial institutions that that have maintained a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy since it's inception in 1990. The Bank actively supports in classroom and out of classroom educational programmes, infrastructure development, students scholarship and teachers training across Africa.

See more at: http://www.gtbank.com/csr/football/?update=grand-finale-of-the-principals-cup-lagos#sthash.TXqAR3f3.dpuf.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ikotun Senior High School and Birrel Avenue Senior High School Lift 2015 GTBank Lagos Principals Cups


Ikotun Senior High School of Ikotun defeated Oriwu Senior Model College of Ikorodu by three goals to one to win the female category of the coveted GTBank Lagos Principals Cup on Wednesday May 20 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere and the captain of the team Anuoluwapo Salisu won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. In the male category, Birrel Avenue Senior High School of Sabo in Yaba defeated Keke High School of Ijaiye by penalty kicks to win the trophy and Birrel’s goalkeeper also won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

The Principals Cup champions also won one million naira (N1,000,000) each while the 1st, 2nd, 3rd runners up won N750,000, N500,000 and N250,000.


The Principals Cup is a football competition amongst secondary schools, aimed at fostering camaraderie and identifying local football talent at grass-root level.

For Guaranty Trust Bank, the value of sports as an aid to personal development cannot be over emphasized, hence this public-private partnership with the Lagos State Government in 2009 to revamp ‘The Principals Cup’, a state-sponsored football competition amongst public secondary schools, which fosters team work and identifies local football talent at the grassroots level.

In line with this sports loving organization’s vision of raising role models for the society as well as using sports as a tool to provoke academic excellence in secondary school, the Principals Cup has thus provided the platform to create football stars who will become Nigeria’s ambassadors to the international community and participate in the discovery, career development and economic empowerment of local football talents.

The phenomenon known as football has proven to be a tool used to foster camaraderie amongst youth, the Principals Cup no doubt has continued to identify local football talent at grass-root levels as well as promote healthy rivalry.

The Principals Cup is an annual football Competition which begins at the start of a new academic session in secondary schools and ends mid June of every year. This competition has been instrumental in bringing back otherwise drop-outs back to school and has now extended from Lagos where it started in 2009, to Ogun and Rivers States.

The Lagos State competition, called the GTBank-Lagos State Principals Cup is run with the Lagos State Ministry of Youth & Sports and the Ministry of Education. The Competition is now in its 4th Season with over 400 State owned schools participating.

The GTBank-Ogun State Principals Cup started in 2012. It is also run together with the State Ministry of Youth, Sports & Social Development and the Ministry of Education.


- See more at: http://www.gtbank.com/csr/football/?about_article=about-the-competitions&content_filter=principals-cup#sthash.yyFS1thl.dpuf

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2015 Opens Optimistically for Consumers: Confidence Up in Nigeria, Down in Kenya and Ghana



CONFIDENCE UP IN NIGERIA, DOWN IN KENYA AND GHANA
Consumer confidence increased two index points in Nigeria in the first quarter to a score of 129—the highest score of the three countries measured in Nielsen's mobile survey for sub-Saharan Africa. Conversely, confidence decreased nine points in Kenya (104) and three points in Ghana (99) from fourth-quarter 2014.
The majority of respondents in the three countries (69% in Kenya, 67% in Ghana and 62% in Nigeria) said they did not have spare cash, a level that increased 10 percentage points in Kenya and one percentage point in Nigeria from fourth-quarter 2014. Among those who did claim discretionary funds, while saving continued to be a priority for the majority, intentions to put money into savings accounts declined 10 percentage points in Nigeria (76%), seven percentage points in Ghana (78%) and six percentage points in Kenya (83%) in the first quarter. Discretionary spending intentions for home improvement projects were the second-biggest priority among respondents in all three countries.