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Friday, October 31, 2014

Nigerian Advocate Oyelakin Taiwo Oladayo Award Wins 2014 Omololu Falobi Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention



2014 Omololu Falobi Award For Excellence In HIV Prevention 
Research Community Advocacy Presented Posthumously to Nigerian Advocate Oyelakin Taiwo Oladayo Award honors passionate young advocate lost too soon 

“All of us have to choose to respond to the challenges of our own times. For me the challenge is HIV/AIDS” 
– Omololu Falobi

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Oyelakin Taiwo Oladayo, a passionate advocate for the rights of young people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS, has posthumously received the fifth Omololu Falobi Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention Research Community Advocacy. The award was accepted on behalf of his family by fellow Nigerian advocate Olayide Akanni during the closing plenary of the HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P) conference.
Taiwo focused his work on the rights and dignity of those who are most marginalized. He helped form the first network of young people living with HIV in Nigeria (APYIN). He also helped create Youths and Adolescents Network on Population and Development in Africa (AFRIYAN) and, recently, the Network of Young People Living with HIV in Africa (AY+N). Taiwo was the co-chair of the Global Network of People Living with HIV Y+ Leadership Initiative. He was also a 2013 AVAC Advocacy Fellow hosted by Positive Treatment for Action in Nigeria. His Fellowship project sought to amplify the voices of young women as plans for Option B+ were being considered in Nigeria, and ensured their recommendations were included in national prevention plans. On Thursday, 17 April 2014, Oyelakin Taiwo Oladayo was killed in a car accident in Lagos.

The Omololu Falobi Award highlights the essential role of community advocacy and leadership in HIV prevention research. It celebrates the life and values of the late Omololu Falobi, a long-time HIV advocate and journalist who founded Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS) in Nigeria. Falobi was an instrumental pioneer member of the Nigerian Treatment Access Movement, and co-founded the New HIV Vaccine & Microbicide Advocacy Society. Omololu was killed in Lagos, Nigeria in October 2006. The award serves as an ongoing legacy that recognizes his commitment and lasting contributions to HIV prevention research advocacy.

"Omololu was a visionary leader and activist, who accomplished much in his too-short life. He dedicated himself to powerful advocacy for HIV and HIV prevention research in Nigeria, Africa and worldwide," said Olayide Akanni. "His legacy lives on through this award and through the work of JAAIDS. Taiwo reminds us of our friend Omololu in many ways. He was a brilliant young Nigerian advocate lost to us too soon. He embodied Omololu's ideals in many ways by making the work of HIV advocacy his life's work as well. In his short professional life, he proved himself a leader and an inspiration to many; he believed that HIV prevention research was an important part of addressing the epidemic."

"Taiwo's work is an inspiration for us all. He exemplifies the passion and commitment that is the lifeblood of advocacy and activism. We must all continue to speak with his voice and amplify his message," said Anna Forbes, recipient of the 2012 award.

For the 2014 award, the coordinating committee, with endorsement from past recipients, past reviewers and advocates, unanimously decided to present the award to Taiwo instead of seeking nominations for deserving candidates. A plaque and cash award will go to the family he left behind, including his new bride and his father.
"Taiwo's passion for his work inspired all of those around him. I know his work made a difference in the lives of young women and other Nigerians living with HIV. I am so happy that his fellow advocates have given him this honor," said Abiola Oladayo, his wife.

The award was presented by Manju Chatani-Gada of AVAC, who directs the AVAC Advocacy Fellows Program.
"Taiwo had many dreams and many aspirations for the future - as an international activist, as a photo documentarian, as a politician, as many things. Like Omololu, Taiwo lived his life in a hurry. And like him, he left his mark on all those who met him," Chatani-Gada said. "Taiwo's work exemplified the spirit of this award to recognize community advocates' critical role in research and in getting new options to those who need it most."

The Omololu Falobi Award For Excellence In HIV Prevention Research was conceptualized and the process coordinated by the African Microbicides Advocacy Group (AMAG) in partnership with AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention Research, the Global Campaign for Microbicides (GCM), International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (IRMA), Journalists Against AIDS in Nigeria (JAAIDS), the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS), and the Treatment Action Movement Nigeria (TAM). Joining the coordinating committee this year are the International Rectal Microbicides Advocates (IRMA) and the African AIDS Vaccine Programme (AAVP).
 
The award honors Omololu Falobi, a visionary leader who continues to inspire many people and projects. He was a leading HIV/AIDS activist, an advocate for prevention research, and an exceptional journalist. Omololu made enormous impact in Nigeria and beyond – he nurtured and/or led campaigns related to prevention, treatment and research; won multiple awards nationally and internationally; and earned a tremendous reputation from all who had the privilege to work with him. He established the Journalists Against AIDS in Nigeria (JAAIDS), co-created the Nigeria-AIDS eForum, co-founded the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society of Nigeria (NHVMAS), was an instrumental pioneer member of the Treatment Access Movement (TAM) Nigeria and a key leader of the African Civil Society Coalition on HIV and AIDS.

Financial support for the Award since 2008 comes from AMAG, AVAC, GCM, FHI360, NHVMAS, the Open Society Institute in South Africa and UNAIDS.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Paul Kagame, Africa's Most Popular President on Twitter


 Meet Rwanda's Paul Kagame, Africa's Most 'Tweep' President KT Press reports on the president's unmatched popularity on social media KIGALI, Rwanda, Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- According to KT Press, he is a tweep, and a tech addict! Rwanda's President Paul Kagame is described by the International Telecommunications Union as the "Digital President." Social media analysts say Kagame is Africa's most conversational president. Kagame has the biggest following on Twitter than any other African leader.

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By mid-June, his verified handle @PaulKagame, had 456,000 followers. On Wednesday, October 22, Kagame's account had hit 590,782 followers. On the following day, when he celebrated his 57th Birthday, his account jammed with thousands of best wishes. Kagame tweeted back promptly, "Very much appreciated; [all] those who made my [day] by the [good wishes] sent to me!" Five days later, he attracted 37,900 new followers, hitting 628,684 total followers.

Twiplomacy, a study by Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations and communications firm, said Kagame was trailing Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, in June with more than 50,000 followers. The tide has suddenly changed, with Kagame toppling Kenyatta with 32,000 more followers.
Back home in Rwanda, the "Digital President" has invested over $100 million in broadband internet with over 50% of the population using mobile phones.

In the real world, Kagame is the most conversational leader, who often gets into memorable Twitter exchanges. He usually hits back hard. Make a comment and you certainly will be put on spot to defend.  Twiplomacy's Burson-Marsteller reviewed 643 official accounts in 161 countries and 77% of African governments on social media. He found out Pope Francis (@Pontifex) is the most influential world leader on Twitter, with his tweets mostly in Spanish, being re-tweeted an average of more than 10,000 times each. US President Barack Obama is the most followed leader globally.

In the east and central African region, Tanzania's leader Jakaya Kikwete, with @jmkikwete account, has 203,301 followers. Uganda's Yoweri Museveni @KagutaMuseveni has 65,600 followers.
Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are exponentially larger countries than Rwanda, with a massive presence on Twitter, but their leaders are way behind Kagame in the tech world.

Not even South Africa's President Jacob Zuma with @SAPresident (338,900 followers), comes close, despite being leader of Africa's most advanced economy and a tech savvy population. Nigeria's Good luck Jonathan, at the helm of Africa's most populous nation, has about 80,000 followers.

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Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Will Connect APC to the Majority of Nigerian Youths



The defection of Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (born January 10, 1966), Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria from the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) has left President Gooodluck Jonathan panicking as he summoned all the leaders of the PDP to an emergency meeting yesterday.

Tambuwal representing the Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency of Sokoto State is one of the most charismatic young political leaders of the new generation and is more liked than President Jonathan, because he has a cross over appeal across all the tribes and religions in Nigeria. The majority of the youths see him as one of the fearless leaders of the vanguard for the nation building of a New Nigeria and actually will fill the wide gap between the leadership the APC and Nigerian youths. He will certainly connect with them as the countdown to the next presidential election begins.

Once the APC can connect with Nigerian youths, the largest voting bloc, then PDP may lose the political leadership of Nigeria in 2015.





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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MTN, Airtel, and MTS Ranked #1, #2 and #3 Tier-0 Carriers in the World


 Analyst Firm Announces the World's First Comprehensive Ranking of Over 700 Mobile Carriers
MTN (Nigeria), Bharti Airtel (India), and MTS (Russia) Ranked #1, #2 and #3 Tier-0 Carriers in the World

TOKYO, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IE Market Research Corporation (IEMR), the global provider of market research and business strategy services in the telecommunications space, announced today the release of its latest Global Mobile Operator Forecast, 2013 – 2017 and related Global Mobile Operator Ranking. "With over 2.1 million data points, IEMR's global mobile operator forecast has long been the largest database on mobile operator metrics in the world," said Koichi Miyazawa, President & CEO at IEMR. "Now, IEMR's new Global Mobile Operator Ranking provides the most objective ranking of mobile carriers in the world."

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IEMR's Global Mobile Operator Ranking is based on ten objective metrics that we have found to be relevant for predicting operator developments. These include subscriber growth, monthly churn, service revenue growth, free cash flow, and EBITDA growth among others.
The following are the Top-3 carriers among various carrier classes in IEMR's Global Mobile Operator Ranking:


Rank
Mobile Carrier
Tier 0 (30+ million subscribers)
#1
MTN (Nigeria)
#2
Bharti Airtel (India)
#3
Mobile TeleSystems (Russia)
Tier 1 (10 – 30 million subscribers)                                                             
#1
Orange (Mali)
#2
Unitel Uzbekistan
#3
NCell Nepal
#3
Movistar (Venezuela)
Tier 2 (5 – 10 million subscribers)
#1
MTN Cote d'Ivoire
#2
MTN Cameroon
#3
Nepal Telecom
Tier 3 (2.5 – 5 million subscribers)
#1
Zain Malawi
#2
MTN Zambia
#2
MTN Benin
#3
TeleYemen
Tier 4 (less than 2.5 million subscribers)
#1
Tigo (Rwanda)
#1
Vodafone (Qatar)
#2
Kuwait Telecom Company
#2
T+ Telecomunicacoes (Cape Verde)
#3
Companhia Santomense de Telecomunicacoes (Sao Tome and Principe)

At the regional level, our analysis of operator performance reveals the following rankings: 

Rank
Mobile Carrier
North America
#1
Verizon Wireless (USA)                                                                       
#2
AT&T Mobility (USA)
#3
Bell Mobility (Canada)
Western Europe
#1
Tele2 (Sweden)
#2
E-Plus (Germany)
#3
Drei (Hutchison Austria)
Asia Pacific
#1
NCell Nepal
#2
Nepal Telecom
#3
CSL (Hong Kong)
Africa
#1
Bharti Airtel (Malawi)
#2
Orange (Mali)
#3
MTN Zambia
#3
MTN Benin
Eastern Europe
#1
Unitel Uzbekistan
#2
Velcom (Belarus)
#3
Vivacom (Bulgaria)
Latin America
#1
Movistar Venezuela
#2
Movil de Entel (Bolivia)
#3
Tigo Colombia
Middle East
#1
TeleYemen
#2
Du (UAE)
#3
Zain (Kuwait)

You can download this report at: http://www.iemarketresearch.com/reportdata/2Q14-Global-Mobile-Operator-Forecast-2003--2017/887E8F47-105C-4AA4-B401-D94C6AC485D9

 Clients can also view a free copy of the executive summary of the global report here: http://www.iemarketresearch.com/en/Content/Press-Release/2014/Mobile%20Operator%20Forecast%203Q14.aspx

Clients can also access this and thousands of other research reports for a low monthly price of $299 per month per seat.

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IEMR is a global market research and business strategy consulting firm. Established in 2003, IEMR is the world's first analyst firm to provide access to ALL our forecasts and databases at a cloud-based price point. IEMR publishes some of the world's largest telecom industry databases, including our Global Mobile Operator Forecast, Global Fixed Line, Cable & Broadband Operator Forecast, Global Mobile Entertainment Forecast, and the Global Mobile Payments Forecast.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wedding of the Week: Okezie Ikejiaku and Cynthia Onuigbo

Wedding of the Week: Okezie Ikejiaku and Cynthia Onuigbo

Mr. Okezie Ikejiaku on Saturday 25th October walked down the aisle with Pharm Cynthia Onuigbo, The wedding took place at ECWA Church Surulere, while the reception took place @ De Dove Multi-Purpose Event Centre, Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos. The groom is the younger brother of Chief Ifeanyi Ikejiaku, chairman CEO of Mega Maritime Services Limited.

Wedding ring boy.
The couple and the choir.
The couple, bridesmaids and others.
The couple dance.
Full Page Communications boss Mr. Ingram Osigwe and his wife Laura Osigwe.
Barrister Okey Muomalu, CEO, Mega Maritime Limited, Chief Ifeanyi Ikejiaku, Mr. Okey Nzekwe and Mr. Ingram Osigwe.
Chief Mike Orji and Chief Ifeanyi Ikejiaku.
Chairman of the occasion and Chairman of Chimec Resources Limited, Chief Peter Anyaoha and Wife Chizoba.
Chief Eddy Ajero and Chief Felix Ogbukaku (Olopa).
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ikejiaku.
Mr. Kenneth Ikejiaku and Chief Ifenayi Ikejiaku and Zion Train.  
Chief Joseph Umezugha (Agbara Aguata).
Officers of Nigerian Customs Service, CSC Suleiman and CSC Akinyele.
Nwaba and Chidon.
Parents of the bride, Chief (Sir)Godwin Onuigbo and Lady Onuigbo.
Parents of the groom, Elder and Mrs. Silvanus Ikejiaku and first son Chief Ogbonna Ikejiaku.
Royal Father of the Day, HRH Eze (Sir) M.A. Ohia Eze Udo VI of Uzii, Ideato North Local Government Area.


 
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2ace Idibia is the Most Liked Nigerian Musician with the Highest Fan Base

  
PRESS RELEASE: 2FACE; MOST LIKED NIGERIAN MUSICIAN WITH THE HIGHEST FAN BASE

Abuja, Nigeria. October 28th, 2014 – Latest Weekly Poll results released by NOIPolls has revealed that Tuface Idibia, popularly called "Tu Baba", is the most liked Nigerian Musician(13%). The next top three musicians liked by Nigerians are ‘Davido’ (7%), ‘Frank Edwards’ (6%)and ‘Wizkid’ (5%) among others. An assessment of trends in the Nigerian music industry revealed that the vast majority of adult Nigerians (80%) have the culture of listening to the Nigerian music, irrespective of age and geo-political zones. Although Nigerian music has evolved over time, the culture of Nigerian music listenership has been greatly preserved given the fact that the younger generation aged 18-21 years has the highest listenership (83%) to Nigerian music. Further findings revealed that Nigerians are more inclined to listen to Religious music (50%), followed by Hip-Hop (33%), Highlife (21%) and R&B (21%).

An evaluation of how Nigerians access their music revealed that most Nigerians get their music either from supermarkets (29%), hawkers (27%) or from dealers (22%); at times not necessarily licensed music distributors. A considerable proportion of Nigerians admitted to accessing their favorite Nigerian tunes or music library by downloading through mobile devices from family and friends (17%) or from online sources (19%), which may likely be a contributing factor to Nigerian music piracy. More findings revealed that a higher proportion of Nigerians aged 18-21 years get their music free through online downloads (40%) and downloads from the devices of family and friends (29%), thus this age-group is most likely to promote piracy in the industry. These were some of the key findings from the Nigerian Music Industry Poll conducted in the week ofOctober 20th 2014.

Brief Background 
The Nigerian music industry is regarded as the heart of African music; it has produced global stars ranging from Fela Kuti in the 1970’s to D-banj in the early 2000’s. Dating back to the 1920’s, the Nigerian music industry has been an integral part of the society which represents the many divergent cultures and religions of the people.  The music in that era consisted of palm-wine and highlife music.  Palm wine music birthed the famously known Juju music which has been popular throughout the 20th century. Following palm-wine and juju music, Apala emerged in the late 1930’s as a means of rousing worshippers after the fasting of Ramadan.
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With the introduction of modernism, recording technology became more advanced, the gangan talking drum, electric guitar and accordion were incorporated into juju. During this time, Nigerian music started to take on new instruments and techniques introducing the popular Rhythm and blues (RnB), Soul and Funk. Highlife was prominent amongst the Igbo people in the 1950’s. Fuji music made its first appearance in the late 1960s, named after Mount Fuji in Japan. In the 90’s and early 2000’s, the nation was dominated by foreign music; radio stations and night clubs played a miniscule percentage of Nigerian music. Today in Nigeria and across the continent, the music industry has spread beyond its borders into the African region and African diaspora markets in the UK and the US.
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Irrespective of its tremendous achievements and popularity, the industry has been plagued with a number of obstacles that have hindered its progress such as rampant music piracy.  Piracy is a major issue across the entire Nigerian entertainment industry. As of 2008, pirated music sales were estimated to be at 30million. This has ruined the careers of many of Nigeria’s greatest creative minds and led to significant divestment of many multinational companies.
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Against this background, NOIPolls conducted it recent poll on the Nigerian Music Industry to assess current trends in the Music industry and the accessibility of its products. To achieve this, respondents were asked 4 specific questions and findings are illustrated in the charts below.

Key Findings 
To estimate the proportion of Nigerians that listen to Nigerian music, respondents were asked:Do you listen to Nigerian Music? Findings revealed that the vast majority of adult Nigerians(80%) listen to Nigerian music, irrespective of age and geo-political zones. This finding points out that the culture of Nigerian music listenership has been greatly preserved, though Nigerian music has evolved over time. This is supported by the fact that the younger generation aged 18-21 years has the highest level of listenership (83%) to Nigerian music. 

On the other hand, 20% of Nigerians do not listen to Nigerian music. A variety of reasons could be responsible for this low interest in music generally or specifically Nigerian music. Furthermore, the highest proportion of Nigerians that do not listen to Nigerian music are resident in the North-West (35%).


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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mobile Changes the World, Intelligence Defines the Future



Mobile Changes the World, Intelligence Defines the Future -- Grand Opening of 2014 AndroidWorld Global Developers Conference (AGDC)  


SHENZHEN, China, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2014 AndroidWorld Global Developers Conference (AGDC) sponsored by IDG (International Data Group) is being held from October 23 to October 24, 2014 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Futian District, Shenzhen. With the theme of "Mobile Changes the World, Intelligence Defines the Future", the conference consists of 2 prepared speeches and 11 parallel forums involving global APP originality competition, new product launching, leaders and guests presentation, Android developers salon, blind date of investment and financing, etc., which has highlighted the interaction between mobile innovative applications and audiences. More than 100 industry leaders from Internet giants, terminal manufacturers, telecom operators, game developers, etc. at every link of the mobile Internet industrial chain delivered excellent speeches, and the conference attracted nearly 6,000 developers and entrepreneurs and over 200 media from both home and abroad.

Gathering of Industry Leaders to Share Innovative Thinking
On the morning of October 23, the opening ceremony officially raised its curtain in the main venue. Gao Lin, vice-president of Shenzhen Economy, Trade and Information Commission, first delivered the opening address, in which he said, "In the past year, mobile Internet has brought rapid growth again on its huge scale and has developed to be the largest information consumption market, the most active field of innovation, and the strongest ICT driving power. Shenzhen is developing very rapidly on the terminal layer and application layer of mobile Internet by virtue of its complete infrastructure and associated industries and can provide equal opportunity to everyone and all the enterprises." Xu Zhou, Vice-president of IDG (Asia), expressed in his speech that mobile Internet has gathered a great number of investors, funds, technologies, talents, and other resources and only through more communications and collisions of ideas, can the practitioners make better use of these superiorities and give full play to the values of these resources, which are the reasons why we come together here. And young developers may use this conference, an open cooperation platform, to exchange with others on technologies and design, etc. and look for partners.

The prepared speeches in the morning were all presented around the theme of "Android industrial chain in the mobile Internet mode". Delivering speeches were: Shen Jin, Vice-president of Qualcomm and General Manager of the Venture Capital Department (China); Hou Xiaonan, Vice General Manager of Tencent's Open Platform & Mobile Application Platform; Xiong Gengchao, General Manager of Haier Smart Home Innovation Center; Su Liang, Director of Baidu Mobile Distribution Division & Eco-product Distribution; Hu Xuewei, Industrial Sales Vice-president of Domob, Director of Ding Jichang, Pea Pod Application Open Platform & Shenzhen Branch, etc. They had deeply discussed and shared their opinions with the guests on the revolution of the mobile Internet, Android development ideas and capacity, and how to help developers break through bottlenecks in business establishing from different perspectives.

After the prepared speeches, a grand release and signing ceremony of Future Family Fun jointly sponsored by more than 40 enterprises including IDG, Unicom, CMGE, etc. was held. Future Family Fun was launched jointly by China Unicom WoStore together with IDG and CMGE, covering 40 enterprises in the family fun industrial chain, including channel home appliance manufacturers like TCL and ChangHong and content platform distributors like Gameloft, Chukong, and LeTV. Alliance can use superior advantages of the industry to build up a digital entertainment center with family as the unit and accelerate the development of Internet TV games.

As one of the most significant events of AGDC, AndroidWorld Year Award Ceremony was held as scheduled in the first evening. Under the witness of many senior business leaders in the industry, the final results of AndroidWorld Year Awards were revealed, and all the awarding enterprises or the platforms who enjoy lasting influences on the mobile industry are as follows:
  • Annual Best Mobile Reading Experience--Shanda Literature
  • Annual Best Mobile Platform--Tencent
  • Annual Best Cloud Service Provider--LeanCloud
  • Annual Best Cloud Service Provider--Qiniu Cloud Storage
  • Annual Best Application Platform--Baidu 91
  • Annual Best Application Store--myapp.com (Tencent)
  • Annual Best Phone Game Publisher--CMGE
  • Annual Best Smart Home Innovation Award--U+Smart Living OS& Open Platform (Haier)
  • Annual Best Breakthrough Award--chengxiang.com
  • Annual Best Ad Platform--Domob
  • Annual Most Valuable Brand--guohead.com
  • Annual Best Media Application Award--Netease News Client
  • Annual Platform with Most Potentiality--Marshmallow
  • Annual Most Effective Mobile Marketing Platform--Yijifen
On October 24, Martti, Vice-president of MYGAMEZ, Jiang Bo, General Manager of Senior Product Department of Qualcomm, Hong Wenjia, CEO of Marshmallow TV Game, Guo Lie, founder and CEO of MYOTee, Jin Naili, Assistant Dean of iResearch Institute, etc. gave splendid speeches around the theme of "Mobile Internet Change and Development" in the main venue, and they also took part in the summit forum hosted by He Yifan, Chief Reviewing Editor of Chinese Entrepreneurs and shared their opinions on how to define innovation and the development prospect of the Android platform and innovative applications in the mobile Internet era. The collision of their ideas and views benefited participants a lot.

Stimulate Technological Innovation to Realize Entrepreneurial Dreams
The sponsor had scheduled 11 parallel forums with different forms and scales in the two-day conference agenda as one part of the conference, which were respectively described as follows:
  • Entrepreneurship Win-win--Tencent Developer Forum (Shenzhen Station)
  • Haier Developer Session: U+ Smart Living
  • Distribution to Realize Values--Baidu 91 Developer Session
  • Chexiang.com Developer Session
  • Marshmallow TV Game Session: Dig Gold on Billion-level Market
  • Could Service in the Mobile Era--LeanCloud Developer Session
  • Mobile Internet and Cloud Calculation
  • Android Platform and Mobile Marketing
  • Game Developer Forum
  • Global APP Creative Development Competition (Shenzhen Station)
  • Global APP Creative Development Championship & Mobile Internet Investment and Financing Branch
At present, more and more Android developers prefer to distribute their APPs through third-party APP platforms. In many developer sessions with different themes, technical personnel of senior products from LeanCloud, Microsoft, Tencent, chexiang.com, Haier U+, Baidu, and Marshmallow, etc. had introduced the advantages of their platforms to guests, presented their excellent APP development achievements, and announced their supporting plans to developers in order to attract more developers. For young start-ups, the developer sessions would open a door to success and they not only can draw lessons from the innovative design ideas and successful experiences of seniors but also can show their strength on this platform to get favor from the capital market and the user market. This year's conference had specially added the link of "Global APP Creative Development Championship" full of passion, on which the top 13 projects standing out nationwide would come together for the championship. The sponsor had invited Shen Jin (Vice-president of Qualcomm and General Manager of the Venture Capital Department (China)), Xu Zhou (Vice-president of IDG (Asia)), Zhu Jianhuan (investment partner of IDG Capital Partners), Lian Meng (Vice-president of IDG Capital Partners), Ding Baoyu (Managing Director& Partner of Cowin Capital), Wei Xin (China Unicom WoStore Operation Center), William Bao Bean (Partner of SOS Ventures), Zhu Pengwei (investment performance partner of Zhongtoubang/Guofuyuan ), Liu Xing (Investment Director of Wuyue Tianxia), etc. as judges to attend the activity to judge these APPs, communicate with the winners face to face, and help them win financing opportunities to realize their entrepreneurial dreams.

On the AGDC scene, development elites not only fully expressed their views on technologies and products, opened their mind, and sought development opportunities, but got chances to stay close to "Android Goddess" who actually were "Miss World" and "Miss Tourism International". Then they can enjoy fashion and beauty at the same time in the rigorous high-tech atmosphere. Let's look forward to a more spectacular AndroidWorld in 2015.

Please visit the official website of AGDC (http://androidworld.net.cn/) and official Micro-blog (http://weibo.com/androworld) for more details.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Nigeria Fuels Socio-Economic Development By Modernizing Railway System

 A Chinese funded standard gauge railway construction project that connects the Nigerian federal capital Abuja with the country's central commercial hub Kaduna, is nearing completion and is expected to reduce road congestion and the time it takes to travel between the two points. The Abuja Kaduna line, scheduled to be completed by December 2014, is co-funded by the China Exim bank and the government of Nigeria. And as CCTV's Peter Wakaba reports this project is just one of many that are transforming lives in Nigeria.



Nigeria Fuels Socio-Economic Development By Modernizing Railway System  
Government contract will fund two standard gauge locomotives  

ABUJA, Nigeria, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nigeria has intensified its efforts to drive the country's socio-economic transformation via the revitalization of the nation's railway system.

The Nigerian Government recently approved a N1.1billion contract to develop two electric diesel engines. The 10-month commissioned project—awarded to Nigeria's Messrs CNR Darling Locomotives, Rolling Stock Limited and CCECC Nigeria Limited—comes on the heels of the country's 25-year plan to modernize the Nigerian railway system facilitating the creation of new jobs and implementing routine training for Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) employees.

The N1.1 billion contract will fund locomotives equipped with 2,800 kilowatts for use on standard gauge tracks, a modern rail type standard in roughly 60 percent of lines around the world. Future projects will work to update Nigeria's existing—however older narrow gauge lines.

"The survival and indeed the extent of development of any economy depends very significantly on the extent of development and efficiency of its transportation system," Minister of Transport Sen. Idris Umar said in a statement this summer. "Our intention is to improve on the infrastructure of the NRC to ensure it increases passengers and freight movements."

Senator Idris Umar, Minister of Transport.

Nationwide rail projects, including revamping the Lagos-Jebba line and Lagos-Maiduguri standard gauge, promise to drive drown transport costs and time. An ongoing initiative to connect the capital city of Abuja to Kaduna, the state capital of the northwestern Kaduna State, is slated for completion by early 2015. In July 2014, the Nigerian Government additionally attained 25 General Electric engines and refurbished 366 coaches and wagons.

The federal government's 25-year plan targets the country's economic revival—both in-country and across borders. As Vice President Namadi Sambo said at a press conference, "The execution requires resources... The federal government has articulated a broad platform to facilitate beneficial private sector participation... which will in turn boost foreign investment."

Through joined private and federal support, the Nigerian Government remains positioned to modernize Nigeria's rail transport, drive economic development, fuel job creation and speed up the transport of the country's goods and the nation's people.

These materials are distributed by LEVICK on behalf of the News Agency of Nigeria. Additional information is available at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

SOURCE News Agency of Nigeria

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Your Excellency, God Brought You Here and Not Good Luck

If I Were President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

I will rather do a single term of four years and leave the state house a hero than do a second term that will worsen the predicaments of majority of Nigerians.

He should not gamble with his luck. God brought him here and not any good luck.
God has done His best for him by bringing him all the way from the village of Otuoke, Bayelsa State, when he even had no shoes to become deputy governor and then governor of Bayelsa State and miraculously lifted higher to become Vice President and then head of state and President of the most powerful black nation on earth within 15 years. The first time anyone has ever achieved these feats in the history of both ancient and modern Nigeria.
God has done the best for him. Anything else will be sheer greed for power and vanity.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, aka "Orikinla Osinachi",  Publisher/Editor of Nigerians Report Online, author of Children of Heaven, Scarlet Tears of London,The Language of True Love, Bye, Bye Zimbabwe, In the House of DogsThe Prophet LiedDiary of the Memory KeeperNOLLYWOOD MIRROR® and other books in print and electronic versions distributed by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Lulu, Tower Books and other booksellers worldwide. He has been a former aide in the publicity department of the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur's Presidential Campaign in 1990 and now coordinating the Transform Nigeria Network in the social media.

Bestselling Books by Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, aka "Orikinla Osinachi"




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