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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Stephanie Linus' Private Screening of "Dry" is A Great Success

 Prof.April McMahon,Vice Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, Wales speaking on "Dry".

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOLLYWOOD STAR ACTOR AND DIRECTOR, STEPHANIE LINUS’ PRIVATE SCREENING OF HER NEW FILM “DRY” IS PROCLAIMED A SUCCESS

The movie, inspired by stories of child brides, premiered in Aberystwyth, Wales, UK.

LAGOS, NIGERIA (December 2014) —The private screening of Stephanie Linus’ movie “Dry” took place on Saturday 29th November at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, UK where part of the film was shot. With over 150 guests in attendance, movie enthusiasts and critics from the UK and beyond who attended the event had nothing but words of commendation and praise for DRY which received a resounding 10-minute-standing ovation from the entire audience.

 Stephanie Linus and  Dr. Precious Gbeneol (  Senior Special Adviser to the  Nigerian President on MDGs ( Millennium  Development Goals).

Dr. Precious Gbeneol (  Senior Special Adviser to the  Nigerian President on MDGs ( Millennium  Development Goals)., Stephanie Linus and Prof.April McMahon,Vice Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, Wales.

“This film is an opportunity to create an awareness. It is a privilege to be on the project”- Rev. Liz (Benson) Ameye.

Rev. Liz Benson Ameye.

With moving, heart-wrenching scenes accompanied by the serious, and often-controversial social matters addressed, many were moved to tears. The special advisor to the President on Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) Dr. Precious Gbeneol, who was in attendance, gave an engaging speech on the effect and importance of the film in terms of social good for not only West Africa, but for the continent as a whole. The Vice Chancellor of the University of Aberystwyth Prof. April McMahon gave special acknowledgment of the importance of building bridges and connections with Africa and the world to bring these stories to life.
 "The warm reception at Aberystwyth from the guests at this screening was overwhelming. Listening to people discuss the real issue that the film was based on was truly liberating. This is more than just a film. It is a movement to change the lives of many young women who suffer from VVF”- Director, Producer, Writer Stephanie Linus

 Stephanie Linus and Prof.April McMahon,Vice Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, Wales.
Chinenye Nnebe and Zubaidat Ibrahim Fagge.
Zubaidat Ibrahim Fagge and Famania Buyengum.
 
The film stars: Darwin Shaw as Dr. Alex, the legendary Liz Benson Ameye as the Matron, Bill McNamara as Dr. Brown, and Introducing Zubaidat Ibrahim Fagge as Halima the teenager who had to endure a life not designed for a child: to be married to a man who was more than four times her age. The production of this film was supported by the Office of the SA to the President on MDGs Nigeria, Aberystwyth University Wales, Diamond Woman, Ford Foundation and many more.

 Ghana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland,  Amb.Victor Smith, Stephanie Linus and Chinenye Nnebe.
Mr. and Mrs. Linus Idahosa and associates.
 Rekiyah Atta, Liz Ameye (nee' Benson),Chinenye Nnebe,Chioma Okereke, Famania Buyengum and Zubaidat Ibrahim Fagge.
Rekiyah Atta, Liz Ameye (nee' Benson).

The movie trailer for DRY can be watched through this link- bit.ly/drytrailer. The film will premier in Nigeria and across Africa in the Spring of 2015.

Prof.April McMahon,Vice Chancellor of Aberystwyth University.
 Dr. Precious Gbeneol (  Senior Special Adviser to the  Nigerian President on MDGs ( Millennium  Development Goals).
 Amb.Victor Smith speaking at the event.

 Zubaidat Ibrahim Fagge and Dr. Precious Gbeneol (  Senior Special Adviser to the  Nigerian President on MDGs ( Millennium  Development Goals).

Also starring in the film are Olu Jacobs, Tijjani Faraga, Hauwa Maina, Rahama Hassan, Rekiya Attah, Hakeem Hassan and Afamefuna Klint Igwemba (aka Klint da drunk) and many Art students of Aberystwyth. The production’s creative team includes director of photography, Angel Barroeta, executive producer, Linus Idahosa, co-produced by Jane Lawalata with Akanimo Odon and Murtza Ali Ghaznavi as line producers and Chinedu Omorie as first assistant.

Movie goers can follow the film on the official movie site at www.themoviedry.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/themoviedry or on Twitter with the handle @themovieDry
For more on Stephanie follow her on facebook at www.facebook.com/StephanieOkerekeLinus or on twitter @stephanielinus.


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

StandUpForNigeria Launches #EmptyPlate to Remember Victims of Terrorism


LAGOS, Nigeria, December 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
This Saturday marks 250 days since 276 girls were taken from their school in the Nigerian town of Chibok by Boko Haram terrorists. Some 219 are still missing and Boko Haram claim to have 'married them off'. For a while, the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls was everywhere.  However, there is a danger that the world is forgetting their plight, and those of others who have been captured, tortured and murdered by Boko Haram.

     (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141217/721111 )


That is why the StandUpForNigeria campaign (recently endorsed by ex-Nigerian Head of State General Gowon and Andrew Rosindell MP, a member of the British Parliament's Foreign Affairs Select Committee) is calling on Nigeria's friends of all faiths throughout the world  to set an extra place at the dinner table this Christmas, with an empty plate to remember those who are missed by their families.
Yemi Moyegun, campaign spokesperson;

"We ask everyone enjoying a family Christmas to lay an empty plate at the table and share a picture with the hashtag #EmptyPlate to spread awareness not only of the Chibok girls, but of the thousands of Nigerians who are not with their families this Christmas.

"The Chibok kidnapping is just part of a larger story. Boko Haram is an Islamist extremist group sharing the same ideology as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State. The effects of its insurgency in Nigeria have been as terrible as the havoc being wrought in Iraq and Syria."

Tens of thousands of Nigerians have been killed since 2009, and millions displaced. In 2014 things have taken a turn for the worse. At least 46 schoolboys were killed by a suicide bomber at a school assembly in Potiskum, Yobe state in November, and more than 150 people were killed in a dawn raid by Boko Haram on Damaturu, also in Yobe, on Monday 1st December. These add up to hundreds more empty places at tables across Nigeria.

The #EmptyPlate campaign also highlights the lack of help Nigeria has had from the international community in its time of need. StandUpForNigeria calls on Nigeria's friends and allies to do more to help defeat Boko Haram and bring home as many missing loved ones as possible.

StandUpForNigeria is a non-partisan youth initiative uniting Nigerians and the world against the terrorist insurgency of Boko Haram.
For more information, visit http://www.StandUpForNigeria.com.

SOURCE StandUpForNigeria
CONTACT: For more information, contact: Yemi Moyegun, Phone: +234 806 293 7700, Skype: YemiSUFN, Email: yemi@standupfornigeria.com


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Nigeria Does Not Belong To Any Political Party, Sect or Tribe.




Let us stop fooling ourselves in fallacy and hypocrisy, because we cannot fool God.
The best place to pray for Nigeria is in Nigeria.
What God wants from Nigerians for His divine intervention to save our nation from collapse and destruction is REPENTANCE and not useless religious pilgrimages to Jerusalem or Mecca.
Until both the 70 men of God and the rest of Nigerians REPENT, their prayers will not be answered.
The prayer of a sinner is an abomination unto God.
The only prayer God wants to hear from a sinner is the prayer of REPENTANCE.

Men of God who refuse to say the TRUTH to President Goodluck Jonathan and other political office holders and political office title chasers are liars and their worst enemies, because whosoever lies to you is not your friend, but the enemy of your progress.
Kneeling down and prostrating before the altar without REPENTANCE is hypocrisy of mere eye service and lip service that may fool the whole world, but cannot fool God who knows every secret sin in the closet of every President, governor, legislator, senator, minister, DG, commissioner, local government chairman or chairwoman and Councillor.
Has President Goodluck Jonathan being honest to Nigerians on his number of wives and mothers of his children?
We know the facts and figures on the family of General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), but we don't know the facts and figures on the family of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Lack of honesty and transparency caused the insurgency destroying thousands of innocent lives and millions of valuable properties in Nigeria.
The innocent blood of every victim of the insurgents is on the head of President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) and every other politician, cleric and accomplice who are playing their political game of death with the innocent lives of millions of Nigeria.
None of them shall escape the judgment and wrath of God when the time comes.
And millions of those who are supporting them without telling them the truth will not be spared.

Nigeria does not belong to any political party, sect or tribe.
Nigeria belongs to God, because it is written: 




1. The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
~ Psalm 24 King James Version (KJV)





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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Voters Are Going To Sell their Votes in 2015 Elections in Nigeria

 Nigerian voters.

As we have witnessed at the primaries of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the main opposition party All Progressives Congress (APC) that contesting political aspirants paid for the votes of the delegates to win their nominations. And this is the handwriting on the wall of what will dictate the vote of every voter in the 2015 elections, from the poorest of the poor masses on the street to the richest of the rich among the ruling class in the penthouse.
Votes will be for sale to the highest bidders. And majority of the voters are the poor masses who have been left poor and powerless by the 15 years maladministration of the government of the ruling party in one of the most corrupt countries in the world where political bribery and banditry rule the outcomes of elections at all levels.

As any discerning literate person can see, the PDP is desperate to win the 2015 presidential elections at all costs and by all means to escape from being probed and prosecuted by an APC government led by an anti-corruption crusader who many not be a saint, but is more honest and transparent than the incumbent president; and he has scores to settle.

When the moderately honest and transparent Muslim, Mallam Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (16 August 1951 – 5 May 2010) was the President and 13th Head of State of Nigeria, I called him "Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves" in my commentary on his government, because he was actually a God fearing pious leader surrounded by a cabal of desperate and greedy political contractors of the unscrupulous ruling class. And when he passed on, they popped champagne from the Niger Delta to Abuja; the gangsters controlling the illegal oil bunkering in the creeks of the Niger Delta and their partners in crime; the moguls who control questionable oil blocks. And they are now in both the ruling PDP and opposing APC. But majority of them are in the PDP and they don't want to lose their million dollar Oil Prospecting Licenses and the so called Amnesty militants who don't want their million dollar deals to end in 2015. So, they have amassed million dollars to pay for millions of votes even if they will cost N5,000 per vote.
The voters are going to be bribed before they leave for the polling centers. And there is nothing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) can do to stop them since they are not going to disrupt the voting process at the polling units.

Other forms of political bribes are already surfacing as countdown to the 2015 elections begins with distributions and donations of different provisions and allocations of amenities.

The political moguls and their goons don't care even if there is chaos as long as they can get away with their electoral malpractices and win the crucial elections to keep them in control of the government in power and maintain their ruthless capitalist status quo.
They are going to make sure that the majority of the voters are poorer and hungrier so that even selling their votes for as cheap N500 per vote will be attractive. As they reckon that beggars have no choice.
Imagine how many votes N1 billion can buy at N1, 000 per vote.
Do the math.
The rest as they say is history.




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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Three Categories of the Major Critics of Muhammadu Buhari

 Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) and Chief Bisi Akande, former Interim National Chairman of the APC.

The major critics of General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) fall into three categories.

1. Tribal and religious bigots from the south east and south-south who hate the political dominance and leadership of the Hausas in the political history of Nigeria since 1960 to date.

2. cynical and skeptical Nigerians who don't like his impeccable incorruptible personality and lifestyle and

3. Intellectually ignorant and retarded Nigerians who don't know the facts of the political history of Nigeria.


 ~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor, Nigerians Report Online, CEO, International Digital Post Network Limited, CEO, Screen Outdoor Open Air Cinema (SOOAC), Executive Director, Screen Naija One Village, One Cinema Project; Author of Children of Heaven, Scarlet Tears of London,The Language of True Love, Bye, Bye ZimbabweIn the House of DogsThe Prophet LiedDiary of the Memory KeeperNOLLYWOOD MIRROR® Series and other books in print and electronic versions distributed by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Lulu, Tower Books and other booksellers worldwide.  He is also the social media consultant for the Transform Nigeria Network.
He was a project artist for the Johns Hopkins University's Population Communication Services at 21, An Art/Features Editor for the successful Kiddies World magazine at 24 and a national program consultant for the UNICEF in Nigeria at 25. He was the national curator of the 1993 World AIDS Day Art Against AIDS exhibitions at the National Museum and National Arts Theater in Lagos, Nigeria. He is currently working on launching the first Nigerian owned video sharing news and entertainment website for all users of mobile phones and tablets in the world. 








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Igbos Should Only Vote for the Party That Will Guarantee An Igbo President of Nigeria in 2019

Photo: Presidential nominee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) with Senator Chris Ngige of the APC and Chief Chukwuma Azikiwe, the eldest son of the first President of Nigeria, late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe at a meeting on November 15, 2014, in the house of the Azikiwe family in Onitsha, Anambra State.

The best Vice President for the Presidential nominee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) should be an Igbo man who will succeed Buhari in 2019. Anything else will not receive my endorsement. As we can see that after President Goodluck Jonathan's tenure, he will return power back to the Hausas in 2019 and the Igbos have been cheated and fooled again by the ruling party since the days of defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

I will not endorse or support any party that will not guarantee that an Igbo man or woman will be President in 2019. And this is a wise decision for all Igbos. Igbos must stop being used as the political gambit of the Hausas, Yorubas and even political leaders of the Niger Delta as President Jonathan used them to win the 2011 presidential election. Igbos deserve more than getting appointed as honourable Ministers and DGs.


Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Imo State and one of the presidential aspirants of the APC welcoming Buhari to Imo State in March, 2014.

The following is from my article on "Igbos Cannot Produce the Next President of Nigeria in 2015".
The Igbos claim to be hard working and intelligent people, but they are not as smart as the Yorubas. Aggression is not power, but lack of self-control.
They need to study the political common sense of Senator Bola Tinubu who rose from being an ambitious state governor to the national leader of the Main Opposition. Tinubu does not boast of intellectual skills or even revolutionary bravery, but he is very smart in political leadership.
I have been watching him for over a decade now and I know him more than he knows me. Tinubu should write a book on his Political Common Sense. Nigerians and students of Political Science need to study Tinubu. He is even faring better than the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the greatest political leader of the Yorubas since Oduduwa. Tinubu is the smartest Yoruba political leader since Nigeria became an independent nation. His protege, Barrister Babatunde Raji Fashola, the present Governor of Lagos State needs to learn more from Tinubu's Political Common Sense. My reference to Tinubu is for the benefit of the Igbo political leaders who are more politically confused than the Hausa political leaders. But the Hausas can still produce the next President of Nigeria if the Senate President David Mark is not going to contest .
The political leaders of the Igbos need to put their house in order. I recommend that they should study Sun Tzu's "Art of War" and the Political Common Sense of Bola Tinubu and if they like, also read my book on Nigeria, In the House of Dogs which combines lessons from the Holy Bible, The Art of War and 48 Laws of Power to address the situation in Nigeria.
- See more at: http://www.nigeriansreport.com/2012/06/igbos-cannot-produce-next-president-of.html#sthash.Ux1aeYlw.dpuf

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Omidyar Network Supports Nigeria's BudgIT and other Organizations with $9.7m Grants




REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and MUMBAI, India, Dec. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Omidyar Network today announced grants totaling as much as USD $9.732 million to 15 transparency and accountability organizations in seven countries. The support comes through the philanthropic investment firm's Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative, which works to build stronger and more open societies by increasing government responsiveness and citizen participation.

"These 15 organizations represent the breadth and focus of our Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative," said Omidyar Network Partner Stephen King, who serves as the global lead for the initiative.  "From increasing the flows of open data about government services, to making fiscal governance data more transparent; and from supporting civic technology tools that aggregate and disseminate information about public services, to increasing the capacity and professionalism of independent, investigative media, Omidyar Network supports innovative organizations that bridge the gaps among governments, public services, and citizens who seek to engage on matters of importance to them and to hold their leaders to account."
King announced grants to the following organizations:
BudgIT – Two-year grant of up to $400k to the Lagos-based civic organization that uses creative methods to present Nigeria's budgets and public data to citizens. Using its service delivery-monitoring tool, Tracka, BudgIT applies technology to intersect civic engagement and institutional reform in Nigeria.
Center for Research and Teaching in Economics - $150k grant to the Mexico City-based nonprofit, public institution for research and higher education to conduct an independent evaluation of the Mexico Innovation Agents project with the goal of generating global learning around civic engagement and innovative government fellowship programs.
Center for Public Integrity – Up to $800k, two-year grant to the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit's State Integrity Investigation project, a data-driven analysis of transparency and accountability in all 50 U.S. state governments.
Civic Hall - $500k grant to Personal Democracy Forum for Civic Hall, a vibrant, collaborative community center and event space in New York City where civic tech innovators from diverse backgrounds can work, network, learn, and organize together to tackle and solve civic problems at scale.
Hromadske TV$550k grant (through fiscal sponsor Internews) to the first public service broadcasting initiative in Ukraine to provide Ukrainians unbiased, censor-free information on political, economic, cultural, and social events.
Involve – Two-year grant of up to $270k to the UK-based think tank and charity specializing in public participation to expand the UK civil society network and strengthen its relationship with government.
National Foundation for India – Two-year grant of up to $800k to the New Delhi-based nonprofit's initiative aimed at creating greater public awareness and participation in the public budget process.
Natural Resource Governance Institute – Eighteen-month grant of up to $680k to support the global nonprofit's work to develop international open data standards for extractive industries so that governments, businesses, media, and citizens can hold one another accountable for revenues and expenditures related to natural resources.
Myanmar Innovation Greenhouse – Eighteen-month grant of up to $200k (through fiscal sponsor Internews) to the Yangon technology hub created to be a center for civic tech and social innovation in Myanmar.
Open Knowledge – Up to $1m grant for two years to the UK-based, worldwide non-profit network that fosters the simple and ubiquitous sharing of data and information in service of realizing data's constructive potential to deliver far-reaching societal benefits.
The One Campaign – Three-year grant for up to $3m to support the organization's efforts to push for open data policy goals across six major sub-sectors including: extractives, beneficial ownership, tax, aid, budgets, and contracts, helping citizens to 'follow the money' from resources to results.
Open Myanmar Initiative – One-year, $100k grant (through fiscal sponsor MoeMaKa Multimedia) in support of the nonprofit's work in Myanmar to promote open data and citizen engagement through the use of technology and advocacy.
Privacy International – Up to $1M grant over two years to support the London-based nonprofit's mission of fighting for privacy rights across the world.
Shwe Myitmakha Media Group - $81,522 grant (through fiscal sponsor Tides Foundation) to support Myitmakha Media Group, a news agency in Myanmar that provides independent and objective print, voice and video news stories to over 30 media houses.
VoteRunLead - $200k grant to the U.S. nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on increasing women's political representation at the local and state level with a strategy that includes identifying and recruiting women to run for office and providing in-person and online trainings and resources to inspire and equip women to run.
About Omidyar NetworkOmidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. Established in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam, the organization invests in and helps scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic and social change. Omidyar Network has committed more than $730 million to for-profit companies and non-profit organizations that foster economic advancement and encourage individual participation across multiple initiatives, including Consumer Internet & Mobile, Education, Financial Inclusion, Governance & Citizen Engagement, and Property Rights. To learn more, visit www.omidyar.com and follow on Twitter @omidyarnetwork.com.

SOURCE Omidyar Network
CONTACT: Greg Pershall, Omidyar Network, gpershall@omidyar.com, (o) +1-650-482-2534, (m) +1-360-607-8901
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