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MasterCard Foundation Appoints 3 New Members to its Board of Directors

MasterCard Foundation

The MasterCard Foundation yesterday announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors. They include Zein Abdalla, former President of PepsiCo, Inc.; Rt. Honorable Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and former Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the United Nations; and Jay Ireland, President and CEO, GE Africa.

“We are delighted that these outstanding global leaders are joining our Board of Directors,” says Jim

How Homegrown Innovation is Solving Africa’s most Pressing Challenges

By now, I am convinced that you have heard of M-Pesa, the popular and often-cited mobile banking system that has become Africa’s innovation calling card. But do you know about the Ushahidi crowdsourcing app, also from M-Pesa’s birthplace, Kenya? Built to digitally map demographic events, it is used across the world. Today Ushahidi, which means ‘evidence’ in Swahili, is a technology company with presence in more than 20 countries. The list of African innovations, born from the need to solve specific challenges, is very impressive.

For a number of years, Africa’s rise made headlines across the globe. A bruised world economy looked

The Agenda Before Governor Godwin Obaseki

By Godfrey Adejumoh

The discourse of development as a concept comes with some complexities, as no singular perspective holds a perfect answer to what development means. While this argument will continue for ages in and out of academy circles, there is a general consensus that development is about improving the standard of living of the masses.

Improving the standard of living of the masses is not an achievement that is attained at the speed of light. It requires being deliberate in crafting strategies that range from short to medium and long-term in implementation. The careful execution of these strategies through policy formulations and effective management of processes and people in methodic and rational ways will in the long run yield the result of improving the standard of living of the masses.

The Race to Succeed Philip Shaibu in the House of Representatives

The Race to Succeed Philip Shaibu in the House of Representatives

The swearing in of Hon Philip Shaibu as the deputy governor of Edo state, following the election of Godwin Obaseki in the September 28 poll, has made the seat of the Etsako Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives vacant.

Although, a date has not been fixed for the election, political heavy weights across Estako, especially in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), have started positioning themselves in the race to replace Shaibu in the National Assembly.

Etsako Federal Constituency is made up of three Local Government area. They are Etsako East, Etsako West and Etsako Central local government areas. Of these three, Etsako West has

The New Us is probably lonely …


By Mcginger Ibeneme MBBS

My first daughter comes back from school, does her home work and then goes to her room to watch cartoon. And then if there is any interruption in power supply she picks her hand device to play one game or the other. This is pretty much her life routine, daily. She’s 5 already, possibly lonely.

We have lived in our current neighborhood, an elite estate in Enugu GRA for almost

100 Prominent Afemai Families

prominent afemai families

The good people of Afemai are, among other things, very hard-working and productive. There is no doubt that these hardworking people of Afemai have contributed in no small way to the development of, not only Edo State, but to the development of Nigeria in general. In an article published on City People Magazine, City People’s Deputy Governor, SUNNY OJEIDUMA wrote about 100 prominent Afemai families. Below is his list (in no particular order):

Top 10 Countries With the Highest Salaries

Top 10 Countries With the Highest Salaries

Have you ever wondered which country pays its workers the highest salary? Well, you do not have to wonder any more as Top men’s magazine have already done a detailed analysis of the top 10 countries with the highest salaries. Below is their findings, starting from number 10:

  • #10 Netherlands

The Netherlands has one of the busiest and largest seaside ports in all of Europe, which is also the major reason why the average salary for Netherlanders hovers around $47,000 a year. Although because the

Specail Tribute to Barr. Hassan Kadiri

Barr. Hassan Kadiri


On the 23rd of May, 2015 at about 11:20pm, I received one of the saddest news of my life. I was woken from sleep by a call from one of my cousins that Barr. Hassan Kadiri had passed to the great beyond. For about 30 minutes, I felt like I had just had one of those nightmarish dreams that I would soon wake from. Still in doubt, I picked up my phone and checked my call log to be sure I actually received a call from the said cousin. Certain that I did, I had to return the call now fully awoke to be sure the news was what it was. Truly, it was confirmed that it was not a dream. Barr. Hassan Kadiri had finally succumbed to the intrepidly cold hands of death. On like in 2014 when it was rumoured by his enemies that he died while away in India, this time, it was real, permanent never to be seen or heard again. He had relocated to reside with His creator eternally.Death! Unassuming, a “demystifier” of man and everything man stands for.

31 Nigerians Makes the List of 100 Most Influential Africans

The 2014 list of 100 most influential Africans by The New African Magazine, a pan African magazine based in London has 31 Nigerians including Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, former Education Minister & convener of the Bring Back Our Girls Group, Oby Ezekwesili making the list.

This year list of 100 most influential Africans had four African Presidents but President Goodluck Ebelle Jonathan was conspicuously absent from the list. The four African Presidents that made the list are: President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt, President Idriss Déby of Chad and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

Boko Haram, Our Collective Guilt, part 1 of 3

boko haram

By Rodney A. Irene,{Bishop}

The hullabaloo about the atrocious crime being committed by the Boko Haram sect with their extremist Islamic ideology, has put Nigeria in the international spotlight, as we are again in the news for all the bad reasons. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab who was radicalized in London,England agreed to be a courier of deadly bomb in his underwear on a Christmas day in 2009, for an American-Yemeni extremist-U.S-born militant cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, all in the name of fighting  Islamic course.