Monthly Archives: April 2011

Press Release:I WEAR AFRICAN – Celebrating Contemporary African Couture


African Vibes Magazine Shines a Spotlight on Celebrating Contemporary African Couture


 LOS ANGELES – African Vibes magazine is bringing the rhythms, dance and pop music of Coupe Decale from Paris to Hollywood in grand style by way of DJ Oudy 1er, one of its hottest artists. With the hit single, “Tchoumakaya,” filling up dance floors across the globe, DJ Oudy 1er has been added to the event’s lineup as the special musical guest. A captivating performer, the singer/dj is the pioneer of Coupe Decale’s popular “black and white” dance move. With sold out shows in France, Italy, London and parts of Africa, Oudy 1er will kick off his United States tour with his appearance at African Vibes magazine’s fifth anniversary event – that is, the All-White Contemporary African Glam Experience.

The anniversary event will feature an “I Wear African” fashion show, showcasing the contemporary fashions of several African designers. The All-White Contemporary African Glam Experience will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2011, beginning at 5p.m at the Avalon Hollywood, located at 1735 Vine Street in Hollywood and will include special performances by some of Africa’s most talented artists. The “I Wear African” Runway brings a new and fresh aesthetics to contemporary African style though the interpretive work of some of Africa ‘s hottest and talented designers.

“This event is a great opportunity for us to celebrate and embrace the beauty that comes from the continent. Africa is rapidly evolving and having a noticeable influence in the world of fashion.  You can see African inspirations on the runways of prominent designers, such as Gwen Stefani, Christian Siriano, and Louis Vuitton, among others. There is no question that Africa is inspiring some really exciting trends,” said editor-in-chief Amabel Niba of African Vibes magazine.

“These global trends are not a coincidence,” she added. “As the acceptance of African fashions become more and more mainstream, African influences will continue to bleed into other disciplines of creative expression. It’s our goal to connect the world to a more positive image of Africa , and the ‘I Wear African’ Runway helps us do just that.”

Here’s a look at the designer lineup:

·         Princess Latifat Momodu-Lamoliatte (Nigeria) | Ravissant International Ltd. — the international designer and Edo princess is the managing director and CEO of Ravissant International Ltd. With vast exposure and French influences from time spent in Paris , Princess Latifat has created a brand that beautifully marries both continental and inter-continental designs within the framework of mainly African fabrics, producing quality and flexible designs of taste.  Visit http://www.ravissantmode.com

·         Oyin Ayoola ( Nigeria ) | Revere – the Nigerian fashionista is ready to showcase her Revere brand clothing line. Ayoola’s slogan is: “Admire…Appraise…Acquire” as the REVERExperience, describing the collaboration with a client to channel their ‘inner designer.’” The Revere clothing line imparts the richness of laces and vibrancy of prints, which inspires Ayoola’s contemporary designs. Her inner love for art and fashion turn unique fabrics into sophisticated collections. She draws her creative inspiration from the social and professional lifestyles of today’s woman. Visit http://www.reveregallery.com

·         Monalisa Okojie (Nigeria) | NEHITA — NEHITA is the vision of Nigerian designer Monalisa Okojie, who’s passion for beauty led her to change careers from law to jewelry design. Okojie’s collections embrace design trends from all over the world by using appealing and colorful precious stones and various colors of gold. Her designs express elegant luxuries and appeal to the sophisticated clients with close attention to conflict free diamonds when used.

·         Joseph Ntomp (Cameroon) | Ateliers Arthur — Founded in 2009, Ntomp and his partner, Elise Banin, created the contemporary shoe line, Ateliers Arthur, to offer a distinctive range of shoes that bridges the gap between classic, bench-made silhouettes and trainers.  The duo’s primary goal is to create premium dress sneakers for a metropolitan lifestyle. Superior craftsmanship and material selection are at the core for every step of this creative process – pun intended. The Ateliers Arthur collection offers classic elegance while capturing the essence and energy of a contemporary lifestyle.  Visit http://www.ateliers-arthur.com

·         Solome Katongole ( Uganda ) | Solome — Born in Uganda and raised in Columbia , Maryland ,  Katongole will showcase her eponymous line, Solome, which carries a  modern aesthetics inspired by color and nature. Her passion, infused with her Ugandan culture, influences her ability to design clothes that are chic, sophisticated and sexy. She creates works of art with fabrics, producing garments that are comfortable, while making a statement. Visit http://www.solome.webs.com

·         Wawi Amasha (Kenya) | Mami Afrika Designs – Kenyan artist and designer Wawi Amasha is behind Mami Afrika Designs, a brand, featuring clothing, jewelry and wearable art. Amasha’s designs reflect her love for African cultures.  Every item is handcrafted with love, totally unique and never exactly duplicated. Her designs and paintings reflect the celebration of life with the use of vibrant colors inspired by the Motherland, warming the heart at a glance. Her studio is based in Santa Monica , Calif. Visit http://www.mamiafrika.com

About the 5th Anniversary Event | African Vibes Magazine

The “I Wear African” campaign was launched at the magazine’s third anniversary event as a way of connecting the world to a contemporary Africa through fashion. The fashion show is an extension of the campaign, and brings to life the beauty of Africa through vibrant colors and diverse African-influenced styles, stemming from the creativity of very talented designers who might otherwise go

unnoticed. Actress/filmmaker Tangi Miller returns as this year’s co-host, sharing duties with African Vibes’ editor-in-chief, Belle Niba. Miller is best known for the role of the smart, spirited and stylish Elena Tyler on the J.J. Abrams hit show, “Felicity. As an independent filmmaker, she has produced and starred in several independent films, including “After School,”  “Hurricane in the Rose Garden,” and “Love … & Other 4 Letter Words.”

The anniversary event will feature a pre-show glam lounge for its VIP guests along with a glam squad to offer makeup tips and touch-ups to guests, compliments of Milani Cosmetics — the Official Beauty Sponsor of the “I Wear African” fashion show.  Additional sponsors include Gigi Jewelry, and Afrotainment, the official television media sponsor of the anniversary event.

Also, African Vibes magazine will present its Diamond Award to special honorees for working tirelessly in their efforts to shine a positive light on Africa .

African Vibes magazine is the pulse of the dynamic African culture, serving up a mix of Africa-related news, entertainment, motivation and inspiration along with in-depth profiles of the most influential and fascinating African personalities. Currently, Congolese singer Fally Ipupa graces the cover of African Vibes magazine. Past issues have featured cover stories on Grammy-nominated  recording artist Akon, Grammy-winning vocalist Angèlique Kidjo, actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Lost” and “Oz”), international soccer player Samuel Eto’o and “Project Runway” alum Korto  Momolu. The magazine weaves the threads of cultural identity for readers of African heritage who have a desire to stay connected to their African roots from a positive and uplifting perspective. For more information, visit  www.africanvibes.com.

 TICKETS:

Tickets prices start as low as $35.  For ticket information, visit http://anniversary.AfricanVibes.com or  http://avmag2011.eventbrite.com

 About African Vibes Magazine

Founded in 2006 by editor-in-chief Amabel Niba, African Vibes Communications Inc. (AVC) launched African Vibes magazine, the ground-breaking magazine representing contemporary Africa and Africans. It is a publication where people of African heritage come for Africa-related news, entertainment, motivation and inspiration. It is a brand that is revolutionizing African media and weaving the threads of cultural identity for readers of African heritage who have a desire to stay connected to his or her African roots. African Vibes reaches across the borders of national origin to engage bicultural individuals who have a desire to stay connected to  Africa  through stories that are hopeful, inspiring, educational and motivating.

Over the years, AVC has expanded beyond the pages of its flagship magazine to generate brand extensions with the annual anniversary event as well as its Village Effort and I Wear African campaigns and the Africanvibes.com website.

For more information, on the anniversary event, visit  http://anniversary.africanvibes.com. or http://www.africanvibes.com

PRESS RELEASE – Get Your Shine On Atlanta!NPA AWARDS ATLANTA 2011.


The NIGERIAN PROMOTERS ASSOCIATION (USA) INC. is pleased to announce to the general public, the official name of nominees in forty (40) Categories of the NPA AWARDS ATLANTA  2011.

The NPA 2011 event is planned to be bigger and better holding in Atlanta Georgia on SEPTEMBER 2ND-5TH respectively. The Arts and Entertainment Business Awards is to recognize, to celebrate and to further promote the Nigerian entertainment practitioners based in the United States of America. This way more talents will be discovered because of the competition it will definitely create. While the already discovered talents will also have reasons to do better and remain relevant in the industry.
Voting for this awards starts on APRIL 20TH, 2011 @ 12.00AM EST. http://www.npa-usa.com

BEST COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS
*Sugarcane girl-Oshine ft Solidstar
*Burn ur Lighter-JeRecords ft Maxpain,IB
*I made it-Iceberg Slim ft Dagrin
*Kini Swagger-Tolu Playar ft Skailey
*Omobaby-Maxpain ft IB
*Out of control-Eno Will ft Mesta
*She Like it-Meaku ft Glasses Malone
*Ori-Dking Rokan ft Seinde Jo

BEST MUSIC SINGLE OF THE YEAR
*Let’me get’M-Tmoney
*Omo aye-Oshine
*Party Starter-Ajah Onuh
*Moving on-Zaina
*Baya e-Maxpain
*My Baby-Eno Will
*Final Stop-Benji Franklin
*Kele Kele Love-Tiwa Savage
*Fly Hustle Fresh Grind-Naira
*Beautiful Music-Rotimi

BEST NEW ACT OF THE YEAR
*Maxpain
*SK Mode
*Gloria Maduka
*Lady Aku
*IB Ipaja Boy
*Rukus and Soul Brother
*Kenny K
*Zaina
*Doggext

BEST GOSPEL MUSICIAN
*Jonathan Agba
*D’tymi
*Kate Igodo
*Falu phalu
*Tolumide
*Paul Irabor
*Tahila Praise

INDIGENOUS ARTIST OF THE YEAR
*Melloh Melodious
*Dking Rokan
*Dele Thomas
*Azikoh
*Kola Ogunkoya

BEST R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR
*Eno Will
*Ajah Onuh
*Meaku
*Benji Franklin
*Tiwa Savage
*Rotimi

BEST DEEJAY OF THE YEAR (U.S.A)
*DJ Donn
*DJMixmasterbrown
*DJ Donx
*DJSM95
*DJ Flava
*DJ GQ-Mike
*DJ Mascot

BEST INTERNATIONAL DEEJAY
*DjAbass-United Kingdom
*DjsnoopTha Damaja-Nigeria
*Dee jay Neptune “Patrick”-Nigeria
*DjNeptune “Oladunni”-United Kingdom
*Dee jay Unbeetable-United Kingdom
*DjQuest-Nigeria
*Dj Kashif Da Flash-United Kingdom

BEST COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR
*Jude Away Away
*Seyi Brown
*Puff Puff
*Pascal Atuma
*PC Polycarp

BEST FEMALE MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
*Fly Hustle Fresh Grind-Naira
*Kele Kele Love-Tiwa Savage
*My Love-Tolumide
*Moving on-Zaina
*Aboko Ku-Zara
*Go Around-Nenna Yvonne

BEST MALE MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
*Omo aye-Oshine
*Let’ me get ‘M-Tmoney
*Burn ur Lighter-JeRecords
*Kini Swagger-Tolu Playar
*Chikala-SK Mode
*Party Starter-Ajah Onuh
*She Like it-Meaku ft G.Malone
*Beautiful Music-Rotimi
*Holla@me freestyle-Doggext
*Ori-Dking Rokan ft Seinde Jo

BEST POP ARTIST OF THE YEAR
*Nenna Yvonne
*Eno Will
*Ajah Onuh
*Gloria Maduka

BEST AFRO HIPHOP ARTIST
*Tolu Playar
*Maxpain
*IB Ipaja Boy
*Kenny K
*Oshine
*Gloria Maduka
*iLLmyk
*SK Mode
*Kunzo
*Tmoney

BEST MALE ACT OF THE YEAR
*Maxpain
*Tolu Playar
*DSP Oyinloye
*Kenny K
*Tmoney
*Oshine
*IB Ipaja Boy
*Meaku
*iLLmyk
*Eno Will

BEST RAP ARTIST OF THE YEAR
*Iceberg Slim
*Tmoney
*Adebo ‘Bossman’
*iLLmyk
*Naira
*AK48

BEST GOSPEL INSTRUMENTALIST
*Najite
*Onome Ovwori
*Abraham Ogunlade
*Agboola Shadare
*Vic ‘Mr VSAX’ Oyedeji

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
*Harrison Nwozo
*Musiliu ‘Big Moose’ Oridami
*Olumide Anjorin
*Oni Martin
*Tolu Tolery Akinbohun

BEST ENT. PHOTOGRAPHER
*Bode Ojo-Golden Icons
*Rasheed Handsome
*Tunde Majek-Tmaj Photo
*Chucks-Media 5 Photographer
*Sir Godwin-(SGP)
*Kami Kaze-Indmix

ENTERTAINMENT PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
*Harrison Nwozo
*Musiliu ‘Big Moose’ Oridami
*Cosmus ‘Coscanino’ Collins
*Mixmasterbrown
*Marion Amanambu
*Emma Agu

BEST MOVIE PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
*Chisom Oz lee
*Pascal Atuma
*Jj Bunny
*Fred idika
*Boyce Uboh
*Oliver Mbamara

BEST ACTOR OF THE YEAR
*Pascal Atuma
*Chet Anekwe
*Rasaq Adoti
*Oscar Atuma
*Rex Otuka
*Hakeem Kae Kazim

BEST ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
*Chisom Oz lee
*Jj Bunny
*Ebbe Bassey
*Seun Maduka
*Regina Askia
*Eeefy Ike

BEST MOVIE DIRECTOR
*Tony Abulu
*John Uche
*George Kalu
*Boyce Uboh
*Pascal Atuma

BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR
*Caged 1&2-Jj Bunny
*American Nurse 2-Pascal Atuma
*Governor’s Gift- Jj Bunny
*Hurricane in the Rose Garden-P.Atuma
*Mind Game-John Uche

BEST ENT. BLOG SITE OF THE YEAR
*Afriqplace.com-Princess Asha Okojie
*Notjustok.com-Ovie & Mola
*Underdarock-Cosmus Collins
*Golden Icons-Bode Ojo
*Naijaprince Ent-Emma Ngobili
*Jaguda.com
*47africa.com-lei

BEST ENT. WEBSITE OF THE YEAR
*Mixmasterbrown-Afrijamz
*Ike Orizu-Trusport
*Peter Uko-Afrogist.Tv
*Emma Agu-Iktune NY

BEST MEDIA PERSONALITY
*Harriet T.Arokoyu-AMCTV
*Ms Royalty Ike-Empire Tv
*Bode Ojo-Golden Icons
*Elizabeth Amani-Lizmani.com
*Princess Asha Okojie-Afriqtalk
*Sydney Iwuala-Unique Magazine
*Victoria Adigun-Ovacommedia

BEST FEMALE MODEL OF THE YEAR
*Nnena Agba
*Tracy O’bonna
*Kemi Shade
*Eeefy Ike
*Venessa Obonna

BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL ACT
*Popasay
*Save our soul
*Ade Matrix

BEST INDIGENOUS INSTRUMENTALIST
*Bunmi Omega
*Kolade Oyediran
*Laja Gbadegesin
*Dele Thomas
*Dking Rokan

BEST FEMALE ACT OF THE YEAR
*Naira
*Tiwa Savage
*Gloria Maduka
*Zaina
*Lady Aku
*Zara
*Nenna Yvonne
*Qslimz

BEST MUSIC PRODUCER
*Emma Agu
*Eno Will
*Olusola Raji
*Dee Rocc
*Adebo ‘Bossman’
*Chuka

BEST MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTOR
*Michael Olaseinde
*DSP Oyinloye
*Soky Adimike

MOST POPULAR SONG OF THE YEAR
*Kini Swagger-Tolu Playar
*Let’ me get ‘M-Tmoney
*Ori-Dking Rokan ft Seinde Jo
*Chikala-SK Mode
*Party Starter-Ajah Onuh
*Burn ur Lighter-JeRecords
*Omo aye-Oshine

MOST POPULAR PROMOTION COMPANY
*Big Moose
*Ovacommedia
*TribeX Entertainment
*Dejavu Entertainment
*House of Oni Entertainment
*Emaginethat Entertainment
*E Ladder Entertainment

BEST PARTY PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
*Dare Akanbi-Dejavu Ent.
*Nkem Oji-Emaginethat Ent
*Princess Belemzy-Belemzy Ent
*Abimbola-Pelican Ent
*Charles & crew-Naijaprime
*Yaz Ibekwe-Townkrier
*Emma-Naijaprince Ent

BEST FASHION DESIGNER
*Chianu INT’L Fashion
*Estella Couture
*Kachi Designs

BEST INTERNATIONAL MUSIC ACT
*Darey Art Alade-Nigeria
*Jjc Skillz-United Kingdom
*MO Eazy-United Kingdom
*ShadyBlue-United Kingdom
*Airis-Nigeria
*Cashino NDT-United Kingdom
*Mclevit-Madrid Spain
*May7ven-United Kingdom
*King Lexy-United Kingdom
*King David-United Kingdom

BEST WORLD MUSIC (Nigeria)
*King Sunny Ade
*Dbanj
*Femi Kuti
*TuFace Idibia

BEST SPORTS PERSONALITY
*Amobi Okoye
*Adewale Ogunleye
*Ovie Mughelli
*Emeka Okafor
*Emmanuel Ekpo
*Nnamdi Asomugha


The Nigerian Promoters Association
United States of America
Tel: +1-832-245-4617
+1-301-404-2174
+1-404-273-1265
+1-678-862-8717
+1-917-498-2735
http://www.npa-usa.com

Pastor Ituah Ighodalo – “Joel Osteen of Nigeria”

Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, the ” Joel Osteen of Nigeria” is the founder of Trinity House Ministries in Lagos, Nigeria, where all denominations gather in fellowship. An Accountant, and a writer, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo was born in Ibadan on April 6th 1961. He attended the King’s College, Lagos and the International School, University of Ibadan. He obtained a combined honours degree in Economics and Accounting in 1982 from the University of Hull, England.

He is also, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Taxation and member of the Nigerian Institute of Management. An Editor-in-Chief of Timeless Newspaper, The Christian News and Timeless Business & leadership Quarterly. He sits on the board of several charitable foundations and NGOs including the Courage Education Foundation, Eden’s Fields and Heritage Homes and Partner at SIAO (a firm of Chartered Accountants and Management Consultants).

He has worked as Associate Pastor of Freedom Hall, (later renamed Hope Hall) as well as the City of David Parishes of R.C.C.G. and has been involved in international missions, helping to pioneer several Redeemed Christian Church of God parishes abroad and happily married to Ibidun Ighodalo.

Affiliations

SIAO, Courage Education Foundation, The Lydia Grace Foundation, Timeless NewsPaper, Heritage Homes, Timeless in Time (Radio), Timeless In Time on The Web, Jordan Transformation fellowship, Stephen Adams Social Reformation Foundation, Trinity Leadership Sc
Website: https://www.pastorituahighodalo.org

I wasn’t surprised when he gave his life to Christ in 1993 and was ordained a pastor in 1995, because he is God fearing, and a thoughtful person by nature, whom I looked up to him as a role model growing up.



His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan – The Man With A Mandate

Goodluck Jonathan’s Acceptance Speech

Who is Goodluck Ebele Jonathan?

To many he is a man of great honor and outstanding integrity. A man many believe his humble beginning, selfless services and exemplary leadership qualities prepared him for his political success. His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, would be the first a Democratically Elected Nigerian President to holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Honors, University of Port Harcourt, Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy.

An academic, a democrat, and an accomplished technocrat Dr.Jonathan holds an Honorary Fellowship of the Nigeria Environmental Society (NES), Fellow of the Public Administrators of Nigeria (PAN). Fellow of the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA), Bona Fide Member Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON). awarded “Best Performing Deputy Governor“, and conferred “Exemplary Leadership Quality and Good Governance Award”. And recently, he was given an Honorary Award for Democracy and Good Governance. A native of Otuoke in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State – Nigeria, Goodluck

Ebele Jonathan was born November 20th, 1957, to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Ebele Jonathan. He was amply endowed with intelligence, strength and tact right from childhood, even though his parents were of a humble social background. Young Goodluck started his primary education at St. Stephen Primary School (now State School – Otuoke) and later proceeded to St Michael Primary School – Oloibiri where he passed his First School Leaving Certificate honorably. In 1971, the young lad furthered his studies at Mater Dei High School – Imiringi and by 1975, he sat for the West African School Certificate and passed with flying colors.

Goodluck Jonathan was identified to be a great child right from his tender age because of his attributes and rare disposition. His paternal grand mother “nicknamed” him “Azikiwe” as a striking simile to the great Zik to connote another great Nigerian to come in the nearest future. Goodluck was appointed Class Prefect in class three in 1973, he was further appointed Secretary to the School Food Committee, because of his brilliant disposition. And in his class four and five, he was again appointed Masterson House Prefect while his fellow prefects unanimously elected him as Chairman of the Committee of Prefects.

With his sparkling performance and enduring milieu, young Goodluck soon secured a job as a Preventive Officer in the Department of Customs and Excise from 1975 to 1977.  He pursued his studies with impregnable zeal and by 1981 he graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons.) Second Class (Upper Division). As a Corper, he served Nigeria devotedly between 1981 and 1982 as a classroom teacher in Community Secondary School Iresi – Oyo State (now Osun State). After the mandatory service, Goodluck Jonathan was invited for a teaching appointment by the old Rivers State Civil Service Commission in 1982, he was however, appointed a Science Inspector of Education in the Ministry of Education because of his brilliant and intimidating performance at the interview.

Dr. Goodluck Jonathan always knew that he had a bond with the academia that he cannot dispute. Hence, he soon left the mainstream Civil Service for the College of Education where he took up an appointment as an academic in the Department of Biology in November 1983. Again, because of his disciplined nature and dedication to duty, he was elected as the Representative of Congress in the Senior Staff Appointments and Promotions Committee. A position he held till he voluntarily left the College in 1993. Dr. Goodluck Jonathan later picked an appointment as an Assistant Director in the defunct Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC), in March 1993. He was deployed to the Directorate of Environmental Protection and Pollution Control where he was directing the affairs of the Environmental Protection Sub-Department.

Dr. Jonathan is a member of various professional bodies, including the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON), he is a Fellow of the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA), a Fellow of the Public Administrators of Nigeria (PAN), and he was also awarded the prestigious Honorary Fellowship of the Nigerian Environmental Society, following his stride’s contributions towards Environmental Management, and indeed the former Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State.

Also, his dedication to service, eventful life devoted entirely to humanity and monumental achievements as an accomplished leader earned him the “Best Performing Deputy Governor Award in the Federation in 2002, by the Institute of Public Administration of Nigeria (IPAN). Similarly, the National Association of Women in Education Development further honoured him with the Award of “Exemplary Leadership Quality and Good Governance” in July 2003. In further recognition of his dedication to service, the NUJ Abuja Council conferred on him a prestigious Honorary Award for Democracy and Good Governance.

A humane administrator, amazingly simple minded and loved by his people, friends and colleagues, nobody ever expected he will venture into the dicey and precarious nature of Nigerian politics. Nevertheless, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan saw the need to boost the socio-economic with political interest of the common man as well as bridge the lacuna of ruralurban dichotomy of his people through the provisions of social infrastructure. Hence, he took to politics in the Fourth Republic and pitched tent with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He was picked as the running mate to the Party’s flag bearer Chief D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha. The duo emerged victorious at the polls in the 1999 gubernatorial election, and so, Dr. Goodluck E. Jonathan became the first Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State. After a successful tenure, Dr. Jonathan repeated the feat where he led Chief D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha Campaign machinery popularly called ALAMCO. By the grace of God and the desire for Bayelsans to have a good government, the duo won the gubernatorial elections again, in 2003. And Goodluck Jonathan is thus, serving as a Deputy Governor for a second tenure.

All in all, one significant feat that has endeared Goodluck Jonathan to the Ogbia people is the peace he has brought to politics. At the inception of this Fourth Republic, the political activities were characterized with extreme violence and chaos. But he doggedly advocated for politics without rancor or violence and in his usual peaceful disposition without bitterness, Ogbia political silhouette is not only stable and homogeneous but one of the most violent free clan in Nigeria today. Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is happily married to Mrs. Patience Faka Jonathan. The nuptial union is blessed with two children.

Dr. Jonathan is a man well recognized for his cluster of achievements  and immense contributions to the polity, communal liberalism, growth, and general welfare of the people. Beyond these, he is a humble man, dearly loved and respected. He has remained in the consciousness of his friends and contemporaries, as a builder of human social bridges. He is a teacher, technocrat, a democrat, a man of transparent honesty and humility; a perfect gentleman, a tender loving husband and an unshakable believer in the unity, not only of Ogbia clan but also of Nigeria.

Nigerian Monalisa Okojie Jewelery Brand Nehita Makes Wave

Nigerian Monalisa Okojie, CEO of Nehita Jewelry line embraces worldwide. Creating masterpieces out of diamonds, exotic stones, gold is the signature style and timeless masterpieces that are sought after by celebrities and those who can afford the best. Monalisa Okojie, once again showcased her luxurious collection of some of the finest handpicked exotic stones, golds and conflict free diamonds on the “I Wear African” Runway”  African Vibes Magazine 5th Anniversary held in Avalon Hollywood, CA.  05/01/2011

Monalisa’s passion for beauty has been the ultimate drive for her success as a designer. She had always had a passion for fashion and design although the business side of her intelligence lead her to pursue a degree in law. Now she has combined her business savvy with her creative energy to launch a successful company called Nehita. Her jewelry, designed from exotic stones, has been worn by Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Alan Cumming, Melora Hardin, Michael Henderson, Sally Pressman, CCH Pounder, Katherine Joosten, Meagan Good, Brandy, Hosea Chanchez, Carrie Ann Inaba, Quinton Aaron, Malina Moye, Jackie Long, Gramma Funk, Lisa Raye.  They all love her jewelry because it is timeless, unique and it becomes a part of the personality of the person wearing it. Her jewelry is recognized by the quality of her gems, as well as the artistry she puts into every piece.

Already established within Africa and the US Nehita is set to go global with plans to launch in fine boutiques and specialist stores worldwide. Monalisa has a strong commitment to support ethical causes through donating a generous portion of Nehita profits to charities such as the International Center of Education and Youth Development. She also personally ensures the ethical sources of materials and conflict free diamonds.

Press Release -The Nigerian Promoters Association prepares for the 2nd Annual Summit & Awards Gala in Atlanta,Georgia

The Nigerian Promoters  Association prepares for the 2nd Annual Summit & Awards Gala in Atlanta,GA by Ovacom Consulting on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 3:10am.

The Nigerian Promoters Association (USA), is set to polish the Nigerian Arts and Entertainment Business in the United States of America and in the diaspora. You will recall that undoubtedly, a message of hope for change had already been established upon a successful NPA Launch and it’s 1st Annual Summit held in Houston TX on October 9th, 2010.

NPA  2ND ANNUAL SUMMIT

The Annual summit is an annual meeting of Entertainment Administrators such as; promoters, music producers, event planners, record label companies, Artiste managers, DEEJAYS, Entertainment media personalities, film producers, fashion designers, Arts, sports est. coming together to meet and deliberate thoroughly on how to better improve the standard of  the Nigerian  Arts and Entertainment industry as a one point agenda by the year 2015. In addition, it should be categorically noted therefore, that the Nigerian promoters Association is not politically oriented and will not give room to be politically influenced by any Nigerian politician or political party as the case may be.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS AWARDS

The NPA 2011 Awards is planned to be bigger and better holding in Atlanta Georgia on SEPTEMBER 3RD respectively. The Arts and Entertainment  Business Awards is to recognize, to celebrate and to further promote the Nigerian entertainment practitioners  based in the United States of America.  This way more talents will be discovered because of the competition it will definitely create. While the already discovered talents will also have reasons to do better and remain relevant in the industry.

This award ceremony will award thirty-two (32) winners with thirty-two (32) awards each under thirty-two (32) competitive categories including three(3) international awards, the progressive image Award of Nigerian public office and eight (8) Honorary awards. Bringing the total number of awards to recipients to forty (40).

NOMINEES:

Nominations are based on  the available active entertainment person(s) with current material works, such as; Music and Film on; CD, DVD, including Media. Categories consists of two (2) to ten (10) nominees that are selected for each category respectively.

VOTING:

For transparency, an online voting is embed on the NPA website where fans can  cast their votes for their various nominees under various categories of the award and also view the entire result of the voting and who the winner is right away. Voting commences April 20-July 20,2011.

US Court Upholds Facebook Settlement

The Winklevosses say Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for a social network site

BBC

A US appeals court has ruled that twin brothers who say the idea for Facebook was stolen from them by Mark Zuckerberg cannot back out of a settlement deal they made with the website, reports the BBC.

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss had asked in January to re-open a $65m (£42m) legal settlement signed in 2008.

The twins say Zuckerberg stole their idea after he was hired by them to code their ConnectU site in 2003.

The court said it saw no reason to re-open their case against Facebook.

Facebook has rejected the brothers’ claims.

“The Winklevosses are not the first parties bested by a competitor who then seek to gain through litigation what they were unable to achieve in the marketplace,” three Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judges said in the ruling.

“At some point, litigation must come to an end. That point has now been reached,” the judges said.

The Winklevosses have argued that Zuckerberg, who attended Harvard with them, took the code for their social networking website and launched Facebook with it in 2004.

Facebook agreed to a 2008 settlement to end “rancorous litigation” but did not admit Zuckerberg had taken the twins’ idea.

The Winklevosses received $20m in cash and $45m worth of stock valued at $36 per share in the deal.

“For whatever reason, they now want to back out… Like the district court, we see no basis for allowing them to do so,” the judges said, referring to the settlement deal.

The legal team representing the Winklevosses has not yet commented on Monday’s ruling.

Zuckerberg has always maintained that Facebook was his creation.

The lawsuit over Facebook was dramatised in the film The Social Network, which was nominated for best picture at the Oscars.

Today Facebook is the world’s biggest social network with more than 500m users, and Zuckerberg is one of the world’s youngest billionaires.

Dangote to invest $3.9 bln on cement plants in Africa

On April 12, 2011  In  Vanguard Headlines

Lagos –  The Dangote Group says it will invest 3.9 billion dollars (N585 billion) in the expansion of its cement plants in some Africa countries.

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chairman of the company, disclosed this on Tuesday in Lagos while signing an agreement between his company and a Chinese firm, Sinoma International Engineering Co. Ltd.

He said that the expansion project, expected to be completed in 2013, would produce additional 16.5 million tonnes of cement to achieve a target of 50 million tonnes in the next two years.

Dangote, represented by Mr Devakumar Edwin, the company’s Group Executive Director ( Business Development), said that the projects included installation of equipment, mining, quarry and power facilities, among others.

Cement plants with installed capacity of 1.5 million tonnes each per year will be constructed in countries like Tanzania, Gabon and Republic of Congo.

“South Africa, Ibese and Obajana cement plants will each produce additional new lines of three million tonnes while the grinding plant in Cameroon is targeted at producing 1.5 million tonnes annually.

“The agreement signed today is for production of additional three million tonnes each from the existing plants in Obajana, Ibese and other plants,” he said.

Dangote said that the group was targeting the production of 20 million tonnes of cement before the end of 2011 from the plants.

He said that the new projects would provide over 40,000 additional jobs to truck drivers that would have multiplier effects on the nation’s economy and wealth creation.

Dangote said that the group was exploring many other power sources to save cost.

“In Senegal, we use coal to power the plant and we import the coal from South Africa. We use gas and hydro-power plant where they are available,” he said..

Mr Wu Shoufu, President of the Chinese firm, said that the agreement would strengthen business growth in the two countries.

Shoufu said that the expansion of cement plants in Africa by Dangote Group would make the region to achieve self sufficiency in cement production soon. (NAN)

Nigeria Speaks – Election 2011

Nigeria Speaks ” The Road To Recovery” Special Edition was presented by AfriQtalk Show to help Nigerian Youths make informed choices and to engage them in the political process. Nigerians set out to vote on April 9, 2011. Although, reports of ongoing incidents during the election are with mix reviews, it hasn’t deterred people from casting their vote and activist around the country to ensure transparency, free and fair election.

Election is not about who wins or losses. The question is whether the hard work and patience of the Nigerian people is rewarded. It’s whether we can be about the much needed change that will put the country back not just a place on a map, but to once again be the Pride of Africa. With that being said, I dedicate this poem to the ordinary men and women of Nigeria and friends of Nigeria, who sacrifice selflessly, everyday for the good of country.

I HAVE A DREAM NIGERIA


I have a dream Nigeria that there was a rebirth of conscience in our leaders, both the young and old alike came out of the wilderness in solidarity and became the new face of nation building.

I have a dream Nigeria that we were no longer defined by ethnicity, corruption, radicalism or religion but by heroism and patriotism.

I have a dream Nigeria that the tears and pains of our motherland gave birth to a new nation, our land flourished once again with resources, innovation and technology to heal, feed and provide for the poor, and destitute.

I have a dream Nigeria that the conscience of Nigeria returned back to Nigerians and that the oppressed and forgotten danced to the sound of freedom, equality and justice for all.

I have a dream Nigeria that change may not come easy,  and will come at a cost or perhaps, may not happen in our life time, but because the young and old dare to dream dreams of a better tomorrow, Nigeria will wake up from its sleeping slumber by kiss of destiny, and that history is waiting on you to be written.

I believe like many Nigerians and friends of Nigeria that we must continue to move forward. Our dream of a better Nigeria is bigger than party, and bigger than politics. October 1, 2010, Nigeria celebrated 50 years of Independence from British colonial rule. I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Mike Okeke, Publishing Editor, Ebony Pages magazine, TV Executive, host of African Treasures TV Show in Atlanta and Legendary singer, Mike Okri from Nigeria. Take a listen!

~ Princess Asha © 2011  AfriQtalk Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Nigerian Top Designer -Princess Latifat Momodu

Princess Latifat is a popular Nigerian  and international fashion designer and owner of the Ravissant the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Ravissant International Limited.  Princess Latifat Momodu-Lamoliatte came all the way from Nigeria to showcase her designs on the “I Wear African” Runway” African Vibes Magazine 5th Anniversary held in Avalon Hollywood, CA.  05/01/2011.  Fluent in French and English the Nigerian born designer brings a unique blend of culture to her design.

Her adventure into the fashion world began during her stay in Paris as a student. Influenced by French culture, her label Ravissant mode, which means unique fashion, comprise of sophisticated, ultra feminine pieces, with a unique line for men and children, all made with a blend of African fabrics. She is a gifted designer who is adept at combining both Nigeria and Foreign Fabric into a unique blend of designs. A degree holder and master holder in International law and Diplomacy.

The Auchi born designer always had a flair for fashion, since her adolescent days, when she used to sketch fashion illustration for friends and tailors to sew for her. Though she studied Foreign Languages at the University of Lagos, her passion for fashion came to the fore at the University Standard Grenoble, France where she studied French literature and did Masters in International Law.

Her designs are simple, unique, very attractive and fashionable. Her designs are distinctive with superb finishing, well tailored, neat and of the finest and well groomed fabrics. With the advantage of her vast exposure and experience in Paris, the Home of fashion. She has cut the image of classy designers who is able to marry both continental and intercontinental designs within the framework of mainly African fabrics to produce quality and flexible designs of taste.

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Nigerian Emerges as Forbes Africa’s Richest Man 2011

Net Worth Calculated March 2011

Alhaji Aliko Dangote (born April 10, 1957) is a businessman based in Nigeria. He is the owner of the Dangote Group, which has operations in Nigeria and several other countries in Africa, including Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa and Zambia.[3] A wealthy supporter of erstwhile President Olusegun Obasanjo and the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dangote controls much of Nigeria’s commodities trade through his corporate and political connections. With an estimated current net worth of around US$ 13.8 billion, he was ranked by Forbes as one of the richest African citizens[4] and richest person of African descent in the world toppling Mohammed Al Amoudi ($12.3 billion) and Oprah Winfrey ($2.7 billion.)[5]

Aliko Dangote emerges the Richest man. The 53 years old is number 51 on the World’s Richest list. The Nigerian businessman’s fortune surged 557% in the past year, making him the world’s biggest gainer in percentage terms and Africa’s richest individual for the first time. The catalyst was listing Dangote Cement, which integrated his investments across Africa with his previously public Benue Cement; it now accounts for a quarter of the Nigeria Stock Exchange‘s total market cap. Already the continent’s biggest cement maker, he has plants under construction in Zambia, Tanzania, Congo and Ethiopa and is building cement terminals in Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Liberia, among other places. Dangote, who recently bought himself a $45 million Bombardier aircraft for his birthday, has been shuttling back and forth to London for months, in anticipation of a public offering there later this year.

Rank Name Net Worth Age Source Country of Citizenship
1 Carlos Slim Helu 

Carlos Slim Helu & family

$74 B 71 telecom Mexico
2 Bill Gates 

Bill Gates

$56 B 55 Microsoft United States
3 Warren Buffett 

Warren Buffett

$50 B 80 Berkshire Hathaway United States
4 Bernard Arnault 

Bernard Arnault

$41 B 62 LVMH France
5 Larry Ellison 

Larry Ellison

$39.5 B 66 Oracle United States
6 Lakshmi Mittal 

Lakshmi Mittal

$31.1 B 60 Steel India
7 Amancio Ortega 

Amancio Ortega

$31 B 75 Zara Spain
8 Eike Batista 

Eike Batista

$30 B 54 mining, oil Brazil
9 Mukesh Ambani 

Mukesh Ambani

$27 B 53 petrochemicals, oil & gas India
10 Christy Walton 

Christy Walton & family

$26.5 B 56 Walmart United States
11 Li Ka-shing 

Li Ka-shing

$26 B 82 Diversified Hong Kong
12 Karl Albrecht 

Karl Albrecht

$25.5 B 91 Aldi Germany
13 Stefan Persson 

Stefan Persson

$24.5 B 63 H&M Sweden
14 Vladimir Lisin 

Vladimir Lisin

$24 B 54 Steel Russia
15 Liliane Bettencourt 

Liliane Bettencourt

$23.5 B 88 L’Oreal France
16 Sheldon Adelson 

Sheldon Adelson

$23.3 B 77 casinos United States
17 David Thomson 

David Thomson & family

$23 B 53 media Canada
18 Charles Koch 

Charles Koch

$22 B 75 Diversified United States
18 David Koch 

David Koch

$22 B 70 Diversified United States
20 Jim Walton 

Jim Walton

$21.3 B 63 Walmart United States
21 Alice Walton 

Alice Walton

$21.2 B 61 Walmart United States
22 S. Robson Walton 

S. Robson Walton

$21 B 67 Walmart United States
23 Thomas & Raymond Kwok 

Thomas & Raymond Kwok & family

$20 B N/A real estate Hong Kong
24 Larry Page 

Larry Page

$19.8 B 38 Google United States
24 Sergey Brin 

Sergey Brin

$19.8 B 37 Google United States
26 Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud 

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud

$19.6 B 56 Investments Saudi Arabia
27 Iris Fontbona 

Iris Fontbona & family

$19.2 B N/A Mining Chile
28 Lee Shau Kee 

Lee Shau Kee

$19 B 83 real estate Hong Kong
29 Alexei Mordashov 

Alexei Mordashov

$18.5 B 45 Steel Russia
30 Michael Bloomberg 

Michael Bloomberg

$18.1 B 69 Bloomberg United States
30 Jeff Bezos 

Jeff Bezos

$18.1 B 47 Amazon United States
32 Michele Ferrero 

Michele Ferrero & family

$18 B 84 chocolates Italy
32 Mikhail Prokhorov 

Mikhail Prokhorov

$18 B 45 Investments Russia
34 Vladimir Potanin 

Vladimir Potanin

$17.8 B 50 nonferrous metals Russia
35 Alisher Usmanov 

Alisher Usmanov

$17.7 B 57 steel, telecom, stocks Russia
36 Azim Premji 

Azim Premji

$16.8 B 65 Software India
36 Oleg Deripaska 

Oleg Deripaska

$16.8 B 43 aluminum Russia
38 Michael Otto 

Michael Otto & family

$16.6 B 67 Retail Germany
39 German Larrea Mota Velasco 

German Larrea Mota Velasco & family

$16 B 57 Mining Mexico
39 Rinat Akhmetov 

Rinat Akhmetov

$16 B 44 steel, coal mines Ukraine
39 John Paulson 

John Paulson

$16 B 55 hedge funds United States
42 Shashi & Ravi Ruia 

Shashi & Ravi Ruia

$15.8 B 67 Diversified India
43 Mikhail Fridman 

Mikhail Fridman

$15.1 B 46 oil, banking, telecom Russia
44 Michael Dell 

Michael Dell

$14.6 B 46 Dell United States
44 Susanne Klatten 

Susanne Klatten

$14.6 B 48 BMW, pharmaceuticals Germany
46 Steve Ballmer 

Steve Ballmer

$14.5 B 55 Microsoft United States
46 George Soros 

George Soros

$14.5 B 80 hedge funds United States
48 Berthold & Theo Jr. Albrecht 

Berthold & Theo Jr. Albrecht & family

$14.4 B N/A Aldi, Trader Joes Germany
49 Birgit Rausing 

Birgit Rausing & family

$14 B 87 packaging Sweden
50 Vagit Alekperov 

Vagit Alekperov

$13.9 B 60 Lukoil Russia
51 Aliko Dangote 

Aliko Dangote

$13.8 B 53 sugar, flour, cement Nigeria
52 Mark Zuckerberg 

Mark Zuckerberg

$13.5 B 26 Facebook United States
53 Anne Cox Chambers 

Anne Cox Chambers

$13.4 B 91 Cox Enterprises United States
53 Roman Abramovich 

Roman Abramovich

$13.4 B 44 steel, investments Russia
55 Jorge Paulo Lemann 

Jorge Paulo Lemann

$13.3 B 71 beer Brazil
56 Savitri Jindal 

Savitri Jindal & family

$13.2 B 61 Steel India
57 Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor 

Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor & family

$13 B 59 real estate United Kingdom
57 Paul Allen 

Paul Allen

$13 B 58 Microsoft, investments United States
57 Viktor Vekselberg 

Viktor Vekselberg

$13 B 53 oil, metals Russia
60 Phil Knight 

Phil Knight

$12.7 B 73 Nike United States
61 Robert Kuok 

Robert Kuok

$12.5 B 87 Diversified Malaysia
61 Carl Icahn 

Carl Icahn

$12.5 B 75 leveraged buyouts United States
63 Mohammed Al Amoudi 

Mohammed Al Amoudi

$12.3 B 66 oil Saudi Arabia
64 Donald Bren 

Donald Bren

$12 B 78 real estate United States
64 Ronald Perelman 

Ronald Perelman

$12 B 68 leveraged buyouts United States
66 Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez 

Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez & family

$11.9 B 79 Mining Mexico
67 Francois Pinault 

Francois Pinault & family

$11.5 B 74 Retail France
68 Joseph Safra 

Joseph Safra

$11.4 B 72 banking Brazil
69 Abigail Johnson 

Abigail Johnson

$11.3 B 49 Fidelity United States
70 Viktor Rashnikov 

Viktor Rashnikov

$11.2 B 62 Steel Russia
71 Leonardo Del Vecchio 

Leonardo Del Vecchio

$11 B 75 eyewear Italy
72 John Fredriksen 

John Fredriksen

$10.7 B 66 shipping Cyprus
72 Stefan Quandt 

Stefan Quandt

$10.7 B 44 BMW Germany
74 James Simons 

James Simons

$10.6 B 72 hedge funds United States
75 Luis Carlos Sarmiento 

Luis Carlos Sarmiento

$10.5 B 78 banking Colombia
75 Horst Paulmann 

Horst Paulmann & family

$10.5 B 76 Retail Chile
77 Eliodoro, Bernardo & Patricia Matte 

Eliodoro, Bernardo & Patricia Matte

$10.4 B N/A paper Chile
77 Nasser Al-Kharafi 

Nasser Al-Kharafi & family

$10.4 B 67 construction Kuwait
79 Sammy Ofer 

Sammy Ofer & family

$10.3 B 89 shipping Israel
80 Len Blavatnik 

Len Blavatnik

$10.1 B 53 Access Industries United States
81 Hans Rausing 

Hans Rausing

$10 B 85 packaging Sweden
81 Ernesto Bertarelli 

Ernesto Bertarelli & family

$10 B 45 biotech Switzerland
81 John Mars 

John Mars

$10 B 74 candy, pet food United States
81 Jacqueline Mars 

Jacqueline Mars

$10 B 71 candy, pet food United States
81 Forrest Mars 

Forrest Mars

$10 B 79 candy, pet food United States
81 Klaus-Michael Kuhne 

Klaus-Michael Kuhne

$10 B 73 shipping Germany
81 Gautam Adani 

Gautam Adani

$10 B 48 commodities, infrastructure India
88 Iskander Makhmudov 

Iskander Makhmudov

$9.9 B 47 mining, metals, machinery Russia
89 Johanna Quandt 

Johanna Quandt

$9.8 B 84 BMW Germany
89 George Kaiser 

George Kaiser

$9.8 B 68 oil & gas, banking United States
89 Maria-Elisabeth & Georg Schaeffler 

Maria-Elisabeth & Georg Schaeffler

$9.8 B N/A ball bearings Germany
92 German Khan 

German Khan

$9.6 B 49 oil, banking, telecom Russia
93 Ananda Krishnan 

Ananda Krishnan

$9.5 B 73 telecom Malaysia
93 Dmitry Rybolovlev 

Dmitry Rybolovlev

$9.5 B 44 fertilizer Russia
95 Robin Li 

Robin Li

$9.4 B 42 Internet China
96 Serge Dassault 

Serge Dassault & family

$9.3 B 86 aviation France
97 Kumar Birla 

Kumar Birla

$9.2 B 43 commodities India
97 Petr Kellner 

Petr Kellner

$9.2 B 46 insurance Czech Republic
99 Leonid Mikhelson 

Leonid Mikhelson

$9.1 B 55 Natural gas Russia
100 Cheng Yu-tung 

Cheng Yu-tung

$9 B 85 real estate Hong Kong