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KNOWING WHERE TO TAP (THOUGHTS)

Have you ever heard the story of the giant ship engine that
failed?
The ship's owners tried one expert after another, but none of
them could figure out how to fix the engine.
Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships
since he was a youngster. He carried a large bag of tools with
him, and when he arrived, he immediately went to work. He
inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom.
Two of the ship's owners were there, watching this man,

Leicester Forward Riyad Mahrez has been Crowned PFA Player of the Year for 2015-16.

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The 25-year-old Algeria international has been instrumental in Leicester's astonishing surge towards the Premier League title, scoring 17 goals, with 11 assists, in 33 league appearances.

Mahrez beat team-mates Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante, Tottenham's Harry Kane, West Ham's Dimitri Payet and Arsenal's Mesut Ozil to the award.

Mahrez said: "All the credit is for my team-mates, seriously, and for my manager and the staff.

VICE PRESIDENT, PROFESSOR YEMI OSINBAJO LAGOS TOWN-HALL MEETING, 23RD APRIL 2016

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I attended a Town-hall meeting today in Lagos. I fielded questions from about a 100 pressure groups on topics ranging from capacity to fuel scarcity to the Yuan deal, power and  Entertainment in Nigeria.

1. President Muhammadu Buhari and I are completely committed to providing competent leadership.
We have no other agenda.
We acknowledge there are pains but they are just birth pains. This is not the end.

Today, Hon. Idris Oluwafemi Rufus Metonwanu Honoured the Invitation and supported the APC Women Forum of Ward G

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Equitable participation of women in politics and government is essential to building and sustaining democracy. Hon. Metonwanu is committed to working with women and empowering women socially, politically,

Pause: Love and Lemonade By Dr Strive Masiyiwa

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This week I just happened to read a very inspiring article in Black Entrepreneur.com from 2014 that I want to share with you:

How did a 9-year old, Mikaila Ulmer of Sugar Land, TX, beat out the conglomerate giants such as Kraft, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble to land coveted shelf space and a million dollar contract with Whole Foods?

Her precocious response? “I don’t know? Do they make theirs with love?”

Her company, BeeSweet Lemonade,  is the

Waterways Authority Issues New Guidelines to Sand Dredgers

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Concerned over environmental sustainability with regards to private commercialized dredging of the waterways, the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has read out the riot act to operators of dredging businesses in Lagos State.

The risks posed by dredging activities to the environment as well as human life both in the immediate and long-term equation was the burning issue when stakeholders of the sector met, Thursday, at a meeting for dredging operators.

Under the new rules, Environmental Impact Assessment (E.I.A.) and Bathymetric / Sand Search Reports must be conducted before

MARRIED OR NOT, YOU SHOULD READ THIS ............

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“When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, I’ve got something to tell you. She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes.

Suddenly I didn’t know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. I want a divorce. I raised the topic calmly. She didn’t seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, why?

I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks and shouted at me, you are not a man! That night, we didn’t talk to each other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I

Turn your Business into a Technology Company (Part 7) By Dr Strive Masiyiwa

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__Maybe it was "esusu," "stokvel," and "mukando" that got me into business after all!

In my last post I talked about a traditional savings scheme practiced across Africa. It’s easily the largest savings bank on the African continent, holding billions of dollars with operations in every single country in Africa (each one with its own brand name), and a branch network that goes right down to the village level! Well, it's more than a single bank, it is more of a system.

I talked in my post about how technology could be applied to this amazing informal system to make it more efficient, modern and secure. I imagined that African entrepreneurs (including myself) will soon create a multibillion dollar industry around it. The mobile phone and the Internet are the key tools to making this happen.

Fuel Scarcity Palava

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Motorists please be careful, this man was caught selling kerosene mixed with palm oil and little petrol selling to members of the public.

Mature Response from Great Blogger (Linda Ikeji & Wiz- kid)

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I'm sure many of you have read that the police is now involved in my issue with Wizkid. Yes, I reported his public threat to me two Sundays ago to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police and I want to explain why I did it! Please pay attention and keep an open mind.

I've read a lot online from people saying I don't like Wizkid. Even Wizkid himself thinks I don't like him. Why he or anyone would think so is puzzling to me to be honest. Apart from his achievements after he started insulting me online a few weeks ago...everything else, every success Wizkid has recorded in the last 3/4 years is on LIB. All the awards, all the record breaking feats, his sold out concerts, his foreign magazine features, and collaborations, everything that has built him up to the young man he is today is on LIB. Please verify! Search my blog. Please continue...

I was a huge Wizkid fan. The only song I

Ambode Charges Corporate Organizations to Support Govt on Security

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…As MTN Foundation lauds gov’s strides
…Donates 10 patrol vehicles

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday urged corporate organizations in the country to key into the efforts of government at all levels to secure the lives and property of citizens, just as he said that development and businesses can only thrive in a peaceful atmosphere.

Governor Ambode, who said this while receiving 10 fully equipped security patrol vehicles from MTN Foundation on behalf of

Empowering Youths through Agriculture...

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By Ikechukwu Iroha
SA (Gov) on Media

#OkezieChangeSaga

Governor Okezie has assured that his Government will continue to invest in Agriculture to further improve in the area of food production while creating jobs for the citizens of the state through Agriculture.

The Governor stated this through his Senior special assistant on Agriculture Hon. Obinna Ibiam at the Foundation laying ceremony of the Youths Modern Mechanise Farm Settlement and Agro Industrial Cluster in Abia state through the Youths Employment in Agricultural Programs.

Today, Hon. Idris Oluwafemi Rufus Metonwanu was Received and Welcomed by the Badagry APC Women Forum

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All 10 political wards represented.

For development of any kind to be successful, a vantage position should be accorded our women, as they constitute larger proportion of the population. In this regard, Hon. Metonwanu promised that, if elected, he will empower our women and increase their participation in Government.

Donation was made to APC Women Forums

Must Read For Ladies!! Why You Must Urinate After Sex

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Care should be taken by each man in regards to the general well-being. Why is tremendously crucial that you be concerned about your sexual-health in this short article we’ll describe.

it’s important to urinate after making love. It's valuable for your body as well as you personally because it makes it possible to fight with diseases that could damage your physical well being.

You are aware that micro-organisms are everywhere and since the anus is near to the vagina, after sexual activity may have an unpleasant effect, Following the fact that during sexual intercourse, there are germs and germs in rectum and the genitalia region.

Ozil up for PFA Player of the Year Award

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Mesut Ozil has been nominated for the 2016 PFA Player of the Year award.

Rosicky - 'Special' Ozil doesn't force itBoss - Ozil reminds me of Bergkamp'Ozil is absolutely unbelievable now'

The Germany playmaker has excelled during the 2015/16 season, assisting 18 goals and scoring a further six in the Premier League so far.

Ozil's performances have drawn praise from Arsène Wenger, who said earlier this

Light Up Lagos: Ambode Commissions 36km Ile Zik - Sango Toll Gate Street Lights

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...Says initiative will go round all parts of the state
...Senator Olamilekan, residents laud gov over developmental strides

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday evening commissioned the lighting up of the stretch of Lagos-Abeokuta expressway from Ile Zik to former Toll Gate, Sango Ota and Murtala Mohammed International Airport to Oshodi, just as he said the initiative was part of the promise of  building a 24/7 economy that will create employment and wealth for the people.

Governor Ambode, who commissioned the project amidst fanfare from elated residents, assured that his administration will ensure that no part of the state is left untouched in the Light Up Lagos Initiative.

Work to Commence on New Mile 12 Market Next Week- Ambode

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..Says Eko Rice will be ready in six months
...Assures on delivery Of Agbowa Sawmill by September

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday inspected the new Imota site, proposed for the relocation of the popular Mile 12 Market, where he assured that work will commence on the site next week.

The Governor who was accompanied on the inspection visit by top officials of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development and members of the State Executive Council said the relocation of the market became necessary following the recent clash in the area, just as he directed the Ministry to move to site and commence work on the market immediately.

He however expressed optimism that the relocation will drive commerce and

SUPPORT IDRIS OLUWAFEMI RUFUS METONWANU FOR EXCUTIVE CHAIRMAN BADAGRY LOCAL GOVT

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Fellow Badagrians, Badagry has come to a crossroad, and now you have the power to change the social, economic and political landscape of Badagry for good.

Support this young, dynamic, visionary and experienced world-class leader for a NEW BADAGRY THAT WORKS FOR ALL; a Badagry that lives up to its legacy as the cradle of civilization and gateway to education in Nigeria; a Badagry that ranks among top international tourist destination cities; a Badagry with employment opportunities and thriving businesses; a Badagry where our children have access to

Major Milestones Reached, New World Record Set in Renewable Energy

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Coal and gas-fired electricity generation last year drew less than half the record investment made in solar, wind and other renewables capacity — one of several important firsts for green energy announced today in a UN-backed report.
Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016, the 10th edition of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP’s) annual publication, launched today by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), says the annual global investment in new renewables capacity, at $266 billion, was more than double the estimated $130 billion invested in coal and gas power stations in 2015.

All investments in renewables, including early-stage technology and research and development as well as spending on new capacity, totalled $286 billion in 2015, some 3 per cent higher than the previous record in 2011. Since 2004, the world has invested $2.3 trillion in renewable energy (unadjusted for inf…

Headline News (Monday 11th April 2016)

VANGUARD
DSS blames Biafra group after dozens found in shallow graves Presidency lied, no Lagos-Calabar Rail project in 2016 budget — NASS People working for Buhari are shamelessly lying about 2016 budget — NASS
Chibok girls: Tunde Bakare weeps, says FG not doing enough
Land dispute: 2 feared dead, village sacked, 3,000 homeless in Otukpo Adeosun sets out plan to restructure economy
IPOB, Igbo youths, women fault DSS claim on killing of northerners

GUARDIAN
Ijaw youths warn EFCC against alleged plan to arrest Jonathan Presidency, N’Assembly move to end rift over 2016 budget
NNPC withheld $4.2b proceeds in second half of 2015, says report
PDP still searching for consensus as May 21 beckons
Break silence on Fulani herdsmen’s activities, OPC tells Buhari
Govt expedites work on Abuja-Kaduna Railway, ready to pay N360m compensation
Govt begins loading of petrol for marketers

How to Have a Great Day (Monday 11th April 2016)

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RHAPSODY OF REALITIES
**Keep Making Progress**
Monday 11th April:
Pastor Chris PhD

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit (John 3:8).

When you’re born again, you’re a mystery to the world, because you’re born of the Spirit. The Natural man can’t understand you. By the Spirit, David said, “I am as a wonder unto many...” (Psalm 71:7). That’s what God has made everyone that’s born of the Spirit. However, some Christians don’t know this; so, they live ordinary lives. You’re not ordinary; you’re not of this world. You belong in, and function from, a different realm: the realm of the Spirit.

60 Heads of State Expected as Nations Endorse Climate Deal

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A record number of countries are expected to sign the historic climate agreement adopted last December in Paris at a signing ceremony hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on April 22.

More than 130 countries have confirmed that they will sign the Paris Agreement on April 22, the first day that the agreement will be open for signature. This would surpass the previous record of 119 signatures for an opening day signing for an international agreement, set by the Law of the Sea in Montego Bay in 1994.  In addition, more countries have informally indicated that they will sign the agreement, with the numbers increasing rapidly each week.

Over 60 Heads of State and Government will attend the ceremony, including French President François Hollande, demonstrating the continued high level of engagement by world leaders to accept and implement the Paris Agreement.

Nigeria and China Sign $23bn Deal for 3 Refineries

Nigeria's state-run oil firm NNPC and China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) have signed a $23bn (£16bn; 18bn euros) deal.

The two will jointly seek financing and credits from Chinese authorities and banks to build three refineries and a fuel complex in Nigeria.

The project would add 750,000 barrels per day of extra refining capacity.

NNPC hopes the construction of new refineries will stem the flood of imported refined products into Nigeria.

'Deepen relationships'

Nigeria is the world's 12th-largest oil producer and the eighth-largest oil exporter.

But the country imports roughly 85% of its fuel needs because of the disrepair and mismanagement of its four state-owned refineries.

Hurray!!! The Billionaire is 59 today (Aliko Dangote)

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Happy birthday to Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote....

Presidency Unveils 33 Policy Actions to Revamp Economy

Vice President Osinbajo has unveiled the government's plan to fix the ailing Nigeria economy which has bestowed hardship on the masses as well as affected government policies and capacity.

Professor Yemi Osinbajo said that the plan articulates six thematic strategies that would constitute the short-term priority of the government over the next 12 months according to Channels TV.

In his speech at the Nation’s Forum On The Economy held on Thursday in Lagos State, south-west Nigeria, the Vice President said that the government would focus on implementing about 33 Priority Actions under the six themes in the 2016 fiscal year.

Ambode Charges Young Graduates to Develop Entrepreneurial Skill for Self Employment

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has called on young graduates coming out of the nations’ tertiary institutions to look inwards and develop entrepreneurial skill that will help them generate wealth for themselves and create jobs rather than relying on white collar jobs that may not be forthcoming.

Speaking as the Special Guest of Honour at the 24th Convocation Ceremony of the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, on Thursday at the College’s ground, the Governor urged young graduates to accept the reality of the critical economic period that the nation is undergoing, saying the present situation requires new innovations and entrepreneurial skill that would make them a contributor to the growth of the economy rather than relying on paid employment which may never come.

Fuel Scarcity: Lagos bans indiscriminate queues at petrol stations

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…Threatens to sanction erring motorists, stations

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said it would no longer allow indiscriminate parking of vehicles on the road networks across the state on the basis of queuing up for Premium Motor Spirit otherwise known as  fuel, just as it threatened to sanction any erring filling stations and motorists who flout the directive.

Rising from the weekly State Executive Council Meeting, the government said it can no longer tolerate the attendant traffic gridlock associated with the indiscriminate parking of vehicles on the road, adding that the enforcement on the directive would commence immediately from today (Thursday).

How to Have a Great Day (Friday 8th April 2016)

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RHAPSODY OF REALITIES
**He’s Our Mercy Seat**
Friday 8th April:
Pastor Chris PhD

Being justified (declared righteous) freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God (Romans 3:24-25).

Due to Adam’s transgression, man was separated from God. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Sadly, many have only stayed on the negative part of this scripture, without taking a step further. The twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth verses have so much faith-building thoughts. Yes, all men sinned in Adam, and fell short of the glory of God, but the problem was fixed in, and by, Jesus Christ.


Turn your business into a technology company (Part 6) By Dr Strive Masiyiwa

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__Applying technology to an old, old idea!

In some parts of West Africa, they call it "susu." In South Africa they call it a "stokvel." In Zimbabwe they call it "mukando.”

__A group of people who know and trust each other get together and they form a savings club. They agree to save a certain amount of money every month and each one of them takes turns to receive a large amount of money. It’s a traditional savings and loan idea that’s been around for a very, very long time.

Women in informal markets, in villages, in church groups, do it. Low income workers do it, right across Africa.

People who have tried to estimate how much money circulates in these informal savings schemes believe it’s probably billions of dollars across Africa.

Headline News (Thursday April 7th 2016)

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VANGUARD
Saraki received salary as governor till August 2015—Witness
Buhari advises states to do background checks on foreign partners
Why we can’t execute Boko Haram convicts —AGF
FAYOSE vs ALUKO: Aluko and I prostrated while begging Fayose — Olugbemi
TCN, GENCOs, DISCOs trade blames over electricity crisis
Troops rescue 11, 595 hostages from Boko Haram dens
‪#‎PanamaPapers‬: No valid contract with Monfrini, lawyer hired to track Abacha loot – FG

THISDAY
Fashola: Court Cases Slowing Down

Fuel Scarcity: Ambode calls for calm

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Governor Ambode has appealed to Lagosians on current fuel crisis and power shortage.

The Governor said that President Buhari is deeply touched by the situation.

He said government is doing everything within its power to find an immediate solution to the crisis.

This is what it means to see one of the greatest football stories ever unfold.

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Leicester City Football Club fans watching their team go seven points clear in the

METONWANU 2016 Live at Badagry APC

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LGA Meeting on April 1, 2016. God is involved.

#iSTAND4ANEWBADAGRY
#ISUPPORTMETONWANU
#METONWANU2016

Nigeria Committed to Cutting Food Importaion, says Buhari

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In line with his government’s commitments to the diversification of the Nigerian economy, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration is determined to significantly reduce importation of food products to Nigeria.

According to a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on the media and publicity, Buhari reaffirmed this commitment at a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mr. Lars Rasmussen in Washington DC on the sidelines of the 4th Nuclear Security Summit.

“Our bill for the importation of food and dairy products is very high. We want to cut it as much as possible by developing our local potentials,” the President told Mr. Rasmussen.

Turn your Business into a Technology Company (Part 5) By Dr Strive Masiyiwa

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__Use mobile phones and the Internet to change your business.

Most of the fastest growing businesses in the world are businesses that have "re-imagined" well established business areas by introducing innovations based on the Internet and mobile phone technologies. You don’t have to change the business you’re in to make it a "technology company." You just have to "re-imagine" it using the Internet and the mobile phone.

Let's look at some examples:

# From 'flea markets' to eCommerce: Africa is full of what we commonly call "flea markets" (informal markets). These are small little businesses selling almost anything that we find in every African city. Some are huge -- Mbare Market in Harare, Ikeja Market in Lagos, Kibera in Kenya, to name some of the best known. There you can buy almost anything!