No to revolution in Nigeria

It’s high time Nigerian youths should know that protest or revolution is an outdated and ineffective strategy to bring about a political change in the country, try another strategy.

Instead of Sowore Omoyele and his party, the African Action Congress (AAC) to strengthen the activities of their party through grassroots development programs towards the 2023 General election, by that, they can contribute to the development of the people at the grassroots level, they thought of revolution.

When the Nigerian government and security forces proclaimed the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) a terrorist organisation, nobody begs them before they suspended the demonstrations.

Initially, IMN was confronted with one problem, how to free its leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky but now the group is confronted with two problems, i.e. how to free its leader and how to challenge the government’s proscription in the court even the Iranian government can’t secure the release of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

If the African Action Congress (AAC) should go on with its proposed revolution despite the arrest of its chairman, Sowore Omoyele, what befall IMN and IPOB might befall the African Action Congress (AAC), with that the INEC will deregister the party and that would be the end of the African Action Congress (AAC).

The statements made by Atiku Abubakar, Fela Durotoye and Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili regards to the arrest of Sowore Omoyele by DSS operatives are worrisome, I asked myself do these people have another country apart from Nigeria or they didn’t know the difference between a call for protest and a call for revolution because if they do, they wouldn’t condemn the arrest of Sowore Omoyele except they are being sentimental.

Meanwhile, the IGP, Mohammed Adamu, has warned that a planned revolution march organised by the Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria is an act of treason and terrorism, if Atiku Abubakar, Fela Durotoye and Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili thought that to march for revolution is constitutionally guaranteed, then they should join on Monday.

Sowore Omoyele inciting self-immolations, like what helped incite the Arab Spring and some people saying Sowore‘s right to protest is constitutionally guaranteed, maybe those people should set themselves on fire, to show their support for him.

 

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Nigeria Sign Agreement on Electricity Generation with Siemens

In 2018 when German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Nigeria, she and President Buhari talk about the opportunities on how to strengthen Nigeria populations and energy was top on their agenda of what they discussed and the outcome of the discussion was the signing of Electricity Road Map agreement between the Federal Government of Nigeria and German-based Siemens on Monday.

This is a welcome development, Siemens and its consortium partners, Orascom Construction and Elsewedy Electric completed the Egypt mega project in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy last year, which add a total of 14.4 gigawatts (GW) of power generation capacity to Egypt’s national grid, enough power to supply up to 40 million people with reliable electricity, with the project, Egypt and Siemens set a new world record for execution of modern, fast-track power projects, delivering 14.4 GW of power in only 27.5 months.

The Egypt megaproject, Siemens was successfully energized six substations that will transmit electricity generated by the new power plants, also provided training to 600 Egyptian engineers and technicians, to operate and maintain the new power plants.

If all hands on deck, Siemens will success in Nigeria.

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Reviving the Wakanda Spirit in Africa


Credit: Black Panther/ Marvel Studios.
Map of Wakanda from Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #1 (December 1983).
Art by Don McGregor.

As essential as the allure of the character the Black Panther is, the Kingdom of Wakanda, the fictional African city from which he hails, is just as meaningful to many of those attending. Wakanda is a hidden African city, never conquered by Europeans, with the world’s only source of Vibranium and more technologically advanced that the rest of the world. It is alleged the source of the Vibranium is a meteor strike and that the meteor contained the Soul Gem, one of the Infinity Stones integral to the plot of Avengers: Infinity War.

Let’s visit the old Egypt

Ancient Egypt was a civilization of ancient North Africa , concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile River in the place that is now the country Egypt . Ancient Egyptian civilization followed prehistoric Egypt and coalesced around 3100 BC (according to conventional Egyptian chronology ) with the political unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under Menes (often identified with Narmer ).

The history of ancient Egypt occurred as a series of stable kingdoms, separated by periods of relative instability known as Intermediate Periods: the Old Kingdom of the Early Bronze Age , the Middle Kingdom of the Middle Bronze Age and the New Kingdom of the Late Bronze Age .

An old Egyptian Map.

Egypt reached the pinnacle of its power in the New Kingdom, ruling much of Nubia and a sizable portion of the Near East , after which it entered a period of slow decline. During the course of its history Egypt was invaded or conquered by a number of foreign powers, including the Hyksos, the Libyans, the Nubians, the Assyrians , the Achaemenid Persians , and the Macedonians under the command of Alexander the Great . The Greek Ptolemaic Kingdom, formed in the aftermath of Alexander’s death, ruled Egypt until 30 BC, when, under Cleopatra , it fell to the Roman Empire and became a Roman province.

The success of ancient Egyptian civilization came partly from its ability to adapt to the conditions of the Nile River valley for agriculture. The predictable flooding and controlled irrigation of the fertile valley produced surplus crops, which supported a more dense population, and social development and culture. With resources to spare, the administration sponsored mineral exploitation of the valley and surrounding desert regions, the early development of an independent writing system , the organization of collective construction and agricultural projects, trade with surrounding regions, and a military intended to assert Egyptian dominance. Motivating and organizing these activities was a bureaucracy of elite scribes , religious leaders, and administrators under the control of a pharaoh, who ensured the cooperation and unity of the Egyptian people in the context of an elaborate system of religious beliefs.

The many achievements of the ancient Egyptians include the
quarrying, surveying and construction techniques that supported the building of monumental pyramids, temples, and obelisks ; a system of mathematics , a practical and effective system of medicine, irrigation systems and agricultural production techniques, the first known planked boats, Egyptian faience and glass technology, new forms of literature , and the earliest known peace treaty , made with the Hittites. Ancient Egypt has left a lasting legacy. Its art and architecture were widely copied, and its antiquities carried off to far corners of the world. Its monumental ruins have inspired the imaginations of travelers and writers for centuries. A new-found respect for antiquities and excavations in the early modern period by Europeans and Egyptians led to the scientific investigation of Egyptian civilization and a greater appreciation of its cultural legacy.

The pyramids of Giza are among the most recognizable symbols of the civilization of ancient Egypt.

Old Kingdom

The great pyramids of Gizah

Major advances in architecture, art, and technology were made during the
Old Kingdom , fueled by the increased agricultural productivity and resulting population, made possible by a well-developed central administration. Some of ancient Egypt’s crowning achievements, the Giza pyramids and Great Sphinx , were constructed during the Old Kingdom. Under the direction of the vizier , state officials collected taxes, coordinated irrigation projects to improve crop yield, drafted peasants to work on construction projects, and established a justice system to maintain peace and order.

Middle Kingdom

The kings of the Middle Kingdom restored the country’s stability and prosperity, thereby stimulating a resurgence of art, literature, and monumental building projects. Mentuhotep II and his Eleventh Dynasty successors ruled from Thebes, but the vizier Amenemhat I , upon assuming the kingship at the beginning of the Twelfth Dynasty around 1985 BC, shifted the kingdom’s capital to the city of Itjtawy , located in
Faiyum . From Itjtawy, the kings of the Twelfth Dynasty undertook a farsighted land reclamation and irrigation scheme to increase agricultural output in the region. Moreover, the military reconquered territory in Nubia that was rich in quarries and gold mines, while laborers built a defensive structure in the Eastern Delta, called the “Walls-of-the-Ruler “, to defend against foreign attack.

In 332 BC, Alexander the Great conquered Egypt with little resistance from the Persians and was welcomed by the Egyptians as a deliverer. The administration established by Alexander’s successors, the Macedonian Ptolemaic Kingdom, was based on an Egyptian model and based in the new capital city of Alexandria. The city showcased the power and prestige of Hellenistic rule, and became a seat of learning and culture, centered at the famous Library of Alexandria . The Lighthouse of Alexandria lit the way for the many ships that kept trade flowing through the city as the Ptolemies made commerce and revenue generating enterprises, such as papyrus manufacturing, their top priority.

Young people are the drivers of Africa’s economy and future. With eleven million youth expected to enter Africa’s labor market every year for the next decade, now is the time for urgent action to build and nurture the region’s human capital.

The above information was culled for motivation and for the propagation of change in the future of Africa’s youths, policy makers, and civil society to collectively focus in solving the Africa challenges , aspirations, and actions taken to help build the human capital of areas of digital transformation to building human capital, Africa’s development future, prepare for Africa’s digital future and developing the potential of the continent’s next generation.

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Nigerian e-passports

The Machine Readable Passport, MRP, used by Nigerians before the coming of the Obasanjo administration was produced locally by the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting PLC, popularly called MINT. The MINT is the Nigerian Government’s official currency and other security documents printer but the NIS stopped to issue the MRPs to Nigerians after the launch of the e-passport in 2007.

When the Nigerian former President Olusegun Obasanjo paid a state visit to Malaysia in 2003 and visited Iris Corporation office where he witnessed a demonstration of the production of the e-passport, he was impressed by the security features of the e-passport. Instead of Obasanjo to return home and upgrade MINT to produce E-passport for Nigerians, he invited Iris Corporation to spearhead the implementation of Nigerian e-passport and ISTL was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission on 20th May 2003 to help the country produce the e-passport. With that, ISTL entered into a Public-Private Partnership, PPP, with the Federal Government for the upgrading of Nigerian passport to e-passport.

Since then, Malaysia has been responsible for producing the Nigerian e-passports until this year when MINT signed MoU with ISTL to domesticate the production of international passports (e-passports), in which the e-passports will be printed locally.

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Coming Soon: Aggregating Sahel and West-Africa Security for Regional Economic Boom

 

Most West African leaders were very optimistic about their countries’ future at independence. They hoped to transform their newly independent countries so that their citizens would enjoy the fruits of independence, as colonial rule had brought only few benefits to the majority of the people. And indeed, some started well. They formulated good policies for the social and economic development of their people. School enrollment, for example, increased substantially in the first decade of independence. The road network was expanded and hospitals and clinics were built. However, these impressive developments were soon overshadowed by many problems, some of which have still not been solved. I shall discuss below the causes spheres of influence of terrorism  and the solutions to the regional security treats for economic prosperity.

For centuries, herdsmen across Africa’s Sahel headed south during the long, hot dry season. Farmers typically welcomed them because their cattle and goats fertilized depleted cropland. While herders and farmers routinely competed over scarce resources, outright violence was restrained through customary arrangements and swift mediation from local leaders. But this symbiosis is crumbling. Instead, thousands of civilians from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria are killed every year in bloody inter-communal violence. Many more are caught up in deadly overlapping conflicts that are spinning out of control.

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Apply for Lagos Venture Day

Lagos Venture Day is a fantastic opportunity for African startups by IE Business School .

IE Business School (one of the top business schools in the world with a strong focus on entrepreneurship) is  organising a Venture Day in Lagos focused on start-ups offering Digital Solutions to business or social challenges.

The idea is to provide a competitive platform on which start-ups can promote their work and have the chance to win N5m in cash, €15k worth of Amazon web services and a chance to pitch at the South Summit in Spain, 2020. In addition to this, the finalists have opportunities to network with potential investors.

Apply here – https://www.f6s.com/lagosventureday/apply/

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Technology is the illwind that blew African banks

Increasingly mobile banking and e-wallets which most fintech businesses are offering  have been said to have a significant impact in helping to reduce banking logjam, offering a range of alternative payment methods as well as lending and savings services to formerly unbanked people.

A recent study by McKinsey and Company indicates that digital finance has the potential to reach over 1.6 billion new retail customers in emerging economies and to increase the volume of loans extended to individuals and businesses by $2.1 trillion.

However, the progress and ambition has been amidst some resistance from some countries to adopt new technologies.

For instance, Blockchain technology continues to face widespread resistance in a number of African countries despite potential benefits in the technology promises.

Information technology is an ill wind that blows nobody any good.  Although, increase technological support and collaboration with the tech community whilst deepening the Bank’s technological inclusion framework to improve its product offerings and services delivery experience.

The accuracy of that callous observation can be seen in the current labor mayhem trashing African banking sector. The pace of adoption of emerging technologies across regional countries has increased in recent years consequently impacting lives of end users. Through  technological adoptability at a large scale, the illegally-striking workers are doing not exactly what is needed to bring a positive correction to the fundamentals of the banking business in Africa.

In turn, the push for digitalisation and the growing adoption of new technologies into trade finance processes is expected to help alleviate some of the sector’s regulatory concerns, helping to increase efficiency and decrease costs. The continued overhaul of the trade finance sector will allow for banks in Africa to engage more efficiently with their clients, and allow them to process higher amounts of trade finance than ever before.

 

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ZayRide is expanding into West Africa

Ethiopia’s first app-based taxi service which launched in July 2016, is expanding to the Liberian capital, Monrovia.

ZayRide is a customer centric on-demand taxi service offering fast, convenient service throughout the local area.

        Zayride Logo.

According to QZ.COM,

E-hailing services like Uber and its rival Bolt (formerly Taxify) are yet to tap into Ethiopia even as they have introduced low-cost to premium products in smaller African nations including Uganda, Mauritius, and Ghana. The over 100-million people nation remains Africa’s largest untapped market, mainly because the government has for decades instituted a centralized economic model and restricted private sector operations to a few lines of activities.

Even with a fast-growing economy, the landlocked nation has remained poor and faces foreign currency shortages. Investors and global tech giants have also sidestepped Addis Ababa even though it’s home to the African Union and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa headquarters, boasts a new urban metro, and is undergoing massive construction of skyscrapers and roads undertaken by Chinese ucompanies.

Public buses in Addis Ababa.

The company has decided to expand into West Africa with the help of Liberian web solutions firm Hak Technologies. This is a major step by the taxi service unit to offer smart transportation option to people with the replacement of old cabs from the region.

Over the last few years, three taxi , the Ethiopian on-demand taxi service will introduce 200 cars by August this year, says founder Habtamu Tadesse.

The company also created a call center so that customers could call in case they didn’t “understand” the technology or during internet shutdowns.

ZayRide also had to design its platform to work with the slower internet speeds encountered by users, mainly by compressing the application size. 

 

 

 

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Edves to release AItend for Schools, an AI powered sofware

Dimeji Falana, the Edves CEO announced that AItend for Schools, an artificial Intelligence school sofware is set to be release. Falana made the statement on his social media account on behalf of Edves,

With Computer Vision (AI), we can all see some deep things.

At Edves, we are making quick, deep and sensible use of Artificial Intelligence, and we shall release AItend for Schools to use in the next Academic session.

Edves Logo.

Edves is an edtech company based in Lagos Nigeria, the venture focuses on automation of brick and mortal School operations from Student enrollment, Fee Collection, Lesson Note up to Transcript Generation.

 

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EU Election Observation Mission to Nigeria acknowledge the 2019 general elections

The European Union Election Observation Mission presented  2019 general elections report in Abuja, yesterday.

According to the Mission’s report,

the elections held under former President Olusegun Obasanjo were marred by serious irregularities and frauds.

Also in 2015 general elections, the elections held under former President Jonathan

were marred by incidents of violence, abuse of incumbency at state and federal levels, and attempts at manipulation.

While in 2019, according to the European Union Election Observation Mission, Nigeria recorded significant improvement in the 2019 general elections that some of the items that were listed for recommendation in 2015 and have been implemented include: the development and maintenance of a functional voter register, the merger of the accreditation and voting processes for ease for voters, improving the sanction powers of INEC, increasing the number of polling units, immediate display of results in collation centres, more involved participation of civil society and citizen observation among others.

 

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