Arsenal Signs 9-Year-Old  Munir Sada from Nigeria

Nigerians have taken to the various social media platforms with excitement as Arsenal Football Club signs a 9-year-old native of Nigeria on their academy team.

Reported on many social media outlets, the young boy who goes by the real name, Munir Mohammed Sada, hails from Nigeria’s Kaduna state, specifically from Zaria. According to sources that broke the news, 9-year-old Mohammed Sada’s parents are from Nigeria, his father is from the Kaduna State, and his mother is from Katsina state in the northern part of Nigeria.

Arsenal Signs 9-Year-Old  Munir Sada from Nigeria

Although the English team has not yet announced the progress officially, one of the pictures surfacing online showed the young boy signing a document, whereas two women stood by him. It’s been disclosed in various reports that the two women captured in the photo are his mother and grandmother, who witnessed the signing process. Another picture also showed two arsenal officials in the club’s tracksuit standing on both sides of Mohammed Sada. He posed with his arsenal jersey number 9 with his name boldly written around figure 9. 

The young footballer is expected to play in the kid’s wing of the Arsenal Football Club. The achievement of the little boy has resulted in mixed reactions on the internet. Others have lauded him and called him nicknames like the wonder kid, future England giant, future Ballon D’or winner, among many fascinating names. 

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However, despite Arsenal’s soccer records in the past, other netizens and football lovers began making fun of the team because people mentioned “giant” so far as the team is concerned and referred the English team to its current precarious states in English Premier League. Some individuals also decided to condemn the team’s move claiming the boy is too young for such an arduous task and expectations. 

The young footballer has always wanted to be like giant players, including Lionel Messi, regarding Mohammed Sada’s football records. He started playing football at a tender age and made it to his primary school team, where he emerged as the best among his colleagues. Hence, getting signed on the giant English team Arsenal FC doesn’t come as a surprise. However, the “wonder kid” needs to be applauded for his achievement and his next level of adventure.

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Nigerians and their love for Arsenal have been a tight and undisputable one. Just like most Ghanaians love Chelsea because of Micheal Esien, most indigenes of Nigeria have developed an undying love for the English team, which is based on the presence of Nigerian first-class footballers like Nwankwo Kanu, Alex Iwobi, Chuba Akpom, and currently the likes of Arthur Okwonkwo, Ovie Ejeheri, Tokaji Adeyinka, Mazeed Ogungbo, Tim Akinola, among several Nigerian young talents. This is to say that the Gunners have more Nigerians other than any other African in their club.

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-The Richest Country in Africa 2021

The African continent remains the second-largest continent after Asia and the second most populated continent, with an estimated population of 1.8 billion. Africa is blessed with substantial natural resources, from plantations, minerals, water bodies, oil, and gas.

The continent’s economy is mainly dependent on agriculture, trade, and natural resources. However, it’s regarded as a country with rich natural resources but with its residents being the poorest in the world according to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita. Many of the countries in Africa are wallowing in extreme poverty, looking at World Bank’s economic indicators for poverty.

Despite all the unstable economic nature widely known by the world, some African countries have emerged on top of their economic development index.

Countries like Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Morocco, Angola, and Kenya, which is not in any particular order but according to the projections from International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, the aforementioned African countries are deemed wealthy based on the rate of their GDPs.

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On top of these countries is Nigeria, which is regarded as the richest country in Africa. As per African Celebs, it’s currently having an estimated GDP of 514.049 billion US dollars which is the highest among all the African countries as of 2021. Nigeria is also the most populous county in Africa, with its population revolving around 211 million. Its vast population may have contributed to its large economy in Africa.

The Richest Country in Africa 2021

The country is endowed with rich culture, natural resources, industries, and productive film industry, resulting in its emergence in the global market. Ranking on top in Africa’s economy, the country has also been ranked number 27 in the world based on its GDP figures and 25 in the world by its purchasing power parity (PPP).

The country’s economy has been the fastest-growing one from its petroleum industry since the latter parts of 1960. The increase in price in the petroleum sector contributed to the rise in the economy since the country is notable for its leadership in oil production. It helped in transportation, manufacturing, communication, technology, construction, and government services.

However, the country is ranked low for its Human Development Index (HDI) because the agricultural sector has become stagnant. Most of its rural residents who focused on primary agriculture relocated to the urban areas, with corruption erupting in the country since the 90s. Today few people occupying about one-fifth of the population make a living from agricultural production. Due to the increasing population, the land has deteriorated with inferior silos and restrictions imposed on the size of farmlands accessible to families.

Dealing with the agricultural instability, the country’s government decided to make serval state-owned enterprises owned by private individuals. The communication, power, and transportation sectors were entrusted in the hands of private stakeholders, which enhanced quality services and began running smoothly and successfully with less dependence on the government.

Although Nigeria has been facing fluctuations in its oil production, it has been able to keep up with the global economy. It’s not surprising that Aliko Dangote, who is famously known as the richest person in Africa, is from Nigeria.

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-Who Has The Highest Net Worth In Africa

According to most Africans, Nigerians are the most popular business tycoons. Aliko Dangote is known as Africa’s richest man with the highest net worth of approximately $12.1 billion.

From the projections made by Forbes, he has topped the chart for ten consecutive times as the wealthiest man in Africa.

The mogul is widely known for his remarkable success in the global market through his multinational industrial company, Dangote Group, and investments in other lucrative projects worldwide. Aliko Dangote has a fascinating history behind his wealth today. It has been of great inspiration to many individuals striving to the top in the world of business.

Recounting his early life, he revealed that he was business-minded even when Dangote was very young and in primary school because he used to sell candies at the time.

Despite his family’s wealthy background, he didn’t slack but manoeuvred his way through business, making it to the top of his hustle and ranked among the top 100 richest people in the world by Forbes. Bagging all the enviable academic degrees, he paid much attention to buying and selling agricultural goods in the communes of Nigeria in his early 20s.

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Gradually, his business started flourishing, extending his business operations from outside Nigeria and settling in the capital, Lagos. He ventured into food processing factories like rice, flour, pasta, salt, and sugar and his well-known Dangote cement factory in African countries, including Ghana, Benin, Togo, and Zambia aside from Nigeria.

He began importing rice and sugar in Brazil and Thailand. Today, his sugar factory is a major supplier to most brewing and confectionary companies in Africa and the world. His company also has flourished in oil and gas, transportation and freight, banking, real estate, textiles, cash crops such as cocoa, cashew nuts, sesame seeds, ginger, among several others internationally.

According to Forbes, the magnate and philanthropist albeit has invested in multiple businesses under his conglomerate, but his significant wealth is contingent on his Dangote cement and the sugar factory. Statistically, the cement factory produces more than 45 million metric tonnes of cement annually from 10 African countries. The largest in Africa and third worldwide, its sugar processing factory makes 800 thousand tonnes of sugar every year.

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He also has a considerable share in telecommunications networks in Nigeria. He contributes mainly to the construction industry of Nigeria by employing constructors to build 14,000 kilometres of fibre optic cables in Nigeria. His company is currently an employer of over eleven thousand employees in Africa.

He has also led several benevolent and philanthropist projects in Nigeria and other parts of the world. He has raised millions of United States dollars into projects like the National Mosque, Presidential Library, Health especially Ebola and Covid 19 pandemic and Sports.

He has gained international recognition on several corporate programs and initiatives. He is a board member of Corporate Council on Africa, United Nations, World Cocoa Forum’s International Business Council, 2016 US -Africa Business Centre co-chair, and a lot more.

He has also earned a lot of honours which include, the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) under ex-president Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration, Forbes 2014 Africa person of the year and most powerful man in Africa from 2013 to 2018, respectively, listed among “50 most influential people in the world” by Bloomberg Markets, just to mention a few.

Aliko Dangote is divorced, but he is a father to three biological daughters known as Maria Mohammed, Halima, and Fatima and his adopted son, Abdul Rahman Fasasi.

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The celebration of Independence Day, is highly regarded as one of the greatest events among countries around the world.

Today marks 60 years’ independence anniversary celebration of the most populated country on the African continent, Nigeria with a population of about 195.9 million.

The country is famously known for its rich culture, natural resources, industries, productive film industry and a lot more.

Midnight of October 01, 1960, Nigeria gained independence from the British colonial rule where for the first time, the nation’s flag was officially holstered in Lagos, the capital of Nigeria.

This year’s independence celebration had a bit of transformation due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Usually, the country hold a national parade with a lot of power packed cultural and ceremonial functions in honour of the nation’s sovereignty and unity.

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Today’s Independence Day celebration has been special on series of incredible programs put up by the officials of the state and the supports from its citizens across the world.

The festivities included presidential address to the nation, the national cake cutting, showcasing the country’s rich culture with different types of local delicacies among other mouthwatering exhibitions.

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari’s Independence Day address touched on key developmental topics under the theme; “Together at 60”. He touched on issues pertaining to the country’s economy, health, security, elections process etc.

He emphasized that the issues of the country must be come first than the individual interest in other to build a collective nation with equal opportunities in terms of development.

Also, president Buhari confirmed that his administration would deal with realities and make solid decisions to better the state of the country.

He told Nigerians he’s optimistic that in the next three years, his government would work to eliminate the problems faced by the country.

The president’s speech has received a lot of negative reactions from many Nigerians. People poured on twitter their disappointments in the speech declaring it as unhealthiest Independence Day speech ever.

Congratulations are in order! 
Entrepreneur, Actress and Brand Ambassador Stephanie Linus has been recognized for her role in inspiring improved personal and community hygiene with an appointment from the Federal Government as the National OPS-WASH Ambassador.
She was appointed on Thursday, 24th September by the Honourable Minister of Water Resources Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu at a special decoration ceremony in Abuja.
This appointment is the highest form of recognition given by OPS-WASH (Organized Private Sector in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) to any member of the private sector.

In his address, Engr. Adamu charged Mrs Linus to inspire behavioral change among Nigerians for people to take responsibility for their environment in her role as OPS-WASH Ambassador.

While applauding her efforts with the Hygiene First campaign, he also implored her and her team to map out different activities that would encourage environmental sustainability across the nation.

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Also present at the ceremony was Dr Nicholas Igwe, the National coordinator for OPS-WASH. The premise of OPS-WASH is based on multi-stakeholder collaboration.

He thus expressed excitement at the involvement of the entertainment industry in the WASH sector towards creating behavioral change.

As the OPS- WASH Ambassador, Mrs Linus promised that she will use her role to challenge Nigerians to make good hygiene a culture, as well as inspire citizen participation and responsibility.

This appointment comes as a public sector recognition of the Hygiene First campaign which she launched in May 2020.

OPS-WASH (Organised Private Sector in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is an umbrella body for private sector collaboration and multi-stakeholder innovation.

It was inaugurated by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with a goal to end open defecation in Nigeria by 2025 and alleviate other water-related challenges in Nigeria.

Gorgeous Nollywood actress Rita Dominic is a year older today.

 

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Join us in wishing her a Happy Birthday! We wish Rita God’s blessings, Success, Happiness and Good Health…

 

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Nollywood actress Rita Dominic is a member of the Royal Waturuocha family of Aboh Mbaise local government area in Imo State, Nigeria.  

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She is the youngest of 4 siblings. she has starred in  more than 100 movies  her first movie was  A time to kill.  She won the City People Awards in 2004 as the Most Outstanding Actress….

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Join us in wishing the talented great actor/ solicitor more years of God’s Grace and divine health 🙏

Popularly known as RMD, Richard Mofe-Damijo was born July 6, 1961 he is a Nigerian actor and politician.

In 2005 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Since January 2009 he is the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Nigeria. Mofe-Damijo was born in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria.

 

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He attended Midwest College, Warri and Anglican Grammar School and was a member of the Drama Club. He enrolled into the University of Benin to continue his education and studied Theatre Arts.

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In 1997 Mofe-Damijo returned to the university to study law at the University of Lagos and graduated in 2004…

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THE PRE-COLONIAL AND THE INDEPENDENT NIGERIA

Know your history Thursday 
Nigeria has a population of about 150 million people.  Its major natural resources as crude oil founded in 1956. Nigeria was coined by Miss Flora Shaw in 1897, wife of Lord Lugard, the then British-Nigeria High commissioner. The name originated from the Niger River.
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There are over 150 different ethnic groups in Nigeria, the 3 main dominant tribes are Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba.

The Igbo kingdom

Igbo kingdom’s origin can be traced to their ancestral founder called Nri and Ala, the earth goddess (9th century AD) 
They believed that the Nri founded the Nri kingdom located in the present day Anambra state.  Nri had three sons, Eri, Arodi, and Areli, who also had 4 sons (Aguleri, Aro, Oweri, and Umuleri) that formed the major Igbo ancestral towns.
The early Igbos were mostly traders of yams, palm wine and clay pots. Nri the founder of Igbo was said to have ascended back to the sky on the Eke market day.

The Yorubas

In the present day Western Nigeria. The Yoruba is predominantly dominated by the Yoruba speaking people originated from the old Il-Ife Kingdom.
Around the late 8th century, there reined an empire referred to as Ile-Ife in the Yoruba dominated area which was governed by a supreme king called Ooni of Ife; the Ile-Ife thus formed the Yorubas ancestral home even till date.

The Hausa kingdom

Northern Nigeria referred to as Hausas because their local language was called so. The origin of the Hausa Kingdom could be attributed to a 5th century, a legend called Bayajida who came from a place known as Baghdad to the Borno Kingdom. He took the Queen of Daura for marriage and a Gwari mistress
Bayajida later had three sons from his three wives which one (Bawo) from the Queen of Daura, another (Biram) from the Borno princess and yet another (Karbogari) from his Gwari mistress.
Bawo the first son succeeded his father after his death and had 6 sons and Karbogari the son of the second wife also latter had seven sons, the two which later became Hausa as they are known today.
The primary trade of the Hausa to Mali Empire was gold, salt, leather, cloths, kola nut, slaves and henna. The Hausa kingdom was conquered and incorporated into a more centralized Fulani Sokoto Caliphate. 
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Before Independence

Between 1896 to 1897, the British penetrated and defeated the strongest hold of old Benin Empire sending king Ovonramwen of Benin into exile. The British further to launch the Anglo-Aro war, burning down Igbos’ houses and crops against the Igbo resistance to colonialism
Subject to the arrival of many indigenous elites into Nigeria,  the formation of many political parties and unions by the Nigeria Nationalists starting from the Albert Marculey foundation of Nigeria National Democratic Pact (NNDP) in 1922, Nnamdi Azikiwe introduction of National Youths’ Movement (NYM) in 1938, the Abafemi Awolow creation of Action Group (AG) etc,

Nigeria Indenpence

Nigeria attained independence on October 1, 1960, Nigeria was given independence following the handing over of Freedom chatter to Jaja Nwachukwu, the then speaker house of representative by Queen Alexandra Kent of England in 1959. Thus, Nnamdi Azikiwe was installed as the Governor-General of the New Federation and Alj. 
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Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

TBT: Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

Nollywood Superstar, Filmmaker & Entrepreneur Stephanie Linus Is Currently In Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking in Partnership with Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontières)

 

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In the wake of the increased rate of human trafficking being experienced by Nigerians trying to migrate to Europe via Libya.

Actress and Producer Stephanie Linus has recently arrived in Italy to give support to rescued people and raise her voice against such human rights violations.

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Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

This timely intervention is in partnership with the world-renowned international medical humanitarian organisation “Doctors Without Borders” (MSF).

Over the next few days, Mrs Linus will visit the rescue ship “Aquarius” to witness their activities and operations.

Later she will have meetings with some of these vulnerable women;  participate in rehabilitation exercises for the rescued women, media parleys and stakeholder meetings with the aim of alleviating their sufferings and preventing more girls and women from falling prey.

Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking
Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

Doctors Without Borders is one of the most impactful humanitarian organisation that rescues thousands of people who faced hazardous conditions trying to enter Europe through the sea yearly. In 2017, the Aquarius (a rescue ship)  has rescued 15,078 people.

Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking
Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

 

Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

Mrs Linus has been at the forefront of advocacy over sensitive issues that affect the rights of women and girls.Stephanie Linus has done this through several channels such as her advocacy movie DRY, her role as UNFPA Ambassador; her charity organisation Extended Hands Foundation and many more.

An increasing number of women, mainly from Nigeria, are being trafficked to Europe for sexual exploitation.

According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), there has been an almost 600% increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving in Italy by Sea since 2014.

Many of these women were kidnapped against their will or lured with the promise of greener pastures. 

Twitter and Square founder and CEO Jack Dorsey is set to me Moving To Africa For At Least 3 Months In 2020.

Jack Dorsey took to his Twitter page to announce his African trip…

 

 

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Jack Dorsey recently returned from Africa where he visited Ghana, where he attended bitcoin meet ups Ghana and visited few sites as well meeting business entrepreneurs.

Some of the other African Countries that he visited included Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Jack Dorsey|Africa News

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