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The Silicon Valley – Nigerian Economic Development (SV-NED Inc.) and African Technology Foundation hosted the Arole Oodua and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II on Monday, 13th November, 2017.
SV-NED Inc., led by Chief Amina Temitope Ajayi, is an initiative that established the 1st bilateral economic relationship between Silicon Valley and Nigeria by facilitating the creation of business opportunities designed for companies to bring their businesses into Nigeria.
The historic visit by the monarch is to promote the bridge between Nigeria and the Technology capital of the world, Silicon Valley and one of a series of activities facilitated by the organizers of Hollywood African Prestigious Awards(HAPA) and Silicon Valley-NED.
The overall Head of the Oduduwa family worldwide began his California activities on Monday 13th November 2017 with a courtesy visit to the CA Legislative Team at State Senate Office, Sacramento CA.
He also visited Stanford University, Pablo Alto CA for Oil & Gas Initiatives and met some key representatives of the Ivy League Institution to discuss opportunities for exchange of international programs.
A dinner party hosted by Silicon Valley Capital Club was also held in his honour at San Jose CA.
While in California, the monarch is also scheduled to make a visit to Tesla Motors (TSLA) for business discussions and a tour of the giant automobile manufacturing Plant located at Fremont CA.
He will hold talks with the management of Google & YouTube at Mountain View CA and thereafter visit TBD at San Jose CA to hold talks with Intel, Microsoft, Cisco(CSCA) and some Information Technology Healthcare Investors.
He is expected to attend the Hollywood Awards and other activities today, starting with HAPA Business Roundtable With Royalty, Education Seminar and Workshop for students with the State of California.
Furthermore, he will also be at the Staple Centre to meet with Earvin “MAGIC” Johnson Jr., the American professional basketball legend and current president of Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, to watch the Los Angeles Lakers.
This will be followed by Dinner with The Kings And Music Awards Night slated for Thursday 16th 2017, while the Yoruba Indigenous Day with the African Community will take place on Friday 17th November 2017.
The Foremost African monarch will on Saturday 18th 2017 be honored with the Hollywood & African Prestigious Leadership Award alongside King Mswati III of Swaziland and King(Dr) Noble Odaifio Welentsi III from Ghana during the Hollywood African Awards Show holding at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California where he will be the Guest Speaker to speak on “THE ERADICATION OF NEGATIVE IMAGES ASSOCIATED WITH AFRICA AND FORGOTTEN HISTORY”.
Ooni, who is the Co-chairman of the Traditional Rulers Council of Nigeria will play host to the crew of “COMING TO AMERICA” to be led by the world famous actor, Eddie Murphy.
Samuel Ibrahim Aleyideino is the CEO of Winston Farms Agro Resources Ltd Numan, Adamawa State. They are experts in crop production.
Igbo socio-cultural group of Nigeria, NDIGBO invites the general public to its Abuja 2017 new yam festival (IRI-JI).
Why we don’t detect politician’s lies
As a psychologist who has studied deception, I’m more interested in the hows and whys of lies told by political leaders, particularly how and why they think they can get away with it (and why they often do). As a leadership scholar, I’m also interested in the ethical issues surrounding strategies used by leaders. Let’s deal first with why so many lying leaders can get away with it.
We Trust Too Much.
People are notoriously bad at detecting deception. For the most part, people cannot detect everyday lies better than chance (although many think they can). Part of the reason is that we are prone to a “trusting bias” – our default is to believe what others tell us. That’s why con artists are so successful. It is so out of the norm (or so we think) for people to lie to us. Certainly, we are even more trusting of our leaders (unless, of course, we have developed a learned mistrust of them , and many people don’t trust politicians, but the majority still do). So, leaders (and con artists) learn that they can lie and often get away with it.
OK, I don’t have any research evidence to back this up, but I suspect that when we hear really big lies – the “can that really be true?” sort – such as over 90% of Planned Parenthood funding goes to abortions, or this plan will lead to “death panels,” and it comes from a seemingly authoritative source, we say “gosh, it must be true!” (our trusting nature again).
When we hear something from a leader, we often don’t (and don’t want to) engage in the mental effort (or actual physical effort of fact checking) to question the assertion. It’s sort of an apathetic, “If the politicians are driving the bus, they must know where they are going.”
How about the ethical leadership issues?
The Ends Justify the Means.
Politicians, and other leaders, often adhere to a poor code of ethics that says the ends justify the means. This is partly responsible for the mudslinging and dirty politicking. “If I make up a lie about my opponent, it’s ok, because if he is elected it will be a disaster.” Sorry. The means, and being ethical, are what is really important. The ends rarely, if ever, justify the means.
So, what to do? As the old 1960s saying goes, “Question authority!” Become informed. Check the facts. Don’t simply believe what a leader says because he or she is in a position of authority and power. It is a good follower’s job to be a reality check on the leader.
It’s sad that it takes a fake-news-anchor-comedian, like Jon Stewart to wake us up to our leaders’ lies.
Culled from psychologytoday.com
By, Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology and former Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. Professor Riggio is the author of over 100 books, book chapters, and research articles in the areas of leadership, assessment centers, organizational psychology and social psychology.
Maccollins Afamefuna Sylvester, is a student of political science at Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, (IBBU) Lapai, Niger State. Also into entertainment, he is a stand-up comedian whose stage name is “Sylvester The Comedian”, an Event planner, Actor and also a Radio presenter.
TMG> What led you into so many things in entertainment industry and what area do you specialize in?
Sylvester> Watching the likes of ‘I go dye’, ‘Basketmouth’ and ‘AY’ cracking jokes and putting smiles on people’s faces gave me the vision and drive to do more. I specialize in stand up comedy.
TMG> Where was your first stage performance?
Sylvester> My first stage performance was at A day of a thousand laughs.
TMG> What was the experience like?
Sylvester> My first experience felt good, although I was nervous at first..But then I got the groove and it just flowed.
TMG> Did you attend any professional institution like theatre arts classes?
Sylvester> No.I didn’t attend any theater arts school.
TMG> Who was your first art teacher and where?
Sylvester> I never had any art teacher…I groomed myself to whom I am today.
TMG> Which famous comedian do you admire? Why?
Sylvester> I admire I Go Dye because he is a man of passion. He started from grass to where he is today and I’m striving to do better than what he has done.
TMG> Which one of your jokes is your fondest of all you have performed?
Sylvester> My fondest comedy is “The Car”
(Cracking The Joke Below)…. . .
TMG> Describe the occasions you have cracked jokes at public places.. Concerts, radio, TV? Where and when?
Sylvester> Yes, I do perform in public..Most are church gatherings, shows and a radio station (Ultimate FM 105.3 COE Minna).
They are mostly in Minna and Lapai in Niger state
TMG> Have you been in competitions? Any prizes Or Awards? Where and when?
Sylvester> I have been in various Awards and Competitions like Alibaba preshow-Dec.20 and Africa Mega Awards..which take place in November and December every year.
TMG> How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
Sylvester> I try my best by covering up the mistakes and act like nothing happened. I will use it as part of the joke without people noticing.
TMG> Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition? And how do you manage it?
Sylvester> I normally don’t get nervous before a performance because I’m already used to performing. Comedian’s don’t need to be shy or get nervous.
TMG> When do you practice for more ideas?
Sylvester> I practice often at night, when the tension is down and the brain works smartly.
TMG> How do you balance your comedy with other obligations?
Sylvester> I try not to give one thing more priority than the other by creating a time schedule.
TMG> Do you have a group that performs with you or are you completely solo?
Sylvester> Yes, I do have a group of friends that we often spend time and crack jokes with as a form of practicing and creating more lovely jokes.
TMG> What are your challenges and how do you intend to handle them?
Sylvester> My challenges mostly are finances. I intend to get sponsors.
TMG> What advice would you give beginners like you?
Sylvester> My advice to beginners is to always be focused and never give up on your ambition because nothing good comes easy and Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your career will take a while to grow and mature.
TMG> Is there anything else of interest you do and wish to tell us about?
Sylvester> Apart from comedy, I’m also a student and I manage a business firm.
TMG> Tell us something you would like to learn or improve upon?
Sylvester> For now, I think I’m okay and with my potentials; I’m going to get to the top.
TMG> What way can you encourage other youths to be self- dependent?
Sylvester> I would like them to always be positive and try to get something doing no matter how small as long as it puts a couple of naira in your pocket. My mom also says “anything worth doing is worth doing well”.
TMG> What do you do to relax when you are free?
Sylvester> I play video games and listen to music at my leisure and also hangout with friends.
The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu has called on the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the relevant legislation guiding the conduct of elections in the country to give the Commission ample time to prepare for the 2019 general elections.
The Chairman noted that that the next general election was only 470 days away and stressed that early passage of the legal framework for the conduct of elections in the country would assist the Commission in planning for the elections.
Professor Yakubu made the call when members of the Steering Committee of the Nigerian Institute of Legislative Studies (NILS), led by its Chairman, Hon. Aminu Shehu Shagari, visited him at the Commission, Yesterday, in Abuja.
The INEC Chairman also spoke on the budget for the 2019 general elections which he hinted that clear picture of the estimated budget would be gotten by next week, when the Commission validates and approves its Election Project Plan. He said: “the validation and approval of the Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021 and Strategic Programme of Action will give us a clear idea of how much it will cost this nation to conduct the 2019 general elections”.
Professor Yakubu commended the NILS as a non-partisan organ of the Legislature for its provision of technical assistance in the democratic process and maintained that developing greater ties in the area of capacity building and trainings for Political Parties would greatly help the work of INEC.
He pledged that the Commission would continue to partner with institutions such as the NILS who are geared towards deepening democracy by adding value to the electoral process.
Earlier, the leader of the visiting team, Hon. Aminu Shagari, who is also a Member of the House Committee on Electoral Matters, said the visit was to seek the cooperation of the Commission in building a viral democratic institution in Nigeria through sustainable capacity building.
Hon. Shagari disclosed that the NILS was manning a Postgraduate and Masters Degree programme in Elections and Political Party Management which would be an affiliation of the University of Benin and implored the Commission to enrol its staff into the institute’s postgraduate programmes.
He called for collaboration in terms of capacity building for Political Parties and other stakeholders in the electoral process.
If you see a disciplined and calm person who has struggled in life to achieve greatness, you will never relent to associate yourself with him.
A man whose true life story serves as a great inspiration to his generation and other generations to come, is none other than Hon. Golu Timothy.
Hon. Timothy Simon Golu, an indigene of Jos, Plateau State is a member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing the Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal constituency of Plateau State under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He attended Gonerit Memorial College, Tuwan Kabwir where he obtained his Senior Secondary school certificate. Thereafter, he proceeded to University of Jos, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Political science and he later did his Masters in International Relations/Strategic studies at the same University.
He worked at Leadership Newspapers and rose to the position of Associate Editor, covering State House (Aso Rock Villa). After his stint in Journalism, he joined politics, contesting for the state assembly seat in 2011. He won and became Chief Whip to the Plateau State House of Assembly. The 2015 elections saw him elected into the Federal House of Representatives to represent Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam federal constituency, where he became Chairman House committee on Legislative Budget and Research and a member of various other committees.
Reflecting on how it started for him, he said;
“My story will inspire the younger generation to work hard, be independent and always do the right thing to succeed in life”.
“As a young man, after I finished at the university of Jos, I came to Abuja searching for a white collar job but still, as things were in this country, it was very difficult to secure one. I decided to look for other means to sustain myself in Abuja. That’s when I became a laborer working at a construction company, building houses. I was there for almost a year when I became the foreman and a supervisor of a building site”.
“During that period, I would always invite young men like me to join me, but they thought I was only wasting my time doing laborer work. They thought it was beneath them. Most of the young men didn’t know that I was a graduate of political science from university of Jos. When I eventually became a foreman and supervisor, writing and keeping documents for my boss, that is when some of them started coming to join me and begging me for jobs.”
“However, when I was a labourer I was not reckless in spending. I would use my daily earnings to buy soft drinks and snacks for the following day and sell at the building site and also continue with my work. That’s how I was getting extra money as profit to feed and clothe myself in Abuja”.
“As time went by, working at the site as a foreman, someone introduced me to Advertisement business in the Newspaper industry. He taught me how and where I could get an advert and also what percentage to be given to me on each, depending on the size or numbers. That’s how I left construction work and became an advert executive to some newspaper houses in Abuja. From there I became a full staff of Leadership Newspaper, writing and reporting. After a few years, I rose to the position of associate Editor, covering State House (Aso Rock villa) before I resigned and joined politics.
Why I Joined Politics
“I am a political scientist by training and a journalist by profession and I joined politics because I have seen how people use the institution and the process of politics to add value to lives of their own people.
Golu believes that politics is all about participation in the decision making process by getting involved in decisions that influence your people.
He says, “If you want to change something, be part of that thing. If you are not involved, you will keep talking and shouting.”
“As a journalist, I was merely analyzing, observing, writing features, challenging and then criticizing government officials a lot because I saw that there are opportunities for them to do things for their people and they were not doing it. As a journalist, I worked with ministers, governors as well as political appointees and elected officials of government at different levels. So I was observing and gathering the experience.”
However, I used to get angry with people who were wasting the opportunities they were given. At the same time, I am always impressed by those who have the opportunity to help their people, attract budgets to their constituency, represent and talk on behalf of their people; if there’s injustice anywhere, the person would speak for the people, correct them and if somebody is unjustly sacked from their job, they stand for him or her.
“As part of the work I was doing as a Journalist,” he continues, “if you are in a position to do the right things and you don’t, and want to manipulate somethings or try to deal with people wrongly because you are in a position of authority, we blow it out when we get the facts.
Getting to this level is another way and another level for journalists like us to join politics. I felt, if I am given the opportunity, I can participate in decision making at any level and I will definitely not shy away from representing my people, protecting their interest, defending their own interests and advocating for whatever I feel the society needs. That is the way I can change things and progress for the common good of everybody. That is why I joined politics. I want to contribute my quota to sustaining democracy that’s number one in politics. It is because democracy is the most popular system of government that involves everybody, promotes justice, equity and fair play and brings unity at all levels.
Hon. Golu has done great things for his people that cannot be over emphasized. He has presented many bills from state to federal level, which he’s still in the process of doing. He’s a man to admire and emulate, especially in the aspect of decision taking and mentorship.
About His Mentors
He said his mentors are genuine people who have the people’s interest at heart to see how ordinary people can survive, defend, struggle and bring unity to all irrespective of tribe, religion or region.
He advised youths to engage in something meaningful because his struggle and courage should serve as a lesson to some people. Today, he’s representing his people and he will never lose sight of the fact that he is there because of them.
“Youths should be serious about the future and do the right thing at the right time, because they never know where they will find themselves someday,” he advised.