Personality Profile: Senator Mustapha Sani Mohammed

By successfully integrating himself into the ruggedness of a modern day estate developer, Senator Mustapha Sani brought world attention to people of Zone A senatorial district of Niger South – Niger State and Nigeria.

Although he was trained in the rudiments of western procedures of an institution as Architect, he refused to discard his African roots by choosing to make his work unique as a great politician.

This young and vibrant politician, who needs little introduction in Nigerian politics, has devoted his life to serve people as a senator representing Nupe speaking areas in Niger South Senatorial Zone of Niger state.

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Senator Mustapha was born on 22nd June 1974. His parents are both indigenes of Niger state, from the old Local Government Area of Gbako, now Bida.

Mustapha attended Command Children School Kaduna (1979-1986) and then later Federal Government College Kaduna (1986- 1992).

He later proceeded to the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he read Architecture (1993- 2000) and later went on to do his National Youth Service at Abuja in the Abuja Investment Company.

Mustapha Sani became Managing Director of Diamond Property Inv. LTD from 2008 -2015 when he was elected as the distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic in 2015 till date.

However, despite being in court with his opponent whom he defeated hands down at the party primaries and later challenged his victory to the National Assembly, Senator Mustapha was not distracted from his responsibilities as a Senator but has remained focus and determine to carry out his duties as he was sent by his people from Niger South to perform.

Therefore, the humble Senator Sani’s achievements are already manifesting as the court, which is the last hope for the common man, affirmed his election in June 2016.

He is married with children and his hobbies are reading, playing Snooker and designing (Architectural).

As he said, “Alhamdulillah, the court case which has been the major tool distracting me from performing as a sitting Senator is over and my people can be rest assureed that I, Senator Mustapha Sani, have the interest of the people who voted for me at heart and will In-Shaa-Allah deliver beyond people’s imagination or expectation.”

Senator Mustapha Sani
Senator Mustapha Sani

The following are some of his achievements and proposed projects for 2016:

  • Payment of fines to free prison inmates in Bida, Agaie and Lapai prisons.
  • Trade Capital Disbursement to over 400 widows across the zones
  • Empowerment of 50youths with Generating sets for business
  • Empowerment of 9APC LG women Leaders with deep freezers for commercial purposes
  • Empowerment of 20youths with commercial motorcycles across the for businesses
  • 6 Empowerment of 8APC LG Chapters, 4inter tribal groups and 2youths organizations in each LGA with Tricycles across the zones
  • Provisions 880bags of Fertilizer to Farmers(9bags per ward) across the zone through APC ward chairmen
  • Empowerment of 16Youths with commercial cars for business
  • Facilitators of employment for constituents in to Federal Agencies
  • Partners NGOS and Multi-Lateral development organizations
  • Facilitation of the Installation of a Digital Transmitter for power FM Bida.

 

Proposed Projects To Be Facilitated In 2016 Appropriations By Senator Mustapha Sani Mohammed Include:

  • Construction of Lambata-Lapai-Bida road
  • Completion of Baro River Port wich is ongoing
  • Procurement of Cargo Handling equipment for Baro River Port
  • construction of Agaie-Baro road
  • Rural Electrification

 

2016 Zonal Constituency Intervention Projects

  • Installation of 20 500KVA Transformers across the Zone
  • Renovation of 6Secondary Schools via UBEC Intervention across the Zone
  • Skills acquisition, Training and Empowerment of Youths and Women across the zone
  • Water provision by Senator Mustapha Sani Mohammed Foundation(Bore hole Drilling) across the Zone

Viewing The World Through Danladi Yakubu’s Lens

ENTREPRENEUR: 34-year-old Khaleel Danladi Yakubu is an Abuja-based professional Photographer with a knack for capturing his subjects on camera to tell a story. He hails from Kwara state, graduated as an Architect from Ahmadu Bello University(ABU) Zaria and loves creativity. TakeMyGist speaks to him about the world of photography, what heights he intends to take Khaleegraphy to and other future plans.
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TMG> What pushed you into photography?

Khaleegraphy> I’ve always been a creative person. As well as Architecture, I also did music for a while when I was a bit younger. Recently, having decided to quit that scene, I needed something to fill the creative void, so I picked up photography. At first it was a hobby but it has since become a career for me.

 

TMG> What was your career path? How did you get from being an aspiring photographer to actually doing it full time, for a living?

Khaleegraphy> I used to take photographs with my camera phone and people would give positive feedback on them. After a while, it pushed me to buy a camera, which I initially planned to shoot landscapes, architecture and travel images with. But very quickly I found that quite a few people liked my work and wanted me to make images of them, and were willing to pay for it. I did my research and realised that I could make a pretty decent living from creating images for people and brands.

 

TMG> Where and how were you trained? Did you go to professional school to learn photography & What credentials did you earn through the program?

Khaleegraphy> When I first started, I just went out and took shots of anything and everything. I learnt from my experiences and mostly from the university of YouTube (Laughs). I watched a lot of videos online and experimented. Eventually, I joined a photography course taught by the very talented and well respected Henry Nwaeze of Big H Studios. It’s a fantastic course that holds only once a year and it immediately raised my status in the industry for being one of the few lucky enough to attend it.

 

TMG> What other positions have you previously held before going into photography?

Khaleegraphy> I’ve always worked in design and construction, and still do. But these days, creating images takes most of my time.

 

TMG> What motivates you to continue taking pictures- economically, politically, intellectually or emotionally?

Khaleegraphy> There’s economic motivation to keep making images because like I said earlier, I found that you can make a decent living from it and I have a family to feed. But my biggest motivation is the love to create art that will be meaningful, that will outlive me, images that will resonate internationally.

 

TMG> Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?

Khaleegraphy> On the Nigerian scene, my biggest influence has been Henry Nwaeze aka Big H. From his class I learnt that the best photographers don’t ‘take images’, they ‘make images’. Rather than just point at and shoot what they see, they evoke emotion from the viewer by manipulating light, telling stories, posing effectively etc. Other photogs like Bayo Omoboriowo (The President’s official photographer) & Ahmed Attah (The Cannon5) have been great influences too. Their stories, their tutelage and guidance has been massive for me. I have so many international photogs that I look up too, too many to mention here.

 

TMG> Exactly what is it you want to say with your photographs, and how do you actually get your photographs to do that?

Khaleegraphy> It depends on what I’m shooting. For example, when I shoot weddings, one of my favourite themes is ’emotion’. These occasions are often very emotional and I want my images to show that. But most people tend to freeze in front of the camera and their emotions temporarily disappear as their concern becomes how they will look in the image. So I tend to shoot candidly, without my subjects being fully aware I’m taking their picture. That way, I get so many images of pure laughter, tears, joy and dance moves, and I love those kinds of images.

 

TMG> How do you get the person, place or thing that is in front of the camera onto the film, chip or paper in just the way you want?

Khaleegraphy> The best photographers pre visualize the images they want to create, so before they press the shutter they already know what the image should look like. I try to do that when I shoot as well; I dream of my image, decide the best way to achieve it, then prepare and practice the techniques needed to bring my vision to life.

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TMG> How many employees report to you and how efficient are they? If you work alone, how do you manage?

Khaleegraphy> For now, I hire people to work for me on a job by job basis so I have no permanent staff. There are many photogs out there willing to work as a 2nd shooter, as well as editors looking to take that burden off you, so it’s sort of like working alone but within a team.

 

TMG> In case of problems, how do you manage? Do you seek for help from another professional?

Khaleegraphy> I always seek help from God first, because that is the best help one can get. But I definitely reach out to other pros because photographers are a very helpful society- there’s always someone willing to help with whatever issues you may have.

 

TMG> What is the volume/revenue your establishment has gained in a year? Any profit?

Khaleegraphy> I’m in my 1st 10 months of running Khaleegraphy, so I haven’t completed a full year yet. But I’m hopeful of breaking even and maybe even posting a small profit at the end, that would make a good 1st year for me.

 

TMG> What do you do to stay educated about new trends?

Khaleegraphy> The university of YouTube is a good place to stay informed. I also sign up for newsletters from photography’s biggest names and always network and share information with fellow photogs.

 

TMG> What are your challenges and how do you intend to handle them?

Khaleegraphy> One of my biggest challenges is teaching myself how important it is to think like a business man also and not only as a creative artist. A major problem for people in creative fields is that all we tend to care about is the art and see business as something foreign to us. But that shouldn’t be the case, things like marketing, budgeting, accounting, investing and establishing proper financial structures are vital if I want to succeed.

 

TMG> Give us an example of someone you have trained or mentored. Where did they start and where are they now?

Khaleegraphy> I’m always open to pass on whatever knowledge or information I have, whenever I can, but it’s not enough for me to say I’ve mentored such and such. Maybe in the future there’ll be a long list of Khaleegraphy’s protégés

 

TMG> Tell us about an accomplishment that you are most proud of in your career.

Khaleegraphy> In my short career, I’ve been fortunate to shoot a few high profile Nigerians. I’ve had an image published on a foreign website, one of my images inspired a person who saw it to write an article about his love for football. But my proudest moment so far was having my work critiqued by some photographers I look up to and having them say mostly positive things about it. For someone at my level to have world class photogs speak well about my images was truly uplifting.

 

TMG> Describe to us a problem you had with any customer and how you handled it.

Khaleegraphy> A client once decided they didn’t want to pay the fee we originally agreed after I had already done the work. They didn’t have any problem with my work, their reason was that the economy was bad. Since then, written contracts signed by both parties have become a part of how I work.

 

TMG> Tell us about your management style and how you handle your Customers?

Khaleegraphy> I try to be as friendly and accommodating as I can with my clients because I’ve learnt recently that how they feel after working with me is even more important than the quality of my work.

 

TMG> Tell us 3 things that you consider to be your strengths in photography?

Khaleegraphy> I’ll name 2. Creativity and people skills.

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TMG> Tell us something you would like to learn or improve upon as a photographer?

Khaleegraphy> My understanding of light.

 

TMG> How do you manage cost? If your labour is running high with low profit, what measures do you take to control it?

Khaleegraphy> There are different measures that can be taken, the best one being, not to take jobs that are high cost and low profit in the first place. But if I did take such jobs, then I’ll try and find vendors (printers, 2nd shooters etc) that will provide their services for cheaper, hopefully reducing cost in the process. Or, if the cost goes higher than originally planned because of something the client wanted or changed, then I’ll have them foot the bill.

 

TMG> How do you manage risk, in terms of damages or loss?

Khaleegraphy> There are now many insurance companies that offer packages for photographers and their equipment.

 

TMG> What way can you encourage other youths not to depend on government for jobs but to be self dependent?

Khaleegraphy> Most of the richest people in the world don’t work normal 9-5 jobs. Isn’t that enough motivation to not rely on government for employment? Also, some of the biggest companies in the world now started off small (Google started from a garage). So be humble and start with what you have.

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TMG> Do you socialise and when?

Khaleegraphy> I don’t socialize as much as I used to these days. I’m usually too busy with work and family. Besides, going out less saves me a lot of money that I can put into my business instead.

Abba George – Winning Hearts Through Creativity

ENTREPRENEUR: Enoyi Abba George is the CEO Onpoint Clothing, a Fashion Designer and Talent Manager in Lagos. An Idoma from Benue State, he is a graduate of Business Administration from the University of Jos, Plateau State who has built a successful career in the fashion industry, adding to his knack for spotting creative talents like the popular musician Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, also known as PATORANKING, whom he also designs for.

Enoyi Abba George is the CEO Onpoint Clothing
Enoyi Abba George is the CEO Onpoint Clothing

TMG> What motivated you to go into fashion business?

George> I come from a Creative family and the major source of my inspiration is God, environment and I’ve always been a lover of clothes and fashion.

I have always wanted to be involved in the Fashion and Entertainment industry even though the fashion aspect overshadowed everything else.

 

TMG> Are you encouraging and creating job opportunities for other youths?

George> Yes, I’m a Youwin Awardee and its main aim is to create job opportunities for others. I have both casual and permanent staff.

 

TMG> How did you come about this business of clothes making?

George> Fashion is not something I just came about because, like I said, it has been in me from a very young age. I have a knack for fashion.

 

TMG> Tell us how you get your materials and how you create designs that your customers would like?

George> To make unique outfits you can get good quality fabrics in the market anywhere; how you combine them or what you make out of the materials is what matters.

 

TMG> How fast do your products get to the people in terms of Production, Marketing and distribution?

George> It usually takes a minimum of 3 to 7 working days, depending on the quantity of the job.

 Onpoint Clothing
Onpoint Clothing

TMG> Did you go to any professional school to learn the skills and what credentials did you earn through the program?

George> I have worked with a lot of great fashion heads and attended fashion programs. And that, coupled with where I come from, make my work unique.

 

TMG> In case of problems, how do you manage? Do you seek for help from another professional?

George> Yes, I have mentors that I seek professional business advice from.

 

TMG> What do you do to stay educated about new trends?

George> Thank God for internet and Social Media that bring the whole world in a phone or laptop so if I’m not too busy, I just learn new things positively.

 

TMG> What are your challenges and how do you intend to handle them?

George> Getting stable workers is not easy, the current situation of the country is so demanding and tasking that everybody wants more.

 

TMG> Give us an example of someone you have trained or mentored. Where did they start and where are they now?

George> I love this particular question. I have lost count of people I have mentored and trained. I see them doing great exploits and it makes me happy. I even have those that were not trained by me formally but follow my work because many times I run into strangers and they tell me that I inspire them.

Enoyi Abba George - CEO Onpoint Clothing And Patroramking
Enoyi Abba George – CEO Onpoint Clothing And Patroramking

TMG> Tell us about your management style and how you handle your Customers?

George> I’m very passionate about my hustle: I have a Diploma in Business Management and coupled with the knowledge I have been able to acquire from professionals, it makes work easy.

 

TMG> Tell us 3 things that you consider to be your strengths in this business?

George> God, Family, Friends

 

TMG> How do you manage cost? If your labour is running high with low profit, what measures do you take to control it?

George> Business is about taking risks, especially coming from Nigeria. You just have to find your way around it or you come out with new ideas to make it work.

 

TMG> How do you manage risk in terms of damages or losses?

George> I don’t have losses because I always work ahead for the future, not for now.

 

TMG> What way can you encourage others to be self-dependent?

George> To master their craft and business showmanship and I’m glad a lot of people tell me I inspire them.

Onpoint Clothing
Onpoint Clothing

TMG> Do you socialise and when?

George> Yes, my job is fun, so I catch fun while working at the same time.

 

Late Tupac For Immortalisation

Late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam are among the first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

Nine of the 19 acts nominated are on the ballot for the first time, with Shakur and Pearl Jam in their first year of eligibility.

 

More than 800 artists, historians and music-industry officials vote, with results announced in December and induction next April.

 

Others back for another chance include pop superstar Janet Jackson; she was nominated for the first time last year but nominations were announced on Tuesday.

 

The prolific Shakur was shot and killed at his peak in 1996. His album “Me Against the World” hit the top of the charts when he was in prison for sexual assault.

 

“Keep Ya Head Up,” ”Life Goes On,” ”Ambitionz Az a Ridah” and “Changes” are among his best-known songs.

 

He recorded so much while alive that releases kept flowing after his death.

 

Pearl Jam would be the second band, following Nirvana in 2014, with roots in Seattle’s grunge scene to make the hall.

 

Behind charismatic frontman Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam was a huge initial success behind songs like “Jeremy,” ”Even Flow,” ”Alive” and “Better Man.”

 

They consciously stepped back from the commercial world, and persist as a respected and popular touring outfit.

 

And “Don’t Stop Believin’” it’s true: Journey is another first-time nominee. Its members must wait a couple of months to find out if voters welcome them with “Open Arms.”

 

Other first-time nominees: the hardcore punk pioneers Bad Brains; 1980s synth-poppers Depeche Mode; Jeff Lynne’s 1970s hit machine Electric Light Orchestra; Lollapalooza instigators Jane’s Addiction; 1960s folkie Joan Baez; and Steppenwolf, Canadian rockers of “Born to be Wild” fame.

 

The influential disco-era band Chic, who have become the hard-luck losers of the rock hall induction process, are on the ballot for the 11th time.

 

Others back as nominees include Jackson; soul singer and former Rufus frontwoman Chaka Khan; the Peter Wolf-led rockers J. Geils Band; late “I Gotcha” singer Joe Tex; the German electronic music band Kraftwerk; the Detroit-area punk forerunners MC5; Ric Ocasek’s new wavers The Cars; the Zombies, British makers of “Time of the Season” and “She’s Not There”; and the 1970s-era progressive rockers Yes.

 

There is no set number of inductees as this year’s class had five members.

 

To be eligible, all of the nominees had to have released their first recording no later than 1991.

 

The induction ceremony, open to the ticket-buying public and televised later on HBO, will take place in Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Centre.

 

The public will also be invited to vote online among the nominees, with their top five selections cast as “fan’s ballot.”

 

Inductees will eventually be enshrined in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland.

 

 

D’Banj: Ready For UK Tour November

D’Banj, the multiple MTV European Music Award, BET Award, World Music Award, and MOBO Award winner will be marking his return to the UK, after four years, with concerts in three cities.

 

The concert to be held across three days will begin in Manchester on 11 November. on 12 November D’Banj will move to Birmingham and end the show on  Sunday 13 November at Indigo O2 in London.

 

D’Banj will be on tour with a star-studded Afrobeat artistes featuring  rising Nigerian Pop star Tekno, and many surprise special guests to be announced shortly.

The shows are being put together by Afrobeat Artistry.

 

D’Banj, better known as  KOKO Master dominated pop and afrobeat  music scene in Nigeria for over a decade.

 

He was regarded as one of the most talented and biggest artists to come out of Africa.

 

His unique style of musicianship and entertainment sets him apart from his counterparts.

 

The Nigerian native has been leading the export of Afrobeats to the UK and America, and has succeeded in introducing the lush sounds of African Pop music, to mainstream audiences across the world.

 

So far, he has sold over 20 million records sold.

 

He made  his debut on the African music scene in 2004 with his breakthrough single ‘Tongolo’, which was released via his own record label Mo’Hits, founded alongside super producer Don Jazzy.

 

His more applauded debut album No Long Ting followed in 2005, and changed the landscape of Nigerian music forever.

 

D’banj’s sophomore album Rundown Funk U Up, lead by massive hit single ‘Why Me?’ came soon after, in 2006, with the Kokomaster and Don Jazzy releasing the Mo’Hits compilation album Curriculum Vitae in 2007, the first of its kind in Afrobeats.

 

The album birthed hits like ‘Booty Call’ and ‘Ololufe’, and introduced us to future stars such as Wande Coal, Dr Sid, Kay Switch and D’Prince.

 

Having solidified his position as the biggest African artist in the world, and with three iconic albums – including 2008’s The Entertainer – already under his belt, D’Banj set his sights on pushing Afrobeats to the world, and signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music record label in 2011, and subsequently floated his own record imprint DB Records, in partnership with Sony Music and RCA Records in 2012.

 

2012 also saw D’Banj make his debut on the UK Top 10 singles chart, with his summer smash hit ‘Oliver Twist’ reaching #9 in the UK singles charts, and #2 in the UK R&B chart – making D’Banj the first ever Afrobeats artist to chart in the UK top ten!

 

‘Oliver Twist’ also topped the charts in Romania, and garnered chart success in Scotland, Germany, Belgium and Ireland, to mention a few.

 

Alongside his numerous music accomplishments and accolades, D’Banj has also dedicated his life to philanthropy and humanitarianism. He was Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace, and in 2015, his single was released to raise awareness for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, and was endorsed by the World Bank.

Mikel, 23 Others For Algeria – Gernot Rohr

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has called up captain Mikel John Obi, assistant captain Ahmed Musa, goalkeeper Carl Ikeme and 21 others for next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Algeria.

 

Ademola Olajire, the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) spokesperson said the  Super Eagles will welcome the Fennecs of Algeria at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Nov. 12 in one of the potentially most explosive games of the African series.

 

Coach Rohr has retained the bulk of the squad that defeated Zambia 2-1 in Ndola earlier this month to establish Nigeria at the top of Group B of the African race.

 

According to Olajire,  the Franco-German tactician has also beefed up the team  with in –form Israeli –based midfielder John Ogu and Nigeria’s top scorer at the Olympic Men’s Football Tournament in Brazil, Oghenekaro Etebo.

 

“Germany –based defender Leon Balogun, back from injury, also returns while English Premiership stars Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo are also called.

 

“Former junior international goalkeeper Dele Alampasu and Dutch –based defender Tyrone Ebuehi are also invited.

 

“Players are expected to start arriving at the team’s Bolton White Apartment in Abuja on Nov. 6,” Olajire said.

 

The full list of the 24 invited players

 

Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Dele Alampasu (FC Cesarense, Portugal)

 

Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); William Paul Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway); Kenneth Omeruo (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Uche Henry Agbo (Granada FC, Spain); Tyrone Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey); Elderson Echiejile (Standard Liege, Belgium), Kingsley Madu (SV Zulte Waregem, Belgium)

 

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)

 

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Brown Ideye (Olympiacos FC, Greece); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England)

Rapper Coolio Escapes Jail Term

Grammy Award winning rapper, Leon Ivey, also known as Coolio, was on Wednesday sentenced to three years of probation after he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of firearm.

 

The 53-year-old recording star was also ordered to perform 45 days of community service under a negotiated plea deal sparing him prison time.

 

The rap artist was charged earlier this month with illegal possession of firearm, an offence that carries a penalty of up to three years in prison.

 

At his hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of carrying a concealed weapon.

 

Mr Ricardo Santiago, Spokesman for prosecutors, said the rapper could return to court in a year to have his latest felony conviction reduced to misdemeanour.

 

He said “this will only be possible if he fulfills his community service obligation and stays out of trouble with the law.

 

“He already has two prior felony convictions on his record; one in 2001 for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle and the second in 2009 for possession of cocaine,’’ Santiago said.

 

The judge told Coolio that if he was found to be in possession of even a single bullet during the next three years, he would end up back in court and face jail term for violating his probation.

 

The rap star sounded a note of contrition in remarks to reporters after the hearing, saying his latest brush with the law resulted from a “mistake.

 

“It was a misunderstanding; I do not condone the use of firearms, legal or illegal.

 

“Thanks to the court and the attorneys handling this for me; so, I can still do the work that I do,’’ he said.

 

The rapper was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport on Sept. 17 with a stolen loaded handgun.

 

The gun was discovered in his backpack on the X-ray screening belt as his entourage was going through the security checks to board a flight en route a concert.

 

Coolio, a Los Angeles-area native, is perhaps best known for his 1995 Grammy Award-winning hit “Gangstar’s Paradise’’, the No. 1 U.S. chart-topper that year and one of the bestselling singles of all time.

(Reuters/NAN)

Clinton Lead With Early Voting: Survey

US Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump by 15 percentage points among early voters surveyed in the past two weeks, according to the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project.

 

Though data is not available for all early voting states, Clinton enjoys an edge in swing states such as Ohio and Arizona and in Republican Party strongholds such as Georgia and Texas.

 

An estimated 19 million Americans have voted so far in the election, according to the University of Florida’s United States Election Project, accounting for as much as 20 percent of the electorate.

 

Overall, Clinton remained on track to win a majority of votes in the Electoral College, the Reuters/Ipsos survey showed.

 

Having so many ballots locked down before the Nov. 8 election is good news for the Clinton campaign despite the announcement by the FBI it will reopen Clinton’s  private email problem.

 

It remains unclear whether the FBI inquiry will upset the balance in the race.  Until Friday, her campaign seemed to have weathered the initial FBI email probe.

 

Clinton has held a lead averaging four to seven percentage points in polls in recent weeks as the Trump campaign wrestled with accusations by women of groping and other sexual advances. Trump has said none of the accusations are true. He also struggled in the recent presidential debates and faced questions about his taxes.

 

As of Thursday, Clinton’s odds of receiving the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency remained at greater than 95 percent, according to State of the Nation polling results released Saturday. The project estimated she would win by 320 votes to 218, with 278 votes solidly for the Democrat.

 

Clinton’s lead among early voters is similar to the lead enjoyed by President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney at this point of the 2012 race, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken at the time. Obama won the election by 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 206.

 

But even before the latest email news, it had been a difficult week for Clinton. News coverage of Trump’s accusers had diminished, while Clinton confronted the almost daily release by WikiLeaks of emails purportedly hacked from her campaign manager’s account. This week’s leaked messages raised questions about former President Bill Clinton’s finances.

 

And her lead in the States of the Nation project fell slightly from last week. Though the projected Electoral College votes hardly moved, the number of states solidly for Clinton slid from 25 to 20 this week. Trump didn’t see any additional states tilt solidly to him, but he did see some gains: The swing states of Pennsylvania, Colorado, Iowa and Nevada all moved from leaning to Clinton to being too close to call.

 

Still, Trump’s path to a victory is narrow, and any realistic chance rests on his winning Ohio, North Carolina and Florida. As of Thursday, Ohio remained a toss-up. Florida and North Carolina were still tilting toward Clinton, according to the States of the Nation results.

 

Early voting data for Florida and North Carolina was not yet available this week. In Ohio, Clinton led Trump by double digits among early voters. The project’s broader polling suggests the state is deadlocked between the two candidates.

 

In Arizona, Clinton also was solidly ahead among early voters. In the past month, Arizona has gradually moved from a solid Trump state to a marginal Clinton state, although it is still too close to call, according to the project results.

 

In Georgia, she enjoyed a similar lead among early voters. Overall, Georgia leans to Trump, but his lead narrowed to five percentage points this week, down from eights points last week and 13 points a month ago.

 

Even in Texas, where Trump enjoys a sizable lead, Clinton has a double-digit edge among early voters, according to project results.

 

The States of the Nation project is a survey of about 15,000 people every week in all 50 states plus Washington D.C. State by state results are available by visiting here

More Than 700 Herdsmen Arrested – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that no fewer than 800 suspected violent herdsmen have been arrested across the country by security agencies.

 

Osinbajo said this in Houston, Texas in the U.S. on Friday at a Townhall event where he interacted with US-based Nigerians, according to a statement, issued on Saturday, by his spokesperson Mr Laolu Akande.

 

The Vice President fielded about 30 live and internet questions at the event moderated by Mr Rudolf Okonkwo of Sahara Reporters and Prof. Nimi Wariboko of Boston University.

 

On the herdsmen attacks in certain states across the country he said the Federal Government was acting to curb the menace.

 

“The President has given firm instructions to the security agencies to arrest not only herdsmen who are attacking communities anywhere in the country but anyone of them or anyone at all in possession of firearms.

 

“There are about 800 of suspected violent herdsmen in the country that are currently in custody,” he said.

 

The Vice President, however, decried the slow pace of the criminal justice system which is affecting the prompt trial of such suspects.

 

Osinbajo reminded the audience that the issue of killings by such violent herdsmen had been a perennial issue especially as grazing lands continued to disappear over the years and the cattle fed on peoples crops on the farmlands.

 

He clarified that the matter just did not crop up when President Buhari assumed office.

 

Osinbajo then cautioned against the tendency of interpreting the herdsmen issue as a religious issue, stressing that it was important for all Nigerians to refuse such divisive narratives and tendencies.

 

He reminded his audience that there had always been conflicts between herdsmen and communities across the country.

 

He said that people should disabuse the notion that the problem had just started because President Buhari, a Fulani, is currently at the helm of affairs in the country.

 

On community policing, the Vice President indicated that community policing via State Police is indeed a cardinal programme of the ruling APC.

 

He, however, noted that the party’s agenda could not be introduced until there was an amendment to the nation’s constitution.

 

He gave a scenario where a policeman from Bayelsa for instance was working in Borno where he could neither speak the language nor understand the culture of the people, noting that such was counterproductive.

 

“The current situation where police activities are controlled at the federal level sure has some limitations.

 

“The federal government is currently working to introduce community policing that would be in line with the constitution.”

 

Commenting on the recent arrest of judges in the country, Prof. Osinbajo told his audience that impunity could be very dangerous in any sector.

 

He explained that the federal government was only exercising its executive function in attempting to check excesses.

 

He pointed out that the important thing was that due process was being followed as the judges were released about 24 hours after their arrest and once they had given their statements.

 

Osinbajo also responded to a question on the state of the nation’s economy and attributed the current recession to the loss of about 60 per cent of government revenue due to pipeline vandalism and endemic corruption.

 

He, however, stated that getting back oil production was a sure way to get out of the recession and the federal government was working to sort it out.

 

Answering question from the internet on when former President Goodluck Jonathan would be arrested, Osinbajo pointed out that the Buhari administration was not in the business of arresting just anyone anyhow.

 

He said all the Buhari administration did was to empower the security agencies and the anti-corruption agencies to do their jobs without executive interference.

 

He also added that the fight against corruption in the country was not fought on ethnic, hasty or premeditated grounds.

 

“Corruption is not an ethnic thing, there is an equal representation in the stealing as no one operates with his/her ethnic group alone.

 

“The culprits are in every case seen so far, united by greed to steal and not by ethnic or religious interest.”

 

He frowned at a situation where for instance as much as 15 billion dollars had disappeared from the national coffers into private pockets, pointing out that no responsible government would wave that aside.

 

Commenting on the nation’s decline in international sporting competitions occasioned by poor funding by the government, the Vice President said a long-term solution to inadequate funding of sports would be through private-sector involvement.

 

According to him, looking around countries that have excelled in international sporting competitions, the private sector in those countries are directly involved and that is exactly what should happen in Nigeria.

 

He expressed the hope that by the time companies and organizations took up sports sponsorship the tide would change for good.

 

Nigerians in Houston, Texas and other parts of the U.S. attended the town hall meeting which was preceded by a Nigeria Infrastructure summit which showcased opportunities for foreign investors in Nigeria.

Adenuga Receives Highest Honour In Ghana

Globacom Chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga has been conferred with Ghana’s highest honour.

 

The conferment of “The Companion of the Star of Ghana (CSG)” on the man fondly called The Guru, was held at the Accra International Conference Centre on Saturday, 29 October.

 

President of Ghana, Mr. John Dramani Mahama said the Award “is in recognition of your unique and outstanding contribution to business enterprise both in Ghana and the continent of Africa at large”.

 

President Mahama said  “through your creative business exertions, you have touched many lives in Ghana. You have provided employment for our teeming youth, artists, footballers and many more. I am particularly proud of you. This award is our way of saying a simple THANK YOU”.

 

In a citation that set the stage for the award, Adenuga was commended for his “transformational achievements in the telecommunications industry”, which included the laying of the historic Glo 1 optic fibre cable linking several African countries including Ghana with Europe and America.

 

President Mahama applauded Adenuga’s association with telecommunications in Ghana since Glo Mobile’s launch and praised the massive capital investment he has injected into the project.

 

He also noted that Adenuga’s investment forays and strong support for sports have drawn honours from far and near to him. He admitted that such outstanding contributions similarly recommended Adenuga for Ghana’s highest civilian honour.

 

Adenuga thanked  Mahama for the honour and noted that the President’s “recognition and support of my modest contributions to the development of Ghana’s economy have come as a great source of pride and encouragement to me. This is more so as it is coming from Your Excellency, whose sterling qualities of leadership I admire greatly”.

 

Adenuga  also holds the highest civilian national award in Nigeria, the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) awarded by former president  Goodluck Jonathan  in 2012

 

NAN ….