Ashinze, 9 Year-Old Designer Excites Minister

The Minister of State for Industry Trade and Investment, Mrs Aisha Abubakar, says the Federal Government will support  nine-year-old Nelson Ashinze to realise his potential as a designer.

Abubakar made the pledge during the presentation of Ashinze’s brand of designs, Nelson George Clothing, on Monday in Abuja.

She said that the young entrepreneur needed support to improve his talent.

The minister said that the ministry would ensure that Ashinze enjoyed the support of the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and Bank of Industry (BoI), both agencies under it.

Ashinze(right) with some of his designs

According to her, the young entrepreneur’s company has been duly registered, adding that the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) would also assist him when his products were ready for export.

“We are going to make sure that he has the adequate training on  entrepreneurship skills, we have BoI that will provide machines, when he is in need of machines, we are going to help him access loan from the bank.

“We are promoting “Made in Nigeria’’ and this is definitely a made in Nigeria initiative; so we are going to use him as one of our champions for the initiative.

“He is also promoting the cotton, textile and garment industries which again we are promoting, so we have a market for him and we are going to give him all the necessary support that he needs to ensure that he runs a successful business in Nigeria,’’ Abubakar said.

Master Nelson, the young entrepreneur, said that he discovered his talent on bow tie making in school during the craft class.

He said he came this far with the support of his parents.

His manager, Mr David Ashinze, said that the young entrepreneur was known for creative designs of handmade bow ties, pocket squares, headband and accessories with classic touch of African prints.

Ashinze said that at the age of eight in 2015, Nelson founded the Nelson George clothing where he doubles as designer and a CEO.

“Since his debut production, Nelson has been able to put his craft on runway fashion platform,’’Ashinze said.

Also speaking at the presentation, The Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibir, said that Ashinze needed not only the support of his parents, but the government as well.

“I believe that with children like this young boy, there is hope for Nigeria.

“He is an encouragement to children out there, with what he is doing; the sky is his limit.

Jibir, however, advised Nelson’s parents not to exploit him, but to encourage him.



Miss France Crowned Miss Universe

ris Mittenaere, a 23-year-old dental student from France won the Miss Universe crown Monday in the 65th annual pageant held  in Manila, the Philippines.

The  model beat 85 other beauties to take the title from Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.

Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier, 25, came in the second, while Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar, 23, was placed the third. The Nigerian representative, Unoaku Anyadike, winner of the 2015 edition of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) pageant, did not make the cut.

Iris Mittenaere in one of her costumes

Mittenaere from the small town of Lille in northern France said in reply to a final question from pageant host Steve Harvey that she would be honoured if she just landed among the three finalists, but was visibly stunned when she was announced the winner among the field of 86 contestants.

She  was speechless and put her hands on her face as the outgoing winner from the Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach, crowned her.

The crowd erupted in cheers and applause at the packed Mall of Asia Arena by Manila Bay.

In her profile, she said she would “advocate for dental and oral hygiene” if she takes home the crown.

In the final question to the top three finalists, the candidate were asked to cite a failure in their life and explain what they learned from the debacle.

“I’ve failed several times in my life,” Mittenaere said without elaborating but added that “when you fail, you have to be elevated and you have to try again and keep going  … I have failed before but for me this is the great first opportunity.”

Miss Haiti,  25 year-old Raquel Pelissier, the runner-up was a  survivor of the devastating 2010 earthquake that destroyed her hometown.

“I survived the earthquake,” Pelissier said in reply to the same question, citing the quake the Haiti government estimated to have killed more than 300,000 people and displaced more than 1.5 million others.

“I felt I was failing myself because I was not living my dreams … But I chose to be a very positive person, and learned a great lesson from it because if I am here today, it is because I am living my dreams.”

As he closed the ceremony, the American comedian host declared: “This is Steve Harvey, I got it right,” referring in jest to his mistaken announcement of Miss Colombia as the winner in the last pageant in Las Vegas more than a year ago that sparked an uproar.

*With reports by  AP and Xinhua

Youtube Unveils Tips For Looking Good

Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Anglophone West Africa, on Monday said Youtube had unveiled tips on how to look good and trendy with makeup.

Kola-Ogunlade, in a statement in Lagos, said that Youtube was sharing video content for one to have a perfect face, even after fumbling with the brushes.

According to him, as the makeup business is now on top, either personally or in business, Youtube was sharing free makeup lessons at a click.

“Some of us are just plain terrible when it comes to applying our own makeup.

“It is not always like one is trying to get a career in makeup artistry, but it would be quite great to have a perfect brow, even after fumbling with the brushes.

“In the internet, you will find out there is so much resources on how to apply makeup. And even if I decided on getting a career in makeup, it is possible to do it right from a computer.

“The internet has several articles and websites that will get one very confident. With several how-to videos, makeup tutorials and favourite picks of beauty products and cosmetics offering the right makeup tips.

“You can find out how to have fun handling makeup tools, and also turn out good results at the same time,’’ he said.

The google manager urged makeup lovers that are interested in keeping up with being trendy and looking good, to visit the regular Youtube sites to get tons of help.

He said that one could find several content creators sharing top skills on how to get the perfect finish for the face on the Youtube site.

Kola-Ogunlade listed 5-popular Youtube videos one could visit as; work friendly-back to school natural makeup with this link

Also listed are: simple everyday makeup tutorials for beginners/Omabelletv on this link

Among them are the Nigerian bride! traditional engagement makeup & gele! with link

Included on the list also, the quick 15-minute natural-look makeup tutorial with link

Finally to the list, then apply makeup like a pro with link,

“Stop Saying ‘We’ And ‘Us” – Ugbom To Tubaba

Some Nigerian celebrities have expressed their intention to boycott the planned anti-federal government’s protest being organised by award winning musician, Tubaba Idibia,

The popular musician is irked by government’s policies.

Tuface, now Tubaba, the African Queen crooner, recently took to his Instagram handle: @official2baba, calling on his fans and followers to join in the nationwide protest scheduled for February 5.

He stated: “First Massive Nationwide Protests’’.

“A call for good governance.
A call for urgent explanation into the reckless economic downturn nationwide….to come out and protest this obnoxious and baseless policies and excuses of the government of the day.”

Reacting, popular comedian, Bovi Ugboma, said he would not be joining the protest.

Bovi on his Instagram handle: ‏@officialBovi stated, “Boycott” is too strong a word to describe my not attending. I won’t be there. Simple. It doesn’t define whether I support it or not.

“I am not joining the protest, and stop saying ‘we’ and ‘us.’ You don’t belong… life is not governed by your opinions of me.



Christian Chukwu Heads New Rangers Mgmt

Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has approved the appointment of former Super Eagles Captain, Christian Chukwu as Chief Executive Officer and Manager of Rangers International FC of Enugu.

The approval came after a fact-finding meeting held on Monday at the Government House, Enugu, between the governor and stakeholders of the team.

The interest groups that attended the meeting included members of Rangers FC board, management, players, supporters club and others.

After a unanimous agreement on the need to rejig the management of the team, Ugwuanyi announced the appointment of Chukwu, to take over from Ozor Chibuzo.

The appointment was with immediate effect and the new management was expected to halt the unimpressive start to the new Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season of the Flying Antelopes.

Reacting, the new Rangers manager thanked the governor for the appointment and his prompt intervention and promised to put in his best to ensure that the team retained its current status as champion of the 2015/2016 NPFL season.

Chukwu, a former player of the Flying Antelopes, called for support from stakeholders to achieve greater things.

He had also coached the Super Eagles.

Ighalo Heading To China; West Brom Make Loan Bid

According to a report in Watford  Observer, Watford have reportedly agreed a £20m deal with Chinese club Chongchun Yatai the striker.

Head coach Walter Mazzarri confirmed last week the club had received several offers for the Nigerian striker.

Ighalo’s form has nosedived in the last year scoring just two goals this season for Watford.

The 27-year-old has previously turned down a move to China but with first-team chances likely to be limited, after the signings of Mauro Zarate and M’Baye Niang, Ighalo may decide his future lies away from Vicarage Road.

Ighalo was left out of the squad for yesterday’s FA Cup defeat at Millwall and is unlikely to be involved at Arsenal tomorrow.

Meanwhile, West Bromwich Albion are also bidding for Ighalo’s service, according to Mail Online.

West Brom have asked to take  Ighalo on loan.

Albion made enquiries earlier in the window for Ighalo but are reluctant to match Watford’s valuation.

However, Watford are unlikely to agree to a loan at this stage having agreed to accept an offer from Changchun Yatai of around £22million.

Ighalo has struggled for form this season.

This barren spell is in stark contrast to the Nigerian’s first year in the  top flight last season, when he netted 16 in 37 matches.

West Brom are looking for a new forward after finally selling Saido Berahino, the striker having joined Stoke City this month.

Watford meanwhile have signed striker M’Baye Niang on loan from AC Milan and Mauro Zarate for £2.5m for Fiorentina, which would give them enough options should Ighalo leave for either the Far East or the West Midlands.

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Quebec Attack: 2 Africans Killed

Canadian university student who attacked the  Quebec City mosque on Sunday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the lone wolf shooting  “a terrorist attack.”

The 27 year-old student, Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, was charged Monday with premeditated murders.

He was also charged with five counts of attempted murder with a restricted weapon. The slightly-built Bissonnette made a brief appearance in court under tight security wearing a white prison garment and looking downcast.

Ibrahima Barry: also killed

Bissonnette, a student at Université Laval, was set to appear again on Feb. 21. No charge was read in court and Bissonnette did not enter a plea.

“The charges laid correspond to the evidence available,” said Thomas Jacques, a representative of the prosecutor’s office, when asked why Bissonnette was not charged with terrorism-related offences.

The two Guineans killed were identified as Ibrahima Barry, a  father-of-four and Mamadou Tanou Barry, who left behind two boys.

Ibrahima  came to Canada some few years ago and worked in information technology at the health insurance board of Quebec. He supported his immediate and extended family, both in Canada and in Africa.

Mamadou Tanou Barry, the second victim was Ibrahima’s cousin.

“Tanou lost his father three years ago, so it became his responsibility to support not only his family here but also his family in Africa,” said Moussa Sangare, friends to the two cousins . “Now that’s all been cut.”

The government of Guinea confirmed in a statement that two of its citizens were among those killed in the mosque attack.

The four other victims  were a butcher, a university professor, a pharmacist and an accountant, according to police and Canadian media.

In Washington, U.S. government security experts were leaning to the view that the gunman most likely was motivated by hatred for Muslims, a U.S. government source familiar with official reporting said.

Trudeau, who has made a point of welcoming refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, told parliament in Ottawa: “Make no mistake, this was a terrorist attack.”

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Consider 28m Child Refugees – UNICEF To Trump

The UN Children’sFund (UNICEF) has appealed to the U.S. that the 28 million children who are uprooted by conflicts need to be helped.

UNICEF, in a statement issued on child refugees on Monday in New York, said the needs of regional had never been greater than now.

The call was not unconnected with the recent Refugee Order signed by U.S. President Donald Trump, temporarily banning refugees into the U.S. from seven countries.

The statement said “the needs of refugees have never been greater.

“Worldwide 28 million children have been uprooted by conflict, driven from their homes by violence and terror. They need our help.

“The United States has a long and proud tradition of protecting children fleeing war and persecution.

“We trust that this support will continue and that the recent measures will prove to be temporary.

“All refugee children need our support,” the statement read.

It said UNICEF was committed to continuing our work with governments and other partners around the world to help some of the most vulnerable children everywhere, from Syria to Yemen to South Sudan.

According to the statement, UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do.

“Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere, it said.

Trump’s order temporarily banned immigration from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia and indefinitely stopped Syrian refugees from coming to the United States.

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AU re-admits Morocco

Morocco was on Monday re-admitted into the African Union at the 28th AU summit of Head of States and Government in Addis Ababa.

Morocco left the organisation in 1984, after the OAU recognised the independence of Western Sahara, regarded by Morocco as part of its historic territory.

Western Sahara is also known as Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) as member of the organisation.

Morocco reunites with its African family 33 years after its withdrawal from the Organization of African Unity (currently the AU).

Nigeria official at the meeting said that Nigeria was pleased with admittance of Morocco on the basis that Morocco must tolerate SADR membership

Reports say there was heated debate among opponents and proponents of Morocco’s request to become member of the AU.

The decision was taken at the closed-door of the AU member to consider Morocco’s application to re-join pan-African organisation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the first step towards returning to the African Union was made last July.

During the 27th summit of the African Union held in July 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda, King Mohammed VI addressed a letter to the summit, in which he stated Morocco’s intention to re-join the AU.

“By returning to the African family, Morocco aims to keep up its commitment to Africa and strengthen its involvement in all matters it feels strongly about,’’ the country said.

Morocco pledged to make constructive contributions to the AU agenda and activities.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister of Chad, Mr Moussa Mahamat, was also on Monday elected Chairman, African Union Commission (AUC) .

He succeeds South Africa’s Nkosazan Dlamini-Zuma, whose tenure has ended.

In a keenly contested poll, conducted by the Head of States and Governments at the 28th AU summit of in Addis Ababa, Mahamat defeated other candidates from Botswana, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal and Kenya.

He garnered 38 votes during the seventh round of voting held after the preceding ones failed to produce a winner.

A candidate needs to win two-thirds of total votes cast to be declared winner.

Mr Thomas Quarty of Ghana was elected Deputy Chairperson. He defeated opponents from Djibouti, Congo and Libya.

For election of AU Commissioners, conducted by the Executive Council of the union, Nigeria’s Ms. Fatimah Mohammed lost to her Algerian opponent, Mr Smail Chergui. (NAN)

Trump Fires Attorney-General Over Refugee Order

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday night fired acting Attorney-General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce Refugee Order designed to protect the citizens of the country.

The White House announced the appointment of Dana Boente as the new acting Attorney-General.

Yates sack came after she told Justice Department lawyers not to make legal arguments defending Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees.

In a statement, the White House said: “The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.’’

“This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.

“Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration. It is time to get serious about protecting our country.

The White House’s tougher vetting for individuals travelling from seven dangerous places, was not extreme.

It explained that it was reasonable and necessary to protect our country.

“Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties and subsequently named Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as Acting Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons”.

The White House quoted Boente as accepting the honour to serve in the new capacity.

“I am honoured to serve President Trump in this role until Senator Sessions is confirmed.

“I will defend and enforce the laws of our country to ensure that our people and our nation are protected,” Boente was quoted as saying.

Yates, who refused to enforce the order had explained: “My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts.’’

“In addition, I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.

“At present, I am not convinced that the defence of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful”.

NAN recalls that Trump’s order temporarily banned immigration from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia and indefinitely stopped Syrian refugees from coming to the United States. (NAN)