• New ICAEW President intends to be ambassador for inclusion

    ICAEW’s new President for 2019/20, Fiona Wilkinson, will use her role to be an ambassador for inclusion in accountancy and to ensure the profession is fit for the future.

    Fiona has spent her career as an advocate for diversity in the profession, spreading the message that accountancy is inclusive and open to all, no matter what their background.

    After qualifying as an ICAEW chartered accountant in 1980, Fiona worked for Deloitte in locations such as London, Milan, and Canada, before going on to start her own practice, working as a technical consultant to firms. She became President of the ICAEW South West District Society in 2004 and focused on encouraging younger members, women and student members to become involved. During the last 13 years she has also served as chair of the Professional Standards Board, ICAEW Board Director, chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee and chair of the Diversity Advisory Group.

    One of her aims during her year as President is to celebrate the centenary of Mary Harris Smith, who was the first woman ever to become a chartered accountant and a member of ICAEW in 1920.

    Fiona said: “Mary Harris Smith applied several times to join the Institute and was turned down before finally being accepted. I want to celebrate her resilience and determination to achieve the qualification she wanted.”

    A number of events are planned to mark the centenary, including the commissioning of a portrait of Harris Smith, and events being held to celebrate female members not only in ICAEW District Societies in the UK, but throughout the world.

    Fiona also wants to play her part in working with government and regulators to ensure the profession is fit for the future.

    Fiona said: “We need to look forward to the future and make audit something that is valued and useful. We need to ask what the users of accounts actually want from us, be positive about change, and ensure a bright future for the profession.”

    Fiona will serve as ICAEW President from 5 June 2019 to 3 June 2020, when she will hand over to David Matthews.

     

  • New Orleans braces for possible direct Ida hit

    The mayor of New Orleans has called on residents to evacuate unprotected city neighbourhoods as Hurricane Ida bears down on the Louisiana coastline. "What I am told is that this storm will not be weakening," Mayor LaToya Cantrell said.

    Hurricane Ida has intensified over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico ahead of its expected arrival on the southern US coast. It has already brought heavy rain and high winds to western Cuba.

  • New research reveals Roman ‘wrestler’ figurine actually depicts African warrior

    A lead figurine of a wrestler produced during the Roman era is now understood to be an African warrior, new research by English Heritage has just revealed.

    The figurine, discovered a century ago at Wall Roman Site in Staffordshire, was first thought to depict an enslaved person, and later a wrestler, but the charity has now discovered evidence that the figurine originally carried a spear in one hand, finally revealing its true identity as an African warrior.

  • NGO NIMOGSA Event To Make Nigeria Cleaner and Environmentally Friendly In 2020

    As we entered a new decade of prominence, starts with the countdown to the next NIMOGSA (Nigeria Model Green States Awards) Environmental Awards in Nigeria which was established in 2010 as an annual campaign and awards. They are facilitating yet another ground-breaking event in 2020. The Awards are aimed at recognising policymakers, leaders and individuals that have shown proactive concerns in upholding the best and acceptable environmental practice methods. Practices that are liable to project Nigeria as a responsive environmental champion in the 21st century.

    This experience will foster a convivial atmosphere for peace and unity. Sustainability Icons and Pioneers are periodically recognized and rewarded by a panel of judges during months of selection from nominees. This year's event will be at an Eco-glamorous green carpet location.

    THE AIMS OF NIMOGSA GREEN AWARDS

    * Encourage the efficient use of natural resources in the country.

    * To improve environmental issues; policies and performance.

    * To enhance the availability of governance through the competitiveness of organisations, agencies and the private sector

    * To support the wider goals of UN environmental policies on sustainable development and cleaner nation.

    * To create a safer, cleaner world.

    The NIMOGSA Awards is Nigeria's leading environmental and sustainability award ceremony. Some of the previous winners include Lagos State, Edo State, Katsina State, Etisalat, Super Solar, Finetek, Kia Motors and many others.

    The next edition will be held in March 2020 in Abuja, Nigeria and will be televised.

    The primary aim of the NIMOGSA Awards is to facilitate the development of strong policies towards green issues, better environmental care and showcase the social relevance of keeping and safeguarding our communities.

    NIMOGSA cordially invites environmentalist and green conservationists to submit their details and nominations for consideration not later than 20th January 2020. Final Nominations will be announced in February 2020.

    Speaking about the Award, Ms Mary E Adikwu-Manzo, founder of NIMOGSA, said, “As part of Nigeria's 60th year of independence; this award ceremony will help bring to the forefront the issue of global warming and climate change which requires the attention of all mindful and meaningful people, towards creating a greener, healthier environment. We hope that this award ceremony creates an atmosphere where the people can unite more and exchange ideas, on initiatives that will help reduce our carbon footprint as a Nation".

    As in previous events, NIMOGSA 2020 promises to be interesting, green and engrossing, as it celebrates rewarding environmental projects that demonstrate great vision, policies with positive impact, environmental guardianship and national spirit across the country.

    The organisers also briefed Nigeria's Minister of Women Affairs on the strategic position and roles played by women in the country as well as the youths in combating damages to their environment and becoming ambassadors.

    Updates will be provided via the NIMOGSA social media platforms, as well as through other accredited media partners, organisations and stakeholders. For partnership enquiries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.mef.org.ng

    2020 CATEGORIES ARE:

    1. Eco-Friendly Buildings/Infrastructure Project of the year

    2. Eco-Friendly Business of the year

    3. Carbon Reduction Project of the year

    4. Eco-Friendly Media of the year

    5. Employee Engagement and Behavioural Change Initiative of the year

    6. Energy Efficiency Project of the year

    7. Environmental Management Leader of the year

    8. Green Investor of the year

    9. Green Product Innovation of the year

    10. Emerging Sustainability Youth initiative of the year

    11. State Sustainability and Community Project of the year

    12. Water Management and Efficiency

    13. Good Road Network and Transportation

    14. Waste and Resource Management Initiative of the year.

    15. Conservation of Wildlife Projects of the year

    16. Pollution Emission Reduction Project Initiative of the year

    17. Lifetime Achievement Award of the year

    18. Online Media Blogger on Green Conservation of the Year

    19. Best Educational Project of the year

    20. Adherence to Environmental protection Policies of the year.

    21. Media Reporter/Executive on Environmental Issues of the year

    22. Environmental Awareness Campaign of the Year

    MEF as an NGO is a founding partner of the NIMOGSA (which recognised outstanding individuals and organisations for their contributions to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable developments), School Green Projects which support innovative, school green educational programmes, small-scale and locally driven entrepreneurs who integrate social and environmental benefits into their activities and entrepreneurial models.

  • Niger President Issoufou wins African leadership prize

    Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou has been announced the 2020 winner of the $5m (£3.6m) Ibrahim prize for African leadership.

    Mr Issoufou has served two five-year terms as president from 2011 to 2020. He is set to be succeeded by former interior minister, Mohamed Bazoum, who won the presidential election last month. The prize committee praised the Nigerien president's leadership after inheriting one of the world’s poorest economies.

    It said that he fostered economic growth, shown unwavering commitment to regional stability and to the constitution, and championed African democracy. Mr Issoufou is the sixth recipient of the Ibrahim Prize.

    He has tweeted that the prize honours all Nigerien people. "I consider this award an encouragement to continue to think and act in such a way that promotes democratic values and good governance, not only in Niger, but in Africa and around the world," he added.

  • Nigeria celebrate International Youth Day

    By: Emeka Alex Akwaeze

    It’s yet another year when the youths globally come together in celebration of the Youth Day.

    The place of the youths in the global economy cannot be over emphasized, considering their inputs in different sector of the economy. It is needful for the leaders of different nation to pay special attention in providing enabling platform for these youths, the Nigeria youths are known globally to be hard working and full of creativity, all that is needed is for the leaders to provide the needed enabling environment through which they can showcase their God giving potentials.

    In this regard the former vice president of Nigeria and presidential aspirant in the last presidential election in Nigeria, in person of Former Vice President and the Presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar, the Waziri of Adamawa, in his good will message to the Nigeria youths as they celebrates with other youths across the globe, the 21st anniversary of the International Youth Day.

    In his message where he saluted the Nigerian youth in particular for their commitment and perseverance towards the attainment of a greater Nigeria, he noted that the theme for this year’s event ‘Youth Engagement for Global Action’ gives a clear picture of what the world perceives about the young people globally.

    Stressing that this global perception about the youth has been a focus in his mind, where he took a decision of 40% inclusion of the youth in his 2019 presidential campaign, noting that, this was a promise he was determined to keep bearing in mind the futuristic benefits of our great nation Nigeria.

    The former Vice President further noted that this era of Covid19, which face the whole world, the youth have a responsibility of guarding against being infected, as well as helping to stem the rate of infection by total observation of the set-out guidelines by the NCDC protocols of washing and sanitizing of hands, wearing of face mars mask, observing social distancing and avoiding crowded areas.
    In addition he noted that human survival rests largely on the shoulders of the youths, noting that this global pandemic requires vigour to wear out the plague, stating that the vigor and spirit the youth embody will play a crucial role in the social-economic survival of the world, and its rejuvenation, post-Covid19.

    He further admonish the youth stating that as a leader of today and tomorrow, he urge Nigeria’s youth to be preacher and practice peace, demonstrate patriotism at all levels; get themselves rid of nepotism and endeavor to promote competence above all forms of sentiments at all times, which is the only way we can truly have the Nigeria of our dream, he noted.

    In his closing note he assured the Nigeria youths of his continue support, ‘‘I shall stay the course and continue to offer my shoulder for you all to clime because as youth, you are leaders of today’’ this he said.

     

  • Nigeria eases lockdown with great caution

    Some businesses in Nigeria have started to slowly re-open after the country started to ease a lockdown which was imposed in key urban areas in a bid to start Africa’s largest economy.

    But the main doctor’s association described the move as “very premature”.

    In the country’s leading commercial hub of Lagos, traffic jams were absent, which indicates that many people there were remaining indoors.

    Last week, President Muhammad Buhari said that the measures had imposed “a very heavy economic cost.

    “I have approved of a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures”, he said in a television broadcast.

    He unveiled new measures including nationwide night-time curfews, the mandatory wearing of facemasks and a ban on “non-essential” travel between different regions.

    He also announced an immediate lock-down in northern Nigeria’s largest city of Kano after officials said that they were probing a spate of “mysterious deaths”

    The government is facing a difficult balancing act trying to curb the spread of the virus and contain the growing desperation of a vast number who are living hand-to-mouth in Africa’s most populated country.

    More than 25 million residents in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states has been under federal lockdown since March 30, with other states introducing their own lockdown.

  • Nigeria President, Buhara, to turn to Glasgow to seek more power  

    After inviting President Muhammed Buhara to the COP26 climate change summit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be interested in investing Nigeria’s clean energy sector.

     

    The UK won the bid to host COP26 (the 26th Conference of the Parties) after entering into a partnership with Italy.

     

    A United Nations environmental gathering, set to take place in Glasgow, in Scotland, later this year, is designed to produce a worldwide response to the climate emergency

     

    After winning the hosting bid, the UK is set to hold the main COP26 summit, with – as part of the agreement - Italy due to hold preparatory event; which includes a youth event.

     

    Prime Minister Johnson’s invite to President Buhara follows the recent UK-Africa Investment Summit, in London.

     

    The UK’s nominated COP26 president, Claire Perry, said: “The world’s leaders are due to gather to discuss how we can tackle the climate change on a global scale.

     

    “And, with it being one of the UK’s most sustainable cities, where better than Glasgow – with its great track record for hosting highly successful, high-profile international events like this”.

     

    Currently, Nigeria’s’ gross power supply is generating just over 7,000MW – way below the much-required 40,000MW required for the general, every day needs of the country.

     

    The west-African country is, however, leading the way into movements to introduce cleaner energy, as they are encouraged to look into wind, solar and recycled waste although getting investment to pursuit those lines is said to be a big struggle.

     

    With it being the largest in the world, the United Kingdom’s total off-shore wind power capacity stands at 8,183MW – a third of Europe’s total off-shore resource.

     

    It equates to three-times the UK’s electricity needs.

     

    On-shore, the UK’s total number for wind turbine power equals 13,532MW.

     

    In excess of 30,000 delegates are expected, all permitting, at the Scottish Events Campus for the 26th Conference of the Parties.

  • Nigeria Senate President celebrating International Women’s Day

    The President of the Senate, Alhaji Ahmad Lawan, has felicitated with Nigerian women as part of their International Women’s Day celebrate this year’s.

    Lawan, in a statement in Abuja by his Special Adviser (Media), Mr Ola Awoniyi, described the theme of this year’s celebration, “Choose to Challenge”, as apt in reminding the society of the pivotal roles women play in the family and the nation.


    “Women play indispensable roles in private and public lives and deserve full support and respect of society for those roles.

    “Our women also deserve support and encouragement to participate without discrimination or inhibitions in governance and public affairs in general. “Our public policies should, therefore, deliberately seek to get the best from them for the peace and progress of our country,” Lawan said.

    The Senate President said the National Assembly would always promote and defend the rights and interests of the Nigerian women and fight anything that stood against their wellbeing and aspirations.

  • Nigeria to get Covid vaccine by end of January

    Nigeria expects to get its first batch of Covid-19 vaccines by the end of this month as part of its plan to inoculate 40% of the population this year and a further 30% next year, the head of the country's primary healthcare agency, Faisal Shuaib, has said. The first batch would contain 100,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, obtained through the global vaccine-sharing scheme known as Covax.

    Nigeria will first inoculate frontline health workers, first responders, national leaders, people vulnerable to coronavirus and the elderly, Mr Shuaib said. The country hopes to get 42 million vaccines to cover one-fifth of its population through the scheme, he added. WHO (the World Health Organisation) set up the Covax scheme to help poorer countries obtain Covid-19 vaccines amid widespread concerns that the wealthier nations would snap them up before the lesser ones.

    South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said last week that the country expected to get vaccines through Covax scheme by the second quarter of 2021, following the initial payment of 283 million rand ($19.3; £14.1m). Health Minister Zweli Mkhize subsequently said that the government was also in talks with private pharmaceutical companies to obtain vaccines by next month.

    South Africa's government has been under intense pressure to roll out an inoculation programme following the discovery of a faster spreading variant of the virus. The country has recorded more than 1.1 million Covid-19 cases, the highest in Africa.

    Nigeria – with approximatley 200 million, the biggest in Africa - has so far recorded close to 100,000 cases. More than 1,200 new cases were recorded on Monday, its highest ever.

  • Nigeria's Efik queen wants to take royal meetings online

    With low expectations of elected politicians in Nigeria, Barbara Etim James is convinced that the solution to many of the country's problems lies with its many chiefs, kings and queens. Two years ago, the 54 year old was crowned a queen in the Efik kingdom in southern Nigeria.

    Despite 20 years of living in the UK and founding a private equity firm, she says she is not a moderniser who wants to transform long-established African leadership structures to fit a Western model. "Modernising suggests that you're making something traditional more Western," she says. Ms James wants to turn that on its head. "I'm bringing my global experience into a culture, not taking the culture into modernity."

    Ms James combines her role as the head of a private equity firm with that of queen, often travelling from her hometown of Calabar to cities like Lagos and Abuja for work. "Calabar is my base but I spend a lot of time outside. But I have sort of field workers on the ground," she says.

    Members of the traditional council in her community are required to be physically present in Calabar for monthly meetings and she has to fly back home for these from wherever she is - a situation that she hopes technology can change. "I am now having conversations with them about online meetings," she says. The suggestion may at first appear outrageous to people who consider it an insult to invite a respected person to an event by text message or phone - you have to send them a card, Ms James says.

    "But they are very happy when people send them money online or by phone to their account," she says, an argument she uses to support her point during discussions about enhancing culture with technology. The role of traditional rulers in Nigeria is not defined by the constitution and some see them as archaic institutions that have outlived their usefulness. Cases where traditional rulers were ejected from their positions over accusations of not showing politicians support or respect have also highlighted that their roles are largely symbolic and raised questions about how much real power they hold.

    They also lack an independent source of finance. But Ms James believes that people like her can be more effective than politicians in bringing about change. She argues that traditional rulers are closer to the people than their elected representatives as through their network of informants they have more of a sense of what is really going on.

    This means they can have more impact than the political class when addressing issues like security and poverty, especially as their involvement is more long term, she says. "State governors usually spend the first year settling down, the second year getting to work, the third year preparing for re-election, and the fourth year on elections," she says. "They come and go so they have shorter interest but traditional rulers tend to be there for life." Nevertheless, apart from having some money allocated by local government, few traditional rulers have a thought-through economic plan for improving the lives of their people.

    This is where the queen believes her experience outside the traditional role can come in handy. "We have strong social groups but they don't think economically," she says. "It's all social and consuming but not economic. Celebrations, ceremonies, events... But what can you do together? Can you own a farm? Can you own an enterprise?" She has set up an enterprise fund, giving out small loans for people who want to start or expand their businesses, and organises entrepreneurship and finance training for different cultural groups. She says she wants people to "think economically" - how to make money as well as spend it. The Efik kingdom is headed by a king, known as an Obong.

    Based in the coastal town of Calabar, capital of Cross River state, he presides over a layered network of 12 Efik family groups, and subgroups, including one called Henshaw Town In 2019, in recognition of the active role she had played in the Efik kingdom over the previous decade, Ms James was crowned the Obong-Anwan (queen) of Henshaw Town. Her mother, who had been Obong-Anwan, died in 2016, but the position is not hereditary. "Every House can have a queen but mostly they don't.

    "First of all it's a responsibility so you really need someone with the capacity to help people. It's expensive. "There's a lot of patronage involved," says Ms James, pointing out that she funds most of her community projects with personal, or privately raised, funds. The queen's love of her people and culture began when she was a child, watching her late father, Emmanuel Etim James - an assistant police commissioner who later worked for an international oil company - actively participate in his local community.

    "He was very involved. He sort of brought all the things that he was involved in globally back home. "He built a big house and got the whole community to build houses, bought cement for them, and I witnessed all that," she says. After she completed her studies in computer science at the University of Lagos, she moved to London for a master's degree in business systems analysis and then settled in the UK. But she never lost the connection with home. "Having travelled around the world, and being exposed to all sorts of things, it helps you value what you have. "It is unique, it is special, and it needs nurturing," she says.

    "Many people grow up, get exposed, move to Lagos or Abuja, and they have little interest in or value in their life for their hometown or their village. I am very different." In 2009, she got divorced from an Irish man after 12 years of marriage and moved back to settle in Calabar. Marriage is not a requirement for an Obong-Anwan. "In Efik culture, the woman's status is not derived from her husband," the queen explains. "The women, we are strong in our own way." Her - and her people's - attachment to the past also means that they have not turned their backs on the connections with the British colonialists.

    The Efik acted as middlemen in the Transatlantic slave trade and the longstanding interactions between the people of Calabar and British merchants led to a high level of assimilation. Many in the region bear English surnames, such as Duke, Henshaw and James. The traditional clothing of the men and women appears to be related to the fashions of the Victorian era. People in some parts of Nigeria have tried to erase similar signs of the colonial presence and association by changing their surnames and street and town names, but Ms James does not see that as necessary.

    "The Efik don't feel the need for that replacement therapy. "It is not because we are not enlightened or do not read about our colonial past. It is just that we think it is a reality and we are not ashamed," she says. "It happened. That is not to say we don't recognise the negative aspects of colonialism and slavery… It's just that we don't hold it against the British."

    Instead, she believes that the focus for Nigerian ethnic groups should be on innovation that can sustain the culture rather than obliterate it. "How can we revive our traditional dance groups? How can we save our languages from extinction? How can we make sure our cultures do not die but flourish into the next generation?" she asks. These are the discussions she has been having with her people and the issues for which she wants her tenure as the Obong-Anwan of Henshaw Town to be remembered.

  • Nigerian police launch radio station to bring the force closer to the people

    Police in Nigeria have launched a radio station in the hopes of improving their relationship with ordinary citizens.

    The Nigerian Police Force have said that they launched the station to bring the police closer to the people. At the launch Police boss Mohammed Adamu said community policing information would be broadcast, and the new service would help reach the public better.

    It comes months after young Nigerians led widespread protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings. Those demonstrations, dubbed #EndSARS in reference to a particularly hated police unit, later morphed into a call for major police reforms.

    An inquiry into the cases was set up aimed at bringing to justice those responsible for the brutality and killings, but some campaigners fear it will be toothless.

    IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni, Inspector General of Police, said that the radio station will bring the police force closer to the people.

    Getting support on social media, one person wrote; ‘It's a good development but I hope it pulls through and sustained.’ Another wrote; ‘Hope complaints will be addressed appropriately’.

    However, in contrast, Anonymous queried: ‘So when robbers attack at night, I should tune on the police radio?’

  • Nigerians call for increase in age of consent

    Calls are being made for the Nigerian Government to bring the age of consent in the country in line with other civilized countries.

    With the country’s current age of consent at 11 years, many are saying that at this rate it “will make Nigeria a playground for paedophiles”.

    People are saying that the government there has a responsibility to protect minors from harm with children up to the age of 16 rendered not yet physically or mentally mature enough to consent to sexual relationships.

    With young people there under the age of 18 still registered as minors, and as such need to be protected from sexual exploitation and abuse, there are also calls for there to have a limit on the age gap - Presently, it is illegal for someone aged over 21 to have sex with someone under 16.

    UNICEF, the world's leading organisation working for children in danger, defines gender equality as “a state of equal ease of access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender, including economic participation and decision making, and the state of valuing different behaviours, aspirations, and needs regardless of gender.”

    Many in Nigeria are saying that; “If you are too young to fight for your country then you are too young for the age of consent”.

    The age at which you can voluntarily join the military is 18 years, the same as for voting, so, the question is asked; “Why would you have such a large disparity between the ages?”

    “How would an 11 year old girl be able to look after a baby or a boy for that matter?”

    A petition has been started to highlight that the Nigerian Government be made to see how they will be viewed globally should they continue with the age of consent at 11 years.

    The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Section 23 of the 2003 Nigerian Child Right's Act says; “A person under the age of 18 is incapable of contracting a valid marriage. If such a marriage does take place, it should be declared null and void and of no effect." 

    Section 29 (4b) of the Act states that; “Any woman who is married shall be deemed to be of full age.” 

    Gender equality is something Nigerians say needs to be worked towards – especially where there are institutionalized systems which many feel, aims to keep women subservient to men.

  • Northern Ireland – A Century of Existence

    It is 100 years since the creation of Northern Ireland. And it is an anniversary that is seen in different ways by differing people following the historic decision to divide up the island of Ireland.

    Marking the occasion in history, UK Prime Minster Boris Johnson is planning a series of events including a special postmark, the planting of tree and a centenary concert. But the deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Michelle O'Neill has said that there is nothing to celebrate.

    As a divided nation, the Catholic community do not want Northern Ireland to be governed as part of the UK – rather seeing the island of Ireland return to being all one country which governs itself. Contrary to that, the unionist Protestant community want Northern Ireland to maintain a British identity and remain as part of the UK.

    Following centuries of division on the island of Ireland, it was from 1969 that 30 years of conflict in Northern Ireland known as 'The Troubles' saw more than three thousand people die in ongoing conflicts until a peace agreement, known as the Good Friday Agreement, was signed in 1998 which largely brought an end to the violence. Many Unionists are unhappy that the Brexit deal, however, has created different trade rules for Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK, saying it undermines their British identify.

    The UK government is to spend £3m on events marking the centenary of Northern Ireland with images of 1972 Olympic gold medal winner Lady Mary Peters and 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature winner Seamus Heaney to feature in branding for Our Story in the Making: NI Beyond 100. The government has also announced the creation of a Shared History Fund, making £1m available to support events connected to the centenary run by community, heritage, voluntary and other non-profit organisations.

  • Once Homeless 10-Year Old Boy is Now a U.S. National Chess Master

    Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a 10-year old boy who lives in New York, is now officially a U.S. National Chess Master. It is a dream come true for the boy who won the New York State chess championship while living in a homeless shelter when he was just 8-years old.

    Most recently, Adewumi won his latest championship when he ultimately earned a chess rating of 2223. The United States National Chess Master title is given to players who reached a rating of over 2200 points accrued from games, which Adewumi achieved.

    It came just 2 years after Adewumi gained national attention in winning the National State chess championship. He learned chess just within a year after he and his family arrived in the US in 2017 as they fled from Nigeria due to fears of terrorist attacks.

    During their first years in New York City, his family was living in a homeless shelter near a school where there was a chess program. When several people learned about his situation, a GoFundMe fundraiser was launched and eventually raised $254,000, which helped them move to a better home where they currently reside.

    Last year, a biography called My Name is Tani based on his life was published and is set to be produced as a film with Paramount Pictures.

  • One Thibault, the Tallest Residential development in Cape Town

    Thibault Investments, recently embarked on the re-development of one of Cape Town’s most iconic buildings on Thibault Square, soon to be known as One Thibault, the tallest residential development in Cape Town.

  • Over 3,000 Buyers Have Registered for IMEX America in Vegas

    Over 3,000 buyers have so far registered to attend IMEX America from across the planner community – event agencies, associations, corporate planners and independents – all with business to place and many at a senior level (defined as C-level, directors, owners/partners).

    Agencies currently account for 47 per cent of the total, corporate buyers 22 per cent while association buyers make up 9 per cent and independent buyers 18 per cent (other – 4 per cent).

  • Over 80% of Americans in favour of vaccine passports

    Upgraded Points recently published the results of a vaccine survey that reveals how Americans feel about various travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. With ongoing debate surrounding personal freedoms and the ability to travel unhindered throughout the country, most now believe that proof of vaccination should be a requirement. 

    The survey also indicated which generation was more likely to disagree with vaccination passports and how both male and female respondents feel about the issue. Upgraded Points regularly conducts and provides such in-depth reports for traveling and credit card usage, as well as helpful tips and resources for travellers.

  • PAHO announce newly elected president of 59th Directing Council

    It has recently been announced that Jamaica's Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has been elected as president of the Pan American Health Organisation's 59th Directing Council.

    One of the governing bodies which brings together the highest health authorities in the Americas to debate and analyse policies and set priorities for technical cooperation and collaboration among countries, in accepting the PAHO presidency, Dr Tufton said that the region has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic which has also sharpened inequalities.

  • Pakistan celebrates its 75th Independence Day

    Today marks the 75th Year of Independence of Pakistan, and it was marked with traditional zeal and fervour, through commemorative ceremonies held in cities across the country.

    "Today we realise the difficulties that were faced in the course of [Pakistan's] freedom," said President Dr Arif Alvi, as he paid tribute to the leaders of the freedom movement. Celebrations began with change of guard ceremonies held at Mazaar-i-Quaid and Mazaar-i-Iqbal in Karachi and Lahore, respectively, and a 31-gun salute in the capital, followed by 21-gun salutes in all four provincial capitals.