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40 Americans traced ancestral roots to Nigeria, take new Igbo names

Forty students and faculty members from Morehouse College Glee Club in Atlanta, United States of America, USA, on Wednesday, took Igbo names and declared their ancestry to the Igbos of South East Nigeria.

Some of the students disclosed that they traced their Igbo ancestral roots through DNA tests conducted on them.

While performing the Igbo-name-giving ceremony at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, the traditional ruler of Ibagwa-Aka community in Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area of Enugu State, HRH, Igwe Hyacinth Eze, expressed happiness over the reunion of the Igbo-Americans with their ancestral brothers.

The monarch said he was also happy because of the spiritual, cultural and economic exchanges which would happen as a result of the reunion, adding that he is willing to provide lands for those are willing to live in his community.

Also, while speaking during the ceremony, the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo,  Enugu State chapter, Prof. Fredrick Eze, said the reunion would help in the development of Igbo communities.

However, the Public Affairs Officer, United States Consulate General, Lagos, Stephen Ibelli, said the Club came to Nigeria to mark the 50th anniversary of its first visit in Nigeria in 1972.

He equally explained that the Club would tour Abuja, Enugu and Lagos States to strengthen US-Nigeria cultural ties through music, arts and film.

“The Morehouse College Glee Club, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its first tour in Nigeria, will offer public concerts in Lagos, Abuja and Enugu. In addition, the group will visit universities and high schools, meet Nigerian students, and explore their historical ties to Nigeria.

“The 1972 visit to Nigeria infused African music into the Glee Club’s tradition and American Choral music in general. Fifty years later, choirs across the United States sing in Nigerian languages, highlighting the long-term impact of that exchange.  The Morehouse College Glee Club has since learned a variety of songs in Edo, Yorùbá, Hausa, and Igbo, including a piece specifically composed for them by Igwe Laz Ekwueme, famed Nollywood actor and University of Lagos professor.

“During the visit, the Morehouse College Glee Club will carry out a dynamic exchange of musical knowledge with the broad spectrum of the Nigerian society, singing in Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba languages,” the statement made available to Saturday Vanguard by Ibelli revealed.

U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard noted that the visit will strengthen the longstanding ties between American and Nigerian institutions of higher learning, and further expand the scope of academic and cultural relations between the United States and Nigeria.

“Cultural exchanges such as the  visit of the Morehouse College Glee Club will help contribute to strengthening the bonds of friendship and collaboration through music and arts, offering an opportunity for Nigerian students to learn about academic experiences in the United States,” Ambassador Leonard added.

Many of the student members of the Morehouse College Glee Club described their visit as an opportunity to connect with their African roots.

“I love the culture of Nigeria,” 19-year-old Schneider Grandpierre, a junior third-year student studying Music and Computer Science at the Morehouse College said of the trip.  “It is  such an enriching and amazing experience to be able to reconnect with our cultural roots and sing Nigerian music in different languages. I look forward to an extended stay here even after this tour.”

Expressing his excitement about the visit, 23-year-old John Batey, a Business Administration major and tenor singer for the choral group said he has been able to trace his roots to Nigeria through a DNA test. “We will be exploring the Nigerian creative and entertainment industry. I am excited about the  tour,” Batey said of the trip.

Director of the Morehouse College Glee Club, Professor David Morrow, explained that the choral group will perform a repertoire of African and American songs particularly African-American spirituals which have roots in West African music traditions.

Professor Morrow noted that the Morehouse College Glee Club is rooted in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy. Dr. King who sang in the Morehouse College Glee Club was one of the notable alumni of the Historically Black College in the United States.

Some of the Igbo names given to the Igbo-Americans include: Ezuomike, Ogalanya, Odenigwe, Anyim, Ifeanyi among others.

 

Source: Vanguard

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Looming health crisis in Horn of Africa as food insecurity worsens- WHO

WHO is scaling up its operations in eastern Africa as the region faces acute food insecurity caused by conflict, extreme weather events – including the worst drought in 40 years – induced by climate change, rising international food and fuel prices and the impact of the pandemic.

Over 80 million people in the eastern African region are food insecure and resorting to desperate measures to feed themselves and their families. Acute malnutrition is high, especially among children.

While the clear priority is to prevent people from starving, we must simultaneously strengthen our health response to prevent disease and save lives

As malnutrition increases, the health needs in the region are mounting, especially among children, and clean water is becoming scarce. As people leave their homes in search of food, they can no longer access health services, and become more at risk from disease outbreaks.

“The cost of inaction is high,” said Dr Ibrahima Socé Fall, WHO Assistant Director-General for Emergency Response.  “While the clear priority is to prevent people from starving, we must simultaneously strengthen our health response to prevent disease and save lives. Even one life lost from a vaccine-preventable disease, diarrhoea, or medical complications from malnutrition in today’s world is one life too many.”

Dr Fall was speaking in Nairobi where WHO convened a two-day meeting [26-27 June 2022] to plan its response across the seven countries affected by the health emergency – Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda – and coordinate with other UN agencies and partners.

WHO’s emergency response is focused on ensuring affected populations can access essential health services, treating sick children with severe malnutrition, and preventing, detecting and responding to infectious disease outbreaks.

WHO is setting up a hub in Nairobi, from where it will coordinate the response and organize the delivery of life-saving medical supplies to where they are needed most.  These supplies include medicines, vaccines, as well the medicines and equipment needed to treat children who are severely malnourished. Other than providing these critical supplies, WHO is working with ministries of health in the affected countries to set up robust disease surveillance systems to be able to quickly detect and respond to disease outbreaks.

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FIBAN Thanks Gov. Makinde Over Olalomi’s Appointment

The leadership of the Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN) Oyo State Chapter has expressed its gratitude to the executive governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde over the appointment of one of them; the ace broadcaster, Alhaji Olobe Amole Olalomi, as First Commissioner/Board Member of the Local Government Service Commission.

This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Chairman of the body,  Comrade Seun Awodele and made available to newsmen where FIBAN described the gesture as a good development considering the significant role broadcasters had played in entrenching the democratic system of government in Oyo State and Nigeria as a whole.

Awodele also extended his appreciation to the former Speaker in the state, Senator Monsura Sumonu for her caring disposition to Oyo FIBAN and the motherly interceding role she’s been playing for its members.

“I want to use this medium to appreciate our governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde for considering one of us, Alh. Olalomi Amole, is worthy of important responsibility in his cabinet, hence I am conveying our gratitude to our Patroness too, Senator Monsurat Sumonun for her motherly role.

Speaking in the same vein, some of notable and elders of the association which include Bashorun Gboyega Lawal, Mogaji Kola Olootu, Yemi Sonde, Akinboade Ologbojo have all on behalf of FIBAN thanked the Governor for his good gesture the broadcaster saying the appointee will not let the government down.

The newly-appointed first Commissioner, LG Service Commission, Olalomi Amole, is a renowned AOP with over four decades practicing experience and a former Chairman of the Oyo State chapter of Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN).

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Sports News: Expert Sensitizes Golfers On Importance of Spa To Golfing

An expert, Catherine Anifowose, expert in body-wellness and CEO of Fiefie Spa has emphasized the importance of spa as a performance enhancer and a key to the wellness of a golfer.

Anifowose who partnered with the prestigious Ibadan Golf Club (IGC) during its recently held Captain Inaugural Tournament disclosed this while addressing golfers during a sensitization session organized on the first and arrival day of the event.

While speaking during the session, the esthetician described golf as a beautiful game noting that, as beautiful as golf is, it’s also a very strenuous game as well as a game that affects the whole part of the body, and as we know the body.

“The words spa and wellness tend to be interchangeable and their use varies from country to country. Spa refers to the wide range of facilities that can be enjoyed by individuals looking for a relaxing, stress-relieving, invigorating or feel-good experience.

“And contrary to popular belief, golf is very physically demanding. An effective golf swing requires strength, stability, explosive power, flexibility, and athletic ability to perform a movement that produces some of the fastest club head and ball speeds, so taking a spa for golfers is often encouraged.

“As we all know golf is a beautiful game but as beautiful as it is it’s a very strenuous game as well is a game that affect whole part of the body and as we know the body is supposed to be rejuvenated and relaxed, but when the body is not in that state you can’t give the best for your game.

“But Fiefie spa is here to give relaxation to your body after each game you play, we sets your feet, we sets your shoulder and feat your arm because after each game there are so many injuries incurred and most of these players don’t know and that was why we oganised a sensitization session on the arrival day where we let them understand that their body might be in danger even though they’re enjoying their game, so inculcating the spar into golfing is a very important thing”, said Anifowose.

When asked how often can golfers engage in spa, the expert said Spa is a day-to-day activity, describing spa as life, and like water, that someone cannot keep away from, adding that is why she’s trying to create that awareness among golfers, that it should be a routine with their golfing activities.

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Sports News: Media Accreditation for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Now Open

FIFA (www.FIFA.com) and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC (Q22) are pleased to announce that the media accreditation process for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is now open for media and non-rights holders. The deadline for submitting accreditation requests is 15 August 2022. An explanatory video of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 accreditation process is available here (https://fifa.fans/3nlDfaU).

Access to the media accreditation form requires a unique control key. FIFA’s member associations have received a quota of written press and photographer accreditations for distribution to their national media organisations and representatives. Once a media representative has received a control key from your member association or media organisation, they will be able to apply for accreditation via the FIFA Media Hub (https://bit.ly/3nlWiSz).

Non-rights holders (NRHs) are radio and television companies without broadcasting rights for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. NRHs will be able to apply for media accreditation without a control key. It should be stressed that the number of NRH accreditations will be very limited and that there will be no access to stadiums on matchdays.

FIFA TV will be directly responsible for the accreditation of Media Rights Licensees (rights-holding television and radio stations). The FIFA Broadcaster Servicing team is in regular contact with the Media Rights Licensees and will inform them directly about the accreditation procedure and other accreditation-related matters.

The deadline for submitting accreditation requests is 15 August 2022

A reference document with tips and guidelines for media accreditation is also available here (https://fifa.fans/3y3iWDY) .

A unique and compact FIFA World Cup™

The FIFA World Cup 2022™ will be the most compact edition of the tournament since the inaugural edition in 1930. With four matches a day during the group stage for the first time, all the action will be concentrated in and around Doha, with no internal flights needed and the possibility to book one single accommodation for the entire tournament.

For the benefit and comfort of accredited journalists, FIFA and Q22 will make the best of this unique set-up and offer centralised, state-of-the-art infrastructure and services to accredited media. The Main Media Centre (MMC) will be co-located with the International Broadcasting Centre at the DECC and serve as a transportation hub to Team Base Camps on the day before the matches and to the eight astonishing stadiums – the closest being Education City Stadium, only four kilometres from the MMC, and the furthest, Al Bayt Stadium, 45 kilometres away.

For planning purposes, please note that media will only be able to register to attend a maximum of two non-subsequent matches per day, and only during the group stage. This is to allow enough travel time between venues. The MMC, however, will offer fully equipped facilities for accredited media to follow the matches and post-match press conferences remotely. In addition, all pre-match press conferences on matchday-1 will be centralised at the MMC.

Accommodation

While rooms have been pre-reserved for accredited media, journalists interested in securing their reservation should contact the FIFA World Cup 2022 Accommodation Agency (https://bit.ly/3AaCBo9) via media-enquiries@book.qatar2022.qa as soon as possible. The deadline for hotel reservations is 31 July.

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Lesotho: Journalists must specialise in different areas -Minister

The Minister of Communications Science and Technology, Mr. Tšoinyane Rapapa says it is high time for journalists to specialise in different areas of journalism to be able to report with understanding.

He said this when officially opening the two-day workshop on African Peer Review Mechanism (APMR) Media Training, a collaboration of APRM Continental Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, and the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Lesotho on Monday.

Mr. Rapapa noted that this training will go a long way towards cementing cordial relations between Lesotho and Ethiopia, saying the training will further serve as a network of Communication for disseminating APRM reports and publications while also creating awareness, informing, and educating the media about APRM processes.

He mentioned that Lesotho became the 12th African Union (AU) member state to voluntarily join APRM in July 2004 following its inception in 2003, noting that Lesotho like other member states view APRM as indeed Africa’s premier governance self-assessment and promotion tool towards enhancing economic development, participatory democracy, peace and eternal tranquillity.

Lesotho became the 12th African Union (AU) member state to voluntarily join APRM in July 2004 following its inception in 2003

He stressed that Lesotho was reviewed in 2009 and some of the lessons learned included the fact that priority needs to be given to the technical details in setting up the structures of APRM in countries submitting reviews, mobilization of resources, and the technical autonomous body to reduce delays in the assessment process amongst other things.

Also speaking, the National Director of MISA Lesotho, Mr. Ntsukunyane Lekhetho said the objectives of the media training are to sensitise and equip the media fraternity with requisite information on the APRM process in Lesotho.

He added that it is aimed at encouraging sustained consistent reporting and coverage of the APRM process by developing a national media strategy.

Again, the training is intended to establish a network of communicators to disseminate APRM reports and publications.

On the same token, Acting Chief of Staff, APRM Continental Secretariat, Adv. Batlokoa Makong said the primary purpose of APRM is to foster the adoption of policies, standards, and practices leading to stability, high economic growth, and sustainable development.

The inaugural meeting of the APRM of the communicators’ network was held in May 2019 in South Africa. It is against this backdrop that the APRM hosts the 1st media training on the 27th and 28th of June in Maseru Lesotho.

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South Africa: MPWC Calls for Action against Tavern Owner

The Chairperson of the Multi-Party Women’s Caucus (MPWC), Ms Nkhensani Bilankulu, today expressed great sadness at the deaths of 21 young people at a tavern in the Eastern Cape over the weekend.

I am further concerned that young people of this age, under 18 years of age, are allowed in a tavern and are allowed to consume alcohol in that place

Ms Bilankulu condemned the deaths of the 21 youngsters at Enyobeni Tavern in the early hours of Sunday morning. “I am extremely sad and I think I can speak on behalf of the whole committee in expressing sadness at the untimely deaths of these youngsters who had their whole future ahead of them. They have now been robbed of this.”

It has been reported that 12 boys and nine girls died in the incident, the youngest of whom was 13 years old. “I am further concerned that young people of this age, under 18 years of age, are allowed in a tavern and are allowed to consume alcohol in that place. Action should be taken against owners who allow underage patrons into such places. I am also concerned about these young people being in that place in the early hours of the morning. Where is the parental supervision?”

Ms Bilankulu called on all stakeholders – parents, the community, law enforcement authorities and the education and recreation sectors – to play a more active role, especially in underprivileged or poorer communities, by guiding the youth to make good choices and provide safer options for recreation to ensure young people are not vulnerable to negative influences.

“On behalf of the MPWC, I would like to send our deepest condolences to the families, friends and community of all those affected by this tragedy.”

 

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Sports News: Ajibaye Wins Ufitfly Top Prize At IGC Captain Inaugural Golf Tourney

Charles Ajibaye of Ibadan Golf Club (IGC) has emerged winner in the men’s category of the Captain’s Inaugural Golf Tournament held over the weekend to usher in Tunji Oladosu as the new captain of the club.

Ajibaye who returned with 79 gross over 68 net earned him a new handicap of 6.7 from 8 handicaps to clinch a free return flight ticket to Dubai donated by the Ufitfly as the top prize in the golf competition. Dr. John Dongo emerged runners-up with 85 gross over 73 net while Amubioya that scored 87 gross over 74 net finished as second runners-up.

The new Captain, Oladosu was full of gratitude while making his speech during the closing ceremony of the golf event that had more than 180 golfers from different golf clubs in the federations in attendance.

“I cannot but to sincerely express my gratitude and appreciation to every member for the trust and confidence reposed in me to be chosen as Captain to serve and steer the affairs and leadership of our great club.

I also want to thank my fellow wonderful executive members that we are serving together in leading the club to the ‘promised land’.  “I will also want to reiterate that the job of promoting this club to the expected standard is our collective responsibility and we must work together as a team and one big family that is operating in love; for a house that is divided against itself shall not stand”. Oladosu
noted in his address.

The planning committee Chairman, Barr Idowi Salami, a former Captain of the club in his address thanked other committee members that comprises of the second Vice Captain, Wale Osungbohun, Seyi Alaba, the Secretary of the club, Ayo Aluko, Competition Secretary, Yomi Layinka,Bamidele Abolarin, Ojo Adebayo, Shakin Labeodan, Omolaraeni Olaosebikan and Sade Ajala.

S.I Salami however singled out Otunba Abimbola Davis for big appreciation for his great contributions to the successful hosting of the event and his continued efforts to the development of the club, while thanking the donor of the star prize, Evang. Ajiboila Ogunkeyede, the CEO of Ufitfly for its constant support to the club.

“This tournament is solely meant to celebrate and ceremonially usher in Tunji Oladosu as the new Captain of this great club. It is my sincere belief that you all enjoyed our beautiful golf course, ambience and the uniqueness of our new club bar which is unarguably one of the best in the golfing community in this country”, Said the former Captain.

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Judiciary: Things to know about new acting CJN Justice Olukayode Ariowoola

Following the resignation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed on Monday over alleged ill-health, Justice Olukayode Ariowoola is expected to be sworn in at any moment as the acting CJN.

He is the next in rank to Mohammed who suffered a vote of no confidence from 14 of the 15 Supreme Court Justices.

Justice Ariwoola was born on August 22, 1958.

His Lordship studied law at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile Ife, and bagged his bachelor of laws degree with honors in July 1980. In July 1981, Olu Ariwoola was called to the Nigeria bar and got enrolled at the Supreme Court of Nigeria as a Solicitor and Advocate soon thereafter.

Justice Ariwoola was first appointed a Judge of Superior Court of record in Oyo State in 1992 from private legal practice. Before his elevation to the Supreme Court, he served as Justice of Court of Appeal in Kaduna, Enugu and Lagos Divisions.

He was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court in 2011. He was a Justice of the Court of Appeal between 2005 and 2011 after having been elevated from the State High Court of Oyo State.

He is next in rank to the retiring Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Muhammad Tanko.

Justice Olukayode Ariwoola retires in 2028.

 

Source: barristerng

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AWARDS: Ufitfly Bags BCOS’ 40th Anniversary Recognition For Supporting Sports

The renowned destination management company, Ufitfly was part of corporate firms recognized by the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) Television in the Service to Humanity award category during the event held over the weekend to mark the 40 years
anniversary of the media outfit.

The Chairman of BCOS, Prince Dotun Oyelade in his remarks said the awards, were given to the different categories of persons and organizations in recognition of their impacts on the society, while singling out Absolute Success Travels the owner of the Ufitfly brand for it big contributions to the Sports and tourism sectors of the country.

He recalled how the CEO of the tour broking firm (Ufitfly), Evang. Ajibola Ogunkeyede has sponsored staffs of BCOS on an all-expenses paid trip to many international assignments, such as pilgrimages, FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar 2020.

“This support to BCOS is worthy several millions of naira, and we cannot but to appreciate this travels firm for its good gesture to us, and we are proud to associate with its good name and unblemished services to the general public”, said Prince Oyelade.

Also awarded were the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; the G.O of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi; Apostle Kayode Abiara of Christ Apostolic Church, Agbala Itura; Bishop TV Adelakun of Victory International Church; and Apostle Sunday Popoola of World Communication Ministry in the religious category

 

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