Nollywood: Stingomania launches album in pomp and style

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When He said he was ready to take the music world by storm and make his artists stars as he did popular stars like Midnight Crew and Dj Zeez, many thought Barrister Ope Banwo, the CEO of Stingomania Entertainment was just another manager trying to get attention from the media but with recent happenings, the versatile music promoter has proven that he meant every word he said and ready to retain a spot at the top.

Yesterday, November 23,  at the Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, in an event that had top government dignitaries like the commissioner of Environment, Dr. Muiz Banire; Chairman, Judiciary committee of Lagos, Tunde Ogala, Senator Iyiola Omiosore who was ably represented by Oye Balogun; Otunba Gadaffi,  Kayode Ayeni, Femi Allen, Funmi Tejuosho, Idowu Ajanaku, the Ope Banwo led Stingomania Records officially launched the albums of Paramount king of music, Obesere; Prince of tradition in urban Hip-hop, Baba Nee and the Olowun Iyo of Stingomania, Naturah amidst pomp, glamour and panache.

Setting the tone as to what to expect that night was a near perfect rendition of the national anthem by Stingomania actress, Bianca Black. A mock pageant followed suit with Otunba Gadaffi of the DMT toilet emerging as the Mr. Stingomania.

After performances by up and coming group, The Glitz, the album launch proper started with Naturah, taking up the stage and giving the audience a tip of the iceberg with an Acapella which he said was to give thanks to God. He then handed the mic to his mother who sang Ori, a song off his album, the mother did it so well that she got applause from the guest who were surprised to know that a mother could be so involved in his son’s musical dream. Naturah also did songs like Super star and Look Well, two songs that have continued to gain applause from fans and critics alike.

Taking advantage of the momentum that his energetic performance garnered, Soji Omotayo, a representative of Stingomania Entertainment came up stage to raise fund for the album. The elated guests couldn’t help but donate to the musical course of the young man.

With that done, the launch was way from over, it was Baba Nee’s turn to thrill the fan; Baba Nee had gained mass appeal after his first album, Twice As 9ice an album that attests to his lyrical strength, the album also got itself some critics as fans and proteges of popular musician 9ice got him in their black book for throwing gibes at their mentor. Starting his rendition with the popular Ijala chants he is known for, Baba Nee wowed the audience and proved that indeed he is a force to reckon with.

Coming after Baba Nee was the paramount king of music, Chief Abass Akande Obesere. The ovation that greeted his emergence was unequalled, he soon took to the stage and his performances showed why the orobo kibo master has remained on top , he strutted the stage with such grace and sway that further proved that he was on top of his game. Lyricist, Lord of Ajasa was also around to help Pk 1st with a track that features him. Many couldn’t believe the rate at which the fuji maestro has transformed into a successfully hip-hop artist.

The night ended on a good note as average donors that night gave a hundred thousand to the album launch.

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Nigeria now more open to foreign investors – Jonathan

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(Codewit.com) Abuja — President Goodluck Jonathan said on Tuesday in Abuja that the Federal Government was implementing policies and measures to encourage greater participation of foreign investors in Nigeria.

Jonathan stated this in an audience with the new Croatian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ivica Tomic, who was at the Presidential Villa to present his Letters of Credence.

The President said  Nigeria’s economy was now more open to direct foreign investment in different areas.

He said that the Federal Government would welcome the improvement of economic relations between Nigeria and Croatia. Jonathan  wished Tomic a successful tenure in Nigeria.

The new Ambassador told the President that about 1,000 Croatians were currently working as expatriates in Nigeria’s oil and construction Industry.

He said that Croatia was very keen in expanding areas of bilateral cooperation with Nigeria.

The envoy, on behalf of his government, invited President Jonathan to visit Zagreb at his earliest convenience.

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Nigeria to host Commodity Fund meeting next week

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The Citizen Bureau Chief Arusha. The annual meeting of the Common Fund for Commodities’ Governing Council will take place in Abuja, Nigeria, next week.

In a statement, CFC managing director Ali Mchumo said yesterday that Nigeria was preferred as the host country for the November 23-24 meeting because of tremendous support economic achievements that have seen it overtake many countries in the continent, especially in the last 20 years.

The Amsterdam-based CFC finances commodity development projects for smallholder farmers as well as small and medium-sized enterprises in commodity production, processing and trade in developing and least developed countries.

CFC’s partners and agencies, especially those undertaking projects in applied agricultural research, have achieved tremendous successes, major scientific breakthroughs and innovative practices, according to Mr Mchumo.

“While the oil sector has contributed greatly to the success, many Nigerians know that sustainable economic development will only happen, when the country realises its huge potential in the agricultural sector,” he said.

“CFC has played a strategic role in contributing to Nigeria’s effort towards increased productivity and performance of major agricultural commodities, such as oil palm, cocoa, sorghum, rice, rubber and others.”

As a founding member of the fund in 1989, Nigeria has benefitted from some of the most successful commodity interventions and outcomes, and this is why its role and position has enhanced the work and project initiatives undertaken by the CFC throughout Africa.

Last year, Nigeria came forward and agreed to host this year’s annual meeting of the CFC’s Governing Council as part of the country’s 50th Independence Anniversary activities.

According to him, the fund has financed a range of important commodity development projects in Nigeria and that it has been a contributing partner in the country’s burgeoning commodities sector.

The country has gradually concentrated on developing the sector.

As a member-country, Nigeria has also played a key role in the fund’s regional cooperation initiatives that have had positive outcomes in employment generation, food security and poverty alleviation; while enabling local commodity producers to become more integrated in the global economy and increasing the asset base, especially for smallholder producers.

CFC’s partners and agencies, especially those undertaking projects in applied agricultural research have achieved tremendous successes, major scientific breakthroughs and innovative practices in the cassava, cocoa, rice, groundnuts, rubber and other sectors, working closely in cooperation with leading research institutes based locally in Nigeria.

The total CFC financial commitment for projects involving Nigeria, including other participating countries in West Africa, is $35.5 million.

Several new CFC projects recently approved for financing are ongoing; and overall nearly 30 projects have been implemented in the country. Nigeria also has benefited directly from various agricultural measures that have largely assisted commodity agro-processors and developed market access and expanded networks for trade, contributing to increased productivity and the economic vitality of diverse commodity sectors and venture enterprises in the country.

Last year, seeking to address larger, regional integration issues, such as transportation and infrastructure systems, marketing and trade expansion, the fund and the Nigerian Shippers Council coordinated an international expert meeting in Calabar, which provided an effective platform for the main stakeholders to exchange ideas on how best to resolve issues involving the transportation sector.

The meeting explored pragmatic
policy and technical solutions related the high costs in the transportation of export commodities originating from Africa.

ICF has 106 members. Its mandate is to support commodity-dependent developing countries to improve and diversify commodities production and trade

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TSA screenings at airports too invasive? ‘Opt Out’ protest planned.

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The day before Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year. This year could see even more delays at airports because of spreading protests over new security-screening technology.

Several artists and writers combined their efforts to create this ad, which first appeared on reddit.com’s discussion page. The picture imagines what an AIT image of Lady Liberty would show, and the text begins with a quote from Benjamin Franklin: “Those who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Several grass-roots movements, including National Opt-Out Day, have arisen in the past week, inviting people to opt out of the relatively speedy but controversial digital scan in favor of the slower “enhanced” pat-down, the only alternative offered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

“People are getting groped in America’s airports,” says Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. The apparent goal of the protests is to show that both procedures – the digital scans and the pat-downs – are too invasive, he adds.

Objections to the digital scanners – known as advanced imaging technology, or AIT scanners – have been growing for months. The equipment uses X-ray technology or millimeter-scale waves to generate an image of the body’s outer several centimeters, effectively allowing TSA employees to look under passengers’ clothes without ever touching them. The generated images are relatively anonymous, but they leave little to the imagination.

When the machines were introduced at London’s Heathrow Airport earlier this year, the first sexual harassment suit resulted within two months, reported the BBC. A young woman spoke to the police after the guard commented on her breasts after seeing her scan. The angry and embarrassed woman said she felt traumatized by the incident.

But the machines enhance security in the post-9/11 world, administration officials say, and procedures are in place to avoid instances such as the Heathrow one.

“AIT machines are safe, efficient, and protect passenger privacy,” wrote Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security, in a Nov. 15 op-ed in USA Today. “And the weapons and other dangerous and prohibited items we’ve found during AIT screenings have illustrated their security value time and again. Rigorous privacy safeguards are also in place to protect the traveling public…. The officer assisting the passenger never sees the image, and the officer viewing the image never interacts with the passenger.”

Secretary Napolitano’s next sentence, however, touched off an Internet furor: “The imaging technology that we use cannot store, export, print, or transmit images.”

That statement is contradicted by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a Washington privacy group, which alleges that it has evidence that the machines can indeed store the images. One device used in a Florida courtroom had more than 35,000 images stored in its memory, the US Marshals Service acknowledged in a response to a Freedom of Information Act request from EPIC. While TSA employees are instructed not to use the machines to store images, EPIC obtained copies of TSA’s purchase orders specifying that the machines be able to save and export image data when in “Test Mode.”

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Iran starts “biggest” air defense war games

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(Codewit.com) – Iran began what it said was its biggest ever air defense drill on Tuesday to test its ability to deter air strikes, which the United States and Israel have not ruled out to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.

The website of Iran’s English-language Press TV said the five-day war games were being held near nuclear facilities and included tests of long-range missiles.

On Sunday, a senior commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards said land forces had carried out military drills near Iran’s nuclear facilities “exactly like real combat.”

Western countries suspect Iran’s atomic work is a cover for a nuclear weapons programme. Tehran denies this, saying it needs nuclear technology to generate electricity.

Israel, which says a nuclear-armed Iran would be a threat to its existence, and its ally the United States have refused to rule out pre-emptive strikes against Iran, but Defense Secretary Robert Gates argued strongly against the military option on Tuesday.

“The large-scale military maneuvers … will improve readiness to confront possible threats to Iran’s air space and the very populated, vital and nuclear centers,” Ahmad Mighani, head of an air force unit that responds to threats to Iran’s air space, was quoted by state TV as saying.

Iran has repeatedly announced advances in its military capability to show it is ready to respond to military aggression.

Some Western officials suspect Iran is developing more sophisticated missiles and carrying out well-publicized missile tests so that it can deliver a nuclear weapon.

The Islamic Republic denies this, saying its missile development efforts are for defensive purposes only.

Iran said earlier this month that it had developed a home-made version of the Russian S-300 missile system and would soon test-fire it.

Moscow supported a fresh round of U.N. sanctions against Iran in June, and then refused to deliver an order of S-300s to Iran after persistent lobbying by Israel and the United States.

The S-300 is a mobile, long-range air defense system that can detect, track and destroy ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and low-flying aircraft.

Tehran has been hit by various international sanctions for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment activities. Uranium can be enriched to produce fuel for nuclear power plants or, if enriched to a higher level, to make atomic bombs.

(Editing by Tim Pearce)

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