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The Nigerian Voice Newspaper is proudly the first and the only privately-owned foreign community newspaper, publishing with the name of its country in South Africa as at this moment. We have strong relationships with decision-makers in Nigerian government and business sectors, as evident with the support we get from The Nigerian Government and Diplomatic missions in South Africa.

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“I HAVE SO MUCH ADMIRATION FOR ALIKO DANGOTE’S BUSINESS ACUMEN” – OBINWANNE OKEKE: One of Forbes Africa 2016 30 Most Promising Young Enterpreneurs in Africa to watch.

On the 24th of July 2016; The Nigerian Voice Newspaper had an exclusive Interview with 28 years old Obinwanne Okeke one of two Nigerians whose name made the list of Forbes 2016- 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa to watch out for in the future. We spoke with him extensively on his upbring, educational background and schooling days in South Africa, his business, Nigeria, the Nigerian image in the Diaspora and a whole lot of other issues.

Obinwanne George Okeke is a young Nigerian entrepreneur born and raised in Ukpor village in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State in South-East Nigeria. Obinwanne’s education is in Politics; He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Forensic Criminology and International Relations and a Master’s degree (MA) in International Relations and Counter Terrorism (Cum Laude) from Monash University, South Africa campus and his masters in Australia. 

During the interview, we drew his attention to his article of Sunday 10th of October 2015 where he had written about his admiration for the business acumen of Nigerian foremost billionaire and the richest African, Alhaji Aliko Dangote having made the front cover of the October 2015 Forbes Africa publication. “I have always admired his business acumen, and I still believe in Africa business-wise just because of success stories like his. It will be an honor to get Forbes to do an article/cover on me someday” he wrote.

Few months after the article, his dream came true when Forbes Africa named him as one of 2016’s 30 most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa to watch out for in future, and his photograph made the front cover of the June 2016 Edition of the publication. The Nigerian Voice Newspaper sought to know how he felt about this and what impact it had on him and his business. “I have so much admiration for Alhaji Aliko Dangote’s business acumen and it is not a hidden fact that he is the biggest investor in “risky” African economies” he said. 

UNVEILING THE APC SOUTH AFRICA: Engr. BOLA BABARINDE

Controversy persists within the South African Chapter of the ruling party in Nigeria; the All Progressive Congress (APC) Party. This has led to different factions within the party with the Bola Babarinde-led faction getting the mandate letter from the National Party in Nigeria signed by the Party Chairman Chief John Oyegun to bring together all factions and organize an authentic National convention that will truly reflect the party’s principles.

Bola Babarinde was born into the family of late Emmanuel Oyelowo and Mrs Moradeke Alice Babarinde (Nee Fagbemiro) in 1964. A native of Ibadan in Oyo state, Nigeria, he had his school life mostly in Lagos. He attended National Primary School, Abule Ijesha, then Lagos Baptist Academy, Obanikoro for his secondary school education. He went further to study at Federal School of Arts and Science (FSS), Victoria Island for his Advanced level; after which he studied Civil Engineering at the prestigious University of Lagos. He also studied at the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Although a qualified Civil Engineer, things changed on his arrival in South Africa because it was difficult to practice such profession back then in the country. So, he did some odd jobs before he started his Management Training Company. Besides training, Babarinde is now involved in affordable mass housing using German Technology which he has introduced to Nigeria in other to reduce the acute shortage of houses. According to him, the target markets are government workers and teachers. Also, he is exploring the mining, renewable energy and agriculture sectors along with his partners from South Africa, Germany and the United States of America.

Hon. Babarinde said that he has recently stepped down as the immediate past President of Rotary Club of Pretoria West. He acknowledged that it was a privilege to have been the first Nigerian in South Africa to have headed such a huge international organization with a membership of over 1.2 million members worldwide. Quoting the Rotary Slogan- “SERVICE ABOVE SELF”, the Nigerian Civil Engineer turned management consultant and politician wished most leaders in corporate or government institutions will emulate Rotary core values in giving back to the society no matter how little so that the world would be a better place. 

“PRAGMATICALLY, I ENJOY ASSOCIATING WITH NIGERIANS WHO ARE GOOD AMBASSADORS” - FOV

On Wednesday 10th of August 2016, our reporter sat down exclusively with a passionate Nigerian citizen based in Johannesburg, South Africa popularly known as “FOV”; an acronym coined out from his names Fagbamigbe Oluwatosin Victor. The sit-down exclusive chat took place at his Nigel residence besides Springs in the East of Johannesburg at around 11am. The chat focused on knowing the man behind the name and the inspiration of the man’s strong passion and belief in Nigeria amongst other issues.

Unlike some of his fellow countrymen, FOV unequivocally declared that he enjoys associating with Nigerians who are good ambassadors of the country. He admits that while he knows quite a number of Nigerians in South Africa but not on name basis.“I can vividly tell you, without journeying a distance for verification that I know a good number of Nigerians, just that it may be impossible to know everyone by names. Although, I often come across many but reluctantly associate with them for objectivity and on reasonable grounds”

“I enjoy associating with Nigerians who are good Ambassadors of the country. I don't despise anybody but my gestures may be reluctant to associate with anyone who probably is not projecting the image of the country in a good way or doing nothing in re-branding the country from the spoilt milk she has been feed for years”, he stated unabashedly. 

Speaking with patriotic fervor, FOV said; “so basically, it depends on the classification. However, I enjoin to share the important reasons to do more right and change the fame of the country. I only express displeasure in people who embark on a kind of military rocket like speed to propagating negativity or indulging in crime related activities that could further jeopardize the country's image. So, these grounds define my associations with our brothers and sisters, and determine whether to dine with them or frown at the acts they are involved in and not the person”.

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254 NIGERIAN RESIDENTS IN SOUTH AFRICA DEFRAUD FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF N11 MILLION – Consul General.
An article by News Agency of Nigeria was published in various Nigerian Newspapers on the 25th of July 2016 where the outgoing Consul-General of Nigeria Mrs Uche Ajulu-Okeke stated that 254 Nigerian residents in South Africa had defrauded the Federal Government of Nigeria to the tune of 11 million Naira an equivalent of $39, 370, over visa and passport fees at processing centres in South Africa.

The Outgoing Consul General Uche Ajulu-Okeke stated in her interview with the News Agency of Nigeria that Online Integrated Solutions (OIS) reported the loss to the Nigerian Consulate.

“Concrete evidence that we have got shows a recent compilation of 254 online payment fraudulent reversals of passport applications which occurred between the months of April and June, 2016, Mrs Ajulu-Okeke said.

She added: “These acts were deliberately done by Nigerians to defraud their government,” with the active connivance of banks.

The Outgoing Consul General pointed out that the South African banking system allows anyone with a credit card to reverse such payment if there was complain within 30 days.

“Unfortunately, some Nigerians in South Africa have perfected the act of defrauding the Federal Government by going to the banks to report loss or fraudulent use of such cards and the banks will reverse the payment,” she lamented without stating why it took the consulate so long to discover.

NEW NIGERIA CONSUL-GENERAL TO SOUTH AFRICA APPOINTED

The Nigerian government has appointed Mr. David Adama as the new Consul-General to South Africa, until his appointment Mr. Adama was Director of protocol at the Presidency in Abuja Nigeria.

Mr. Adama is to take over from Mrs. Uche Ajulu-Okeke in September as she has been instructed to submit her handover note. 

The Nigerian Voice Newspaper welcomes Mr. David Adama to South Africa, as Nigerians look forward to a new era at the Consulate General of Nigeria, South Africa.

PRESIDENT BUHARI NOMINATES MR OGUNTUASHE AS AMBASSADOR

President Buhari has sent the names of nominated Ambassadors to the Nigerian National Assembly. This is according to The Cable news online portal -thecable.com- of Thursday 9th June 2016;  "The names were contained in a letter sent to the senate, and read on the floor of the upper legislative chamber by Senate President Bukola Saraki on Thursday".

"In the letter, the president sought the consent of the senate‎ for the confirmation of the nominees. According to Saraki, Buhari asked that the senate approve the list at the shortest time possible", The Cable News.

“I have the honour to forward the attached list of 47 career Foreign Service officers as ambassador designates for consideration and confirmation by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the letter read.

“Copies of their curriculum vitae are attached. It is my hope that this will receive the usual prompt attention of the distinguished members of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” it concluded.

One of the ambassadorial nominees is Mr. Kayode Oguntuashe, a diplomat who served in South Africa as a Minister in Charge of Trade and Investment at the High Commission of Nigeria in Pretoria between 2011 and 2015. Mr. Oguntuashe is a unique and outstanding Diplomat while he served in South Africa. He was a father, mentor and adviser to many Nigerians in South Africa. He is an outstanding diplomat who believed so much in Nigeria and the ability of Nigerians. Reactions on the streets of South Africa with regards to his nomination have been that of joy and prayers.

Mr. Emeka Deco, a Nigerian businessman based in Hatfield, said of the ambassador designate; “He is favoured in Jesus name. Met him too, a very cool guy indeed. A natural motivator, he is. Congrats sir!"