Browsing Archive: January, 2014

NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA SHOULD TELL THEIR STORY

Posted by Virginia Makoti on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Personality Profiles & Interviews 


Having worked 13 years for Business Day Newspaper as a journalist, and worked 3 years as the editor of the Nigerian owned publication Business in Africa. Mrs Dianna Games is one of the most outstanding inspirational leading personalities in Southern Africa.

Zimbabwean born and raised, Mrs. Dianna Games have lived and become a citizen of South Africa. She still has a passion and holds great sentiment for her homeland Zimbabwe, visiting her family as frequently as possible.

“My first visit to N...

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MULTICHOICE BRINGS BOX OFFICE TO NOLLYHOOD BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Our Headline Articles 


On the 6th of November 2013, Mr. Nico Meyer, Multichoice  CEO spoke to The Nigerian Voice Newspaper inside the multichoice VIP lounge at the sandton Convention center Johannesburg during the just concluded Discop conference, which took place between the 6th – 8th November 2013. In the interview Mr Meyer touched on issues ranging from content development, competition, consumer satisfaction, technology and new innovations, and challenges faced in the Nigerian market.

The South African satellit...

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CALABAR FATTENING ROOM

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Nigeria is a country with so many different cultures and diverse languages. One of them is the Calabars.  It is a major commercial centre in Nigeria, There are three major ethnic groups represented by three principal linguistic groups in Cross River State. These are the Efik, the Ejagham and the Bekwarra. The Efik language is very widely spoken in Cross River State.

The Fattening Room ceremony is a major tradition which is not only practiced in Calabar but also in some other Southern states th...

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“AFRICAN CONTENT SHOULD NOT BE RUBBISH NIGERIAN MOVIE”

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Conferences & Events 


Johannesburg – South Africa. Mr. Richard Bells CEO, Wananchi Programming Group/Zuku Tv Kenya on the 6th November 2013 at Sandton Convention center opened a 3-part African Rising series at DISCOP Africa conference with an introductory speech highlighting ways to accelerate the development, the production and the Pan-African distribution of television and online content made in Africa.

His presentation was followed by a one-on-one discussion led by Rick Feldman, former President of the US-Base...

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AWESOME ANKARA!

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Ankara is seriously trending all over the world and we can see people of different cultural backgrounds embracing this new trend. In Nigeria, celebrities wear Ankara to red carpet events and major event. Like most fabrics, the Ankara is versatile. It is used to make a variety of styles like tops, skirts, trousers, gowns and shorts. Most Nigerian Fashion designers have a line of Ankara dresses and accessories that can be worn on any western attire to suit any occasion; they make haute couture ...

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STREETWISE: WHO ARE YOU DECIEVING?

Posted by Ifedayo Oshin on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Feature Articles 


“Hello! Hello! Hello! Please, let me get a good parking, I am driving and this boring traffic officers are on parade now. Sorry! I will call you back as soon as I get a good parking, you know how hard is it to fit a big four-wheel drive jeep in a small space?” 

The man cut the phone as he walked briskly down the street around Sunnyside area of Pretoria. 

That was the scene and conversation I witnessed last week as I walked about the streets of Pretoria trying to get KFC streetwise lunch. ...

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SENSITIVE SKIN IS DREADFUL TO HAVE!

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Health & Beauty and Medical 


Sensitive skin is dreadful to have! And those who have it... usually experience hyperactive immune system. It is more of a condition than an actual skin type.

A lot people who think they have sensitive skin may simply be allergic to ingredients in their skin care products, environmental factors of, the food they eat. People with sensitive skin are vulnerable to rosacea, eczema and acne. These usually appear on facial, skin, and need soothing, stabilizing care as the facial tissue is very fragi...

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Tafawa Balewa’s Speech On October 1, 1960

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Our Headline Articles 


Today is Independence Day. The first of October 1960 is a date to which for two years every Nigerian has been eagerly looking forward. At last, our great day has arrived, and Nigeria is now indeed an independent sovereign nation.

Words cannot adequately express my joy and pride at being the Nigerian citizen privileged to accept from Her Royal Highness these Constitutional Instruments which are the symbols of Nigeria’s Independence. It is a unique privilege which I shall remember forever, and...

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GREETING & RESPECT IN YORUBALAND

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


The Yoruba people occupy the South-Western part of Nigeria. They take their culture very seriously especially respect and greetings. This is a very important aspect of the culture and daily life. It is held in high esteem because they believe it’s more than just greetings; it goes a long way in building a person’s character. It is expected of parents to start teaching their kids at a very young age the act of greeting properly. The men/boys prostrate to greet their elders, while the women...

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LOOK FABULOUS IN GELE

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 

The Gele is a staple Nigerian fashion accessory; any traditional out fit is not complete without a gele. This head wrap is an important part of a traditional outfit with shoe and bag to match. Gele is a female Head wrap usually worn to occasions such as weddings, church any social event. It was mainly worn by the Yoruba women but it’s now accepted nationally as a traditional garment by all the tribes. The gele has been a cultural fashion, which has been in existence for years and has since ...

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NIGERIAN VOICE NEWSPAPER CELEBRATES NIGERIA'S 53RD ANNIVERSARY IN GRANDSTYLE

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Home and Abroad 


The Nigerian Voice newspaper and Western Union jointly hosted a gala dinner in celebration of Nigeria’s 53rd independence anniversary on Friday 4th October 2013 at the Midrand Conference Centre in Midrand area of Johannesburg, South Africa. The event was also the occasion of the newspaper first year anniversary in which many Nigerians and South Africans were honored with various categories of Nigerian community Excellence awards.

The event which was chaired by the Nigerian High Commissioner ...

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REPLACEMENT OF YELLOW CARD AVAILABLE IN S.A.

Posted by on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : News Stories 


The Consul-General of Nigeria on 12th September, 2013 advised at the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg, that Nigerians living in South Africa do not have to travel home to get the new Yellow Fever Card as measures would be put in place to replace the Old ones.

In an interview with the Nigerian Voice Newspaper, Mr. Okey Emuchay said that “logistics on this would be made, as he would meet with the Minister of Health soon on this. The case is not intended that our nationals would now have to t...

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‘’IT IS INCUMBENT ON US TO TELL OUR STORY”—Nigerian Consul-General.

Posted by on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : News Stories 


Nigerians living in South Africa have been advised to learn the ways, laws and regulations of their host country, said the Consul-General recently in an interview at Johannesburg.

Mr. Okey Emuchey made his point clear to all Nigerians that South Africa is not Nigeria. In his briefing, he insisted that Nigerians must know how things are done in South Africa. “You must comport yourself becase if you have brushes with the law, the long arm of the Law would catch up with you”, he warned.

He add...

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"I USED TO BE THE DESK OFFICER IN CHARGE OF ANC, SWAPO & PAC" - Nigeria High Commissioner, Ambassador Sunday Samuel Yusuf Stated in an Exclusive Interview.

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Our Headline Articles 


TNV: Good afternoon, Your Excellency sir! Briefly, we would like to know the man behind the position of the Ambassador to South Africa.

H.E.: The man behind the position? Well, my name is Ambassador Sam S. Yusuf, the High Commissioner of Nigeria to South Africa. If you like to know the man behind the position, yes, I must be a Nigerian. I come from Niger State, from Rafi local government in Niger State of Nigeria; in a place called Kagara. I am married with four children.

TNV: What message do y...

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"NIGERIA; SECOND LARGEST RECIPIENT OF MONEY SENT INTO AFRICA: Aida Diarra; Vice president North, Central & West Africa for Western Union

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Personality Profiles & Interviews 


Aida Diarra seats in the position of Vice President for North, Central and West Africa at Western Union, she oversees all aspects of business across the three regions and she is currently based in Casablanca, Morocco. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Finance and Economics from the American Business School in France and an MBA in International Business and Management from University of Hartford, U.S.A.

Aida started her career in Western Union as Assistant Marketing Manager in charge of US Outbou...

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One of the best known historical buildings in Kano

Posted by on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Tourism, Travels & Tours 


According to Daily Trust Newspaper of 23rd December 2012, it stated that a visit to Kano's famous museum reveals its delightful history, memorable galleries, and numerous challenges. One of the best known historical buildings in Kano, that had once served as a temporary palace of the emir before it now houses the city's collections of arts, crafts and other historical materials, is Gidan Makama (the house of Makama). The building, turned into a museum, appropriately called Gidan Makama Museum...

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ANC, SAPS CONDEMN XENOPHOBIC ATTACK ON NIGERIANS

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : News Stories 


The reaction of the South African government through the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) has proven beyond reasonable doubt that xenophobic attack on foreigners is unlawful and intolerable in South Africa. Rather it is often the cruel activities of some ignorant and unscrupulous individuals who engage in such inhuman acts for selfish reasons. This was demonstrated in the case of recent xenophobic attack on some Nigerians living Port-Nolloth community of the Northern Cape, who were forceful...

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UNITED NIGERIAN WIVES IN SOUTH AFRICA (UNWISA) LAUNCHED IN JOHANNESBURG

Posted by on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : News Stories 


On the 10th August 2013, women who are married to Nigerian citizens living in South Africa officially launched an organization, United Nigerian Wives in South Africa (UNWISA) aimed at fighting discrimination against them, their husbands and children at St. Aidans Anglican Church, Yeoville, Johannesburg.

 Mrs. Lindelwa Uche, the chairperson of the United Nigerian Wives in South Africa (UNWISA), said that South African society does not take their marriage to Nigerians as serious relationships. ...

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ANC, SAPS CONDEMN XENOPHOBIC ATTACK ON NIGERIANS

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : News Stories 


The reaction of the South African government through the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) has proven beyond reasonable doubt that xenophobic attack on foreigners is unlawful and intolerable in South Africa. Rather it is often the cruel activities of some ignorant and unscrupulous individuals who engage in such inhuman acts for selfish reasons. This was demonstrated in the case of recent xenophobic attack on some Nigerians living Port-Nolloth community of the Northern Cape, who were forceful...

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THE HAUSA CULTURAL MARRIAGE

Posted by on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


The Hausa people are located in the Northern part of Nigeria and having the highest number of states in the country. The Hausa cultural marriage is rooted in Islamic doctrines and marital patterns, since most of the Northern tribes of Nigeria are Muslims.

It starts with an introduction which is initiated when the groom’s family and his close family friends go to visit the bride’s family. This first process is brief, not time consuming and less expensive. Investigation would then be made un...

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CAFTAN AND BUBU – REVAMPED!!

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


The Bubu and caftan have evolved into a stylish frock, but because of their wide popularity, most people have forgotten that it originated from Western Africa. Yes they did! Google it (lol)  Some West African men layer their caftans over matching trousers and a Cap which create an illusion of a large frame indicating power and leadership. The Traditional Bubu/Caftan is made with Adire, Guinea or Tie-dye and decorated with simple embroidery design. Originally, caftans are worn by the men while...

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“SUSTAIN THE GOOD IMAGE OF THE COUNTRY IN SOUTH AFRICA”- TAMBUWAL, SPEAKER HOUSE OF REPS NIGERIA.

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : News Stories 


The Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal has commended His Excellency, the Nigerian Consul-General, Mr Okay Emuchay (MFR), on Tuesday 3rd of September 2013 night at an organised dinner.

The Speaker commended the Consul-General for bringing all Nigerians living in South Africa together. He stated this at the dinner organized for him and other members attending the 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Johannesburg. The Nigerian Voice newspaper publisher was among th...

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LAGOS! NO, IT’S JOBURG! PART 1

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Feature Articles 


Leke paced up and down the arrival lounge of the OR Tambo airport for the umpteenth time. He adjusted his Man U branded wristwatch with the timepiece on flight dashboard hanging above the massive ceiling of the arrival hall. Awed by the architectural beauty of the airport, he muttered, ‘I still can’t believe I am in Africa’.

He noted that 12 hours had passed since he escaped the unexpected interrogation at the OR Tambo immigration desk. “Wow’, he said to himself, I was almost deport...

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NIGERIAN WINS BEST MATHEMATICIAN AWARDS IN LIMPOPO!

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : News Stories 


The exploits of Mr. Omoh Ezom as the winner of three Mathematics educator’s awards in Limpopo is a testament to the fact that, in-spite of a few bad sheep of the Nigerian family, majority of Nigerian citizens are quietly making positive impacts in their host communities across South Africa.

Omoh is a Nigerian-trained mathematician and educator. Motivated by the desire to correct erroneous belief that; ‘an average Nigerian must engage in illegal activities’ to survive in South Africa, Omo...

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NEW YELLOW FEVER CARD FROM 1ST OCTOBER 2013; “Holds Several Security Features”, - Nigerian Health Minister Stated.

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : News Stories 

The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said that the issuance of the yellow fever vaccination card will be centralised from Oct. 1. He made this known at a dinner in Johannesburg organized by the Consul-General of Nigeria Consulate in South Africa. The minister said that only people vaccinated by health officials will be issued new yellow fever card which would be printed solely by the federal ministry of health.

“Nigeria is one of the 44 countries that are prone to the spread o...

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LOW COST BEAUTY TREATS AND FIXES IN YOUR KITCHEN.

Posted by Virginia Makoti on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Health & Beauty and Medical 
Running on a low budget doesn't mean your overall look has to suffer and pay the price! The most useful beauty products can be found right in your kitchen... These ingredients can help you sustain your hair, skin and nails while going through a broken bank balance... A glowing, rejuvenated skin, hair and nails is a must have for both men and women, especially when you want to take on the world, both in the corporate or social scene. Not only will they leave you rejuvenated, but they will rest...

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JULIUS MALEMA VISITS NIGERIA; Makes False Claim on Xenophobic Attacks on Nigerians in South Africa

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Our Headline Articles 


The leader of the Economic freedom fighters (EFF) Party Julius Malema visited Lagos Nigeria recently to seek guidance and blessing from one of Africa’s most well-known spiritual leader Pastor T.B Joshua.

Julius Malema was in the Synagogue of All Nations in Lagos from 10th to 15th August, 2013. He expressed, “We all seek divine intervention, blessing of spiritual leaders and it happened that this time we came to TB Joshua and it shouldn’t be seen to be any controversial activities”.

Acco...

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IKOGOSI WATER SPRING RESORT

Posted by on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Tourism, Travels & Tours 


WHAT WONDERS REMAIN IN NATURE AS Hot water 70oc gushes out of a rock in the Western part of Ekiti State, Nigeria.


This warm spring meets with a cold spring by its side turning the water temperature into 37oc. It is noted in www.ekititourism.com “according to experts, it is a geological wonder to have such occurrence out of the same rock formation and this is Ekiti flagship tourist destination is said to be the only one of its kind discovered anywhere in the world”

 “The spring sprouts out...

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NIGERIAN PROFESSIONALS IN SOUTH AFRICA; Impact to National Unity in South Africa

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Our Headline Articles 


In a speech recently made by the Nigerian Consul-General Okey Emuchey at a dinner he organized for Nigeria’s Minster of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu in Johannesburg at the Nigeria Consulate in South Africa, the Nigerian envoy puts the  population of Nigerians in South Africa at estimated figure of 400,000.“Though I am not sure of the figure, some people say the population of Nigerians in South Africa is between 350,000 and 400,000 people, with more still coming”.


``Nigerians are contrib...

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HAKEEM OLUWASEGUN OLALEYE (SEGUN GELE), A PHENOMENAL TALENT….NIGERIAN HEAD TIE KING BREAKS BOUNDARIES

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Gone are those days when Africans find it difficult to make a living from contemporary African dresses or attires in a foreign land. The amazing fact is that gele (head tie) is associated with Nigerian women, but funny enough this time around, the king of gele in a foreign land happens to be a Nigerian male. Hakeem Oluwasegun Olaleye, aka Segun Gele, is a man making a name for himself in a woman's world. To meet him is to understand how he became a celebrity in a field only a few years in the...

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THE NAIJA QUEENS - SOUTH AFRICANS MARRIED TO NAIJA MEN

Posted by Phumzile Somide on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Feature Articles 


Marriage, an institution ordained by God. A covenant between a man and a woman. A covenant between husband and wife with God, In South Africa it has however lost the dignity that was associated with it as in the olden days. Too many people have made a charade of it and took out the one critical element “God”.

Marriages have been faked, people have been married without their knowledge, women forced to marry for their families benefit and the classical one, foreigners married to South Afric...

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GAUTRAIN: - RAPID RAIL LINK – DRIVING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN GAUTENG PROVINCE. WHAT DOES IT PORTEND FOR LAGOS & NIGERIA - ARTICLE WRITTEN FOR THE 4TH EDITION OF THE NIGERIAN VOICE MAGAZINE.

Posted by Adetayo Kuju on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Feature Articles 


Hitherto, South Africa’s transport infrastructure (planning, design and construction) was driven by the policies of the apartheid regime with a view to denigrate, isolate, disempowered and disenfranchise the majority black/African communities. One only has to look at the then spatial development plans and land use policies to buttress this point - the vast majority black communities & townships (eg Soshanguve, Soweto & kwamashu etc) were located hundreds of kilometres away from the economic...

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RE-BRANDING NIGERIA OR RE-ORIENTATING NIGERIANS WITH A NATIONAL RE-BIRTH?

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Feature Articles 


The issue of re-branding Nigeria is never ending, initiated by the then Minister of Information and Communications Prof. Dora Akunyili in 2009, it generated a flurry of reactionary postures from professionals, brand and communication consultants, other stake holders and patriotic Nigerians alike.

The campaign anchored on a sensational logo and slogan competition thrown upon to the public was hailed by some as the magic wand that will propel Nigeria to Brands Paradise, while also attracting opp...

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IS YOUR STRESSFUL LIFE STYLE GIVING YOU A BIG STOMACH? KNOW THE CAUSE AND HOW TO BEAT IT!!

Posted by Virginia Makoti on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Health & Beauty and Medical 
Many of you might be wondering why your stomach is getting bigger and bigger every day, even when you try to exercise, making it impossible to wear your tight fitting shirts or that sexy dress. Well the answer is simple! Your body is producing too much of cortisol hormone. Like any other hormone produced in your body, there has to be a balance. Cortisol hormone is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal gland in response to both emotional and physical stress. Cortisol hormone is the body's ...

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KEEP TOXINS AT BAY TO HAVE A CLEAN, LEAN HEALTHY BODY

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Health & Beauty and Medical 


Toxins are our worst enemy, not only do they cause diseases, they are responsible for a number of deaths. When most people hear the word toxin, they think of chemicals, heavy metals, industrial pollution and pesticides, but that’s not true. Toxins are found in a number of foods we eat, air we breathe, even the water we drink. Nowadays, it’s not all food we eat that provides our bodies with everything it needs. Most of these foods can introduce toxins straight into our systems. Toxins can ...

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PIRACY OF THE NIGERIAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, A NIGHT-MARE FOR HOLLYWOOD; A BLESSING OR A MENACE FOR NOLLYWOOD?

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Feature Articles 


It is hard to avoid Nigerian movies and music in Africa and it is spreading like wild fire across Europe and America. Public buses in some African countries show and play them, as do many restaurants and hotels. Nollywood as the business is known, churns out about 50 full-length features a week, making it the world’s biggest most prolific film industry. The Nigerian business capital, Lagos, is said by locals to have produced more films than there are stars in the sky. The streets are floode...

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ROCKING THE OLEKU STYLE

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Oleku is back and better! It is the latest traditional attire style trending in Nigeria right now. The style was worn in the 1970s, a common traditional wear amongst the Yorubas in Nigeria. It has been worn from generation to generation till date. The style is IRO (a wrap skirt known as wrapper) worn under the BUBA (blouse/top). Normally the Iro is long while the Buba has long sleeves; It is also made to be big which most young women do not like to wear, but recently the IRO and BUBA has been...

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THE YORUBA TRABAL MARKS

Posted by Amanda Ibironke on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Tribal facial mark is a very interesting feature of some African societies. In this edition, we specifically look at the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria. This physical feature is going into extinction very fast because of modernization and most young people do not find it attractive anymore. They would rather have tattoos all over their body... Tribal or facial mark is a specific mark, which comes in different shapes and sizes, commonly found on the face.

There are various tribal marks, by different ...

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THE ARGUNGU FISHING FESTIVAL

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Tourism, Travels & Tours 


The Argungu Fishing Festival is an annual four-day fishing, music and dancing festival celebrated in Argungu, the capital city of Argungu Emirate Council in the north-western Nigerian state of Kebbi. The festival usually takes place in mid February every year.

The geo-physical nature and characteristics of the festival site in Argungu are river areas (Matanfada, Mala, Gamji), irrigation, and ocherds (Lambu in Hausa). The majority of fishermen are followers of Islam and predominantly farmers. K...

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THE IWA-JI NDI IGBO FESTIVAL

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Across Igboland in Nigeria and among the Igbo people in the diaspora, the month of August is marked with the celebration of New Yam festival called “Iwa ji” and “Iri ji ohuru”. The ceremony is best illustrated in Late Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, published in 1958. Achebe describes the celebration of the new yam festival as follow:

“The pounded yam dish placed in front of the partakers of the festival was as big as a mountain. People had to eat their way through it all night ...

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AN INSPIRATIONAL NIGERIAN COMMUNITY LEADER: NDUBUEZE JONAS UDEJI: AKAJI OFOR/ONOWU IGBO SOUTH AFRICA

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Personality Profiles & Interviews 


Ichie Jonas Ndubueze Udeji, the AKAJI OFOR/ONOWU IGBO South Africa is the son of a disciplined farmer and transporter, Chief Udeji Ezeude Nwobodo, The EZE UDO IGURUBE OKODO 1 of Nenwe, Enugu State. He is a devoted Christian and a member Catholic Order of Knights of Da Gama, a man of honour and humble beginnings, a business man and community leader of good repute; he is also a Director at Gatedill Projects Pty Ltd. He is happily married to Princess Barrister Adaeze Udeji and blessed with two l...

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PROF AKIN BAMIGBOYE: A NIGERIAN OBSTEYRICIAN SPECIALIST & GYNECOLOGIST THAT STANDS OUT

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Personality Profiles & Interviews 
Prof Akin Bamigboye is a Nigerian obstetrician, gynaecologist and reproductive biologists based at Sandton/Nelspruit MediClinic South Africa. He is married to Mrs Adesola Bamigboye (nee Oke), who is one of the very first black person to be registered in the South African institute of Valuers in the early 1992. They are blessed with four children.

Prof Bamigboye stands out with a unique personality and wealth of exceptional experience of well over 25 years in the medical field, a researcher at ...

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SOUTH-AFRICA NIGERIA CHAMBER ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM).

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Saturday, January 18, 2014, In : Conferences & Events 


Sandton-Johannesburg: The South Africa-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce had their Annual General Meeting on Thursday 21st November 2013 at the Pool deck area, Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Johannesburg. About thirty-eight chamber members representing more than 30 companies were present. The Nigerian High Commissioner, Ambassador Sunday Yusuf was the special guest at the event.

Mrs. Dianna Games the Honorary CEO of the Chamber steered the activity of the day. She gave a brief rundown about the chambe...

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TRADITION: CORONATION OF KINGS AMONGST THE YORUBAS:

Posted by AMANDA IBIRONKE on Saturday, January 18, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


Coronation ceremonies are traditional rites to formally install kings to the throne of their forefathers as community leaders who are symbol of authority between their people and the outside world. Coronation ceremonies are well-cherished traditional activities to celebrate acceptability of an individual to the throne of traditional rulership of a community of people.

The Coronation of kings amongst the Yoruba people is a very important aspect of their culture. It defines who they are because...

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“LET LOVE LEAD!”

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Saturday, January 18, 2014, In : Conferences & Events 


“Let Love Lead!”  That was the theme of an awareness campaign initiative against drugs abuse among South African youths. The event marking the 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women also included launching of a book written by nine women who are survivors of drugs and abuse. It took place on the 6th of December 2013 at the Johannesburg City Hall, Johannesburg.

The  event was organized by a community-based organization, PAMOJA in conjunction with Soweto Ministers Fraternal, Bookafe,...

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INSPIRATIONAIRE: ALL THAT MATTERS ARE LITTLE HINGES:

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Saturday, January 18, 2014, In : Feature Articles 


Now, we all can heave a heavy breath of relief. Especially the low and middle income Americans and of course, President Obama and his Obamacare- healthcare support program. And China will no longer need to worry about the US debts ceiling. And Johannesburg Stock Exchange will not have to worry about the effect of drop in the value of the US dollar on the Rand anymore. Can you imagine how the ripple effect of government legislative stalemate courses through the whole world from Washington DC t...

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FASHION: FOR THE LOVE OF ANKARA SHOES & BAGS!

Posted by AMANDA IBIRONKE on Saturday, January 18, 2014, In : Fashion, Tradition & Culture 


They say women are obsessed with bags and shoes. We can’t be blamed; there are too many of them with beautiful designs and shapes. Asides the fact that they are a necessity; they are now an integral part of a lady’s fashion life. No outfit is complete without the appropriate pair of shoes and lovely bags!

Now back to the topic. A lot of creativity has gone into the use of Ankara for different purposes. Wearing bold colors, patterns and prints is hot right now, so Ankara shoes and bags are...

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NIGERIAN BUSINESS VISAS IN 48 HOURS

Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Saturday, January 18, 2014, In : News Stories 


Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa; The Nigerian High Commissioner, Ambassador Sunday Yusuf while addressing members of the South Africa-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce on the 21st of November 2013 stated that the Nigerian High Commission, South Africa will process business visas for business people visiting Nigeria in 48 hours.

The Nigerian ambassador said that, “I can assure you, if you come to us you business people, you will get your visa in not more than 48 hours, and I can beat my chest t...

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“SOUTH AFRICA – NIGERIA SHOULD BE A WIN-WIN PARTNERSHIP”_ DR. OLUWOLE FATUNBI,

Posted by Ifedayo Oshin on Saturday, January 18, 2014, In : Personality Profiles & Interviews 


Dr. Oluwole Fatunbi  has said that South Africa – Nigeria business relationship should be a win-win partnership” in a response to question about the increasing presence of South Africa businesses in Nigeria. He made this point at an interview with The Nigerian Voice Newspaper at Sandton Hilton Hotel, Johannesburg on the 27th November 2013.

The State of Nigerian Agricultural Sector

Dr. Fatunbi gave an historical background of the sector before the present Nigerian government assumed office....

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STREETWISE: SUNNYSIDE IN PRETORIA IS LITTLE LAGOS, NIGERIA

Posted by Ifedayo Oshin on Saturday, January 18, 2014, In : Feature Articles 
I arrived Lagos around 5p.m. No, did I say Lagos? I meant Pretoria. I was really disturbed and utterly confused. I thought that I have been deceived in the sense that my tour guide has pulled a fast one on me and has driven me back to Lagos from OR Tambo airport where we were coming from.

The winter darkness made my new environment look like downtown Lagos. But my fears were worsened by loud noises and shouts I was hearing as I walked down the Eselen Street. The voices were in Nigerian accent...

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