Chief Emeka Anyaoku, GCVO, CON was the third Commonwealth Secretary-General, his words for The Newspaper after an interview with him said "I haven’t read the publication
but in principle if you are engaged in publishing a material for the Nigerian
community in South Africa that’s a good thing. I hope that in your publication,
you should be guided by what would serve the mutual interest of Nigeria and
South Africa that should be the underlining policy"
said "The Nigerian Voice Newspaper is a welcome development and we are proud of this great initiative". "Our nationals must start speaking for our people instead of allowing other people speak for us, this is a great example of a Nigerian Diaspora towards our dear country Nigeria".
Biola Alabi Managing Director Mnet Africa said “You want me to be honest. I was quite impressed when I saw the newspaper today and I opened it up and started reading it. The last time I saw the Nigerian Voice was in Cape Town earlier this year when Nigerian President was around and I think just in a short time, it has made a huge leap. Really, I am so impressed with the work you guys are doing and have done. I have to say your newspaper is a lot heavier which means there must be a lot more advertising. So, you are doing something right. And I say congratulations to the Nigerian Voice. And I think you guys are doing a great job keeping the Diaspora connected in South Africa to home”
Mr. Franklin Martins, producer of African President Television Series and former Brazilian Minister of Social Communications said "“bother less with the people that are up, bother with the people that don’t know how to speak very well, perhaps they don’t know how to write very well. They don’t have a university degree but they are making a living. They are educating their children, they are bringing them up, they are building the country, and they are the most important people, the simple people, so write for them.”
“For me, I tell myself, I want to be a Nigerian ambassador, and what does it take for me to be a Nigerian ambassador? It simply means I must stay away from the don’ts of the country where I reside and adhere to the dos of that country. If we all do that, all shall be well, that’s what I always tell people”. “Secondly, I always tell fellow Nigerians that let us be our brother’s keepers; meaning if I am in a position to offer that assistance or help, I should. So, let us encourage one another to assist each other so that person in need will not spoil the good image of Nigeria. Let us look out for one another and let’s see how best we can help one another. Those are the little advice I give people who I am opportuned to talk to on issues that relate to Nigeria and Nigerians because at the end of the day there is only one Nigeria and that is our country. So, it takes me and you to get it right and make sure that the image of Nigeria is always protected”.
Also Read all our exciting News and Feature articles. Read all about the 12 Nigerians arrested for cyber crime.
The Nigerian High Commission and Nigerian Community is out to tackle drug and prostitution issues affecting the Nigerian Image in South Africa.
Tswane Gospel Choir recently did a singles to say #Bringbackourgirls..... Read the full interview.
The May edition of the newspaper is packed with interesting stories and features. One thing that stands out is the patriotism of a young Nigerian epidemiologist and international Health Consultant, Mr. Braimoh Bello. In an age where desperation for naturalization is a fast way to life of ease and opportunities in foreign land for many Nigerians, Braimoh chose to keep his Nigerian identity when he had the chance to take up South African citizenship. Being the man of value, it was not difficult for Braimoh to make up his mind. How many Nigerians can do this? Will you?
Also in this edition, we bring you the good news from the President of Nigeria Union South Africa (NUSA), Hon. Ikechukwu Anyene about the much anticipated Consular Card. With the issuance of the card which is hoped to commence by the end of July, Nigerians will no longer need to carry their passports around anymore.
The Nigeria-South Africa business Expo and Carnival is gaining momentum and companies in Nigeria are gearing up for the event in July/August. We spoke to the Nigerian representative, Mr. Ameh Franklyn Adejo, who says the Expo will wipe away fears and restore confidence between both countries.
The spate of attacks on foreigners by some South Africans is becoming worrisome. In April, there were series of attacks on Nigerian nationals in Johannesburg and Pretoria, close to 15 Nigerians and about 25 Nigerian-owned businesses were attacked. These recent attacks have caught the notice of the Nigerian government as the Chairperson of the Diaspora Committee in the Federal House of Representatives; Hon. Abike Dabiri demanded that everything possible should be done to stop the un-dignifying treatment meted out to innocent Nigerians in South Africa. The swift intervention of the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria to manage the situation is worthy of commendation. This edition highlights some of these challenges faced by Nigerians in South Africa.
Other interesting features for your reading pleasure includes our columns on Tourism and Fashion. Also, learn more about Gluten and your Health in our Health and Beauty page. And there is inspiration for you on our Inspirationaire’’ column. If you are looking for scoop on what is happening on the street, then flip to the ‘Streetwise’ column.
Edition by edition, we have always maintained that we appreciate your feedbacks and criticism on our featured stories and the newspaper in general. They have been helping us to reposition ourselves and keep us on our toes, in order to serve our readers better. Please do not stop now. We need you for us to continue to grow.
Have a great month!
Our entertainment column brings you two Nigerian personalities leading the way in their different genres of the arts. Meet actor Fabian Lojede who plays the ‘obnoxious’ Bola Abayomi in the cross-continents, South African, hit drama series, ‘Jacob’s Cross’. Read also about who has got the bragging right in DJ business, DJ Sulex- the self-acclaimed first Nigerian Deejay in South Africa.
Are you a South African? Turn the page to our property column and get useful tips about owning a property in South Africa. There is a blue river you must include your bucket list for your next tourist holiday. Read about this awe-inspiring sapphire color river in our tourism page.
Do you sometime get tired and sluggish? Well, it might just be too much toxins in the body. Read about what our health columnist advice on Seasonal Detox Vitality. Read more about It is Close than You Can See in Our inspirationaire column.
On behalf of the editorial board of The Nigerian Voice newspaper, we wish all Christians – a Happy Easter!!!
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He also gave an insight about plans on the Consular card for Nigerians in South Africa, as this will go a long way in dealing with the constant issue of misplaced or lost passport, due to the fact that Nigerians carry their passports about because of police and immigration officers.
Did you know that Five Diplomatic Staff from Nigeria High Commission & Consulate office have been transferred back to Nigeria? read all about it to know who the Five officers are.
By 2050 Nigeria will have the 3rd biggest population in the world. Do you also know that Nigeria now have the biggest economy in Africa? If not, read all about it in our March Edition of the newspaper.
If you love fashion check out the article on Ankara colour blocking. In the tradition column we have an article on the Yam Festival of the Igbo people from the South East of Nigeria.
Did you know that the South Africa Football Association is seriously after signing Nigerian Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi to take over Bafana Bafana after 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Also on Sport, Nigeria Football Association recently in Abuja unveiled the new Super Eagles Jersey for 2014 World Cup in Brazil..... Amazing Jersey indeed....
Read all about this and more in the March 2014 Edition of The Nigerian Voice Newspaper.
The Nigerian Voice Newspaper is a Nigerian Community Newspaper in South Africa changing perceptions and re-orientating minds positively about Nigeria and Nigerians in the Diaspora.
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Happy New Year to Nigerians and all readers of our publication, we wish you all the best 2014 has to offer. 2013 was a resounding year for the publication because of our consistency and the fact that we have been able to establish a voice for the Nigerian community in South Africa, a voice that has come to stay, and will continue to tell the Nigerian story it way it is.
Moving forward in 2014, this edition is dedicated to Nelson Mandela. We bring you interesting stories of his stay in 1963 with Chief Madubike Amaechi in Nigeria.
We had an interview with Chief Emeka Anyaoku, the Former Commonwealth Secretary General who described Nelson Madela as an exceptional statesman. Chief Anyaoku was very instrumental in the negotiations that brought Nelson Mandela to power in 1990. Chief Anyaoku bagged South Africa’s highest honor for foreigners, for his outstanding role on the African continent.
Nigeria Consul General Okey Emuchay MFR stated at a dinner he organized in his home that the passing away of Nelson Mandela must draw our two nations together.
We also spoke to the mayor of Port Harcourt City Hon. Chimbiko Iche Akorolo who visited South Africa to receive an award. He told us that the city of Port Harcourt is celebrating its centenary. In an exclusive interview, he also told us why he left the People’ Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressive Congress APC.
The Nigerian Government gave South Africa Twenty Million Pounds Sterling (20 Million Pounds) asides from scholarship, and many others things during Apartheid said Chief Iche Udeji Jonas, the Onowu Ndi-igbo, and the founder of Ohaneze Ndigbo South Africa.
Carnival Calabar is the biggest street party in Africa, read about it on the tourism column. There is so much to read and learn from on this edition of the publication.
We will like to say a big thank you to all those that have sent us letters to appreciate, commend and criticize what we are doing, between December 2013 and January 2014 we received almost 50 mails, this says a lot.
It celebrates the life of Mandela with a special message from Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan and a 1986 letter by former Nigerian president, Olusegun Oansanjo to Margaret Thatcher protesting against apartheid regime in South Africa.
Also, there is scoop from the visit of Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa’s Diaspora Committee of the Nigerian Federal House of Representatives to South African prisons.
Learn about the Brazilian-sytled Fanti carnival of Lagos in our tourism column and our health and beauty column gives tips on how to have a flat tummy.
Read about the Let Love Lead, an anti-drug initiative by some Soweto social groups. Streetwise piece takes a peek at life on the street of Sunnyside in Pretoria, a place called little Lagos by South Africans. And our inspirational section discusses why you pay attention to small things because a little hinge swings the big door.
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Over 1000 delegates from 80 countries flew to South Africa to join us for DISCOP 2013 conference- we have the major scoop; from Richard Bell’s (from Kenya) infamous statement about Nigeria’s Nollywood and was challenged face to face by our Publisher/CEO Mr Olaniyi Thevoice Abodedele, to exciting chat with Nico Meyer, CEO of Multichoice and the passionate thoughts of Biola Alabi, Multichoice’s Managing Director.
We were also at the Samsung Solar Digital Village Launch in Midrand, South Africa to see what Samsung Africa is doing to better life in Africa and it was fantastic.
Find out what veteran Nigerian actor and producer, Zack Orji, says to us. On the celebration, front Africa Magic is 10 and it has been Nollywood 20th year of movie revolution in Nigeria- and the world was here to drink and wine to that- read how DISCOP organizers made Nigeria “Guest Country” in South Africa.
Are you passionate about your health and looks? Our health column brings you vital information about nutritional facts and you will learn multipurpose uses of Nigeria’s fabric-ankara. Our tourist page gives you ideas for your next holiday with the piece on Awhum waterfalls- Nigeria’s natural healing spa.
We celebrate Mrs. Diana Games as our South African personality of the month. Before you go, read what she has to say about Nigeria and business in Africa. Feeling down or worried, read our inspirational column’s Nothing is as it first seems.
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Issue Date: 15th Oct - 15th Nov 2013
The October edition is a bumper package. The newspaper celebrates Nigeria’s 53rd independence anniversary and its own one year anniversary. The edition profiles top-class interviews with three important personalities in the persons of the Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador Sunday Samuel Yusuf, the Consular-General of Nigerian Consulate, Mr. Okey Emuchay,MFR and the Vice-President of Western Union, North, Central and West Africa, Ms. Aida Diarra. We went down memory lane with inclusion of Nigeria’s independence speech delivered by first Nigeria Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa. There is also a rich scoop of the Gala Dinner and awards ceremony marking the Nigerian independence. Also for your reading pleasure the story of Kano’s famous museum.
September 2013 Edition
The September edition is headlined by a special interview with the Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal. It also contains scoop on South Africa’s enfant terrible, Julius Malema’s August visit to Nigeria and secret meeting with Prophet TB Joshua. You will also read of how South African women married to Nigerians are uniting against discrimination and stigmatization. Follow the story of a Nigerian immigrant in Lagos! No, its Jo’burg!
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