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SOP Initiative NGO offers Amuwo Odofin residents free WiFi

Symphony of Praise Initiative (SOP) through her Christian humanitarian movement, ‘Connect Charity ‘ have, offered 24 hours Wi-Fi to Amuwo residents.

The Wi-Fi was presented to the Amuwo -Odofin Public Library recently in Lagos in commemoration of the ‘World Internet Day’.

According to President of the foundation, Seun Ayeni, the idea was initially conceived at their end of the year community carol programme of 2018.

“For us, it was about academics .We thought about the fact that children don’t read again, you know the popular saying: ‘Readers become leaders’.

  

“We thought that may be people don’t like to read books that much. So we concluded that people like to read via the internet and the only way to do it will be to make young people in Amuwo- Odofin have access to the internet for free.     “That was why we offered a free internet Wi-Fi. We thought that the best place to locate the Wi-Fi would be at the public library. Now, we have a library that is filled with books and also has internet access”

On how they were able to get the support of the residents, Ayeni noted that they have built trust with them over the years.

“We have built trust over the years, people know us now. We have embarked on a lot of community projects and have delivered. We called for funds, people donated money and we were able to raise a little around #100,000. What we had was #250,000 so we had to put in our own funds to make sure it’s a success”

Ayeni also gave clear details on how the project will be sustained.

“The Wi-Fi is opened to anybody that comes close to 50metres circumference around the library.

We thought about sustainability from the scratch, it was part of the project. That was why we made it powered by Solar. Solar as you know is sustainable on its own. So without light or with light, it works. Our internet is powered by solar. Swift has partnered with us by giving us internet free of charge. There is no recurrent payment on this , which is sustainable for us. No recurrent problem of electricity, it is powered by Solar.

I will advise Amuwo Odofin residents not just to use it as a play tool. This is just giving it to you for free so that you are not incapacitated. Explore the possibilities of what you can do with it”.

One of the members of the SOP Initiative’s Board of Trustees and a resident, Peter Adewumi who spoke to the press, said he was filled with joy because of the installation of the free Wi-Fi which will go a long way in empowering the youths in Amuwo Odofin.

The public presentation had in attendance representative of the Amuwo Odofin Local Government, Director, Lagos State Library Board – Mr. A. A. Oyadipe, amongst others.

 

 

 

Bristow Nigeria increases fleet size

Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited (“Bristow”), the leading provider of industrial aviation services in Nigeria has recently increased its Nigerian fleet size with the introduction of at least six additional aircraft in the past six months. These state-of-the-art aircraft which include the Sikorsky S76D & S92, the Leonardo AW139 & AW189 helicopters, and also the Embraer ERJ 145 Jet aircraft serve to provide much more optionality and resilience to its operations in Nigeria, and further strengthen the company’s continuing support and commitment to its varied client base and particularly, to the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry as a whole.

Bristow is the first and currently the only operator of both the Sikorsky S76D and Leonardo AW189 helicopter in the offshore Oil & Gas Market in Africa and currently the only operator of the Sikorsky S92 aircraft type in Nigeria with well over 32,000 flight hours flown on this aircraft type in Nigeria since its introduction to the country in 2008.

The Sikorsky S76D helicopter represents the latest variant of tried and tested S76 Series. A proven aircraft type that has flown well over 7 million flight hours since its first variant came into operation in 1977. This medium sized aircraft type and its variants is the workhorse of the industry. With its two Pratt & Whitney engines, composite blades, low noise signature, smaller D-Value, modern avionics suite and 400nm range, the S76D (as with the S76C++ type) is ideally suited to support the daily shuttles to the Oil & Gas accommodation platforms and unmanned offshore installations in the Niger Delta.

The Sikorsky S92 on the other hand, is the largest helicopter type supporting the Oil & Gas industry in Nigeria today and arguably the only ‘heavy’ type aircraft currently supporting the Oil & Gas industry globally. With its robust gear box design, 540nm range and 19-Seat capacity, this aircraft is ideally suited to long range, crew change flights to offshore Rigs, FPSOs and also for Search & Rescue.  Besides providing an ideal opportunity for client sharing, the aircraft’s internal seat configuration and large cabin space and cabin windows essentially provide such room and comfort as to qualify it as an ‘airliner’.

The Leonardo AW189 is a new 8-tonne helicopter that sits ‘midway’ between the S76D and the S92 in terms of its seat capacity, size and range. It has also been designed to comply fully with the latest international regulatory safety requirements EASA/FAA Part 29 and JAR OPS 3/EU-OPS. A unique feature of particular importance to the AW189’s use for offshore and SAR operations is the fact that it’s main Gear Box has been designed to provide for a 50-minute run-dry capacity, well in excess of regulatory requirements. Bristow currently operates two of this aircraft types in Nigeria and has recently received the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authorities (NCAA) approval to include the type on its Operations Specifications after a very thorough certification and approval process.

According to Captain ‘Dapo Oyeleke, Managing Director of Bristow, these additions to the Bristow Nigeria fleet signify the importance, growth potential and confidence the company has in the Nigerian market.

“Nigeria continues to be a very important market for Bristow. Besides an unwavering commitment to safety and exceptional service delivery, our business strategy revolves around our understanding of individual client’s future requirements and ability to accurately forecast the needs of the Oil & Gas market; and then proactively delivering safe, best in class, and cost effective solutions tailored to fully meet those requirements. The twin-engined, air-conditioned Helicopters with 12, 16 and 19 passenger seat configurations in the medium, light heavy and heavy type categories offer our clients choice, flexibility and the ability to ‘breathe in, and breathe out’, in such a way that drives down their operating costs per seat, per mile, mitigates exposure to one ‘Original Aircraft Manufacturer’ OEM type and optimizes payload”.

Captain Oyeleke also commented that “we will continue to invest heavily in new innovative technology, our processes and above all our people. These additional aircraft will provide an excellent opportunity for us to continue to attract and retain the industry’s best; provide employment, train and ‘throughput’ our Nigerian National pilots, engineers and support personnel, in line with the market opportunities”.

Nigeria’s Yogurt Company, Sweetkiwi Launches In The United States

2018 was a monumental year in the frozen yogurt industry as revolutionary Nigeria’s yogurt brand, Sweetkiwi, launched at Union Kitchen, a healthy-driven retail outlet in the United States of America. The frozen yogurt industry in Nigeria has not been one to boast of contributing to the health of the consumers due to the high content of added sugar. The industry has also not seen any brand pioneer a distinct business move until Sweetkiwi’s launch 7 years ago which drove a new perception and re-wrote the narrative.


The yogurt company was founded by Ehime Eigbe-Akindele in 2011. Born out of her love for desserts, and a personal inclination to be healthy. Ehime noticed a gap in the industry – one void of frozen yogurts that were as natural and healthy as they were sweet. She worked on a clean label recipe making frozen yogurt from fresh milk and culturing it into real yogurt. To aid her, Ehime Eigbe-Akindele went on to take a course in Dessert Production, and a certification course in Entrepreneur Management from the Enterprise Development Centre of Pan Atlantic University, Lagos.

Prior to launching Sweetkiwi, Ehime graduated with a BA Honors from London Metropolitan University in Business Information Technology & International Relations. She began her career in Amnesty International before moving to Citigroup in Dallas, Texas where she handled corporate loan restructuring, default banking, and bankruptcy. Ehime Eigbe-Akindele is, also, a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Scholar, and has been named one of Nigeria’s most inspiring women in 2016.

In a span of 7 years, Sweetkiwi has dominated the Nigerian frozen yogurt scene and was named one of the 100 most innovative businesses in Nigeria. The negotiation to scale beyond Nigeria started in June 2018 with Union Kitchen, a food and beverage business accelerator, with franchises all over the world. Sweetkiwi currently stocks at eight stores in the Washington D.C area. She said “the plan is to go regional than national in the US along with creating experience locations in major cities. We are working to scale Sweetkiwi to a global level.

We have received so much support from the DC food scene and government. ‘I wish the governments in Nigeria can support entrepreneurs in the same way, instead of the current way they treat small businesses. Imagine what we could achieve, we had a better environment to facilitate growth.’ Ehime said on her biggest struggles as an entrepreneur.

 

About Sweetkiwi Frozen Yogurt

Sweetkiwi makes the best tasting, clean labor frozen yogurt using real fat-free yogurt made from milk sourced from grass-fed cows and real ingredients. Founded in 2011, with a plan to help grow milk production and create more dairy and non-dairy products for grocery and retail.

To gain more information on the brand:
www.sweetkiwiyogurt.com

Whisky Business: Sheraton Lagos Hotel Celebrates Whisky Day

LAGOS – May 8, 2019 – Sheraton Lagos Hotel is happy to announce to enthusiasts and lovers of whisky that the hotel teams will celebrate World whisky day on the 18th of May 2019.

The General Manager for Marriott Hotel’s in Nigeria, Barry Curran explains “World Whisky day is a day to try a dram and celebrate the “water of life” as it has been called since ancient times.

“We will offer 10% off our whisky bottles and equally sell whisky based cocktails for just N2,500 on that day.

We encourage you to show up with your friends and loved ones and indulge your Whisky palate.

To make it more pleasurable, we will commemorate all types of whisky as we encourage everyone to drink responsibly.

A set menu will equally be available at our lobby bar and goodies pub for you to choose whichever whisky cocktail catches your fancy.

It’s all about making it fun and enjoyable, whether preferred with ice, a mixer or water, our teams are sure to deliver on your preference.

The hotel looks forward to welcoming all lovers of whisky and our Food & Beverage Director -Mr. Churchill Bemigho, guarantees an enriching experience for anyone who comes in to savour our elevated Whisky cocktails.

As a City Landmark Hotel, located within the epicenter of Ikeja’s bustling area, our focus has always been geared towards stepping up our game and creating great food & beverage experiences that help connect people through their passions.

With the hotel’s proven success and exceptional reputation in beverage expertise, The Sheraton Lagos Hotel looks forward to welcoming everyone to celebrate World Whisky day with us.

South African Airways launches direct service to Guangzhou, China

Introduction of Guangzhou, first new route since SAA implements turnaround strategy

South African Airways (SAA), one of the leading carriers on the African continent, will launch direct flights between Johannesburg and Guangzhou, China, on 18 September 2019, giving customers access to the heart of China’s export led manufacturing industries.

This is yet another strategy implementation initiative aimed at enhancing SAA’s route network.

“The decision to launch this direct service between Johannesburg and Guangzhou means we remain on track in executing our strategy to transform SAA into a fit for the future airline that will operate both efficiently and competitively,” said SAA CEO, Vuyani Jarana.

The Guangzhou route will cater for a spectrum of travellers between Johannesburg and China including business and corporate travellers and will be of special interest to traders. Cargo operations will complement the viability of this route considering that high value cargo is sourced from Guangzhou.

SAA will be the only carrier operating a direct service between Johannesburg and Guangzhou, with flight time of approximately 13 hours and 40 minutes, providing the shortest travel time on a nonstop basis between the two points.

There will be three new flights per week to Guangzhou, in South China, and these will complement SAA’s current operations to Hong Kong. This means, SAA will fly four times a week to Hong Kong.  Airbus A340-300 aircraft will operate both the Guangzhou and Hong Kong routes.

Guangzhou is the largest city in the Guangdong province in South China and the third largest Chinese city after Beijing and Shanghai. It is an important transportation hub and trading port, located on the Pearl River about 120km Northwest of Hong Kong.

“Adding a direct service to mainland China, combined with our current popular flights to Hong Kong provides SAA with immense growth opportunities to and from mainland China. It also gives our traders access to the centre of Chinese manufacturing,” said Jarana.

The province of Guangdong is the centre of China’s export led manufacturing industries and described as “the world’s manufacturing hub”. Formal and informal traders source the majority of goods purchased in Sub-Saharan Africa from the province, due to Africa’s poor manufacturing capacity.

For more travel options for SAA customers flying to and from Guangzhou, the airline has interline agreements with China Southern Airlines, China Eastern, Air China and Hainan Airlines. To complement this initiative Guangzhou city has an extensive fast train network connecting the hub with important cities in China within 1-3 hours of SAA’s arrival and departure time. The newly opened 45 minutes’ fast train line between Guangzhou and Hong Kong provides alternatives to our customers to use both SAA’s Hong Kong and Guangzhou services.

SAA is also negotiating a code share agreement with Hong Kong Airlines, anticipated to be in place this financial year, for further travel options for customers travelling beyond Hong Kong. Hong Kong airlines will codeshare on SAA’s Hong Kong-Johannesburg sector and provide feeder traffic from Japan, Korea, Philippines and China.

The planned schedule, which will be published on Monday, 06 May, aims to offer morning arrivals in Johannesburg, seamless connection with SAA’s regional network with less than three hours lay-over in Johannesburg. The afternoon arrival flight in Guangzhou will connect to more than twenty cities in China and these include SHANGHAI, BEIJING, FUZHOU, XIAMEN, NANNING, KUNMING, HAIKOU, QINGDAO, NANCHANG, WUHAO, and CHENGDU to mention the top ten within one to three hours of arrival time in Guangzhou. The inbound flights from Guangzhou will allow for connections with arriving flights from Japan and Korea that are an important market on days SAA will not be operating from Hong Kong.

“We are confident that the introduction of this route is based on sound commercial considerations and will not only benefit SAA but South Africa as a whole as China is the largest source market in Asia. It is also South Africa’s largest trading partner in the world,” concluded Jarana.

Customers based in China may contact SAA at any of the following offices:

·         Guangzhou:     +86-10-65026789

·         Shanghai:         +86-21-6362-1461

·         Beijing:              +86-10-65026789

·         Chengdu:          +86-28-85550998

 

These offices cover the most important geographic locations of Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western China.

Guangzhou Schedule

SA288 Days 3,5,7 JNB 1925 CAN 1505+1

SA289 Days 1,4,6 CAN 2215 JNB 0530+1

 

Hong Kong Schedule

SA286 Days 1,2,4,6 JNB 1645 HKG 1240

SA287 Days 2,3,5,7 HKG 2355 JNB 0705

Beverly and Derreck Joubert receing an award

Beverly and Dereck Joubert receive Melvin Jones Award for outstanding humanitarian work

Botswanan wildlife duo are bestowed with the highest achievable recognition from Lions Club International for their works with local communities.
Botswanan citizens Dereck and Beverly Joubert, both National Geographic explorers and founders of the Great Plains Foundation, a wildlife conservation organisation, have been presented with the Melvin Jones Award, the highest honour conferred by service organisation Lions Clubs International for outstanding humanitarian work.

Through their associated companies and the foundation, they have donated $2,000,000 (20 million Botswana Pula) in 2018, half of which went to assisting the poorest of the poor in Botswana, the landlocked southern African country best known for its wildlife.

Despite rapid growth and significant improvements in the country, half of Botswana’s population remains either poor or vulnerable, with 46.2% of them children under 15, according to the World Bank. The Jouberts have long been committed to the concept of shared prosperity, and have contributed much to job creation, education and community upliftment projects.

Every Melvin Jones Fellow is recorded for posterity at the Lions Clubs International headquarters in Oakbrook, Illinois, on a special board set aside for this purpose. Previous recipients include Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton who were recognised for their contribution to the human rights, their fight for equality, and for giving to the people of Africa.

Dereck and Beverly Joubert, although better known for their work in wildlife conservation, perform outstanding behind-the-scenes work in local communities in Botswana. They have been giving steadily for decades through education grants and support, through children’s programmes, solar lantern projects and now in establishing an academy.

In a moving acceptance speech, Dereck said that with only 4% of the planet’s animal biomass being wildlife it the collective job of all humankind to protect them, and not to squabble over how to kill the last of them.

“To achieve that, we need humanity to join hands. In cooperating we achieve collaboration,” he said, “but we must first find ways to uplift the poor, to educate, to create jobs and to raise basic minimum wages across the board. Only when all people have the relative luxury of safety, food security and freedom to determine their own futures will we achieve the harmony with nature that we all seek. That is why we believe it is critically important to invest in the future we all want.”
Beverly said it was heart-breaking for her to witness people’s homes burn down because children doing their homework by candlelight had fallen asleep.

“The introduction of solar lanterns to hundreds of households has not only helped put an end to this tragic situation, but it’s also had an additional positive outcome,” she added.

One school principal reported that test scores had improved and pass rates were nearing 100% because children can now spend more hours after dark studying. It’s still a novelty so they really enjoy the lanterns, charging them in the sun and also learning about solar technology.

Lions Clubs International is an organisation with more than 1,7 million members worldwide (nearly the population of Botswana), across 200 countries, underscoring the significance and import of the Melvin Jones Award. The Jouberts say the doors to further collaboration with the Great Plains Foundation have been opened and the two organisations are in discussion about collaboration in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya to help communities in the most need.
Lions Club International was founded in 1917 by Melvin Jones, in whose name the humanitarian award is given. It was established to transcend politics and religion, and to be a consistent in encouraging caring and giving globally, which it has been doing for more than 110 years now.

“It is a great honour to receive this award, but one we are shy about accepting because our policy has always been to give quietly and anonymously, but it seems we have been found out,” said Beverly.

However, we are thrilled to accept the award on behalf of our team, including one young man named Gobotswang Mokgathong, who gave up his life and career in tourism to go and care for others in a village, and those who dedicate their lives to working in nature, because they have their eye on the future.

The Vice President of Lions Club International, Brian Sheehan flew in from the USA for the week-long event. He pointed to the incredible ability of so many who lead by example and go out to raise money, giving of their time out of pure kindness and a desire to give to those that quite simply would not survive without a helping hand.

“When the goals of two organizations and people align like this, we should and will find ways to work together so we can make the lives of the less fortunate better,” he said. “As Lions, our actions and service inspire others. We provide courage and a unique sense of empowerment to our communities and to the world. To do this, we depend on great leadership. And that takes great leadership development from our members.”

Sheraton Abuja Hotel Marks The Holy Month Of Ramadan In True Style

Sheraton Abuja Hotel Marks The Holy Month Of Ramadan In True Style

Abuja, April 30, 2019 Sheraton Abuja Hotel will embrace the spirit of the Holy month of Ramadan with patrons, friends and families. The hotel will pay homage to a variety of Iftar culinary tastes and traditions at its renown Papillon Restaurant.

Guests are guaranteed an enriching dining experience, for those breaking the fast or friends joining in, you are sure to enjoy a traditional Iftar buffet served from live cooking stations and an inspiringly delicious Suhoor menu throughout the Holy month.

According to the General Manger of the hotel, Nouman Irshad “each year our hotel teams work passionately to curate an environment that reflects the mood and ambience of the fasting season. We have created great ambient spaces for relaxation and prayer where our guests will be able to view live proceedings from Mecca. We also have discounted Shisha on demand.

Our all day dining intercontinental restaurant- Papillon will feature traditional selections of Arabic and African Iftar favorites alongside a global variety to accompany the theme of the season. Our special buffet is priced at NGN9,500 Per Person. We look forward to marking each day with families and friends. Meals for children under 6 years of age are complimentary per paying adult while kids from 7 to 12 years old can dine at half price.

Throughout the month of Ramadan, our guests can relax, rest , unwind and reflect at Sheraton Abuja Hotel with room rates starting from just NGN49,999 inclusive of taxes and breakfast while Suhoor commences from the 5th of May till the 4th of June 2019.

We truly have “gone beyond” in our efforts to ensure that there is something for everyone this Holy season. We look forward to welcoming all our clients to share this special month with us and enrich the spirit” says the General Manager.

Foreign secretary meets with Nigerian and British soldiers who are part of a training and support programme by British military

Foreign Secretary: UK Backs Nigeria In Fight Against Extremism

The Foreign Secretary today visited the North East of Nigeria to show that the UK remains committed to supporting Nigeria and its neighbours in the fight against Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa. The UK has repeatedly called for the release of all those abducted by Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa and the protection of all civilians.

Jeremy Hunt visited the WFP (World Food Programme) warehouse in Maiduguri on the third day of his week-long trip to Africa, where he spoke to people providing life-saving support to millions who have fled their homes following attacks by terrorist groups. He also met with the UK Military Liaison and Support Team which is working with the Nigerian military.

Speaking in Maiduguri, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

People are being forced from their homes by the evils of extremism and terrorism. Boko Haram and Islamic State are the antithesis of the values we all hold dear, and we will continue to support Nigeria in the fight to give people secure, prosperous and happy lives.

The UK is providing a substantial and increasing package of security, humanitarian and development support. This includes training and capacity building for Nigerian armed forces deploying in the North East. The UK has trained over 30,000 Nigerian troops in recent years.

As the second largest humanitarian donor, the UK government was one of the first to respond to the crisis, investing £300 million in live-saving aid over five years to reach over 1.5 million of the most vulnerable people. UK support is also addressing root causes of the conflict, helping the Nigerian Government to deliver for its citizens in the longer term, including in health and education.

The UK-Nigeria Security and Defence Partnership, signed during the Prime Minister’s visit to the country in 2018, will increase the UK’s co-operation in the fight against terrorist groups and other security challenges.

Nigeria needs to plan for civilian-led stabilisation and development in areas where the military has ousted the terrorist groups. Together with international partners, the UK will continue supporting Nigeria and its neighbours to tackle threats to regional stability.

Mandela Youth Leadership Summit 2019 South Africa

Sun 16 June 2019 – YOUTH DAY – Mandela Capture Site Howick KwaZulu-Natal

 

The Concept: Invite YOUTH of the WORLD

  • to commemorate an incident 57 years ago that changed history : Sun 5 Aug 1962
  • to celebrate Mandela’s life and those legendary leaders that made a difference
  • to learn from Mandela’s teachings and life lessons
  • to set a tone by endorsing truth, humility and perfect self belief.
  • to globally join hands for peaceful co-existence of the nations.
  • to venture on the rocky obstacle ridden path to victory.
  • to motivate the Youth to become the next Legendary World Leader
  • to extend invitations to youth worldwide: USA, Canada, UK, Western Europe, Australia, Nordic Countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark), Middle East, Africa
  • to invite worldwide student leaders as guest speakers and facilitators at the summit from confirmed attendees
  • to present a world class global YOUTH Summit

 

The Partners

  • to partner with International organisations:
    • Mandela Foundation South Africa
  • to partner with South African organisations:
    • Gandhi Committee Pietermaritzburg
    • Umsunduzi Municipality (Pietermaritzburg)
    • Apartheid Museum Johannesburg
    • 100 Young Mandelas of the Future : A NEWS.24 initiative
    • South African Tourism
    • Nelson Mandela Capture Site
    • Nelson Mandela Foundation Johannesburg