Day: June 6, 2017

MEET RICHARD OBAHOR – THE DIASPORAN BUILDING HOMES FOR DIASPORANS

Richard Obahor, the International Multiple Award Winning Property Guru’s vision is to build 2022 homes right across Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Kenya by the year 2022, to house Africans living in the Diaspora.

Richard Obahor is the CEO of Purple Premium Ltd, a U.K./Nigeria based Real Estate Company considers himself to have a dyed-in-the-wool attitude to accomplishment, doggedness and resilience.

Richard’s career first started in the Real Estate industry in 2003 with Alandale Construction UK, where he worked as a Senior Manager on multi-million pound projects like the Bankside 123 in the City of London, Tower Place, and Westfield Shopping Centre in West London.

He set up his first Real Estate Company in the U.K. in 2008, offering property acquisition, property development, and property management services to his ultra-high net worth clients. Soon after, he integrated into the Nigerian property market, catering for the demands of Nigerians based in the Diaspora whose intention is to own a home in Nigeria, but rather than transact with individuals would prefer to do business with a reputable company.

The company now develops quality luxury homes such as can be found in the new Woodbury Estate, a collection of luxurious appartement units in the high brow Lekki in Lagos. His philosophy is that if you would dream anyway, you might as well dream big and his vision is to build 2022 homes right across Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Kenya by the year 2022, to house Africans living in the Diaspora.

Richard is a very firm believer in community development and under his corporate social responsibilities supports numerous community programmes right across Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

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The serial entrepreneur, who is also a notable public speaker, a writer and a business mentor, has garnered several skills and experience from reputable professional institutions. He has been celebrated with a number of very prestigious, industry leading awards including the BEFFTA 2016 Leadership award, the 2016 Gathering of Africa’s (GAB) awards for Excellence.

Richard believes that to win you have to be in the game, and because he is in the game for the long haul he is looking forward to a number of huge wins. He is married to Joan and has three wonderful children.

 

Words by DAYO OLOMU

Picture credit DiasporaPR


 

 

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MEET THE NIGERIAN AGBOOLA SISTERS STARRING IN UK’S BIG BROTHER 2017

The Big Brother 2017 line up has been revealed and it includes 2 sisters Deborah and Hannah Agboola.

These two ambitious sisters will be bringing plenty of attitude into the house, with reigning Miss Nigeria UK Hannah describing her best assets as “confidence and bravery”.

The beauty queen also works as a makeup store assistant in London and is single. She sees her role in the house as inspiring young people watching to steer clear of crime and gangs, and said she’s ready for the challenge of Big Brother. The devout Christian works as a makeup store host at MAC, also making YouTube videos about her life and romances.EMB-BigBrother2017_Hannah_2

She wants to use her influence to inspire UK-born Nigerians to embrace their culture, and guide young people away from crime so they can lead a better life.

“I want to do Big Brother because I want to do something I have never done before, it’s a unique experience. I want to be challenged as a person. I want to do something outside of the box.”

Older sister Deborah has strong family values and refuses to take disrespect, which could make her one of the most fiery housemates. She describes herself as strong-willed and not afraid to speak her mind.

The strong willed digital analyst who doesn’t use social media is also single and told Big Brother producers: “I want to show the world single mums can be ambitious, successful and don’t have to shy away and be locked up in our houses.”

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Although pairs have entered the show as one housemate in the past – Jedward and Samanda being notable examples – the sisters will compete as separate housemates.

The Agboola sisters, from London,  stole the show last night when they entered the famous house in Nigerian traditional attire, also known as aso ebi.

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The British-Nigerian pair sent Twitter in a frenzy as users celebrated them for being ‘unapologetic’ and representing multicultural Britain on national television.

Some Twitter users were also left inspired by the sister’s choice of outfits and wanted to get their own traditional outfits made.


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LONDON BRIDGE TERRORIST WORKED ON LONDON UNDERGROUND AND HAD ACCCESS TO TUNNELS UNDER HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT

The third terrorist behind the London Bridge attack has been named as it emerged he was arrested last year trying to get into Syria, yet was still able to get into the UK.

Reports in the Italian media said Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba was stopped in Bologna, his mother is Italian and still lives there.

Earlier it emerged the family home of Khuram Butt has been raided in Pakistan and the killer had worked at Westminster tube station and had access to tunnels under Parliament.

Butt, a 27-year-old British citizen born in Pakistan, and Rachid Redouane, who claimed to be Moroccan-Libyan, carried out the deadly assault in which seven people died and dozens more were injured on Saturday night.

He once worked at Westminster tube station and had access to tunnels under Parliament.

Transport for London confirmed Butt worked for London Underground for just under six months as a trainee customer services assistant, leaving in October last year.

 

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Khuram Butt, left, and Rachid Redouane CREDIT: MET POLICE

It also emerged Butt was a key contact of London bomber Mohammed Siddique Khan, as well as the hate preacher Anjem Choudary.

Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer Mark Rowley said Butt was known to the security services, but there was no evidence of “attack planning” by him.

The father-of-two, who reportedly appeared on Channel 4 documentary The Jihadis Next Door, was investigated in 2015 but was part of a probe “prioritised in the lower echelons of our investigative work”, Mr Rowley said.

The disclosure means that perpetrators in all three of the terrorist outrages to hit Britain this year had at some point appeared on the radar of authorities.

Butt, who reportedly went by the name Abu Zaitun, was known to neighbours by the nickname “Abs/z” and was allegedly an associate of radical hate preacher Anjem Choudary.

During the eight-minute long slaughter, the three knifemen ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge using a van and went on to stab people in Borough Market with 12-inch knives.

The attackers, wearing fake suicide vests, were shot dead by eight officers after police unleashed a hail of 50 bullets upon them.

Thirty-six people remain in London hospitals, with 18 in a critical care.

As the nation collectively grieves following the third terror attack to hit the country in three months, a minute’s silence will observed on Tuesday at 11am in memory of the victims.

3 INDIAN MEN FLUNG 9 MONTH OLD BABY OUT OF MOVING AUTORICKSHAW BEFORE GANG RAPING HER MUM

A nine-month-old baby died after she was thrown from a moving autorickshaw by men accused of gang-raping her mother.

The mother, who is aged 19 or 20, told police she had been attacked after getting into the autorickshaw with her daughter around midnight on 29 May to travel to her parents’ house in Gurgaon, on the outskirts of New Delhi.

Two men were on board along with the driver and began harassing her as soon as she got in.

She said the baby, who died of head injuries, was thrown out when she started crying before she was then taken to a deserted road where she was raped.

Gurgaon’s commissioner of police Sandeep Khirwar said: “We are interrogating several people and should be able to progress further in the case today, including making possible arrests.”

Almost 40,000 rapes are reported every year in India – but it is thought the number is much higher because victims are wary about how their complaints will be dealt with and the stigma surrounding sex crimes.

Laws on sexual violence were strengthened after the fatal gang rape of a Delhi student in 2012 sparked worldwide outrage.

The latest case is believed to be the third rape reported in Haryana state since last month.

In May police arrested a man accused of kidnapping, raping and killing his ex-girlfriend and is alleged to have smashed her head with bricks before running her over in a car.

Another case involved a 10-year-old who was found to be five months pregnant after allegedly enduring sustained sexual assault by her stepfather.

The girl was granted permission to have an abortion despite Indian law prohibiting termination beyond 20 weeks.

PACEWORKING FOUNDER SEYE AINA MADE FIRST EVER FEMALE CHAIR OF BRITISH NIGERIAN LAW FORUM

History was made as the British Nigerian Law forum elected its first female chairperson, Seye Aina, at their annual general meeting last Monday.

It is the first time since the organisation’s inception in 2001 that it will be headed by a woman.

The British Nigeria Law Forum is a vibrant professional organisation made up of practising lawyers and students. They provide business, networking and educational opportunities for members and friends in the UK and Nigeria. Established in 2001, the group has a long and successful track record of staging major professional and social events designed to develop and support the careers of their members. BNLF was founded following the ‘African Law Week’ Conference, organised by the British Council in Abuja, Nigeria in May 2001, attended by leaders of the Law Society of England and Wales, The General Council of the Bar of England and Wales and the Nigerian Bar Association.

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The new Chairperson, Seye Aina is the founder of Paceworking, a leading UK business network focusing on promotions, conferences, launches, exhibitions and business networking events. It is also an events consultancy for those wishing to attract interest from professionals, entrepreneurs, charitable organisations and media interest in the UK and internationally.

Paceworking events has also been accredited by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority to offer CPD for Legal Conferences and Seminars.
Seye is the recipient of the BON Ambassadors Award for her achievements and work with Paceworking events and for being a key person of influence in the ethnic community. 
Seye is also the former host of the Television programme ‘Corporate Insight’, which aired on Sky’s Passion TV where she interviewed professional and business leaders.

Stephen Akinsanya of Bethel Chambers is the immediate past chairperson of the BNLF.

 

 

 

 

 

HORROR AS TEENAGER HAD INTESTINES SUCKED OUT BY SWIMMING POOL FILTER

A teenager required life-saving surgery after his intestines were sucked out by a swimming pool filter.

It is understood the horrific accident took place when the 14-year-old became trapped in the purifier of a Spanish pool while playing a game, according to The Daily Mail.

The strong force of the suction meant the boy was unable to free himself and his intestines were sucked out.

His injuries were so severe he required a four-hour operation to save his life.

The local boy had been taking part in a swimming lesson last Friday at a private leisure centre in Carpesa, Valencia.

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The teenager is now recovering in La Fe hospital (Picture: Google Maps)

But according to witnesses, the accident took place at around 9.30pm, when he and some of the other children stayed behind after the lesson to play.

It is thought the children were lifting the purifying vents off and sitting on them as part of a game.

 

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Once it became obvious the boy was in trouble, a trainer jumped into the water to save him, while shouting for the filter to be switched off.

Others also dived into the water to breath oxygen into the boys lungs, according to the newspaper Levante.

A witness told the paper: ‘He was only under the water and trapped for seconds until the purifier was turned off but it seemed like hours.’

Emergency services managed to free the youngster and he was rushed to hospital, where doctors found he had ruptured his bowel.

The teenager, who is believed to be out of danger, is currently recovering from surgery in the intensive care unit of La Fe hospital, Valencia.

The Civil Guard said they were investigating the incident.


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LONDON IMAMS AND MOSQUES REFUSE TO PERFORM ISLAMIC RITES FOR TERRORISTS

Community leaders in East London have refused to say prayers for the terrorists shot dead in the London Bridge terror attack on Saturday night.

Members of the East London Mosque have hit out at the actions of Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane, and a third terrorist, saying their actions go against the core teachings of Islam.

Some 130 imams and religious leaders have now said they will not carry out the prayers that are normally said for Muslims, whatever their actions.

They said: ‘Consequently, and in light of other such ethical principles which are quintessential to Islam, we will not perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer over the perpetrators and we also urge fellow imams and religious authorities to withdraw such a privilege.

‘This is because such indefensible actions are completely at odds with the lofty teachings of Islam.’

Muhammad Habibur-Rahman, chairman of the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre (Picture: PA)

The chairman of East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre, Muhammad Habibur-Rahman, urged people to reject division and prejudice, and to report both extremism and Islamophobia.

‘Once again we come together, to stand united against those who try to divide us.

‘The cold-blooded murder of innocent people in London on Saturday evening will not succeed in driving us apart.

‘I have a clear message to those who perpetrate terrorism: you are against the very core teaching of Islam and of our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.

‘Your misguidance will lead you to destruction, and God willing you will utterly fail in your evil aims.

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Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane from Barking, east London, (Picture: Getty)

‘We stand apart from you and your corruption of the religion of Islam. Terrorism has no faith.’

Sufia Alam, manager of the Maryam Centre, said the organisation has already had reports of Muslim women being verbally abused on buses.

‘We urge all our Muslim women attending the workplace and religious places to report any kind of hate crime they may face,’ she said.

Bishop Adrian Newman said: ‘Our community here in London was not attacked by Islam.

‘A tendency to scapegoat Islam or our Muslim neighbours should be unequivocally rejected.’

Commander Mak Chishty from the Metropolitan Police read out a statement on behalf of the capital’s Muslim community.

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Thousands of people gathered near Tower Bridge last night (Picture: PA)

It said: ‘This terrorist attack is an attack on all communities, including Muslim communities.

‘Every time a terrorist attack takes place Muslim communities either face or fear a backlash against them.

‘The Muslim community appeals to all sections within their own communities to root out the scourge of terrorism which hides amongst their own people and masquerades as Islam.

‘The Muslim community is alarmed and concerned that this attack by three people … would have required planning and yet was not reported.

‘It is the Islamic duty of every Muslim to be loyal to the country in which they live and we are now asking questions – to understand how extremism and hatred has taken hold within some elements of our own communities.

‘Terrorism and extremism is hurting Islam. Muslims must do more to stop such attacks from happening again and we want to know how we can play a greater role in the future.’