Day: June 22, 2017


FORMER president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has thrown his weight behind the Fourth Nigerian Direct Diaspora Investment Summit (NDDIS) taking place in London next month and plans to unveil three initiatives at the event.

Being organised for the fourth time, NDDIS 2017 is focusing on developing the government’s plans to diversify the Nigerian economy and end the dependency on oil even as it encourages collaboration between Nigerians in the Diaspora and companies in Nigeria in all the sectors. It aims to tap into the potential of the diaspora as well as attract foreign direct investors, who will be linked up with the federal and Nigerian state governments.


Among those who will be attending will be Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State; Senator Lanre Tejuosho, the chairman of the senate committee on health; Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on diaspora affairs and the chair of the Diaspora Committee at the House of Representatives, Hon Rita Orji.

Chief Obasanjo will be represented by  Ayo Aderinwale, the deputy coordinator of the Obasanjo Library.

In addition, the African Leadership Forum (ALF) an initiative of Chief Obasanjo is set to be represented by Dr Olumide Ajayi, the chief executive of the organisation.

Founded in Nigeria in 1988, the ALF was set up to help improve the current quality of leadership across Africa while at the same time helping to train the next generation of leaders for the continent.

At the summit in London next month, the ALF will be partnering with NDDIS to launch a diaspora integration and investment support scheme (Diiss). It is designed to help support diasporans as they return to Nigeria to set up their businesses through induction courses and other initiatives.


Bimbo Afolayan

NDDIS chairman Chief Bimbo Afolayan said: “The overall name for the initiative is Diiss but it is made up of three parts. This includes the diaspora adaptive programme, the portfolio investment scheme and the direct business ownership scheme.
“Taking place at the School of Oriental Studies (Soas) in central London on July 13 and 14, NDDIS has identified 250 existing diasporan businesses that will like to set up their models in Nigeria to provide employment. It will be followed by a summit dinner on Saturday 15th July and among those supporting the event are UK Trade & Investment, the Afford UK, Soas, the British African Business Alliance and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.”

Mr Aderinwale provides consulting services for several international agencies, including the United Nations, European Union and the African Union. He participated in the initial drafting of the Millennium Plan for Africa, which later became the New Partnership for Africa’s Development and was an inaugural member of the Nigeria Steering Committee of the Africa Peer Review Mechanism.



He is currently the chairman of the board of directors of Justrite, one of the largest superstores in Lagos and Ogun States. In addition, he is also the chairman of the board of directors of the Business School Netherlands and chairman of the board of governors of Bells Educational Services, as well as the Bells Comprehensive Secondary School for Boys and Girls.

According to Chief Afolayan, the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has shown an interest in the summit and will be sending a delegation if he is unable to attend. He added that anyone willing to register for the event must visit where they will be able to purchase their tickets online.

For more information contact:
Ene Ebong
Programme manager
07886 602096

Ayo Akinfe
Publicity director
07866 164300

Bimbo Afolayan
07903 560623


The music video for Simon Cowell’s charity single Bridge Over Troubled Water was released on ITV on Wednesday evening – and it was very emotional. The footage, which was released to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, consisted of a mix of black-and-white footage of artists singing in the studios, and scenes showing victims affected by the tragedy.

With a star-studded line up of more than 50 artists – who congregated to Sarn Studios over the weekend to record the song – the video included the likes of Liam Payne, Robbie Williams and Pixie Lott.


Click here to watch video “Over troubled waters”


There were also uplifting moments in the video, which was aired just before Coronation Street at 19:30. Heartwarming gestures from the public, such as the volunteers working tirelessly in community centres and food vans giving out free meals to victims, also featured.


The video resulted in an outpouring of support from fans on Twitter soon after its debut. “The music video is so unbelievably powerful,” wrote one, while another said: “The single was beautiful reduced me to tears, well done @SimonCowell for this phenomenal single, congrats u were great xx.” A third said: “If it didn’t rip you apart emotionally then you didn’t watch it properly.”

I really want to thank everyone at @ITV for giving up their timeslot to show the Artists For Grenfell video. It really is much appreciated




Depression is a common, highly preventable illness that affects millions of people across the world, yet according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, only 28 per cent of sufferers seek help.

What is depression?

There is a common misconception that depression is merely feeling “down” or “sad”, when the reality of the illness is far more severe and wide-ranging. Depression is a persistently low mood often associated with extreme despondency and apathy and can last for weeks, months or even years.

The causes vary dramatically. Often, life-changing events can be a trigger – and not necessarily negative moments. Anything from “bereavement, losing your job or even having a baby, can bring it on”, says the NHS.

Furthermore, people with a family history of depression or anxiety, a similar but distinct condition, are far more likely to suffer it at some point in their lives.

However, the truth of the matter is that depression can strike for no reason at all, so it is always worth being vigilant about your mental wellbeing and that of those near to you.


How do I know if I’ve got it?

Due to its often slow onset, depression can sometimes be hard to spot and can creep up on people almost without them noticing. Doctors advise people to seek help if they feel they’re going through a sustained period of tiredness, low energy or mental fatigue and are unable to enjoy things they previously found pleasurable or interesting.

Other symptoms include a loss of appetite and sex drive, sleeping problems, difficulty concentrating, feelings of guilt and hopelessness and a loss of self-confidence. If these symptoms begin to interfere with your daily life, it is possible you are suffering from depression and should speak to your GP.

Another key factor that may help you spot depression not only in yourself but in others is depression’s ability to seemingly dictate conscious choices. For example, it can cause sufferers to avoid certain social situations or friends, leading them to retreat from those who may be able to help. Furthermore, depression can cause serious anxiety and seemingly easy decisions can cause great anguish.


If left untreated, depression can sometimes trigger thoughts of suicide and death. If you find yourself frequently thinking about this, the NHS recommends speaking to your doctor or an A&E department urgently.

Is it common?

Yes. For an illness for which so few seek treatment, a staggering one in ten people in the UK suffer from it at some point in their life. It also can hit anyone of any age, race or gender.

Recognising this is an important stepping stone to not feeling so isolated in your feelings, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists, adding that one of the best ways to start recovering is to “remind yourself that many other people have had depression”.



How can I get treatment?

Thankfully, there are a whole host of solutions to the problems faced by those with depression.

For mild sufferers, doctors suggest “watchful waiting” to see whether the illness goes away on its own, along with healthy eating and an increase in physical activity.

If this does not help, or for sufferers of moderate to severe depression, a combination of therapy and medication can be prescribed. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which aims at changing negative patterns of thinking, is often used in conjunction with antidepressants.


Antidepressants do not always work for everyone and often have consequential side-effects. If you experience any of these, it’s important to speak to your doctor to have your prescription changed.

How can I help a family member or friend?

A friend, family member or even a co-worker may be suffering from depression, yet have not sought help for it.

Although it is understandably tricky to inform someone you believe they may need medical help, there are some signs you may be able to see that they may not.

For instance, if someone has slower speech and movements, or is more fidgety and restless than usual, they may have depression. “Empty fridges and cupboards (which suggest a poor diet)”, “neglected appearance” and “poor hygiene” may also be warning signs, says the NHS.

Talking about depression to someone you suspect may be suffering may seem a daunting task, but with patience and understanding they may seek the help they require.

“Without judging them, gently encourage them to help themselves – for example, by staying physically active, eating a balanced diet and doing things they enjoy,” advises the Depression Alliance.

“Get information about the services available to them, such as psychological therapy services or depression support groups in their area, and stay in touch with them by messaging, texting, phoning or meeting for coffee. People who are depressed can become isolated and may find it difficult to leave their home.”

If the person you’re worried about expresses suicidal feelings, you or they should contact a GP or NHS 111. You can also call the Samaritans free on 116 123 for confidential, 24-hour support.






Defending champion Andy Murray was knocked out of the Aegon Championships in the first round by world number 90 Jordan Thompson on a day of shocks.

The world number one lost 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to Thompson, a late replacement for the injured Aljaz Bedene.

It is the first time since 2012 that Britain’s Murray has lost his opening match at Queen’s Club.



Second seed Stan Wawrinka and third seed Milos Raonic also lost their first-round matches.

It left the crowd packed into the new 10,000-capacity Centre Court stunned.

“It’s a big blow, for sure,” said Murray.

“It has happened in the past where guys haven’t done well here and gone on to do well at Wimbledon.

“There is no guarantee that I won’t do well at Wimbledon, but it certainly would have helped to have had more matches.

“He played better than me. I didn’t create loads of chances. I didn’t return particularly well. He served big. He served well.”

I can still have great Wimbledon despite Queen’s exit – Murray

Australian Thompson, a lucky loser who lost in qualifying and only made the first round after Briton Bedene withdrew because of a wrist injury, played superbly.

The 23-year-old from Sydney sealed the most famous victory of his career with an ace after one hour and 43 minutes.

“Andy’s the world number one. I’ve looked up to him and that’s definitely the biggest win of my career,” Thompson said.

“I took each point at a time. I didn’t expect it to be winning in straight sets.

“I was sitting around yesterday hoping to get a match. Here I am, I got in the draw and I was so lucky to be here.”

Thompson has won two Grand Slam matches in his career to Murray’s 184

Murray, 30, could not find any rhythm, dropping serve twice in the second set and failing to convert the three break points which came his way as his forehand in particular let him down.

The defeat was the Scot’s first at the tournament since 2014 and ended a 14-match winning streak on grass stretching back to 2015.

Both his Wimbledon titles, in 2013 and 2016, followed victories at Queen’s Club.

Murray had to adjust his game plan after the late change in opponent, and hot, blustery conditions were not ideal, but the five-time champion was still surprisingly out of form.

Thompson had not won an ATP main-draw match in 2016 but reached the final of the lower level Surbiton Challenger on grass last week, and was sharp from the outset.

He denied Murray a single break point in the first set, failing to convert three chances of his won in game two, and then recovered from 3-1 down in the tie-break.

A Murray double-fault changed the momentum and the Briton could only tamely guide a backhand smash into the net on set point.

The comeback appeared on when Murray moved 0-40 up at the start of the second set, but Thompson played his way out of trouble without any nerves and went on to dominate.

Murray’s forehand gave up the first break of serve at 4-2 and Thompson made sure with a second successive break before serving out the match.

A final tally of 26 errors to nine winners illustrated Murray’s lack of form.

Andy clearly doesn’t feel comfortable hitting a tennis ball and that’s what he’s been great at throughout his career.

What Jordan Thompson did so well was chase balls down and made very few unforced errors. Andy, after a few unforced errors, really just didn’t want to do it.

Andy looked unsure and looked unbalanced. He was hooking his forehands and was all over the place. He was looking at his box and was getting very negative. It was poor by his standards.

There was no physical presence. “I’m number one in the world and you’re not beating me” – that was not there. But I think he’ll be fine – there’s no reason to panic whatsoever.

Murray’s exit means there is no British interest left in the draw at Queen’s after all five home players suffered first-round defeats.


The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday said Nigeria would remain a united country.

Speaking at a meeting with the 36 state governors in Abuja, Mr. Osinbajo told the governors that they “must ensure the security of lives and property” in their states, adding “Nigeria is indissoluble.”

The meeting is part of a series of meetings the acting president is having with ethnic, religious and political leaders to douse tensions in the country.


The tensions got worse after a Northern youth coalition asked all Igbos living in Northern Nigeria to leave.

The call has been condemned by local and national officials including the federal government.

“We must not allow careless use of words to degenerate into crisis,” Mr. Osinbajo told the governors.


Mr. Osinbajo also said that he reached a number of agreements with a cross section of leaders from the north and south-eastern part of Nigeria, whom he met with earlier in the week.

He said the meetings with the two sets of leaders agreed that “Nigeria’s unity should not be taken for granted” adding “no one wants to see us go down the path of bloodshed or war.”

The acting president also said the meetings agreed on the Nigerian 1999 constitution as the basis for the country’s unity. He said it was agreed that the constitution is the basis for the legal contract that exists between all Nigerians.

“Our meetings were frank and open as I hope this will be. We were able to agree on most of the critical issues that were discussed and in most cases changed perceptions that may have been long embedded in their minds.

“We also agreed that under no circumstances should we condone hateful speeches and that governments should take all steps necessary to bring to book all those who preach violence, in particular the kind of expressions of dissent that can cause violence.

“We also agreed that we need to do more to engage our youth productively, create some jobs and multiply the economic opportunities available.

“More importantly we agreed on the need for leaders to speak out forcefully to counter divisive speech or any kind of war mongering.

“We agreed that leaders at all levels speak out forcefully against any kind of divisiveness or divisive speech. And we expect that our political leaders will do so without waiting to be prompted,” he said.




The acting president said most of those who spoke expressed the view that sometimes when leaders do not speak up promptly, the problems degenerate no matter what they are.

This applied to both the statement made by the young people in the south-east as well as the youth in the northern states.

“We discovered that there was a need for much greater resonance in the way that these things are done and for the leaders to speak up more forcefully.

“We believe that if the leaders do not speak up forcefully enough, if for any reason matters are allowed to degenerate, not only does leadership lose their legitimacy, they run the risk of things going completely out control,” Mr. Osinbajo said.

He commended the leaders from the North and South for their openness at the consultations saying “that they were extremely responsible even in their criticisms of what they felt were issues that should have been better handled.”

“I think that their criticisms were fair and balanced. I must commend them for their sense of responsibility and their leadership,” he said.


Mr. Osinbajo urged the governors to unite with themselves and the federal government to “resolve various challenges that arise on a constant basis for the benefit of all Nigerians regardless of party affiliations”.

He called on the governors to resist the temptation to play politics especially with matters of security.

“Sometimes intensions are perceived on the account of the fact that they have wrong perception about a particular thing.

“I think it is in our place to ensure that we dig down the fact and ensure that people are given the fact and ensure that we don’t colour them with politics,” he said.

The meeting was also attended by some ministers, heads of the nation’s security agencies, and top officials in the presidency.




Police are investigating reports of an alleged gang rape at a nudist club near Dartford.

The incident is said to have happened at Eureka Sun Club in Manor Lane, Fawkham on Saturday, June 17.

Police said that at around 2.30am the victim had been talking to a number of men who were inside a vehicle before she returned to the caravan where she had been staying.

A spokesman for Kent Police said: “Between four to five men are reported to have then entered the caravan and subjected her to a sustained assault.

“The suspects are reported to have also stolen two mobile phones belonging to the victim.

“Detectives are continuing work to establish the circumstances of the incident, and no arrests have yet been made.”

Police want to speak to a man who is not being linked to the incident but is believed to have spent some time with the victim hours before it took place.

The incident is being treated as isolated.

A spokesman for Kent Police said: “Anyone who may have information, but has not yet spoken to police is asked to call 01622 604100, quoting reference YY/016153/17.”

Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.



Tests carried out on a number of tower blocks in the United Kingdom have found the cladding is combustible, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday (June 22).

The Prime Minister was making a statement in the House of Commons about the Grenfell Tower fire, in which 79 people have been confirmed dead, or are missing and presumed dead.

the cladding used to cover Grenwell Tower before Wednesday’s killer fire was a cheaper, more flammable version of two options – the manufacturer of the panels has reportedly confirmed.

A criminal investigation has been launched to find how flames raced up the side of the west London tower block, killing at least 30 people inside.

Fire tore through the 24-storey block on June 14 and questions have been raised about the building’s cladding. May said support for families in the initial hours after the fire was not good enough and that it was right the chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council, Nicholas Holgate, had resigned.