Day: March 20, 2019

Nigerian Tech Startup Clinches €100k Prize As He Wins Coverted Tech Global Challenge

A Nigerian scientist has won the BNP Paribas Group Deep Tech Global Challenge 2019.

Adebayo Alonge, the CEO and co-founder of RxAll, won the fiercely fought competition that carried a grand price of over €100,000 for inventing handheld nanoscanners that can detect fake drugs.

Alonge, who himself had been a victim of fake drugs, is the first African to win this competition. He competed alongside 4500 DeepTech Startups from all over the world to win the coverted prize.

Alonge received most of his science education in Nigeria. “When I meet other scientists and innovators across the world and I tell them this, I am often amused at their surprise” he recently said in an interview.

“Yes my business education was at Yale but my science education from high school (at King’s College Lagos) to pharmacy school (at the University of Ibadan) was in Africa. That I can hold my own internationally with the best scientists and deepTech innovators in the world is testament to the quality of local education and talent in Africa, when supported with the right resources”

Adebayo is a pharmacist and market development professional with a business degree from Yale. He has 8+years in market development and strategy consulting across Africa working with BCG, BASF, Roche and Sanofi.

The award, under the umbrella of Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge, is a renowned global startup competition designed specifically to address the needs of deeptech entrepreneurs across several different industries and technologies. The Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge gives scientists and deeptech entrepreneurs from across the world a platform for their research and projects, providing equity-free prize money as well as other funding opportunities, global visibility and connections with key players in the deeptech innovation network.

Family Members Cleared Of Enfield Man’s Death

Seven members of the same family have been found not guilty of manslaughter following the death of a man in Enfield.

Kennedy Ife died on 22 August 2016 at an address in Lancaster Avenue, Enfield.
On Thursday, 14 March, his mother, father and five brothers were found not guilty following a month-long trial at the Old Bailey.

They are: Kenneth Ife, 64; Josephine Ife, 56; Roy Ife, 33 ; Harry Ife, 32 ; Samuel Ife, 28; Daniel Ife, 28, and Colin Ife, 26.

Ife died during an attempted exorcism while being restrained by his brothers after he threatened to cut off his penis.

An investigation was launched by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command after a post-mortem examination conducted the following day established cause of death as cardio respiratory arrest in association with restraint and acute behavioural disturbance.

Giving evidence at the Old Bailey, Roy Ife told how he used handcuffs and later cable ties to restrain his brother before his death in August 2016.

He said he acted after Kennedy made sexual threats against his mother, and bit his father, the court heard.

Roy Ife said: “He had his hand in his boxer shorts and he was saying something along the lines that he wanted to cut off his penis. It was shocking to hear. I was just a bit shocked and startled by what I heard.

I remember my dad trying to calm him down, trying to reassure him and I remember my dad locking the door to bedroom five.

“The next thing I saw was Kennedy, his head went into my dad’s shoulder and my dad screamed. I thought he had been bitten. It was deeply shocking what just happened.”

Roy Ife told jurors he remembered the moment he had to be restrained on August 19 2016.

He said: “Because of his strength, I’m working really hard to restrain him, so I quickly ran downstairs and got the handcuffs from my bedroom and came back upstairs. I do remember that trying to restrain him was a very big struggle.”

The defendant said he had bought the handcuffs on eBay for £30 because he was planning to train to become a bouncer.

He told jurors that he restrained Kennedy with the help of his sibling Colin and one of his twin brothers.

We were trying to calm him down (saying), ‘Kennedy what’s wrong’. It’s like he did not respond. He was just lashing out,” he said.

Prosecutor Joel Smith asked if he remembered telling his mother to call the pastor because he was “worried about a spirit in Kennedy”.

Roy Ife said he did not remember the phone call, saying he did not think he would have asked for a pastor.

The defendant said Kennedy was kept in handcuffs for up to half an hour before a decision was taken to replace them with cable ties.

He said: “I remember when my dad saw the handcuffs he was very angry and ordered the handcuffs be removed. I removed the handcuffs and used the cable ties.”

Mr Smith suggested Kennedy was kept restrained for eight hours, but the defendant denied it.

Asked if he considered Kennedy might be suffering from an episode of mental illness, Roy Ife said he thought his brother was agitated because he had not slept and was “extremely tired”.

Mr Smith said: “Did no-one shout out, ‘Phone 999, get some help?”‘

The defendant replied: “No I don’t think so, because the situation became abusive and we controlled the situation.”

The prosecutor said: “Did you not think it was a situation which required professional help?”

Roy Ife replied: “I did not think it required emergency services because it is a domestic issue. We knew he’s not sleeping. I thought his behaviour was a manifestation of a lack of sleep or exhaustion.”

The defendant said he thought it was not a life-threatening situation

Reviewing Mo Abudu’s Netflix Movie “Chief Daddy”

Last night, I watched this new Nigerian film by Sisi Mo Abudu on Netflix.

“Chief Daddy” tells the story of billionaire industrialist Chief Beecroft, a flamboyant benefactor to a large extended family of relatives, household staff and assorted mistresses. Chief lives large and generously, like there’s no tomorrow, until he suddenly drops dead and all kinds of drama follows.

Featuring almost EVERYONE WHO IS EVERYONE in Nollywood, this film looks good and boasts of a lot of huge egos including Ini Edo’s suddenly humongous backside.

But what this expensive work does not have is depth. The massive talents seem wasted in what seems like a summarisation of a story rather than a drama piece.

Many of the characters didn’t seem to have much to do except kiss their teeth, roll their eyes and dish out stereotypical Yoruba insults throughout the movie.

Racheal Oniga seemed to do most of the work but FALZ was brilliant and alongside Ini Edo’s backside, stole the entire show!

Blink…and you’ll almost miss RMD.

Not a movie I will like to spend time queuing up for at the cinema…

But for a quick & short, feel good uncomplicated movie to watch just before going to bed, Chief Daddy ticks all the boxes.

Dakore Egbuson-Akande.
Funke “Jenifa” Akindele
Zainab Balogun.
Shaffy Bello.
Bisola Aiyeola
Chioma “Chigul” Omeruah.
Ini Edo
Linda Ejiofor
Folarin “Falz” Falana.
Richard Mofe Damijo
Taiwo Obileye
Joke Silva
Patience Ozokwor
Nkem Owoh
Jate Henshaw
Rachael Oniga

Now showing on NETFLIX

Baroness J rating⭐⭐⭐

Brazil-Bound Ship Carrying Over 2000 Luxury Cars Sinks In Bay Of Biscay

The fire stricken Italian ship also carrying over 300 contsiners went aground in the Bay of Biscay in water depth of 4,600 meters off the coast of France.

Grande America, a cargo ship that was operated by the Italian company Grimaldi Lines, was sailing from Hamburg to Casablanca

German automaker Porsche confirmed on Tuesday that the doomed vessel was carrying 37 of it’s cars including four models of the 911 GT2 RS worth $292,200 each.

Production of this specific model ended last February, but Porsche will manufacture a few more to make up for the lost shipment, according to Carscoops.

The Stuttgart-based company wrote a letter to its Brazilian customers informing them that they would reproduce the model especially for them.

‘We are sorry to inform you that, due to a fire, a Grimaldi group ship, that was transporting your vehicle, sank on March 12, 2019,’ the company wrote to its customers.

‘And for that reason, your GT2 RS can not be delivered.

‘As you may know, Porsche ended the 911 GT2 RS production on February 2019 and under normal circumstances, it wouldn’t be possible to give you another car.

Another European car maker, Audi, lost a number of its vehicles in the shipment, including the Audi A3, A5, RS4, RS5, and Q7 models.

All 27 crew members were rescued from the sinking ship unhurt.

Teenage Girl Dies After Dropping Phone into Bath While Charging It

A schoolgirl has died after being electrocuted when she dropped her mobile phone that was on charge into the bath, according to local media reports.

Yulia Vysotskaya, 14, was listening to music on the phone while she was in the bath at her home in Cheboksary, nevar Moscow.

It’s believed that when the phone fell from her hands, it sent a live current into the water. The teenager lost consciousness from the electric shock before she drowned, Russian medical sources said.

Her parents called an ambulance but she was declared dead at the scene.

Investigators said they would carry out a forensic medical examination and look into exactly how it happened.

It is thought to be the third incident of its kind in the country in the past year, despite repeated warnings about charging phones near water.

Last year, a 15-year-old girl and a 12-year-old were killed in separate cases.

In 2017 another 14-year-old was electrocuted while using her mobile in the bath at home in New Mexico. Madison Coe died after touching the frayed extension cord she was using to charge the phone.

Electronics engineer Andrey Stanovsky said: “To relax in the bath with a mobile phone connected to the charger is like playing Russian roulette.”