Month: July 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson appoints 39 Year Old Nigerian MP As Children And Families Minister

Kemi Badenoch has been appointed by Boris Johnson as the new children’s minister, replacing Nadhim Zahawi.

The MP for Saffron Waldren joins new education secretary Gavin Williamson, long-serving schools minister Nick Gibb and returning universities minister Jo Johnson in the refreshed ministerial team at the Department for Education. The government is yet to say who will take the skills brief previously held by Anne Milton.

A huge privilege to be able to serve and make a positive difference on a number of issues close to my heart

In a tweet sent at the weekend, Badenoch said she was “humbled to have been appointed a junior minister at the DfE”, adding it was a “huge privilege to be able to serve and make a positive difference on a number of issues close to my heart”.

The children’s minister’s role includes elements of schools policy including special educational needs and high needs funding, safeguarding in schools, disadvantaged pupils, school sport and healthy pupils and the social mobility opportunity areas.

Badenoch will immediately face pressure from the schools community to address a crisis in SEND funding. The think tank IPPR North recently found that the amount of funding available for pupils with the most complex needs has reduced by 17 per cent across England since 2015.

It follows repeated warnings from the schools community and SEND experts that demand for support is outstripping supply, prompted in part by a sharp rise in the number of pupils with education, health and care plans, which replaced statements in 2014.

Born in Wimbledon, Badenoch grew up in Nigeria and the US before moving back to the UK as a teenager. She studied computer systems engineering at the University of Sussex and worked in the IT sector before moving into a career in consultancy and financial services. She also served as head of digital at The Spectator, and has a law degree from Birkbeck, University of London.

Elected in 2017, Badenoch initially served on the justice select committee. She became a vice-chair of the Conservative Party in January last year, a role that put her in charge of candidates. Last April, she apologised to the Labour MP and former deputy leader Harriet Harman after admitting she once hacked into her website “to say nice things about the Tories”.

She also came under fire after she defended Toby Young, the former head of the New Schools Network and her former Spectator colleague, over his controversial tweets. Young resigned last March as a result of ongoing “media attention” about his past comments, many of which had been unearthed by journalists following his appointment to the board of the new universities regulator, the Office for Students.

Life Lessons Taught As Mayor Of Enfield Launches Autobiography

Patience, discipline, wisdom, determination, not worrying (calmness) and believing in yourself, were personal life lessons shared with the audience of close friends, family and associates present at the Council Chambers of the London Borough of Enfield as second time Mayor Cllr Chief Dr Kate Anolue launched a book detailing her life story.

The book, titled “Kate Anolue: The Autobiography” penned by ghost writer Felicity Okolo, detailed the amiable Mayor’s life history from her days as a young girl, the first and eldest of seven children of a close knit and loving family.

The Mayor popularly and fondly called “Aunty Kate” born in the North of Nigeria to Igbo parents, her mother a royal princess, spoke about her idyllic childhood and her special relationship with her father, her family’s flight to the East of Nigeria from Jos, Northern Nigeria where the family had settled at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1966, and her early Teachers’ Training before moving to the UK following her engagement to her late husband.

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Aunty Kate who recently celebrated her 70th birthday at an elaborate society dinner and dance event, also spoke about the pain and hardship of suddenly finding herself a single mother of four young children when her husband tragically died and how she had to rely on her self reliant, resilient spirit to push herself and keep going.

Mayor Kate had retrained and become a qualified nurse and subsequently, a midwife shortly after arriving in the United Kingdom so she juggled her demanding job with single-handedly raising her four children. However, not one to be held down by misfortune and wanting to improve and develop herself, her childhood desire to become a lawyer took hold and she enrolled in University for a full time degree course. This she combined with raising her kids as well as holding down a full time job as a midwife at North Middlesex Hospital, Enfield, a job she held for 40 years. With her Law degree under her belt, she entered into politics, was elected a councillor in the London Borough of Enfield in 2017 and became Mayor for the first time in 2013.

On retirement, from her nursing career she was honoured with a Long Service Award from North Middlesex Hospital, Enfield for her service to pregnant women and their families, as well as a Honorary Freeman of the London Borough of Enfield conferment in recognition of her long valuable service to the Enfield Community and outstanding Contribution to the voluntary sector.

A woman of staunch and strong faith in God, Cllr Kate also wrote about the immense pleasure, self fulfilment and satisfaction she derives from her numerous community and voluntary activities such as working with young people, victims of domestic violence, grass-root politics and mentorship.

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The event professionally moderated by world famous Trainer and Speaker, Dr Dayo Olomu, had childhood friends, fellow councillors, past colleagues, community leaders and her family members in attendance.

The book was reviewed by author and journalist Ayo Akinfe, Barrister Jenny Chika Okafor, the President of Nigerian Women In Diaspora Leadership Forum and Dr Dayo Olomu.

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Just under £5,000 was raised at the event attended by both past and present CANUK Chairmen, Chief Bimbo Roberts Folayan and Dr Boma Douglas with his wife June, Retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Iguh, CON, representatives of various Nigerian communities and associations from all over the UK and Europe.

The evening was chaired by Sir Ezinna Longenius Iwu, who with his wife Lady Edith were also chief launchers of the book.

Ever the generous humanitarian and philanthropist, all proceeds from the book launch were donated to the Mayor’s various charities.

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Kate Anolue THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY is available now on Amazon: 


The Truth Hurts: Nigerians Need To Look Closer To Home

I am so proud and will always be proud to be British – born and mostly bred.
But I am also Naija to the core.

I understand both of my worlds – completely.

Barely 24 hrs after the Tory party election for a new PM, ministers were announced and they got straight to work.

No thanksgiving
No aso ebi for owambe victory parties🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢
No stupidly flamboyant eagles square swearing-in ceremony
No dilly-dallying for months around self seeking ego filled Godfathers BEFORE you can appoint your own commissioners or ministers.
No hordes of “special assistants” made up of mistresses, drop out cousins, drinking buddies and olodo children!

My fellow Nigerians whose country is gradually melting down the abbys of economic oblivion are sitting at their laptops, glued to their phones criticizing the leader of a WORKING DEVELOPED COUNTRY.

The reason many of us hate PM Boris Johnson is because of the tag of racism we have stuck on him. Admittedly, BoJo gets carried away and is prone to exaggeration.

He also sometimes talks too much. And he probably also loves his country too much. But since when did loving your country or talking too much become a crime?

Our own leaders in Nigeria might want to emulate that quality of loving your country above yourself!!!

Unfortunately folks who talk too much inadvertently say some things which even if not entirely wrong, can come across as nasty – often taken as racism if coming from a white fellow.

And tell me, as stinginly hurtful as the words of the PM about us, which almost every other leader of the Western world is thinking about Nigeria(ns) but too much of a coward to say out loud (except Trump) might sound, tell me which one of them is untrue?

Past sneaky PM David Cameron did not mince words when he described us in what was meant to be a whispered conversation as “Fantastically corrupt”. Unfortunately, that whisper was picked up by microphones on live TV and beamed across the world! Nigerians almost shite ourselves castigating and vilifying “Dagenham Dave” for his words.

But was he wrong?

My dear friend Ayo Akinfe in this morning’s edition of his daily writes-up spoke about Boris while inserting interesting tags such as xenophobic, inept, doomed to fail etc, also in the same article called on or rather made it a mandatory obligation for the new PM to drive investors towards Nigeria citing the example of Siemens who have launched a power producing plant and the Chinese who are building a transformer manufacturing plant.

These are good developments….

But these are new investors.

The possible reason Britain is not encouraging investment could be past bitter experience of dealing with Nigerians. If they built a wind turbine farm stretching from Badagry to Calabar, like Ayo suggested, Nigerians will steal the blades in one month! Every single blade!!

And let us look at just a few of Nigerians’ work ethics:
*Lazy workers who will turn up at work when they please and steal materials and funds from their employers?
*Educated but painfully illiterate workforce who will not read, talkless of trying to understand simple instructions?
*Or greedy employees who will bribe potential clients out of their eyeballs before even as much as a penny…sorry Naira has dropped into their employers coffers???
*Rude workers who see their positions as a favour to clients
*Nauseating customer service
*Lying, scheming, cheating, ritualistic, sycophantic, superstitious and over religious tendencies

Should I continue???

Here in the UK, Nigerians in the 90s almost single handedly broke the welfare benefits system, housing, credit card and Euro cheques banking system – to mention just a few.

Is it just fine if we say or know these things to be true about ourselves, but a crime when someone else says it??

Nigerians – we are like a 60 year old man with only 1 eye which is also riddled with astigmatism & glaucoma, pointing fingers at a man with 2 eyes with a tiny little speck in one of them.

blind ol man

We Nigerians MUST look at ourselves both as a nation and as individuals and find out why the world hates us so much.

I bet you won’t need to look far. Unfortunately, we are not honest people.

Not with others
Not with ourselves

The truth, they say is a bitter pill to swallow.

Met Police Investigate Infiltration Of News Server

The London Metropolitan Police is investigating a possible hacking occurrence after unauthorised messages were posted via the Met’s MyNewsDesk platform

The Met Police Press Bureau uses an online provider called MyNewsDesk to issue news releases and other content. When a story is published via MyNewsDesk, it appears on the Met’s website and Twitter accounts and generates an email to those who’ve subscribed to receive their news updates.

Last night, Friday 19 July, unauthorised messages appeared on the news section of the website as well as on the @metpoliceuk Twitter feed and in emails sent to subscribers.

A statement by the Met says “While we are still working to establish exactly what happened, we have begun making changes to our access arrangements to MyNewsDesk”.

“At this stage, we are confident the only security issue relates to access to our MyNewsDesk account.

There has been no ‘hack’ of the Met Police’s own IT infrastructure.

We are assessing to establish what criminal offences have been committed”

“We apologise to our subscribers and followers for the messages they have received” the statement adds.

Train Delayed In London As Commuter’s Brazilian Hair Extensions Get Stuck In Door

Commuters on a train to London were held up when a passenger got their hair caught in a door.

The busy London Northwestern Railway service between Tring and London Euston was delayed for several minutes at Harrow & Wealdstone station shortly before 7.30am on Wednesday.

A member of the crew made a tannoy announcement explaining that the train was not moving because a passenger’s hair was caught in a door.

He asked the passenger in question to open the door, get their hair inside the train, and then close the door again.

The train continued on its journey shortly afterwards.

A spokesperson for London Northwestern Railway said: “Our 0634 service from Bletchley to London Euston was delayed for approximately two minutes at Harrow & Wealdstone station after vigilant train crew identified a female passenger’s hair extension had caught in the carriage door.

“The safety of our passengers is our top priority at all times and train crew delayed the departure of the service while the door was quickly cleared and offered the passenger some friendly words of advice.”

New Novel Launched By Nigerian Author In London

Nigerian author and playwright Sefi Atta launched her latest Novel ‘The Bead Collector’ in Camden, London.

Sefi is a prize-winning writer and novelist. A former chartered accountant and CPA, she is a graduate of the creative writing program at Antioch University, Los Angeles.

Her short stories have appeared in journals like Los Angeles Review and Mississipi Review and have won prizes from Zoetrope and Red Hen Press.

Her radio plays have been broadcast by the BBC. She is the winner of PEN International’s 2004/2005 David TK Wong Prize and in 2006, her debut novel Everything Good Will Come was awarded the inaugural Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.

Her short story collection, Lawless, received the 2009 Noma Award For Publishing in Africa. Lawless is published in the US and UK as News From Home.

She lives in Mississippi with her husband Dr. Gboyega Ransome-Kuti, Fela’s nephew.

Synopsis of the ‘Bead Collector’

Lagos, January 1976, six years after the Nigerian Civil War. A new military regime has been in power for six months, but rumors are spreading that a countercoup is imminent. At an art exhibition in the affluent Ikoyi neighborhood, Remi Lawal, a Nigerian woman who runs her own greeting-card shop, meets Frances Cooke, who introduces herself as an American art dealer, in Nigeria to buy rare beads. They become friends and over the next few weeks confide in each other about their aspirations, loyalties, marriage, motherhood—and Nigeria itself, as hospitable Remi welcomes the enigmatic Frances into her world.
With her signature subtlety and wit, Sefi Atta examines a brief but profound friendship, and one Nigerian mother’s yearning—amid legacies of conflict and uncertainty—to help build her country from home.
‘Sefi Atta brings to exhilarating life the textures, rhythms and byzantine subtexts of this complex society. It’s been a long time since I felt so powerfully immersed in a novel.’—Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs.

Contributed by Bimbola Babarinde

Hackney Man Who Grabbed Woman’s Buttom Convicted Of Sexual Assault

A man has been found guilty of sexual assault following a trial at Southwark Crown Court.

Daniel Omozusi of Hackney, East London was convicted on Wednesday, 10 July and will be sentenced at the same court on Friday, 2 August.

The court heard that on Monday, 26 November 2018, Omozusi approached a woman just outside Oxford Circus underground station and grabbed her buttock.

The victim, aged 35, turned around and challenged him but he denied the offence and tried to flee the scene.

As he was doing so, the victim was able to take a number of photos on her phone which she later provided to police.

As part of the investigation, a media appeal including the photo taken by the victim was launched, leading to the identification of Omozusi.

He was arrested by officers on Wednesday, 2 January where he admitted his actions.

Detective Constable Faisal El Issaoui, from the Met’s Central North CID, said:

“The victim in this case played a significant role in bringing Omozusi to justice and we commend her for her quick thinking and reporting his actions to police, which enabled us to identify this dangerous offender.

“We hope this conviction demonstrates how seriously we take sexual offences of any nature and encourages others subject to the same behaviour to come forward and report it.”