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Nigerians In The UK To Meet With High Commissioner Oguntade To Decry Abysmal Passport And Visa Service

Following the violent rampage last Monday at the Nigerian High commission by a disenfranchised and frustrated member of the Nigerian community in response to the utterly inefficient and outdated passport renewal and visa issuance services rendered to Nigerians in the country, a consortium of influential Nigerians and community leaders from across the UK have formed to meet and discuss the problem affecting and faced by thousands of Nigerians.

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On Monday, the footage emerged of the violent rampage embarked upon by Jeffrey Apkovweta Ewohime, 32, following the “awful and inconsiderate” treatment he allegedly experienced at the hands of staff of the Consulate’s Visa office.

In all, a total of 7 vehicles belonging to the Consulate and members of the public were very seriously damaged by Ewohime’s violent outburst.

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The video immediately that went viral, attracting a nationwide response of condemnation of the Nigerian High Commission by thousands of Nigerians from allover the United Kingdom who have been on the receiving end of gross ineptitude and poor customer service at the Consulate.

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The only response from the High Commission was the publication of Ewohime’s passport with all the details exposed on social media, contravening all known General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and further demonstration of the Nigeria High Commission’s disregard of standard operating procedures

The group, equally and understandably enraged at the long existing myriad of issues such as backwards and archaic operating procedures, dreadful customer service, confusing online application and appointment booking systems, lack of booklets to mention just a few, is also working towards urging the High Commission to acknowledge these problems and make a full admission of failure in the provision of the consular services rendered to her clients.
The group is also drawing up a list of recommendations towards the overhauling of the passport services unit of the Consulate, These are to be presented to the High Commissioner Hon Retd Judge Oguntade CFR, CON at a meeting scheduled to take place at Nigeria House,Northumberland Avenue early next month.

Also expected to be present at the meeting is the Chairperson Diaspora Commission Hon Abike Dabiri

RCCG Now The Largest Pentecostal Denomination In The UK, As Churches Rapidly Outnumber Pubs

Every village in the United Kingdom used to have a pub, a church, and a general store. Today, pubs (short for “public houses”) have become iconic, a popular destination for visitors to try drinks, traditional pub meals, and the cultural ambiance.But these local landmarks are closing quickly; only 39,000 are left in England, down a quarter from 20 or so years ago. There are now more church buildings than pubs, according to recent figures announced last month by the National Churches Trust.But the number of churches overall is falling too, just not as fast. The share of Christians in the UK is declining, as in America and other parts of the Western world. Total secularization isn’t inevitably around the corner for at least two reasons. First, surveys show that many who say they have “no religion” still believe in God, pray, say they have a soul, or even read the Bible. Second, there is actually substantial growth among certain types of churches in the UK, all in the context of God’s promise to build his church.



The three biggest UK denominations—Anglicans, Roman Catholics, and Presbyterians—are all declining quite quickly. Overall, their numbers have gone down 16 percent in just the last five years, Presbyterians the fastest (down 19%). Two other major groups are also declining, Baptists and Methodists, but they are much smaller in size.The three major denominations form 60 percent of church members, and the smaller two another 16 percent. The remaining members often belong to the types of churches that are seeing the most growth right now—many of which have a Pentecostal bent, ranging from immigrant-founded denominations to Hillsong campuses.Their increase, although significant, is unfortunately not enough to compensate for the drop among the bigger churches, but has moderated the overall decline. I’ll share below which kinds of churches are growing the fastest amid demographic shifts in the UK.Immigrant churches, black majority churches, and reverse mission churches
London is the epicenter for growing churches. Between 2005 and 2012, overall church attendance (not membership) in London went from 620,000 people to 720,000, a 16 percent increase. The number of churches increased by two a week, from 4,100 to 4,800. During this time, the city welcomed immigrants both from Europe and the rest of the world, its population growing from 7 million to 8 million in 10 years.Many of those newcomers were Christians and sought a church that spoke their language. More than 50 different languages are spoken in London’s churches; 14 percent of all the services held in the city are not in English.The trend has since spread into other major urban areas, where churches draw in fellow believers who share the same language, outlook, culture, and so on. This is effectively the principle first enunciated by Donald McGavran, the church growth guru, who said, “People like to stay with their own people,” the so-called homogeneous unit principle.Many of these churches conducting worship in other languages are Roman Catholic. Others are “black” churches, also called Black Majority Churches (BMCs). They too are immigrants but have been in the UK for much longer, often now in their third or fourth generation.They first came as part of the Windrush generation, named for the ship that berthed in 1948 with many from the West Indies (the Caribbean). Rejected initially by the native white churches, they formed their own groups, like the New Testament Church of God, Elim Pentecostal Church, Apostolic Church, Assemblies of God, and others.They have been joined in the last 25 years or so by others coming from West Africa, the “reverse mission” churches, like the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Potters House Christian Fellowship, Mountain of Fire Ministries, Church of Pentecost, and others. Many of these are starting new churches.Founded in Lagos, Nigeria, the RCCG, for example, has started over 800 churches in the UK since 1993, led by a man with clear vision and effective strategy, Pastor Agu Irukwu. His 4,000- strong Church of All Nations in Brent, West London, adopted the mantra “a church within 10 minutes walking distance.” That comes straight out of the Nigerian bush country where no one goes to church by car or taxi.It is effectively the “parish” system used by the three largest denominations, but the RCCG pursue it energetically: “You live near us, come and join us, you’ll enjoy it, we are warm and lively, and you haven’t far to go.” Many respond; the RCCG is now the largest Pentecostal denomination in the UK.

How Boxing Champion Anthony Joshua Lives The Lavish Multi-million Pound Lifestyle Without Touching His Personal Fortune

HIS Instagram feed is a littered with snaps of exotic holidays on private jets, custom-made sports cars and watches worth more than £350,000.

But despite being worth £35million and living a life of luxury, British boxing champion Anthony Joshua is so humble that he still lives in an ex-council house with his mum – and gets everything from his luxury holidays to his clothes for free.

The boxing star also has a humble two-bed flat in Sheffield that he uses when training, which features a master bedroom with a single bed, worn out sofas in the living room and just one communal bathroom.

And while Joshua might be one of the few people in the country not to have to worry about the cost of his weekly supermarket shop, it seems he doesn’t even pay for his own cartons of eggs, with his sponsors paying for his meal prep as well.

The 6ft 6in 29-year-old – who is set to fight Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr in New York’s Madison Square Gardens on Sunday – instead banks all his money, only splashing out on treats for his family, not himself.

His right-hand man and marketing manager, Freddie Cunningham, says that despite having “a lot of money,” Joshua “doesn’t live the life that he could.”

“From the outside, it probably looks like he does. He’s seen in private jets, wearing expensive watches, and driving around in nice cars,” he told Business Insider.

“But the jets are all sponsored. We’ve never paid for a private jet, or a helicopter, in our life. He gets a signature car from Land Rover.

“He’s not spending that money. He’s accumulating money. He’s living a lifestyle that probably everyone wants him to live, or see him live, but he’s doing it in a smart way. Tactful.”

Joshua has 12 endorsement deals currently under his heavyweight belt – earning him an estimated £5m per year – ranging from clothing, electronics and cars that keep him in the money when he isn’t fighting opponents.

AJ is sponsored by US sportswear giant Under Armour – who provide him with a private jet, as well as paying him a seven-figure salary.

Showing the interior of the £45million black G550 ahead of his trip to the States to face Ruiz, AJ said: “These type of things aren’t ordinary, in my daily life and in many other people’s daily lives, so it’s a blessing.

“However, my view is even though I enjoy it and the door has been opened for me, I can’t forget to open the door for people who have come with me and the people who aren’t in a position to enjoy this type of luxury.

“I never get too lost in the source and get carried away with these types of things.”

The company also provide the IBF world heavyweight champion with his in-ring attire and training wear, including all tracksuits and trainers.

Anthony also has free use of a helicopter, provided to him by Beats by Dre, who he’s been the face of since 2017.

As a 17-year-old, Joshua’s first car was a Vauxhall Astra, which he saved up £1,500 to buy and claimed it was a “stable, sturdy car.”

Now, thanks to his partnership with Jaguar Land Rover – which is rumoured to be worth £790,000 a year – AJ rolls round London in his choice of a fleet of luxury wheels, including a customised white Jaguar XJR, worth £93,000.

His favourite motor is his personalised black Range Rover, which he says “looks very professional and sets a standard”

He was furious last year when, just days before his fight with Alexander Povetkin, his bespoke £150,000 motor – gifted to him by his sponsors – was stolen outside of his cousin’s house.

Luckily the company replaced it with a new one immediately.

When he isn’t sparring, AJ enjoys exotic holidays with his family and friends, with his Instagram showing him recently in Dubai, Jamaica and Miami.

Again, most of these trips are sponsored by countries and resorts who want the privilege of having the sporting icon spotted hitting their hottest tourist spots.

Cunningham said: “We have a partnership with Dubai Tourism and they really like him and get his philosophy on life, his morals, everything.

“He resonates with that territory. They want to bring boxing there. Hopefully we can do something there.”

Anthony has even stayed at the Nobu Miami Beach Private Villa, which costs £5k per night and the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, where luxury villas are rented out for £4k a week.

Anthony came from humble beginnings on a council estate in Watford, where he got into trouble with police as a wayward teenager and spent two weeks on remand in Reading prison after being found in possession of cannabis.

He now says he knows the value of the money he’s made.

“Don’t save what is left after spending, spend what is left after saving,” was the advice he gave his 8.8 million Instagram followers recently.

But despite keeping his purse strings shut, he still wears jewellery and clothes worth thousands.

He was recently gifted a £350,000 watch worth more than the average house, thanks to his partnership with luxury jewellers Audemars Piguet.

In January, Joshua helped to open state of the art BXR gym in London’s Marylebone along with his promoter Eddie Hearn.

Joshua said: “I spend the majority of my life in the gym, so I know what is required to make a truly great one.”

Ahead of his fight with Ruiz, he returned to train at his former gym, ABC Finchley, for free.

AJ doesn’t even have to spend much on his weekly shop.

His high protein diet is funded by his deal with Bulk Powders. He’s also sponsored by Lynx and Axe, so that’s his beauty and hygiene regime sorted.

And if he wants to treat his family and friends to a free dinner, he can flash his black card at Nando’s and get it for free.

He doesn’t even have to pay to attend gigs, concerts and sporting events, having the luxury of VIP suites through his endorsement with StubHub ticketing agency, while he gets free Sky TV through his deal with Sky Sports.

As published in thesun.co.uk

Nigerian Lady Becomes First Black Woman To Be Elected Into Irish Council

Nigerian born Yemi Adenuga has been elected as the first black woman county councillor in the Republic of Ireland following the recently concluded local elections.Mrs Adenuga who appeared in hit TV series Gogglebox, campaigned for a seat on the Navan local council of Ireland.By her victory at the polls, she becomes one of just 3 councillors of immigrant background in Ireland.

There currently 939 sitting councillors in Ireland.

Career and background

After a long career in broadcasting in her native Nigeria, Yemi moved to Ireland ‘for pastures new’ almost 20 years ago.

She runs Sheroes Global, a programme to take young people off the streets, during school holidays. She is also on the board of Cultúr – a service which addresses migrant issues.

Yemi is also a High Impact Speaker and a listed Irish Woman of Influence.

On her decision to enter into local politics, Yemi said ‘I would never have thought of politics in times past but I’m doing a lot of work for the community already and when Fine Gael approached me, I thought, “why not, it would give me a bigger platform for the community”. ‘If elected I’m told I would be the first migrant ever on the council – and the feedback I’m receiving is, by and large, positive.

‘You’re always going to get the trolls on social media anyway. Even when I started Gogglebox, someone commented why did it have to be a black family representing Navan,’ she said.

Yemi is married to A-list Nigerian actor Deji Adenuga who has starred in more than 200 films in the last 25 years.


Nigerian Man Named As North London Fatal Hit And Run Victim

Detectives investigating a fatal ‘hit and run’ collision in Neasden have today, Saturday, 25 May released details of the victim.

He is Mr Yussuf Adebiyi, a 49 year old male from Neasden, London.

Officers were called at 03:09hrs on Monday, 20 May to reports of a road traffic collision on the A406, NW2.

Police, London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended and found an injured pedestrian.

49-year-old Yussuf, was pronounced dead at the scene.

They also released details of the cars sought in connection with the incident and named the victim.

Both vehicles police are wishing to trace are black 5 Series BMW’s with the following registrations: EX66 TZE and EX66 TZV.

It is believed that one of these vehicles will have significant damage to the front of the car including the bonnet and windscreen.

Any sightings of these vehicles should be reported immediately to police on 101 quoting CAD 699/20MAY19

Police continue to appeal for information and witnesses.

He sister said: “I have lost my only brother. He was a gentle giant who loved his music and I am going to miss him so much. I want the person(s) who did this to do the right thing and hand themselves into the police.”

Victim: Mr Yussuff Adebiyi

While officers are confident that they know the identity of the deceased, formal identification awaits.

His next of kin have been informed.

Two cars, both believed to be black failed to stop at the scene.

Enquiries continue to establish if the victim was struck by one or both of the vehicles.

Detectives from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating and are appealing for witnesses and people with dash cam footage of the collision to get in touch.

Anyone with information or dash cam footage is asked to contact officers by calling the incident room on 0208 246 9820 or police via 101 quoting reference 699/20May.

Alternatively, information can be reported to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.


26 Year Old Man, Another Accomplice Convicted Of London Murder

Philip Babatunde Fashakin, 26 and his accomplice Juskiran Sidhu have been convicted of murder following the death of a 22-year-old Hashim Abdalla Ali in Hillingdon last October.

Th two men were found guilty of murder following a trial at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 8 May.

They will be sentenced at the same court on Tuesday, 14 May.

The court heard that on 11 October 2018, Mr Ali was the passenger in a black Mercedes being driven by his friend.

At around 14:30hrs, the car had just pulled up on Central Avenue, Hayes when Fashakin and Sidhu approached and discharged a firearm towards the passenger side of the vehicle, striking Mr Ali.

Following the shooting, the driver of the car drove off in an attempt to get Mr Ali to hospital, during which time it collided with a number of stationary cars on West Drayton Road.

A passing ambulance stopped to provide assistance but despite their best efforts Mr Ali was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command began an investigation including gathering CCTV and mobile phone evidence from the days leading up to and on the day of the murder.

CCTV from 9 October showed Fashakin hiring a dark grey Volkswagen Golf from a depot in Reading.

The same car was captured arriving in Central Avenue on the day of the murder and again leaving the location just one minute after the shooting is believed to have occurred.

Later that afternoon, the pair were caught on CCTV at a shopping centre where they purchased new clothes and dumped the clothing they had been wearing in a bin outside the shop.

They also bought new sim cards and disposed of their old numbers.

On 30 October, officers arrested Sidhu in a hotel in Birmingham, where he was using a false name.

Fashakin was also arrested at a different location in Birmingham just a week later.

Both denied the murder and were remanded into custody.

A/Detective Chief Inspector Garry Moncrieff, who led the investigation, said: “This was a violent and callous attack in which a handgun was fired at the occupants of a car in broad daylight. Tragically the actions of these defendants lead to a young man losing his life at the side of the road.

“Fashakin and Sidhu thought that they could evade justice and set about doing everything they could to escape the police and cover up their involvement in this crime.

“We hope this conviction shows that we will do everything in our power to get violent criminals off our streets and that this brings some closure for Mr Ali’s family.”

LONDON BOY GETS 5 TOP US UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS

In a thankful departure from the gruesome and seemingly enfless stories of British teens finding themself imvolved in violent crime as both victims and petpetrators, we are sharing the success story of Tamilore Awolesi, an
academic scholar at Haberdashers Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree.Tamilore will be studying at Stanford University, USA in 2019, following receipt of a set scholarships from the following world-renowned and US Ivy League universities; Stanford University, Princeton University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, and Brown University.Most notably, he was named a John Jay Scholar at Columbia, a distinction given to only 30 students out of 2,100 students offered places in 2019. His excellent academics, extra curricular activities and impressive essays earned him the offers from these US universities.A saxophonist and vocalist, Tamilore was also offered a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, Boston for an undergraduate degree in in Jazz Studies, following a successful audition and interview. He attends the competitive Royal Academy of Music Saturday Jazz Programme in London and is involved in his school’s big band and jazz ensemblesIn a recent interwiew, Tamilore says “I am so excited and really looking forward to starting at a prestigious and renowned university such as Stanford. I am looking forward to joining the Nigerian Students Association, the Black Students Union, being part of the thriving Stanford jazz community, and making the most of the entrepreneurial and academic possibilities available to me at Stanford. I am grateful to God for this opportunity to study in the US, which has been a dream of mine since Year 9. I encourage all young people to dream big; put in the work, and ignore the haters”

Passionate about representation in the Black Community, he is the Founder and Chair of Black Head Students Network which held its inaugural event, hosted by Coutts, titled “A World of Possibilities”, for 60 black students from 30 different schools.He also introduced his school’s very first celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth and founded it’s African Caribbean Society, where he is Chair.We wish this brilliant young man the best and are confident he will continue to achieve great successBlackYouthExcellenceAlso read Barnet youngster with sickle cell raises genetic condition awareness