Why it is a miracle to live in Nigeria

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Whenever and wherever the word ‘miracle’ is mentioned, the mind readily races to the time and life of Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of the Christian faith. Miracle was and still is chiefly associated with Him because He did extraordinary and welcome things that were inexplicable by natural or scientific laws. He healed the sick, cured diseases and even raised the dead in ways that could not be explained.

It may sound strange to say, especially outside the Christian faith, that miracle still happens in today’s world several years after Christ. Many, including some Christians, still doubt this. But nothing could be truer than that. And Nigeria is one country where it is proven that miracle happens on daily basis.

Unarguably, there is an unseen hand controlling the affairs of all Nigerians because theirs is a country where unusual and mysterious things happen, threatening their lives and existence yet they survive and even live long. What keeps them going must have been caused by ‘a god’ because it does not follow the usual laws of nature. That is miracle and it is hugely manifested in the lives of the people.

Situations and events that take place in Nigeria are mind-blowing, some of them are practically unimaginable. This is the only country in the world where people live in want and woe, poverty and penury, yet they survive and carry on with life as though living in lack is a natural course.

The list is endless, but it is amazing that people live in a country with challenges in virtually everything including healthcare, education, housing, security, and even right to basic things of life such as food, movement, speech, association, etc.

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DStv wins Pay TV Brand of the year  

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DStv, Africa’s leading direct broadcast satellite service has been named a winner in the Pay Tv brand of the year in the Brandcom Awards, designed to be the most credible and prestigious platform recognising, rewarding and inspiring agencies, brands and individuals in the marketing and communications industry in Nigeria.

Brandcom named the award winners at the 2019 Brandcom awards which took place in Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos on Friday, May 24.

DStv is Africa’s leading video entertainment company owned by MultiChoice. It was launched in 1995 and provides multiple entertainment channels and services to customers across the continent via satellite, online and mobile apps. They were recognised for their immense contribution to entertainment in Nigeria.

“We are honoured to receive this award and will continue to improve customer experience through the right content, the right people, the right technology and the right culture.” said John Ugbe, CEO of MultiChoice Nigeria

The Brandcom awards is the climax of BrandcomFest. BrandcomFest is positioned to be the largest gathering of stakeholders in the brand and marketing communications landscape, which caters to the most contemporary trends and topical issues in the industry. This platform is also designed to be the foremost thought-leadership platform for all stakeholders within the brands and marketing communications value chain.

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La Taverna: bringing you a taste of Latin American cuisine to Lagos

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La Taverna is a Chilean, Italian and Spanish inspired restaurant located in Victoria Island on a secluded street called Balarabe Musa Crescent.

Chef Cristian Duhalde Diaz, owner of the restaurant has 23 years of cooking experience across several countries including Italy, Spain, South Africa, and Chile. The restaurant recently celebrated 6 years of operation and in Lagos that is quite a milestone, considering the turnaround of restaurants in the city.

La Taverna

The name La Taverna means cave in Spanish so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Interestingly enough, when I ask my friends what their favorite restaurant in Lagos is, 4 times out of 10 the answer is La Taverna, therefore I was curious to find out why. The first time I went to La Taverna was with my friend O’tega Ogra, who works at BUA group. Ote considers La Taverna as his favorite restaurant in town, so I was excited to check it out.

O’tega Ogra, Group Head at BUA group

The outside aesthetic of the restaurant is simple, which intrigued me to see what was on the inside. The interior has a very homely feel to it and as soon as I walked in, I understood why so many people I know say it is their favorite place to eat. I’m learning that most diners seek a wonderful, stress-free culinary experience but also want to feel comfortable and at home and that is exactly what La Taverna provides.

La Taverna has a plethora of menu options ranging from authentic Italian Pizza to all the different kinds of pasta you can imagine: Fettuccine, Alfredo, Penne.. the list goes on. There is also a good variety of meat, seafood and poultry bases dishes. I had a hard time picking what to eat but opted for … Read More...

Actors discuss health insurance schemes after 15 deaths in 5 months

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There is a common thing to every man that is Death, it has no fear for anyone even for movie stars who appear larger than life. Mortality is an end we all face whether you are anonymous or famous.

The year 2012 and 2013 was a painful year that marked a total number of 10 deaths of Nollywood practitioners in those years.

When we thought it was all over, with joy and happiness into the new year of 2019 with positive vibes, unfortunately, 2019 isn’t only towing that line but has since recorded a total of 15 deaths in the first five months of the year!

Sadly, the first five months of 2019 has witnessed the deaths of movie practitioners, whose ages range between 30 years and 58 years. The passing away of the fallen Nollywood stars has not only left sad pills in the mouth of the fans but also their families, friends, and colleagues.

Multiple reports reveal that 12 out of these 15 deaths recorded are as a result of health challenges. Out of the 15 deaths, two were as a result of auto crash, one was complications after childbirth and others are health challenges ranging from diabetes to high blood pressure. This scary statistic has once again ignited the conversation on the need for a proper health insurance scheme or health plans for Nigerian actors.

According to the Actor and President of the Directors Guild of Nigeria, Fred Amata he says that the DGN is aware of the need to have health insurance schemes and packages for entertainers. However, he says this can only be enjoyed by members of the association.

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WIMBIZ calls for gender balance in Nigeria

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Chairperson, Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), Olubunmi Aboderin-Talabi has called for gender balancing in every sector of the economy to enable women attain the peak of their careers.

Speaking at the 15th annual lecture of WIMBIZ in Lagos, recently Talabi also   explained that when there is gender imbalance, women may not make a difference in their chosen fields.

“The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balanced employees, more gender-balance in wealth, sports coverage, among others.

“Everyone has a part to play all the time, everywhere, from grassroots to activism to worldwide action; we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. Balance drives a better working world, collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key”,   Aboderin-Talabi noted.

However, she advised that women should be focused, adding, “When you have a dream and a vision in your heart, just keep on going, don’t let the fact that you are a woman hold you back or the fact that the society is not supporting, you just keep on pushing’’.

On the other hand, she lauded all female candidates at all levels that participated in the just concluded 2019 general election.

“The Board of Trustees and Executive Council of WIMBIZ commend their passion and commitment towards national growth and development which has propelled them to serve the nation through participation in the electoral process of Nigeria.

“WIMBIZ congratulates all who were successful at the elections and all who participated from the expression of interest, nomination, all the way to the election victory. The 2019 election is considered remarkable owing to the increase in participation and victory of women across various levels”, she added.

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