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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

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What Makes An Antique Valuable? (Sponsored)

What makes an antique valuable?

Potties, cups, spoons, Mercedes Benz, campaign medals, beer bottles, theatre programs, posters. Eventually, there will be a purchaser for just about any item you can name. Collectables come in all shapes and sizes, and there are a few rules as to what will make one object more desirable than another. Ask any collector what it was that inspired their shelf of eggcups, their wall of Marilyn Monroe posters, or their drawer filled with old bus tickets, and the chances are that they will have a story as quirky and individual as the collection itself.
Whatever the collection might contain, in any way, you can be certain that its owner will be very particular about what gets included. A dedicated collector will look very carefully at any item before actually buying it. He or she will want to know that the object is in good condition, and that any restoration has been carried out to a high standard. They will be particularly interested in it's rarity. They may want to know the item's history (provenance) and of course they will be concerned about its price.

What is rarity?

 Most collectors have certain treasures in their collection. Some will have emotional value, or a story attached to them, whilst others will be prized for their uniqueness. If an item is hard to get hold of, or better yet, totally unique, then it will almost certainly have a higher value than a similar item, which has been mass-produced.

Handcrafted or hand-finished items are often highly priced because no two examples will ever be exactly alike. Sometimes mass-produced items also get a look-in in the rarity stakes. Occasionally, a batch of coins might be issued with a fault in them, such as the undated British 20 pence pieces, which made the news recently. Also, print runs of stamps have been generated without perforations, or with color distortions, and collectors will pay well over the odds for these imperfections.
How do you know if you have a rare item? Only research can tell you. If you have an item that you are hoping to sell, take it along to an auction house and ask for the auctioneers’ opinion. Most do not charge for this service, especially if the item is then put for sale.

You can find great examples of antiques on Jiji, the largest marketplace in Nigeria. Here you will always find all kinds of goods at best prices, or you can post a free ad if you want to sell something. The website has great anti-scam protection and an intuitive interface. In addition, it has a great number of visits per month.
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Saturday, 8 October 2016

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Auditor General For The Federation Fresh Recruitment is ongoing

This job application is for graduates who has degrees in Accounting and Management or any other related course that certifies them to work with the Federal Civil Service Commission. Application forms are available on FCSC recruitment portal. Select your job choice from the list of vacancies below;

Vacancy: Assistant Chief Auditor, Grade Level 13

Vacancy No.: I080305-2016
Vacancy Type: Internal & External
Ministry: Auditor General For The Federation

Academic Qualifications:
Candidates must possess a good honours degree from a recognized University or its equivalent plus the Professional diploma of the Association of the National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) or possession of final Certificate of any of the following Professional Accountancy bodies or their equivalent.

Other Requirements:
In addition to possession of a good honours degree in Accountancy/HND Certificate, applicants must have at least twelve years post qualification cognate experience and possess the certificate of any of the following Bodies.
Professional Certification(s):
i. Institutes of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN)
ii. Association of Certified and Corporate Accountants (ACCA)
iii. Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
iv. Institute of Cost and Management Accountant (ICMA)
v. Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPA)
Cognate Experience: AUDITOR CADRE
Special Skills:
Application End Date: October 31, 2016
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Vacancy: Principal Auditor, Grade Level 12
Vacancy No.: I080304-2016
Vacancy Type: Internal & External
Ministry: Auditor General For The Federation

Academic Qualifications:
Candidates must possess a good honours degree from a recognized University or its equivalent plus the Professional diploma of the Association of the National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) or possession of final Certificate of any of the following Professional Accountancy bodies or their equivalent.
Other Requirements:
In addition to possession of a good honours degree in Accountancy/HND, applicants must have at least nine (9) years post qualification cognate experience and possession of the certificate of the following Bodies.
Professional Certification(s):
i. Institutes of Charted Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN)
ii. Association of Certified and Corporate Accountants (ACCA)
iii. Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPF)
iv. Institute of Cost and Management Accountant (ICMA)
v. Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPA)
Cognate Experience: AUDITOR CADRE
Special Skills:
Application End Date: October 31, 2016
Apply Now:

Vacancy: Senior Auditor, Grade Level 10

Vacancy No.: I080303-2016
Vacancy Type: Internal & External
Ministry: Auditor General For The Federation

Academic Qualifications:
Candidates must possess a good honours degree from a recognized University or its equivalent plus the Professional diploma of the Association of the National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) or possession of final Certificate of any of the following Professional Accountancy bodies or their equivalent.

Other Requirements:
In addition to possession of a good honours degree in Accountancy/HND, applicants must have at least six (6) years post qualification cognate experience or three (3) years post possession of the certificate of any of the following Bodies:
Professional Certification(s):
i. Institutes of Charted Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN)
ii. Association of Certified and Corporate Accountants (ACCA)
iii. Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPF)
iv. Institute of Cost and Management Accountants (ICMA)
v. Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPA)
Cognate Experience: AUDITOR CADRE
Special Skills:
Application End Date: October 31, 2016
Apply Here:

Vacancy: Auditor Grade I, Grade Level 09

Vacancy No.: I080302-2016
Vacancy Type: Internal & External
Ministry: Auditor General For The Federation

Academic Qualifications:
Candidates must possess a good honours degree from a recognized University or its equivalent plus the Professional diploma of the Association of the National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) or possession of final Certificate of any of the following Professional Accountancy bodies or their equivalent.

Other Requirements:
In addition to possession of a good honours degree in Accountancy, applicants must have at least three (3) years post qualification cognate experience or B.Sc/HND plus the Professional Diploma of the Association of National accountants of Nigeria (ANAN).
Professional Certification(s):
i. Institutes of Charted Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN)
ii. Association of Certified and Corporate Accountants (ACCA)
iii. Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPF)
iv. Institute of Cost and Management Accountants (ICMA)
v. Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPA)
Cognate Experience: AUDITOR CADRE
Special Skills: 
Application End Date: October 31, 2016
Apply Here:

Vacancy: Auditor Grade II, Grade Level 08

Vacancy No.: I080301-2016
Vacancy Type: Internal & External
Ministry: Auditor General For The Federation

Academic Qualifications:
Candidates must possess a good honour degree in accountancy.
Other Requirements:
Professional Certification(s):
Cognate Experience: -Select-
Special Skills:
Application End Date: October 31, 2016
Apply Now:

General Disclaimer:

For avoidance of doubt, completion/submission of application online is free and at no cost to applicants. ANY APPLICANT WHO SUBMITS MORE THAN ONE APPLICATION FOR THE SAME VACANCY WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED.
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Monday, 3 October 2016

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28th March, 1966

The Supreme Commander and Head of the Federal Military Government, Lagos.
Thro: The Director of Prisons,
Prisons Headquarters Office,
Private Mail Bag 12522,



1. I am writing this petition for FREE PARDON under Section 101 (1) (a) of the Constitution of the Federation Act 1963, on behalf of myself and some of my colleagues whose names are set out in the Annexe hereto.

2. Before I go further, I would like to stress that the reasons which I advance in support of this petition, in my own behalf, basically hold good for my said colleagues. For they share the same political beliefs with me, and have intense and unquenchable loyalty for the ideals espoused by the Party which I have the honour to lead.

3. There are many grounds which could be submitted for your consideration in support of this petition. But I venture to think that SEVEN of them are enough and it is to these that I confine myself.

  • (1) In the course of my evidence during my trial, I stated that my Party favoured and was actively working for alliance with the N.C.N.C. as a means, among other things, of solving what I described as ‘the problem of Nigeria’, and strengthening the unity of the Federation. In October 1963 (that is about a month after my conviction and while my appeal to the Supreme Court was still pending), a Peace Committee headed by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Sir Adetokunbo Ademola, made overtures to me through my friend Alhaji W. A. Elias to the effect that if I abandoned my intention to enter into alliance with the N.C.N.C. which, according to the Committee, was an Ibo Organisation, and agreed to dissolve the Action Group and, in co-operation with Chief Akintola (now deceased), form an all-embracing Yoruba political party which I would lead and which would go into alliance with the N.P.C., I would be released from prison before the end of that year. I turned down these terms because I was of the considered opinion that their acceptance would further widen and exacerbate inter-tribal differences, and gravely undermine the unity of the Federation.


As recently as 20th December, 1965, identical peace terms (the only variant being that the alliance with the N.C.N.C. which was now a reality should be broken) were made to me here, in Calabar Prison, by a delegation representing another Peace Committee headed by the self-same Chief Justice of the Federation and purporting to have the blessing of the Prime Minister, with the unequivocal promise that if I accepted the terms my release would follow almost immediately. I rejected the terms for the reasons which I have outlined above.

  • (2) One of the monsters which menaced the public life of this country up to 14th January, this year is OPPORTUNISM with its attendant evils of jobbery, venality, corruption, and unabashed self-interest. From all accounts, you are inflexibly resolved to destroy this monster. That was precisely what my colleagues and I had tried to do before we were rendered hors de combat since 29th May, 1962.

On two different occasions I was offered, first the post of Deputy Prime Minister (before May 1962), and second that of Deputy Governor-General (in August 1962), if I would agree to fold up the Opposition and join in a National Government. I declined the two offers because they were designed exclusively to gratify my self-interest, with no thought of fostering any political moral principle which could benefit the people of Nigeria. The learned Judge who presided over the Treasonable Felony Trial, commented unfavourably on my non-acceptance of one of these posts and held that my action lent weight to the case of the Prosecution against me. I must say, however, that in all conscience, I felt and still feel that a truly public-spirited person should accept public office not for what he can get for himself — such as the profit and glamour of office — but for the opportunity which it offers him of serving his people to the best of his ability, by promoting their welfare and happiness. To me, the two aforementioned posts were sinecures, and were intended to immobilise my talents and stultify the role of watch-dog which the people of Nigeria looked upon me to play on their behalf, at that juncture in our political evolution.

  • (3) This leads me to the third ground. From newspaper reports, it would appear that you and your colleagues — like all well-meaning Nigerians — are anxious that on the termination of the present military rule, Nigeria should become a flourishing democracy. Now, democracy is a political doctrine which is very intimately dear to my heart. It was to the end that it might be accepted as a way of life in all parts of the Federation that I campaigned most vigorously and relentlessly in the Northern Provinces of Nigeria, from 1957 to 1962, to the implacable annoyance of some of my political adversaries. It was to the end that this doctrine might survive the severe onslaught of opportunist and mercenary politics that I refused to succumb to the temptation of the National Government. Many views — some of them well-considered and respectable — have been expressed about the value or disvalue of opposition as a feature of public life in a newly emergent African State. Speaking for my party, I submit that the Opposition which I led did, to all intents and purposes, justify its existence and was acclaimed by the masses of our people as essential and indispensable to rapid- national growth. This was so, because it was unexceptionably constructive. The abrogation of the Anglo-Nigeria Defence Pact was one of the feathers in its cap. Some of the policies which the Government of the day later adopted — such as the creation of a Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the introduction of drastic measures to correct our balance of payments deficit — were among those persistently and constructively urged by the Opposition inside and outside Parliament.

The point I wish to emphasise here is that it was not out of spite or hatred for any one that I chose to remain in Opposition instead of joining the much-talked-of National Government. I did so in order to serve our people to the best of my ability in the position in which their votes had placed my Party, and to ensure that the young plant of democracy grows into a sturdy flourishing tree in Nigeria.

  • (4) Since the declaration of emergency in the Western Region on 29th May, 1962, political tension has existed in Western Nigeria. My conviction on 11th September, 1963, together with the surrounding bizarre circumstances, has led not only to the heightening of that tension in Western Nigeria but also to its profuse and irrepressible percolation to the other parts of the Federation. The result is that it can be said, without much fear of contradiction, that today the majority of our people are passionately concerned about and fervently solicitous for the release of myself and my colleagues.

The work of reconstruction on which you and your colleagues have embarked demands that all the citizens of Nigeria in their respective callings should give of their maximum best. A state of psychological tension, however much it may be brought under control or repressed, does not and cannot conduce to maximum efficiency. In spite of themselves, people labouring under emotions which this kind of tension automatically generates are bound to make avoidable mistakes which in their turn have adverse effects on national progress.

It is, therefore, in the national interest that this tension should be relaxed, if possible, without further delay.

  • (5) A petition of this kind is, by its very nature, bound to be replete with self-adulation. I hope and trust that, in the circumstances, this is excusable. It is in this hope and trust that I assert that my colleagues and I have the qualifications and capacity to render invaluable services to our people and fatherland. Every day that we spend in prison, therefore, must be regarded as TWENTY-FOUR UNFORGIVING HOURS OF TRULY VALUABLE SERVICES LOST TO OUR YOUNG COUNTRY. Even my most inveterate enemies have given the following testimony about me: ‘AWOLOWO HAS STILL A GREAT DEAL TO GIVE TO THIS COUNTRY.’

No country however advanced and civilised can afford to waste any of its talents, be they ever so small. Nigeria is too young to bury some of her talents as she was compelled to do under the old regime.

It is within your power to restore my colleagues and me to a position where our fatherland can again rejoice at the contributions which we are capable of making to its progress, welfare and happiness.

  • (6) Nigeria is now SIXTY-SIX MONTHS old as an independent State. The final phase in the struggle for Nigeria’s independence was initiated by my Party in the historic Self-Government motion moved by Chief Anthony Enahoro and supported by me on 31st March, 1953. IT SHOULD BE REGARDED AS MORE THAN IRONICAL, AND AS PALPABLY TRAGIC, THAT TWO OF THE ARCHITECTS OF THAT INDEPENDENCE AND, INDEED, THE PACE-SETTERS AND ACCELERATORS OF ITS FINAL PHASE SHOULD BE UNFREE IN A FREE NIGERIA.

In precise terms, I have spent FORTY-SIX out of the SIXTY-SIX MONTHS of independence in one form of confinement or another. I happened to know that the leaders of the old civilian regime, in spite of themselves, did not feel quite easy in their conscience about the plight into which they had manoeuvred me in the scheme of things; and I dare to express the hope and belief that you, personally view my present confinement with concern and disapproval.

  • (7) It is usual — almost invariably the case — on the accession of a revolutionary regime, for political prisoners and, indeed, other prisoners of some note, to be released as a mark of disapproval of some of the doings of the old regime, or in token of the new dawn of freedom which comes in the wake of the new regime.

It would be invidious to quote unspecific instances. But in the case of my colleagues and myself, by courageously and adamantly opposing the evils which your regime now denounces in the former civilian administration, I think we are perfectly justified if we expect you to regard us as being in tune with your yearnings and aspirations for Nigeria, and therefore entitled to our personal freedoms under your dispensation.

4. In view of the foregoing reasons which clearly demonstrate

(i) that I have always and, under trying circumstances, steadfastly and unyieldingly

(a) stood for the UNITY OF NIGERIA,

(b) been opposed to POLITICAL OPPORTUNISM with its attendant evils,

(c) fostered the growth of DEMOCRACY in Nigeria;

(ii) that my incarceration

(a) has led to the heightening of political tension among Nigerians, which tension can only be relaxed by my release,

(b) has deprived our fatherland of invaluable services such as we have rendered before, and can still render now and in future, in greater measure; and

(iii) that the evils which my colleagues and I condemned and valiantly refused to compromise with in the old civilian government are what you now quite rightly denounce, and are taking active steps to remove in order to pave the way for national and beneficial reconstruction,

I most sincerely appeal to you to be good enough to exercise, in favour of myself and my colleagues, the prerogative of mercy vested in you by Section 10 (I) (i) (a) of the Constitution of the Federation Act 1963, by granting me as well as each of my colleagues A FREE PARDON. If you do, your action will be most warmly, heartily, and popularly applauded at home and abroad, and you will go down to history as soldier, statesmen, and humanitarian.

Yours truly,




1. Chief Obafemi Awolowo

2. Chief Anthony Enahoro

3. Mr. Lateef K. Jakande

4. Mr. Dapo Omisade

5. Mr. S.A. Onitiri

6. Mr. Gabby Sasore

7. Mr. Sunday Ebietoma

8. Mr. U.I. Nwaobiala


1. Mr. S.A. Otubanjo

2. Mr. S.J. Umoren

3. Mr. S. Oyesile


1. Mr. S.G. Ikoku

2. Mr. Ayo Adebanjo

3. Mr. James Aluko

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Sunday, 11 September 2016

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A MUST READ FOR ALL FATHERS!!!!!!!!! Take Your Time and Read Through.

1. In the lifetime of most Nigerian family settings, there are 3 Dispensations of Power.

2. The 1st is the first 25 years in the life of the family  (father, mother, children) where power indisputably rest with the father.

3. The 2nd is after the kids have grown & started working when the power shifts to the mother.

4. The 3rd is when the kids move out of the family house or start their own families when the power moves to the children.

5. We'll start from the 1st Dispensation. Total dominance of the father. He is the Lion of the Tribe of his House. The boss.

6. During this dispensation, the father rules with an iron fist. He barks orders & determines what does or does not happen.

7. The father often mettes out corporal punishment to the recalcitrant children. They grow to fear him more than they love him.

8. The father is the provider for the family & everyone is aware of that fact with all attendant consequences.

9. Then the 2nd Dispensation sets in. The children have finished school and have started working. Power shifts to the mother.

10. When the children start earning their own money, for some reason, it's their mothers they decide to look after. They are closer to her.

11. While the father was in charge, he was busy with the business of providing. He didn't have much time to be a friend to the children.

12. They spent more time with their mum and invariably grew closer to her. They also see their mum as co-victims of the father's tyranny.

13. The mother takes centre stage at this point. She is the first to know what's happening with the children & she has advantage.

14. Should any of the daughters give birth, she is the one that goes for babysitting and the children spoil her with gifts.

15. At this stage, the father is wishing for some bond with the children like they have with their mother but that boat has sailed

16. Because the mother doesn't rely much on the father for her needs at this stage, she is less likely to tolerate his lordship. Friction.

17. Then the 3rd and last dispensation. Power has shifted to the children. They are self-sufficient, live on their own & have own families.

18. More often than not, whenever there is a quarrel between father & mother, the children side the mother.Years of joint-victimhood at play

19. Children have been known to come to the house to warn their father not to 'disturb' their mother. Next thing, extended visitations.

20. Woe betide the father if his finances are precarious at this stage. You will be humble by force. The gang-up is real.

21. This causes most men to fall ill & develop different complications. By the time the forces are arrayed against you, you will think well.

22. Stroke, Hypertension, High-Blood Pressure. The man has a large family but no relationship with them in later life. Troubling thought.

23. Moral, dear men, while the power lies with us, let us wield it with posterity in mind. It won't be with us forever.

24. With the way you are treating your wife now, how will she treat you when power shifts to her?

25. What relationship do you have with your family? Loving dad or despotic, tyrannical provider?

26. Remember, the children always side with their mother. Aim to do enough to at least get a fair hearing in future moments of family strife

27. Invest wisely for the future so that you won't have to beg to be taken care of if despite your best efforts, you find yourself alone.

Parenthood is not easy despite its joys. There is no manual on how it works.

May God help us to make the best of a really tough job.

When its your turn please rule right!

Have a blessed day.
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Monday, 29 August 2016

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A Fulfilled Life of Service: Arthur Mbanefo

The book:

In packaging this book, the publishers have exhibited excellence in craftsmanship. The cover page showed one of the finest pictures of the graceful Chief. That picture reminds me of Odu’s extreme kindness which many would discover once they associate closely with him. The Book is an exposé of Odu’s innermost persona- a kind hearted man. The face of charity, of a generous Odu. It is as if the picture were saying softly, “so how can I be of help?” The serenity in those eyes exudes love and charm. Then the colour contrast and separation blends with this image of beauty.

The title: ‘A Fulfilled Life of Service’

At first this might sound immodest. But this is the Truth. The Author depicts honour and integrity. Odu will say it the way it is. Once it is the truth. I also wondered, could it have been “An accomplished life.”But no. “Fulfillment” goes beyond “Accomplishment”. For while the later comes with a lot of efforts and hard work, the former goes with happiness and effortless giving of oneself in service.

The arrangement and style:

As Odu would say, “the reference point is oneself”. The book has been perfectly arranged in four distinct but related parts. The order speaks eloquently of the author’s discipline and orderliness, which makes the book an easy, read. Preceding the narration is a well-selected eulogy of the author and the book by eminent and distinguished men of diverse calling.

The prologue:

This part of the book brings true meaning to what Odu represents- Service to mankind. In keeping with his humility, he chose to write in the third person and avoided the “I” syndrome. It also reminded me of the striking attributes Odu III shared with his late father, Chief Isaac Anieka Mbanefo (Odu II) who wrote a book at the age of 92. The author edited this book in 2010, which gave out as souvenir during his 80th birthday. I requested for a copy of the late Titan’s book, ‘A Friend of the gods’. This was the forerunner to the present book.Various aspects of the prologue effectively conveyed what to expect as one reads the book.

Naturally, the part where Odu gave compliments to ABC Orjiako put a smile on my face. But what the author did not say is that all attempts I made to bring authors from both Nigeria and London yielded no fruits as none of those I brought could phantom even the peripheries of Odu’s life. Consequently, the “A Fulfilled Life of Service” became an autobiography, the masterful piece we are presented with today. And rightly so because, having read the book several times over, I came to the conclusion that the project could not have worked otherwise. Meanwhile, the author maybe planning another book “before his 92nd birthday.” Like father, like son.

Part one:

This covers his parentage, birth, growing up, education and professional training. The opening page of this part leading to the first chapter, displaces a magnificent picture of a young and handsome Arthur at 26, in England 1956. Chapter one of this book has direct bearing with ‘A friend of the gods’. It elaborates the rich pedigree of the author’s including the progenitor of the Mbanefos, Egbuka Mbanefo Iwegbu, his great grandfather and the 5th in the long lineage, which makes the author the 8th in his generational lineage based on the combined accounts of the two books.

In Chapter 7, in search of American professional experience, 1965, he demonstrated his abilities and scored another first. The first black man to work at Lybrand, Ross Brother & Montgomery. During this time, he came face to face with professional divergence between Accounting in England and America. Arthur stood his ground.

The Biafran Shuttle Diplomat and Ojukwu’s Special Envoy

This section of the book evokes a lot of passion and emotions, especially for a Biafran boy like me. This part clearly provided numerous evidences of heinous war crimes, purposeful starvation of innocent Biafran children. The author’s multiple engagements during this time portrayed him invincible, for want of a better word. He obviously was gallantry in executing the various tasks assigned to him in absolute confidence and trust by the Biafran Leader, General Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu.

Role in the service of Nigeria as an ultimate diplomat at the United Nations

Obviously, the author’s life has been eventful from the onset. His achievements are monumental. But his UN outing where he served for 45 months was distinguishing.

For not only did His Excellency, Ambassador Arthur C. I. Mbanefo (Odu), interact with men and women at the highest global echelon, he excelled among peers. He stood taller than most people both in height and the legacies he left behind. He interacted with the high and mighty and gave a good account of himself and represented Nigeria, Africa and the developing countries excellently well. He emerged the natural leader of the diplomatic corps. His appointment by President Obasanjo was a surprise to him because unlike many political appointees he never lobbied for the position.

Orjiako, Chairman of Seplat Oil, writes from Lagos

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

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Apply for the 2017/2018 Chevening Scholarships now!!!

The Chevening Secretariat is accepting applications for 2017/2018 Chevening Scholarships and some Chevening Fellowships from 8 August until 8 November 2016. Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strorest of their academic backgrounds. The scholarship offers financial support to study for a master’s degree at any UK university and the opportunity to become part of an influential global network of 46,000 alumni. 
The call for new applicants follows the selection of some 1,800 scholars who won an award to study at a UK university this year.

These scholarships represent a significant investment from the UK Government to develop the next cohort of global leaders.

Speaking of the opening of the new application window, the Director of the Chevening Secretariat, Michael Scott-Kline, said: ‘Those who step forward to apply for a Chevening Scholarship are already demonstrating the kind of ambitious forward-thinking that typifies Chevening Scholars. The potential rewards for applying are unquantifiable. Not only do scholars receive a first-rate UK education which can open doors in their respective careers, they also join a strong global network — a network they will draw on and contribute to for the rest of their lives.'

Once successfully selected, Chevening Scholars arrive in the UK where they experience the best Britain has to offer academically, culturally, and socially.

‘Scholars can choose almost any master's course at any UK university,' Louise Thomson, Programme Manager at the Chevening Secretariat said. 'As well as an unparalleled academic experience, scholars enjoy exclusive access to year-round opportunities to familiarise them with the UK, its history, institutions, customs, and people.'

'Recent scholars have taken in breath-taking views of the UK, experienced Britain’s heritage and history through its stately homes and castles, discussed international policy at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and interacted with high profile academics, politicians, and even royals at a range of academic, cultural, and social events. Whether they're inside a lecture theatre or not, scholars are constantly learning.

Applicants are reminded to check that they are eligible, and are urged to start applying for their courses as early as possible. The deadline for all Chevening Scholarships applications is 12:00 GMT on 8 November 2016, and the selection timeline is available publicly.

Michael Scott-Kline, Director the Secretariat, concluded saying: 'Applying – or encouraging a friend to apply – may turn out to be the best decision you ever make. Everyone who has ever benefited from being a Chevening Scholar has one thing in common — they had the ambition to simply apply.'

Click here to apply now!
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

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The Federal Inland Revenue Service FIRS 2016 Recruitment

The Federal Inland Revenue Service as part of its consolidation strategies, wish to engage the services of early starters with integrity, drive and desire to win professionally, to strengthen its workforce. Applicants are to note that regardless of the position advertised, the following are minimum general requirements for all applicants.

Minimum Qualifications/skills base

A Bachelor or Master’s Degree in Accounting, Law, Economics, Banking & Finance, Engineering, Geology, Statistics, Computer Science or other relevant discipline in the quantitative field OR A Higher National Diploma in Accounting, Economics, Banking & Finance, Engineering, Geology, Statistics, Computer Science or other relevant discipline in the quantitative field.

Computer literacy and conversant with Microsoft office, Web Applications and the use of relevant applications for efficient delivery of service, Strong leadership and management skills, Strong team spirit and ability to effectively delegate, Strong interpersonal and communication skills, Strong Analytical skills, Knowledge of the Nigerian Tax Laws and appreciation of their application and understanding of the regulatory framework within which the FIRS operates;  Knowledge of business/industry environment within which taxpayers operate, Ability to work as a regulator with the courage to ensure full compliance with laws.


FIRS considers computer proficiency a key requirement for anyone who aspires for a job in the Service. Accordingly, Applicants are expected to fill their applications online. The official application details is attached below. This FIRS application portal will be available with effect from Monday, 29th August, 2016. Please follow the instructions to fill in your application. Only applications in respect of the advertised positions would be considered.

All individuals are expected to apply to only ONE position. Multiple applications by one candidate for more than one job will be disqualified. Upon submission, applicants will receive an acknowledgement containing a reference number which must be quoted in all future correspondences.

Deadline for submission of application is six (6) weeks from the date the web portal is available (Monday, 10th October, 2016) Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.

Download the official advert for more details below:
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Friday, 12 August 2016

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Meet Nigerian woman who has no formal education but lectures at Harvard and other top varsities.

Not many in her homeland appear to know about her unique story. But in other lands, especially Europe and America, she is a ‘goddess’ whose works are cherished by kings and presidents.
Without a doubt, the story of Nike Okundaye, the face behind the huge success story of Nike Arts Gallery, located in Lag
os, Abuja and Osogbo, is as compelling as it is inspiring.
At a time when young Nigerians are in desperate need of a role model and inspiration in what self-belief and hard work can achieve, Nike’s rise from the status of an unknown village girl born into a seeming insignificant family in a rustic village to a globally celebrated icon would make an A-list inspirational novel.

Born in her native village of Ogidi, Ijumu Local Government Area, Kogi State, young Nike had high dreams about what type of future she wanted for herself. But her dreams were truncated even before they could take form when she lost her mother at age six. “I was six when my mother died,” she said with a tinge of sadness.

With the blow inflicted on her dreams by her mother’s death, young Nike was taken away to live with her grandmother. At the time, many believed that by going to live with an old woman, the young girl’s future had been compromised. But events have since proved that destiny may indeed have been at work in her journey through life.

She had her first contact with the world of arts through her grandmother, who at the time, was the leader of cloth weavers in the community.She said: “I come from a family of craftsmen. My parents were crafts people from Ogidi in Ijumu Local Government Area, Kogi State. My life as an artist is something that I was born with. I started weaving at the age of six. “I started with weaving different things, including adire, a traditional Yoruba hand-painted cloth design. As a matter of fact, I can say everything that had to do with textile. They taught me how to weave, using a little calabash. Gradually, I graduated to using bigger materials.”
Though Nike was six years old and barely able to tell the difference between her left and right hands, she already had a picture of the kind of future she wanted.“My grandmother was the head of all the weavers in our community. So, even as a little child, I already had a dream that I would own a big studio when I grew up. People came from different areas to buy the cloth from her. So, at that time, I already sensed that I might not have the opportunity to go to school.”

With the death of her mother, her grandmother, whose responsibility it was to look after her, did not pamper her in any form. She ensured that the virtue of hard work was instilled in Nike’s young, impressionable mind.

At that time, young Nike, unaware of the reason behind her great grandmother’s action, would cry, believing that she was being unnecessarily punished. “I would cry and lament because I thought she was wicked and punishing me. But today, I always thank her for inculcating in me the virtue of hard work. It was through her that I learnt that you must persevere in whatever you do and never give up on your dreams.”

Although she lost her mother at a time she needed her most, Nike believes that destiny might have been involved in the way her life played out, including her mother’s death. According to her, the mother was a very hard working young woman who would have spared nothing to ensure that her child got a good education up to the university level.

“Even at that young age, I knew that my mother was very hard working. And I am very sure that if she had not died, she would have trained me up to university level. My father was a farmer. He also did several other things like basket weaving to supplement his income. So, definitely, I would have been educated very well if my mother had not died. “But today, I look at my childhood and all that I went through as something designed by destiny. Who knows, maybe if my mother had not died and I had gone ahead to be educated, I may never have had the kind of opportunity that I have today and may never have risen to the level that I am.”

Nike never went to school to study art, the vocation that has brought her to global spotlight.

Vocational training in art was passed down to her by her great grandmother, the late Madam Ibikunle. Watching her great grandmother in the art of adire textile processing and helping her out, Nike walked up the line to become an expert in adire making, dyeing, weaving, painting and embroidery.

A product of the famous Osogbo Art Movement, Nike is today a world acclaimed artist and textile designer. She brings vivid imagination as well as a wealth of history and tradition into the production of adire. Her works are celebrated in major capitals of the world, with her designs exhibited in countries like the USA, Belgium, Germany, Japan and Italy, among others.

Nike spent the early part of her life in Osogbo, a recognised hotbed for art and culture in Nigeria. During her stay in Osogbo, her informal training was dominated by indigo and adire.
Nike’s romance with international exposure began in 1968 when she had an exhibition at the Goethe Institute in Lagos. Since then, she has grown to become a major name on the international art circuit. She is most outstanding in paintings and design of adire, beadwork and batik.

Among Nike’s proudest achievements was her invitation to Italy by the Italian government in 2000 to train young Nigerian sex workers on how to use their hands to engage in creative ventures. Her invitation was as a result of complaints to the Italian government by the young Nigerians that they left Nigeria in search of work, not knowing what they would be forced into. When Nike got to Italy, she taught them skills in craft making and many of the women became self-reliant in no time and stopped their old means of income.

In 2006, she was awarded one of the highest Italian national awards of merit by the government of the Republic of Italy in appreciation of her efforts in using art to address and solve the problems of Nigerian sex workers in Italy.

About two years ago, her adire painting was accepted at The Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum, located in Washington DC, US. Some of her works can be found among-st the collection of prominent personalities around the world, including the White House.

While little is known about Nike and her works across the country, two former presidents of the USA, Bill Clinton and George Bush, were so enthralled by her works at various times that they sought audience with her during their visits to Nigeria. Much more than just meeting and shaking hands with the two former presidents, it was Nike that decorated George Bush’s room in Abuja during his stay in the country.

According to Nike, these two incidents, were some of the best things to have happened to her.
She said: “When President Bill Clinton of the US visited Nigeria, he asked to meet the woman behind Nike Gallery, and I was taken to Abuja to meet him. It was the same thing with President George Bush. I was invited to meet him in Abuja during his visit to Nigeria. I was the one that decorated the room where the president stayed during the visit. What honour can be greater than this? I feel accomplished.”

As an accomplished artist, Nike has taught in several universities in the US, imparting the knowledge of her traditional adire designs in thousands of eager students from across the world. Her teaching exploits, she disclosed, have taken her to revered institutions like Harvard and Edmonton in Canada.

“I have lectured and held workshops in several noble institutions across the world. Some of the universities include Harvard, Columbus, Edmonton, Ohio and in Los Angeles, among others.

My first experience with teaching was in 1974. At that time, I taught people with doctoral degrees.”
Interestingly, all the education she had at the time, according to her, was the traditional education that parents pass onto their children.

“The type of education I had at the time was the education that is passed from parents to their children, not the education you get in a classroom. It was the practical type of education,” she said with a wry smile.

In 1983, she established the Nike Centre for Art and Culture in Osogbo, Osun State, where trainings are offered free of charge to Nigerians in various forms of arts. The centre was opened with 20 young girls who were picked from the streets and offered a new life in arts. So far, according to her, more than 3,000 young Nigerians have been trained at the centre.

The centre also admits undergraduate students from many universities in Nigeria for their industrial training programmes in textile design. The centre now admits students from Europe, Canada and the United States of America. International scholars and other researchers in traditional African art and culture also visit the centre from time to time for their research works on the processing of adire fabric and African traditional dyeing methods.

But she says the true story of the gallery started in her bedroom about 47 years ago.

“The gallery you see today actually started in my bedroom in 1968. In 2008, we opened the one in Lagos, and my husband was always the motivator. It was intended to give the young and old a platform to hear their voice.”

As she spoke, with signs of fulfillment splashed on her face, her husband, Reuben Okundaye, a retired commissioner of police, who had remained quiet since the interview started, suddenly joined in the conversation.

He said: “It is with practical education that she has continued to teach and impart knowledge into people with doctoral degrees and masters in Fine Art. Some of these people even come here under the cover of night to seek advice from her. Yet, some would say she is not educated.”

Speaking about another experience, Mr. Okundaye said he once had an encounter with a prominent Nigerian who told him that his wife would have been made a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria if she was educated. Surprised, he said he took a swipe at the man, telling him his wife was better educated than most of the people that were being flaunted.

He said: “You can imagine, I was discussing with one big man the other day and he said that my wife would have been made a minister if she was educated. I was angry and I asked him what he meant by that. Here is a woman who teaches people with doctoral degrees in higher institutions all over the world, yet you say she is not educated. But when the chips are down, they come to her for advice.”

Asked how she feels whenever she teaches in the classroom, Nike looked up as if relishing her achievements, and said: “I feel fulfilled. It was a very high sense of fulfillment. Imagine, a little girl who grew up in a rustic village without any sign of hope for a good future. Now I stand before PHD holders and teach them. I have been invited to meet presidents of foreign countries. I think I should be proud of my little achievements and be grateful to God.”

In spite of her seeming low education, she insists she has no regrets about not attending school. “I have no regrets at all. I give thanks to God for making all these things possible for me. I also thank my husband for standing by me all these years. I must confess that it was not easy coming this far. You will agree with me that for a woman to be recognised, she has to work three times harder than a man.”

Reechoing his wife’s position, Mr. Okundaye said Nike could not have had any regrets, having attained the heights sought by many across the world. “You asked if she has any regrets. How can that be possible? What kind of regret was she supposed to have with all her achievements? She is fulfilled in every sense of the word,” he enthused.

Expectedly, the couple was attracted to each other by their mutual love for arts. “I have always been an arts lover. I have some of her works. Perhaps, like you said, maybe it was destiny that brought us together.”
With a sterling career as a police officer, which saw him attaining the rank of Commissioner of Police and serving in more than four states, the couple has in the last 20 years of their coming together enjoyed the beauty of marriage and weathered the storm together.

Nike, who would be 64 in a couple of weeks, has also successfully created an identity for herself. Her most treasured clothes, she confessed, are adire fabrics. And it is not surprising that she cannot remember the last time she wore anything other than that.

“You may be right if you say I have created an identity for myself with my adire clothes. It is the only thing that I am known with. I don’t wear any other clothe, even when I travel out of the country,” she said.

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