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The impressive contribution of start-ups to the GDP of advanced economies today is globally acknowledged. That is the product of a knowledge society, which is driven by entrepreneurship. And entrepreneurship, according to experts, is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.

That is precisely the motivating force behind this inaugural edition of Salone CEOs’ Meet, entitled “Overcoming Business Obstacles In A Micro- And Macro-Economic Environment; The Winning Reset.” scheduled for 6th December 2019, as headline event of the maiden edition of the Personality of the Year Award, which holds  Saturday 7th December 2019 at the Freetown International Conference Centre, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The event is designed to showcase the first-time, the gathering of about five hundred Chief Executive Officers (CEOs’) across Africa, at a conference. They will form a think tank of successful African entrepreneurs and CEOs knowledgeable and willing to share their valuable experiences on how to create, innovate and improve business opportunities in Sierra Leone in particular and Africa generally. 

Given that the government has the responsibility of providing a healthy and competitive fiscal environment. We enjoin all and sundry to seize this opportunity for us to make an impact and a difference in our dear country and Africa.

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Kanayo O. Kanayo Mocks Okorocha After Govt House Tour

Veteran actor and member of the Joint Committee of the Inauguration/ Handover in Imo State, Kanayo O. Kanayo, has mocked the outgoing governor of the state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, after the committee had a tour of the government house preparatory to the May 29 handover in the state.

It will be recalled that Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeated all comers, including Uche Nwosu, Okorcha’s son in law, to emerge the governor-elect of Imo State.

Ihedioha, in alliance with the sitting governor, constituted a handover committee and they embarked on a tour of the state’s seat of power.

Taking to his instagram page, Kanayo said it would not come out of his mouth what they saw at the government house in the course of their tour of the edifice.

The joint committee of the inauguration/ handover in Imo State met with the outgoing Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and also undertook a tour of Government House. You want to know what we saw? I wouldn’t be the one to spoil your appetite because it is not expected.”

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Duchess Of Sussex, Meghan, Gives Birth To Baby Boy

The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a boy with her husband by her side after going into labour this morning.

Speaking from Windsor, the Duke of Sussex said: “I’m very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy this morning – a very healthy baby boy.”

According to Telegraph UK, the couple maintained an element of secrecy around the arrangements for the birth, saying they will share news of their baby’s arrival “once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family”.

Members of the international press have been assembled in Windsor for several weeks awaiting news that the baby is on its way, with American television networks updating their viewers daily.

They will now be joined by excited members of the public and the British media, in the last few hours before the seventh-in-line to the throne is welcomed into the world.

The baby is understood to be around a week overdue, with the Duchess, who is 37, said to be “comfortable and content” as she waited in her new home at Frogmore Cottage with her husband and mother Doria Ragland by her side.

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Breaking: Kidnappers Abduct Army Officer, Wife, Two Children

It has just been revealed that an army officer, his wife, and their two children had been kidnapped along Wukari-Ibbi Road in Taraba State, Nigeria just a few minutes ago, April 28, 2019.

The officer, according to Daily Trust, was reportedly dressed in civil attire and was traveling in his personal car with his wife and two children when he was abducted by unknown gunmen at Ibiwa village in Ibbi Local Government Area of Taraba state.

According to the newspaper, sources in Wukari and Ibbi who preferred to be anonymous said that the officer attached to Army Barracks Takum was traveling from Takum to Ibbi town when the gunmen blocked the road at Ibiwa village and took him and his family to an unknown location.

The source said soldiers from Takum and police from Wukari are now searching the forests between Wukari and Ibbi town to rescue the army officer and his family. The police public relations officer Taraba state command, DSP David Misal, was quoted to have said that he had contacted the DPO Ibbi and Wukari area command over the issue but they have not replied him yet. ”I called the DPO Ibbi but he has not replied my inquiry over the matter. I’m now waiting for his response,” DSP Misal said. 

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Nigerian IDP Camp Suffers Huge Fatality As Fire Razes 40 Huts

There is every indication that displaced persons at two Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps at Monguno Local Government Area of Borno in the North Eastern part of Nigeria would have been rendered homeless by now as fire has razed down almost 45 shelters in the obviously inclement camp.

The Internally Displaced Camps are housing over three hundred persons displaced due to the activities of the Boko Haram members, who have continued to unleash terror in the whole North Eastern part of Nigeria for over a decade now.

Malam Abdulkadir Ibrahim, the information officer, North East, of the Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said that the infernos were recorded at Flatari and Nguro camps in Monguno on Sunday, 28, where shelters were destroyed at Flatari camp, affecting 20 households while 120 shelters were  razed and 77 households displaced at Nguro in the fire disaster.

Ibrahim added that about 371 persons were displaced in the fire outbreaks recorded in the two camps.

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Nigerian President To Dissolve Cabinet May 22, Sneaks Into London For Medical Check

With his inauguration for a second term in office fixed for May 29, Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, has set aside May 22 for the dissolution of his present cabinet

This was disclosed by Lai Mohammed, the Nigerian minister of information and culture after the weekly federal executive council meeting. He said that that day would mark the last federal executive council meeting for his first tenure.

Meanwhile, the president has traveled to London in what so many of his countrymen have labeled medical trip even though his aides have come out to deny it, saying that the president went for an undisclosed appointment.

It will be recalled that the president, months after his first term inauguration, spent months in a London hospital where he underwent series of treatments, leaving governance in the hands of his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo.

We gathered that the president might spend up to a week to attend to his health after he spent so much time campaigning all around the country and to also withstand preparations towards his second term inauguration.  

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Bombing: Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Resigns

Hemasiri Fernando, Sri Lanka’s defence secretary, has resigned following the security forces’ failure to stop the deadly church and hotel attacks on Easter Sunday.

He said that while there had been no failure on his own part, he was taking responsibility for failures of some institutions he headed as the secretary of defence.

“I decided to resign on my own volition,” he told Sri Lankan channel News First. “Until a suitable person is found, I will continue to help. I don’t think there were failures at the defense ministry. But some agencies under the ministry’s purview appear to have failed in coordination.”

The office of Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena confirmed Fernando would serve in the post until a replacement is appointed.

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Late Notorious Armed Robber, Anini’s Son Says He’s Proud Of Father After over three decades, son of notorious armed robber Anini Lawrence has come out to speak about his father.

After over three decades, son of notorious armed robber Anini Lawrence has come out to speak about his father.

The man named Osayi Lawrence Lawson has boldly addressed certain perceptions about his daddy whose notoriety in robbery led him to be captured in the 1980s and executed by means of a firing squad. Osayi Lawrence spoke of how proud he was of his father on Facebook.

He particularly said that he did not like the way Nigerians addressed him in public as if they expected him to be shy of his roots. According to him, he had no intention to hide his face from Nigerians because of the atrocities his father committed in Benin City and its environs.

As a matter of fact, Osayi went ahead to correct the way Nigerians pronounced the surname of his father. He hammered on the right pronunciation just as he also corrected Nigerians to stop thinking that Anini was his father’s nickname. According to him, Anini was his grandfather’s name and this was directly transferred to his own daddy.

The distraught Osayi spoke of the rest of his family including his brother Osaro, Anini’s mother and other living relatives. Even more, the man was particular about debunking the depiction of his father by Nollywood.

According to him, the film that had been made about his father by Nollywood acts was full of lies and misconceptions.

In a later post, Osayi particularly made sure to emphasize that although he was proud of his father, he is not like him. He professed to be cool and calm unlike his daddy. 

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Buhari Has Made Nigeria Hell For Nigerians – Omotola Jalade

While core Buharists will fall over themselves to defend the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as making life easier for Nigerians, some popular personalities are seeing the country otherwise.

Just on Monday, popular entertainer and veteran actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, bombarded the current administration, saying that Buhari has made the country hell for Nigerians. Taking to her twitter handle, the actress said that the lack of money and the sustained killings that go unabated have made the country hell for the citizens.

She said that the continued killings by the uniform men will make the country explode, saying that there is fear and desperation everywhere.

A popular figure in the Nigerian entertainment industry has come out to speak up against the recent killings in the country and charged the president and his vice to do better.

“The country under your watch is hellish! @ProfOsinbajo @MBuhari @NGRPresident. The lack of money in circulation, now coupled with the continuous assault and killings by uniformed men make this country implode!!! it’s unbearable! Do something! Insecurity! Fear and desperation everywhere.” she said.

It will be recalled that in less than one month, men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have accounted for the death of innocent Nigerians, with the late Kolade Johnson murdered by SARS at the Cement area of Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway being the most prominent.

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Nigeria Scores a Plus As Forbes Names Ezekwesili, an Africa Social Influencer

Oby Ezekwesili, the former minister of Education and a presidential candidate in the just concluded general election in Nigeria, is making Nigeria proud around the world as the global rating firm, Forbes, named the former World Bank personnel as Woman Africa Social Influencer.

According to Naija News,  Ezekwesili received the award at the Forbes Woman Africa Awards inaugural gala dinner which held in Durban, South Africa recently.

Ezekwesili’s efforts in launching the viral #BringBackOurGirls campaign on social media earned her the award.

The dinner followed a full day of panel discussions and talks by New Wealth Creators from across Africa at the fourth annual Forbes Woman Africa Leading Women Summit.

The ceremony was the perfect conclusion to a highly constructive day of networking and concept sharing by Africa’s most dynamic women,” said Methil Renuka, managing editor of Forbes Africa and Forbes Woman Africa in a statement on Tuesday.

“I would like to congratulate every award recipient – the work they are doing is impacting the lives of millions of young women worldwide, creating a space for them to, in turn, make their mark in a meaningful way.”

Several women were recognised in business, sports, science, entertainment and leadership, including Divine Simbi-Ndhlukula (Forbes Woman Africa Businesswoman of the Year Award); Rachel Sibande (Forbes Woman Africa Gen Y Award) and Caster Semenya (Forbes Woman Africa Sports Award).

Others are Sho Madjozi (Forbes Woman Africa Entertainer Award), Uche Pedro (Forbes Woman Africa New Media Award), among others.

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