Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General and three other Nigerian women made the 2018 BBC ‘100 women’ list.
She appeared alongside social entrepreneur/activist, Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, a lawyer, Bola Tinubu and award-winning blogger and author, Chidera Eggerue.
The BBC list celebrates inspiring and influential women who have used their positions to spark actions in the review year.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in 2017, only two Nigerian women – singer, Tiwa Savage, and tech prodigy, Anne-Marie Imafidon – made the list.
This year, the list featured women around the world between the ages of 15 and 94 from more than 60 countries; including Messrs Mohammed, Ajayi-Akinfolarin, Tinubu and Eggerue from Nigeria.
57-year-old Ms. Mohammed, who is vocal about women’s empowerment and gender equality, told BBC that females should not be ‘grateful’ for opportunities given them.
“What I want to do is not apologise for being a girl and not to see it as something that is added on… or that we should be grateful for being at the table,” she said.
Speaking on Ms. Ajayi-Akinfolarin, BBC wrote, “Abisoye is the founder of GirlsCoding, an NGO that teaches girls how to code, design and build websites that help solve problems in their communities.”
The 33-year-old tech entrepreneur, who was recently named one of CNN’s ten heroes of 2018, is a women’s rights activist fighting to balance the gender gap in science and technology.
Meanwhile, the BBC honoured the 51-year-old Ms. Tinubu for her work in corporate law, especially in establishing the first free children’s helpline in Nigeria.
Also, Ms. Eggerue, 27, is a best-selling author and blogger at Slumflower and has been featured in many publications including British Vogue, Elle Uk, The NewYork Times.
NAN reports that Chelsea Clinton, vice-chair of the Clinton Foundation, and Senegalese-born Fatma Samoura, first female FIFA secretary general, were also included in the list.
OAP, Tosyn Bucknor has died aged 37
Oluwatosin ‘Tosyn’ Bucknor, an on-air-personality with Inspiration FM, has died aged 37.
Bucknor was found dead by husband, Aurelien Boyer, when he arrived at home from work on Monday night.
Onome Obruthe, husband of her sister Funke Obruthe-Bucknor, confirmed the demise of the petite media personality.
“It is very sad,” he said when a call was put through to him Tuesday morning.
The media personality, a graduate of law from the University of Lagos, was born with sickle cell anaemia.
In November 2015, Bucknor and Aurélien Boyer had their traditional wedding surrounded by family and friends in Lagos.
Five months later, they had their white wedding in France, Boyer’s home country.
Segun Bucknor, her father who was a popular musician and journalist, died in 2017.
Tosyn, as she was popularly called, previously hosted the morning show at Top Radio FM.
She started her OAP duties with Tee-A at Eko FM. She was also an intern at Cool FM where she hosted the ‘Fun Hour Show’ on Saturdays.
Bucknor joined Top Radio after her youth service in 2009 as the only female handling a morning show.
Tosyn Bucknor was nominated for several awards including Future Awards, ELOY Awards, and Best of Nollywood.
ArtX: A tale of how Lagos housed Africa’s largest Art Exhibition
ArtX: When Lagos housed one of the largest Art Exhibition in Africa and it was artistic. Enjoy the read.
Days have gone by and the beautiful memories of art, conversations, meet-ups, body languages as well as lectures during ArtX 2018 remains pleasurable. My experience balanced all activities outlined above and more. Importantly, the event held from November 2 – 4 at Civic Center, Lagos.
I chose to visit on Saturday, 3rd November 2018 which meant that I traveled from outside the state on a Friday and return on a Sunday. For every ‘good unplanned factor’, I got to Lagos by 1 am Saturday morning. Yet, my exhibition started taking its shape from the relative silence, brightening, and cleanliness of Berger Park, to the artistic contents of the wall across the roads that I plied. Busy, crowdy and noisy Lagos gave way to my first hall of the art showroom. It was a tired day but amazing one.
Because sleep is a form and a source of art, it was relieving moments that gave strength. This strength fueled my zeal for the reason that I came into Lagos, ArtX. By 12 pm I was walking the hallways of Civic Centre, lined with pieces of works from galleries. Some works were hanging, laid down, televised and even shown on 3D cameras. Everywhere I turned, reminds me of how creative human minds can exceed.
Though the exhibition timed 10 am I was still an early bird and by 5.30 pm when I took my leave, people were still coming in, in their numbers. My most priced moment was seeing “Tutu”, an artwork by Nigeria’s best-known modern artist, Ben Enwonwu, painted in 1974. It was a welcoming showpiece. Enwonwu painted three versions of the portrait. One is in a private collection in Lagos, while Peppiatt is hunting the third in Washington.
Music brought me back to reality and Yinka Shonibare’s was my next stop. Using African craft to tell a European story is rare and Yinka did not disappoint. With 18 stands representing different foreign and African art galleries, an art lover, wouldn’t get enough of the works displayed.
Children were not left out as I witnessed the attentiveness that a group of them gave their tour guide/instructor. They murmured words at some works, asked questions on some while they merely enjoyed the pleasant view that many others had to offer. A particular child with her mum kept asking about a piece of work while her mum patiently dished out the basic content of the piece in words that the little admirer can understand. Such a sight to see.
After a walk around, I dropped by the restaurant place to grab a snack and drink but importantly meet new people. I met an interesting lady who is a doctor and a documentary photographer. We conversed on how just a few people get to have the same career and passion. We shared our insight on the day’s event and we took professional pictures.
An art lecture organised by the event on Contemporary Art was next. The guest, an Art Critic Writer, and an Art Professor shared from their wealth of knowledge on how the media is unprepared for an Art Specific Reporting and the quality of university education. Both, as was discussed, affect the way Nigerians absorb and perceive the concept and quality of Art. They recommended that art should be projected just as much as other sectors like fashion, gets massive attention.
They touched on the scarcity of female art journalist, child art specialty, art academic protégé, art and science, old and new art reviewers, art and politics, art publicity; art, Biafra and Nigeria, art as a continuum for humanity and much more.
In all, I will remember ArtX 2018 for telling an Art Story in Lagos.
Yemi Osinbajo mocks Adeleke, learns ‘Shaku Shaku’
Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice-President is rehearsing in advance for the 2019 general elections. According to the VP, he is learning the `Shaku Shaku’ dance steps for campaigns in 2019.
`Shaku Shaku’ is a dance style that is very common and popular among Nigerian youths. Olamide is believed to be the artist that made the dance popular in his ‘Wo!’ video.
The Vice-President made this known when he attended the `Launch of Five Fascinating Books’ written by Funmilayo Braithwaite, in Abuja as a Special Guest.
He said: “And hopefully, we will be able to find a resolution to some of the questions raised in our political lives as well; I know that is one of the reasons Alhaji Shittu Kabir, Chairman, Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) is here.
“As a matter of fact, for those of us who are politicians, when you see `Politicrisis’; especially as elections approach, you might think there is a formula somewhere.
“Kabir and I and are the opposite sides but we are here to learn; I was saying the other day that politics in Nigeria is becoming very exciting; you never know what works.
“I can never forget my dear friend in one of the states who just danced his way through the campaigns; all he did was dance; he did nothing else but dance and he won 250,000 votes.
“So myself and Kabir are now learning Shaku Shaku; we have to learn; who knows what will win.’’
FG to add 1,150mw to National Grid
Nigeria’s total power generation stock is expected to rise by 1,150 megawatts (MW) between 2019 and 2020, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has disclosed.
Fashola, said recently in Lagos, that two power plants – the 700MW Zungeru hydro power plant and 450MW Okpai II gas power plant, would be ready to produce power to the nation in the next two years.
He did not state which would come in first but assured consumers that both would boost the country’s power generation by 1,150MW when they begin to produce.
The minister’s disclosure came at a time the Abuja electricity distribution company (Disco) stated that a preliminary report on the electricity-induced fire that killed a mother and her three children in Niger State did not find it guilty or responsible for the disaster.
In his speech at the Nigeria-South Africa Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Forum in Lagos, Fashola said: “Between 2019 and 2020 (Q1) Zungeru 700MW, Okpai II 450MW, totaling 1,150MW should come into operation.”
He added that: “These do not include about 7,000MW of installed but inoperative power plants that are constrained either by gas supply or transmission capacity or both, about which action is being taken.
“It does not include independent power plants now under construction in nine federal universities with a plan to scale to 37, neither does it include 15 independent power projects targeting major markets now under construction to power 85,000 shops and small businesses.”
He insisted that the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari, has done well in the power sector, saying: “In summary, incremental capacity is heading in the right direction, we are planning to solve today’s problems, liberalize participation in the sector, and enable private sector to undertake the business of generating and distributing power, which it contracted to do with the privatization programme that took place in 2013.
“The prospects for the future are clear, they portray hope, and I am optimistic that today’s problems represent opportunities in the power sector for tomorrow.”
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