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I am putting myself forward to lead a team of Nigerians in the capacity of Chairman Board of Trustees, providing strategic direction for the European arm of the official Nigerian Diaspora body called Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO). Reflecting, as I should do, on how I wish to do such important job at this time in Nigeria’s history, I took a journey down memory lane to all the efforts invested over the years by good men and women of NIDO Europe. They toiled for the organization to become an alternative platform for sustainable social economic development of Nigeria. I can only be grateful for the selfless services of these founding members and all the stakeholders that have sustained the organization till date. (This one is for you).

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Hon Kenneth Gbandi: Currently NIDO Chairman, Germany Branch

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Proudly we announce to the world that come Wednesday 7th September 2016, politician Amma Asante will become a member of the Dutch second chamber parliament. The first Ghanaian African and a woman to accomplish this fit in the Netherlands. After nearly four years in the waiting, having contested in the last election and narrowly fall short of the number to get a seat in parliament. She waited patiently engaging in other activities until a vacancy that made the door open for her to become a Dutch member of parliament.

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Monday 5 September 2016, sees the launch of the Peace, Justice and Security Foundation, an initiative dedicated to creating global awareness about peace, justice and security in all age groups and communities with a specific focus on children.

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"To achieve all the other goals, we must have peace. It is only when we effectively work together towards a more peaceful environment, address insecurities and hold perpetrators to account, that we can address the entire enterprise of the sustainable development goals," said Florence Olara, the Chair of the Foundation.

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The First Lady of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Her Excellency, Constancia Mangue, has accepted her nomination of The Voice Magazine Achievers Award 2016 as the African Woman and Personality of the year awards 2016. The statement was released in Almere, The Netherlands by The Voice Achievers Award Committee. Her Excellency will receive the prestigious “African Woman and Personality" award 2016 at a ceremony slated for 25th August 2016 in Mongomo, Equatorial Guniea to kick start the official program for 2016 awards event holding in the city of Almere, The Netherlands.

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To ensure that the dreams of the nation’s founding fathers in relation to unity and progress in diversity are not lost, the newly elected Interim Chairman of The Movement for National Reformation (MNR), Chief Eugene Enahoro has appealed to all Nigerians to lower the hostility across the country.

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Almere, The Netherlands, August 23rd, 2016: The First Lady of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Her Excellency, Constancia Mangue, has accepted her nomination of The Voice Magazine Achievers Award 2016 as the African Woman and Personality of the year awards 2016. The statement was released in Almere, The Netherlands by The Voice Achievers Award Committee. Her Excellency will receive the prestigious “African Woman and Personality" award 2016 at a ceremony slated for 25th August 2016 in Mongomo, Equatorial Guniea to kick start the official program for 2016 awards event holding in the city of Almere, The Netherlands.

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Liberia is increasingly confronted with development challenges exacerbated by growing urbanization and the recent Ebola epidemic, which exposed major shortcomings in Liberian society, such as weak social contract, weak institutions, inadequate capacity among public institutions to address uncoordinated rural urban migration and growing crime rate. Monrovia has experienced surge in population from its pre- war four hundred thousand inhabitants to slightly 1.1 million- showing that significant percent of the country’s population lives in Monrovia.

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Mr Justin Onuorah Abuah, Director of Information, State House, has passed on.
Born on January 29, 1959, Mr Abuah, fondly called O.J, by all who knew and came in close contact with him, died on Sunday, August 14, in Abuja after a brief illness.

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The late Abuah had a long and rich career at the Presidency, where he served seven past Nigerian leaders since 1986 when he joined the State House media office from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
His many colleagues, friends and admirers will fondly remember him as the man behind several presidential statements and speeches; and he demonstrated a rare sense of calmness and candour in service.
A native of Asaba, Oshimili South Local Government Area, Delta State, O.J is survived by his wife, Loretta and three children (Chinedum, Chike and Amaechi).
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a condolence message to the bereaved family.
Burial arrangements will be announced later by the family.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)

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BENIN-CITY: The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Gubernatorial Candidate for the September 10 governorship election in Edo State, Earl Osaro Onaiwu has officially flagged-off his campaign. The event which was held on Saturday 30th July, 2016 at the Urhokpota Hall, King Square, Benin-City was well attended by thousands of residents, supporters and party faithful’s across the State and beyond.
The Executive Governor of Anambra State and National Leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Willie Obiano led a delegation of party chieftains to the event to show solidarity for the Osaro Onaiwu Solution Agenda.

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As politicians in Edo State struggle to outshine one another in the build up to the forthcoming September 10th governorship election, Edo people must be vigilant to avoid the deceit that has become the attribute of many a politician and ensure the election of the best candidate. The narrative in informed circle across the state captures this sentiment and the need to return Edo to its glorious past.
It is unfortunate that even the modest infrastructure which Edo inherited upon its creation in 1991 has so lost value that one wonders whether successive governments have been asleep. Take the roads in Benin the capital city for instance; there is hardly any in the main city without deep gullies. Even where you manage to find a tarred road, be rest assured that the adjoining streets will be no better than swamps. Driving in Edo during this raining season is particularly hellish for motorists.

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The Federal Government has resolved to issue permanent resident certificates to Nigerians who are living in the Diaspora but not yet permitted to have dual citizenship by their host countries.
The government also said it was considering the agitations by Nigerians in the Diaspora to participate in electoral process in the country, but did not indicate if the gesture would commence in 2019.

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Nigerian parents who crave to give their children an unrivalled opportunity to gain entry into some of the best universities in the United Kingdom, including Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London, should send them first to Abbey DLD Group of Colleges to equip them with the required knowledge, according to pre-university schools’ officials.

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Nigerian Diaspora Day today gives room for somber reflections as I did about this time a year ago through an opinion piece. I stated then “Despite its commendable vision and sparse achievements, the humongous shortcomings of the Diaspora Day are threatening in 2015 to explode in the face of all stakeholders” I concluded the piece with the following “to get the Diaspora Day right, you must first get the Nigerian Diaspora Policy right” Since then, not very much has happened around the Diaspora Policy. However the American idiom “a new Sheriff in town” typically used during periods of power transition could be applied to events surrounding the 2016 Diaspora Day in Nigeria. This adage is deployed particularly when the way things are done are experiencing some changes, or when a new person takes control. In the case of the National Diaspora Day of Nigeria it is a combination of a new operating environment and new persons wrestling back hijacked control from mini cabals of a national policy instrument. 

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The burial arrangements for late Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi, have been made public.

A member of the burial committee, who is also the Delta State Commissioner for Information Mr. Patrick Ukah, revealed that the ceremonies will hold between Thursday, July 28, and Sunday, July 31, 2016.

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As Edo State prepares for a transition from one government to another, the protagonist are preparing for battle and one man that stands out clearly in the crowd, is Mr. Godwin Obaseki of APC. One of our correspondents in Nigeria did take a look at his profile for our Diaspora audience to know the man who is destiny to be the next Governor of Edo State of Nigeria.

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He had his early education in St. Matthews Anglican Primary School Benin City and Eghosa Anglican Grammar School, Benin City and later attended the University of Ibadan, Columbia University and Pace University in New York. He has a BA in Classics and MBA in Finance and International Business.

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Ahead of the forth coming Governorship election in Edo State, a group known as Concerned Deltans for Good Governance has thrown their support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Mr Godwin Obaseki and Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu as running mate in the State.

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EDO State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has continued to receive commendations from a cross section of the society for having the will power to bring development to the state.

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The governor has in the past seven years deliberately opened up the rural communities with the construction of several of roads across the state bridging the gap between the urban cities and the farming villages.

There is no doubt that the people, both in the cities and in the rural areas now have different stories to tell, because in the past it was a story of despair and disappointment due to decades of criminal neglect, marginalization and deceit by different administrations.

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Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s stewardship in Osun State has been generating all manner of comments in recent times. From the indefensible, infantile, misinformed and misguided viewpoints to the impressive analyses of his actions and inactions, the comments reveal a lot about this man of many parts who has not only done very well for his people, but has also been fair to all sections of the state in his policy implementation. Although Aregbesola is frequently the butt of criticisms, there is no doubt that he means well for his people and does what he sees to be in their best interest at all times.

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Gov. Aregbesola of Osun State, Nigeria

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The Obi of Owa Kingdom, in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State, His Royal Majesty Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor II (JP) OON has honoured one of his subjects and the Executive Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, with a 55-year old elephant tusk. The revered Owa monarch was overwhelmed with joy when Governor Okowa and other members of his executive paid him a courtesy visit at his Owa-Oyibu Palace shortly after the commissioning of the Abavo Central Hospital, Abavo, its access roads and others at Owa-Oyibu on Friday, June 24, 2016.

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Internationally acclaimed singer, Youssouf N'dour and his band, Le Super Étoile de Dakar climaxed the Jubille celebration of the Africa Music Festival in Hertme, The Netherlands last weekend. Thousands of African music fans danced throughout his performance with exhilarating rigour and zest, whilst Morocco's Jazz and soul singer, Oumel Ghait mesmerized the audience with her incredibly soaring tenor. Song hoy Blues closed the afternoon proceedings; as they rendered elements of contemporary rock and hip hop, like Songs like “Irganda” and their masterpiece of desert blues, blending American guitar saw the audience glowingly bluesy and shuffled every move with their feet.

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Ghanaian veteran Pat Thomas with his impetuous young group, The Kwashibu Area Band, entertained the audience with a collection of songs from their album the 'hype.' Upcoming star from Guinea Bissau, Karyna Gomes, also thrilled the audience with a combination of traditional African music, and rhythms from around the world.

Although intermittently, rains fell on both days, but there was a great deal of sunlight and the thousands of music lovers nevertheless, joined the exuberant performances displayed by an array of renowned African musical artists. The young and old danced in close circles and clapping their hands in appreciation. Acts came from the four corners of Africa, including Congolese rumba, West African High Life music, Malian Kora music, the sand dunes sound of North Africa and the audience added a scintillating flavour to the atmosphere and It's no wonder the crowd rediscovered their vigour whenever a new act is being performed.

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