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Leadership consciousness in our youths must be awakened – C.E.O

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Can we meet you?

I am Chukwuma Ephraim. Okenwa popularly known as C.E.O due to my initials, a writer, youth administrator and the artiste of the Great Nigeria album. 

Some time ago, you mentioned that you were into value re-evaluation. Tell us about it.

That is the Values Project. Sometime ago, I observed that every aspect of our lives and the society in which we find ourselves attaches so much importance to rules, but cares far less about values; there is no corresponding reformation with the levels of rules we see everywhere. There are traffic rules, rules guiding schools, rules guiding different professions and a number of others. Unfortunately, the society finds it quite difficult to conform to the value system. This is why I came up with the Values Project.

My objectives were sculpted by a number of questions about what kind of Nigeria our children grow up to live in and the sharp decline of patriotism. There are four instances when you see raw, unfeigned patriotism amongst Nigerians; during games involving any of the nation’s national teams, when our celebrities are making Nigeria proud, in our politics and when our colours are flown globally by our fellow citizens. But patriotism is beyond these things; integrally, being patriotic is obeying the laws of the nation. Occasionally, we must ask ourselves how some of our actions impact on the nation, as ambassadors of our great nation. This is the crux, the concern of the Values Project [VAP].

In your album there are seven tracks revolving around nation-building and patriotism. How did you come about these ideas which you wish to share with the public?

Actually, the idea stemmed from my search for better ways to reach out to a greater number of Nigerians with these values. Before now, I had the opportunity to reaching out to NYSC members, youths in higher institutions and students in secondary schools. In all, I have written about four books which are purely National; Vis a vis: our flag shall be a symbol, redefining our core values, celebrating our natural heritage and good people; great nation

Along the line, last year, to be exact, I asked myself how I can reach out to a greater number of Nigerians as soon as possible. So, I decided to do a song – I noticed that I can sing, as well – and set about recording the first track, Make Nigeria Great, which was the only song found fit to be played before the presidential speech during the 2013 Independent Day celebration. Also, it was broadcast on national television (AIT and NTA) and, I think, that gave the song a huge boost. It also got support from the Nigerian community in Canada, as they played the song when they celebrated Nigeria’s independence over there.

When I saw that, I got to thinking that I could also work on other songs for the nation. A couple of other ideas popped into my head, to release a couple of songs which will come in handy when the nation is preparing to host a national event. To be candid, I was not looking forward to coming out with an album along the line.

Since the release, what has the reception been like, especially from young Nigerians who rarely listen to these kind of songs?

It has been met with mixed feelings and I stand on the observation that some Nigerians have lost interest and faith in this country. It is unfortunate that sometimes, when you meet some people and show them what you have done for the nation, they feel that you are wasting your time on a country that can never be good. Introducing the work to people has not been that easy, but it is also an opportunity to tell people that Nigeria can be better.

Our young people rarely listen to the local television; they prefer the social media (YouTube, Face book and others). Hence I have equally made the work accessible on such platforms

What do you hope to achieve through this album?

I hope that when young Nigerians all over the world look at this, they can understand that a vital message is being passed through music, a universal language which everyone understands.

People have heard a lot about national transformation and all, but they have not heard it coming in this regard and form. It will come as a surprise that a young Nigerian is doing this; not the usual ways of mentioning names and wanting to score some cheap political points and interest, but based purely on patriotism.

The point is to inspire young Nigerians to have faith in Nigeria and believe that the future starts now and that national transformation has to do with corporate responsibility. With the partnership of well meaning Nigerians, I hope to get this work across to a good number of Nigerians.

What are your laid down projects? 

Currently I am working on partnering with firms to see how the album could possibly be adopted as souvenirs to their clients this season. There are also plans to take advantage of the numerous platforms at my disposal this to .

Where do you see Nigeria and the youths of the nation in the nearest future?

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Nigeria will certainly get better, but all must work towards having informed citizens with the right value system. Any great nation has simply learnt to tap into her strength-the youths. The change we need in this nation will certainly be pioneered by youths and this will happen when our youths, who are currently distracted, become rightly focused. I am talking about youths who will conscientiously demand their right to good governance and inclusion.

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I see a Nigeria that will represent Africa amongst the seven best nations in the world; if there are seven continents in the world, certainly Africa must be represented amongst the seven best countries in the world. I am not comfortable with Nigeria being the 26th economically; we have all it takes to be the very best.We must represent Africa in the inner circle of the UN. How on earth can we be comfortable that no African country is represented in the core policy making unit of the UN;that indeed is a big challenge for ‘Big brother Nigeria’. Nigeria remains the hope of the black continent.We should be a voice not an echo

Nigerian Youths must be carried along for a better Nigeria – Okenwa

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Apart from youth development, identifying the needs of young adults, develop, implement and evaluate programs that can assist them in all facets of life towards the actualization of a better Nigeria. Mr. Chukwuma Ephraim Okenwa aka C.E.O a Writer, Youth Administrator and artiste of the “Great Nigeria” album. In a chat with Emmanuel Eko, he spoke on the need for youths to be carried along in all aspects for the betterment of Nigeria. Excerpts:


Can we meet you sir?
My name is Chukwuma Ephraim Okenwa aka C.E.O, am a Writer, Youth Administrator and Artiste of the “Great Nigeria” album. A bonafide indigene of Akpugo, Enugu State.

As a Youth Administrator, what can you say about youths being carried along  in government?
Yes, if you tell me, from the foundation of the earth to our understanding , the youths always have a big role to play in any nation. No matter how big a man is, he is still a youth. So, I think that is where most of our mistakes are coming from. Our country neglect youths a lot and as long as they are neglected in this country called Nigeria, I bet you, it is a long way out to success because youths have a lot of roles to play. When the youths are well prepared for the future, they sky will be the starting point for the people and there will be no crisis at all time for the country to face in the future because they are well secured and well prepared by the people at the top.
Taking a close look, I will rightly say that youths have more sympathy than any other single individual in this country.

Another thing you have to understand is that presently there are no youths in power, because those already in power are just being selfish and greedy.
There are a lot of youths out there with a satisfied Degree, acquired quality education, have sound profile that needs to be placed in the right place to do the right thing at the right time.
We need to work towards getting new breeds, young generations, youths that have acquired enough knowledge at home and abroad, bring them to power, bring them to the system, give them an opportunity to serve. Believe you me, they will deliver perfectly well, on most ocassions, I have met with some Nigerian youths, although they are not high-ranked, but I can see how polished and how sound they are. So I can imagine if they are given the opportunity to be governors, ministers etc. At the end of the day , Nigeria will turn out to be a better place for you and I, am talking about career youths that believe in themselves, youths that have what it takes to be great leaders. When the youths get involved, something good will happen.
Nigeria is a country that has sufficient resources to take care of itself, but the elderly ones have failed in the area of performing their duties.
They have turned Nigeria to a cow whereby anyone can just walk up to and milk. At the end of it all, you will discover that the cow is getting dry. If that cow is not well fed, at a point the milk will dry-off. That is the difference between Nigeria and most of the countries in Europe and America, because they believe that the cow should be protected so that the milk will continue to flow but the reverse is the case in Nigeria. A country where they youths are not being taken care of, there must surely be crisis and problems. Crime is inevitable as long as they are not being taken good care of.
So therefore, the only thing we need at the moment is too see how more youths will be brought to the corridors of power and more youths to be integrated into the system.

Sir, what is your take on the present security situation in the country?
The security situation in the country if you ask me, the so-called suicide bombers who sent them? We are  all talking about Boko Haram, are they not sent by individuals like you and I?
Joblessness is the cause of all these violence, you could imagine telling a banker to go and carry bomb, he will ask if you are stupid because he knows the worth of that his Degree which he acquired but tell a graduate that have being roaming on the streets for over 10 years without job to go and embark on a suicide mission, he will first ask of the destination after all what is he gaining, He does not have anything to lose.
So, it will be very difficult for us to get it right at this time just like having a house maid and he/she is not properly fed, the children in the house will definitely suffer when their parents are away, but when the maid is fed properly, the children will enjoy.
The more people are hungry on the streets, the more danger it is for those at the top, the more risk they face because its just like a child that said his mother will not sleep, he will also stay awake.

Talking about the forth coming 2015 election, are you optimistic about it ?
When you say 2015 election, I will tell you that as a matter of fact, I don’t see anyone coming that will do better than President Goodluck Jonathan. If we must tell ourselves the truth, sincerely speaking, Jonathan has done excellently well compared to our past leaders.
The way and manner the opposition party is operating is absolutely wrong. They cannot be instigating crisis, luring the youths to go into crisis, is just like pouring petrol on a burning fire.
An opposition party should have a mode of operation, if you have ideas to the betterment of government.
Mind you, Nigeria is a country with over 150 million people and you are lucky to be a senator twice in Eight years. Is it not enough for you? Senators in Nigeria live better lives than Queen Elizabeth of England. It is only in Nigeria you will find empty houses everywhere, yet there are homeless people who don’t have shelter.

Opposition double standard

By Abubakar Yusuf Durbunde

The outcome of the local government elections in Yobe State has confirmed the double standard of the numbers of the opposition APC. All the seats up for grabs were won by the APC in Yobe State. Not a single seat was won by the PDP and other parties.  And that is incredible and ridiculous. At least, the friends, wives and children of the rival parties could have voted for them. Does it mean all the Senators from the PDP are so hated that they couldn’t win a single seat for their candidates in the local government council elections?  If the PDP had won election on this unbelievable scale in states where it is formidably established, leaders of the APC apposition would have been shooting about rigging.   However, because the outcome of this unbelievable election in Yobe State favored the APC, the party leaders remain incredibly silent as if nothing happened. This hypocrisy and double standard by the opposition APC members has exposed the underbelly of their pretence. The simple message from the Yobe election is this: If the opposition won one hundred percent, it is not rigging. But if the PDP won even where it is strong, it is rigging!  State electoral commissions, whether in APC or PDP controlled states, are equally bad. The behaviour of the apposition APC of winner-takes-all in Yobe State has confirmed my worst fears that all political parties in Nigeria are not beyond the evil temptation of using unfair methods to seek political advantages over their rivals. It is sickening.   In Kano State, there is also growing concern among APC supporters that the same imposition of candidates entrenched by the former CPC is being re-introduced through the backdoor. CPC leaders of the APC alliance
are trying to re-impose the same candidate that led to the defeat of the party in the 2011 House of Assembly and Governorship elections, Colonel Ja’afaru Isa.   As a political observer, one of the things I hate in politics is insincerity. Imposition of candidates, which supersedes the will of the people, is inconsistent with democracy. Freedom of choice is the bedrock of the democratic system. And I am worried that the leaders of the former CPC are moving into APC with this same arrogant mindset of imposing candidates on the voters. Self-righteousness has no place in democracy. The will of the people is superior to the selfish interests of the party leaders.                                                                                       Another thing I find nauseating about the attitude of the APC leaders is their opportunistic politics. They once told us that the PDP is a party of “crooks and evil men.” Surprisingly, the APC leaders are now
enthusiastically   welcoming these same “evil men and crooks” into their fold. They are ready to accommodate “crooks and evil” men as long as it gives them political advantages.   This kind of desperate politics of expediency is not my idea of what principles entail.  Bola Tinubu, Gen. Buhari, Bisi Akande and other APC leaders recently visited former military President, Gen. Babangida as part of their so-called “nation wide consultations.” This was the same Babangida they had vilified and branded as corrupt and evil. As far as I am concerned, APC leaders are driven by desperation and not any principles. They are tarred with the same brush with the ruling PDP. The scales have dripped from our eyes.

Durbunde, a political commentator and communities mobilizer.

No. 81, Cairo Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja.

abubakaryusufdur@yahoo.com 

Huma Qureshi mum on Anurag Kashyap-Kalki Koechlin’s separation

Actress Huma Qureshi is maintaining a guarded silence over speculations that she was the cause behind separation of filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and his actress wife Kalki Koechlin.

In pics: Huma Qureshi-Anurag Kashyap, and other secret affairs in Bollywood

Buzz in Bollywood is that growing proximity between Huma and Anurag was the cause behind the marital discord between the filmmaker and Kalki.

However, the actress, who won the critical acclaim in her debut film ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ in 2012, has been maintaining that she was not dating the filmmaker.

“I had to say what I had to. I made my stand clear so there is nothing new to add,” Huma told PTI when asked about her relationship with Anurag.

Recently actor Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne have announced their separation and Arjun Rampal was seen as the reason behind the break up.

Though Arjun cleared the air, Huma is non-committal on the issue.

“I don’t want to comment on other people’s life. That is not right. If I had to (comment) I would have. I have made my stand very clear (that) there is nothing new to add,” the actress said.

Huma said she was not personally bothered about negative media coverage but is concerned about her family’s reaction.

“It doesn’t bother me but I get hurt if my brother or family gets affected by it. I honestly think if someone writes something about you it doesn’t become truth. As long as my family is aware (about) what is happening in my life, then it doesn’t bother me much. I get upset at that time (when things are written) but then it passes,” she said.

There were reports that Huma is throwing attitude and acting pricey, especially with the media. Recently, she made fun of a senior reporter who was stammering while interviewing Huma for her upcoming film ‘Dedh Ishqiya’.

Nigerian doctors embark on nationwide strike

Barring last minute change of decision, the Nigerian Medical Association is to begin a nationwide strike today. The action is expected to affect all public hospitals across the country.

The group stated this in a release signed by its president, Osahon Enabulele, and made available to Saturday Mirror, on Wednesday. NMA had suspended its planned industrial action twice in three months, following federal government’s promise to amicably resolve the group’s grievances.

Crisis arose in September when NMA warned that it would down tools should federal government fail to meet its demands which include: correction of alleged anomaly that characterises Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), distortions of relativity and hierarchical order, professionalism, misapplication of nomenclatures such as Consultants and Directors in the nation’s hospital.

The group eventually softpedalled, adding additional four-week “grace” to its warning, following a committee set up by government, headed by Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Goni Aji, to look into the crisis.

But, on Wednesday, NMA renewed its threat, saying “as countdown to the expiration of the NMA ultimatum draws near…“the Minister of Health should be held responsible for any crisis that erupts in the health sector.”

It stressed: “Efforts by the NMA to engage the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Health even at this eleventh hour collapsed following the unserious approach and attitude of the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Health which seems to be less bordered about the potential crisis which may erupt in Nigeria’s health sector from Saturday, December 14, 2013.

Live A Life That Matters

Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear.

So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end.

It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant
Even your gender and skin colour will be irrelevant.
So what will matter?

How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success, but your significance. What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence, but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone. What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.
It’s not a matter of circumstance, but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.

 

ABOUT CHI TOLA

In Summary:
Chi Tola is the FIRST  Nigerian Social Media Strategist.  She is a Social Media Consultant and Speaker who is passionate about helping businesses understand and leverage the power of social media to maximize their business growth.  

She is the CEO of  In-Focus PR Nig. Author of 3 books, Publisher of The Governance – a magazine promoting sustainable development and good governance. CEO Bankable Productions Ghana and Business consultant to Royal Protocol Services Ghana 2005 – date. She is also a columnist with The Punch Newspaper, Nigeria, An Administrator, blogger and motivational speaker.

Her passion for Social Media communication is the reason for her dedication to brand and personality presence management and training on social media marketing.

Chi Tola is the convener of Women in Sustainability & Environment and founder of Save The Delta..both initiatives to promoting participation and orientation on environmental & bio diversity conservation.

” In recent times you need more than a website for your business. You have to go beyond the conventional s, stand in you customers’ faces creatively by going with them everywhere, don’t think that you are important as that wont be enough…you have to be relevant too. Social media integration is rapidly becoming cardinal to sustainable business growth and development”. Chi Tola

The Biggest Factor For Success

Written by: Marissa Riback

Most people think that the biggest factors for success are: luck, expertise, money, networking, etc.

All of this is null and void.

The BIGGEST factor for SUCCESS is VISION

Vision is what takes you from point a to point b. Your vision is what will lead you to your intended goal. You need a painted picture of what your goals and dreams are so you can attain them.

Because of my vision, I am able to live in Costa Rica with my boyfriend. My dream was to travel to beautiful destinations with my boyfriend. To make this happen I knew I needed an internet based business to fund my traveling. Since this realization, I jumped on board with online marketing, started blogging, and it was the best decision I ever made.

THE LEO BENJAMIN CONCERT LIVE!

Abuja get ready!
Feel the Music, Comedy and Dance
Date: December 15th 2013
Time: 6:ooPm (Red carpet)
Venue: ROYAL FALLS GARDEN
Wuse Zone 5, Abuja close to IBRO Hotel
REGULAR – N1,000
TABLE FOR FOUR – N10,000Ticket outlet: ROYAL FALLS GARDEN (Official partners)