Monday, February 29, 2016

"Spotlight - the focus on crime of sexual abuse" wins Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards

Spotligt team at the 88th Academy Awards ....Credit: Getty Images

won Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday night, with producer Michael Sugar calling on Pope Francis to focus the Vatican's efforts on protecting children.

At the 88th Academy Awards which took place on Sunday, February 28, Spotlight won in the Best Picture Category. 

Spotlight is a 2015 American biographical crime drama film  about an investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests. 
"We would not be here today without the heroic efforts of our reporters," said producer Blye Pagon Faust in her acceptance speech. "Not only did they affect global change, but they absolutely show us the necessity for investigative journalism."

Producer, Michael Sugar, called on Pope Francis to focus on the Vatican's efforts on protecting children. According to Sugar when he came onstage to receive the award, "This film gave a voice to survivors and this Oscar amplifies that voice which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican. Pope Francis, it is time to protect the children and restore the faith."

Vatican Radio, the authoritative voice of the Vatican, had earlier praised the film for being "honest and compelling".

Thinking Infidelity?

I find many things troubling about our societal values. I can never truly understand how as a society we can measure wrongs based on gender. Many times when this lapse is pointed out, people are quick to talk about one being feministic but that really isn’t the issue. I am not about to write this post by unveiling my viciously feministic alter ego. No! I will spare you the pains of listening to my riddled thoughts on unbalanced scales of the genders.

I am not even going to go into details about how four married men at work were unashamedly bragging about their extra marital affairs. I am also not going to rant about how I find the fact, that the wife of one of the men packs him condoms, befuddling.

What is wrong with women not having standards? I am sorry I digressed.

I will try very much to keep this post devoid of pained feministic opinions. It is one intended for you to reflect on simple moral values.

I read of a woman who cheated on her husband of 23years after she found out that he bragged to one of his numerous mistresses that his wife was ok with his philandering ways. Of course, people judged her and told her just how shameless she is. One of the predominant questions most people asked is how a married woman can conceive such thought and carry such out.

New Video: You Don Bless Me ~ Mozzay

'You Don bless Me' is a thanksgiving party song that is guaranteed to bless and impact listeners. As we thank God for what He has done for us, He does more definitely more good things will follow us. Great song, powerful lyrics, wonderful beats from G.I.D Beatz, sweet video from Charlie Gold all packaged to bless every listener and viewer in very particular ways!

Moses Ikpe also known as MOZZAY is a talented singer; song writer, and a dynamic music director with a unique flow and passion for gospel music, who currently worships with the Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners Chapel) Life Camp, Abuja.

New Music: WinningKate - 'FALALA'

Ayedun Catherine popularly known as WinningKate is a wife, mother & gospel singer who started singing in the choir at a very tender age. She hails from Ekiti state, Nigeria. She launches out with her much awaited debut single titled 'FALALA'.

"I'm a lover of God, a worshipper to the core and a grateful redeemed child of God.. I believe in Him and His word.. FALALA is a song of praise dedicated to the Holy Spirit, the power and inspiration behind the song"

The Joseph Fabs produced track, is a mid-tempo praise groove that appreciates God's abundant faithfulness and favor..

♫ Monjola Olorun Falala ♫ (meaning 'I'm Enjoying All of God Abundantly')

Listen & Share!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

New Video: 'Untold' - Matthew West Shares a love song from an unborn child to its mother

This track "Untold" from Matthew West is a positive, heartfelt call to action around the gift of life and the powerful purpose God has for each and every child, planned or unplanned.

It is a love song from an unborn child to its mother. Enjoy the message

Matthew Joseph West is an American contemporary Christian musician, singer-songwriter, and actor. He has released five studio albums and was nominated for five Dove Awards in 2005, two of which were for his major label debut album, Happy. West won the 2013 American Music Award for Best Contemporary Inspirational Artist.

Enjoy the message. Don't forget to share it.

Gospel Artiste Israel Houghton divorces wife, Meleasa after 20 years of marriage

Grammy Award Winning Gospel artiste, Israel Houghton has announced that he has officially divorced his wife after 20 years of marriage.

Israel made this announcement on his Facebook page as seen below. He also made this announcement on his personal web page

It is with a collective heavy heart that we announce that after over 20 years of marriage and a long separation, Meleasa...
Posted by Israel & New Breed on Monday, February 22, 2016
Here is his announcement

It is with a collective heavy heart that we announce that after over 20 years of marriage and a long separation, Meleasa and I are officially divorced. Several years ago I failed and sinned in my marriage. Though this is new to many, it is not new to us as we have been working through this for over 5 years. Although we tried, the challenges in our relationship have proven too much to overcome. We have always handled our family and ministry with grace and generosity toward others, discretion, and privacy. So, for the sake of our amazing kids, we are also handling this privately with pastoral oversight and assistance. We choose to remain friendly and kind to each other going forward. I am in the process of restoration and I have repented for my actions. Although I am sincerely sorry, and forgiven, I soberly realize that I will live with the consequences of my failings for the rest of my life. As this has become a public matter I want to apologize to the many who have supported my ministry through the years. I’m sorry for the many who will be hurt to learn of my personal failure. I regret any pain or disappointment that this news may cause you. We thank you for your prayers and for allowing us to handle this privately with those who are set over us in this process.
Israel Houghton

Our prayers go out to him and his wife during this trying period. 

This is also a warning to all Christians that we need to watch and pray lest we fall. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Video: Catholics React to Pope on Trump

Pope Francis said Thursday that Donald Trump is "not Christian" if he wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. (Feb. 18)

Here is what some people had to say about this.

Steve Harvey Uncut: You have not because you ask not!

Hear what Steve Harvey to say about being rich.  You have not because you ask not!

What do you think?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Nike terminates Manny Pacquiao's endorsement deal over derogatory remarks about same-sex couples

Sports design and marketing giant, Nike, has parted ways with Manny Pacquiao over his recent remarks about same sex couples.

According to the company in a statement, 
"We find Manny Pacquiao's comments abhorrent. Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community."
Based on Pacquiao's comments, a spokesman confirmed that he is no longer on the company's endorsement roster. Pacquiao, 37, had endorsed Nike for a little more than eight years.
Earlier in the week on a Filipino TV station, Manny had made the following statement

"Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations?" Pacquiao said. "If you have male-to-male or female-to-female [relationships], then people are worse than animals."

However, Manny apologized on Twitter shortly after making the comment.

Pope Francis vs Donald Trump on Trump's Christianity

It all started when Pope Francis waded into American politics saying that Donald Trump “is not Christian” because of the harshness of his campaign promises to deport more immigrants and force Mexico to pay for a wall along the border.

“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis said when a reporter asked him about Mr. Trump on the papal airliner as he returned to Rome after his six-day visit to Mexico.

Trust Donald Trump to respond immediately. While at a campaign rally in Kiawah Island, S.C. he said: “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.”

“No leader, especially a religious leader, has the right to question another man’s religion or faith,” he told a packed room at a golf course resort. Trump then accused the Mexican government of “using the pope as a pawn”.

New Video: Henrisoul titled Le'Boo

Gospel singer Henri Soul has come out with a love song for this Valentine season. The Song, “Le’Boo” is dedicated to all lovers.

Watch and Enjoy...

New Music: Good To Me ~ Lara Fatoks

Lara Fatoks is a writer and gospel singer, she started singing from childhood but officially started in 2001 when she was featured in an album titled I AM NOT ALONE by Sam Ladipo a powerful singer of the truth.

GOOD TO ME is her official third single, Turn By Turn was first followed by world leader .

"God has anointed me to spark a word in season to the weary to declare that our God is good and Love. When a man knows and believes that God is good no matter the circumstance , he positions himself to enjoy the goodness of God. JEHOVAH is good to me,to you and all his creatures" - Lara Fatoks

Listen and Enjoy

New Music: Gbolahan featuring Nubrid & T-Value

Gbolahan Odukoya, simply known as Gbolahan has released a new single titled Ere Nla. The song features Nubrid and T-Value. It is produced by Mr. Wols.

Listen and enjoy.


JAHDIEL releases visuals for the multiple award winning BLW Hit Song of the Year, and one of the best songs of 2015; DIZ MY HANDS.

Watch and enjoy.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

See the Gospel winners at the 2016 Grammy Awards

Here are the Gospel winners at the just concluded 2016 Grammy Awards. They won in the Gospel and Christian music categories.

The Best Gospel Performance/Song award was won by Kirk Franklin for "Wanna Be Happy?" This is his eight Grammy win. He beat Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Travis Greene, Israel Houghton & NewBreed and Brian Courtney Wilson to take the coveted prize. 

Here is the video for the song

The recent disapproval in some quarters about his involvement with Kanye West in Kanye's new album "This is Pablo" did not dampen his spirit. This is what he said on Twitter about the win.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

New Music : PRECY - 'Never Make A Woman Cry' (+Lyrics)

Inspirational and gospel singer Precy officially makes her debut into the music scene with a brand new single, a song from the heart she titles 'Never Make A Woman Cry'..

With a message against domestic violence to women, the lovely reggae piece is an inspiration that aims to bring peace to homes with a general perspective of how a woman should be treated both physically and emotionally.. #SayNoToDomesticViolence

New Music Igwe ~ Ola Praise Ft. Precious Sam

Johnson Seun Olawale a.k.a Olapraise is finally here with his long awaited song IGWE ‘ Ft Precious Sam Ayodele a song of praise to our maker.

The anointed gospel minister, songwriter , Praise & worship leader a dynamite ready to explode, is gearing up for the new release of his highly anticipated and long awaited project in less than few month, fully loaded.

Olapraise has also been doing so well with his music at events and concerts, this is a song you can never get tired of cos Oluwa is fully involved and can only be praised. the song IGWE’ is produced by PRECIOUS MUSIC. Feel JESUS…. Put on your shoes and let’s praise our king Igwe.

Seems StanbicIBTC is interested in signing Olajumoke

A multinational bank, StanbicIBTC seems to be interested in endorsing Olajumoke, the bread seller turned model, who photobombed TY Bello's photoshoot.

The bank tweeted this yesterday.

Wish her the best.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

New Music : Adesanmi Michael - 'SINMILE'

Adesanmi Michael is back with new music!

The inspirational gospel singer & CEO 'Rockers Band' is currently gearing up for the release of his upcoming album 'Expression' and in anticipation he releases the much awaited single titled 'SINMILE', off the project.

In this soulful, classic and mid-tempo piece produced by bode afolabi, Adesanmi Michael testified of God's faithfulness over his life, making a commitment to always lean on Him...

"Sinmile Jesu" means "Lean on Jesus"

Download, Listen & Be Blessed!

New Music :: Boluwaduro & GLA – ‘Your Banner I Raise’

Boluwaduro is back with new music!

As the anointed gospel minister, songwriter & worship leader is gearing up for the release of her highly anticipated project 'What A Joy!', She delivers a musical offering to the world from the forthcoming LP.

The new single titled ‘Your Banner I Raise', is the lead single off the forthcoming 14-tracks Album scheduled for release later this year..

Talking about the song, She says ; “Inspired by Psalm 20 Vs 5, 'Your Banner I Raise' is a worship piece that exalts the name of God over every situation, rejoicing in His salvation and setting up His banner to proclaim his majesty..We stand for Christ, His gospel and we shall not be moved. (ROM 1::16)...

New Music » Sammy Hart - #iLikeMe

Mirus Empire new act Sammy Hart who was unveiled along side four others on the Mirus-Alpha Project releases his first Single “I Like Me”Under the company.

The single which is been released on the heels Of the #iLikeMe challenge, is already causing an early stir in the Hip Hop Zones.

The Song was born for the artiste's fear of insecurity and low esteem while growing up.

We rate this as a Classic and we believe you too share in our sentiment.

Kirk Franklin responds to critics on his collaboration with Kanye West on Kanye's new album "The Life of Pablo"

This Instagram photo shows Christian rapper Kirk Franklin, second from left, in the studio for Kanye West's new album. (Instagram/TeamKanyeDaily)

Kirk Franklin has replied critics on his collaboration with Kanye West on a track "Ultra Light Beam" on Kanye's new album "This is Pablo". Christian critics have been denouncing the fact Kirk, a gospel artist did a collaboration with a secular musician like Kanye.  They are not appreciative of Kanye's kind of music which includes a lot of profanities and cursing.

Kanye seems to think otherwise. 

West contends that it's a "gospel" album, and the opening track, "Ultra Light Beams" even enlists gospel crossover superstar Kirk "Stomp" Franklin to heighten the intensity of the occasion. But for West, gospel basically means forgiveness and family, regret and betrayal. He's the sinner who's always "apologin'," as he once put it. And as a result, there's a somber, swooning ambience to The Life of Pablo.

According to The New York Times review of the record, the first song on the album "Ultria Light Beams" features the gospel music artist, producer and songwriter praying.
"Indeed, the opening track, 'Ultra Light Beam,' features the gospel singer Kirk Franklin, along with Mr. West's fellow Chicago M.C. Chance the Rapper. 'This is a god dream," Mr. West raps, adding later: 'Pray for Paris/pray for the parents,"' the Times reports.

According to The New York Times review of the record, the first song on the album "Ultria Light Beams" features the gospel music artist, producer and songwriter praying.
"Indeed, the opening track, 'Ultra Light Beam,' features the gospel singer Kirk Franklin, along with Mr. West's fellow Chicago M.C. Chance the Rapper. 'This is a god dream," Mr. West raps, adding later: 'Pray for Paris/pray for the parents,"' the Times reports.


New Music: Korede ~ Mike Abdul

This 12th of February is a very Happy Birthday to Mike Abdul, the MORIRE maestro. And it comes with a ThanksGiving song for YOU.

KOREDE by Mike Abdul ascribes all of Mike’s talent and success to JESU (aka KOREDE) . Yes sir, Yes m’am…GOD is ready to receive ALL praise…are YOU ready to praise HIM ?

KOREDE by Mike Abdul was produced by Tosin Paul and mixed by V-Tek.

Happy Birthday MIKE ABDUL.

Listen To Korede By Mike Abdul:

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Help Efena Otobo raise money to walk again

Efena Otobo's story is a heartfelt journey of a young lady determined to overcome paralysis caused by a spinal cord injury. Efena was involved in an accident which affected her spinal cord. So she is raising money for her restoration. 

She is trying to raise £170,000. She has already raised £27,200 as shown on her GoFundMe page. You can also donate to this fund on this page too.

Here is her story told by her sister, Kome.

My name is Kome Otobo and I live in London, England.

On the 21st day of April 2014, one single catastrophic event completely altered my sister's universe.

Steve Harvey Experiment Shows How Superficial Women Miss Out On Great Guys!

Steve sets up twin sisters on dates with two men that meet all of their qualifications, but there’s a twist.

Watch the video clip below

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Here is Pastor E A Adeboye praying for the Ooni of IFE and the people of yoruba land

Here is a video clip of the RCCG's Pastor E A Adeboye praying for the Ooni of IFE and the people of yoruba land.

Praying for the Oni of IFE and the people of yoruba land
Posted by PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE on Thursday, February 11, 2016

New Video: Osuba ~ Jide Plus [@JidePlus]

Jide Plus is a Lagos based gospel artiste who’s gat a special grace for modern african style. Singing fuji to him is natural and he has made it very special combining it with knowledge he gained while growing up in J-town (Jos) the plateau state capital.

He hails from Kwara state of nigeria where they are known for “senwele” a special style of music appreciate and acceptable to a great number of the yoruba speaking part of nigeria. Learnt so much on worship leading under the leadership of great people like Dr Panam percy paul back in jos while growing up and he was among the first mass choir organised for shiloh in year 2000.

One of his popular singles then was a hit ‘God of Shiloh’ that didn’t really enjoy much promotion in the west for certain reason. But now with help of the Holy Spirit, among many of his works he’s gat a video out that will for real bless your soul.

Olumide Iyun celebrates his 40th birthday with the release of a new single titled “Nobody Like Yaweh”

The veteran music maestro Olumide Iyun celebrates his 40th birthday with the release of a new single titled “Nobody Like Yaweh”. The song of worship extols the greatness of the Almighty God, praising Him for his qualities of holiness, love, wisdom and power.

The songwriter and worshipper who has three albums was born on February 11, 1976. He is currently the music director of the island brand of Covenant Christian Centre, Lagos.

This is a brilliant song indeed. It’s available for FREE download, and quite easy to learn.

Connect with Olumide Iyun on Twitter @OlumideIyun and send your Happy Birthday wishes to him.

Fuji crooner, Adewale Ayuba testifies at Redeemed Christian Church of God

Fuji crooner, Adewale Ayuba, testifies at Redeemed Christian Church of God at February 2016 Thanksgiving Service, Last Dance and Selfie Sunday. This was posted on RCCG City of David Facebook.

God opened doors of blessings after total surrender to Jesus Christ - Adewale Ayuba testifying at February 2016 Thanksgiving Service, Last Dance and Selfie Sunday
Posted by RCCG City of David on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Comedian Lafup sees the funny side of the bread seller turned model, Olajumoke Orisaguna

Nigerian Comedian Lafup has come out with his own version of the Olajumoke Orisaguna. Check here for the story on how Olajumoke rose to fame when she stumbled on the photo shoot session of British-Nigerian rapper Tinie Tempah.

Here is the famous photo taken by renowned photographer, TY Bello.

Check out the clip below

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

It is Ash Wednesday, February 10

Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting, is the first day of Lent in Western Christianity. According to the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan. 

Lent originated as a mirroring of this, fasting 40 days as preparation for Easter.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words "Repent, and believe in the Gospel" or "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return".

Flash from the Past. Guess Who?

The picture above is an old picture from back in the days.

There is a prominent pastor hidden somewhere in there.  Guess who it is 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Everyone needs a little bit of Help: From Bread Seller to Model - The Story of Olajumoke Orisaguna

Her story from rags to fame is extra-ordinary but real. All she did was "waka pass" (walk past) a TY Bello's shoot for British-Nigerian rapper Tinie Tempah. And then TY extended a little help to her.

TY Bello is a famous Nigerian photographer and artist (from the Gospel group - KUSH). She was doing a photo shoot when this bread seller stumbled past the set. Well she thought she added a little "zing" to the shoot, so she continued with the photo shoot.

After the session, she found that she really needed to find the bread seller. She then posted on her Instagram page asking for anyone who knew the lady.

TY Bello’s assistant went back to the shoot scene and found her.

Olajumoke said that someone told her that he saw her on Facebook and that TY was looking for her. So she hung around the scene awaiting TY Bello.

According to TY Bello, 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Video Trailer: The Young Messiah

Not much is known about Jesus Christ's childhood except of course, the fact that he grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. Read Luke 2: 21-52

The film, "The Young Messiah" tells the story of Jesus Christ at age seven as he and his family depart Egypt to return home to Nazareth. Told from his childhood perspective, it follows young Jesus as he grows into his religious identity.

It is directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh and co-written by Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh and Nowrasteh, based on the novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice. The film stars Adam Greaves-Neal, Sean Bean, David Bradley, Lee Boardman, Jonathan Bailey, and David Burke.

It is expected in the theatres on the 11th of March 2016

Enjoy Kaoma singing "The Old Rugged Cross"

Can you imagine it is just one person? It is Kaoma. Enjoy

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Happy Wedding Anniversary to Pastor and Mrs Poju Oyemade

Today marks the 1st year Wedding anniversary of Pastor and Mrs Poju Oyemade. Pastor Poju Oyemade is the senior Pastor of Covenant Christian Centre, based in Nigeria.

We wish you many more fruitful years of marital bliss.

Here are some pictures from the past.

Friday, February 5, 2016

God’s Children Great Talent (GCGT) is back with Season 6; Star Prize is N5million

God’s Children Great Talent (GCGT), the leading gospel talent quest in Africa is back with Season 6! GCGT has distinguished itself over the years as Africa’s leading youth talent competition, discovering, nurturing and producing young talents and stars in various fields of artistic expressions across Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States of America.

God Life Assembly presents Word and Worship Conference with Pastor Chris Delvan Gwamna

God Life Assembly presents Word and Worship Conference with Pastor Chris Delvan Gwamna

Also Ministering are:
  • Pastor Nathaniel Bassey 
  • Rev Canon Moses Omeke 
  • Pastor Elijah Oyelade 
  • Victoria Orenze 
  • Pastor Chingtok and Pastor Sarah Ishaku 
Venue: Treasures Inn, near Airforce Base, adjacent Pamtronics, Yingi, Rayfield Jos

Date: 11th - 14th February 2015

Time: 4 p.m. daily. Saturday morning session 8.00a.m

Elevation Church presents Je t'aime with Ozichi in celebration of Valentine's Day

What will you be up to on Valentine's Day? 

The Mainland church of Godman Akinlabi's Elevation Church will be holding a special Valentine day's event.

Don't miss 'Je t'aime' happening on Sunday, 14th February 2016 with the beautiful and talented, Ozichi.

Time: 9:30 a.m 

Venue: Nelo's Place, behind Etiebet's Place, Mobolaji Bank Anthony way, Ikeja, Lagos.

Be There.

Covenant Christian Centre holds Ministry 101 - a school of ministry for aspiring Ministers

Covenant Christian Centre will be holding a School of Ministry for aspiring Ministers, titled Ministry 101.

Ministry 101 is a 2-day course designed to give a good understanding of the art of ministry and how to be an effective minister.

Mbaka: Priest, Politician Or Renegade? By Reuben Abati

Catholic priests in Nigeria have always captured the public imagination, some of them have served in government positions, some were prominent in the fight and struggle for democracy, some of them have proved their mettle as poets, teachers, musicians, social critics, and public affairs commentators, but Rev. Fr. Ejike Camillus Anthony Ebenezer Mbaka is a cut above the rest, not necessarily in terms of intellect or persona, but in terms of how he has been able to use the pulpit to acquire a rock star status.

It is therefore not surprising that everything about him is with a touch of the histrionic. This is exactly what happened when he was transferred, last week, from a parish where he had served for 20 years: from Christ the King Parish, GRA Enugu, to Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Umuchigbo, Njinike, Enugu. Characteristically, this radical priest and social activist turned what should be a routine administrative posting by his Bishop into a melodrama and an assault on the authority of the Church. You would think he had been sentenced to a jail term, the way he whined and wept and appealed to sympathy.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Get Your Praise on with Sinach Live in Concert on Valentine’s Day

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in grand style with that special person in your life or with friends, family and loved ones as Sinach Live in Concert hits the beautiful city of Abuja, with Nigeria’s foremost female Praise and Worship Leader – Sinach. Scheduled for Sunday, 14th February, 2015 at the Old Parade Ground, Area 10, Garki, Abuja from 2: 00p.m, this praise and worship explosion is the first in a series of a Nationwide Gospel Concert Tour tagged – Praise & Receive.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Series: The Eagle in the Storm. Part 3 - Strive Masiyiwa

This is part 3 of the series - The Eagle in the storm. Click here to read Part one (Introduction), Part 2a and Part 2b.

__Protect the root of your business.

A young man and his father were watching a huge fire coming down from the hills towards their family vineyard. At first, the young man tried to organize buckets of water but it was clear that the fire would engulf everything and consume the vineyard. Then to his surprise he saw the old man pick up an axe and run towards the vines. Systematically he began to cut the vines, leaving only the roots.

"We must protect the root, my son. Do as I show you."

And with this they saved a business that was several generations old.

Every business has a root, and you must know that root. You must be able to protect that root, when things are tough. Sometimes protecting that root looks cruel, but you must protect it at all costs. Sometimes it can come down to reducing activity to the bare minimum, with just a handful of staff. Your most valuable resource will always be good people.

Series: The Eagle in a storm (Part 2b). - Strive Masiyiwa

This is the third in the series. The first one can be read here while the second one can be read here

__Imagining new wealth creation models.

The talk with my Japanese friend had left me thinking deeply about how we in Africa think about wealth. Maybe, just maybe, there was another way to think about it?

Imagine if my teachers had taught me that we are "very rich" because we produce some of the smartest entrepreneurs in Africa… people with the know-how and vision to transform our minerals into such great innovations and products that we no longer export our raw materials all over the world!

From then on, every time I visited a country (or even a major city), and watched its economic activity, particularly places doing well, I would reflect on its "wealth creation model."

__Imagine a wealth creation model that doesn’t require any raw material endowment, like Silicon Valley, or Singapore!

Series: The Eagle in a storm (Part 2a) - Strive Masiyiwa

This is the second in the series of "The Eagle in a Storm. Click here to read Part 1.

__Changing our "wealth creation model."

Ever since I started school, my teachers taught me that our country was "rich" because we had many minerals, and we'd recite the list of minerals. By the time I finished secondary school, I not only knew my country was "rich," but that Africa itself was "rich" because we had so many natural resources.

Even though I didn't study geology, I could almost tell you where all these precious minerals and other resources were found: oil, diamonds, platinum, gold, copper… in places like Congo, there were names of some things I couldn’t even pronounce.

__Yes, Africa is so rich!!!

As a young student, if I thought about what the global buyers of Africa’s natural resources then did with them, it was only ever a superficial thought. But I soon realized something didn't add up…

Series: The eagle in a storm (Part 1 - Intro) - Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and CEO of Econet Wireless begins the series - The eagle in the storm.

This is Part 1 - Intro. It is a must read.

The new year opened with turmoil in the Chinese stock markets as prices fell dramatically, leading to a global selloff. In just one week, global stock markets lost over $2 trillion US dollars! Other news in the global markets saw the price of a barrel of crude oil fall below $35 per barrel, down from a high of $62 per barrel less than 12 months ago. That’s down 50% in 12 months and 71% in 24 months!

Since the beginning of last year, 2015, the price of copper has fallen by 30%; iron ore is down by 42%; platinum has also been a disaster, losing more than half its value from less than three years ago. Agricultural commodities have not fared much better on global markets. Last week the South African rand hit an all-time low of 16:1 against the United States dollar and it’s still falling!

Your small business in Harare, Lagos or Nairobi may not have anything to do with China, or with any commodity like oil, iron ore, or platinum, so you might be asking yourself, “What’s that got to do with me?” Answer: EVERYTHING! It has everything to do with you, and its impact is going to be very personal... Brace yourself, there’s a storm on its way!

Video: Watch Pastor Poju Oyemade talk with Adesuwa Onyenokwe on Seriously Speaking

Pastor Poju Oyemade, the Senior pastor of Covenant Christian Centre and the convener of The Platform was recently on Seriously Speaking with Adesuwa Onyenokwe.

He talked about a lot of things including the reason for The Platform.

Watch the Video below

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

donate-ng completes first Crowdfunding campaign - #savekehindeadebiyi

donate-ng is a Nigerian crowdfunding website dedicated to charity fund raising and campaigns for social cause.

The #savekehindeadebiyi campaign started mid-November and ended mid-January; completing a 60day campaign period raising a total amount of one million, twenty four thousand four hundred and seventy naira (N1,024,407.00).

The success of this campaign could not have been possibly if not for the donations from well-meaning Nigerians who were moved by Kehinde’s story on the donate-ng crowdfunding portal –

Just about the time donate-ng launched its services: the donate-ng team saw Kehinde’s story on Linda Ikeji’s blog and decided to run with the story. You can call it “backing up your words with your money or vis-visa”. With this achievement, donate-ng has proven crowdfunding is possible in Nigeria.

Monday, February 1, 2016

New Music: Olorun Mi - Ife Ft. Kenny Kore

Ifeoluwa Oluwemimo, also known as IFE, releases her first single, a mid-tempo worship song, under her new management, 805 Records, titled - 'OLORUN MI'. The song features Kenny K'ore, the amazingly talented singer and song writer, and minister of the gospel.

Ifeoluwa Oluwemimo (ìfé) was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, into the family of Apostle and Chaplain Mrs Oluwanifise. She is a graduate of Mass Communication from Olabisi Onabanjo University Ogun State. Music has been part of her life from birth as her parents are great music lovers.

She started active singing as a juvenile chorister in her father's church at age 5, and at 14, she joined the church adult choir where she became the Music Director five years after. She also led in the capacity of a Music Director at the Living Faith Church, Ijebu Igbo.


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