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Aluu 4: Justice Served as Three Persons are Sentenced to Death

The dreams of four young talented Nigerians were cut shot by a mob action. Shame!

A federal high court in Rivers state has found three persons guilty of the murder of four students of the University of Port-Harcourt, The Cable reports The students – Lloyd Toku-Mike, 19, Tekena Friday Elkanah, 20, Ugonna Kelechi Obuzor, 18, and Chidiala Loroson Biringa, 20 – were beaten and eventually killed for alleged robbery in 2012. Ledan Nyordee, the judge, sentenced ...

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Pain and Scars: Bukky Shonibare Reveals How She Wrestled With Poverty, Sexual Abuse

Bukky Shonibare is giving the African girl-child an identity

Bukky Shonibare, once described by PEP NAIJA as the uncommon pathfinder giving the African girl child an identity, is a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow and one of Quartz Africa’s 30 innovators of 2017. As a teenager, Bukky suffered from sexual abuse, tasted poverty in its entirety, struggled to go to school. But a few years down the line, she has moved ...

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Swaniker: How Failure Helped Me Found African Leadership University and Other Ventures

Fred Swaniker recently got an honorary degree from Nelson Mandela

For the last 16 years, I’ve been an entrepreneur. Apart from African Leadership Academy, African Leadership Network, and African Leadership University, I have dabbled in other industries—the first ‘major’ venture I helped launch was a biotechnology company called Synexa Life Sciences. That company today employs about 70 scientists and has offices in Cape Town, Berlin, London and Dublin. I also ...

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Nigerian Senate: You Can Now Run for President at 35, Governor at 30

Nigerian Senate passes a bill for Constitution review to educe the age for election

The Nigerian senate on Wednesday passed the highly anticipated not too young to run bill, which seeks age reduction for elective offices in the country. This was disclosed after an electronic vote in the senate showed that 86 senators were in support, while 10 were against and one of the lawmakers abstained, The Cable reported. Effectively, Nigerian youths can contest ...

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LEGEND: Adebayo Faleti, the Journalist Who Translated Nigeria’s National Anthem to Yoruba

Adebayo Faleti, the wise man

On Sunday, July 23, news broke that Adebayo Faleti, one of the most revered Nigerians to have ever lived had died. He passed away in his home in Ibadan at the age of 86 due to old age. Baba Faleti, the sage with a difference Born on 26th December, 1930 in Ago-Oye, Oyo State, he was the first son of ...

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Apply for TED Fellowship 2018 (in Canada) and Become a Change Agent [FREE]

Applications for TED2018 Fellowship are open

Every year the TED Fellows program opens applications to find a new class of extraordinary thinkers and doers. Though we target innovators aged 21 to 40, we encourage anyone over 18 years old to apply. What you need to know! The TED2018 Fellowship application is now open. Applications for the TED Fellowship are only accepted between the opening and closing ...

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‘Not Too Young to Run’ Bill: Are the Nigerian Youths Asking for Too Much?

We need young Nigerians in office (Photo: Pulse NG)

A coalition of youth groups on Tuesday stormed the national assembly to demand the passage of “not too young to run” bill. The bill, a constitutional amendment, seeks to alter sections 65, 106, 131 and 177 of the 1999 constitution. It seeks to reduce the age qualification for those aspiring to office of president from 40 to 30 years, office ...

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The Changes to African Cup of Nations Competition Favor Everyone but Africans

What does the future hold for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) logistics?

Starting in 2019, the number of participating countries in Africa’s biggest soccer event, the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), will increase to 24 national teams from 16 teams. Also significant, the competition, usually hosted in January and February, will be moved to June and July. Why exactly did CAF change the AFCON time-table? The decisions were made following recommendations by ...

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Pep Naija Interviews Ayoade Olusegun, Nigeria’s First and Finest Karaoke Jockey

Ayoade Olusegun is the founder and CEO, Nairoke

A Tony Elumelu Foundation Alumnus, Olusegun is one of 2016 ’30 Most Influential Personalities of Ibadan’ according to the ConnectIbadan Brand. Ayoade ‘KJSheggs’ Olusegun is Nigeria’s first and finest karaoke jockey/host. He is the founder and CEO of Nairoke Entertainment, a Nigerian karaoke company. Segun is also a Crans Montona Forum’s New Leader For Tomorrow and notably, he is the #karaokeking and the ...

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Dele Momodu: Now Our Youths are Crying and Kicking

Dele Momodu with the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari

Fellow Nigerians, I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh when I got a call early this week from Ambassador Dayo Israel, one of the brightest youths I had mentored in my own modest way some years ago. It was a plaintive cry for help after the debacle of a failed local government chairmanship aspiration bid and the death knell ...

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