Nigerian Police set to extradite Murder suspect Jeffrey Azuka Okafor back to UK - Ag. CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, Force PR Officer, #Abuja

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The Man accused of  killing Carl Beatson Asiedu a children’s television actor  outside a London club has been arrested in Nigeria .

Jeffrey Azuka Okafor is a suspect in the murder of Carl Beatson Asiedu who appeared in CBBC’s MI High series,  he was stabbed to death 5 years ago aged just 19.

 

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Carl Beatson Asiedu also known as DJ Charmz


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LATE IKA CHIEF’S DAUGHTER WINS WRITING PRIZE IN THE UK

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Janice OKOH, 38 year-old daughter of the late Kaliku of Owaland in the ika NorthEast Local Government Area of Delta State, has won this year’s BRUNTWOOD PRIZE with her play, THREE BIRDS, about three siblings left at home alone.

The prize is worth £16,000 for this play which is her second attempt at Playwriting. Her first play was entitled “EGUSI SOUP”. She beat 2,200 other Contestants to win the Bruntwood Prize.

Janice read Law at Keele  University and worked with International Law Firms in the City of London before going to do her Masters degree in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She now teaches English and Literacy Studies at the South London Council of Lewisham.

She lives at home in New Cross, South London with her widowed mother, Chief (Mrs.) Gladys Okoh and her six siblings.

Her late father, Chief Hezekiah Okoh who hailed from Owa Oyibu in Delta State, died in London in 2004.

Janice was interviewed on the BBC Breakfast Television Programme, beamed all over Britain on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, the birthday of Nigeria’s First President, the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe.

Speaking with this writer, she advised young Nigerians who wish to succeed in life to find out what they really cared about and keep at it!

Her next challenge, she disclosed, would be to try her hands at writing Scripts and Plays for Television and would even  decide to go back to the University to do her Doctorate degree in order to achieve her ambition.

 

 

Submitted by:

 

Philip IDEH

Commonwealth Journalists Association

LONDON


NIGERIANS IN THE UK HONOUR DAME PATIENCE JONATHAN By Philip IDEH

Nigeria’s First Lady, Her Excellency, Dame Patience Jonathan, had worked very hard during Nigeria’s recent Presidential Campaigns in mobilising Nigerian women to exercise their democratic rights in casting their votes at the Presidential Election.

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This view was expressed by Nigeria’s High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, Dr.  Dalhatu  Tafida, “Sarki Tafida”, on the occasion of an Award Ceremony which took place at the Royal garden Hotel in Kensington, near London’s Hyde Park.

 

Speaking on Saturday, October 14, 2011, Dr. Tafida asserted that the results of the Presidential Election was so transparent, no persons carried placards to disown the results of the Election.

 

He declared that Nigerians had conducted an acceptable Election and dismissed some Court cases which had sprung up after the Election as an inconsequential exercise on the part of those Nigerian Politicians who sought to exercise their civic rights of going to litigation on the flimsiest of excuses.

“Nigeria is getting it right”, he claimed! He described Dame Patience Jonathan as “a person who should be honoured!”

The Award Ceremony which had been twice postponed had been organised by the High Commission in collaboration with members of the Central Association of Nigerians in the United Kingdom, (CANUK).

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In his own Speech, CANUK President, Bimbo Roberts Folayan, said the First Lady had positively impacted on the lives of hundreds of thousands of Nigerians.

 

He went on: “Our First Lady, as far back as ten years ago (when she was the wife of a Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State) had commenced a well thought-out initiative that changed the lives of women and children in her State.

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He added that “in the History of Nigeria, no First Lady had done so much for Gender Equality as much as Dame Patience Jonathan”. As a result of this her maternal care, Nigerians in the Diaspora had decided to recognise and honour her effort and to invite her to” flag off the Nigerian Carnival as Special Guest of Honour and as a Mother of the Day”.

Regrettably, the First Lady was  absent at the event, a situation which the high Commissioner had attributed to the innumerable State Duties to which she had to accompany her husband in carrying out.

 

The Award  was instead, presented to the Federal Minister of Women Affairs and Social development, Hajia Zainab MAINA, by the former British Minister of State for Overseas Development in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Baroness Lynda Chalker.

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In her acceptance Speech, Hajia Maina, said she was accepting the award with humility and on behalf of Nigerian women. Dwelling on dame Patience Jonathan’s Women Empowerment Initiative, she disclosed that there were 13 Women in the federal Government cabinet, holding key Ministerial positions while the percentage of Women in the Federal Cabinet was 33%.

She was optimistic that the percentage would rise up to 50% in no distant date!

 

Other dignitaries who graced the occasion were the wife of the Governor of Taraba State, Madam Suntai, the Federal Minister  responsible for Nigerians in the Diaspora, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, Patti Boulaye, friends of Nigeria from Austria and a galaxy of Nigerian mayors and Councillors in various Councils and Boroughs in the London Area.

Jenny Okafor presented a paper on “Gender Issues Concerning the Nigerian Woman”.

 

Chairman of CANUK, Bimbo Roberts Folayan was profuse in expressing his gratitude to the High Commission Staff for the role they played in helping to organise the Award Ceremony and Dinner but  High Commissioner Dalhatu TAFIDA in his characteristic aplomb, pointed out that Nigerians should also know and be grateful to the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) and the GT Bank  Plc., for their financial support.

 

 

Commonwealth Journalists Association (UK)

Email: mideh.ideh.matthias@gmail.com


VoxAfrica TV's trip to Abuja City , unleashing the potential of tourism .

VoxAfrica TV,  is a panafrican bilingual tv channel (www.voxafrica.com) based in the United Kingdom.

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With studios in Battersea London, it is the first pan-African and bilingual channel, which  broadcasts to both the Anglophone and Francophone  parts of the world.

 Voxafrica’s 3 channels broadcast in Africa, Europe and the UK.  The primary target audience is Africans, both locally and in the diaspora, as well as the UK.

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(Nicolas Negoce, Mimi Fawaz & Phillip Ideh Jnr)

 

 

Voxafrica recently  sent a TV crew to Nigeria , the team was made up  of their highly respected journalists Mimi FAWAZ and Nicolas NEGOCE with Joao DA SILVA (director) to Nigeria from the 26th of may to the 4th of june to create a series of programmes :

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(Phillip Ideh & Joao DA SILVA ,director)

 

Part of the mission was  to explore the untapped resources of tourism in Nigeria. Film some of the main attractions in and around Abuja and Lagos and see how these untapped areas  could  be an added value to the economy.

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(Dare Art Alade & Phillip Ideh )

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The Soundcity Music Video Award winning singer, Darey, was invaluable to this mission by opening up his doors to the crew and sharing his views on tourism hotspots in and around Abuja City.

 

With logistical support provided by the www.AbujaCity.com team, the crew were able to visit strategic locations arrange meetings and successfully accomplish their mission in Nigeria.

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(Nicolas Negoce & Emeke Enye - Millenium Park Abuja)

 

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Pastor Reuben Andrew Arimoku Dies in London

Pastor Reuben Andrew Arimoku Dies in London

 

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The death has been announced in London, of Pastor Reuben Andrew ARIMOKU, of Ogbe-Mmudein Village, Agbor, in Ika Local Government Area of Delta State.

 

A retired Electrical Engineer of the former Nigerian Electric Power Authority, (NEPA), he died on Christmas Eve, 2010, in an undisclosed hospital, after a protracted battle with Cancer.

 

Born in March 1937, to Mr. Arimoku Okoh and his wife, Ojese at Ogbe-Mmudein Village, Agbor, he showed early signs of of promise and rare intelligence with the result that after his Primary School at Agbor, he proceeded to the famous Dennis Memorial Grammar School, (DMGS), Onitsha, Anambra State, a great Centre for Educational Execellence in Colonial Nigeria. He left in 1957 with outstanding results in his West African School Certificate Examination.

 

In 1961, he gained admission to the Federal  Emergency Science School, Onikan, Lagos, Lagos State, to read for his A Level Papers in the General Certificate of Education.

He got through with flying colours and applied for a Scholarship to read Medicine in a  Scottish University   while he also applied for a Scholarship to do a First Degree in Electrical Engineering at a University in Cairo, Egypt, in North Africa.  The response to his application to a Cairo University was published first, so he left Nigeria for Egypt, to read for his Electrical Engineering degree.

 

On graduation, he decided to return home to Nigeria but he was caught up in the maelstrom of the Civil War between Nigeria and Biafra. He decided to jump ship in Ghana where he started to look for work in order to support his young Egyptian bride, Salwa, with whom he had tied the knot before he left Cairo.

 

She soon joined him in Ghana where their first child, Mona was born. She was soon followed by a brother, Monir. This was around 1968 and after four years sojourn in Ghana, they all returned to Nigeria where he got a job with NEPA. Two other children, twin daughters, Nkechi and Ngozi, soon followed.

 

Mr. Arimoku rendered a meritorious service to NEPA and stayed there until his retirement.

 

At a Service of Songs prayer session held for the repose of his soul at the Father’s House Church, in Burnt Oak, a North London suburb, on Tuesday, January 4, 2011, his eldest daughter, Mona, described him as a very brilliant Electrical Engineer who constantly instructed his children in various subjects of interest to enable them  live in wisdom. Although she said that he practically “had an absence of social etiquette”, he was very truthful and full of life, she also added.

 

His son, Monir, described him as a very good cook and his hobbies included photography and computing where he exhibited a very great skill.

 

The Senior Pastor of the Father’s House Church, Pastor Rex Chosen, intimated that Reuben had become a Born- Again- Christian who had chosen Christ and had immersed himself into learning the  Bible  so much    that at the Church, he was nicknamed “a Human Computer” because of his mastery of the Scriptures.

 

Usually reliable sources said that Reuben’s father, Arimoku Okoh, an employee of the old Public Works Department of the former Midwest Region of Nigeria, had won some huge sum of money in a Lottery Draw  and was nicknamed “Ten Thousand”, which was probably the amount he had won in that  Lucky Jackpot in  those days.

 

This same source was of the opinion that Pa Arimoku Okoh had provided much material wealth for his children and this had probably rubbed off on the right side with Reuben, who, according to his son, Monir, was one of the very few university students in Cairo who had their personal cars when they were studying.

 

He was buried on Wednesday, January, 5, 2011, at the Hendon Chapel and Cemetery in Holders Hill, Golders Green, an upmarket North London suburb.

 

Members of the Agbor Daughters   Cultural Association, London Branch, including Mrs. Esther Onwuemezie, Vice President, Mrs. Veronica Onwudinjo and Mrs. Eunice Ideh, sang the Agbor Funeral Dirge at the graveside, to bid him farewell.  Other mourners from Ikaland included the retired  Banker, Business Entrepreneur and a Director of Zenith Bank, Jefferey  Efeyini and his Bulgarian wife, Yordanka, Mrs. Rose Ebite of Obi-Olihe,  Agbor and Obi Uwadia, son of erstwhile Delta State  Commissioner and Justice of the Peace, Chief (Mrs.) Henrietta Ajuebon-Egbarin.

 

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The late Reuben Andrew Arimoku was survived by Salwa, his Egyptian wife of over 40 years, his daughters, Mona, Nkechi and Ngozi with their husbands and children and his only son, Monir.

 

Prominent among those who would mourn his loss at Agbor is his younger brother, Monsignor Dennis Arimoku, the foremost Agbor Cleric in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Issele-Uku,

 Delta State. I gather from the grapevine, that he is rearing to join the Septuagenarian Club in no distant date.

              For the repose of the soul of the late Reuben Arimoku, we pray to the Almighty God with our plea, “Dona ei pace”. (“Father, give him Eternal Peace!)”

 

  By  Philip  . M.   Ideh

               Email: mideh.ideh.matthias@googlemail

 

 


Put the Gambia under the spotlight again, UK journalists urge Commonwealth Ministerial Group

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22 Oct 2010

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Put the Gambia under the spotlight again, UK journalists urge

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The UK branch of the Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA-UK) has discussed with a small group of Gambian media-connected professionals the ‘climate of fear’ that has existed for the last 16 years in the independent media in that country.

 

This meeting, held in London recently, ended with a call for the Gambia to be reinstated on the list of countries considered by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), which deals with serious or persistent violations of the Commonwealth values as laid down in the 1991 Harare Declaration. This covered, notably, human rights, democracy and good governance. CMAG was set up in 1995, when the Gambia, then under a military regime, was included on its agenda. It was taken off the agenda in 2002 as it was felt that the government was meeting basic democratic criteria, but it is understood that the Gambia is still discussed ‘below the radar.’

 

The CJA-UK is concerned at the climate of fear obtaining in the independent media in the Gambia, illustrated most dramatically in two unsolved crimes, the assassination of The Point editor, Deyda Hydara, in 2004, and the disappearance of Daily Observer reporter Ebrima Manneh in 2007. Media freedom in the Gambia cannot be said to exist.

 

The CJA-UK feels that it is now time to move the problems of the Gambia into more open discussion in the Commonwealth, especially since the CMAG mandate was broadened at the Coolum Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2002 to make it clear that violations by non-military regimes should be included, and for the first time, the Commonwealth was committed to protect freedom of expression.

 

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative was also represented at the London meeting.

 

Please contact Mr Kaye Whiteman kaye.whiteman@blueyonder.co.uk for further information.

 

The Commonwealth Journalists Association is an association for the individual journalist and has branches in many countries, some of them struggling in their not-so-free environments. Its strength comes from quiet work and moral influence in speaking for journalists throughout the Commonwealth, defending their interests, and assisting them in developing their skills. The headquarters is based in Toronto. Web sites: www.cja-uk.org and www.commonwealthjournalists.com


Sir Alan Sugar under fire over 'Nigeria insult' on The Apprentice

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By  Martin Bentham,

He is used to handing out the criticism. But today Lord Sugar was on the receiving end as Nigeria's High Commissioner in London accused him of insulting millions of his countrymen.

In a statement, His Excellency Dr Dalhatu Sarki Tafida accused the Apprentice boss of making “demeaning” and “spurious” comments about the African country on his hit BBC show The Apprentice.

His Excellency accuses the peer of smearing Nigeria's reputation with an “unprovoked” and “damaging” attack based on his sordid dealings with one individual.

It comes after Lord Sugar suggested that Nigerians could not be trusted over financial promises.

During the opening episode of The Apprentice, the peer asked contestant Stuart Baggs why he should not be “fired” from the show.

 

Read the rest of the story here


SERVITE CHURCH CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL MASS - Fulham

By Phillip Ideh (Snr)

Church of Our Lady of Dolours, the Servite Friars Church on Fulham Road, London, celebrated its sixth International Mass on Sunday, July 18, 2010. It would be recalled that this celebration was begun in the Diocese by Cormac Cardinal Murphy O’Connor, to mark the divergence –the difference –the multi-cultural texture of the Catholic Church in London.  It was a celebration of difference and unity.

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The celebration took place in the Servite Primary School Playground with music, dance and food after Mass. Each representative of her country welcomed and served food at their designated area and sixty-eight families had signed up to be involved.

          Display of dishes were made by the Filippinos,Portuguese, Irish, British and African Communities and such African delicacies as pounded yam, joloff rice, fried rice, plantain (do do) and vegetable soup (efo riro!)


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          Earlier, he Servite Prior and Parish Priest, Fr. Dermot McNiece had celebrated the Mass with Friar Fr. Jim Mulherin, his Assistant and Vietnamese Deacon, Paul Ly.

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          Welcome greetings were made in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Tagalo, Konkani/Asian and African languages.

          July birthdays were celebrated and those who received the Sacraments this year were invited to the Altar. Pupils of the Servite Primary school, who attended in great number, took part in singing the hymns and in a procession round the Church before the Gospel Reading. Offertory Hymns – (kum ba Yah) was rendered by the School Choir, Instrumental Solo by a member of the Vietnamese Community while African Movement was interpreted with Gifts to the altar. A Yoruba (Nigerian Drummer) used his “Talking Drum” to render a syncopated music to the measured steps of the female members of the African Community who swayed in captivating bodily movements bearing the Offertory Gifts to the Altar, to the admiration of the congregation.

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          Communion Hymn 313 was sung in Filippino, 731 was sung in Welsh, 433 in the Scottish language while a Portuguese parishioner sang Solo.

          Prominent among the worshippers were Paul and Valentina Okaru, from the Falomo Parish of the Catholic Church of the Assumption in Lagos. Nigeria. Paul is a Catholic Knight and he is the President of the Catholic Men’s Organisation in his parish. The couple usually spend their summer holidays in the Servite parish.

          The success of this year’s celebration was due mainly to the diligent people-friendly attitude or efforts of prior, Fr. Dermot who flagged off preparations for this year’s event as early as June 13, 2010. He had convened an inaugural meeting in the Founder’s Room in the Priory with core members of the Committee Work and S team before flying to Brazil, South America, for a Conference! The Parish Secretary, Dupe Harris whose father, Chief Solomon Olaniyan Jinadu, 82, died earlier, at the time of the Icelandic Volcanic eruption, had to fly to her hometown, Inisha, Osun State in Southwest Nigeria to join her widowed mother and other siblings, to bury him. The preparations, however, went on, regardless as Sr. Kathleen of the Cross and Passion Convent in Fulham Road, Tom Hay, Charlene O’Brien, Valery Voak and Therese McMurray, to name a few, made sure that volunteers and donors  honoured their pledges by phoning them and reminding them of their pledges.

          The Servite Church has about Forty Volunteer Groups working in the Parish. Built by the Servite Community in 1873, the Parish stretches from the river Thames in Chelsea to Old Brompton Road in Southwest London and it is part of the Roman Catholic Westminster Diocese.

          In emphasising the joy, dignity and importance in participating in the International Mass, the prior and parish priest, Fr. Dermot told parishioners that the Mass “was to prepare us for the shock of Heaven – and who we might have to share a table with!”

          He added: “Some of us might die of fright when we get to the Gates!” he went on to say that “Mass is not a static experience of God’s Frozen People – but a sacrament of delight in the one whom my heart loves”.


          He concluded that it was a lovely day on which “the Sun had shone and the sangria twinkled – a midsummer’s parish day to remember and to delight in for a very long time – into the dark of the winter!”

Email; mideh.ideh.matthias@googlemail.com