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Tucked away in the commercial part of Games village Abuja is a supermarket called Sek Markt.

They offer a wide selection of things you may be looking for ranging from cereals to perfumes and books to dog food you name it.




It sort of reminds me of a mini Sam's club in the US or a small version of those bulk stores, the best thing about it all is the reasonable prices.


So the next time you want to experience something different in terms of a supermarket in Abuja, take a drive out to the games village and visit Sekt Markt , you may just find that perfect bargain.


Mention this website and there just may be a surprise !

SEK MARKT Superstores

1 Salome Close, Games Village Abuja


Charly Boy show live- Battle of the gifted-29th August 2010- Abuja


Still in the industry,still controversial and the the saga involving Musical Copyright Society Nigeria and

Nigerian Copyright commission continues.





INEC NIGERIA, Hi Tech 2011 elections - Garbage in, Garbage Out and it's all EXPENSIVE.


Whilst online this morning , I drifted to facebook, checked my feeds and saw an update from the president of the Federal republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck E Jonathan. Think what you may but in 2010, in Nigeria, we have a President who manages to engage a section of society through social media. (Facebook)

Fb1  Goodlucky


With over 160,000 fans and rising daily, this can only be a good thing, if you doubt me compare the figures with any pop stars you know  (apart from LADY GAGA) and consider the time frame.

One of the issues raised today was a situation report on our electoral reforms and most importantly INEC. (Independent National Electoral Commission)

I picked up the paper "Thisday" and the first 5 pages I scanned through had something on the 2011 elections, so i realized, election fever is upon us in Nigeria.

It got me thinking about the president's request earlier for participation so here is my contribution.


INEC , so much fuss is being made about the budget (app. 90 billion Naira), and now time constraints are being highlighted pending some constitutional amendments that are integral to the success of this exercise.

At one  extreme, there is a fierce debate on if we are to upgrade the already existing voters register or scrap it completely and create a brand new one. (Remember there are time constraints)

But these days we too are Hi tech in Nigeria so  we are doing "E- registration"

In the private sector, some local IT companies are campaigning furiously to be awarded the contract of delivering 120,000 direct data capture machines  as opposed to awarding the contract to some foreign firm, which in a way does make some sense because providing a local firm can deliver, this has a tremendous potential for capacity building in Nigeria's IT sector.


If we are to have credible elections this time around, yes scrap the old voters list and create a new one.

Since the creation of the last electoral register, a potential 15million young Nigerians have come of age and are now are eligible to vote - How and why should they not be included in the 2011 elections?

This is forgetting the dubious nature or should I say quality of the last electoral register that was blatantly questioned the world over.

E- registration is a good idea, and yes Professor Attahiru Jega is absolutely right with the correct support technology can speed up the registration period after all countries like India and Brazil have achieved all this ages ago  using local IT companies and handling large populations as well.

But the one thing everybody is overlooking in all this hysteria is a very vital  issue.

Once we do all the electronic registration and get a good quality voters list, on the actual day of voting (one man one vote) do we vote electronically or do we put thumb prints and stuff into ballot boxes?

If the bottom line involves ink, paper and thumb prints then I sorry sorry ooh! because it will all be a futile endeavor on the other hand if the actual voting involves electronic devices which can then be cross referenced with the electronic register then Nigeria at 50 we have come a long way.

fundamental lesson I learn t in my undergraduate days about IT or any system infact, the quality of information you input will adversely impact the quality of the out put you get .

To put it simply, garbage in garbage out

Council for Youth Empowerment - awards young entreprenuers for their brilliant business ideas.


The Council for youth empowerment founded by Mallam Nasir El Rufai, today handed out awards and start up capital, to the first and second prize winners, Aboyowa Etchie and Ikechukwu Anthony Ndibe.

They were presented checks of 750,000 Naira each as well as business start up advice and will be  mentored by members of the council.

The event was chaired by Prof. Pat Utomi and featured a key note speech delivered by Malam Nuhu Ribadu. DSCN1278

Many dignitaries were present at the function including the Nigerian media mogul Nduka Obaigbena, who not only is in support of  youth empowerment in Nigeria but also put up the funds to be awarded to the competition winners.

Generally the event was well organised, well attended, very inspiring and both participants and organisers made a genuine concerted effort to maximise the little available time frame even apologising for the 10-15 minute delay in starting at the appointed time which as we all know is sometimes unavoidable. DSCN1293


It was an event that left me feeling at least hopeful and knowing despite everything there are people out there who are genuinely concerned and committed to the future generations of Nigerians.

Confession Corner:  It's taken ages to upload pictures using my "broadband connection" so it got me thinking..

I'm a total supporter of inspiring people, so  I'll try to give you a better  feel of the atmosphere, most speakers made jokes about their recent experiences in exile, you got the feeling or sense of a person or people  who could laugh at themselves...

Nuhu Ribadu made reference to an inspiring passionate Nigerian he recently met in the US who was passionate about Nigeria. He then went on to make a passionate plea for everyone to make a difference.

When the winners were announced, Nasir El Rufai pointed out he had no influence whatsoever on the outcome, call me gullible but I believed.

Lets dissect the winning entries for a second, a fish farm may sound basic and many people do it in Lagos and other parts  but take into account the need for variety in our goat / beef eating habits and you may truthfully start to see wisdom.

I was at Abuja City park the other day buying fish off the grill, with prices ranging from N1500 - N3500 there will always be a market in this country. DSCN1275

Then finally, affordable locally made wigs for sale to law school graduands at a cheaper cost than imported wigs...

I have many lawyers in my family but I could never come up with that Idea. Black hair industry is worth billions but is dominated by Asians, I heard some people can pay up to $10,000 for the perfect weave on.

Why lawyers wear those wigs is a topic for another discussion but in all honesty if through tradition in the legal Industry you are required to wear the wig, the idea to manufacture locally and sell to law school graduates is a brilliant idea.


The winners deserve to be encouraged and personally I wish them abundant success.

To read more on this initiative visit  here or go to for more info


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.


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.


          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.


          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!”


African Leaders, ask yourself this question, Does Obama like my swagger ?

Swagger :is defined by the Urban dictionary as

How one presents him or her self to the world. Swagger is shown from how the person handles a situation. It can also be shown in the person's walk.
Ryan: "Denzel Washington has swagger in all his movie rolls"
Phil: "You can't forget about Al Pacino! He had swagger all over in Scarface!!!"

I read recently , a very interesting article by  the New York times , entitled

"White House Party for Africa Leaves Out Leaders"


Basically President Obama just convened a forum this week to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of 17 African nations, but he did not invite a single African leader to help him do so.

Instead he summoned 115 under-35s from civil society, journalism and business to a “President’s Forum With Young African Leaders” this week to help him in “looking forward,” as a State Department official put it.

Apparently the reaction from media across Africa saw this as some kind of snub, and then the article goes on to mention something which I understood to mean the importance of an African leader being seen with a great president like Obama.

“International recognition endows African state actors with a domestic power of command,” wrote Pierre Englebert, a professor of politics at Pomona College, in his recent book “Africa: Unity, Sovereignty & Sorrow.”

It then compared his attitude to that of President Sarkozy of France who recently held some similar event with dubious leaders of french speaking African countries.

With election fever slowly gripping Nigeria, I started thinking which of our current Presidential aspirants could possible get a photo op with President Obama, and across Africa at the moment which leaders have currently proven themselves worthy, this current selection is what came off the top of my head.

For the leaders , think about it carefully , does Obama like my swagger?

The Pictures show President Obama with President Jonathan-Nigeria, President , President Kikwete-Tanzania and President Zuma-South Africa.