Thursday, February 28, 2013

If your day started out on the wrong foot, Remember...

21 Reminders That Everything Could Be A Whole Lot Worse

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Have You Found Happiness Online?

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Have you found happiness?

It's a simple question.


You, who have toiled and struggled to bring your dreams into this online world. Are you not the bearer of your own achievements? The champion of your own successes?

Your online dreams - they are yours and yours alone. They have not come to be simply through force of wanting. You've ushered them into this connected world through your own efforts - your own strengths have made them a reality.

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Of course, that is not what "they" will say.

Your enemies will seek to discredit you. They'll look for cracks in your foundations into which they'll run roughshod, tossing seeds of doubt into every perceived crevice in the hopes that they may someday blossom into a garden of your undoing.

These seeds will find no purchase, for it is YOU that will rise; YOU who will stand strong.

And who have you to thank for your successes?

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Not DreamHost. Surely not! DreamHost is simply a passage through which the vessel of your own ingenuity has sailed.

Should you thank the government? Surely not! The government plays no part in your innovations. Their role begins and ends at steeling the front door to your own brilliance.

YOU and you alone are the reason for your success. Cat sweaters are exactly that - cat sweaters - and nothing more. You have identified the market need with many late nights of research. You have knitted the sweaters with your own two calloused hands. You have built the online store in which to sell these sweaters and your bank account has prospered.

You now benefit from the inventions of your own mind, the products of your own hands, and the fruits of your own toil.

And so I ask again.

Have you found happiness?

If the answer is yes, then all is as it should be.

If the answer is no, then all is as it should be.

If this is confusing, don't worry. I don't really understand Objectivism, either.


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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Social Studios Unveils "Your Show" -- Turns Your Facebook Newsfeed Into A TV Show

26 Feb 2013 15:13 Africa/Lagos

Social Studios Unveils "Your Show" -- Turns Your Facebook Newsfeed into a TV Show Hosted by Actress and Producer, Noa Tishby
Announces $700,000 in seed funding; adds Joanna Drake Earl to Board of Directors

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Social Studios ( today unveiled "Your Show", a new beta Facebook app which automatically produces a fun, personal daily TV show from your Facebook newsfeed. Hollywood actress and producer, Noa Tishby, is an advisor to Social Studios and host of Your Show. Social Studios also announced today that it has raised $700,000 in seed funding to-date, and that Joanna Drake Earl, who formerly held COO positions at ngmoco:) and Current TV, has joined its board of directors.


Recognizing how time-consuming it can be for people to scroll through their social newsfeed to find posts they really want from their friends and brand pages they "like", Social Studios' founders drew on their TV and Internet backgrounds to bring social media to life in an entirely new way.

"Your Show is like 'Entertainment Tonight' meets Facebook", said Anat Amibar, CEO, Social Studios. "It's a show starring you and your friends, produced from your Facebook feed," she said. "There's a brewing fight for domination on the big screen in the living room and social media companies, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, have not yet delivered a compelling video experience. We aim to solve this by creating the first ever social media TV shows," said Amibar.

How it Works
Your Show takes your Facebook newsfeed and produces a fun, personal TV show that includes items like Top Videos, Top Status Awards and birthdays. By looking at things like location check-ins and tags on photographs, Social Studios' algorithms can determine which posts people will care most about based on who they spend time with in real life and on Facebook. Each show is a few minutes long and completely personal, bringing Facebook pages to life for a new "lean-back" experience.

"As a producer and an actress, I always keep my eye on the next wave of innovation," said Noa Tishby, Social Studios' advisor and host of Your Show. "The Social Studios team has created a brand new way to enjoy Facebook using a TV-like format. In my view, this is just the beginning of a new kind of reality TV and I'm excited to be a part of it," said Tishby.

Join our public beta by using Google Chrome and clicking here: .

Watch a demo of Your Show here, or see Social Studios' CEO, Anat Amibar, provide an overview of Social Studios and Your Show here .

About Social Studios:
Social Studios was founded by TV and Internet executives who have worked at companies including Google/YouTube and Yahoo!. Realizing that social media platforms have yet to deliver a TV experience viewers want to watch, they saw an opportunity to produce engaging, personalized TV shows from social media newsfeeds. Social Studio's first show, a Facebook app called Your Show, quickly identifies posts from your close friends and favorite brand pages and automatically turns them into a show starring you and your friends. The first of its kind, the fun daily TV show is presented by Noa Tishby, well-known actress and Hollywood producer. To-date, Social Studios has raised $700,000 in angel funding. For more information visit: or follow us on Facebook and Twitter, @socialstudiostv.

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Suave Professionals® and Nicole Richie Unlock Secrets Behind NBC’s Hit Show “Fashion Star”

Suave Professionals® and Nicole Richie Partner to Unlock Secrets Behind NBC’s Hit Show “Fashion Star” / Suave Shine Suite Offers Fans Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Content and a Chance to Win* $100,000.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., February 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The tips, tricks, and must-know tidbits of the beauty and fashion world aren’t always accessible to everyone, but Suave Professionals® believes they should be. That’s why the brand has once again teamed up with designer, mentor and style icon Nicole Richie and is sponsoring NBC’s “Fashion Star” for the second year in a row. Together, Nicole and Suave Professionals® are pulling back the curtain to unlock behind-the-scenes style and beauty secrets from the hit show and sharing them in the new Suave Shine Suite on, a robust digital destination where guests can access the latest trends and enter for a chance to win* fabulous prizes including $100,000.

“For over 70 years, Suave has focused on making beauty accessible to all women and we are continuing that commitment with the introduction of our new digital destination – the Suave Shine Suite. This robust hub containing insider tips from industry experts and behind-the-scenes access from ‘Fashion Star’ Season 2 will make the latest beauty and style secrets available to everyone – especially when it comes to achieving gorgeous hair,” said David Rubin, Unilever Vice President Marketing Hair, U.S. “Our continued relationship with the hit show ‘Fashion Star’ celebrates exceptional trendsetting talent and spotlights the integral role Suave Professionals® -styled hair plays in creating the overall look.”

Among the exclusive content featured in the Suave Shine Suite is a new webisode series hosted by “Fashion Star” Season 1 fan favorite Orly Shani titled, “Unexpected Insider.” Each week, Shani will bring viewers exclusive interviews and features with designers, trendsetters, and industry influencers, including Richie and Suave Professionals® Celebrity Stylist Theodore Leaf.

Viewers who are inspired by the hairstyles from each episode can join Shani and Leaf in the Suave Professionals® salon for the inside scoop on the runway’s hottest styles and products, like the NEW Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infusion line.This new range of hair care and styling products is infused with authentic Moroccan argan oil and works as well as a salon brand to give hair brilliant shine and long-lasting conditioning without weighing it down.

Consumers can register for a free sample (while supplies last) of NEW Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infusion products and enter for a chance to win* one of many prizes during their visit to the Suave Shine Suite. Participants receive a free spin on the instant win wheel for chances to snag gift cards, accessories from Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow line, hair tools and more. During the Weekly Giveaway, items such as spa getaways, gift cards, and tablets will be given away – all leading up to the Grand Prize giveaway of $100,000.

To unlock a chance to win, fans can visit the Suave Shine Suite on For the latest hair tips, trends, product information and advice, visit the Suave Beauty Facebook Page and via @SuaveBeauty on Twitter.

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About Suave
For over 70 years, Suave has been committed to creating professional-quality products for consumers that work as well as high-end salon brands. The brand is challenging consumers everywhere to Rethink Suave®, and rediscover the quality that is in every bottle they sell. As one of America’s top selling hair care brands, Suave offers a line of shampoos, conditioners and styling products that are proven to work as well as salon brands. The brand’s commitment to quality is why more than half of American households choose Suave. For more information, visit

About Unilever United States, Inc.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. Our products are present in 7 out of 10 homes globally and are used by over 2 billion people on a daily basis. In the United States the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, Consort For Men, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Just for Me!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Magnum, Motions, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle, Promise, Q-tips, Ragú, Simple, Slim-Fast, Soft & Beautiful, St. Ives, Suave, tcb, TIGI, TRESemmé, Vaseline, and Wish-Bone. All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.

Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals are more than 50 time-based targets. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at

Unilever employs more than 10,000 people in the United States – generating over $9 billion in sales in 2012. For more information, visit

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Seun Nairaland Founder and Others on Forbes Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs Under 30

Seun Osewa.

Seun Osewa, founder of Nairaland, Africa's largest internet forum, Opeyemi Awoyemi, Olalekan Olude and Ayodeji Adewunmi, founders of Jobberman, Sandra Appiah and Isaac Boateng, Ghanaian co-founders of Face2Face Africa and other outstanding young African achievers make the 2013 FORBES 30 Under 30: Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs.

Opeyemi Awoyemi, Olalekan Olude and Ayodeji Adewunmi.

Sandra Appiah and Isaac Boateng.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Xperia™ Tablet Z - The World's Slimmest and Lightest Tablet

Xperia™ Tablet Z - The World's Slimmest and Lightest Tablet

caption: Sony announces the global availability of Xperia Tablet Z
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release date: 25 February 2013 EST

Xperia Tablet Z is the most premium, high performance 10.1" Android tablet available.

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Rachel Mwanza "War Witch" Star on the Red Carpet at the 85th Academy Awards

Here is Congolese overnight Hollywood star Rachel Mwanza on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Awards.
She was accompanied by Director Kim Nguyen of "War Witch" nominated for the best foreign language film which was won by Michael Haneke's "Armour".

Rachel Mwanza is an actress from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, best known for her performance as Komona in the 2012 film Rebelle (War Witch).

Born in 1997 and abandoned by her parents as a child, Mwanza spent several years living as a street child in Kinshasa before being cast in Rebelle. She was cast in the film after director Kim Nguyen and producers Pierre Even and Marie-Claude Poulin saw her in a documentary film on the street kids of Kinshasa.[2] Due to her lack of education, she did not know how to read or write when she was first cast in the film; the filmmakers have since made arrangements to pay for her education and housing until she turns 18. In February 2013 she was granted a visa to allow her to attend the Academy Awards.

Her performance in Rebelle garnered her awards for Best Actress from the Berlin Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival[4] and the Vancouver Film Critics Circle in 2012, as well as a nomination for Best Actress at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards.

In 2012, she appeared in her second film role, in Marc-Henri Wajnberg's Kinshasa Kids.


Photos Credits.February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES).

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Kim Kardashian and the Idiots She Fooled in Nigeria

Darey Art-Alade posing with Kim Kardashian on the red carpet of his Love Like A Movie concert on Sunday February 17, 2013, at the Convention Centre of the Eko Hotel and Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos.

Kim Kardashian and the Idiots She Fooled in Nigeria

Millions of angry Nigerians are still criticizing Kim Kardashian’s controversial visit to Nigeria where she earned her biggest pay check for appearances as she was reportedly paid a whooping $500,000! for her fleeting 24 hours visit to Nigeria according to The Mail of UK. Kim has never been paid even half of that amount for an all night appearance in Hollywood! She makes from $20,000 - $200,000 only for celebrity appearances at ticket events by richer organizers.

The poster showing Kim Kardashian.

“These Nigerians must be idiots,” said a celebrity news reporter in Hollywood.

“Kim really fooled them,” chuckled another news reporter.

“Well, it’s a kind of nemesis catching up with these Nigerians who are notorious for their internet scams and have robbed many of their American victims of thousands of dollars. So, Kim outsmarted them before they could scam her. Smart girl,” said a blogger chatting with them and they all laughed.

Kim posing with 2face Idibia and others.

The heavily pregnant Kim was widely publicized to 'co-host' the "Love Like A Movie" live concert with popularly Nigerian R'n'B singer Darey Art-Alade, for which tickets cost N100,000 or $640, but Kim did not co-host the show and only showed up at the red carpet for 45 minutes and made a 45-second statement on the microphone, saying “Hey Naija" and vamoosed according Guardian blogger Jeremy Weate.

Kim making her famous 45-second statement on stage at the Love Like A Movie concert before she vamoosed.

Channels TV reported: 'There were disappointments after Kim Kardashian came on stage for only 40 seconds.'

Of course the sponsors including Fayrouz must be idiots to have been fooled by the famous Armenian American reality TV star of Keeping Up with the Kardashians who is notorious for her scandalous romance with several men in Hollywood, including her famous sex tape with Ray J in 2003 and holds the record for one of the shortest marriages in history with Kris Humphries which ended after only 72 days.

The only souvenirs the organizers and sponsors got were pictures of Kim smiling in her black leather dress, posing alongside Darey and other excited Nigerian artistes including 2Face, Waje, Banky W, Ice Prince, Mo’Eazy and Zaina.

Let me address the stupidity of both the organizers and sponsors in critical perspective.

How can any reasonable person who wants to organize a live concert to celebrate love in Africa choose Kim Kardashian of all people? And especially in Nigeria the most populous country in Africa with over 160 million people, where over 70 percent of the population are living below $2 per day. And they agreed to pay her $500,000?

Of what benefit is her visit to Nigeria?

Did she even pay any tax on her $500, 000?

How much love has Kim shown in her relationships to come and talk about love to Nigerians?

Are there no better role models of love to invite?

Sade Adu.

Nigeria is blessed with several famous international celebrities like the famous Sade Adu, OBE (Helen Fọláṣadé Adú); who has used her contralto vocal range to charm millions of people in bestselling love songs since 1980s to date, winning several coveted awards including the Grammy Award and she would have been a perfect choice to co-host such an event and inspire millions of Nigerians on love more than a Kim Kardashian. Aunty Fọláṣadé will not ask the organizers to swindle her fellow Nigerians to pay her $500,000!

Genevieve Nnaji.

What of inviting our most famous home girl Genevieve Nnaji? The Queen of Nollywood who has contributed so much to the fastest and largest film industry in Africa and was on the Oprah Winfrey Show’s ‘Meet the Most Famous People in the World‘ in September, 2009.

Agbani Darego.

We are blessed with the first black African Miss World, Agbani Darego, OON. Ibiagbanidokibubo Asenite Darego has made millions of Nigerians and other black people proud when she was crowned Miss World in 2001.

Oluchi Onweagba Orlandi.

We also have Oluchi Onweagba, the most famous Nigerian supermodel and happily married mother who became the first ever winner of the inaugural M-Net "Face of Africa" in 1998, the first-ever continent-wide model competition and she has been a role model for young girls and women in Nigeria.

Nneka and Asa.

We also have popular singers like Nneka and Asa who also would have made more appropriate and perfect role models than a scandalous foreigner that has no importance, relevance or significance to the entertainment industry in Nigeria.

It is really a shame and stupid that these sponsors wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars on a useless less than one hour appearance of Kim Kardashian at the "Love Like A Movie" concert on Sunday February 17, 2013, at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos.

What is the economic benefit of such an event?

Ask any investor the market value of investing $500,000 in a proven business. That amount is even enough to build a good science laboratory for a secondary school in Nigeria where many schools don’t have science labs. $500,000 can provide over 500 boreholes for people in areas without water supply in Nigeria and can launch a cottage industry that will employ people and improve their lives in Nigeria and also contribute to the GDP. Give that $500,000 to any of the top Nigerian filmmakers like Tunde Kelani or Uche Jumbo and see the blockbuster movies they will produce that will make more than $500,000 from the box office, DVDs, etc. And making the movies would have provided hundreds of jobs to jobless Nigerians on location.

The sponsors who wasted that $500,000 on the useless appearance of Kim Kardashian at the "Love Like A Movie" concert are the same companies who bluff and snub important events like the Eko International Film Festival, Abuja International Film Festival, Afriff International Film Festival and others that can create jobs for thousands of jobless Nigerians and boosting the Nigerian film industry and contributing millions of dollars to the economy of Nigeria.

This is what we call “Money Miss Road” in Pidgin English when those with so much money waste it on unprofitable ventures such as the useless $500,000 less than one hour appearance of Kim Kardashian in Nigeria.
Yes, they must be idiots.

~ By Orikinla Osinachi, February 24, 2013.

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Ben Affleck's Argo Wins Best Picture Oscar and Daniel Day-Lewis Makes Oscar History

Best PictureWinner: Argo
Best Actor in a Leading RoleWinner: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Best Actress in a Leading RoleWinner: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Best DirectorWinner: Ang Lee (Life of Pi)

According to Reuters, Ben Affleck's Argo made it the first time since "Driving Miss Daisy" in 1990 that a film won the top prize at the Oscars without its director also being nominated. Argo also won the Oscars for best film editing and best adapted screenplay.

Well, we might as well call this year the Year of "Argo" as "Argo" has won almost all the coveted awards and winning the Best Picture Oscar when the director Ben Affleck was not even nominated for Best Director is a great achievement at the 85th Academy Awards by winning three Oscars for Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture, to add to the Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture in Drama and Best Director, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards, Best Film and Best Editing at the 66th British Academy Film Awards.

British actor Daniel Day-Lewis also made history by being the first actor to win three Oscars for Best Actor as he won his third Best Actor award for playing the leading role of President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's historical film "Lincoln" at the 85th Academy Awards. His other previous Oscars were for Christy Brown in "My Left Foot" (1989), Daniel Plainview in "There Will Be Blood" (2007). He surpassed the record of John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson, Marlon Brando and Dustin Hoffman who have won the Oscars twice for Best Actor. But this achievement does not make him a better or greater actor than Harrison Ford, Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE, Sir Michael Caine, CBE, Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr, Denzel Washington and other accomplished actors in the world.

And also remarkable for Michael Haneke's "Armour" for winning the Oscar for Best Film in a Foreign Language after winning the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and best film in a non English language at the 66th British Academy Film Awards among other awards.

1. Best Picture: "Argo."
2. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln."
3. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook."
4. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained."
5. Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables."
6. Directing: Ang Lee, "Life of Pi."
7. Foreign Language Film: "Amour."
8. Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, "Argo."
9. Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained."
10. Animated Feature Film: "Brave."
11. Production Design: "Lincoln."
12. Cinematography: "Life of Pi."
13. Sound Mixing: "Les Miserables."
14. Sound Editing (tie): "Skyfall," "Zero Dark Thirty."
15. Original Score: "Life of Pi," Mychael Danna.
16. Original Song: "Skyfall" from "Skyfall," Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth.
17. Costume: "Anna Karenina."
18. Documentary Feature: "Searching for Sugar Man."
19. Documentary (short subject): "Inocente."
20. Film Editing: "Argo."
21. Makeup and Hairstyling: "Les Miserables."
22. Animated Short Film: "Paperman."
23. Live Action Short Film: "Curfew."
24. Visual Effects: "Life of Pi."

Oscar winners previously presented this season:

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Jeffrey Katzenberg

Honorary Award: Hal Needham

Honorary Award: D.A. Pennebaker

Honorary Award: George Stevens Jr.

Award of Merit: Cooke Optics

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Eko Atlantic Celebrates Reclamation of 5,000,000 Square Metres of Land from the Sea

caption: 5,000,000 SQM Dedication Ceremony, Eko Atlantic, February 21, 2013. L/R Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, Former US President, Bill Clinton, Nigerian President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan
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22 Feb 2013 17:57 Africa/Lagos

Eko Atlantic Celebrates Reclamation of 5,000,000 Square Metres of Land from the Sea

LAGOS, Nigeria, February 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

His Excellency the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, applauds a 'noble initiative' and gives the project the full support of the his Government

Eko Atlantic, the visionary new city for Lagos, Nigeria drew high-level presidential praise from both the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan and the former President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton during a dedication ceremony to mark a milestone event.

caption: 5,000,000 SQM Dedication Ceremony, Eko Atlantic, February 21, 2013. Former United States President Bill Clinton applauds the developers of Eko Atlantic City in Lagos, Nigeria. for reclaiming five million square meters of land and building The Great Wall of Lagos to protect the Lagos shoreline from rising sea levels and coastal erosion.
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Describing the development of Eko Atlantic as an outstanding initiative President Jonathan said, 'This landmark event is continuing the good news narrative that Nigeria must now embrace permanently. You cannot be hearing only ugly stories. Eko Atlantic City is bringing us happiness and this happiness has come to stay.'

Eko Atlantic land reclamation started in February 2008 with a 7-year dredging operation planned to create 8,000 square metres of new land every day.

A year after reclamation work began the Chagoury Group, the developers and planners of Eko Atlantic, based in Lagos, Nigeria, committed at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York to protect Victoria Island from coastal erosion through the forces of the Atlantic Ocean.

Since making their commitment the developers have built a sea revetment known as The Great Wall of Lagos that now stands at three and a half kilometres. Half the land needed to build the new city has been recovered from the ocean.

'They have reclaimed five million square metres of land from the sea. They have built the beginnings of this amazing wall. They have kept their commitment and it will help to diversify the economy of Nigeria, to brand Lagos all over the world and to create an enormous number of opportunities. I am convinced that within five years people will be coming from everywhere just to look at the wall.'

The Great Wall has brought back the coastline of Victoria Island to where it was a century ago before coastal erosion began to wash it away.

'This is an ingenious engineering feat,' said President Clinton, This is something I am telling you there will be countless numbers of people coming here to study. It is something you can be very proud of.'

The Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola hosted the dedication ceremony close to the massive sea revetment that protects the five million square metres of land. 'When all is done, a new city will emerge here from what was once a devastated area as a result of nature's onslaught, said Governor Fashola. 'But that devastation is now history. Our ultimate triumph beckons,' he said, 'the human spirit will prevail because of the goodwill of a few good men.'

The dedication ceremony was attended by high-ranking Nigerian Federal and State officials as well as international developers, financial institutions and the diplomatic corps.

In his address, the Executive Chairman of Eko Atlantic, Mr. Ronald Chagoury, said, "Nigeria is a great nation. Building a city of this calibre can only be achieved by putting our hands together. Today we are at a turning point where the real construction of the city has started." And he added, "Today Lagos is the economic capital of Nigeria. We pray by your blessing Mr. President, to become the economic and financial centre of Africa in the near future".

The construction of infrastructure for Eko Atlantic, such as roads, drainage and sewage systems has also started as has foundation work for Eko Atlantic's first commercial tower block. An international developer, Satellite Oil and Gas from Nigeria, has started to build Eko Energy Estate and numerous other projects are in the pipeline.

Upon completion, the developers and city planners of the new city will have produced 10,000,000 square metres of land, ripe for development: equivalent in size to the skyscraper district of Manhattan in New York City.

Eko Atlantic is designed to provide the space and infrastructure to house 250,000 people and become the workplace for a further 150,000.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Education South Africa to Honor 4 at Awards Gala in NYC

Professor Jonathan Jansen.

Education South Africa to Honor 4 at Awards Gala in NYC

NEW YORK, NY, February 21, 2013 / PRNewswire-US Newswire/ — A pioneering South African educator who is successfully transforming what was once a bastion of apartheid-era segregation and ideology into one of his country’s most inclusive and dynamic institutions of higher learning is to be honored in New York on June 3.

Professor Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State, is to receive the Education Africa Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his extraordinary work in helping South Africa triumph over the bitter legacies of its past and afford all its people the chance to achieve their full potential.

Past Awardees include Sir Bob Geldof, Sir Richard Branson, Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former New York Mayor David Dinkins.

Theresa Clarke.

Honoured with the professor will be Theresa Clarke, founder and CEO of Clarke is to receive the Education Africa Humanitarian Award as co-founder of the hugely successful Student Sponsorship Program South Africa (SSPSA) which is providing hundreds of disadvantaged students mentored access to the best schools in South Africa. This Award was first presented in 2011 to Herb and Joy Kaiser.

Ndaba Ntsele.

Ndaba Ntsele, president of South Africa’s Black Business Council, and Geoff Rothschild, former chairman of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, will jointly receive the Education Africa Allegiance Award for their steadfast support of the organization over many years. Past Awardees include the City of Vienna, Michael Geoghegan CBE, and Matthew Bosrock.

Geoff Rothschild.

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner at New York’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel hosted by Education Africa and Brand South Africa.

Education Africa was established in 1992. Its mission is to help disadvantaged South Africans obtain high quality educations that prepare them for fulfilling and successful careers into today’s highly competitive global economy. For more information on Education Africa and its extensive Project Portfolio, please visit Please also refer to the attached document, Education Africa at a Glance.

Brand South Africa ( is a publicly funded trust with trustees appointed by South Africa’s president. It works with partners in and out of government to see that South Africa’s value proposition as a place to do business, invest in and visit – and from which to source products, ideas and inspiration – is fully appreciated.

“We like to say that what makes South Africa globally competitive can be summed up in three words: inspiring new ways,” said Brand SA’s US Country manager Simon Barber. “Each of our honorees this year is, in their own way, an embodiment of inspiring new ways. That’s why we are so proud to join Education Africa in paying tribute to them.”

The Education Africa Gala Awards Dinner is set to be a celebration of all that is African, with delicious South African food and featuring our Marimba Band from the Eastern Cape, South Africa, which will be performing exclusively for our guests. This band is part of the Education Africa International Arts & Culture project where we give disadvantaged young learners the opportunity to perform on an international stage. Our Marimba Bands have over the years wowed audiences in Vienna, London, Slovakia and in New York. We are also honoured that Professor Jonathan Jansen, one of our Award winners, will be the keynote speaker.

The Awards are highly recognised and are set to be well attended by corporate and financial executives, leaders of charities and academic institutions, media organizations and South African Government representatives. We look forward to welcoming all corporates who have an interest in Africa or are wanting to increase their involvement in Africa, to come and attend this worthwhile event. A list of various sponsorship opportunities can be accessed at Education Africa Global Awards – New York


James Urdang (– 7 hours EST)
Executive Director: Education Africa
Tel: +27 11 685-7300
Cell: +27 83 708-3499

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