Hosts and Holders Nigeria thundered through to beat Spain 3-1 in the semi-final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Lagos. The Spaniards never quite looked up for the contest, a re-play of the 2007 final, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, as the Golden Eaglets continue to improve with every outing here on home soil. The Africans will now face Switzerland – who beat Colombia 4-0 in their semi-final – in a tantalising grand final in Abuja.
The Nigerians came out flying at the start, and after only six minutes the young Eaglets signalled their intent via a powerful strike from Aigbe Oliha. Fortunately for the Spaniards, the try was all power and no control and flew up and over the bar. The hosts were controlling all the possession in the early stages, Edafe Egbeda’s effort from the edge of the box was only just cleared away at the last by a sprawling Sergi Gomez.
Things went from bad to worse for the Europeans in the 23rd minute when a tearful Iker Muniain had to be substituted after suffering what looked a serious muscle strain. And their suffering worsened still when the holders opened the scoring on the half-hour mark with a fabulous goal. Collecting a long, looping ball from midfield fully in his stride, the outstanding Stanley Okoro broke into the area, baited the Spanish keeper and slipped the ball just inside the near post to an almighty roar from the massive crowd.
Spain, who created one chance of note in the opening period through the impressive Isco, headed into the locker-rooms with their heads hanging understandably low as the partisan crowd cheered off their smashing heroes.
La Rojita came out from the break with renewed vigour. Just three minutes into the half Jordi Amat forced Nigerian keeper Dami Paul into a fine diving save. Then, on the hour mark, Paul needed to be sharp again when a flicked-on free-kick from Isco required him to dive at full-stretch to his left to keep the ball out. Just seconds later, however, the Nigerians put the game out of reach. Almost predictably, the scorer was supersub Sani Emmanuel. The new man grabbed his fourth goal of these finals when he pounced on the end of a long throw-in that bobbled around dangerously in the Spanish penalty area.
The hottest substitute in all the land then added a third in the 71st minute, chasing down a long ball, collecting well on the chest and poking expertly past the Spanish keeper to make it 3-1. The superb strike also moves the My People hit-man to the top of the scorers’ chart at Nigeria 2009.
The Spaniards, who pulled a late goal back through Borja (also on five goals) in the 83rd minute, are out of the running despite some fine performances here at the finals. Defending U-17 champions Nigeria now move on to a mouth-watering final against the high-flying Swiss in Abuja on 15 November.
The organisers and selected winners of The Future Awards
recently met with all the key government officials in charge of youth matters
in the country when they paid a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Vice President,
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. Also present at the meeting were the Minister for Youth
Development, Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi and the Senior Special Adviser to the
Vice President on Youth, Mrs. Morenike Soyinka-Onijala.
The delegation was led by Dr. Reuben Abati, chairman of The Guardian Editorial Board
as well as chairman of The Future Awards Independent Audit Committee. Dr.
Abati, after expressing the regrets of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees,
Prof. Pat Utomi, who was initially billed to be at the meeting, introduced the
project and its organisers. He mentioned that the organisers started this
project when they were all under the age of 20 – the youngest of them was even
17 – and they have grown from strength to strength. You would be proud of
The 5th edition of The Future Awards is presented by HiTV and RedSTRAT, with
support from the Federal Ministry of Youth and the International Finance
Corporation. It is the flagship platform under The Future Project, Nigeria,
which is an umbrella of projects and programmes that seeks to inspire hope in
young Nigerians, direct them to work for change and to add practical value to
After an introduction of the idea by its Creative Director, Chude Jideonwo; the
PR Director for the Awards, Emilia Asim-Ita, briefed Dr. Jonathan on the plans
for this year. She spoke about the town hall meetings in 8 states, as well as
the UK and Ghana in October and November, the awards’ relationships with
international organisations and other countries, and its other outreach
projects like The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TF-ESS), The Future
Mentorship Programme, The “Do Something” Conferences and The Future TakeAction,
The Vice President, who has shown something of a soft spot
for The Future Awards having sent a representative for its 2008 edition, as
well as helping the awards open a relationship with the Ministry of Youth,
noted his admiration for the work that it is doing to present a new face for
Nigeria. “This is the true way to re-brand the country,” he said. “Because you
cannot say you are re-branding and not have the youth in the forefront. We need
to show the world that all those negative news that goes around is not
representative of Nigerians. I promise you the support of my office through the
Ministry of Youth."
After the visit, the town hall meetings began in earnest that evening – where
young people in Abuja
were told about the award categories, the nomination process, and this year’s
judges, amongst others. Amidst performances by some of Abuja’s hottest singers and comedians,
including Lindsey, Yoye, El Nathan and The Governor, the campaign theme for
this year’s season “I represent Naija” was also presented, with its TV/radio
promos, and the merchandise.
Last year’s Business Owner of the Year (Mosunmola Umoru), Style Entrepreneur of
the Year (Uche Nnaji), Magazine of the Year (Ace, whose publisher is Bukunyi
Olateru-Olagbegi) and Screen producer of the year (Onye Ubanatu) winners also
spoke about all the work they have been doing with the awards over the past
year, especially the School Seminars, amongst others. “The opportunity to share
my story with other young people and to see their earnest reaction made my
heart glow,” Ms. Umoru told the guests. The event held at JB’s Place, Maitama Amusement Park.
“This is first phase of the town hall meeting in Abuja; for young people that
control processes and wield a measure of influence in their sectors,” said
Chude Jideonwo. “What we are working towards is a ripple effect. When we
interact with these youth leaders, they become ambassadors and spread the word
to the young people they employ or work with. The second phase is in
conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Youth – and will involve a mass of
more young people, especially students.”
Guests included broadcasters Tyeng Gang, Chioma Chuka, Alu Azege, Bennie Arc;
advocacy professionals Linus Okorie, Ohimai Amaize, Alkassim Abdulkadir;
convener of the Sardauna Awards, Hassan Rilwan, PR consultant, Ijeoma Okeagu,
amongst others. It was held in conjunction with Chocolate City
The organisers and winners also went on a blitz of media interviews in the
nation’s capital, and then went on to the town hall meetings in Zaria, Kaduna,
courtesy of HiTV. The organizers also visited youth events - altogether speaking
to about 1000 young people.
The town hall meetings now move to Yola in Adamawa
State and Enugu
in Enugu State. Nominations are still ongoing at
www.thefuturenigeria.com – with categories including Best Use of Science, Best
Use of Technology and Excellence in Public Service. The awards hold on the 7th
of February 2010.
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Codeigniter, Kohana, Ruby on Rails, jQuery, Prototype and Scriptaculous.
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Understand, speaks, and write English and French.
He Joins Mambe Nanje (co-founder of naijaborn.com) as a full time developer ....Show ya sef
With this tool we are now able to manage our team (which is geographically dispersed) and our projects, milestones, deadlines and tasks allocation effectively. We also post ideas internally for everybody to contribute and brainstorm on, post bugs as they occur and also have a section for feature request as they occur. Its one of the things we have done internally.
We are currently working on our friends finder, contacts importer and friend invitation system, Mukoshy can tell you more about that and we have tested it with a few users then stopped (some of you got invited recently). We are making it more robust then we roll it out to everybody on the platform within the next couple of weeks.
And we advice you all to take some time off and read through because it states some things about your use of naijaborn.com and how the naijaborn of the week and other newsletters will be working. I am currently engineering and developing the newsletter engine and I hope to get it done within the coming weeks.
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A cursory view of our society today could only depict the extent of the tasks ahead of us as a people that crave a better nation. It also depicts situations ahead of us where lies the tasks of perfecting our polity, in manners that every Nigerian could get inspired and be ready to perspire in the collective resolution of building a new and greater Nigeria.
Irrespective of our perceptions of challenges of nation building, it is undeniable that POVERTY is an integral component of factors that retard our national progress. But I really would not subscribe to poverty as defining our talents, resources, creativity and education than I would subscribe to poverty of enhanced structures and strategies that could pragmatically accentuate our wealth of talents, resources, creativity and education in retarding the entrenchment of underdevelopment in our nation. Structural poverty of our polity has held us hostage to this monster of underdevelopment and it is expedient to challenge and practically subvert this impediment to our national development.
The toughest challenges facing us as a nation in the twenty- first century demand not merely the application of expertise or the use of resources of authority, but rather the orchestration of ongoing changes that disorientate the habits, attitudes and values of Nigerians towards Nigeria. Unfortunately, poverty of our synergy of making changes only breeds poverty of our individual economy which in turn, rains poverty on our collective economy. And as we all know, poverty consumes our capacity of patriotism and passion for the nation.
In my everyday interactions with fellow Nigerians, I am always in the presence of the challenges people go through in making legitimate incomes that could guarantee the next set of meals or the fulfillment of individual dreams and aspirations. As a representative of my people and indeed as your Speaker, I am in the presence of the challenges we face as a nation and the sacrifices that Nigerians make every single day. As much as I try my best in making changes towards alleviating these challenges as my humble contributions and responsibility, I also have my limitations like every Nigerian. Our best efforts could only be channeled towards challenging our individual limitations by our COLLECTIVE resolution in establishing a synergy that could subvert the monsters that retard our development. We may need to differentiate and recognize the limitations of different political office holders to strategize towards making changes in our polity. The responsibilities of state executives differ from local government councilors, and therefore expectations from the political offices should be different. The bleeding of functions of these offices only aggravates an entrenchment of poverty of structures that is capable of limiting our drive of subverting the challenges of poverty. It is my belief that the future we collectively clamor for as a people vicariously intertwined with recognition of our individual responsibility and collective response to our nation building notwithstanding the imperfections of our present status as an economy.
The issue and essence of leadership has never left my mind in the drive of articulating a new chart that could bring about our collective prospect of greatness, but I am also of the view that leadership is a difficult task. Difficult in the sense that it focuses on the most intractable challenges of change, challenges that defy easy solutions for they encompass deep- seated conflicts, strongly held loyalty and value-laden issues. Leadership is also difficult because people resist refashioning their inner most concerns, surfacing conflicts and questioning their long held assumptions. People push back in an effort to re- submerge the issues that the person who leads tries to help address because changes involve people sacrificing ways of life they hold dear: their views of themselves; their ways of working; their understanding of where they fit in the wider scheme of things. Therefore in a sense, leadership is about loss. The irony is that people do not resist changes but they resist loss and there is no change without loss.
The challenges of poverty as the representative of our underdevelopment is therefore challenges before you and I in our collective drive of making positive changes in our nation. It is very essential that we establish a synergy: a synergy that could subvert the poverty of our personal responsibility and poverty of our economy: a synergy could enhance education sector: a synergy that could guarantee the citizens gainful employment and security of investments and lives: a synergy that brings back the prospect of our greatness as a greater Nigeria. We could raise a greater nation with our greater positive actions.
Let's do it because we are Nigerians! Let's do it for the future greatness of our race! Let's do it because we are good people! But most of all, let's do it because it is the RIGHT thing to do!
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Oyedele Oludamola, also known around the world as Damy, was born in the heart of Nigeria (Lagos) to a family of 4 siblings, him been the last of them all. He graduated in 2006, haven studied Business Administration with one of Nigeria’s most reputable universities – University of Lagos. He then moved on to take up leadership roles within the world’s largest university based organization called AIESEC.
Damy’s international experience started in 2006 when he was appointed on a one-year contract role as the National Director for External Relations and Projects with AIESEC in Indonesia, a position which introduced him to his first experience working closely and managing an extremely diverse team of 7 people representing 4 different continents.
His role included customer accounts management with clients from some of the big names and corporate entities of Indonesia, including Nestle, Bank Niaga, HP, KPMG, PwC, and NEC among others.
His back ground in marketing and large customer accounts management within AIESEC led him to easily clinch the role of National Director for External Relations of the New Zealand office of AIESEC, a position he occupied for 2 years due to his outstanding performance and results generated during both one-year terms. His main results included re-signing large accounts with Fonterra Co-operative Group as well as initiating new accounts with other notable names including PwC, E&Y, and Audit New Zealand, among others.
Just recently, Damy was newly assigned another role as Promotions Coordinator with World Vision (Christchurch) New Zealand, a subsidiary of World Vision International. Still along the lines of customer accounts management, Damy now works closely with a team of 5, responsible for the promotion of World Vision’s activities and services to the Christchurch community.
Some of his key attributes includes but not limited to Sound analytical thinking, clear communication skills, people and client management, project management, networking, presentation skills, among many others.In the future, Damy would like to own his company, specialized in agricultural produce to help cater for the local needs of Nigerians as well as delivering international demands on some of Nigeria’s top cash crop earners today.
Naijaborn.com is officially 100 days old today, We are grateful to our users,our co-workers and most importantly to the following online publishing houses that gave us the mileage to inform the public about our product and services.