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Ngozi Thompson Igwebike ZAFAA Best Indigenous Female Actor nominee

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Ngozi Thompson Igwebike  is the favorite BEST ACTOR–Indigenous female nominee for this year’s ZAFAA Awards . She has been nominated for playing an exceptional role in the production of the famous film “ONYE OZI” (The Messenger). In the hilarious Nollywood movie, she is a full length feature playing the lead actress alongside an international entertainment personality Okey Bakassy.

The film ONYE OZI hit the screens in 2013. The film has been recognized as the first Nigerian movie to be produced in the United Kingdom in Igbo language.

The admired ZAFAA African Film Academy Awards 2014 is planned to happen in November 8th and the venue will be London’s Grange St.Paul’s Hotel. As usual the special Saturday night starts with a Red Carpet Show exposing African Celebrities in their stylish looks.

After it was launched in 2006 the ZAFAA awards has grown to become the most prestigious Africa Film Awards event happening every year outside Africa. The annual event brings under one roof the most celebrated entertainment personalities in Africa and beyond.

Voting for this year’s ZAFAA nominees continue until Novemeber 2nd a week before the event. You have to register to cast your vote then select the category for which you want to cast your vote. To vote for Igwebike you need to go to www.zafaa.org , register then select BEST INDIGENOUS ACTOR (FEMALE) category and vote Igwebike.

Ngozi Thompson Igwebike is not only an actor but also an outstanding fashion model and TV personality. Her experience in modeling include; London fashion week, Oxford fashion week , Africa fashion week London events etc. She every Thursday does Politriks, a weekly Ben Television TV show as a co-host. She also did the hosting for ‘Divas of Colour’ event in 2014.

In her writing works, Igwebike is the Fashion editor for C.Hub Magazine.

As an actor she has featured in several films and TV series. Besides OnyeOzi, released in November 2013, Igwebike’s other acting works include; @Home Abroad and Housewives and Girlfriend TV series. She has also done a TV ad for Nigeria’s First Bank.

By Titus Kivite

http://streamafrica.com/news/ngozi-thompson-igwebike-zafaa-best-indigenous-female-actor-nominee/

 

NBA Star John Amaechi Leaps to Launch All New Learning Disbaility Sports Initiative-Unified Sports

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Former NBA Star, and England  Basketball International, John Amaechi OBE, returned to the basketball court today to launch the Special Olympics Great Britain Unified Sports Programme.

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The programme offers people with learning disabilities the opportunity to play sport in the same team as those without learning disabilities for sports training and competition.

The Unified Sports® programme is run by the charity Special Olympics GB and supported by Coca‑Cola Great Britain and will see a series of coaching and competition sessions covering a variety of sports, delivered through sport centres, clubs and communities all over the country.

Special Olympics GB is the country’s largest sports training and competition programme which transforms the lives of young people and adults with learning disabilities through the power of sport.

Amaechi, a Special Olympics GB ambassador and England Commonwealth Games medallist, visited Tower Hamlets College in East London this morning to take part in the first Unified Basketball session of this initiative.

He called on young people around the country not to exclude those with learning disabilities in the run up to such an exciting summer of sport and encouraged them to get involved with their local Special Olympics GB’s Unified Sports® projects by visiting www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk.
Basketball is one of the sports that will now be supported through the Unified Sports® programme. Others include volleyball, table tennis, tennis and sailing.

The addition of new sports to the initiative builds on the success of the charity’s Unified Football programme, which has established itself as one of the best inclusive models to benefit and empower people with learning disabilities.

The growth of the Unified Sports® programme this year forms part of the long-term partnership between Coca‑Cola Great Britain and Special Olympics GB, which aims to make a range of sports more accessible for people with learning disabilities, empowering them and their families to take an active and more confident role in their communities.

John said, “Unified Sports programmes will play a valuable role in breaking down the barriers to sport that exist for people with learning disabilities enabling them to compete in popular sports on the same team as those without learning disabilities; and in an environment that promotes equality and inclusion.  With such a great range of sports to choose from now everyone can get involved. As we’ve shown here today, it can be a lot of fun.”

Jon Woods, General Manager, Coca‑Cola Great Britain & Ireland, said:
“The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are  the most exciting opportunities we have as a Worldwide Partner to engage young people and help to build a legacy of increased grassroots sports participation. Building on our 34 year history of support for Special Olympics GB by helping them expand their Unified Sports programme, we hope to make it easier for people with learning disabilities to take part and compete in sport in their communities and to inspire young people everywhere – with and without learning disabilities – to participate together.”

Karen Wallin, CEO Special Olympics said:“With such an exciting year of sport ahead, young people around the country are being inspired to take up new sports, but for the 1.2million people in the UK with learning disabilities it’s not always easy to take part as they can often encounter exclusion and discrimination. The model of Unified Sports – bringing together athletes with and without learning disabilities – has been proven to overcome these difficulties and promote social inclusion. With many team sports to choose from, the Unified Sports programme will offer fun and fitness for thousands more people.”

Tower Hamlets College was chosen as the venue for the launch because of its commitment to disability sports. Last year the College launched the FE Special Games, a disability sports tournament, which was sponsored by Special Olympics GB.

Michael Farley, Principal of Tower Hamlets College, commented: “We are committed to giving our students and local community the opportunity to try things that otherwise they would never have had the chance to. Our students have thoroughly enjoyed the chance to learn from such an esteemed sportsman, and be a part of the Special Olympics new Unified Sports programme.”

To find out more about the Unified Sport® programme visit www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk

 http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/press-centre/2012/february/nba-star-john-amaechi-leaps-to-launch-all-new-learning-disability-sports-initiative.html

Ojukwu: I Distinguish A Hero

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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by Ambassador Dozie Nwanna

My first encounter with the Hero, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, did not come until 1989, in Lagos, at the first launch of his book Because I am Involved — that most honest writing by a Nigerian leader. I was not disappointed by the cleverly set oeuvre, whose binary message was meant on the one hand to console and update his own brood and, on the other, to confound those who may still bear hate. 

At the end of a long queue I arrived face to face with the Hero. I stood at attention and presented my copy of the book for his autograph. He raised his head as if to assess me. It was then that I discovered the man. He had commanding eyes that glared like balls of fire. His presence attracted and arrested like the Ijele masquerade. 

I would have other occasions to meet him in London. I had the privilege of being around the Hero uncountable times, as he lay on his sick bed. It was painful witnessing the mighty man of valour in his bravest ever struggle. He was so engrossed in the enterprise of the moment, almost never heeding any intruder. One day, I felt bold enough and stretched out my hand. It touched  the great one and, unexpectedly, the Ezeigbo moved his head as if to look. He seemed to wink. So electric was the moment that, like the case of “the woman with the issue of blood”, the experience was medicinal.  

I believe the Hero fought so valiantly in London just to be able to address Nigeria one more time. He more than achieved it by the arcane syntax and eloquence of his passing. For he actually addressed the world from the Dead!

But the man made his greatest utterances long ago. His audience, unfortunately, were mainly deaf. It reminds one of the religious knowledge stories of “the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight . . .’’’ It does not seem that that voice was well heeded. 

I have always linked that story with another narrative (Matthew: 11) in which Jesus Christ made one of the most haunting remarks of the entire Bible. Upon being told of the demise of John the Baptist, the Lord was reported to have said: 

“Verily I say unto you, among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater . . . “

Those words will forever be the most authoritative instruction to mankind to reckon with hierarchy.  Its lessons are particularly cogent for Ndigbo, especially so for the bumbling purveyors of the tenuous “Igbo enwe eze” doctrine in their midst. 

Further down, on the same passage, we read:

“. . . the kingdom of heaven surfereth violence, and the violent people take it by force . . .”

This remark is like Akulu, the wine from the unadulterated sap of the palm tree, which gets better with age. It encapsulates a warning that has never been more apt for any people or generation than ours. Look well and you will find that it paraphrases the raison d’etre of the Hero and the gist of his advisory to his beloved country. It is also an immortal admonition to anyone anywhere that nowhere is safe from the menace of those who deal by hate and aggression. Security is supreme. Not even ‘the kingdom of heaven’ is immune! For that vision, I salute the blessed eyes that glimpsed our tomorrow yesterday. 

The passage concludes: “Whoever has ears, let them hear!” 

If there ever was Onyigbo who most embodied that which is typical, remarkable and the best of Ndigbo, it was the Hero, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the Ikemba Nnewi, pater and most-beloved leader of Ndigbo, and the eternal Commander-in-Chief of the tireless Forces of Hearts and Minds of the Igbo Spirit. Only he reached that mythical station of being that confers upon any Onyigbo the status of Prince of All Igbo, the unspoken Sovereign. The Hero rightfully claimed this distinction, universally authenticating the doctrine of “Igbo aso eze”. 

The Hero was always special: from out of the loins of the truest aristocrat Africa ever had, he was born singular and big like an elephant; completely imbued with cause and grit.  While vulnerably caught in the winds from the four corners of his country, he leapt for freedom. So high was the leap that he touched the firmament, peeked at futurity and glanced our common Chi. 

Descending like Moses, the Hero met his people at the point on their odyssey where the road hit a fork. Like dazzled hatchlings whose mother had been snatched, the people had been unable to trace the way home unaided. They, the once content people of that country south of the Savannah, where the River Niger, the Imo River and the Cross River, joined by a hundred brooks, bathe the soil and flow home into the Atlantic. They, of the place from which rises the sun, who in inviting others to behold what they were seeing, shouted “Bia fulu” and got misunderstood. 

If we could liken the Hero to the tusked one, then perhaps we can say that one misfortune of his otherwise wonderful life was that Nature mistook this elephant for an ant; consistently aggregating him with humans whose eyes were as those of ants.  This was specially so among his own people. 

Where the Ikemba saw a grain of sand and would waste neither time nor effort on, these people inevitably would see the Zuma rock and, in foolish fright, tarry to wrongly sing “Rock of Ages Cleft for Me” in hope of appeasing the tin gods and demons of their own creation.

For the same reason people perceived and regarded the Hero as different things, just as in the fable of the elephant and the six blind men. This explains why Nigerians were never in agreement on whom and what the man was while he was with us. 

But since 26th November 2011, when the man got promoted from these lower courts, every mouth has been speaking, singing. So remarkable has been the harmony that it has become the best advertisement of the real Nigeria and of the big-heartedness of her people! It brought sweet tears to the eyes.  It gratified. And it reminded me of the words one of my favourite hymns, City of God How Broad and Far: 

“One holy Church, one army strong; one steadfast, high intent; one working band, one harvest song, one King omnipotent.”

Truly, the Ikemba was very distinct in his ways. His life and work defined the Nigeria of our time and will continue to do so until his restless spirit and those of his own ‘blind men’ meet at the junction we would be glad to name ‘Catharsis’. For, in the saga of the Hero’s life there could not be any question of right or wrong — just the needful, executed on either side by persons who merely saw through a glass, darkly. 

When it became right, the Hero showed himself again to be the most remarkable Nigerian, outmatching any of his compatriots in forthrightness, forbearance, faith and ferventness in the search for national oneness. In tow, his people are playing to win the award for least provokable Nigerians. Such is truly rare and should be encouraged.

The Hero was indeed many things. He was at once the Enyimba that leads from the front, a reluctant rebel, the people’s Prince, a democrat, and the most candid Nigerian that ever lived. Subsequent events have confirmed he was visionary.  It can also be said, as many testimonies point, that his life was ransom for the ultimate joy of every Nigerian. He will now live eternally in the heart of the people that he embraced at the point where roads crossed. 

The Hero, who saw his first daylight at Zungeru, cut teeth and lost his innocence as a pranking youth in the Nigerian crucible, Lagos, would have fashioned a triangle when finally he reaches home to join his fathers at Nnewi.  His triad of great junctures on the Nigeria arena — his origin in the North, the classic jaunt in the West, punctuated by the bowing out from the East — all encompass a grand legacy, the story of which, when told, will demolish the weak views of those who might seek to pigeon-hole this Complete Nigerian and consign him to a dim corner of his great country. The cherub of Zungeru, who became the wunderkind of Lagos, shall be riding home to his ancestors from Nnewi in a fiery chariot that will be identified by its invisibility to all sinners.  Like Elijah!

Yet it should be acknowledged that this Prophet lived a life that is in every sense a triangulation.  He epitomised two contradictions: being a vital sinew of the heart of a nation still being built and simultaneously remaining the missing dimension whose unconsciousness to the builders stultified the project. He, who now goes finally home, was ever so involved with Nigeria, trying to help his fellow citizens construct the most equitable country he believed they deserved. He is gone, but may never really leave or be left alone. For the guardian angel already has a post in the hearts and minds of those that fathomed him. 

And as the Hero passes from this mortality, we, who know his sacrifice, can find solace in the fact that he  had a full, dutiful, worthy and widely shared life, by which he gave his all and asked for nothing. We may now pray  that the departed receives the Mercy and Peace of the Most High, and that he awakens in  the bosom of his Almighty Creator.

http://saharareporters.com/article/ojukwu-i-distinguish-hero

‘Ibori Will Still Be Tried In Nigeria,’ EFCC Says

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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Following yesterday’s sensational guilty plea by former Delta State governor James Ibori in a London courtroom, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has stated that it still intends to try him in Nigeria. 

In a statement signed by the commission’s Acting Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC pointed out that the offences for which Ibori faces imminent jail term in London are but “a minute aspect of the bouquet of offences” he committed during the eight years he ruled Delta State.

“The bulk of the criminal charges against the former governor are still before courts in Nigeria and there are no plans to vacate those charges,” it said. 

The Commission noted that Ibori did not steal alone, and that as recently as two weeks ago, it questioned some persons who allegedly assisted him to launder stolen funds, and underlined its determination to bring all of his accomplices to book, no matter how long it takes.

“The interesting aspect of the development in London is the fact that Ibori chickened out of a full blown fraud and money laundering trial by changing his plea,” the statement said.  “This was purely a gambit to run away with a lighter sentence, rather than the product of a plea bargain as erroneously reported earlier in sections of the media.”

The EFCC regretted that it has taken five years of “legal rigmarole and high drama” for the former governor to own up to having committed some of the crimes for which Justice Marcel Awokulehin of the Federal High Court, Asaba, acquitted him in December 2009, the subsequent appeal of which is still pending before the Court of Appeal in Benin City.

The Commission said it was a matter of concern that it took the intervention of the UK criminal justice system for justice to be served in the Ibori case. “While all who worry over the effect of corruption on our nation may celebrate the Ibori guilty plea, we must all spare a thought for our judiciary, which needs urgent reform to ensure that those who loot our treasury do not get away with their loot,” it said, and called for support of the “dogged” efforts of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher, to reform the judiciary.

It said it was awaiting the sentencing of Ibori andthe repatriation of the funds stolen from the treasury of Delta State government.  “That will be some just reward to Nigerians for the efforts and resources that have been committed to the corruption and money laundering investigation and trial of Chief James Ibori,” the statement concluded.

 http://saharareporters.com/news-page/%E2%80%98ibori-will-still-be-tried-nigeria%E2%80%99-efcc-says

The Looted Wealth Of James Ibori

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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The Daily Mail of London exposes the massive wealth of former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who pleaded guilty to a 10-count charge of money laundering and conspiracy yesterday before a Southwark Crown Court in London.

His rise from DIY store worker to international playboy with a £250 million fortune is the stuff of dreams.

A few years after quitting his £5,000-a-year job as a cashier for Wickes, James Ibori had become one of Nigeria’s most influential and richest politicians.

He wasted no time spending his new-found wealth on luxury homes, top-of-the-range cars, five-star travel and fees at exclusive boarding schools.

But yesterday the 49-year-old stood shame-faced in the dock of London’s Southwark Court as he admitted stealing tens of millions of pounds from the oil-rich state he governed in Nigeria. Scotland Yard detectives believe his fraud could exceed £250million.

He was on trial in the UK because much of the stolen money was laundered through his London office.

Ibori moved from Nigeria to West London in the late 1980s and was found guilty of stealing goods from the Wickes store he worked at in Ruislip in 1990.

A year later he was convicted of handling a stolen credit card. He moved back to Nigeria and worked for its president, Sani Abacha, as a policy consultant.

Rising quickly through the ranks of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, he was voted governor of Delta State in 1999, winning re-election four years later.

In power, he systematically stole from the public purse, taking kickbacks and transferring state funds to his own bank accounts around the world.

He was helped by family members, including his wife Theresa, sister Christine Ibori-Ibie, his mistress Udoamaka Oniugbo, and Mayfair lawyer Bhadresh Gohil.

A massive police investigation into Ibori’s activities revealed he had bought six properties in London, including a six-bedroom house with indoor pool in Hampstead for £2.2million and a flat opposite the nearby Abbey Road recording studios.

There was also a property in Dorset, a £3.2million mansion in South Africa and further real estate in Nigeria.

He owned a fleet of armoured Range Rovers costing £600,000 and a £120,000 Bentley. On one of his trips to London he bought a Mercedes Maybach for more than £300,000 at a dealer on Park Lane and immediately shipped it to South Africa.

He bought a private jet for £12 million, spent £126,000 a month on his credit cards and ran up a £15,000 bill for a two-day stay at the Lanesborough hotel in London.

Prosecutor Sasha Wass told the court Ibori concealed his UK criminal record, which would have excluded him from office in Nigeria.

“He was never the legitimate governor and there was effectively a thief in government house,” Miss Wass said. “As the pretender of that public office, he was able to plunder Delta State’s wealth and hand out patronage.”

The court heard Ibori abused his position to award contracts to his associates including his sister and his mistress.

Scotland Yard began its investigation into Ibori after officers found two computer hard drives in his London office that revealed his criminality.

He was arrested by the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in December 2007, but two years later a court in his home town, Asaba, dismissed the charges saying there was not enough evidence.

When the case was reopened by Nigerian authorities in April 2010, Ibori fled to Dubai where he was detained at the request of the Metropolitan Police and extradited to the UK last April.

In a packed courtroom Ibori, dressed in a dark grey suit and black shirt, appeared in the dock to enter ten guilty pleas to fraud, money laundering and conspiracy on what was due to be the first day of a 12-week trial.

His wife, his mistress and his sister were all jailed for five years each for money laundering offences following earlier trials.

Last March, Gohil, 46, and described as Ibori’s London-based lawyer, was jailed for seven years for his role in the scam.

Attempts will be made to confiscate as much of Ibori’s money and assets as possible so that they can be returned to Nigeria.

The Met’s Detective Inspector Paul Whatmore said: “It is always rewarding for anyone working on a proceeds of corruption case to know that the stolen funds they identify will eventually be returned to some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.”

Ibori will be sentenced on April 16 and 17.

 http://trends.com.ng/2012/02/looted-wealth-james-ibori/

Igbos In London Protest Against Boko Haram Killings

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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More than 200 people from London’s Igbo community recently marched on Downing Street calling for an end to the targeted killing of Christians in northern eastern Nigeria by the terrorist Islamist group, Boko Haram.

The protest organised by the Nigeria Peace Rally, which was formed in the aftermath of the Christmas day church bombings last year, is to alert the UK Government and the Nigerian High Commission in London that ethnic cleansing is taking place in Nigeria.

Peace Rally’s PR Director, Ifeanyi Okongwu said: “We have over 300 ethnic groups in Nigeria, which means there are many different communities. Boko Haram has to understand that they cannot Islamisation by force on all Nigerians.”

He added: “ The killing of Igbos has been going on since 1945. Igbos cannot live a way of life the Islamists want to impose. We have different cultures, religions, ways of dressing and even different types of food. They have to understand that no one has a monopoly on the world.”Ifeanyi said he was pessimistic about Nigeria’s future and whether it could remain as a single country given what he described as the failure of multiculturalism in Nigeria.

Ifeanyi said he favoured a resolution that would lead to the separation of the mainly Muslim north from the mainly Christian south.

He pointed to the recent division of north and south Sudan, and even the creation of new states following the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Ifeanyi said he was convinced that Boko Haram is being funded and supported by fundamentalist terror groups such as the Taliban in Afghanistan, Al Qaida and Al Shabaab in Somalia. He also claimed that some funding was coming from Saudi Arabia.

Outside the Nigerian High Commission just off London’s Trafalgar Square, protesters sent out an impassioned plea to President Goodluck Jonathan to do more to protect civilians from terrorist attacks and restore security and stability to the country.

Nnamdi Kanu, executive director of Nigeria Peace Rally said: “We want an avenue to be created for a dialogue that will bring about peace, justice and unity and reinforce the primacy of democracy and the rule of law. Our aim in staging this protest is to foster closer cooperation between the UK and Nigeria. One country on its own cannot tackle terrorism – it will need a cross border solution.”

Mazi Oke, director of the Igbo Union in Germany who flew in especially to attend the rally, was more sceptical about the current events in Nigeria, placing them within the context of Nigeria’s recent political history.

He recalled the pogroms launched against Igbos before the outbreak of Nigeria’s bloody 1967 to 1970 civil war. He said: “What we want is a total political solution. Anyone that calls the atrocities committed by Boko Haram terrorist attacks lacks an understanding of the problem in Nigeria. These are a continuation of the pogroms from the 1960s and it needs to stop. Ninety percent of Boko Haram’s victims are Igbos.”

Boko Haram means ‘western education is sacrilege’ and Mazi strongly believes that this puts Igbos living in north eastern Nigeria in the firing line.

He said: “When Boko Haram talks of western education they are directing their threats mostly at the Igbos because it is the Igbos that are the traders that sell non-cultural western clothes like American jeans. It’s the Igbos who run the restaurants, bars and hotels that sell alcohol. We have to let the world know that it is not terrorism but systematic cleansing like 40 years ago.”

Jenny Chika Okafor, director of Nigerian Women for Leadership, stressed the important role to be played by women to promote peace and development in Nigeria.

Ms Okafor said she believed that it was vital that Nigerian women are present and participate in drawing up a peace plan for the country at all levels and stages of the process. She highlighted the success of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Liberia’s first woman president and the progress achieved by countries like Rwanda, where 53% of parliamentarians are women.

Okafor said: “We need to engage with the Muslim women in the north because it is their sons who are part of Boko Haram. We need to adopt a solidarity with these northern mothers who have also brought up some of our presidents.

We want to teach them that religion is not the foundation of their lives but only a part of it and encourage them to take part in the peace movement.”

http://pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/02/27/igbos-in-london-protest-against-boko-haram-killings/

Abbey Wood cabbie murder appeal 2 years on

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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A reward of £20,000 is being offered for information about the murder of cab driver in Abbey Wood in 2010.

Michael Okonko-Nwoso, 49, a father-of-two from Plumstead, was found collapsed by his silver Ford Galaxy in Cookhill Road, Abbey Wood, on June 19, 2010, at 4.55am.

Police are making a renewed appeal to help in identify a person who caught running on CCTV at the time of the murder in nearby Eynsham Drive.

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The doors of the car were open but valuable items such as the ‘Sat-Nav’ were still in the car. Mr Okonko-Nwoso was taken to hospital with head injuries but died later that day.

Detective Chief Inspector Charles King, who is leading the investigation for the Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC), said: “Almost two years on from Michael’s death we are no closer to establishing a motive for his murder.

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“However, what we do know is that Michael was a law-abiding, hardworking family man who died whilst going about his everyday business. He has left behind his wife Catherine and two young daughters who are devastated without him.

“We know that he was in the Sewell Road area shortly after 4.30am on the day he died.

“We are still very keen to speak to anybody who was in Sewell Road or Cookhill Road anytime between 4am and 5am.

“I am still particularly keen to speak to a man captured on CCTV running along the parade of shops between 4.42am and 4.44am in Eynsham Drive, Abbey Wood, around the time Michael was injured as they may have vital information. I would urge anyone who recognizes the man to contact the police.”

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call (0208) 721 4054 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Nneka European Tour (UK Dates) Support from M3NSA

Monday, February 27th, 2012

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Glasgow: Wednesday, 11th April 2012 – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Manchester: Friday, 13th April 2012 – The Ruby Lounge
Bristol: Sunday, 15th April 2012 – The Fleece
Brighton: Monday, 16th April 2012 – Komedia
London: Tuesday, 17th April 2012 – Scala

http://www.allgigs.co.uk/view/event/462749/Nneka_Komedia_Brighton_16_April_2012.html

Ibori pleads guilty to money laundering charges In London court

Monday, February 27th, 2012

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Former governor James Onanefe Ibori of Delta State today entered a guilty plea before a Southwark Crown Court in London where he was being tried on fraud and money laundering charges.

Mr. Ibori pleaded guilty to 10 counts of fraud, money laundering and corrutption charges before Judge Anthony Pitts.

Mr. Ibori’s guilty plea  has closed a chapter to a long judicial and political saga pertaining to his massive money laundering activities in his eight years as governor of one of Nigeria’s major oil producing state.

Mr. Ibori faces up to 10 years in UK prison during sentencing, which will take place after the completion of the trial of his accomplice and financial advisor, Elias Preko, a Ghanaian national.

Today the judge ordered that the remaining charges would remain on file.

In a short submission, Crown Prosecution Service lawyer, Sasha Wass, QC, said the prosecution does not seek to go ahead with Mr. Ibori’s trial anymore saying, ” Mr. Ibori has accepted the entirety  of the prosecution’s case as it has always been set out.”

http://premiumtimesng.com/news/3963-ibori_pleads_guilty_to_money_laundering_charges_in_london_court.html

Launching of the Free Sample Igbo Dictionary (Okowa Okwu Igbo)

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

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A sample of the Updated Igbo Dictionary will be available for download . This is by no means the complete dictionary, Just a taster to give you an idea of what the finished publication will look like.

It will have a small sampling of words from both the Igbo & English Alphabets. It will have 2 sections – Igbo – English and English-Igbo. Sign up at http://www.newigbodictionary.com/get-the-updates/ to get priority notification for the download link.

Questions will also be answered on the group wall at that time about the general progress of the project. Suggestions are also welcome .So if you have questions for the core team , this is the time to ask.

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