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Broadcast Academy Honours Christopher Kolade, Ernest Okonkwo



Broadcast Academy Honours Christopher Kolade, Ernest Okonkwo

Two Nigerian veteran broadcasters have been honoured by the National Broadcast Academy (NBA), Ikeja, Lagos, as it dedicated its hall and a digital studio to them.

The two veterans honoured are a former Director-General of Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation and Nigerian diplomat to the United Kingdom; Dr Christopher Kolade and the late Sports commentator; Mr Ernest Okonkwo.

A statement issued over the weekend stated that the school decided to honour the veterans with recognition, for their contributions to the Broadcast industry and national development.

This was disclosed while the Director of the Academy, Mr. Ike Okere, was performing the dedication on behalf of the Director-General, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Dr Mansur Liman.

Dr Kolade, in a message sent to the occasion, expressed gratitude to the management of the Academy for the recognition.

Dr Kolade, who will be ninety years old on the twenty-eight of December, offered some words of advice to the Nigerian broadcasters, to ensure that the profession does not lose its standards.

He called on them to focus on people rather than themselves, adding that they must understand the need of the audience and package their programmes to align with them.

According to him, the broadcast could be used to promote ideas and warned that, the ideas must be of public interest.

The former Director-General of Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation said being courteous as broadcasters, while discharging their duties, was important, advising broadcasters to exhibit courteousness in whatever they do.

Dr Kolade reminded broadcasters not to forget that communication today, is all about today and that there was need to package their programmes on the events of the day.

In a remark, the daughter of the late sports Veteran, Mrs Amaka Okonkwo Oboh, thanked the management of the Academy for honouring her late father.

On the occasion, the school inaugurated its Alumni reunion, with the opening of Alumni office on campus.

A multi-language speaker and broadcaster, Bisi Olatilo was nominated as the chairman of the organizing committee.

The association has called on the alumnus and the alumnae to register with the association.

The institute appealed to members to support it, as done in others schools so that its infrastructure could be improved.

Responding, the Alumni present at the event, including Bimbo Oloyede, Mrs Funke Treasure, and Cordilia Okpei, applauded the Academy for holding the meeting and promised to support the school, through the Association.

The event also witnessed the closing ceremony of the 2022 Batch C Basic Courses and the presentation of testimonials to graduands.

Presenting the graduating students to the audience, the Director of Academic Planning, Mr Ayodele Aliyu expressed confidence that the Academy had equipped the students with all the necessary skills, they needed to succeed as broadcasters.

Addressing the outgoing students, the former Director of the institute, Engr. Abiola Ajibola encouraged them to carve out a niche for themselves, as broadcasters.

Management who witnessed the event included the Registrar of the Academy, Mrs Bukola Adedeji, the Director of Physical Planning, Prince Duru Eugene and the Acting Bursar, Mrs Idowu Oluwakenmi.

Others were the General Managers of Bond FM; Mrs Nike Adegoke and Mrs Ngozi Okpara of Metro FM.

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HANDBALL: Opeifa Cup 2023 Grand Finale Flags off at 2pm, today



HANDBALL: Opeifa Cup 2023 Grand Finale Flags off at 2pm, today

Lovers of sports will this Friday swoop on the Lagos Yaba, Rowe Park, as Secondary Schools in the State kicks off the Grand Finale of the Opeifa Cup 2023 Lagos State Secondary Schools Handball Competition, which comes up this afternoon, at 2 pm.

The Maritime First was told that going by the build-up, to the present stage, the event would definitely be both exciting and exhilarating.

Details later.

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Methodist Church enthrones first female Bishop in Nigeria



Methodist Church enthrones first female Bishop in Nigeria
*First Female Bishop of Methodist Church Nigeria, Most Rev Dr Nkechi Nwosu, Bishop Diocese of Jos

The Methodist Church Nigeria, on Sunday, enthroned Rt Rev. Nkechi  Nwosu as the first female bishop of the Church in the country.

 Nwosu was enthroned by His Grace, Most Rev Dr. Joseph Nnonah, Archbishop of Kaduna at the Christ Methodist Cathedral, Jos.

The new bishop in a brief interaction with newsmen revealed that “God is using what has happened in the Methodist Church, Nigeria to tell the whole world that the time to release women to fulfill their destiny has come.

She said that women and men needed to join hands to achieve the mandate of God.

“God knew that by creating only Adam, He will not be able to bring his heart’s desire, so He had to make the woman to complement him.

“So, for the word of God to reach to the end of the world, “man must put their hands together to serve God”, irrespective of gender because God is a spirit.

“He is not a flesh, the flesh we are seeing is just for our comfort, as He said that everybody who believes in Him and is led by the spirit of God is the son of God.

“And so every child of God who is born again and dwells in the Holy Spirit is a son of God.

“And when men or women of God in charge of denominations understand this, I believe we will conquer more for the Lord than what we have done,” she said.

On the 2023 general elections, Nwosu called on Nigerians to listen to the voice of God who knows the best leader for the country at this moment.

She said that God gave Nigerians conscience and power and that the power is in the Permanent Voters Card (PVC).

“We must all go out there and agree with God, listen to the spirit of God and do what God said we should do.

“Do that so that God will use us and anybody He wants to put on that seat to restore Nigeria to a place of pride in Africa, and the world,” she added.

His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Uche, Prelate Emeritus, Methodist Church Nigeria, during whose tenure Nwosu was elected bishop, said that God made all humans equal.

Uche said that Jesus Christ elevated the position of women by being born of a woman.

“So I believe there is no difference between a man and a woman, after all, in the Hebrew language, a man is a he-man and a woman is she man, so we are all men.

“And moreover, in Methodist Church, we taught that people who have reached menopause, who are no longer childbearing can hold responsible office in the church because they have the capacity.

“They have the ability, they are meticulous, resourceful and spiritual.

“So we decided that we should have in Methodist Bishop a woman and I know that some time ago, the President of the British Church was a woman from Ireland,” he said.

 Nwosu will serve as Bishop of Jos Diocese.

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*1- If you are in a hotel or restaurant, and you put more sugar or milk in your tea than you do in your home then you have a predisposition to corruption.*

*2- If you use more tissue paper, soap or perfume in a restaurant or public place than you do at home, then if you have the opportunity to embezzle, you will embezzle.*

*3- If you serve yourself more food than you can devour in weddings and open buffets just because someone else will pay the bill, this is proof that if you have the opportunity to eat public money, you would.*

*4- If you usually skip people in queues, it is certain that you will not mind climbing on the shoulders of others to reach power.*

*5- If you consider that what you collect from the street, money and other things is your right, then you have signs of a thief.*

*6- If you care more about knowing a famous last name instead of a first name then you are a racist and will likely help people only because of who they are.*

*7- If you violate traffic rules and have no regard for the traffic lights… you have a tendency for all transgressions.*

_Fighting corruption starts from the self. Let’s try to be distinguished people wherever we are, and remember that honesty is what you do between you and yourself and not just what you do in the presence of people._

*_Fighting corruption starts with self!*

*Capt. Akin Ibrahim Olugbade


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