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Microsoft To Train Five Million Nigerians In Three Years

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Tech giant, Microsoft says it will be training at least five million Nigerians in the next three years as part of efforts to help the country boost its digital technology.

Microsoft President, Brad Smith, said this on Friday when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the state house.

According to Smith, 60,000 people have already enrolled for courses while another 300,000 have completed some courses.

This comes weeks after the company launched a $200 million African Development Centre located in Lagos.

President Buhari commended the development, saying the country is happy to welcome more initiatives and investments in digital technology.

“I have been informed that the African Development Centre in Nigeria is Microsoft’s first engineering hub in Africa as the current investment stands at about $200 million.

“I have also been informed of Microsoft’s skilling initiative that aims to train five million citizens and provide 27,000 jobs over the next three years. These initiatives are commendable and I urge you to expand them and continue to prioritize Nigeria as you roll out your global initiatives,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

He told the visiting Microsoft team that as the largest economy and most populous country in Africa, Nigeria was positioned to play a strategic role in the global technology ecosystem and seek the right partnerships to harness the potentials.

The President added that one of such key partnerships was in the area of capacity building.

According to him, his administration has shown great commitment in providing a conducive environment for investors and the massive jump in the Global Ease of Doing Business Ranking was proof that the efforts were yielding positive results.

“Our emphasis on the development of our Digital Economy has also positioned the sector as a prominent factor in the Nigerian economy. As the fastest growing sector of the Nigerian economy in 2020, the Information and Communications Technology sector played a very important role in supporting our country to exit the recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are keen to build on the momentum as we continue to implement our National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, along with other related policies.”

Apart from partnerships in the area of skills building, President Buhari said he looked forward to further partnerships that will support the digital infrastructure and innovation ecosystem, with regard to emerging technologies.

“I believe that this meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss how the Nigerian government can support the growth of your business here and how Microsoft can contribute to the growth of our economy through the active support of our policies and programmes,’’ he added.

President Buhari said he launched the Nigerian National Broadband Plan on the 19th of March 2020, with the aim of expanding broadband access across Nigeria and Microsoft’s connectivity initiative aligns with the plan.

“I believe it would be very useful and mutually beneficial to both Microsoft and Nigeria if your connectivity project is expanded beyond the current four locations in this country.

“Emerging technologies play a key role in digital transformation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and a number of indigenous companies have developed very useful solutions. We are willing to partner with Microsoft to make Nigeria the epicenter for innovative emerging technology in Africa.’’

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South African Church carries out virginity test on it’s Female members yearly

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A church in South Africa has carried out virginity test on some of it’s female members, After which they are awarded a certificate of virginity to each member who passed.

The test is said to be an effort to encourage chastity in the society. The church identified as Nazareth Baptist church is located and Ebuhleni, Northern part of Durban in South Africa.

The church is said to carry out virginity tests on it’s female members who are 18 years and above and are unmarried. It is an annual event carried out by the church and at the end of the test, a certificate of virginity is awarded to the successful ones.

At the end of the award presentation, A white mark is placed on the forehead of the virgins. Now, The test is usually conducted in the middle of every year and the certificate issued becomes invalid the following year until a new test is conducted and a new one is issued.

Here are some pictures of the virgins are certificates issued.

A lady holding her virginity certificate
The virginity certificate
A group of ladies showing their virginity certificate
Two ladies holding their virginity certificate
A lady happily showing her virginity certificate
A lady displaying her virginity certificate
A lady displaying her virginity certificate
A lady displaying her virginity certificate

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Sonia Ekweremadu’s Public Appeal for Kidney Donor Melts Hearts

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The daughter of the former Deputy President of the Nigerian senate, has cried for help for any possible kidney donation. News had it some months ago that Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife was arrested in the UK for getting a boy who was claimed to be underaged to donate his kidney to their daughter.

Senator Ike Ekweremadu

However, Since their original plan wasn’t fruitful, their daughter Sonia took to her Instagram account to seek for help as she’s been battling with a kidney rare disease since 2019 and has been moved to different hospitals outside the country just so that she can survive.

Sonia Ekweremadu

Here was what she wrote “I, Sonia Ekweremadu, hereby appeal to the general public to come to my aid and save my life.

I am 25 years old and a graduate of Media and Communications, University of Coventry. I dropped out of my post graduate studies at the University of Newcastle in 2019 when I was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease, FSGS Nephrotic Syndrome. My family has battled to save my life and has taken me to various hospitals, but the illness persisted and kept degenerating. I am alive today by the special grace of God. I am presently in London, UK, receiving 5 Hours of dialysis 3-4 times a week. This is at the expense of my family as I am not qualified for NHS due to my immigration status.

The last 3 years have been extremely challenging. The charges being faced by my parents in London presently, are directly connected to my illness and have complicated matter for me and my family. I do not intend to delve into details of this unfortunate development as the matter is still in Court. I am however optimistic that the truth will prevail and it will end in praise to God.

In the circumstance above, I am appealing to anybody whom it may please to assist me willingly with a kidney donation in the name of God.

Sonia Ekweremadu before her illness

This appeal would have been utterly unnecessary as every member of my family is eager to donate their kidney to me, knowing that I would do the same for any of them. Regrettably, comprehensive medical examination showed that my case of nephrotic syndrome is a genetic illness and the doctors advised against donation from any of my family members, as it would likely reoccur. In the time that my father has been incarcerated, he has been diagnosed with acute kidney damage.

Anybody that is moved by this appeal and wishes to donate his or her kidney to me may send an email to [email protected] and include his or her name, phone number, email address and place of residence.

Please, note that under the laws of England and Wales, organ donation must be purely driven by compassion and therefore no reward is involved.

Finally, I have decided to commit and dedicate myself to helping people with the challenges of kidney disease, upon my full recovery.

Thank you and God bless you.”

Copied from Sonia’s Instagram handle @soniaekw

Her plea has since then attracted a lot of attention from Nigerians who are praying for her quick recovery, And some people are boldly speaking up on possibly donating their kidney.

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Nigerian Professor who wished the Queen an Excruciating painful death has once again given reasons to back up her claim

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The Nigerian Professor who wished the Queen an Excruciating painful death, Prof Uju Anya has once again spoken up to support her claims.

Professor Uju Anya

Before the death of the Queen was announced, her health challenge was also made public which attracted the prayers and sympathy of many people. However, one twitter post from a Nigerian Professor living in the US got the massive attention of people around the world as she Stated that she hoped the Queen would die a slow and painful excruciating death. The post Which has now been deleted by twitter, brought about different opinions and views from people who thought the professor was right or heartlessly wrong. Still the professor didn’t go back on her words as she still had so much to say.

Professor Uju Anya

On another post she made, she still had this to say “I am very happy over the awareness I’ve created 48 hours ago. The likes of Jeff Bezos and many others have reacted. Questions are now been asked about the “British Empire”.

“Factually, Ojukwu and Gowon had a meeting in Ghana, to avert this sad history. But because the British empire which is now under the leadership of King Charles lll were paranoia, they influenced Gowon to go ahead simply because they don’t want another Japan in Africa.”

” The history books are there. “There was a country” by Chinua Achebe is there for facts!. “The Biafra story” by Frederick Forsyth and many others.”

” Let me also state it once again that my family was a victim. There is no family in Igbo land who did not had a share of this sad history. Till this day, there’s no apology!!.”

” Again, I only dropped a tweet. The Irish people celebrated it with fireworks. You can check #Irishtwitter hashtag on twitter for emphasis.”

” We must speak up! The Igbo needs justice!. Africa needs justice!”

” The 56 commonwealth countries needs justice!
Although a lot of people are still reacting in different ways, Still it doesn’t seem like she’s about to back down.

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