The Convener, 2022 Olokun Festival, Mrs Omolara Fashola, says culture will increase Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product and the entire African continent, if properly harnessed.
Fashola made this known at a news conference on Saturday in Lagos, ahead of the festival slated for Aug. 26 in Lagos.
The Convener said: ‘’My belief is that, if culture is properly harnessed, it will increase the Gross Domestic Product of Nigeria and of course, the entire African continent.
‘’There is need to enlighten our youths to take their destiny into their hands; they should take due advantage of the continents rich cultural diversity to develop themselves economically.
‘’ According to her, this requires concerted efforts, time and attention of every African.
Fashola said that the promotion of African culture should have an impact on the way people viewed life, which according to her, gives the continent an edge among other continents.
She said that on the contrary, the culture had been pushed aside for foreign cultures in terms of food, languages, entertainment and fashion.
‘’Promoting the Yoruba Culture through the Olokun Festival has come to mend the gap by showcasing our culture in the best way possible with our local cuisine, music, fashion, folklore among others.
‘’As a Cultural Ambassador of the African Union- ECOSOCC Nigeria, my job is to support the work of the regional body.
“This is to promote greater unity and solidarity between Africa countries and its people and also to defend Africa position on issues of the common interest.
‘’The better way to achieve these goals is by promoting and driving the relevance of our cultural heritage to our coming generations,‘’ Fashola said.
Also, Mr John Oba, a representative of the African Union- ECOSOCC Nigeria, said that Nigeria’s culture would solve most of the vices currently being experienced in the country.
‘’If we want a corrupt-free Nigeria, we need to task our leaders to go by our culture; once elected, they should swear by our culture.
If we can imbibe our culture, corruption will be something of the past.
‘’Also, we must bring our culture to the fore, so that our youths can understand its value; be properly molded to be the people they are supposed to be and we will not lose our identity,‘’ Oba said.
In her remarks, Ms Aderonke Fowosere, an Information and Communications Technology Expert, said that her company was looking toward ‘’tokenising’’ culture, which is, presenting culture in such a way that it lived forever.
Fowosere, who works at a technological company into software engineering, Mobi Automation, said her company was partnering with the Olokun foundation for the event.
‘’We are here to ensure that the essence of African culture is preserved and passed across.
‘’We are also looking for ways toward integrating technology to the monetisation of culture, so that the custodians of culture are able to harness the innate capacity of our traditions.
‘’Also, to be able to make money and in the long run, able to raise the standard of living in Nigeria and transform the economic structure of the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ambassadors and High Commissioners from Africa and other countries have been invited to be part of the event.
‘The theme of the event is “The Role of African Culture in the Promotion and Development of Young Africans”.
The countries include: Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Malaysia, France, China, America, Spain, Britain.
Also, part of the activities expected at the event include cultural display; Ewi recitation; dance performances; Inspired African shows; display of African artifacts; life band contemporary African Music.
The Jamaican High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Esmond St. Reid, says his country is keen on strengthening ties with Nigeria in health, tourism, culture, trade and business development sectors among others.
Reid made this known during the commemoration of the 60th Independence Anniversary of Jamaica in Abuja.
Reid said that Nigeria and Jamaica had enjoyed good diplomatic relations over the years and that Jamaica looked forward to expanding the relations to deepen the ties between both countries.
“Even as we celebrate this Diamond Jubilee, we are immensely grateful for the partnerships and the adverse areas of cooperation we have enjoyed with countries and international organisations around the World.
“We have a special bond with the Federal Republic of Nigeria and our collective history and culture extend over 400 years.
“It is not surprising therefore that Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama was in Jamaica this week as our special guest, helping us to mark 184 years of emancipation and our transitional to political independence.
“We look forward to renewed areas of cooperation with Nigeria in health, tourism, culture, trade and business development, among others in the years ahead,” Reid said.
Congratulating the Citizens of Jamaica, Reid said that Jamaicans both within and outside the country had contributed to the country and also their host countries.
“Our celebrations today will not be complete if we failed to acknowledge the tremendous contributions of the Jamaican Diaspora.
“Jamaicans can be found in every corner of the globe and have demonstrated leadership and excellence in the development of their adopted countries.
“Prime Minister Holness has noted that our Diaspora members play a critical role in promoting Brand Jamaica and are crucial partners and drivers of Jamaica’s economic development,” Reid said.
In his remarks, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, congratulated Jamaica for the successful commemoration of its Diamond Jubilee, pledging Nigeria’s commitments to sustain the diplomatic ties between both countries.
Onyeama who was represented by Mr Tunde Mustapha, Director Regions in the ministry, said that both countries were binded by similarities in rich culture, a sector that must be effectively harnessed in both countries.
“I bring warm greetings from the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and from my Honourable Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama who is not present here.
“He was in Jamaica during the week on the invitation of the Prime Minister top celebrate the independence Anniversary.
“The fact that the minister personally attended the occasion is a testimony of the very cordial bilateral relations between the two countries.
“We are essentially one people historically and culturally though now separated by long distance.
The distance cannot keep us apart because we are determined to continue to bind our countries and people together politically, economically, culturally and in a sphere of human endeavors.
Nigeria is committed to strengthening its bond with Jamaica and other countries of the world.
“We are committed to the principle of peaceful coexistence, non-aggression, and non-interference in the internal affairs of other nations,” Onyeama said.
Dean of Diplomatic Corp in Nigeria and High Commissioner of Cameroon to Nigeria, Salla-Hedine Ibrahim, on behalf of the diplomatic corps in Nigeria also congratulated Jamaica for its achievements as a nation at 60. “I stand here in the name of the diplomatic corps in Nigeria and thank you for inviting us to celebrate with you on the independence of Jamaica.
“Jamaica is known by all of us, all of us know reggae.
No body across the world can say he has not danced reggae.
Usain Bolt is a model to our youths all over the world,” The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Jamaica gained its independence from the United Kingdom on Aug. 6, 1962. (NAN ) (
The United States continues to lead the Women's World Ranking; Changes to the top three; A record 185 teams listed in the rankings.
July 2022 was a busy month for women's football, with five major tournaments taking place around the world.
In addition to UEFA Women's Euro 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™.
Since June 17, 2022, when the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement up the rankings.
And while the USA (1st, -), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women's Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new challenger in the form of Germany (2nd, plus 3).
The EURO 2022 runners-up overtake Sweden (third, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.
Newly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).
The relegations of the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1) and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in the Top 10 of this edition.
Like the Lionesses, South Africa (54th, plus 4) also moved up four places thanks to their 2022 CAF Women's Africa Cup of Nations title.
Semi-finalists in that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are the team that has improved the most in this edition after ascending 23 positions.
Nigeria (46th, minus 7), which surprisingly lost 1-0 to She-polopolo in the match for third place, recorded the biggest decline in terms of points (minus 69.33).
Another notable improvement in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest placement (42, plus 9), after their third place in the Concacaf Championship.
Also enjoying record highs are Iceland (14 plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26 plus 1), Portugal (27 plus 3) and Zambia.
Four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022: Cambodia (120, -), Turkmenistan (137, -) Timor-Leste (152, -) and Guinea-Bissau (169, -), giving the August edition of 2022 a record - breaking 185 FIFA member associations.
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The next edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking will be published on 13 October 2022, ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ Draw on Saturday 22 October 2022 in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau.
Leader USA (no change) Moves into top 10 None Moves out of top 10 None Total games played 221 Most games played England, Philippines, Senegal (9 each) Most movement by points Zambia (plus 89.78) Most movement by ranks Zambia (23+ places) Biggest Drop by Points Nigeria (minus 69.33)Biggest Drop by Ranks Mexico (10+ places)Newly Qualified Teams Cambodia, Turkmenistan, Timor-Leste, Guinea-BissauTeams No Longer Qualified None
The Super Falcons of Nigeria have dropped by seven spots in the July FIFA Ranking, to be placed 46th, after ending 4th at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.
In the ranking table published on the website of the world football governing body on Friday, Nigeria garnered 1535.09 points in the month under review and lost 69.33 points, which is the biggest decline in terms of points.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the former African champions surprisingly went down 1-0 to the She-polopolo of Zambia in the match for the third place match of 2022 WAFCON.
At the continental level, the drop in spot however did not displace the Falcons as the 1st placed team in Africa with the current WAFCON winner, South Africa placed 2nd.
Cameroon, Ghana and Ivory Coast are the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed teams, respectively.
South Africa (54th, plus 4) moved up four places on the back of their title triumph at the 2022 CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Semi-finalists at that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are this edition’s most-improved side after surging 23 places.
At the global scene, July 2022 was a busy month for women’s football, with five major tournaments taking place across the globe.
In addition to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, all serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.
Since 17 June 2022, when the -Cola Women’s World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement in the standings.
And while USA (1st), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new pursuer in the shape of Germany (2nd, plus 3).
The EURO 2022 runners-up move ahead of Sweden (3rd, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.
Freshly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).
Drops for the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1), and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in this edition’s Top 10. Another notable improver in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest-ever placing (42nd, plus 9), following their third-place at the Concacaf Championship.
Also enjoying all-time highs are Iceland (14th, plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26th, plus 1), Portugal (27th, plus 3) and Zambia.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022 namely Cambodia (120th), Turkmenistan (137th) Timor-Leste (152nd) and Guinea-Bissau (169th), giving the August 2022 edition a record-breaking 185 FIFA member associations.
It was not a great outing for Nigeria in the men’s and women’s 100m track events at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the six athletes who featured in both events for Team Nigeria failed to make a podium finish.
The men’s 100m was won by Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanlaya while Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah got the gold medal in the women’s category.
Nigeria was not represented in the men’s finals as the trio of Godson Oghenekevwe, Favour Ashe and Raymond Ekevwo fell short in the semi-finals and failed to reach Wednesday’s final.
Oghenekevwe ran 10.52 seconds in the first semi-final to finish in ninth place, while Ekevwo ran 10.36 secs to place seventh in the third semi-final.
Ashe, who had a better time among the trio, fell short by a spot, finishing third place in semi-final two.
Still, Ashe’s time could not get him a qualification among the best losers.
The women’s event witnessed Rosemary Chukwuma and Grace Nwokocha reaching the final, while Joy Udo-Gabriel could not progress after ending in sixth place in the second semi-final.
Meanwhile, Chukwuma ran 11.17 secs, followed closely by Nwokocha in 11.18 secs to finish fourth and fifth respectively in the race.
In the men’s high jump event, Mike Edwards finished in sixth place, jumping a height of 2.19 metres which could not secure him a medal.
Athletics events, amongst other sports, continue on Thursday with Nigeria looking to add to the eight medals they have won so far at the Games.
Dare, Gumel, Oladapo, Alli visit Nigerian team camp Minister for Youth and Sport Development Sunday Dare visited some Nigerian team athletes at the Commonwealth Games at Birmingham Games Village on Wednesday.
Dare, accompanied by Engineer Habu Gumel, President of the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC), Banji Oladapo, Secretary General and Yussuf Alli, Coordinator of the Nigerian Team, congratulated some of the athletes who were part of the World Athletics Championships in Eugene , Oregon, United States of America.
He urged the athletes to demonstrate the same level of enthusiasm and commitment seen in Oregon, and charged them to stay disciplined and focused.
“I call on all of you to stay hungry for success, disciplined and focused on making our nation proud.
Remember, our zero tolerance for doping or cuts.
Let's win fairly and cleanly," Dare said.
Team Nigeria Dazzles at Welcome Reception Team Nigeria athletes and officials were the center of attention at the Commonwealth Games 2022 Welcome Reception held at the Commonwealth Games Village Games of Birmingham (CGB) on Wednesday.
In addition to a good number of athletes, beautifully dressed in green and white, the athletes were the life of the party at the event organized by the Mayor of Birmingham to welcome the participating countries.
The whole atmosphere became frantic when the Disc Jockey (DJ) decided to play the successful Nigerian song 'Buga' to conclude the ceremony.
Team Nigeria athletes, officials and their counterparts from Jamaica, Botswana and Montserrat caught up and danced with enthusiasm to enjoy the moment.
Representing the Head of Mission, Maria Wophil thanked the organizers of the reception and promised that the Nigerian team will be a worthy competitor at the Games.
Former governor of Abia and Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Kalu has congratulated Tobi Amusan, for winning the women’s 100 metres hurdles in Oregon, U.S., on Sunday.
The News Agency Agency of Nigeria reports that Amusan is the first Nigerian athlete to win a Gold medal at the World Athletics Championship.
Kalu in a statement on Monday described Amusan who is a graduate of University of Texas as a talented and skillful sprinter, while urging her to sustain the feat in future sporting events.
The Pillar of Sports in Africa, called on the younger generation to embrace sports as a profession, adding that Amusan’s performance would inspire the womenfolk.
Kalu expressed happiness over the superlative outing of Amusan, adding that the athlete had done Nigeria proud.
He said, “I am elated with the record breaking performance of Tobi Amusan, who clinched a gold medal after winning the women’s 100 metre hurdles at the World Athletics Championship.
“The athlete’s victory is a welcome and timely development for Nigeria.
“She has shown the world that Nigerians are talented.
“Amusan has indeed made Nigerians proud with her performance”.
Kalu wished the sprinter continued success in her career.
NAN reports that Team Nigeria finished joint-13th on the medals table with Amusan’s Gold and Ese Brume’s Silver in the Women’s Long Jump.
Team USA won 33 medals comprising 13 Gold, 9 Silver and 11 Bronze medals to win the championship, while Ethiopia finished second with 10 medals of which 4 are Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze.
Jamaica finished third with 2 Gold, 7 Silver and 1 Bronze.
Tobi Amusan on Sunday won gold in the Women’s 100 metres hurdles at the ongoing World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA.
Nigeria left her best for the last day of the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, United States of America by winning a gold and a silver medal.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the feat by the 25-year-old meant that she made history as the first Nigerian to win a world title and an unprecedented world record in one day.
Amusan first ran a blistering 12:12 seconds to shatter the world record of 12:20 seconds set by Kendra Harrison of U.
in the semi-finals.
She then followed up with a (+2.5) wind assisted 12.06s in the final.
It was a race of contrasting emotions as former champion was disqualified as her race came to an humiliating end, while Jamaica’s Brittany Anderson (12.23 secs) and Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho Quinn (12.23) settled for the silver and bronze respectively.
But as brilliant as their effort was, they all played second fiddle to Amusan who ran on lane four and became the first Nigerian to win a world title and an unprecedented world record in one evening.
The time in the final would however not be recognised as it was deemed to be well over the legal +2.0 wind assist allowed in Athletics The latest feat served as a big consolation for Amusan after a disappointing Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where she narrowly lost the bronze medal to Jamaica’s Megan Tapper, when she placed fourth.
The record breaking feat also enriched Amusan’s purse with 100,000 dollars (N165 million) as bonus from the organisers.
Team Nigeria would go on to celebrate another podium finish in the Long Jump, with Ese Brume’s extraordinary effort.
The Commonwealth and Africa record holder, long jumper Brume leapt over 7.02m to clinch silver medal, behind rival Malika Mihambo of Germany who jumped a record 7.12m for the gold medal.
Brazil’s Oro Melo settled for Bronze with 6.89m jump.
NAN also reports that Brume won a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Nigerian hurdler, Tobi Amusan, set a new African record in the heat three of the 100m women’s hurdles at the ongoing World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA to qualify for the semi-finals.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the record sees the 25-year old lead the semi-final race which is expected to take place in the early hours of Monday.
Amusan, who previously held a personal best and African record of 12.41 seconds in June, surpassed her previous feat on Saturday as she ran a new record heat time ever at a global championship, finishing her race with a time of 12.40 seconds.
The UTEP alumnus, who missed out on the podium in Tokyo 2021, has now broken the African record three times in ten months (12.42 seconds in Zurich, 12.41 seconds in Paris and 12.40secs in Eugene).
The Nigerian hurdler finished ahead of Jamaica’s Danielle Williams (12.87 seconds), Ireland’s Sarah Lavin (12.99 seconds) and Australia’s Celeste Mucci (13.01 seconds).
In the semi-finals, the reigning African Games and African Championships will be up against US’s Alia Armstrong who recorded a time of 12.48 seconds.
Also in the semi-finals are Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn with a time of 12.52 seconds and Jamaica’s Brittany Anderson who finished first with a time of 12.59 seconds in heat one.
Amusan, who finished fourth three years ago at the World Championship in Doha, is seeking to become the second Nigerian sprint hurdler to win a medal at the championships after Glory Alozie, who won a silver medal in Seville, Spain in 1999.
This time around, Amusan will feel that she can finally win a medal, buoyed by this recent achievements.
Also on Saturday, the quartet of Joy Udo-Gabriel, Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma and Grace Nwokocha, secured qualification for the final of the Women’s 4×100m event.
Aside from being the second Nigerian relay team to make it to the final in Oregon, they are the first Nigerian team in 11 years to qualify for the women’s 4x100m final at the world championships.
The Nigerian ladies achieved the commendable feat after racing to a Season’s Best of 42.68 seconds to finish third in Heat 2 of the event.
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar led the Pakistani delegation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Kigali, Rwanda on June 24-25, 2022. Themed ' Providing a Common Future: Connect, Innovate and Transform', the Summit discussed Commonwealth-related issues including post covid economic recovery, disruptions caused by the pandemic and conflict, the challenge of climate change and sustainable development, the promotion of democratic values and fundamental freedoms and the improvement of trade, among other issues.
As head of the Pakistani delegation, Minister of State Khar represented Pakistan at the CHOGM plenary, Retreat and Intergenerational Dialogue. He also actively participated in the Commonwealth Foreign Ministerial Meeting held on June 23, 2022 in the run-up to the Summit.
The Minister of State held productive bilateral meetings with the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, as well as the Foreign Ministers of Kenya, Tanzania, Singapore, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, Jamaica and Dominica, and the UK Minister for South Asia, the Commonwealth and the UN.
On the sidelines, he interacted with, among others, Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall; President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, and UN General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid.
At the Intergenerational Dialogue, Pakistan was featured as the Asian Commonwealth member representing the potential of youth, along with Canada, Barbados and Samoa from the Americas-Europe, Caribbean and Pacific, respectively. In a specially recorded video message broadcast on television, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif announced the holding of the 10th Commonwealth Youth Ministerial Meeting in Islamabad in January 2023. The announcement was welcomed by Commonwealth Heads .
The Summit, which was convened after a break of almost four years, was one of the largest face-to-face meetings of Heads of Government since the pandemic. It provided a useful opportunity for Member States to take stock and set the organizational agenda for the next two years.