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  •  The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria CIBN has signed an agreement with the FinTech Association of Nigeria Fintech NGR and FinTech Development and Advocacy Initiative FSI to promote professionalism in the financial services industry The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the signing of the agreement was witnessed by representatives and members of CIBN FinTech NGR and FSI at the Bankers House Victoria Island on Thursday in Lagos Dr Ken Opara of CIBN said the alliance was a unique one in the annals of the Institute First this is the first time the institute is collaborating with two partners at once for the provision of a certification Secondly this is the first collaboration agreement to be executed during my tenure Thirdly this initiative is a further step towards the realisation of the mandate of the institute to promote professionalism whilst enhancing knowledge and competencies in the financial services ecosystem he said The Fintech Certification Programme is intended to sharpen the minds and raise awareness of industry players about the importance of leveraging technology for financial inclusion and growth Opara said the role of the Institute was to be the bridge that would engender positive handshake among all the players banks fintechs other financial agents in the financial services industry This he said would be done through capacity building programmes training content development advocacy and sound corporate governance policies The CIBN president also said his administration would be built on six strategic pillars with the acronym FUTURE According to him the first pillar with the alphabet F is Financial Innovation and Transformation He said under this pillar we plan to among others institutionalise Fintech Certification in collaboration with other credible bodies to sharpen the minds and awareness of industry players in optimising technology for financial inclusion and growth I am extremely delighted that three months after mounting the saddle of leadership of the Institute we are taking sure steps towards the achievement of this objective Under this Agreement the three institutions have come together to award Fintech Certification which offers an excellent opportunity to bridge the tech talent gap and indeed further drive the implementation of the Competency Framework in the banking and finance industry in Nigeria Opara appreciated the Bankers Committee and the Central Bank of Nigeria for appointing the institute as the Accreditation Agency for the implementation of the Competency Framework He said the institute would not take the appointment for granted expressing its determination to make a success of the assignment which would lead not only to more knowledgeable professionals but improved service delivery Mr Ade Bajomo President FinTech NGR said the partnership was a historic moment for FinTech NGR If you cast your mind back only a few years ago people were wondering whether FinTechs will take over banks and whether banks will still exist But I think we are getting down to a point where you can see that both FinTechs and banks will coexist they will co compete and of course there will be banks that will be more successful because they re agile and there will be FinTechs as well that will be successful because of tapping opportunities that perhaps the banks cannot see But in all of these really it is essential to develop capacity and capability he said Bajomo said banking as a profession was well regulated with strong compliance strong culture of capacity building knowledge building among others adding that there was the need to also build capacity within the FinTechs in Nigeria If you look at banking as a profession it s well regulated there s strong compliance but there is also a strong culture of capacity building knowledge building When you look at FinTechs and indeed the nature and age of FinTechs in our country it s about agility it s about innovation and those things that are lacking in terms of compliance regulations have to form the foundation If we re going to provide scalable trustworthy financial services then we have to build that capacity within the fintech But we also have to build the capacity within banks to be more agile so that way it s a rising tide and our economy will benefit from it the rest of Africa and the rest of the world will benefit from it Bajomo said Mrs Aituan Kola Oladejo Executive Director FSI who described CIBN as a forward thinking institution said the signing of the agreement would sharpen the FinTech industry She said this agreement will open the gate for more FinTech innovators into the FinTech ecosystem as what was lacking was trust NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CIBN collaborates with FinTech NGR, FSI to promote professionalism
     The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria CIBN has signed an agreement with the FinTech Association of Nigeria Fintech NGR and FinTech Development and Advocacy Initiative FSI to promote professionalism in the financial services industry The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the signing of the agreement was witnessed by representatives and members of CIBN FinTech NGR and FSI at the Bankers House Victoria Island on Thursday in Lagos Dr Ken Opara of CIBN said the alliance was a unique one in the annals of the Institute First this is the first time the institute is collaborating with two partners at once for the provision of a certification Secondly this is the first collaboration agreement to be executed during my tenure Thirdly this initiative is a further step towards the realisation of the mandate of the institute to promote professionalism whilst enhancing knowledge and competencies in the financial services ecosystem he said The Fintech Certification Programme is intended to sharpen the minds and raise awareness of industry players about the importance of leveraging technology for financial inclusion and growth Opara said the role of the Institute was to be the bridge that would engender positive handshake among all the players banks fintechs other financial agents in the financial services industry This he said would be done through capacity building programmes training content development advocacy and sound corporate governance policies The CIBN president also said his administration would be built on six strategic pillars with the acronym FUTURE According to him the first pillar with the alphabet F is Financial Innovation and Transformation He said under this pillar we plan to among others institutionalise Fintech Certification in collaboration with other credible bodies to sharpen the minds and awareness of industry players in optimising technology for financial inclusion and growth I am extremely delighted that three months after mounting the saddle of leadership of the Institute we are taking sure steps towards the achievement of this objective Under this Agreement the three institutions have come together to award Fintech Certification which offers an excellent opportunity to bridge the tech talent gap and indeed further drive the implementation of the Competency Framework in the banking and finance industry in Nigeria Opara appreciated the Bankers Committee and the Central Bank of Nigeria for appointing the institute as the Accreditation Agency for the implementation of the Competency Framework He said the institute would not take the appointment for granted expressing its determination to make a success of the assignment which would lead not only to more knowledgeable professionals but improved service delivery Mr Ade Bajomo President FinTech NGR said the partnership was a historic moment for FinTech NGR If you cast your mind back only a few years ago people were wondering whether FinTechs will take over banks and whether banks will still exist But I think we are getting down to a point where you can see that both FinTechs and banks will coexist they will co compete and of course there will be banks that will be more successful because they re agile and there will be FinTechs as well that will be successful because of tapping opportunities that perhaps the banks cannot see But in all of these really it is essential to develop capacity and capability he said Bajomo said banking as a profession was well regulated with strong compliance strong culture of capacity building knowledge building among others adding that there was the need to also build capacity within the FinTechs in Nigeria If you look at banking as a profession it s well regulated there s strong compliance but there is also a strong culture of capacity building knowledge building When you look at FinTechs and indeed the nature and age of FinTechs in our country it s about agility it s about innovation and those things that are lacking in terms of compliance regulations have to form the foundation If we re going to provide scalable trustworthy financial services then we have to build that capacity within the fintech But we also have to build the capacity within banks to be more agile so that way it s a rising tide and our economy will benefit from it the rest of Africa and the rest of the world will benefit from it Bajomo said Mrs Aituan Kola Oladejo Executive Director FSI who described CIBN as a forward thinking institution said the signing of the agreement would sharpen the FinTech industry She said this agreement will open the gate for more FinTech innovators into the FinTech ecosystem as what was lacking was trust NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CIBN collaborates with FinTech NGR, FSI to promote professionalism
    Economy1 month ago

    CIBN collaborates with FinTech NGR, FSI to promote professionalism

    The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) has signed an agreement with the FinTech Association of Nigeria (Fintech NGR) and FinTech Development and Advocacy Initiative (FSI), to promote professionalism in the financial services industry.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the signing of the agreement was witnessed by representatives and members of CIBN, FinTech NGR and FSI, at the Bankers House, Victoria Island, on Thursday in Lagos.

    Dr Ken Opara, of CIBN, said the alliance was a unique one in the annals of the Institute.

    “First, this is the first time the institute is collaborating with two partners at once for the provision of a certification.

    “Secondly, this is the first collaboration agreement to be executed during my tenure.

    “Thirdly, this initiative is a further step towards the realisation of the mandate of the institute to promote professionalism, whilst enhancing knowledge and competencies in the financial services ecosystem,” he said.

    The Fintech Certification Programme is intended to sharpen the minds and raise awareness of industry players about the importance of leveraging technology for financial inclusion and growth.

    Opara said the role of the Institute was to be the bridge that would engender positive handshake among all the players (banks, fintechs, other financial agents) in the financial services industry.

    This, he said, would be done through capacity building programmes, training, content development, advocacy and sound corporate governance policies.

    The CIBN president also said his administration would be built on six strategic pillars with the acronym FUTURE.

    According to him, the first pillar with the alphabet ‘F’ is Financial Innovation and Transformation.

    He said, “under this pillar, we plan to among others, institutionalise Fintech Certification in collaboration with other credible bodies to sharpen the minds and awareness of industry players in optimising technology for financial inclusion and growth.

    “I am extremely delighted that three months after mounting the saddle of leadership of the Institute, we are taking sure steps towards the achievement of this objective.

    “Under this Agreement, the three institutions have come together to award Fintech Certification, which offers an excellent opportunity to bridge the tech talent gap and indeed further drive the implementation of the Competency Framework in the banking and finance industry in Nigeria.

    ” Opara appreciated the Bankers Committee and the Central Bank of Nigeria for appointing the institute as the Accreditation Agency for the implementation of the Competency Framework.

    He said the institute would not take the appointment for granted, expressing its determination to make a success of the assignment, which would lead not only to more knowledgeable professionals but improved service delivery.

    Mr Ade Bajomo, President, FinTech NGR, said the partnership was a historic moment for FinTech NGR.

    “If you cast your mind back only a few years ago, people were wondering whether FinTechs will take over banks and whether banks will still exist.

    “But I think we are getting down to a point where you can see that both FinTechs and banks will coexist, they will co-compete and of course, there will be banks that will be more successful because they’re agile, and there will be FinTechs as well that will be successful because of tapping opportunities that perhaps the banks cannot see.

    “But in all of these really, it is essential to develop capacity and capability,” he said.

    Bajomo said banking as a profession was well regulated with strong compliance, strong culture of capacity building, knowledge building among others, adding that there was the need to also build capacity within the FinTechs in Nigeria.

    “If you look at banking as a profession, it’s well regulated, there’s strong compliance, but there is also a strong culture of capacity building, knowledge building.

    “When you look at FinTechs and, indeed, the nature and age of FinTechs in our country, it’s about agility, it’s about innovation; and those things that are lacking in terms of compliance regulations have to form the foundation.

    “If we’re going to provide scalable, trustworthy financial services, then we have to build that capacity within the fintech.

    “But we also have to build the capacity within banks to be more agile, so that way, it’s a rising tide and our economy will benefit from it, the rest of Africa and the rest of the world will benefit from it,” Bajomo said.

    Mrs Aituan Kola-Oladejo, Executive Director, FSI, who described CIBN as a “forward thinking institution,” said the signing of the agreement would sharpen the FinTech industry.

    She said, “this agreement will open the gate for more FinTech innovators into the FinTech ecosystem, as what was lacking was trust.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Chams Plc a financial technology organisation has won Fintech platinum award for paving ways for Fintech industry to take off and thrive in Nigeria and Africa Mr Ade Bajomo President Fintech Association of Nigeria FintechNGR presented the award to the company at the maiden edition of Fintech Platinum Awards on Tuesday in Lagos Bajomo said that Chams s outstanding works of excellence in the Fintech space were not just profound but fundamental catalyst for changes which had brought huge economic security and social growth to Nigeria The company has achieved success through large scale projects such as pioneering works on e payment through formation of value cards in collaboration with six top Nigerian banks Others includes identity management through the first successful implementation of the Nigerian National Identification establishment of the INEC Voters Database and Cards SIMREG databases for NCC and telecommunications In addition it is the first home grown company to be listed in the Guinness Book of Records for setting up the mega ChamsCity Digital Mall and also the first computer technology company listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange he said Bajomo noted that Chams implemented the Nigeria s Biometric Verification Number BVN which helped to solve the identity crises to a large extent and curtailed fraud in the Nigeria banking system In his remarks Mr Demola Aladekomo Founder and Chairman of Chams Plc called for a smart regulation that would deepen the sector According to him this will attract more investments and transform lives through increased opportunities for the teeming African youths Aladekomo who was represented by Mr Gavin Young the Group Managing Director Chams Plc appreciated the FintechNGR for the recognition and award Our aim is not to relent but to keep innovating and promoting Fintech solutions for a myriad of social and economic challenges faced by Nigeria and beyond The objectives of the award was to celebrate the best of Fintech Innovators and Startups who have contributed to the Nigerian economy deepened collaboration amongst individuals and corporate institutions Those using innovation to solve national challenges create employment put Nigeria at the centre of innovation in Africa and as a force to reckon with in the global tech landscape FintechNGR believes that these will ultimately prepare the nation to play actively in the Fourth Industrial Revolution he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Chams Plc is a Nigerian company that has been in Fintech business for over 38 years Chams Plc was listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and is well known for having championed e payment identity management and other major initiatives in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Chams Plc wins Fintech platinum award
     Chams Plc a financial technology organisation has won Fintech platinum award for paving ways for Fintech industry to take off and thrive in Nigeria and Africa Mr Ade Bajomo President Fintech Association of Nigeria FintechNGR presented the award to the company at the maiden edition of Fintech Platinum Awards on Tuesday in Lagos Bajomo said that Chams s outstanding works of excellence in the Fintech space were not just profound but fundamental catalyst for changes which had brought huge economic security and social growth to Nigeria The company has achieved success through large scale projects such as pioneering works on e payment through formation of value cards in collaboration with six top Nigerian banks Others includes identity management through the first successful implementation of the Nigerian National Identification establishment of the INEC Voters Database and Cards SIMREG databases for NCC and telecommunications In addition it is the first home grown company to be listed in the Guinness Book of Records for setting up the mega ChamsCity Digital Mall and also the first computer technology company listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange he said Bajomo noted that Chams implemented the Nigeria s Biometric Verification Number BVN which helped to solve the identity crises to a large extent and curtailed fraud in the Nigeria banking system In his remarks Mr Demola Aladekomo Founder and Chairman of Chams Plc called for a smart regulation that would deepen the sector According to him this will attract more investments and transform lives through increased opportunities for the teeming African youths Aladekomo who was represented by Mr Gavin Young the Group Managing Director Chams Plc appreciated the FintechNGR for the recognition and award Our aim is not to relent but to keep innovating and promoting Fintech solutions for a myriad of social and economic challenges faced by Nigeria and beyond The objectives of the award was to celebrate the best of Fintech Innovators and Startups who have contributed to the Nigerian economy deepened collaboration amongst individuals and corporate institutions Those using innovation to solve national challenges create employment put Nigeria at the centre of innovation in Africa and as a force to reckon with in the global tech landscape FintechNGR believes that these will ultimately prepare the nation to play actively in the Fourth Industrial Revolution he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Chams Plc is a Nigerian company that has been in Fintech business for over 38 years Chams Plc was listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and is well known for having championed e payment identity management and other major initiatives in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Chams Plc wins Fintech platinum award
    Economy3 months ago

    Chams Plc wins Fintech platinum award

    Chams Plc, a financial technology organisation, has won Fintech platinum award for paving ways for Fintech industry to take-off and thrive in Nigeria and Africa.Mr Ade Bajomo, President, Fintech Association of Nigeria (FintechNGR), presented the award to the company at the maiden edition of Fintech Platinum Awards on Tuesday, in Lagos.Bajomo said that Chams’s outstanding works of excellence in the Fintech space were not just profound, but fundamental catalyst for changes which had brought huge economic, security and social growth to Nigeria.“The company has achieved success through large scale projects such as  pioneering works on e-payment through formation of value cards in collaboration with six top Nigerian banks.“Others includes identity management through the first successful implementation of the Nigerian National Identification, establishment of the INEC Voters Database and Cards,  SIMREG databases for NCC and telecommunications.“In addition, it is the first home-grown company to be listed in the Guinness Book of Records for setting up the mega ChamsCity Digital Mall and also the first computer technology company listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange,” he said.Bajomo noted that Chams implemented the Nigeria’s Biometric Verification Number (BVN) which helped to solve the identity crises, to a large extent  and curtailed fraud in the Nigeria banking system.In his remarks, Mr Demola Aladekomo, Founder and Chairman of Chams Plc., called for a smart regulation that would deepen the sector.According to him, this will attract more investments and transform lives through increased opportunities for the teeming African youths.Aladekomo, who was represented by Mr Gavin Young, the Group Managing Director, Chams Plc, appreciated the FintechNGR for the recognition and award.“Our aim is not to relent but to keep innovating and promoting Fintech solutions for a myriad of social and economic challenges faced by Nigeria and beyond.“The objectives of the award was to celebrate the best of Fintech Innovators and Startups who have contributed to the Nigerian economy, deepened collaboration amongst individuals and corporate institutions.”Those using innovation to solve national challenges, create employment, put Nigeria at the centre of innovation in Africa, and as a force to reckon with in the global tech landscape.“FintechNGR believes that these will ultimately prepare the nation to play actively in the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” he said.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Chams Plc is a Nigerian company, that has been in Fintech business for over 38 years.Chams Plc was listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and is well-known for having championed e-payment, identity management and other major initiatives in Nigeria.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mr Debo Adebayo aka Mr Macaroni one of the winners of the 2021 Gatefield Peoples Journalism Prize for Africa PJPA has donated his 1 000 dollars prize towards human rights advocacy Adebayo made the donation to Connect Hub NG a Non Governmental Organisation that advocates against state violence in Nigeria The Project Manager Gatefield People Journalism for Africa Miss Safiya Ibrahim made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja According to Ibrahim Adebayo won the prize in the category of the People Newsmaker for Social Justice on May 3 2022 Ibrahim quoted Adebayo as saying I have just received the 1 000 dollars cash prize as the Gatefield PJPA winner of the Peoples Newsmaker for Justice I will in turn give this cash prize to HubNGR to support their selfless work in advocating against state violence in Nigeria The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on May 3 Gatefield announced the winners of the 2021 People Journalism Prize for Africa PJPA is a public service journalism initiative to recognise and reward journalists citizen reporters and social justice newsmakers on the continent Ibrahim said the 2021 nominees and winners were selected by journalists human rights defenders and public opinion shapers across the continent Two other winners were given cash prizes along with Adebayo They are Daneel Knoetze who won the People Journalist of the Year 2021 Lucy Kassa for winning People Journalist for Informed Commentary 2021 Daneel Knoetze is an investigative journalist from South Africa and a 2017 Cronkite Humphrey Fellow His work Killing the Files exposes the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and its failure to properly conduct investigations hold police accountable and bring justice to the victims Knoetze also has a documentary titled A Killing in the Winelands that delves into a cornerstone incident in the investigation We selected Daneel Knoetze and the Viewfinder team for exposing a sinister cover up scheme within the South African Police Service s internal watchdog that offers protection to violent officers Ibrahim said Ibrahim said People Journalist for Informed Commentary 2021 Lucy Kassa is an Ethiopian investigative journalist Kassa won the title for having reported extensively on the war in Northern Ethiopia and continued to report on the atrocities committed by all sides in the war in Northern Ethiopia She said Kassa was attacked and denounced by the Ethiopian government after her Los Angeles Times piece about the atrocities carried out by Eritrean mercenary soldiers in the war torn Tigray region of Ethiopia We selected Lucy Kassa for documenting the atrocities of the Ethiopian war exposing the use of chemical weapons against civilians and the rape of women caught in the conflict People Newsmaker for Social Justice 2021 Mr Debo Adedayo won the title because at personal risk he remained undeterred after the brutal murder of anti police brutality endsars protesters in Lagos Nigeria He advocated for victims accountability and was arrested for leading the occupylekkitollgate protests in memory of state violence victims We selected Adebayo for remaining undeterred in his pursuit of justice and accountability for the victims Ibrahim said NAN reports that Gatefield is a sub Saharan African public strategy and media group that influences positive change The PJPA is Gatefield s leading corporate social responsibility commitment to advance democratic freedom and societal change Source NAN
    Mr Macaroni donates  Mr Debo Adebayo aka Mr Macaroni one of the winners of the 2021 Gatefield Peoples Journalism Prize for Africa PJPA has donated his 1 000 dollars prize towards human rights advocacy Adebayo made the donation to Connect Hub NG a Non Governmental Organisation that advocates against state violence in Nigeria The Project Manager Gatefield People Journalism for Africa Miss Safiya Ibrahim made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja According to Ibrahim Adebayo won the prize in the category of the People Newsmaker for Social Justice on May 3 2022 Ibrahim quoted Adebayo as saying I have just received the 1 000 dollars cash prize as the Gatefield PJPA winner of the Peoples Newsmaker for Justice I will in turn give this cash prize to HubNGR to support their selfless work in advocating against state violence in Nigeria The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on May 3 Gatefield announced the winners of the 2021 People Journalism Prize for Africa PJPA is a public service journalism initiative to recognise and reward journalists citizen reporters and social justice newsmakers on the continent Ibrahim said the 2021 nominees and winners were selected by journalists human rights defenders and public opinion shapers across the continent Two other winners were given cash prizes along with Adebayo They are Daneel Knoetze who won the People Journalist of the Year 2021 Lucy Kassa for winning People Journalist for Informed Commentary 2021 Daneel Knoetze is an investigative journalist from South Africa and a 2017 Cronkite Humphrey Fellow His work Killing the Files exposes the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and its failure to properly conduct investigations hold police accountable and bring justice to the victims Knoetze also has a documentary titled A Killing in the Winelands that delves into a cornerstone incident in the investigation We selected Daneel Knoetze and the Viewfinder team for exposing a sinister cover up scheme within the South African Police Service s internal watchdog that offers protection to violent officers Ibrahim said Ibrahim said People Journalist for Informed Commentary 2021 Lucy Kassa is an Ethiopian investigative journalist Kassa won the title for having reported extensively on the war in Northern Ethiopia and continued to report on the atrocities committed by all sides in the war in Northern Ethiopia She said Kassa was attacked and denounced by the Ethiopian government after her Los Angeles Times piece about the atrocities carried out by Eritrean mercenary soldiers in the war torn Tigray region of Ethiopia We selected Lucy Kassa for documenting the atrocities of the Ethiopian war exposing the use of chemical weapons against civilians and the rape of women caught in the conflict People Newsmaker for Social Justice 2021 Mr Debo Adedayo won the title because at personal risk he remained undeterred after the brutal murder of anti police brutality endsars protesters in Lagos Nigeria He advocated for victims accountability and was arrested for leading the occupylekkitollgate protests in memory of state violence victims We selected Adebayo for remaining undeterred in his pursuit of justice and accountability for the victims Ibrahim said NAN reports that Gatefield is a sub Saharan African public strategy and media group that influences positive change The PJPA is Gatefield s leading corporate social responsibility commitment to advance democratic freedom and societal change Source NAN ,000 Prize toward human rights advocacy
     Mr Debo Adebayo aka Mr Macaroni one of the winners of the 2021 Gatefield Peoples Journalism Prize for Africa PJPA has donated his 1 000 dollars prize towards human rights advocacy Adebayo made the donation to Connect Hub NG a Non Governmental Organisation that advocates against state violence in Nigeria The Project Manager Gatefield People Journalism for Africa Miss Safiya Ibrahim made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja According to Ibrahim Adebayo won the prize in the category of the People Newsmaker for Social Justice on May 3 2022 Ibrahim quoted Adebayo as saying I have just received the 1 000 dollars cash prize as the Gatefield PJPA winner of the Peoples Newsmaker for Justice I will in turn give this cash prize to HubNGR to support their selfless work in advocating against state violence in Nigeria The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on May 3 Gatefield announced the winners of the 2021 People Journalism Prize for Africa PJPA is a public service journalism initiative to recognise and reward journalists citizen reporters and social justice newsmakers on the continent Ibrahim said the 2021 nominees and winners were selected by journalists human rights defenders and public opinion shapers across the continent Two other winners were given cash prizes along with Adebayo They are Daneel Knoetze who won the People Journalist of the Year 2021 Lucy Kassa for winning People Journalist for Informed Commentary 2021 Daneel Knoetze is an investigative journalist from South Africa and a 2017 Cronkite Humphrey Fellow His work Killing the Files exposes the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and its failure to properly conduct investigations hold police accountable and bring justice to the victims Knoetze also has a documentary titled A Killing in the Winelands that delves into a cornerstone incident in the investigation We selected Daneel Knoetze and the Viewfinder team for exposing a sinister cover up scheme within the South African Police Service s internal watchdog that offers protection to violent officers Ibrahim said Ibrahim said People Journalist for Informed Commentary 2021 Lucy Kassa is an Ethiopian investigative journalist Kassa won the title for having reported extensively on the war in Northern Ethiopia and continued to report on the atrocities committed by all sides in the war in Northern Ethiopia She said Kassa was attacked and denounced by the Ethiopian government after her Los Angeles Times piece about the atrocities carried out by Eritrean mercenary soldiers in the war torn Tigray region of Ethiopia We selected Lucy Kassa for documenting the atrocities of the Ethiopian war exposing the use of chemical weapons against civilians and the rape of women caught in the conflict People Newsmaker for Social Justice 2021 Mr Debo Adedayo won the title because at personal risk he remained undeterred after the brutal murder of anti police brutality endsars protesters in Lagos Nigeria He advocated for victims accountability and was arrested for leading the occupylekkitollgate protests in memory of state violence victims We selected Adebayo for remaining undeterred in his pursuit of justice and accountability for the victims Ibrahim said NAN reports that Gatefield is a sub Saharan African public strategy and media group that influences positive change The PJPA is Gatefield s leading corporate social responsibility commitment to advance democratic freedom and societal change Source NAN
    Mr Macaroni donates  Mr Debo Adebayo aka Mr Macaroni one of the winners of the 2021 Gatefield Peoples Journalism Prize for Africa PJPA has donated his 1 000 dollars prize towards human rights advocacy Adebayo made the donation to Connect Hub NG a Non Governmental Organisation that advocates against state violence in Nigeria The Project Manager Gatefield People Journalism for Africa Miss Safiya Ibrahim made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja According to Ibrahim Adebayo won the prize in the category of the People Newsmaker for Social Justice on May 3 2022 Ibrahim quoted Adebayo as saying I have just received the 1 000 dollars cash prize as the Gatefield PJPA winner of the Peoples Newsmaker for Justice I will in turn give this cash prize to HubNGR to support their selfless work in advocating against state violence in Nigeria The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on May 3 Gatefield announced the winners of the 2021 People Journalism Prize for Africa PJPA is a public service journalism initiative to recognise and reward journalists citizen reporters and social justice newsmakers on the continent Ibrahim said the 2021 nominees and winners were selected by journalists human rights defenders and public opinion shapers across the continent Two other winners were given cash prizes along with Adebayo They are Daneel Knoetze who won the People Journalist of the Year 2021 Lucy Kassa for winning People Journalist for Informed Commentary 2021 Daneel Knoetze is an investigative journalist from South Africa and a 2017 Cronkite Humphrey Fellow His work Killing the Files exposes the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and its failure to properly conduct investigations hold police accountable and bring justice to the victims Knoetze also has a documentary titled A Killing in the Winelands that delves into a cornerstone incident in the investigation We selected Daneel Knoetze and the Viewfinder team for exposing a sinister cover up scheme within the South African Police Service s internal watchdog that offers protection to violent officers Ibrahim said Ibrahim said People Journalist for Informed Commentary 2021 Lucy Kassa is an Ethiopian investigative journalist Kassa won the title for having reported extensively on the war in Northern Ethiopia and continued to report on the atrocities committed by all sides in the war in Northern Ethiopia She said Kassa was attacked and denounced by the Ethiopian government after her Los Angeles Times piece about the atrocities carried out by Eritrean mercenary soldiers in the war torn Tigray region of Ethiopia We selected Lucy Kassa for documenting the atrocities of the Ethiopian war exposing the use of chemical weapons against civilians and the rape of women caught in the conflict People Newsmaker for Social Justice 2021 Mr Debo Adedayo won the title because at personal risk he remained undeterred after the brutal murder of anti police brutality endsars protesters in Lagos Nigeria He advocated for victims accountability and was arrested for leading the occupylekkitollgate protests in memory of state violence victims We selected Adebayo for remaining undeterred in his pursuit of justice and accountability for the victims Ibrahim said NAN reports that Gatefield is a sub Saharan African public strategy and media group that influences positive change The PJPA is Gatefield s leading corporate social responsibility commitment to advance democratic freedom and societal change Source NAN ,000 Prize toward human rights advocacy
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    Mr Macaroni donates $1,000 Prize toward human rights advocacy

    Mr Debo Adebayo, aka Mr Macaroni, one of the winners of the 2021 Gatefield  Peoples Journalism Prize for Africa (PJPA) has donated his 1,000 dollars prize towards human rights advocacy.

    Adebayo made the donation to Connect Hub NG, a Non-Governmental Organisation that advocates against state violence in Nigeria.

    The Project Manager, Gatefield People Journalism for Africa, Miss Safiya Ibrahim, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

    According to Ibrahim, Adebayo won the prize in the category of the People Newsmaker for Social Justice, on May 3, 2022.

    Ibrahim quoted Adebayo as saying, “I have just received the 1,000 dollars cash prize as the Gatefield PJPA winner of the Peoples Newsmaker for Justice.

    “I will in turn give this cash prize to HubNGR to support their selfless work in advocating against state violence in Nigeria.’’

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on May 3, Gatefield announced the winners of the 2021 People Journalism Prize for Africa.

    PJPA is a public service journalism initiative to recognise and reward journalists, citizen reporters and social justice newsmakers on the continent.

    Ibrahim said the 2021 nominees and winners were selected by journalists, human rights defenders and public opinion shapers across the continent.

    Two other winners were given cash prizes along with Adebayo.

    They are Daneel Knoetze, who won the People Journalist of the Year 2021; Lucy Kassa, for winning People Journalist for Informed Commentary 2021.

    “Daneel Knoetze is an investigative journalist from South Africa and a 2017 Cronkite Humphrey Fellow.

    “His work, `Killing the Files’, exposes the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and its failure to properly conduct investigations, hold police accountable, and bring justice to the victims.

    “Knoetze also has a documentary titled: ‘A Killing in the Winelands’ that delves into a cornerstone incident in the investigation.

    “We selected Daneel Knoetze and the Viewfinder team for exposing a sinister cover up scheme within the South African Police Service’s internal watchdog that offers protection to violent officers,” Ibrahim said.

    Ibrahim said People Journalist for Informed Commentary 2021 – Lucy Kassa – is an Ethiopian investigative journalist.

    Kassa won the title for having reported extensively on the war in Northern Ethiopia and continued to report on the atrocities committed by all sides in the war in Northern Ethiopia.

    She said Kassa was attacked and denounced by the Ethiopian government after her Los Angeles Times piece about the atrocities carried out by Eritrean mercenary soldiers in the war-torn Tigray region of Ethiopia.

    “We selected Lucy Kassa for documenting the atrocities of the Ethiopian war, exposing the use of chemical weapons against civilians and the rape of women caught in the conflict.

    “People Newsmaker for Social Justice 2021–Mr Debo Adedayo won the title because at personal risk, he remained undeterred after the brutal murder of anti-police brutality #endsars protesters in Lagos, Nigeria.

    “He advocated for victims’ accountability and was arrested for leading the #occupylekkitollgate protests in memory of state violence victims.

    “We selected Adebayo for remaining undeterred in his pursuit of justice and accountability for the victims,” Ibrahim said.

    NAN reports that Gatefield is a sub-Saharan African public strategy and media group that influences positive change.

    The PJPA is Gatefield’s leading corporate social responsibility commitment to advance democratic freedom and societal change. (

    Source: NAN

  •  The Google News Initiative GNI Journalism Emergency Relief Fund JERF has announced it was supporting 16 Nigerian publications in financial distress with funding Ludovic Blecher Head of Google News Initiative Innovation said in a statement that JERF has provided 39 5m US dollars in funding to publishers in 115 countries in the past few months The News Agency of Nigeria reports that JERF which was launched in April is aimed at helping local publishers facing financial hardship as a result of the economic and advertising downturn The GNI Head said that the list of Nigerian publishers were Aledah com City Mirror News Daily Nigerian News Wire NGR Lagos Post Media Newsfeed Nigeria Premium Times He said that the others were Sundiata Post Sunrise Newspaper Tell Magazine Daily Times Daily Report Eagle Online The Median TNG and The Punch including Saturday Punch Sunday Punch and Punch Online Blecher said the money is being applied in diverse and creative ways from ensuring basic reporting needs giving emergency stipends to allow reporters cover the crisis to driving audience engagement and generating subscriptions He said that a significant number also said they were prioritising a need for cultural change including focus on diversity equity and inclusion and organisational and business management changes Within the first two weeks of launch JERF had received applications from 12 000 publishers across the globe with newsroom sizes ranging from an average of 20 in Asia Pacific to 8 in North America The massive response gave us the opportunity to understand what local means in different parts of the globe and how dynamics ranging from newsroom size to ownership structure can differ depending on the region and the kinds of communities served The pandemic has affected everyone and local news organisations have been at the forefront in helping their communities navigate COVID 19 Blecher said According to him at the Google News Initiative we are trying to play our part with this funding and other initiative as we all work towards the common goal of a sustainable innovative and diverse news ecosystem globally He said that according to an optional reader revenue survey GNI conducted Advertising continues to be the sole source of revenue for most recipients with 50 per cent claiming to be totally advertising dependent Blecher said that the survey also showed that less than 30 per cent operate some form of paywall while less than 18 per cent rely on community contributions or membership to support their journalism He however said that the situation was changing with 60 per cent of the recipients planning to diversify their revenue streams through developing subscription membership or contribution models Edited By Shittu Obassa Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    Premium Times, Punch, others get Google funding
     The Google News Initiative GNI Journalism Emergency Relief Fund JERF has announced it was supporting 16 Nigerian publications in financial distress with funding Ludovic Blecher Head of Google News Initiative Innovation said in a statement that JERF has provided 39 5m US dollars in funding to publishers in 115 countries in the past few months The News Agency of Nigeria reports that JERF which was launched in April is aimed at helping local publishers facing financial hardship as a result of the economic and advertising downturn The GNI Head said that the list of Nigerian publishers were Aledah com City Mirror News Daily Nigerian News Wire NGR Lagos Post Media Newsfeed Nigeria Premium Times He said that the others were Sundiata Post Sunrise Newspaper Tell Magazine Daily Times Daily Report Eagle Online The Median TNG and The Punch including Saturday Punch Sunday Punch and Punch Online Blecher said the money is being applied in diverse and creative ways from ensuring basic reporting needs giving emergency stipends to allow reporters cover the crisis to driving audience engagement and generating subscriptions He said that a significant number also said they were prioritising a need for cultural change including focus on diversity equity and inclusion and organisational and business management changes Within the first two weeks of launch JERF had received applications from 12 000 publishers across the globe with newsroom sizes ranging from an average of 20 in Asia Pacific to 8 in North America The massive response gave us the opportunity to understand what local means in different parts of the globe and how dynamics ranging from newsroom size to ownership structure can differ depending on the region and the kinds of communities served The pandemic has affected everyone and local news organisations have been at the forefront in helping their communities navigate COVID 19 Blecher said According to him at the Google News Initiative we are trying to play our part with this funding and other initiative as we all work towards the common goal of a sustainable innovative and diverse news ecosystem globally He said that according to an optional reader revenue survey GNI conducted Advertising continues to be the sole source of revenue for most recipients with 50 per cent claiming to be totally advertising dependent Blecher said that the survey also showed that less than 30 per cent operate some form of paywall while less than 18 per cent rely on community contributions or membership to support their journalism He however said that the situation was changing with 60 per cent of the recipients planning to diversify their revenue streams through developing subscription membership or contribution models Edited By Shittu Obassa Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    Premium Times, Punch, others get Google funding
    Science & Technology2 years ago

    Premium Times, Punch, others get Google funding

    The Google News Initiative (GNI) Journalism Emergency Relief Fund (JERF) has announced it was supporting 16 Nigerian publications in financial distress with funding.Ludovic Blecher, Head of Google News Initiative Innovation, said in a statement that JERF has provided 39.5m US dollars in funding to publishers in 115 countries in the past few months.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that JERF which was launched in April, is aimed at helping local publishers facing financial hardship as a result of the economic and advertising downturn.The GNI Head said that the list of Nigerian publishers were Aledah.com, City Mirror News, Daily Nigerian, News Wire NGR, Lagos Post Media, Newsfeed Nigeria, Premium Times.He said that the others were Sundiata Post, Sunrise Newspaper, Tell Magazine, Daily Times, Daily Report, Eagle Online, The Median, TNG and The Punch (including Saturday Punch, Sunday Punch and Punch Online)Blecher said the money is being applied in diverse and creative ways from ensuring basic reporting needs, giving emergency stipends to allow reporters cover the crisis, to driving audience engagement and generating subscriptions.He said that a significant number also said they were prioritising a need for cultural change, including focus on diversity, equity and inclusion and organisational and business management changes.“Within the first two weeks’ of launch, JERF had received applications from 12,000 publishers across the globe, with newsroom sizes ranging from an average of 20 in Asia Pacific to 8 in North America.“The massive response gave us the opportunity to understand what “local” means in different parts of the globe and how dynamics ranging from newsroom size to ownership structure can differ depending on the region and the kinds of communities served.“The pandemic has affected everyone and local news organisations have been at the forefront in helping their communities navigate COVID-19,’’ Blecher said.According to him, at the Google News Initiative, we are trying to play our part with this funding and other initiative as we all work towards the common goal of a sustainable, innovative and diverse news ecosystem globally.He said that, according to an optional reader revenue survey GNI conducted, ‘Advertising continues to be the sole source of revenue for most recipients with 50 per cent claiming to be totally advertising dependent”.Blecher said that the survey also showed that less than 30 per cent operate some form of paywall while less than 18 per cent rely on community contributions or membership to support their journalism.He, however, said that the situation was changing with 60 per cent of the recipients planning to diversify their revenue streams through developing subscription, membership or contribution models.Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

  •  when he unveiled the new board members of the company 3Csvg 20xmlns http www w3 org 2000 svg 20viewBox 0 200 20237 20213 3E 3C svg 3E alt width 237 height 213 data lazy src https nnn ng wp content uploads 2020 06 index5 jpg gt Mr Fidelis AnosikeHe said Folio Communications Ltd is a conglomerate he founded at a young age of 24 after graduating from the University of Benin where he studied Creative Arts Anosike said that other companies under the conglomerate are Folio Nigeria powered by CNN the Daily Times Nigeria Miss Nigeria 1st October Times Multimedia and Creative Africa Xchange CAX I m proud to announce my stepping down as the Chairman and CEO of Folio Communications Ltd a company I founded straight out of University of Benin at 24 We have nurtured this company to acquire DailyTimesNGR MissNigeriaNG 1stOctober folionigeria timesmultimedia cax I am very proud of what we were able to achieve which should be an inspiration for our young people he said Sharing his personal life on how he lost his father who was a junior police officer with the Nigeria Police at a young age Anosike advised young people to be hardworking resilient and believe that nothing could stop them from achieving their goals Once you believe you are a Nigerian nothing can stop you My dad who was a junior police officer passed on at 52 leaving my uneducated mother to labour to train five boys and three girls who are now grown up men and women he said Unveiling the new board members of the company he gave their names as Mr Sam Worlu former Voice of Nigeria VON Director General as the Chairman and Mr Noel Anosike as the Executive Vice Chairman Others are Malam Mohammed Ciroma as Non Executive Director Dr Victor Alaofin as Non Executive Director Mrs Chioma Okigbo as Non Executive Director and Mrs Chiamaka Igwe as Non Executive Director Also on the board is Mr Aliu Akoshile who assumed leadership of the executive management of Folio Communications as Managing Director Editor in Chief since May 2019 The new board I believe will achieve our vision of Folio Communications becoming the most valuable and impactful media company in Nigeria I thank my numerous pillars and adversaries for this opportunity and almighty God for the grace given me Anosike said Edited By Adeleye Ajayi NAN
    Anosike steps down as Folio Communications Chairman/CEO
     when he unveiled the new board members of the company 3Csvg 20xmlns http www w3 org 2000 svg 20viewBox 0 200 20237 20213 3E 3C svg 3E alt width 237 height 213 data lazy src https nnn ng wp content uploads 2020 06 index5 jpg gt Mr Fidelis AnosikeHe said Folio Communications Ltd is a conglomerate he founded at a young age of 24 after graduating from the University of Benin where he studied Creative Arts Anosike said that other companies under the conglomerate are Folio Nigeria powered by CNN the Daily Times Nigeria Miss Nigeria 1st October Times Multimedia and Creative Africa Xchange CAX I m proud to announce my stepping down as the Chairman and CEO of Folio Communications Ltd a company I founded straight out of University of Benin at 24 We have nurtured this company to acquire DailyTimesNGR MissNigeriaNG 1stOctober folionigeria timesmultimedia cax I am very proud of what we were able to achieve which should be an inspiration for our young people he said Sharing his personal life on how he lost his father who was a junior police officer with the Nigeria Police at a young age Anosike advised young people to be hardworking resilient and believe that nothing could stop them from achieving their goals Once you believe you are a Nigerian nothing can stop you My dad who was a junior police officer passed on at 52 leaving my uneducated mother to labour to train five boys and three girls who are now grown up men and women he said Unveiling the new board members of the company he gave their names as Mr Sam Worlu former Voice of Nigeria VON Director General as the Chairman and Mr Noel Anosike as the Executive Vice Chairman Others are Malam Mohammed Ciroma as Non Executive Director Dr Victor Alaofin as Non Executive Director Mrs Chioma Okigbo as Non Executive Director and Mrs Chiamaka Igwe as Non Executive Director Also on the board is Mr Aliu Akoshile who assumed leadership of the executive management of Folio Communications as Managing Director Editor in Chief since May 2019 The new board I believe will achieve our vision of Folio Communications becoming the most valuable and impactful media company in Nigeria I thank my numerous pillars and adversaries for this opportunity and almighty God for the grace given me Anosike said Edited By Adeleye Ajayi NAN
    Anosike steps down as Folio Communications Chairman/CEO
    General news2 years ago

    Anosike steps down as Folio Communications Chairman/CEO

    when he unveiled the new board members of the company.

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    Mr Fidelis Anosike

    He said Folio Communications Ltd. is a conglomerate he founded at a young age of 24 after graduating from the University of Benin, where he studied Creative Arts.

    Anosike said that other companies under the conglomerate are: Folio Nigeria powered by CNN, the Daily Times Nigeria, Miss Nigeria, 1st October, Times Multimedia and Creative Africa Xchange (CAX).

    “I’m proud to announce my stepping down as the Chairman and CEO of Folio Communications Ltd, a company I founded straight out of University of Benin at 24.

    “We have nurtured this company to acquire @DailyTimesNGR, @MissNigeriaNG, @1stOctober @folionigeria @timesmultimedia @cax.

    “I am very proud of what we were able to achieve which should be an inspiration for our young people,’’ he said.

    Sharing his personal life on how he lost his father who was a junior police officer with the Nigeria Police at a young age, Anosike advised young people to be hardworking, resilient and believe that nothing could stop them from achieving their goals.

    “Once you believe you are a Nigerian, nothing can stop you. My dad who was a junior police officer passed on at 52, leaving my uneducated mother to labour to train five boys and three girls, who are now grown up men and women,’’ he said.

    Unveiling the new board members of the company, he gave their names as: Mr Sam Worlu, former Voice of Nigeria (VON) Director-General as the Chairman and Mr Noel Anosike as the Executive Vice-Chairman.

    Others are, Malam Mohammed Ciroma as Non-Executive Director; Dr Victor Alaofin as Non-Executive Director; Mrs Chioma Okigbo as Non-Executive Director; and Mrs Chiamaka Igwe as Non-Executive Director.

    Also on the board is Mr Aliu Akoshile who assumed leadership of the executive management of Folio Communications as Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief, since May 2019.

    “The new board, I believe, will achieve our vision of Folio Communications becoming the most valuable and impactful media company in Nigeria.

    “I thank my numerous pillars and adversaries for this opportunity and almighty God for the grace given me,’’ Anosike said.



    Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

     

  •  The National Guard of Russia NGR said on Friday that six of its soldiers had been killed while repelling a militant assault on a military facility in Chechnya It said in a statement that a group of what it called armed bandits had launched an attack under the cover of fog in the early hours of Friday morning on an unnamed military facility NGR which said that the repel was successful said that a gun battle had ensued adding that a number of Russian troops had been wounded in addition to the six killed It further said six of the attackers were also killed Moscow has fought two wars with separatists in the mainly Muslim internal republic since the 1991 Soviet collapse but such shoot outs have become relatively rare in Chechnya The wider North Caucasus region remains volatile however with unemployment and corruption pushing some young men to embrace radical Islam Edited by Dada Ahmed NAN
    6 Russian soldiers killed in Chechnya military base attack- NGR
     The National Guard of Russia NGR said on Friday that six of its soldiers had been killed while repelling a militant assault on a military facility in Chechnya It said in a statement that a group of what it called armed bandits had launched an attack under the cover of fog in the early hours of Friday morning on an unnamed military facility NGR which said that the repel was successful said that a gun battle had ensued adding that a number of Russian troops had been wounded in addition to the six killed It further said six of the attackers were also killed Moscow has fought two wars with separatists in the mainly Muslim internal republic since the 1991 Soviet collapse but such shoot outs have become relatively rare in Chechnya The wider North Caucasus region remains volatile however with unemployment and corruption pushing some young men to embrace radical Islam Edited by Dada Ahmed NAN
    6 Russian soldiers killed in Chechnya military base attack- NGR
    Foreign6 years ago

    6 Russian soldiers killed in Chechnya military base attack- NGR

    The National Guard of Russia (NGR) said on Friday that six of its soldiers had been killed while repelling a militant assault on a military facility in Chechnya.

    It said in a statement that a group of what it called “armed bandits” had launched an attack under the cover of fog in the early hours of Friday morning on an unnamed military facility.

    NGR which said that the repel was successful, said that a gun battle had ensued adding that a number of Russian troops had been wounded in addition to the six killed.

    It further said six of the attackers were also killed.

    Moscow has fought two wars with separatists in the mainly Muslim internal republic since the 1991 Soviet collapse, but such shoot-outs have become relatively rare in Chechnya.

    The wider North Caucasus region remains volatile, however, with unemployment and corruption pushing some young men to embrace radical Islam.

    Edited by: Dada Ahmed
    (NAN)