Warri (Delta), Dec. 19, 2018 (NNN) A 26- year-old Nigerian who was deported from Libya, Mr Iwoche Endurance has advised Nigerians desiring to travel abroad through the desert in search of greener pastures to have a rethink.
Endurance, a Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) holder, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on Wednesday in Warri, saying “we went through hell in Libya and prayed for death but did not find death.”
Endurance,, who hails from the South-South region of the country, said that he entered Libya on credit in 2016 having been swindled in Nigeria by his travelling agent.
The returnee said that he was rescued back into Nigeria in September by the Federal Government.
He said he sold all his property to raise money for the adventure, adding that unknown to him that his agent did not channel the money properly.
He said:”I made the decision to travel to Libya myself based on what my friends posted on the social media.
“So I traveled to Libya on Sept. 22, 2016 on credit, the agent I gave money did not remit it to the driver, so he put me on credit.
“When I got to Libya, I was imprisoned, they call it “Track A” it’s like I was kidnapped, a local prison.
“They held me to ransom for entering Libya illegally, I have to pay double of the amount that supposed to convey me into the country.
“There are many Nigerians inside the Track A, they maltreat us in the morning, afternoon, evening and night and when the money is delayed, no food.
“We went through hell, people prayed that God should keep them alive but in our case, it was not so, we were praying for death, that God should take our life peacefully.“
Endurance, who was a supplier of stationeries in Warri before he travelled, said that people are still falling prey “because those who had experienced the agony do not like to tell others.
He advised youths wishing to travel through illegal means, in search for greener pasture to shelve the idea and seek better means of livelihood in Nigeria.
“If you are not educated, learn a trade.”
The returnee also blames the upsurge of people rushing out of the country through illegal means on the government at all levels.
“Nigerians are hardworking people but government should create more enabling business atmosphere for people to access loans to do business.”
Endurance commended the various NGOs involved in the enlightenment and cautioning people on the dangers inherent in migrating through the desert, particularly the PHEW Foundation International. (NNN)
Edited by Celine-Damilola Oyewole https://nnn.ng/we-pray-for-death-in-libya-says-nigerian-returnee/
Damilare, Christiana emerge winners in Big Dreams Nigeria talent show
Adaja Damilare and Christiana Nsolo on have carted home N1 million each as star prizes after emerging winners at the grand finale of Big Dream Nigeria Talent Show on Tuesday night.
The reality show is geared toward discovering and developing young talents in acting and music.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the youngsters were announced winners at the grand finale of the maiden edition of the show which held in Abuja.
The duo beat 12 other budding talents who made it to the final day of the 5-week-long event to clinch the highly coveted grand prizes.
Damilare, Ondo State –born model and upcoming singer, won the grand prize for the music category of the contest, while 22-year-old Christiana from Delta State clinched the grand prize for acting.
According to the organisers of the show, the two best winners are to receive a plot of land each in the Federal Capital Territory as part of the star prizes.
The organisers also announced a plot of land each for the first and second runners-up in both music and acting categories of the show.
Amb. Kingsley Amafibe, CEO of Peace Ambassador Agency and Principal Executive of the Big Dreams project, told NAN on the sidelines of the grand finale that contestants were selected from a nationwide audition held at the beginning of the year.
He explained that 30 housemates started the show and that the number of contestants kept reducing in a weekly eviction process until the last two persons were announced winners.
According to him, the Big Dream Nigeria talent show initiative is àimed at offering talented and passionate youth a platform to express themselves and to be discovered in the creative industry.
He said that movies and music produced by housemates in the course of the show had been premiered and that all participants would be recommended to relevant stakeholders for music and movie roles.
“The reality show is aimed at building the next generation of talented Nigerians in the areas of music and acting.
“During their stay in the house, contestants were coached and mentored by seasoned filmmakers, actors, singers, and even leadership experts.
“They produced a movie and a song titled ‘9JA Go Beta’, which is to commemorate Nigeria’s 60 years of independence,” he said.
Amafibe said that the housemates were earlier quarantined in preparation for the premiere and commencement of the contest because of the coronavirus pandemic.
He called on relevant stakeholders, especially government at all levels to support initiatives such as the talent show in order to empower and gainfully engage teeming talented Nigerian youth.
“Our youths are talented but they need to be given platforms to express themselves, and that is why we want everybody to support this project so that we can get our youth off the streets.
“The entertainment industry can create the much needed jobs for our youth, especially as the country faces economic challenges,” he said.
Speaking with NAN, Christiana, a 300-level student of Architecture at the University of Benin, who won the star prize in Acting, expressed gratitude to the orgnisers.
She described the show às the kind of veritable platform talented and passionate young Nigerians needed for mentorship and direction in pursuit of their dreams.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim
NCDC announces 176 new COVID-19 infection in Nigeria
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Wednesday.
According to the agency, the new infection takes the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 57,437.
The NCDC said that the new cases were reported from 14 states of the federation.
It stated that Lagos reported the highest infection in the country with 73, Plateau (50), FCT (17), Rivers (8), Ondo (6), Niger (5), Ogun (5), Edo (3), Kaduna (3), Oyo (2), Bauchi (1), Bayelsa (1), Delta (1), and Nasarawa (1).
According to it, till date, 57613 cases have been confirmed, 48836 cases have been discharged and 1100 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT.
The health agency said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, have continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.
It added that the drivers of COVID-19 were different across the country, therefore subnational understanding of transmission was critical.
“We can’t celebrate decline in national figures until we test sufficient numbers in every state,” it stated.
The agency said that in addition, most patients who died were reported to have difficulty in breathing.
“Most people who died were 61-70 years of age.
The agency said that a properly worn face mask acts as a protective barrier to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Wear a mask properly covering your nose and mouth, no gaps secured with straps.
“Remember, a face mask is a personal item and must not be shared,” it said.
Edited By: Ejike Obeta
NIGCOMSAT to host ‘ACTINSPACE’ innovation competition in Abuja
The Nigeria Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Ltd says it plans to host the 2020 edition of ‘ACTINSPACE’ innovation competition in Abuja.
This is contained in a statement by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs of NIGCOMSAT, Mr Adamu Idris in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said the ACTINSPACE is an international competition targeted at students of tertiary institutions, IT startups and entrepreneurs to create new applications using technologies, satellite data and/or licenses.
Idris said the 2020 edition of the competition was being organised in collaboration with NIGCOMSAT, Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, African Aeronautics and Space Organisation (AASO).
“The competition entry which opened some weeks ago is expected to end on Oct. 8.
” Applicants from the ages of 18 to 35 years are expected to come up with solutions that are space-related for submission for the contest.
“The contest categories are New Space Player, Everyday Life Business and Space for Earth and Humans,” Idris said.
According to the Chairperson, local organising committee for ACTINSPACE Nigeria , Mrs Alma Okpalefe, participants are expected to devise solutions that could help to run their businesses, support humanitarian causes as well develop applications based on space technology.
Okpalefe said that the competition was open to all.
“Entries are accepted only through the NIGCOMSAT official website (www.nigcomsat.gov.ng)
” The second phase of the competition is the Hackathon where selected applicants will present their business ideas to judges and mentors over a two-day period, “she said.
Okpalefe said finalists and runners up would emerge at the end of the Hackathon of which the first place winner would represent Nigeria at the global event in Paris, France, in 2021.
“We are expecting to see Nigeria win at the global technology innovation challenge.
“To achieve this however, we must showcase the best of what we have to offer,” she said.
Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa
Burna Boy becomes first Nigerian artist with certified silver album in UK
Nigerian superstar, Damini Ogulu, a.k.a Burna Boy has become the first Nigerian artist with a certified silver album, “African Giant” in the UK.
The renowned singer, who said he was so excited over the achievement, took to his Instagram page @burnaboygram to announce the news to his fans and also expressed love to everyone that supported him.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that a silver certification in the UK means an album has sold 60, 000 copies.
NAN also reports that this came after news that ‘Own It’ by Stormzy featuring Burna Boy and Ed Sheeran, has a two-time platinum certification for selling 600,000 copies.
On June 4, it was announced that ‘Be Honest’, the 2019 single by British singer, Jorja Smith featuring Grammy nominee, Burna Boy has been certified platinum in France.
Burna Boy had accepted a gold plaque for his 2018 single “On The Low’’. The gold plaque is for selling 100,000 (or more) copies.
A gold plaque can also be handed to an artist, whose single has been streamed 15 million times in the country, thus 15 million streams of a single in France is equivalent to 100,000 pure sales.
Burna Boy is a multi-awarding Nigerian Afro-Pop singer, whose sound inspired by Nigerian legend Fela Kuti.
He got his breakthrough in 2012 with his hit single such as to Party off his debut album ‘L.I.F.E’ released in 2013.
Burna Boy in 2017, signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the U. S. and Warner Music Group internationally.
He released his first major label backed album ‘Outside’ in 2018.
The artist immense contribution in entertainment industry coupled with his numerous songs has made him outstanding.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Grace Yussuf