Saturday, 2 July 2022

Bayelsa School Win the 2022 MILO Basketball Championship

BY CHIOMA UMEHA

Lagos

 

The boys from Bishop Dimieari Grammar School in Obom, Bayelsa State won a thrilling game against Government Secondary School in Karu, Federal Capital Territory, 3633, to bring the 22nd Milo Basketball Championship to a thrilling conclusion. The Bayelsa boys' three-pointer from the center of the court, which was timed to the final buzzer and the game's draw situation with each team holding 33 points, with only 22 seconds remaining on the clock, sent the crowd into a frenzy. 

 

The girls from St. Jude's Secondary Schools Amarata, Bayelsa State outperformed their counterparts from Akpur College, Gboko, Benue State by 38 to 14 to win the girls' division of the Championship in a different but lopsided match.


Photo: Nestlé Nigeria PLC's Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Wassim El-Husseini


 

The Nestlé Nigeria PLC's Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Wassim El-Husseini, said during his speech at the basketball finals that "the MILO Basketball Championship provides a platform to help the participants imbibe values that set the right foundation for their future." Sports help children develop grit, which includes perseverance in the face of adversity, courage in the face of fear, teamwork skills, self-belief, respect, and leadership. We will therefore keep doing everything we can to promote sports participation through the MILO Basketball Championship and help create a healthier and happier generation of Nigerians.

 

The Nigerian Schools Sports Federation (NSSF), the National Collegiate Sports Foundation (NCSF), the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), and the Ministries of Sports, Youth Development, and Education in a variety of forums were thanked by the Nestlé Chief Executive. 

 

states, for their assistance in ensuring the Championship's success over its 22 previous iterations. 

Speaking at the National Finals, Mr. Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, who was represented by Professor Olawale Moronkola, Director General of the National Institute for Sports, said: "I wish to commend Nestlé's dedication, passion, and financial support to the development of basketball in the nation. The fact that this platform has evolved into a venue for showcasing, fostering, and developing the so many emerging talents in our dear country.

 

Through his representative, the Honorable Minister also expressed his congratulations to all the competitors and pledged the support of the federal government to businesses that make investments in the growth of sports. 

Olabisi Joseph, the president of the Nigeria Schools' Sports Federation (NSSF), made the following remarks during his remarks at this year's Championship: "By supporting and promoting basketball in schools, Nestle Nigeria PLC has significantly contributed to the growth of sports in Nigeria and the creation of a bright future for young people. 

 

The competition has provided a venue for showcasing and developing the enormous potential of young Nigerian students and integrating them into the basketball mainstream. The MILO Basketball Championship, which debuted in 1999 with fewer than 500 schools, now attracts more than 10,000 schools annually. The 22nd edition saw a record registration of 10, 354 schools.

More Rural Women Empowered in Nigeria by Nestlé

BY CHIOMA UMEHA

Lagos


The fourth phase of the Nestlé Empowering Rural Women in Nigeria Project was recently launched in Port Harcourt, and it is helping more rural women in Nigeria gain financial security and raise their standard of living. At a ceremony that included several training sessions, 50 additional beneficiaries from the South South region of the country who were chosen from the company's value chain were admitted to the program.



Photo: Khaled Ramadan, Commercial Manager, at Nestlé Nigeria PLC addressing beneficiaries of the project during the launch of the 4th phase in Port Harcourt


Nestlé Nigeria's Commercial Manager, Mr. Khaled Ramadan, said at the training and induction session in Port Harcourt, "We are happy to fulfill our promise of expanding Nestlé Empowering Rural Women in Nigeria Project to reach more women in other parts of Nigeria. The 150 people currently utilizing the project have made good progress thus far, and we are happy with that. 


The recipients of the training and guidance offered by Nestlé and her implementation partners, FDConsults, report quicker turnover, higher revenue, and better visibility of their outlets within their communities. We are therefore confident that the additional 50 retailers in South South who have been chosen will also fully benefit from the assistance we are offering through grants, mentoring, and training. 


The female retailers who make up the beneficiaries will receive grants equal to 300 percent of their monthly sales of Nestlé products. Additionally, they will take part in mentoring and training programs that will help them expand their businesses and raise their household incomes. 

The Nestlé Empowering Rural Women project is such an amazing initiative, said Mr. Phranklin Audu, Head, Partnerships & Training at FDConsults in his remarks at the induction and training for the new beneficiaries. It is quite encouraging to see the development and growth that the women have experienced in the various states where the project is already active. 


We are discussing growth that can be seen. Grade-C merchants include moving up the distribution ladder and, more importantly, increasing their sales turnovers, which results in higher individual incomes for the women. The project's creators and the entire project team deserve praise for maintaining their commitment to the cause.



Photo: Beneficiaries of the 4th phase of the Nestlé Empowering Rural Women in Nigeria Project during their induction and training in Port Harcourt recently


Joyce Nwaiwo, one of the beneficiaries, thanked Nestlé and said, "I feel so happy about this opportunity. It still seems impossible to me that this is real; it feels more like a dream. I want to thank Nestlé very much. 


The Nestlé Empowering Rural Women in Nigeria Project's goal is to assist rural women retailers in growing their companies to a size that is up to three times larger than what it currently is. It is one of the Creating Shared Value programs Nestlé uses to support the development of thriving communities by enhancing the standard of living.


The project's mentoring and training elements are made available by FDConsults, a company with a proven track record of assisting rural residents in gaining access to knowledge and skills to raise their standard of living. To ensure their success, each beneficiary retailer is assigned a mentor who will provide them with three months of consistent support and one-on-one guidance. 


The first 50 female beneficiaries were brought into the project from the suburbs of Abuja in August 2021, marking the beginning of the project in North Central Nigeria. The project relocated to the South West in November of last year and added 50 new beneficiaries, chosen from the Oshogbo, Ede, and Ilesha region of Osun State. The Nsukka and Obolo-Afo axis of Enugu State contributed 50 inductees in February of this year, which benefited the South East. 

 

With the recent addition of 50 more participants to the project in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, 200 women have now been served as a result of the initiative. Before the end of 2022, the program hopes to have reached 300 women across the nation.

Thursday, 30 June 2022

The Downside to Adopting A Keto-diet

BY CHIOMA UMEHA

Lagos


The ketogenic diet has actually been used as an epilepsy treatment since the 1920s, despite the fact that it may appear to be new and modern. These days, it's promoted as a treatment for everything from type 2 diabetes to infertility, as well as for helping people lose those difficult extra pounds. 

 

According to a review published in August 2013 in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the ketogenic diet typically calls for increasing protein and fat intake while reducing carbohydrate intake to less than 50 grams per day. On a ketogenic diet, you will typically consume 70 to 80 percent fat, 20 to 25 percent protein, and 5 to 10 percent carbohydrates.

 

The relationship between ketogenic diet and muscle loss are still being studied, according to San Francisco-based dietitian Edwina Clark, RD. Even when they continue their resistance training, people on the ketogenic diet may still lose muscle. This may be due to the fact that, following exercise, protein and carbohydrates work better together to build muscle than protein alone. 

 

Conversly, a small study published in the journal Sports in March 2018 found that people who followed the ketogenic diet for three months lost roughly the same amount of body fat and experienced roughly the same changes in their muscle mass as those who followed conventional diets. However, people on the keto diet did lose more muscle in their legs.

 


There are better and worse ways to follow the keto diet. Putting a lot of meat on your plate, particularly processed meats, may make you more likely to develop kidney stones and gout, a painful form of arthritis. A high intake of animal proteins raises calcium and uric acid levels and causes urine to become more acidic. High uric acid can increase your risk for gout, and this combination makes kidney stones more likely to form in your body,. 

 

Additionally, the ketogenic diet can be harmful for those who have kidney disease because they must adhere to a specific diet that is recommended by their dietitian. Also, by adopting a keto diet,  you’ll likely experience bad breath as your body transitions to ketosisThis is due to the fact that acetone, a byproduct of ketosis, is primarily eliminated through the lungs and breath.

 

On the keto diet, periods may become irregular or completely stopThis is due to the rapid weightloss as a result of drops in gonadotropin-releasing hormone, follicle-stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, estrogen, and progesterone.

 

Long-term menstrual disruption can have serious consequences, including low bone density. This is because estrogen is essential for bone healthStudies have also found that irregular menstruation increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety, and sexual dysfunction. If your cycles become irregular or you stop having periods, you should see your ob-gyn.

 

Inspite of any existing medical conditions, seek the assistance of a registered dietitian nutritionist before beginning a ketogenic diet to develop a meal plan that you can follow. The diet should be avoided by anyone who has kidney disease, a history of eating disorder, or who has type 1 diabetes.

What Garden Egg Does To The Body

BY CHIOMA UMEHA

Lagos



Garden eggs are a rich source of vitamin Bs which aids the body in using fat and protein appropriately and also positively affects the nervous system. Additionally, it assists the brain development, it also ensures that the immune and nervous systems are functioning properly.

Garden eggs are contain dietary fiber that help in the regulation of bowel movement and digestion of food . The fruit's fiber content helps to improve digestion and lessen constipation. 

 

Not everyone knows that garden eggs are one of the best foods for pregnant women in terms of health benefits. These fruits are high in minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients that are important during pregnancy. Garden eggs are also high in folic acid, which helps pregnant women. Folic acid helps to protect infants from neural dysfunction.

 

If consumed regularly, garden eggs have been shown to be an effective natural remedy for treating a number of medical conditions, including bronchitis, colic (abdominal pain brought on by intestine obstruction), stress relief, headache, and others. 

 

Garden eggs are a rich source of iron, which promotes the growth of red blood cells in the body and aids in preventing anemia or iron deficiency. Garden eggs are rich in phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Its mineral content aids in sustaining the electrolyte balance in our bodies. 

It helps to balance the effects of sodium on the body, thereby lowering blood pressure.

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Senate Agrees To Send A Representative To London Over Alleged Organ Harvest Concerning Ekweremadu

BY CHIOMA UMEHA 

Lagos

 



The Senate has agreed to send a high-level delegation to the UK government to discuss the ongoing trial of former Senate Deputy President Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, who are being held on alleged organ harvesting charges. 



The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, announced that a delegation from the Foreign Affairs Committee would leave Nigeria for London on July 1, 2022. Lawan stated this in plenary on Wednesday while discussing the outcome of a closed session that began at 10:57 a.m. and ended at 11:49 a.m. He stated that the Upper Chamber's decision to intervene in the matter was based on a briefing from Nigeria's High Commissioner in London.


 


According to him, the Senate will consult with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian High Commission in London regarding Senator Ike Ekweremadu's recent arrest by the London Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom. 


"I had a personal meeting with our Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alhaji Isola Sarafa, who has done so well in establishing contact with our colleague, who has been able to get his team to be in the court at Uxbridge where Ekweremadu was taken." 


"The High Commission has also been able to provide some consular services, including the hiring of lawyers to defend our colleague."


 


"We applaud them for paying attention to the issue at hand." Likewise, the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister has come here to ensure that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes steps to provide diplomatic support for our colleague. 


"Because this matter is already in court, we have limited time to discuss anything beyond what we have done thus far." 


"However, I want to reassure Senator Ike Ekweremadu's family and Nigerians that the Senate will continue to work with our ministry of foreign affairs and our high commission in London."


"The High Commission has done so much, but we still expect it to provide any additional consular services." 


"We have also authorized our foreign affairs committee to engage with the British high commission here in Nigeria to find out more information about this case, as far as the high commission is concerned." 


"A delegation will travel to London to meet with Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife." A delegation from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will travel to London in the next two days for this purpose.

 

"I would like to implore all federal government institutions that can do anything to ensure that Justice prevails in this case to do so," said Senate President.

Mojo-Eyes, African Fashion Pioneer, To Receive Recognition at Chicago Fashion Week

BY CHIOMA UMEHA

Lagos


Lexy Mojo-Eyes, an African fashion ambassador, is nominated to receive yet another special recognition award at the upcoming International Arts Awards Gala and Fashion Week, which will take place in Chicago, Illinois, from June 30 to July 3, 2022. 

The International Arts Awards Gala and Fashion Week serves as the centerpiece of Al Nisa Designs, which is owned by African-American modest fashion designer Carmin Muhammad, who is also the driving force behind "Women Working Together Inc."

Muhammad, a Los Angeles native, became well-known worldwide after her article titled "Pink Hijab Ladies stole the show at Torino Fashion Week" went viral. Since then, she has not turned around. 

The second iteration of the first-ever U.S. Modest Fashion Week will honor trailblazers who paved the way for aspiring designers from various backgrounds and will have, among others, 25 international designers and 80 models as part of its "Fashion is an Ambassador to World Peace" theme. 

Mojo-Eyes is being honored in recognition of his enormous contributions to the African fashion industry over the past three decades, which have in large part shone a spotlight on the industry and gained it recognition and patronage on a global scale.

Dedicatedly transforming his vision to make Africa the future of fashion globally, the pioneering African fashion promoter and entrepreneur has been at the forefront of promoting African fashion for close to three decades, and given the attention it has received, it would appear that the future is now. 

The manifestations of African fashion in more recent times continue to be magnets of attraction, inspiring and luring masses of people into union with their beauty and novelty after thirty years of pushing the boundaries of African fashion towards inclusivity and global reckoning. 

As time goes on, Mojo-Eyes' unrelenting efforts to promote African fashion continue to entice pilgrims to its fairs from the Sahel to the savannah and rain forests as they travel across various trade routes.

He has accomplished innovative things in the African fashion industry, which has elevated him to a position of authority and respect. With its annual events, The Nigeria Fashion Show, The Nigeria Fashion Week, The Nigeria Fashion Awards, The Nigeria Model Awards, and Africa Fashion Week, Legendary Gold Limited has been at the forefront of promoting African designers and creatives in the African fashion industry. 

An impressive number of influential designers have been influenced by the brains behind Africa's leading fashion promoting firm. Mojo-Eyes has not only staged and participated in massive transcontinental fashion exhibitions to raise awareness - from fashion weeks in Lagos to Milan, New York, Paris, Dubai, and the United Kingdom, among others - but has also perfected digital savvy. 

With an increasing number of platforms for designers to promote their brands to a mass market, providing new sales avenues for fashion and other consumer goods, he recently launched Agogo Africa, an e-commerce marketplace for African fashion designers and creatives where their products are marketed all over the world at no cost to them, with special discounts on all shipments worldwide courtesy DHL. 

Mojo-Eyes is regarded as the iconic figure behind the revolution that has defined African fashion for the past three decades. He is best known for advancing the essence of the African fashion industry by encouraging African designers to look inward to the rich peculiarities embedded in African culture in order to project African fashion towards global recognition, inclusion, and economic viability.

Monday, 27 June 2022

Widow Seeks Help After Being Subjected to Domestic Violence by Her In-laws

BY CHIOMA UMEHA

LAGOS



Mrs Fidelia Emejor, a 44-year-old widow, has spoken out against domestic violence and abuse from her late husband's family. 

Mrs Emejor described her ordeal when she visited the Enugu office of Women's Aid Collective (WACOL), saying she has been experiencing hardship and family abuse since the death of her husband, Mr Paul Lewechi, in 2017. 

"I feel so bad today because I recall the death of my late husband," she says. Since my husband's death, I have faced unspeakable hardship as a result of domestic violence and abuse from my husband's brothers. Mr. Joseph Emejor, the arrowhead in this wicked act, has been making my life miserable since the unfortunate incident.

We were forcibly removed from our home by one of them, Mr. Joseph Emejor, and his brother, who also locked the houses in the village and in Kaduna state, where I had lived with my husband until his death. 

"As if that weren't enough, they came back six months later and took the kids away from me, leaving just my son and I. In addition, despite the fact that I have no other means of support, they have been taking the rent from our home and shops without giving it to me. We have suffered as a result of them taking everything away from us. 

"In addition to these humiliations, Mr. Josepph Emejor, who is currently living with his family in our Kaduna shops and homes, has been a constant presence in my life.

If I don't give him the property documents, he threatened to kill me. I am pleading for help because I am depressed. 

"They ignored the Eze when he invited them, so I reported the situation to the traditional leader of our community. I went to the WACOL office in Enugu to seek justice for this reason. Due to the out-of-control domestic violence, I made the decision to speak out. I want the entire world to hear me and save me," she exclaimed. 

Egodi Igwe, the WACOL communication officer, said in a statement made available to journalists in Enugu on Monday that the widow had reported a case of abuse to the WACOL legal clinic in 2021.

"Following the commemoration of the 2022 International Widows Day today, our client has decided to share her story with the entire world to raise awareness about the plight of widows like her and to enlist the assistance of pertinent agencies in order to put an end to her tribulation," the statement reads. 

"Felicia's case is merely one of the tens of thousands of heartbreaking accounts of widows that WACOL (Tamar SARC) receives every day. These victims come from all over the nation, but particularly the South-East. 

"Negative cultural norms that are prevalent in the area have been linked to the causes of these. More than 20 years after the Beijing declaration, harmful cultural norms are still pervasive in Igboland, according to research by WACOL in the South East and South-South States.

It is true that widows in Nigeria experience terrifying afflictions as a result of harmful widowhood practices, such as economic disinheritance, social exclusion, forced custody of children, physical/emotional abuse, and eviction from matrimonial homes. Some people are forced to drink water that was used to wash their husbands' corpses after they are accused of killing them in order to prove their innocence. 

"Violence against widows continues to be a problem for widows in Africa, particularly in Nigeria. 

The WomenAid Collective (WACOL) has joined other human rights organizations in calling for a better life for widows in Nigeria as the world observes International Widows Day.

We observe that this is an additional chance to highlight the struggles of widows within and outside of our communities, neighborhoods, and even at places of employment. 

"In keeping with the celebration's theme this year, "Sustainable Solution for Widows Financial Independent," we demand that widows be completely freed from poverty, deprivation, and the physical and emotional abuse that go along with it. 

To ensure Mrs. Emejor's safe return to her community, WACOL is currently coordinating with the traditional leader of the area. We will continue to intervene in other cases that are similar to the one at hand.

We are also working together on projects to address violence against women and girls, including harmful cultural practices, with partner organizations like Action Aid Nigeria, UNDP, and UNWomen. 

Intriguingly, we are currently working with the Ford Foundation on a project to eradicate harmful cultural norms by enlisting traditional leaders, judges, and women activists to review and codify existing cultural norms in order to eradicate those that encourage violence against women and girls in society, including widowhood practices. 

Women are declared to have the right to live freely and are protected by the law, according to laws and treaties. Nigeria has also signed these documents.

They consist of the 1993 UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which gave women the necessary protection. 

As a result, "we call on all relevant agencies to ensure that these existing laws that guarantee and promote safety as well as better living standards for widows in society are effectively implemented."

WHO: Monkeypox is Not a World Health Threat


BY CHIOMA UMEHA

Lagos



Monkeypox is not a global public health emergency, according to the World Health Organization, WHO, who made this official statement over the weekend.

The announcement comes two days after WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus, called a meeting of the disease's Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) to address the growing number of cases. He l expressed concern over the spike in the disease's outbreak while starting that outbreak of monkeypox is unquestionably an evolving health threat that they are closely monitoring.

According to Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, 41 confirmed cases have been reported in Nigeria out of the 162 suspected cases since January of this year. 

Although there were other views in a separate statement the WHO Committee agreed that at the moment the outbreak was not a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).


Monkeypox is a viral illness that causes flu-like symptoms and skin lesions in men who have sex with men outside of the countries where it is prevalent. 


The label "global emergency" so far only applies to the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing efforts to eradicate polio. The United Nations has backed down from applying it to the monkeypox outbreak following advice from an international expert meeting. The WHO Director-General agrees with the IHR Emergency Committee's advice on the multi-country monkeypox outbreak and does not consider the event to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern at this time. 

The highest level of global alert, the PHEIC declaration, currently applies only to the COVID-19 pandemic and polio. Since May, more than 3,200 cases have been reported in 48 countries, many of which have never reported the disease before. 

The highest numbers are currently in Europe, with the majority of cases involving men who have sex with men. So far this year, nearly 1,500 cases and 70 deaths have been reported in central Africa, where the disease is more prevalent, primarily in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

Monkeypox vaccines and treatments are available, but they are in short supply.

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