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Buhari, Roma vs Barcelona Match, Wrestlemania 2018, trend on Google Search



Nigerians took to Google search engine during the week to get more information on the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election come 2019, the elimination of Barcelona by Roma and the 2018 edition of Wrestlemania, among others.




Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google Communications and Public Affairs Manager for West Africa, disclosed this in a dispatch sent to Nigeria Communicationsweek on Wednesday.



Kola-Ogunlade, explained that President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to seek re-election at the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) National Executive Committee meeting held in Abuja on Monday top the search trend.


He noted that the “declaration came as a surprise to members of the APC and has also sparked controversial talks by concerned Nigerians on the implications of the President’ seeking a second term.


“Nigerians took to Google to confirm the President’s declaration.“



The Google manager said that another issue that trended on Google search was the 3-0 defeat of Barcelona by Roma.


According to him, “Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi and other club members expressed disappointment at their 3-0 defeat to Italian football club, Roma, at the ongoing UEFA Champions League matches.”


The loss eliminates Barcelona from the competition and puts Roma in the semi-final, making them the third team in Champions League history to overturn a first-leg defeat of three goals or more.



“Football fans in Nigeria raced to Google for more highlights of the match, making ‘Roma vs Barcelona’ a top trending search term.” he stated



Kola-Ogunlade, said that the highly anticipated annual professional wrestling event ‘Wrestlemania’, which took place on April 8 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, trended on Google search.



He noted that the 2018 edition of the pay-per-view (PPV) event was the thirty-fourth annual Wrestlemania event and was watched by thousands of fans around the world.



“Wrestlemania is also referred to as the Superbowl of Wrestling.

“Nigerians searched Google for results, recap and grades, making ‘Wrestlemania 2018’ a top trending search term.”


Another issue that trended on Google search according to him was the demise of Raymond Colin Wilkins, an English football player and coach who died after suffering a heart attack last week at the age of 61.



He noted that “Football clubs across Europe this week paid tribute to late Raymond Colin Wilkins.



Wilkins, played for Chelsea, Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers during his 24-year football career, also captained his country at international games that saw him win 84 caps for England.



“Football fans in Nigeria took to Google search to read more about Wilkins’ football career and achievement.” he added



Kola-Ogunlade, said that the report that about One hundred cases of IBS are reported yearly in Nigeria made Nigerians to go to Google search to read more about it.



“Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine.



“One hundred cases of IBS are reported yearly in Nigeria.



“In the quest to stay healthy and eat right, Ragnhild Undseth’s PhD dissertation sheds light on the mysteries of irritable bowel syndrome.



“Interested Nigerians went to Google search to read more of Undseth’s dissertation about irritable bowel syndrome and how food ferments in their intestines.”



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CTO Appoints Gisa Fuatai Purcell as Director of ICT Development



Gisa Fuatai Purcell, a national of Samoa has been appointed as Director of ICT Development Department of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO). The Director of ICT Development, who reports to the Secretary-General is responsible for overall strategic direction of the operational divisions of Capacity Development, Events and Technical Support and Consultancy.


“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Purcell. In addition to her impressive personal qualities, Gisa brings to the job a wealth of relevant experience in the ICT development sector spanning about 25 years, as well as excellent experience in dealing with decision makers at the highest level. I look forward to working closely with her,” said Shola Taylor, Secretary-General, who made the announcement today following a merit based internationally advertised recruitment process.


Gisa is the first woman to have been appointed to this top role at the CTO. She has served as the regional advisor to CTO for the South Pacific since July 2016 and before then as the Head of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Division on ICT development in least developed countries, small island development states, and landlocked developed countries with responsibilities for climate change adaption and disaster risk reduction and emergency telecommunication. She successfully managed many projects around the world including early warning systems using different types of technologies and supporting the development of enabling policies and regulations.


At the national level, Gisa was recruited by the Prime Minister of Samoa while she worked in New Zealand (2003) to help develop Samoa’s first national ICT policy in which the priority project was liberalizing the mobile market.


Her work resulted in Samoa being the first Pacific Island country to have launched and implemented a national ICT policy (2005) and the first Pacific Island country to have liberalized its mobile market (2006) promoting sale of mobile phones and competition among mobile companies that brought down the cost of phone calls per minute.


Through the ITU project, Gisa was instrumental in enabling the Government of Samoa to tackle cybercrime in the revised Crimes Act 2013.


Honourable Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i, Minister of Communications and Information and Technology of Samoa stated, “I am proud of Samoa having one of her daughters continue raising Samoa’s flag in telecommunication and ICT development at the international level. Gisa has been instrumental to the development of ICT in Samoa, within the Pacific and at the global level through her work with the ITU. Well done Gisa, I am very proud of you” Gisa has a Master of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.


“I am very humbled with this appointment and I thank the CTO management and Executive Committee for their confidence in me” says Mrs Purcell, adding, “I will take on this job with humility, honesty and praise God for his blessings and guidance. I thank my husband Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell for his unwavering support, and my children for reminding me I am a woman, a mother and grandmother contributing towards the betterment of mankind”

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MTN Plans $500m IPO- SEC



Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has confirmed that MTN Group had finally commenced discussions with the commission on its proposed 500 million dollars Initial Public Offering (IPO).


A senior management staff of SEC who pleaded anonymity told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that MTN had commenced discussion with the commission on the IPO.


The source told NAN that although talks were ongoing, the company was yet to formally file its application for the IPO


SEC would remain committed to the development of the nation’s capital market and listing of more multinationals.


Another source at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), who declined to be mentioned, also told NAN that the NSE had not yet received an official filing from the company, while there were reports recently that MTN Group Ltd. was perfecting plans to raise about 500 million dollars from the sale of shares in its Nigerian business in the first half of 2018.


Standard Bank Group Ltd. and Citigroup Inc. had been advising MTN on the disposal of as much as 30 per cent of its Nigerian unit on the NSE.


However, MTN had agreed to list the Nigerian unit as part of June 2016 agreement to pay one billion dollars fine for missing a deadline to disconnect unregistered subscribers amid a security crackdown.


NAN reports that MTN recently appointed a Nigerian investment firm, Chapel Hill Denham, as lead manager for the planned sale of 500 million dollars shares in its Nigerian business during the first half of this year.


It also appointed South Africa’s Rand Merchant Bank, Renaissance Capital and Vetiva Capital as joint issuers to the offer.


The telecoms firm also appointed seven placement agents that would help market the shares.





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NCC says National Roaming will End Rural-urban Digital Divide



The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday national roaming and active Infrastructure Sharing in Nigeria would end rural-urban digital divide.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, NCC Executive Vice-Chairman, stated this at a stakeholders’ forum on “Development of Framework for National Roaming and Active Infrastructure Sharing in Nigeria’’ held at Digital Bridge Institute, Lagos.

Danbatta, who was represented by the Director, Spectrum Administration, Engr. Austin Nwaulunne, said national roaming had the potential of promoting seamless communication of subscribers.

According to him, subscribers will be able to roam on the network of other service providers where their own service provider is unavailable or has limited network coverage.

“The benefits of encouraging active infrastructure sharing can also not be overemphasized.

“Not only will there be noticeable reduction in network deployment costs, the industry will also witness acceleration in the take-up of broadband services and gradual elimination of the rural-urban digital divide,’’ he said.

Danbatta said NCC was committed toward ensuring the continued growth and development of the telecoms industry.

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