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Gowon Urges Filmmakers to Promote National Unity, Patriotism

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Gen.Yakubu Gowon, Former Head of State, has urged filmmakers and other stakeholders in the movie industry to use their works to promote national unity and patriotism among Nigerians.

Gowon made the call over the weekend in his address as the Chairman of the Annual Film Lecture of the 2017 ZUMA Film Festival (ZUFF) held in Abuja over the weekend.

The theme for this year’s edition is “Sustaining Socio-Cultural and Political Integration in Nigeria: The Film Perspective.”

According to the retired General, the Nigerian motion picture industry is a veritable tool that can be used to drive nationalism, build values of love, peace and tolerance among Nigerians.

“Film should and must be used to sustain our conversations on issues that bind us together.

“Motion picture practitioners must sustain the current narratives with positive images and stories that cast Nigeria in good light and reinforce tendencies that promote our diverse cultures, economies, languages and dialects.

“I believe that the industry has the power to encourage citizens to see themselves as friends of Nigeria, and friends are always loyal to one another, “he urged.

Gowon, however, frowned at the practice of using films to put Nigeria and Nigerians in a bad light, which was an increasing trend among many filmmakers in recent times.

He lamented that such negative images often reinforce negative tendencies in people, and therefore urged film stakeholders to use their works as tools for positive social mobilization of citizens for national integration.

“Through film, the vision of a nation is articulated, opinions are shaped and characters are moulded.

“There are situations in which creative individuals have lent their talents to the propagation of hate and other divisive tendencies that threatened the unity of our nation.

“Owing to the popularity of these people, ordinary citizens on the street have now tended to believe that the short-term benefits of evil are to be preferred to the long-term good of society.”

Gowon, therefore, urged relevant stakeholders to use films to shape opinions, propose and set agenda for government and mobilize citizens to work towards a better Nigeria.

Also, the keynote speaker at the event, Femi Shaka, Professor of Film Studies, University of PortHarcourt, stressed the need for the establishment of Film Commission, and encouraging Industry-University Partnership, among other things, for effective development of the sector.

The Annual Film Lecture, now in its 9th edition, is a flagship component of the ZUMA Film Festival and ended yesterday.

It provides the opportunity for stakeholders in the movie industry to engage in narratives and conversations geared towards strengthening the sector.

The lecture brings together filmmakers, captains of industries, the academia, relevant government functionaries and other stakeholders to share thoughts and brainstorm on contemporary issues of importance to the growth of the Nigeria movie industry.

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NIGCOMSAT Takes on DStv, TStv with New DTH Services

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Nigerian Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Ltd in partnership with China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) on Thursday in Abuja launched Direct-to-Home (DTH) services.

 

DTH refers to distribution of multi-channel television programmes in KU Band by using satellite system by providing TV signals direct to subscribers’ premises.

 

Mr Adamu Idris, head, Public Affairs Department of NIGCOMSAT, stated that with the launch of DTH, NIGCOMSAT aired programmes of its first commercial customer, OVY Network, a Botswana-based startup DTH operator.

 

He noted that NIGCOMSAT, in partnership with the satellite manufacturer, CGWIC, completed a world-class head-end system composed of main stream hardware and software obtained from the U.S., Singapore and China.

 

He added that “after over six months of intensive testing, optimising and trial services, the system integrator will provide 24-hour, 7 days a week technical support.

 

“The NIGCOMSAT DTH system is capable of providing commercial broadcasting services to Nigeria and all countries within its coverage, from Senegal in the West to Namibia in the South.”

 

The public affairs head stated that the NIGCOMSAT DTH system may offer new solution for the Digital Switch Over Programme in Nigeria, using the DTT platform.

 

It is a technological evolution of broadcast television and advancement over analogue television which broadcasts land-based (terrestrial) signals.

 

The deadline for digital switch over using terrestrial measure appeared difficult to meet, judging by the time and resources required to build ground facilities and the huge maintenance cost, Idris noted.

 

He, however, added that “the challenge may be mitigated with NIGCOMSAT DTH services, using NigComSat-1R satellite, as programmes can be broadcast in urban and remote areas across the country.”

 

Idris quoted Mr George Kavameje, chief executive officer, OVY Network, as saying “I am excited to partner with Nigeria’s NIGCOMSAT and China’s CGWIC to reach people in Sub-Saharan Africa with premium content, using NigComSat-1R satellite.”

 

He stated that a high level government delegation had earlier visited NIGCOMSAT DTH Centre following the setup of system and expressed optimism on the role of NIGCOMSAT in supporting the Digital Switch Over.

 

Mr Adebayo Shittu, minister of Communications, had urged the Ministry of Information and Culture, and related Ministries, Departments and Agencies to, in line with the Executive Order for Local Content, consider the indigenous capacity that NIGCOMSAT offer.

 

According to him, NIGCOMSAT has been developed to serve the broadcast and communication needs of businesses.

 

The minister said “we are ready and capable of providing quality services to both  public and private sectors in Nigeria.”

 

Shittu also urged DTH and Telecom operators to patronise Nigerian satellite services. (NAN)

 

 

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Activities of Cybercriminals up by 11.5% from 2016 – Kaspersky Lab

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Kaspersky Lab’s in-lab detection technologies shows that the number of new malicious files processed by cybercriminals has reached 360,000 a day in 2017, which is 11.5% more than the previous year.

 

After a slight decrease in 2015, the number of malicious files detected every day is growing for the second year in the row.

The number of daily detected malicious files reflects the average activity of cybercriminals involved in the creation and distribution of malware.

 

This figure was calculated for the first time in 2011 and totaled 70,000 at that time.

Since then it has grown five-fold, and as the 2017 data shows, it is still increasing.

Most of the files identified as dangerous fall into the malware category (78%).

 

However, viruses – whose prevalence significantly dropped 5-7 years ago, due to their complex development and low efficiency – still constitute 14% of daily detections.

The remaining files are advertising software, which is not considered malicious by default, but in many instances, can cause private information exposure and other risks.

 

Protection against this kind of threat is essential for better user experience.

Approximately 20,000 of all dangerous files detected daily, are identified by Astraea, Kaspersky Lab’s machine-learning malware analysis system, which identifies and blocks malware automatically.

Vyacheslav Zakorzhevsky, Head of Anti-Malware Team at Kaspersky Lab said,“In 2015, we witnessed a visible drop in daily detections and even started thinking that new malware could be less important for criminals, who have instead shifted their attention towards reusing old malware.

 

“However, over the last two years the number of new malware we discovered has been growing, which is a sign that interest in creating new malicious code has been revived.

 

“The explosive increase in ransomware attacks over the last couple of years is only set to continue, as there is a huge criminal ecosystem behind this type of threat, producing hundreds of new samples every day.

 

“This year, we have also seen a spike in miners – a class of malware that cybercriminals have started to use actively, in light of the ongoing rise in cryptocurrencies.

 

“The reason for the increase in detections could also be attributed to the constant improvements we are making in our protection technologies.

 

“With every new upgrade, we can identify more malware than before and this could account for a rise in numbers

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Accenture Releases Fjord Trends 2018

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Analyzing the pressing forces acting internally and externally on organizations and society, Accenture has released Fjord Trends 2018.

 

Its 11th annual report examines seven emergent trends expected to impact business, technology and design in the year ahead.

 

Rapid technological advancements are altering the world we live in today, provoking both wonder and angst about the possibilities.

 

Whether it’s artificial intelligence, computer vision or blockchain, emerging technologies are uprooting the digital and physical experiences of our everyday lives.

 

These joint forces are simultaneously creating optimism and concern about the unprecedented wave of change that is unfolding.

 

“Each of our 2018 trends is born out of a fundamental tension — be it a shift, a collision or a parting of ways,” said Mark Curtis, co-founder and chief client officer at Fjord. “Digital versus physical, human versus machine, centralized versus decentralized, speed versus craft, automation versus control, traceability versus anonymity. Winners in 2018 will be those who best navigate these tensions and seize the opportunity to collectively design the world we’ll be living in.”

 

Fjord Trends 2018 suggests how organizations can navigate these currents and design for positive change. It examines seven trends expected to shape the next generation of experiences:

 

Physical Fights Back: Digital has had the limelight long enough – there are two brand experience headliners now. The time has come to blend the digital with the physical.

 

Computers Have Eyes: As well as comprehending our words, computers now understand images without any help from us. Imagine the exciting possibilities for next-generation digital services.

 

Slaves to the Algorithm: How do you design a marketing strategy to win over the algorithms – immune to conventional branding efforts – that sit between brands and their customers?

 

A Machine’s Search for Meaning: A.I. might change our jobs, but need not eliminate them. We can – and should – design our collaboration with the machines that will help us develop.

 

In Transparency We Trust: Blockchain has the potential to create transparency that will clear the fog of Internet ambiguity, regain lost trust, and repair relationships with the public.

 

The Ethics Economy: Organizations are feeling the heat to take stands on political and societal hot button issues, whether they want to or not. And consumers are speaking with their dollars, choosing brands that align with their core beliefs.

 

Design Outside the Lines: Design’s rapid ascedency and newfound respect within organizations is a win for all. But, in a world in which everyone thinks they’re a designer, today’s practitioners need to evolve – how they work, learn and differentiate themselves – if they are to continue having impact.

 

According to Design Director at Fjord in South Africa, Marcel Rossouw, the annual Fjord Trend Report for 2018 provides an invaluable view on how technologies and experiences are shaping the way we live and do business.

 

“In South Africa, Blockchain has the power to create transparency that will clear the fog of internet ambiguity, win back lost trust, and repair relationships with the customers. Considering the local economic and political climate, the technology could be a real game changer to regain control and promote transparency. Automation and the rise of AI are also forcing organisations in the African continent to design for a seismic shift in the workplace,” said Rossouw.

 

“We believe this edition of Trends will provoke and inspire but, above all, provide actionable advice for organizations to prepare for the opportunities ahead,” said Baiju Shah, global co-lead, Fjord and managing director, Accenture Interactive. “Many of the thorny questions ahead of us revolve around human-machine interactions, the consequences of which will be profound for individuals, society and organizations of all kinds. As digital fades from being stand-alone to being embedded in our physical world, our relationships with everything around us will be redefined.”

 

Fjord Trends 2018 draws upon the collective thinking of Fjord’s 1,000+ designers and developers around the world. The annual report is based on first-hand observations, evidenced-based research and client work. This year, for the first time, it also drew upon the individual insights and perspectives from 85 clients across five continents, whose views inspired the report.

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