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NCC Raids Copyright Infringement Prone Outlets in Abuja



Enforcement Officers of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) in line with the Commission’s Zero Tolerance for Piracy initiative recently embarked on inspection, monitoring and sensitization of literary and Optical Disc Distribution outlets in Abuja.

The exercise was borne out of the need to address and checkmate cases of Copyright infringement following rising complaints by rights owners and the need to ensure that original copyright protected works were sold in the Federal capital Territory.

Mr. Augustine Amodu, Director of Enforcement, NCC, who disclosed this in a report in Abuja noted that, the exercise is strategic as it will enable Operatives of the Commission understand the operation mode of dealers and distributors of works and familiarize with their terrain and locations.

Mr. Amodu, driven by the zeal to ensure strategic engagement with stakeholders and effective coverage, structured the copyright Inspectors into two (2) teams for the purpose of the exercise.

Team One led by Barrister Ihuma Okwu  Moses (PCO) carried out thorough and detailed inspection of outlets in Garki and Gudu Areas of the FCT while Team Two led by Mr. Chukwuemeka Ngene (PCO) did same in Karu (FCT), Nyanya,  Jikwoyi, and Mararaba axis of Nasarawa State respectively.

The teams inspected Schools, Markets and Optical discs outlets within their areas of coverage.

At Garki, team 1 visited two markets and inspected Academy Bookshop, World Chris Bookshop, Bright Mind Bookshop, Kind Link ventures Bookshop, John Bosco Bookshop, Tony Don Bookshop, Chinedu Bookshop, Uncle Rising Bookshop, Mnouka bookshop and Donald Kaga Bookshop,

The team observed substantial quantity of pirated books on display in almost all the Bookshops. The proprietors were sensitized and urged to remove the pirated books from the market and ensure that only original copies of books were found in their shops.

Proprietors of visited Bookshops expressed their appreciation for the exercise as it has awakened their consciousness on the need to embark on legitimate business. They craved the indulgence of the Commission to foster a synergy between Bookshop Proprietors and Publishers to enhance supply of original books.

The proprietors attributed the high incidence of pirated books in the market to the lack of synergy between Booksellers and Publishers who prefer to sell directly to schools leaving them with the option of sourcing their consignment from the available market which might not be legitimate.

On a visit to Area 1 Shopping Centre, Optical disc (CDs/DVDs) stocks inspected were found to be pirated as the sellers took to their heels on citing the copyright inspectors. The Chairman of the Plaza was cautioned against displaying of pirated products for sale as the act will not be tolerated on the next visit of the Inspectors.

Similarly, the Team 2 officials by Chukwuemeka Ngene visited Noble Heights Academy Karu, Aja International Academy Karu, Cherry Field Academy Jikwoyi, Bookshops and Optical Disc dealers in the affected areas.

The team observed that some of the schools visited claimed to purchase textbooks from Publishers but could not present any receipt of purchase from publishers while other sellers could not prove the sources of literary works, optical discs sold to Pupils , Students and general public.

Some of the proprietors were invited to the commission for further inverstigation while others were cautioned and sensitized on the policies and programmes of the Commission against piracy. The officers urged the stakeholders to adhere strictly to the provisions of the Nigerian Copyright laws, CAP C28, LFN, 2004.

Some of the operators and members of the public called for the sustenance of the exercise as it will not only enhance the image of the Commission but also remind pirates of the consequences of their actions.

The exercise generated multiple successes as the officers used the opportunity to gather some intelligence, sensitize operators and the general public and also trigger investigation activities on the sources of literary works distributed by affected schools.

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CNN African Voices Profiles Talents Behind the Camera



African talents, who operate behind the scenes from the camera, are the guests on this week’s edition of Globacom-sponsored African Voices on CNN International. The episode has the theme: “Through the Lens”.

The 30-minute magazine programme will feature great African photographers like Gerald Rambert of Mauritius, Omar Victor Diop of Senegal and Adnen Chaouchi of Tunisia.

Globacom in a press statement in Lagos on Friday urged viewers to watch African Voices on CNN at 7 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. on Saturday and at 12.30 a.m., 4.30 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday. Further repeats will also run at 5 a.m. on Monday and at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday.

The company announced that the CNN crew will go underwater with the Mauritian photographer, Rambert, as he introduces viewers to the world of deep sea photography. He will in the course of the interview  disclose how his big passion for the fish and the sea led him to spending hours in the water and finally to underwater photography.  Rambert today is the photographer for many acclaimed magazines.

The second guest is the Senegalese photographer, Omar Diop. He is a graduate of the Paris Business School and has worked in several multinationals before abandoning his corporate job to devote himself to photography. Viewers will find out how he is interchanging between photography and painting.

The final guest on the programme, Adnen Chaouchi, is a journalist and radio host who CNN said is changing the way news is consumed through mobile journalism. He is expected to talk about how he combines his job as a journalist with television production.

In the last edition of African Voices was dedicated to women across Africa who are driving the styles found on runways around the world including Ethiopia’s Anna Getaneh, Nafisa Hafiz of Sudan and Anita Beryl of Uganda.

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FBD‎ Holds 2nd Franchise Matchmaking Investment Forum



(L-R): Mr. Chukwuka Monye, Managing Partner of Ciuci Consulting and DG, Delta Economic Summit Group; Mrs. Tundun Adreribigbe, COO, House of Tara; Mr. Chiagozie Nwizu, Convener and Managing Consultant of Franchise Business Development Services; Mr. Kunal Malhotra, General Manager, First Choice Retailing Limited; and Mr. Emma Esinna of Curves Fitness during the recent Franchise Investment Forum at Oriental Hotel, V.I, Lagos.‎

Franchise Business Development Services (FBDS Nigeria) has said that its second (2nd) Franchise Matchmaking Forum will hold on Thursday 29th March 2018. ‎


Franchise Matchmaking Forum is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and representative of World Franchise Associates (WFA) in Nigeria


The Forum according to the company is a quarterly franchise investor’s forum, where CEOs of franchise brands (Franchisors) pitch their franchise opportunities to an audience of prospective franchise buyers (Prospective Franchisees).


Mr. Chiagozie Nwizu, ‎Convener of the Forum, said that the forum is in line with the programmes in the calendar of the Nigeria 2018 Franchise Agenda, developed after a franchise industry stakeholders round table, which held in November 2017.


‎He said, the event offers the opportunity where the franchisor finds qualified potential franchisees who meet his brand’s criteria, and the potential franchisee meets the franchisor with a suitable proposition for his investment interest.


“Fund and support providers such as Nigeria American Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and commercial banks will be attending to provide support.


“The event holding at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos between 10am-6pm, will be attended by 20 local and international franchise brands like House of Tara, Experimac, ReMax, Avis, Meadow Foods, Chicken Republic, Studio24, BestChoice, among others, looking to expand in the lucrative Nigerian economy, and driven by the sheer volume of investible funds seeking promising franchising opportunities”, said Nwizu, the ‎Managing Consultant of Franchise Business Development Services‎‎.‎


‎The reputable and successful franchise brands operating various businesses of varying investment sizes and industry categories will be pitching and exhibiting their franchise prospectus to the prospective franchise buyers.


“Invited franchise buyers who are only required to register at a dedicated event website ( include potential start-up entrepreneurs; corporate workers seeking investment or retirement plans; institutional investors looking forward to investing in new portfolios.


“The participants will in addition, be learning how franchising works, and various support services they can take advantage of. They will also have the privilege of meeting franchise fund providers and learn how they can access low-interest fund for franchise investment,” the Convener explained‎.‎




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Google Reveals Top Trended searches in Nigeria



Statistics released by Google yesterday shows that football search top the stories that trended most in Nigeria for the Last 7 days.


The company said that excited Liverpool fans raced to Google to read more details about the new Premier League record set by the club, following their 2-1 win against Newcastle on Saturday at Anfield.


It would be recalled that Liverpool has scored against Newcastle at Anfield in 22 consecutive meetings, a Premier League milestone in home games against a single club.


Coming in second place was the news of Popular American rapper William Leonard Roberts, commonly referred to, by his stage name Rick Ross, who was reported to have been rushed to the hospital after he was found unresponsive on Thursday at his home in Florida.


Google reports that since the news broke, celebrity friends, fans and well-wisher of the rapper searched Google to get updates about his health.


Football news once again was the third most trended searches, no thanks to Manchester United’s dramatic 3-2 win against Crystal Palace on Monday, the club, who were down by 2-0 in the first half, made a remarkable turnaround in injury time.


This made the excited ManU fans raced to Google to search for match fixtures and more updates.


Google said that the arrested a Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board official called Philomina Chieshe, who claimed that the N36 million money derived from the sale of JAMB scratch cards was mysteriously swallowed by a snake, but after further interrogation by the EFCC, reportedly retracted her earlier claim and confessed that the money was collected by her superior made interested Nigerians turned to Google to read more about this new development, thereby making ‘JAMB’ a top trending search term.


News about a group of researchers led by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, that they have used new modelling scenarios to showcase several ways to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5°C by 2100, made Global warming one of the most trended searches in Nigeria in the last 7 days as interested Nigerians searched Google to read more about this new research finding.

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