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TeachForNigeria Discloses Plans to Bridge the Inequality Gap in the Nigerian Educational System

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Teach For Nigeria, a Non-profit organization focused on improving the quality of education for Nigeria’s most marginalized children, hosted its inaugural annual education cocktail and fundraiser in Lagos recently.

 

The event with the theme “Educate Nigeria” had many guests in attendance including captains of industry and leaders in the private and public sectors.

 

The organizers said that the event served as a platform to highlight the Teach for Nigeria vision, mission, strategy and progress made since inception in 2017 at addressing the inequality that exists in disadvantaged schools in the program’s current coverage areas in Lagos and Ogun states as well as its expansion efforts into the Northern region of the country in 2018.

Folawe Omikunle, CEO, Teach For Nigeria, said: “Over the years, Education in Nigeria has suffered a steady and continuous decline resulting in poor learning outcomes for most of our students and more so, for disadvantaged students from low income communities.

 

“As part of efforts to ensure that the standards are raised for all our children, Teach For Nigeria was established and I am proud of all that we have achieved so far and grateful for the support and commitment we have received from our Fellows, champions and ambassadors.”

 

Gbenga Oyebode, Chairman Teach For Nigeria said: “Teach for Nigeria is focused on developing a movement of leaders across the nation who are committed to putting an end to educational inequity.

 

“The present state of education in Nigeria, where about a third of our children are not in school and over half of those in school are not learning, is not acceptable.

 

“Every well meaning Nigerian must therefore join hands to ensure that ongoing initiatives such as Teach For Nigeria that aim to make sure that disadvantaged children in Nigeria who lack access to an excellent education have a better chance at achieving a successful future, are encouraged and supported.”

 

As part of plans to expand its coverage to the Northern region, Teach For Nigeria signed a Partnership Agreement with the Kaduna State Government on June 25, 2018 that allows the program to place Fellows in high-need primary schools in Kaduna to teach students for two years.

 

The first cohort of Kaduna Fellows will begin to lead their classrooms by September 2018.

 

This milestone brings the program much closer to achieving its vision that one day; every Nigerian child will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

 

Teach For Nigeria plans to expand and deepen its efforts over the next 10 years- impacting over 500,000 primary school children across Nigeria annually.

 

 

Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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Multichoice Nigeria Rakes In N133.2Bn in 1 Year

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Multichoice Nigeria, pay-tv operator, raked in N133.2 billion in revenue from subscriptions in the last one year, according to the Group’s financial results for the full year ended March 31, 2019.

 

According to the results released to the Group’s investors last week, the Nigeria operating unit generated R5.3 billion in the year under review, which amounts to N133.2 billion when converted at the current exchange rate of N25.14 to R1, according to Newtelegraph.

 

The revenue from Nigeria in the 2019 financial year represented 24.8 per cent growth when compared with N100 billion (R4 billion) recorded in the previous financial year. The country accounted for 10.6 per cent of the Group’s total revenue for the year, which stood at R50 billion.

 

Multichoice attributed the increase in revenue to growth in subscriber base and increase in the price of some of its subscription packages.

 

The results showed that Multichoice Nigeria increased its premium package price by seven per cent in the year under review, while the price of its mid package was increased by eight per cent.

 

However, the company said it reduced the price of its lowest package targeted at mass subscribers by three per cent in the same period.

 

In terms of number of household subscribers, Nigeria was categorised among other operating units of the Group in Africa, which include Angola, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique to become a separate entity known as Rest of Africa (RoA), aside South Africa. According to the report, the Group’s total subscriptions grew by 12 per cent year-on-year to hit 15.1 million. South Africa accounted for 7.4 million of the total subscriptions while the RoA had 7.7 million.

 

Commenting on the result, Calvo Mawela, Multichoice Group CEO, said the Group was able to increase revenue by six per cent year-on-year and trading profit by 11 per cent to R7 billion. He added that Multichoice had also invested more in local content and stepped up production of local content to 4,600 hours.

 

“Our growth is exceptionally pleasing, especially in the current economic climate, and a clear indication that our strategy is working. We continue to believe in the growing appetite for video entertainment across the African continent,” he said.

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Hi-Life FEST Regional Knockout Train Heads to Commercial City of Aba

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All roads lead to Aba for the final leg of the Hi-Life Fest regional knockouts. This is following successive weeks of enthralling regional contests, which have taken place across various cities in the East including Enugu, Awka, and Asaba.

 

The regional knockouts in Asaba, which held at the Sandy Gold Hotel, Abraka on the 23rd of June 2019, was a spectacle to behold as talented highlife artistes and dancers gave their best performances in hopes of qualifying for the next round of the competition.

 

This year, the winner of Hi-Life Fest will be awarded a mouthwatering cash prize of N5 Million Naira.

 

The contestants were screened and auditioned by a panel of elite judges including the likes of highlife music legend, Chief Bright Chimezie; African dance scholar & instructor, Dr. Akaz, actor David Jones David and guest judge/OAP Jude Aguize.

 

After delighting the audience with some awe-inspiring performances, Chijioke Charles and Kingsley Ifeanyi clinched the two available spots to qualify for the quarterfinal. In the dance category, Akaramarama dance group fought off tough competition to secure the only spot in the dance category.

 

The regional knock-out in Asaba also featured a performance from the winner of the 2017 edition of Hi-Life Fest, Chibest David, who provided the perfect side attraction as guests enjoyed the refreshing taste of Life Lager.

 

With the completion of the Asaba regionals, the train now heads to Aba for the final round of regional knockouts set to take place on the 30th of June.

 

This year’s Hi-Life Fest themed “Rhythm of Progress”, is the third edition of the beloved talent hunt contest. Over the years, the competition has produced remarkable highlife music talents such as Chibest David and Dons Ifeanyi who have gone on to become bonafide stars.

 

Hi-Life FEST is an initiative of Life Continental Lager Beer, brewed from the stables of Nigerian Breweries Plc.

 

The fine quality lager is made from the finest choice of grains, hob extracts and the purest of waters, expertly brewed to give that rich, crisp distinctive taste and well-rounded aroma in the true quality fashion of the master brewer.

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Ota And Abeokuta Catch Ariya Repete Fever

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More quarterfinalists have emerged after the Ariya Repete 2019 regional knockouts in Ogun state.

 

Simultaneous auditions took place in Ota and Abeokuta, where residents and fans of indigenous music came out in their numbers to watch contestants slug it out for a spot in the quarterfinals.

 

The Ota and Abeokuta selection parties kicked off at 6.p.m on the 21st June, and they were nothing short of spectacular, as all contestants delivered amazing performances in a bid to stake a claim in the next round of the competition.

 

The contestants displayed immense creativity, great stagecraft, and some awe-inspiring vocals, which left the judges with the hard task of selecting the three (3) winners on the night.

 

It was entertainment non-stop, as well as a blend of fun and serious business as the judges and audience were thrilled by the quality of contestants that graced the stage.

 

At the conclusion of the keenly contested Ota regionals, Sulaimon Ajayo Adeyemi, Prince Ade Micheal, and Christian Olamide were selected as the winners in the Fuji, Juju and Afro-Pop categories respectively. Similarly, in Abeokuta, Alhaji Taofek Adeyinka, Adeleye Temitope, and Ayeni Olajuwon emerged victorious in the Fuji, Juju and Afro-Pop categories respectively.

 

The selected contestants have now inched one-step closer to winning their share of the 20 million Naira up for grabs. Their next hurdle will be the quarterfinal showdown on the 26th of July in the sunshine city of Akure.

 

Speaking after the Abeokuta selection party, an overjoyed Ayeni Olajuwon who qualified in the Fuji category expressed his appreciation to the organizers of the show and also his determination to make further progress as the competition progresses. He said;

 

“I am so glad I won today, I’m so grateful to Goldberg Lager for giving me this opportunity to show my talents. I can’t wait to go up on stage again, and I believe I can make it to the final”

 

Follow-up to the successful completion of the selection parties in Ogun state, Ariya Repete 2019 regional audition heads to Ibadan and Akure on 26th of June at Mauve 21 Hotel, Ibadan and First Molac Hotel, Akure. Residents of Ibadan and Akure now have the chance to participate in the competition and slug it out for a place in the quarterfinal.

 

This edition of Ariya Repete will be televised on TV stations from the 12th of July. Ariya Repete is proudly sponsored by Goldberg Lager.

 

For more information, visit Goldberg social media pages @goldberg_ng for Instagram and @goldberglagerng on Twitter. Follow the conversation using the hashtag – #AriyaRepete2019.

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