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Waje, Yinka Davies, Segun Adefila Delight Audience as Legends Musical Makes Abuja Debut

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‘Legends, Kings and Kingdoms: the Musical,’ one of the most critically acclaimed shows on the Lagos theatre circuit opened for the first time in Abuja to packed crowds and rave reviews.

 

The musical drama, produced by Seeing through the Arts and Declassical Arts & Entertainment showed at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton on June 7 and 8, sold out seats and attracted dignitaries – including former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai as well as top federal government officials and members of the diplomatic community.

 

In the musical, five African heroes: Nigeria’s Sango, Nana Yaa Asantewaa of Ashanti in modern Ghana, Queen Neferneferuaten Nefertiti of Egypt, Shaka, King of the Zulus in modern South Africa and Queen Amina of Zazzau in what is now northern Nigeria answer the call of a distressed priestess to save her people, ‘Modaland,’ from a common enemy – the Shadow. The production explores themes of loyalty, love, honour and overcoming formidable odds.

 

Co-directed by an alumnus of the MTN scholarship programme with MUSON for creative professionals, Ayo Ajayi, the 2018 show runs boasted such industry leading lights including Yinka Davies and Segun Adefila.

 

For its 2019 run, star vocalist and actress, Waje joined the cast, playing the role of a goddess and Shaka’s love interest.

 

Since its debut in October 2018, Legends the Musical has seen dazzling colour displays, soaring music performances, elaborate stage choreography and a daring story that seamlessly weaves African history with contemporary societal issues.

 

In 2019, the show did a third run at the MUSON Centre in Lagos as well as another showing in Bonny, Rivers State.

 

Legends the Musical was supported by the MTN Foundation as part of its Arts and Culture lineup of shows highlighting authentically Nigerian stories.

 

According to the Foundation’s Executive Secretary, Nonny Ugboma, “Our excitement about the growth and evolution of Legends the Musical compelled us to take the show around the country, which reinforces our continued support for Nigerian arts & culture, a commitment we have made since 2006.”

 

Critically acclaimed shows which have benefited from this support in the past year include Fela and the Kalakuta Queens; the first three runs of Legends the Musical; the Life in My City Art Festival in Enugu; Our Son the Minister; the Made in Nigeria Poetry Show; Oba Esugbayi: The Play and High: The Play.

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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Ajisebutu, 21st Century Tech Boss Visits House of Reps Speaker, Seeks Support for ICT Sector

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l-r: Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of House of Representatives and Wale Ajisebutu, vice chairman/CEO, 21st Century Technologies limited when the latter paid him a visit in Abuja recently.
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Wale Ajisebutu, vice chairman/CEO, 21st Century Technologies limited, has solicited the support of the House of Representatives in creating an enabling environment for accelerated, cost effective infrastructure to increase Nigerian’s access to ICT.

 

Ajisebutu who made the call when he visited Femi Gbajabiamila, the new Speaker of House of Representatives, said that ICT as an enabler for sustainable development.

 

He congratulated Gbajabiamila on his election as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, saying that he deserved to lead the House.

 

“ I have no doubt in your ability to lead, your election is a testament to your faith, leadership qualities but also the strength of your character, and relations capacity, I pray God to guide you.

 

Gbajabiamila, also assured the 21st Century Technologies boss of the House of Representatives willingness to work with ICT sector to ensure the speedy development of the country.

 

Ajisebutu is a tireless advocate and champion in the ICT sector who has built one of Nigeria’s largest information technology hubs and has chosen to keep quiet about it.

 

His company, 21st Century Technologies Limited (21CTL) is today fully mobilized and well positioned converged multi-service provider with arms and legs in telecommunications; software; online marketplace; ICT training and so on.

 

His company 21CTL was founded and registered in 1997 and began operations in 1999, all in the 20th Century; a testament to Ajisebutu’s vision of better tomorrow for his dear country-Nigeria.

 

A chattered accountant by profession, Ajisebutu understands the economics of business management so well that it is almost second nature. He is a perfectionist who believes that every Nigerian deserves nothing but the best quality of service.

 

 

 

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World Bank Selects FUTO as Centre for Future Energies, Electro-chemical System

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The World Bank has selected the Federal University of Technology, Owerri as Africa centre of excellence in Future Energies and Electro-Chemical System, otherwise called ACE-FUELS.

It was gathered that ACE-FUELS would facilitate the university to run an international Masters Degree programmes in Electro-Chemical Technology, Future Energies, Nanotechnology and Corrosion Technology.

Speaking at a media parley on Wednesday, organized by the university to mark the Vice Chancellor’s three years in office, the VC, Professor Francis Eze stated that the university management had concluded plans to gather wastes for the production of energy.

He further advised Nigerian institutions to embrace the new technology, adding that it was the current global practice.

The VC said, “As we have continued to improve on the aesthetics of the campus environment through the maintenance of green lawns, proper waste disposal and management are also billed to be converted into energy. This is the current trend in most of the civilized world and we are emulating it. It would be of immeasurable help in power generation”.

He stated FUTO was established as a specialized university to impart practical knowledge and requisite skills needed to fast-track the technological development in the country.

Eze however, revealed that it was to deepen and expand  research activities and innovation that his administration created the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Development  and Innovation

The VC did not omit to state that his three years in office had been a mixture of accomplishment and challenges.

He listed encroachment on FUTO land, hostile and uncooperative attitude of host communities, lack of staff quarters, inadequate power supply, ill-equipped library and laboratory facilities, poor road networks and inadequate hostel accommodation among others as some of the challenges faced by the university.

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Facebook to Leverage Deep Tech with Campus Roadshow

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Facebook has embarked on a University roadshow offering students the opportunity to share their ideas and learn more about technology.

As part of its continuation of its 2018 FbStart programme, the roadshow is aimed at educating and attracting students to build solutions that utilise advanced technologies to solve problems and build solutions for the future, using Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Internet of Things, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).

Joining the tour will be Facebook’s Developer Circle leads and Accelerator programme alumni from last year who will be providing mentorship to would-be developers, talking about the kind of workshops they run, sharing their success stories and experience from the programme, as well as the impact of Facebook Developer Circles in their communities.

The tour will feature pitch sessions for students and startups that have ideas and would like to the apply to the programme, giving them an opportunity to receive feedback from would-be mentors. The tour has already visited University of Lagos (Unilag), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), University of Port Harcourt (Uniport), University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) and Bayero University Kano (BUK), with additional stops to go, including University of Jos (Unijos) on Friday, June 21.

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