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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Obiano to establish Igbo radio

Written by Tony Okafor, Awka
~Punch Nigeria. Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, on Tuesday said he would establish a radio station that would transmit only in Igbo.

Obiano stated this at the Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka, the state capital, during a function of an Igbo society, Otu suwakwa Igbo, headed by a former Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof. Pita Ejiofor.

Obiano said this would be his contribution to the efforts aimed at preventing Igbo language from going into extinction.

The governor berated parents for not teaching their children Igbo language and culture.

He ordered that henceforth pupils in the state, from primary to secondary schools, would wear Igbo traditional dresses to school every Wednesday.

He added that folklore would be taught to primary school children every Wednesday evening.

The governor noted that the Igbo folklore he learnt while growing up guided his behaviour and relationship with people till date.

"Igbo folklore is powerful in building morals and values. I can't forget my late primary schoolteacher and the way he used Igbo folklore to bring us up morally. Even as a governor, those stories about the tortoise and other animals still guide my life," Obiano stated.

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Obi, Obiano feud: An issue that has refused to die
Written by Vincent Ujumadu
Vanguard Nigeria. Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

Obi and Obiano: When the going was good
THE face-off between Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State and his predecessor, Mr. Peter Obi is getting messier, with their aides going all out to outdo each other in the media, thus polarising the Anambra political terrain.

In the last few days, there have been threats and counter-threats by the two camps making many observers to wonder what went amiss after the smooth transition from Obi to Obiano, the first time such hand-over was ever witnessed in the state.

Burning issues

Issues that had been on the front burner since Obi handed over the reins of power to Obiano include the actual amount of money left for the governor, the flyover bridges being built by the present government, which some people in Obi's camp often describe as waste of resources, Obi's constant visibility in the state and Obiano's personal lifestyle, among other issues.

As if each camp is always finding a way to hit the other, the latest altercation started last week during the 5th Zik lecture organized by the Faculty of Social Sciences of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka in which the former vice president of Kenya, Mr. Raila Odinga and former Nigerian Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar were guest lecturers. Former Governor Peter obi was present at the Zik lecture series and made a speech on investment in education that held the audience spell-bound.

A member of Governor Obiano's media team, Mr. Ifeanyi Anago, had in a statement accused Obi’s media aide, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, of taking photographs of a private jet that brought Atiku and Odinga to Enugu and claiming that the jet was hired by Obiano in time of recession.

Confusion as two monarchs emerge in Anambra community

Written Tony Okafor, Awka.
~Punch Nigeria. Wednesday, November 23, 2016. 

Awka-Etiti community in Idemmili South Local Government Area of Anambra State has been thrown into confusion as two persons claim the traditional stool of the town.
Chief Chuma Angus Ojukwu and Chief Michael Chidozie Ezeudenna claim they are the traditional rulers of the town.

Ojukwu, it was gathered, was crowned on November 5, 2016 by the kingmakers of the community, whereas the state Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, issued certificate of recognition to Ezeudeme.

Speaking to newsmen, Ojukwu accused the governor of instigating communal crisis in Awka-Etiti by issuing certificate of recognition to Ezeudenna who, he alleged, was not crowned by the Ozo titled men as was required by the custom of the community.
Ojukwu said he had gone to the governor on October 31, 2016 with a letter to intimate him of his November 5 coronation by the kingmakers.

He claimed the governor acknowledged receipt of the letter and expressed surprise that the governor still issued a certificate of recognition to a person who was not crowned.
Ojukwu threatened to drag the governor to court on the matter.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Nigeria has highest number of African students in US – Report

Written Bayo Akinloye
~Punch Nigeria. Tuesday, November 15, 2016. 

The United States government on Tuesday has announced that Nigeria has the highest number of students from Africa studying in the US.

According to the 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, there were 10,674 Nigerians studying in the US during the 2015-16 academic year.

The report noted that the figure made Nigeria the leading source of African students and ranked 14th worldwide as a source of international students in the US.

“This figure marks the highest number of Nigerians studying in the United States since 1986-87,” the report said.

It stated that students from Nigeria who studied primarily at the undergraduate level were “50.8% undergraduate; 35.6% graduate; 11.5 % Optional Practical Training; and 2% non-degree programmes or short-term studies.”

The study also showed that the top five institutions that had received the most Nigerian students are all located in the state of Texas: Houston Community College, the University of Houston, the University of North Texas, Texas Southern University, and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Other African countries with over 1,000 students in the US during the period include Ghana with 3,049, Kenya with 3,019, and South Africa with 1,813.

The Open Doors report is published annually by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The Open Doors report also indicated that the number of international students at US colleges and universities surpassed one million for the first time during the 2015-2016 academic year, which is an increase of seven per cent from the previous year to a new high of nearly 1,044,000 students.
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