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THREE KEY TRENDS THAT WILL SHAPE NIGERIA IN 2013

Anna Rosenberg, a senior analyst for sub-Saharan Africa at Frontier Strategy Group, looks at the developments that will shape West Africa’s economic powerhouse in the new year. Anna Rosenberg Nigeria in 2013 will provide a mixed picture for investors. While the government’s 2013 budget promises to open new investment opportunities, challenges lie ahead. Renewed fuel subsidy reductions will impact consumer purchasing power while the security situation in Nigeria’s hot spot regions is likely to deteriorate. Trend #1: The proposed 2013 budget creates investment opportunities The Federal Government submitted the budget…

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WILFRED ZAHA; FROM IVORY COAST TO ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL

By Frank Keogh and Gary Rose BBC Sport International Friendly: Sweden v England Venue: Swedbank Arena, Stockholm Date: Wednesday 14 November Kick-off: 19:30 BST Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 BST & on BBC Sport website From a skinny, young kid growing up away from his homeland to being courted by some of the Premier League’s top clubs, Wilfried Zaha’s call-up to the senior England squad caps a remarkable journey. The 20-year-old Crystal Palace winger, who has eight siblings, arrived with his family from the Ivory…

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MY DREAM: TO MANAGE SOUTH AFRICA

From South Africa to Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson’s “hairdryer” to Nicky Butt’s sense of fun, BBC Sport puts Quinton Fortune, 35, under the spotlight. How do you spend your post-playing days? I still go to training at Manchester United every day. If I stayed at home I would go crazy. I’ve played football since the age of four so I don’t know what to do. Why are you back at United? I want to keep fit and the other part is I’m doing my coaching badges. I asked the…

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MONOPOLY LAGOS VERSION LAUNCHED IN NIGERIA

Monopoly Lagos version launched in Nigeria   The first African city edition of the famous board game Monopoly is launched in Lagos, with Banana Island revealed as the upmarket equivalent of Mayfair The first African city edition of the famous board game Monopoly has been launched in Lagos. The Nigerian metropolis is one of the fast-growing cities in the world. The board’s layout was unveiled at an event in Lagos City Hall, with the manmade Banana Island named as the upmarket equivalent of Mayfair in the London edition. Makoko, the…

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5 BIG BRANDS CONFIRM THAT CONTENT MARKETING IS KEY TO YOUR CONSUMER MARKETSHARE

[quote][/quote] 5 Big Brands Confirm That Content Marketing Is The Key To Your Consumer MarketShare Advertising marketing & media Brandon Gutman, Contributor Tweet 2012 has been the year of growth for content marketing. Brands have begun to embrace the discipline as a vital part of their overall strategy. What was once a conversation on “why content marketing” has turned into a conversation on “how to.” Here’s how five leading brands are developing content their consumers want. Virgin Mobile Virgin Mobile recently launched Virgin Mobile Live, a social newsroom that publishes…

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Celebrity Interviews General 

A NIGERIAN MADE THE LIST OF FORBES’ 30 UNDER 30 – WORLD CLASS EDUCATION

Amanda A. Ebokosia, 26, Founder and CEO, The GEM Project This Nigerian-American founded the non-profit GEM Project while still a sophomore at Rutgers University. Six years later, she’s helped over 1,200 young people ages 4 to 24 give back to their communities through service-based enrichment programs, such as entrepreneurial contests and filming educational public service announcements. Click here to read more about her.

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Entertainment General Social 

“ONE DAY I TOO GO FLY” DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION

5 African youths pursue knowledge at an elite American university, MIT. Over 4 years they discover engineering, the world, themselves. Launched: Nov 19, 2012 Funding ends: Dec 19, 2012 The Film ONE DAY I TOO GO FLY is a 4-year chronicle of how 5 students from Tanzania, Nigeria, Rwanda and Zimbabwe become engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As they arrive from varied African backgrounds and immerse themselves in the challenge of rigorous academics and navigating a new world, we witness them receive an elite education and grow into their…

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MEET THE MAN WHO IS TAKING AFRICA’S FILMATOGRAPHY TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Linus Idahosa is an international media consultant with global repute, a CNN accredited agent in Nigeria. He has offered consultancy services to some of Nigeria’s biggest blue chip companies and Federal Government agencies, helping to raise their visibility on various international platforms. He is the founder, CEO and the brain behind a revolutionary company that seeks to reposition Nigeria’s film industry; Del-York International, a full service media consultancy and sole representative of the most prestigious filmmaking academy in the world; The New York Film Academy (NYFA) in Nigeria. Del-York International has…

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WHY AFRICA”S AGRIBUSINESS SECTOR HOLDS POTENTIAL FOR PRIVATE EQUITY

Why Africa’s agribusiness sector holds potential for private equity  By Kate Douglas The African Agriculture Fund (AAF), managed by private equity fund manager Phatisa, provides equity funding to companies operating in the food production value chain in sub-Saharan Africa. It has recently concluded an agreement to invest up to US$10.5 million in the DRC’s Feronia, an agricultural company that specialises in palm oil production with three plantations and commercial arable land under their management.   Anders Einarsson, a deal partner at Phatisa and the team leader responsible for the investment…

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EMERGING ECONOMIES SHOULD FOCUS ON EFFICIENT ENERGY SUPPLY.

A former Director of the United Nations Development Programme Energy and Atmosphere Programme, Professor Emeritus Thomas Johansson, has underlined the need for emerging economies to invest more in efficient energy technologies. The lack of access to clean and modern energy, he said, remained a major challenge and stifling industrial and socio-economic growth in many countries. It is estimated that about two million people worldwide are without access to clean energy like wind and solar, which affects the quality of life and industrial development. Prof Johansson was delivering a paper on…

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