TECNO Mobile Powers Second Edition of ‘FESTAC Fitness And Walk’ Event #TECNOxFFW

It is a known fact that a person who is fit, is capable of living life to its fullest extent. Physical and mental fitness play very important roles in our lives and people who are both, physically and mentally fit are less prone to medical conditions. If a person is physically fit, but mentally unwell or troubled, he or she will not be able to function optimally. Mental fitness can only be achieved if your body is functioning well. You can help relax your own mind and eliminate stress by exercising regularly and eating right.

TECNO Mobile, Africa’s leading smartphone brand in its quest to promote healthy lifestyles, community development and encourage wellness and fitness, recently powered the 2nd edition of the Festac Fitness and Walk. The Lagos state supported yearly event which is put together by residents and organisations within the Festac metropolis was this year led by celebrity fitness instructor and ex Big Brother Nigeria contestant, Kemen.


The event which featured a 10km walk kicked off at the FHA field in Festac with stretching exercises to loosen up the muscles and get participants pumped up for the walk. Accompanied by music, the crowd which was made up of residents, security personnel, red cross officials and fitness enthusiasts made its way through the streets of Festac to the finish line at the Festival Mall in a carnival like procession singing, dancing and taking pictures.


At the finish point, the participants were welcomed by Tboy, the official mascot of mobile brand TECNO and led to the blue carpet where they took pictures and caught their breath before they were taken through another round of exercise routines which involved stretching, dancing, squats and planks.



In his advice to them, Kemen highlighted the importance of staying physically and mentally fit. in his words ‘People who are physically fit tend to also be healthier, are able to maintain their most optimum weight, and are also not prone to cardiac and other health problems. A person who is fit both physically and mentally is strong enough to face the ups and downs of life, and is not affected by drastic changes if they take place.’


Reiterating Kemen’s advice, Richard Ugo, brand representative of TECNO mobile encouraged participants to take their health seriously, to him ‘becoming physically fit requires a change in life style as well. You will have to incorporate a regular exercise routine in your life and also eat healthier. By avoiding junk foods, fizzy drinks, bad habits like smoking and alcohol and by getting adequate amount of rest, you will be able to become physically and mentally fit’.


It was not all exercise and fitness talk, as there were free medical check-ups and many participants at the event won gifts such as phones, gift bags and many more by taking part in the #TECNOXFFW challenge which required them to upload to social media as many images as they could of themselves participating in the walk and other exercises. Also the winners of the endurance exercise led by Kemen won gifts from TECNO mobile.


The children were not left out of the fun as they were encouraged to join TBOY in various dance and exercise routines to boost their energy levels and win gifts.

According to the organisers, the next edition of the Festac Fitness and Walk will feature more activities and wider participation by residents of Festac and its environs.

Union Bank Unveils Innovations on Digital Banking Platforms Launches New Mobile App, USSD Code and Upgraded Internet Banking

Union Bank unveiled a plethora of digital banking solutions at an interactive media event on Wednesday 26th July, 2017 at the Heritage Place, Ikoyi, Lagos.  The solutions include a new version of its mobile banking app, UnionMobile, and *826#, a unique USSD code which will allow customers perform banking transactions through short code messaging on their mobile phones.

The Bank also revealed its upgraded online banking platform, UnionOnline, with aesthetic improvements, new features and targeted offers for its customer segments. With *826#, Union Bank joins a growing financial industry trend which hopes to extend banking services to less tech savvy customers, and customers who want to avoid internet banking which requires data, as well as the financially excluded.

Speaking at the launch event, Emeka Emuwa, Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank, spoke effusively about the Bank’s new banking solutions and its commitment to delivering on its brand proposition.

Simpler, Smarter banking is not just a tagline for us. We have worked tirelessly for nearly two years to deliver the solutions we are presenting today because we invested time and resources to understand what our customers really need and how we can deliver the right solutions to meet those needs.

This investment in understanding our customers’ needs has led to the innovations and first-to-market features we are unveiling today. Our new platforms marry simplicity, functionality and aesthetics to deliver a seamless and improved user experience for our customers” Emuwa said.

Industry First “Agent Locator” Feature

Borrowing from the UBER innovation concept, Union Bank has introduced a ‘Locate An Agent’ feature on its banking app, designed to bring its mobile banking services directly to its customers.

Using the mobile app, customers can locate the Union Bank Direct Sales Agent (DSA) closest to them and request cash collection for deposit or withdrawals. Agents can also open accounts and assist customers with other banking services at a location convenient for them.

According to Union Bank’s Head of Retail Banking, Carlos Wanderley, this new feature is designed especially to support small businesses.

The ‘Locate an Agent’ feature was developed to provide a much-desired convenience for small businesses and sole entrepreneurs. This is an on-demand service which allows them to conclude basic banking transactions at a time and location most convenient for them. It saves them time and provides one-on-one VIP service they would likely not get at the branches,” he said.

 Single USSD code for mCash

Bucking the industry standard which relies on a shared USSD code for mCash merchant payments, Union Bank has become the first bank in Nigeria to enable its own unique USSD code for the mCash payment system.

This means that customers of the Bank can use the bank’s short code, 826, to make mCash payments at participating merchant locations, whereas other banks do not use their own codes but rely on a shared short code from Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) which owns the mCash platform.  mCash is a real-time mobile payment solution which relies on short code messaging for payments of goods and services.

 Finding ATMs with Cash and Cardless Withdrawals

While the ATM Locator functionality is not a novel one, Union Bank has raised the bar by introducing innovation which will give customers real-time information on ATMs in service and dispensing cash.

Union Bank customers can also now make cardless withdrawals at ATMs by simply generating a code on the new banking app to use at ATMs.

Simpler, Smarter Banking

With the successful launch of this new digital platform, Union Bank can truly boast of a simpler and smarter 360-degree banking experience for customers across mobile, online and USSD platforms.

Union Bank will continue to focus on delivering customer-driven solutions that will add value and support business and personal ambitions.

Woman Killed Whilst Giving Birth By Boko Haram Terrorist


Photo credit: the cityreporters.com
Photo credit: the cityreporters.com

A woman was killed whilst giving birth to a baby boy by Boko Haram terrorist in North-East Nigeria.

According to Amnesty International, eye witness say that there was a massacre at Doro and Doron banga where a total of about 3,700 homes and 150 people died. Another eye witness also said that the terrorists were killing small children and a woman giving birth.

Although, satelite images show that about 2000 people were killed in the horrific attack.

Source: Evening Standard


Search For AirAsia Missing Jet Suspended

Indonesian transport officials survey an air routes map at Sukarno Hatta International airport in Cengkareng, Banten, Indonesia.

Still on the search for Air Asia’s missing plane, QZ8501, Indonesia has suspended till Monday the search for an AirAsia plane with 162 passengers and crew that went missing on Sunday.

Officials said, The plane lost contact with air-traffic control Sunday on a morning flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, as it was climbing to a higher altitude to avoid bad weather.

AirAsia said those onboard included 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans, one French citizen, one Malaysian, one Singaporean and one citizen of the U.K. The flight had two pilots and five other crew members aboard. The French citizen, it said, was the plane’s co-pilot, which the French Foreign Ministry confirmed. The passengers included 17 children. 

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Air Asia Plane Goes Missing On Flight From Indonesia to Singapore




An Asian airliner, Air Asia QZ8501 has gone missing. The aircraft lost contact with the air traffic control t about 7.24 am Saturday morning  local time ( about 6.24 pm EST American time).

Air Asia reported after about four hours the aircraft disappeared en route Singapore.

Although, there have been claims of very vigourous thunderstorm north of Surabaya about the time it got missing.

This is another Asian airliner to disappear in the region this year. If the QZ8501 isn’t found, this disppearance marks the second aviation disaster in the asian airspace in 2014. Malaysian airline, flight MH370 carrying 239 passengers disappeared early this year and is still yet to be found despite all effort.

Ex-militant Leader, Tompolo Buys Norwegian Warships and Combat Boats






The Norwegian government, in a rather stunning development has sold a fleet of its decommissioned, battleships and combat boats to the former Movement of the Emancipation of the Niger Delta militant leader, Mr Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo.

According to the Premium times, Ekpemupolo  also popularly known as  Tompolo in 2012 received at least six decommissioned Norwegian battleships.

Among them were six fast-speed Hauk-class guided missile boats, now re-armed with new weapons.

The most recent hardware, according to the report, is the KNM Horten, a fast-attack craft now allegedly used for anti-piracy patrol in the Nigerian waters.

The report said the deal was implemented through a shell maritime Security Company based in the United Kingdom, CAS Global.

CAS Global was used to evade a requirement by Norway that arms dealers obtain export license from their country’s foreign affairs ministry, the report adds.

CAS Global has such licence.

The company, which has an office in Nigeria, could not be reached on Saturday. Calls to its general manager, were unsuccessful.

On its website, the company says, among other functions, that it is a risk management company with an international reach.

The head of communications at the Norwegian State Department Frode Andersen, was quoted by the paper as saying that “As far as we can see, the export of KNM Horten has followed correct procedure and terms of export to Great Britain. The re-export from Great Britain to Nigeria is a question to be handled solely by British export control authorities.”

The Nigerian military could not be reached for comments too.

It is not yet certain if a private individual is allowed under the law to purchase military  vessels such as these and how the outcome of this exchange will affect the relationship  between the two countries.

Muhammadu Buhari Wins APC Presidential Primary




Nigeria’s former head if state,Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) today, at the All Progressives Congress (APC) convention in Lagos, won the presidential primary.

He will represent the party at the 2015 election.

According to Sahara Reporters, Buhari had about 5000 votes, defeating former Vice President,Atiku AbubakarRabiu Kwankwaso, current Governor of Kano State; Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, and Sam Nda-Isaiah, publisher of Leadership newspapers, to secure the ticket.

Myles Munroe: Investigation Begins Into Crash That Killed Renowned Preacher

Site of the crash
Site of the crash





After the shocking news on the death of the renowned preacher, Dr. Myles Munroe, his wife and seven member crew, a full investigation has began into the cause of the crash of the private Lear Jet that occured near the Grand Bahama International Airport.

 According to a statement posted on Munroe’s Facebook page, The group was travelling to Bahamas to attend a Global Leadership Forum which was put together by Munroe. The event will continue will nonetheless continue.

It was also reported that Ambassador Andrews Young was scheduled to be on board but decided against it due to projected bad weather.

The jet was carrying Dr Myles Munroe, Ruth, his wife and his Senior Vice President and pastor Richard Cinder and seven others including two pilot. All nine passengers reportedly died in the crash.

Munroe, 60 was a Pastor, motivational speaker and writer. He survived by daughter and son and members of the Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI)

The cause of the crash is currently unknown.


Air Algerie Plane: Flight AH5017 Missing on Sahara Route

Reports according to the  BBC NEWS , states that a flight operated by Air Algerie and carrying 110 passengers and 6 Crew on board from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early Thursday, the plane’s owner said. Contact was lost about 50 minutes after take-off from Ouagadougou, the airline said.

The passenger airliner was last seen at 0155 GMT, it added. It should have landed at 0510. Flight AH 5017 had 110 passengers and six crew on board, Spanish airline Swiftair, which owns the plane, said. UN troops in Mali say they understand the plane came down between Gao and Tessalit, the BBC’s Alex Duval Smith in the Malian capital Bamako reports.

Brigadier General Koko Essien, who is leading the UN troops, told the BBC that the area leading up to the Algerian border was vast and sparsely populated.

The flight path of the plane from Ouagadougou, the capital of the west African nation of Burkina Faso, to Algiers wasn’t immediately clear. Ougadougou is in a nearly straight line south of Algiers, passing over Mali where unrest continues in the north.

An unnamed Air Algerie company source, speaking to AFP news agency, said: “The plane was not far from the Algerian frontier when the crew was asked to make a detour because of poor visibility and to prevent the risk of collision with another aircraft on the Algiers-Bamako route.”

[WANTED] Popular Nigerian Politician is an American Fugitive

Orange is the New Black” writer Piper Kerman has become a celebrity for getting involved in a heroin-smuggling conspiracy in her early 20s, and it turns out the guy allegedly behind that conspiracy is still at large.

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The Chicago Tribune recently pointed out that the federal case involving Kerman — whose book inspired the hit Netflix show — is still wide open. That case dates back to 1994, and most of the 14 defendants were convicted long ago.

But the alleged kingpin, a man named Buruji Kashamu, has evaded U.S. authorities. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago refused to drop the indictment against him in 2011, but he’s been safe in Nigeria for years.

The Tribune notes that the case against Kashamu been particularly frustrating for prosecutors in Chicago because he was arrested in England in 1998 and held for five years. But British authorities reportedly refused to extradite him back to the U.S. after finding the eyewitness identification of him was weak. He returned to Nigeria, where he’s reportedly been active in the country’s politics.

Kerman signed a plea agreement for her relatively minor role in Kashamu’s alleged conspiracy, and she ended up serving 11 months in federal person. Her role involved transporting $50,000 in drug money from the U.S. to Europe for her girlfriend, who had a bigger role in the alleged heroin-smuggling conspiracy.

Although Kerman pleaded guilty to her crime in 1998, her ordeal was dragged out because feds wanted her to testify against Kashamu in “street clothes, not an orange jumpsuit,” Kerman wrote in Marie Claire. Thus for five years, she had to live her life with the prospect of prison hanging over her head.

It was only after Britain finally released him in 2003 that she could finally start doing her time — and getting some inspiration for her best-selling memoir.

For his part, Kashamu claims that the government is fingering the wrong guy and that he’s not in fact the drug kingpin known as “Alajj,” according to the Tribune. Alajj was, in fact, his dead brother, Kashamu says. The U.S. is still apparently trying to have Kashamu extradited from Nigeria, though.

“We’re still trying to figure out ways we can fix this for Buruji,” his Chicago lawyer, Scott Frankel, told the Tribune. “They’re trying to bring this guy back and then have a bunch of people who haven’t seen him in years testify that he’s the guy.”