by Shikenan Staff Writer   on Thu, August 8, 2013 
online nigeria| weekly round up by august 8

We skip the Nigerian political scene & gossip. We go straight to finding opportunities, innovative , informative , and good to know articles that matter to Nigerians in Diaspora happening each week around the internet. Weekly Roundup | The best of Nigeria Online (Aug2-Aug8)

Investments in Nigeria

  • Nigeria: Firm Invests N3 Billion in Grand Central Hotel, Kano : The owners of the Grand Central Hotel Kano, Broadfields Intermediaries Limited has invested about N3billion in the hotel. Specifically, it spent bulk of the investments of over N1.6 billion on the re-furbishing of facilities under the phase one of the hotel's development plans.
  • Nigeria: BATN Invests in Oil Palm Cottage Industry : Oil palm cultivation in Cross River State has received a boost from the British American Tobacco of Nigeria (BATN) which has so far invested over N10 million in the state's oil palm revival programme.

Entrepreneurship in Nigeria/Africa

  • A soap maker’s story : MANY today earn a living from soap making. The business can be started with a small capital. Alhaja Mulikat Owoeye developed special interest in soap making and devoted time to acquire the art of making her products irresistible. She developed cleaning products that are affordable and safe to use.

Good Deeds in Nigeria/Africa

  • Female scientists help smallholder women farmers increase income : Women comprise the majority of farmers in many rural African communities, but their farming operations are carried out menially with few or no innovations, so they incur a lot of losses and earn very little.   Due to religious and socio-cultural dictates, many of the rural societies where these women live frown on close interaction between men and women who are not family members. As a result, male scientists have had difficulties getting rural women to adopt new technologies.
  • ‘We plan to turn street beggars to shoemakers’ : With a population of over 160 million, Nigeria is no doubt a choice market for a shoe manufacturer. However, fierce competition from foreign-made shoes and several other challenges make the market a challenging terrain. But in spite of these, Edet Iniobong, after 25 years of manufacturing shoes and other leather works in Nigeria, says the shoemaking industry has even greater potential

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