by Cynthia   on Mon, June 11, 2012 
online nigeria| weekly round up by June 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 (Friday June 8 2012)


Investments in Nigeria

  • Nigeria: U.S. State's Burns on U.S.- Nigeria 'Rising Partnership': Thank you, George, for that kind introduction. We appreciate USIP co-hosting this event with us in your beautiful building. I want to extend a warm welcome to Foreign Minister Ashiru, to the Nigerian state governors, Cabinet officials, and National Assembly members who have made the long journey to join us today.
  • US to invest in Nollywood: Production companies in the United States are looking forward to investing in the Nigerian film industry.
  • Belgium Group to invest in Nigeria's free zones: A Belgian group, Buck Consultants International, has expressed its willingness to invest in the country’s free trade zones which, according to the group is untapped.
  • Nigeria is the ideal place to invest in Africa – President Jonathan: President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has said that Nigeria is the ideal place to invest for any serious business interested in investing in Africa. President Jonathan made this statement while receiving Saudi Arabian businessman and investor, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin AbdulAziz Alsaud of Saudi Arabia at the State House Abuja, on Thursday, November 10.

Opportunities for Nigerians/Africans

  • Nigerian youths get UK postgraduate scholarship:An education-for- service ICT private liability company, MANEMI Nigeria Limited last week officially announced a postgraduate scholarship scheme for Nigeria youths. The postgraduate scholar sponsor scheme is a sponsorship programme designed to provide an opportunity for young Nigerians to gain post graduate degrees in selected disciplines in top rated Universities in Europe and North America.
  • GLOBACOM G-BAM SCHOLARSHIP FOR NIGERIAN STUDENTS: Globacom Limited is Africa’s fastest growing telecommunications company. Owned by the Mike Adenuga Group, Globacom is the market leading mobile service provider in Nigeria. Globacom also operates in theRepublic of Benin and has recently acquired licenses to operate in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.
  • Plateau Disburses N900m Scholarships To Students: The Plateau State Government on Thursday said it disbursed N900 million as scholarship to students in the state in the last four years.Mr Athanasius Dashe, the Commissioner for Education told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos said that those to benefit from the scholarship were undergraduates and post graduate students in approved institutions.

Nigerian Real Estate News

  • Nigeria: $600m Malaysian Gardens Housing Project for Launch Today: Lagos — Global Formwork, the project initiator of the $600 million Malaysian Gardens Housing project situated in the Saraji District of Abuja will today conduct a site- tour of the progress being made in the on-going construction works at the site to the Nigerian public, a statement from the company has said.
  • 30 Nigeria House: 30 Nigeria House is part of the London 2012 Festival,the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.
  • REDAN Capital to raise N2.5bn in private placement: REDAN Capital (RC), an investment arm of the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria, REDAN, has concluded plans to raise its capital base from N50 million to N2.5 billion through private placement which will open soon.
  • Private Sector To Support Housing Delivery Scheme, Minister: Housing and Urban Development Minister Amal Pepple says that for Nigeria to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the private sectors must be encouraged to support government in housing delivery.
  • Fashola plans for 40 million residents: Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, on Wednesday, said that the state can accommodate 40 million people.

Innovation in Nigeira/Africa

  • Nigerian Medical Practitioner discovers cure to Genital Warts: He is another example of the ever growing number of Nigerian Diaspora who has used their expertise and skills to improve the human condition in their adapted countries.
  • Nigerian innovator makes vehicle from old parts: A Nigerian innovator has made a vehicle from old car parts and scrap metal which he calls the "Rock Auto", and he hopes can compete favorably against international models one day.
  • Arinze, a Nigerian Launches Social Network in China: Spartan Arinze is pursuing the American dream, in China. He’s created a social network for Nigerians and Nigerians living in China called Gbooza! It’s part Facebook, part Huffington Post and completely devoted to Nigerians. It’s not a run-away success yet, but Arinze is confident.

Funny/ Quirky News

Good Deeds in Nigeria/Africa

  • Using drama to fight child abuse: Oron Union Cultural Troupe and Stepping Stones Nigeria Child Empowerment Foundation have formed a collaboration on the use of drama to preach against child abuse.

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