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Motorcyclists in Nigeria have been wearing dried pumpkin shells on their heads to dodge a new law forcing them to wear helmets, authorities say.

UPDATE 2-Nigerian Skye Bank posts loss after provisions

LAGOS, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s Skye Bank said on Thursday it planned a 50 billion naira ($330 million) capital raising early next year and pledged to return to profitability by cutting costs and recovering non-performing loans.

Nigeria Under-17 Coach John Obuh Sticks With Misfiring Stanley Okoro –

Nigeria Under-17 Coach John Obuh Sticks With Misfiring Stanley Okoro Despite a poor start to the tournament, the Nigerian coach will stick by Okoro, a player widely regarded to be a class act… Nigeria Under-17 coach John … Nigeria : Argentina Names Eaglets as Strongest Foe A journey to remember Obuh develops goose pimples over Eaglets' performance Daily Sun  -  - all 10 news artic

Etisalat Nigeria’s Network Investment Tops $2 Billion

Nigerian mobile operator Etisalat Nigeria has spent over $2 billion on the rollout of its GSM network in the year since the cellco launched operations, Daily Trust reports, citing the Etisalat Nigeria’s Chairman Hakeem Belo-Osagie. Etisalat has constructed over 500 active cell sites nationwide, providing coverage to around 40% of the population. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms [...]

Kenya faction backs down on game – BBC News

BBC Sport Kenya faction backs down on game BBC News The group which tried to organise the 2010 World Cup qualifier between Kenya and Nigeria without authority from Fifa has backed down. … Further threat to Kenyan football BBC Sport all 2 news articles »

CORRECTED – (OFFICIAL)-Nigeria’s Skye Bank posts full yr loss

(Corrects headline and first paragraph to full year, not fourth quarter, loss)

What’s Next for Nigeria’s Banks?

ince the audit results of the remaining 14 Nigerian banks was announced earlier in the month, there has been much speculation about foreign take-overs of the troubled institutions, as well as mergers within the sector. Going forward, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will also have to actively manage the financial health of the banks [...]

Director/CEO – Infrastructure, Development, Engineering – Nigeria –

Director/CEO – Infrastructure, Development, Engineering – Nigeria Vacancy for Managing Director/CEO Required in Nigeria . Experienced professional required with a background of investment banking and construction. … and more »

Provisions push Nigeria Sterling Bank to pretax loss – Reuters

Provisions push Nigeria Sterling Bank to pretax loss Reuters LAGOS, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Nigeria's Sterling Bank (STBP.LG) posted a pre-tax loss of 4.35 billion naira ($29 million) for the 12 months to September on … IMF: Nigeria Economy to Recover Next Year THISDAY Nigeria : 'How to Rescue The Country's Economy' Nigeria : Economy should recover by next year Reuters all 13 news articles »

Provisions push Nigeria Sterling Bank to pretax loss

LAGOS, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s Sterling Bank posted a pre-tax loss of 4.35 billion naira ($29 million) for the 12 months to September on Thursday, compared to a 7.98 billion naira profit the previous year.

Desecrating the Quran; Pictures of Mohammed

“Afghans rally on rumors of desecration of Quran.”Chicago Tribune, 10/26/09I am incensed. Outraged. Not about the stupid Quran. About the Afghans. A photo shows a crowd of shouting men, hands in the air, with a few rabble-rousers on a raised platform at the center. There’s a banner in Arabic. On the same day, 14 American died for these people.Bogus and creepyThis whole desecration thing is so bogus, creepy, and frightening that I hardly know where to begin.First of all, Americans in the th

Bode George, Former National Chairman of Nigeria’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Jailed for Corruption

Bode George, a top Nigerian politician from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been sentenced to two-and-half years for corruption. Bode George was accused of inflating contracts and abusing public funds worth $500 million (£305 million) when he ran the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). George was seen as one of the untouchables among the Nigerian elite. [...]

Adversaries – Sony’s Advertising Disasters

Sony’s had a hard time with advertising this generation, with all manner of campaigns, posters, commercials and viral efforts gunned down in violent backlashes. The once-dominating leader, able to sell consoles with the Playstation name alone, has struggled with its dwindling market share, resorting to shocking adverts and sinister shenanigans. Even their latest marketing push, following the PS3’s price slash and new slim line model, drew ire from a specific community – Nigeria. In the comedy

Nigerian Taliban: Oil & Caliphate in Africa

The renewal of violence in the northern provinces of Nigeria brings this oil producing country to the brink of "Talibanization," threatening not only the precarious ethnic and religious makeup of the most populous African state but also the entire region, from Chad to Senegal. The fight between the now-called "Nigerian Taliban" and the governmental forces took place this week within a country whose borders are 300 miles from where President Barack Obama stood inside the Ghana Parliament to addre

On the other hand …

This morning, I have posted my review of  Chris Cleave’s The Other Hand  at  Vulpes Libris . What can I say? It’s a novel about Nigeria, exile and supremely irritating children. As you can see I didn’t love it. And it’s certainly getting an interesting response. I’m only glad I don’t have to read it again. Deep deep sigh. At work, I’m still struggling to make sense of my new appraisal form. I think I might lose the will to live shortly, and whether the boss will get any sense out of my respons

Clinton kicks off Africa tour in Kenya

The 11-day trip will be her longest since she became the top US diplomat six months ago and her first to sub-Saharan Africa, where some had feared the continent was not an early priority for the administration. The State Department has underlined that her visit, which comes just three weeks after President Barack Obama visited the continent, is the earliest trip by a secretary of state to Africa of any administration. As U.S. Secretary of State HillaryClinton arrives in Nairobi, Keny

Weekly IT Events Digest / 31

Scandinavian Agile Conference 2009 Started: 15-October-2009 Finlandia Talo Helsinki, Finland In the scope of it’s mission, Agile Finland ry organizes an annual conference to bring top speakers in the Agile community to Finland. Scan-Agile also provides networking opportunities to it’s members and sponsors as well as all other participants. The Fall 2009 Northeast MSDN Roadshow – Food for Thoughts Tour Started: 23-September-2009 Microsoft Corporation 201 Jones Road, 6th Floor Waltham,

'Clunkers' Program's Environmental Impact Up for Debate

Buyer's remorse may be setting in for some who question whether the government's cash for clunkers program is really all that sound. Sold as an economic stimulus and an environmental salve, the "cash for clunkers" program has succeeded in jump-starting the ailing auto industry, but some environmental and national security watchdogs are now arguing that the harm caused by destroying the used autos -- required by the government trade-in program -- may outweigh the benefits of exchanging pollu

Folashade Alaho : Nigeria

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The Secretary Has Landed! *updated*

Dipnotes is reporting she is wheels down in Nairobi and AFP correspondent, Shaun Tandon , just tweeted that the motorcade has sped away. I think Shaun is going to be my new best friend for the next two weeks- he just doesn’t know it yet. It’s all good Shaun, we’ll make ‘ya famous! Heh. Oh, I almost forgot, I have another new best friend [who also doesn't know it yet, won't they be surprised!], Justin Hartman - he started an amazing Africa news aggregator site, Afrigator, and will have t