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At The Glitzy Pan-American Leadership Awards (PAALA) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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What a great day of honour and glamour it turned out to be when Africans and African in Diaspora gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA for the Pan-African American Leadership Award ( PAALA).

Apart from the colourful nature of the occasion that unfolded at the Holiday Inn, Atlanta Rosewell, history was also made as this was its maiden edition.

Attended by leading politicians, technocrats and business moguls from across the world, the event was exclusively designed to celebrate and recognize exceptional leaders of African descent and their contribution to the growth of African American communities in the United States of America and the African continent, which is in line with resolutions of Pan African congresses for the benefit of black heritage.

Apart from the inspirational speeches and excellent networking opportunities, the major highlight of the ceremony was the awards segment with awardees such as: Senator Donzella James Robinson, H.E. Nomusa Dube-Ncube, Amb. (Dr) Amina Smaila, Aare Dele Momodu Gwendoline Deavor, Mr. Atai Albert, Dr. Sona Konate, Uwem Inyang, Linda Middleton, Andre Dickens, Dolapo Akinropo, Dr. Florence Fasan, Dr Jeffrey Obomeghie, Anthony Waadah and Soweto Street Beat.

According to Elisha Attai, the Executive Producer, Pan African American Leadership Award is an initiative of African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) to preserve the ideals of Pan Africanism ideals.

According to him “PAALA set the tone for the sustainability of shared value for africapitalism, sustained democracy, and the global competitiveness of the African continent.

“We strongly believe that the recognition of exceptional leaders of African descent and their contributions to the growth of African American communities in the United States of America and the African continent is important for their collective growth.

He also used the opportunity to express
deep gratitude and congratulations to the #paala2022 team for the hard work and commitment in making this historic project a success.

In addition, he expressed special appreciation to our Chief Host, Senator Donzella James Robinson for commiting everything within her power to make the launch of this new baby of AWLO a success despite he health challenge.

He added “We love you, wish you speedy recovery and see you at PAALA 2023”
We are truly humbled by the love, leadership, motivation and believe in AWLO movement as shown by our special guest of honour , Her Excellency Ms Nomusa Dube -Ncube, the first female Premier (Governor) of the Kwazulu-Natal Province, South Africa who was deservedly celebrated last night with the Honorary Citizenship of the State of Georgia, and also the Pan-African American Leadership Award along side Chief Dr Dele MOMODU, the President of Ovation Media Group, Nigeria.

It was such a powerful, exclusively classic night to celebrate and recognize exceptional leaders of African descent and their contribution to the growth of African American communities in the United States of America and the African continent, which is in alignment with resolutions of Pan African congresses for the benefit of black heritage.

The pioneer PAALA 2022 awardees are, Senator Donzella James Robinson, H.E. Nomusa Dube-Ncube, Amb. Dr Amina Smaila, Aare Chief Dele MOMODU, Gwendoline Deavor, Mr. Atai Albert, Dr. Sona Konate, Uwem Inyang, Linda Middleton, Andre Dickens, Dolapo Akinropo, Dr. Florence Fasan, Dr Jeffrey Obomeghie, Anthony Waadah and Soweto Street Beat.

The Pan African American Leadership Award is an initiative of African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) to preserve the Pan Africanism ideals.

PAALA set the tone for the sustainability of shared value for africapitalism, sustained democracy, and the global competitiveness of the African continent.

We strongly believe that the recognition of exceptional leaders of African descent and their contributions to the growth of African American communities in the United States of America and the African continent is in alignment with resolutions of Pan African congresses for the benefit of black heritage.

We look forward to PAALA 2023

Dr. Elisha Attai
Founder of AWLO/PAALA

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You’ve Nothing to Offer Nigerians, Only Insults, Akwa Ibom Gov Slams Tinubu

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Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, on Monday, replied the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, saying that he (Tinubu) always resorts to abusing and insulting people during campaigns because he has nothing to bring to the table for Nigerians.

He also said that despite being insulted by the former Lagos State Governor, he would prefer to allow peace to reign by ignoring him and focusing on helping install good governance to rescue Nigerians from their present woes.

Emmanuel spoke on Monday evening at Government House, Uyo while inaugurating newly appointed Permanent Secretaries, Chairmen and Members of Boards and Commissions, as well as a Transition Committee to ensure the smooth transition of power to the next administration.

Recall that Tinubu had during his rally in Uyo Monday afternoon, reportedly said, “Akwa Ibom, that boy wey bring Atiku here, wey de call himself Governor, tell him enough is enough! He lives in my backyard in Lagos, If no be say we be one, I would have driven him home. You see that mansion he is living, I would just use lizards, pigeons and scorpions to put him inside.“

But reacting few hours later, the Akwa Ibom State Governor said, “for the country to remain in peace, one party must ‘play saint’ and that is why he would refrain from replying Tinubu.

Emmanuel who is the Chairman of the PDP presidential campaigns said, “I also go to other states, and if you watch our campaigns, my principal (Atiku Abubakar) has never spoken about any Governor, he has never spoken openly about Asiwaju before.”

He added that it was unfortunate that Tinubu, who was granted state-owned facilities such as the airport, security, stadium, and a good atmosphere to come in and sell his manifesto, ended up coming to insult the integrity of over 7.9 million Akwa Ibom people.

The Governor wondered if it is possible for any Akwa Ibomite to go to Lagos that Tinubu stays or the actual state that he hails from, to insult Tinubu in like manner and still be allowed to safely return home, “but here our people at the stadium including some state governors just laughed and applauded him.”

“What makes him think he will govern Nigeria? If I reply him now, people will call me and say, haba oga you are not like that. But I will reply him one day. There is nothing like ‘emilokan’ (it is my turn) here, Nigeria is in God’s hands.”

He maintained further that despite being the highest revenue contributor to the federation account, Akwa Ibom State has not gotten a single kilometre of road from the APC-led Federal Government for nearly 8 years adding that the poor response from the Federal Government also caused the delayed commencement of the seaport in the state.

Meanwhile, the governor thanked the newly appointed Permanent Secretaries for accepting the onerous task of service, and urged them to see themselves as ambassadors and work towards raising the bar of leadership which would encourage productivity and promote good working relationship with subordinates in the service.

“This is one thing I promised Akwa Ibom people that appointment of Permanent Secretaries shall be totally on merit and not by mercy, let those that can do the work be given the opportunity. Permanent Secretary is not a promotion, it is an appointment on merit.

Governor Emmanuel also reiterated his commitments towards enhancing efficiency within Civil Service, noting that during his administration civil servants have been promoted on yearly basis.

He assured that before he exits office more Permanent Secretaries would be appointed into the service to fill vacant positions left by the ones who retired.

Addressing Chairmen of Boards and Commissions, Governor Emmanuel who described them as pillars in government, acknowledged their commitment particularly, Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Environmental Protection & Waste Management Agency, Prince Akpan Ikim, for winning laurels for the state through his outstanding performance in keeping and making the state the cleanest in Nigeria for five consecutive years from 2018 through 2022, and tasked others to create an impact that will stand them out.

In the same vein, the Transition Committee members were handed the task of ensuring a seamless transition of government to an incoming administration, and also verify all projects executed by the present administration.

The newly appointed Permanent Secretaries are; Mfon Inuaesiet Edemekong Esq., Dr. Stephen Effiong, Atim Chelly Okoko, Iquo Okon Abia Esq., Uwem Sunday Andrew-Essien, Isaiah Robson Ntekim and Emaeyak Nyong Akpan as Auditor-General for Local Government.

The Transition Committee has Mrs. Ekereobong Umoh -Chairman, Uko Udom SAN, Prof Augustine Umoh, Dr. Ini Adiakpan, Mrs. Nsemeke Daniel, Dr. Nathaniel Adiakpan, Mr Elijah Udoiyak, Mrs. Esther Inyang, Pastor Uwem Andrew-Essien, Mr. Isaiah Ntekim, Mr. Effiong Ekpenyong and Mrs. Bella Akpanya as members.

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PDP Condemns Attack on Buhari in Kano, Blames Tinubu, Ganduje

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The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council, has blamed the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, for the attacks on the convoy of President Muhammadu Buhari, during a visit to the state on Monday.

The spokesperson of the campaign council, Dino Melaye, who shared one of the videos from the reported attack, wrote, “The fight between Tinubu and Buhari is entering a new dimension. The attack in Kano was properly coordinated and funded allegedly by Asiwaju.

“The meeting to push Buhari to submission or face sponsored attack in the north was said to be hatched in Bourdillon. Me, I am busy with Atiku.”

A political activist, Deji Adeyanju, who shared another video of the reported attack, said, “They are showing Buhari and APC Shege in Kano and many northern states.”

Similarly, the PDP in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, on Monday also blamed Tinubu and the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, for the attack.

According to the party, the attack was designed to undermine the Presidency, cause confusion, trigger violence in the country, disrupt the conduct of the 2023 general elections “and derail our democracy having realised that he cannot win in a peaceful, free and fair electoral process.”

The statement read in part, “The PDP invites Nigerians to note how Governor Abdullahi Ganduje attempted to abridge President Buhari’s movement and even tried to stop him from visiting Kano State.

“More disquieting is the fact that the APC Presidential Campaign sought to humiliate and harm President Buhari while performing his official duties in Kano.

“It should be noted that the APC presidential candidate has been displaying open aversion and making inciting statements against President Buhari since Mr President’s declaration, in line with democratic best practice all over the world that Nigerians should freely vote for any candidate and party of their choice in the 2023 general elections.

“The apparent frustration of Asiwaju Tinubu to resort to encourage or condone violence is fueled by his entitlement mentality, that it is his turn to be President, despite his numerous ineligibility and disability baggage.”

Ologunagba reminded Nigerians about Tinubu’s infamous statement in London where he declared to his supporters that “political power is not going to be served in a restaurant, it is not served a la carte.”

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Organ Harvesting: Ekweremadu Battles for Freedom, Appears in Court Tuesday

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A former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, will on Tuesday appear again in court in the United Kingdom where he has been accused of human trafficking.

The lawmaker was in June 2022 arrested at Heathrow Airport in London after Staines Police Station received a report from a young man claiming to have been trafficked into the UK.

The young man, who made the report shortly after arriving in the UK from Nigeria, also alleged that he was made to undergo some medical tests, none of which he consented to.

Ekweremadu was immediately arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court for bringing a child into the UK to harvest his organs.

While the lawmaker had been in custody since June 23, his wife, Beatrice, who was arrested with him, was granted bail by a criminal court in London shortly after their arrest.

Monday (today) makes it 221 days since Ekweremadu was placed in the custody of UK authorities.

The case against the lawmaker which had been slated for May was later scheduled for January 31.

The 60-year-old, who denied the allegations against him, will again appear before High Court Judge, Mr Justice Johnson.

His daughter, Sonia, had on November 7, 2022, appeared in court to defend the accusation of trafficking a homeless man into the UK to harvest his organs for herself.

According to Daily Mail, the 25-year-old, who is battling a kidney-related illness, pleaded not guilty to the charge level against her when she appeared again in court on January 13.

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