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NIJ Student Emerges First Future Brand Idol

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By: Ajibade Morakinyo

The maiden Idol of Future Brand Idol (FBI), a creativity contest for students studying communication, advertising, and other related courses in Integrated Marketing Communication, has emerged from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism.

With Amisu Damilola, a student of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, emerging winner of the contest and first Future Brand Idol; Popoola Tobi, student of University of Ibadan, came first runner-up; students of University of Ilorin, Macaulay Tolulope & Alilu Favour, came second and third runner-up respectively; and another NIJ student, Owodunni Mosopefoluwa emerged fourth runner-up among over 80 students across 11 tertiary institutions that participated in the contest.

NIJ Advertising and Public Relations lecturer, Mr. Amaso Jack; the winner, Amisu Damilola; Founder Noah’s Ark, Mr. Lanre Adisa, & NIJ Marketing Lecturer, Mr. Akin Ojo

The award’s pitch and ceremony which recently held in Lagos is an initiative that affords students of mass communication and other marketing communication related courses across Nigeria opportunity and experience of practical advertising.

According to the Head of FBI organizers, Ahmed Abdullahi, the initiative is set to bring professionals in the advertising industry closer to students towards providing a viable platform for Nigerian students who are interested in Advertising and Public Relations to be exposed and well-bred while on campus.

“The initiative does not only have focus in creativity contest, it also aimed at facilitating students’ interactive session with experts, workshop and seminar for students, providing mentorship opportunity for students, and getting them quality information in their field of study.

“By doing so, we will attract scholarships, internship, mentorship opportunity, and open them to greater opportunities which will help nurture them and make them useful for the society and the industry they found themselves,” he said.

The Future Brand Idol team head, Ahmed Abdullahi, winner 2019 Future Brand Idol, Amisu Damilola, and Noah’s Ark Founder, Mr. Lanre Adisa, presenting the contest award to the winner

Speaking about how the winners were chosen, he made it known that the organizers are not in support of favoritism which made them have an experienced jury members like Noah’s Ark CEO, Mr. Lanre Adisa; O2 Academy Provost, Mr. Ozoemena ‘Ozone’ Mbanefo; ID8 Academy MD, Kehinde Salami; Seyi Owolawi; Bisi Aweda; Jumoke Akinyele; and Suziette Ukey-Agazie, which are independent of any institution that participated in the competition.

He thereby urged the winners to maximize the opportunities made available to them and that this will help the organisers to record success stories.

Also, the Founder of Noah’s Ark and a Grand Jury member of the competition, Mr. Lanre Adisa, who described the initiative as ‘a good one’ encouraged the winners to ‘try harder’ because this is just the beginning of their career in advertising.

“This is not a guarantee that the winners would get a job in advertising because it is what they do with themselves that will definitely make them relevant in the industry,” he said.

Group session of NIJ students and lecturers with the winner, Amisu Damilola

The overall winner, Amisu Damilola, disclosed that the competition has definitely encouraged her to pursue more in advertising – an industry she had loved since her year two in NIJ.

“The competition boosted my zeal for advertising to another level and with the scholarships it has afforded me, I will ensure I harness the opportunities towards building my potential in advertising,” she said.

The overall winner and the first runner-up were awarded scholarship from O2 and ID8 Academy; the second and third runner-up also got scholarship from ID8 Academy; and the fourth runner-up secured an internship slot at Withoutabox PR.

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Enugu CP Orders Investigation into Fire Incident at INEC Office

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By Eric Elezuo

The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, has ordered a thorough investigation into the cause of the fire incident at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) office, at Obollo-Afor and the extent of damage.

The Commissioner gave the order via a statement issued and signed by the Command’s PRO, ASP Daniel Ndukwe.

The statement reads in full:

Following a distress call received at Udenu Police Divisional Headquarters of Enugu State Command on 13/05/2021 at about 2140hrs, alleging that there was fire outbreak at the Obollo-Afor Office of the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Udenu L.G.A. of the State, Operatives attached to the Division immediately raced to the scene, while contacting Fire Service Office in the area to promptly put out the fire.

2. Preliminary investigation suggests that the fire, which was eventually put out before it could spread to other offices around the building, through the combined efforts of the State Fire Service, the Police and law-abiding citizens, may have been caused by power surge due to sudden power supply to the building.

3. Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, psc, has ordered the cordoning off of the scene and launch of thorough investigation to further ascertain the actual cause of the fire outbreak and damages incurred.

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Eid-el-Fitri: NAOSNP Felicitates with Nigerians, Sues for Peaceful Co-existence

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…Commends security agencies for standing strong against insurgency and insecurity

The National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), a league of professional Journalists and security news publishers, has extended their heartfelt felicitations to the Muslim ummah as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Fitri, calling for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.

Speaking through a goodwill message, the Association’s National President, Mr. Oki Samson, praised the Muslim faithful for a successful conclusion of the fasting period while urging them to at all times exhibit the teachings of Prophet Mohammed (SWT) which allows for peaceful co-relationship with their neighbours.

“It is with great joy that I express my sincere wishes on behalf of NAOSNP, to our Muslim friends, partners and readers as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Fitri. I urge them to at all times portray the tenets of Islam which makes for peaceful coexistence among all and sundry,” Oki noted.

He stressed that much as the country is in a volatile situation at the moment, all the prayers the faithful committed themselves to in the last one month of Ramadan will surely produce positive results in the days ahead.

While commending the efforts of the security agencies in standing strong against insurgents and insurgency, and protecting the lives and property of Nigerians, Oki said that there is need for all to redouble their efforts, and more importantly pursue the fight without fear and favour.

“We commend our security agencies and agents for their selfless efforts at stamping out insurgency in our midst, and making it possible for Nigerians to sleep with their two eyes closed.

“At this period of Eid-el-Fitri, the Nigerian public celebrates you and appreciates your efforts at keeping the country together,” Oki said.

He further advised President Muhammadu Buhari to build more confidence and trust in the mind of the people as what the people need now is leadership that encompasses all.

“We also commend President Mohammadu Buhari on his efforts to provide purposeful leadership for Nigerians. We urge him to continue to create the desired atmosphere for Nigerians to peacefully co-exist,” the President said.

He pledged NAOSNP’s continuous support for the good and development of Nigeria and it’s desire to uphold a just and free society, adding that as a body of distinguished security news publishers, NAOSNP is all out to see that Nigeria is the most peaceful place to be on earth.

“We at NAOSNP, as a league of distinguished security news publishers, pledge our continued support for the good of the nation and it’s unity and will continually contribute our quota to see that top notch security is maintained in the country,” Oki said.

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Lagos LG Debate Pivotal to Improvement of Governance Deliverables in Lagos

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By Kunle Lawal

Debates among electoral candidates are centerpiece of campaigns during elections, worldwide. As a result, more than 60 countries have developed a debate tradition, and civil society groups, NGOs and concerned citizens have been critical in making that happen.

Debates are pivotal in helping voters make informed choices on various levels of elections and encourage candidates to focus on policy issues.

The Electoral College Nigeria, a non-governmental organization which I lead as its Executive Director, has indicated its interest to conduct the Local Government debates in Lagos State.

I have also stated that the Local Government is the first handshake of democracy to the people and voter apathy in its election plus the poor accountability ratios of the tier of governance from the electorate spell why people are yet to feel the true impact of governance.

Last year, the Electoral college was responsible for hosting the Lagos East Senatorial debates at the end of the year with raving reviews from participants.

This year, we have mentioned that in conjunction with “Rate Your Leader”, a digital democracy app that puts registered voters in direct person-to-person contact with their local decision makers, making them justify every decision they make and every penny they spend and making them truly accountable to the people they serve,
now available in Nigeria.

The Electoral College intends to host the LG debates after the party primaries. The College’s commitment to democracy through civic education would be incomplete if the quality and presence of debates did not improve. The Electoral College intends to work in conjunction with LAISEC and other relevant non-partisan CSOs to deliver a debate that would involve the electorate, using the media available to different strata in the society.

If Lagos gets it right, it could trickle the progress across the nation and reiterate the College’s commitment to politeracy (Political literacy) and it’s target of educating over one million Nigerians before 2023.

Kunle Lawal is the Executive Director, Electoral College, Nigeria

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