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Blockchain, Fintech and the Future of Banking by Austin Okere

“Customers besiege banks on the first day of the partial lifting of COVID-19 lockdown: As early as 8 am, bank premises were already full of people seeking to gain entrance into the banking halls for one transaction or the other. And by 11 am, Twitter was filled with so many posts warning Nigerians about the …

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The need for Inclusiveness in society: could Online Platforms be leveraged to reduce poverty?

On May 04, 2020, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in a report about poverty and inequality from September 2018 to October 2019 in Nigeria, said 40 per cent of people in the continent’s most populous country lived below its poverty line of 137,430 Naira ($381.75) a year. It said that represents 82.9 million people. …

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Nigeria: A Chance for Re-Awakening – by Austin Okere

By March 2020, it had become very clear that COVID-19 was a global pandemic. The news media was awash with a shock announcement by the Central Bank of Nigeria on her exchange rate policy; “In what can be regarded as an unexpected yet positive move, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday moved the …

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NIS Officers Dancing with Uniform a PR Positioning Opportunity Missed – Anthony Elikene ANIPR

The Nigeria Immigration Service is reported to have queried its officers, who participated in a music video challenge. According to Assistant Comptroller General of the NIS, Iam Haliru, “the viral video clip tagged #BopDaddyChallenge, has caused the organisation a lot of embarrassment”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZJVMwzwvxs. Public Relations practitioner, Anthony Elikene ANIPR, is one of those who do …

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COVID-19: WORLD WAR III UPON US

War times are associated with partial and total lockdown owing to government directives with a curfew in place. This demand loved ones making efforts to check on each other to confirm the status of safety and wellbeing. At such times, only warring troops are seen in the streets mitigating influx of the troops from opposing …

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African PR Practitioners Need to Seize the Narrative on Climate Change to Prevent Western Propaganda

Wikipedia says “Climate Change occurs when changes in Earth’s climate system result in new weather patterns that remain in place for an extended period. This length of time can be as short as a few decades to as long as millions of years.” In a simpler explanation, Climate Change is the rise in average surface …

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The Boko Haram displaced kids: Spare a thought of kindness this Yuletide season

The photo above: The most recent picture of little Maria – Nov 09, 2019 The Christmas season is upon us again. This is typically the season where we splurge on ourselves and our loved ones. As we indulge in the excess of the season, let us spare a thought for the less fortunate among us, …

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Lessons from the U.K. Brexit Election by Austin Okere

The U.K. has announced the result of the “Brexit Election”, and Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party won a landslide victory, mostly at the expense of Jeremy Corbyn’s opposition Labour Party. Listen to their statements after the results; “I will work night and day to repay voters’ trust”… Boris Johnson. “I will not lead the party in …

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The State and a State- A Review of “Silence Would be Treason”

Title: Silence Would Be Treason: Last Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa (Second edition) Edited by Ide Corley et al Published: Daraja Press Year of Publication: 2018 Reviewer: Olutayo Irantiola At 52, I think I’ve served my time and, come to face it, I’ve lived a charmed life. A few more books, maybe, & the opportunity to …

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ALTON: Advocate or Antagonist

Technology enthusiasts are big on the power of new and emerging technologies to disrupt existing realities. Consider how personal computers, smartphones, and the internet caused disruptions. Today, we are talking about autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, robotics, artificial intelligence, wearables, and the likes. Oh, the possibilities! History has shown however that people can also be the …

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