FIFA Crisis: Jack Warner To Reveal All Despite Fears

fifa former vice president, jack warnerFormer FIFA Vice President, Jack Warner, has said that he will reveal all he knows about corruption at the world football body.

Mr Warner, who said he feared for his life,  said he could also link FIFA officials to general elections in his native Trinidad and Tobago in 2010.

He is one of the 14 people charged by the US over corruption at FIFA.

Another top FIFA official and key witness, Chuck Blazer, had admitted accepting bribes.

BBC says, the admissions came in a newly released transcript of Mr Blazer’s guilty plea from 2013, as part of a wide-ranging US criminal case that has engulfed FIFA and led President, Sepp Blatter to resign.

The US Justice Department also alleged that 14 people charged worldwide accepted bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m (£97m) over a 24-year period.

Four others had already been charged, including Mr Blazer.

Jack Warner who is 72, resigned from all football activity in 2011 amid bribery allegations and later stepped down as Trinidad and Tobago’s Security Minister due to a fraud inquiry.

The former Vice President said he had given lawyers’ documents outlining the links between FIFA, its funding, himself and the 2010 election in Trinidad and Tobago. He said the transactions also included Chief Sepp Blatter.

“I will no longer keep secrets for them who actively seek to destroy the country,” he said in a political broadcast entitled “The gloves are off”, on Wednesday evening.

He promised an “avalanche” of revelations to come out.

Mr Warner, who denied charges against him, and faced extradition to the US, was released on bail after handing himself to the Police in the Trinidad and Tobago capital, Port of Spain last week.

Wike Tasks Tanker Owners, Sanitation Agency On Movement

governor wike of rivers stateRivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike, has called on tanker owners and the Environmental Sanitation Agency in the state to conduct their operations responsibly.

Governor Wike made this call during a meeting with stakeholders at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital.

This is as a result of indiscriminate parking of tankers along major roads and the sudden resurfacing of refuse dumps on the streets of Port Harcourt.

It is reported that the situation is currently causing serious traffic and is becoming a source of worry to residents.

In another meeting, the governor told depot operators and tanker owners that their activities pose a security risk to residents in the area.

Both groups however gave assurances that the tankers will relocate from the highways and the streets of the capital city will be made motorable.

Reviewing 2013: How Online Business Can Help Young Nigerians In 2014

A Business Analyst, Tobenna Okoli has stated that the rapid growth of e-commerce in Nigeria is due to the growth of the middle class in Nigeria.

Appearing on Channels TV’s Rubbin’ Minds to do a post-mortem of the year 2013, with a focus on the rapid increase in the rate at which Nigerians do business on the internet, Okoli said that one of the major characteristics of the middle class is that they want more options to choose from, before spending their money and they also usually seek better convenience, all of which the internet offers.

Claiming that statistics show that globally, Africa has experienced the highest annual e-commerce growth rate in the past year (25.8% according to Medessy); he cited the development of the telecom industry in many of Africa’s developing countries as the reason behind this increase.

According to Okoli, among all mobile phone users in Nigeria, about 55 million use smartphones that enable them to access internet on the go, and consequently enhancing the rate at which they get to find goods and make payments online.

Looking ahead into 2014, Okoli believes that the future of e-commerce in Nigeria is bright, considering that computer and IT literacy is constantly improving in the country.

Worthy of note is that e-commerce in Nigeria used to be retail based in the past, but now, even services can be purchased online with hotels and airlines freely using the online platform to offer their customers convenience; and this explains why the Nigerian e-commerce industry has been rated to be worth about 255 billion Naira (about $1.4billion) according to Medessy Enterprises Limited, owner of online retailer, gidimall.com.

He cited the rapid growth of online shops like Konga.com and Jumia as proofs of how much investment has gone into the sector in 2013, and he believes their successes would inspire even more of such businesses to spring up, with more local businesses also spreading their reach online.

He however warned that doing business online is not just about the presence of goods and services on a website. Therefore, business owners planning to embrace the system should be aware of how much work goes into it.

Although he agreed that e-commerce is a good option for young or new business owners who may not be able to afford the cost of renting shops and offices that customers would want to visit, he however noted that getting customers to see goods and services online is just the “e” part of the commerce.

He stressed that getting the eyes to see what you have to offer is not enough, but the logistics side of the business, which is in the backend is more critical. He said: “if you do not have the structure you may only attract people and there will be no means to satisfy them.”

So, getting the goods and services to the consumers after they have liked and purchased them must be well figured out and planned for, before any business owner should launch an online business.

Online Workers Back New Media To Kill Traditional Media

Rubbin’ Minds this Sunday played host to 2 major players in Nigeria’s vibrant new-media sector.

Entertainment Editor of BellaNaija, Onos Ovueraye and Chief Correspondent at The NET NG, Osagie Alonge took turns to analyse the rapid growth and popularity of social media as well as issues affecting the online business in Nigeria.

The new media experts both identified plagiarism and the lack of censorship as major challenges which have encouraged the posting of unverified news on many websites. They were however unanimous in their preference for their organisations’ regards for ethical journalism which Alonge referred to as “the right way” rather than the approach taken by popular blogger Linda Ikeji.

They claim that their ability to deliver fresh verified news to every class of Nigerian via mobile phones and other new-media positions them to soon kill the relevance of newspapers, television and other traditional media.

They both agreed to riding on the popularity of certain celebrities to attract visits to their websites, mentioning Nollywood stars, Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde, Jim Iyke as well as music stars Tu-face Idibia and D’banj among those who constantly provide them with the largest hits.

D’banj, Asa, Tiwa Savage battle for FAB awards

Lifestyle publication, Fabulous African and Black (FAB)Magazine has revealed nominees list for this year’s edition of FAB AWARDS.

Recently the FAB Awards nominees’ party was held October 7, 2012 at De Marquee Penthouse, Victoria Island, the event unveiled talents from different industries.

Music stars Darey, D’banj, Ice Prince, Wizkid and Naeto C will battle to emerge the Most Stylish male artist in their category while Olisa Adibua, Yaw, Toolz, Tosyn Bucknor, and Wana Udobang slug it out in the On-Air Personality of the Year category.

Style and class are combined as Gideon Okeke, Ramsey Noah, Mike Ezuruonye, Joseph Benjamin, Chris Attoh, Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade, Rita Dominic, Beverley Naya and Nse Ikpe Etim jostle for Most Stylish Actor in the male and female categories respectively.

Nominees for the Online Publication of the year include BellaNaija, Passionistahub, Onobello, that1960chick and LindaIkeji.

The fashion world is also not left out as Dimeji Alara, Ebun Aboderin,Bolaji Animashaun, Veronica Ebie and Crystal Deroche also made the list on the Fashion Stylist of the Year category.

Founded by Familusi Akin Babajide, FAB Night out debuted in 2010 as a platform to recognize and celebrate talents with the best offering every calendar year. “It gets bigger and better and fans should look forward to a great event this year’ the media and fashion entrepreneur said.

All voting for FAB Awards will be done online this year at www.fabmagazineonline.com/awards

The prestigious event is billed to take place on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Landmark Village, Victoria Island Lagos.

AWARD CATERGORIES AND NOMINEES LIST
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR (WEST AFRICA)
1. Jewel By Lisa
2. Tiffany Amber
3. Christie Brown
4. Buki Akib
5. House of Nwocha

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR (SOUTH AFRICA)
1. David Tlale
2. Thula Sindi
3. Clinton Lotter
4. Gavin Rajah
5. Abigail Betz

MODEL OF THE YEAR (FEMALE)
1. Ojy Okpe
2. Emmanuella Chika
3. Imade Ogbewi
4. Bunmi Ademokoya

MODEL OF THE YEAR (MALE)
1. Francis Nwodu (Chinko)
2. Bryan Okwara
3. Kingsley Ushie
4. Victor Kwen

FASHION BRAND OF THE YEAR
1. L’Espace
2. Mai Atafo
3. Kinabuti
4. David Wej
5. Jewel B
y Lisa

LIFESTYLE BRAND OF THE YEAR
1. Polo
2. The Life House
3. The Play Group
4. Porsche
5. ThisDayStyle

ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR
1. Bella Naija
2. Passionistahub
3. Onobello
4. That1960chick
5. LindaIkeji

MOST STYLISH ARTIST (MALE)
1. Darey
2. D’Banj
3. Naeto C
4. WizKid
5. Ice Prince

MOST STYLISH ARTIST (FEMALE)
1. Asa
2. Mo’cheddah
3. Eva
4. Tiwa Savage
5. Sasha P

MOST STYLISH ACTOR (MALE)
1. Gideon Okeke
2. Ramsey Noah
3. Mike Ezeronye
4. Joseph Benjamin
5. Chris Attoh

MOST STYLISH ACTOR (FEMALE)
1. Genevieve Nnaji
2. Omotola Jalade
3. Rita Dominic
4. Beverley Naya
5. Nse Ikpe Etim

TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
1. Tinsel
2. Project Fame
3. Big Friday Show
4. Nigerian Idol
5. Ultimate Search

TV PRESENTER OF THE YEAR
1. Yvonne ‘Vixen’ Ekwere
2. Eku Edewor/Dolapo Oni
3. Adams Ibrahim
4. Frank Edoho
5. Joseph Benjamin/Adaora Oleh

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
1. Beat 99.9FM
2. Inspiration 92.3FM
3. Wazobia 95.1FM
4. Traffic Radio 96.1FM
5. Top Radio 90.9FM

ON AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
1. Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru
2. Wana Udobang
3. Steve ‘Yaw’ Onu
4. Tosyn Bucknor
5. Olisa Adibua

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
1. Orchid Bistro
2. Paris Deli
3. Yellow Chilli
4. Pattaya Restaurant
5. Level 7

BAR OF THE YEAR
1. Sip Bar
2. Reeds Bar and Lounge
3. Soul Lounge
4. Likwid Lounge
5. Ediz Wine Bar

DJ OF THE YEAR
1. DJ Caise
2. DJ Humility
3. DJ Neptune
4. DJ Jimmy Jatt
5. Dj Exclusive

CLUB OF THE YEAR
1. Deuces
2. Auto Lounge
3. Play
4. Soho
5. DV8

HOTEL OF THE YEAR
1. Radisson blu
2. Federal Palace Hotel and Casino
3. Four Points by Sheraton
4. Southern Sun
5. WheatBaker Hotel

FASHION WRITER OF THE YEAR
1. Ono Bello
2. Fatima Garba
3. Ijeoma Ndekwu
4. Ezinne Chinkata
5. Funmi Ibiyode

FASHION STYLIST OF THE YEAR
1. Crystal Deroche
2. Ebun Aboderin
3. Dimeji Alara
4. Bolaji Animashuan
5. Veronica Ebie

MAKE-UP ARTIST OF THE YEAR
1. Lola Maja
2. Seun Omisesa
3. David Onyedike
4. Banke Meshida
5. Jide Adedeji

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
1. Reze Bonna
2. Hakeem Salaam
3. Kelechi Amadi Obi
4. Yetunde Babaeko
5. Obi Somto

HAIR STYLIST OF THE YEAR
1. Ugo Igbokwe
2. Rita Idehen
3. Debola Falana
4. Shola Laditi
5. Banke Meshida-Lawal

CAR OF THE YEAR
1. BMW X3
2. PORSCHE PANAMERA
3. RANGE ROVER EVOQUE
4. MERCEDES BENZ S CLASS
5. TOYOTA LANDCRUISER