PHOTOS: Dignitaries Attend Democracy Day Celebration At Eagle Square

Femi Otedola, Aliko Dangote and Jim Ovia at the Eagle Square during Democracy Day celebration on June 12, 2019. PHOTO: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun.
Femi Otedola, Aliko Dangote and Jim Ovia at the Eagle Square during Democracy Day celebration on June 12, 2019. PHOTO: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Dignitaries from across the world on Tuesday attended the celebration of Nigeria’s Democracy Day.

The event was celebrated at the Eagle Square in Abuja.

Dignitaries at the event include foreign envoys, top government officials, state governors, traditional rulers, political leaders, statesmen, among others.

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Obama, Bush Lead Dignitaries To McCain’s Funeral

Former US Presidents Barack Obama and George Bush speak at Senator McCain’s funeral in Washington DC on Saturday. Credit: AFP

 

Former US Presidents, Barack Obama and George Bush, led dignitaries to bid the late American Senator John McCain farewell.

Both leaders praised McCain for making them “better”  and embodying the virtue of placing country over party, the stunning contrast between the unifying ceremony and an outcast Trump only highlighted the astonishing state of US politics.

President Donald Trump himself was notably absent — fleeing the capital to head to one of his golf courses in Virginia just as eulogies to McCain were being delivered.

Millions of Americans, friends and well-wishers tuned in to the nationally televised memorial attended by almost all of Washington’s past and present powerbrokers.

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First Bank Launches First Gender-Based Product ‘FirstGem’

First Bank Launches First Gender-Based Product 'FirstGem'First Bank of Nigeria Plc. has decided to gather women from across every sector under one roof to talk to them on the importance of saving.

The management of First Bank thinks the time is right to launch its first gender-based product, as it recognizes the role of women in driving the nation’s gross national income which has been highlighted at different fora.

To First Bank, empowering them only makes things better, as they are ready to work with the women to prepare them for the future through the launch of their latest lifestyle offering for Women ‘FirstGem’

The Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Mrs Ibukun Awosika, was quick to state what women stand to benefit keying in into this new project.

She challenged women to brace-up by working hard at their various fields to achieve their financial goals and aspirations.

A panel of speakers from across different sectors shared their knowledge on how women can empower themselves and with that the dignitaries, as well as top officials of the bank officially unveiled the new product

With this launch, the Bank says it is committed to supporting women-led businesses to stimulate sustainable growth and national development with a slogan, ”Empowering Women, Creating Wealth”.

With the chanting of the mantra, First Bank pledged their commitment towards making this project a huge success.

The wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo; Minister for Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, the former Deputy Governor of Lagos state, Princess Serah Sosan; wife of the Oyo state governor, Florence Ajimobi and the wife of the Benue state governor, Dr Eunice Ortom to mention a few, were in attendance

Ghanaian President is laid to rest

The body of the late Ghanaian President, Professor John Atta Mills has been interred at the “Asomdwee Park” .

The late President, was laid to rest after a day-long funeral which held at the Independence Square in Accra.

Prof Mills was buried, Friday, in a Bird Sanctuary next to the seat of government, the 17th-century Fort Christiansborg, also known as Osu Castle, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.

His funeral was attended by 16 Heads of State, five Vice Presidents, and other international dignitaries including the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Goodluck Jonathan.

The leaders joined thousands of Ghanaians in the seaside capital as his coffin was carried on a gun carriage followed by wreath bearers in the capital, Accra.

President Jonathan paid tribute to the late leader saying he was a friend of Nigeria, who stood by the country during its moments of trial.

He described him as somebody, who was very close to him personally and who was very supportive during Nigerian’s trial.

President Jonathan added that he received the sudden death of Atta-mills with shock, and that African leaders would miss him for his sincerity, maturity, humility and modesty.

Prof. Mills, who had been due to stand for re-election in December, died suddenly at age 68, on July 24, after a long battle with throat cancer.

Catalyst for Unity

Within hours after his death, John Dramani Mahama, his deputy, was sworn-in by parliament as his replacement, removing concerns cover political instability.

President Mahama, who spoke during the two-hour burial ceremony marked by Bible readings, prayers and singing, described Mills as a man who cemented stability in Ghana.

“I am in no doubt that the unifier and the man of peace that our late president was, in passing on to glory, will be a catalyst for our country to consolidate the peace and forge ahead in unity,” Mahama said.

Mills, a former law professor and a tax expert, was Ghana’s vice president from 1997 to 2000.

He became president in 2009, narrowly winning a runoff vote, having unsuccessfully run for the top office in 2000 and 2004.

Before his political career, he taught at the University of Ghana and also was a visiting lecturer at Temple University in Pennsylvania and Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Mills’ death came days after he celebrated his 68th birthday. He had said he would run for re-election in December.

Ekiti Governor buries mother in style

Dignitaries from within and outside Ekiti state joined the Governor of the State; Dr. Kayode Fayemi and sibling to bid their mother; Mrs. Dorcas Fayemi goodnight.