IMF Releases World Economic Outlook

IMF Attributes Nigeria’s Inflation To Forex ChallengesThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the global economic growth noticed since 2016 is likely to continue in 2017 and 2018.

The IMF Economic Counsellor and Director of Research, Maurice Obstfeld, said this on Tuesday at an event to flag-off the Spring Meetings of the World Bank and IMF in Washington D.C.

For Sub-Saharan Africa, the economic growth outlook by the IMF is seen coming behind the rate of population increase on the continent.

Mr Obstfeld noted that it requires contribution from both advanced and emerging countries around the world to sustain economic growth.

He added that the projected 3.5 per cent for 2017 and 3.6 per cent for 2018 are subjected to a number of challenges in key economies like the United States and China.

The economist called for united multi-lateral actions to address issues of nationalism, so as to protect foreign workers and improve trade.

Nigerian Pilot Completes World Tour

Nigerian Pilot Completes World TourA Nigerian Pilot, Ademilola Odujinrin, who works for Air Djibouti has become the first African pilot in history to fly solo around the world.

Mr Odujinrin completed the final leg of his historic journey on Wednesday, landing safely at the Washington Dulles International Airport in the United States.

The pilot finished the entire circumnavigation in a Cirrus SR22, stopping in more than 15 countries on five continents, and returning to Washington D.C., where his journey began in September, 2016.

The flight is part of Project Transcend, a foundation which aims to inspire young people to achieve their goals, regardless of their personal circumstances.

On his historic feat, Odujinrin said: “Ever since I was a child, I dreamed of one day flying around the world. We have a responsibility to lead by example and follow our dreams”.

He said he wants African children to also think in the direction of “I can do this too”.

Nigeria Our Heritage: Davido, Rita Dominic, Don Jazzy, Flavour, Pres. Jonathan Storm DC

Nigeria-Heritage-Project-in-Washington-DC-August-2014-BellaNaija006-600x600The Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and National Orientation, on Monday August 4, 2014 oragnised an evening of entertainment for the “Nigeria: Our Heritage Project.”

The project,which is centered on the centennial of Nigeria’s commonwealth was held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall in Washington D.C.

Guests at the event were President Goodluck Jonathan, as well as celebrities including, Don Jazzy, Rita Dominic, Ali Nuhu, Davido, Flavour, Tiwa Savage, Tee Billz, Masterkraft, Tola Odunsi, Leslie Kasumba, Di’ja, Lola Ogunnaike, Obi Asika, Ubi Franklin, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, and Iyanya.

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Former Nigerian-American NFL Player Adewale Ogunleye Weds Amira Baker

Form02 (1)er Nigerian-American NFL player, Adewale Ogunleye, on Saturday July 12, got married to his heartthrob Dr. Amira Baker in a traditional Nigerian wedding ceremony as well as a white wedding in Washington D.C.

Adewale, whose grandfather was the Yoruba king of Emure in Ekiti, got engaged to Amira recently in Angola.

The star-studded event had in attendance Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union, Amar’e and Alexis Stoudemire, Osi Umenyiora and Leila Lopes, Rocsi Diaz, Michelle Williams and others.

Adewale holds a Masters in Business Administration, while his wife, Amira owns a dental practice in Miami that is frequented by celebrities.

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I didn’t Say There’ll Be Trouble If Jonathan Is Not Re-Elected – Kuku

The Special adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta and head of the Presidential Amnesty Committee, Kingsley Kuku has denied allegations of treason leveled against him, owing to comments he had made at a function in the United States.

Mr Kuku had allegedly said that “There would be dire consequences in the Niger Delta should Goodluck Jonathan fail to secure a fresh term in 2015.”

The statement was said to have been made in Washington D.C, while Mr Kuku was addressing officials of the U.S state department.

However, the presidential aide while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said that he made no such statements.

“I didn’t say that… I could not have even said that! I am a democrat… I have always been in public service.” He said.

He explained that his actual comments were that “President Goodluck Jonathan has been able to secure and stabilize the Niger Delta. That he is not perfect and cannot be perfect…”

“What I basically said has to do with collaboration between the United States and the Federal Government in terms of securing and stabilising the amnesty programme and the Niger Delta.”

What is happening in the Northeast must not be a way of distracting attention from the stability of the Niger Delta.

“2015 was not discussed in the United States.” Mr Kuku insisted.