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Veteran Nollywood actor, RMD, celebrates 61st birthday

Nollywood veteran actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo, turned 61 on Wednesday.

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Nollywood veteran actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo, turned 61 on Wednesday.
The actor shared photos of himself on Instagram at midnight. In the caption, he expressed gratitude to family, friends, business partners, and to “the hands in the creative industry that have given me so much joy and opportunities to shoot my shot!”.
“This is 61 and counting! Super grateful and thankful for God’s grace upon my life. Birthdays are a chance to look back and forward and all I see is God’s grace upon the life of this shy Warri boy that said yes to life,” the rest of his message read.
In an acting career spanning more than forty decades, Mofe-Damijo has picked up a number of honours and starred in many movies. In 2005, he won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2016.
 
Some films he featured in recently include “King of Boys: The Return of the King”, “Fine Wine”, and “Love Is War”.
He was also a former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State from 2009 to 2015.
Mofe-Damijo was married to journalist/publisher and talk show host May Ellen ‘MEE’ Ezekiel. After her death in 1996, he remarried TV personality, Jumobi Adegbesan, who later left TV presenting for the corporate world. 
Mofe-Damijo has five children: two with his current wife and three from his previous marriage.

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Gov Zulum, Abike-Dabiri, Onyema Receive Prestigious Awards As Naija Diaspora Magazine Holds First Summit in Cameroon

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Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has bagged the Exemplary Leadership 2023 award for improving the lives of indigenes and revitalizing the state from insurgency.

Ambassador Lawal Bappah received the award on behalf of the governor at event, held at Best Western Hotel in Douala, Cameroon.

At the occasion organised in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Naija Diaspora magazine, Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, OON, Chairman of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), was presented with the esteemed “Woman of the Year 2023” award in recognition of her remarkable contributions to the diaspora community.

Her significant achievements in this field have been widely acknowledged, and this award is a testament to her unwavering dedication and hard work. We congratulate Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erewa on this outstanding achievement and look forward to her continued success in the future.

Air Peace CEO, Allen Ifechukwu Onyema, was decorated with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2023 for his unwavering commitment to rescuing Nigerians in need of humanitarian assistance abroad.

The publication celebrated its 10th anniversary with a two-day event that included the Symposium and Annual Diaspora Excellence Award. This platform provided a unique opportunity for collective learning, networking, and gaining insights into government policies that relate to communities. Attendees were empowered to navigate pathways of positive change. The Symposium lecture was titled: ‘Building a Nation’, with several dignitaries as speakers.

In attendance was the Inspector General, Regional Services of the Littoral, Mr Kengni Erve Simplice, representing the Governor of the Littoral Region, Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua, who received an Exemplary Leadership 2023 award at the event.

In a rousing speech, Ismaila Adegbola, the Editor-in-chief of the publication, underscored the significance of the magazine’s decade-long journey of impactful storytelling in the diaspora.

Adegbola’s speech was a stirring call to action, highlighting the magazine’s dedication to excellence in journalism and its unwavering commitment to promoting cultural awareness.

He highlighted the critical role of impactful storytelling in shaping perceptions and inspiring change. Adegbola’s speech was a reminder of the power of journalism to make a difference, and the magazine’s decade-long journey is a testimony to its unwavering dedication to providing insightful and thought-provoking content that inspires and challenges readers to make a difference.

“Today, we’re not just marking a milestone; we are recognizing a vision that has shaped narratives, bridged continents, and celebrated the positive work and impact of Nigerians and Africans globally,” said Adegbola.

He continued: “I started the magazine admist so many uncertainties and difficulties with the sole purpose of celebrating Nigerians and Africans making impact and changing lives globally, in the last 10 years, the magazine has been a beacon of inspiration, navigating challenges with resilience and conquering obstacles in the pursuit of excellence.”

“I extend our deepest appreciation to the Cameroonian government for their hospitality towards foreigners, creating an enabling environment where diverse voices can harmonize to create a tapestry of unity and progress. The symbiotic relationship between Nigeria and Cameron has fostered collaboration and become a blueprint for mutual growth and understanding.

“This award stands as a testament to the individuals and groups who have not just treaded the path of excellence but have carved a lasting legacy. As we recognize the outstanding efforts in leadership, mentorship, corporate social responsibility, government, public policy, and community improvement, we embark on a journey to celebrate those remarkable souls who have left an indelible mark on the diaspora narrative.

Also speaking at the event was Minister of Communication and Spokesperson of the Government of Cameroon, represented by Madam Moukoko, Delegate Regional of Communication of Littoral.

Others awarded at the event are Consul General of Nigeria Buea, Amb. Lawal bappah mni, Consul General of Nigeria Douala, Amb. Queen Efe A. Clark-omeru, Douala City Mayor, Dr. Roger Mbassa Ndine; Nigeria Ambassador to Chad, Amb. Lami Sauda Remawa-Ahmed; Immediate past Nigeria High Commissioner to Cameroon, Ambassador Abayomi Olonisakin; Governor Littoral Region Cameroon, Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua ; Minister of Communication Cameroon, Sadi Rene Emmanuel; CEO Achuka, James Kamaha Chona; King of Yoruba Community, HRH Bashiru Aweda; Senior Managing Partner, Nico Halle & Co Law Firm, Barr. Nico Halle; Paramount Ruler of Bafaw People, South West Region / Honorary Consul of Turkey, HRM Nfon Mukete Iv Ekoko; Nigeria Ambassador to Sudan / Former Consul General Of Nigeria, Douala, Amb. Safiu Olukayode Olaniyan; Chairman Air Peace Airline, Barr. Allen I. Onyema, CON; Former Nigeria Ambassador to Cameroon, Amb. Hadiza Mustapha fwc; Founder and Chairman M2b Conseils Plc, Rollin Foko; Vice president Nigerian Community Douala, Sir Lovinus Eze; CEO Synco Ltd, Chief Ozo Syvelster N.C. Ogbuanu; High Chief Fidelis Nwudo; CEO /MD, UBA Cameroon, Jude Anele, Dangote Cement Cameroon, Air Peace Cameroon, UBA Cameroon; Patron Nigeria Community Littoral, Dr. Azeez Mustapha; Patron Nigeria Community Littoral, Hon. Uche Obiekwe; Chairman of Anambra State Douala, Sir Emeka Uzoka; President of Nigeria Community Douala, Hon. Bic okwujiaku; Nigerian Union Women’s wing, Center region; CEO Dozass Auto Douala, Anselm Dozie Ofoezie; HRH Jonathan Thomas Onyengubor, Eze Gburu Gburu of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Cameroon; International Friends Club; Imo State Union Douala; Nigerian Union Littoral Region

 

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How Nigeria’s Ambassador Remawa-Ahmed celebrated in grand style with humanitarian service award.

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The last decade in Cameroon has witnessed a media organisation, publisher of the ND Magazine, changing the landscape of the industry, in terms of content, colour and credibility.

One of its creeds aside news dissemination is to appreciate worthy individuals and groups. The company has never been caught promoting vulgarity and dregs of the society.

Hence, its special focus on anyone or group is greeted with applause which naturally adds to integrity of beneficiaries of its honour.

The Nigeria-Cameroun based magazine’s close observation of the newly appointed Nigeria Ambassador to the Republic of Chad, Ambassador Sauda Remawa-Ahmed has resulted in an award, which the company pegged on her humanitarian service over the years.

While serving as Deputy Nigeria High Commissioner to the Republic of Cameroon, Remawa-Ahmed was an outstanding diplomat whose career trajectory, spanning 24 years, remains a reference point to teachers and students of International Relations.

Her appointment to head Nigeria Embassy in Chad is regarded as a pointer to confidence which the Federal Government of Nigeria reposed in her capacity to breathe a new life to the mission in that country and advance national interest of Nigeria.

Her profile speaks volume of her elevation, especially her stint as head of the Economic/Commercial Desk at the Embassy of Nigeria in Madrid Spain (2010 – 2013).

She was also head of the Multilateral Desk at the Embassy of Nigeria in Paris, France (2017- 2020), afterwhich she was appointed ambassador and subsequently posted to Yaounde-Cameroon as the Deputy High Commissioner, a post she assumed on 27th April, 2021.

While presenting the award during the send forth organized by the High Commission in Yaounde, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the ND Group of Company, Mr Ismaila Adegbola expressed delight in his team work relationship with the woman.

In an emotional-ladden tone, Adegbola declared: Your Excellency, you have always led with respect. We are proud to have worked with such an ambitious person like you. Thank you for guiding us both professionally and personally. Thank you for your support. Your confidence in us is our biggest motivator. Best wishes and success in your new position. »

For the sake of emphasis, the CEO said, « the ND Group is a Nigerian-Cameroon based media firm that runs activities of Nigerians, public personalities and businesses in Cameroon and other parts of the world on a TV Show. It is also the publisher of the Naija Diaspora (ND) Magazine which specializes in media for corporate and distinguished personalities. The ND magazine has a broad-based readership which includes Nigerian Diplomatic and Consular Missions all over the world. The Naija Magazine bid to have its 10th anniversary next year. »

In his remark, Nigeria High Commissioner to the Republic of Cameroon, Ambassador Olonisakin also commended Ambassador Remawa-Ahmed for the harmonious relationship between him and her, being his deputy.

“She is very hardworking, dedicated and reliable. I wish Her Excellency a very successful tenure of duty in Chad,” said Olonisakin.

The event had in attendance, Cameroonian authorities, members of Diplomatic Corps, members of business communities, home based officers, locally recruited staff of the Nigeria High Commission, members of the Nigerian Community and other invited guests.

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Qatar 2022 A review of ground-breaking World Cup with a fairy tale ending

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According to FIFA, this was always going to be a World Cup like no other. Lionel Messi was the hero of the highest-scoring World Cup in history.
The first to be hosted in the Middle East, the first to be played in November and December, and the first of its size to be held in such a small geographical area, Qatar 2022 offered a fresh twist on this old and much-loved festival of football.
But while the treading of so much new ground came with opportunities – the novel prospect of attending multiple World Cup matches in a single day, for example – the risks were clear and undeniable.
Gianni Infantino admitted as much earlier this week, when he confessed to pre-tournament concerns “about having so many fans from so many countries, at the same time, in the same place”.
“In a normal World Cup, you have in one city fans of two countries, not more,” added the FIFA President. “Here, you have 32 countries plus all [the] other fans from the world who come to enjoy the World Cup together in the same place.”

Who are the best fans at the FIFA World Cup?
Given that the place in question has a population of less than 2.9 million and its stadiums are all within a 35-mile radius, questions naturally arose about how Qatar and its infrastructure would cope with a such a mass invasion. Others wondered how the on-field fare would be impacted by the tournament taking place in the middle of most players’ domestic seasons, with reduced preparation time an inevitable consequence.
One by one, of course, those doubts were swept away by a tidal wave of fantastic football, flawless organisation and friendly, passionate atmospheres on the streets and in the stadiums.
Jurgen Klinsmann described it as “a World Cup organised to perfection”, while Infantino has been far from alone in declaring Qatar 2022 to be, quite simply, “the best ever”.
Messi becomes the first player to score in every round of the FIFA World Cup
With a goal in the Final, Lionel Messi becomes the first player to ever score in the group stage, the Round of 16, quarter-final, semi-final and the Final itself in FIFA World Cup history.
The same description is, of course, being applied increasingly widely to the tournament’s star man. Lionel Messi was already a leading contender for ‘GOAT’ status but his claims to that title have been further fortified by a truly magnificent month in Qatar.
In the highest-scoring World Cup of all time, it was goals from Argentina’s captain that did most to determine the direction of the title. And not even La Albiceleste’s fiercest rivals could begrudge this wonderful player his well-deserved moment with the prize he has so long coveted.

Qatar 2022 factfile
Goals: 172 (a new record)
Stadium attendances: 3.4 million spectators
Fan Festival attendances: 1.8 million visitors
Volunteers: 20,000 from 150 different nations (selected from a record 420,000 applications)

Medalists
Champions: Argentina
Runners-up: France
Third place: Croatia

Award winners
adidas Golden Ball: Lionel Messi (ARG)
adidas Golden Boot: Kylian Mbappe (FRA)
adidas Golden Glove: Emiliano Martinez (ARG)
Best Young Player: Enzo Fernandez (ARG)

Standout sides
Argentina
From the butt of the world’s jokes to the worthiest of champions, La Albiceleste enjoyed one hell of a ride. And just as no-one foresaw that opening-match defeat to Saudi Arabia, few could have imagined that they would recover to achieve their long-held dream in such impressive – and dramatic – circumstances.
As for their talisman, what more can be said? Messi is quite rightly a beloved figure far beyond Argentina’s borders, and neutrals across the world were both captivated and converted to his team’s cause by the little magician’s pursuit of World Cup glory.

Morocco
It took 88 years of attempting for an Africa team to reach the World Cup semi-finals. Morocco were the continental trailblazers.
After sinking Belgium in the group stage, Yassine Bounou, Achraf Hakimi, Hakim Ziyech, Youssef En-Nesyri and Co eliminated Spain in the last 16 and Portugal in the quarter-finals. The Atlas Lions also gave France a strict examination in the last four before losing an end-to-end encounter with Croatia 2-1 in the battle for bronze.

Road to the semi-finals: Morocco
Morocco is in the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in the history of Arab and African teams, watch their journey at Qatar 2022™ so far!
Croatia
It simply must rank as one of the greatest achievements in World Cup history – a nation inhabited by fewer than four million people finishing second and third at back-to-back editions.
Zlatko Dalic lost several key components of his 2018 side, such as Danijel Subasic, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic, but new stars emerged in the shape of Dominik Livakovic and Josko Gvardiol to complement the divine talent of Luka Modric. The Croatian highlight was a stunning elimination of tournament favourites Brazil en route to finishing third.

Japan
Would four-time champions Germany or 21st-century titans Spain win Group E? Japan made a mockery of the question the masses were assessing by slaying both those giants to finish top. The Samurai Blue also became only the third team in World Cup history, and the first since West Germany in 1970, to win two separate games in which they had been trailing at half-time.

The highs and lows of the FIFA World Cup™ 2022 group stage
From Japanese joy to German tears, these are the high and low moments for teams of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ in Qatar.
Individual achievers
Lionel Messi: This requires an article all of its own and, fortunately, we have one. Enjoy our detailed rundown on the various national and global records that were rewritten by Messi at Qatar 2022.
Kylian Mbappe: With eight goals in seven appearances, the France talisman produced the highest-scoring World Cup by any individual player since Ronaldo emerged with an identical haul from the 2002 edition. Mbappe also became just the fifth player in World Cup history to score in separate finals, the first to score a final hat-trick since Geoff Hurst in 1966 and, with four goals across 2018 and 2022, is now established as the highest-scoring player in the history of football’s showpiece fixture.
Lionel Scaloni: At 44 years old, the Argentinian became the youngest coach since fellow countryman Cesar Luis Menotti – who was 39 in 1978 – to win the World Cup.
Yassine Bounou: The Morocco hero became the first African goalkeeper to record three clean sheets in a single World Cup edition.
Olivier Giroud: The big Frenchman only started for France due to a late pre-tournament injury to Karim Benzema but certainly made the most of his opportunity, scoring four times to move on to 53 for his country – two clear of Thierry Henry’s previous record of 51.
Neymar: In a tournament that ended in tears for the Brazil No10, he nonetheless equalled Pele’s 77-goal haul to become A Seleção’s joint-record scorer.
Hugo Lloris: The France skipper surpassed Lilian Thuram (142) as his country’s all-time record caps holder and also became the first goalkeeper to reach the milestone of 20 World Cup appearances.
Harry Kane: With his 52nd and 53rd international goals, the England captain moved alongside Wayne Rooney as the Three Lions’ all-time record scorer.
Ivan Perisic: The Croatia wide man scored one and set up two for the Vatreni, meaning that he now has six goals and five assists across the last three World Cups. Only the great Messi (21) can claim more direct goal involvements during the same period.
Goncalo Ramos: The rising Portugal star became the first player to score a hat-trick on his maiden World Cup start since Miroslav Klose in 2002. He was also responsible for the first treble in the knockout stage since Tomas Skuhravy at Italia ‘90.

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