Joke Silva is one of the amazons of the Nigerian motion picture. She is an actress every producer loves to have on his/her set because of her immense talent and experience. She was part of the casts of ‘Battleground’ series which hit 100th episode. The role model and wife of Olu Jacobs took time out to speak to journalists about her equally celebrity hubby, celebrity marriages and domestic violence. SAMUEL ABULUDE was there. Was acting what you set out in life to do right from onset? Oh yes I knew from about the age of 10 and my parents supported me from the schools that I went to. After my A level, I prayed I asked God for confirmation and he said yes and I spoke to my father and he said take a gap for a year and see if this industry is your thing and as at that time...
The President of 12-12 Polo and Turf Club, Nuhu Sani, has no doubt cut a niche for himself in sports promotion in Nigeria having nurtured one of the most sophisticated and arguably the best equestrian sports facility from the scratch to its gangling and enviable status and in the process provided job opportunities and entertainment to many Nigerians. The facility which encompasses horse racing and polo events has witnessed remarkable milestones in its 7- years of existence. ANDREW ESSIEN reports.   Can we have an insight into the activities of 12-12 polo and turf club?   12-12 Polo and Turf Club is a world class facility for Polo, Horseracing and other equestrian sports. The club derived its name from the day and month Abuja was officially inaugurated as the Federal Capital Territory; December 12, 1991. This gesture is a tribute to Abuja the Nigeria’s political and administrative center, and a symbol of Nigeria’s...
St. James Tijjani, an Adamawa State born commercial agricultural expert, is the group head, Commercial Services at Notore Chemical Industries Plc. He speaks exclusively to AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE on the agricultural revolution being championed by the federal government and Notore, and especially on the success of its fertilizer strategy. What do you make of the new federal government Agricultural Policy (2016 - 2020) with the theme: 'Agriculture Promotion Policy', which includes import, substitution, job creation and economic diversification? I think this current government deserves high praises for the visionary policy they have articulated and launched towards enhancing agricultural productivity as a means of expanding the economic base from the hitherto over 90% dependence on crude oil. One of the 2016 – 2020 Agricultural Policy dimensions is the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI) which seeks to ensure that farmers access fertilizer inputs, especially NPK, at affordable prices through the bilateral agreement reached between Nigeria...
Chairman of Nigus International, Prince Malik Ado Ibrahim is an expert in the automotive sector by global standards. He has worked with reputable global brands like Proton and Lotus. He was involved in Formula 1 as the first black man to ever be on a Formula 1 team. In this interview with BAYO AMODU, he spoke on the next big thing in the automotive world which is electric cars taking over from the regular cars with combusting engines and the opportunity for Nigeria. What is the future of global automotive industry? Countries across the world are phasing out vehicles with combusting engines. For instance, the UK is going off hydro carbon by 2040, and no more hydro-carbon energized cars, because there will be no internal combusting engines; France is the same; Indians even fast-tracked   theirs by opting for 2030. Are we going to become a waste bin for combusting engine cars...
Alhaji Shehu Gabam, a former chief of staff to a Bauchi State governor, is the director  general of the Prof. Tunde Adeniran campaign organisation for the national chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this interview with CHIBUZO UKAIBE, he speaks about the forthcoming national convention of the party, warning that any attempt to manipulate the process will spell doom for the party. There are claims that Prof. Adeniran's campaign is being bankrolled by a some former presidents and political heavyweights in the party. How do you react to this? After our formal declaration at Yardua center, a lot issues, analysis, allegations and counter allegations have been going on. A lot of campaign of calumny have also been going on because our aspirant is a major threat and a leading aspirant in the race for the national chairmanship of the party. The campaign of calumny are from those who are already...
By Bayo Amodu In this interview with Bayo Amodu, head of Strategy & Business Development, AXA Mansard Investments, Jumoke Odunlami, spoke on importance of making right investment decisions especially having a diversified portfolio among others. What in your opinion must a potential investor look out for in making investment decisions? I think the purpose or objective of the investment is very key to making investment decisions. An investor must be guided by this to avoid a mismatch. Long term assets should be tailored towards long term investment objectives and vice versa for short term assets. Very often you find that the opposite of this happens and results in sub-optimal returns and people fall short of achieving their goals. The same applies to debt; it is usually a disaster where short term monies have been used to fund long term assets, you would see many a company going down on account of such...
Former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, who now represents Kano Central Senatorial District in the Senate, speaks on a wide range of national issues. He spoke to MUYIWA OYINLOLA   Should the presidency remain in the North or power should shift to the South in 2019 because you are one those who led the agitation for power to return to the North in the last political dispensation? In this game, one has to try and be a team player. And I have been a team player for a very long time since I started politics. During the days of SDP and NRC, we collectively decided that power should shift to the South. And we worked so hard. At the end of the day, after the first primary election of Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, Falae and others, the government then decided to cancel it and we started all over, and in SDP, we...
Dr Reem Osman is the Chief Executive Officer CEO, of the Saudi German Hospital, SGH, Dubai. In this interview, she speaks on how  the hospital intends to boost healthcare services for Nigerians, its training programmes for Nigerian doctors, plans to establish the hospital in the country, and how the hospital is adopting latest advances in technology to treat patients, among others. JULIANA AGBO was there for LEADERSHIP Sunday Can you briefly tell us about yourself? I hold a Masters degree in eye diseases and surgery and a Masters in Business Administration from Wollongong University Sydney, Australia. I believe in top down management style, empowerment of staff through treating them as equal partners that is driven by a common goal -the treatment of Saudi German Hospital patients. Can you briefly tell us about the Saudi German Hospital Dubai? The Saudi German Hospital Dubai is part of the Saudi German Hospital group , one of the...
Munzali Jibril, president of Nigerian Institute of Management, (NIM) in this interview with OLAJIDE FABAMISE, speaks on corporate governance, the challenges and benefits in Nigeria’s democratic governance. What informed the choice of the theme of the conference ‘Corporate Governance and Institutional Performance’? Lack of corporate governance is part of the problem of this country, whether in the private or public sector. When you look at the wrong things, it will be discovered that corporate governance is being flouted. The framers of the constitution in their wisdom created the National Assembly as a check on the enormous powers of the executive but the National Assembly is not performing that function. Most times the members are pursuing their selfish interests. Certain chairmen of committees compete with ministers of the same portfolio. Some of them flout the provisions of Federal Character in employment. There is conflict of interest. Governors embezzle public funds. Government officials...
Senator Suleiman Adokwe (PDP, Nasarawa South) is the Chairman Senate Committee on Information and National Orientation. In this interview with newsmen, he speaks on some pressing national issues. CHIBUZO UKAIBE brings the excerpts Nigeria recently marked  independence today. Many have asked are reasons to celebrate, considering the myriads of challenges facing the country? Yes, of course. The first reason is that you don’t have any colonialist ruling you. You have your destiny in your hands to shape your life. Even if we are doing nothing when Independence comes it reminds us that we are free and independent and we ought to do better than we are doing. It also gives people opportunity to reflect on what various governments and people given the responsibility to move this country to the next level have done and so on and so forth. And most of the disenchantments whenever Independence comes is that people reflect...