A LIFE IN BRIEF Christy Thomas was born in Maiduguri, Borno State. She grew up in Bama local government area of the state and did her primary school in Staff Primary School Bokos, Bama. She later proceeded to Telta Memorial Secondary School Maiduguri and graduated in 2008. In 2010, she gained admission into University of Maiduguri to study mass communication at diploma certificate level. Currently she is an undergraduate in the same department of the university. She is presently an importer BY Nazeef Bakura BACKGROUND My name is Christy Thomas. I was born in Maiduguri, Borno State and I grew up in Bama local government area of the state. I did my primary school in Staff Primary School Bokos, Bama, then I proceeded to Telta Memorial Secondary School Maiduguri which I graduated in 2008. By 2010, I moved to University of Maiduguri to study mass communication where I obtained a diploma certificate, and currently an...
In this interview, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom said the ethnic agitations in the country is due largely to lack of employment for the teeming youths. He also spoke, among other issues, about the flood that recently wreaked havoc on the communities of the agrarian state. SOLOMON AYADO was there for LEADERSHIP Sunday.  There are ethnic agitations all over the country as seen in the recent demonstration by the members of the proscribed IPOB. Do you think there is any way out? If you look at the agitations in the country, the demonstrations from the groups especially that of IPOB that has been proscribed, you will discover that they are being carried out mainly by youths. The other one is the Arewa youths. To me, I think all these agitations are because of unemployment and it is a very big challenge we have to contend with. I have always known that...
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...
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...
BY JOHN EBRIKU Barrister Alphonsus Ogar Eba is the Director General of Due Process and Price Intelligence Bureau in Cross River State. In this interview with JOHN EBRIKU, he speaks on completed projects, ongoing projects and efforts by the state governor, Ben Ayade to ensure that they are fully executed. How has the experience been since you assumed office as the Director General of Cross River State Due Process and Price Intelligence Bureau? It has been an interesting journey. Although it has been challenging, it has also been surmountable. That is how I can describe our journey in Cross River State as far as Due Process and Price Intelligence  Bureau under my leadership is concerned. What impact has your leadership brought to bear in the procurement process? I will allow you and Cross Riverians as well as the world at large to be the judge, but let me tell you the kind of situation I...
Hon Danlami Muhammad Kurfi is the vice chairman of committee on Petroleum Downstream in the House of Representatives. In this interview, Kurfi who represents Dutsinma/Kurfi Federal constituency of Katsina state on the platform of APC described those behind APC splinter group in the state as saboteurs and frustrated lots. Katsina state is celebrating thirty years of its creation. Looking back, can we say the state is any way near the dream of its founding fathers? As a matter of fact, the state has recorded enormous successes in the critical areas of agriculture, education, economics and trades, and in fact, in all sphere of endeavours. Without sounding immodest, the state has recorded successes that makes it envy of its peers. We have done what so many states that were created before us couldn’t do. Don’t forget, Katsina state parades the best brains the country can ever boast of in virtually all sectors...
By Chinelo Chikelu LEADERSHIP Books & Arts, Meet Manju Mishra, the founder and Director of College of Journalism and Mass Communication (CJMC), and the Nepal Africa Film Festival (NAFF). With the theme, Africa Through African Lens, Mishra aims to dispel stereotyped perception of Africa portrayed in Western media around the globe. Manju believes Africa has much more to her than the negative image presented to world. By organizing a film festival, she offers Nepalese updates of developments on the continent, which like Nepal is a developing nation. With NAFF, Africans tell their stories in their own voice. Since its inception in 2011, the festival has screened over movies from over 15 to 20 African countries, 2 Nigerian films Crisis In Paradise 1 & 2, and hopes to partner with Nollywood to promote African culture throughout Asia. As at the time of publishing this interview, LEADERSHIP confirmed Nigeria will not be...
By David Tarkaa Nigeria is currently at a crossroads over its continued existence as one nation, with agitations for secession and restructuring from different parts of the country. Convener of Fast Forward Nigeria and former president, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Orkuma Hembe, speaks on the restructuring debate, 2019 elections and the 'Atiku Challenge' in this interview with David Tarkaa.  What is the fast forward Nigeria project all about? Fast Forward Nigeria project is an assemblage of young professionals in business, who are both in public and private sector but who are also politically inclined. You cannot do business in Nigeria and avoid politics. Over time, we have come to the realisation that politics influences the business environment a lot and we are not only professionals in our fields, we are also active politicians, so we came together under the banner of Fast Forward Nigeria because as far as we know,...
Tonye Princewill is a Rivers State-born politician, a two-time governorship candidate in the state, a bigwig of the APC and a successful entrepreneur. He speaks on governance and politics in his native state and at the national turf. He spoke to Tony Egbulefu and Maimunat Mohammed Nna. One of the major trending issues in the polity is restructuring. What are  thoughts; your position as an individual about the clamor for restructuring and the entire back and forth argument on it? I am glad you addressed the question to me as an individual, which is a good context because as a member of APC I know that the party has set up a committee to look into that and to come out with a position. So I speak as an individual and as individual, I have always said that the word restructuring is very loose. If you look at the dictionary definition...
Uche Sylva-Aladi is the chairman/CEO Divine Reward and Services Limited. He speaks to journalists on ways to arrest herders and farmers clashes in the country and says grass farming is the new way to make money. Ruth Tene was there. The minister of agriculture has been severally been criticised for his suggestion for importation of grass, what is your view about this? Those criticisms came out of ignorance, he was actually explaining to Nigerians the problems we are faced with and how to go about solving the problems and the opportunities available in the problem we had, but instead of people discovering the opportunities available, they went on critisising. Our Company, Divine Reward Services discovered this opportunity and tapped into it. In the past two years we have gone into cultivation, establishment of pasture, grazing and to solve the insecurity between the herdsmen and crop producers in Nigeria and to also...