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For decades, Johannesburg has suffered from an image problem.
But Jo’burg is now getting a breath of fresh air from young entrepreneurs who are bringing new life to the downtown real estate, hospitality and entertainment scenes.

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But Jo’burg is now getting a breath of fresh air from young entrepreneurs who are bringing new life to the downtown real estate, hospitality and entertainment scenes.

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World SOCCER SHOWDOWN: South Africa backs Morocco; U.S under pressure

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“It is an old myth that Africa doesn’t have the capacity, and naysayers should stop using the political argument. Africa hosted the best Fifa World Cup ever and with good support, Morocco can emulate South Africa,” said the SAFA president Jordaan.

Johannesburg – South Africa Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has promised Morocco that South Africa will give its unqualified support to secure another World Cup on the African continent in 2026.

Morocco is vying to stage the world’s biggest football prize against a joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

The Moroccan delegation comprises ex-Senegal and Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf and former Cameroonian goalkeeper Joseph-Antoine Bell.

Jordaan said it would be great for Africa to have a second bite of the World Cup cherry, adding Morocco’s bid was Africa’s bid.

Jordaan assured Morocco that he would personally lobby for the Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) and the rest of the continent to rally behind the Moroccans.

In his remarks, Antoine Bell said Morocco had all the ingredients to host another spectacular World Cup.

“South Africa showed the way and I am confident Morocco will follow suit. The country has international standards, from the stadiums to top infrastructure. Morocco can compete with the best in the world,” he said.

By giving Morocco its support, South Africa’s voice would make all the difference on the continent, Bell said.

“When South Africa talks on the continent, the rest of the continent listens hence it is vital for South Africa to support Morocco. South Africa has the experience and Morocco will use this experience to win the 2016 bid,” added Bell. African News Agency

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USAfrica: Michelle Obama says ‘Black Panther’ Africa super hero movie is inspiring

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Michelle Obama says ‘Black Panther’ Africa super hero movie is inspiring
By Chido Nwangwu @Chido247

Following a record-breaking box office success in the U.S and across several continents, the African heritage super-hero movie “Black Panther” has

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attracted the commendation of former First Lady Michelle Obama.

She noted a few hours ago on twitter that “Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen.” Obama, a lawyer and first Black to become First Lady, wrote “I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories.”

“Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman as the king of Wakanda, a fictional East African nation. The superhero is T’Challa. On February 20, 2018, it earned an estimated $255 million in the U.S since last Friday.
The cultural event and historical milestone that “Black Panther” has become was evident in the simultaneous premiere in Nigeria, South Africa and other countries.
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… AND THE MUSIC PAUSED… AT 69! LONG LIVE DAN ORJI. By Chido Nwangwu

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By Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder of USAfrica and analyst for CNN and SkyNews.

Houston, Texas: One of Africa’s prolific music masters, Dan Orji, would have achieved the biblical age of ‘three scores and ten’, that’s 70, this first week of December. Dan was born on a minty, harmattan day of December 6, 1945. But the music genius joined his ancestors on July 30, 2015 at 69 years.  He will be buried tomorrow, Friday December 18, 2015, at the Mmawuru Court in Aro Orji in Owerri.

And, the music paused…. Yes; it only paused!

Here’s why?

For almost 55 years, as the maker of masterpieces, Dan Orji’s songs continue to inspire the boundless, creative imagination of millions, across the Igbo nation, Nigeria and parts of the African continent.

For almost 55 years, Dan Orji held a consistent delivery and exposition of what I consider his delicious trifecta of acoustics harmony, inspirational messages and merging of the subtle artistry of his Owerri ‘bongo’ music and the ‘abiriwa’ serenade. For almost 55 years, he saw and utilized music for joyful serenade.

After all, his husky baritone voice and smooth highlife style since the 1970s remain present to the new generation of highlife superstars like the supremely talented Flavour and ‘bongo’ musicians such as Sonny Bobo. I must state that Nze Dan Orji is the undisputed godfather of ‘bongo’ music.

For almost 55 years, he wrote and sang songs with a distinct cross-cultural and multi-lingual style that has not been matched. But has been copied and remixed and pirated.

For almost 55 years, he elevated his music for worthy, philosophic reflections. He always had a song or two in every album to inspire the distraught and the needy in society.

For almost 55 years, as a creative powerhouse, every one of the songs he placed on the Skylarks and Peacocks albums were hits across age groups and cultures. And, then, suddenly the music paused… in the summer of 2015.

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Dede Danny-as some of us, his nephews and nieces and cousins called him, reflecting, in part, our great Arochukwu heritage of unconditional deference to older folks-   dan-orji-trad4_Fotorinteracted with effortless ease and sense of humour to both the old and very young.

He was the younger brother of my mother Nwakaego (child is greater than money); their oldest brother being the prolific, renaissance man of uncommon wisdom, Ugwu Aro Mazi Emmanuel Amaugo Chima Orji. This is important; to understand Dan Chukwuemeka Orji you’ll have to know the influence of this 88-years old patriarch on his life.

He was to learn later from his eldest brother that their father, Mazi Joseph Chima Orji died about 100 days after Dan’s birth.

For the purposes of securing a permanent, trans-generational digital home for his body of work, musical value and historical assessment of his profound genius of harnessing creativity and perfecting his craft, we set up the USAfrica-powered web site www.DanOrji.com. It offers an interactive platform for tributes and messages celebrating one of Africa’s music masters!

… and the music paused… at 69! But his legacy endures! And, the music plays on!! Long Live Dan Orji!!  @Chido247

Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans.    E-MAIL: Chido247@Gmail.com WIRELESS 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

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Forthcoming 2016 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two GLOBAL icons and towering PERSONS of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia 
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

 

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USAfrica: Why Donald Trump is leading and confusing Republicans. By Chidi Amuta

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Why Donald Trump is leading and confusing Republicans

By Dr. Chidi Amuta.                                                                                                                                           (Executive Editor of USAfrica & USAfricaonline.com since 1992, based in Lagos)

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

The egotistic real estate and leisure billionaire, Donald Trump, excites this reporter to no end. Hence, my ritual of summer vacation in America was somehow alleviated by one excitement: his emergence of as lead political actor. American politics and its accompanying theatre is to me what European major league soc

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cer is to numerous urban Nigerians. Each time I turned on the television to any of the major American news and current affairs networks and saw Mr. Trump, I giggled to myself. My American friends and family could not understand why.

 

For one thing, Mr. Trump has enlivened what would ordinarily be a dull run up to the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. Somehow, the man has rekindled some interest in the Republican Party whose fortunes in recent times have been less than glorious.

Above all, the man is lending American politics a new language, which I consider a ‘revolutionary’ national service in a political culture where linguistic atrophy has become symptomatic of other declines.

Donald Trump is engaging in a rather entertaining but cavalier way. He is predictably unpredictable. Only Mr. Trump knows what he is going to say or do next on the political trail. He is allergic to the obsession with political correctness in Washington and says so by verbally assaulting the high priesthood of political Washington. He has accused the American leadership of being mostly ‘stupid’ hence the declining strength and power of his country.  He has questioned senator John McCain’s stature as a war hero: you do not become a war hero just because you were a prisoner of war! He respects President Obama’s office but is not hesitant to describe the man as ‘incompetent’.  He admires Hillary Clinton mostly because she did him the honour of attending his wedding in Florida. He dismisses fellow Republican presidential aspirant Jeb Bush as a ‘low energy’ person and has unprintable words about his elder brother, former President George W. Bush.  

Under pressure after excoriating Fox News panelist Megan Kelly following the first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, he concedes that he respects women except TV personality Rosy O’Donnell with whom he has had a long running publicity battle.

Mr. Trump has his own iconoclastic views about nearly every pressing national issue in today’s America. To stem the tidal influx of illegal immigrants from Mexico, he will build a wall on the US-Mexico border and get the Mexican government to pay for it. He will respect whoever emerges as Republican front-runner but will not guarantee that he will not run as an independent except the party gives him the ticket. On the challenge of the rise of China as a rival super power or the trade imbalance with Japan, Mr. Trump reels off any number of his friends to whom he will outsource these major international engagements. No facts, no figures, no silly specifics and boring academic sounding plans. Just get the job done. And America seems to like his ‘can do’ approach which contrasts with the long talk and inertia in Washington. He wants to fix the nation by cleaning out the cronyism, boring ‘correctness’ and sometimes unthinking partisanship that holds Washington hostage. Ask him how he is going to fix America and he says: wait till I become president!

In spite of a pile up of the kinds of indiscretions that would ordinarily bury a normal politician, Mr. Trump has maintained a confounding comfortable lead in the polls. In the process, the Republican party is split and confused.  A good number of Republicans admire and support Mr. Trump’s bid as an act of rebellion against the lack of creativity in Washington. Others are simply bored, dismissing the rest of the pack in the line up of Republican presidential hopefuls as more of the same.

The danger here is that it is hard to convince Mr. Trump that he could possibly be wrong on any of the issues he addresses so casually. How do you convince a very wealthy man (he is worth over $10 billion and personally earns $400 million annually) that any of his views or strategies could be wrong when they have worked for him?

There have been timid noises of condemnation of Trump’s unconventional rhetoric. Few have disagreed with his iconoclastic perspectives on major national issues. But no one has had the courage to spiritedly and frontally condemn Trump. It turns out that in America as in my village, it is hard to disagree with a very rich man. When he wears rags, people say that is the new fashion. When he talks nonsense, many will say there is hidden wisdom in it. When he advances a foolish doctrine, many will say maybe that is what gave him all that wealth. If it has worked for him, why dare to question him when your own counter wisdom has condemned you to a life of penury?

His ideological traducers, especially the intellectual vanguards of the Republican conservative movement, are rattled by his rampaging pop star appeal. George F. Will, conservative and syndicated columnist of The Washington Post has described Mr. Trump as ‘a counterfeit Republican… and no conservative’ who should be shown the way out by the party.  Others, who may not be so eager to dismiss Trump, insist that he is a curious political phenomenon that needs to be watched closely. My friend, Fareed Zakariah, Time magazine columnist and CNN GPS host sees him as unique on account of his ability to confound both his followers and opponents without addressing key issues in any serious way.

For this reporter, the lure of American politics is its dramatic flourish and intellectual veneer. Even outright nonsense has a way of being ceded center stage. Political idiocy sometimes dominates prime time, gets endlessly rehashed, analysed, celebrated and sometimes expensively promoted in limitless media outlets. Mr. Trump takes himself seriously and so does a sizeable faction of Republicans, hence his lead in the polls.  His current rating is somewhere around 33.3 percent while his closest rival, Jeb Bush, is trailing at 12.4 percent. Mr. Trump’s lead becomes even more significant given the fact that his campaign has raised very little money, only a paltry $1.9 million against Mr. Jeb Bush whose super-pacs have raised in excess of $100 million. Mr. Trump’s popularity relies mostly on his personal media outings. His popularity escalates as his views become more controversial and even objectionable.

Some see Mr. Trump as essentially political entertainment. Of course Mr. Trump who hosts his own TV show, The Apprentice, savours entertainment and relishes his celebrity stature and the immense attention it brings. So, there is a sense in which the man is having a ball while his opponents are griping over his excesses. It reminds you of Mr. Ross Perot, the Texas millionaire with oversize ears who ran as an independent in the contest between George Bush snr. and Bill Clinton. It was Perot that denied Bush snr a second term in the White House while vicariously ushering in the Clinton era with its record economic benefits for America. It would appear that wealthy political gadflies have a superior vision, which their political opponents may not be equipped to grasp immediately. When M.K.O Abiola vied for the Nigerian presidency, he probably saw his long term significance ahead of the rest of us.  His entry into Nigerian politics redefined Nigerian democracy and re-drew the political map of the country. The voiding of his election (by the ruling military council) denied the military the honour of exiting the political stage in a blaze of glory. I would not know what Donald Trump has foreseen in the clear and present possibility of a Hillary Clinton presidency from 2016.

But Mr. Trump is first and foremost a very shrewd businessman. He takes his profit from the outset. He has already achieved a major victory: he is currently the issue among most Americans, both Republicans and Democrats. In addition, what happens to him and his political adventure will largely determine the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

 

Mr. Trump may not clinch the Republican nomination. Even if he did, he is less likely to end up in the Oval Office in 2016 because of his inherent political liabilities and personal negatives. I doubt that he is himself too intent on a job that would condemn him to the boredom of flying to places he would rather not go to make speeches he does not necessarily believe in. But whether he gets the Republican ticket to challenge Hillary Clinton, the presumptive candidate of the Democratic Party, Mr. Trump has become a political factor. If his poll ratings remain as strong as they have been, he is on the way to emerging the Republican front-runner. If however the party shoots him down midstream, the possibility that he will run as an independent becomes real and imminent. That outcome may not get him into the White House but it will almost certainly deny the Republicans the key into the Oval Office. The votes lost to the Republicans will not necessarily go to the Democrats. They will merely degrade the chances of the Republicans and chaperon Hillary Clinton into the White House as the first American female president.

 

That outcome will be a personal victory for Mr. Trump. He will have stopped his fellow Republicans from the presidency because they ‘were not nice’ to him. He will however in the same breadth have ended up facilitating the emergence of Hillary Clinton. He will then enter the history books as the man who bloodied Republican politicians and assisted the Democrats in their bid to hang on to the Oval Office, an outcome into which the man can insert a nice business plan.

Instructively, the Times of London revealed about a fortnight ago that it was after a phone call seeking the counsel of ex-president Bill Clinton that Donald Trump decided to run. In Mr. Trump, then, I see a very brilliant and successful business mind engaged in a political project as long-term investment.

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@Chido247 


Boko Haram: SkyNews London interview wt USAfrica Publisher Dr. Chido Nwangwu on BOKO HARAM vs BUHARI (Nigeria’s President inaugurated May 29, 2015). Interview on May 30 (Houston) May 31 (London) 2015

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia 
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans.   E-MAIL: Chido247@Gmail.com

 

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USAfricaBUSINESS: Dr. Prince Nwaorgu on why he relocated from Dallas to Nigeria to set up businesses

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USAfrica BUSINESS Profile: Dr. PRINCE NWAORGU, pharmacist, CEO of D’Emporia mini-mall and NaijaBucks on “WHY I LEFT DALLAS TO SET UP BUSINESSES IN NIGERIA….”

Q&A by Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher, USAfrica multimedia networks (Houston)USAfricaonline.com & CLASSmagazine  

Special to USAfricaonline.comCLASSmagazine,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

 

USAfrica/CLASSmagazine/Chido: Tell us about your mini-mall project.

Dr. Prince Nwaorgu: Our name “D’Emporia” is short for Du Prince Emporia which is a subsidiary of Du Prince Health Systems, Ltd.; a limited liability company founded by Dr. Prince Nwaorgu in 2011. prince-nwaorgu-pixD’Emporia is an American-Style mini-mall located inside Magodo GRA Phase 2, Shangisha, Lagos, Nigeria.  This “one-stop shop” Mall offers the following: Pharmacy, Supermarket, Celebration Palace (similar to an American Chuck-E-Cheese), Yogurt In Love (an American non-fat yogurt franchise), Naija*Bucks (a Nigerian version of Starbucks ), Boutique, a high-end Restaurant, Courtyard Cafe featuring a big carousel and a 5D Movie theater.

D’Emporia offers an amazing food and fun place for all that seek a unique, customer-service-oriented environment for shopping, relaxing and family entertainment.

What inspired you to undertake this project in Lagos, from far-away Dallas?

 It’s true that Lagos is a major economic center in Nigeria, but what inspired me to undertake this project is more than a place; it’s about my love for my country and the desire to do my part as a a patriotic citizen of Nigeria.  For years, like most, I have been critical of everything wrong with Nigeria without doing d-emporia-frontanything to effect the change we all seek.  In order to get off the sidelines and become a change agent, I thought it necessary to relocate back home and help create job opportunities for our youth who are graduating in record numbers without any job prospects. D’Emporia @ Magodo is hiring 60 new employees and there’s a plan in place to open more similar mini-malls in major Nigerian cities.

What should the average Nigerian need to know about what you offer? 

I do not believe there is an average Nigerian when it comes to our individual desires for a safe and authentic product; which D’Emporia guarantees to all our customers.  So to avoid selling fake products, D’Emporia procures all its products from the United States and Europe only. From our beautiful and clean store environment to our impeccably personalized customer service, D’Emporia exposes our customers to a shopping experience like no other.

What are your key achievements and challenges to date?

[Chuckling] The word achievement is an elusive one right now. However, opening this first location is a major step in that achievement direction.  Personally, I have opened and operated two successful multi-million dollar pharmacies in the U.S. Prior to that, I managed 25 pharmacies for a Fortune 500 company.  In 1992, I established Du Prince International which was a major procurement company responsible for supplying the then Nigerian military government with military man packs and IWL satellite phones.  But none of these accomplishments have been easy.  My biggest challenge was literally transplanting my wife and I from the United States to Nigeria.  It wasn’t easy, I must confess. But it’s doable and I encourage others to take a chance.

What do you do, professionally; and tell us about your leadership style and hopes?

I am a clinical pharmacist, with a doctor of pharmacy degree.  My leadership style involves motivating and empowering employees. My hope is that these employees will one day start their own businesses and our country will be better for it.

Any role models?

Yes.  I have many role models. One of them is the former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke.  He [the Governor] taught me, through his own personal life story, that my star will shine the brightest in Nigerian skies than anywhere else. President Obama taught me that “we are the ones we are waiting for.” And the Lagos State Governor, Gov. Fashola proved to me that good governance is alive and possible in Nigeria.

I will like to say to anyone who believes that it will take a “Revolution” to change our country, that the Revolution has already begun. Many of the people who have relocated back to Nigeria are gradually effecting change in their businesses and communities and consequently revolutionizing the way some of our people see or do things. Yes, this is not a revolution of pitch forks and blood, but of sacrifice and patriotism.

Thank you and congratulations. © USAfrica/ChidoNwangwu, August 2014

• This exclusive feature will also appear in the August-September 2014 print special edition of USAfrica CLASSmagazine.

#Achebe USAfrica Founder Dr. Chido Nwangwu gets award for his works on#ThingsFallApart author Chinua Achebe from ASA-USA Dallas. Chido is completing the book on Mandela & Achebe: Footprints of Greatness. by Chido Nwangwu ISBN 978-0-9893970-0-1. www.MandelaAchebeChido.com


VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public policy networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwu.   http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn  

 

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Forthcoming 2014 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first person reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two global icons and towering persons of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship hold lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and consequence to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”

 

He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being close to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief executive of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when President Bill Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia 
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specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the internet, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (Governance, Security, and Peace in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown University in Rhode Island and former adviser on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn         e-mail: Chido247@Gmail.com wireless 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

IF any of the Nigerian President’s 100 advisers has the polite courage for the extraordinary task of reminding His Excellency of his foremost, sworn, constitutional obligation to the national interest about security and safety of Nigerians and all who sojourn in Nigeria, please whisper clearly to Mr. President that I said, respectfully: Nigerians, at home and abroad, are still concerned and afraid for living in what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. FULL text of commentary, exclusively, at USAfricaonline.com http://usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/

USAfrica: BOKO HARAM’s latest killings sharpen divide for security team at Nigeria’s presidency. By Chido Nwangwu
http://usafricaonline.com/2013/10/21/usafrica-boko-harams-latest-killings-sharpen-divide-for-security-team-at-nigerias-presidency-by-chido-nwangwu/

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Dancing with “ghosts” of BOKO HARAM, President Jonathan, Sultan Abubakar and Nigeria’s national security. By Dr. Chido Nwangwu
http://usafricaonline.com/2013/04/05/dancing-with-ghosts-of-boko-haram-president-jonathan-sultan-abubakar-and-nigerias-national-security-by-chido-nwangwu/

Margaret Thatcher, Mandela and Africa.  By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica, and the first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com. Click for newscast video of London-based SkyNEWS, the global, 24-hour British international tv network’s interview with USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwu on April 11, 2013 regarding this latest commentary http://youtu.be/G0fJXq_pi1c )

There’s a compelling political trinity to Nelson Mandela: the man, the messiah and the mystique. http://usafricaonline.com/2013/07/18/mandela-95-hearty-cheers-to-his-footprints-of-greatness-by-chido-nwangwu/

 

 

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World Cup #Soccer: Samuel Eto’o, Alex Song lead #Cameroon in battle against Mexico

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The west African country of Cameroon will make their first appearance this noon (11am U.S CST) at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. They are taking on the skillful country of Mexico.

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The game also seems a clash of two of the countries’ biggest stars; Oribe Peralta of Mexico and Cameroon’s superstar center forward Samuel Eto’o. Samuel is famous from his performances at Chelsea in the English Premier League, his artistry at Barcelona and Inter Milan. Also, from Cameroon is one of Barcelona’s stars Alex Song.

It’s truly any sides game but I’ll predict Cameroon as likely winner…. 

The world’s most watched sports/entertainment event, the FIFA soccer world cup kicked off on Thursday June 12, 2014 in Brazil. There are teams from the usual favorites Brazil, Argentina, Spain to the surprise makers from Africa: Cameroon Ghana, Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire. (Update: Brazil 3, Croatia 1).

It will be the most social media spotlighted event, far beyond other major events such as the very popular basketball hosted by the NBA. USAfricaonline,com and our blogs-egroups will report results as they come. By Chido Nwangwu, Founder of USAfricaonline.com, first U.S-based, African-owned professional newspaper published on the Internet.

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public policy networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira, on May 6, 2014.  

 

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USAfrica: #Soccer superstars, army of fans cheer as #WorldCup 2014 kicks off in #Brazil

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The world’s most watched sports/entertainment event, the FIFA soccer world cup kicked off a few minutes ago todayThursday June 12, 2014 in Brazil. There are teams from the usual favorites Brazil, Argentina, Spain to the surprise makers from Africa: Ghana, Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire. (Update: Brazil 3, Croatia 1).

It will be the most social media spotlighted event, far beyond other major events such as the very popular basketball hosted by the NBA. USAfricaonline,com and our blogs-egroups will report results as they come. We have attached illustration and schedule of matches. Click on the image for a larger view. By Chido Nwangwu, Founder of USAfrica 

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public policy networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira, on May 6, 2014.  

 

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UCLA hosts its 3rd Annual Africa business Conference in Los Angeles; Ghana’s Adjirackor, USAfrica’s Chido Nwangwu, Africa Channel’s Smith panelists

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USAfricaonline.com: ‪University of California, Los Angeles‬ (UCLA), established since 1919, will host — through its highly regarded Anderson School of Management — the 3rd Annual ‘Africa Growth Conference: Africa Open for Business’ on Wednesday April 17, 2013.

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The conference with opening remarks from Prof. Sebastian Edwards (Henry Ford II Chair in International Management), will include insights to Business &
Investment in North Africa and West Africa; and the Growth, Challenges & Opportunities in Media & Entertainment business.

The panelists/speakers will include Ebenezer Padi Adjirackor, the Commercial Foreign Service Officer, U.S Embassy of Ghana; Jordan Garcia, Honorary Consul, Republic of Guinea who is also the Founder & President of the AlicanteGroup; and Bobby Hines, International Trade Specialist, International Trade Administration agency;
Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica multimedia networks (Houston); Darrell G. Smith, Vice President of The Africa Channel; Ngozi Odita, Founder of Society HAE and Vanessa Wruble who is Co-Founder and Co-President of OkayAfrica.

The sessions will be moderated by Victor Tabbush, Professor Emeritus, UCLA Anderson School of Management and Edmond Keller, Professor of Political Science, former Director of UCLA’s Globalization Research Center-Africa and the James S. Coleman African Studies Center.
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Margaret Thatcher, Mandela and Africa.  By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica, and the first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com. Click for newscast video of London-based SkyNEWS, the global, 24-hour British international tv network’s interview with USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwu on April 11, 2013 regarding this latest commentary http://youtu.be/G0fJXq_pi1c )


WHY I CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND WORKS OF NELSON MANDELA.
 By Chido Nwangwu
  http://usafricaonline.com/2010/07/15/mandela-why-i-celebrate-his-life-works-by-chido-nwangwu/


Obama’s Africa agenda, our business and democracy.
 By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfricaonline.com and CLASS magazine and The Black Business Journal

USAfrica: As Egypt’s corrupter-in-chief Mubarak slides into history’s dustbin.  By Chido Nwangwuhttp://usafricaonline.com/2011/01/30/chido-nwangwu-as-egypt-corrupter-in-chief-mubarak-slides-into-historys-dustbin-egyptians-not-waiting-for-obama-and-united-nations/

Tunisia, Egypt . . . Is Nigeria next? By Prof. Rosaire Ifedi           http://usafricaonline.com/2011/02/13/tunisia-egypt-is-nigeria-next-by-prof-rosaire-ifedi/

Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, USAfricaonline.com and the Nigeria360 e-grouphttp://usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/ : IF any of the Nigerian President’s 100 advisers has the polite courage for the extraordinary task of reminding His Excellency of his foremost, sworn, constitutional obligation to the national interest about security and safety of Nigerians and all who sojourn in Nigeria, please whisper clearly to Mr. President that I said, respectfully: Nigerians, at home and abroad, are still concerned and afraid for living in what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. FULL text of commentary at USAfricaonline.com http://usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/


USAfrica: Awolowo’s Starvation Policy against Biafrans and the Igbo requires apology not attacks on Achebe. By Francis Adewale.
 

Obama’s Africa agenda, our business and democracy. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfricaonline.com and CLASS magazine and The Black Business Journal

USAfrica: As Egypt’s corrupter-in-chief Mubarak slides into history’s dustbin.  By Chido Nwangwuhttp://usafricaonline.com/2011/01/30/chido-nwangwu-as-egypt-corrupter-in-chief-mubarak-slides-into-historys-dustbin-egyptians-not-waiting-for-obama-and-united-nations/

Related insight: USAfrica’s October 17, 2001 special report/alert: Nigeria’s bin-Laden cheerleaders could ignite religious war, destabilize Africa. By USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwuhttp://usafricaonline.com/chido.binladennigeria.html

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USAfrica: 30 cheers to NOLLYWOOD movie maker Tony Abulu

He told USAfricaonline.com and CLASSmagazine that among Nigerian/Nollywood creative folks I am so far the only producer/distributor who has mainstream U.S distribution.”

For those successes and other emerging roles, I have nominated New York-based Tony Abulu, one of Nollywood’s creative leaders, a versatile producer, prolific writer and movie businessman in the diaspora and inside Nigeria, an artiste who has stayed in the “game” for very tasking 30 years, a man with viable skills which he has used to elevate the African and Caribbean cultural expressions here in the U.S., to be honored at the special 20th Anniversary of USAfrica (BEST OF AFRICA Awards) on Saturday May 11, 2013 at the Hilton Towers at Westchase, Houston, Texas.

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U.S-based Nigerian movie producer/writer/director Tony ABULU’s movie “Doctor Bello” featuring Nollywood superstars Genevieve Nnaji and Stephanie Okereke, Hollywood stars Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. Fox, Jimmy Jean-Louis and other upcoming artistes Ebbe Bassey, Evan Brinkman, Bern Cohen etc is showing in 20 AMC cinema halls across the U.S. for 6 days of the final week of February.

It’s a first multi-ctiy, multi-cinema showing of a Nollywood movie here in the U.S. For the Nigerian and African communities, it is, understandably, a big deal; a modest but major march forward on the red carpet of the multi-billion dollar movies business. 

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Abulu serves as the CEO of Black Ivory Communications; he has 30 years’ experience in film production, entertainment, publishing, international marketing and African tourism development. He also serves as the President of Filmmakers Association of Nigeria, USA (FAN, USA).

With his latest work in harmony with an impressive cast of actors of diverse backgrounds, Abulu has proven, again, his professional worthiness with “Doctor Bello.”

When I asked Mr. Abulu: What next? He said, operationally, “Nollywood needs a lot of help…funding and especially in the fight against Piracy. I spent considerable amount of time establishing solutions for both.”

He added in our USAfricaonline.com and CLASSmagazine interview that “After Doctor Bello movie, the Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) expects me to ‘greenlight’ more film projects for other Nollywood

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producers.”
Abulu’s latest movie was co-funded by the government of Nigeria by one-quarter-of-a-million U.S dollars (US$250,000).
He told USAfricaonline.com and CLASSmagazine that among Nigerian/Nollywood creative folks I am so far the only producer/distributor who has mainstream U.S distribution.”

For those successes and other emerging roles, I have nominated New York-based Tony Abulu, one of Nollywood’s creative leaders, a versatile producer, prolific writer and movie businessman in the diaspora and inside Nigeria, an artiste who has stayed in the “game” for very tasking 30 years, a man with viable skills which he has used to elevate the African and Caribbean cultural expressions here in the U.S., to be honored at the special 20th Anniversary of USAfrica (BEST OF AFRICA Awards) on Saturday May 11, 2013 at the Hilton Towers at Westchase, Houston, Texas.

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Chido Nwangwu, Publisher USAfrica multimedia, Houston

He has a realistic sense of the task ahead, as Mr. Abulu told me that “I have my work cut out. By God’s grace, we will succeed.”
And, to that we say, Amen….

•Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com;  CLASSmagazine, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of  Nigeria360IgboEventsUNNalumniPhotoWorks.TV  and recipient of several journalism and public policy awards, was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn


WHY I CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND WORKS OF NELSON MANDELA. By Chido Nwangwu
  http://usafricaonline.com/2010/07/15/mandela-why-i-celebrate-his-life-works-by-chido-nwangwu/

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About the movie
It tells the story of a traumatized cancer specialist Dr. Michael Durant who lost his 10 year old daughter to cancer. He was almost all about his work in the hospital — which kept him away from his family most times. For that, his wife blames him for their child’s death.
The film’s synopsis reveals “he forms an unlikely bond with a sick, loving, but rambunctious seven year old boy Sam, the son of a rich Jewish couple who are major contributors to the Hospital’s Cancer Research Fund.
Unfortunately, Sam’s health deteriorates drastically, and soon, he slips into a coma, with only a few days to live. Dr. Durant becomes desperate, willing to risk anything to save the child’s life. A surreptitious nigerian Nurse convinces him to seek the help of Dr. Bello, an uncertified Nigerian Doctor, known in the Brooklyn-African underground as a miracle worker.”

The story continues as “Bello, an introvert with a controversial past, secretly visits the child at night and administers a strange African potion, replete with incantations and by the next morning, miraculously, the child begins to recover, the Cancer speeding into remission.
The Hospital Medical Board immediately orders an investigation and soon the secret is revealed and Dr. Durant is suspended. Dr. Bello is arrested and charged with medical malpractice. Dr. Durant soon falls into depression after his wife leaves him. Meanwhile, Dr. Bello has fallen critically ill in jail and can only be saved by the ingestion of the same potion that can only be found in the mysterious Garden of Life,” which Abulu artfully describes as being “nestled on the peak of Nigeria’s sky mountains.”

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Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, USAfricaonline.com and the Nigeria360 e-grouphttp://usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/ : IF any of the Nigerian President’s 100 advisers has the polite courage for the extraordinary task of reminding His Excellency of his foremost, sworn, constitutional obligation to the national interest about security and safety of Nigerians and all who sojourn in Nigeria, please whisper clearly to Mr. President that I said, respectfully: Nigerians, at home and abroad, are still concerned and afraid for living in what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. FULL text of commentary at USAfricaonline.com http://usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/

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• Nigeria’s bin-Laden cheerleaders could ignite religious war, destabilize Africa. By USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwuhttp://usafricaonline.com/chido.binladennigeria.html http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=USAfrica+Chido+Nwangwu+al-qaeda+terrrorism+nigeria&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 http://usafricaonline.com/tag/al-qaeda/ 310 killed by Nigeria’s ‘talibans’ in Bauchi, Yobe n Maiduguri; crises escalate. USAfricaonline.com  on  July 28, 2009. www.usafricaonline.com/chido.ngrtalibans09.html http://www.groundreport.com/World/310-killed-by-Nigerias-talibans-in-Bauchi-Yobe-n-M/2904584

Obama’s Africa agenda, our business and democracy. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfricaonline.com and CLASS magazine and The Black Business Journal

USAfrica: As Egypt’s corrupter-in-chief Mubarak slides into history’s dustbin.  By Chido Nwangwuhttp://usafricaonline.com/2011/01/30/chido-nwangwu-as-egypt-corrupter-in-chief-mubarak-slides-into-historys-dustbin-egyptians-not-waiting-for-obama-and-united-nations/

Tunisia, Egypt . . . Is Nigeria next? By Prof. Rosaire Ifedi           http://usafricaonline.com/2011/02/13/tunisia-egypt-is-nigeria-next-by-prof-rosaire-ifedi/

USAfrica: Awolowo’s Starvation Policy against Biafrans and the Igbo requires apology not attacks on Achebe. By Francis Adewale.

How and Why Romney beat Obama in first presidential debate. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica. http://usafricaonline.com/2012/10/03/how-and-why-romney-beat-obama-in-first-presidential-debate-by-chido-nwangwu/

Related insight: USAfrica’s October 17, 2001 special report/alert: Nigeria’s bin-Laden cheerleaders could ignite religious war, destabilize Africa. By USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwuhttp://usafricaonline.com/chido.binladennigeria.html

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• For seasoned insights and breaking news on these issues, log on to USAfricaonline.com and USAfrica powered e-groups including USAfrica at googlegroupsFollow us at Facebook.com/USAfricaChidoFacebook.com/USAfrica247 n Twitter.com/Chido247 

Related and prior reporting on the Jos crises on USAfrica, click here: http://usafricaonline.com/2011/08/16/10-killed-in-renewed-violence-near-jos/

News archives related to Jos, here http://usafricaonline.com/?s=jos

Trump looks foolish and crazy screaming about Obama’s birth certificates, college records and Muslim connection. By Raynard Jackson

 News: At Ojukwu memorial in Dallas Texas, USAfrica’s Chido Nwangwu challenges the Igbo nation to say never again like Jews.

• For seasoned insights and breaking news on these issues, log on to USAfricaonline.com and USAfrica powered e-groups including Nigeria360 at yahoogroups and USAfrica at googlegroups. Follow us at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido and Twitter.com/Chido247

 

 

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Why President Jonathan’s retention of Adefuye as Nigeria’s Ambassador to USA exposes poor judgment. By Ephraim Emeka Ugwuonye

With an almost complete failure to deal with Boko Haram, resurgent threats of militancy in the Niger Delta, broadening and unnerving sagas of monumental corruption over the fuel subsidy regime, and many more unnatural disasters that Nigeria faces today, it is most unfortunate that the President of Nigeria should shy away from leading the nation.
President Jonathan seems to believe that he could preserve his administration by doing as little as possible. Leaving Adefuye in office is just a crystal example of the President choosing to do nothing and, by implication, choosing not to lead at a time that leadership is so critically needed.

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On June 12, 2012, the world was shocked that Ambassador Adebowale Adefuye, born in 1947, is being retained as Nigeria’s chief diplomat to Washington, DC. The reason is evident: the abysmal record of the Nigerian foreign

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mission to the  United States on the watch of Adefuye — since he assumed the position in March 2010. The decision of the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, in this regard, reflects the beleaguered state of that Presidency, on the one hand, and the increasingly evolving specter of collapse of the Nigerian state, on the other hand.

As the basic reference point, I submit that the key function of an Ambassador Plenipotentiary is to represent the Sovereign (the Nigerian political sovereignty) in the courts of a foreign Sovereign (the United States Government).

The Nigerian Ambassador to the United States is supposed to represent and project the best image of Nigeria to the Americans. He is supposed to be an example in virtues, diplomatic etiquettes, credibility and integrity. He is supposed to embody the genius of the country of Nigeria. It is also important to reflect that Nigerian foreign mission to the United States is the most important foreign mission for Nigeria. The Nigerian Ambassador to the US ought to be the principal persona, through whom the Nigerian Government engages the Government of the United States.

In choosing an Ambassador for the United States, Nigerian President must consider factors such as:

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(a) The strategic significance of the US-Nigeria diplomacy and partnerships in areas such as international and regional peace and security;
(b) Trade, technology and economic development of Nigeria;
(c) Interests of the Nigerian citizens (or its Diaspora community) in the United States;
(d) The need to radically improve the badly broken image of Nigeria and Nigerians in many fields of transborder or other serious crimes and violence such as terrorism, kidnapping for ransom, corruption, rigging of elections, internet fraud/scams, money laundering, narcotics, inter-community violence, etc.;
(e) Cultural and social concerns, in say, fields of music, movies, entertainment, sports, training and education;
(f) The need to truly and fully engage the world in the 21st Century; etc.
Any serious consideration of these factors as a guide in the choice of an Ambassador for the United States would show that the first appointment of Adefuye was a huge mistake; and his retention to continue is a disastrous misstep with serious adverse consequences for Nigeria.

In fact, even at a glance, one will agree that the circumstances that propelled the hasty choice of Adefuye could only have meant that he was to be there for a very short time. To refresh the memory, Adefuye was chosen at a time when the Nigeria’s foreign mission to the United States was in absolute disarray.

The first Nigeria’s Ambassador to the US under Yar’Adua-Jonathan Presidency was a retired Nigerian civil-war actor, Brigadier-General Oluwole Rotimi. His choice in itself was characteristic of Yar’Adua’s desperation to appease or pacify certain elements in Nigeria against a growing outcry for the massive rigging of the 2007 elections. Otherwise, it ought to have been clear to the world that Rotimi had nothing to offer the modern Nigeria. His competencies, if ever they existed, were exhausted in the civil war. And true to this assessment, Rotimi was recalled by Yar’Adua in controversial circumstances.
Then, the Government of Nigeria appointed Professor Adeniran as Ambassador to succeed Rotimi, and Adeniran was cleared by the Nigerian Senate. He arrived in the United States with his letters of accreditation. The United States accepted him initially. But before Adeniran could settle down in office, it was discovered that his son had been facing criminal charges for rape in the United States. Though this was not the fault of Professor Adeniran, the implication of that was obvious – his son could try to evade criminal responsibility or trial in the United States by invoking diplomatic immunity. This was a situation that was so poorly handled by Nigeria. US Government had to reject Adeniran. Then came a really desperate situation for Nigeria. At this moment, Chief Emeka Anyaoku took a barely known Adefuye, whose only prior Foreign Service experience was a stint at the ECOWAS office in Abuja. Though President Jonathan had no prior knowledge of Adefuye, he trusted Emeka Anyaoku’s recommendation. And that was how an ill-prepared and highly unsuitable non-personality was appointed to Nigeria’s most important foreign mission.
President Jonathan’s choice at that time could be excusable. He was an improbable President. He became the Acting President and President in the midst of a national crisis and confusion, and with little preparation himself. It was okay for him to grasp at anything. And Adefuye was one such fortuitous grasping on a water lily.

After three years in office, Ambassador Adefuye’s record stands as the greatest testimony of his unsuitability for the job. First, this Ambassador, unlike the two substantive Ambassadors before him, Jubril Aminu and George Obiozor, understood his position as just another opportunity to make money and stash away funds for his future comfort.

Within days of his arrival in Washington, he began to complain that the new residence of the Ambassador in Potomac, Maryland, (an estate formerly owned by the founder of the  Pavizian business empire, Abedi Pavizian) was not suitable for the Ambassador, and that they would have preferred the former residence at Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Ambassador Adefuye failed to read and understand the security reports and concerns that prompted the Government of Nigeria since late 1980s, particularly after September 11, 2001, to want to relocate the residence of the Ambassador from Connecticut Avenue location, which was only about 12 feet away from a major street. Ambassador Adefuye reportedly complained that they were forced to live in a “remote bush” (which was how they described one of the most prestigious residential areas in the whole of Washington DC area), according to them, because “the Igbos” (Dr. George Obiozor and attorney Emeka Ugwuonye) sold the former residence and “pocketed the money” and then left for them a house in the jungle.
In private reception dinners organized by friends and relatives of Ambassador Adefuye in Washington and Nigeria after he was appointed, he openly complained against me and Ambassador Obiozor, resulting, in one occasion, in a minor confrontation between the Ambassador’s friend and another dinner guest who challenged the Ambassador on the veracity of such claims. The following words were uttered by the Ambassador’s friend: “If this was in Nigeria, would you speak to the Ambassador like this? Would you even open your mouth to speak to a Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, if this were in Nigeria?”. Of course, such sentiment reflected Ambassador Adefuye’s understanding of the freedom of speech and human dignity. He operates with the remnants of military era mentality where everybody should cower for him just because he is in the government.
Apart from the above undiplomatic behaviors, Ambassador Adefuye handled so poorly the E-passport program whereby Nigerians in America were meant to pay unlawful fees and many still never got their passports back, and those that got theirs suffered endless delays and humiliation. Passports that had not expired were forced to be renewed at exorbitant fees without any credit for the unexpired time on those passports. According to the reports we have read recently, Ambassador Adefuye has mishandled aspects of the Nigerian Embassy bank accounts, in part, resulting in the closures or blockings of two Embassy accounts by US banks.

On Adefuye’s watch, a former US Ambassador to Nigeria was denied visa, reminiscent of the standoff between Abacha’s regime and US Ambassador Walter Carrington.
To crown it all, in November 2010, Ambassador Adefuye submitted Nigerian Government to the jurisdiction of the US courts (in the case between the Embassy and my law firm) without consultations with the Nigerian Attorney General. At the same time, he conspired  with former boss of the Nigerian EFCC Mrs. Farida Waziri and others to arrest and torture a US-based lawyer after suing the lawyer in Washington.

And now, Adefuye is the first Nigerian Ambassador to be sued for torture in the United States. Indeed, if there is anything good for the retention of Ambassador Adefuye, it is that he will remain available to answer to those charges for torture in America.
At a time that Nigeria’s image is sinking further into the abyss in areas such as corruption and violence, it would have been an opportunity for Nigeria to find a Nigerian of integrity and credibility to represent the country in America. It would have been an opportunity for Nigeria to draw a new beginning and show the world that it is willing and ready to turn a new page. Indeed, from any angle it is seen, the retention of Adefuye is one of the dumbest things Nigerian Government could do.

From a strategic point of view, bringing a new man in Washington would have given the Nigerian Government an opportunity to reposition its various initiatives and engagements with Washington by simply saying: “Hey, we

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have a new man on the stage. Give him a chance and the benefit of doubts”. But this opportunity has been squandered. Adefuye will still be removed from office by the sheer weight of his numerous shortcomings. But that would mean again that President Jonathan will not really be in charge of these events: the President will be reacting rather than pro-acting.

Seen from another angle, it is fair to say that the clear errors of judgment as reflected in the decision to retain Adefuye only shows the heightened desperation on the part of the Nigeria’s federal government. With an almost  complete failure to deal with Boko Haram, resurgent threats of militancy in the Niger Delta, broadening and unnerving sagas of monumental corruption over the fuel subsidy regime, and many more unnatural disasters that Nigeria faces today, it is most unfortunate that the President of Nigeria should shy away from leading the nation.
The President seems to believe that he could preserve his administration by doing as little as possible. Leaving Adefuye in office is just a crystal example of the President choosing to do nothing and, by implication, choosing not to lead at a time that leadership is so critically needed.
•Emeka Ugwuonye, Harvard-trained attorney and public policy analyst, is based in the Washington, DC area. He wrote for USAfrica on June 21, 2011, a commentary titled: Why the refusal of Nigeria’s President Jonathan to assign portfolios to ministerial list is unconstitutional.” Follow him at facebook.com/Emekaugwuonye.

Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, USAfricaonline.com and the Nigeria360 e-group. http://usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/ : IF any of the Nigerian President’s 100 advisers has the polite courage for the extraordinary task of reminding His Excellency of his foremost, sworn, constitutional obligation to the national interest about security and safety of Nigerians and all who sojourn in Nigeria, please whisper clearly to Mr. President that I said, respectfully: Nigerians, at home and abroad, are still concerned and afraid for living in what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. FULL text of commentary at USAfricaonline.com http://usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/

Jonathan’s Boko Haram problem and firing of Ringim. By Chido Nwangwu
http://usafricaonline.com/2012/01/25/jonathans-boko-haram-problem-and-firing-of-ringim-by-chido-nwangwu/

Related insight: USAfrica’s October 17, 2001 special report/alert: Nigeria’s bin-Laden cheerleaders could ignite religious war, destabilize Africa. By USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwuhttp://usafricaonline.com/chido.binladennigeria.html

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=USAfrica+Chido+Nwangwu+al-qaeda+terrrorism+nigeria&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

http://usafricaonline.com/tag/al-qaeda/

Related and prior reporting on the Jos crises on USAfrica, click here: http://usafricaonline.com/2011/08/16/10-killed-in-renewed-violence-near-jos/

News archives related to Jos, here http://usafricaonline.com/?s=jos

310 killed by Nigeria’s ‘talibans’ in Bauchi, Yobe n Maiduguri; crises escalate. USAfricaonline.com  on  July 28, 2009. www.usafricaonline.com/chido.ngrtalibans09.html

http://www.groundreport.com/World/310-killed-by-Nigerias-talibans-in-Bauchi-Yobe-n-M/2904584

Trump looks foolish and crazy screaming about Obama’s birth certificates, college records and Muslim connection. By Raynard Jackson

• Nigeria’s bin-Laden cheerleaders could ignite religious war, destabilize Africa. By USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwuhttp://usafricaonline.com/chido.binladennigeria.html

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=USAfrica+Chido+Nwangwu+al-qaeda+terrrorism+nigeria&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

http://usafricaonline.com/tag/al-qaeda/

310 killed by Nigeria’s ‘talibans’ in Bauchi, Yobe n Maiduguri; crises escalate. USAfricaonline.com  on  July 28, 2009.

www.usafricaonline.com/chido.ngrtalibans09.html

http://www.groundreport.com/World/310-killed-by-Nigerias-talibans-in-Bauchi-Yobe-n-M/2904584

Why Chinua Achebe, the Eagle on the Iroko, is Africa’s writer of the century. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com http://usafricaonline.com/chido.achebebest.html

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VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwuhttp://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn

USAfrica: As Egypt’s corrupter-in-chief Mubarak slides into history’s dustbin.  By Chido Nwangwuhttp://usafricaonline.com/2011/01/30/chido-nwangwu-as-egypt-corrupter-in-chief-mubarak-slides-into-historys-dustbin-egyptians-not-waiting-for-obama-and-united-nations/

Tunisia, Egypt . . . Is Nigeria next? By Prof. Rosaire Ifedi           http://usafricaonline.com/2011/02/13/tunisia-egypt-is-nigeria-next-by-prof-rosaire-ifedi/

In the light of an icon, my mentor Stanley Macebuh (1942-2010). By Chido Nwangwu  http://usafricaonline.com/2011/03/07/stanley-macebuh-tribute-by-chido-nwangwu/

Nigeria suspends Dana Air, 3 days after tragic crash; details on USAfricaonline.com
http://usafricaonline.com/2012/06/05/nigeria-suspends-dana-air-3-days-after-tragic-crash/

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