DJIBOUTI PUTS ITS MONEY WHERE ITS MOUTH IS WITH PLANS FOR SELF SUFFICIENCY IN ENERGY

29th Jan 2014 – A big nod to clean energy AND self-sufficiency as Djibouti announces plans to invest $31 million in geothermal power plants in order to cut reliance on imported electricity from neighbouring Ethiopia.

The country, which is in the Horn of Africa has a population of less than a million people and peak demand of 70 megawatts of electricity, 65 percent of which comes through a line connecting the Djiboutian grid with that of Ethiopia, as stated by Djama Ali Guelleh, director of electricity.

We are told that the project, to be funded by a range of lenders such as the African Development Bank, will start in 2015, with the first phase producing 50 MW and output doubling after the second phase.

Minister of economy and finance Ilyass Dawaleh Moussa is quoted as saying “This funding will ensure the commercial viability of exploiting this resource and to significantly increase the supply of affordable energy for people and the sectors of our economy,”

 

SMALLHOLDERS IN KENYA ARE GETTING REWARDED FOR DOING THINGS THE RIGHT WAY

29th Jan 2014 – Smallholder farmers in western Kenya are now benefiting from carbon credits generated by improving farming techniques, according to a report from Development Diaries. These are the first credits worldwide issued under the sustainable agricultural land management carbon accounting methodology.

The Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project (KACP) involves 60,000 farmers on 45,000 hectares to support farming that is more productive, sustainable and climate-friendly. The farmers are now using a wide range of methods to increase the organic matter in soils. In the long term, this should improve the soil’s water absorption, nutrient supply and biodiversity, and help prevent erosion. Better soils raise farm yields, improving food security and making agriculture more resilient to climate change.

The credits represent a reduction of 24,788 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to emissions from 5,164 vehicles in a year.

Diarietou Gaye, World Bank Country Director for Kenya is quoted as saying “This is an inspiring example of how agricultural practices that improve the productivity and livelihoods of smallholder, subsistence farmers can also be climate-smart”

The BioCarbon Fund’s pioneering SALM methodology spells out how carbon sequestration in soils is measured and engages farmers themselves in the monitoring process, helping farmers to measure the impact of their agricultural practices on crop yields.

 

ACTRESS LUPTIA NYONG’O GETS HIGH PRAISE FROM HOME COUNTRY KENYA

28th Jan 2014 – The Kenya Film Commission has joined the bandwagon to congratulate Kenyan actress based in the US for her stellar performance in the Oscar nominated film, 12 Years A Slave.

In a release made to Word is the commission wrote

“You are a wonderful inspiration, role model and pioneer to Kenyan actors and actresses. Good luck at the Oscars 2014- 86 Academy Awards! May your effort, dedication and talent be rewarded. Here’s to many more Kenyans following in your footsteps. Wishing you a stellar future from all of us here in Kenya.”

They concluded with, “Africa celebrates you!”

Plans are ongoing for an exclusive premiere of the movie 12 years a Slave with Lupita and other VIP Stars in attendance.

 

TONTO DIKE FIRES BACK AT COMEDIAN AY FOR ONLINE DISS.

28th Jan 2014 – It was a war of words over the weekend as Nollywood actress Tonto Dike took to twitter to share her disappointment over friend and comedian AY’s lack of respect for her views as she put it.

Trouble started after the comedian re-posted a link to a story on his blog which was an earlier post about Tonto’s look at the Calabar Carnival in December 2013. Tonto who didn’t find it funny or amusing went to twitter to express herself saying

‘’Comedy is not an act to destroy people rather an act of happiness and joy, comedy is not a usual act but a talent, it heals not hurts. #POKO”.

Ay later apologised and took the post down but our sister wasn’t hearing any of that.

 

SPANKING NEW VIDEO: DR. SID FT DON JAZZY – SURULERE

28th Jan 2014 – So you’d have to be sleeping on a bicycle if you haven’t listened or moved your head chanting “Surulere!!’ to Dr Sid ft Don Jazzys recently released hit anthem Surulere.

If you have, there’s more where that came from as last week saw a release of the Music Video.

SURULERE which means ‘’Patience is Rewarding’’ off his sophomore album SIDUCTION is a typical African tale about a young couple, who find it difficult to find a baby and stick together despite extended family pressure and come out triumphant in the end.

The video features Ebonylife TV Screen diva Funke Akindele and comedienne Helen Paul.

So tell us, you like what you see? Hit us up @EL_NOWTV

 

FEMI KUTI LOSES OUT ON FOURTH GRAMMY WIN.

28th Jan 2014 – So Afro-beat Singer and Son of Legendary Afro beat king Fela, Femi Kuti lost out to French group

Singer Dencia also got her groove on as she stepped out in a colourful sequined gown

Singer Dencia also got her groove on as she stepped out in a colourful sequined gown

Gypsy Kings and South African choral group Lady Smith Black Mambazo in a tie and the recently concluded Grammy awards held in LA over the weekend.

He was nominated in the World Music Category for his album “No Place in My Dream’’ but lost out to the groups which tied at for that award.

This would be his fourth nomination which we tell you is not easy to come by.

Meanwhile let’s check out some of our own celebrities at the Grammies.

Spotted on the red carpet were singer Seyi Shay in a blue number, Kc the Limpopo Master, Julius Agwu and Harry Song heading off to the Grammies.

Singer Dencia also got her groove on as she stepped out in a colourful sequined gown.

Her shoe sha!!!!!

 

Dangote Group might be looking to acquire oil assets from Chevron and Shell, to build Africa’s largest oil refinery in Nigeria.

27th Jan 2014 – And from BusinessDay, a report that the Dangote Group might be looking to acquire oil assets from Chevron and Shell, In a move to feed its plan to build Africa’s largest oil refinery in Nigeria.

Aliko Dangote, business mogul and Africa’s richest man, intends to buy tracts of oil-rich swamp, from 2 companies to feed the planned refinery, which is expected to come on stream in 2016.

Group executive director, Dangote Cement Plc, Devakumar Edwin is quoted by Bloomberg as saying “We’re seriously thinking of investing in oil blocks, both for gas and for oil. We’ve started talking with some companies who are divesting from onshore

It would be recalled that Dangote in April 2013 disclosed his intention to build a 400,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Nigeria, as well as petrochemical and fertiliser plants at the Olokola Liquefied Natural Gas (OKLNG) Free Trade Zone in Ondo State.

Analysts say Dangote’s foray into the oil sector will likely shake up Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, adding that they expect the refinery to help cut the country’s oil import volumes significantly.

 

A rare blue diamond worth millions of dollars has been discovered in a mine in South Africa.

27th Jan 2014 – A 29.6 carat blue diamond, one of the rarest and most coveted in the world with a possible price tag of tens of millions of dollars, has been discovered at a South African mine by Petra Diamonds.

This report by the Zambezian tells us that the acorn-sized diamond, small enough to fit into the palm of a hand, was unearthed at the Cullinan mine near Pretoria.

We are told that the mine, owned by the firm since 2008, was also where the Cullinan Diamond – described as the largest rough gem diamond ever recovered and weighing 3,106 carats was found in 1905.

Chief Executive Johan Dippenaar told Reuters the latest blue diamond discovery could outstrip recent finds and is quoted as saying “By some margin … this is probably the most significant stone we’ve ever, in terms of blue stones, recovered,”

 

Celebrations galore as the Nigerian Super Eagles make it into the semi-finals of CHAN 2014.

27th Jan 2014 – And the Nigerian Super Eagles have continued with their string of good fortune with a sensational win over Morocco in the ongoing CHAN 2014 games.

ThisDay Live reports that Nigeria’s home-based Super Eagles sensationally came back from three goals down to beat Morocco 4-3 and qualify for the semi-finals.

The 2nd half of the game saw Nigeria 3 goals down with 2 goals scored by Moshine Moutaouali and one by Iajour Mouhsinne.

However ThisDay Live tells us that Ugonna Uzochukwu pulled a goal back four minutes after the break when he toe-poked the ball from the top of the box. Rabiu Ali then scored Nigeria’s second goal on 56 minutes as he smashed home from the edge of the goal area and Ejike Uzoenyi completed a remarkable Nigerian comeback when he struck on the stroke of 90 minutes with a shot from outside the box.

Substitute Aliyu Ibrahim rounded it out by grabbing the winner for Nigeria in the 11th minute.

The Eagles will meet Ghana later on in the week in the semi final match.

Now this news will no doubt please Coach Stephen Keshi immensely, as he had announced before the Eagles clash with Morocco, that his 52nd birthday would not be celebrated until Nigeria achieves success at the ongoing African Nations Championship in South Africa.

ThisDay Live quotes him as saying: “As a matter of fact we have suspended any form of celebration till we achieve what we came here to do in South Africa,”

However, management and staff of the Green Court Hotel where the Eagles are camping celebrated the coach with birthday balloons and cakes while the players sang Happy Birthday for him.

Also celebrating are the Zimbabwe home based team, who upset Mali 2 – 1 to win a place in the final 4.

 

D’BANJ PRODUCES SOUND TRACK FOR MOVIE, HALF OF THE YELLOW SUN.

25th Jan 2014 – Multi-Award Winning artist D’Banj prepares to release brand new single and video “Bother You” which is the  first official soundtrack of the new HOLLYWOOD hit movie HALF OF A YELLOW SUN.

 ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ is an adaptation of the best- selling novel written by Chimamanda Adichie and is directed Biyi Bandele. The movie tells the story of two sisters, Olanna and Kainene during the Biafran war and the effects of the conflicts on their lives and the lives of everyone around them.

 And that’s not all, D’Banj is also co-executive producing the Soundtrack album for Half of a Yellow Sun alongside Yewande Sadiku working with the legendary Onyeka Onwenu who also played the amazing role of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s mother in the movie ‘Half of a Yellow Sun.’

 This move with ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ is a preamble to the greatness that is yet to come from this prolific entrepreneur and pioneer, D’Banj. Half of a Yellow Sun is scheduled for release worldwide in March 2014.