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I Was Sent To Preach Against False Doctrine – Prophet Odedoyin – Naijanewsdirect

Prophet Ezekiel Odedoyin is the general overseer of Christ for All Souls Ministry. Ever since he accepted the calling, God has used him to set the captive free, make the blind to see and also to become a blessing to the needy. In this interview, he revealed his life experience, how he was called and some of the challenges. Excerpt…   As the brain behind Christ for All Soul Ministry, can you briefly tell us about you and how the ministry started? I want to give grace and honour unto the name of the Lord. I am not the brain behind this ministry. I want to give honour to the Almighty God, the owner of this ministry. He is the owner. I want to appreciate him for choosing a mere servant like me. I was just a mere man I never thought of being a Pastor. I never in my life thought of becoming a Pastor. There was a day I had a dream and I met an old man that told me that he wanted to send me an errand, and he said those people, the so-called Pastors have disappointed him. They have honoured themselves instead of him. He said that I should go and preach about his own name. As He was following me, I was speedily moving but he was moving on the air, he wasn’t using his feet to run, he was moving on the air and I laid down, he stretches his hand forth and the fire from the heaven come upon me and ever since then I began to speak in tongues, I began to perform signs and wonders. When the power came and before then I had a revelation where I saw an angel that said he wanted to take me to a place, he said

Adeduntan: FirstBank Is Resilient, Stable And Built For The Long Haul – Naijanewsdirect

  The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of First Bank Nigeria Limited, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, last year saw his tenure extended as part of efforts to ensure the stability of the financial institution. In this interview with THISDAY, he spoke about the intervention of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the future of the bank, trends that shaped the economy in 2021, his expectations for 2022 and other pertinent banking sector issues. Excerpts…   What is the level of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s involvement in First Bank? The central bank’s involvement in FirstBank is essentially about playing the role of the regulator. CBN’s intervention has been in the best interest of the bank’s stakeholders and its performance; aimed at restoring confidence in the bank as well as to reassure the depositors, creditors and other stakeholders of the bank of its commitment to ensuring the stability of the financial system. Your third quarter results saw a decline in some of the key indicators such as gross earnings, profit before tax and profit after tax, what was responsible for this? The Commercial Banking reported a resilient performance resulting in a Profit before Tax of N44.3billion for the nine months period ended September 30, 2021. This result was delivered in a sustained low yield environment, which continues to compress margins as the macro-economic environment remained challenging amidst the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. FirstBank’s focus on putting the customers first continues to be a driving force as we keep supporting our customers in meeting their business needs. The evidence of this support is reflected in the 24.1% y-t-d growth in the loan book, underpinned by solid risk management practices and from which sustainable good quality earnings are being delivered as asset quality remains firmly under control. Furthermore, in our concerted efforts at sustaining our dominance in financial inclusion and digital

Nigeria Needs Restructuring To Remain One – Comrade Aghedo Kehinde Stephen – Naijanewsdirect

  Passionate about activism and freedom fighting, Comrade Aghedo Kehinde Stephen has dedicated all his life to humanitarian works. After playing an integral part in several protest across the country which includes; the June 12, Endsars protest, 2012 Subsidy protest among others, his doggedness and tenacity has singled him out from the crowd and his peers. Despite being a product of several arrests, police brutality assault and threats to life, he has never relented in his quest for an egalitarian society. The Edo State-born activist who loves upholding and fighting for the fundamental human right of every Nigerian believes in the power of the masses which serves as his source of inspiration and his muse. In this interview, the father of two who is also an Agric-businessman and a real estate mogul, divulged the low times he faced in his 15 years of sojourn fighting against injustices being an activist and a freedom fighter among other salient political issues he spoke on. Excerpts: Who is Comrade Aghedo Kehinde Stephen? I’m the last child from a family of 10, out of 7 surviving children now. I grew in Lagos-Island and my parents are from Edo state in Benin. My father was a civil servant before his demise and my mother is a trader. In your sojourn as an activist, who were your mentors? One of those who mentored me was Late Dr. Fredrick Fasheun, founder of the Oodua People’s Congress, he taught me many things I know today. During the 2012 subsidy protest, I was opportune to get close with former Afenifere Spokesperson; Comrade Yinka Odumakin, I also learned a lot from him. I was with Odumakin for years before I came in contact with Omoyele Sowore, who I am currently learning from now. Sowore gave me big leverage in activism. Those were the people who affected my

“The World Must See Our Real Stories The Exact Way They Should Be Seen” – LASU Lecturer, Steven Anu’ Adesemoye – Naijanewsdirect

  A Senior lecturer at Lagos State Polytechnic, Steven Anu' Adesemoye has advocated for the propagation of Yoruba culture and language through the film industry and aid competition with other indigenous industries across the world.   Speaking at the Dallas International Yoruba Movies Awards official presentation held on April 25 at Ambiance Cafe in Ikeja, Adesemoye bemoaned the backstage role which the culture is subjected to by the film Industry.   He said, “The Yoruba film industry should not see its language of expression as a barrier to greater height. Instead, they should improve on their skill set in filmmaking to project the language and compete with other indigenous films across the globe”   He stated that the film industry has a cogent role to play in the preservation of Yoruba culture as it transcends geographical limitations. As a result, the language must be used appropriately to protect the originality of the culture.   In his words, “The only hope for the Yoruba nation in preserving the language is Yoruba film both home and abroad. People now learn how to speak Yoruba language through what they see in films across the globe.” “Therefore, the industry players must pay more attention to the effective use of the language. Proverbs, idioms, anecdotes, etc must be constructed and disseminated. If we must protect and project Yoruba culture, the language must first be protected. Language is the key that opens the tradition and culture”, he added.   He frowned against the misconceptions in the usage of the culture. He further advocated for self-promotion of the cultural heritage. He encouraged collaboration and film tourism as tools which can help boost the industry’s impact in promotion of cultural value across the world.   “Gone are the days when foreigners are allowed to tell our stories to their satisfaction. Yoruba filmmakers must rise to the occasion by telling their stories the

‘Quickteller Business Gives Users Access To 5m Potential Customers’ – Akeem Lawal, DCEO Interswitch – Naijanewsdirect

  Interview with Akeem Lawal, Divisional CEO, Payments Processing, Interswitch The SME sector in Africa is huge. In Nigeria alone we have over 41 million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). How important would you say this sector is to the growth and development of the African economy? The SME sector is a potential game changer for economic growth, especially in Nigeria. This is why it is important for stakeholders in that sector to provide simple solutions that enhance their ability to generate economic activities that will boost community and national economy. At Interswitch, we are committed to providing simple and scalable payment solutions for small and big businesses alike. The Quickteller Business platform is a testament to our commitment to make payments one less thing to worry about for our business users and their customers. There seems to be a lot of activities within the payment, e-commerce and fintech sectors in recent years, with many new entrants as well as FDIs. What would be your fair assessment of the sectors? What should we expect, going forward? When accessing the various sectors, we know that the Nigerian economy has been a beneficiary of foreign direct investment inflows since the 1970’s. However, there is a need to diversify the Nigerian economy and reduce our dependence upon oil. There is no doubt that a thriving industrial sector is pivotal to mass employment, improved skills and better wages, which will lead to reduction in poverty. Nigeria’s ICT sector has grown from less than 1 percent of GDP in 2001 to almost 10 percent of GDP today. The country is currently Africa’s biggest technology market and accounts for 23 percent of internet users in Africa with 122 million people online in December 2018. Nigeria has surpassed other countries in sub-Saharan Africa to emerge as a premier tech investment destination with

How I Survived Among 42 Children Of My Father – Oloworay Auto Boss, Raymond Oladugba – Naijanewsdirect

    Engr, Oladugba Raymond is the Chief Executive Officer of Oloworay Autos, a company that deals in automobiles. In this interview he spoke on his journey into auto business and how his company survived all challenges saddled with the business Excerpt…   Can you briefly tell us about yourself? I’m the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of Oloworay Autos. I’m from Ose Local Government Area in Ondo State. I’m married with two kids. My wife is from Ekiti State. I graduated from the Federal University of Technology, Akure.   How did you find yourself in the automobile business? I was attracted to automobiles right from childhood. I started driving when I was 11. I remember vividly that when I was in secondary school, my dad had just two cars. But then in school, when other parents visited their kids, they came with different cars. One day, I asked my father why he refused to change cars or buy more, and my dad said I had many siblings (my father had 42 children). According to him, if he bought plenty of cars and his kids damaged them, they would become useless. He told me he would rather build houses so that his children could have valuable inheritance. When I got into the university, I had a friend who was a car dealer. Whenever he was travelling to Cotonou (Benin Republic) or Lagos to buy an automobile, I always travelled with him and he allowed me to drive. So, that was how I got into the business. Along the line, I made some contacts and these people were able to trust me enough with their money. I would travel to Cotonou to buy cars and deliver them to the owners. I got as much as N11m from a customer who had not seen the car but entrusted me

Kosofe Bye-election: “Why I Am Best Candidate For The Job” -Hon. Femi Saheed – Naijanewsdirect

  Hon. Femi Saheed is the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the forthcoming October 31st bye-elections in Kosofe area of Lagos state. He’s contesting for a seat in the Lagos State House of Assembly to represent Kosofe Constituency 1 in the hallowed chamber. Hon. Femi Saheed intends to replace late Hon. Tunde Braimoh who represented the Constituency in the Assembly, but died on 10th July, 2020. Hon. Femi Saheed educational sojourn started at Itire Primary School, Surulere where he completed his primary education. He proceeded to Govt. College Kaduna for his post primary education. An alumnus of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma where he studied Economics and a post graduate Master's of Science degree holder in Environmental Resources Mgt., LASU. His experience in the banking industry spanned a period of over two decades where he got many trainings and retraining that have helped to build his personality. Hon. Femi Saheed political career started as far back as the beginning of the 4th Republic. In 2003, he was appointed the Youth Leader of Ward F, Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area and served till 2007. His performance as a Ward Youth Leader necessitated his selection as Ward Secretary between 2007 and 2009. In 2015, he actively participated as a team member for the emergence of all APC flag bearers from presidency to State House of Assembly. He maintained same position during the 2019 General Elections. In 2017, he was appointed a member of the State Planning and Strategic Committee for the conduct of Local Govt. Council Elections. He was appointed the Acting State Secretary of the All Progressive Congress, Lagos State between 2017 and 2019. His responsibility was management of the State Secretariat. By this position, he was also a member of the State Working Committee (SWC) of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos. In 2019, he was appointed the Assistant

“We’re Organizing the Biggest Ever Made-for-Internet Gospel Concert with Over 50 Artistes Performing” – Naijanewsdirect

...Ope Banwo speaks on 'Worship Without Walls 2020'    Dr. Ope Banwo, pastor and the Visioner at The Cyber Embassy, in this interview, speaks about the preparations for the forthcoming 50-Acts Gospel musical concert tagged 'Worship Without Walls' being organized by the online-based Christian ministry. Excerpts...     You are not a stranger to music promotion. But promoting virtually Gospel musical artistes online, is that the business aspect of running your internet-based ministry? Yes, The Cyber Embassy is a full-fledged 100% online church and since worship is one of the key directorates in any church of God, we have no choice but to go hard at the online promotion of gospel music since our habitat as a church is the internet. I take that responsibility very seriously just like I take the other key purposes of a full-fledged online church very seriously too, like Netvangelism, eMinistry, eFellowship and  eDiscipleship. Since we do worship exclusively online at The Cyber Embassy, it makes 100% sense to promote gospel artistes online. As far as I am concerned, every gospel music downloaded or listened to online is part of the Great Commission, whether the musician identifies with The Cyber Embassy or not. The concept of church membership is actually changing though many pastors are still thinking of church membership as physical identification with one local church. Internet works different and we are excited to promote gospel artistes online. We will leave the offline promotion to others. How have you seen the music industry change since you rested Stingomania? Yes. The music industry has indeed changed bigly and mostly for the better with more exposure and more income opportunities for everyone. I am frankly incredibly happy for many artistes making gains now. However, I still feel many of our artistes, Gospel or otherwise, just like the pastors, do not really appreciate the power of

Peace Has Returned To Ugbo Kingdom Since I assumed The Stool Of My Forefathers – Oba Akinruntan – Naijanewsdirect

  Oba Dr. Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan is the traditional ruler of Ugbo Kingdom, an ancient riverine town in Ilaje Local Government, Ondo State, southwestern Nigeria. Rated by financial magazine, Forbes, as the richest monarch in Nigeria and second richest on the African soil. With a net-worth and conglomerate spanning into billions of dollars, Olugbo has his hands litters across many pies of business littered across the the world with choice properties at highbrow areas across the world. Oba Akinruntan is currently the Chairman of Ondo state Council of Obas, the Chairman of Yoruba Obas Conflicts Resolution Council. He also shoulders an academic title as the Chancellor, Olusegun Agagu University of Science & Technology, Okitipupa, Ondo State. The reputable philanthropist blessed with a large heart of Gold is also a recipient of National Honours, Commander of the Order of Niger (CON). In this interview, the Okoro Ajiga 1, Paramount Ruler and Prescribed Authority of Ugboland, revealed some mind blowing information affecting the Yoruba race. He addressed other salient issues by setting the records straight, correcting distorted history connecting Ile-Ife and Ugbo.... Excerpts.... What’s the position of Ugbo in Yoruba connectivity? Oba Akinruntan: The position of Ugbo in Yoruba connectivity still remains what it is. It is an historical fact that cannot be affected by the passage of time or circumstances. Nobody can change it! I am the first, the oldest throne in Yoruba Land. The position of Ugbo in Yoruba history cannot be contradicted by anybody. Nobody can say no to that sacrosanct position of Ugbo in Yoruba oral or written history because it is there for all to see. A lot of people are grumbling and murmuring; I see them as cowards. They are very cowardly and are not even coherent in their stuttering cowardly counter claims that to all intent and purpose stand logic on its head because

“Natural Medicine Is Very Potent To Fight Covid-19,…How Obasanjo Supported The Industry” -Quincy Ayodele – Naijanewsdirect

Mrs Quincy Olasumbo a licensed Natural Health Practitioner, and the CEO of Quincy Herbals Naturopathic and Wellness Centre. She pioneered weight loss with natural herbs in Nigeria in 1996. Married to Engr. John Ayodele with three wonderful children and four amazing Grandchildren, the World Health Organization Expert on Natural Medicine speaks on how effective herbal medicine can effectively diminish the potency of the novel pandemic ravaging the world... Do you think the government should  give more recognition to natural medicine? While I do think the government has given some recognition to herbal medicine now, it can surely be better. Before I began raising public awareness about the medicinal properties, benefits and the scientific potency of herbal medicine, people were negatively stigmatizing herbal medicine mainly because of religious beliefs. Back in the 90s, when I started talking about the efficacy of medicinal plants on TV, and having a healthy lifestyle, I was called all sorts of names, as anything green or from nature was considered “fetish” or “old school”. We were still in the colonial mentality of downgrading our native ways, and idolizing the West. The Scripture says that “my people perish for lack of knowledge.” Luckily, God and my wonderful husband didn't allow all that to discourage me; rather the Almighty God of Nature Himself used the media to advertise the works of my hands and the wonders and medicinal benefits of nature🌱. Also, I went all out through the media to keep raising awareness, proving the efficacy and potency of medicinal plants in our country. Separating healing using medicinal plants from healing with traditional beliefs and rituals. I went all out proving that herbal remedies indeed have effective doses and they are purely for medicinal and healing purposes. Thanks also to NTA and the press for featuring me talking and proving all these on weekly