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Ambassadors offer N1000 start up to fans in Western Lotto Mega ...

LAGOS, Nigeria, Aug. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Celebrity brand ambassadors are offering their fans N1000 to join them in participating in the Western Lotto Mega Upgrade Promo that kicked off August 4 to last till September 5, 2017.

The ambassadors say that the first set of 1000 up to 5000 fans that join them would get N1000 cash infusion into their accounts with Western Lotto to enable them participate in the bumper promo.

Said Odunlade Adekola on his Instagram page: “If you go on www.westernlotto.com and register with “Odunlade2017”, and send me your Western Lotto account ID, I will credit the Western Lotto wallets of 3000 of my fans with N1000 each within 24 hours, giving them the chance to play an array of international games where they stand a chance to win various prizes up to N15million. This is an initiative in partnership with Western Lotto to give back to my fans who participate.”

Other ambassadors have similar messages on their Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter or Facebook pages.

Participating ambassadors of Western Lotto are Odunlade Adekola, Tuface Idibia, Ramsey Noauh, and Olamide and AY. Others are Paul Obazele, Kemi Afolabi, and Chinedu Ikedieze.

Western Lotto is offering N169m cash winnings in the promotion running for one month. One thousand participants would win N50,000 each, another thousand would win N100,000 each while 30 lucky persons go home with N500,000 each. There would be two winners of N2m each and a car each.

Mr. Elvis Krivokuca, managing director, said Western Lotto is excited at the buy-in into the spirit of sportsmanship and sharing by the brand ambassadors. “We want our customers to enjoy the thrill of playing and winning beyond what is on offer on the lottery. Each customer can win direct cash prizes from the promo as well as winnings on the lotteries in which he participates. We love to create opportunities.”

Western Lotto is Nigeria’s largest gaming and entertainment company with a franchise to offer five international lottery games in partnership with UK firm Lot.TT. It entered the market on July 10, and the MD said the Mega Upgrade Promo is in line with its pledge to change the landscape of gaming in Nigeria while empowering its customers.

Games on offer at Western Lotto include Powerball, Euro Millions, Euro Jackpot, UK Lotto and Mega Millions. Powerball is an American lottery game played every Wednesday and Saturday. Euro Millions is a transnational lottery played across Europe. The Euro Jackpot similarly plays across Europe. UK Lotto is also known as the National Lottery. It has served good causes in the UK.  Draws for MegaMillions hold on Tuesdays and Fridays.


Rosemary Takor, Brand Management, Western Lotto Nigeria Limited

For additional information or enquiries, please contact:

Rosemary Takor, Western Lotto, on 08032335814

Chido Nwakanma, Blueflower Limited, on 08037231111

Graça Machel Trust Launches Women Advancing Africa Forum

Inaugural Forum convenes a powerful movement of African women to build a common agenda for the economic advancement of women

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Graça Machel Trust officially launched today the Women Advancing Africa Forum, a new Pan-African initiative to acknowledge and celebrate the critical role women play in shaping Africa’s future. More than 200 African women leaders and partners are expected to attend the Forum.

“Women Advancing Africa seeks to create an intergenerational movement of women who will build consensus on priorities they are going to tackle together,” said Mrs. Machel. “By connecting women leaders, we can open avenues and opportunities that will bring along thousands and indeed millions of women, to conquer and take advantage of the economic advances being made in Africa.”

Speakers for the inaugural Forum include H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan, Vice President of the Republic of Tanzania and member of UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment and Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, Minister of Health, Gender, Community Development, Children and the Elderly for Tanzania, as well as experts and activists from key economic sectors including mining and extractives, agri-business, banking, telecommunications, media, healthcare, services and trade.

“Tanzania underscores the importance of women in social and economic development and the obstacles they experience in their quest to achieve their goals,” said Hon. Ummy Mwalimu. “Our government is keen on empowering women so that they can collectively join forces in engaging on issues impacting their welfare with a view to creating an equal society and inclusive economy for all our citizens.”

Women Advancing Africa will showcase African women’s leadership and create an inclusive pan-African agenda to accelerate women’s advancement in three core areas: Financial Inclusion to bring more women into the formal financial system, Market Access to elevate women’s economic participation and Social Change to change the way society values women and their contributions.

In line with these core focus areas, the Trust will launch several studies and publications at the WAA Forum – revealing important new insights on the opportunities and challenges facing African women, including: The Female Economy in Africa; Women in Media: What is the Narrative? A Survey to Explore Growth Barriers Faced by Female Entrepreneurs in East Africa; The Empowerment of Women Study and Case studies of innovative ways to empower African women.  The Forum will also see the launch of a book entitled, Women Creating Wealth, which is a compilation of success stories of African women in business.

During the four-day gathering, the Trust will collaborate with notable women leaders from government, civil society and the private sector to develop targeted priorities across six industry tracks, including Agri-business, Energy, Extractives and Infrastructure, Services and Trade, Technology, Financial Inclusion and Changing the Narrative: Media and Creative Industries. Main outcomes of the Forum are expected to focus on:

  • Creating a Common Advocacy Agenda. To drive social and economic change that is measurable and impactful;
  • Developing Financial Tools that Work for Women. Creating financial tools and systems (including alternate models) that respond to the needs of diverse women and enable access to financial products and services;
  • Increasing Women’s Access to Capital. Placing more resources in the hands of women;
  • Elevating Women’s Leadership. Advancing women in management and leadership positions across key economic sectors;
  • Commitments from Key Institutions. Challenging public, private and non-governmental institutions do their part to include and advance women through bold pledges;
  • Dynamic New Networks. Developing dynamic networks that generate opportunities for women and ensure young leaders are supported and mentored;
  • Amplifying Women’s Voices. Increasing the visibility and voices of women through more nuanced storytelling.

The Women Advancing Africa Forum is a first-of-its-kind initiative focused on empowering women to better participate and benefit from Africa’s growing economy. The Forum will also feature a variety of side events focused on critical issues, including food security and nutrition; education initiatives and ending child marriage; leadership and wellness; as well as changing the narrative of women in media.

To learn more about the Women Advancing Africa Forum and view the full programme and list of side events, please visit www.womenadvancingafrica.com. For updates, announcements and livestream sessions from the inaugural Forum, follow Women Advancing Africa on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Graça Machel Trust
The Graça Machel Trust is an organisation that works across the continent to drive positive change across women’s and children’s rights, as well as governance and leadership. Through our support of local initiatives and connecting key stakeholders at a regional, national and sub-national level, we help to catalyse action where it is needed. By using our convening power the Trust seeks to: amplify the voices of women and children in Africa; influence governance; promote women’s contributions and leadership in the economic social and political development of Africa. For more, please visit www.gracamacheltrust.org/new

The Graça Machel Trust:  Women’s Networks
The Network of African Business Women (NABW)
The Network of African Business Women (NABW) provides women with opportunities to freely and effectively participate in the economic development of their countries through the establishment of sustainable business ventures. Through training, mentorship and capacity building, the Network supports business women’s associations and existing business women generating a much-needed upsurge of growth-oriented, African women entrepreneurs.

African Women in Agribusiness (AWAB)
The African Women in Agribusiness Network (AWAB) addresses challenges in food security and identifies opportunities for women in the agricultural sector. The network advocates for initiatives that enhance women’s competitiveness in local and global markets. AWAB also seeks to foster market linkages for women, connecting them to projects in the agricultural sector that can improve their access to resources, knowledge and training.

New Faces New Voices (NFNV)
New Faces New Voices (NFNV) advocates for women’s access to finance and financial services. The network aims to bridge the funding gap in financing women-owned businesses in Africa and to lobby for policy and legislative changes. The overall objective of the network is to advance the financial inclusion of women by bringing more women into the formal financial system.

Women in Media Network (WIMN)
The Women in Media Network (WIMN) is the latest Pan-African network established by the Trust.  It comprises a network of African women journalists who individually and collectively use their influence and voice to help shape and disseminate empowering storylines about Africa’s women and children.

About Women Advancing Africa Partners
APCO Worldwide
APCO Worldwide is a global communication consultancy. We help the most innovative organizations adapt and thrive in this fast-moving, interconnected and complex world, enabling them to reach their business and societal goals. We bring our clients’ work to life creatively and digitally through diverse thinking and a campaign mentality that is not limited by any particular service or discipline, but embraces a variety of integrated tactics to achieve success. APCO is a majority employee- and women-owned business. For more information, please visit www.apcoworldwide.com.

The UPS Foundation
UPS is a global leader in supply chain and logistics operating in over 220 countries with 440,000 dedicated employees. It offers a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business.

The UPS Foundation leads its Global Citizenship programs, combining philanthropy with the resources of the company and the skills and volunteer spirit of UPS employees to help build stronger, safer, more resilient communities around the world. Advancing women is central to that mission and UPS is committed to creating opportunities that help women reach their full potential. Through its work with trusted partners like CARE, Opportunity International, Accion International, Catalyst, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and the Graça Machel Trust, The UPS Foundation connects women with the training, markets, resources and support needed to grow their business and strengthen their families and communities.

Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies comprises the world’s largest healthcare business and its presence in Africa dates back to 1930, including business operations, public health programs and corporate citizenship. Through innovation, collaboration, local engagement and programs like the Africa Innovation Challenge, Women in Innovation and DREAMS, the company is: empowering African youth and African women to thrive and become drivers of change; cultivating Africa’s innovation through heath technology hubs; expanding R&D skills and capacity among African scientists; catalysing healthcare infrastructure investments; enhancing collaboration with local health delivery partners; boosting education and training resources for healthcare workers; and improving access to medicines.

Intel’s Girls and Women Commitment
Today, millions of girls around the world have little or no access to education. Intel believes that education should be a fundamental right for everyone and recognizes the major role technology plays in improving both the quality of and access to education. Through access to technology, scholarships and community learning programs, Intel provides girls and women with opportunities for quality education and personal growth. Intel is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

American Tower Corporation
American Tower, one of the largest global REITs, is a leading independent owner, operator and developer of multitenant communications real estate with a portfolio of approximately 148,000 communications sites. For more information about American Tower, please visit www.americantower.com.

CNBC Africa
CNBC Africa is Africa’s most powerful multiplatform business media brand, owned by Africa Business News, and is part of the CNBC global family. CNBC Africa provides Africa and the globe with business and financial news, first.

The Nation Media Group
The Nation Media Group (NMG) is the largest independent media house in East and Central Africa with operations in print, broadcast and digital media, which attract and serve unparalleled audiences in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. As a brand, we are committed to creating, packaging and delivering high-quality that will inform, educate and entertain our consumers across the different platforms, keeping in mind the changing needs and trends in the industry. In our journey, nothing matters more than the integrity, transparency, and balance in journalism that we have publicly committed ourselves to. NMG journalism seeks to positively transform the society it serves, by influencing social, economic and political progress

Qatar Waives Visas for 80 Nationalities Amid Gulf Boycott

DOHA � Qatar announced on Wednesday a program to allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries to encourage air transport and tourism amid a two-month boycott imposed on the Gulf state by its neighbors.

Nationals from dozens of countries in Europe and elsewhere including India, Lebanon, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States will now receive tourist visas on arrival to the gas-rich country which hosts the soccer World Cup in 2022.

"The visa exemption scheme will make Qatar the most open country in the region," Hassan al-Ibrahim, Chief Tourism Development officer at Qatar Tourism Authority, told reporters at a press conference in Doha.

Oil giant Saudi Arabia along with Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates imposed a boycott on Qatar on June 5 and cut off all transport links with the country after accusing it of supporting terrorism and of close ties to Iran.

Doha denies the charges.

Beyond the Gulf

Since the boycott began, Qatar has sought to build up its diplomatic and trade ties beyond the Gulf region. The visa scheme is just the latest in a series of measures aimed at preparing Qatar for greater economic independence in the long term. Efforts led by Kuwait to resolve the rift are ongoing.

Qatar has flown in food supplies from Turkey and Iran and chartered new shipping routes via Oman to bring in construction materials but hotel occupancy rates have fallen with Saudis, a key source of tourism, barred by their government from visiting the country.

Visitors from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council usually account for almost half of all visitors to Qatar.

Air links suspended by the four Arab states represented around 25 percent of flights by state-owned Qatar Airways, one of the region's big three carriers.

On August 3, Qatar approved legislation allowing certain permanent residents to benefit from parts of the state's generous welfare system, including education and health-care services, a first for the Gulf.

Under the law, children of Qatari women married to foreigners and people with special skills "needed by the state," can benefit from the new status.

Foreign workers from countries including India and Nepal account for around 90 percent of Qatar's population of 2.7 million.

Qatar's World Cup organizing committee has said the Arab sanctions will not affect preparations for the World Cup.

Source: Voice of America

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on progress in Lesotho

Remarks by Deputy President and SADC Facilitator Cyril Ramaphosa and Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane after their Bilateral Meeting in Maseru

Deputy President and SADC Facilitator

Thank you very much, we as the SADC Facilitation process also accompanied by Oversight Committee Chairperson have come to Lesotho to find out how the process is unfolding in Lesotho following the very successful elections that they held and the formation of the new government.

We have also dealt with issues that have to do with what SADC Summit decided the last time in relation to the holding of the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue that is meant to, in an inclusive way, address the issues of reforms � security reforms, constitutional reforms, media reforms and public service reforms.

We are very pleased to have received a report from the Honourable Prime Minister that Government of Lesotho (composed of the coalition) is determined to move ahead with the holding of the Multi-Party Stakeholder Dialogue where these issues that have been raised by SADC will be addressed.

We are very pleased to have heard that it will be as inclusive as possible. And In fact that the process is already underway and the process will be led by Basotho themselves.

It will be a homegrown process; it will be organic with SADC playing a supportive role.

That pleases us exceedingly and we will be able to table a very forward looking and positive report to the SADC summit as both the Facilitator as well as the Oversight Committee and inform the leaders of the region that Lesotho is now firmly on the road to embracing stability and that Lesotho is firmly on the road of implementing the Phumaphi Commission recommendations as well as embarking on the constitutional, security reforms, media reforms and public service reforms that were identified by the Double Troika of SADC as key issues that will enable Lesotho to move up the ladder and be a very stable democracy.

We are very happy with the way things are going now in Lesotho and I think we can look forward to great progress being made as the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue process moves on.

Thank you very much.

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane

Well we thank you very much for coming, the Facilitator and his mission are here and they have come here to facilitate and from what they have told us this morning is that the facilitation process is in full gear and we have no choice now as leadership in Lesotho, by leadership I mean leadership in government and leadership in the opposition, but to listen to what SADC says and do it because it is the right thing.

When we have had problems, we have called SADC to help us. When we are doing something that is not quite correct and SADC says it is not correct, we must give them an ear. SADC they are not children, they are our friends, they are our colleagues they are our comrades, and they are people with whom we happen to be in the same region and therefore share the same problems, breath the same air, drink the same water. In fact the water in Johannesburg that Deputy President will be drinking when he gets to his house comes from the mountains of Lesotho.

Nothing could be greater than in showing the strength of this region. Thank you very much and your delegation for coming this morning and for the wisdom that you are leaving behind which we need to follow.

As leader of the government group, I assure you that we will do everything to stop being the bad boy of SADC. Enough is enough.

I had a friend who had a very strong West African accent, there is nothing wrong with that because that is what happens in parts of the world, people pronounce things in different ways and he said enough is enough. And as far as we are concerned, enough is enough.

Thank you very much indeed to you and your delegation for always taking time off from your very busy schedules to attend to our problems. We want to assure you that when next you come, you will be coming to celebrate not to worry so much about our problems which as I said, are terribly solvable. We promise to stop being the bad boy of SADC.

Thank you very much.

Source: Government of South Africa

President Jacob Zuma presides over official launch of African ...

The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, will preside over the launch of the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank (NDB) on 17 August 2017. The President will be joined by the President of the NDB, Mr Kundapur Vaman Kamath, cabinet ministers, NDB executives and other dignitaries.

BRICS countries signed the Agreement establishing the New Development Bank at the Sixth BRICS Summit in July 2014 in Brazil, and the Seventh BRICS Summit marked the entry into force of the Agreement on the New Development Bank. The NDB headquarters were officially opened in Shanghai, China in February 2016.

Another key resolution taken at the Summit was to establish regional offices that would perform the important function of identifying and preparing proposals for viable projects that the Bank could fund in the respective regions.

The first of its kind would be set up in Johannesburg, South Africa. The launch of the African Regional Centre will showcase the NDB's service offering, highlighting the Bank's potential role in the area of infrastructure and sustainable development in emerging and developing countries.

Source: Government of South Africa

President Zuma congratulates nuclear scientist Ms Senamile Masango

President Jacob Zuma has extended his hearty congratulations to Ms Senamile Masango who has become the first African woman to conduct the first African-led experiment at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) laboratory in Switzerland.

Ms Masango was part of a group of student researchers from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in South Africa studying the isotope selenium-70 to better understand how its nuclei shape relates to its energy levels.

"We congratulate this inspirational young African woman on her excellent achievement and hope that she will serve as beacon for all other young African women to follow in her footsteps and achieve their goals and dreams, said President Zuma.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

South Africa: Next of Kin Sought By Police of Two Deceased Males

Durban Central police are appealing to the members of the community to assist in locating the next of kin of the two deceased. The first deceased was identified as Charles Sfiso Ngcobo (27). On 19 March 2017 at about 13:30, police received a complaint of dead body at Blue Lagoon beach. It is alleged that the body was spotted floating in the water, SAPS Search and Rescue Unit recovered body and took it out to the shore. The deceased was wearing grey track pants and black and white striped t-shirt. Anyone with information on the next of kin or the identification of the deceased can contact the investigating officer, Detective Constable Thwala on 082 531 9310 or 031 325 4077. Our Crime Stop number can also be contacted on 08600 10111.

The second deceased was identified as Nathi Msimango (27) who was allegedly assaulted by a group of people at Durban Station on 17 February 2017 at about 17:45. It is alleged that the victim was taken to Addington Hospital where he later died. The clothes that he was last seen wearing are unknown. Anyone with information on the next of kin or the identification of the deceased can contact the investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer Mpho Pitso on 084 769 7855 or 031 325 4156.

Source: South African Police Service


PRETORIA, South Africa will join the rest of the continent to mark African Decentralisation Day on Thursday with Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Des van Rooyen convening a roundtable at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) here where some 60 delegates from various sectors will discuss issues around local government.

African Decentralisation Day was adopted at the January 2012 African Union (AU) summit to serve as a reminder to all Africans, including those in the diaspora, of the importance of decentralisation in the construction of Africa, and the role of local government in achieving this objective.

Representatives from Cogta, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), provincial and local governments, the National House of Traditional Leaders (the upper house of the South African Parliament), the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco), the African Union (AU), National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Commission on Gender Equity, Department of Women, Foundation for Human Rights, South African Cities Network and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are expected to attend the event.

By hosting the roundtable, South Africa hopes to contribute to the broader discussions on the continent geared to improving service delivery at local government level. The discussions will also assist to raise awareness of decentralisation and local governance.

The broader aim is to contribute to the realisation of the aspirations of the AU's Agenda 2063, which is a 50-year futuristic planning tool that advocates people-driven development, with a special focus on women and youth.

The celebration of African Decentralisation Day stems from Article 20 of the African Charter, which espouses the values and principles of decentralisation, local governance and local development. It was adopted by Heads of States and Government during their 2014 summit held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.