Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Sabina Umeh-Akamune

Sabina Umeh-Akamune (born Sabina Ifeoma Umeh), is a singer/songwriter and model.

In December 1989, Umeh-Akamune was crowned Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 1990, taking over from close friend Regina Askia. Umeh-Akamune went on to participate in Miss Universe, Miss Intercontinental, and Miss World, where she won the Miss Personality award.

Since relinquishing her title, Umeh-Akamune has pursued a career in modelling and singing, and is now based in Atlanta, London and Lagos. A graduate of Theatre Arts who specialises in Dance, Choreography and Acting, Umeh-Akamune is co-founder of music production company Juicygroove of which is she Artistic Director.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Professor Anya O. Anya

Prof Anya (Left)

Professor Anya Oko Anya was born on 3rd January 1937.He attended Hope Waddell Training Institution, Calabar, University College, Ibadan, University of Cambridge, England (St. John,s College) and Moleno Institute of Biology and Parasitology.

He began his working career as a Science Master with Qua-Iboe Mission Secondary School, Etinan, Akwa Ibom State in 1957.He was appointed Research Officer, Federal Fisheries Research Service, Lagos, 1961-1962; Lecturer, Federal Science School, Lagos, 1961-1962; Research Officer, Federal Department of Agricultural Research, Ibadan, 1963-1967; Lecturer in Zoology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1965-1967; Senior Lecturer, University of Science and Technology Project, Port Harcourt, 1967-1970; Senior Lecturer, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1970-1973; Professor of Zoology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka since 1973 and he was the former Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Economic Summit Group Ltd.

Professor Anya has served in various capacities within the Nigerian University system which include: Member, Planning Committee, University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, 1966-1970; Chairman, Senate Committee on Postgraduate Studies, University of Nigeria, 1975-1979; Chairman, Federal Government of Nigeria Committee on Academic Freedom in the Nigerian University System, 1978-1979; Chairman, National Universities Commission, the New Universities of Technology, 1981; amongst others.

Professor Anya's distinctive contribution is in the field of parapsychology. His research for many years has relentlessly tackled the problems of parasitism and parasitoses in the tropical environment of Nigeria. Through personal and group researches, Professor Anya sought to establish vital benchmarks in parasite biology and control, parasite ecology and epidemiology and parasite physiology and biochemistry.

Aside his academic endeavours, Professor Anya has equally served within the Nigerian public and private sectors as Chairman, Niger Insurance Co.Ltd, Director, NAFFCO (Science Supplies) Limited, Chairman, Imo Broadcasting Corporation, Special Consultant, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and later National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure.
Professor Anya has over 120 scholarly publications to his credit which include: Science, Development and the Future: The Nigerian Case; Science and the Crises in African Development; and Science Leadership and National Development amongst others.

Professor Anya belongs to several professional bodies which include: Fellow, Nigeria Academy of Science; Fellow, Institute of Biology (U.K.); Fellow, Linnaean Society of London; Fellow, Cambridge Philosophical Society; Fellow and Life Member, Nigerian Society of Parasitology; and Member, New York Academy of Science.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Patti Boulaye

Boulaye was born Patricia Ngozi Ebigwei (she changed her name to Boulaye in 1975 after meeting actress Evelyn 'Boo' Laye) in Nigeria in 1954. The last of eight children in a Catholic, high-achieving family, her father was a politician from the Igbo tribe who fled the country when a bloody civil war targeted them.

Although she had hopes of becoming a nun, Boulaye auditioned for a musical after standing in what she believed was a queue for Madame Tussauds, and won a part in a production of Hair. After Hair, she featured in Two Gentlemen of Verona. Her first starring role was as Yum Yum in The Black Mikado.

After Boulaye's starring role in African movie Bisi, Daughter of the River, she came to prominence as a singer after winning the British TV talent show New Faces, where she made history by becoming the only contestant ever to receive the maximum 120 points.

In Nigeria, she was the face of Lux Beauty soap for many years, and The Patti Boulaye Show was shown on several NTA stations.

In 2003, Boulaye launched her West End musical Sundance, which took seven years to make. Hailed as a celebration of "the colours and music of Africa in a display of ceremonial dances, rituals and initiation ceremonies, all played out to the beat of African drums", it was written and produced by Boulaye herself, and opened at the Hackney empire.

Apart from performing, Boulaye's other passion is campaigning for better awareness of HIV/AIDS in West Africa. She founded Support for Africa in 2001 following a visit to Nigeria where she held babies suffering from AIDS.
Source(s): An Interview with Patti Boulaye: The British-Nigerian Actress, Playwright and Charity Organizer, Wikipedia

The Magic Of Patti Boulaye
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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Mazi Ukonu

Mazi Anyaogu Elekwachi Ukonu was the host of the famous “Ukonu’s Club – Teenagers Playtime” where young adults go to dance and have fun. He was a trailblazer who attracted mutual love and respect along the paths of his life.

In Nigeria during the early 60’s, Mazi Ukonu, as he came to be known, also created programs that demonstrated his love for his profession as he nourished and entertained Nigerians. People were nourished with news and entertained with programs like Telechance which encouraged the talented, especially the youth, to showcase their skills productively.

The legendary Mazi Ukonu of Ukonu’s Club fame turned 80 years old on March 5, 2010. A special celebration to honor this icon of Nigerian broadcast industry will be held at Onu Ibina Igbere on April 3, 2010. Highlights of the month-long celebration will, amongst other things, feature a book presentation of the life and times of Chief, Mazi, Anyaogu Elekwachi Ukonu. The book, entitled, Journey from Medicine to Theater Arts is a biography of Mazi Ukonu as compiled and published by MediaWorks, LLC, USA.

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Thursday, 18 March 2010

Amobi Okoye

Amobi Okoye (born June 10, 1987) is an American football defensive tackle for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Texans 10th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisville.

Okoye was born in Anambra State, Nigeria, He moved to Huntsville, Alabama, United States when he was 12 years old. He first started playing football as a sophomore at Lee High School, knowing virtually nothing about the game.

At age 15, Okoye chose the University of Louisville over Harvard, privileging the strong football program of the former over the academic reputation of the latter. At Louisville, Okoye majored in biology. He later switched his major to psychology and graduated a semester early, thereby completing his degree in three and a half years. At 16, he became the youngest player in the NCAA.

Okoye was drafted by the Houston Texans as the tenth pick of the first round of the 2007 NFL draft. He is the youngest player to ever be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft at only 19 years old. He was the highest draft pick to come out of the University of Louisville since the AFL-NFL merger.

Okoye was named Defensive Rookie of the Month for September 2007 after leading the AFC with four sacks. He is the youngest player ever to receive the award.

In 2009, Amobi led a group of NFL players on a community-building trip to Nigeria. His foundation - Amobi Okoye Foundation - sponsored the trip to the country entitled, “Athletes in the Diaspora: Community Interventions.”

The Amobi Okoye Foundation provides hope to kids and communities through a series of programs and services designed to mentor youth and young adults; mitigate childhood obesity and build stronger communities around the globe. The Foundation's global effort, "C.A.T.E" (Changing Africa through Education) provides education scholarships, funds the building of clean water wells, and supports healthcare initiatives in developing parts of Nigeria.

Sources: Wikipedia, Fanblogtexans, Progress Avenue

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Chinenye Ivy Ochuba

Chinenye Akinlade (born Chinenye Ivy Ochuba) is a former beauty queen.

Born into a family of ten, Chinenye is the seventh of eight children. After finishing secondary school at Regan Memorial Secondary School, she attempted to gain admission to university. It was during this time the eighteen year-old Chinenye won the 2002 edition of Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, making her eligible to represent the country at international pageants.

Despite being a favourite for the Miss Universe 2002 crown, she failed to make the Top Ten, but fared better at the Miss World pageant in the same year where she was a finalist, as well as African Continental Queen of Beauty.

Formerly a student at the University of Lagos, Akinlade completed her degree in Accounting and Financing at the University of Greenwich, London in 2008. She returned to Nigeria, where she married businessman Kunle Akinlade, and works for oil company Exxon Mobil.

Sources: Wikipedia, CelebratingAfrica.

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Friday, 12 March 2010

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, on Thursday won this year’s Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best First Book for the Africa Region. she is now in pole position for the overall award, to be announced next month.

The writer beat four other writers, including fellow Nigerian, Kachi A. Ozumba, to scoop the Best First Book category, which comes with a £1,000 cash prize. The other regional winner for Africa, in the Best Book category, is South African Marie Heese. This year’s regional nods were dominated by women, with 10 female authors out of the total 14 shortlisted.

Nwaubani won the Commonwealth award for her much praised debut novel about Nigerian email scammer, I Do Not Come To You By Chance. The book, already published in Britain and America, is due for release in Nigeria soon.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani was born in Enugu, Nigeria. She attended boarding school in the Federal Government Girls College, Owerri and studied Psychology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Sources: Next234

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Rose Oby Nwosu

Rose is a legal practitioner and a graduate of the University of London, where she obtained an LLB in 1980. She was called to the Bar in Nigeria in 1981. She had worked with the Federal Ministry of Justice from 1984 to 1991, later joined the Corporate Affairs Commission where she rose to become a Deputy Director before retiring into private practice in 2006.

Rose Oby Nwosu, a certified mediator from the Centre for Dispute Resolution in England, is today, FIDA's Regional Vice President for North and West Africa. FIDA is Federacion Internacional de Abogadas. Its objectives include the enhancement and promotion of the welfare of women and children.

Friday, 5 March 2010

James Ihedigbo

James Ugochu Ihedigbo was born on December 3, 1983 in Northampton, Massachusetts. He is an American football safety for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2007.

James is the founder of Hope Africa Foundation, a charity which focuses on helping young people from Nigeria and the rest of Africa improve through higher education. He is also involved in the Nigerian Agricultural Technical Community College (NATAC), a college founded by his parents.

James has three brothers, Emeka, Nate and David, and a sister, Onyi. He majored in Sociology at University of Massachusetts; his parents also hold doctorate degrees from the same institution.

Sources: New York Jets, Wikipedia, drjays

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