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An often trotted out phrase – is that of the world today being a ‘Global village’…

What is meant by this is that where once we resided, both in actions, thoughts, interactions, relationships (commercial, social and/or religious) and engagement – within our immediate, geographical, social and relative circles and environment – now we are dispersed, far-flung in our travels, search for knowledge, betterment, riches, love; – you name it.

We are also by our very nature (to varying levels of effectiveness of interaction), brought into contact with others of different values, cultures understandings, awareness, consciousness.

And through these interactions – we acquire (not ‘gain’; more about that later) knowledge, new experiences, insights, exposure – and that most valued of modern-day ‘currency’, Knowledge Capital…

That is not to mention those, who for whatever reason(s), – be they social, knowledge, business and commercial reasons – have sought us out – either in our own country, or to wherever we have pitched up all over the world.

So, how do we connect, communicate, and share with others, this wealth of knowledge, opportunity – and new insight…?

We COMMUNICATE…

We are social creatures, human beings – we need to communicate, share, interact…

In meeting that biological, DNA-based need, we generate a drive to provide, share, review and respond to (or apply) information.

We do this in a variety of ways and media that has been afforded this (in varying degrees – depending on where we are, what is available and accessible – and what we can afford)…

– Mobile communications – spread of GPRS & 3G platforms, infrastructure and services by Mobile Network Operator’s to coincide with the growing proliferation of similar level devices, PDAs and phones by the increasingly (albeit slowly) sophisticated demands and expectations of their existing and new subscriber base…. reflects the change in strategy in terms of growing subscribers from the incumbent voice-based revenues to more data- and services-based models for revenue growth and customer acquisition and increasingly important – retention.

Internet platforms for sharing between peoples widely dispersed… E.g.: On-line portals, Web-enabled services and applications, eCommerce sites, Social network sites – text, updates, jokes, pictures, comments, opinions, concerns, goods and services, advice, information…

Broadcast – witness the growing spread of Nollywood film & movie content on various UK & US Pay-TV and the education (or information) provided to others (non-Nigerians) as to the culture, hopes, lifestyles, aspirations of the Nigerian people.

As to its truth – how really ‘reflective’ is it of the ‘Nigerian way of Life’…? Well, let’s just say that neither Hollywood nor Bollywood – the other dominant film & TV genres that have gone before it, truly reflect the societies and communities they came out of – nor should they be taken as a full-poster ad for those societies.

However, they do provide a form of insight, a sometimes colourful presentation of what is possible, on offer and the richness of the Nigerian spirit, energy drive and passion – however that may manifest itself… (We are, like all others, human after all…)

So, there we have it – the various forms of [mass] communication technology available – be they at home or abroad…

With mobile being the most pervasive, accessible and mobile (by it is very nature ); internet being the most interactive, resilient in data capacity, delivery capability and interactivity, not to mention [TV] broadcast being the most visually stimulating, interactive and evocative in its own right, any individual, community, organisation or enterprise seeking to reach this audience has a rich variety of tools at its disposal to communicate, reach and influence its target and intended audience…

In Europe (the UK particularly) and North American markets at the moment, convergence has been the buzz word for past 4 – or 5 years, with organisations from Media broadcasters, MNOs and publishing houses increasing (via growth, acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, etc.) the range of tools and Communication platforms by which they are able to offer their services, reach their customers – and add revenues and profits to their bottom line…

Convergence is the technology-driven Strategy of combining various communication technology platforms and Content Delivery mechanisms under on enterprise (more often ‘branding’ – witness VirginMedia in the UK) umbrella.

The premise behind the logic has been simple – the more tools we have to reach the increasingly segmented and niche markets that the previously homogenous market had broken down into, the more effective and ‘in context’ the presentation of our offerings and revenues – and thus the more productive and relevant it is to the client/user/subscriber/viewer – and thus generates revenues and profits to us.

So … what tool do we use – and how best do we use it…?

 

Ekanem

is a technologist, Business strategist and Principal of MediaMango. MediaMango is a leading Media Content Aggregator & Distributor with its focus on the delivery of African–desired and derived content to the principal markets of Sub Saharan Africa, Europe & North America to service the African Diaspora populations & demographics. With a wealth of experience and expertise in the broadcast, media and ICT industries, MediaMango operates a multi-platform and convergence strategy model, leveraging capability, expertise, consultancy and content capability on Mobile, Internet and Broadcast platforms and channels.

Ekanem also blogs, http://fifthcapital,blogspot.com,[email protected]


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NCC Board Chairman Alleges Threat to His life by Agents of DG

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Tonye Jaja, chairman, Governing Board of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), has raised the alarm over alleged threat to his life by agents of John Asein, director general of the agency.

NCC Board Chairman Alleges Threat to His life by Agents of DG

He disclosed that an unnamed member of the NCC Governing Board had threatened his life through phone calls and SMS messages.

The Board Chairman, who made the claim in a statement, titled: “Notification of threats to my life and reputation in the line of duty as chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Copyright Commission,” ‎said the development followed statements he submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission as part of ongoing investigations into allegations against Asein. ‎

According to Jaja, Asein is being investigated over alleged conflict of interest and abuse of office, among other offences.

The chairman of the NCC Governing Board also alleged that Asein and his agents have vowed to destroy his reputation through publications in the media.

The statement read: “Yesterday, I received a verbal threat during a telephone call and an SMS from one member of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Copyright (NCC).‎

“In a nutshell, he threatened that he will use online newspapers and other means to disgrace me and rubbish my reputation.

“His annoyance and threats is not an isolated incident, it is part of a coordinated onslaught of threats, publications of propaganda and other acts of reprisal targetted against me in my capacity as the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC).

“The persons behind this have gone to the illegal extent of forging certain documents and leaking government official documents to Online newspapers in their desperate attempts at smearing my hard earned reputation.

“The Office of the Inspector-General of Police is currently investigating one of such incidences.

“All this smear campaign is because I ‎was invited by the Code of Conduct Bureau and the ICPC as part of their investigation of Mr John Asein the Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) whom they are investigating for allegations of conflict of interest and abuse of office, etc.

“‎As a responsible and law-abiding citizen,  who could not disobey the invitation of the ICPC and the Code of Conduct Bureau, I went to the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and deposed to an affidavit to confirm the veracity of the written and oral statements that I submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau.

“Instead of these persons to apply the same steps of going before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) or any other court of Justice in Nigeria to swear an affidavit and oath on the pain of perjury, in support of any statements they are making, they have resorted to peddling fake news, falsehood and false, unsubstantiated allegations through the pages of online newspapers and other social media platforms.

“In recent times, their anger and onslaught has intensified because their attempts to “kill” and “bury” the investigations proved abortive considering that the ICPC, the EFCC and the Code of Conduct Bureau continued with the investigations which they had previously in an online newspaper described as the petition against Mr. John Asein as jokers.’”

The Governing Board Chairman added that anybody who is sincerely interested in knowing and verifying the truth of the allegations against Asein can make Freedom of Information requests to the Department of State Services, ‎Chairman of the ICPC,‎ Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Inspector-General of Police through the Assistant Inspector General of Police in Charge of the Federal Investigations Bureau.

 


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Health Plus Accuses Foreign Firm of Attempt to Fraudulently Takeover Business

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Health Plus, a pharmaceutical company, has accused Alta Semper Capital, a foreign private equity firm (PEF), of a fraudulent attempt to take over its business.

Health Plus Accuses Foreign Firm of Attempt to Fraudulently Takeover Business

In a rejoinder to a press release earlier issued by the PEF, Health Plus dismissed the appointment of Chidi Okoro as chief transformation officer and the claim that Olubukunola Adewunmi George, chief executive officer, remains a director and shareholder

Health Plus stated that it entered into a five-year partnership with Alta Semper Capital in 2018 to inject fresh capital to further grow the business.

George, the rejoinder stated, was prepared to give PEF a controlling stake in order for them to realise their investment.

However, it added, PEF started working of schemes aimed at taking over the business after seeing the vastness of the Nigerian market.

PEF, according to Health Plus, deliberately starved the company of funds, neglected its obligations to the business, appointed Okoro as CTO and was running the company in utter disregard for George’s wishes.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors was said to have resigned two days ago while another director resigned five weeks ago over the debilitating effect of the impasse on the company.

The rejoinder stated that George had, in May 2020, instituted a suit at the Federal High Court (FHC/L/CS/609/2020) seeking to stop HealthPlus Africa Holdings Limited (the investment vehicle used by Alta Semper Capital and which they control) and their nominee directors from continuing to run and manage the company with disregard to her interests as a member of the Company.

After being served the court summons, PEF appealed for a mediation of the crisis outside court, a process frustrated after three meetings in three months.

Alta Semper thereafter filed an arbitration claim in England.

“Alta Semper’s latest actions, including the arbitration claim that it has now filed, constitute a serious affront to the authority of the Court seised of the suit, a desecration of the integrity of the Nigerian judicial system and a gross violation of Nigeria’s extant legislation.

“The General Public, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, our Staff, loyal Customers, Vendors, Landlords, Bankers and all Stakeholders are advised to totally disregard and ignore the earlier unauthorised Press Release from those who have no real stake in the Company, its employees or Nigeria.

“Mrs. Bukky George remains the Founder & CEO of the Company and is focused on preserving and growing this national treasure,” the rejoinder read.

 

 

 


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Labour Vows to Shut Down Airports, Banks, Others from Today

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Organised Labour in Lagos State has said all sectors would be shut from Monday.

Labour Vows to Shut Down Airports, Banks, Others from Today

Amaechi Asogwuni, deputy vice president, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), spoke at a news conference on Sunday, said airports, banks, and offices would not be allowed to function.

“No airport will be in operation in Nigeria; banks are not expected to function, so no business owners should risk himself, for Nigerian workers have taken that decision”, NAN quoted him as saying.

“We are the workers and we are withdrawing our services; we have the right to do so because protests are our constitutional right. And I believe we will enforce it; schools shall remain closed until this action ends.”

The labour leader appealed to Nigerians to join the protest.

He reminded them that it was part of their quota to democracy.

On the increase in petrol price, Asogwuni said the federal government should have engaged the organised labour and other stakeholders.

“The government did not do that at a time it ought to; it failed in its duty to engage labour before time. On the issue of electricity, the government had earlier had an interaction with labour in Kano and we discouraged it from proceeding.”


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