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Meet STEVE BABAEKO, Most Celebrated Designer, leader of Nigeria’s Number One Creative Agency…takes company X3M Ideas to the end of the World *Graduate of Ahmadu Bello University ready to use art to celebrate the riches of African culture in the eyes of international community *For tourism to flourish in Nigeria, government needs to partner with the advertising industry to keep projecting the strength of the nation *In 8 years his firm has won major accounts in Africa, have thriving offices in Lagos, Johannesburg and Lusaka *Recalls first job as a Copywriter, appreciates Victor Johnson, then Managing Director of MC&A *Worked on a DStv campaign that ended up being used across many parts of the continent *Nigeria’s Finance Minister position is not to support the unified currency ECO *Message to Nigerians: “I understand that the country is hard but if we all flee this country who will build it for our children? Some people’s forebears stayed back, sacrificed and built the countries we are all escaping to. Imagine if they had fled their country at the time, we will have nowhere to run to today” *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief, Naija Standard Newspaper

Meet STEVE BABAEKO, Most Celebrated Designer, leader of Nigeria’s Number One Creative Agency…takes company X3M Ideas to the end of the World *Graduate of Ahmadu Bello University ready to use art to celebrate...

$184 million FAKE LOAN: Fraudsters duped Nigerian oil producer, LEKAN AKINYANMI, owner of Lekoil company $600,000 cash…clones Qatar Investment Authority website * Lekoil shares plunged 73% after a trading halt in London Stock Exchange * ‘I am a victim of a complex fraud in order to masquerade as representatives of the QIA’-Lekan lament * Mark Simmonds, former minister in the U.K. Foreign Office during David Cameron as prime minister will lead the investigation alongside Tony Hawkins who is chief executive of another U.K.-listed oil firm, Columbus Energy BY ROBERT IDEMUDIA/ECONOMY EDITOR, LONDON

$184 million FAKE LOAN: Fraudsters duped Nigerian oil producer, LEKAN AKINYANMI, owner of Lekoil company $600,000 cash…clones Qatar Investment Authority website * Lekoil shares plunged 73% after a trading halt in...

A Genius blessed with gifted hands ready to shock the world with creativity : ‘I am the African KING of Oil on Canvass ready to conquer the Art World, re-branding Nigeria positively Overseas’-OLUMIDE ORESEGUN *Had successful major art shows at SHORODER bank in London exhibition, Zenith bank art & style in Lagos, his paintings acquired by famous art collectors across Africa * Creates design after Michelangelo’s David sculpture, paintings of Leonardo da Vinci paintings and Williams Bougereau * All my works are so special to me as every element of beauty and emotion are woven into the creativity through paintings * ‘My messages are always based on truth called HYPERREALISM. I am aware one of the greatest renaissance artists realism painting was sold for 450 million dollars auction. This means a lot of important value for all HYPERREALISM painting in the world’- Award winning Olumide reveals GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/American Foreign Bureau, Naija Standard Newspaper

A Genius blessed with gifted hands ready to shock the world with creativity : ‘I am the African KING of Oil on Canvass ready to conquer the Art World, re-branding Nigeria positively Overseas’-OLUMIDE ORESEGUN *Had successful...

Breaking New Ground worldwide! ALIKO DANGOTE, Africa’s Richest Man ready to open American Office…becomes $4.3 billion richer in 2019 *Found huge office space in New York, to employ eligible candidates soon *Remains owner of Biggest Cement Factory in sub-Saharan Africa *Set to complete a $12 billion, 650,000 barrel-a-day refinery currently under construction in Nigeria * 62-year old Nigerian is 95th Richest person in the world * Dangote Group of companies account for over a fifth of the value of the Nigerian stock exchange BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief

Breaking New Ground worldwide! ALIKO DANGOTE, Africa’s Richest Man ready to open American Office…becomes $4.3 billion richer in 2019 *Found huge office space in New York, to employ eligible candidates soon ...

INSPIRING! TIME Magazine names Nigerian born Commonwealth Young Person of the Year, OLUWASEUN AYODEJI OSOWOBI among 100 Leaders of Tomorrow …’Dubbed ‘Rising Star shaping the future’ *Nigeria’s woman rights activist celebrated as one of world’s most ascendant leaders * How Survivor of sexual violence set up ‘Stand to End Rape’ initiative provide support to women, men and young people who are experiencing any form of gender-based abuse, Helped thousands of sexual and domestic abuse victims in Nigeria * “As young people, our relationship must surpass government collaboration on financial relations. We must collectively protect the human rights of those within our community, especially vulnerable women and girls, persons with disabilities and LGBTQI people across the Commonwealth”-OSOWOBI * “The Commonwealth Youth Awards, particularly the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year, shines a spotlight on the unsung efforts of our young people who have made a major impact in transforming our communities. We are happy our Commonwealth Person of the Year, Osowobi, is being recognised for her outstanding work beyond the Commonwealth”- Layne Robinson, the Commonwealth’s Head of Social Policy Development BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief

INSPIRING! TIME Magazine names Nigerian born Commonwealth Young Person of the Year, OLUWASEUN AYODEJI OSOWOBI among 100 Leaders of Tomorrow …‘Dubbed ‘Rising Star shaping the future’ *Nigeria’s woman rights...

Interview: Foremost Amazon leading the way for Girl-child education in Africa! ‘Rural Women in Nigeria will occupy key leadership positions in a short distance’-Aisha BABANGIDA, Chairperson, Better Life Program for the African Rural Woman …technology businesses will be headed, owned by women, as they become pacesetters in the development of agriculture in communities *Access to education, health care, and empowerment are greatest problems facing African women * Women should work together as a unit to produce female leaders in Africa * Nigeria has no choice but to support the growth of the Girl-Child *Reveals: * ‘African women take lead in Liberia, Ethopia. We have seen the strength of the women in Sudan. I am very positive we can still witness several women presidents in Africa’ *Recalled memorable moments she helped a rural woman turned successful entrepreneur *PLUS highpoint of her empowerment program for Girl-child and women in Africa GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief

Interview: Foremost Amazon leading the way for Girl-child education in Africa! ‘Rural Women in Nigeria will occupy key leadership positions in a short distance’-Aisha BABANGIDA, Chairperson, Better Life Program...

Foreign Direct Investment into Nigeria! Foreign Business visitors, Migrant Communities storm Lagos for Ethnic Business Awards…high-networking for entrepreneurs, hold in Oriental Hotel, Lekki * Event promises to celebrate and honor recognized Nigeria-based foreign investors * Business moguls, corporate firms, the diplomatic coterie signify interest * “The Ethnic Business Awards is aimed at recognizing and appreciating the outstanding contributions of foreign businesses, organisations, individuals and communities to corporate Nigeria”- Lanre Odukoya, project’s scribe BY DEMOLA OLATOYE/BUSINESS REPORTER, LAGOS

Foreign Direct Investment into Nigeria! Foreign Business visitors, Migrant Communities storm Lagos for Ethnic Business Awards…high-networking for entrepreneurs, hold in Oriental Hotel, Lekki * Event promises to celebrate...

SENTENCED TO 30 MONTHS IN AMERICA PRISON: ‘I used FIVE different FAKE identities to Steal over $300,000 cash in Maryland’-Nigerian born man JOHNSON OLATUNJI OGUNYEMI confesses * Says: ‘I am GUILTY of Forgery, False use of Passport, Fraud, Misuse of Visa & Money Laundering’ * Handcuffed at a bank in New Carrollton, Maryland, after Ogunyemi presented a fraudulent Nigerian passport and visa in the name of Benjamin Smith to the teller to conduct a financial transaction * 50 year old arrived United States on January 31, 2015, authorized to remain till July 30, 2015 by CBP, refused to leave the U.S * ‘During Johnson Ogunyemi arrest, we took possession of three Nigerian passports on him having U.S. visas, all with Ogunyemi’s photo, but in the names of Benjamin Smith; Benjamin Johnson, and John Wale. Also, we found on him a Nigerian driver’s license in the name of Benjamin Smith and an Ohio driver’s license in the name of David Durston recovered from Ogunyemi or from the vehicle that he drove to the bank’- New Carrollton Police Department * ‘The amount of money laundered by Ogunyemi as part of the conspiracy was at least $307,300’ -United States Attorney Robert K BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

African American in Prison SENTENCED TO 30 MONTHS IN AMERICA PRISON: ‘I used FIVE different FAKE identities to Steal over $300,000 cash in Maryland’-Nigerian born man JOHNSON OLATUNJI OGUNYEMI confesses * Says:...

GUILTY! ‘Federal Grand Jury indicts NIGERIAN Man, MONSURU OGUNBIYI for engaging in Sham Marriage, Falsification of documents to obtain Green Card’-U.S Attorney’s Office, Western District of Pennsylvania …Couple Charged in Conspiracy to defraud United States Government * ‘Monsuru Ogunbiyi and Ajia Strauss conspired with one another to defraud the United States. Ogunbiyi, a native and citizen of Nigeria, and Strauss, a native and citizen of the United States, agreed to enter into a sham marriage so that Ogunbiyi could obtain lawful permanent residency in the United States’ * ‘As part of the conspiracy, Ogunbiyi agreed to pay money to Strauss, including $1,500 on the day of their June 3, 2016, marriage in New Jersey. Ogunbiyi and Strauss submitted false and fraudulent statements and documents to the United States’ * The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than five years in prison, a fine of not more than $250,000, or both, for the charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

GUILTY! ‘Federal Grand Jury indicts NIGERIAN Man, MONSURU OGUNBIYI for engaging in Sham Marriage, Falsification of documents to obtain Green Card’-U.S Attorney’s Office, Western District of Pennsylvania …Couple Charged...

LATEST NEWS ON FBI LIST: Nigeria’s Anti-graft Agency, EFCC Bust GHANA Hideouts of 77 Nigerians indicted for America Internet Fraud…’We are cracking up on these criminally-minded Nigerians, All our offices on RED ALERT to arrest them’ * ‘We have recovered N486m in cash and arrested 28 suspects so far’ *The collaboration between the commission and the Federal Bureau of Investigation led to the recovery of $314,000 and N373m * ’14 of the suspects have been charged and convicted while nine are still undergoing trial, as other five are still under investigations’-IBRAHIM MAGU, Acting Chairman of EFCC BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU, AMERICA FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, Naija Standard Newspaper

LATEST NEWS ON FBI LIST: Nigeria’s Anti-graft Agency, EFCC Bust GHANA Hideouts of 77 Nigerians indicted for America Internet Fraud…’We are cracking up on these criminally-minded Nigerians, All our offices on RED...