tosin

Tosin Omoniyi is an assistant editor (Standards) with PREMIUM TIMES. He previously worked in different editorial capacities at Leadership, Daily Trust, Nigerian Newsworld and the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, (ICIR). When not writing, he can be found honing his skills on stage as an actor. Twitter@toskolo

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Reinhard Bonke

TV evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke dies at 79

German television evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, has died. He was aged 79. A post on Saturday on his ministry's Facebook page, Reinhard Bonnke- Official Page, announced the passing of the Pentecostal minister. "It is with sorrow that the Bonnke Family would like to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father,…

Taekwondo: Korean centre trains Abuja residents on self-defence

Grunts, panting, wheezing were some of the sounds that emanated from the vast training room at the Korean Cultural Centre, Abuja as over 70 adults took lessons in Taekwondo, a defensive martial art. There were about seven smartly knitted 'masters' of taekwondo, who took the adults, a few of them…

Group explores salsa to fight gender violence, rape

Global Rights on Monday organised a dancing event tagged #dancingwithconsent aimed at calling attention to the scourge of violence against women and rape. It was an evening of dance drama, spoken word presentation, discussions on sexual violence and open dance session. The event, which was organised in partnership with the…

How we’re leveraging technology to empower Nigerian youth – Minister

The minister of youth and sports, Sunday Dare, on Thursday said for any nation to reach its full potentials, it must leverage the power of technology to empower its teeming youth. He also explained how his ministry hopes to utilise a new concept, tagged DEEL, to empower the Nigerian youth…

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Nollywood Awards: Pete Edochie, Charles Inojie, Ogidan, others honoured

Veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie; comic act, Charles Inojie and UK based celebrity actress, Funmi Ogidan Bello, were some of the stars honoured at the Nelas/Nollywood lifetime achievement awards held over the weekend in Abuja. Nelas, in conjunction with the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) regularly holds award ceremonies to…

Agba Jalingo [Photo: TVC]

Under Buhari, Nigeria records worst attacks on journalists in 34 years — Report

Nigeria was one of the focal points for discussion when over 200 journalists across Africa gathered in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, for a conference on free speech and freedom of expression in September. The reporters met to discuss the renewed onslaught on journalists and activists across the continent. At the end…

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Global editors’ body shuts down over funding

The Global Editors Network (GEN) announced Thursday that it will cease its activities due to lack of sustainable finances. The decision comes nine years since GEN’s founding. GEN, the worldwide association of editors-in-chief and senior news executives, was established in 2011 as an independent NGO to help news media navigate…

Actors and actresses that attended the premiere

New movie, ’45 minutes,’ premieres in Abuja

Actors, actresses and movie enthusiasts gathered in Abuja on Saturday for the premiere of '45 minutes', a movie which focuses on the internal workings of detectives in the Nigerian Police Force. The movie produced by Umar Farouk was directed by Alvin Mic Master, the chairman of the Nigerian Actors Guild,…

Sculpted image of Thomas Sankara

Laongo: Where African sculptors etch memories, art on granite

Any tourist who visits Ouagadogou and fails to stop over at the Laongo Sculpture Symposium (Sculptures Sur Granite De Laongo) just a few kilometres from the capital of Burkina Faso, has certainly missed a crucial part of the tourist attractions, the West African nation boasts of. Laongo is a haven…

Exciting world of Ouagadougou’s female moped riders

A walk or drive through the winding but well-paved streets of Ouagadougou, for a first-timer, would reveal one startling fact: the high number of females who zoom through with mopeds. A moped is a type of small motorcycle with bicycle pedals, generally having a less stringent licencing requirement than full…

Anas Aremeyaw Anas

‘Chameleon’ film by Investigative journalist, Anas, screened in Ouagadogou

A film, Chameleon, which details the exploits of investigative journalist, Anas Anas, was screened on Thursday night at a journalism conference in Ouagadogou, Burkina Faso. Anas Anas is a Ghanaian reporter, whose investigative pieces, which exposes corruption and crime, across Africa and beyond have shot him into limelight. He has…

Nigerian journalists in an interview session[Photo: The Standard]

End attacks on press, free speech, journalists urge African governments

Over 200 journalists across Africa, who gathered in Ouagadogou, Burkina Faso, during the week for a conference on free speech and freedom of expression have urged African leaders to end attacks on journalists and free speech in their respective domains. In a communique signed at the end of the International…

Nigerian journalists in an interview session[Photo: The Standard]

Norbert Zongo: Over 200 journalists deliberate on press freedom in Ouagadogou

Over 200 journalists, scholars and government officials are currently in Ouagadogou to brainstorm on challenges facing press freedom and freedom of expression in Africa. The deliberations are under the auspices of the International Festival of Freedom of Expression and Press (FILEP) organised by the Norbert Zongo Press Centre (CNP-NZ). The…

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Eighth edition of Norbert Zongo Freedom of Expression Festival announced

The National Press Centre- Norbert Zongo, Burkina Faso, has announced that the eighth edition of the International Festival of Freedom of Expression and Press (FILEP) will be held from September 25-28 in Ouagadougou. The theme of this biennial meeting is "Feathers, microphones and cameras for a free and united Africa".…

8th Edition of Norbert Zongo Investigative Journalism Award announced

The 8th Edition of the Norbert Zongo Investigative Journalism Award was on Wednesday announced by its organisers, The National Press Centre- Norbert Zongo (CNP-NZ). The Investigative Prize is an award of excellence to reward the best works of investigative journalism in Africa. The prize is open to all the professional…

Night life in Niamey

Travelogue: Memories of six days across three African nations

Most newsrooms are typically run like military service (minus hassles plus camaraderie) where reporters obey before complaint, directives issued to them by their 'generals'. The text came in first before the usually calm voice of my immediate boss via a call. My eyes had, barely a split second earlier, sighted…

The Wilderness Experience by Japhet Prosper

Nigerian blogger, Japheth Prosper, unveils new book

Friends, family members and colleagues gathered in Abuja on Saturday to celebrate with Nigerian blogger, Japheth Prosper as he presented his new book, The Wilderness Experience, an encapsulation of his life experiences. Mr Prosper is widely known for over a hundred fiction and nonfiction short stories which he regularly circulates…

Cross section of participants at the second Lake Chad Basin Governors Forum holding in Niamey.

EXPLAINER: How Regional Stabilisation Facility hopes to curb Boko Haram crisis

For three days, eight governors from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad met in Niamey, Niger, alongside several civic groups and global partners to deliberate on the humanitarian crisis rocking the Lake Chad region and also offer solutions to the unending Boko Haram crisis. The governors included the Governor of Extreme…

Boko Haram: Security has improved in Lake Chad region – MNJTF

The security situation within the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJNTF) Area of Responsibility in the Lake Chad region has improved since the activation of OP YANCIN TAFKI on January 22, an official has said. The force commander, C.O. Ude, also said although confrontations between the military, drawn from affected nations,…

Cross section of participants at the second Lake Chad Basin Governors Forum holding in Niamey.

Lake Chad governors reaffirm commitment to cross-border security

Governors from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), on Wednesday in Niamey restated their commitment to ensuring cross border security and curbing the activities of the Boko Haram. The governors said this in a communique released after the 2nd Lake Chad…

Borno governor, Babagana Zulum

Civilian JTF not a potential security threat — Borno governor

The governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, on Tuesday in Niamey said the Civilian JTF is not a potential security threat in the state as their operation has been 'legalised'. The governor is currently attending the second meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Governors Forum holding in Niamey, Niger Republic,…

Cross section of participants at the second Lake Chad Basin Governors Forum holding in Niamey.

Regional leaders, partners sign $100m ‘stabilisation’ facility for Lake Chad

The Lake Chad basin governors including global partners on Wednesday in Niamey signed a $100 million regional stabilisation facility aimed at ending the humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad. The project is expected to be implemented between September 1, 2019, and August 31, 2021. Governors from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad,…

Prime Minister of Republic of Niger, Brigi Rafini, regional leaders and representatives of partnering agencies at the second Lake Chad Basin Governors Forum holding in Niamey. Pix credit: Tosin Omoniyi

Lake Chad Governors Forum: Borno governor hands over to Nigerien counterpart

The chairman of the Lake Chad Governors Forum and governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has handed over the baton of the forum's leadership to the governor of Diffa, Niger Republic, Mohamed Mouddour. Eight governors from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and Chad are presently meeting in Niamey, Niger, alongside several CSOs…

Prime Minister of Republic of Niger, Brigi Rafini, regional leaders and representatives of partnering agencies at the second Lake Chad Basin Governors Forum holding in Niamey. Pix credit: Tosin Omoniyi

Boko Haram: 2.8 million in dire need of protection, intervention- UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) has said about 2.8 million people are in dire need of protection and humanitarian intervention as the Lake Chad region continues to witness the ravages of the Boko Haram insurgency. The UNDP Regional Director, Bureau for Africa, Ahunna Eziakonwa, said this on Tuesday during…

Prime Minister of Republic of Niger, Brigi Rafini, regional leaders and representatives of partnering agencies at the second Lake Chad Basin Governors Forum holding in Niamey. Pix credit: Tosin Omoniyi

Regional approach needed to defeat Boko Haram- LCBC official

The Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission(LCBC), Mamman Nuhu, has said unless the four nations directly affected by the Boko Haram insurgency collaborate, the move to end insecurity in the region would be fruitless. Eight governors or their representatives from four countries: Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and Chad are…