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TOSIN OMONIYI is an assistant editor with PREMIUM TIMES. He has been assigned to the Standards Desk of the medium as a copy editor. Pioneer editor of the Aljazirah Nigeria Newspapers (online), he has worked in different editorial capacities (editorial, investigative reporting, features) in national dailies such as Leadership, Daily Trust, Nigerian Newsworld and the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, (ICIR) before coming to PREMIUM TIMES. A member, International Journalists Network, (IJNET), he has undergone investigative reporting trainings sponsored by ICIR/Ford Foundation, Media Trust and others and also won awards, mostly, 'Best Reporter/Features Writer of the Month', while at Daily Trust. When not writing/editing/mentoring, he can be found honing his skills on stage as an actor.

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Winners of IT agency scholarships allege fresh plans to deny them awards

Again, 43 young Nigerians whose awarded scholarships were ‘withdrawn’ under controversial circumstances by the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA Post-Graduate Scholarship Scheme have cried out against perceived moves to deprive them of the opportunity. PREMIUM TIMES had in September reported how the young Nigerians were left in the lurch…

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Digital money, bitcoin, crosses $15,000 threshold

A cryptocurrency, Bitcoin’s value crossed the $15,000 threshold on Thursday for the first time today, marking another milestone in its dizzying ascent. Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency and worldwide payment system. It is the first decentralised digital currency – the system works without a central repository or single administrator. In recent…

More Nigerians taking own lives amid ‘economic, mental decline’

Many would perhaps argue that reported cases of suicides across Nigeria in recent months is not a trend but an increasing focus on these tragic occurrences by the media. However, the cases that have attracted public attention lately seem to be taking a disconcerting trend. On October 21, the body of…

Writers, artistes, books lovers storm Ibadan for ‘literary feast’

A not-for-profit organisation, Words Rhymes & Rhythm, has announced that the third edition of its annual WRR Literary Festival tagged ‘FEAST OF WORDS’ will hold on December 16 in the ancient city of Ibadan, Oyo State. A statement by its organisers sent to PREMIUM TIMES said for the third year…

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Helon Habila, Maaza Mengiste named The New American Voices award judges

Nigerian novelist and poet, Helona Habila and Ethiopian-American writer, Maaza Mengiste, have been announced as judges for the Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award. The novelists will preside over submissions alongside Booker and Baileys Prize finalist Madeleine Thien, a release by brittlepaper.comindicated on Saturday. The Institute for Immigration Research…

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Why we are resuming our protest marches to State House – #BringBackOurGirls

The Bring Back Our Girls Group, #BBOG, has said it would resume its daily protest marches on Tuesday to the State House, after its brief hiatus, to remind the government that it is yet to rescue 113 Chibok girls that were kidnapped on April, 14, 2014.   The group said…

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National creative writing competition for children kicks off

A publishing outfit, MyRainbowBooks Limited, in partnership with E-Gaps, a non-governmental outfit, is organising another round of the National Creative Writing Competition for children in Nigeria. The competition, which is annual and free-to-enter, is in its fourth year. A press statement issued on behalf of the organising team by Isang…

2014 national conference Nigeria’s best — Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said the nation would be able to overcome its numerous challenges if it could use some of the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference.  Mr. Jonathan, who inaugurated the conference on March 17, 2014 while he held sway as president, said the conference 'was still…

Kazuo Ishiguro wins 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature

Renowned English author, Kazuo Ishiguro, on Thursday won the globally acclaimed Nobel Prize in Literature for what the prize committee in Sweden described as ‘‘works that uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.” In an event monitored on BBC, the committee said that Mr. Ishiguro,…

Five winners emerge in Ecuador-Nigeria writing contest

Five winners have emerged from the Ecuador-Nigeria Young Writers Short Story contest which held under the banner of the Abuja Writers' Forum, AWF and the Ecuadorian government. The writers include Jude Valentine Badaki,Tunde Ososanya, Harry Nzube Nlebedim, Blessing Akinsehinwa and Jojo Altine Elhassan. At the June 24 Guest Writer Session,…

BuzzFeed Announces 2018 Emerging Writers $14,000 Fellowship

Three budding writers will have an opportunity to win $14,000 each and also get mentorship as the Buzzfeed Emerging Writers Fellowship has commenced the 2018 edition of the usually keenly contested competition. BuzzFeed is a leading independent digital media and tech company which delivers news and entertainment content to a…

Abuja writers host Henry Akubuiro, Mike Ekunno In monthly reading session

Two Nigerian writers, Henry Akubuiro and Mike Ekunno, will feature at the September 30 edition of the Guest Writer Session, a monthly initiative of the Abuja Writers’ Forum, AWF, which holds at the Aso Hall of Nanet Suites, Ekiti House, Abuja. Henry Akubuiro is a journalist, novelist, juvenilia author and…

Prolific writer Oyeyemi shortlisted for BBC short story award

A prolific British writer, Helen Oyeyemi, has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award. Ms. Oyeyemi, born on December 10, 1984, is a novelist and writer of short stories. One of her stories, “If a Book Is Locked There’s Probably a Good Reason for That, Don’t You Think? ” which has…

After Revoking 43 Scholarship Awards, NITDA Invites Awardees For Fresh Selection Process

The 43 young Nigerians whose post-graduate scholarship awards were cancelled by the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, have been asked to undergo a new selection process. PREMIUM TIMES had reported how the awardees had been left in a state of shock after the awards were withdrawn by the agency…

2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival holds November

The fifth edition of Ake Arts and Book Festival will take place at the Arts and Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta between November, 14-18, 2017. According to a statement released by its organisers, this year's theme is 'This F-Word' and 'conversations will focus largely on creative women doing amazing things both…

Anger, shock as NITDA cancels scholarship awards to 43 Nigerians

A total of 43 young Nigerians have been left in the lurch after scholarships they won under the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA Post-Graduate Scholarship Scheme was suddenly withdrawn under controversial circumstances. PREMIUM TIMES understands that the scholarship scheme is aimed at promoting competency and proficiency amongst Nigerians in…

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Boko Haram: Report Warns Of Dangers Of ‘Abandoning’ Local Vigilante

Nigeria’s North-east could suffer further criminality and insecurity, if the federal government fails to invest in exit programmes for thousands of vigilantes who have helped in fighting Boko Haram insurgents, the International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned. In a new report titled Vigilantes: Double-edged Sword in African Counter-insurgencies, based on…

French, German cultural missions organise training for Nigerian film animators

This year, as part of the Franco-German Cultural Fund, the diplomatic and cultural missions of France and Germany in Nigeria will be organising two parallel workshops on film animation in Lagos and Abuja. A statement issued by the Institut Français du Nigeria said the focus this year is “in response…