Nigeria ranks number 9 in the chart, with 87% people saying religion is very important to them. Below is the chart:
According to the survey, Ethiopians said that the Ethiopian Orthodox Church was a very important part of who they are. Senegal, follows in second place.
Other nations where more than nine in 10 people feel strongly about religion include Indonesia, Pakistan and Burkina Faso. It is clear that religion is more important in developing nations than in the developed ones. The United States seems to be an exception to this as over 50% said religion was important to them.
In many of the world’s economic powerhouses, the number of people who consider religion important is around 20% or less.
For example, in the United Kingdom and Germany only around one in five people said religion was very important in their lives.
1. Saminu Turaki: The former governor of Jigawa state, is wanted by EFCC in connection with a case of criminal conspiracy, stealing, money laundering and misappropriation of public funds to the tune of N36 Billion.
2. Tompolo: The Ex-Delta Militant leader, is wanted in a case of conspiracy, illegal diversion of the sum of N45.9 billion belonging to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA.
3. Iliasu Olanrewaju Abdul-Rauf: The National Coordinator, Federal Civil Service Staff with Disabilities Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Abuja, allegedly collected the sum of N1.7Billion under the guise of awarding contracts for the establishment of rehabilitation centers across the 36 states of the federation.
4. Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina: The former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), is wanted for offenses bordering on procurement fraud and obtaining by false pretense. Maina is allegedly complicit in the over N2 billion Pensions Biometric Scam in the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
5. Kenedy Izuagbe: The Managing Director of Carlisle Properties and Investment Limited, is wanted in a case of Conspiracy and Money Laundering to the tune of over N3.6 billion. In the course of investigation, Izuagbe went underground and all efforts to reach him have proved abortive.
6. Abdullahi Usman Adamu alias Dan China: He is alleged to have received a part payment of $500,000 USD through his company Guroje Mining Company for the supply of 3000MT of Lead Ore to a Chinese Company, Shengjia International (HK) Limited. Three months later, Dan China has not supplied the goods and is presently at large.
7. Olabode Jacob O Obayomi: The owner of Standard Chartered Securities Limited of 116-118, Lagos House, Central Area, Garki, Abuja is wanted in connection with a case of Criminal Conspiracy, Diversion of Public Funds and Breach of trust involving the unauthorized sale of over N251 million worth of stock belonging to Ebonyi State Government.
8. Etim Ekpo Okima: The managing director/ chief executive officer of Etisko BDC, 11, Abibu Oki Street, Lagos Island, Lagos, is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a case of stealing and issuance of dud cheque.
9. Osita Emmanuel Okereke: The DG National Taskforce to Combat Illegal Importation of Goods, Small Arms, Ammunitions and Light Weapon, (aka NATFORCE), is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a case of Criminal Conspiracy and Impersonation. Okereke who was arrested with several incriminating items, including, bulletproof vests has jumped bail.
10. Agbebi Samuel Adebanji: of Hepa Global Energy Limited, 33, Creek Road, Apapa, Lagos, whose photograph appears above, is wanted b for conspiracy and illegal dealing in Petroleum Product. He was on board vessel MT Good Success carrying 1,459 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit, instead of the 350 metric tons of Automotive Gas Oil, AGO, it was licensed to carry.
This sometimes hilarious and dramatic scenes that play out on the streets of Lagos can only be a surprise for first-time visitors to the city.
A real or full blown spectacle will often have most people stop their cars a safe distance while others get close to has a firsthand encounter with what is happening. Welcome to Lagos, a city where you see different crowds assembling for multiple reasons.
JumiaTravel, Africa’s No.1 hotel booking portal identifies five types of crowds you will see in Lagos.
(1) The Wrestling Watchers
This is a sales strategy that many DVD vendors use to attract potential buyers. And of course, they know many people love wrestling. They magnanimously play a DVD of a wrestling match and before you know it, children, young men and adults gather enjoying the match. Don’t amazed, it is Lagos!
(2) The Onlookers
The onlookers are the ones that gather when an unfortunate event happen like an accident, collapse of a building or public fighting. This crowd simply wants to observe what is happening to the end and narrate the unfolding event to friends. The disadvantage of this is that emergency response teams will have a herculean task accessing the scene of the incident. In other cases, the onlookers just wait to observe the entertaining scene.
(3) The Waiting BRT Queue
In the march towards its ambition to become a mega city, the Lagos Government introduced the BRT buses. The project has been very successful as you see different BRT buses ferrying passengers to different destinations in the city. But, the BRT buses are not enough. As a result, you see long queues of persons waiting for these Buses. And this wait can take hours. You dare not shunt the queue unless you want the tired and disconsolate individuals to lambast you. At least the BRT buses are better than the Molue.
(4) The Soccer Spectators
These are passionate soccer fans who take advantage of watching soccer matches at restaurants, beer parlours and even viewing centres. They do not mind standing for a whole 90 minutes to watch their favourite premiership, Spanish, British or Italian teams.
(5) The Religious Outreach Crowd
The religious outreach crowd are the members of a church who move around neighbourhoods with their megaphone accompanied by loud drumming on a mission to preach the gospel.
Mr Tijani Babatunde Folawiyo popularly known as Tunde Folawiyo is a lawyer and a businessman. He is the managing director of Yinka Folawiyo Group and director of MTN Nigeria. According to Forbes, he has an estimated net worth of $650 million.
2. John Olatunde Ayeni
John Olatunde Ayeni was born on April 4, 1967. He is a Nigerian lawyer, investor and business magnate. He holds board positions on companies throughout Nigeria.
In 2011, Ayeni became chairman of Skye Bank, which was formed in 2005 when five commercial banks merged to create a new entity with a balance sheet in excess of â‚¦1 trillion. He is currently worth about $600 million.
3. Adewumi Ogunsanya SAN
Mr Ogunsanya is a managing partner in the law firm of Ogunsanya & Ogunsanya and he is one of the newest senior advocates in Nigeria.
He is also the chairman of several companies like Smile Nigeria, Trocadero Group of Companies, Multichoice Nigeria and a host of others.
Mr Ogunsanya who is a board member of Heritage Bank is reportedly worth over over $250 million.
4. Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim
Jimoh Ibrahim was born on February 24, 1967, same year as Mr Ayeni. He is a lawyer, politician, businessman, and philanthropist.
He is the chairman of Global Fleet Group, which controls such companies as Air Nigeria, NICON Insurance, Nigeria Reinsurance Corporation, NICON Luxury Hotel, formerly Le’ Meridien Hotel and about 8 others. He is reportedly worth about $200 million.
5. Aare Afe Babalola
Afe Babalola SAN, OFR, CON, born 1929, is the founding partner of Afe Babalola & Co (Emmanuel Chambers), one of the largest law firms in Nigeria.
He is also the founder of the popular Afe Babalola University. He has an estimated net worth of $150 million.
6. Wole Olanipekun
Mr Wole Olanipekun SAN, is a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in 2002 and the managing partner of Wole Olanipekun & Co, a firm he founded.
With litigation costs running into several millions of dollars, Mr. Olanipekun is worth an estimated $122 million.
7. Gbenga Oyebode MFR
Gbenga Oyebode is a founder and managing partner of Aluko & Oyebode who also owns a minority shareholding in MTN Nigeria, and sits on the company’s board.
He has an estimated net worth of $120 million and was the former chairman of Access Bank PLC and the current chairman of Okomu Oil and Crusade Insurance.
It is very usual that a boxer will get injuries during his game. It’s a part of the game.
Each and every boxer gets several injuries but some of them become very serious. Even they have suffered for that injury over a long period. But although very rare still many famous boxers have died in the ring.
According to the statistics approx 500 boxers died in the ring till now since the rule Marquis of Queensberry was introduced in the year 1884. Just imagine about the number and how pathetic about the boxers who donated their life for the sake of game.
Here we will be naming few of these boxers who donated their life in boxing.
List of Boxers who have Died in the Ring:
1. Brad Rone:
This incident occurred on 2003 when Brad Rone competed with Billy Zumburn. At the end of the first round Billy gave several punches to Rone and after that as Rone was walking towards the corner he fell down and expired.
2. Leavander Johnson:
An American boxing champion Leavander Johnson died in his dressing room slight after the boxing match in 2005. His match was against Mexican fighter Jesus Chavez. The match was cancelled early by the referee after Leavander got a bunch of punches from the opponent.
3. Benjamin Flores:
Flores was a professional Mexican boxer. In 2009, in a match with Al Seeger he died due to massive brain injury. He was taken from the ring in a stretcher. The match continued till the eighth round.
4. Becky Zerlentes:
Here it is quite different as Becky was a female boxer and she was amateur. She was also a martial artist. In 2005, she was knocked down by Heather Schmitz, where she fell unconscious in the ring and fell down and never woke up. Probably she is the first female boxer to die in the ring.
5. Kim Duk-Koo:
Kim was a South Korean boxer who died in the World championship boxing match against Ray Mancini. After his death some rules were changed by the World Boxing Federation specially the rounds were reduced to 12 from 15.
6. Frankey Campbell:
He was a heavyweight boxer and Italian-American in nature. He was killed by a future heavyweight boxing champion Max Baer in the ring on 1930 in San Francisco. The match continued till the fifth round.
I did not witness the Nigerian Civil war (1968-1970) because I was not born by that time, but I have read a lot about it in addition to listening to eye witness accounts from those who were there and even fought on different sides.
The Igbos lost almost everything during the war. They abandoned their businesses and properties outside Igbo land and moved home for safety reasons as they became easy targets for mischief makers. These assets were mostly forfeited, confiscated or hijacked. This was the era when the term “Abandoned Property” became popular and real.
After the war, they were subjected to further financial and economic hardship, as their bank accounts were credited with a flat rate of 20 pounds irrespective of the volume of Biafra pounds in those accounts, effectively rendering them penniless.
This happened almost fifty years ago, as today the Igbos have moved on with their lives conquering the Nigerian business environment and building large business empires for themselves. Everywhere in Nigeria today, you will find very successful Igbo business men and women making the country proud in their various entrepreneurial pursuits.
How did they do it despite all the setback and challenges?. These should be some of the reasons why they have become a phenomenon in entrepreneurship.
1. Courage: The average Igbo is very courageous and ready to surmount every challenge in the pursuit of anything he sets out to accomplish. They are also very adventurous and ready to relocate to new places despite the inherent risks, as long as they can see opportunities. There is probably at least one Igbo man or woman in every country in the world.
2. Resilience: They focus on opportunities and ignore challenges, this makes them very tough and flexible. The Igbo man will nurture his small business painstakingly taking risks and experimenting and innovating with different strategies until the business begins to boom and flourish.
3. Creativity: I read accounts of how the Igbos improvised and created their tanks and refineries during the civil war. Today the likes of Innocent Chukwuma of Innoson Industries are building cars and fabricating spare parts for the Nigerian Air force. If you still have doubts about the Igboman’s creativity then visit Nnewi and Aba to see how all types of machinery are fabricated.
4. Support system: The have a way of rallying round each other to ensure that their successes are multiplied. You will find all types of Igbo unions, clubs and associations in every city in this country; and even in most countries of the world. They have gone a step further to install Igbo traditional rulers outside their ancestral homes (eg. Eze Ndigbo of Lagos), who will govern their affairs and mediate in crises situations.
5. Apprentice System: Success in Entrepreneurship requires knowledge, mentorship and capital. The Igbos developed their own home grown system of entrepreneurship. This unique form of apprenticeship allows a male family member or community member to spend time and work with another family. During this period, the apprentice will learn the trade of his master and would also receive mentorship. At the end of the agreed period, the master will establish his apprentice; either by setting up a separate business for him, or giving him money or tools to earn a living. This system has helped to spread wealth from the rich to poor in Igbo communities; and many of the big Igbo business men of today went through this system. The likes of Mr Innocent Chukwumma of Innoson Motors, Mr Cosmas Maduka of Coscharis Motors and Chief Alex Chika Okafor of A-Z petroleum are all beneficiaries of this system.
The ex- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who has been in power more than 22 years step down after he attempted to hold on to power forcing the newly elected Adama Barrow to be sworn in at the Gambian embassy in Senegal.
Below is a list of Seven other African leaders who have led for more than 30 years:
In power since: April 1980, when his country gained independence after he coordinated a guerrilla war against white colonial rulers. He first was prime minister, then took the presidency in 1987 — elected by the national assembly — when a new constitution created the office to replace the prime minister’s office.
Current election rules: Five-year terms, no term limits. He has claimed victory in popular votes — sometimes highly controversially — in 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008, and 2013. He is the last living African leader who’s been in power continuously since his country’s independence.
King Mswati III (Swaziland) — 30 years
In power since: April 1986, upon turning 18, nearly four years after the death of his father, the previous king.
No popular election for the king: Swaziland is Africa’s last remaining absolute monarchy, which is hereditary. The country has an elected Parliament, and Mswati chooses a prime minster from among the elected members.
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (Equatorial Guinea) — 37 years
In power since: August 3, 1979, when he toppled his uncle in a military coup.
Current election rules: The president is elected in a majority popular vote for seven-year terms. This leader last claimed victory in an April 2016 election, reportedly with 93.7% of the vote. Opposition members and human rights groups have questioned the elections’ fairness.
Denis Sassou-Nguesso (Republic of Congo) — 33 years, nonconsecutive
In power since: It’s complicated. He first was president from 1979 to 1992, when he was defeated in an election. He returned to power in 1997 during a civil war, eventually standing for and winning a presidential election in 2002.
Current election rules: Majority popular vote. Up to three five-year terms, though a 2015 constitutional referendum allowed Sassou-Nguesso to forgo the limits, according to Freedom House, a US nonprofit that promotes democracy. The last election was in March 2016.
Jose Eduardo dos Santos (Angola) — 37 years
In power since: September 1979, when he was elected the ruling party’s leader upon the previous president’s death.
Current election rules: Under terms of a constitution approved in 2010, the leader of the party that wins a popular parliamentary vote is president for five years. Dos Santos’ party won elections in 2012, so under the new rules, he started the first of a possible two terms. The election was Angola’s third since it gained independence from Portugal in 1975, as it was often wracked by civil war.
Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) — 31 years
In power since: January 1986, when Museveni, a guerrilla leader and former defense minister, ousted a military regime.
Current election rules: Majority popular vote for five-year terms, with no term limits. Museveni held the presidency for 10 years before he was chosen in the country’s first direct presidential election in 1996. After his re-election in 2001, Parliament removed presidential term limits in 2005. He was elected for a fifth term in February 2016.
Paul Biya (Cameroon) — 34 years
In power since: November 1982, when the then-prime minister succeeded a president who resigned.
Current election rules: Majority popular vote for seven-year terms. Last elected in October 2012. No term limits.
The return of Big Brother Naija is already causing excitement and eliciting heightened conversation among Nigerians on social media.
Every Sunday, a housemate will be evicted by public vote and will leave the Big Brother house. At the end of the reality TV show, the last housemate standing will win N25million and a brand new KIA Sorento car.
2. MADAGASCAR: On March 17, 2009 Andry Rajoelina seizes power from then president Marc Ravalomanana with the backing of the military.
3. TUNISIA: On January 14, 2011, under massive popular pressure, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali flees to Saudi Arabia with his family after 23 years in power.
4. EGYPT: On February 11, 2011, after widespread protests, Hosni Mubarak resigns, ending his 30-year reign and handing power to the army.
On July 3, 2013, the military ousts Egypt’s first democratically-elected leader, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi, after large demonstrations against his one-year rule.
5. IVORY COAST: On April 11, 2011 Laurent Gbagbo is arrested after a more than four-month crisis due to his refusal to recognise the victory of Alassane Ouattara in the 2010 presidential election.
He is captured after 10 days of fighting in the economic capital Abidjan, during which the presidential residence is bombarded by UN and French forces.
6. LIBYA: On October 20, 2011, dictator Moamer Kadhafi is captured and killed while trying to flee Sirte, his home town and the last major city to fall nine months after NATO-backed rebels rose up against his regime.
7. MALI: On March 22, 2012, mutinous soldiers led by Captain Amadou Sanogo overthrow the Bamako government and detain President Amadou Toumani Toure, precipitating the fall of the north to Islamist rebels allied with Al-Qaeda.
8. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: On March 24, 2013, General Francois Bozize flees after 10 years in power when rebels from the Muslim-dominated group Seleka seize the presidential palace in Bangui. The Seleka are ousted in January 2014.
9. BURKINA FASO: On October 31, 2014 president Blaise Compaore flees the country after being ousted in a revolt sparked by his efforts to extend his 27-year hold on power.
Eight men now control as much wealth as the world’s poorest 3.6 billion people, according to a new report from Oxfam International.
The men — Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Amancio Ortega, Larry Ellison and Michael Bloomberg — are collectively worth $426 billion, the anti-poverty group said on Sunday.
“Such dramatic inequality is trapping millions in poverty, fracturing our societies, and poisoning our politics,” said Paul O’Brien, Oxfam America’s Vice President for Policy and Campaigns.
The release of the group’s annual inequality report coincides with the World Economic Forum in Davos. The annual meeting in the Swiss mountain resort brings together political and financial leaders and some of the wealthiest people in the world.
The Oxfam report said that the richest 1% has owned more wealth than the rest of the planet since 2015. In the U.S., the richest 1% control 42% of the wealth.
The study draws from Forbes’ annual list of billionaires and Credit Suisse’s Global Wealth Databook.
It has been four years since the WEF identified rising economic inequality as a major threat to social stability. But Oxfam said the problem is just getting worse.
“Despite world leaders signing up to a global goal to reduce inequality, the gap between the rich and the rest has widened,” it said.
The report said that seven out of 10 people live in a country where inequality has worsened over the past three decades. And over the past 25 years, the top 1% has gained more income than the bottom 50% put together.
“Far from trickling down, income and wealth are being sucked upwards at an alarming rate,” the report said.
There’s also a big gender disparity. Of the 1,810 dollar billionaires around the world, 89% are men.