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The race for the 2016 Maltina Teacher of the Year has sparked huge expectation and excitement as four female and six male teachers are in the final battle for who will be named the best teacher in Nigeria on October 20th, 2016.

The ten finalists, who emerged on September 29th, 2016 from the pool of state champions include: Omole Sylvester Folorunsho from United High School, Ilawe Ekiti State; Maureen Paulinus, an Agricultural Science teacher from Jewel Model School, Abuja; Patrick Ogor Lawrence from Government Day Secondary School, Adankolo, Lokoja, Kogi State; Onwukwe Ernest Onyebuchi from Alvana Model Demonstration Secondary School, Owerri, Imo State; and Agbu Cornelia Nnemdi from Nnosem Comprehensive School, Afikpo, Ebonyi State.

Others are Oyimba Cordelia Ebele, from Western Boys High School, Benin City, Edo State; Mohammed Binta Lawan, Federal Government College, Maiduguri, Borno State; Imoh Essien, from Special Education Center for Exceptional Children, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State; Isaac Pef, from Government Day Secondary School, Wukari, Taraba State; and Yusuf Kadala, from ECWA Academy, Demsa, Adamawa State.

The teachers are in the final phase of the screening ahead of the grand finale where the winner will be crowned in Lagos on October 20th.

Lawan, an English Language teacher was the First Runner-Up in the maiden edition last year.  She explained that her commitment to service and desire to make students productive are her main reasons for being part of the competition. She also expressed her gratitude to Nigerian Breweries Plc for being forerunners of a cause that seek to re-orient the nation towards the teaching profession.

Essien, a teacher of Computer, Basic Sciences and Physical Education revealed that he draws his inspiration for teaching from his fun loving personality through which he is able to be of immense help to children with special needs. He added that being a teacher who deals with specially challenged children can be a tough task if the teacher is not well equipped emotionally and mentally for the job. “Nigerian Breweries is doing well to recognize teachers who help shape the future of our societies,” he said.

Folorunsho, who started as an auxiliary teacher says that he is delighted and proud to have emerged as one of the finalists this year. According to him, “the teaching profession in Nigeria is bedeviled by so many uncertainties which can make or mar students through the teachers input. So I think Nigerian Breweries Plc is helping to bridge this gap by motivating, encouraging and celebrating the profession.”

Paulinus, an Agricultural Science teacher who said she entered the competition to encourage other teachers explained that teaching is “a call to serve, a call to plant and nurture seeds that will later germinate to make positive impact on the society.”

Lawrence, also an Agricultural Science teacher gave kudos to Nigerian Breweries Plc for trying to reorient teachers towards the value of their profession.

Onyebuchi, a Chemistry teacher says being one of the finalists inspired hope and confidence in him because it means people are mindful of the things he does that affect them one way or the other.

Nnemdi, another English Language teacher who was among the finalists last year believes she will do better this year. “I can do better now, so I decided to try again to take advantage of this opportunity Nigerian Breweries Plc is championing,” she said.

Ebele, a Cultural and Creative Arts teacher believes that her pedigree in teaching has earned her the recognition to be part of the finalists this year. She commended Nigerian Breweries Plc for the initiative.

Pef, another Agricultural Science teacher and Kadala, a Business Studies teacher opine that being a teacher is a privilege because it creates a platform to learn, as well as interact with your students which adds to your knowledge.

Like last year, the Maltina Teacher of the Year 2016 will get one million Naira instantly, plus one million Naira every year for the next five years. The package also includes a development training opportunity abroad and a block of classrooms to be built at the school where he/she teaches

The Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative with prizes worth N50 million annually, is done on the platform of the Nigerian Breweries/Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund. The Trust Fund was established in 1994 to contribute to the development of the educational sector in the country.

Last year, a teacher from Anambra State, Mrs. Rose Nkemdilim Obi emerged winner at the maiden edition of the Maltina Teacher-of-the-Year.

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Tony Elumelu Foundation Disburses First Tranche of $5m Partnership Commitment from African Development Bank

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Tony O. Elumelu, CON, has congratulated the African Development Bank (AfDB), and AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina, on their commitment to African entrepreneurship, with the disbursement of $2.5million seed capital to the AfDB-sponsored beneficiaries of the 2019 TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. $2.5m was released today, with the remainder expected to be disbursed to the entrepreneurs in Q12020.

The AfDB commitment follows the recent $8.5 million disbursements from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to 2,648 entrepreneurs in the Sahel region and Africa more broadly and further accelerates the economic empowerment generated by the Tony Elumelu Foundation. In 2019, the Foundation significantly increased the scale and reach of it impact, with the number of beneficiarieof its flagship Entrepreneurship Programme rising from its annual commitment of 1,000 to 5,150, in collaboration with global and African partners.

 With its commitment to strengthen small and medium-sized enterprises and develop young entrepreneurs, AfDB joined the growing list of global development institutions benefiting from the Tony Elumelu Foundation’s unique model of identifying, training, mentoring and funding entrepreneurs and start-ups across Africa. The partnership demonstrates the implementation of the AfDB’s ten-year “Jobs for Youth in Africa” strategy, launched in 2016, to support the creation of 25 million meaningful jobs across the continent.

The partnership illustrates TEF’s willingness to share its infrastructure and know-how, with others who share the mission to empower young African entrepreneurs and TEF’s goal of creating millions of jobs, as well as generating

 billions in revenue, to catalyse economic growth across the continent.

The Foundation is currently accepting applications to the 2020 cohort of its flagship Entrepreneurship Programme on TEFConnect.com, Africa’s digital hub for entrepreneurs.

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Dangote Farms Commissions Tomatoes Nursery To Provide Seedlings For Farmers

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In a bid to make Nigeria self-sufficient in tomato production, Dangote Tomatoes Processing Limited, owned by the younger brother of Africa’s richest man, Sani Dangote, has unveiled a N2.8 billion greenhouse nursery in Kano to supply the best quality tomato seedlings to Nigerian farmers.

Speaking on the project, Sani Dangote said the nursery is designed to use the automated Pat Moose planting technology, the first of its kind in Nigeria and has the capacity to process 350 million tonnes of hybrid tomato seedlings per season enabling the planting of 12,000 hectares of tomato farm. The pat moose process takes three weeks before proceeding to the next stage reducing the whole process of growing tomatoes to just 3 months.

He stated that Nigeria consumes about 2.3 million tonnes of tomatoes annually and with the establishment of the nursery, “we have created a capacity to triple tomato production, attaining self-sufficiency in tomato production as well as a potentially exporting surplus to neighboring countries.

“Furthermore, this nursery will produce the highest quality tomato seedling available meaning that the farmers can grow the highest yield tomatoes. Currently, the yields produced by Nigerian farmers are less than the global standard. As a result, farmers will be able to earn more income from selling higher volumes of harvests each season.

“Nigeria is on a trajectory to becoming self-sufficient in rice, tomatoes and poultry production. This means that millions of jobs will be created for her citizens.”, Sani Dangote explained.

The African continent imports $40 billion of food annually despite having 65% of the world’s arable land. The public-private model on-going in Nigeria could be adopted by other African countries to also attain self-sufficiency in food production.

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Tony Elumelu Donates Technology Centre To AAU

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Chairman of UBA Group, Tony O. Elumelu, has made the donation of a multipurpose information technology center to his alma mater, Ambrose Ali University.

Through the UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), Elumelu has championed the construction of a state-of-the-art multipurpose information technology building, which will benefit the students of Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, Edo State. The hall, to be named The Tony O. Elumelu multipurpose hall, is furnished with computers, desks, and chairs measure 839 square meters and have adjoining offices and conveniences.

Elumelu highlighted his motivation: “Education is crucial to Nigeria’s human capital – whether our young people join our national institutions, the private sector or, as I did, take the entrepreneurial path, no one can afford to be cut off from the digital world. It has been a personal mission to ensure that the hall was delivered to specification, for the benefit of the students at the AAU. Success brings with it the duty to give back, and I am just grateful that I am now in a position to meaningfully help the next generation”.

The multipurpose hall was formally handed over to the University, at a ceremony attended by members of the University’s governing council and staff, led by Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ignatius Onimawo.

Speaking at the commissioning, UBA’s Directorate Head, South Bank, Mr. Chris Ofikulu, who represented the UBA Group Chairman, highlighted the contribution of UBA, through its Foundation, to education and development across Africa.

‘As a pan-African bank, operating in 20 countries across our continent, UBA is committed to being a socially responsible institution, and a role model for businesses in Africa. The UBA Foundation actively promotes the socio-economic improvement of the communities in which UBA operates, with a particular emphasis on development in the areas of “Education, Environment, and Economic Empowerment”. We believe in intervening and building capacity within communities, facilitating projects that will act as catalysts for social and economic development’ he stated.

“Tony Elumelu is a product of this great university and is conscious of the need to give back and there is no substitute for world-class educational infrastructure, and this is what has informed the construction of these facilities, that will help equip the future leaders of our great nation Nigeria,” he said.

The AAU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ignatius Onimawo, who expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards the gesture by the UBA Group Chairman, noted that one of the most pressing needs of the University for 2020 had been met, and thanked UBA and Mr Elumelu.

He challenged students to make proper use of the facilities provided by UBA and to ensure that they emerge great leaders and mentors like Elumelu, whose commitment to catalyzing entrepreneurial growth across Africa, through the Tony Elumelu Foundation, and institutionalizing African philanthropy, had created a strong positive role model. ‘We at Ambrose Ali university are so proud of our son Tony Elumelu and every time we see him doing good across Africa, we feel joy and accomplishment’ said Onimawo.

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