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Obasanjo Visits Oluwo Of Iwo, Preaches Peace, Unity Among Yorubas

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OBJ-OLUWO-OF-IWOExcitement filled the air in the ancient town of Iwo in Osun State as former President Olusegun Obasanjo Friday, visited the newly-crowned monarch, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi.

The ex-president was received by a mammoth crowd of residents, who were caught unawares by the visit.

The security team attached to the former Nigerian leader reportedly had a hectic time creating way for his convoy to gain entry into the palace due to the heavy presence of residents, who thronged the main gate to receive Mr. Obasanjo.

Speaking at the palace, the ex-president, who described his visit to the town as a necessity, said his coming was aimed at paying homage to the new monarch and strengthening the existing peace among the Yoruba.

Mr. Obasanjo, who also attributed the existing peace, unity, progress and tranquility in Yoruba land to what he regarded as continuous efforts being exhibited by the peace-loving people in the West, said the time had come for all to be united.

The former president hailed Yoruba monarchs for maintaining the peaceful coexistence and mutual relationship among the people, saying the main virtues that can make a nation great are peace and love.

Describing the new Oluwo as an experienced man and distinguished technocrat, the elder statesman said his emergence as Oluwo of Iwo was a clear manifestation of his sincerity and passion for development.

He, therefore, commended the people of the town for brilliantly and painstakingly choosing a man whose antecedents can key into the desired development of his people.

The former Nigerian leader advised the monarch to use his exalted position to reposition the town and foster togetherness among his subjects, Yoruba land and Nigeria as a whole.

“My visit to Iwo is to pay a due homage to the new monarch and as well strengthen the existing peace among we Yorubas, Mr. Obasanjo said.

He continued: “I am here today to show that we Yorubas are one and as far as we are concerned we shall continue to be more united and mutually fostered.

“To me, I believe that nothing is as good as living in peace and I also believe that the existing peace in Yoruba land can only be continually enjoyed if we see the need to be our brother’s keepers and extend love to one another.

“To me, Iwo has chosen a right man as king and I am optimistic that his reign will usher in development, peace, unity, progress and tranquility.

“In view of this, I want the new Oluwo to prioritize peace, unity and togetherness as veritable instruments to culminate all-round success and transformation”.

Obasanjo, therefore, prayed for continuous peace and tranquility in all parts of Yoruba land, Nigeria, Africa and the entire world.

In his remarks, the Oluwo extolled the virtues of the ex-president in keeping peace among the Yoruba nation.

Oba Akanbi, who described Mr. Obasanjo as an agent of peace, promised to continuously maintain the existing peace and place Yoruba’s image on global pages.

The monarch, who expressed delight on the visit, said the presence of the ex-president in the town symbolized the high sense of love, peace and unity reigning among the Yorubas.

He, therefore, reassured his subjects of his total commitment to turning around the economy of the ancient town for the greater benefit of all and well-being of the entire indigenes.

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Zamfara Governor Commiserates With Victims Of Bandit Attack

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Zamfara Governor Commiserates With Victims Of Bandit Attack
Zamfara Governor Commiserates With Victims Of Bandit Attack

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle has commiserated with families of victims of the attack on citizens of Gidan Goga community by armed bandits.

The Governor assured that what is happening in terms of banditry attacks is not a security lapse but a momentary hiccup that will not be allowed to last.

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He said the attack further exposed the desperation of the bandits who are experiencing heavy pressure from the offensive launched by security operatives in recent times.

“I want to assure our law obedient citizens of Zamfara State that the experience we are undergoing will not last. The bandits are experiencing our sustained pressure which they have reacted through cowardly and desperate attacks on innocent citizens,” Matawalle observed.

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First celebrity Limited Edition Smartphone in Sub Sahara Africa: Davido Special Edition of Infinix NOTE 8

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Over the last few weeks, Infinix has floated its candy before the eyes of tech enthusiast intensifying their craving for the soon to be released device. Through several social media posts, Infinix has hinted on the imminent release of the NOTE 8 and we all can’t wait for the device to hit the shelves.

Although the proposed date for the launch in its initial teaser videos and banners have passed without
any launch, we have reasons to believe that the launch will take place sometimes this month.

However, here’s a more interesting news. Infinix is set to be the first smart phone company in sub Sahara Africa to launch a limited edition device with a celebrity. A special edition of the NOTE 8 will be released alongside the primal version of the NOTE 8 and the NOTE 8i. The special edition is  signed by Infinix’s brand ambassador David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido.

The available stock for the special Davido-signed edition is limited. However, interested shoppers can
get one for themselves at exclusive SLOT outlets nationwide and on their website Here. Exciting free
gifts are also available if you’re among the lucky few to buy this device while stocks last.

The Infinix NOTE 8 is targeted at the mid-to-high-end market segment and it comes with several
interesting features. The device on-boards a super-fast processor – the MediaTek Helio G80
processor, which supports ultra-fast gaming speed, stable graphics in-game, easy multi-tasking as
well as an all-round optimal performance.

The device also sports six cameras in total. It comes with a dual selfie camera which is cut out from its
super-wide 6.95inches screen. On the back, the NOTE 8 crams a 64MP super night shot camera for
amazing night shot photographs and other photography needs.

Many of Infinix loyalists and smartphone enthusiasts are already clearing their carts and lining up in
preparation for the launch of the Infinix NOTE 8. Now that there’s a special Davido edition in sight, the
queue might just be doubling up.

To stay ahead of interested shoppers and ensure that you’re one of the first to get your hands on this
special edition of the NOTE 8, follow Infinix on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @Infinixnigeria.

You can also join their community of young and vibrant fans on XClub via the app on your Infinix
device or click on this link to download the app if you’re a non Infinix user.

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The potential for iGaming in Nigeria uncovered

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There is a growing positivity surrounding the Nigerian iGaming industry. As the nation breathes a collective sigh of relief following the announcement of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), it’s hoped that many burgeoning industries such as the world of iGaming can be allowed to flourish and bring much-needed tax revenues to the country.

Many analysts within the iGaming industry believe Nigeria has the potential to become Africa’s iGaming hub. Its domestic market is already forecast to be worth $2 billion, due largely to sports betting and the fascination with Nigerian soccer stars overseas like Odion Ighalo at Manchester United. Meanwhile, the domestic penetration of smartphones is also recognised, with some 83% of the population now owning a mobile device.

Nigeria was also a major focal point during this year’s SBC Digital Summit Africa, which was understandably conducted virtually earlier this month. Ahead of the summit, experts enrolled in the event were asked to vote on which African country offered the best foundations for iGaming operators to thrive. Nigeria outperformed every other nation, with 31% of all votes labelling Nigeria as the country with the highest potential to make a real
success of its domestic iGaming sector.

Even South Africa, which has a well-established domestic iGaming market, ranked second with just 28% of the vote. Prospective Nigerian iGaming operators should certainly take a leaf out of the book of South African iGaming brands, many of which have cultivated a strong customer base through the use of incentives and sign-up bonuses. The vast majority of offers available at platforms like Casinos.co.za, direct gamers to the safest and most reputable
platforms.

One of the main reasons that industry experts believe in Nigeria’s iGaming potential is that it already boasts an engaged target demographic. Many of its young adults are already betting on sports like soccer and boxing, and there is a feeling that introducing them to casino gaming verticals would not be too difficult a stretch. Marry that with a growing number of smartphone users, which is predicted to reach over 140 million people by 2025, and you can
see the potential for iGaming apps and web applications to provide immersive, secure gaming
on the go.

Presently, the country has three separate bodies responsible for licensing online betting activities – the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML) and the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP). At the time of writing, online betting at a domestic Nigerian site is strictly prohibited by law. Loopholes regarding offshore operators make it possible for
Nigerians to play elsewhere, but it seems somewhat short-sighted for the Nigerian government to steer clear of creating its own regulated, revenue-making iGaming industry.

In a nation of substantial population, supporters of developing a domestic iGaming industry in Nigeria believe that the most would be a positive step, creating new career opportunities for everyday people. This could be in customer support, game development or any other facet of an iGaming operator. All the while, generating tax revenues for the Nigerian government and helping to breathe new life into the domestic economy.

There is a general feeling that Nigeria’s gaming industries tend to follow the same path as South Africa’s. The SBC Digital Summit Africa revealed that there has been a “seismic shift” from sports betting markets to casino games in the last eight months, including live dealer tables, that’s according to Sean Coleman, CEO of the South Africa Bookmakers Association.

Live dealer games seemingly “appeal to millennials” across South Africa. Dean Finder, CEO of Evolution Services SA believes the fact that live dealer games are “not gender biased” is an opportunity to reach out to female players, which are an often “unserved market” across Africa.

For these trends to follow suit in Nigeria, operators will need to build further trust in their
games and regulatory measures to curry favour with the country’s legislature.

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