Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
In line with with the "Inspire the Future Campaign" launched by his foundation, the Chika Chukwumerije Sports Foundation (CCSF), last year, three-time Olympian and Founder/Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Chika Chukwumerije, inspired 172 taekwondo kids between the ages of 4 and 16 years in the art of the game in Lagos, last Weekend.
Parents and members of the public came to watch the martial art maestro inspire
the kids at the event which was held at the Abesan Comprehensive School, Abesan Estate, Ipaja, Lagos.
Included in the events were aerobic drills, plyometric exercises, co-ordination and agility training, basic taekwondo movements, and a mini kiddies' competition.
Special guest of honour and double All Africa Games gold medallist as well as the current Vice-President of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF), Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Binga, was in attendance to witness the inspirational event.
CCSF boss, Chukwumerije, said after the event, "the spread of Taekwondo. nationwide is impressive, but there is a lot of work to be done in transferring the. right kind of knowledge to upcoming Taekwondo athletes across the country."
He commended the instructors for the "fantastic job they were doing at the grassroots level, and encouraged them to take advantage of the National Coaching course the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, led by George Ashiru, would organise in a couple of months, to update their coaching methods"
While celebrating the Easter Sunday mass in Rome, POPE Francis prayed for an end to terrorist attacks in Nigeria, peace in Ukraine and Syria and and an end to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa.
The Holy Father celebrated the Easter mass at an altar set up under a canopy on the steps of St Peter's Basilica in the presence of more than 150,000 faithful - Romans and pilgrims from around the globe who over-flowed the huge St. Peter's square, which was bedecked with row after row of potted daffodils, sprays of blue hyacinths and bunches of
white roses. The pilgrims waved flags from the Pope's native Argentina as well as Brazil, Mexico, Britain, Poland and many other countries.
Pope Francis while noting that this year the Catholic Church's celebration of Easter coincided with that of Orthodox Churches, which have many followers in Ukraine prayed for Ukraine in these words "We ask you to enlighten and inspire the initiatives that promote peace in Ukraine, so that all those involved, with the support of the international community, will make every effort to prevent violence."
Pope Francis also prayed that all sides in Syria will be moved to "boldly negotiate the peace long awaited and long overdue".
He also remembered those suffering in Africa from an epidemic of deadly Ebola in his prayers and urged a halt to "brutal terrorist attacks" in parts of Nigeria.
Sunday, 20 April 2014
To Read the Medallion Episode 1, Click hereStand at the rear in the company of pricksCovered in a cloak as dark as burnt out wicksYour task will come borne by a troll,Penned in ink on a temple scroll.
The golden sunLies Beneath the king of rocksIn the place of skulls
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The golden sunLies Beneath the king of rocks
Monday, 14 April 2014
The Security situation in Nigeria has been played down by political commentators and the citizenry in general due to the lack of bombings and incidents in the federal capital, Abuja and other cities outside the troubled northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa which are under state of emergency since the middle 2013 in a bid to quell the Boko Haram insurgency.
News of Blasts and attacks in these north eastern states are always taken with a pinch of the salt by Nigerian especially those in the southern part of the country. But today's blast in a bus station at Nyanya, an outskirts of the federal capital city, Abuja is a reminder that until all part of Nigeria is safe, Nigerians everywhere are not safe.
Today's attack happened during the morning rush hour when people are in a hurry to board a bus or a taxi to their different places of work. Eye witness reports suggests that the bomb was planted in one of the BRT buses at the crowded bus station. So far, the casualty figures has been placed at around a dozen deaths and many more injured.
The Nigerian Military High command have been applauded recently for their positive offences against the Muslim insurgents in the north east. This blast is coming on the heels of an unsuccessful jailbreak attempt by the Boko Haram insurgents at the headquarters of the department of state security in Abuja last 2 weeks.
Nobody has taken responsibility for the attacks. But the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents have carried out attacks in the capital city of Abuja in 2011
This bomb blast is definitely a setback for president Goodluck Jonathan and the military's push against the insurgents. This blast, however, shatters the illusion that all is well with the security of the country.