Winners of Three Crown Mum of the Year 2019

L-R: Mrs Omolara Banjoko, Marketing Manager, Three Crowns Milk, Mrs. Abigail Oluwasegun (MOTY’19 Winner), Mrs. Kafayat Salami (MOTY’19 Winner), Mrs. Chinwe Okoroafor (MOTY’19 Winner ), Mrs Omotayo Egberongbe, Junior Brand Manager,Three Crowns and Mr Akeem Audu, Brand Manager, Three Crowns at the Grand Finale of Three Crowns Mum Of Year 2019 campaign.


Three Crowns Milk, from the stables of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC last weekend, held the grand finale of Mum of the Year, where 3 mums won an all-expense-paid trip to Dubai and a year’s supply of Three Crowns products. The event which held at D’ Podium Event Centre, Ikeja featured comedian and compere, MC Bash, performances by A-list music artiste Reekado Banks and a panel of judges comprising Nollywood actresses, Adunni Ade, Belinda Effah and Fitness trainer, Bunmi George.

Mum of the year – an annual competition aimed at celebrating and rewarding Nigerian mothers for the important roles they play in their families and the society at large, had 5 finalists who were selected from a large pool of entries sent in from across the country in a bid to compete for the top 3 positions.

Having competed openly in fitness and witty tasks in the presence of the panel of judges, Mrs, Chinwe Okoroafor (Delta State), Mrs. Abigail Oluwasegun (Lagos State) and Mrs. Kafayat Salami (Oyo State) emerged as top 3 winners; while the other finalists, Mrs. Wala May (Abuja) and Mrs. Peju Akinde (Ogun State) emerged as runners up; each, winning consolation prizes of Kitchen makeover and a range of Three Crowns Milk products worth N500,000.

One of the winners, Mrs. Chinwe Okoroafor praised Three Crowns Milk for paying special attention to health and particularly, the role of mothers.

In her words, “With the records which this brand holds, no one can be surprised at its increasing acceptance and patronage by people across all ages and across all areas in Nigeria. My family and I are for Three Crowns any day”; adding, “The transparency of this competition is very inspiring; the experience has been wonderful to me; and this outcome lifts my soul”. She promised to be an exemplary ambassador of Three Crowns Milk.


The Marketing Manager, Three Crowns Milk, Omolara Banjoko explained that the aim of the campaign is to reward and celebrate every mum for her support and care, and as the heart of the home. She stressed that the campaign is to ensure mums are well taken care of, having done a lot to care for their families at their own expense.


Banjoko further said: “Three Crowns supports families by providing high quality nutrition for mothers and by extension, their families. One of the key things that we have identified is that the foundation of any family is the mother and with them being the foundation, they need to stay fit and healthy which is what Three Crowns truly stands for.”


Three Crowns Mum of the Year campaign debuted in 2015 with Olamide Olaleye emerging as winner, followed by Nkechi Brayila who won in 2016; Oluwakemi Longe in 2017; while three mums (Adaobi Okonkwo, Pauline Pambolo and Jennifer OtoGod) were crowned winners in the 2018 edition.


About FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria

FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC has been a necessary part of most Nigerian homes since 1954 through its iconic brand Peak Milk. Our Company is a multinational manufacturing company and an affiliate of Royal FrieslandCampina of The Netherlands, one of the largest dairy cooperative in the world. Over the years, FrieslandCampina WAMCO has maintained leadership of the Evaporated milk market with its Peak brand. Guided by an inspiring mission, Nourishing Nigeria with quality dairy nutrition, we are unwavering in the provision of quality nutritious milk products to Nigerians


Three Winner Emerge At Three Crowns Mum of The Year Competition

L-R: Mr. Lamidi Adekola, Operations Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, Mrs. Abigail Oluwasegun, MOTY’19 Winner, Mrs. Kafayat Salami, MOTY’19 Winner), Mrs .Chinwe Okoroafor, MOTY’19 Winner , Maureen Ifada, Channel Manager, Modern Trade, FrieslandCampina WAMCO and Mr. Ben Langat, Managing Director, Frieslandcampina, WAMCO at the Grand Finale of Three Crowns Mum Of Year 2019 campaign.


Three Winner Emerge At Three Crowns Mum of The Year Competition

L-R: Mr. Lamidi Adekola ,Operations Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO), Mrs. Omolara Banjoko (Marketing Manager, Three Crowns), Hon Funmi Olotu (SSA to Lagos State Governor on Lottery matters), Mrs. Abigail Oluwasegun (MOTY’19 Winner), Mrs. Kafayat Salami (MOTY’19 Winner), Mrs. Chinwe Okoroafor (MOTY’19 Winner), Mr. Ben Langat Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO and Mr. Chris Wulff-Caesar ,Marketing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO ,at the Grand Finale of Three Crowns Mum Of Year 2019 campaign.


Three Winner Emerge At Three Crowns Mum of The Year Competition

L-R: Mr. Lamidi Adekola, Operations Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, Mrs. Abigail Oluwasegun, MOTY’19 Winner, Mrs. Kafayat Salami, MOTY’19 Winner), Mrs .Chinwe Okoroafor, MOTY’19 Winner , Maureen Ifada, Channel Manager, Modern Trade, FrieslandCampina WAMCO and Mr. Ben Langat, Managing Director, Frieslandcampina, WAMCO at the Grand Finale of Three Crowns Mum Of Year 2019 campaign.


Three Winner Emerge At Three Crowns Mum of The Year Competition

L:R : Mr. Chris Wulff-Caesar, Marketing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, Mrs. Abigail Oluwasegun (MOTY’19 Winner), Mrs. Kafayat Salami (MOTY’19 Winner), Mrs. Chinwe Okoroafor (MOTY’19 Winner) and Mr. Ben Langat Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO at the Grand Finale of Three Crowns Mum Of Year 2019 campaign.


Former president of Sudan Omar al-Bashir to be detained for two years

A court in Khartoum has ruled that former president of Sudan Omar al-Bashir should be detained for two years in a correctional centre for corruption.


The much awaited verdict was one of several cases against the ousted autocrat, who ruled his country with iron hands, until he was ousted in April.


The court ordered the 75-year-old to serve two years in a correctional centre for the elderly.  Bashir, who was toppled by the army in April after months of mass demonstrations, was convicted of graft and “possession of foreign currency”, judge Al Sadiq Abdelrahman said.


“Under the law, those who reached the age of 70 shall not serve jail terms,” the judge said. Bashir will serve his sentence after the verdict has been reached in another case in which he is accused of ordering the killing of demonstrators during the protests that led to his ouster, the judge said.


The court also ordered the confiscation of 6.9 million euros, $351,770 and 5.7 million Sudanese pounds ($128,000) found at Bashir’s home. The ex-president will appeal the verdict, said one of his lawyers, Ahmed Ibrahim. Outside the court, several dozen Bashir supporters protested chanting: “There is no god but God.”


During his trial which began in August, the deposed strongman appeared several times in a metal cage wearing the traditional Sudanese white jalabiya and turban. Bashir, who was toppled by the army in April after months of mass demonstrations, was convicted of graft and “possession of foreign currency”, judge Al Sadiq Abdelrahman said.


Nigerian singer Jaywon loses dad.

Nigerian singer, Jaywon has taken to Instagram to pen down a tribute to his father who he lost to the cold hands of death.


The singer expressed regret that his father didn’t live to see his son Brayden. Jaywon wrote;


“Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.’” Rest well. Didn’t even get to meet @thekingbrayden



Super Falcons drops in FIFA women’s world ranking

Super Falcons yesterday dropped from 36th position to 39th in the latest Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) women’s world ranking released yesterday.

The African champions, who failed to secure a place in next year’s football event of the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, dropped in points from 1643 to 1614, but still retain the spot as the most ranked country in Africa.

USA will finish this year as the one number ranked country with 2174 points, followed by Germany (2078) and The Netherlands (2035) in the third position.

Brazil was able to leapfrog over Japan (11th), and Korea Democratic Republic (12th) to themselves in their familiar terrain as they eventually made it to the top 10 after dropping out in September for the first time in FIFA’s ranking history.

The big moves took place further down the ladder and reflected the fact that CAF and CONCACAF’s Olympic qualifiers have produced the most significant recent upsets.

In the latter region, St Kitts and Nevis’s (127th, up to seven) stunning away victory in Trinidad and Tobago (72nd, down 11) provided the biggest points haul and took the victors through to the final stage of Concacaf’s Tokyo 2020 preliminaries.

Shockwaves were also sent across women’s football by Kenya (133rd, up 10) beating traditional African powerhouses Ghana (60th, down 10) over two legs. The scale of that surprise is reflected in the change in both teams’ ranking, while Congo DR (108th, up 10) – who also enjoyed a double-digit rise – were rewarded for an equally unlikely home win over Cameroon.

This latest edition provides cause for celebration, too, for six countries who improve on their erstwhile record positions, with Belgium (17th, up 1), Chile (36th, up 1), Papua New Guinea (46th, up 1), Slovenia (50th, up 3), Panama (53rd, up 3) and Fiji (65th, up 3) all reaching new highs.


US House of Representatives vote to impeach president for abusing his powers

US lawmakers took the grave step Friday of approving two charges against Donald Trump, setting up a full House of Representatives vote to impeach the president for abusing his powers and obstructing Congress.

Democrats and Republicans in the House Judiciary Committee voted along strict party lines, 23 to 17, appearing somber as they put Trump on track to become only the third US president ever to be impeached.

“Today is a solemn and sad day,” committee chairman Jerry Nadler said after the votes, which were called with surprising speed following a caustic, 14-hour debate the previous day.

The historic votes approved two articles: one charges the president with abuse of power for conditioning military aid and a White House meeting on Ukraine launching investigations into Democrats and obstruction of Congress for his blanket refusal to cooperate with any aspect of the inquiry.

The articles of impeachment will now be considered by the full House, which will vote next week on impeaching Trump.

“The House will act expeditiously,” Nadler said in brief remarks.

The move would trigger a trial of Trump in the Senate, where the Republican majority is expected to protect the president by voting against conviction and removal.

Trump, who rejects the impeachment process as a “witch hunt,” sought to show he was hard at work during the vote, tweeting about a trade agreement reached with China.

But White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham slammed the committee vote as the “shameful end” to a “desperate charade.”

“The president looks forward to receiving in the Senate the fair treatment and due process which continues to be disgracefully denied to him by the House,” she said.

The panel’s fractious debate session Thursday came to a surprising late-night end when Nadler abruptly postponed the votes, saying he wanted to give committee members time to “search their conscience” over the evidence presented against the president.

Startled Republicans bitterly accused Nadler of running a “kangaroo court.” One them, congressman Louie Gohmert, called the proceedings “Stalinesque.”

But Democrats said they did not want to be accused of taking such a momentous action against the president in the dead of night.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who appeared to hold up a pocket copy of the US Constitution as she cast her votes, said she was not acting against Trump as a person.

“It is a vote for the Constitution and for ‘We, the People,’” she said in a statement, quoting the preamble to the charter.

But Republicans have circled the wagons around their president, insisting he has done no wrong and accusing Democrats of dangerous overreach.

“Democrats are attempting to knee-cap our democracy” and have “gravely abused their power,” the Judiciary Committee’s ranking Republican Doug Collins said in a statement.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy branded the process as “nothing more than a political hit-job against the President.”

Both sides were already readying for a Trump trial in the Senate, where the president is protected by a solid Republican majority.

“There is zero chance that the president will be removed from office,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News.

The top Republican in Congress also revealed he will be in lockstep with Trump, regardless of his expected role as an impartial juror in the trial.

“Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with the White House counsel,” McConnell said.

Trump has signalled to aides that he wants a full-throated defence in the Senate, with witnesses testifying in person.

But Republican leaders, mindful of political fallout, indicated they would rather not see the process turn into a drawn-out spectacle.


Britain’s snap election reinforces case for Scottish National Party leader Nicolas Sturgeon

Scottish National Party leader Nicolas Sturgeon said Friday her party’s strong performance in Britain’s snap election reinforced her case for holding a fresh Scottish independence referendum.

“The stunning election win from last night for the SNP renews, reinforces and strengthens the mandate we have from previous elections to offer the people of Scotland a choice over their future,” she said after the SNP picked up 48 out of Scotland’s 59 seats contested in Britain’s election Thursday.

The first Scotland independence referendum failed in 2014 when 55 percent voted in favour of preserving its membership in the United Kingdom.

But Scotland opposed Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union in the 2016 referendum, which looks almost certain after the win for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives.

Sturgeon said Thursday’s outcome gave Johnson a mandate to take England out of the European Union, but not Scotland.

“Given the verdict of the people of Scotland last night, the Scottish government will next week offer a detailed, democratic case for a transfer of power to enable a referendum,” she said.

On the streets of Glasgow, the mood was combative.

“We need to get away from them, we have to absolutely get away from them,” Katrina McKaylor, a bank worker in her 40s, told AFP.

“They don’t even think like us, they are just totally different people and I don’t want to be part of that.”


Former cabinet director of Gabonese President detained

Brice Laccruche Alihanga, former cabinet director of Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba, was detained Friday on embezzlement charges, his lawyer told AFP.

Three other ministers were also set for hearings Friday according to the pro-governmental daily L’Union, something that the prosecutor’s office was not able to immediately confirm.

Laccruche was placed under provisional detention for “embezzlement and money laundering,” his lawyer Anges Kevin Nzigou said.

Laccruche, 39, was named cabinet director in 2017 and rose in prominence after Bongo suffered a stroke in October 2018.

In November, Bongo began to take back control and Laccruche was dismissed, the start of a ramped up drive against corruption in the oil-rich central African state.

Laccruche was first detained on December 3, just after being sacked as a minister without portfolio.

Also arrested was the former director of the National Fund for Health Insurance (CNAMGS), Renaud Allogho Akoue and the former presidential communications Ike Ngouoni, who was regarded as Laccruche’s right-hand man.

L’Union reported that more than 85 billion CFA francs ($142 million / 129 million euros), had disappeared from the funds of the Gabon Oil Company (GOC) over the past two years.

GOC is a state firm run by Patrichi Tanasa, who is close to Laccruche. Tanasa has been in custody since late November.

Judicial officials are interested in the Dupont Consulting Company, a private firm run by Gregory Laccruche, a brother of the former cabinet director, who has been detained as well.

The company is suspected of involvement in the disappearance of GOC funds.


Cyber Security experts calls for more third-party awareness and trainings to mitigate the rising menace of cyberattacks

Cyber Security experts have called for more third-party awareness and trainings to mitigate the rising menace of cyberattacks, adding that third parties in a network system are usually overlooked and that has posed an entry point for new attacks.

According to them, Nigeria is known to be leading in terms of online fraud in Africa, with about $500 billion, which is expected to hit $2trillion by the year 2020.They added that with better configuration, services upscale in the value chain and data domiciliation, cyber attacks would be mitigated.

They made the call during the Cyber Security Workshop Themed: “DDoS Evolution – Staying Protected” organised by the Information Security Society of Africa-Nigeria (ISSAN) in collaboration with 21st Century Technologies Limited in Lagos.

According to research, Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks are getting 300 times bigger, 60 times longer, and five times more complex. These figures mean that attackers are engineering more complex attacks on a larger scale.

President of ISSAN, Dr. David Isiavwe, decried the worsening state of cyber security in the country and called for collaborations to boost the fight. He said: “For those who watch the cyber space closely, you will all agree that there is still a lot happening every day. New forms of attacks are being contrived and implemented by the bad guys and all they need is one successful attempt. We hear of all the various attacks both on individuals and companies alike. Indeed, even the cyber security gate keepers are not spared. And huge sums of money are at risk whenever there is a successful attack. Businesses must take steps to stay protected always.”

Isiavwe, who is also the Group Head Operations & Technology, Ecobank Nigeria Limited, further lamented the fact that everyone and every institution was susceptible to these attacks as social engineering attack is unrelenting.He said data based manipulation-insiders and outsiders is on the rise, attack on card data and card processing technology infrastructure via rogue IT infrastructure, spear phishing attack and combination of different methodologies were rampant.

The ISSAN President, therefore called on all stakeholders to be proactive, create customer awareness activities, continuous and automated monitoring of systems and infrastructure, employment of Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning as well as robotics and data analytics.

On the challenges of DDoS protection, DDoS Security expert, Nexusguard Ltd, Long Lee Shih, said the attack techniques continue to evolve and more difficult to detect, with the growing number of new and zero-day attacks.

According to him, in Q1 2018, there is a record breaking attack powered by massive amplification (Memcached attacks in 51,000 times), while Internet of Things (IoT)-botnet attacks has sky rocked in Q2 2018.

“Perpetrators employed a newly-adopted amplification attack technique called bit-and-piece in Q3 2018 to Q1-Q3 2019. Attacks are now launched towards a diverse pool of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses across hundreds of IP prefixes.

“Why legacy methods fail to address DDoS challenges is because firewall and IDS are not designed to mitigate DDoS attacks; it takes a long time to implement and requires expertise; high costs of purchasing hardware, installation and maintenance, and the extra manpower dedicated to keeping the equipment up and running,” he added.To mitigate this attack, he said the firm has partnered 21CTL to boost capacity into local regions, so that both international and in-country attack traffic can be managed simultaneously.

“It will also address data sovereignty concerns, minimise latency and maintain a good user experience. 21CTL will be the first 100 per cent guaranteed DNS service even against DDoS attacks,” he added.


Google co founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin announces their resignation

Google co founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin have announced that they’re resigning from their day-to-day management roles at Alphabet.

The pair will be succeeded by Sundar Pichai, the current CEO of Google, who will now have “oversight of the conglomerate’s vast array of expensive, futuristic endeavours, such as autonomous cars and new health-care technology,” reports Bloomberg.

“With Alphabet now well-established, and Google and the Other Bets operating effectively as independent companies, it’s the natural time to simplify our management structure,” says Page and Brin in the official announcement. “We’ve never been ones to hold on to management roles when we think there’s a better way to run the company. And Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a President.”

This move doesn’t yet spell their retirement as Business Insider reports that Page and Brin “each own 25.9 per cent and 25.1 per cent of Alphabet’s voting power”, providing the pair with joint majority of the controlling shares. And on Tuesday, Google confirmed that this leadership change would have no impact on the company’s voting structure.

“We are deeply committed to Google and Alphabet for the long term and will remain actively involved as board members, shareholders, and co-founders,” continue Page and Brin. “In addition, we plan to continue talking with Sundar regularly, especially on topics we’re passionate about!”


Nissan’s new boss to restore trust after the scandal over former chief

Nissan’s new boss said Thursday a top priority was to restore trust after the scandal over former chief Carlos Ghosn roiled the Japanese carmaker and its uneasy three-way alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi.

In his first foreign media interview since taking office on December 1, Makoto Uchida told AFP he wanted everything laid bare “without hiding,” as he seeks to regain credibility and sales for the once-mighty auto giant.

“The difficulties of the past may have sometimes left people insecure in terms of what they are doing. So it is my job to go back to the basics,” said the new boss, in a clear reference to the Ghosn scandal that resulted in his arrest over financial misconduct.

Uchida said he wanted everyone in the three-way alliance to “respect each other… understand each other… be transparent, put any problem or issue on the table, without hiding. To show everything.”

“Once we start to do this, definitely the trust will come…. this is one of my first priorities,” stressed Uchida, speaking to AFP on the 21st floor of the Nissan headquarters in Yokohama, in the Tokyo suburbs.

The 53-year-old, who was previously in charge of Nissan activities in China as well as alliance group purchasing, has taken the reins at one of the most difficult moments in the company’s long history.

The new CEO has a mountain to climb to restore Nissan to health in an industry in turmoil, undergoing a once-in-a-generation restructuring.

The firm was last month forced to slash its full-year forecast for both sales and profits, admitting it had been hit by weak demand in Japan, the US and Europe.

This came as Nissan reported its worst first-half results since the global financial crisis a decade ago.

Uchida said he didn’t feel Nissan had been “left behind versus the others” despite recent difficulties but “definitely we have to further enhance our strengths in order for us to keep competitive in the market.”

‘Right product, right market’
Uchida declined to be drawn on the issue of Brexit, stressing that the company was “preparing for what external things may come in the future.”

Former chief executive Hiroto Saikawa resigned in September after an investigation prompted by the Ghosn scandal revealed he was among Nissan executives who received excess pay by altering the terms of a share price bonus.

Uchida inherits the harsh cost-cutting measures Saikawa proposed as a way out of the crisis.

These include reducing dealer incentives and promotions but also cutting global production by 10 percent to 2023 — a measure that means the loss of 12,500 jobs.

The new boss said such plans “always sound like a restructuring” but that actually his strategic priority was to ensure focus on “the right product, the right market for the customers.”

Ghosn says that he was brought down in a “plot” by Nissan insiders because he wanted to bring the Japanese company closer to France-based Renault.

Renault holds 43 percent of Nissan, which in turn has a 15-percent stake in Renault and a 34-percent controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors.

The alliance has always been an “important asset” that has overcome “past incidents,” said Uchida.

The tie-up now has to focus on developing future products together and identifying potential market difficulties for each company, he said.