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I Want To Be Africa’s Biggest Philanthropist — Aliko Dangote

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Billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote, says besides being Africa’s richest man, he also wants to be known as the biggest philanthropist on the continent.

This, he explained, was the motivation for the Aliko Dangote Foundation, on which platform a total of N2.5bn had been disbursed to 256,500 women across Kano, Lagos, Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

According to a statement on Sunday, Dangote said this at the weekend during the inauguration of the foundation’s “one-off and unconditional micro-grants” programme in Niger State.

The scheme, according to the statement, targets 25,000 disadvantaged and vulnerable women in Niger State, who will each be given N10,000 cash “to boost their household income generation.”

Dangote, at the programme, which held at the Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna, said his foundation had earmarked N10bn for the empowerment of vulnerable women in the 774 local government areas of the country.

“I do not only want to be known as Africa’s richest man, but the biggest philanthropist.

“I will continue to use my resources and my voice to help shape a better Nigeria, and Africa as a whole,” the businessman said.

The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, while lauding Dangote for his generosity, urged the beneficiaries of the N10,000 cash “to use it to start small businesses so the foundation would be pleased to do more.”

The governor urged other well-meaning Nigerians to emulate Dangote’s good gesture to make positive impact on the society.

The Executive Director, Aliko Dangote Foundation, Hajiya Halima Aliko-Dangote, said the foundation was poised to help lift the status of women in the country.

“If you empower a woman, you empower the whole nation,” she said.

The Managing Director of the foundation, Zouera Yussouffou, said the micro-grant scheme was one of the foundation’s four focuses, with others being health and nutrition; education; economic empowerment and disaster relief.

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Ruth Kadiri Raises Alarm Over Unavailability Of Vaccines For Children

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Nollywood actress Ruth Kadiri is raising awareness concerning the lack of essential vaccines for children in some Nigerian hospitals. Kadiri recently shared her experience on Instagram. She revealed that she took her daughter to the hospital for routine vaccinations but was turned away due to a shortage. The specific vaccines her daughter needed were for cholera, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox).

She wrote,

“My nurse just informed me that there are no vaccines for babies at the hospital!!! Mothers, are you facing the same Vaccination issues? Federal Government, please look into this. My daughter needs her immunization. One year and counting.”

 

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This encounter prompted Ruth Kadiri to use her platform to call on the Nigerian government to intervene. Vaccines play a crucial role in protecting children from preventable diseases, and their absence can have serious consequences.

By sharing her story, Kadiri is hoping to shed light on this public health issue and urge the authorities to take action. This will ensure these vital vaccines are readily available for all children in Nigeria.

The MMR vaccine is a superhero, protecting children from four nasty diseases: measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox). To make sure this protection is extra strong, it’s actually given in two doses.

The first dose is typically given to babies between 9 and 15 months old. Then, to ensure long-lasting immunity, a second dose is given when they are between 15 months and 6 years old. There needs to be at least a 4-week wait between the two doses for them to work best.

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Uzor Arukwe Says Actors Need To Learn To Accept Criticism

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In a recent interview with Top Charts Africa on May 27, 2024, Nollywood actor Uzor Arukwe opened up about the importance of criticism.

He emphasised that criticism, rather than being something to shy away from, is actually a valuable tool for self-improvement. Arukwe believes that constructive criticism can help us learn and grow as individuals.

I love criticism and feedback because it helps you to become a better actor. You can’t be an actor if you’re not open to criticism,” he said.

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“Nigerian Idol” Season 9 Heats Up With Top 10 Live Performances

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Nigerian Idol season 9 got even hotter yesterday! The remaining contestants battled it out on stage with live performances.

Remember the judges’ tough call last week? Lammy and Japh Kenti were tied for the final spot in the Top 10. Well, Lammy pulled ahead and joined the other nine singers who advanced.

Now, the competition is heating up with the official Top 10! Jennifer Ugomu, David Garland, Chima, Mira Clear, Gracia, Stevie, Chioma, Lammy, Lady Ruth, and Maio all took the stage.

They sang a mix of everything, from Harry Styles’ “Falling” to powerful hits like “Never Enough” and “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman.

The crowd went wild for their amazing vocals and stage presence! You can see all the performances yourself below. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite singer to keep them in the running!

1. Jennifer Ugomu

Jennifer absolutely stole the show! She belted out a powerful performance of Andra Day’s inspiring song “Rise Up,” a song that was nominated for a Grammy and is all about hope. Her vocals were incredible!

2. David Garland

David Garland turned up the heat with his performance. He took a surprising turn towards pop music and completely wowed the judges with his own powerful version of Harry Styles’ song “Falling.” It was an impressive and unexpected choice that left everyone speechless!

3. Chima

It was Chima’s night to shine! He took the stage and showed off his amazing vocal range with a soulful performance of Teddy Swims’ hit song “Lose Control.” This chart-topping song is a favourite online, and Chima absolutely nailed it!

4. Mira Clear

Mira Clear proved she’s a true songbird with her performance! She focused on every technical detail to deliver a powerful and controlled version of Sia’s inspirational song “Unstoppable.” It was a show-stopping performance that left everyone wanting more.

5. Gracia

Gracia brought down the house with her powerful vocals! She belted out an amazing cover of David Guetta and Sia’s hit song “Titanium,” a real dance floor banger from 2011. Her performance was energetic and unforgettable!

6. Stevie

Stevie delivered a beautiful performance! He showcased his smooth vocals, perfectly blending them with the gentle piano melody of “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman. It was a sweet and touching rendition of the song.

7. Chioma

Chioma stunned the audience with her breathtaking performance of “Never Enough” from The Greatest Showman. The song is a beautiful ballad, and Chioma wasn’t afraid to be vulnerable in her delivery. This raw emotion made her performance even more powerful and left everyone in awe.

8. Lammy

Everyone considers John Legend’s “All of Me” a must-have for any wedding playlist. It’s become a classic love song for couples everywhere.

On Nigerian Idols, Lammy delivered a show-stopping performance of the song, pouring his heart out with so much emotion that it captivated the audience.

9. Lady Ruth

Lady Ruth took on a huge challenge with her performance! She tackled Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love,” a song known for its high notes, powerful runs, and unique vocals.

Lady Ruth showed off her amazing technique as she hit all the right notes, from the high belts to the breathy whispers. It was a show-stopping performance!

10. Maio

Maio’s song choice was a bit different! He performed “Ojuelegba” by Wizkid. It’s a chill summer vibe kind of song, and Maio knew it was all about capturing the smooth, warm tone of the original.

He focused on staying perfectly on key and delivering a relaxed performance that had the audience swaying along. Even though there weren’t any high notes to hit, it was still a successful and memorable performance!

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Don’t forget to vote for your Nigerian Idol season 9 favourite performances here.

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