Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Alhaji Ismaila Isa Funtua Covers Apples Bite International Magazine May Edition

Renowned Second Republic Minister, Statesman, Magnate and Administrator Alhaji Ismaila Isa Funtua, has been revealed as the May Edition cover personality of popular society and culture magazine, Apple's Bite International Magazine.

The May edition which was dubbed the 'Covid-19 Edition: Creating Shared Inspiration in a Fractured World', featured Alhaji Funtua in the Leadership 360° segment.

The exceptional leadership qualities of the national hero were brought to fore, and his journey through humble beginning, and rise to the zenith were spotlighted.

He is celebrated as a rear breed worthy of inspiration, for the crop of emerging leaders, in a society that is riddled with fractured integrity.

Article: Seunmanuel Faleye

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The Chinese have a common illustration they make about how rear it is to find a distinguished general among a battalion. Although, an English rendition might not do justice of interpretation to the Mandarin aphorism, notwithstanding, I’ll attempt a literal translation.

'Thousand army easy obtain; one general hard request,' a simple translation of this would mean, although, it is easy to find thousands of soldiers, however, there is difficulty spotting an outstanding leader among them.

For ardent political observers in Nigeria, you will bear me witness that the name Alhaji Ismaila Isa Funtua is an ivory institution in the country’s political parlance, having seen more days with political antecedents spanning over 50 years, and still relevant in the current scheme of things, you will agree that the crop of green horn politicians the country currently boast should sit by Alhaji Funtua’s feet by moonlight to learn the ropes of politics.

Alhaji Funtua is a political veteran, and we have decided to celebrate this statesman of character and admirable personae, whose life both in the private and public sphere beams exemplary leadership on all front.

His achievements as a businessman, media patron, administrator and nation builder par excellence stands him out exceptionally from a mammoth crowd.

While the country is bedeviled by statesmen with leadership deficit, Alhaji Funtua is one of the few that the Chinese proverbial military general describes as hard to come by.

Regarded as one of the most powerful men in the country today, who is not only friends with President Muhammadu Buhari, but also one of the trusted elites in the president’s inner circle.

Donkey’s years ago, as a young man, garbed with his aspiration and tenacity to defy the odds, Funtua picked his first work appointment at the Katsina Native Authority, and stayed on the job for about seven years.

Between 1979 and 1983, a phase in Nigeria's history known as the second republic, Funtua served the country as Minister of Water Resources under the Alhaji Sheu Shagari regime.

With political antecedents and public service life, Alhaji Funtua has made choices believed to be in the best interest of Nigerians collectively.

One of such audacious decisions informed his establishment of the Democrat Newspapers during military dictatorship in the 80s.

The newspaper would refuse to be intimidated or quiet down by the tyranny and decrees restraining freedom of speech.

Alhaji Funtua's unwavering resolute for the good of society informed his stance against the numerous acrimonious plots to silence the voice of reasoning of the people during the regime of the Late General Sani Abacha.

His perceived stubbornness would go to put his life on the brink back then, when he became tipped for Late Abacha's hit-list.

He was number 13 on the list of targets of the late head of state.

The Katsina State born political gladiator, between 1994-1995, was among the eminently selected 37 man committee for the Constitutional Conference that charted a direction for the country on numerous national issues, including establishing the zoning and rotational presidency between the North and South and ensuring it gets entrenched in the constitution.

Unlike run off the mill politicians, who consider personal gains, and ensure their longevity in public office was protected while taking decisions of public concerns, Alhaji Funtua, through the years, has proven to be a true statesman who holds national objective and public interest highly above anything else in decision making.

It might interest you to note, that the last name of this rear breed is the same as the name of his native local government of origin, Funtua, which happens to be one of the premiere local governments of Katsina State.

Funtua Local Government Area was created in 1967 and is under Katsina South senatorial district. The predominant occupation of the people of the community are animal rearing, trading and agriculture.

On that account, it is not out of place to say the popularity of this esteemed Nigerian made his native local government popular, as most people would likely not have heard of that place but for him.
In his academic pursuit, Alhaji Funtua was a pioneer student of the Federal Training Centre, in his home state, and went on to earn a degree as an Administrative Officer at the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria. He proceeded to earn another degree as an Administrator from the Manchester University, UK.
He was the Monitor General of the Course 9 of the prestigious National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru.
He would then move to be appointed by the Northern Region Government as Personnel Manager of the 10,500 strong United Nigerian Textile Company, Kaduna.
It is safe to allude that his career path in industrial production broadened his interest in business, he then rose to become a serial multi-sectorial investor and successful entrepreneurial.
Funtua is the founder and chairman of Bulet International Nigeria Limited, a full fledged indigenous construction company, that is responsible for building most of the iconic edifices and public holdings in Abuja.
He is the founding Managing Director of the New Africa Holdings, the mother company that was responsible for publishing the defunct Democrat newspapers.
Funtua became Vice President to late MKO Abiola, as President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN. He however could not succeed MKO as president at the time, because he was incarcerated by General Sani Abacha.
He however would later ride on his antecedents to become president of the association later. He is the Publisher of Blueprint Newspaper, one of the few media outlets that still upholds the sanctity of forthright news reporting.
Malam Funtua, who was the youngest minister in the Shagari regime, is a life patron of the NPAN, a staunch defender of free press and freedom of expression, a philanthropist, humanitarian, chairman and director of many successful companies.
The chronicles and legacies of this titan are enduring and would out live him. For the crop of emerging leaders in Nigeria, I present to you Alhaji Ismaila Isa Funtua, he is a 360° leader, a leader by every standard of the word. He is worth emulating.

Monday, 11 May 2020

Music: MrFash_Tbever - Hustler (Prod. Mickeyzbeat)

Mrfash_Tbever drops new spanking new single dedicated to all Nigerians titled “Hustler”. 

MUSIC: Shegxy - Duduke Reggae Cover | @shegxyofficial

Before the official release of the most anticipated album #GraceAlbum by Shegxy, he decided to drop a Reggae Version to the Highly talented Nigerian singer and songwriter, Simi new single “Duduke”.

MUSIC: Mr Boycute - Wetting You Want | @mr_boycute

Mr Boycute premiers new record titled Wetting You Want
A love tune where he professes love for his celebrity crush Chidinma Ekile who is a senior colleague in the music business

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

MUSIC: Siskof - Osupa (Moon)

Kofoworola Olaniyi staged name SISKOF has been a very powerful and spiritual singer

Sunday, 3 May 2020

AUDIO + VIDEO: IPTW(Bunna) ft ZY – Song For Mom | @iamiptw

The Nigerian US Based Hip Hop Rap Artist IPTW  or Bunna is back with another track titled Song For Mom. He links up with talented female singer ZY once more as the did justice to this one.

Saturday, 2 May 2020

BOOK ALERT: Pastor Great Igwe – WALKING TALL IN TOUGH TIMES (An everyday guide to dealing with every day challenges)

IN TOUGH TIMES (An everyday guide to dealing with every

MUSIC: Y2m Oxygen - Lofe | @y2moxygen

Y2m Oxygen has always spice up his fans appetite with a melodic and unique style of Afrobeat and this time he dropped an afropop love song titled Lofe.

Music: Gide Grey - Gimme Love |@gidegrey

After the release of "Mercies" and "Amaka "Gide Grey" is back with another smash hit single titled "Gimme Love ", as a follow up to his previous works.

“There Is Need To Engage More Youths Like Tijani Nwadei In Governance” – Godspower Oshodin

Top Media Entrepreneur and President of the Nigeria Bloggers Forum, Godspower Oshodin has commended the efforts of some Nigerian Governors and other Government officials who engage more Youths in their cabinet.
He stated that, the country will hit it index growth, if youth-based ideas and empowerment programmes are driven accordingly.
“I will like to commend the Governors who are engaging more Youths in their Cabinet. The essence of ‘Youths in Governance’ is to bridge the gap of sustainable excellence, and create an environment where they can explore their many potentials, knowing fully well they’re the driving force of every society.
There are quite a number of smart Nigerian youths who are significantly doing well home and abroad. A Switzerland Journalist friend of mine once told me that ‘Nigerians are the best content providers on earth’. That was really inspiring, as there are a couple of amazing persons presently serving at various capacity in Government.”
The multiple award winning writer, poet, and founder of ‘Naija Gist and Gossips Newpaper’ further commends the effort of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki for appointing an under 40 as Chief of Staff; and also involving other Youth such as Tijani Nwadei in his Cabinet.
“I once met my State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki at the World Trade Centre in Dubai last year, and I told him how impressed i had been that he’s a Youth-driven person. And now he has appointed an under 40 as Chief of Staff.
He also has this amazing young man Tijani Nwadei in his team. In 2015 TJ led the strategy team of Mr. Godwin Obaseki Campaign.
At his early 30s he already possesses this awe-inspiring organisational and strategy skills. At the moment he is Technical Adviser to the Edo State Government under Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
You cannot leave a guy like TJ behind behind, he is armed with expertise in developing sustainable solutions for the peculiar challenges in African market. Hence his vast knowledge  in Manufacturing, Energy and Agriculture sectors.
So there is need to engage more Youths like Tijani Nwadei in Governance”, Godspower Oshodin concludes.

Monday, 27 April 2020

"PDP Leaders Urged to Caution Gov Dave Umahi for Ban on Journalists" - Amb. Pascal Oluchukwu

The Chairman and Spoke person of the Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora, Ambassador Pascal Oluchukwu has urged the leadership of the PDP to caution Ebonyi State Governor, Engineer Dave Umahi, for the unjustifiable ban he placed against some journalists and media organizations from doing their job in the State. In a Press Statement released to Newsmen in Abuja, on April 26, 2020, the unrelenting Social critic and civil rights advocate, called on the National Leadership of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to wade into the undemocratic Practices of the Governor and ensure that his actions, on behalf of the Party, do not undermine its enviable democratic credentials.

Ambassador Pascal was speaking on the disgraceful and most unwarranted ban placed upon two (2) journalists deployed to the Ebonyi Government House to cover government activities for The Punch and The SunNews media houses respectively. Against all entreaties from well meaning public spirited individuals and organizations, the PDP Governor has refused to allow these journalists any access to the Government House where they have a legitimate and constitutionally guaranteed duties to perform on behalf of their organizations. The journalists were being punished not because of their incompetence, but because they have demonstrated independent reasoning and have refused to be corrupted or intimidated on the discharge of their duties.

Ambassador Pascal stated that the Ebonyi Diaspora Association “condemns, in strongest terms, the dictatorial actions of the Governor, who has been ruling the good people of Ebonyi State like a Roman Imperial Proconsul, clearly unaccountable to the democratic tenets that placed him in that position.”

In the circumstances, Ambassador Pascal called on the national leadership of the PDP to rise up to the challenges imposed on its peculiar position to rein in on the Governor and ensure that he remains respectful of democratic norms in leading the government and people of Ebonyi State on its behalf.

He stated that in addition to stopping this undemocratic behavior, “the PDP also needs to caution Governor Dave Umahi against making unguarded and careless utterances capable of undermining the democratic gains of the party in the State.” He cited the example of the gag order issued to the Civil Servants not to speak out against any government policy, however unpopular or risk being fired from their jobs.

The Ebonyi-born activist further stated that for the PDP to safeguard its democratic reputations “ it cannot overlook obvious disrespect for the rule of law and must therefore brings Governor Dave Umahi to book, and caution his approach. You can not halt freedom of speech, or ban Journalists from going about their constitutional rights. If the PDP refuses to caution Governor Umahi, he will mortgage the Ebonyi State to the APC; and we all know what that means for the 2023 general elections", Ambassador Pascal concludes.

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Music: Skymax - Blessings ft. Mighty

Skymax finally drops a new jam, titled #blessings" featuring Industry heavyweight "mighty j"