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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Google Trains One Million African Youths In Digital Skills In 11 Months

Reporting by Ayodeji Jeremiah

Juliet Ehimuan Chiazor, Google Country Manager Nigeria and Vanessa Morris

Mayowa Oshindero, Segun Aboderin, Vanessa Mbaramah, Tele Aina and Vanessa Morris

Bunmi Banjo, Head of Google Africa and Mrs. Moni Udoh,
Director of ICT. Ministry of Communication

Titi Akinsanmi, Policy and Govt Relations Mgr Google and
Taiwo Kola Ogunlade, Communication Mgr. West Africa, Google

On April 12, 2016, Google Nigeria announced an initiative that will provide free digital skills training for one million youths (between ages 18 and 35) within a one year period. The programme was designed to address the issue of unemployment especially amongst young people and provide opportunities for them to succeed in today's digital economy.

Google convened a media briefing in Lagos recently to announce that it had achieved the one million milestone albeit in 10 months. At the event witnessed by partners, the media, participants and Google executives, Google Country Manager for Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor in her welcome address said young people accounted for 60% of unemployed people on the continent; "it's very important to empower young people with the right digital skills for them to create opportunities for themselves and take advantage of the digital economy.”

Titi Akinsanmi, Google Government and Policy Relations Manager moderated the panel discussion that included Mrs. Moni Udoh (representative of the Ministry of Communications), Mr. Smart Akande (from the office of the Special Assistant on the SDGs to the Vice-President) and Mr. Tayo Olosunde (from Mind The Gap, one of the major training partners on the initiative).

Feedback from participants centered mainly on the realisation that most now knew what they wanted to do career wise; they could now be more productive online and they can use the present resources they have more efficiently.

One of the main goals of the MDGs (now replaced by the SDGs) is addressing poverty within the population. With the average age of an African being 19.5 years, the bulk of those that will be affected by poverty will be the youths. With this realisation and the fact that these young people still have their future ahead of them, empowering and educating these sub set of the population (which the Goodle Digital Skills Training provides) is crucial in addressing economic and political challenges on the continent. Bunmi Banjo, Google Brand Lead for Sub-Saharan Africa said “Having one million digitally skilled young people in Africa is good for everyone. If young people have the right skills, they will build businesses, create jobs and boost economic growth across the continent.”

Google is extending its committment by providing offline kits that don't need data to access the training, roll out the training using indigeneous languages, and go outside of their area of operations to reach local communities they ordinarily won't reach.                 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

14th Timeless Magazine Anniversary Advertising Offer

For our 14th anniversary next month, we are offering 50% off our usual advert rates in the April edition. In addition to the 50% discount, YOU GET A FREE ADVERT of the same size in the May edition for every advert placed. Essentially, you are getting two adverts at 75% off.

With the 50% Discount, you get:
Full page 12 by 10 inch for N75,000;
Half page (6 by 10 inch horizontal or 12 by 5 inch vertical) N45,000; 
Quarter page 5 by 6 inch N25,000 and
Strip size 11 by 3 inches N20,000.

All adverts have to be booked and confirmed by 20th of March. We look forward to receiving your placements. Pleae call or SMS 08026861642 or email

Monday, January 23, 2017


Celebrating Creativity and Innovation”

The management of Bellafricana has announced the first edition of the Bellafricana Annual Creative Exhibition and Awards coming up on the 17th of April, 2017. Termed the Bellafricana ACE Awards, the event is endorsed by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) and the Nigeria Britain Association and will take place at D-Venue, Water Corporation Drive, Off Ligali Ayorinde, Oniru, Lagos, Nigeria.

The event is for enterprising Nigerian MSMEs seeking wider access to both internal markets and international markets and investors seeking joint-venture partners. With the theme “Celebrating Creativity and Innovation”, the organisers believe the time has come to come together to recognise and encourage hardworking and highly skilled men and women who are making a significant impact through their various industries/sectors.

The event will be a three phase event with two of the phases running simultaneously while the third phase will be held as the peak of the event. The phases are the Exhibition, the Conference and the Awards Dinner. While the Exhibition and the Conference will be held simultaneously, the Awards will be held as a dinner to close the event.

The watch word at Bellafricana is quality, to this effect; the organisers have assured of the availability of top quality creative Afrocentric businesses for the exhibitition. Participants and visitors will be able to access a wide variety of discounted quality made in Nigeria products under one roof in five focus categories namely Arts & Crafts, Fashion, Health & Beauty, Home & Living and Food Produce & Snacks.

The conference will feature enlightening and engaging talks from renowned business men and women who have garnered experience in their fields with conference topics such as
  • Marketing Your Creative Business Globally
  • How to Monetize your Creative Idea
  • Branding For Local And International Market
  • Taking Your Non-Oil Export Global (Export)
  • Financial Management For Creative Businesses
  • Growing A Sustainable Creative Business
  • How to Receive Payment Globally

The Awards opens for nominations in various categories. Participants are offered a unique opportunity to showcase their talents and to have their work judged by consumers and experts. Awards categories include:
1) Best Indigenous Textile Designer
2) Best Emerging Beauty Brand
3) Best Emerging Fashion Brand
4) Best Creative Solution (ICT)
5) Best Supportive Made-in-Nigeria Celebrity of the Year
6) Best Eco-friendly Product Innovation
7) Best Innovative Product of the Year
8) Best Pioneer Craftsman/Woman of the Year (Over 10 years)
9) Best Food Produce Innovation
10) Best Creative Kidpreneur
11) Best Creative Social Enterprise of the Year

Bellafricana is an initiative with a focus on Made-in-Nigeria (non-oil) products where customers and suppliers engage and transact to bridge the buyer-seller gap and create a wider outreach for Nigerian products locally and globally. Bellafricana has enabled creative businesses a platform to receive the recognition they have long deserved. They aim to laud the creative works of Nigerians, which makes open competition affordable and accessible. Bellafricana is always finding ways to help both budding and established creatives to harness the resources available to build their businesses.

Bellafricana founder, Bukky Asehinde

The event is an important annual occurrence aimed at attracting an audience that includes Captains of Industry, Investors, Upwardly Mobile Youths, Marketers, Trade Delegations & Missions, Procurement Officers, Brand and Business Managers, Art Lovers, Government Representatives and Key Decision Makers.

For partnership and sponsorship details, please contact the organisers: Call: +2348086363970 or +2348184457403 orEmail:,

Thursday, November 10, 2016


The maiden edition of ART X Lagos took place between the 4th and 6th of November at the Civic Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. The three day art fair was designed by TP-Collective to widen Nigeria’s connection to the contemporary art scene across Africa and internationally. ART X Lagos was created to provide the best insight into what the visual art sector in Africa has to offer to a wider local and international audience, and encourage African and international patrons to visit Lagos.

ART X Lagos had a record breaking 5,000 visitors spread over the three days, who got to see the best art works by over 65 African artists such as South Africa's William Kentridge, Zimbabwe's Kudzanai Chiurai, Ghana's Jeremiah Quarshie, Cameroon's Barthelemy Togou, Mali's AmadouSanogo and Nigeria's Sokari Douglas Camp, Rubi Onyiye ChiAmanze, Ade Adekola, Rom Isichiei, Alimi Adewale, George Osodi, Victor Ehikamenor and Lakin Ogunbanwo to name a few.

ART X Lagos was a unique fusion of art, lifestyle and culture. The VIP Opening Preview on the first day witnessed a large turnout of art collectors, artists, gallery owners, film and music celebrities, members of the diplomatic corps, captains of industry, media gurus and A-listers on the social scene. They got to experience first-hand the various works on display. The winner of the ART X Prize was also announced at the Opening Preview, after a rigorous and diligent process that began in September 2016.
Day two and three of the art fair also witnessed a large turnout of guests who, besides viewing the works on display, were part of ART X Talks- an integral component of the fair’s special programmes. The talks provided a dynamic and vibrant discursive platform to highlight some of the topical issues concerning contemporary art and its evolving infrastructures across the continent. Composed of panel discussions, presentations and conversations, the distinguished list of guest speakers included artists, collectors, curators, gallerists, writers and entrepreneurs, who all engaged in the possibilities of art as a vehicle through which our contemporary experience can be articulated and understood.

Speakers included Nigerian collector, Omooba Yemisi Shyllon, who owns over 6,000 art works, Chief Curator and Director of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, Mark Coetzee, and Curator at the Tate Modern, London, and Zoe Whitley. Other speakers on the various panels were the renowned artists Professors El Anatsui and Bruce Onabrakpeya, the art patrons Ngozi Edozien and Femi Lijadu, and the cultural entrepreneurs Mo Abudu, Reni Folawiyo and Bolanle Austin-Peters, who brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the panel discussions.

One program that had guests at the exhibition really excited was ART X Live! which had two components. ART X Live: The Studio curated by A Whitespace Creative Agency, where a collective of emerging artists drew and painted live at the venue! These artists included: Uthman Wahaab, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Yadichinma Ukoha-Kalu, Osi Itegboje, Stacey Okparavero, Olatunde Alara, Kadara Enyeasi and Karo Akpokiere.

There was also ART X Live: Intersections, a live art and sound performance installation that fused emerging visual artists and four of the fastest rising music artistes, produced by Ikon. Intersections was co-curated by Fatherland Media and A Whitespace Creative Agency, and featured stars such as Vector, Simi, Falana and Poe performing alongside visual artists Yadichinma, Stacey Ravvero, Tunde Alara and Dricky.

Speaking at the closing, Tokini Peterside, ART X Lagos Founder, and Managing Director of TP-Collective, said: ‘The response to ART X Lagos has been simply phenomenal. Over three days we have watched visitors from various parts of Nigeria, Africa and the international community, engage with the best contemporary art from around our continent. These visitors were excited by the talent on display, and their reactions to the work and our interactive projects, have solidified our commitment to the mission and ambition of ART X Lagos. We are so motivated by the turn out that we have already begun the journey towards ART X Lagos 2017. We thank our sponsors and our Media Partners and Lifestyle Partners, as well as the galleries and artists, without whom this would have been impossible. We look forward to seeing you next year, as we set out to further reinforce the city of Lagos’ position as a cultural capital in Africa!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

2016 AR-CSR (Africa CEO Roundtable & Conference on Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility) To Hold In Lagos
The Board of Trustees and Strategic Partners of ThistlePraxis Consulting and the Foundation for Sustainability and Responsibility in Africa (FSRA) have announced the sixth edition of the Africa CEO Roundtable & Conference on Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility (AR-CSR).

The AR-CSR provides a platform that brings business leaders, Governments, experts and practitioners together to engage on issues of sustainability, social responsibility & sustainable development in Africa. Scheduled to hold on Friday November 11, 2016 at the Best Western Island Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria, the foremost industry flagship event continues to attract the crème of Africa’s leading figures and decision makers in order to commence and sustain best practices on sustainable development in Africa.

This year’s edition of the AR-CSR will discuss the need for global leadership to drive inclusive growth and businesses; the existing and successful startup and ecosystem models for inclusive businesses; multiplying and scaling impact through investments as well as fostering SME growth through inclusive business.

At the last Africa CEO Round-table Conference on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (AR-CSR), which marked the 5th edition, the conference was restructured as a flagship of the Foundation for Sustainability and Responsibility in Africa (FSRA), an independent organization for the promotion of the advancement of sustainability. 2016 AR-CSR will kick start a series of regional fora across the continent. FSRA consists of a network of organisations and professionals driven by a common passion and commitment to not only mainstream sustainability across the continent but ensure that Africa emerges as a best practice reference on related issues.

ThistlePraxis Consulting Limited is the preferred Management Consultancy firm in advising corporations, government agencies, and multilateral and non-governmental organizations on the integration of international principles of social responsibility and sustainability to be operational and profitable in the long term. The company in a summarized focus through a six-point portfolio advocates standards, responsibility and sustainability as key elements for ensuring profitability and tangible impact. For more information about the event visit

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Trinity House To Hold 2016 Honour Nigeria Awards To Commemorate Nigeria’s 56th Independence

As part of its activities to commemorate Nigeria’s independence anniversary celebrations, Trinity House will be holding the sixth in the series of its annual Honour Nigeria Awards ceremony on Sunday October 2, 2016 at the church’s main auditorium, Zion Centre, situated on Trinity Avenue, through Water Corporation Road, off Ligali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. The event will hold by 9.30 am.

The Honour Nigeria Awards ceremony inaugurated in 2011 is a day set aside to honour outstanding Nigerians of high integrity who have exemplified themselves in different areas of life. The objective of the awards ceremony is to recognise those who have contributed to Nigeria’s national development and acknowledge them as role models for present and future generations. The awards are in the areas of Leadership, Professionalism, Industry, Philanthropy, Female Leadership and Role Model and the Africa Prize.

Honourees in past years have included Chief Olu Akinkugbe, Chief Arthur Mbanefo, Chief (Mrs) Leila Fowler, Late Pastor Joshua Adah, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Chief Mrs Opral Benson, Chief Chris Ogunbanjo, Mr. Akintola Williams, late Chief Mrs HID Awolowo, Gen T.Y. Danjuma, Pa Laban Namme, Prof Grace Alele Williams, Mr. Otto Orondaam, Dr. Christopher Kolade, Chief Mrs Priscilla Kuye, Otunba Subomi Balogun and late Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadedov amongst others.

The event is the church’s own way of contributing to the development of the Nigerian nation. According to the Senior Pastor of the church, Ituah Ighodalo, “Nigeria has as her citizens, some of the most outstanding people that the world has ever seen. We must begin to celebrate all these people and begin to celebrate the good about Nigeria and as we begin to speak great things about this country; we must raise up bright and new role models. As we honour Nigeria and outstanding Nigerians, thanking God in spite of all that has happened, Nigeria will begin to be outstanding. Nigeria is still looked upon as the giant of Africa and one with the greatest potentials on the continent; in spite of everything, Nigeria is still a dominant force along the West Coast, has the largest economy in Africa and amongst the top 20 in the world. Nigerians must join hands together, and work hard to ensure that in the next 10, 30 and 50 years, Nigeria becomes truly outstanding and makes its mark amongst the committee of nations. We must begin to look right now for the right kind of leadership; we must begin to look into the right kind of processes that will take us to where we are going; we must begin to make use of our natural resources and use them optimally; we must begin to encourage again the spirit of labour, hard work, and honesty. We must begin to look at the things we can do to take Nigeria forward and say no more to all the elements of backwardness that has held this nation back. We must begin to honour our own, say good things about Nigeria and as we do that, God in His infinite wisdom and mercy will begin to move the right people into the right places. That is why we are honouring Nigeria.”

Nominations have opened for this year’s awards in the following categories: Professionalism Award Nomination which is to recognise an outstanding Nigerian who has excelled in their chosen profession e.g. Law, Accountancy, Engineering, Medicine, Journalism etc. Industry Award Nomination to recognise an outstanding Nigerian who has excelled in building an enterprise, creating employment for Nigerians while adding value to the Nigerian economy. Leadership Award Nomination to recognise an outstanding Nigerian leader whose leadership has been transformative and who has mobilised and unified people, institutions, or causes that improved people's lives. Female Role Model Nomination to recognise an outstanding female who has distinguished herself in her life endeavours, thereby acting as an inspiration to women to achieve their full potential. Philanthropy Award Nomination to recognise an extraordinary individual of integrity who has made innovative personal financial contributions to social development and who has demonstrated initiative and leadership in building philanthropy in Nigeria and the Contribution to Society Award Nomination which is to recognise an individual who has contributed in some form to the Nigerian society, against all odds.

Completed nomination forms are available at Plot 318, Akin Ogunlewe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, or 2 Fawole Lane, Off Ikorodu Road, Obanikoro, Lagos. Nominations can also be sent via email to or Nomination form can also be filled online at