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Princewill Trust: A trip to the pool of opportunities

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“The entrepreneur always searches for change, respond to it, and exploits it as an opportunity” – Peter Drucker.

Contesting in competitions is one activity I do not really fancy, not because I lack the capability, but past experiences have made me look away and just admire the process with its catching prizes rather than get involved.

The Princewills Trust 2021 Vision and Success Opportunity challenge with a prize of an all expense paid trip to Dubai came to me as one of those many competitions that had winners already before the competition even began. However, I got persuaded by a father figure who ensured that I entered the competition by completing the online registration, which I did, met the criterials and entered the challenge fully. interestingly, the challenge was specially put out for Students from Rivers State.

THE CHALLENGE

We were sent emails on how to go about the challenge with so many rules and it seemed like a very tough one to go through. I literally had the feeling not to go further, but my earlier motivator will always show up. The idea was to write a pitch on an innovation, vision, or business idea I think can bring about development and advancement of our society.
Being a young chap, I had a whole lot of idea in my head, but I still needed that one unique innovation that would earn me the ticket. I had lot of talks with friends, because I wanted their remarks first before deciding to work on any of the ideas, I had up my sleeve. Finally, I decided to go personal, asked myself few questions and tried to pick out a problem I had that needed a solution. I had to see myself as a human in the society that had a problem and needed a solution.

As a child, speaking in my indigenous language has been an issue for me, more like a burden because I felt so incomplete as an Ibani (a clan in the Ijaw tribe of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria) daughter. That gave me an innovative idea of the INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE TRANSLATION APP which could translate English Language to Ibani language and Ibani to English language and even aid easy learning and connect you to online tutors. I finally had to put pen to paper and had my pitch ready before due date for submission.

Weeks later I received an email confirming me as one of the winners of the challenge. I could not contain my joy and excitement. This was my first time and I got in without getting someone to alter the process (Man-know-Man). We got announced on the media and social media platforms to mark the end of the challenge and a travel date of September. Preparations kicked off, and after a lot of travel challenges and rigorous procedures to go through and requirements to be met, we were finally scheduled to leave Nigeria on November 26, 2021.

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THE TRIP

Leaving Nigeria to Dubai was super exciting for me, not because it was my first, but the reason for the trip was one filled with so many opportunities waiting for me at the other side of the world. I had the opportunity of meeting my co-winners – Soruchi, Samuel and Melford (best travel squad). We arrived Dubai after a connecting flight from Nigeria to Kenya and then the U.A.E.
This was the most activity packed, yet fun trip I have been on and not a single bill on me. There is this thing with enjoying money that is not yours, but I never felt that way, not like I feel entitled, but this was too real to be true but funny enough, I was already living it.
Touring the U.A.E. with the mindset of meeting opportunities and discovering innovative ideas was a major mind shift for me. My brains were on fire and my body super hyper, knowledge exchange was in top gear. Like I earlier mentioned I had the best travel squad, very smart, business oriented and intelligent young minds who were also on the same direction through out the trip.

“To see an opportunity, we must be open to all thoughts” – Catherine Pulsifer.

This quote always came to mind when ever we got to a new site and as we drove round the city beholding its beauty. A lot was in Dubai for us to learn and understand. We would always talk about Nigeria and our beloved State as we went deeper into the roots, leadership, values, cultures, and religion of the U.A.E. I discovered tourism in the most amazing manner and how much it has helped the country economically. The U.A.E. has a population of over 9 million, 1.4 million are natives while the rest are foreigners. It has opened its hands to a lot of visitors and innovation and the hospitality is top notch despite its status as an Islamic Country. We admired how responsible and futuristic they were towards their development. Indeed, nothing is impossible if you set your heart to achieve it and diversity is no excuse.

However, we had amazing time out with great personalities in the entertainment industry courtesy our Sponsors. I would never have imagined meeting DBanj and Yvonne Orji in Dubai talk more of sailing on the same yatch. We finally had good Nigerian meals which for me was a good way to bring the tour to an end — I will tell my food story in Dubai sometime in the near future.

MEETING OUR PRINCIPAL/ SPONSOR

There are rare humans we doubt exist, and I think Prince Tonye Princewill is one of those rare humans. I really admire people who believe in human investment and meeting one who is passionate about it is the HIGHLIGHT of the challenge. For every conversation with him was fruitful, even the jokes had a message accompanying it.
Getting to dine with someone so intelligent yet humble is a rare privilege and humbling too. For years I have searched for the right mentor, a lot of persons I have gone into their DMs ignored me but I got an encounter on a platter of Gold.
I was scared he would see me as an unserious person because I was the clown in the squad who will carry fufu and soup from Nigeria to Kenya. However, I was there to also create content and have fun, so being me was the surest bet in getting pure contents. But then as a good motivator, he suggested I go into comedy, whether he was serious about it or not, I would think about it soon.

This piece would be incomplete without thanking Madam Kalanne Fubara and her team. We had a nice time because they made it happen.

WHAT NEXT AFTER THE TRIP

A lot has been seen, learnt, experienced, and talked about and deciding hastily wouldn’t be a wise action. I have been doing a lot of thinking, researching, and scanning as so much was discovered in Dubai and with my amazing squad, we are certain we will not let this huge investment in us go to waste.

We are appreciative of Princewills trust — that family has a whole lot of intelligent people which is expected as the Prince is one intelligent man I have met in recent times. Ma’am Mina was a true representative of Princewills Trust and we were certainly in good hands. I look forward to many more productive years as we gradually put to work our ideas.

“Excuses will always be there for you, Opportunity won’t” – Anonymous

Princewill Trust: A trip to the pool of opportunities

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Comedian AY, wife welcome second child after 13 years

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Popular Comedian, Ayodeji Makun, also known as AY, has welcomed his second child after thirteen years.

He announced this in a video shared on his Instagram page.

The birth of their second child is coming thirteen years after they had their first child, Michelle.

Alongside a video, AY wrote: “Our prayers in the last thirteen years has been answered. Ayomide, thank you for making Mabel and I ‘Mummy and Daddy’ again.

“Thank you for making Michelle a big sister. Thanks to everyone who kept us in their prayers and never stopped feeding us with positive vibes.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your path straight.

“God’s time is the best.”
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Comedian AY, wife welcome second child after 13 years

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Banditry: Policemen, vigilantes reportedly die during gunfight with bandits in Niger

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Three Policemen and two local vigilantes were allegedly killed by gunmen in an attack in Kwanan Dutse, Mariga local government area of the Niger State on Monday.

The incident occurred during a routine patrol by the Joint Security TaskForce, made up of the police and the local vigilantes at about 4pm in the area

It was learnt that the Joint Security team had earlier on Sunday morning foiled an attack by another group of bandits after about two hours of fire exchange at Bari village, along Tegina-Kontagora road.

A source from the area said no casualty was recorded during the fierce fight between the two sides only for the bandits to return on Monday to block the Kontagora road around Kwanan Dutse.

Unaware of the development the patrol team ran into the ambush and a fire fight ensued.

The source said,” the exchange of gunfire between the bandits and the Joint Security TaskForce resulted in the death of three policemen and two local vigilantes while others sustained various degrees of injury”

“A number of the gunmen were also killed in the gunfight but their bodies were quickly evacuated by their members on motorcycles”.

However, a detachment of police tactical squad and the military have been drafted to the area and are on the trail of the criminals.

The state police command is yet to issue a statement on the attack as of the time of filing this report.

This is coming on the heels of an attack unleashed by armed bandits on some communities in Kontagora and Mashehu local government areas about three days ago.

It would be recalled during the attacks on the councils, three persons lost their lives, 28 were abducted and an unspecified number of cattle were rustled.

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We spend N155,000 monthly for security yet we face pirates – Calabar boat owners

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Boat owners in Calabar have decried alleged poor protection from security agencies on the Calabar–Oron maritime route even though they spend, at least, N155,000 per month as levies to the agencies.

The group was reacting to the kidnap of a speed boat carrying 14 passengers including a Navy personnel.

The boat was reportedly going to Oron from Calabar.

Due to the terrible state of the Calabar-Itu federal highway which links other nearby states, increasing numbers of commuters prefer to travel by water to Uyo in Akwa Ibom State under 30 minutes as against 5 hours.

A senior official of the group said who spoke under anonymity said piracy on the route has been rampant.

“For instance, in December 2021, a boat with five passengers was hijacked. A few of the passengers individually paid ransoms of N200,000 before they were released.

“Before then, in 2019, the hijack was on a daily basis which is why we suspended business and protested for about two months.

“The protests took us to the police and navy headquarters in the state. It was as a result of the protests and stoppage of boat operations that the two authorities decided to station their gunboats in the Calabar waters while the naval police stationed theirs on the Akwa Ibom end of the waters to deter militants and pirates.”

The official claimed to support the police, they collectively pay them N5000 daily, amounting to N155,000 for 31 days.

The official insisted that piracy now thrives on the waters and that kidnapping which thrived on land seems to have been shifted to the waters since the anti-kidnapping squad began to make life uncomfortable on land for the kidnappers.

He said the attraction seems to be the speed boat engines which second-hand price goes for over N5m.

“When they carry out a hijack like this we would normally contribute, say N250,000 to secure the release of the boat and its engine but they will never release both the boat and engine. They will collect our money, collect ransoms and still will not give us back our boats.

“We appeal that attention of the security agencies be moved to this direction even though we are not scared”, he said.

Reacting, the Police PRO in the state, Irene Ugbo said their Commanding Officer Marine was yet to officially brief them of the hijack.

As of press time, none of the kidnapped passengers have been rescued.

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