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Despite Covid-19 Lockdown, Charisma University Ends 2019/2020 Session with Successful Project Defense

Charisma University, Enugu Study Centre project defense was held on August 14th, 2020 at the Oakland Hotels Enugu.

The defense, which consisted of Degree, Masters and PhD students, was a successful outing monitored by competent external examiners drawn from other Universities.In an introductory speech just before the defense exercise, the lead examiner,

Professor Enudu T. O explained to the students that their responsibility would be to convince the examiners that they the (students) are qualified to earn the certificates.

He listed out the defending students, and their groups.

Other external examiners includes Professor Akubuilo, and (Associate) Professor Orga.

Successful students who excelled in the defense exercise are listed as follows:For Group A, the following persons defended under the Department of Management –

Olachi Chuks Ronnie
Ocheola Ayele
Igatta Amaka
Chukwuma Ifeoma Callista
Igatta Thomas Ogbonna

Edeoga Cyril
Onodugo Michael Uchenna
Chukwuemeka Ijeoma

Onodugo Chinwe
Akugbue Ngozi
Chukwu Paschal
Arum Uchenna B.
Eneh Blessing
Rita Anigbo

Judith Ugwuoke
Jeremiah Adams
Edoga Nnadi Chinelo
Ochiaka Francisca
Eneh Maxwell
Ugwu Chinenye

Akpata Rachael C
Onodugo Cynthia
Okoro Daniel
Nweze Queendaline
Chikezie Emeka

Onyeledo Ijeoma
Ugwuoke Emmanuel

Eneh Vincent
Judith Ugwoke
Obinna Nnamani

In an interview regarding the exercise, Professor Onodugo Ifeanyi Chris who is the Director of Charisma University, Enugu Study Center said “It was difficult for students to be physically present during the Covid-19 period, so we adopted the online study method.

“It was very successful because the school was already licensed to do online studies, we already had a platform and a technology, so that made it much easier for us.

“The students did very well. The professors that came as external examiners were thorough, and have made the few corrections that needed to be made. And we will follow up with their instructions and ensure that they are effected.

“Our students have been very wonderful, both in learning and in character. I can vouch for them.

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd also had the privilege of speaking with a number of students.

Dr Mrs Amaka Igatta, Business Administration and Management, PhD has this to say “It was tough studying during the Covid19. Going out for lectures was quite tough and we had to learn how to study and solve problems on line. But finally, we have come to the end of it, and I must point out that God deserves our praises for helping all of us to scale through.

She also spoke about Charisma University

“At the beginning of the course, I was not very sure of studying there. I asked myself, how am I sure that this is what I need? I have a job, and going to a regular university has been a great challenge.

I did my Masters with ESUT Business School, and I also tried to go for PhD there but that did not work out.

“It was a relief for me when I found Charisma University, I was overwhelmed when I saw the quality of lecturers that they have.

“The Director is very devout and went out of his way to see that all of us are satisfied.”We are so well taught that we can defend our degrees anywhere.

“When I made further research about the school, I learnt that the school is one with very high standards, even in the West Indies where its coming from.

“The school fees is also very affordable, for the fact that if you start, you can easily say exactly when you will graduate and be sure about it.

“For degree, the fee is between 400-500 thousand Naira for the full programme.

“For Master Degree, it’s just one year and you are through with a fee of 500 thousand Naira.

“For PhD, I am encouraging anyone who wants to study to come here. I have a colleague who went to a first generation university and for 12 years now, she has not defended her project. She joined this school and is graduating. My director spent 11 years to earn his PhD. Your PhD here cannot exceed two years, unless you are academically deficient. The PhD is N1. 5 million naira.

Igatta Thomas Ogbonna, who studied Education Management (PhD) also said

“The Covid 19 pandemic lockdown actually came as a blessing in disguise, because it afforded some of us the time to attend our lectures because we were mainly working people. But on the other hand, it was a time when people had to deny themselves a lot of things.

“We didn’t have to come out but we came out. The only thing is that we observed all the rules given by the NCDC, so it wasn’t easy at all.

“At anytime, examination must present some elements of challenge. I will not say that the defence was an easy one but it was something that added to what I used to know, and I am going to improve on it.

“What you see here is an assemblage of the academia, people who are already at the upper echelon. We are only coming after them.”

In his congratulatory address to the students at the end of the exercise, Professor Enudu stated

“Most of your works are very good, some are not, because the concept the person was discussing is still retrievable, so on the corrections, am sure the director will ensure that they are taken care of.

“Because this very institution is important to us, it is in our own state, and I always expect good news from my own state. It will give people the opportunity to get foreign degrees while they are here in Nigeria.

“If we must do that, we must ensure that what we submit is comparable to what is obtainable anywhere in the world. PhD will expose you, when people hear that you are a PhD holder, they will heap all responsibilities on you. If you get it through the backdoor, you will expose your self.

“Any association you are in, they will want you to contribute.”Dr Mrs Agbo has taken very good record to ensure that this thing goes well.

“Going by our scoring, most of the students excelled. Congratulations.

“Dr Mrs Olachi Chuks Ronnie who did the vote of thanks posited

“We can all agree that this has been a very fruitful exercise. You cannot discountenance the issue of unexpected tensions when you have to face a panel, but we surmounted it all. I appreciate the thoroughness of our external examiners.

“They are people who know what they are doing, and have brought in their best to get the most out of us. I want to really appreciate your efforts, and some of you who we encountered personally in the course of our studies, and we cannot easily forget the knowledge you have impacted, and continue to impact.

“I want to specially appreciate our Prof, Onodugo Ifeanyi Chris who is the Director for all the roles he played.

“If I begin to single out some of our lecturers to thank them, it will look like I am being partial. But I know that they are very dear to us for the personal interests they took in our works.

“To all of us who have run the race, and fought a good fight, we have finished our course, so I want to congratulate us for the cooperation we had in getting to this point”.

Charisma University, British West Indies makes it possible for students and professionals to earn a degree regardless of where they live, how many hours they work, their family circumstances or how much time they spend on the road.

The priority of the study centres, like Enugu is to provide its students an education that is worth both their time and money.

Lush City bringing back Igbos in diaspora

Managing Director, PWAN Plus, Julius Oyedemi, presenting plot allocation documents to an investor in Lush City Estate, Aba, recently.

It was a crispy Saturday morning on August 1. Lawrence Kemdi, a renowned geologist of Igbo extraction, hovered at the balcony of his exquisite mansion located along the prestigious Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

At the center of the sizeable balcony, stood a beautifully carved wooden table and an armchair. Kemdi pulled the chair to a comfortable position and lowered his lanky frame into it’s soft leather. Just then, a neatly dressed steward walked in. Briskly, the steward displayed an array of stainless jug, coffey bottle, vessel bearing nondairy milk, honey jar, hot water flask and a set of tea cup before his master.

Leaning forward, Kemdi made for himself a cup of rich Coffey. Intermittently, he took a sip from the steaming cup while fresh morning breeze from the nearby Lagoon smacked his trim body. From that vintage position, Kemdi regarded the stream of traffic on Admiralty Way and exotic skyline of Lekki Phase 1. His calm mien betrayed his love for the adorable ambience and peace which his affluent neighborhood offers.

He had actually spent most of his productive years living in cities and sophisticated environments. Having spend over 23 years in America and Europe, he returned to Nigeria; and settled in Lagos to continue his rewarding career in multinational oil firm. In the next two years, Kemdi would have to take a compulsory plunged into retirement. All along, he had planned to spend the evening hours of his life in his home town and among his kinsmen. The thought of numerous challenges associated with going back to his remote village switched Kemdi’s pleasant countenance,

Why did his mood change? He said: “Once in a while, I had spent annual vacations in my home town. But as good as it is to unwind amongst my kinsmen and enjoy the comfort of my family mansion, I always felt that an essential part of me is missing. Everyday needs of life, which ordinarily are not far fetched in urban settings, are not easily accessible in typical Southern Eastern villages. There is also the issue of poor social amenities coupled with what I call local discomforts which includes home people or relations seeing a returnee as a threat.’ he added.

Julius Oyedemi

With a wave of hand, Kemdi picked up his cellphone from the Coffey table and dialed an estate agent’s number: “How much does a plot cost in that new estate -Lush City, Aba.” Moments later, he instructed the person at the other end of the line; “Send your account details, I am paying for two units right away.” That was how Kemdi’s long held dream of retiring to his village and to his people was jettisoned. Jungle Journalist Media Ltd investigation revealed that Easterners living in the diaspora and those who relocate back to their roots actually share the same frustrations.

According to Justin Okenwa, a human resources professional, “This has increasingly become the greatest challenge of many urbane Easterners, especially retirees and those who wish to relocate back to their roots for peculiar reasons. I definitely prefer to live in a nearby city when I retire, and visit my village to spend my weekends. It’s sure not good for me to start learning how to cope with challenges of life in a rural setting, in my old age. Not after several years of city life.”

“I have already bought a plot in Lush City Phase 2, Aba. It’s less than one hour’s drive to my home town; and I am glad I did. This does not in anyway diminish the fact that every Igboman holds ownership of a befitting family house in his place of birth closely to heart,” Okenwa explained. He finds a soulmate in Akpan Ekere, from Ikot Ubo, Akwa Ibom State. “One shouldn’t gamble with life in retirement. That’s why I desire to spend my retirement within an organised estate, Ekere said . He disclosed that had acquired a plot for his retirement comfort at Lush City Estate, Uyo. “Surely there’s no way I will miss the civilised life style I have grown used to,” Akpan explained.

Why exactly do Ibos and their south southern neighbours find going back to their villages and living among their kinsmen an uphill task? Property whizkid and Managing Director of PWAN Plus, owners of Lush City by Cedarwood, Julius Oyedemi, explained that until there is a paradigms shift in house ownership pattern, many Easterners and South southerners living in cities, will continue to find it difficult to retire to their native homes. “Our experimental estate in the commercial nerve center of Abia State – Lush City Phase 1 Aba- witnessed huge scramble . We actually sold out all plots within four weeks, Lush City Phase 2, Aba, is also fast selling out and third phase is loading. Interestingly, 90% of those who invested into Lush City exclusive estates are Igbo’s living in the diaspora. Good number of accomplished professionals living in different Nigerian cities, business people and politicians also joined in the scramble for Lush City,” Oyedemi disclosed.

During a recent facility tour of Lush City Aba and Uyo, our correspondent found out that Lush City innovation in the South East and South South regions was carefully targeted at creating ideal environmental and orchestrating a change in the life style of the people. “Our primary objective is to spark off development in the region and enhance the lifestyle of the people positively. We want to clean up the streets, and have it filled with people of positive minds. Lush City is a revolution intended to use real estate to improve South East South South, by planting cities.

“We believe that South Easterners travel far and wide. Why should they come back to their own place and the best they see are isolated edifices spotting a predominantly remote village settings? While we are not saying that a village shouldn’t be a village, we want to ensure that South Easterners and residents of neighbouring communities are be able to enjoy good infrastructure, portable water supply, ambience, recreational facilities, security and elevated lifestyle that they enjoy in various cities where they reside,” Oyedemi said.

He continued: “The Igbos have done so much but they are enjoying less. They have built lots of exquisite mansions scattered in their villages and town. Incidentally many are scared to come back home due to the absence of urban lifestyle that they enjoy in the cities. That they have beautiful houses doesn’t make isolated family mansions in villages and towns a city. A collection of those houses having adequate social amenities, recreational facilities, good infrastructural base and linked to sprawling pockets of towns and villages make up a city. We are creating an environment whereby there will be a show of creativity, innovation in the South East and south south through Lush City revolution. At the end of the day, both the typical natives as well as the cosmopolitan easterners can have a feel of ambience, security and enhanced lifestyle back in their home town.

“When you travel oversees you find out that even the way you talk, the way you dress, the malls and places you visit, everything you come in contact with is just attractive; and all these things contribute to your lifestyle. “We want such environment in the South East and South South regions. Lagos and Abuja are already urban cities, with the vital contribution of the real estate sector. Several estates implies several developments, Oyedemi added.

Chief Okosisi Ochingwa, a dealer in stockfish in Ariaria Market, Aba said; ” This is a welcome development. He observed that tremendous self developmental projects and infrastructures are taking place around Osisioma area of Aba where Lush City Phase 1 is located. According to Ochingwa, the place was a virgin land when PWAN Plus arrived. “Now the place is growing fast. People no longer call the location by its original name. They now call it Lush City. So Lush City has become a land mark. Also, the government of Abia State has began to improve infrastructural development in the area,” Ochingwa said excitedly.

At the moment, PWAN Plus has replicated Lush City in Abia State, Imo State, Akwa-Ibom State while Cross River State and other neighbouring States are in the pipeline. The firm’s MD stressed that the initiative was careful created to rule the South East and South South real estate sector. “Like the name implies, it is sprawling. Lush City is already established in Owerri, Imo State, We have Lush City phases 1, 2 and 3 in Aba, and Lush City Umuahia is loading. The first phase of Lush City, Uyo Akwa-Ibom State is fast selling while plans to launch Calabar Lush City has reached advance stage. So it’s a revolution to spring up cities in this region, to turn things around so that the people here will embrace urban lifestyle,” he further explained.

It is hoped that the initiative will accomplish a lot more in the regions.
“If our South eastern and South South brothers can find such comfort back in their villages and towns, their home economy will definitely improve. Commerce will receive tremendous boost because people will have the need to buy, sale and more money will flow in locally. Now we know that by the time smart cities are replicated security will become something that will be appreciated rather than an issue.

“This is because the cities will have top notch security arrangement, residents of the surround communities will also benefit from tight security and government too will complement the efforts. We want to encourage urbanisation, quality lifestyle, technology, enhance productive capacity by turning desolate places into new urban settings.

“Precisely, the Lush City revolution will deliver the paradigm shift in the living environment of the people from a predominantly remote community to satellite towns adequately linked with social amenities so that someone who lives in Owerri can comfortable do business in Umuahia and return to his or her base the same day. Our plan is to use real estate to ignite development in the South East and South South. This will surely eliminate the dilemma our Igbo brothers who are desirous of relocating back to their villages experience. As you can see, Lush City project is already to bringing back Igbos in the diaspora,” Oyedemi related.

Patrick Eholor leads Abuja Anti-Corruption Protest, as Group Demand Capital Punishment for Corruption

By Ebriku John Friday, Abuja

A group of Nigerian students and activists under the auspices of Joint Action Committee, JAC, Wednesday, embarked on peaceful protest at the popular NICON Junction, in Maitama District of Abuja to demand capital punishment for corrupt public officials including other issues.

The protest which was organised by One Love Foundation, initially was billed to hold at Unity Fountain, opposite Transcorp Hilton, but was stopped by security agents from using the venue.

Speaking on the reasons for their protest, the Founder, One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Eholor, said Nigerians are indeed taking for a ride and the common patrimony that belongs to them are on daily basis carted away with impunity, and they can no more sit and watch.

He also lamented that worsening insecurity situation in the North East region, which has claimed over 37, 000 lives of innocent Nigerians, therefore called for the resignation and apology of Service Chiefs.

He said: “Our demands include capital punishment for who loot our common patrimony, and this is our first demand. In order to eliminate corruption is to introduce capital punishment because Buhari said if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us.

Founder of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Eholor, speaking with journalists

“We are also saying that Nigerian institutions should reverse what they call admittance fee for the sake of the poor people. We are saying the Nigerian Police should be given adequate package to stop the aggression towards us, the Nigerian Customs Service should leave our streets and go to the borders, the Nigerian Immigration Service should stop giving citizenship to Lebanese, Indians and Chinese, and women should get more involved in politics.

“Service Chiefs have done us a disservice. We have lost over 37, 000 people in the North and the statistics are very correct. They should retire and apologise. So we must change the Service Chiefs because they have done us a disservice.

“We call on the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amechi, for putting Nigeria’s sovereignty in danger over his signing of agreements that we just know about.

“We warn that if there is no change we all will become unruly and outlawed.”

He further stated that the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen God’swill Akpabio, mention all names of those who have milked the nation as far as the National Assembly probe on Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, is concerned ., which he aqlso alleged that the NDDC has not funded any project in Edo State, where he hails from.

“I approached my Member House of Representatives, who was allegedly mentioned by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen God’swill Akpabio as a contract beneficiary to show me where in the constituency he executed the projects, but he denied categorically, saying Akpabio must be day-dreaming. NDDC has not being funded in my area since 2018. Akpabio must mention to us those with him that milked Nigeria”, he added.

Speaking further, he (Eholor) called for peaceful and fair election in Edo State governorship election.

“My advice the governorship candidates of the two political parties, PDP and APC respectively is to ensure free and fair electoral process and think of the electorates, and who the cap fits should wear it, there is no loser or winner, who wins should be saluted and whoever lose should be embraced”, he said.

However, he said that, “I am not partisan because there have been accusations of god-father left and right. If we say former Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, was a god-father for instance, the son who is my friend and present Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, benefited from that god-fatherism.
Comrade Sunny Idika speaking during the protest

“So he who has not lived or sin let him cast the first stone. They all have one interest and don’t have interest of the people. We must stop that and people must be educated to go out there and register and truly vote. We must not sacrifice ourselves for these ‘bandits’.”

Meanwhile, other leaders of the protesters, including Nigerian Students and Youth Activist, Comrade Osemudiamen Ogbidi, National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Chapter, Comrade John Michael, and others said President Muhammadu Buhari, should not leave those people who siphoned Nigeria’s money, eaten what belongs to the Nigerian youth and citizens should surely pay heavily for it, and ensure that anybody caught siphoning Nigeria money should be sentenced to death.

“Whether it is any institution or individual to siphon the money that belong to the public by private individuals it is not in the interest of Nigerians to continue to fight corruption that has no effect on the well-being of fellow Nigerians.

“Every day in our lives we have people who are dying because of poverty what has caused it is not more than corruption. We are here as Nigerian students, activists, advocates and conscience that anyone found wanton of corruption should die by corruption. Corruption is now a ‘Nigerian’ living with us but we say no to corruption.

“The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, should provide the N80 billion spent within four months. The NDDC must tell us the N128 million they used to send drivers to driving schools. Where on earth is that done? Today everybody wants to travel to Dubai, but what did it take the people there to establish and develop their country? It was less than N1 billion. We hear billions of Naira budgeted for schools and others and yet our country is retrogressing. We say enough is enough!

“The reason why the Nigerian students have not resumed school is because of corruption. How long are we going to live like this in poverty, Diaspora, suffering, and if there is no change we are going to contain Nigeria”, they alleged.

US – based philanthropist inaugurates Foundation for the indigent in Enugu

A US based philanthropist, Mr Afamefuna Atu on Sunday launched an empowerment foundation to cater for the needs of the indigent in Enugu State.

Atu, who is the president of the organisation called Kings Care Empowerment Foundation, said that he was motivated to launch the foundation due to unpleasant personal experiences he had while growing up.

The president while speaking during the formal inauguration of the Nigeria office, said that the foundation was aimed at addressing the health, education and material needs of the people.
He said that three events in the history of his family shaped his passion for humanitarian works leading to the present intervention.

“Three events in my family history shaped my passion for humanitarian works. First is the death of my grandmother, who died during childbirth because of malnutrition and lack of food.

“The baby boy she was delivered of also died too. She left my mother aged two and her four years old sister behind.

“Shortly after my grandmother’s death, an eye disease which we know as ‘apollo’ broke out in our community and my grandfather was one of those that were affected,” he said.

According to Atu, his grandfather did not have money for medical treatment due to poverty and went for a local remedy.

“He squeezed a local herb into his eyes to clear the infection but he lost his eyes leaving my two-years old mother and her four years old sister motherless and with a blind father,” he said.

Atu said his father also lost his younger sister to liver cancer “and the tragedy affected all of us. After hearing the story of my grandparents, I vowed to make sure that no other parent will experience such suffering.

“Realising that when we leave this world we will not be remembered by the volume of our wealth but by our good deeds.

“Standing on those ideals, I established the Kings Care Empowerment Foundation whose primary aim is focused on our people to avoid another parent losing their eyesight as a result of poverty.

“I will not also like to see another woman dying at her birth stool like my grandmother,” he said.

Atu said that the foundation would focus on rural communities in order to create a future the people could touch and feel; a future where everyone is valued, every voice is heard and every life counts.

“As we formally open our headquarters in Nigeria, we look forward to engaging communities on challenges of health and community development, youth outreach and women empowerment,” Atu said.

Earlier, the Director of the foundation, Mr Ikechukwu Nwobodo, said that the organisation which was founded in 2017 had engaged in charitable works and growth of indigent families through medical outreach and others.

In a goodwill message, Enugu State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Manfred Nzekwe, said that the state government would partner with the foundation in any way possible to address the challenges of indigent members of the society among others.

Nzekwe commended the founder of the foundation for the initiative.

Highlight of the event was testimonies from beneficiaries of the foundation’s empowerment schemes.