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For Nigerian indigenous rapper/model, Owoh Chimaobi Chrismathner, popularly known as Zoro, who relocated to Lagos at a time to pursue his career in music, the challenges of life may have tempted him to quit. But he has been on the steady rise to fame since the release of his hit singles, O42, Otu, Ogene and Achikolo, featuring Phyno and Flavour.
Recounting the challenges he had to grapple with while struggling to stamp his feet on the music scene, he stated that besides his family, friends and people who looked up to him, God would have been disappointed if he had given up. “Just before my biggest song, imagine if I had quit. My prayers before I had my first breakthrough always reminded me of how much God would be disappointed in me if I stopped. My family also played a very big part, plus I would let a lot of people that believe in me down if I messed things up”, he revealed. He further revealed that being an independent artiste with a determination to succeed; it took him time to understand the dynamics of the Nigerian music industry. “Being an independent artiste coming from the east to an entirely different Lagos market, I didn’t know my left from my right. It took me time to find my rhythm; but I’m fine now. I had to live with an open mind, letting myself pass through the required change process”, he said. Speaking further, he noted that contrary to public knowledge, the Nigerian entertainment industry is not what it seems looking at it from the outside. “I have come to learn that the industry is not as sweet as people see it from the outside. There is a lot of mental, psychological and emotional stress attached to it”, he said. He added that compared to when he launched his music career, the music industry has appreciated a great deal.
Media shy Nollywood actress and model, Adunni Adewale, popularly known as Adunni Ade has broken her self-styled protocol to keep a low profile by breaking the internet with alluring, stunning pictures of herself to mark her birthday. The Instagram and other social media were awash with the pictures of the actress which Potpourri has dubbed ‘Damsel of Nollywood’.
Although some people may argue she has a beauty advantage in the fact that she has a German-Nigerian blood, being born to a German mother and a Nigerian father, but beauty is beauty and very few rank in the same file with this stupendous beauty carved like a hourglass. Of course, that much will explain why she made the cut for the America’s Next Top Model.
Following the trend that has become a norm in Nollywood, Adunni celebrated her birthday with unusual pictures but not without some message to give us a glimpse into that charming heart of hers. “It’s My Birthday!Guess what I’m getting? I’m Getting Older; I’m Getting Wiser; I’m Getting Stronger & most importantly, I’m Getting Love,” she posted on her Instagram page. In another post with yet more captivating pictures, the mother of two describes herself as a beautiful and strong soul, affirming that she has the right to praise herself. Adunni read accounting at the University of Kentucky, United States of America, where she was born before relocating to Nigeria in 2013. She has never been married but mother to two boys, who are products of her eight-year relationship with her ex.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
The accusations were explosive: For five years, the Chinese government had spied on communications at the African Union. Every night, data streamed from computers at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to unknown locations controlled by China, anonymous sources at the AU told reporters with the Financial Times and Le Monde, a French newspaper.
The breach represented “what appears to be one of the longest-running thefts of confidential government data that we know about,” Danielle Cave, a senior analyst at The Australian Strategic Policy Institute, wrote last July.
At the center of the controversy was Huawei, the Chinese technology giant with close ties to the Communist Party that had supplied the equipment, configured the servers and trained the staff at the African Union.
Now, AU leaders have decided to solidify ties with the Chinese tech company at a time of intensifying international criticism.
When accusations of Chinese spying emerged in early 2018, Moussa Faki, the chairperson of the AU Commission, and Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopia’s former prime minister, categorically denied the allegations, as did Chinese officials.
Huawei called the assertions “completely unsubstantiated” and said they “vehemently reject” any claims of impropriety.
Exactly what information had been compromised, and why the Chinese government would find it valuable, remain unclear.
But the charges fit into a broader pattern of criticism against Huawei.
In 2012, the U.S. House Intelligence Committee labeled Huawei a national security threat and warned it had stolen intellectual property and could be spying on Americans through “back doors” that allow unauthorized access to sensitive data.
Pressure on the company intensified last month, when the U.S. Commerce Department placed Huawei on its “Entity List,” restricting trade with U.S. partners, after President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order effectively blocking the company from operating in the United States.
With criticisms mounting around the globe, Huawei reasserted itself last week when it signed a deal with the African Union to expand partnerships around a range of technologies, from broadband and “cloud” computing to 5G and artificial intelligence.
Thomas Kwesi Quartey, the AU Commission’s deputy chairperson, and Philippe Wang, Huawei’s vice president for North Africa, signed the memorandum of understanding last week at the AU headquarters — itself a goodwill gift from China to Africa — in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The agreement is a show of solidarity at a critical time in Huawei’s history — and a potential wedge between Africa and the United States at a moment of growing antagonism between the world’s largest economies.
It also expands Huawei’s foothold in a market with significant potential for growth in the years ahead, just 36% of Africans had reliable internet access as of March.
Huawei first entered Africa in the late 1990s, when it helped build cellular networks in dozens of countries. Experts estimate Huawei constructed the majority of Africa’s cellular infrastructure, impacting multiple sectors along the way, from education and banking to health and government.
The communications networks Huawei has built, usually with loans financed by the Chinese government, aren’t as visible as massive infrastructure projects like bridges and railways. But their impact is at least as far-reaching.
“On the technological front, China is unmatched in Africa,” Antoaneta Roussi, a journalist based in East Africa, wrote recently in Nature magazine. “The country’s telecommunications giant Huawei has built half of the 4G networks on the continent and most of the 2G and 3G.”
The company has also taken the lead in developing the continent’s 5G capabilities, beginning in Johannesburg, South Africa, where Huawei helped launch a next-generation network in February. With data transfer speeds at least 100 times greater than 4G, 5G technology greatly improves upon existing cellular systems.
Huawei may not offer superior technology, but it has been willing to engage with African nations when Western companies haven’t, W. Gyude Moore, a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development and the former minister of public works in Liberia, recently wrote.
And they’ve done so at steeply discounted prices. The Chinese government has subsidized information technology (IT) infrastructure throughout Africa, making it more affordable and more available.
Over the years, ties between Africa and Huawei have only strengthened.
In 2012, Huawei built a desktop “cloud” project for the African Union to help the organization communicate and conduct its business more effectively (( )).
In 2015, AU leaders and Huawei executives signed a memorandum of understanding to deepen and expand their partnership.
This year’s renewal marks the most ambitious agreement to date.
But the competitive and political landscapes have become more complex.
U.S. tech giants Google and Microsofthave launched new research and development initiatives across Africa to recruit local talent and build cutting-edge technologies.
Meanwhile, heightening tensions between China and the United States could push African nations into choices over whom they partner with, even as interest in African investment increases and more strategic partnerships present themselves.
And worries over security aren’t likely to wane, with growing concerns that emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning could become tools of repression in the hands of authoritarian regimes, concerns raised by groups like Human Rights Watch and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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