Media practitioner and author, Tosin Ajibade-Oladeinde on Friday, June 24, 2022 successfully hosted the New Media Conference School Debate at Chalcedony School, Abijo G.R.A, Ibeju-Lekki. This year’s edition is themed ‘Does Social Media Enrich Education or take away from Education?’

The event featured award-winning Nigerian dancer and choreographer Kaffy Shafau, award-winning Tiktoker Rodney Umeh, and Communications Manager for Anglophone West Africa at Meta, Sola Obagbemi.

The students between year nine and eleven in their arguments emphasized on the importance of social media and how the excessive use of it can be curbed. Some of the points argued during the debate include; cyber bullying, adult content, fake news dissemination, plagiarism, social media control mechanism among others.

Speaking at the event, Kaffy advised the students to always make sure they take advantage of the social media platforms in a positive way. She added that “social media is a tool and you’re the driver, adding that the good the bad will always exist but who is behind the keyboard is what matters.”

Sola Obagbemi admonished the children to be good ambassadors irrespective of the social media they use. She said children should learn to make use of social to benefit them in the area education, and self improvement.

The organizer of the event, Oluwatosin Ajibade-Oladeinde in her remarks thanked the host school, the panelists and the students for making it a success. She further assures that she would continue to do her best to sensitize and educate children about the use of new media.

Prizes were awarded to groups of  student who came first and second while each student at the venue got a copy of the book ‘Olori Supergal from Social Misfit to Social Media Hero’ written by Tosin Ajibade and Alajota by Kafayat ‘Kaffy’Shafau.

NMC is an annual networking event that focuses on digital marketers, vloggers, podcasters, influencers, content creators, bloggers, tech enthusiasts, and more in the field of media and communications.

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Mariam Adeyemi and Omotoyosi’s   passion and commitment to unlock potential is admirable. With their technology-training platform; TechaVilly, they are breaking stereotypes.

Both Co-founders of TechaVilly, a technology training platform aimed at empowering the black community through skills and knowledge transfer. Mariam founded the company alongside her college friend, Omotoyosi Ogunbanwo who is also a tech enthusiast and currently works at Amazon USA.

Since 2020, Techavilly has trained over10,000 black people from 2020 till date, helping them to fit into today’s dynamic job market. They rolled out the company’s very first training in 2020 in the middle of the pandemic. According to Mariam they chose that period to give back by sharing knowledge for free and giving people hope for a better life.

In 2021, , TechaVilly provided scholarships for girls to cover their exam fee, transcripts, visa, Sevis fee and flight ticket to the United States for their masters and PhD respectively.

Omotoyosi had this to say about the feat; “Our scholars are currently in the University of Colorado, Oklahoma and Jefferson university – all studying tech related degrees. Techavilly helped these scholars to achieve their study abroad dreams. We believe there are thousands of people who want to take this bold step to improve their lives and get an international degree but don’t know how or where to get started. We guide people in this category through the process, helping them with the information they need and holding them by the hand through the process to ensure a smooth sail all through.”

Omotoyosi Ogunbanwo – Co-founder, Techavilly

Speaking further on their journey so far, Mariam said ; “It’s been amazing. I never thought people are this hungry for knowledge and are willing to pay hundreds of dollars to acquire new tech skills and knowledge. It’s been rewarding I must say. One thing that makes technology evergreen is INNOVATION. Nigeria needs to embrace technology and its benefits to the generations unborn. We would do our  part to change people’s orientation about tech. Yes, it has its bad side, but there is always a good side to every story.

Mariam Adeyemi, Co-founder, Techavilly

Mariam, who has worked with reputable companies, moved to the United States of America in 2017 to improve her skills, and remain relevant in the job market. She got her master’s degree in Business Analytics from Texas A&M University and was privileged to work with organisations such as Samsung Electronics America and other mid-sized companies in the United States. Mariam is the first female EdTech (Educational Technology) founder to launch an educational communication app in Africa. She is committed to bridging parent-teacher communication while developing and transforming the child in the process.

According to her, the goal is to expand across African schools and integrate technology into the school curriculum. Discorz App, which is gradually expanding, and penetration is improving, is currently available for download on Google Play and App Store.

Omotoyosi Ogunbanwo is a Finance and Data Expert, DeFi enthusiast, passionate about emerging technologies in consumer finance. She currently works at Amazon – Physical Stores Tech and she is the co-founder of TechAvilly, where she leads some projects.  Omotoyosi is a mentor to tens of young women, helping them get into tech and scale their career effectively. She is the Co-Founder of Local.y a blockchain payments platform redefining the future of DeFi and how SMB’s in sub-sahara access funds.



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The Real Estate Industry in Nigeria is as interesting as it is challenging. Interesting because of the immense and boundless socioeconomic potentials locked up in the sector but equally, it is challenging for the onerous tasks required to effectively unlock, release and exploit the huge economic potentials of the Nigerian Housing Sector.

The CEO, The Drake Homes Ltd, Adeniyi Adeoye, has said that the firm is shaping the real estate industry in Nigeria.

The Drake Woodworks Limited is a multi-faceted company that has fast become a major player in the most demanding sectors of the Nigerian economy, ranging from the lucrative real estate to construction, property development, oil and gas and many others.

Incorporated in 2018, The Drake Woodworks Ltd boast an impressive profile in its area of operations, particularly in the real estate industry where its flagship company, The Drake Homes Limited, continues to offer a broad range of cutting-edge services in the property market.

“At The Drake Homes, we’re on a mission to ensure our clients and investors get the best value for their property in a timely fashion.
Established on the core values of honesty and integrity spiced with an uncompromising stand on professionalism, The Drake Homes have built a strong reputation as one of the most trusted and most sought-after real estate companies in the country,” says Adeoye.

For the CEO, it’s no coincidence that they have won the admiration of top industry professionals and investors alike.

The company, which has become one of the most sought after in the real estate industry, is owned by Adeniyi Adeoye, one of Nigeria’s bravest entrepreneurs and Luxury Real Estate mogul.

He is an amazing entrepreneur known for a strategic and focused approach with extensive accolades for limiting risk and marching his company to global prominence.

Over time, Adeoye has carved an enviable niche as one of Nigeria’s young entrepreneurs giving the older business generals a good run for their money.

He is described as unassuming and easy-going, with impressive credentials in the real estate industry. The businessman who returned home after several years of active practice in the United States of America (USA), turned his company into one of the biggest players in of the most demanding sectors of the Nigerian economy.

Speaking on the growth of The Drakes Home since 2018, Adeniyi said, “We are established on the core values of honesty and integrity spiced with an uncompromising stand on professionalism.

We’ve built a strong reputation as one of the most trusted and most sought-after real estate companies in the country. It’s no coincidence that we’ve won the admiration of top industry professionals and investors alike.”

He added that they have built a reputation for performance in the construction and property development sectors in Lagos and beyond, handling major projects, both for government and private sector contracts across the country without any hitches.

At The Drake Homes, “we understand the power of collaboration and strategic partnership. We have a working relationship with top real estate companies within and outside the shores of the country”.

Apart from being contracted by high-profile companies and individuals to handle their major property projects, the CEO said The Drake Homes Limited has a long list of luxury real estate projects located in strategic locations across the country, and their projects cover property development, construction (roads and bridges), property sales and facility management.

The amount of time spent by the world population on social media continues to grow with many spending their time on their mobile phones.

In Nigeria, social media is a major news dissemination vehicle. It plays a critical role in how people consume news. One of the individuals championing the transformation is Kemi Adebayo, the publisher of Kemi Filani News.

On how the news platform was created, she said:”Kemi Filani’s blog started as a personal community blog in 2012 and was birthed out of the passion for being heard after being inspired by Channel’s TV during my compulsory national service youth corps at the media house as an online writer. The blog focused and thrived on entertainment stories and content focused on love and wedding stories” .

Kemi Filani, Publisher, KFN

Asked how the news platform’s reinvention, she said: “In 2018, after six years of being solely run, Kemi Filani Blog metamorphosed into Kemi Filani News, a full-fledged online Nigerian Newspaper with well-trained writers, reporters, and editors with all hands on deck to serve millions of seeking readers daily”.

Shedding light on the highpoints of the KFN brand so far, she said:”In 2016, Kemi was named one of the top 100 below 30 influential Nigerian writers, and nominated as the best female blogger for 2019.
Today, Kemi Filani News is being recognized as a credible News Platform, thus becoming one of the leading voices redefining online information consumption”.

Also Adebayo noted that what makes the news platform unique is their insightful way of presenting news.

“What makes Kemi Filani News unique, is our insightful way of presenting news, everyday issues, features, and analysis in a professional manner that respects the rules of journalism”.

Ini Abimbola has been appointed as United Nations Women, Technical Expert on Women Political Leadership, Federal House of Representatives.

Ini Abimbola is a business leader with over 22 years’ experience working in the international development space with broad consulting experience & expertise on Corporate Governance, Stakeholder Management, Sustainability, Development Communications, and Strategy.

Ini is the Founder and was the first Lead Consultant/CEO of ThistlePraxis Consulting Limited (TPC), a management consulting, sustainability, strategy, and business advisory firm she founded in 2010, which provides strategy development, Sustainability management, process improvement, organizational transformation, risk governance, performance management, programme management, and advisory services.

Ini also serves as Country & Regional Lead (Sub Saharan Africa) for The CSR Company, a global CSR Network of organizations spanning four continents – South East Asia, Europe, the Middle East & Africa. She is a Lecturer/Member of Faculty, MBA Program on International Corporate Social Responsibility Management at the Ferdinand Porsche FernFH – University of Applied Sciences, Austria.

She guides boards and executives toward social, environmental, and economic innovations that also create shareholders and business value. She facilitates high-level board retreats and trains C-suite executives both within the private and public sectors.

A 2008 Draper Hills Fellow on Democracy, Development & Rule of Law at Stanford University California and an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, Ini holds a Diploma & Postgraduate Diploma from the University of Calabar, as well as a Bachelors and an MBA from Nexford University.


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has officially made history, becoming the first Victoria’s Secret model with Down syndrome

The 24-year-old Puerto Rican model shared the news on social media, joining the fashion brand — along with 17 other women — for a new underwear line and campaign, Love Cloud Collection.

Alongside a black and white photo of herself modeling a Victoria’s secret bra, Jiaru thanked the company for seeing her as a model “without limits.”


“One day I dreamed of it, I worked for it and today it’s a dream come true. I can finally tell you my big secret,” Jirau wrote. “I am Victoria’s Secret’s first model with Down syndrome!”

“Thank you Victoria’s Secret for seeing me as a model who has #NoLimits and making me part of the inclusive Love Cloud Collection campaign,” she added. “Inside and out, there are no limits.”

“Love Cloud Collection is a major moment in the brand’s evolution,” Raúl Martinez, Victoria Secret’s chief creative director, said in a statement. “From the cast of incredible women that bring the collection to life, to the incredible inclusive spirit on set, this campaign is an important part of the new Victoria’s Secret standard we are creating.”

Jiaru kicked off her career in Puerto Rico in 2019 before making her modeling debut at New York Fashion Week back in 2020. At the time, she assured that the big milestone was just the beginning

“When I was little, I looked myself in the mirror and said, ‘I’m going to be a model and a businesswoman,’” she told PEOPLE at the time.

At NYFW, she was able to showcase her talents on an international stage, modeling for Marisa Santiago at the dress designer’s runway show. She later told her Instagram followers, “I was born for this and I want to show the world that I have everything a model needs to shine.”

Not only is her modeling career taking off, but Jirau is also living her businesswoman dreams with her own line, Alavett. The brand’s name is how Jirau spelled out her favorite words to say, “I love it.”

According to her official website, Jirau made her debut as a model in March 2019, on her 23rd birthday. In February 2020, she modelled at New York Fashion Week for the first time.

Her career has also expanded outside of modelling, as she launched her online store, “Alavett,” based on the phrase “I love it,” in 2019. Some of the products on this site include phone cases, mugs, hats, and shirts.

Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook and its parent company Meta, has announced she will step down from her role, ending 14 years in the job that made her one of the most powerful figures in the tech world and saw the company weather a meteoric rise and multiple controversies.

Sandberg announced the move in a post on her own Facebook page on Wednesday, adding that she was not sure of what the future holds for her but plans to focus on her foundation and philanthropic work going forward.

She said she will leave the company this fall, but will continue to be on Meta’s board and thanked Meta founder and chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg for his support, saying “sitting by Mark’s side for these 14 years has been the honor and privilege of a lifetime”.

“When I took this job in 2008, I hoped I would be in this role for five years,” she wrote. “Fourteen years later, it is time for me to write the next chapter of my life.”

The billionaire executive has been one of Facebook’s most prominent public faces  since joining in 2008, shaping its policies and overseeing responses to the myriad public controversies the company has battled.

Her departure comes as Meta continues to weather a financial storm and shifts away from social media into virtual reality.

Facebook rebranded in 2021 to Meta, attempting to move its primary business away from social media and into virtual reality after a series of difficult years. 

Zuckerberg has bet big on his hopes for the “metaverse”, an augmented and virtual reality space where people can interact through avatars in a shared world.

In a comment on Sandberg’s post announcing her leave, Zuckerberg said she had “architected our ads business, hired great people, forged our management culture, and taught me how to run a company”. He said in a post on his own page that Sandberg’s position would not be filled, and announced restructuring of existing roles at the company.

Sandberg’s departure also comes after billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel stepped down from Meta’s board, following the company’s worst-ever earnings report, suggesting some power players may be jumping ship as the company flounders.

Most recently Sandberg and Facebook had faced increased scrutiny after documents leaked by the whistleblower Frances Haugen were turned over to Congress and published by a number of news outlets.

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Eva Mendes just gave fans another rare glimpse into her home life, telling the world that gender roles don’t exist in her and Ryan Gosling’s household.

In a recent and rare interview with Forbes, Mendes talked about how her partner Gosling of the household, admitting she’s “not an amazing cook.” However, she sees this dynamic as a valuable lesson for their daughters Esmerelda and Amada. 

“Hopefully it’s showing my girls that there are no gender specific roles that one must take on and that we are partners in this and that we’re all partners in this, not just Ryan and I, but our children as well,” she said.

The 2 Fast 2 Furious star added, “It’s a team effort every day, so if they see him and I switching off doing certain things that again aren’t specific to stereotypical gender things, I think that just creates balance and harmony.”

Many stars have been raising their children in a gender-fluid household, teaching their growing kids that they don’t need to be limited by gender roles if they don’t want to be.

Mendes and Gosling originally met while co starring in the film The Place Beyond the Pines, dating soon after in 2011. They share two daughters together named Esmerelda, 7,  and Amada, 6.

After giving birth to them, she decided to take a step back from acting to focus on her little family. She addressed it in response to an Instagram comment, saying, “As a mother now, there are many roles I won’t do. There are many subject matters that I don’t want to be involved with, so it limits my choices and I’m fine with that. I have to set an example for my girls now.”

Motherhood NG Initiative through one of its pet projects, ‘project Hope for Children joined people around he world to celebrate this year’s childrens’ day with children in rural and undeserved communities in five states in Nigeria on Saturday 28th of May, 2022.
Project Hope for Children 2.0 planned to impact 7000 children with provision of Medical care, Hygiene and Nutritional kits, guidance and counseling and not to forget lots of fun games and music.
The purpose of this project is to encourage and promote good hygiene and healthy nutrition among children in underserved communities which will in turn have a positive impact on their personal well-being, self-esteem and self-worth .
This year’s Childrens’ day celebration cum Project Hope for Children was held simultaneously in Iwaya community Lagos state, Durumi IDP camp Abuja, Imafo community Akure Ondo state and Ibadan Oyo state.
The day was marked with free medical care  for children by Mother and Child Hospitals Ikeja Lagos, provision of lots personal hygiene items, book reading and donation, talks and counseling, cutting and sharing of cakes, lots of dancing and other fun activities for the children.
The maiden edition of Project Hope for Children took place on the 27th of May, 2021 where more than 3000 children in Lagos and Ogun state were provided with nutritional and hygiene kits made up of item like toothpaste, toothbrushes, bathing soaps, sanitary towels(for girls), milk, healthy drinks and snacks etc.
Abiodun Alabi the coordinator said the successful and simultaneous celebration of children’s day by Motherhood NG Initiative can only be attributed to the collective effort of various amazing sponsors and selfless volunteers.

Bisi Fayemi, the wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has advised Ekiti women to reject political parties that do not have policies capable of protecting their rights, saying voting for such parties will cause a reversal of the positive impacts the All Progressives Congress government had brought to female in the state.

Specifically, the governor’s wife told the women that the opposition parties in the state were bereft of policies that could uplift women politically, economically, socially, and educationally, hence the need to reject them at the poll on June 18.

The First Lady, who spoke in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, at a rally organised by a group, Ekiti Women in Politics, to mobilise support for the APC governorship candidate, Biodun Oyebanji, ahead of the governorship election, said, “The Fayemi government has done a lot for women.

“But my mind is at rest that our candidate’s wife, Dr. Olayemi Oyebanji, just like I have done, will protect and prevent women from oppression in Ekiti. This is the least we can do for you. For this to be actualised, come out on June 18 and vote for Biodun Oyebanji.”

“This election is a must-win for the APC for the sake of Ekiti women. Don’t fight, be focused on this campaign and deal with issues that will promote our candidate. Before Fayemi came, our women were marginalised in politics. But today, we have provided opportunities for a lot of them,” the governor’s wife said.

The APC Deputy Governorship candidate, Mrs. Monisade Afuye, who lauded Mrs. Fayemi’s persistence and steadfastness in advocacy for the rights of women, group members, said, “Go out and mobilise your women counterparts to vote for the APC. Go to all the nook and cranny and preach the gospel of good governance that the APC represents in Ekiti.”

The Director-General, APC Women Campaign Council, Chief Oluremi Ajayi, said, “Under Fayemi government, women produced 44 councilors, four council vice chairmen, four assembly women, many commissioners, special advisers, board members, and a National Assembly member.

“For this coming election, we also have a woman-deputy governorship candidate. Tell your people, residents outside Ekiti to come home and vote in this governorship election. Go home and be good ambassadors to sustain the good policies we are enjoying under Fayemi,” she said.

Source: Punch Newspaper