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Chinese Tiktok Invites African Entrepreneurs to Join Elevator Pitch Event

Chinese video sharing service, Tiktok invites African entrepreneurs to join the world-first elevator pitch in the sky event.

Boniswa Sidwaba, content operations manager at Tiktok Africa team, said in a statement that all founders of early-stage start-ups in Africa and the middle east have until Sept. 24 to submit an innovative one-minute Tiktok video pitch that will inform and impress the global panel of expert judges, using the platform’s easy-to-use video editing tools.

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Sidwaba also stated that the funding initiative will provide entrepreneurs with the opportunity to compete for 1.08 Million Shillings (about 10,000 U.S. Dollars) investment and one-year mentorship from the Gritti fund which is the world’s first purpose-driven and happiness-focused investment fund.

According to Sidwaba, as part of the initiative, local Tiktok users will be able to view the pitches tagged #Pitchupinthesky as well as interviews with a judging panel of world-famous entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

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Customs Boss Meets With Nigeria Olympic Committee President, Pledges Collaboration

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Author: Ruth Akata.

The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Bashir Adeniyi, had on Monday, 27 May 2024, received in audience the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) led by Habu Gumel at the service’s Headquarters in Abuja.

According to Gumel, the meeting with the CGC aimed at portraying opportunities and scholarships for young athletes to showcase their skills and talents.

The CGC, while addressing the delegation from the Nigeria Olympic Committee, recognises the importance and worth of the committee and its role in promoting the Olympic spirit both nationally and internationally. He further acknowledged their contributions to fostering a collaborative and supportive sports community.

Customs Boss emphasised Nigeria Customs Service as an organisation that takes sports very seriously because of the values it instils, particularly self-discipline, saying, “Sports can serve as a powerful tool for promoting discipline and teamwork, essential qualities for success in any organisation, especially in the paramilitary”.

He added that fitness is paramount, not only in sports but also in paramilitary organisations like the NCS. “Being physically fit enhances performance, resilience, and overall health, which are all crucial for carrying out duties effectively. It is not difficult for service members to identify as members of the sports fraternity in different forms”.

“As a responsive organisation, we believe that sports management is about talent management, identifying talents, nurturing them, giving them the right exposure because they do not only represent and win but also bring values to the community that produces them”, he added.

Speaking earlier, the NOC President, Habu Gumel, expressed his gratitude, counted it a great privilege to be part of the delegation and applauded the NCS’s commitment to supporting and collaborating with the international Olympic community to ensure that talents are identified in Nigeria, qualified persons are being prepared, trained and pushed on the global grounds.

The NOC boss said, “The National Olympic Committee for Nigeria is responsible for coordinating and supporting Nigerian competitors in the Olympic Games. It is also the body responsible for Nigeria’s representation at the Commonwealth Games.”

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COWA National President Celebrates Children’s Day

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Urges Parents to Protect Kids from Dangers of Social Media

Author: Muhammad Bashir.

The National President of the Customs Officers’ Wives Association (COWA) and wife of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Mrs Kikelomo Adewale Adeniyi, on Monday, 27 May 2024, in Abuja hosted over 200 children to a party to mark the 2024 Children’s Day celebration.

Speaking to newsmen at the Corporate Headquarters of COWA in Abuja, Mrs Adeniyi revealed that the occasion was aimed at setting a lifetime agenda that will guide the children in the future, adding, “As mothers, it is our duty to nurture our children and pray for them to succeed in life.”

She said, “You can see, it is a beautiful day; it’s the Children’s Day, and COWA is organising this event to celebrate the day with the children because they are special to us – and we are concerned about their future.

The COWA National President, who expressed confidence in the ability of Nigerian children to excel and become good ambassadors of Nigeria in the future, urged them to heed what their parents and teachers teach them and to avoid using social media platforms negatively.


Speaking about this year’s theme: “Protecting the Nigerian Child from the Dangers of Online Technology”, Mrs Adeniyi said, “At COWA, we believe that it is our responsibility to speak to the minds of our children to protect them and educate them to understand the dangers of online stuff.”

The National President also urged parents and guardians to be extra vigilant about their children’s activities at home and to watch how they operate online technological gadgets “because there are so many people on social media; thus, we all must be watchful towards what our children are doing.” She added.

Mrs Adeniyi, who emphasised the significance of raising children with the awareness that they represent their families and the larger community, said, “In my opinion, children who are within the age of 8–16 must not be allowed to use social media platforms.”

She also used the occasion to urge the Children to be obedient to their parents and remain disciplined, adding that “Discipline is the key to achieving greatness in life and that COWA will continue to support them.”

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Customs CG Adeniyi Hosts Former CG Mustapha at Nigeria Customs Headquarters

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Author: Folusho Adeogun.

The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Adewale Adeniyi, on Tuesday, 20 May 2024, received the former Comptroller-General of Customs, Ahmed Mustapha, at the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Headquarters in Abuja.

Former CGC Mustapha, who served from 1999 to 2004, expressed his heartfelt gratitude and admiration for the extensive changes and advancements the service has undergone since he left office.

During his visit, Mustapha remarked, “I am deeply impressed by the transformations that have taken place within the Nigeria Customs Service since I left office in 2004. The advancements in technology, infrastructure, and overall efficiency are commendable and reflect the dedication of the current leadership and staff.”

CGC Adewale Adeniyi warmly welcomed the retired CGC and appreciated Mustapha’s visit. “It is an honour to receive former CGC Ahmed Mustapha today. His contributions laid a solid foundation for the progress we are building upon. I am grateful that he found the time to visit and see firsthand the developments at the NCS headquarters.”

Adeniyi also requested the management team to join in the pleasure of hosting Mustapha, highlighting the importance of recognising the efforts of past leaders in shaping the future of the service. “We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us,” Adeniyi noted. “Their legacy and hard work have paved the way for the innovations and improvements we are implementing today.”

The visit was marked by a tour of the headquarters, where Mustapha was shown the latest technological advancements of the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) centre, which have enhanced the efficiency and effectiveness of the NCS.

The meeting concluded with both leaders emphasising the importance of continuity and the sharing of knowledge across different eras of leadership.

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