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‘The Herbert Macaulay Affair’ for screening at Joburg Film Festival

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A film exploring the life of a nationalist,  Sir Herbert Macaulay, has been selected for screening at the prestigious Joburg Film Festival in.

The film, ‘The Herbert Macaulay Affair’, is a classic take on the life and times of Macaulay, including his relationship with his wife, Caroline Pratt.

Film director, award-winning Imoh Umoren disclosed to the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja.

The Joburg film festival will be collaborating with DISCOP, the biggest market place for film enthusiasts and filmmakers in Africa to connect producers.

NAN reports that films selected for the festival are eligible for awards, some adjudicated by a jury of international experts and the others judged by the audience.

‘The Herbert Macaulay Affair’ dives into Macaulay’s personal life, struggles and his historic love for Caroline Pratt, the daughter of an African Superintendent of Police he married in Dec. 1898.

The marriage came to an end in Aug. 1899 upon Caroline’s death during childbirth and Macaulay was reported to have vowed never to marry again.

Macaulay, born Olayinka Herbert Samuel Heelas Badmus Macaulay on Nov. 14, 1864, was a Nigerian nationalist and politician, considered by many Nigerians as the founder of Nigerian nationalism.

Macaulay was a strong opponent of many colonial policies, and in 1944, he co-founded the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC) together with Nnamdi Azikiwe and became its president.

The Herbert Macaulay Affair is written by Bisi Jamgbadi, with William Benson taking up the titular role. It also features Wale Macaulay, one of Herbert Macaulay’s grandsons, among its cast.

Other stars include: Kelechi Udegbe, Martha Ehinome Orhiere, Tubosun Ayedun, Sunday Afolabi and Mary Kowo.

The film also casts international stars like, Phillip Jarman, Stanley Matthews, as well as Obiora Maduegbuna and Lolo Eremie, among others. (NAN)

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Herbert Mensah Announces 2020 Ghana Rugby Stakeholders Congress

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Mr Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby (http://GhanaRugby.org), announced the holding of a “Ghana Rugby Stakeholders Congress” from his office in Accra.

According to Mensah the very first thing he and his administration did in June 2014 when they took over the reins of Ghana Rugby was to hold a similar Stakeholder Congress.

“The Stakeholder Congress we held in 2014 formed the basis of the 2014 Ghana Rugby Blueprint we put together which eventually resulted in most of what we did, including the ten-team domestic league, resuscitation of women’s rugby and the youth development “Get Into Rugby Programme,” Mensah said.

The announcement by Mensah can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/U2VTkFjk4Q8

Mensah also said that off-the-field successes such as the implementation of the scrumIT Rugby Management System, the implementation of the Sage One online accounting system, the annual auditing of financial systems, the achievement of Full Membership from World Rugby on 10 May 2017, the development of key strategic plans such as the Strategic Plan and Development Plan and the adoption of a new Constitution all followed from the 2014 Stakeholder Congress and subsequent ‘Ghana Rugby Blueprint”.

“It is now almost seven years since the first Stakeholders Congress and we feel that, in light of the enormous challenges we are facing, that it is time to consult with our stakeholders again in a more formal manner. The outcome of this very important event will serve as critical inputs to a new “Ghana Rugby Blueprint” and a revised Strategic Plan for Ghana Rugby,” Mensah said.

Attendees to the “Ghana Rugby Stakeholders Congress” will be by invitation and will include a wide variety of people from Rugby Bodies and Clubs, governing bodies, the media and other selected stakeholders.

The event has been scheduled for Saturday 22 February 2020 at the Ghana Rugby Secretariat in Osu.

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Nollywood: Memoir film ‘The Herbert Macaulay Affair’ set for cinemas

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‘The Herbert Macaulay Affair’  acclaimed memoir film on the live and times of Nigeria’s foremost nationalist, Sir  Herbert Macaulay, is set  to hit Cinemas on October 25.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Imoh Umoren, award-winning filmmaker and producer of the movie, released the 1:31 minutes long trailer for the film on Wednesday.

The Herbert Macaulay Affair is written by Bisi Jamgbadi, with William Benson taking up the role of politician and nationalist, Sir Herbert Macaulay.

The star-studded film features Wale Macaulay, one of Herbert Macaulay’s grandsons, among its cast.

Other stars include Kelechi Udegbe, Martha Ehinome Orhiere, Tubosun Ayedun, Sunday Afolabi and Mary Kowo.

The film also cast international stars like, Phillip Jarman, Stanley Matthews, as well as Obiora Maduegbuna and  Lolo Eremie, among others.

The trailer showed scenes of Benson interpreting Sir Herbert Macaulay’s gestures and voice, while addressing a crowd ahead of a protest, with his famous tobacco wood pipe during a closed-door conversation, as well as his uniquely styled mustache.

The film dives into Macaulay’s personal life, struggles and his historic love for Caroline Pratt, the daughter of an African Superintendent of Police he  married  in Dec. 1898.

The marriage came to an end in Aug. 1899 upon Caroline’s death during childbirth and Macaulay was reported to have vowed never to marry again.

reports that Sir Herbert Macaulay, born Olayinka Herbert Samuel Heelas Badmus Macaulay on November 14, 1864, was a Nigerian nationalist and politician, who is considered by many Nigerians as the founder of Nigerian nationalism.

Macaulay was a strong opponent of many colonial policies, and in 1944 he  co-founded the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC) together with Nnamdi Azikiwe and became its president.

He died on May 7, 1946, and was immortalised by the Federal Government,  with his image inscription on One Naira coin

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Award-winning filmmaker, Umoren explores Herbert Macaulay’s life in new film

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Acclaimed filmmaker, Imoh Umoren’s new film ‘The Herbert Macaulay Affair’ explores the life of nationalist.

Macaulay was one of the first Nigerian nationalists and for most of his life a strong opponent of many colonial policies.

In 1944, Macaulay co-founded the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC) together with Nnamdi Azikiwe and became its president.

The NCNC was a patriotic organization designed to bring together Nigerians of all stripes to demand independence.

In an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Friday, Umoren explained that the film dives into Macaulay’s personal life, struggles and love for Caroline Pratt.

According to several historical sources, Macaulay married Caroline Pratt, daughter of an African Superintendent of Police in Dec.1898.

The marriage came to an end in Aug. 1899 upon Caroline’s death during childbirth and Macaulay was reported to have vowed never to marry again.

Umoren said, “The Herbert Macaulay Affair is the story of Young Herbert who returned from studying overseas to sow the seeds for the revolution that would eventually lead to our Independence.

“The story takes place between 1898 and 1925. It dives into his personal life, his love for Caroline Pratt and the his family and his love for the people.

“We see different sides of Herbert; The Lover and The Revolutionary,” he said.

Umoren also told NAN that he was inspired to make the film in 2014 based on his findings as a member of the writing team for the Nigerian ‘100 years’ documentary.

He said, “In 2014 I was part of the writing team for Nigeria’s 100 years anniversary documentary and as we delved in I realised there were so many parts of our history that we did not touch.

“For me, I choose to make the story about him to remind Nigerians that we as a people had never stood for tyranny. We spoke in one voice and overcame oppression together.”

Umoren explained that funding was a major struggle while he tries to make the film as “some people did not believe that a Nigerian director could pull this off.”

According to him, the film is intended to teach Nigerians more about the country’s history and the founding fathers.

He said, “I want the audience to learn about their history. You will be surprised just how many people thought Herbert Macaulay was white.

“Also, how many people don’t know a thing about him. I am talking grown adults here. I hope this film also encourages us to speak out against oppression and corruption and also to remind us of our heritage as a people,” he said.

Umoren is known for his socially conscious work, especially producing the first black and white silent film in Nollywood ‘Hard Times’ which won an Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) in 2015.

Umoren gained acclaim for making Indie films after his 2009 production, ‘Lemon Green’ got nominated for many awards and premiered at several film festivals.

Since then, he has worked on other indie films including primetime drama shows such as ‘Oghenekome’ which featured Nollywood stars, Ramsey Nouah and Segun Arinze.

In 2018, his work ‘Children of Mud’ got four nominations at the AMVCA including a Best Actress nominations for one of its actors, 11-year-old Mariam Kayode.

Umoren has also worked on ‘MTV Advance Warning,’ ‘Project Fame,’ ‘Don’t Forget The Lyrics,’ and ‘Malta Guinness Street Dance.’

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2019 Wimbledon: Anderson makes quick work of dispatching Herbert

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2019 Wimbledon: Anderson makes quick work of dispatching Herbert

London, July 1, 2019 Returning to the lush grasscourts of Wimbledon proved to be just the tonic Kevin Anderson needed on Monday.

The 2018 runner-up buried memories of an injury-hit year by easing into the second round with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

The South African moved around a sun-kissed Court Three with ease to dispatch doubles specialist Herbert.

He had played only three tour-level events this year before arriving at Wimbledon due to an elbow injury.

The straight-sets win would have come as a huge relief to fourth seed Anderson considering Herbert appeared to be in fine form on grass.

Herbert had reached his first tour level semi-final on the surface at the Halle warm-up tournament.

He can now look forward to getting more vocal support from the local fans as he will be back on court alongside Andy Murray this week.

The duo is bidding to win the men’s doubles title as the Briton continues his recovery from hip surgery.

For Anderson, he would have been delighted to get off court with a win that took a mere one hour 46 minutes considering the last time he held aloft his arms in victory at the All England Club.

Then, it was after surviving a six-hour 36 minute epic against John Isner in last year’s semi-final.

 

 

 

 

 

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Volkswagen announces two-bln-euro investment in electric mobility in China

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Germany’s largest carmaker Volkswagen announced on Friday that it would invest around two billion euros (2.22 billion U.S. dollars) in electric mobility in China.

Volkswagen would invest one billion euros by increasing its stake in the e-mobility joint venture with Chinese JAC Motors from 50 to 75 percent and also acquire 50 percent in JAC‘s parent company JAG, the company stated.

“Together with strong and reliable partners, Volkswagen is strengthening its electrification strategy in China,” stated Herbert Diess, chief executive officer (CEO) of Volkswagen.

Founded in 2017, the JAC Volkswagen joint venture is an all-electric company which develops, produces and sells new energy vehicles (NEV). According to the German carmaker, an expansion of up to five additional battery electric vehicles (BEV) models by 2025 is planned, as well as building a “full-scale e-model factory.”

Furthermore, Volkswagen announced to acquire a 26 percent stake in Chinese battery manufacturer Gotion High-Tech Co., Ltd. also for around one billion euros, thus becoming the Chinese company’s largest shareholder.

Volkswagen would become the first global automaker to invest directly in a Chinese battery supplier, said the company. The partnership with Gotion, was an “opportunity” for Volkswagen to “achieve deeper know-how in the field of batteries.”

The electric car segment was “growing rapidly” and offered “a great deal of potential for JAC Volkswagen,” said Diess. With the investment in Gotion, Volkswagen would be “actively driving forward the development of battery cells in China.”

According to Volkswagen, Gotion would maintain its projects over the entire battery value chain from sourcing, development and production to recycling and was “in the process of becoming a certified Volkswagen Group battery supplier in China.”

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Volkswagen to invest €2bn in Chinese electric vehicle market

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German carmaker Volkswagen on Friday said that it had agreed to invest more than 2 billion euros (2.2 billion dollars) in two Chinese electric car companies.

The vehicle which is the latest in a series of moves to muscle in on the lucrative Chinese market.

The Wolfsburg-based company said it has signed a memorandum to pay 1 billion euros for a 50-per cent stake in the state owned parent of JAC Motors, thereby raising its stake in the joint venture with JAC to 75 per cent.

It also said it would invest 1.1 billion euros in order to acquire a 26.5 per cent stake in Guoxuan High-tech Co Ltd, an electric vehicle battery manufacturer.

The transaction will make Volkswagen its biggest shareholder.

“Together with strong and reliable partners, Volkswagen is strengthening its (electrific vehicle) strategy in China,’’ said VW chief executive Herbert Diess, according to a statement.

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LASG working on thorough evacuation of silt in drainage channels — Commissioner

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The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, says Lagos State Government will focus more on silt evacuation to ensure proper flow of drainage channels in the state.

Bello made this known during the Phase II inspection of the ongoing drainage clearing exercise by the Lagos State Government on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commissioner was accompanied by Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Mr Joe Igbokwe, Permanent Secretary, Drainage, Mr Olalekan Shodeinde and other senior officials in the ministry.

NAN also reports that the drainage channels visited included the System 2, Fola Agoro, Opeyemi Fola Agoro Collector drain, Somolu, Aloe, Akobi Crescent, Drainaging of Ojo Niyun by Park Lane Channel Collector Drain.

Other drainage channels visited included the NTA 7,/Alaka Channel (System 4) Alaka, Dredging of Carter Drainage Channel, Idi Araba drain, Railway, Alaka, Otumara Costain Under bridge, Herbert Macaulay, Nathan Collector Drain and dredging of Bush Arowojobe Channel.

According to Bello, it is better to allow evacuated silt taken from the canal to drain for some time because it is usually wet and heavy.

He said that at least two or three days were enough for the silt to dry, saying that the ministry had noticed abandonment of silts around some places which would be addressed as soon as possible.

“Our observation so far is that we still have some problems in some areas and in most parts, the drainage evacuator had done tremendous job in evacuation of drainage channels in the state.

“We have asked the engineers in charge of some drainages that we are not comfortable with what they did and to go back and start all over again.

“We have been able to stabilise the environment structure in the state. We are working toward stabilising the structure of waste management we have.

“Similarly, the drainage management have been reinstalled as a result of drainage abandonment in the last four years; Idi Araba drainage was an evidence of drainage abandonment,” Bello said.

He said that the Idi Araba drainage had been evacuated, saying that it remained the upstream that needed to be evacuated to ensure proper flow of water channel.

Igbokwe said that the team had been to 25 drainage channels so far to ensure possible reduction of flooding in the state.

He urged Lagos residents to stop dumping of refuse into the canal

to complement government efforts at clearing the drainage channels.

Shodeinde said that many channels had been cleared which gave water easy passage, adding that the exercise continues till September 2020 to get the state ready for the October peak.

He urged residents to vacate from the setback – the minimum distance which a building or other structure must be from the canal – to enable the government excavate cutaway at the setback of the canal.

Shodeinde also urged residents to always maintain their tertiary drain to avoid small drains in the streets. .

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EU outlines ‘Green Deal’ agriculture, biodiversity plans

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The European Commission presented its plans for more environmentally friendly agricultural production and greater biodiversity, on Wednesday, as part of its flagship “European Green Deal” policy.

The EU’s executive set out with an ambitious environmental strategy when commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, took office last year.

That has taken a back seat, however, during the coronavirus pandemic.

The aim of the so-called “farm to fork” strategy is to reduce the use of pesticides and antibiotics and improve fertilisers.

Animal welfare is also to be improved and the fishing industry is being made more sustainable.

At the same time, it calls for a reduction in food and packaging waste, while proposing the introduction of mandatory food labels on the front of packaging to cut back on high fat, sugar and salt contents and encourage consumers to make sustainable choices.

The strategy aims “to reconcile our food systems with our planet’s health, to ensure food security and meet the aspirations of Europeans for healthy, equitable and eco-friendly food,’’ said EU Food Safety Commissioner, Stella Kyriakides.

The commission also presented a parallel strategy to promote biodiversity, at the core of which is a proposed expansion of protected areas.

Under the proposal, 30 per cent of European land and sea areas are to be placed under protection while 10 per cent would be left virtually untouched under particularly strict conditions.

EU capitals and lawmakers are invited to endorse the commission’s approach, which will then be fleshed out with concrete legislative proposals.

However, it has already encountered resistance from the centre-right European People’s Party, the largest in the EU legislature.

“We regret that the European Commission is hurrying its ‘farm to fork’ strategy now when farmers all over Europe are facing huge insecurity over their future,’’ said EU lawmaker, Herbert Dorfmann, the group’s agriculture spokesman.

But the Greens welcomed the approach, with the spokesman, Martin Haeusling, calling on the commission to “promptly” incorporate its ideas into a broader reform of EU farm policy.

The “European Green Deal’’ aims to overhaul the EU’s economy and channel investments into projects that will see the bloc’s carbon emissions fall to net zero by 2050.

The commission stresses that it should form a cornerstone of coronavirus recovery measures.

Edited By: Fatima Sule/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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CACOVID donates COVID-19 test kits to NCDC

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A private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID), has donated more extraction kits and silicon swabs to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) toward enhancing COVID-19 tests in the country.

Herbert Wigwe, Managing Director, Access Bank, in a statement on Sunday in Lagos, said CACOVID released 140 extraction kits, which translates to 14,000 tests to strengthen government’s response to tackle and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wigwe said that the coalition was concerned that the availability of test kits had become a challenge in fighting the virus.

According to him, before the end of May, CACOVID will bring in more test kits to increase testing capacity by 32,500.

“The reality of the situation at hand is such that efforts must be put together, with no stone left unturned, in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

Wigwe pledged CACOVID’s support to fight the spread of Coronavirus in Kano and other northern parts of the country.

“We will continue to pull together resources across industries to provide technical and operational support, while providing funding and building advocacy through aggressive awareness drives to tackle the menace of COVID-19 in the country,” he added.

Responding, Mrs Olajumoke Babatunde, Deputy Director, Central Public Health Laboratory, NCDC, commended CACOVID for the provision of the test kits to increase Nigeria’s testing capacity.

According to her, the donation is coming at a very critical period when the country needs more test kits to determine the number of cases in Nigeria.

“We will not be able to know the status of a COVID-19 patient without testing.

“When we have kits available and we are able to test on time, we will be able to meet our turnaround time and this will translate to prompt diagnosis and treatment,” Babatunde said.

She said early diagnosis and treatment would assist to reduce the spread of the virus in the country, adding that CACOVID’s donation would help make NCDC’s task easier.

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Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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