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AGN appoints Sam Dede head of Disciplinary Committee

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The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), has appointed veteran Nollywood thespian, Sam Dede, as Chairman of its Disciplinary-Committee.


Monalisa Chinda-Coker, the guild’s Director of Communications, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.


According to her, the disciplinary committee is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring law and order in the body and to ensure that actors uphold ethical standards.

Chinda-Coker listed other members of the committee as: Lilian Amah-Aluko, Secretary, Tricia Esigbe, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Adigizi Bala, Clarion Chukwura, and Funsho Adeolu

She said the National President of the guild, Ejezie Emeka Rollas, had inaugurated two other committees to help to re-organise the organisation.

“This is in a bid to position the guild to meet the aspirations of members in line with international best practice, and to improve the standard of the acting profession.’’

Chinda-Coker named the committees as `Harmonization Committee’ and `Committee on Establishment of the Women Crisis Institute’.

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She explained that the harmonisation committee is chaired by ace Comedian Okey Bakasi, adding it was constituted to harmonise recommendations of past committees with the ultimate aim of producing a handbook for members.

According to her, other members of the harmonisation committee are: Joke Silva, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Bimbo Manuel, Ijeoma Imoh and Marcus Maina with Don Pedro Aganbi as the secretary.

She said that the committee on the establishment of women crisis Institute is saddled with the responsibility of helping the National Council of Nigerian Women Societies in raising funds to start the institute.

“This committee is chaired by Ronnie Dikko and Chidi Okafor as the Secretary is designed to take care of women who are victims of rape, sexual molestations and gender-based violence.

“Other members are Kate Henshaw, Keppy Ekpeyong -Bassey, AJility Onwurah, Kareem Mohammed and Hajia Salma, Desmond Elliot and Femi Branch, among others.

Chinda-Coker added that the committee on the establishment of the women crisis institute also has Shan George, Chris Oge Kalu, Rita Daniels, Blossom Chukwujekwu and Oby Okafor as members.

Chinda-Coker quoted the guild’s president urging members to join hands with him to build a “virile Guild for all’’.

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Diabetes causes one in five COVID-19 deaths, says WHO

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By Moses Emorinken, Abuja

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said 18.3 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in Africa are among people with diabetes.


In an analysis, the global health organisation said the disease is one of the conditions that global studies have found to increase the risk of severe illness and death among people with the virus.


The WHO analysis of 14 African countries, which provided information on COVID-19 and comorbidities, showed that the risk of complications or death from COVID-19 among people with diabetes increases with age, with people aged 60 years and above facing greater risks.

Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.But with early diagnosis and treatment, many of the harmful effects of the disease can be delayed or even avoided.

The disease occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin (Type One diabetes) or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces (Type Two diabetes); the more common is Type Two diabetes.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja to mark this year’s World Diabetes Day, the WHO noted that over the past three decades, the occurrence of Type Two diabetes has risen dramatically in all countries around the world.

The African region has experienced a six-fold increase, from 4 million cases in 1980 to 25 million in 2014.

With around 60 per cent of people living with diabetes undiagnosed, the African region has the highest proportion of people unaware of their status.

A study in Kenya found that 60 per cent of people diagnosed with the chronic condition were not on medication.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti said: “Far too many people are in the dark as to whether they have diabetes. People with this chronic condition suffer a double blow if they are also infected with COVID-19. We must turn this around by investing in early detection, prevention and treatment of diabetes.

“We must not lose sight of other health challenges as we combat COVID-19. World Diabetes Day is a key moment to call attention to this chronic illness, which is increasingly threatening the lives of Africans.”

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“He was an African Giant”: Tributes Pour In For Ex-Ghanaian President, Jerry Rawlings

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It’s a sad day for Ghanaians and Africa as a whole, as former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings passes away on November 12, 2020.


The renowned statesman ruled for a brief period in 1979 and then led a military junta from 1981 to 1992, going on to serve two terms as the democratically elected President of Ghana.

The revolutionary leader who led the country between 1981-2001 as a military and subsequently, a civilian ruler was reported to have died due to Covid-19 complications at the age of 73.

Following the news of his passing, tributes to the ex-President have been pouring in, with many describing him as a true African hero.

See some of the tributes from Twitter:

RIP Jerry Rawlings.

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Osinbajo gives update on Nigeria getting COVID-19 vaccine

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday said one of Nigeria’s main priorities now was getting the COVID-19 vaccine. He said this was a matter of utmost concern to the present regime.


According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, the Vice President spoke at the opening of the virtual edition of the Paris Peace Forum which featured presentations by some Heads of State and government alongside international organisations, on a collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The statement was titled “Getting COVID-19 vaccine a matter of utmost concern, says Osinbajo. Akande quoted the Vice President as saying that “The priorities of Nigeria in the post COVID-19 era include improved healthcare and the economy. “First, we need to keep the virus under control. While our guards are still firmly in place, getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a matter of utmost concern.

“On this, we are encouraged by the efforts of WHO and other international agencies working to ensure that vaccine delivery will be equitable across all countries, regardless of the priority of orders and ability to pay.”

Underscoring the importance of prioritising interventions and investments in the healthcare system, the Vice President said “we are encouraging private investment to upscale our health sector, with emphasis on improved facilities and affordable universal healthcare.”

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