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Inside Abuja’s Exclusive Female Mechanic Workshop Where Women Run Things (Photos)



For Mrs. Favour Okonkwo, a female automobile mechanic in Abuja, practicing her profession is a dream come true, having nursed the interest way back in secondary school as a teenager. Denigrating comments by people about mechanics did not discourage or make her change her mind. She, however, ended up marrying an auto mechanic too, whom she said has given her all the encouragement and wherewithal she needs to excel in her profession.

A female mechanic, Mrs Favour Okonkwo now runs an automobile workshop at the Zuba mechanic village in Abuja, with four female apprentices.

A native of Awka in Anambra State and mother of six, Madam Rock of ages, as she’s fondly called, said her journey started at the Government Technical College Awka. “That was where I developed the passion for this work. I later met the love of my life who coincidentally is also an auto mechanic, so with the experience I gathered from school, we joined forces and set up this business.

Madam Favour said she also acquired addition knowledge in Auto mechatronic from some institutions thereafter, and has attended many workshops through which she further expanded her horizon.

“We started the work in Onitsha, and later relocated to Abuja in 2010. I used to work even when pregnant, although it is not easy. I try to do what I can afford to, and leave the rest for others.

Madam Favour

On how she combines her profession and the home front, she said everything is about planning. “There’s a popular saying that when you fail to plan, definitely you are planning to fail. So, when you plan your life very well, things naturally fall in place.”

She also noted that in the course of doing business, she passes through many challenges, especially inability to attend to her customers promptly sometimes.

“But those that understand would patiently wait for me to sort out my family issues, then attend to them. There are also issues of those that would attempt to discourage you. Some people would openly challenge me on why, as a woman, I would venture into a field dominated by men, while others would even say, ‘as beautiful as she is, why did she choose this profession’, and things like that.

“But that has never discouraged me, because I had already made my mind about it. To me, the essence of living is to meet your need, that of immediate and extended family, and so far, God has been faithful,” she explained.

Madam Favour said she had trained two girls in the profession and currently has four trainees. Daily Trust Saturday also leant that five males are working with her husband who shares the same workshop with her.

Speaking about her children, she said she can’t wait for them to develop interest in the profession. “Even if they would not strictly choose the profession, but any knowledge or skill they acquire here would help them in future. I have mostly female children, and during the lockdown, all of them were here. If you see them on the job, you would mistake them for professional engineers. They’ve gone back to school; some of them are in boarding school, while others go from home.”

Talking about successes recorded so far, Madam Favour said, “As an average Nigerian, I don’t beg anybody for food, and I don’t struggle to pay my bills. If I need anything, I would just look for it, at least at my own level. I pay my apprentices, at least a little amount to take care of themselves like for feeding. I also take care of my children, especially their education. To me, these are great achievements.”

The female mechanic along with 3 of the girls under her tutelage

One of her apprentices, Victoria John, 18, said she has been yearning to train as an auto mechanic. She stopped school at JSS 3, but added that she would go back for her studies in future. The teenage mechanic apprentice said though she hasn’t spent more than a year in the garage, she is now able to handle many things, and she aspires to be like her madam one day.

Husband of the woman mechanic, Mr. Valentine Okonkwo, said they specialize in and handle mostly German made vehicles such as Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Volkswagen and so on.

Speaking on why he allowed his wife to join him in the profession, and went ahead to accommodate other ladies under her supervision, Mr Okonkwo said “To me what a man can do a woman too can do it, if not even better. People always want to stereotype women but the world has advanced beyond that today.

“Women should be encouraged to do what they love in order to fend for themselves, and in case of any eventuality they would not be stranded.”

Mr. Okonkwo said he is planning to relocate to a newly acquired site at nearby Tungan-Maje town, which according to him is bigger and more accommodating.

“And I also look forward to acquiring more working tools such as lifters, auto diagnoses, alignments and tyre removal tools, among others, to boost our business.”

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2020 Headies nominations (Full List)



Nigeria’s premier music award show, Headies, has released the nomination list for the 2020 Award show.

2020 Headies nominations (Full List)

As anticipated by many, stars like Wizkid, Burna Boy and Fireboy lead the nominations,.

See the full nomination list below;

Here the full list of Nominees for Headies Awards 2020

1. Best recording of the year:

– Brymo – Ozymandias
– Burna Boy – Wonderful
– Fireboy DML – Dreamer
– Wizkid – Smile
– WurlD – Ghost Town

2. Producer of the year

– Pheelz – Billionaire by Teni
– Spax – Away by Oxlade
– Kel P – Pull Up by Burna Boy
– Sarz – Mad by WurlD

3. Best Rap Album

– AQ – God’s Engineering
– Ill Bliss – Illy Chapo X
– Psycho YP – YPSZN2
– PayBac – CULT!
– Erigga – The Erigma 2

4. Best Alternative album

– Brymo – Yellow
– Asa – Lucid
– Bez – The Light
– DRB – Pioneers
– The Cavemen – Roots

5. Best Pop album

– FireboyDML – APOLLO
– Burna Boy – African Giant
– Davido – A Good Time
– Yemi Alade – Woman of Steel
– Adekunle Gold – Afropop Vol. 1

6. Song of the year

-Davido – Fem
-Wizkid – Joro
-Naira Marley – Mafo
-Simi – Duduke
-DJ Neptune, Joeboy & Mr Eazi – Nobody

7. Best R&B album

-Fireboy DML – LTG
-Praiz – King
-Chike – Boo Of The Booless
-Tiwa Savage – Celia
-Sarz & Wurld – ILGWT

8. Best Music Video

-Clarence Peters – Eli
-Director K – 1 Milli
-Meji Alabi – Smile
-TG Omori – Billionaire
-Ovie Etseyaye – Wombolombo

9. Best R&B single

-Simi – Duduke
-Sarz & Wurld – Mad
-Omah Lay – Bad Influence
-Tiwa Savage – Dangerous Love
-Fireboy DML – Tattoo
-Praiz – Under The Sky

10. Best Rap Single

-Reminisce – OGB4IG
-ILLBLISS – Country
-Phyno – Get The Info
-Falz – Bop Daddy
-Blaqbonez – Shut Up

11. Best Collabo

-Sweet in the middle
-Don’t call me back
-Know You
-Get The Info

12. Best Vocal Performance (Male)

-Wurld – Ghost Town
-Chike – Forgive
-Praiz – Under the sky
-Cobhams – Plenti
-Nonso Amadi – What makes you sure
-Johnny Drille – Count on you


-Omah Lay
-Bella Shmurda

14. Headies Revelation

-Victor AD
-Fireboy DML

15. Lyricist on the roll

-AQ – Eunice
-Blaqbonez – Define Rap 2
-M.I Abaga – The Trinity
-illBliss – Country
-Phenom – Get The Info
-Phyno – Speak Life

16. Best street hop artists

-Naira Marley & Young Jonn – Mafo
-Mayorkun – Geng
-Reminisce – Instagram
-Rudeboy – Audio Mone
-IVD ft Zlatan – Bolanle
-Olamide – Pawon

17. Best Alternative Song

-Lady Donli – Corner
-Moelogo – I Wonder
-Deena Ade – Bitter
-The Cavemen – Anita
-Gbasky – Money Devotion
-Olu – God save the queen

18. Album of the year

-Burna Boy – African Giant
-Fireboy DML – Apollo
-Adekunle Gold – Afropop Vol 1
-Brymo – Yellow
-Chike – Boo of the Booless

19. African Artiste Recognition

-Master KG
-Kuami Eugene
-Sauti Sol
-Shatta Wale

20. Headies Viewers Choice

-Burna Boy
-Fireboy DML
-DJ Neptune

21. Rookie of the year

-Alpha P
-Bad Boy Timz

22. Songwriter of the year

-Simi – Duduke
-Fireboy DML – Dreamer
-Burna Boy – Way Too Big
-Omah Lay – Bad Influence
-Wurld – Ghost Town
-Adekunle Gold – 1 Milli

23. Special Recognition

Eedris Abdulkareem & Timaya

24. Hall of fame

-King Sunny Ade


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Anticipated Movie, ‘Quam’s Money’ to host Star Studded Premiere in 4 Different Locations at the Same Time | December 6th



The star-studded premiere of the much talked about blockbuster, ‘Quam’s Money,’ is set to take place on December 6th, 2020 at 4 different locations around Nigeria at the same time.

The Inkblot Productions, Filmone Entertainment, and House 21 movie will be screened at all 4 locations for select audiences consisting of the movie’s cast — Falz, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Williams Uchemba, Toni Tones, Michelle Dede, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Jemima Osunde, and many other Nigerian entertainment industry A-listers.

Quam’s Money’ is an action-comedy which follows the character of Quam aka Sweet Boy Q, a security-guard-turned-millionaire, who does everything to get his money back after losing N500 million to a group of fraudsters in a phoney business deal. It is the sequel to the 2018 hit movie ‘New Money,’ and sees Falz reprise his role from the first movie, this time as the lead character. It is directed by Kayode Kasum (Sugar Rush) and written by Chinaza Onuzo (Up North)

‘Quam’s Money’ will be available for public viewing in cinemas across Nigeria from December 11th, 2020.

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Senate urges FG to procure COVID-19 vaccines for Nigerians



The Senate has urged the Federal Government to make sufficient funds available for procurement and administration of COVID-19 vaccines for Nigerians.

It described as unfortunate the failure by government to produce a plan for the purchase, distribution and administration of the therapy despite the fact that many nations globally had done so.

Adopting a motion sponsored on Thursday, Dec 3, by Senator Oloriegbe Ibrahim during plenary presided over by Senate President Ahmad Lawan in Abuja, the upper legislative chamber directed its Committee on Health and Primary Health Care to summon the Ministries of Health and Finance, as well as the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and other relevant agencies for their plans.

The lawmakers regretted that “the only plan on COVID-19 vaccine for Nigeria is the pledge by Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (GAVI) to support 20 per cent of the country’s requirement.”

This support, according to them, would cover only the cost of the treatment without taking care of logistics for distribution and administration.

The legislature added: “Despite the change in the epidemiology trends of the disease, the financial plan developed by the country and World Bank in April 2020 to fund the response to the pandemic is still being implemented without taking due cognisance of the changes by re-allocating the funds to vaccine procurement.”

It noted that failure to administer vaccines in the nation would result in Nigeria’s inability to contain further infections and a possible ban on Nigerians by countries across the world.

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