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Obasanjo’s Mango Farm In Benue To Employ 1000 Workers, Plans To Build Juice Making Factory |The Republican News

Former President, Dr Olusegun Obasanjo

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, says his mango plantation in Howe, Gwer East Local Government Area will employ over 1,000 workers in Benue State.

Mr Obasanjo made the disclosure on Monday in Howe during a visit to the farm to inspect the progress made so far.

He said the plantation would produce and process finished products such as juice from assorted fruits and oil from the seeds that could be used by pharmaceutical companies among others.

“I have come for four things, first to see how the farm has started, thank the governor for his encouragement; thank the community for accepting us and lastly give the workers the way forward.

“The workers are from this community. The mangoes will start producing between three to four years time. We have about 140 hectares of land for the project.’’

The former president said that factories for processing fruits would be built and over a 1,000 people would be employed at completion.

He said the oranges, mangoes and other fruits produced by farmers in the state would not enough be enough to run the factories, hence the need for the plantation.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, who accompanied Mr Obasanjo on the visit, said the state government was ready to facilitate the enabling environment for investors to invest.

Mr Ortom said agriculture remained the only permanent gold mine in the country, stressing that it was even far more than oil.

He said his administration would support the private sector and promote development and provide employment for the Benue people.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr Obasanjo had earlier laid foundation of the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi School for “Children with Special Needs” in Igbor, Gwer East local government area.

(NAN)

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Nigerian Oil Mogul, Igho Sanomi Forfeits Private Jet, 3 London Homes To Swiss Bank Over $3m Debt

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Igho Sanomi, a Nigerian billionaire has forfeited his private jet and 3 London homes to a Swiss bank over a $3million debt. The Nigerian billionaire was a guarantor for a credit facility extended to one of his companies by Credit Suisse Group AG, the Swiss bank. It was further gathered that another bank, Banque Cantonale de Geneva has already made a freezing order against the London properties, just as ING Groep NV filed a suit against Sanomi for Taleveras’s unpaid debts.
 
A written submission to a London court last week by Andrew Brown, counsel to Credit Suisse, read in part;”Three properties owned by Sanomi, including apartments in Chelsea, West London, and Belgravia, in the heart of London’s diplomatic quarter, have already been identified as assets that may have to be forfeited if he loses”.
 
Though lawyers of Igho Sanomi, the Nigerian billionaire who has forfeited his private jet and 3 London homes didn’t respond to request for comments but affirmed knowledge of the case, however, the bank’s lawyer revealed that the billionaire “has not put in any defence or objection to the charging orders”.  
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Dangote, Africa’s Richest Man To Bid For Chelsea FC, If Kroenke Fails To Sell Arsenal

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote

by MhizMuna

Is Dangote offering to buy Chelsea? Africa’s Richest man drops a hint, Nigeria’s richest man and Arsenal FC supporter, Aliko Dangote has revealed he might be interested in owning another football club if his offer to buy the London club yet again fails.

Dangote expressed his interest to acquire Arsenal back in 2017 and has continued to make open advances for a deal should majority shares owner Stan Kroenke be willing to listen.

Arsenal is worth $2.5billion and are the most profitable football team in the world behind Manchester United, but it shouldn’t be a problem for the Fulani Business Magnate whose current net worth is put at $10.4 billion, per Forbes.comIn an interview last year in Singapore, Dangote restated his desire to make another bid to buy the Gunners because ‘I am very attached’ to the club.

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Nigerian Businessman Loses N177.5m To Chinese Fraudster, Sues Bank

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Cash found in a flat in Ikoyi, Lagos, The Republican News

Oladimeji Ramon

A Nigerian businessman, Umegelo Emmanuel, has dragged Zenith Bank Nigeria Plc before the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere after being allegedly swindled out of his N177, 500, 000 by a Chinese, whose name, was given only as Ms Muna.

The businessman is urging the court to compel Zenith Bank to pay him the N177.5m, which he allegedly lost to the Chinese fraudster.

Emmanuel, in his statement of claim before the court, explained that he entered into a business agreement with Muna, who has a business interest in Nigeria, for the Chinese to help him purchase some goods from her country, China.

Emmanuel said because of his long-standing banking relationship with Zenith Bank, he insisted that Muna should provide a Zenith Bank account.

The businessman said, as a result, the Chinese provided him with a Zenith Bank Account No: 1005689704, with an account name, Xian Fang Li.

Emmanuel said he confirmed that the account existed before transferring the N177.5m into it.

“But shortly after the money was paid into the account, Ms Muna refused to deliver the goods and subsequently stopped picking my calls and blocked all my access to her contact.

“I have visited China twice in search of Ms Muna and had even reported the matter to the Chinese police and the Chinese Embassy but all my efforts to locate the said Ms Muna has proved abortive,” the businessman said.

He said an investigation by the police in Nigeria showed that “the utility bills presented in opening the Xiang Fang Li account were fictitious and the signature of one of the purported referees to the Xiang Fang Li account, Mr  Kazeem Lawal, was conclusively found to be forged.”

The businessman contended that the bank did not do its due diligence “to verify the true identity of the account holder, the true identity of the referees supplied during the account opening as well as the validity of the account opening documents.”

He is, therefore, seeking, among other prayers, “a declaration that the defendant is negligent and reckless in her duties to the claimant and the public in general.”

He wants the court to make  an order “mandating the defendant to refund the sum of N177,000,090 to the claimant being the sum lost by the claimant due to the negligence of the defendant.”

He wants the court to award N10m against the bank “as general damages against the defendant for breach of contract.”

Emmanuel wants the money to be paid with 15 per cent interest before judgment and 21 per cent post-judgment.

But the bank has urged the court to dismiss the businessman ’s suit against it.

While absolving itself of complicity in Emmanuel’s loss, Zenith Bank contended that Emmanuel did not contact it for advice on the alleged business transaction he had with Muna before paying the sum of N177.5 into the supplied account.

“The claimant failed to request a bank guarantee of the alleged sum from or requested that the defendant issue a confirmation or a letter of comfort before dealing with both Ms Muna and Xian Fang Li.”

The court has yet to fix a date to hear the suit.  (Punch)

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Make Up Fan, 29, With No Business Background Turns A Fledgling Beauty Range Into Booming Brand Loved By Stars

  • Charlotte Davis, 29, from London, had been working in events
  • Met a celebrity hairdresser who wanted help with branding Bardou 
  • Charlotte quickly realised that the business needed a complete overhaul
  • In just two years, she has turned the fledgling brand into a booming business
  • Opened a flagship salon in Marbella, and launching the products on QVC
  • Charlotte lives an enviable lifestyle, flying around the world on a private jet 

A woman who had zero experience in the beauty industry has helped turn a luxury product range into a booming brand with stockists all over the world and countless celebrity fans.

Charlotte Davis, 29, from London, was working in events and digital marketing when she met a celebrity hairdresser who wanted help branding Bardou – a range of shampoos, hair styling products, lip plumpers and brow boosters.

Having agreed to get on board, Charlotte quickly realised that the business needed a complete overhaul, so took on that role herself despite having no experience in business – or beauty.

In just two years, she has turned the fledgling brand into a booming business, opened a flagship salon in Marbella, an express beauty salon in Covent Garden, and is now set to launch the products in the US and United Arab Emirates.

The entrepreneur has also amassed thousands of followers on Instagram, where she documents her enviable life flying all over the world in a private jet, dining at lavish restaurants and holidaying with her celebrity friends.

Charlotte Davis, 29, from London, was working in events and digital marketing when she met a celebrity hairdresser who wanted help branding the company, Bardou. She has since totally spearheaded the beauty brand's overhaul and turned it into an overnight success 

Charlotte Davis, 29, from London, was working in events and digital marketing when she met a celebrity hairdresser who wanted help branding the company, Bardou. She has since totally spearheaded the beauty brand’s overhaul and turned it into an overnight success

Speaking to FEMAIL about her leap from brand representative to businesswoman, Charlotte said: ‘For me, Bardou was presented to me like a chef’s job in a super high-end kitchen.

‘I took the face of the brand role, thinking that my involvement would be nothing more than turning up and looking the part.

‘I soon realised the business needed a lot of structure and nurturing, and needed to be taken over to be a functioning brand. I realised I had to take over the whole kitchen, becoming like a head chef.

‘I had never done anything like what I was about to do – and everything I was about to do was going to become the biggest lesson of my life.’

Charlotte took the role of overhauling the company on herself, despite having no experience in business or beauty, and now lives a lavish life jetting around the world

'I had never done anything like what I was about to do and everything I was about to do was going to become the biggest lessons of my life,' said Charlotte of the challenge

Charlotte, left, on a private jet, and, right, on a yacht abroad, says that running your own business genuinely means being prepared to do everything and anything it takes to see it succeedCharlotte is pictured soaking up some sun on a holiday abroad
Charlotte, left, on a private jet, and, right, on a yacht abroad, says that running your own business genuinely means being prepared to do everything and anything it takes to see it succeed
Bardou is a range of shampoos, hair styling products and lip plumpers and brow boostersCelebrity fans include Love Island's Olivia Buckland, left, and TOWIE's Chloe Lewis, right
Bardou is a range of shampoos, hair styling products and lip plumpers and brow boosters. Celebrity fans include Love Island’s Olivia Buckland, left, and TOWIE’s Chloe Lewis, right

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF CHARLOTTE

‘One day I may be at QVC being prepped on their ‘over the garden fence technique’ of being a guest presenter, and the next I might be doing invoice reconciliation and accounts.

‘Now when I am asked what I do daily I say “whatever it takes”.

‘Running your own business genuinely means being prepared to do everything and anything it takes to see it succeed.

Charlotte said she had to completely learn the ropes ‘overnight’, from understanding what makes a great shampoo to discovering why some beauty products outperform others.

‘I had to reinvent myself as a beauty mogul and as time went on, I took more and more control over the business,’ she said.

The silver lining, she says, is that the product has benefited as a result of her initial lack of experience.

‘My approach was as a consumer, with a genuine passion for hair and beauty, so the product became better as a result,’ said Charlotte.

Charlotte said she had to completely learn the ropes 'overnight' - and now she flies all over the world on a private jet

Charlotte says your first motivation has to be driven by the love and passion for what you do - and despite her glamorous, Instagram-friendly life, she spends many nights working into the small hours

Famous fans of the brand, which sells shampoo for £12 and lip boosters for £15, now include the likes of Abbey Clancy, Rosie Fortescue, Caroline Stanbury, June Sarpong, Sophie Stanbury and Misse Beqiri.

CHARLOTTE’S ADVICE

Research your industry and be as intimate with it as you are with a lover; it is a partnership where you need to understand what your industry is missing in order to fulfill any market gaps or needs.

Your first motivation has to be driven by love and passion for what you do.

Taking the entrepreneurial leap is not an easy road, and when the journey gets rocky, it is your passion that will carry you through.

Remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day. Anything worth fighting for doesn’t come easy.

Charlotte, who says she was ‘totally in the dark’ about how to approach e-tailers within the beauty business, has managed to secure Feel Unique as a retailer and is now in the process of launching the range on QVC.

‘It took hard work and perseverance but we managed to secure one of the biggest online retailers in the UK,’ she explained.

Discussing plans for the brand’s future, Charlotte revealed that they are hoping to increase international distribution and add new products, such as Velcro rollers that you can sleep in.

‘The aim is to continue to think about the necessities of a woman’s beauty needs, not the peripherals. It’s all about growth,’ she said.

‘Beauty has always been a personal passion of mine and now I am excited to be able to help women find their own versions of beauty. We are also adding a charitable element to the brand called The Bardou Foundation, which is in the early stages of development, aimed at helping vulnerable women.’

(MailOnline)

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