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The Feminine Fallacy

… the weaker vessel…. (1 Peter 3:7)

Many a girl-child erroneously thinks she has been disadvantaged from birth, hence the justification of mediocrity and low living. She grows with that mentality and does her convocation of pity party in womanhood, where she cuts a figure, across the canvas of adult life, of a very sorry sight.

The belief that without a man in her life she never will be able to realize her fullest potential is both misleading and misapplied. The woman, if you must know, is creation’s enigma. (If anything, the man is supposed to be the weaker of the two because he was made from clay; the woman from bone.) She is the mid-point of majestic mastery, the outrageous and darling lover of Edenic renown; though the list of her ethereal makeup is endless, she is her LORD’s lady.

Weakness is the hallmark of mortality and the exclusive preserve of feminity (or femininity.)

Since time immemorial (situated within Biblical context), women have made strides giant enough to redirect the gaze of destiny:

But Zelophehad… had no sons but daughters…. The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father’s brethren… cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them (Josh 17:3, Num. 27:7).

Never allow your gender engender timidity and drag you to the sidelines of life. Step into the fray and become, in due time, life’s hall of famer. Deborah leads the pack in Judges 5,. Ruth walks into the unknown and becomes a towering figure in sacred history (Ruth 1:16-18). Rahab before them connives with history makers and will survive a genocide (Josh 2:1-21, 6:25). Mary Magdalene sees the Risen King because of her uncommon tenacity (John 20:1-18).

Contemporary history rubbishes the fallacy of feminine inferiority: Anne Frank ‘s diary continues to be an eloquent reminder that the girl-child is the joker that makes things happen. Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Folorunsho Alakija, Ibikun Awosika, and a glittering host of several others stand far above water mark.

Despite the apparently overrated weakness that smears the feminine psyche, there is an ancient, radical Voice that blares: “ Let the weak say, ‘ I am strong.’ ” He is the Strength of Israel that never lies (1 Sam. 15:29).

Hear the consolation of Scriptures and dust yourself, pick up your sense of personhood from the ash tray of error and beat a fast retreat towards a life of relevance: “… there was not one feeble person among their tribes (Psalm 105:37).

But, remember, as you reinvent yourself, listen to the lady’s LORD: “Without Me, ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Woman, you may have come from Eve, yet you are Even more. Still rise!


An increasing number of states in Nigeria’s conflict-stricken northern area are establishing community-based vigilante patrol teams to enhance security in villages plagued by frequent violent killings and kidnappings.

 With the ongoing Islamist insurgency in the northeast causing fatigue among the country’s security forces, they have faced challenges due to limited resources in combating armed gangs operating in remote areas where government presence is minimal.

In Kaduna, a northern city located just 100 kilometers away from where 300 school children were abducted last month, a local vigilante group known as the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) was established to safeguard the surrounding communities. Emmanuel Audu-Bature, who had been kidnapped previously, decided to join the group to assist in protecting his community from marauding gangs.

 “I was taken to their camp as a victim and spent a week there. It was a harrowing experience. I endured severe beatings and threats of death,” he recounted. Vigilante groups such as the CJTF are thought to hold an advantage over state security forces due to their intimate knowledge of the territories and forests where armed gangs operate. 

We are the primary security presence for the community. Whenever there’s a security issue, we’re the first to respond,” remarked Audu-Bature. Additionally, he emphasized the group’s capability to provide valuable local intelligence. “If someone is hiding within our community, just give us some time, and we’ll locate them,” he asserted. However, Audu-Bature expressed hope that the government would eventually offer support to the group, enabling them to create a peaceful society.

State administrations are increasingly relying on these community-based vigilante organizations to safeguard villages overrun by criminal gangs. However, a significant number of these groups lack proper equipment and operate without the resources and training afforded to official security forces.

Dickson Osagie, an expert on terrorism in Nigeria, emphasized the necessity for enhanced oversight. “If these armed individuals protecting their communities are not regulated, I believe criminal elements will exploit the situation for their illicit activities,” he stated.

 He advocates for government-provided training for vigilante groups permitted to bear arms. “He highlighted the necessity for them to undergo training in firearm handling and non-lethal tactics to prevent firearms from being misused against fellow community members,” he added.

Meanwhile, these groups persist in their dedication to their communities despite challenging conditions.

Kenya Power Implements Cost-Effective Electricity Billing for Residents

Kenya Power has recently declared a substantial 13.7 percent decrease in electricity charges, beginning this month, offering a welcomed respite to consumers nationwide.


The significant reduction is mainly credited to two pivotal factors: the Kenyan shilling’s robust performance against the American dollar and a marked decrease in fuel prices.

The decline in electricity expenses is predominantly influenced by a notable decrease in both the fuel cost charge and the foreign exchange fluctuation adjustment, crucial constituents of the total electricity invoice. Specifically, during March and April 2024, these variable elements saw a substantial decrease of 37.3 percent, signifying a noteworthy enhancement in affordability for consumers.

As an example, the fuel cost charge, previously at Sh4.64 in March 2024, has now decreased to Sh3.26 in April 2024, marking a substantial decline from its peak of Sh4.93 in January 2024. Likewise, the forex adjustment charge has experienced a significant decrease from Sh3.68 in March 2024 to Sh1.96 in April 2024, down from its highest level of Sh6.85 in January 2024.

Moreover, customers categorized under the Domestic Customer 3 (DC3) tariff bracket, who consume over 100 units per month, will witness a decrease from Sh4,127 in March 2024 to Sh3,728 in April 2024, benefiting from a significant 9.7 percent reduction in their electricity charges.

In general, the considerable decrease in electricity expenses brings favorable tidings for Kenyan consumers, providing essential relief amidst ongoing economic adversities.

NUPRC Mandates Oil Firms to Supply Domestic Refineries

Gbenga Komolafe

The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), issued a new policy aimed at boosting domestic refining capacity and drastically cutting down reliance on imported petroleum products.

Gbenga Komolafe, the Commission Chief Executive of NUPRC who disclosed this during a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, pointed out that this new policy makes it mandatory for oil firms to supply a portion of their crude oil to domestic refineries before exporting it.

“The move,” he said, is in line with Nigeria’s commitment to enhance its domestic refining capacity and ensure the sustainability of its oil industry.”

He went on to explain that as of January 1st, 2024, Nigeria’s crude oil and condensate reserves were at 31.56 billion barrels and 5.94 billion barrels respectively, totaling to 37.50 billion barrels while the Associated Gas and Non-Associated Gas reserves were at 102.59 Trillion Cubic Feet and 106.67 Trillion Cubic Feet respectively, accumulating in total Gas reserves of 209.26 Trillion Cubic Feet.

He added that in conformance with the provisions of Section 109(2) of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), 2021, the NURPC has come forth with a template guiding the activities for Domestic Crude Oil Supply Obligation (DCSO).

In the template, among the procedures for implementation of domestic crude oil supply obligations (DCSO), is the supply of crude oil requirements of refineries in operation to the Commission adding that where shortages or inadequate supply conditions occur, it must be reported accordingly.

It also indicated that the payments shall either  be made in USD ($) or Naira (N) or both, adding that where the payment is in both currencies, the payment split shall be as agreed in the SPA between the Producer and the Refiner.

The template pointed out that “Crude oil produced by a lessee shall be subject to DCSO imposed by the Commission, provided that the lessee shall be entitled to export any volume of crude oil more than its domestic crude oil supply obligation. The Commission shall publish on its official website and in three national newspapers the domestic crude refining requirements of operating refineries in Nigeria based on the information provided to the Commission by the NMDPRA on the crude oil requirements of refineries in operation in Nigeria pursuant to section 109 (3) of the PIA 2021.

“Where a refinery cannot independently source crude oil from lessees, based on available information, the refinery’s crude preferences should be sent to the Commission before the 15th Business Day of the 3rd month.

“All DCSO allocated cargoes must be discharged into the refinery facility they are programmed for and shall not be diverted or swapped; utilization of any DCSO allocation by any refiner for any purpose other than domestic processing, without a written approval by the Commission shall attract suspension from DCSO allocation for a period determined by the Commission in addition to any other administrative penalty that may be imposed by the Commission.

“In the occurrence of a default in payment by the Refiner, the Commission shall not allocate DCSO to the defaulter for a period to be determined by the Commission in addition to the penalty contained in the Sales Agreement between the refiner and the lessee.

“In the event of failure to lift within the scheduled delivery window by the Refiner, resulting in tank top/production curtailment, the defaulting refiner shall be suspended by the Commission from receiving DCSO allocation for a period to be determined by the Commission; and will be liable to pay a fine equivalent to the delayed royalty from the deferred volume in addition to other failure to lift penalties.”

It also stated that where the lessee failed to supply the allocated DCSO resulting in shortages for the refinery (except in the event of force Majeure as defined in the SPA), the defaulting lessee will be liable to administrative penalty to be determined and imposed by the Commission.

Forbes Lists Two Tanzanians in its ’30 Under 30′ Class of 2024

Prisca Magori, the Co-founder and CEO of Smart EFD (Electronic Fiscal Device) and Calvin Usiri, the Co-founder and CTO (Chief Technology Officer) of Ramani, have been named in the Africa Forbes 30 under 30 class of 2024.

Prisca Magori

Prisca Magori, a petroleum engineer, driven by her passion for entrepreneurship, developed the module with her colleague, Hashim Kingu, a software developer. Smart EFD was built in order to help businesses flourish while abiding by tax laws and regulations.

With Smart EFD, businesses can easily issue electronic receipts using smartphones, laptops,  computers, and POS devices and is seamlessly integrated into the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) system. With it’s headquarters in Dar es Salam, Smart EFD has over 5000 active users, most of whom are small and medium scale business owners.

Calvin Usiri

Calvin Usiri who has garnered vast experience working in the US as a software engineer, co-founded Ramani with the help of his brother, Iain Usiri, who serves as the company’s CEO, and their friend Kibet Martin, who oversees the company’s finances.

Ramani was launched in 2019 and has grown to become one of the leading enterprises in Africa’s tech space, bringing structure in the continent’s supply chains by providing point-of-sale, inventory management and procurement of software for micro-distribution centers.

Ramani aims to fix what it calls a “broken system” as it aims to address the challenges of data transparency in Africa’s consumer-packaged good’s supply chain worth over $1 trillion. With well over 150 million investment capital in East Africa, Ramani continues tom provide solutions to a growing business landscape in the region.

This is the 10th anniversary of Africa’s 30 under 30 list. The list includes influential figures from various sectors ranging from tech, sports e-commerce fashion and entertainment.


Laka Assumes Role as Coordinator of National Counter-Terrorism Centre

Adamu Laka officially assumed the position of Coordinator of the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) on Thursday, at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja.

In March, President Bola Tinubu appointed Major General Laka to serve as the center’s coordinator succeeding Yaminu Musa, who had led the organization since 2016.


Addressing attendees at the handover ceremony, Laka highlighted the importance of unwavering dedication from all center staff members. He stated, “I expect us all to leave behind any personal agendas and unite in working for the betterment of Nigeria.”


“With Nigeria and the global community facing the looming threat of terrorism, we must come together to confront it head-on while we still have the opportunity,” he continued. We cannot delay seeking assistance from those in positions of power until we return to our home towns or villages.” Now is the time for collective action to address this issue, ensuring a peaceful retirement for all of us from our respective roles and ministries.`


Laka concluded by asserting his expectation of nothing less than a full commitment from his team, emphasizing, “I anticipate nothing short of 100 percent dedication.”


In his farewell remarks, Yaminu Musa, the outgoing coordinator and pioneer of the agency, reflected on his tenure, highlighting the strategic guidance provided to the armed forces on counter-terrorism matters.


He commented, “This accomplishment has strengthened the center’s vision to become a pinnacle of excellence for counter-terrorism endeavors in Nigeria. Our goal is to mobilize a robust response to combat terrorism and violent extremism through coordinated actions, driven by insights gained from research and innovation.”


Musa’s reflections underscored the center’s commitment to enhancing Nigeria’s security landscape and combating the pervasive threat of terrorism.


The statement accentuated the President. Tinubu’s expectation is that General Laka will utilize his extensive experience in this crucial role to address security threats effectively by engaging in preemptive, proactive, and diligent counter-terrorism coordination.


Federal Government Establishes Committee for Implementation of Digital and Creative Enterprises Program

The Federal Government has inaugurated a technical committee to initiate the Digital and Creative Enterprises (I-DICE) program.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Vice-President Kashim Shettima led the inauguration of the technical committee on Wednesday in Abuja, heralding what he described as the commencement of a new era in the country.


The I-DICE program is a collaborative venture between the government and international partners, including the Bank of Industry (BoI), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the French Development Agency (FDA), and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). It aims to support and empower enterprises in the digital and creative sectors.

Following the endorsement by the National Economic Council (NEC) on March 21, the $617.7 million i-DICE program is set to be implemented across the 36 states of the federation and Abuja.


Addressing the inauguration of the technical committee, the Vice President expressed confidence in the initiative’s ability to reshape the nation’s digital and creative landscape.  “We are embarking on a path of innovation, collaboration, and limitless opportunities – a path that has the potential to reshape the course of our country’s digital and creative environment,” Shettima remarked.


Furthermore, he disclosed that the Ministry of Finance has been tasked with ensuring prompt disbursement of funds for the i-DICE program, facilitating its swift execution.

Tope Kolade, Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters (Office of the Vice President) and Chairman of the technical committee on the i-DICE program, emphasized the significant financial backing, underscoring the programmer’s potential to drive transformative change in Nigeria’s digital and creative sectors.


The i-DICE program is projected to generate 100,000 jobs per state and create 5.5 million indirect jobs nationwide.

African Development Bank Identifies Financing as Key Barrier to Rapid Transformation in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has underscored the persistent challenge of financing as a major hurdle to expediting transformation across Africa.

Kevin Urama, AfDB’s Chief Economist and Vice President for Governance and Knowledge Management, addressed this issue during a press conference held in Abidjan on Wednesday.

The press conference, spearheaded by Vincent Nmehielle, Secretary-General of the bank group, and Kevin Urama, alongside other vice presidents, aimed at outlining the agenda for the upcoming annual meetings.


Urama provided insights into the itinerary, revealing that the bank plans to host two thematic events focused on specific themes. These events emphasis the pivotal role of research in driving Africa’s transformation.

He emphasised a specific event focused on funding Africa’s evolution within the changing global financial landscape, remarking, “Our research has consistently revealed that securing finances remains a significant impediment to expediting transformation across the continent.”


Additionally, Urama mentioned that the annual meetings would feature various knowledge events, including the presidential dialogue and a high-level event to inaugurate the African Economic Outlook Report 2024, among others.

He elaborated on the theme of this year’s African Economic Outlook Report, which centres on Africa’s transformation and the reform of the global financial architecture, emphasizing the critical role of global financial systems in driving Africa’s development.


Additionally, Nmehielle stressed that the annual meetings serve as a statutory event of the bank, during which the boards of governors review the bank’s annual report, finances, operations, and other activities from the preceding financial year.

Nmehielle highlighted the significance of the governor’s dialogue, providing a platform for governors to engage with the president and senior management on the continent’s strategic issues.

He re-echoed that this year’s dialogue holds particular importance as the continent grapples with ongoing crises and will reflect on the bank group’s new 10-year strategy to accelerate Africa’s transformation in collaboration with other multilateral development banks.


The annual meeting is scheduled to take place from May 27 to May 31 in Nairobi, Kenya.

From Prison to Presidency: Bassirou Faye Swears Oath as Senegal’s President

Following his win on polling on Sunday and the Constitutional Council ultimately validating and declaring the results, left-wing pan-Africanist, Bassirou Diomaye Faye has been sworn in as the youngest Senegalese president on Tuesday. 

From prison to presidency, Faye who has never held an elected office before won the first-round victory on a pledge of radical reform 10 days after he was released. The presidential election took place on Sunday, March 24, and had its provisional official results released.

The inauguration ceremony held in the new town of Diamniadio, near the country’s capital Dakar was attended by several African leaders and dignitaries.

In his oath swearing before the gathered officials, Faye said “Before God and the Senegalese nation, I swear to faithfully fulfill the office of President of the Republic of Senegal”. 

Faye further vowed to “scrupulously observe the provisions of the Constitution and the laws and to defend “the integrity of the territory and national independence, and to spare no effort to achieve African unity”.

The presidential palace in Dakar will host the official transfer of power with departing President Macky Sall.

Ten days before the presidential election on March 24, Sall, who had attempted to postpone the vote, announced an amnesty that included Faye and other political opponents. Faye’s campaign got underway while he was still being held in custody.

Working with his populist mentor Ousmane Sonko, who was disqualified from running for office, Faye stated in his victory address that eliminating corruption, alleviating the burden of living expenses, and promoting national unity were their top concerns.

The anti-establishment leader movement has pledged to reclaim national sovereignty over vital resources including the fisheries, oil, and gas industries. To achieve food self-sufficiency, Faye wants to abandon the local CFA franc, which he views as a remnant of French colonialism, and increase agricultural investment.

Faye also attempted to reassure investors that Senegal “will remain a friendly country and a sure and reliable ally for any partner that engages with us in virtuous, respectful, and mutually productive cooperation”.

The president-elect and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke over the phone on Monday, and according to the State Department, Blinken “underscored the United States’ strong interest in deepening the partnership” between the two nations.

In the international arena, Faye aims to reintegrate Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger—all under military rule—into the Economic Community of West African States.

The former tax inspector is the first to publicly acknowledge being in a polygamous marriage and is the fifth president of the West African nation since its independence from France in 1960.

Faye, a devout Muslim from a modest background with two spouses and four kids, reprising a new generation of young politicians.

Rwanda Set for New $165 Million IMF Funding

The International Monetary Fund said on Friday, March 22, that a two-week mission to Rwanda had agreed to allocate another $165.5 million in funding to the country, even as it warned of vulnerabilities tilted to the downside.

While Rwanda’s economic outlook continues to be positive, IMF mission lead, Ruben Atoyan said that a number of risks remain that could potentially weigh on the outlook.

He cited a number of factors including the deepening of geopolitical fragmentation, another spike in global energy and food prices, as well as a slowdown in trading partners’ growth.

Under the new funding, Rwanda is set to gain access to approximately $76.6 million through the Resilience and Sustainability Facility (RSF) and $88.9 million through the Standby Credit Facility (SCF).

Atoyan announced the development following his two-week visit to Kigali, to, among others, discuss the authorities’ policy priorities and progress on reforms within the context of the third review of Rwanda’s Policy Coordination Instrument (PCI) and Resilience and Sustainability Facility (RSF).

It was also during the visit that the IMF made the first review of the Stand-by Credit Facility (SCF) arrangement. Consideration by the Board, according to Atoyan, is tentatively scheduled for May 2024.

“Rwanda’s growth momentum remained strong, notwithstanding the challenging external environment. The 2023 GDP growth continued to be robust at 8.2 percent year-on-year, on the back of strong performance in services and construction, as well as recovery in food crop production in the second half of the year,” he told a press conference in Kigali.

“Inflation decelerated sharply in recent months. Headline inflation was 4.9 per cent in February 2024, down from the peak of 21.7 per cent in November 2022, owing to an appropriately tight monetary policy stance and favorable developments in food prices as agricultural production rebounded at the end of last year,” he added.

Reacting on the climate agenda, Atoyan and his team hailed Rwanda’s “ongoing progress” in strengthening institutional capacity to integrate climate-related considerations.

“The authorities’ commitment to implement climate-related reforms under the RSF arrangement continued to be strong, with measures to implement climate budget tagging, integrate climate risks into fiscal planning, and strengthen disaster risk management being on track to be completed in the coming weeks.”

Uzziel Ndagijimana, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, maintained that Rwanda’s economy rebounded strongly despite external shocks and climate related setbacks.

“We will continue to collaborate closely with the IMF to ensure prudent management of our economy.”

This is not the first round of funding Rwanda has secured from the IMF.

In October, 2023, the IMF allocated a 14-month Stand-by Credit Facility worth $262 million as part of the efforts to deal with balance of payment pressures from climate shocks.

In the same year, the IMF said Rwanda and international development banks planned to raise an additional 300 million euros ($319.62 million) to, among others, adapt to climate change.

Kenyan President Signs Affordable Housing Bill into Law.

The President of Kenya, William Ruto, has formally signed a contentious bill into law, creating a path for the government to continue collecting a housing levy of 1.5% of a worker’s monthly pay. The signing ceremony was conducted in State House Nairobi and attended by key government officials.

The primary goal of the levy is to finance the building of affordable housing for low-income individuals although the implementation has drawn criticism from a wide range of sources. Many in the public and those in opposition have voiced their displeasure with the tax, seeing it as just one more tax among many others.

Legal obstacles have already prevented the bill from becoming law, with a judge stopping deductions because of insufficient legal support. Last Monday, members of Parliament changed and approved the bill in spite of protests from opposition politicians.

The tax was first proposed in President Ruto’s agenda for the 2022 election. It is a component of a larger financial bill that was passed in June of last year, along with a doubling of the fuel sales tax. A higher health insurance premium is also scheduled to be implemented shortly.

The administration argues that increasing tax receipts is necessary to reduce the budget deficit and pay for necessary public services.

Since last July, the government has been withholding the 1.5% housing charge from employees’ pay. But in the face of widespread outrage, one activist successfully sued the government, claiming that it had unfairly targeted Kenyans employed in the formal sector and receiving regular monthly pay.

The new law now extends the tax to additional workers and mandates that non-salaried Kenyans working in the informal sector pay the levy in order to meet the concerns brought up by the court. In addition, the new law created the Affordable Housing Fund, whose purpose is to oversee the funds the government would receive from the levy.

According to the authorities, the money that would have been paid if the plan had not been suspended would not be included in the deduction retroactively.

President Williams Ruto plans to generate over 600,000 jobs annually and build 200,000 affordable housing units.

Zenith Bank Appoints Adaora Umeoji as Group Managing Director.

Adaora Umeoji has been named the Group Managing Director (GMD) of Zenith Bank Plc, with her appointment set to take effect from June 2024. This significant milestone marks her as the first female to assume the role of GMD in the bank’s history.

Transitioning from her position as the deputy managing director at Zenith Bank Plc, a role she has held since 2016, Adaora briefly stepped down from her duties in February 2023 following a regulatory filing on the Nigerian Exchange website. However, she was reinstated in August of the same year after adjustments were made to the directive.

Her journey with the bank began when she joined the board on October 9, 2012. Over the years, Adaora has served in various capacities, starting from leading the marketing group at the Maitama branch. She later progressed to become the deputy zonal head of the Abuja Zone and eventually assumed the role of executive director overseeing the Abuja and Middle Belt Zones.

Adaora Umeoji‘s educational background is impressive, boasting a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Jos, a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and first-class honors in Law from Baze University Abuja.

Additionally, she possesses a Master of Law degree from the University of Salford, United Kingdom, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Calabar. Her pursuit of knowledge also led her to attend programs at prestigious institutions such as Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School, and MIT Management Sloan School.

As a distinguished professional, Adaora is a fellow of several esteemed organizations, including the Chartered Bankers’ Institute of London, the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators of Nigeria, among others.

Beyond her corporate endeavors, Adaora is actively involved in philanthropic and advocacy work. She established the Catholic Bankers’ Association of Nigeria (CBAN) to advocate for ethical banking practices and advance humanitarian service. Additionally, she serves as a peace advocate for the United Nations (UN-POLAC) and holds the title of Lady of the Order of Knights of St. John International (KSJI), along with being honored as a Papal Knight of the Order of St. Sylvester by His Holiness Pope Francis.

Adaora’s remarkable contributions to nation-building did not go unnoticed, as she was honored with the Officer of the Order of the Niger by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2022.

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