SaharaReporters’ ‘Expose’ on Nigeria’s Communication Minister Pantami Palatial Buildings, Another Journalism Ethics’ Low by JAMIU FOLARIN

  On Friday 3rd July, 2020 SaharaReporters release pictures claiming that the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami bought house each for his three wives. The picture ‘expose’ by SaharaReporters is crystal clear to even budding journalists that it violates the basic ethical principle of journalism. The first report by the online media platform showed pictures of three buildings allegedly bought by Dr Pantami for each of his three wives. The outcome of the “investigation” by Sahara Reporters could only boast of five images not captioned, ‘exposing’…

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Raising Finance to Acquire A Marginal Field? Key Issues to Consider – FBNQuest

On the 1st of June 2020, the Federal Government of Nigeria (“FGN”) via the Department of Petroleum Resources (“DPR”) formally announced the commencement of the long-awaited marginal field bid round. According to the guidelines published by the DPR, a marginal field is defined as a field that has been discovered and left unattended for a period of not less than 10 years from the date of first discovery or such field as the President may from time to time, identify as a marginal field. The first marginal field bid process…

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BBNaija: Why Diane walked out on Ebuka, Elozonam during reunion show + handsome actor Gavor’s conncetion

  Detailed reason beautiful housemate in the 2019 Big Brother Naija (BBNaija), Diane, walked out on host, Ebuka and her mate, Elozonam during a reunion show. During the BBNaija 2019 show, Diane, one of the female housemates, Diane, had the heart of a lot of guys Later in the show, Diane got along fine with Elozonam and fans were also rooting for them During the reunion show, Elozonam revealed Diane treated him like an option and hinted that there was someone she was more interested in than him. Ebuka mentioned…

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COVID-19: Tips, Tale On Working as IT professional from Home in Africa

Beyond any reasonable doubt, COVID-19 came with several challenges – and opportunities too. Although most organisations in Africa, like elsewhere in the World, closed operations from their physical offices, many employees did not quite go on a lockdown as they took their jobs home and got their remote offices fully functional. Relating this to my personal experience as an IT professional in Nigeria, this meant that my work continued, especially in terms of technical support to clients and colleagues. Just that the mode of implementing it differed this time. Phone…

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Divided They Stand: APC and The Mega Troubles Ahead by NURUDEEN OYEWOLE

With Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s recognition of Victor Giadom as National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ruling party may have arrived at the tipping point   The ruling APC from the beginning was never a political party. What was in place was a hurried amalgam of people who want power by all means. They found a short cut in Buhari who has lived large on fable integrity and has consistently enjoyed some sort of occultic followership from the part of country he hails from. The political merchants…

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Nigerians reject Ghanaian President’s apology, demand action as diplomatic row over demolition saga worsens

Outrage from a cross section of Nigerians at home and in the diaspora worsened, forcing Ghanian President Nana Akufo-Addo to apologise to President Muhammadu Buhari over demolition of a building on the premises of Nigerian High Commission in Accra, Ghana. The Nigerian Government has summoned the Chargè d’ Affaires of the High Commission of Ghana to Nigeria, Ms Iva Denoo, as diplomatic row degenerated between two West African nations over the demolition of a residential quarters at the Nigeria High Commission in Accra, Ghana.   The action in Ghana described…

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11 terrible lies you probably believe about COVID-19 prevention

You, in the course of seeking knowledge about how to prevent yourself and family from COVID-19, have been told a lot of lies and you probably believed some or all of them. Platforms Africa takes the pain through various documents and interviews with experts to debunk 11 of the terrible lies government officials and opinion leaders tell, which have been found to be the major cause of panic among the people. Many researchers particularly those of the University of Maryland, United States, say that the World will live with COVID-19…

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FACT CHECK: 4 fake news about DRC Nobel Laureate Mukwege’s resignation from COVID-19 team

Platforms Africa fact checks fake news flying around across the continent on reasons the DR Congo Nobel Laureate Mukwege left COVID-19 team.   Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Nobel laureate, Dr. Dennis Mukwege, resigned his appontment from a Covid-19 team through a statement last Wednesday, June 10 2020. As much as the resignation of this gynaecologist who shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for his work against sexual violence in war, generated interest across Africa, the news has also been greeted by fake news, lies and misinformarion across the…

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Yes, data is life but at what cost?

COVID-19 pandemic exposes, among other things, how data providers smile to the bank and data/internet users frown at their purses. Here is a review of Nigeria’s 100 million internet users in the hands of data providers by Gregg Obi   More than ever, mobile data has proved to be a necessity. The need to gain access to the internet becomes increasingly important daily because of its endless benefits and attractions. The awesome possibilities of having access to the internet can’t be over-estimated. The internet has brought about new businesses, improved…

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FACT CHECK: Top 6 fake COVID-19 news spreading after Burundi President Nkurunziza’s death

The death of Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza has been followed swiftly by some pieces of information in the category of rumour, fake news and fear mongering on COVID-19 in and about the country.  They are spreading like a wild fire across African countries of Kenya, Congo, Uganda and Nigeria among others. A few of the Media from the West also alluded to some of the information that have turned out to be unverified, lies and fake. Here is a fact check by Platforms Africa on six of the news items.…

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