Former Cross River State governor Donald Duke in an interview with Dele Momodu for Thisday Newspaper, has revealed he'd like to run for president in 2019.
Duke, who transformed Cross River State into a tourism hotspot, told Momodu he is disappointed by the criticism he received during his tenure. "You won’t believe this; I was totally disappointed to hear supposedly knowledgeable people utter such words like 'Na Dubai we go chop?' It's this sort of warped mentality that has kept us where we have found ourselves. Lack of big dreams, lack of faith in our abilities to build our own big cities and compete against the greatest nations.
Nigerians are naturally brilliant, and we have the population to give us the power and influence of China, but we are not ready to change our ways of doing things," he said.
Asked by Momodu if he'd like to run for president in 2019, Duke said he'd like to, but his party, the People's Democratic Party (PDP), is deciding on many things. He said:
Dele, do you want to hear the truth? I seriously want to run but my party, PDP, would have to decide on many things.
Our party is well-positioned to win the next election if we can change our style a bit and beat APC at its own game. We must take advantage and benefit from our experience since 1999.
Despite our apparent mistakes, Nigerians can now compare and contrast us with APC. What do we need to win the next elections? We must go to the field with our best candidates. We must learn from how we select our footballers. No one cares where you come from. Can you play well? Pronto. We must show clearly that we are more democratic.
Zoning is good, but it has not worked well in Nigeria. The time has come to unleash the best brains from every part of Nigeria. We must galvanise our youths. They will never follow or support us if we can’t show how we are different and far better than APC.
If I can get the ticket of my Party, I’m certain that with the support of our members and the youths of Nigeria yearning for urgent restoration of hope, we shall defeat APC.
Continue on https://www.bellanaija.com/2017/11/can-get-ticket-party-shall-defeat-apc-donald-duke/
Our girl, the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Ugochi Ihezue (@mitchelihezue) repped us at the Miss World Pageant in China today and we’re so proud - she made it to Top 15 y'all!
Although she did not leave with the crown (Miss India – Manushi Chhillar did), here are 5 reasons we’re so proud of her still.
Miss World Top Model
Yup! Ugochi is bringing home to us the Miss World Top Model prize.
Ugochi, with her graceful struts and that lovely, lovely gown, beat all of the other girls to win the Top Model and steal an automatic qualification into the Top 40.
Her Head to Head Challenge
Did you see her go on about her love for fabrics and motifs and unity in Nigeria?
In today’s Nigeria where there is so much disunity and intolerance, it’s such a relief to have someone who’s so intent on making the country proud any way she can.
Ugochi, in her challenge, discussed attempting to create an image of a unified Nigeria by bringing together fabrics and motifs and colours distinct to each ethnic group in her textile making.
Her Proper Love for Nigerian Food
Are you even Nigerian if you don’t like (Nigerian) jollof rice?
Ugochi, asked by BellaNaija in an exclusive interview what would be the first thing she would do when she returns to Nigeria, answered: “EAT EVERYTHING.” Proper jollof rice, fufu and egusi soup, our girl, in China for so long, eating all that supri supri, is obviously missing our lovely food.
Her Wear Nigeria Campaign
Ugochi, during her stay in camp, was often garbed in dresses made by Nigerian designers, sharing the reactions the beautiful dresses elicited from the other contestants. “Thank you @menaallure for this beautiful dress, everyone was asking where I got it from,” she wrote on her Instagram about the lovely dress she wore to the IBC gala dinner.
And there’s the costume designed after the Nigerian coat of arms, which she wore during the Chimelong Parade, also designed by a Nigerian designer – Modellaserah
Continue reading on https://www.bellanaija.com/2017/11/missworld2017-5-reasons-proud-ugochi-ihezue/
#Word Congratulations Jolemu! @otto_orondaam - So 2 years ago Jolemu dropped out of school because his father needed him to join him in fishing every morning.
We were all sad and after several interventions over some months we were able to get him back to school. Gradually he started learning how to communicate and speak English.
He was good in other subjects but English still remained a problem so yesterday evening during their after-school mentorship class I asked them, which of you can run very well? He raised his hand.
Hmmm. In my mind I was like, am I even sure he understands my question. So I asked again. And he still raised his hand.
So we took him and a few others outside to run and he didn't do badly, so we asked them to come to school this morning so we could take them to participate in the Lagos Kids Marathon.
This morning the boys got to school by 6am but the girls hadn't come 1hour later. Their guardians wanted them to do some house chores, so sadly we had to go without them.
We all arived at the venue and hundreds of children from various schools across Lagos were already kitted like they all came from Kenya and Tanzania. Our kids hadn't prepared so I felt intimidated but I still gave all of them some deep pep talks. Lol
And guess what! Jolemu came 2nd position in the 5kilometers marathon. He ran from St. Saviors School by the Lekki Ikoyi bridge to Falomo round about and back to the bridge in 19minutes. I felt So proud of him and all our other kids who got different medals and complementary gifts.
The lesson here is that every child is a star. We just need to find their light and let it shine. If they aren't good in maths they could be good be good in arts.
If they aren't good in governance they could be great in dance.
They all need a chance to shine their lights and someday they'll all shine bright if we never give up on them along the way.
Great job @lagoskidsrun and #StSaviorSchoolIkoyi for an amazing event and for inviting our kids @Slum2School over. #LetsDoMore#Slum2School#Slum2SchoolAfrica#LagoskidsRun#LagosKidsMiniMarathon #BellaNaija bellanaija.com
Food for thought, literally! @bankywellington - Which do you prefer?
I just got back to Nigeria recently, after the better part of 4 months away. Naturally, one of the things I missed the most while being away was the food. So I tried going to one of my favourite African restaurants to order some. Everything seemed normal until I tried to place an order. I asked for beans and plantain... the waiter said I could have one or the other, but not the two at the same time. I was confused. I decided to go for Jollof rice and chicken. Same story. Pounded yam and Egusi??? No, sorry, it's either pounded yam OR Egusi.. not both together. I was actually at a loss for words. This didn't make sense to me, at all. The waiter then tried to explain.. using words like "change", "growth" and "trying a new direction". But I didn't and still don't understand. Why change what was already perfect? He explained that any option I chose would still taste good. So, because hunger was killing me, I tried it. In the past few days I'd try plantain one day, and then beans another. Etc. And they did taste good. But they were perfect together. Absolutely perfect. The best of the best of African cuisine.
It's unfortunate that sometimes, with growth, change and whatever-other-word U wanna use... we end up losing sight of where and how we started, and altering what was a perfectly working combination. It makes me sad. But such is life I guess. For now, I will have to make do with either beans OR plantain, and either Jollof OR chicken, at different times. It isn't quite the same though, so here's hoping one day someone will realize that U should never have to choose between two good things, when both, together, make a perfect combination.
I miss beans & dodo at my favourite restaurant. Sigh.