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Contrary to
rumors circulating, former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke,
is not dead, family sources have said.

Rumors of her
death went viral on social media on Thursday. The report said the
former minister died of cancer in London and is being prepared to be flown back
to Nigeria from the United Kingdom, where she has been
receiving treatment for months.
“The report is
untrue. She’s alive and well,” a family source said.

However, it is
confirmed that her family is holding a crucial meeting over her
deteriorating health condition.

The Chairperson of the African Union and Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe has slammed Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term
bid.


Mugabe did not mention Nkurunziza by name but lashed out at
presidents who find excuses to stay on in power beyond constitutionally
mandated two terms. He was speaking at the opening of the African Union heads
of states summit in Sandton. President Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe for 35
years – urged leaders to be principled and stop causing problems that force
their own people to become refugees.

This is now the norm in Burundi. Anyone the police consider old
enough to fight the government of Pierre Ukurunziza is rounded up and taken
away. Many are feared dead after being taken away, with several families left
to wonder about what might happen to their sons.


In the first video released a day to the massive shooting
that led to the killing of 87 people in Bujumbura, police loaded a big
truck with young men who commited no crime, just to prevent them from taking up
arms against the government. There are debates on whether these young men are
still alive.

The second video was secretely recorded in
November showing about 100 young men being led away by the police to
an unknown destination.

In 2003, the local government in Kamikatsu, Japan decided to
require that all residents comply with a new, rigorous recycling program –
perhaps the most rigorous in the world.


Since then, the town composts, recycles, or reuses 80% of its garbage. It may
not technically be 100% zero waste, as the remaining 20% goes into the
landfill, but it’s a remarkable achievement for an entire community, in such a
short amount of time. The impacts have been positive – cutting costs for the
community drastically, as well as improving the conditions of the lush and
beautiful environment that surrounds the town in Southeast Japan.


Residents must wash and sort virtually anything that is non-compostable in
their household before bringing it to the recycling sorting center. Shampoo
bottles, caps, cans, razors, styrofoam meat trays, water bottles…the list
goes on and on (literally) into 34 categories. At the sorting center, labels on
each bin indicate the recycling process for that specific item – how it will be
recycled, what it will become, and how much that process can cost (or even
earn). It’s an education process for the consumer.

All kitchen scraps must be composted at home, as the town has no garbage trucks
or collectors.

And as for other items, reuse is heavily encouraged. According to Akira Sakano,
Deputy Chief Officer at Zero Waste Academy in Kamikatsu, the town has a
kuru-kuru shop where residents can bring in used items and take things home for
free. There is also a kuru-kuru factory, where local women make bags and
clothes out of discarded items.

At first, it was difficult to be come accustomed to the new rules. “It can
be a pain, and at first we were opposed to the idea,” says resident,
Hatsue Katayama. “If you get used to it, it becomes normal.”

Now, it’s even being noticed within Kamikatsu’s businesses. The first
zero-waste brewery has opened in Kamikatsu, called Rise and Win Brewery. The
brewery itself is constructed of reused materials and environmentally friendly
finishes. By 2020, Kamikatsu hopes to be 100% zero waste, with no use of landfills,
and to forge connections with other like-minded communities in the world,
spreading the practice of zero-waste. 

President
Yahya Jammeh has declared during one of his recent meetings with the Gambian
people that he’s turning the secular State to an Islamic State. In
response, some Gambians have taken to YouTube to oppose this
unconstitutional and illegal move with the headings – Not in my name!

In this
next video by Yusef Taylor, he expressed how this new move of Jammeh may
attract terrorists to the Gambia, including Boko Haram recruiters. 

Burundi’s army said that 79 “enemies” and eight soldiers were killed
during the bloodiest day in months of unrest on Friday, which left the streets
of the country’s capital Bujumbura strewn with bodies, many bearing gunshot
wounds. The violence began with coordinated attacks by unidentified gunmen on
three military installations. The United Nations Security Council has
unanimously adopted a resolution calling for immediate peace talks between all
parties in the country.

In this video by PBS, a Nigerian tricycle driver and his wife were shot because
 he refused to give a $10 bribe (Note – his story was concluded at the end
of the video). 

Everyday in
Nigeria, police officers routinely demand bribes, local government leaders
pocket money meant for schools and the former national security advisor is
accused of stealing billions from the military. As part of a week-long series
“Nigeria: Pain and Promise,” PBS reports on the challenges of
fighting corruption.

According to
Buzzfeed, Uganda is the 13th most beautiful country in the whole world! Uganda
is rated more beautiful than Nepal, Australia, Norway, Phillipines, Brazil, and
India. Several African countries made the list including Namibia, Tanzania, and
Kenya. South Africa was named the most beautiful of the 20 countries, and
Nigeria did not make the list at all.

Below are
pictures of some beautiful places in Uganda:

This week on KIRWA, Adeola remembers the late governor of Kogi
State, Prince Abubakar Audu. She also addressed his son – Mustapha’s rape
scandal.

Still on Nigeria, Adeola features a restaurant that serves with
hover boards.
In Ethiopia, an all-women airline crew made international news
and Adeola celebrates the achievement. She also speaks with Reeyot Alemu, the
Ethiopian journalist who was jailed for more than 4 years.

In South Africa, 24-year-old Pastor Penuel Mnguni gets tied up
by villagers while they burned his Church. Mnguni once made his members eat a
live snake among other things.Also, don’t forget to get your ticket for the upcoming
live show with Dr. Damages and Adeola Fayehun. To get your tickets, click HERE

The Central
Bank of Nigeria has mandated all bank customers to get a Bank Verification
Number (BVN) for smoother banking experience in the country. Failing to get
aBVN has grave consequences.

Here’s a compilation of how to link your BVN number to your bank
accounts.

GTBank
Option 1:
Visit any
GTBank ATM and follow these steps:
– Insert your GTBank card in ATM and input your four digit PIN
– Select “BVN Linking” option
– Enter your 11-digit BVN number and select “Proceed”
– The ATM will display the BVN number and request you to validate
– Once the BVN number is validated as correct, select “Proceed”
– Insert your PIN to validate and submit

Option 2:

If you have
internet access GTBank BVN portal would enable customers provide
their BVN for linking to their existing GTBank account.To link
your BVN, kindly do the following:-
Go to http://www.gtbank.com/bvnlinking
– Input your GTBank NUBAN
– Select a Bank where your BVN was issued
– Input the BVN number obtained from another Bank, then click on
submit

First Bank
Option 1:

If you have
internet access
Go to https://bvn.firstbanknigeria.com/form/
Fill the form and submit

Option 2:

Text BVN#account
number#BVNCode to 08076664444 e.g BVN#1010101010#22147733260
Wait for few minutes, you would receive a text message stating
your BVN has been successfully submitted for processing.

NOTE: The text message isn’t free, text message charges implies with your
network

Access Bank
Simply text BVN, leave a space your account number
and BVN number to 20121
For example BVN 0170216788 22193486908 to 20121. Or you can link
your BVN on their website here .

Diamond Bank
Simply link your diamond bank account with your BVN number below:
Send your BVN details via email to enquiries@diamondbank.com
Or send your BVN number and account no as SMS to 30811
Call our 24hour contact center on 07003000000

Zenith Bank
Simply update your BVN via your iBank profile
Or call ZenithDirect on +23412787000, 2927000, 4647000
Or mail your BVN number and account no
to zenithdirect@zenithbank.com

Ecobank
Simply dial *326*9# on your ecobank phone number you registered to receive
alert and follow the instruction prompts to input your BVN number.

United Bank for Africa (UBA)
Simply dial *919*6# on the mobile number linked to your account and follow the
prompts

Fidelity Bank
Simply send your account details, BVN, Mobile number, date/bank of
enrolment and date of birth via mail to true.serve@fidelitybank.ng
Or call 080034335489 for update.
Or login to the internet banking portal and click on the “no BVN” link.

First City Monument Bank (FCMB)
Simply send your BVN number and account no to customerservice@fcmb.com

Skye Bank
Simply send your BVN and account details
to yescenter@skyebankng.com

Sterling Bank:
Simply send your BVN and account details
to customercare@sterlingbankng.com

Standard Chartered Bank
Simply send Name, Account Number, Local Government Area (LGA), Sate of Origin
and BVN, via any of the following options:
24-Hour Contact Center: call +234 1 270 4611-4
Online Banking: log on to your Online Banking and send a mail by clicking on
the “Contact us” button
Send a mail to Callcentre.Nigeria@sc.com

Union Bank
Simply link your Union Bank account with your BVN number via union
bank website using account linkage tool here

Stanbic IBTC
Visit stanbicibtc bank website and fill the BVN update form Here or
Text “BVN’’ then your BVN Number (e.g. BVN 12345678901) to
30909 by SMS

Keystone Bank
You can easily link your keystone bank account with your BVN number,
Click here to go to Keystone Bank’s BVN linker

Heritage Bank
Simply link your heritage bank account with your BVN number, Click
here to go to Heritage Bank’s BVN linker.


I once talked about a
young South African pastor known for giving his Church members live
snake, stone, hair, pieces of clothing and other crazy things to eat. He also
sits on them, rides them like horses, and there was a time his members stripped
naked because he commanded them to be hot. 
Well, Pastor Penuel Mnguni of the
End Times Disciples Ministries, ran into hardluck over the weekend.

According to a report by Daily Sun
SA, a mob of villagers, led by a South African youth vigilante group (the
Economic Freedom Fighters) burnt Penuel’s church at Soshanguve in Tshwane on
Sunday. 

Villagers led by a vigilante group, beat pastor Penuel and burnt down his church.
Sources say he had been in hiding recently, as community members denounced what he was doing, calling it an ‘abomination.’
The villagers described pastor Penuel’s activities as abominable.
Witnesses testify that church members were also beaten and tied up, before the police officers came to quell the storm. 



Below is a video of the moment the Pastor was tied along with two of his faithfuls.