MFWA condemns Twitter ban in Nigeria, calls for immediate restoration

The Media Foundation for West Africa condemns the ban on Twitter in Nigeria and calls on the country’s authorities to take steps to reverse the order that is denying an estimated 40 million Twitter users access to the microblogging and social networking site.

We are also concerned that Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the regulatory body of all broadcast stations, has asked all radio and TV stations to immediately deactivate their Twitter handles and desist from using the platform to gather or disseminate information.

On June 4, 2021, Nigeria’s information and culture minister, Mr Lai Mohammed, announced the Twitter ban in a statement, stating that the site’s activities are “capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.” Ironically, the Minister published the statement on Twitter ban on Twitter – and other mediums.

Twitter’s indefinite suspension came two days after the social media platform deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari for violating the company’s policies. Referring to current secessionist moves in the southeast region, Buhari, a Fulani man from the northeastern region, threatened to treat “those misbehaving today” in “the language they will understand.” The President’s tweet had referenced the 1967-70 Nigerian Civil War, during which more than 1 million people reportedly died when secessionists from the southeast region sought to create an independent Biafra nation for the Igbo ethnic people.

The tweet generated a huge backlash because of its genocidal tone, causing Twitter to delete it. The following day, information minister Mohammed described Twitter’s action as “insulting.”

On June 5, the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators confirmed that its members, mostly mobile internet service providers, had received directives from the Nigerian Communications Commission to restrict access to Twitter.

Netblocks, London-based internet monitor, reported on June 5 that network data showed that access to the Twitter platform and backend servers “is now restricted on leading networks MTN, Globacom, Airtel and 9mobile.”

Twitter has responded in a statement that it is “deeply concerned” by its blocking in Nigeria and stressed that “access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society.”

“We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world,” Twitter added, with the hashtag #KeepitOn”.

Despite the Twitter ban, Nigerian Twitter users have been undeterred, using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to bypass government censorship and access the site. However, in a statement obtained by MFWA, Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, ordered the “immediate prosecution” of those breaching the ban. Malami directed government agencies to cooperate with prosecutors “to ensure the speedy prosecution of offenders without any further delay.”

The MFWA finds this order contrary to the provisions of Nigeria’s 1999 constitution and is deeply concerned about the hardline stand of the government. Section 39 of Nigeria’s current 1999 constitution says “(1) every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference.” Sub-section (2) of same Section 39 says “Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1) of this section, every person shall be entitled to own, establish and operate any medium for the dissemination of information, ideas and opinions.”

Criticisms trail ban

The Twitter ban in Africa’s most populous democratic country has generated a wave of criticisms and anger by the citizens, foreign bodies, and human rights organisations.

Human rights lawyer, and Board member of the MFWA, Femi Falana called the ban on Twitter a “provocative infringement.”

A joint statement from the diplomatic missions of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Norway, Ireland, and the European Union said they were “disappointed” over the Twitter ban.

“We strongly support the fundamental human right of free expression and access to information as a pillar of democracy in Nigeria as around the world and these rights apply online as well as offline.”

Other notable bodies that have condemned the Twitter ban are the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Guild of Editors, and the Nigeria Union of Journalists.

The government has in the meantime ordered that all over-the-top streaming services and social media operations in the country be licensed. Analysts fear that this is an indication that the government might want to restrict the use of other media and communications services like WhatsApp and Facebook that use data provided by internet service providers.

Many fear that President Buhari – who in 2015 prior to his election claimed to be a converted democrat – is planning another aggressive attack on free speech as he did in 1984 when he was the military head of state.

During his rule, Buhari promulgated a military decree that gave him power to shut down media houses and jail journalists for stories his regime considered unfavourable.

‘Hostile environment for press freedom’

Nigeria is ‘fast’ becoming a “hostile environment for press freedom,” Rights lawyer, Yakubu Bawa said. “It is as if we are in a police state; as if we are in a military regime. Even during military regimes, people challenged government through the mass media. This happening in a democratic dispensation is unacceptable,” Bawa, the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association in Plateau State, said in an interview.

The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, Nigeria’s broadcast licensing agency said in February 2019, that it sanctioned 78 broadcast stations between October and December 2017 for “breaching broadcasting codes”.

A local TV station, Channels Television last month received threats of sanctions for interviewing secessionist leaders. Many more stations could be sanctioned for breaching the order to stop using their Twitter accounts to disseminate information.

The Media Foundation for Africa is deeply worried by the Twitter ban in Nigeria, as this amounts to a clampdown on press freedom and freedom of speech, which are both guaranteed in sections 22 and 39 of the Nigerian constitution, respectively.

We also believe that the directive by the National Broadcasting Commission that all radio and TV stations desist from using Twitter is an infringement on their fundamental right.

We urge the government to reverse the Twitter ban for the citizens to continue to express their opinions which are guaranteed under the Nigerian constitution, as well as Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We welcome the announcement on June 7, 2021, by the Nigerian Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama that the country was in talks with Twitter on the ban, and urge both sides to negotiate in good faith and with the best interest of Nigerian Twitter users as their priority.

Madison Realty Capital Originates $278.5 Million Construction Loan for Three Multifamily Projects and Luxury Condominium in Austin, Texas

Portfolio Includes 734 multifamily apartments, 1,264 planned multifamily units, and 117 luxury condominium residences

NEW YORK, June 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Madison Realty Capital, a fully integrated real estate private equity firm focused on debt and equity investment strategies, today announced it has provided a $278.5 million construction loan for a portfolio of four assets located in Austin, Texas to Reger Holdings, LLC, a New York-based real estate investment and development company led by CEO Gordon Reger, a third-generation member of the Reger/Mader family who founded the company.

The portfolio is comprised of two mixed-use multifamily properties and 317 acres of entitled land with plans to develop 1,264 multifamily residential units, known as the EastVillage, located along the Parmer Lane tech corridor in northeast Austin and a luxury condominium in downtown Austin known as The Linden Residences. Reger Holdings contributed significant cash equity for the construction.

Josh Zegen, Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Madison Realty Capital, said, “This transaction highlights Madison Realty Capital’s solutions-oriented approach and unique ability to serve as a single source financing provider to a highly reputable borrower. Austin is a rapidly growing, vibrant city experiencing exceptional economic growth but faces high barriers to entry. The Parmer Lane tech corridor is home to some of the most prominent Austin employers and some of the nation’s most innovative companies, including Tesla, Apple, Samsung, Oracle, Dell, Facebook, and 3M. However, the city is facing an undersupply of the high-quality housing options that employees in the Parmer Lane tech corridor demand. We look forward to working with Reger, a best-in-class developer with a strong balance sheet, to complete future phases of development in Austin and continue to identify attractive opportunities for our investors and partners throughout Texas and the Southwest.”

“Madison Realty Capital’s senior financing for the EastVillage and the Linden marks an exciting milestone for both projects,” said Gordon Reger.  “We are pleased to work with a single capital source that has the flexibility to finance these diverse projects.”

The mixed-use residences are comprised of two development sites across 29 acres within the over 400-acre master site planned for the EastVillage. The first EastVillage development will offer 312 luxury apartment units across six garden-style apartment buildings with top-tier amenities, including a fitness center, courtyard, dog grooming station and swimming pool. The second EastVillage development will consist of an additional 422 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment units with state-of-the-art finishes, fitness center, game room, yoga studio, and 143,000 square feet of commercial space. Future phases of development for EastVillage involve 317 acres of land approved for 1,264 multifamily units, 240 hotel keys and over one million square feet of commercial space. The EastVillage is adjacent to Samsung’s Semiconductor chipmaking plant, one of Austin’s largest employers, which recently announced plans to expand with a $17 billion chipmaking facility.

Located at 313 West 17th Street in downtown Austin near the State Capital and the University of Texas at Austin, The Linden Residences is a 28-story luxury condominium project that will offer 117 one- to three-bedroom units, 5,196 square feet of ground floor retail and 251 parking spaces. The amenity rich units have been substantially sold to date.

Newmark Executive Managing Director David Douvadjian, Senior Managing Director, Brian Butler, and Director, David Douvadjian, Jr., served as advisors to Madison Realty Capital in the deal.

About Madison Realty Capital

Madison Realty Capital is a New York City based real estate private equity firm focused on debt and equity investment strategies with regional offices in key markets including Los Angeles and Dallas. Founded in 2004, MRC has closed on approximately $14 billion of transactions in the multifamily, retail, office, industrial and hotel sectors nationwide. The firm manages investments in the United States on behalf of a global investor base. MRC is a fully integrated firm with over 60 employees across all real estate investment, development, and property management disciplines. Among other industry recognitions, MRC has been named to the Commercial Observer’s prestigious “Power 100” list of New York City real estate players and is consistently cited as one of the industry’s top construction lenders. To learn more, follow us on LinkedIn and visit


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Coca-Cola, Bureau Veritas to Take the Lead for the 2021 Africa Edition of Break to Ceiling Touch the Sky(R) Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion Forum on July 7, 2021

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — House of Rose Professional Pte. Ltd today announced that Coca-Cola and Bureau Veritas will lead as core sponsors for the 2021 Africa Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky® – the success and leadership summit for women which would be held as a virtual summit on July 7, 2021. The summit will enable participating organizations to learn and exchange cross-industry best practices on leadership and success, diversity & inclusion and shape leadership skills for the future of work in Africa and leverage the extensive global experience of Break the ceiling touch the sky® across North America, Asia, the Middle East, ANZ and Europe since 2015 in enabling and inspiring over 20000 women leaders globally to greater success.


Speakers at the summit include Debra Mallowah, Vice President, East and Central Africa Franchise at The Coca-Cola Company; Sal Govender, Vice President Southern Africa, Bureau Veritas Testing & Inspections SA (Pty) Ltd.; Dr. Liziwe Masoga, Senior Vice President & Chief HR Officer at Massmart; Alex von Behr, President at vBAssociates, Senior Advisor at House of Rose Professional Pte. Ltd and former Global Chief Customer Officer at Unilever; Susan Mboya, Principal and International Advisor, Navigators Global LLC; Marc Roussel, Government Services & International Trade President & SVP Africa, Bureau Veritas. Carlos Barroso, President, CJB Associates; Brian Peters, Financial Sales Expert, former winner of Mr. Universe; Ranu Gupta, Managing Partner, Performance Leverage; Julie Lewis, best-selling author and advisor, Mountain High; and Patricia Obozuwa, Vice President Public Affairs, Communication and Sustainability, Africa, The Coca-Cola Company.

Commented Debra MallowahVice President, East and Central Africa Franchise at The Coca-Cola Company, “Diversity is at the core of our business. We continue to invest and make progress in unlocking the full potential of our people with equal access to development and opportunity.  We are delighted to partner with Break the ceiling touch the sky® for this important 2021 Africa Edition and contribute to the development of human capital in the region.”  

Added Sal Govender, Vice President Southern Africa, Bureau Veritas Testing & Inspections SA (Pty)Ltd, “Gender equality is one of the critical elements of our mission to shape a world based on trust. We are excited to be a leader of the Africa Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky® as it is highly synergistic with the positive impact we have seen of gender diversity & inclusion in the workplace.”

Commented Anthony A. Rose, Chairman and CEO, House of Rose Professional and best-selling author of the book Break the Ceiling, Touch the Sky: success secrets of the world’s most inspirational women which inspired the summit, “Break the ceiling touch the sky® is a unique opportunity for companies to learn and build sustainable strategies to unlock the full impact of a diverse and inclusive workforce. The 2021 Africa Edition offers companies in Africa a dedicated forum that will enable and inspire their women leaders to success and shape more positive male mindsets in support of diversity & inclusion.”

The Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICC) and ENACTUS are the official Industry Partners for the 2021 Africa Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky.

For details please visit

Singapore headquartered House of Rose ProfessionalPte. Ltd® is a leader in the global Talent, Training and Transformation businesses and partners with the world’s best companies to enable their leaders to success.

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O impacto da ciência para criar um movimento; o estudo de caso da Fooditive, pioneira em ingredientes reutilizados à base de plantas

Produtos Fooditive

Linha de produtos Fooditive

ROTERDÃ, June 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — O ano desafiador de 2020 viu o florescimento do fabricante de ingredientes à base de plantas Fooditive BV, uma empresa holandesa que revolucionou a alimentação saudável. Por meio da reutilização de bioprodutos de frutas e legumes de terceira classe em produtos 100% naturais, a empresa criou uma das peças fundamentais para um futuro mais sustentável. Tudo começou com um jordaniano e seu ódio pelo desperdício e sua determinação para mudar.

Depois de passar pela experiência de escassez de alimentos na infância na Jordânia, o fundador e cientista de alimentos, Moayad Abushokhedim, prometeu criar alimentos saudáveis e acessíveis para todos.

Com uma sólida formação em ciência de alimentos e negócios, ele desenvolveu seu próprio processo de criação de ingredientes à base de plantas a preços acessíveis, recorrendo simplesmente à ciência da fermentação.

Em reconhecimento ao seu engajamento para o sucesso no setor de alimentos e bebidas, Abushokhedim foi um dos indicados para o Food100 de 2020, um prêmio que celebra os inovadores que estão empenhados em fazer a transição para um sistema alimentar sustentável.

Moayad Abushokhedim

Cientista de Alimentos e Fundador do Grupo Fooditive

“Para um jordaniano como eu, que não pode acreditar que está vivendo seu sonho de mudar o mundo, receber esse prêmio me fez perceber que se você pode sonhar, você pode alcançar seu objetivo! E isso me fez lembrar que não estou sozinho neste desafio porque há muitos outros no mundo que acreditam em fazer a diferença”, disse Moayad Abushokhedim.

O primeiro produto da Fooditive, o adoçante com zero calorias produzido à base de maçãs e peras, foi apenas o começo. Desde o lançamento do adoçante, a empresa ampliou sua linha de produtos criativos, incluindo um agente espessante feito de casca de banana, um conservante à base de cenoura e um emulsificante feito à base de extrato de batata.

A inovação por trás dos produtos da Fooditive e sua dedicação em oferecer o que os consumidores merecem levaram a empresa a ser indicada para o prêmio Foodvalley Champions 2020 na categoria Alimentos e Saúde. A nova colaboração com a Frutco AG na Suíça, que vai usar o exclusivo processo de fermentação contínua da Fooditive para produzir um adoçante à base de bioprodutos de banana, é o mais recente passo da empresa para o mundo ficar mais verde e mais sustentável.

Como pioneiros de uma alimentação saudável, as iniciativas da Fooditive também foram conduzidas por Gary Clarke, ex-gerente geral da Mars International Travel Retail. Com mais de 20 anos de experiência em bens de consumo embalados, Clarke achou que “o próximo passo mais óbvio seria fazer uma parceria com a Fooditive”.

“Quando conheci a abordagem da Fooditive para desenvolver uma economia circular e produzir alimentos que são mais saudáveis, eu achei que eles estavam liderando a tarefa de fazer evoluir o setor de alimentos. Acredito que a Fooditive pode impulsionar realmente o setor rumo a um novo futuro dos alimentos”. Um futuro que não seja apenas bom para as pessoas, mas também para o planeta, e se conseguirmos expandir esta ideia, a diferença pode ser enorme”, acrescentou Clarke.

A Fooditive está atualmente financiando cerca de 6,5 milhões de euros em 2021 para revolucionar o setor de alimentos à base de plantas e criar alimentos saudáveis e acessíveis para todos.

No final deste ano, a empresa vai compartilhar seus produtos novos e atraentes, um substituto de gordura saudável de sementes de abacate e uma forma de leite vegano de ervilhas, portanto, fique de olho na Fooditive.

Agora que a empresa conta com o apoio de parceiros ainda mais empenhados e equipados com ingredientes a preços competitivos e sem precedentes, a febre da Fooditive está pegando e inspirando outras pessoas ao longo do caminho a pensar mais sobre o que elas comem.

Sobre a Fooditive BV

Em 2018, a fabricante de ingredientes à base de plantas Fooditive BV foi fundada em Roterdã, na Holanda. A empresa está comprometida em disponibilizar alimentos saudáveis para todos com seus ingredientes 100% naturais. Desde seu lançamento, a Fooditive recebeu vários prêmios por suas ideias inovadoras, abordagens sustentáveis e contribuições para uma economia circular, incluindo uma indicação para o prêmio Index Award 2021.

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L’impact de la science sur la création d’un mouvement ; le cas de Fooditive, pionnière des ingrédients végétaux revalorisés

Produits Fooditive

Gamme de produits Fooditive

ROTTERDAM, 08 juin 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — La difficile année 2020 a vu fleurir le fabricant d’ingrédients végétaux Fooditive BV, une société néerlandaise déterminée à révolutionner l’alimentation saine. Par la revalorisation des flux secondaires et de troisième classe des fruits et légumes en les intégrant dans des produits 100 % naturels, elle a créé l’une des clés d’un avenir plus durable. Tout a commencé avec un Jordanien et sa haine pour le gaspillage et son désir de changement.

Ayant souffert du manque de nourriture pendant son enfance en Jordanie, Moayad Abushokhedim, fondateur de Fooditive et scientifique spécialisé dans l’alimentation, s’est engagé à créer une nourriture saine et abordable pour tous.

Fort d’une solide expérience dans les domaines de la science alimentaire et des affaires, il a développé son propre processus unique de création d’ingrédients végétaux abordables, en utilisant simplement la science de la fermentation.

En reconnaissance de sa volonté de réussir dans le secteur de l’alimentation et des boissons, M. Abushokhedim a été désigné parmi les Food100 2020, un prix qui rend hommage aux leaders du changement qui travaillent à la transition vers un système alimentaire durable.

« Pour un Jordanien comme moi, qui n’arrive pas à croire qu’il vit son rêve de changer le monde, recevoir ce prix m’a fait comprendre que quand on a un rêve, on peut le réaliser. Et cela m’a rappelé que je ne suis pas seul dans cet effort parce qu’il y a beaucoup d’autres personnes dans le monde qui sont persuadées qu’il est possible de faire une différence », a déclaré Moayad Abushokhedim.

Moayad Abushokhedim

Scientifique spécialisé dans l’alimentation et fondateur de Fooditive Group

Le premier produit de Fooditive, l’édulcorant révolutionnaire zéro calorie fabriqué à partir de pommes et de poires, n’était que le début. Depuis le lancement de l’édulcorant, la société a élargi sa gamme de produits créatifs, avec notamment un agent épaississant fabriqué à partir de peaux de banane, un conservateur à base de carotte et un émulsifiant fabriqué à partir d’extraits de pommes de terre.

L’innovation à l’origine des produits de Fooditive et son engagement à fournir ce que méritent les consommateurs ont conduit la société à être nommée pour le prix Foodvalley Champions 2020 dans la catégorie Alimentation et Santé. La nouvelle collaboration avec Frutco AG en Suisse, qui utilisera le processus de fermentation continue unique de Fooditive pour produire un édulcorant à partir des flux secondaires de la banane, est la toute dernière étape de la société vers un monde plus écologique et plus durable.

Pionniers d’une alimentation saine, Fooditive et ses actions ont également plu à Gary Clarke, ancien directeur général de Mars International Travel Retail. Avec plus de 20 ans d’expérience dans le domaine des biens de consommation emballés, M. Clarke estimait que « pour l’étape suivante, rejoindre Fooditive en tant que partenaire paraissait naturellement être la chose à faire ».

« Lorsque j’ai appris l’approche de Fooditive pour développer une économie circulaire et produire des aliments meilleurs pour la santé, j’ai vraiment pensé qu’ils étaient à la tête de l’évolution de l’industrie alimentaire. Je crois que Fooditive peut vraiment conduire l’industrie vers un nouvel avenir pour l’alimentation. Un avenir non seulement bon pour les individus, mais aussi pour la planète, et si nous parvenons à faire évoluer cette idée alors la différence pourra être énorme », a ajouté M. Clarke.

Fooditive investit actuellement la somme importante de 6,5 millions d’euros pour l’année 2021 afin de révolutionner l’industrie de l’alimentation végétale et créer des aliments sains et abordables pour tous.

Plus tard dans l’année, la société dévoilera ses nouveaux produits palpitants, un substitut de matière grasse sain fabriqué à partir de noyaux d’avocat et du lait végétalien préparé à partir de pois, alors veillez à suivre les activités de Fooditive régulièrement.

Maintenant qu’elle est soutenue par des partenaires encore plus engagés et équipée d’ingrédients aux prix compétitifs sans égal, Fooditive suscite une fièvre qui attire et inspire les autres et les incite à réfléchir davantage à ce qu’ils mangent.

À propos de Fooditive BV

En 2018, le fabricant d’ingrédients végétaux Fooditive BV a été établi à Rotterdam, aux Pays-Bas. La société est déterminée à rendre les aliments sains disponibles pour tous avec ses ingrédients 100 % naturels. Depuis son lancement, Fooditive a reçu plusieurs récompenses pour ses idées innovantes, ses approches durables et ses contributions à une économie circulaire, y compris sa nomination au prix Index Award 2021.

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