For all the chaos and anarchy that currently pervades the land, Arise Tv seems to be the poster boy of the resistance of young Nigerians to the establishment and one of the biggest winners from this protest.
What many people did not know is that Arise Tv did not have it rosy in the past.
Arise TV which is owned by Nduka Obaigbena (Publisher of This Day Newspaper) started operations in 2013.
Just like new startups in this part, the business struggled to gain traction and faced severe revenue challenge.
Arise TV struggled at a point to pay staff salaries and Staff were resigning en masse.
The new TV could not meet its financial obligations to news services Reuters and Associated Press for payment for photos provided by the two organizations.
Nduka Obiegbena was forced to shut the TV station down in 2016 out of frustration at the slow pace of business.
His case was made worse when 62 staff of the company began legal action for non-payment of wages.
Speaking to The Independent, Production Editor David Lee, who claims he is owed £20,000 in wages, expressed frustration with the current situation.
“It’s disgusting, now I’m faced with a tax bill that I can’t pay. Two staff in the New York office have lost their houses because they were unable to make their monthly mortgage repayments,” Mr. Lee stated.
Yet, Mr. Obaigbena disputed some of the wage claims.
“We are in dispute…with some who made invalid claims which we discovered during a routine audit.
“The courts may have to determine this. Some saw Arise as a gravy train to take advantage of. They are wrong,” he told The Independent.
The media mogul has also expressed confidence that his company will ride out the recent financial troubles. In his conversation with The Independent, he expressed a belief that Arise would be able to complete its “five-year launch plan”.
“As a new business still in the investment stage the revenue generation stage takes time and stability.”
“We are in a marathon and not a sprint,” he argued.
Arise TV later restrategized and relaunched after clearing its debts to former staff and contractors but here is one remarkable thing that happened:
Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote rallied his billionaire friends in his circle like Femi Otedola, Jim Ovia, Herbert Wigwe and Sam Iwejuoku and they all agreed to give Arise TV a lifeline by giving the then struggling TV company one year uninterrupted TV commercial patronage from the different brands and businesses that they controlled.
Dangote controls Dangote group, Jim Ovia controls Zenith bank, Wigwe controls Access bank, Femi Otedola used to control Forte oil and Sam controls Execujet.
That lifeline from Nduka friends helped Arise TV to start operations again and today, they are the toast of Nigerians over the professional way they have covered this protest ever since it started.
Aliko Dangote rallied his fellow billionaires to come to the aid of Nduka for one reason: Nduka is their friend, he is a member of the elitist Lagos boat club that they all belong to and they share the same brotherhood by being members of that Lagos boat club.
Also Aliko did not forget that when Femi Otedola and himself had issues in the past which was brutal and bloody, it was Nduka that rallied his friends to reconcile the two warring friends.
So to my under 40 young friends, who are your friends?
Who is in your circle of support?
Can your friends raise 5 million naira for your business if your business is facing revenue challenge today or do you guys spend the whole day drinking beer or discussing sexual escapades with women or do you discuss make up, fashion and men for women?
I don’t know about you but I’m very intentional and selective with the people I allow in my circle because I have come to realize that the quality of the people in your circle determines how far you go in life.
Your circle of friends determines your net worth.
It is that simple.
If we don’t share the mindset and values, there is no reason for spending time with you.
We are better off as acquaintance than friends.
Im so happy for Nduka.
His bet on Arise TV has finally paid off and looking back, he will tell himself that yay! it was worth the gamble and the risk.
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Twitter To Hand @POTUS Account To Biden On Inauguration Day
In this photo illustration, a Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile phone with President Trump’s Twitter page shown in the background on May 27, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia.(Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
Twitter confirmed Saturday it will hand control of the presidential @POTUS account to Joe Biden when he is sworn in on inauguration day, even if President Donald Trump has not conceded his election loss.
“Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021,” the social network said in a statement to AFP.
“As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration,” the statement said.
The handover will see all existing tweets on @POTUS, as well as @FLOTUS (the First Lady), @VP (vice president) and other official accounts, archived.
The accounts will then be reset to zero tweets and transferred to the incoming Biden White House that day.
Trump, who still has not conceded his November 3 loss, used Twitter to help build his political brand and, later, wield the power of the presidency — though he mainly uses his personal account, @realDonaldTrump, whose 88 million followers dwarf @POTUS’s 32 million.
The @POTUS account is largely used to retweet Trump’s personal account, as well as the White House and other accounts.
Trump’s frequent habit of abruptly announcing new policies on the platform has led to long-standing complaints of governing by tweet.
Twitter has long come under pressure to curb the president’s use of the site to spread misinformation and conspiracy theories.
Since the election, the company has slapped warning labels on many Trump tweets as he continues to insist — despite all evidence to the contrary — that he won the vote, and that Biden’s victory is due to massive fraud.
Biden, for his part, is a far more sedate Twitter user. He has sent fewer than 7,000 tweets to his 19 million followers, compared to Trump’s 58,000.
Biden Promised To Be President ‘For All Americans’
Democrat Joe Biden on Saturday pledged to be a “president for all Americans,” after US networks projected he has defeated Republican incumbent Donald Trump in their bitterly contested election.
“The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not,” the 77-year-old former vice president said in a tweet.
“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,” he said in a separate statement.
“It’s time for America to unite. And to heal.”
America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.
The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.
I will keep the faith that you have placed in me. pic.twitter.com/moA9qhmjn8
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020
The result of Tuesday’s election had been on a razor’s edge for days as a handful of battleground states including Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada remained uncalled.
But with all major US networks projecting that Biden won Pennsylvania, the Democrat now stands at 273 electoral votes, beyond the magic majority number of 270 needed in the Electoral College that determines the president.
“We did it. We did it Joe,” his running mate Kamala Harris — set to become the first woman vice president — told Biden in a phone call, according to a short video clip she posted to Twitter.
“You’re going to be the next president of the United States.”
Harris, a US senator whose historic win means she also becomes the first woman of color and first Asian-American in the position, also said in a separate tweet that the election is “about so much more than @JoeBiden or me. It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it,”
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 7, 2020
“We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started,” the 56-year-old said.
Residents of the US capital Washington were seen flooding into the streets in celebration, while Democratic lawmakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered their congratulations and spoke of “a new day” in America after four tumultuous years of Trump.
Twitter Suspends Permanently The Account Of U.S White House Strategist
Twitter permanently suspended an account associated with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, after he suggested in a video posted online Thursday that Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded.
Bannon made the comments calling for medieval violence during a livestream of his talk show and podcast, War Room: Pandemic.
“I’d put the heads on pikes. Right. I’d put them at the two corners of the White House. As a warning to federal bureaucrats: Either get with the program or you’re gone,” he said in the now-deleted video previously posted on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. However, it has been recirculated through other accounts.
CNN reported the video was viewed at least 200,000 times on Facebook before it was deleted.
The show’s Twitter account, @WarRoomPandemic, was suspended after it posted the video. It violated the social media website’s “policy on the glorification of violence,” a Twitter spokesperson told NPR.
Facebook and YouTube removed the video, saying it violated their policies against inciting violence and harassment, according to company spokespeople.
Bannon’s message comes as some members of President Trump’s inner circle have amped up inflammatory rhetoric while the election results remain unresolved. Donald Trump Jr. said this week the president should “go to total war” over the election. Cc:@npr
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