Nigeria Emerge 2017 D+ Most Positive African Country

Nigeria has emerged the most positive African country on the World’s Most Positive Countries 2017 index published by Daily Positive (D+).

Nigeria re-emerged as the regional winner of Africa after missing out last year. Nigerians have excelled with glittering awards, such as, the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, World Food Prize and BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. The Nigerian robotics team won a gold medal at the FIRST Global robotics competition in Washington DC. Nigeria did not ever give up on the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls and continued to make progress and rescued significant number of the girls in 2017.

In 2015, Nigeria emerged the most positive African country on the World’s Most Positive Countries 2015 index published by Daily Positive (D+).

Globally, Australia was crowned the World’s Most Positive Country for 2017, for the second time ever in half a decade, according to the annual global index published by Daily Positive (D+), a unique online media organization from Australia for positive news. 

The annual list of top ten most positive countries is compiled based on a positivity index comprised of a global expert panel rating, a D+ journalists rating, a global web poll and the number of positive news entries in 2017 on the D+ website.

Apart from this overall list of 10 most positive countries, for the third time, D+ also published a list of regional positive countries from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. The regional winners were selected based on the same criteria used to select the overall winners but from a specific region outside of the top ten in the list.

The top 10 World’s Most Positive Countries for 2017 along with respective ranking points are as follows:

Country Name

Total Points

Australia

501

Canada

489

Switzerland

480

China

472

France

461

Germany

454

Denmark

442

England

434

Netherlands

428

United States of America

418

D+ Most Positive Regional Countries 2017

 Africa: Nigeria

Asia: Bangladesh

It is mainly because, along with many positive achievements, in 2017 Bangladesh dealt with the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis with open arms and saved the world from a huge catastrophe. Huge credit goes to the current Bangladeshi government and Bangladeshis from across the country who raced to save Rohingya refugees fleeing the brutal ethnic cleansing operation of Burmese military. Bangladesh became exemplary for the regional powers and many developed nations with its humane response to deal with well over half-a-million refugees that arrived in the country in few weeks. Apart from that, Bangladesh inaugurated its first solar-powered Food Warehouse with a capacity of 25,000 tonnes of grain. Bangladesh launched its first ever nano-satellite Brac Onnesha. Bangladeshi surgeons successfully separated two 9-month-old sisters born pygopagus in a complex operation.

 Europe: Norway

Norway is the regional winner from Europe. Norway topped the World Democracy Index indicating that it has a near-perfect fully functional democracy. That helped Norway to achieve best press freedom in the world. As part of continuous economic development, Norwegian solar panel maker Saga Energy recently signed a deal worth 2.5 billion euros ($2.9 billion) with Iran’s state-owned company Amin Energy Developers to build solar power plants in Iran.

 North America: Cuba

Cuba retained its regional title for the third consecutive year. After job well done by the Cuban medical professionals in West Africa to fight Ebola since 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized their efforts in 2017. Cuba continued its positive attempt to integrate and engage further with the international communities. As a result, first ever cooperation agreement between the European Union and Cuba was approved in order to expand bilateral trade, promote dialogue and provide joint action on the world scene.

 South America: Colombia

Colombia became the regional winner from South America for the second consecutive year. Colombia continued to build on the peace process that started for last few years in order to neutralize the local armed groups. Also, Colombian singer Shakira received the 2017 Crystal Award for her efforts to help displaced and disadvantaged children in Colombia. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was named as one of the most influential people by Time Magazine for his determination to establish peace. Natalia Ponce de Leon of Colombia, a human right activist and acid attack victim, was honored with the United States Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award 2017.

Other nations outside of the list of most positive countries also made 2017 a memorable one. Iceland topped the list of the world’s most peaceful country. Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon abolished a law that allowed rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims. Saudi Arabia‘s King Salman issued a decree allowing women to drive for the first time in the Kingdom. India created history by successfully launching 104 satellites on a single mission, overtaking the previous record of 37 satellites launched by Russia in 2014. Portugal won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since it first entered the contest in 1964.

 According to Dr. Arif Jubaer, Founder of D+:

“On the occasion of D+ world’s most positive countries 2017, it was great to see people from all around the world coming together and working for a positive world despite all the negativities surround them. For the positive newsmakers, 2017 was not about their individual dreams, rather it was about the dreams for a positive world.”

D+ will present the above information and facts in detail at a presentation ceremony on Saturday, 25 November 2017, 2.00PM in Melbourne, Australia.

 For more information on the World’s Most Positive Countries 2017 visit http://www.dailypositive.org/Most_Positive_Countries

Contact Information:

Contact Person: Dr. Arif Jubaer, Founder, Daily Positive (D+)

Web Address: http://www.dailypositive.org/

Email: arif.jubaer@dailypositive.org

Mobile: +61-411215302

Kenneth Okonkwo Awarded Order of Nigerian Youth Mentors Award [2017]

Veteran Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo has been awarded member, Order of Nigerian Youth mentors by the National Youth Council of Nigeria for his contributions to the concluded peace walk in Abuja.

On receiving his award, the actor turned lawyer thanked the youths for supporting peace and oneness of Nigeria. He urged them to keep doing everything possible to uphold the unity of the nation.

Chikezie Emmanuel Uzuegbunam Named One Of 100 Brightest Young Minds In Africa 2017

Chikezie Emmanuel Uzuegbunam has been named one of 100 Brightest Young Minds in Africa 2017 by Brightest Young Minds (BYM).

Chikezie Emmanuel Uzuegbunam, a second-year doctoral student at the Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town. After a rigorous selection process, Mr. Chikezie was selected based on his past academic and social innovation works and resume.

Brightest Young Minds (BYM) headquartered in South Africa identifies, connects and mobilises Africa’s most innovative and responsible young people, and gathers them from around the continent to train, mentor and empower them to become change agents as next generation of African leaders in their various spheres of endeavour.

Chikezie Emmanuel Uzuegbunam joined other outstanding young people within the ages of 25 and 35 from up to 17 African countries on a funded summit to engage on issues around social innovation, technology, big data, social entrepreneurship, business financing, project development and model building to mention a few.

On his participation at the summit, Chikezie stated:

“It has been an incredible time so far at the summit of Africa’s Brightest Young Minds. Having been to mostly academic conferences and events in the past, this is a whole new, different and amazing experience for me as a young person on the continent. It is making me come up with better social innovation ideas that would impact society aside from the academic research that I have been engaged with, providing new ways of thinking about making impact with my work and passions. I am grateful to have been selected and invited into this very competitive space and my gratitude goes to BYM for the opportunity. I feel ever more challenged and exposed to varirty of new and never-heard-of-before resources to launch me into the next level as an impactful young leader on the continent”.

Zannah Mustapha Wins 2017 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award

Zannah Mustapha, a Nigerian lawyer and advocate for the rights of displaced children growing up amid violence in north-eastern Nigeria to get a quality education, is the 2017 winner of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Nansen Refugee Award.

Zannah Mustapha helped to secure the release of dozens of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014.

The Nansen Refugee Award, which is bestowed by the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR), has been won in the past by Eleanor Roosevelt and Luciano Pavarotti, and the winner receives $150,000 to fund a project complementing their existing work.

In the words of Zannah Mustapha, the 2017 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award Winner:

“I am exceedingly happy and motivated to do more … I will scale up my efforts.

Some of the students that started in my school have graduated, and they are now going into university – I can use this money to help them complete the cycle.”

Zannah Mustapha is the founder of two schools which offer free education, meals, uniforms and healthcare to its pupils, and even enrol children born to Boko Haram fighters to learn alongside those orphaned by the Islamist group’s eight-year insurgency. Those orphaned by the conflict on both sides are welcomed into Mustapha’s classrooms as a sign of the reconciliation he hopes to achieve in the region.

His first venture, Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School, opened a decade ago and was the only school in Borno state in northeast Nigeria to remain open when Boko Haram in 2009 began their brutal campaign to carve out an Islamic state. Future Prowess has grown from 36 students to 540. Desperate for an education, thousands more children have added their names to its waiting list. In 2016, his second school opened just a few kilometres away from the first. Eighty-eight children, all of whom have fled conflict in the region, walk through its classroom doors each day.

The Islamist militants have killed hundreds of teachers and forced more than 1,000 schools to shut, leaving tens of thousands of children without an education, aid agencies say.

UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi hailed Mustapha for helping to foster peace and rebuild communities devastated by violence. According to Grandi:

“Education is one of the most powerful tools for helping refugee children overcome the horrors of violence and forced displacement.”

Mustapha’s work also includes helping to negotiate the release of more than 100 of the 220-odd girls snatched from their school in Chibok in April 2014 in the biggest publicity coup of Boko Haram’s insurgency that prompted global outrage and the international campaign #bringbackourgirls.

The return of 82 of the girls in May marked the second group release of the Chibok girls by the militants – with both deals brokered by Switzerland and the Red Cross and mediated by Mustapha – after a group of 21 were freed in October last year.

A few others have escaped or been rescued but about 113 of the girls are believed to be still held captive by Boko Haram.

The Islamist group has killed at least 20,000 people and uprooted more than 2.7 million across the Lake Chad region and sparked one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world, according to aid agencies.

Despite being driven back from much of the territory it held, Boko Haram has ramped up attacks this year, targeting civilians and camps for the displaced with suicide bombings.

More recently, Mustapha donated acres of his own land to 800 displaced families. Building a water irrigation pump and shelter, these families are now able to support themselves and sell their produce at local markets.

The UNHCR Nansen Refugees award was established in 1954 and awarded annually to an individual, group or organization in recognition of outstanding service to the cause of refugees, displaced and stateless persons.

The award includes a Commonwealth medal and monetary prize of $100,000 donated by the governments of Norway and Switzerland to begin a project in consultation with UNHCR, to complement the laureate’s existing work.

Prophet T. B. Joshua Receives Paraguay Order of Merit Honour [2017]

Prophet T.B. Joshua has been presented with the Paraguay Order of Merit, Paraguay’s Highest Honour by the government of Paraguay in recognition of his leadership and humanitarian works. His works, which are changing lives, changing nations and changing the world. In addition to this honour of privilege, the Board and Members of the Asuncion Municipality declared Prophet T.B. Joshua as an Illustrious visitor, sealing this off with the presentation of Honour of Illustrious Visitor and the Key of The City of Asuncion to him.

The Paraguay Crusade with TB Joshua, taking place from August 11-12, 2017 at the Estadio de los Defensores del Chaco in the Paraguayan capital city of Asuncion, is to only bring divine healing, redemption, restoration and deliverance to the sick, fallen, weak and deprived but also bring the people of Paraguay and South America closer to God through the works of God’s Word.

Temitope Balogun Joshua (born June 12, 1963), commonly referred to as T. B. Joshua, is a Nigerian Pastor, televangelist and philanthropist. He is the leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), a Christian organisation that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos, Nigeria.