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Calling for change makers across the world! You can now apply for the 2021 Opportunity Desk Impact Challenge (ODIC). The OD Impact Challenge is a global competition that seeks to recognize and support efforts of young changemakers working to bring positive change to their communities, while projecting and highlighting the impact Opportunity Desk is making in the lives of people worldwide. 

This year’s challenge prize is organized in partnership with Vantage Migration, among other organizations. The 2021 edition comes with lots of exciting benefits including up to $1000 in cash prizes and a fully-funded trip to the Netherlands.

 

About Opportunity Desk

Opportunity desk is an online platform that bridges the opportunity gap for people across the world, by creating open access to information and educative resources.

These opportunities help to facilitate young people’s efforts in exchanging ideas and preparing themselves for the future. They include: scholarships, conferences, fellowships, awards, jobs, internships, and grants targeted towards individuals and organizations worldwide.

 

About Vantage Migration

Vantage Migration is an international education consulting firm that specializes in helping people travel abroad through STUDY ROUTE.

Dr Linda Iheme, CEO of Vantage Migration has outdone herself on this one. Among many other enticing giveaways organized on her social media pages periodically, this has been the loudest and of course, the most impactful. 

 

Prizes and Benefits

The top 12 finalists will receive e-certificates of recognition.

 

First Prize:

  • Cash prize of $500
  • 1 week fully-funded trip to study a mini-MBA course in the Netherlands in March 2021.
  • Sponsored by Vantage Migration.
  • Exclusive media feature as OD Young Person of the Month
  • Media Feature and Remote
  • Interview with Cynthia Untamed, Studentshubgh, Young Transformers and Transcriativa.
  • Mentorship and business consultation with Transcriativa

 

Second Prize

  • Cash prize of $300
  • Fully-funded spot in the Momentswithbren-OD Career Accelerator 2021.
  • Exclusive media feature as OD Young Person of the Month
  • Media Feature and Remote Interview with Cynthia Untamed, Studentshubgh, Young Transformers and Transcriativa.
  • Mentorship with applications and Business Consultation with Transcriativa

 

Third Prize:

  • Cash prize of $200
  • Fully-funded spot in the MWB-OD Career Accelerator 2021
  • Exclusive media feature as OD Young Person of the Month
  • Media Feature and Remote Interview with Cynthia Untamed, Studentshubgh, Young Transformers and Transcriativa.
  • Mentorship with applications and business consultation with Transcriativa

 

Judging Criteria

The jury, made up of social change leaders and impact drivers will carefully select finalists and winners based on the following criteria:

 

Eligibility

  • This global competition is open to changemakers around the world who are actively solving a problem and improving the lives of others in their community.
  • Participants between 18 and 30 years from any nationality are welcomed to apply.
  • Participants should be active Opportunity Desk users:- You are a fan or follower on their social media pages- Twitter, Instagram, Linkedln, Facebook and Telegram
  • You must be subscribed to their Newsletter.
  • You are an active follower of Vantage Migration on social media.
  • You are actively engaged in your community and you have at least 1 year track record of impact either as an individual, employee or entrepreneur.

 

How to Enter the Competition

Step 1: Make a one-minute video telling us:

  1. a) your name and country;
  2. b) what you are doing to bring positive change to your community;
  3. c) how OD is making an impact in your life.

You don’t need a sophisticated camera to do this. You can use your smartphone in landscape mode. Just ensure we can see and hear you clearly. Be creative too.

Step 2: Post your video to your social media page: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn etc. using the hashtags: #ODImpactChallenge #ODIC2021.

Step 3: Complete the online application here before December 31, 2020.

Step 4: Prepare for voting. Top 12 finalists will be contacted and provided with a link to the voting page.

 

Terms and Conditions

  • There is no entry fee Video submissions must be original, unpublished work by the contestant and cannot infringe upon any Copyright laws. 
  • The contestant must be the sole author of all entries and hold full rights to them. Videos that have Won awards in other competitions are not eligible to enter.
  • By entering the contest, video submitters are deemed to have agreed to the use of their videos in OD promotional material
  • The organizers reserve the right to remove and disqualify submitted videos which may cause offence or may be deemed unsuitable or inappropriate.

 

Summit Application Here

 

TAP HERE TO SUMMIT APPLICATION

 

 

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Can Bitcoin Become the Next Global Reserve Currency?

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One of the most interesting trends surfacing in the crypto industry today is the increasing likelihood of Bitcoin emerging as the next global reserve currency – something that Bitcoin fundamentalists have been preaching for the last decade. 

With the combination of transparency and decentralized trust brought on by the blockchain, individuals and companies across the world have had the opportunity to participate in a free financial system since the emergence of Bitcoin some twelve years ago. 

Since the dawn of Blockchain, trust in this trustless system has been slowly rising with a diverse range of individuals, institutional investors, and even world governments investing in the technology and the various tokens in circulation today. One result of this has been the free flow of liquidity across borders in a remarkably revolutionary way – satisfying the ever-growing need for a more efficient global financial system. 

Mr. Yoon Kim is an accomplished and dynamic crypto analyst and strategist. He successfully built the TMT sector of Tremblant Capital and helped the company increase its AUM from $200 million to $5 billion in five-years’ time. He then launched Vestry Capital, a global TMT equity fund as the head of which he served as an advisor and consultant to various hedge funds and blockchain projects.

With his 20 years of experience in investing and in the blockchain industry, Mr. Kim acutely understands these shifts in the global financial system. 

For that reason, one of the key topics of conversation during The New Normal of Blockchain & Cryptocurrency panel which AIKON organized in late October was “where the future lies for the USD and its long-term position as the world’s reserve currency”. 

Mr. Kim indicated that the USD losing some of its standing in the global financial system and possibly its status as the reserve currency as an inevitable product of blockchain’s accessibility and decentralization. 

As Mr. Kim has pointed out, the current financial system has been in place since World War II – 75 years now! On average, global financial systems have typically lasted for ~70-80 years each. We are, then, coming to the end of an era and can stand with bated breath awaiting the next financial revolution. 

Moreover, history has shown that significant global events often precede the breakdown of institutionalized financial systems. For the Pax Britannica, it was World War I. For the global financial system, we have today, it may very well be the impact of COVID-19 on the world economy. 

Having been a staple of the global economy, and considering the turmoil, the US has endured throughout 2020, USD is in serious danger of being dislodged from the position of power it has enjoyed over the last three-quarters of the 21st century. 

Given the amount of influence that US politics now has on the rest of the world, and being mindful that the level of engagement that USD (as a global reserve currency) will have on the rest of the world after the presidential election will probably never reach the levels from 40 – 50 years ago when it was at its peak. With the decrease in the level of engagement of the US with the world economy after the Soviet Union dissolution, what we see now are the effects of the politics that took 20 years to materialize. 

In that sense, Mr. Kim pointed out that it is very probable that USD is about to be dethroned as the most important currency in the world. 

And while there are those who would like to see the Chinese RMB take its place, Mr. Kim considers this very unlikely to happen. For one, dethroning USD from the position of the global reserve currency would put a significant amount of pressure and responsibility on the Chinese financial system, responsibilities the country seems to be shunning presently. For instance, China has been accused of intentionally increasing demand which then leads to an increase in the prices of international commodities. 

Therefore, the question is what will supplant USD as the global reserve currency or at least become an alternate reserve currency running in parallel with USD?

Mr. Kim stated that Bitcoin seems to fit perfectly, especially taking into account the timing of its rise, as well as its ability to cross borders with very little effort. 

As political and economic relations between the US and China continue to collapse, it is becoming increasingly unlikely that either the USD or RMB will be viewed as a viable global reserve currency going forward. 

Bitcoin may prove to be the thing that both nations, as well as the rest of the world, decide they can live within the upcoming decades. 

While the Chinese government is actively restricting crypto trades, there is massive support within the government for cryptocurrencies and blockchain. This implies that they have a long-term strategy in place, where Bitcoin would be used to dislodge the USD as the global reserve currency. 

In the same way, we’re seeing the causality of the US global economics politics conducted in the past 20 years and its effect on the situation now, there is a good chance that 20 years from now we will have Bitcoin as the reserve currency of the world simply because it will not be controlled by any one nation and its financial system. 

Should Mr. Kim’s predictions come to be realized, individual and corporate players in this new market that is quickly gaining momentum should be preparing for the shift.

This article originally appeared on aikon.com

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Adam Nuru of FCMB Biography, Wikipedia, Real Age, Education, Net Worth

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Adam Nuru Biography

Adam Nuru graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he studied Business Administration with specialization in Finance. He also holds a master’s degree from Bayero University, Kano and has attended management programmes at leading international educational institutions.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Economics of Nigeria, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Treasury Management and member of Nigerian Institute of Management, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria among others. He is the Vice Chairman of Institute of Strategic Management.

 

Adam Nuru Banking Career

He has been in the banking industry for over 28 years’ and his experience covers Corporate Finance, Consumer Banking, Public Sector, Treasury, Commercial/Retail Banking and Human Resources Management.

Mr. Nuru began his banking career at the Nigerian Agricultural & Cooperative Bank and has also worked at Oceanic Bank and FSB International Bank (Now Fidelity Bank), where he headed Public Sector, later Retail Banking (Lagos), and eventually Human Resources Management Group.

He joined FCMB in 2005 as Head of Enterprise Management overseeing Human Resources, Administration & Logistics and Branch Development.

And left FCMB to join FinBank Plc in 2009 as Executive Director, North Nigeria and rejoined FCMB as Executive Director Abuja & Northern Nigeria, following the merger of FCMB and FinBank in 2012.

Adam Nuru was appointed as the MD/CEO of FCMB in March 2017 after the regulatory and mandatory 10 years board membership of Ladi Balogun, the former MD expired.

FCMB saw its FCMB (UK) Limited’s business expanded from a wholesale banking operation license to include personal and business banking license in United Kingdom under his leadership.

 

Adam Nuru Banking Experience

Mr. Adam Nuru holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialisation in Finance from the Ahmadu Bello University.

He has over 20 years experience covering Corporate Finance, Consumer Banking, Public Sector, Treasury, Commercial/Retail Banking and Human Resources Management. Mr. Nuru began his career at the Nigerian Agricultural & Cooperative Bank. He also worked at Oceanic Bank and FSB International Bank (Now Fidelity Bank), where he headed Public Sector, later Retail Banking (Lagos), and eventually Human Resources Management Group. He joined FCMB in 2005 as Head of Enterprise Management overseeing Human Resources, Administration & Logistics and Branch Development.

He joined FinBank Plc in 2009 as Executive Director, North Nigeria and rejoined FCMB as Executive Director Abuja & North Nigeria, following the merger of FCMB and FinBank in 2012.

 

Adam Nuru Wikipedia & Scandal

The Board of Directors of the First City Monument Bank has said it is currently reviewing allegations of unethical conduct against its Managing Director, Adam Nuru.

Nuru has been at the centre of a marriage scandal involving Moyo Thomas, a former employee of the bank, and his late husband, Tunde Thomas.

A petition initiated by friends of the deceased, on Thursday had alleged that Tunde died of depression after discovering that his supposed two children with Moyo belong to the FCMB MD.

It also called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to sack Nuru, while demanding a comprehensive investigation into the matter.

“This is a case of gross misconduct based on ethical grounds and an unjustifiable economic oppression by the elite (Adam Nuru) against the underprivileged in the society,” the petition, which has already garnered over 700 signatures, reads.

Apparently, Tunde met someone else he was going to remarry but apparently didn’t recover from the first Marriage issues. Tunde was just made director for the MFB he works for. Got back from work last week and had a cardiac arrest 2 days before introduction to pregnant new girlfriend.

Nationality

Nigerian

 

State

Kwara State

 

Occupation

Banker

 

Adam Nuru Family

Adam Nuru hails from Kwara state, he is married to Hauwa Nuru and they are blessed with children.

 

Adam Nuru Net Worth 

FCMB saw its FCMB (UK) Limited’s business expanded from a wholesale banking operation license to include personal and business banking license in United Kingdom under his leadership.

Adam Nuru’s leadership of the FCMB have seen the size of the bank increased significantly: Assets of FCMB grew from N1.19 trillion in 2017 to N1.78 trillion by end of 2019. Likewise, FCMB customer deposit grew by N265 billion between 2017 and end of 2019. Profit Before Tax also at N20billion as at end of 2019 financial year from N12billion at end of 2017.

 

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Ogunshola Shakirat Titilope – A Vantage Migration Scholar to Rwanda

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Ogunshola Shakirat Titilope is a smart young lady with a clean reputation across many fields of her endeavors and she maintains a smart academic record as she aims for greater heights. She is from the heart of Abeokuta,Ogun state.

Ogunshola Shakirat Titilope is a real estate agent and a part time model. She dearly aims to be  a brand ambassador if presented with the opportunity.

She found Dr Linda Iheme page through a friend that asked her to follow her the page. This was when Dr Linda wanted to give out International passport to about 7 individuals in which her friend turn out to be among the lucky winners. 

So since then, she became an active follower with the hope to also participate for the next passport giveaway that comes around not knowing she would be winning something much better!!!

Qualifying for the Rwanda trip is she a wonderful feeling to her. She narrated how happy and overwhelmed she felt when she was announced as the winner.  

Her advise to the rest of Dr linda’s followers is to stay consistent, never give up. If you don’t win now, just be active and consistent on her page and also be happy for others win because your turn will surely come!!!

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