Thursday, 7 February 2019


Dr Raphael James, DG CRIIMD LAGOS with Mazi (DR) Sam Uche Anyamele

Lagos State Governorship candidate in the upcoming 2019 election, under the UDP, MAZI (‘Dr) SAM UCHE ANYAMELE visited CRIMMD, The Center For Research, Information and Media Development. 

Mazi (DR) Sam Uche with his beautiful wife

Mazi Sam is the quintessential Thespian/Artiste and Filmmaker with over 120 Productions as a Cast/Crew Member, Multi-Lingual, Multiple Award Winning and Multi-Talented Performing Artiste cum Instrumentalist, an Actor/Director, a Motivator, Mogul, Model. 

Mr Victor Osuagu with Mazi (DR) Sam Uche

He is the Secretary General of National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners {NANTAP}, a member of The College of Screeners / Sub-Jury of Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), a standing member of Jury for ODAA Awards & HomeVida Awards - a platform for young and enterprising script-writers/filmmakers. 

Mazi (DR) Sam Uche in the middle with Nollywood actors 

He was a Celebrity Guest/ Regional Judge in a Reality TV Project (AMBO, 2009). He was one of the NOLLYWOOD DELEGATES for the celebration of NIGERIA @ 50 under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010, RISE’s Nominee for  Nigeria Youth (BRF-2011), also an Associate Producer In THE NEXT MOVIE STAR in 2012, Google’s Guest on NOLLYWOOD / SID 2014-2015, a Guest Lecturer/Facilitator at the Africa Cinematography Festival (ACF) and The Centenary Project, an Initiative of The School Of Media And Communication {SMC}, Pan-Atlantic University. These reality shows and engagements have identified, trained and groomed young vibrant talents / artistes in the Entertainment Industry and the Arts and Culture Sector at large. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Education, University of Lagos. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Alumni Association of the University of Lagos, Nigeria. (Lagos State Chapter).

Mazi (DR) Sam Uche at AMMM  2018 Kigali

In our interactive session at CRIMMD, he was asked what his vision was for venturing into the race of Gubernatorial positions in Lagos, his respond was thus: 

Mazi (DR) Sam Uche's poster for Lagos Governorship race

My Vision is to lead in restructuring and building self-sustained inclusive Lagos State where the views, dreams, aspirations and concerns of both Lagosians and non-indigenes are the drivers of policies and programs and not the interest of few political elites.

A Lagos State where the potentials and professional insights of Lagos inhabitants will be systematically maximized to position the State among the top 5 states to live and carry out business activities in the world

Mazi Anyamele
The Inclusive Lagos State under my leadership will drive innovation-led economic growth that will multiply the current Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) without over burdening the Lagos State residents with multiple taxations, permits and levies. In partnership with the appropriate Federal Ministries we will pursue the standardization and exportation of products produced in Lagos State both in the existing companies and new factories that we will engineer  through increased public-private and international collaborations.

Sam Uche Anyamele
The inclusive Lagos State development under my leadership as the Governor of Lagos State when I am elected will be hinged on LAGOS as an acronym to develop well-structured mass housing projects and decentralization of the economic zones to be located in outskirts of Lagos to manage the concentrated traffics within the city centres.

Dr Anyamele

For better understanding of this framework, demand for LAGOS STATE DEVELOPMENT PLAN and LAGOS STATE DEVELOPMENT IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE in addition which will be made available when I am elected.

This man is fit enough 

CRIMMD was delighted to play host to the Lagos State Governorship candidate and wished him best of luck in his political pursuit.  

It will end in laughter just like this

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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Dr Raphael James stole the heart of young boys at the BMAN program

Dr Raphael James with the microphone, on his right is
Amb Dr. Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole and on the left is
 Mr Ola Akinwe the founder of BMAN

Boys Mentoring Advocacy Network program, BMAN Inc. was established to advocate and give life direction to Nigerian boys in an ever increasing world of gang violence, cultism, substance abuse, vices and unacceptable behaviors common with them today, he founder is Mr. Ola Akinwe.  

The mission of BMAN is to raise boys to stand out by standing up, equip boys to be excellent communicators, teach boys ethical literacy and groom boys to respect the opposite sex.
Research has revealed that, young adults who were at-risk for falling off track but had a mentor are: 55% more likely to enrol in college, 78% more likely to volunteer regularly, 90% interested in becoming a mentor, 130% more likely to hold leadership positions. 

As strongly stated by, an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman Fredrick Douglass, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”.
Many have said that values have left us but the truth is we left those values. As Steve Muller, former president of John Hopkins University put it “the failure to rally around a set of values means that universities are turning out potentially highly skilled barbarians”.  

We believe it is high time we brought back to our society the lost values in our boys and it is the mission of BMAN to do just that through mentoring. 

On this note Dr Raphael James the founder and Director General of CRIMMD - Center for Research, Information Management and Media Development, a historic and educative tourist, in Nigeria who has visited 31 out of 36 states of Nigeria and documented over 342 tourist sites in the last 5 years. The founder of the largest Photo Museum of Nigeria History with over 36, 000 photos. Publisher of African Dame and The National Biographer Magazines, a man who has written 56 manuscripts and published 23 books, a man who has so far donated over 31, 000 books to schools in Nigeria and Ghana since 2008, to assist in promoting reading culture and he operates a free public library that have contributed to the upliftment of the educational standard in Nigeria in the last 15 years, the library started with less than 100 books and today they have about 44, 000 books. He also donates to orphanages and gives free motivational speeches to students, yes this man was invited to mentor the boys at the January 2019 BMAN Conference. The BMAN conference was held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. 

The Conference took place at the Event Hall at Hampton College, Ikorodu, it started by 9:30 am. The theme of the BMAN Conference is: PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT (PMS)-The Springboard of An Enduring Legacy. 

Dr Raphael James told the boys how his personal mission statement (PMS) served as a springboard that helped him to become the person that he is today, a man with over 122 awards and still counting. A man who is listed among the 5 enterprising Africans for the last quarter of 2016 by the 'African Enterprise Magazine' and man who was voted as the "SDLG Africa's Most Reliable Person" 2016 all the way from China. 

Dr. James told the boys how in his third year in secondary school, he decided to go against the school rules and regulations. How he disobeyed the laws. he left his hair unkempt, wore a skirt instead of shorts, wore a long sleeve shirt instead of short sleeve, wore female sandals instead of his ‘Bata-Contina’ school approved sandals. That faithful day, his principal called him out on the morning assembly.  

Before then, the principal announced to the school that: “Today, I will show you all a good example of a bad student”. He called out “Raphael James” and the school went wild yelling “James Bond! James Bond!”  Because that was his nickname, according to James, he made up his mind as he stepped out that the worse the Principal would do was to flog him but he was disappointed. The Principal did not flog him. The Principal cut his skirt open, cut one hand of his long sleeve shirt, cut a part of his hair and his Angelina female sandals then the Principal ordered him thrown out of the school. As James walked home, he wept. he got home, changed and went to a barber, cut his hair, had a bath, changed to his proper school uniform and returned to see his principal all within an hour. When he walked into the Principal’s office, the old man looked at him and tears rolled down his eyes, James joined him. 

They both cried and the Principal asked that the school alarm bell be rang and again, the school gathered. The Principal walked up the assembly ground again and told them: “In the morning, I showed you a good example of bad student. Now, I want to show you what a responsible student should look like. As the students looked around for who it was, Raphael James was called out of the staff room. This is the point where James made up his mind to remain good all of the times in a life time. The boys were excited to hear the story and James got 41 questions from the close to 200 boys who assembled in the hall.

Let us mentor the young ones right so we can get a better society when tomorrow comes. 

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Sunday, 3 February 2019

I love palm wine, I confess - Dr Raphael James

Dr Raphael James drinking his palm wine

In Igbo land we call it different names like: mmaya ngwo, mmanya nkwu, mmanya ocha; the Yorubas call it 'emu funfun' or oguro. Within Africa, Ghana call it ‘nsafufuo’, Ivory Coast call it koutoukou, Cameroon call it matango, Sierra Leones call it ‘poyo,’ Gabon call it ‘toutou,’ Congo call it ‘malafu’, South Africa call it ‘ubusulu’ while Algeria call it ‘lāgmi’. Other parts of the world like the Philippines call it ’tubâ’, Thailand call it ‘kache’,  Malaysia call it ‘kallu’ and Cambodians call it ‘Tuk tnout choo’.

Raffia palm trees 

 ‘Sweet Breeze’ a popular music group sang about it in the 80’s –‘Palm wine Tapper’ where they pleaded that the Palm wine tapper should remember them the next time he tapped.
Also, Amos Tutuola wrote “The Palm-Wine Drinkard” first African novel published in English outside of Africa in 1952, out of his love for palm wine.
With my 13 year old son who is my official photographer we had gone on an expedition in the forest of Iba close to LASU. I told the palm wine tapper that he needed to take us along for his tapping that morning, he was a bit reluctant, he even had to report us to a standby Police checkpoint and I went to them and introduced myself and what I do, so they assured him that he can go with me, that I provided enough evidence to be a good guy.  

On my way to the forest to tap my palm wine

We walked through the bush part for about 20 minutes, for another 25 minutes we walked on a plank foot bridge, built to escape walking on water and battling with reptiles and eventually we got the forest. He took us through the process of tapping a palm wine from a raffia palm, and he showed us the instruments for the job.
Basically palm wine is an alcoholic beverage, from different species of palm trees, like Palm oil tree and Raffia palm tree among others. For this study, the palm wine came from raffia palm.

Moving trunks of the branch hosting the palm fronds

The Raffia palm has great economically value, not only the wine but other valuable materials like, the palm leaves are used for roof constructions, it is also used for the knitting of baskets. The palm fronds are used for making brooms, this kind of brooms are mostly used to sweep the compound and not necessary inside the rooms. The trunk of the branch hosting the palm fronds are used for constructions like fence, chairs and making of ceilings.
Raffia Palm Fruits Seed are used for panting and also used for decorative purposes.  

sitting on a chair made of raffia trunk branch 

The palm wine tapper climbed the raffia palm and started the tapping process, he cut open the trunk and drilled a hole into the trunk, a deep hole on the top of the Raffia palm with an instrument he told me is called ‘Afe’ by the Igbos and ‘Oya be mu’ by the Yorubas, he attached a jerry-can to the flower stump of the tree for the fermented cloudy whitish sugary palm sap to be collected. The palm wine tapper confided in me that due to the nature of his nomadic life style, which has taken him round Nigeria over 40 years of tapping that he has about 7 wives, marrying a new wife wherever he settles to tap his palm wine.   
my host the palm wine tapper doing his thing 

Palm wine has so many values, including:
Palm wine contains natural yeasts which makes it so easy to ferment by the hours.
In Igbo Land, palm wine is used for traditional libations as offerings to a deity and even for ancestral worshiping. It is also used for traditional weddings, where the bride has to confirm her groom by identifying him from the guests and serve him a cup of palm wine. 

Dr Raphael James descending from a palm wine tree after tapping  

Palm wine is also used for birth and community celebrations.
Palm wine is mixed with other local herbs for malarial treatments and stomach problems.
An overnight combination of Palm wine with rice dough, helps the dough to expand and rise for very soft bread.
Palm wine is sometimes used to treat skin rashes in children.
For its sugar content, it is often used for making jiggery and coconut honey.
Fermented palm sap can be used for distilling alcohol and gins.
Growing up in the village, I enjoyed the edible larvae of weevils and beetles that came out of dead palms.

My son Ikemsinachuwkwu James trying his hand on tapping  

It is use to manage cardiovascular diseases like heart failure.
Palm wine contains probiotic acid, nicotinic acid, thiamine, vitamin C, protein and riboflavin so it’s good for the health.
Palm wine contains antibacterial properties, as such it is used for treating food-borne and diarrhoea diseases.
Optometrists, say the yeast in palm wine can boost eyesight.
Some people use Palm wine as a yeast substitute for leavening food products.
Palm wine is good for breast feeding mother for it boost breast milk production.

Dr Raphael James with fruit seeds of raffia palm 

Dr Raphael James enjoying his palm wine 

In all, never you forget the fact that Palm wine has alcoholic contents as such caution should be taken when drinking it, to protect the Liver and kidney. I love Palm wine, I must confess.  

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