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Gabosky reveals why his dream to revolutionize Nollywood crashed

One of the pioneering distributors of Nollywood movies, Chief Gabriel Okoye popularly known as Igwe Gabosky, has revealed why his dream to revolutionize the country’s movie industry through his nationwide distribution network, G-Media crashed, saying it was due to lack of genuine funding.The popular film distributor about five years ago established the biggest media distribution company for intellectual property in Africa.He was one of the beneficiaries of the Bank of Industry,BoI, intervention fund in developing the creative industry. But unfortunately, the dream crashed following the activities of pirates who wrecked his company in addition to lack of proper funding to sustain the project.Buhari, 36 Govs dragged to court over refusal to pay N30, 000 new minimum wageNarrating his sad experience to NollyNow, during the week, the popular film distributor, said he decided to shutdown the 25 film distribution outlets he opened in 25 states of the federation following his inability to sustain the project.According to him, there was no genuine financial support as the loan granted to him by the BoI was not sufficient to fund the project. “There was no genuine financial support, he said, adding “If you want to set up a newspaper house and you need about N100 million to fund the project. You did your feasibility studies and submit the same to one bank. After going through your proposal, the bank decides to release N1 million to you. Will you succeed? Definitely, you will not. That was what happened to me.”He continued: “If you enter my warehouse, I still have about one million branded jackets that I brought in from abroad to revolutionize the Nigerian entertainment industry. But there was no support from anybody.The support I got could not fund the project and I failed along the way. Though I have failed, I am still working within silently to see how I can resurrect the project. That’s why when the Bank of Industry,BoI, insisted on auctioning my products, I asked them to tell the whole world how much loan they granted to me?”Okowa calls for sustainable implementation of pension“You people advertised that you granted me a loan of N1 billion, which would be given to me in transient. And the initial N100 million was released to me. What would I do with the N100 million. The loan was not able to fund the project, and they are making it to look like I am unable to repay the loan I collected from the bank.”Gabosky, however, revealed that he has shutdown the 25 film distribution outlets he opened in 25 states of the federation . Explaining further, the popular film distributor said “I had to close down the outlets because I was accumulating a lot of debts in rents and in salary arrears of my workers.”
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2019 Election: A test of Nigeria’s democratic maturity – GREII

A Non-Governmental Organisation, Grand Rainbow Empowerment Initiative International, GREII, says the general elections scheduled for Saturday, will be used by the world to measure Nigeria’s democratic maturity.President of the organisation, Mr Paul Abbey, stated this while addressing newsmen at a rally in Gombe Main Market on Thursday.The rally, with the theme, “Say No to Violence and Thuggery,” was organised by GREII, in partnership with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.The president of the group said that the rally was organised to awaken the consciousness of the people to the need to jettison violence before, during and after the elections.“The world is watching Nigeria and wants to see if we have come of age democratically as to conduct a violence-free election.“It is in this light that we are here to add value to what INEC is doing. We believe that Nigeria is at the threshold of history again as election year is always important to the people.“We want to plead with the electorate to steer clear of vote-buying, selling, violence and thuggery.“It is our civic responsibility to vote and we must do it peacefully so as to consolidate on the previous successes,” he said.In his contribution, National Secretary of the group, Mr Victor Etim, appealed to candidates in all the elections to accept the verdict, whichever way it went and not to jeopardise the process.On the side line, Malam Mohammed Adamu, who claimed to have a voter’s card, said that the call was necessary and timely, adding that youths must be reminded of the gains of having a peaceful election.Adamu said that there were lots of candidates for the electorate to make their choices, and therefore, implored voters in Gombe to vote according to their consciences.Also, another voter, Mrs Patience Dakup, charged all women in the Northern part of the country to come out and vote, and appealed to husbands to give their wives the opportunity to perform their civic rights.(NAN)
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SHAME!! When vision, expertise, merit not enough to win

The best in almost every contest wins. It is an age-long truism but it would be an illusion to expect such in today’s presidential election.More competent candidates would lose in manners that defy logic in functional societies. As incredible as it sounds, that kind of outcome makes sense in Nigeria.As you are reading this, the majority of 84 million registered voters may have accredited to vote or may have voted for candidates with the least capabilities and qualifications.Sadly, the action often takes place without fears of what it portends for the nation.As ridiculous as it is, no one cares and truly, none does.After all, being average in knowledge and competence are known characteristics of most elected Nigerian leaders since independence.Characteristics of Nigerian leadersSimply put, there is no evidence that sound education, vision, and broad worldview had earned any other person an electoral victory in Nigeria although the late Chief M.K.O Abiola came close to that.With a First Class in Accounting from Scotland combined, expansive business empire, viable manifesto, and rich international and local connections, Abiola was simply the best in that contest and he won.The inexhaustibility of thanksgivingHowever, the Abiola case remains isolated as most capable candidates with the best ideas hardly win elections in Nigeria where incumbency and vote buying are decisive factors.That such a pattern would play out in today’s exercise has nothing to do with Buhari or Atiku but the Nigerian system which promotes mediocrity at the expense of competence.Saturday Vanguard believes the trend highlights the absence of patriotism among Nigerians, which Chinua Achebe in The Trouble with Nigeria, said, motivates citizens to demand nothing but the best for their country.An illustration of the situation could be seen in the perspective of the author of Democracy: The God that Failed, Professor Hans-Herman Hoppe.He observed that: “Democracy virtually assures that only bad and dangerous men will ever rise to the top of government,” explaining that, “Prime Ministers and Presidents are selected for their proven efficiency as morally uninhibited demagogues.”Poor choice of candidatesThe American Professor of Economics is not alone in that line of argument, which by extension, explains the poor choice of candidates often made every four years.Brain Flapping in Democracy Vs Psychology: Why People Keep Electing Idiots, asserted that: “It is clear that doing or saying unintelligent things is no barrier to political success. There are several psychological mechanisms that lead to apparent idiots being elected into powerful positions.”This perspective, however, helps to understand why voters would ignore people like former Deputy Governor of Central Bank, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu; Serial Entrepreneur and Motivational Coach, Mr. Fela Durotoye; a Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Mr Omoyele Sowore; CEO of Global Analytics, Mr. Tope Fasua; and Mr. Gbenga Olowepo-Hashim for either Atiku or Buhari.Without malice towards the leading candidates, Saturday Vanguard reports that most Nigerians consider Moghalu, Durotoye, and Sowore more capable of leading a 21st century Nigeria.They are young, vibrant, highly educated and understand the indicators that could make Nigeria an ambitious country in the age of the internet. But they are what Paul Carsten and Didi Akinyelure described in The Men Who Could Lead Nigeria: The Presidency, Power, and Petroleum, as “civil society alternatives,” whose “chances of winning are slim without the big parties’ wealth and patronage.”Notwithstanding, they are men of vision, expertise, and merit, whose profile, Saturday Vanguard, believes, leaves voters with something to ponder on.Moghalu: Simply the bestHad competence been a decisive element in this race, the Harvard-trained scholar and administrator would emerge Nigeria’s President at the end of today’s exercise.The 56-year-old economist, lawyer, former United Nations official, and Professor of International Business and Public Policy, is widely adjudged the best man for the job.We’ve been vindicated by Buhari’s refusal to participate in debate —IPOBHe is loved by the youths and admired by the old generation, but his chances as earlier stated, are challenged by the Nigerian factor.Moghalu’s plans for the country are encapsulated in his manifesto entitled: Build, Innovate and Grow.It is a compendium of his vision for Nigeria which he aims to achieve if elected.“We must stop recycling failed politicians and regenerate our leadership ranks with competent and experienced young men or women. Youths who have prepared themselves with the relevant qualifications must take over the mantle of leadership because this struggle is about the future of Nigeria, not its past,” Moghalu said in his declaration of intent speech.Global leaderAn excerpt of his profile on his website, www.kingsleymoghalu.com, reads: “Kingsley Moghalu is a global leader who has made contributions to the stability, progress and wealth of nations, societies and individuals across such domains as academia, economic policy, banking and finance, entrepreneurship, law, and diplomacy.“Kingsley was educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science (Ph.D., M.Phil.), The Fletcher School at Tufts University (M.A.), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (LL.B.), and the Institute of Risk Management in London, UK. He has completed executive leadership programs in economic transformation, macroeconomic management, global leadership, corporate governance, and strategy at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, Wharton, Chicago Booth School of Business, and the International Monetary Fund Institute.”Sowore: Robust grassroots campaignSome may not like Sowore, who is also an activist, owing to his guts but many admire his zeal and vision.Interestingly, his nationwide campaign for the presidency resonated among ordinary people, who actually vote.He may not have the Ivy League qualifications of Moghalu, but the University of Lagos and Columbia University graduate understands the ingredients that could make prosper of fail.Sowore, who is running on the platform of African Action Congress, ACC, wants to take Nigeria back from those he felt had hijacked it. Hence his campaign slogan, Take It Back.The former President of Student Union, University of Lagos, has an 8-point plan which prioritises security, power, infrastructure, anti-corruption, economy and job creation, restructuring. health and education.2019: PDP’ll tell Oshiomhole who owns Delta at the right time – Senator Patrick OsakweThe 47-year-old Sowore started his famous online news platform in New York in 2006 with the aim of fighting “corrupt and wrong government practices.”At a recent presidential debate convened by a Civil Society Organisation, Enough is Enough ,EIE, in collaboration with Television Continental ,TVC, Sowore pledged to: “Hit the ground running upon the assumption of office as President of Nigeria. From day one, Nigeria will be secured, corruption will be clamped down. There will be massive infrastructure development and agricultural revolution.“We will return Nigeria to people who can build and maintain. Under our government, broadband will become a human right. No economic policy in the world will provide jobs without electricity, infrastructure and human capital. In the power sector, we will increase our power generation, massive infrastructural developments, hire 200,000 teachers when we assume office.Durotoye: The new bridgeHis decision to run for the presidency inspired hope and as well, represented a breath of fresh air in the race.Before now, the 47-year-old presidential hopeful was only known as a successful business consultant, leadership expert, and motivational speaker.He is also the founder of Gemstone Foundation, which trains youths for transformational leadership and social change.Durotoye, whose mother and father are both professors, has a degree in Computer Science and Economics in addition to a masters in Business Administration, MBA. He is an alumnus of Executive Education programme of Harvard University and John F. Kenethy School of Government.Durotoye wants to create a new Nigeria and has pledged thus: “If Nigerians give me the privilege to serve as their President, one of the first things my Presidency would instantly achieve on the first day is a presidency with a clear vision for Nigeria. I have been an avid proponent of the new Nigeria for at least 14 years.My vision for Nigeria still remains that we will become the world’s most desirable nation to live in by December 31, 2025. This nation must become the most preferred destination to live, work and do business in.”Drama at presidential debate: Buhari absent, says he is busy; Atiku walks away from debateAt a recent presidential debate, he said: “Under the leadership of ANN, we will deliver a nation that works for everyone, a nation that provides jobs for everyone. On job creation in Nigeria, those who have ruled us have done so with the intent of creating unemployment so as to impoverish the citizens. We will create a special business intervention fund to create five million jobs within one year.”
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Breaking: Confusion as INEC debunks postponement rumours

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has debunked reports making rounds that the body was planning to postpone Saturday’s elections.The National Commissioner for Voter Education and Publicity at INEC, Mr. Festus Okoye, told Daily Post on Friday night that Nigerians should ignore the rumours and come out to exercise their civic responsibility.INEC appoints Mrs Rose Orianran-Anthony as SecretaryAsked to respond to information that INEC commissioners were in a meeting, Okoye opined: “Yes we are in a meeting but we have not taken such decision.“We are in an election period, and as commissioners we have to meet every time”.
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Ohio Teen Gets Himself Vaccinated, Inspires Others

Feb. 15, 2019 -- Ethan Lindenberger of Norwalk, OH, has been thrust into an unusual position. He’s been fielding nonstop questions from peers wanting to know how he rebelled against his mother’s anti-vaccine stance to get immunized against measles and other diseases.Since his story first appeared Feb. 6 in the nonprofit digital magazine undark.org, Lindenberger has been featured in local, national, and overseas news outlets, not to mention burning up discussion threads online.Lindenberger has become an impromptu expert to other teens and young adults who want to follow in his footsteps."In terms of people who want to get vaccinated, I've probably talked to 20 or 30, privately," he says in an interview with WebMD. "On forums, probably dozens or even hundreds. I try to answer as many as I can."Lindenberger says his mother, Jill Wheeler, has long been against vaccines. The teen first began to publicly question her decision when he posted on the popular discussion site reddit.com in November. He asked how an 18-year-old would go about getting vaccinated.As he began to get various vaccinations, media reports about him multiplied, and so did the requests for information and guidance, questions and comments.Lindenberger doesn’t tell other unvaccinated teens and young adults what to do. Like him, he says, everyone has to make up their own mind."I tell them, 'Here are your options, here is what I did, and I wish you the best of luck,' " he says. "I don't want to say I'm an inspiration, and I don't want to seem like I am trying to gloat or I am trying to be a hero."Along with the honest questions have also come snide remarks online and peculiar inquiries. "Some asked if I was going to start an underground vaccine [effort]," he says. "People are asking if I am going to sneak people out in the middle of the night [to get vaccinated]." No to both, he tells them.Lindenberger’s story gained attention in part because of this year’s resurgence of measles, a sometimes deadly disease once thought eliminated from the United States. Officials say a rise in anti-vaccination sentiment has helped ease measles’ return.
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Kingsley Coman injury: Bayern fear for winger ahead of Champions League clash with Liverpool

Coman a doubt for Liverpool clash as Bayern fear serious injuryThe club will now wait for tests after the France international appeared to suffer another knock to his troublesome left ankleBayern Munich have serious concern for winger Kingsley Coman ahead of their Champions League clash with Liverpool after the attacker was forced off against Augsburg with an injury to his twice-operated on left ankle.Coman appeared to pick up a knock in a duel with an Augsburg defender late on in Bayern’s 3-2 win, with the 22-year-old going off despite his side having used all three substitutions.Niko Kovac admitted the situation looked serious after the match and said they would learn more after tests on Saturday."It does not look good," Kovac told Eurosport. "We'll have to investigate it tomorrow to find out more."The star winger has suffered through multiple injuries to the same ankle over the past 12 months.Coman required surgery for the injury last season, which cost him much of the second half of the year as well as ruled him out for France for the 2018 World Cup.Returning to start the Bundesliga season, Coman went down with the same injury in this year's league opener, requiring another surgery and sidelining him until December.The youngster had previously said in December he would consider retirement if his ankle problems continued, though Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge encouraged him to stop such thoughts.Coman proved vital for the Bundesliga champions in the victory Friday, scoring two goals and erasing a one-goal Bayern deficit each time.
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Election 2019: HLSI debunks allegation of APC campaign scandal ▷ Nigeria news

- A group recently raised an alarm over an alleged campaign fund scam against the APC- The group claimed an Israeli security firm working with the ministry of transportation was bankrolling the APC presidential campaign- The firm, HLSI Security Firms and Technologies advised the public to ignore the allegationsSome media reports suggesting that the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign funds is being sponsored by an Israeli firm, and the company is planning to jam the network in Nigeria has been debunked.The company mentioned, HLSI Security Firms and Technologies, has advised the public to ignore the allegations.In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, February 15, the organisation stated that its operations in Nigeria have been for more than twelve years and at no time have HLSI been accused of any form of integrity deficit.READ ALSO: Election 2019: YIAGA Africa deploys 3,906 observers for pollsPart of the statement read: “The timing of this recycled fiction clearly exposes the intention of those behind it. Undoubtedly, they are those who think that the best way to divert attention from the issues of the day is to fabricate misleading stories few hours to the election.“Their aims are malicious as they are agents of distortion. We will not be distracted. We know who they are, and they know themselves. As professionals we try our best not to interfere with domestic political issues in countries where we operate. We have been working in this country for more than twelve years and at no time have we been accused of any form of integrity deficit.“The status of our firm has been verified over and again and we were never found wanting. Our records in this regard speak for themselves. This latest attempt to use our good name ignorantly to attempt to tarnish the image of the honorable minister is another exercise in futility.”The statement noted that the HLSI is committed to doing its business strictly under the anti-bribery convention rules, adding that the company's work ethics comply with known international standards.Continuing, the company said: “We therefore regret reading the entire tissue of misrepresentation and inaccuracies currently in circulation and peddled by interested parties in Nigeria.“It must be noted that while elections come and go, we will not allow these merchants of mischief to create imaginary baggage on our hard-earned global reputation. We are monitoring the situation closely and we will not hesitate to use necessary legal means to defend ourselves.“It must be noted that the contract in question passed through all relevant departments including the Federal Executive Council (FEC) before it was approved. It does not any way breach any laws of the land nor affect internal security.“We are happy to release all relevant details that confirm for instance that there is no component of this project that has anything to do with telecommunications not to talk of contemplating jamming telephone signals.“Again, those who are peddling these obsolete lies are unpatriotic elements whose sole aim is to cause panic and fear among the public. The public should be aware and ignore them as nothing like that is being contemplated to the best of our knowledge.”The company challenged anyone who has any contrary information to stay it, adding that it will continue to deliver on its assignments across the country with precision and professionalism.“Finally as professionals, we must warn that those who may intend to disrupt the internet, jam waves and deny Nigerians access to information especially during this time must not drag our company into what appears to be a rehashed evil plot,” the statement concluded.READ ALSO: NAIJ.com upgrades to Legit.ng: a letter from our Editor-in-Chief Bayo OlupohundaIn a related development, Ballard Partners, a top United States lobbyist/Public Relations firm has denied working for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 elections.According to the Brian Ballard, the Chief Executive Officer of the firm, the organisation has not conducted any survey or research for the Nigerian opposition party.Ballard's made the clarification in a tweet posted on the organisation's Twitter page on Wednesday, February 13.NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng. Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!2019 Elections: Sirleaf Meets With INEC Chairman | Legit TV
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Jokers please: first human Mars mission may need onboard comedians

Researchers are working with Nasa to see if clowns help team cohesion on long space missionsWanted: smart, fit and unflappable applicants for humanity’s first mission to Mars. Must have: crazy wig, oversized boots and a big red nose.It is enough to make Neil Armstrong spin in his grave, but researchers have found that the success of a future mission to the red planet may depend on the ship having a class clown.Rather than the cool personality that underpinned the Right Stuff in the Apollo era, future astronauts may need to prove they have something very different: the Silly Stuff. An onboard comedian is a proven way to unite teams in stressful situations, research shows.“These are people that have the ability to pull everyone together, bridge gaps when tensions appear and really boost morale,” said Jeffrey Johnson, an anthropologist at the University of Florida. “When you’re living with others in a confined space for a long period of time, such as on a mission to Mars, tensions are likely to fray. It’s vital you have somebody who can help everyone get along, so they can do their jobs and get there and back safely. It’s mission critical.”Johnson spent four years studying overwintering crews in Antarctica and identified the importance of clowns, leaders, buddies, storytellers, peacemakers and counsellors for bonding teams together and making them work smoothly. He found the same mixes worked in US, Russian, Polish, Chinese and Indian bases.“These roles are informal, they emerge within the group. But the interesting thing is that if you have the right combination the group does very well. And if you don’t, the group does very badly,” he said.Facebook Twitter Pinterest The view across Elysium Planitia, the vast lava plain near the equator of Mars, taken by Nasa’s InSight lander in November 2018. Photograph: EPANasa plans to fly astronauts around the moon in 2023 as part of its preparation for a crewed mission to Mars as early as 2033. The Russian and Chinese space agencies have proposed human missions from 2040 onwards. Private ventures such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX have also set their sights on the planet.But a mission to Mars is no cakewalk. On average, the red planet is 140m miles from Earth and the travel time one way is around eight months. The distance alone is expected to take a psychological toll, but astronauts must also face a time delay in communications of up to 20 minutes each way. In an emergency, there will be no time to call mission control: the crew are effectively on their own.Even minor delays in communication are bad for crews. When Nasa tested a 50 second communications delay on astronauts on the international space station, they found well-being slumped and frustration rose, with knock-on effects for how efficiently tasks got done.Five planned missions to Mars Read moreJohnson is now working with Nasa to explore whether clowns and other characters are crucial for the success of long space missions. So far he has monitored four groups of astronauts who spent 30 to 60 days in the agency’s mock space habitat, the Human Exploration Research Analog, or Hera, in Houston, Texas.“We now want to see if these types of informal role dynamics function similarly in space-simulated environments,” Johnson said at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington DC. Early results suggest they do, he said.Johnson, who also studied isolated salmon fishers in Alaska, found that clowns were often willing to be the butt of jokes and pranks. In Antarctica, one clown he observed endured a mock funeral and burial in the tundra, but was crucial for building bridges between clusters of overwintering scientists and between contractors and researchers, or “beakers” as the contractors called them.The Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen appreciated the importance of the expedition clown, Johnson said. In 1910, Amundsen picked the large, jolly chef Adolf Lindstrøm for his attempt on the South Pole, knowing that Lindstrøm’s joie de vivre would relieve the stress of homesickness and the long polar nights. “He has rendered greater and more valuable services to the Norwegian polar expedition than any other man,” Amundsen noted in his diary.Johnson said: “Lindstrøm was viewed by others as a great entertainer who helped maintain spirits and morale over the long austral winter. His role was informal but critical for maintaining group cohesion in this extreme environment.“Scott’s polar expedition was radically different. The crew broke into cliques, they didn’t have a cohesive group.”Space: how far have we gone – and where are we going? Read moreBut, as Lindstrøm showed, there is more to it than making people laugh. “Being funny won’t be enough to land somebody the job,” Johnson added.
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In an Alternate Timeline, Facebook Bought VR Company Unity

It’s fairly common knowledge that in the middle of 2014, social media giant Facebook bought the VR company Oculus. Keep in mind that this was a very different time. Oculus was just a startup — people were talking about it but it wasn’t the household name that it is now. Meanwhile, Facebook was at the top of it’s game, but it was just a social media site. They hadn’t been wracked by security scandals and they hadn’t broken into hardware yet.What isn’t so well known is that, according to a new book, Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg was pursuing buying Unity. Unity was making a name for itself as a VR company but was already an established game developer. So, what was the plan? Why would Facebook want Unity? What might that world have looked like?Where Does This Report Come From?The first that we’ve heard of Facebook’s courting Unity comes from tech author Blake Harris. Harris was something of a chronicler of Facebook’s purchase of Oculus and of the aftermath. It was part of writing his new book “The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution that Swept Virtual Reality.” During this period, he had access to executives of both companies as well as emails and documents. It is allegedly one of these emails that contains Zuckerberg’s interest in Unity.The authenticity of the email has not been verified and Facebook has not directly responded to it. However, Harris sent a copy to TechCrunch. The email, dated to around one year after Facebook bought Oculus, has a lot to say. It addresses Facebook’s plans for VR company Oculus, as well as what it would do with Unity.Why Was VR so Important to Zuckerberg?Much of the reasoning laid out in the email involves Zuckerberg’s belief that VR is the next era of computing.“[VR/AR] can be even more ubiquitous than mobile – especially once we reach AR – since you can always have it on,” says the email. “It’s more natural than mobile since it uses our normal human visual and gestural systems.”According to the email, Zuckerberg was also interested in purchasing the VR company in order to create his own platform. “We are vulnerable on mobile to Google and Apple because they make major mobile platforms. We would like a stronger strategic position in the next wave of computing,” says the email. If Facebook had its own platform it could avoid restrictions by and payments to services like the Google Play Store.Of course, even after the purchase of Oculus, Facebook wasn’t a VR company. While they planned on doing a lot in-house, it would be easier not to develop a VR branch.“Given our own strengths, we will probably be best served building most apps and platform services internally, while using acquisitions opportunistically, and then acquiring most of the core VR/AR and 3D tech where we have little experience,” says the email. “This is why I am supportive of acquiring Unity, expecting we will acquire an AR company in the next few years.”In all, using Unity for things like avatar development seems to have been the main goal. Games were a secondary thought. The email points out that it is less profitable for a VR company to make games than to support them. This philosophy is reflected in what Facebook has done with Oculus.What Was His End Game?More than that, Zuckerberg was hoping to accelerate the pace of VR technology because he sees VR as replacing mobile. The faster that happens, the less time Facebook spends under Google and Apple.“We are better off the sooner the next platform becomes ubiquitous and the shorter the time we exist in a primarily mobile world dominated by Apple and Google,” says the email. “Therefore, our goal is not only to win in VR/AR, but also to accelerate its arrival.”Buying a VR company early on was also meant to ensure that nothing would prevent Facebook from being included when the software and hardware integration of the AR/VR ecosystem happens.“At some level, it’s important to own the core technology you depend on to achieve your mission. Even if there is potentially a path forward with it, owning in increases integration opportunities and decreases risks,“ Zuckerberg reportedly wrote. “If we don’t own Unity, then at best we can incentivize them to prioritize [product integration] with us. […] At worst, someone may acquire them and block this from happening at all or with us.”What Could Might Have Been…Naturally, the email doesn’t explain why Facebook never bought Unity. It could be that Zuckerberg was never able to gather enough support. Similarly, Unity may have simply not been interested. Finally, money might have been an obstacle. Facebook bought Oculus for $2 billion and they were nowhere near as developed at the time as Unity. It is likely that Unity would have cost much more even though they weren’t yet a big VR company.All we can do is speculate about what might have happened if Facebook had bought Unity. Odds are it would have changed Facebook more than Unity. If the email is genuine, Zuckerberg wanted a VR company like Unity as a foot-in-the-door, not because of his interest in their business. Of course, it’s possible Facebook wouldn’t have changed that much. It doesn’t seem that the purchase of Oculus impacted in hugely.It’s certainly something to think about.
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Abe Replies Amaechi, Denies Working for Wike

A leader of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, Senator Abe Magnus, has debunked claims by Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, that he is working with the State Governor Nyesom Wike against the party.The Rivers APC had been engulfed in crisis since the party’s primaries were held in the state with factions loyal to Amaechi and Abe laying claim to the leadership of the party.The crisis between the two factions led to the dispute over the gubernatorial ticket of the party.The crisis is already taking it’s toll on the party as APC will not be fielding candidates in Rivers elections.In a statement sent to THISDAY on Friday, the senator accused Amaechi of making false allegation against him that he was working for Governor Wike, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.While faulting Amaechi’s claim, he also made other allegations.His statement read: “I have received several calls this morning that the the Minister of Transportation Rt Hon Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi was on air this morning alleging that I am being used by Gov Wike to destabilise the APC in Rivers state.“It’s unfortunate that the only time we met, at the office of the national chairman of the APC to try to find some working solution to crisis in the party, the Hon Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, spent over two hour abusing me, and calling me names.He did not mention Rivers state or the APC once in the course of his entire diatribe. The national chairman could not call him to order or remind him of the purpose for the meeting that day. Instead the party was bullied into participating in an illegality.“Today, rather than discuss how we can come together despite our differences to mobilise Rivers people to vote for our party and our President, Minister Amaechi was busy telling Rivers people that I am being used by Governor Wike.“Amaechi as governor worked with me and he is aware that several times he ordered me to do things that I considered wrong, or incompatible with my principles, I not only refused to carry out such orders but I always told him to his face that I would not do them and I never did.“When he ordered me to go arrange to bomb the INEC office in Port -Harcourt after the 2015 elections. I told him to his face that I cannot be part of any action that would involve violence and death because of politics, when he ordered the attacks on GDI at the time Governor Wike started GDI in Rivers state, Gokana was the first local Government in Rivers state that disobeyed that order, even though there were those hell bent on carrying out his orders in Gokana at time.“So Minister Amaechi knows from personal experience that I cannot be used by anybody to do something I do not believe in. His refusal as a leader to accept responsibility for his actions is the reason the party is in this state. The bulk of the fight against Wike in 2015 was in my senatorial district, I led the fight in person from the front even the face clear personal danger. It is unfortunate that rather than face the real issues the Minister has continued to engage in name calling, inciting violence, and abusing those that can help to find solutions.”