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Vote for Nigeria’s best-performing Governor in the areas of economy and business growth. 

This poll has ended (since 10 months).

As part of Africa 100 and Ranks Africa to celebrate and honor the best-performing governor in the areas of economy and business growth for exceptional dedication to improving the country through innovative initiatives.

We are now at the final voting stage to pick the most impactful Governor in Nigeria 2022.

Voting runs from January 12th to January 17th, 2023. 
You can vote 10 times per login for your choice.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Gov. Seyi Makinde
Gov. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike
Gov. Godwin Obaseki
Gov. Nasir el-Rufai
Gov. Babagana Umara Zulum
Governor Dapo Abiodun
Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu
Gov. Ben Ayade
Gov. Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman
Gov. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel
Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa
Gov. Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi






Narrative does change; as life goes on, the beauty of who you are will be defined by your intentions toward yourself, your fans, and your craft. Kiddwaya is a major player in Entertainment industry, and he is using his influence and individuality to improve the relationships of the fans and Stan.


How Kiddwaya moved away from other people’s realities to pursue his own reality without taking away his wholesome personality needs to be adequately studied. Kiddwaya channeled his intuition into a dream life and the goals he has always desired at a time when so many people believed in life on social media and were faking impressions just to keep up with the gram. He took the importance of social media and celebrities’ lifestyles to a different level, thereby steadily building his fortress and creating a diversified niche.

The reality of a favorite can also influence the stans, which explains the WDG’s extraordinary composure and positivity adoration. a base that took time not just to keep up with their favorite alone but also took a cue from his positive and global impact. Boldness and a proper understanding of life are their forte—class beyond class, you might say.

Due to Kidd Waya’s significant actions over the course of his three years of fame, this special edition of Ranks Africa Magazine is dedicated to him.

So now it’s over to you. What do you think of this issue, both in print and online? What do you like and what is missing? Let us know RanksAfrica@gmail.com or @RanksAfrica on Twitter and Instagram and we’ll see what we can deliver in our forthcoming issues.




Ranks Africa Magazine: Without a doubt, Kunle Afolayan revolutionized how viewers rated Nigerian films.


The influence of Kunle Afolayan is long-lasting and profound. Prior to the monumental success of ANIKULAPO, Kunle Afolayan has always worked with magic, both historically and currently. He served as an inspiration for many filmmakers even before cinema and online streaming were widely adopted in Nigeria; to his credit, movies like Irapada, The Figurine, Phone Swap, October 1, Roti, The CEO, Mokalik, etc. have all been named the finest movies by movie lovers.

Ranks Africa Magazine Special Edition: Kunle Afolayan


Without a doubt, Kunle Afolayan revolutionized how viewers rated Nigerian films. He is one of the most well-known directors to emerge in the last two decades. He also fits the description of a director who is aware of the idea of talent stardom.


Even though Kunle Afolayan has not yet received an Oscar, he will always be considered one of the best in the world. For this reason, a special edition of Ranks Africa Magazine has been created to recognize and commemorate him.

With nearly three decades of professional acting experience, Kunle Afolayan is not just a talented filmmaker but also a very skilled actor who is pleasant, charming, and easygoing.

Ranks Africa Magazine Special Edition: Kunle Afolayan

We also name 14 actors in this special issue of the magazine who you should watch out for in 2023. The list includes actors who are having breakout years, stars of highly anticipated films for the awards season, and even actors who are making their film debuts.


So now it’s over to you. What do you think of this issue, both in print and online? What do you like and what is missing? Let us know RanksAfrica@gmail.com or @RanksAfrica on Twitter and Instagram and we’ll see what we can deliver in our forthcoming issues.





In Nigeria, becoming a successful entrepreneur and influencer is not simple, especially for well-known individuals. There is pressure attached. Hard work, expertise, and frequently a small bit of luck is necessary.

One of the few people who had a successful business before becoming famous is Niyi. Since Niyi Lawal was presented to the world via the reality television show “Big Brother Naija” season 6’s “Shine Ya Eye,” many have come to the conclusion that you don’t need to be an entertainer before you join the show.

Due to the way he conducts himself on the show, Niyi continues to be one of the most respected #BBNAIJA naija alumni.

We at Ranks Africa have decided to celebrate those who have achieved professional success and used their enterprises to have a positive influence on their industry as well as society at large. This is the driving force behind this magazine.

This time around, Niyi Lawal, a successful serial entrepreneur and fashion influencer, is the subject of our focus story. You’ll find this quite interesting. 



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RanksBusiness Magazine: Taking a giant step from certainty to uncertainty, Cross da Boss inspires entrepreneurs


Ranks Magazine is a media outlet documenting creative minds today for tomorrow, which Identify and Promote Business, People and Industries from the perspective of every people & connecting people to latest business news

Two things happen when you live through an era of rapid change, as we are now. Firstly, there is an inevitable surge of artistic creativity and second the contrarians, the non-conformists and the anti-heroes come into their own. We witness the rise of the rebel: those who don’t play by the normal rules, who flourish in chaotic, unpredictable times and welcome uncertainty without fear. This is what this edition of Ranks Africa Magazine, celebrating Entrepreneur, Cross Okonkwo is all about. This edition celebrates the curious revolutionaries who think differently and this is reflected in the articles and contents carefully put together in this edition.

This edition, gives an insight into the life and brand of Ikechukwu Sunday Cross Okonkwo, popularly known as Cross, Entertainer, Lifestyle & Fitness Entrepreneur and the King of the Cross Nation.

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Taking a giant step from certainty to uncertainty, Cross da Boss inspires entrepreneurs, setting a new standard beyond entertainment on this exclusive edition of Ranks Magazine which explores his entrepreneurship journey, growth and lifestyle.

To all members of the CROSS NATION across the globe, this is a must have ‘master piece’ of your king and serial Entrepreneur available.



The history of the Nigerian Entertainment landscape in the last decade cannot be said to be complete without a reference to the year 2020 which significantly affected all spheres of the entertainment industry. From Music, Movie, Comedy, to Cinema and Shows, every aspect were significantly affected as a result of the global pandemic which led to months of lockdown across the world including Nigeria. In the midst of this pandemic, while many entertainers were struggling to survive, and some pushed off the scene due to the New Normal, a new star was born, changing the face and phase of entertainment in Nigeria. His name is Olamilekan Agbelese popularly known as LAYCON, the phenomenal champion of the Lockdown episode of the “Big Brother Naija” reality TV show, who is now the Unstoppable Superstar.

Ranks Magazine is a Single Character Tabloid that intends to holistically capture the life, career growth and creativities of certain individuals who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields of endeavours. It has a tripartite motive of; serving as a compendium for the personality, x-raying the known and revealing the unknown.

This edition, gives an insight into the lockdown ICON of Big Brother Naija, x-raying his rise to stardom, critique of his album and perspectives of fans about him. A perspective analysis of this phenomenon GOD IN HUMAN BODY is presented in this edition and it is insightful. As you flip through the pages, you will no doubt see the depth of research and robust intellectual analysis in all the discourses.

Welcome to the world of Ranks.

Chief Editor: Charles Omotayo.

Creative Director: Wale Kazeem

Project Coordinator: Wale Kazeem | Lanre Adegbaju

Photographer: Lopeze Photography

Stylist: Leereeks The Stylist


Read below Excerpts




Laycon: The Long Walk to Shall We Begin Album



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Ranks Africa Partners Unstoppable Super Star LAYCON in ICONIC EDITION of Ranks Magazine


Ranks Africa is up to something with The Lockdown ICON who is now Unstoppable Superstar ‘LAYCON’ with forefront Fanbase ICONS, who are currently redefining Fanbase ideologies and goals.

The partnership is to produce a Single- Character Magazine which intends to holistically capture the life, career growth and creativity of LAYCON who have distinguished himself as REALTY STAR AND RAPPER with uncommon melodies. Ranks Magazine has a tripartite motive of; serving as a compendium for the personality, x-raying the known and revealing the unknown of the personality and promoting the works and creativity of the personality.

The September Male Edition is nicknamed ICONS EDITION to illuminate the positive beacons in a sea of negativity, especially at a time like this when youths of this age are finding entertainment and self-reliance unworthy.

The September Editon will be out on the 10th September also open for partnership in form of adverts and promotions.

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COP28: Sanwo-Olu appeals for financial support to address water scarcity


Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged for sustained private and philanthropic funding to tackle the inadequate water infrastructure during a side event at a United Nations climate change conference in Dubai.

Sanwo-Olu highlighted that, despite having over 22 million residents, Lagos only receives 210 million gallons of its daily requirement of 700 million gallons of potable water.

He emphasized the urgency of addressing this gap to avoid risks to public health, especially in underserved communities.

The governor called for less than 1% of the global $1.7 trillion clean water investment gap to be allocated to Lagos, expressing confidence that such collaboration could yield sustainable solutions for millions in need of adequate water.

Sanwo-Olu also emphasized the impact of irregular electricity on capacity utilization and advocated for equitable distribution of climate financing to cities like Lagos, with a focus on addressing the needs of large youth populations.

The governor’s remarks took place at the Valuing Water roundtable during the COP28 climate talks, where various stakeholders emphasized the importance of increased investments in global clean water projects.


Lagos plans to boost daily trips on the Electrified Blue Line to 76


The Lagos State Government aims to boost the daily trips on the electrified Blue Line rail from 54 to 76 by year-end, as disclosed by Abimbola Akinajo, the Managing Director, during a recent briefing marking the agency’s two decades of operations.

The second phase of the Blue Line Rail project, connecting Mile 2 to Okoko, is under construction and set to be completed by 2027.

Additionally, the Red Line is slated to commence commercial operations in Q2 2024, covering 37 kilometers with 13 stations from Agbado to Marina.

The first phase of the Blue Line, launched in September 2023, has already transported over 80,000 passengers, with plans to further increase daily trips, ultimately aiming to serve around 500,000 passengers daily upon full completion.

Three Oyo monarchs lose their lives in a car accident, while nine others sustain injuries


Three traditional leaders from Oriire Local Government Area in Oyo State tragically lost their lives in a car accident on Friday.

The incident involved a Benz E230 with the plate number OLODOGBO and a commercial Scania Truck with registration number 301 XF at Aje Iye in the local government area.

Eyewitnesses reported that two of the monarchs died on the spot, while the third succumbed to injuries a few hours later at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital.

Additionally, another accident on the same day resulted in nine people being injured, but thankfully, no lives were lost.

The survivors are receiving treatment at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital.

The affected monarchs were identified as the Olodogbo of Odogbo, Onibowula of Bowula, and Alayetoro of Ayetoro in Oriire Local Government.

The state Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Joshua Adekanye, confirmed both incidents, stating that the first was a head-on collision, while the second involved a truck catching fire on Ogbomoso-Oyo Expressway.

The injured individuals are currently undergoing treatment in the hospital.

Why the surge in incompetence within Nollywood: Insights from Shan George


Actress Shan George has expressed concern about the growing lack of professionalism in Nollywood, attributing it to an influx of individuals lacking proper education and training in the industry.

She noted that this issue extends beyond Nollywood, affecting various sectors.


Emphasizing the surge in unprofessional behavior, she stated, “The sad part is that such display of unprofessionalism is currently increasing by the day in all industries.”

Reflecting on her background in Mass Communication, specializing in broadcasting, George highlighted how her education aligns with her work in Nollywood.

Recounting her unexpected entry into the industry in 1996, she shared her audition experience for the movie “Thorns of Rose” and detailed her ongoing journey in the world of filmmaking.

Streamline the process of connecting your NIN with your prepaid meter in Lagos with these 7 straightforward steps


On August 22, 2023, the Nigerian Electric Regulatory Commission (NERC) issued a directive, urging users to upgrade their prepaid meters through the TID Rollover process.

NERC mandated Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to assist users by providing two free Key Change Tokens (KCTs) essential for meter updates.

Since the announcement, DisCos have been notifying users to follow the upgrade process. As warned, some users faced difficulties recharging starting November.

The existing software on prepaid meters across Nigeria was set to expire by November 24, 2024.

For Lagos residents, Ikeja Electric Distribution Company (IKEDC) communicated via a tweet about the necessity to link meters with the National Identification Number (NIN) before upgrading.

Unfortunately, this information didn’t reach many, resulting in long queues at IKEDC offices and increased customer support wait times.

To avoid queues, link your NIN with your prepaid meter from home through these steps:

1. Visit the [Smart KYC website](link) and create a user profile using your email.
2. Log in with the provided details, change your password, and click on “Link Your NIN And Meter.”
3. Fill in required fields, ensuring accuracy. Confirm the provided information on the summary page and click “Submit.”
4. Complete the final step by entering your meter number and a 6-digit code sent to your email and phone.

Note: Landlords can link up to five meters with their NIN. For the next steps on upgrading your meter, follow [this link](link) to obtain your KCTs without visiting the Ikeja Electric office.


Ethio Telecom expands its 5G network coverage


Ethio Telecom has introduced its 5G services in Jijiga, expanding coverage to key areas like Old Taiwan, Ethio Telecom Regional office, Parliament Hall, Sheik Abdusalam School, Regional Administration Office, Regional Revenue Office, and Hodley (Palace and Airport Road).

CEO Frehiwot Tamru previously announced plans to establish 150 5G sites nationwide during the 2022 launch in Addis Ababa.

Established in 2010 as the sole telecom provider in Ethiopia, Ethio Telecom aimed to sell a 40% stake in 2021.

Despite initial interest from Orange, the French telco withdrew due to strategic considerations, as stated in a Reuters report.

South Africa’s Oppenheimer acquires a complete ownership stake in a Nigerian can manufacturing company

Jonathan Oppenheimer, the son of South African billionaire Nicky Oppenheimer, has secured a majority stake in GZ Industries, Nigeria’s largest beverage can manufacturer. The deal, disclosed by Affirma Capital (formerly Standard Chartered Private Equity), did not reveal financial specifics, as reported by Bloomberg.

In this transaction, Oppenheimer acquired Affirma Capital’s 37.5% stake in GZI, a key supplier of cans to companies like Coca-Cola Co.

This move follows Oppenheimer’s previous acquisition, where he already held a majority 62.5% stake in GZI.

His initial involvement dates back to 2018 when GZI established a factory in South Africa, and Affirma made its initial investment in 2012.

The investment signifies a strategic move in the Nigerian economy, aligning with President Bola Tinubu’s efforts to attract more foreign investments.

With Oppenheimer now holding a significant position, he will play a pivotal role in determining GZI’s trajectory in Nigeria and the broader West African region.

GZI, known for producing three billion aluminum cans annually in Africa, holds a prominent position in the market.

This acquisition reflects Oppenheimer’s confidence in the region’s economic prospects.

Bloomberg notes that Affirma Capital’s track record in Africa includes investments in 11 companies since 2008, with successful exits from eight, returning over $800 million to investors during this period.

The Lagos task force is set to dismantle more than 130 confiscated motorcycles


The Lagos State Task Force has announced its intention to dismantle over 130 motorcycles seized from commercial bike operators in the Alakija, Second Rainbow area of Lagos State.

Shola Jejeloye, Chairman of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Agency, revealed this on Friday, citing the enforcement as a response to the bike riders’ violation of state laws prohibiting their operation on specific highways.

Jejeloye further highlighted that, during a protest against the motorcycle seizures, some affected riders attempted to set fire to the task force and police’s official vehicles.

Emphasizing the action’s necessity, he explained, “The enforcement targets defiant motorcycle operators who disregard state laws, particularly the ban on using motorcycles on major expressways in Lagos.”

Alakija, known as a stronghold for bike operators, has been identified for intensified enforcement.

Jejeloye described the motorcyclists as causing a nuisance, especially during nighttime.

Assuring the public, he stated, “Confiscated bikes will not be utilized for personal purposes by the force.”

Highlighting the severity of the situation, he added, “Motorcyclists resorted to setting a bonfire on our truck, disregarding potential harm to road users.

When all communication channels failed, enforcement became necessary.”

Jejeloye affirmed that the operation will persist until tranquility is restored for motorists using the state’s expressways.


Federal Government plans to acquire compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled tricycles for local government employees


The Nigerian Orientation Agency, in collaboration with the SIMBA Group and Ecomead Acres, recently launched a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) version of the popular “Keke NAPEP” tricycle in Abuja.

This initiative aims to reduce transportation costs by offering a tricycle that consumes less fuel compared to traditional petrol-based ones.

The Director General of the NOA, Lanre Issa-Onilu, highlighted the project’s focus on improving the lives of ordinary Nigerians, particularly those in rural areas.

He emphasized the government’s commitment to establishing 10,000 CNG stations nationwide to support the newly introduced CNG Keke NAPEP, ensuring accessibility and affordability.

Issa-Onilu assured the public that the CNG-powered tricycle would significantly lower transportation costs while addressing environmental concerns by reducing pollution associated with petrol use.

He emphasized the government’s broader plan to introduce thousands of CNG-powered buses to further mitigate the impact of fuel subsidy removal.

Kayode Oyin-Zubair, the CEO of Ecomead Acres, explained that the CNG Keke-NAPEP is designed to use both petrol and CNG, offering an environmentally friendly alternative.

He expressed confidence that this innovation would alleviate the effects of the fuel subsidy removal on transportation costs across the country.

Oyin-Zubair also outlined plans to distribute the CNG-powered tricycles to all 774 local government areas.

Sharma Shamrat, representing Wandel International and Simba Group, highlighted the global success of CNG-powered vehicles, emphasizing the urgent need for Nigeria to embrace this eco-friendly option.

He emphasized the flexibility of the CNG-powered-NAPEP, allowing users to switch between petrol and CNG, ensuring practicality for both urban and rural areas.

In summary, the introduction of the CNG Keke NAPEP represents a tangible solution to transportation challenges in Nigeria, aligning with the government’s efforts to provide immediate relief following the fuel subsidy removal.

The environmentally friendly aspect of CNG usage further underscores the commitment to sustainable and accessible transportation solutions for all citizens.


The Naira experiences a 16% decline, concluding the week at N927 per dollar


The official Investor and Exporter forex window recorded the naira closing the week at N927.19/$, reflecting a 16.64% decrease from the previous week’s N794.89/$, as reported by the FMDQ Securities Exchange.

The market also witnessed an increased dollar turnover from $75.82m to $110.14m during this period.

On Friday, the naira’s day started at N815.00/$, reaching a high of N1160/$ and a low of N701/$ before concluding at N927.19/$.

Last week’s Friday saw the naira trading between N1136/$ and N700.00/$.

Despite efforts by the Central Bank of Nigeria to address foreign exchange challenges, the naira continues its decline.

Governor Olayemi Cardoso acknowledged at the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria event that fiscal deficits and rising public debt contribute to the exchange rate instability.

The governor emphasized the need for transparent market rules, aiming for daily FX trade exceeding $1.0bn.

Cardoso outlined the bank’s commitment to developing new FX guidelines, with consultations planned before implementation.

However, the Economic Intelligence Unit expressed skepticism about the CBN’s ability to clear the foreign exchange backlog, citing an unsupportive monetary policy and predicting ongoing pressure on the naira.