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1. GenVoices Gets Endorsement from the UN Generational Voices, the movement that was established to channel the energies of Nigerian youths towards nation-building, has received recognition from the United Nations. “I received with considerable excitement the news that a large group of young Nigerians under the movement called GenVoices have come together to inspire hope in the Nigerian dream and nurture a new breed of young leaders in Nigeria….I’d like to congratulate Generation Voices for organising this important event, as well as your ongoing efforts to promote youth political engagement in Nigeria,” said Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Sec-Gen Envoy on Youth. 2. Where Dreams Cross #18 at Lagos International Video Art Festival Tomorrow is Friday, but before then you’re wondering where to hangout later this evening to gradually slide into the #TGIF mood. There is an international video art festival that starts at 7 p.m today. The festival is run by Video Art Network Lagos which is a New Media art organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria, established by the collaborative efforts of artists Emeka Ogboh, Jude Anogwih and cultural producer Oyindamola Fakeye. You can unwind after work with the short movies that would be showing at the event. 3. Registration for Social Media Week Lagos 2014 Opens Registration has opened for participation at the 2014 Social Media Week in Lagos. Though it is just about a month away, the organisers advise intending participants to begin registration as soon as possible. 4. January 16, 1959 – Birth of Sade Adu On this day in history, Nigerian-born British Soul artiste and Grammy Award-winner, Folasade Helen Adu was born. She turns 55 years today. 5. WHO Gives Nigeria Clean Bill of Health; Country Guinea Worm Free The World Health Organisation has announced that Nigeria has 0 cases of Guinea Worm and that the country is completely free of the disease. The WHO awarded a certificate signifying Nigeria’s clean bill of health yesterday.  

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This article was first published on 16th January 2014 and updated on January 21st, 2014 at 7:03 am

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