Is it possible to Hack the US Citizenship System? Hacked into the US Citizenship System to give citizenship to family and friends! Too Juicy to Believe?  A Nigerian Super Hacker Rabinhood?

It reads like a storyline out of Nollywood.  For the past 24 hours, some local online Nigerian news and entertainment sites and friends have been running with a story about a 29 years old Nigerian man named Abaeze Atuche who allegedly hacked into the United States citizenship system and gave himself, his family members and 15 of his friends US citizenship. According to Talk of Naija, “no details as to how he pulled it off yet but insiders say his skills are unbelievable. The US government online network is impregnable but this guy proved it otherwise. If he was not arrested I don’t think there was ever going to be an investigation on how his family members got their citizenship”. If the information is correct, he has done the unthinkable. 

Some of us have that one Nigerian friend who can do almost anything because of his or her intellect. However, the above story sounds too good to be true and begs more questions than answers. For instance, why no major or even local US news outlet is carrying the story of this magnitude? Where are the pictures of the man in question? Is there any confirmation from the Nigerian government? Is this just another fake news to bring traffic to their websites? Probably.

Interestingly, if the story is true, it brings to light the need for African leaders to harness the power of their young people. It is a well established fact that some young Nigerians are involved in 419, yahoo yahoo scams because of the lack of opportunities.

Below are questions for you to think about and answer. Please note that there is no right or wrong answers. It just your opinion. 

  1. Should the U.S government deport Abaeze? 

  2. What should the Nigerian government do to him? 

  3. Should other African leaders offer him asylum? 

Let us know what you think… 

Happy Friday! 

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Is Liberia Ready for Diplomacy for the 21st Century?

In short, it depends. Okay, but it depends on what? In the traditional sense of diplomacy, Liberia remains strong and continues to shoulder with giants in participating in global affairs in this 21st century while protecting her sovereignty. A small nation state like Liberia is by default forced to master the art of diplomacy to survive. The art of diplomacy in which nation states follow protocols and treaties to build and or maintain relationships while advancing their interests. On this note, Liberia has been one of the best in using international diplomacy to protect and foster her existence among other nation states. Different governments have used their diplomatic relations and skills to leverage some form of goodwill for Liberia and Liberian home and abroad. Although diplomacy remains center around the art discussed, it is crucial to point out that diplomacy has evolved into Science and Technology as well.

Liberia, like many African states are not ready for diplomacy for the 21st century in terms of Science and Technology (ST). The harsh reality is that many African states are solely focus on begging for resources to main their fragile peace and security, which gives them little room to incorporate ST into their diplomacy. However, ST play an important role in many foreign policy issues, such as economic development and growth and protection from cyber criminals etc. Part of Liberia’s current foreign policy states “devotion to economic, social and political development” is one of Liberia’s goals. However, this cannot happen without a comprehensive strategy that includes science and technology. Although Liberia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is one of the most visible ministries online, it remains clung to the old style of diplomacy. For instance, there is no course on the importance of science and technology in diplomacy on Foreign Service Institute (FSI), which is the home of future career diplomats. There is also no mention of integration of science and technology into foreign policy development on the ministry website or official documents that are accessible.

However, it is not too late. Liberia remains strong in lobbying for her interest. President Weah is not a stranger to advocating for Liberians internationally. Hence, the government can do some quick fixes while working on a comprehensive plan.

  1. Foreign Affairs staff must be trained to understand the potential of science and technology and how it can present new opportunities for international cooperation and capacity development.
  2. Students at the Foreign Service Institute must be trained on the role of science and technology in international diplomacy.
  3. The President must continue pushing for partnership that will bring in human capital development in the science and technology. For instance, a scholarship scheme for Foreign Science Officers to learn how to use science and technology to advance their work.
  4. Hire technicians who are technologically savvy to help educate the diplomats on the plus of using technology to make their cases.
  5. Have a science and technology focal person or department that will have the mandate to develop a strong and futuristic science and technology team for Liberia. The person could be an Assistant Minister for Science, Technology and Development or something like that.
  6. There must be a deliberate effort in changing the culture by encouraging nontraditional students like those who studied biology, chemistry and other sciences to join the diplomatic community.

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Is Liberia Ready for Diplomacy for the 21st Century?

CUNY is good and affordable. Five ways African Immigrants Can Take Advantage of the CUNY System

Welcome to New York City A.K.A the Big Apple home to The City University of New York (CUNY) — the largest urban public university system and third largest public university system in the United States of America.  Since its inception years ago, CUNY has always been about striving to meet the ever-increasing demand of all New Yorkers, especially the underprivileged need for excellent education.  According to CUNY’s mission, “The University’s 21st-century mission remains true to its founding principles of academic excellence, scholarship and opportunity for all. CUNY boasts 13 Nobel laureates and the tradition of high academic achievement continues as our students win prestigious scholarships. In recent years, the University has produced 70 Fulbright scholars, 70 National Science Foundation fellows, 10 Truman scholars and seven Rhodes scholars.” Click here for more information on CUNY.

Enough about the mission and history of CUNY, below are the five ways African students can do to take advantage of what CUNY has to offer.

  1. Pick the Right School: CUNY is comprised of 25 colleges ranging from community colleges to graduate colleges. The schools are unique in their own ways and they offer unique specializations. For instance, John Jay College is recognized as the best school for criminal justice and everything social justice while Baruch College is recognized as the best school for Business and ever So, it is up to you to find a school that is best for you or that fits you best.
  2. Study Hard: It is understood that there is no easy way out that is if you are interested in obtaining good grades and better education. So, get your books and make time for serious study. Remember, what you put in is what you get. Although it may be tough to focus on the study at the beginning (at was for me), you just need to make a deliberate decision to focus on doing well. However, please find some time to relax and have fun with your colleagues.
  3. Get involved: Get yourself involved in campus life. Being involved is one of the best way to find your way around and make new friends who can help you not only navigate your courses but save money as well. For instance, during my years as the president of the African Association, we organized an informal mentoring and book-lending program, which many of the new members used to learn about the courses, professors and most importantly some saved money by borrowing old books from new colleagues. In other words, it is crucial to build a new team, a team of like-minded people who can support you through your educational journey. This is a two Way Street so please remember to help others as well. Additionally, take on leadership role in your new community. This includes but not limited to the volunteering to help in events on campus, joining the student government, clubs and others.
  4. Take advantage of everything: get to know as many people as possible and take advantage of the opportunities as they become available. The rich diversity on campus is yours to explore and make it yours. Diversity comes with communities to meet new people, ideas and do not be afraid to embrace the opportunities. Networking will also help you after college. Briefly, look at the entire process as one huge opportunity to seize.
  5. Apply to all grants and scholarships: Although the CUNY system does not have many resources in comparison to other well-funded universities, there are always scholarship, fellowship and paid internship opportunities for students to apply. So, do not be complacent with the financial package apply for scholarships as long as you meet the minimum requirements. Sadly, from my observation during my tenure in the CUNY system, some students make the time to apply to these opportunities so only few students end up getting them. Please do not limit yourself, just apply!

In the video below, I discussed the five ways to take advantage of the opportunities CUNY has to offer.

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