[video] Chinedu Echeruo (Founder of HopStop.com)

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I have used this site literally 100’s of times and had no idea a brother created it. Hit the cut for a video on this brother and more info about his burgeoning tech portfolio of businesses he has founded. #BlacksinTech

 

Echeruo is a Tech entrepreneur and founder of HopStop.com which he reportedly sold to Apple in the “billion” dollar range. HopStop.com is a mobile and online application that provides mass transit directions door-to-door mass transit, taxi, walking, biking and hourly car rental directions in major metropolitan markets throughout the U.S., Canada, U.K, France, Australia, New Zealand and Russia.

 

In 2001, HopStop was named one of the 100 fastest growing companies in the US by Inc. magazine. Chinedu also founded Tripology.com, an interactive travel referral service focused on connecting travelers with travel specialists which was later acquired by USA Today Travel Media Group. Echeruo obtained an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S from Syracuse University.

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Spanish police arrest Voodoo extortion gang

via Guardian UK

MADRID (AP) — Ringleaders of a human trafficking ring that brought Nigerian women to Spain and forced them into prostitution by threatening them with Voodoo curses were brought before a judge on Saturday. voodoo19

Many of the 23 suspects were charged with human trafficking and extortion at the court in the southwestern city of Huelva, police said.

The arrests occurred during nationwide raids that began Thursday and were continuing, police said.

The crackdown was triggered by a woman who told police in February of the gang’s intimidation tactics.

The gang tempted young Nigerian women to travel to Europe with promises of prosperity and later extorted money and controlled them through intimidation, police said in a statement.

The victims, aged 25 to 35, were forced to pay large sums of money to the gang members, who told the women they would go mad or have their souls destroyed if they disobeyed orders given during Voodoo rituals that were held in Nigeria involving pieces of their fingernails or hair.

Voodoo is a religion practiced primarily in Haiti and parts of Africa.

Abuse of child ‘witches’ on rise, aid group says

via CNN

(CNN) — Christian Eshiett was a rambunctious pre-teen who spent a lot of time cavorting with his friends in southern Nigeria. He would skip school and run away from home for days, frustrating his grandfather, who oversaw the boy’s care.nigeria.children

“I beat him severely with canes until they broke, yet he never shed a tear,” said Eshiett Nelson Eshiett, 76. “One day, I took a broom to hit him and he started crying. Then I knew he was possessed by demons. … Nigerian witches are terrified of brooms.”

From that day two years ago, Christian, now 14, was branded a witch. The abuse intensified.

“They would take my clothes off, tie me up and beat me,” he told CNN in a telephone interview.

The teen is one of the so-called witch children in Eket, a city in oil-rich Akwa Ibom state of Nigeria. Continue reading

Colin Powell Digs African Hip Hop

via BBC

Ex-US Secretary of State Colin Powell has joined a hip-hop band on stage in London to dance and sing in a celebration of African culture.

America’s former top diplomat took centre stage along with Nigerian performer Olu Maintain, who sang his hit Yahoozee.

It is not clear if Mr Powell was aware that the song was about Nigeria’s notorious internet fraudsters.

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Nigerian Rebels Said Obama Appeal Has Them Considering Truce

MEND rebels

Nigerian rebels who are waging war against American and British interests in the form of oil conglomerates Royal Dutch Shelland Exxon Mobil
said they are strongly considering appeals by presidential hopeful Barack Obama to enact a cease fire. It isn’t clear when or how Obama appealed to the militants to put their arms up but they have stated that due to the high level of respect they have for the Illinois Senator they are strongly considering complying with his requests.

“The MEND command is seriously considering a temporary cease fire appeal by Senator Barack Obama. Obama is someone we respect and hold in high esteem,” the militant group said in an e-mailed statement.

The rebels which go by the moniker The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) are waging a campaign to gain greater control over oil revenues. They have succeeded in shutting down the Shell plant which was responsible for pumping 164,000 barrels of oil a day into the international market, subsequently crippling output and driving global oil prices through the roof.

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Editor’s Note: If this is any indication of how global diplomacy will improve just by Sen. Obama exerting his international appeal than America needs to be thankful that such a figure can came along and non-violently mend some of the wounds the US has historically caused for herself at the hands of cowboys and madmen.