Showing posts from March, 2019

Liverpool Back On Top As Late Own Goal Secures 2-1 Win Over Tottenham

Liverpool’s English defender Trent Alexander-Arnold (C) and teammates celebrate after a late own goal from Tottenham Hotspur’s Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld (not pictured) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on January 31, 2019.

Liverpool moved back top of the Premier League in dramatic fashion as Toby Alderweireld’s last-minute own goal beat Tottenham 2-1 at Anfield on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side moves two points clear of Manchester City once more at the top of the table, but City has a game in hand.
Liverpool’s hopes of ending a 29-year wait to win the title looked set to be dealt a massive blow as Lucas Moura’s strike 20 minutes from time cancelled out Roberto Firmino’s early opener.
However, Hugo Lloris could only palm Mohamed Salah’s header into the path of the unfortunate Alderweireld to condemn Tottenham to a fourth defeat in five Premier League g…

N’Delta group rallies support for Buhari

By Onozure Dania

group, Niger-Delta  Youths, Women and Security Movement for Buhari, has called on Nigerians and other political parties to throw their support behind the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari for the unity and development of the country.


The group, in a statement by its National President, Mr. Ubokan Felix and Director of Publicity, Justina Nwosu, called on the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to join hands with Buhari to develop the country.

Ubokan, who expressed confidence that the country would experience rapid development with the re-election of Buhari if given genuine support, appealed to all aggrieved persons to sheathe their swords and allow peace reign.
He said the group was optimistic of Buhari’s victory prior to the elections and that the campaign across Niger-Delta by his group and his acceptance by the people of the region was a clear indication that Buhari’s second term would accelera…

Warner Music, Chocolate City to create opportunities for African talents

Audu Makori

Paul Okeugo

Warner Music Group (WMG) has announced a pioneering partnership with Chocolate City that will create opportunities for African talents around the world.
The partnership is expected to grow the reach of African artists around the world, and create new opportunities for global superstars in the region.

Under the terms of the proposed deal, music from the artists will join Warner Music’s repertoire, and they will receive the support of the company’s wide-ranging global expertise, including distribution and artist services via ADA – WMG’s independent label services division.
The Chocolate City team will continue to develop local artists and support the management
of WMG’s global superstars across Sub Saharan Africa, including a strategic, reciprocal marketing agreement with WMG South Africa. WMG will also provide financial support for Chocolate City to help achieve its mission of signing and developing the best local talent in this fast-growing market…

Actress, Tonto Changes Her Son's Name To 'King Andre Dikeh"

Tonto and Andre

Nollywood actress, and mother of one, Tonto Dikeh has changed her son's name.
The actress while at it, took to social media to lambast those questioning her decision to change her son.
Tonto who has been accusing her ex-husband, Churchill Olakunle of being a dead beat dad, changed her son's name to ‘King Andre Dikeh’.
Cautioning people to stay off her decision, she wrote:

“Don’t even fuck with me!
Many believe this drastic decision will not go down well with the estranged husband, Churchill as it will come off as another insult from the woman she married some years ago.


Grassroots trust necessary for policies to be effective – Cece Yara

By Josephine Agbonkhese
For any people- oriented policy or programme to be effective, it must start from the grassroots.

This was the position of Mrs Grace Ketefe, the Executive Director of Cece Yara Foundation, who spoke to newsmen at a campaign programme tagged Community Pledge Against Child Sexual Abuse in Ajegunle, Lagos, which the Foundation organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and Domestic Violence Response Team, with the support of UNICEF.

According to Ketefe, “one in 10 boys and four in 10 girls will be defiled by the time they reach 18 years. The projection is 16 million children in Lagos alone and the enormity is further terrifying with the dangers they are exposed to, such as STD, unwanted pregnancy, physical injury, infertility, risky life style, compulsive eating disorder, drug and alcohol abuse, behavioral changes, PTSD, anxiety and propensity to further victimisation in adulthood.
“However, whatever anyone, government or organisation does f…

Late goals help Chelsea in comeback win against unlucky Cardiff City

Late goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek helped Chelsea complete a thrilling comeback to beat Cardiff City 2-1 away in the English Premier League (EPL) on Sunday.
With Chelsea heading for an embarrassing defeat against third-bottom Cardiff, their captain Azpilicueta dragged them back into the match with a headed goal that appeared to be offside.

Cesar Azpilicueta

The visitors then completed the fightback when substitute Loftus-Cheek stormed in at the back post to plant a header in the bottom corner.
Maurizo Sarri’s Chelsea stayed sixth in the table with 60 points, level with fifth-placed Arsenal, who have played a game fewer, and a point behind Manchester United in fourth.
Cardiff’s plight looks increasingly bleak as they are now five points adrift of the safety zone with seven games remaining.
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Chelsea, who started without talisman Eden Hazard and midfielder N’Golo Kante, struggled to create chances…

Breaking: Nigeria Now Ranks As The 6th Most Miserable Country In The World – Report

According to a Vanguard report, the recently published report by Steve Hanke, an economist from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, United state, listed Nigeria, Venezuela, Iran, Brazil, others among the first ten (10) miserable countries in the world. 

According to the report Venezuela was listed as the most miserable country in the world. Reacting to this Hanke said, “Venezuela holds the inglorious title of the most miserable country in the world in 2018, as it did in 2017, 2016, and 2015.”
However, Argentina jumped to the No. 2 spot after yet another peso crisis. Since its founding, Argentina has been burdened with numerous economic crises. Most can be laid at the feet of domestic mismanagement and currency problems (read: currency collapses). Iran took third in the ranking, before Brazil that made it to the fourth position.

Turkey took the fifth position as the giant of Africa Nigeria emerged sixth. The Misery Index was calculated using economic indices including …

‘It was ugly, but who cares?’: Klopp joy as Liverpool go top

Jurgen Klopp admitted he couldn’t care less that Liverpool’s dramatic 2-1 win against Tottenham was an “ugly” way to return to the top of the Premier League.

Jurgen Klopp

Klopp’s side took the lead through Roberto Firmino’s first half opener, only to be pegged back by Lucas Moura’s equaliser after the interval.
Tottenham dominated but then wasted several chances before Liverpool stole the points in stoppage-time.
Mohamed Salah’s header was spilled by Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris before rebounding off Toby Alderweireld for an own goal.
It was a lucky break that Liverpool arguably didn’t deserve, but Reds boss Klopp wasn’t complaining about a result that took them two points clear of second placed Manchester City.
“In the first half we had fantastic chances and scored a wonderful goal. In the second half we looked heavy and couldn’t really play,” Klopp said.
“Tottenham changed a little bit. We didn’t adapt well. I was not happy we conceded, but after Spurs’ goal we star…

ICPC probes MDAs over abuse of capital, personnel allocations

By Soni Daniel

Abuja – Inaundated by petitions over the abuse of capital and personnel allocations to Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government in the last two years, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission will this week begin the probe of such agencies in order to fish out the culprits for sanctions in accordnace with the law.

Acting Chairman, ICPC Alhaji Bako Abdullahi
The Spokesperson of the ICPC, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, said in a statement on Sunday that the probe would start on Monday using Ethics and Compliance Score Card, to measure Ethics and Integrity standards in MDA operations.
The statement said, “The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has observed that a reasonable number of petitions received by it are on infractions committed in the process of implementing the budgetary provisions and allocations of Capital Development Fund and Personnel Cost.
“In order to reduce th…

Slovaks choose change, elect woman president against graft

Newly elected Slovakia’s President elect Zuzana Caputova speaks to a journalist in the front of the Presidential palace in Bratislava, Slovakia on March 31, 2019. – The election of Zuzana Caputova as Slovakia’s first female president was greeted Sunday as a vote for change, with the anti-graft activist expected to provide a check on a government tarnished after last year’s murder of a journalist. (Photo by VLADIMIR SIMICEK / AFP)
The election of Zuzana Caputova as Slovakia’s first female president was greeted Sunday as a vote for change, with the anti-graft activist expected to provide a check on a government tarnished after last year’s murder of a journalist. The 45-year-old environmental lawyer’s clear victory Saturday over the ruling party’s candidate was a blow to the populist-left Smer-SD — the largest grouping in parliament — and could spell trouble for them in the EU elections and next year’s general vote.
She is a relative political newcomer who rose to national …

The story of Omawumi and I – Waje


Having established herself as a successful musician, actress and entrepreneur worthy of note, vocal power house, Aituaje Iruobe, professionally known as Waje, an acronym for ‘Words Ain’t Just Enough’, the ‘I Wish’ crooner is yet to accept the reality of her successes and celebrity status; a reason she is always hungry to do more.
In this interview with Potpourri, she talks about her business partnership with Omawumi, the secret behind their long term friendship, music industry matters and other sundry issues.
How did you and Omawumi come about Hermanes Media and what is it all about?

Hermanes Media has existed for a while with us; it’s just that we didn’t make it necessarily formal but there are times we’ve had business transactions and creatively come up with ideas.
So, we just thought that it doesn’t make sense that two people that are this creative, have been in the industry and have so much to offer,  don’t do this. We’ve actually been talking about …

Wizkid And Drake Releasing Another Collaboration?

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If you loved “Come Closer” and “One Dance” then you should fasten your seat belt because the duo of Wizkid and Drake may be taking you on another pleasurable ride.
The two music stars have in times past thrilled our ears with their highly-successful collaborations and now Nigerian music star Wizkid hinted that he may have collaborated with the Canadian rap star once again.
Wizkid hinted at the possibility of the collaboration while speaking at the Press Conference of his Canada tour in Toronto on Friday, March 29, 2019. Talking about what it’s like working with Drake, the award-winning Wizkid revealed it’s amazing getting to the studio with someone as talented as him. He said,
“It’s always exciting working with someone like Drake, I do my own little things in Africa and around the world. It’s always amazing when you get to the studio with artists as talented as you are bringing different value to the music. And I want you guys to know that…

DSS 'arrests' Jones Abiri again

Jones Abiri, the editor and publisher of the Weekly Source newspaper based in the Bayelsa State capital, Yenagoa, has been reportedly arrested again by the Department of State Services (DSS). Abiri was reportedly re-arrested on Saturday at Ayabowei Plaza in Yenagoa while having a meeting with his colleagues.
“Given that Jones Abiri was previously detained by intelligence officers without access to a lawyer or his family for two years, we are deeply worried that he has once again been arrested and that his whereabouts are not known,” said Angela Quintal, Committee to Protect Journalist’s Africa program coordinator.
“We call on federal and state authorities in Nigeria to disclose where Abiri is being detained and the reasons for his arrest, and urge that they ensure that his rights are not violated yet again and that due process is respected.”
As at report time, the whereabouts of the Abiri is unknown and the DSS are yet to release a statement about the arrest.
Abiri was f…

Runsewe becomes Africa-China Culture Exchange Society Chairman

By Osa Mbonu-Amadi

Olusegun Runsewe, Director General National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) and President, Africa region of the World Crafts Council (WCC), has been appointed chairman, Africa-China Culture Exchange Society (ACCEAS).

Runsewe who in two years has changed the narratives of Nigeria’s cultural economy and fostered strategic cultural exchange among African nations through multi-cultural marketing platform, was chosen by the global body for his visionary leadership in fronting Africa Arts and Crafts, for driving an excellent cultural  exchange platform between African countries and the People’s  Republic of China.

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The ACCAES Chairmanship position which is for a duration of five years, is expected to help solidify and redefine the values of African Culture, Arts and Crafts in the eyes of the Chinese with intent to create not only a viable and thriving cultural market between Africa and China but sub…

You’re on your own, Ebonyi APC tells campaign D-G

By Dennis Agbo

ENUGU- GOVERNORSHIP campaign council of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ebonyi state has distanced itself from statements credited to its Director General, Senator Anthony Agbo.


Agbo in a media report was quoted to had lashed on the governorship candidate of the APC in Ebonyi state, Senator Sonni Ogbuoji, whom Agbo accused of masterminding the abysmal performance of the APC in the last governorship election in the state.
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However, two members of the campaign council, Aro Nweke and Engr Paul Okorie have replied Agbo’s statement, saying the failure of the party in the may after all be the making of the campaign D-G himself.
Members of the council said the DG has no right or powers to speak for the entire body without their mandate.

“Agbo is the DG of the body, but not the body. If he has spoken and said he spoke for himself, that would be acceptable. But for him to go to the public and m…

Flogging of suspected bandits unacceptable – NAF

[FILES] NAF’s spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has condemned the reported flogging and physical assault of suspected bandits by some military personnel in Zamfara, as totally unacceptable. NAF’s spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, condemned the action in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
” The attention of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been drawn to a video and some pictures circulating on some social media and online platforms showing some military personnel flogging suspected armed bandits at Shinkafi Local Government Area (LGA) in Zamfara State.
” The NAF has discovered that some of its personnel were part of the joint team stationed at the Galadi Sub-Sector at the time.
” The NAF wishes to state unequivocally that the troops’ actions of flogging and physically assaulting the disarmed suspects were totally unacceptable and not in consonance with the Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) guiding the conduct of the operation.

Skin: Berverly Naya to premiere new documentary today

By Ayo Onikoyi

Top actress and entrepreneur, Beverly Naya,   said all is set to premiere her documentary on colourism titled “Skin”, today, which focuses and identifies beauty in all complexion shades especially black.
Skin is a feature documentary produced by Be Naya limited, which involves various people ranging from school children, celebrities, beauty entrepreneurs, traders and many more people.
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In a parley with pressmen, Beverly disclosed   that the documentary is less restrictive and also non fictional compared to a movie as it allows genuine expressions of participants and also allows viewers a deep understanding of what it entails.

Speaking on colourism, Beverly said colourism affects both women and men in African countries, but it has negatively influenced the beauty standards associated with a woman’s ability to find success, adding that, the number of women across Africa usin…

DSS 'Re-Arrests' Abiri, The Journalist Who Spent Two Years In Detention

Jones Abiri, the publisher of Weekly Source Newspaper, has reportedly been arrested again by the Department of State Services (DSS), TheCable reports.
Abiri was reportedly picked up on Saturday at Ayabowei Plaza in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, while he was having a discussion with his colleagues.

The DSS first arrested Abiri in 2016 after he was accused of being the leader of the joint revolutionary council of the separatist group, Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force.
He was also accused of threatening oil companies and demanding money from them
He was granted bail in August 2018 when an Abuja magistrate court struck out a suit against him after being held in detention for two years.
When contacted to react to the report, Peter Afunanya, DSS spokesman, told TheCable that he is not in the know but would get back when he has information on the report.
“I don’t have this information,” he said.


LaLiga: Messi nets brace against Espanyol as Barcelona go 10 points clear

Lionel Messi scored twice in the second half as Barcelona continued their march towards the La Liga title, with a 2-0 victory over Espanyol on Saturday.
The visitors gave their city rivals a tough game at the Camp Nou as there were no goals in the opening 45 minutes.

Messi opened scoring with a chipped free-kick with 19 minutes to play.
The Argentine superstar added a second late goal in the game to send the Spanish champions 13 points clear at the top, before Atletico Madrid cut it by three, following their 4-0 demolition of Alaves later in the day.
Messi has now netted eight times in his last four games for Barca and leads the way in the La Liga scoring charts with 31 goals, 13 ahead of teammate, Luis Suarez.


LaLiga: Messi nets brace against Espanyol as Barcelona go 10 points clear

Lionel Messi scored twice in the second half as Barcelona continued their march towards the La Liga title, with a 2-0 victory over Espanyol on Saturday.
The visitors gave their city rivals a tough game at the Camp Nou as there were no goals in the opening 45 minutes.

Messi opened scoring with a chipped free-kick with 19 minutes to play.
The Argentine superstar added a second late goal in the game to send the Spanish champions 13 points clear at the top, before Atletico Madrid cut it by three, following their 4-0 demolition of Alaves later in the day.
Messi has now netted eight times in his last four games for Barca and leads the way in the La Liga scoring charts with 31 goals, 13 ahead of teammate, Luis Suarez.


Marylove Edwards, 13-year-old Nigeria’s young tennis champion

Marylove Edwards is Nigeria’s young tennis champion focused on emulating the great Serena Williams. Although many have started referring to her as the “Nigerian Serena,” the 13-year-old who is currently at the prestigious IMG Academy, in the U.S. says: “I love Serena, I love her style and I love the way she plays. But I’d love to be myself, just Marylove Edwards.’ Although tennis in Nigeria is not half as big or popular as football, Edwards feel in love with the sport. She is trained by her dad, a similar path Serena and Venus Williams took with their father. Marylove’s father constantly motivates her, highlighting the benefits of playing and excelling in tennis. Both father and daughter have been working towards that goal. Edwards started playing tennis from the age of four. Currently, she’s enrolled at the IMG Tennis Academy, founded by veteran tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, in Bradenton, Florida.

Late last year, Edwards won her first tournament in the U.S., USTA Cels…

Where is Osun Resident Electoral Commissioner?

By Tonnie Iredia

From 1987-1993, I served as Director of Public Affairs at the defunct National Electoral Commission having been so deployed from my regular beat at the NTA News to help the commission manage electoral information.  What I saw in that beat which culminated in the annulment of the obviously hitch-free June 12 1993 Presidential elections particularly the way I was forcefully stopped from further displaying results on the public score board, adversely affected my disposition towards public events in Nigeria. Each time I conceive of an article on an election in the country, what is readily in my sub-consciousness is to never sharply criticize any election personnel knowing full well that such persons are virtually on a suicide mission for the sake of the fatherland. I have since found from the series of elections in the country in the last couple of years that the state of hopelessness of our elections has not changed; what seems to have changed is the meth…

NCAC, Edo government flag off NAFEST 2019 in royal style

A cultura display to flag off NAFEST 2019
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The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) recently organised a meeting with the Edo State government to flag off preparations towards 2019 edition of National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST 2019).
The gathering in Abuja, which was convened at the instance of the Director General, NCAC, Otunba Segun Runsewe, witnessed an impressive delegation of Edo State government and people.
The state’s commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs, Osage Osemwegie-Ero led the eight-man delegation.
In his goodwill message, the commissioner assured cultural ambassadors from across the country of the state’s readiness to host the nation.
He noted that the people and government of the state are excited and anxiously waiting to host the country.
“Edo State is prepared. Edo State is ever ready. Both the government and the people are ready to host one of the best…

Horse-trading, intrigues intensify over 9th National Assembly leadership

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The release of the zoning formula for leadership positions in the Ninth Senate by the All Progressives Congress (APC) has effectively introduced new dimensions to the race for top offices in the upper legislative chamber.
After last week’s announcement of Senate Majority Leader, Ahmed Lawan as its preferred candidate, the APC moved a step further by releasing the full details of its zoning arrangements for other leadership positions in the Senate.
The South South geo-political zone, which is to produce the next Deputy Senate President has the current Deputy Whip, Francis Alimikhena from Edo South and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege from Delta State in contention for the position, even though the latter still has legal battles to fight. Both senators who have become ranking lawmakers have begun quiet lob…