Okowa gives $50, 000 to Super Eagles

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa yesterday, redeemed his pledge of $25, 000 dollars per goal scored by the Super Eagles in their African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against the Bafana Bafana football club of South Africa. In the football encounter which took place at the weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa, the match ended 1-1 with the Super Eagles qualifying for the championship billed to hold in Cameroon in 2019. At a state banquet yesterday held in honour of the Super Eagles at Government House, Asaba, Governor Okowa disclosed that though, the match ended 1-1, he saw the Super Eagles scoring more than one goal. Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (2nd left); President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinnick (left) and Nigeria Super Eagles Captain, Ahmed Musa, during the International Friendly Match between the Nigeria Super Eagles and Uganda, at Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba. As a state government, we did made a promise that we will give 25, 000 dollars per goal in the AFCON qualifying match in South Africa; in my mind, I know we scored two goals, not one goal, because the second goal was wrongly disallowed, so, we will fulfil our promise with what we saw, not with what was announced by the referee,” the governor said. Governor Okowa disclosed that the camping of the Super Eagles in Asaba was a blessing in several ways. The Super Eagles trained at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba from where they departed through the Asaba International Airport to South Africa. Shortly before their departure, Governor Okowa promised to reward them with the sum of $25, 000 for every goal scored which motivated the Super Eagles to qualify for the continental championship. According to him, “we are very happy that you left for South Africa from Asaba because you enabled us to witness the first international flight from the Asaba International Airport; I am truly excited this evening that we are hosting our dear Super Eagles[…]

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APC loses 2 House of Reps members

Two All Progressive Congress (APC) members of the House of Representatives have resigned their membership of the ruling party with one defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The lawmakers announced their resignations in two separate letters to the green chambers, which were read on the floor of the house on Wednesday by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara. Rep. Babatubde Kolawale, representing Akoko North East/West Federal Constituency in Ondo, in his letter, announced that he was defecting to the PDP. However, Rep. Mukaila Kazzim, representing Abeokuta North/Obafemi-Owode/ Odeda Federal Constituency of Ogun, did not state the party he would join. In the letters, both lawmakers made references to irreconcilable issues relating to the party primaries as part of the reasons for the resignation and defection. Kazzim stated that “god-fatherism” played a vital role in the emergence of candidates to represent the party in the 2019 general elections He said that the phenomenon was not only undemocratic but against relevant sections of the Constitution. The legislators said after due consultations with their constituents, it was time for them to part ways with the APC.

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Nigeria is not breaking up

DESPITE our relentless, vociferous denunciation of Nigeria and her woes, most Nigerians are committed to Nigeria, and her continued unity. As such, any group of Nigerians seeking to secede from Nigeria will invariably incur the wrath of the majority of Nigerians. And, as in past, the generality of Nigerians will rally against such a group and defeat it. In 1967, the majority of Nigerians, including many Igbo, were opposed to secession. And the international community, African countries as represented by the Organization of African Unity, OAU, Britain and the United States of America, were all opposed to the separation of any part of Nigeria from the Nigerian federation. The Igbo military elite, for example, Hilary Njoku (the most senior Igbo army officer, after Ironsi, in the Nigerian army), Emmanuel Ifeajuna (one of the very few university-educated Nigerian army officers) and Chukwuma Nzeogwu (the then most celebrated Igbo army officer), and the Igbo political elite, most notably, Nnamdi Azikiwe, were opposed to secession. In a speech to the Diplomatic Community in Nigeria on April 24, 1967, Yakubu Gowon stated the federal government’s stance against secession, “my colleagues and I would spare no effort in the search for peace provided nothing is done by anyone to impair the integrity and corporate existence of Nigeria”. The member countries of OAU were appalled by the slaughter of Igbo civilians in Northern Nigeria but were opposed to the dismemberment of Nigeria. A one time Biafran diplomat, Raph Uwechue, wrote that due “to (its) aversion for secession, the OAU stuck rigidly to the principle of settlement within the context of one Nigeria”. In addition, the American and British governments were opposed to a breakup of Nigeria. In his book, Oil, Politics and Violence, the historian and writer, Max Siollun, wrote, “Both the American Ambassador, Elbert Matthews, and the British High Commissioner, Cumming Bruce, made strong representations against secession (because) it will be a major political and economic disaster for Nigerian people and severe setback for independent[…]

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Nigerian musician Sheyman and wife welcome 2nd baby girl

Nigerian musician Oluseyi Ademoye but popularly known as Sheyman just announced the arrival of his second daughter. She was safely delivered in Atlanta, Georgia. Sheyman who has been married to his beautiful wife, Cynthia Okonkwo, is a father once again. The proud dad took to his Instagram handle to share the good news with his friends and fans. The musician, who was christened his daughter Keisha, shared her picture on his Instagram handle with the caption: “Thank God for the gift of life!!! Welcome Keisha.” He shared the post on Tuesday, November 6. It could be recalled that the couple welcomed their first baby girl on May 18, 2017. Sheyman announced the arrival of his first baby saying: “My Lord, I count myself lucky of your favour all the time, you allow me do things without stress, you guard my process of progress. You provide my happiness!!! To crown it all you gave us a precious jewel. Today, we share our joy with you as we welcome our first child into this world. Thank you Lord! The Ademoyes.”

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Drake mourns death of young fan who always sent him prayer texts

The glitz and glamour of celebrity life has made them appear unfeeling and tough to a number of fans. However things are not always as they seem as some popular personalities have shown their human side on several occasions. International rapper, Aubrey Graham, popularly called Drake, has been left distraught at the news of the death of one of his loyal fans. The young girl, identified as Kay, passed away recently after suffering from an undisclosed illness. Drake had met her through the Make a Wish Foundation, an organisation created to cater for people suffering health challenges. The rapper dedicated an Instagram post to her where he revealed that he is in so much pain and full of regret for not responding to her birthday text. He also recounted how he and her father had prayed for her recovery at the hospital. “Gonna miss you a whole lot. We met through make a wish and we built a genuine bond you would text me and check on me while I was on tour and tell me positive things and share your dreams and goals. I am crying in this pic but it was tears of joy cause we just prayed for you with your father. “I am sorry I missed your text on my birthday that’s eating my soul right now but you know how much I loved you and was looking forward to seeing you after tour. I don’t know why I am writing this on IG I just need to get it out cause it’s sitting heavy on my heart. Will remember you forever K! @the.kaydiaries.” earlier reported that Chukwuemeka Odumegbu Ojukwu’s first son, recently died at the age of 62. Chief Sylvester Debe Ojukwu, the first son of the Biafran warlord, late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, has been reported dead, The Nigerian Tribune reports. Debe died at age 62 in Lagos state in the night of Friday, November 2, after a short stay in hospital.

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Meet the Nairobi musician who sells bread and hot dogs in suits everyday

One are the days when newly university graduates would seat back, relax and wait for employment to drop to them like manna from heaven. Due to the high rate of unemployment in Kenya, most youths have found themselves creating self-employment in a bid to put food on their tables. Among them is a Ruiru based Kenyan musician Lusher Paulo Njeri who also doubles up as a smokie (bread and hot dog) seller. Njeri, unlike other ordinary smokie seller has managed to attract more customers thanks to his dress code while at his office. The young musician hits his business spot dressed in suits every time he is running. Hygiene, sophistication and above all a welcoming smile seem to be Njeri’s strongholds while going about his daily activities. According to Njeri, his decision to wear suits to his smokies business is inspired by the respect he has for his office, a place that gives him his daily bread. It was also gathered that Njeri, who could be the only one man in Africa who sells smokies wearing a suit has not only managed to get more customers but also inspired many who are impressed by his zeal and of course, his style. Earlier reported that a couple has shocked Nigerians after they arrived at their wedding venue in a truck. It was gathered that the groom is a truck driver who decided to use his truck as the carriage to his wedding venue.

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Mercy Johnson looks gorgeous in traditional attire

The saying ‘dress the way you want to be addressed’ might sound cliché but it cannot be labelled as being false. A number of celebrities pay a great deal of attention to how they appear to the public. Looking good is part of showbiz and some celebrities have come to realise this. It has become a trend for stars to dress nicely and take lovely photos to impress their fans. Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson Okojie, recently stunned her fans with lovely photos of herself dressed traditionally. The beautiful mother of three looked gorgeous in her purple iro and buba also paired with a matching coloured headgear. Perhaps what made the outfit standout is the silver details used to give the attire a bit of vibrancy as she shone brightly like the star she is.

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Yul Edochie explains why he got married at 22

A number of celebrity marriages have stood the test of time, despite the industry being full of news of relationship woes. Nollywood actor and politician, Yul Edochie, is happily married to his wife, May, and they have four lovely kids together. Not many know that the thespian walked down the aisle with the love of his life when he was just a young man of 22. A lot of Nigerians might find it strange seeing as a number of men these days seem to prefer getting married when they are well above 30. In an interview on November 4, 2018, with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on Rubbin Minds, Edochie explained his reasons for taking such a bold step so early in life. According to him, his father got married at about that age and his mother also wanted the same for him. He said: “My mum wanted me to because my dad also got married about the same age. He had his first child at 23 and I am very close to my mum and she wanted me to do that. Maybe she felt like if i did that at that time, it would help me concentrate more.” When the handsome actor was asked if he felt he could have lived a little instead of getting married so early, he admitted that he felt that way initially but now sees it as one of the best things he ever did. “To be honest, i felt that way at that time but i don’t feel that way right now. It’s one of the best things i ever did for myself and God bless my mom.” earlier reported that the actor who previously declared his ambition to run for presidency in 2019 on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has opted out of the scheme and announced that he is withdrawing from the race. Before taking a plunge at the federal level, the politician had earlier joined the gubernatorial race for Anambra[…]

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Nigerians react as new set of Tinsel actors get ready to walk down the aisle

Nigerians enjoy love stories and society weddings, especially when it is between their favorite celebrities. A lot of female stars seem to be very good at keeping their relationships on a low-key till they are set to make it official. Fans and well-wishers were stunned and happy when Nollywood actress, Linda Ejiofor, revealed that she is getting married to actor, Ibrahim Suleiman. The lucky bride-to-be initially posted photos of herself with a mystery man whose face was covered with a hoodie, but fans and friends were quick to reveal who her beau is. Also Suleiman took to his page to share a photo with his intended and they look very much in love. A number of people find their union interesting seeing as they are both co-stars on drama series, Tinsel. Note that some Nigerian celebrities also met their partners on the same TV show, such as the union between Osas Ighodaro and Gbenro Ajibade and also between Damilola Adegbite and Chris Attoh. Some Nigerians feel there is something special about the show for being responsible for some celebrity marriages, and they have taken to social media to react.

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Kemi Olunloyo accuses Davido of abandoning his alleged 1st daughter

Controversial Nigerian social media blogger Kemi Olunloyo is all out for Davido again. Ever since the young singer called threw shades at her, Olunloyo has on several occasions insulted Davido on her Twitter handle. Aside from accusing the singer of breaking up with his celebrity girlfriend, Chioma Avril Rowland, the ex-governor’s daughter has once again accused Davido of abandoning his alleged first daughter. The young lady is 5-year-old. According to Olunloyo, she claimed that the paternity test which was conducted when the story was first reported on social media was fake. She added that, Davido’s family bribed the doctor to alter the DNA test. Her tweets read: “#THREAD I am representing an #Ibadan woman as Publicist. Go to Instagram #HNNAfricaPR. She says Mr David A. Adeleke #Davido fathered her daughter 5 years ago and continues to deny support and care for their little girl. Her name is Miss Grace Ayotomide Labinjo. This is Miss M. Anuoluwapo Adeleke, Davido’s alleged FIRST daughter before Imade and Veronica. Labinjo does not want media people to keep calling her daughter ‘alleged’. She had a brief relationship with Davido when he was an upcoming music star and they consented. Miss M. Anuoluwapo Adeleke, Davido’s alleged FIRST daughter has stopped going to school. Her grandmother mother wept on the phone to me saying she and her daughter could not afford to pay her school fees and she’s homeschooled. Davido has constantly rejected requests. According to Davido’s daughter’s grandmother, Mrs Ropo Labinjo, the paternity test results were ALTERED. Both mom and grandmother say the doctor was paid heavily by Davido even after Deji Adeleke had paid the lab fee so it looked like a bribe to distort the results.”

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