Year: 2014

Before the year runs to a close….

"Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof". It's been a great year, thanks for being a part of it. Thanks for making it worthwhile and memorable. May the new year bring beauty, blessings and freshness into your life. May each and every day of yours be renewed with lots of happiness and love. Wishing you a fabulous new year ahead. God bless you! Ololade...

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Nigerian Idol returns with season five

‎All is set for the nationwide search for the best music talents as the 5th edition of Nigerian Idol kicks off. Foremost owners of entertainment franchise in the country are Optima Media Group, in partnership with telecoms giant, Etisalat Nigeria and carbonated drink,Pepsi. Other sponsors include Payporte and Dabur Herbal. The unveiling of the annual music TV reality show is billed to hold in the first week of the New Year at a venue in Nigeria’s entertainment capital, Lagos.   Beside the main task of the day, the event will also feature the public presentation of the three-man panel of celebrity judges for Season five and show modalities including procedures for participation in addition to the offer of opportunity for a press Idol to emerge through an on-the-spot singing competition that promises a reward prize of a thousand US Dollars for the top performer of the day. The reality show, which is in its fifth season, is coming in furtherance of the company’s commitment to providing young Nigerians with exceptional talent in music the opportunity to unearth their potentials, hone their skills and develop into fulfilled music stars.  The Group Managing Director of Optima Media Group, Rotimi Pedro expressed delight in the potentials of the platform to offer talented Nigerian youths with flair for music the unique opportunity to express themselves on a global stage while creating a career...

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Gareth Bale shuts down Manchester United rumours

Real Madrid forward, Gareth Bale has shut down rumours linking him with Manchester United. The former Tottenham striker who is currently with his team-mates in Dubai on a mid-season tour told Dubai TV he is happy at Madrid. "Go to Manchester United? I am very happy in Madrid, a city, a climate and a club that I love. My contract ends in 2019 and I could sign a renewal. I am very happy at Madrid and I hope to win many more titles in the future. "It has been a fantastic year for me. I wanted to come to Real Madrid to win titles and work alongside the best players and that is exactly what I have done in a single year. I hope that we keep improving, winning more titles and that I can keep giving my all." He...

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Brazilian legend, Ronaldo unveils his ultimate XI team

Brazilian football legend, Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima popularly known as Ronaldo has unveiled his ultimate XI team. The iconic footballer Ronaldo picked for a 3-4-3 formation. Midfield maestro and Argentine talisman, Xavi Hernandez and Lionel Messi are the only two active players featured on the list. Ronaldo’s goal skipper is Spain legend, José Ángel Iribar, who played at Atletico Bilbao between 1962 and 1980 made the list. Next is Bayern Munich’s Franz Beckenbauer. Other people on the list are his AC Milan team-mates Cafu and Paolo Maldini. Football icons, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Zinedine Zidane, Pele and Alfredo Di...

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14 people, issues or events that shook Nigeria in 2014

As the year draws to a close, Loladeville Blog takes a look at 14 people, issues or events that shook Nigeria in 2014‎. From the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, Ebola and the shocking deaths of Prof. Dora Akunyili, Amaka Igwe and others. These are the stories worth reviewing before the year ends. (1) NIS recruitment tragedy- The Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment tragedy of March 15, 2014 is one that will not be easily forgotten. The issue is not that over 6million people paid an application fee of N1,000 for 4,000 vacant positions but that 23 Nigerian job seekers who left their homes were trampled to death whilst trying to gain entrance to venues, several others were injured and rushed to nearby hospitals. (2) Bring Back Our Girls– Albeit interest in it has waned considerably, the abduction of nearly 300 Chibok school girls on April 14, 2014 in Borno State Nigeria by Islamic sect, Boko Haram topped social media’s most trending topics list in Nigeria in 2014. The kidnap prompted a global campaign tagged ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ to ensure the safe release of the poor girls. The #BBOG campaign drew unprecedented attention from the international community, protests were held severally in different parts of the country and abroad. High-profile international figures shew their support/solidarity via placards with the #BringBackOurGirls caption, tweets, instagram and facebook posts etc. Today marks the...

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Photo of first British Ebola victim surfaces

The British health worker who became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the UK has been identified. She’s been transferred from Glasgow to the isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London. A passenger who sat next to her on the plane told Daily Mail that the Ebola testing regime at Heathrow Airport was shambolic as staff ran out of medical...

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Barcelona’s transfer ban upheld. No buying of players until 2016

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Tuesday today upheld a one year transfer ban against Spanish football club, Barcelona for breaching rules on signing under-aged players. The implication is that the club will not be able to buy players until 2016.  Barcelona was also fined Swiss €375,000. A statement from the court reads,”The Panel found in particular that FC Barcelona had breached the rules regarding the protection of minors and the registration of minors attending football academies.“‎...

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Ebola: 3 cases confirmed in the UK

‎I hope this is contained as soon as possible. Two cases of the Ebola Virus Disease has been confirmed in the UK. The first case is from a 58 year old British health worker who had been working in Sierra Leone with Save the Children. She was diagnosed of the disease while on a flight from Casablanca to Glasgow on Sunday night. She was admitted to Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital hospital on Monday morning and transferred to a specialist unit in London this morning. Two more patients have also being tested for Ebola in Scotland and Cornwall. One is being examined at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, Cornwall, and the other – a female heath worker – at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland told BBC radio. “Although this is another returning healthcare worker from West Africa, the patient here has had no, as far as we’re aware, direct contact with people infected with Ebola. This patient over the course of today will be transferred for...

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Taye Taiwo says Keshi isn’t fit to continue as coach.

Super Eagles/Bursasor defender, Taye Taiwo also doesn’t think out-of-contract coach Stephen Keshi has any business continuing as national team coach. The major reason the Turkey-based player cited was Keshi’s failure to qualify the country for the Africa Cup of Nations?  “Everybody in Nigeria knows that when Siasia did not qualify everybody from the media, the fans insisted that they have to sack him, so it is normal that when a coach does not qualify for the Nations Cup or the World Cup he is not allowed to stay on, I am sorry to say that; they have to sack him.” “Nigeria is not just for one person, if a coach does not qualify you for a competition why do you have to keep him?”. The 29 year-old added that he nurses no hard feelings against the Big boss, “Please don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with Keshi, Amokachi or even the NFF. The players that have been called are also doing fantastically well; everything is in the hands of Allah. If I get the chance to play for Nigeria I will, if not, life goes on.” “Personally, I am not happy that Nigeria did not qualify for the African Cup of Nations and the problem started right from the day we lost our home game but I believe we can plan again and reposition our football. We have the...

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Torres confirms Athletico return.

‎From Athletico ‎ Madrid to Liverpool to Chelsea to AC Milan and back home….Athletico. Spanish footballer, Fernando Torres who kick started his career at the Spanish club at the age of 11 is rejoining the team on an 18-month loan deal.  The 30 year-old confirmed the news on his official twitter account. ‎”At last back home. Thanks to all that have made this dream come true. Forza @Atleti. #TorresHaVuelto...

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General Buhari Is Unstoppable Now | By: Joe Igbokwe

What happened in 1993 between Alhaji Bashir Tofa and the late Chief Moshood Abiola of the blessed memory is about repeating itself in Nigeria in Nigeria today. Before the June 12 1993 presidential elections, handlers of Alhaji Bashir Tofa knew that comparing Bashir Tofa and Chief Abiola is like Apples and Oranges comparison. They knew that it is like comparing a giant with a dwarf. They knew that there is no basis for the comparison, and if it is a 100m dash Chief Abiola would have hit the tape while Tofa is at the starting point. The handlers led by Dr Doyin Okupe initiated a strategy to hit Chief Abiola from all corners and try to panel beat him to Tofa’s level. They failed miserably and woefully too. In the process of doing that they helped in no uncertain terms to catapult Chief Abiola to an unprecedented height. The rest is now history. In 2015, the reckless, useless and fraudulent historians and hack writers are at work again. This time it is a battle between President Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari has contested presidential elections in 2003, 2007, 2011 and even though he did not make it, he gave a good account of himself. Though he was cheated out, he got millions of votes. He remained consistent, committed and courageous even in the face of all the troubles...

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Music: Ara Edide – Seyi Alesh

Energetic Gospel Saxophonist,Seyi Alesh is back with a clarion call to everyone with his latest song, Ara Edide. The song invites people to come worship and rejoice before the Lord in praise and thanksgiving for all He has done for us. Ara Edide is so timely in the fact that the year 2014 is winding to an end and it is a time to reflect on what God has done for us from January till December. Though a classic tune, Seyi Alesh puts his unique twist on this song with his dexterity on the saxophone that helps to take us before the throne of Grace in worship and adoration. So what are you waiting for? Ara Edide….get up and let’s give God all the PRAISE!!! Untagged Direct Download Link: https://my.notjustok.com/track/download/id/8482 Picture Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Csn7g4UmYVI ‎...

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Oshoala, Oparanozie, Uchechi, others shortlisted for CAF Women’s Award

Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie and Uchechi Sunday who have had a wonderful year for both club and country have been shortlisted for CAF 2014 African Women’s Footballer of the Year award. Also on the list are; Cameroon/Amazon Grimstad goalkeeper Annette Ngo Ndom. Winners will be announced at the Glo-CAF awards scheduled to hold in Lagos, Nigeria on January 8,...

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Vincent Enyeama makes CAF Player of the Year shortlist

Nigeria/Lille skipper, Vincent Enyeama Ivory Coast and Manchester City striker, Yaya Toure, and Gabon midfielder Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have made CAF 2014 African Player of the Year award shortlist. A statement on the CAF official website reads. “The trio made the cut following votes from head coaches or technical directors of the National Associations affiliated with CAF. Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan and Ahmed Musa of Nigeria failed to make the final list.”  The 2014 Glo-CAF awards will be held on 8th January, 2015 in Lagos,...

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General Muhammadu Buhari, top dignitaries in attendance as ‘Saro The Musical 2’ opens at Muson Center

It was all thunderous applause and rapturous praise as Lagosians defied the city’s forbidding traffic and trooped out to witness the highly anticipated and much talked about opening of ‘Saro, The Musical 2’, at the Muson Center, Onikan. Starring a highly talented cast made up of last year’s much-lauded performers as well as an infusion of exciting actors like Bimbo Manuel, Dolapo Oni, Gideon Okeke, songs, dance, and drama scenes, Saro 2 was a mind-blowing reincarnation, as the show greatly improved upon its 2013 version. Punctuated at numerous points by excited cheers and applause, Saro 2 dazzled and awed the audience with an impressive repertoire of captivating original music, beautifully reimagined covers breathtaking dance routines, as well as the colorful, flamboyant costumes. The event which had many notable figures in attendance also saw a much applauded appearance from Nigerian presidential aspirant, Rtd General Muhammadu Buhari, as well as a number of other government dignitaries, who came to see the epic night’s performances. The show ended as it began – on a streaking, epic note – drawing the audience to its feet for a long-lasting standing ovation. Saro The Musical 2 continues to show at the Muson Center during the Christmas holiday, with 10 shows spread across the 25th, 26th, 27th, & 28th of December. You can get your tickets at Terra Kulture, VI and at the venue. Show Schedule:...

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