Month: May 2014

Singer, Kefee now on life support machine?

If the report on stelladimokokorkus.com is anything to go by, then popular Gospel singer, Kefee Don-Momoh needs our prayers at this time. Few days back, it was reported that the Kokoroko crooner collapsed mid flight on her way to Chicago Thursday morning, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing so she could receive medical attention in Los Angeles. The latest is that the pregnant entrepreneur has been on coma ever since and she’s reportedly on life support machine. She’s been admitted in a hospital in Las vegas and her condition is not really stable. We pray and wish her quick...

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“They made a good impression on me”. Arsene Wenger backs Nigeria to qualify for second stage.

63 year-old Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger believes Nigeria would qualify for the second stage of the of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. Nigeria according to the Frenchman has a good team spirit and even made a good impression on him during the last. AFCON tournament. “I don’t know about second place. I think that Nigeria might qualify for the second stage. They really made a good impression on me during the African Cup of Nations. They seem to have a really good team spirit, which is not always easy for African teams. They have less star players. They have a real team, and it’s been a while since that happened for them.” He...

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Opinion: What does Osoba want? | By: Ibidapo Emmanuel

Life is full of paradoxes and as life goes on, we see all sorts daily. People change they say but the more things change, the more they remain the same. Here is to the curious case of Olusegun Osoba, a journalist and a former governor of Ogun State, South West Nigeria. Osoba’s journalistic talent was first spotted by one of Nigeria’s early media icons, Alhaji Babatunde Jose who was then the Managing Director of Daily Times. Osoba had come into the Daily Times same time as Dipo Ajayi, and Femi Sonaike. Osoba rose to eventually become the Managing Director of Daily Times. Described as a “reporter’s reporter”, Osoba enjoys across-board accolade from his peers, senior and junior associates. Peter Enahoro, who took over the role of editor from Alhaji Babatunde Jose, describes Osoba as a “star reporter” saying he remembered him “as a passionate, go-getting, indefatigable reporter with a sharp nose for news and luck of being at the right place at the right time”. Osoba’s journey into politics began when he became the governor of Ogun State from January 1992 until November 1993. He was elected on the Social Democratic Party (SDP) platform, and was removed from office by the brutal administration of General Sani Abacha. After the return to democracy in 1999, he was elected again as governor on the Alliance For Democracy (AD) platform, holding office...

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Photos: Patience Ozokwor breaks down in tears as Nollywood stars protest for the release of abducted Chibok girls

Albeit she sheds real tears in movies, these particular tears are for a cause. 2014 AMAA best supporting actress, Patience Ozokwor led other Nollywood thespians like Mercy Aigbe, Chinedu Ikedieze, Thelma Okhaz, Femi Ogedengbe from Allen Avenue, Ikeja to The Lagos State Secretariat in Alausa to protest the release of the over 200 girls kidnapped a month ago by Boko Haram. Ozokwo fought back tears as she knelt down to speak about the missing girls and the urgent need for the government to bring them to back. They were later addressed by The State House of Assembly Speaker, Honorable Adeyemi Ikuforiji, who appreciated them for lending their voices to the campaign and assured them that all hands are on deck to rescue the girls. Photo Credit:...

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Racial incident: UEFA orders partial closure of Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu stadium

The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has ordered the closure of part of Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu stadium following racial incidents by the club’s fans during their UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg against FC Bayern München at the Santiago Bernabéu on 23 April. Sectors 120 and 122 of the stadium will be closed for the title defender’s next UEFA competition home game. “Real Madrid are obliged to display a banner with the wording ‘No to Racism’ in those sectors,” UEFA...

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Kenyan movie star, Lupita Nyong’o obtains film rights to Chimamanda Adichie’s third novel, Americanah

Just like award-winning novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, renowned author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel – Americanah is about to be adapted on the big screen. Kenyan movie star, Lupita Nyong’o has obtained film rights for the movie version of the book. The announcement was made yesterday May 29, 2014 at Stylist Magazine’s Stylist Book Club Inaugural Session held at the Waldorf Hilton in UK. “Lupita Nyong’o has optioned rights for the film version of Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie confirms #stylistbookclub”. Stylist Magazine wrote on its twitter account and also posted photos of the writer signing copies of Americanah for her...

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Short Story: A Flight Diversion | By: Chimamanda Adichie

I was woken by the pilot’s voice. In the drowsy hum of the airplane, his words crackled, and I thought I heard something about preparing to land. Could I have slept so long? I looked at the time. It was only three hours into the Lagos-to-Atlanta flight. The flight attendants were hurrying back and forth. The pilot was still speaking. “We have an emergency onboard and we have had to divert the flight to Dakar.” I could feel the plane descending. It seemed too fast. A sweeping hollowness. My fog of sleep cleared instantly. Something was wrong, the pilot was too cryptic, the flight attendants too blank-faced, snatching up cups, urging seats straight. I thought: If I die, I hope it’s quick and I don’t know. The woman beside me crossed herself. Then the pilot’s voice came back on. It was a medical emergency, he said; a pregnant passenger went into early labor and had just had a baby. I sensed, around me, a collective hush of relief and wonder. A baby delivered on the plane! We landed in Dakar. It was 2 a.m. Medical personnel in orange vests hurried in, a man carrying a black box, a lanky woman dragging an IV stand, their eyes heavy with sleep. I wondered what the baby would need, and if they had what the baby would need. Soon, the lanky woman...

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President Jonathan unveils the first Made-in-Nigeria Nissan vehicles (Photos)

Three made-in-Nigeria Nissan vehicles; Nissan Patrol SUV, Nissan Almera (Sunny) saloon car and a Nissan NP 300 Pick-Up were unveiled by President Goodluck Jonathan on Democracy Day; May 29, 2014 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. Also present at the unveiling were The First lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, Vice President Namadi Sambo who took the front passenger’s seat after the President sat on the driver’s seat of one of them. The vehicles were produced at the Stallion Nissan Motors Plant at the Lagos-Badagry Expressway. The facility which was established following the signing of the agreement between Nissan Motor Company and West African conglomerate of the Stallion Group on October 9, 2013 also aims to produce 45,000 vehicles annually. The Chairman of Stallion Group, Mr. Sunil Vaswani affirmed that the vehicles were of global standards technologically. He also described the government’s automotive policy as a historic step towards industrial and economic rejuvenation. “We are grateful for implementing this initiative which is part of the Federal Government’s seven point agenda to attract Foreign Direct Investments and emancipate the dormant sectors of the economy. The evolution of automotive manufacturing sector in Nigeria would not only encourage more FDIs but stimulate industrial clusters such as original equipment manufacturers that include steel plants, glass manufacturers, aftermarket shops and transportation service providers leading to job creation and contributing significantly to the GDP. The current population...

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Osita ‘Pawpaw’ Iheme introduces competition for primary school kids.

On Tuesday, May 28, 2014, actor cum writer, Osita Iheme introduced a competition for primary school kids at the Ojodu Primary School 1. The award-winning actor posted pictures of himself with the kids and officials of the school. “Just introduced a competition for ojodu primary school 1. Education for development. #letsread.” He wrote on his instagram...

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Brazil 2014: Inside Nigeria’s base camp (Photos)

What often comes to mind when the phrase ‘base camp’ is mentioned is usually an old barrack building. Far From it. For the forthcoming tournament which will start in Brazil by June 12, 2014, our dear Super Eagles will be practising and preparing for their matches in a well-appointed hotel in Brazil. According to Goal.com Nigeria, the hotel Vitoria Hotel Concept, Campinas a 19-floor edifice with 253 rooms was chosen by the Nigeria Football Federation. It also boasts of a spa, a hydrotherapy room, a swimming pool, a heliport, fully fitted gym, four restaurants, shopping centres, bakeries to mention a few. They will also be training at the 40,988 capacity Estadio Brinco de Ouro de Princesa stadium located in the heart of the city of Campinas. Barbara Porto, the hotel’s General Manager told Goal.com, “We are very prepared to host the Nigerian delegation. We have three more hotels in the Vitoria chain and we have been in this market for 15 years. Last year we hosted the USA, Russia, Brazil and Poland volleyball teams for two weeks and everything was alright (food, room, events, breakfast). We are training our employees to give the best service and teaching almost all of them to speak English. I think we are not going to have any problem with the Nigerian delegation.” Credit: Goal.com...

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Actor Femi Ogedengbe and wife Nkechi welcome twins

Popular Yoruba actor, Femi Ogedengbe and his wife, Nkechi on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 welcomed a set of twins; a boy and a girl. This is the third celebrity to give birth to twins in the last one year. The first being Taiwo Aromokun (twin boys), then Muma Gee and Prince Eke (boy and girl). “Hurray!!! To All those who are lovers of good things please Join me and my lovely wife (NKECHI) To give all glory and honor to the most high God for the safe Arrival of our Twins (A Boy & A Girl) … PRAISE THE LORD!!!! And to NKECHI, Thank you love.” The dark skinned actor wrote on his facebook...

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Beautiful, Handsome and Photogenic? Enter for the Face of RES 2014 photo contest

RoyalEmpireState Entertainment, are calling on all young, beautiful, handsome and photogenic people between the ages of 18-26 to enter for its photo contest, tagged, ‘Face of RES 2014’. According to organizers, the educational online photo contest seeks to celebrate the talent and intellectual abilities of young Nigerian Models, reaching out to the Nigerian community and providing a positive space to celebrate her dynamic and rich cultural fashion heritage. The organization’s aim is to promote, educate, and seek for global advancement for Nigerian youths by bringing the best out of them. The maiden edition of FACE OF RES 2014, will be launched with 72 models (36 male & 36 female respectively) who will be representing all the states of Nigeria, competing for the prestigious title of FACE OF RES. The FACE OF RES winner will be a role model and inspiration to Nigerian youths, helping them to achieve their set of goals in life and believing in themselves. RES organization consists of a young and vibrant team whose mission is to promote, develop an environment that will optimize the full potentials of the contestants and to support them develop into responsible adulthood. This event will incorporate live entertainment, guest performances, and a gala reception that is geared toward enticing our very broad-spectrum market target, which consist of families, entrepreneurs, captains of industries and business professionals. This prestigious contest will be...

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Author and poet, Maya Angelou dies at age 86

Renowned poet and author of best-seller “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, Maya Angelou has passed on. The award-winning writer was found dead by her caretaker in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina this morning, May 28, 2014. She was aged 86. The Civil rights activist who had been struggling with health problems in recent weeks was the first African American woman to be honoured with a Pulitzer Prize. Asides writing a couple of inspirational quotes, her acting career has included roles in numerous plays, films, and television programs. Angelou has over 30 honorary degrees from universities around the world. She has written published 7 autobiographies, 3 books of essays, and several poetry...

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“I have never heard a bang or boom like that”. Super Eagles midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi on how he escaped Jos blast.

Super Eagles midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi was among the few lucky people who escaped last week’s bomb blast that left over 150 killed at a market in Jos, Plateau State unharmed. The Jos-born footballer told BBC he left the popular market barely 15 minutes before the first blast rocked the area. “I am very, very lucky, just by the grace of God. It was just like an ordinary day. Happy faces and friendly warmth that make you feel happy to be back home. We had gone to the railway market to get something. I think it was 15 minutes later when we heard the loud blast from the place. And suddenly, people were just running. There was chaos and pandemonium. There was smoke, I was confused, lost and just wondered what had happened. I had no idea of what was going on and it was scary. All my life I have never heard a bang or boom like that.” He narrated. Onazi who plays for Lazio of Italy added that he feels concerned about the security challenges in Jos and Nigeria as a country. “I was born and bred in a peaceful Jos. I may be fortunate enough to live outside the place right now, but I still have my family and friends who live in the city. I always get worried when there are reports of terrible incidents there...

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Nigerian Millionnaire launches fashion brand: set to compete with H&M and Zara (Photos)

AMAKA GLOBAL Consultants, a Paris-based global business advisory firm with Operational headquarters in Dubai, on 18th May 2014 announced aggressive expansion plans worldwide through fast-fashion franchising accentuated by its decision to earmark US$ 100 million towards the marketing. The company, which has carved a niche in the fast fashion industry, aims to become the world’s best fashion retailer by unveiling the latest trends for women, men and kids. The company is ready to tap into latest trends in the world of fast fashion, in line with consumers’ preferences than what the existing top brands offer. A design team, with professionals from across the globe, will be based in Dubai to get a pulse of consumer tren AMAKA GLOBAL plans to go aggressive comes amidst market research that shows that the market of fast fashion is set to grow exponentially in the near future, as consumers are eyeing latest trends and designs that what the existing fast fashion brands offer. AMAKA GLOBAL unveiled its future growth plans at a special media event held on 18th May 2014 at the Burj Al Arab Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Nnaka Promise Uzoamaka, Chairman and Director General of AMAKA GLOBAL, said: “Our mission at AMAKA GLOBAL is to be the best fashion retailer in the world, and offer the best fast fashion clothing worldwide for consumers who love trendy affordable luxury. AMAKA GLOBAL is...

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Surulere LGA Chairman, Hon. Tajudeen Ajide gathers momentum

Surulere Local Government Area has been one of the most distinguished Local Government Areas in the state and Nigeria at large. This can be confirmed by the numerous projects carried out by the current LGA Chairman, Hon. Tajudeen Ajide. The Europe-trained politician has continued to receive plaudits for transforming, uplifting and restructuring the socio-economic status of the local government since getting into office on October 2011.   Projects carried out during his administration include construction of toilets and drainage, award of school materials and aids for students, construction of aesthetic facilities for the people, down to provision of free medical facilities as well as winning competitions with his formidable Surulere team around Lagos, the list is endless.   To bridge the gap between the governed and the government, the dogged man has however created an online platform to connect and communicate with members of the public. As it is now, he’s also not unlikely the only Local Government Chairman in Lagos who is still a tenant. “I feel its more important to serve the people as that’s the major reason I came into office in the first place”. He was once quoted. To read and know more about him and his administration Visit http://www.tajudeenajide.com, He could also be reached on twitter with http://www.twitter.com/tajudeenajide And facebook on...

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