Month: April 2015

Igbo Kwenu! Genevieve Nnaji, Oge Okoye, Uti, others step out in Igbo outfits for Africa Magic Igbo launch

Several Nollywood stars today ‎besieged Enugu, the Eastern part of Nigeria for the launch of the Africa Magic Igbo Channel. Spotted at the prestigious event include Genevieve Nnaji, Basketmouth, Gideon Okeke, Oge Okoye, Pete Edochie, Patience Ozokwor, ‎Uti Nwachukwu, Onyeka Onwenu, Kenneth Okonkwo, Eucharia Anunobi,‎ Clem Ohameze‎ and...

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Arsenal and Manchester United win joint award.

Neither Arsenal nor Manchester United will be claiming the EPL title this season but their quality of pitches have been adjudged the best by the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI). The Emirates Stadium and Old Trafford  high-quality pitches have won the Barclays Grounds Team of the Year 2014/2015 award. The EPL Grounds Team of the Year is compiled using marks from match officials and match delegates and marks are given for specific aspects of pitch and management performance. Credit: Arsenal.com‎...

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Photo: Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba honoured for charity work in Africa.

37 year-old Chelsea forward, Didier Drogba has been honoured with the Barclays ‘Spirit of the Game’ award for his numerous charity work in Africa. Drogba who recently raised£400,000 for the Didier Drogba Foundation at a recent charity ball have supported hundreds of children in the areas of education, finance and health.  Few weeks ago, The Blues legend  launched one of the five hospitals h‎e promised to build for his country as ‎part of his charity activities.  “I come from a poor family where I played football in the streets with my friends with no shoes, there was no grass but we still enjoyed it. There is nothing better than when you see a kid with a smile on his face and that is why I’m trying to help. I want to do a lot of things in Africa, I want to give people the chance to dream, and it is easier to dream when you are in good health and happy.” He said in a video released by...

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No regrets about re appointing Keshi- Amaju

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) boss, Amaju Pinnick has ‎disclosed that Keshi was reappointed as Super Eagles coach  because the organisation lack the resources to appoint top-notch foreign coaches. Speaking on the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme, the NFF President said, “We made no mistake in re-appointing Keshi. In his first term, Keshi did a lot to encourage the boys in the domestic League, and the boy who scored our winning goal at the Africa Cup of Nations, Sunday Mba, was playing in the domestic scene. “We don’t live in the clouds. If we wanted a foreign Coach, we would probably go for someone in the class of Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger. We don’t have that money presently and we don’t want to be owing our coach.” “In the past, we played matches blindly. We didn’t know enough about our opponents and we didn’t even know enough about our own players – their strengths and weaknesses. If we had the ProZone match preparation software before now, we prob­ably would have beaten France and reached the quarter finals of last year’s FIFA World Cup in...

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Messi and girlfriend expecting second child?

If the report on Argentinean news outlet Clarin is anything to go by, then Barcelona star and his girlfriend, Antonella Roccuzzo are expecting their second child. Clarin learnt that Roccuzzo is three months pregnant and she’s having another boy who will be named Benjamin Messi. Their first son, Thiago Messi was born on November 2,...

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Photo: Check out the hilarious part of the Real Madrid/Almeria game tonight

Seeing Double! I’m certain Real Madrid fans battled their eyelids and probably had a good laugh this night after spotting two of their players Fabio Coentrao and James Rodriguez trying to take throw-ins at the same time. This hilarious incident happened during the Los Blancos’ clash with Almeria at the Bernabeu few hours back. Sport pundits described it as football’s first ever synchronised throw-ins and the next evolution in soccer. This is my sport photo of the...

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President Jonathan sacks NPA Managing Director

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has terminated the appointment of Habib Abdullahi as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and appointed Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero, a lawyer from Kano State as his replacement. A statement from the Presidency reads that No reason was given for Mr. Abdullahi’s removal. “President Jonathan thanks the outgoing Managing Director for his services and wishes well in his future endeavours,” the statement added. The appointment of the new NPA boss takes effect from Thursday, April...

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Meet the 19-member Transition Committee inaugurated by Gen. Buhari today

The President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari today inaugurated a 19-member Transition Committee to liaise with its Federal Government counterpart to ensure a smooth transition. Gen. Buhari implored the committee to “assess the information provided to you and advise me on its quality and accuracy. It is a simple matter that you must have the right information if you are to shape appropriate policy decisions. “Needless to repeat, that your Committee – and indeed our Government – are not on a witch-hunt or engaged in fault-finding. We want the facts and nothing but the facts. What has been done can not be undone. Our job is to learn from the mistakes of the past and attempt to avoid similar.” A statement issued in Abuja by the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Committee (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the terms of reference of the committee include to develop a clear framework for liaison with the out-going Administration for purposes of a smooth hand-over/take-over and to receive hand-over documents from Ministries, Departments and Agencies and itemise the most important or most urgent issues confronting the in-coming government It said the committee is also saddled with reviewing and making preliminary assessment of the balance sheet of government with particular emphasis on the status of assets and liabilities of government; cash flow position of the government; quantum of public domestic and external debt...

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Desmond Elliot receives his certificate of return (Photos)

Following his victory at the Lagos State House of Assembly (Surulere Constituency 1) poll held few weeks back, actor turned politician, Desmond Elliot has been presented with his certificate of return. The father of four when interviewed few weeks back vowed to use his position to fight piracy in the Nigerian entertainment industry. Once again, the next time you see him, remember to address him as Hon. Desmond...

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Breakdown of Messi, Suarez and Neymar’s goals as they hit century mark.

Barcelona’s attacking trio, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar ‎broke the 100-goal barrier yesterday after walloping Getafe 6-0. Tagged in some circles as the deadliest attack in the world, they’ve scored an incredible 102 goals in all competitions for the Blaugrana this season. They have now surpassed  the 100 goals scored by Messi, Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry in the 2008/2009...

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“Buhari has no powers to stop AIT” – Dokpesi

Chairman and Director of Daar Communications PLC, Raymond Dokpesi, has stated that the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari has no powers, to bar one of its subsidiaries, Africa Independent Television (AIT), from covering his activities. Speaking in a telephone interview with Premium Times yesterday, Dokpesi said attempting to stop AIT would amount to breaking the law adding that General Buhari should be reminded that he cannot return Nigeria to the era of Decree 4. “I am sure that the President-elect needs to be reminded of Decree 4, and he should be clearly reminded that section 32 of the constitution makes it mandatory for the media to hold public officials accountable to the people.” “The president-elect said that he does not want to be covered by AIT, but AIT has a responsibility to the Nigerian public to report the things that are happening,” he said. “There are three national networks available for national coverage in Nigeria, the NTA, AIT and Silverbirds. You cannot stop a foremost private station from reporting in Nigeria, it brings us back to Decree 4 era.” And on the documentaries aired on the station about Buhari. Dokpesi said, “If they had produced their own documentary to say this is what we want and AIT did not publish it, then that is another matter.” “What is obviously very clear is the fact that AIT believes that the historical information...

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Nigerian troops rescue 200 girls & 93 women from Sambisa forest

Nigerian troops today rescued 200 Girls & 93 Women held hostage by members of terrorist sect, Boko Haram from Sambisa forest. The Nigerian Military cannot confirm if they are the missing Chibok girls. Defence HeadQuarters Nigeria made the announcement on its twitter page: “FLASH: Troops this afternoon rescued 200 girls & 93 women from #Sambisa Forest. We cannot confirm if the #ChibokGirls are in this group /1 — DEFENCE HQ NIGERIA (@DefenceInfoNG) April 28,...

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Federal Government names street after Jonathan, Atiku, Otedola, Dangote others.

Some major streets in Abuja have been named after some distinguished Nigerians and Africans. The announcement was made during the FCT Executive Committee meeting held at the official residence of  the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed. Beneficiaries include President Goodluck Jonathan (Inner Southern Expressway named after President.) The longest Wuye District Boulevard Express Road‎ was named after former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Another major road was named after Vice President Namadi Sambo. Asokoro Extension, Guzape, Wupa, Wuye and Maitama Extension districts would be named after the eminent personalities. Other figures honoured include the late Dr. Chuba Okadigbo; a former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Katsina State Governor-elect, Aminu Bello Masari; Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapha, business moguls, Femi Otedola and Aliko Dangote, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan; South African anti-apartheid activist, the late Walter Sisulu, former CJN, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi and many others. Source:...

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Peter Obi’s Appointment as SEC Chairman is his Final Demotion | By: Kinsley Udemezue

There seems to be no imminent break to former Governor Peter Obi’s steady fall. Since leaving office in March last year, Obi has carried on like a man desperate for relevance; retaining his large tribe of ‎media aides, courtiers and jesters and performing functions like the commissioning of projects and flying off to South Africa to see victims of xenophobia as though he still occupied his former office. His media aides and jesters (Mazi Odera) have also carried on as if they are in a war with themselves. Obi’s desperation seemed to know no limits. Not for him the option of dignified silence. He failed to read the script left by others before him. People like former governor Donald Duke of Cross River State, Orji Uzo Kalu of Abia, Achike Udenwa of Imo and Peter Odili of Rivers State who left political office and jettisoned the limelight that goes with it. Peter Obi’s could barely wait to hand over power before hankering for the vacant post of Aviation Minister. When he failed in that bid, he blamed it on his not being a member of the ruling party and quickly dumped APGA for PDP. But his hope of becoming a minister went with President Jonathan’s loss of his second term bid. With that loss, Obi has been locked in another desperate effort to define himself. It was this desperation that made him accept what is obviously a serious...

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Buhari bars AIT from covering his functions.

President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari has barred the African Independent Television, AIT, from covering any of his functions. According to reports, it is not unlikely that his decision came because of the hate documentaries and campaign messages played on the station’s network before the elections. Buhari’s media aide, Mallam Garba Shehu who confirmed the issue said the the warning may be revoked when some security and ethical issues were resolved with the media organization. “AIT has been asked to stay aside based on security and family concerns. In addition, Buhari has decided that they will have to resolve some issues relating to issues of standard and ethics. “We will be talking with them to try and resolve the matter, but for now the station has been asked to stay aside, because like I said there are some family and security concerns. They have been asked to step down their coverage until we resolve the matter with them on ethics and...

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Deductions from the General Elections | By: Olaniyan Olawale

Now that the general elections have come and gone, apparently we learnt several lessons from them, either as a politician or as one who chose to be apolitical, either as a patriotic Nigerian or unconcerned citizens. Series of events that would remain vivid in the memory of Nigerians surrounded the events. A lot of prophecies were all over the media; print,electronic and social. Some were simply about violence and some went to the extent of apocalypse. I wouldn’t conclude that they were false but that could be at readers’ discretion. That might stand as the first lesson we learnt from the elections. The fundamental fact one can deduce from the last elections especially for politicians is that the power of incumbency cannot be used to intimidate the masses against their volition. It is very obvious now that the power the people have to choose who they want is superior to the power of  incumbency.  The power of incumbency can only be used to complement the natural power of selection the people have. However, the power of incumbency can actually be used to entice the people. This is by actually doing what the people voted you for initially. A good example is that of Ogun State Governor.  He worked fervently all through the years of his administration, his government worked industriously to ensure the success of his massive infrastructural projects....

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Super Falcons’ Asisat Oshoala shortlisted for BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award

Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, has been shortlisted for the maiden edition of the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year. The Liverpool forward was nominated alongside Spain’s Verónica Boquete, Germany’s Nadine Kessler, Kim Little of Scotland and Marta of Brazil. “The five shortlisted players represent an incredible array of talent and show the growing strength of the women’s game. The vote is now open to fans to choose their favourite player.” Controller of BBC World Service English, Mary Hockaday said. Voting for the best player has commenced and it is expected to close on May 11. The eventual winner will be announced on May...

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