Month: October 2015

African Union To Honour Bola Tinubu at AFRIMA 2015

Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu is to be specially honoured with the prestigious award as “Pillar of Art and Culture in Africa” by the African Union Commission (AUC) at the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA 2015, scheduled to hold on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. The International Committee of AFRIMA made this known in Lagos during the ceremony of revealing the activities of the award ceremony. Tinubu was former governor of Lagos State in Nigeria (1999-2007). He’s known to have stimulated conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the globe about the potentials and values of the African culture and artistic legacy for the purpose of creating jobs, reducing poverty, inspiring social change and development, calling attention of world leaders to Africa and promoting the positive image of Africa to the world for global competitiveness. A staunch supporter of arts, culture and creatives initiatives for social change for decades. He supported “Fela on Broadway” to be staged for the first time in Africa in Lagos in 2011. The honour was made known to Tinubu in separate letters from AFRIMA and the African Union as signed by Commissioner for Social Affairs, AU, His Excellency, Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko. Tinubu was finally selected among a pool of hundreds of illustrious sons and daughters of Africa being considered for the award, who...

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Sunday Oliseh unveils squad for WC Qualifiers against Swaziland

Above is the full squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Swaziland. The list was unveiled today by Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh. The Meanwhile, The Super Eagles players were paid $2,000 as bonus for qualifying for the 2016 African Nations Championship in Rwanda. Though they were entitled to $1,000 each after their draw against Burkina Faso but the NFF decided to pay the extra sum as qualification...

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Nnamdi Kanu and The Cry For Biafra | By: Femi Fani Kayode

I am not a Biafran and neither am I Igbo. I do however believe that it is the inalienable right of any human being or ethnic nationality to aspire to be free and to be able to determine its  own destiny. The right  to self-determination is enshrined in international law and it is guaranteed by every moral stricture known to man. It is a right that has been exercised successfully over and over again in world history and it has led to the creation of new nations which were carved out of older ones. The denial of that right and the suppression and persecution of those who attempt to exercise it leads to nothing but defiance, dissent and resistance and, if not properly managed, it eventually spills over into war and carnage. This has been the primary cause of most of history’s most brutal civil wars, including the American, Russian, French, English, Indian, Sri Lankan, Sudanese, Nigerian, Angolan, Congolese, Zimbabwean, Yugoslavian, Ukrainian, Nicaraguan, Cuban, Irish, Syrian, Libyan, Indonesian, Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish, Iraqi, Italian, Lebanese ones and countless others. I do not believe in violent change and neither do I believe in war, revolution, terror or the use of arms in the pursuance of even the most noble causes. I do however believe in the power of ideas and the right of any man, woman or people to yearn to be free...

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Meet the new Ooni of Ife

40 year-old Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has emerged the Ooni of Ife. He’s replaced Oba Okunade Sijuwade, who passed away in August. Below is a press statement from Osun State’s Governor, Rauf Aregbesola. The statement was signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Moshood Adeoti:  “The Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has approved the appointment of Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi of Giesi Ruling House as the new Ooni of Ife. This choice follows the completion of the due process by the kingmakers and the communication of their decision to government.”  Ogunwusi of the Ojaja Royal compound of Agbedegbede in the Giesi Ruling House, attended The Polytechnic, Ibadan, and obtained a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accountancy. He went into business and became a property merchant. His profile on the website of Imperial Homes Mortgage Bank Limited (a subsidiary of GTBank) reads:  “Mr. Ogunwusi is a graduate of Accountancy and a certified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and of the Institute of Management. He has been involved in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts locally and abroad for over 11 years. “He was involved in the development of the Northern Foreshore Estate, Cityscape International Limited’s Buena Vista project in Lekki, Primewaterview Limited’s projects, Westcom Limited’s projects, and the Ajaokuta Steel’s and Delta Steel’s resuscitation projects.” Adeyeye is currently the Managing Director of Howard...

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Sunday Oliseh flown to Belgium for treatment

Nigeria’s national team coach, Sunday Oliseh will be unavailable for the second leg of SuperEagles CHAN qualifier against Burkina Faso. The ex-international who has been sick for some time now has been flown to Belgium to see his personal doctor. “As I speak with you now Oliseh has left the Port Harcourt camp of the Super Eagles and has been hurriedly flown to Belgium via Lufthansa. Oliseh’s health condition has really worsened. I have never seen Oliseh in this very worrisome health situation like this since about three decades that I have been close to him. I am praying fervently to Almighty God to save him and give him speedy recovery.” a source hinted. Salisu Yusuf, his assistant coach is expected to hold the fort....

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Emenike’s retirement: No one is irreplaceable – Sunday Oliseh

Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, has described the retirement of Emmanuel Emenike from the national team as a big shocker to him as well as the squad. Speaking recently to Brilla FM, the ex Nigeria international said he is yet to come to terms with the decision of the Al Ain forward whom he has included in the rebuilding plan. He added that all efforts to hear from the horse’s mouth has proved abortive. “It was a big shocker for us and a big shocker for me personally… personally, I still don’t accept that he has retired because officially I have not heard anything from him and I don’t think the Federation have also heard from him; only what we know is what was posted on social media,” “I have made him (Emenike) part of our rebuilding process; in fact, he has had more playing time than any striker we have had, so I am very very surprised that he has decided to retire,”  “He has not reached me but I have called him twice, because immediately I heard this, first I thought it was all these lies on social media so I called him twice yesterday (Tuesday), I am expecting a return call from him, it is when I hear from him that I would fully accept that he is retiring.” “He is a man. If a man...

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Linesman claims he has been told to influence next month’s El Clasico in Madrid’s favour

A pre-designated linesman has claimed that he has been told to influence next month’s el Clasico in Real Madrid’s favour. The linesman whose name was not reported in the news when it first broke in Spain for fear of reprisal said the request was made via phone call which unfortunately was not recorded. He was asked to call back and record the conversation but he said the alleged calls were made through the switch board. He identified two persons behind the calls; a match official and a member of the Spanish Football Federation’s referees. He had wanted to go public with the allegations but he was persuaded by his lawyer to make a formal, legal statement to the anti-corruption investigating magistrate.   Reacting to the news, Barcelona vice-president, Susana Monje said, “I have no idea where they come from. It is like something out of a Kafka novel. I hope it does not prove to be true. We will possibly discuss at it a meeting of the board. All I can say at the moment is that if it is confirmed, it will be dangerous story in terms of the prestige of La Liga.”  “This is an extremely serious accusation and is extraordinarily alarming. This needs to be resolved as soon as possible. We cannot be talking about threats without knowing who is it. No one should be scared. It...

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Ronaldinho denies retiring from professional football

Brazilian football legend, Ronaldinho has denied tales making rounds that he has retired from professional football. The former Barcelona player whose contract with Fluminense was cancelled few months after joining the club said calling time on his international career hasn’t crossed his mind. “Finishing my career at this time has not crossed my mind. I still like football, I am in good health and I am a competitive person,” The 35 year-old told...

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I Did It Because I Didn’t Have A Choice

They say the secret of men, or in this case a woman, is in their stories. Read Chinwe’s story and see if you can share yours too… I had thought that being a graduate would mean all my worries were over, but to my surprise it was as though jobs were running from me. Just when I was about to give up, an old friend recommended me for a job; to replace her colleague who was going on leave. I was hungry to make it, and determined to prove to people that I could be something after all. My employers saw it in me – the career drive that can send an innocent lady to do anything possible – and that’s how I felt.   Now it dawns on me that although I had risen in my career, I feel like I’ve fallen so low.  I didn’t have a choice- it was either that… or nothing. “You have to go the extra mile to get more out of life”, my boss used to tell me. Other times he would say “sacrifices are part of business… prove to me you are worthy of this promotion; that you can do anything, no matter what it takes, to get what you want.” He never cared about the repercussions as he saw us as tools that can be sent out and used all because of...

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Don’t Cry For Bola Tinubu | By: Femi Aribisala

Many monuments have been built in honour of the man Bola Tinubu. He is acclaimed as the political genius of our times who not only engineered the taming of the PDP juggernaut, he caged it and confined it to the backwaters of Otuoke. Since the APC defeat of the PDP in the presidential election, Tinubu the tactician has been feted, celebrated and praised to high heavens. But all these encomiums have proved to be highly exaggerated. The truth of the matter is that Tinubu, the veritable Jagaban of Borgu, is a master of political illusion. He is remarkable for the distinction of characteristically pulling defeat out of the jaws of putative victory. He mid-wifed the birth of the APC, only to be shut out of its vice-presidential sweepstakes. He engineered APC victory at the centre, only to see his arch-enemies take over the posts of Speaker and Senate President in the Natiuonal Assembly. He piggy-backed Buhari to the presidency, only to be shut out of a say in the president’s cabinet nominees. Tinubu is called the National Leader of the APC when there is no such post in the party’s Constitution. When a critical meeting of APC bigwigs was called to address the party’s imbroglio in the National Assembly, the “National Leader” could not attend because, in actual fact, he is not even a member of the National Executive...

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Real Madrid still the richest club in Europe

UEFA has ranked Spanish outfit, Real Madrid as the richest club in Europe. 2014 revenue for Madrid has been put at 550m Euros, gate receipts (121m Euros), biggest wage bill (270m Euros) and most expensive squad (316m Euros). “This year’s edition of the report highlights some notable improvements that have taken place in the last three years, coinciding with the introduction of financial fair play.” UEFA general secretary, Gianni Infantino revealed. Clubs in England have the highest average wage bill, at 113.9m Euros, with Germany the next highest on 63.2m Euros. Europe’s richest clubs Club 2014 revenue (euros) 1. Real Madrid 550m 2. Man Utd 519m 3. Bayern Munich 486m 4. Barcelona 485m Credit: Sky...

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Toyota to recall 6.5 million cars

Toyota has announced that that it will recall about 6.5 million cars to fix a defect in the power window switch. The company revealed that there is a potentially insufficient amount of grease applied to the master switches during production and this can cause a short circuit and when this happens, the switch assembly could overheat, melt, produce smoke and lead to fire outbreak.   Toyota also disclosed that affected owners would receive a mail notification and Toyota dealers will inspect the switch and apply heat-resistant grease; the internal circuit board could even be replaced if the switch is malfunctioning. Vehicles involved in the US are certain models of the Toyota Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, RAV4, Sequoia, Tundra and Yaris, the Scion xB and xD, built between 2006 and 2011. In Australia, models include the Aurion, Camry, Corolla, Kluger, RAV4 and Yaris produced between August 2005 and August 2006 and January 2009 and December...

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“I was afraid Messi would nutmeg me and embarrass me in front of my family” Yaya Toure on Barca/Man City UCL clash

  Hilarious! In a recent interview with Rio Ferdinand of BT Sports, Manchester City midfielder,  Yaya Toure revealed that he was desperate to avoid being nutmegged and embarrassed by Barcelona star, Lionel Messi in the Champions League last season. The football world will never forget how the Argentinian nutmegged City’s James Milner during last season’s 1-0 win at the Nou Camp. The 4-time African footballer of the year revealed that he prayed he wouldn’t be subjected to such humiliation by the 3-time Ballon d’or winner.   ‘Last year in the dressing room, he jokingly said he will nutmeg me. I saw him nutmeg two of my team-mates and thought he’d do it to me. Whenever he came near me I screamed inside ‘please not me, don’t nutmeg me’, my family is watching. I was afraid he’d embarrass me infront of my family.’ The Ivorian...

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Quitting Eagles wasn’t an easy decision – Emenike

Al Ain forward, Emmanuel Emenike has described his decision to retire from the national team as a difficult one. Emenike who played peace-maker role between the Oliseh and Keshi row called it quits with the Super Eagles via his instagram page few days ago. Speaking with BBC Sports, the 28 year-old just like Enyeama claimed that he withdrew from the squad to allow peace to reign. “It was not an easy decision. I didn’t think my international career would come to a sudden end, but that is life. Sometimes it’s better to remove yourself from an environment that doesn’t suit you mentally and physically and this is what I have done. I also felt it was important that people hear directly from me to avoid a funny twist to the story. I wish to thank the coaches who gave me a chance, fellow players and in particular big thanks to all my fans for their unconditional support.” The question that begs for answers is, What exactly is going on in the Super Eagles...

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Femi Fani-kayode comes for President Buhari In New Article, “An Ode To The Tyrant”

There comes a time in the life of a man when he must be a man and stand up and speak the truth, even when others are too timid and intimidated to do so. By the grace of God I have today reached that point and I will bare my mind to the sickly tyrant. And after I have had my say I shall gallantly take my stand and with faith proclaim: let the demons of hell be invoked and conjured up and let them come forth and do their very worse, for they shall not pass and neither shall they prevail. And so it shall be as I stand on these holy words and boldly proclaim, o wicked tyrant, I stand and I fight against you. I stand and I fight in the name of the Living God. I stand and I fight in the name of Harrow and Cambridge. I stand and I fight in the name of Kelly and London. I stand and I fight as the son of my father. I stand and I fight as a proud and strong African. I stand and I fight as a resilient and irresistible Nigerian. I stand and I fight as a man of courage. I stand and I fight as a beautiful and irrepressible black man. I stand and I fight as a man of faith, a...

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