Author: loladeville

The Death of Free Speech in Africa | By: Tony Ogunlowo

The new wave of democracy sweeping across Africa was meant to usher in a new kind of freedom – freedom to elect leaders of choice, freedom of religion and most important of all freedom of free speech. Sadly these so-called ‘freedoms’ are being repressed across Africa. In recent times we’ve seen President George Weah closing down a radio station for criticizing him ; Sowore and others continue to languish in custody in Nigeria for trying to lead peaceful protests against the government and regimes across Africa have put into effect Public Order Acts that limits or controls free speech....

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MOVIE JUNGLE TV debuts!

Movie Jungle TV a platform for watching movies, interviews and behind the scenes of your favorite movie stars in the Nollywood industry berths. “The need to take Nigeria to the world and bring the rest of the world to Nigeria has always been a key part of my driving force as a producer and entrepreneur in the Nigerian entertainment industry,” says Dennis Ejiogu an airline consultant turned moviemaker who is passionate about Nigeria, and believes in Nigeria as having the potential to be part of the top 5 economies in the entertainment industry. With 5 movies to his credit and...

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Minimum Wage, Maximum Trouble | By: ‘Fisayo Soyombo

Anyone who followed the national new minimum wage negotiations between the organised Labour and the Federal Government at the peak in November 2018 would have known, as they say in Nigerian street lingo, that it would “end in tears”. While receiving the report of the Tripartite Committee on New Minimum Wage from the Chairman, Amal Pepple, on November 7, 2018, Buhari had said he was “fully committed to having a new National Minimum Wage Act in the very near future”. Many newspapers reported that the President had “endorsed” the proposal. This was quickly denied by the Presidency, which was...

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Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’ selected for 2020 Oscars.

For the first time ever, a Nigerian film is advancing to the Oscars and we don’t intend to keep calm about it. Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’ has been picked by The Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) for the International Feature Film category of the 2020 Oscars. Every year, each country outside the United States is expected to submit one film as long as it’s not primarily in English. Films in pidgin, which must be subtitled like any other language film are also considered under this category.  The movie was selected by a 12-man team which consists of notable Nigeria’s film...

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Teni, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, others, make Headies 2019 nominations list.

Otganizers of the Headies Awards have released nominations list for the 13th edition of the music event. This year’s edition has been themed ‘The Power of A Dream’ and it features the likes of Burna Boy, Teni. Davido, Tiwa Savage, Joeboy, Fireboy, to mention a few. The organisers said the names were released after shortlisting of thousands of entries submitted in the year under review (from January 2018 – June 2019). The award ceremony holds on October 19 in Lagos. See the full nominee list below 1. BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR A non-voting category for the best recording...

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Opinion: How do you stop Nigerian Politicians from being Corrupt?| Tony Ogunlowo

Corruption has been the bane of our lives ever since Nigeria came into existence: every year billions and billions of naira of public funds are stolen with very few prosecuted.Our judiciary is laughable and with one former president claiming he doesn’t believe corruption is a crime, politicians will continue to loot with impunity knowing they can’t be punished. There is no shame in being corrupt as we live in a society that encourages it – everibodi wants to chop dem own!The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was set-up in 2003 for the main purpose of investigating and bringing to...

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Samson Siasia is sliding into depression.

This is indeed a dark period for embattled Nigerian coach, Samson Siasia and the reason is not far-fetched. According to sports journalist, Godwin Enakhena, the embattled ex coach whose mother was kidnapped in July and was slammed with a life ban by the world football governing body, FIFA for allegedly receiving bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics, is gradually sliding into depression. The former Super Eagles player’s mum has still not been rescued from kidnappers and he also needs .as if that terrible blow was not enough, he was...

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Opinion: Nigeria, Xenophobia & Ramaphosa’s Apology| By: Reuben Abati

We are told that South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa apologised on Saturday for the xenophobic attacks against foreigners living in South Africa, particularly persons involved in business who are seen by the ordinary South African as enemies. He reportedly did this in Harare, Zimbabwe, at the funeral ceremony of former president Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Most appropriately, the South African President was booed. He was offering too little too late, and other Africans have every reason to think that South Africans having behaved badly deserve to be booed and even shut out of the African Union, or reported to the International Criminal Court...

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How Nigeria Can End Xenophobia Without South Africa’s Help |By: ‘Fisayo Soyombo

For the first time ever, Nigeria-based Nigerians gave a violent response to the killing and maiming of their countrymen in South Africa. South African enterprises, the most unfortunate being food retailer Shoprite and telco MTN, were targeted, leading to the destruction of property and obstruction of trade. In some instances, innocent Nigerian shoppers and business owners were affected. The attacks have since been quelled but the worst mistake anyone can commit is to discountenance them. Xenophobic attacks have been a distinct feature of South African life for decades. At the latest, they’ve been occurring since 1994, and have reached...

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Emmanuel Adebayor joins 9th professional club.

Former Arsenal forward Emmanuel Adebayor has joined Turkish club, Kayserispor on a 2 year-deal. The Togolese who has previously played for Metz, Monaco, Arsenal, Man City, Real Madrid, Tottenham, Crystal Palace and İstanbul Başakşehir, replaces Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan whose two-year contract expired last season. The 35 year-old who spent two seasons with Turkish outfit, Istanbul Basaksehir — where he scored 28 goals in 76 matches is expected to make his debut on Friday when Kayserispor host Galatasaray on Match Day 3 of the Supalig. The Togo skipper was omitted from the squad for his country’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers against...

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Opinion: FBI 80: Igbo Is Not The Colour Of Fraud ~By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

The last 10 days have been very damaging for Nigeria’s already-battered international image. The spark was Obinwanne Okeke, once remembered for his listing by Forbes among the 100 Most Influential Young Africans 2018 but now an emblem of dirty wealth, following his arrest by the FBI over an $11 million advanced internet scam traced to him. This was followed by the belated revelation of Jumia, Africa’s largest e-commerce operator, about fraudulent orders placed by its network of commissioned agents in Nigeria, costing the company $17.5million between the last quarter of 2018 and the first two quarters of 2019. FBI...

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FIFA Life Ban: Samson Siasia to tell his side of the story tomorrow.

FIFA’s independent Ethics committee, has banned former Super Eagles player & coach Samson Siasia, from all football related activities, after he was found guilty of taking bribes in connection with match fixing. In a statement, the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s independent ethics committee said the probe the probe that began in February found Siasia “guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” the statement said. In addition to being banned from all football related activity for life, Siasia was also handed a fine...

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Super Falcons deserve equal pay, says Oparanozie at Ladies in Sports Conference.

Super Falcons captain, Desire Oparanozie has asked that the women’s senior national team be paid the same amount of money paid to the men’s national team, the Super Eagles. She made the call at the 2019 Ladies In Sports (LIS) Conference held on Friday, July 26 at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos. “I think we deserve equal pay. We are the most successful female team in Africa. We have done the nation proud. I believe we will get there, one step at a time,” Oparanozie said. She also advocated for the Nigeria Women’s Football League to be televised....

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Algeria are AFCON 2019 champions.

Algeria have won the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, thanks to Baghdad Bounedhaj’s second minute goal earning the Desert Foxes a 1-0 win in the final against the Teranga Lions of Senegal at the Cairo International Stadium on Friday night.. Algeria was crowned champion for only the second time in its history, the first time in 29 years.  Senegal fought hard for the remainder of the match but was unable to find an equalizing goal. The official man of the match for the final was Algeria goalkeeper Rais M’bohli, while Senegal captain Kouyate picks up the Fair Play award....

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Odion Ighalo wins AFCON 2019 golden boot award.

Talking about leaving the stage when the ovation is loudest. A day after hanging his boots for the Super Eagles, Odion Ighalo has won the African Cup Of Nations AFCON 2019 Golden Boot award with five goals. He becomes the sixth Nigerian after Segun Odegbami, Rasheed Yekini, Julius Aghaowa, Jay-Jay Okocha & Emmanuel Emenike to win AFCON top scorer prize. The former Watford forward made his Super Eagles debut under the tutelage of Daniel Amokachi in 2015 and later played his first competition with the senior team at the 2018 World Cup in...

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Mikel retires from international football.

Barely 24 hours after leading the Super Eagles to their 8th bronze medal at the African Cup of Nations tournament (AFCON), Mikel Obi has retired from international football. The 32 year-old announced his decision on his instagram page with a lovely portrait of him donning the Green White Green jersey. “Egypt is a country where I’ve started and have finished my National career. In 2006 I played my first official championship for my Country.  2019 African Cup of Nations marks my last championship for National Team with Super Eagles. My national career started in 2003 under 17 World Cup...

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AFCON: Nigeria win bronze with victory over Tunisia.

Nigeria has won a record 8th third-place match at the African Cup of Nations. The spot was sealed after Odion Ighalo scored in the third minute on Wednesday to secure a 1-0 victory for Nigeria over Tunisia. Ighalo scored from close range when he took advantage of a mix-up in the Tunisian defence at Al-Salam Stadium to net his fifth goal in Egypt is the second Nigerian striker to score 5 goals in a single AFCON after Rashidi Yekini in 1994. He is also the tournament’s leading goalscorer. The Super Eagles, who dominated the game, have now won the...

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Africa: Sports as a Business and a Brand – By Victor Oladokun

At the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, the visual imagery of  almost empty stadiums is a powerful narrative. But not the kind that African sports, African football, or corporate sponsors deserve. The empty seat syndrome in suggests that football fans are voting with their feet, or better still with their backsides. Fans are choosing not to watch live football events, and instead are opting in increasing numbers  for the ‘intimacy’ of their crystal clear digital flat TV screens, or not all. Before Egypt’s stunning 0-1 loss to South Africa in the round of 16, the host country was...

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Dani Alves becomes the first player in history to win 40 trophies in his career.

Brazil captain, Dani Alves was named the best player of the 2019 Copa America following his side’s 3-1 victory over Peru in the final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracan Stadium on June 22. The 36 year-old has also become the first player to win 40 titles for both club and national team. Alves, who is currently without a team having left Paris Saint Germain last month won 5 trophies in Sevilla, 23 in Barcelona, 2 in Juventus, 6 in PSG and 4 in Brazil. Tournaments include; UCL, UEL, Supercup,  Club World Cup, La Liga, Supercup, CDR, Serie A, Cup,...

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Chelsea appoint Frank Lampard as new manager.

Five years after leaving the club, Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard have signed a three-year deal to become the club’s new head coach. He takes over from Maurizio Sarri who left for Juventus after winning the UEFA Europa League and securing a third-place Premier League finish in his only season at Stamford Bridge. His first match at the reins is at Manchester United on Sunday 11 August.  The 41 year-old told the club’s website, “I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as head coach, Everyone knows my love for this club and the history we have shared, however, my sole focus is...

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