First Mr and Miss Igbo UK to take place in London in July

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This year will see the launch of the first and official Mr and Miss Igbo UK pageant competition. The grand finale will take place in August in London where contestants will take to the stage and runway to win the honorary title.

Contestants will be judged based on their poise, passion and articulacy. They will present themselves to the distinguished judges and they will have the opportunity to share their talents and beauty to the UK and the world. The pageant rounds include eveningwear, swimwear and traditional wear.

Although the pageant is open to both male and females of Igbo origin, the live show is open to all. Mr and Miss Igbo UK is about educating as much people as possible about the Igbo culture and traditions, as well as celebrating the unity of the UK Igbo community.

Superstar Nigerian headline acts are due to perform at the live pageant in addition to UK based Afrobeats sensations Mazi Chukz ‘Ebeano’ and Grimahh aka Mr Bia.

Top model and actress Sarah Okereke is on board and with her experience and achievements, Mr and Miss Igbo UK are pleased to praise her as an Igbo Role Model.

Heels4Africa will also be launching at the Mr and Miss Igbo UK 2015 live event, which is a UK based project where unwanted heels are turned into aid for disadvantaged African children affiliated charities.

 

To apply for this year’s pageant, go to www.mrandmissigbouk.com (Deadline is the 2nd July 2015)

Source: living12

Say What! Romanian firm hires a CAT as its Communications Director(Photos)

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This is one of the weirdest things ever but true..A Romanian company hired a CAT as it’s director of communication.The job which was attached with an attractive salary and bonus package attracted 700 applications from real people..

.. But, to their surprise they lost to a nine-month old cat.Bossy the cat put paw to paper, accepting a contract for the top job as Director of communications at a Romanian company.The start-up company appointed Bossy after a thorough application process.

The cat has been placed on a salary of £110 per month plus a healthy bonus of cat food.Bossy is set for a busy schedule as he will reportedly be promoting the brand by doing a series of voice-overs for company videos, posing for brand photo shoots as well as giving his own paw print seal of approval to over 20 presents a day before they are delivered.

Company spokesperson Alexandra Cozac said:

 ‘He came dressed in a suit like a corporate manager and had an impressive attitude. ‘He checked the computer and seemed quite intimidating particularly because nobody really knew what message he was trying to convey. I guess it’s the first demo and he needs time to settle in.”She said

Culled from mailonline


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Manchester United Chasing Varane

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They have lost out on Hummels who wants to stay at Dortmund and Manchester United have now turned their attention to Real Madrid defender Rafael Varane to strengthen their defense.

Manchester United have been in pursuit of a defender for a while. And while they were interested in varane, the 22 year old Frenchman was more of a second choice but now, Varane is the first option for Van Gaal’s side since Matts Hummels announced he wasn’t leaving Dortmund. Varane could leave Real Madrid in the summer in search of more playing time as Manchester United now have champions league football to offer the French center back.

Manchester United might be looking to use De Gea, who is set to leave the club as a bargaining chip in their pursuit of Varane.

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Four Barcelona Players Must Return Their UCL Medals

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Despite being Barcelona players, Thomas Vermaeleen, Claudio Bravo, Jordi Massip and Douglas Perreira have been ordered to return their UEFA champions league winners’ medals as UEFA do not see them as winners of the Champions league.

All four players were registered for the UEFA champions league with Barcelona but did not take part in a single game throughout the tournament even though Douglas, Braco and Massip sat on the bench at different times during the tournament, they never actually got on the field and according to voetbalkrant.be, UEFA has ordered the players to return the medals as according to the UEFA rule, a player cannot be awarded a winners medal in the UEFA champions League or UEFA Europa league if the player did not appear in either competition throughout the season.

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Luis Enrique Signs New Barcelona Deal

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Treble winning manager, Luis Enrique has signed a new contract with Barcelona which extends his stay at the Catalan club until 2017. This comes after there was widespread speculation that the former Celta Vigo trainer was leaving the European Champions in the summer.

Enrique came in after Barcelona had ended the 2013/2014 season trophyless and Gerardo Martino had departed the club. Enrique was able to navigate a tough first few months and manage a crisis that threatened to tear the club apart and still end up with a clean sweep of trophies this season. Barcelona president, Josep Bartomeu was very impressed with the former Barcelona player’s managerial skills and decided to keep the manager on for a further season

Would Luis Enrique further strengthen Barcelona and continue to dominate Spanish and European football or would he face more challenges in the coming season?

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Davido Renews Deal With MTN

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Davido has finally renewed his deal with telecommunication firm, MTN.

The multi-award winning pop star renewed his contract earlier today, June 9, 2015 at the MTN head office Lagos, Nigeria

Other ambassadors of the brand, Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Iyanya, Kcee, Banky W have all renewed their endorsement deals with MTN in the past month.

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I’m Quitting In 2017: Enyeama

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Legendary Nigerian goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama has told the world when he intends to call it time with the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Enyeama has stated that the African Cup Of Nations in Gabon in 2017 would be his last tournament as a Nigerian footballer.

Many would have expected Enyeama to at least stay with the super eagles if they qualified for the World Cup in 2018 but the Lille shot stopper knows he might not be at his best and has decided to go one year earlier and according to what he told BBC, he hopes to go when the ovation is loudest. “It’s impossible to play football forever and the next tournament in Gabon will be my last one,” Enyeama told BBC Sport. “I’ve played in two finals, lost in 2004, won in 2013 and to win in 2017 is how I hope to be remembered. But more significantly we must not get ahead of ourselves because we need to qualify first.” He went on to say before praising how far African football had come in recent years.

Enyeama would be remembered as one of the greats but it would be too early to rule him out in 2018 after all, we’ve seen a few players retire and then decide to return. Most notably, Zidane and Makelele for France and Paul Scholes for Manchester United.

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"Ofcourse I still love her but"..-Chris Brown opens up on Karrueche

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Chris Brown has opened up after his ‘humiliating’ run in with Karrueche last week.The star who was on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show,On Air With Ryan Seacrest, said about his breakup

“I’m going to be honest and be a man about it and just take it one day at a time,”I can’t promise anything and I can’t jump over the moon, but it takes time for all wounds [to heal]. I take full responsibility for my actions and things that I’ve done in the past. I feel like it’s just a time thing.”Continuing, he said “I’m not a hateful person,””Of course I still love her, but mentally right now, I think everything takes time. I just need to focus on being the best father I can be.

 On his daughter, he said

 “There comes a time when people kind of have to grow up and become more of an adult and take on different responsibilities,” he continued “I think this was just a blessing in disguise with my daughter because I get a chance to look at her and teach her the right path and also be a father in my daughter’s life.”he revealed


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Dani Alves Signs New Barcelona Deal

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Dani Alves has made a complete turnaround, after the Brazilian was widely expected to leave Barcelona at the expiration of his contract, Alves put pen to paper today on a new deal that would see him stay at Barcelona until 2017.

Dani Alves had been the subject of so many transfer rumors most notably the ones linking him to Manchester United but all that is now history as the Brazilian is staying with the treble winners. Barcelona announced his contract signing on their twitter page today.

Alves is currently training with Brazil in preparation for the Copa America

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Flood takes over Apapa,Lagos(Photos)

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 Following the heavy rains today,some parts of Apapa,especially from under the Berger bridge to Coconut was enveloped in water ..
I hope it doesn’t get beyond this ..

Images- @s_chidilim


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PHOTOS: Nollywood Starlet Linda Ejiofor Is Stunning In Themed Photo Shoot

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Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards 2015 Best Supporting Actress; Linda Ejiofor is a stunning muse in this themed photo shoot by emerging photographer Sunmisola Olorunnisola.

Linda Ejiofor is known for her recurring role as Bimpe in MNET Africa’s leading soapie Tinsel and Ejura in the award winning Nollywood movie The Meeting, switches effortlessly between intense pain, goofy and sweet.

With several exciting new projects lined up for release later this year, Linda Ejiofor is definitely one to watch in the coming months.

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President Buhari reacts to the Saraki & Dogara’s emergence as National Assembly leaders

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President Buhari has reacted to the emergence of Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara as the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively. 

A statement issued by the Special Adviser Media and Publicity Femi Adeshina said though the president would have preferred  that the process of electing the leaders as initiated and concluded by the All Progressives Congress (APC) had been followed,he says he accepts the outcome of the results. 
“President Muhammadu Buhari has noted the outcome of the just-concluded election of leaders of the National Assembly.

“President Buhari had said in an earlier statement that he did not have any preferred candidate for the Senate and the House of Representatives, and that he was willing to work with whoever the lawmakers elected. That sentiment still stands.
“Though he would have preferred the new leaders to have emerged through the process established by the party”.


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Snoop Dogg Sues Alcohol Company Over Contract

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Snoop Dogg is suing Pabst brewing company for breaching a contract.

Snoop who was signed on to represent and endorse one of  the brands in the company between January 2011 and January 2014, is suing them because during the period he was an ambassador, the company was sold to investors for $700million.

And according to him, the contract he signed has a clause which gives him ten percent of that amount.

Snoop is suing because he has not received any compensation for this.

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APC denounces Saraki & Dogara’s emergence as Senate /House of Reps leaders

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After the elections which saw senator Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara emerge leaders of the Senate and House of reps respectively, the APC has denounced them as candidates of the party..According to a sstatement released  by the party’s leadership…

Senator Bukola and Hon. Dogara are not the candidates of the APC and a majority of its National Assembly members-elect for the positions of Senate President and House Speaker. The party duly met and conducted a straw poll and clear candidates emerged for the posts of Senate President, Deputy Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, supported by a majority of all Senators-elect and members-elect of the House of Representatives….

All National Assembly members-elect who emerged on the platform of the party are bound by that decision. The party is supreme and its interest is superior to that of its individual members. Consequently, the APC leadership is meeting in a bid to reestablish discipline in the party and to mete out the necessary sanctions to all those involved in what is nothing but a monumental act of indiscipline and betrayal to subject the party to ridicule and create obstacles for the new administration. There can be no higher level of treachery, disloyalty and insincerity within any party”


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Mototcyclist rapes 11-yr old pupil for 6 months

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A 38-year-old motorcyclist, Obinna Ekusaba,has been arrested for allegedly raping a primary six pupil for six months in the Kirikiri area of Lagos State.
According to Punch, the incident happened from December, 2014, to May, 2015, on Karimu Street, Kirikiri Town.
Ekusaba often patronized the victim’s mother who sold cigarette and alcoholic drinks in a motor park on the street.
One fateful day,while the mother was away,the suspect called the 11-year-old to bring a bottle of drink into an uncompleted building in the motor park.
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When she took the item there, the suspect lured her with money and raped her.The suspect is said to have subsequently defiled the victim several times before her mother observed on May 19 that her private parts had enlarged.After putting pressure on her, she confessed that Ekusaba had slept with her.
In her Police statement ,the victim said


 “Brother Obinna (Ekusaba) used to buy cigarette, water and alcoholic drinks from my mother’s shop.Last year, I was in my mother’s shop when Brother Obinna called me to bring a bottle for him inside the building.
“On getting there, he put his hand inside his pocket and brought out N500; he asked me to enter. But I told him my daddy used to give me N500. He then brought out N1,000. As I entered the building, he removed my pants and put his private parts inside my own.
“After he removed it, I demanded the money and he brought it out. As I was about to collect it, he put it back inside his pocket. That was how Brother Obinna started sleeping with me.”
Her 35-year-old mother explained that she was bathing her when she observed that there was a change in her private parts.She said she observed that her hand could enter her private parts freely.
“I became worried because it was not like that before. I questioned her for hours before she confessed that it was a man called Obinna (Ekusaba) that had been raping her.
“She also said he would bring out his private parts and ask her to put it in her mouth. I could not bear it and had to report it to the police.”
The victim was said to have been taken to a general hospital where different tests on her confirmed that there was penetration.The police subsequently arrested the suspect, and upon interrogation, he reportedly confessed to the crime.
Ekusaba, who was married with four kids, said he slept with the victim both in the day and night.
 “I came to Lagos 10 years ago and I started riding motorcycle.
“I know the complainant as the mother of the victim. She is like a sister to me. I have been making love with her daughter for long.When we started, I told her I would buy something for her, but I didn’t buy her anything. I slept with her five times.
“Each time I wanted to sleep with her, I would carry her on my lap. It was on the fifth time that I could penetrate.
“I slept with her at a car park. I did it during the day and night inside the park. I know I have committed an offence.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the case.
He said, “It has been transferred to SCID, Panti for more discreet investigation.”
Culled fromPunch 


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Tush Magazine Presents: Meet & Greet with Praiz, Suka Sounds, Goddess of Skills and others!

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Amidst the successful release of its 10th issue, Tush Kingdom Media [publishers of Tush Magazine] has organized a free autograph and photograph session with its cover page personality, Praiz and other featured personalities.

The event which will afford fans and readers of Tush Magazine an opportunity of having autographed copies of the 10th issue of Tush Magazine from their favourite artistes/celebrities is scheduled to take place on Saturday the 13th of June, 2015 at Barcelos, Ikeja City Mall between the hours of 3:00 & 6:00 PM.

Confirmed for attendance are: PRAIZ, PASSWORD, GEOFFREY (PROJECT FAME WINNER), GODDESS OF SKILLZ, DJ LO, SUKA SOUNDS, and PEARL who will be doling out their autographs on the Magazine alongside signed CDs and Album copies from Praiz, all for free. The Tush Magazine 10th issue can be downloaded for free here: http://bit.ly/TushMag10

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Nigerian Student Fashion & Design Week Announces It’s Guest Judges

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It’s less than 6 weeks to the highly anticipated Winasbet Nigerian Student Fashion and Design Week Season 3 which comes up between July 15th and 18th at the University of Lagos, Akoka.

As part of the schedule this year, there shall be five judges who shall be looking out for the most creative designer at the Gala shows which holds on 17th and 18th from 7:30pm – 10:00pm. The judges are successful, reputable, and experienced individuals in the Nigerian fashion industry.

Here is a brief profile of the Judges;

EJIRO AMOS TAFIRI

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Ejiro was born in Lagos. She had a background in science but she later shifted towards fashion and thereafter proceeded to the Yaba College of Science and Technology where she studied fashion. Since starting out as an independent designer in 2010, Ejiro’s brand has gone on to become a household name in the fashion scene. She has participated at prestigious fashion shows including; Arise Fashion Week in Johannnesbourg, South Africa, New York Fashion Week, Face of Africa and at the MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week. She has styled an endless number of celebrities.

YOMI CASUAL

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The brand is run by Makun Omoniyi Olorunyomi. Yomi Casual is known for his cut to fit urban wears. Yomi casual has dressed a lot of celebrities in Nigeria including his very famous and equally successful comedian brother; Ayo Makun popularly known as “AY”. Yomi has participated at a number of fashion shows including; COSA Fashion Show and Port Harcourt Fashion Week. The brand has since grown to greater heights since its inception.

KOLA KUDUS

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Kola Kudus first commenced business as a personal shopper in 2004. He got into designing in 2008. His work has been featured on the style section of the New York Times and notable fashion magazines and blogs across the globe. He has also participated as a designer in a number of fashion shows including; Arise Fashion Week, Lagos Fashion and Design Week and at the ECOWAS Fashion Week. He is an active executive of the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN).

TEWA ONASANYA

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Tewa trained as a Pharmacologist at the University of Portsmouth, England. She later got into publishing with the help of her family and friends. She is the publisher of “Exquisite magazine”. The magazine discusses the style of the African woman. She is also the Founder of the Exquisite Lady of The Year Award (Eloy). Tewa has been active in the fight against breast and cervical cancer. She was featured recently on CNN.

ONOME ATINUKE

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Onome studied Philosophy at the University of Lagos. She had previously worked at an event company and at an Oil and Gas firm before venturing into fashion. She left her jobs to found Ebonyworth; a Public Relations company that seeks to promote young designers. She also runs a modelling agency. Little wonder she was the 2013/2014 Executive Director of the Nigerian Next Top Designer.

Be sure to join us at the Indoor Sports Hall, University of Lagos for fun evenings of creative design and styles.

Event tickets are Available at www.naijaticketshop.com |www.afritickets.com | NSFDW Headquarters: 1a, Cottage Drive, off durosimi etti, lekki phase 1, Lagos.
Further enquiries: +2347031607412, +2347030238162
www.nsfdw.com | info@nsfdweek.com.

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J Martins Says His Email Has Been Hacked

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The singer copied Us and Linda Ikeji on Twitter some minutes ago to pass the message across.

J Martins The tweet which states his hotmail account has been hacked also copied Channels Tv.

This is coming after Wizkid’s email address was hacked. Is this a trend? We hope not. Keep your accounts safe, celebs!

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Tinubu’s Reaction Moment He Heard Of Saraki’s Emergence As Senate President

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The All Progressive Congress, APC, National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu alongside Chief Bisi Akande, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and several other party chieftains were reportedly gathered at the International Conference Centre Abuja, when news filtered in that the Senate had been inaugurated and that Saraki had emerged unopposed.

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That was not enough, as Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party defeated Senator Ali Ndume of the APC to clinch the slot of Deputy Senate President.

On hearing about the development, Tinubu immediately stormed out of meeting telling newsmen that he has no comments.

“I have no comment, I have no reaction,” he added.

The APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun said, “We just watched it (on television) but we will address you when the whole situation has been re-examined.”

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Carved Out: Newcastle Sack John Carver As Manager

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Newcastle United have sacked manager John Carver.

Carver who took over as caretaker manager in January, won just three matches in five months, leading to management’s decision to fire him.

First team coach Steve Stone will also be leaving the club as it plans a overhaul ahead of the new season.

Carter had struggled with the Magpies, taking them from the top half of the table to surviving relegation on the last day of the season.

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The challenges ahead for new Ecobank chief Ade Ayeyemi

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Outgoing Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI) CEO, Albert Essien managed to end a boardroom crisis that threatened to cripple the bank in the space of a year, during which he was the CEO of the pan-African bank. Having achieved relative calm for the pan African bank, Ade Ayeyemi, the current Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup’s sub-Saharan Africa division, has been chosen to replace him. Ade has been handed the mandate of leading the lender to its next development phase.

Although Ayeyemi is meeting a more stable bank, he has a lot to do in cementing shareholder confidence which shaken during the crisis. He is also expected to prove the International Monetary Fund (IMF) wrong for claiming the bank poses a major threat to Africa’s financial stability.

The boardroom crisis of 2013 over outstanding debts owed by businesses associated with its chairman, Kolapo Lawson led to the sack of chief executive Thierry Tanoh and the election of a new board. The Financial Times reported that Nigeria’s Central Bank (CBN) told Ecobank in April 2013 of then Chairman Kolapo Lawson’s alleged failure to pay N1.4 billion naira owed to the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (Amcon). Tanoh was also said to have failed as CEO to inform the board of the debt.

About four months later, the board sacked Laurence do Rego, ETI’s executive director of finance and risk, who had earlier been accused by Tanoh of falsifying some of her qualifications. She reacted to her sack by sending a letter to Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleging that Lawson and Tanoh were attempting to sell non-core assets below market values. She also accused them of attempting to manipulate ETI’s 2012 financial results, while inflating Tanoh’s bonus.

The lender’s trouble was compounded in January 2014 when SEC’s investigation of ETI’s corporate governance practices showed “an absence of a clear vision and strategy to drive the institution, inadequate transparency in the recruitment procedures and mechanisms for Board members and executive staff which fostered conflicts of interest”.

The appointment of Essien in March was therefore a breath of fresh air for the company, with investments from QNB and Nedbank soon following. Essien has successfully cleared most of the mess he met when he became CEO, but the bank’s image remains tainted with allegations of poor corporate governance and its repeated sourcing capital to fund operations.

Hopes are high within the Ecobank board that Ayeyemi is the right man to lead the lender through the next phase of its development and beyond as a world-class pan-African bank. “Ade is a truly outstanding individual with deep knowledge of banking across Africa, and we welcome him to the Board,” Ecobank Group Chairman Emmanuel Ikazoboh, said.

As at 12:58 GMT, ETI’s shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) sold at N21.80 per share and GHs0.37 on the Ghana Stock Exchange.

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Yakubu Dogara emerges Speaker House of Representatives

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Hon.Yakubu Dogara has been elected the 8th speaker ,House of Representatives ..He defeated his contender,former,Minority Speaker,Hon.Femi Gbajabiamila.

Gbajabiamila who represents the Surulere I constituency of Lagos State is said to be APC’s favored candidate, and lost out 174 to 187 votes..
Yakubu represents Bogoro/Dass/Tafabalewa Federal Constituency of Bauchi State..Though APC’s candidate,the PDP is said to have chosen him as their preferred candidate ..


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