Burna Boy calls out MTVbase for not nominating him for MAMA 2015 Awards(Full List)

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This is kind of sad.Burna Boy called out MTV Base for failing to give him a single nomination..Despite trending on their platform, high level collabos and videos,he was snubbed.Last year, he lost out in the category of Best New Artist to Cameroon’s Stanley Enow..
He is gradually becoming the Leonardo Di Caprio of African Awards..Last year, he failed to win any award in Nigeria.He also lost at the Headies when Sean Tizzle beat him to take the award for Best Album.

Wizkid, Davido,Yemi Alade, Olamide, Phyno ,Patoranking and Seyi Shay were nominated.Full list below

Personality Of The Year

  1. Trevor Noah
  2. Bonang M
  3. OC Ukeje
  4. Basket Mouth
  5. Yaya Toure

Best Live Act

  1. Big Nuz
  2. Diamond Platnumz
  3. Flavour
  4. Micasa
  5. Toofan

Best Hip Hop

  1. Cassper Nyovest
  2. Mr Cash Time
  3. Phyno
  4. Olamide
  5. Youssoupha

Best New Act

  1. Cassper Nyovest
  2. Duncan Skuva
  3. Patoranking
  4. Stonebwoy
  5. Anna Joyce

Best Collabo

  1. AKA “All Eyes On Me” ft. Da L.E.S & Burna Boy
  2. Davido ft. Uhuru
  3. Diamond Platnumz ft. Iyanya
  4. Toofan
  5. Stanley Enow

Best Male

  1. AKA
  2. Wizkid
  3. Davido
  4. Sarkodie
  5. Diamond Platnumz

Best Female

  1. Bucienq Wiliso
  2. Busiswa Ngoku
  3. Seyi Shay
  4. Vanessa Mdee
  5. Yemi Alade

Best Group

  1. Sauti Sol
  2. Black Motion
  3. Beatenberg band
  4. P-Square
  5. B4

Video Of The Year

  1. Seyi Shay – “Crazy”
  2. Prime Circle – “Doors”
  3. Davido ft. Uhuru – “The Sound”
  4. Bebe Cool – ” Love You Everyday”
  5. Ricky Rick – “Nafukwa”

Song Of The Year

  1. Sauti Sol – “Sura Yako”
  2. Toofan – “Gweta”
  3. Wizkid – ‘Show You The Money”
  4. mi Alade – “Johnny”
  5. Mavins – “Dorobucci’
  6. Lil Kesh – “Shoki” (Remix)
  7. Cassper Nyovest – “Doc Shebeleza”
  8. DJ Fisherman ft. Dreamteam
  9. Naakmusiq – “Call Out”
  10. Mr Cash Tie – “Cara Cara”


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Bauchi Man trekking for Buhari declared missing

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A middle-aged man who left on foot to Abuja, to attend the swearing-in ceremony of President Muhammadu Buhari,has been declared missing.

According to a statement from DSP Haruna Mohammed, Bauchi Police Command’s spokesperson, Nurudeen Maimako, a resident of Dass town in Bauchi state, left his town on May 15 to Abuja, but has not been seen since then.

“ On the 3/6/2015 at about 11:15am,one Muhammadu Hussaini ,male, of Dass town, reported at Dass Divisional Police Headquarters, that on 15/5/2015 at about 6.00am,his son, one Nuruddeen Maimako, male and 38 years, left Dass on Foot Solidarity to attend the swearing in ceremony of President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.Since then, his whereabouts is not known and all efforts made to locate him proved abortive .The last contact he (father) had with Maimako was when he (son) informed them that he was in Jos, Plateau State.“Particulars of the son are: 1.50 metres tall, Jarawa by tribe, light in complexion and speaks English and Hausa fluently.

Members of the public who know his whereabouts are to report at the nearest Police Station, or contact his father through GSM no 07051789119,”

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Benue Housewife to die by hanging for killing step-son

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A Housewife has been sentenced to death over the murder of her step son. 

According to Vanguard,a Makurdi High Court Judge, Justice Jennifer Ijohor, on Thursday, sentenced Mrs Ternenge Tersoo, to death by hanging for the murder of her one year-old step son, Pineter Tersoo.

The convict’s husband, Mr Iorchir Tersoo, reported the matter to the police on May 28, 2012 that his first wife had killed his son.

Tersoo said he had been married to the convict for seven years without a child, which made him to marry a second wife, Torkwase Tersoo, who gave birth to the deceased within one year.
The complainant said that his first wife had complained bitterly that the little boy and his mother had taken over the affairs of the house and that the husband gave more attention to the second wife.

According to him, the convict collected the child from his nanny and strangled him to death.
During trial, however, the convict pleaded not guilty to the charge against her and testified in her own defence without calling any witness.

The judge said the autopsy report showed that the boy was actually strangulated to death.


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MUSIC: Yung Greyc – Chukwuma (Remix) Ft. Patoranking

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Naija Ninja female act and self acclaimed “Sapele #1 Girl” – Yung Greyc comes through with the remix of her smash hit single “Chukwuma“; and she brings in Patoranking to deliver what a “remix” should sound like.

Listen up!

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Vincent Enyeama Celebrates Wife on Instagram

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When your man adores you as Vincent Enyeama does his wife, what more could a woman want? It’s International Women’s Day today and this is Vinny’s message to his wife. He also dropped one for his kids. Read it after the cut.

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Is natural hair a way of reliving childhood for African women?

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While some women enjoy wearing hair extensions or applying straighteners, a good majority prefer to tote their natural hair, confident that it is just as beautiful. In tandem with the #TeamNatural movement, they have become even more inspired to flaunt a variety of original yet stylish hairdos. With many black female celebrities letting their natural hair run free, the definition of “good hair” just got a little messier.

The playful and adventurous elements of natural hair has a way of reminding you of how much you dreaded growing up — the long hours spent on the playground, with little or no responsibility and, lastly, the very comfortable way of dressing. This is because as you get older everything becomes a lot more complicated. Judging by how viral the natural look has become, this trend may simply be some sort of childhood nostalgia. The same instances of your mother breaking a comb while attempting to untangle your hair or that frustration with the results of a twist look that took hours to style. Going through this all over again is one of the reasons why women chemically straighten their hair the minute they get a chance, but I guess #TeamNatural would beg to differ.

The kinky, coily and curly hair is adorable just as it is polished and regal, ask Kilo Kish! But although the young American artiste told Into The Gloss that her natural hair “is actually harder to maintain than straightened hair or weaves,” her looks tells you that the hard work is paying off.

The European standards for beauty have over the years become so deeply-rooted in our collective psyche that going natural is considered adventurous while wearing big weaves or a wig is more expected. We forget that natural hair is as much of a retro style as Polka dot dresses, which had taken over the fashion scene from the 1920s to the 1960s before its phenomenal comeback.

Natural hair takes away concerns about what your exact hair length is, as long as it is healthy. In the world of weaves and other extensions or treatment, you mostly have to give up swimming or intense workout sessions for the fear of messing your hair up.

When you consider the history of black hair, its culture and complexity becomes clear. The fact is despite its evolution over the years, wearing a natural look has always been a matter of choice. The only difference is that the “older you” would have to purchase a good kit, finding the best possible way to maintain that thick, curly and frizzy hair all by yourself.

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MUSIC: Maleke – Erema ft. Solidstar

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The Miniminiwana Master “Maleke” have decided to step up his game this year 2015 by employing his fellow colleague in the music industry “Solid Star” to help dish out an argumentative song between the two of them, In the song Maleke and Solid Star where teasing each other just because of the same girl they have Interest on. . “Erema” was produced by one of south south finest beat maker “Kul Jay“.

ENJOY!

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South Sudan face bankruptcy as civil push young state to the brink

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South Sudan, the world’s youngest state, is facing bankruptcy and running the risk of becoming another failed state after Somalia and Libya, according to the United Nations (UN).

“There is no money left in the central bank. There is no money left in the Treasury. The government can no longer pay for the most basic things,” WSJ quoted Toby Lanzer, the UN’s deputy special representative in South Sudan to have said.

Lanzer explained that by September this year, hospitals and medical clinics in South Sudan will run out of critical medicine.

Adding to the country’s woes is the ongoing civil war in the country and mass food lacks. In the past 24 months, the US government has injected over $1 billion in the country in a bid to end increasing fighting in South Sudan, according to government figures.

South Sudan also struggles with inflation which has risen to more than 38 percent as the reserve bank continued to print money to meet up with budget shortfall.

Food prices continue to rise in the country. The price of sugar, among others, has more than doubled in the past eight weeks, according to the World Food Program has said. A continued increase in the fuel prices has also forced the firms that bottle water in the capital Juba to close shop.

Lack of power had also in May, forced Parliament to close down a session. The country therefore urgently needs to  look into new sources of revenue to help shore up its economy and avoid bankruptcy.

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Kendall Jenner Is Stunning In New Estée Lauder Fragrance Campaign

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Kendall Jenner is a reality star, designer, runway goddess and the face of Estée Lauder!

After seven long months of teasing, Kendall Jenner’s first Estee Lauder print ad has finally dropped, and it is absolutely stunning. The 19-year-old supermodel goes for high glamour in Estée Lauder’s sultry new ad for its latest scent, Modern Muse Le Rouge, wearing a plunging red two-piece suit.

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The fragrance, a fruity and floral scent, is a sultry blend of ripened roses and velvet cream accord that “captures the drama of Jenner’s personality.”

This is the first-ever fragrance campaign for the star, who recently stunned in the brand’s latest ad for its ‘Little Black Primer’ mascara. We can’t wait to see what else she has up her sleeve with this partnership.

Estee Lauder also released a sneak peek at Jenner’s biker-chic campaign for the Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion.

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Mourinho The Builder : I Can Get The Best Out Of Falcao

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Mourinho has revealed he will relish the opportunity to get Falcao back to his prolific form of goalscoring, provided the striker signs for Chelsea.

There has been rumors floating around that Mourinho has been driving the signing for the United flop. He has made that public knowledge now though.

Mourinho has now confirmed as much in public, telling DirecTv Sports: “It really hurts me that people in England believe that Falcao is the guy they saw at Manchester United.

“He’s a player I know, one that I’ve followed since Atletico Madrid and if I can help Falcao arrive at his level I will do it.”

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East Africa: The Now and the Future – with Josephat Mwaura, CEO of KPMG East Africa  

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Leading an Advisory Group like KPMG in East Africa is no miniscule task. That is why we took the opportunity to chat with KPMG CEO for East Africa, Josphat Mwaura, about the economic climate in East Africa.

Josphat paints a striking economic picture of the pros and cons for Ventures Africa.

Ventures Africa (VA): What is getting you excited in East Africa as an advisory group KPMG?

Josphat Mwaura (JM): When I look at East Africa, and I keep saying this and thankfully the rest of the world is recognizing this, East Africa presents some of the most exciting investment opportunities, I dare say, anywhere in the world.

For this reason, we have one market already, five countries that have come together under the East Africa Community –and you can come in through Rwanda, you can come in through Uganda and Tanzania to do business in a region that has 150 million people.

This region is endowed with everything, from the largest freshwater lake to the highest mountain, the coastline, natural resources, with natural gas in Tanzania, oil in Kenya and in Uganda and notwithstanding a fairly well standing middle-class, so you have a ready consumer market.

Combined with the points of entry is access to markets, with our historical relationship with Europe Kenya and Ethiopia are reaping dividends in horticulture, with historical relationships with Middle-East, with India and now China, the market for anything coming out of East Africa is huge.

Governments have recognised this opportunity and they are facilitating that development. The level of infrastructure development in Africa is tremendous and there is a number of significant projects under way, being regionally cooperative projects between Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia, not forgetting Southern Sudan.

We have for example a new port coming up on the coastline of Kenya going all the way up to Ethiopia, South-Sudan and Uganda.  We also have projects in road, rail and an oil pipeline being developed and not least the expansions of electricity to fuel this development – making up the reasons why we are excited about East Africa.

VA: Just yesterday a Global Shaper shared with me that Rwanda has a lower level of corruption than that of Tanzania. Because their country is landlocked, they have a problem stemming out of Tanzania. What is being done about such challenges?

JM: The issue of corruption is endemic and I am the first one to admit. Not just in East Africa, but globally. Because of the levels of interest, there is a systemic level that derives from such interest. One of the opportunities that we have to address corruption is re-looking at the role of government. I agree to an extent that government has a primary responsibility to fighting corruption by setting up the systems and provide capacity and people with integrity, but as you know corruption takes two to tango.

There are two initiatives that are underway that I am involved in; the first is to get business to sign up to a code of conduct – committing to zero tolerance for corruption. So when you are coming to business in the region, by signing up you are making it clear that you will not and also making it clear to whomever you may do business with that you will not participate in any level of corruption.

Finally, we have to build a mass of people who choose to participate in legal business investing and activity. If we build such a critical mass, it makes it easier to achieve premium returns by avoiding corruption.

The second point is, there is always someone who is in support of it gets away with it and someone who is not in support with it. To this extent we are creating a platform for whistleblowing. For example KPMG East Africa we are just about to launch a whistleblowing centre, where we have created avenues for anonymously reporting corruption via email, sms and by telephone and analyse such reports. We have also created social media handles for people to also get involved in reporting corruption.

VA: You certainly are excited about your region. There are others who are also excited about this region for the wrong reasons –in particular security in Kenya and the region for that matter of fact?

JM: the security problem has a number of facets to it. Unfortunately we have been laden with that problem because some of them, the rest of the world watched the situation deteriorate. When the Somali government collapsed in the 1990’s and basically there was a failed state for a couple of decades, this was fertile ground for breeding radicalism. The US tried to come in but generally the problem was left to simmer.

We have however taken steps against this problem in the form, Ethiopia, Kenya and the African Union has decided this cannot be allowed to continue. So you have now a collective force to fight the issue, which for all tens and purposes is a global phenomenon.

In Kenya for example, we have a number of issues to look at, First of all is the issue of exclusion. Because of a rapidly growing population and economic development has not occurred at the same pace, there are many disenfranchised and possibly they felt they had no other option than to join the enemy, as it were.

This is changing where local people are being engaged by local governments, and national governments are developing and implementing inclusive policies for the youth and get them involved in education, livelihoods and economic mainstreaming.

The second is de-radicalisation. Terrorist networks have sophisticated networks for recruitment to sign-up and go through induction and so we have to wean back the hearts of such people.

The third element is the strengthening of security institutions. Our security institutions need to have the capacity to detect, disrupt and respond effectively to threats to Kenya as a whole.

VA: It has just been released. Now Kenya has an expansive agricultural sector and many are self-sustainable. Of note is that 66% ofSub-Saharan soil is degraded. So what has the impact been for the region and secondly, what are some of the investments you know of for your region?

JM: Let’s take the conversation to a broader level. I have a concept which I call the national value chain in every country and it starts with what you have been endowed with in terms of the land and what is in that land, the population and the climatic conditions you enjoy. These you take advantage of for agriculture, for fisheries for tourism and then to a more sophisticated level into value addition in agriculture, manufacturing, wholesale retail and eventually export.

Land and population go together where on the one hand we have a demographic dividend placing pressure on the land. One of the issues the continent has to deal with is settlement planning. This is for economic mainstreaming where people live a good quality of life and providing for diversity in the economy, this has to be done properly.

What we have in Kenya for counter the effects of climate change are large scale irrigation projects – where in Kenya we have the One Million Acre Project to put under irrigation to counter the effect of degradation of the land. Ultimately this will result in soil conservation and in re-forestation and our country is known for this.

VA: Kenya has a large unemployed youth population. Help us with some of the lessons you know of and share key investment coming into Kenya that will aid youth employment in the immediate to medium future?

 JM: I do know we have very proactive policies for engaging the youth. What has happened in the last decade is that the problem of youth and women unemployment has been confronted in Kenya.

What the government has done is there are a number of policies; One, atcentral government level we have established funds for supporting youth enterprise for youth and women. Secondly, as part of procurement, we have provided for youth and women to access a minimum 30 percent of government contracts.

This is actually a personal crusade; this is focus for our social investment programme. By increasing economic participation, especially youth and women and increasing livelihoods, you are expanding the market for business by increasing purchasing power.

Skills development and mentoring, where I am also personally involved in a project in my village where young people participate in a race with a winning take of about $100 where they can pay school fees or buy goats – things relevant for their lifestyle. We need to move away from employment towards enterprise and sustaining already successful livelihoods, returning sufficient returns.

The second level is promoting SME’s and we run competitions for businesses turning over more than $1m to register, provide three years of audited financials. We then go and celebrate these companies that add to the supply chain and participate then in higher levels of transactions.

The penny needs to drop for business – when the penny drops and a critical mass gets involved in transforming communities into productive entities – then we are all going to grow our market!

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Impact Investing: Improving student performance with bicycles

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It started in Davos 2015, where leading executives were challenged to walk up to 13 kilometres a day to raise awareness ad funds for the SRI International Education Study for children in South Africa.

Caroline Anstey herself walked up to 13 kilometres daily, setting the standard for commitment to a project partnership led by Frederick K. Day of World Bicycle relief – Africa. Delegates in Davos committed 2500 specially designed bicycles to be delivered by the World Bicycle Relief to children in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The initiative goes towards the study by the SRI International, to provide bicycles to children in remittance to research data that shows travel times to school can be reduced by 75 percent, boosting attendance.

Post the WEF / UBS Press Conference, we sat down for a quick chat with Caroline Anstey of UBS to gain her insight.

Ventures Africa (VA): Caroline, I am intrigued by UBS. Can you explain what ‘Performance Plus’ is about?

Caroline Anstey (CA): Performance Plus is the idea that we can now offer investors both traditional financial returns, financial performance with a ‘Plus’ – and the ‘Plus’ is a social performance to go with it. So, if we think about impact investing, which is a whole new area, is really talking about getting a return, a financial return, but also securing a social or environmental return to go with it.

Traditionally it used to be thought that if you want a trade-off, if you want financial performance and you want sustainability, you will have to take a lower financial benefit. I think more and more now on average there is no difference, no trade-off and you can have both. UBS is saying that if you can have both your financial and social return it is a win-win. The importance of ‘Performance Plus’ is that if you look at the world today, there is not enough public money to solve all the problems around education, renewable energy, green growth – neither is there necessarily enough private institutional money to solve that either.

We need a combination of public, private and large institutional investors, and so if I look at wealth management, UBS is the largest wealth management company, managing $2 trillion worth of assets. So if you take just a small percentage of those and move them into impact investing, where people are getting a social return, and society is getting a societal and environmental return – we could have a big difference. That in essence is ‘Performance Plus’.

VA: It sounds intriguing, but let’s take South Africa as an example. If I am a company investing with UBS but have to comply with B-BBEE (Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment), how does this affect such companies if they see the merit of impact investing with UBS?

CA: What we at UBS are doing is we are starting in the wealth management area and we are saying that for private individuals, we are going to offer a menu of options. So as they look at their portfolio they can decide, do I want traditional investments, do I want to exclude certain investments from my portfolio, do they want to go for impact investing?Depending on your appetite as a private investor for sustainability or the environment, you can build a portfolio around those options. At UBS we are also offering t screen portfolio’s for sustainability. We have also piloted that where people have done the screening, we found that 80% of them that find in their portfolio hat there areas that they may disagree with i.e. tobacco, they moved their assets. This is important because we are seeing more and more that private individuals are looking to invest alongside their values, especially among young people.

Depending on your appetite as a private investor for sustainability or the environment, you can build a portfolio around those options. At UBS we are also offering t screen portfolio’s for sustainability. We have also piloted that where people have done the screening, we found that 80% of them that find in their portfolio hat there areas that they may disagree with i.e. tobacco, they moved their assets. This is important because we are seeing more and more that private individuals are looking to invest alongside their values, especially among young people.

As more wealth passes down to the millennials, globally thee is $31 trillion that is going to pass down to them, there is bound to be a shift in priority as to where they put their investments.

VA: Let’ take a more pragmatic look at your venture with regard to bicycles for education in South Africa. In selection of the recipients, do they have to have a decent diet, because and as you know, many kids go to school without eating – is this a consideration at all?

CA: The participants were chosen by the local communities, and the local communities set some of the criteria and one of the criteria is distance to walk. On diet I think the implication of your question is, those who had poorer diets, perhaps would not get bicycles because it might sap their energy even more if they are cycling. I don’t think that has been factored into it, but, it is different across communities, and at the moment we are studying the Limpopo Province and there the communities did chose the families based on the distance and need and the families then sign a contract to use the bicycle properly. The study is following up with attendance records, exam records, but also household surveys to really drill down how the bicycle is used and I think your point about nutrition is one that we should factor in.

However as I said before, the bicycle is not a silver bullet to solve all issues. I worked for many years on Haiti where we did school feeding programs and we were feeding 35 000 children a day. Ideally overtime, you bring these things together, but does not undermine the importance of the transport factor which can have a huge impact.

VA: Enterprise Development has a huge failure rate. Impact investing is certainly growing faster. What are your thoughts on CSI investing running parallel to enterprise development?

CA: First of all I think you need different horses for courses or courses for horse, so, you not going to get everything moving in the same direction. However I do think there is a lot of rationale for CSI to focus on ‘Social Entrepreneurship’, and I think what we have seen is local solutions or development has been in the hands of government or the experts. Now we are seeing a democratisation of ideas and some of the best ideas for how to deliver health or education or even local power can come from different walks of life, and we’ve seen this in the tech community with the design of apps that make i.e. mobile banking a reality.

So this idea of empowering social entrepreneurs who come from different walks of life to solve social issues at a local level is very important and that is a clear role for community investment. Of course there going to be a role for enterprise investment and venture capital. But social entrepreneurship is a new phenomenon, which if taken to scale, you can see some of the big movements and enterprise today started as small garage based social entrepreneurs.

We need to find those ideas and be able to scale them up.

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Kim K gifts kanye with a 7,000 square foot home basketball court for 38th birthday

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 After surprising him on his 38th with a Basketball celebrity game at the Staples Center,Kim Kardashian had construction crews work on a new home basketball court for the rapper.
According to TMZ, she had him distracted while he was in California and had the crew set up the court..

The new construction is reportedly in stage one of development, but is expected to be completed soon.


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Morata: Khedira Asked Me About Juventus Before Joining

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It is no news that Khedira has made a move to Juventus. His former Real Madrid teammate and now current Juventus teammate, Alvaro Morata, has revealed that the midfielder called him for advice before moving to Turin.

The pair played together before the younger one, Morata, moved to Italy after failing to get regular playing time with the Los Blancos, the same issue that drove German midfielder, Sami Khedira to Juventus.

Morata has now confirmed that Khedira asked him about life in Italy before joining the Old Lady of Turin.

“Khedira asked me a lot about the club before he joined,” Morata told Marca. “I’m glad he’s here, he’s a great signing.”

Morata also reflected on his first year at the club and thanked his team-mates for helping him to adjust to his new surroundings.

“It was not just my year here but the year of the team that led to a fourth successive Scudetto. We have formed a great group here and my team-mates took care of me upon my arrival.

“It’s felt like we’ve been playing together for four or five years.”

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Lovers Die Prematurely From The Use Of Sex Enhanced Drug During Romp (Photo)

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A male and female students of a University in Anambra State (name withheld), have reportedly died in a hostel room located near the school from the use of a sex-enhancing drug during a sex romp.

According to DailyIndependentnig, the Imo state born female student visited her male boyfriend (300L student of public administration) and as they dallied into the room together on Saturday.

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They never came out again until their bodies started decomposing, neighbours had to raise alarm to the police and the doors were forced open.

It was learnt that the guy allegedly drugged the girl to have access to free sex which resulted to her death and he equally took the pills and lay beside her.

Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) from Awkuzu removed both bodies and deposited then at an undisclosed morgue.

The Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), DSP Uche Ezeh while reacting to the incident said investigations were ongoing to ascertain the veracity of the case.

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Omotola invades Congo in stunning outfits

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African icon and actress Omotola was a special guest at the Congo film festival, “festival Cinef” celebrating female filmmakers in cinema. The actress landed in Kinshasa with her team ready to inspire the country’s female filmmakers.
She also rocked some eye-popping outfits .


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Koke Reveals: Barcelona Wanted Me To Replace Xavi

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has revealed that Barcelona approached him in the hopes that he will serve as a replacement for Xavi.

Koke is a product of Atletico’s academy and made his debut against Barcelona in 2009 at a young age of 17, and now the Spaniard has gone on to establish himself as a midfielder in this football age.

He also revealed that Madrid made a move for him in his teenage years, but the 23-year-old hopes to be a one club man like Xavi and Gerrard.

“Last summer I knew there was an interest from Barcelona in me. But my head was at Atletico Madrid,” he told Goal . “I grew up here, and did not have that need to go. I’m very comfortable here, and for now I don’t see the need to go.

“Real Madrid also tried to prise me away when I was with the Under-16 team. But Atletico said it would not happen. And thank God, I’m still here. Hopefully I can be a one-club man and win a lot with Atletico.

“The goodbyes to [Steven] Gerrard and Xavi [when each left Liverpool and Barcelona respectively] were spectacular. They only played for the same club in their careers, and it was very beautiful.”

Koke was also keen play down his tag as the ‘new Xavi’, but admitted the veteran has been a role model for him throughout his formative years.

“Me, the ‘new Xavi’? In the end, there is not going to be a ‘new Xavi’, or ‘new Iniesta’, or ‘new whatever’,” the Spain international continued. “I hope to be remembered as Koke.

“Still, Xavi has been a reference for me. I shared a year with him in the [national] team, and learnt many things from him. For me, it is an honour to have shared that time with him.”

Koke is also hopeful he will return to his favoured central midfield berth next term after operating out wide for much of last season.

“I was not as good as I could have been last term,” he concluded. ” There were so many games being played, after three or four years in which we gave everything.

“I am ready to play as a central midfielder next season, as Cholo [Simeone] recently said. His philosphy is playing to win, to give everything in each game and wanting to win every one.

“Maybe there was a slight downturn at the end, not only with me but the whole group. So perhaps that’s why Simeone is looking to change things at Atletico.”

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DPR Plans To Demolish 150 Illegal Petrol Stations In Akwa Ibom

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Following the illegal construction of sites and inability to procure a licence to operate, the Department of Petroleum Resources will be bringing down over 150 illegal petrol stations in Akwa Ibom.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, the Controller of Operations, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Mr Asuquo Antai, revealed that the stations, which were built on unsuitable sites, had no licence to operate.

He said that although some of the station owners had commenced the regularisation of their documents, the development was unhealthy.

“I have told them categorically that we will not rush to regularise any papers until they get the appropriate government approval.’’

“We cannot allow the building of illegal stations to go unchecked because they will expose the people to serious danger in the nearest future,’’ Antai concluded.

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Katy Perry Revealed As The New Face Of Moschino

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Katy Perry is all shades of golden in her first AD campaign for Moschino.

Ever since Jeremy Scott presented his first collection for Moschino in February 2014, Katy Perry has rarely made a public appearance wearing any other designer and it’s no surprise that she has been chosen as the latest face of the Italian fashion house.

The 30-year-old pop star dons a patchy denim jacket, sexy gold brallete, black pencil skirt and layered gold chains from designer Jeremy Scott’s fall-winter 2015 collection as she poses seductively with her hand on her hip in the 90’s inspired image she shared with her 21.6 million Instagram followers on Wednesday.

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Adorable Photos of 3 Chibok girls schooling in the US

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Three of the abducted Chibok girls, Mercy ,Sarah and Deborah are now in High School at Canyonville Christian Academy, in Oregon,USA.. They were among the lucky few who escaped Boko Haram captivity ..
Grace who slept through the sounds of gunfire in the night,was awoken when her roommate Mary prodded her, “Get up!” Grace said..
“They said they were soldiers. They said they were there to protect us, “They told us all to stay together.”
Terrified, the girls did as they were told.On the way, they began shouting, “Allahu akbar! Allahu akbar!” It means “God is great” in Arabic. They lit the office on fire.
“We realized they were impostors,” . “They were not there to help us.” But it was too late to run. The girls were forced into trucks at gunpoint.

 She told Mary she had a plan: She would ask the men if she could go to the bathroom — in the bush — and then run. Mary wasn’t sure if that was such a good idea. The men were escorting girls to the bush and could shoot them dead.

 “I decided I would rather die trying to escape than be killed by these men.”
She stuck to her plan, running for her life. As she crashed through the dense, thorny forest, she had no idea where she was going. Out of the corner of her eye, she could see other girls fleeing as well — shooting off in all directions. Mary was one of them. She had decided to run after all. But Mary was running in the opposite direction of Grace.
Mercy jumped off a speeding truck as the terrorists drove the girls to the camp, taking the chance that she might break her legs when she slammed to the ground. She found her way back to Chibok, hiding in the bush along the way. 
I pray to God to forgive them and cure their hearts,” she says in her native language. “I do not want revenge.”
Sarah was staying with a friend nearby to help with a wedding, she woke in the night to the sound of men shouting as they torched the school. The next morning, she went to the charred grounds. “No one is there,” she says. “They are all gone.”
Among the missing was her cousin Mercy — the same Mercy here in Canyonville. Sarah and her relatives feared they would never see her again. “Everyone is asking 
‘Where is Mercy? Where is Mercy?’ My grandmother, cry, cry, cry,” she says. She dissolves into tears. “I don’t like to talk about Boko Haram. They are bad people,” she says. “Sometimes when you sleep, you dream about them.

 The girls will be in Canyonville for two years,where it costs around $40,000 a girl per year for housing, tuition, and other expenses,

Culled from Cosmopolitan


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