Photos From The ABL All Star Weekend: 2Face, Davido, M.I. & More!

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ABL All Star Weekend – The African Basketball League held it’s first ever All-Star Weekend between the 26th and 28th of April, 2016.

The All-Star Weekend kicked off with the ABL Celebrity Grapple, with stars such as Sound Sultan, Tee Billz and Ikechukwu suiting up for the Celebrity team. Show Dem Camp rapper Ghost was named the MVP for the game, with Chocolate City’s Koker giving a scintillating half time performance.

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After the Celebrity Game came the 3-point and dunk contests, with Afam Muojeke of the Lagos Islanders winning the 3-point contest and A Dike of Libreville Izobe winning the Slam Dunk contest.

Monday kicked off with the ABL Junior Training Camp, and the Weekend wrapped up with the All Star Game, with Team America beating Team Africa 145 – 125. Lagos Islander’s Mark Hill was voted the games MVP, winning $1000 courtesy Cruz Vodka.

A host of Nigerian celebrities were present throughout the All Star Weekend, including Kel, 2Face, Davido, Emma Nyra, Poe, M.I and much more. See photos below!

ABL All Star Weekend

ABL All Star Weekend

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MUSIC: Reminisce ft Wale – Asalamalekun (Remix)

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Reminisce has been feeding the streets a lot lately. Today he delivers the Remix toAsalamalekun featuring American born Nigerian rapper, Wale. I guess this is the track both rappers recorded during their studio session some months back while Wale was in Lagos.

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Avicii Retires From Shows

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Swedish DJ Avicii retires from shows  – Popular Swedish DJ and producer, Avicii has announced that he’d no longer be going on tour or performing at shows.

Swedish DJ Avicii retires from shows

Swedish DJ Avicii retires from shows

In a lengthy post on Facebook, Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, started off by thanking a host of people, before proceeding to explain his decision.

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He wrote: “My path has been filled with success but it hasn’t come without its bumps. I’ve become an adult while growing as an artist, I’ve come to know myself better and realize that there’s so much I want to do with my life. I have strong interests in different areas but there’s so little time to explore them.

Two weeks ago, I took the time to drive across the U.S. with my friends and team, to just look and see and think about things in a new way. It really helped me realize that I needed to make the change that I’d been struggling with for a while.

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My choices and career have never been driven by material things, although I’m grateful for all the opportunities and comforts my success has availed me. I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist.

I will however never let go of music – I will continue to speak to my fans through it, but I’ve decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Let’s make them go out with a bang!

One part of me can never say never, I could be back …but I won’t be right back.”

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VIDEO: Jaywon ft. 9ice – Jolly Muke

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Jaywon serves the scorching Unlimited LA – directed visual for his recent single ‘Jolly Muke.’ With his forthcoming album to be released in a few days, 9ice and Jaywon take the anticipation to fever-high.

Jaywon is seen in his most appreciative and reflective. ‘Jolly Muke’ is the last single before ‘Oba Orin’ is released.

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Late Dr Giwa’s Sister Reveals Ibinabo Fiberesima Refused To Apologize

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Ibinabo Fiberesima refused to apologize – A sister of the late Dr. Suraj Giwa who was killed by actress Ibinabo Fiberesima has revealed how the actress refused to apologize after the incident.

In the interview with Punch, Biola Giwa-Adeyemi also spoke about her family’s reaction to the incident and the new prison sentence.

Ibinabo Fiberesima refused to apologize

Ibinabo Fiberesima refused to apologize

Excerpts from the interview below!

Were you in Nigeria when your brother, Dr. Giwa died?

I have always lived in the US. I was home when the accident happened. I have been living in the US for the past 33 years. We have forgiven Ibinabo. We have moved on with our lives. My mum is still alive.  She cannot talk to anybody on this issue. It is going to be a fresh wound. Some people are saying we have not forgiven her. But that is not true. The Giwa family has moved on. It was an accident and accidents do happen.  When people go out every day, I don’t think anybody sets his or her mind to go out and kill somebody.

So why is Ibinabo’s own different?

It wouldn’t have been like this. It was just the way she conducted herself after the accident.  When the accident happened, she fled the scene of the accident. She doesn’t have good advisers. The state government had to find out who the owner of the car she was driving was. That was when it was found out that the car belonged to Daniel Wilson.

We learnt you said you would never forgive Ibinabo and you would make sure she was sent to jail…

Why would I want to say that?  Is it not God that forgives? I don’t even know her, so why would I say I wasn’t going to forgive her? I didn’t know who she was. We weren’t even bothered about her. My mother had two kids in that car. My brother’s wife came from England and we were having a prayer session. That was when I saw Ibinabo. Would I say anything like that during a prayer session? We were all crying. One of them went to my husband and somehow, it was arranged that they meet me. My other brother who was involved in the accident works in the US and he had to go back. He asked me to stay for a little while so that one of us would be with our mother. I had to stay.

But did you at any point have a one on one discussion with her?

God is my witness, my husband was also there, she got out of the car and she came to me. The people she came with were just somewhere there, they didn’t even come close. I asked her what she wanted and she said she had come to plead so that the charges would be dropped. I told her it wasn’t between us and her but between the state government and her. But I told her I would rather give her an advice that would work for her. I told her if I were in her shoes, I would apologise publicly to the masses and also to the family. I advised her to throw herself to the mercy of the court. If she had done that, people would know she was remorseful and they would know she had indeed apologised. But she said she wasn’t going to do that. She said it would damage her career. Believe me, if not that so many eyes were on us, I would have kicked her for saying that. My husband was beside me when she said that. He even looked at me. I couldn’t believe it. What? Dr. Giwa was the head of physical rehabilitation medicine in LASUTH. He was the only one that had that credential then in Lagos State. Dr. Giwa was valuable to the state. He had helped a lot of people out. We have forgiven her; my mother has moved on, Dr. Giwa’s kids have moved on.


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Bonucci: I’m Staying Put At Juventus, Not Following Conte

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Leonardo Bonucci has made his future clear, stating he has no desire to join Conte at Chelsea.

The Juventus defender has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, where Conte is expected to join after leaving Italy.

And Bonucci, who was also managed by Conte at Juventus, has no urge to join his national coach in the EPL.

“If I’ve ever followed Conte, then it’s been to get a coffee at most,” Bonucci told reporters at a press conference.

“I don’t know where he’s going to go [next season], but I’ve signed a new contract with Juventus and I’m only thinking about the Bianconeri.”

It is widely anticipated that Conte will replace Guus Hiddink as Chelsea manager ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

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Mikel Could Leave Chelsea In The Summer

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Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel has stated he will seek an exit from the club, if he’s not guaranteed a regular role.

Antonio Conte is believed to be on his way to joining the club and signing a three year contract.

And Mikel, who has a contract that expires in 2017, has revealed he could leave the blues this summer.

“I have one more season with Chelsea but I know when this season ends, we will definitely sit down and try to sort out whatever needs to be sorted out,” the 28-year-old told Goal.

“If it means me leaving, fine.

“If it means me staying, then I have to play because one thing I don’t want to do is to sit on the bench like I did before.”

Mikel was used only sparingly by Jose Mourinho before the Portuguese’s departure in December, and although he has been a key figure under Guus Hiddink, the Nigerian is demanding assurances from Chelsea’s new manager.

“It’s not very nice, especially now when you have kids you just want to do what you can to play,” said the midfielder.

“Wherever it is I just want to play. When this season ends we will definitely sort out the contracts.

“Legacy is important and I’m very proud and happy that I’ve kept this legacy to be able to achieve what I have achieved.”

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Fuel Scarcity: Kachikwu Begs Nigerians, Says Queues To Disappear On April 7

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who had insisted that the fuel scarcity across parts of the country would linger till May, in a dramatic u-turn on Tuesday, pleaded with Nigerians as he assured that the long queues in the country’s petrol stations would disappear on Monday, April 7, 2016.

READ ALSO: APC Demands Kachikwu’s Resignation Over Remark On Fuel Scarcity

The Petroleum minister, who doubles as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) made this known when he appeared before the Senate committee on Petroleum (Downstream) over the fuel scarcity ravaging the country.

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The Minister said: “By 6th or 7th April, the long queues in filing stations would disappear.”

Kachikwu also apologized to Nigerians over his statement that the biting fuel scarcity will linger till May.

It will be recalled, a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu had blasted Kachikwu for telling Nigerians that he “was not trained as a magician”, a reference to the lingering fuel scarcity that appears to be defying efforts of the NNPC.

Tinubu, who was apparently angered by Kachikwu’s seeming lack of empathy and manifest arrogance, said he believed a member of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government “has strayed from the progressive calling required of this administration.”

Angered by Tinubu’s criticism on Kachikwu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lambasted Tinubu, saying he lacks the moral right to criticise the minister knowing the role he played in the emergence of the APC-led Federal Government.

Also, in quick defence of the petroleum minister, the spokesperson for the president, Mr Femi Adesina pleaded with Nigerians not to crucify the minister for telling the truth.

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Deadpool Becomes Highest Grossing R-Rated Film Of All Time

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Deadpool becomes highest grossing R-rated film of all time – Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool has cursed and cracked and shot its way to becoming the highest grossing R-rated film of all time.

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Deadpool becomes highest grossing R-rated film of all time

Deadpool has currently grossed $745 million, breaking the 10-year record which previously belonged to The Matrix: Reloaded. 

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The movie’s global success is even more impressive considering it didn’t release in China, the world’s 2nd biggest market, where it was deemed too extreme for Chinese audiences.

Of course, there’s a sequel coming, with director Tim Miller and Reynolds ready to combine again for more over the top comedy and action.

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7 Muslim Leaders Allege Forceful Detention By Governor Okowa’s Aide, Demand N10m

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Seven Muslim leaders have written a petition to the Governor of Delta state, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, claiming that they were forcefully detained by his Executive Assistant on Religious Matters, Bishop Nmalagu Greatman, for over 30 minutes.

This is just as the Bishop had invited them to a meeting in his office.

The clerics – Alhaji Abubakar Mumakai-Unagha, Alhaji Wasiu Udi, Alhaji Jubril Jenje, Alhaji Mohammed Kiti, Alhaji Ibrahim Miphoro, Alhaji Yusuf Eregbene and Alhaji Muhammadu Okotie – are demanding a sum of N10m in compensation and an apology from the governor’s aide, in three national newspapers within 14 days or risk legal action.

According to the petitioners, “For over 30 minutes, we were locked up and despite pleas, we were kept in the office against our fundamental human rights to freedom of movement, association, liberty and dignity of life, under section 33, 34, 35, 40 and 41 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and Article XIII and XX of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and we hereby demand N10 million from the governor’s aide or we will take legal action against him, 14 days from today (yesterday).”

They also claimed that, “When eventually the door was opened, some of us had collapsed and fainted due to suffocation and trauma which we passed through and those of us who fainted were subsequently rushed to a nearby clinic for medical attention.”

Neither the Governor, nor Bishop Greatman had responded to the allegation as efforts to reach them for comment proved abortive as at press time.

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Critics Can’t Sway El-Rufai To Withdraw Religious Bill – Aide

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In spite of the criticism and public outcry that trailed Nasiru El-Rufai’s controversial religious bill, the Special Adviser to the Kaduna State Governor on Political Affairs, Malam Uba Sani has maintained that the governor will not backtrack on his programmes for the state.

READ ALSO: Another Cleric Gives El-Rufai Ultimatum, ’Withdraw Religious Bill Or Face God’s Wrath’

Speaking to pressmen in Kaduna on Monday, Sani blamed mischief makers of being responsible for some of the criticisms against the El-Rufai’s policies.

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He said, “We are not going to get tired of explaining to our people that all the policies, programmes as well as legislations currently being implemented or about to be implemented by the El Rufai administration will always be in the best interest of the state. They will also be for the good of the people who overwhelmingly elected the governor into office.

“You may accuse Governor El-Rufai of anything but you‎ don’t even have to know him too well to deduce that the governor is not the type to be swayed by any form or shade of primordial religious sentiments.”

“The governor has deep knowledge of the state and knows how easy it is for persons who do not mean well for the state, to orchestrate negative religious issues given the seemingly sharp religious divide in the state.”

“The bill in question is not even a new law, as some persons are making it appear. This law has existed since 1984, with amendments in 1987 and 1996.”

READ ALSO: El-Rufai Seeks 2-Year Jail Term For Unlicensed Religious Preachers In Kaduna

He added: “Recall that at some point, Kaduna State became notorious for religious riots and there was the compelling need to resort to all legal means possible to tackle this matter that never does anyone any good.

“Hence the amendment of this law, that is aimed at stemming religious extremism. So, like we have severally explained, in further amending this law, the government is only seeking to discourage the use of religion for violence and division.”

READ ALSO: Apostle Johnson Insists That Governor El Rufai Will ‘Die!’

Kindly note however, that this law does not in any way abridge, threaten or violate the freedom of worship as enshrined in the constitution of our great country.”

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Former Chelsea Physio Eva Carneiro Quits Football

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Former Chelsea physiotherapist and doctor, Eva Carneiro, who was involved in a very public spat, with now sacked Chelsea manager, José Mourinho, has detached from football.

Carneiro – who remains locked in an employment tribunal with the Stamford Bridge outfit following her departure in 2015 – is set to return to Gibraltar to take up a role at a medical clinic.

“As Sports Medicine and Exercise Medicine Consultant Doctor Eva specialises in the treatment of athletes and other physically active individuals. Sports and Exercise medicine physicians have extensive education in musculoskeletal medicine,” a post on the Gibraltar Specialist Medical Clinc said.

“She is able to treat injuries such as muscle, ligament, tendon and bone problems, but may also treat chronic illnesses that can affect physical performance, such as asthma and diabetes.

“Dr Carneiro will also advise on managing and preventing injuries, sports and exercise nutrition, supplementation and performance enhancement.”

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Butland To Miss Euro 2016 With Ankle Injury

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Stoke City’s Jack Butland has revealed he will not be available for the Euro 2016 after suffering a fractured ankle.

Butland was carried off before half time in the 3-2 win over Germany, with scans suggesting he needed surgery.

And the England international does not think he’ll be ready in time for the Euros, as he’ll be sidelined for the rest of the season.

“I don’t think [the European Championship is] going to be an option for me now to be honest because I won’t be able to play again between now and the end of the season,” he told Stoke’s official website.

“It is difficult because I have been working towards the Euros this summer. It isn’t the challenge that I expected or wanted this summer but I am going to approach it with the right mentality and learn from it, both physically and mentally.

“I have not had to deal with an injury like this before so I will come out of it as a stronger person and a better goalkeeper, and look forward to the start of next season.”

Butland’s place in the side will be taken by Southampton’s Fraser Forster for Tuesday’s friendly against Netherlands as Joe Hart continues to recover from a calf injury.

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Wentworth Miller Slams Fat-Shaming Memes

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Wentworth Miller Slams Fat-Shaming Memes – Actor Wentworth Miller has slammed an internet meme that fat shamed him.

The meme, posted by LAD Bible on Facebook, shows a picture of Miller while he was shooting Prison Break besde another one of him years after. It was captioned: “When you break out of prison and find out about McDonald’s monopoly…”

Wentworth Miller Slams Fat-Shaming Memes

Wentworth Miller Slams Fat-Shaming Memes

The Prison Break star posted the picture on his Facebook page, responding to the meme and explaining the photos. He wrote:

Today I found myself the subject of an Internet meme. Not for the first time.

This one, however, stands out from the rest.

In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons.

First and foremost, I was suicidal.

This is a subject I’ve since written about, spoken about, shared about.

But at the time I suffered in silence. As so many do. The extent of my struggle known to very, very few.

Ashamed and in pain, I considered myself damaged goods. And the voices in my head urged me down the path to self-destruction. Not for the first time.

I’ve struggled with depression since childhood. It’s a battle that’s cost me time, opportunities, relationships, and a thousand sleepless nights.

In 2010, at the lowest point in my adult life, I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction. And I turned to food. It could have been anything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the one thing I could look forward to. Count on to get me through. There were stretches when the highlight of my week was a favorite meal and a new episode of TOP CHEF. Sometimes that was enough. Had to be.

And I put on weight. Big f–king deal.

One day, out for a hike in Los Angeles with a friend, we crossed paths with a film crew shooting a reality show. Unbeknownst to me, paparazzi were circling. They took my picture, and the photos were published alongside images of me from another time in my career. “Hunk To Chunk.” “Fit To Flab.” Etc.

My mother has one of those “friends” who’s always the first to bring you bad news. They clipped one of these articles from a popular national magazine and mailed it to her. She called me, concerned.

In 2010, fighting for my mental health, it was the last thing I needed.

Long story short, I survived.

So do those pictures.

I’m glad.

Now, when I see that image of me in my red t-shirt, a rare smile on my face, I am reminded of my struggle. My endurance and my perseverance in the face of all kinds of demons. Some within. Some without.

Like a dandelion up through the pavement, I persist.

Anyway. Still. Despite.

The first time I saw this meme pop up in my social media feed, I have to admit, it hurt to breathe. But as with everything in life, I get to assign meaning. And the meaning I assign to this/my image is Strength. Healing. Forgiveness.

Of myself and others.

If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available. Reach out. Text. Send an email. Pick up the phone. Someone cares. They’re waiting to hear from you. Much love. – W.M. #koalas #inneractivist#prisonbroken

The LAD Bible has since apologized for the post.

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Wande Coal, Kiss Daniel, Patoranking and More Shutdown Smade Afrofest

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For some, the date March 28th 2016 held no significance, but for lovers of Afrobeats in LONDON, it meant one major thing: the day had FINALLY come for them to witness the musical talents of top Nigerian artists Wande Coal, Kiss Daniel, Patoranking and DJ Spinall at TROXY LONDON; thankfully, we were not at all disappointed.

The night kicked off with Award winning Comedian & Event Host EDDIE KADI entertaining the crowd with his notoriously energetic dance moves and setting the atmosphere.

UK based Nigerian Afrobeats artist SELIMAX serenaded the ladies with songs ‘Roma’ & ‘Beautiful’ followed by IKE CHUKS – fast rising Artist & member of Britain’s Got Talent Winning Group ‘Diversity’whose choreography to songs ‘Play like Play’ and ‘Go Low’ was fantastic.

it was time for the lovely DJ SPINALL aka ‘The Cap’  and DJ Neptizzle to hit the stage. Taking the crowd on a musical journey of some of the most popular Afrobeats, Trap, Reggae and R&B songs – he indeed proved that he can spin all the hits we know and love. Mega Producer / Artist MALEEK BERRY announced that it was time to ‘turn the lights down’ and proceeded to give a very sultry performance of ‘Work’ (Rihanna Refix) and ‘For my People’.

With the audience’s appetite now fully whetted, everyoneeagerly awaited the main event.

Fresh from touring the United States & Nigeria, the live band of the night ‘THE COMPOZERS’ were, in my honest opinion, musical perfection – performing a vast number of instrumental versions of well known songs before introducing the ‘Black Diamond’.

Surrounded by special effects smoke which created aheavenly visual, WANDE COAL came out onto the stage singing hit ‘Ololufe’ ; instantly captivating everyone with his sweet vocals and dynamic delivery. Sounding exactly like your recorded track whilst singing live is not easy; I’m a singer so I know. Egbon Wande: I hail Oo – you get 2 thumbs up from me Sir. Other hits performed included ‘Monster’, ‘Bumper to Bumper’, ‘Rotate’ and ‘You Bad’ amongst others.

Next to grace the stage was baby faced KISS DANIEL. Wearing a stylish black agbada and single black glove on his left hand (reminiscent of a young Michael Jackson) and accompanied by UK Based artist MOELOGO, ‘Laye’, ‘Woju’, ‘Raba’ and ‘Good Time’ were some of the electrifying songs we were treated to.

Last but certainly not least came PATORANKING, whose theatrical entrance was outstandingly creative. With high energy renditions of ‘Girlie O’, ‘Daniella Whine’ Bob Marley classics ‘No Woman No Cry’, ‘One Love’ and hit ‘My Woman’performed with Wande Coal, it is clearly evident why this young man has risen so quickly in the music scene.

With the finale featuring a spectacular multi-coloured confetti explosion into the crowd, the event gets the rating of a solid10/10

If you missed the first SMADE AFROFEST sold out event, you missed out in a major way but don’t worry –judging by the success of this one, there will be many more for you to attend in the very near future.

Until next time – oya shokiiiii.

– Curated by Kalisha J

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APC, The Real Threat To Nigeria’s Security – Fayose Fires Back

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In a swift comeback, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has referred to the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the real threat to the security of Nigeria and its people.

READ ALSO: APC Declares Fayose A Threat To National Security

On Monday, in a statement, the APC described the recent utterances and actions of the governor as threats to national security, adding that Fayose’s perceived unguided statements had exposed him as fighting for selfish motives in order to create instability in an already tottering economy.

In a swift reaction on Tuesday, the governor, via his Special Assistance on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said, “it is only in Nigeria that a party that ran Ekiti State aground in four years and was rejected in six straight elections by the people can still be talking.”

“The major threat to national security is a party that lost election since June 21, 2014 and still trying to get back to power, using crude means including turning itself to the mouthpiece of the Department of State Services (DSS).”

“The question that Nigerians must ask the APC Spokesperson in Ekiti State, Taiwo Olatunbosun is whether he now doubles as the DSS spokesperson.

“In the last three weeks, everything the APC speculated that the DSS was going to do was exactly what the security agency did and that has reinforced the belief that the DSS was working in collaboration with the APC in Ekiti State to destabilise the Fayose-led government.

“It is also a fact that the chairman of APC in Ekiti State, Chief Jide Awe who is standing trial for murder was hosted to a dinner in the Presidential Villa while TKO Aluko on whose bench warrant was issued for alleged perjury is going about with armed security men.”

Fayose’s spokesperson insisted that no organisation is qualified as a threat to the security of Nigeria other than the APC that was compromising major government institutions, including DSS such that functionaries of the party were now the ones telling the security agency who to arrest and detained indefinitely in Ekiti State.

According to him, a party like the APC that its government kept silent when over 400 Agatus were killed by Fulani herdsmen in Benue State and women were raped, farmlands destroyed by the herdsmen in other parts of the country cannot be anything other than threat to national security.

“Or what should Nigeria call a party that caused the murder of over 20 Nigerians, including Youth Corp member in Bayelsa and Rivers States just because of desperation to win elections?

“When you try to truncate democratically elected government, deny Nigerians rights to fair hearing by detaining them indefinitely and disobey court orders, while also failing to conduct free and fair elections, what is such a government inviting other than breakdown of law and order? And what should such a party in power be called other than security threat to Nigeria?” he asked.

The spokesperson to the governor also urged leaders of the APC in Ekiti State, especially former governor, Kayode Fayemi to stop falling prey to political 419, whom he said were collecting millions of Naira from them, claiming to be helping them to fight Governor Fayose.

 “Instead of lavishing millions of Naira on TKO Aluko and others, they should rather use such money to empower the remnants of their party members in Ekiti State who are in dire need of financial help,” the spokesman said.

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Of Tyrants, Martyrs And Heroes (2) – Fani-Kayode

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It is with the foregoing in mind that we must examine and critically analyse the performance of the Buhari administration. I have nothing personally against President Muhammadu Buhari and, as he knows, I have the utmost respect for his office.

Yet, like Oliver Cromwell and Sir Thomas More, despite the sign of the times and the hazards and perils of standing against injustice and tyranny, we must rid ourselves of our fears and speak the bitter truth. And that truth is as follows.

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The more our government persecutes its perceived enemies, the more they are sowing the seeds of disintegration in our country. The more they oppress and attempt to intimidate those they seek to silence and subjugate, the more they engender anger, rebellion, alienation, enmity and division.

Nobody wishes to be part of a country in which apartheid, genocide, ethnic cleansing, islamisation, state-sponsored terror, religious bigotry and the selective application of justice is alive and well. Nobody wishes to be part of a contraption which seeks to empower and strengthen a tiny minority and which seeks to impoverish and enslave a pliant and docile majority.

If you want a country to remain united you do not go out of your way to kill, destroy, intimidate and tell lies about those that oppose you, that criticize you and that are not in your political party.

You do not attempt to relegate Christianity into being regarded as a weak, inconsequential and second rate faith. You do not burn the cross and attempt to shame our faith. You do not drag our nation into a military coalition of Sunni Muslim countries. You do not refer to concerned Christians as “religious bigots”.

If you want your country to remain together you do not get into bed with the Jihadists. You do not refuse to condemn the heinous activities of your kinsmen, the Fulani militants and herdsmen.

You do not tolerate the banning of preaching in public places, the banning of all-night prayers or the licensing and pulling down of churches anywhere in the country.

You do not condemn the bombing in Brussels and remain silent about the massacre in Agatu, the slaughter of the Igbo in the east and the mass murder of the Shia in Zaria. You do not behave like the King of the North and instead you conduct yourself like the President of Nigeria.

If you want your country to remain together you do not try to convict and jail your opponents for no just cause or attempt to silence them with sensational, salacious and baseless allegations and lies.

You do not use the security agencies to insult and threaten them on a daily basis and attempt to demonize them with half truths and mendacity before the entire world.

You do not impoverish the people with half-baked and ill-conceived economic and fiscal policies which have resulted in untold hardship, an unprecedented economic recession, high food and fuel prices, endless fuel queues, high electricity tariffs, the exile of the U.S. dollar, the unofficial devaluation of the naira, high unemployment and the lowest generation of electrical power since 1999.

You do not tell your people that you are ”not a magician” and that they have to live with the debilitating and traumatic fuel queues up until May.

​​You do not tell the Nigerian people to hold the vandals that are sabotaging our pipelines responsible for the lack of electricity that we are suffering and the perpetual darkness that we have found ourselves in. You do not throw 76 hardworking farmers in police cells in Enugu simply because they attempted to defend their wives, children and farms from the rampaging, lustful and bloodthirsty clutches of the Fulani militants and herdsmen.

If you want your country to remain together you do not tell your people that you will import Brazilian grass and establish grazing lands and settlements for Fulani herdsmen in the south.

You do not say that as a testimony of your so-called ”monumental efforts” to save the nation and as part of your contribution to national and international development our country will start producing toothpicks in 2018.

You do not say that we will send a man into space in 2030 when we can’t even produce enough petrol and refined products to fuel our cars and meet our local needs in 2016.

If you want your country to remain together you do not implement an economic policy that is nonsensical, counter-productive and irrational, that drives away foreign and local investment, that has killed the manufacturing and industrial sector, that has crippled farmers and the agricultural sector and that has turned us into a nation of poverty-stricken paupers and destitute beggars.

You do not implement a foreign policy that has turned us into the joke of the African continent, the laughing stock of the civilized world and the lackey of the Arab world.

You do not use your Armed Forces to intimidate your people or your AK-47-wielding ethnic militias to kill, crush and terrorize those that you consider to be subhuman slaves and second class citizens.

You do not attempt to break the spirit of those that refuse to worship you and bow down before you with brutal aggression and naked intimidation.

If you want your country to remain together you do not demonise President Goodluck Jonathan and leading members of the PDP and attempt to break them, humiliate them and destroy their legacy.

You do not lock up Col. Sambo Dasuki and Mr. Nnamdi Kanu indefinately, ignore court orders that have ordered their release and throw away the keys of their dungeons and cells.

You do not provoke God by using the machinery of state to ruin the name and annihilate the families, homes and lives of those that you hate and those that oppose you even though you know that they are innocent of any wrongdoing.

​You do not denigrate and unleash your thugs on the people of the Niger Delta and you do not attempt to turn Nigeria into Africa’s North Korea.

These things that you insist on doing do not breed love, peace, joy, hope and unity: they breed hate. They also breed bitterness, defiance, suspicion, fear and rage and ultimately they will result in civil unrest and a bitter and prolonged conflict.

I do not believe in violence and neither do I call for or support the idea of an armed struggle. I am a man of peace and like Sir Winston Churchill, the United Kingdom’s greatest Prime Minister, once said I believe “jaw jaw is better than war war”. I do not subscribe to the logic of force and instead I believe in the force of logic.

However when a people are pushed up against a wall and when a government has as its primary objective the silencing and cowering of the opposition and the destruction and humiliation of leading opposition figures, things begin to change very quickly.

When dreams are shattered, when hearts are broken, when children weep, when widows mourn, when tempers flair, when hearts harden and when blood boils, the center cannot hold and things fall apart.

When men cry through the night for the future of their nation and when women wail in despair because there is no hope for their children, the center cannot hold and things fall apart.

Where the voice of reason is drowned, when lawful opposition is reigned in, when peaceful dissent is silenced and when the fury of violence becomes inevitable, the center cannot hold and things fall apart.

History proves that those angry young men and women that do not believe that they have a future in a united Nigeria and that do not share or care for our disposition for peaceful dialogue will eventually say “enough is enough” and rise up like an all-powerful, angry and erupting volcano.

They will push the rational and reasonable aside and they will pick up their weapons of war in a desperate attempt to break the yoke of slavery and liberate themselves from the bondage of servitude.

Let us pray that it never comes to that. Let us trust God that restraint and good reason will prevail. Let us hope that we settle our differences in a peaceful manner.

Let us pray that those that hold the reigns of power today will eventually change their ways. Let us hope that they remember that they will not be there forever.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

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APC Declares Fayose A Threat To National Security

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The Ekiti State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the recent behaviour and utterances of Governor Ayodele Fayose, as constituting a serious threat to national security.

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State

A statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Monday by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Olatunbosun, alleged that Fayose’s perceived unguided statements suggest acts of sabotage targeted at rendering national institutions ineffective in order to create instability in an already tottering economy.

He said that Mr. Fayose’s unguided serial statements had exposed him as a man fighting a lone battle against the Federal Government over alleged selfish motives.

The statement cited the governor’s alleged death wish for President Muhammadu Buhari at a rally held at Fajuyi Square, Ado-Ekiti, over the weekend to welcome the detained member of the House of Assembly, Akanni Afolabi, to the state capital as a case study.

The statement reads: “We have heard of reports of Governor Fayose inciting the people to stone the operatives of the DSS anywhere they are seen. This is besides saying many unprintable things about the President, such as that he (Buhari) would soon die, and declaring the DG of DSS, Lawal Musa Daura personal non-grata in Ekiti State.

It is regrettable that Fayose cannot separate his personal views as a man constantly at war with the Nigerian law from the views of lawful Ekiti people, who are ready to submit themselves to the Nigerian law where the rule of law and good governance flourish.”

He further accused the governor of running a government built on his personal image, the APC said this misconception had “robbed Ekiti people the quality leadership with the right mindset to see governance beyond the prism of self-glorification”.

“This failure to see governance beyond personal appeal of the governor is costing our state good governance for the development of our people and her deserved place of honour in this country. That is why the governor is wasting state resources on helicopter charter to ferry an accused person, Akanni Afolabi, from Abuja to Ekiti after which he took six pages of several newspapers on frivolous adverts to publish court records on the accused’s bail application and topped it with the donation of a new car to same Akanni, who is still under investigation over several criminal cases.

“Fayose has appointed himself national opposition leader just because he wants to help himself in his many criminal cases against the nation’s law.”

Neither the governor, nor his aides or the state government had yet responded to the APC statement.

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Elton John Slammed With New Sexual Harassment Lawsuit By Bodyguard

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Elton John in sexual harassment and battery lawsuit with ex-bodyguard of 12 Years

Elton John, 69, faces new allegations of sexual harassment and battery as his ex-bodyguard is suing him for “putting his hands in his pants”.

Jeffrey Wenninger, former security guard Elton worked with him for twelve years before quitting in September, 2014.

In a lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of California, Monday, Jeffrey cites multiple incidents of “unwelcome and offensive touching and groping” by the star.

Wenninger reports the escalation of the harassment in 2010, before it ended in 2014.

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Elton John, Jeffrey Wenninger

On one incident, Wenninger claims that in March 2014 during a car ride to Van Nuys airport, the 69-year-old Brit forced his hand down his pants, grabbed his genitals and put his fingers between his (Wenninger) butt cheeks”.

He also asserts, John had demanded he “Get your todger out,”. Sir Elton used the British slang to refer to his penis.

The ex-bodyguard details in court’s documents a second incident while driving to John’s home on April 12 where the singer told him; “You have so many gay genes in you. They just haven’t met up yet.”

Documents also revealed Elton John had reached into Wenninger’s shirt and twisted his nipples before sticking his finger into his ear while saying something to the effect of “You gorgeous thing, you”.

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The ex-bodyguard stated his refusal to commit to the star verbally and physically but Elton remained unmoved as he tried grabbing his employee’s privates again on April 16.

Wenninger revealed their was more assaults which transpired  over the time he was on Elton’s payroll.

Although victims of alleged sexual assault are not named publicly, Wenninger named himself in a publicly available lawsuit seeking damages through a jury trial.

Elton John who is not really of a sexual nature, rose to fame in the UK with the 1970 single “Your Song” and 1972’s “Rocket Man,”; he has also been accused of verbal and physical harassment in the past.

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VIDEO: Simi X Pearl – Jamb Question (MashUp) | A3 Sessions

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Meet Simi and Pearl doing a mashup of songs on the Freeme TV’s A3 Sessions. From TLC’s “Unpretty”, Simi’s “Jamb Question” to Asa’s “Bibanke” and finally Rihanna’s latest song “Work”, they delivered topnotch vocal dexterity that will definitely awe and entertain you. Simi is certainly the rave of the moment after her flawless performance in the latest music video/film, Soldier, by Falz.

A3 Sessions is a Freeme TV production and a platform for Acoustics musicians to showcase their talent and vocal ability. So far, the programme has had the likes of Benita Okojie, MTN Project Fame 8.0 winner, Jeff Akoh, the Osanle crooner, Immaculate and a host of other very talented artistes.

A3 Sessions MashUp, which is an extension of A3 Sessions, is a programme in which we have two or more artistes coming together to deliver and creatively mix multiple songs into one.”


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Boko Haram In Trouble As 10,000 Hunters Seek Clearance To Raid Sambisa Forest

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More than 10,000 local hunters from the North-east of Nigeria converged during the weekend in Adamawa State for their annual oath-taking festival, known as Salala in the local parlance.

During the oath-taking festivity, the hunters – clad in their warfare attires, with their local gun dangling over their shoulders – pleaded with the federal government to make use of them in the ongoing war against Boko Haram terrorism and other social vices.

READ ALSO: Hunters Beg To Join Nigerian Army Fight Boko Haram In Sambisa

Muhammad Tola, the leader of the hunters in Adamawa, who claimed the hunters had so far played significant roles in the fight against Boko Haram, said hunters were familiar with the terrain in dreaded forests, like the Sambisa forest.

He said: “We are ready to pursue the terrorists because we know the terrain very well.”

“We are appealing to the military authorities to allow us join the fight against Boko Haram at the Sambisa forest.”

“We remain one big family devoid of religious or tribal sentiments, that is why you can see over 10,000 hunters from Taraba, Gombe, Bauchi, Borno, Yoba and Adamawa converged for this epoch-making event.”

He stressed that the hunters needed the government to assist them with ammunition, transportation and logistics.

The Salala festival also had female hunters in attendance.

The leader of the female hunters, Aisha Bakari Gombi, said securing the society was a fight for everyone, irrespective of gender, so “this is a clarion call. We all must make sacrifices.”

This is just as the Chief Hunter of Borno State, Mallam Maigana Maidurma, yesterday, renewed his appeal to the military to allow hunters in the state join the fight against Boko Haram in Sambisa Forest.

He said: “We are renewing our call on the military authorities to allow us join the search for Boko Haram elements in their Sambisa forest hideout. We are ready to pursue the terrorists because we know the terrain.”

“We know that it is true that the Boko Haram terrorists are in the habit of burying landmines to prevent encroachment into their hideout. But we believe that we can work in collaboration with local vigilantes, called Civilian JTF, to overrun them.

“Hunters from all 27 Borno local governments are all in Maiduguri with our leaders, doing nothing at present because of Boko Haram. Rather than idling away, we will want to assist the military in crushing Boko Haram terrorists.”

He said that the hunters were not afraid of any danger because most of them have supernatural powers, which will come in handy in the fight.

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Deschamps Leaps To Pogba’s Defence

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France coach Didier Deschamps is defending Paul Pogba, saying he’s not expected to score two or three goals in a game.

The 23-year-old has helped Juventus to three successive scudetto titles since joining the club.

Unfortunately the midfielder doesn’t have such an impressive statistic for his country, scoring just five goals in 28 caps.

But Deschamps is not concerned by Pogba’s lack of goals ahead of the upcoming European Championship in France, insisting he is useful in other areas on the pitch.

“From the very beginning he demonstrated a lot and people expect for him to deliver. We expect him to be always great and to make the difference,” he said.

“He’s a midfielder that helps the team to get good situations. If he’s not making the difference during a game that doesn’t mean he’s not helpful within the team.

“He can also be more neutral and doing more regular things too. It’s also important in a team.

“I’m not expecting that he scores two, three goals at every game. He can score, he can be better during some games. He’s a part of [a] collective.

“He has great abilities and I think that the expectations are as high as his qualities.”

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Aubameyang: I’ll Love To Remain At Dortmund

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Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has stated he has no desire to leave Borussia Dortmund in the future.

The Gabon striker has been exquisite for Dortmund, with an outcome of 35 goals in 40 appearances.

And Aubameyang has already registered a desire to play for Real Madrid in the near future.

But the Dortmund main man, who last July extended his contract until 2020, claimed he remains happy at Signal Iduna Park.

“Dortmund is a city which is totally crazy about football,” he told Kicker.

“In the last years, we have the highest average attendance in Europe. The city is safe and my family feels at home.

“I’ve never made a secret of [the fact] I would someday like to play for Real Madrid, but I also have not extended my contract at BVB until 2020 without a reason. I feel very good here.”

Europa League quarter-finalists Dortmund are second in the Bundesliga, five points behind leaders Bayern Munich with seven matches remaining this season, and return to domestic action at home to struggling Werder Bremen this weekend.

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Ibrahimovic: I Could Retire Come Summer

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PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has thrown a new mix into his future, saying he could retire, when his contract expires.

The Sweden international has a contract that’ll expire in the summer with PSG.However, the veteran attacker, who is on course of his best ever scoring season, has produced a curve ball by suggesting he could hang up his boots.

“Anything could happen next summer… maybe I’ll just retire,” he told TV4. “Nobody’s thought of that possibility. I would prefer to go out at the top.”

Ibrahimovic has previously confirmed that there has been interest from England, where West Ham have confirmed they are seeking to make an eye-catching move for the striker, and though he reiterated this, he said there is some way to go before any decision is made.

“When all the cards are on the table, I’ll see which direction I want to take,” he said.

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Kardashian Dynasty Reveals Kris Jenner Paid To Leak Kim’s Sex Tape

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“Kardashian Dynasty” Began With Kris Jenner Giving The Nod For Kim’s Sex Tape To Be Released

A “Kardashian Dynasty” tell-all delves into the intricate secrets of America’s first family, though there are many who’ll disagree on their right to claim the title.

The most popular family in the millenia, Kardashians are as popular as the British royal family herself.

The family became a million shades of famous… and wealthier after the release of Kim’s sex tape which was made in 2003, gained notoriety in 2006 before being leaked in 2007.

The Kardashian Dynasty raked in a whooping $65 million three years later.

Their earnings being more than superstar actors Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise and Sandra Bullock COMBINED!

Kardashian Dynasty

Kardashian Dynasty

#1 New York Times bestselling author and investigator Ian Halperin invites the world to the unveiling of the pandora’s box or boxes in the Kardashian/Jenner gang.

As everything with the KUWTK family, it promises to be one resonating divulgence after another, exposing their quaky foundation for fame.

Kardashian Dynasty

The Kardashian name became a brand when they debuted their “Keeping Up With The Kardashian” reality show on E!, in October 2007.

One of the secrets of the superfamed family have been brought to light as the exposing of Kim Kardashian’s sex tape which was reportedly orchestrated by her mother and momager, Kris Jenner.

Kim Kardashian is the first executive producer for the KUWTK show followed by her mother and her other sisters, Khloe and Kourtney.

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Kim paid for her fame, Kardashian Dynasty reveals

In February 2007, a sex tape made by Kardashian and Ray J in 2003 was leaked. Kardashian filed a lawsuit against Vivid Entertainment, who distributed the film as Kim K Superstar.

She later dropped the suit and settled for US$5 million.

The release of Kim’s sex tape shot the family to superfame. Kris’s role in the plot of her daughter’s movie has been that of the mother who encouraged her daughter to release her sex tape after it was brought to attention.

Reason? Kim was likely to be blackmailed by it anyway; best to monetize the situation. Damage control.

Ever the business woman, Kris contacted a third party, Vivid Entertainment to do their bidding.

All for the right price, the contracts were signed.

America's first family, purportedly

America’s first family, purportedly

After it was released a publicly coordinated legal battle ensued. Kris suing the same company she had paid to release the video; opting to settle out of court for $5Million.

Queen of the Kardashian Dynasty, Kris, has been accused of exploiting all her children for fame and money and playing the media like a deck of cards.

The book which focuses on Kris Jenner, Rob Kardashian, and (formerly Bruce) Caitlyn Jenner delivers the salacious details behind the Kardashians’ rise and hold to fame.

Scandals, scandals.

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Excepts from the book :

“A mutual friend of Kim and Paris Hilton had advised her that if she wanted to achieve fame, a sex tape would be the way to go . . . Kim had discussed the idea of producing a tape with her family beforehand.”

“It was Kris who engineered the deal behind the scenes and was responsible for the tape seeing the light of day. When it comes to . . . selling a sex tape, both parties need to sign off.”

“Kim’s sex tape got out after a third party brought it to Vivid . . . [We] got in touch with the Kardashian family”.

Read : Kim Kardashian Goes On Kanye-Style Rant…Then Shares Another Nude

The tape is likely to leak anyway, and the celebrity wouldn’t get paid. So why not work for us, and we’ll make sure that it will not only get out, but that it will be distributed the way you want. You’ll get a nice payment for it”.

“I can tell you right now. Kim Kardashian’s movie came out in ’07, and she’s made millions.”

Kim threatened to sue Vivid and was paid a reported $5 million settlement, but the tape was still released.

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