Selena Gomez Covers Marie Claire June 2016

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Selena Gomez Covers Marie Claire June 2016 – Singer Selena Gomez has covered the June 2016 edition of Marie Claire magazine.

The Body Heat singer spoke to the magazine about a number of topics, including dating, her career and touring. See excerpts from the interview below!

READ: The Drunk-Texts Between Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez…

On dating:
“I’ve been dating. I’ve been having the best time. But I don’t trust anybody, so dating can only be fun if I know I’m going to have fun.”

On how she deals with agents and managers:
“Authenticity is my life. They make great choices, but I make the decisions.”

On being known for who she dates with not who she is:
“I would try to promote something that I loved, and the entire interview would be about my personal life. I would leave a room feeling defeated, feeling embarrassed, but I would always make sure to put that smile on my face because I wasn’t going to let them get to me.”

READ: Kylie Jenner, Zendaya, Ellie Goulding & More Cover Marie Claire’s May 2016 Issue

On taking control of her career:
“I had to not be afraid to ask dumb questions, which means I asked a million things about ever single step that I was making.”

On her upcoming tour and film:
“I finally just wanted to go for it. I wanted to do things that I knew were going to be me. I don’t want people to look at me as someone who is just this celebrity person.”

Check her cover out below!

Selena Gomez Covers Marie Claire June 2016

Selena Gomez Covers Marie Claire June 2016

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CAF Fines Nigeria Over Crowded Stadium

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CAF Fines Nigeria Over Crowded Stadium – The Nigerian Football Federation has been fined $5000 by the Confederation of  African Football.

CAF Fines Nigeria Over Crowded Stadium

CAF Fines Nigeria Over Crowded Stadium

The fine was for a lack of security and crowd control during Nigeria’s  2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt in Kaduna back in March. Over 40,000 spectators were packed in the 15,000 capacity stadium, with fans going to the extent of sitting on the floodlights. CAF issued the fine and a warning, with a repeat of the incident to attract even more stricter punishment.

READ: FIFA Pays Tribute To Nigeria’s Rashidi Yekini

Nigeria was not the only club fined by the governing body, with Sudan and Morocco fined $5000 for the  use of flares during the match. DR Congo were also fined $10000 for crowd trouble and a fan entering the stadium.

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Matic Backs Chelsea To Win Trophies Next Season

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Following a woeful 2015/16 season, Nemanja Matic believes Chelsea will be fighting for trophies next season.

A poor run of form has last season’s champions languishing in middle of the table.

With Conte coming in, Matic believes Chelsea will be top again next time out.

“This is football, sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t,” Matic told the official Chelsea website.

“‘Last season we were champions but this season we were not even close. We will see in the future what we can do.

“This season was not good for us, but I believe in our quality, I believe in myself and I know what I can do. We will see what we can do next year. Every season is a different story.

“‘Everything can change in a couple of months. We had the winning mentality, we were champions, and then in a couple of months we lost that.

“In a couple of months, everything can be back. We’ll see.”

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N840m Slush Fund: EFCC Grants Fani-Kayode Administrative Bail

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Former minister of aviation and spokesperson of the Goodluck Jonathan campaign Organization, Femi Fani-Kayode has been granted administrative bail by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Chief Femi Fani -Kayode, arrived at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Chief Femi Fani -Kayode, arrived at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. photo credit: Vanguardngr

READ ALSO: N840m Slush Fund: EFCC Confronts Fani-Kayode Amidst 8-Hour Siege Lifted At His Residence

The administrative bail came on the heels of Fani-Kayode’s appearance in a police convoy at the headquarters of the premier anti-graft agency in Abuja on Monday, May 9, 2016.

Clad in a blue native attire, Fani-Kayode is spotted in company of security operatives
Clad in a blue native attire, Fani-Kayode is spotted in company of security operatives. photo credit: Vanguardngr

The commission had in a letter dated May 6, invited Mr Fani-Kayode to appear and explain his role in the disbursement of N840 million believed to be a part of a N2.5 billion illegal removal from the Central Bank of Nigeria account.

He was invited by the anti-graft agency over an alleged N840m he received during the campaign.
He was invited by the anti-graft agency over an alleged N840m he received during the campaign. photo credit: Vanguardngr

He arrived the Commission in a blue native attire around 9.45am.

READ ALSO: Fani-Kayode Reacts As EFCC Freezes His Bank Account Over N4bn Fraud

Fani-Kayode’s bail conditions includes providing sureties who must be 2 serving directors with landed properties in Abuja, the capital city.

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The Rémy Martin® #OneLifeLiveThem Campaign Introduces Zainab Balogun, Falz & Shody As Its Brand Influencers

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For the past few months Rémy Martin Cognac has been recognizing and celebrating individuals for their multi-talents and outstanding achievements. Zainab Balogun – the first female influencer is joined by Falz who has been chosen as a influencer again and Shody; these individuals all embody the brand’s philosophy and lifestyle.

The campaign tagline, One Life/Live Them®, which assumes its grammatical accident, identifies that today’s consumers are not defined by one talent or skill, but are multi-faceted and should be applauded for their many passions. Rémy Martin’s One Life/Live Them campaign encourages consumers to explore and celebrate all their talents. It is a call to live richer, larger lives, to expand the horizon and seize all the wonderful opportunities that life can offer, beyond the one-dimensional paths that former generations could have embraced.

ZAINAB BALOGUN (TV HOST/PRODUCER/ACTRESS/ SUPER WOMAN)

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Some people are born great, while others stumble into greatness. Zainab Balogun had every indication of one born with greatness from birth and she’s done pretty well in fulfilling that potential.

Born and raised in London, Zainab is an actress, model and television presenter who has been featured in several international campaigns for different brands. She obtained a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) from the University of Kent. She also studied music in secondary school and eventually went on to join the school choir; she later formed an R&B girl group with two friends.

After being scouted by Premier Models Management at an early age of 16, she began professional modeling and has gone on to successfully diversify into other endeavors. Such is the innate ability she possesses and displays in her multi-faceted lifestyle. You only get one life, after all, so why not live them?

After obtaining her law degree, she began to appear in shows such as BBC One’s Material Girl, Bollywood movie Cocktail (2012), and The Charlatans. She went on to feature on blockbuster Hollywood movie “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises”. She is currently a co-host and producer of The Spot on EbonyLife TV, she’s also a presenter and associate producer on Jumia TV.

Zainab is the founder of Think Social Ltd, a social media solutions agency with clients including international jewelry brand Pandora and Smooth FM Lagos. She is also an accomplished event M.C and she hosts events for Etisalat, Channel O, The Future Awards, Kinabuti and others. She hosted events for Flytime Productions with international artists including Ashanti, JaRule and Trey Songz.

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ADEKUNLE OSHODI-GLOVER Jr. (RADIO PRODUCER / VOICE-OVER ARTISTE / M.C / TURNUP KING)

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There are some who love what they do for a living because they make money from it. There’s another class of people who make money from doing what they naturally love. The latter can well be said about Kunle Oshodi-Glover Jr who is fast building an empire for himself as an entertainment voice extraordinaire.

A match made in heaven, it seems, as Shody’s zodiac (born December 7) is the very symbol the Rémy Martin brand embodies: The Centaur; a multi-talented being who has revealed the many talents of men and mythical heroes, enabling them to get the most out of life. Not just your average voice-over artiste or hype-man, Kunle packs all the raw strength drawn from his 6ft frame into his smooth voice to thrill and deliver a delightful experience to listeners and audiences world-over every single time.

Born to the late Kunle Oshodi-Glover (a former director of Press and Public Relations in the Lagos State Ministry of Information and Strategy) Kunle Jr has honed his trade expertly over the years and deservedly earned his moniker: “Shody The Turn-up King”. He has hosted weddings and events in countries like Turkey, Tanzania, South Africa; was the host of the recent Lagos Countdown 2015, and is also the official host / hype-man for all Rémy Martin Nigeria events. He’s also Runtown’s official hype-man.

A man of many faces; Shody holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Lagos, and is also a proficient content creator and radio script writer. A seasoned radio producer / voice-over artiste / entrepreneur, he also runs his own production outfit called KSG Productions. Why be one thing when you can be many, right?

A protégé of veteran media guru Olisa Adibua, Shody currently works as an Assistant Head of Production with Megalectrics Group (The Beat 99.9 FM, Naija 102.7 FM and Classic 97.3 FM) and is responsible for the production of quite a number of radio magazine shows as well as stingers/sweepers at these radio stations.

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Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana RAPPER/ COMIC / LAWYER / ACTOR / THE BAHDGUY

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Who says you could never be successful being a seasoned professional and a literally incurable humor merchant all at once? People holding such school of thought have obviously never met a remarkable character like Folarin Falana.

One would never imagine that an Attorney at Law could ever be so engrossed in humor, talk more make a living off it. But ‘Falz’ does it so effortlessly well; you’d actually wonder if it does require any sort of effort at all. Popularly referred to as ‘Falz The Bahdguy’, he is an interesting persona that embodies what his peers represent fully these days: a multidimensional existence.

Rémy Martin recognizes this generation of people that understand that real fulfillment comes from realizing all of their talents. We salute them. Tagged the Slash Generation, these individuals live a life between slashes – work / play / hobby / desires – and are not defined by one thing that they do, but all that they do. They meet new people, go to new places, try new things and live many lives.

After graduating with LLB Honors and getting called to the Bar, Falz has gone on to exploit his multiple personas to the fullest. A record label executive, his unique and hilarious style has carved a niche for him as one of Nigeria’s most entertaining Rap artistes presently. Famed for his rib-cracking skits on social media, Falz also thrives as a Compere and a Comedian. And yes, there’s more; he also recently debuted as an actor starring in a Sitcom series titled ‘Jenifa’s Diaries’. What more could one man be, right?

Well, for Falz it’s all just about one thing actually – living his one life to the fullest and achieving all his potentials. After all, he is what he is: a Rémy Martin man, and a complete ‘Bahdguy’.

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Keep a look out for some of the other individuals that Rémy Martin recognizes and admire them over the coming months.

Why be one thing when you can be many. You’ve only got one life. Live them.

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Anti-Corruption Summit: London 2016, A Recognition Of Buhari’s Focus – Garba Shehu

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President Muhammadu Buhari arrives in London on Tuesday to join 50 other world leaders at a landmark international anti-corruption summit called by Prime Minister David Cameron.

The “Anti-Corruption Summit London 2016” will bring together world leaders, business and the civil society to agree on a package of practical steps to: expose corruption so there is nowhere to hide; punish the perpetrators and support those affected by corruption; drive out the culture of corruption wherever it exists; put in place infrastructure and tools that can be used by international organisations, countries and national institutions to fight corruption.

In a remarkable recognition of his ongoing war against corruption in his country, President Buhari will speak twice at this event, first as a keynote speaker at a pre-conference meeting called by the new Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland and the second for eight minutes allocated to each president or head of government at the main summit, giving the clearest indication that the president’s focus has become a template for the rest of the world.

Recognition apart, the president is not making pretensions about his success and achievements. Knowing the humility with which he goes about his things, he is not marching to London with a Macho image of a fighter who in a true sense of the word pushed back the Boko Haram terrorism and its threat to the nation and is confronting equally embedded corruption like no other regime. Of course these are milestones visible to the eyes of the international community which have earned the goodwill of the people at home and abroad.

READ ALSO: British Tabloid Mocks Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Credentials In A Startling Publication

When he gets to London, President Buhari intends to share experiences with other leaders. He is of the strong conviction that increasing globalisation has has made it difficult, if not impossible for stand-alone nations to combat corruption; that without global synergies against corruption, nations will fail in their efforts towards economic growth, maintaining security, reducing poverty and protecting the environment for their children. He will, in the light of this, seek support for anti-corruption capacity building for our national institutions and the citizenship.

As his own contribution, the president has substantially aligned himself with major initiatives enunciated by the convener, Prime Minister David Cameron, that seek to increase transparency and governance in several key areas.

He has formulated a Nigerian position on how to end impunity for corruption and ensuring that those involved in grand corruption are brought to justice through the active enforcement of laws and restrictions. Equally in agreement with Cameron, he is making suggestions on ways of empowering those affected by corruption by ensuring that its proceeds are returned to those from whom these have been stolen.

President Buhari will also join the world leaders in designing a global architecture and tools that can be used by international organisations, countries and national institutions to fight corruption.

In an outline by Nigeria’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN), specific areas of interest to Nigeria which the president will put on the table include the development of beneficial ownership information related to corporate ownership, procurement, and public contracts.

By this, Nigeria will seek the lifting of the veil on corporate ownerships in order to disclose the true owners of corporate vehicle sin contract bids and procurement processes. Beyond this, the corporate ownership profiles may then be shared with other countries or interested stakeholders.

Already, there is a broad view among the participants that public contracting is a source of public corruption and must be tackled as such. Our officials recommend that contracts within a certain threshold should be published and those behind the companies bidding for the contract should be listed for public scrutiny, both at national and state levels.

To achieve this, Nigeria plans the enactment of a regulation that will authorise the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to obtain information on beneficial ownership of foreign companies that can be held in a different database to be managed by the CAC in Nigeria.

Nigeria will be demanding the strengthening of the supervisory responsibilities of financial and non-financial services regulators and the provision of specific training on compliance requirements for these sectors, and will seek the establishment of an inter-agency collaboration as a key element in improving the implementation of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards (such as money laundering laws, anti-corruption laws, and the Financial Intelligence Centre Bill).

As part of measures to enhance fiscal transparency, which is required in enhancing economic growth, improved GDP and poverty reduction, officers working in budget offices, as well as those responsible for approving public spending may henceforth be properly scrutinised, monitored and required to declare assets on a regular basis.

The Nigerian government has in fact set for itself the objective of signing the ‘OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP AND OPEN CONTRACTING PARTNERSHIP.

A major issue of interest to this government and a few others is on greater transparency in the extractive industry (oil, gas and solid mineral sectors). The U.K. government and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have identified 20 percent of international corruption and bribery as coming from this sector. Nigeria will argue for greater fiscal transparency and and the enforcement of anti-corruption laws to deal with the problem.

The president is expected to give assurances that a lot of work will be done on a set of laws that will improve the enforcement of anti-corruption laws. Nigeria has already begun reviewing its anti-corruption laws enacted since 2000 to bring it in compliance with international developments. In addition, the country, which has ratified the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), is currently reviewing the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention for possible ratification. The OECD Convention is considered among the stringiest of measures against corruption in corporate governance.

The government of President Buhari has also forwarded the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, 2016 to the National Assembly in Nigeria for enactment into law.

When it is passed, it will enhance mutual assistance and international cooperation between Nigeria and other countries.

The President will also announce that a new Nigeria Financial Intelligence Centre Bill has been drafted for this purpose and would soon be forwarded to the National Assembly.

The Nigerian government will also indicate support for the UK proposal on the development of the INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION COORDINATION CENTRE. This is to be based in London and will serve as a global forum.

As part of this country’s contributions to the evolution of the global anti-corruption infrastructure, Nigeria will seek support for the hosting of an “International Summit on Assets Recovery” in 2017 in Abuja and for the establishment and hosting of a Forum on Assets Recovery in Africa to be based in Abuja. The country will also seek the support of the UK government for the establishment of an anti-corruption coordination framework at the national level.

Nigeria will be fully embracing UK proposals for the summit on the restriction of the ability of those who have looted public funds to travel and invest the proceeds of their corruption in developed countries. To this end, the Nigerian government will develop its list of those who have been convicted, as well as those already prosecuted in Nigerian courts for grand corruption, for the purpose of sharing this with countries that are interested in offering bilateral or multilateral cooperation to Nigeria in the recovery of looted funds.

READ ALSO: Anti-Graft Summit: Buhari Jets Out On Tuesday To London

The Nigerian government is also signaling an early support for the UK proposal on assets recovery, which prescribes measures substantially in tandem with a new Proceeds of Crime Bill being drafted and to be soon forwarded by President Buhari to the National Assembly for passage into law.

In addition to the political spotlighting of corruption, the coming together of world leaders is a sign of hope that countries like Nigeria, with systems that are lax and compromised, can gain from the experience of others in improving their regulatory mechanisms as quickly as possible.

This trip is important for both Nigeria and the international community which reposes a lot of hope on Muhammadu Buhari who is faced with the daunting task of reversing the the socio-economic and political mess in which the previous administration left the country.

In addition to the anti-corruption summit, the visit will also focus on trade and investment between Nigeria and the U.K. President Buhari will welcome British investment in Nigeria.

It is hoped that the bilateral discussions between the British prime minister and our president will do everything to possible to take the relationship between the two countries to newer heights.

Garba Shehu is senior special assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Troops Kill Boko Haram Terrorists, Clear More Camps In Sambisa Forest

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Troops of the Nigerian Army attached to the 21 Brigade, 7 Division, have continued to achieve success in their offensive operations against the remnants of the terror group, Boko Haram in Sambisa forest, Borno state.

READ ALSO: Appeal Court Upholds 25 Years Jail Term For Boko Haram Convicts

This is contained in a statement issued on Monday by the spokesperson for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman.

READ ALSO: We No Fight Again! 16 Boko Haram Fighters Surrender As Others Survive On Unripe Mangoes (Graphic Photo)

The statement said that more camps were cleared as troops penetrated deeper into the dreaded forest.

The statement read: “On Sunday 8th May 2016, the troops have cleared 4 villages in the terrorists enclave which include Bala Karege, Goske, Harda and the famous Markas 3. There was no encounter with the terrorists in all the villages as the Boko Haram terrorists have abandoned their huts and ran away.

“Unfortunately, the troops ran into an ambush at Harda village, while advancing. The resilient troops successfully cleared the ambush without any casualty and proceeded with the operations.

“The formation recovered suicide vests and quite a number of high calibre weapons which include; 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Bomb, 18 rounds of 23mm Shilka ammunition, 1 Barrel of AK-47 rifle, 1 Extra-barrel of General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), 3 AK-47 rifle magazines, metal link of 12.7mm ammunition and a heavy-duty solar panel battery.

“The troops also recovered 10 vehicles and 50 motorcycles belonging to the fleeing terrorists.

“In a related development, Boko Haram terrorists from another part of Sambisa forest, were reported to have taken advantage of the heavy downpour that occurred to move closer to the troops.

“However, the troops were very vigilant as they decisively and successfully dealt with the intruders. So far, 2 vehicles were recovered from Boko Haram terrorists and over 8 Boko Haram terrorists bodies were counted before nightfall.

“Meanwhile the troops were exploiting aftermath of the attack by Boko Haram terrorists on their location last night in Sambisa forest despite difficult climatic conditions.

“Please be informed that 8 more Boko Haram terrorists dead bodies were found this morning in addition to other recoveries made. Therefore, attached here are more photographs of the recoveries that include vehicles, arms and ammunitions.

“In a related development, yesterday Monday 8th May 2016, at about 10.30pm, 3 Boko Haram terrorists went to Puchi village to tax the community. On received of information, troops of 7 Division mobilized in conjunction with some Civilian JTF to the area.

On arrival, they found out that the residents have apprehended 2 of the terrorists and lynched them, while the third one narrowly escaped according to reports.

“The troops recovered1 AK-47 rifle, 1 rifle magazine and 8 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and a dane gun.”

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England’s Euro 2016 Squad Leaks Online

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England’s Euro 2016 Squad Leaks – A 23-man squad, rumored to be England’s squad for the upcoming UEFA European Championships has leaked online.

England's Euro 2016 Squad Leaks: England coach Roy Hodgson

England’s Euro 2016 Squad Leaks: England coach Roy Hodgson

The 23-man line up, while its authenticity cannot be immediately confirmed, contains plenty of surprise absentees and inclusions. Two of those are Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, named despite missing almost the entire season, and his teammate Danny Welbeck, who wasn’t even named in the standby list.

READ: Lewandowski Wants To Play In England Or Spain

Another surprise inclusion is Luke Shaw, who hasn’t played competitive football since getting injured last year during Manchester United’s Champions League match against PSV. Surprisingly, Tottenham duo Kyle Walker and Danny Rose were not named in the squad, only being mentioned in the standby.

Going by the leak though, the Spurs would have 3 players in the squad: Eric Dier, Dele Alli and league leading goalscorer, Harry Kane. England coach Roy Hodgson will announce the squad officially  on Thursday, but till then, see the rumored squad  below!

READ: Sturridge Confident Of Starting Position At Euro 2016

Rumoured England Squad for Euro 2016: Joe Hart, Tom Heaton, Fraser Forster; Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Clyne, Phil Jagielka, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, John Stones; Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, Eric Dier, Danny Drinkwater, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere; Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy.

Rumoured Stand-By List: John Ruddy, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Marc Albrighton, Fabian Delph, Mark Noble, Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe.

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Police Recruitment: Over 800,000 Applicants May Have Failed The Age Limit

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The management of the Nigerian Police Force has revealed that only applications from interested applicants within the age limit of 28 will be considered for the 2016 police recruitment.

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This is just as the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, expressed concern that of the over 843, 000 Nigerians that applied for the 10, 000 available slot, about 800, 000 applicants were suspected to be within the age of 30 and 34 years, Nigerian Tribune report.

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Speaking with pressmen in Abuja, the police chief said that most of the applicants will not get the job as they have failed the stipulated age limit.

He said: “The final process is going to be next month because all those that are uploading details are about 30, 34 (years). All those ones are too old. We won’t select them.

“So, all those 700, 000 or 800, 000 (applications) you are seeing, a lot of them will be knocked out when the system meets them because when you don’t meet the age criterion, you are sorted out (applications are thrown out).

“When your academic qualification doesn’t meet up, you are sorted out (applications are thrown out).

“There will be examination, but it will come out from the various states and once we know the numbers, we point them state by state and all government people will do their own.

“The state will do theirs and it will come from the bottom to the top. I never knew Nigerians would like the police like this.”

Arase also said successful applicants would be decentralised to the six geo-political zones, where they can have access to high-quality facilities for their training.

READ ALSO: Police Recruitment: 807,000 Nigerians Apply For 10,000 Slots As Deadline Approaches

The Police Service Commission (PSC) said it received 843,008 applications as of 1.00p.m May 2 from applicants seeking enlistment into the Nigeria Police Force.

The exercise is expected to close on May 13.

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Giroud Glad To End Goal Drought

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Giroud was happy to end his 15-match goal drought, after scoring in the 2-2 draw against City.

The France international has not scored since January, after scoring a brace in the 3-3 draw against Liverpool.

And Giroud who opened the scoring and set up Sanchez was glad to end his drought.

“The goal meant a lot because it has been a tough time for me on the pitch as I have missed a bit of efficiency, a bit of luck and a lot of things,” Giroud told Arsenal Player.

“Things haven’t gone my way to [allow me to] finish, but I kept the faith and knew that it would come back.

“It is always nice for a striker to score and it was even better to also get an assist for Alexis’ second goal which was important.

“These last few weeks I tried to set up goals. [Alexis’ goal] was my sixth assist but I’m happy to score too and help the team to reach our target and qualify for the Champions League. We now have our own destiny in our hands to finish third or maybe second.

“We are a team and a group that makes the difference. We try to help each other do the job. We fight for each other and we have a good understanding.”

Giroud has scored 21 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this campaign.

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Showman Kanye West Hired An Orchestra To Wake Kim Kardashian On Mother’s Day

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As America celebrated mother’s day on Sunday (May, 8), Kanye West deemed it fit to celebrate his wife and mother of his two kids, Kim Kardashian extravagantly.

Kim took to her snapchat to share the hearty gift which showed just how much thought Kanye put into his gift for the mother of North and Saint West.

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Kanye hired an orchestra of ten violins and cello players to churn out medleys of songs to wake his beautiful 34 year-old wife, Kim and their daughter, North in their Bel Air home.

Read: Family Time! Rob Kardashian, Blac Chyna Kim Kardashian Take A Walk

The orchestra played several tunes including Tomorrow, from the film Annie, and Let It Go, from the movie Frozen. We are guessing Kanye picked these tunes with 3 year-old Nori in mind.

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Kanye wasn’t done yet, rather than give the overused bouquet of flowers, The Life of Pablo act bedecked a bench with carefully selected roses in shades of pink specially for Kim.

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While Kanye was celebrating Kim, she was celebrating her mother. Kim left a mother’s day message for Kris Jenner and her maternal grandmother via her website KimKardashianWest.com.

She wrote, ‘As a daughter, granddaughter, sister and a mother of two myself, I consider all the moms in my life to be the strongest women I know,’ she wrote, alongside a picture of her mother Kris Jenner and maternal grandmother Mary Jo.
‘It’s so important to remember the women who brought us into the world and everything they do for us. Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!!!’

I close this by leaving my message, ‘Dear not too distant husband, contact Kanye if you need pointers for my mother’s day gift. *wink’

Read: Kim Kardashian Not Competing With Kylie Jenner

 

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Gerrard Eyes Liverpool Return

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Veteran midfielder, Steven Gerrard is eyeing a possible return to Liverpool, insisting that he’s happy at LA Galaxy.

The former Liverpool captain remains important for the MLS side, but wants to return home.

And Gerrard is hoping to get a role at his childhood club, where he spent 28 years.

“I will be going home at some point,” he said. “I don’t want to start any unnecessary rumours. I’m really happy where I am at the moment.

“But I’m sure somewhere down the line I will represent Liverpool Football Club.

“I miss my friends and my family. I miss a bit of cold weather. I miss going to the games. I spent 35 years in Liverpool. Liverpool’s my home, it always will be. This is my second home for a short period of time.

“Sooner rather than later I will return to where I’m comfortable with my people – and that’s Liverpool.”

The 35-year-old is enjoying his adventure in the United States, however, and is happy at the lack of attention he attracts in Los Angeles.

“Obviously the city’s a fantastic city for myself and my family, the climate, there’s plenty to do,” he added. “I’m pretty much unnoticed as well, which is a bonus.

“I’m getting on a little bit now so eventually we’ll move back and settle in Liverpool.”

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#VGMA2016: Ghana Music Awards Full Winners List: EL, Bisa Kdei Are The Biggest Winners

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Glitz, glamour and of course music were the highlights of the 17th Edition of the Vodafone 2016 Ghana Music Awards, #VGMA2016.

#VGMA2016 was held on Saturday night, (May, 6), at the Accra International Conference Centre – hosted by Chris Attoh and Naa Ashorkor.

The awards show recognizes Ghanaian musicians for their work.

Biggest winners of the night were EL (who was also announced on the night as a signee under Wizkid’s Starboy Worldwide) who won in six categories including Artist of the year. Next in line was Bisa Kdei who bagged four awards plus the Highlife artist of the year trophy.

Stonebwoy took the Reggae dancehall song of the year for his song, Go Higher while Sarkodie’s Hand to Mouth bagged Best Hip-hop song of the year.

Nigeria’s Wizkid picked up the coveted African artist of the year.

Performances for the night included, Obour and AB, Stonebwoy, Adomaa, winner of Unsung Artiste of the Year and Wizkid amongst others.

Attendees included Ehiz, Nikki Samonas, Moet Abebe, Efya, Eliad Shebib, and N.O.B.

Here’s the full list of winners. 

African Artiste of the year – Wizkid

Best Collaboration of the year – VVIP Skolom

Best Group of the year– VVIP

Music Producer of the year– EL

Instrumentalist of the year– Justice Williams

Sound Engineer of the Year – Kaywa

Best Music for Development – Gasmilla

Lifetime Achievement Award – AB Crentsil

Song writer of the year – Kofi Kinaata

Gospel song of the year – Nicolas Omani Achaempong

Highlife Song of the year – Mansa (Bisa Kdei)

Reggae Dancehall Song of the Year – Go Higher (Stonewoy

HipHop song of the year – Hand to mouth (Sarkodie)

Hip life song of the year – Yewo Kurom (Atom)

Afropop Song of the year – Minaa bo po (EL)

Gospel Artiste of the year – SP Kofi Sarpong

Highlife Artiste of the Year– Bisa Kdei

Hiplife/HipHop Artiste of the year – EL

Reggae Dancehall Artiste of the year – Stonebwoy

Best female vocalist of the year – MzVee

Best Male Vocalist of the year – Pat Thomas

Best Rapper of the year– Sarkodie

Music Video of the year- EL (Shelele)

Record of the year- Sarkodie ft. Pat Thomas (Bra)

Best New Artiste of the year- Kofi Kinaata

Vodafone Most popular popular song of the year- Mansa (Bisa Kdei)

Album of the year – Breakthrough (Bisa Kdei)

Artiste of the year- EL

 

Source, ghanamusicawards

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MUSIC PREMIERE: iJay – Mo Juwonlo Ft. M.I x Olamide (Prod. Don L37)

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After almost two years of seemingly dropping off the radar, Akande Olashile Juwonlo better known as iJay drops his debut single, appropriately titled; Mo Juwonlo.
The song is sampled off his feature on MI’s 2014 Chairman Album song titled “The Middle” which also featured Olamide.
The in-studio bonding must have been mutually satisfying for all the artistes, as “Mo Juwonlo” reversibly features MI and Olamide.
In his early twenties, the Gbagada – Lagos based singer is not new to struggle and “Mo-Juwonlo” is a cathartic expression of the uprooting of deeply entrenched insecurities planted as poisonous verbal seeds over many years of uncertainty but culminating in triumph through faith and self-confidence as iJay sings about victory over his detractors.
The sound is hip-hop/pop, but the emotion is raw and unrehearsed. With a voice comparable to that of 9ice, iJay’s vocal delivery is quicker and more tenacious; slashing through the beat and reminiscent of once broken bones that have now fused to become thicker and even stronger.
i-Jay is signed to “Lamp House” and the mid to fast tempo hip-hop track was produced by hit maker – Don L37.


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Platini Has Ban Reduced To Four Years

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Michel Platini’s ban from all football related activities has been reduced to four years, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has announced.

Platini had his previous eight years reduced to six by an appeals panel, before going to CAS.

The disgraced Fifa official who has been in Lausanne to contest the ban, had his fine reduced from CHF 80, 000 to CHF 60, 000.

CAS said its three-man panel had “unanimously determined” that Platini had obtained an “undue advantage” and that there had been “a conflict of interest” in breach of two FIFA Code of Ethics articles, saying it was “not convinced by the legitimacy” of the payment.

However, it still felt the suspension handed down was “too severe”, prompting the reduction in his ban.

FIFA was also criticised by CAS for not initiating an investigation into the payment until September 2015, even though the payment had been made in 2011.

The statement read: “The CAS arbitration procedure was submitted to an arbitral Panel composed of Prof. Luigi Fumagalli, President (Italy), Prof. Jan Paulsson (France) and Prof. Bernard Hanotiau (Belgium). A hearing took place at the CAS headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland on 29 April 2016.

“The arbitral Panel noted the existence of a valid employment contract between Michal Platini and FIFA, signed in 1999 and including an annual salary of CHF 300,000. Such contract was performed by the parties and terminated in 2002 when Mr. Platini became a member of the FIFA Executive Committee. It was not until 1 February 2011 – 4 months prior to the FIFA presidential elections and at a moment when Sepp Blatter and Mohamed Bin Hammam were both still candidates to the election – that FIFA paid the amount of CHF 2,000,000 in favour of Mr. Platini.

“Mr Platini justified such payment as back pay, explaining that he had orally agreed with Mr Blatter in 1998, when the future FIFA President was negotiating with him, to an annual salary of CHF 1,000,000. The Panel, however, was not convinced by the legitimacy of the CHF 2,000,000 payment, which was only recognized by Mr Platini and Mr Blatter, and which occurred more than 8 years after the end of his work relations, was not based on any document established at the time of the contractual relations and did not correlate with the alleged unpaid part of his salary (CHF 700,000 x 4 = CHF 2,800,000). Moreover, the Panel took note that Mr Platini benefitted from the extension of a pension plan to which he was not entitled.

“Consequently, the CAS arbitrators unanimously determined that Mr Platini obtained an undue advantage in breach of Article 20 of the FIFA Code of Ethics. Furthermore, the Panel also found Mr Platini guilty of a conflict of interest in breach of Article 19 of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

“Based on such findings, the CAS Panel considered that the suspension imposed by FIFA on Mr. Platini was nevertheless too severe and therefore decided to reduce such suspension to 4 years, which corresponds to the duration of a presidential term. The CAS Panel was of the opinion that a severe sanction could be justified in view of the superior functions carried out by Mr Platini (FIFA Vice-President and UEFA President), the absence of any repentance and the impact that this matter has had on FIFA’s reputation.

“Contrary to the decisions challenged, the Panel considered that Mr Platini could not be sanctioned for the violation of Articles 13 (general rules of conduct) and 15 (loyalty) of the FIFA Code of Ethics as the application of Articles 19 and 20 of the FIFA Code of Ethics (special rules) excluded the application of Articles 13 and 15 (general rules) irrespective of the Panel’s findings that Mr Platini’s behaviour was not ethical or loyal.

“In addition, the Panel noted that FIFA knew of the CHF 2,000,000 payment in 2011 but initiated an investigation into Mr Platini’s behaviour with the FIFA Ethics Committee in September 2015 only.

“Finally, the Panel also reduced the fine imposed on Mr Platini in a similar proportion and set it at CHF 60,000. The arbitral award with the grounds will be notified to the parties concerned in a few weeks.”

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Ranieri: We’ll Be Fearless In The UCL

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Claudio Ranieri has stated his men will not play with fear in the UCL come next season.

Leicester will avoid the big teams in the group stages, due to winning the EPL.

Ranieri says his side will give the prestigious club tournament everything they can.

“I believe when the draw is made for the Champions League a lot of teams will want to play against us because we are in Europe for the first time and they think we are underdogs,” Leicester manager Ranieri said.

“We are underdogs but we are dangerous. Underdogs can be dangerous teams.

“I am confident because this team three years ago won the Championship and the Championship is very tough. They run all the time.”

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360Downloads: Punchline – Afro Overdose (theEP)

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Super talented African rapper/singer/song writer Punchline was born in the streets Lusaka, Zambia. The Afro Pop artist is multi dimensional musician that is capable doing a record in various genres as well. Currently an independent act that is working hand in hand with dangerous muzik, royal house entertainment and bang em hits records to produce his records, his surely a talent to recognize as he brings a diverse Afro Pop sound that fuses in Reggea, Dancehall, Hip hop, Kalindula, Jazz and other genres to create a master piece.

Listen to his new “Afro Overdose EP” below.

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Michel Platini Resigns As President Of UEFA

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Michel Platini Resigns As President Of UEFA – Michel Platini has retired from his position as the president of the Union of European Footballing Associations.

Michel Platini Resigns As President Of UEFA

Michel Platini Resigns As President Of UEFA

The French footballing legend was initially handed an 8-year ban alongside former FIFA president, Sepp Blatter over a £1.25m transaction between the two.

READ: Platini: Outrageous That I Have To Miss Euro 2016

The Court of Arbitration For Sport agreed with the initial FIFA ruling that the payment was “unfair” and a “conflict of interests”, but reduced the length of the ban to 4 years.

Platini had been aggressive over fighting the ban because he didn’t want to miss the UEFA EURO 2016 Championships, but seems to have accepted his fate.

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MUSIC: May7ven – Better Days

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‘Better Days’ is the brand new single from creative visionary and Afrobeats queen May7ven. With the commercial firepower to capture the airwaves and dance floors this summer, this new record from May7ven sits perfectly with the new wave of Trap music infused with Pop and Afrobeats.

Easily one of the most introspective offerings of May7ven’s career so far, ‘Better Days’ sees the British Nigerian singer, songwriter and performing artist singing about the difficulties of life, as she divulges on a series of bad situations from debt and cheating spouses to suicidal thoughts, in this sneaky, irresistible, catchy, Afro-pop summer anthem, produced by long-time collaborator Antoine Stone.

ENJOY!

 

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RIP Bernardo Ribeiro: Second Footballer Dies In Two Days

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Just two days after the passing of Ekeng, 26, another player dies, Brazilian player, Bernardo Ribeiro dies after suffering an heart attack during a match in his native country.

The 26-year-old who once played for Newcastle Jets and also enjoyed spells in Albania, Italy and Finland but passed away during an amateur match.

Bernardo Ribeiro suffered a heart attack and could not be revived by doctors.

“The Nova Friburgo sporting community is in mourning,” his club said in a press statement.

“Friburgense Athletic Club says farewell to a great athlete and human being, loved by every single player, member of the technical staff, director and club official. Our deepest sympathies to the Frizao family and all the family of Bernardo Ribeiro.”

Newcastle Jets and Michael Bridges, who played alongside Ribeiro in Australia, also paid tribute to the late footballer.

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Is Posterity Punishing Africa For Its People’s Wickedness? – Tope Fasua

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An Age is called ‘Dark’, not because the Sun refused to shine, but because people refused to see it – James Michener.

I’ve been meaning to write on this topic since forever. I know it will be controversial because I am sure we Africans don’t take criticisms in our strides. But this is a continuation of one of my recent writings in which I aver that one of our ignored real ‘natural resources’ include our traditional sciences, especially some of our local medical remedies. I suggest that we should standardise these ‘sciences’, apply modern scientific research tools in getting them to global standards and hopefully proceed to make money therefrom. I also push the argument which some of our gurus have pushed in the past: the need to separate our myths from our magic, and also from our science.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of Tope Fasua and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

We had largely mixed these things together in the past. And many of us – perhaps because of our belief in superstition and the supernatural, as encouraged by our different religions – are wont to repeat legends about great things that defy logic, and other fantastic feats wrought by our ancestors. Some say they have seen these things done before their eyes. Some of us also practice juju on a regular basis, and still keep close contact with Babas (usually male) in villages who concoct different potions for different things – from love to success in business, through to the murder of enemies. Some get advice on a real-time basis from these medicine men, and many combine these advice with the ones they get from their pastors and imams. Some are permanently under such advice.

My goal is to point out some things that I believe don’t exist, and ways in which we have fooled ourselves in the past. Perhaps this will help those who believe in the efficacy of our magic, especially, to focus on the things they are sure of, and to take it to the level that the white man would have taken things to if they had the advantage in these areas. Most of us agree that one of our generational shortcomings is the inability or refusal to pass down knowledge of crucial technologies and techniques that were developed over previous centuries. The problem is that many of our people are content at playing the superstar to the detriment of society. At other times, this leads to people falsifying history to suit themselves and to look more competent than they are. After all, most of our history is passed down orally.

The other plank of this writing is to point out some serious wickedness and violence that some of our traditional beliefs have wrought on us, so that many of us will finally jettison some of these backward ideas. Note that not all of our traditional beliefs are backward, but many are. Sadly so.

Let me state upfront that I don’t believe in juju. Or voodoo. But I believe there is some science at the base of some of the practices. While some tree barks are used till date as medicine against different ailments and they sometimes work, others were discovered long ago, which are poisonous and are incorporated into some of the magic to achieve debilitating effects on their preys. If you believe in juju therefore, I will not let you come near me to test your juju. But I can dare you to test your powers via the internet. It will be nice to see how juju deploys over the internet, which is the oyinbo idea of juju (magic, genius). Which is greater, between oyinbo and African juju?

Anyway, lets go ahead and bust the myths. Please note that I will approach this from a Yoruba perspective, to capture the ones I have heard since I was a child, or at least a teenager. Every nationality in Nigeria has its own sciences, as well as its own delusions.

1. Egbe/Kanako

Some old men in the time of yore in Yoruba land were said to have powers to disappear and then reappear somewhere else. Some were said to hit their backs on any wall and appear anywhere they liked. Some people believe this, and they believe it still works. My challenge to them is that they should advance the ‘science’ quickly so that no Nigerian ever queues up at any foreign embassy, or even pays any airline for flights. Just let us keep hitting our backs against walls and appearing in the best suites in the best hotels in the world and sleep for free. Well, that is what the white man would have done with that resource if he had it. In fact, the white man would have been selling the technology to us in bits by now, for fortunes. As for me, I think this is… sorry.. hogwash.

2. Money Ritual

This is a very interesting phenomenon, if it wasn’t so phenomenally evil. Some Africans believe they can kidnap a human being, kill him or her and cut off parts of his or her body – notably the eyes, breasts, head and genitals, and that they will become rich in today’s money as a result! I have heard about people who have the rotting heads of children in their wardrobes, which vomits untold cash for them each morning. I usually ask if the rotting head vomits fake currency, and if not, how that native technology manages to catch up with the latest and best of security features in today’s currency. I also ask if maybe the juju steals the monies from the vaults of banks at night. I still don’t understand this one. But as much as I don’t, dozens of people get kidnapped and killed for this purpose, all over Nigeria on a weekly basis! And there are thriving human parts businesses and markets all over Nigeria for this purpose. Politicians are known to order different human parts in order to win elections. Religious houses bury human beings or cows under the foundations of their buildings just to draw followers. There are no details of how many have been successful through these means. This one is however a very serious matter that government should stamp out in its entirety.

3. Thunder/Lightning Strikes

The other day, Ambrose Shomide and Basiru Baba Gboin brought a Babalawo (Yoruba shaman) to their Yoruba show on AIT. The subject was to explore why lightning strikes people. The Babalawo stated that thunder only strikes and kills people who steal money. He also said the god of Thunder, Sango, will place the money they stole on their chests after striking them. Baba Gboin, in his usual hilarious self, then asked what will happen if the person has spent all the money. The Babalawo was a bit flustered but said the juju will put whatever is left of the money on the chest of the thief. Now stop! I am more interested in the criminality that seeks to keep a myth alive here. For example, if it was a Nigerian politician, with billions of naira under his belt, how much will Sango pack on his chest? Where will the money appear from? What effect do such monies have on money in circulation as tracked by the CBN? In my view, the truth is that human beings place money on corpses to keep the myth going. Human beings have been doing crazy things since creation.

Science, on the other hand, has documented why and how lightning strikes. Scientists recommend that when it is raining and thundery, people should try not to stay in open fields – there have been incidences where footballers were killed on a pitch by lightning while it rained. Scientists also recommend that one should not stand under trees, or any lone, unprotected building. Any agent that could conduct energy should probably be avoided in such scenarios. Science also recommends that when its thundery and raining, people caught outside should try and stay 50 feet apart else lightning can strike all at once. I prefer this line of thought to our own fixation on mythology. Imagine how many houses lightning would have struck in the years before colonisation? Imagine how many people would have died and been labeled as thieves. Now we have Benjamin Franklin to thank for inventing the Lightning Rod – a simple rod which catches the lightning and drives it into the ground while we sleep peacefully. How many people have been rubbished in death by this our myth?

4. Ata – Cancer

Growing up in Akure, Ondo state as a teenager, I recall that on a few occasions, some distant relative got sick, with a part of their body beginning to rot, and it would usually be said that someone threw some evil alligator peppers on their shadow while they walked by. It is called by that name – pepper (Ata). A few Aunties were cooped up in their rooms, while the local Shaman used traditional methods to try to heal them. All of them died. Well, who wouldn’t someday? For the women among them especially, I now know that what they had was breast cancer, and it had nothing to do with someone shooting them with any evil arrow. My problem with many of these traditional beliefs is the amount of mutual enmity it breeds amongst our people, and how this is usually baseless. African traditions – especially the Yoruba one I know – revels so much in mutual suspicion and I believe this was partly responsible for the underdeveloped state of Africa when the while man came.

5. Swollen Feet

Many people who suffered some sort of Edema (swollen feet), perhaps as a warning signal of Kidney disease or some bodily malfunction leading to the gathering of fluid in the legs, have usually attributed it to ‘stepping on juju’. They are convinced that someone put something evil on their path and they mistakenly stepped on it. Some believe that the juju was put in their shoes, which they ignorantly wore. Many live in morbid suspicion of their shadows forever after any such events. Some fall into the hands of fake pastors, imams or native ‘doctors’, many of whom help them to amplify their baseless suspicions. I have seen where men ostracise and brutalise their own children, wives, parents, siblings and close relatives, based on these suspicions – and of course on instructions from their ‘spiritual fathers’. I believe it is a sort of madness that befall these people, for they don’t believe they are doing anything wrong.

6. Child/Adult Witch-Lynching

One man in Akwanga, Nasarawa State poured acid on his own teenage daughter because she was accused of killing his mother. The extremely beautiful girl is disfigured till tomorrow. Rudolf Okonkwo of Sahara Reporters brought this incident to the world’s notice, in his article “Turn Off The Dark”, about six years ago. Akwa Ibom State comes to mind too, where, in spite of the oil wealth, the practice of lynching children who are suspected to be witches, is quite rife. One girl had a six inch nail rammed into her head for this reason. She survived, but is no longer mentally-balanced. We saw recently how a white lady came and rescued a child somewhere in the East of Nigeria. The West is rife with these practices too. These ugly, mindless events have done much damage to the image of Nigeria as a country. It is probably an African thing though. That video that has been circulating on social media, wherein four old men and women were burnt to death by a mob, is from somewhere in Kenya.

7. Ayeta (Native Bullet-Proof)

First off, a local medicine man recently refused for the bullet-proof he prepared to be tried on him. Then a few years ago, one OPC member got himself killed when he tested this native bullet-proof on himself. Now, I should say I would be delighted if such a technology will work at all. All that needs to be done is to arm the Nigerian Army with this bullet proof, and we would have the greatest army in the universe. We can also turn such a technology into the greatest foreign exchange earner ever. That is if it worked. I don’t see why it cannot be mass-produced. Imagine how much the Americans will be willing to pay us per soldier? Why don’t we ever dream big? Why must such a wonderful technology remain bespoke under some thatched roof in some stinky environment? I will not belabour this one, but I urge those who believe in it to be careful and not test it on themselves.

Usually, what makes a technology credible is the ability to explain how it comes to work, no matter how complex the process. For example, even though Nigeria has not developed the capability, many of our aeronautical engineers have the general idea of how planes are manufactured. It is not voodoo. That is why we also have a handful of pilots. In general we must be able to explain how our technology works, otherwise it remains on the fringes and science trumps it.

8. Abiku/Ogbanje (Early Child Death)

We went through school reading eloquent poems – by no less than Prof Wole Soyinka and John Pepper Clark Bekederemo – about the bad Abiku child that lives up the Boabab tree and keeps coming round to torture his/her parents. Our minds were too impressionable then to question these beliefs. Chances are such ideas will not fly with our own children today. But this belief tells of our trajectory as a people. Let us be humble and admit that we were not – still are not – at par with the white people. In precolonial times, we suffered great shortcomings in knowledge; our knowledge base wasn’t just robust enough. Because we lived in environments where almost everything we needed was cheaply available, we weren’t compelled to think deep about many issues. Anyway, our women were fertile, and so no one thought of family planning. Many of the children died at birth – from all sorts ranging from breaches, to jaundice, to fevers, to Rhesus compatibility issues and many more things that we are only just learning about. Many mothers died in the process because there was nothing called Caesarian Section. Look at us today? I hope no one still believes in Abiku/Ogbanje, but who is to tell?

9. The Rain-Catcher

At a recent event, I overheard a village chief mutter loudly that he will ‘deal with’ the local rain-catcher for not catching the rain after he had been paid for the job. It was in the high of the rainy season, and so at that event, it rained cats and dogs. I had a good laugh. Well, there is some science to this one. The white man has made his own plain. A simple Google search reveals that when Silver Iodide is sprinkled in the clouds it can cause rain. A Wikipedia page also catalogues that this technology – rainmaking – was ‘pioneered’ in the USA around 1940 and is today used in Indonesia, UAE, Kuwait, China and India among others. And I guess there is a way of dispersing rain clouds too to prevent rainfall. I will find out and revert. You see the difference between us and them? They make theirs available on Google, but we keep our knowledge in dark places, and prefer monopolising them, surrounding them with thunder and fire, and great mystery. We threaten anyone who shows curiosity, with death, disease and everything evil. I wouldn’t be surprised if I get threatened by all sorts for writing this article, but it is what it is. Again, the white man can come here and learn some of what we have, go back and add to his own, and come back to sell to us as ‘science and technology’. The average African should not be afraid of sharing knowledge. That is the only way by which knowledge grows and can be prospered from; through sharing.

10. Magun

This one is controversial, for the fact that most Africans are fixated on sex. The story goes that some men die after having sexual knowledge of someone else’s wife. But it doesn’t stop there. Sometimes it may be an unmarried woman. Sometimes, it could be their own wives. They say sometimes the man gets up from the woman, crows like a cock three times, slumps and dies. Some say the man gets up, somersaults three times and then dies. Some say the man gets up and develops this unquenchable thirst, finishes a drum-full of water, then slumps and dies. My favourite filmmaker, Tunde Kelani, made a touching movie of the same title years back, featuring Yemi Sodimu and Uche Osotule (where is she these days?). I have two issues with this Magun theory. First, it must have been deployed in destroying many a woman. Since these things are not verifiable, they are left in the realm of conjecture. Then out of the shadows step the ‘protectors of mythology’, who keep the fear going – like they do in the lightning strike story.

If a man has a heart attack resulting from much stress or other underlying heart disease in the process of sexual intercourse, in the days when ‘heart attack’ was not in our dictionary, it will be called ‘magun’, right? If it is with someone else’s wife, the credibility is enhanced. If it is with a girlfriend, the woman will be accused of being promiscuous and it will be said that someone who suspected her put the magun on her. If it is between a properly married couple, it will be said that the husband must have suspected the woman. In short, since this phenomenon happens mainly to men, and till date it is men who often die in the process of, or after heavy sexual activity, I believe at least half of the magun cases are fraudulent and like the thunder/lightning business, this phenomenon has done much violence to the reputation of innocent people. It just cannot be fair.

There is a video trending online of Battabox, a group of young guys, who went to town interviewing people about this Magun business. Some people said they can use it on their wives. Some said no. What is noteworthy is that it is totally about preventing female promiscuity. What about male promiscuity? You see, ours was a chauvinistic society where women were often cheated. To my alarm, in the video, a man from Akwa Ibom was interviewed. He said they don’t have things like Magun in his area, but that when a woman cheats on her husband and does not confess, she will die trying to give birth to that child. You see, the only thing wrong with us is the way we think and nothing more. I have devoted myself to trying to alter that thinking. Imagine the number of women who have died during childbirth because of carelessness and bad understanding of antenatal care, and have been put down in memory as being unfaithful to their husbands. Africans can be a wicked and ignorant lot.

11. Death – A Time of Great Stress

The average African really fears death. And that reflects in our reactions when people around us die. While the white man mourns almost silently, black people wail at the top of their voices. When people die, all sorts of stories and theories begin to come up. People die at 90 years and are said to have been killed by their enemies! But in some societies, worse happens. Women and children bear the brunt. In some of our societies, irrespective of her career or livelihood, a new widow is expected to shave her head and wear black only for 40 days. Some are expected to starve. Others are expected not to bathe for those numbers of days. The worst is where women are subjected to drinking the water used in washing the corpse by the husband’s family. They want proof that she didn’t kill her husband. If she dies after drinking, she did. If not, she did not. Then the extended family of the husband swoops on her husband’s belongings, stripping them of everything – with some even confiscating the woman for their own use. Is posterity punishing us for some of these evil deeds?

Female Genital Mutilation and Breast Ironing – It is the excuse that gets you. They say they don’t want the females to enjoy sex too much and so rip off their clitoris. Must the males alone enjoy? That is why I believe a lot of our practices are simply conspiratorial and discriminatory towards women. And it can only be borne out of the fear of women, whom time has shown, are actually stronger – mentally, emotionally, and otherwise – than men. Many of our older women have never known what an orgasm is. Yet they bore 15 to 20 children! Then there is breast ironing – though not really practiced in Nigeria. Why would anyone want to iron the breasts of a woman until it is flat!? Imagine such ugliness? But it exists; somewhere in East Africa.

12. Modern Vs. Traditional Societies

I write this because we will not make sustainable progress except we affect and change the way we think. If we think with the mentality of the 18th century and refuse to challenge our thought processes, we will keep running around in circles, beating ourselves up and wondering what hit us. If we merely progress such unverifiable beliefs into modern-day religions too, we do ourselves no favours. Now, not all traditional beliefs are wrong. The trick is to separate the myths from the science. We have science. Science is what will get us respect into the comity of nations. We should build that science and not allow them to be stolen from right under our noses, repackaged and resold to us. We should be humble enough to admit when our beliefs don’t work. It takes nothing off us as a people.

13. African Brain Surgery

To close, I bring to you evidence that Africans have always done brain surgery. I ran into this video on Facebook after I had almost concluded this article. So what is wrong with our own procedures? It never developed, that’s what. This is a video taken by a British videographer, sometime in the late 1950s, which has helped us preserve this memory. We never keep anything of our own documented properly. Not we. We are constantly on the look out for ‘what we will eat’. And we eat everything edible in sight. We don’t believe in conservation. Not of history, nor wildlife, nor water. And we don’t bother developing anything or taking things to the next level. The other day, someone showed us in Badagry, a grindstone that the ancient people used for 1,000 years! Why should any people use a single grindstone for a thousand years? And why would the world wait for such a people who refuse to innovate?

Anyway, in this clip, we can see that no anesthesia was applied. No painkillers. No disinfectant. All they used were leaves and things like that. Not even a clean rag or mop was anywhere in sight. And they split open the skull of that patient, tampered with her brains and tied her back up with banana leaves. I imagine the pains the patients must have gone through – during and especially after the surgery (for the rest of their lives). Africa was indeed a place of pains. The head was left to heal itself, with some leaving gaping holes forever. It left the patients totally ugly, and I doubt if those patients would have been healed of their sicknesses or if their situation would have been merely compounded. I favour the latter. But I blame us the offspring of these surgical Africans here, who have refused to take this technology to the next level. Instead, we revel in more ignorance and are not learning from anything or anyone around us.

Now my heart is lighter.

‘Tope Fasua, an Economist, author, blogger and entrepreneur, can be reached at topsyfash@yahoo.com.

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Appeal Court Upholds 25 Years Jail Term For Boko Haram Convicts

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has affirmed the verdict of a Federal High Court in Lagos, which sentenced three members of the terror group, Boko Haram to 25 years imprisonment each.

The appellate court, in a judgment delivered on Friday by Justice Y.B Nimpar, rejected the appeal filed by the convicts and upheld the judgment of the lower court, which sentenced Ali Mohammed, Adamu Karumi and Ibrahim Usman, to 25 years imprisonment each.

The 3 convicted men, who were arraigned before the Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos, for participating in terrorism and belonging to outlawed Boko Haram sect in November 2013, were found guilty in September 2014.

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The State Government had filed charges against four accused persons for conspiracy to commit a felony to wit: acts of terrorism, concealing information about acts of terrorism and having possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition contrary to various sections of the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act, 2013 and the Firearms Act, Cap F.28 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Buba then handed down the verdict after the Lagos State government, through the Ministry of Justice, successfully prosecuted the suspects before the court.

Not happy with the high court’s ruling, the convicts, through their lawyer, subsequently approached the Court of Appeal seeking to overturn the judgment, on the grounds that they were charged under inapplicable laws and that the 25 years terms of imprisonment were excessive.

However, the appellate court refused their prayers.

Out of the four persons charged, three were sentenced to 25 years imprisonment each, while the fourth accused was discharged and acquitted.

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The fourth accused, Ibrahim Usman Ali, had specifically argued that he was inadvertently convicted and sentenced for a count with which he was not charged.

While the court of appeal agreed that Ali was wrongly convicted under a count with which he was not charged, the court, however, affirmed the judgment of Buba which convicted and sentenced the three others to 25 years imprisonment each.

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In Ogun: 12 Unlicensed Hospitals Shut Down, Illegal Morgue Uncovered

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In a bid to put an end to quackery in the Ogun State Health Sector, the authorities of the state have shut down at least 12 privately owned hospitals operating without licences in Ijebu areas of the state.

This is just as an illegal mortuary, which was uncovered in Ago-Iwoye, in Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state, was also closed down.

The discovery and closure of the illegal facilities were carried out by the State Monitoring Team, Department of Hospital Services in the State Ministry of Health, during the just concluded revalidation/registration of all private health facilities in the state.

The team was led by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye and the Permanent Secretary, Dr Nafiu Aigoro.

‘’The state government can no longer continue to lose innocent citizens through quackery. The state will henceforth, enforce owners of private health facilities to follow the best health care operating standard that meet up with the international standard of health care services. Owners will also provide proof of ownership, certificate, and other relevant documents before operating in the state,” Dr Ipaye said.

The commissioner said the activities were carried out under the Private Hospitals and other Health Establishments Registration Edict of 1988, noting that seven hospitals were shut in Ijebu Igbo and five in Ijebu Ode, stressing that the exercise would be carried out across the 20 local government areas of the state.

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I Was Paid Monthly From Ex-NSA Not #Dasukigate, Says Okupe

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Doyin Okupe, a Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the immediate President Goodluck Jonathan, has admitted to receiving funds from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, but denied that the funds he received were part of the $2.1 billion arms fund allegedly misappropriated by the ex-NSA.

“I was not paid arms deal money. NSA paid for running of my office monthly from August 2012. Dasuki-gate was in 2014,” he tweeted in the early hours of Sunday.

“I did not take part in campaign,” Mr. Okupe said, adding that “I was not involved in any aspect of the campaign. Neither was my office.”

“However, I kept up with my duties as a principal aide of the president and continued media engagement and interface where necessary. I received no special funds for any program or project connected with electioneering.”

The Ex-NSA as well as other members of the past administration are currently being prosecuted for their roles in the scam now known as #Dasukigate.

Dr. Okupe, who served under Jonathan from 2012 to 2015, has been accused of receiving at least N1.6bn from Dasuki in three shady cyber security contracts.

It was gathered that one of the contracts had instructions to hunt down unfriendly media websites with Distributed Denial of Service attacks.

It was believed to be a project conceived to shut down online media platforms perceived as friendly towards Muhammadu Buhari, the then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress ahead of the 2015 election.

The other contract was to intercept all optic fibre cables landing in Nigeria. The third was a passive mass and target GSM interception that had the ability to decrypt ciphers and operate undetected.

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