Adele Signs N44 Billion Contract With Sony Music

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Adele Signs N44 Billion Contract With Sony Music – British singer Adele has penned what may be the biggest recording contract in history as she signed with Sony Music.

Adele Signs N44 Billion Contract With Sony Music

Adele Signs N44 Billion Contract With Sony Music

Adele had previously been with British record label XL records since she began her career, and following the contract’s expiration, signed with Sony Music in a mega deal worth a reported £90m (N44.1bn). The deal had reportedly been completed since last year, and was brokered by Adele’s manager, Jonathan Watkins.

READ: Reclusive Enya Tops Adele’s £85m As The Richest Singer In Britain With £91m

The figure is not particularly shocking considering that Adele is one of the best-selling artistes of history, having sold over 19 million copies of her last album, 25, and making over £35m in sales. The deal was reportedly arranged through Sony’s Columbia Records, and “gives Sony the rights to release her future music exclusively around the world.”

Adele also wins awards as well as she sells albums, recently winning five awards — including the top artiste award — at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. A source at Sony Music told The Sun on Monday: “We’ve secured Adele, who’s without doubt the biggest music star in a generation. This is massive.”

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Benitez Opts To Stay At Relegated Newcastle

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Former Liverpool manager, Rafa Benitez will be staying on with relegated Newcastle, after he signed a three-year contract.

Benitez took over the Tyneside club in March, in a bid to rescue them from relegation, but his six-match unbeaten run was not enough to save Newcastle.

And following discussions with the head honchos at the club, the former Real Madrid manager will stat on with the championship side.

In a statement on the club’s official website, Benitez said: “I am extremely pleased to be staying at Newcastle United.

“The love I could feel from the fans was a big influence for me in my decision to stay, as was my relationship with Lee Charnley and all the staff.

“This is a huge club and I wanted to be part of the great future I can see for Newcastle United.”

Managing director Lee Charnley added: “When we brought Rafa to the club in March, we knew he was a phenomenal manager and everything we have seen from him since has only served to reinforce that.

“We are therefore delighted to have secured his services for the next three years and I believe with Rafa as manager it gives us the best possible chance of returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking and delivering success for this football club beyond that.

“It is clear that Rafa has connected deeply with the club’s supporters and we do not underestimate the role they have played in his decision to stay.”

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Ronaldo Wants To Retire At Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed his desire to retire at the Santiago Bernabeu, as he is willing to sign an extension.

The Portugal international has a contract set to expire in 2018, and has been linked with a possible return to United, with PSG looking to acquire him.

Earlier this year, Ronaldo hinted that he could be open to a switch to Major League Soccer but the Portugal international is now ready to see out his career in the Spanish capital.

“It’s obvious I want to stay I here. I think I am going to retire at Real Madrid,” Ronaldo told La Sexta’s ‘Jugones’ show.

“Renewal after the Champions League final? Let’s see. Real Madrid would be smart if they extend my contract.

“I am happy at Real Madrid. I can see no club better than this one.”

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Check Out Rihanna And Dior’s Sunglasses Collaboration

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Rihanna And Dior’s Sunglasses Collaboration – Singer Rihanna has launched a line of futuristic-looking sunglasses in collaboration with Dior.

The fashion house announced the collaboration on Tuesday, with Riri releasing a personally-designed frame that will come in silver, pink, blue, green and red. The glasses would sell for $840 (N294,000) for one. There is also a 24-karat gold-plated edition which will be sold for $1950 (N652,500).

READ: Fabulous Red Carpet Photos From Billboard Music Awards 2016; Rihanna, Ciara & More

“I’ve always been obsessed with his eyewear, and when I got to Dior and saw all the materials I could play with, it all just came together,” Rihanna said about drawing inspiration for the glasses from Star Trek character Geordi La Forge.

Riri added: “The process was pretty seamless. I spent a day at Dior with their eyewear design team. I started by looking through all the archives to see what they’ve done in the past, then got acquainted with all the new materials. I literally sat there and drew and drew until I was happy with the design, and the team illustrated it for me right then and there.”

“We are very pleased to partner for the second time with Rihanna,” Dior CEO Sidney Toledano said. “She is an artist, an entertainer, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist and a style icon for today’s generation.” Check the shades out below!

#RihannaXDior sunglasses coming in June. @fentyxdior

A photo posted by R I H P O S T (@rihpost) on May 24, 2016 at 3:52pm PDT

Rihanna And Dior's Sunglasses Collaboration

Rihanna And Dior’s Sunglasses Collaboration
Rihanna wearing frames from her Dior sunglass collaboration.

Rihanna wearing frames from her Dior sunglass collaboration.
Rihanna wearing frames from her Dior sunglass collaboration.

Rihanna wearing frames from her Dior sunglass collaboration.
Rihanna wearing frames from her Dior sunglass collaboration.

Rihanna wearing frames from her Dior sunglass collaboration.

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President Buhari Versus The Niger Delta Avengers – Zainab Okino

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The spate of violence in the Niger Delta region has been on the rise lately, while the tempo of legitimate activities, mainly in oil exploration and production, has reduced drastically, no thanks to renewed agitations by groups masquerading as emancipators of the region.

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

No matter how it is couched, whether in self-acclaimed Niger Delta nationalist garb as freedom fighters, economic emancipators or regional activists, the current ‘struggle’ is largely based on the loss of power by homeboy, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, and those who held the levers of power, mainly Niger Deltans, during his leadership. They also include people who got juicy positions, pipelines and creeks protection contracts and undermined the army of government in charge—the navy and civil defence, and, of course, those who took their hold on power to a ridiculous level and misled ex-President Jonathan in the process.

For their grievances, some of them found solace in ‘avenging’ the loss of those opportunities. Thus, all sorts of groups are emerging to align with the Niger Delta Avengers who first took up the gauntlet; all of them destroying oil facilities in their region, polluting their waters and aquatic lives and harming the nation’s economy.

The latest on Friday was the blowing up with dynamite of an NNPC gas station trunkline near Ogbe-Ijoh in Warri South West Local Government. Agip, Shell and other multinational companies’ installations had earlier been hit.

Speaking recently at a meeting with a director of the Royal Dutch Shell Group, President Buhari spoke forcefully on the resurgence of militancy in the region. “We have to be very serious with the situation in the Niger Delta because it threatens the national economy. I assure you that everything possible will be done to protect personnel and oil assets in the region”, he said.

Sadly, it is not enough to talk tough and even act tough, as the president appears to be saying and doing. Criminal as it is, criminalising the agitations in the Niger Delta and calling the actors criminals and vandals and alienating them are not enough to win the war, return the region to normalcy and allow uninterrupted flow of oil to the renewed pipelines, for onward distribution to other parts of the country. The criminals may not succeed in unseating the government, or even seceding as some of them claim, but they can do incalculable damage to the nation’s economy and psyche; and further reduce whatever is left of the government’s highly battered image and immense goodwill at the start of this administration.

On this, President Buhari needs some education in the combination of Obasanjo’s hard stance and Yar’adua’s gentle but effective approach to the Niger Delta question. These brought about the Amnesty Programme which, to a large extent, succeeded in pacifying the group. Again, President Jonathan in an attempt to indulge the ‘owners of the land that hosts oil’, directly and indirectly encouraged the bazzar that the gains of the Yar’adua era were turned into.

Yes, it may be tempting for the president to want to reverse some of the excesses of the past, but it should be done in a manner that the people would not feel persecuted. On this, Buhari has not shown good sportsmanship. Having just taken over from a Niger Deltan, Buhari has yet to sufficiently prove to all, and Niger Delta in particular, that his emergence and leadership is in the best interest of all.

By now, the president should have visited and interacted with almost all stakeholders in the Niger Delta or should have invited their opinion leaders to the Villa to reassure them; he is a Nigerian president and one for everybody and region. Instead, the president’s body language is more of that of a triumphant king, treating some parts of the country like conquered territories, while often going to the West for just social events. Those who are advising the president to ignore ill feelings by parts of the country that did not vote for him are not, in the least, helping him. Election is just a process to get people into position of leadership. And for the president in particular, once elected, the whole country becomes his constituency.

Getting the Niger Delta close is not synonymous with condoning criminality that the blowing up of pipelines is. Right or wrong, a precedent has been set on the Niger Delta issue. A sudden and marked departure from the past can land the nation in avoidable trouble. Besides, no form of rebellion by any group for whatever reason should be treated with levity, although rebels should also not be treated with kid gloves. Boko Haram is a clear example. History is replete with rebellions, insurrections, agitations, etc. that ended up on a dialogue table. A recent case in point is the South Sudan war that has just thawed, with some form of compromises. Not to talk of the ongoing Syrian crisis, the Taliban and Afghan government, World Wars I and II etc. that all ended in a truce or resolutions.

In essence, the Niger Delta Avengers and all other such groups may be criminals, vandals, terrorists or economic saboteurs, but Buhari should live above aboard and handle the case with superior strategies that guarantee a win-win resolution of the grievances of the avengers in the interest of the country.

This piece was written by By Zainab Suleiman Okino. You can reach her via zainabsule@yahoo.com, www.zainabokino.blogspot.com.

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BREAKING! Buhari Appoints New Director Generals For Radio Nigeria, NAN, NTA, NOA, NBC, VON

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The President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government has approved the appointments of new heads for the six information-related agencies under the Ministry of Information and Culture.

Announcing the appointments in Abuja on Wednesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said:

READ ALSO: Buhari Fires DGs Of NTA, VON, NAN, NBC, VOA, FRCN

The new Director Generals are:

  1. Mr. Ishaq Modibo Kawu – Director-General, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC)
  2. Mr. Mansur Liman – Director-General, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN)
  3. Mr. Yakubu Mohammed – Director-General, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)
  4. Dr. Garba Abari, Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA)
  5. Mr. Bayo Onanuga – Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
  6. Mr. Osita Okechukwu – Director-General, Voice of Nigeria (VON)

The Minister of Information explained that the new appointees will replace the Chief Executives of the parastatals who were removed on February 15, 2016.

Mr. Mohammed also added that the appointments take immediate effect.

More details to be added as it develops…

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DStv Stops Airing ‘I Am Cait’ In Nigeria Following Complaints

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E! reality TV show about Bruce Jenner’s transgender journey to Caitlyn Jenner ‘I Am Cait’ will no longer be showing in Nigeria due to complains from DStv consumers in the country.

According to a statement release issued on Tuesday May 24 by MultiChoice Africa, the decision to pull the show from E! came after an instruction from the National Broadcasting Commission NBC.

Apparently, Nigerians complained that the show wasn’t morally good for children. In lieu of this, MultiChoice Nigeria assured that they will review clients complaints and ensure that their interests are made priority to regularly assess the impact their content has on their customers.

But this might be coming too late as it has been reported that E! itself is planning to cancel the show due to low ratings.

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‘Tomato Ebola’ Invades 6 States As Varsity Vows To Produce 800,000 Tonnes Of The Fruit

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In the face of the lingering effects of the scarcity of tomato in Nigeria, the authorities of the Benson Idahosa University in Edo State have on Wednesday stated that it has concluded plans to produce 800,000 tonnes of the red fruit.

This is coming barely a day after the Federal Government announced that six states have been affected by a tomato disease called Tuta absoluta, also known as “Tomato Ebola”.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Might Suffer Tomato Scarcity For Much Longer, Here’s Why

On Tuesday, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Audu Ogbe, had stated that the pest, which was responsible for the massive destruction of tomatoes in farmlands, had spread to Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Plateau and Lagos.

According to Ogbeh, the tomato disease came into the country from Niger Republic through some flying insects called moth and then invaded into farms in Nigeria, which ravages them under 48 hours.

His words: “It is absolute misconception that some tomato processing factories have mopped up tomato fruits in Nigeria, it is unfounded and untrue. Recently, a pest identified as Tuta Absoluta, locally called ‘tomato ebola’, a leaf miner/moth that bores hole into the fruits and stem causing enormous food loss, invaded tomato farms in Nigeria. Infestation by the tuta can ravage and wide out tomato farms within 48 hours.

“The pest is known world over as it originated from South America far back 1912 and have ravaged tomato farms in so many countries of the world till date including Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa.

“It entered Nigeria through Niger Republic into Kastina, Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Nasarawa and other tomato producing states in the North, as well as Southern States of Lagos, Oyo and Ogun.”

Following the scarcity, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie,‎ said that tomatoes would be produced annually by the institution’s Faculty of Agriculture.

READ ALSO: Kaduna State Declares State of Emergency Over ‘Tomato Ebola’

At a press briefing in Benin, Izevbigie said:

“We are making an audacious statement that Benson Idahosa University is poised to produce 800,000 tonnes of tomatoes to ameliorate the present shortage in the supply of tomatoes in Nigeria in the next one year.

“We are at a risk of food insecurity; that is what is happening now. If you have food security, you will have plenty of food‎ available. But food security in this country is being threatened.”

 

 

 

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Get Familiar With the Heartfelt ‘Poison’ – Joy Oladokun

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LA-based singer/songwriter ‘Joy Oladokun’ combines the sounds of roots rock, with folk songwriting and a voice that oozes with soul and honesty.

Writing and playing the guitar from the age of 10, Joy Oladokun uses music as a way to make sense of the struggles and celebrate the triumph of life. In 2015, Joy self-produced and released her debut EP titled ‘Cathedrals (download HERE)’, still available on iTunes. Last year, she raised $30,000 in a Kickstarter campaign for the funding of her first full-length album – Carry.

Her debut album, ‘Carry’, ranges from a stripped confessional ballad about being brave enough to leave a lover, to an electrifying rock number that will take you back to 1975. Her eclectic style doesn’t take away from her mature and authentic lyricism, however. When Joy writes and sings, you hear the voice of someone who has lived the song and is willing to re-live it again and again everytime she performs it.

‘Poison’ is the second single taken from her debut album ‘Carry (download HERE)’. She adds ‘Poison is a song I wrote about a relationship that I loved being in, but in the end we both knew that we weren’t bringing out the best in each other. I think one of the hardest lessons that I’ve had to learn in love, is that sometimes the most loving thing you can do for someone (and for yourself) is let them go.

Joy will embark on a worldwide tour later this year to support her new material.

Listen to Poison by Joy Oladokun below

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NSCDC Uncovers A Prostitution Ring In IDPs Camps In Borno State

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The Borno State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has said it had uncovered a prostitution ring in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state.

Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri, the state commandant of the NSCDC, Ibrahim Abdullahi, has vowed to stop the activities of the ring and curb the menace of prostitution among IDPs in the state.

READ ALSO: 13 Feared Dead, Scores Injured As Boko Haram Raids 5 Communities In Borno State

This is just as the commandant assured that the elements involved in this prostitution ring will be brought to face the law.

His words: “You know that these IDPs can easily be lured by criminals because of the situation they found themselves.

“The command is, therefore, vigilant and will leave no stone unturned to bringing the culprits to book.

“We have drafted our men to all the strategic locations in the state capital to check such nefarious activities and anybody caught would be made to face the wrath of the law.

“We therefore call on all patriotic citizens of Borno to report such activities going on around them.”

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Xhaka: EPL Is Better For Me

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Arsenal’s new boy, Granit Xhaka, has stated the aggressive nature of the EPL is better suited to his style than the bundesliga.

The Swiss midfielder’s switch to the EPL side was confirmed on Wednesday, with Arsenal paying around £30 million for the 23-year-old.

And, having captained Gladbach during his time in the Bundesliga, Xhaka says he will bring leadership as well as bite to the midfield of an Arsenal team that finished second behind champions Leicester City in the Premier League this season.

“I like to play football. I’m an aggressive player and also a leader. I’m only 23 but I captained a good team in Germany,” Xhaka told Arsenal Player.

“In Germany you can play aggressively but the referee will always blow his whistle, but in England that’s not the case. That’s better for me.

“I like the way Arsenal play football. It’s not like other countries but it’s very, very nice here.”

Manager Arsene Wenger came in for heavy criticism from large sections of Arsenal supporters frustrated by the team’s inability to take advantage of poor seasons by the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea and win a first league title since 2004.

But asked if he feels Arsenal are on the cusp of great things, Xhaka replied: “Of course. I’ve looked at Arsenal before, every weekend, and I know they are a big club.

“This year they finished second and that was a very good season.”

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13 Feared Dead, Scores Injured As Boko Haram Raids 5 Communities In Borno State

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Not less than 13 persons were reportedly killed, scores critically injured as Boko Haram terrorists attacked five communities of Ladin Buta near Khaddamari village of Jere Local Government Area of Borno state on Tuesday.

READ ALSO: Hunter Now Hunted! Boko Haram Chief Bomb Maker Killed By Shekau’s Body Guard

It was gathered that the militants of the sect, who were armed with Ak47 rifles and petrol bombs including Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), took over and destroyed the communities in the process.

A source, who was at the scene of the incident, said that Boko Haram fighters raided the communities around 7pm on Tuesday, setting ablaze many houses after it had killed 13 residents and left scores of others critically injured.

Also confirming the incident, a police officer attached to Jere Division, said that the he was at his duty post when they received a distress call that Boko Haram sect had invaded the surrounding communities of Khaddamari.

READ ALSO: Borno Emirs Reclaim Palaces, 2 Years After Fleeing From Boko Haram Invasion

According to him, the Jere Police Division was having no reinforcement from the military to repel the attack on Tuesday night, adding that it was until the early hours of Wednesday that the officers of the Division visited the areas.

The police source, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed that after visiting the scene of the incident, they recovered 13 dead bodies of residents with scores injured with bullet wounds and burns.

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The Biggest Shopping Fair is Here! Attend Shop ‘N’ Chop on Sunday, May 29th

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The biggest and best discount sales event – SHOP ‘N’ CHOP shopping expo is this Sunday!

It promises to be fun with lots of Freebies for everyone, yes!  EVERYONE.  There will be a Lucky Dip with lots of items to be won, including items from makeup, skincare, food, hair, clothes, vouchers and more!

In addition, delicious food, glam accessories, clothes for all sizes, makeup, skincare, shoes, hair/ haircare products, perfumes, fabrics, eyewear and more will be on sale. There will also be free glamour photo booth pictures.

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Music will be played by the one and only baddest DJs in town – Crowd Kontroller.  There will also be media coverage. Do look your best.

Tell a friend to tell another friend that the event will start at 10 AM and you are advised to come with your ATM cards, because all items will sell at a discount.

See you at SHOP ‘N’ CHOP this Sunday.

Vendors that will be present at the event include:

  • Kinky Apothecary
  • Candy’s Lingerie
  • Yoghurt Frenzy Nigeria
  • Rooftop Bar & Grill
  • Pie Bonitas
  • Bon Plaisir
  • Fit and Fab
  • Healthy Living with Hanna
  • Krochet Kulture
  • Arabian Spa
  • Anushkil Jewelry
  • Ma’Bello Clothier
  • Fresh Aroma
  • SAS Textiles
  • Emem Morgan
  • Yetunde Dania
  • Bola Couture
  • Spice Bowl
  • Bonargees
  • Sleek Lounge
  • Konica Minolta
  • Standard Optical
  • Gracias Salon

And More!

 

Date: Sunday, May 29th

Time: 10 AM

Venue: Sleek Studio Square, 141 Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island Lagos, opposite Silverbird Galleria

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Biafra: Appeal Court Dismisses Kanu’s Application For Bail

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has on Wednesday, affirmed the decision of the Federal High Court, by dismissing an application for bail that was lodged before it by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

READ ALSO: Court Dismisses Kanu’s Application To Stop Trial

The detained Kanu, alongside two others, Benjamin Madubgwu and James Nwawuisi, are facing a six-count treason charge the federal government preferred against them at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The trio had on May 5 approached the appellate court to challenge what they described as “strange procedure” adopted in their trial before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

READ ALSO: Radio Biafra Back On Air Again, ‘We Are Unstoppable’—IPOB

Kanu’s lawyer, Chucks Muoma had asked the Appeal Court to determine whether the ruling by Justice John Tsoho of the High Court was not an aberration of Mr. Kanu’s fundamental rights as stipulated in the Constitution.

Muoma also sought the Appeal Court to determine whether or not Tsoho was right in making Kanu’s dual citizenship an excuse for refusing him bail.

However, in its ruling on Wednesday, a three member-panel, led by Justice Abdul Aboki, dismissed the defendants’ appeal as “grossly lacking in merit”.

READ ALSO: Kanu Will No Longer Eat Food Scrutinized By DSS To Avoid Poisoning – IPOB

The appellate court held that the lower court was right in relying upon Mr. Kanu’s dual citizenship, as a basis for denying his application for bail.

The court said the chances of Mr. Kanu returning to his other country was high, and that the laws of his other country may prevent the trial from reaching its logical end.

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Forex Crisis: CBN Nullifies N197 Per Dollar Exchange Rate

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has on Tuesday, nullified the official exchange rate regime of N197 per dollar, as it announced another flexible exchange rate regime it said is aimed at making foreign currencies more accessible.

Speaking on the development at the end of the Monetary Policy Meeting, in Abuja, the Governor of the CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, explained that the Apex Bank took the measure following severe pressures on external reserve and foreign exchange supply crisis.

The governor also said the Monetary Policy Rate, MPR, was retained at 12 per cent; Cash Reserve Ratio, 22.5 per cent; and Liquidity Ratio, 30 per cent.

The apex bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), which made this decision, chose to retain its Monetary Policy Rate, MPR, at 12 per cent, Cash Reserve Ratio, CRR, at 22.5 per cent and Liquidity Ratio at 30 per cent, Vanguard reports.

The CBN Governor said: “the MPC voted unanimously to adopt a flexible exchange rate policy to restore the automatic adjustment properties of the exchange rate,” adding that it voted also to “retain a small window for funding critical transactions” and that “details of operations of the market would be released by the Central Bank at the appropriate time.”

Also speaking on Tuesday, some analysts at Nairametrics said:

“It is unclear how this will work as the CBN will need to put a massive structural operational framework in place to ensure this works perfectly.

“A market determined rate will also require strong regulations around a market that involves everyone with prices that are market determined.

“One expects the black market to disappear as all you need to do is walk to the bank and ask to buy forex at the market rate.

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Paul Scholes : “Ryan Giggs Leaving Would Be Sad”

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Paul Scholes believes Ryan Giggs possible departure from Manchester United would be a “sad” day for the club.

Giggs, who was assistant manager to the now sacked Louis van Gaal, is stuck in limbo over his future at Old Trafford, with impending new boss Jose Mourinho understood not to want the former United winger as his deputy.

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“If he left the club I think it would be very sad,” Scholes told Sky Sports News HQ.

“He’s been there 20-odd years and knows the place inside-out, how the club works and what kind of football is expected. It would be really disappointing if he did leave.”

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Koke: Atletico Not Motivated By Revenge, But History

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Atletico Madrid man, Koke has revealed he is only focused on making history and not thinking about revenge against Real Madrid.

Atletico were mere minutes away from claiming a maiden title in 2014, only for Sergio Ramos’ injury time goal to force extra time, with the los blancos claiming their 10th UCL trophy with a 4-1 thrashing of their neighbours.

Saturday’s match against Madrid at San Siro is the only thing standing between the club and a maiden Champions League triumph, and Koke believes that will be their greatest motivation.

“It’s a new, great, wonderful opportunity. Revenge isn’t on our minds because no one can go back in time and give us back the Lisbon final,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We just want to create history by winning the first Champions League for the club.

“Statistics are there to be broken and to change. Our goal is to come back with the cup.”

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Edo Gov’t Withdraws Letter Of Approval On New Oba Of Benin

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The government of Edo State has withdrawn a letter it earlier issued on the approval of appointment of Oba of Benin, even as it said the letter was issued in error.

READ ALSO: Edo State Gov’t Approves Appointment Of New Oba Of Benin

The retraction was announced in a letter issued by the Secretary to State Government, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, dated May 25, 2016.

In the letter, the government said:  “In deference to the revered age-long tradition and respect for the sensibilities of the people of the great Benin Kingdom, the Government of Edo State hereby withdraws a letter issued on 24th May 2016 entitled: “Appointment of His Royal Highness Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the Oba of Benin”

“The said letter was issued in error as the rites of passage of His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba of Benin are still on.

“The Government will, in due course, issue a fresh letter on the installation of the Edaiken N’Uselu, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the Oba of Benin, in line with the age-long succession tradition of the Benin Kingdom and in line with Section 19 (1) of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law, 1979 (as amended) and by virtue of all other laws enabling it in that behalf, after all necessary traditional rites are concluded.”

The Secretary had on Tuesday circulated a letter approving the appointment of Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the Oba of Benin, with effect from April 29, 2016.

The letter read: “It is hereby notified for general information that in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 19 (1) of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law, 1979 (as amended) and by virtue of all other laws enabling it in that behalf, the Executive Council of the Edo State Government of Nigeria has approved the appointment of His Royal Highness Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the Oba of Benin, with effect from 29th day of April, 2016.”

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CSKA Manager Confirms Leicester’s Bid For Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa

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Leonid Slutskiy, CSKA Moscow manager has stated Leicester City made a bid worth around €30 million for Nigeria international, Ahmed Musa.

A bid from the EPL club was rejected in January, with the forward keen on ending his season at CSKA.

The 23-year-old finished the season with 18 goals, as CSKA pipped FC Rostov to the title.

But Slutskiy has now confirmed the player is actively looking to speak to Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri after they secured the Premier League title.

“The British club offered a bit less than €30m,” he told Match TV. “Musa came to me a few days ago and asked when he [Ranieri] is back for the holidays and I told him I do not know, I do not know Ranieri.”

When pushed on whether the two clubs were holding talks he added: “I do not know for sure. It is the work of our management but I think the probability is high.”

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2016 Teen Choice Awards TV Nominees: ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Leads The Way

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2016 Teen Choice Awards TV Nominees – The first set of nominations have been announced for the 2016 Teen Choice Awards.

2016 Teen Choice Awards TV Nominees

2016 Teen Choice Awards TV Nominees

The first set of nominations are for the television segment, with Freefrom’s Pretty Little Liars leading the the pack with 6 nominations. Behind it is The CW’s The Vampire Diaries with 5 nominations and FOX’s Empire with 4 nominations.

Gotham, The Flash and Scream Queens are other shows with multiple nominations. The 2016 Teen Choice Awards hold on the 31st of July, 2016. See the full first wave nominations below!

TV

Choice TV Show: Drama
“Empire”
“Gotham”
“Grey’s Anatomy”
“Pretty Little Liars”
“Rosewood”
“Shades of Blue”

Choice TV Actor: Drama
Jussie Smollett, “Empire”
Terrence Howard, “Empire”
Ben McKenzie, “Gotham”
Ian Harding, “Pretty Little Liars”
Keegan Allen, “Pretty Little Liars”
Tyler Blackburn, “Pretty Little Liars”

Choice TV Actress: Drama
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Maia Mitchell, “The Fosters”
Ashley Benson, “Pretty Little Liars”
Troian Bellisario, “Pretty Little Liars”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Jennifer Lopez, “Shades of Blue”

Choice TV Show: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
“Arrow”
“The Flash”
“iZombie”
“Once Upon a Time”
“Supernatural”
“The Vampire Diaries”

Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Grant Gustin, “The Flash”
Joseph Morgan, “The Originals”
Jared Padalecki, “Supernatural”
Paul Wesley, “The Vampire Diaries”
Ian Somerhalder, “The Vampire Diaries”
Andrew Lincoln, “The Walking Dead”

Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Eliza Taylor, “The 100”
Emily Bett Rickards, “Arrow”
Danielle Panabaker, “The Flash”
Lana Parrilla, “Once Upon a Time”
Candice Accola, “The Vampire Diaries”
Katerina Graham, “The Vampire Diaries”

Choice TV Show: Comedy
“Austin & Ally”
“Fuller House”
“Jane the Virgin”
“Liv and Maddie”
“Modern Family”
“Scream Queens”

Choice TV Actor: Comedy
Ross Lynch, “Austin & Ally”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Andy Samberg, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Taylor Lautner, “Cuckoo”
Jaime Camil, “Jane the Virgin”

Choice TV Actress: Comedy
Laura Marano, “Austin & Ally”
Candace Cameron Bure, “Fuller House”
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”
Dove Cameron, “Liv and Maddie”
Emma Roberts, “Scream Queens”
Lea Michele, “Scream Queens”

Choice TV: Animated Show
“Descendants: Wicked World”
“Family Guy”
“Gravity Falls”
“Over the Garden Wall”
“The Simpsons”
“Steven Universe”

Choice TV: Reality Show
“Dance Moms”
“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”
“MasterChef Junior”
“Mob Wives”
“Total Divas”
“The Voice”
OTHER

Choice Female Hottie
Gigi Hadid
Selena Gomez
Demi Lovato
Hailey Baldwin
Kendall Jenner
Bella Thorne

Choice Male Hottie
Austin Mahone
Cameron Dallas
Harry Styles
Jussie Smollett
Justin Bieber
Zayn Malik

Choice Comedian
Aziz Ansari
Ellen DeGeneres
James Corden
Jimmy Fallon
Jordan Doww
Kevin Hart

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Court dismisses Metuh’s Application For Medical Trip To UK

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The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has dismissed the application filed by the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, requesting for permission to travel abroad for his medical treatment.

At the resumed trial on Wednesday, the judge, Justice Okon Abang, held that he lacked jurisdiction to release Metuh’s passport.

READ ALSO: Metuh Admitted In Hospital As Court Adjourns Corruption Trial To May 30

Abang’s verdict is coming on the heels of an application filed to the court by the counsel of Metuh on May 23 seeking permission to allow him travel to the United Kingdom for five weeks to attend to his failing health.

Metuh’s lawyer, Onyeachi Ikpeazu, had requested the court to permit the release of Metuh’s passport so that if the first application is granted, he would be able to travel for the proposed treatment of his ailing spinal cord.

READ ALSO: Trial Adjourned As Metuh Vomits In Court | He Seeks Court’s Permission For 5-Week Treatment Abroad

After much deliberation, Mr. Abang stated in his ruling, today, that the application seeking the release of Mr. Metuh’s international passport can not be granted by his court.

He explained that the decision was made with regards to the nature of Mr. Metuh’s trial and that the court cannot hold back its decision.

Abang said: “Proceedings in a court of law is not based on sentiments,” adding that “the court cannot set aside its decision. I have no jurisdiction to do so.”

“The court is not Father Christmas to give to the defendant what it did not ask for.

He added that since the court cannot grant Mr. Metuh his second prayer, there would be no need to consider the application for Mr. Metuh’s trip abroad.

“Having dismissed prayer two, it is not important to discuss the merits of prayer one,” Justice Abang said.

“Discussing prayer one amounts to an academic exercise.”

The judge then urged Metuh to approach the Appeal Court to request for the release of his passport, saying that he would only consider the merits of Metuh’s first application, when the higher court decides on that.

READ ALSO: Arms Deal: Olisa Metuh Appears In Court Despite Ill-Health

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, on charges including fraudulent collection of N400m from the Office of the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, in November 2014.

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#TransferLatest: Arsenal Complete Xhaka Signing

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Granit Xhaka has swapped his Borussia Mochengladbach shirt, for the red of Arsenal, for a deal believed to be worth £33.1 million.

The Swiss midfielder was at the club on Friday for medicals, and will don the No. 34 shirt, after Coquelin agreed to vacate it.

Arsenal are determined to make a statement next season, and it is obvious with the signing of the 23-year-old before the beginning of the transfer window, as they look to better their second placed finish in the just concluded season.

“I’m very proud to be joining Arsenal,” Xhaka told the club’s official website. “I cannot wait to move to London, represent this special club and play in the Premier League.

“I will give everything to help Arsenal win trophies and make the fans happy.”

Wenger added: “Granit Xhaka is an exciting young player, already with good Champions League and Bundesliga experience. We have been watching him for a long time now and he is a player who will add quality to our squad.

“We wish Granit a good Euro 2016 with Switzerland and look forward to welcoming him to Arsenal ahead of next season.”

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MUSIC: Kylass – Baba O

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Kylass is a peculiar singer, endowed with the abilities to make different genre of songs, works inside-out on classic beat productions using both English and Yoruba as walking paves.

“Baba O” is a highly classified rap song made to give maximum respect to his humble self and kudos to the influential and renowned personalities in Nigeria Entertainment, produced by ‘Kellbliz’, mixed & mastered by ‘Shegzman’.

He was brought up in Ogun State, is graced with a modest educational background and he made his professional debut into the Nigeria music industry in 2008 with the single “So Tight” which gained quite some air attention.

He has successfully made songs before this, likes of “Babe First Class”, “Owo Nbe Lapo” in 2009, and ever since he’s been making head-bursting records. Right now, he is back to stay.

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Album Review: Beyonce’s Lemonade Does Too Much At Once

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It takes an army to sell a Beyonce record these days.

And can you blame Mrs Carter and her management? In 2011, returning from a mid-career hiatus, her fourth album, was met with a lukewarm reception commercially. Of course lukewarm for Beyonce is the same thing as stratospheric for other artistes. Starting as the top selling album in its week of release with slightly over 300,000 copies, the relatively soft numbers for 4 were worsened by the disc’s failure to land a Top 10 hit single. It seemed after a threesome of dizzying heights with Dangerously in love, B’day and I am…Sasha Fierce, Beyonce burnout was beginning to set in.

In December 2014, she dropped her self-titled fifth studio album like a thief in the night and the shock value of this, coupled with the album’s visual properties propelled it to her biggest first week  sales numbers yet.

The queen was back.

But even on her best day out, Beyonce has been unable to meet up with stratospheric sales embodied by the duo of Adele and Taylor Swift of late. She may rock the culture and own the zeitgeist but to avoid embarrassing numbers sales wise, a new Beyonce record has to be marketed as an event, one worthy of her status as the final leg in the holy trinity of pop princesses (the other two being Adele and Swift).

For her 6th merry go round, the former Destiny Child’s lead singer pulls no stops and holds nothing back. Lemonade arrives dipped generously in salacious gossip, domestic drama, allegations of marital dysfunction, the poetry of Somali born Warsan Shire, Yoruba mythology, a battalion of songwriters, cross genre pollination and a television event designed to break HBO, the broadcast vessel bold enough to absorb all that supernova. Oh! and did we mention it is another visual album?

Lemonade is the most ambitious project Beyonce has set her considerable talents to and in many ways, it is her most cohesive record yet. Gone are the power pop anthems of Dangerously in love and B’day and the saccharine sweetness of I am…Sasha fierce is MIA. Lemonade continues in the gritty, lived in tradition of her last record and zeroes in on such concepts as feminism, faithlessness and fear of the unknown.

For an artiste who spent the greater part of her career downplaying her Blackness by making cookie cutter pop ditties, submitting to white washed images in Pepsi ad campaigns and staying away from having any political opinion at all, Lemonade’s blatant aggressiveness and political awareness is a sharp detour for Beyonce.

The album’s lead single Formation, released just in time for the Super Bowl in February was only a shocking taste of things to come. In it, Beyonce pays homage to her negro roots, singing, My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana/ You mix that negro with that Creole make a Texas bama, and claims to rep the streets even after making all that money.

The accompanying visuals are as entertaining and subversive as anything you would expect from the singer who replaced Whitney Houston as America’s sweetheart. Images of Beyonce in all black, yet throwing her middle fingers in the air are juxtaposed with those of destruction caused by hurricane Katrina.

If Formation has a companion piece on Lemonade, then it has to be Freedom, the negro spiritual vocal showpiece that has Beyonce doing some of her strongest work. Even though the chorus recalls the noisy sass of 2003’s Crazy in love, Freedom wears its socio-political leanings and historical bent proudly.

Lemonade has received much of its publicity from the domestic implications of Beyonce’s lyrics. She aims for pure shocks as she drops bombs on her man (Today I regret the night I put the ring on) and casually promises more warfare (If you try that shit again/You gon’ lose your wife), drawing plenty to conclude that she has to be purging her soul. As usual, Beyonce will not come forward to agree that Lemonade is truly about her relationship with Jay Z but by God, does she fuel that fire.

On Hold up, the patois, dancehall traces do nothing to hide the pain of heartbreak brought on by her lover’s fecklessness. She sings, What a wicked way to treat the girl that loves you before deciding she’d rather be jealous and crazy than walked over lately.

Beyonce’s church of feminism demands that she not roll over while her man walks all over her. No, she gives as good as she gets. In Don’t hurt yourself, perhaps her rawest, most exposed performance till date, Jack White assists in turning her into a mad rocker chick who bounces to the next d*** at the slightest provocation. And she’s (not) sorry for any of it.

Of her super squad of collaborators, only a handful of (male) voices make it to the finished product. Kendrick Lamar delivers a blistering verse on Freedom, The Weeknd stops by for the pro-feminist, Six inch and James Blake haunts the interlude, Forward. Of course, none of these voices is distinctive enough to upstage Beyonce on her own material, rather they complement her nicely.

The songw riting on Lemonade is a bit of a challenge. Easily relatable and of the moment, it bothers more with trending hashtags and pop culture significance than any lasting impressions. Thus while trendy lines like Tell him boy bye and He better call Becky with the good hair and resound sharply today, it is hard to see them matter 5 years from now.

All things considered, Lemonade is a triumph. One of calculated marketing, pop culture significance, personal catharsis, political commentary, celebration of sisterhood and good old music making. Isn’t that too much already for a pop record?

 

– Wilfred Okiche (@DrWill20)

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Emir Sanusi Condemns Child Marriage, Advises Daughter To Fight Back If Assaulted By Her Husband

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The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, has condemned child marriage, battery and called for the abolishing of the old Islamic tradition as he said those practicing such medieval way-of-life should be punished.

He also admitted to advising his daughter, “I don’t expect my in-law to lay his hand on my daughter, but I have since urged her to retaliate any form of assault from her husband”.

The former Central Bank Governor made this address at the group of Northern Muslims Religious Leaders Forum on Primary Health care in Kano, Tuesday, (May, 24) where he called for the average bride age to be 18 and above as he spoke about the reproductive health challenges the child brides had to endure due to the tradition.

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He said, “I believe the time is ripe to take a stand on this age long practice of early marriage, and coincidentally we subscribed to Malikiyya school of thought like Morocco, Malaysia and Egypt who had since pegged marriage age to 17, 19 and 18 respectively”.

Sanusi added that since Muslims in Nigeria practice the Malikiys School of thought of Morocco, Malaysia and Egypt, they should also adopt the child policies of these countries which have moved on from child-marriage, stating, “we should follow suit and peg our own marriage ages for our own good”.

Read: 13 Year Old Girl Kidnapped And Forced Into Child Marriage After Being Converted To Islam

He said the idea of Muslim families giving out their daughters in marriage at early ages with the husbands promise to wait till they were ripe was nothing but a deception.

According to Mr. Sanusi, “that strategy no longer worked as it had led to cases of divorce and other ugly situations.”

The emir explained that in times past, “it was convenient for the rich and the poor to have four wives or more and conceive between 30 and 40 children because the economy was not only buoyant but also because people were not relying on government for sustenance.”

Sanusi said that old way of life should also be dumped as the present economy made it extremely hard for people to feed twice a day.

He declared, “unfortunately our people do not change and somebody with virtually nothing still give birth to 20 or 30 children and this must stop”.

He further urged relevant authorities to “create a law that would punish anybody that gave birth to children and allowed them to suffer” adding that “most of those neglected children not only turned victims of social vices but also engage in terrorism.”

Read: Child Bride Poisons Her New Husband And His Friends Because She Was Forced Into Marriage

 

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