Rosicky Out For Remainder Of Euros With Injury

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Czech Republic will have to do without captain Tomas Rosicky. Who has been ruled out for the rest of the competition with a thigh injury.

The 35-year-old assisted his country’s first goal of the tournament, in the 2-2 draw against Croatia. But could not continue playing, clutching the back of his leg.

The team doctor, Petr Zeman told reporters a MRI scan has revealed the extent of the injury suffered by the veteran playmaker.

“Tomas underwent a detailed magnetic resonance imaging scan in the local hospital, which unfortunately confirmed our suspicion that there was an injury to the thigh,” said Zeman.

“One hundred percent [he will] not intervene in any match in the coming days, certainly not with the Turks, and we believe that even in the coming weeks will not be able to play any match in Euro 2016.

“He’s getting a variety of drugs. But it’s always a matter of weeks. With this injury, it is very individual, but it will between three to six weeks.”

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Wilmots: Criticism Cannot Affect Me, Only Death Can

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Belgium head coach, Marc Wilmots is defiant in the face of criticism, stating only death can affect him.

Following a 2-0 loss to Italy in their opening game, Belgium were criticised, with reports suggesting a dressing room rift. Belgium replied the critics with an emphatic 3-0 win over Ireland.

And Wilmots has unloaded his frustration at how glowing remarks for his team were reversed.

“After four years of success, when we get criticism and those four years disappear. It’s manipulating the people, giving them the wrong idea,” he said.

“We have great players and have done well. But I live with criticism. Apart from death, I don’t know anything else that can affect me.

“I’m 47, I enjoy my job and wanted to put these kids on the right path. I’m not interested in negative things. People who criticise don’t interest me. They’ll never be happy in life.”

After a lacklustre showing against Italy, Romelu Lukaku struck twice against Ireland, sprinting towards the dugout to celebrate his first with his coach and team-mates.

“Unity is very important,” continued Wilmots. “We win and lose together. With Romelu, we wanted to give him some confidence.

“I think he’s scored four goals in four matches but then he misses the chance against Italy, and people view him differently.

“I just had to explain things to him and make it clear that I trusted him. He was very good today. I want him to run hard for 70 minutes and if he gave me that, with his movement and work, I’m happy.”

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Vardy Focused On England Despite Arsenal Links

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Jamie Vardy has stated Arsenal’s interest in him is the last thing on his mind, as he is focused on his international duty with England.

The Leicester City man turned in 24 goals for the foxes, helping them to a maiden EPL title. Arsenal were prompted into action and are rumoured to have triggered his release clause, believed to be worth £20 million.

Asked if he had anything to offer with regards to the Arsenal links, Vardy told Saturday’s news conference at England’s Chantilly training base: “Nothing at all.

“I’m just here completely focusing on England and that’s all I want to do at the moment.”

Hodgson may have been prompted to take Vardy aside and focus his state of mind during England’s time in France, but the player himself insists such steps have not been needed.

“There was nothing like that at all, no one-on-one chat or anything,” he said. “That’s how I want to be and how I want to stay focused.

“We’re here to represent England and that’s all I want to think about.”

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Match With Lobi Stars Postponed As Ikorodu United Cheated Death In Ghastly Auto Crash

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The Nigerian football community was almost on the verge of bereavement following the auto crash that occurred on Friday, involving the players and officials of the Lagos-based Professional Football League outfit, Ikorodu United.

The accident happened at about 4pm along AMA Brewery Road 9th Mile, Enugu, as the team was enroute Makurdi where they are expected to lock horns with Lobi Stars in Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League game.

The team was travelling in a Chisco bus, which collided with a truck that over-turned and burst into flames.

There was no account of death from the players but injuries were sustained by the traveling team as players escaped through the window of the bus.

Confirming the incident to Goal, the media manager of the Lagos-based club, Babatunde Ayoola, said:

“It happened at about 4pm this evening when a trailer was trying to get hold of itself , lost control and faced out bus,”

“Players sustained minor injuries from the knees to the shoulder because everybody escaped through the window. The bus is condemned but we thank God that none of us died.”

Meanwhile, the club, which is currently at the bottom of the Nigeria League table; having only recorded a paltry 15 points from 21 games, has announced that the Sunday match with Lobi star has been postponed.

The new date, it was learnt, would be communicated soon.

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Fresh Trouble Looms As Nigerian Govt Files Forgery Charges On Saraki, Ekweremadu

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Fresh trouble looms as the Federal Government of Nigeria is pressing charges on the Senate President Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, accusing the duo of forging the 2015 Senate Standing Rules used in electing them to office.

The charges against the two presiding officers of the Senate, which were filed on June 10, 2016, came more than a year after police investigations into the controversy in the 2015 election that inaugurated them into leadership.

READ ALSO: Saraki’s Trial Adjourned Again Over Fresh Motion Seeking Judge’s Disqualification

While the duo have been charged to court accordingly, also charged alongside Saraki and Ekweremadu are the immediate past Clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and his deputy Benedict Efeturi.

It was learnt that few days after the senatorial election, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi (APC-Kaduna North) petitioned the Inspector General of Police, alleging that the Standing Rules used for the exercise was forged.

Hunkunyi, who was a secretary of the Unity Forum – a group of All Progressives Congress Senators opposing the emergence of Saraki as SP, preferring his opponent, Senator Ahmed Lawan – accused the four officials of conspiracy, and demanded criminal investigation of the matter.

READ ALSO: Saraki’s CCT Trial Adjourned ‘Indefinitely’

The police later launched an investigation, submitting a detailed report to the nation’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

The case, with reference number, CR/219/16, was filed on June 10, 2015 at the Federal High Court in Abuja. It has been assigned to Justice Yusuf Haliru.

The case bothers on two-count charge, including offence of conspiracy punishable under Section 97 (1) of the Penal Code Law; and offence of forgery with “fraudulent intent” punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Law.

Count one reads, “That you Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa, Benedict Efeturi, Dr. Olubukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu on or about the 9th of June, 2015, at the National Assembly Complex, Three Arm Zone, Abuja within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired amongst yourselves, to forge the Senate Standing Order, 2011 (as amended) and you thereby committed the offence of Conspiracy, punishable under Section 97 (1) of the Penal Code Law.”

Count Two reads, “That you Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa, Benedict Efeturi, Dr. Olubukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu on or about the 9th of June, 2015, at the National Assembly Complex, Three Arm Zone, Abuja within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with fraudulent intent forged the Senate Standing Order 2011 (as amended) causing it to be believed as the genuine Standing Order, 2015 and circulated same for use during the inauguration of the 8th Senate of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, when you knew that the said Order was not made in compliance the procedure for amendment of the Senate Order, you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Law.”

The fresh trouble for Saraki is coming against the backdrop of his ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal over allegations of false declaration of assets when he was governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.

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Demi Lovato Calls Mariah Carey “Unnecessarily Rude” As She Butts Into Feud With Jennifer Lopez

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Demi Lovato has called Mariah Carey “Unnecessarily Rude” as she slammed the singer in a string of written opinions in defense of Jennifer Lopez.

It all began after a celebrity Instagram account, The Art of Shade shared a post where it compared Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande.

The post claimed Grande was a lesser version of Mariah, a point Lovato disagreed on.

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Demi Lovato said “You got it the wrong way around honey”

Demi wrote, “You got it the wrong way around honey,” then she brought up the feud between Mariah and J Lo, “Mariah is a legend and so talented but constantly disses people. It’s nasty the way she treats Jennifer. Ari did nothing wrong.”

As always, Mariah’s fans who are called “lambs” came to their leaders defense and attempted to chew Demi, but the star wasn’t fazed as she posted, “This is why I posted what I did. Jen keeps it classy but I’m not afraid to say s–t. The woman is mean for no reason.”

Demi Lovato added,“Extremely talented? Yes. Superhuman? Possibly. Unnecessarily rude? Absolutely.”

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Demi Lovato called Mariah Carey “Unnecessarily Rude”

Demi Lovato’s comments stem from an age-old feud in the 2000s between Mariah and Jennifer Lopez where the former told paps she “didn’t know” who J Lo was.

If anyone forgot about Mariah’s comment in 2000, her response to a photographer in March when she was asked the same question if she knew Jennifer Lopez  to which she replied with a laugh, “I still don’t know her”, only reignited the feud, according to reports.

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Mariah Carey insists she doesn’t know Jennifer Lopez

Read: Mariah Carey’s Elder Brother Slams Her, Calls Her Evil And A Witch

Although last month in an interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live Mariah made attempts to clarify her comments. She said, “That was so long ago. I can’t believe people still make such a big deal out of it.”

She added, “Apparently, I am forgetful. It wasn’t like I don’t know who she is—of course I do. That’s not the question.”

Andy Cohen made an effort to give Mariah a new slate to answer from so he questioned if the singer thought J Lo was cool and Mariah answered rather bluntly, “I don’t know her. What am I supposed to say? I’m not going to put on a thing like we’re all Hollywood and let’s pretend we’re best friends.”

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Jennifer Lopez doesn’t care if Mariah knows her or not

Mariah Carey keeps insisting she doesn’t know Jennifer Lopez. She doesn’t know her. She alone has her reasons for refusing to acknowledge J Lo’s existence. It’s not by force to accept you know someone, give it a rest people.

Read: Mariah Carey Squeezes Her Boobs Into Tight Black Dress As She Enjoys Date Night With Billionaire Boyfriend

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Photos Confirm Abuja-Kaduna High Speed Railway Is Ready As Operations Start In July

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Photos Confirm Abuja-Kaduna High Speed Railway Is Ready As Operations Start In July

Barring inauguration by President Muhammadu Buhari, in July, all is but set for the full commencement of operations of the high speed rail project which connects Abuja and Kaduna State.

 Abuja-Kaduna High Speed Railway Is Ready, Operations Commence Fully In July

Rail Terminal: Abuja-Kaduna High Speed Railway Is Ready, Operations Commence Fully In July

READ ALSO: Abuja-Kaduna Rail Line To Be Ready For Commercial Use In July 2016 – Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, had earlier this month said:

“As for this rail transport, we are good to go. The reason why we are not letting it start now is the fact that we have to consider the president’s several engagement and religious obligation.

“However, we are looking at the first week of July, because we are good to go. In two weeks from now, they (contractors) will test-run the tracks without carrying passengers. “In another two weeks, they will test-run it with passengers free of charge and that will take us till the last week of June.

“So by first week of July, the president will come to flag it off for commercial activities. After the flag off, anyone who boards must pay and that is why I told the director of railway and the managing director of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), to start ensuring that within this one month they should make sure that people who are going to use the railway have a form of identification.

Meanwhile, photos have started to emerge on what the high speed railway project looks like.

READ ALSO: Abuja-Kaduna High Speed Train To Commence Operation In February

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Future Drops Lawsuit Against Ciara But She Isn’t Giving Up A Shot At Taking His $15Million

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Future has dropped his lawsuit against his baby mama, Ciara after a judge decided both stars would share joint custody of their son Future Zahir Wilburn.

The rapper didn’t want to ruin things by going after Ciara legally as he now has access to his son just as a source from his team confirmed that dropping the lawsuit was a way to avoid any attempt on Ciara’s part to push for sole custody.

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Ciara isn’t dropping her lawsuit even if Future has dropped his

Back in February, Ciara sued her baby daddy for $15 million after he called her a bad mom.

In her lawsuit, Ciara accused the 32-year-old rapper of libel and slander. She also accused him of disrespecting her as a mother and an artist thereby damaging her musical career.

The rapper countersued but has changed his mind as what he wanted from the beginning was to have joint custody.

He also requested the judge to dismiss Ciara’s suit against him, a plea which is unlikely to follow through as Ciara isn’t dropping her suit, not when she has the chance to cash his check of fifteen-million-dollars ($15Million, N2,985,675,000).

While battling for custody with Ciara, Future had once tweeted, “This bh got control problems… I gotta go through lawyers to see baby future… the fery for 15k a month.”

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Future was hoping dropping the suit will get Ciara to drop hers. But, Ciara is like, hell nah.

Read: Future Wins Custody Battle With Ciara

In April 2013, Ciara had said about Future and their relationship, “He is really a gentleman and I don’t want to say too much, and then he’s like, ‘Babe, you’re saying a whole lot,’ but he really is just an amazing man,” the loved up singer continued, “It’s like when we were working on the personal side of things, I really saw an amazing person and the way that he approached me since day one is just the way a man is supposed to be from my perspective.”

It has been speculated Ciara and Future broke up after she caught him cheating few months after she gave birth to their son.

Future never addressed the allegations, rather, the rapper shared on Instagram, “I don’t respond to rumors, I respond to money.”

Well, he has a lot to respond to right now as she’s taking him to court for his millions.

Read: Khloe Kardashian Explains Ciara Celibacy Comments

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EFCC Invites Obanikoro’s Sons For Interrogation

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has written to formally invite the sons of a former minister of state for defence, Musiliu Obanikoro for interrogation.

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Mr Musiliu Obanikoro and Sons; Jide and Gbolahan

The letters of invitation to Babajide and Gbolahan Obanikoro, came barely 3 days after the anti-graft outfit raided and took possession of the properties owned by the Obanikoros in Ikoyi.

READ ALSO: Obanikoro Sues EFCC For Violating His Human Rights, Demands N100m

The letter, which was signed by Kanu Idagu on behalf of the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, and addressed to the duo read:

“This commission is investigating a case in which your name featured prominently.

“In view of the above, you’re requested to kindly report for an interview with the undersigned.”

The brothers are expected to appear before Hamza Abdulahi, an EFCC investigator, on June 22, 2016, by 10:00 a.m. at 30A Harper Crescent, Zone 7, Abuja.

It would be recalled on Thursday, about 20 officials of the EFCC, stormed their premises situated at 10 Mojisola Onikoyi Street, by Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos and took away several items.

READ ALSO: EFCC Drags Obanikoro’s Sons Into #DasukiGate Over Alleged N4.8bn Fraud

It is also gathered that operatives raided Mr. Obanikoro’s property in Abuja on Thursday and Friday.

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Trogge Urban Presents: Ladern – Irie | Quincy – Too Much For Me

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Trogge Urban Limited, a talent and brand management company officially releases singles of Ladern and Quincy to herald their entry into the mainstream music world. Quincy drops “Too Much For Me” produced by Dicey while Ladern drops “Irie” by Emmashyne. Watch out for these ones as they creep into your listening pleasures.

Follow @Quincysings and @officialladern for updates.

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Ladern” or ‘LA’ is an upcoming Afro Fusion artiste whose versatility cuts across Rhythm and Blues, Reggae, Soul, and Pop.

Ladern’s venture into the entertainment industry has seen her feature in the first ever Glo X-factor with a group and also in Nigerian Idol and debuted her first industry performance at the Maka In Concert held in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Ladern – Irie [Artwork]

She drops Irie – With Irie, Ladern harmonises pop and ragga in her trademark fashion as she exhales in the hypnotic love of a sweet lover she is willing to lift hands up in top dance moves to exalt featured in systematic fusion of pop and African soft to frenzied beat mix. Follow @officialladern

  1. Quincy Roberts, an artiste with rhythm and rhymes to rival any international RnB song star of this generation. He brings to the table a touch of afro-fusion to his beat creating a one of a kind afro hip hop act with no limits other than himself.

He has performed at stellar events including Coke Concert, Glo Concert, Etisalat Concert, MTN Concert, Miss Uni-Ilorin Pageant, Bomb Shelter album listening party and show, numerous dinners and award shows and has carted the Hype Awards Best New Artiste, Artiste of the Year, Uni-Ilorin, Faculty of Arts Artiste of the Year and numerous other awards.

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Quincy – Too Much For Me [Artwork]

He drops ‘Too Much For Me’, In Too Much for Me, Quincy is wizardry in soft sounds reminiscence of a maestro’s reggae touch zeroing on love which touches the deepest part of the soul of a gentleman who wishes to express his love to his lady in afro hip hop beats. Follow @quincysings

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Obanikoro Sues EFCC For Violating His Human Rights, Demands N100m

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Barely three days after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) raided his properties in Lagos state, a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, has instituted a legal action against the Commission.

Obanikoro – a former Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana – on Friday, before the Federal High Court in Lagos, slammed a N100 million suit against the premier anti-graft agency for an alleged breach of his fundamental human rights.

READ ALSO: EFCC Drags Obanikoro’s Sons Into #DasukiGate Over Alleged N4.8bn Fraud

In a statement issued on his behalf by his media aide, Jonathan Eze, he accused the commission of unlawful and unconstitutional forceful seizure, detention and freezing of several items, property and personal effects belonging to him and members of his family on June 14, 2016 when they invaded his property in Ikoyi, Lagos state.

The suit filed by Obanikoro’s lawyer Ogwu Onoja (SAN) is seeking the court to restrain the EFCC from arresting or detaining any of the applicants in the suit. It also urged the court to issue an order compelling the EFCC to release the items it seized during the raid.

The statement read: The applicants also want the court to restrain the commission from further entering their premises and an order Directing it to tender an unreserved public apology to them for the unlawful action.

They are also asking the court to direct the respondent to release all the items, properties and personal effects seized from their premises.

The applicants further want the court to hold that the action of the EFCC constitute a gross violation of their fundamental rights as guarantee under section 43 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 14 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

In a 15 paragraphs affidavit attached to the suit and sworn to by Fati Obanikoro, states that on June 14 some officials of the EFCC numbering about 20 stormed their premises situated at 10 Mojisola Onikoyi Street, by Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos and took away several items.

She also alleged that the respondent thereafter proceeded to also search the personal house of the former Minister at 4 Layi Ajayi-Bembe road, Parkview, Ikoyi, Lagos

She also claimed that before the alleged invasion of the premises there was no prior notice by way of letter or invitation served on any of the applicants and there was also no order of court mandating them to carry out the action.

She listed some of the items seized by the Commission to include: building plans, cheque leaflets, company documents, car keys, phones, two company seals and six company stam

The applicant further averred that the EFCC officials claimed that they are investigating the former Minister and two of his children but some of the properties taken away do not belong to them.

She also insisted that unless the court issued an order compelling the commission, it will not return the seized properties.

Other applicants in the suit are: Fati Obanikoro, Alhaja Moroophat Obanikoro, Gbolahon Obanikoro, and Babajide Obanikoro.

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Zonnique Pullins, T.I’s Stepdaughter Carries A Gun Into An Airport

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Zonnique Pullins, daughter of Tameka “Tiny” Harris and a stepdaughter to rapper T.I has been arrested and will be facing charges for carrying an unlicensed weapon into the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Thursday, (June, 16).

Zonnique who appears on the reality show T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle with her parents had tried to pass through airport security checkpoint with a Ruger 380 semi-automatic pistol.


Zonnique Pullins attempted to pass through airport security with a gun

The 20-year-old was arrested by police after an airport staff saw the weapon on an X-Ray machine and called the supervisor.

Read: T.I Schools Bow Wow On Humility And Respect In One Swipe

Although the former member of the OMG Girlz R&B group told authorities she had a weapons permit to carry the gun, none was found on her. Her gun was confiscated and she was arrested and taken to jail.

She was released Friday (June, 1) morning after spending a night behind bars.

Court records show Pullins will be facing charges of carrying a weapon at a commercial service airport without a permit, which is a misdemeanor.


Zonnique Pullins is Tameka Harris’s first child from an earlier affair

Pullins is Tameka Harris’s eldest child and daughter from a previous relationship. Tameka aka Tiny also has two sons and a two-and-a-half-month-old baby daughter with T.I while the rapper is a father to three other kids from previous relationships.

Neither Pullins nor her mother and stepfather has commented on the issue.

Did she really think she could board a flight without the gun getting noticed? Wrong move.

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ProcelainSkin: Victoria Beckham Covers Vogue Korea

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Vogue Korea features  the ultimate WAG Victoria Beckham on the cover of its July 2016 issue, which happens to be Mrs Beckham’s 16th cover for the Vogue brand.

The shoot was captured by fashion photographer Hyea W. Kang and styled by Kihoh Sohn. Makeup is work of Hye Ryung Park, with manicure by Eun Kyung Park (Unistella), and hair styling by Ken Paves.

Victoria Beckham

The 42 year old mother of four and high-end fashion designer stunned in all three outfits and we can’t get enough of her signature bob cut on the cover. She pulled some looks from her Pre-Fall 2016 collection.

In one look, the reserved designer is seen wearing pant suit revealing a bit of side boob, in another look she’s totally covered up revealing just her leg and the cover, its all about her hair and skin.

Posh has been in and out of Asia, launching a flagship Victoria Beckham store there which brings no surprise as to why she is on a cover.

Have a look at some of the pictures;

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“I Got My Nose Done And I Will Do It Again If I Want To” – Nene Leakes

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Nene Leakes admitted to having a nose job, again, during a session of Watch What Happens Live with Bravo’s Andy Cohen after she was asked by a caller, “have you gotten any plastic surgery recently?.”

Cohen who was also wondering if Leakes had gone under the knife added, “Everyone said you debuted a new nose this week.”

Known for her outspokenness, the 48-year-old confirmed“Yes I had my nose done again,” adding she had gone under a second time for health reasons and not as a beauty procedure.

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Nene Leakes admitted to having her nose done a second time

Nene explained, “My cartilidge was growing inside my nose,” the television personality added that the tip of her nose touched her lips whenever she smiled so she had to get it fixed.

Nene Leakes had come under attack from disgruntled fans about having a nose job or any surgery in particular and knowing social media trolls, they bite deep when they backlash celebrities, who nonetheless are also human like everyone else but are somehow always expected to be ‘superhuman’.

Read: Real Housewives Of Atlanta Star Nene Leakes Quits The Show After Seven Years

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Nene Leakes doesn’t care what anyone thinks, It’s her nose

She made an effort to set things straight while telling Cohen, “I would never just do my nose just for the purpose of doing my nose, I didn’t love my nose [before the first procedure] and I wanted to do my nose to make it more beautiful for myself.”

Read: Nene Leakes Is Beautiful In Balmain On A Night Out

Leakes snapped back at the judgmental populace, “People are constantly judging and picking people apart. It’s absolutely horrible.”

The actress concluded matter-of-factly, “I got my nose done first of all because I can and I will and I will get it done again if I want to.”

Ya heard! It’s her nose and she can go under and over for whatever reason she likes and as many times as it suits her.

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Tyga Says Future Reunion With Kylie Jenner Is Possible

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Tyga Says Future Reunion With Kylie Jenner Is Possible – Rapper Tyga has revealed that he could possibly reunite with ex-girlfriend Kylie Jenner in the future.

Tyga Says Future Reunion With Kylie Jenner Is Possible

Tyga Says Future Reunion With Kylie Jenner Is Possible

“Later on in life, maybe we might come back, but right now I want to focus on what I need to do,” Tyga said in a reported radio interview with Big Boy TV.

Showing Tyga What He Is Missing? Kylie Jenner Flaunts Her Curves In Nude Bikini

That might not happen anytime soon though, as Kylie is currently enjoying a whirlwind romance with singer PartyNextDoor.

Tyga also denied dating model Demi Rose, and is happily single after getting out of a relationship he claims overshadowed his talent.

“I’m single. I’m enjoying life,” he said. “Being in a very public relationship like that, it’s hard for other people to see you differently. It overshadowed a lot of my talents and a lot of things I worked hard for.”

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#EURO2016: Spain Ease Past Turkey To Qualify

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Spain Ease Past Turkey To Qualify – Spain have beaten Turkey in their second Group D match to qualify for the second round of the Euro 2016.

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Spain Ease Past Turkey To Qualify – Alvaro Morata

2 goals from Juventus striker Alvaro Morata and a first international goal from 29-year old striker Nolito gave the Spaniards an easy 3-0 win.

READ: #Euro2016 Germany 0 vs 0 Poland: Both Teams Settle For A Goalless Draw

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta was named the man of the match, and revealed his delight at the team’s performance. “We showed our winning mentality and great team spirit here tonight,” Iniesta said. “It depends on ourselves how far we go here, the feelings we have are very positive at the moment,” he adds.

Spain and Croatia have now automatically qualified for the second round. Czech Republic will be hoping to qualify among the best 3rd place teams.

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Boko Haram Fighters On ‘Food Scouting Mission’ Kill 18 Women At Village Funeral

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Militants of Islamic terror group, Boko Haram, have killed 18 women who were mourning at a funeral in Kuda village in Adamawa state, looting food supplies and burning their houses down.

A source, who witnessed the atrocious scene, said that the militants stormed the villages on motorbikes and opened fire on women and children at the funeral.

READ ALSO: Boko Haram Launches Radio Station

While 10 persons sustained injuries after Thursday’s attack, some women are still said to be missing.

READ ALSO: 700 Repentant Boko Haram Fighters Surrender To Nigerian Military

Confirming the attack on Friday, Haman Furo, executive secretary of the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), said it took place during a 40-day mourning event for the dead.

 “They (Boko Haram) came out raiding for food. Just at the fringe, border, so they raided yesterday in the evening around 7 or so.

“The military would now move into the village, it’s almost at the extreme end of Sambisa forest. The military has gone in to ascertain the level of destruction. Whenever they are through, they let us know.

“It happened when the villagers gathered for a mourning ceremony. They were just mourning; a forty-day prayer. And most of the people affected were women,” he added with no clear figure on number of women killed.

“The People just took the risk of returning on their own, it was a spontaneous return. I don’t think the security eyes were on that village,” he said.

A police spokesman, Othman Abubakar, put the death toll at 18, adding that many more were injured.

His words: “Our people who fled their homes to escape Boko Haram attacks have been returning because they can’t live in the camps. But now they are facing threats from Boko Haram who launch nocturnal attacks.”

Reuters confirmed that about 18 bodies were counted three hours after the attack.

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Dis Fela Sef!: He Lives – Reuben Abati

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Fela Sef!:
The Legend(s) Untold – A Memoir,
By Benson Idonije,
Lagos; FESTAC BOOKS, 2016, 282 pp.

On the occasion of his 80th birthday, Benson Idonije, who is arguably Nigeria’s most informed analyst of jazz music and an enthusiastic promoter of popular culture and music has released for public review and consideration an absolutely well-informed biography of Fela, the Afro-beat music maestro. This article was written by Reuben Abati.

This article was written by Reuben Abati. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

The book is a useful contribution in my opinion. But the first thing I noticed – signposted by the copy sent to me, is how indeed, this particular publication appears to be a victim of the emergent crises of publishing in Africa in dispossessed economies. The copy sent to me is copyrighted 2014; on the cover it is described as a preview edition, scheduled for “official release: first quarter 2015”. The review copy doesn’t even have an ISBN number, there is no index and the bibliography is wrongly presented.

After more than 29 years of assessing manuscripts and editing/reviewing books, I assume that I can conveniently imagine what the author, printers and local publishers of this book must have gone through, the same challenges other book writers publishing in sub-Saharan Africa face at the moment: looking for money, getting good editors, looking for publishers, and hoping that there will be readers. But we must be glad, and Benson Idonije deserves to be congratulated, on his tenacity, in bringing out against all possible odds, a memoir as he correctly describes it, on Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, legend, maestro, counterculture hero, mystic, musician, philosopher, iconoclast, rebel, patriot and one of Africa’s most significant contributions to the world of art and music in the 20th century.

It is 2016, 19 years after Fela’s death, and here is a tribute of legends to the legend, a brilliant memoir, from a man who served as Fela’s first manager, beginning with the Jazz Quintet/Koola Lobitos in 1963/4, and who served him dutifully as a friend, colleague, fan and brother, and who has remained faithful to the legend(s) told and untold. With this book, Idonije fills many gaps, as participant-observer, as a ringside viewer and as a witness to the history of the making of a genius.

Many books have already been written about Fela from many perspectives. But the beauty of true genius is that it remains unfathomable, like an endless vortex, and in terms of identity, stands on its own terms. With his art, music, persona and impact, Fela has ascended to the level of such eponymous geniuses, recognised only on a first name basis: Homer, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, etc: global treasures who do not need a second affirmation of identity. So, it is with such figures, that every other contribution extends the narrative of excellence, impactful tradition, and historicity.

And so it is with Benson Idonije’s memoir on Fela. There have been similar books of close encounters and relationships with Fela in his lifetime, by John Collins, Uwa Erhabor, Michael Veal, Carlos Moore, and Majemite Jaboro, and other publications, which through the authors’ encounter with Fela’s music and persona provide rigorous scholastic analysis. Idonije provides an informed analysis of Fela’s music in the context of the traditions of jazz, funk, soul music, highlife, rock, indigenous African music, blues, but the strongest parts of his memoir deal not with pretensions at intellectual deconstruction of form, melody, and rhythm, or lyrics, but with a ringside report of Fela as a total musician, and artiste.

This is where the strength and the originality of this book lies. Benson Idonije is a music critic, but he is probably incapable of deploying the jargons and the distracting terms of academic inquiry, and he does not struggle too hard in that direction. But he tells a story that humanises Fela, focusing on his birth, his roots as a musician, including family influences, his formation, evolution, maturation and the transcendentalism of his genius. He does this as a man who was there.

He does this as a brother, friend, critic, sounding board, and partner. He tells the story the way nobody else can, he has the helicopter view, the ringside view and the bedroom view: the book tells stories for example of how Idonije’s one room habitat served as Fela’s “slaughter slab” for besotted female fans, and his witness to Fela’s emergence as a sex and marijuana symbol, made possible by the notorious women who came into his life, who also helped to grow his art.

Fela’s genius borders on illuminant insanity. Idonije reveals, much better than any previous biographer, the making of Fela, and the near-magical progression of this genius: his DNA as ineluctable determinism, his beginnings as pianist and rebel in his secondary school days, his objection to convention, command and control even as a staff of the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, his growth and odyssey, the influence of his mother and brothers and the rest of the family, real and acquired, his borderless nationalism and his politics of protest which resulted in many runs-in with the establishment, 199 arrests by the police, incarceration, humiliation, harassment of his Kalakuta shrine and Republic, and his life of sex and marijuana, then his death and impact after death. Some of these themes from his birth in 1938 till his death in August 1997, have been dealt with at great length in other accounts. Idonije takes the narrative further, revealing and extending the narrative about a man who became a legend before his very eyes, and with whom he shared secrets and private experiences, made possible only by trust and mutual respect, an island of friendship and intimacy unknown to outsiders. This then, is not a book of research; it is an original testimony, presented in absolute good faith.

Some of those other things Idonije brings afresh to the table are refreshing insider details about Fela’s essence, his relationship with music producers, his band, recording companies, the very nature of his life as a committed artist and professional, his rigorous originality, self-assuredness, assertiveness, pride, courage and perpetual preparedness to raise art above commerce. He tells the story of Fela’s musical odyssey, and the story is not just about Fela, but the evolution of the band, from Koola Lobitos to Egypt ‘80, and after, and how ideology, exposure and influences created the enigma, the genius and the music that became Fela. Idonije deconstructs the genius, not as a mystically delivered entity, but as an essence that grew through training, hardwork, perspiration, originality, influences, musical, ideological and political, and whose being-ness and truthfulness provided a template for the lifetime and post-humous evolution of a style, example and tradition. He proves in the end how the originality of genius survives all sorts of threats: physical, socio-political and contrived.

In painting this picture, Idonije delicately manages sentimental assessment and although he is a sympathetic biographer, he shuns hagiography. It is obvious that he is not impressed by Fela’s latter-day embrace of marijuana, which he avoided in his earlier years, or the mysticism and love of spirits that drove him into illusions and paranoia, but on this subject, Idonije treads very carefully, refusing to pass judgments that could damage the legend. He is after all, a protective biographer, so protective he also treats Fela’s misogyny lightly even if he ends up reinforcing the received belief that for Fela, a woman is at best a sex object, and sex a source of spiritual reinforcement. He further says a lot about other members of the band, the gifted members of the ensemble and the non-musician members of YAP, MOP, area boys support groups, media executives and lawyers whose contributions and individual talents made Fela possible. Fela thus, emerging not as an individual artist stricto senso, but as a movement, as philosophy, as an idea, as institution, as the sum of total artistry, as leader of an orchestra, indeed as phenomenon.

Idonije’s participant-observer and first-hand analyst status also provides him the opportunity to write a story that goes beyond Fela to cover the highlife scenes of Nigeria and Ghana in the 60s and 70s, and the collaboration and rivalry among the various emerging stars, their influences and styles and the character of the musical audiences and trends in Ghana and Nigeria which had corresponding impact on the taste and tone of the social and cultural landscape. From Fela to the present, there has been so much that has changed in that landscape, many of the commercially successful artistes of the time have vanished into oblivion and irrelevance, but Fela lives because of the originality of his art and musicianship. Miles Davis, one of the many influences on Fela has been reported as saying “Fela is the future of music”.

Idonije’s account establishes just exactly how true this is: his continuing impact and the endlessness of his relevance. But as the book shows, there can only be one Fela: an artist with conscience, who was an objective product of his encounters and experiences, a true professional who found his own voice and mission, an avatar whose talent became a political and social weapon for protecting, defending and leading the poor and the disadvantaged against the evils of corruption and irresponsible leadership.

Idonije, despite the humility he declares in his preface aspires, quite obviously, to produce a definitive, comprehensive book as he struggles to cover all the grounds, but he is smart enough to acknowledge that his account certainly cannot be the “last word”. He observes poignantly that whereas the international community has always admired and honoured Fela, the attitude to his art by the central Nigerian government, from the military to the civilian administrations, has been one of disregard, with perhaps the exception of the Lagos state government, which sponsored the creation of a Fela museum. Fela’s post-humous presence on Broadway and the growth of Felaism as creed and tradition is a victorious talk-back, an act of defiance, from the grave by a true artist whose example defined the true nature of the art of commitment, contextually and sub-textually.

Idonije and Fela referred to each other as “Oyejo”: a bastardisation of the Yoruba phrase “Oya e joo” inevitably mangled, during a performance visit to Nigeria by Dizzy Gillespie, trying to connect with his back up team of illiterate Yoruba drummers. Fela was not an original fan of Gillespie, due to his aversion to the mixing of jazz with showmanship, but intellectual interaction with Idonije encouraged Fela to appreciate Gillespie’s original skills, and the product was an eventual number titled “Oyejo”, a part-tribute as it were. The picture Idonije paints through narratives such as this, is that of Fela as an open-minded, broadminded artiste who drew influences and inspiration from just about any possible source: duty boys, managers, producers, bedroom partners and so on but who at all times knew what he wanted, and called his own shots. Benson Idonije writes a part of his own biography in telling his friend’s story but unlike some other biographers before him, he does not over-project himself and he does not upstage the legend.

This is a book that should benefit from further projection and the attention of the reading public. Unlike Gillespie in that particular linguistically challenged account, Fela, alive and in death, needs not say “Oya e joo.” His art has located him concretely in the mainstream along with the giants including Dizzy Gillespie himself and others. This book, indeed, is a truly worthy contribution: In Fela’s voice, “everybody say yeah, yeah.”Dis

This article was written by Reuben Abati. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

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