Timetable For Ondo APC Governorship Primary Election Is Out

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has released the timetable and schedule of activities for the conduct of the party’s 2016 governorship primary election in Ondo State.

The announcement was issued in a statement made by the party’s National Organising Secretary on Sunday.

READ ALSO: INEC Issues Timetable For Edo and Ondo States Gubernatorial Elections

The party’s secretary also stated that the announcement was in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) guidelines and Party guidelines.

“According to the timetable and schedule of activities, sale of forms will commence at the party’s national secretariat from Tuesday July 19 to Friday August, 5 2016.

The announcement also said governorship nomination forms would be sold at N5 million while intending aspirants are expected to pay N500, 000 to pick expression of interest form. The forms are free for female aspirants.

Last day for submission of completed forms is Monday, August, 8 2016, at the APC national secretariat, while screening of aspirants will be conducted in Abuja from Tuesday 9 to Friday 12 August, 2016.

The Primary Election proper will hold Saturday August, 27, 2016 and election appeal will hold from Monday, August 29 to Thursday September, 1, 2016.”

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CSOs And The 2015 Poll: Separating Patriots From Traitors – Armsfree Ajanaku

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CSOs And The 2015 Poll: Separating Patriots From Traitors – Armsfree Ajanaku

Every drastic political change precipitates upheavals. That is one enduring lesson from the historic 2015 Presidential election. Observant analysts of Nigerian affairs would notice that one year after the watershed that saw the opposition clinch power at the national level for the first time, various dimensions of the fallouts have continued to dominate the public space. From the grand scale assault on the national treasury by the erstwhile ruling party, to the crisis of confidence now rocking a party that once boasted in a fit of hubris that it would rule Nigeria for 60 years, it is clear that the ramifications of the historic decision made by the Nigerian people in 2015 would continue to grab critical attention for some time.

This piece was written by Armsfree Ajanaku. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

While the mood of the nation after one year has moved in the direction of tackling the myriad of problems confronting it, there is no doubt that the fallout of the historic outcome of the 2015 presidential poll, would have to be dexterously managed. Nigerians must be alive to the responsibility of documenting the triumph of 2015 by knowing who the heroes are and those who constitute the coalition of villains. The naysayers would stop at nothing to dilute the narrative of the success of 2015 as a way of discrediting the progress that has been recorded.

The economy might not take shape immediately; the challenges of governance might not be tackled overnight. It is however important that the people retain the confidence that they are powerful enough to send any non-performing government packing. In responding to the current shortcomings therefore, the Nigerian people must not make the mistake of denigrating the achievement that was recorded in 2015. A people who could muster the resolve to kick out a sitting government, similarly have the capacity to put social pressure on those currently in possession of state power.

This is where Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) come in as platforms for active citizens taking government to task on the dominant issues affecting the people. In 2015, the civil society, alongside a vibrant section of the media stood as critical bulwarks in the onerous task of defending the votes of Nigerians. In so doing, there were some collateral damages; some CSOs which were weak and unprincipled found it difficult to resist the lure of the lucre thrown at them by desperate politicians. As would be gleaned in the indictment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), several of these so called “election monitors” are being forced to practically vomit what they swallowed from the national treasury. Unfortunately, the fact that the EFCC has so far not named the CSO culprits could be interpreted by the public to mean that all CSOs were in cahoots with those who sought to undermine the supreme voice of Nigerians.

It is therefore crucial that the narrative about the 2015 poll spotlights the patriotic actors in civil society, who in the face of pressures, inducements and threats, remained on the side of the people. Nigeria’s foremost civil society coalition, the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) is one of such shining lights. As if confirming the maxim that a prophet has no honour in his homeland, TMG is being celebrated across the globe, while in Nigeria there is less than passing interest in the feats it recorded in the defence of the people’s votes. Led by its Chairman, the indefatigable and Spartan Comrade Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi, TMG during and after the 2015 polls stood firmly to defend votes. It is for this reason that the Commonwealth University in the United Kingdom, and the Institute of Management Consultants recently decorated the leader of the coalition with prestigious diadems. On July 28, 2016, Comrade Zikirullahi will be conferred with an honorary doctorate degree by the Commonwealth University. He was also conferred on May 31, 2016 with the fellowship by the Institute of Management Consultants. This fellowship is the highest award by the Institute reserved for accomplished professionals.

This blaze of glory has however not stopped detractors, many of who are still throwing sour grapes over the 2015 elections, from trying to muddy the waters. Recently, some disgruntled members of the TMG Board claimed they had removed the Comrade from his position as Chairman. The meddlesome Board members concocted wild and unsubstantiated allegations to discredit Comrade Zikirullahi’s sterling achievements. As a firm believer in the rule of law and due process, he has instituted legal action in the courts against the defaming Board members. What Comrade Zik’s traducers have however failed to realise is that the milestones recorded by TMG in the course of his achievement-laden tenure, have resonated far beyond their shenanigans can alter.

For those of us who were in a vantage position to see the undercurrents as Nigerians pressed forward in the march to make history 2015, it has remained abundantly clear that the nation owes a debt of gratitude to fighters like Comrade Zik. In the titanic battle for the soul of the nation between the forces of desperation which give no hoot if the country collapsed and those who insisted on the supremacy of the votes, it was important that those on the side of the people prevailed. Comrade Zik has even gone ahead to chronicle how, in the build-up to the polls, an offer of N2 billion was made to him by the immediate past Presidency to enable it handpick 50,000 agents to pose as citizen observers. The Comrade bluntly rejected the offer; this position has not been denied by those in the then Presidency, who made the offer because they know there is hard evidence to nail them, should they attempt denial. Interestingly, not everyone within the coalition he leads was however happy that a principled stance was taken to reject such mouth-watering largesse.

Where inducement involving the offer of hefty and benumbing sums failed, threats were employed. Where these vile tactics failed to move the key leaders of the principled segment of civil society, there were resorts to taunts and psychologically demoralising attacks, such as telling those bent on defending the votes of Nigerians to stop “wasting their time,” because as the purveyors put it, “nothing will stop” their man from coasting home to victory. It is a testimony to the grit and the battle tested antecedents of a number of these principled civil society leaders that they stayed the course in insisting that the votes of the Nigerian people must determine who governs them. As a product of, and a participant in, the long years of struggles against military dictatorship and all forms of injustice in the Nigerian governance space, Comrade Zik has always paid a heavy price for standing on the side of truth. For a man who has variously survived several sinister plots to silence him, it is clear that his recent traducers would fail again. It has to be so because at all times, the Comrade lets anyone who cares to listen know that he will always be on the side of the Nigerian people, no matter how daunting the odds may seem. In an era when a freewheeling and dealing section of the civil society threatens to obliterate the pristine foundations of meaningful civic engagements, Nigerians must know there are still exceptional men and women, who have a name to protect. While the mushroom segment of the civil society, which makes little distinction between the whims of power grabbers and the need to stand up for the common man attempt to damage the civic space, consistent voices like Comrade Zik’s would continually stand their ground to insist that the right thing be done.

Interestingly, Comrade Zik’s stewardship as Chairman of the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), a coalition of over 400 civil society organisations formed on the eve of the advent of democracy in 1998, comes to an end in a few months. Beyond his principled stance on the 2015 polls, which has invited the ire of his adversaries, his decision to open up the coalition in the spirit of democratic and inclusive participation would remain indelible. For a coalition that preaches democracy and good governance, it did not speak well that some people have remained on its Board since the organisation was founded in 1998. To change this incongruous situation, the Comrade spearheaded an amendment of the TMG Constitution, which was adopted by the organisation’s Annual General Meeting in July 2015. The Transition Clause in Section 22 of the amended Constitution of TMG makes it clear that Board members who have served two or more terms were no longer eligible to stand for election to the Board. Having served two terms of two years each, the Comrade is one of those no longer eligible to stand for election in TMG. This altruistic and selfless disposition has not also gone down well with the dinosaurs on the TMG Board. They have thus sworn to use every means possible to undo this democratic decision. For the Comrade however, the people (TMG members) have spoken clearly, just as he fervently believes that the high court of history will vindicate him.

Armsfree Ajanaku is the Media Manager of Transition Monitoring Group, a coalition of over 400 civic organisations.

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

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15 Years After Leaving, John Utaka Returns To Ismaily SC

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John Utaka Returns To Ismaily SC – Former Super Eagles striker John Utaka has signed a 2-year contract deal with Egyptian side Ismaily SC.

The former Portsmouth striker left Ismaily SC in 2001 for Qatari side Al-Sadd in a record breaking $1,000,000. 15 years and 6 clubs later, he has returned to the club.

READ: Footballer John Utaka Set To Make Nollywood Debut

Utaka’s last professional club was Sivasspor in Turkey, where he scored 12 goals in 47 appearances. He was unveiled by Ismaily SC on Sunday, after watching the club defeat Al Masry 2-0 in the Egypt Cup on Saturday.

During his first stink at Ismaily SC, Utaka won both the Egyptian League and the Egypt Cup, and was the league’s highest scoring player in 2000.

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#SupportToSaveALife Leo Mezie And OJ Blaq Down With Kidney Failure

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Two Actors (Leo Mezie and OJ Blaq) – Mezie from Nollywood and Blaq from Ghallywood, are currently ailing with kidney failures.

Juliet Ibrahim and Stella Damasus are among the first set of stars to herald the campaign #SupportToSaveALife as other Nollywood and Ghallywood stars intend to get involved in an attempt to raise funds for them.

Ms Ibrahim said she had been contacted through her foundation, The Juliet Ibrahim Foundation about both cases.

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Leo Mezie is at the advanced stage with kidney failure

She said of Leo Mezie whose case is advanced kidney failure, “Please let us help our colleague in the little way we can and I pray for the best.”

While adding for OJ Blaq who is down with temporary kidney failure, “I was contacted recently about my Ghanaian colleague who’s currently suffering from a temporary kidney failure.”

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OJ Blaq is suffering from temporary kidney failure

Prior to his failing health becoming public knowledge, Leo Mezie had been shouldering the responsibility of undergoing dialysis every week on his own.

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Leo Mezie

Now, he needs financial assistance to the tune of around N10m for an immediate kidney transplant abroad.

Read: Stella Damasus is ANGRY: Condemns child marriage – A MUST SEE VIDEO FOR EVERY NIGERIAN

The Ghanian Actress, stated that everyone especially her colleagues in the industry can render help to Mezie and OJ Blaq as she pleaded with them to assist in any way they can.

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Juliet Ibrahim urged her colleagues to assist OJ Blaq and Leo Mezie’s case

Just as Nigerian actress, Stella Damasus expressed concern over the cause or causes of kidney failures which seem to affect men especially those in their industry.

Damasus said, “We need to find out what is causing these kidney failures. I don’t know why it is attacking the industry like this. We should ask their doctors if they are able to trace the real cause because I am worried that this will spread among others. God help us all.”

Last week, Nigeria lost one of its best producers, OJB Jezreel who also had kidney failure prior to his death.

If the industry stands united, they’ll rally and offer help to both men.

Read: Late OJB Jezreel’s Wife Mabel Reveals His Last Moments

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Bez Idakula And Wife Welcome Baby Boy

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Bez Idakula And Wife Welcome Baby Boy – Alternative singer Bez Idakula has welcomed a first child with wife Bolatito Idakula.

The couple have been married for 2 years, and having lost a baby months earlier, are very thankful for their new bundle of joy.

READ: Red Carpet Photos: Bez Idakula, Omawunmi, Waje & More At Asa Live In Lagos Concert

The baby has been named Joshua Redzie Ifeoluwa Shekwonya Oluwasemilore Bez-Idakula. Both parents gushed about their new born on the gram. Check it out below!

 

God blessed @titoidakula and I with a King! #grateful #greatness #blessed

A photo posted by BEZ (@bezidakula) on Jul 17, 2016 at 4:17am PDT

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Lamar Odom Begged To Come Back To The Brothel Where He Nearly Died

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Lamar Odom is being begged to revisit the brothel where he had an overdose which almost cost his life in October last year. 

Dennis Hof, owner of the Love Ranch North, said he wants to help Lamar get his life back after reports the LA Lakers star was thrown off a flight out of LAX to JFK Monday evening, for causing a drunken spectacle including vomiting while on-board.

Hoff pleaded with Lamar in an interview urging him to come back, “Strippers, drinking, thrown off an airplane? C’mon, Lamar, let’s get back to Nevada where you belong.”

“Khloe’s not handling business, obviously, or he wouldn’t be in the strip club, and he wouldn’t have been in the brothel”, he added jeeringly.

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Lamar Odom gets called back to brothel where he was found unconscious

Read: Lamar Odom Responds To Khloe Kardashian’s Divorce Petition – Pay My Legal Fees

Hoff said he and his team were the only people who really cared about the 36-year-old and want to cater for him at his other business – Moonlite Bunny Ranch.

“We’re the people that care about you,” he said.

Also stewing the offer was Caressa who’s Hof’s girlfriend. She promised they will make provisions for someone who’ll  give Lamar 24-hour companionship  as well as “be attentive” to his “every need”.

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The Nevada ranch where Lamar was found unconscius

Lamar is reportedly sober at the moment as he boarded another flight to his native place of birth Queens, New York on Tuesday. At least he’s sane enough to reject the offer.

A friend of his said the year has been really tough on the athlete what with his health and divorce, but Lamar went back to Queens to get his confidence back.

“He came to get his confidence back. He’s been through a lot this past year…He wanted to feel like himself again,” the friend concluded.

We also hope he gets his confidence back. Too bad he has been in the news just for bad press a lot. Hopefully something good will turn out for him.

Read: Lamar Odom Finds New Home As Khloe Kardashian Closes Cheque Book On His Rent

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Gombe Commences Verification Of 19, 500 Civil Servants

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The Gombe State Government has on Saturday commenced the verification of at least 19, 500 civil servants in the pay rolls of the state.

This is just as the Chairman of the committee constituted by the state government, Aliyu Kamara, disclosed that the committee is expected to screen about forty thousand (40,000) civil servants in the eleven (11) Local Government Areas of the State, within a month.

According to Kamara, the exercise is aimed at blocking leakages in the finances of the State Government.

The committee chairman also explained that the state government is expending very huge sums over workers salaries at the expense of people oriented projects that could be initiated and executed by the State Government.

Kamara stated that the exercise which began yesterday is expected to last for a month even as he doubted the possibility of concluding the assignment within the time frame given by Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo due to the large number of the civil servants and the thoroughness of the screening.

Refusing to speak on the findings uncovered so far by the committee, Kamara, however said most of those screened had discrepancies with their dates of births and some other irregularities and assured that government will make public the findings of the committee.

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After Marriage And A Baby, Di’Ja Returns To The Studio

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Di’Ja Returns To The Studio – Singer Di’Ja is back in the studio as she prepares to return back to the music scene.

The Mavin Records’ singer was largely absent from the music scene for most of 2015, following the release of her last song, Amen. Over that period, she’s surprised her fans twice, one with her marriage and another with the birth of her baby.

READ: Mavin’s Di’Ja Announces The Birth Of Her Son

In new photos, Di’Ja, who seems to have lost whatever baby weight she gained, was pictured in the studio with other Mavin Records signees Korede Bello and Reekado Banks.

Well, we certainly can’t wait for whatever she’s cooking! Check her out below!

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Nigerian Govt Clarifies Ban On Post-UTME, Admission Procedure

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Nigerian Govt Clarifies Ban On Post-UTME, Admission Procedure

The Nigerian government has clarified its ban on Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) and the general admission procedures, saying it “does not in any way affect the statutory role of the Senate of any University or the academic boards of any tertiary institution conducting its admissions.”

READ ALSO:FG Officially Cancels Post-UTME, Threatens Sanctions

READ ALSO: JAMB: Nigerian Govt Scraps Post UTME, Pegs Cut-Off Points At 180

The clarification was issued in a statement by the Deputy Director (Press and Public Relations) Ben. Bem-Goong, on behalf of the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, on Saturday.

READ ALSO: JAMB Unveils Portal For Admission Status | Check Yours Here

It said the clarification became necessary “following conflicting reports in the media over the roles of universities and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board in admission under the new dispensation.”

The statement also averred that the role of JAMB is to conduct the UTME, compile the list of candidates whose scores meet the cut-off marks (180 and above) and send same to the Universities.

READ ALSO: JAMB Clarifies On ‘Point System’, Issues Criteria For Admission Into Nigerian Universities

It emphasised that the Universities will shortlist the candidates using the agreed guidelines and thereafter return the shortlisted candidates to JAMB for verification of compliance to guidelines and subsequent issuance of JAMB admission letters.

“For the avoidance of doubt, any screening charges shall apply only to successful candidates who have been issued admission by the universities of their choice. All Universities and JAMB should adhere to this directive”, the statement concluded.

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JAMB Issues Important Message On 2016 Admission Strategy

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JAMB Issues Important Message On 2016 Admission Strategy

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has issued an important message with respect to the strategy for admission in the 2016/2017 session.

READ ALSO: JAMB Unveils Portal For Admission Status | Check Yours Here

According to the Board, the recent lists forwarded to various tertiary institutions were for candidates that qualified for screening based on institutions’ capacity.

READ ALSO: JAMB Clarifies On ‘Point System’, Issues Criteria For Admission Into Nigerian Universities

Speaking on Sunday in Lagos, the board’s Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, stated that if, however, the number of candidates on such lists was not sufficient for existing vacancies, the institutions could source from the omnibus printout earlier sent to them by the board.

“The public and all tertiary institutions should note that admission will only be approved by the board after appropriate screening of the candidates by the institutions.

“The list which is made up of candidates who met the national cut-off point within the set criteria is then forwarded to the institutions,’’ it said.

The statement noted that the intention of the board was to ensure that available spaces were adequately utilised.

READ ALSO:JAMB Issues New Guidelines For 2016/2017 Varsity Admission

READ ALSO:JAMB Issues Admission Modalities Into Federal, State And Private Universities (2016/17)

READ ALSO:FG Officially Cancels Post-UTME, Threatens Sanctions

READ ALSO: JAMB: Nigerian Govt Scraps Post UTME, Pegs Cut-Off Points At 180

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11 Suspected Criminals Killed In Zamfara

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Troops of the 223 Battalion, Nigerian Army have killed at least 11 suspected armed bandits on Saturday during a mop up operation on their hideouts in Zamfara state.

Speaking on the killing of the criminals, the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, disclosed that the troops who carried out the raids were on field training – codenamed ‘Harbin Kunama’ (shooting scorpion) that heralded the just-concluded Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2016.

Usman also revealed that the troops suddenly turned a simulation exercise into reality when they ran into armed bandits in the Madaka village jungles of Maru Local government area.

The statement said, nine of the bandits were killed, while some arms were recovered, even as two other suspected criminals were killed elsewhere.

He said the troops which later advanced to other jungles of neighbouring local government areas, accosted more bandits and even rescued rustled cows and sheep from fleeing rustlers.

A statement issued by the acting director, Army Public Relations read:

“As part of the activities marking the Nigerian Army Day Celebrations (NADCEL) 2016, troops involved in live field training exercise code named “Exercise HARBIN KUNAMA”, have intensified patrol of the various forests in Zamfara State. It is in line with that troops of 223 Battalion while on patrol encountered armed bandits at Madaka village, Maru Local Government Area in which they killed 9 armed bandits and recovered 3 AK-47 rifles, 2 AK-47 rifles magazine, 3 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 1 machete and 24 motorcycles.

“Similarly, local vigilantes at ‘Yargada village, Gusau Local Government Area apprehended a fleeing suspected armed bandit and handed him over to troops deployed at Magami.

“In a related development, troops have also raided a bandit camp at Gangamai village in Dansadau Local Government Area. During the raid there was an exchange of fire between the troops and the armed bandits.

Unfortunately, the bandits escaped with gun shot wounds. However, the troops recovered 2 Dane Guns bags containing marijuana (aka Indian hemp). Another team also carried out raid on cattle rustlers and armed bandits camp at Gidan Mai Jaja in Dansadau general area.

“Here, the rustlers and armed bandits fled on sighting the approaching troops abandoning 85 cows, 37 sheep and a donkey. Similarly, another patrol team also carried out a raid on a armed bandits and cattle rustlers camp at Gobirawan Kwacha where they killed 2 armed bandits and recovered a machete.

 

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Pitbull On Getting A Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame – “It’s About Coming From Nothing To Something”

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Pitbull, real name Armando Christian Pérez, receives his star as the 2,584th name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Friday, (July, 15).

Present at the ceremony were three important people in Pitbull’s life, his Uncle Luke – Luther Campbell, Tony Robbins and Lil Jon. Pitbull’s star is located on Celia Cruz square in central Hollywood as Cruz is one of his idols.

He said, “I use these platforms to speak to you all and for you all to understand that for me it’s never been about money, it’s never been about fame—It’s been about a journey.

And that journey being that it’s about our culture. It’s about coming from nothing to something. It’s about being the prime example of what the American dream is and what it embodies.”

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Pitbull said it’s never been about the fame, but about the journey

The 35-year-old revealed he has six children but shields them from the spotlight not because he’s selfish, but he doesn’t want them to have to deal with the ups and down’s of the limelight which is what the life he chose is all about.

“I don’t want them to be a part of the life I signed up for, but I love them dearly.”

He talked about his passion and dedication as what kept him going and encouraged his fans to stay focused, work hard, believe in themselves and always go against all odds.

Pitbull added, “And if there’s on thing I never understood it’s no. Losing to me is just another opportunity and failure to me is just another lesson learned.”

Read: Hollywood Walk Of Fame Says Bill Cosby’s Star Will Not Be Removed

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Pitbull gets added to the walk of fame

He admitted to the love he has for his roots and never forgets it, as he’s always talking and singing about his city, Miami.

The I-know-you-want-me singer said, “So to be here and go from, La Sawesera, La Pequeña Habana, Wynwood, Hialeah, Opa-Locka, Carol City, Liberty City, Allapattah… I mean all these different neighborhoods and to be able to be here in Hollywood getting a star—it’s priceless.” 

The Miami star was especially grateful to his mother who taught him the most important aspect of life which was how to survive in a world like this.

“I want to say thank you to my mother because she taught me one thing, it’s the most important thing in life, she taught me how to survive,” he said.

He said he would love his fans, “to go against all odds and see that nothing could stop them as long as they believe in themselves and do right by others.”

Besides he’s star, he also received a piece of history from the estate of Celia Cruz his idol – a shoe worn by the amazing performer in her earlier years.

Always go against all odds, believe in yourself, and do right by others.

Read: Prince Added To The Walk Of Fame At The Legendary Apollo Theatre

Watch Pitbull As Was Added To The Walk Of Fame


Video source: Variety

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Pitbull On Getting A Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame – “It’s About Coming From Nothing To Something”

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Pitbull, real name Armando Christian Pérez, receives his star as the 2,584th name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Friday, (July, 15).

Present at the ceremony were three important people in Pitbull’s life, his Uncle Luke – Luther Campbell, Tony Robbins and Lil Jon. Pitbull’s star is located on Celia Cruz square in central Hollywood as Cruz is one of his idols.

He said, “I use these platforms to speak to you all and for you all to understand that for me it’s never been about money, it’s never been about fame—It’s been about a journey.

And that journey being that it’s about our culture. It’s about coming from nothing to something. It’s about being the prime example of what the American dream is and what it embodies.”

pitbull

Pitbull said it’s never been about the fame, but about the journey

The 35-year-old revealed he has six children but shields them from the spotlight not because he’s selfish, but he doesn’t want them to have to deal with the ups and down’s of the limelight which is what the life he chose is all about.

“I don’t want them to be a part of the life I signed up for, but I love them dearly.”

He talked about his passion and dedication as what kept him going and encouraged his fans to stay focused, work hard, believe in themselves and always go against all odds.

Pitbull added, “And if there’s on thing I never understood it’s no. Losing to me is just another opportunity and failure to me is just another lesson learned.”

Read: Hollywood Walk Of Fame Says Bill Cosby’s Star Will Not Be Removed

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Pitbull gets added to the walk of fame

He admitted to the love he has for his roots and never forgets it, as he’s always talking and singing about his city, Miami.

The I-know-you-want-me singer said, “So to be here and go from, La Sawesera, La Pequeña Habana, Wynwood, Hialeah, Opa-Locka, Carol City, Liberty City, Allapattah… I mean all these different neighborhoods and to be able to be here in Hollywood getting a star—it’s priceless.” 

The Miami star was especially grateful to his mother who taught him the most important aspect of life which was how to survive in a world like this.

“I want to say thank you to my mother because she taught me one thing, it’s the most important thing in life, she taught me how to survive,” he said.

He said he would love his fans, “to go against all odds and see that nothing could stop them as long as they believe in themselves and do right by others.”

Besides his star, he also received a piece of history from the estate of Celia Cruz his idol – a shoe worn by the amazing performer in her earlier years.

Always go against all odds, believe in yourself, and do right by others.

Read: Prince Added To The Walk Of Fame At The Legendary Apollo Theatre

Watch Pitbull As Was Added To The Walk Of Fame

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#TheBlesserAndTheBlessee: President Jacob Zuma Says Girl Caught Kissing Him Is His Daughter

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The South African President, Jacob Zuma, was seen in a series of snapshots kissing a young lady who called him her “blesser”. ‘Blesser’ is South African for “Sugar Daddy”. 

The photographs were posted on a Facebook account by one 19-year-old woman called Lindokuhle Dlamini, Wednesday, (July, 13).

The account which has since been deleted captioned the images which went viral on social media, “He is not just a blesser, we are in love and I am grateful for all that he has done for me, much love. Xo xo.”

On the 5th of January, she had written, “I’m so glad that I got to meet the person that most people look up to… I know that minority doesn’t like him but he has taken me as his daughter.

“I thank you for all the love you have given me throughout the years, I love you baba Msholozi <3 you are the man of your words and I appreciate you 🙂 I have found a second dad in you :)”

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Jacob Zuma in Blesser and Blessee scandal

Zuma’s son, Edward Zuma has refuted claims Dlamini was his father’s mistress, rather, he said she was his sister and Zuma Sr was her father.

“That is my sister. What is wrong with my father kissing his daughter? There is nothing wrong with that photograph,” Edward Zuma queried.

source said, “When asked if the young woman was a blood relation, Zuma was emphatic that the young woman was his “sister”. Zuma said the Facebook account where the picture collage of Zuma and the young woman was published, was indeed a fake one, with a fake name and wrong age for the woman pictured on the photo.”

Read: Nicki Minaj Takes South Africa On A PinkPrint Experience

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Jacob Zuma had spoken against the wave of “blessers” gaining popularity in the country while speaking at the Youth Day festivities, Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

Zuma said at the time, “We need to protect our youth, especially young women and girls, from abuse and exploitation through new shocking phenomena in our country such as the so-called sex parties or sex stokvels known as the mavuso. The long-term impact on their lives, and also on our successful fight against HIV and Aids is too ghastly to contemplate.”

Economic Freedom Fighters deputy president and Zuma opposer, Floyd Shivambu shared a series of tweets stating that regardless what the presidency is saying, the truth will come out one day and the real identity of the blesser and the blessee will be revealed.

Which begs the question, why go to the extent of deleting the Facebook page? Plus, who calls their father or grandfather “sugardaddy”?

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John Mikel Obi To Captain Nigeria At Rio 2016 Olympics

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John Mikel Obi To Captain Nigeria At Rio 2016 Olympics – John Mikel Obi is reportedly set to lead Nigeria’s Dream Team IV out at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Football squads for the Olympics are allowed to have 3 players above the age of 23, and coach Samson Siasia has reportedly chosen Mikel and Chippa United goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi as his overage players for the tournament.

READ: Mikel Could Leave Chelsea In The Summer

“Samson Siasia has submitted his 18-man list for this year’s Olympic football tournament in Rio, Brazil and I can authoritatively disclosed to you that the coach opted for only two over-age players and they are Mikel Obi and goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi”, a report stated.

Mikel would be hoping to lead Nigeria to a second Olympic gold medal, following the country’s triumph at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Other overage players who were hoping to make the squad but didn’t include Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Kenneth Omeruo and Godfrey Oboabona.

Nigeria will face  Colombia, Japan and Sweden in Group B, with their opening match against Japan on the 4th of August.

 

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2Face Idibia’s Daughter, Isabella Idibia Wins Four Awards

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2Face Idibia’s daughter Isabella Idibia is a beautiful and brainy young woman after winning four awards in school. 

The 7-year-old received commendation for being The Best Behaved Girl, Best In Comprehension, Best In Diction and Best In Poetry.

The Idibias are obviously raising their daughter right. An example worthy of emulation.

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2face idibia’s daughter is beauty and brains

Naomi Adenuga, manager to Annie Idibia expressed how proud she was at the child’s success.

She wrote, “Just look at this lil Miss Know-It-All… My Isabel… She brightens my day no matter how cloudy it is!! Miss Smarty Pants!!! Blossoming into a beautiful and intelligent young lady!! So so proud of my baby!!!”

“I am confident about the next generation of women!!! Major shoutout to an exceptional woman and mother @annieidibia1 . It’s not easy being a working mom but you slay it effortlessly!!! 👯👯💃🏽😍😍💕💞💝💓💖💜💗💛”

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2face Idibia, Isabella Idibia, Annie Idibia

Isabella who will be 8 on 10th of  December is the first child of 2face Idibia with his wife, Annie.

For her birthday last year, her mom, Annie shared the cutest message ever for her “goodluck charm.”

“My SunShine… My good luck charm … My Mine.. So loving, so caring , so thoughtful for her age.. Great big sista.. My beyond amazing Daughter is 7 today!!

Happy birthday Sunshine !!! Mama is super proud !!!

The Idibia’s are giving us major parenting goals.

Read: Oshey Ramos: Annie Idibia Calls 2Face Her Defender In Sweet Anniversary Post

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Flavour N’Abania Delves Into Acting, Caught On Set With Mercy Johnson And Queen Nwokoye

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Flavour N’abania tries a career in acting as he is spotted on the set of a Nollywood movie.

The movie which is titled Professor Johnbull has a comic plot and is being shot in Enugu, a South-Eastern part of Nigeria.

Popularly called The Flavour of Africa due to his style of music, he said, “No matter the ups and downs of life, I’m secure with the knowledge and faith that I will always see brighter days ahead.”

Brighter days seem cryptically to mean “I can do movies when music stops.” 

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Flavour N’abania spotted on set with Mercy Johnson Okojie

Flavour N’abania will be staring alongside Mercy Johnson Okojie, Queen Nwokoye, Junior Pope, and Tchidi Chikere.

Other casts in the movie which is powered by Glo, a telecommunications company in Nigeria, include, Kanayo O Kanayo, Official Bovi, Bishop Umoh aka Okon Lagos, Bimbo Akintola, AY the Comedian, OC Ukeje, Funky Mallam, Helen Paul, and Bidemi Kosoko.

With such a star-studded cast, it definitely looks like a movie everyone would want to see.

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Flavour N’abania caught on set of a Nollywood movie

Born Chinedu Okoli, Flavour is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and performer who began his musical career as a church drummer in his hometown of Enugu State.

The 32-year-old is currently signed to 2nite Entertainment record label (his own) and is famous across Africa and the international world for his hit song Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix).

Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix) originally appeared on his debut album N’abania released in 2005 but was released as a remix in his highly successful second studio album Uplifted in 2010.

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Flavour N’abania in character mode

Read: #LSBA: Tonight Lip Sync Battle Africa Brings Flavour Vs Maponyane In Lyrical War

We can’t help but wonder if Flavour would ace his character in the Professor Johnbull movie and take acting as a side job or he’s just testing the waters of Nollywood and would either swim to shore or sink.

Worthy of note, Flavour dropped a new single late last month Professor JohnBull (Prod. By Masterkraft). The lyrics of the song should give an insight to the movie.

What do you think? Will he swim? Or sink?

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Flavour N’abania with Tchidi Chikere

 

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Flavour N’abania with Junior Pope
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Flavour N’abania being prepped for his character

Watch the snippet of Professor Johnbull with Bishop Umoh, popularly known as Okon Lagos in the instagram post below

Professor Johnbull tv series. Imeh Bishop doing his thing. Powered by GLO. Anticipate. #comedyinaclass

A video posted by officialtchidichikere (@officialtchidichikere) on Jul 12, 2016 at 2:57am PDT

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Mick Jagger To Become A Father For The 8th Time At 72

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Rolling Stones front-man, Mick Jagger is expecting his eighth child with his 29-year-old ballerina girlfriend at the age of  72.

Representatives of Jagger confirmed Melanie Hamrick’s pregnancy to the press.

Mick Jagger has been involved with four women and has seven kids between them. Hamrick will be the fifth woman with the eighth child.

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Mick Jagger expecting eight child

Read: Lionel Richie Wants More Kids At Age 67 But Not A Third Wife

His first relationship with Marsha Hunt got him Karis, 45; his ex-wife Bianca Jagger produced Jade, 44; his affair with Jerry Hall birthed four children: Lizzie, 32, James, 30, Georgia-May, 24, and Gabriel, 18; and his relationship with Luciana Gimenez conceived his 16-year-old son, Lucas.

It’s worthy to note that when Jagger was 43, Hamrick was just popping out of her mother’s womb. The couple met and began dating in 2014.

The rock star joins fellow bandmate Ronnie Wood who was 68-year-old when he and his wife Sally, 37, welcomed twin girls this May.

Rock Stars must have really rocking genes.

Read: Tributes To Prince: Barack Obama, Mick Jagger More Pay Respects

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MUSIC: DJ Arafat – Mouvement Patata

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Peep new music from Ivorian superstar DJ Arafat titled, Mouvement Patata for you to download and listen to.

The groovy tune, just like some of his previously released hit songs; will set you loose, and invading the dance floor.

Download and listen to mp3 of Mouvement Patata by DJ Arafat below



 
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MUSIC: Flavour – Gbo Gan Gbom ft. Phyno & Zoro

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Here’s a refreshing Eastern sound by Flavour titled Gbo Gan Gbom (Une Soul); and it features two of the hottest Igbo language speaking artists, Phyno and Zoro.

The refreshing Ogene tune will get the attention of any listener at first play.

With this new one, Gbo Gan Gbom (Une Soul), we see three honchos, Flavour, Phyno, and Zoro; not reviving but merging the classic Igbo music genre culture, with the 21st century sound.

During the listening session, you might just find yourself sipping on that good local wine i.e Palm Wine. With right calculation and promotion, this will shake the Eastern part of Nigeria, and probably rock in Lagos State.

Download and listen to mp3 of Gbo Gan Gbom (Une Soul) by Flavour feat. Phyno and Zoro



 
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Nigerian Police Promotes 18 Commissioners To AIGs

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Eighteen Commissioners of Police have been promoted to the rank Assistant Inspectors General of Police following an approval by the Police Service Commission (PSC).

The PSC also ratified their postings with that of four other AIGs, in a statement issued by Mr Ikechukwu Ani, Head, Press and Public Relations of the commission in Abuja on Saturday.

READ ALSO: Nigerian Police Approves The Promotion Of 14 CPs, 20 DCPs, Others

According to the commission, 12 of the AIGs are to man the 12 Police Zonal Commands, while the remaining 10 will head Police special formations such as Operations, Training, Police Academy, Info-Tech, Investment, among others.

The Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State, Ibrahim Adamu, is now AIG, Zone 1, Abdulmajid Ali, CP, Ogun State, AIG, Zone 2 and Usman Tilli, AIG in charge of Border is now AIG zone 3.

While AIG Dorathy Gimba retained her Command of the Investment Formation, AIG Mohammed K. Mohammed, SPU and Mohammed Katsina moved from Maritime to DS, NIPSS, AIG Katsina would be replaced at the Maritime Desk by Paul Okafor, CP Benue State.

It said the commission also approved the appointment of 37 Commissioners of Police including nine Deputy Commissioners of Police whose promotions were approved by the Commission.

The statement said 16 of the commissioners retained their Commands.

They include, CP Peace Abdallah, Ebonyi; Emmanuel Ojukwu, Enugu; Frederick Lakanu, Imo; Adeleye Oyebade, Oyo; Basen Gwana, Abia; Yunana Babas, Taraba

Others are, Austine Iwar, Gombe; Murtala Mani, Akwa Ibom, Fatai Owoseni, Lagos and CP Henry Fadairo was also moved from Research and Planning to Jigawa State.

It said the Chairman of the commission Mr Mike Okiro, said the promotions and postings were in line with the commission’s resolve to reposition the Nigeria Police Force

He said the commission would hold any of them personally responsible for any failure in the discharge of their duties.

The chairman said they should rededicate themselves to the service of the nation and abide by the rules and regulations guiding police work.

He noted that this leadership positions should be held with the fear of God and fairness to all parties.

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Organised Labour Suspends Indefinite Strike In Niger State

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Organised labour in Niger state under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have decided to suspend the indefinite strike action it embarked upon following the intervention of the Speaker of the State Assembly, Malam Ahmed Marafa.

The industrial action – which had started since on Monday – was called off after a meeting with Marafa, who pleaded for a truce between the labour and the state government.

 “We were able to reach very impressive headway and on a happy note, an agreement has been reached, after series of deliberation,” he said.

Speaking also, the State’s NLC Chairman, Idris Ndako, disclosed that the labour unions would end the strike when some conditions agreed on by the government are met.

“In our resolution, it was agreed that all workers in the state be paid their salaries in full.

“The state government will make available the sum of N1.35 billion monthly for a period of three months starting from this month (July).

“We will undertake staff screening to determine the payment of workers.

“The balance amount for June will be paid after the screening and to be handled by the organised Labour.

“And with the above resolution, we have agreed to end the strike and no worker shall be victimised or dealt with because of the strike,” he said.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Umar Danyaya, also explained that government had resolved to reach an agreement with labour for industrial harmony to reign in the state.

“Henceforth, ‎all civil servants from level 17 downwards will be paid by the organised Labour as government will pay salaries directly to Labour.

“Government has given labour the sum of N1.35 billion for July salary,” he said.

The agreement to end the strike was signed for the state government by the Secretary to the State Government while the chairman of the NLC signed for the organised Labour.

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