Celine Dion Helps Gabonese Boy Who Sings Like Her Achieve Fame – VIDEO

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Celine Dion helps a teenage boy from Lebreville in Gabon who sings just like her, achieve fame, something the young man doesn’t want.

Fame is a desire for some and for others, they shy away from it, regardless how much it chases them. 

Such is the case of 17-year-old Samuel whose rendition of Celine Dion’s Power of Love was so good the famous singer told him, “Your talent is… big. I hope we meet one day”

In a video which was shared on Facebook, Samuel, is seen siting on a staircase, dressed in shorts and a shirt while barefooted. He can be heard hitting the high-notes and doling out the right tunes, with no instrumental, no backup.

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Samuel’s rendition was so good, a popular blogger, Barack Nyare Mba, first shared the video on Facebook before it got Celine Dion’s attention, Tuesday, (July, 26) who reshared it.

Just as expected, the award-winning singer penned the statement:

Samuel, your talent is as big as your voice. I hope we have the chance to meet one day.

I’m touched my songs have traveled all the way to you and hope we have the chance to meet one day.

May all your dreams come true. Keep singing like you do. When music comes from the heart, it knows no borders.

The song Power of Love was one of the best songs in 1993. It was originally written by Jennifer Rush.

As at Friday, the video had more than three million views.

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Speaking to AFP, Samuel described feeling overwhelmed and very surprised about Celine Dion’s reply.

“I wasn’t expecting that,” he said. “I haven’t got a phone or a Facebook account, it was my brother who told me Celine had shared my video. I just hope that one day I can meet her for real.”

Funnily, the Gabonese teen stated that his dream was to not be popular.

“Where I live in Lebraville. People recognize me on the street and want to say “Hello”, I honestly do not know how to handle it.” He revealed to Mashable.

With his newly achieved yet overwhelming fame, the teenager said several producers from singing contests in Ivory Coast and France have already approached him.

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Celine Dion helps fan achieve fame

Celin Dion’s protege began singing – all by himself – during break periods while in school.

He told the BBC’s Charles Stephane Mavaoungou, “The others could not believe it was me singing. When they entered the classroom, they began to applaud.”

He admitted his new found fame still feels strange.

“I’m not used to this [success]. I feel good when I sing in the staircase, and now people recognize me in the street.”

Samuel says he wants a career in singing.

Watch Samuel Perform And Be The Judge. Also Sound Off Your Thoughts In The Comment Section

 

Read: Flight makes emergency landing because passenger wouldn’t stop singing Whitney Houston song

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Switzerland Agrees To Repatriate $321m Abacha Loot

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The government of Switzerland has agreed to return the sum of $321 million stashed in the European nation’s banks by Nigeria’s former Head of State General Sani Abacha.

The agreement was sealed in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Mutual Legal Assistance on criminal matters, signed by the representatives of both governments on Friday in Abuja.

The agreement, which also seeks to block accounts linked to stolen funds, will usher in the return of the second batch of the stolen money linked to the late Abacha.

READ ALSO: US Agrees To Repatriate $480m Looted By Abacha Family To Nigeria

Speaking on the pact, the Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria, Eric Mayoraz, hinted that both countries are now in the process of repatriating the looted fund.

According to the envoy, the MoU, will help to remove all the legal bottlenecks in the fund repatriation.

Mayoraz noted that Friday’s event is significant in eradicating every bottleneck associated with the repatriation of stolen funds kept in his country.

The ambassador, while speaking stated that the pact is aimed at fostering understanding between the two countries as it relates to their different legal system said:

“We are now in the process of repatriating $321m from the second batch of the Abacha loot.

“Our countries enjoy excellent relations and we cooperate as partners in many fields, particularly on the return of looted assets, migration, human rights, humanitarian assistance and many others.

“Today, we decide to take this cooperation forward to deepen it in the field of judicial cooperation. By signing a Memorandum of Understanding in this important area, our two states further strengthen their ties of friendship and cooperation.”

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Nigerian Troops Kill 2 Boko Haram Fighters In Pulka

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Troops of the Nigerian Army on blocking position in Pulka on Friday, July 29, ambushed and killed two fleeing Boko Haram terrorists.

READ ALSO: Nigerian Army Recruitment 2016: List Of Shortlisted Candidates For SSC And DSSC Is Out

The Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, in a statement, disclosed that one of the terrorists escaped with gunshot wounds.

“The troops also recovered 1 AK-47 rifle with registration number S 77411, a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) with registration number FN 131908, one Motorcycle, 1 Bicycle and 5 Fabrique Nationale (FN) rifle magazines.

Other items recovered from the terrorists include 1 AK-47 rifle magazine loaded with 28 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 67 rounds of 7.62mm linked (NATO) ammunition and Tecno brand of mobile telephone handset with NEXTTEL SIM card, as well as sacks of foodstuffs.

The troops have continued their routine operations maintaining vigilance to prevent escaping Boko Haram terrorists out of Sambisa forest through that axis.”

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Graphic Image: PR Stunt Or Reality? Actor, Ani Iyoho Burnt While Filming Fire Scene (Photos + Video)

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On Wednesday, emails were disseminated to media houses regards Nollywood actor, Ani Iyoho being burnt alive while filming a fire scene for the movie, “Behind The Wheels”. Directed by Stanlee Ohikhuere.

This has caused undue controversy as there’s a split in the ‘set ablaze’ story being real versus a pr stunt. 

While we endeavor to verify the accuracy of this story, may we bear in mind a similar stunt has been pulled in times past. Though in a slightly different way.

We all remember these legendary Nollywood actors; Chika Ike’s broken leg, Mercy Johnson’s blinded eye, and Denrele Edun’s broken head, just to name a few.

Their characters in the movies they were acting turned up in the news as real life situations only to be revealed as pr stunts later.

It’d be good if Ani’s case was just a pr stunt. Going by the images and video recording, the burns look really extreme.

The popular Nollywood actor ought to have shot the particular scene three weeks ago but reports observed the fire refused to light so he had to reschedule the scene for Wednesday.

Maybe that was a warning.

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Nigerian actor, Ani Iyoho burnt while on set

Ani Iyoho had shared on social media prior to shooting the scene: “Wrapped up on #BlurredLines here in Accra, Ghana directed by Dickson Dzakpasu @dicksondzakpasu. I’m heading to Lagos, Nigeria tomorrow to finish the hottest scene on#behindthewheels Directed by Stanlee Ohikhuere @stanleeohikhuare.

“I call this wrap scene the #hottest because we will be playing with #fire. I’m about to go down in history as probably the first Nigerian to be set on fire in a#nollywood #movie #production. I’m#excited about it.

“I hope it goes well. I have a lot of faith in the #sfxmakeupartist Dorothea Kwofie @dorothea_kwofie. She assures me I’ll be alright and she’s the best SFX artist I know in Africa so I believe her. Looking forward to this.”

The Nollywood actor said, “today I’m going to be set on fire… so please don’t try this at home” in last video on Instagram.

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A snip of Ani’s conversation where he makes reference to the fire scene

Conflicting reports include, a NetNG source reporting, ‘The director, Stanlee Ohikhuare can be very eccentric. This shot should have been left out. We tried it first about three weeks ago and the fire did not light well’.

While Pulse said its source had commented, ‘I think it’s a stunt to promote the new movie because Nigerian actors and directors are not so daring to set fire on themselves’.

And TNS quoted, “‘an undisclosed source’ revealed the alleged ‘stunt gone wrong’ to be a well planned publicity stunt.”

According to the source, “Na lie, Ani is fine. Nothing happened to him. He has been attending several events after we completed shoot. I don’t know if the director is in on this stunt but we discussed something like that a few weeks ago.”

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Whose fact/story are we taking?

Read: Star Trek Actor, Anton Yelchin, Dies After Freak Accident

Watch the fire scene and deduce if it’s real or just pr stunt. Don’t forget to sound-off in the comment section.

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Nigerian LGBT Advocate, Bisi Alimi And Caitlyn Jenner Are Not Dating, Just Friends

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Bisi Alimi, a Nigerian LGBT and HIV advocate is laughing at reports labeling him as Caitlyn Jenner’s newest emotional interest. 

Alimi and Jenner met for the first time at the Aspen Ideas conference in Colorado, USA, Friday, June 24 2016.

A month later, Friday, (July, 29), Media Take Out headlined, “IT HAPPENED!! Caityln Jenner Is DATING A BLACK MAN . . . Now All The Kardashian Women . . . Are Dating BROTHAS!!!”

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Caitlyn Jenner and Bisi Alimi

The story read,It’s no secret that the Kardashian ladies like Black men. Now it appears that they ALL ARE CURRENTLY DATING BLACK MEN.”

It went further to declare, “Yesterday Caitlyn Jenner was seen stepping out in LONDON for dinner with friends. Caitlyn was seen heading to Les Ambassadeurs Casino and Restaurant with a MALE COMPANION. She appeared to be on a date.”

It also made a list of all the Kardashian/Jener females and their black loves.

“Kourtney is dating Quincy Combs, Kendall is dating A$AP Rocky, Kris is dating Corey Gamble, Khloe is dating Trey Songz, Kylie is dating Tyga and Kim is married to Kanye.”

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Bisi Alim laughs off dating-Caitlyn story

The HIV advocate responded by saying, “So about last night, and now the story is out that I am dating Caitlyn, I am sure she will be having the laugh of her life now. The joke will get real tonight as we will be on a date again… “

Maybe it’s the public’s overactive minds that associates Caitlyn Jenner with any man or woman she is spotted with. Especially as she is yet to take away her penis through gender reconstructive surgery.

She might have the appearance of a female, but sexually, Caitlyn is still a man.

Read: Rupert Everett Says Caitlyn Jenner Is Ignorant Of The Full Implications Of Being A Transexual

Alimi tweeted after his meeting with Caitlyn, “Until you know someone very well… as in really well, please never judge them. Never Judge them, even if the rumor sounds so real.”

Read: Sex Change Regrets? Caitlyn Jenner De-Transitioning Later In Future Ignites Curiosity

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Davido And Baby Mama, Sophia Momodu Rip Each Other In Heated Fight

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Davido and Sophia Momodu have gotten into another heated fight. These duo don’t even have one cool bone for each other.

The fight which happened via Snapchat was shared by Davido.

He ought to pay some money for their apartment but he didn’t, which made her call him a dead beat dad. OBO didn’t find it funny so he shared their chats with the populace.

Davido and his baby mama’s recent black love against each other is amusing to many as some opine OBO still has the hots for his ex but we highly doubt that going by his comments.

The HKN boss said, “Ain’t nobody trying to marry a nigga that is for everybody. LMAO bitch you tried it.”

“Ok baby daddy no more silence, since you gotta have female drama to stay relevant.”

“So bitter just cos she will never marry me.”

Read: Davido Shares Snaps Of “How Long” Music Video Shoot With Tinashe

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Davido and Sophia Momodu

Sophia shared, “So the service charge that you refused to pay, I’ve paid for it. Cos the management started asking again. I put some money together and paid…. I am not even the one at home, it’s her and her grandma. If it’s because I traveled without informing you that you refused to pay… I don’t owe you any explanation.” OBO replied, “fuck you’” spitefully.

These two though, the hate is surreal. How did they make a baby together?

Read the conversation between these enstranged lovers.  

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#TransferLatest: Gameiro Signs For Atletico Madrid

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Atletico has officially signed Sevilla attacker, Kevin Gameiro, with the striker signing a four-year deal Atleti.

The Frenchman will complete the deal, which is subject to him passing a medical, later in the day.

The 29-year-old has been a key player for Sevilla since joining in 2013. He helped the La Liga club to three consecutive UEL titles, scoring 67 goals in three seasons.

Barcelona and his former club, PSG, were looking to sign the striker, but he’ll be signing with the Rojiblancos, and costing them €32m.

Gameiro joins fellow new signings Nico Gaitan, Sime Vrsaljko, Diogo Jota and Axel Werner at Atletico Madrid while Saul Niguez, Tiago, Fernando Torres and Antoine Griezmann have all signed new deals at the club.

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Djokovic Advances To Rodgers Cup Semis

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Novak Djokovic has advanced to the semifinals of the Rodgers Cup, after beating Tomas Berdych on Friday.

The Serbian is now 25-2 against the fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych, after a 7-6, 6-4 win over the Czech tennis star.

Djokovic, 29, will play Monfils, who beat Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals. Raonic couldn’t hide his disappointment after the loss.

“Disappointment is the right word,” Raonic said. “In tennis, unless you’re the guy winning the tournaments most of the weeks, which there’s very few guys that are doing that, you’re losing quite a bit. So it’s very important to make the most of those, try to learn, try to be better from those situations. That’s my next objective.”

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VIDEO: Winter Amadin Ft. Cyude – Lamb Upon The Throne

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Just a few months ago Winter Amadin an OAP, a contemporary rapper and a member of the Believers’ Loveworld Rap Nation released a soul stirring and inspiring song titled LAMB UPON THE THRONE that featured another member of the Believers’ Loveworld Rap Nation Cyude, Produced by the Spiritual Beatz CEO Kelly Lyon.

Winter Amadin has finally released the much anticipated video for the same song LAMB UPON THE THRONE, Directed by the award winning Carel Empire!

 

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VIDEO: Eloho – He’s Alive

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Eloho officially releases visuals to the energetic sound – He’s Alive, which is currently gaining good reception by Gospel music enthusiasts all around the globe.

The visuals directed by cinematographer, H.S Ideas is purely befitting, energetic and electrifying! Don’t forget the audio version of this single was produced by the phenomenal soundcrafter, FLOROCKA of RockaNation Studios.

‘He’s Alive’ is a brand new victory praise joint off Nigerian-UK based Gospel music powerhouse – Eloho’s sophomore album – ‘Unrestrained’. A crisp, powerful and vibrant ministration with a message/lyrics so strong & clear.

Get your dancing shoes ‘He’s Alive’ by Eloho is a song of celebration.

 

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VIDEO: Eloho – He’s Alive

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Eloho officially releases visuals to the energetic sound – He’s Alive, which is currently gaining good reception by Gospel music enthusiasts all around the globe.

The visuals directed by cinematographer, H.S Ideas is purely befitting, energetic and electrifying! Don’t forget the audio version of this single was produced by the phenomenal soundcrafter, FLOROCKA of RockaNation Studios.

‘He’s Alive’ is a brand new victory praise joint off Nigerian-UK based Gospel music powerhouse – Eloho’s sophomore album – ‘Unrestrained’. A crisp, powerful and vibrant ministration with a message/lyrics so strong & clear.

Get your dancing shoes ‘He’s Alive’ by Eloho is a song of celebration.

 

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MUSIC: D’Tunes x Giftty – Na Fire

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Ace record producer – D’Tunes, teams up with 56 HopeRoad new signee and One More Time crooner, Giftty, for yet another feel good tune dubbed Na Fire; for you to download and listen to.

ENJOY!


 
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MUSIC: D’Tunes x Giftty – Na Fire

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Ace record producer – D’Tunes, teams up with 56 HopeRoad new signee and One More Time crooner, Giftty, for yet another feel good tune dubbed Na Fire; for you to download and listen to.

ENJOY!


 
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Zidane: Ronaldo Could Miss La Liga Opener

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Zinedine Zidnae does not think talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit enough to play in the La Liga season opener.

The Portuguese forward led his team to an unprecedented Euro 2016 success. But suffered an injury in the final, after a challenge from Payet.

Zidane has ruled him out of the Super Cup clash against Sevilla. And has now ruled him out of the opener against Real Sociedad come August 21.

“Cristiano is out for the Super Cup. For the first game of the season, we’ll see,” the Real Madrid coach said.

“His injury needs one month and then he has to prepare, because he will not be at his best after a month without doing anything.

“Between the Super Cup and the league opener will be 10 days. We’ll see. He’ll be with us, but I don’t think he will play the first match [of the league season].”

Zidane is less concerned about Karim Benzema ahead of the Super Cup, but said the striker would not play in Madrid’s International Champions Cup match against Chelsea on Saturday.

“His discomfort does not go away, but it is better and hopefully he can play a little in the third game. It is important to play a little before the cup,” he said.

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Zidane: Ronaldo Could Miss La Liga Opener

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Zinedine Zidnae does not think talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit enough to play in the La Liga season opener.

The Portuguese forward led his team to an unprecedented Euro 2016 success. But suffered an injury in the final, after a challenge from Payet.

Zidane has ruled him out of the Super Cup clash against Sevilla. And has now ruled him out of the opener against Real Sociedad come August 21.

“Cristiano is out for the Super Cup. For the first game of the season, we’ll see,” the Real Madrid coach said.

“His injury needs one month and then he has to prepare, because he will not be at his best after a month without doing anything.

“Between the Super Cup and the league opener will be 10 days. We’ll see. He’ll be with us, but I don’t think he will play the first match [of the league season].”

Zidane is less concerned about Karim Benzema ahead of the Super Cup, but said the striker would not play in Madrid’s International Champions Cup match against Chelsea on Saturday.

“His discomfort does not go away, but it is better and hopefully he can play a little in the third game. It is important to play a little before the cup,” he said.

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Klopp: I Didn’t Want Mkhitaryan

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Jurgen Klopp has revealed he was not interested in signing Mkhitaryan, before the midfielder signed for Manchester United.

Klopp coached the attacking midfielder at Dortmund, but the pair will be on opposite sides in the EPL.

The 59-time Armenia international starred in the Bundesliga after being bought by Klopp from Shakhtar Donetsk.

However, the German had no desire to reunite with Mkhitaryan at Anfield as the 27-year-old instead completed a £26 million move to United.

“I had that player. If you have had players, you know more about them. You want to learn about other players. That’s how it is,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.

“I knew quite early that he was going this way [to United]. There was absolutely no reason for me to jump in there. That isn’t how we work.

“We didn’t look for players we had already worked with. If you do that, you know their good, their bad and you wonder whether you will do it again.

“It’s not boring but you know everything about each other so how can you develop? Where is the next step? Where is the next push for development?

“We could have gone for a lot of players. But, first of all, you have to think, ‘what do I need?’”

Klopp has instead brought in numerous others, including Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum, Joel Matip and Loris Karius.

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Klopp: I Didn’t Want Mkhitaryan

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Jurgen Klopp has revealed he was not interested in signing Mkhitaryan, before the midfielder signed for Manchester United.

Klopp coached the attacking midfielder at Dortmund, but the pair will be on opposite sides in the EPL.

The 59-time Armenia international starred in the Bundesliga after being bought by Klopp from Shakhtar Donetsk.

However, the German had no desire to reunite with Mkhitaryan at Anfield as the 27-year-old instead completed a £26 million move to United.

“I had that player. If you have had players, you know more about them. You want to learn about other players. That’s how it is,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.

“I knew quite early that he was going this way [to United]. There was absolutely no reason for me to jump in there. That isn’t how we work.

“We didn’t look for players we had already worked with. If you do that, you know their good, their bad and you wonder whether you will do it again.

“It’s not boring but you know everything about each other so how can you develop? Where is the next step? Where is the next push for development?

“We could have gone for a lot of players. But, first of all, you have to think, ‘what do I need?’”

Klopp has instead brought in numerous others, including Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum, Joel Matip and Loris Karius.

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MUSIC: Shakez & Charlie X – Never Let Me Go ft. Tamaraebi

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Afro-hiphop artiste Shakez teams up with ace producer Charlie X to birth this beautiful tune ‘Never Let Me Go’ featuring UK based Nigerian vocalist Tamaraebi.

Blessed with an array of rich heavenly vocals from Tamaraebi, the song is a soulful ever changing flux of rhythmic music where Shakez showcases brilliant lyricism, telling the story of a certain ‘love interest’ of his.

Written by Shakez, produced and engineered by Charlie X, ‘Never Let Me Go’ is the first single off their collaborative project DCHP (Dance Class Hall Pass) coming soon.

ENJOY!

 

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‘Idrissa Gueye Move To Everton Almost Complete’

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​Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo expects Idrissa Gueye’s move to Everton to be completed very soon. 

Everton have triggered the midfielder’s £7.1m release clause and he has been discussing terms with them this week.

Gueye’s clause expires at the end of the transfer window but only Everton have made an official bid.

Villa, relegated from the Premier League last season, want to keep him but Di Matteo is resigned to seeing the 26-year-old Senegal international leave after just one season at the club.

He said: “It’s public Everton have triggered his clause and he’s going to leave. There’s no news so far but the expectation is, once personal terms are agreed and a medical [is done], he’s going to go.


“There are other clubs interested, that’s right, but the only official bid so far has been from Everton.

“There’s not much I can do because he had a clause in his contract and that’s something I inherited and my hands are tied. We will be losing him.

“The fact he is leaving is basically down to the clause he has in his contract, otherwise there would be no chance.

“We’re not a club looking to sell. We don’t have to, we don’t need to.”


Gueye joined Villa from Lille in summer 2015 and made 38 appearances, scoring once

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Sevilla Manager Jorge Sampaoli Rejects Argentina Job Offer 

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​Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli has turned down the opportunity to become the new Argentina coach.

Sampaoli only took over at Sevilla last month following Unai Emery’s departure to manage PSG.

“I had a call from the president of the (Argentine football) federation, but it would be irresponsible for me to leave Sevilla,” he said.

The Argentina-born Sampaoli was in charge of Chile from 2012 to 2016 and guided them to the 2015 Copa America title on home soil
Argentina coach Gerardo Martino resigned after losing a second consecutive Copa America final on penalties to Chile, and the national federation have been seeking a replacement ever since. 

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has already revealed that himself and Diego Simeone have a desire to manage Argentina one day, but that the time is not right at the moment.

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Arsenal Won’t Be Making Another Bid For Alexandre Lacazette Says Lyon President 

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​Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has told L’Equipe that he doesn’t expect Arsenal to come back with another offer for their striker Alexandre Lacazette.

The French club revealed this week that they’d turned down a £29m bid from the north London club, dispelling reports of a £40m offer.

A club statement said Lacazette.will play a prominent role in Lyon’s plans for the 2016/17 season and will not be allowed to leave.

And Aulas has reiterated those claims today, saying: “Arsenal have not come back and they will not come back. No one will leave Lyon.”

Alexandre Lacazette has scored 48 Ligue 1 goals over the last two seasons and was the subject of interest from West Ham earlier this summer
Arsenal have signed three players so far in this transfer window – striker Tasumo Akano, midfielder Granit Xhaka and central defender Rob Holding.

Holding played the full 90 minutes against the MLS All-Stars, with senior trio Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel all currently sidelined through injury.

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Claudio Ranieri : “We Can Replace Kante” 

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​Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says the departure of midfielder N’Golo Kante need not prove to be a crippling blow.

“I think the same as it was last season with [Esteban] Cambiasso,” said Ranieri. “It was difficult to replace but we replaced. It is the same, football keeps going, doesn’t stop.

“Football can lose me, Wes [Morgan, Leicester captain], everybody, but the other people will continue to play football.

“I think we are a very good squad and we will see, if something more we need, our chairman is ready to buy.”

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Transfer Update On Key Players 

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​ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE: The Lyon president has told L’Equipe that he doesn’t expect Arsenal to come back with another offer for their striker

ANDREW ROBERTSON: West Ham have been knocked back in their pursuit of a left back, with Hull having rejected a £7m bid for Scotland international

PAUL POGBA: Still work to be done on any potential deal. Man Utd are standing firm on what they want to pay, but they are desperate to get the player

BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER: We understand United are willing to listen to offers for the midfielder

MARCOS ROJO: Sources close to the player say, as things stand, he is not one of the players told he can leave by Jose Mourinho

ANDRE AYEW: We understand West Ham have enquired about signing Swansea’s striker, but there has been no formal offer

JONATHAN CALLERI: West Ham are edging closer to the loan signing of Argentine striker

PADDY MCNAIR: Sky Sources understand the defender is expected to leave United on a permanent deal

ROSS MCCORMACK: We understand Norwich have made an improved bid in excess of £10m pounds for the Fulham striker

ANTHONY KNOCKAERT:  Brighton have rejected a bid from Newcastle for the player

CHE ADAMS: Sheffield United have rejected a second Birmingham City bid for the striker

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Kano Film Village: Throwing The Baby Away With The Bathwater?

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Kano Film Village: Throwing The Baby Away With The Bathwater? – Jaafar Jaafar

When an ultramodern abattoir began operation in 1982 in Challawa, some Kano clerics started preaching against eating the products, which they believed were not ‘halal’.

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

Started by the first military governor of the State, Audu Bako and completed by the first civilian governor, Abubakar Rimi, the N10 million abattoir was fitted with a product plant with the capacity to process 100 cattle, dozens of camels, hundreds of sheep, goats and thousands of chicken at a time.

Apart from a cold storage facility to store over 3,000 processed animals, a large powerhouse equipped with generators, the production plant was fully integrated to process blood, offal waste, bone marrow, bone, horns and hooves for local animal feed production and export.

But Kano clerics were unhappy with this. They switched on their microphones, mounted the pulpits and started ranting. They preached that the cows were stunned and become unconscious at the slaughter slab before killing. The abattoir management debunked the rumour and argued that cows and other animals were processed according to the ‘halal’ standard.

Almost immediately, that created low patronage and aversion to the products. The abattoir closed a couple of years after. As I write, the machines have rotted away, the premises taken over by grass, reptiles and rodents.

What have the puritans benefited from the closure of this mega industry with a capacity to supply processed products to many parts of the country and boost the economy of the State?

During the send forth dinner for a managing director of First Bank, Jacobs Moyo-Ajekigbe, in 2008 in Kano, he told the gathering that when he started his banking career in 1978 in Kano, the city was better than Dubai in terms of infrastructure and economic potentials. He expressed dismay that the city was retrogressing rather than progressing.

With our anathema to modernity, in such form as the establishment of a film village, how do we progress? A multi-billion naira project capable of putting Kano on a global silver screen map has now been shelved, no thanks to the nattering puritans. They are not happy that a 20-hectare film village, modeled after Indian and Chinese film centres and equipped with a cinematography centre, a 400-capacity auditorium for training, hostel, sound stage, an eatery block, three-star hotel, shopping mall, stadium, clinic, etc, would be built in Kano.

They seem unhappy that thousands of people will be employed and Nigeria’s advertising industry will record exponential growth through a facility for the production of first-rate commercials. Most of the high quality TV commercials one sees – whether of the Dangote Group, Glo and Nigerian banks and placed on international televisions – are either produced in Europe or South Africa. With a standard film village in Kano, we can tap into this draining revenue.

I recall that on July 30, 2009, the day Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf, was killed, Daily Trust asked me to interview a certain Juma’at mosque Imam to hear his views. The Imam, who is today one of the frontline clerics issuing fatwa against the film village and besmirching the art, expressed his anger to me (over the killing of a man who killed at least 1,000 people at the time!)

Later realising the implication of sympathising with terrorists, the Imam called around 9pm and pleaded with me to drop the story. I said I was helpless as I had already sent it to Abuja. I could not exactly say what he subsequently told the editors to have the story dropped.

In the whole drama with reference to the building of a film village in Kano, what baffles me most is the fact that the clerics, the Imams and their social media copycats never rose against Boko Haram terrorists the way they rose against film village. I’ve never heard a single Juma’t mosque sermon boldly criticising Boko Haram in Kano, but last Friday I was told that almost all the Imams in Kano condemned the building of film village.

To the clerics, a film industry is more dangerous than Boko Haram, while forgetting that Boko Haram drew inspiration from their hyper Salafi-Qutb teachings. Take it or leave it, these extremist preachers created for us Boko Haram, a monster that has so far killed nearly 20,000 people, bombed mosques, churches, markets and schools.

Its is also sad that the president only had listening ears to cries against a film village, while the cries against inflation, hardship, high electricity tariffs and fuel price increase have fallen on deaf ears so far.

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