Troops Arrest NYSC Corper, 3 Others For Vandalising National Assets

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Troops of the Nigerian Army attached to Operation LAFIYA DOLE have apprehended four suspected vandals of critical national assets in the outskirts of Maiduguri metropolis, Borno State, on Monday.

Troops Arrest NYSC Corper, 3 Others For Vandalising National Assets

Troops Arrest NYSC Corper, 3 Others For Vandalising National Assets

The troops, while on patrol, intercepted Aliyu Jubril, a member of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC); Ismail Baba, a student of Ramat Polytechnic; Mohammed Suleiman, a driver and Mohammed Bukar, along Maiduguri-Damboa road, while attempting to cart away heavy armoured cable belonging to Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) that they had vandalized.

The spokesman for the Army, Col. Sani Usman, in a statement, said the suspects loaded the heavy cables in a truck using a crane with registration number 09B-15BO before their arrest.

The truck laden with the heavy armoured cable belonging to the PHCN

The truck laden with the heavy armoured cable belonging to the PHCN

One of the suspects came with a Honda Accord car (2001 model) with registration number GA 544-ABC in a bid to escort to an undisclosed location.

“The suspects are being interrogated and would soon be handed over to the appropriate security agency,” it said.

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Ejeh Of Ankpa Dies At 73

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The Ejeh of Ankpa – supreme ruler of Ankpa local government area of Kogi state – Alhaji Amodu Yakubu has died in his place on Monday at the age of 73.

Confirming the death of the monarch, the Onu Ankpa, Chief Abdulmalik Umar, said the royal father passed on at about 2.20 am, in the early hours of the day following a brief illness.

Shocked by his sudden demise, Umar said the late Ejeh had just returned from Benin hale and hearty on Sunday where he attended a conference of Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.

Ahmodu, who ascended the throne on August 7, 1993, was buried according to Islamic rites.

He is survived by wives, children and grandchildren.

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi said the death of the monarch was painful and a great loss to the people of the state.

He said Ahmodu died at a very critical period in the life of the state, describing him as a father and a good believer in his administration.

Bello said the reign of the late Ejeh had witnessed “tremendous commitments in community development and peaceful coexistence as well as moral guidance among his subjects and visitors”.

The government, while commiserating with the family of the late Ejeh and people of the state over the loss, noted that the state would miss his wealth of experience and fatherly counsels.

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Jubilation In Edo State As Workers Receive 7 Months Salary

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The workers of Egor local government council, Edo State basked in the ambiance of elation on Monday after the state government paid the salary arrears of seven months of the 17 months it owed them.

The civil servants also lauded the members of the State House of Assembly for the approval and timely release of funds for the payment of their salary arrears.

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Speaking on behalf of the workers, the President of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Edo State chapter, Comrade Young Ilenikhena, expressed the workers’ appreciation and called on the state government to ensure it pays the remaining arrears in due course.

Also confirming the development, at a plenary session, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Justin Okonoboh, said the payment of the seven months salaries was as a result of a recent resolution of the House which mandated the State Government to source the sum of N366,467,000 from the Central Bank of Nigeria to pay the workers.

Okonoboh assured that all categories of workers being owed in the State would be paid, just as he sued for patience on the part of affected workers as they go about their normal duties.

“With this gesture, the council workers have been paid seven months out of the 17 months salary arrears owed workers by the council,” he stated.

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X-Factor: Sharon Osbourne Slams Rita Ora And Nick Grimshaw

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Sharon Osbourne, one of the four judges of this year’s X Factor’s competition has lashed out at Rita Ora  alleging the young singer hasn’t spent enough time as a success to give anyone advice on the issue.

Osbourne who signed a new deal worth £2MILLION ie N828,400,282 to return to the show, added that even she wouldn’t take advise from Ora if she was a contestant.

“If I was a contestant and there was a young girl or guy on the panel, who’s had success but not long success because they are so young, and they were telling me what I should and shouldn’t do, I would tell them what to do,” Osbourne said.

She continued, “I would. I think when you are advising people on their career, it always comes better from people who have had experience through age and who have had a long career themselves.”

“If somebody has just happened, and they are two years into their career, then they can’t tell someone what to do, or what they feel they should do,” the new X Factor judge quipped.

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The new X Factor judges, Louis, Osbourne, Nicole and Cowell

Sharon Osbourne isn’t alone in her displeasure of Ora’s 2015 performance as a judge, even Louis had something very rude for Ora “for turning last year’s X Factor into a fashion show and knowing nothing about talent”.

The 2015 edition of the X Factor with Rita Ora and Grim as judges was met with very bad reviews, causing the show’s producers to entirely overturn its panel of judges.

Fellow judge of the 25-year-old who happens to be one of her best friends, Nick Grimshaw also blasted Ora’s ‘nonsense comments’ which he claimed were the reason they both got yanked off.

The new panel of judges for 2016 version of the famous singing competition is Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh, and Simon Cowell.

Ora has been receiving so many L’s this year, hope she releases her much awaited album and its a big W so she can get back her face.

Read: There’s No F***ing Secret, Kelly Osbourne Writes Memoir Based On Her Parents

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Stephanie Coker Slays In Denim On The Cover Of Today’s Woman

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Stephanie Coker looks beautiful on the cover of TW magazine as she sports an urban gothic look in printed denim. 

In this issue of the magazine, she tells TW why she never settles for less, and how this unwavering mindset has been the secret of her success.

Stephanie Coker on TW Magazine

In June, Stephanie Coker quit MTV Base and she shared thus:

Today has been an emotional day. Looking back on the last 4 amazing years as a VJ on MTV Base, I still remember walking through the doors not being able to contain the excitement that my little dream of working with such a world renowned platform came true (my mum probably checked up on me a million times).

From working with a fantastic team, travelling the globe interviewing some of the most talented acts and keeping you all entertained on the carpet 😀.

It’s been nothing short of an exciting, challenging and fulfilling experience that I’m most grateful for. However today, I wanted to share with you first that I’ve officially left MTV and embarking on another exciting chapter.

Am I nervous? Hell yes, but it’s time for the next level. It’s always hard to say goodbye but these memories will forever live in my heart. To the entire MTV, Vimn and DAT family, thank you.

More importantly, thank you so much to the viewers and my supporters for the incredible love and energy you give me daily to be the best version of myself! I want to give you more and that’s why I can’t wait to share exciting news with you very soon’.

We witnessed Ms Coker’s rise to stardom and enjoyed her televised interviews and hope to see more of that. Wherever the journey takes Stephanie, we are sure she’ll transit with her smashing sense of style.

Read: All The Fab Photos From Music Meets Runway 2015: Powede Lawrence, Mai Atafo, Stephanie Coker & More

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Lil Duval Makes Fun Of Chris Brown Photo

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Lil Duval takes a comic poke at Chris Brown as he calls him a prodigal father. Funny or not? 

He shared a photograph of Breezy who is seen looking like a long lost father who just caught up with his grown up son and seems to be making an attempt at getting back into the lad’s life despite the awkwardness of his timing.

His son here refers to Bryshere Gray, known as Yazz the greatest on FOX hit series, Empire.

Duval shared the photograph on his Gram with the caption, “”I can’t replace the years I missed but I’m here now.”

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Lil Duval

Duval is a comedian who got to the semi-final stage of BET’s comedy competition series Coming to the Stage. His new movie Meet The Blacks is currently at number three at the box office according to Variety.

Hopefully, it’s just a joke and nothing serious as Duval doesn’t want Chris Brown coming for him. Brown is pretty bad with words too and anyone who has felt his sting knows he doesn’t play. He’ll serve it up till you get tired before he backs down.

Some people shared Lil Duval’s thought as 1texangirl wrote, “Damn he look old and jacked up,” and almighty_foreign said, “You know the line in the store was hella long son,” referencing a popularly mocked line black fathers use after leaving their kid for a long time.

😂😂😂😂😂 "I can't replace the years I missed but I'm here now"

A photo posted by lilduval (@lilduval) on Aug 11, 2016 at 5:55am PDT

Read: Katt Williams Smashes Restaurant Manager With Salt-Shaker Over Sitting Arrangement

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Former Arsenal Defender Phillippe Senderos On Trial At Rangers 

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​Former Arsenal defender  Philippe Senderos is training with Rangers as he seeks to secure a contract with the newly promoted Scottish side 

Senderos is without a club following a six-month spell with Grasshoppers in his homeland.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton had previously distanced himself from interest in Senderos a fortnight ago, but the player will now seek to impress at Murray Park.

The Ibrox side have been hunting for additional defensive reinforcement since winning promotion back to the Scottish Premiership.

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Real Madrid Unveil Alvaro Morata At Santiago Bernabeu 

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​Spanish striker Alvaro Morata has been presented as a Real Madrid player again.

This was  seemingly done to end speculations  of the striker  joining a Premier League side this season.

Real Madrid bought him back from Juventus in the summer for £23m but were expected to sell him on for a bigger fee after two impressive seasons in Italy. 
Alvaro Morata said 

‘It’s a very happy day for me as I return home,

‘They were two long years, but sometime you have to mature and I’m here again to give my all at the Bernabeu and to try to stay as long as possible.’

President Florentino Perez said: ‘You’ve come home and it’s something that you have earned with your talent, strength and ability to sacrifice. 

‘Here you grew with values that will be with you throughout your career and your life. A beginning that has helped you to become the player that you are today.

‘These are happy days for Madrid because we have just won a new European title and we now have with us one of the best forwards in the world. On top of that, someone who knows and has lived since a child, the true Real Madrid’.

Thousands of Madrid supporters were at the Santiago Bernabeu to greet Morata on his official return.

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Lukas Podolski Retires From International Football 

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 Lukas Podolski has announced his retirement from Germany’s national team.

Lukas Podolski said in an Instagram post on Monday he had informed Germany coach Joachim Low he is quitting international football with immediate effect.

Podolski said 

‘Everything has its time and my time at the DFB is over. For me this is a very emotional farewell. I am proud of what I experienced with the DFB.

‘Nothing can replace the joy and passion from my time with the German team. 

‘From being a two-year-old Polish boy who came here with only a ball under his arm to being a world champion with Germany – that’s more than I could have dreamed about.

‘With the DFB I celebrated great success on the pitch, but not only that I’ve seen different countries and cities around the world and have met great people and many friends.

‘Thanks to the DFB. Thanks to the team behind the team. Thanks to my team-mates. 

‘And thank you coach. Thanks Rudi Voller, thanks Jurgen Klinsmann, and especially, thanks Joachim Low.’ 


Games: 129

Goals: 48

Debut: June 6, 2004 vs Hungary

Honours: 2014 World Cup 

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Azealia Banks Disses Zayn Malik: “You Look Like You Used To Be A Girl”

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Azaelia Banks is trolling Zayn Malik – again – as she calls him a transgender and we can’t help but ask “WHY?”

The former One Direction boy-band member was involved in a photo shoot for GQ and Ms Banks had something impolite to say about his cover.

She wrote, “He legit looks like he used to be a girl. He gives me transman teas.”

Banks and Malik have had previous misunderstandings after the former accused him of copying her style and Zayn making racist comment about people of color.

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Why is Azalia Banks always picking on Zayn Malik?

Fans weren’t having it as they slashed Bank’s hate with equally disparaging comments:

  • dtkmlk – Azealia look like a burnt okra.
  • rnb_keikei – Can someone please finally get azelias lithium dosage right or just finally hospitalize her…better yet stop reposting her lame a$$ rhetoric.
  • fay.jama – Sad …. she’s just so dam sad a lost case is more or less what she is what a bully no wonder she ain’t got shit going for her I bet she can’t say shit like that to his face haha what a loss case#disgusting 🖕🏽✌🏽️
  • pi5tol_eyes – This girl is so full of anger. It’s amazing how a person’s shitty attitude can black their own success.
  • e_nashee83 – Coming from a bitch who used to be black who now looks like an albino monkey lookin ass..😴
  • timliv25 – So now being sexy and beautiful is a problem? Banks needs to read the statutes on cyber bullying because the way she targets Zayn can really get her ass in trouble.

Atleast she did have one supporter.

  • eatdrinkandlaugh – After the ignorant shit he said about black lives matter…drag his ass girl..who cares
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Azaelia Banks calls Zayn Malik a transgender

Well, is saying “he looks like he used to be a girl” supposed to be an insult because that sounds like a compliment to some.

Plus, Azaelia always riding on Zayn Malik has many speculating she wants him as her habitual -bullying of the singer is becoming suspect.

While a few defended her as Malik had made racist comments about black people but he did apologize after being schooled by black Twitter and Ms Banks is still holding that grudge, coming for him whenever she can.

As for Banks, she also apologized to the world wide web after one of her tantrums and promised to be a good girl but with this transphobic slur, she must have ended her good girl days.

We hope she goes back to being a good girl, she was much silent that way.

Read: Zayn Malik Reaches Out To Adele For Help In Dealing With His Anxiety Issues

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Arsenal Goalkeeper keeper Petr Cech crashes His  £85,000 Audi RS7 Sports  Car After Heavy Loss To Liverpool 

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​ Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech  having conceded four in the season opener against Liverpool made things even worse for himself by crashing  his Audi RS7 sports car on his way out of the Emirates Stadium.

NBC Sports editor, Joe Prince-Wright, posted a number of photos of the damaged vehicle – which costs around £85,000 – saying that Cech had ‘smashed his car up in car park at Emirates.’

Petr Cech was looking to make a quick exit from the Emirates  after his team were booed from the pitch following the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool.

Liverpool  scored four goals without reply in a 20 minute spell inspired by the brilliance of Philippe Coutinho.

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ASUP To Embark On Nationwide Strike On August 22

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has threatened that it would embark on a nationwide strike from August 22.

The union stated that the nationwide industrial action – scheduled for next week Monday – is inevitable following the Federal Government refusal to honour the agreement it reached with it in 2013.

Speaking to pressmen at the end of its meeting in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria at the weekend, the President of ASUP, Mr Usman Dutse, griped that since the suspension of the protracted strike in 2014, the government is yet to address some of the core issues that necessitated the strike.

READ ALSO: 10,000 Nigerians Scramble For 40 Vacant Positions At MAPOLY

The ASUP President called on the government to make hay while the sun shines by addressing the issues with urgency in order to avoid another nationwide industrial action.

A statement issued by the Zone A Coordinator of ASUP, Kabir Yunusa, noted that no significant progress has been made by government in resolving the issues.

The statement highlighted the issues to include the non-implementation of Needs Assessment Report of 2014, non-payment of salaries in many state-owned institutions, delay in the review of the Polytechnic Act and poor funding of polytechnics among other demands.

The ASUP President said that despite giving the government enough time when it came on board last year to settle down and address all pending issues, the present administration has showed no concern about the plight of lecturers, whose salaries were being reduced or owed in most federal and state polytechnics.

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Football Papers : All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Evening 

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Thibaut Courtois says he is happy at Chelsea and that comments attributed to him claiming he wanted to leave the club were mistranslated.

Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann wants the Eagles to bring in a “quality player” to replace winger Yannick Bolasie, who has joined Everton.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has admitted it was “impossible’ for the Hammers to compete with Chelsea’s £33m summer purchase of Michy Batshauyi.


Joe Hart has been told he can leave Man City, with Sevilla leading the chase to sign the England goalkeeper, according to reports in the British press.

AC Milan are hoping to sign out-of-favour Man City defender Elaquim Mangala, reports in the English media.


Sunderland will not let central defender Lamine Kone join Everton until they have found a replacement for the Ivory Coast international.


Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has revealed they had to sell midfielder Matt Ritchie to Newcastle this summer because the Cherries “could not compete” financially with the Championship club.


Sunderland manager David Moyes wants to strengthen his midfield before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.


West Brom ‘keeper Ben Foster thinks striker Salomon Rondon, who scored the Baggies’ winner at Crystal Palace on Saturday, was a “snip” at just £12m.

Aston Villa are closing in on a deal to sign Bologna midfielder Amadou Diawara, according to reports in the Italian press.


West Brom are nearing a club record-equalling £12m deal for Leicester winger Jeffrey Schlupp.


Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle says the Championship club need to add to their squad before the window closes, with the Scot claiming some of his players are in their “comfort zone”.

Michael Keane has admitted he is “flattered” by reported interest in his services from Premier League champions Leicester, however, the Burnley defender says he is currently happy at the Clarets.


Leicester want to sign Genoa wide man Diego Laxalt, according to the player’s representative.


Southampton striker Charlie Austin could be set for a shock loan move back to former club QPR before the summer window closes at the end of the month.


Sheffield Wednesday forward Fernando Forestieri, who is being chased by Derby, has said sorry to the club’s fans after reportedly not travelling to their match at Norwich on the weekend, an accusation the player has strongly denied though.


Swansea are still on the lookout for a replacement for captain Ashley Williams, who joined Everton last week, with the Swans having been linked with a move for Iceland international defender Ragnar Sigurdsson.

Inter Milan holding midfielder Gary Medel is being linked with a surprise move to Liverpool in the Italian media.


Bolton are facing a battle to prevent midfielder Josh Vela from leaving after recent interest in the player from a Championship club.


Striker Glenn Murray has refuted claims he only returned to Brighton & Hove Albion for an easy ride.

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MTN Project Fame 9: Tension In The Academy As All Contestants Are Placed On Probation

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This week on MTN Project Fame 9 – all contestants were placed on probation and … Baba for the Girls crooner, Harry Song featured as guest judge. 

Fans and followers of the MTN Project Fame can expect an interesting show next week as all 14 contestants were placed on probation by the judges.

Even more interesting is the return of Winner following protests by the audience during the last elimination show. The judges couldn’t agree any less with the audience’s wish for the singer to return to the academy after she was initially axed.

The week’s show also had Reggae Blues crooner, Harrysong as special judge. Harrysong, who goes by the moniker, Baba For The Girls, was visibly impressed by the talents on display.

The theme for the week’s performance was African Contemporary music and the contestants thrilled the judges and the audience to great singing and spectacular dance moves.

The show opened with Elizabeth performing Love Don’t Care by Simi. Pere performed Surulere by Dr Sid ft Don Jazzy while Eli performed Fall in Love by D’Banj.

Kitay did justice to Kiss Daniel’s Mama as Dapo proved himself with Wizkid’s Final (Baba Nla). Winner rendered Yemi Alade’s Ferrari to the audience while Blessing performed Tiwa Savage’s Ife Wagbona.

The duo of Benjamin and Gabriel did Duro by Tekno and Down on Me by Sarkodie respectively while Yusuf was in his elements as he performed Shakitibobo by Olamide.

Steve sang Eleko by Mayokun and Oluchi did Right Now by Seyi Shay. Okiemute, who was the last contestant, rendered her version of Osinachi by Humble Smith.

Having sat through the performances from the contestants, it was time for the Judges to deliver their verdict for the night.

Though the 14 contestants all drew commendations from the judges, it was decided that all of them be placed on probation. Now their fate lies in the hands of the viewers at home to save their favorite contestant.

Harrysong closed the show by serenading the audience with his hit track, ‘Reggae Blues’ alongside Project Fame Season 4 winner, Monica and Season 7 winner, Godfrey.

To save your favourite contestant, all you need do is get the PF Super Subscription data bundle by sending PF to 303 for 100 naira only and start voting. Below are pictures of the contestants.

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The Judges; Praiz, Bibie Brew and TeeY Mix
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The Faculty; Mrs Ige, Uncle Ben and Joke Silvia
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HarrySong performing with Monica and Godfrey
REMEMBER: To save your favourite contestant, all you need do is get the PF Super Subscription data bundle by sending PF to 303 for 100 naira only and start voting.

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Emmy Winning Actor Fyvush Finkel Passes On At The Age Of 93

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Picket fences actor ​Fyvush Finkel is dead at the age of 93 

Fyvush Finkel best known for his outstanding role as Douglas Wambaugh on the drama  Picket Fences, passed away on Sunday at 93.

The stage and screen star won an Emmy for his work as Picket Fences‘ small-town lawyer, whom he played from 1992-96. He later re-teamed with Kelley on Boston Public in the role of history teacher Harvey Lipschultz.

Finkel began his career more than 80 years ago. His first big break came at 43 when he joined the Fiddler On the Roof touring company. 

His other credits include Fantasy Island,  Harry’s Law, Blue Bloods, Nixon A Serious Man etc 

According to The Yiddish Artists & Friends Actors Club, the funeral service will take place this Wednesday, August 17 at 12 noon at the Sutton Place Synagogue,225 East 51 Street NYC. (Between 2 & 3 Ave).
This cause of his death is yet to be disclosed 

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BTS PHOTOS: Toby Grey – You & I

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Grey Nation’s finest singer Toby Grey, whom is making waves with her newly released song “You & I” is taking no slacks as she puts in more work to work with renowned video director Adasa Cookey for a classic video treatment.

The song which was produced by veteran music producer “Puffy Tee” is about covering another milestone as it is already a nation wide anthem which has gained spins from DJ’s and also air play from radio stations and other media houses.
We have great photos from the video shoot which tells us to be on the look out for an interesting video to be released in due time.

See Photos after the cut:

BTS PHOTOS: Toby Grey - You & I
BTS PHOTOS: Toby Grey - You & I



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Everton Annouce Signing Of Yannick Bolasie From Crystal Palace 

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​Everton have confirmed the signing of Democratic Republic of Congo winger Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace on a five-year contract.

The winger has moved for an undisclosed fee although it is thought an initial £22.5m is being paid with another £2.5m in add-ons, with a further £3m possible further down the line.

Bolasie told Everton’s official website: “I’m looking forward to putting on the Everton shirt. This is a big club and I know all about it from having played against them over the years.

“For me, it was a no-brainer to come here. But now that I’ve come to Everton, the job is not done. I’ve got to work hard and feel my way in. I’m ready and up for the challenge.

“It’s not about the money for me. It’s about looking at the ambition of the club and where they are trying to get to. I just like to play football.

“I just like to play football and it’s going to be really interesting to learn from someone like Ronald Koeman, who was obviously a top centre-back as a player and he played with some of the best players in the world.

“The club has made good signings, players like Ashley Williams who I know well.

“I know that I’ve joined a club that not only has lots of quality players but one that produces lots of quality players, like Ross Barkley as well.

“This season is going to be very interesting and I’m looking forward to being part of it here at Everton.”

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Report : Claudio Bravo’s Move To Manchester City Stalls 

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​Claudio Bravo’s potential move to Man City is in doubt due to an injury to fellow Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen according to Sky Sports 

It is understood there is an agreement in place for City to sign Chile international Bravo from Pep Guardiola’s former club, with the fee in the region of £17m.

However, any potential deal has been complicated by a knee injury to Ter Stegen, who is likely to be out for at least three weeks.

It is believed the process is on hold because of the problem, but a potential deal remains possible before the August 31 transfer deadline.

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West Brom Close To Signing Leicester City’s Jeffery Schlupp 

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​West Brom are closing in on the signing of Leicester winger Jeffrey Schlupp 

There is an expectation the £12m transfer will be completed in time for him to feature against Everton this weekend.

The  deal in the region of £12million for left-sided Leicester City player Jeffrey Schlupp will now equal  their club record spent on Venezuelan striker  Salomon Rondon last summer
West Brom  had an opening bid of £9m rejected earlier this summer, but have returned with an offer that is nearer to Leicester’s valuation.
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri while speaking about the players future last week said 

“I can only choose the first 11,” Ranieri told the Leicester Mercury. “He of course wants to play and I can’t say yes, you can play every match. Then we see what happens.

“Of course he wants to improve his career and now we see will what will happen and we will choose the best solution for the club and for him.”

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Chelsea Goalkeeper Jamal Blackman Joins Wycombe On Loan 

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​Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman has joined League Two side Wycombe on loan until January 3.

The 22-year-old was part of Antonio Conte’s squad that toured the US in pre-season but has been allowed to link up with Gareth Ainsworth’s side until the new year. 

Jamal Blackman is yet to make a senior appearance for the Blues but has spent time on loan at Middlesbrough and Swedish club Ostersunds.

League Two Wycombe made their move after Cameron Dawson returned to parent club Sheffield Wednesday and Blackman is available for tomorrow’s game against Accrington.

Wycombe  boss Gareth Ainsworth said: “For us to attract someone of Jamal’s calibre to the club is a big coup for us, and is a result of the excellent relationship that we have with Chelsea both as a club, and me personally.

“He’s a giant lad with massive potential to go far in the game and I’m sure he’ll benefit from playing regular men’s football and working under the guidance of Barry Richardson.

“Jamal comes to us on a much better deal for the club and I’d like to thank Chelsea for allowing us to bring him in and trusting us with one of their young stars, who we are excited about working with and I’m sure he will learn a lot during his time here.”

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Who Is The Greater Olympian, Usain Bolt Or Michael Phelps?

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Definitively comparing athletes across sports is impossible. It’s also the quintessence of sports debate, tying in various tangential questions of how to quantify athleticism, skill and sporting greatness, and how to consider the merits of different games, competitions and achievements. And, most importantly, it’s wildly entertaining.

With Michael Phelps capping off a historic Olympic career with gold medal No. 23 on Saturday, and Usain Bolt gliding past Justin Gatlin for No. 7 on Sunday, one of these comparisons stares us in the face: Who is the greater Olympian? Phelps or Bolt?

If Michael Phelps were a country, he’d rank third all time in Olympic swimming golds, behind the United States and Australia. Photo Credit: (Gif by Amber Matsumoto)

If Michael Phelps were a country, he’d rank third all time in Olympic swimming golds, behind the United States and Australia. Photo Credit: (Gif by Amber Matsumoto)

The debate rages on in bars and offices and cafeterias and sports talk radio studios across the United States on Monday. It might spread its way around the world too.

Strictly speaking, the answer is Phelps. His 23 golds are more than twice as many as any other Olympian. Phelps has more than three times as many as Bolt, though that could change if (when) Bolt gets his eighth and ninth in the 200 and 4×100 relay in Rio.

But the argument is deeper than those simple numbers, even if medal counts are the most apt quantification of Olympic greatness.

Phelps has competed in 30 Olympic events. His medal conversion rate is a remarkable 28/30, or 93.3 percent, and his gold medal hit rate is 23/30, or 76.7 percent. Bolt is even better. He missed once, as a 17-year-old in 2004. Since, he’s stepped into the blocks seven times at the Olympics. He’s won seven golds. He could make it 9/10, and 9/9 since his 18th birthday, within the week.

Bolt is also 3-for-3 in world records. He — and his Jamaican relay team — holds the best-ever marks in the 100, 200 and 4×100. Phelps, who has competed in and medaled in nine Olympic events, holds world records in six, though three are as part of relay teams.

Bolt has never not been the greatest since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Phelps, on the other hand, has been challenged in some of his events. He’s only won one gold and one bronze in the 200 free. He finished fourth in the 400 medley in 2012, and didn’t compete in the event in 2016. He got pipped for gold by Chad Le Clos in the 200 fly in 2012, and by Joseph Schooling in the 100 fly this past Friday.

Phelps has the longevity and the multifariousness. Bolt has the indubitable dominance.

Do we value Bolt winning the title of “fastest man alive?” Photo Credit: (Xinhua / Barcroft Images)

Do we value Bolt winning the title of “fastest man alive?” Photo Credit: (Xinhua / Barcroft Images)

So what do we value? Do we value Bolt winning the title of “fastest man alive,” then doing it again, and again? Or do we value Phelps not only being the world’s best swimmer four Olympiads in a row, but swimming to that title by mastering four different strokes over three different distances?

One subjective argument says Bolt’s title is superior because of the elemental nature of running. Phelps does something that only around half of Americans can do: swim. The percentage is probably lower in other countries. The talent pool above which Phelps has to rise is thus significantly smaller.

Bolt, on the other hand, does something that the majority of the world does, or can do: he runs. He runs just like a high school soccer player does in competition, just like middle-aged men and women do to stay fit, just like 6-year-olds do on playgrounds. And Bolt does it better than anybody in the world ever has.

But Bolt does that one thing. He’s never stretched himself beyond the 200-meter race at an Olympic level. He’s never done the hurdles or the long jump. His agent even admitted that Bolt has never run a mile in his life. Some of this is out of his control, of course. The 400 and the 100 were run on the same night in Rio; Bolt wouldn’t be able to be at his best for both.

But still, Phelps’ repertoire is wider. He’s won multiple golds in 100s, 200s and 400s. He’s won golds in the freestyle, the butterfly and medleys. And he too must swim multiple races in a night. Most swimmers, like runners, have to specialize to reach the pinnacle of a certain stroke or distance. Phelps hasn’t done that, and he’s still better than those who have.

Plus, although Bolt’s repertoire is limited by the nature of the events, there aren’t that many more swimming events (17) than there are running events (13). And while it’s not fair to consider Bolt’s events alongside the 3,000-meter steeplechase or the marathon, it’s similarly silly to look at Phelps’ events in the same picture as the 100-meter breaststroke or the 10-kilometer open water race.

To bridge the gap between the sports and their various events, a useful tool might be to compare Bolt and Phelps to the other athletes in their respective sports. Bolt is special because he’s won three Olympic 100s. Only one other sprinter, Carl Lewis, has won even two, and Lewis only crossed the finish line first in one of those. So in a way, Bolt is three times as great as the third-best 100-meter runner in history.

But Lewis ran and jumped to nine total Olympic golds. Medal count-wise, Bolt doesn’t even have the most gold medals in his sport. Lewis topped the world on at least one occasion each in the 100, 200, 4×100 and long jump. Here’s where Phelps still stands out. His 23 golds are 14 more than Mark Spitz’s 9. His 28 total medals are 16 more than anybody else in the sport.

Heck, if Phelps were a country, he’d rank third all time in Olympic swimming golds, behind the United States and Australia. Bolt would not rank in the top 20 in athletics. If we break athletics down into solely running events, he would probably crack the top 10. If we break running events down into only sprints, he would be somewhere around fifth or sixth. Regardless, Phelps stands out more when viewed through this historical lens.

So who is greater? And perhaps the greatest?

The debate as a whole is incomplete until Bolt’s Olympic career is complete. The Jamaican could still smash one or two of his own world records on Thursday and Friday. But even if he does, the scope of Phelps’ dominance probably eclipses the flair, forcefulness and perceived inevitability of Bolt’s.

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PHOTO: Di’Ja Shares First Picture Of Her Son

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Di’Ja Shares First Picture Of Her Son – Singer Di’Ja has finally shared a first photo of her son on her Instagram on her birthday.

As she turned a year older, Di’Ja, whose real name is Hadiza Blell, shared a picture of herself and her baby boy on her Instagram.

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

The Amen singer is very private with her family life, with her marriage and child birth coming as a surprise to her fans. Up until today, she never shared a photo of her son.

The Sierra Leonan- Nigerian singer is also said to be back in the studio, and fans are expecting the release of new songs and maybe an album.

Check her Instagram post out below!

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One Lagos And Filmhouse Enter Strategic Alliance

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“ONE LAGOS” the tourism master brand of Lagos State Government duly represented by the Hon Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture entered into a wide ranging strategic alliance with Filmhouse that covers Cinema and Film policy development as well as best practice advisory on Friday, August 12, 2016.

With this alliance, Filmhouse is also now an official media and distribution partner for all “One Lagos” content and events.

The alliance is positioned to make an immediate impact as both parties are enthusiastic about the various opportunities and key actions that they believe can drive growth in the sector.

“ONE LAGOS” will provide both context and opportunity for all who seek to engage the minds and souls of Lagosians as we shape the narrative on Lagos as the tourism destination in Africa.

Together we are developing a One Lagos Filmhouse Film Festival and we are excited about the possibilities that will emerge from these strategic partnership.

In a press statement issued on Friday, the CEO of Filmhouse, Kene Mkparu, expressed his excitement on the partnership.

His words: “I am excited to partner with Lagos State through the One Lagos Brand. Our cinema business kicked off in Lagos and Lagos remains one of our most important markets. Mr. Mparu further said “It has been very exciting learning all about the One Lagos brand platform and we are strong believers in the power of narrative and this is why we are not only involved in the production, distribution and exhibition of movies, we are also focused on presenting city landmark architectural structures that add to the tourism capital of our locations”

The One Lagos partnership is a significant and important cultural alliance to us and heralds Filmhouse’s launch of the 1st IMAX cinema in West Africa, here in Lekki Lagos. This would be a one-of-a-kind tourism offering in Lagos (akin to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida) and would also significantly add yet more colour to the Lagos skyline as a unique city landmark. We are excited to work with One Lagos on several fronts, as a media partner and content partner, and we are also very keen to enable school kids and others to enjoy our educational experiences at the IMAX complex.

I received the Hon Commissioner at the soon-to-open IMAX site and was proud to tell him that we are going to make IMAX education available to school kids through One Lagos for educational and immersive experiences. IMAX Education movies are designed to educate and enlighten as much as they are to entertain. IMAX documentaries allow viewers to experience new worlds in larger-than-life scope and detail. IMAX can also provide comprehensive supplemental materials for teachers, allowing the learning to continue beyond the cinema. We are also looking forward to developing several projects alongside One Lagos especially in the realm of community cinemas, in event cinemas to support live events of One Lagos and make it available through our cinemas to audiences all over Nigeria. My team and I are thrilled and thankful for the opportunity”.

Also speaking on the partnership, the Lagos State Honourable Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Folorunsho Folarin-Coker, said:

“We are pleased to partner with Filmhouse. This alliance deepens our Tourism Initiative One Lagos, taking it into the platform of the business of entertainment.

We have seen the significant investments made in Lagos in the Filmhouse Imax, Lekki  and we congratulate Kene Mkparu, and his entire team at Filmhouse for this investments to grow their industry.

The Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture is here to support all creative endeavors and i look forward to deeper engagements with the entire Nollywood community.

“Finally, we must come together to together to take Lagos to its rightful position in the world league of film producing cities. It is in this enviroment that creatives can hope to compete fairly for international award”.

Together we are able to create more opportunities with the resultant trickle down effects across the economy.

One Lagos will continue to enter strategic alliances with various private sector stakeholders seeking to expand our footprint and grow our creative industries and by extension our common wealth”.

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5 Persons Perish In 3rd Mainland Bridge Accident

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Five people were feared dead on Sunday evening in an accident which occurred on the 3rd Mainland Bridge inward Iyana-Oworoshoki by UNILAG waterfront.

Confirming the tragic incident, in a statement, the Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEPA, Michael Akindele, disclosed that the accident involved a LAGBUS luxury bus, a Hilux truck belonging to a local vigilance group and a Rover jeep.

13 other passengers were injured in the accident.

The statement read: “The accident occurred around 6.10 pm on the Third Mainland Bridge inward Iyana Oworo, by UNILAG Waterfront. It involved three vehicles, a LAGBUS, a Hilux truck belonging to a local vigilante group, and a Rover Jeep.

“Five persons comprising: three female adults and two children died in the accident.

“Their bodies had been had been deposited at the Lagos Mainland Hospital mortuary by the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU).

“Five others who sustained injuries had been transported by LASAMBUS to another general hospital’s trauma centre.

“Security and others agencies on ground to ensure free flow of traffic after the accident included : LASTMA, FRSC, Nigerian Police and the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).”

The statement added that the LASEMA response unit had also recovered the affected vehicles from the scene of the accident.

Another source who witnessed the incident explained that the driver of the truck drove at top speed and had a blowout before somersaulting.

He said, “The truck driver was at top speed when he had a blowout and somersaulted. The truck crashed into the other vehicles, including the LAGBUS. In all, two vehicles somersaulted in the accident. Five people died and 13 were injured.”

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Football Papers : All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning 

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​Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is ready to spend £140m on Romelu Lukaku, Kalidou Koulibaly and Thiago Maia.

Barcelona are ready to offer Luis Suarez competition in attack by attempting to land Valencia striker Paco Alcacer.
Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette has heaped more misery on Arsene Wenger after hitting a hat-trick and then admitting he is “happy” at Lyon.

Manchester City are closing in on Barcelona stopper Claudio Bravo – which could spell an end to Joe Hart’s time at the Etihad.
Everton have had a £21m bid for former Blackburn Rovers flop Nikola Kalinic rejected by Fiorentina.

West Brom are hoping their latest £11.5m bid for Leicester winger Jeffrey Schlupp will be enough to seal the deal for the Ghanaian international.

Watford’s Mario Suarez is free to leave after flopping at Vicarage Road since a £4m January move from Fiorentina.

Tottenham right back DeAndre Yedlin is wanted by Derby County and Hull City.
Everton are lining up a £15m move for Valencia centre-back Aymen Abdennour.
Galatasary want to sign Marouane Fellaini and John Obi Mikel before the summer transfer window closes.

Inter Milan are weighing up an audacious approach for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.
Aston Villa are looking to snap up Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford on loan this summer.

Everton and Sevilla are keen on Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Hull captain Curtis Davies has called for Mike Phelan to become the club’s permanent manager following the 2-1 win over Leicester. 

Yannick Bolasie has said farewell to his Crystal Palace team-mates and travelled to Merseyside for a medical to complete a move to Everton.

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