Ranieri Gets The Axe From Leicester

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Less than a year after winning Leicester City’s first EPL title, Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as manager.

The Foxes are suffering this season, as they’re just one point outside relegation and 17th on the table after 25 games.

This is not the first time Ranieri is being sacked in the Premier League, as he was sacked by Chelsea in 2004, after he failed to deliver the league title.

Vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said in a statement: “This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since King Power took ownership of Leicester City.

“But we are duty-bound to put the Club’s long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment, no matter how strong that might be.

“Claudio has brought outstanding qualities to his office. His skilful management, powers of motivation and measured approach have been reflective of the rich experience we always knew he would bring to Leicester City.

“His warmth, charm and charisma have helped transform perceptions of the club and develop its profile on a global scale. We will forever be grateful to him for what he has helped us to achieve.

“It was never our expectation that the extraordinary feats of last season should be replicated this season. Indeed, survival in the Premier League was our first and only target at the start of the campaign.

“But we are now faced with a fight to reach that objective and feel a change is necessary to maximise the opportunity presented by the final 13 games.”

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Chelsea To Honour Lampard With Tribute In Swansea Match

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Frank Lampard will be honoured as a special guest at Chelsea’s home game on Saturday against Swansea, the club has confirmed.

The Chelsea legend played for New York City as his last club, before announcing his retirement from football.

Lampard spent 13 seasons at Chelsea and is the club’s highest goalscorer, he won three EPL titles, the champions league, the Europa league and four FA cups.

The 38-year-old will be given his own lap of honour at half-time of Chelsea’s home clash with Swansea and will also feature in a special matchday programme.

“Lampard, the club’s all-time highest goalscorer, will be at Stamford Bridge to cheer on the Blues, and during the break he will be brought out and walked around the pitch, giving supporters the opportunity to show their appreciation for what he achieved during a wonderful 13-year Chelsea career,” Chelsea said via their official website .

“To mark the fact Lampard will be a special guest at the game, Saturday’s matchday programme will come with a special wrap-around cover paying tribute to our former midfielder, featuring images of some of his most memorable moments.”

Swansea boss Paul Clement admitted that he tried to persuade Lampard to move to the Liberty Stadium before he took the decision to retire.

“I would have loved to have had him here,” Clement told a news conference on February 2. “So I would be lying if I said I did not try. But I think he was moving towards the decision he made.

“I fully respect that. We had a chat and he appreciated I had called because of our relationship. I am not saying it was close – it did not go very far – but it would have been nice.

“It would be great to see Frank continue in the game of football. I am sure he will think about it over the next weeks and months.

“He has got a lot to offer and I would like to say congratulations to him on such a wonderful career.”

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McGuigan: Bellew In For A Fright From Haye

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David Haye’s trainer, Shane McGuigan says Tony Bellew will be in for the shock of his life, if he thinks his boxer has been taking it easy in Miami.

Haye has been training in Miami for his March 4 heavyweight fight against fellow Brit, Tony Bellew at the O2 Arena.

Bellew, who has been undergoing rigorous training at Coldwell’s gym in Rotherham has criticised Haye’s training regime.

Bellew said: “While he is posing in the sun, I am grafting in the cold.”

However, Haye’s trainer Shane McGuigan had a warning for his boxer’s rival and told Sky Sports News HQ: “His yacht was obviously a luxury but David has been around luxury all of his professional career so that’s been nothing different.

“If Bellew reads into that then he’ll be in for a big fright on fight night. David’s in fantastic shape. When’s he’s happy, he’s training well.

“That’s why we went to Miami, to make sure he’s happy. He had no distractions and it’s easy to lead a healthy life in Miami. His eating was good and he was training well.”

“He’s had a three-and-a-half year lay-off and your body adapts to what you’re doing,” he added.

“He’s been enjoying his time off and down time with his family. It’s taken some time to get his weight down but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s lighter than Bellew.

“You have one guy who is an athlete at that weight and a guy who’s carrying excess weight. We shall see what happens.”

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UN: Cameroon ‘Forcefully’ Repatriates 517 Nigerian Refugees ‘Fleeing From Boko Haram’

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The U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has confirmed that Cameroon has forcibly repatriated more than 500 Nigerians who had fled into the country due to the Boko Haram insurgency.

According to AFP, a statement issued by UNHCR indicated that a total of 517 Nigerians were sent back to their home country, including 313 who had applied for asylum.

The report also stated that the repatriation occurred between February 10 – 15, 2017.

“UNHCR, aware of the security challenges in the area as a result of the recurring attacks by the Boko Haram sect, continues to advocate with the Cameroonian authorities in order to maintain access to asylum and respect the rights of asylum seekers,” the report said.

UNHCR further disclosed that it would on 2 March, sign an agreement with both countries to allow for the voluntary return of more than 85,000 Nigerian refugees.

As of 17 February, more than 61,000 Nigerian refugees have been registered in the camp of Minawao (far north of Cameroon), but many others live outside the site, according to UNHCR.

The Boko Haram attacks also forced many Cameroonians to flee their villages in border areas. On Wednesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) distributed food to 2,500 displaced households living in precarious conditions in the locality of Kolofata, an AFP journalist reported.

Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group that has now fragmented into two factions, took up arms against the Nigerian government in 2009.

The conflict, which has spread from northeast Nigeria to other countries in the Lake Chad region, has displaced more than 2 million people.

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Haye Wants A KO On Bellew That Can Be Player In Slow-Mo

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David Haye has taking his trash talking with Tony Bellew to another whole new level, ahead of their grudge match.

The one time two-weight champion doesn’t just want an ordinary knockout on Tony Bellew, but will want to hit him again before he hits the carpet.

“I’m throwing three, four, five-punch combinations and he wouldn’t be able to take one of those,” Haye exclusively told Sky Sports.

“I’m looking at hitting him, knocking him out, and hitting him as he’s going down.

“We’re practicing hitting a falling target. You’re not allowed to hit someone on the floor but, if they’re falling, you can hit them.

“I really want a slo-mo, show-reel knockout. I don’t want him to quit on his stool, or go down with a body shot. I wouldn’t be happy with that.”

Tony Bellew has repeatedly criticised Haye’s training regime, with the heavyweight boxer recently returning from a training camp in Miami.

“If I was fighting Anthony Joshua, I would be doing exactly the same training, because I believe this works for me,” Haye said. “The training of old doesn’t work for me any more.”

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MMM Introduces New Rules | To Freeze Investors’ Accounts Again

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Prominent Ponzi scheme, Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox, better known as MMM, is at again, announcing it will freeze the accounts of some of its participants.

It also said it has introduced new rules to ‘serve them better’.

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In a statement released on Wednesday, the wonder bank, whose popularity is as synonymous to its controversy, stated that it will launch the new rules which will “stop the growth of confirmed Mavros acquired before the 1st of January 2017 and freeze the bonuses received before the 1st of January 2017 so that limited withdrawal of Mavro-2016 will include only contributions, not bonuses.”

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The statement read, “You constantly reproach us stating we don’t listen to your opinions however we really do. We try to carry out the most reasonable and efficient suggestions immediately.

“Particularly, in accordance with your suggestions, we will soon take the following measures: We will stop the growth of confirmed Mavros acquired before the 1st of January 2017.

“We will freeze the bonuses received before the 1st of January 2017 (so that limited withdrawal of Mavro-2016 will include only contributions, not bonuses).

“We will introduce a new rule according to which the withdrawal amount cannot exceed triple amount of the provided help (so, GH cannot exceed PH more than in 3 times).”

The more than three million Nigerians, who invested in the scheme with the hope of getting 30 per cent in return, have been thrown into monumental distress since the Ponzi scheme folded up.

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Ali Modu Sheriff Not PDP’s Worst Demon – Azu Ishiekwene

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Ali Modu Sheriff Not PDP’s Worst Demon, By Azu Ishiekwene

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The Peoples Democratic Party is dying of numerous self-inflicted wounds and may not recover for as long as it thinks that Ali Modu Sheriff is its deadliest poison.

From the headlines, you would think that Modu Sheriff is the beginning and the end of the problems of the PDP; that once you feed him to the sharks, all would be well with the party again.

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

That’s fine. Modu Sheriff, who has tried unsuccessfully to distance himself from Boko Haram, is probably one of Nigeria’s most dangerous politicians. He is rich, well connected and ruthlessly strategic – all of which, ironically, are regarded as asset in politics.

If there was a shred of honesty left in PDP, however, the party would admit that there’s nothing about Modu Sheriff that should come to it as a surprise.

This was the same Modu Sheriff that a godfather of the PDP, former President Goodluck Jonathan, engaged when he thought Nigeria needed help from Idriss Derby of Chad to contain Boko Haram.

At the time, Paul Biya of Cameroun was fed up with Abuja’s shenanigans and ruled out any direct contact with Jonathan on Boko Haram.

With our tails between our legs, we turned to Derby for help. Only Jonathan can explain why he thought that his entourage to Ndjamena would be incomplete without his talisman, Modu Sheriff.

If that was a mistake, Modu Sheriff’s influence did not wane after Jonathan’s defeat and PDP’s catastrophic loss at the 2015 polls.

Instead, after the fall of its two chairmen Adamu Mu’azu and Uche Secondus, the PDP machine, comprising the national caucus, governors, members of the national working committee and the party’s leaders in the National Assembly, all lined up behind Modu Sheriff. Femi Fani-Kayode was the notable exception.

Modu Sheriff is a symptom of the problem with the PDP but the party’s demons go much deeper and way back.

Some might say it started with the injustice sown at the party’s first national convention in Jos in 1998, when Alex Ekwueme was brazenly cheated out of the party’s presidential ticket in favour of Olusegun Obasanjo, a latecomer and an outsider.

Others might argue that in the context of the post-June 12 national crisis, the cheating was regrettable but expedient.

Neither side can deny that the consequence of that brazen act has haunted the PDP in all its conventions afterwards. Once it got the foundation wrong, it’s not been able to get it right since.

That first wrong move has not only remained a template, it has produced a litany of bad habits infecting the party’s vital organs. In Jos, PDP transferred the letter and spirit of the party’s constitution to the custody of its godfathers, who thereafter began to do as they pleased, once the price was right.

The height of it was the infamous case of Ndudi Elumelu who actually admitted paying N750 million to the party’s godfathers in Delta State to secure the party’s governorship nomination. The godfathers swindled him of the money (actually part of an unsecured loan of N2 billion from a major bank) and he cried out publicly for help until the scandal was squashed.

Once elected, you monetised power for yourself and for the godfather. Citizens who had no hand in it in the first place, could go to hell.

This practice was not exclusive to the PDP. But the party behaved in a way that left no one in doubt that it was the official headquarters of corruption. Regardless of its odious reputation, it boasted that it would rule Nigeria for at least 60 years.

Well, the party continued for 16 years; and except for those who had their beaks in the trough, most could see after Obasanjo’s first term that PDP was largely on steroids.

The Obasanjo-Atiku warfare, intra-PDP resistance to the fight against corruption, Obasanjo’s third term agenda, the emergence of Umaru Yar’Adua as president and his untimely death, exposed the deep weaknesses within the PDP – weaknesses that were beyond Jonathan.

It was only a matter of time before the party would collapse under the weight of its own hubris.

This, of course, is not the convenient version. Party leaders like Jerry Gana who should know better insist on the single narrative that the problem with the PDP is 2019: Modu Sheriff is the spoiler paid by the All Progressives Congress to damage the opposition.

It’s not untrue. Inside sources told me of three key persons – one a former governor (South-South), one serving (North-West), and an arrowhead in the North-East – who would stop at nothing to finish off the opposition.

In light of Modu Sheriff’s shameful role in the governorship election in Ondo, Gana appears to be on point.

But Modu Sheriff is not new to the sale of party flag. That was how a major rump of the ANPP ended up in PDP’s belly under Obasanjo. So, why is Gana complaining?

Four fingers pointing back at Gana also insinuate that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is preparing the Makarfi faction – which Gana supports – as a shell under which the former Vice President could contest the presidency in 2019.

Apart from Gana, others have their own schemes. Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, for example, knows that a hostile takeover of the party would complicate his exit and succession, given what happened last year in Ondo.

And this is precisely where the PDP’s problem lies: the party is so obsessed with returning to power that it is prepared to tip over a cliff, blindfolded, to grab it.

PDP was voted out because it had lost touch with its base. It had become a party of impunity, a trading post where the only currency was power for its own sake.

It was neither obeying its own rules nor did it care about the integrity of public institutions under its care. The party was rotten to the core.

After 13 years between Obasanjo and Jonathan, the party is shrinking. It has downgraded from a national party to a South-South/South-East party, and from that to a South-South party, with Governors Nyesom Wike and Fayose as its new face.

The maggots are within.

It will take more than a court ruling for or against Modu Sheriff to fix the PDP. If the party does not return to its roots, to deal with the problems of where the rain started beating it, it will one day discover that Modu Sheriff is its own Donald Trump.

Just like it happened to the dinosaurs of the Republican Party, Modu Sheriff will chase them out of their own party, one by one, leaving them out in the cold and the party in complete ruins.

Azu Ishiekwene is the MD/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview and member of the Board of the Paris-based Global Editors Network.

This piece was written by Azu Ishiekwene. 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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Pacquiao In Negotiations With Khan

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Manny ‘PacMan’ Pacquiao has claimed he is in negotiations with Amir Khan for his next fight.

The Filipino’s announcement comes after conflicting reports over who the WBO welterweight champion will be fighting next.

Last month Jeff Horn’s promoters said he will be defending his title against the Australian boxer, who is undefeated.

However, Pacquiao’s camp says no deal has been agreed and he has now taken to social media to announce who he’ll be fighting next.

“My team and I are in negotiations with Amir Khan for our next fight. Further announcements coming soon,” Pacquiao, 38, said on his official Twitter feed.

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Petit Thinks Griezmann Will Join United

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Emmanuel Petit seems certain Antoine Griezmann will leave Atletico Madrid for Manchester United.

Griezmann has been constantly linked with Manchester United and they could make a move for him should he become available in the summer.

The France international fits the profile of a player to join United and Petit sees him linking up with Mourinho.

“I think he will come to Manchester United, definitely,” Petit told Soccer AM.

“He has a great partnership with Pogba in the national team, they are very good friends as well,” Petit added.

“He will bring goals, assists and his winning mentality as well.”

“Griezmann over the last four years has improved step by step,” he said.

“Every single year he has improved his level all the time so he’s got big ambition personally but as well with the team he’s playing for.

“For me it would be a big bargain for Manchester United.”

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California Natural Foods Announces Stephanie Linus As Brand Ambassador for Green Valley Oatmeal

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Star actress, movie director, and producer Stephanie Linus has just clinched a new deal as the brand ambassador for Green Valley Oatmeal.
The actress recently signed up with California Natural Foods to represent the brand’s interest in Africa. This brand of high quality and healthy oatmeal is a product of California Natural Foods, a company committed to maintaining the freshness and high-quality standards of all products.
Speaking on her recent deal, Stephanie said she is honoured to be filling this role and she is poised to promote this healthy and nutritious brand to the best of her ability.
“GreenValley Oatmeal is my personal favourite and I’m so glad to be representing this unique brand. Not only is it a very healthy option, it is also very affordable and good for everyone.” She said.
Green Valley Oatmeal comes in beautiful and attractive packaging for individual and group/family consumption. Unlike many other brands, Green Valley Oatmeal is soft and easy to prepare. Asides from the traditional oatmeal pudding mostly served for breakfast, it can also be used for other recipes such as cookies, cakes and more.
It is already selling in major retail stores and supermarkets nationwide.

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California Natural Foods Announces Stephanie Linus As Brand Ambassador for Green Valley Oatmeal

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Star actress, movie director, and producer Stephanie Linus has just clinched a new deal as the brand ambassador for Green Valley Oatmeal.
The actress recently signed up with California Natural Foods to represent the brand’s interest in Africa. This brand of high quality and healthy oatmeal is a product of California Natural Foods, a company committed to maintaining the freshness and high-quality standards of all products.
Speaking on her recent deal, Stephanie said she is honoured to be filling this role and she is poised to promote this healthy and nutritious brand to the best of her ability.
“GreenValley Oatmeal is my personal favourite and I’m so glad to be representing this unique brand. Not only is it a very healthy option, it is also very affordable and good for everyone.” She said.
Green Valley Oatmeal comes in beautiful and attractive packaging for individual and group/family consumption. Unlike many other brands, Green Valley Oatmeal is soft and easy to prepare. Asides from the traditional oatmeal pudding mostly served for breakfast, it can also be used for other recipes such as cookies, cakes and more.
It is already selling in major retail stores and supermarkets nationwide.

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240 Boko Haram Suspects Including 29 Children Died In Giwa Barracks – Amnesty International

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Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian military of human rights abuses, saying that it arbitrarily detained 240 Boko Haram suspects, including 29 children at Giwa Barracks who later died in overcrowded cells.

The international group made this known in Abuja while presenting its annual report on Nigeria for the year 2016.

Chairman, Board of Amnesty International (Nigeria), Auwal Rafsanjani, disclosed that government arrested and detained 10 journalists and bloggers in 2016 without trial.

According to the report, “The past year has seen a disturbing rise in arrests and intimidation of media professionals and activists in Nigeria. At least 10 journalists and bloggers were arrested in 2016, some for alleged connections to Book Haram, in a crackdown that appears to have been orchestrated to suffocate freedom of expression.

“In August, Abubakar Usman, a blogger, was arrested in Abuja, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and accused him of contravening the Cyber Crimes Act. The commission did not point out the specific provisions the blogger had contravened.

“In January, members of the Nigerian Army raided the editorial offices of Premium Times and arrested journalists- Dapo Olunrunyomi and Evelyn Okaku. They were subsequently released but the move sent a clear message to Nigerians that the government was out to intimidate journalists and the media.

“The military arbitrarily arrested thousands of young men, women and children who fled to the safety of recaptured towns, including Banki and Bama, Borno state. These arrests were largely based on random profiling of men, especially young men, rather than on reasonable suspicion of having committed a recognizably criminal offence.

“In most cases, the arrests were made without adequate investigation. Other people were arbitrarily arrested as they attempted to flee from Boko Haram. Those detained by the military had no access to their families or lawyers and were not brought before a court. More than 1,500 detainees were released throughout the year.

“The mass arrests by the military of people fleeing Boko Haram led to overcrowding in military detention facilities. At the military detention facility at Giwa barracks, Maiduguri, cells were overcrowded. Diseases, dehydration and starvation was rife.

“At least 240 detainees died during the year. Bodies were secretly buried in Maiduguri’s cemetery by the Borno State environmental protection agency staff. Among the dead were at least 29 children and babies, aged between newborn and five years.

“At Giwa barracks, children under five were detained in three overcrowded and insanitary women’s cells, alongside at least 250 women and teenage girls per cell. Some children were born in detention.”

Reacting swiftly to the allegations, the Defense Headquarters yesterday denied the accusations by Amnesty International, saying its report was filled with falsehood.

Director of Defence Information, Brig Gen Rabe Abubakar said the report was another premeditated attempt by AI to bring disrepute to the Nigerian military.

His words: “The report published by the Amnesty International (AI) alleging death of 240 people including babies in Borno and 177 pro-Biafran agitators was yet another in its series of spurious fabrications aimed at tarnishing the good image of the Nigerian military.

“Without mincing words, the allegations contained in the said report are not only inconceivable, but have no place in the Nigerian military.

“The report is another contrived lie orchestrated to blackmail and ridicule the Nigerian Armed Forces which they have unsuccessfully tried to do in the past.

“It is on record that Amnesty International embarked on a series of such false allegations against the Nigerian military and other security forces as far back as the inception of the military action against terrorists in the North East.

“Amnesty International only encourages the activities of non-state actors who take up arms against the state, killing, maiming and destroying public property, and always accuses the security forces who are sacrificing everything to restore peace and normalcy.”

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Frank De Boer Wants To Manage In The EPL

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Frank De Boer did not have a successful spell as Inter’s manager and wants to get his career back on track, with a coaching job in England.

The former Ajax manager was formerly linked to Liverpool, a club he turned down and he has also been linked with Tottenham, Swansea and Hull and Newcastle.

De Boer however feels, now is the right time to coach in the EPL, but only if the right project comes along.

“I would love to manage here (in the Premier League),” De Boer was quoted as saying by Daily Mail. “But the project has to be right.

“I told Liverpool I was honoured but I was only one year in at Ajax, it was too soon. I needed to achieve more, and I didDe Boer guided Ajax to four Eredivisie titles, before leaving the Amsterdam giants for Inter in 2016.

His time at the Serie A outfit came to a premature end after just three months, however, and the 46-year-old has claimed there were too many distractions off the pitch at Inter.

“Leaving Ajax after 25 years as player, coach and manager was hard, but sometimes you are saying the same things, you need a new challenge, like Pep [Guardiola],” De Boer added.”

“But at Inter I had to deal with so many things away from football, you lose energy. Every time you thought, ‘Finally, a good result, everything has calmed down’, then comes Mauro Icardi’s book (that caused a storm of criticism) or Marcelo Brozovic is in the discotheque and you have to punish him.

“We only had three months but honestly, it felt like a year.”

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Fela Reawakens On Stage: Smooth FM To Stage Award Winning Broadway Musical In Concert

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Fela Reawakens on Stage: Smooth FM to Stage Award Winning Broadway Musical in Concert Stage

Great music never dies. It lives on after the last notes have fallen silent.

Over the years, artistes have risen and fallen but very few have left our hearts still humming to their symphonies.

One voice, who is indeed a music legend, is Fela Anikulapo- Kuti. In a chaotic world burdened with non-stop reformation, Fela’s music was borne of humanity and an overriding quest to influence the tide of the tempests tormenting civilization.

His melodies have over the years experienced persistent rebirth in several forms. The pioneering father of Afrobeat, is as influential as the story of his extraordinary life.

In celebration of this legend, Smooth FM is set to present the award winning Broadway musical ‘Fela! The Concert’ in Lagos from April 13th-15th 2017.

The concert, which was conceived by iconic Bill T. Jones, will hold at the Eko Convention Centre.

Consisting a blend of Jazz, Funk, African rhythm and harmonies, the musical explores Fela’s controversial life as an Artist, a Political Activist and a Revolutionary Musician. It will feature series of his most captivating songs and imaginative staging hereby presenting a provocative hybrid of concert, dance and musical theatre.

Starring cast members of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, the shows promises Afro-beat music lovers and enthusiasts from all over the world unforgettable nights of dance and music by the late Afro-beat maestro.

Dates: 13th – 15th April 2017

Venue: Eko Convention Centre

Tickets are available on: Felatheconcertlagos.com, Quickteller, The Naija Ticket Shop and AfriTicket, SMOOTH FM Studios, Terra Kulture, Jazz Hole – Ikoyi & Ikeja and Eko Hotel Lobby.

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Fela Reawakens On Stage, Smooth FM To Stage Award Winning Broadway Musical In Concert

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Naira Gains On Parallel Market, Trades At ₦501/$ From ₦525/$

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The naira on Wednesday gained significantly against the United States dollar as it settled at N501 to the dollar, stronger than N515/$ from the previous day and N525/$ on Monday.

The significant appreciation of the local currency may have been made possible via the new foreign exchange policy actions introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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It is also understood that the buy rate for the greenback crashed on the parallel market yesterday to below N490 to the dollar, as foreign currency speculators who had held on to the dollar for several weeks rushed to sell off the currency in the wake of renewed confidence in the CBN’s ability to meet demand on the interbank market.

Global ratings agency, Fitch Ratings, on Wednesday averred that the new policy actions announced by the CBN, might ease some of the severe foreign currency liquidity pressure faced by banks in the country, This Day reports.

Panic As Naira Crashes To ₦520 Per Dollar At Parallel Market

The CBN also indicated its intention to increase intervention in the FX interbank market to increase supply and reduced the maximum waiting time for banks to take delivery of foreign currency through its forward sales contracts to 60 days from 180.

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The first of these forwards amounting to $500 million was offered by the central bank on Tuesday, but 23 banks were only able to buy $371 million in one-month and two-month forwards.

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Koscielny: Arsenal Must Start To Hate Losing, It Is More Than Talent

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Laurent Koscielny has urged his Arsenal players to develop a disdain for losing, insisting it’ll need more than talent to beat their opponents.

Arsenal fans are keeping the pressure on Arsene Wenger, as they are yet to win an EPL trophy in over a decade and are also on the brink of exiting the UCL last-16 for the seventh consecutive season.

Koscielny believes that although Arsenal possess the ability to go head-to-head with the elite, their mentality going into important games falls some way short.

“We have the technical and physical qualities,” Koscielny told RMC Sport. “We must put in the effort for the whole match. Against the big teams, it takes more than talent.

“It takes more commitment. We are in a complicated situation, [but] we must remain united.

“We must have the hatred of losing.”

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Danfo Ban Will Help Professionalize Our Job – Conductors

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The Bus Conductors Association of Nigeria has said that the proposed ban of yellow buses popularly called Danfo by the Lagos State Government would assist in professionalizing their jobs.

On Thursday, the National President of the association, Mr Israel Adeshola, said that the development would have positive impacts on the conductors’ job in Lagos state.

“The ban is going to have positive impacts on our members; it will promote and elevate our jobs. Members of the society have already categorized conductors as touts and illiterates.”

“But with the new government policy on the transportation system, people will have to get approval from political leaders and traditional rulers before becoming conductors in Lagos State.”

“There is no way the government can take such decision and sideline over 6000 registered members of BCAN in the state.”

“I am sure we are not going to be marginalized in the upcoming system, we are going to be involved in making Lagos a Mega City.” He said.

He added that the association was looking into the introduction of uniforms with tag and identification numbers for easy identification of each member. Mr Adeshola said that conductor’s job was vital in the transportation sector.

He said, “We have embarked on sensitization and training of our members, things cannot continue like this forever.”

“You have to upgrade yourself and prepare for opportunities, we are planning to improve our services and assure passengers that we are reliable and responsible people.”

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode had earlier this month announced a plan to stop operations of danfo buses for a more efficient, well-structured and world-class mass transport system.

Ambode said that the well-structured transport system would ease movement within the state and make Lagos cleaner, as well as lessen taxes on the people.

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NABTEB Releases Results For Nov/Dec 2016 Examination | Check Yours Here

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The National Business Technical and Examination Board (NABTEB) on Tuesday released the results of the Nov/Dec 2016 examination.

While announcing the release of the 2016 National Business Certificate (NBC) and National Technical Certificate (NTC) examinations results, the Registrar of the Board, Ifeoma Isiugo- Abanihe, said that a total of 21,476 candidates recorded credit pass in English Language and Mathematics representing 47.48 percent on the 2016 certificate examination.

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Abanihe said 33,365 candidates have five credits pass and above with or without English Language and Mathematics representing 73.77 percent.

She said: “The examinations were held nationwide from Monday 7, November to Friday December 9, 2016. A total of 49,850 candidates enrolled for the examinations in 1,803 centres. Out of this figure 45,974 candidates registered for Ordinary Crafts Level while 3,876 enrolled for Master Craft Level.

“Out of that number a total 48,842 candidates sat for the examinations comprising 45,230 NBC/NTC and 3,612 ANBC/SNTC candidates representing 98.8 percent of the total enrolment.”

The Registrar of NABTEB further stated that out of the number that sat for the examination about 1.394 candidates were involved in the examination practice, assuring that those involved and their collaborators would be adequately.

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Candidates have been told to proceed to the official web site of the Board to check their results.

How to check your result

  • Visit the NABTEB Result Checker Online website via the link below; http://eworld.nabtebnigeria.org/
  • On the space provided, Enter your Candidate Identification Number (e.g. 38001178).
  • Select the Type of Examination (i.e. NOV/DEC).
  • Enter the 4 digits of your Examination Year (e.g. 2016).
  • Enter the Card Serial Number found on the reverse side of your Scratch card. The Card Serial Number has an alphabet prefix followed by digits (e.g. N123456789).
  • Enter the 12-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) on your Scratch card (eg. 012345678912).
  • Click Submit and wait for the results window to come up

To check your result using your mobile phone

Send SMS in the format below:

NABTEB*ExamNo*PIN*ExamType*ExamYear To short-code 32327
For example:
To check for May/June results,
NABTEB*01001001*123456789012*MJ*2012

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Note:
i. Ensure you adhere strictly to the format above. There should be no space in the message. Wait for your result to be delivered to your mobile phone via sms.

ii. Do not use a card that has already been used for another candidate.

iii. Do not enter an invalid e-mail address for result to be sent as this will penalize you by deducting your card use.

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Nigerian Army Jails Another Soldier ‘With Hard Labour’ For Beating Up A Civilian

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The Nigerian Army on Wednesday, February 22, jailed another soldier ‘with hard labour’ for beating up a civilian in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The convicted soldier, Suleiman Olamilekan, a private with 6 Division Garrison, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, is to spend 28 days in prison with hard labour for beating up a woman, one Ebere Ohakwe.

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He is also to forfeit his salary to the federal government for the 28 days he would be spending behind bars.

Speaking on the incident, Aminu Iliyasu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, in a statement released on Wednesday, said that Mr. Olamilekan was tried and found guilty by the 6 Division, Port Harcourt.

He added that the army’s response to the case was in accordance with its policy of “zero tolerance to unprofessional conduct as well as its uncompromising stance on discipline and commitment to the rule of law”.

Mr. Iliyasu, a colonel, said the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 6 Division Nigerian Army, Enobong Udoh, a major general, had ordered the immediate arrest of the soldier and his guard commander for investigation and disciplinary action, immediately the army got wind of the incident.

The GOC had also invited the victim to his office and assured her that justice would be done in the matter, the statement said.

“We wish to assure the general public that proactive measures have been put in place to forestall a reoccurrence of such misconduct in the future,” the statement said.

“We will equally welcome prompt and accurate reports of any such misconduct within Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Delta States to appropriate superior authority.”

It is understood that the incident, which occurred at Omagwa Checkpoint along Port Harcourt – Onitsha Road on January 30, stirred outcry in the country’s social media community.

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This is coming barely days after the Army carried out a similar punitive measures on two corporals who molested a physically challenged person in Onitsha, Anambra State, for wearing a camouflage shirt.

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Will The Premier League Ever Dominate The Champions League Again

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Over the last few seasons, the Premier League clubs have hugely disappointed in the Champions League and are not the dominant force they once were.

This is despite the record levels of TV money pouring into the clubs with all of them reporting record income levels. The Premier League boasts the most expensive player in the world with Paul Pogba who signed for United for nearly ninety million in the summer. His team did not qualify for the competition so just goes to show how much money the top clubs have at their disposal. The league also has arguably the two best managers in the world with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. It is still not enough though for the PL to dominate and it is a mystery why they are all performing so bad.

Arsenal always qualifies for the Champions League but at one point the pressure always gets too much and they end up getting a hammering. This season is no different after just losing 5- 1 to Bayern Munich and seeing their chances of getting through vanishing at the same time. There seems to be a huge mentality problem at the Emirates and most of the fans are starting to blame Arsene Wenger for it. The task of qualifying this campaign is the toughest yet so it will be interesting to see if they manage to achieve it yet again. If they don’t then surely a change of manager needs to take place as the team has been stagnant for a number of years now.

The English clubs have struggled to cope with the different tactics used by European opposition. They have strength in depth and the winter break helps the players to recover for the latter stages of the competition. Many have argued that the grueling holiday schedule for Premier League teams have over the Xmas and new year period is damaging to their Champions League aspirations. With the rise of French football due to major investment in both PSG and Monaco, the Premier League teams risks being further adrift if they do not find a reason why they are performing so badly.

Leicester, in their debut season are doing remarkable well but it is at the cost of their league position. The fact that they are now in the relegation battle will hamper their campaign. They have to go through Sevilla now and it will be extremely difficult for them to beat their top class Spanish opposition. The team proved that they are capable of miracles last season but with the sale of key players, they are not the same outfit.

Manchester City has the best chance to progress this year after a first leg win againstt Monaco. Pep Guardiola’s experience in the competition might help get them through and maybe he will be the one that finally changes the fortune of English clubs in the tournament.

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Allegri Lauds Champion Alves

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Juventus manager Massimilliano Allegri has lauded defender Dani Alves for his impact in the match against Porto.

Alves came off the bench to replace Stephan Lichsteiner and scored the second goal in the 2-0 away win over Porto in the first leg of the last-16 fixture.

Allegri explained why he replaced the Switzerland defender in the match, handing the Brazilian the opportunity to put them in command of the fixture.

“Dani Alves replaced Lichtsteiner, who was booked when we went in front, so I had to play safe in that situation,” he said.

“Alves is a champion, a guy with a great will and enthusiasm who won a lot.

“Entering in the last 20 minutes in the way he did, shows that he is an example and a very professional player.”

Alves, 33, has made 17 appearances in all competitions this season, having left Barca in June.

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Gionee Unveil Seyi Shay As Brand Ambassador

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Gionee Communication Equipment Co. Ltd., on Tuesday 14th, February, 2017, officially unveiled the face and brand ambassador of its international phone brand in Nigeria. The face of the brand is in person of Deborah Oluseyi Joshua, a Nigeria based English singer-songwriter, recording artist, performer, and record producer, popularly known as Seyi Shay.

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Seyi Shay has won multiple awards and various nominations with her songs ranging from Airbrush, Pack and Go featuring Olamide, Right Now, Irawo (Star) and her latest single, YOLO YOLO and she will be unveiling the latest Gionee phone models into the Nigeria mobile market.

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The choice of Seyi Shay was informed according to Somoye Habeeb, the Marketing Director Gionee, by her success over the years in the Nigeria music industry and for being an inspiration to millions of Nigerians.

In keeping with its brand promise; Making Smiles, the event was also an occasion to put smiles on the faces of 15 attendees who emerged winners of the lucky dip and went away with brand new range of Gionee phones; Gionee S6s, Gionee M6, Gionee M6 Mirror, Gionee P8W and Gionee M5 which were presented to the winners by Seyi Shay.

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The endorsement of Seyi Shay by Gionee is expected to make the products, services, and other offerings of Gionee more appealing to customers and drive preference for the brand. She will be the face of Gionee at celebrations and promotional events, trade displays, exhibitions and launch of new Gionee phone models into the Nigeria mobile phone market.

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Indeed, for Gionee and Seyi Shay this is definitely the start of a journey filled with smiles.

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Wayne Rooney’s Agent Paul Stretford In China To Discuss Potential Move

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Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford is in China to talk to clubs interested in signing Manchester United’s captain. 

360nobs understands Paul Stretford flew to China a few days ago and spent time in Tianjin, home of Tianjin Quanjian.

He checked out of the Renaissance Hotel in the city on Tuesday and is believed to be holding talks with other possible suitors.

A spokesman for Tianjin Quanjian said “We have no official news about Wayne Rooney at this stage.”

The club’s manager Fabio Cannavaro admitted he had approached Rooney.

But talks stalled after he decided the England star, 31, did not suit the club’s style of play.

A Chinese Club  offered Stretford a three-year deal for Rooney that would see him earn around £650,000-a-week after tax.

They are also prepared to pay the first six months of his salary up front, along with a signing- on fee — meaning he would immediately bank £25m.

 

 

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How TECNO Mobile Made This Valentine Remarkable For Its Fans With The #MyLovein140 & #MyLoveInOneSentence Activity

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TECNO Mobile Nigeria set out to make Valentine’s Day an exceptional one for their fans by inviting them to share their special love story which gave them a chance to win great gifts for their loved ones.

The activity went up on the brand’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. It turned out to be a pretty competitive and fierce one with so many heartfelt stories shared on these channels.

The activity commenced on the 8th February, 2017 and winners were announced on the 14th February, 2017. Check out some of our favorites here and here!

After a series of amazingly creative stories were shared across these platforms, the judges Subomi Plumpter of Alder Consulting and Dami Elebe of Beat FM chose the 12 finalists.

The top 2 carted away the ultimate prize of Phantom 6 for their loved ones while the 10 other winners won their loved ones power banks from TECNO Mobile.

Check out some of the winning entries:

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The TECNO team along with one of the judges – Dami Elebe visited the people the winners gushed about and rewarded them with the Phantom 6. You can also watch the video here.

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Arsenal And Manchester United Send Scouts To Watch Porto Striker Andre Silva

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Arsenal and Manchester United scouts were both in attendance to watch Porto striker Andre Silva in the Champions League last night, according to the Daily Express.

Silva, whose team went down 2-0 to Juventus, has scored 13 goals in the league this season and is being reportedly tracked by Chelsea and Manchester City too.

Last month Arsenal tried to sign Andre Silva during the January transfer window and had hoped to seal a £20m swoop.

But they were told he was not for sale during the winter market.

Silva could be worth closer to the £50m mark by the summer following his impressive exploits in Portugal this season.

The forward has scored 21 goals in 33 appearances for club and country so far this term.

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