Hazard Out Injured For Two Weeks

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Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has revealed that Eden Hazard will be missing for 10-15 days due to a calf injury.

Hazard missed the match against Stoke after reporting to the Stamford Bridge with an injury.

The midfielder will also be unavailable for the Belgium match against Greece and will be monitored by the medical team.

The injury means the Belgium captain will be could miss Chelsea’s match against Crystal Palace when they meet April 1.

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Hazard Out Injured For Two Weeks

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Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has revealed that Eden Hazard will be missing for 10-15 days due to a calf injury.

Hazard missed the match against Stoke after reporting to the Stamford Bridge with an injury.

The midfielder will also be unavailable for the Belgium match against Greece and will be monitored by the medical team.

The injury means the Belgium captain will be could miss Chelsea’s match against Crystal Palace when they meet April 1.

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FIFA Bans Ghanaian Referee For Life For ‘Match Manipulation’

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World football governing body FIFA has banned Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey for life for what it calls “match manipulation’’.

The ban is as a result of a penalty kick he awarded to South Africa in a 2-1 win over Senegal in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in November.

Lamptey had during the game penalised Kalidou Koulibaly for handball, while replays showed the ball hit his knee.

FIFA said it would give more details “once the decision becomes final and binding”.

Lamptey can now appeal to FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

One of his assistants, David Laryea, also from Ghana, had charges against him dismissed by FIFA’s disciplinary committee.

The win for South Africa left them in second place in the four-team group after two matches, with Senegal in third.

The Senegal Football Federation (FSF), who made a complaint to FIFA over Lamptey, is happy with the decision.

“Today there are many reasons to be happy about this decision — a decision that will be remembered as being significant but will also warn everybody that they are being watched,” FSF vice-president Abdoulaye Sow said.

“All cheating and stealing will be punished according to its gravity.

“FIFA has clearly struck a big blow and has promised in its decision to talk again about the match when the decision is final and binding.’’

Meanwhile, Lamptey, who also officiated at the Rio Olympics last year, in a reaction to the decision said he would comment later.

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FIFA Bans Ghanaian Referee For Life For ‘Match Manipulation’

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World football governing body FIFA has banned Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey for life for what it calls “match manipulation’’.

The ban is as a result of a penalty kick he awarded to South Africa in a 2-1 win over Senegal in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in November.

Lamptey had during the game penalised Kalidou Koulibaly for handball, while replays showed the ball hit his knee.

FIFA said it would give more details “once the decision becomes final and binding”.

Lamptey can now appeal to FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

One of his assistants, David Laryea, also from Ghana, had charges against him dismissed by FIFA’s disciplinary committee.

The win for South Africa left them in second place in the four-team group after two matches, with Senegal in third.

The Senegal Football Federation (FSF), who made a complaint to FIFA over Lamptey, is happy with the decision.

“Today there are many reasons to be happy about this decision — a decision that will be remembered as being significant but will also warn everybody that they are being watched,” FSF vice-president Abdoulaye Sow said.

“All cheating and stealing will be punished according to its gravity.

“FIFA has clearly struck a big blow and has promised in its decision to talk again about the match when the decision is final and binding.’’

Meanwhile, Lamptey, who also officiated at the Rio Olympics last year, in a reaction to the decision said he would comment later.

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Barton: Kante Is Not All That

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Joey Barton doesn’t buy into the hype surrounding N’golo Kante and doesn’t think he is as good a midfielder as he is being made out to be.

The Burnley man believes the France international is simply the rave of the moment and is being carried by the people around me.

Barton also criticised the attitude of the pundits and journalists in the UK, saying they’re not too keen on changing their mind.

“In England, there are boxes and it is impossible to get out of them,” he told Le Journal du Dimanche. “At the moment, for example, everyone swears by N’Golo Kante. It’s fashionable.

“For pundits, he’s the best midfielder in the world. That’s not the case – he’s very good, but I played against him three weeks ago.

“He’s a phenomenal destroyer who played in a phenomenal team, but he’s not a creator. And it’s impossible to be so definitive with a player who has not played in the Champions League.

“Two years ago, no-one knew who he was and I was surprised that the scouts missed him. I’m sceptical, like Dimitri Payet.

“He was incredible last season with West Ham, which surprised everyone, including me. When I was with Marseille and he played with Lille, he was only seen against Sochaux and Brest – never in the big games. It was the same with OM afterwards.

“But in England, it was different after his first game. Except, no big club made a move for him: it was China or Marseille? Why?

“We focus too much on a player when he works well, we don’t focus on how he behaves in difficulty. If you look at Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG, he was very consistent – that’s the mark of a great.”

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Barton: Kante Is Not All That

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Joey Barton doesn’t buy into the hype surrounding N’golo Kante and doesn’t think he is as good a midfielder as he is being made out to be.

The Burnley man believes the France international is simply the rave of the moment and is being carried by the people around me.

Barton also criticised the attitude of the pundits and journalists in the UK, saying they’re not too keen on changing their mind.

“In England, there are boxes and it is impossible to get out of them,” he told Le Journal du Dimanche. “At the moment, for example, everyone swears by N’Golo Kante. It’s fashionable.

“For pundits, he’s the best midfielder in the world. That’s not the case – he’s very good, but I played against him three weeks ago.

“He’s a phenomenal destroyer who played in a phenomenal team, but he’s not a creator. And it’s impossible to be so definitive with a player who has not played in the Champions League.

“Two years ago, no-one knew who he was and I was surprised that the scouts missed him. I’m sceptical, like Dimitri Payet.

“He was incredible last season with West Ham, which surprised everyone, including me. When I was with Marseille and he played with Lille, he was only seen against Sochaux and Brest – never in the big games. It was the same with OM afterwards.

“But in England, it was different after his first game. Except, no big club made a move for him: it was China or Marseille? Why?

“We focus too much on a player when he works well, we don’t focus on how he behaves in difficulty. If you look at Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG, he was very consistent – that’s the mark of a great.”

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Neymar: The PL Is Quite Amazing

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Barcelona forward Neymar has revealed he could join an English club in the future after registering his admiration for the EPL.

The Brazil international who has been on the books at Barcelona recently committed the next five years to the club.

Neymar has revealed his love for some of the clubs in the premier league, and says he would relish the chance of playing under Mourinho or Guardiola.

“The Premier League is a championship that amazes me,” he told The Sun.

“I like the playing style and the teams. And who knows, someday, I would like to play at it, yes.

“I admire Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool – these are the teams that are always there fighting.

“And then you have high-level coaches like Mourinho and Guardiola. These are coaches with whom any player would like to work.”

“In the Premier League you never know who is going to win or who will be champions, it is always a surprise,” he said.

“Leicester are very good. They had a great season last year, they were Prem champions and therefore we need to respect them if we draw them in the Champions League.”

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Defoe Wants World Cup Spot With England

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Jermain Defoe is looking to make the England squad for the 2018 World Cup after getting recalled to the England squad.

Defoe last played for England in 2013, but has been named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the matches against Germany and Lithuania.

The 34-year-old is now targeting a world cup return with England, after missing out on the 2014 world cup and the Euros.

He said: “There were times where I did think ‘maybe I’m not going to get in’, and I came out and said it, but it didn’t stop me getting my head down, working hard and hoping one day I’d get an opportunity to represent my country again.

“I was getting a lot of stick from the lads at the training ground saying ‘why have you still got the England flag on your boots?’ I was just hoping one day I’d get an opportunity and it’s come, so I’m delighted.

“I’ve always known how important it is to play for England from day one. When you’ve had that experience of going to major tournaments, it’s something that you just crave.

“Just going to a major tournament, travelling, getting to the hotels, playing the games – it’s something you’ve always wanted to do from being a kid, growing up watching the great players over the years. Playing in the major tournaments, going out and emulating the players you’ve seen on TV.

“Being lucky enough to have experienced it, you just want it more and more. So for me, if I do get an opportunity to go to another major tournament, it’d be a dream.”

Defoe was overlooked for the 2014 World Cup having joined Major League Soccer side Toronto, and he knows his chances of going to Russia next year will diminish if Sunderland are no longer in the Premier League.

“You have to be realistic,” he said. “To get into any squad is on merit and you’ve got to be playing at a level, it’s as simple as that.

“When I went to Toronto I missed out. When I got the phone call it was hard news to accept, but at the same time you have to be realistic and the boys I was competing against were playing in the Premier League and Europe.

“I’d say I probably need to be playing in the Premier League, but we’ll see what happens.”

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Album Review: Sound Sultan – Out of the Box

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Nigerian Pop music’s longest serving General, not named 2face Idibia returned late 2016 with album number seven, a mash up of sounds and styles that does not quite live up to its ambitious title.

In the course of his over 15 year old career,-a century by music’s here-today-gone-tomorrow standards,- the man who was born Lanre Fasasi has adapted pretty much every musical genre that draws his attention. Nothing is alien to him. He has done rap, soul, pop, funk, highlife and made fusions of all or some of these genres that could very well bear his own trademark.

Like most of the albums in his discography, Out of the Box immediately suffers from Sound Sultan’s misbegotten insistence of doing too much at once. Like a jack of all trades and master of none, Sound Sultan lets his excesses get in the way of what could have been an excellent showing. As his own boss and co-founder of Naija Ninjas, (with his brother, Dare aka Baba Dee,) Sound Sultan answers to no A&R department that might be inclined to ensure he has a more disciplined and commercially sensible showing.

Sound Sultan shows his age on Kuku, taking credit for the longevity and versatility of his career plus the influence of his work on younger generations of music makers. He spares a nod for 2baba, Shout out to my friend Innocent I know after him I’m the best and prescribes some unassailable directions for scoring in the industry. Turn left on mumu chorus/Turn right on dumb lyrics/Immediately after bum shaking go straight you can’t miss it.

Sound Sultan may dish such tried and true advice but that doesn’t mean he has followed this particular playbook, accounting for his perpetual under the radar status. Even at his bellyaching worst, he has more often than not, always managed to rise above the din to present music that has been worth the while.

A gifted and hardworking songwriter, Sound Sultan reworks one of his classics, Motherland, a stirring account of migration that may as well have been written today considering the country’s economic situation and invites singer Ada to spice it up with a modern dancehall swift. With a female voice added to the narrative, the mix works in its own way but there is a reason the original is such a classic.

It seems like a lot of fun was had with Tee Y Mix, Flavour and Phyno on the disc opener, African Lady, a companion jolly piece to his earlier hit Orobo, also with Flavour. Ayo Odenu is another one of Sound Sultan’s unique expressions. Hard to pin down but thoroughly enjoyable, Sound Sultan delivers a fine vocal outing that lingers with its effectiveness.

Sound Sultan makes sweet music with the funk swoop of Everything is Everything, then enters later day Wizkid territory with the strangely satisfying Nu Wave. The first third of the disc is easily the strongest as Sound Sultan seizes attention from the start and retains it with a wide array of gems such as 80 90 and Finally. Even the usually banal Harrysongz is tolerable on Nonstop.

The energy begins to flag with fillers such as My Business, Nuffin Special which is exactly what it promises to be and Talaka. By the time Sound Sultan begins to bring out heavyweights like Olamide (Monsura), Sarkodie (Ise) and Timaya, it matters less, as he’s already muddled up the waters irrevocably.

A little more precision or big picture resolve and Out of the Box may have been a more rewarding experience for everyone concerned.

Fair attempt still

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Album Name: Out Of The Box

Artist: Sound Sultan
Year: 2016
Tracks: 24

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Derek Walcott Embarks On the Eternal Sea – Wole Soyinka

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Derek Walcott Embarks On the Eternal Sea – Wole Soyinka

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Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, an 80-year-old literary titan, (Photo by Larry Wong/Edmonton Journal)

Derek Walcott was the lyrical heart of the Caribbean, yet wide and profound as the sea that washed his island shores. I visited him at his home, envied his splendid isolation and affinity with the sea. He had a small eyrie where he shut out the world, wrote and painted the crags and iconic promontories that jutted out of the waters, seeming to duplicate his lone splendour amidst the restless sea.

We have sailed and picnicked together through the stunning grottos that lie hidden in the Caribbean. He railed and lamented with us under our recurrent cycle of brutal and incontinent misrule of dictators, joined in activities against our seeming curse. Not many people know this, his constant bewilderment at the irony of replication of Master-Slave relationship that took his ancestors to the Caribbean, now mimicked by black overlords. Yet he never lost his interior call of the universal, and of history, as captured so magisterially in his grand oeuvre, Omeros. Derek was one of the history driven lyrical kind…

It is no partisan or excess zeal that prompts me, at every opportunity, to claim Derek Walcott as one of the greatest poets, in any language or culture, of the twentieth century. Derek had a great feel for Nature and History, within whose matrix he so lyrically situated and wove his island tapestry… A mordant wit, even sometimes prankster, Derek was unpretentiously an aristocrat of letters. His Muse was the sea, but he celebrated his continent of ancestry, Africa, as his rightful bequest, without sentiment, and without blindness

The sadness of parochial literacy on this vast continent comes from the presumption that affinity between writers and their works must be found and expressed in the narrowness of geographic neighbourliness. Those who wish to speak knowledgeably of the reaches of African Literature, should learn to look beyond saline waters, and dialogue with the spirit of Derek Walcott…

He is alive, remains alive, and keeps the universal lure of literature alive.

Wole Soyinka is the first Black Nobel Laureate in Literature.

This piece was written by Wole Soyinka. 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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How Much Can You Make From Being A Whistle Blower?

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Given how high the corruption level in Nigeria is and how much these corrupt individuals have stashed up either in a safe somewhere, in assets or even in an abandoned mud hut in Kaduna, the Federal Government had introduced the Whistle Blowing policy.

The whistle blowing policy was introduced last year and aims to encourage Nigerians to report financial and other related crimes to relevant authorities.

Now there have been rumors about how much Whistle Blowing would actually pay. The government has now explained the benefits that await whistle blowers as it also pledges protection for them.

According to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, whistle blowers have nothing to fear.

“For those who may have suffered any backlash as a result of the information they provide, their cases will be reviewed and appropriate mitigating actions taken”

“Whistle-blowers have nothing to fear, because the committee has put in place the necessary measures to safeguard those who give useful information. As a matter of fact, whistle-blowers have everything to gain and nothing to lose,” he said.

Speaking about the reward for whistle blowing, he explained

  1. Recovery of up to 1 billion Naira will receive 5% of the amount;

  2. The reward for any amount between 1 and 5 billion Naira will be 5% for the first 1 billion Naira and 4% of the remaining 4 billion Naira

  3. And then for any whistle blowing amount of over 5 billion Naira will attract 2.5% reward.

  4. For example, if a whistle-blower provides information leading to the recovery of 10 billion Naira, he or she will receive 5% of the first 1 billion Naira, 4% of the next 4 billion Naira and 2.5% of the remaining 5 billion Naira.

 

 

 

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President Akufo-Addo Mourns, As 20 Die After ‘Trees Fall’ In Ghana’s Kintampo Waterfalls

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Ghana President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has “expressed his deepest condolences to the families of all those affected by this unfortunate and tragic incident” – after an accident which occurred at Kintampo waterfalls killed at least 20 people on Sunday March 19, in the Brong Ahafo Region.

In a series of tweets, Akufo-Addo consoled the families of the departed souls.

Yesterday, officials in Ghana confirmed that 20 people, mostly high school students, died after trees fell on them while they were swimming at the popular Kintampo waterfalls during a storm in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

Speaking also, the country’s fire service spokesman Prince Billy Anaglate said a storm caused trees to fall in the “unusual incident” on Sunday.

It is understood that eighteen people died at the scene while two others died in a hospital, with 11 others receiving treatment, including one of the school administrators in charge of the trip.

“They were swimming in the river when there was a storm, a windy atmosphere that had uprooted some of the trees and they had fallen on some of them — those who were apparently swimming,” Anaglate said.

An eyewitness said most victims were from the Wenchi Senior High School while others were tourists traveling to the Kintampo waterfalls — one of the highest in Ghana.

“A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crashed the revelers,” the witness said after the incident. “We are trying to save those who are trapped by cutting the trees with chainsaws.”

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Ondo State House Of Assembly Appoints New Acting Speaker

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The Ondo State House of Assembly has appointed an Acting Speaker, Mr. Malachi Coker, following the resignation of the Speaker, Jumoke Akindele on Monday in Akure.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the legislators at the plenary session, also appointed Arowele Samuel from Owo l Constituency, as the Deputy Speaker.

Others are Olamide George, representing Akure North Constituency as the Majority Leader and Mukaila Musa as the Minority Leader.

The officers are to be in office pending when election is held for the positions.

The Speaker resigned after he was accused of withdrawing N15 million from the Assembly’s account without the knowledge of the principal officers.

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Taraji P. Henson Reveals She Would Love To Play A Marvel Superhero

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Multi-award winning actress, Taraji P. Henson has recently revealed that she would love to be cast as a Marvel superhero.

The actress is well-known for her role as Cookie Lyon in the hip-hop drama series Empire. She also recently starred as Katherine Johnson in the Oscar-nominated NASA drama Hidden Figures.

“I would love to be a Marvel superhero,” she told The New York Times. “I’m dying to get into some comedy. I think I’m a stronger comedic actress than a dramatic actress. You guys just fell for the drama side.”

This isn’t the first time that Taraji has said she’d like to suit up for a superhero movie. In September, she put it on the list of character types she still has to check off of her list.

“I haven’t played a superhero yet, I haven’t played a psycho character yet,” Henson had told Entertainment Weekly. “I want to play a man, like I want to really disappear. I have so much to do.”

 

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APC Harvests 2 PDP Lawmakers In Nasarawa State

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The Minority Leader and Deputy Minority Whip of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Alkali (PDP-Lafia North) and Mohammed Muluku (PDP-Nassarawa Eggon East), have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Speaker of the House, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, who read the duo’s defection letters on Monday, congratulated them for taking the right decision.

“We will continue to partner each other in order to move the party, the state and the country forward for the benefit of our people”, he said.

The Speaker also assured of the assembly’s readiness to continue to enact laws that have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state.

The lawmakers had earlier attributed their defection to the ruling party to the current leadership crisis rocking the opposition party at the national level.

They, however, appreciated the PDP for giving them the opportunity to contest and win election to the House.

Alkali said, “the crisis rocking our party at the national level is the reason why I defected to APC after due consultation with my constituents”.

Muluku said: “After due consultation with my party stakeholders, my constituency and other people in the state, I deem it necessary to dump PDP for APC to contribute my quota to the development of the state and Nigeria at large”.

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Certificate Scandal: Report Claims ‘Dino Melaye Never Graduated From ABU Zaria’

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Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West at the National Assembly, is currently in the centre of a certificate scandal with respect to the degree he acquired in Geography from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, as some examination officers of the institution are insisting that the senator never graduated from the school.

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Prominent for his verve to unleash controversy on national issues as well as his vitality to instigate monumental provocation, Melaye had last week claimed that there were plans to witch hunt him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), because he was a major factor that stood against the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the anti-corruption organisation.

However, Sahara Reporters is saying that Melaye never graduated from the department of geography from ABU.

The report said that the DSS was alerted over this but that the security agency covered it up and allowed the man blossom.

“At least three exam officers at ABU, Zaria insist that Dino Melaye never graduated from the Geography department, DG DSS alerted but covered it up,” the report said.

The officers also claimed that Melaye’s name was not on the graduation list and further accused him of bribing his head of department.

“The Examination officers stated that Melaye failed GENS 201, GEOG 307 (Long Field Trip Course), GEOG 404, GEOG 411 and GEOG 426,” SR said in another tweet.

But on Wikipedia, Dino Melaye is said to have graduated with a Bsc in geography from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, adding that about 30 undergraduates are currently enjoying scholarship under his education empowerment fund.

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#BBNaija: ThinTallTony Evicted From Competition

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After 78 days of exciting moments in the house, ThinTallTony has been evicted from the on-going Big Brother Naija competition, putting an end to his dream of winning the coveted prize of N25m and an SUV.

This came following last week’s nomination which put up four housemates: Efe, Debie-Rise, TBoss, and ThinTallTony for eviction. After a suspense-filled moment, which sparked tension among the nominated housemates, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, the show host announced that Efe and Debie-Rise had been saved from eviction. Their joy knew no bounds as Efe fell flat on the floor while Debie-Rise was momentarily speechless.  This limited the contest to TBoss and ThinTallTony. As fate would have it, ThinTallTony was announced the seventh real housemate to be evicted from the big brother house.

Interestingly, Efe led in this week’s popularity test with a wide margin of 51.97 percent. Debie-Rise came a distant second with 21.78 percent, followed by TBoss and ThinTallTony with 14.57 percent and 11.68 percent respectively.

When ThinTallTony was asked to leave the house, his female ally, Bisola buried her face in her palms and wept inconsolably. Bally on the other hand was transfixed momentarily as ThinTallTony made his way out of the house.

While on stage with Ebuka, the 5ft 7 dancer said: “I’ve waited for 12 years to be here. I lived it to the fullest. I’m living the dream.” He added, “It is heartbreaking that I was evicted, but it’s all good. Life goes on.”

When asked about his romantic relationship with Bisola, ThinTallTony said: “That wasn’t real. No offense to anybody but that’s pure honesty. She is an incredible woman, but we spoke about it and she took it maturely”. He however said his friendship with her would remain for life.

Then Ebuka brought up the much talked about issue of his marriage, the now ex-BBN housemate openly stated, ‘Like I said in the game, I never spoke about my family. I kept it really separate, I don’t want anyone to know about that part of my life because the truth is, I’ve done research before about people, humans, and how they think, not just in Nigeria but around Africa. When I did that research, I realized there is a way people look at you when you are married, especially in the game, and I’m married. Nobody knows I am.” He was however shocked when Ebuka told him that his marriage was public knowledge, even to his fellow housemates.

ThinTallTony however pointed out that he was misquoted. He said, “When I said my family is dead, what I was referring to are my grannies, brother and sister who I hold in high esteem.”

In what appears to be a shift from the norm, the Head of House task, which used to be a Monday affair was done immediately after the eviction. This time, the housemates were asked to burst lots of balloons to uncover some hidden ballots containing different alphabets to correctly spell “Head of House”. According to Biggie, whoever wins this task will automatically become the ultimate Head of House. Efe beat fellow housemates in the HoH race to emerge winner.  Efe’s victory has abruptly ended Bassey’s reign as HoH.

This week’s eviction show was quite thrilling as CEO of Marvin Records, Don Jazzy was a celebrity guest, seated among the live crowd as one of his proteges, Reekado Banks treated the audience to two of his hit tracks, ‘Oluwa Ni’ and ‘Ladies and gentlemen.” DNA Twins, finalists on The Voice Nigeria competition, also serenaded the night with their latest track “How Can”.

Keep up with the show on Big Brother Naija social media fan pages with the hashtag #BBNaija on Twitter @BBNaija, Instagram @BigBrotherNaija2017 and Facebook www.facebook.com/bigbrothernaija

Big Brother Naija reality show is aired 24/7 in 45 countries from Nigeria through East, West and Southern Africa on DStv channel 198 and GOtv channel 29.

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For more information, please visit www.dstv.com, www.gotvafrica.com or www.africamagic.tv/bigbrothernaija and follow the conversation on all social media pages of DStv, GOtv and AfricaMagic.

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NNPC Stockpiles 1.2 Billion Litres Of Petrol As CBN Releases Forex For Fuel Importation

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced that it has in stock, a robust inland supply of over 1.2 billion litres of petrol – sufficient for more than 34 days forward consumption nationwide.

This is coming at a time when the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) released foreign exchange (forex) to oil marketers to import diesel and Aviation Turbine Kerosene (ATK).

The Corporation made this known in a statement issued by its Group General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndu Ughamadu on Sunday, March 19, 2017.

In the statement, NNPC stated that its petroleum product supply outlook for March to May 2017 was looking good and that it has taken adequate steps to ensure stability in supply of diesel and aviation fuel.

Ughamadu said the corporation will equally import diesel to supplement the quantities it gets from its refineries in Kaduna, Warri and Port Harcourt.

In addition, NNPC stated that it has re-commissioned its strategic 479.2km System 2B petroleum products pipeline network which stretches from the Atlas Cove in Lagos to Mosimi, Ejigbo, Ibadan and Ilorin, for the effective distribution of petroleum products nationwide, especially with the envisaged resumption of loading activities at the Mosimi, Ejigbo and Ibadan depots.

The Calabar and Aba depots, it added, have also been stocked with diesel while diesel load out from its Kano depot would commence soon.

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Mourinho Reveals Importance Behind Signing Ibrahimovic

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Jose Mourinho has revealed he didn’t just sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his footballing gift, but also for his personality in the dressing room.

The former PSG forward joined United in the summer and has established himself as a key player at Old Trafford.

Mourinho insists the dressing room at Old Trafford was lacking ‘Super personalities’ and that was the key to bringing the swede to the club.

“You have to adapt to the reality of the club, its needs and its demands,” he told France Football. “It is called being intelligent. The priority is to establish relations of peace and love in a group, to create stability.

“Manchester United no longer has the super personalities like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes or Roy Keane.

“There is Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick, who are the last faces of that generation and a new squad of players has to adapt.

“That is why it was important for me to get Zlatan. In this team, he had, without being English, without knowing the culture of the club, the personality and the profile to be more than just a simple player.”

Mourinho believes he needs big personalities for his teams – and his methods – to be most effective.

“Mind games, which involve trying to manipulate someone psychologically through the media, are a way to create a state of thinking, but they’re most effective when you have a team full of personalities who are ready to take that kind of talk on board,” he explained.

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Enrique Lauds Messi’s Consistency

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Lionel Messi scored a brace in the 4-2 win over Valencia, taking his goal tally in all competitions to 41 goals. This is the eight year in a row the Argentine is scoring at least 40 goals.

Luis Enrique has paid tribute to the dangerous talisman, who scored his first goal from the spot, before scoring from a pass sent his way by Mascherano.

Messi now has 25 league goals, 11 UCL goals, four in the Copa del Rey and one in the Spanish Super cup.

Messi first scored 40 goals in a single campaign in the 2009/10 season and has repeated that feat every season since.

“It’s amazing, he’s broken every record and will continue to break more,” Luis Enrique told reporters. “How marvellous it is to enjoy Messi, no-one can touch his numbers, it’s impossible for anyone to do what he has done apart from him. We’ll miss him when he’s gone.”

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Haye: I Was Born To Box

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David Haye believes he was born to fight in the ring and is certain his warrior mentality will hasten his return to the sport.

The British heavyweight boxer is on his way to recovery from an Achilles injury after having surgery done.

Haye sustained the injury in the sixth round of his loss to Tony Bellew, but kept fighting until the 11th round, when Shane McGuigan threw in the towel to save him.

“Boxing is a tough way to earn a living but some of us are born for this and I believe I am,” Haye told Sky Sports during an appearance at the Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards [BEDSAs].

“When the going gets tough I know I will fight in the ring until my very last breath and I believe most world-class fighters have that same mindset.

“My mission objective hasn’t changed [becoming a world heavyweight champion]. If anything I’ve proved to people I genuinely want it.

“After achieving so much in my career there were a lot of question marks about whether or not I really wanted to box and I think I proved to people that I am still a fighter, that I am a warrior and that this is what I want to do.

“I’m happy with the way the surgery went, I’m happy with the physiotherapy and I’m happy with what the doctors are saying with regard to the injury and my recovery.

“Once I’m healed up before the end of the year I believe my best will be better than my effort [against Bellew] on March 4.”

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Arsenal Deny Any Approach For Borussia Dortmund Manager Thomas Tuchel

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Arsenal have denied reports in Germany they have approached Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel to replace Arsene Wenger.

The claims were made by German newspaper Bild but an Arsenal spokesman has said the report is “not true”.

The club has reiterated a decision on Wenger’s future will be “a mutual decision, which will be communicated in the right way at the right time”.

Wenger, who has managed Arsenal for 21 years, has not yet signed a deal to extend his stay, with his contract expiring in the summer.

Tuchel took over at Dortmund in the summer of 2015, replacing the now Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Arsene Wenger said after Arsenal lost 3-1 at West Bromwich Albion, their fourth defeat in five league games – that: ‘I know what I will do in my future and will let you know soon. You will see.’

THOMAS TUCHEL: CV 

Age: 43

Nationality: German

Clubs managed: Mainz (2009-2014), Borussia Dortmund (2015-present)

Trophies: None

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Pulis: Wenger Is Staying At Arsenal

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Tony Pulis believes Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be staying at the Emirates stadium for one more year.

Arsenal dropped to sixth on the table after losing 3-1 to Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion and could miss out on UCL football.

There has been speculations that Wenger could leave Arsenal, with his contract expiring in the summer, but Pulis disagrees with the notion.

“I’ll be surprised if he goes,” the Welshman told the media when asked to speculate on Wenger’s future.

He was probed further as to why he held that opinion and replied: “Because he told me.”

“I think he’s the greatest manager Arsenal have ever had. They could finish in the top four and win an FA Cup — that’s not too bad is it?” he added.

“I don’t think respect counts now. People live for today. If you’re asking me what Arsenal should or shouldn’t do I’m the wrong person.”

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Dazzlr Collaborates With Ascend Talent Management | Brings International Artists To India

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In its commitment to bring the best of the talent to the fore, Dazzlr has crossed yet another milestone.

Dazzlr, a talent discovery platform that brings together actors, casting professionals, directors and producers, has announced its tie up with an ace African talent management company, Ascend Talent Management.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vivek Bohra, Producer and Co-Founder, Dazzlr said, “Our aim is to promote talent from across the world. We are not restricted to any geographical boundaries, in fact the power and growth of box office of films that indulge in global talent is clearly evident even in top notch Hollywood films. There is tremendous scope for newer talent in our country as well as for our talent in different cinemas across the world. Ascend Talent Management is one of the biggest talent management company in Africa and we are glad to be associated with them.”

Adding on, Inya Lawal, founder and Head Talent Management at Ascend Talent Management said, “We are always on the lookout for innovative ways to expand our entertainment network globally and the collaboration with Dazzlr is an exceptional illustration of that vision. It is good to see that Bollywood is more inclusive in taking on talent globally, as there are an incredible number of talented artistes across Africa. We are excited to be a crucial part of this move.

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Sara Inya Lawal, Co-founder of Ascend Talent Management

The Indian entertainment industry is one of the largest in the world and international artists are keen to be a part of the same. The African entertainment industry is growing exponentially and encourages artists to pursue their field of interest. This collaboration will provide a quick and easy access to stimulate the industry without having to worry about distances, costs, etc.

The Indian Film industry shoots around the world and we are always looking forward to cast talented actors in different locales so this step only adds to our resolution of making the casting eco-system of the world more accessible for actors and casting directors alike.” says Aadore Mukherjee, Co-Founder, Dazzlr.

Aadore has also been responsible for casting Big Ticket Bollywood Films such as Happy New Year and BaarBaarDekho in countries such as the UAE and UK.

The Dazzlr app can be easily downloaded from the PlayStore on Android and the App Store on Apple.

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Marco Verratti’s Agent Reveals Where He Would Be Next Season

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Marco Verratti will stay at PSG, according to the player’s representative.

The Italy midfielder is wanted by Barcelona and Juventus, with the playmaker touted as a potential long-term successor for Xavi.

However, his suitors are set for disappointment as his agent Donato Di Campli says he will honour his existing contract at PSG.

Speaking to Italian news agency Nansa, he said: “Marco Verratti will continue at PSG. He has a contract until 2021. He will stay in France. 

“There is no doubt because he is a respectful person with contracts. Afterwards, if PSG ask us to leave, we will leave. It’s [too] soon to speak about a return to Italy. He is only 23.”

PSG would demand a hefty fee for Verratti should they ever decide to sell.

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