Winner Of BBNaija Efe Ejeba To Perform Live At The May Madness #CBLAfrica All Star Game This Sunday (28.05.2017)

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Something big is about to happen this Sunday, May 28th as the best of the best will hit the court at the May Madness Tournament All Star Game.

I am sure you are wondering which of your favourite celebrities would take part in the celebrity free throw competition, well don’t be told, be the first to watch them LIVE.

Doors will open at 3.30pm and the tip off time is 4pm prompt at the remodeled Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere Lagos.

There will also be an All Star Game, Three Point Shootout and a Dunk Contest.

Cintron is the official partner for the Dunk Contest tagged “Cintron Dunk Contest” and popular Ghanaian celebrity and Cintron Ambassador, Juliet Ibrahim, would be on ground to judge and present the award to the winner.

The All Star Game is not just about Basketball, it is “More Than a Game” as the winner of Big Brother Naija 2017, Efe Ejeba, will shut down the half time with his hit single, Based On Logistics.

This event is free for primary and secondary school students with a means of identification. There is also the opportunity to win fantastic freebies during the game.

Tickets are fast selling on www.tickets.cblafrica.net or at the venue during game day.

The game will be streamed live on www.cblafrica.net/tv.

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The CBL is proudly supported by the Lagos State Government, AFA Sports, SWIFT, PaddyBet, 360Nobs, Red Cheetah by SWIFT, Blindspotng, Maison Fahrenheit, Cintron, Printivo, Bugaa Connect, The Bobby Taylor Company,Genevieve Magazine,EbonyLife TV, Domino’s Pizza, Selemedic, McErnest Events, Air Cote d’Ivoire and The Beat 99.9FM.

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#IAmTheFuture: My Little Growing Up Tale (#HappyChildrensDay)

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Growing up as a child was not without its hurdles, although, I had a soft landing because my mom made sure I had at least a spoon, maybe not silver.

Getting things straight in your minds though, my mom wasn’t a single mom, my dad just wasn’t always there. As a result, I became independent way too early.

On the flip side, I had a friend, who had both parents, but couldn’t afford to be in school. We were age mates, but she would always run to carry my lunch box when I came back from school, just because I would never finish my food. Although I do not know her whereabouts, the moments we had, changed my life forever.

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#IAmTheFuture, #Children’s Day, TECNO Mobile is giving parents the opportunity to make their children happy by telling an interesting story about their Kid(s)

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If you think you have an inspiring story about your kid(s), Follow TECNO on their Official Social media page and share your entries using the following format below.

  1. Take a selfie with your child/children and tell us something interesting your kid(s). Story should not be more than 50 words.
  2. Post your entry as comment on the #IAMTheFuture Facebook using the hashtag #IAMTheFuture. Don’t forget to tag and follow @TECNOMobileNG.
  3. On Instagram and Twitter, Take a selfie with your child/children and tell us something interesting about your kid(s). Story should not be more than 50 words. Post it using the hashtag #IAMTheFuture. Don’t forget to tag and follow @TECNOMobileNG.

TECNO Mobile will be visiting schools across Nigeria to donate about 10000 Note books and pens to pupils. This is part of TECNO’s Corporate Social responsibility on Children’s Day where they also plan to give out N100, 000 each as scholarship to three pupils.

 

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Film Review: Desecration

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Sola Daniels is a happily married man living and working in the English countryside. We know he is happy because early scenes of Desecration set up the Thompsons as a regular, middle class immigrant family and Shola as a doting father to their daughter.

We know Shola Daniels is a doctor also because he is shown at work going through hospital engagements like ward rounds but Joseph Benjamin who plays him, capably, we must add, isn’t quite convincing as a medical practitioner. His recites the lines by rote and fails to confidently project the aura and carriage of a specialist at work.

Doctor Daniels and his wife Adesua (Nicola Alexis), are attending a dinner party when he runs into a beautiful stranger and they both strike up a connection. Another chance (is it?) encounter with her,- her name is Linda,- this time when his family is away on a weekend trip, and  the good doctor wastes no time falling into bed with her.

They begin an affair that should be torrid were it handled properly but the script by Bode Odetoye zips through some PG scenes that only serve to highlight the unpreparedness of his movie to play in the big leagues.

Shola isn’t the only member of his family going through a midlife crisis. Adesua has some work challenges, made all the more complicated by the reappearance into her life, of an old flame and she is also tempted to stray from her vows.

Linda is revealed to be psychotic (surprise! surprise! considering she is played by Rita Dominic) and proceeds to blackmail Shola with any means that is available to her. Yes, that includes pregnancy too. Nothing new to see here, it’s all been done before.

There are almost no stakes involved in Desecration. The film concerns itself with exploring issues of faithlessness in marriages, forgiveness and retribution but none of these is handled with any form of genuine introspection or even proper context. The mental health subplot also goes nowhere fast just as soon as it is introduced and the result is that Desecration is memorable only for its judicious length and passable acting.

The screenplay has nowhere to go and circles the drain, with no narrative agency or urgency. The ending is a bad joke and the film plays just like a collection of scenes cobbled together just for the sake. The picture is dark for most of the film’s running time and sound issues crop up constantly, making it a struggle to catch what the characters are on about.

Not that anyone needs to hear the words the characters speak to know what is going on, or what happens next. The entire film is predictable and its minuscule budget shows in every single picture frame. Rita Dominic’s Linda is erratic. Joseph Benjamin is a bore. Everyone else is terrible and a useless subplot with one of Sola’s patients will leave you scratching your head.

Niyi Towolawi’s 2013 feature, Turning Point had similar limitations with budget and technical skill, but at least, boasted a story that had some spark to it. This one doesn’t. He really should save us all the trouble.

Read other reviews by Wilfred Okiche

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Rumors Today

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  • Arsene Wenger is set to sign a new two-year Arsenal deal regardless of the FA Cup final result.
  • Antonio Conte is set for a new £40m contract at Chelsea as the Premier League champions get set to back the Italian in the transfer market.
  • Liverpool are ready to break their club transfer record to land £50m-rated RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.
  • Marco Silva is in advanced talks with Watford but Crystal Palace are still determined to land the ex-Hull boss.
  • Craig Shakespeare is still in limbo over his Leicester future as the Foxes visit the Monaco Grand Prix for an end-of-season trip.
  • Arsene Wenger has dropped an FA Cup bombshell by picking David Ospina to play at Wembley ahead of No 1 Petr Cech.
  • Antonio Conte is set to sign a new £9.5m-a-year deal with Chelsea.
  • Bournemouth scrapped their bid to sign John Terry to make Jermain Defoe the highest-paid player in their history.
  • Jose Mourinho will demand £60m from Real Madrid for David De Gea.
  • Danny Rose has stunned Tottenham by admitting some of his team-mates could leave this summer.
  • Pep Guardiola is at war with old club Barcelona for lining up three of their best young teenagers in Pablo Moreno, Nico Gonzalez and Ansu Fati.
  • Manchester United were suckered into paying their world record £86m for Paul Pogba because Juventus had no buyout clause, according to their director.
  • Wigan are naming Portsmouth boss Paul Cook as their new manager in an emotional return to the club.
  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger warned club directors: Don’t take big decisions just to make the fans happy.
  • Marco Silva is on the brink of the Watford job.
  • Tony Pulis is considering his future at West Brom because of persistent criticism from fans despite securing a top-ten finish in the Premier League.
  • Petr Cech has been left astounded by Arsene Wenger’s decision to drop him in favour of David Ospina for the FA Cup final against Chelsea.
  • Tottenham have sold more than half of the 9,000 premium season-tickets that will be available when their new stadium opens for the 2018/19 season.
  • Sam Allardyce’s discussions with Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish following his resignation last Tuesday were so amicable that the outgoing manager offered advice about who should replace him at Selhurst Park.
  • Bournemouth’s owner Maxim Demin has become embroiled in a riddle over a charge for betting on football apparently brought and then dropped by the FA.
  • Pep Guardiola is set to launch a bid for Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy as Manchester City look to complete significant pieces of transfer business early this summer after landing Bernardo Silva.
  • Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has dismissed reports he has already agreed to leave this summer but stopped short of committing his future to the club.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has told Borussia Dortmund he wants to leave the club this summer, with a queue of clubs interested in signing the Bundesliga’s top scorer, according to reports.
  • Gary Cahill admits he was close to joining Arsenal before fate intervened and got him hooked on trophies at Chelsea.
  • Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is aiming to emulate the career of Italy and Juventus great Gianluigi Buffon by playing for another 15 years.

  • Only a world-record offer in excess of £50m would tempt Juventus to part company with 30-year-old defender Leonardo Bonucci.
  • Manchester City view Monaco full-back Benjamin Mendy, valued at £30m, as more obtainable than Juventus’ Alex Sandro, despite fierce competition for his signature.
  • The Blackpool Supporters’ Trust’s ‘Not A Penny More’ campaign has targeted the interests of the club’s owners and their boycott of home matches is set to be extended to the League Two play-off final against Exeter at Wembley tomorrow.
  • The Brazil national team manager Tite has suggested that Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho would be an “ideal player” for Barcelona, should the playmaker ever make a move to Catalonia.
  • Manchester City are looking to move quickly and secure two of Europe’s best full-backs in Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, following the arrival of Bernardo Silva.
  • Claudio Ranieri could be set for a shock return to management with Leeds.
  • Deportivo La Coruna president Tino Fernandez has confirmed the La Liga side are in talks to re-sign Lucas Perez.

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Amaechi Rejects Wike’s Top Award, Calls It “A Poisoned Chalice”

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The former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, has rejected an alleged award of honour claimed to be coming from his successor, Governor Nyeson Wike – saying any award from Wike is “a poisoned chalice.”

The media office of Amaechi, the current Minister of Transport, confirmed the “unequivocal” rejection, in a statement issued on Friday.

The statement read: “In the past couple of days, Minister of Transportation and immediate past governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has been inundated with calls and enquiries from journalists about a purported award/honour to him from Nyesom Wike, the current governor of Rivers State.

“The minister was shown a publication of the Rivers State government indicating his name as one of many others to be given awards by Nyesom Wike. But as at today, Amaechi has not received any communication from Nyesom Wike and/or Rivers State government in this respect.”

“Be that as it may, we want to state categorically that whatever Wike claims to be giving to Amaechi is a poisoned chalice that has been unequivocally rejected by the minister.

“Firstly, the purported award itself is a contradiction of monumental proportions, a contradiction that can only come from a warped and perverted mind. From day one as governor, Wike has made it his sole, one-point agenda to attack, abuse, insult and falsely denigrate Amaechi, his immediate predecessor and erstwhile benefactor.

“Since he became governor, Wike spends most of his time making reckless, deeply irresponsible, malicious, false allegations against Amaechi, as he attempts, albeit fruitlessly, to malign and destroy the outstandingly superb performance and legacy of Amaechi in Rivers State.

“So, what is the bases or criteria for Wike to give an award/honour to a man he (Wike) has rashly attacked and called all sorts of unprintable names in the past two years? For Wike to do a 360 and give an award to a predecessor, he (Wike) has consistently but misleadingly and deceitfully called Satan, Judas, non-performer, thief and only this week a sponsor of cultists, shows evidently that Wike suffers from a grave but rare form of psychosomatic malady.

“Secondly, what will Amaechi tell Rivers People when he goes to collect an award from that man-child who sits in Government House that is directly or indirectly responsible for the present deplorable state of sufferings, economic and infrastructural decay, violence, crime, insecurity, kidnappings and killings in Rivers State? Amaechi will not accept any award from a petty lowlife conman, who rode to power on the blood of Rivers people.

“Thirdly, the office of governor of any state is a prestigious, very dignified office and the occupant of that office who holds it in trust for his people is expected to act, talk and behave responsibly and decorously. When the governor talks, he should talk with facts and must be able to prove his claims. Most unfortunately for Rivers State, Wike possess non of these qualities. Wike is everything a governor should not be, with virtually no redeeming qualities. Amaechi will not accept any award from this kind of lying, reckless, irresponsible and brutal character that has become the laughing stock of the nation.

“Finally, We will not relent to remind Wike and insist that he must go to court, like he vowed, to prove his frivolous claims that the over $43million Ikoyi money and luxury apartment (found by EFCC), belongs to Amaechi and were stolen from Rivers State by Amaechi; or be ready to face the wrath of the law at the appropriate time; the wrath of the people and ultimately the wrath of God, which no constitutional immunity can protect him from.

“The only other alternative is for him to publicly apologize and tell us that he wickedly and maliciously lied when he had that disgraceful, middle of the night press conference to push the false narrative that Amaechi owns the money and apartment.”

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Ecological Fund: Jonathan Replies El-Rufai, Calls Him A “Big” Liar

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The immediate past President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has described Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State as a big liar, urging Nigerians not to listen to him.

The former leader made this known in a statement issued by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, on Friday, while reacting to el-Rufai’s claims on the disbursement of Ecological Fund under the Jonathan’s administration.

El-Rufai had on Thursday at the National Executive Council meeting, said:

“What President Goodluck Jonathan did was to take N2bn each from the Ecological Fund and give to some PDP states. Any PDP state that was not his friend, like Kano and Kwara, didn’t get.”

However, the former President said it was only the states that met the criteria for accessing the fund that received it.

The statement read in part: “It is so easy to expose Mallam Nasir el-Rufai as a liar as Akwa-Ibom, a PDP state governed by the then Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and a close confidante of the then President, Senator Godswill Akpabio, did not get the monies alluded to by Mallam el-Rufai from the Ecological Fund as did multiple other PDP states including Ekiti state, a state governed by a thoroughbred patriot and Jonathan supporter, Ayo Fayose.”

“Also, it is false that non-PDP states did not get monies from the fund. Nemesis catches up faster with liars than any other agent of evil.  El-Rufai was probably led by the gods against his own sinister plot to confess in another breathe that states under non-PDP parties like APGA and Labour party also benefitted.”

“The fact remains that the Ecological Fund is a specialised fund with certain constitutional requirements which must be met before a state can access the funds. Every state benefitted from the fund under President Jonathan, who bent over backwards to accommodate states that had difficulty meeting the criteria for accessing the fund.”

Jonathan said the Kaduna governor was in the habit of telling lies against him, citing several alleged instances.

“Nigerians may recall that this is not the first time that el-Rufai has vented his known passion for lying against the former President. The public will recall that in October 2015, he falsely alleged that former President Jonathan spent a whopping N64bn on Independence Day celebrations, during his tenure when in fact only N333m was spent,” the statement concluded.

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Voter Card Scandal: Gov. Bello In Trouble As Kogi APC Disowns Him, Demands Resignation

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A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State has demanded the resignation of the State Governor Yahya Bello over his alleged double voter’s registration scandal.

The leadership of the party, while disowning the governor, also threatened to mobilise the state’s House of Assembly for the governor’s impeachment if he failed to resign.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had accused Bello of registering twice for voter card in a breach of the provisions of the Electoral Act.

It is understood that Bello, after registering in Abuja, was pictured in his office in the state registering as a voter the second time.

However, on Friday, at a press conference in Abuja, the Chairman of the APC faction in Kogi, Hadi Ameto; and lawmaker representing Kogi-West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye, strongly condemned the governor for the alleged act.

Melaye described the conference as “individual and collective reaction” to INEC’s announcement.

He said, “Yesterday, INEC made an official press release to say that Governor Yaya Bello of Kogi State registered in 2011 for his voter card in Wuse Zone 4 (Abuja) and on Tuesday, he did a second registration in the Government House in Lokoja (Kogi).

“INEC said this contravened the provisions of the Electoral Act and Governor Yaya Bello has committed a crime.

“INEC also said that the Government House in Lokoja was not a designated registration centre, meaning that either through corruption, cohesion or diabolical means, the governor must have taken INEC (officials) to the government house to do the ‘bojuboju’ registration inside his office.

“This criminal behaviour of the governor has embarrassed the people of Kogi State and the APC. We dissociate ourselves from this criminal behaviour. Kogi people are responsible people and we are expected to have a responsible governor.

“This has underscored the fact that as of the time he was contesting in the election, he was not a registered voter in Kogi State. If he was not a registered voter ab initio, why did he accept the candidacy of the party?

“On this note, we are calling for the immediate resignation of the governor because someone awaiting trial cannot be representing the people of Kogi State as governor. But if the governor refuses to resign, we are going to mobilise our members in the House of Assembly to start an impeachment process against the governor because we have a valid point as expressed by INEC.”

In the meantime, there are very strong indications that INEC will embark on a massive shake-up in its Kogi State office following Bello’s alleged double registration.

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Troops Recover Voters, National ID Cards During Raid On Boko Haram Cell

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The Nigerian Army has said that its troops deployed to 31 Artillery Brigade on Thursday raided an evolving Boko Haram terrorists’ cell at Mokwa and its environs in Niger State.

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The Army said the raid followed information of terrorists’ activities within that premises.

Also, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations, in a statement, said the raid and subsequent bursting of the cell followed a painstaking surveillance that led to the arrest of the 3 leaders.

They are Mustapha Muhammed (Adam Bitri), Ali Saleh and Uba Mohammed.

The suspects were nabbed at their hideout at Gidan Mai village, along Mokwa-Tegina road in Niger.

The statement added that “preliminary investigation confirmed that Mustapha Muhammed, was among Boko Haram terrorists that kidnapped the late elder statesman, Alhaji Shettima Ali Monguno, in Maiduguri on 13th May 2013 along with one Bakura (at large).”

“Items recovered from them include Automated Teller Machines debit cards, Voters Registration cards, National Identity Cards, various mobile telephone handsets and Bank tellers, among other items.”

“The terrorists are currently being further interrogated.”

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D’banj Now A Proud Father! Welcomes First Child “Daniel Oyebanjo III”

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Popular Nigerian singer, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, better known as D’banj, has welcomed his first child.

Dbanj, who is married to Lineo Didi Kilgrow, took to his Instagram page on Friday to share the first photo of their baby – a boy – named Daniel Oyebanjo III.

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Already his son has an Instagram account with loads of followers as at press time.

The self-acclaimed Kokomaster is said to have held a secret wedding and a low key ceremony both in Lagos and Abuja with his girlfriend Didi in 2016.

It would be recalled, in the wake of talks by concerned Nigerians about his marital status, D’banj had said:

“My marriage is my business and it is none of your business. Whether I am married or not, mind your business. If you ever see a wedding ring on my finger, fine, but if you don’t, fine.”

“The truth about it is that it is very important to know what you want as a brand. As a brand, I wanted to focus on the business side and keep my family and private life, private and concentrate on CREAM.”

The Koko master crooner has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009.

He also won Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards, Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards.

 

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Conte: Abrahimovich Always Trusted In Me

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Antonio Conte has revealed the actions of Roman Abrahimovich after Chelsea’s 3-0 loss to Arsenal in September.

That loss was a defining moment in Chelsea’s season and many thought the Italian would be sacked, as club owner Abrahimovich, came to training three days in a row.

Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation after the defeat, which helped Chelsea to a 13-match winning run and the Italian insists he had the trust of the Russian billionaire.

“He came for three days to watch our training sessions, to watch the video analysis, to stay with us. He supported me,” Conte said at a news conference at Cobham Training Centre. “He never showed me he was angry.

“I think the club always saw my job, during pre-season and in that period, and trusted in my job. I never thought the club was thinking about sacking me. Honestly.”

“It was very difficult to think about celebrating winning the league after the Arsenal defeat,” He added. “To think we’d arrive at the end of the season and be celebrating winning the league. Honestly, that felt very difficult.

“Not impossible but, in that period, we had a lot of big problems to solve. To find the right solution quickly is not easy. You must be very good, very prepared, but also lucky in these circumstances.

“And you must also have the players to give you the possibility to impose your ideas, your changes, and everything you are thinking in that moment. For that reason, I was lucky to have a group of players who put themselves in Chelsea and my ideas of football, and we put ourselves in a position where we could secure a fantastic title and celebrate.

“At the start of the season, if you’d said we could qualify for the Champions League, I’d have signed for that. Then I found great players, and we were able to change our season.”

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