Mor Leaves Dortmund For Celta Vigo

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Emre Mor has completed a shocking move from Borussia Dortmund to La Liga side Celta Vigo, the German club has confirmed.

The 20-year-old was supposed to go on loan to Inter, but talks to join the Serie A side broke down.

Mor was also linked with a couple of premier league clubs, but a move to Celta Vigo for a reported fee of €13 million was what the Turkey international wanted.

In a statement, Dortmund confirmed: “Attacking player Emre Mor leaves Borussia Dortmund after a year and moves to Celta Vigo at his own request.

“The player, who grew up in Denmark, asked Borussia Dortmund for the move because he hopes to be at another club with greater opportunities than there are in BVB’s already well-stocked attack.”

Sporting director Michael Zorc added: “We respect this wish and we wish Emre all the best for the future.”

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Bartra: Dembele Is A Great Signing For Barcelona

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Marc Bartra believes Barcelona must give Ousmane Dembele time, after he completed his move away from Dortmund.

The France international winger completed his move on Monday, for an initial fee of €105 million.

Bartra believes Ousmane Dembele is a great signing for Barcelona, but must not place too much expectation on him.

“Dembele is a pure talent, it’s a great signing,” Bartra told a news conference while on international duty with Spain.

“I know this from everything he has brought us last year [at Dortmund]. He is a very good player but he needs patience.

“He is very young and he cannot be compared to anyone – Neymar is among the best three players in the world.”

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Strike Continues As ASUU Shuns Meeting With Nigerian Govt

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Lecturers under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday shunned a meeting scheduled with the Federal Government to address the concerns raised in an earlier agreement between them for which union has been on strike.

Instead of attending the meeting with the Federal Government, ASUU forwarded a letter containing “a counter offer”, in response to the earlier offer made to ASUU by the government.

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When speaking to newsmen, ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi said that the education body had submitted a proposal to the federal government and is yet to receive a reply from the government, hence, would not attend any meeting with it until the union gets a reply.

It is understood that the ASUU leadership refused to attend the meeting because there was nothing concrete to offer by the government and since they had submitted their counter offer to be considered by the Federal Government.

“ASUU was not at the meeting because they felt there is no need progressing for a meeting now since there is nothing concrete to offer by the government. Besides, they have just transmitted their own offer to the government for their consideration and they felt it is better to leave them to consider that offer, before any meeting with them,” a source told Nigerian Tribune.

The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, had called for a meeting in Abuja in an effort to put an end to the lingering strike embarked by the union.

Those expected were the Ministers of Education and Finance, Mallam Adamu Adamu and Mrs. Kemi Adeosun respectively, Chairman, National Income Salaries and Wages Commission, Executive Secretary National Universities Commission and the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba.

Speaking on the development, Ngige said: “Today we are supposed to have a formal meeting with the stakeholders in the government side and ASUU; but we have some new developments which made it mandatory that we roll over this meeting to the next day.

“The government as you know on the 16th of August gave ASUU an offer through the Ministry of Education, and yesterday ASUU got back to us and said they needed us to deliberate on their counter offer before we can have a formal meeting.

“We acceded to that because we think we need to do a government side meeting on their counter offer before we can have a reconciliatory, to further discuss if there are areas of disagreement or stamp an authority to what their demands will be. So, that is the position.”

On what the government is doing on the issue, Ngige said: “As we speak now, we have a government side meeting inside my office. The Minister of Education is on another point for a meeting and we are going to collide into a full government side meeting by 3pm today to formalise our position and look at ASUU’s request.

“So, that is why we have not been out here, but we decided to come and address you on what the current situation is. After this address we will go back to government side meeting and continue.

“Tomorrow is Federal Executive Council and we will also need council approval for some of the things we are doing. Thereafter, we would then meet with ASUU may be tomorrow evening or Thursday morning; whichever is convenient to both parties.”

ASUU, an umbrella body of all university lecturers in the country, is currently on strike over the federal government’s failure to fulfil its 2009/2013 agreement with the union.

The union embarked on the strike on August 13 over issues of poor funding, welfare of its members and the failure of the federal government to honour aspects of past agreements it had with its members.

The leadership of the union met on Friday, August 25, at the National Executive Council meeting, with the aim to determine the direction of the ongoing national strike.

The meeting came on the back of an earlier meeting of the national branches held across the country on Wednesday to decide on whether the strike should continue or not.

In the meeting, all the branches were told to submit their respective reports to the national body who will take a final decision.

Specifically, the national branches were given three options by the national body to choose from at their deliberations, which are: to continue with the strike action, suspend the action or, ‘positively review the federal government proposal.’

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Uganda Govt Begin Hunt For Porn Users

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The Government of Uganda has said that committee to eradicate pornography in the country has been placed into effect.

The country’s Ethics Minister, Simon Lokodo, who made this known on Tuesday, August 29, said that the government is blaming sexually explicit materials for everything, from drug abuse to homosexuality.

The minister said that the nation will invest roughly 500 million dollars yearly to stop “one of the deadliest moral diseases in the country”.

Lokodo, a former Catholic priest, blamed porn for “escalating cases of drug abuse among youths, incest, teenage pregnancy and abortion, homosexuality and lesbianism and defilement.”

He continued: “The nine-member investigate team will be outfitted with “top-end gadgets” to monitor or intercept the downloading, watching, sharing or transmission of pornographic material.

“In addition, inspectors will be assigned to conduct on-the-spot checks for pornographic material.

“The team will also be supported by 30 to 40 technical and administrative staff and anyone caught distributing or using pornographic material would be handed over to the police.’’

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Monaco Complete Jovetic Signing

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Ligue 1 champions Monaco have announced the signing of Stefan Jovetic from Inter, for a reported fee of €11 million.

The 27-year-old striker did not make much of an impression at Inter and could only score five goals in 26 appearances on loan with Sevilla.

Jovetic has put pen to paper on a four-year contract at Monaco and is expected to be the replacement for Mbappe, who is close to an exit.

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Liverpool Complete Signing Of Naby Keita For Next Season

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Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Naby Keita for a club-record fee from RB Leipzig and will be joining the club July 1, 2018.

Liverpool had to pay a premium for the Guinea international, after meeting his release clause of £48 million, which could be only activated next summer, to finalise a deal this summer window.

Leipzig, who were determined to play him this year, due to their UCL responsibilities, rejected two good offers from Liverpool.

And with Keita eager to play for Liverpool, a decision was met to satisfy the parties involved.

“I am delighted that an agreement has been reached which will allow me to join Liverpool Football Club next summer, when I will become part of a project that excites me greatly,” the dynamo said.

“My commitment to RBL remains absolute for the remainder of my time at the club. I have given my all every time I have worn the shirt – that will be the case until the final whistle, in my final appearance.

“Having my future resolved means I can now focus on helping RBL achieve great things this season. Until I join my new club, next summer, I will remain an interested supporter from a distance.”

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Piggybank, Afrotech Girls, Znm Foundation, Tambollo, Others Win SME100 Award

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Every year, SME100Nigeria one of Nigeria’s fastest growing platforms for young entrepreneurs; recognises and celebrates 25 Nigerians under the age of 25 who are doing phenomenal things in Nigeria and contributing to socio-economic development of the country. The Nominee reception and awards ceremony held on Saturday, 26th of August at the Terra Kulture Arena in Victoria Island, Lagos.

The ceremony which was well attended by young entrepreneurs, business managers, innovators, inventors and captains of industries was hosted by Akah Nnani and Seyitan Atigarin. It was an evening of inspiration with words of wisdom and encouragement from Lois Sankey Diamond Bank, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo Senior Pastor Trinity House and Mr Tonye Cole Co-founder Sahara group.

There were also musical performances by Saeon, Jeff Akoh, Ric Hassani and other talented young artists in the Nigerian creative industry.

The keynote speaker was Mr Segun Ogunsanya, CEO Airtel Nigeria who was represented by Emeka Oparah, Head Corporate Communications, Airtel. Emeka Oparah in his address advised young entrepreneurs to continue to strive in their various ventures and employ ethical practices that will set their businesses apart from others. He also spoke on Airtel’s commitment in contributing to entrepreneurship in Nigeria.

The Executive Director of SME100 Nigeria, Charles Odii in his welcome address spoke on the goal and aim of the awards. “The goal of this award is to stimulate an entrepreneurial culture among our youths. We identify young people doing phenomenal work across the country, and shine the spotlight on them so that all others can see them and aspire to set up businesses as well.” He said.

The selection of the finalists was cut down to 100 from 3,500 nominated candidates across the 25 categories of the award. The final 25 winners were decided by the Global Advisory Board of SME100Nigeria based on set down criteria and online voting.

See the full list of the award winners below:

NAME  Company  CATEGORY
1. Maryam Laushi Not too young to run Active Citizenry & Government Engagement
2. Chibuzo Aloizeuwa ACE Palace Farms Agriculture
3. Jekein Lato-Unah Artiste Arts, Craft & Culture
4. Garos Bot Botz Pretty Looks Beauty & Makeup
5. Georgette Monnou Unspoken Words Creative Writing & Content Creation
6. AfroTech Girls Afrotech girls Cyber Security & Technology
7. Abiola Chris-Amusan Rings Nigeria E-Commerce
8. Omozino Eguh Yudimy Education
9. Jennifer Uchendu Susty Vibes Energy & Sustainability
10. Buogo Obi WoodDesignes Environment, Housing & Interior Décor
11. Chinyere Uzuh Qwint Perfect Event Planning
12. Desiree Iyama Desiree Iyama Fashion
13. Joshua Chibueze PiggyBankNG Finance & Fintech
14. Aliyu Abubakar QuickShake Food
15. Precious Obiako Spotlight Skincare Health & Skincare
16. Natalie Obi Ethereal Olores Co. Manufacturing & Logistics
17. Gidado Shuaib Youths’ Digest Media & Communication
18. Tuke Morgan Music
19. Ebiye Performing Arts
20. Rotimi Okungbaye Photography
21. Stephanie Eze Mintville Professional Services
22. Zayyad Nasidi ZNM Foundation Social Entrepreneurship
23. Omimi Okere Qontent Software & Design
24. Georgia Oboh Sport
25. Sikemi Ifederu Tambollo Tourism & Hospitality
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For more information, please visit www.sme100nigeria.com. For enquiries call 08177743650 or send email to communications@sme100nigeria.com

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Wimmer Joins Stoke From Tottenham

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Stoke City have added another defender to their ranks, signing Kevin Wimmer from Tottenham for £18 million.

Wimmer, 24, had his medical on Monday and signed a five-year contract with the potters on Tuesday.

The Austria international is Mark Hughes’ seventh signing of the transfer window and the fourth defender to join Stoke.

Stoke boss Hughes told his club’s official website: “Kevin is an undoubted talent and he will significantly add to the quality of the group of players that I already have at my disposal.

“We put a real emphasis on trying to enhance the defensive areas of the squad this summer and we feel that we have been able to do that.

“We brought Kurt Zouma in earlier in the window and managed to bring Bruno Martins Indi back to the club following his loan spell last season, so bringing Kevin here too, a player I admire greatly, gives me real strength in depth in those central positions.”

Hughes added: “Obviously this deal was with a view to the future because we know that Kurt is a Chelsea player, but Kevin is our player now and we knew that this deal wouldn’t have been available to us this time next year.

“There is a lot of money being spent this summer, so for us to get a player of Kevin’s calibre through the door for the price we have paid, in my opinion, is something we will really appreciate for years to come.”

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Villa Lauds Asensio And Predicts Great Future For Spain

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David Villa has hailed Marco Asensio as a spectacular player and sees a great future for the Spain national team.

At 35, Villa has been called to the national team by Lopetegui, ahead of their matches against Italy and Liechtenstein.

In his prime he enjoyed success with La Roja and believes with Asensio, Spain has a great future.

“We have to see [Asensio] to enjoy him,” he told a news conference. “He’s spectacular and he has had an incredible evolution in the last few months.

“We’ll enjoy him as a Spanish player for many years. He’s making a case to be a starter in Madrid – but that’s not up to me, it’s up to the coach.”

“I have seen very well the evolution of the team at this time. It has huge talent with many great players.

“We all said that we had to have patience after winning the World Cup and that streak of five or six years. The quality of the squad now is amazing.

“Why is there not going to be another glorious time like the one we had?”

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Police Parades Man Who Killed Pastor, Used Body Parts To Prepare Pepper Soup

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The Rivers State Police Command has paraded a suspected cannibal and member of a kidnap gang, Roland Peter, for killing, beheading and using the liver and intestines of his victim to prepare pepper soup.

The Punch reports that the suspect was among the kidnappers that abducted, killed and beheaded one Pastor Samuel Okpara from Edoha in the Ahoada East Local Government Area of the state on August 15, 2017.

While parading the suspect with 22 others at the state police command headquarters in Port Harcourt on Monday, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zaki Ahmed, said that guns used by the gang were also in the suspect’s possession.

He stated that the kidnap gang, including its leader, identified simply as Justus aka High Tension, had been terrorising some parts of the Ahoada East LGA.

He said: “The command, in continuation of its onslaught against kidnapping, arrested one Roland Peter, a member of a notorious gang that kidnapped Pastor Samuel Okpara from the Edoha Ahoada East LGA in Rivers State.

“Pastor Okpara was kidnapped, killed and beheaded. His liver and intestines were used to prepare pepper soup and plantain pottage. The suspect was arrested while preparing the meal for his gang. He is helping the police in their investigation.”

Also arrested was one Mohammed Umar, who had reportedly been parading himself as an official of the Nigerian Air Force, defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.

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The Rats Are Not To Blame

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The Rats Are Not To Blame, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

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Throughout last week, it didn’t feel good to be Nigerian. On Tuesday, in particular, reading the international media was a painful experience.

“Nigerian president to ‘work from home’ after rat infestation,” read the headline of a BBC report on Nigeria, with the lead going: Nigeria’s president will spend three months working from home after his office was damaged by rats.

Rodents Took Over Buhari’s Office During His 103-Day Medical Vacation Abroad – Presidency

“Rodents force Nigerian president to work from home,” Daily Mail wrote in its own version of the event. “Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will work from home after rodents damaged his official office during a more than 100-day overseas medical absence,” it reported, quoting a presidential spokesman as telling the AFP, “The animals damaged furniture and air conditioning fittings in the president’s official Abuja office while he was in London receiving treatment.”

Quoting the president’s spokesman like others, Xinhua, the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China, reported: “Nigerian president’s office damaged by rodents after long sick leave.”

The world must have summed Nigeria up as a huge joke: the people, the president, his spokesmen.

A Barefaced Lie

Rodents are not free spirits who go where the wind takes them. They’re constantly in search of two things — food and shelter — and they settle wherever they find them. To have invaded President Buhari’s office, there must have been holes in the walls or floors; everyone knows this is impossible. The other option is that there was leftover food, unwashed plates or unkempt waste bins in the office; this, too, is outrightly impossible.

Were rats to have miraculously made their way to the president’s office, they would certainly have been in numbers not enough to wreak havoc. Even if furniture and air condition fittings were damaged by the rodents, a 103-day absence was enough to fix the damage. To tell Nigerians such unwholesome lie means this administration and its media machinery cannot be trusted one bit.

What this lie means is that something is desperately wrong somewhere. It means, matter-of-factly, that Buhari is still not strong enough to contain the everyday rigour of running the presidency. It means that when the president’s media team releases a photo of him meeting Vice President Osinbajo, we can imagine that the president retreated to his bedroom right after to catch some rest. It’s clear the president’s public appearances are being micromanaged — something that cannot be done in his office without drawing the notice of one or two notoriously nosy State House correspondents.

Culprits of the Damage

There is clearly a damage to the president’s office — ‘office’ here being the honour and prestige that should normally be commanded by the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. But it can’t be blamed on rats. Instead, blame it on the president, a public official who continues to handle his health with privacy. Beyond the opening line, where he expressed gratitude “to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers”, Buhari addressed Nigerians on his return to the country without discussing his health, keeping in the dark millions of taxpayers on whose account he received treatment in London.

By obstinately adopting a policy of secrecy on his health, Buhari continues to inflict enormous damage on the president’s office. It is simple commitment to responsibility that a public official doesn’t leave the public guessing about any matter on which state funds are expended. It is this kind of responsibility deficit that has allowed Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti State, make wild claims on the president’s health, including once saying that he was on life support.

Elsewhere in mature democracies, public officials, even those of lower ranks, are living up to that responsibility. Just last month, John McCain, current Arizona senator (elected for his sixth term in 2016) and former US presidential nominee of the Republican Party, disclosed that he had been diagnosed with cancer (specifically glioblastoma). The disclosure by McCain’s media office fetched him support from all corners of America, with Barack Obama, who ran against McCain in the 2008 election, emotively tweeting: “John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known. Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.”

McCain returned to the Senate days after his hospital round to later cast the decisive vote in the rejection of the proposal to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, the New York Times describing his speech on the day as “having the potential to go down as a Senate classic”. That’s an 80-year-old; at 73, who says Buhari can’t disclose his health status yet function effectively if the right conditions are in place?

Rather than blame the damage on the president’s office on rodents, blame it on his spokesmen, who have so far failed to display the courage to handle the president’s coverage differently from how “yesterday’s men” did it. The average Nigerian president fails to succeed, in part, because he is surrounded by sycophants — yes-men who rarely disagree with him and hardly advise him to go the unpopular way, even if it’s the right path.

Blame that sycophancy on our desperation to hang on to power, regardless of the stakes. It’s something of a national culture; from the president to ministers and aides. Nigerian politicians never want to give up their jobs, even when their credibility is at stake; that is why Garba Shehu will confidently tell the media that rodents have infested the president’s office. He must keep his job; and to keep it, he must defend the indefensible. But don’t blame him too much, knowing that even his principal would cling to power till 2019 at least, whether or not he is medically fit.

Blame it on the people — like the Buhari apologists in whose estimation the president can do no wrong; they are the people who embolden those in government to tell bewildering lies and act with impunity, knowing that they will always go scot-free.

Finally, blame it, one more time, on a president who cannot touch his own men regardless of the scale of embarrassment they cause the country. We’ve been there before. When Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech was plagiarised in Buhari’s ‘Change Begins with Me’ speech in 2016, the president vowed to punish ‘those responsible”. Eleven months after, the presidency has not named — much less shame — the “deputy director” being touted to have “taken responsibility” for this.

The ridicule that has recently been brought to the office of the president is monumental. To parody the title of the legendary Ola Rotimi’s most famous book: the rats are not to blame. The occupant of the office and his aides are the chief culprits.

‘Fisayo Soyombo, editor of the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), tweets @fisayosoyombo.

This piece was written by Fisayo Soyombo. 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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Sallah Celebration: Nigeria Declares Friday, Monday As Public Holidays

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The Nigerian Government has declared on Friday, 1st and Monday 4th September, 2017 as Public Holidays to mark the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Lieutenant Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Retd), made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement issued on Monday by the Director Overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Dr Rufa’i Kawu Attahiru in Abuja.

He congratulated Muslim faithful and urged all Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country’s democracy.

Dambazau further urged all Nigerians to join hands with the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari in its avowed determination to build a peaceful and harmonious country, where the rights of every citizen, are protected and guaranteed, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He assured citizens of their safety in all parts of the country, emphasising that security agencies have been directed to maintain the peace and protect lives and property.

He condemned in strong terms the prevalence of Hate Speeches in the country and warned that the government would henceforth deal with perpetrators according to the law, while emphasising that the government would continue to foster peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and stability in its march towards actualising the full potential of Nigeria.

“The Honourable Minister wishes all Nigerians a most rewarding and Happy Id-el-Kabir celebration,” the statement said.

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Naira Sustains N367/$ As CBN Injects $250m Into Forex Market

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Nigeria’s currency Naira remained stable at the parallel market, exchanging at N367 to a Dollar, on Monday, August 28, 2017.

The local currency maintained its Friday rate, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro traded at N478 and N433 respectively.

Trading at the Bureau De Change segment saw the Naira closing at N363 to the Dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro traded at N478 and N433, respectively.

The Naira appreciated at the investors’ window closing at N359.58, stronger than N361.13, its opening rate.

Traders at the market expressed hopes that the Naira would remain stable in the days ahead.

Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has again intervened in the Inter-Bank Foreign exchange Market to the tune of 250 million dollars.

Yesterday, the acting director, corporate communications department of CBN, Isaac Okorafor, said the apex bank also sold $100 million and uplifted the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and invisible segments, with $85 million and $65 million respectively.

Okorafor said the apex bank would pump even more liquidity into the market in the coming days, noting that the move by the CBN was necessary to enhance stability in the foreign exchange market.

He said in a bid to improve liquidity and ameliorate challenges encountered by critical stakeholders at this time of the year, the bank had ensured that pressures on the market from those seeking Forex for school fees and vacations were eased.

The CBN spokesman also said that the bank had kept faith with its resolve to ensure that there is sustained liquidity to meet genuine requests for foreign exchange.

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Lagos Theatre Festival Announces 2018 edition

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The 5th edition of the Lagos Theatre Festival, LTF 2018 will be held from 27th February till 4th March 2018 in Lagos across various venues with focus on presenting innovative interpretations of new ideas that will inspire and challenge audiences, and new works that will spark conversations and debates.

Lagos Theatre Festival

The theatre in unconventional spaces.

The festival organisers have also announced a call for participation in the fringe strand of the festival, which provides the opportunity for theatre performers or production companies to present their works without restrictions as an avenue to promote arts.

Lagos Theatre Festival was conceived and launched in 2013 by British Council, the United Kingdom’s cultural organisation, inspired by the need to provide a platform for theatre makers in Nigeria to produce works for unconventional spaces and develop audiences for theatre productions.

“We want to encourage more experimental works in unconventional spaces and foster more inclusion with this edition of the festival which will feature performances, a carnival, workshops and variety evening shows in 6 days. Our series of build-up activities to engage audiences and stakeholders towards the delivery of the festival have already commenced, so the festival has already started.” said Kenneth Uphopho, director of Lagos Theatre Festival.

Lagos Theatre Festival

Lagos Theatre Festival

The 2017 edition featured over 80 events at 16 venues across Lagos and was well attended by over 5000 people, some of which include Connie Price, Country Director of British Council Nigeria, Bridget Oyefeso Odusami, Head Sponsorships and Events, First Bank Plc, Adebimpe Akinsola, Acting Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Obi Asika, Theo Lawson, Joke Silva, Olu Jacobs and so many others.

Following the 2017 outing, most of the works presented at the festival received commendable reviews and referrals to participate in other projects and festivals across the world. One of such is ‘Strelitzia’, an experiential poetry and art installation project which was produced by Poedio Productions and premiered at the last edition of the festival. It is a manifestation of the possibilities of experimenting new ideas and building a piece of theatrical work to theme. ‘Wedding Blues’, produced by Beeta Universal Arts Foundation, was one of the most successful shows during the festival and they had to include an extra show to accommodate audiences.

To read more about some of the shows, please click here.

British Council’s Head of Arts in West Africa, Ojoma Ochai said, “From inception, one major vision of the Lagos Theatre Festival has been to enable an experimental platform of expression for theatre producers and performers, and companies and individuals who participated in past editions of the festival have been giving success testimonials. We hope to make more of such stories in 2018.”

Lagos Theatre Festival

Deadline to apply for participation in the fringe strand of the festival is midnight on Monday 11 September; shortlisted applications will receive responses by Monday 6 October. Call out for the curated productions for the festival will be made public in the coming weeks.

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“Telling The Other Nigerian Story – Temilola Akinmuda, Set To Launch Box TV With Flagship Show “Things Men Say”

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What are men really thinking?? No filter, Uncensored – Ajebutter, Joules, Bollylomo and a host of show regulars give us an insight!!

Box TV is set to debut in a couple of weeks with its flagship show: “Things Men Say”.  

BOX TV: Box TV is a web channel that hopes to tell the Nigerian story in a different way. The channel is targeted at Nigerians and Africans in the diaspora, both Male and Female ages 18 – 35.

We hope to bring a lot of young and emerging talent into the creative space as they don’t really get the chance to be heard/seen in an Entertainment industry that revolves around who you know and how big you are. We aspire to change the narrative and create content that inspires, entertains, pushes the boundaries of creativity and starts conversations about issues that concern young Nigerians/ Africans. We will show the “other” Nigerian story, a story of a land of promise, youth and vigor, opportunity and beauty.

 

Meet some of the show regulars:

 

Box TV

Shola Ajisegbede (Photographer|Creative Director)
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Bollylomo (Actor, Comedian)
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Ajebutter (Musician)
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Joules (Musician)

 

Box TV is an online channel founded by Temilola Akinmuda. Temilola, fondly called “Taymi” is an award winning on air personality at Nigeria’s leading radio station Cool FM, where she hosts the Midday Oasis alongside Dotun. She is also the host of one of Radio’s most loved travel shows ‘Travel with Taymi’ which is being turned into an online travelogue on Box TV. She is also an award-winning parenting blogger and she blogs on “First Time Mom”.

Box TV

Temilola Akinmuda

She has worked as a producer for several years and she has gone on to create her very own series “Skinny Girl in Transit” that has won several awards even clinching an AMVCA Nomination. The show has fast become Ndani TV’s most successful web series. More recently she served as a producer on Accelerate TV’s ‘Wrap up with Toolz’ and she is currently working on a new web series called “First Time Mom” based off her parenting blog and her adventures as a new young mum in collaboration with Wazobia TV.

Box TV

So get ready for something new!! Something Fresh on BOX TV

Check out the teaser below

 

 

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Lagos State Government Asks Court To Punish Hamza al-Mustapha, Shofolahan Over Kudirat Abiola Murder

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The Lagos State Government has urged the Supreme Court to re-visit the judgment of the Court of Appeal which acquitted Hamza al-Mustapha and Lateef Shofolahan of the murder of Kudirat Abiola.

LASG wants the court to uphold the death sentence passed on al-Mustapha and Shofolahan on January 30, 2012 by Justice Mojisola Dada of the Lagos State High Court.

Kudirat, wife of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Moshood (MKO) Abiola, was killed in Lagos on June 4, 1996. Both Mr. al-Mustapha, a former chief security officer to then Head of State, Sani Abacha; and Mr. Shofolahan, were on January 30, 2012 sentenced to death by a Lagos State High Court for the murder of the deceased but the Court of Appeal in Lagos on July 12, 2013 discharged and acquitted both men on the grounds of lack of credible evidence.

In the judgment delivered by its bench of three justices led by Amina Augie (now a Justice of the Supreme Court), the Court of Appeal held that the testimonies key witnesses including first prosecution witness, Ore Falomo, and Ahmed Yusuf, the fourth prosecution witness, were irrelevant and unreliable.

The state government filed a 10-ground notice of appeal against the judgment of the Court of Appeal. The appeal told the Supreme court that the testimonies of its star witnesses, Barnabas Jabila, also known as Sergeant Rogers, and Mohammed Abdul, who had confessed to their roles in the murder, were detailed and consistent.

It claimed that the contradictions in the witnesses’ testimonies were not material enough to warrant the decision of the Court of Appeal to disregard their entire evidence. It therefore contended that the Court of Appeal erred in discharging and acquitting al-Mustapha and Shofolahan.

The 10-ground notice of appeal, signed by Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Adeniji Kazeem sought an order of the Supreme Court allowing the appeal, and another “setting aside the judgment of the court below.”

The Lagos State Government argued that the appeal court “erred when it determined that there were material contradictions that rendered the testimony of PW2 (Barnabas Jabila) inconsistent and unreliable”. It insisted that Mr. Jabila, in his testimony before the Lagos State High Court, was consistent and that the details supplied by him were “not materially controverted.”

The Government also faulted the Court of Appeal’s rejection of the testimony of Mr. Abdul. It argued that the Court of Appeal “erred in law when it held that there were material contradictions that rendered the testimony of PW3 unreliable.” It said, “PW3 gave graphic and detailed evidence of the conspiracy to and murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola.”

 

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ASUU Strike: Nigerian Govt Holds Crucial Meeting With Union Leaders Today

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The federal government of Nigeria will today meet with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to negotiate ways of resolving the ongoing national strike by the lecturers.

A statement from Deputy Director (Press), Ministry of Labour and Employment, Samuel Olowookere, on Monday night, said the government delegation at the meeting would include the ministers of Education and Finance, Chairman, National Income Salaries and Wages Commission, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission and the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress.

While the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, will be representing the government, the ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, is expected to lead a delegation of lecturers to the meeting scheduled for noon in Abuja.

The union leaders will be briefing the government delegation on the resolutions reached on the offers made by the Federal Government during the last meeting held on August 17, 2017.

“Senator Ngige calls on ASUU to show good faith as the Federal Government had already demonstrated commitment to addressing the grievances of the union,” the statement noted.

ASUU, an umbrella body of all university lecturers in the country, is currently on strike over the federal government’s failure to fulfil its 2009/2013 agreement with the union.

The union embarked on the strike on August 13 over issues of poor funding, welfare of its members and the failure of the federal government to honour aspects of past agreements it had with its members.

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The leadership of the union met on Friday, August 25, at the National Executive Council meeting, with the aim to determine the direction of the ongoing national strike.

The meeting came on the back of an earlier meeting of the national branches held across the country on Wednesday to decide on whether the strike should continue or not.

In the meeting, all the branches were told to submit their respective reports to the national body who will take a final decision.

Specifically, the national branches were given three options by the national body to choose from at their deliberations, which are: to continue with the strike action, suspend the action or, ‘positively review the federal government proposal.’

In a related development, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Non-Academic Staff Union and National Association of Academic Technologists held a ‘referendum’ throughout the country on Monday to decide their fate and also the possibility of an indefinite strike action.

The unions are accusing the federal government of negotiating with ASUU alone despite their own welfare demands which have been pending over the years.

They are expected to meet again on Wednesday at the NASU Secretariat in Abuja.

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McGregor Gets 2-Month Medical Suspension After Loss To Mayweather

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Conor McGregor will be unable to fight for at least 60 days after the Nevada Athletic Commission announced its medical suspension for the reigning UFC lightweight champion on Monday, August 28, 2017.

MMA Fighting quoted a press statement issued yesterday by the Nevada Athletic Commission as saying that McGregor, who lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, in his first professional boxing fight, will – together with five other fighters – be forced to sit out a minimum of 60 days before returning to active competition.

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McGregor was stopped with a flurry of punches at the 1:05 mark of the 10th frame after a strong early performance.

Even in defeat, McGregor impressed many fans who had written off his chances of winning. Some even pondered whether McGregor would step back in the ring again.

“I was actually very surprised with his ability to do certain things,” Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said, per MMAJunkie’s Fernanda Prates and John Morgan.

“If he chooses to, he definitely has a future in boxing—if he chooses to. To be able to last as long as he did, he’s a very tough competitor. He has a big heart and, again, he’s showed a lot.”

UFC President Dana White, however, was less enthused with the idea of McGregor’s pursuing a boxing career.

“I would rather he did not,” White said, per the Independent’s Luke Brown. … “This isn’t what he does. He’s a mixed martial artist, he’s better when he uses all of his weapons. I think he did great tonight but I want to see him back in the UFC.”

Here is the full list of those under medical suspensions:

  • Conor McGregor: suspended until Oct. 26 with no contact until Oct. 11
  • Nathan Cleverly: suspended until Oct. 11 with no contact until Sept. 26
  • Thomas Dulorme: suspended until Sept. 26 with no contact until Sept. 17
  • Juan Heraldez: needs X-ray clearance on left hand, if positive then needs clearance by orthopedic doctor or suspended until Feb. 23; minimum suspension until Oct. 11 with no contact until Sept. 26
  • Jose Miguel Borrego: Must have X-ray on left knee within 10 days, if positive then needs clearance by orthopedic doctor or suspended until Feb. 23; minimum suspension until Sept. 26 with no contact until Sept. 17
  • Kevin Newman: suspended until Oct. 11 with no contact until Sept. 26

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“Military Feeding Buhari With Wrong Information On Boko Haram Attacks”

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Mr. Adamu Kamale, a member of the House of Representatives, on Monday claimed that the Nigerian military often feeds President Muhammadu Buhari with wrong information about the strength of Boko Haram insurgents and their capacity to carry out deadly strikes in the North-East.

Kamale, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress, represents Michika/Madagali Federal Constituency of Adamawa State, made this known while speaking with The Punch.

He alleged that while the military’s position of ‘decimating’ the insurgents sounded laudable, “the truth remains” that the group was still very active.

Using Madagali local government of the Borno state as case-study, the lawmaker disclosed that the situation in the area had been “grossly under-reported” in a series of security reports filed by the military to Buhari.

According to the lawmaker, no week passes without “one ugly incident or another” taking place in the border communities.

He added, “I am from this place (Madagali) and I can authoritatively tell you that my people are not safe. The military are always feeding Mr. President with the wrong information that things are normalising; it’s not true.

“We are happy that Mr. President made a reference to the Boko Haram issue in his broadcast to the nation when he returned from his medical vacation to the United Kingdom. He spoke of stepping up the war against Boko Haram and other forms of insecurity.

“However, we advise Mr. President to match the broadcast with actions because the insurgents are truly killing more people than he is even aware of, particularly in Michika/Madagali Local Government Areas of Adamawa State.

“In the past few days, over 10 lives and over 200 houses have been lost again. The security reports he gets on these two local governments are not detailed.

“The situation here is worse than the reports he gets from the military.”

In December 2016, the legislator was one of those who were against a plan by the military to pull out troops from the North-East this year on the grounds that the insurgents had been weakened.

He had warned, “The situation today is such that government should deploy more troops in Madagali; nothing has changed much.

“Insurgents are still very active, kidnapping women and children and raping them.

“If the government contemplates withdrawing troops, it means insurgents will simply take over Madagali as a permanent territory.

“As we speak, insurgents live and operate just within two kilometres to the Sambisa Forest from Madagali.

“Thinking of withdrawing troops does not tally with the reality on ground.”

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Boko Haram Insurgency: US Sells N181bn Warplanes, Weapons To Nigeria

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The Headquarters of the United States Department of Defence, the Pentagon, on Monday confirmed to the country’s Congress the sale of 12 Super Tucano A-29 ground attack aircraft and weapons to Nigeria to aid the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.

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According to Reuters, the Pentagon communicated the sale of the 12 ground attack aircraft valued at $593m (N181bn) to the US Congress yesterday.

The Super Tucano A-29, “an agile, propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance and surveillance as well as attack capabilities is made by Brazil’s Embraer.”

It is a turboprop light attack plane in service with countries across the world. It is designed for counter-insurgency operations and close-air support in areas lacking significant air defenses. It is also widely used as a training aircraft.

It is a contender in the U.S. Air Force’s OA-X light attack aircraft competition for a low-cost and easy to operate and maintain air support platform.

Light planes like the Tucano can fulfil air support and surveillance needs in low-risk environments at a much lower operational cost then heavier jets like the A-10 or F-16 and require less flight and maintenance training.

In April, the US had agreed to sell high-tech aircraft to Nigeria to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.

United States officials told the Associated Press that the Congress was expected to receive formal notification within weeks, setting in motion the deal with Nigeria.

They added that the arrangement would call for Nigeria purchasing up to 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft with sophisticated targeting gear.

Before the new development, the United States had prevented Nigeria from acquiring the Super Tucano ground attack aircraft from Brazil in November, 2016 because of allegations of human rights violations against the Nigerian military.

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