Nigerians Still Love Me, I Was Only Teasing – Mr Eazi Declares

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Early this year, Mr. Eazi incurred the wrath of music lovers in Nigeria after giving himself credit for the ongoing synergy of Ghana-Nigeria sound. Also, his claims to have left a highly paid oil company job for music sparked unpleasant reactions from Nigerians.

All these statements and ugly public feedbacks seem to have caused Mr.Eazi to become almost unpopular in the Nigerian music scene.

While reacting to the issue in a recent interview with HipTV, Mr Eazi declared that the love Nigerians have for him has never diminished. He also maintained that all he has said was just a deliberate attempt to tease Nigerians.

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Tiwa Savage, Reekado Banks And Kiss Daniel Perform At Kennedy Okonkwo’s 40th Birthday

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Tiwa Savage, Reekado Banks and Kiss Daniel perform at Kennedy Okonkwo’s 40th Birthday

The Chief Executive Officer of one of the leading real estate companies in Nigeria, Nedcomoaks, Kennedy Okonkwo recently turned 40 and held a lavish party to mark the milestone.

Birthday boy, Dr Kennedy Okonkwo and his wife Ichechi

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

The much talked about party, which was anchored by Efex the Entertainer, and Funny Bone took place on November 25, 2017 at D Venue by Cedarwood, Oniru, Lagos.

Efex the entertainer

Funny Bone

The event was handled by Blu Victoria a top notch event planning company based in Lagos, who not only put up a splendid assortment of décor to meet the party theme but also delivered professional protocol service to ensure a hitch free event.

Highlights of the event include live performances by popular artistes such as Tiwa Savage, Reekado Banks and Kiss Daniel. And also a dancing competition and raffle draw, which saw two guests, go home with brand new IPhone 8 gifts.

Tiwa Savage

Reekado Banks

Jennifer Edobor

Ada Oguaka

Bosi, Voke, Moses

Ichechi and Kennedy Okonkwo

Chief Adebola Dosunmu

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Atletico Madrid’s Bid For Lautaro Martinez Rejected By Racing Club

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Atletico Madrid have had an offer for Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez rejected by Racing Club.

Atletico Madrid want to sign the 20-year-old but Victor Blanco, Racing Club’s president, says Diego Simeone’s side have failed with their first offer.

Speaking to Argentine newspaper Ole, he said: “An offer from Atletico Madrid worth €12.75m with a surplus value of 10% of a future sale arrived, but it was rejected.”

Racing Club are reportedly seeking a higher fee and a higher sell-on clause. The player, who is also on Borussia Dortmund’s radar, is keen to move to Atleti.

Atletico were not allowed to buy any players this summer because of a FIFA transfer ban that ends in the New Year, but will strengthen their attack in January with Diego Costa and Vitolo.

Lautaro Martinez scored nine goals in 23 Superliga Argentina appearances for Racing last season.

The 20-year-old, who scored his third league goal in his sixth start this season for Racing in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Newell’s Old Boys, said after the game: “I don’t know if these are going to be my last months at Racing, I have not spoken to my agent. I don’t want to think about anything or say something because I don’t have any concrete information.

“I just try to give my best, leave a good image and help my teammates. We then shall see what decision the club executives, my agent and my family take.”

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Newcastle Linked With Move For Iker Casillas

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Newcastle United eyeing new goalkeeper as reports from Portugal link them with Iker Casillas.

Benitez has recently recalled Karl Darlow to his starting XI and is pleased with his contributions in the last two games after taking over from Rob Elliot.

Darlow’s display at Stamford Bridge even won praise from Chelsea and Belgium star Eden Hazard who described him as a “brilliant goalkeeper”.

However, the Newcastle Chronicle understands that Benitez is still keen to keep the competition in the goalie department up to a high standard by bringing in a third senior man, and he will also look to loan out Freddie Woodman to an EFL club with the youngster making it clear he needs game-time.

Newcastle are 13th in terms of goals conceded and Benitez has always prided himself on having a tight defence.

Liverpool, another Premier League giant who are in need of a stable No 1, are reported to have been monitoring Casillas’ situation at Porto.

However, they are unlikely to move in January, as his ineligibility for the Champions League will likely put them off.

Casillas is one of the most successful footballers in history and one of only three men to win the Champions League, World Cup and Euros as captain.

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Wobey Sound: Olamide’s Album “Lagos Na Wa” Debuts #6 On World Billboard Chart

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Certified street act, Olamide Baddo who released his seventh studio album on the 17th of November, 2017 has taken to social media to share his excitement after his Album finally debuted at the top 6 spot in the world category of the Billboard chart.

The much anticipated “Lagos Na Wa” album which revolved around Olamide’s Lagos story has been widely accepted by his fans both home and abroad. On the top World Albums cateogry of the Billboard chat, Olamide’s “Lagos Na Wa” is currently sitting comfortably in the 6th position below “The Best Of Christmas” album by Coitic Woman, “Love Yourself” album by BTS while “Perfect Velvet” album by Red Velvet maintains the number 1 spot.

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Wenger: I Will Not Give Up On The Title

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will never give up on Arsenal’s chances of winning the title, just like Pochettino has done with Tottenham.

Arsenal lost their last match, 3-1 to Manchester United and sit fifth in the Premier League, 15 points behind City.

And while Tottenham manager Pochettino accepted recently that his side have little chance of lifting the crown , Wenger was unwilling to do likewise.

“I am not Pochettino, I am Arsene Wenger,” the Frenchman told reporters.

“I am here to fight as long as I can, as long as mathematically it’s possible you have to fight, you cannot give any other message out.”

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

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Thibaut Courtois could reject a new Chelsea deal even if the Blues match David De Gea’s Manchester United wages.
Arsenal’s incoming head of recruitment Sven Mislintat admits he will arrive in north London to great expectations after the Gunners succeeded in poaching him from Borussia Dortmund.
Tottenham are facing a defensive crisis ahead of their Premier League clash with Manchester City after Davinson Sanchez was sent off against Watford.
Mesut Ozil embraced members of the Manchester United staff after Arsenal were beaten 3-1 by their top-four rivals at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Rumoured Manchester United target Leon Goretzka has admitted he will make a decision on his Schalke future in January.
Pep Guardiola claims Manchester City must keep Raheem Sterling ‘happy’ as they look to tie their leading scorer down to a long-term contract.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Ronald Koeman has revealed he has turned down offers to manage two Premier League clubs in recent weeks – and that his sacking at Everton hit him “like a bolt out the blue”.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Newcastle United are sourcing another senior goalkeeper as Rafa Benitez starts to finalise his January wish-list.
Aleksandar Mitrovic is reportedly keen on Anderlecht return as Newcastle frustrations continue.

SUNDERLAND ECHO
Chris Coleman admits he may need to ‘be brave’ and mix things up at the Stadium of Light as he looks to end Sunderland’s wretched home record.

EXPRESS & STAR
Offers are set to come in from abroad for West Brom youngster and Walsall loanee Tyler Roberts

HULL DAILY MAIL
Nigel Adkins is the bookmakers’ pick for the Hull City job but odds have dropped on Gary Megson becoming the Tigers’ new boss.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Swansea City owners are still backing Paul Clement and will give him January transfer window to turn things around.
Striker Oli McBurnie has been linked with a loan move to Championship high-fliers Aston Villa.

NOTTINGHAM POST
Chris Cohen could be back pushing for a first-team return with Nottingham Forest against Bolton next weekend.

THE ARGUS
Brighton boss Chris Hughton says record buy Jose Izquierdo is still on a learning curve as he weighs up whether to keep faith with the Colombian

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Carlo Ancelotti Reveals He’s Turned Down The Chance To Coach Italy

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Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed he does not want to become Italy’s next head coach as he wants to stay in club management.

The former Chelsea, Real Madrid, Juventus and AC Milan manager had been the choice of the federation’s president Carlo Tavecchio, who has also since stood down from his role.

But Carlo Ancelotti said: “Yes the federation contacted me, I spoke to them. I told them what I am telling you now, that I am honoured by so many people wanting me to be the coach of the national side.

“However, that would be like a whole other job. Being a national coach is different to being a club coach, as I still enjoy training and working every day.”

Italian football also has some problems that need to be resolved. I realise there is a conflict of interests between clubs and federations, as there is in Germany, France and England, but right now Italian football needs the Federation to impose its power over the clubs and impose new rules to improve the situation.

“For example, I think Serie A would benefit greatly by being reduced from 20 teams to 18 and I know there are clubs who are ready to vote for that.”

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Shashi Kapoor: Veteran Bollywood Actor Passes Away At 79

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Veteran Bollywood actor and producer Shashi Kapoor has passed away on Monday after prolonged illness, according to media reports. He was 79.

It was gathered that Kapoor, who acted in huge hits like Deewar and Kabhie Kabhie, had been ill for some time and was in hospital.

He was a member of the Kapoor dynasty, which has dominated the Hindi film industry for decades.

“Shashi Kapoor expired at 5.20 pm on December 4 at Kokilaben Hospital, here,” Dr Ram Narain, executive director of Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, told news agency IANS in a message.

“Yes he has passed away. He had kidney problem since several years. He was on dialysis for several years,” Randhir Kapoor told PTI.

Kapoor, who started his career as a child actor in his father Prithviraj Kapoor’s plays, was well-known for his roles in films like ‘Deewaar’ (1975), ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ (1978), ‘Junoon’ (1978), ‘Shaan’ (1980), and ‘Namak Halaal’ (1982).

In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Indian government. In 2015, he became the third in his family to be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

The legendary actor was married to late English actress Jennifer Kendal, with whom he established Prithvi Theatre in 1978.

He is survived by his daughter Sanjana, and sons Kunal and Karan.

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Kiss Daniel Set To Drop A New Song Featuring Wizkid (PHOTO)

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The entire music industry is about witness a FLYBOY and STARBOY collaboration as all is set for Kiss Daniel’s first ever career collaboration after G-Worldwide exit.

The singer recently launched his own label, FLYBOY INC after he parted ways with former label G-worldwide. It is believed that some policies of his former label as regards collaboration and relationship with other artistes in the industry has been a major hindering factor to his inability to engage in any meaningful collaboration.

However, the “NO DO” crooner, has given a hint on his instastory about an ongoing work with Wizkid. He shared a short video with a snippet of their collaborative effort playing in the background and the video was tagged FlyBoy X StarBoy.

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Arsenal’s New Head Of Recruitment Sven Mislintat Speaks About His Expectations At The Club

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Arsenal’s new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has admitted that expectations in him at his new club are “sky high.”

Sven Mislintat left Borussia Dortmund for Arsenal last month, having been responsible for several key transfers at the club, including the signings of Ousmane Dembele, Shinji Kagawa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Speaking to kicker, the 45-year-old, who began his work at Arsenal on Dec. 1, said he is aware of the pressure he has put himself under by making the move to the Emirates Stadium.

“When I flip through the press in England and Germany, it appears a new Dembele is expected of me in every transfer period. The expectations are sky high,” he said.

“When I started out at Dortmund [in late 2006] I had other options to develop at a club with grown structures,” he said. “I was able to build and grow into the role. These days, Arsenal sign me with brutal expectations — it can’t get any higher in their perception.”

“Spending big is not the approach of the owner, nor is that of Arsene [Wenger],” he said.

However, Mislintat warned that it takes more than signing a head of recruitment to make smart deals.

“Getting me is not a sure-fire success for good transfers,” he said. “You need an excellent team willing to work incredibly hard, and also fired up for finding the new Ousmane Dembele or Dan-Axel Zagadou.”

Mislintat’s arrival, as well as Raul Sanllehi’s move from Barcelona, has been seen as an indicator that Arsenal are preparing for life after Wenger, but the former BVB man played down such talk, saying he is looking forward to working with the Gunners manager, who played a role in his move.

“Arsene and CEO Ivan Gazidis are the two persons I report to,” he said. “I am looking forward to [working with] him. I can only learn from someone who has shown his qualities for decades.”

Mislintat added: “Only Sir Alex Ferguson was in office even longer. Wenger won the FA Cup in May, for the seventh time in 21 years. Three titles on top of that. I think it’s tough on him to deny him success.”

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Neymar Will Never Play For Real Madrid – Luis Suarez

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Despite the Real Madrid transfer talk surrounding Neymar, Luis Suarez has shut down rumours of a potential move to the Spanish capital for his former Barcelona team-mate.

Neymar had a high profile falling out with Edinson Cavani earlier this season and is reported to be struggling to settle into the squad.

Very few teams would be able to afford the Brazilian and it therefore follows that he has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

I cannot see Neymar joining Real Madrid, not at all,” Suarez told an interview with Marca.

“I know Neymar and know the admiration he has for Barcelona and his former teammates at the club so for that reason I cannot imagine him playing for Madrid.

“His decision to leave was one which he thought out and would not have rushed into, but I’m sure it was a tough choice for him and it would have caused him a lot of anguish.

“We have to accept that he wished to take on a new challenge and that was a decision he took along with his family.

“He gave Barca a lot and that is what we will remember him for.”

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Danilo Considering Quitting Manchester City After Just Four Months At The Club

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Danilo is reportedly considering his future at Manchester City just four months after making the move from Real Madrid

Danilo joined City from Real Madrid in the summer and has made just 12 appearances in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s side.

His start against West Ham United on Sunday was just his fourth in the Premier League this season, however, and it is understood that the defender is worried about his place in the Brazil squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

“Danilo is worried about his future with the Brazil team ahead of the World Cup,” The Sun quotes an Etihad source as saying. “He is getting very opportunities here at the moment. Kyle Walker isn’t giving him a look in at all.

“He can play right across the back line but even [Fabian] Delph is keeping him out at left-back as well. It’s very difficult for him.”

Danilo was replaced at the interval of City’s 2-1 win over West Ham at the Etihad Stadium.

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Joel Matip Ruled Out Of Crucial Champions League Clash Vs Spartak Moscow

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Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that defender Joel Matip will miss Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow due to injury.

Joel Matip was absent for Saturday’s 5-1 victory at Brighton & Hove Albion having picked up a knock during the midweek win over Stoke City, with Liverpool playing a makeshift back three of Dejan Lovren, Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum as a result.

“He has hurt his muscle. I don’t know how long exactly he’ll be out, but he’s definitely not playing Wednesday. A month? No, I don’t think so. But as always, it’s possible. We have to wait. But it’s possible that it will be shorter. We will see,” Jurgen Klopp told the club’s official website.

“Emre needs to do that, like Gini can do that. They have to do it, we don’t have anybody else. I enjoyed it. It was like ‘wow, interesting’. We had 20 minutes in training and then we spoke for a little bit in the team meeting before the game again about it.

“But it’s not long. It was clear it wouldn’t be perfect, but the boys were ready to cope with the difficulties of the new system. They did really well.”

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Borussia Dortmund Interested In Re-signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan

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Borussia Dortmund are reportedly interested in bringing Henrikh Mkhitaryan back to the club

Henrikh Mkhitaryan started this season in fine form for Manchester United, registering five assists in his opening three Premier League games, but he has failed to add to that tally since August.

Mkhitaryan has subsequently been left out of the starting lineup for United’s last five matches across all competitions, falling behind the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and fit-again Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Jose Mourinho’s plans.

The Daily Star reports that Dortmund are hopeful of enticing the 28-year-old back to the club while he is out of favour

Mkhitaryan spent three years at Dortmund before joining United, scoring 41 goals in 140 appearances for the club.

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Real Madrid have identified the two players they believe can help strengthen their current squad. They want Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in January and Real Sociedad right-back Alvaro Odriozola in the summer, before the World Cup starts. (AS)

Despite the Real Madrid transfer talk surrounding Neymar, Luis Suarez has shut down rumours of a potential move to the Spanish capital for his former Barcelona team-mate.

“I know what Neymar is like, and the admiration he had for Barcelona and his colleagues here,” Suarez said. “I don’t see him going to play for Real Madrid.” (Marca)

Javier Mascherano has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club in January due to a lack of game time. He wants to move to the Chinese Super League but hasn’t ruled out a switch to the United States. (Mundo Deportivo)

With Mascherano and Samuel Umtiti injured, Thomas Vermaelen has been playing for Barcelona and has impressed both the coaching staff and his team-mates with his attitude and fitness and could become a more regular part of the squad even when his team-mates are fit. Due to of his good form, the Catalan side are unlikely to look for a centre-back in January. (Sport)

France

Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier says he had to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the summer as he felt he wasn’t being judged fairly on his performances on the pitch. (Canal Football Club)

Benjamin Stambouli has backed Adrien Rabiot to be the long-term successor to Thiago Motta at PSG. The Schalke midfielder was at the Ligue 1 side during the 2015/16 season and says he believes Rabiot has the qualities to become PSG’s next No.6. (Le Parisien)

Italy

Former Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti says he’s honoured to be linked with the Italy job, but doesn’t want to leave club football. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

After just one win in 10 league games, Torino have given boss Sinisa Mihajlovic two games to save his job. He has to win back the board and fans’ trust against Lazio and Napoli. (Tuttosport)

After Tony Sanabria suffered an injury, Real Betis are looking at bringing in a striker in January, with Gabigol, currently on loan at Benfica from Inter Milan, on their radar. (Corriere dello Sport)

Germany

Leon Goretzka says he is close to making a decision on his future. The Schalke midfielder is out of contract in the summer and is a Manchester United transfer target, and has also attracted interest from Manchester City, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. (Kicker)

After sacking Peter Stoger and replacing him with Stefan Ruthenbeck, Cologne want a new sporting director too, with Dietmar Beiersdorfer, who did the same role at Hamburg, top of the list. (Kicker)

Hannover’s transfer targets in the January window will be mainly central defenders. Rijeka’s Josip Elez and Basel’s Michael Lang are both being considered. (Kicker)

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Mark Clattenburg Admits He ‘Allowed’ Tottenham To Self-destruct At Chelsea In 2016

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Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg admits that he “allowed” Tottenham to “self-destruct” as their title hopes ended at Chelsea in 2016.

Tottenham missed out on the Premier League title in the 2015/16 season after an ill-tempered 2-2 draw with London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

A record nine Spurs players were booked, and both they and Chelsea were handed record fines by the FA in the aftermath.

Clattenburg, who was in charge for the match, believes the game “certainly benefited” from his “style of refereeing”.

“I allowed them to self-destruct so all the media, all the people in the world went: ‘Tottenham lost the title’,” he told NBC’s Men in Blazers podcast.

“If I sent three players off from Tottenham, what are the headlines? ‘Clattenburg cost Tottenham the title.’ It was pure theatre that Tottenham self-destructed against Chelsea and Leicester won the title.”

When asked if he helped to “script” the game, he added: “I helped the game. I certainly benefited the game by my style of refereeing.

“Some referees would have played by the book; Tottenham would have been down to seven or eight players and probably lost and they would’ve been looking for an excuse.

“But I didn’t give them an excuse, because my gameplan was: Let them lose the title.”

Mark Clattenburg stepped down as a Premier League official in February in order to become Saudi Arabia’s head of referees.

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ICYMI: Cotto Calls Time After Ali Loss

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Miguel Cotto has announced his retirement from professional boxing, after his loss to Sadam Ali.

The 37-year-old Puerto Rican boxer was unable to withstand the tempo Ali set for their encounter, losing his WBO light-middleweight belt in the process.

The fight ended with both boxers getting hurt, but at the end, Cotto had to give up his belt, as the match was scored 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112.

Cotto is a six-time world champion in four different divisions and has vowed to stick with his decision.

“It is,” he said, when asked if the bout had been his last. “I want to be happy in my home and enjoy my family.”

The rapturous welcome he received upon entering the ring was repeated as he departed in defeat.

“Thank you for supporting me at every opportunity,” Cotto told his fans. “I’m so glad to call Madison Square Garden my home.”

Ali added: “Good things happen to good people. I have been training since I was eight years old, and I am glad I got this win at MSG, in my hometown.

“I worked hard for it. I took advantage of this fight, and I made sure to make it count. I want to thank Team Cotto, they could have taken an easier fight if they wanted to.”

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2018 UTME: JAMB Announces New Date For Sale Of Application Forms

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced a new date for the commencement of the sale of the 2018 application forms.

It would be recalled, JAMB had last month postponed the date for the sale of  2018 application forms due to the delay in meeting the agreed deadline by the publisher of the compulsory text meant for prospective candidates.

However, the board disclosed that the sale and registration for all candidates, including those from foreign countries, will now hold from December 6 to February 6, 2018.

The spokesperson of the board, Fabian Benjamin, made this known while speaking with newsmen on Sunday evening.

He said registration fee is N5,000 while an additional N500 will be paid to obtain a compulsory reading text “IN DEPENDENCE” for UTME candidates and “The Last Days at Forcados High School” for direct entry candidates.

According to the board, candidates who are interested in the mock examination are advised to register before December 31.

He said: “The MOCK examination shall commence from Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 January, 2018 and the  CBT Centres are allowed to collect, through their bank accounts, a separate ₦700 for this exercise from  interested candidates after notification of centre has been received by the candidate.”

The board had also proposed March 9 to 17, 2018 as the date for the examination.

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Davido Hails Cassper Nyovest On His #FillUpFnbStadium Historic Concert

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South African Rapper, Cassper Nyovest have shown the world how much he is loved and accepted by music lovers as he shut down 68,000 capacity Soccer City Stadium filled up with fans of his music in a recent concert.

Following this outstanding achievement by the South African Rapper, Davido has sent a congratulatory message to the rapper through a commment on Cassper’s Instagram post with caption;

“History was made!!! Soccer city stadium was filled!!! 68000 tickets sold!!! Thank you!!! I love you!!! God is good all the time!!! #FillUpFnbStadium”

With his official Instagram account, @Davidoofficial, Davido hailed the rapper and described him as ‘LEGEND’.

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Access Bank Launches New 5-Year Strategy – To Become Africa’s Gateway To The World

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Access Bank launches new five-year strategy – to become Africa’s Gateway to the World

Access Bank, the full service commercial bank with headquarters in Nigeria and operations across Sub-Saharan Africa, the UK, Asia and the Middle East, today announces its new five-year strategy with an ambitious plan to become Africa’s Gateway to the World.

This is the latest in a series of transformative strategies that have resulted in sustained growth. From 2013 to November 2017, Access Bank has increased its total assets at a CAGR of 18% and delivered shareholder returns of 90%. The bank has also grown its customer base from 90,000 in 2002 to over 8 million in 2017 and in the same period opened 351 new branches.

Access Bank Launches New 5-Year Strategy – To Become Africa’s Gateway To The WorldThe new 5-year strategy will accelerate this growth story to position Access Bank as the No. 1 Nigerian bank by 2022 and create a Universal Payments Gateway to dominate international trade and inter-African payments.

The new strategy has six strategic levers:

  • Digitally led
  • Retail banking growth and consolidation in wholesale markets
  • Customer focused
  • Analytics driven, with robust risk management
  • Strong global collaboration in key gateway markets
  • The creation of a universal payments gateway

To deliver the transformation, Access Bank will adopt a new organisational structure. The retail bank will have a customer segment focus, driven by digital and payments. The corporate bank will build deep sector expertise and deploy global relationship managers. Access Bank’s subsidiaries will be organised around strategic clusters, with strong collaboration between them to secure trade finance and correspondent banking. The bank’s transformation programme will be underpinned by robust risk management together with high levels of automation to enhance the compliance and risk functions and drive customer insights.

In next phase of its transformation programme, Access Bank will embark on a series of bold initiatives. At home, the goal is to be the No. 1 bank in Nigeria by growing the retail customer base, SME client base, and by dominating the top 100 Nigerian corporates. Internationally it will develop an integrated global franchise by strategically developing its presence in key African markets, enhancing collaboration in global financial gateways including London and New York, Asia and the Middle East, and strengthening its trade hubs in India, Dubai and China.

A strengthened presence in key African markets, and the creation of Universal Payments Gateway combined with an integrated global franchise, ideally positions Access Bank to be Africa’s Gateway to the World.

Launching the new five-year strategy, Herbert Wigwe, CEO and Group Managing Director, said:

Five years ago we set the ambitious goal to attain top three positions in our chosen markets. Today, we are a strong, diversified institution with a consolidated top tier position in our sector.

We are setting out a new and ambitious five-year strategy which will put Access Bank at the forefront of Africa’s changing financial landscape by creating a Universal Payments Gateway to dominate international trade and inter-African payments.

Our strategy will mean that by 2022, millions of people will have access to banking services for the first time. Customers will make payments and transfers when and how they need to. Businesses will be able to trade in new markets and invest in new technology.

We recognise that we have a vital role to play in growing Nigeria, our largest market. Our global footprint is also changing and growing. As a result of our strategy, we will be in the Africa corridor trade hubs and the global gateway markets within five years.

This next phase of our transformation journey will deliver our most ambitious goal yet –  a bank that is digital, innovative and nimble. A bank underpinned by the highest standards of risk and compliance. A bank that serves Africa and the world. Our ambition is to become Africa’s Gateway to the World.”

There will be a presentation to shareholders at the Nigerian Stock Exchange today, 4th December at 10:30hrs (09:30hrs London; 11:30hrs South Africa). A live audio webcast and presentation slides will be posted on the day of the event to www.accessbankplc.com under Investor Relations, Events & Presentations. Dial-in information is provided below:

Nigeria                        +234 1 903 0040

South Africa                +27 11 535 3600

UK                               +44 808 162 4061

USA                            +1 855 481 5362

Participants should dial in at least five minutes before the start of the presentation.

Investors

Cathy Okwara

E: Cathy.Okwara@accessbankplc.com

T: +234 1 2364365

M: +234 807 3727399

Ext: 4365

Investor Relations

E: Investor.relations@accessbankplc.com

T: +234 1 2362836

Media

E: Abdul.Imoyo@accessbankplc.com

T: +234 1 236 2758

M: +234 803 2011590

Ext: 2758

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John Stones Believes He Will Return To Full Fitness “Just After Christmas”

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Manchester City defender John Stones has revealed that he is hopeful of returning to action later this month.

John Stones has been absent for City since suffering a hamstring injury against Leicester City on November 18,

The England international has said that his rehab “is going well”, and believes that he could be fit for Christmas.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been out injured – the rehab is going well and hopefully I’ll be back soon,” Stones told Sky Sports News. “I’d like to be back out there for Christmas but let’s see where it goes. I think it might be just after.”

Stones is set to miss crunch matches against Manchester United and Tottenham but will be looking to return for City’s Premier League encounter with Newcastle on December 27.

Stones, 23, has scored three times in 18 appearances for City this season.

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Manchester City Have Given Manchester United A Ray Of Hope – Gary Neville

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Gary Neville believes Manchester City have offered Manchester United “a ray of hope” in the Premier League title race.

Manchester City restored their eight-point gap over Manchester United on Sunday thanks to David Silva’s late winner against West Ham United.

The result at the Etihad Stadium was City’s third consecutive 2-1 victory in the space of eight days, with the league leaders thoroughly tested by their opponents before striking late on.

“It has been a tough week for Manchester City, but a good one, though it has also been a good week for Manchester United as well, in terms of competitors chasing City,” Neville told Sky Sports News. “[United] might, for the first time this season, have just seen a little ray of hope, that there will be better teams than Huddersfield, Southampton and West Ham, yet all came close.

“All three played a certain way and got joy with certain things – counter-attack has been a problem for City this week, set-pieces and corners have been a problem this week, deep and compact defences have also been a problem this week in terms of breaking them down.

“You would argue, given what happened at Arsenal on Saturday, that United do have that counter-attack ability with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard, and that they do have the ability to score from set-pieces, and they are a better defensive unit than Southampton or West Ham.

“United will be confident going into the game because of what has happened this weekend for City, even though it has been a good week for City too, as they’ve scored three late winners and have taken maximum points.”

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Nigerian Men Are Afraid Women Will Kill Them

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Nigerian Men Are Afraid Women Will Kill Them – Abimbola Adelakun

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In the wake of the unfortunate death of  Bilyamin  Bello, son of a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, there has been a somewhat surprising chatter about matricide. In an ironic twist of Margaret Atwood’s quote, “men are afraid women will laugh at them; women are afraid men will kill them”, Nigerian men are now the ones displaying the fear of spousal violence. While men as victims too should be taken seriously enough, we should also resist attempts by people who want to propagate a spurious idea of gender violence by assessing issues with a false scale. There is no statistical equivalence to the violence men and women suffer in domestic relationships. It is disingenuous to pretend that men are also frequent victims but whose pain is unfairly obscured by feminist sympathies.

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

The data suggest that at least one in three women has reported a case of domestic violence and as many as double that figure experience one form of domestic violence or the other. The most reliable and recent data is that of Lagos State that showed that in the first nine months of this year alone, 852 cases were reported. Of that figure, the men’s cases of domestic abuse were only 55 instances. If we generalise with the figure, it means about 95 per cent of the time, women are the victims of various forms of domestic violence. Even if we adjust for varying factors such as ethnicity, religion, class, educational level, and so on, women will still be the bulk of the victims and men are the ones who carry out these acts of violence. Bello’s death might have proved that any and every one can be a victim. What it does not change is that women are the more frequent victims.

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Personally, I believe that much of the sensation around Bello’s death has been more of the twin interwoven factors: class and ethnicity, rather than genuine sympathies for the deceased. If the couple were not from a prominent family, they probably would not make front page news. Also, they are northerners. In the patronising imagination of the southerners who dominate the media channels, the image of the northern woman must be that of one who is a perpetual victim of Islamist patriarchy; her veiled head symbolic of her equally veiled mind. The one woman that has (allegedly) diverged from this stereotypical script was instantly hailed as a revolutionary heroine by some febrile minds whose small minds turn severe issues to revanchist rhetoric like “battle of the sexes.”

One suspects that those two factors have made this incident compelling to the point that men feel vulnerable in a way they have never done before. If, therefore, men are now afraid that women too can kill them, then they will begin to understand the conditions under which many women have lived for long. If men understand the fear of spousal abuse the way women have lived its reality for many years, then our society might finally have a much-needed enlightened debate around domestic violence and hopefully make some progress. Women have borne the brunt of the unevenness of power and which has predisposed them to domestic violence for so long their suffering is frequently downplayed, normalised, and even rationalised. One can hardly go through three Yoruba films today without being assaulted with narratives that perpetuate violence and aggression against women. These stories are especially disturbing because their anti-women violence is hardly ever interrogated. Instead, women’s pain is represented as some kind of necessity and a self-denial that ultimately induces moral resolve or higher virtue. Whereas abuse is needless and oppressive. It diminishes people’s dignity.

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Women themselves tend to accept abuse as inevitable because, really, they have few options. They are bracketed on all sides by their relative lack of economic empowerment, socio-cultural expectations, religion, and legal infrastructures that do not guarantee their rights. I have been part of women support group fora where I have been baffled by how women further victimise one another by telling other abuse victims to seek spiritual help when physically and emotionally abused by their spouses. They tell the victims to pray so that God can change the hearts of their men. They advise them to watch War Room; to minimise one another and maximise their husband’s ego so that the manlier he feels, the less likely he would be violent. They teach one another to live with demeaning situations because, somehow, society has tied their ideas of personal virtue to being coupled. Thank God for other enlightened women who challenged these fellow women on their thinking. The fact that abuse has been ossified into social norms does not make it “normal.”

Men who languish in situations of domestic abuse do so largely because they are entrapped within our society’s outdated ideas of masculinity that thinks “real men” always have the brute physical force to “control” their women. Men who do not fit into these vacuous presumptions of male behaviour find themselves silenced by the social expectations that reserve aggression for only their gender. To win the battle against domestic violence, we need to turn moments of public passion such as this into a productive one. We need to take domestic violence more seriously. Men, especially the ones with economic, physical, and political power who think they are insulated from domestic violence should understand that the campaign against domestic violence is not just a shrill cry by women advocates who want to wave the victim card for nothing. It has been a lived reality for women.

The problem is not the paucity of laws. Despite the few retrogressive religious laws in the penal code that allows men to beat women as a correct measure, Nigeria has enough in her books to fight domestic violence. Lagos State, for instance, has a model that is responsive to issues of domestic violence and which should be imitated by other states. The Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act of 2015 can go a long way to protect victims. There is a lot more to be done to make laws enforceable and effective – from training officials to handle issues better, to providing enough resources to prosecute the overwhelming number of cases. However, domestic violence persists because there is a vast chasm between formal structures that purports to protect victims and the informal means of adjudication that treats these issues as “family matters.” People who should make an official report against their partners find themselves encumbered by cultural sentiments that re-victimise them. Ours is a society where serial wife-beaters are even elected lawmakers. How does a woman win against a system that gives an abusive spouse power to make laws that will ultimately translate to ensuring human rights and dignity?

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Finally, a lot of problems can be made less knotty if, collectively, we relax some of our ideas about marriage. We need to tell men and women that no match was made in heaven and people who are unlucky to choose a wrong partner need not die in a ruinous union trying to prove what is not. We should re-evaluate our values and understand that it takes bravery to pick up what is left of one’s self-respect and walk rather than put up a perfect front for social media. Marriage is no ultimate achievement for anyone. No man needs to prove his masculinity by tolerating a violent wife to “tame” her eventually. No woman should be blackmailed with the false notion that they have an intrinsic essence that can change a man; men are not growing babies who forever need mothering. People should be empowered to walk to save their lives and their sanity. Divorce should be no stigma; those who walk out of toxic relationships deserve to live a healthy life, and happily ever after too.

This piece was written by Abimbola Adelakun. 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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David Moyes Disappointed With Narrow Loss To Manchester City

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David Moyes has revealed his disappointment following his team’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester City

Angelo Ogbonna sent the Hammers ahead at the Etihad Stadium, but second-half goals from Nicolas Otamendi and David Silva secured all the points for the home side.

Moyes has admitted that he was “gutted” with the final result, but has paid tribute to his players for an impressive performance away to the Premier League leaders.

“We are gutted we lost but we played against a really good side and I thought for long periods we frustrated them – arguably we had the best chances in the first half,” Moyes told Sky Sports News.

“So I’m ultimately disappointed not to take something from the game, but I’m really pleased with the players. We were always quite good in the counter, with power and pace up front, you are thinking maybe this is our day but unfortunately the chance at the end just went past the post.

“I think we should have done much better with the winning goal. If you are a centre half in that position you would head it away, so I’m disappointed we lost the ball, but we were playing a young 18-year-old centre half (Declan Rice) who did really well today.”

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