Onyeka Onwenu Drags Music Distributors, Iroking To Court

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Legendary Nigerian musician, Onyeka Onwenu, has dragged IROKING, a music and movie distributor to court over violation of her copyright.

According to reports, the N205 million suit was heard at the Lagos High Court on Monday. On Sunday, Onyeka Onwenu announced her legal move over an alleged copyright infringement, which she described as “massive violation of my musical copyright dues and the illegal exploitation of my intellectual property.”

She said, “For years, Iroking profited from the sale of my music, even after a two-year contract it signed with me had elapsed. For years, also, they denied that they were doing so, they denied that they had made any profits from their illegal exploits.

“When they were caught in the lie, they wanted to settle but refused to show up for meetings. Iroking as a company is arrogant and has no regard for the people, artistes whose works and labor have made them successful.

“We are therefore suing to make a point. Artistes have a right to profit from their intellectual property and labor. Nigeria has copyright laws, which ought to be respected. The music industry has been built up and sustained by artistes and entrepreneurs like me. I demand to be protected by the laws of my country. Iroking must pay for this violation.”

The Legendary songstress urged other artistes to be vigilant, and wake up to their rights, especially in the Internet era.

“It is also my hope that other artistes will wake up and demand for what is due them. Many do not know that their music is being exploited on YouTube and other carriers.

”Some Record Companies are selling our music on the internet and claiming ownership of the Copyright. If only we would pay attention, artistes would discover that while they had been doing all the creative work, investing in their careers and in the industry at large, someone else is collecting all the profit. Enough is Enough!”

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NNL Announces Kick-Off Date For 2017/2018 Season, Adopts Abridged System

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The Nigeria National League (NNL) on Tuesday announced that the league’s 2017/2018 season would commence on March 3.

Lawrence Katken, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the NFL, who made the announcement to newsmen in Abuja, added that the competition’s organising body has adopted the abridged league system for the season.

He said the abridged league system was considered because of the 2018 World Cup holding in Russia from June 14 to July 15 which almost clashed with the league.

“We have to adopt the abridged system in order not to be interrupted by the Russia 2018 World Cup matches.

“Therefore, as soon as the World Cup starts, we will go on break till after the global football event,” Katken told NAN.

The NNL official however promised a very impressive league competition this season, saying the league organising body was prepared.

He commended clubs and Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for a successful league last season, describing the competition as being great last season.

“There is the need for more support for the league, and NNL’s biggest challenge for now is lack of sponsorship,’’ Katken said.

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Senate Issues Police IG 14-Day Ultimatum To Arrest, Prosecute Benue Killers

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The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was earlier today given a 14-day ultimatum by the Senate to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of violence in Benue state.

In a report issued on Tuesday, the Senate said ‘faceless people’ were sponsoring and harbouring foreign mercenaries who have been perpetrating killings in Benue and other parts of Nigeria, Premium Times reports.

The chairman of the committee, Ahmed Lawan, who led the committee on a visit to Benue state presented the report on Tuesday.

The report read: “It is very clear from our interaction that some faceless people are sponsoring and harbouring the well trained foreign mercenary elements and using them to unleash violence and criminality in Nigeria‘s rural space.”

“These elements and their domestic acolytes of various ethnic nationalities could also be largely responsible for kidnappings, abductions, armed robberies and unresolved murders.”

“Failure to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of these gruesome acts could play into the hands of those ethnic entrepreneurs whose aim is to break the nation into ethnic principalities. It is deepening the country’s ethno-religious faultlines by entrenching the perception of the conflict in ethno-religious dimensions.”

In his own part, a member of the committee, Barnabas Gemade, said the ‘armed bandits’ killing people are known and in fact, a list comprising their names had been sent to Abuja.

He said: “I do recall in the committee’s interactive sessions with the heads of securities in Benue State. It is in this meeting that security personnel did inform the committee that those harbouring foreign armed bandits are known and they have in fact compiled a list and sent to Abuja and that if the high leadership requires to know the list they have sent to Abuja, the ‘Director General of the Nigerian security system’ can be approached and they will provide that list.”

Also speaking, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, urged the federal government to declare a state of emergency.

“The government should look at section 305 (3) of the constitution dealing with state of emergency. When we are talking about state of emergency, it’s not about removing the governors and putting administrators, the constitution didn’t envisage that. It is about taking extra ordinary measures to safeguard the unity of the country, to protect lives. Countries have declared state of emergencies in the whole nation. So when I’m talking about state of emergency, it’s not only in Benue, Plateau or Zamfara, I’m talking about state of emergency in the Nigerian country to enable government to take extra ordinary measures.”

Former Senate President, David Mark, Benue-PDP, argued that a break in intelligence transmission between the indigenes and security operatives is a major cause of the killings.

“Presently, there is no intelligence transmission between the organs, villagers, and government and if there is, government is not proactive. Nigeria is not the country with the largest cattle in the world. Are they having all these crises in other countries? There are modern ways of doing things and we must grow with time. We cannot be operating an archaic system that we have if it doesn’t fit into the modern situation.

“If there are so many people bringing in AK-47 all over this country and government cannot do anything about it, you know what will happen next, people are going to resort to self-defence and that will be worse for everybody because nobody will want to sit at home and see his family members taken away and do nothing if government cannot protect people.

“The report says the sponsors are known, they can be arrested first thing tomorrow morning and if they are not known, then government is failing,” Mr. Mark said.

After much deliberation, coupled with the recommendations of the committee, the lawmakers mandated the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to arrest and investigate perpetrators of this heinous crime within 14 days.

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Fraudsters Impersonate Governor Ambode, Attempt To Defraud Lagos State Government

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The Lagos State Government on Tuesday arraigned two suspects for attempting to defraud the State Government of N50million by cloning the official line of the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.
The two suspects – Rilwanu Jamiu and Balogun Oyewole were arraigned before Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya of the Lagos High Court in Igbosere on three-count charge bordering on the alleged crime. They were charged with possession of fraudulent document, impersonation and attempt to commit felony. The Accountant General of Lagos State, Mrs Abimbola Shukurat Umar testified in court and revealed how she received a text message from the suspects on February 10, 2016, purportedly from Governor Ambode directing her to transfer the sum of N50million to a designated Keystone Bank account.
Umar, who was led in evidence by the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adenijii Kazeem, explained that she found the message suspicious and highly irregular. This prompted her to bring the message to the Governor’s attention, who ordered the immediate investigation of the matter. The investigation was conducted by the Department of State Security (DSS) and led to the eventual arrest of the defendants, who were subsequently charged before the court.
The prosecution also called Mr Wale Odu, Director of DSS, Lagos State Command, to give evidence in the matter. In his testimony, Odu confirmed that the investigation leading to the arrest of the defendants was conducted by his team.

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Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Welcome Baby Girl Through Surrogate

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It seems the West clan has added their latest member as TMZ reports that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have just had their third child via surrogate.

The new baby was announced by Kim, who said the surrogate gave birth on Monday to a healthy baby girl weighing 7lbs 6oz.

Kim Kardashian

Kim and Kanye used a surrogate because she has placenta accreta, a life-threatening condition that created serious complications during the birth of her second child, Saint.

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Nigerian Army Releases 244 Repentant Boko Haram Suspects To Borno State Government

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In commemoration of the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, the Nigerian Army on Monday handed over 244 Boko Haram suspects, who it said had given up membership of the terrorist group, to the Borno State government.

The suspects were presented at the Military Cemetery in Maiduguri, the venue of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration. Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas, said the release of the repentant Boko Haram members was approved by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai. He added that the suspects had been properly screened ans confirmed to be sincerely repented of allegianc to the terrorist group.

The released suspects were 56 women, 118 adult male, 19 under aged persons and 51 children.

The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, commended the military for its ongoing de-radicalization efforts in the war against the almost nine year old Boko Haram insurgency.

Governor Shettima took time to speak with some of the insurgents who assured him of their readiness to be absorbed into the society and promised to be law abiding citizens.

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Donald Duke Indicates He Might Run For President In 2019

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Former Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke, has indicated he may be interested in running for President in the 2019 general elections.
According to a report from the Vanguard, the former governor declared his interest for the job at the 3rd Mike Omotosho Annual Lecture titled: “Millennials As Protagonists In Nation Building” in Abuja on Sunday night. Mr Duke who served as Cross River State governor between 1999 and 2007 explained that he would only start the process at ”the right time and circumstance.”
“I am entitled to run for the presidency of this country. I am entitled to it. Only on right circumstances I will aspire for it. I don’t shy away from responsibility, only the right circumstance, I will aspire for presidency of this country. I have what it takes to be president of this country.” He said.
Mr Duke, however, challenged the youth to be active participants in the electoral process by getting their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, and sensitising others ahead of the general elections in 2019, rather than “loafing around, looking for who to heap their problems on”. The former governor also noted that the country once had young leadership in its first republic.  “It was high time Nigerians begun to project people with the technical know-how to take the country to the Promised Land”.
He said, “I hear young people say to me that why would they spend hours queuing and casting their votes when at the end their votes won’t count. And I tell that if their parents conceived them and never gave up on them considering the high mortality rate so why would they not take a chance in building this nation? We had young leadership at one stage or the other. Even in our first republic, besides the likes of Awolowo, Tafawa Balewa, M. T. Mbu was in his twenties when he became a minister. Gowon was 30 when he became the head of state. It comes back to the disaster therein because most of them didn’t have experience in governance, which led us into war. We need the combination of both. What I think we should be doing is to ensure a government that is youth friendly to provide opportunities because we need to groom the next set of leadership.”
Mr. Duke, also took time to lament the recent deaths of Nigerian migrants on the Mediterranean sea, slavery in Libya, Job loss and the rate of unemployment in Nigeria. “I don’t know what a definition of failed state is and I don’t want to categorize Nigeria as a failed state yet, however, a state that was unable to provide for its people has faded up. So, if we are not there yet, we are walking with our eyes open towards it. And we need to pull the handbrake now before it gets late” He said.
Speaking on the present administration, the ex-governor said there was disconnection between President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinet members. According to him, “The challenge we have today is the disconnect. That is the challenge of the governance today. Because if you speak with the folks in government, and I am being candid here. I think we should deceiving ourselves here and stop all these political correctness. There is disconnect between the president and even the ministers”.

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Kano State Government Lifts Ban On Actress Rahama Sadau

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The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has announced that the ban placed on popular Kannywood actress Rahama Sadau for featuring in a romantic musical video has been lifted

In October 2016, Sadau, one of the leading actresses in the Hausa film industry was expelled from Kannywood by the Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN) for featuring in a music video by Jos born singer, ClassiQ. Her appearance in the music video was deemed to have been immoral and against the ethics of the Hausa film industry.

The Chairman of the Kano chapter of the Hausa Editors Guild, Alhassan Kwalli, said “the development was timely as stakeholders and practitioners in the Hausa movie industry are using films as a tool for national development.”

A statement issued by Rabiu Rikadawa, Assistant Secretary of the association on Monday, expressed gratitude to the governor for lifting the ban. He also lauded Mr. Ganduje’s support to the Hausa Movie Industry and its practitioners over the years.

He said that Nigerian and the North in particular has good stories and cultures to exhibit to the world, adding that this can be achieve with good movies and film making.

Rahama had written an apology letter to the state government and the Kano Emirate Council as well as MOPPAN, expressing regrets for her action.

Rahama Sadau made her Nollywood debut in a EbonyLife TV drama series titled, “Sons of the Caliphate.”

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OPINION: Fix Your “Shithole”: President Trump Challenges Buhari

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Fix Your “Shithole”: President Trump Challenges Buhari, By Akin Fadeyi

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I have taken a ride on Uber in the U.S. several times. Something seems consistent. Many who drive engage me in the question of and discussions on “where are you from?”

When I say Nigeria, they usually respond like “oh, I got a lot of Nigerian friends!”

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

Some say, “oh, I met a Nigerian doctor in my hospital last week, she was good!” I always say “thank you”.

Then when I ask them, “have you been to Africa before?”, many respond, “oh no, I’ve only been to South Carolina”. They might also mention other states too.

Others say, “I’ve never been out of here before”.

UN Condemns Trump’s “Shithole Countries” Remark, Brands It “Racist”

I asked a lady one day why she never travelled out of Chicago, and she informed me that, “oh I’m afraid of flying”!

This is the clear picture of an average citizen in America currently under the leadership of Donald Trump, who in his prejudiced and convenient logic called Africa a shithole.

For those who have never seen other parts of the world amongst Americans, he has added to their ignorance another falsified “truth”.

The United States of America (USA) is still one of the greatest nations on earth.

The world’s wealthiest individuals and corporations are based in the USA. These are truths that no one can push under.

However, according to “Recovering Caucasian Racists Story” on chiniquy.wordpress.com, there was a time when the Native Americans, who had welcomed the European colonists, were forcibly removed from their lands during the 19th century and placed in internment, concentration and reservation camps.

There was a time when Native American children were taken away from their families and sent to the so-called boarding schools, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, where they were prevented from speaking their native languages, and were subjected to the forceful indoctrination of accepting Christianity, with many of them being sexually molested by paedophiles who were in charge of running these schools.

There was a time America enslaved Africans and forcefully made them construct what we have as today’s America.

There was a time newly freed slaves were terrorised by the Redshirts – a terrorist group that existed in the southern states of America during Reconstruction.

There was a time in over 135 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, when the women of America were still being denied the right to vote because “women were too emotional; or too feeble-minded to vote”.

There was a time Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from the West Coast and sent to the internment/concentration camps, just like the Jews in Europe during the early years of WWII; the Japanese-Americans lost their homes and businesses. That’s was ethnic cleansing too.

America went through its crudity and savagery. America indulged in ethnic cleansing and slave trade. America tampered with human rights. All the ideals we are quick to naively celebrate America for today.

The white supremacists went numb and sick when Obama won elections. They could not fathom or stand the face of an African/American in the White House. They’ve retained the KKK as a symbol of the violent tradition of that and other allied bigotries.

The narrative Trump is pushing now goes deeper than trying to “fix America”. Trump is the symbolic voice of those who could not stand another colour, in clear maddening and consuming hatred.

I have interacted with a lot of Americans who say Nigerians are amongst the finest breed of people in the world. We are educated, we are cultured, we are intelligent and we are industrious. They say we raise kids well and make them compete to excel, like there’ll be no tomorrow. I have entered big health facilities around the world and found Nigerians practicing in superior capacities to the whites.

The foregoing is to let those lambasting Nigeria now and hailing Trump as a hero to remember that America did not start as a glowing, faultless picture. It’s a nation that went through her own gory moments. It’s a nation that dealt heavy blows on fellow humans. Before free democracy, America was demon-crazied!

While I agree our nation has a lot to fix, I remain a patriot and will never dance to Trump’s hate-filled tunes. His tarnishing comments make it the darkest moment for the world.

It’s sobering than our local political sentiments and prejudice are making us see.

Those who have children in American schools will soon witness their kids come home to tell them that their mates in school called them children from SHITHOLES.

Those who work will suffer double-takes from already prejudiced colleagues who normally assume a black man or woman should not move up the ladder no matter how brilliant. “After all, our president said they’re from shitholes”, they’d say as some sort of justification.

The African elderly might get the push-nose irritation because “they’re from shitholes”.

We need to think right as citizens and separate our biases from every debate. We cannot transfer the aggression of our hatred for Buhari or his government to lowering our sense of esteem as Nigerians. Somehow, we have all benefited one thing or the other from this nation. If not money, we have benefited great friendships across the Niger. Even some who have exploited our disorder as a nation for profiteering are still lampooning Nigeria! It’s a shame indeed.

You may hate Buhari all you care and that’s your right. But we shall continue to objectively point out his positive deeds and call him out for his negatives. If you say Buhari has done nothing so far, you are being unfair.

I will highlight a few of the president’s good deeds. I commend you Mr. President for opening up the space for the anti-corruption conversation and tightening the space for pilferers of our collective patrimony. Some of them are suffering from vocal hemorrhage right now because the era of free money is over; at least for now.

I commend you for working assiduously to ensure that our foreign reserve has now hit about $40 billion at the last count.

I commend you for chasing Boko Haram to near doldrums. In my visit to your chief of army staff, Yusuf Buratai, precisely on March 26, 2016, he said you were irrevocably committed to routing out the Boko Haram menace. I thought it was another political rhetoric. However, the president has proved the COAS was not joking.

I commend you Mr. President for ensuring that your personal integrity has so far resisted the boobytraps leading to a flurry of scandals. I have engaged with some Nigerians who have access to you. Not a few said, “Look, President Buhari cannot steal one kobo, irrespective of what his detractors say about him”.

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One of them is not a Northerner, so it cannot be because he’s pushing a sectional defence. Very recently, your minister of health, Prof. Isaac Adewole used these exact words in my personal conversation with him and I quote: “This I can tell you, my principal, President Buhari is a decent man, no one can ever say he once took a contractor to him to influence procurement options!”

While it is convenient to wave Adewole aside as defending the man that appointed him, the fact that your name has not dotted pages of social media for cornering contracts or dipping hands into the treasury is a confirmation of sorts that you are walking on the privileged carpets of power, as if they are laid with explosives.

In a nation such as ours, these are laudable achievements. Well done Mr. President.

However, because I am not an apologist, and because those of us who love you mostly are those who will tell you the truth, a few negative observations are here Mr. President:

You were missing at the mass burial of the victims of the Benue massacre and blood chilling pogrom. That was a disastrous error. Mr. President, and you have my thumbs-down on that! Let me remind you what great leaders of the world do. When nine people were shot during worship at Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015, President Barack Obama, his wife, Michelle and his vice president, Joe Biden were in full attendance. No more honour could be better for the dead.

Mr. President, in Benue, men were killed, women were butchered and children were slaughtered. We ought to have seen you hold a weeping father; we ought to have seen you take out your handkerchief to wipe the tears of a weeping mother; we would have loved to see you lift up an orphan whose parents have been slaughtered by the herdsmen, with a promise to them that you shall ensure their lives won’t end in the streets without education. At that heart-wrenching mass funeral, you should have read out riot acts to the murderers. It is at that event that you ought to have issued your order to the IGP to relocate to Benue.

Mr. President, missing that event has indeed denied Mr. Femi Adesina, your amiable spokesperson, a very rich material for the “Part Two” of his documentary on “The Human Side of President Buhari”. You simply blew that up and painfully too. Adesina would have to now source “man-made” raw materials.

And to think that barely 24 hours later, seven Northern governors were practically kissing your feet to come back in 2019. While one of them was trying to be placative, the vocal one amongst them, Nasir El Rufai, reportedly said “Yes, we came to tell him to continue in 2019 and we have no apology for that”! Oh my God, inthe context of the mood of the nation, that was an accidental discharge from the “accidental civil servant”! It was wrong, it was insensitive, it was grossly inhuman!

I like Nasir El Rufai, I have defended some of his intentions at some quarters and on some platforms. But he needs to balance brutal frankness with diffident thoughtfulness. This eccentricity should have been displayed a short sensible calendar distance away from the Benue mourning. Otherwise his seeming pragmatism might be mistaken for sheer rascality.

Mr. President, you have also not made a categorical statement on the Fulani herdsmen.

What are you waiting for? What was good for IPOB is equally good for killer Fulani herdsmen, don’t you think? Criminality has no other name.
I support practical positive solutions. But striking unaware innocent people with a sudden cobra sting in form of this genocide must be met with the full wrath of the law.

You rose to power on the strength of a very strong branding. You therefore owe all of us the continued conviction that we did not vote for a sectional leader. Otherwise your brand value will continue to dwindle.

Rumor is also rife in news reports that the suspended executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf, from the same Katsina State as you are from is scheming desperately that you return him to the scheme. In case you do not have adequate information on Yusuf, though I am certain you do, please call for the report of the investigative panel that probed his stewardship before the suspension. President Buhari, for certain reasons allegedly surrounding highhandedness, nepotism and lack of any regard for constituted authority, Yusuf was suspended by your own minister of health under the active superintending of your vice president, while you were away on medical treatment abroad. While these remain allegations until proven, Yusuf was investigated under the state apparatus and instruments not alien to your administration as commander-in-chief. If these allegations prove true, it means Yusuf was contemptible, roguish and most unrefined amongst your political appointees. This crudity is not far fetched when you recall that a few weeks ago, when a news reporter from the PUNCH, Mr. Eniola Akinkuotu sought an interview with Yusuf, he used the most uncivilised and barbaric words on a man discharging his lawful duties as a journalist. He said “Fk the minister and fk you” … then he charged the reporter to “put that in print”. President Buhari, is that the man you will reinstate to lead NHIS? Please save your white garment by steering clear of this palm oil.

Returning Yusuf to duty when you should actually make him another example of your commitment to fighting corruption is a total antithesis of your anti-corruption narrative. It is also an utter disregard for your VP who led the nation in your absence and cut Yusuf to size. I believe the then Acting President Osinbajo acted in consonance with your administration’s policy of collective responsibility while you were away.

Already, this nation is divided on a particular opinion that you thrive on Orwellian methodologies where some of your animals are more equal than the other. The best way to negate this is for you not to send confusing signals when it comes to handling corruption cases affecting your kinsmen.

Finally Mr. President, Nigerians who are hailing the toxic “shithole” rapper, Donald Trump, are aware Mr. Trump is not their friend. They know Trump is pushing a supremacist agenda, and he is pushing it through hate-filed gangsterism. But they are only expressing frustrations from their dissatisfaction with past administrations’ non-performance and your non-too impactful intervention so far.

You may therefore want to accept the Trump challenge to fix this country and rescue us from it’s obvious SHITHOLE.

Akin Fadeyi is the convener of the Corruption Not In My Country Project.

This piece was written by Akin Fadeyi. 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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Adekunle Gold Signs Endorsement Deal With Unity Bank (Photos)

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Nigeria Singer, Adekunle Gold started off the new year on a good note as he bags an endorsement deal with Unity Bank Plc.

The Orente Crooner who took to his Instagram page to announce his relationship with the bank wrote;

“UNITY means the state of being joined together as a whole.

@unitybankplc and I are ONE! #MyNewFamily #Evergreen”

This new deal will be the urban High-life singer first major deal in 2018, and most likely the first of many.

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Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa Lead 2018 Brit Award Nominations | See Full List

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The nominees for the 2018 Brit Awards were announced on Saturday, January 13, with Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran receiving several nominations each.

While Lipa is up for five awards – British breakthrough artist, British female solo artist, British album of the year, British single and British artist video of the year – Sheeran is nominated for four – British male solo artist, British album of the year, British single and British artist video of the year

Lipa is also among four artists whose first full-length studio albums have been nominated. Grime star Stormzy, singer Rag’N’Bone Man and rapper, J Hus, join her and Sheeran for the best album prize.

In the solo male category, Sheeran faces former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, London rapper Loyle Carner and Rag’N’Bone Man.

The 2018 Brit Awards will be held Feb. 21 at London’s O2 Arena.

Here are the nominees below:

British male solo artist

  • Ed Sheeran
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Loyle Carner
  • Rag ‘N’ Bone Man
  • Stormzy

British female solo artist

  • Dua Lipa
  • Jessie Ware
  • Kate Tempest
  • Laura Marling
  • Paloma Faith

British group

  • Gorillaz
  • London Grammar
  • Royal Blood
  • Wolf Alice
  • The xx

British breakthrough act

  • Dave
  • Dua Lipa
  • J Hus
  • Loyle Carner
  • Sampha

Critics’ choice

  • Jorja Smith – winner
  • Stefflon Don
  • Mabel

British single

  • Calvin Harris ft Pharrell / Katy Perry / Big Sean – Feels
  • Clean Bandit ft Zara Larsson – Symphony
  • Dua Lipa – New Rules
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  • J Hus – Did You See
  • Jax Jones ft Raye – You Don’t Know Me
  • Jonas Blue ft William Singe – Mama
  • Liam Payne ft Quavo – Strip That Down
  • Little Mix – Touch
  • Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Human

British album of the year

  • Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
  • Ed Sheeran – Divide
  • J Hus – Common Sense
  • Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Human
  • Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer

British artist video of the year

  • Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios
  • Calvin Harris ft Pharrell / Katy Perry / Big Sean – Feels
  • Clean Bandit ft Zara Larsson – Symphony
  • Dua Lipa – New Rules
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of you
  • Harry Styles – Sign of the Times
  • Jax Jones ft Raye – You Don’t Know Me
  • Liam Payne ft Quavo – Strip That Down
  • Little Mix – Touch
  • ZAYN and Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever

International male solo artist

  • Beck
  • Childish Gambino
  • DJ Khaled
  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar

International female solo artist

  • Alicia Keys
  • Bjork
  • Lorde
  • Pink
  • Taylor Swift

International group

  • Arcade Fire
  • Foo Fighters
  • Haim
  • The Killers
  • LCD Soundsystem

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CBN Boosts Foreign Exchange Market With $210m

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has injected another 210 million dollars into the inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market to meet customers’ requests in various segments.

This is coming barely days after the apex bank injected $262.5 million in its first retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) for the year under the inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market.

Giving a breakdown of the intervention, the bank’s acting Director, Corporate Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor on Monday in Abuja said that 100 million dollars was offered to authorised dealers in the wholesale segment of the market.

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He said that the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) segment received the sum of 55 million dollars.

Also, customers requiring foreign exchange for tuition fees, medical payments and Basic Travel Allowance (BTA), among others were allocated the sum of 55 million dollars.

Okorafor said also that bidders who made bids in the wholesale window would receive value for the bids on Tuesday.

He reassured the public that the CBN would continue to intervene in the interbank foreign exchange market in line with its resolve to sustain liquidity in the market and maintain stability.

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According to him, the steps taken so far by the CBN in forex management had yielded many positive results, particularly as it had to do with reduction in the country’s import bills and accretion to its foreign reserves.

It will be recalled that the CBN last Friday, intervened in the Retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) to the tune of 262.5 million dollars, to cater for requests in the agricultural, airlines, petroleum products and raw materials and machinery sectors.

Meanwhile, NAN reports that the naira continued its stability in the FOREX market, exchanging at an average of N360 to a dollar in the Bureau De Change segment of the market.

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Pogba: United Are Chasing City

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Manchester United are on the track of Manchester City and Pogba says they are not resting.

Following a 3-0 win over Stoke City on Sunday, United are 12 points closer to City.

Pogba assisted two fabulous goals for Anthony Martial and Antonio Valencia, with Lukaku scoring the third goal.

“Obviously you see Manchester City are in front of us and they lost their first game,” Pogba said after being named man of the match on Sky Sports.

“We always want to catch them so it was good for them to lose

“But we have to think about ourselves and think about winning because we have lost a lot of points.

“We’re not looking to the past, we’re looking to the next games. We just want to catch City, win the points that we lost and that’s it.

“We need to focus on ourselves, keep winning and I think we will be okay.”

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“She Gives Birth To Children Like Rabbits,” Says Man Who Sacked His Wife

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A marriage of nine years was dissolved on Monday in Lagos after Michael Ayinde, a 39-year-old man, had taken his wife, Glory, to court over her penchant for unbridled procreation.

Akin Akinniyi, the President of Igando Customary Court in a Lagos suburb, said that it was obvious from available testimony and the respondent’s refusal to appear in court that the marriage had hit the rocks.

“Throughout the duration of this case, the respondent (Glory) refused to honour court processes.

“Therefore, the court has no choice than to dissolve the marriage; the court hereby pronounce the marriage between Mr. Michael Ayinde and Mrs. Glory Ayinde dissolved.

“Both parties henceforth cease to be husband and wife and are free to go their separate ways without any hindrance or molestation,’’ Mr. Akinniyi ruled.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr. Michael Ayinde had earlier told the court that his wife, whose name he gave as Glory, enjoyed “giving births at will’’ without consideration for the prevailing economic situation.

According to him, Glory has had six children within the nine-year duration of their marriage.

“Before I married Glory, I warned her that I needed only two kids irrespective of their gender so that I can afford their upkeep. She agreed only for her to discard the agreement after marriage.

“My Lord, my wife wants to kill me with children. She is giving birth to children like rabbits. In nine years, she was delivered of six babies.

“She was sacked from her workplace just because she gets pregnant immediately after she resumed from maternity leave,’’ Mr. Ayinde said.

He said that he had sold his cars and some of his property to cater for the children.

“After she had the fourth baby, I begged her to go for family planning, she refused.

“I had to force her to the hospital for a family planning device but she went secretly to remove it without my consent.

“Some months later, she went to her parent’s place and sent me text message that she was pregnant.

“She did not return home until after delivery and also did the naming of the baby in her parent’s place,’’ Mr. Ayinde also told the court.

He said that on December 24, 2016, Glory left home again for her parent’s place where she called again that she was pregnant and that she would be back after birth.

“Last month, she called me that she had delivered and named the baby, David.’’

The father of six also alleged that his wife was not washing his clothes and her children’s clothes.

Mr. Ayinde pleaded with the court to dissolve the marriage so that the estranged wife would not continue to have more children.


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Mourinho: United Is Pogba’s Team

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Jose Mourinho has hailed Paul Pogba for his performance against Stoke, and believes the team is fast becoming his.

The France international provided two assists in the 3-0 win over Stoke, as they closed to within 12 points of City.

Paul Pogba has made an impression  this season at United, with nine assists and three goals.

“He was moving the ball fantastically well, with long passes changing the direction and creating problems for the opponent,” he said.

“He had an assist and if he had scored the free-kick with the last shot of the game, it would be really a reward for him.

“I think he is happy with the way the team is playing and he’s happy because the team is changing the profile and the profile is going more in his direction.”

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Obasanjo Emerges First PhD Graduate As NOUN Announces Date For Convocation Of 14,771 persons

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Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, is among 14, 771 persons expected to receive honours at the 7th convocation of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Abdalla Adamu, NOUN’s Vice-Chancellor, has said.

The former president is expected to receive a doctorate in Christian Theology, Mr. Adamu said at a news briefing on the institution’s 2018 convocation scheduled for Jan. 20 at its headquarters in Jabi, Abuja.

He said Mr. Obasanjo would be considered for an appointment as a facilitator or supervisor as PhD is the least qualification for one to teach in the institution.

The vice-chancellor said that 14,771 is the highest number of candidates any institution in Nigeria had ever graduated at a convocation ceremony.

He said in spite of being a former president, Mr. Obasanjo conducted himself properly and deservedly bagged Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Theology.

“One of the graduands is the first PhD graduate the institution will produce; a university must graduate students at academic Masters Level before graduating PhD.

“Only one candidate has been able to do that and that is Obasanjo; the Senate has found him worthy of the award and approved the conferment of PhD on him.

“There are lessons to be learnt from Obasanjo’s feat – one is never too old to learn; Obasanjo was about 80 years when he started the programme and has finished it at 82.

“Again, one is never too powerful to learn; he was the president twice and yet subjected himself to learning; learning is a humbling process.

“We will consider him for the post of a facilitator or supervisor; maybe for our Abeokuta Study Centre; we will suggest it to him,’’ he said.

Mr. Adamu said because of Mr. Obasanjo’s achievement, NOUN has received requests from other older citizens.

He said the institution was able to graduate such a huge number of students because it had created its own internal data management which was previously handled by external vendors.

The vice-chancellor said that students who were hitherto not cleared by the external vendors had been cleared.

He said that NOUN’s Business School would soon take off and would run nine professional programmes.

Mr. Adamu said the institution had created Centre for Entrepreneurship Studies which would generate employment opportunities for the graduates.

According to him, NOUN has opened linkages with foreign universities in order to broaden its scope.

“Sussex University in the UK has reached out to us-to be its hub in Nigeria; Open University of UK, University of South Africa among other are partnering with us.

“We are expanding to create Diaspora study centres in Niger Republic, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Gambia, Senegal, among others.

“These are still subject to approval from the National Universities Commission, the Federal Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,’’ he said.

 On the standoff between NOUN and the Council for Legal Education over the status of Law graduates, he said the Senate had passed the NOUN Act Amendment Bill.

He said once both chambers harmonise the bill, it would be sent for presidential assent.

Mr. Adamu said that once the amendment was signed into law, all controversies surrounding the Law programme as well that concerning the National Youth Service Corps would be resolved.


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

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  • Arsenal are closing in on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as their new head of recruitment insists they are not getting a bad boy.
  • Emre Can could sign a new deal at Liverpool despite interest from Juventus.
  • Everton are hopeful of signing Theo Walcott from Arsenal in a £20m deal.
  • New Stoke boss Paul Lambert will be handed a transfer survival fund in a bid to keep the Potters up.
  • West Ham fear Andy Carroll has had his head turned by the prospect of a loan move to Chelsea.
  • Jack Rodwell has been told he can leave Sunderland for nothing – if he agrees to give up £5.4million in wages.
  • Amanda Staveley is increasing her bid to buy out Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to over £300m.
  • Liverpool are plotting a summer swoop for James Maddison from Norwich at the end of the season.
  • Ryan Giggs is weighing up an approach to make Paul Scholes a part of his Wales backroom staff.
  • Jose Mourinho is “not un-confident” of signing Alexis Sanchez although he suggested other clubs remain interested in the Arsenal star.
  • New manager Paul Lambert will get a £1.5m bonus if he avoids relegation with Stoke.
  • Manchester United have reportedly snubbed a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez including Anthony Martial.

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Boko Haram Releases Video Footage Of Remaining Abducted Chibok Girls (Watch)

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Boko Haram insurgent group has released a new video showing girls purported to be among the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped from their school hostel in April 2014.

In the video, which was made available to Sahara Reporters, by Ahmed Salkida, a journalist who specializes in reporting on the conflicts in the Lake Chad region, one of the girls who spoke for the others can be heard saying, “This is a message to our parents in Nigeria, they should repent and bow to Boko Haram, we won’t come back.”

Speaking while her face was covered with a veil, the girl disclosed that they had all been married by Boko Haram factional leader Abubakar Shekau.

“We live in comfort. He provides us with everything. We lack nothing,” she added.

Shekau can also be seen in the video firing a heavy machine gun and making a 13-minute-long sermon.

“I am not wounded, I am ready to fight and will continue to fight,”  he said as he read from a prepared speech in  Hausa and flanked left and right by well-armed lieutenants.

Shekau also claimed responsibility for the air force helicopter that crashed recently although, the military authority had earlier told Nigerians that the helicopter came down as result of technical issues.

The Boko Haram video also paraded some women believed to be police officers who were abducted in June 2017, the women sobbed as a Boko Haram speaker recited the Qur’an before asking some of them to speak on video, it appears they’re under duress as they were surrounded by armed Boko Haram fighters.

The jihadists seized 276 students from the Government Girls Secondary School in the mostly Christian town in Borno state on April 14, 2014, triggering global condemnation.

Fifty-nine of them managed to escape in the hours that followed.

A total of 107 girls have now been either found, rescued or released as part of government negotiations with the Islamic State group affiliate.

On January 4, the Nigerian army said it had rescued one of the girls’ classmates in the remote Pulka region of Borno, near the border with Cameroon.

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Osinbajo Departs Nigeria For US – To Deliver Lecture At Harvard

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday night left Nigeria for the United States, where he is expected to deliver the keynote lecture at the Harvard University, Boston’s “Africa Rising” course at Harvard Business School on Tuesday, January 16.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday said in extending its invitation to the Vice President, the university noted that it deeply admired the immense progress that Nigeria had made under the present administration, including the work of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBC).

 “It would be the highest honour for us were you to accept our invitation as we deeply admire the immense progress that Nigeria has made during your tenure not only as the country’s Vice President, but also as Chairman of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council. By all accounts, this Council has spearheaded crucial initiatives and we very much hope that you will speak to those, as well as to Nigeria’s rise in world economic rankings and the vast range of business initiatives that are ongoing in your country,” the university said.

The top US university further described the lecture as a historic moment as it would be the first time that an Africa-focused course will be offered at Harvard Business School.

During the lecture, Mr. Osinbajo, a law professor, would highlight the progress made by the Buhari administration in improving the country’s economy and investment climate.

The Vice President, who is scheduled to leave for Boston on Monday, is expected back in Abuja later on Wednesday.

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