Shaku-Shaku Reloaded: Djxcusive Set To Release A New Song Featuring Slimcase And Mzkiss

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In a bid to tap from the irresistible influence of shaku-shaku dance vibes taking over Nigerian music scene, Superstar Disc Jockey, DJ exclusive has teamed up two foremost street acts, Slimcase and Mzkiss on a soon-to-be released song, “Shempe”.

First we saw DJ exclusive live video during the studio recording session then took to his Instagram page earlier today to announce the coming of the song while he asked fans a teasing question on when the song should be released to further fuel their anticipation of the lamba-filled song.

He wrote;

On a shaku vibe: DJ Xclusive ft @iam_slimcase & @officialmzkiss – SHEMPE !!!! – #NewMusic – @iam_slimcase WHEN WE GO RELEASE THE SONG???

 

Meanwhile, the self acclaimed “Otunba Lamba” himself, Slimcase who is one the street act that popularized the Shaku-Shaku sound has announced the “Shempe” track by DJxclusive and Mzkiss as the next fire brand shaku-shaku vibe about to take over the street. He wrote;

#Shampe @djxclusive83 ft Slimcase @officialmzkiss #SaintSamiGanja 📞📞 Unto the next one 🔥🔥🔥 coming soon Mzkiss Wetin u mix for my drink na? On a 4.2 Ref

However, queen of the street, Mzkiss also took to her Instagram page to spark up the growing anticipation of her first musical involvement in 2018. According to her, the combination of herself, DJXclusive and Slimcase on the song “Shempe” is superb.

💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻This is my Favorite jam!!!! #Shempe
This Combination is bad😂😂😂😂 @djxclusive83 ❎ @iam_slimcase ❎ @officialmzkiss #Loading….

With the ongoing pre-release buzz around the song, it is expected that the song, “Shempe” by DJxclusive featuring Slimcase and Mzkiss will take the street by storm upon its release. When posh + street meets = #StreetAnthem

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Kiss Daniel Welcomes Two New Members To FlyBoy INC (PHOTOS)

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Singer, Kiss Daniel has added two new members to his Flyboy INC team. The singer made the announcement through his Instagram account when he shared the photo of himself, his manager Tumi Slizz and two other new faces.

He shared the photo with caption;

I.N.C boys @tumislizz @uthy_omg and the latest addition @wickedestdjdino 🔥 welcome to my TEAM brother 🙏🏿 @flyboyincent

Meanwhile, it is believed that one of the signees, @wickedestdjdino is a disc jockey while the other person @uthy_omg is a fashion entrepreneur.

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Wizkid Signs New Artist, Terri To Starboy Entertainment

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Starboy Entertainment boss, Wizkid has announced the signing of a new act, Terri to the label. The singer made a tweet earlier today to welcome his new signee.

According to Wizkid, he met the singer in December 2017 after he tagged him in a video on Instagram.

See tweets and video below;

 

So this song dropped yesterday and I decided to make a refix,a little something before my new single VOICES on December 25th! Please like and share and leave your thoughts in the comment section.@djjimmyjatt ft @wizkidayo Oshe refix by my humble self. Cc @killertunes_tii @tclassic_mne @only1sarz @legendurybeatz_mutay @vampire_beatz @wandecoal @_hurdihmoore @iammidemillz @emkerry01 @iam_brizz @wizkidnews @sunday.are @wizkid_vibe #oshe #afrobeats #naijamusic #afro @dj_davisy @djspinall @pauloo2104 @adetounola @patorankingfire @baddosneh @iam_kcee @iam_emoney1 @shinapeller @teknoofficial @tenny_ola @tayo_lamar @itsdaygee @iampjstar @iamomsix @__omowonuola @k.e.r.i.n @wizkid_official @wizkidblog @izzlax @maleekberry @adamslinkmedia @tundeednut @instablog9ja @naijaloadedcom @pulsenigeria247

A post shared by TERRI🔉 (@terri_ryn) on Dec 16, 2017 at 2:21pm PST

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Catholic Church Rejoins Christian Association Of Nigeria (CAN) – 5 Years After Exit

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The Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) has announced its return to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) after about five years’ of absence due to alleged misunderstanding that was later described as “political.”

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) had in a letter dated September 24, 2012 which was signed by their President, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, and addressed to the then CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, announced the withdrawal of the Catholic church from the organisation.

However, in 2017, the current president of CAN, Samson Olasupo Ayokunle initiated moves to ensure the return of the Bishops to the fold.

About a few weeks ago, Kaigama led the leadership of CBNC to the CAN national secretariat, where he and Ayokunle’s team addressed grey areas that were identified.

Consequently, a CSN delegation led by Rev Fr. Prof Cornelius Afebu Omonokhua who represented Kagama, during the weekend, attended the expanded CAN National Executive Committee meeting for the amendment of the body’s constitution.

The President of CAN, according to a statement issued on Sunday by his Special Assistant (Media & Communications), Adebayo Oladeji, expressed delights about the new development.

He said, “Their return is one of the best things that have been happening since I was given the mandate to become the President of CAN.

“One of my visions for CAN is to bring our Catholic brothers and sisters back to the fold; and I must acknowledge the support and understanding of my brother in Christ, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama, President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and his team.

“I give kudos to all the principal officers, the directors and some Christian leaders in the country for their support and understanding while the dialogue lasted.

“My joy knows no bound with the presence of the CSN at the constitution amendment meeting of CAN held on Thursday and at the NEC meeting on Friday.

“It is our prayers that the Body of Christ in the country will remain one forever in Jesus’ name.

“At a time like this when Christians are almost becoming endangered species in Nigeria, when churches are being denied the Certificate of Occupancy especially in the core North, when Christians are being denied key public offices and when the Church is expected to speak for the voiceless, especially over the economic and social hardship in our country, we cannot afford to be at war with one another.

“CAN is united in diversity. Jesus Christ prayed for the Church shortly before He returned to heaven in John chapter 17.”

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Ex-Minister And His Over ‘100,000 PDP Supporters’ Decamp To APC

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A former Minister of Sports and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Samaila Sambawa, and his supporters have decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr. Sambawa,who served as a Minister of Internal Affairs, Foreign, Sports and Youths Development under the PDP administration formally dumped his party and joined APC on Sunday at the Halidu Stadium,Birnin-Kebbi.

Addressing his supporters, Mr. Sambawa said  he decided to join the ruling party due to the quality of leadership being offered by President Muhammad Buhari and Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi.

“You will all agree with me that relative peace, security of lives and property being witnessed across the country resulted from  concerted efforts, determination and personal commitment of Mr. President.

“We also bear witness to  the tremendous agricultural revival programme carried out by the Federal Government under the famous Anchor Borrowers programme that has  gone a long way in redirecting the diversification policy of the  government towards mass rice production to enable us attain food sufficiency, economic growth and sustainable empowerment of our people.”

He added that he and his supporters were proud of the leadership style of Governor Bagudu.

“Another interesting dimension provided to the quest for good governance drive in Kebbi State is translated in the ability of the state government to facilitate 24-hour electricity supply across the state, massive investment in education, rural development, health care delivery and youth empowerment.”

He added that he also  decided to join the ruling party to contribute meaningfully to the general wellbeing and prosperity of the people of the state.

“Let me also affirm that from today myself and teeming number of supporters friends and well wishers from all the 21 LGAs of the state have formally declared for the APC.

 “Therefore, I am calling for smooth and harmonious coexistence among all ranks of the party to enable us contribute meaningfully to the promotion of democracy and good governance in the state,” he said.

The state’s APC Chairman, Attahiru Maccido, while welcoming the new members, said Mr. Sambawa defected with over 100,000 supporters and assured them of equal treatment with older party members.

“You will be treated equally and our doors are open to members of other  political parties.”

The governor, who welcomed the ex-minister and his supporters, described the defection as ta welcome development.

He urged members of the opposition parties in the state to join the APC.

(NAN)

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Nigerian Court Frees 475 Boko Haram Suspects, Okays Their Rehabilitation

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No less than 475 detained Boko Haram suspects, were on Friday, released by the Federal High Court sitting at Wawa Cantonment in Kainji, Niger State and sent to the governments of their states of origin to take them through a process of proper rehabilitation.

According to a statement issued on Sunday by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, the suspects were freed after the prosecution failed to establish any link between them and the Boko Haram sect.

He noted that the suspects were arrested and detained on the basis of information that they either belonged to the proscribed terrorist group, or that they concealed vital information that would have helped security agencies to prevent the commission of acts of terrorism by members of the sect.

He said the prosecution could not charge them with any offence due to lack of sufficient evidence against them.

“Therefore, the suspects were released on motion exparte pursuance of section 35 (4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended)”, the AGF added in the statement that was signed by his media aide, Mr. Salihu Isah.

The court also directed the state governments to provide for the released persons rehabilitation at any appropriate centre before being released to their families.

In addition, the court ruled that the mentally deranged among the suspects should be provided appropriate treatment at mental health facilities.

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“Black Panther” Rakes In Whopping $75.8 Million On Its Opening

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In what appears to be a positive opening in the Box Office, Marvel’s Black Panther has earned a whopping $75.8 million on its first day, including $25.2m in Thursday previews.

Forbes reports that this was the fourth-biggest superhero opening day in history, behind The Avengers ($80m), Batman v Superman ($81m) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($84m).

It’s the second-biggest pre-summer launch behind Batman v Superman ($81m), the top single day gross for a solo superhero movie, the biggest single day for a movie not directed by a white male, the eighth-biggest opening day ever and the very biggest single day ever for a non-sequel movie.

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It earned $50.6 million on its “pure” Friday (minus the Thursday previews). That is just over/under the likes of Batman v Superman ($53m), Iron Man 3 ($53m), Furious 7 ($50m), The Dark Knight ($49m), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II ($48m), Spider-Man 3 ($48m), Captain America: Civil War ($48m) and Beauty and the Beast ($48m). That’s the biggest “pure Friday” gross for a non-sequel.

CBR is predicting that the movie should generate an estimate of $200 million by Monday, February 19, 2018.

A sequel has yet to be officially announced, although Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige has already confirmed he wants director Ryan Coogler to return to helm a potential sequel.

Now in theaters, Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa /Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka /Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue.

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Salah Vows To Keep Scoring For Liverpool

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Liverpool danger man, Mohamed Salah has vowed to keep scoring for the club, warning Liverpool’s opponents.

The Egypt international scored in the 5-0 whacking of Porto, to take his tally to 30 goals in all competitions for Liverpool.

Salah has impressed with his form and will not take his foot off the gas.

“It is a great feeling to have scored 30 goals in a first season at a club like Liverpool,” Salah told club website.

“It’s something huge, so I am very happy about it. But I have to carry on and keep looking forward to scoring many more goals.

“In my mind, I am always trying to improve and I’m doing it every single day. Every day I look at myself and try to improve myself all the time.

“I am happy at the moment, I feel good, and that’s the most important thing – and 100 percent, there is still more to come.”

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Blackface Reveals How Selfishness And Greed Ruined Plantashun Boiz

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In a recent interview with Sunday Scoop, controversial member of the defunct Plantashun Boiz, Blackface has pointed out some of the factors that necessitated the split of the group which comprised of himself, 2face and Faze.

He said;

“Artistes are like footballers. If there is no love in a team, they cannot play together. Once you are in a group, you must consider the interest of everyone in it. But at some point, one of us was only interested in what he wanted for himself. He was responsible for the end of Plantashun Boiz because he was selfish.”

That “one of us” Blackface referred to, has been assumed to be 2baba knowing how vocal Blackface has been about his “betrayal”. Blackface also maintained that they could not work together as a group again.

“I don’t see us doing things together anymore and I have no regrets as life is a learning process. If you hear that we are coming back, it is just propaganda,” he said.

Meanwhile, Blackface added that belonging to a music group brings fast paced success but could be very stressful.

In his words;

“As a solo artiste, you make decisions for yourself. You do what suits you and you don’t have to worry about other group members. Though doing music with a group of people is okay, being a solo artiste is better. That way, you can control your music.”

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Why I Think I Am The Best Producer In The World – Kiddominant Reveals

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In a recent Interview with Sunday scoop, producer, Kiddominant spoke on his reaction at the 2017 SoundCity MVP awards after he lost the “Producer Of The Year” award to YBNL producer, Young John.

Kiddominant who appeared to be pained about the loss on the grounds that he had many hits last year apologised for his attitude in the aftermath of the award.

In his words;

“My apology to Soundcity was sincere because I felt and still feel remorseful about how I reacted to losing the award. Honestly, those who are close to me will tell you that I’m not a troublesome person. However, we all make mistakes and it’s only right we apologize when we realize our wrong doings. I believe that organizers of awards are doing a great job.”

While describing his wonderful music spell in 2017, Kiddominant said, his idea of sound composition and individual mindset make him different from all other producers in the world. According to him, he actually think he is world best.

“Last year was amazing for me as an African music producer. I was signed to Sony/ATV USA, and I produced a beat for one of the biggest Jamaican artistes of the moment, Popcaan, who is signed to Drake’s record label. I also produced two of the biggest songs in Africa – Davido’s Fall and Mayorkun’s Mama.

Don’t forget that I also produced Mayorkun’s Che Che towards the end of the year. I’m really grateful to God. What makes me different from any other producer is my idea of sound composition and mindset as a person. I actually think I’m the best producer in the world.”

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Saraki Invites Emmanuella To Senate As Comedienne Lands Hollywood Film Role

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Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has extended an invitation to popular child comedienne, Emmanuella Samuel, popularly known as Emmanuella of Mark Angel Comedy company, to the Senate to discuss how to develop the potential of young talents in the creative industry.

In a post on his official Twitter account on Sunday, Saraki described Emmanuella as “an inspiration.”

The senate president further added that he wanted Emmanuella to visit the Senate to enable him discuss with her how to aid the development of young talents in Nigeria’s creative industry.

The little girl is reported to have been slated to feature in a Disney Hollywood film.

The 7-year-old girl had taken to her Instagram account to announce the development.

Saraki Invites Emmanuella To Senate After Comedienne Landed Disney Film RoleShe wrote: “Thanks @disneystudios God bless everyone whose support has added to bringing us here. I never dreamed of being here so soon. I miss Success. I love you all.”

Saraki Invites Emmanuella To Senate After Comedienne Landed Disney Film RoleShe added: “we will talk about the great man I’m standing with later. Now Biko can somebody tell the costume department to please package me well. Worris dis? What character am I playing today? “Ngkbeke in America?”

In 2016, Emmanuella was awarded the best new comedienne and princess of comedy at the Afro-Australia Music and Movie Awards in Australia. She is also the first African to have one million subscribers on her Youtube comedy channel.

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Saraki Invites Emmanuella To Senate As Comedienne Lands Hollywood Film Role

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Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has extended an invitation to popular child comedienne, Emmanuella Samuel, popularly known as Emmanuella of Mark Angel Comedy company, to the Senate to discuss how to develop the potential of young talents in the creative industry.

In a post on his official Twitter account on Sunday, Saraki described Emmanuella as “an inspiration.”

The senate president further added that he wanted Emmanuella to visit the Senate to enable him discuss with her how to aid the development of young talents in Nigeria’s creative industry.

The little girl is reported to have been slated to feature in a Disney Hollywood film.

The 7-year-old girl had taken to her Instagram account to announce the development.

Saraki Invites Emmanuella To Senate After Comedienne Landed Disney Film RoleShe wrote: “Thanks @disneystudios God bless everyone whose support has added to bringing us here. I never dreamed of being here so soon. I miss Success. I love you all.”

Saraki Invites Emmanuella To Senate After Comedienne Landed Disney Film RoleShe added: “we will talk about the great man I’m standing with later. Now Biko can somebody tell the costume department to please package me well. Worris dis? What character am I playing today? “Ngkbeke in America?”

In 2016, Emmanuella was awarded the best new comedienne and princess of comedy at the Afro-Australia Music and Movie Awards in Australia. She is also the first African to have one million subscribers on her Youtube comedy channel.

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Ter Stegen: Barca Are Better Without Neymar

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Barcelona goalie Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, believes the club is better without Neymar.

The sale of Neymar was perceived to have come at a bad time for the club.

However, Valverde has led the club to 24 unbeaten league games.

Ter Stegen is quite glad the loss of Neymar did not affect the quality of the squad.

“The quality of Ney, you can’t explain it,” Ter Stegen told ESPN . “Because he was super important for us, as a person [and] in the team, as a footballer.

“Now, everyone needs to understand what he did because maybe he wants to win something else, also personally.

“His decision only he knows but in the end we had to compensate all this and this is not easy because he had so much quality, but we did it in a different way and now we have a very, very strong team.

“I think we’ve got some new players who have made us even stronger and hopefully they feel good and comfortable in the team and they adapt very fast.”

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Ter Stegen: Barca Are Better Without Neymar

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Barcelona goalie Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, believes the club is better without Neymar.

The sale of Neymar was perceived to have come at a bad time for the club.

However, Valverde has led the club to 24 unbeaten league games.

Ter Stegen is quite glad the loss of Neymar did not affect the quality of the squad.

“The quality of Ney, you can’t explain it,” Ter Stegen told ESPN . “Because he was super important for us, as a person [and] in the team, as a footballer.

“Now, everyone needs to understand what he did because maybe he wants to win something else, also personally.

“His decision only he knows but in the end we had to compensate all this and this is not easy because he had so much quality, but we did it in a different way and now we have a very, very strong team.

“I think we’ve got some new players who have made us even stronger and hopefully they feel good and comfortable in the team and they adapt very fast.”

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Davido Set For First International Collaboration Of The Year With Sean Kingston

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Nigerian superstar singer, Davido is set for his first collaboration of the year as he gets a feature on a yet to be released song by Sean Kingston.

The Jamaican singer, Sean Kingston revealed on Twitter that his song “Kryptonite” which has Davido as one of the featured artistes is currently being mixed and mastered.

To further spark up the excitement of fans in anticipation of this collaboration, Davido dropped a teasing tweet asking “who’s ready”

See tweets below;

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Davido Set For First International Collaboration Of The Year With Sean Kingston

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Nigerian superstar singer, Davido is set for his first collaboration of the year as he gets a feature on a yet to be released song by Sean Kingston.

The Jamaican singer, Sean Kingston revealed on Twitter that his song “Kryptonite” which has Davido as one of the featured artistes is currently being mixed and mastered.

To further spark up the excitement of fans in anticipation of this collaboration, Davido dropped a teasing tweet asking “who’s ready”

See tweets below;

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Spalletti: Inter Are Low On Confidence

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Luciano Spalletti says Inter Milan are low on confidence, and had the wind knocked out of their sail after Ranocchia’s own goal.

The last attack of a lacklustre display between Genoa and Inter in the first half, saw Skriniar’s clearance slam into Ranocchia’s back and into the net.

Pandev scored in the 59th minute against his former side, condemning Spalletti’s men to a 2-0 loss in the absence of Perisic and Icardi.

“The team did not make a bad performance, we had to stay in the game and then wait for the right moment to take the lead,” he added.

“We are in a fragile moment, we have to grow from time to time. It is not easy to turn things around suddenly.

“We are trying to work to do something different and I think we are going in the right direction.

“It would have been useful to consolidate these changes but we cannot reject the choices made. They were not decisive in the defeat.”

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2018 UTME: JAMB Announces Date For Mock Examination

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Sunday said the much anticipated conduct of the 2018 Mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) would now hold on February 26.

The board’s Head, Media and Information, Fabian Benjamin, who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, disclosed that a total of 245,753 of the 1,652,795 candidates that registered for this year’s UTME are expected to write the test.

He said: “We are happy to announce to the public that the board has concluded arrangement for the conduct of the mock UTME, slated for Monday, February 26.”

“This is irrespective of the ongoing strike embarked upon by members of the non-academic unions of federal universities nationwide.”

“Candidates will soon be informed on when to print notifications for the examination and in addition, notifications will be sent through e-mails and text messages on the schedules of their examination.”

He explained that the examination was expected to be hitch free because the board had successfully reduced incidences of malfunctioning of computers by electronically integrating the systems to see their functionality and effectiveness through link tests.

“What this means is that, at the end if the exercise, whatever system that is not seen will not be used for the mock examination.

“The 2018 exercise sold a total of 1, 966,918 candidate generating profiles.

“In previous examinations this number of candidates would have paid for the forms but through our efficient and effective system of ensuring that candidates do not waste resources, we decided to introduce the profile generating regime.

“By this method, candidates will first have to   generate personal profiles before proceeding to obtain pins, in between which they are open to deciding whether to go ahead to pay for the registration documents or otherwise,” Mr. Benjamin explained.

The main UTME is expected to hold nationwide from March 9 to March 17.

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Nigeria Is Safe In The Hands Of Buhari – Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has disclosed that Nigeria is in very safe and competent hands, with President Muhammadu Buhari piloting the affairs of the country.

Speaking on Saturday at a mini town hall meeting with the staff of the Nigerian Embassy in Madrid, Spain, and a cross-section of Nigerians living in the European country, the minister urged Nigerians not to panic, that there is no cause for alarm.

He said contrary to the fake news being peddled on the Social Media, Nigeria is making steady progress, especially in revamping the economy, tackling insecurity and fighting corruption – the three cardinal programmes of the Buhari Administration.

”Don’t believe everything you read on the Social Media. Nigeria is neither at war nor in crisis,” Mr. Mohammed said, according to a statement by his special assistant, Segun Adeyemi.

”Contrary to what you may be reading on the Internet, the Buhari Administration is putting Nigeria on a solid footing, after the years that were eaten by the locust.”

He said naysayers are spending millions of Naira to distort the true situation of things in Nigeria and to make the administration look bad.

The Minister said the administration’s achievements should be evaluated against the background of the tough challenges that it has faced since coming into office on 29 May 2015.

”It is said that if you don’t know where you are coming from, you won’t know where you are going,” he said, listing the drastic fall in the price of crude oil, the low foreign reserves at $24 billion, the fact that the federal government was borrowing to pay workers’ salaries, and the fact that many states were unable to pay salaries as some of those challenges.

Mr. Mohammed also said when the Administration came into office, unpaid pensions had run into billions of Naira in many states, contractors had abandoned sites across the country because they were being heavily owed, infrastructure was in poor state, power generation was 2,690 megawatts, billions were being paid as ‘fuel subsidies’ to fat cats, corruption was the order of the day, while 20 of the 27 local governments in Borno were under the firm control of Boko Haram.

”Today, the trend is being reversed, and the results are showing: Foreign reserves is now $42.8b, the highest level in four years, inflation has fallen for 12 consecutive months to 15.13%, 108 billion Naira has been saved from removal of maintenance fees payable to banks before Treasury Single Account (TSA), the nation is being saved 24.7 billion Naira monthly with the full implementation of the TSA and the elimination of ghost workers has saved the nation 120 billion Naira.

”With improved macro-economic conditions, capital inflow is on the upswing, reaching $1.8 billion in the second quarter of 2017, which is almost double the $908 million in the first quarter, Nigeria’s stock market is one of the best-performing in the world, delivering returns in excess of 40 percent, Nigeria jumped 24 places on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking, and earned a place on the List of Top 10 Reformers in the world,” he said.

The Minister also told the meeting that the Administration’s agricultural revolution is moving Nigeria close to self-sufficiency in many staples, especially rice, that the home-grown school feeding programme has created jobs for 61,352 cooks, and it is providing 6.4 million school children in 33,981 schools across 20 states with one meal a day, that power generation has increased to 7,000 megawatts, that Boko Haram has been massively degraded and that the administration’s is embarking on a massive infrastructural renewal.

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Christians Are Idol Worshippers (1), By Femi Aribisala

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Christians Are Idol Worshippers (1), By Femi Aribisala

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I went to buy blank videotapes in a van emblazoned with Christian VideoNet on both sides. When I came out of the van, an Asiatic gentleman engaged me in friendly banter. He was clearly not a Christian, but I soon got the impression he was in the marketplace for a new religion. He did not wait for me to witness to him. Having seen the insignia on the van, he wanted me to tell him about Christianity. But then he had some vital questions he wanted cleared up right at the onset.

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

“Your religion,” he asked, “does it allow you to drink alcohol?” “Yes,” I replied expansively, “we even drink wine in church.” “Wonderful, wonderful,” said my new-found friend, brightening up. Then he asked: “How many gods do you have?”

I was a bit slow on the uptake and did not quite understand what he was getting at. “What do you mean how many gods do I have?” I asked incredulously. “Yes, yes,” the man replied, without any hint of mischief. “How many gods do you have?”

“I have only one God,” I insisted marvelling at him. “Only one?” he asked in disbelief. “You have only one God?” “Well, yes,” I replied, now defensive. “I have only one God.” The man shook his head in a way that said eloquently: “Forget it.” I imagine him saying to himself: “What is the point of a religion where you only have one God? That is simply too risky. What if he happens to be busy at any given time?”

On later reflection, I came to the conclusion that it was a god-sent question. Therefore, I pose the same question here: “How many gods do you have?” “Do you even know how many gods you worship?”

Idol Worship

One of the most important subjects that Jesus addresses in the scriptures is idol worship.

One of the Ten Commandments of God says: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:2-3).

Atheism does not exist. Man is a worshiper. Everybody worships. The critical question is who or what we worship. We either worship the one true God or we worship idol gods. Says John Calvin: “The heart of man is an idol factory.” Left to himself, without divine revelation, man will worship almost anything. We worship what we highly esteem. For this reason, Jesus says: “What is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.” (Luke 16:15).

Jesus himself faced the challenge of idol worship at the very inception of his ministry: “The devil took him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, ‘All these things I will give you if you will fall down and worship me.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only you shall serve.’” (Matthew 4:8-10).

Many people, including those who call themselves Christians, have accepted the devil’s offer. We worship the devil and his “things”, instead of the one true God. Thus, Jesus counsels: “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:20-21).

It goes without saying that God is the only real treasure we have. Every other so-called treasure is ephemeral. God is: “the Desire of All Nations.” (Haggai 2:7).

Accordingly, John warns all believers: “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” (1 John 2:15-16).

Idols of the Heart

Jesus told a Samaritan woman: You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.” (John 4:22).

The same conundrum applies today. Many presume salvation is of the Italians or the Romans, but it is not. Salvation is of the Jews. For this reason, Roman Catholicism is full of idol worship. God says: “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.” (Exodus 20:4-5).

But Roman Catholics have deliberately removed this injunction from their own non-scriptural version of the Ten Commandments, so that the people would be unaware that they are contradicting it. As a result, the making of idols is very big business in Rome, and the worship of idols is standard fare in Catholicism.

However, the problem is not limited to Roman Catholics. It is a general predicament among all Christians. The problem with idol worship is that many who worship idols are unaware that they are worshiping idols. Many worship God, while also worshiping idols. But when we worship God and other gods simultaneously, we become idol worshipers. Thus it is said of the people of Samaria: “They feared the LORD, yet served their own gods – according to the rituals of the nations from among whom they were carried away.” (2 Kings 17:33).

Even more fundamental is the fact that many of the idols worshiped today are not physical idols: they are idols of the heart. God identifies this tendency to Ezekiel: “Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces.” (Ezekiel 14:3).

These idols are strongholds set up in our hearts and minds that prevent us from growing in the knowledge of God, and from seeing the glory of God in our lives. Thus, Paul says we should cast down: “imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians: 10:5).

Worship of Money

One of the idol that Christians have been seduced into worshiping is mammon – the god of money. Paradoxically, this worship even takes place during church services. Today, everything is upside down. People go to church to pray for money, to invest money and to learn about how to make money. God has become second-place – simply an instrument for the acquisition of money.

Mercenary pastors now claim the gospel gives us the power to get wealth. In his book, The $elling of Je$u$, Victor Bryditzki observes cryptically that: “Je$u$ is a multi-billion dollar industry, expanding into places where angels (and sober Christians) fear to tread.”

But the word of Jesus remains sure, having this seal|: “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Luke 16:13). CONTINUED.

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This piece was written by Femi Aribisala. 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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Luis Enrique Would Be A Success At Chelsea- Andres Iniesta

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Andres Iniesta has said that former manager Luis Enrique would succeed as Chelsea manager.

Luis Enrique has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, should Blues boss Antonio Conte depart from West London.

Spaniard Iniesta added that Enrique’s “excellent” reputation as a coach would set him up for success at any Premier League club.

“Luis Enrique is an excellent coach,” the 33-year-old told reporters. “In Barcelona, he showed the incredible level he has reached and I think he could win trophies at any club – and that includes Chelsea. It won’t be easy because Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“But when you see what Enrique developed in Barcelona, then I think it is also possible in London. The Premier League is a tough competition but, for me, he is capable of managing any big English club.”

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I Am Happy At Manchester United- David De Gea

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David de Gea has insisted that he is “happy” at Manchester United, despite continued interest from Real Madrid.

Real Madrid were close to signing David De Gea in 2015 and have once again been linked with a second move for the United stopper this season.

De Gea, who has 14 months left on his current deal at Old Trafford, added that he is only focused on helping his current employers to silverware.

“Time flies by so quickly. I’ve been here seven years and I am happy,” the 27-year-old told the Sunday Star. “A lot has happened to me – some very good, some not so good, – but to be honest I am just really happy.

“I feel like an important player in the dressing room. I am one of the oldest in the team. It makes me happy to see the younger players coming through – and trying to make United big.

“I don’t think it’s ever good to discuss the future or what may happen. Only the present, feeling well, playing well and helping United is important.”

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Report Claims Zinedine Zidane Could Leave Real Madrid At The End Of The Season

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Zinedine Zidane has informed his camp that he could leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, reports AS.

Zidane, who is in his third season in charge of Real Madrid, admitted at a press conference on Saturday that his job is “extremely tiring” and that change at the club could occur in the future.

According to AS, the Frenchman has informed his camp that there is the possibility that he could leave the Bernabeu in the summer, irrespective of the club’s results.

The 45-year-old began to assess his situation back in August and although he extended his contract until 2020 it would not be a problem if he opted to depart his post.

He has always maintained that his idea is to sit down with club president Florentino Perez at the end of each season to assess things and make a decision on whether to stay or not.

AS also adds that Zidane still wants to manage the French national team in the future.

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Crystal Palace Set To Complete Signing Of Goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri This Week

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Goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri is set to sign a three-year deal with Crystal Palace this week, according to the Daily Mirror.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has been keeping tabs on the out-of-contract Cavalieri as he searches for reinforcements between the sticks.

Palace are having to wait until the summer to complete the signing of Vicente Guaita from Getafe, and in the meantime they only have one fit first-team goalkeeper after Julian Speroni picked up a knee injury.
Cavalieri, who has three caps for Brazil, spent two years at Liverpool between 2008-2010 and played under Hodgson during his time at Anfield.

Palace can sign a free agent outside the transfer window and have space left in their 25-man Premier League squad to register a new player.

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Inter Milan In No Rush To Offer Mauro Icardi A New Contract

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Inter Milan have not made any moves to extend captain Mauro Icardi’s contract at the club, according to their sporting director Piero Ausilio.

Striker Mauro Icardi has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in recent weeks and that prompted suggestions that Inter have been looking to improve his contract in order to ensure his long-term future at the San Siro.

However, Ausilio says that the Argentinian, who is under contract until 2021, has not sought to extend his stay, nor have Inter initiated contract talks.

He told Premium Sport: “ “I think that this coming week will be the right moment to relaunch him back on to the pitch. He is always generous and available but we did not want to risk him.

Regarding the renewal I have always said that there are no problems with him. We have a long contract and he has expressed a desire to see if the conditions permit us to do something different. There have been no particular requests from neither him nor his entourage. When the time is right we will do what we need to do.”

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