New Generation Record Labels Are Funded By Yahoo Boys – Dbanj

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Former member of defunct mo’hits crew and DB records boss, Dbanj has spilled the beans on how illegal money are being used to invest in music business in Nigeria.

As one of the panelist at the ongoing 2018 social media week, Dbanj spoke extensively on the topic, ‘Changing The Game: Artistes As Leaders’. He said most record label owners are operating blindly as they know nothing about music.

While speaking on the challenges facing Nigerian Music Industry, Dbanj said;

“Most of the new generation record labels are founded by Yahoo boys. You must understand first, why are you coming into music.

“Nigerian artistes need a lot of capacity building. It is only in Nigeria that the owner of a record label doesn’t know anything about music.”

On branding and how he got to the music business, Dbanj said;

“Just like any product, you must always evolve. The fear of being poor made me think outside the box. This is one of the factors that drove me into music,”

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10 Startups To Close Out Social Media Week Lagos 2018 #LaunchedInAfrica With Pitch Day

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#LaunchedInAfrica is a platform for African-led early-stage startups to showcase products and services that are disrupting industries across the continent.

Some of Nigeria’s most innovative early-stage businesses debuted as featured companies in the #LaunchedinAfrica Digital Demo space during the ongoing Social Media Week (SMW) Lagos 2018.

Below are the five featured #LauncedInAfrica startups:

AIDAHBOT

Aidahbot is a chatbot-building company that provides a one-click chatbot solution for small and medium businesses to automate their sales, handle inquiries, and receive payment on Messenger. We leverage social media to take sales to where customers are.

JARA MOBILE

Jara rewards consumers with discounts to their favorite lifestyle brands when they make routine bill payments (such as airtime, electricity and cable TV), while helping brands turn those consumers to customers in a measurable way.

SOSHALIFE LTD

Soshalife was founded in 2014 by Omorodion Eguasa, Adetokunbo Akisanya and Oluwole Odulate with the goal of enhancing the way people socialize and share their ideas and passions by bringing those activities to their fingertips.

VIBEOO MEDIA LTD

Vibeoo is an online radio on demand platform that allows users discover, curate and broadcast great audio shows hosted by amazing creators anytime and anywhere.

ZEBULLON DEVELOPERS NETWORK

Zebullon is a global network of world class developers, designers, product managers and growth hackers, dedicated to closing the technology talent gap globally.

 

These featured startups have been engaged in rigorous mentoring sessions and office hours with experts including Collins Onuegbu, Claudine Moore, Tomi Davies and Nubi Kayode. Another set of five startups have been chosen from pitch competitions during the weeklong SMW Lagos 2018.

Altogether, 10 startups will participate in the final pitch day on Friday, March 02, 2018 at the Innovation stage of the SMW Lagos campus. Judging the startups will be top VCs, Angels & Corporate Investors including Yele Bademosi (Founding and Managing Partner at Microtraction), Tomi Davies (Founder, LAN and President ABAN), Seni Sulyman (Country Manager at Andela Nigeria), and Nkem Begho (Founder and CEO of Future-Soft).

 

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NNPC Set To Return To Lake Chad For Oil Exploration Despite Security Concerns

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Despite the security concerns in the North-East, the Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, has indicated the resolve of the corporation to go back to Lake Chad basin and continue the search for crude oil.

Speaking at the NNPC Day at the ongoing 39th Kaduna International Trade Fair in Kaduna on Wednesday, the NNPC boss remarked that in spite of the security challenges experience in the basin, there would not be any determent in resuming to start oil exploration.

Baru added that with the release of the staff of the corporation who were abducted while exploring for oil in the area, it will return “with full force” to continue with exploration activities.

“On the lake chad oil exploration, we have been working tirelessly and we thank the president for rescuing some of our lecturers that were involved in the exploration in the region. We are going back to the chad basin with full force” he declared.

Some lecturers of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) who were contracted by NNPC, were abducted last June by the Boko Haram terrorist group.

They, however, did not regain their freedom till recently, following negotiations with the terrorists.

Speaking at the event, Baru said the corporation has also intensified exploration activities in the Benue trough.

The NNPC GMD further revealed the corporation will explore for oil in Benue, Nasarawa, Niger and Sokoto States, adding that with what the corporation has seen so far, it was sure of success.

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Nigerian Customs Intercepts Tramadol Worth N4.7million In Sokoto

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The Sokoto State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has intercepted 465 packets of Tramadol worth about N4.7 million.

Addressing pressmen in Sokoto on Wednesday, the Customs Area Controller, Mr. Nasir Ahmed, said the illicit drugs were intercepted at the Illela border in Sokoto State, with the help of the NCS Commands in Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States.

Ahmed disclosed that Tramadol are not supposed to come through the land borders but the ports in Lagos, adding that the 465 packets of Tramadol were flown on Ethiopian Air to Niger Republic and smuggled into Nigeria.

While describing Tramadol as one of the most dangerous drugs the youths are using in the region which leads to crime, he noted with dismay that some marauders who recently massacred some villagers in Zamfara State, carried out such nefarious acts under the influence of the drug.

He said: “Tramadol is a regulated drug and more dangerous than Indian hemp. Some people were killed in Zamfara recently and no sane human being can kill another without being under the influence of drugs. This is the biggest challenge we have in Nigeria because our youths from the region are on drugs and it is a source of concern to us.

“We owe it a duty to humanity to take care of our children so that we will not leave a drug-ravaged country. Today is Zamfara and tomorrow may be anywhere else. That is why we are doing our best to curtail the menace.”

He added that the command had already handed over the drugs to the state office of the National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

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Africa’s Premium Band, Alternate Sound Stuns in New Photos Shot by Kelechi Amadi-Obi

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Alternate Sound, Africa’s Premium band have just launched their website with stunning new photos by premium photographer Kelechi Amadi Obi. Formed by ace music producer GospelOnDeBeatz, Alternate Sound with the use of advanced technology doubles as original recording artistes and performers as well as a Live Band DJ all in itself.

Consisting of Roy known for his skills on the piano and turntable, Barr Ken on bass guitar and DrummerBoyStanley, the band has performed with many top African talents like Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Flavour, Wizkid, Davido, Olamide, Phyno, Patoranking, Banky W, Praiz, Reekado Banks amongst others on the most prestigious stages across and beyond the continent. They have also featured as headline acts and the official band at shows like The CAF Awards 2017, SoundCity MVP Awards 2017, NFF Awards 2018, Jack Daniel’s Brothers of the Grill amongst others. They have recorded and released several live sessions that have garnered impressive social media numbers.

The band has a quarterly live show called ‘Alternate Sound Live’ which is a non-stop event of curated music. The next edition is set to hold on the 5th of April 2018 at Hard Rock Café Victoria Island Lagos featuring performances from premium artistes.
The photo-shoot shows the band’s love for visual aesthetics which flows into their carefully theme curated sounds and stage performance.

Here are more pictures from the photo-shoot:

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Manchester United To Suspend Old Trafford Renovation To Free Up More Transfer Funds For Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United board have reportedly postponed renovation work on Old Trafford to free up more transfer funds for manager Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho has already spent big since taking over at Old Trafford in the summer of 2016, paying close to £300m to bring in the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic across four transfer windows.

Mourinho is said to have made clear to his bosses that he wants to land central-midfield reinforcements in the summer, however, while a new right-back and left-back are also on the agenda.

According to the Daily Mail, the Portuguese has been granted his wish by vice-chairman Ed Woodward as expansion work on the club’s 75,000-capacity home has been pushed back until a later date.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Alvaro Odriozola and Jean Michael Seri have all been linked with summer moves to United

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Report: Arsenal Players Hold Crisis Meeting After EFL Cup Defeat Vs Manchester City

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Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker reportedly called a stormy crisis meeting without manager Arsene Wenger following the club’s embarrassing defeat to Manchester City in the EFL Cup final.

Arsenal suffered a 3-0 loss in last weekend’s EFL Cup final, leaving them effectively just fighting for Europa League success this season.

Wenger’s future has been called into question following another campaign of mediocrity and, according to The Sun, Mertesacker attempted to take matters into his own hands by bringing the squad together at the club’s London Colney HQ.

Mertesacker, an unused sub at Wembley Stadium, is said to have warned his teammates that they are now playing to save Wenger’s job, and wanted any differences thrashed out during the meeting.

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PHOTOS: Nigerian Bobsled Queens Arriving To Rousing Welcome In Lagos

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The history-making Nigerian Bobsled Team to the Winter Olympics were treated to a rousing welcome on Tuesday night at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos.

The Nigerian team to Pyeonchang, South Korea was led by Bobsled Driver, Seun Adigun comprising Ngozi Onwumere, Akuoma Omeoga and Simi Adeagbo.

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They were treated to a hero’s welcome at the airport by a reception party put together by the Temple Management Company (TMC), the marketimg agency of the Bobsled & Skeleton Federation of Nigeria (BSFN).

Among diginatries that came to receive them were TMC talents including Bisola Aiyeola, Tee-Y Mix and Jeff Akoh.

See photos below:

 

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

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LIVERPOOL ECHO
Liverpool are set to battle it out with Barcelona for the signature of highly-rated Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, according to reports.
Everton striker Cenk Tosun, who only joined the club in January, has reportedly been offered a return to Turkey by Besiktas.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Crystal Palace are set to sign Brazilian ‘keeper Diego Cavalieri, 35, on a free transfer.
Liverpool will look to strengthen their squad in the summer after their accounts returned to profit with a £39m surplus recorded in the latest financial results.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Tahith Chong could “go the distance” and follow in the footsteps of Ryan Giggs at Man Utd, according to Clayton Blackmore.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Newcastle have been dealt a major blow in their bid to sign Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina after AC Milan emerged as favourites to land the Spaniard.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Aston Villa will reportedly have to pay a large fee to sign on-loan Man Utd ‘keeper Sam Johnstone in the summer after the Red Devils took up their option to extend his contract for a further year.
West Ham want to purchase West Bromwich Albion captain Jonny Evans for as little as £3m this summer, according to reports.

THE SENTINEL
Bologna are reportedly lining up an end-of-season move for Stoke forward Bojan, who is currently out on loan at Alaves until the summer.

HULL DAILY MAIL
Hull defender David Meyler, 28, has revealed he will be leaving the KCOM this summer.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has underlined the importance of Adam Smith to the Cherries.

LEICESTER MERCURY
Leicester have been put on alert after reports claimed West Brom defender Jonny Evans could be available for as little as £3m at the end of the season.

DERBY TELEGRAPH
Derby ‘keeper Jonathan Mitchell will not be rushed back from injury, says boss Gary Rowett.

NOTTINGHAM POST
Nicklas Bendtner, who used to play for Former Nottingham Forest, has confirmed he will be staying at Norwegian champions Rosenborg.

THE STAR
Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay, who only took over at Hillsborough at the start of the year, is refusing to panic despite the Owls’ dreadful recent run of form in the Championship.

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Charly Boy Turns Born Again At Christ Embassy Church (PHOTOS)

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Veteran Nigerian artiste and activist, Charles Oputa better known as Charly Boy has become a born again in Christ Jesus.

In Facebook post shared by a group administered by Christ Embassy, informed the general public that the self-acclaimed area fada gave his life to Christ on his visit to a branch of the church in Abuja on Sunday February 25th.

The Post Reads;

In a scenario which could only have been divinely orchestrated, the renowned unconventional musician, entertainer, social activist, and leader of the ‘Our mumu don do’ movement, Charly Boy, is gloriously led to Christ by the highly esteemed Regional Pastor, Christ Embassy Abuja, Reverend Tom Amenkhienan.

Having been invited to church several weeks earlier by a dear sister who met and engaged him on social media, Charly Boy promised that he will come to church. With persistent reminders and follow up, on Sunday, 25th February, he arrived Abuja from a journey and came straight to church from the airport with twelve members of his activist group.

He returned for an exclusive meeting with Reverend Tom on Tuesday 27th February, in the company of some members of his group. Overwhelmed by the expression of Christ’s love, he appreciated our man of God, Reverend Dr. Chris Oyakhilome for his passion for Youth Development and Nation Building, as Reverend Tom highlighted the impact of the InnerCity Mission, Future Africa Leaders’ Foundation, Campus Ministry, Global Youth Leaders’ Forum and ReachOut Nigeria Campaign.

As an activist, Charly Boy constantly demands social and political changes, and accountability in governance in Nigeria. He identifies with, and advocates for the rights of the youth and the ‘common man’ in his usual unconventional style. He is indeed deeply passionate about this cause and spoke of it with tears in his eyes, hence his joy when he discovered the passion of our man of God, Pastor Chris for the youth, and the lasting impact being made. It opened his eyes to new and more effective ways to channel his passion.

Reverend Tom then ministered to him privately, and he gloriously accepted Christ and was born again. In his new found joy, he requested that Reverend Tom also prays for his group members. He beamed with smiles as Reverend Tom announced to them, ‘CHARLY BOY IS BORN AGAIN!’ The news was received with joy and excitement, and Reverend Tom also went ahead to lead members of his group to Christ. He also gave them our ministry materials, and presented Charly Boy with a LoveWorld Plus decoder for his home.

What a glaring sign that our prayers have been answered! The Lord is doing great wonders in our midst. There is no limit to the length of the Master’s love…it can reach the farthest soul, even those perceived as ‘unreachable’. It is certainly the month of CHANGE! Glory to God!

 

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Germany

Marco Reus is waiting until after this summer’s World Cup in Russia to see how Borussia Dortmund strengthen before signing a new deal with his current side. His contract runs out at the end of next season. (Sport Bild)

Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski had a disagreement in a public training session, with the striker telling the defender he always loses the ball. That led to the German defender telling him to shut up with the two ignoring each other for the rest of the practice. (Bild)

Belgium

Thibaut Courtois and his father, Thierry, met with Paris Saint-Germain representatives at a London hotel on Monday. However, the Chelsea goalkeeper is thought to have expressed significant doubts about the club, including their lack of success on the European stage. The Belgian goalkeeper has also spoken to Real Madrid in recent weeks. (RTBF)

Spain

Atletico Madrid haven’t made any move to renew Jan Oblak’s contract. The goalkeeper has a deal that runs until 2021 and a buyout clause of €100m (£86.m). The Slovenian is a Liverpool transfer target, while Arsenal, PSG and Juventus have all shown interest. (AS)

Isco upset his fellow Real Madrid team-mates during their 1-0 loss to Espanyol on Tuesday night by taking 28 seconds to leave the pitch when he was substituted. Los Blancos’ captain Sergio Ramos told him in the dressing room after the match that wasn’t how Madrid players should behave. (Sport)

Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez doesn’t want to leave the Nou Camp, despite not playing a single minute for the club since January 21. (Mundo Deportivo)

Italy

The vice-commissioner of the Italian FA, Alessandro Costacurta, has confirmed Italy’s next head coach will be one of Antonio Conte, Roberto Mancini or Luigi Di Biagio. He denied that the Chelsea boss was their top target though, saying: “Conte? I never said I preferred Conte. I only said that having already worked with the national team, he has the right characteristics.” (Corriere dello Sport)

Pepe Reina has accepted a move to AC Milan, who have offered the goalkeeper a two-year contract with an option for a third. The Napoli goalkeeper is out of contract at the end of the season and the Partenopei are not willing to offer him a new contract for more than 12 months. The 35-year-old has agreed to be Gianluigi Donnarumma’s backup, while he could end up being the Rossoneri’s first choice should PSG decide to pursue a move for the Italian teenager. (Tuttosport)

With Reina set to leave, Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno is now a Napoli transfer target. (Tuttosport)

Inter Milan target Bernard has been tipped to leave by his agent. Adriana Spadoto says the time is right for the Shakhtar Donetsk winger, who is out of contract at the end of the season, to move to a bigger league. “Bernard is a player who is ready to play in any European league,” he said. “Inter? It’s always good that there’s interest in him, it’s a sign that his work is being recognised. We’re deciding Bernard’s future and we can’t say anything else.” (FCInterNews)

France

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the best option for Neymar’s injury was surgery, despite it meaning the Brazilian superstar will miss the Champions League round of 16 second-leg tie against Real Madrid. Al-Khelaifi said: “We’re very sad for him and for the fans too. The best option and the best decision for us and for him was surgery, we had no other choice. We took the decision together, it’s not good news. But we will qualify for the next round of the Champions League thanks to our supporters and our players. I think the match against Real is the most important thing. We will qualify.” (L’Equipe)

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Asa Asika & DJ Cuppy Embark On Love Journey To Dubai (PHOTOS)

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Davido’s manager, Asa Asika and Nigeria Billionaire’s daughter, DJ Cuppy who are currently in a loving relationship have decided to embark on a romance journey to Dubai.

Emerging photos on social media suggests that Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola with her man Asa Asika are having a good time in UAE, Dubai.

DJ Cuppy took to her Instagram story to share series of cute mirror selfies with her partner as their love continues to wax stronger.

See Photos Below;

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Asa Asika & DJ Cuppy Embark On Love Journey To Dubai (PHOTOS)

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Davido’s manager, Asa Asika and Nigeria Billionaire’s daughter, DJ Cuppy who are currently in a loving relationship have decided to embark on a romance journey to Dubai.

Emerging photos on social media suggests that Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola with her man Asa Asika are having a good time in UAE, Dubai.

DJ Cuppy took to her Instagram story to share series of cute mirror selfies with her partner as their love continues to wax stronger.

See Photos Below;

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Check Out Photo Of Wizkid’s New Pet That Has Got People Talking

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Superstar Nigerian singer, Wizkid has recently done something unusual on the Internet. The singer shared a picture of his new animal pet and asked followers to suggest a name for it.

It is however surprising that Wizkid’s new animal pet is a goat and as such fans have reacted heavily on social media.  Till this moment, many are still wondering how Wizkid’s love for goat had come about.

See His Tweet Below;

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Check Out Photo Of Wizkid’s New Pet That Has Got People Talking

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Superstar Nigerian singer, Wizkid has recently done something unusual on the Internet. The singer shared a picture of his new animal pet and asked followers to suggest a name for it.

It is however surprising that Wizkid’s new animal pet is a goat and as such fans have reacted heavily on social media.  Till this moment, many are still wondering how Wizkid’s love for goat had come about.

See His Tweet Below;

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Boulharouz: Robben Should Stay At Bayern

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Former Netherlands international, Khalid Boulharouz has backed his compatriot, Arjen Robben to remain at Bayern Munich.

The 34-year-old has developed into an experienced midfielder at Bayern since joining in 2009, however, his contract only has four months on it.

Robben is yet to be offered a contract, but Boulharouz has asked him to renew if his body can still take it.

“I don’t think he should go back to the Netherlands yet,” Boulahrouz told Goal.

“He can go back eventually but it also depends on his family. He has been playing in top competitions for so many years. In England, he was at the top level. In Spain, he was at the top level. In Germany, he is at the top level.

“There comes a day when your body cannot continue, you are tired. Even if you want to continue, your body will talk to you and say ‘okay I cannot handle it anymore.’

“If he can continue then I would advise him to continue with Bayern Munich. They are one of the best clubs in the world and he already has a big reputation in Germany. He has been there for so many years, so why not.

“I think it feels like home to him, so why change club when you are comfortable. He looks strong in a physical way so I cannot see why he cannot continue for another couple of years. He was one of the best I have played with, he is fantastic.”

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Boulharouz: Robben Should Stay At Bayern

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Former Netherlands international, Khalid Boulharouz has backed his compatriot, Arjen Robben to remain at Bayern Munich.

The 34-year-old has developed into an experienced midfielder at Bayern since joining in 2009, however, his contract only has four months on it.

Robben is yet to be offered a contract, but Boulharouz has asked him to renew if his body can still take it.

“I don’t think he should go back to the Netherlands yet,” Boulahrouz told Goal.

“He can go back eventually but it also depends on his family. He has been playing in top competitions for so many years. In England, he was at the top level. In Spain, he was at the top level. In Germany, he is at the top level.

“There comes a day when your body cannot continue, you are tired. Even if you want to continue, your body will talk to you and say ‘okay I cannot handle it anymore.’

“If he can continue then I would advise him to continue with Bayern Munich. They are one of the best clubs in the world and he already has a big reputation in Germany. He has been there for so many years, so why not.

“I think it feels like home to him, so why change club when you are comfortable. He looks strong in a physical way so I cannot see why he cannot continue for another couple of years. He was one of the best I have played with, he is fantastic.”

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Nainggolan Opens Up On Why He Refused Chelsea

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Roma ace and Chelsea target, Radja Nainggolan has revealed why he has always rejected the chance to leave Italy for England.

The Belgium international midfielder has developed into a top midfielder in his position, attracting interest from far.

However, Nainggolan has always rejected the club, staying at Roma despite a decrease in game time

Nainggolan has, however, continued to ignore the speculation surrounding his future as he has no desire to take on a new challenge outside of Serie A.

He told Sport Voetbal Magazine: “I could have gone to Chelsea and many other clubs, but starting something new when you are 28 or 29 years old, in a new culture, another lifestyle… that’s not for me.

“I prefer to stay where I feel good. If money were my only motivation, I would have changed clubs many times and my salary would have grown, but my first priority is to live well.

“You need to live well and be happy playing where you are and I have both of those things here. Everything is perfect; my family is happy in Rome.

“There are lots of good restaurants and it’s a good place to go shopping. When friends or family come to visit, you can send them almost anywhere.

 

“I’m liked at the club and the supporters are behind me. I’ve given a lot on the field and I get a lot of respect for that. As a footballer, that’s one of the best things you can get. I grew up in Antwerp, but I became a man in Italy.

“As things stand, I can see myself living in Rome in later life.”

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Nainggolan Opens Up On Why He Refused Chelsea

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Roma ace and Chelsea target, Radja Nainggolan has revealed why he has always rejected the chance to leave Italy for England.

The Belgium international midfielder has developed into a top midfielder in his position, attracting interest from far.

However, Nainggolan has always rejected the club, staying at Roma despite a decrease in game time

Nainggolan has, however, continued to ignore the speculation surrounding his future as he has no desire to take on a new challenge outside of Serie A.

He told Sport Voetbal Magazine: “I could have gone to Chelsea and many other clubs, but starting something new when you are 28 or 29 years old, in a new culture, another lifestyle… that’s not for me.

“I prefer to stay where I feel good. If money were my only motivation, I would have changed clubs many times and my salary would have grown, but my first priority is to live well.

“You need to live well and be happy playing where you are and I have both of those things here. Everything is perfect; my family is happy in Rome.

“There are lots of good restaurants and it’s a good place to go shopping. When friends or family come to visit, you can send them almost anywhere.

 

“I’m liked at the club and the supporters are behind me. I’ve given a lot on the field and I get a lot of respect for that. As a footballer, that’s one of the best things you can get. I grew up in Antwerp, but I became a man in Italy.

“As things stand, I can see myself living in Rome in later life.”

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VIDEO: Olisa, Dj Jimmy Jatt, Moet & others review Mr 2kay’s Elevated Album | Documentary

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Veteran media icon, Olisa Adibua, alongside legendary disc jockey, Jimmy Jatt and radio goddess, Moet Abebe were some of the unbiased critics that participated in Mr. 2Kay’s ‘Ride to the Elevated Album’ exercise that held about 2 weeks before the release of the album.The ‘Ride to the Elevated Album’ is a first of its kind project where Mr. 2Kay indulged some shot callers in the music and media industry who listened to some of the songs off his latest album and aired their honest opinions about the songs and by extension, the album.Other carefully selected personalities were Folu Storms, host of the Grapevine on Smooth FM, Noble Igwe media entrepreneur and fashion influencer, and the ever blazing DJ Neptune. The project was supported by Dominos Pizza and Coldstone Ice Cream and produced by Shola Animashaun Academy for Grafton Records.

It may interest you to know that Mr. 2Kay’s new album, ELEVATED has remained at number 1 on iTunes album chat for over a week, and the singer is currently on a media and promotional tour that will run across Nigeria, Africa and Europe.

Cop “Elevated” by Mr 2Kay on iTunes.

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VIDEO: Olisa, Dj Jimmy Jatt, Moet & others review Mr 2kay’s Elevated Album | Documentary

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Veteran media icon, Olisa Adibua, alongside legendary disc jockey, Jimmy Jatt and radio goddess, Moet Abebe were some of the unbiased critics that participated in Mr. 2Kay’s ‘Ride to the Elevated Album’ exercise that held about 2 weeks before the release of the album.The ‘Ride to the Elevated Album’ is a first of its kind project where Mr. 2Kay indulged some shot callers in the music and media industry who listened to some of the songs off his latest album and aired their honest opinions about the songs and by extension, the album.Other carefully selected personalities were Folu Storms, host of the Grapevine on Smooth FM, Noble Igwe media entrepreneur and fashion influencer, and the ever blazing DJ Neptune. The project was supported by Dominos Pizza and Coldstone Ice Cream and produced by Shola Animashaun Academy for Grafton Records.

It may interest you to know that Mr. 2Kay’s new album, ELEVATED has remained at number 1 on iTunes album chat for over a week, and the singer is currently on a media and promotional tour that will run across Nigeria, Africa and Europe.

Cop “Elevated” by Mr 2Kay on iTunes.

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Dapchi 110: The Tragedy Of A Nation – Reuben Abati

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Dapchi 110: The Tragedy Of A Nation – Reuben Abati

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Karma is a bitch. Poetic justice is a bastard. Both have combined to wrong-foot the incumbent Buhari administration to make it look like a big mistake and an act of misjudgment by the Nigerian electorate. If Buhari had been disallowed from taking power in 2015, and those who advised President Goodluck Jonathan not to give a damn had their way, and Jonathan had remained in power and all the current problems had surfaced, it would have been said by Nigerians that Goodluck Jonathan truncated Nigeria’s destiny.

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

In 2015, the refrain, which was reaffirmed recently by those who authored it, was that Nigeria could only move forward with anybody but Jonathan. If Buhari was prevented from taking over power, Nigerians would have been very aggressive towards the Jonathan administration. It would have been said that the messiah was robbed of victory. It would have been argued that the man who would have saved Nigeria was prevented from doing so. It might have even been argued that under General Buhari, Nigeria could have become the greatest country on the surface of the earth.

Such was the impact of the propaganda. Such was the nature of the politics of the time. The Buharideens would never have allowed a post-2015 Jonathan government to work. Even if it did, the opposition would have imagined a greater possibility. But here we are, three years down the line: the messianic propaganda has failed. Their Saviour is not the Jesus Christ they imagined him to be. The country remains unsaved. Their promise of change has been no more than scaremongering. When the question is asked: are you better today than you were three years ago?, no ordinary Nigerian can answer that question positively: Change has brought him or her nothing but agony and anguish.

Should they offer an answer, it would be a response marked by regret. The biggest tragedy that has occurred therefore is the demystification, the unmasking, the unveiling of a man who was thought to be a god but who has since danced naked and is dancing naked in the market-place. Strikingly, the Emperor is without clothes. Some of the most vociferous critics of old have also been exposed. Nasir el-Rufai deployed all the heights of his intelligence to demonise the Jonathan government on social media. No one else has been able to match the quality of his vitriol. Today, the same Nasir is busy demolishing the houses of anyone who dares to make a negative comment about him, or he takes them to court and threatens them with Armageddon. The same rights that he demanded for the Nigerian people, he now tramples upon.

There was also our beloved kinsman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. He was the scourge of the Jonathan administration. He could issue five anti-establishment press statements in a day. There has been no one like him in Nigerian history doing the job of opposition spokesman. He was ruthlessly efficient. Nobody in the current opposition parties has demonstrated his capacity as an opposition figure, in part because all the opposition spokesmen have been harassed, blackmailed, dehumanised, and intimidated, but called to do the job, on the other side of the fence as minister of Information, Alhaji Mohammed remains a study in self-contradiction. His five minutes of fame in the Nigerian political sphere has since ended.

He used to be creative and dynamic, but now faced with the challenges of the real thing, the only thing that comes out of his mouth is the dumb argument that Goodluck Jonathan is the source of all the problems of Nigeria or similar inanities. When the matter is not so phrased, we are told that the Jonathan administration stole the country blind. And yet whereas the government of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) borrowed the sum of N6 trillion over a period of 16 years, the APC government has borrowed more than N11 trillion in three years! Is it possible all the oil wells have dried up and Nigeria no longer makes money? What has happened to the country’s revenue stream? The absurdity of the situation is further explained by the fact that when a gas cylinder malfunctions in the house of an APC member or there is a crisis in their other room, the man that is blamed is Goodluck Jonathan or the previous administration. They defend the impossible and the unintelligible. But that trick is no longer working. The other tragedy of the Buhari administration is how it has allowed itself to get involved in a Nigerian version of the popular “one-corner-dance”, a downward, self-denigrating choreographic exertion. The result is that right now, people have now moved from the anything but Jonathan corner to the anything but Buhari corner in Nigerian politics. Karma is a bitch. Poetic justice is a bastard.

Nothing illustrates this better than the title of this essay, the entry into which has been deliberately delayed, to prepare a setting and a mood for the crisis that Nigeria faces. One of the reasons the Nigerian electorate voted out the previous administration was because of its perceived inability to rescue the abducted Chibok girls. There was an international outcry about this. Bring Back the Chibok girls even became the most popular hashtag on international social media, and Jonathan, who had also signed the anti-same-sex bill into law became a villain in the eyes of the international community. The various interested forces, local and global, joined hands together to pull down his government.

During the 2015 political campaigns, General Muhammadu Buhari was packaged as a morally upright statesman who would put an end to the impunity of the insurgents and terrorists. Jonathan was considered weak. Buhari was regarded as strong. And so on and so forth – let me just put it like that in order not to be accused of comparison, given my own antecedents. But here is where the rub lies: President Buhari has failed the people in their expectations. He has frittered away their goodwill.

He promised Nigerians that Boko Haram will be defeated, and somewhere down the line, we were told the Boko Haram had in fact been “technically defeated.” The president even received a captured flag of the insurgents, together with the personal Q’uran of Ibrahim Shekau, the leader of the group. Today, the Boko Haram gang continues to show that they have not been defeated. The federal government negotiated with these same insurgents and gave them money to secure the release of over 100 girls, some Boko Haram leaders were released, but the other Monday, Boko Haram abducted over 100 girls in Dapchi in Yobe State. This is sad and tragic. Whatever the government may have gained has been lost. The girls that have been released have been retaken by another set of abductees. The fight against Boko Haram is back to square one.

The clay feet of those who thought they knew better than everyone else has thus been exposed. For President Buhari, this must be a personal tragedy. His strongest promoters indeed believed that under his watch, the problem of insecurity will be solved. But under him, more money has been spent on national security, with poor results, and the security situation has only worsened. The previous government had the Boko Haram to deal with, this government has its cup full: the herdsmen-farmers conflict, the low level insurgency in the Niger Delta, the crisis of self-determination in the Eastern region, the nationwide proliferation of small arms and ammunition, the notorious Boko Haram and the angst of a disappointed public. On all fronts, the government is found wanting.

Yes, it has been found wanting and in a suspicious manner too. It is in fact curious that security forces were withdrawn in volatile areas of Benue State, just a week before the criminal herdsmen struck. Who ordered that withdrawal? The inspector-general of police has also reportedly withdrawn the Special Forces sent to secure the same areas. The Benue governor, Samuel Ortom is so incensed he is now saying he is willing and ready to pay the supreme sacrifice for his people. In Yobe State, soldiers were also withdrawn from high-risk areas just before the Dapchi 110 were abducted. The military has since defended itself. It has no capacity its spokesman says, to protect all schools in the Northern part of the country. And we can’t blame the military, can we? It is a sign of the calamity that the country faces that soldiers are the ones now protecting virtually every inch of the Nigerian space, internally and externally. Our soldiers are tired and overstretched, over-used and over-abused. The police are also similarly overwhelmed. It has never been this bad. Fact: the government of the day has been humbled. I once argued that Nigeria is a very difficult country to govern but when you claim to know it all, you are bound to face the contradictions. Every problem solved generates other problems.

People choose their governments and leaders because they believe they can lead and protect them. When that trust is betrayed, the legitimacy of the government is in question. In more than 20 states, salaries have not been paid for months. And it is a stupid point to say that the previous government stole all the money. How about all the money that has been earned and borrowed since then? Missing? What is responsible really for this drift, this cluelessness, this self-abuse, from a know-it-all team that took over Nigeria in 2015? My other concern is that beyond all the propaganda and the hypocrisy and blackmail, President Buhari’s team may not really love him at all; they may in fact have truly, set him up for his downfall. Buhari’s biggest stake is the legacy he leaves behind. The little I see of that legacy is not good at all. I once published a piece in which I alleged that Nigerians had hopped into a one-chance bus; I want to modify that and add that it is actually President Buhari who boarded a one-chance bus, and for that he has my heartfelt sympathy. Whatever bus brought him to power is a one-chance bus.

What has happened so far merely vindicates the Olusegun Obasanjo and Oby Ezekwesili groups. The former is asking for a Third Force, a Coalition of powers and forces. The other is wielding a Red Card. Both are united in this regard: they consider the two political parties that have ruled Nigeria since 1999, useless and ineffectual. They want a new dawn for Nigeria. They want a discontinuity of hypocrisy and opportunism. They acknowledge one significant point: that Nigeria has remained at one spot. Nothing has changed, the change agenda has failed, everything remains the same. Whether these groups are able to achieve, or motivate the real change the people desire is another matter, but the honesty with which they have reversed themselves is telling, and good for our democracy. You need not raise the point that both Obasanjo and Ezekwesili belong to the same elite that they now repudiate.

I sympathise with the parents of the Dapchi 110. It is sad that their only hope is in God, and the possibility of a miracle. Students get killed in the United States, due to gun possession issues in a psychotic society, but to send a child to school and have him or her abducted by terrorists is the grievous pain ever possible in Nigeria. What is clear is that the Nigerian leadership elite has failed the people. This is not a political party matter; it is about capacity, political will, leadership and commitment. This is probably why a body of opinion has developed to the effect that the two major political parties in the country – the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – have both failed the country. But can extant or any political parties, in their present shape, save Nigeria? I doubt, and that is my thoroughly non-partisan opinion.

The political party system in Nigeria has to be rebuilt, reformed and reconstructed. Beyond that, we need a new crop of leaders. The solution may not lie with Obasanjo or Ezekwesili or the Nigeria Intervention Movement but they have thrown up ideas about the national dilemma that cannot be ignored. Such ideas cannot be ignored because the biggest victims are not the ten per-centers or the men and women in high places who succeed not through talent or excellence, but mere opportunistic “faith”; the victims are young Nigerians, the same people we call the leaders of tomorrow – that tomorrow is already postponed, because that generation of the future is led by analogue leaders whose glory is trapped in the past. Nigeria needs to rescue tomorrow from the past and the present. Nigeria needs fresh energy, new ideas and a leadership revolution. Wherever they may be, may God protect the Dapchi 110, who have been failed by the Nigerian state. If Buhari rescues them, he may well succeed in rescuing his government a little from the devastating and ruthless onslaught of poetic justice.

Reuben Abati, a former presidential spokesperson, writes from Lagos.

This piece was written by Reuben Abati. 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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CBN Warns Nigerians Not To Invest On Crypto Currency

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has once again cautioned Nigerians to be wary of investments in crypto currency as they are virtual currencies that are not legal tender in Nigeria.

The cautionary words were made by the Apex Bank’s Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Mr Isaac Okoroafor, in a statement he issued on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to him, crypto currencies such as Bitcoin, Ripples, Monero, Litecoin, Dogecoin, Onecoin, and Exchanges such as NairaEx were not licensed or regulated by the CBN.

Okoroafor said that dealers and investors in any kind of crypto currency in Nigeria were not protected by law, thus may be unable to seek legal redress in event of failure of the exchangers or collapse of the business.

The CBN further warned Nigerians against investing in crypto currencies as doing so would be at their own risk.

The CBN had on January 12, 2017 issued a circular to banks and other financial institutions on virtual currency operations in Nigeria.

In the circular signed by the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, Kevin Amugo, the CBN had among other issues noted that virtual currencies were traded in exchange platforms that were not regulated all over the world.

Amugo further noted that transactions in virtual transactions were largely untraceable and anonymous, thereby, making them susceptible to abuse by criminals in money laundering and financing of terrorism.

In February 2018, the World Bank had compared cryptocurrencies to “Ponzi schemes,” – a cautionary comparison that further raises questions about the legitimacy of digital currencies such as Bitcoin.

“In terms of using Bitcoin or some of the cryptocurrencies, we are also looking at it, but I’m told the vast majority of cryptocurrencies are basically Ponzi schemes,” Bloomberg quoted the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim as saying this on Wednesday, February 8, at an event in Washington.

“It’s still not really clear how it’s going to work.”

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#BBNaija 2018 Day 31: Nominated Housemates Need New Approach To Their Game

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There is no denying the fact that the #bbnaija Housemates have had quite a bumpy ride in the House, as we have seen the shed tears, share love and even act downright rudely to one another.

The dynamics in the #bbnaija House have changed so many times that not one person can claim to lay a finger on all the happenings.

For the nominated #bbnaija housemates, It isn’t easy knowing that they maybe gone in a matter of days simply because a majority of their fellow Housemates want you gone and chose to push you towards the slippery edge.

Cee-C and Lolu had a very bumpy start to their pairing and it was obvious that had they been given a chance, they would literally skin each other and leave to dry. According to the other #bbnaija Housemates, Cee-C had been living comfortably on her high horse and saw everyone else as a commoner while she was royalty.

It is however difficult to put a finger on what exactly she has planned to adopt as her strategy. Closing herself up and wearing her ‘friendly’ cloak only when things are about to go awry seems to be her default behaviour.

Lolu seems to have disliked his new partner even before they were paired and he made that much known to her. Besides learned gists and a display of academic strength, we’ve seen nothing concrete strategy wise when it comes to Lolu. The duo seem to be trying their best to get along and we can only wonder what will happen if they make it through.

The pair of Leo and Ifu Ennada is another pair that seems to have destiny in their black lists as none of them would have thought they would wind up together. Why there are no visible cracks, the duo still have their issues.

Ifu Ennada started out as the most active and talkative of the females in the #bbnaija house and she had concrete opinions about anything and everything; which could easily pass as her strategy. She however seems to be missing a muse of late.

Leo on the other hand seems to have adopted the ‘be forgotten’ strategy and it’s worked so far. The #bbnaija Housemates literally don’t have much to say about or against him. Till recently with Nina and Miracle, he had never been caught up in a dust raising quarrel. He’s never given anybody a reason to want him out of the house.

Initially, Ahneeka was a little thrown off by Dee-One’s rejection and sealed herself in a multi-walled shell but managed to show a bit of herself, maybe a little too much as her fellow #bbnaija housemates began to think of her as unable to control her temper.

Her strategy might not be very obvious but it seems staying out of trouble and keeping to herself could be it. Angel’s strategy is however pretty obvious though.

Since day one, his approach was an educative and informative one; which a lot of people in the #bbnaija house perceived as overbearing and all knowing. Their union seemed to be a natural one as Angel has been courting Ahneeka and she seems to be reciprocating this, even though it seems lowkey.

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#BBNaija 2018 Day 31: Housemates Learn About The Wager Task

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As a way of celebrating Nigerian Arts, Culture and Entertainment industry, Big brother gathered the #bbnaija Housemates in the lounge and instructed them to work closely together.

Head of House, Tobi read the instructions that the seven pairs had to work on seven original presentations covering the breadth and width of the vibrant Nigerian Arts, Culture and Entertainment industry.

None of the #bbnaija Housemates forgot that Biggie’s expectations were high and real and demanding, and that winning the Wager was based on the totality of the presentations covering a song, a poem, a dance, a painting and a play. In short, anything that honoured the Nigerian entertainment industry from the past, the present and the future.

Biggie made it clear that shoddy presentations were not acceptable as the #bbnaija Housemates would be provided with all the writing materials and equipment needed to deliver outstanding performances.

Big brother also went on further to stress that no extension would be granted, perhaps as a reminder to Rico Swavey who forgot his lyrics in the midst of his presentation last week.

Despite all of the apparent goodwill, it took Tobi a whole lot of energy to bring all the #bbnaija Housemates on to the same page and divide amongst themselves the Tasks.

The housemates were speaking over one another until Tobi’s voice filled the room demanding attention. It was agreed that Music, Fashion, Dance and Drama would be started until the three outstanding sections were decided upon.

This however didn’t do much to help curb the tension as Tobi had to exchange a few scathing atatents with Ifu Ennada before getting to come to a compromise. It is important that all the #bbnaija housemates are of the same accord if they hope to ace the wager task of the week and get the goodies that comes with it.

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