Dugarry: Mbappe Is Our Zidane

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Christophe Dugarry, who won the World Cup with France, believes Kylian Mbappe is a modern day Zinedine Zidane.

Dugarry was in the same squad with Zidane, when he headed in two goals in the 3-0 win over Brazil in 1998.

Dugarry believes Mbappe can be talismanic, if he plays in his favourite position of centre forward.

“For a long time, I’ve thought that Mbappe must be the forward for France,” he told RMC. “It’s sure because it’s his best position. He can play well on te right or the left, but the boy is a centre forward and must be France’s spearhead for the next 10 or 15 years. He’s a No.9.

“He’s our Michel Platini, our Zinedine Zidane. He’s the player for our future. So he must be allowed to learn and mature in this position.”

“A duet with Griezmann would be wonderful,” he continued. “It’s the essence of football. They could go in behind, play off each other, they could play in small spaces. It would be like Romario and Bebeto and I think that would be perfect.”

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Szczesny: Poland Playing Nigeria Good For World Cup Preparation

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Poland’s upcoming friendly against Nigeria is a perfect preparation for World Cup, according to goalie Wojciech Szczesny.

The Eagles have drawn Senegal, Colombia and Japan in Group H of the World Cup.

And Juventus goalkeeper Szczesny, believes their inexperience against African teams can be corrected against Nigeria.

“We [Poland] definitely lack experience when it comes to playing with teams from Asia and Africa,” Szczesny told Polsat Sport.

 

“At this stage of preparation, everything is thought out and help us implement tactical assumptions and practice setting against teams, which way of playing are similar to those we will face in a group.”

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Manchester United Finally Set To Establish A Women’s Football Team

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Manchester United have submitted an application to the FA to to establish a women’s team.

Manchester United have been for some time the most high-profile side in England without a professional women’s team.

They have been highly criticised for that omission, with the club offering poor responses when pressed why.

On Wednesday evening the club released a statement saying that they had submitted an application to the FA about joining the Women’s Super League.

They would join WSL 2, the second tier of the Super League.

The statement in full read: “Manchester United has submitted an application to the Football Association to establish a professional women’s team in the second tier of the Women’s Super League.

“If successful, the move would provide a career pathway for players who graduate from the long-established and highly successful Girls’ Regional Talent Club, which has seen some 15 of its graduates playing international football this season alone.

“The squad would be based at the club’s historic training centre at The Cliff.”

Speaking to the club’s website Ed Woodward said “We are pleased to announce that the club intends to establish its first ever professional women’s team and has submitted an application to enter WSL2.

“The FA has provided excellent support through the process and we believe that launching a team in WSL2 would give many more of our graduates from the Regional Talent Club the chance to establish themselves as first-team players.

“The Manchester United women’s team must be built in the same image and with the same principles as the men’s first team and offer academy players a clear route to top-level football within the club.”

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Between Simi And Her Mother On Instagram

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Nigerian singer, Simi had an amusing banter with her mother on Instagram earlier today. The beautiful singer took to her I.G page to share cute photos of her looking stunning in an off-shoulder top.

Her mum who also follows her on Instagram saw it and fell in love with the top. She asked her to bring it for her when next she’s going home, so she too could slay in it for her newly married husband.

The Joromi crooner gave her an adorable response that everyone can relate to.

See screenshot below;

 

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Gareth Bale Deserves To Break Wales Goal Scoring Record- Ryan Giggs

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Wales Head Coach Ryan Giggs has described Gareth Bale becoming the new all-time record goalscorer for Wales as an “absolutely fantastic achievement”.

On Thursday afternoon, Gareth Bale netted a hat-trick to help Wales record a 6-0 win over China and in doing so, progressed past Ian Rush’s previous mark of 28 goals for the Dragons.

Bale has admitted that it is “a massive honour” to move past the Dragons legend, and Giggs feels that the Real Madrid deserves to write himself into the history books.

The 44-year-old is quoted by BBC Sport: “What can you say about ‘Baleo’, breaking someone like Ian Rush’s record? Ian Rush is one of the greatest goalscorers who has ever lived.

“It’s an absolutely fantastic achievement. He lifts everyone as he has an X-factor. He can hurt any team in the world. Once upon a time I think this was a record people thought would never be beaten. It’s a fantastic moment for Gareth and he fully deserves it.”

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Real Madrid President Florentino Perez Downplays Reports Linking Cristiano Ronaldo To China

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo has not asked to leave the club

This statement from the Real Madrid president comes amid fresh speculation linking him with a move to the Far East.

The 33-year-old, who has returned to his goalscoring best since the turn of the year, is rumoured to be on the radar of a number of Chinese Super League sides.

Ronaldo’s former international manager Luiz Felipe Scolari added fuel to the fire earlier this week by claiming that the Portuguese superstar has asked about life in China, where Scolari spent two years in charge of Guangzhou Evergrande.

Pressed further on the links, though, Perez is quoted by AS as saying: “If you have a friend who lives in Hong Kong, you ask him how he is in Hong Kong, it’s normal.

“He hasn’t asked us to leave, he has a contract for another year but when the results are not great…”

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Pet Planet International introduces mobile app for pet lovers

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Pet Planet International, the one stop hub for all your pet needs, aims to bring information and premium services to dog lovers around the world while, making owning a pet, stress free, has launched a mobile application for pet owners and pet lovers.

The mobile application also known as the Pet Planet International app, will cater to the needs of pet owners and pet lovers with a vast array of available services.

Pet owners and pet lovers in Nigeria can now have access to premium pet services from world class pet handlers and vets.

This includes purchase of a wide array of pedigree like Terriers, King Charles Cavaliers, French Bulldogs, Dachshunds and many more; protecting pets via pest control, pet merchandising, training, mating and boarding.

There is also a 24/7 online Vet help line available on the Pet Planet International app. Pet owners can reach out to the dedicated PPI Vet staff round the clock and even on holidays. Pet owners will also have their pets and pet needs delivered to their homes whenever they use the Pet Planet International app. A first of its kind service platform pet lovers now have access to the best services for their pets.

To enjoy these premium pet services, pet lovers should download the PPI app on their mobile devices via the Apple store or Google Play store and register as soon as possible, or visit www.petplanetinternational.com for more information. Pet Planet International is your one stop hub for all your pet’s needs.

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My Future At Barcelona Remains Uncertain- Andres Iniesta

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Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta has revealed he is unsure whether he will leave Barcelona this season to move to China.

Andres Iniesta last week told local media he had an offer from a Chinese club and said a decision had to be taken on his future before the end of April.

“There are a lot of thoughts going on in my head, some stronger than others,” he told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, with his comments reported by local media on Thursday.

“There are still a few weeks to decide whether I continue or not, and it’s one of the most important decisions in my career.”

Iniesta signed a “lifetime contract” at the Catalan side in October, but his playing time has grown limited due to a combination of injuries and the arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.

“I’m at an age where things change and other doors open and they’re exciting in many ways. It’s not a question of love, rather what I feel I have to do.

“I honestly feel that injury permitting I’d be in the starting 11 for Barca over the next two seasons,” Iniesta said.

“If I go it’ll be because I can’t give my all as a player and person at my club. It’s going to be a difficult decision, whatever I choose.”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Set To Leave Manchester United

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is close to leaving Manchester United

t’s thought Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have already played his final game for the club having last appeared in a red shirt on Boxing Day.

Ibrahimovic made a sensational impact in his opening season at Old Trafford but has struggled with fitness problems following a serious knee injury at the quarter-final stage of United’s successful Europa League campaign last term.

Ibrahimovic is looking at the MLS as his next destination, with LA Galaxy favourites to sign him having attempted to prise him away from Old Trafford last season.

Although officially retired from international football its thought Ibrahimovic may be considering this summer’s World Cup as a last hurrah.

We all think it is his last season at Manchester United,” Mourinho said on 2 March.

“I think he won the right to choose his life, his future, such an amazing player and an amazing career.

“Only that awful injury in the wrong moment broke a fantastic couple of seasons he could and should have with us.”

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It Was My Decision To Not Sign For Real Madrid- Kepa Arrizabalaga

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Kepa Arrizabalaga insists it was his decision to extend his contract at Athletic Bilbao in January amid speculation of a move to Real Madrid.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, whose contract was set to expire in June, penned a new deal at Athletic in January despite the fact he had been tipped to move to European champions Real Madrid.

Discussing why he opted to stay, he told Spanish radio station El Transistor: “My contract was expiring in 2018, from January I could have negotiated [with any other club].

“I had the possibilities of going and of staying at Athletic and that is what I chose.

“I took the decision to renew [my contract at Athletic], no-one made the decision for me because one of the parties changed their decision.”

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#BBNaija 2018 Day 52: The Baffling Egg Contest

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Earlier on in day 52, Big brother put forward a challenge that left most of the #bbnaija housemates puzzled, especially since they failed at the dice task challenge.

Having gathered the #bbnaija Housemates in the lounge, Head of House Miracle read to a dumbstruck House the instructions that seemed to represent Biggie’s cheekiest jab so far.

The Housemates were required to select two of their peers to represent the #bbnaija House according to the criteria of who had the fastest hands and who had the fastest mouth. Biggie hinted that what the mouth can do the hand can do faster, leaving Housemates to loudly speculate on the deep meaning of the expression.

By popular vote, Alex was chosen as the ‘fastest mouth’ while Miracle was selected as the ‘fastest hands’

Before moving to the Arena, Biggie instructed Miracle and Alex to go and thoroughly wash their hands at the kitchen. But first, Head of House, Miracle ran to the closet to change his t-shirt in anticipation as it can get a little dirty in the Arena.

As the #bbnaija Housemates entered the Arena, looking all baffled and curious, Alex could not hold it and laughed her nervousness away at the sight of a big bowl of eggs laid on the table.

Biggie announced that the Challenge would unfold in two parts, with the ‘fastest hands’ having to crack and peel the eggshells in five minutes, using only their hands and the back of a teaspoon, before the ‘fastest mouth’ had to eat as many eggs as possible in two minutes. The Head of House was to come verify that the eggs were properly cracked and no shell remained.

However it seem as if it was Biggie who was equally surprised when Head of House Miracle stood up as the ‘fastest hands’. Biggie poked the #bbnaija Housemates further asking Bambam and Lolu to validate that Miracle had been selected by the group, which they both confirmed.

Yet Biggie called in Lolu to step into the Challenge. It wasn’t easy for him as he didn’t immediately catch the pace and when the buzzer rang, he knew he had failed. That’s when Biggie’s voice blasted through the speakers that he was ‘not impressed by this first round’.

Big brother was however feeling generous as he gave the #bbnaija Housemates another try by asking Miracle to pick up where Lolu left off. Having observed his predecessor, Miracle had an easier time peeling eggs off and quite comfortably added a few more eggs to the bowl.

After Nina inspected the eggs and Biggie called Alex up to the table, she had stopped laughing at the daunting thought of having to peel and eat thirteen eggs in less than five minutes. Alex fearlessly proceeded to eat twelve eggs with the help of generous sips of water.

She however fell short of just one egg, which meant that the #bbnaija Housemates had lost this Challenge, the second loss of the day.

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

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Arsenal target Jan Oblak admits he is unsure whether he will still be at Atletico Madrid next season ahead of a transfer window that could see a host of Europe’s top goalkeepers on the move.
Lucas Piazon has admitted he doesn’t know if he will remain at Fulham next season or return to parent club Chelsea.
Gareth Bale described breaking Wales’ international goalscoring record as an “incredible honour” as his hat-trick against China took the Real Madrid star to 29 goals for his country.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Jose Mourinho wants to ship out at least six Manchester United players in the summer transfer window.
Victor Lindelof insists there are ‘no problems’ between Mourinho and midfielder Paul Pogba.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Liverpool have been named as an unlikely club monitoring Jack Wilshere’s contract situation at Arsenal.
Jurgen Klopp must deliver trophies if Liverpool are going to retain their top talent like Mohamed Salah, according to Kop legends Roy Evans and Steve McMahon.
Everton boss Sam Allardyce admits he admires Wilshere but refused to be drawn on whether he is interested in signing the Arsenal midfielder.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Mikel Merino has insisted he is happy at Newcastle United and believes he can achieve his dream of playing of Spain by remaining in black and white.

SUNDERLAND ECHO
Chris Coleman has told senior Sunderland players in the final months of their contracts that no decisions will be made on their futures until the end of the season.
The Black Cats boss hopes to tie teenage hotshots Joel Asoro and Josh Maja to new deals at the Stadium of Light.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Garry Monk is eyeing a reunion with Leeds playmaker Pablo Hernandez at Birmingham City, according to reports.

EXPRESS & STAR
Wolves striker Leo Bonatini says he does not know whether his long-term future lies at the club.

THE SENTINEL
Erik Pieters has reportedly been fined two weeks’ wages – around £70,000 – for defying a club curfew to attend a celebrity VIP event with his reality TV star wife.

THE DAILY ECHO
Steven Davis has remained at Southampton to rebuild fitness rather than head out on international duty with Northern Ireland.

LEICESTER MERCURY
Leicester City will have to look elsewhere in their hunt for a new right-back after January target Bouna Sarr declared his intentions to stay at Marseille beyond the summer.

READING POST
Paul Clement and Steve McClaren are the favourites to be named the new Reading manager.

EVENING TIMES
Brendan Rodgers insists Odsonne Edouard is one of the best youngsters he has worked – and maintained that he is the most natural striker at Celtic.

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#BBNaija 2018 Day 52: Housemates Play A Strip Dice Game

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The #bbnaija Housemates seem to have fervently taken to the dice game as they are often seen throwing the dice for a quick round of play and fun at all times in the house.

During the early evening of day 52 and in what seemed like a moment of enlightenment, Head of House Miracle said he was going to give an idea to Alex and Tobi who were playing dice in the middle of the lounge.

Alex had poked Tobi that she had wished he would bet meat, which Miracle suggested to replace with another twist. He said that when the dice rolled, whoever scored the highest number was spared but the one who scored the lowest had to take a piece of their clothing off.

Perhaps confident of having the upper hand, Alex threw the dice on the glass coffee table and won flat out over Tobi. He then had no choice than to remove his top, even though he did so reluctantly. As the game went on, he also had to eventually take of his trousers, even as the other #bbnaija housemates that made up the audience shrieked with laughter.

With a blanket wrapped around his waist to cover his modesty, Tobi’s embarrassment made for quite a funny moment in the #bbnaija house. As Tobi ran away, Lolu tried his luck and was also beaten by Alex’s good fortune.

It was a memorable rib-tickling game that ended with Tobi, Miracle and Alex clapping in their hands shouting and laughing out the words ‘Shame! Shame! Shame!’

When the #bbnaija Housemates returned defeated from the egg race, the same gang took over from where they had left off. While Teddy A, Rico, Nina, Bambam and Cee-C prudently kept themselves aside, watching from distance, Miracle went to the dressing room where he came out of dressed like a corn on the cob, with what looked like the entire content of his suitcase layered on him to take part to the strip dice.

By then, Tobi, Alex and Lolu had lost and Miracle was met with the same fate. He had started the game and as it ought to be was given the same walk of shame as the previous #bbnaija Housemates, with shouts of ‘Shame! Shame! Shame!’ ringing all through the #bbnaija house.

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Online Registration: NYSC Releases Vital Instructions For 2018 Batch “A” PCMs

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The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has released some vital instructions for 2018 Batch A Prospective Corps Members (PCMs).

NYSC Withdraws Corps Members From ‘Blacklisted’ Osun School

The disclosure was made known in a statement issued on its authentic social media accounts.

Bear in mind that the NYSC had fixed March 26, for the commencement of online registration of 2018 Batch ‘A’ corps members nationwide.

NYSC Complete Timetable For 2018 Batch ‘A’ PCMs

The management of the scheme also disclosed that the registration will end on April 8, while the deployment and printing of call-up letters by its ICT department will thereafter begin on April 9 to 11.

The statement read: “This is to inform all 2018 Batch “A” PCMs that Online Registration begins on 26th March, 2018 and ends on 8th April, 2018.

“Tips to guide PCMs during NYSC Online Registration.

“Do not thumb print by proxy. (Nobody should thumbprint for you; thumbprint should be done by you).

“Make sure the passport photograph uploaded is very clear.

“Do not forget the Username and Password used during your online registration.

“Apply for correction of spelling mistakes and rearrangement of names on your dashboard. It is ongoing even after the Orientation Exercise.

“Cross- check your records before submission to avoid wrong details.”

Earlier this month, the Senate rejected a bill seeking to allow the uniform worn by corps members to accommodate their religious belief.

Literally, the bill, which seeks to change the prescribed uniforms for female Corps members from trousers to skirt among others, failed to scale second reading at the Senate.

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#DapchiGirls: See Photo Of Only Christian Girl Boko Haram Refused To Release

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Militants of one of World’s most notorious Islamic death cults, Boko Haram, on Wednesday morning returned some of the schoolgirls they kidnapped from Government Girls Science Technical College in Dapchi town, Yobe state a few weeks ago.

Liah Sharibu

Liah Sharibu

At least 101 out of the 110 students kidnapped from their school were released early on Wednesday.

While five of the girls, according to those who regained freedom, died before they got to the terrorists’ camp, the only Christian among the schoolgirls kidnapped in Dapchi, Yobe State, last month, Liah Sharibu, will not be released as she has been enslaved by Boko Haram, SaharaReporters has learned.

Her father, Nata Sharibu, said on Wednesday that parents whose daughters were released by the militants told him that his daughter refused to renounce Christianity and that was the reason she is still being held.

Speaking on RayPower FM shortly after the students were released, the girl’s father expressed delight over her stance but prayed for her return.

“All of them were released. They said some were dead there and my daughter is alive but they cannot release her because she is a Christian,” he said.

“They gave her the option of converting in order to be released but she said she will never become a Muslim… I am very sad but I am also jubilating too because my daughter did not denounce Christ.”

Meanwhile, the Borno Government has directed the immediate closure of public boarding secondary schools, as part of measures to enhance security in schools.

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I Will Be Playing For A Big Club Next Season- Emre Can

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Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has insisted that he intends to ‘play for a very big club next season’.

Emre Can, who has not yet ruled out remaining at Liverpool beyond the end of his existing deal this summer, is said to be wanted by Juventus and former club Bayern Munich.

Can has now provided a further update on his future, admitting that he will not rule out any options currently on the table.

“I have the self-confidence to say that my qualities are sufficient to play in a very big club next season,” he told SportBild. “I’m doing great in England. Here it is is physical and that suits me. The Spanish league is also attractive.

“The same applies to Germany, where tactics are concerned, and Italy, which has recently caught up. Incidentally, the same applies to France, this league has now established itself as one of the best in Europe. Therefore, I do not want to exclude anything because I do not know what I will do from summer.”

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#DapchiGirls: Borno Orders Immediate Closure Of Boarding Schools

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The Borno Government has directed the immediate closure of public boarding secondary schools, as part of measures to enhance security in schools.

Dr Muhammad Bulama, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, said this in a statement issued on Wednesday in Maiduguri.

#DapchiGirls: FG Speaks On Condition Boko Haram Gave Before Release Of Students

Bulama said that the measure was adopted at the end of an expanded Security Council meeting of security agencies, government and traditional leaders held on March 15.

“All boarding secondary schools in the state with the exception of those in Maiduguri and Biu will until further notice be closed with immediate effect.

“Sequel to the unfortunate recent attack on Rann town in Kala-Balge Local Government Council by Boko Haram, urgent and immediate measures will be taken jointly by the Borno Government, the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies to forestall future occurrences there and in other vulnerable communities.

“Elaborate security, infrastructure, personnel and logistics arrangements will be put in place preparatory to the imminent return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to Bama, Gwoza and Dikwa local government areas and the subsequent return of their Royal Highnesses to their respective domains.

“To speedily establish structures of civil authority; local government councils, para-military agencies, the judiciary and traditional institutions, as pre-requisite to relocating IDPs to their places of origin,” Bulama said.

He also disclosed that the council had approved the re-opening of Maiduguri-Bama-Banki Road for public and commercial purposes on March 24.

Borno is the spiritual home of Boko Haram Islamists, whose name translates loosely from Hausa as “Western education is forbidden”.

Boko Haram Returns 105 Kidnapped Schoolgirls To Dapchi – 5 Dead

The high-profile abductions of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno state, in April 2014, and 110 others from Dapchi, Yobe state, in February this year also led to closures.

Schools that teach a so-called secular curriculum have been repeatedly targeted during the insurgency, which since 2009 has left at least 20,000 people dead.

According to the UN children’s agency UNICEF, more than 2,296 teachers have been killed and some 1,400 schools destroyed in the wider northeast region.

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Nollywood Movies, ‘93 Days’, ‘The Bridge’ To Showcase In Hollywood On Friday

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Some of the best movies in Nigeria would showcase in Hollywood, California, starting on Friday, in what would be the first collaboration between Nollywood and Hollywood.

The movies, which will be screened at the Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles, US, during an event tagged ‘Nollywood in Hollywood’ are 93 DAYS, THE BRIDGE and ISOKEN.

The screening, scheduled for March 23 and 24, will be the first official event on the Hollywood cinema calendar after the 2017 calendar ends with the Academy Awards.

It will also be the first time movies in Nigeria will be presented to the Hollywood industry at an event designed solely for Nigeria.

Speaking on the development, John Hagelston of the American Cinematheque, operators of the Egyptian Theatre, said the screening is a good opportunity for Nigerian cinema as it “still has a relatively low profile in the US”.

He said, “the chance to bring Nollywood to Hollywood for a night made perfect sense”.

Also speaking, Steve Gukas, director of ’93 Days’, one of the selected films, said he is excited about the potential benefits of the exposure.

“The pedigree of the organisations putting this together tells me this is a unique opportunity for our film, myself and the industry. The thought of my film screening at the world famous Egyptian Theatre is mind-blowing,” he said.

“I believe this is a unique opportunity that Nollywood can leverage on to showcase itself and attract the needed support and partnerships necessary for its continued growth.”

On his part, Kunle Afoloyan, whose new movie, ‘The Bridge’, was also selected to be screened at the ‘Nollywood in Hollywood’ event, said:

“I believe the ‘Nollywood in Hollywood’ event is a course in the right direction,” he said, adding that he looks forward to “mutual exploration between the two worlds”.

In attendance would be top Hollywood film directors and actors, producers, distributors and faculty of the topmost film programme in the world, the school of cinematic arts at the University of Southern California.

Also in attendance would be celebrities, Nigerian-born actors and filmmakers in Hollywood and Consul-Generals of some of African Embassies in Los Angeles.

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BREAKING: Nigerian Senate Confirms Buhari’s 5 CBN Nominees, Rejects One

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The Nigerian Senate on Thursday morning confirmed the appointments of Mrs. Aisha Ahmad and Mr. Edward Adamu as Deputy Governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

It also approved the nomination of three out of four members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).

Those also confirmed include Adeola Adenikinju, Aliyu Sanusi and Robert Asogwa, while Asheikh Maidudgu was the only nominee rejected by the lawmakers.

Their confirmation came after the chairman senate committee on banking, insurance and financial institutions, Rafiu Ibrahim, presented a report at the red chamber earlier today.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly had initially refused to confirm the nominees, stalling the monetary policy committee (MPC) meeting of the apex bank in January and March.

The lawmakers had said the only condition to confirm nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari is for the federal government to sack Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in line with their recommendation.

Details later…

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Arsenal Offer Jack Wilshere Final ‘Take-It-Or-Leave-It’ Contract Offer

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will reportedly leave the club at end of the season.

Arsenal have reportedly informed Jack Wilshere that they have made their final take-it-or-leave-it offer.

The England international, now into the final weeks of his existing deal at the Emirates Stadium, was said to be holding out for better terms than those originally offered.

According to The Mirror, Arsenal do not plan on returning to the negotiating table and Wilshere will therefore make the decision to continue his playing career elsewhere, rather than take a 25% reduction in his £120,000-a-week wages.

New contracts chief Huss Fahmy is said to be behind the decision not to bow to the 26-year-old’s demands, despite other clubs showing an interest.

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Paul Pogba Will Prove His Doubters Wrong- Antoine Griezmann

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Antoine Griezmann has backed Paul Pogba to prove his doubters wrong following a torrid time at Manchester United in recent weeks.

Paul Pogba has started just four matches in the last 11 in all competitions for Manchester United, amid rumours of a breakdown in relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.

France boss Didier Deschamps admitted earlier this week that Pogba ‘will not be happy’ with his situation at United, but Griezmann is adamant that the 25-year-old is in as jovial a mood as ever.

“He came back [to the squad] with a huge smile on his face,” he told reporters ahead of Friday night’s meeting with Colombia. “He was happy. It’s not easy when you don’t play at your club or you don’t feel at your best. It happened to me and he knows that.

“He still enjoys having fun and working hard, which are what matter the most. It’s up to him to prove and show that he’s still the player that he can be. The coach trusts him, like the entire squad. We need a smiling Paul and an efficient one on the pitch.”

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AC Interested In Signing Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos

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AC Milan are interested in a summer move for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, according to sources in Italy.

Dani Ceballos joined Madrid in a €16.5m deal from Real Betis last summer but has only made nine appearances for the Bernabeu giants this season.

Milan are keen on the playmaker and the player may be open to a move if it would boost his chances of securing regular first-team football.

It is believed Milan could offer around €40m for the former Betis man.

Liverpool and Juventus are also showing interest in Ceballos.

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Barcelona Enquired About Signing PSG’s Adrien Rabiot Last Summer

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Barcelona made an enquiry about Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot last summer, reports Mundo Deportivo.

Barcelona are long-term admirers of the France international and contacted PSG about his availability last year.

The LaLiga leaders, according to Mundo Deportivo, proposed including Adrien Rabiot in the deal which took Neymar from Barca to PSG.

However, the proposal was rejected by PSG, who consider Rabiot to be one of their ‘franchise players’.

Rabiot, who has played in 27 of PSG’s 31 league games this season, has just one more year remaining on his current Parc des Princes deal.

The runaway Ligue 1 leaders may look to cash in on the highly-rated central midfielder rather than lose him on a free transfer in 2019.

Barcelona are on the lookout for new midfielders with Andres Iniesta yet to commit his future to the club.

Both Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic can play as holding midfielders but Rabiot would add much-needed competition to Barcelona’s engine room.

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Marco Asensio Wants Zinedine Zidane To Continue As Real Madrid Manager

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Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio believes Zinedine Zidane should continue as the club’s manager.

Zinedine Zidane, who guided Madrid to back-to-back Champions League titles in 2016 and 2017, has faced speculation over his future in recent months due to the Spanish capital club’s mixed domestic performances.

However, Asensio has backed the Frenchman to stay on in his role.

Speaking to Spanish radio show El Larguero, he said: “I think he has to continue, he has solved everything very well.

“He has shown [that] winning the league and Champions League. I think that the demand is very high and they forget things very quickly. I think he is the ideal manager.”

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Brace Yourselves! It’s About Time For Gidifest 2018! #GidiFest2018

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Just incase you’ve been living under a rock, Gidifest is back for the 5th edition on Easter Friday, March 30th at it’s new home, the Hard Rock Cafe Beach Front.

Now that the organizers have given us all the details, let’s check out what we have to look forward to at Gidifest 2018.

Live music from the biggest music acts, from Headliners Wizkid and 2 Face Idibia to superstars like Adekunle Gold, Brymo, Efya, Ycee, Show Dem Camp, Maleek Berry, Mayorkun, Ric Hassani and even the new wave of Nigerian music stars like D-O, Odunsi, Tay Iwar, Lady Donli, D-Truce, Maka, Jamal Swiss, Jinmi Abduls all making Gidifest 2018 the most anticipated music concert of the year!

As always, Gidi Culture Festival isn’t only about the music. For the foodies, there would be the best vendors with all the mouthwatering meals and drinks. Games like beach soccer, beach volleyball, ludo and more will also be available and for the lovers of art, there will be an art exhibition. All happening live at #GidiFest2018 !

During an earlier Press briefing, Gidi Fest Co-founder Chin Okeke said  “2018 GIDIFEST promises to be bigger, better, and fun-filled, avoiding repeated mistakes and also expanding the fun activities of the Festival” and we can’t wait !

Tickets for the festival are selling fast with regular tickets @ N5,000 and VIP tickets @ N20,000. For Table reservation, please call 08115975111

You can go get your tickets now HERE

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