“Current Minimum Wage Is Ill-Motivating And Embarrassing” – Atiku

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Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has described the current minimum wage in the country as “embarrassing”.

In a Workers’ Day statement released on Monday via his Facebook page and titled ‘Workers’ Day: Tapping into our greatest weapon , Atiku said the minimum wage should be able to keep the earner motivated to keep working and added that the current N18,000 minimum wage is not only “ill-motivating but also embarrassing”.

The former VP called on the Federal government to set an “adequate” example and the state government to build on it.

See the full statement below

Workers’ Day: Tapping into our greatest weapon – Atiku Abubakar

“Nigerian workers, I congratulate you for this day. I salute your courage and resilience going through one of the most trying economic times in Nigeria’s history. But these challenges are showing how resilient and hardworking Nigerians are and that your indomitable spirit and work ethic will continue to go unchallenged throughout all of Africa.

These values have been the bedrock of Nigeria’s labour movement since its beginning. A movement which started off to protect the welfare of railway workers and later coal miners in the days of colonial administrations in Nigeria. A movement that has grown in height and status as the single largest rights protection organization, representing not less than sixty million workers in our country.

Owing to the sheer size of its membership, the labour movements in Nigeria – under the umbrellas of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress – have evolved to become the pivot of governments’ objectives of delivering good governance and providing higher standard of living.

Over the years, our labour movements have negotiated higher wage regimes for the Nigerian worker and it (labour) has remained a key component in the consideration for how much Nigerians pay on fuel and energy consumption. These are noble ideals that have ensured that Nigerians have more disposable income – an important safeguard for the kick-start of a prosperous economy.

Having been in government at a high level and being a private sector player with thousands of Nigerians on the payroll of my companies mean that I have seen first-hand the needs of workers both in the private and public sectors and the importance of the labour movement. But as I have stated throughout my adult life, true federalism and a proper decentralization of resources and functions away from the government at the center to the governments at the state tier of our governmental structure is key to providing the labour force what they need and deserve. I believe that our federal government will become smarter when it is smaller and more flexible in addressing the needs of our labour force.

But we must have tangible solutions to address the needs of our incredible and talented labour force. Let’s engage our leaders on the following:

1. Minimum wage: It is my firm belief that whoever works should be adequately rewarded. The reward of a service well rendered is a reasonable wage that can keep the earner sensibly motivated to put in his best. The minimum wage of ₦18,000 per month (less than $50), as is currently obtained in the country, considering the current economic reality is not only ill-motivating but embarrassing.

While it is adequate that the federal government can set the standard for the national minimum wage, such a national minimum should however not be interpreted by respective state governments (especially the rich states) as being the maximum wage they should pay to their workers but simply the baseline for them to build on.

2. Industrialization: The continuing rate of de-industrialization in our economy is of grave concern. Particularly our manufacturing sector which is supposed to create jobs for our productive youths, has continued to face decline as a result of unfavourable conditions imposed by the challenges of epileptic power supply, high cost of credit, and multiple exchange rate regime and in extreme case inadequate foreign exchange supply and depreciating value of the naira. This trend must be reversed. Ability to broker the required synergy with international partners and the private sector in key sectors of the economy such as automobile, textiles, service industry, agro allied petrochemicals, fertilizers and pharmaceutical industries, building materials, milling, paper and paper products, solid minerals, iron and steel, etc., should be the basis for the 2019 engagement with the organized labour and the Nigerian people.

3. Education: Our Educational Sector has continued to suffer decline. Agreements freely entered into by the Unions and the government have experienced serious setbacks as a result of the authorities’ penchants for reneging. This has persistently left us with a demotivated academic and non-academic Unions in the higher institution whose understandable resort to incessant strikes have rendered our institutions of higher learning comatose and pushes a substantial number of our youths out of the shores of the country in search of a more stable academic calendar and quality scholarship. This has exerted tremendous pressure on the foreign exchange of the country aided capital flight.

Funding for the educational sector has remained decimally low. The country has over the years, performed far below the international standard in terms of annual appropriation to the education sector. This problem cuts across all tiers of government. As we speak today, the Central Bank of Nigeria is in custody of billions of Naira, funds representing the Federal Government’s share of the Universal Basic Education Fund, which state governments are expected to draw from by paying their own counterpart funding. Majority of the states have failed to benefit from this fund because they have not provided the required matching funds.

I am a firm believer in our youths and the height at which they can take this country if accorded quality and affordable education. We have seen what investment in education has done to the economies of the Asian countries. Nigeria has a better potential if a little more attention is accorded to developing our human resources through the education of our youth and adult population. We must increase funding for our education and research institutions where the foundational rubrics of our development can be hatched and nurtured.

4. Healthcare delivery. Nigeria’s Healthcare delivery system is in shambles. The system is exposed to poor funding and massive corruption. The rot in the system is so deep that unless a drastic measure is taken to comprehensively address it, the country might lose the chance to be a global player when its citizens can’t have access to quality health care that is affordable. There is an urgent need to make serious commitments to massive investment in the healthcare delivery system. We need a leadership that can gather enough investment in the upgrade of infrastructure and procurement of modern healthcare technology and equipment for our hospitals and primary and secondary healthcare facilities.

This would drastically reduce the annual lose to medical treatment abroad. It is on record that Nigeria loses so much annually as a result of capital flight and medical tourism. We must work to ensure that the Africa Union’s Ministers of Health minimum benchmark/threshold of at least 15% annual budget for healthcare is not just an aspiration but a target that must be surpassed.

5. Pension: I was one of the apostles of pension reform when I was in Government. We initiated and got the pension reform act passed into Law to address the serious challenge that turns our workers into beggars after retirement. Recently, there seems to be a deterioration in the administration of pension in the country. Incidences of MDAs and other employers withholding deductions from workers’ salaries and not remitting same to their Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs); cases of workers leaving public service and having to wait for up to 15-18 months for their pension issues to be processed; and non-payment for those who are already pensioners – especially by state governments are becoming not just rampant but alarming. This indeed needs to be seriously addressed.

Many state governments are yet to join the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS). It is apparent that despite all the hitches associated with the Contributory Pension Scheme, its benefits cannot be compared to its shortcomings. A critical factor here is that it is funded, and the funds once paid into the Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs) of workers, are protected from the general mismanagement and misappropriation that we see at virtually all levels of governance.

These reforms once embraced by the government and political parties of all shades will expand our economic base and address the needs of empowering our youths, and there is no doubt that the labour movement in Nigeria has a huge role to play in ensuring that the objectives are met.

In closing, if we truly wish to address the needs of all Nigerians. If we wish to end the violence, extremism, and terrorism that grips our nation. If we wish to create a nation where we can see and hug our children and grandchildren every day and not only see them when they return from foreign lands where they have a better quality of life. We must create jobs and develop an economy that unites us and gives all of us a common purpose of building this great nation into what it truly can be. The weapon to fix this great nation is not one purchased from a foreign government, but one that is found within each and every one of us – the weapon of pride and an unyielding desire to work and succeed. If we allow this weapon to reach its maximum potential by empowering our labour force then we would have set the standard for a rebirth that will unite us, protect us, and get Nigeria working again.

God bless Nigerian workers.

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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Davido’s Hypeman ‘Special Spesh’ Finally Shares Adorable Photos Of His Son

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Davido’s hypeman, Special Spesh has finally shared a photo of his first son who arrived the world in January.

He took to Instagram to share the photo of his 3 weeks old son and wrote;

“TELL HIM DADDY MISSES HIM!!!!!!! #TRU!!!!! #CHUKUYENUM!!! #YUNGSPESH #MyGreatestBlessing #TCCJ!!!!”

 

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#BBNaija 2018 Winner, Miracle, Finally Receives N45 Million Worth Of Prizes

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The winner of the Big Brother Naija 2018 reality television show, Miracle Igbokwe, has finally been presented with a cheque of 25 Million from the organizers of the programme and N45 million worth of prizes.

The presentation was held at the MultiChoice office in Victoria Island, Lagos, on Monday, April 30, and was followed by a press conference which had the housemates of the Big Brother Naija “Double Wahala” season in attendance.

Now That Big Brother Naija Is Over

All the housemates also received free DSTV premium and one year free subscription.

Miracle emerged winner of the just concluded reality show tagged, “Double Wahala” after beating 19 other participants to the grand prize.

He won N1 million cash prize from Payporte Arena Games and N200,000 from the Final Wager.

He also won the Pepsi Refresh Your Mix, which fetched him N1 million and a trip to Dubai for the One Africa Music Fest, and a year’s supply of Pepsi and Aquafina.

The much-loved reality star also won N500,000 from the Close-Up task.

An estimate of Miracle’s winnings in cash prize, asset, and in paid vacations adds up to N67.7 million.

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#BBNaija 2018 Winner, Miracle, Finally Receives N45 Million Worth Of Prizes

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The winner of the Big Brother Naija 2018 reality television show, Miracle Igbokwe, has finally been presented with a cheque of 25 Million from the organizers of the programme and N45 million worth of prizes.

The presentation was held at the MultiChoice office in Victoria Island, Lagos, on Monday, April 30, and was followed by a press conference which had the housemates of the Big Brother Naija “Double Wahala” season in attendance.

Now That Big Brother Naija Is Over

All the housemates also received free DSTV premium and one year free subscription.

Miracle emerged winner of the just concluded reality show tagged, “Double Wahala” after beating 19 other participants to the grand prize.

He won N1 million cash prize from Payporte Arena Games and N200,000 from the Final Wager.

He also won the Pepsi Refresh Your Mix, which fetched him N1 million and a trip to Dubai for the One Africa Music Fest, and a year’s supply of Pepsi and Aquafina.

The much-loved reality star also won N500,000 from the Close-Up task.

An estimate of Miracle’s winnings in cash prize, asset, and in paid vacations adds up to N67.7 million.

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#PMBinDC: Buhari, Trump To Address Joint Press Conference After Meeting

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Nigeria’s fight against the Boko Haram jihadist group was expected to top the menu for talks Monday when President Donald Trump meets Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari, president of Africa’s most populous and wealthiest country.

Buhari will be the first leader from sub-Saharan Africa to visit Trump, and they plan a joint press conference in the White House gardens after their meeting around midday.

In his talks with Trump, Buhari will be seeking support in his battle against Boko Haram, as well as investment in Nigeria’s rickety infrastructure.

Trump, meanwhile, has to overcome the hard feelings left by his insulting reference to “shithole countries” in questioning why the US should accept immigrants from Africa.

The US president also raised eyebrows in March by firing Rex Tillerson as secretary of state while he was visiting Nigeria, in part to prepare the ground for Buhari’s visit.

But Trump’s receiving Buhari at the White House just after visits by France’s Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Angela Merkel is a positive signal, analysts say.

“The fact that the president of Africa’s most populous country is visiting Washington at all may be more important to strengthening the US-Africa relationship than any discussion of policy during the trip,” said John Campbell, a former US ambassador in Abuja who is now at the Council of Foreign Relations.

Talks on security, business
The White House says both security and business will be up for discussion during the visit.

Nigeria is entering its ninth year fighting Boko Haram extremists, who have devastated the northeast of the country and killed over 20,000 people in a bloody quest to establish an Islamist state.

Trump’s administration has agreed to the sale of a dozen A-29 Super Tucano turboprop light attack aircraft for use in the fight against the jihadist group, a deal worth a reported $496 million.

In January 2017, then-president Barack Obama froze the deal after Nigeria’s air force bombed a refugee camp, killing more than 100 people, on a mission against Boko Haram.

Washington is now ready to allow the sale to go forward. But it has come under scrutiny inside Nigeria, where lawmakers are accusing the president of illegally withdrawing funds to purchase the planes.

Nigeria is also seeking support for its farm and transport sectors. Buhari is scheduled to meet with potential investors in Nigerian farming and food processing.

Amid intensifying competition with China and Europeans for the business of oil-rich Nigeria, officials accompanying Buhari also will be meeting with aviation giant Boeing, according to his office.

On Friday, General Electric announced that an international consortium it leads has signed a deal for a $2 billion project to refurbish Nigeria’s narrow-gauge railway.

Both sides have something to gain from the meeting of the two presidents, Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Washington-based Atlantic Council, told AFP.

“On President Trump’s side, it’s definitely putting that controversy behind him,” Pham said, referring to the “shithole countries” remark.

For Buhari, who will seek reelection in 2019, “It’s having the prominence of being the first African leader received at the White House in this administration,” Pham said.

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#PMBinDC: Buhari, Trump To Address Joint Press Conference After Meeting

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Nigeria’s fight against the Boko Haram jihadist group was expected to top the menu for talks Monday when President Donald Trump meets Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari, president of Africa’s most populous and wealthiest country.

Buhari will be the first leader from sub-Saharan Africa to visit Trump, and they plan a joint press conference in the White House gardens after their meeting around midday.

In his talks with Trump, Buhari will be seeking support in his battle against Boko Haram, as well as investment in Nigeria’s rickety infrastructure.

Trump, meanwhile, has to overcome the hard feelings left by his insulting reference to “shithole countries” in questioning why the US should accept immigrants from Africa.

The US president also raised eyebrows in March by firing Rex Tillerson as secretary of state while he was visiting Nigeria, in part to prepare the ground for Buhari’s visit.

But Trump’s receiving Buhari at the White House just after visits by France’s Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Angela Merkel is a positive signal, analysts say.

“The fact that the president of Africa’s most populous country is visiting Washington at all may be more important to strengthening the US-Africa relationship than any discussion of policy during the trip,” said John Campbell, a former US ambassador in Abuja who is now at the Council of Foreign Relations.

Talks on security, business
The White House says both security and business will be up for discussion during the visit.

Nigeria is entering its ninth year fighting Boko Haram extremists, who have devastated the northeast of the country and killed over 20,000 people in a bloody quest to establish an Islamist state.

Trump’s administration has agreed to the sale of a dozen A-29 Super Tucano turboprop light attack aircraft for use in the fight against the jihadist group, a deal worth a reported $496 million.

In January 2017, then-president Barack Obama froze the deal after Nigeria’s air force bombed a refugee camp, killing more than 100 people, on a mission against Boko Haram.

Washington is now ready to allow the sale to go forward. But it has come under scrutiny inside Nigeria, where lawmakers are accusing the president of illegally withdrawing funds to purchase the planes.

Nigeria is also seeking support for its farm and transport sectors. Buhari is scheduled to meet with potential investors in Nigerian farming and food processing.

Amid intensifying competition with China and Europeans for the business of oil-rich Nigeria, officials accompanying Buhari also will be meeting with aviation giant Boeing, according to his office.

On Friday, General Electric announced that an international consortium it leads has signed a deal for a $2 billion project to refurbish Nigeria’s narrow-gauge railway.

Both sides have something to gain from the meeting of the two presidents, Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Washington-based Atlantic Council, told AFP.

“On President Trump’s side, it’s definitely putting that controversy behind him,” Pham said, referring to the “shithole countries” remark.

For Buhari, who will seek reelection in 2019, “It’s having the prominence of being the first African leader received at the White House in this administration,” Pham said.

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Court Sentences Senior Lawyer Joseph Nwobike To One-Month Imprisonment

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The Lagos State High Court in Ikeja has sentenced a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dr. Joseph Nwobike, to one month’s imprisonment for perversion of the course of justice.

The court convicted Nwobike of 12 counts bordering on the offence, sentenced him to one month’s imprisonment on each of the 12 counts but said the sentences would run concurrently.

Justice Raliat Adebiyi, who pronounced the verdict on Monday morning, said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) proved beyond reasonable doubts that the SAN was in constant communication with court officials to influence the assignment of his cases to his preferred judges.

EFCC Releases More Damning Evidence Against Joseph Nwobike | (SAN) Accused Of Bribing Judges

The maximum penalty on each count of perverting justice is two years jail term but the judge used her discretion and refused to punish the lawyer with the maximum penalty allowed.

“The defendant is hereby sentenced to one month of 30 days on each count for attempting to pervert the course of justice,” Mrs Adebiyi said after reading out a judgment which lasted over two hours.

The judge said she handed down the sentence to Mr Nwobike, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, to serve as a deterrent to others.

Nwobike’s conviction came amidst ongoing trials of fellow senior lawyers – Godwin Obla and Rickey Tarfa – over similar offences before federal and state courts.

The judges, who also allegedly received the gratification from the lawyers, are also facing criminal prosecution by the EFCC.

Mr Nwobike was first arraigned in March 2016 on a five count charge; but the charges were amended twice to 18 counts of offering gratification to a judicial officer, attempting to pervert the course of justice, and making false declaration to an EFCC officer.

 The lawyer pleaded not guilty to the charges.

According to the EFCC, Mr Nwobike paid N750,000 into the United Bank for Africa account of Mohammed Yunusa, a federal judge, and N250,000 to one Ronke Ogunleye, a registrar to another federal judge, Musa Kurya.

The commission said the payments were intended to pervert the course of justice.

More details later…

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Court Sentences Senior Lawyer Joseph Nwobike To One-Month Imprisonment

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The Lagos State High Court in Ikeja has sentenced a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dr. Joseph Nwobike, to one month’s imprisonment for perversion of the course of justice.

The court convicted Nwobike of 12 counts bordering on the offence, sentenced him to one month’s imprisonment on each of the 12 counts but said the sentences would run concurrently.

Justice Raliat Adebiyi, who pronounced the verdict on Monday morning, said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) proved beyond reasonable doubts that the SAN was in constant communication with court officials to influence the assignment of his cases to his preferred judges.

EFCC Releases More Damning Evidence Against Joseph Nwobike | (SAN) Accused Of Bribing Judges

The maximum penalty on each count of perverting justice is two years jail term but the judge used her discretion and refused to punish the lawyer with the maximum penalty allowed.

“The defendant is hereby sentenced to one month of 30 days on each count for attempting to pervert the course of justice,” Mrs Adebiyi said after reading out a judgment which lasted over two hours.

The judge said she handed down the sentence to Mr Nwobike, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, to serve as a deterrent to others.

Nwobike’s conviction came amidst ongoing trials of fellow senior lawyers – Godwin Obla and Rickey Tarfa – over similar offences before federal and state courts.

The judges, who also allegedly received the gratification from the lawyers, are also facing criminal prosecution by the EFCC.

Mr Nwobike was first arraigned in March 2016 on a five count charge; but the charges were amended twice to 18 counts of offering gratification to a judicial officer, attempting to pervert the course of justice, and making false declaration to an EFCC officer.

 The lawyer pleaded not guilty to the charges.

According to the EFCC, Mr Nwobike paid N750,000 into the United Bank for Africa account of Mohammed Yunusa, a federal judge, and N250,000 to one Ronke Ogunleye, a registrar to another federal judge, Musa Kurya.

The commission said the payments were intended to pervert the course of justice.

More details later…

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Listen: Davido Gives Girlfriend Chioma ‘Assurance’ On Her Birthday

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Multi-award winning singer, David Adedeji Adeleke, better known by his stage name, Davido, celebrated the birthday of his girlfriend, Chioma Avril Rowland, over the weekend and he did released a song dedicated to her.

There is no gainsaying that Davido is in love with Chioma as the DMW Boss is never shy to flaunt his relationship publicly.

It was gathered that Davido released the song titled ‘Assurance’, after a private listen at Chioma’s pre-birthday party where he confessed he was in love.

Click Here To Listen/Download “Assurance” By Davido

Chioma turns a year older on Monday, April 30, and to celebrate her, Davido visited his Twitter page last night to tweet about her birthday.

“Happy birthday Baby girl! Today and 2MORO gonna be amazing,” he tweeted.

Davido Gives Girlfriend Chioma ‘Assurance’ On Her Birthday
Davido Gives Girlfriend Chioma ‘Assurance’ On Her Birthday

He also had something to say to guys who are scared of showing it when they are in love.

“So many niggas are in love but they scared to show it ! Y’all p***y! 😜😜😃,” he wrote.

In the album art of the song ‘Assurance,’ Davido can be seen in a pose with Chioma, a chef, who is dressed in her uniform – coupled with Davido’s 30 billion gang chain on her neck to match. 

Hereare some of the lyrics of the song. “I am looking for a sister, Chioma my lover o… She get the dollar, she dey wear designer o. I am looking for my sister, Chioma my lover o, She get the dollar, Chioma my lover. She say give me Assurance, Assurance, I give my baby Assurance, I give my baby Lifetime insurance Yeah.” Meanwhile, here are some of the lyrics of the song.

“I am looking for a sister, Chioma my lover o… She get the dollar, she dey wear designer o. I am looking for my sister, Chioma my lover o, She get the dollar, Chioma my lover. She say give me Assurance, Assurance, I give my baby Assurance, I give my baby Lifetime insurance Yeah.”

Click Here To Listen/Download “Assurance” By Davido

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Listen: Davido Gives Girlfriend Chioma ‘Assurance’ On Her Birthday

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Multi-award winning singer, David Adedeji Adeleke, better known by his stage name, Davido, celebrated the birthday of his girlfriend, Chioma Avril Rowland, over the weekend and he did released a song dedicated to her.

There is no gainsaying that Davido is in love with Chioma as the DMW Boss is never shy to flaunt his relationship publicly.

It was gathered that Davido released the song titled ‘Assurance’, after a private listen at Chioma’s pre-birthday party where he confessed he was in love.

Click Here To Listen/Download “Assurance” By Davido

Chioma turns a year older on Monday, April 30, and to celebrate her, Davido visited his Twitter page last night to tweet about her birthday.

“Happy birthday Baby girl! Today and 2MORO gonna be amazing,” he tweeted.

Davido Gives Girlfriend Chioma ‘Assurance’ On Her Birthday
Davido Gives Girlfriend Chioma ‘Assurance’ On Her Birthday

He also had something to say to guys who are scared of showing it when they are in love.

“So many niggas are in love but they scared to show it ! Y’all p***y! 😜😜😃,” he wrote.

In the album art of the song ‘Assurance,’ Davido can be seen in a pose with Chioma, a chef, who is dressed in her uniform – coupled with Davido’s 30 billion gang chain on her neck to match. 

Hereare some of the lyrics of the song. “I am looking for a sister, Chioma my lover o… She get the dollar, she dey wear designer o. I am looking for my sister, Chioma my lover o, She get the dollar, Chioma my lover. She say give me Assurance, Assurance, I give my baby Assurance, I give my baby Lifetime insurance Yeah.” Meanwhile, here are some of the lyrics of the song.

“I am looking for a sister, Chioma my lover o… She get the dollar, she dey wear designer o. I am looking for my sister, Chioma my lover o, She get the dollar, Chioma my lover. She say give me Assurance, Assurance, I give my baby Assurance, I give my baby Lifetime insurance Yeah.”

Click Here To Listen/Download “Assurance” By Davido

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FG Drags Banks To Court, Accuses Them Of Shielding Account Owners Without BVN

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The Federal government has dragged commercial banks to court, accusing the banks of shielding owners of accounts without Bank verification Number (BVN).

At the hearing of the suit filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, the Nigerian government also sought an order of forfeiture of funds in the accounts without BVN.

The suit was filed through the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, against the 19 commercial banks and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Lawyer to the federal government, Ade Okeaya-Inneh (SAN), said:

“Our contention is that the banks do not have the locus (legal right) to defend this action (suit).

“Our contention is that the plaintiff has a public duty to ensure that a regulation made pursuant to a law by the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria is obeyed.”

“If the defendants say they did not know those who own the money in the accounts without BVN, how can they then come to defend the case?

“What locus do they have if they did not disclose the owners of the money despite the order of the court to that effect? If they are to be heard, on whose behalf?

“They (the lawyers representing the respondents) are defending the suit on behalf of the bank, but the action and the order of the court is not against the banks per se, it is against the supposed owners of the funds.

“The court’s order was for them to verify the owners of the accounts.

“They have not done that and did not disclose any body as the owners of the accounts.

“So, we are arguing that they cannot act for unknown persons, whose identities they have not disclosed. If they do not know who their customers are, then they cannot defend the suit.”

The SAN called on the court to reject all the processes filed by the defendants in the case while another member of the Federal government’s legal team, James Igwe (SAN) urged the court to grant the plaintiff’s prayers in the main suit.

Meanwhile, the Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed June 11 to deliver judgment with respect to the matter.

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FIFA Threatens To Ban Nigeria, Including Super Eagles In Russia 2018

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World football governing body, FIFA has cautioned Nigeria that it would not consult with any of the parties fighting for the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) before throwing the country out of the game if it found that a third party had been meddling in the nation’s football affairs.

The football community in Nigeria was thrown into a state of uneasy on Friday after a Supreme Court decision directing the parties fighting for the leadership of the NFF to go back to the Jos High court to sort out the suit filed by one of the parties claiming it is the right board to lead the federation.

Following the suit filed by the group loyal to Ambassador Chris Giwa, the world football governing body in 2016 banned all the parties involved in instituting the case, including Giwa, Muazu Suleiman, Effiong Johnson, Yahaya Adama and Sani Fema from all football related activities for five years.

The world body later extended the five-year ban to a worldwide ban following the Giwa group’s decision to take their case to the CAS.

In the FIFA letter to the NFF in 2016, the world body said, “In accordance with art. 136ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend the five-year ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity imposed on the five officials to have worldwide effect.

“The relevant member association, as well as CAF has been duly notified of the chairman’s decision.

“Members of the media with questions relating to the substance of the decision are kindly requested to contact the NFF.”

FIFA, while reacting to Friday’s Supreme court decision on the issue, warned Nigeria at the weekend that it would not hesitate to throw the country out of world football, including stopping the Super Eagles from participating in the 2018 World Cup, Nigerian Guardian reports.

It also reminded Nigeria that the litigants in the case were banned from all football activities and therefore should not be seen meddling or taking part in anything related to the game.

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Court Orders Temporary Forfeiture Of Patience Jonathan’s Properties In Abuja

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday, April 30, ordered an interim forfeiture of two properties linked to the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mrs. Patience Jonathan.

The properties are at Plot No. 1960, Cadastral Zone A05, Maitama District; and Plot No. 1350, Cadastral Zone A00, both in Abuja.

The presiding judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, gave the order in a suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The judge also dismissed Jonathan’s objection to the application for lacking in merit.

Dimgba said the forfeiture must last for only 45 days within which the anti-graft agency must conclude its investigations.

He ruled that within the 45 days, EFCC must conclude its investigations and charge the suspects being investigated in respect of the alleged crimes linked to properties.

The judge however added that the EFCC was at liberty to file an application for the extension of the life span of the order before the expiration of the initial 45 days.

Justice Dimgba also ordered that if for any reason EFCC’s officials needed to access the properties within the period of interim forfeiture, they must do so with the respondents in attendance.

He ordered that the inventory of the fixtures in the properties and a report to that effect be submitted to the court.

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MAYDAY! MAYDAY!! MAYDAY!!! By Wole Soyinka

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MAYDAY! MAYDAY!! MAYDAY!!! By Wole Soyinka

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Mayday, uttered three times, is the distress call “used to signal a life-threatening emergency primarily by aviators and mariners”. Long before its adoption for that function however, and more traditionally, there did exist Labour (or Workers’) Day, dedicated to the entitlement of workers to the value and dignity of their labour. The Nigerian constituency is left to determine which attribution – or both, or none – is dcefeningly clamorous this May 1 of this year, 2018. No matter, one feels it a duty to call the attention to the painful convergence of both appropriations. Could such a co-option serve equally as summons for a last-chance, eleventh hour reprieve?

There are certain eerie parallels in the Nigerian present to a certain MayDay disorder, one in which that distress call was never heard. Aeroflot Flight 593 of Sept. 28, 1994 was such an event, a flight in which all occupants of that plane perished. After preliminary official denials, the undeniable – and tragicallyinappropriate factor of the crash was formally acknowledged – a laissez-faire, unprofessional conduct with human lapses, among which nepotism – by that, or any other name – loomed large. The captain was not even in the pilot’s seat – others were! They were the pilot’s family – mostly his children. The family member who actually begun the spiral of disaster by pulling the wrong control leaver was – the Captain’s son, to whom his even younger daughter, some moments earlier, had yielded the controls. The pilot’s seat had been turned into a family game of musical chairs.

Where was the Captain? Somewhere along the aisle, saluting the passengers – all quite proper, and indeed encouraged byregulations. He had placed the plane on auto-pilot – just as this nation has been for some time – so he walked between the seats , dispensing and acknowledging greetings – it was a long flight to Hong Kong, after all. The plane went into a sharp turn after the wrong lever was pulled, and the auto-pilot disengaged. The original flight pattern was annulled – does that echo a campaign manifesto? – and the plane was now in unqualified hands. it took ages for the pilot to regain his control seat as some passengers were already tumbling from their seats into the aisle and he had to fight his way through bodily obstacles. All that, from reconstruction of events.

The ‘black box’ – or flight recorder – indicates that the pilot never even got round to shouting ‘May Day’ over the radio – he was too busy struggling to restore the plane’s technical functions, shout instructions, pull the plane out of a nose-dive, and attempt to right the craft – too late! Now flash forwards one decade to our present, and recall the number of desperate organizations calling on the Nigerian captain to bury his pride and cry ‘MayDay” across all airwaves. Call out for international help to rescue a nation on its terminal nose-dive! There has been no sign of willing, while the screwed-up plane is now in its corkscrew dive. Even if this captain regains his seat before the crash, it is open season whether or not, like SUV Flight 593, it will not stall, and head straight for Zuma rockface. Strangers are in control in the cockpit. Put simply, the captain is missing.

The rockface is in right in our faces. Let us now take leave ofparables and parallels. I propose one simple test, couched in a handful of minimalist demands, for President Buhari, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Republic of Nigeria:

Give a nation-wide order to all land-usurpers in the affected towns and villages across the nation to quit those forcefully occupied lands within a forty-eight hours deadline. Issue orders to the military and police that, wherever illegal occupiers are found, they should be meted the same treatment as are accorded terrorists. Instruct all agencies that, once cleared of usurpers, the rightful occupants should be escorted back to their farmsteads and villages and provided maximum protection. We must go beyond arresting a token handful of herders caught with arms – there are still hundreds of them in the forests. It is not enough to back the anti- open grazing laws, so late in the day, but we shall leave that for later. Right now, the violated and dispossessed demand restitution, and with no further delay or subterfuge.  All availableforces should be deployed to right a hideous, unprecedented wrong that has left the nation drowning in blood – we simply cannot continue one day longer to endure this forceful feeding of human blood. The plain expression is “ethnic cleansing” and we must not beat around the bush. The shade of Rwanda hangs over the nation.

Afterwards, we can move into reckoning. This spells meticulous investigation, identifying the high-placed sponsors within this nation, some of whom have launched mercenary units to intensify carnage and chaos in order to stem the stride of Nemesis closing in on them for past criminalities, and the cascade of corrupt revelations. We shall move into questions, such as: what is a Minister of Defence, who openly justified the homicidal rampage of nomadic herdsmen, still doing in government? And there are other pressing and disturbing questions, some of which are held back for now, simply in order not to impede the pressing imperatives and humane priorities of the current crisis. Right now however, the agenda has to be Restitution. Restitution to the displaced, the maimed, the traumatized survivors and the nation’s suppurating psyche. The torrent of Internally Displaced Persons is a national shame, and the growing number of the kidnapped an embarrassment. The plane cannot remain on auto-pilot as hitherto, while the pilot strolls up and down the aisle, assuring passengers that all is well.

A Happy May Day – hopefully in the not too distant future -to all who labour for humanity.

Wole SOYINKA

This article was written by Prof. Wole Soyinka. 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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Mo Salah Risks Three-Match Ban

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There are strong indications that Liverpool could be without Mohamed Salah for the rest of the Premier League season, after cameras caught the Egypt international appearing to strike out at Stoke defender Bruno Martins Indi at Anfield on Saturday.

This means he could likely be banned for three-match ban.

The Sun is reporting that the FA disciplinary beaks are expected to refer Salah’s clash with Stoke’s Bruno Martins Indi during Saturday’s goalless draw at Anfield to the three-man panel of ex-referees to rule if it was a red card offence.

The FA have been alerted to social media clips of the incident, in which the Egyptian superstar appears to flail a balled hand at Stoke’s Dutch defender near the half-way line.

Referee Andre Marriner did not spot the incident, which took place just before half-time.

Under FA rules, potential violent conduct incidents missed by the officials are referred to the panel of former whistlers, who must unanimously agree it was a sending off.

It is now understood that Salah will in less than 24 hours from now discover if he faces a violent conduct charge, which would bring with it an automatic three-game ban ruling him out of the rest of the domestic campaign and the first game of next term.

From Salah’s personal point of view, it would be a tough pill to swallow, as he is just one goal away from breaking the 38-game Premier League goalscoring record.

The Liverpool forward needs just one strike from the Reds’ last two games to take him to 32 goals, past a record held jointly by Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo. 

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“The Past Don’t Matter” – Sauce Kid Ready To Hit The Studio Again

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Following his release from US Federal prison over over Credit Card Fraud, Nigerian rapper, Sauce Kid has revealed his decision to forget the past and focus on music career.

The rapper who regained his freedom few weeks ago took to Twitter to announce that he is getting back to making music.

He wrote;

Did the crime, did the time, the past don’t matter, mind over matter, onto other matters…

See his posts below;

 

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Nigeria Appoints Aliyu Adnan As NASENI’s Acting Executive Chair

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The Federal Government has appointed Dr Aliyu Maje Adnan as the Acting Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI).

His appointment was conveyed in a letter signed by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.

A copy of the letter was made available to newsmen on Sunday by NASENI’s Deputy Director, Information and Protocol, Olusegun Ayeoyenikan, in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some staff in the agency had recently protested against the continued stay in office of Mr Mohammed Haruna, the immediate-past boss of the the agency after the expiration of his 5-year term as the EVC.

Being the most senior director in NASENI, Mr Adnan was next to the former EVC whose five year tenure ended on April 2, 2018.

The minister, who stated that Adnan’s appointment is to steer the affairs of the agency until further notice, said the appointment takes effect from Thursday, April 26, 2018.

The letter reads in part: ”I refer to the nominal roll of NASENI forwarded to my office in a letter with Ref. No. NASENI/AD/GA/8/XV11a/536 dated 11/4/2018, by the Director of Administration and Human Resources with you as the most senior director in the agency.

”Based on the above information, you are hereby appointed to manage the affairs of the agency as Acting EVC/Chief Executive Officer until further notice.

”Your appointment in acting capacity is with effect from 26/4/2018.”

Adnan holds a PhD in Production Engineering from Bayero University Kano.

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22 Soldiers Feared Dead As Troops Kill 59 Boko Haram Fighters In Lake Chad

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The Force Commander, Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Major General Lucky Irabor, last week briefed the media and strategic partners in N’Djamena, Chad, and gave update on the ongoing offensive operations in the Lake Chad Basin.

Speaking at the occasion, Major General Irabor observed that Boko Haram terrorism, like other similar conflicts create complex emergencies which attract humanitarian, military and other interventions.

According to him, for such interventions to succeed, it is imperative for responsible actors to share and disseminate information.

This he noted was the rationale for MNJTF’s effort in providing information about its activities on a regular basis.

The Force Commander also said that the Mandate of the MNJTF among other responsibilities, empowers it to, “create a safe and secure environment in the areas affected by the activities of Boko Haram terrorism and other terrorist groups, in order to significantly reduce violence and other abuses, including sexual and gender based violence, in full compliance with international law”.

He observed that the ongoing operation is in the spirit of the mandate.

Speaking on operation ANMI FAKAT, Major General Irabor said, the operation is to consolidate on the gains of Operation RUWAN KADA which was conducted between January and June 2017.

General Irabor also informed the gathering that the current operation which was flagged off on 5 April, 2018 was already yielding substantial operational dividends.

The Force Commander listed human and equipment casualties inflicted on Boko Haram terrorists by the Multinational Force.

According to him, 59 were killed in action, 5 terrorists captured, 3 suicide bombers killed, 3 vehicles and Improvised Explosive Devices destroyed, 1 each of 81 and 82mm mortars and bombs captured, one 122mm artillery gun and its prime mover captured, 6 gun trucks destroyed.

Also, Several motorcycles were destroyed and fuel dump, food stores and communication platform were also destroyed in Gashigar, Arege, Metele and cleared of terrorists.

The Force Commander said, that his forces recorded 22 Killed in action, 75 wounded, a scorpion tank and truck damaged.

Major General Irabor explained that the high casualty rate of his troops was due to indirect fire and Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device attack by terrorists.

He assured that steps have been taken to forestall a reoccurrence.

General Irabor also hinted that already 50% of injured troops have been treated and discharged.

He assured the audience and people in the Lake Chad Basin Commission countries of the determination of the MNJTF in conjunction with national forces to deal decisively with Boko Haram terrorism, as Operation ANMI FAKAT continues.

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CAF Bans Nigerian Referee Joseph Ogabor

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The Referees Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed the recommendation of its Disciplinary Board to ban Nigeria referee, Joseph Ogabor, from any official mission for one year over attempted match manipulation.

It is understood that Ogabor attempted to manipulate the centre referee, Victor Gomes, for the Total CAF Confederation Cup play-off round first leg clash between Plateau United of Nigeria and USM Alger from Algeria played on 7 April 2018 in Lagos.

He attempted to help the NPFL champions outfit gain an unfair advantage over its Algerian counterpart.

A statement on CAF website on Sunday said the decision follows investigations conducted and evidence submitted by the South African match officials of the match who were contacted by Ogabor to provide “technical assistance” to the Nigerian team.

The statement read: “The CAF Referees Committee on 28 April 2018, has confirmed the recommendation of the CAF Disciplinary Board to ban Nigeria referee Joseph Ogabor from any official mission for one year for attempted match manipulation with respect to the Total CAF Confederation Cup 1/16th round first leg between Plateau United (Nigeria) and USM Alger (Algeria) played on 7 April 2018 in Lagos,” the statement reads.

“The decision follows investigations conducted and evidence submitted by the South African match officials of the said match, who were contacted by Ogabor to provide “technical assistance” to the Nigerian team.

“Also, Plateau United was cautioned to refrain from the practice of hospitality gifts which tend to create wrong impression.

“In a related development, the South African Football Association have been ordered to render an apology to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after investigations proved there was no evidence of whatsoever of any official of the NFF regarding an allegation of US$30,000 bribe.”

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Listen To Kanye West’s New Songs – Lyrics Show His Support For Trump

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Following the end of a week in which he professed his love for US President Donald Trump and said something about “dragon blood,” Kanye West has decided to release a song titled Lift Yourself.

The lyrics of the song confirm his support of the Trump administration to the disappointment of many of his fans.

Kanye West has tweeted that he’ll release two albums in June, one with Kid Cudi and the other with just seven tracks

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Lift Yourself also works around a gospel sample, builds in a bass-heavy beat, then descends into a farce as West starts spouting gibberish about Poopa Scoopas.

Listen to “Lift Yourself” here. It’s the only thing on www.kanyewest.com right now.

Following the release of “Lift Yourself,” Kanye debuted more new music with a politically charged song featuring T.I. called “Ye vs. The People.” Listen to that one here.

Kanye West Announces Release Dates For Two New Albums – Including Kid Cudi Collaboration

West’s opening salvo in the track picks up the thread of the recent controversy: “I know Obama was Heaven sent, but ever since Trump won, it proved that I could be president,” West raps.
West defends his embrace of Trump, notably the picture he tweeted of himself wearing a Trump campaign hat.

“Make America Great Again had a negative reception. I took it, wore it, rocked it gave it a new direction. Added empathy, care and love and affection, and y’all simply questionin’ my methods,” he says.

T.I. returns fire in alternating rhymes and gets in a personal barb at West: “This s**t is stubborn, selfish, bullheaded, even for you.”

The song ends with Kanye saying, “Alright T.I.P., we could be rappin’ about this all day, man, why don’t we just cut the beat off and let the people talk?”.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Rakes $250 million, Breaks All-Time Opening Weekend Record

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“Avengers: Infinity War” took in $250 million in its opening weekend, the highest North America opening of all time, industry estimates showed on Sunday, April 29, 2018.

The film, which features more than two dozen superheroes fighting to save the universe, displaced “The Force Awakens,” the seventh instalment in the long-running “Star Wars” space saga that made $248 million in its opening weekend in 2015.

Worldwide, the Marvel movie 10 years in the making brought in $630 million in box-office returns in its debut weekend, ComScore estimated—more than any movie ever released.

The biggest box-office debuts of all time, worldwide

The biggest box-office debuts of all time, worldwide

“Infinity War” is the 19th film in the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), combining a whopping nine franchises and a cast list that reads like a who’s who of Hollywood’s A-list.

Robert Downey Jr dons the red and gold metal suit once again as Iron Man; Benedict Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange; Scarlett Johansson is back as Black Widow; and Australia’s Chris Hemsworth is Thor.

Also back for more? Black Panther — the Marvel breakout of the year after the massive opening of the standalone pic in February, Captain America, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Hawkeye, the Guardians of the Galaxy and their assorted allies.

Their mission? To prevent the powerful purple alien Thanos (Josh Brolin) from destroying the universe.

Movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been known to top charts. The studio’s last movie, Black Panther, grossed a milestone $1 billion in just 26 days. So it’s no surprise that a movie featuring nearly all Marvel’s heroes—and the culmination of 18 earlier movies with interwoven plot lines—would take off as it has.

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#Headies2018: Who should/will win? Our picks for the top voting categories (Part 1)

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We present our picks for the top categories at the Headies. Who deserves to win and who will be robbed? The extended review bracket period makes this year’s nominations quite exhausting but here’s to hoping that this year, justice delayed wouldn’t be justice denied.

The voting categories are essentially a popularity contest and anyone can win at any given time. It is the reason why these awards are problematic.

Period under review is July 2016 to December 2017.

The 12th edition of The Headies will hold on May 5, 2018 at Eko Hotel & Suites.

 

Best music video

A voting category for the best conceptualist, best directed and most exciting video in the year under review. This award goes to the video director.

 

  1. Ma lo – Tiwa Savage ft Wizkid (Meji Alabi)
  2. Focus- Humble Smith (Clarence Peters)
  3. Come closer – Wizkid (Daps)
  4. Been calling – Maleek Berry (Meji Alabi)
  5. Yolo – Seyi Shay (Meji Alabi)
  6. Like Dat – Davido (Daps)

 

Who Should Win: Davido’s Like Dat has some retro quality to it that makes it feel like something made in the early oughties and the Humble Smith and Wizkid videos make creative use of colors.

 

Who will win: Ma Lo– Tiwa Savage ft Wizkid (Meji Alabi). For bringing sexy back to The Shrine, thanks to Alabi’s creative use of space and style. A potential spoiler could be Seyi Shay’s vibrant Yolo video. Whichever case, Meji Alabi deserves all the accolades.

 

Best Collabo

A voting category for the best R&B, pop or hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).

  1. Ma lo – Tiwa Savage ft Wizkid
  2. Temper remix – Skales ft Burna Boy
  3. Juice – Ycee ft Maleek Berry
  4. No forget – Adekunle Gold ft. Simi
  5. Come closer – Wizkid ft. Drake

 

Who should win: Ycee and Maleek Berry had one of the biggest- and best collaborations for the period under review. Would be nice to see them rewarded.

 

Who will win: We all love us some Wizkid and should his fans choose to come out in full force, no one else stands a chance.

 

Best Rap Single

A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.

  1. You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives – MI
  2. Something Lite – Falz ft Ycee
  3. Link Up – Phyno ft. Burna boy, MI.
  4. Up to You – SDC ft Funbi
  5. Me Versus Me – Ice Prince

 

Who should win: Link Up had brilliant performances from all three players, especially Burna Boy’s torrid home run. If there’s any justice in Headies land, Link Up is the winner.

Who will win: MI is the marquee name but Falz and Ycee could have the most interested fans.

 

Next Rated

This category is a voting category for the most promising act in the year under review.

  1. Maleek Berry
  2. Mayorkun
  3. Dice Ailes
  4. Johnny Drille
  5. Zoro

 

Who should win: For the most anticipated category- it comes with a car- we would like to see it go to Maleek Berry, the most rounded of all the nominees.

Who will win: From where we stand, it is looking like a Mayorkun victory. We are open to surprises though.

 

Best Pop Single

A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group).

  1. Mad Over You – Runtown
  2. All Over – Tiwa Savage
  3. Yeba – Kiss Daniel
  4. Iskaba – Wande Coal and Dj Tunez
  5. If– Davido
  6. Fia – Davido

Who should win: Interesting and crowded category that represents some of the biggest hits of the period under review. 2017 was Davido’s year in terms of the prolificity of hit singles and either of If and Fia are credible winners, with If having a slight advantage.

Who will win: Should Davido succeed in splitting the votes of the fans, expect the prize to go to Runtown for his sub-genre spawning Mad Over You which melded both Ghanaian and Nigerian melodies. Yeba, All Over and Iskaba all suffer from the inadequacy of being huge but not nearly huge enough.

 

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#Headies2018: Who should/will win? Our picks for the non-voting categories

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We present our picks for the top categories at the Headies. Who deserves to win and who will be robbed? The extended review bracket period makes this year’s nominations quite exhausting but here’s to hoping that this year, justice delayed wouldn’t be justice denied.

We start with the non-voting categories.

Period under review is July 2016 to December 2017.

The 12th edition of The Headies will hold on May 5, 2018 at Eko Hotel & Suites.

Best Recording of the Year

A non-voting category for the best recording (that meets the judges requirements of excellence; songwriting, production, rendition) by an artiste or group in the year under review.

  1. Butterflies – Omawumi
  2. Halleluyah – Funbi
  3. Ponmile – Reminisce
  4. Heaven – Banky W
  5. Joromi – Simi

Who should win: The sole qualification for Banky W’s love letter to his newly wedded wife would be its sentimental value. Plus any chance for the Headies team to get the superstars into the building would be exploited. Omawumi’s Butterflies is a stately entry but if we are being honest, is far from the best recording on her Timeless album. Funbi made a big splash with the strategic familiarity of Halleluyah. But if there is any song most deserving in this category, it would be Simi’s utterly sweet and wholesome, Joromi.

Who will win: The Headies loves to reward superstars and Reminisce had one of the year’s best songs with Ponmile. Yes, he is singing but has any singing rapper ever sounded better in a long time?

 

Best Vocal Performance (Female)

A non-voting category for the single female artiste with the most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.

  1. In the Air – Waje
  2. Gone for Good – Simi
  3. Jowo – Aramide
  4. Saro – Niniola
  5. Where’s the Love – Niyola ft. Adekunle Gold
  6. Butterflies – Omawumi

Who should win: This one is quite competitive as all the nominees are credible winners. Waje was dependably brilliant in the feel good In the Air, so was Aramide in Jowo. Both are former winners and could easily take this one. Niyola has also hit the podium in the past to accept a Headies trophy but Where’s the Love did not quite get enough traction. Niniola did brilliant work on her debut album, This is Me and Saro is a career highlight. In a just world, she would emerge champion.

Who will win: Simi had the year’s biggest album with Simisola. Here would be as good a place as any to reward her. If anyone could stop her, it will be Omawumi riding a less commercial wave with the quiet storm, Butterflies.

 

Best vocal performance(male)

A non-voting category for the single male artiste with the most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album.

  1. Perfect Woman – faze
  2. Folashade – Praiz
  3. Romeo & Juliet – Johnny Drille
  4. Tonight – Nonso Amadi
  5. Love you Baby – Banky W

Who should win: Much respect to elders Faze, Praiz and Banky W, but this one belongs to the new generation. Nonso Amadi’s Tonight is more technically accomplished and would be a shoo in.

Who will win: If anyone has the potential to halt Amadi’s rise to the podium, it would be Mavin 3.0 singer, Johnny Drille’s sickly sweet Romeo & Juliet. Drille would be banking on some good fortune, his rising profile and the Mavin machine’s ability to score at times like this.

Best Pop Single

A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group).

  1. Mad Over You – Runtown
  2. All Over – Tiwa Savage
  3. Yeba – Kiss Daniel
  4. Iskaba – Wande Coal and Dj Tunez
  5. If– Davido
  6. Fia – Davido

Who should win: Interesting and crowded category that represents some of the biggest hits of the period under review. 2017 was Davido’s year in terms of the prolificity of hit singles and either of If and Fia are credible winners, with If having a slight advantage.

Who will win: Should Davido succeed in splitting the votes of the judges, expect the prize to go to Runtown for his sub-genre spawning Mad Over You which melded both Ghanaian and Nigerian melodies. Yeba, All Over and Iskaba all suffer from the inadequacy of being huge but not nearly huge enough.

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J.Cole Performs “KOD” Live In Nigeria (WATCH VIDEO)

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Prominent US rapper, Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known as J.Cole came, saw and conquered the heart of Nigerian music fans with a stellar performance from his new album (KOD) on Friday night at the Castle Light Unlocks concert alongside several top Nigerian acts.

The Fayetteville rapper, whose newest LP shattered Apple Music and Spotify’s 24-hour streaming records, has never been performed anywhere in the world but in Nigeria.

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While the rap god gave the audience at Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos a night to remember, Nigerians, in turn, surprised him when they rapped along to his new album which is less than a week.

“One week ago I put out this album it’s called KOD. Y’all heard it? I know you don’t know the words yet,” the rapper who is making his first appearance in Nigeria assumed on behalf of the crowd.

“I probably don’t even know the words yet. But can I just press play on one of the songs and see what happens?

“I just want to see how it sounds at the shows. I can’t promise you that I know all the words.”

J.Cole went on to perform the album’s title song ‘KOD’ and performed another song from the album, ‘Photograph’.

“Never forget,” he said. “The first time I’ve ever performed any song from KOD was on Nigerian soil.”

“I didn’t know if y’all was gon know the words. I guess I was f***ing up by not coming to Nigeria. I f***ed up. My bad.”

Davido, Wizkid, M.I, Tiwa Savage and Ycee were also there to thrill the audience.

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Now That Big Brother Naija Is Over

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Now That Big Brother Naija Is Over – Onoshe Nwabuikwu

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The third edition of Big Brother Naija, the one with the slogan ‘Double Wahala’, ended last Sunday. The winner was Miracle, a pilot, otherwise known as Captain Miracle Igbokwe. His prize was N45m, consisting of N25m cash, an SUV worth N12m, a home entertainment system worth about N3.3m plus an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the value of N4.7m.

This article was written by Onoshe Nwabuikwu and was first published on The Punch. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Since the show ended, people have been concerned about different things. Some have been consumed with calculating the cost of the 170 million votes that the show reportedly garnered and how much profit the organisers of BBN and their sponsors have ‘hammered’;  and of course, if only “lazy Nigerian youths” would get this involved in registering and collecting their PVCs, as if that’s all it would take. “A lot of” lazy Nigerian youths were also very involved, even more so, in the last elections with some of them now explaining the definition of ‘lazy’.

As for BBN, there are those who are very preoccupied with letting everyone knowing that they will never watch Big Brother. Not to mention those who would preface and qualify their answers to whether or not they watched BBN with, “I only follow the comments on social media. I really don’t have time for things like that.”

The bigger issue is that some people feel a need to shame others for programmes they watch coupled with the pressure that comes from religious affiliations, what you can’t let your pastor know about you, what you don’t want your colleagues to know you’re into, etc. All these and more influence why people are willing to deny even when caught red-handed. This is not to say that there aren’t those who genuinely don’t care…but these kinds of people would not generally be on the defensive, I think.

Fortunately, I don’t have to justify what I watch especially on TV.  The only justification I need is that I’m a TV critic. I do need material for this column, at the very least. I’ll have something to gripe about.

However, we must pay special attention to the real BBN fans, those mourning the end of the show and despairing about how they will keep themselves occupied. Before you feel superior to BBN fans, Nigeria is fast becoming a nation of vociferous and cantankerous fans of things like the English Premier League and Keeping Up with The Kardashians. In a few weeks, when the EPL ends, some people are going to have withdrawal symptoms. I used to be one of those that worried about what weekend would look like without football. Mercifully, this is a FIFA World Cup year. To top it up, our Super Eagles are going to Russia 2018!

Speaking of fans of the Kardashians, I recall mistaking Kim as being older than Kourtney in this column. You should have seen the responses, they were quick and furious: ‘How dare you say Kim is older than Kourtney? It shows you don’t know anything about the Kardashians’. Obviously, that error was serious enough to upset the balance of the world. If only I got such passion about the other things I write about!

But can we really blame anyone from living a life of escapism in these parts? Between following news about the almost daily killings in different parts of Nigeria and following the latest shenanigans on Big Brother Naija, or what the latest Kardashian/Jenner stunt is, what would you choose? Religion? Don’t forget also that there are people who use talks about eternity and the life hereafter to avoid focusing on the real events on this earth? As the joke goes, some people are so focused on heaven they are not bothered with trivialities like life on earth.

BBN, the class of 2018

As you already know, I wasn’t watching this year’s BBN and it had nothing to do with piety or self-righteousness. I tried to follow the show online but it proved strangely difficult. Suffice it to say I knew enough to want Miracle to win. During the opening show, he reminded me of Uti Nwachukwu’s first time at the Big Brother Africa in 2007.  He had the Nigerian confidence, that positive ‘can-do-ness’. By the time he announced himself with a statement that had ‘Winsh’, we were rooting for him.

I say ‘we’ because I watched that edition with one of my sisters-in-law, Steph, who doesn’t pay attention to such things. Before the end of her visit when the show was just a few days old, I had made a convert of her. Far more interesting than Dino jumping or not jumping off a police van, I tell you.

I also followed the Cee C/Tobi drama like millions of Nigeria. Cee C was allegedly heckled on arrival from South Africa; that’s not good. But she came second. So, who was voting? Speaking of which, my pet peeve still remains this Big Brother Naija made in SA.

Finally, I took note on that first day of BBN 2018 (January 28) how accomplished the housemates seemed. As far as I can recall, almost everyone off them was otherwise engaged with education or business or work; which is just to say that the BBN show itself is not a bad idea.

This article was written by Onoshe Nwabuikwu and was first published on The Punch. 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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