3 Policemen Killed As Herdsmen Attack Nasarawa

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The Nasarawa state Police Command has said that it lost three of its officers to gunmen suspected to be herdsmen in two separate attacks in Awe and Keana local government areas on Wednesday.

Speaking on the incidents while addressing newsmen at the command’s headquarters in Lafia yesterday, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bello Ahmed said five persons have been arrested in connection with the murder.

32 Killed, 19 Injured As Herdsmen Attack Nasarawa Communities

The Nation reports that the Police commissioner gave names of the culprits as Bawa Alhaji, Aliyu Waziri, Muhammed Auta Riga, Sale Muhammad and Alhaji Adamu Auta, adding that they were all arrested in Riga Auta along Radio House in Keana local government area of the state.

He said items recovered from them include one AK 47 rifle with 30 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, adding that the command had since commence investigation into the senseless killings at the Southern senatorial of the state.

He said: “It is quite unfortunate that these attacks were not only unleashed on innocent citizens, but also on security personnel who are trying to restore peace and order in the affected communities.”

“On April 16, 2018 there were attacks on our men while responding to distress calls in Awe and Keana local government areas, which led to the loss of three police personnel on peacekeeping mission,” he added.

The CP said so far sixteen suspected Fulani herders have been arrested by Nasarawa state police command in connection with the ongoing killings and for committing various offences in Obi, Awe and Keana local government areas of the state.

The police boss also disclosed that the command had also arrested four Fulani mercenaries whom he said migrated from Shendam in Plateau state to Azara  in Awe local government to unleash terror.

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OAU Suspends Sex-For-Marks Professor Indefinitely

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After a committee meeting, the Obafemi Awolowo University management has suspended now famed Sex-For-Marks professor, one Prof. Akindele who was allegedly recorded during a telephone conversation where he demanded for sex from a female student in his department.

A committee member told reporters in Osogbo on Wednesday. According to the source, the committee was set up by the university to probe the matter and to authenticate the veracity of the telephone conversation where the lecturer demanded to have sex with the student five times before he would upgrade her mark from 33 to a pass mark.

In the now viral leaked telephone conversation, the female student, who was a post graduate student doing her Masters in Business Administration initiated a call and asked the Prof. about their earlier discussion on the matter.

“The committee recommended the indefinite suspension of the professor pending the time the final report will be ready. The committee established a prima facie case against the professor.  But note that this is the interim report of the committee. The committee invited the professor and the female student. We identified the student and invited her but she did not appear. Only the professor honoured our invitation. I don’t want to tell you what he said on the telephone.” The source said.

The committee member said the lady was an MBA regular student and added that the final report would be submmitted after the lady might have appeared.

 

 

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Fashions Finest Africa Awards: Nominees List + How To Vote

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As the Fashions Finest Africa Epic Show draws near the excitement is in the air as the organizers of the fashion weekend extravaganza make final touches to ensure that the event is one to remember.

The Epic Show is a three-day event running from Friday 25th May to Sunday 27th May 2018, at The Balmoral Convention Center, Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.

Asides the runway show, exhibitions and conference; the Fashions Finest Africa team would be hosting the first and most prestigious all fashion awards in Nigeria. The essence of the awards is to celebrate those who have made a mark in the fashion industry.

From time immemorial a lot of people have changed the African fashion industry in many ways and the impact they make or have made have not been well recognized or appreciated. At Fashions Finest Africa we want this to change and this is why we have decided to debut the Fashions Finest Africa Awards.

There are 22 categories and 6 of the categories are open for people to cast their votes for who they think best fits while the remaining 16 categories would be properly vetted by our carefully selected judges whom have been selected based on their exploits in their chosen fields and they would choose the final winners.

The fashion extravaganza will kick off on Friday Morning with a Fashion conference where those who matter in the fashion industry and government will take on panel sessions, then later in the evening the prestigious Fashions Finest Awards will take place. We will also play hosts to Exhibitors and our marketplace vendors giving the opportunity to fashion lovers to shop till you drop. The fashion show will continue Saturday and Sunday featuring Student designers, New and Emerging designers and established designers out of Africa.

How to Vote

Log on to www.fashionsfinestafrica.com/voting  for who you think best fits

VOTING CATEGORIES

Male Model of the year

  1. Victor Ndigwe – Beth Model Management Africa
  2. Sacha M’Baye – Select Models
  3. Adonis Bosso – DNA Models
  4. David Agbodji – DNA Models
  5. Toyin Oyeneye – Ice Model Management
  6. Seun Logan
  7. Davidson Obennego – Beth Model Management Africa
  8. Tosan Dudun – Mahogany Model Management

Female model of the year

  1. Halima Aden
  2. Khoudia Diop – The Coloured Girl
  3. Myever Akinleye – Few Model
  4. Mayowa Nicholas – Beth Model Management Africa
  5. Uju Marshal
  6. Ayomide Ayodele – Mahogany Model Management
  7. Chika Emmanuella –

Fashion Retail store of the year

  1. Temple Muse
  2. Grey Velvet
  3. Zazaii
  4. Nelly Wandji
  5. Samuel Mensah
  6. Payporte

Fashion Icon of the year

  1. Iman
  2. Angélique Kidjo
  3. Ohimai Atafo
  4. Deola Sagoe
  5. Kathy Anthony
  6. Somkele Iyamah

Fashion Blogger of the year

  1. Akosua Vee
  2. Nanci Mwai
  3. Kefilwe Mabote – KefiBoo
  4. Tracy Jamilatu Iddrissu – Style by Trey
  5. Aderonke Enoabasi Adefalujo – Rhonkefella
  6. Denola Adepetun – Denola Grey
  7. Temi Otedola – jtofashion
  8. Akin Faminu – The Fashion Epidemic
  9. Sharon Ojong

Fashion Influencer of the year

  1. Akin Faminu – The Fashion Epidemic
  2. Abisola Kola-Daisi – AKDLifestyle
  3. Aderonke Enobasi – Rhonkefella
  4. Toke Makinwa
  5. Thithi Nteta
  6. Ini Dima-Okojie
  7. Franklin Saiyalel – Kenyan Stylista
  8. Afua Rida
  9. Fisayo Longe – Mirror Me

 

CATEGORIES THAT WOULD BE JUDGED BY FFA AWARDS PANEL

Designer of the Year

  1. Ohimai Atafo – Mai Atafo
  2. Lisa Folawiyo – Lisa Folawiyo
  3. Andrea Iyamah – Andrea Iyamah
  4. Taibo Bacar(Mozambique) – Taibo Bacar
  5. David Tlale (South Africa) – David Tlale
  6. Duro Olowu – Duro Olowu
  7. Amaka Osakwe – Maki Oh

 Emerging Designer of the Year

  1. Wisdom Franklin – Weiz Dhurm Franklyn
  2. Tokyo James – Tokyo James
  3. Derin Fabikun – Fablane by Derin
  4. Rich Mnisi (South Africa) – Rich Mnisi
  5. Recho Omondi (Kenya) – OMONDI

 Menswear Designer of the Year

  1. Ohimai Atafo – Mai Atafo
  2. Clement Mudiaga Enajemo – Mudi Africa
  3. Kola Kuddus – Kola Kuddus Couture
  4. Laduma Ngxokolo (South Africa) – Maxhosa by Laduma
  5. Rich Mnisi (South Africa) – Rich Mnisi
  6. Adebayo Oke-Lawal – Orange Culture

Women’s Wear Designer of the Year

  1. Toju Foyeh – Toju Foyeh
  2. Matopeda – Topefnr
  3. Tubo – Tubo
  4. Derin Fabikun – Fablane by Derin
  5. Korto Momolu (Liberian) – Korto Momolu
  6. Kofo Ansah (Ghana) – Kofo Ansah

Young Designer of the Year

  1. Sandrah Tubobereni – Tubo
  2. Adebayo Oke-Lawal – Orange Culture
  3. Solome Katongole (Uganda) – Solome Katongole Cultural Couture
  4. Emmanuel Okoro – Emmy Kasbit
  5. Seun Morafa – MORAFA
  6. Tokyo James – Tokyo James

Makeup Artist of the Year

  1. Banke Meshida Lawal – BM pro
  2. Jide of St.Ola – Jide of St.Ola
  3. Joyce Jacobs Beauty (South Africa) – Joyce Jacobs Beauty
  4. Shomyalag – Elaine Shobanjo
  5. Maryjane Onouha – Zaron

Stylist of the Year

  1. Oluwatosin Ogundadegbe – The Style infidel Studio
  2. Empress Jamila (Ghana) – Style by Trey
  3. Akosua Vee (Ghana) – Akosua Vee
  4. Moashy Styling – Moashy Styling
  5. Jeremiah Ogbodo – Swanky Jerry
  6. Harvella Styles – Harvella Styles
  7. Rhoda Ebun – Rhoda Ebun

Fashion Show of the Year

  1. Glitz Africa Fashion Week (Ghana)
  2. Mercedes – Benz Fashion week (South Africa)
  3. Swahili Fashion Show (Kenya)
  4. Lagos Fashion and Design Week
  5. GTBank Fashion Weekend

Outstanding Contribution to Nigerian Fashion Award

  1. Deola Sagoe
  2. Agbani Darego
  3. Omoyemi Akerele
  4. Zizi Cardow
  5. Chimamanda Adichie

Accessories Designer of the Year

  1. Katherine – Mary Pichulik(South Africa) – Pichulik
  2. Laura Nyahuye (Zimbabwe) – AdornU
  3. Ashley Heather (South Africa) – Ashley Heather Jewellery
  4. Lisa Folawiyo – Lisa Folawiyo
  5. Morin Obaweya – Morin O
  6. Urez Kulture – Urez kulture

Creative of the Year

  1. Obinna Omeruo – Obe Spoke
  2. Akhigbe Okhai – Leankid Illustrations
  3. Kobby Adu (Ghana) – Kobby Adu
  4. Pola Maneli (South Africa) – Pola Maneli
  5. Papa Oppong (Ghana) – Papa Oppong

Shoe Designer of the Year

  1. Temilade Osinfade – T.T Dalk
  2. Mikhayel “Mikjagga” Tesfaye (Ethiopia) – Mikhayel “Mikjagga” Tesfaye
  3. Nuba Elamin, Lynn & Tetsi Bugaari (Kenya and Uganda) – Bugisi – Ruxx
  4. Adebola martins – Marco Martinez
  5. Keeks – Jide Ipaye

Bag Designer of the Year

  1. Femi Oyelabi – FemiHandBags
  2. Zainab Ashadu – Zashadu
  3. O’Eclat – O’Eclat Designs
  4. Akaoua Afriye Kumi (Ghana) – AAKS
  5. Morin Obaweya- Morin.O
  6. Adele Dejak (Kenya) – Adele Dejak

Fashion Photographer of the Year

  1. Emmanuel Oyeleke – EOP Studios
  2. Kelechi Amadi Obi – Kelechi Amadi Obi
  3. Lyra Aoko (Kenya) – Lyra Aoko
  4. Simon Denier (South Africa) – SDR Photo
  5. Kola Oshalusi – Insigna Media
  6. Reze Bonna ( South Africa) – Reze Bonna

Fashion Magazine of the Year

  1. MADE
  2. Glam Africa
  3. Fashion Ghana Magazine
  4. Schick Magazine
  5. Bella Naija Style
  6. Escape Magazine

Indigenous Fabric Maker of the Year

  1. Adesona Oluwayemisi – Ykaris Fashion
  2. Kabby Adisa – Kabby Adisa Alasooke
  3. House of Asooke
  4. Deroyal Fabrics
  5. Adire lounge

 

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“Where Is Cynthia Morgan?” – Adesua Etomi Questions Singer’s Disappearance From Music Scene

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Popular Nigerian actress, Adesua Etomi has called public attention to the disappearance of female Nigerian dance-hall singer, Cynthia Morgan from the music scene.

Adesua Etomi whose marriage with Banky W has influenced her involvement in the music industry took to twitter earlier today to question the disappearance of Cynthia Morgan from the public view.

Her tweet reads;

“There’s just one thing I want to know…’where is Cynthia Morgan??????”

Nigerians are now expressing obvious concern for the “German Juice” crooner music halt as a result of a single tweet by Adesua.

See tweet below;

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#BBNaija 2018 Day 79: Nina Concerned About People’s Perception Of Her Relationship With Miracle

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In a heart to heart conversation, Nina poured her pain to Cee-C about how she’d like to prove that she’s not using Miracle to emerge winner of this season of #bbnaija.

With only five days until the Finale, Nina has convinced herself that she’ll prove the culprit wrong, though she didn’t mention that she’s being genuine with Miracle.

Not so long ago, the in-House couple hit a rough patch when Nina referred to Miracle as her best friend, which he didn’t take too well.

After attempts of trying to explain what she meant and how she sees him as her everything, she realised words weren’t enough to convince him and while on the verge of giving up, they were all over each other again.

In her attempt to prove that she’s being herself, Nina found a shoulder to cry in Cee-C and she consoled her by telling her not to take anything that happens in the #bbnaija House to heart.

In not so many words she told Nina that she’s also been a victim of other people’s conversations, and until she leaves the #bbnaija House, she’ll never truly know the next person’s intension.

She further added that gossip will never go away in the House because people get bored, so Nina should just shake it off and prove it when she’s outside of the Big Brother House.

However, Nina insists that she needs to prove herself to everyone and she will do all she can to make them know that her feelings for miracle and real and in no way related to her uplifting her game in the #bbnaija house.

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Keexs Launches Global Campaign

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KEEXS is set to begin local production in Africa with a new global campaign.

The Nigeria owned innovative and social footwear brand officially kicked off her kickstarter campaign on 12th April 2018 to hit the ultimate goal of $1M and beyond.

The brand has already hit over 70% of the pledge goal of $10,000 within the first 24hrs while pushing beyond different milestones to hit the ultimate goal.

The campaign is in place for the ethical brand with interests in philanthropy by giving back to the community and to establish a state of the art production plant in Africa thus creating more jobs. This will also see the brand producing a lot more diverse designs particularly promoting a healthier lifestyle.

The mission is to build a global brand by establishing retail and brand presence across 7 continents namely Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Oceania and North America.

The campaign will be amplified by a thunderclap message blast set for 23rd of April in between the campaign. You can sign up for the Thunderclap campaign here as well as the Kickstarter campaign here .

For more information, please visit www.keexs.com 

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FIFA Moves To Revamp Club World Cup, Scrap Confederations Cup

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FIFA has laid out plans to replace the Confederations Cup with an expanded Club World Cup that would only be held every four years from 2021, a source told AFP on Wednesday.

According to a letter Gianni Infantino, the president of world football’s governing body, sent to the heads of the continental confederations, and that has been seen by AFP, the Confederations Cup would cease while the club tournament would no longer be played annually in December.

It would now be held every fourth June in the year before a World Cup — just as the Confederations Cup was.

Last year’s Confederations Cup in Russia — won by Germany — would therefore be the last.

The competition would last 18 days. The new format means the club competition would interfere less with the rest of the football calendar, particularly in Europe.

FIFA also faces the problem that while its principal tournament, the World Cup, is immensely lucrative and popular, neither the Confederations Cup nor the Club World Cup have been remotely as attractive to fans or sponsors.

Clubs from the six confederations take part in the Club World Cup, but the gulf in quality can be embarrassingly large and only sides from Europe or South America have ever won it.

Although Brazilian sides claimed the first three editions, only one of the last 11 has not been won by a European team — inaugural winners in 2000, Corinthians triumphed for the second time in 2012.

In the United Arab Emirates in December, Real Madrid became the first club to retain the trophy when they beat Brazilians Gremio 1-0 with a goal by Cristiano Ronaldo.

The changes dovetail with FIFA’s desire to build on plans already unveiled by UEFA, the European federation, and CONCACAF, which runs football in North and Central America and the Caribbean, for a Nations League to replace friendlies in the international calendar.

The inaugural UEFA Nations League will begin in September of this year, with the top four teams going through to the finals in June 2019.

The international governing body wants all the continents to set up similar competitions, using divisional formats, to be played in September, October and December of even-numbered years and culminating in an eight-team international tournament the following year.

In order to finance its Nations League and the revamped Club World Cup, FIFA would look to team up with a consortium of private investors ready to invest some 25 billion dollars in the rights for the period from 2021 to 2033.

AFP

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Man City Players Dominate PFA Premier League Team Of The Year

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Five players from champions-in-waiting Manchester City have been named in the Professional Footballers’ Association Premier League Team of the Year.

Having been confirmed as champions on Sunday after second-placed Manchester United lost 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion, the Etihad celebrations continue with the choice, by their fellow professionals, of defenders Nicolás Otamendi and Kyle Walker, midfielders Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva and forward Sergio Agüero as part of a three-man attack.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, currently leading the Premier League scoring chart on 30 goals, accompanies Agüero and Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who has scored 26 league goals, in that attacking line-up.

Only the goalkeeper David de Gea was named from United, while fourth-placed Tottenham boast three selections in Kane, playmaker Christian Eriksen and central defender Jan Verthongen.

Completing the line-up, and despite last season’s champions’ disappointing title defence, Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso was named in a team he failed to make last year when losing out to Tottenham’s Danny Rose.

Alonso held off strong competition from left-backs such as Liverpool’s Andy Robertson and Tottenham’s Ben Davies.

On Sunday, the overall winner of the PFA Player of the Year award will be unveiled, with De Bruyne, De Gea, Kane, Silva and Salah all nominated, along with City winger Leroy Sané, surprisingly omitted from the Team of the Year.

Championship Team of the Year

GK John Ruddy (Wolves); RB Ryan Fredericks (Fulham), CB Sol Bamba (Cardiff), CB Willy Boly (Wolves), LB Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham); MID James Maddison (Norwich), MID Rúben Neves (Wolves), MID Tom Cairney (Fulham); FWD Bobby Reid (Bristol City), FWD Leon Clarke (Sheffield United), FWD, Matej Vydra (Derby County)

League One Team of the Year

GK Dean Henderson, (Shrewsbury); RB Nathan Byrne (Wigan), CB Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn), CB Dan Burn (Wigan), LB Amari’i Bell (Blackburn); MID Bradley Dack (Blackburn), MID Erhun Oztumer (Walsall), MID Nick Powell (Wigan); FWD Danny Graham (Blackburn), FWD Jack Marriott (Peterborough), FWD Will Grigg (Wigan)

League Two Team of the Year

GK Marek Stech, (Luton); RB Jack Grimmer (Coventry), CB Alan Sheehan (Luton), CB Mark Hughes (Accrington), LB Dan Potts (Luton); MID Jorge Grant (Notts County), MID Luke Berry (Luton), MID Sean McConville (Accrington); FW Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe), FW Billy Kee (Accrington), Danny Hylton (Luton)

 

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Sex-For-Mark As Metaphor

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Sex-For-Mark As Metaphor – Louis Odion

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His guttural voice oozes the geniality only long practice at the game could confer. Excitement over the coming harvest would, in fact, seem telegraphed subtly by his very ring-tone – a line from a classic number by Miliki grandmaster himself, Ebenezer Obey, to wit: “Adura fun awon to ‘nsoro wa lehin o, Edumare dari ji won o” (Prayer for the backbiters, Forgive them O God).

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

But just when you thought he had already secured the mug’s handle, came an accident between the cup and the lips. So, his intumescent smile turns detumescent frown.

Since the audio of the x-rated conversation went viral last week, the owner of the complicit male voice has been identified as Professor Richard Akindele, thus a suspect in a clear sex-for-mark deal gone awry, casting a sleazy shadow over Obafemi Awolowo University.

So, it is clear the lyrical prayer invoked at the outset against “backbiters” was not granted after all.

OAU Prof Demands ‘5 Rounds Of Sex’ To Pass Female Student (Listen To Audio) | Varsity Reacts

The details are no less lurid. In the viral audio posted on the social media obviously by the no less suspect prey, we hear the predator – a supposed professor of Accounting and, worse, described as a senior pastor in the local church – haggle over sex with the ardour of a parsimonious housewife at a grocery store. But wait, could the tongue that preaches holiness also be incubating carnality in the same breath?

Inverting some strange mathematical logic into a clearly illicit transaction, the audio Prof then postulates that nothing other than five bouts of sex would incentivize the upgrading of the soliciting female student’s miserable 33 point to 40. Scared apparently by the whopping quantity, the young lady expressed wonder, “Is it food?”

While the 4-minute bargain lasted, it was clear the presumably young lady has been dodging the Prof’s cocked short-gun for a while.
Since then, the Prof has not only gone into hiding but also kept a silence that can only incriminate. How ironic – a professor of Accounting is now shy to give account of what really happened.

It will, however, be myopic to assume that it is only the tutor and his female quarry who are in the dock here. Equally on trial is the moral integrity of those sociologists call “significant others” in a society increasingly challenged ethically.

In more ways than one, both characters, therefore, hold a mirror on the larger society. The Prof speaks to those in a position of power who prey on the vulnerable. Be they the prosperity cleric who bears false prophesy to the gullible flock and so soil their cassock with filthy lucre. Or lawmakers who parlay legislative license to award unconscionable pay to themselves. Or the reporters who feast on blackmail.

In the female student, we see a covetousness to bag what was not earned. Maybe, she was doing “runs” (euphemism for campus prostitution) while her mates were burning the proverbial midnight candle. Her male counterpart does “sorting” (cash offer) to lecturers instead.

To be sure, no one is saying sexual harassment in ivory towers is a new phenomenon. Back in my student days many, many years ago at the Federal Poly, Ado- Ekiti, for instance, I won’t forget hearing a senior lecturer at the department office telling a female classmate of mine sobbing over her poor score, “You caused it by not cooperating and your arrogance”.

The same lecturer – old enough to be our dad, if not grandpa – later began to eye me with malice and envy. At the next slightest opportunity, he went as far as singling me out in the middle of a lecture in a packed auditorium for a vicious ridicule, simply because he always seemed to find me around his target.

From my subsequent UNILAG days, I am also still haunted till date by the echoes of lamentations by hapless fellow female students returning from a particular lecturer who, though often camouflaging with a cleric’s white collar around campus, was said to have perfected the art of pulling female students by the strap of bra on the shoulders while pretending to be playful.

Of course, then, there was subtlety to such sexual extortion and victims would discussed in hushed tones. Not on the scale of impunity now on display.

Today, it is a perhaps a measure of our now clearly vandalized moral universe that indifference – rather than outrage – has been the response from both high and low quarters. It only suggests the normalization of an abnormality, the tendency of quibble or equivocate – if not surrender – in the face of evil.

We see that in the apparent double-speak by the OAU management. When the scandal broke initially, there was a pledge to get to the bottom of the infamy. We would hear another tale last weekend. But the university only mocks itself if it now says it can no longer act simply because the lady in question had refused to step forward.

Really, the debt OAU owes the public here is a moral one, not legal technicality. Phone numbers and call logs can be verified, if indeed there is a strong commitment to seek the truth. To say nothing of the aforementioned Miliki ring-tone.

Sex-For-Mark: Professor Reportedly Goes Into Hiding

There was also a mention of ongoing MBA exams in Moro. Was the Prof present or billed to attend? Was it a mere coincidence that the lady repeated the Prof’s name and the addressee, in what would then seem a fleeting moment of gumption and discretion, had to bark at her to stop mentioning his name?

A good precedent was, in fact, set in 2016 following similar media reports of an epidemic of sexual predation at Auchi Polytechnic. The Federal Ministry of Education did not demand or make a public show of the appearance of any of the victims as pre-condition to do the right thing.

Working together with relevant agencies like the DSS, EFCC and the National Board for Technical Education, the Ministry unleashed a manhunt, resulting in the dismissal of 12 lecturers for trysts and extortion.

Elsewhere at the University of California, authorities did not shop for legal technicality when a professor of Architecture, Nezar AlSayyad, was accused of sexual harassment by a Phd student in 2016. An enquiry instituted by the school management eventually established numerous other incidents of inappropriate behavior by the tutor dating back to 2012, though the man at the centre of the storm continued to deny. The school had to pay the student $80,000 compensation.

No less disturbing also is the continued silence from the Ife Diocese of the Anglican Church (where the Prof is said to have built a reputation as a powerful preacher) since the scandal broke. If the accused chooses to keep sealed lips, the church, as a supposed bastion of chastity and the repository of social virtues, cannot afford such luxury. The least expected of the church in the circumstance is to encourage him to come out and defend his integrity or have him excommunicated until his innocence is established.

Again, we expect the women-based NGOs to take up the gauntlet. It is possible that the chief reason the lady is reluctant to step forward and state her case is the fear of victimization by other sex rats lurking around the OAU faculties. It is the duty of such bodies to rally around her and help broker a deal of protection.

In the final analysis, the challenge lies ultimately with the larger society to return to the building block of the community – the family unit. Social re-orientation is sorely needed for a rebirth rooted on strong moral values.

Confident and conscientious children don’t fall from the sky; they are often the products of stable and ethically-grounded parents. You don’t expect dads and mums who themselves are found wanting to give what they do not have.

This piece was written by Louis Odion. 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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#BBNaija 2018 Day 79: Alex’s Heartfelt Apology To Cee-C

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Day 79 in the #bbnaija house saw Alex read out a powerful letter of apology directed at Cee-C in an effort to calm the storm in the house.

This move from Alex follows weeks of palpable tension between the two strong personalities in the #bbnaija house that seems to be the result of Alex and Tobi’s close friendship. Things came to a head this Sunday when Cee-C told Ebuka that Alex throws herself at all the men in the #bbnaija House.

Alex’s letter was a powerful one and the transcript of it its content are as written below.

Cee-C,

Yes we have our differences. I know we can’t be the best of friends, but do you think God is happy with us and what’s going on? I’m not saying you are wrong or that I’m wrong, or that we are both right. It doesn’t have to be this way. We don’t have to end the friendship we had this way. I’m sorry if I hurt you. I accept all you told me.

It’s okay if you don’t want to talk to me anymore. It’s okay if you decide to go with however you see me. But for me, it won’t be a good thing to leave this House angry at you, or anyone else. We’ve been around for each other in times of need and that is something to value.

I hereby put whatever issues we’ve had, in the past. It’s a game. We all came here to win. And as the last five, we’re all winners. Even if you don’t believe me, most times when I think of you, I still have reasons to smile, before my anger. I’m not apologetic for who I am.

The Bible says there is no need praying when you are keeping malice. I’m writing this with tears in my eyes because it’s from my heart. We don’t try to understand each other and it’s fine. Regardless, deep down, I still have love for you.

I don’t even know if I’m making sense, but I’m deeply sorry for every single bad thing I’ve said to you in this House. It breaks my heart to see you alon,e even though I try to act all strong and straight with you. I still have a heart.

I’m not writing this so we’ll talk again. I’m just saying it doesn’t have to end this way. Tobi, or any guy is not enough to build a wall between us. My immaturity is my fault and I accept it.

In the name of God, I’m tired of these shenanigans. I didn’t mean for it to get this bad. Let’s forgive and forget whatever it is. We all came to win. Whoever wins at this point, it is fine by me. I don’t want to leave this House mad at you or the other way round.

Cee-C, I give up on this fight. Forgive and forget. I am sorry. I’m not apologizing because I am weak. I’m apologizing because I love you and I’m not the type to keep so much dislike in my heart – and I just hope you accept me for who I am.

Will this move by Alex calm the raging storm between the two and make the #bbnaija house calm in the few days the housemates have left?

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The Business Of Photography Conference: Meet The Panelists

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The Business of Photography Conference is almost here and it promises to be exciting and extremely educating.

The Business of Photography Conference is aimed at bringing Photographers, photography manufacturing and servicing companies as well as photography retail businesses together under one roof to discuss, learn, exhibit, sell and buy everything photography. In recent times the need to efficiently monetize the photography industry and define its future as a major part of the current and future national revenue generation sector has become more important.

The 12-hour event will start at 9am and end at 9pm. The conference would feature five segments; the Opening, the Conversation (panel session), Break out time (master classes), Cocktails/Networking and Exhibition. During the conversation segment, attendees would have the opportunity to listen to and chat with award winning Nigerian photographers about the future of photography in Nigeria.

The Business of Photography conference is bringing some of the best photography and industry experts as panelists to speak on different aspects of photography.

The event is set to take place at Landmark Event Center, Lagos on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

The first set of panelists would be speaking on the topic “Content Monetization”.

ZUBBY EMODI

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Zubby Emodi is a digital marketing technology and creative entrepreneur.  He started his career in tech and design in the UK, working with brands such as Jim Bean, Timeout London and Timeout Paris, his love for data-driven insight into consumer behaviour led to a transition into the digital marketing space. Having joined Ringier as the Head of Ringier Digital Marketing, Nigeria – in charge of growing the business in Nigeria – his track record of world-class creative and tech execution led to an evolution of his role to cover all creative aspects of the business across Africa. In his current role, he is tasked with overseeing the creative execution of campaigns for multinational brands such as Nestle, Nigerian Breweries, British Council, Samsung, Distell, Reckitt Benckiser, Siemens, and many more industry leaders.

 

AYO ANIMASHAUN

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Sola Animashaun is a multi-award winning Nigerian photographer that specializes in editorial and commercial photography. He is also into wedding, fashion, travel and sport photograph. His resilience and attention to client briefs and details has afforded him the opportunity to work with clients all around the world.

He has worked with and photographed top Nigerian acts and has had the privilege of shooting international acts like, Akon, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Rick Ross, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Usher, Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, The Game, Lloyd Banks, T-Pain, Sean Paul, Ciara and many more.

Over the years he has won numerous photography awards, including third place position in an international competition with 7311 entries.

Shola Animashaun teaches photography in his photography academy, Sola Animashaun Academy

 

BOBBY TAYLOR

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Mrs. Bukky Karibi Whyte is the CEO and Founder of 10-year-old boutique communication and events firm, Robert Taylor Media Ltd. Her passion and love for Communications stems from her mother who was also a PR/Marketing Practitioner (Aviation Industry), exposing Bukky to the world of Public Relations at a young age.

She studied African American History and Women’s Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. Bukky used her PR abilities throughout her university education to organize various events and charity drives. Her active lifestyle got her a lot of recognition and she held various positions; President of Rho Kappa Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Vice President National Pan Hellenic Council, PR Officer for the Black student Union, ALANA Honour Society Recipient, Three times Deans List, Miss Black UMASS 2000 and so on.

Bukky founded The Bobby Taylor Company 10 years ago (now Robert Taylor Media) in 2007 in Winnipeg Manitoba and eventually relocated to Nigeria two years later, to continue to build her agency. Prior to that, she worked in Corporate America and the Government of Canada (Educational Sector).

In the past 10 years, The Robert Taylor Media Client list has included brands such as The Walt Disney Company Africa, Estee Lauder, Calabar Jazz Festival, The Lagos Jazz Festival, The Ministry of Education Rivers State, Tom Ford, Clinique, M.A.C Cosmetics, Elizabeth Arden, Flying Doctors Nigeria, Seyi Shay, Osas Ighodaro, D’banj, Dolapo Oni, Ciroc, Johnnie Walker, Martini, Greygoose, Christian Audigier, Needlepoint, Arise Magazine Fashion Week, Fela on Broadway (twice), The Genevieve Magazine Pink Ball, The Maharaja Ball, WIE (Women Inspiration & Enterprise), ONE CAMPAIGN, Bono, WOWe Festival, Africa Film Festival, 93 Days, Flowergirl The Movie, SPAR Nigeria, Obi Phones, My Extensionz, Eterna Plc., Facebook Africa, Wasche Point, Abaya Lagos, FREIA, Africa Culture and Design Festival, WARIF, IDAN, Henna Place, Good Hair Ltd, Veuve Clicquot, Moet & Chandon, Hennessy, Dom Perignon, Belvedere Vodka, Glenmorangie, Montaigne Place, Deola Sagoe and more.

Bukky is a great public speaker and is also known for her expertise in Reputation Management & Corporate/Personality Crisis Management. She is an associate member of WIMBIZ, a founding member of The Luxury Network Nigeria, a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Canadian Public Relations Society and official host for International event and brand “Le Diner En Blanc”.

 

KELI ABIEL

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Keli Abiel, professionally known as GuudKelly, is a Ghanaian Creative Director and Film Maker. He creates all types of Audio Visual content, including TV and editorial content, short films and YouTube content, long form broadcast programming, film and branded content, digital video and social media content, as well as material for offline, experiential and ambient channels.

He helps provide strategic advice on content provision for online channels and applications, and how best to use budget and opportunity to create effective integrated multi-channel, multi-media video and audio. As an integrated Creative Director, he has worked on everything from traditional TV, print, OOH, digital, magazines, Brand experiences, reality TV shows, branded entertainment and think tank type projects. Also an event producer and bigger picture seer, the person you call a fixer. A stickler for details, GuudKelly take his time to make every piece of work distinctively unique. He has a solid background in Factual and non Factual Story Telling, Critical and Strategic Thinking, and consulting for small organisations and Multinationals within Ghana and Africa and a background in producing, fixing and consulting for crews both familiar and unfamiliar with Ghana and Africa.

He has executed exceptional filming projects, having worked with the likes of BBC, Puma, Google, Vogue, Conde Nast, Dupont, Terumo BCT, Samsung, The Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation and Exxon Mobil, Kantanka Automobile, Cassa Trasacco just to name a few. GuudKelly has many loves, especially for food, Architecture and growing the YouTube Community in Ghana, as the Unofficial YouTube Ambassador.

 

TOYOSI ETIM-EFFIONG

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Toyosi Etim-Effiong is a TV Producer, Presenter and Food & Beverage Entrepreneur. She produced and presented The Gist with Toyosi Phillips for Sahara TV New York from 2014 – 2015 and has produced other Talk Shows, Documentaries and Short Films including As Toyo Sees, 4th Decade and Prey. She is currently a producer and presenter at ARISE News where she hosts The Morning Show- a flagship on the channel.

She’s the founder of That Good Tapioca LTD- a Food and Beverage Company providing more- and fun- ways to enjoying tapioca.

 

The second set of panelists would be speaking on the topic “Creative”.

 KELECHI AMADI-OBI

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After Kelechi Amadi-Obi obtained his a law degree and his call to bar in 1993, he settled into full-time studio art. He is internationally renowned for both his photography and paintings. His unique style and mastery of aesthetics and creative lighting in his paintings have been reinvented in his photography to create understanding, dynamics and result oriented photography for his clients.

Some of his works have been featured in exhibitions within and outside Nigeria. These include; 2006 “Snap Judgement” – New Position in Contemporary African Photography, International Centre of Photography, New York, USA,2005 “Depth of Field” South London Gallery, UK, 2004, “Lagos” Ifa Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany, 2003 “Transferts” Africalia, Brussels, Belgium. In 2004, he won the St.Moritz Style Award for Photography.

Some of his clients include Guinness Nigeria Plc, MTN Nigeria Plc, PZ Nigeria Plc, British American Tobacco, The Ford Foundation, PrimaGarnet Ogilvy, SO&U, Insight Grey, Nigerian Flour Mills and Orange Drugs Nigeria Ltd.

 

EMMANUEL OYELEKE

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Emmanuel Oyeleke is a Photographer, Tech Enthusiast and the Creative Director of Emmanuel Oyeleke Photography Studios (EOP Studios). The brand started out in 2012 as a photography outfit that mainly covered weddings and within 6 years, taken great steps to revolutionize the world of photography in areas of fashion, art, beauty and documentary photography.

Having worked on several campaigns and projects with Fashion, Beauty, Corporate, Advertising, and Media firms including but not limited to Canon, MNET, Genevieve Magazine, Guaranty Trust Bank, Deola Sagoe, BMPRO, and Zaron Cosmetics; the company is dedicated to portraying the magic of artistic expressions through visual stories.

He has shot several magazine covers and editorials for major magazines in Nigeria. He has worked with GTBank at the GTBank Master class series where he was able to train and empower about 200 individuals with necessary photography skills. The program ran in two cities Lagos and Abuja where he worked with GTBank as the official Photographer for GTBank Food and Drinks event and also GTBank Fashion Weekend.

Emmanuel Oyeleke Photography is committed to empowering youths and imparting knowledge and also organized a number of successful workshops and Master classes.

 

WANI OLATUNDE

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Wani Olatunde is a top wedding and portrait photographer based in Lagos. She is known for her engaging and heartfelt storytelling, she has photographed weddings all over the world including the UK, US, Zimbabwe and Dubai. She’s been published in several magazines including VOGUE and Washington Bride & Groom and is regularly featured on international wedding blogs, Bella Naija, Munaluchi Bride and Aisle Perfect. When she’s not taking pictures, Wani enjoys spending time with her 2 beautiful kids, eating out or catching up on her favourite Shonda Rhimes show.

 

YETUNDE AYENI-BABAEKO

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Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko was born in Enugu, Eastern Nigeria in 1978 to a Nigerian father and a German mother; She moved to Germany as a child and completed her high school diploma (Abitur) before embarking on a photography apprenticeship majoring in advertising photography at Studio Be in Greven, Germany. On completing her apprenticeship in 2003, she returned to Nigeria and joined Ess-Ay Studio for a 12 month photography program, facilitated by Invent, Germany. This experience spurred her to deepen her photographic skills by enrolling at Macromedia, a school for art and design in Osnabrueck, Germany.

Ayeni-Babaeko returned to Nigeria in 2005 and worked as free-lance photographer, before opening her own studio in 2007 (www.camara-studios.com). She has been active as a photographer with social conscience chronicling the life of modern Nigeria. Besides her fashion and documentary photography, Ayeni-Babaeko has facilitated the numerous photography workshops in partnership with the Goethe Institute, mentoring young female photographers.

She has taken part in numerous group exhibitions and has also had her own solo exhibitions.

 

GEORGETTE MONNOU

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Georgette is an Associate at Olaniwun Ajayi LP, and works in the firms Finance & Capital Markets Practice and Entertainment, Leisure & Media Practice. Her experience spans advising on diverse finance matters including equity financing, local and international debt financing, derivatives transactions as well as the intricacies of drafting technical Entertainment and Media contracts. Having also gained litigation experience, Georgette has provided notable companies with legal representation across superior courts in Nigeria, which also included launching a test case for defamation against one of Nigeria’s foremost bloggers. Georgette regularly consults for members of the creative arts on their rights, contractual needs and potential areas of expansion in the Entertainment Industry with her commercial knowledge stemming from having gained experience working in radio, film and television.

As a creative, Georgette regularly writes for Bella Naija, Thought Catalog, Creativity Turf and other notable online platforms. In 2015, Georgette launched her blogsite called RealTalkwithGeorgie focused on challenging the invisible glass ceiling that society places on both men and women with particular focus on self-worth and developing meaningful relationships.

Georgette is a graduate of Law from the University of Exeter and has completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP University specializing in Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law and Debt Finance. She is also an active member of the Nigerian Bar Association.

 

TOPE ADENOLA

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Tope Adenola is a portrait & lifestyle photographer based in Lagos, Nigeria, he leads the team at HorploadWorks photography. In recent times, HorploadWorks has successfully worked with corporate brands like Interswitch, Dangote Group, MoneyGram, and Guinness Nigeria, profiling and documenting their executive officers as well as events.

HorploadWorks has been consistently sought by a number of media outfits including Complete Fashion, Genevieve Magazine, Wow Magazine and Guardian Life.

Tope has also worked with a number of advertising agencies to shoot campaigns, a large number of celebrities and also fashion industry talents. His Commendations include: Photographer of the year Nigeria Models Awards 2015, TES2016 Entrepreneurship Award and Legacy TV Ingenious Photographer 2017 amongst many other recognition awards.

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Confusion As Thugs Disrupt Senate Plenary, Take Mace Away | Lawmakers React

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There was confusion among senators on Wednesday morning as thugs stormed the Senate Chamber during plenary and seized the mace.

It is understood that the armed hoodlums, who were led by suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, walked into the Senate plenary and seized the symbol of authority of the Upper Legislative Chamber, the mace.

The Senate has already accused Mr Omo-Agege of leading the thugs who went away with the mace in a black SUV.

Mr Omo-Agege was suspended for 90 days after accusing his colleagues of working against the interest of President Muhammadu Buhari.

After the thugs left, the Senate went into an executive session after which it announced it was starting plenary.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the day’s plenary, confirmed the incident.

He said the invaders would be punished for disrupting the plenary.

 

The lawmakers have reacted to the recent incident.

The Upper Chamber described the development as an act of treason and an attempt to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria by force, which must be treated with importance.

In a statement by the Senate through its Spokesman, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, it explains how the incident occurred.

“Today, some hoodlums led by suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, walked into the Senate plenary and seized the symbol of authority of the Upper Legislative Chamber, the mace.

“This action is also an affront to the legislature, and the leadership of the House has come to express their support against it”.

 “The Senate has mandated the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Kpotum Ibrahim and Director General of the State Security Services (SSS), Mallam Lawan Daura, to retrieve the mace stolen by the hoodlums within 24 hours.”

“At the moment, some House of Representives members led by Deputy Speaker. Hon. Yusuf Lasun, are in the Senate chambers in solidarity visits. The session is presently live on NTA Channel 10.

“We are determined to conclude all matters slated on the Order Paper for today, even if it means us sitting until 6 p.m.,” the spokesperson quoted Mr Ekweremadu as saying.

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Health Workers Begin Nationwide Indefinite Strike

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The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) says it has commenced nationwide indefinite strike in earnest.

Obisesan Oluwatuyi, General Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.

Mr Oluwatuyi said that they would not call off the strike until government meets their demands.

He said: “The soldiers have been let loose, no retreat, no surrender until government does the needful.”

Members of the JOHESU had earlier threatened to embark on a nationwide indefinite strike beginning on Tuesday midnight, due to alleged federal government’s failure to meet their demands.

Josiah Biobelemoye, president of the union, who issued the strike notice on Monday, attributed the industrial action to what he described as the “insensitivity and lackadaisical attitude of drivers of the health sector.”

He directed all JOHESU members in federal health institutions across the country to commence the strike at midnight of April 17.

Mr Biobelemoye listed their demands to include upward adjustment of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) Salary Scale, arrears of skipping of CONHESS 10 and employment of additional health professionals.

Other demands are implementation of court judgments and upward review of retirement age from 60 to 65 years.

Mr Biobelemoye said that the union suspended its last nationwide strike on September 30, last year, after signing a Memorandum of Terms of Settlement (MOTS), with the federal government.

According to him, the MOTS was supposed to be implemented within five weeks after the date of suspension of the strike.

He, however, noted that six months after the suspension of the nationwide strike, the government was yet to do anything tangible over the pending issues.

According to him, the union had on February 5 given a fresh 21 days ultimatum to enable government meet the agreement reached.

The JOHESU president stated that the union gave an additional 30 working days effective from March 5, after the expiration of the earlier 21 days ultimatum.

Mr Biobelemoye, who described the union members as peace lovers, emphasised that the 45 days was given simply because the union had the interest of the masses at heart.

“It is disheartening to note that after six months of suspension of our last strike and still counting, the Federal Government has not done anything tangible over pending issues, especially on the flagship issue of CONHESS adjustment and payment of arrears of CONHESS 10 skipping.

“JOHESU as a mature and responsible organisation gave 21 days notice on Feb. 5, this year, in the first instance to enable the Federal Government to do the needful.

“At the expiration of the 21 days notice, the leadership of JOHESU reconvened to re-appraise the situation on ground and noted the lackadaisical attitude of the government toward the implementation of the Memorandum of Terms of Settlement signed on Sept. 30.

“On April 5, 2018, the Minister of Labour and Employment invited the leadership of JOHESU for a meeting wherein we were told that our issues were still being looked into. This shows that government is taking JOHESU for a ride,’’ he said.

He urged members at the states and local government health institutions on continuous sensitisation and mobilisation for possible solidarity strike, if government failed to attend to their demands.

He also called on well-meaning Nigerians including traditional leaders, elder statesmen, opinion leaders and the general public to prevail on government to implement MOTS entered into with JOHESU on Sept. 30, 2017.

Mr Biobelemoye said JOHESU members were not clamouring for equality with doctors but equity and justice, advising medical doctors and the Federal Ministry of Health to change their perception of the demands.

NAN reports that JOHESU draws its membership from the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Medical and Health Workers Union (MHWUN), and Senior Staff Association of University Teaching Hospitals.

Others include Research Institutes and Associated Institutions, Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals and Non-academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutes.

(NAN)

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Billboard Music Awards: Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran And Bruno Mars Top Nominees List (See Full List)

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The nominees list for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards is out. Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars tops the list with 15 BBMA nominations each.

Meanwhile, in the Top Artist category, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Kendrick are up against Drake who has 9 BBMA nominations as well as Taylor Swift who’s got 5 total BBMA nominations.

See Full Nominees List Below;

Top Artist:

Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift

Top New Artist:

21 Savage
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Khalid
Kodak Black

Billboard Chart Achievement Award:

Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Drake
Sam Hunt
Ed Sheeran

Top Male Artist:

Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist:

Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Halsey
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:

The Chainsmokers
Coldplay
Imagine Dragons
Migos
U2

Top Billboard 200 Artist:

Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Chris Stapleton
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:

Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Streaming Songs Artist:

Cardi B
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Song Sales Artist:

Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Radio Songs Artist:

Halsey
Imagine Dragons
Bruno Mars
Charlie Puth
Ed Sheeran

Top Social Artist:

Justin Bieber
BTS
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Shawn Mendes

Top Touring Artist:

Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
U2

Top R&B Artist:

Chris Brown
Khalid
Bruno Mars
SZA
The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist:

Khalid
Bruno Mars
The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist:

Beyonce
Rihanna
SZA

Top R&B Tour:

Bruno Mars
Lionel Richie
The Weeknd

Top Rap Artist:

Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Lil Uzi Vert
Migos
Post Malone

Top Rap Male Artist:

Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone

Top Rap Female Artist:
Bhad Bhabie
Cardi B
Nicki Minaj

Top Rap Tour:
J. Cole
JAY-Z
Kendrick Lamar

Top Country Artist:

Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Top Country Male Artist:

Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Top Country Female Artist:

Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris

Top Country Duo/Group Artist:

Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Top Country Tour:

Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Top Rock Artist:

Imagine Dragons
Linkin Park
Portugal. The Man
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
twenty one pilots

Top Rock Tour:

Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
U2

Top Latin Artist:

J Balvin
Daddy Yankee
Luis Fonsi
Ozuna
Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:

The Chainsmokers
Calvin Harris
Kygo
Marshmello
ODESZA

Top Christian Artist:

Elevation Worship
Hillsong UNITED
Hillsong Worship
MercyMe
Zach Williams

Top Gospel Artist:

Anthony Brown & group therAPy
Travis Greene
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Tamela Mann

Top Billboard 200 Album:

Drake, More Life
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Post Malone, Stoney
Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide)
Taylor Swift, reputation

Top Selling Album:

Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
P!nk, Beautiful Trauma
Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
Taylor Swift, reputation

Top Soundtrack:

Black Panther
The Fate of the Furious: The Album
The Greatest Showman
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
Moana

Top R&B Album:

Khalid, American Teen
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
SZA, CTRL
The Weeknd, Starboy
XXXTENTATION, 17

Top Rap Album:

Drake, More Life
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
Migos, Culture
Post Malone, Stoney

Top Country Album:

Kane Brown, Kane Brown
Luke Combs, This One’s For You
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
Brett Young, Brett Young

Top Rock Album:

Imagine Dragons, Evolve
Linkin Park, One More Light
Panic! At The Disco, Death of a Bachelor
Portugal. The Man, Woodstock
U2, Songs of Experience

Top Latin Album:

Nicky Jam, Fenix
Christian Nodal, Me Deje Llevar
Ozuna, Odisea
Romeo Santos, Golden
Shakira, El Dorado

Top Dance/Electronic Album:

Avicii, AVĨCI (01)
The Chainsmokers, Memories…Do Not Open
Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Kygo, Stargazing
ODESZA, A Moment Apart

Top Christian Album:

Elevation Worship, There Is A Cloud
Hillsong UNITED, Wonder
Hillsong Worship, Let There Be Light
Alan Jackson, Precious Memories Collection
MercyMe, Lifer

Top Gospel Album:

Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way From Sunday
Travis Greene, Crossover: Live From Music City
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit
Marvin Sapp, Close

Top Hot 100 Song:

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
Ed Sheeran, “Shape Of You”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
Lil Uzi Vert, “XO Tour LLIF3”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
Post Malone ft. Quavo, “Congratulations”

Top Streaming Song (Video):

Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Lil Pump, “Gucci Gang”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”

Top Selling Song:

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road”
Imagine Dragons “Believer”
Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
Ed Sheeran “Perfect”

Top Radio Song:

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
Imagine Dragons, “Believer”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Charlie Puth, “Attention”
Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”

Top Collaboration:

Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana”
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
French Montana ft. Swae Lee, “Unforgettable”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”

Top R&B Song:

Childish Gambino, “Redbone”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”
Khalid, “Young Dumb & Broke”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B, “Finesse”

Top Rap Song:

Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One
French Montana ft. Swae Lee, “Unforgettable”
Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”

Top Country Song:

Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs”
Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road”
Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”
Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”

Top Rock Song:

Imagine Dragons “Believer”
Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
Linkin Park ft. Kiiara “Heavy”
Portugal. The Man “Feel It Still”
The Revivalists “Wish I Knew You”

Top Latin Song:

J Balvin & Willy William Ft. Beyonce, “Mi Gente”
Becky G ft. Bad Bunny, ”Mayores”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Maluma, “Felices Los 4”
Wisin ft. Ozuna, “Escapate Conmigo”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato, “No Promises”
Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Ann-Marie, “Rockabye”
Kygo & Selena Gomez, “It Ain’t Me”
Zedd & Alessia Cara, “Stay”

Top Christian Song:

Elevation Worship, “O Come To The Altar”
Hillsong Worship, “What A Beautiful Name”
Lecrae ft. Tori Kelly, “I’ll Find You”
MercyMe, “Even If”
Zach Williams, “Old Church Choir”

Top Gospel Song:

Anthony Brown & group therAPy, “Trust In You”
Travis Greene, “You Waited”
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, “You Deserve It”
Tamela Mann, “Change Me”
Charlie Wilson, “I’m Blessed”

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I Won’t Be Getting Married Anytime Soon — Davido

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Superstar Nigeria singer, Davido who is currently in a relationship with Babcock University Undergraduate, Chioma has said he won’t be getting married anytime soon.

The Fia crooner made this statement while speaking in a recent interview at Beat FM. The 25-year-old singer was asked during an early morning show if he was planning on getting married, he stated that settling down is not in his plan any time soon.

Davido is a father of two beautiful daughters from two baby mamas. His first daughter is Aurora Imade Adeleke, and her mother is Sophie Momodu while Hailey Veronica Adeleke happens to be the singer’s second daughter from Babymama, Amanda.

Meanwhile, the singer  he has been showing off loving gestures on his social media accounts towards a beautiful lady identified as Chioma, an undergraduate of Babcock University. Hopefully, when the singer is ready to settle down, Chioma may just be the lucky girl.

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#BBNaija 2018 Day 79: Housemates Kept Busy With The Rexona Task

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The #bbnaija Housemates received their second task for the week and they were required to prepare a seven minute presentation on the benefits of Rexona.

Divided in groups, the #bbnaija Housemates are to develop and deliver a unique presentation which can either be an original song or a drama sketch.

Each group was given six hours to prepare and they practically spent much of the afternoon of day 78 getting busy with their presentation.

However, the task didn’t start without drama. As soon as the brief was read by the Head of House, Alex stood up and read her apology to Cee-C, making way for them to choose their pairs without any tension in the #bbnaija House.

As soon as the dust had settled regarding the apology, the #bbnaija Housemates were busy at work. Nina, Miracle and Tobi formed one group while Cee-C and Alex chose to work together.

While discussing the benefits of Rexona, Miracle and Tobi playfully asked Alex to choose between them the one that looks like has body odour.

Even though they had a task to prepare, the Housemates chose to have chats in between the preparation while others saw it as a chance to take a nap.

The Housemates are expected to make their presentation later on and before the end of day 78, eand if they manage to impress Big Brother, they will be rewarded and therefore avoid starvation for the rest of their days in the house.

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#BBNaija 2018 Day 79: Alex In Tears, As Tobi Comforts

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The war between Cee-C and Alex in the #bbnaija house continues to rage like a wildfire and this time around, it was over untrue statements. On the night of day 77, a flood of tears raced down Alex’s cheeks as she shared how hurt she is at the comments Cee-C made during the Live Eviction Show.

On Sunday night, Cee-C told Ebuka that Alex throws herself at every man in the #bbnaija House. A flabbergasted Alex took exception to the comments and defended herself, insisting that Cee-C was only saying this because she is not comfortable with her and Tobi’s close friendship.

Cee-C denied Alex’s assertions and said she was speaking about “all of the men” and not just Tobi.

Alex and Cee-C have had several altercations this season of #bbnaija that has all but left the two at odds, most of the time. On day 77, Alex was adamant that she didn’t want Cee-C to take over the Head Of House position she was leaving vacant because she didn’t want fights, attitude and bad vibes.

Unfortunately, Cee-C took over anyway, courtesy of her having the least Head Of House victories under her belt, as stated in the final weeks brief.

It is pretty clear that the ladies need to sit down and iron things out but an objective Tobi didn’t seem to think so. Tobi encouraged Alex to let it all out, but in the same breath expressed how sad it is that the three women in the #bbnaija House are not as close as they all should be.

Through her tears, Alex looked to the future and revealed just how much she does not want to leave the #bbnaija House while still holding grudges.

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#BBNaija 2018 Day 79: Housemates In Damage Control Mode

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After Biggie reminded the #bbnaija Housemates how deliberately they had ignored his instructions, a new Vote took place that saw Cee-C unexpectedly appointed as Head of House.

All the #bbnaija housemates except perhaps Nina had seemed as reluctant as can be to choose her as their leader. In an ultimate attempt to make her voice heard, Alex had named Tobi as a fit candidate, but this being Biggie’s House, only his rules prevail.

With three Votes against her, Alex unwillingly resigned to accepting the new turn of events that saw Nina being named Head of House at the start of the day, only for Cee-C to be installed as ruler in the same evening. As departing Head of House, it was a bitter pill for Alex to swallow, as she and Tobi had to swallow the luxury bedroom to make room for Cee-C.

With her new found fame, Cee-C seemed to have recovered her voice, as she bonded with Nina over their shared status as victims of others’ judgement. Nina reminded her that half of the twenty #bbnaija Housemates who were in the game, had at one point or another called her ‘stupid’ or ‘slow’ yet she had stayed longer than all of them.

In the dressing room, Alex went to seat between her buddies Miracle and Tobi in search of consolation, but they were not ready to commiserate with her. Rather both of them cut her short, and tried to divert the conversation to complimenting her make-up free looks.

That was however not enough to stop Alex, as she went on to ask Tobi what he would do if Cee-C picked him to share the luxury bedroom. The topic however fried up instantly. Yet Alex was not satisfied and took her venting with Nina, who also was not taking any of it.

To her credit, Alex’s emotions have always been transparent and pretty straightforward. With the stakes getting high day after day, it is as if the remaining five #bbnaija seem bent on staying out of trouble.

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Edo Approves Payment Of Stipends For Libya Returnees

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has approved verification exercise and payment of three months stipends for a new batch of Libya returnees of Edo State origin.

Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Anti-Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration, Comrade Solomon Okoduwa, disclosed this during the verification exercise on Monday.

“The approval for the verification exercise and payment for the new batch of returnees are part of the promises made by the governor to assist victims of human trafficking and illegal migration and reintegrate them into society.”

Mr Okoduwa said since the first two batches of returnees were received by the state government between 7th and 15th November 2017, the state has recorded 26 other batches totalling 3,165 returnees.

“The verification exercise for the new batch of returnees will be processed in the next 12 days, after which payment of their stipends will commence. Each returnee will be paid a stipend of N20,00 per month for three months. Among them, pregnant women will be entitled to N25,000 each, while those with babies will get N30,000 each,” he said.

He assured the returnees that they will get their stipends, urging them to follow the required procedures to get verified.

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NNPC Commences Oil And Gas Search In Benue

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The exploration team of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Tuesday arrived Benue State to begin the search for oil and gas in the Benue trough.

In the coming days, the team will be acquiring seismic data that would guide it in deciding the next stage of the exploratory work in the state, The Nation reports.

Speaking with the team upon arrival at the Benue People’s House, Makurdi, yesterday, the state’s acting Governor, Engr Benson Abounu expressed delight that the NNPC is now set to begin the exploratory work in the state, having finished work on the Nasarawa State end of the trough.

He assured the team led by the Group General Manager, Frontier Services, NNPC, Dr. Mazadu Bako, that the state government and the Benue people will do all that is possible to give them the conducive atmosphere within which to operate without hindrance.

Engr Abounu said the security challenges in the state arising from herdsmen attacks notwithstanding, the state government will not allow anything to hinder the progress of the exploration work.

To achieve that, he announced the setting up of a committee headed by the Secretary to State Government to work together with the team, as well as with the security agencies to ensure a hitch-free operation of the exploratory work.

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4 ‘Armed’ Herdsmen Killed, 20 Others Arrested In Benue

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No less than four armed herders have been killed while 20 others have been arrested in Benue state by the troops of the 72 Special Forces Battalion, an official said on Tuesday.

This disclosure was made in a statement issued by the Director Army Public Relations, Brig.- Gen. Texas Chukwu.

According to Chukwu, the encounter with the herdsmen took place during a patrol at Teguma village.

“Troops of 72 Special Forces Battalion on April 16, 2018, on Operation MESA at Yogbo in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State encountered militia herdsmen at Teguma village while on patrol.

“Four of the militia herdsmen were neutralised during the encounter while others fled following superior gun power,” he said in a statement.

Items recovered from the suspects include four AK 47 rifles, five 7.62mm rounds of ammunition and 28 rounds of 7.62 police special ammunition.

The Nigerian Army also recently killed one herdsman in Benue.

Benue State has been a hotbed of herdsmen-farmers crisis which has led to several attacks that have since sent many Benue residents to their early graves.

Four police officers were killed and about 11 others are still missing after the gunmen, on Sunday, laid an ambush on police officers in Benue State.

The attack occurred when the police officers were on a patrol from Anyibe to Ayilamo in Logo Local Government Area of the state.

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NYSC Announces Date, Requirements For 2018 Batch ‘A’ Corpers’ Camp Registration

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has announced Thursday, April 19 for the opening of orientation camps nationwide for the 2018 Batch ‘A’ corps members.

The scheme made the announcement on its official Facebook page and Twitter handle; officialnysc and  nysc_ng respectively.

It urged all Prospective Corps Members who have been mobilised for the service year to ensure they adhere to all instructions on their call-up letters.

“Congratulations for a successful mobilisation into the NYSC. You are adviced to read the instructions on your call-up letters and adhere to it.

“We wish to inform you that as 2018 Batch ‘A’ Orientation Course commences on Thursday, 19th April 2018, you are advised to read the instructions on your Call-up Letters and adhere to them strictly.

“You are also advised to set out to your areas of posting on time to avoid late night travels.

“NYSC wishes you all journey mercies to your various Orientation Camps,” it said.

The scheme also issued highlights of the exercise as follows :

(a) Commencement and Registration: Thursday April 19

(b) Cut-off date for Registration: Midnight Friday, April 20

(c) Swearing-In Ceremony: Monday , April 23

(d) Closing: Monday, Wednesday May 9

PCMs were also urged to report promptly to the orientation camps in their states of deployment at the addresses indicated in their call-up letters.

The NYSC said requirements for registration include:

(a) Original Call-up Letter or Call-up Letter printed on-line

(b)Statement of Result or Certificate endorsed by authorized officer with authentic signature.

(c) School Identity Card, including travelling Passport for Foreign-trained graduates.

(d) Medical Doctors, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists and Optometrists are to produce evidence of registration with their professional bodies.

(e) Prospective Corps members should go to Camp with Functional Account Number and Bank Verification Number (BVN) to facilitate online payment of entitlements.

(f) In addition, each prospective corps member MUST present Certificate of Fitness from a Government or Military Hospital showing his/her health status before he/she will be registered and admitted for the orientation course.

The scheme had on Monday, April 16, commenced issuance of call-up letters to PCMs.

It is understood that PCMs mobilised for the NYSC 2018 service year will not be divided into streams.

This is a change from it’s usual strategy of dividing PCMs from one service year into two streams to enable the scheme adequately cater for the needs of the increasing number of youths mobilised yearly.

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N7.4m “Bet-Naija” Pool Winner Murdered In Nasarawa

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The Police Command in Nasarawa State has commenced investigation into the circumstances surrounding the alleged killing of one Joseph Achuku over his “Bet-Naija” pool win.

DSP Idrisu Kennedy, the command’s Public Relation Officer (PPRO), disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lafia.

Idris told NAN that available information indicated that the killing might not be unconnected with the N7.4 million the victim won in the Bet-Naija game.

He said the corpse was recovered on Sunday along Federal University, Lafia, following distress calls from residents of the area.

He said the remains which were deposited at Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital mortuary was released to the family of the deceased on Tuesday for burial.

The PPRO said though no arrest had been made, the command would ensure that the perpetrators were arrested and prosecuted.

A source from the family of the deceased who preferred anonymity told NAN that the alleged killers started hunting the deceased since he won the money.

He said that they followed him to the family house, attacked him and took away all the documents concerning the bet.

NAN

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Muslim Group Seeks Withdrawal Of N100 Notes Printed Under Jonathan

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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has requested that the federal government withdraws from circulation, the N100 notes printed during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

In a press release issued on Tuesday by the Director of MURIC, Prof Ishaq Akintola, the group said the action of the former President was a major failure of his administration.

The group alleged that the N100 notes printed during Jonathan’s government were inferior and had no Arabic Ajami inscriptions.

Akintola also alleged that the removal of the inscription was a form of “ethnic cleansing” aimed at discouraging the learning and use of Arabic language in Nigeria.

MURIC called for the withdrawal of Jonathan’s N100 note from circulation and the reinstatement of Arabic Ajami on N200, N500 and N1,000 denominations.

The statement said, “The administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan officially issued the N100 commemorative centenary banknote on 19th December, 2014. A major feature of that banknote was the removal of Arabic Ajami.

“Nigerians consider Jonathan’s N100 note inferior to others printed earlier. It is of very low quality. It tears easily. It lacks second hand value. It grows soft and fragile with time, thereby making it difficult to handle or fold in people’s pockets or wallets. It has therefore failed as a veritable means of exchange. Placed side by side with the old N100 note which still has the Arabic Ajami inscription and which is still in circulation, Jonathan’s N100 shrinks into oblivion.

“The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) is constrained to affirm that Jonathan’s N100 note is a fiscal embarrassment, a huge disappointment and a colossal waste of the nation’s scarce resources. Three and a half years on, Jonathan’s N100 note has qualified for the worst banknote ever printed in Nigeria. It is a national disgrace. This banknote should be withdrawn from circulation.

“It is not too difficult to guess what went wrong. Jonathan was blinded by his anti-Arabic sentiment that he ignored quality control measures. His only concern was to implement the hate agenda of a few anti-Muslim elements who are bent on eliminating all vestiges of Islam from the Nigerian environment.

“It was not the first time this would happen. Arabic inscriptions which have always been on Nigerian currency since independence were unceremoniously removed in 2005 from N5, N10, N20 and N50 denominations during the reign of Olusegun Obasanjo. It must be noted that there has been surreptitious pressure from the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for the removal of Arabic from the naira.

“But Nigerians need to know that this move was calculated to hurt the Muslim population and may end up as a disservice to the nation. The average Northerner cannot read any other script except in Arabic Ajami and anyone who wants to communicate with him effectively must use the Ajami, not even writings in Hausa language can help in this matter. Millions of Northerners have therefore been marginalized by removing the Arabic Ajami from Jonathan’s poor quality N100 note and Obasanjo’s N5, N10, N20 and N50 denominations.

“The removal of Arabic Ajami is being interpreted as an attempt to discourage the learning and use of Arabic language which is the language of the Glorious Qur’an. It is a sensitive religious matter. Nobody can do this in Nigeria and expect the Muslims to organize a carnival for him. But as usual, our leaders manifest the noun ‘deaf’ and the verb ‘to ignore’.

“MURIC complained in 2005 when Obasanjo removed Arabic Ajami from new naira notes. The fact that Jonathan repeated the same thing has raised concern among Muslims. Why does Arabic always become the victim any time a Christian becomes president? It means that there is a conspiracy to gradually and tactically eliminate Arabic Ajami. It is only logical to expect the removal of Arabic from other notes when another Christian becomes president.

‘When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightening and rain?’ When will these conspirators descend on the remaining notes which still has Arabic Ajami on them: N100, N200, N500 and N1,000? Should we expect the removal of Arabic Ajami from these remaining denominations when another Christian becomes president? Is it ‘when the hullybully is done and gone?’ Or is it ‘when the battle is lost and won?’ It looks very much like an agendum continuum.

”Currencies worldwide are designed to suit each nation’s culture and history. Incidentally, Nigeria is a multireligious entity. In this case, therefore, our cultural and religious homogeneity should be the criteria, particularly when designing our banknotes, our stamps, etc.

“But these two Christian presidents (Obasanjo and Jonathan) failed in this onerous task. They retained the English letters which symbolize Christianity and removed the Arabic Ajami which stands for Islam. It is simply bad leadership. They allowed sectional interests to override their avowed neutrality. What else is ethnic cleansing? We are all tax payers and to that extent we all deserve representation.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we as Muslims are ready and willing to peacefully coexist with our Christian neighbours, but on equal terms. It must be with the proviso: ‘live and let live’. No more, no less. We believe that the religion of the president is of little consequence so long as he is fair to all. We will always address issues, not primordial sentiments and, by the way, our Arabic is very dear to us. It is tangential, not peripheral.

“In conclusion, MURIC demands the withdrawal of Jonathan’s N100 note from circulation and the reinstatement of Arabic Ajami on N200, N500 and N1,000 denominations. We affirm that Jonathan’s N100 note was a scam. We therefore call for a probe. We warn against any attempt by any future Nigerian leader to remove Arabic Ajami from the few remaining denominations. We will not hesitate to deploy every constitutional means at our disposal to stop such an attempt now or in future.”

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