Sevilla 0-5 Barcelona: Barcelona Thrash Sevilla To Retain Copa Del Rey Title

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Barcelona were back to their  best on Saturday night in Madrid thumping five past Sevilla to win the Copa del Rey for the fourth season running.

Luis Suarez opened the scoring on a memorable evening for Ernesto Valverde‘s charges when the Uruguay forward collected from Philippe Coutinho to slot a simple finish past a stranded David Soria in the Sevilla goal after just 14 minutes.

Andres Iniesta might have made it 2-0 to the Catalan side not too long after, but the Spain midfielder saw his effort cannon back off the crossbar after initially being teed up by Suarez.

Barcelona moved into a comfortable position in the 31st minute when Lionel Messi became the second player to ever score in five Copa del Rey finals. The Argentine profited from a wonderful one-two between Jordi Alba and Iniesta to hammer a finish into the roof of the net.

Valverde’s charges rounded off an impressive first half when Suarez returned to bag a brace before the interval, the forward partnering with Messi before slotting a cool finish beyond Soria to round off an attacking move of the highest quality

Barca’s dominance continued after the break and they found a fourth through Iniesta, who received a perfectly-weighted ball from Messi before rounding Soria and tapping home in what could be his last final appearance for the club.

Philippe Coutinho cemented a standout night for the soon-to-be La Liga champions, the former Liverpool midfielder lashing home from the penalty spot in the 69th minute, after Clement Lenglet was penalised for a handball when intercepting a flick from Suarez.

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Manchester United Midfielder Ander Herrera Calls For ‘Calm’ After Reaching FA Cup Final

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has called for a calm approach as they prepare to take part in the FA Cup final next month.

Manchester United progressed into the final thanks to a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, after goals from Alexis Sanchez and Herrera nullified an early opener from Spurs playmaker Dele Alli.

“We have won nothing yet. We all have to stay calm and prepare for the final properly,” Herrera told the club’s official website.

“We still have to play a final and a final at Wembley is always a special game; you never know what can happen.

“So let’s prepare properly, but now let’s focus on Arsenal [United’s next league game] because we want to finish the season in second.”

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AC Milan Expecting Financial Fair Play Sanctions From UEFA

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AC Milan general manager Marco Fassone said he is optimistic there will be no repercussions on his club’s summer transfer activities, although he does expect some sanctions after a meeting with UEFA in Nyon on Friday to discuss a settlement agreement in view of potential financial fair play (FFP) restrictions on the Serie A club.

Fassone, executive director Han Li and CFO Valentina Montanari were all due to present UEFA with a business plan aimed at refinancing debts taken on by the club’s new owner Yonghong Li when he acquired the club from Silvio Berlusconi’s Fininvest group a year ago.

The terms of that deal, which included a substantial loan from the Elliot Management Corporation, are under scrutiny in view of possible infringement of FFP rules, with Milan facing the prospect of a fine, restrictions on the buying of new players or limitations on their squad for future participations in UEFA club competitions.

Fassone does not feel that will be the case, though, as he expressed optimism as he spoke to Sky Sport Italia after the meeting.

“It was a meeting — our third with this commission — for an update on the economic situation of this season which has gone better than they had predicted,” Fassone said. “We presented a business plan for the coming years and there was a long, detailed discussion.

“We left with great respect, waiting for them to make their evaluations and come back to us with proposals. In our case, considering Milan have some deadlines fast approaching, we presented them with a letter from Elliott which testifies for their support and a greater presence in assuring economic security for Milan, whatever the circumstances.

“[UEFA] have been reassured about the timings of the proposals, which could be financed by somebody external or with a refinancing. We hope that [sanctions] will be contained, but certainly there will be some.”

When asked if he feared for a spending freeze in the summer transfer window, Fassone added: “I didn’t get this impression. The commission just asked questions about figures and when their proposal arrives, we will see. They have not set any more appointments to see us and we left cordially.”

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Malawi Under-20 Striker Abel Mwakilama Dies Of Suspected Malaria

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Malawi under-20 striker Abel Mwakilama has sadly passed away on Friday of suspected cerebral malaria in Portugal, where he had only recently joined a lower-division team. He was 18.

Mwakilama’s manager, Venancio Patrick, said it’s thought that the player contracted cerebral malaria while back in Malawi for an under-20 African Nations Cup qualifier against Swaziland three weeks ago.

Patrick said Mwakilama complained of a headache and was taken to the hospital in Portugal where he was told he had cerebral malaria. Patrick and the Football Association of Malawi said Mwakilama died on Friday in the hospital in Porto.

“It is so shocking, so sad. We are devastated,” Football Association of Malawi general secretary Alfred Gunda said.

At age 17, Mwakilama scored 37 goals for Malawian club Chitipa United to help it gain promotion to the country’s top flight in 2017.

He joined Portuguese team Sporting Clube de Esmoriz and had scored seven goals in five games. His Malawi under-20 team was due to play the second leg of its qualifier against Swaziland on Sunday.

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Everton Manager Sam Allardyce Places Massive Importance On Summer Transfer Window

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Everton manager Sam Allardyce insists their summer transfer business will have a large bearing on how successful they will be next season.

“It will all be about recruitment. How good it is, what we can achieve, what funds are available,” he said.

“We have a difficult summer by the fact the World Cup’s on and it’s okay saying we want to do this business or that business, a lot of the summer months you try to achieve what you can and then all of a sudden you do business you never expected to.

“What your targets might be at the beginning of pre-season or the end of this season, by the time the middle of pre-season has happened those targets could very well change.

“But, being in a World Cup year, recruitment’s going to be difficult to say the least.”

‘We achieved our first and only goal at the beginning from the very start. Safety was the ultimate for 13 games and 12 points from when I got here,’ said Allardyce, although the club actually had 15 points from 14 matches as he was sat in the stands for the win over West Ham when his appointment was announced in late November.

‘That was similar to other clubs I’d arrived at a similar time. We have done it in quick time when you see others striving and worried and we are not.

‘What we are striving for is to finish the season as best we possibly can and acquire as many points as we can then deliver the pre-season of ins and outs.

‘As time moves on and a new season arrives we have to make big decisions amongst us all and all pull in the right direction to make those decisions and say how do we get Everton better next season than this?

‘I don’t feel anything but great respect for the club and it’s need and desire to have as much success as it possibly can.’

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Raymond Domenech, Rigobert Song, Lothar Matthaus Among Cameroon Head Coach Applicants

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Former France coach Raymond Domenech and German World Cup winner Lothar Matthaus are among the more than 70 coaches who have applied for the vacant Cameroon national team coach position.

Other well-known names to apply are Carlos Queiroz, the former Manchester United assistant coach, and Rigobert Song, the ex-Cameroon captain who has been coaching the national development team.

Cameroon are looking for a new coach less than a year before they defend their African Nations Cup title as tournament hosts.

Belgium’s Hugo Broos led Cameroon to the 2017 African title in Gabon in February last year but was fired 10 months later after Cameroon failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.

Cameroon Football Federation spokesman Simon Lyonga confirmed the list of applicants.

Others include Tom Saintfiet, Alain Giresse, and Philippe Troussier, all coaches with experience of working in Africa. There were 31 Cameroonians who applied for the job.

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Borussia Dortmund CEO Looking To Sign Michy Batshuayi Permanently

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Borussia Dortmund will consider making Michy Batshuayi’s loan move from Chelsea permanent this summer, according to Sport Bild, but accept the Belgian’s future is far from certain. 

The striker has impressed since arriving at the club in January but an ankle injury will keep him out for the remainder of the season. He will return to Chelsea in the summer and, if Antonio Conte departs, Batshuayi’s position at the club may change, ruling out a permanent switch to the Germans.

Michy Batshuayi has scored nine times from 14 appearances after joining BVB as a temporary replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, immediately endearing himself to the club’s fans, who want to see him back next season.

The club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed that Dortmund are interested in a long-term deal but are worried that they may not be able to land the player on a permanent basis if the Blues change managers in the summer.

“The interest to commit him is basically there,” Watzke told Sport Bild. “Chelsea have two strikers with Giroud and Morata anyway. But first we have to wait and see who will be Chelsea’s coach next season. Then we’ll see.”

Batshuayi, meanwhile, previously revealed that he had always wanted to represent the Bundesliga side.

“I’ve always wanted to play in Dortmund,” he said to French football magazine Onze Mundial in early April. 

“I’d already said so to reporters back in the day. If they tried hard enough they could find an article of me saying that when I was at Standard Liege! I was asked who I wanted to play for in my career, and my reply was ‘Marseille and Dortmund’, and now I’m happy cos [sic] I’ve done both. They are two major institutions, domestically and internationally.”

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Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers Dismisses Arsenal Speculation

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Brendan Rodgers has said there is “nothing in” links to him replacing Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager.

The Gunners boss announced on Friday that he would be leaving at the end of the season, after managing the North London club for 22 years.

Rodger’s Celtic are ten points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, however the former Liverpool coach has insisted that he is happy in Glasgow.

“There is always a lot of speculation around – I have three years left on my contract here, I am very happy,” Rodgers told reporters.

“There is always going to be speculation because with Arsene leaving there has to be names put in the hat. I have a number of years left as a manager. I am 45, I probably look a lot older but, 45, and I’m enjoying my position here. It’s a huge privilege for me to manage Celtic. It’s a huge club with pressure and that’s all I concentrate on.

“Arsenal is a fantastic club, very much similar to Celtic in terms of the traditions and values it has as a club, you can’t deny that. It’s a fantastic club but, for me, my only focus is on Celtic and doing the very best I can for them.”

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Arsene Wenger Will Continue As A Manager After Leaving Arsenal- Nigel Winterburn

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Former Arsenal man Nigel Winterburn is not expecting Arsene Wenger to quit management after he leaves the club.

Winterburn, who won the title under Wenger in 1998, says his old boss will not be short of options if he intends to continue his career in management.

“I haven’t spoken to him for the last couple of months,” he said. “But, when I last spoke to him, and whenever you address Arsene Wenger, it is football, it is in his blood.

“He absolutely loves it, he loves Arsenal. I think it will hurt him a little bit to walk away from this football club, but, if you ask me ‘is he going to stay on as a director of Arsenal?’ No, I don’ t think so.

“I think Arsene Wenger still wants to manage and I think those offers will come flooding in at the end of the season. I think there will be some big, big teams in there, looking to see whether Arsene can be tempted to join them.”

“What I am looking at is the manager, when he comes into Arsenal football club, what is he going to do for our football club? How is he going to drive it forward? Is that going to be an experienced manager, or are Arsenal going to take a chance, as maybe they did with Arsene Wenger all those years ago? I think it is an intriguing decision (to appoint Wenger’s successor) and one I am looking forward to the board making with real excitement.”

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal are currently sixth in the Premier League table, 14 points off Champions League qualification

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Manchester United Gets Criticized Too Much- Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has suggested that his team perhaps get “too much criticism” following the club’s 2-1 FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester United came back from an early Dele Alli goal to claim a slender victory at Wembley Stadium, as goals either side of half time from Alexis Sanches and Ander Herrera sent Mourinho’s side into the final.

“We deserve it. If we split the match into periods we were the best team for many of these periods. Even when they had the ball when we were winning we were totally in control.

“We lost control after the 1-0. At half-time we spoke – we came back late for the second half because we spoke a lot – and organised ourselves. When you play away from home the supporters were phenomenal.

“We should ask ourselves why there is too many critics on all of us? We can finish second with six more points. To do that with all the fantastic teams we play against will be an achievement for a club that couldn’t do it for a few years now.

“And it will be a fourth final in three years. So, maybe too much criticism.”

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Chris Smalling And Phil Jones Were Amazing Vs Tottenham- Ander Herrera

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Ander Herrera has heaped praise on Manchester United defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones following the club’s FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester United bounced back from going behind to Dele Alli‘s early goal at Wembley, as Alexis Sanchez and Herrera returned to hand Jose Mourinho another chance of claiming silverware in what has been a barren season for the Portuguese coach so far.

“I’m really happy of course. We are in another final and we’re getting used to being in finals,” Herrera told BBC Sport after the game.

“This club is all about titles and finals. The centre-backs did an amazing job.”

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Nigerian Army Arrests 23 Suspected Cultists, 15 Pipeline Vandals

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The Nigerian Army on Saturday revealed that it arrested 23 suspected cultists, who were conducting physical training for new recruits, initiation, robbery and kidnapping.

In the same vein, it arrested 15 other persons suspected to be pipeline vandals and recovered 31 jerry cans of refined petroleum products in the process.

Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, made this known at a news conference at the 174 Battalion, Ikorodu area of Lagos.

Udoh was represented by the Brigade Commander, Brig.-Gen. Moundhey Ali.

The GOC, who said the suspects were arrested at different times and locations, explained that the arrests were a result of intensive surveillance and intelligence report.

“In continuation of the crackdown on criminal elements and cultists in and around Lagos and Ogun states, the troops of 81 Division arrested 23 suspected cultists in Ikorodu area on April 16.

“Over 50 suspected cultists from “Eiye” confraternity were conducting physical training for new recruits, initiation and planning for robbery and kidnap activities.

“Their arrest was preceded by a shootout between the troops of 174 Battalion Ikorodu and the cultists after which, 23 of the suspected cultists were arrested while others escaped,’’ he said.

The GOC said that two of the suspects sustained gunshot wounds, adding that one of the suspected newly-recruited cultists died as a result of injuries inflicted on him during the cult initiation.

“However, one of our gallant soldiers, while combatting the cultists sustained a gunshot wound on his left leg during the encounter and was immediately evacuated.

“The soldier and the 2 wounded cultists are receiving treatment at the Battalion’s Medical Reception Station.

“Items recovered from the suspects include one locally-made double barrel pistol, five live cartridges, five machetes, four jack knives, two table knives, three locally-fabricated axes with nail like edges and five mobile phones.

“Also recovered from them are one parcel containing substance suspected to be Indian hemp. Others are two ATM cards, eight identity cards, nine passport photographs, packets of condom, rings and a variety of charms,’’ he said.

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‘We Let Ourselves Down In FA Cup Defeat To Manchester United- Dele Alli

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Dele Alli has admitted that his side ‘let themselves down’ after losing 2-1 to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley Stadium.

Dele Alli’s early goal had given Mauricio Pochettino‘s side the lead, although Tottenham were unable to prevent United from clawing their way back into the game through Alexis Sanches, before Ander Herrera sent Jose Mourinho‘s men into the final with an adroit finish in the second half.

“We let ourselves down, it’s very disappointing. We have to try and pick ourselves up and finish the season strongly,” Alli told BBC Sport after the defeat.

“You can’t go 1-0 up and then 2-1 down against a team like Manchester United. We can’t put ourselves in that situation.

“We were dominant from the first minute and it only looked to be going one way.

“Everyone talks. We want to win trophies, we have the staff that want to win. We can’t keep doing this. We can’t throw it away. We have got to improve.”

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HEADIES: 2Baba Recalls Olamide, Don Jazzy Face-Off As His Memorable Moment Of The Award (WATCH VIDEO)

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Ace Nigerian singer has pointed out that his most memorable experience of the Headies Award was one the featured an unpleasant face-off between Olamide and Don Jazzy in 2015.

In recent caht with Hip TV, the singer was requested to talk about his memorable moment on the Headies awards and he surprisingly mentioned the moment when Olamide took to the Headies stage to throw subliminal at rival record label perceived to be Mavin.

The incident later escalated to the purpose of near-confrontation and social media threats as Don Jazzy later got on stage at the award ceremony to name Olamide for questioning the selection of Next Rated winner.

In the course of the quick interview, 2baba recalled the moment of Olamide’s tantrum as his memorable moment on the Headies awards.

Watch the Video below:-

 

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HEADIES: 2Baba Recalls Olamide, Don Jazzy Face-Off As His Memorable Moment Of The Award (WATCH VIDEO)

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Ace Nigerian singer has pointed out that his most memorable experience of the Headies Award was one the featured an unpleasant face-off between Olamide and Don Jazzy in 2015.

In recent caht with Hip TV, the singer was requested to talk about his memorable moment on the Headies awards and he surprisingly mentioned the moment when Olamide took to the Headies stage to throw subliminal at rival record label perceived to be Mavin.

The incident later escalated to the purpose of near-confrontation and social media threats as Don Jazzy later got on stage at the award ceremony to name Olamide for questioning the selection of Next Rated winner.

In the course of the quick interview, 2baba recalled the moment of Olamide’s tantrum as his memorable moment on the Headies awards.

Watch the Video below:-

 

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AAI Collaborates With Covenant University For The Jim Ovia Foundation Leaders Scholarship

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The Africa America Institute (AAI) just signed an MoU with Covenant University, making the prestigious institution the second university partner for the Jim Ovia Foundation Leaders Scholarship (JOFLS).

Both Covenant University, Nigeria and Ashesi University, Ghana – AAI’s initial university partner – are set to oversee the admissions of the JOFLS applicants according to the universities’ admission criteria.

The JOFLS is a definitive partnership between the Jim Ovia Foundation and the Africa-America Institute that will have an exponential impact in creating a better, brighter future for young Africans.

According to the Founder/Chairman of the Jim Ovia Foundation, Mr. Jim Ovia, “… we need to collectively empower young people and create a network of future leaders and game changers that can propel our continent.  This JOFLS Fund and partnership with AAI are part of my continued dedication; and I am pleased that the prestigious Covenant University is now a part of the process.”

Covenant University was selected based on its strong academic performance and commitment to mentoring and supporting scholars while studying at the institution. Covenant University was founded in 2001. The institution is dynamic, vision-driven and committed to pioneering excellence at the cutting edge of learning and raising a new generation of leaders. In 2016, Covenant University ranked first among Nigerian Universities (both private and public) with the most employable graduates, at 90% employability rate.

The JOFLS is made possible by the generous philanthropy of the Jim Ovia Foundation and is currently offered through Ashesi University and Covenant University for high-achieving but under-resourced students. The vision of JOFLS is to support these students through the entire course of acquiring the necessary skills for their chosen dynamic and innovation-driven careers.

To be considered for the Jim Ovia Foundation Leaders Scholarship, please visit http://www.aaionline.org/ for more details.

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#BBNaija 2018 Day 82: Davido, Tekno, Others To Serenade The Finale

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For a good 11 weeks, the #BBNaija house and stage have been set alight by the best of Africa’s musical acts and for the crowning of the ultimate ‘brother’, super heavy weights Davido, Tekno, Mr Real, Dice Ailes and dance queen Kaffy will be the governors of entertainment.

These powerful acts will be executing melodic decrees in ways only they know how to on different stages throughout the Liveshow.

Having chosen to overlook his Western influences, Davido’s very impressive musical accolades have had him gain a type of momentum that saw him artistically mingling with creatives years his senior, and creating internationally relative sounds.

Similarly, after a couple of flaming features, Mr Real managed to cook up a sound that even the #bbnaija Housemates can’t get enough of. His current hit ‘Legbegbe’ has made waves all over Africa and he too will be lighting up the #BBNaija stage.

Rookie of the year nominee and creator of hit song ‘Miracle’, Mr Ailes has created a name for himself. Signed to one of Africa’s critically acclaimed labels ‘Chocolate City’, he too promises to help us bring the curtain down with a bang.

Joining the superstars on the BBNaija stage will be none other than Guinness Book of records listed choreographer, Kaffy. A legend in her own right, she managed to introduce dance in a visually unique level. It is only fitting that she too graces the stage as Africa gets to see the ultimate #bbnaija housemate crowned.

Tekno is yet another musical sensation to blossom out of Nigerian soil that will be performing at the #bbnaija grand finale. Having been exposed to music at the tender age of 8 and sounds from the different parts of the country he’s lived in, he too blazed for himself very unique trails in the music industry and will also bring hia uniqueness to the #BBNaija finale.

In light of the backstabbing, romance with lifespans shorter than that of a matchstick, explosive quarrels and unexpected Bring Backs, there is no better way to celebrate 85 days of endurance than with the sounds of internationally recognised and celebrated royals of the African beat.

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CBN Strengthens Retail SMIS With $396.18m

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In its relentless move to guarantee liquidity in the foreign exchange market, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has intervened in the Retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) segment of the market to the tune of $396.18million.

According to figures obtained from the CBN on Friday, April 20, 2018, the released sum is meant to meet obligations in the agricultural, airlines, petroleum products and raw materials and machinery sectors.

Confirming the figures, the Bank’s Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Isaac Okorafor said that interventions by the CBN in both the retail and wholesale sectors of the forex market were targeted primarily at ensuring liquidity in the market as well as encouraging production and trade, particularly now that the focus was on the promotion of local content.

Okorafor further explained that with the country’s reserves nearing $50 billion, the Bank was even more determined to sustain the gains recorded through the various policy options the Bank took in the course of stemming the depletion of the external reserves and steering Nigeria out of recession.

Beyond ensuring liquidity in the inter-bank sector of the market, he said the Bank was committed to supporting efforts aimed growing the economy and further diversifying it away from oil.

Despite rates closing at N362/$1 on Friday, April 20, 2018, Okorafor, insisted that the market would remain stable and that the Bank would ensure it maintains the country’s external reserves in order to safeguard the international value of the Naira.

The Central Bank of Nigeria in its last SMIS on March 23, 2018, intervened with the sum of $339.89, while also intervening in the inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market to the tune of $210,000,000, comprising of $100million for the wholesale segment and $55 million for both the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and invisibles segment on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

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I Did Not Acquire Wealth Through Oil Bunkering – Duncan Mighty Reveals Source Of Wealth

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Self-acclaimed Port Harcourt First Son and dancehall singer, Duncan Mighty has debunked the rumour that he acquired his enormous wealth through illegal oil bunkering.

While speaking with Saturday Beats, the singer mentioned that he has always had in mind that people must bear the belief that he is into something illegal to have been so wealthy.

He said:

“I have read in several places where people link my wealth to illegal activities like oil bunkering but I don’t feel bad about it. Such things are normal. Making money in life for me is not the ultimate thing. People would always judge how you make money especially when they know where you are coming from.

They know that my family did not have money while I was growing up so they would question my wealth. When God blesses you, he does not look at where you are coming from. It is just a normal thing for people to talk about the way you made your money without talking about how you suffered,” he said.

However, the singer disclosed that he invested so much in construction and building and that is where the bulk of his money comes from and not even from music.

In his words;

“It is good to make money. I am a very hard working man and aside music, I own and run a construction company. In each of my sites, I have at least 43 staff members who work as engineers. So, apart from music, I do civil engineering works. Despite the fact that I am an artiste, I am also an engineer.

I make money from my works, I have done good jobs and people refer me to others that need my services. I lease heavy duty machines as well. I am not bragging but showing you how hard I work. Money does not make a man.”

He seized the opportunity to advise his colleagues in the music industry currently making fame and money to leverage on their earnings now while they are still in demand because tomorrow might be too late.

Duncan Mighty said:

“I am using this medium to talk to other artistes, music should not be the only way you make money. No man can reign forever, it is only Jesus that can reign forever. The young must grow and the new must come; you might be the ‘new’ kid on the block today but years down the line, you would become ‘old school’.

You do not have a choice over things like this. You should be able to build your life to an extent without entirely depending on music. Without music, you can still build a skyscraper. It is too bad when an artiste does not have a new song and because of that gets broke. I see no reason why a musician would not invest his money in other sectors. When you invest early, people would always tell you that you have money.

I did not squander my money; I have a good home, I have impacted on so many lives, my vehicles and companies are running fine, so why would people not say that I have too much money? I have too much money because I work too much. As an artiste, you should learn to diversify. If it means you should sell pure water, please do so, forget about pride. When you make money from a show, put it in your business.

Don’t forget that normal businessmen and politicians are not as popular as artistes, so you can leverage on your fame and work. Don’t use your fame to chase the slay queens on the internet; use your name to invest and make money so that when you are old, people would buy your product.”

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N45m BBNaija Prize: Who Wins On Sunday?

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N45m BBNaija Prize: Who Wins On Sunday? By Benjamin Njoku

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After 12 weeks of intense competition and intrigues, the stage is set again to crown the winner of Nigeria’s biggest reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, BBNaija, as the show ends tomorrow, in South Africa.

The show, which began on Sunday, January 28, with 20 housemates will ultimately see the emergence of a winner of the grand prize of N45 million and a brand new SUV car during this Sunday’s final broadcast.

This piece was written by Benjamin Njoku and was first published on Vanguard. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Tobi and Nina Five top finalists, including Miracle, Tobi, Cee C, Nina and Alex are in the race for the all-important grand prize. At the end of last Sunday’s show, Anto, Lolu and Khloe, the trio who polled the least number of votes, were evicted from the #BBNaija house, leaving five housemates to battle for the prize.

It has been a long journey for the top five finalists and whoever emerges the winner tomorrow, will instantly become a millionaire. Interestingly, 20 housemates namely; Princess, Bitto, Khloe, K Brule, DeeOne, Vandora, Ahneeka, Angel, Leo, IfuEnnada, Anto, Teddy A, Bam Bam, Rico Swavey, Lolu, Nina, Miracle, Alex, Tobi and Ceec began the race, but only five of them made it to the final.

While this third season of the reality show tagged “Double Wahala” has been punctuated with breakups, makeups and a dirty fight that led to the disqualification of two housemates, the show equally has lived up to its billing as the most watched show across the continent.

Recall that three weeks into the show, housemates Khloe and her strategic partner K Brule were disqualified from the game for quarreling, using profane words on each other, an act that is against the big brother house rules.

However, Khloe was lucky to return into the house when big brother presented an opportunity for two evicted housemates to be voted back into the house. This opportunity saw Khloe and Anto who had also been evicted earlier on, return into the big brother house.

Also, after staying three weeks in the house, Princess, Bitto, DeeOne and Vandora were evicted on the first live eviction show of the season hosted by Ebuka Obi-Uchenndu, making them the first set of housemates to be evicted from the show.

As the weeks went by, Ahneeka, Angel, Leo, IfuEnnada, Teddy A, Bam Bam, Rico Swavey, Anto, Khloe and Lolu were evicted respectively from the show, leaving behind five housemates to battle for the grand prize.

This piece was written by Benjamin Njoku and was first published on Vanguard. 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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Dear Buhari, My Generation Was Given Nothing; Yours Had Everything But Destroyed Nigeria

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Dear Buhari, My Generation Was Given Nothing; Yours Had Everything But Destroyed Nigeria By Fredrick Nwabufo

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A few days ago, Adebayo Shittu, minister of communication, went on a rant rampage on radio dismissing Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, as a “minion, small boy and inconsequential” for his audacity to run for presidential office. 

Sowore, a young Nigerian, is perhaps the only presidential hopeful who is all out on the stump. Big-time politicians have retreated into their trenches since President Muhammadu Buhari declared his intention to seek re-election.

At the time, I wrote that Shittu’s verbal farts showed the “class disdain” for young Nigerians. Buhari’s recent atrocious confession affirms this. 

Let me put the president’s statement here.

“About the economy, we have a very young population; our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million. This is a very conservative one,” he said.

“More than 60 percent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free.”

It is discomfiting that this is impression Buhari has of young Nigerians.  And he said the youth want to get “housing, healthcare, education free”! Perhaps, I need to remind Mr. President that he and his generation fed fat on the country’s largesse. 

In the days of Mr. President, children were literally conscripted into schools. In fact, parents who refused to send their kids to school were jailed. Education was free!  The president said this himself in a book authored by Professor John Paden, his biographer. In the book, the president said he hated going to school, but he had no choice. Education was compulsory. But as you read these lines, there are about 12 million children roaming the streets in the north. No education, no care! Some have taken up drugs as an escape from their somber existence.

Also, in the days of Buhari, a civil servant was entitled to decent accommodation and healthcare benefits. But in my days, it is not so. The Nigerian youth have not been given anything; they have to earn every penny, every comfort, and every laurel, even in their quotidian existence.

 The old generation of coupists, the corrupt and bigots bequeathed nothing to my generation but ethnic distrust, suspicion, religious intolerance, and corruption. That Nigeria is still stuck in time is because of Mr. President and his ilk. And that the country is one of the most hated places on the planet is because of Mr. President and his generation.

Perhaps, Mr. President does not know that the goodwill Nigeria seems to enjoy now is because of the excellence of young Nigerians who have excelled in all fields despite the hovel that is the country.

The youth are the psychiatrists, who give this country a semblance of sanity, Mr. President should show some respect.

Fredrick is a writer, journalist and media entrepreneur

He can be reached on Twitter: @FredrickNwabufo, Facebook: Fredrick Nwabufo

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Step Down Now Or Be Disgraced Like Jonathan – Prophet Tells Buhari

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The General Overseer of Inri Evangelical Church, Primate Babatunde Ayodele, has told President Muhammadu Buhari to step down from office if he does not want to be disgraced like his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan.

The cleric also reiterated his call for the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to run for President in 2019.

The General Overseer of Inri Evangelical Church, Primate Babatunde Ayodele

The General Overseer of Inri Evangelical Church, Primate Babatunde Ayodele

The clergyman said this during the commissioning of a newly built 50,000 seat Temilaseyori mini-cathedral branch of the Inri Church in Badagry, Lagos State.

He said, “Saraki should come out to contest. It is the word of God. Buhari Government is not in the hand of God any longer; his government cannot meet up the needs of the people, not even the problem of herdsmen in the country, which his government cannot control.

“He should step down so that he will not be disgraced like the former President. Saraki will do it better and no matter what names people might be calling him, Saraki can move Nigeria forward come 2019.

“In 2013 we told Jonathan that he cannot win, and we repeated it in 2014, but he refused and lost out. During the Liberia presidential election, I told George Weah that he should strategize to win.

“He did and won. We sent a similar message to Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and he won. I said it also to Sierra Leonean presidential aspirant, Umara Samara, he ignored my message which I sent through delegates. He refused the steps I asked him to follow and after the election, the reverse was the case.”

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, April 9, told the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that he will be seeking the party nomination to fly the party flag in the 2019 presidential election.

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EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu Promoted To Police Commissioner | See Details

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The acting chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, was among the top police officers that were promoted to their next ranks, says a statement issued on Friday by the Police Service Commission (PSC).

Magu was promoted from the position of the deputy commissioner to full commissioner of police, says the statement issued by the PSC and made available to newsmen by its head of press and public relations, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani.

Read the full statement below:

PRESS RELEASE

PSC APPROVES PROMOTION OF 18 SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS, OSHODI-GLOVER, DIG, GHAZZALI MOHAMMED, PEACE IBEKWE ABDALLAH, AIGs, MAGU, ONYEAGORO, GBOLARUMI, CPs

The Police Service Commission has approved the promotion of eighteen senior Police Officers. The promotions are one of the high points of the Commission’s 27thPlenary Meeting which ended in Abuja today, Friday, April 20th, 2018. The Meeting was presided over by the Commission’s Chairman Sir. Dr. Mike Mbama Okiro, a retired Inspector General of the Police.

The Commission approved the promotion of AIG Agbola Oshodi-Glover in charge of Zone 11, Osogbo, to the next rank of a Deputy Inspector General of Police.

CP Ghazzali Mohammed, Commissioner of Police, Administration, DLS, Force Headquarters and CP Peace Ibekwe Abdallah, former Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Command and currently , CP, Force Intelligence Bureau, Force Headquarters were promoted to Assistant Inspector General of Police.

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, DCP Ibrahim Mustapha Magu, DCP Ebere C. Onyeagoro, DCP Administration, Kaduna State Command and DCP Moshood O. Gbolarumi, DCP Maritime, Lagos, were promoted to the next rank of Commissioner of Police.

Other promotions approved by the Commission include; one Assistant Commissioner of Police to Deputy Commissioner of Police, Nine Chief Superintendents of Police to assistant Commissioners of Police, one Deputy Superintendent of Police to Superintendent of Police, one assistant Superintendent of Police to Deputy Superintendent of Police and one Inspector to assistant Superintendent of Police.

Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Okiro congratulated the newly promoted officers and urged them to rededicate themselves to the service of their fatherland. He assured them that the Commission will continue to pay attention to their basic entitlements which include regular promotions.

Ikechukwu Ani

Head, Press and Public Relations

Friday, April, 20th, 2018

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(VIDEO): “I’m Dropping The Biggest Song In Nigeria On April 30” – Davido

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Prominent Nigerian singer David Adedeji Adeleke, better known by his stage name, Davido, has said that his upcoming single would become the biggest song in the country when it his released.

The singer who runs Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) made this known on Thursday during a joint interview with artistes signed to his label.

Speaking on Cool FM, Davido revealed that his upcoming single, which will be released on April 30, will be the “biggest song in the country.”

He said the song is called ‘Assurance’.

 “I’m dropping a single on the 30th of April. It’s gonna be the biggest song in the country. It’s called ‘Assurance’,” he said on the programme.

The DMW boss alongside Yonda, Peruzzi, Fresh VDM who are other members of the record label were at the radio station to promote their new song titled ‘Aje’.

He also revealed that Aje is the lead single of a collaboration album which features other members of the label, including Dremo, Mayorkun, Idowest, DJ E-Cool, and Ichaba.

The album is reportedly slated to be released in June in collaboration with Sony Music Africa. His own third studio album, Davido said, will be released in September.

The artiste signed to Sony/RCA spoke about his friendship with DJ E Cool, who he said he has known since the age of 11.

“Me and E-Cool, we grew up in Atlanta together. You won’t believe when I was 11 running around in Atlanta, this guy used to block me from parties. He won’t allow me to enter,” he said.

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#BBNaija 2018 Day 82: Trouble In Paradise As Miracle And Nina Have A Go At Each Other

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While the rest of the #bbnaija Housemates were turning down for the night and getting ready for bed, Nina and Miracle were engrossed in a fight that had them both declaring “I’m not happy”.

The cause of the midnight rumble, which both termed a discussion and not an argument, is Nina’s attitude towards Tobi and Alex. More so, Miracle also made it known that he felt she was slowly becoming a person he doesn’t recognise.

Stating his issues bluntly, Miracle revealed he was perturbed and unhappy at a comment Nina passed earlier, where she had called his close friends Tobi and Alex “them”. Miracle had earlier in the day spent time with Alex and Tobi in the jacuzzi, where they had discussed, amongst many other things, Nina and Cee-C.

“I don’t take sides and will not where drama is concerned seeing as it is the last week, but I’m surprised by your attitude. When did Tobi and Alex start being them?” he asked.

Nina made it a point to reference how Alex and Tobi had told Miracle earlier that she is using him to play the game and that their romance is not genuine.

This served as the catalyst for the disagreement. “Since Tobi told you this, you have this mind-set that I am not real. Don’t let him fill your head with things that are not true. When we leave this House, you will find out who your real friends are,” she said, ominously.

Miracle didn’t take kindly to Nina’s remarks and warned her to never imply another man was telling him how to behave. “If you’re saying Tobi is filling my head, then I’ll be really angry with you. Trust me. You’re insulting me. I see you changing and that’s a fact”.

Nina appeared to be taken aback by this attack and snapped right back, reminding him how he has also changed as the #bbnaija Game slowly grinds to a halt.

The two went around in circles for a while, until Miracle cut it short and decided it would be better to speak about the issue outside the #bbnaija House without cameras rolling and millions of eyes watching.

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