#NoMore: Why These Sexual Assaults Must Not Be Covered Up!

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It was Saturday May 5, 2018 and there it was on social media, a platform with 84 million Nigerians, 4.68 percent of who are Twitter users. Without a major international media interview, @OhTimehin still managed to arrest us throughout that day. For many like myself who had been willing, hoping, and campaigning that someone, just one person, would dare the break the mould, @OhTimehin’s revelation was as commendable as it was courageous. As I continued to read one post after another, a combination of sadness, anger, empathy meshed together, one unidentifiable from the other. As I lay in bed later that night, it occurred to me that @OhTimehin by coincidence had endorsed the reason that I started an iteration of the #NoMore campaign.

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

It isn’t that Nigerian women haven’t called out their abusers in the past. In fact, a handful, inspired by #Metoo had begun calling out their predators. Some called out former employers, others former lecturers and most recently, high-profile individuals. However, despite the statistics, society has maintained an obstinate character with oblivion and indifference. For many, what difference can a bunch of “trouble-making women” cause in a country of over 180 million people with a dominant patriarchal structure? If justice and legal redress have been delusional, where then is the parish of support from the Nigerian national, independent and online press? Many had expected the interview by CNN’s Christian Amanpour with prominent writer and feminist Chimamanda Adichie, which aired a week before, would trigger a tremor. With bated breath, we watched, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Olutimehin Adegbeye is an accomplished, writer and activist. Her TED talk is listed as one of the best of 2017, alongside those of Elon Musk and Pope Francis. Olutimehin is a multidimensional public speaker with a particular focus on social issues to “deconstruct the violent and exploitative power structures that underpin globalised societies with the ultimate goal of re-inscribing the intrinsic value of human life”.

Going by the tone of her subsequent posts that day and days later, Timehin was ready for the trolls. She was geared up for the “mans-planations” that would be tendered to diminish her story. Nigeria is not a country where calling out a sexual predator is supported, let alone commended. Those who dare to point the finger often end up with hundreds of hands poised ready to deflect the strike. In many ways, even with the global success of #Metoo, calling out your attacker, even in its home field of America, doesn’t earn you a badge of honour. Worse, in Nigeria, naming and shaming is an invitation for ostracisation and professional suicide, punishable by total condemnation. @OhTimehin’s allegation was an audacious act of defiance. As she said in one of her post “#itsTime” to call it what it is. She would speak her truth, in her words, giving as much detail as she sees fit. Her confidence, strength and conviction were apparent. Critical fact would have bolstered her candidness. @OhTimehin’s status as a successful independent freelance writer of international repute gave warrant to her bravery, whilst augmenting the authority of her story. For the #NoMore movement, this was indeed a moment! It has become necessary for women of influence to speak up and join voices, and here was a woman of influence who didn’t just speak out, but pronounced the names of two men as her alleged assailants. This was an intrepid posture of #NoMore.

Two years ago, @OhTimehin had written a thread on Twitter about three separate sexual assaults, by three different men at three unconnected occasions. The most repost her tweets received in 2016 was 10, with a handful of support. This week, someone asked her on Twitter, “are you the only one that everybody will sexual assault…” At my last count, her revelation had been reposted over 500 times.

Dinah Washington sang; “What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours, brought the sun and the flowers, where there used to be rain”. It took 17,520 hours for Timehin to call out her alleged rapist. Two years ago, global tolerance for sexual violations was high. Ignorance, apathy and indifference was legitimate, and more importantly, #Metoo, #TimesUp, #ItsTime and #NoMore were yet to be birthed. 24 months ago, the silence was deafening. Assailants, justified by wilful neglect, had society as their ally, facilitating their motion from victim to victim like mutant mosquitoes. Today, irrespective of what one might think of #Metoo, the world is more educated, more knowledgeable, more informed and less charitable about crimes of a sexual nature. This is not to suggest that the weed has been fully cleared. We are many years away from that kumbaya. But somewhere, between the dense wood, gleams a ray of light which cannot be dismissed. The same ray of light that must have gleamed on the day a Pennsylvanian jury found America’s Dad – Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated sexual assault. Ultimately, it boiled down to “consent”. The difference between consensual and non-consensual sex can no longer be conflated.

One of the primary objectives of #NoMore is to shift the tone of conversation away from victim and victimisation, to survival and survivors by supporting more women to articulate their experience and, should they wish, to disclose the identities of their attackers.

Critics of #NoMore and #Metoo have suggested that asking women to call out their abusers is tantamount to bullying, intimidation and emotional pressure. What these critics have forgotten is the power of numbers. Sexual violation is one of those crimes which mostly occur without a witness, making it a case of “He said”/“She said”. Furthermore, the burden of proof is on the plaintiff instead of the defendant. In the case of Cosby, there were 60 “she saids” over a period of 50 years, yet he only stood trial for a single case! In Nigeria, convictions for rape cases are very low. According to the Mirabel Assault Referral Centre, out of the 2,250 rape cases reported to the police in a two-and-a-half year period, less than 20 convictions were recorded. Source: Mirabel Center/Press Reader

It has been 9 days since @OhTimehin named of two of her alleged abusers on Twitter. Surprisingly, despite the high profiles of the named, this has not made a single headline. Not even a copy-and-paste story by any of Nigeria’s olofofo press – gossip blogs. One of the men named is a controversial character who owns a popular night club in Ikeja, an affluent suburb in Lagos, who is known for his misogynistic proclivities and other outlandish fashion. The second man is a successful and popular celebrity Radio and TV host, and more recently the voice of the just concluded highly popular and continent-wide South African digital television production. He is also the co-host of a talk show with an all-male host that tackles topics such as women, sports and sex broadcasted on one of Nigeria’s trendiest TV stations.

What could explain this anomalous indifference to such scandalous public accusations made against two young celebrities? It wouldn’t be improbable to suggest an intentional and purposeful muzzle had been applied. This isn’t simply a media blackout. It has been an asphyxiation. Andre Blaze Henshaw’s brief response was a short post on Twitter declaring his innocence, followed by a statement from his employers:

Lagos, May 14 – EbonyLife TV has been made aware in the last few days of allegations against Andre Blaze Henshaw, one of the hosts of its programme, “Men’s Corner”. Mr. Henshaw has refuted the allegations on social media.

Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife TV, stated, “I am very concerned about these allegations and I am determined to find out the truth. Naturally, we do not condone sexual assault against or unwanted advances towards women, therefore we are investigating whether there is any merit to these claims. We will issue a further statement as soon as we have more information.”

To date, only Bill Cosby has been tried and found guilty of a #Metoo crime. If the mighty United States is struggling to obtain justice for victims, where is the hope in the corrupt, laborious and woefully inadequate Nigerian legal system?

Nigerian women, who reveal sexual assault stories, don’t expect legal remedy. Their motivation is to achieve a form of catharsis. A time to let out, unburden and exhale.

Most Nigerian hospitals don’t stock rape-kits. Police officers are not trained to handle rape crimes, and the country’s first court dedicated to sexual and domestic abuse was only recently inaugurated. Finding justice is game of Russian Roulette. Like @OhTimehin, a considerable number of Nigerian women are speaking out about sexual violations which occurred in the past, in a society still struggling with inefficiencies of its legal system, the chance of a detailed and effective investigation is elusive.

Whatever the weakness of #Metoo, even with only one conviction, an undeniable result, is the ensuing consequences of job losses by the men who have been named. Such an outcome remains unattainable in Nigeria.

It is for these reasons that I started the #NoMore movement. To amplify the debate and ignite self-examination. This is not about the oyinbos or “those white people who have nothing to do”. This is about you, me and us. This is about our society, our children, our home. #NoMore is about the majority of our men, who as boys were sexually assaulted by female predators and about our girls who as women are still being haunted like game in the jungle. It is about the culture of silence that has paralysed our society and emptied our mindset. #ItsTime for us to take responsibility for our complicit stillness and our failure to stop it before it became a plague. We allowed it to fester and germinate. #NoMore! Sadly, many men in Nigerian have, at one point in their lifetime, committed one form of sexual assault or the other; some knowingly; a minority, ignorantly. The daily cases we hear about are merely a drop in the ocean. The actual rate of incidence is far more than the statistics can capture.

We have work to do. We must do something. So, I challenge you to look at your daughter, son, sister, girlfriend, mother and try to justify any form of sexual violation to yourself. If you can’t, then you know #ItsTime to say #NoMore!

Ireti Bakare-Yusuf, the founder of Nigeria’s #NoMore campaign, is the principal partner at NottingHill Media, a marketing, public relations and media company.

This piece was written by Ireti Bakare-Yusuf . 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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#NoMore: Why These Sexual Assaults Must Not Be Covered Up!

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#NoMore: Why These Sexual Assaults Must Not Be Covered Up!, By Ireti Bakare-Yusuf

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It was Saturday May 5, 2018 and there it was on social media, a platform with 84 million Nigerians, 4.68 percent of who are Twitter users. Without a major international media interview, @OhTimehin still managed to arrest us throughout that day. For many like myself who had been willing, hoping, and campaigning that someone, just one person, would dare the break the mould, @OhTimehin’s revelation was as commendable as it was courageous. As I continued to read one post after another, a combination of sadness, anger, empathy meshed together, one unidentifiable from the other. As I lay in bed later that night, it occurred to me that @OhTimehin by coincidence had endorsed the reason that I started an iteration of the #NoMore campaign.

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

It isn’t that Nigerian women haven’t called out their abusers in the past. In fact, a handful, inspired by #Metoo had begun calling out their predators. Some called out former employers, others former lecturers and most recently, high-profile individuals. However, despite the statistics, society has maintained an obstinate character with oblivion and indifference. For many, what difference can a bunch of “trouble-making women” cause in a country of over 180 million people with a dominant patriarchal structure? If justice and legal redress have been delusional, where then is the parish of support from the Nigerian national, independent and online press? Many had expected the interview by CNN’s Christian Amanpour with prominent writer and feminist Chimamanda Adichie, which aired a week before, would trigger a tremor. With bated breath, we watched, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Olutimehin Adegbeye is an accomplished, writer and activist. Her TED talk is listed as one of the best of 2017, alongside those of Elon Musk and Pope Francis. Olutimehin is a multidimensional public speaker with a particular focus on social issues to “deconstruct the violent and exploitative power structures that underpin globalised societies with the ultimate goal of re-inscribing the intrinsic value of human life”.

Going by the tone of her subsequent posts that day and days later, Timehin was ready for the trolls. She was geared up for the “mans-planations” that would be tendered to diminish her story. Nigeria is not a country where calling out a sexual predator is supported, let alone commended. Those who dare to point the finger often end up with hundreds of hands poised ready to deflect the strike. In many ways, even with the global success of #Metoo, calling out your attacker, even in its home field of America, doesn’t earn you a badge of honour. Worse, in Nigeria, naming and shaming is an invitation for ostracisation and professional suicide, punishable by total condemnation. @OhTimehin’s allegation was an audacious act of defiance. As she said in one of her post “#itsTime” to call it what it is. She would speak her truth, in her words, giving as much detail as she sees fit. Her confidence, strength and conviction were apparent. Critical fact would have bolstered her candidness. @OhTimehin’s status as a successful independent freelance writer of international repute gave warrant to her bravery, whilst augmenting the authority of her story. For the #NoMore movement, this was indeed a moment! It has become necessary for women of influence to speak up and join voices, and here was a woman of influence who didn’t just speak out, but pronounced the names of two men as her alleged assailants. This was an intrepid posture of #NoMore.

Two years ago, @OhTimehin had written a thread on Twitter about three separate sexual assaults, by three different men at three unconnected occasions. The most repost her tweets received in 2016 was 10, with a handful of support. This week, someone asked her on Twitter, “are you the only one that everybody will sexual assault…” At my last count, her revelation had been reposted over 500 times.

Dinah Washington sang; “What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours, brought the sun and the flowers, where there used to be rain”. It took 17,520 hours for Timehin to call out her alleged rapist. Two years ago, global tolerance for sexual violations was high. Ignorance, apathy and indifference was legitimate, and more importantly, #Metoo, #TimesUp, #ItsTime and #NoMore were yet to be birthed. 24 months ago, the silence was deafening. Assailants, justified by wilful neglect, had society as their ally, facilitating their motion from victim to victim like mutant mosquitoes. Today, irrespective of what one might think of #Metoo, the world is more educated, more knowledgeable, more informed and less charitable about crimes of a sexual nature. This is not to suggest that the weed has been fully cleared. We are many years away from that kumbaya. But somewhere, between the dense wood, gleams a ray of light which cannot be dismissed. The same ray of light that must have gleamed on the day a Pennsylvanian jury found America’s Dad – Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated sexual assault. Ultimately, it boiled down to “consent”. The difference between consensual and non-consensual sex can no longer be conflated.

One of the primary objectives of #NoMore is to shift the tone of conversation away from victim and victimisation, to survival and survivors by supporting more women to articulate their experience and, should they wish, to disclose the identities of their attackers.

Critics of #NoMore and #Metoo have suggested that asking women to call out their abusers is tantamount to bullying, intimidation and emotional pressure. What these critics have forgotten is the power of numbers. Sexual violation is one of those crimes which mostly occur without a witness, making it a case of “He said”/“She said”. Furthermore, the burden of proof is on the plaintiff instead of the defendant. In the case of Cosby, there were 60 “she saids” over a period of 50 years, yet he only stood trial for a single case! In Nigeria, convictions for rape cases are very low. According to the Mirabel Assault Referral Centre, out of the 2,250 rape cases reported to the police in a two-and-a-half year period, less than 20 convictions were recorded. Source: Mirabel Center/Press Reader

It has been 9 days since @OhTimehin named of two of her alleged abusers on Twitter. Surprisingly, despite the high profiles of the named, this has not made a single headline. Not even a copy-and-paste story by any of Nigeria’s olofofo press – gossip blogs. One of the men named is a controversial character who owns a popular night club in Ikeja, an affluent suburb in Lagos, who is known for his misogynistic proclivities and other outlandish fashion. The second man is a successful and popular celebrity Radio and TV host, and more recently the voice of the just concluded highly popular and continent-wide South African digital television production. He is also the co-host of a talk show with an all-male host that tackles topics such as women, sports and sex broadcasted on one of Nigeria’s trendiest TV stations.

What could explain this anomalous indifference to such scandalous public accusations made against two young celebrities? It wouldn’t be improbable to suggest an intentional and purposeful muzzle had been applied. This isn’t simply a media blackout. It has been an asphyxiation. Andre Blaze Henshaw’s brief response was a short post on Twitter declaring his innocence, followed by a statement from his employers:

Lagos, May 14 – EbonyLife TV has been made aware in the last few days of allegations against Andre Blaze Henshaw, one of the hosts of its programme, “Men’s Corner”. Mr. Henshaw has refuted the allegations on social media.

Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife TV, stated, “I am very concerned about these allegations and I am determined to find out the truth. Naturally, we do not condone sexual assault against or unwanted advances towards women, therefore we are investigating whether there is any merit to these claims. We will issue a further statement as soon as we have more information.”

To date, only Bill Cosby has been tried and found guilty of a #Metoo crime. If the mighty United States is struggling to obtain justice for victims, where is the hope in the corrupt, laborious and woefully inadequate Nigerian legal system?

Nigerian women, who reveal sexual assault stories, don’t expect legal remedy. Their motivation is to achieve a form of catharsis. A time to let out, unburden and exhale.

Most Nigerian hospitals don’t stock rape-kits. Police officers are not trained to handle rape crimes, and the country’s first court dedicated to sexual and domestic abuse was only recently inaugurated. Finding justice is game of Russian Roulette. Like @OhTimehin, a considerable number of Nigerian women are speaking out about sexual violations which occurred in the past, in a society still struggling with inefficiencies of its legal system, the chance of a detailed and effective investigation is elusive.

Whatever the weakness of #Metoo, even with only one conviction, an undeniable result, is the ensuing consequences of job losses by the men who have been named. Such an outcome remains unattainable in Nigeria.

It is for these reasons that I started the #NoMore movement. To amplify the debate and ignite self-examination. This is not about the oyinbos or “those white people who have nothing to do”. This is about you, me and us. This is about our society, our children, our home. #NoMore is about the majority of our men, who as boys were sexually assaulted by female predators and about our girls who as women are still being haunted like game in the jungle. It is about the culture of silence that has paralysed our society and emptied our mindset. #ItsTime for us to take responsibility for our complicit stillness and our failure to stop it before it became a plague. We allowed it to fester and germinate. #NoMore! Sadly, many men in Nigerian have, at one point in their lifetime, committed one form of sexual assault or the other; some knowingly; a minority, ignorantly. The daily cases we hear about are merely a drop in the ocean. The actual rate of incidence is far more than the statistics can capture.

We have work to do. We must do something. So, I challenge you to look at your daughter, son, sister, girlfriend, mother and try to justify any form of sexual violation to yourself. If you can’t, then you know #ItsTime to say #NoMore!

Ireti Bakare-Yusuf, the founder of Nigeria’s #NoMore campaign, is the principal partner at NottingHill Media, a marketing, public relations and media company.

This piece was written by Ireti Bakare-Yusuf . 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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Mohamed Salah’s Boots Go On Display At British Museum

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Mohamed Salah’s boots will go on display in the world famous collections of Egyptian pharaohs and ancient artifacts at the British Museum ahead of the Champions League Final.

The Liverpool forward’s boots have been donated to the museum to celebrate his Golden Boot award for being the Premier League’s top scorer.

“We’ve made an exciting new acquisition!” the museum posted on Twitter. “To celebrate Egyptian footballing star Mohamed Salah being top scorer in the Premier League this season, we’ll be displaying his boots alongside objects from ancient Egypt in the run up to the Champions League final.”

Salah scored 32 league goals in his debut season for Liverpool – a record in a 38-game season. He has scored 44 times in all competitions, including 10 in the Champions League as Liverpool reached the final for the first time since 2007.

Salah has also attained national-treasure status in Egypt after his late penalty in a 2-1 win over DR Congo secured his country’s qualification to this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Neal Spencer, Keeper of Ancient Egypt and Sudan said: “This acquisition brings the British Museum’s world-famous Egyptian collection right up to date.

“The boots tell a story of a modern Egyptian icon, performing in the UK, with a truly global impact.

“Displayed amidst the statues of ancient pharaohs, we now show the boots with which Mo Salah won the Golden Boot for Liverpool.

“Salah will shortly lead his national team, known as The Pharaohs, to the World Cup Finals.

“This acquisition builds on our recent project to acquire objects to tell the story of day-to-day life in 20th and 21st century Egypt.

“From sport, to entertainment, worldwide trade to design, this collection is now accessible to all – like those from other periods of Egypt’s rich history.”

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4 Feared Killed In IDP Camp Suicide Bombing

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At least four people were killed in northeast Nigeria on Thursday in a suicide blast at an open-air mosque, militia and refugee camp officials told AFP.

The suspected Boko Haram bomber, who requested anonymity, was disguised as a worshipper, detonated his explosives at a camp for people displaced by the insurgency in Dikwa, a town 90 kilometres (55 miles) east of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

“Early this morning a suicide bomber killed four people and injured 15 others when he detonated his explosives as people gathered to pray at the ‘1,000’ camp in Dikwa,” militia leader Babakura Kolo told AFP.

An official at the camp, who , said that “the attack by a male suicide bomber happened at 5:17 am (0415 GMT)”.

“We lost four people in the attack and 15 others sustained injuries and are in hospital receiving medical care,” he said.

Dikwa is home to more than 70,000 displaced people from the war-torn region who live in several camps scattered across the town, relying on food handouts from aid agencies to survive.

The attack came two days after a suicide bomber killed five militia members fighting Boko Haram jihadists in the town of Konduga, which lies 35 kilometres southeast of Maiduguri.

Boko Haram’s nine-year quest to carve out an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria has led to the deaths of 20,000 people and forced hundreds of thousands more from their homes.

The militant group has been weakened since it controlled swathes of territory in 2014 but attacks still persist.

The jihadists frequently use suicide bombers, many of them women and young girls, to target military checkpoints, mosques, markets and other crowded places.

On May 1, an estimated 86 people were killed in twin suicide blasts targeting a mosque and a nearby market in the town of Mubi in neighbouring Adamawa state.

(AFP)

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Adekunle Gold Announces Release Date Of His Album, ‘About 30’

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Nigerian Singer, Adekunle Gold has officially announced the date in which his much anticipated album tagged About 30 will be released.

The alternative sound singer who has also unveiled the album cover art took to his Instagram page to disclose the album’s released date.

He wrote;

Let it be known without a doubt, that the 25th of May, the day of #About30, will be one of the most exceptional days you’ve experienced in a long time.

There’s a part of me that feels like you haven’t braced yourself enough for the experience of this album. I’ve been listening to these songs for months and I’m still blown away.

Until then, you should preorder/presave on iTunes, Spotify. #about30 bouta be lit! Link in my bio

Also, join about30.info for opportunities to listen to the album before the 25th

Meanwhile, Adekunle Gold released his debut album which he titled “Gold” in 2016 and was nominated for the Album Of the Year at the just concluded 2018 Headies Awards.

See His Post Below;

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AFRIMA 2018: African Union, Ghana Partner For Calendar Unveiling

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The 2018 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) annual calendar of programmes will be unveiled on Monday, May 21, 2018 by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with Government of the Republic of Ghana, and the International Committee of AFRIMA during a world media event and music conference scheduled for Accra, the capital city of Ghana.

Part of the agenda for the Calendar Unveiling of the fifth annual edition of AFRIMA is a Courtesy Visit to His Excellency, the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is set to receive African delegates and music stars attending the event from around Africa including the Head of Culture, African Union, Mrs. Angela Martins; President/Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mr. Mike Dada; Director, Brand Communications, AFRIMA; Ms. Matlou Tsotetsi; AFRIMA Regional Director; Western Africa, Mr. Don Obilor, the Ghanaian-UK AFRIMA Juror, (representing UK-Diaspora) and BBC-1 show host, Ms. Rita Ray and theAFRIMA Country Director, Ghana, Mr. Francis Doku.

Also participating at the event are past AFRIMA nominees and winners, music professionals and executives, creative/culture industry policy makers, members of the media industry and other award-winning recording artistes living in Ghana and in other African countries.

Commenting on the event in line with government’s objective to develop sustainable tourism pivoted on Ghanaian arts and culture, Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Catherine Afeku, said: “Arts and culture, as a sector, remains one of Africa’s greatest strengths. As well as being a source of values, identity and a sense of belonging , the creative industries have become a driver of economic growth and job creation. In agreeing to host the AFRIMA 2018 Calendar Unveiling, the Government of Ghana is motivated by the need to harness the potential of the creative sector of Ghana to promote national and regional tourism. We congratulate the African Union for lending its weight behind this laudable effort”.

Hon. Afeku added, “The Government of Ghana recognizes the potential of the Creative Industries to shape and reinforce the country’s economic growth. Studies show that by the end of the first decade of this millennium, cultural activities contributed to 1.53% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of our country. Zeroing in on music industry, it is reported with some justifiable pride that that sector alone adds approximately GH¢100 million to GDP”.

Speaking on the collaborative work by the African Union and the International Committee of AFRIMA to create inventive solutions to achieving the AU Charter for African Cultural Renaissance and the Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries, the Acting Director for Social Affairs, African Union Commission, Madam Mariama Cisse revealed that partnerships with member AU states such as Ghana further galvanise the achievement of the AU policy on Africa transformation through social integration

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Nigeria Retains 47th Position In Latest FIFA Ranking

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have maintained their 47th position in the latest FIFA world ranking and sixth in Africa.

The latest ranking, which was released on Thursday on FIFA’s official website, recorded few changes as the first 47 countries retained their previous positions.

According to the rankings on the website, seven international ‘A’ matches, all friendlies, took place in the month and as a result there are few movers in the latest ranking.

Germany, Brazil and Belgium were on the top three positions, while Super Eagles world cup foes Argentina, Croatia and Iceland were on fifth, 18th and 22nd positions.

Tunisia is 14th on the table, followed by Senegal on 28th and Congo DR the 38th.

The Philippines moved up two places to accomplish their best ever position in the Fifa ranking (111), due to the Azkals’ positive results in recent months.

The next ranking on June 7, 2018 – seven day to the commencement of the 2018 Fifa World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.

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15 Boko Haram Fighters Killed In Lake Chad

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The Nigerian Army on Wednesday, May 16, disclosed that its soldiers killed 15 Boko Haram terrorists and rescued 49 persons in separate encounters between Boko Haram and troops in the Southern Lake Chad Basin.

The spokesperson of the army’s operation in the North-east, Operation Lafiya Dole, Onyema Nwachukwu, said this in a statement he issued.

According to him, some of the insurgents were killed in the Lake Chad Island while others were killed in villages in Northern Borno on Tuesday.

“Troops dislodged the insurgents from their hideout after a fierce battle, killing 11 insurgents in Gomaran village of Southern Lake Chad Basin,” he said.

He explained that the troops also ambushed and killed four terrorists who were escaping from the military onslaught in Northern Borno.

Mr Nwachukwu, a colonel, said that the troops further engaged fleeing insurgents in Firgi and Moula, both in Bama and Dikwa council.

“The clearance operations also led to the recovery of one single barrel gun, one Dane gun and one locally made pistol.

“Other items recovered from the dislodged insurgents include four motorcycles, motorcycle spare parts, two tricycles, six water pumping machines, and two power generating sets.

“Additionally, the valiant troops captured two Boko Haram flags, a pair of camouflage uniform, a pair of combat boots, a camera, a bag of mechanical tools and medications.

“Four men, 33 women and 16 children were rescued by the troops from the insurgents’ hideouts . The rescued hostages are currently being profiled for subsequent hand over to officials of the Internally Displaced Persons Camp for documentation and administering,” Mr Nwachukwu said.

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Saraki Raises Alarm Over Alleged Plot By IGP To Implicate Him | Idris Reacts (Watch Video)

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The Senate President Bukola Saraki has raised the alarm over an alleged plot by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to implicate him and Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatai Ahmed.

Speaking while presiding over plenary on Wednesday, Saraki said Ahmed called him on Tuesday night to give him the information.

The senate president said from what he learnt, the IGP ordered that some suspected cultists arrested in Ilorin should be taken to Abuja where their statements will be altered to implicate him and the state government.

He said: “Last night, my state governor, revealed to me an information at his disposal that a group of suspects who have been arrested in our state for cultism, whose investigation has been completed and were about to be under prosecution under the state law on the advise of the ministry of justice, all of a sudden were ordered to be transferred to Abuja this morning.”

“The information reaching him from the commissioner of police that they have been directed by IGP to bring them to Abuja. With the information that he has, they would find how to alter their statement already made in Ilorin and try and implicate the state government and particularly myself. I feel that as we speak now, these suspects are already here in Abuja.

“These acts I don’t know whether to call it desperation or intimidation, all actions to undermine our democracy, a recipe for anarchy because we are doing our work by asking officials to obey the law, due process and subject themselves to constituted authority.

“I think it is important to call your attention to this dangerous development. The impunity happeneing in this country is a danger to our democracy.”

Last night, the police chief reacted to the allegation by the senate president saying that he is attempting to obstruct justice.

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The IGP also urged the senate president not to interfere with Police investigation adding that all those involved no matter their status would be brought to book.

In a statement signed by the Force Public Relation Officer, ACP Jimoh Moshood, the Police said:

“The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to Press Statement credited to the Senate President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, of “Plot Against Him by IGP”. “The Nigeria Police Force is shocked at the unbelievable claims, unverifiable allegations and unfounded accusations being peddled against the IGP by the Senate President, accusing the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris of plot and strategies against him to settle scores.

“The Force therefore wishes to categorically state that, there is no iota of truth in the allegation and false assertion by the Senate President of plot against him by the IGP to implicate the Kwara State Government and the Senate President in any criminal matter.

“Until investigation is concluded, any person, persons or group who tries to interfere in the investigation process by action or utterances is committing an offence.

“To set the records straight, the Kwara State Police Command on the 11th of May, 2018, paraded the following suspects before the Media and the Public, namely; Abolaji Safti Ojulari of Kankatu area, Ilorin, Lanre Mohammed Soliu a.k.a Askari of Ile Nda Compound, Ilorin, Azeez Moyaki of Moyaki Compound, Gambari Area Ilorin.”

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INEC Releases Full List Of Aspirants For Ekiti Governorship Election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission Election (INEC) has released the full list of all the governorship aspirants that will participate in the July 14 Ekiti state governorship election, ChannelsTV reports.

A glance at the schedule issued by the Election and Political Party Monitoring Department of the commission on Wednesday, May 16, showed that the shortlisted candidates emerged from their party’s primaries held last week.

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Dr Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while the present deputy governor of the state, Professor Kolapo Olusola, will represent the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the election.

See list below:

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BET Awards Announce Changes In Best International Act Category

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The organizers of the prestigious BET Awards has announced changes in presentation mode of Best International Act Award.

Through their twitter account, it was announced that Best International Act award will be presented on the main stage for the first time ever at the 2018 edition of the awards.

Meanwhile, over the years, winners of Best International Act category of the award do receive their prizes off stage. Artistes like Davido, Wizkid, 2baba, D’banj, Stonebwoy, Sarkodie have won the award in past years with their prizes given to them behind the scene.

It is believed that pressures from International music community have necessitated this change of Best International Act Award venue of presentation.

The list of the nominees for the award has been published and it includes names like; Davido, Tiwa Savage, Nasty C, Stormzy (of UK) among others.

See Post Below;

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Noble Igwe Unveils Podcast Series “My Noble Opinion” | Talks “Tight Pants” On Prelude Episode

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Prominent media personality, Noble Igwe, on Wednesday, May 16, launched his own podcast series titled “My Noble Opinion.”

“Yo! My name is my Noble Igwe. Welcome to ‘My Noble Opinion’ podcast focusing on all things related to fashion, lifestyle, and sometimes gist that might occur along the way,” he can be heard talking in the first 30 seconds of the podcast.

“This is not your everyday podcast, this podcast is sure to turn everything inside out…….. Just saying,” the style influencer added.

On the “prelude” episode, Noble, a blogger and co-founder of 360nobs, assures his followers that “one thing is for sure,” they going to hear “his Igbo accent.”

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He then talks about tight pants!

The charismatic fashionista recounts “back in the days” when he used to wear a lot of tight pants. He further speaks on height – making reference to himself – and how to dress not to be ignored.

Mr Igwe veers from ‘tight to fitted’ pants in a bid to cast light on his “best features namely;

  • My bow legs,
  • My fine ankles
  • My well, rounded, manly behind.

Click here or tweet below to listen to the podcast and the drop your feedback:

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Wizkid’s Baby Mamas Accuse Him Of Not Taking Care Of His Sons

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Sola Ogudu and Binta Diallo have called out Wizkid for not taking care of his sons. It all started when Sola took to twitter to explain how she has been a mother and father to their son, Boluwatife all by herself.

In a series of tweets, Sola revealed that what Wizkid has made the world to believe about his efforts on first son is not the real truth.

Her series of tweets read;

“Being a Mom and a Dad and Still Manage to Slay all at once on a Legit Income!!! Please I need my accolades served chilled!!!! It’s very well deserved!!!

Thank you lord.. I’ll never get tired of thanking you God.. Cos I am where and who I am because of you my Miracle Worker!!!

I have alottt to say.. I feel the need to call someone out soo baddd..

Like just blast our full REAL history for the public.

et the world know the Real Truth not the liesss this person has made the world believe

But God keeps patting me on the back saying I gotchu baby…

It’s a been a great day today.. Let’s leave it at that and keep it classy as always.

#Everyday4theThief1dayForTheOwner #OnedayBushmeatGoCatchTheHunter

He Who Fights and Runaway Lives to Fight Another day FULLY ARMED!!!

..You’ve been strong for so long don’t let nobody change that

So because of the fear of God In me I’ll save this person face.

And Leave this person to Karma to do what it does best…”

Meanwhile, Binta Diallo Wizkid’s second baby mama confirmed Sola’s accusations with social media posts that suggested that Wizkid has not really played well his paternal role on her 2 year old son.

According to her, Wizkid only supported her with $13,000 over a period of 2 years.

See Binta’s Instagram Posts Below;

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Tears As Nollywood Actress Omoge Campus Passes On

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Nollywood has been thrown into mourning as its actress, Aisha Abimbola, popularly known as, Omoge Campus, is reported dead in a Canadian hospital.

It was gathered that the popular Yoruba actress and mother of two died of breast cancer in a Canadian hospital on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

The news of her death was made known by her colleague, Bisola Badmus on her Instagram page.

Omoge Campus: Nollywood Actress Passes OnAbimbola who studied Catering and Hotel Management at the Lagos State Polytechnic first featured in TV series, Papa Ajasco.

She came into limelight on the back of a Bola Igida movie, Omoge Campus. The title of the movie stuck to her and became her stage name. The movie was produced in 2001.

She died at the age of 42.

Tributes have begun to flood in for the actress:

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Buhari Charges Super Eagles To Win World Cup

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President Muhammadu Buhari has made it clear to the Super Eagles of Nigeria that just qualifying from group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup is no longer acceptable.

Speaking on his behalf, his Special Adviser, Femi Adesina, also charged the Super Eagles to win the World Cup, adding that funding will not be an issue for them.

Adesina also charged other African teams not to have low ambitions.

”Nigeria should do well, do very well at the World Cup. You know our target used to be qualifying for the second round, then at a time the target of Africa was getting to the quarterfinal,” Mr Adesina told allnigeriasoccer.com.

”I think we should be more ambitious this time, let’s go as far as we can get and if we can win, why not, but let us not have low ambition.

”Funds should not be a problem as long as everything is put in place timeously, those who should make the request should make it in good time. If everything is done when it should be done, there should be no problem.”

Nigeria’s best outing at the mundial was finishing at the round of 16 three times in five appearances.

Coach Rohr has released a 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup, as the Super Eagles prepare to play Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in the group stage when the competition starts in June.

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Griezmann Scores Twice As Atletico Madrid Beat Marseille 3-0 To Win The Europa League

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Antoine Griezmann scored twice as Atletico Madrid swept aside Marseille in Lyon to win the Europa League for the third time in nine years.

The French attacker opened the scoring by punishing Andre Zambo Anguissa’s poor touch to coolly slot home, then casually dinked in a second.

Captain Gabi drilled in the third goal late on as Atletico again lifted the trophy they also won in 2010 and 2012.

The outcome could have been different had Marseille forward Valere Germain taken an early chance, before Griezmann’s lethal finishing allowed Atletico to take control.

Marseille skipper Dimitri Payet, an injury doubt before the game, lasted just half an hour before hobbling off in tears.

Without their inspirational midfielder, the French side caused Atletico just one major scare as ex-Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou headed against the post.

Atletico have been one of Europe’s most consistent teams in recent seasons, breaking Barcelona and Real Madrid’s stranglehold on La Liga by claiming the title in 2013-14.

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Italy

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has made AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci one of his top transfer priorities this summer. Bonucci, 30, endured a difficult first season with Milan after leaving Juventus last summer and Mourinho believes he can tempt him to Old Trafford. If Milan do agree to sell the Italy international, they will want to recoup as much of the €42m they paid Juve as possible. (Tuttosport)

Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti wants to sign Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan if the Nerazzurri qualify for the Champions League. Inter need to beat Lazio on Sunday to secure a top-four berth and, if they achieve that, Spalletti has requested significant funds to buy Gundogan. If the German international’s price proves too high, Inter will turn to Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic. (Corrriere dello Sport)

Mattia Perin has agreed a five-year contract with Juventus but the Italian champions are yet to negotiate a price with Genoa for the Italian international goalkeeper. Juve want to pay €12m for the 25-year-old who has only a year to run on his contract, but Genoa are asking for €20m. Perin came through the ranks at Genoa and if he does complete the move to Turin will compete with Wojciech Szczesny for the goalkeeper spot. (Gazzetta dello Sport)Roma want to offer Edin Dzeko a one-year contract extension with the striker a target for MLS side Los Angeles FC. Dzeko, 32, is under contract at the Stadio Olimpico until 2020 but the Giallorossi are concerned their top-scorer will be tempted with a lucrative transfer to the new MLS franchise. (Gazzerra dello Sport)

Spain

Barcelona have agreed to pay Clement Lenglet’s €35m release clause at Sevilla. Centre-back Lenglet, 22, will sign a five-year contract at the Camp Nou and will join Barca irrespective of whether countryman and Manchester United target Samuel Umtiti renews his deal or not. Lenglet joined Sevilla last summer from Nancy for just €5m. (Mundo Deportivo)

Swansea midfielder Roque Mesa is poised to sign for Sevilla, with the Andalusians prepared to meet his buyout clause of €10m. Sevilla will pay the relegated Swans €8m up front plus €2m in add-ons for the 28-year-old, who failed to settle in south Wales and was loaned to the La Liga club in January. (El Desmarque)

Former Real Madrid playmaker Guti has emerged as a candidate to take over at Leganes. Guti has coached Madrid’s Juvenil A (U19) side since 2013 and now wants to make the step up and become a first-team coach. Asier Garitano will step down as Leganes coach following their final La Liga fixture of the season against Real Betis on Saturday. (AS)

France

Paris Saint-Germain want to sign Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is also a Manchester United and Juventus target. PSG’s failure to land Fabinho from Monaco last summer and Thiago Motta’s injury issues have left them light in the middle of the park and Milinkovic-Savic has been identified as the man to solve the problem, with the 23-year-old Serbian having emerged as one of the finest midfielders in Serie A this season. (L’Equipe)

Arsene Wenger has told French television, “he has always been close to PSG” but the Ligue 1 champions have not contacted the former Arsenal manager over a role at the club. Wenger has been tipped to join PSG in an executive role, but current sporting director Antero Henrique’s position is thought to be safe. (Le Parisien)

Former Monaco club president and New York Red Bulls general manager Jerome de Bontin will be named new St Etienne president within the next 10 days. De Bontin, who is a close friend of Prince Albert II of Monaco, is part of the American investment company Peak6 who are in negotiation to buy Les Verts. Peak6 already own a 25 per cent stake in Premier League Bournemouth and are minority shareholders of Serie A giants Roma. (L’Equipe)

Germany

Ralph Hasenhuttl is poised to quit Red Bull Leipzig after the club refused to extend his contract beyond 2019. Hasenhuttl could announce his exit today following talks with director of sport Ralf Rangnick and CEO Oliver Mintzlaff on Tuesday. Rangnick is considering promoting assistant Zsolt Low and Under-19 coach Robert Klauss as a double act to replace Hasenhuttl, but Low has already received an offer to work as Thomas Tuchel’s assistant at PSG. (Leipziger Volkszeitung)

Bayern Munich midfielder Sebastian Rudy is a summer target of former club Stuttgart. Vfb president Wolfgang Dietrich met with Bayern officials to discuss the transfer of the 28-year-old before their 4-1 victory over the champions in their final Bundesliga game of the season. Bayern value Germany international Rudy at around €15m. (Sport Bild)

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