Silly To Believe Paul Pogba Will Quit Manchester United – Michael Carrick

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Manchester United captain-turned-coach Michael Carrick has dismissed suggestions Paul Pogba’s future lies away from Old Trafford.

Brought back from Juventus two years ago for a then world-record fee, Paul Pogba has been unable to fulfil his undoubted potential on a consistent basis.

Questions over Pogba’s relationship with manager Jose Mourinho have also been raised this term, with the midfielder’s non-committal answers in a recent interview fuelling talk about him.

However, Carrick — captain at United last season and coach next — gave short shrift to the suggestion Pogba could be on the move.

“It’s a bit of a silly question, really, I think,” he told Sky Sports. “Of course he has got a future.

“He’s a big player for us, he’s a great age, he’s got his peak years ahead of him.

“It’s not even something I’d give a second thought to, to be honest.”

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Sunderland Set To Appoint St Mirren’s Jack Ross As New manager

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Jack Ross is set to be confirmed as Sunderland’s new manager tomorrow. 

St Mirren confirmed this evening they’ve given Sunderland permission to speak to the highly-rated Jack Ross, hours after we reported at lunchtime a broad agreement was in place between Sunderland and the Scottish PFA Manager of the Year. 

Ross will earn £350,000 – five times his St Mirren salary – and he has accepted the job after being promised the minimum of a year to turn things round. 

He’s agreed a two- year deal, with the option of a third. St Mirren are due £50,000 compensation for Ross’s services, but are seeking more given the nature of the approach. 

Ross led St Mirren to promotion in his first full campaign in charge. The Scot’s work while winning the Championship north of the border has attracted admirers and last week he held “advanced talks” with Ipswich over their vacancy.

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Report: Michael Ballack Lined Up As Chelsea’s New Director Of Football

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Michael Ballack is being considered as a replacement for Michael Emenalo as director of football at Chelsea, according to  Evening Standard.

The report says Michael Ballack has been added to the list of names under consideration, which include another former Chelsea player, Juliano Belletti, and Lille’s sporting director Luis Campos.

Ballack is well regarded by Chelsea fans. He had a short stay at the club but made himself an instant fan favourite with his superb performances that drove the team forward at the time when they had perhaps their best ever first XI.

Ballack still attends events at Chelsea on a regular basis and played in a Legends match against Inter Milan on Friday night — a match dedicated to Ray Wilkins, who passed away last month.

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#WorldCupWith360nobs: Senegal Team Aiming To Make Their Nation Proud

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Senegal’s primary objective at the World Cup is to make their people proud and “write our own story”,  the nations captain Cheikhou Kouyate told reporters as the squad began training in the beach resort of Saly-Portudal.

Senegal will make only their second World Cup appearance when they compete in Group H at next month’s finals in Russia against Poland, Japan and Colombia.

Their previous appearance in 2002 saw them beat holders France in the opening game and go onto to become only the second African team to reach the quarter-finals.

“The World Cup is a competition that takes place every four years and it is not given to everyone to take part,” Kouyate said.

“We have the chance now to participate and we will prepare well to please the Senegalese people. We want to write our own story.

“We are going to play match by match, but the most important thing is to be ready on the day of the game,” the West Ham United midfielder added.

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UEFA Boss Aleksander Ceferin Slams FIFA’s Club World Cup Plans

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UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin criticised his FIFA counterpart Gianni Infantino’s plans to create two new tournaments as “highly cynical and ruthless mercantilism” and accused the global body of selling the soul of the game.

After bodies representing European clubs and leagues came out against the plan, Ceferin’s speech at the European Union in Brussels indicates a serious rift between Infantino and the European game.

Infantino, previously UEFA’s General Secretary, has proposed staging what would effectively be a mini-World Cup. It would feature eight international teams and take place every two years in addition to the traditional event.

The ‘Final Eight’ would be the conclusion to a ‘Global Nations League’ while the FIFA president also wants to see an expanded Club World Cup with 24 teams as part of a package which he says unnamed investors are willing to invest $25 billion over 12 years.

In an address to the Council of European Union Sports Ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, Ceferin said: “As long as I am UEFA President there will be no room for pursuing selfish endeavours or hiding behind false pretences.

“I cannot accept that some people who are blinded by the pursuit of profit are considering to sell the soul of football tournaments to nebulous private funds.

“Money does not rule – and the European sports model must be respected. Football is not for sale. I will not let anyone sacrifice its structures on the altar of a highly cynical and ruthless mercantilism.”

Ceferin said that the game needed to address the concentration of wealth among a small group of clubs because it “threatens the competitive balance that is essential to football’s appeal”.

“We are ready to take action to enhance competitive balance … There is an urgent need to act and respond before it is too late.”

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Andres Iniesta Confirms He Will Play In Japan Next Season

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Andres Iniesta has confirmed that he will play in Japan next season after a social media message, sent on board a private jet heading for the Asian destination.

Andres Iniesta is on the verge of signing for Japanese top-flight side Vissel Kobe, Spanish media said on Wednesday, reporting that he will announce the move officially on Thursday.

Iniesta is set to be presented next weekend where his three year contract will be announced.

Kobe are owned by Hiroshi Mikitani, who is also the chief executive of Barcelona’s main sponsor Rakuten. They have never won Japan’s league championship and are currently placed seventh in the J-League.

If Iniesta completes the move he will join up with former German international Lukas Podolski, who joined Kobe last year.

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West Ham To Provide Manuel Pellegrini With Record Transfer Funds

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David Gold says West Ham plan to provide new manager Manuel Pellegrini with more transfer funds this summer than in any previous transfer window.

Manuel Pellegrini was confirmed as Hammers boss on Tuesday and immediately targeted “four or five” new signings to ensure no repeat of last season’s relegation struggle.

Gold and fellow joint-chairman David Sullivan have come under fire for a perceived lack of spending in the past, but the 81-year-old has promised to splash the cash with Pellegrini already putting together his wish list.

“He’s working on it right now, that’s why he’s been brought in,” Gold told talkSPORT.

“He’s identified the positions he feels we need to strengthen, and it’s up to him now to tell us the players and we’ll do everything we can to bring them in.

“You can’t put a figure on it because you don’t know which players are going to leave and that will add to the kitty, but what I can assure everyone is we will probably spend more money in this window than we’ve spent in any window in the past.”

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan Ready To Embrace New Tactical Ideas From Arsenal Manager Unai Emery

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan hopes new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery will bring some fresh “tactical ideas and spirit” to the club.

Spaniard Emery has succeeded Arsene Wenger, who was manager for 22 years, and set out his positive vision for the future when speaking at a media conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Attacking midfielder Mkhitaryan joined the Gunners from Manchester United in January as part of the deal which saw Alexis Sanchez head to Old Trafford. The Armenian feels Emery, who left Paris St Germain at the end of the season having won the French domestic treble, can make a real impact at the Emirates Stadium.

“I still haven’t had an opportunity to meet him,” Henrikh Mkhitaryan said in an interview with VivaroNews Sport. “We didn’t have time to talk with each other. I hope he will bring new tactical ideas and spirit to Arsenal, and I hope he will succeed. I haven’t talked to my team-mates about him. I would like to meet him. Everyone at the club is a professional. Everyone knows what he should do and what he is expected to do.”

Emery’s arrival comes less than two weeks after Wenger brought the curtain down on over two decades in north London in emotional fashion.

“Not only players, but the staff overall were sad,” Mkhitaryan said of Wenger’s exit. “It’s not that easy to handle the exit of a man who was managing the team for 22 years. You can’t imagine how everyone was amazed by the atmosphere he had created.

“If he had decided to stay for 10 more years, no-one would have been against it.”

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West Ham Co-chairman David Gold Denies James Collins Was Fired Via Email

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West Ham co-chairman David Gold has insisted he personally spoke with James Collins about the defender leaving the club at the end of the season before he was sent an email confirming his departure.

James Collins was released by the Hammers this summer after 11 years of service, but sources had told talkSPORT the 34-year-old defender was unhappy with the nature of his unceremonious exit.

Sources close to Welshman on Saturday claimed he had no idea he was being let go before being notified of his release via an email.

West Ham Defender James Collins Confirms Exit From The Club

But, speaking in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT on Wednesday, Gold insisted that was not the truth.

The Hammers chief said he spoke to the centre-back after the final game of the season against Everton, where Collins was seen in tears as he left the pitch.

Asked if the club verbally told Collins he was being released before sending him an email, Gold said: “Oh absolutely. I spoke to James after the [Everton] game.

“What the league and the FA demand is when you release a player you must send an email to them as well as a copy to the player – you have to do that.

“But I did speak to James and we had a conversation, so that’s not quite true.

“It’s not true when people are assuming that we just sent him an email.”

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Carlo Ancelotti Appointed Napoli Manager Following Maurizio Sarri’s Exit

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Carlo Ancelotti has signed a three-year contract to become the new coach of Napoli following the departure of former manager Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri’s departure was confirmed after president Aurelio De Laurentiis said time had run out for the coach to commit his future to the Partenopei, amid links to Chelsea.

Napoli collected a club-record 91 points but missed out on the Serie A title to Juventus, who won a seventh successive Scudetti.

Ancelotti had been linked with the Italy national team but that post went to Roberto Mancini.

Carlo Ancelotti has previously managed the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Juventus in a decorated career which has seen him win four league titles in four different countries, and the Champions League three times.

Ancelotti will be charged with ending Juve’s dominance in Italy, Massimiliano Allegri having led the Bianconeri to four consecutive domestic doubles.

The former Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain coach has been out of work since being sacked by Bayern Munich in September. 

Writing via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis thanked then outgoing coach for his service to the club.

“I would like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his precious dedication to Calcio Napoli, which has made it possible to give prestige and emotions to the city and to the club’s fans all over the world, creating a model of play admired everywhere and by anyone. Bravo Maurizio.”

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West Ham Defender James Collins Confirms Exit From The Club

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James Collins is set to leave West Ham at the end of his current contract.

James Collins was informed via email earlier this month that his contract would not be renewed.  

The 34-year-old confirmed the news of his departure on Instagram on Wednesday afternoon.

He wrote: ‘It’s official. I will be leaving West Ham on June 30th… Heartbroken.’

As it stands I will be leaving West Ham on June 30th… Heartbroken 💔

A post shared by James Collins (@gingercollins19) on May 23, 2018 at 7:33am PDT

The announcement was met with anger from fans, who saw him as one of the club’s most committed players throughout their two previous relegation-threatened campaigns.

Collins was used sparingly by former West Ham manager David Moyes last season, starting just 15 games across all competitions as they avoid Premier League relegation.  

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

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  • Manchester United are close to making Brazil international Fred their first summer signing.
  • Eric Bailly has no intention of leaving Manchester United in the summer transfer window.
  • West Ham could make an enquiry as to the loan availability of Manchester City’s highly-rated 17-year-old Phil Foden.
  • City would have to pay £60m for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.


  • Michael Ballack could be in line for a surprise return to Chelsea as their new director of football.
  • West Ham will not be signing Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure this summer.
  • Slavisa Jokanovic will look for assurances that Fulham will match his ambition when he sits down with the club’s hierarchy after Saturday’s Play-off Final at Wembley.


  • Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has sensationally claimed that Nabil Fekir wants to remain at Lyon after the French club secured qualification for next season’s Champions League.
  • Christian Pulisic has refused to comment on rumours of a move to Liverpool this summer.
  • Roma winger Cengiz Under believes Liverpool should not be in the Champions League final – and are only there because of poor officiating.
  • Portuguese outlet Fanatik report today that Benfica’s Anderson Talisca – who impressed on loan at Besiktas last season – will join either Liverpool, Arsenal, Wolves or Tottenham this summer.


  • According to Calciomercato in Italy, Newcastle United have made an enquiry to Juventus over midfielder Stefano Sturaro.
  • Newcastle United are hoping to slice a huge chunk from their wage budget this summer by moving on some big earners.


  • Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Cameron John is reportedly on the radar of three clubs as he approaches the final year of his contract.


  • Jordan Graham and Sylvain Deslandes will remain at Wolves after the club triggered options to extend their contracts.
  • Wolves have finalised a deal to sign Willy Boly for around £10m, the Express & Star understands.
  • Darren Moore beat nearly 50 applicants to the Albion job after significantly impressing the club’s Chinese owners with his loyalty and love for the Baggies.


  • Mauricio Pellegrino could be set for a return to football management for the first time since getting sacked by Saints. Spanish outfit Leganes have supposedly been in discussions with the 46-year-old boss.


  • Leicester City want to sign Patrick Roberts from Manchester City.


  • Carpi’s president has revealed that Leeds United have until June 30 to complete a deal for Jerry Mbakogu with the Elland Road club delaying over the signing of the striker.


  • Anthony Knockaert has been fined £20,000 after a 110mph police chase.
  • New Brighton signing Leon Balogun believes his game is perfectly suited to the Premier League.


  • Juventus appear to be out of the running to sign Alvaro Morata.

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Lady Gets 15 Years Imprisonment For Defiling 16-Year-Old Boy

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A Kenyan lady has been imprisoned for 15 years by a local court after she was found guilty of defiling a 16-year-old boy.

The suspect, Judith Wandera, 24, was accused of defiling the minor on various dates with witnesses lined up by the prosecution pointing out an accusing finger at the woman.

Standard Media quoted a prosecutor, Nyakundi Mukaya, as telling the court that medical evidence from a specimen collected from the duo confirmed that the woman and the schoolboy were having an intimate affair.

The prosecutor further said that the boy had been living with the accused for more than four months.

The court was informed that as a result of the affair, the minor dropped out of school and moved in with the accused before the boy was rescued by police officers.

“The boy was rescued on July 7, 2017, and the accused was arrested by police officers,” said Mukaya. After the rescue, he said, the boy was taken to a correctional facility before he was released back to his parents.

Also speaking, the parents of the boy told the court that their son stopped taking school seriously after he met the woman and they sought the intervention of the police after the boy started living with her.

But in her defense, Wandera said that she did not know that the boy was a minor adding that he was a drug addict by the time they met.

“We met at a drinking joint one evening of April 2016 in Kondele where he even offered to buy me drinks.

We exchanged phone contacts and started dating,” Wandera added that she could not establish the age of the boy because he was also a boda boda operator (commercial motorcycle rider) and only appeared “young when he came to testify”.

“He had dreadlocks when we met and only appeared young after his dreadlocks were shaved before he was brought to court to testify,” said Wandera in her defence.

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Police Arrests 400 Visa-Seeking Applicants With Fake Documents

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The Police Special Fraud Unit on Monday said it had arrested 400 visa applicants with fake documents at the British High Commission, America, Italian and the French Embassies between January and March.

The unit’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Lawal Audu, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

Audu said 50 of the applicants had been charged to court, while the remaining were being investigated.

He said 20 of the applicants charged to court were arrested at the US Embassy, while 10 each at British High Commission, Italian, and French Embassies.

He said any applicant found to have procured visa with fake documents would have his passport revoked.

Audu also said that such person would be handed over to the appropriate authority for sanctioning.

He said the unit was working with the Regional Security Officers of the American consulate to clamp down on applicants processing visa with fake documents.

He advised applicants to process their visa online.


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Ekiti REC Appoints 2Baba As Campaign Peace Ambassador

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Superstar Nigerian musician, Innocent Idibia popularly known as 2Baba has been commissioned as Electoral campaign Peace Ambassador.

The singer was commissioned at a recent event on Voter’s registration, organised by Youngstars Development Initiative, 2Baba Foundation and New Generation for Girls and Women Development (NIGAWD) in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

While speaking at the event, the Ekiti State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Abdul Ganiyu Raji, warned youths in the state against violence and vote buying during the forthcoming election.

The parley tagged “Vote Not Fight: Election No Be War” was also supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Kingdom for International Development (UKAID) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

The youth who were drawn from all the 16 local government areas promised to take the campaign to their localities to ensure a peaceful poll. Raji disclosed that between 60 and 70 percent of those involved in violence during elections are youths whom he said are induced with money by desperate politicians in a bid to win at all cost.

He said;

“Ekiti is a volatile state, the news being heard outside is that you cannot enter Ekiti.

But the perception must change. It has moved from rigging or snatching of electoral materials to vote buying and vote selling. Before, when an election is disrupted, it will be cancelled but that no longer obtains.

NIGAWD Executive Director, Abimbola Aladejare, disclosed that the Vote Not Fight campaign will take the message of peace to political actors, media organizations, transport workers, traditional rulers, religious leaders and other stakeholders.

Country Director of NDI, Aubrey Cutcheon, urged the youths to show readiness to take leadership roles and not allow themselves to be used as thugs. Others who addressed the youths at the forum included the state Commissioner of Police, Bello Ahmed represented by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ede Ayuba; the State Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dayo Famosaya; Nigeria Union Journalists (NUJ) Chairman, Rotimi Ojomoyela.

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NIPOST Introduces 5 Revolutionary Services To Improve Welfare Of Nigerians

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The Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) had introduced five revolutionary services to improve the lives of the citizens, an official said on Tuesday, May 22.

The Minister of Communications, Mr Shittu Adebayo, made this known at the Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2018 with the theme: “One World, One Platform: Let’s Talk About Digital Transformation”, PM News reports.

The minister said that the revolutionary services would ease life especially in rural areas and generate revenues for the Federal Government.

According to him, the revolutionary services are NIPOST banking and insurance, NIPOST property and development, transport and logistics, NIPOST e-commerce and e-governance

The minister said that NIPOST banking and insurance would t replicate what rural banking was doing.

“The majority of Nigerians are not financially inclusive; so, NIPOST is going to fill the gap.

“The aim of NIPOST property and development service was to ensure that all the extra lands of NIPOST scattered all over the country were properly leased out.

” It will be leased to private sectors for shops and any other facility that would create income.

“Transport and logistics service will ensure commercialisation of NIPOST fleet of vehicles which currently are used to carry reduced postal materials, as people no longer have course to write letters,” Adebayo said.

He gave the assurance that patronising NIPOST would be beneficial.

“When you patronise NIPOST, you are sure that no money will be lost.

“You are also sure that NIPOST has all it takes because it is all over the place, in more than 1,500 locations in the country.

“No other company has that strength of network; so, when you have NIPOST e-commerce services, you are sure of getting whatever you buy online from NIPOST.

“Lastly, NIPOST e-governance helps to reduce cost and risk by ensuring that government facilities are made available at the rural areas and not only capital, the minister said.

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Court Grants EFCC’s Request To Try Olisa Metuh In His Absence

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted leave to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to proceed with the trial of embattled former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, in his absence.
On Wednesday, Justice Okon Abang said the court was entitled to proceed with the trial in Metuh’s absence, considering the defendant’s previous several attempts to frustrate the trial and the way he allegedly conducted himself after he fell down in court on Monday.
Justice Abang agreed with EFCC that Metuh had on Monday, engaged in gross misconduct when he disobediently attempted to enter the dock after the court had permitted him to remain where he was initially seated. He noted that Metuh subsequently fell down on his own and disrupted proceedings by whispering loudly in the open court and groaning intermittently, “giving the impression that he was in serious pain”.
“The 1st defendant has no right to hold this court to ransom by doing things or taking steps deliberately intended to scuttle his trial. The 1st defendant has repeatedly made the court of law look like an accident scene. This conduct should not be allowed in the temple of justice” Justice Abang held.
He added that since April 2016, Metuh has repeatedly “erected several road blocks aimed at frustrating this trial”. “In a bid to dismantle those road blocks, the court was accused of being biased and conducting unfair trial. However, this court will stand its ground and always do what is right” He said.
Olisa Metuh is answering to a seven-count charge alongside his firm, Destra Investment Ltd. EFCC alleged that he received N400million from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, prior to the 2015 presidential election, without executing any contract.

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My Noble Opinion: Episode 1 – Timi Dakolo Speaks On Bad Music By Nigerian Artists

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Popular media personality, Noble Igwe, on Tuesday, May 22, released the first episode of his highly anticipated podcast series titled “My Noble Opinion.”

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

Timi dakolo and Noble Igwe

“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.

During the first episode of the podcast, Noble, a blogger and co-founder of 360nobs, discussed “bad music by Nigerian artists” with Timi Dakolo, a multi award-winning singer, who emerged winner of the inaugural season of Idols West Africa in 2007.

Click here or tweet below to listen (via itunes) to the podcast and the drop your feedback:

“In this episode I had a chat with Timi Dakolo as we discussed bad music by Nigerian artists and how they can all do better, trust me you don’t want to miss this.”

Timi Dakolo (in middle) is one of the Judges on The Voice Nigeria

Timi Dakolo (in middle) is one of the Judges on The Voice Nigeria

Mr Dakolo, who is one of the Judges on The Voice Nigeria – a reality talent show, that showcases Nigeria’s strongest undiscovered vocalists – and certainly in a better position to weigh in on this topic, gave his most honest assertion about the current artists in the country’s music industry.

Click here and listen to all Timi said.

Watch the podcast teaser from Mr Igwe below:

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In Partnership With CcHub, Facebook Launches NG_Hub In Lagos – Its First Hub Space In Africa

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As part of its commitment and ongoing investment in Africa, Facebook today unveiled NG_Hub in Lagos, Nigeria – its first flagship community hub space in Africa, in partnership with CcHub.

In a week-long celebration which will bring together developers, start-ups, and the wider tech community across Lagos and Nigeria, the launch will showcase the new multi-faceted space which aims to bring together communities to collaborate, learn, and exchange ideas.

With creativity and excellence existing across all of Nigeria, Facebook also announced partnerships with seven other hubs across the country including in Abuja (Ventures Platform), Jos (nHub), Kaduna (Colab Hub), Kano (DI Hub), Uyo (Start Innovation Hub), Enugu (Roar Hub) and Port Harcourt (Ken Saro Wiwa Hub). These will serve as centres of excellence and will feature dedicated Facebook spaces, where many of Facebook’s training sessions will take place, and a space where creatives and developers can book to help them advance their skills.

Featuring bespoke works of art from local artists in Nigeria, the NG_Hub space, which includes workspaces, meeting rooms, a games and chill out room, an event space and a well catered café, will also be the focal point for a number of training programmes. Aimed at attracting the best talent and driving innovation in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem, these are all designed to equip Nigerian SMEs, tech entrepreneurs and the next generation of leaders to better understand and utilise the power of digital tools for economic growth.

Training programmes include:

    • The Fb Start Accelerator programme – a research and mentorship-driven programme aimed at empowering start-ups and students with technical & business support and funding to optimize their product for growth – focused on those building solutions using advanced technology, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).
    • Digify Pro Nigeria – a two-month intensive boot camp where 20 aspiring digital professionals will learn what it takes to have a career in digital marketing. The programme is designed to fit the specific needs of industry, covering a range of topics including community management, content and e-mail marketing, brand online reputation management, UX design and more.
    • Boost Your Business – Made especially for micro, small and medium sized businesses owners, Boost Your Business is a one-day training that teaches digital marketing for business growth.
    • #SheMeansBusiness – the first to launch on the continent, #SheMeansBusiness is a one-day training workshop and networking experience for female entrepreneurs, offering a mix of business and digital marketing training for women led businesses, along with additional opportunities to network with fellow female entrepreneurs.

Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Vice President of Partnerships said:

“Technology provides expansive opportunities to engage young, creative and resourceful Nigerians, especially in delivering solutions to challenges across communities here in Nigeria. Our mission is to build community and bring the world closer together, NG_Hub provides that physical space that will serve as a centre of learning and skills development in Lagos, and I’m excited about the possibilities that this will create.”

L-R: Ime Archibong, VP Partnerships, Facebook; Ebele Okobi, Head Public Policy Africa, Facebook and Emeka Afigbo, Head of Developer Programs, Facebook at the launch of the NG_Hub

Commenting on the partnership Bosun Tijani, Founder/CEO of CcHub, added:

“Our aim has always been to provide a viable platform for creatives and innovators to express their talent and create solutions to the myriad of social and economic challenges faced by countries across the continent. Partnering with Facebook on NG_Hub enables us to achieve our objectives at scale and make the desired impact in the tech ecosystem here in Lagos.”

L-R: Ime Archibong, VP Partnerships, Facebook; Bosun Tijani, CEO CcHub; Ebele Okobi, Head Public Policy Africa, Facebook and Emeka Afigbo, Head of Developer Programs at the launch of the NG_Hub

As part of a week-long of celebrations, Facebook will host a number of events from May 21 – 25, 2018 aimed at engaging the different communities in Lagos, and across Nigeria.

This includes:

    • Community Roundtable – aimed at bringing together Community Groups from across Lagos
    • DevC meetup – with Nigeria being home to the largest number of Developer Circles across Sub-Saharan Africa (over 8,800), this event will bring together DevC members in an afternoon of networking
    • VC & Policy Roundtable – aimed at spearheading vital conversations and helping to bridge the gap between tech entrepreneurs and VCs and policy makers in Nigeria
    • She Means Business/Women in Tech – a special SheMeansBusiness training offered especially for female entrepreneurs working in Lagos’ technology ecosystem
    • SMB Boost Your Business Traininga four-hour training session for SMBs aimed at equipping them with vital digital skills to help grow their businesses
    • Facebook and Instagram for Creativesan inspirational hands-on session led by Creative Shop for Creatives building for Facebook and Instagram
    • Fintech SMB Training – a training session for SMBs in Fintech

“The NG_Hub highlights our ongoing commitment to supporting local talent in Nigeria. We’re delighted to be partnering with CcHub here in Lagos, as well as with many other hubs across Nigeria to deepen our engagement, increase skills development and support the next set of innovators, tech entrepreneurs, start-ups, and others in our collective bid to change the face of technology and grow the economy,” said Ebele Okobi, Director of Public Policy, Africa.

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Nigerians React As Buhari Praises Abacha

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Nigerians have begun to react as President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, May 22, praised the late military dictator, Sani Abacha, for his work in building infrastructure, saying no matter what you think about him, he built roads, hospitals among others.

The president said this at the villa when he hosted the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), led by Hameed Ali, Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

Customs Boss Says “Only Lazy Nigerians Are Hungry Under Buhari”

According to Buhari, regardless of what anyone thinks about Abacha, it must be remembered that subsequent civilian presidents spent billions on naira in infrastructure yet have had little to show for it.

His words: “And you know more than I do the condition of the roads and some of them were not repaired since PTF days. No matter what opinion you have about Abacha, I agreed to work with him and the PTF road we did from here to Port Harcourt, to Onitsha, to Benin and so on… On top of other things in the institution, education, medical care and so on.”

The comment came after Buhari slammed previous leaders who ruled between 1999 and 2007 of wasting $16billion on power projects without anything to show for it.

In the comment that appeared directed at former president Olusegun Obasanjo, Buhari specifically noted: “You know the rail was killed and one of the former Heads of State between that time was bragging that he spent more than 15 billion American dollars not Naira on power. Where is the power? Where is the power?”

However, Nigerians have since taken to Twitter to show their different reactions with respect to the president’s adulation for the late ruler.

See tweets below: 

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New Movie Alert: Anakle Films And Inkblot Team Up For Up North

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This week, Anakle Films and Inkblot Productions started production on a new film titled Up North.

Nothing has been revealed about the movie as no official announcement has been made, but multi talented entertainer Banky W’s IG post about going Up North and an official IG page @upnorththefilm shows that plans are ongoing.

“Shoot commenced yesterday. Tope Oshin is directing and Banky W is lead on the film” A source says.

This is Anakle’s first venture into making a feature film. The digital advertising agency is known for creating unforgettable experiences between brands and end users. Some of their works include The Bride Price App and recently The Wikipedia ad with Pete Edochie and Emmanuella.

Inkblot Productions is one of Nigeria’s biggest production companies known for releasing crowd pleasing hits such as The Wedding Party Series, My Wife and I, The Arbitration, Out of Luck, The Department and most recently New Money .


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Customs Boss Says “Only Lazy Nigerians Are Hungry Under Buhari”

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The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, has said that only lazy Nigerians would claim to be hungry under President Muhammadu Buhari.

This is coming barely a month after President Buhari, while speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London, slammed Nigerian youths, saying that “a lot of them haven’t been to school” but are after free things based on the notion that Nigeria is an oil-rich nation.

Ali made the remark on Tuesday when he led the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) on a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.

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While enumerating what he called the achievements of the present administration in agriculture, the customs boss said manna does not fall from heaven, and as such, only those who work hard will have enough to eat.

He further lauded the president saying: “our economy has grown all because of the discipline you have instilled in the financial sector. All those nonchalant attitudes, all those days of siphoning money are no longer feasible.

“Mr President, today we are seeing physically where people are rejecting foreign rice for local rice. Today Mr President if you go to some of our houses, what you will see is local rice and that is wealth for our people.

“Last year, during the Hajj period when I went home, many farmers came to me that they have never had it so good, so much so that the first 25 people that paid up their money when Hajj fares were announced, were rice farmers. What more can we say in terms of growth of wealth?

“People say we are hungry, of course the lazy must be hungry because if you do not work hard, manna doesn’t fall from heaven. So, when people say we are hungry, there was never a time in Nigeria that food is dropped in the mouth of the people and there will never be.

“I can go on and on and enumerate what you have done in just three years of your administration but three is not enough to undo what was done in 16 years. The destruction, the monumental stealing that we have witnessed, the destruction of our structures and our system, it takes more than eight years to be able to address them and I believe in three years you have done wonderfully well.”

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IT’S OFFICIAL! Unai Emery Has Succeeded Wenger As Arsenal Manager

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Unai Emery has been appointed as the new manager of Arsenal, the club announced on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

“Unai Emery is to become our new head coach,” said a statement on the club’s website. “He joins the club after completing a two-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain, where he recently landed the treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue.”

Emery succeeds Arsene Wenger, who left Arsenal at the end of the season after 22 years in charge.

“Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly,” said chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

“I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game,” said the new Spanish boss.

“Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run.

“I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history.”

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Capital Project! Buhari Dares National Assembly To ‘Confront Him Publicly’

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, May 22, dared the lawmakers of the country’s National Assembly to confront him publicly on capital projects.

TheCable reports that the president stated this when he hosted the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) led by Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service.

President Buhari wondered what members of the national assembly have been doing, even when some of them have spent over a decade as lawmakers.

“This year and last year’s budget I took to the national assembly was the highest in capital projects – more than 1.3 trillion naira. Let anybody come and confront me publicly in the national assembly,” he said.

“What have they been doing? Some of them have been there for 10 years. What have they been doing?”

There was a dispute between the duo before now as the national assembly had disagreed with Buhari over the purchase of $496 million Tucano aircraft from the US without its approval.

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossip This Morning

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  • Mikel Arteta is poised for a new contract at Manchester City following Arsenal’s interest.
  • Unai Emery was not on Arsenal’s original managerial shortlist.
  • Arsenal are plotting a move for Jean-Michel Seri as Unai Emery looks to make his first signing.
  • Everton chief Marcel Brands is to meet with Marco Silva this week to discuss their transfer plans.
  • Javi Martinez has told Liverpool that half of Spain wants them to beat Real Madrid.
  • Brighton are close to landing Paris Saint-Germain whizkid Moussa Sissako.
  • Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert has been fined £20,000 for speeding at 110mph.
  • Leighton Baines is ready to quit Everton and the Premier League for a contract in MLS.
  • Wigan have had a £500,000 bid rejected for Luton Town’s Dan Potts.
  • England players are concerned by possible racial abuse of family and friends at Russia World Cup.
  • AC Milan will rival Juventus for Chelsea star Alvaro Morata this summer.
  • West Ham will hand new manager Manuel Pellegrini a £75million war chest.

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