Inaugural Babatunde Raji Fashola (BRF) Gabfest Held To Honor Fashola At 55

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As part of efforts targeted at creating a platform for the active involvement of the youth in Nigeria’s future, the inaugural Babatunde Raji Fashola (BRF) Gabfest held yesterday at City Hall, Lagos Island.

The BRF Gabfest which was themed ‘The Youth in Nigeria: Mapping the Future’, held in honor of the 55th birthday celebration of Legal practitioner and Public Servant, the Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, and had in attendance, stakeholders from the public and private sectors, as well as members of the general public.

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Delivering her address at the event, keynote speaker, Chairman First Bank of Nigeria, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika remarked, “The future of the adults is not secured if we cannot secure the future of the youths. If we do not build the right generation of youths now in the country, they will be the one to destroy the country in the future”.

According to her, “We need to give the youths the knowledge that will be relevant now and in years to come. Graduates must have the skills that are needed in the work place. We need to review the knowledge we are passing in the institution, to know if the knowledge is relevant to the needs of the present day”.

She further added that if the country is not stabilized through the creation of an enabling environment for the young ones to strive, and create jobs for themselves, the country would be at risk.

“To map the future for our youth’s means that we must create an environment that empowers and allows people to create jobs for themselves. Nigerian youths need to retrain the youth’s people for new generation jobs,” she said.

Speaking at the event, Fashola called for unrelenting investment in education, emphasizing on the importance of education in securing the future of the youths and the nation at large.

“We should also not let down our local language; we should try and explain things we know to our children in our local language, because the understanding is deeper when the teaching is in the local dialect.”

Commenting on the importance of the event at such a time as this, organizers of the well-attended seminar and Group Chief Executive of Temple Management Company, Idris Olorunnimbe said, “Nigeria is at a crucial stage as we anticipate the national elections next year. It is for this reason that movements such as ‘Not too young to Run’ have gained widespread recognition. Nigerian youth must awaken and take their future into their own hands”.

“One of the objectives of the seminar was create a meeting point between those currently in public offices and the Nigerian youth who desire to prepare for public service. The event served as a launching pad in the education and preparation of the youth for public service while discussing their concerns in an interactive atmosphere. We are indeed glad it delivered on that,” Mr. Olorunnimbe added.

Babatunde Raji Fashola

Participants across the two panels of discussion at the event include, Ayisha Osori, Kayode Adegbola, Asuquo Ekpenyong, Basketmouth, Japheth Omojuwa, Obiora Obiabunmo, Koye Sowemimo with Maupe Ogun-Yusuf and Oreka Godis as the moderators.

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Kanye West, Rihanna And Trump Make TIME’s 25 Most Influential People On The Internet List

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TIME magazine has announced its 25 most influential people on the internet, and celebrities like Kylie Jenner, Kanye West, Rihanna, Busy Philipps and Korean pop band BTS all made the list.

BTS, Kanye West and Rihanna are among the three biggest music names on the magazine’s online radar due to their cultural impact and entrepreneurial spirit and huge following on social media sites.

In March 2018, Rihanna posted an Instagram story denouncing an ad that appeared on Snapchat that used her image to make light of domestic violence, of which she is a survivor. Soon after, Snap Inc. lost $800 million in value.

West, on the other hand, has a different relationship with social media, with his Twitter musings ranging from introspective mantras of the day — “style is genderless” and “only free thinkers” — to pictures of a Donald Trump-signed “Make America Great Again” hat (another figure who made the magazine’s list and shares West’s “dragon energy”).

As Twitter users began denouncing West, fans stuck around for his productions coming in hot on a weekly basis and lifting ye to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated June 12.

TIME also featured people such as Shaun King who constantly fights for marginalised societies, Donald Trump, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg.

See the full list here.

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Death, Now Two For A Kobo In Nigeria

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Death, Now Two For A Kobo In Nigeria – Niran Adedokun

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Sometime in the 1970s, the Juju music maestro, then known as Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey, did a track wherein a line lamented the cheapness of death in the country.

This piece was written by Niran Adedokun and was first published on The Punch. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

The line “iku di mejiepinni,” meaning “death has become two for a penny,” spoke about the frequency with which people, especially young ones died. It talked about the low life expectancy in the country and waxed spiritual by wondering whether this was a result of sin. Were he still in his elements today, one can only imagine what the great music composer and musical artiste would be singing.

At the time Obey released this music, those who died, even if they were young, died mostly from natural causes, largely due to the evolving state of medical sciences, not just in Nigeria but across the world.

The state of medicine has since improved so tremendously that illnesses, which killed people in the 1970s, have either been totally eradicated or most countries of the world have upgraded healthcare delivery so that preventive and curative therapies prolong the lives of people or entirely save them from such ailments.

But not Nigeria. The world seems to have moved on and left our dear nation behind.

Although Nigeria is significant for her population and large mass, it is notorious for supplying the world with the worst developmental index possible.

A 2015 report of the National Population Commission suggests that a total of 52,000 people die annually from childbirth or pregnancy related complications.  In other worlds, one woman dies every ten minutes in the process of bringing a new life. And the World Health Organisation says at least 70 percent of these deaths can be prevented if women had more access to skilled medical care. Medical science has found solutions to complications like post-partum hemorrhaging (excessive bleeding); hypertensive disorders (eclampsia), prolonged labour and infections that account for the preponderance of incidences of mortalities resulting from pregnancy. But not Nigeria!

In addition to the number corpses of women of child bearing age that Nigeria piles up every year, 2,300 under-five year children die from a myriad causes that the country is still grappling with.

WHO says that an average of 240 Nigerians die from cancer every day in Nigeria. This translates to ten people every hour and a total of 80,000 in a year. Nigeria is said to introduce an extra 100,000 cases of cancer into the world burden annually yet the country has less than one radiotherapy machine per one million people, hence, the Nigerian cancer death ratio of four out of five cases. At least 300, 000 fall into the cold arms of the grim reaper through malaria every year not to talk of the number of lives lost to non-communicable diseases and several other infections that most of the world no longer contends with.

Sadly it is clear that no one, leader or led, pays definitive attention to the tragedy  of healthcare delivery and what the unquantifiable volume of lives lost does to the image and future of Nigeria. Government at all levels, of course pays lip service, voting billions of naira to the sector annually, but there is no manifest improvement in access and quality of healthcare delivery from the primary, secondary, tertiary levels in Nigeria, which is a shame.

But the failure of governance and the humanity of Nigeria is even more evident in the unbridled level of cold blood letting that happens in the name of ethnic/religious clashes and other violent crimes. The country just seem to have suddenly been taken over by some merchants of death. It is so bad that Governor Abdul’azizYari of Zamfara State recently raised the alarm about his inability to maintain law and order in his state. This was after 30 lives were lost within one week

A report published in THISDAY newspaper in May, 2018 suggested that 900 people were killed in such violent circumstances in the first five months of this year. The number included lives lost in Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Kwara, Plateau, Nasarrawa, Niger, Kogi and Adamawa States.

Last weekend, another 200 lives or more were added to the list when three local governments in Plateau State came under the attack of herdsmen who were said to be avenging the killing of their kinsmen as well as the theft of their cattle.

What happened on Sunday was not new though. Time and time again herdsmen have wrecked this inhuman havoc on helpless communities.You have justification of the attacks on the strength of its being reprisals to violence that had been brought on the Fulani herdsmen in the past. How these first attacks remain largely unreported is however a mystery.

Assuming the justification is correct however, that no one who has been involved in venting those reprisal attacks, which are usually not of equal measure with the supposed initial ones could suggest that self-help is a legal resort in Nigeria.

It is more curious because, as we have seen in the case of the latest incident in Jos, not onlythe Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, the umbrella body of the Fulani herdsmen speaks to justify this events, even the presidency has helped to ventilate it!

For instance the statement released by the presidency on Sunday quoted security information which indicated that about one hundred cattle were rustled by a community in Plateau State, and some herdsmen were killed in the process.

It also shows the incompetence if not complicity of law enforcements agencies in the country. If security forces had the information quoted in the statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, knew that cattle had already been rustled, it behooves on them to have given justice to the owners of the cattle by arresting those who perpetrated the crime and taking it further by deploying resources to forestall reprisals. That none of these happened should mortify the security forces to the level that they would be unable to tender excuses of the initial crime. The presentation of this excuse by the President’s spokesperson only goes on to portray the nation’s security apparatus as largely reactive and inefficient.

But, more importantly, it reflects the total disrespect for life amongst us as a people.  Over the past couple of months  government officials including the Minister of Defence has exposed the lack of will to deal with this situation with suggestions that states which have enacted laws to protect their people against the incursion of Fulani herdsmen may have to repeal those laws before there can be peace in the country.

What the powers that be fail to realise is that such postures unwittingly embolden the citizens capacity to seek self-revenge and invariably wittingly down the essence the country’s law ultimately turning the country into barbaric state in which power is might and reasoning is lost.

There is no sane society where a man is allowed to take the life of another without consequence and even if that happens, the state takes the commission of such offences as one done against it and not necessarily against the receiver of the aggression. Without this, the world would live in disorder and lives, even of those who are innocent of any crime would be in jeopardy. The gradual degeneration of Nigeria into a killing field is the failure of government to hold the lives of citizens with the sanctity that it deserves. And when government shows no respect for lives, the people follow suit.  This is why there is so much bloodletting around us, if it is not Boko Haram, it would be Fulani herdsmen or ethnic militias or armed robbers, kidnapers or even frustrated policemen who turn their guns on innocent citizens. Death just seems to lurk in corners across the country.

 But Nigeria’s only redemption from the current path of self-destruction is for its people to place more of value on the lives of the people who make the country. No country, where death is so commonplace can truly aspire for greatness. No matter how much resources it has or how much infrastructure it builds,  human life is the essence of society and a single human life should be worth more than all the treasures that man can acquire. Nigeria needs to re-learn that.

This piece was written by Niran Adedokun and was first published on The Punch. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

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Newcastle Confirm Signing Of Ki Sung-yueng On A Free Transfer From Swansea

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Newcastle have signed South Korean international Ki Sung-Yeung from Swansea.

The midfielder has signed a two-year deal on a free transfer.

The former Sunderland player passed a medical on Tyneside this afternoon.

Ki left Swansea in May to head out to Russia for the World Cup, with his contract expiring at the end of this month.

On the signing, Benitez revealed: “I’m pleased to welcome Ki to the club.

“He is a player with lots of Premier League and international experience and it was an easy decision to bring him here.

“He is the captain of his country, a good character and he will be a good addition to the squad.”

Meanwhile, Ki himself added: “I’m so pleased I can join the club.

“I was always pleasantly surprised when I came to St James’ Park to play against Newcastle – there is a great atmosphere and the passion from the fans is a great support to the players.

Everyone knows how big this club is so I’m really looking forward to playing with my teammates and for the fans.”

Ki is the second summer arrival at St James’ Park following the permanent signing of on-loan goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

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Juventus Defenders Giorgio Chiellini And Andrea Barzagli Sign New Contracts With The Club

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Juventus have announced the contract renewals of defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli.

Both Barzagli and Chiellini have won seven consecutive Serie A titles for the Old Lady. Chiellini joined Juventus in the summer of 2005 from Roma, whereas Barzagli joined the club in the summer of 2011 from Wolfsburg.

While Giorgio Chiellini’s stay has been extended till the summer of 2020, Barzagli’s tenure has been extended till 2019.

Contracts of both the players were expiring at the end of this month and their extensions were expected to be announced days before their expiry dates.

Chiellini and Barzagli concede an average of 0.7 goals per game and win 2.3 points per match when they play together.

A statement on the club website read: “Side by side they fought, they brought Juventus into #My7H and the historic fourth consecutive Italian cup and now they will continue.

Always side by side, to defend the Bianconeri colours with pride, class and passion.

“Juventus could not be happier to maintain the services of two men, who for so long have embodies the club’s Fino Alla Fine [to the bitter end] mindset.

“Here is hoping for further success for both players and the club starting next season.”

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Drake Appreciates Tekno and Wizkid For Inspiring Him On “Scorpion” Album

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Renowned Canadian rapper who just released his much anticipated album “Scorpion” today has expressed an attitude of gratitude to artistes who have inspired him in the body of works.

The rapper took to his Insta Story to share share songs from different artistes like; Brent Faiyaz’s Make Luv, Flipp Dinero’s Leave Me Alone, 03 Greedo’s Sweet Lady, Tekno’s Jogodo, Wizkid’s Soco; and albums like Biggie’s Life After Death and 2pac’s All Eyez.

He wrote:

“thank you to all the artists that inspired me on the studio drives.”

The two names that caught the attention of Nigerians are that of Tekno and Wizkid. Both Nigerian singers had good relationship with Drake.

He has worked with Wizkid on songs like One Dance, on Come Closer and on Ojuelegba remix while his relatiosnhip with Tekno has brought about series of pictures emerge online.

Tekno has been pictured with Drake in the studio, clubs and other locations with rumours of collaboration still in the air.

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How Muslim Cleric ‘Hid Over 200 Christians Inside A Mosque’ During Plateau Attack

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An Islamic religious leader (Imam) has been lauded across the country after he reportedly hid over 200 people including Christians inside a mosque during last weekend’s brutal clash in the state.

The attack was one of such numerous attacks that occured in Plateau villages between June 23 and 24.

11 villages in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area and its environs were affected in the onslaught in which property worth billions of naira were also destroyed.

According to BBC Pidgin, the religious leader, whose identity was not disclosed, saw people fleeing Birkin Ladi local government area where part of the killings took place.

Miyetti Allah Reveals Plateau Killings Were Retaliatory | “We Lost 300 Cows”

He was said to have rendered them assistance by offering a mosque in Nghar Yelwa, his village, as a place of refuge.

“I first took the women to my personal house to hide them there, then, I took the men to the mosque to hide, ” the imam reportedly said.

After hiding them, some armed men reportedly approached the imam, asking him to identify the Christians among the people.

Over 100 Killed In Plateau Carnage

It was gathered that the Imam had to lie that they were all Muslims, even as he further laid on the floor, begging the armed men to leave.

Over 100 people were killed in the attack.

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Bauchi State Assembly Confirms Audu Katagum As Deputy Governor

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The Bauchi State House of Assembly on Friday screened and confirmed Audu Katagum as Deputy Governor of the state.

The confirmation was made during a plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr Kawuwa Damina.

During the screening, the Deputy Governor-nominee spent less than five minutes with the lawmakers.

The member representing Bura constituency, Abdullahi Abdulkadir, moved a motion that the nominee be cleared because he had served the state as a Chief of Staff to the incumbent governor, Mohammed Abubakar.

The motion was seconded by Ibrahim Katagum, representing Katagum constituency.

The House subsequently confirmed the nominee as Deputy Governor of Bauchi State.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the former Deputy Governor, Alhaji Nuhu Gidado resigned his position on May 24.

The governor had in June nominated his Chief of Staff, Katagum for confirmation as the Deputy Governor to the House of Assembly.


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Lionel Messi Always Played At Chelsea In FIFA Game Online – Pablo Zabaleta

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Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta has revealed that Lionel Messi always plumped for Chelsea when the pair used to play FIFA online against each other during their younger days.

With Messi Messi at Barcelona and Zabaleta playing for neighbouring Espanyol at the time, the two Argentinian internationals were fierce rivals on the pitch but remained good friends off it and often gamed together when the opportunity arose.

Discussing their friendship, Zabaleta revealed that rather than opting for Barca or the Albiceleste, Messi instead regularly chose to play as Chelsea when it came to their intense FIFA battles.

Given the Chelsea’s stacked squad at the time — Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack, Petr Cech, Claude Makelele — it’s not difficult to see why Messi gravitated toward them.

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#WorldCupWith360nobs: Debate About Finishing First Or Second Was ‘Bizarre’ – Gary Cahill

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England and Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has admitted it was “bizarre” for England to prepare to face Belgium with people suggesting it was better for them to lose

Defeat to Belgium in their final game has actually given England what appears on paper to be a more favourable knockout path to the final, though they must now face a dangerous Colombia team in the round of 16 rather than a Japan side who only qualified from Group H thanks to a better fair play record than Senegal.

Cahill insisted that the discussion ahead of the match did not affect England’s attitude on the pitch, and added that he is confident the loss will not have any lasting effects on their confidence or performance level.

“The Belgium match was a strange game and I say that because we were already qualified and facing a situation where all the teams in the knockout stage have similar ability,” Gary Cahill told the Evening Standard. “There are some very good teams in there.

“It was bizarre before the start — to be in a World Cup game where people were arguing beforehand whether it was better to finish second or first in the group.

“But we didn’t enter the game in that manner. We went to win so in that respect we are disappointed.

“I don’t think there was anything in the game. It was a great finish by them, which separated the sides. We had a couple of really good chances but there was nothing in it.”

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Calum Chambers Set To Sign New Four-year Contract At Arsenal

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Arsenal defender Calum Chambers is set to sign a contract extension, ac to various reports

Calum Chambers is expected to sign a deal that will keep him at the Emirates until 2022, having signed an extension until 2021 last year.

Chambers struggled for playing time under Arsene Wenger but the new contract, confirmed by a club source, shows that Unai Emery views him as part of his plans.

Chambers, 23, joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2014 and has made 83 appearances. He spent the 2016-17 season on loan at Middlesbrough and made 12 Premier League starts for the Gunners last season.

The young English defender is one of several promising centre-backs at Unai Emery’s disposal, with Rob Holding having signed a long-term extension in May and Konstantinos Mavropanos, signed in January, impressing toward the end of the season.

Arsenal are also reportedly set to sign Borussia Dortmund’s centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos

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

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Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia is believed to be currently working on securing a number of transfer targets. A £35million offer for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has been made. Others on their wish-list include Jamaal Lascelles, Leon Bailey, Anthony Martial and Jean Michael Seri.

A deal for Manchester City to sign Jorginho could be agreed at any moment, according to the player’s agent.
Manchester United want to keep Anthony Martial and sign Toby Alderweireld despite Tottenham’s attempts to arrange a swap deal. The clubs discussed a possible exchange but United want to keep any negotiations separate, similar to the Romelu Lukaku and Wayne Rooney deals last year.

Wayne Rooney will begin working towards his coaching qualifications while at DC United – a move which could eventually bring him back to Everton.

Stoke City have identified Newcastle United pair Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie as two players they believe can help the Potters gain promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt. But the Magpies have made it clear to Stoke that it will take a sizeable bid to prise either of Gayle or Ritchie away from St James’ Park.
Sunderland are hopeful they have beaten off strong competition to land midfielder Dylan McGeouch, who is available on a free transfer.

Sunderland new boy Alim Ozturk says he wants to help the club come back stronger from the woes of relegation.

Aston Villa will receive a welcome cash boost from FIFA due to the participation of their players in the World Cup.

Ben Foster and Craig Dawson have been training on their own this week at West Brom’s headquarters in Walsall.

Gary Rowett is to speak to Jack Butland this weekend as he reiterates his hope to keep him at Stoke City.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray expects most of his star names to commit to new contracts in the next few weeks.

Bournemouth striker Mikael Ndjoli could be set to join Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock on loan.

Leeds United are closing in on a deal for England Under-21 international Lewis Baker.

Former QPR left-back Jack Robinson is a target for Nottingham Forest.

Wolves winger Ben Marshall is closing in on a switch to Norwich City, with his medical at Colney today.

Stoke City manager Gary Rowett won’t get drawn into discussing specific names but has all but confirmed his interest in Matt Ritchie.

Bolton are plotting a move for exciting Portuguese midfielder Joao Teixeira. The Bolton News understands talks are in an advanced stage to loan the 25-year-old from Sporting Braga.

Brighton will have to pay a high price to pursue their interest in Reading central defender Liam Moore.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder will hold talks with the club’s co-owners to discover how much of David Brooks’ £15m transfer fee they plan to reinvest in its first team squad.

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Marouane Fellaini Signs New Manchester United Contract

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Marouane Fellaini has signed a new contract at Manchester United until 2020 with the option of a further year.

Marouane Fellaini, who was out of contract this summer, has made 156 appearances for United.

He told the club website: “I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player. I made this decision because I am very happy here.Also, I feel like this team, under Jose, still has a lot we want to achieve.


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His new contract is a personal victory for manager Jose Mourinho who campaigned for the former Everton man to stay.

“I am very happy Marouane is staying with us,” Mourinho said. “I always believed in his desire to stay with the club and I am delighted that he has signed a new contract.”

The announcement makes it less likely Mourinho will look to sign another midfielder this summer after already sealing a deal for Brazilian Fred.

Sources have told ESPN FC that the Portuguese coach had asked United’s hierarchy for assurances he would get a replacement if Fellaini decided to leave.

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LISTEN: Drake ‘Resurrects’ Michael Jackson In ‘Scorpion’ And The Internet Won’t Stop Talking

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Prominent Canadian singer and rapper, Drake, in the early hours of Friday morning resurrected deceased pop legend, Michael Jackson, on his new studio album titled “Scorpion” and the internet has refused to stop talking.

Following weeks of suspense and anticipation, the rapper released “Scorpion”, a 25-track album, which is his fifth studio album and which features the posthumous appearance of Jackson on the song titled, “Don’t Matter To Me”.

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The unique voice of the deceased icon can be heard in the chorus of the R&B soundtrack.

“All of a sudden you say you don’t want me no more / All of a sudden you say that I closed the door / It don’t matter to me,” Jackson sings in the chorus.

Although Drake has not opened up on the origin of this song, Jackson who passed on June 25, 2009, left a couple of unfinished songs prior to his death.

Bear in mind that a previous posthumous duet, titled “Love Never Felt So Good” was released in 2014. It featured Jackson and pop star Justin Timberlake.

See the tracklist below:

Meanwhile, social media netizens have since begun to give their various opinions on the album:

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Another Petrol Tanker Bursts Into Flames After Crashing Into Trailer

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Barely less than a day after a petrol tanker caught fire at the Otedola bridge axis of Berger in Lagos and claimed nine lives, another fuel tanker along Minna-Suleja road collided with a trailer and went in flames on Friday, June 29, 2018.

Many Feared Dead As Tanker Explodes On Otedola Bridge (VIDEO)

It was gathered that fire fighters are already on the scene to put out the fire.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson for the Federal Road Safety Corps, Bisi Kazeem, who said that five persons were injured in the early morning head-on collision between the fuel tanker and trailer, added that the victims have been taken to the hospital.

He said “the accident happened at 0857hrs local time, and that the Corps was notified within two minutes, while first responders arrived the scene in 14 minutes at 0913hrs.”

“The accident happened on Suleja-Minna road, specifically in Mallam Karo village, on Friday.” 

“No life was lost.”

Kazeem also noted that the trailer had no visible number plate, while the fuel tanker was loaded with Kerosene – a highly flammable material.

He, however, disclosed that the fuel tanker belongs to Conoil.

The FRSC boss said that the nature of the crash was serious, being multiple accidents.

“Victims have been taken to the General Hospital Suleja, as they were attended to by FRSC officials and other security agents such as men of the Nigerian Police Force and Fire Service officials from Suleja.

“The vehicles caught fire after a head-on collision,” he said.

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Report: Alvaro Morata Ready To Quit Chelsea Football Club

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Alvaro Morata reportedly wants to leave Chelsea after enduring a difficult first season in England.

Alvaro Morata scored 15 goals in 47 appearances for Chelsea last term, but failed to make his country’s World Cup squad.

Morata will inform Chelsea chiefs in the next week that he wants to leave West London ahead of the new season

The newspaper says that Chelsea could sell the 25-year-old for between £65m and £70m, more than the club-record £60m that the club paid for him last summer.

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Will He Or Won’t He? LeBron James To Opt In Or Become A Free Agent Today

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The summer of LeBron James is about to kick off so I’ll advice you to strap in because it’s going to be an interesting NBA off-season.

The NBA free agency begins on Sunday and James has until 11:59pm tonight to choose to either opt into his $35.6 million player option and play with the Cleveland Cavaliers next season or decide to become an unrestricted free agent by opting out.

If he decides to opt out and still resign with the Cavaliers, LeBron is eligible for a five-year, $205 million free-agent deal but if he decides to sign with a different team, he can only get $152 million over four years.

So what would LeBron do? What do you think he will do? Let us know.

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Shay Given Joins Frank Lampard’s Backroom Staff At Derby County

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Derby County have appointed Shay Given as new head goalkeepeing coach.

Shay Given retired from football after last year and will now replace Kevin Poole, who left Pride Park to link up with former Rams boss Gary Rowett at Stoke City.

Speaking about Given’s arrival, Rams boss Frank Lampard told “I know Shay and his standing in the game as a goalkeeper and he’s right up there at the very top.

“He’s had many, many, years as a top goalkeeper. Performance wise he was incredible and he has now achieved his goalkeeper coaching license.

“I’m very pleased to have Shay as part of the team and not just for what he will bring as a goalkeeper coach, but what he will also bring to the dressing room in a much broader scheme.”

Given made his name at Newcastle making over 450 appearances before join Manchester City in 2009.

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Southampton Complete Signing Of Mohamed Elyounoussi On Five-year Contract From Basel

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Southampton have signed Mohamed Elyounoussi from Basel on a five-year deal.

The fee is understood to be in the region of £16m and the 23-year-old, who has 16 caps for Norway, can operate as a forward or as a winger.

Mohamed Elyounoussi had spent the last two season at Basel, establishing himself as one of the best players in the Swiss league.

He scored 23 goals and assisted a further 30 in just 83 appearances while playing a key role in 2017’s league and cup double.

Elyounoussi also enjoyed a fine time at Norwegian club Molde, scoring 41 goals in 91 appearances.

Elyounoussi told the club’s official website: “I’m really happy to be here and I am really excited to get started.

“The club has been following me for a long time, watching many games, so I feel really confident to come here and to get even better and develop myself.

“It’s a family club that is known for bringing in players, developing them and for younger players to get better.

I’m a hard worker on the pitch and I like to create chances, either for me or to play others through. That’s where I’m at my best, when I can use my creativity, so I think the philosophy of the club will suit me very well.”

Southampton manager Mark Hughes added: “Mohamed is clearly another very exciting addition to our attacking options.

“He has got an outstanding record of goals and assists in two different countries, and we have been extremely impressed by the intelligence he has shown in his play from a tactical point of view.

“He’s still at a young age as well, so we’re confident he can continue to improve and fulfil even more of his potential with us, and following on from the arrival of Stuart Armstrong this week, we feel we have made real progress in adding a new dimension to our attack ahead of the season.”

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Tekno Set To Drop A New Song With Danfo Drivers (WATCH VIDEO)

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To further confirm the claim that all is well between Jogodo crooner, Tekno and the Danfo Drivers music duo, both acts are now working on new music collaboration.

The journey to this yet-to-be released collaboration started when Tekno sampled Danfo Drivers‘ song, “Kpolongo” on his own song “Jogodo“. Mad Melon and Mountain Black expressed dissatisfaction at Tekno’s decision to release a prototype of their work without consent.

Meanwhile, Tekno apologized and made efforts to meet the music duo to end a brewing beef at that time. Obviously, their reconciliation is about to birth a music collaboration that fans cannot wait listen.

Tekno shared a video showing himself and the music duo in the studio vibing to the song.

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#WorldCupWith360nobs: ‘If We Can’t Score Against Korea, We Deserve To Be Knocked Out Of The World Cup’ – Toni Kroos

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Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has admitted Germany didn’t deserve to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup

“In the end we did not do enough,” the midfielder said. “To be honest, if we can’t score a goal in 90 minutes against South Korea then we don’t deserve to go through. We got what we deserved. We were not unlucky. It is not down to bad luck.”

In Germany’s second game of the World Cup against Sweden, Toni Kroos mistake led to Ola Toivonen’s opening goal but Kroos had the last laugh when he whipped home a brilliant injury-time winner.

However, neither he nor any of his teammates could find similar inspiration in a strangely flat performance against South Korea.

“I think we tried our best, it wasn’t a lack of that,” Kroos said. “We tried everything to play football but we just couldn’t get going. It makes life much easier if you score an early goal but in all three games we have been chasing it, we have been behind on the scoreline. That always makes it more difficult. We are very sad and we were also very angry but that helps nothing now.”

This is the first time Germany have failed to make it beyond the first round of the World Cup since 1938 and Joachim Low , who has been in charge of the side for 12 years, has refused to confirm he will stay on for the two years that remain on his contract.

“I don’t know if is the darkest moment for German football but it is definitely a very black one,” Kroos said. “I don’t think any of us expected this at all. Clearly we expected this to be a long tournament for us. But what I can and will say is that after three games we weren’t able to play our best at any stage of it in any of them.”

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Otedola Bridge Explosion: Governor Ambode Mourns Deceased

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The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna has offered his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives to the tanker explosion that occurred along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Thursday.

The Governor added that he was consoled by the fact that the number of lives saved were more than those who died, thanks to the quick response of the emergency agencies. He urged people of the state to always give access to emergency responders during such incidents, to prevent avoidable loss of lives and property.

During his visit to the scene of the accident yesterday, the Governor said “I want to commiserate with all the families of those that have lost their lives. We never wish for incidents like this but again we take solace in the fact that we were able to save more lives,”

“I also want to appeal to Lagosians that we don’t like to see onlookers; there is a need to always give way for our first responders and all our agencies to save lives quickly and that is the whole essence of having the Response Unit,” he added.

Ambode thanked the people for their patience and assured them that the state government would continue to put measures in place to mitigate such incidents in future. Although more than 50 vehicles were burnt in the accident, he commended the response time from officials which he said was less than three minutes.

The governor said, “I want to praise all our agencies – the Fire Service, the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and also the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Response Unit; this is what we have been saying about investing in some of these infrastructure and equipment. Nobody knows when this kind of incident will happen next but the most important thing is that our response time should be up and running and be able to save lives.”

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#WorldCupWith360nobs: Adnan Januzaj Delighted To Score Belgium’s Winning Goal Vs England

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Belgium winger Adnan Januazaj has revealed that he was “very happy” to have scored the winning goal against England

Adnan Januzaj’s astonishing second-half strike was enough to hand the Red Devils first place in Group G

Speaking to The Mirror, former Manchester United player Januzaj addressed the “criticism” that he faced in England and said that he wanted to “show the people” his ability.

“Obviously my job was to show the people, in the past in England, I had a lot of criticism,” the midfielder said. “I wanted to show those people that I’m here. I’m very happy with that. I’m very pleased to score a great goal against a good opponent.

“I’ve put in a lot of work. This year I’ve been playing in a team at Real Sociedad who have made me grow as a player. At 23, the most important thing is to play games and keep progressing. I’m very pleased to be going that way.

“I hope now to keep going. My first goal, there is no greater feeling. I was very pleased with that, and hopefully there’ll be more to come in the future.”

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Chelsea Reject Barcelona’s £50m Offer For Willian

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Chelsea have reportedly rejected a huge £50m bid from Barcelona for Willian.

Willian, who is currently at the World Cup with Brazil, scored six goals and registered eight assists in 36 Premier League appearances last season.

According to the Daily Mail, Barcelona are keen on seeing him link up with fellow countryman Philippe Coutinho in midfield following the departure of legendary midfielder Andres Iniesta.

The newspaper adds that Willian’s representatives have been in Barcelona as part of the bid, which is believed to be below the valuation set by Chelsea.

Chelsea have been braced for interest in Willian, with Manchester United reportedly also considering a summer move.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has never failed to hide his admiration for the player and is expected to try and lure him to Old Trafford.

The report claims that United could outbid Barcelona with a higher fee, but that leaves Chelsea with the prospect of selling yet another first-team player to a direct domestic rival.

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Chelsea Legend John Terry Returns To The Club In Order To Boost His Fitness

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John Terry has returned to his former club Chelsea in an attempt to hit peak fitness before finding a new side.

John Terry, 37, who spent close to two decades with the Blues, is currently a free agent after parting ways with Aston Villa at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

Terry is now back at Chelsea on a temporary basis, with a video posted on his Instagram page showing him training alongside Chelsea Women’s winger Karen Carney and youngster Ethan Ampadu.

The Chelsea legend was recently linked with a move to Derby County, who are now managed by another Chelsea legend in Frank Lampard.

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