PHOTOS: Simi And Lagbaja Take Centre Stage As Johnnie, Jazz & Whisky Ignites Abuja With A Blend Of Music And Flavours

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Simi And Lagbaja Take Centre Stage As Johnnie, Jazz & Whisky Ignites Abuja With A Blend Of Music And Flavours

On Saturday, 28th July at Central Park, Abuja, Johnnie, Jazz & Whisky (JJW) turned on the style as the legendary Lagbaja and the soulful Simi took center stage for a unique blend of music and flavours. 

The journey began with guests taking pictures on the black carpet with musical instruments. The Mix Your Cocktail area with bars and expert mixologists welcomed people to make their own cocktails and discover Johnnie Walker Black Label flavours through a variety of bitters, powders and garnishes. Johnnie Walker Brand Ambassador, Ikechukwu Agu, then took the full capacity audience through step-by-step whisky education highlighting the distinct flavours – fruity, tropical, creamy & smoky.

The musical journey began with The Banjos serenading the crowd before ushering in award winning songstress, Simi whose 45-minute creamy tropical set opened with ‘Joromi’. Lagbaja soon took the stage with his electrifying smoky vibe belting out hit after hit with a truly interactive performance. The highlight of the night was the duet where Lagbaja and Simi performed ‘Never Far Away’.

The inspired rendition left the Abuja crowd in awe of the masked magician’s longevity on the stage.

Abuja’s top socialites and personalities including Samson Siasia, Ivie Okujaye, George Okoro, Tobi Bakre and more soaked in the spectacular experience. Johnnie Walker Black Label’s distinctive flavours continued to own the night coming to life in various cocktails.

JJW is a unique platform built on live music performances celebrating its guests and their journeys of personal progress. JJW will be coming to a city near you soon so stay in the loop by following @johnniewalkerng and by clicking the hashtags #JJW #KeepWalkingNigeria.

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The Coward Called Godswill Akpabio

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The Coward Called Godswill Akpabio By Fani-Kayode

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“You remain the father of the nation, our father and political father to all. Just like i told Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President Osinbanjo yesterday in Nigeria… Those who think that they have politically grown to insult you will all regret it before month end sir. I am here (London) to register my undiluted love and unalloyed support to you. I was involved in all their meetings and I know what their plans are. The long recess of NASS is going to be your advantage and not theirs like they thought and planned”- Senator Godswill Akpabio to President Muhammadu Buhari. 

Those that do not have the courage of their convictions and that do not have the guts to stand against tyranny when under fire are not worthy of being called men: they are little better than beasts. 

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

The fact that the former Governor of Akwa Ibom, Senator Godswill Akpabio, is a coward and a traitor is no longer in dispute. The fact that his brazen treachery knows no bounds is what can best be described as “settled law”.

A leader must be ready to sacrifice his liberty and life in defence of truth, justice and righteousness and he must be prepared to defend his nation, faith, people and loved ones no matter the price he may have to pay.

Sadly such noble virtues and high standards are lost on men like Akpabio. To them such matters and sentiments are like Greek or Latin: they can neither understand their meaning or grasp their import.

They fail to appreciate the fact that fear is not a virtue but a vice. They refuse to acknowledge the fact that to blink the eye, bat the eyelid, surrender, compromise, buckle, capitulate and bend the knee to the tyrant and his minions in a futile and last minute attempt to preserve your life and liberty is utterly shameful.

Akpabio‘s desire to decamp to the APC due to his trepidation and fear of the EFCC and Buhari’s regime is pitiful. If he has done nothing wrong then why the fear and why the trepidation? Where is his faith in God?

And if he has done something wrong, given the fact that he has opposed them virulently for the last three years, does he honestly believe that the Buhari regime will not punish him by using it against him if they manage to get back to power next year, no matter how much he helps them today?

If he believes that then he is not half as intelligent as I once thought. Buhari is not a man of honor, he is not a worthy ally, he does not keep to his promises and he does not have friends. The only friend he has is his insatiable lust for power which he feeds on a daily basis.

Aside from that the following questions come to mind. Does Akpabio honestly see any good in Buhari and his government? Is that what he thinks that Nigerians deserve to suffer for the next few years and if so what is their crime?

Has he forgotten the gratuitous insults that Buhari dishes out so lavishly on the Nigerian people whenever he travels abroad and speaks to foreign leaders and the foreign press?

Has he forgotten about all those that the Buhari government have killed and all those that have died and suffered in the struggle against them? Does the shedding of innocent blood by a desperate government mean nothing to him?

Has he forgotten the tears of the tormented and persecuted and the cries of the widows, orphans and the bereaved whose loved ones have been butchered by jihadists, religious fanatics, cow-lovers and ethnic supremacists that Buhari has protected and encouraged over the last three years?

Has he forgotten the anguish of those whose loved ones have been locked up indefinitely and those who have been demonised and subjected to the most barbaric and insidious media witchunts in the history of our nation?

Has he forgotten the practice of double standards in the application of our laws? Has he forgotten how the rogues in Buhari’s cabinet and government and the governors in his party are above the law and get away with blue murder?

Has he forgotten about the slaughter of northern Christians, IPOB youths and Shiite Muslims?

Has he forgotten about the genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Fulani terrorists and herdsmen? Has he forgotten about the attack against the Church and the attempt to undermine and ridicule Christendom?

Has he forgotten about the censorship of the media and how newspapers houses and radio and television stations are warned against airing or publishing anti-government material?

Has he forgotten the appalling way that members of our Armed Forces are being treated by the government and how they are massacred on the front lines and given secret mass burials in secret graves with no honor or thanks?

Has he forgotten about the brutal assault on the judiciary and judges and the undermining of the rule of law? Has he forgotten about the relentless attacks on the legislature and the humiliation of his colleagues at  the National Assembly?

Has he forgotten about the horrors and wickedness that members and leaders of the opposition PDP were subjected to over the last 3 years? Has he forgotten about what the Government did to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Sheik El Zak Zaky and Col. Ibrahim Dasuki?

Has he forgotten the vitriolic terms and words that they used to describe President Goodluck Jonathan, President Olusegun Obasanjo and every single PDP leader and government that held power between 1999 and 2015?

Has he forgotten that Buhari considers himself to be the third and final Mahdi of the north and that he has nothing but contempt and disdain for those that come from the Middle Belt and the south and those that do not share his religious faith?

Has he forgotten the insults the Buhari government heaped on southerners, Middle Belters, Afenifere, Ohaeneze, the Niger Delta Elders, the Middle Belt Forum and every single elder statesman and leader that has called for the restructuring of our country.

Has he forgotten about the division, strife, disgrace, penury, corruption, poverty and despair that they have subjected the Nigerian people to over the last three years.

Has he forgotten what Christians have been subjected to by these demons from hell? Has he forgotten their hatred for the Church?  Has he forgotten the division, strife, turmoil, bloodshed, torment and havoc that they have inflicted on our nation?

Has Akpabio forgotten about all these things or is that he is so tormented by the fear of his own shadow, the EFCC and Buhari’s ghost that he has capitulated like a fatherless peasant that lacks nobility, class, dignity, self-respect, good-breeding and honor?

On a general note one is constrained to ask: why are most Nigerian leaders plagued with such a cowardly disposition and servile spirit? Why do they compromise so often and why do they tremble before power?

If Akpabio had issues with PDP that is fair enough. We all have issues with the party in varying degrees.

Yet if he felt constrained to leave why can’t he join any of the other numerous opposition parties? Why does he have to sell his soul to the devil and enter a Faustian pact with Buhari and the APC.

Why should he join the birds of prey to feed on the blood, flesh and guts of the Nigerian people?

The truth is that he has betrayed his people and joined forces with those that seek to enslave them simply in an attempt to secure freedom and goodwill for himself.

Is that what leaders are meant to do? Are they meant to give in to their most morbid and irrational fears and collaborate with those that seek to destroy their nation, their people and their future?

Akpabio reminds me of the old African chiefs and traditional rulers that sold their own people into slavery to the white slave dealers in return for tiny crumbs and protection.

He reminds me of the black slaves that fought on the side of the southern secessionist forces in the American civil war who attempted to preserve the institution of slavery.

He reminds me of the inglorious Scottish clans that turned their backs on Scotland’s heroic Bonny Prince Charlie and instead betrayed their people and fought on the side of the English oppressors to oppose Scottish emancipation and liberation.

He reminds me of everything that is unpleasant, servile, weak, ugly, uncouth, cowardly and dishonorable.

The fact of the mattee is that Akpabio deserves to be pitied. He is more worthy of pathos than wrath because, like Judas Iscariot and those that betrayed and crucified Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, he “knows not what he does”.

Shakespeare wrote that “a coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once.”

Soyinka wrote that “the man died in him who remained silent before tyranny”.

Akpabio has died a thousand deaths and the man has died in him.

Courage, risk and sacrifice are the fuel and engine room of the struggle for liberation. I would rather live as a free man for one day than live a thousand years as a coward and a slave.

May God guide my friend and brother Godswill Akpabio and may He open his eyes and cause him to appreciate the folly of his own actions and the very grave consequences of the monumental mistake he is about to make.

May He remind him that the forces of darkness have nothing to offer but death, sorrow, shame and destruction.

May He remind him that no matter how dark the night, joy comes in the morning for those who have faith, who trust in the Lord and who stand firm till the end.

May He remind him that those that joined Adolf Hitler, even in his last days, ended up dying with him.

This piece was written by Femi Fani-Kayode. 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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NYSC Announces 3-Day Mourning For 9 Drowned Corps Members

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NYSC Announces 3-Day Mourning For 9 Drowned Corps Members

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has announced three days of mourning for the corps members who drowned at the Mayo-Selbe river near the Gashaka falls in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba.

NYSC: Corps Members’ Allowance Increase From N19k To N48,900 – What We Know So Far

This announcement was made by Adenike Adeyemi, the NYSC Director, Press and Public Relations in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

TRAGEDY! 9 NYSC Corps Members Drown While Swimming In Taraba River

Mrs Adeyemi said the nine corps members on Saturday, August 4, involved in the accident left their places of primary assignment on a picnic at the site, adding that they got drowned due to the sudden increase in water volume and surge.

Osinbajo Mourns 9 NYSC Corps Members Who Died In Taraba River

She said seven bodies had so far been recovered from the river by local divers and security agents while the search for the remaining missing two corps members was ongoing.

“The entire NYSC family is shocked and saddened by the cruel twist of fate that befell our corps members.

“The corps members drowned as a result of the sudden increase in water volume and surge of river Mayo-Selbe near the Gashaka falls in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba.

“Seven bodies have so far been recovered from the river by local divers and security agents while the search for the remaining two missing corps members is ongoing.

“Management has, therefore, declared three-day mourning for the souls of our departed heroes; beginning from Monday Aug, 6.

“Our condolences are with the families at this moment,” she said.

She further stated that during the mourning NYSC flags would fly half-mast nationwide.

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Report: Tottenham Hotspur Set To Sell Victor Wanyama To Roma

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Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly set to sell Victor Wanyama to Roma.

Victor Wanyama has slipped down the Spurs pecking order as a result of continuous injury problems, with a knee injury ruling him out of action for over four months last season. .

Roma view Wanyama as a suitable alternative to their key transfer target – Sevilla’s Steven Nzonzi, according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica (v

However Roma are skeptical about matching Tottenham’s £30m valuation for the Kenyan midfielder,

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will have little time to sign a replacement if he does decide to cash in on Wanyama, with Thursday’s deadline approaching.

Italy’s transfer window closes on August 18, nine days after the English window shuts, so Roma will have a little more time to sign one of their key midfield targets.

Wanyama made 23 appearances in all competitions for Spurs last season, despite not being a regular starter in midfield, and has three years left on his current deal.

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Buffon: Mbappe Must Remain Humble And Hungry

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Gianluigi Buffon has word of advice for his young teammate, Kylian Mbappe, telling him to remain grounded and hungry to become a part of the greats.

The 19-year-old was sensational for France at the World Cup, scoring in the final to become the second teenager to achieve such a feat.

And Buffon has called on him to remakn humble and hungry, so as to make a name for himself.

“When I spoke [after the match] with Andrea Barzagli, who is one of my great friends, he told me ‘Gigi, in 20 years of my career I have rarely seen a player run so fast with the ball, I had a hard time stopping him’,” the goalkeeper told PSG’s official club magazine.

“These words are not insignificant because Barzagli, when he is focused and fit, is really a top defender.

 

“It’s obvious [Mbappe] has something more than others. I hope he will remain humble and keep this desire to progress and make sacrifices.

 

“If so, he will make a mark in the history of football and write incredible pages of the sport.”

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Chelsea In Talks With Athletic Bilbao To Sign Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga For £71m

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Chelsea are now set to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who remains intent on joining Real Madrid.

Courtois failed to report for training on Monday as expected and has continued with his self imposed strike after missing another training session at Cobham today

Stoke City and England goalkeeper Jack Butland emerged as a target soon after it became apparent Courtois had gone AWOL. But, refusing to limit their options, Chelsea are also said to be looking at Kepa, with AS reporting that the club are ‘ready’ to trigger the €80m (£71m) buyout clause in his contract.

Kepa Arrizabalaga only signed a new long-term contract with Bilbao in January, with that deal tying him to the Basque club until 2025 and increasing a previously affordable buyout clause as an attempt to ward off growing interest from Real at the time.

It was expected that Kepa would complete a move to Real Madrid in January this year, with Los Blancos having already met the then-release clause of £17.7m.

But Kepa decided to stick with Bilbao, revealing to radio station Cadena Ser: “In the end, following advice from my family and close friends, I opted to stay.

I’m happy with the outcome and look forward to serving the club for the next eight years.

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For Dumping APC! Kogi Assembly Declares Ex-Speaker’s Seat Vacant

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For Dumping APC! Kogi Assembly Declares Ex-Speaker’s Seat Vacant

The Kogi State House of Assembly on Tuesday declared the seat of the immediate past Speaker, Umar Ahmed Imam, vacant following his recent defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress to Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Kogi Assembly Elects New Speaker As Imam Resigns

Nigerian Guardian reports that the decision was taken at the assembly’s seating presided over by the Speaker, Prince Matthew Kolawole.

On July 22, Imam had announced his defection in Lokoja, alleging that he was shut out of APC and never recognized as a party member much more of a leader down to his own ward.

Imam, who will be contesting under the SDP for the August 11th by-election to fill the vacant seat of the Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency, said he waited for several months, hoping that the APC leadership would encourage participation of every party members in its affairs but rather the division and crisis continued.

Details later….

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Report: Chelsea Set To Complete Loan Signing Of Real Madrid Midfielder Mateo Kovacic

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Chelsea are set to sign Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic on a season-long loan.

Mateo Kovacic has already expressed his desire to leave Real Madrid as he is unhappy with the amount of playing time he has received since joining from Inter Milan three years ago.

According to Marca, Madrid have given up with their efforts to keep Kovacic and heis now on the verge of joining Chelsea on loan for the new season.

The report claims that Chelsea have reached an agreement with the player and the deal will be announced at some point on Tuesday.

The midfielder, who returned from holiday on Monday after Croatia’s World Cup campaign, is currently training with Madrid’s Castilla side.

Last week, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri revealed that he wants the club to sign another midfielder following the acquisition of Jorginho earlier this summer.

‘We have very good midfielders, but maybe a midfielder with different characteristics [would be a good fit],’ said the Italian before Chelsea’s defeat to Manchester City in the Community Shield.

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BREAKING: Sacked DSS DG Lawal Daura “Arrested And Detained”

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Sacked DSS DG Lawal Daura “Arrested And Detained”

There are reports flooding the internet that the sacked head of the Department of State Security (DSS), Lawal Daura, has been arrested and detained, barely a few minutes after the Vice President announced his sack.

According to the reports, Daura was arrested after Acting President Yemi Osinbajo relieved him of his duties on Tuesday afternoon.

DSS Blocks Entrance Of National Assembly As Plot To Remove Saraki Thickens (VIDEO)

Osinbajo had summoned Daura alongside Ibrahim Idris, Inspector-General of Police, over the siege laid to the national assembly earlier in the day.

During the siege, federal lawmakers were denied access to the legislative chamber, fuelling speculations that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was perfecting its plot to oust Senate President Bukola Saraki.

It was learnt that the two security chiefs arrived Aso Rock at different times – while Idris got to the presidential villa at 12;35pm, Daura got there at 1:15pm.

Osinbajo Fires DSS Boss, Lawal Daura

After briefing, Osinbajo, It was also gathered, ordered that the former DSS DG be whisked away.

It is understood that Daura was arrested by a combined team of the Police and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for “breaching national security”.

State house correspondents who were waiting to speak with the security chiefs did not know that Daura had been taken away through another exit.

Daura is currently being detained at the SARS headquarters.

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Joe Hart Joins Burnley For £3.5m From Manchester City

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Burnley have completed the signing of Joe Hart on a two-year deal from Manchester City for a fee in the region of £3.5m.

Burnley confirmed the transfer on their official website, revealing an undisclosed fee had been paid for Joe Hart

Manager Sean Dyche was not expecting to be in the market for a goalkeeper this summer but injuries to Nick Pope and Tom Heaton forced his hand.

Hart spent 12 years as a City player but went from first-choice to fringe player after Pep Guardiola’s arrival at the club and spent the last two seasons on loan with Torino and West Ham.

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak bid Hart a fond farewell.

In a statement he wrote: “Joe Hart’s contribution to Manchester City cannot be overstated.

“His 12 years at the club have seen him produce some remarkable performances and heart-stopping saves that will live in the memory for a long time to come.

Hart, who boasts 75 international caps and two Premier League titles, will wear squad number 20.

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Thibaut Courtois Misses Chelsea’s Training Session For The Second Time

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has once again missed training for the second day in a row, accordimg to reports

Thibaut Courtois was absent from Monday’s training session at  Chelsea’s training base at Cobham, where Maurizio Sarri planned to speak to have talks with him about his future at the club.

According to Sky Sports News, Courtois failed to turn up to Tuesday’s session as an exit from Stamford Bridge becomes more likely for the 26-year-old.

Courtoishas been linked with a switch back to Spain to be closer to his family, while his agent has also suggested that the stopper has made clear his desire to leave West London.

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BREAKING: Osinbajo Fires DSS Boss, Lawal Daura

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The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday, sacked the Director-General of the Department of State Service, Lawal Daura.

Daura’s dismissal was made known by Osinbajo’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande .

Akande in a statement said, “Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has directed the termination of the appointment of the Director General, State Security Service, DSS, Mr. Lawal Musa Daura with immidiate effect.

”Mr. Daura has been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice.”

The termination of Daura’s appointment comes few hours after security officials stormed the premises of the National Assembly barricading the entrance.

48 Senators Sign Agreement To Stop Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Removal [Full List]

The masked security operatives and officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) arrived at the National Assembly very early on Tuesday morning and prevented lawmakers, members of staff of the National Assembly and journalists from entering the complex.

Lawal Daura

Osinbajo had earlier summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Director-General of the Department of State Security, Malam Lawan Daura at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

DSS Blocks Entrance Of National Assembly As Plot To Remove Saraki Thickens (VIDEO)

The two security chiefs, who arrived Aso Rock at different times, were to update the acting president on security developments including the blockade of the National Assembly by security officials.

More details later…

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NYSC: Corps Members’ Allowance Increase From N19k To N48,900 – What We Know So Far

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NYSC: Corps Members’ Allowance Increase From N19k To N48,900 – What We Know So Far

The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) seems to have dismissed a report that is stirring controversy on the internet that it will be increasing the allowance of corps members from N19k To N48,900.

Corps Members Sacked From Kebbi NYSC Camp For Smoking Weed

A twitter handle, APC Newspaper, which claims to be a social media mouthpiece for the ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC), on Monday, August 6, alleged that the President Muhammdu Buhari led government has raised corps members’ allowance to N49,800.

A curious twitter user subsequently tweeted at the official Twitter handle of the Scheme to confirm the veracity of the APC Newspaper’s tweet about the allowance increase and @officialnysc replied saying it is a rumour.

Moments after replying the Twitter user who sought to confirm the rumour, the @officialnysc immediately deleted the tweet.

While it remains speculations, bear in mind that the Director-General of the scheme, Brig Gen Suleiman Kazaure, last week said the President Buhari led Government has begun an upward review of the N19, 800 monthly allowance paid to corpers.

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Desmond Elliot, Blessing Egbe, Wale Ayilara & More To Reveal Wealth Secrets At Success Stories Africa 2018

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Ever noticed that opportunities and wealth tend to increase in the hands of some while they reduce in the hands of others? What makes the difference?

Join star actor Desmond Elliot, LandWey CEO Olawale Ayilara, ace producer Blessing Egbe, Union Bank Communications Lead, Omotola Oyebanjo, Pertinence Group CEO, Sunday Olorunsheyi and FarmCrowdy Co-founder, Africanfarmer Mogaji as they share their stories to attracting  wealth beyond cash and how you can achieve same.

Date: Saturday August 11th 2018

Time: 9:00AM

Venue: Pertinence Place, 2 Tinuola Close, Animashaun B/Stop, Egbeda Akowonjo, Lagos Nigeria

 “Stories transform lives. Beyond inspirational talks, young people need relatable stories, exposure and skills to change their circumstances,” the founder Isaac Oladipupo said while speaking about 6th edition of the highly impactful Success Stories Africa.

In addition to the true stories from leading innovators, lucky participants also stand to clinch instant job opportunities on the spot among other benefits including networking, entertainment and light refreshment. Admission to this event is absolutely free and registration is available at the venue!

For inquiries please visit successstoriesafrica.com or call 08027855262, 08039612164.

 

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48 Senators Sign Agreement To Stop Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Removal [Full List]

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48 Senators Sign Agreement To Stop Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Removal [Full List]

No less than forty-eight senators have signed an agreement to prevent any impeachment process against Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.

Dogara ‘Thinking Twice’ On Dumping APC For PDP

The agreement is coming on the back of a siege at the National Assembly on Tuesday.

DSS Blocks Entrance Of National Assembly As Plot To Remove Saraki Thickens

Daily Post reports that in the list, the 48 senators declared that they will resist any illegal change of the leadership of the Senate.National Assembly leaders call off planned meeting

Meanwhile, the leadership of the National Assembly has called off its meeting scheduled to hold at noon on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

The deputy speaker of the house of representatives, Yusuf Lasun, disclosed this while speaking to journalists at the entrance of the National Assembly Complex in Abuja.

Senate President Bukola Saraki had called the meeting after several calls on the lawmakers to cut short their recess and reconvene.

However, the deputy speaker said the meeting was called off on Monday morning following the blockade mounted at the entrance of the complex by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

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Dogara ‘Thinking Twice’ On Dumping APC For PDP

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Dogara ‘Thinking Twice’ On Dumping APC For PDP

There are strong indications that the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara may be having a second thought over his planned defection from the All Progressives Congresses (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Dogara On The Verge To Dump APC For PDP

Reports had earlier swirled on the internet that Dogara will defect to the PDP alongside Senate President Bukola Saraki and Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

But Daily Trust is reporting that while Saraki and Tambuwal have joined the PDP, Dogara remains in the APC, with some saying “he is in a fix” over the issue.

Fayose Speaks On “Defecting To APC, Going To See Tinubu”

The speaker has not been on friendly terms with the Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, and there have been fears that he may be denied the APC return ticket.

Saraki Finally Dumps APC

But a source has revealed to the news outlet that several close allies to the speaker have advised him against following Saraki and Tambuwal to the PDP because the duo did it for their personal ambitions and political fight.

“It’s all about the theory of self-preservation. Dogara had wanted to go, but as it is now, he is back-tracking. Yes, his political mentor has defected, but he was told that it will be difficult for Tambuwal to become president.

“Dogara himself knows that he can get the ticket to return to the House, but even if he returns, he should drop his speakership ambition for the second time. We just want him to finish his tenure peacefully,” the source, an ally of the speaker, said.

Another lawmaker said,

“He’s thinking twice, seriously because the game is changing by the day. Just a while ago, somebody, a prominent PDP member in the House, said we shouldn’t be surprised if we see them coming to APC. He may not have decided finally, but I can assure you he’s having a second thought.”

A third lawmaker said,

“Some of us told him that this fight isn’t for him, it is a fight for Saraki and he shouldn’t involve himself too much in it. We told him that Saraki was governor of Kwara State for eight years and even served as the chairman of governors’ forum.

“He is now Senate President and he wants to be president in future. We said Saraki has seen it all. Dogara shouldn’t allow himself to be dragged into anybody’s fight. So, he should just focus on himself as Dogara and forget about Saraki.

“We said if he insists on following them, this government will fight him. Of course, unlike Saraki, he cannot withstand the pressure. In fact, after this government wins election, they’ll still come after him.

“We said let everybody answer his name. So it seems he has back tracked. One thing is for sure: that Dogara cannot work with the Bauchi governor.” 

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#WorldCup: FG Spends $1m To Airlift Stranded Nigerian, Ghanaian Fans From Russia

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#WorldCup: FG Spends $1m To Airlift Stranded Nigerian, Ghanaian Fans From Russia

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said that the federal government spent $1 million to evacuate Nigerians who were stranded in Russia after the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament.

The minister, who stated this on Monday in Abuja while fielding questions from newsmen, added that the evacuation was done in two batches of 155 persons and 200 persons.

He said that the second batch of 200 fans were returned to the country along with 17 Ghanaian football fans also stranded in Russia on Sunday.

“About 200 of them were brought back yesterday (Sunday) at a cost of one million US dollars to the country. $500,000 to charter the first plane and another $500,000 for the second,” he said.  

According to him, the amount covered both the first batch of 155 Nigerians that were earlier airlifted and the second batch that were returned home on Sunday.

He said by airlifting the 17 Ghanaians, Nigeria had again brought to the fore, its Big Brother role on the continent of Africa.

He said the Ghanaian authorities had appreciated the gesture through its Minister of Foreign Affairs as the returnees were transported to Ghana on Monday

Onyeama said: “A week ago, we learnt that there was another huge number of Nigerians stranded and Russian authorities were going to take very strong measures and yet again, Mr President directed that another plane should be made available to go and bring them back. And they were 200 of them that were brought back yesterday (Sunday) at a cost of $1 million to the country.

“It is a clear example that Mr President is determined to safeguard Nigerians and the interest of Nigerians wherever they might be compromised anywhere in the world. He was very quick to do this.”

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Osinbajo Mourns 9 NYSC Corps Members Who Died In Taraba River

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Osinbajo Mourns 9 NYSC Corps Members Who Died In Taraba River

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, is saddened by the drowning of nine National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members in River Mayo-Selbe in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State on Saturday.

They were among 22 youth corps members who had gone on a picnic around the area when the incident happened.

TRAGEDY! 9 NYSC Corps Members Drown While Swimming In Taraba River

Mr Osinbajo’s condolence was conveyed in a statement signed by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Acting President, on Monday in Abuja.

Consoling the families and relations of the nine youth corps members on behalf of himself and the federal government, Osinbajo lamented that the nation had lost some of its talented and productive young people in their prime.

“This terrible occurrence has brought an abrupt end to the lives of these young men and women while they were dutifully engaged in National Service.

“The federal government appreciates their service to the nation and it is my prayer that God will comfort their families and loved ones, and that we would not witness such a calamity again.

“I would like to express my condolences to the families of the late youth corps members, the NYSC management and the people of Taraba State, where the sorrowful incident occurred, and Edo, Enugu, Delta and Imo States from where the identified victims hailed.”

(NAN)

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DSS Blocks Entrance Of National Assembly As Plot To Remove Saraki Thickens (VIDEO)

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DSS Blocks Entrance Of National Assembly As Plot To Remove Saraki Thickens

Armed and masked officials of the Department of State Services on Tuesday morning took over the National Assembly, preventing lawmakers from gaining access into the complex.

It is understood that the security agents arrived at the complex as early as 6.00 am and have prevented staff, legislators and journalists from entering the complex.

The operatives are turning away cars of lawmakers and one of those that have been prevented from gaining entry into the national assembly is Rafiu Ibrahim, senator representing Kwara south.

A legislative source told TheCable that Ahmad Lawan, senate leader, and some senators elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) met with Lawal Daura, director-general of the DSS, at about 1am on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has raised the alarm that the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, the Director General of the Department of State Services (DG – DSS), Lawan Daura and 30 APC Senators are spearheading fresh moves to illegally impeach Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

Vanguard reports that the 30 APC Senators are being led by the Senate leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, APC, Yobe North.

Frank who raised the alarm in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday morning, said that the APC National Chairman, the DSS and the APC Senators group met last night in Abuja to perfect strategies on how to carry out the plot.

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Niniola Becomes First Nigerian Female Artiste To Land 1million Listeners On Spotify

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Niniola Becomes First Nigerian Female Artiste To Land 1million Listeners On Spotify

Niniola makes history today with over 1million listeners on Spotify, making her the first female Nigerian artiste ever to cross the 1million mark.

Niniola Releases Debut Album “This Is Me”

The AfroHouse singer released her debut album ‘This is me’ in November 2017 to critical acclaim and fan praises with Maradona leading the trend with over 1.7 million streams on Spotify.

Niniola Becomes First Nigerian Female Artiste To Land 1m Listeners On SpotifyThe music streaming platform, which measures artiste popularity with listenership has solidified Niniola’s music as staple among music lovers crowning her with the coveted title of the most popular Nigerian female artiste.

360Hawt: Niniola Ft. Busiswa – Magun (Remix)

Niniola is a singer and songwriter with a vocal range that can break glass and has created a music genre for herself called AfroHouse- a blend of AfroBeat and House music.

VIDEO: Niniola Ft. Busiswa – Magun (Remix)

Her debut album ‘This is me’ lists songs like Saro, Magun, Maradona and Sicker which are have been receiving a lot of airplay and topping charts.

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BREAKING: Senator Akpabio Resigns As Senate Minority Leader

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Senator Akpabio Resigns As Senate Minority Leader

Senator Godswill Akpabio on Tuesday morning announced his resignation from his position as the Senate Minority Leader.

Fayose Speaks On “Defecting To APC, Going To See Tinubu”

In his resignation letter sent to the Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, he said his resignation came into effect on August 4th.

The senator further shared a photo of the letter on his Twitter handle; @SenatorAkpabio.

The letter read in part, “This letter is to formally inform you of my resignation as the senate minority leader with effect from August 4, 2018.

 “Let me thank the senate minority leadership, our distinguished colleagues and our great party, the PDP for the opportunity to lead the caucus in the last three years.

“Please accept the assurances of my highest esteem.”

Senator Akpabio had on Sunday met with President Muhammadu Buhari and on Monday consulted with All Progressive Congress National Leader, Bola Tinubu in Abuja.

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Barcelona Reportedly Offer Andre Gomes, Yerry Mina And £45m To Manchester United For Paul Pogba

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Manchester United have reportedly rejected a players-plus-cash offer from Barcelona for Paul Pogba

Manchester United are reported to have been offered £45m upfront, as well as central-defensive target Yerry Mina and midfielder Andre Gomes.

Sky Sport Italia claims that United have rejected Barca’s latest approach, however, as they do not want to sell the 25-year-old.

Pogba was brought back to Old Trafford in a transfer record deal at the time, two years ago, but has since endured mixed fortunes under manager Jose Mourinho.

Following a positive showing for France at the World Cup, though, Mourinho now intends to keep Paul Pogba at Manchester Unitedand get the best out of him.

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Willian Admits He Would Like To Work With Jose Mourinho Again

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Chelsea winger Willian has admitted that he hopes to work with Jose Mourinho again.

Willian is a long-term target for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford

Barcelona have shown very strong interest in Willian, but the 29-year-old’s latest comments will only intensify rumors that a move to Manchester United is a strong possibility, with the player admitting that he is regularly in contact with Mourinho.

“Mourinho is the best manager I’ve ever worked with. We have a good relationship, we are friends,” he said. “Sometimes we talk, we text, we send messages to each other via WhatsApp. He is a great manager, I really enjoyed working with him. I hope I can work with him again someday.

“I don’t know if there was any official bid [from Man United], but some things have happened. Also, everything comes out on the internet, too. But Mourinho talks to my agent all the time, he says ‘bring him, bring him’. He has never called me, but he always sends me text messages.

“But I am very happy at Chelsea, I want to stay in the club. I also like living in London, it is an amazing city, and my family is well adapted. So yeah, I intend to stay at Chelsea.”

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

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  • Nabil Fekir has been left out of Lyon’s squad to face Chelsea on Tuesday amid reports that he is about to complete a move to Stamford Bridge.
  • Mateo Kovacic is refusing to train with, or play for, Real Madrid again as he tries to force a move to Chelsea before the summer window closes.
  • Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro is keen on a move to West Ham, and is reported to be available for a fee of around £18m.
  • Reiss Nelson is set to sign a bumper new contract to commit his long-term future to Arsenal.
  • Fraser Forster is set to quit Southampton, with Turkish sides Besiktas and Fenerbahce reportedly interested in the England goalkeeper.
  • Harry Kane is “disappointed” with his World Cup – despite captaining England to their best Finals for 28 years and winning the Golden Boot.
  • Harry Arter has told Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: “Play me – or let me go.”
  • Leicester City have told Manchester United centre-back Harry Maguire is not for sale at any price.
  • Chelsea will look to Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel, AC Milan’s Pepe Reina and Sevilla’s Sergio Rico as possible replacements for AWOL goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, along with £25m-rated Jack Butland.
  • Manchester United have added Uruguay international Jose Gimenez, who plays for Atletico Madrid, to their list of possible defensive recruits.
  • Manchester United have made a “take it or leave it” £40m offer to Tottenham for Toby Alderweireld.
  • Yannick Bolasie could be heading back to Crystal Palace after he was told he can leave Everton.
  • West Ham are hoping a midfield transfer merry-go-round involving Luka Modric and Matias Vecino will see them able to sign Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater.
  • Lyon believe they are in position to hijack Everton’s move for Barcelona centre-back Yerry Mina.
  • Bayer Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey has claimed Chelsea and Liverpool want to sign him.
  • Kyle Walker believes rising star Phil Foden is heading for the top because Pep Guardiola will not allow him to be “swallowed up” by England recognition too soon.
  • Danny Rose has insisted his Spurs side are not afraid of anyone in the top six, despite their Premier League rivals spending big this summer.
  • Leicester City are closing on a £13m deal to sign Dinamo Zagreb defender Filip Benkovic.
  • Manager Gary Bowyer walked out on Blackpool just one game into the season after losing patience with the club’s controversial owner Owen Oyston.
  • Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has sent an angry letter to the secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Wright, claiming he has been turned into a “pantomime villain” by Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah’s petition against him.
  • Huddersfield Town are in talks over a proposed £13.5m deal for Belgian winger Isaac Mbenza.
  • Mauricio Pochettino is not ruling out England duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli for Saturday’s season opener at Newcastle.
  • Cardiff City have expressed an interest in signing former Manchester City and Middlesbrough striker Alvaro Negredo.
  • Crystal Palace have had no official contact yet this summer window from other Premier League clubs for Wilfried Zaha, and would regard any attempt now to sign the player before Thursday’s 5pm close of the window as having come too late.
  • Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City staff are considering whether to ask John Stones to play as a holding midfielder more regularly this season.
  • Paul Pogba’s relationship with Jose Mourinho is under strain again. The Manchester United and France midfielder is thought to be upset with his manager’s assessment of his performances during the World Cup.
  • Fulham are preparing a big money offer for Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata.
  • Ryan Jack will have to pass concussion tests if he wants to feature for Rangers in their Europa League clash with Maribor on Thursday.
  • Steven Gerrard is set to escape an SFA rap for his Pittodrie post-match swipe at Scottish officials as Rangers launch an appeal against the red card for Alfredo Morelos.
  • Aston Villa have opened talks with Hibs over a deal for Celtic target John McGinn.
  • Rangers will seal a £2m deal for Croatian international defender Borna Barisic – but have lost Ryan Jack for their Euro crunch.
  • Motherwell are tracking Hearts midfielder Ross Callachan.

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