President Buhari touches down in Niger Republic(Photos)

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President Buhari touched down Niger Republic this Morning. He concluded a meeting with President Issoufou Mahamadou  and discussed the way forward in the fight against Boko Haram. He is to visit Mali next!
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osibanjo also arrived in Sudan today. 


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President Buhari touches down in Niger Republic(Photos)

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President Buhari touched down Niger Republic this Morning. He concluded a meeting with President Issoufou Mahamadou  and discussed the way forward in the fight against Boko Haram. He is to visit Mali next!
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osibanjo also arrived in Sudan today. 


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MUSIC: Shatta Wale – Congratulation

 

Ghanaian dancehall prodigy – Shatta Wale, comes through with a fresh and different tune entitled “Congratulation” for you to download and listen to.

MUSIC: Geniuzz – Kakaraka

 

Effyzzie Music Group which houses Africa’s top diva Yemi Alade presents the official debut single of her Jos bred act, Geniuzz titled “KakaRaka“.

The up-tempo banger arrives after his cover of Big Sean’s “Blessing” and is produced by prolific hot-producer GospelOnDeBeatz.

Geniuzz whose real names Manji Zakka Deyin sings infectiously on the hook; “I go hold you down, Kakaraka, Kakaraka…” on the high-octane instrumentation to birth a potential chart topper and dance anthem.

Listen, download, share and enjoy!

Is It Wrong For Students To Go On A Field Trip To A Sex Shop?

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Sex education is one very key topic that should be taught at home and even in Schools and so we ordinarily do not see anything wrong with taking students to a sex shop to see the practical aspect of all that has been discussed in class (That’s an opinion)

A teacher of a private school in Minneapolis planned a trip to a sex shop because she wanted a safe environment to talk openly about sexuality but it has since gotten her into trouble as some parents have expressed their anger and disappointment over what should have been an innocent act.

The intention was to have a healthy and open conversation with the sex educators. It was also an opportunity to discuss safe sex in the store which has features such as vibrators, dildos, BDSM gear, video tapes and every other thing expected to be found in a sex store.

Starri Hedges, the Director at Gaiga Democratic School said it was a wonderful time out for the students who attended sexual education classes and some ofthe students even purchased condoms while at the shop.

Now We put it to you, will you allow your child go on a field trip to a sex shop? If No, what is wrong about this?

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Real Madrid Confirm Benitez As Coach

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Real Madrid have officially confirmed Rafa Benitez as coach.

The Spaniard was the favourite to replace Carlo Ancelotti after he was sacked when he failed to win the Champions league and la liga.

Benitez signed a deal worth three years.

And on Wednesday, Benitez finally signed a contract with the Blancos which ties him to the Spanish capital until the summer of 2018.

“Real Madrid will present Rafa Benitez as the new coach for the next three seasons on Wednesday, June 3,” a club statement read.

“The event will take place at 13:00CET in the Royal Box of the Bernabeu, then Rafa Benitez will appear before the media in the press room.”

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Expensive Shit: Caitlyn Jenner May Have Spent Up To N20 Million On Gender Change

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Many people continue to debate the right and wrong of Caitlyn Jenner‘s decision to become a woman.

However you look at it though, the change certainly didn’t come cheap.

According to surgeons who specialize in that field, the procedure may have cost about $100,000 (N19.9 million).

A tracheal shave is said to cost between $2,500 (N500,000) and $12,000 (N2,400,000).

Caitlyn also had two rhinoplasty operations done, said to cost between $7,500 (N1,500,000) and $15,000 (N3,000,000) each.

Facial feminization, which involves a wide range of processes including brow lifting and lip augmentation, is priced based on the number of procedures that is done, and has a price range from $10,000 (N2,ooo,ooo) to $60,000 (N12,000,000).

That’s a whole lot of money!

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Kim Kardashian Comes For Wendy Williams After She Accused Her Of Using Surrogate

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The news of Kim Kardashian’s second pregnancy broke the internet and left a lot of people celebrating but certainly not Wendy Williams.

TV Personality Wendy Williams made claims yesterday on her show that Kim will be using a surrogate for her second baby but will try to deceive the public with a prosthetic belly.

“They’re saying that they could possibly be using a surrogate from Thailand who’s allegedly living in Kanye’s Manhattan Beach home, and they’re also alleging that Kim will buy prosthetics to baby up for every month.” Wendy told her audience.

The 34-year old reality star didn’t pass on this one as she vented her anger on Twitter.

See some of the tweets below:

 

 

This already seems like it’s not going to end soon, hence we await Wendy’s response to these.

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Boko Haram-Military prepares to move Command Centre to Borno

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Inline with the inauguration promise by President Muhammadu Buhari ,the military is gearing towards moving its command center to Maiduguri, Borno State..The president said Boko Haram can not be defeated from Abuja and said the headquaters would be moved to Borno until the war against Boko Haram is won.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Usman Jibrin after a meeting between the service chiefs and Buhari on Tuesday,confirmed the command would be moved . According to Vanguard, Jibrin said:

“Since he was inaugurated as our commander-in-chief, this is the first time that we are formally meeting him to give general security briefing of the country. We have been able to provide insights into the security situation of Nigeria.

Specifically on Boko Haram, with the level of successes being recorded, we want to maintain the tempo and sustain it until they are routed out.
On the command centre, we will go back and work on it. Soon it will be carried out, it is a Presidential directive, it must be carried out, and we must do that as quickly as possible.”


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These five themes will dominate discussions at the World Economic Forum on Africa

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Since 1990, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has held special annual conferences for the purpose of discussing Africa, and its challenges. Beginning today, a three-day session of the WEF on Africa would, for the 25th time, carefully consider the continent’s past progress, current challenges and future prospects.
Africa has reached an inflection point in its journey. Previously regarded as the “dark” continent, it is presently receiving a lot of global attention due to its rich reserves of mineral resources, rising middle class and the region’s established reputation of offering the highest return on investment globally. However, Africa has also had its share of negatives, including the Ebola epidemic, and the continent continues to grapple with serious infrastructure challenges.
Holding in Cape Town, South Africa, this year’s World Economic Forum on Africa would likely be dominated by the following themes;
Agenda 2063: Led by the African Union Commission, the continent has crafted a bold agenda for the year 2063 that seeks to “optimize the use of Africa’s resources for the benefits of all Africans.” It’s already two years into the 50-year execution timeline, and participants at WEF will be expected to examine any and all progress made in achieving this vision as well as provide an updated blueprint on the way forward.
Post-Ebola Lessons: At its peak, the Ebola epidemic ravaged the economies of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and strained the economic dynamics within West Africa. According to the World Health Organization, more than 10,000 Africans died from the outbreak in 2014 alone. Also, the three economies lost $1.6 billion in economic output, an amount equivalent to 12 percent of their combined GDPs. Although the continent is almost free of the epidemic, there are numerous lessons to be learnt and a number of practices to be inculcated in order to avoid a repeat performance in the future.
Social entrepreneurship and Inequality: As a continent in dire need of societal reorientation, the social entrepreneurship approach to doing business has been widely accepted and adopted in many parts of Africa. Today’s businesses are increasingly adopting a posture that allows them make money and also transform their societies in many ways. For this reason, this year’s WEF on Africa will present awards to the most inspiring African Social Entrepreneurs, as a way of spurring similar initiatives.
On the other hand, inequality is rapidly growing. On a global scale, experts believe that the world’s top 1 percent collectively own more than the bottom 3 billion residents on earth, so much that WEF believes the widening economic gap is the biggest current global risk. Because of these, the discussions at WEF will almost certainly include talks on how to bridge this gap and further reduce the striking poverty levels in the continent.
Infrastructure and attracting capital: From the lack of adequate electric power supply to the absence of effective road networks, Africa has grappled with infrastructure challenges for decades. The result of these gaps have skyrocketed the cost of doing business on the continent and reduced the overall quality of life for ordinary Africans. Panelists at WEF will, therefore, be expected to hold discussions around innovative ways to raise capital and mobilize domestic revenue for financing the region’s huge infrastructure gaps.
Regional integration: This has been a continental priority for over a decade because of the socio-economic gains and synergies that accrue when neighbouring countries unite. East Africa has recorded the most progress in this regard as the region has successfully floated initiatives like the Single Visa policy and the One Area Network. The free movement of people and goods have boosted the economies of East African countries and created immense wealth for the ordinary citizens. Part of the discussions at the forum will center on how to improve on this story and promote intra-African trading across the continent.

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Fashola or Fayemi reportedly to emerge Chief of Staff to President Buhari

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Today,president Muhammadu Buhari is expected to name his Chief of Staff,Secretary to the government of the federation and other aides today.

Sahara Reporters via their twitter handle announced former governor of Lagos state Babatunde Fashola and Ekiti state immediate past governor,Kayode Fayemi are being vetted for the position .Abubakar Mamu is said to be also up for consideration alongside the ex-governors.

If true, I wonder how the general public would receive Fashola’s appointment as popular opinion is that, he should be appointed  Minister of Works or Power.


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WAEC Not Ready To Adopt CBT Yet

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Taking into account what is involved in conducting the Computer Based Test (CBT), the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has on Tuesday disclosed that it would not adopt that method of examination for now.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, the WAEC’s Head of National Office (HNO), Dr Charles Eguridu, revealed that the CBT mode being demanded by some people was not feasible for now.

If we recall, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had during its 2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) recently, migrated fully to the CBT mode.

According to NAN reports, JAMB said that it migrated to the CBT mode to eradicate impersonation and other forms of examination malpractice.

Eguridu revealed that those making the call are ignorant of the socioeconomic variables that are necessary for the adoption of the CBT for WAEC examinations.

He said: “WAEC examinations involve the use of multiple choice questions, essay and practical, in which case we test various domains of learning.

“And with this, it is not going to be valid to test certain domains of learning with CBT.

“Or can you use CBT in measuring proficiency in certain trade subjects such as carpentry and others? ’’

“All what I am trying to explain here is that it will not be possible for us to adopt the CBT mode for our examinations at least for now.

“Probably what we will do as an organisation is to adopt the CBT for certain aspects of our examination and not all the areas.

 

“ We are already trying to work out something based on that,” he concluded. (NAN)

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President Buhari’s speeches to the nation 1983 versus 2015

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Nigeria’s newly elected President,  former military General Muhammadu Buhari, is no stranger to power or leadership. Surprisingly his past as a military Head of State of Nigeria from December 1983 to August 1985, after seizing power in a military coup d’état, was helpful rather than  detrimental to his democratic bid for Nigeria’s presidency.  After three election campaigns for the nations highest office, he was finally sworn in as president on Friday, May 29. His speech at the inauguration ceremony included a direct appeal for Nigerians to sit up straight, something quite reminiscent of his commanding past as Nigeria’s military head of state.

Buhari’s first address to the nation took place 32 yeas ago, and placed side by side, both addresses are quite similar in their authoritative tone, the challenges addressed, and the sense of urgency to tackle pressing issues. Some have even noted that President Buhari should just have repeated his 1983 speech at last week’s inauguration ceremony. After all, they argue, many of the issues raised in his 1983 speech are still the nation’s present reality. Others suggest that Buhari’s authoritarian past means his approach to leadership is outdated but looking closely at the present state of Nigeria it’s hard to say whether Buhari is outdated, or if the issues plaguing Nigerian citizens remain entirely the same.

Bad Leadership

In both speeches, President Buhari identifies the shortcomings of previous leaders:

1983: Buhari says, “The corrupt, inept and insensitive leadership in the last four years has been the source of immorality and impropriety in our society.”

2015: Buhari notes that Nigerian leaders appear to have misread the mission of the country’s founding fathers, and have “behaved like spoilt children breaking everything and bringing disorder to the house.”

Corruption 

President Buhari’s disdain for corruption has remained a major tenant throughout his time as a Military Ruler, and in his three bids for presidency.

1983: Buhari stated that his administration will have zero tolerance for theft, “nor will it condone forgery, fraud, embezzlement, misuse and abuse of office and illegal dealings in foreign exchange and smuggling.”

2015: President Buhari mentions ‘pervasive corruption’ as one of the ‘enormous challenges’ his administration will tackle.

Checks and Balances

For a federation, a system of checks and balances — a component that has largely been missing in Nigeria’s history of governance — is integral to ensuring accountability, justice and equality.

1983: “However, little did the military realise that the political leadership of the second republic will circumvent most of the checks and balances in the constitution and bring the present state of general insecurity.”

2015: “It is only when the three arms act constitutionally that government will be enabled to serve the country optimally and avoid the confusion all too often bedeviling governance today.”

The state of the economy

In 1983 as it is today, Nigeria’s economic growth was affected by the detrimental impact of  global oil price shocks.

1983: “As a result of our inability to cultivate financial discipline and prudent management of the economy, we have come to depend largely on internal and external borrowing to execute government projects with attendant domestic pressure and soaring external debts, thus aggravating the propensity of the outgoing civilian administration to mismanage our financial resources.”

2015: “With depleted foreign reserves, falling oil prices, leakages and debts, the Nigerian economy is in deep trouble and will require careful management to bring it round and to tackle the immediate challenges confronting us, namely; Boko Haram, the Niger Delta situation, the power shortages and unemployment especially among young people.”

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But despite ample similarities in both speeches, there are a few distinctions.

Free and Fair Elections

Now in its third iteration of democracy, Nigeria seems to have figured out how to conduct reasonably free and fair elections. Buhari, who once destroyed the democratic process, is now a champion of democratic institutions .

2015: “I would like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us … we have today a truly democratically elected government in place.”

Tackling Insecurity

Responsible for over 4000 deaths in Nigeria and the displacement of almost 2 million Nigerians, many consider Boko Haram’s encroachment in Northern Nigeria, neighboring Chad and Cameroon to be the main obstacle facing Nigeria, and President Buhari.

2015: “The most immediate is Boko Haram’s insurgency. Progress has been made in recent weeks by our security forces but victory can not be achieved by basing the Command and Control Centre in Abuja. The command centre will be relocated to Maiduguri and remain until Boko Haram is completely subdued. But we can not claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents. This government will do all it can to rescue them alive.”

They say “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Buhari’s two speeches might be the perfect example of this.

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For Committing Murder, Mob Lynch Policeman To Death In Gombe

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For committing murder as a means of self-defence, a policeman was on Tuesday, lynched to death in Gombe state.

An eyewitness, who preferred anonymity revealed that the mobile policeman, corporal Adamu Abba, was hit on his motorbike by a commercial tricycle operator (Keke NAPEP) at Bello Sabon Kudi Junction while on his way to work.

Following the collision, tricycle and motorcycle operators gathered and tried to cover up for the Keke NAPEP operator.

However, an argument ensued and the the angered Mobile Police Corporal in self-defence shot and killed 37-year old Mallam Gana who was at the fore front of those trying to prevail over him on the matter.

It was learnt that he thereafter ran into the office of the secretary of the Gombe Emirate Council for cover while he called his other superior colleagues and explained the matter to them.

He was however, forced out of the Secretary’s office and lynched before the arrival of the Police.

The spokesman for the command, Deputy Superintendent of police, Fwaje Atajiri who affirmed the report, warned that people must not take the laws into their hands.

Atajiri described the incident as regrettable and condemned the action of the mobbed policeman for shooting the deceased that led to his lynching.

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360Downloads: Kris Hans – Le Debut EP

 

Unsigned act, Kris Hans releases his first project titled “Le Debut” (The Beginning). The EP is a versatile mix of different sounds ranging from Afrobeat, Pop, Reggae and R & B. It contains features from Viva, Barzini, Tena Tenpo, Vikrez, Ucee, Black Barz, T Boy and Sugarfingaz. Expect visuals for selected songs off the EP in the coming weeks.

Connect with Kris Hans on Twitter & Instagram (@IamKrisHans).

Listen Up!

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Where Is Shekau? New Video From Boko Haram On YouTube Shows Shekau Missing!

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Ferocious Islamic insurgent group Boko Harm has on Tuesday released a video online debunking claim by the Nigerian Army that it had crushed its four-nation offensive.

The sect leader, Abubakar Shekau wasn’t seen in the 10-minute message which was posted on the video-sharing site YouTube, as the speaker said “Most of our territory is still under our control”. He called Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, who have been battling the Islamists, “the lying coalition partners”.

The speaker, who delivered his message fluently in Hausa language appeared in front of two pick-up trucks, with four other gunmen visible in the background.

An AK-47 rifle rests on his chest as he seeks to rebuke the claims of successes made in recent weeks by the military.

He said “The armies claim through the media that they captured our towns and that they assaulted Sambisa (forest) and defeated us.”

“I swear by Allah that I am talking right now from Sambisa… Here in Sambisa you can travel more than four to five hours under the black flag of Islam by car or by motorbike.”

The film which carries the new logo “Islamic State in West Africa,” follows the Nigerian militants’ pledge of allegiance in an audio message in March to the IS group, that has overrun large parts of Syria and Iraq.

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Court Sets July 8 For Verdict On Synagogue Building Collapse; SCOAN Still Insists It Was An Attack

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Following the collapse of a building within the premises of the Synagogue Church of All Nation (SCOAN) that killed over 110 persons, Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe has on Tuesday fixed July 8 as the date to pass verdict.

If we recall, the SCOAN founder, Prophet T. B. Joshua, on Sunday- 14th September 2014 broadcasted to viewers worldwide via Emmanuel TV, footage captured by security cameras of the horrific moment before the guest-house collapsed within the church premises.

However, ex-Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Development and Urban Planning, Toyin Ayinde Adedamola, had told the coroner’s court headed by Chief Magistrate, Oyetade Komolafe, that that 6-storey building does not have any approval from the state government.

Biedomo Iguniewei, who claimed to be a weapon researcher, revealed to the court that high infrasonic radiation attack was the cause of the collapse.

The coroner requested that Iguniewei present to the court evidence, since he claimed to have adopted the Synagogue incident as his academic project.

According to Iguniewei, an infra-sound is a type of sound measuring below 20Hz, which is below what the normal human ear can detect.

He said, “The striking thing about infrasound is that you cannot hear it and you cannot see it but it causes remarkable vibrations when used as a weapon”

“Those of us who work with the security know that weapons are produced and they are always looking for where to test them.

“I am of the opinion that what happened that day, especially with the strange plane-like objects seen in the video, was that an infrasonic radiation was fired at the building; and if you observe, you will discover that it took about 30 minutes for the building to come down.

“It is important for this court to be aware of this option but why it could have been used here is another matter entirely.

“But since I have been pondering why a building would collapse the way this one did, this is the most plausible explanation for me.”

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Photos of the US female tourist mauled to death by lion in South Africa

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The American tourist who was mauled to death by a lion on a South African safari has been named as 29-year-old Katherine Chappell, a film editor who worked on Game of Thrones, Marvel’s Captain America and the Divergence series.

The wildlife conservationist was in South Africa raising money for a charitable organization that protects animals from poachers.

Daily Mail Online can now reveal that Katherine Chappell traveled to South Africa a week ago via London from Vancouver, Canada, where she had been living and working as a visual effects editor since 2013.

On the eve of the deadly lion attack, Chappell shared a photo of a receipt from a Johannesburg hotspot called Six Cocktail Bar. Under ‘customer name’ the bar staff typed ‘American.’

Police were examining the last haunting photographs taken by Ms Chappell as evidence that she had ignored warnings to keep her windows closed as she toured the South African safari park.

Traumatized tourists who watched as the nine-year-old lioness killed Chappell through an open window have also handed over pictures of the fatal attack.Two families were driving only feet away from the car carrying the victim when she was attacked….
They told police that Chappell was photographing the cat as it approached her vehicle, which was being driven by a local tour guide, 36.

Six adult witnesses, including two visitors from India, gave their own photographs of the attack and statements to police confirming that both front windows of the victim’s car were wide-open throughout her visit to the 20-acre enclosure, where she was attacked.

Scott Simpson, operations manager at the Lion Park told MailOnline,

The car she was driving in when mauled

‘The dead lady’s camera was taken by police as evidence, as she was photographing the lioness through an open window up until the moment the lion attacked the vehicle.

‘According to eye witnesses, the lion was walking near the vehicle and the visitor was taking pictures through an open window. ‘Witnesses say that both front windows were down the whole time they were in the enclosure. The other lions in the area watched from a distance throughout.’


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Photos from the New Media Conference in Lagos #NMCLagos

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 There was massive turnout for the first edition of the New Media Conference which took place on May 27th, 2015 at Terra Kulture, in Lagos ..

The speakers at the event were highly established names in digital media space like Ameyaw Debrah from Ghana, Subomi Plumptre, Tolu Ogunlesi, Osagie Alonge, Demilade Olaosun, Taiwo Kola Ogunlade, Ayodele Rotimi, Jesse Oguntimehin & many others were present to shed light on the misconceptions of New Media and also set straight the path of this multi-billion dollars industry.

The Theme for this year’s conference is: NEW MEDIA IN THIS AGE: CHANGING THE WHOLE PERSPECTIVE and topics ranging from Technology, Blogging, Law and branding were prominently discussed.

 The event which became one of the trending topics in the Nigeria social media space also witnessed the presence of media heavyweight Adekunle Ayeni of Black House Media, Award winning journalist Chris Ehidero, online and radio personality Tosyn Bucknor, Ajebutter 22, Ubi Franklin, Moriam Musa of Moris PR, Joy Isi Bewaji, Niran Adedokun, Colin Udoh, Isi Esene of Ynaija, amongst others
                                                        Tolu Ogunlesi & OloriSupergal
(Left to right)Ameyaw Debrah from Ghana, Osagie Alonge, Demilade  Olaosun
 

 The New Media Conference is supported by Multichoice Nigeria, Google Nigeria, Y Naija, Print Magic, K Stunt Media, First Class Screens, Pulse NG, Ebonylife TV, Acada Magazine, Afrotainment, Printivo, Photo Booth Naija, Pulse NG, The SheetNG, Information Nigeria, Terra Kulture, The Trillionbucks Company, Media Exposure and the event was powered by Olori Supergal Company.

 Photo credit – QD Salami Photography


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The key reasons for ex-FIFA Boss, Sepp Blatter’s red card

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Yesterday, Sepp Blatter, FIFA boss since 1998, announced his intention to resign. Over the last few days, the world governing body of football has seen several high profile officials arrested by Swiss authorities working in collaboration with America’s Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Switzerland’s office of the Attorney General also announced the opening of criminal proceedings into the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.  As a result FIFA’s reputation has plummeted and its credibility is currently at an all-time low.

Following the news of Blatter’s resignation, here is an analysis of three factors that eventually made his position untenable.

Sponsors: Not all PR is good PR

Predictably, a lot of the negative spotlight on FIFA has been deflected on its sponsors including global brands like VISA, Coca-Cola and Adidas. Following the events of the last few days, some sponsors, including McDonalds, Budweiser, Adidas, VISA and CocaCola, have released statements which clearly detailed their displeasure with events at FIFA. For these sponsors, getting caught up in a web that includes words such as fraud, bribery and corruption is a worst case scenario. Now faced with the prospect of losing more sponsorship dollars seven months after former top tier FIFA partners, Emirates and SONY, ended their partnerships, FIFA needed to change something definitive.

Also, one of the consequences of the current FIFA crisis is that labour issues in Qatar, previously discussed here, are back on the front burner. Activists and pressure groups have been rallying to make sponsors push FIFA into making changes in its collaboration with Qatar, with some going as far as mockingly redesigning sponsors logos. Again, sponsors, who accounted for $1.6 billion of FIFA’s total revenue from the 2014 World Cup, were hoping for a totally different set of headlines in exchange for their money.

 

UEFA’s power move: A game of numbers

Shortly after Sepp Blatter was re-elected as President after FIFA’s May 29 elections, UEFA (Europe’s football governing association) hinted that it could pull out of FIFA and stage an alternate World Cup.

More than anything else, the World Cup is FIFA’s ultimate cash cow as it accounted for 85 percent of the body’s revenues between 2011 and 2014. Threatening its success surely caught FIFA’s attention.

How does UEFA threaten the World Cup by pulling out? It is a game of numbers.

TV rights revenue was the most profitable component of FIFA’s revenue pool at the 2014 World Cup with broadcast rights generating $2.6 billion of FIFA’s $4.8 billion revenue. These rights are most valuable in leading European nations with large football friendly audiences who, given their national economies, have more disposable income and are prime targets for advertisers.

At the last World Cup, after the opening rounds, data confirmed that matches involving England, Italy, Germany, Netherlands and France all registered record TV audiences for a single sports event. France registered the least viewers with  7.2 million watching and Germany registered the most with 26.4 million people watching.

Should UEFA ever walk out of FIFA, simply put, it will take these impressive numbers with it. Crucially a World Cup without UEFA and star players from Europe’s leading nations would be less appealing for viewers across the world including in emerging markets like Australia and the United States.

With FIFA’s prime asset and bottom-line significantly threatened, something had to give.

Legal investigations and proceedings

The FIFA debacle all began with arrests on the morning of May 27. With the US Department of Justice and the FBI in possession of solid and damning evidence, they came after FIFA officials. In the days that followed, more evidence proved that the corruption and underhand practices at FIFA were widespread. The 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding processes were already under question so it was always going to be a matter of time before the head of FIFA, who supervised the process, was mentioned. Ultimately it was one of the post-arrest events that triggered Blatter’s resignation as FIFA faces another crisis: explaining a questionable $10 million payment involving South Africa and CONCACAF.

Blatter survived a number of scandals during his time as FIFA boss, but the current crisis has proved one too many. His FIFA has lost credibility, the up-coming World Cups are the subjects of criminal investigations, key personnel have been arrested for fraud, sponsors are agitated and an the idea of an alternate World Cup floated — all under Blatter’s watch.

Running low on options, Blatter used up his last resort: resignation.

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