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Saturday, February 17, 2018

RENOWNED PLAYWRIGHT, ACTOR, PROF. AKINWUNMI ISOLA IS DEAD


Renowned Nigerian playwright, screenwriter, poet and actor, Professor Akinwunmi Isola is dead.
He died earlier today at the age of 79 in his base, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
He was born in Ibadan in 1939, attended Labode Methodist School and Wesley College.
He studied at the University of Ibadan, earning a B. A. in French.
Isola earned an M.A. in Yoruba literature from the University of Lagos in 1978 before commencing academic work as a lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University.
The deceased was appointed Professor at the same University in 1991.
Isola wrote his first play, Efunsetan Aniwura, during 1961 and 1962 whilst still a student at the University of Ibadan. This was followed by the novel O Leku, all of which were made into motion pictures by filmmaker, TundeKelani
Also, in 1986, he wrote and composed the college anthem that is currently being sung in Wesley College Ibadan.

"I AM NOT PULLING DOWN ZUMA'S STATUE" - OKOROCHA


Imo State Governor, Okorocha is not pulling down Jacob Zuma, former South African President's statue.
Okorocha stated this on Friday in reaction to recent calls for the statue to be pulled down.
In October 2017, the Imo government erected a statue of the former South African president in Owerri, the state capital, a move that had irked many Nigerians.
Following his redignation amid allegations of fraud, some Nigerians asked the Governor to demolish Zuma's statue.
In a statement by Sam Onwuemeodo, the chief press secretary, Okorocha insisted erection of the statue is justified.
He said the statue was erected when Zuma was in power and not after he left office and that the former leader also resigned “honourably.”

Friday, February 16, 2018

MOM USES DEAD SON'S SPERM FOR A SURROGATE, WELCOMES TWINS


A grieving mum who wanted to be artificially inseminated with her dead son's sperm has been blessed with twins.

Rajashree Patil, 49, was informed by doctors that she was unfit for IVF treatment using a sample taken from her son, Prathamesh, who died of a deadly tumour. 

She got a surrogate, 35, who has now given birth to twins.

Rajashree says she will raise the little boy and girl, who are technically her grandchildren, as though they are her own.

Rajashree, who works as a teacher, said:

"I was carrying the soul of my son in me and was looking for a body to breathe it into. Doctors had preserved my son's semen before they commenced cancer treatment to preempt any negative effects of the medicine used on him. Due to this I have been able to get my son back."

Doctors in Germany collected his sperm and put it in storage while Prathamesh went through gruelling cancer treatment, and because he was unmarried he nominated his mother and sister to use his semen sample after his death.


Culled from Daily mail.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

ARE YOU AN AFRICAN WOMAN LIVING WITH VIOLENCE? TEXT 'YES' TO CAROL BALLATINE TO TELL YOUR STORY NOW!

We know very little about the violence experienced in the lives of migrant women living in Ireland. The last comprehensive Irish study on sexual violence, the SAVI report, was conducted in 2002, at a time when migrants and ethnic minorities were not even listed among marginalised groups….
Carol Ballatine is carrying out research to describe the experiences of African women living in Ireland who have been affected by VAW. Many women have told her that in spite of the challenges, they feel protected by the laws in Ireland, and they feel more trust in the police and the judiciary here than in their countries of origin. Nonetheless, Irish legislation on VAW is not as strong as in many other countries, and just 1% to 6% of domestic abusers ever receive a prison sentence. While some African women feel a greater sense of freedom in Ireland than they did in other countries, there is much still to be done, for everybody affected by VAW, not only for migrants.
PS:
If you have a personal experience to share, Carol would like to interview you for her research. You can text her on 086 6045546 with the word Yes, and she will call you back straight away.
Carol Ballatine is a Phd Researcher in Gender, Globalisation and Rights at National University of Ireland, Galway. 
Violence against women is a poorly understood issue for migrants in Ireland was an article she wrote for October’s edition of Metro Eireann. Read full article on this Link.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

"THE OONI AND I ARE NO MORE" -OLORI WURAOLA CONFIRMS


The former wife of the Ooni of Ife Olori Wuraola has come out to confirm that her marriage to the reigning Ooni of Ife Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has crashed. 

 There have been rumours of trouble in the marriage of the Ooni due to several undisclosed reasons. Now, the Olori has reverted to her maiden name Zaynab Otiti Obanor. 

Read her full statement below: 

We have got to stop this culture of shaming and vilifying women with false stories of infidelity & nefarious behavior. The spreading of false information (through "sources" afraid to be identified) is the mark of cowards and a cover up for guilty parties to justify their horrific actions. There is absolutely no truth to the media circulated lies of infidelity and infertility- on my end. 

What I can confirm, is that the Ooni and I are no more. I inhale love & exhale gratitude. My journey continues as a Humanitarian aiding women and victims of domestic violence & abuse with the United Nations. No matter how much time you've invested, no matter the use of media to silence & manipulate, no matter the circumstance, slander, embarrassment, threats and lies: Get out and seek immediate help! We've seen this movie before. Women being dragged in the press & blamed for everything under the sun. This behavior is unacceptable. 

I urge those involved to be mindful of their actions for the eyes of our Almighty God are always watching. The seeds of slander is a cancer that harvests to eat away the souls of the planter. The throne is sacred and the attempts to tarnish the name of a Queen, in defense or on behalf of a silent King makes all involved look terrible. Remain dignified in all you do. It's not the end of the world, but the start of a new chapter and you must turn the page with grace. The world is watching.  

As I bid adieu to this chapter, my wish to you all is to step into your lives - boldly & fearlessly, the way God intended and live not just by words, but through example. The best chapter in our lives is the one we are writing now. Thank you for your love and support. With peace, love & light, -Her Highness, Zaynab Otiti Obanor."


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Video : BADOO CULT MEMBER ATTACKS AMERICAN EXPATRIATE IN IKORODU, LAGOS



A foreign expatriate was lucky to have escaped alive after being attacked by a suspected member of the dreaded Badoo cult group in Ikorodu area of Lagos. According to online reports, the suspected Badoo member who is a cab driver picked up the foreign expatriate from the airport and took him home to use cutlass to butcher him - an attack which the man survived. Read below what was shared a social media user...



Good morning all. Please for those living in Ikorodu please be vigilant o. My friend Agnes sent me this voice note yesterday and pictures about another friend of ours called Dupe who has been living with Badoo but didn't know. The guy is a cab man. He picked up an expatriate from the airport (American Man) and took him home and used mortal and cutlass to butcher him. To God be the glory he survived.

Watch the video below...



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Thursday, August 24, 2017

A PRESIDENCY AND ITS CONTRADICTIONS By Musa Toyyib Olaniyi

A PRESIDENCY AND ITS CONTRADICTIONS

By Musa Toyyib Olaniyi

APC ! Change! The crowds were mammoth and so was the frenzy generated by the idea of the  new coalition which had as its presidential flag bearer, a man reputed to possess the talisman that will conjure out of existence, all the problems of the country.

Today, Nigeria is directly experiencing the Presidency of Muhammad Buhari which was built on great expectations. Alas, the presidency has been mired in incredible contradictions.

The presidency of a nation carries its sovereignty and in most cases, come with humongous powers. In Nigeria, the presidency is a leviathan. Because the presidency is an administrative or governmental entity that surrounds the office of the president of a nation or state usually personified by a man or a woman elected for such purpose, it is usually powerful and awe-inspiring. The news making the round about rodents eating up the office of President Muhammadu Buhari is a new low that we never bargained for in this administration. 

Sometimes, we wonder what might be going through the minds of people of power and their handlers when they do certain things. When the news filtered in , the reaction was a mixed one. The news elicites both a sort of disbelief  and at the same time uproarious laughter because of its incredulity. We never thought that a time will come in this country that such lines will emanate from the governing authority. In an administration that budgets billions of naira for environmental services in the Aso Rock villa, rodents ravaging the office of the President to such an extent that major renovations become imperative is a sad development. What sorts of media handlers are these? Is mediocrity so pervasive in Nigeria that the pinnacle of power in the country is not spared the unfortunate reality.

President Muhammadu Buhari came to power on a groundswell of hopes ,expectations and goodwill but the way and manner he  has been going about the administration of the country leaves so much to be desired. Nigerians voted out a president that was thought to be clueless, colourless and incompetent and the hopes and expectations of the people were that the APC and more specifically, President Buhari,  will be  antitheses of the ousted leader and sacked political party. Strangely, for a President and a party that came to power on a mantra of change, a good many things about the administration have portended grave contradictions.

The President has been sick and we all wish him well, at least majority of Nigerians wish him  well so that he can have the stamina to govern and deliver on his promises. But the secrecy that shrouded his sickness seems quite unnecessary. In an age when  information is the currency of the government and at a time when leadership is measured by  such things as openness, accountability, transparency and responsiveness, such nondisclosure is never a plus to the administration.

Part of the talking points of the APC during the last election was the embarrassing level of  medical tourism among Nigerians, particularly the political elites. But in the second medical vacation of the President, he spent more than 100 days in London where he was receiving treatment.

The absence of information about the status of the President's health gave room to wild rumours and insinuations about his well-being. Initially, those around him were mute and when questions were being asked, they began to release  pictures that did more harm than good about his true state of health. This erroneous interface with the public on the President's health was followed by the pilgrimage of the political class to Abuja House in London to catch a glimpse of him. It was such a huge honour to the select few among the public officials who got such honour as to have a glimpse of the President. All these could have been managed better.  The dwindling goodwill or public opinion rating of the President could have been saved  so  also the taxpayers money that were spent by the public officials who relished the  pilgrimage  to the President in London.

The President's speech on return to the country has been mired in controversy. While some hailed the 6 minute - long speech, others have given it a putdown.

The attempt by the police to gag the 'OurMumuDonDo' coalition that was protesting the prolonged absence of the President from his duty post was in bad taste. The fact that the police gave  protection to the counter protesters who came to support the President while mishandling the Charly Boy -led protest was egregious. The right to peaceful  protest is inherent in democracy as it is  inalienable in man.

For the sake of posterity, our leaders should wean themselves off the monarchical instincts that seem to drive their interactions with us. When addressing the nation,  My Dear Citizens is inappropriate. Fellow Citizens would  have been better. No President or Governor is a monarch in our constitutional democracy. They are all in power by virtue of the people's will, therefore, the people must be respected  not only as the real sovereign but also as  the employer of these public officials. That is the  minimum standard that should not be breached again.

To be frank,  Nigeria is presently facing serious  existential challenges that require  tact and forthrightness to address. Being stuck with the idea that Nigeria's unity is settled and non-negotiable is erroneous. Nothing is settled about our Unity. The numerous agitations and fissiparous tendencies within the country belie such position and mindset.

President Buhari cannot claim ignorance of the cries for the  restructuring of this country before his election and restructuring was part of the carrots dangled before the electorates by his party, All Progressives Congress(APC), in the runup to the last election cycle. The President should again wean himself off such illusion of unity of the country. The country is anything but united.

However, what partisanship could do to the psyche of people is quite worrisome. Despite the annoying romance of APC with blunders and the unforced errors of President Muhammadu Buhari, some dye- in- the wool supporters of the President are incapable of seeing  any wrong in the administration nor are they ready to tolerate opinions that run contrary to their perception of the President's leadership style. Such hailers (the adjective for Buhari supporters on the social media) are anything but patriotic. Blind loyalty is a disservice to both the President and the nation. Such disposition will make the President set in his beliefs and worldviews and render him incapable of considering alternative view points while the nation suffers collateral damage for such rigidity in thoughts.

The wailers (those who will never see any good in the President), who in most cases, members and sympathisers of the Peoples Democratic Party, are pure mischief makers as they find it difficult to come to terms with their loss of power. Being in opposition does not preclude rationality from public engagement. Deliberate fabrication of rumours and wilful distortion of truth are as deadly as blind loyalty. The two are at variance with patriotism.

The continuous romance of the APC- led federal government with blunders has once again  strengthened the narrative of persistent slide in leadership quality globally. Today, from the East to the West, and from the North to the  South, the world is alarmed at the level of mediocrity and incompetence that characterise the leadership of many countries. Those that are not plunging their nations into debts and economic guagmires are busy erecting walls and amplifying  imaginary  differences that divide humanity. In Nigeria, at the local levels and micro units of the society, what are in bold display are incompetence, mediocrity, oppression and exploitation. No wonder the country is in a mess. No level of the society is spared of this lamentable decadence in quality of leadership and unintelligent decision making in administration.

Dealing with the identified menace of declining quality in leadership requires improving  our educational system and strengthening the processes of our socialisation.

On a final note, President Muhammadu Buhari is half-way into his administration, despite his best efforts, a lot more still needed to be done. It is hoped that the  President will reach deeper within himself and summon the courage and resourcefulness needed to  discharge creditably the hopes reposed in him by the people of this country.

God bless Nigeria.

Musa Toyyib Olaniyi is a Psychologist, lecturer, public analyst and writer based in Ondo State, Nigeria.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Royal Divorce: THE NEW OLORI IS BOLANLE, OONI’S SISTERS TAKE OVER PALACE AS WURAOLA'S FRIENDS KICK


The sisters of the Ooni of ife,Adewusi Enitan Ogunwusi, Adebimpe, Adesola and Folashade have allegedly taken over the palace having sent Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi out of the palace over various allegations.

It is also reported that the trio have gotten another wife, Bolanle for the monarch and Wuraola has been said to have gone of Ife to pack her belongings and she is currently in Lagos with her family members.

Meanwhile, Olori Wuraola’s friends have spilled more details on the main reason why her marriage to the Ooni of Ife crashed within 17 months.

This revelations comes despite the statement issued by the Palace of the Ooni debunking rumors that their marriage have come to an end.

According to Kemi Ashefon Love Haven, Olori Wuraola has been sent out of her matrimonial home and has since gone to retrieve her belongings from the palace which is now being controlled by the Ooni’s sisters—Folashade, Adesola and Adebimpe.

The Olori’s friends are worried about the silence maintained by Wuraola as she avoided spilling some earth-shaking facts that would clean up her battered image.

Her friends alleged that Oba Ogunwusi, who needed a sizeable financial war chest in his battle to become the Ooni of Ife, was actually targeting Olori Wuraola’s wealth and wide contacts.

“If the king proposed to her 24 hours after they met and told her that Ifa (the oracle) had revealed to him that she was his wife, why did he send her away? Did Ifa lie over 17 months after the proposal? What is Ifa saying now? That she is no longer his wife?” her friends asked.
“She fell for his charms and thought he was extremely wealthy but when she moved in, she realized it was all a sham!” they (friends) revealed.

Monday, August 21, 2017

TODAY IMPORTANT NEWS HEADLINES : Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The Headlines : Tuesday 22 August 2017

Punch

PDP restates efforts to reconcile with OBJ, Atiku, others

APC moves to reconcile Kogi gov, Melaye

No zoning of Anambra gov ticket 'APC

Akwa Ibom boosts infrastructure to attract local, foreign investors

FirstNation suspends scheduled flight operations

Mass promotion, redeployment in aviation agencies

W'Bank, others may not fund Nigeria's coal-to-power projects ' Report

Policeman kills guest during burial in Delta

CAC pastor impregnates member, prays for naked women

Infidelity: Man kills wife in Benue, woman kills husband in Lagos

I hope my husband is fine' ' Wife of slain Ortom's aide

Traditional ruler flees as youths burn palace

32 men on trial for burning 'witches' alive

Joshua open to fight with MMA opponent

England coach racially abused me ' Aluko

Nigerian wrestlers stranded in Lagos

www.punchng.com

Vanguard

Buhari Support group begs NASS to approve $29.9b loan

MASSOB says Buhari believes he will easily crush Biafra as reactions trail Buhari's broadcast

The President Buhari's morning broadcast by Fani-Kayode

Those asking Buhari to resign need to have their heads examined ' Gov Ortom

Amnesty to Sheriff group, another arrogance of PDP in Edo 'Rep

Nigerians are hungry for food, devt, Fayose tells Buhari

Ekiti APC leads residents in Buhari's return celebration

Anambra: You can't buy our c'ttee, Wike, Fayose warn PDP members

APC inaugurates seven-member reconciliation committee for Kogi

Ensure strict compliance with broadcast code, el-Rufai tells NBC

Edo Assembly lift suspension of ex-Speaker, Majority Leader

Drama, as minister hands over snakes smuggled from Cameroon to UNIUYO

Residents sleep on tables as flood overruns Rivers community

Gov Okowa wants more security personnel in Delta

APC accuses PDP of 'shallow' understanding

11 monarchs get staff of office in Imo

Family petitions IG as police shoots one dead, injure two at funeral

www.vanguardngr.com

The Nation

Buhari to work from home

SANs: he has not broken any law

Kudos for Buhari's speech

Ezekwesili, Eastern Assembly, HURIWA knock Buhari's broadcast

Buhari's speech an anticlimax, says PDP

How Yewa can produce governor, by Osoba

Bello has destroyed Kogi, says Ogbeha

Ekiti APDA suspends state chairman

Ex-Georgian PM: PPP, tax reform hold key to economic reform

We can't fight corruption in judiciary without financial autonomy

Imprisonment of under-aged is unlawful, says Lagos govt

OAU students' union shut down University of Ibadan

www.thenationonlineng.net

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Good Morning.

TODAY IMPORTANT NEWS HEADLINES : Monday, 21 August 2017

The Headlines : Monday 21 August 2017

Punch

Full text of President Buhari's speech

I remain absolutely committed to achieving set goals 'Buhari

Buhari spites separatists, calls Nigerians 'my brothers and sisters

I do not deny that there are legitimate concerns 'Buhari

I'm pleased to be home ' Buhari

Buhari charges security agencies to uphold successes achieved

Just like me, Ojukwu believed in one, united Nigeria 'Buhari

Buhari berates 'irresponsible elements

Presidency planning Dasuki treatment for me ' Adoke

Paris Club refund: Ondo workers reject 80% payment

BBC Pidgin takes to the airwaves in Nigeria

LASG shuts illegal plank market

Man stoned to death for adultery

12 dead in Lagos boat capsize

Barcelona 2-0 victory over Betis, a homage to terror attack victims ' Valverde

www.punchng.com

Vanguard

Buhari's Return: CISLAC urges decisive actions on contentious issues

As Buhari resumes PDP, Afenifere, youth groups renew demand for restructuring

MURIC to Fayose: Now that Buhari is back, tell us when you plan to commit suicide

ASUU's demands are unrealistic, Oby Ezekwesili slams union

Quit notice: Nigerians can live anywhere ' Buhari

We've not called off strike, still consulting 'ASUU

Dialogue: N'Delta monarchs, leaders divided over appointments by militants

FG refinances debt and adds more loans

IYC to Buhari: Don't snub N'Delta, IPOB agitations, restructuring

Ondo workers rejects part-payment of salary arrears

www.vanguardngr.com

The Nation

Buhari: every Nigerian has the right to live anywhere

Anxiety grips ministers over Buhari's plans

Federal, states, councils share N2.8tr in six months

Varsity teachers' demands unrealistic, says Ezekwesili

Aruna Quadri makes history at ITTF Bulgaria Open

220 students to graduate from Africa Film Academy

www.thenationonlineng.net

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Good Morning. Happy New Week.

Photo of the Day: FUNKE AKINDELE ROCKS BEAUTIFUL BABY BUMP


Funke Akindele is pregnant! Hurray!!!

Over the weekend, celebrated Jenifa’s Diary actress stepped out for the Glo Lafta Fest rocking a baby bump.

This has of course triggered major excitement among fans, especially those who followed the sad drama on social media after the founder of Mountain of Blessing and Miracle Church of Christ, Dr Olagorioye Faleyimu, said the actress may  never have children in this lifetime.

Olagorioye in a shocking prophecies for 2017, said the death of Nigeria’s renowned prophet, TB Joshua was near and that Funke Akindele should 'pray deeply so as to have children, because without special prayers, she won’t have a child before she dies.’

Expecting twins like her boo hinted? Good Lord! That will be great. Congratulations Funke.

FULL TEXT OF PRESIDENT BUHARI BROADCAST ON RETURN FROM UK, Monday 21 August 2017


FULL TEXT OF PRESIDENT BUHARI BROADCAST ON RETURN FROM UK, Monday 21 August 2017

My Dear Citizens,

I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters.

In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.

In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.

Nigeria's unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.
Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance.

I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view.
This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a 
mode of co-existence.

The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse.

The national consensus is that, it is better to live together than to live apart.
Furthermore, I am charging the Security Agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax.

Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.

Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against;

*elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets
*kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes,
*In addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all.

Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of;

*economic security,
*political evolution and integration
*as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians.

I remain resolutely committed to ensuring that these goals are achieved and maintained. I am so glad to be home.

Thank you and may God bless our dear Nation.


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