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Friday, 28 February 2014

MKO Abiola's Family Rejects Centenary Awards

The family of the late M.K.O Abiola has rejected the FG's posthumous Centenary Award to the winner of Nigeria’s 1993 presidential election. M.K.O Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential poll, the freest and fairest election in Nigeria’s history, died in detention 5 years after being arrested.

According to Premium Times, the Abiola family believes their late patriarch deserves more than a centenary award. Kola Abiola, the eldest son of the late politician and businessman, said on Friday that the award was “not appropriate.” 

“For us, what the government is doing is laudable. But our family will only accept what is appropriate. If what they are trying to give him is a gold award for the centenary, we don’t consider that to be appropriate,” Mr. Abiola said.

Super Eagles' New Jersey For Brazil 2014 (Photos)

The Nigerian Football Federation yesterday unveiled a brand new jersey for the Super Eagles ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The jersey will be officially launched on March 5th when the Nigerian national team meets Mexico in a pre-world cup friendly taking place in Atlanta, Georgia.

Head of the marketing department, Mr. Adama Idris has described the jersey as 'climacool', designed to fit into all weather as the Brazilian weather changes over time depending on location.

The shirts, designed by Adidas, is in dominant lemon green. It was unveiled by CHAN Eagles trio of Ejike Uzoenyi, Shehu Abdulahi and goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim (Left to Right in the photos). 
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Wole Soyinka Too Rejects Centenary Award

Renowned Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has joined the growing list of those who have rejected the centenary award bestowed on them. Earlier, the Kuti and Fawehinmi families had rejected the awards.

The Federal Government will honour 100 persons today with Centenary awards as part of Nigeria’s Centenary celebration.
Soyinka said in a statement:
“I would have preferred that the entire day of infamy be ignored altogether. I’m even thinking favourably of just ignoring the obscenity, then turning up at the counter-event.”

Professor Soyinka, however, said he will endeavour, to be at the Nigerian Centenary Awards UK in London on June 27. At a gala dinner due to take place at Waltham Forest Town Hall in East London, 100 Nigerians who have excelled in various fields in the UK over the last 100 years will be honoured.

Jungle Justice -Trial Begins for ALUU 4 Suspects

Nobody will easily forget how the lives of 4 young men ended abruptly in October, 2012, when some citizens decided to take matters into their hands in the name of Jungle Justice. The young men had been accused of theft but rather than follow the right procedures, some people chose to mete out justice, torturing these men to death while others chanted and recorded on their phones. Some suspects were eventually arrested.

The trial of those arrested suspects involved in the killing of 4 undergraduates of the University of Port Harcourt, popularly known as ALUU 4 has finally began. The trial commenced after the court gave a ruling determining that statements made voluntarily by the suspects be admissible as evidences in the case. May God continue to comfort the families of these young men. Say NO to Jungle Justice.

David Mark, Buhari and IBB Shun Centenary Celebration

The Senate President, David MarkMaj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, were absent at the country’s centenary celebration which opened yesterday in Abuja. 

The 3 leaders were absent at the International Conference held as part of activities marking Nigeria’s 100 years of amalgamation. No reason has been given for their absence but it seems it might not go unconnected with the ongoing national unrest in the country and the recent killing of  several secondary school students at the Federal Government College, Yobe State.

The event was graced by about 30 heads of governments and international organisations. Also present were 3 former nigerian leaders, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Alhaji Shehu Shagari and Chief Ernest Shonekan, as well as ex-Vice President, Alex Ekwueme and a former Chief of General Staff, Lt.-Gen. Oladipo Diya.

Anambra State LG Staff Arrested for Baby Trafficking

I really can't seem to understand why a fellow woman will sell another woman's baby, something she gave 9 months of her entire being to, you now come along to sell that baby. It is a terrible and wicked act.

A senior staff of Onitsha South Local government, Mrs Sabina Izuorah has been arrested by the police in Anambra State for her alleged involvement in child trafficking. According to the PPRO, Mr Emeka Chukwuemeka, (DSP), Izuorah, a Deputy Director of Education in the council, is in the business of sourcing and buying babies from neighbouring states, which she also re-sells to intending parents who need them.

He said that the Anambra State police command got information of 2 women who were travelling to Onitsha with 2 babies, aged 2 days and 2 months, and men of the command were sent after them, but before they could get the women, they had already delivered the baby to Mrs Izuorah who ordered them. “We demanded to know the whereabouts of the children and they told us that they have delivered them to Sabina, we traced the babies to Sabina and even found out that it was not the first time she was receiving supply of babies from neighbouring states."

Chief Medical Director Goes into Hiding to Evade EFCC Arrest

According to Daily Independent there was a mild drama last week at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo, when the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the institution, Dr. Abiodun Olufemi Omotosho, disappeared into thin air to evade arrest by the operatives of the EFCC. He simply was no where to be found. He quickly went into hiding after learning that EFCC operatives were around.

The operatives went to the hospital to verify the claims over the CT scans and other equipments worth several millions of Naira said to have been purchased by the management team led by the CMD. This visit resulted from a petition written by some medical doctors of the hospital against the CMD over alleged diversion of money meant for the purchase of CT scans and other medical equipments.

It was revealed that officials of the anti graft agency who went straight to the CMD’s office did not meet him on seat, but met his secretary who claimed the director was in an important meeting.
According to a source at the hospital who craved anonymity, the FMC boss had pre-knowledge of the EFCC visit and when the detectives arrived at the hospital, his informants informed him and he was said to had sneaked out of the office before his visitors got to his office.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Gani Fawehinmi’s Family Rejects Centenary Award

The family of late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, has rejected an award meant for the iconic advocate in Nigeria’s centenary celebration. Fawehinmi is among the 100 individuals who have been billed to receive awards in various categories during the celebration which marks the amalgamation of Southern and Northern Nigeria. The family of Fela Anikulapo Kuti rejected theirs too.

In a statement signed by the late activist’s son, Mohammed, on Thursday, the family said it could not acknowledge the award as a result of the inclusion of Ibrahim Babangida, “who as military president, severally detained and tortured our late father” on the list. The statement explained further, “In the course of one of such illegal and inhuman detentions, our late father’s cell was sprayed with toxic substances while in Gashua prison in 1987. The cumulative effect of the dastardly action led to our father, a non-smoker, contracting lung cancer, which led to his death on September 5, 2009.”

The family also said it would be wrong for them to receive the award in a ceremony that does not seem to have been dampened by the recent killing of students and abduction of some school girls who are still in captivity.The statement said Fawehinmi himself would never have accepted the award in the face of the recently uncovered corruption in the NNPC.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Michael Adebolajo Sentenced to Life, Michael Adebowale Gets 45 Years in Jail

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale who were convicted of killing a British soldier on a London street last year were today sentenced. Adebolajo was sentenced to life in prison while Adebowale got 45 years behind bars.

In a brutal attack caught on CCTV and by bystanders,both men hit soldier Lee Rigby with a car then hacked him to death with a meat cleaver and knives in May 2013. The 2 Muslim extremists yelled 'Allahu Akbar' and 'You (Britain) and America will never be safe' during their sentencing at the court in Central London.

The judge while reding his sentence said the pair's behaviour was ‘sickening and pitiless’, and that Adebolajo had no hope of rehabilitation. ‘Your sickening and pitiless conduct was in stark contrast to the compassion and bravery shown by the various women at the scene who tended to Lee Rigby's body and challenged what you had done and said.’ He told them: ‘You each converted to Islam some years ago. Thereafter you were radicalised and each became an extremist, espousing views which, as has been said elsewhere, are a betrayal of Islam.’

You Can Help This Journalist Save the Life of His Wife Maureen

This story was published by the Punch and I felt it was worth sharing. No one would want to lose his wife just like that after loosing his baby. This journalist's wife is in a critical condition following complications from a caesarian section. Spread your wings of compassion and show some love financially. His Phone number can be seen at the end of his statement. Read his statement below:

A Lagos-based broadcaster, Robert Omoraka, has appealed to the public for financial support to save the life of his embattled wife, Maureen. Omokara said his wife was in “a critical condition” following complications arising from a Caesarian Section.

In a statement, he noted that his wife’s plight started on January 25, 2014 when she reported that she was uncomfortable, having waited beyond her expected delivery date (16th of January). She was then 9 months pregnant. She was initially registered at a hospital in Festac, Lagos; but thinking she would get better care with the support of family members, Omoraka took his wife to his hometown in Delta State, an action that turned out to be a costly mistake.

Busted!! Indian Neurosurgeon Arrested for Practicing in Nigeria Without Licence

I am sure what this Indian doctor did here can never happen in his own country. But this is Nigeria, anything goes. An Indian Neurosurgeon, Dr. Raju Bhuvaneswara Basina, has been arrested by officials of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN, for operating without a practice licence.

He was said to have been conducting neurosurgical operations at Asokoro District Hospital for more than a year without licence from MDCN, the regulating agency for doctors and dentists in the country.
Basina was performing a craniotomy (brain surgery) in his hospital when police and MDCN’s inspectorate officials, led by Dr. Henry Okwuokenye, arrived at the hospital for his arrest.

The team was also accompanied by President of the Guild of Medical Directors, Dr. Tony Phillips.
Chief Medical Director of Asokoro Hospital, Dr. Ahmadu Abubakar, had to prevail on officials of MDCN to wait for him to finish his surgery to pick him up. Investigations had revealed that Basina had already worked as a doctor at Asokoro Hospital for many months before eventually applying for a licence in August last year.

P-Square Out With Animation Series 'The Alingos'

Nigerian singing duo P-Square have launched a new animation series called 'The Alingos'. The series is centred around the singing brothers Peter and Paul Okoye and will soon hit TV Screens. They revealed that it is a project they have been working on for 5 years and believe it will be a huge success. More pictures below:

Over the past few months, the multiple award-winning duo of Peter and Paul Okoye, famously known as P-Square, have relentlessly been working on a ground-breaking and unprecedented family-oriented animated series entitled “The Alingos.” The project is an innovation from the stables of P-Classic Entertainment.

Setting the Record Straight on David Yonggi Cho – Pastor Bob Rodgers

David Yonggi Cho, pastor of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, has been a personal friend of our family for more than 40 years. He has stayed in our home, and my father and I have served on his church growth board for a combined 38 years. Presently, I serve as president of Church Growth International of the Americas.

Because of the slant of some of the media reports, it is important certain details of the situation be made known. Not only was I present in Seoul during much of the trial, but there was also information disclosed during closed-door meetings which has not yet been made public. I want to share some of this as follows.

First, the Seoul Central District Court sentenced Cho, 78, to a 3-year prison term suspended for 5 years. He had been indicted for allegedly causing financial losses worth more than $12 million. He was also fined $5 million. He will not have to serve prison time, but he is on probation.

Should a Wife Deny Her Husband Sex?

Should a wife deny her husband his conjugal right? Many will argue that she must have a genuine reason for doing it. Well I leave this one in the hands of you my blog readers. Please share your views in the comments section. Meanwhile read the story below:

An 40 year old woman, Mrs. Bola Abifarin has defended her decision to starve her husband of 14 years of sex. She declared that the man, Mr Akeem Abifarin was not fulfilling his own part of their marriage vows. The woman who wept profusely before an Agege Grade customary court in Lagos while sharing her bitter experiences in the hands of her estranged husband said that he battered her because she refused him sex.

According to her, she took the decision to starve her husband sexually since he began to go against their marriage vow to live peacefully as husband and wife till death do them part. Bola told the court that though our marriage was contracted in 1995, 6 months into the relationship, my husband started disrespecting the integrity of the marriage by bringing strange women into our matrimonial home and whenever I confronted him with this, he would beat me mercilessly.

Pastor David Yonggi Cho on Guilty Verdict - 'The Hardest Day of My 50 Years in Ministry'

Founder and Pastor of the world's largest Pentecostal congregation, Pastor David Yonggi Cho, has spoken out after a court found him guilty of embezzlement and tax evasion.  He gave his reflection during the 1st Sunday Service after a South Korean court found him guilty of breach of trust, corruption and tax evasion, and sentenced him to 3 years in prison with a 5-year probation and 5 billion won (US$4.67 million) in fines. 

The 78-year-old pastor said that it was the hardest day of his 50 years of ministry when he heard the verdict on Thursday. "Through this suffering, I've learned a homework. An individual shouldn't possess anything," Cho told his congregation at Yoido Full Gospel Church on Feb. 23, 2014. "Besides wealth, status, fame, authority, money... these are all matters that are outside the body and unworthy of any pursuit."

Cho did not argue against the judgment, but, instead, examined himself from the perspective of faith, saying that he hopes that God forgives him for his actions. "God forbid, if God calls me back today, I will still be able to go to the Kingdom of God," he said. He then asked that the congregation pray for his successor pastor Young Hong Lee. 

Butchers in Lagos Abattoirs to Wear Uniforms

The Lagos State Government has said that butchers in the meat markets and abattoirs will start wearing uniforms. The declaration was part of decisions reached at a meeting held with stakeholders in the Agege Abattoir on Tuesday.

Lawal said butchers at the abattoirs would put on “white uniforms, while the slaughter slabs will be restricted to only accredited butchers.” The commissioner said, “There is no way 21 million Lagosians will be allowed to consume unwholesome meat again. We are trying to benchmark our food chain with what is obtainable in Kenya and Botswana."

It has been reported earlier that beef sourced from state-accredited abattoirs might not be safe for food.
The report, which was the result of a 3-month investigation, stated that Lagosians consuming beef may be at risk of deadly diseases transmissible from animals to man. It added that at least 200 out of the over 1,200 cows slaughtered daily at the abattoirs were diseased.

Update on Ejigbo Women Torture: 12 Suspects Paraded by The Police

The Nigeria Police Force yesterday paraded 12 suspects connected with the torture of 3 women at Oba Morufu International Market, Ejigbo, Lagos State. They allegedly tortured the women last year for stealing pepper which resulted in the death of one of them. 4 suspects are still at large.

Following the outrage that greeted the video of the incident which surfaced on the Internet, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Muhammed Abubakar, ordered the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad to take over the investigation. On February 13, 2014, the FSARS conducted an identification parade in which the victims positively identified 10 of the suspects. The victims were also able to attach roles played in the incident to each of the suspects identified.

The leader of the suspects, identified as Isiaka Waidi, the Baba Oja (market leader) of the market was said to have extorted the sum of N50,000 from the victims to secure their freedom. He, however, denied that he was at the scene of the incident. He said, “When I got to the scene that day, it was already over. I was only told that some people had tortured the 3 women. I fell ill and travelled. By the time I returned, I was surprised when the community ruler told me that I was wanted by the police.” 

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Atiku Weeps Over Boko Haram Attack on Students in Yobe State

A former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar broke down in tears today after learning of the killing of students of Federal Government College, Yobe State. He said that the impression given by President Goodluck Jonathan at his Presidential Media Chat on Monday was that the government has been successful at pushing armed attacks to the fringes of the country, yet schools could not be protected from these same attacks.

“My heartfelt condolences go to families of the slain school pupils. It is unfortunate that innocent school children, will become victims of armed attacks. This will not be the first time in recent times that school children are being attacked, and it is particularly disheartening that the Federal Government is yet to devise a strategy of keeping our schools safe from terror attacks. If our counter-insurgency strategies are not strong enough to keep our children safe inside their schools, then one must wonder if such a strategy isn't mere chasing shadows,” Atiku said.

He said it is imperative for government to ensure security in schools, in particular the Federal Government Colleges because of their unique role in forging national unity among pupils from diverse backgrounds in the country.

We Won't Accept Centenary Award for Fela - Femi Kuti

According to Pm News, Femi Kuti, son of the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has said that his family would not accept any centenary award in Fela's honour. Femi revealed this via his twitter page today.

He stated that the family has not been officially informed about any centenary award for Fela, and that the Federal Government should first apologise for killing his grandmother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, and the burning of Kalakuta Republic. “We have not heard such but I can speak for myself, FG should first apologise for the killing of our grandmother and the burning of Kalakuta,” he wrote.

Femi said he doubts if the family would accept the award even if the FG apologises. Fela is to be awarded alongside 99 others as part of the centenary celebrations. The award ceremony is scheduled to hold at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja, on 28 February.

Boko Haram Kills 40 Students in School Dormitory Attack, Yobe State

This is beginning to get out of hand. Our government should please put in more efforts to put an end to these needless deaths. These are young children whose lives have been wasted and families mourning.

 In another attack launched at 2am today by the Islamic militant group, Boko Haram, no fewer than 43 children have died.  The Boko Haram gunmen attacked the dormitory of the Federal Government College in Yobe state early today, and opened fire on the students while they were sleeping. So Sad.

A similar attack took place in September last year at an agriculture training college in Yobe after Boko Haram gunmen stormed a series of dorms in the middle of the night and sprayed gunfire on sleeping students. 40 students were killed in that attack.

Ondo State House of Assembly Speaker Samuel Adesina Dies

The Ondo State Government has announced the death of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Adesina Samuel Ajayi. He passed away this morning after a protracted battle with cancer. 

He was a member of the Labour Party and represented Odigbo Constituency 11 in the State House. May his soul rest in peace and may God comfort his family.

Check Out These Art Portraits of Iconic Paintings Made from Junk

Jane Perkins, 55 from the UK, has recreated some of the worlds most iconic paintings and photographs, using junk found in charity shops, garage sales and in and around her home. 

She used stuff like buttons, broken jewelry and toy parts to turn out some of these amazing portraits of Nelson Mandela, The Queen and The Afghan Girl. See more photos below:

A Mother's Agony - Confronting the Drunk Driver Who Left Her Son Brain Damaged for Life

No one can truly understand the depth of a mother's love for a child she carried inside her and nurtured when born. It is truly difficult to see the life of that child taken away because of a careless action. Drunk Driving! It sad to know that many have lost their lives and cut short the lives of others because they drove while high on alcohol. If you have taken a lot of alcohol, let someone else do the driving. How can this mother find forgiveness? Share your views.

This mother Loubna Khader sobbed and smacked the glass divider at the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth, Texas as she came face-to-face with Stewart Richardson, the drunk driver who hit their car from the rear, leaving her 2 year old son trapped in his seat in 2009. The accident left her son, Abdallah brain damaged for life, unable to see, talk and care for himself.

'It's been 5 years today! 5 years!' Khader yelled at Richardson, 'My son is dying every single day... I am never going to forgive you for what you did to my son!' She raised an image showing Abdallah before the crash and then swapped it with one showing his bandaged face. Richardson looked down as the mother yelled at him. He stayed for the entirely of her tirade and repeatedly apologized for her - but she would not accept it. She said that, while the meeting was the start of her healing process and made her feel better, she will never be able to forgive the man who destroyed her son's life.

Gunmen Abduct President Jonathan’s Adopted Father in Bayelsa

Some unknown gunmen have abducted President Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Chief Inengite Nitabai, in Otuoke, Bayelsa State. 

Nitabai, who is an adopted father of the president and said to be the compound chief of Jonathan’s family, was abducted by 10 suspected kidnappers about 9pm on Sunday.

6 of the unknown gunmen forced their way into the compound while 4 were outside monitoring activities. They robbed the victims of money and left with Mr Nitabai in his Sports Utility Vehicle.

Monday, 24 February 2014

100 Nigerians Listed for Centenary Honours Award

The Nigerian government has released the Centenary Honours Award List comprising of 100 persons (dead and alive) who are to be honoured. The list is said to have been approved by President Goodluck Jonathan.

On the list are Queen Elizabeth II, Sani Abacha, MKO Abiola, Fela, Obasanjo, Awolowo, Zik, Dangote, Kanu Nwankwo, Wole Soyinka, Gani Fawehinmi, Pastor Adeboye, Olu Jacobs and many more. See the full list along with the various categories below:

1. Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
2. Frederick John Dealtry Lugard
3. Dame Flora Louise Shaw, Lady Lugard

Praiz Raises 10 Million Naira for Baby Girl With Hole in The Heart

So Inspiring!! I must commend Praiz for his kind heart and reaching out to meet a need. Thumbs Up and God bless you.

R&B singer Praiz actually offered 100% of his 1-month revenue from the sales of his callertune, Oshe, to save the life of this little girl.

The little girl with a hole in the heart, Somaya Olayinka Dahli already had a successful surgery last year to close the hole in her heart, but needed money for post-surgery care, monitoring and care to keep her alive. Praiz learnt of the situation and decided to help out. The money was presented to Somaya and her parents 2 weeks ago.

Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, JK Rowling - Their Inspiring Stories of Rising from Nothing to the Top

These individuals will challenge you, encourage you and inspire you. Their stories only reveal to us that we can all make it, we can all become relevant and that indeed there is something in us that the world needs. Be Inspired.

Oprah Winfrey - She was born to unwed teenage parents in Mississippi and this media mogul once wore dresses that her grandmother made out of potato sacks. She was abused by male relatives and gave birth to a son who died in infancy. However the young Oprah got her big break at 17 when she won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant, which came with a job at a local radio station and a university scholarship. Her empire is now worth $2.7 billion which she shares with the world through her philanthropic works.

JK Rowling - She was born in a lowly English family. She battled depression, suicidal tendencies and poverty to become one of the most loved British authors in the world for her hugely popular Harry Potter series. While writing the Harry Potter novel before her mother’s death, the 7 -year period that followed entailed a divorce from her husband in 1993, a move to Edinburgh, Scotland and a life with a daughter living on welfare while suffering from clinical depression until she finished the 1st book in her famous series.

Ugandan President Signs the Anti-Gay Bill into Law

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has finally signed the country's anti-gay bill into law thus banning the promotion of a gay lifestyle in Uganda and providing for life imprisonment in certain cases. For an issue that has continued to generate controversy around the world, this may not go down well with some world leaders. Read the Ugandan president's statement during the signing of the bill:

It seems the topic of homosexuals was provoked by the arrogant and careless Western groups that are fond of coming into our schools and recruiting young children into homosexuality and lesbianism, just as they carelessly handle other issues concerning Africa. Initially, I did not pay much attention to it because I was busy with the immediate issues of defence, security, electricity, the roads, the railways, factories, modernization of agriculture, etc.

When, eventually, I concentrated my mind on it, I distilled 3 problems:
1. those who were promoting homo-sexuality and recruiting normal people into it;
2. as a consequence of No. 1 above, many of those recruited were doing so for mercenary reasons - to get money - in effect homosexual prostitutes; these mercenary homosexual prostitutes had to be punished;

'President Jonathan is Surrounded by Fraudulent People' - Lamido Sanusi

As many continue to air their views about the the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, by the President, Mallam Sanusi himself on Sunday described President Goodluck Jonathan as a simple man trying to do well but surrounded by “extremely incompetent and fraudulent” aides. These comments and opinions are giving us a lot to ponder on.

In an interview with the Agence France Presse in Lagos, Sanusi said many of the people advising Jonathan were sycophants, who did not speak frankly about the extent of corruption in government.
He said, “When you sit with the President, he appears a nice and simple person who is trying to do his best. His greatest failing obviously is that he is surrounded by people who are extremely incompetent, who are extremely fraudulent and whom he trusts.”

Regarding the allegations against him, the suspended CBN chief said when he heard of a report condemning his performance, he wrote to Jonathan in “June or July” asking if an explanation was needed, but received no reply. But he added that the first time he was formally notified of the allegations was the day he was suspended.

NoViolet Bulawayo Wins the Inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature

Zimbabwean Author NoViolet Bulawayo has won the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature for her novel 'We Need New Names'. The event which took place yesterday in Lagos, Nigeria, saw her beating Yewande Omotoso - Bom Boy and Karen Jennings - Finding Soutbek to take away the  £15,000 cash prize. Congratulations to her.

She also gets a Samsung Galaxy Note and a Montblanc Meisterstuck. Etisalat will sponsor her on a book tour to 3 African cities. She will also embark on the Etisalat Fellowship at the University of East Anglia mentored by Professor Giles Foden (author of The Last King of Scotland) which will include significant opportunities to meet other writers, publishers and most importantly work on their second book. 

The winner of the Etisalat flash fiction competition was Uche Okonkwo for 'Neverland'. She walks away with a £1000 cash prize, a Smart Tablet Device and a published E-book promoted online and via SMS. Congrats to her as well.

The 5 Legged Cow That Brings Good Luck and Blessings (Photos)

It is a known fact that cows are regarded as sacred animals especially among Hindus in India, so for a cow to show up with 5 legs, it must be something extraordinary and very special.

This 4 year old cow owned by Laxman Bhosale, was born with an extra limb that is bizarrely attached to its neck. The owner and his animal which some claim to be a manifestation of a Hindu deity, currently tour the country, with many regularly turning out to catch a glimpse of the animal.

Many actually believe the cow brings good luck to whoever touches the extra limb. Laxman said: 'Cow is our holy animal. We call her our mother. With this extra limb, God is indicating to us that we must respect the animal and seek her blessings. Touching the limb of mother cow will bring good luck and help you fulfil all your wishes.'

Nigeria Will Overcome Her Challenges Through Prayers and Fasting - President Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Nigeria will overcome her challenges through serious prayers, fasting, strong faith and holy living. He said this yesterday while speaking at the Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Abuja. Our President seems to have a lot of faith in Nigeria and is urging us to do likewise.

According to him, the country’s challenges would have been worse without the prayers and spiritual support from pastors and Christians, adding that with continuous prayers and support from the Church, Nigeria would overcome its present challenges.

He also noted that he had ordered that every last sunday of every month, he would go round different churches in Abuja to fraternize with other Christians and appreciate them for their prayers, aside his usual worship centre, Aso Villa Chapel.

Presidential Media Chat Takes Place Today

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will today respond to questions from a panel of journalists and media executives on current national issues and developments in another edition of the Presidential Media Chat.

This was made known by Mr Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity). The chat will be broadcast live on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the Voice of Nigeria (VON) at 7pm, today.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

' Few Men Have The Courage of Lamido Sanusi ' - Pastor Tunde Bakare

Senior Pastor of The Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, said today that the suspension of Mr. Lamido Sansusi as Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria would have negative consequences on the nation and its government. He described Sanusi’s suspension as ego-driven and a destructive power game, saying that Sanusi became a victim because he delayed blowing the whistle about the corruption in the oil industry. Bakare stated that few men have the courage of Lamido Sanusi.
He said this in a prepared text he titled, ‘Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the Federal Government of Nigeria: Aitete m’ole, ole m’oloko’, which he delivered today during Sunday service, stating that the suspended CBN governor was being persecuted for exposing corruption in the oil industry. Bakare said, “The suspension of Sanusi is an ego-driven, counter-productive and destructive power game that will have very dangerous consequences for the nation and the government."
“It is important not to demystify the institutions of the country. Personalities and people will go but the institutions must remain; the institutions must remain strong to enhance the growth and peace of the society. You can imagine the negative consequences of this suspension on the investing public, on shares and even on government revenue.”

3 Nigerians Among Google’s Africa Connected Top 10 Finalists

Eseoghene Odiete - Hesey Designs
3 Nigerians are among the top 10 finalists in the Google “Africa Connected“ Competition.The 3 Nigerian finalists are  Eseoghene Odiete, a fashion designer, Eric Obuh, a social crusader; and Mayowa Adegbile, a philanthropist. The list also include 2 Kenyans, a Senegalese, a South African, a Zimbabwean and a Ghanaian.

According to Google, the winners will receive a $25,000 (N4,065,000) cash prize each and would also have the opportunity to work with a Google sponsor over a 6 -month period, to further their online businesses. The top 10 finalists were selected by a panel of judges while the 5 winners will be selected by online voting. You can now help your favourite amongst the Top 10 win by voting from February 18th to March 7th. Go here to vote now.

The competition was launched in August last year, calling entrepreneurs, creative innovators and web-lovers to share stories of how the web has transformed their lives and work. The winners would be announced on April 1, at an event in Nairobi, Kenya.

Pastor Yong-gi Cho Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Embezzlement

Pastor Yong-gi Cho, founder of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, one of the largest Pentecostal churches in the world, and author of the book, 'The Fourth Dimension' has been sentenced to 3 years in prison for embezzling church funds.

According to the Gospel Herald, the 78- year- old pastor first came under investigation in 2011 when he was accused by 29 church elders of embezzling church funds and privatizing church assets. He was also found to have been evading 35 billion won (US $3.3 million) in taxes. 

Cho was found guilty of causing $12 million in losses to the church by having officials in 2002 buy stocks owned by his eldest son, Cho Hee-jun, at 4 times the market value. The pastor received a suspended sentence of a 3-year prison term with a 5 year probation and was ordered to pay a penalty of 50 billion won (US $4.7 million) by Seoul Central Court on Feb. 20, 2014. While his son is to serve a 3 year sentence without suspension.

BBC Presenter, Komla Dumor Laid to Rest

Komla's widow - Kwansima
The 3 day funeral programme for late BBC Broadcaster, Komla Dumor at his hometown Ghana, came to an end today with a Thanksgiving service at the Holy Spirit Cathedral. He was laid to rest yesterday in a private ceremony in the presence of his family and loved ones.

The charismatic presenter died on January 18th at his home after a heart attack. He was aged 41 and left behind a wife and 3 children. Tributes have continued to pour in from around the world.

Lupita Nyong'o Wins Best Supporting Actress at the 45th NAACP Awards

The year 2014 is proving to be a rewarding year for Kenyan Actress, Lupita Nyong'o. She picked up another award, this time for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in the movie '12 Years a Slave' at the 45th NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Image Awards. Congrats to her.

She continues to dazzle on the red carpet as the world's top designers clamour to dress her. This time she wore a stunning burnt orange Givenchy dress which she paired with matching strappy stilettos and clutch. See another photo below:

Ecobank Staff, Babatunde Oke Dies in Police Custody

A staff  at the Ogba, Lagos branch of  Ecobank, Babatunde Oke, died on Thursday while in the custody of the Falomo Police Divisional Headquarters in Lagos. He had been detained for 3 days over his alleged involvement in a ₦1.2m fraud. He reportedly slumped after taking a drink. He is survived by a wife and 2 children. Sad News!!

According to the Punch, the lawyer to the deceased, Femi Olatunde said, “ I was at the police station before they brought him there at about 7:30pm on Tuesday, the police refused to grant him bail. They said we must bring N1m. This was a case of fraud involving about N1.2m. The following day, his father came from Abeokuta and they told him the same thing. I negotiated with them and they brought their demand down to N600,000. The father told me that he was going to bring N100,000 and I was to make arrangements to get N100,000. I spoke with him on the phone around 12:45pm on Thursday and 30 minutes later, was told he was dead."

“They said he drank a bottle of soft drink before he started convulsing and then slumped. When I saw his body, red substance was coming out of his mouth. The autopsy will come out on Tuesday, so we cannot conclude for now.” The deceased’s immediate younger brother, Seun Oke, corroborated the lawyer’s account and added that he was at the police station when his brother died. Oke added that he and his mother waited outside the police station for the lawyer to come with the money, when he saw a van taking his brother to the hospital.

Maria Von Trapp Whose Family Story Inspired ' Sound of Music' Dies at 99

Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member and 2nd eldest daughter of the musical family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for the movie "The Sound of Music," has died. She passed away at her home at the age of 99. RIP

Maria von Trapp was the last surviving member of the 7 original Trapp Family Singers made famous in "The Sound of Music." Their story was turned into a Broadway musical in 1959 and a 1965 film, which won the Oscar for best picture. Trapp was portrayed as Louisa in the film and musical.

She was the 3rd child of Austrian Naval Capt. Georg von Trapp and his 1st wife, Agathe Whitehead von Trapp. Their 7 children were the basis for the singing family in the musical and film.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

My Reply to Chimamanda Adichie's Anti-Gay Law Article - Ezea Chukwudi

Last week, the media was saturated with an article written by celebrated Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about the recently 'Same- Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill' signed into law by President Jonathan. Her article was met with mixed reactions, she stated in her article, that passing anti-gay law was an indication of a failed democracy in Nigeria. Read this individual's reply to her article below:

Before I start I would like to ask you to ignore my grammatical errors. I’m not a writer so I have no reputation to protect in terms of grammatical errors. I write principally in response to your article on anti-gay law. I would really plead for your patience to calmly read my own view.

I have never read your article before now. I have heard of your reputation in writing and I had already rated you even when I had never read your articles. Unfortunately your sense of judgment is being questioned when I gave you the chance to create an impression because I am not the type that takes a second chance to make a good impression.

Slain Banker Titi's Father - ' I Cannot Rejoice Over my Son-in-Law's Death Sentence'

This definitely is one of the most tragic things that can happen to any family. A great lesson to individuals, parents and families. Yesterday Akolade Arowolo was handed a death sentence 3 years after he murdered his wife Titilayo, a banker. It is a great tragedy whose scars run deep.

Father of the slain banker, Mr. George Oyakhire, has said he would not rejoice over the death penalty handed to his son-in-law. Oyakhire, a retired Nigerian Customs Service officer, told reporters that he loved Akolade like a son and he was sad that things turned out the way they did.

He said: "The Bible says that you should not rejoice at the downfall of your enemy. I feel bad about all this because this was a boy I assisted in every way I could. He even said when giving evidence in court that we were close and this is very true. I assisted him when he needed me and even though he was jobless, my daughter (Titilayo) also helped him.

Comedian I Go Dye - ' I Never Planned to be a Comedian '

Nigerian Comedian I Go Dye who is known for his rib cracking jokes has risen from humble beginnings to the top of his career. The very funny comedian shared with Sun News about how he never intended to be a comedian. He simply stumbled into comedy and has made a name for himself, also being greatly enriched by it. Read excerpts below:

I Go Dye revealed that as a child, his dream was to be an engineer. However, comedy came to him by accident after he won a scholarship to study Structural Engineering and was interviewed on Delta State TV in the early 1990s. Recalling those early years, I Go Dye said , " My parents wanted the best for me and wanted me to be an engineer because I was the 1st one to build a helicopter in Delta State. I was also the 1st to build a hover-craft. I also constructed a radio transmitter. My superiors were so impressed at Urhobo College I was given a scholarship to study Structural Engineering.”

However, his life took a dramatic turn after he was invited to Delta State TV for an interview following his scholarship award. “ My life changed forever when I was interviewed on Delta State TV on my inventions. They asked me a couple of questions and I proudly started talking. Before I knew it everybody was laughing including those interviewing me. Each time I tried to demonstrate the creativity that resulted in the innovations, people just couldn’t stop laughing and the lady who was presenting the show said to me, ‘young man, drop this thing. You have a great future as a comedian."

Unilag Hostel Foundation Laying Ceremony Turns Political Carnival

While recent events in the country turn out as an opportunity to play party politics, one is not surprised that the Unilag hostel foundation laying ceremony by the wife of the Nigerian President, Patience Jonathan, played out as one of such events. It turned out to be a political carnival too.

The ceremony gave various social and political organisations the opportunity to show support for Jonathan. The 15-storey female hostel, which will accommodate about 1,900 students will be named after the wife of the President. The event, which was to commence by 2pm was delayed as Mrs Jonathan arrived 2 hours late amidst tight security.

The venue was filled with women groups dressed in various traditional attires; they took up about half of the available seats, brandished banners announcing themselves. They also danced and sang. Some organisations in attendance include Arewa Women Initiative, Women for Equity and Fairness Organisation of Nigeria, Women for Change and Development Initiative, Ohana Eze Ndigbo, Ndigbo United Association, Lagos and the South-South Peoples Democratic Forum.

Friday, 21 February 2014

The Sins of Sanusi Lamido- Letter Of Suspension From the Central Bank

Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi got a rude shock from the Nigerian government while out of the country on official duty. He was removed from his position as the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria over allegations of “various acts of financial recklessness and misconduct”. 
Read the the suspension letter below:

19th February, 2014


Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi Governor,

Central Bank of Nigeria, Abuja.


1. Following the Report of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria on the Audited Financial Statements of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the year ended 31st December 2012, and other related issues, I write to convey to you His Excellency, Mr. President’s decision that you be suspended from office as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria with effect from Thursday 20th February 2014.

Alleged Wife-Killer Akolade Arowolo Found Guilty, Sentenced to Death

Arowolo Akolade 32,  the man who stabbed his banker wife to death on Friday June 24, 2011 after a domestic dispute at their home in Isolo, Lagos, has been found guilty of her murder and has been sentenced to death.

Akolade was found guilty on a one-count charge of murder by Justice Lateefat Okunnu of the Ikeja High Court today, Friday February 21. The judge said the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that he killed his wife.
"I pronounce the defendant guilty and accordingly sentenced to death,” Justice Okunnu pronounced. Akolade burst into tears after the verdict was read. He shouted "Jesus Christ, I cannot die" many times as he was led away by prison warders.

Akolade and Titilayo had been married for only 2 years and had a young daughter when he brutally attacked her with a knife on his birthday after they argued. Arowolo claimed in court that Titi had attacked him with the knife and eventually turned the knife on herself.

Woman Marries Fiance Who Suffered Severe Brain Injury

An incredible love story that brought tears to my eyes. Love is not in the roses or cakes, it is indeed a journey of many battles and bleeds many times on the altar of sacrifice.

Ian and Larissa were college sweethearts who fell in love and began dating in college. They hoped to get married someday but 10 months into their relationship, Ian had an accident. When Larissa arrived at the hospital, she found that Ian had suffered a traumatic brain injury. He couldn't talk, walk or eat. He looked like a shadow of his former self, but Larissa still loved the man inside. She didn't walk out on him but chose to stay true to her love for him and stand by him forever.

She began to help with Ian's rehabilitation, his father, who was fighting brain cancer, encouraged them to make a decision for their future. So when Ian was able to communicate just a bit, they chose to get married. So on August 28, 2010, this inspiring couple said 'I DO' to each other. They believe Ian's disability allows them to love each other with a more Christ-like love, despite the many challenges they face and that God will be faithful to their marriage. Truly Inspiring!!

'Sanusi’s Suspension is an Endorsement of Corruption' - Buhari

As different reactions continue to trail the removal of the CBN Governor, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, a former military head of state General Muhammadu Buhari has said that the unwarranted suspension of the CBN governor is the official endorsement of corruption by the Jonathan administration.

Buhari, who stated this on his facebook page, also stated that Sanusi's suspension is “an official declaration of war against transparency and accountability by a regime that is morally bankrupt and seriously wanting in credibility and trust.”

According to him, “When the President stunned world leaders that corruption is not Nigeria’s problem at the World Economic Forum in Davos early this year, none understood him. Now the meaning of that statement has become crystal clear as the government embarks on a campaign of persecution targeted at government officials who stood against vested interests.”

Floreen and Ed Hale Together in Health, Sickness and in Death

Marriage means loving each other, standing by each other through thick and thin and being there for each other till the very end. This couple Floreen and Ed Hale have been together for 6 decades, inseparable, and even death could not keep them apart. On February 7, Mrs Hale, 82, passed away in a Batavia, New York, hospital, with her gravely ill husband lying next to her and holding her hand until she drew her last breath. Ed Hale passed away 36 hours later at age 83.

About a month ago, a wheelchair-bound Mr Hale was hospitalized in Rochester, New York, with kidney failure, while on February 4th, his wife was rushed to United Methodist Medical Center in Batavia 35 miles away suffering from congestive heart failure. The 83-year-old man was too weak to be transported by ambulance to be with his dying wife, but at the request of the family, the 2 hospitals worked together to reunite the spouses in their last days.

 Floreen and Ed's love story began more than 60 years ago when the two met at a party. Ed's greatest joy in life was pampering his wife and spoiling her with little tokens of affection. The couple had a joint funeral last Thursday, on the eve of Valentine’s Day, at St Mary's Catholic Church in Batavia, where friends, family and medical staff gathered to celebrate Floreen and Ed's truly undying love.

Boko Haram Leader Threatens to Kill Elder Statesmen in New Video

In a new video released to journalists, leader of the Islamic extremist sect, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau has threatened more attacks against Nigeria. This time stating that they will target Nigeria’s sources of revenue, government institutions and elder statesmen in the country.

He said the state of emergency currently in place in Adamawa. Borno, and Yobe, could not deter his group, and called on his members in other states, particularly Kano, to attack civilians and government institutions. See full text of the video below:

The full text of his 28-minute video, delivered in Hausa, reads;
My brethren…you should hold on to your weapons and continue fighting. Let them understand that our work is not confined to Yobe, Borno and Adamawa (states). Make them understand that we are not restricted by emergency rule. They should understand we are under the canopy of Allah.

This is the beginning. Yes, this is the beginning. “We Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad are fighting Christians wherever we meet them and those who believe in democracy, those who pursue Western education wherever we meet them."