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I had a crush on Michael Essien – Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie Confesses

I had a crush on Michael Essien – Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie Confesses

Renowned Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie, has revealed that she once had a crush on Michael Essien after the Ghanaian team defeated the United States at the 2006 World Cup tournament in Germany.   She made the revelation in the introduction she wrote for a picture book, Africa? The Future of Football, authored by a photographer, Pall Stefansson. According to her, ... Read More »

365 DAYS: BORNO MINISTRY OF RRR COMPLETES 65 PROJECTS WORTH BILLIONS OF NAIRA, 8 ONGOING

365 DAYS: BORNO MINISTRY OF RRR COMPLETES 65 PROJECTS WORTH BILLIONS OF NAIRA, 8 ONGOING

BY INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI Borno State Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR) has within the year under review completed the construction of 65 capital projects worth billions of naira in various Local Government Areas of the state. The projects includes mainly Housing, office complex, shops, markets, schools, hospitals/clinics and emergency shelters hitherto destroyed by insurgents. This was disclosed on ... Read More »

Coronavirus : FG lists conditions for reopening schools, varsities

Coronavirus : FG lists conditions for reopening schools, varsities

  The Federal Government has given conditions for the reopening of schools and tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, announced the conditions in Abuja on Tuesday. He spoke at the 2020 Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board. Nwajiuba said, “All Institutions must have (1) ... Read More »

Convid – 19 : Osinbajo-led Committee Wants  FG To Suspend NYSC Camps For Two Years

Convid – 19 : Osinbajo-led Committee Wants FG To Suspend NYSC Camps For Two Years

The  Federal Government of Nigeria Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC) led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on the federal government to consider suspending the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp exercises for two years. “The immediate focus in the Education sector is to address the disruptions caused by the pandemic and ensuing social distancing measures at all levels ... Read More »

Obaseki : We Are Not Toothless Nor A Beggar’s Forum – NGF Replies Wike

Obaseki : We Are Not Toothless Nor A Beggar’s Forum – NGF Replies Wike

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has reacted to comments by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, that described it as being a “beggars forum and a “toothless dog” Mr Wike had on Monday lashed out at the forum over the current travails of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who has been disqualified by the All Progressives Congress (APC) from ... Read More »

Disgraced from Military: Army Court Orders General Hakeem Otiki’s Demotion, Dismissal

Disgraced from Military: Army Court Orders General Hakeem Otiki’s Demotion, Dismissal

The General Court Martial of the Nigerian Army has found Major Gen Hakeem Oladapo Otiki, who is due to retire this year, guilty on five counts and ordered his demotion and dismissal from the military with disgrace and dishonour. Otiki was General Officer Commanding 8 division (GOC) of the Nigerian Army 8 Division in Sokoto in July 2019 when he ... Read More »

Obaseki, Deputy, All LGA Chairmen Set To Join PDP – Edo PDP Chairman

Obaseki, Deputy, All LGA Chairmen Set To Join PDP – Edo PDP Chairman

The Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, Mr. Tony Aziegbemi, has  confirmed that Governor Godwin Obaseki and all his loyalists are set to join the party. He said Obaseki’s deputy, Philip Shuaib, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) chapter would also defect en masses to the PDP.  The party leader made the disclosure in an interview with NAN ... Read More »

Bukayo Saka, Three Other Arsenal Players Make ‘Golden Boy’ Nomination For Best Young Players In Europe

Bukayo Saka, Three Other Arsenal Players Make ‘Golden Boy’ Nomination For Best Young Players In Europe

Four Arsenal players, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Marinelli, William Saliba and Trae Coyle have been nominated for the prestigious Golden Boy award for best young players in Europe, with Trae Coyle a surprising nominee amongst them. Coyle has yet to feature competitively for the first-team but has been named on the shortlist along with fellow Hale End product Bukayo Saka. Saka ... Read More »

Crisis Between Asiwaju Bola Tinubu And Rauf Aregbesola Deepens, As Former Osun Governor Misses Out Of Governor’s Advisory Council List

Crisis Between Asiwaju Bola Tinubu And Rauf Aregbesola Deepens, As Former Osun Governor Misses Out Of Governor’s Advisory Council List

  The crisis between Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his mentee and former governor of Osun state, Rauf  Aregbesola deepened over the weekend as the former Osun helm man’s name was cuspicously omitted from the newly inaugurated Governor’s Advisory Council(GAC) for Lagos State. These development may not be far removed from the recent row which happened between the Interior Minister and ... Read More »

Between Bakare And Tinubu By ‘Dipo Onabanjo

Between Bakare And Tinubu By ‘Dipo Onabanjo

  By an unwritten agreement, it is almost certain that the Southern part of the country may present the next presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.Really, the game should be between the South East and the South West geo-political zones, the South-South having had its turn between 2010 and 2015. In the South West, there are many ... Read More »

Former Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi Slips Into Coma In Lagos Hospital

Former Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi Slips Into Coma In Lagos Hospital

Deputy National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has reportedly slipped into coma at the First Cardiologist Hospital where he has been battling the dreaded coronavirus also known as COVID-19 infection. Ajimobi  slipped into a coma after recovering from a cardiac arrest has now been placed on a life support ... Read More »

Tinubu Speaks On Senator Osinowo’s Death, Says he was more than a close friend and political associate

Tinubu Speaks On Senator Osinowo’s Death, Says he was more than a close friend and political associate

Tinubu Speaks On Senator Osinowo’s Deat The sudden, unexpected passing of Senator Bayo Osinowo has deeply hurt me and Lagosians. He was more than a close friend and political associate. Over the years he became like a family member and brother in so many ways. Bayo and I have come a long way, dating back to our days in the ... Read More »

Naira Marley Concert :FG suspends Executive Jet Service, sanctions Pilot for violating COVID-19 protocols

Naira Marley Concert :FG suspends Executive Jet Service, sanctions Pilot for violating COVID-19 protocols

The federal government on Monday suspended the Executive Jet Services after flying Azeez Fashola, popularly known as “Naira Marley” to Abuja for a concert which breached the COVID-19 safety protocols The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika announced the sanctions at the daily briefing of Presidential Task Force on Coronavirus response, PTF COVID-19 The FG also warned states against reopening of ... Read More »

Alleged N100m Bribe : Trial of Chinese Begins June 29

Alleged N100m Bribe : Trial of Chinese Begins June 29

  Owolola Adebola The trial of two Chinese: Meng Wei Kun and Xui Kuoi of China Zhongao Nigeria Ltd., slated to begin , Monday, June 15, 2020 before Justice Muhammad Sa’idu Sifawa of the Sokoto State High Court, could not go on as planned, following the withdrawal of defence counsel, Ahmed Raji & Co from representing the defendants. Based on ... Read More »

Lagos APC Announces Senator Bayo Osinowo’s Death

Lagos APC Announces Senator Bayo Osinowo’s Death

The All Progressives Congress, Lagos State , regret to announce the passage of Senator Bayo Osinowo, the senator representing Lagos East. We commiserate with our National Leader, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his immediate family and the entire Lagos State APC on this shocking loss. Senator Bayo Osinowo, it will be recalled , was in the forefront of the battle to ... Read More »

Breaking : Senator Bayo Osinowo is dead

Breaking : Senator Bayo Osinowo is dead

The Senator representing Lagos East Adebayo Osinowo popularly known as “Pepperito” is dead. He died a few hours ago at First Cardiologist Hospital, Lagos where he was said to have been battling with the dreaded coronavirus for some time now. A close aide confirmed the sad incident. He was representing Lagos East constituency in the Senate. Osinowo, famously called Pepperito ... Read More »

What the Professor Ayuba Jonathan-led APC screening committee did  With Obaseki is a shame to the academic world – Edwin Clark

What the Professor Ayuba Jonathan-led APC screening committee did With Obaseki is a shame to the academic world – Edwin Clark

I condemn, in the strongest terms, the disqualification of the incumbent Governor of Edo State, by the APC screening committee under the leadership of a Professor Ayuba Jonathan, over alleged inconsistencies in the Governor’s academic credentials. I am indeed, very disappointed and embarrassed that Professors, noted for rationality, judiciousness and erudition, should now be allowing themselves to be used by ... Read More »

Fire from Borno to Sokoto  By Mahmud Jega

Fire from Borno to Sokoto By Mahmud Jega

  When and how did Northern Nigeria become the Ground Zero of insecurity in Nigeria, playground for insurgents, kidnappers, cattle rustlers, bandits, armed robbers, epicenter of senseless killings, burning of villages and springing up of IDP camps in every available school building and open space? How did things turn around such that today, Southern Nigerian politicians, clerics, activists, columnists and ... Read More »

Yoruba in Benin Republic protest, call for independence.

Yoruba in Benin Republic protest, call for independence.

  By Samuel Ogunsona and Kofi Layipo Thousands of Yoruba people have taken to the streets across neigbouring Benin Republic, calling for a sovereign state. Our correspondent in Cotonue reports that thousands of protesters for two days running condemned the central government in Cotonue the capital of Benin Republic calling for self determination. The Yoruba called on the Beninoise President, ... Read More »