Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Mr Wale Ojo-Lanre, the Director General of Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, on Tuesday said that the state was committed to projecting and marketing pounded yam for international recognition and patronage.
Ojo-Lanre disclosed this in an exclusive interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
He said pounded yam was a major local cuisine associated with the people of Ekiti State and the state was consciously taking steps to ensure international tourists always look forward to consuming the cuisine.
According to him, the state council visited Hungary and some other foreign countries where pounded yam was prepared using the local mortar and pestle and it generated huge interest among foreigners.
“Pounded yam is our cultural cuisine brand in Ekiti State; it means a lot to us and we are committed to projecting it for international recognition and patronage.
“We have been to like three countries to market this precious brand of ours and we received positive feedback.
“We will continue this until we are able to have pounded yam centres in foreign countries just like we have Chinese restaurants all around us here in the country,” he said.
The DG said that the council was also exporting mortars and pestles used in the preparation of pounded yam against the innovative yam pounder machines.
“We want to ensure people gain access to pounded yam across the globe
“We are also exporting the mortar and pestles used for its preparation in order to preserve and maintain our culture; we are proud of it.
“The Americans and Chinese have not allowed any aspect of their culture and tradition to be eroded, so we should not allow ours to slip through our fingers,” he said.
Ojo-Lanre said it was high time Nigerians saw culture and arts beyond being fetish or devilish but as means of wealth creation for individuals and revenue generation for the country.
He urged Nigerians to explore the culture and art industries as the creative economies to create jobs and get empowered for wealth creation.
“Our culture and arts should not be seen as barbaric, fetish or devilish, but we should try to create employment and revenue from them,” he said.
A councillor representing Kakuri Hausa Ward in Kaduna South Local Government of Kaduna State, Theophilus Madami has been arrested by EFCC for alleged criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of funds to the tune of N11.08m.
The suspect, allegedly approached one, Ibrahim Ringim Haruna, Chief Executive Officer of Pyramid Supplied Services Limited, a distributor of pasta products, with claims that his council needed pasta products for distribution to its citizens.
Consequently, the company, sometime in November, 2018, supplied products worth N16.08m to the suspect who paid a deposit of N5m, leaving a balance of N11.080,000.00.
After delivery of the goods, he diverted the proceeds his personal use and refused to pay the balance as agreed. The suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
This appeal was made today, Wednesday 23 October by DrJoe Okei Odumakin, President, Centre for Change.
About two years ago, Daba was diagnosed with Leukemia and Prostate Cancer.
Odumakin said: “We reached out to you on this platform for your kind assistance, we are glad to iterate that your generous contributions made possible the medical treatments that have kept him alive till date.”
She added: “In the recent times, his health took a nosedive. This necessitates an Intensive Care as he is diagnosed of Chronic Pulmonary Disease.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, made this known when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
He stated that a document to this effect is also to be set to the states to guide possible negotiation and implementation.
Ngige said that the Council also approved the payment of all outstanding financial implications of the consequential adjustments as worked out by the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, beginning from April 18.
The Federal Executive Council was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
BBNaija Reality star Esther Agunbiade has 500k followers on Instagram...WOW!!!
"Everyone said I could be Anything so I became Me Thank you 500k followers"
Nollywood actress, Regina Daniels has shared great insight on how marriage has changed her and what she loves the most about her billionaire hubby, Ned Nwoko.
Regina Daniels in a recent interview with Vanguard also said her initiation into the ”Anioma Women Cult Group” is more like being welcomed to womanhood.
What do you love most about your husband (Ned Nwoko)?
His honesty. He’s the most honest person I have ever met. In short, I love his honesty.
What’s the next level for you (Regina Daniel) as an actress?
Business, producing, directing and of course, Hollywood.
What are the things marriage has robbed you of?
I can’t think of anything because when I was single, my life was always about acting, schooling and I didn’t have time for a party but now that I’m married I could go out for parties. I can even say I’m more privileged to have more opportunities now to do things than when I was single.
Can you (Regina Daniels) leave acting at the behest of your husband?
The question is, will he ask me to leave acting? First of all, I never thought about that but the man I married will never ask me to leave what I love.
It has been confirmed that Ismaila Mustapha aka Mompha is in the custody of anti-graft agency, EFCC.
Ismaila Mustapha, a self-acclaimed bureau de change operator whose posh lifestyle has made him a darling of Instagram users, has been arrested by anti-graft operatives, a report by Premium Times has revealed.
It was gathered that he was arrested in connection to alleged graft.
Specifics of Mustapha’s offence, especially the amount and illicit trade involved, could not be immediately obtained. He is detained by the EFCC in Lagos.
Wilson Uwujaren, a spokesperson for the EFCC, confirmed Mustapha had been taken into custody by anti-graft detectives, but declined to provide further details in the meantime.
The arrest was reportedly a joint operation between Interpol and the EFCC. But Umar Garba, Nigeria’s head of Interpol, told PREMIUM TIMES although he had learnt of the arrest, all enquiries should be treated by the EFCC as the primary law enforcement institution in charge of the investigation.
News of the arrest of Mustapha, widely known as ‘Mompha’, spread quickly as a rumour across Nigerian social media Monday evening.
Mustapha has cut a personality of one of Nigeria’s wealthiest socialites on social media, using Instagram to post pictures of his family’s wealth.
In some of his most recent posts on his verified Instagram page, which has nearly 650,000 followers, He featured a yellow Ferrari and a 2020 Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle VIII he claimed to have purchased for N180 million. He said he was the first African to own the Rolls Royce and it was only one out of 50 exotic vehicles he owned across the world. Celebrity bloggers claimed the Ferrari was bought earlier this year for N155 million.
The young man identified as Opoma Terry who recently got back from Ghana, was arrested for trying to defraud Ned Nwoko, the billionaire husband of the screen goddess.
The suspect while confessing to the crime of fraud, stated that, at first, he tried defrauding Chief Ned the sum of N700, 000 after claiming he was hired to assassinate thw young wife of the billionaire, Regina but along the line had a change of mind and started opening up of his intentions.
Ned Nwoko reportedly, played along with the suspect, and requested for his account details for the said money and made a transfer of N400k to him.
But before then, he already alerted the bank management and security operatives about the said incident. The suspect was arrested on his way to make the withdrawal.
The Oore of Otun-Ekiti, the headquarters of Moba Local Government Areas of Ekiti State, Oba Adedapo Popoola, is dead.
Oba Popoola died at the age of 62 after battling with a terminal ailment.
It was gathered that Oba Popoola, a one-time chairman, Council of Obas in Ekiti State, died in the early hours of Tuesday.
A highly placed community leader, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed the demise of the first class traditional monarch.
”It is true that Kabiyesi has gone to be with his ancestors. The monarch had been bedridden for some time now before he finally succumbed to death. In fact, the town will miss him sorely.
“I want to believe that we have missed a patriotic Oba with carriage and charisma to lead. The vacuum left by his death would be difficult to fill.”
The news of his demise has not been officially broken in the town, but there were signs that the rites signalling the departure of the Oba had begun in earnest.
The source said the Oore Otun-in-Council would announce the demise of the monarch at the appropriate time, saying the chiefs would have to make “some arrangements” before the Oba’s demise would be made public.
Oba Popoola, who was installed on January 20, 2000, succeeded Oba Oyinloye Oladimeji Olubin.
The ex-housemate who hails form the state, promised to feature it to the world in her coming series '#travelwithKhafi'. Sharing photos of her visist and the discussion she had with the managing director of the place,
''#HomecomingChronicles!! Whilst I was in #Ekiti I just had to visit Ikogosi Warm Springs, if you remember the task in #bbnaija where I screamed that's my state!? Here is where I was talking about. It is a beautiful miracle of nature where one side of the spring is cold water and other is warm water - and they both meet in the middle without mixing! (My feet are on either side)I was shown around and was able to meet Ayo Ademiluwa the Managing Director of Ikogosi and also spoke to him about showcasing Ikogosi in #TravelWithKhafi and all I'll say is the talks went well! Watch this space wink #acupofkhafi -@ninetonineclothing #acupofkhafi #travelwithKhafi''
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin at the opening of the Russia-Africa Summit holding in Russia.
Photos from the opening session were shared by Bashir Ahmad, Buhari’s New Media aide via his verified Twitter handle.
During the opening session of the summit, Putin said that Russia would aim to double trade with Africa over the next five years.
Putin said, “We currently export to Africa $25 billion worth of food — which is more than we export in arms, at $15 billion. In the next four to five years I think we should be able to double this trade, at least,” he told African leaders at the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
“In Africa, there are very many potential partners with good prospects.”
Two teenage boys have been apprehended and disgraced in public after being nabbed by youths of a community.
According to reports, the youths nabbed the boys after they were caught stealing plantain.
They were taken around the community while carrying the stolen goods.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
A Nigerian bride has gone viral and even made it to international publications after she arrived at her 10th wedding anniversary in a giant inflatable balloon.
Event planner Reverence, from Nigeria, wanted to celebrate her tenth wedding anniversary with her husband, Joseph Efoma-Oruerio in style. She wanted a unique entrance so she did just that.
She ordered a giant inflatable balloon to make her grand entrance into the venue, even if it cost her $500 and had to be shipped from Dubai.
At the reception, which held in Warri, Nigeria, Reverence shocked her guests as she rolled in with the transparent ball.
Reverence, 35, and husband Joseph, 51, invited friends and family to celebrate the special day with them.
She said: "The idea came from watching my kids playing in the pool with a balloon. I started thinking of how a bride could make an entrance into her wedding in a balloon. I searched online for life-size balloons and eventually bought one from Dubai for $500.
"It was the first time the guests saw a bride in a balloon, they screamed so much with excitement. It was the highlight of the event."
Monday, October 21, 2019
A prominent sanitary product brand, ‘Always’ has announced its decision to remove the feminine logo from their packaging to accommodate the transgender men who use the products.
Procter & Gamble (P&G) made the decision to remove the female sexual identity mark after being pressured by transgender activists.
In June, transgender campaigner Ben Saunders reportedly contacted Always on Twitter, questioning why the brand used feminine logos on all of their packaging.
At the time, another activist who goes by Melly Bloom on Twitter made the same complaint asking why it was ‘imperative’ to have the Venus sign on their products.
Both feel that the company, owned by Proctor & Gamble, exclude transgender and non-binary people who use the items.
Since both complaints were made, Always has said it will now aim to remove the signs from their packaging from December 2019, with aims to have it distributed everywhere by February 2020.
Friday, October 18, 2019
Nigerian actress Funke Adesiyan has been appointed as one of the political aides to the first lady, Aisha Buhari. The Nollywood star was appointed the Personal Assistant to the First Lady on Domestic and Social events.
The appointment was recently announced on the official website of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture after approval by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Adesiyan was appointed alongside five other appointees:
Dr Mairo Almakura – Special Assistant on African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM)
Muhammed Albishir – Special Assistant on Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD)
Wole Aboderin – Special Assistant on Non-Governmental Organizations
Barr. Aiyu Abdullahi – Special Assistant on Media and Publicity
Zainab Kazeem – Special Assistant on Domestic and Social Events
Adesiyan joined active politics when she emerged as the southwest coordinator for Mallam Shekarau’s presidential campaign in 2011. She contested for a seat at the Oyo State House of Assembly under the umbrella of Peoples Democratic Party. In 2018 she defected to the APC.
Some of the notables films Adesiyan has featured in are “Eti Keta” and “Obinrin Ale”.
Sunday, October 13, 2019
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have drawn 1-1 against Brazil in an international friendly in Singapore on Sunday afternoon.
Friday, October 11, 2019
Big Brother Naija 2018 star, Cynthia Nwadiora popularly known as Cee-C has gone on a date after revealing that her father is piling pressure on her to marry.
The curvy reality star stepped out donning a black body-hugging jumpsuit, looking so adorable.
Sharing photos of what she wore to a date via her verified Instagram page, she wrote:
"Date night… Someone should please tell my dad that I’m out today so he can stop reminding me that “when a mango is ripe, it has to be eaten…"
Recall in 2018, it seemed Cee-C and her father were not on good terms after she warned her father and other Nigerians who planned to attack her for her actions in the reality show to bury the thoughts.
Cee-C, in a conversation with Nina, claimed she was aware many Nigerians, including her father were planning to attack her after the show.
However, judging from her caption in the aforementioned instagram post, it seems they are best of friends again.
It has been reported that a young woman has been arrested for tying up and stabbing her abusive boyfriend, Chidi, in Sapele, DeltaState.
Local reports show that the incident happened around 2a.m, on Friday.
Talking about the incident, the young woman said she took the action following a serious beating she received from him before they went to bed.
She added that she decided to tie Chidi up so that she could leave without being beaten again, but he woke up before she could tie his hands after already tying his legs.
However, in the course of another fight that broke out after Chidi woke up, the lady broke a bottle and stabbed him with its shard in self defense. .
The boyfriend was subsequently rushed to the hospital, while the suspect was arrested.
The BBNaija season 4 tagged Pepper Dem ended on Sunday, October 6, 2019, with Mercy emerging the winner. Here is what the past 3 winners have been up to.
Mercy Eke emerged as the first female housemate to win BBNaija after the show kicked off 13 years ago.
In a few months, she will be one of Nigeria’s numerous celebrities and she would be in the news for different reasons.
Here’s what the past three winners have been up to
1. Katung Aduwak
After winning the first edition of Big Brother Nigeria, Katung Aduwak decided to acquire more training in filmmaking and production. He returned to Nigeria to start working on music videos and TV series. A few years ago, he had an accident that almost claimed his life but he survived and after treatment, he returned to work. He’s one of the directors of some of the series and TV shows on Africa Magic.
2. Efe Ejaba
The brand name of the reality TV show changed as the second edition held in South Africa with a theme, ‘See Gobbe’. The franchise became known as BBNaija and it had housemates like Bisola, Kemen, TBoss, and Efe, who went on to win the edition.
Efe became famous for representing the streets of Warri despite living in Jos. His participation in the BBNaija season two became synonymous with the phrase, ‘Based on logistics.’ After the show, Efe decided to pursue a career in entertainment with music as his forte. He has since worked with top music acts that include Olamide, Iceprince and BOJ. In 2018, he claimed the prize money he won has been spent on various things. Efe is still a budding music act and yet to break even.
After a successful second edition, the third edition also held in South Africa with the theme, Double Wahala. The edition had Cee C, Tobi, Alex, and Miracle, who won the edition. After winning the edition - which has gone in history as one of the most dramatic seasons - Miracle stayed back in Nigeria to fulfill all he signed up for with owners of the BB franchise in Nigeria before leaving the country. Miracle had told fans and viewers that he aims to win the prize money in other to get training to become a professional and commercial pilot. The BBNaija season 3 winner has been in school for the last 12 months studying to become a professional and commercial pilot.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday observed the weekly two raka’at jumaat prayer at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Among those that joined him at the jumaat prayer were presidential aides, some cabinet ministers and former governor of Zamfara, Abdulaziz Yari as well as Senator Kabir Gaya.
The jumaat prayer however witnessed unprecedented number of faithful.
They seemed to have stormed the Villa mosque to confirm the authenticity or otherwise of the social media reports claiming that President Buhari would have wedding fatiha for a second wife.
The social media reports had claimed that President Buhari would get married on Friday to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq.
But that didn’t happen at the Presidential Villa on Friday.
The Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, has dispelled the rumour that went viral on the social media.
According to him, the rumour was false.
He stressed that the rumour was a deceptive manoeuvre by those who fabricated the news.
Noting that the news was far from the truth, he said that no such marriage is taking place at the Presidential Villa.
A 20-year old lady was shocked when she caught her boyfriend sucking the breasts of his mother.
Relationship adviser and blogger, Joro Olumofin has shared the story of a young man suspected to be sleeping with his biological mother.
The man who hails from Benue State was seen in a compromising position with his mother.
The devastated lady has vowed to walk out of the relationship which has lasted for two years already.
This story that could be read below has been welcomed with disbelief.
Monday, October 7, 2019
BBC Africa Eye, on Monday, released a documentary which was targeted at lecturers in some West African universities harassing their students for sex in exchange for marks.
BBC Africa Eye achieved this by sending undercover journalists to camouflage as students inside the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana.
It was revealed that female reporters were sexually harassed, propositioned and put under pressure by senior lecturers at the institutions.
However, the female reporters wore secret cameras as observed in the 13-minutes documentary released.
A UNILAG senior lecturer, Faculty of Arts, who doubles as the head pastor of a Foursquare Gospel Church in Lagos, Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu, was exposed as one of the culprits.
The undercover journalist camouflaged as a 17-year-old student who was seeking admission at the University of Lagos. The “student” endured a couple of sexual harassment from the Dr. Igbeneghu.
Igbeneghu, who invited the teenager over to his office for a number of tutorials, subsequently began to have inappropriate conversations with her.
On their first meeting, he commented on her appearance.
In the 13-minutes secret documentary, the lecturer disclosed how his colleagues tossed and passed around UNILAG female students for sex.
He also mentioned how his colleagues patronised UNILAG Staff club ‘Cold room’ to commit series of atrocities on female students.
“Do you know that you are a very beautiful girl,” he asked her. “Do you know that I am a pastor and I’m in my fifties. What will shock you is that even at my age now, if I want a girl of your age – a 17-year-old, all I need is to sweet tongue her and put some money in her hand and I’ll get her,” Igbeneghu said to her on camera.
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Seyi Awolowo took the Fifth Position, Omashola took the Fourth Position, Frodd Took The Third Position!
Mike emerged 1st runner up and also won N2 million as he had the fastest time in the Bet9ja arena game!
Mercy, the winner, will go home with a whooping N30 million cash, and N30 million worth of prizes! Totaling N60 million!
Saturday, October 5, 2019
MC Oluomo endorses Mike
The Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Lagos State, Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, has endorsed Mike Edward, one of the finalists in the Big brother Naija 2019 reality show.
Mike’s wife, met with the NURTW boss during her visit to Nigeria.
Akinsanya, in a video shared on social media expressed his support for the BBNaija housemate with the contestant’s wife, Perri Shakes-Drayton, standing all smiles beside him.
The NURTW boss was seen holding a T-shirt on which Edward’s face was emblazoned, He said “Please, vote for Mike. My people everywhere, I beg you in the name of God. You know the reason I like Mike is that he sang about me.”
Wizkid is being dragged by Northboi, the producer of his recent “hit song”, ‘Joro’ for not giving him credit for the song.
Northboi who became popular from his work with Wizkid on Soco went on Twitter on Saturday the 5th of October to tweet about not being mentioned by an artiste who people concluded to be Wizkid for his work on Joro.
Although Northboi did not mention Wizkid’s name, the song which he referred to as two biggest songs ‘Ojuelegba’ and ‘Don’t Dull’ are from Wizkid so it is safe to imply he is talking about Wizkid. He said;
"imagine being so powerful person wey you do beat for dey fear to promote you make you no pass am. Na my hand you collect your last global hit. after me all you have is ojuelegba and dont dull."
Responding to his tweet, Killertunes, also a producer whom Wizkid has credited for his album and produced some hit tracks for Wizkid tweeted;
"If no be love wey I get for my chairman , wenti be concern me concern aboki before"
The bail conditions of #OmoyeleSowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow Movement, can’t be met, Inibehe Effiong, a lawyer in his legal team, has revealed.
In an interview with TheCable, Effiong said: “Those conditions are not conditions that can be fulfilled. We have made contacts and explored all channels, clearly, nobody is willing to be a surety for that amount. .
That amount of money is not available, it is not realistic under the current economic situation. We are going back to the trial court next week to seek a variation of the bail conditions.
We understand bail is at the discretion of the court but the Administration of Criminal Justice Act allows us to apply for a variation where the conditions are such that the defendants cannot meet.”
On Friday, Sowore was granted a N100 million bail with two sureties who must be resident and have landed properties within Abuja. The sureties must deposit original documents of those properties in the court registry. .
One of the sureties must also deposit N50 million with the court pending the determination of the case. All sureties would also be required to submit evidence of tax clearance for 2016, 2017, 2018.
Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori and Prince Michael Tunde Ponle
Former Osun deputy governor, Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori has remarried after four children in a previous marriage.
The woman that Minister for Interior Rauf Aregbesola and her former boss once described as “a woman of extreme value, an achiever per excellence”, got married to Prince Michael Tunde Ponle, industrialist and owner of MicCom Cables & Wires Ltd and the golf resort in Ada, Osun.
Titi is 70, while Ponnle is 80.
Ponnle, an engineer first married in 1966 to Comfort Olufunke Ponnle, with whom he combined building the cable business. She died in 2012.
Singer Tiwa Savage has set the internet on fire by releasing her sultry photos where she poses proliferating an alluring outlook.
See full photos below
Kiki Osinbajo, daughter of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has praised Seyi for making them proud by reaching the finals of the Big Brother Reality show.
She also showed her appreciation to Seyi‘s supporters for helping him reach the finals and called for more votes to ensure he wins the grand prize.
The Vice President’s daughter, who, like Awolowo, is a descendant of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, said Seyi had “made us proud.”
Kiki, in a post on her Instagram page, wrote;
“One more day guys! Pls vote for Seyi. You can vote online or text VOTE SEYI to 32052. Thanks for supporting and thanks for supporting him till this stage. Can’t wait @connectsng. Seyi, you have already made us proud.”
The winner of this year’s edition of the reality tv show will obviously emerge from among Awolowo, Mike, Mercy,Frodd and Omashola.
Friday, October 4, 2019
Teni took to Twitter some hours ago to reveal that she got pregnant for WizKid immediately she listened to the singer’s latest track, Joro.
Teni also shared a scan of the developed embryo on her Twitter page and said the baby is named after her latest song, ‘Billionaire’.
Recall that Teni earlier offered to give back to the society by telling her fans to open up on the business they want to start, so she can offer assistance.
Responding to this, WizKid said that he would like to start an ashawo business.