Nigeria: Before the sweeping sword of anger ~ Japheth J Omojuwa @omojuwa

Published:11 Dec, 2012

Nigeria is an interesting country in every sense of the word. A friend told me of a friend of his with seven cars parked in his Abuja house and some other luxury machines in his village starting a sentence with “we the masses…” Of course, I used to think that I was part of the foot of the Nigerian pyramid until January 2012 when I was faced with the folly of my illusion. I had lived in my usual way, in a distorted reality all along.

To put things in context, I attended a relatively expensive private school, though not too expensive, I was a student at King’s College and my dad collects rent from at least 300 people and he had enough to spare at least two buildings for poor people evacuated by the government to live in free of charge. I was born into wealth but I appreciate the opportunities I had at tasting the bitterness of poverty. I felt what the poor feel and my works at making life better for everyone I can help is born out of that experience. I grew up with all my essential needs met. My dad had more than enough to host public Christmas parties and enough to spare for another car every now and then. Through this experience though, I never for once thought I was different from other poor Nigerians. This must be because my dad kept us grounded in that reality. That totally changed for me during the Occupy Nigeria movement. I had left the Gani Fawehinmi Park at the Ojota end of Lagos in a clean, air conditioned Toyota car with my friends Olumide Gbadebo (@msgbadebo) and Tolu Obamuroh (@toluwabisi) for the Alagbado studios of Africa Independent Television AIT. Tolu was driving on this day. We were going to express the views of other poor Nigerians – or so we thought – but the truth stared at us at least four times on this day and each time with the ugliness of danger, fear and for me regret.

Angry young men were collecting tolls on the road. This is a common sight even during days the nation is not on a total lock down. On my way from the Abuja airport recently, just before the military check point, just after you turn into the Umaru Yar’Adua way, on the right side of the road, I saw young men and women collecting tolls on a dusty road. That hurt me because that’d send a striking message to a new visitor to this country. The difference on this day was the anger on the faces of these Sagamu express road toll collectors. We were asked to “kill the AC! Wind down! Wind down!” and don’t even think about making a dash off because you are certain to hit one of them and while that’d put you in police trouble you’d not need to go through the legal wahala because these boys had more than enough anger in them that day to kill anyone and enough left to burn the car and whatever. I was totally pissed off. So I spoke out of anger. I told them we were running late for an appearance on AIT on our way from the Ojota Park end of Occupy Nigeria. “Efi yin le, a wa o ko yen je o” (forget that story, we are not interested). I told them we were one and the same and we were in the same struggle but that apparently got them a lot angrier. “Eyin te wa ninu AC en wa oko ayokele eni ba kan na ni wa. Etu imi pa. En ya were!” (You are in a posh car with AC and you are claiming we are one? Tell another lie. You are mad!”)

To cut the long story short, Olumide waded in with a calmer voice. She told them the long and short of who were and they were interested in listening to her. Olumide wears contacts and that really got them to shut up and just get enraptured in her looks. They even made comments like “Oju Olongbo” (cat eyes) but it was in a calm way. I am not good at recalling bad experiences but I recall I felt closest to danger on this day. That happened a lot more times on our way but by this time I was so angry and when I get to this point within me, I lock my mouth. It is most deadly at this stage, apart from the dangers of talking to these mobs.

At the Ojota end of the movement, we – rich and poor, old and young, touts and gentlemen, the famous and the practically inconsequential etc – were all united and there was peace. There was no single incident. It never looked like we were from different levels of the Nigerian pyramid of deprivation. The journey to AIT offered a stark reality. It was on this day I realised that whenever the revolution of the poor rises – if it ever does – even I will be seen as one of “them” and the them here includes those the poor feel are responsible for their poverty. When I was making this point, someone said he earned his money legally without stealing from government and I told the person that when the sword of anger sweeps the city for whom to devour, it would have no time to ask you how you became rich. Your only passport to death would be that you are rich.

I have made these points to send a message to Nigeria’s rich. Charity is good. My dad for all his human imperfections taught me the art of charity. Charity will not save us from the anger of the poor. If we do not do all within our powers to make this country work for the benefit of the majority, the rich and privileged minority will not live in peace. We hear tales of kidnapped popular and influential figures in the news, we are not privy to the news when it affects the less famous or influential but that really is the order of the day.

They may not read newspapers or pay attention to the numbers in the news but they cannot be unconvinced that their poverty is not because some have chosen to have more than is due them from the national treasury. The ministry of petroleum needs $41m (6.2b) for the PIB awareness campaign, the President needs $15m (N2.2b)to build a Club House or what do you call a Banquet Hall in a deep sense? The principal members of the national assembly are waiting to move into their $7m (N1b) – per person – houses. Last year the Federal Government claimed it had over 71 thousand ghosts in its employ costing the nation $186m (N28b) but no one has told us why this money has not been accounted for after the revelation. Are we still paying these ghosts or we simply diverted the money elsewhere? $31b (N5 trillion) has disappeared under the watch of this administration even as it claims it is on top of the fight against corruption. The Swiss government has told us it returned $700m to Nigeria but the Nigerian government still plays deaf and dumb. Mothers and children are getting killed every day in the North-East, their sin, they live in the same land where terrorists have made their abode. Trillions of naira upon trillions to provide security yet what we have is more deaths, more kidnappings and more insecurity in every sense of the word. The President of Nigeria himself does not feel safe.

The flood displaced millions of people after killing some others, Gen. Owoeye Azazi who failed woefully after supervising the expenditure of trillions as National Security Adviser heads the Committee on Flood victims.

As a people, we trudge on, looking to get the chance to have our chance at the national cake. The richest amongst us are not safe here so they make homes in far lands. What is the point of a home where peace is not seen let alone recognized? We are the 7th most terrorized country in the world and yet we think there is no revolution yet. The revolution has started, it has only not started in the way that you imagined it would start. In the coming months and years, the fear of living in Nigeria would be more than the fear of being in a plane the pilot just announced an impending crash-landing. We can change this impending reality but first we must all as one people agree that if Nigeria does not work for all us, it is not working. If the transformation of the land does not transform the lives of the common man, those who tell lies of transformation should keep their tears within their eyes when the street comes looking to unleash bloody justice. A word is enough for the wise

~ I am @omojuwa

  • http://Website Olanrewaju Smart

    We must realize that this Nigeria is sick and with the sincerity of our leaders and followers we must rejig a new chapter in he history of this country

  • Aminu Shariff

    Great!

  • Akinyosoye Victor

    we shall all see very soon, it will be brutal that you will beg for your life and that of your kids and you will never get it.

  • spygalz11

    There is obviously fire on the mountain, and nobody is running. Nice piece.

  • Emma

    Very true words from the heart. Perhaps the experience made it so. If you get to Makoko community and see poverty, you will appreciate these words. Kudos man

  • @xahido

    This is a prophesy and an imminent threat,but how do we avert it if we can’t stand as one like we did during d Occupy movement.Nigeria is going into comatose is not there yet. We have all we need to be a great nation but we are lacking good leaders to take us to d promise land and kickstart d revolution in the right direction. Five word for you Japh, God Go Make You Bigger.

  • @ushalilu

    Waw! its so true and touching. What ever is about to happen in Nigeria have started.

  • Malik

    I was frustrated at work for not getting my entitlements, got to my hometown for sallah with no salary. But then a good samaritan warned me of my jobless neighbours who he said are envious of my small car nd little house. We are in soup!

  • http://www.wealthymotivator.wordpress.com Stanley G. Jack

    I love Nigeria; with all my heart and pride. I have no other country. I can’t imagine living in d West bcos of fear of living in my own country.
    We will really be wealthy genuinely and soon, so I asked my friend d other day, “What will happen to our families when we bcom really rich?
    We can protect ourselves but how do we protect our families, friends and loved ones from kidnappers and other criminals?” He opened his mouth but had no answer.

    Nigeria today is product of d dreams of our wicked fathers and mothers, selfish and greedy uncles and aunts. But time has come for us young people to begin building d Nigeria of our own dreams. We own this country!

    What are our dreams for Nigeria?

    We must begin to dream a new Nigeria and we must believe that change is possible. We must believe that everyone can make a difference no matter how little; just from where u are.
    If not today, when? If we don’t, who will? If we don’t start now, when shall we ever?

    I will not give up on my country. I will start and build businesses that build lives and create employment instead of searching for one. I will join a political party and run for office to try to cause change from within (even though they are all the same). I will vote rightly and be voted for.

    Above all, as long as there is God in heaven who still answers prayers, I will never cease from praying for my country. What will u do, my friend?

    ~ @wealthymotivatr

  • http://www.byolararies.blogspot.com Beeyolar

    This is a very good and humane write-up. @omojuwa you are very detailed and shows human feelings despite your priviledged background and this is very uncommon amongst youths in our generation. This country most times leaves me with nothing to say except pray and hope for a better future. The corruption, lack of fear of God, killings, BH, bad governance, etc. I read somewhere not too long ago that Nigeria is one of the worst places for a child to be born (What is that!!!!). Infact I am speechless.

  • adebola adebajo

    Time will tell…justice will be done by any means

  • amon_Ra_G

    I am not wealthy, neither am I rich or close to what you can call “average”. Its sad when u see some people and you still gotta imagine what it must be like to be as poor as they are.. My brothers and sisters, I doubt if this country can last another 5yrs, honestly! Think about it, what do you think the worst that can happen would be if it hasn’t already happened? I just want everyone to be happy and live in peace and if that includes Splitting up this country then so be it!!! I’m not getting younger and I will not run away from this country!!! We can make it happen, all we gotta do is decide when and how. How Much are you willing to sacrifice for the future of tomorrow?? Are u ready to put ur large businesses and mansions and fancy cars on the line?? Are you ready to hit the streets and say no? Are you ready to go to every government house and demand justice standing against the opression of Guns and tanks??? Time is running out!

  • amon_Ra_G

    Here’s the deal…. Would you rather sacrifice half of everything so you can Repo that half when things finally get better or relax and refuse to act and lose everything in about 5yrs?? We are not the first to have to pass through trying times but we gotta to learn from nations who have been here before, what did they have to do?? Fight!!!! We must fight!!! We must protest!!! They can’t kill everyone so there’s nothing to be scared about! Let’s build a resistance because we are at war whether u want it or not, we just haven’t gotten to the Bombs phase but yes we are!!! 150million people can’t be cowards, its a game of numbers so that makes it about 140million to about a few thousand selfish and greedy politicians, do we have up to 2 million policemen and and soldiers put together?? They are nigerians too and they sure don’t enjoy the situation of things!! You see?? We already have this so let’s take it all back!! Occupy Nigeria was a mock revolutions, a drill, the real one is bouta happen! Are you ready????

  • http://ikonallah.wordpress.com Abdul IkonAllah

    Prophetic. It baffles me that d elites hv nt seen d hand writing on d wall.

  • oyefemo

    This is very nice piece but what is the way forward? We need to look beyond proffessional politicians and see how we can give back to the society. For example, I was in Benue State to work and the host community insisted that I fix their road before I will be allowed to work. The road has not been passable for years but to my suprise I paid just 90k for a grader that worked on the road and made it motorable.

  • suleiman

    Nyc one bro we love N god will blass u N family

  • suleiman

    Nyc one bro we love N god will blass u N family come on nigerian we can do it

  • http://www.myown9ja.com @olu_d

    This piece is a reflection of what makes me laugh so much about my country…a country where the few who perpetrate grievous injustice and a continuous rape of Nigeria think they are secure in their ill gotten wealth. Fools think they are secure in a society where those responsible for security are insecure….I dey laugh o!

    I can assure you those who are responsible for our current state cannot live anywhere other than in Nigeria. They run a very high risk of ending in Jail for Money laundering. Their only illusion of security is in the thought that they can run away with theirs when trouble starts…but I guarantee them it shall be like a thief in the night… unannounced.

    Many days for the thief…one day for the owner!

  • âniekanabasi

    The poor and down trodden have so had it that it doesn’t matter to them who is fighting their course. They are more concerned about meeting ends needs. I pray we won’t get to that time in history where blood of innocents and guilts would be shed under the notion of revolution. We say to ourselves that it is well, my question is, IS IT WELL?

  • Rotimi Balogun

    Omojuwa nice write up, a nation that ranks 7th in terrorism, where in the world the ranking of the best university is 6340 (university of Ibadan 57 in Africa) , the 35th most corrupt country in the world(could be higher ) with a leader who is the most travelled in the world since he assumed office and cares not for the needs of the common man, yes Omojuwa there is need for change, a positive wind of change. The truth is the masses know themselves u can’t be in a posh car with ac and tell the common man walking under the scorching sun that you know his plight with words, you have to make him see that you share in this dilemma . Once again nice writeup bro much respect

  • samuel

    Indeed the Revolution has began, but it is too slow for my liking. I think the docility on the part of the majority of Nigerians is too much, I cant wait for the time when we the oppressed will take our destiny fully in our own hands.So sad, the vice presidents house will gulp a whooping 16billion Naira, i am sure the Housing Authority will not get up to that to provide houses for the populace. What hell of a country. Arise o compatroits..cos silence to injustice is disobidience to God. Lets turn all those mansions that have been built with our common patrimony into schools and hospitals..till then, the anger is still burning..north, east south or west..poverty is not zoned.they want to divide us along ethnic and religious lines..so it will make it easier for them to continue looting..the veil is off.

  • Olalekan badmus

    This article touches me more than I could have imagined!!! I am (and truly I am) made of d street! Yet I could afford †? use blackberry curve 4 wt anoda nokia join… Where there r ppl that cannt even afford a torchlyt nokia!! Yet I struggle for myself, stil a student wt no monthly allowance forthcoming!! But when d revolution comes †? reality…. D just shall live by his/her faith..???»?·???·??????????????????????k?????????????·???·???«??

  • Olalekan badmus

    This article touches me more than I could have imagined!!! I am (and truly I am) made of d street! Yet I could afford †? use blackberry curve 4 wt anoda nokia join… Where there r ppl that cannt even afford a torchlyt nokia!! Yet I struggle for myself, stil a student wt no monthly allowance forthcoming!! But when d revolution comes †? reality…. D just shall live by his/her faith..???»?·???·??????????????????????k?????????????·???·???«??

  • nas

    Yeah let rich know the poor hungry man u neglect on the side of d road while u zoom pass in a million dollar car, will soon be the angry man that disturb ur peace

  • Ade

    Interesting piece; it makes me wonder, and ponder over a lot of issues. However my message for Nigerians all over the world is simple: we all have to make our country a better place. It’s no secret that our leaders aren’t doing us good, but let each one of us answer these questions honestly – are we doing our nation good? Would we do things differently in positions of power? I’ve seen enough to know that as a people, we don’t practice what we preach – folks talk about the baleful effects of corruption, yet they seize every opportunity to engage in malfeasances and excrescences like lobbying, shunting, bribery to mention a few. My people, only God can deliver us. But as we look to him for revival and sustenance, let each and every one of us act as the change we want to see in our country. Let us all play our part and hope for a better tomorrow. As far as I know, God cannot forsake Nigeria. Nigerians will smile again, we just have to keep the faith!

  • Farida

    Spot on, very true and very very scary. For a long time, I have observed the angry look on the faces of uniformed security guards stationed at the gate of my office. A government ministry whose staff feel aggrieved themselves. Most of these security guys are graduates and you can almost feel their hatred everyday as they open the gates and give you the looks that say ‘you don’t know what it means to b poor’.. I tell u dat when d revolution begins, most of us who can afford to feed well, own a tokumbo car, own a blackberry fone or even dress well in second hand clothes are going to be very surprised to know dat they do not belong with the ‘masses’. May God help those of us dat r neither rich nor poor, Amen!

  • @dreamygiorgi

    The truth laid bare for all to read,learn,tell others and hopefully change our ways.n

  • dR hUSSEIN

    The just shall live by faith. Still hoping 4 a better Nigeria. But for how long? Me is ready 4 a better Nigeria even though a price must be paid. Its that price that has being the procastination factor. Remember, procastination is a thief of time. Tell me if our time of getting to our promise land has not been stollen by procastination. We must stop blaming the rich. Put yourself in their shoes and them in your shoes and tell me if the story will change. A word is enough for the wise.

  • Muneer Maisaje

    A superb piece by a patiotic citizen who has his country @ heart, who also feels the pains felt by majority Nigerians, we have been doing the talking, let’s now do the action.

  • seun

    This is a good write up and advice to the government and the rich, but are they willing to take to the advice wheather they like it or not revolution is here. I used to tell my friends that our problem in this country can only be solve by gun. My brother people are really suffering Lagos is a little bit better go to other western states of the country you will understand what am saying. Next you hear is revolution…

  • Ladan S.A

    Their eyes and ears are closed becouse they are power drunk and very they shall all become sober when we the masses get revolution drunk. The days are already here.

  • http://www.ewewale.wordpress.com Ewewale

    To Whom It May Concern:

    Your chicken is not safe if your neighbours go to bed starving.

    A word is enough for the wise!

  • beewai

    Nice piece Mr J. News making round today says angry youths protesting in plateau burnt houses belonging to a legislature, local govt chairman etc. R we still far from d bloody revolution? Soonest if dere r no improvements a lot will go wrong.

  • amon_Ra_G

    Who’s side are you on?? Decide while you can because NIGERIANS are about to turn it up!!! You’ll see! 150million people, they(politicians) should be scared tho! We Are coming, Its REPO Time!!!!! God bless and keep us alive enough to be able to Celebrate that victory.

  • lekan

    ‘The tree of liberty must from time to time be refreshened by the blood of patriots and tyrants; it is it’s natural manure’ – Abraham Lincoln. Are we ready? Unless there is a deterrent force to corruption this evil will continue. The masses must move out and without sentiments exterminate the ruling class and their cronies- we know all of them.

  • Aeesh

    It hs been brewin since d beginin of time,we ol re aware of evrythng,yet nothn is being done. Its a recipe 4 disaster,nva hav i seen a country such as mine. Wat happnd 2 d legacy left by Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe,Chief Obafemi Awolowo,Sir Ahmadu Bello? They were Nigerians,they did it even at a tym wen nt many were educatd lyk nw. Y cnt d legacy go on? This s an issue dat encompasses ol wether u r 4rm d north,south,east or west u r affectd n u hav d scar 2 show,we r nt dumb nor stupid.

  • JDk

    prophetic! kudos! timely! wonderful, etc!!! what are the action points here. whats the difference btw this and a PDP manifesto? where do we start? How do we as stake holders avert the impending danger? cos obviously, the so called leaders will read and either ignore this prophetic piece as usual or give @omojuwa the Tunde Bakari treatment! (I pray God gives u his kind of grace) we like and speak too much grammar in this country! are we, as youth of this great country who obviously has greater stakes in this project going to stay put and watch until the revolution catches up wth us? it shall be like the day of rapture! Action Now!!! pls

  • Simon Elaigwu

    To them it nothing serious but when the day come they will all wish for a new begining that will never come.

  • babs

    This is a wonderfully crafted, well timed write up. I have nursed this fear since our activist days in school. We used to say the privildged n the less privildged will always meet one day. The privildged as the victim and the less priviledged as the assailant! He that have ears, let him hear.

  • Toh

    Hahahahahaha, laughter, absolutely. Hahahahaha, the problem of our great nation is not corruption only rather religion and ethnicity. A reminder please, when people came out on subsidy removal, the south south people were against it that some part of the conspired to sabotaged their son, the yorubas did that with Obasanlo’s tenure and the north also. Sorry i don’t see revolution in the near future, what we need right now is accepting our selves Muslim or Christian, Northerner or Southerner and one Nigeria. Veraciously, obviously lets learn to live with one another. Hahahahah!

  • Justice Oguaba.

    Charity is poison when it’s given as a substitute for justice.This nation has gone terminal at the blurring of the line between the oppressors and the oppressed.To count me in the class that mob justice would consume for possessing the perks of my junketing in and out of court rooms would leave much to be desired.

  • oyinbo

    See grammar galore… We aint ready yet as a nation. The mofos from the east started kidnapping all on fighting for the masses shey?! They ended up enriching their pockets. Nigeria is a welfarist state, we just don’t know it. The majority wakeup to get there someday and forget about it all! Revolution my foot, We all see corruption to our faces and we do nothing about it and we are waiting for the great move. How many of us have walked out of that rich uncle’s sight knowing his wealth is filthy?! Justice is delayed everyday and the lawyers that fight for criminals are our friends, yet we smile at them and pray for intervention. A crazy lawyer is defending babalakin right now and a mad doctor claims he is ill. We should come together and give our own justice, take out any idiotic corrupt nuisance. One less idiot to bother about and the message for crime is sent! In Nigeria I trust!!! Individual Elimination of these bigots would help.

  • oyinbo

    I why; Jeph u’ the man! Bless you

  • neyobills

    Very intresting artcle,thumbs up.

  • http://storyworld.com storytell

    Hmmm…just like the days of Noah many who didn’t believe the report of Noah were slept by the flood suddenly,so also in our own time too; this revolutionary flood will sweep those who do not believe and hear the lines and sounds from the many messagers-4 now everything is just building up to a
    climax(a series of events building up to a climax)like Noah we must prepare with lifestyle,good deeds and warn others from the impending cleanings!!!

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday sacked the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Joseph Dawha, and the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communication Communication, Dr. Eugene Juwah.   President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) while Prof. Garba Danbaba replaces Juwah in NCC.   Dr. Kachikwu, who was the Executive Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Exxon-Mobil (Africa), is to take over from Dr. Joseph...

16 Students Arrested By JTF For Alleged Cult Related Activities

Members of the Special Taskforce on Jos crisis sector 2, located along Dogon Dutse, Jos North local government area of Plateau State, stormed the University of Jos night and arrested 16 students. According to a student of the institution, Ogene Jude, who is also the National President of the Political Science Students Association, the affected students were picked at the hostels at about 2:00 a.m. early hours of Tuesday. The student union leader said efforts to secure the...

Jonathan fought me over N1.9tn subsidy funds – Amaechi

Former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, has said his refusal to support ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s bid to secure the support of governors for an upward review of subsidy payments was one of the reasons why they fell apart. Amaechi also revealed that the former President asked him not to seek re-election as the...

How To Know If A Friend Is Worth Keeping

It has been said that people "come into your life for a reason, season, or a lifetime," but some are just seasonal lifetimes. It has also been said that you cannot make new old friends. True friendship is born by having shared experiences, and only time will tell if a friend stands the test of that time. So many things occur in life that separate old friends, rather than bring them together. I've read that one...

The Okonjo-Iweala Who Worked For Me Is Different From The Okonjo-Iweala That Worked For Jonathan – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in an interview with Premium Times team at his Abeokuta home about some of the issues he wrote about in his book, “My Watch”. The retired army general – in between joking with his interviewers, and threatening to walk out of the room – spoke at length about the reasons behind some of the key decisions he took while in office, his relationship with some key political figures, and the Halliburton bribery scandal. Below is excerpt of...

PMB Seeks Senate Approval To Obtain N14.7 bn Loan For Edo State

Buhari has written to the Senate requesting for the approval to obtain a total of $75 million credit loan amounting to N14.7 billion from the World Bank for Edo State. According to President Buhari, the proposed loan facility of $ 75 million would be a second leg of a Development Policy Programme the World Bank had approved in 2012 which was a total sum of 225million dollars ( N44.1 billion ) to Edo state government designed...

Cameroon Expels Thousands Of Nigerians As Part Of Fight Against Boko Haram

Cameroon officials say they have expelled more than 3,000 Nigerians as part of the fight against the Nigerian-born Islamic extremist group which has launched attacks across borders. Midjiyawa Bakary, governor of Cameroon's Far North region, says authorities have also arrested hundreds of Cameroonians and Nigerians accused of collaborating with Boko Haram. He said they deported Nigerians who said they were refugees but were not staying at refugee camps and did not have identification papers. Bakary...

Groom Sues New Wife For Fraud After Seeing Her Without Make Up For First Time

A man who saw his new wife for the first time without make up is reportedly SUING her for trauma, after being shocked at her appearance. The unnamed couple had just got married in Algeria and after spending the night together, the husband woke up to find his wife bare faced. But rather than admire her natural beauty, instead the man...

Watch! Cristiano Ronaldo Dresses Up As A Homeless Man And Show His Skills In Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo managed to prank Madrid town centre and in doing so made one young Real fan the happiest boy in Spain. In a video posted on YouTube, Ronaldo can be seen being dressed up as a homeless man - including fake hair, beard and fat suit - before taking to the streets with a dog and football.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68E53lcUIKE What follows is comedy gold, and proves that Ronaldo is, for all his wealth and celebrity, a decent man. Those...

Will Smith Shuts Down Jada Pinkett Smith Divorce Rumours

The 46-year-old actor, clearly fed up with the ongoing divorce rumors about himself and wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, took to Facebook Monday to make a rare public comment about the nonsense. "Under normal circumstances, I don't usually respond to foolishness. (Because it's contagious)," Will wrote. "But, so many people have extended me their 'deepest condolences' that I figured - 'What the hell... I can be foolish, too!'" "So, in the interest of redundant, repetitious, over & over-again-ness... Jada...

Personality Types That Are Most Likely To Be Unemployed

If you're wondering why it's so difficult for you to hold down a job, you might consider taking a personality assessment. Science suggests there's one personality type that's more likely to be unemployed than others. A new report from Truity Psychometrics, a provider of online personality and career assessments, found that, overall, being a "Perceiver" significantly predicts your tendency to be jobless. ISFPs (people with a preference for Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, and Perceiving) were the most likely of all 16 personality types...

Nicki Minaj Responds To Breakup Rumours By Posting This Picture On Instagram.

Is a picture really worth a thousand words? “Anaconda” singer Nicki Minaj seemed to respond to rumors that she dumped her boyfriend, rapper Meek Mill, after gossip swirled over the weekend. And Minaj perplexed followers when she took to Instagram Monday and posted a picture of her hugging the “I’m a Boss” star. Minaj, 32, shared the photo after she finished her Pinkprint Tour concert in Atlanta. “Last night was one of the most epic shows I've ever been apart of. Atlanta has a different kind...

Gwen Stefani To Divorce Husband

Singer Gwen Stefani has filed for divorce from rockstar husband Gavin Rossdale after 13 years of marriage, several news reports said on Monday. In her divorce petition, Stefani, 45, cited irreconcilable differences and asked for joint custody of the couple's three children, 9-year-old Kingston, 6-year-old Zuma and 1-year-old Apollo. Rossdale, 49, filed his response at the same time and also asked for joint custody, TMZ reported. Neither Stefani nor Rossdale's attorneys immediately responded to emails seeking comment.

Ice-T And Coco Say They’re Having A Girl, And She Already Has A Name

Back in 2013, Coco told InTouch that she wanted to have a daughter with her husband and that she wanted to name that daughter Chanel. "I want her to be a lawyer," she said at the time. While we're still a couple years out from law school applications, Ice and Coco announced Monday on their new talk show, Ice & Coco, that Coco is, indeed, carrying a girl and they intend to name her Chanel. Read...

Photos From Vice President Osinbajo’s Visit To Zambia To Commission Dangote Cement Factory

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arrived Zambia yesterday for a one day visit where he will be joining the Zambian president, Edgar Chagwa Lungu to commission a 1.5Mt Dangote Cement plant and 30MW coal-fired power plant in Ndola, Zambia. Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomole and some top Nigerian businessmen are in Zambia for the commissioning. More photos below...

Post-Cecil: Huntress Boasts About Killing ‘An Old Giraffe’ And Warns ‘Haters’ There’s More To Come

Sabrina Corgatelli, a keen huntress from McCammon, Idaho, uploaded this image of her posing over a giraffe she shot  The death of Cecil the lion has shocked the world and led to a backlash against big game trophy hunting - but this Idaho woman knows what side she's on. Sabrina Corgatelli, a university accountant from McCammon, Idaho, has gleefully posted images of herself on big game hunts comparable to that taken by Walter Palmer onto...

PDP Crisis Intensifies As Staff Lay Siege, DSS Storms Secretariat

The national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was Monday almost turned into a battle ground as the staff members laid siege at the premises, spoiling for war with members of the National Working Committee (NWC). Reports gathered made members of the NWC to stay away from the party’s headquarters, for fear of being attacked by the aggrieved workers. Following the mounting tension, operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) stormed the party’s national secretariat,...

“President Buhari Suggests New Books For Islamic Religious Knowledge (IRK) School Curriculum at Book Launch”

So we heard around the media and blogosphere yesterday about President Buhari Introducing  Islamic Religious Knowledge Books into the curriculum of schools in Nigeria and rumors flew about president Buhari planning to islamize Secondary Schools round Nigeria which was one of the propagandas levied around by the opposition before the march 2015 elections . President Muhammadu Buhari urged the Federal Ministry of Education to include these two Islamic Studies books written by the late Justice Muhammad Bashir...

OAU SUG president suspended over planned N.65m US trip

The Students Union President of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Mr. Omotayo Akande, has been suspended over moves to get N650,000? to attend an International Campus Conference at New York, United State of America. This was contained in a parliamentary resolution...

Drake Mocks Meek Mill At OVO Fest

On Monday night, during his headlining performance at OVO Fest at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in his hometown of Toronto, Drake took the stage and ripped through a rousing rendition of “Back to Back,” his diss track aimed at the Philly rapper Meek Mill. But it wasn’t what he said that caught the attention of the 28-year-old’s legion of fans who’ve been lapping up every moment of this ridiculous beef, but what he projected behind him: a series of hilarious...

We Are Identifying Banks, Countries Where Stolen Funds Were Lodged, Says Buhari

Speaking at an audience with visiting United States Congressmen at the presidential villa, Abuja, Mr. Buhari acknowledged the support and cooperation given his administration by the international community in gathering all required intelligence for tracing and recovering stolen national resources. “We are getting cooperation from the international community, including information on ships that take crude oil from Nigeria and change direction, or pour their contents into other ships mid-stream,” he said. “Some monies were paid...

FirstBank Partners The Asian Banker, hosts Dialogue on Retail Banking in West Africa

In fulfillment of its commitment to the realization of a sustainable and competitive retail banking environment in West Africa, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria's most valuable banking brand partnered with The Asian Banker Magazine to host the West Africa International Retail Banking Dialogue 2015, which held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on the 9th of July, 2015. The theme for the dialogue was "Building a Sustainable & Competitive Retail Banking Infrastructure for West...

Tu Face Hails His Best Nigerian Artiste

Tu face has revealed his best artiste in Nigeria. The star who is regarded as a legend in the industry took to his Twitter handle to announce the artiste that he admired the most in the country.

Governor El-Rufai Sacks ADC For Insubordination

Kaduna state governor Malam Nasir el-Rufa’i last week sacked his Aide De Camp (ADC), ASP Abdullah Usman over allegations of insubordination. Governor el-Rufa’i had particularly asked the Police authority to appoint ASP Usman to work with him after winning the gubernatorial election. LEADERSHIP understands that ASP Usman worked with governor el-Rufa’i throughout the electioneering campaigns, but was relieved of his duty in the Government House after being found guilty of many allegations. LEADERSHIP gathered, the former ADC was found guilty...

See Video Of Rihanna Dancing To Timaya’s Music

It seems like Timaya has gotten recognised by Rihanna, the video of Rihanna dancing to Timaya's music is out. Timaya is in Barbados for the music festival going on in the country. The two were spotted back stage after Timaya performed on stage.   https://youtu.be/rr5Cg0LnokU Credit: Funmi Kayode  

Angel Di Maria Will Always Regret Failing At Man United, Says Rio Ferdinand

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes Paris Saint-Germain-bound winger Angel Di Maria will regret his failure at Old Trafford. Di Maria, 27, is on the brink of joining PSG after he was pictured in Doha for a reported medical in the Qatari capital on Monday ahead of a £44.5 million move. The...

Former Saudi Soldier Jailed For joining ISIS

A former Saudi soldier was on Monday found guilty of joining ISIS militant group. A special criminal court in Jeddah sentenced the man to 9 years in jail and fined SR5,000. Besides, a travel ban of 9 years has also been imposed on him, effective from the date of his completing the jail term. The verdict was challenged both by the defendant as well as the public prosecutor. They have been given time to appeal...

Beyonce Looks Pregnant In New Photo!

Beyoncé, Jay Z & Blue Ivy were spotted traveling in NYC earlier today. While Jay was busy carrying Blue, Bey (strategically?) carried her silver MacBook Pro across her midsection.   Credit: lovebscott.com

Guardiola Warns Manchester United: Schweinsteiger Has Not Been Fit For Two Years

New Manchester United signing Bastian Schweinsteiger has not been fit for two years, according to Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola. Schweinsteiger, 31, completed a summer move to Old Trafford for around £12 million having spent his whole career with Bayern, but has struggled with injury problems in recent seasons.

Manchester United Target Pedro Can Play For Any Team In The World – Pep Guardiola

The 28-year-old Spain international is a target for Louis van Gaal, and the Bayern boss believes the forward would be a success at Old Trafford Manchester United target Pedro has the ability to play for "any team in the world,” according to Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola. Pedro, 28, is reportedly being lined up by

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Funeral Reportedly Ends With Touching Tribute To Whitney Houston

The Brown and Houston families found a way to honor both Bobbi Kristina Brown and her late mother, Whitney Houston, during the 22-year-old’s funeral. Family and friends gathered at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, to pay their final respects to Bobbi Kristina Sunday. She died July 26 as a result of a tragic accident nearly six months prior. According to TMZ, the funeral featured speakers from both sides of the family. Filmmaker Tyler Perry, who was a close friend of Bobbi...

Nigerian Army Set To Establish Special Task Force Base In Sambisa Forest

The Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen. Tukur Buratai, may have concluded plans to establish a Special Task Force Battalion to be located in the dreaded Sambisa Forest. It was learnt on Sunday that the establishment of the new brigade was meant to take the battle to the insurgents in their stronghold and operational domain. It was gathered also that the plan to establish the force brigade was part of efforts to re-organise the Army.

Bobbi Kristina Brown Buried Next To Her Mother

Family and friends gathered at a cemetery Monday to pay their final respects to Bobbi Kristina Brown as she was buried next to her mother, singer Whitney Houston. Police closed the road into Fairview Cemetery for the private ceremony. Outside the cemetery, well-wishers gathered to wave to the motorcade and hold up pictures. The casket holding the 22-year-old daughter of Houston and singer Bobby Brown arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport shortly before 10 a.m....

Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh And The Ebola Scourge: A Year After The Storm By Babs Iwalewa

It’s been almost a year that Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, a senior consultant endocrinologist at the First Consultant hospital Lagos breathed her last. The circumstances of her death were tragic-comical to say the least. She had “laid down her life so that we may live” so to speak. Whenever the story of the outbreak of the ebola scourge in Nigeria is told, the story of the late medical doctor is also sure to be told. The story of Dr. Adadevoh was one...

Kanu Nwankwo’s Hotel Shut Down By Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency

The Hardley Apartments, on Victoria Island owned by Kanu Nwankwo was among other hotels, churches and mosques sealed across the state on Monday over alleged air and noise pollution. No fewer than 30 facilities were shut in areas, including Ketu, Ikorodu, Ibeju-Lekki, Victoria Island and Surulere. LASEPA said the owners of the facilities had been contacted several times in the last one year, adding that they refused to fully complied with LASEPA’s instructions. At...

Opposition Within APC: What Buhari Should Do By Zayyad I. Muhammad

One of the biggest political challenges that President Muhammadu Buhari is facing is the opposition within his party- the All Progressives Congress (APC), especially at the National Assembly. How Buhari tackles the ‘rebellion’ will determine how smooth he will run his government, the fortunes of his party- the APC, especially in future elections, and how members of the APC will view the supremacy of the party. Being the President of...

UK To Jail Illegal Migrants’ Landlords

Britain has announced new measures to tackle illegal migrants by forcing landlords to evict them, as a growing number of migrants in Calais continued their attempts to enter the UK via the undersea cross-channel Eurotunnel. Under the measures announced on Monday, British landlords who do not remove illegal migrants, or who do not check their immigration status before renting them a property, could be jailed for up to five years. The move, announced by Greg...

Nigerian Refineries Low On Petrol Production

Current data on refineries production in Nigeria indicate that more heavy or fuel oils (low and high fuel oil/black oil) are being produced from the four refineries than other high demand products like premium motor spirit, PMS, otherwise known as petrol.  The revelation comes despite assurances by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, which said last week that two of its refineries were working between 60 and 80 percent of their installed capacities.

Summary Report on #AkwaIbom Gubernatorial Election Petition Tribunal 3rd August, 2015

IN THE AKWA IBOM STATE GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL HOLDEN AT FCT HIGH COURT 8, MAITAMA, ABUJA PETTITION NO: EPT/AK/GOV/1/2015. SUMMARY REPORT ON PROCEEDINGS OF MONDAY, 3RD AUGUST, 2015. PRESIDING OFFICER(S): Umar J. (as chairman) leading a three man panel of judges.   PARTIES PRESENT: The 1st Petitioner was in court. The other parties were absent.   LEGAL REPRESENTATION: For the Petitioner: Mr. Dayo Akinlaja,...

Pictures from Senate President, Saraki’s Visit to Maiduguru, a first since the Insurgency Began

Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki and other Senators who went to Maiduguri, Borno State on Monday 3rd of August 2015 to get on spot assessment of situation on ground. The delegation, 1st of its kind by the leadership of the Senate since the insurgency began over 6 years ago assured the people of Borno State and North East in general that the Senate will pass legislations to help restore normalcy in...

2016 budget: Buhari orders reduction of recurrent expenditure

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered the National Planning Commission to go back to the drawing board and produce the framework for a 2016 national budget that will reduce recurrent expenditure and prioritise developmental projects. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists.

NAFDAC DG arrested by EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited the director-general of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration And Control (NAFDAC) Dr. Paul Orhi over allegation of abuse of office. According to Vanguard reportage, Orhi is currently answering questions by a team of detectives for  allegedly awarding huge contracts to companies in which he has interests.

Corruption: President Buhari Descends On Civil Servants

Disturbed by the rot and thriving corruption in the civil service, which has cost the country trillions of naira, President Muhammadu Buhari has taken his anti-graft war to the sector. He has ordered that all outstanding audit queries which had piled up over the years be resolved within the next 30 days. Confirming the presidential directive, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the unanswered audit queries sounded unsavoury to the President...

Church General Overseer Converts To Islam In Ekiti And Gives Reasons

Says strange man in dreams convinced him to do so In Nigeria, particularly among the Yoruba tribe where religious tolerance is most noticed, it is a regular occur­rence to see muslims convert to Christianity. Hardly do we see a Christian turn to Islam. However, a man, former Pastor Adekunle Afolabi, founder and leader of Apata Adu­ra Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Ekute, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, broke that jinx recently. He converted fully to Islam after practising Christianity for over...

Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo Urges Nigerian Government To Repeal Anti-Gay Law

Below is a press statement sent out by her; Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo a US trained Nigerian International Journalist, Global Gun Violence Activist, Pharmacist and Public Relations Specialist has denounced the ongoing onslaught of the Nigerian Homosexual law giving stiff prison penalties to Nigerians who are just being themselves. "The Nigerian government and lawmakers have given themselves the license to represent the people stating that God does not endorse homosexuality. God also does not endorse hate, ritualism, rape,...

Mother Discovers Neighbour, 55, Abused Her 14-Year Old Daughter For Two Years

William Brown, 55, is pictured draping his arm around Natasha Cooper during her 16th birthday celebrations (centre) before her parents discovered that he was grooming and sexually abusing the teenager while living next door. Brown, a mechanic, became friendly with neighbours Anthony, 47, and Sharon Cooper, 45, when they moved into a three-bedroom property in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, with their daughter Natasha (together inset) and son Joseph. The family quickly became friends with Brown and his hospital...

Nigerian Army To Review Case Of Soldiers Condemned To Death For Mutiny

The Nigerian Army has ordered a review of the courts-martial of more than 600 soldiers and officers condemned to death for mutiny and deserting the battle against Boko Haram in the North East. AP reports that a statement released signed by army administrator, Maj. Gen. A. B. Abubakar yesterday August 2nd, states that all the accused and condemned soldiers will appear before a committee that will sit and review their cases in Kaduna state from Aug. 7 to...

NAFDAC DG, Orhi In EFCC’s Custody Over Alleged Graft

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration And Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhi, has been summoned by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations bordering on abuse of office. Dr. Orhi is currently being questioned by a crack team of detectives for allegedly awarding huge contracts to companies in which he has interests. An EFCC top source confirmed to...

#EdutexNigeria : The Education and Training Exhibition To Hold In Abuja August 5th and 6th

The Education and Training Exhibition Nigeria 2015 will hold in Abuja with University of Wollongong Dubai campus, an Australian University and Skyline University in attendance to offer on spot admissions to eligible students and answer any inquiry regarding studying in Dubai.  Amteclinks International will also be on ground to provide counselling on studying abroad. The event will take place at the Ladi Kwalli Hall, Sheraton Hotel Abuja on the 5th and 6th of August 2015, 

NAFDAC DG, Orhi In EFCC’s Custody

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration And Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhi, has been summoned by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations bordering on abuse of office. Dr. Orhi is currently being questioned by a crack team of detectives for allegedly awarding huge contracts to companies in which he has interests. An EFCC top source confirmed that the DG, who arrived the commission’s headquarters around 10am Monday had been...

Akon And Lighting Africa Team Meets Lagos Governor, Ambode

Akon and his Akon Lighting Africa Team met with Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday August 2nd at the State House. Also at the meeting was the artiste May D and Akon's Rep in Nigeria Ayo Shonaiya. Another photo below...

#AkwaIbom :Okori VS Akpabio; INEC’s Head of ICT testifies

...tenders Card Reader Report ...insists accredited voters , failed authentication must tally with total votes cast ...No election held,  Chief Sunny Ibanga, others,  tell tribunal The Hon Justice Goddy Anunihu led Akwa Ibom State National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting at the Customary Court,  Dutsen Alhaji , Abuja on Monday received as exhibit the Card Reader Report used for the conduct of the March 28, 2015 Akwa Ibom North West...

Certificate Forgery: Tribunal Rules on APC Suit August 15

The National and House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has fixed August 15 to deliver judgement on the suit filed by the All Progressives Congress against the Peoples Democratic Party. Mr. Eddy Julius, the senatorial candidate for the APC in the last National Assembly election conducted in Bayelsa West Senatorial District dragged his PDP rival, Senator...

This Video Claims The World Will End October 7th 2015

A campaign found on the internet, with the website address, ct7th.com, claims the world would end on the 7th of October 2015. Read excerpts and watch video below:  We have now entered into the darkest time in Earths’ history, as we are living in the day of judgment, and heading for the final end of all things, the destruction of the universe, and the beginning of the new heavens and new...

Anybody Close To Me Knows That I Don’t Like Money – Rotimi Amaechi

Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has accused his successor, Nyesom Wike, of leading people of the state to blackmail him. Amaechi noted that since Wike and members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state are jittery that his appointment will be the main determinant of the state politics, they have moved to tarnish his image in the eyes of President Muhammadu Buhari, who detests corruption. The ex-governor spoke at a reception organized in his honour in Abuja...

Is Senator Dino Now Madam Saraki’s Handbag Carrier? By Ahmed Oluwasanjo

Dear Senator Dino,   Congratulations on your appointment as Chief Bag Carrier to madam Toyin Saraki. I must confess it's a well deserved appointment considering your support to her husband's emergence as our senate president.   I'm doing you this letter in response to your comic defense on your recent visit to the head quarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)...

Benin Republic Heats Up Fight Against Boko Haram, Pledges 800 Troops

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said a new task force involved in the fight against terror group Boko Haram will defeat the insurgents by December. The leader made the comment as he was visiting Benin, one of the countries involved in the offensive. Buhari previously visited Niger, Chad and Cameroon to strengthen the antiterrorism cooperation. The five countries were already involved in a regional offensive against the terrorists which scored some goals since it was...

India Blocks Pornographic Websites

The Indian government on Monday in New Delhi, told internet service providers and telecom operators in the country to block 857 pornographic websites. The directive came after the Supreme Court in July expressed concern, over the Home Ministry’s failure to block websites, featuring child pornography. An official said on the condition of anonymity that the original petition, which led to the Supreme Court response in June argued that crimes against women and children were influenced...

5 Secrets to a Happy Marriage

1. Communication is vital We’ve all been told that communication is key to a healthy relationship, but according to Pillemer, his subjects couldn’t stress this point enough. Not only is conversing with your partner the best way to build a deeper connection, but it’s also crucial for solving any obstacles you encounter. Pillemer noted that the subjects in successful marriages believed...

Call For Senator Ben Murray Bruce To Retract Article Vindicating Boko Haram Immediately – ENDS

For those of us who have committed a majority of our lives and time these past few years to combating Boko Haram terror across West Africa, a recent article by a Nigerian Senator, Ben Murray-Bruce, published in ThisDay, could not be more insensitive, mischievous, malicious and suspicious, particularly at a time when at last Nigeria is concentrating on putting a lid on this dastardly menace that has seemed so intractable for too many years. The...

JTF Arrests 18 Suspects Of Oil Theft, Destroys 31 Illegal Refineries

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, ‘Operation Pulo Shield’, arrested 18 suspected oil thieves and destroyed 31 illegal oil refineries in multiple raids in July. This is contained in a statement issued by Lt.-Col. Isa Ado, media coordinator of the JTF, in Yenagoa yesterday. It stated that troops of JTF deployed at Iguododo community and Chanomi Escravos in Orhionmwon and Warri South West Local Government Areas of Edo and Delta discovered and...

Saraki Arrives Maiduguri, Expected To Visit IDP Camps

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday arrived in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, to assess the situation at several Internally Displaced Persons camps across the town and to receive briefing from the military at the forefront of the war against Boko Haram. He arrived the town in an aircraft 5N-FGV belonging to the Nigerian Air Force at 12:10pm. While in the town, he is expected to visit the Borno State government house, some IDP camps, military...

Boko Haram Releases New Video

Militant Islamists have released a new video on the insurgency in Nigeria, with Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau again failing to appear in it, reports BBC on Monday. His continued absence has increased speculation about his fate. He was last heard from in March, when he released an audio message pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group. Soon thereafter, Nigeria’s military said it had recaptured all towns and cities from Boko Haram. The military said on...

Niger State: Jonathan Vatsa’s Missing Money Claim, “a False Alarm”

Report that the sum of N150 million disappeared at the Government House, Minna, has been denied and described as "ignorant and malicious". This was revealed in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant, ICT (Government House), Mr. Abdulbaqi Usman Ebbo. This is coming as a result of a revelation credited to the Publicity Secretary of the state chapter of APC, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa in the online portal, The Eagle Online. According to Mr. Ebbo,...

Turai Yar’Adua Runs To OBJ For Help As EFCC Goes After Her Daughter

Former First Lady, Turai Yar’Adua, on Saturday visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. Mrs. Yar’Adua, reportedly accompanied to the former president’s residence by businessman Kenny Martins, met privately with Mr. Obasanjo for more than an hour before departing in a convoy of three cars, our sources said. It is the former First Lady’s visit to Mr. Obasanjo since her husband died in office in 2010 after prolonged...

Nigerian Politicians and the Myth of Assets Declaration, By Amir Abdulazeez

It is safe to assume that many Nigerians showed little or no concern towards the declaration of assets by elected and appointed public officials prior to the emergence of Ummaru Musa ‘Yaradua as Nigerian president in 2007. This is probably due to the facts that the declarations are made in secret or because many Nigerians share the opinion that with or without assets declarations, our politicians are not just trustworthy. The trail blazing public assets declaration by...

New Video: Creddy F Ft. Timaya – Dashing Out

The official Video ‘Dashing OUT’ BY Creddy F is out. The video Featured Timaya, directed by Matt Max Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0caRo89910 Credit: Officialcreddy F

DJ Cuppy Covers Vanguard Allure

DJ Cuppy glows on the cover of Vanguard Allure, she talks about her work and Nigeria. The photos was taken by Aham Ibeleme.   Credit: Vanguard Allure

EFCC Invites Judge Who Accused Aregbesola Of Fraud To Shed More Light On Accusation

There were indications in Osogbo on Sunday that Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, who recently accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of graft, had been invited to the Abuja headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. A source close to the judge told journalists in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Sunday that the judge was contacted by an official of the EFCC, who asked her to come to the Abuja office of the commission to assist them in...

New Video Alert: Praiz Ft. Sammy – Lost In You

Praiz has released the video for his song ‘lost in you’, he sang along side Sammy. The video was shot in South Africa by Josh Clark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq8oQLB-3JU Credit: PraizVEVO

Burundi President’s Chief Security Officer Assasinated

Gunmen wearing military uniforms shot dead a former Burundian security chief who was a close ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza yesterday Sunday August 2nd. According to presidential spokesman, Willy Nyamitwe who confirmed the news, Gen. Adolphe Nshimirimana (pictured) was assassinated yesterday in a car alongside three of his bodyguards in the Kamenge district in Bujumbura. General Adolphe Nshimirimana was in charge of the president’s personal security at the time of his death. When a president refuses to step...

Quality Husbands Will Be Scarce In Nigeria In The Near Future – Catholic Women’s Group Leader Says

According to the National President of the Council of Catholic Women Organisation of Nigeria,Chief Felicia Onyeabo, there will be a scarcity of quality husbands in Nigeria in the near future following the increasing number of male dropouts from schools in the last 10 years. Mrs Onyeabo said this at a press briefing to herald the inauguration of a catholic school in Abuja last week “The future of this country is going to be very bleak for the...

Stephanie Linus Covers Genevieve Magazine’s Latest Issue

Stephanie Linus glows as she prepares to become a mum. Stylish as ever Stephanie looks beautiful in her maternity outfit on the cover of Genevieve magazine. In the magazine she talks about her pregnancy, Tv show and her latest movie dry. Credit: genevieveng.com

Good News! Ebola Vaccine Works, Offering 100% Protection In African Trial

A highly unusual clinical trial in Guinea has shown for the first time that an Ebola vaccine protects people from the deadly virus. The study, published online today by The Lancet, shows that the injection offered contacts of Ebola cases 100% protection starting 10 days after they received a single shot of the vaccine, which is produced by Merck. Scientists say the vaccine could help to finally bring an end to the epidemic in West Africa, now...

Naira To Rise Further As Banks Reject Dollars

The United States dollar will further tumble against the naira at the parallel market this week as Deposit Money Banks continue to reject cash deposit of foreign currencies into customers’ domiciliary accounts. The naira had appreciated against the dollar from 245 to 220 at the parallel market last week after banks started denying their customers opportunity to make cash deposits of dollar, pound and euro into their domiciliary accounts. Foreign exchange dealers told our correspondent...

Beyonce Goes Shopping In Birmingham, Spends £200k On A Pair Of Shoes

Beyonce has spent a frankly ridiculous  £200k on one single pair of shoes. It’s yet to be confirmed whether they did in fact come with a Range Rover. The reported outrageous purchase was made in no other than UK’s answer to Rodeo Drive, Birmingham where bling loving Bey was shopping ahead of a forthcoming video shoot. So what does £200k worth of shoe get you? Well, diamonds apparently. To be honest, for that price bracket we’d...

Rihanna And Timaya Spotted Together In Barbados

Timaya is currently in Barbados for the music festival held in the country, he met Rihanna after his performance on stage. Rihanna was seen dancing to Timaya’s music while he performed on stage. Source: ngtrends.com

Kanye West Cheating On Kim Kardashian?

      Kanye West’s libido has vanished, and Kim Kardashian is reportedly far from pleased about it. Not just because she wants to get some, either: Kim is reportedly suspicious that her rapper husband is cheating on her every time she leaves the house as a result of this new phenomenon! A source dished to CDL about the struggling celebs, “Kim is freaking out because her and Kanye’s sex life went from 100 to 0, overnight." Sure, plenty...

Death Row Soldiers Sue Army For Contempt

Soldiers in the Nigerian Army who were recently sentenced to death by a military court martial have initiated contempt proceedings against the Chief of Army Staff over non-release of the record of proceedings that convicted and sentenced them to death. This is just as the army, in a statement by its acting director of public relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, confirmed reports that the it had commenced an administrative procedure to review some recent disciplinary cases...

Mariah Carey’s Weird Relationship Demands: She Only Has Sex on Mondays?!

That may seem foolish, considering the ink is barely dry on Mariah's divorce from Nick Cannon, but if there's any truth behind the list of relationship demands recently reported by Star and OK, Mariah better lock down any dude who's crazy enough to go along with her insane diva tendencies. First of all, the tabloids claim that Mariah only has sex on Mondays. Seriously. “There’s a beauty routine she goes through beforehand,” says a source. “And...

Football Business: Ifeanyi Ubah versus Aliko Dangote – Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello

They are two great men worthy of emulation by any upcoming or aspiring Billionaire and of course their wealth can be traced, no doubt. In several ways, they have both shown interest in the round leather game and also, the most popular sport in Africa, if not in the globe. Billionaires in their own right, who have rightly invested home and abroad with visible achievements. I remember Gabros Football club during my days as a...

Is Tyga Moving In With Kylie Jenner?

We're less than two weeks away from Kylie Jenner's 18th birthday, and the racy reality star has some big plans for her life as a legal adult. No, we're not talking about the reports that Kylie will pose nude to celebrate her independence. (But don't be surprised if it turns out there's some truth to those rumors.) We're talking about Kylie's creepy relationship with her much-older rapper boyfriend. For months, we've been hearing that Kylie and Tyga will...

“Okonjo Iweala Became A Different Person When She Worked For Goodluck Jonathan” – Obasanjo

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has revealed that immediate past coordinating minister of the economy, Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, changed under the regime of former president Goodluck Jonathan. Mrs Okonjo- Iweala who served under president Obasanjo as minister of fiance was accused of encouraging corruption under the regime of Mr Jonathan. She was also accused of approving funds not budgeted for, and rather than strengthen the Nigerian economy, she worked against the growth of the economy. “But...

Ghollywood Actor Majid Michel And Wife Virna Renew Marriage Vows As They Did 10 Years Ago

Ghollywood actor Majid Michel said I do again to his adorable wife Virna Michel. The couple has been together for 10 years; this was done in the presence of friends, family and celebrities.    

Dickson, Alamieyeseigha Ordered Out Of PDP BoT Meeting Held In Otuoke With Jonathan

The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) o Sunday held an emergency meeting at the country home of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Bayelsa State,  it wades into the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party. At the meeting, both the state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, and former governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, were ordered out of the venue by the party leadership. At the meeting which looked into the recommendations...

Michelle Obama Wants To Be Beyoncé

Even FLOTUS has dreams of being Bey. Michelle Obama shared a video on Instagram where she sat down with Wale for an quick interview. In the clip, the rapper asks the First Lady several questions, such as, “If you had the opportunity to have a different occupation, what would it be?” Mrs. Obama answers, “I would be Beyoncé,” then does the hand shimmy from “Single Ladies” while saying, “I’ve got the hands.” https://instagram.com/p/5yGjvNPZBc/

Scott Disick: Reaching Out To Kourtney Kardashian On Instagram?

It's been almost a month since Kourtney Kardashian dumped Scott Disick, and the Lord is still being uncharacteristically quiet online. Is he finding life as a single man less appealing than it seemed back when he felt he was trapped in a nine-year relationship? Perhaps. Disick sort of broke his silence on Instagram last night by posting the pic below, along with an intriguing caption: Read...