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NDDC Scholarship: The Typification Of Nigeria’s Chaotic Downtrend

The Niger Delta Development Commission in May, 2016 called for a Computer Based Test of all intending scholars by text message who wished to pursue their Masters and Doctorate degrees abroad - with an official release of this list of successful candidates of the Computer based test published on the NDDC website much later in July. In June 2016, before the list of successful candidates in the computer based test was even published online; interviews were conducted for the successful candidates who were contacted by text messages. As at the 21st of September 2016, the finalized list of successful...
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Hadiza Bala Usman And The Doubting Thomases: A Rejoinder To Muhammed Auta

The last few days have been exciting in Nigeria’s social sphere, courtesy of president Buhari’s appointment of Hajiya Hadiza Bala Usman as the new head of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). Her appointment did not come as a surprise to many, particularly those who are following events with keen interest in Kaduna State. It is not out of place to assert that Hadiza’s pedigree, capacity, and experience have been phenomenal to the successes recorded in Kaduna State in the last one year under Mallam Nasir Elrufa’i.   It is therefore laughable to see her critics advance arguments that are not...
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International Tattoo Festival: Extreme Body Modification (Viewer Discretion)

Tattooed eyeballs, forked tongues and tunnelled flesh were on display at the Caracas International Tattoo Festival as body modification aficionados gathered for the annual event. Reuters photographer Jorge Silva photographed some of the participants and asked them what inspired their interest in the art form. “My motivation is the freedom to do with my body whatever I want,” said Carlos, pictured above. “Not everyone can enjoy this freedom.” Tattoo and body modification artist Kala Kaiwi is a Guinness World Record holder for the largest non-surgically made stretch earlobes, which measure 109mm...
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Ronaldo Says His Son is a Messi Fan

Cristiano Ronaldo's son Cris junior is a Lionel Messi fan the boy's father said after they met up with the Argentina captain at the Ballon D'Or ceremony in Zurich on Monday. After Ronaldo was named 2014 Ballon D'Or winner, beating four-time winner Messi into second place, the two players had a friendly exchange in the lobby of Zurich's Kongresshaus when Cris pointed at Messi and then stood up to greet him. Real Madrid's Portugal captain Ronaldo told his arch-rival Messi: "He watches a video on the internet of all of us and he talks about you," prompting a coy reaction from his son. Barcelona forward Messi...
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Nigerian Music Industry: 2014 In Review

2014 has been a massive year in the music industry with great hits and lots of revelations. As for the friends in the industry, well... we're proud of each and everyone of you but some of you need to chill on the hustle though. There were couple of tweet-fights. Stop acting desperate. It's never that serious. OK, let's get back to business... Omo Baba Olowo ( O.B.O ), the baddest, has been dynamic, hardworking and unique this year. He gave us a banger earlier this year followed by great hits that rocked the air waves. AYE, song of the year ( Headies, 2014) , produced by T Spize, was undoubtedly one of...
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The Hut

Jake Okechukwu Effoduh Represented Nigeria at the World Economic Forum Meeting at the Vatican. He shares his experience from his meeting with the Pope. The Hut by Jake Okechukwu Effoduh. Insight from the World Economic Forum meeting at the Vatican  There is a common Igbo[1] proverb that says, ‘A man who does not leave his hut will bring nothing in.’[2] This saying describes a person with self-interest who is only concerned about the business in his hut and does not see the need to go or look outside. The hut represents a mindset. It is a way of thinking, that restricts not only the...
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#GhenGhen: Jennifer Aniston Planning to “Fight” Angelina Jolie For Stealing Brad Pitt

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt broke up nearly a decade ago, but apparently the actress still has some ill will for the woman who came between them.  Pitt left Aniston for actress Angelina Jolie back in 2005, and since then Brad and Angelina have started a family, while Jen has bounced from relationship to relationship. Jennifer and Angelina have mostly avoided each other in the years since then, but they appear to be headed for a showdown in just a matter of weeks. Many believe Aniston will get a Golden Globe nomination for her work in Cake, while both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are expected to get...
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#MrJudgemental: #TBT Annie Idibia Style.

Stumbled on this pathetic but highly trashy photo of Annie Idibia on Instagram and before I proceed, I want to make clear this fact; that I do not have anything against her. Or maybe it is because I admire her that I am this pissed. So she hashtags #singledays and captioned a shoutout to all single mums out there... I mean really? So all single ladies are single mums or what??? Besides why won't you become a single mum dressed like that in broad daylight??? Please help me answer this one; what will she now wear to a club at night? And she said she encountered challenges being a mum and a dad at...
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3 Ways To Become A CEO Before You Turn 30

For many young professionals, the ultimate career goal is landing a spot in the corner office. But getting there by following a traditional career path can take years, even decades. However, several young executives have proven that it's possible to streamline the process and become CEO before your 30th birthday. To find out the secrets of climbing the corporate ladder at record speed, The Guardian's Matthew Jenkin talked to two young CEOs about how they got where they are today. Here are the three best pieces of advice they gave about how to reach the top: Choose the right environment. Finding an...
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James Blunt calls ‘You’re Beautiful’ Annoying

British singer-songwriter James Blunt has described the song that made his name "annoying". "You're Beautiful" was Blunt's break-out hit when it was released in 2005, topping charts from the United States to Australia. "There was one song that was force-fed down people's throats, "You're Beautiful", and it became annoying, and then people start to associate the artist with the same word," Blunt told an interview with the latest edition of Hello! magazine, published on Monday. He adds that, "The marketing also painted me out as an insanely serious person, an earnest person and, as all my friends know, I'm...
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Breaking Up Cos She is White Garment…

Hello, I have been in this brief relationship and we are still dating but I want to break up with her cos I just recently discovered that she is a white garment church member. I am actually indifferent about the whole situation and about her being a white garment but my mind will not just let me be. She is a very decent, loving and amazing girl but my perception and affection towards her changed completely when she told me the church she attends. We were having a random conversation about native wears and I said I would love to see her in a native outfit cos she was fond of wearing English clothing....
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Ukraine Rebels get Self Rule & Amnesty

Rebels controlling Eastern Ukraine have been granted self rule and fighters have been granted amnesty, under the new adopted parliament law. The measures are in line with the 5 September ceasefire agreement signed by President Petro Poroshenko. The amnesty affects rebels in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but does not cover the shooting down of the MH17 plane. The European and Ukrainian parliaments have also voted to ratify a major EU-Ukraine association agreement. Negotiations with Russia last week led to the free-trade part of the agreement being postponed until 2016.
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Oscar Pistorius Pronounced Not Guilty of “Premeditated Murder” by Judge

Oscar Pistorus has been declared not guilty of premeditated murder. The judge has ruled out all murder charges, but says he may still be guilty of culpable homicide (manslaughter). Judge Thokozile Masipa said the prosecution had failed to prove the Olympic athlete killed his girlfriend deliberately in the toilet after a row, prompting tears from Mr Pistorius. He cannot have foreseen killing whoever was behind the toilet door, she said. She added he was an evasive witness but this did not mean he was guilty. The South African Olympic sprinter denies murdering Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day...
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Iraq Air Strikes ‘Kill Top I.S Members’

A top I. S military commander has been reportedly killed in an airstrike on the northern city of Mosul. Iraq's defence ministry also reports that a top aide to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a strike on Mosul, but neither death has been confirmed. Iraqiya TV quoted defence officials as saying Abu Alaa al-Iraqi, head of the IS military council in the city of Tal Afar, had died in an air strike. Prior reports on social media had suggested that Al-Baghdadi himself had been killed in a separate strike on Mosul. But the defence ministry said intelligence suggested the strike had killed...
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Breaking: Putin’s Spokesman Denies Ukraine/ Russia Ceasefire

Kiev says that leaders of aggrieved nations, Ukraine and Russia have agreed to a ceasefire, but Putin's spokesman is denying claim. Ukrainian presidency's statement said on Wednesday after Poroshenko and Putin spoke by telephone that, "The conversation resulted in an agreement on a lasting ceasefire in Donbas. Mutual understanding was achieved regarding steps that would promote the establishment of peace." The office of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that he and his Russian counterpart have reached agreement on a "permanent ceasefire" in eastern Ukraine, however Vladimir Putin's...
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Bikini Photo: Julius Agwu’s Wife

The proud husband of Ibiere Agwu flaunts a hot bikini photo of his wife. Ibiere Agwu who is probably chilling in the United States is missed by her husband, Julius Agwu who shared the sizzling photo of his wife on his Instagram page and he captioned "This Chic @ibmac_a is having so much fun without me... Coming for you soon". Awwwww!!! Trying hard to ignore the cyber romance, we can not help but draw your attention to her trimmed tummy after two kid.
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#KakandaTemple ~ A Letter to that Nigerian-Palestinian

Dear Friend, Before you accuse me of finding nothing worth praising about you and yours, let me quickly empathise with you, and of course myself, over the killings in Gaza. You, as a humanist, one whose empathy has no border, are a citizen of the world, one of the reasons the earth is still habitable by the sane. It would be morally irresponsible for anyone to frown at your frantic advocacy which seeks an end to the killings in Gaza, only that commonsense demands a man whose house is on fire to rush for the extinguisher for his own dwelling first, before attending to a similar fire...
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INTERVIEW: Somebody once advised me to be like Reno Omokri, so I can also ‘make it’, instead of ‘making noise’ – Pius Adesanmi

Professor Pius Adesanmi is arguably the most restless public intellectual in Nigeria today. He needs no introduction to millions of Nigerians that regularly visit leading web-based platforms like Nigeria Village Square, Sahara Reporters and Premium Times. Beyond those new media platforms, his essays on contemporary issues are also usually published in other less known blogs and sites, just as his satires are widely circulated via twitter and facebook. So, in today’s social media-driven Nigeria, it is highly unlikely that there are internet-savvy, politically conscious Nigerians that have not come...
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