Putin Reacts To The Assassination Of His Ambassador’s In Ankara (WATCH VIDEO)

Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin has reacted to the murder of his Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov who was killed on Monday in the capital, Ankara.

Karlov was giving a speech at an art exhibition when he was shot in the back by a gunman who shouted Islamist slogans and spoke about the situation in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.

However, Putin’s reaction is what many have waited for. Watch video below:

Watch Beyoncé’s Visual Christmas Card To The World

Queen of the universe Beyoncé Knowles-Carter just dropped the perfect gift for everyone on your list this year: an adorable Instagram in which she shows off her 2016 Christmas decorations while wearing the most flawless holiday party outfit of all time.

Set to “Sleigh Ride” (which is begging for about a million “I slay”/”I sleigh” jokes), the Queen Bee rocks a low-cut navy suede dress, black sandal heels, and a tiny pair of sparkly silver antlers. As per always, she looks incredible — and the whole thing truly has me rethinking how I’m going to accessorize this holiday season.


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Emir Sanusi’s Daughter Sets For Royal Wedding (WATCH)

One of the beautiful daughters of Emir of Kano, Fulani Siddika Sanusi will walk down the aisle with her husband to-be, Malam Abubakar Umar Kurfi on December 23rd at the Emir’s Palace, Kano.

The brother of the bride-to-be posted a video showing Siddika burst into tears during the Kamu traditional ceremony held on Sunday, December 18th.


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25 Best Films Of 2016, Watch The Epic Supercut

From Beyoncé’s Lemonade to the much-hyped La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, it’s been an incredible year for film. And in order to properly celebrate it, Indiewire critic David Ehrlich has created a supercut of the 25 best films 2016 had to offer.

For his fifth consecutive year, Ehrlich totally nails it: The list includes some of the most beautiful, emotional, weird, terrifying, and epic films of 2016. Every choice is well worth a watch, and his artful supercut is guaranteed to have you running to the theater.

And just in case you wanted to make a checklist out of it, here’s Ehrlich’s ranking for the year:

25. Weiner
24. High-Rise
23. Lemonade
22. Kate Plays Christine
21. Things to Come
20. Always Shine
19. Manchester by the Sea
18. Swiss Army Man
17. Silence
16. Hail, Caesar!
15. The Witch
14. American Honey
13. Indignation
12. Toni Erdmann
11. The Handmaiden
10. The Love Witch
9. The Lobster
8. La La Land
7. The Fits
6. Kubo and the Two Strings
5. A Bigger Splash
4. O.J.: Made in America
3. Jackie
2. Sunset Song
1. Moonlight

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WATCH: Prince Harry & Rihanna Take HIV Tests To Raise Awareness On World Aids Day

Prince Harry and Rihanna have taken HIV tests together in Barbados to raise awareness on World Aids Day. They did it publicly to encourage the newly introduced home testing or self testing technique.

They said knowing one’s status is much more easier because they go their results at the spot without wasting time and thus urged people to do same and not be afraid of finding out their status and also talking about it. Watch video below:


Minnie Mouse Meant To Amuse Kids Begins To Twerk Uncontrollably, Leaves Kids In Shock (WATCH)

In a setting that seemed more like an amusement/ leisure environment for kids, Minnie Mouse made it look more like a dancehall club. Kids were seen surrounding the Minnie Mouse who went out of character and began twerking uncontrollably. The kids were left in shock, viewing the impossible happen right before their eyes.

Watch video as seen on the IG page of the Shade Room:


Newlywed Couple Had Their First Dance In The Middle Of A Highway (WATCH)

Rather than panic after finding themselves stuck in a major traffic jam while en route to their wedding reception on Saturday, the couple in question instead decided to bring the party to U.S. Route 35 — by enjoying their first dance right in the middle of the highway. With their photographers and videographer Levi Curby of Levi Curby Media by their side to help capture the magical moment, the as-yet-unidentified pair began slow-dancing to Alison Krauss’ “When You Say Nothing At All” surrounded by the bright glow of car headlights.

WLWT reports the couple was soon after “rescued and taken to their reception, where they were greeted with loud cheers” — and presumably had a proper first dance in front of all their loved ones. But needless to say, a couple that can still have fun together when stuck in traffic on their wedding day is clearly a couple made to last.

Watch The Official Video Of Di’ja’s “Sowemo”

In colourful and playful visuals, Mavin’s princess, Di’ja, represented her most recent single, “Sowemo”, which means “My Love”. The soft sweet voiced singer’s love song was visually directed by Unlimited L.A., capturing beautiful scenes of nature, love, happiness and art. The video had scenes where Di’ja played with kids under water, rode a white stallion, danced around fire and even engaged in a stick combat.

Watch video below:

Cuppy Shows Off Her DJ Skills In New Turntable Session (WATCH VIDEO)

Beautiful and talented disc jockey, Cuppy, released a new video where she fearlessly flaunted her DJ skills. In the new turntable session, Cuppy mashed up a variety of choice music genres, showing off her mix and literally telling us who is boss.

Her career as a disc jockey is certainly an inspiration for many other young girls out there that you can get an education and still do what you love best. Watch video below:


Donald Trump Reveals What He Plans To Do 100 Days In Office (WATCH VIDEO)

Nearly two weeks after winning the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump has yet to hold a single news conference — an unprecedented move for the president-elect and a sign his administration will likely be one of the least accessible to the press (and therefore the public) in recent history.

Dodging reporters altogether, the president-elect instead opted to release a “video message” on Monday via the Transition 2017 social media channels, explaining his plans for his first 100 days in office and giving a brief, non-update about how the transition is going.

As with his campaign, in the video, Trump claims his overarching goal is to put “America first.” This allegedly entails withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership on his first day in office; removing restrictions on energy production; reducing the number of regulations (his idea: with everyone new one, remove two old ones); developing a plan to protect America’s infrastructure from cyber-attacks; investigating “abuses” of all visa programs; and imposing a five-year ban on lobbying.

“These are just a few of the steps we will take to reform Washington and rebuild our middle class,” he said. “I will provide more updates in the coming days, as we work together to make America great again for everyone, and I mean everyone.”

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I Started Acting After I Failed JAMB, Watch Mercy Johnson’s Biography

Ace Nollywood actress and celebrity, Mercy Johnson, reveals her morning routine to her fans. Who would have thought that the nollywood star wakes up as early as 5:30am, talk less of cooking for her husband. Well, she revealed that she does her cooking herself and dresses the kids to school all by herself. She revealed these and more on her Instagram page. The actress also revealed that she began acting after she failed JAMB. Watch her biography below:



Michelle Obama Responds To Those Who Want Her To “Run For President” (WATCH VIDEO)

In light of this truly unprecedented election, many of those devastated with the results have openly expressed their belief that only one person is capable of saving the U.S. when Donald Trump is up for re-election in 2020: Michelle Obama.

But while the first lady has made it clear on multiple occasions she has no intentions of running for president, that hasn’t stopped her millions of fans from hoping and praying that she’ll change her mind. And it seems she might at least finally be softening up just slightly to the idea: When a random fan shouted “run for president!” during an event for veteran homelessness at the White House on Monday, rather than immediately shut it down as per usual, she instead laughed and said… Watch Video below:




Most People Believe This Is Why Donald Trump Won, Watch This Video

Aside many theories and analysis surrounding the surprise victory of Donald Trump, many spirituals are of the opinion that this video explains why he beat Hillary Clinton.

The video shows the president elect surrounded by clergies who took turns to pray for him. It was said that  Donald Trump met in New York City with several evangelicals, televangelists and a Jews for Jesus rabbi, who prayed for him to emerge victorious in the election.

Watch video below:


Watch Banned Kannywood Actress, Rahama Sadau, Address Hollywood Students In Los Angeles

Banned Kannywood actress, Rahama Sadau’s visit to Hollywood seems to be glowing with her recent visit to Hollywood Relativity Workshop Studio in Los Angeles.

She posted a video on her instagram page of herself talking with the students at the campus studio earlier today.

The Hollywood studio posted a picture of Rahama on their instagram page with this caption:

“Today, Rahama Sadau visited out campus today. She is often referred to as “Queen of Kannywood”, the Hausa language cinema of Nigeria. She won Best African Actress at the 19th African Film Awards in 2015.A few months ago Rahama shot a music video in Kannywood – Northern Nigeria’s entertainment industry. In this video she hugged a man who was not her husband for 3 secs. Uproar ensued and subsequently Rahama is no longer permitted to perform in Kannywood. After this event singer/rapper Akon invited her over to Los Angeles – she’s been on-set with him for the last week. It was an honor to have her here!”

It could be recalled that the Kannywood Queen was invited by music icon, Akon, weeks after her expulsion from Kannywood.



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Watch How Iyanya Celebrated His Birthday With His New Family, Mavin

Newest member of the Mavin family, Iyanya, shares his excitement on Instagram as he celebrates his birthday with fellow Mavin crew members.

He was presented a black cake, wishing him a happy birthday and welcoming him to the family.

Blessed, great birthday so far... Love my cake thank you @mavinrecords & @thetemplecompany ??

Iyanya is seen popping a bottle alongside D’prince and he captioned:

Celebrating with the family… #smd@dprincemavin@mavinrecords@thetemplecompany#up2sumting

Watch Instagram clip below:



Watch How T-Pain Reinvented Olamide’s “Shakiti Bobo”, Other Nigerian Dances

So T- Pain was at the Heineken Lagos Fashion Week and the ever energetic star showed us how to dance Olamide’s Shakiti Bobo all over again. He literally reinvented the dance.

He went from Olamide’s Shakiti Bobo, to Yahoozee; slayed the sekem dance and then killed the Al-Qaeda move.

Watch video clip below as posted by hip tv on Instagram:




Watch How Saudi Teen Flirted Online With American Woman Before Ending Up In Jail

Abu Sin, a young man in Saudi Arabia, met Christina Crockett, a 21-year-old in California, on YouNow, an online community forum that allows people to chat publicly in real time.

He spoke bits and pieces of English. She spoke no Arabic. Yet over weeks of chats they found an often hilarious way to bridge their linguistic and cultural divides. Their conversations soon attracted hundreds of thousands of viewers in Saudi Arabia and around the world.

In one video exchange, Abu Sin — a nickname that means “the toothless one” because he had crooked front teeth — is wearing a black baseball hat flipped sideways. Blond-haired Christina is wearing a gray tank top. (Police told local media that Abu Sin is 19, but some have questioned that.)

“Christina, I love you,” says Abu Sin in broken English.

“I love you, too,” she replies, smiling.

Then he asks her, jokingly, to marry him. She tells him to wait, and draws a wedding band on her finger. “I want to marry you, too,” she says.

“Yes, yes,” says Abu Sin. “Thank you very much.”

Then, Saudi Arabia’s morality authorities found out about Abu Sin’s cyber romance.


In the conservative Sunni Muslim kingdom, there are strict rules separating the genders. Virtually all public spaces are segregated, and most women wear head-to-toe black abayas as well as veils covering their face and hair. Unmarried men and women who mingle romantically often face harassment, heavy fines, even arrest at the hands of the religious police. If caught, women in particular face social stigma and punishment by their families.

So many young Saudis have turned to social media networks to pursue forbidden relationships. And the religious police have followed, monitoring online forums. Still, Abu Sin’s exchanges with Christina seemed harmless, since she lived thousands of miles away.

Nevertheless, Saudi authorities arrested him late last month for “unethical behaviour” because of the chats, according to Saudi media outlets. His exchanges with Christina, according to lawyers, could violate the nation’s cybercrime law that bans creating online material that goes against morals and religious values, as well as its rigid interpretation of Islamic law.

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Watch Python Bite Indian Man Attempting To Take Selfie

Posing for a selfie with a python turned too dangerous for a man in India as the snake swung around and attacked him. The incident occurred in the hill town of Mount Abu, in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan on Thursday (22 September) and attracted immense media attention after a video of the entire episode went viral.

Officers from the local Forest Department had rescued the massive reptile from a local hotel. As they tried to whisk it away from the village and release it in a jungle, a youngster took the opportunity to snap a selfie with the python, reports said.


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Watch This Guy Destroy An iPhone 7 In Order To Test Its Durability

Recently, YouTuber JerryRigEverything got his hands on the new jet black iPhone 7 after reading a peculiar warning on Apple’s website. According to the video, while the company assured buyers that the phone’s surface is just “as hard as other anodized Apple products,” it also said that due to the color’s high shine, it “may show fine micro-abrasions with use.”

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Sia Releases New Music Video, A Tribute To The Victims Of The Orlando Massacre (WATCH)

After releasing her new song “The Greatest” with Kendrick Lamar on Monday, the singer released an accompanying music video starring her favorite dancer, Maddie Ziegler — and this time, the 13-year-old had backup.

Featuring 49 dancers in total, “The Greatest” is reportedly a tribute to the 49 victims of the horrific Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub earlier this summer. In the beginning of the video, the text “#WeAreYourChildren” flashes on the screen before Maddie uses her fingers to paint rainbows on her face. What follows is five minutes of gorgeous and emotional dancing, including a heartbreaking ending where all 49 dancers appear to shake in place before falling to the ground, revealing a wall with bullet holes in it.

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And This Is How Beyoncé Says Thank You For All Her Birthday Wishes (WATCH)

Say what? Beyoncé says thank you? Aside being the Queen with all that fame and money, Beyoncé is saying thank you to her entire fans for all “the beautiful and thoughtful birthday wishes…” A lesson for those who don’t know how to say thank you they are being wished happy birthday on Facebook.

So Beyoncé did a special dance routine and posted it on Instagram for her fans. Watch clip below:


Watch Nigerian Air Force Jet Bombard Boko Haram Commanders’ Hideout

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said on Thursday that one of its fighter jets had carried out an attack on a location where some injured top leaders of Boko Haram were hiding inside northern Borno.

The Boko Haram leaders were believed to be part of those that survived the August 20 air raid that led to the death of well over 300 insurgents according to the military records.

Spokesman for the NAF, Ayodele Famuyiwa, a Group Captain, who made this public in a statement, said the air raid was effected following intelligence that revealed that some of the Boko Haram commanders had fled to take refuge at secret camp called Tumbun Rego where they were to get medical care.

NAF had also released a link to the video footage showing how the camp was being bombarded.

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Watch Video Of NAF Airstrike That Wounded Shekau

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar said at least 300 insurgents, had been killed in air strikes in recent operations in Borno state; also wounding the dreaded Shekau.

The CAS said “We have intensified our airstrikes in recent weeks especially on the 19th of August; we strike the terrorist en mass. I am happy about our last night operations, at least 300 of terrorist were killed in that operations, they can never wake to fight us again.”
Watch airstrike video below:

In Case You Missed The Amazing #Tokyo2020 Teaser, Watch Japan’s Prime Minister Turn To Super Mario

Even at the closing ceremony of #Rio2016, the world is already excited about #Tokyo2020, thanks to the intriguing teaser performance. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was able to get from Japan to Brazil in a matter of seconds after transforming into Super Mario; all the while showing off a range of the country’s most famous athletes and their animated friends. After his arrival in Maracana Stadium, the Olympic flag was then formally passed on from Rio to Tokyo.

Watch teaser below:

#Rio2016: Watch How Japanese Pole Vaulter’s Penis Cost Him A Medal

Hiroki Ogita, a Japanese pole vaulter, has two major reasons to be upset after the pole vault qualifications at the Rio Olympics: the 28-year-old failed to make the pole vault finals and he sustained what looked like a serious penis injury.


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No Group Will Illegally Occupy Nigerian Communities Under My Watch- Arase

Solomon Arase, the Inspector-General of Police, on Thursday assured that no group will overrun the country or illegally occupy any part of it under his watch as the chief police officer.

Mr. Arase gave the assurance in Abuja at a public hearing on the influx of herdsmen to Benue, organised by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Police Affairs.

He said the Nigeria Police Force have so far arrested 18 people in connection with the attacks in Benue communities.

“Every life lost diminishes humanity as a whole,” Mr. Arase said. “I have taken an oath to effectively police and protect every security space in Nigeria.

“And I will continue to do that within the ambit of the law and to the best of my ability and that of my officers and men.

“And I make bold to say that the Nigerian State cannot be overrun by hoodlums, I can assure you.”

Mr. Arase said the NPF had developed initiatives to restore normalcy and ensure peace in the state.

“I had a town hall meeting with stakeholders in Benue where each of the parties presented their positions, both verbally and in writing.

“It was a very protracted argument and before leaving, I was able to come up with some strategies on how to mitigate this crisis which I presented to the government of Benue and Nasarawa states,” he said.

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Watch Blac Chyna Tease Rob Kardashian Over A Sexy Lap Dance

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna, are continuing on their strip club tour of Atlanta, and they are joking it up on Snapchat and Instagram. In the below clip, Blac Chyna teases Rob, accusing him of wanting a “private booty dance!”

“This ain’t Tootsies, bro! This is Onyx,” she says, referring to famed Atlanta strip clubs.

She continued going off on Rob and bounced checks. “Rob, if you sign another bounced check and I take it to the bank, this relationship is gonna be over. Aight? No more! No more forgery.”
Obviously it’s all in loving jest because Rob also posted this gorgeous shot of Blac Chyna and captioned it “my pretty mama.”

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Watch Tyga Feed Kylie Jenner On Snapchat PDA

Not too long ago, Kylie Jenner had the responsibility of making sure bacon was readily available for her model sister Kendall during New York Fashion Week. Kylie called herself a bacon distributor and pulled off the task with grace. Now, Kylie has found herself on the other side of the food spectrum. Instead of bacon, she’s eating pasta. The pasta distributor is Tyga. And yes, the whole thing played out on Snapchat.

I really can’t wait to see what these two do/eat/snap next. In the mean time, please enjoy this video of Kylie singing your favorite TLC song beside someone who may or may not be Tyga.

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Watch VP Osinbajo Singing Praises To God On His Birthday

Today marks the birthday anniversary of Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and he wowed us by publicly showing gratitude to God by singing songs of praise. He posted his gratitude on Facebook and captioned:

Thank you to everyone for your kind thoughts and wishes. I am deeply humbled by your thoughtful gestures!

Special thanks to God Almighty who has brought me this far.

Watch his special rendition below:


Watch Wiz Khalifa’s “Weed” Cover Of Adele’s Hello

During a visit to Power 106 in Los Angeles, Wiz accepted a challenge to prove that, he can write to any beat.

Say what you want about Wiz’s singing voice (It’s nice, right?), the weird and fake “Hello” video filter, and his choice of jewelry, but you have to commend the guy for turning an emotional Adele song into something that includes the line, “I got some munchies, we all get along.”

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Watch Minister Of Youth & Sport At Aboki’s Tea Shop In Motor Park

Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, has been spotted at an open tea shop, popularly known as “Mai Shayi”, at the chilling Bauchi road motor park in Jos.

He was received by the masses at the park who were excited to see him return to where he used to stop by for some tea, according to the Minister.

Watch video clip below as posted by a facebook user:


Watch Khloé Kardashian’s Photo Shoot Session For Her New Talk Show

The first promo images for Khloé Kardashian’s upcoming talk show with FYI are finally here. KoKo took to her app today to share a behind-the-scenes look at a shoot for Kocktails With Khloé, aka your new favorite show starring a Kardashian. If your idea of having drinks and sharing deep thoughts with Khloé involves giant glassware, fancy clothes, and a straw (so you don’t ruin your lipstick while sipping on your own bottle of bubbly), you’re in the right place.

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Watch Kim Kardashian Flaunt Flowers She Received After Giving Birth

Kim Kardashian did a livestream on her app to show her fans some of the gorgeous floral arrangements she got from friends after giving birth to her new son Saint West.

“Let me show you the most gorgeous flowers that I got from everybody. They are so, so, so sweet, I love flowers, so it was really nice,” the 35-year-old reality star said in her video, which can be seen below.

Kim had the flowers displayed all over her mom Kris Jenner‘s Calabasas home. At one point in the video, Kris made an appearance, and insisted the flowers were all hers.

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Watch Celine Dion’s Powerful Tribute To Paris At AMAs

Celine Dion took the AMAs stage to perform the Edith Piaf song “Hymne à L’Amour” as a tribute to the victims of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris. It was a beautiful, emotional few minutes that left several from the audience in tears.

Watch tribute below:


Watch Adele Premiere New Song, “When We Were Young,” Live In Studio

Adele is once again pining for her past, and the hurt sounds so good. After sharing a melancholic moment with her younger self on “Hello,” the singer took to live performance for the premiere of her second single, “When We Were Young.” London’s Church Studios was kind enough to host, packing backup singers, multiple percussionists, a grand piano, and Adele into their space.

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News Alert: Young Boy Caught Planting Bombs, WATCH His Confession

According to a tweep, a young boy was nabbed by commutants planting bombs. The tweep posted a short video clip of residents interrogating the young boy as regards to the locations he planted bombs.

The boy responds in Hausa, saying, he planted one at night when he was asked who planted the bomb at the market.

See tweet below and watch the boy’s confession during interrogation…

Watch Madonna Acting Sexual With Katy Perry On Stage

Madonna then unexpectedly began spanking Perry, saying: “She’s been a bad, bad, bad girl!”

Fans got more than they bargained for when Madonna welcomed Katy Perry on stage on Tuesday night. The “Like a Virgin” singer was performing at The Forum in Inglewood, California as part of her Rebel Heart tour when she was joined by Perry for a slightly bizarre guest appearance.


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Watch Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj’s “Feeling Myself” Rehearsal

Beyonce may be a pro when it comes to performing, but the star has yet to master her ice grill face.

Nicki Minaj clearly had a difficult time not cracking a smile as they practiced their “Feeling Myself” dance moves for the recent Tidal X: 10.20 benefit concert.

See clips posted on IG by Nicki Minaj:




Watch Previews Of Nicki Minaj’s EXCLUSIVE Photo Sessions With Meek Mill

Nicki Minaj and her boo, Meek Mill, are heating up their romance both in and outside the GQ Magazine October issue.

Here are sneak peek previews that Nicki shared on Instagram:



Watch How Miley Cyrus’ Family React To Nicki Minaj’s VMAs Drama

Miley Cyrus wasn’t the only one caught off guard by Nicki Minaj’s harsh words for her at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night.

MTV cameras caught the reaction of the Cyrus family sitting in the audience during the epic moment, including Miley’s parents, Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus, and her younger sister, 15-year-old Noah. And if you need any more proof that the jaw-dropping exchange wasn’t staged, check out the super awkward smile on Tish’s face.


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Watch Jackie Chan Speak Pidgin, Yoruba, Igbo & Hausa

You probably might have seen this movie, ” Dragon Blade”, starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack, among others; but you have to see Jackie Chan speak  Pidgin, Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa in the bid to promote the movie to Nigerians. Watch clip below:


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6 Former Governors Under EFCC’s Watch

Having exhausted the much-debated immunity provision in the Nigerian constitution, some ex-governors may be heading to the days of reckoning when they have to pay for their misdeeds if the anti-graft agency remains focused on achieving a conclusive prosecution. With the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) trailing some past governors and grilling them for hours, many of them will never want their paths to cross with that of the commission. Some of the former state executives having cases to answer before the commission are:

Ikedi Ohakim

If former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, had been informed that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) would knock at his door at about 8am in his Asokoro residence on Thursday, June 18, to arrest him, he may probably have changed his direction and hurried out of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). But that was not to be and his immunity as governor haven long been exhausted, EFCC officials stormed his residence in one of the choice areas in the FCT; an area which is regarded as an exclusive enclave for the rich and the powerful.

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APC Warns Jega To Watch His Utterances

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned the outgoing Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to guard his utterances as it relates to the just concluded general elections in Rivers State.

The party was reacting to Jega’s comment suggesting that the massive electoral fraud perpetrated during the last general elections in Rivers State was not as huge as reported.

The party in a statement by the Publicity Secretary of the party in Rivers State, Chris Finebone said it was sad that Jega was trying to down play the atrocities committed by the INEC staff during the elections in the state.

The party accused Jega of trying to shore up his reputation before the eyes of the world with his comments.

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New Governors To Watch- Report

Nasir el-Rufa’i (Kaduna State)

Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i of Kaduna State is one of the new governors that the citizenry is expecting to make serious impact in governance. Apparently aware of the huge responsibility that rests on his shoulders, the governor declared during his swearing -in that “We pledge to avoid ostentation and foolish bigmanism, and to value transparency, modesty and accountability.”

He kick-started by forfeiting 50 per cent of his salary pending when the financial situation of the state improves, the pay cut also affects the Deputy Governor, Mr. Barnabas Bala, while cutting down on the number of commissioners including the declaration that the administration would “guarantee free and compulsory basic education for every child up to JS3, regardless of gender, religion or ethnicity.

On security, the governor promised to work with law enforcement officials to drastically reduce violent crime in the state including “communal violence, cattle-rustling and armed robbery.” if the successes recorded during his time in the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) and Ministry of the Federal Capital is anything to go by, the people of Kaduna state are in for a big treat.

Abdullhai Umar Ganduje (Kano State)

Since the return of democracy in 1999, the name of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has always been heard in corridors of the Kano state government House. Having been a two-time deputy governor in the first and second coming of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso from 1999 to 2003 and 2011 to 2015, a lot is also expected of him.

In view of the dwindling resources and as part of efforts to reduce cost of governance, the governor is rationalizing Ministries and other agencies in the state in order to reduce the cost of governance, as well as to increase its internally generated revenue.

Ganduje has promised that his administration will complete all inherited on-going projects and initiate new ones even as he added that priority attention would be given to environmental sanitation in view of its importance in the scheme of things. This has led to a contest between local governments across the state to contest on which will emerge the cleanest.

Muhammadu Abubakar (Jigawa State)

Governor Muhammadu Abubakar’s private sector background may be a breath of fresh air for Jigawa state as he is eager to justify the mandate given to him. After his swearing in, governor Abubakar declared that he is going to ignore the debt profile inherited from the past administration asserting that “debt should not hold down government and governance.

He also invited technocrats and business tycoons, notable is Aliko Dangote, who has even promised to start a Sugar and rice factory which will create jobs and boost internally generated revenue for the state. The vibrant youths in the state are not left out as the administration is re-engineering the youth empowerment programme so that it trickles down to the very people it was intended for, irrespective of political affiliations and without unnecessary protocols.

Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar (Bauchi State)

In what looks like taking a leaf from his counterpart in Kaduna state, Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, after taking over the reins of government, in a state-wide broadcast announced 50 percent reduction in his salary alongside that of his deputy Engineer Nuhu Gidado. This, he said, is done in good faith as a mark of leadership by example apparently to provide the best leadership to the people of the state and in keeping with his campaign promises.

He also dissolved the council care-taker chairmen of 20 LGAs including heads of boards and parastatals, froze all government accounts in every bank, suspended pending transactions except for MDAs with essential services who were, directed to apply from the governor’s office, and suspended the resignation of civil servants from the services of Bauchi state government all in a bid to ensure equity and accountability in the business of government.

While promising to tackle the enormous challenges facing the state, the governor said he will institute a robust monitoring and evaluation framework in the areas of both service and project delivery audit to ensure better planning, prioritization and implementation of policy and programmes of the government.

Simon Lalong (Plateau State)

One Governor who is likely to bring the desired democratic change to his state in no time from now is Simon Lalong of Plateau State. Lalong, whose emergence as governor of the state marked the end of the over three-decade rule of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), spoke hope into Plateauans when he said “The policy thrust of our administration will anchor on peace, security and good governance, human capital development and social welfare.”

Lalong is one of the governors who inherited huge debt and social crisis; yet he appeared undeterred in his resolve to bring the state of peace which has not known peace for a long time out of the wood: in his inaugural speech, he urged the unpaid striking workers to suspend their action, promising them a better deal from his administration.

Without wasting time, Lalong has swung into action; he has appealed to the police as well as the Fulani and Berom community leaders to end the incessant attacks on innocent citizens in the state. And the State has enjoyed relative peace in the last three weeks of Lalong’s reign.

If his grand plan for commerce and trade in a peaceful atmosphere is prosecuted to the latter, there is no way Lalong will not make the list of best governors at the end of his tenure.

Darius Dickson Ishaku (Taraba State)

To say that there are high expectations before Governor Darius Ishaku is an understatement owing to the state record in the past few years. Infact, Ishaku had, on one of his campaign tours across the 16 local government areas of the state, assured the people he would ‘rescue Taraba’ from its socioeconomic, infrastructural and security challenges if voted in.

Ishaku promised to rescue Taraba State from the stranglehold of illiteracy, disease, poverty, unemployment and social vices while assuring that his administration will harness the potentials and endowments in agriculture, tourism and commerce and industries, as well as pay attention to education, health, water and sanitation and strategic infrastructure, using leverage from development partners and engaging public-private-partnership (PPP) option.

Abubakar Bello Sani (Niger):

Given the inaugural speech and the commitment of a true compatriot professed by the just sworn in Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, immediately he took the oath of office exactly three weeks ago, many would have been convinced that the people of the 39-year-old state will be among the top beneficiaries of the political wind of change that have started blowing across Nigeria.

Referring to himself as a change agent, Governor Bello says his immediate concern is to make an impact: “I see myself as a Change Agent-whose primary mission is to chart an effective and sustainable development path for the State….”

Bello made passionate promises of a better living standard for the people of the state which include among other things, charting an effective and sustainable development path for the state, running a transparent and people focused government, leading by example, proper assessment and management of the state’s resources, repositioning the civil service for optimal performance.

His determination to bring to an end the 16-year rule of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, with a focus on Education, Healthcare and Youth empowerment, will definitely place him among the best performing governors in due course. Now the die is cast; the Governor has started with appointing principal officers of his administration. Nigerians are eagerly waiting and hoping for the best that is to come.

Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos State):

it is not in doubt as to the fact that Ambode ran one of the most vibrant campaigns in the view of many stakeholders in one of the largest states of the federation. In an interesting twist of fate, the governor, born on June 14, 1963, became the 14th governor of Lagos State. Even though he inherited what is arguably one of the best performing states before the general elections, the reality that poverty still pervades the land is not in doubt.

On assumption of office, Ambode created three totally new offices to project his development plan for the state; the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment and Office of Civic Engagement came into being.

Going forward, he has promised to “run an open government of inclusion that will not leave anyone behind. No matter your age, sex, tribe or any other status, as long as you reside in Lagos”, knowing how fierce the period of politicking was, he also pledged to make Lagos work.

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Watch Your Utterances, Senators Tell Kwankwaso

Senators under the aegis of the Like Minds have expressed shock over the verbal attack of the former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, on the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, asking him to exercise caution in his utterances.

Kwankwaso, had, in an interview, described the emergence Saraki as Senate president as a dangerous signal for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, while warning that the Senate president should not use his ambition to destroy the All Progressive Congress (APC).

But The Like Minds senators, in a reaction to the interview by the group’s coordinator and spokesman, Senator Dino Melaye, cautioned Kwankwaso of incendiary utterances capable of destabilising the National Assembly and rubbishing the prevailing political tranquility in the country. They accused the former governor, who is one of their colleagues, of suffering from defeat syndrome, hence his resort to hate campaign and vile language for just no cause and that his opinions are that of a selfish man whose ambition has beclouded his sense of reasoning.

The senators of Like Minds also queried when Senator Kwankwanso became a friend of President Muhammadu Buhari, stating that: “We are surprised at the emergent of Kwankwanso as a friend of the president.”Melaye categorically said that the Senate presidency of Saraki would not constitute any threat to President Buhari’s administration,   explaining that instead, the President is safer in the hands of Saraki as the president of the Senate.