FG in Secret Talks with Niger Delta Militants Despite Failure to Formally Name Negotiating Team- Report

Despite its reluctance to officially set up a negotiating committee to hold talks with militants in the Niger Delta, the federal government has continued discreet talks with the belligerent groups in the region.

It was gathered that at least three meetings had taken place in the last few months between the militants and federal government emissaries coordinated by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Mohammed Moguno (rtd).

The backroom discussions, which have incorporated other smaller aggrieved groups, are continuing, it was learnt, just as there is growing anxiety among elders and leaders in the region over the inability of the government at the centre to formally name its team of negotiators about six weeks after their meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

All the meetings between the agitators and the office of the NSA, took place in Abuja, after the Joint Task Force (JTF), a special security outfit fighting militancy in the area, cleared and certified the various groups which have attacked oil installations since the beginning of the year.

A source close to the goings-on between the government and the agitators, said government agents reached out directly to the groups instead of going through third parties to learn first hand the underlying reasons for the several attacks on the oil infrastructure aside the ones publicly voiced by the warlords.

To avoid the complaints of exclusion that has continued to trail the amnesty programme, the government was said to have gone beyond only the known violent groups like the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) two groups that have publicly claimed responsibility, to reach out to smaller groups.

But the source added that to avoid making the meetings an “all-comers-affair,” the security agents subjected the groups to serious scrutiny which ensured that ‘portfolio militants’ were screened out.

According to the source, most of the issues being discussed still bordered on the 16-point demand by the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), led by Chief Edwin Clark.

However, it was gathered that the Iduwini Volunteer Force (IVF),  one of the groups operating along the coasts of South-western Delta State and North-western Bayelsa State, in the last meeting with the office of the NSA, insisted that one of the conditions for peace should be the direct payment of 13 per cent derivation to the source of the oil, the communities, rather than the state government.

The group reportedly told the government negotiators that it was an aberration to pay the derivation funds to the state governors who were hardly accountable to the oil producing communities in the Delta.

The IVF, led by one Commander Johnson Biboye, it informed, maintained during one of the meetings that the part of the constitution that set aside the 13 per cent derivation specifically said that the monies should be paid directly to the source of the natural resource and not the states where they are found.

Confirming the discreet discussions between the parties, the source  said: “We have been meeting and interfacing with the government through the office of the NSA. We have told them that the last amnesty programme did not carry many genuine groups along. So, after clearance, several groups have been meeting with them, though there is no definitive conclusion on the discussions.

“As far as you are cleared by the JTF, and they (security agencies) know you have antecedents, you are allowed to be part of those they are talking to. But we have also told government to be consistent.

“If they want peace, let them follow through with the withdrawal of soldiers from the creeks. They cannot be looking for peace and deploying soldiers to harass innocent people at the same time,” it added.

On how the talks were progressing, it said that though the federal government has not made any particular concession, it had agreed in principle to allow the Marine University in Okerenkoko, Tompolo’s town to continue as originally planned by the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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French Rock Group Changes Name Over Trump’s Victory

A French electronic rock group thought their name, Trumps, was an ace choice when they launched on the musical scene in 2014.

But the election of Donald Trump to the White House has given the band a mighty headache — and the monicker which they liked so much has been ditched.

In an announcement on Facebook, Trumps said they want to avoid any association with the controversial tycoon and are open to suggestions from fans for a new name.

Their lead singer, who goes under the stage name of Jim, said the Trumps’ image problem began when the US election campaign built up steam.

“We don’t feel like being associated with this guy,” he told AFP on Monday.

“We have no connection with him, and we don’t want to be seen pushing anything political.”

Witty fans have suggested the group be renamed “The Hillarys” or “The LePens”, a reference to defeated Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

But according to local radio station France Bleu Poitou, the ex-Trumps will be reborn next month as Odd Zoo.


This Guy Changed His Name To iPhone 7 & Got A Free iPhone 7

Because apparently this year hasn’t been strange enough, an electronics store in Ukraine offered five free iPhone 7s to anyone willing to change their legal name to iPhone 7, according to the Associated Press.

This might seem pretty dramatic since all you’re getting in return is a phone, but 20-year-old iPhone Cim (that’s “seven” in Ukrainian, spelt with an “C” or a “S”) was up to the challenge. Yes, he literally, legally, changed his name and in turn received a free Apple phone.

While the iPhone 7 costs the equivalent of $850 in Ukraine, the AP reports that changing your name only costs $2.

Cim, whose original name is Olexander Turin, told the Associated Press that he might change his name back when he has children. By that point there will probably be an iPhone 28, so I give him props for not wanting his children walking around with such an ~outdated~ last name. That would just be embarrassing.

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Pregnant Janet Jackson Picks Baby Name As Tribute To Her Late Brother Michael

Janet Jackson is gearing up to become a mother for the first time with husband Wissam Al Mana and amid their preparations, the lovebirds have committed to the most important part: the name!

A source told OKMagazine.com exclusively that the 50-year-old mother-to-be and billionaire businessman have chosen a moniker for their unborn baby and it’s going to a tribute to Janet’s late brother, Michael.

“They have already chosen a name,” said the source who added the baby’s “first or middle name” will be Michael. Janet is due in “late November,” said the source, and they’re all ready for the baby with a nursery, clothes and toys.

“They are both thrilled right now and they have everything ready,” said the source.

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#EdoDecides: Abdulmutallab, US Bomber’s Portrait, Name Appears In Voters’ Register

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who was jailed in the United States in 2012  for terrorism offences has appeared on the voters’ register in Edo state.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole drew attention to the existence of  AbdulMuttalab’s  portrait in a fake voters register now in circulation.

A high stake governorship election is due in the state tomorrow, with the All Progressives Congress candidate, Godwin Obaseki locked against Pastor Ize Iyamu of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

Oshiomhole spoke about AbdulMutallab  during a visit to him by the United States Consul General in Lagos, Mr F John Bray.

The Edo governor said he was shocked to see the portrait of the “underwear bomber” in the fake register, but with a Benin name.

Abdulmutallab was convicted of attempting on December 25, 2009. to detonate explosives hidden in his underwear on board an airline from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan.

Governor Oshiomhole who raised concern about the duplication of the voter’s register by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said “the foundation for credible election is the voter’s register. Once the voter’s register is manipulated, then you have problems.

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Mikel Obi Officially Changes His Name

In attempting to clarify his actual name, the Chelsea veteran has just made everyone very, very confused. Jon Obi Mikel has been called many things by Chelsea fans during his decade at Stamford Bridge… many of which are far too rude, reports UK Mirror.

However, while he may have got used to the abusive slurs hurled his way by a section of the Stamford Bridge support, it seems the Nigerian midfielder has finally had enough of people getting his actual name wrong.

That is why the Chelsea stalwart has just officially changed his name… to Mikel John Obi. For starters, it turns out that he was never actually called ‘Mikel’. The Guus Hiddink favourite was born John Michael Nchekwube Obinna – ‘Mikel’ only became a thing when the Nigerian FA mistakenly used Mikel instead of Michael on his submission form for the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championships.

So much so, that despite the fact it’s not actually his name, he’s been happy to be called John Obi Mikel ever since he joined Chelsea in 2006. It seems, he has now officially changed his name to… Mikel John Obi.

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Kanye West Changes The Name Of His New Album Again

Kanye West has once again changed the title of his forthcoming album.

Originally, in March 2015, it was supposed to be called So Help Me God, before he changed it to Swish two months later. Now, the rapper’s decided to call it Waves.

See his tweet below:


Name Ex Gov Thieves, Others, In N1.34tr Fraud; Fayose Tasks Lai Mohammed

Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has challenged the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to make public names of the 15 former governor and 55 Nigerians that he claimed stole N1.34 trillion between 2006 and 2013 or keep his mouth shut permanently.

The governor, who also described as ‘disgraceful, bringing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh to court in handcuff’, said; “Even the masterminds of Mandala and Nyanya bomb blasts, Kabiru Sokoto and Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche were not handcuffed when they were arraigned in court.”

He continued, “The reality is that the All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government has destroyed the economy within eight months in power and rather than look for solutions to the problems facing Nigeria, Lai Mohammed and his cohorts are branding bogus figures about stolen money just to cover up their lack of solution to the country’s economic problems.”

The governor’s message was contained in a release issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.

Governor Fayose also said it was funny that close to one year after it won the presidential election, the President Mohammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government was still operating as if it was campaigning for votes.

The governor continued, “They are turning governance to Nollywood, such that when one movie is about to end, they release another one. As it appears that the $2.1 billion arms deal movie is getting to an end, Lai Mohammed introduced another movie titled; N1.34 trillion loot.

“Unfortunately for them this time around, Nigerians have become tired of watching the Federal Government movies, they now want reality. Nigerians are now aware of the scam in the $2.1 billion arms deal movie having seen that the amount those already charged to court were charged with is not more than N10 billion and $2.1 billion is over N600 billion.

“Therefore, Lai Mohammed must either tell Nigerians details of the 15 former governors and 55 people that he claimed stole N1.34 trillion, where the stolen money is kept and bring back the money or apologise to Nigerians for lying.”

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PDP Needs To Change Its Name- Chieftain

Jackson Lekan Ojo is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In an interview, he bares his mind on the Kogi State governorship challenge.
When asked, “What is your impression about PDP’s zoning of its 2019 presidential ticket to the North?”, he said:
“Anything done on illegality is illegality on its own. If some people are saying that Prince Uche Secondus still maintaining that position is illegal, then any decision taken by him is illegal. At the same time, are these people not confused? For now, the PDP is not in order; they are divided into three. One of the camps has sympathy for former President Goodluck Jonathan, one has sympathy for Secondus and his cohorts, while the other I think is headed by some of the governors and the Minority Leader. To me, for the PDP to rule at the centre again, they must change name and I want to talk like a political prophet.”
I foresee very clearly today that the PDP at the end of the day will scatter. Some progressive elements will go out. The progressive elements will turn to another party. The APC too, so those people that are the progressive elements in the PDP and the APC will come together under the umbrella of another party before 2019.
But we are talking about the PDP today, what about the APC. While Bola Tinubu has some people who are sympathetic to him, Buhari is also forming and building his own structure. Whether you like it or not, Atiku Abubakar is a giant and he cannot stay under the leadership of any of these two persons. So, he will stand on his own. So, the APC also will soon scatter and some of them will go and form another party. I assure you that before 2019, a mega party will come up from the PDP and the APC that will be stronger. But as at today, I think the PDP is badly mutilated.”
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Jay Z Introduces His Wife To Holly Holm & She Asked Her What Her Name Was

In an interview, Holm talks about her encounter with Jay-Z and Beyonce. Apparently, a courteous habit of hers kicked in and made things a little awkward between her and Beyonce:

“I meet Jay-Z and he says “This is my wife,” and I’m like, “Oh, hi, what’s your name?” ‘Cos that’s what I do when I meet someone’s wife. And as I’m shaking her hand, I’m thinking, “Why did I just say that? Why did I just say that? It’s Beyonce. Then Jay-Z’s asking me about the fight, and I can’t even focus on what he’s saying because I just put my foot in my mouth. And I literally have to interrupt him, I’m like, “I’m really sorry.” And I go back to Beyonce, and I’m like, “Beyonce, like, I can’t believe I just did that.” Yeah, she goes, “Oh, no it’s fine.” I’m like, “No, like, I really, really — it’s like such an honor to meet you.”

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Buhari To Name 14 Special Advisers Soon

President Muhammadu Buhari would soon announce the names of fourteen special advisers for his administration.

A source in the Presidency disclosed yesterday that the president already had the list of those that would be his special advisers.

President Buhari had last Wednesday concluded the process of the formation of his cabinet with the swearing-in of 36 ministers and the inauguration of the new Federal Executive Council (FEC).

The source, who pleaded not to be mentioned because he was not authorised to speak on the issue, said yesterday that any time soon, the president would make known to the public, names of his special advisers.

“You know the ministers have just been inaugurated. The key appointments which Mr. President is set to announce any moment from now are those of his special advisers. Mr President is no longer in the process of searching for those advisers. That has been done. He will announce their names any time soon,” the source stated.

It was reported that the Senate had on June 3 approved President Buhari‘s request to appoint 15 special advisers for his administration.

But since then, the only special adviser whose appointment Buhari had so far announced was Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

Asked to specifically confirm when the president would announce the appointments of the remaining 14 special advisers, Adesina declined yesterday.

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Buhari To Name New GMD For NNPC

President Muhammadu Buhari will appoint a new group managing director for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the event that Dr. Ibe Kachikwu is confirmed as a minister by the Senate.

The screening of the first batch of 21 ministerial nominees begins today (Tuesday).

Kachikwu was appointed GMD of NNPC in August and was nominated as minister by President Buhari. Before then, he was former executive vice chairman and general counsel of Exxon Mobil (Africa).

A presidency official said “The thinking in the Presidency is that as a minister, Kachikwu cannot be a regulator and an operator at the same time.

“We have had instances in the past when the two portfolios were combined, but the Presidency does not think along this line at present. Kachikwu is an asset; this is why he is moving up.

“After the inauguration of the ministers, a new GMD may be appointed by the President after consultations with Kachikwu and other stakeholders.”

But according to another presidency official, President Buhari has been very “uncomfortable” with some of the actions, pronouncements and in-house changes made by Kachikwu since he became the helmsman at NNPC.

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President Buhari Set To Name Chief Of Staff, SGF, Other Aides Today

The shape and faces to the Muhammadu Buhari administration will begin to unfold today baring any last minute change of mind by the president, Vanguard has learnt. Among those to be named are the Chief of Staff, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF and personal staff of the president and the vice-president.

Yesterday, the president requested the Senate to approve 15 special advisers for him. Meanwhile, the delay in the announcement of senior officials of the new administration, it was learnt yesterday, flowed from the delay by the former officials of Goodluck Jonathan administration in forwarding their handover notes to the transition committee constituted by Buhari.

Sources close to the President and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, disclosed yesterday that the president would make known the senior officials of his government today. Besides the Chief of Staff and SGF, other officials to be named may include the Special Adviser to the National Assembly, Political Adviser among senior aides of the president.

“The announcements will be made today baring a last minute change of decision,” a source privy to the development told Vanguard last night even as he added that the president’s scheduled trip to Niger and Chad may be the only factors that may delay the announcement. Meanwhile, a senior associate of the president yesterday traced the delay in the announcement of the president’s senior aides to the delay in the transmission of the handover notes by the Jonathan officials to the transition team constituted by Buhari ahead of his inauguration.

“All we have been doing since Friday is poring over these notes. This is because you need to know the position of things before you delegate the appropriate personnel to any establishment of government,” a source privy to the ongoing developments told Vanguard last night.


Lagos Lawyer To Drag Buhari To Court For Dropping General Title From Name

Lagos lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegoruwa has threatened to drag president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari to court, for asking Nigerians to stop calling him “General” from May 29.

A statement by his Media Director, Mallam Garba Shehu, had stated that: “From May 29, 2015, the President-elect and Vice-President-elect are to be respectively known and addressed as Muhammadu Buhari, President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

Reacting, the lawyer described the statement as shocking and unacceptable.
He argues that by virtue of Buhari’s membership of the Nigerian Army, he became Head of State, and earned salaries and benefits even when he contested elections in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.

Adegboruwa warned that should Buhari ignore his appeal, by insisting on denying his past, whilst he continues to earn salaries and benefits through the same rank that he seeks to jettison, “I shall file a suit before the Federal High Court, to seek an injunction to restrain the President-elect from denying his official and legal titles, or alternatively, to give up, pay back and restore, all the pensions, salaries and benefits that he has so far earned, either as a commissioned officer of the Nigerian Army, or as a former military Head of State.”

The letter reads:

Barristers, Solicitors, Consultants


I have read the press statement of the President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.), indicating that as from May 29, 2015, he would like to be addressed simply as Muhammadu Buhari, without reflecting his official designation as a retired officer in the Nigerian Army.

This is totally shocking, and rather unacceptable. I therefore humbly urge all Nigerians to disregard this appeal from the President-elect, as it is illegal and immoral, upon the following reasons.

1. Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.) is the official and legal status, title, designation and appellation of our dear President-elect. He has no choice in the matter but to continue to carry this cross, for life.

2. The military in Nigeria and the world over, is a dignified professional institution, built upon the solid foundations of discipline, selflessness, courage, dignity, loyalty and patriotism. It is an institution that everyone should be proud of, except those of them who were trained and equipped by this noble institution, but chose to capture civilian power, through coup detat.

3. Under and by virtue of the Armed Forces Act, (s.25) a retired army officer, such as the President-elect, is forever a part and parcel of the Nigerian Army.

4. Under and by virtue of Paragraph 1(1) of the 1st Schedule of the Armed Forces Pensions Act, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.), is entitled to and has indeed been receiving and benefiting from pension, as an officer who held a regular commission, before his retirement.

5. Major-General Mohammadu Buhari (Retd.) illegally seized power in Nigeria from an elected President, on December 31, 1983 and forcefully crowned himself as Head of State. He forcefully held on to power for 1 year, 239 days, before he was also deposed on August 27, 1985, by General Ibrahim Babangida (Retd.). He is thus a retired commissioned officer of the Nigerian Army and he remains so for as long as he lives.

6. Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.) attends the Council of State meeting as former Head of State, which office he held in his capacity as a Major-General.

7. Under and by virtue of section 1 of the Remuneration of Former Presidents and Heads of State Act No. 32 of 1999, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.), is entitled to a very fat salary as pension, for life. He is also entitled to the following benefits:

(i) Chief Administrative Officer of not less than Grade Level 12;

(ii) Personal Secretary of not less than Grade Level 12;

(iii) Four armed policemen as his private security;

(iv) A top ranking State Security Service officer as his Aide De Camp;

(v) Three official vehicles to be changed every four years;

(vi) Three drivers to be paid by Federal Government;

(vii) Diplomatic Passport for life;

(viii) Free medical treatment in Nigeria for himself and members of his family;

(ix) Free medical treatment abroad for himself and members of his family;

(x) Thirty days annual leave;

(xi) Well equipped and well furnished office accommodation;

(x) Well equipped and well furnished living apartment, not less than five bedroom duplex;

(xi) Free telephone, etc.

(cool The President-elect became entitled to all the above, by virtue of his membership of the Nigerian Army; he became Head of State, by virtue of his commission as an officer of the Nigerian Army and he has earned these salaries and benefits as such, over the years, even when he contested elections in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.

(9) The moral question, involved in the President-elect’s sudden change of status, is in the fact that he contested election and canvassed for votes, from Nigerians and he was so voted for, as a retired military general. He should continue to bear and carry that honourable title of Major-General, for as long as he lives.

10. Thus, so long as Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.), is earning his pensions from the Nigerian Army, so long as Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.), is earning all his benefits as a former military Head of State and so long as Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.), has not changed his name and status in the way recognised by law, the good people of Nigeria, in particular the Nigerian Army, are well urged to continue to address him as a retired Major-General.


From all the foregoing, I therefore humbly appeal to the President-elect, to continue to bear his official name and status, by which he once climbed to power. I do sincerely sympathise with the President-elect, on the very sad and distasteful memories, that this title attracts to him, but it is his cross to carry. Nigerians voted for him, in spite of his past and that should be enough encouragement for him, to strive to erase any negative impression, that it may have occasioned.

The best option for the President-elect, to erase those memories from our hearts, is not by seeking to deny his past, but rather to use his present position, to address the fundamental issues of corruption, epileptic power supply, unemployment, insecurity, infrastructure development and such other issues, that were the subject of his campaign promises.


Should the President-elect ignore this appeal, by insisting on denying his past, whilst he continues to earn salaries and benefits through the same rank that he seeks to jettison, I shall file a suit before the Federal High Court, to seek an injunction to restrain the President-elect from denying his official and legal titles, or alternatively, to give up, pay back and restore, all the pensions, salaries and benefits that he has so far earned, either a commissioned officer of the Nigerian Army, or as a former military Head of State.

The problem facing Nigerians presently is not about designation, titles or status, but rather that of fulfilment of all the promises made during the campaigns. WE WANT REAL CHANGE, NOW, NOW, NOW!

Thank you all. God bless Nigeria.


PDP Rules Out Change Of Name Allegation

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed the possibility of changing its name. There have been rumours a change was imminent after the party lost control of the Federal Government and some states in the last general elections.

PDP stated that the party was still the “truly national political party with strength and spread enough to regain pre-eminence.”

National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, said the unassailable vision of its founding fathers remained timeless in building a Nigeria of the collective wish and aspirations of all citizens.

He said although it was resolutely committed to its present structures, it would not close its doors to other political parties wishing to be assimilated into its fold as the best vehicle for the fulfillment of political aspirations of all Nigerians regardless of tribe and religion.

Metuh added that having been the guardian of Nigerian democracy for 16 years during which it nurtured and blossomed democratic governance as well as etched its name in the pantheon of good governance, the party would not in the circumstance of ephemeral loss of power change its identity or its time-honoured characteristic values. “We have a name, tradition and values. Sixteen fruitful years as the guardian of Nigerian democracy cannot be nullified by the reason of temporary setback, ” Metuh said.

“We shall rise beyond all and regain our rhythm. Our colour remains green, white and red and power still belongs to the people.”

Metuh said going into opposition would not mitigate its ability as the flagship of democracy, maintaining that the party would soar higher in proving credible alternative as a constructive opposition.

“We have no doubt lifted the banner of democracy very high and only wish that the APC will move beyond excuses when it takes over in weeks’ time to reconcile mouthful promises with the reality of fulfillment.”

He call on all members to ensure that they were not distracted but remained focused as the unity, cohesion and regenerative capacity of the PDP was intact, election loss notwithstanding.

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Keira Knightley Reveals Her Name Is a Mistake: I’m a Spelling Error

The entertainment industry is full of stars with unique names, including one of Hollywood’s most celebrated leading ladies, Keira Knightley. As it turns out, “Keira” was never supposed to be her name.

In an interview with Elle UK, the Oscar-nominated star of The Imitation Game revealed that her name is spelling error made by her mother when she was born.

“I was meant to be named ‘Kiera,’ after a Russian ice skater who was on the TV one day. My dad fancied her and nicked her name for me. But it was my mum who went to register my birth, and she accidentally spelled ‘ei’ instead of ‘ie’ because my mum’s crap at spelling,” the 29-year-old actress explained.

“Apparently, when she came back [my dad] said, ‘What the f*ck? You’ve spelt her name wrong!’ What were they going to do, though? Once it’s on the piece of paper, it’s on the piece of paper. And that’s me. A spelling error.”

Hopefully, the Begin Again star won’t make a similar mistake when she gives birth. Knightley announced in December that she and her husband, musician James Righton, are expecting their first child.

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