Donald Trump Appoints Ondo State Born Nigerian In His Economic Advisory Team

President-Elect Donald Trump has appointed some of the best and brightest brains in the world to be on his Economic Advisory team to “Make America Great again”.

He appointed a multibillionaire and the CEO’s of fortune 500 companies such as Boeing, Walmart, JP Morgan Chase amongst others.
Of the over dozen Presidential appointments, Ondo state born Nigerian businessman Bayo Ogunlesi an Oxford and Harvard graduate who is the CEO and Founder of a multibillion dollar company Global Infrastructure Partners made the list.

He is also the only black man on the Advisory Committee, whose father was the first Professor of Medicine in Nigeria. According to Bloomberg he is worth an estimated $900 million dollars.
See the the list of President-elect Donald Trump’s economic advisory team:

  • Stephen Schwarzman (forum chairman), chairman, CEO, and cofounder of Blackstone
  • Paul Atkins, CEO of Patomak Global Partners, former commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Mary Barra, chairwoman and CEO, General Motors
  • Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic
  • Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Larry Fink, chairman and CEO, BlackRock
  • Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company
  • Rich Lesser, president and CEO, Boston Consulting Group
  • Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
  • Jim McNerney, former chairman, president, and CEO of Boeing
  • Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, chairman and managing partner, Global Infrastructure Partners
  • Ginni Rometty, chairwoman, president, and CEO of IBM
  • Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in economics at the Hoover Institute, former\
  • member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Mark Weinberger, global chairman and CEO, EY
  • Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO, General Electric
  • Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize winner, vice chairman of IHS Markit


Brazilian team air crash: South American Cup final suspended.

The South American Cup final was suspended after an airliner carrying a Brazilian team that was to have competed in it crashed in Colombia, the region’s football confederation Conmebol announced Tuesday.


The LAMIA airlines plane was carrying 81 people, including members of the Chapecoense Real team of Brazil, which was to have played Colombia’s Atletico Nacional in Wednesday’s first final. Six people were reported to have survived.


“All activities of the confederation are suspended until further notice,” Conmebol said.

Super Eagles Coach Rohr: “I will build my team around Mikel”.

Nigeria Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has stated boldly, without mincing words, that he is going to have his team built around Chelsea FC midfielder – JOHN OBI MIKEL against Algeria. He made this known ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifier between Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Desert Foxes of Algeria.


There were doubts over John Obi Mikel’s fitness, due to the fact that he has been left out of  Chelsea’s first team  this season by Chelsea’s new manager Antonio Conte,  but Super Eagles coach Rohr insists that the player is in good shape and is fit to play the match.

The German said Mikel’s problem  at  Chelsea began after he represented Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Olympics, where Nigeria won a bronze medal.

He said, “Mikel is currently being punished at Chelsea because of his outing for the Nigerian U-23 team at the last Olympics in Brazil.

“He has not featured under the new coach – Antonio Conte, since then. But I will still build  the team playing against Algeria around him because he is in a  good shape and fit for the match.

“Besides, Mikel is committed to the national team and he is a source of motivation to the other players.”

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He says although the Algerians have a good team, the Eagles are focused on winning the encounter.

Mikel said he will not allow his  current  situation at Chelsea to affect his performance in  the match, adding that a win would boost the team’s chances of getting the sole ticket from the group.

Nigeria Super Eagles in Training

Although there have  been  cases of injuries  in the team,  Mikel said the development  would not affect them.

Asked whether he would still remain at Chelsea if his current situation persists, Mikel said everything would depend on what happens between now and January when he would take a decision.

Watch Hillary Clinton & Her Team Take On The #MannequinChallenge

This is obviously a fun team to work with. It is not just odd but mind blowing to realize that the Hilary Clinton team has time for social media trends amidst their busy schedule. The #MannequinChallenge has been on and Hilary Clinton’s team just killed it.

You know what they say, all work and no play… watch clip below:


Nigeria Is No. 1 Scrabble Nation In the World, Yet Team Denied French Visas

Nigeria is the English-speaking world’s Scrabble superpower. Africa’s most populous nation is home not only to the global Scrabble champion, but team Nigeria ranks as the world’s top Scrabble playing nation — ahead of the U.S. in second place.

The Scrabble world champion is Wellington Jighere. He’s 33, has a soft voice, a slow smile and a penchant for fedoras, earning him the nickname “the Cat in the Hat”. Jighere acknowledges that he’s taciturn by nature, but also has an explosive, infectious laugh, though he considers Scrabble serious business.

“You can’t afford to waste too much energy doing unnecessary chatter,” he says. “During a tournament, I see it as business time. And that is no time to be joking around.” Jighere plays chess to relax, “and for fun,” he says.

Jet-lagged and weary, Jighere was crowned the world Scrabble champ last year in a grueling 32-round competition in Australia. Up to 30 of the top 100 global players are from Nigeria, which has the highest percentage of any country in the top 200. The Nigerians’ apparent collective strategy — short words that rack up the points.

Nigerians have been credited with perfecting that tactic under the tutorship of senior team coach, Prince Anthony Ikolo. He says Nigerians are passionate about Scrabble and the short word method gives them an edge. Many put Nigeria’s towering Scrabble prowess down to its players’ ability to “choke the board” as they say, with this defensive play.

“The game of Scrabble is actually built around short words — especially five letter words,” says Ikolo. “If you have such a word base, then you are good to go. But it would be a very big mistake for the world to think our players only know short words, especially five-letter words,” he warns.

The coach says “the short words help you to be defensive (by blocking longer words from opponents, but when it’s time to be offensive, we know those long words also. Nigeria is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to Scrabble”.

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Police Restructures Management Team

The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase has redeployed four Deputy Inspectors-General of Police to head departments and formations as part of efforts “to reposition the Force for better efficiency.”

A statement on Monday in Abuja by the police spokesman, Emmanuel Ojukwu said those affected include Dan’Azumi Doma who is now the DIG in-charge of Department of Finance and Administration,FHQ Abuja.

Others are Kakwe Katso, now DIG in-charge of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department, Abuja; DIG Chintua Amajor-Onu, Department of Information and Communications Technology FHQ Abuja, while DIG Olawale Adeniji was transferred to the Department of Research and Planning, FHQ, Abuja.

“DIGs Mamman Tsafe in charge of Department of Logistics and Supply, FHQ Abuja, Saliu Argungu Hashimu, Department of Training and Development, FHQ Abuja and Sotonye Wakama, Department of Operations, FHQ Abuja still maintained their duty posts,” the statement added, noting that the postings were with immediate effect.


Senate Sends 4-Man Burial Team In Honour Of Ooni

Senate paid special respect to the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, as lawmakers took turns to pour encomiums on the royal father, whose death was reported about a fortnight ago.

Senators also observed a one minute silence in honour of the late Oba. Senator representing Osun East, Senator Babajide Omoworare, brought the attention of the death of the Oba to the Senate via a motion pursuant to order 42 and 52 of the Senate standing order on matters of urgent national importance.

The lawmaker took time to reel out the resume of the life and times of the late Oba. He said: “Oba Sijuwade was a great family man and highly revered in Diaspora, especially in Cuba, Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago. He received many national and international awards and decorations in honour and recognition of his various achievements.”

Read More: nationalmirroronline

EFCC Forms Team For Saraki’s Wife, Yar’Adua’s Daughter

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday raised a team of crack investigators to grill Senate President Bukola Saraki’s wife, Oluwatoyin and the late President Umaru Yar’Adua’s daughter, Hajiya Zainab Dakingari. Mrs. Saraki has written the EFCC seeking to appear today or tomorrow.

Expressing her readiness to cooperate with the anti-graft commission, she had never received unlawful public funds.

A source in the commission said: “We are ready for Mrs. Oluwatoyin Saraki and Hajiya Zainab Dakingari – if they honour our invitation.

“We have a crack team of investigators that will handle their matters with fairness and objectivity.

“Our invitation does not presume them guilty. There are petitions against them; we want to hear their side too. If there is no prima facie case against them, the EFCC will release these women. So, we are still at a fact-finding stage.”

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I Don’t Have A Team, Says Keshi

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has made a most shocking admission that he does not have a team as he begins his second stint in charge of Nigeria. Keshi, who led Nigeria to AFCON glory in 2013 after a 19-year wait, recently penned a fresh two-year contract to continue as the country’s coach.

However, the former Mali and Togo handler noted, “The team that helped us win the AFCON in 2013 is no longer in place. “We don’t presently have a team. We would have to start from scratch to build a formidable team that Nigerians would be proud of.

“My plan is to start with the local-based players, like I did the last time and then look for fit and in-form players from outside the shores of the country.

“It’s sad that most of our players are not getting regular action in their clubs but we pray that this improves.”

Keshi further added, “You know most times when we meet we would have about three days together so mostly it would be tactical work we would be doing.” Nigeria begin the campaign to qualify for the 2017 AFCON in June against Chad at home.