30 Nov 2016

Wow! Legendary star, King Sunny Ade becomes first Nigerian musician to join Hard Rock's iconic memorabilia collection

Grammy Award-nominated icon, Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, popularly known as King Sunny Ade, is now officially the first Nigerian musician to donate pieces from his personal reserve to Hard Rock’s world-famous memorabilia collection.

On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, the Juju maestro donated a vintage Fender Guitar and other personal items including an album cover and a pair of shoes at Hard Rock Cafe Lagos.
“I’m thrilled to be the first Nigerian musician to donate personal items to Hard Rock’s world-famous collection and to be showcased alongside other legendary artists,” said King Sunny Ade. “For me, this is more than just a ceremony; it’s anopportunity to pass on a cultural legacy and inspire new generations of musicians around the globe.”
King Sunny Ade’s donated personal items will join more than 81,000 pieces of music memorabilia that Hard Rock has acquired over its 45-year history. Other iconic pieces include Madonna’s wedding dress from “Like a Virgin,” John Lennon’s wireframe tinted glasses, Jim Morrison’s famous brown leather pants, and many more.

“It’s a great honor to be able to pay homage to the rich and historic musical roots in Lagos with a memorabilia donation from King Sunny Ade,” said Sanjay Mathani, CEO of Hard Rock Cafe Lagos. “Hard Rock embraces all genres of music,and we are proud to support such a talented and influential artist.”

The first-of-its-kind donation was brokered by leading talent agency and event management company, Temple Management Company, who are also putting together the highly-publicized grand concert for King Sunny Ade tagged “Sunny On Sunday” scheduled for Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Federal palace Hotel in Lagos.

“Celebrating King Sunny Ade is something of a national assignment for us at Temple Management Company that must be carried out,” said Terfa Tilley-Gyado, Director of Communications, Temple Management. “An induction into the Hard Rock’s famous memorabilia collection is just one of such responsibilities that will culminate at a grand concert that Nigerians have never witnessed come December 11,” he added.

The concert tagged Sunny On Sunday will hold at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos and will feature Awilo Logomba, Onyeka Onwenu, Sir Shina Peters, Darey, Omawumi, Terry Apala, Jeff and Tyson Noir.

Celebrities at the event include Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Iyanya, Peter Psquare Okoye, Bovi, Korede Bello, Olisa Adibua, Kunle Afolayan, Di’Ja, Bolanle Olukani and Inidinma Okogie among others. For additional details, please contact Femi Salawu on 08062775076 and Lala Alakija 09092157986.

President Buhari sacks female NTDC Boss, Sally Mbanefo

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the removal of the Director General of Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs. Sally Mbanefo.

The Nation reports that the Director General has been asked to handover the affairs of NTDC to the next most senior officer.

The removal of the Chief Executive was contained in a November 27, 2016 letter which was signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir David Lawal.

The letter reads: “In respect of your secondment from Keystone Bank Limited to serve as Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) for a period of two years with effect from 6th May 2013.

You may note from the foregoing that the period of your secondment at the corporation had since lapsed on 5th May 2016.

Consequently, you are to handover the affairs of the corporation to the most senior officer on or before Wednesday, 30th November, 2016.”

Governor Fayose hints he might dump PDP come 2018

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Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, today hinted he might choose his successor from another political party besides his party, PDP. Fayose gave the hint when he spoke with members of the Suppliers’ Association of Nigeria in the state today November 30th. According to him, the division within PDP led to the party losing Ondo state to APC in last Saturday's governorship election
“I don’t know the platform I will use for the 2018 election yet and at the appropriate time, I will tell you. We are still studying the situation . We have to play the game left, right and centre and whoever we are going to use and the platform, you will all be part of the process because party politics is about the people”he said

Photo of 76-year-old Nigerian woman and daughter caught in Uganda with Shs3bn worth of heroine

Police at Entebbe International airport, Uganda, arrested two Nigerian women headed for Lagos, Nigeria, for allegedly being in possession of 10kgs of heroine estimated at Shs3 billion.

According to reports, the two women who are family members, arrived in the country on November 20, 2016. Ms Aniugo Agnes Egonna, 76 and her daughter Ms Aniugo Gloria Vera, 35, were intercepted on November 25 at the airport.

While Ms Vera had 5kgs of heroin worth Shs1.565 billion, her mother also had 5kgs worth Shs1.565 billion that had been concealed in their luggage.

In their statement to police, Aniugo Agnes and her daughter claimed to have been in Uganda for the introduction ceremony of Agnes’ son who is engaged to a Ugandan girl. This has however not been verified and the police claims not to be sure whether their son who supposedly left Uganda before the two,  also trafficked drugs.

Under the newly passed Narcotics and Drug Psychotropic Substances Control Act 2016 in Uganda, the two suspects will be required to pay Ugshs 10 million or a sum two times the value of the drugs.

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Victor Moses wins Premier League player of the month award

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Nigeria's Victor Moses was celebrated by his team Chelsea as he won the PFA Fans' Premier League Player of the Month award for November, beating Sergio Aguero and Gylfi Sigurdsson, etc.

More than 40,000 votes were cast in the poll, which was held on the Sky Sports website and apps, with Moses claiming a landslide victory with 18,756 votes. Congrats! 

Lobatan! Ekiti market woman leader forces down prices of foodstuffs in the state

A task force led by the President of the Market Women Association, Chief Omowaye Oso, yesterday stormed two major markets in Ekiti state, to force the reduction in the prices of food stuff in the state.

Oso and her team stormed the market after the market women increased the prices of their commodities by 100% blaming it on high dollar rate. Speaking to newsmen after the forceful reduction, Oso said;


“Both the Ewi of Ado Ekiti and the state government are concerned about the exorbitant prices of goods and services in the town. The cost of goods, especially foodstuff, is too high in Ado Ekiti, whereas, as the state capital, prices of goods and services should be the cheapest here. The market men and women should have mercy on the poor because things are too expensive here, unlike other towns and villages in Ekiti State. It is very unfortunate that market women in other communities don’t want to sell at their places anymore; they now bring their wares to Ado, believing they will sell at twice the price of what they sell in their communities. As the Iyaloja, one of my responsibilities is to ensure price control of goods and today’s exercise shall be a continuous one and shall be repeated in all markets in Ado. It is unfortunate that 20 liters of palm oil which sells at N14,000 in Ikole is being sold at N22,000 in Ado, but we have sold it at N15,000. Ado is now developing a bad reputation for high prices of goods and services, but we will not allow this to continue. The Kabiyesi has said he does not want hardship for the people of Ado. We will continue to carry out our raids until our market women comply and anyone who cannot comply, must look elsewhere to sell her wares. If you can’t sell your palm oil at lower prices, don’t bring it down to Ado again,” she said. A measure of garri which used to sell for N200 was reduced to N100. A 20-liter container of palm oil which sold at N22,000 was reduced to N15,000, while a measure of local rice, which initially sold at N500 was reduced to N400.

Sick female corps member allegedly dies after being forced to partake in military drills at Kano camp ...photo

There are tributes to this young lady on social media, by people who claim to know her.  The corps member allegedly passed away after she was forced to partake in some camp activities, even though she was sick. 

A lady at the camp also states that the lady in question died due to negligence, because "they (officials) assumed she was pretending to be sick in order to dodge parade, so they refused to treat her until the situation got complicated." The Nigeria Police and other appropriate authorities definitely need to get involved and investigate this.

Former NFL star Darren Sharper sentenced to 20 years in jail for drugging & raping two women ..photo

Former NFL player Darren Sharper has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for drugging and raping multiple women in Los Angeles. Darren Sharper appeared in a LA courtroom on Tuesday, where a judge sentenced him to prison.

Sharper pleaded no contest to charges in California of rape by use of drugs and furnishing a controlled substance.



Sharper had approached two women at Bootsy Bellows, a nightclub in West Hollywood in October 2013. He invited them to another party, but said he had to stop at his hotel. Inside his room, he offered the women drinks. One woman woke up to find herself naked, and Sharper sexually assaulting her. Weeks later, Sharper was at the same nightclub and invited two women to a party. Again, he stopped at his hotel. After the women woke up, they sought medical treatment.

His 20 year sentence will be served in federal prison at a location to be determined by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in eastern Louisiana. He would also have to register as a sex offender for life upon his release.

A man pretending to be a woman to obtain money from men caught in Uganda ...photo

Police officers have arrested a man in Uganda, Ivan Bebeto, after complaints about a certain woman who steals money from men under the pretence of being a commercial sex worker was made.

According to local media reports, Bebeto, who calls himself Queen, was nabbed after it was revealed that he disguises himself to look like a woman and then steals money from his male victims.

Gewas was described by his victims as a 'beautiful woman who wore short skirts and heavy makeup.' His notorious activities were reportedly carried out in East and Central Africa.

Bebeto met his waterloo when a man who was interested in him, under the assumption that he was a woman, paid him for sexual favours.  Bebeto said he could not go to his house, claiming he felt more comfortable in his room, and thus asked the supposed customer to accompany him to a room where he kept his items. 

It was that moment that the man suspected Babeto might be a criminal pretending to be a woman and quickly informed the police. The police raided the apartment and during interrogation, the truth was revealed


Omg! Watch shocking footage of a woman stealing with her young kids in an Abuja suoermarket

This video has been making the rounds on social media. According to those in the know, the CCTV footage is from a Supermarket based in Abuja.
 It shows a woman and her little children shoplifting. In the video, the woman is seen telling one of her daughters to hide a product under her dress while she distracts the shop attendant. Watch the shocking video below...

Wow! Check out the Obamas Christmas decorations at the White house...photo

See this year’s decorations at the White House have the theme “The Gift of the Holidays.” It will be the 44th US President, Barack Obama and his family's last Christmas at the White House in Washington, DC. 
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Obanikoro returns N134m to EFCC and returns N450m more

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Former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, has returned N30m to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. This brings the total he has returned to the EFCC to N134m.

A source at EFCC said, “Obanikoro came on Monday and presented a draft of about N30m. Initially we did not want to collect it because it is small compared to what he is supposed to have given us. However, the legal department advised us to collect it.”

Obanikoro had in October returned N104m to the commission. The ex-minister, who returned to Nigeria last month after spending about 15 months in the United States, was accused of receiving N4.7bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser under the leadership of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

Obanikoro had said in his statement of oath at the EFCC that after receiving the money in 2014, he gave N1.219bn to the then governorship candidate of the PDP in Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, while N1.3bn was given to the PDP candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore.

He also confessed to giving Fayose a separate $5.377m at Spotless Hotel in Ekiti in the presence of party leaders including the then PDP Secretary, Mr. Tope Aluko.

Obanikoro was said to have kept about N785m for himself, which he allegedly spent while campaigning ahead of the PDP governorship primary in Lagos State. Mr. Jimi Agbaje won the primary.

However, the EFCC asked Obanikoro to return about N584m out of which he had already returned N134m.

At the EFCC on Monday, Obanikoro promised that he would return the remaining N450m in 2017.

The source told Punch that, “About N450m is remaining and Obanikoro has promised to pay the rest in 2017. He will also be reporting at our office every two weeks.”

Also, at the Federal High Court in Abuja, presided over by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba last week, Alade Sunday, a manager at Zenith Bank, narrated how Obanikoro delivered about N1.219bn to Fayose’s aide, Abiodun Agbele, for onward transmission to his boss.

He had also said it took the cashiers about 10 days to count the money.

Sunday had said Obanikoro flew with the cash to Akure Airport and the money was loaded into bullion vans.

He had said, “When we got to the airport, we waited for some minutes before the aircraft arrived. When the aircraft offloaded its passengers, one of them appeared to me to be Senator Musliu Obanikoro and the other one appeared to be his ADC, Adewale.

“Agbele walked up to them and had a discussion with them. Thereafter, he signalled me to bring the van. Bags loaded with cash were loaded into the van and Obanikoro’s ADC, Agbele and I drove back to the bank.”

Father pleads guilty to sexually abusing and killing his 10-week-old daughter ..photo

A monstrous 24-year-old Maryland father, Robert Davidson, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing and killing his 10-week-old daughter last year. Davidson appeared in court on Monday to answer the charges of sex abuse of a minor and first-degree child abuse resulting in death in connection to the June 2015 slaying of his daughter, Aleah Thompson. 
The baby girl's mother, 22-year-old Lorena Thompson, pleaded guilty to neglect of a minor in July and was sentenced to five years of probation.

Prosecutors said that Thompson had seen bruises on her daughter's body and suspected that her boyfriend had been physically abusing Aleah but did not do anything to protect the infant or alert the authorities.
According to a press release from the Montgomery County Police Department, at 7.18pm on June 23, 2015, Robert Davidson called 911 to report that his daughter was unresponsive and not breathing. Paramedics arrived at the couple's home on East Argyle Street in Rockville, Maryland, and rushed the infant to a nearby hospital. Aleah Thompson was alter airlifted to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC, where she succumbed to her injuries three days later.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner subsequently ruled Aleah's death a homicide caused by multiple blunt force injuries. An autopsy of the baby showed that the 10-week-old had suffered a broken collarbone and had 34 rib fractures in various stages of healing. The injuries were the result of what has been described as at least three 'severely traumatic events.'
Aleah had injuries to her head, eyes and spine. A forensic anthropologists concluded that the abuse started when the infant was only two weeks old and the last of the incidents took place just before her death.
Aleah's parents were arrested in late August 2015, nearly two months after the baby's death.

During his initial interview with police, Robert Davidson said that on the evening of June 23, he was looking after Aleah while his girlfriend was at work. He said he was playing video games when he heard sounds of labored breathing coming from the bedroom. He went to check up on Aleah and found her unresponsive and limp. He then tried to revive her by performing CPR before calling 911 for help.

However, during subsequent interviews, Davidson admitted to 'committing acts that constitute sexual abuse of a child.’ He also revealed that he had dropped Aleah several times in the past and 'aggressively' shook the baby at least once on the day of the incident.

When Lorena Thompson was questioned by investigators, she admitted that she had seen bruises on Aleah on more than one occasion, and that those injuries occurred while the baby was in her boyfriend’s care, but at no time did she seek medical attention for the new-born and she didn't even take the baby to her two-month medical checkup because she knew the doctors would have discovered the injuries on the infant.

Thompson, who is a chef by trade, also has a 5-year-old son from a previous relationship.

Davidson was originally charged with second-degree murder, first-degree child abuse resulting in death, first-degree child abuse resulting in severe physical injury, neglect of a minor, sexual abuse of a minor, and second-degree sex offense. But as part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop the second-degree murder count against Davidson.

It has not been specified why Davidson was charged with sexual abuse. His attorney said cryptically in court on Monday his client had told police he was trying to remove 'mucus and other substances' from Aleah's body, but that he did not do it for sexual gratification.

Davidson is scheduled to be sentenced in February. He faces up to 50 years in prison.



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Photo of 17-year-old boy who died from suspected poisoning after receiving death threats

Boris Commodore, a student of St.Stephen’s Presbyterian Senior Technical School in the eastern region of Ghana, met his untimely death after he was allegedly poisoned. The 17-year-old is reported to have returned from prep on Friday, November 25 and taken a beverage drink. 

He supposedly later had garri (soaked) before complaining of severe stomach pains followed by vomiting of blood. Boris died before the school authorities could rush him to the Kibi Government Hospital.
Speaking exclusively to 3News, the deceased brother who narrated the tragic scene said that Boris had been threatened with death by a schoolmate after they had a misunderstanding about a month ago.

‘He came home three weeks ago after a fracas with one of his mates in which he received a blow to his eye so he was given permission to come home. We have been communicating and everything has been okay but he had earlier complained to our father about the constant frowning by the student he had the fracas with.
‘My parents had a call from the school that my brother was sick and had to come over so they quickly dressed up and moved to the school. Upon arrival, they were asked to go to the Kibi Government Hospital and when they got there they asked the nurses and the receptionist if someone had been brought there by the name Boris Commodore who happens to be my late brother and everybody looked surprised.
‘The receptionist and the people around them referred them back to the school because the authorities were the best people to explain the whole situation to them’.
On getting to the Morgue after the school authorities confirmed the death, the deceased brother also said he suspected that Boris was poisoned. 
'When we saw him at the morgue, there was foam coming out of his mouth and nostrils so clearly anyone at all can pinpoint that this is clear poison or probably suspect foul play somewhere.
According to 3News report, Boris remains is presently at the Police Hospital, where an autopsy will be done before the police can start investigating.

Usain Bolt denies engagement rumours

Usain Bolt had previously shared some photos that suggested he got engaged to his girlfriend. Speaking in an interview, the Jamaican sportsman said:
‘I’m not engaged. Me and my girlfriend went on a trip to Bora Bora. Somebody edited picture on my Snapchat and said "she said yes" with a ring. It was well done though.' There you have it ladies, he's not entirely taken.

500 Nigerians receive financial empowerment from Africa's young entrepreneurs ...photo


The Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Nigeria (AYEEN) empowered 500 beneficiaries. These beneficiaries were pulled from thousands of participants who were screened pan Nigeria.

They pitched their ideas before the international and local business experts that served as judges at the audition phase of the program earlier this year.

The business ideas pitched cut across all the major sectors of the economy giving the judges a multifarious view of the Nigerian entrepreneurship ecosystem.
The A.Y.E Chief Executive Matron, Mrs. Folorunso Alakija encouraged all the beneficiaries not to relent in their effort to succeed in their chosen endeavours. She quipped that her entrepreneurship voyage has been one of continuous hard work laced with determination and resilience. She also added that despite the issues in the economy that entrepreneurs still play a vital role in the development of the nation.

The President, Mr. Summy Smart Francis charged all beneficiaries in his speech to forge ahead by ensuring that their naysayers especially those who have the opinion that their business will fail, do not have the last laugh. He spoke about the struggles of an entrepreneur but advised that the resources that is being provided by the organization to boost their operations is not utilsed for frivolities rather for the development of the business that will have a catalytic result providing employment opportunities for fellow Nigerians and Africans.
Through the night of the event, every speaker recommended to all the 500 beneficiaries that the journey of entrepreneurship comes with a lot of work but at the end it is rewarding with huge benefits that do not serve them alone but also the country. The 500 finalists were presented with awards, business mantles and celebrated by a cheering crowd. The AYEEN program did not only impact the 500 finalist, but the entire nation, when you imagine the ripple effect, one entrepreneur empowering ten others.
The Vice President, Ms. Ibada Ahmed created a solemn atmosphere as she called the attention of all present in the hall to an initiative that will see to the restructuring of Borno state themed Empower Borno, she gave the statistics of the damages and ruins effected by insurgency, orphaned and malnourished children, and the state of the Internally Displaced Persons camp. She asked that all rise to action because it just might be someone dear that could be next. This initiative in partnership with the Borno State Government sees to create a shift from old to new, restoring the calm and quiet Borno once enjoyed.
The finalists were full of gratitude, and the crowd was inspired. The smiles on the faces of the finalists spoke volumes and they could not hold back the euphoria when they were interviewed. The beneficiaries who ranged from the very young and energetic to the middle aged all had exciting stories to tell about their AYEEN experience, the screening, the wait, and the excitement of standing out from the multitude of applicants and making it to the top 500. All the finalists were in consensus that it was a pivotal moment in their lives, and we cannot wait to see the exciting projects that these innovative entrepreneurs would execute with their AYEEN funds.
The AYEEN grand finale which held on the 25th of November was a success in every interpretation of the word. 500 finalists were presented and celebrated. The AYEEN program did not only impact the 500 finalist, but the entire nation, when you imagine the ripple effect, one entrepreneur empowering ten others. AYEEN is changing the economy and the future of the nation an entrepreneur or rather 500 entrepreneurs at a time.
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President Buhari becomes grand Patron Of NAE ..photo

President Muhammadu Buhari today was inducted as the Grand Patron of the Nigerian Academy of Engineers (NAE). The ceremony took place in Abuja,  
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