BUHARI VS JONATHAN : BEYOUND THE ELECTION – CHARLES SOLUDO

 

A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Chukwuma Charles Soludo, in this piece, speaks on Nigeria surviving and prospering beyond Buhari or Jonathan

Charles SoludoI need to preface this article with a few clarifications. I have taken a long sabbatical leave from partisan politics, and it is real fun watching the drama from the balcony. Having had my own share of public service (I do not need a job from government), I now devote my time and energy in pursuit of other passions, especially abroad.

A few days ago, I read an article in Thisday entitled “Where is Charles Soludo?”, and my answer is that I am still there, only that I have been too busy with extensive international travels to participate in or comment on our national politics and economy. But I occasionally follow events at home. Since the survival and prosperity of Nigeria are at stake, the least some of us (albeit, non-partisan) must do is to engage in public debate. As the elections approach, I owe a duty to share some of my concerns.

In September 2010, I wrote a piece entitled “2011 Elections: Let the Real Debate Begin” and published by Thisday. I understand the Federal Executive Council discussed it, and the Minister of Information rained personal attacks on me during the press briefing. I noted more than six newspaper editorials in support of the issues we raised.

Beside other issues we raised, our main thesis was that the macro economy was dangerously adrift, with little self-insurance mechanisms (and a prediction that if oil prices fell below $40, many state governments would not be able to pay salaries). I gave a subtle hint at easy money and exchange rate depreciations because I did not want to panic the market with a strong statement. Sadly, on the eve of the next elections, literally everything we hinted at has happened. Part of my motivation for this article is that five years after, the real debate is still not happening.

The presidential election next month will be won by either Buhari or Jonathan. For either, it is likely to be a pyrrhic victory. None of them will be able to deliver on the fantastic promises being made on the economy, and if oil prices remain below $60, I see very difficult months ahead, with possible heady collisions with labour, civil society, and indeed the citizenry. To be sure, the presidential election will not be decided by the quality of ‘issues’ or promises canvassed by the candidates.

The debates won’t also change much (except if there is a major gaffe by either candidate like Tofa did in the debate with Abiola). My take is that more than 95% of the likely voters have pretty much made up their minds based largely on other considerations. A few of us remain undecided.

During my brief visit to Nigeria, I watched some of the campaign rallies on television. The tragedy of the current electioneering campaigns is that both parties are missing the golden opportunity to sensitize the citizenry about the enormous challenges ahead and hence mobilize them for the inevitable sacrifices they would be called upon to make soon. Each is promising an El-Dorado.

Let me admit that the two main parties talk around the major development challenges—corruption, insecurity, economy (unemployment/poverty, power, infrastructure, etc) health, education, etc. However, it is my considered view that none of them has any credible agenda to deal with the issues, especially within the context of the evolving global economy and Nigeria’s broken public finance.

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CONNECT NIGERIA ANNOUNCCE DRESSMEOUTLET.COM AS THE OFFICIAL RETAIL PARTNER OF THE E-BUSINESS FAIR 2017

Connect Nigeria has announced the 2017 edition of its annual business fair, and Dressmeoutlet.com as the Official Retail Partner.

The E-Business fair, Africa’s largest business fair that connects micro, small and medium enterprises on the biggest scale the continent has ever seen, will be taking place on Saturday the 18th of February, 2017 at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. This will be the 6th e-business fair since its inception in 2012.

The event is categorized into a conference and an exhibition, and is themed “E-Business and the Growth of Your Enterprise”, it illustrates how micro, small and medium enterprises can grow by taking advantage of the internet era and technologies to leapfrog their business to success.

Connectnigeria.com CEO, Mr. Emeka Okafor, cited the importance of using technology as a low-cost tool for improved market share. According to him “Information and Communication Technology presents enormous opportunities for improved market access for SMEs, by facilitating communication and access to information, identifying international markets and selling online”. Borne out of a passion to grow Nigerian businesses in a technology-based era, various organizations have partnered with Connect Nigeria to make the E-Business fair a success. Past fairs have been sponsored by the likes of Samsung, Microsoft, Union Bank, Google, FirstMonie, Skye Bank, Heritage Bank, JMG, Etisalat, Printivo, Enplug and lots more. Testimonies abound on how the E-Business fair has offered exposure to businesses exhibited, a platform for networking for all participants, provided opportunities for deals on products and services, and business tips learnt from a pool of experts in various industries.

Such experts include speakers like the Business Leader, IT Business, SAMSUNG; Lola Masha, Country Manager, OLX; Babatunde Ajayi, Head of Products and Promotions, GTBank; Angel Fadahunsi, Deputy Director, Lagos TPS, Federal Inland Revenue Service; Ade Ajayi, Founder & CEO Dressmeoutlet.com; Olatorera Oniru, Business Group Director, Microsoft; Shade Ladipo, Founder, Avienti; Zubair Abubakar, Co-Founder, Pledge 51; Muna Onuzo, Founder, Gazelle; Olaoluwa Samuel-Biyi, Co-Founder, SureGift; Mark Essien, CEO, Hotels.ng; Stanley Achonu, Operations Lead, BudgIT; to Oluyomi Ojo, Co-Founder and CEO, Printivo.

Past conferences have seen thousands in attendance, and a profitable return on investment for sponsors and exhibitors. Attendance continues to be free to participants. Registration, Sponsorship placements and booking of exhibition booths are now on at connectnigeria.com/bizfair or by calling 0700-800-5000.

 

SS17 GENIUS COLLECTION

SS17 GENIUS COLLECTION

SS17 Genius Collection is the debut collection of the brand, Chiji_fashion.

With very stylish clusters of male and female designs, it captures different Naija-urban style and trends. The collections theme “Genius Collection” came from a video by a popular American Musician, Sean ‘Jay-Z’ Carter, where he explains that everybody is a Genius.

There are no chosen ones and everybody has the ability to be great just by figuring out what they are great at and tapping into it. In that same light, everybody is beautiful and should choose to wear what ever they want as long as they feel confident in it. Chiji_fashion as a brand is dedicated to creating designs that can make people feel more confident about themselves.

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“ARREST TINUBU FOR PRINCE AUDU’S MURDER” – KOGI GROUP DEMANDS

 "ARREST TINUBU FOR PRINCE AUDU'S MURDER" - KOGI GROUP DEMANDS

Kogi group accuses Bola Tinubu of Prince Audu’s murder

The Inspector General of Police has been asked to commence an investigation into the death of Prince Abubakar Audu by a group called the Kogi United Forum.

Kogi group accuses Bola Tinubu of Prince Audu's murder
Kogi group accuses Bola Tinubu of Prince Audu’s murder

The forum accused APC leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the murder of Audu, who was the party’s candidate at the recently held governorship elections in Kogi state.

READ: When I Met Bola Tinubu: ‘I Ran Errands For Him, He Gave Me Pocket Money’ – Fashola

Audu, who was governor of the state between 1999 and 2003, reportedly shared a meal with Tinubu a short while before vomiting blood and eventually passing on.

The group had claimed that Tinubu had prevented news of Audu’s demise from being announced so that his deputy, Lagos-born Abiodun Faleke could be declared governor.

READ: Mixed Reactions Trail Audu’s Death As Rumour Of Resurrection Sets Social Media Abuzz

The forum’s national president, Tunde Aina, in his statement, demanded “the immediate investigation of the death of Abubakar Audu as a case of cold-blooded murder and political assassination.”

He also demanded “that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu be immediately arrested by the Nigerian Police and investigated thoroughly for the murder of Audu.”

ALL SET FOR USHBEBE’S YA DADI 7

Cashing in on the successes recorded in the previous edition of his show, celebrated Nigerian comedian, Justice Nuagbe, aka Ushbebe has concluded plans to hold the seventh edition of his signature show, The Chronicles of Ushbebe Live.
Tagged Ya Dadi 7, the show, which takes the format of a concert, will take place on Sunday, February 26 at Eko Hotel and Suites, and according to the comedian, will parade the best of Nigerian entertainers.
“In putting this show together over the years, one thing we have come to realize is that Nigerians’ appetite for quality entertainment is insatiable and it is that need we have come to meet. This is why for our first edition of the show this year, we have gone the extra mile to bring in the best in entertainment,” the comedian said. He also revealed that this edition of the show is dedicated to lovers, especially as February is widely perceived as lovers’ month.
Put together by Pride Rock Entertainment, an event planning company run by the comedian cum radio personality, The Chronicles of Ushbebe, he said will not compromise on quality going by the lineup of artistes who will be thrilling guests in February. Among those expected to thrill guests with good music are Phyno, Mr Eazi, Olamide, Tekno, Falz, Adekunle Gold, Harrysong, Kcee, Solidstar, Young 6ix, Mayorkun, Seyi Shay, Runtown, Waje, Dremo, Reekado Banks, Praiz, Skuki, Ycee, Koker and a host of others.
To present quality comedy for the night will be none other than Gordons, AY, Akpororo, Helen Paul, Seyi Law, Funnybone, Kenny Blaq, and Ushbebe himself.
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Ya Dadi 7, Ushbebe said, is the first of many activities himself and his team will be treats fans and guests alike to in the year 2017.

BARCELONA HOLD “CRISIS TSLKS” AFTER JUVENTUS HUMILIATING DEFEAT

 BARCELONA HOLD "CRISIS TSLKS" AFTER JUVENTUS HUMILIATING DEFEAT

Barcelona reportedly held ‘crisis talks’ in the aftermath of Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat at Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Barcelona managed to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in this season’s round of 16, but face an uphill task against a Juventus team built on a solid defence.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona’s flight back from Turin was ‘like a funeral’, while Lionel Messiwas said to be ‘enraged’ with his team’s lack of defensive consistency following another disappointing defeat.

The same report claims that Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique was silent in the dressing room after the match, although the players took it upon themselves to hold ‘crisis talks’.

The defeat at Juventus followed a 2-0 reverse at Malaga in La Liga last weekend, which has left the Spanish champions three points behind Real Madrid at the top of the table.

MUSIC: JUMABEE-AMIN

MUSIC: JUMABEE-AMIN

Since Jumabee premiered the NMVA nominated song “I MISS GOOD MUSIC” featuring Banky W, Sound Sultan, Niyola and Chigul, he has refused to relent, as he recently dropped the visuals to “DANCE IT”.

Now he’s gone spiritual with “Amin” the energetic music man isn’t relenting and this year seems to be promising for the S2DB entertainment front man.

Amin was produced by Cray Beats.

Enjoy!

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COMEDIAN EXTRAORDINARY BOVI TO HOST EARGASM 2017 CONCERT

 COMEDIAN EXTRAORDINARY BOVI TO HOST EARGASM 2017 CONCERT

Popular Nigerian comedian, Bovi, has been announced as host of the upcoming Eargasm concert, an evening of classic renditions and pleasant surprises, scheduled to hold on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Bovi is set to pilot the affairs of the concert; as he would perform a slew of hilarious jokes throughout the event, as well as introduce guests using his ever-hilarious comic style for the audience’s entertainment.

Speaking on the choice of Bovi as host, one of the organizers of the event, Efe Omorogbe, remarked – “Bovi is one personality to reckon with in the entertainment industry, as he has made very remarkable inputs over the years. He is merchant of humour and we are sure that he will crack the ribs of our guests at the event. We couldn’t think of a better option; he is simply our first choice”

Bovi will be joined on stage by some of Nigeria’s A-list artistes including 2 face, Tekno, Adekunle Gold, Sir Shina Peters, Kelly Hansome, Niyola, Timi Dakolo, Acetune, Yinka Davies, DJ Neptune, amongst others.

 

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Eargasm is aimed at presenting music lovers with a unique and exciting blend of classic, as well as create convergence of fans from diverse generations and treat.

The concert is proudly put together by Nigeria’s leading hospitality brand, Eko Hotel and Suites in partnership with Buckwyld Media Network.

Tickets are priced at VIP for N20, 000; VVIP Silver (table for 10) at N1, 000, 000; VVIP Gold Table for N1, 500, 000 and VVIP Platinum Table for N2, 000, 000.

Tickets are available online at www.ariiyatickets.com , www.quickteller.com and www.naijatickets.com.

Follow the conversation on social media with #ExperienceEargasm.

 

ACTRESS AND EX #BBNAIJA HOUSEMATE GIFTY, IN A NEW PHOTO FOR UPCOMING PROJECT

 ACTRESS AND EX #BBNAIJA HOUSEMATE GIFTY, IN A NEW PHOTO FOR UPCOMING PROJECT

Ex-Big Brother Naija Housemate Gifty has released new photos from an undisclosed upcoming project.

The model and actress got everybody wondering if she is in talks or has a deal with telecommunications giant MTN, after she shared a picture from a recent visit to their headquarters some days ago, but a close source to her management says her visit was just a courtesy visit that should open doors of possibility for the Gifty brand.

Since her eviction from the Big Brother Naija house, Gifty has been on an endless media tour and event appearances. She is also in talks with some movie producers so she can continue with her budding acting career.

Gifty is definitely up to something, especially with these breathtaking photos. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.

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Gifty

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CREDITS:

Make Up – LC and Cheeks Studios

Hair – Bidex Hair

Wardrobe & Accessories – Oluwafemi Woman, House of KeronS-Arena

Photography – Matthias Aragbada of DUDUTOONZ Studios

BOOKING & MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Please direct all media and booking enquiries to +2348062152530, bookgifty@gmail.com

CONNECT WITH GIFTY:

Instagram – @officialgiftypowers

Twitter – @realgifty_

Snapchat – giftypowers93

BUHARI’S CABINATE: THE GOOD, THE BLUNDERS AND THE UGLY

I was seated at the lunch canteen the other day when one of my co-workers asked me if I was excited about Buhari’s ministerial appointments. And I responded “excited about what and who exactly?”

And let’s not forget the list came out God knows how many months late!

But I suppressed most of my thoughts to avoid a full-scale political argument. To be honest I had not done enough in-depth research to develop a solid opinion … I wished someone could do an analysis of each ministerial positions along with their pros and cons!

And that’s when I stumbled upon this gem of an article by Bayo Adeyinka who reviewed each ministerial position from Fashola to Amaechi to Adamu Adamu and rated them. While I don’t agree with everything he wrote, it is the closest to best article I have seen on the Ministers list … enjoy!

Article Begins…

On Wednesday the 11th of November, President Buhari inaugurated his new cabinet. He also whittled down the total number of ministries to 24 from 36, by combining and eliminating supposedly redundant ministries and appointing a fair number of nominees to junior positions. Some of President Buhari’s moves make a lot of sense considering the need to cut down waste and excess, but some of the appointments have left political and economic observers baffled. Here’s the run down of Buhari’s appointments – the good, the blunders, and the ugly.

Kemi Adeosun as Minister of Finance: Blunder

Kemi Adeosun - Finance Minister

With a challenged economy, significant dip in revenues, the increased risk of inflation running riot, the Naira under significant pressure, foreign financial organizations exiting our bond markets, a liquidity squeeze and the need to churn out policies that will impact the economy positively, it appears she does not have the clout or the qualifications to run that ministry. Adeosun lacks the pedigree of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the gravitas of Charles Soludo. Her ability to hold her own with international rating agencies and financial organizations is untested. For someone who ran her Ogun State economy to a point where the State needed a bail out to pay salaries, appointing her to run a national economy without a supporting Minister of State is a decision that defies logic. You cannot have a struggling CBN Governor and also have a struggling Minister for Finance. This is a first class blunder.

Babatunde Raji Fashola as Minister of Power Works and Housing: Ugly

Raji Fashola- Minister of Power,Works & Housing

I do not envy Babatunde Raji Fashola. I honestly don’t think Buhari did him any favors by assigning three very significant ministries to him. Being the Minister for Works alone is a tasking assignment but when you have Power and Housing added, then tasking becomes daunting. Fashola is being set up for failure. That is the entire infrastructure framework of the country resting on the shoulders of one man! The fact that he will be supported by a Minister of State for Power does little to relieve the enormous burden of responsibilities he now has. With 192,300km of Federal Roads to be covered, national power supply hovering around 4,000MW and a housing deficit of 17m, this could get ugly.

Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Solid Minerals: Blunder

Kayode Fayemi - Minister of Solid Minerals

The worst thing you can do to anyone with great potential is to underutilize their abilities or put them in a position where their latent capacities may never be called upon. That’s exactly what may happen to Kayode Fayemi as the Minister for Solid Minerals. He should be the Minister of Foreign Affairs given his experience or even the Minister for the Interior supervising the Police and other para-military agencies given the fact that he has a PhD in War Studies. A blunder.

Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, Ugly

Adamu Adamu - Minister of Education

I don’t know whether or not to weep over the appointment of Adamu Adamu as the Minister of Education. Making a journalist the supervising minister to resuscitate a moribund educational sector like ours is bad enough, but making a Professor of Education and a former Vice-Chancellor of a Nigerian University, Anthony Anwukah a junior minister reporting to Adamu Adamu truly shows the value our leaders place on education. The appointment should have been the other way round. Even Nyesom Wike was made a junior Minister of Education to Professor Rukayat under former President Jonathan. This is ugly

Aisha Alhassan, Minister of Women Affairs: Good

Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan - Minister of Women Affairs

Aisha Alhassan came into national reckoning after losing the Taraba Governorship election narrowly. If she had won, she would have been the first elected female Governor in Nigeria. Traditionally, the ministry has been supervised by women and President Buhari would certainly not have departed from the norm, especially as he has been accused of not giving enough consideration to women in his cabinet. Aisha Mohammed should have been the first pick given her previous work on the Millenium Development Goals but Aisha Alhassan should do just fine also. A good fit.

Wondering how Rotimi Amaechi was rated … then read the full article written by Bayo Adeyinka for Venture Africa here.

SELF IMPROVEMENT TIPS: HOW TO CONFIDENTLY TALK TO ANYONE

 SELF IMPROVEMENT TIPS: HOW TO CONFIDENTLY TALK TO ANYONE

Approaching someone for either the first or umpteenth time and stating what’s on your mind requires some confidence whether the person in question is a girl you spotted at the mall, your neighborhood, your office, your boss or a political figure.

All you need to do is to master the approach and follow some guidelines that can make the exercise a successful one.

Know When To Approach
Knowing when to approach is perhaps the first step in talking confidently and getting a good response. Read the countenance and body language of who you want to talk to and disarm them with a compliment that would soften their demeanor. Words like “You look happy today” or “That’s a nice shirt you’re wearing” will illicit a positive response that can get a conversation started in a nice way.

Be Ready To Listen
Listening is an underestimated part of conversation and doing it can be a difficult task if you’re unable to settle your nerves. You can listen well by asking questions from the answers you’re given from previous questions. For instance, if you ask them if they got the nice shoes they were wearing when they travelled to the United Kingdom, you can follow up with questions related to where they visited and if they enjoyed the trip.

Keep The Conversation Open
Questions that will simply require a Yes or No answer is not appropriate to inspire confidence as they will most likely shut down the conversation. It’s best to stick to open-ended questions that can give you an inclination of the other person’s personality. You should however avoid endless string of inquiries about work, as most people are happy to leave their work life behind them. Questions like “What’s your favourite blog?”, “What music do you listen to?”, “What magazines do you read?”, or “What’s keeping you busy at the moment?” can help to maintain a conversation.

Talk About Yourself
Another good way to inspire confidence in your conversations is to talk about yourself. Your experiences with sports, travel, books, music should be put into play. Talk about your passions enthusiastically and you’d be confident with whatever course the conversation takes. You should however avoid talking about yourself too much. Going on endlessly about yourself can be a turn-off, and as such, you should know when to shut up. You can avoid this by asking questions and making the conversation a two-way street instead of being the only one talking and meeting a brick wall.

Be Up To Date
Be current about happenings in all parts of the world even if all you know about them are snippets. Have a basic understanding of the world around you and that will come to play in the course of conversations as you will be able to find common interests in film, music, television and politics in time.

Stick To Boundaries
There are certain things you should never share at the beginning with people. Oversharing about your political beliefs or some messy information regarding your family can be miserable for the other person. Spare them the misery and know your boundaries. Be able to decipher their body language and see the things that they are comfortable with and the ones that they would rather not hear.

Avoid Certain Topics
Certain Topics can dampen your spirit and have you low on morale when the reactions from the other person is less than interesting. Topics like money, religion, and sex are ones that you should stay off because they are likely to bring up judgmental comments which can dampen the conversation.

Have A Strategy To Quit The Conversation
One of the most awkward things that destroys confidence during conversations, is how to exit when the small talk has dried up without hurting anyone’s feelings. A good exit strategy is saying something like “I’ve really got to catch my boss before he leaves” this can help you make a clean break without feeling awkward that you’re ditching them.

QTABY CRUISE & CHILLZ TO LAUNCH NTERTANE APP

QTABY CRUISE & CHILLZ TO LAUNCH NTERTANE APP

The third edition of Qtaby Cruise and Chillz is slated for February 5th 2017, and the exciting news is that it doubles as the launch of a Mega Brand called “Ntertane” to spice up your lives.

Ntertane app is your one stop entertainment app bringing you music, movie updates and news from all over the world.

As always, the cruise is a great platform for networking with the best from the entertainment world, the business world and the media while having an exciting time.

Venue: Prest Cruise in Lekki Phase1

Red carpet starts at 4pm

Dress Code: Orange & White

Other features of the event include musical performances, three course meal, networking and surprises as always e.t.c

Previous editions played hosts to C.E.Os of multinationals, top celebrities and media as seen in the pictures below

 

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LAWYER TURNED PUBLISHER, SIMI ESIRI LAUNCHES SCHICK MAGAZINE

 LAWYER TURNED PUBLISHER, SIMI ESIRI LAUNCHES SCHICK MAGAZINE

SCHICK Magazine is set to launch in  Nigeria and across Africa.

Curated for the smart, stylish and successful woman, SCHICK Magazine is designed to tell authentic African stories, through the lens of fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

“I remember moving back to Nigeria in 2012 and realising the wide gap between creative talent, especially fashion designers and we, the customers. I knew then that we had to make a collective effort to close the gap and build our fashion industry further,” Founder and Editor-in-Chief of SCHICK Magazine, Simi Esiri explains. “I knew my experience, as well as my appreciation for luxury and affordability, could contribute significantly to bringing these two groups of people closer.”

The debut issue, themed ‘The Power Issue’ celebrates African women playing pivotal roles in shaping the fashion, beauty and entertainment industries across the continent. Page after page, the Spring edition, is an embodiment of all Africa has to offer and takes readers on a journey through fashion editorials, interviews with A-list celebrities and fashion designers, hot debates, beauty, travel and more.

 

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After 19 years in Nollywood, starring in over 100 productions, as well as winning several prestigious awards, it comes as no surprise that Rita Dominic graces the debut cover. The beautiful, accomplished and celebrated star has played a significant part in the growth of the Nigerian film industry and has become one of Nigeria’s greatest style icons, making her the epitome of the SCHICK woman.

SCHICK Magazine is initially launching as a quarterly print and digital publication. In addition, the periodical will produce daily content on the digital front www.iamschick.com. “The aim of the publication is to bring a fresh voice that appeals to anyone who has any sort of fashion, whether they are actively involved in the industry or not,” says Creative Director, Titi Adesanya. She adds, “Our purpose is to engage, inform and inspire people throughout the continent, in a way that’s relevant and palpable”

For more information and updates, follow @SCHICKMagazine on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

“EARGASM WILL SURPASS OTHER EVENTS HAPPENING IN FEBRUARY”-2FACE BOASTS

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Efe Omorogbe, 2 Face, Niyola and Iyadunni Gbadebo

KOEMAN CONFIRMS LUKAKU WON’T RENEW CONTRACT

 KOEMAN CONFIRMS LUKAKU WON'T RENEW CONTRACT

Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Everton star, Romelu Lukaku will not be signing a contract extension.

Lukaku sits atop the premier league goalscoring charts with 23 goals and has been linked with a move to former club Chelsea.

The Belgium international still has a contract that extends to 2019, but Koeman doesn’t think he’ll be extending beyond that.

“He told me he won’t sign a new contract,” Koeman told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Burnley.

VIOLENCE ERUPTS AROUND APC HQ, ABUJA OVER KOGI ELECTIONS

 VIOLENCE ERUPTS AROUND APC HQ, ABUJA OVER KOGI ELECTIONS

Violence erupted outside the All Progressive Congress Headquarters in Abuja after Yahaya Bello, the party’s choice for the Kogi State gubernatorial arrived at the HQ.

Yahaya Bello was earlier nominated to be the new candidate after Audu Abubakar passed away, but the decision met with a lot of opposition, prompting the party to call for an emergency meeting.

However, as Yahaya Bello arrived the building, some thugs numbering over a thousand attempted to attack him and ended up having a fight withViolence over Kogi Elections Violence over Kogi Elections1 Violence over Kogi Elections2 supporters of Yahaya.

 

Police and other security agents are working to restore law and order.

WATCH THE TRAILER “DAYO AMUSA’S COME BACK MOVIE, PATHETIC” | IN CINEMAS FROM MARCH 24

Nollywood actor, Dayo Amusa is back with another blockbuster hit titled ‘Pathetic’ which will be showing at the cinemas from March 24, 2017.

Dayo’s last effort, ‘Unforgivable’ showed the dexterity of the actor and helped cement her status as an A-list act in the industry. The movie broke records and made sales far beyond many people thought it would.

Attention is on Dayo Amusa to see if her next movie would surpass her last effort or not but this new flick is definitely about to make ‘Unforgivable’ record look like a child’s play.

“Pathetic” stars Bimbo Akintola, Wole Ojo, Dayo Amusa, Toyin Abraham, Funsho Adeolu, Toyin Alausa, Taiwo Okunlola, Anu Shodanya among others. The movie was directed by Ike Nnaebue while Dayo Amusa remained the Executive producer.

Amusa’s production is a thrilling and insightful marital story intricately woven on the life of a famous celebrity lady – her pains and travails in having the desired picture-perfect life of the ordinary human.

“Rita Shonibare, a renowned TV star, is caught in a web of confusion as she makes a compromise on her budding career so as to overcome her marital ordeals resulting from her wayward and inconsiderate husband, who explores her status to his own devious means.

“Pathetic” deftly portrays in a subtle and fascinating fashion the mischievous ways the celebrities are explored by the media, the outsiders and pathetically, their most trusted loved ones, who regard them as preys to be feasted upon at their slightest means.”

Speaking concerning the upcoming movie, “This is my best production yet. Shooting this movie for me is more about passing a message and helping the world see the hidden struggles celebrities face even with those they call family and friends. It is an attempt to share our struggles and also communicate a message to anyone going through such situations. I encourage everyone to join me at the cinemas in March when the movie starts to show.

As Dayo Amusa’s comeback movie, ‘Pathetic’ goes to the cinemas in the month of March, cinema lovers are definitely in for a swell time.

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BRITISH COUNCIL ANNOUNCE LAGOS THEATRE FESTIVAL 2017 THEMED”RHYTHM OF THE CITY”

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Lagos Theatre Festival

From Tuesday 28 February till Sunday 5 March 2017, over 500 artists will gather to present over 70 performances at 16 Venues, spanning 6 days at the Lagos Theatre Festival, 2017.

There will be something for everyone; from the new theatre fans young or old and returning visitors to the Festival.

With 109 shows, 35 companies and 5,500 theatre goers attending in 2016,  Lagos Theatre Festival remains one of the most diverse and exciting events of its kind and will continue to present the best in contemporary and classic work from leading artists.

This edition of the Lagos Theatre Festival will portray the rhythm, soul and sights of Lagos. The theme was selected to capture through performance, the sounds of Lagos expressed in the comings and goings, the repetitive activities and the music of the city. We will be seeing works that reflect specific auditory perspectives like noises, rhythm, beats, language, etc. from a range of socio economic and geographic groupings across Lagos.

This year, there will be 5 curated shows from the UK and Nigeria in the festival. Four of the curated shows are winning scripts from the playwriting competition won by James Ene- HenshawJoy Isi Bewaji, Bode Asiyanbi, Paul Ugbede. The plays will be produced by; Crown Troupe of Africa, Beeta Universal Productions, Tunji Sotimirin and Oxzygen Koncepts following grants awarded by the British Council.

The fringe shows will see 35 companies from Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe showcase work from all genres in the performing arts. These include comedy, experiential theatre, musical and Drama.

Ojoma Ochai, Director Arts, British Council said “We are very proud of what Lagos Theatre Festival has achieved in terms of being a platform through which the Nigerian theatre sector engages with the rest of the world. This year’s festival will see visitors from International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM) , International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) and festival management organisations from around the UK like Walk the Plank, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) and institutions like Edinburgh Napier University – all possible only because the LTF platforms exists not just to show great work, but to ensure that international exchange and collaboration happens”

Kenneth Uphopho, Festival Director, Lagos Theatre Festival said “It’s become much more than a festival! What we are offering at this year’s LTF  is a lifestyle…. We want you our esteemed audience to look forward to a thrilling experience. See you there!”

For more details on the festival and all the activities visit www.lagostheatrefestival.com

ROSS BARKLEY WANTS CHAMPION LEAGUE FOOTBALL

Ross Barkley has thrown his future at Everton into further doubt by expressing a desire to play Champions League football.

The England midfielder has 14 months remaining on his present deal with Everton and is yet to agree fresh terms to extend his stay at Goodison Park, leading to speculation he could leave in the summer.

Ronald Koeman says Barkley is keen to play for a club competing in the Champions League and the Everton manager also reaffirmed his stance that the 23-year-old will be sold if he does not sign a new contract.

“I spoke to Ross several weeks ago and he mentioned his ambition, Champions League, and I told him I have the same ambition,” Koeman said.

“We’re going in a good direction and he is a key player, he is a kid of the club, a kid of the town and in my opinion, there is no better place for him to continue.

“I think it’s a normal ambition for players, every player and manager wants to play in the Champions League.

“Our next step is to play in Europe, it may be difficult, if we finish fifth or sixth that will be perfect because you don’t play any pre-qualification games for Europe.”

KOGI ELECTION: WHAT IF ANOTHER CANDIDATE DIES? – DANJU

 KOGI ELECTION: WHAT IF ANOTHER CANDIDATE DIES? - DANJU

The ensuing actions following the demise of the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Kogi state have once again exposed the urgent need for a comprehensive review of our constitution. A recurring situation of discovering lacunas in our constitution is not good for our young democracy. At this rate, the quick fix approach we always adopt may soon eclipse our hard-earned democracy into extinction.

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The major issue at stake in the ongoing Kogi gubernatorial elections has thrown up three possible lines of action for the electoral commission as well as the stakeholders.

– Substitution of the candidate by his party. (A line of action that has now been adopted by the INEC and favored by the APC)
– Fresh Elections (Favored by Sentiments)
– Declare the runner-up as Winner (Favored by Logic, the PDP and other Parties)

A cursory look at each of the above scenarios becomes necessary to appreciate its implication on our democracy.

READ ALSO: Kogi Election: Fresh Twist As Faleke, Wada Claim Victory, Audu’s Son Nominated As APC’s Candidate

SUBSTITUTION OF THE CANDIDATE BY THE APC

Proponents of this line of action have argued for its validity on a simple argument; that the votes in an election belong to the party and not the candidate. But that is as far as the argument goes; there is no law in our books to back their position. By precedence, this option amounts to double standards because as recently as July 2015, the APC had to go through fresh by-elections to fill the vacancy created by the death of Senator Ahmed Zanna- APC senator representing Borno central constituency. Going by this position, shouldn’t they have simply substituted the demised Senator with the first runner-up in the Borno primaries, if the votes belong to a party?

The issue of whether votes are transferrable from the dead to the living has been dealt with extensively over the past week. A majority of opinion converges on the absurdity of the inheritance of votes, playing out in Kogi.

“97. Where a political party ceases to exist in accordance with the Constitution and this Act, a person elected on the platform of the political party in an election under this Act shall remain validly elected, complete his tenure and for purposes of identification, be regarded as a member of the political party under which he was elected”.Nigeria Electoral Act, 2010.

From the foregoing, it is clear that if a political party ceases to exist or even decides to expel an elected person, the person remains validly elected. This is a logical position derivable from law and it further buttresses the fact that a party cannot then transfer the votes accrued by one candidate to another candidate. The same also holds that a candidate cannot transfer his votes from one party to another.

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The problem with the position of substituting the candidate is that although it is unfortunate that the candidate died, it will be a miscarriage of justice to change the rules of a game that has already started.

FRESH ELECTIONS

The strength of this proposal is also its weakness. Proponents of this position argue that it seems like a win-win for all stakeholders. But is that really a valid position.

Does this satisfy the interest of the party of the demised candidate? Not necessarily so, considering their candidate was leading before the unfortunate incident. They would rather advocate for the first position of substituting the candidate. But if they had really evaluated the possible outcome of litigations from other stakeholders, they probably should have advocated for “Fresh Elections”. In the light of this, fresh elections favor the APC.

What about the other candidates? From the PDP to APGA, which candidate will this position favor the most?

Maybe, it will further improve the chances of some candidates who were not initially considered. But in reality, considering the rigor and the huge expenses associated with elections, most candidates would easily wish this option away.

In all of these, one of the less-considered, yet most-important stakeholders is the Kogi electorate. Does this serve their varying interests? Yet again, maybe, maybe not! The truth is that, while a few people such as party-members and those who trade in electioneering merchandise may benefit from fresh elections, the greater lot is at a disadvantage.

The shutdown of governance, the heightened sense of insecurity, and the stoking of ethnic and religious sentiments are realities that citizens have become accustomed to as once-in-four-years. A 100% increase in the probability of this occurrence does not really bode well for them.

The Electoral Commission? With the expected neutrality of the commission, it may be easy to adjudge that they would be indifferent to the possibility of fresh elections. However, with knowledge of the electioneering process and an understanding of the amount of resources required by the commission, a skewed body language in favor of avoiding fresh elections becomes forgivable.

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And what about the nation? A thorough introspection on the implication of this position is critical. In a season of perceived economic austerity, what is the economic implication if the fresh elections also turn out inconclusive?

If death is an act of God, then it can neither be predicted nor circumvented. So, what if another candidate dies in that process? Shall we also order fresh elections and continue to do so until we are able to eliminate the hand of God? And what if the candidate of another party in an ongoing election, other than the party with the leading votes, dies before the votes are tallied is the position of fresh elections valid? If this position is adopted, its far-reaching implications may see politicians orchestrating the hand of God as part of election strategy.

DECLARE THE RUNNER-UP AS WINNER

Of the three possible positions, this is the most dismissed. The reason is that yet again, it benefits one of the candidates. In the Kogi case, it benefits the candidate of the PDP. And considering that the PDP is the new bad kid on the block, any position that favors her is often less considered and attracts little public sympathy.

However, the mere concept of logic argues for the need to rise above sentiments and to legislate for the long term.
The very concept of a runner up is life-imposed. The first runner-up exists in every competition to show how close that contestant came to winning the competition. The logic of the first-runner up is that, in the absence of the first, he or she would have won. The Kogi case follows a fairly similar logic.

There was no clear winner in the contest between Prince Audu and Governor Wada and is therefore adjudged a tie. Logic should therefore prevail that in the unfortunate absence of Prince Audu, the contestant who tied with him should be declared winner.

This simple but controversial position is supported by legislation from other climes. In Texas, when there is no clear winner, the candidate that ties with the deceased stands elected.

“If the deceased, withdrawn or ineligible candidate and another candidate tie for the most votes in an election in which a plurality vote is sufficient for election, the other candidate is considered to be elected. If more than one other candidate is tied with the deceased, withdrawn, or ineligible candidate, the winner of the election shall be determined by resolving the tie between the other candidates in the regular manner for resolving a tie vote in the election”. Section 145.005 subsection C. Texas Electoral Acts 2011.

Even in a remote clime like Afghanistan, the rules are much clearer, the race continues with the remaining candidates.

“In case one of the presidential candidates dies during the first or second round of voting or after the election and before the announcement of the election results, new election shall be held among the remaining candidates within a maximum of 30days in accordance with the provisions of this law”. Article 20, section 5, Afghanistan Electoral Acts 3014.

Interestingly, this position is also well supported by a majority of the candidates of other parties that contested the gubernatorial election. This is evident by the varying litigations that have been filed by these parties in support of declaring the runner-up as winner. Albeit far-fetched, their position may stem from the possibility of becoming benefactors if the runner-up also suddenly falls under the “hand of God” and it might also stem from the spirit of fairplay and good sportsmanship.

READ ALSO: Kogi Election: APC Nominates Bello As Audu’s Son Condemns Dad’s Replacement

The simplicity of this position is also its flaw. Because of the constitutional lacuna regarding this peculiar situation, many have described the situation as complex and nutty. It is human nature to reject simple solutions to complex situations. This position is the most logical, akin to many sports analogy, and consistent with legislation from other climes that have similar electoral systems as ours.

Summarily, if we continue to expect election contestants to embody the spirit of fairness and sportsmanship, then we must adopt similar principles in resolving issues like the Kogi debacle. Neither changing the rules of an ongoing game nor restarting a race because one of the contestants suffered a misfortune demonstrates the fair spirit of sport.

Sani Danju is a political analyst who writes in from Abuja, you can reach him via Email: danjudan@yahoo.com

KLOPP WILL BE HAPPY WITH TOP FOUR FINISH

Jurgen Klopp has stated he will only be happy if he can lead Liverpool to the champions league next season.

The Reds last featured in the European competition in 2014-15, but could not make it to the knockout stages.

They missed out of the competition this year, after losing 3-1 to Sevilla in the final of the Europa league.

However, Klopp who is managing his first full season at Liverpool is determined to take them to the champions league.

“I will only be satisfied if we reach the Champions League,” the Liverpool boss told Sky in Germany.

“You are always under pressure,” Klopp said. “In every game there is pressure.

“You need to win all the time. I’m only satisfied when the team wins.”

PARTY WITH RUNTOWN AT OPENING OF UNDERGROUND BY PLAY ON SATURDAY | FEB.4

PARTY WITH RUNTOWN AT THE OPENING OF THE UNDERGROUND BY PLAY THIS SATURDAY| FEBRUARY 4

The PLAY Network founded by the Okpaleke brothers is proud to announce the latest addition to the family – The Underground.

Situated with the BLD by PLAY building, The Underground brings a whole different experience to the Lagos nightlife scene with its series of radical, interconnected spaces, crafted in shades of black, gold and red playing with ideas of fluidity, layering and building a sense of scale and drama.

Victoria Island Gets New Posh Nightlife Destination As Club Tsunami Opens Tomorrow With DJ Jimmy Jatt, 2 Face And More

On opening night – February 4, revelers can expect to witness Runtown perform in this incredible surrounding enjoy Remy Martin Cocktails in dedicated seating areas made by resident mixologists and world-class table service.

If you want to escape the mainstream and lose yourself on the dance floor, THE UNDERGROUND vibe is your ticket to bliss. You only get one life, live them

DATE: FEBRUARY 4, 2017

VENUE: 15A, ADMIRALTY ROAD, LEKKI PHASE 1

TIME: 10PM

18+ only. Please drink responsibly

In just one week, Beyond Blood has broken records by continuously selling out in different cinemas across Nigeria. Casts of the movie are not relying on this great feat as they are also touring cinemas alongside other Nollywood stars.

If you still haven’t watched Beyond Blood, you are forgiven. Beyond Blood is still showing in cinemas in these locations – Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Uyo, Abuja, Calabar, Benin, Warri, Ilorin & Kano.

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DINO MELAYVE THREATENS SAHARA REPORTERS FOUNDER

Dino Melaye who is at the forefront of a Social Media Bill that aims to remove the freedom of speech of Nigerian citizens fired a veiled threat to Sahara Reporters founder.

The Senator from Kogi State threatened the founder of the New York based publication, saying if he should register his company in Nigeria, he will face jail term ‘longer than that of a monkey in the zoo’.

Though the barbaric Social Media Bill was sponsored by Senator Ibn Na’Allah of Kebbi State, Dino Melaye has been the one championing the bill on social media calling for the clamping of people’s right to free speech. He has in particular called for the silencing of Sahara Reporters for false reporting, a news medium he was comfortable frolicking with when he was campaigning for the seat of Senator.

VIDEO:EVA ALORDIAH

Rap Queen – Eva Alordiah unveils the visuals to her latest track titled ‘To Self’. Eva Alordiah speaks to each one of us individually. Not often do we hear vibes that inspire the self to explore the inner calling.

Eva notes that as we navigate this physical plane of Life, we must seek to deal with our seemingly external issues from within the self. This inspiring track is produced by super producer 2Jo and written by Eva.

Watch below and share.

WATCH: NIYOLA BREAK DOWN THE FTRUE MEANING OF EAGER IN HILARIOUS SKIT

Empire Mates Entertainment first lady and R&B sensation, Niyola in a short hilarious video has explained the actual meaning of the highly anticipated concert ‘Eargasm’; set to hold on the 11th of February 2017 at EKO Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The 58 second video shows the singer draped in a sexy bathrobe suggesting she was about to use the bathroom before being interrupted by a phone call. Niyola speaks to an unidentified caller, which she regards as “aunty”. The caller on the other end seemingly asks Niyola what “Orgasm” is as she had caught wind of the concert; to which the singer replied, “It’s not orgasm o, aunty. It’s Eargasm”, before going on to explain what the concert entails.

The upcoming concert will feature some of the biggest industry names who are set to thrill the audience in a never-before-seen fashion, including 2Face, Adekunle Gold, Niyola, Acetune, Kelly Hansome, Yinka Davies, Sir Shina Peters, DJ Neptune amongst others.

Eargasm is aimed at gratifying the desire of music lovers by presenting them with an exquisite and eclectic taste of classic music as well as connecting lovers of live performers across the country.

Ace comedian Bovi is revealed as the host of the concert and has promised an unforgettable evening.

Watch the hilarious video here:

MOVIE REVIEW OF “MEDITERRANEA”

Mediterranea

Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea confirms the saying that there is no place like home.  It is a reminder to all corrupt governments the world over to the ills they expose their compatriots when they stockpile their nations’ commonwealth for themselves and their cronies alone.  Agitators and rebel leaders, if they could catch a glimpse of Mediterranea, may, perhaps, understand that converting citizens to refugees through violent conflicts barely serves their interests, whatever those may be.

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Ayiva (Koudous Seihon) and Abas (Alassane Sy) set out from their native Burkina Faso, travelling through the Mediterranean Sea on their way to Europe in search of the proverbial Golden Fleece.  Travelling through Algeria and Libya before arriving Italy, they face harrowing experiences at sea, barely living through the situation.  They are jolted when they reach Europe and discover that the grass is not greener on the other side.

The story creates a lot of expectations at the onset, but the plot drags for an unreasonably long time, failing to meet some of the hopes it builds in the viewer’s mind.  The film somewhat seems like a documentary that seeks to expose the vagaries of sea voyage more than anything else.

The film could have been better paced, thereby keeping the viewer in suspense, but Caprignano dispenses with brevity and makes his audience almost lose interest in the story save for those desirous to discover what really becomes of Ayiva and Abas.  Up until the end of the film, Abas’s character hardly undergoes any sort of development; he just looks like someone mandated to escort Ayiva on Ayiva’s journey.

If the film’s plot was taut with Abas’s character better developed, the film would have been a lot more interesting.  Be that as it may, the numbing violence and intolerance depicted in Mediterranea acquaints the viewer with the kind of uncertainty that migrants face as they try to escape difficult situations at home.

PDP MOCKS YAHAYA BELLO’S SWEARING -IN AT KOGI STATE

 PDP MOCKS YAHAYA BELLO'S SWEARING -IN AT KOGI STATE

PDP mocks Yahaya Bello’s swearing-in – Following the swearing in of the All Progressive Congress’ Yahaya Bello as the governor of Kogi state, the PDP has announced plans to challenge the mandate.

PDP mocks Yahaya Bello's swearing-in
PDP mocks Yahaya Bello’s swearing-in

In a statement by the National Secretary of the party, Prof. Adewale Oladipo, the PDP described the whole event as “comical.” Read their statement below!

READ: Kogi Makes History As Gov Yahaya Bello Is Sworn-In Without A Deputy

“The attention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to a comical event organized by the APC as the swearing in ceremony of one Yahaya Bello, a man who did not participate in the overall election, as Kogi state governor.

“The said Yahaya Bello, who cannot claim the overall winning votes in the election is therefore a shadow-chasing passerby on an excursion in Kogi state government house, as the so-called swearing-in ceremony, having no bearing from the votes at election is at best an APC function.

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“The people of Kogi are aware that the man being paraded by the APC is not the person they exercised confidence in at the election as he scored a paltry 6885 vote in the so-called supplementary election as against the 204,877 votes polled by the PDP candidate, Alhaji Idris Wada in the overall election.

“However, as a law abiding party, we hereby urge our members and the people of Kogi state to remain calm and not despair over this slap on democracy as the courts would soon deliver justice with regard to the authentic governor with the mandate of the majority at the election.”

BARTRA THANKS FAN FOR SUPPORT

 

Marc Bartra has sent a word of gratitude to fans after sustaining an injury in the terrorist attack that hit the team bus on Tuesday.

Three explosions rocked the BVB team bus on Tuesday, en route to the first leg of their clash against Monaco.

Bartra underwent wrist surgery on Tuesday evening and has thanked fans on Instagram and Twitter for their show of support.

Hello! As you can see I am doing much better. Thanks for all your messages! All my strength to my team mates, fans and to @BVB for tonight! – @MarcBartra

Hola a todos! Como veis ya estoy mucho mejor, muchas gracias a todo el mundo por los mensajes de apoyo! Toda mi fuerza a mis compañeros, afición y todo el @bvb09 para el partido de esta noche! #HejaBVB Hello everybody! As you can see I am doing much better. Thank you everybody for all your support and your messages! All my strength to my team mates, supporters and fans and to @bvb09 for tonight’s match! #HejaBVB