Monday, 16 January 2017

Watch Michelle Obama And Oprah Winfrey Talk About Chimamanda Adichie In Farewell Interview

In the thoughtful, funny, inspirational and down-to-earth farewell interview with Oprah Winfrey at the White House, the ladies talk about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's piece on the First Lady... amongst many other things.
Oprah told Michelle: Chimamanda's piece on her was "one of the most beautiful things I'd read about you", Check out what they said starting at 20:45 of the interview.
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Trump Queries Why US Should Fight B'Haram In Nigeria

With four days left for him to take over as the 45th president of the United States of America, the transition team of US President-elect, Donald Trump, has asked the State Department series of mind-blowing Africa-related questions.
The questions have also suggested Trump’s views of Africa, with the impression that he may retreat from development and humanitarian assistance to Africa.

In a four-page list of Africa-related questions from the transition staff and obtained by New York Times, questions relating to terrorism and corruption in Africa were raised by the transition team of Donald Trump.

First the transition team asked: “How does U.S. business compete with other nations in Africa? Are we losing out to the Chinese?”

That is quickly followed with queries about humanitarian assistance money.

“With so much corruption in Africa, how much of our funding is stolen? Why should we spend these funds on Africa when we are suffering here in the U.S.?”

On terrorism, the document asks why the United States is even bothering to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, why all of the schoolgirls kidnapped by the group have not been rescued and whether Qaeda operatives from Africa are living in the United States. And it questions the effectiveness of one of the more significant counterterrorism efforts on the continent.

“We’ve been fighting al-Shabaab for a decade, why haven’t we won?” poses one question, referring to the terrorist group based in Somalia that was behind the Westgate mall attacks in Kenya in 2013.

However, Monde Muyangwa, the Director of the Africa programme at the Woodrow Wilson Institute, stated that the questions were necessary for an incoming government.

“Many of the questions that they are asking are the right questions that any incoming administration should ask,” she said.

But she also noted that “the framing of some of their questions suggests a narrower definition of U.S. interests in Africa, and a more transactional and short-term approach to policy and engagement with African countries.”

In other questions, the Trump transition team challenges the benefits of a trade pact known as the African Growth and Opportunity Act. “Most of AGOA imports are petroleum products, with the benefits going to national oil companies, why do we support that massive benefit to corrupt regimes?” the questionnaire asks.

“How,” the questionnaire also asks, “do we prevent the next Ebola outbreak from hitting the U.S.?”

Many believe the questions accurately reflect what Trump has said publicly about Africa in the few times that he has mentioned the continent.

For instance, during the Ebola crisis in 2014, Trump took to Twitter to argue that Americans infected with Ebola should not be allowed back into the United States. As two American health workers became critically ill and were airlifted to Atlanta for treatment, Mr. Trump had this to say via Twitter: “Stop the EBOLA patients from entering the U.S. Treat them, at the highest level, over there. THE UNITED STATES HAS ENOUGH PROBLEMS!”

The Ebola epidemic, which killed almost 10,000 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia (but no Americans), comes up once in the document.

Recall that Trump also reportedly called out on Africans with a threat to send those in the United States away if he wins the upcoming election.

He made the disclosure during a rally at Wichita, Kansas where he re-emphasized the need to rid America of Muslims.

Trump laid an extra emphasis on the Nigerians who he referred to as ‘corrupt’ and further promised to send away because they have taken all the jobs meant for honest hard working Americans.
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NYSC Releases Time-table For 2016 Batch B Stream II

The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, management has released the time-table for 2016 Batch B stream II orientation course. 

A statement released by the management reads, “The NYSC Management wishes to inform prospective Corps members and other stakeholders that the 2016 Batch ‘B’ (Stream II) Orientation course will commence on Tuesday, 24th January, 2017.

“The lineup of activities for the course is shown below:

a. Tue 24th – Wed 25th, Jan 2017 - Registration/verification exercise

b. Thursday, 26th January, 2017 – Swearing-in ceremonyc.

c. Monday, 13th February, 2017 – Closing ceremony

 “Prospective Corps members are advised to report to camp at the scheduled date as registration/verification will end at midnight of January 25, 2017.

“All are also to note that original copies of academic credentials and other documents uploaded during the online registration MUST be presented on camp for physical verification. “In addition, all Prospective Corps members MUST present medical certificate from a government or military hospital showing their health status before they will be registered and admitted for the Orientation course.

“Management wishes prospective Corps members safe journey to their respective camps as well as a successful Orientation course”.
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Watch Hilarious Viral Video How Obama Speaks Of His Wife Vs How Buhari Did

Watch this viral video on how US President, Obama spoke during his farewell speech, compared to how Nigerian President, Buhari spoke last year of his wife when she said she wouldn't campaign for him come 2019 if things continue this way.

Watch below:
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Donald Trump Meets With Martin Luther King Jr.'s Son (Photos)

Across America, January 16, 2017 is celebrated as Martin Luther King's day (today he'll have been 88 years old).
To celebrate the day, US president elect, Donald Trump had a meeting with Martin Luther King Jr.'s son to discuss the civil rights leader's legacy.
After the meeting that held at Trump Towers, Martin Luther King III said that he had "a very constructive meeting" with the president-elect and touched on how he hopes to be a "bridge-builder" to help the country "become a greater nation" moving forward.

"The goal is to bring America together," King said in the lobby of Trump Tower this afternoon.

Afterwards, Trump took to Twitter to say, 'Celebrate Martin Luther King Day and all of the many wonderful things that he stood for. Honor him for being the great man that he was'.
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African American Music Stars Visit President Obama At The White House Today (Photo)

They include Swizz Beatz, Common, Wale, J Cole, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Janalle Monae, Alicia Keys, Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Timbaland and others.
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Sunday, 15 January 2017

First Daughter Sasha Obama Pictured At The Beach In A Bikini (Photos)

15 year old Sasha Obama was pictured at the beach in Miami with friends yesterday. See more photos below....
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We Don't Care If MMM Pays Or Not, Students Must Pay Their Debt - UNIOSUN VC

The Vice Chancellor of Osun State University, Prof. Labode Popoola, said on Saturday that the institution would collect the over N2bn debt students owe it whether they are able to recoup their money invested in the Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox or not.
Popoola said,

“Some of them (students) used their school fees to invest in MMM. But whether MMM comes back or not, it is their headache. I have told them that we are not going to open the portal. If I see that a critical mass of the students pay, then we will decide to open the portal just for about 48 hours. But they must pay first.“This is how we accumulated a debt profile of over N2bn, we cannot continue this way. They just have to pay the money.” Punch quotes him as saying.

But MMM ‘investors’ have not been able to get their money back as of the time of filing this report.
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Current Miss Bum Bum Gets Donald Trump's Face Tattooed On Her Back (Photos)

Brazilian booty queen Erika Canela, Miss Bumbum 2016, shared photos of herself getting Donald Trump's face tattooed on her back, to the shock of her fans.
Explaining why she did it, Erika said;

“I’m a big fan of his. People say ‘you are crazy’, but a lot of people liked it too. I think it’s different, I love it! He is the perfect man, he has built an empire and is pre-destined for greatness. He doesn’t drink, he says what he thinks, and those are qualities I admire. I thought it would be fun to get the tattoo.” 

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Barcelona Sack Club Director After He Claims Lionel Messi Won't Be So Good Without Neymar And Iniesta

A Barcelona club director has been sacked by the club after he claimed Lionel Messi wouldn't be so good without the help and presence of teammates Iniesta and Neymar, comments that the club claimed didn't agree with the club's own line of thought.
Lionel Messi has 18 months to run down on his current contract with Barcelona and has been linked with a transfer out of the club. Following recent comments by a Barca director that they need to be financially sensible to decide whether to keep Messi or sell him, the club is eager not to do things that'll further increase tensions between Lionel Messi and the club and acted swiftly to relieve the director of his duties.
Pere Gratacós, a Barca club director, who was head of Sports Institutional Relations with the Royal Spanish Football Federation, made the comments after the Copa del Rey quarter-final draw.

Gratacos claimed Messi would not be as good without his teammates, despite the Messi's role in the win over Athletic Bilbao , .

"Leo is one of the most important people in the team, but it's not just about him," he said.

"He would not be as good without [Andres] Iniesta, Neymar and company, but Messi is the best."

Th club released a statement saying; "FC Barcelona have dismissed Pere Gratacos as head of institutional sporting relations with the Royal Spanish Football Federation for having publicly expressed a personal opinion that does not match that of the club after the draw for the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey held today in Madrid," the Catalan club said in a bizarre statement:

"The decision has been taken by Albert Soler, director of professional sports, who will assume these functions directly from now on.
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The Bush Twins, Jenna And Barbara Bush's Letter To Sasha And Malia Obama And Never Seen Before Photos

When Malia and Sasha Obama first arrived at the White House, the Bush twins, Jenna and Barbara Bush penned a letter offering advice for the young Obama girls as their father took over the Oval Office.
The Bush twins are the daughters of the 43rd president of the United States of America, George W. Bush Jnr. 8 years later, they have written a farewell letter to the sisters. This time they also shared never-before-seen photos that they took with the Obama sisters. Jenna Bush Hager who is now married and has a 3 year old daughter and her sister Barbara wrote:
"Malia and Sasha, eight years ago on a cold November day, we greeted you on the steps of the White House. We saw both the light and wariness in your eyes as you gazed at your new home. We left our jobs in Baltimore and New York early and traveled to Washington to show you around. To show you the Lincoln Bedroom, and the bedrooms that were once ours, to introduce you to all the people—the florists, the grounds-keepers and the butlers—who dedicate themselves to making this historic house a home. The four of us wandered the majestic halls of the house you had no choice but to move in to. When you slid down the banister of the solarium, just as we had done as 8-year-olds and again as 20-year-olds chasing our youth, your joy and laughter were contagious.

"In eight years, you have done so much. Seen so much. You stood at the gates of the Robben Island cell where South Africa’s Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for decades, your arms around your father. You traveled to Liberia and Morocco with your mom to talk with girls about the importance of education—girls who saw themselves in you, saw themselves in your parents, saw who they could become if they continued to study and learn. You attended state dinners, hiked in national parks, met international leaders and managed to laugh at your dad’s jokes during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon, all while being kids, attending school and making friends. We have watched you grow from girls to impressive young women with grace and ease.

"And through it all you had each other. Just like we did.
"Now you are about to join another rarified club, one of former First Children—a position you didn’t seek and one with no guidelines. But you have so much to look forward to. You will be writing the story of your lives, beyond the shadow of your famous parents, yet you will always carry with you the experiences of the past eight years.

"Never forget the wonderful people who work at the White House. Our greeter as 7-year-olds at our grandfather’s Inauguration was Nancy, the White House florist, who ushered us in from the cold. She helped us make colorful bouquets of winter flowers for our grandparents’ bedside. Twenty years later, Nancy did the flowers for Jenna’s wedding. Cherish your own Nancy. We stay in touch with our Secret Service. They were part of growing up for us: there for first dates, first days and even an engagement and a honeymoon. We know it wasn’t always easy—the two of you and the two of us were teenagers trailed by men in backpacks—but they put their lives on hold for us.

"Enjoy college. As most of the world knows, we did. And you won’t have the weight of the world on your young shoulders anymore. Explore your passions. Learn who you are. Make mistakes—you are allowed to. Continue to surround yourself with loyal friends who know you, adore you and will fiercely protect you. Those who judge you don’t love you, and their voices shouldn’t hold weight. Rather, it’s your own hearts that matter".

On TODAY, Jenna said she and her sister Barbara have found life after the White House to be "really terrific" and hope that Malia and Sasha will have a similar experience.

"It's just amazing how fast eight years go by and how they've become these really unbelievable women and we just wanted to make sure they knew," she said.
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Germany’s Merkel Warns Trump Against Protectionism

German Chancello Angela Merkel warned Saturday against protectionist tendencies of US President-elect Donald Trump, citing lessons learned in the 2008 global financial crash and stressing the need to “move forward together”.
“My profound conviction is that there are more advantages… to moving forward together than when everyone resolves their problems for themselves. I am truly convinced of this,” she told a press conference at a meeting of her CDU party.

Asked if she believed “protectionist tendencies” by Trump could pose a threat, Merkel recalled the example of the 2008 global financial crisis, which “came from the United States”.

“As heads of state and government (of the G20), we said: ‘We must resolve the problem facing us together,'” she said.

“And the response to overcome that financial crisis was not a response based on closing oneself off, but a response which called for cooperation, for common rules, for regulation of financial markets.

“I think this way worked, and naturally we are going to seek dialogue with the new American president,” who will be inaugurated on January 20.

On the campaign trail Trump notably threatened to take protectionist measures against Chinese and Mexican imports, and claimed a first success with a decision by US motor giant Ford not to build a new plant in Mexico.

Trump’s attitude has fuelled concern in Germany: on Thursday Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he was “perplexed” by Trump comparing the leak of a dossier of unsubstantiated allegations against him to something that could have happened in Nazi Germany.

During the US campaign, Steinmeier was even more damning, saying the prospect of a Trump presidency was “frightening” for the world.

He compared Trump to a “hate preacher”, saying he had much in common with “fear mongers” in Germany’s right-wing populist AfD party and advocates of Britain’s exit from the EU.

Source: AFP
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SEC Issues Fresh Warning Over MMM

The Nigeria Police Force has said it does not have any directive from the government to arrest operators or participants of the MMM, a Ponzi scheme.

It also explained that it would not go after operators or participants in the scheme because no one had complained about being swindled by the programme.
The police stated this on Saturday just as the Securities and Exchange Commission warned Nigerians against patronising the scheme.

There were reports that the MMM scheme, which was suspended by its operators in December last year, had commenced operations on Friday.

The scheme directed its members to provide ‘help and get help,’ urging them to make use of the cryptocurrency, bitcoin, for their transactions.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Donald Awunah, a Commissioner of Police, told Sunday PUNCH on Saturday that the police had no plans to go after the operators of the scheme, stressing that there were no complaints against them.

“We are not going after the operators because there is no complaint from anyone that he was swindled by them. No one has complained against them, so we have no reason to go after them. Also, there is no directive from the government to arrest the operators or shut them down,” he explained.

The Corporate Communications Manager, SEC, Naif Abdulsalam, when asked if the commission had made any formal complaint to the security agencies on the activities of the promoters of the scheme, said he would not be able to comment on that.

“I won’t be able to speak on that now,” he said and declined further comment.

He, however, warned Nigerians against patronising the Ponzi scheme, stating that its activities were not regulated by the commission or the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Abdusalam told one of our correspondents during a telephone interview that the commission would continue to enlighten capital market investors.

Source: Punch
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New Militant Group Gives Buhari 14 Days To Sack Magu, Lawal

A new militant group, the Niger Delta Warriors, has issued a 14-day ultimatum to President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.
The militant group also called for the removal of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

It warned that if the Federal Government failed to sack the duo within the 14 days, youths in the Niger Delta would embark on mass protests in major cities of the country, including Abuja.

In a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Saturday, the spokesperson for the group, General Hart Bradford, said its position was in the light of the fight against corruption by the Federal Government.

Bradford said, “We are giving the President 14 days ultimatum to sack the SGF and the EFCC chairman, otherwise we shall have no option than to carry out mass protest in Abuja and other cities across the country until the SGF and EFCC chairman leave office.”

Bradford also warned the FG to stop denigrating the family of former President Goodluck Jonathan, noting that the probe of Mrs. Jonathan was a direct attack on the entire family.

He cautioned the FG not to be selective in the ongoing fight against corruption, adding that several corrupt personalities were in the President’s cabinet.

He also called for the reinstatement of the sacked six policemen, who were aides to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.

“We are in support of the President’s anti-corruption campaign, but the campaign should be carried out without sentiment or witch-hunt against a particular set of people or party, ’’ he added.

Meanwhile, family members of a suspected militant leader, Mr. Felix Miyenminiye, arrested by operatives of the Nigerian Navy have appealed to the Federal Government to release him, adding that he was unlawfully detained.

Felix hails from Ogbudugbudu community, Egbema Kingdom of the Warri-South Local Government Area of Delta State.

He was arrested by men of the Nigerian Navy on August 6, 2016 along Shell Road, Sapele area of the state, for attacks on oil facilities in the region.

The Nigerian Navy also accused him of being a leader of one dreaded militant groups in the region: the Niger Delta Avengers.

In a statement on Saturday by the head of the family, Mr. Morrison Miyenminiye, it explained that the suspect was an ex-Niger Delta agitator who accepted the Presidential Amnesty Programme in 2009 and had since been living a peaceful, private life.

The statement read in part, “The naval officers who arrested him conducted a search immediately in and around his house and found nothing relating to the said frivolous allegation.

“Upon arrest, Miyenminiye was initially taken to Naval Base, Warri, and later transferred to Abuja where he has since been in the custody of the Nigerian Navy. All efforts by the family to reach out to the authorities of the Nigerian Navy to release him has not, in any way, yielded positive result. We therefore appeal to the Delta State Government and the Nigerian Navy authorities to effect the release of Miyenminiye.’’

Source: Punch
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I Don’t Know Who Gideon Okeke Is, I Haven’t Heard His Name Before - Chiwetalu Agu

Chiwetalu Agu has finally put Gideon Okeke in his place and he actually did with a blast. The actor was contacted by Sunday Scoop to react to the allegations lay against him by a younger actor, Gideon Okeke and Elder Chiwetalu spoke his mind.
According to him, he does not know who Gideon is, and he isn’t sure if he has heard his name before. And please believe him, this might be very true. Continue below to read from Chiwetalu.

“Let him leave the censors board to do their job, or does he work with them? Anybody can say anything or come to whatever conclusion they please. The viewers would judge whether I use vulgar words in movies or not. People who watch movies are the ultimate judges. I do not even know who Gideon Okeke is; I do not think I have ever heard his name. If people like AMAA are talking to me about this, I would know how to react appropriately. But this is an individual I do not even know. He has his own style, and I have mine which has won me awards all over the continent and even beyond.”

Speaking further, he said, “This is the first time anyone will be accusing me of vulgarity. Others have been hailing me. What we do is satire; we are re-enacting what happens in the society. People I have encountered and those who have called me have been full of praise for me. It will also interest you to know that I am the highest award-winning actor in Africa. I have 47 awards to my name; and the second person behind me has not even got up to 10 awards. Two years ago, I took two cows to church to celebrate and thank God for giving me the highest number of awards in Africa. Secondly, I have done 727 productions. It is a rare record in Africa. I am also the current holder of the Best Veteran Actor award which was given to me in Ohio, United States of America. People like Olu Jacobs and other time-tested Nollywood practitioners were nominated for that same award but I was chosen. My record is the best in all ramifications. I have spent about 35 years in the movie industry, and I am a big pillar of Nollywood.”

He further said he is appreciated by leaders all over the world. “Even former President Goodluck Jonathan confessed about three years ago that whenever he travels out of the country, foreign leaders ask after people like me, Jim Iyke, and Genevieve Nnaji. Because of that, he put N3bn into Nollywood’s account, and asked the former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to manage the funds for Nollywood. This fund is still open to Nollywood practitioners. It goes without saying that I am very big in Nollywood. I am a father, legend, and icon,” he said.
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