Friday, 31 August 2018

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The Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music honored the King of Pop Michael Jackson’s very special Diamond Birthday Celebration in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Aug. 29.



Special invited guests, including his children Paris Jackson and Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., aka Prince, gathered at the DAYLIGHT Beach Club following a performance of the critically acclaimed Michael Jackson ONE show at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.



Other invited guests included Michael’s older brothers Tito Jackson, left, and Jackie Jackson, right, actress Gabrielle Union, NBA star Blake Griffin, singer Tinashe, old skool rapper DJ Quik, actor David Arquette, actor Evan Ross and his wife Ashlee Simpson, actress Vanessa Hudgens, and more.





Paris, 20, and Prince, 21, accepted the 2018 Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award presented to their father Michael Jackson posthumously for his humanitarian work with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Elizabeth Taylor used to say, “What is a genius? What is a megastar? Michael Jackson, that’s all!
Prince wore a red band leader jacket, white t-shirt and black pants similar to the costume his father wore onstage during his concerts.




Prince and his uncle Jackie Jackson wore black sneakers, custom designed with the word “Tribute” embellished in crystals.
Famed radio DJ Sway Calloway of “Sway in the Morning” emceed the night which featured a surprise performance by singer Usher Raymond, and a guest DJ set by Mark Ronson.

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Amber Rose opened up about her tendency to date men with borderline personality disorders.

The former stripper — who is best known for dating Kanye West — made the revealing confession in an interview with Complex magazine’s Web series “Open Late With Peter Rosenberg“. The 34-year-old mother-of-one noted that the men she dated all seemed to share the same anti-social tendencies. Her inability to maintain a stable relationship with a man led her to seek therapy to better herself.

“I had to go see a therapist, and she was just like, ‘You attract narcissistic sociopaths.’ And I’m not mentioning no names. But a few of them have been that,” she said.
She added:

“Like, nah, you’re not gonna control my every move, you’re not gonna tell me what I need to wear, you’re not gonna tell me where I need to go or who to be friends with. I don’t have time for that s–t.”

Amber, who has a 5-year-old son with rapper Wiz Khalifa, recently dated rappers 21 Savage (pictured above) and Machine Gun Kelly.
Amber also shared that her former lover Kanye West left her broke and practically homeless after they split up.


“I didn’t get money from that — I got fame. When I walked outside, it was like, ‘Oh, s–t, that’s Amber Rose,’ but I was broke as f–k. I didn’t have any money and I didn’t have a bed and I didn’t have furniture.”


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Narcissistic personality disorder is more commonly diagnosed in men. Female narcissists don’t seek therapy because she believes she’s superior to the therapist. Psychology Today published a list of danger signs to watch out for if you are in a narcissistic relationship.

1. Narcissists compliment you excessively
“I love you, you’re so wonderful! I’ve never met someone as great as you are! You’re so much better than all the others. You’re the center of my life! No one has treated you as good as I will treat you.”



2. Narcissists make extremely negative, disparaging comments about others or their co-workers
“That person over there is a real loser. Let me tell you about him (or her). The people that rejected my great idea are some of the stupidest people I have ever met. They don’t know brilliance when it’s staring them in the face.”



3. They lack empathy or compassion for the suffering of others
“She cut herself and bled all over my new carpet! Now I need a new carpet. She is so inconsiderate. She’d better help me pay for a new one.”



4. See themselves as perpetual victims (Narcissistic Injury)
Very early on in your relationship, usually within the first few hours, the narcissist will tell you a sad story about his/her childhood or their mistreatment at work by their boss or co-workers. The narcissist tells you these sad stories to gain sympathy from you which they will use later on to exploit you.



“My mom/dad/grandparent was so mean to me when I was young. They beat/starved me, they were nicer to my siblings than to me. It’s so unfair what they did/said. I will show them! They’re punishing me for being better than they will ever be!”
Pay close attention to your responses and how you feel around him/her. Pay attention to your words, particularly these responses: “I’m sorry to hear that”, “I’m sorry that happened to you”, “That must have been a hard time for you.”




5. He/she is too good to be true
This person is so nice to you, you feel extremely loved and flattered. You may feel euphoric when you’re with him/her. He/she almost seems too good to be true. That’s a warning sign, because people who excessively flatter you are often not who they seem.




6. Gaslight you and make you feel inadequate
Some narcissists will build you up only to tear you down to shake your confidence in yourself and make you feel self doubt. They are like experienced hunters and you are their prey. They are experts at making you believe you can’t survive without them.



7. Love talking about themselves
The narcissist’s favorite subject is himself. He pretends to be interested in you, but he always steers the conversation back to himself.





8. Blame others for their problems
Narcissists tend to look for easy targets to blame for their problems. They avoid accepting responsibility for their bad behavior because it reminds them of their own inadequacy or lack of self worth.






9. Narcissists have short memories
Narcissists are quick to forget their bad behavior. If you remind them of their bad behavior, they will deny the incident ever happened. They will call you a liar and project their bad behavior onto you. “You’re so mean and hateful!, You’re so insensitive, You will never find someone who treats you better than I do!”

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Justin Bieber gave off real Brad Pitt in ‘Legends of the Fall’ vibes while out with fiancee, Hailey Baldwin! The two were photographed in Beverly Hills on Aug. 30, and you have to see the singer’s ’80s-inspired look!



Justin Bieber , 24, has a brand new look and we’re digging it! The singer stepped out in Beverly Hills sporting slicked back hair and a mustache, giving us major Brad Pitt vibes. The actor donned the same look in his 1994 film, Legends of the Fall , where he rocked a grizzly beard and long hair. The resemblance is uncanny, isn’t it? — Take a look at both Bieber and Pitt, below.


The Biebs was out with his fiancée,
Hailey Baldwin , 21, on Thursday, August 30, when they were photographed together. The newly engaged pair was all smiles as they exited the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, a frequent hangout spot for JB. The two have been inseparable ever since they became engaged back in July, having been photographed roaming around New York City on numerous occasions. JB and Hailey were recently spotted taking pictures with fans in his native Canada.


The model even posted a cute photo of her cuddled up with JB on a boat together on August 19.
JB and Hailey got engaged while on vacation in the Bahamas in early July. He surprised her when he popped the question in front of onlookers at Baker’s Bay Resort with a custom $500,000 massive, oval-shaped diamond ring. The couple, who’ve been friends since they were young teens, dated in 2015 and 2016 . It wasn’t until June 2018, that they decided to rekindle their romance.
Justin Bieber channels Brad Pitt from his 1994 film, ‘Legends of the Fall’ while in Beverly Hills on Thursday, August 30.



While the lovebirds have yet to release any details about their nuptials, someone else has. Hailey already picked out their bridal party, which includes [Hailey’s sister] Alaia [Baldwin ] and [cousin] Ireland . Hailey’s aunt, Kim Basinger , 64, revealed that the two family members will be in the couple’s upcoming nuptials during an interview in mid July.

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In a bid to have a rancour - free presidential primary, the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party met with its presidential aspirants in Abuja on Wednesday night.

The PDP team was led by its National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.

Other members of the party’s National Working Committee and some members of the Board of Trustees were also in attendance .
Present at the meeting were the President of the Senate , Dr Bukola Saraki; a former Vice- President , Atiku Abubakar; a former governor of Plateau State , Jona Jang; Sokoto State Governor , Aminu Tambuwal, a former governor of Sokoto State , Attahiru Bafarawa and a former Chairman of the PDP Caretaker Committee , Ahmed Makarfi .

Also in attendance were a former governor of Kano State , Rabiu Kwankwaso and a former Minister of Special Duties and Inter Governmental Relations , Alhaji Kabir Tanimu Turaki (SAN ).
Absent from the meeting were Ahmed Datti , Gombe State Governor , Ibrahim Dankwanbo and a former governor of Jigawa State , Alhaji Sule Lamido.

The meeting was held behind closed door. It was gathered that Secondus told the aspirants that the party would conduct a free , fair and credible primary. He was also said to have assured them that the NWC had no favourable aspirants among them, adding that the primary aim of the party was to sack the All Progressives Congress ’ Federal Government in 2019 .

He told them that the party and others leaders in the country would want the aspirants to cooperate with whoever emerged as the party’s candidate at the October 6 national convention.
A source at the meeting said, “Secondus, in his opening remark, thanked the aspirants for having confidence in the party and its national leadership .
“He also asked them to say whatever they have in mind and suggest to the party, areas they felt that the NWC should work on in order to have a credible primary. ”
Sources at the meeting told our correspondent that the aspirants demanded a free and transparent primary.

They were said to have also said that they would “cooperate with anyone that emerges so far the process is credible, free and fair . “
Speaking with our correspondent on the outcome of the meeting , Secondus said he assured the aspirants of the party at all levels that there would be free, fair and transparent primaries where the delegates’ decision would prevail .
“Let me tell you that we the members of the NWC are assuring all aspirants of our party that the era of impunity or imposition is over in the party as a rebranded PDP under my watch would ensure transparency and fairness for all ,” he added.

Secondus appealed to the aspirants to work harmoniously among themselves in the interest of the party “ since it is only one person that will get the slot at the end of the day. ” He said, “ I told them that we must not forget to put the will of God in all we do bearing in mind that nobody gets power unless as designed and approved by God.
“We are proud of all our aspirants, all of them are eminently qualified to rule this country and if we work in harmony we would chase away the APC out of the Aso Rock Villa by 2019. ”

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It was also gathered that all the aspirants in attendance were given time to speak.

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Surprise! Out of nowhere on Aug. 31, Eminem decided to give fans a brand new album for their Labor Day weekend listening needs. We’ve got his new LP ‘Kamikaze,’ right here.
The real Slim Shady just stood up, released a surprise album and murdered half the rap world.

Eminem just made everyone’s Labor Day weekend a lot more awesome, as he dropped a new album called
Kamikaze at midnight on Aug. 31. It’s his 10th studio album and the follow up to 2017’s Revival with zero warning. The 10 songs and 3 skits are pure fire and show that at 45-years-old Marshall Mathers still rules the rap game. Eminem seemed to agree that Reviva l wasn’t his best effort and wanted to show fans he’s still got the chops by tweeting “tried not 2 over think this 1… enjoy,” along with his album art featuring the back of a fighter plane. Oh yes we are enjoying it Marshall!!!

He has assists from Joyner Lucas on the tune “Lucky You,” Royce da 5’9″ on “Not Alike and Jessie Reyez appears on two tracks, “Nice Guy” and “Good Guy.” While Revival had plenty of build up and promotion, Kamikaze dropped without any warning, hints or leaks that Em had an ENTIRE NEW STUDIO ALBUM that was coming for the world.
“All I know is I wrote every single word of everything I ever murdered, time to separate the sheep from GOATS!//And I got no faith in ya writers, I don’t believe I ghosts,” he raps on the album’s title track. He also disses new rappers like Lil Yachty Lil Xan and Lil Pump in the lead track “The Ringer.” “Lil Pump, Lil Xan imitate Lil Wayne.

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I should aim at every in the game, pick a name//The era that I’m from would pummel you, that’s whats it coming to. What you gonna do.” He adds, “I can see why people like Lil Yachty, but not me though.” SLAY!
Fans are losing their minds as this comes only eight months after Revival dropped. This is a guy who has been know to go YEARS without any new music and this comes so quickly after his last release. Revival was met with mixed reviews and had way too many cooks in the kitchen. He spent two years recording it, had countless producers and guest work from the likes of Beyonce and Ed Sheeran .

In his own words, it doesn’t feel like he overthought Kamikaze the way he did with Revival. He just went into the studio, busted out some amazing freestyles and laid it all on the world by surprise.
Fans immediately lost their shizz on Twitter. One person wrote “He’s is ending everyone’s career.. doesn’t stop once to take a breath…

THANKYOU SO MUCH FOR SAVING HIP HOP @Eminem,” while another added “This Eminem album is UNREASONABLY good.” One fan tweeted “This album is already better than Revival and I’m 2 songs in.” “Motherf**k Eminem is really back!! Idk if Revival exists anymore.

This is whole different level!! There are levels to the levels!!! F**kin sick. Omf this slapssssssss,” another fan rejoiced.




See the full track listing below:




The Ringer
¶ Greatest
¶ Lucky You (feat. Joyner Lucas)
¶ Paul – Skit
¶ Normal
¶ Em Calls Paul – Skit
¶ Stepping Stone
¶ Not Alike (feat. Royce Da 5’9′)
¶ Fall
¶ Kamikaze
¶ Nice Guy (feat. Jessie Reyez)
¶ Good Guy (feat. Jessie Reyez)
¶ Venom – Music from the Motion Picture

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The National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress has adopted the direct primary method for the selection of its presidential candidate .

It also agreed that states should adopt the mode of primary that best suits their peculiarities from among the methods specified in the party’s constitution.

The party however said states that would adopt the direct primary method should notify the national secretariat in writing before doing so. This was part of the resolutions reached by the party’ s second highest decision- making body after its NEC meeting in Abuja on Thursday.

Plateau State Governor , Simon Lalong, who briefed the media after the meeting , noted that the party’s constitution provides for direct, indirect and consensus as methods through which candidates can emerge.
He said, “The constitution of the party provides for either direct, indirect or consensus but for the presidential election we all agreed that we will adopt direct primaries for the presidential election .
“Also a recommendation was made by the National Working Committee that the other states should adopt the indirect mode but there may be situations that this might be a difficulty in the state looking at their peculiarities . So , if there are such difficulties they can apply following the process . ”
While responding to a question on whether the issue of automatic tickets was discussed , he said, “We didn ’t discuss the issue of automatic ticket . But we discussed that yes, patriotic and loyal members should be rewarded but not necessarily with automatic ticket . We are saying some senators , our senators who are patriotic , who are supposed to be taken away were all kept in the party.

“So , all states should look at and then we will find ways of rewarding them. But election is giving option for everybody to contest election . ”
He revealed that the decision about the costs of nomination and expression of interest forms was referred to the party’ s NWC to decide but that it was generally agreed that it should be reasonable .
Also speaking on the issue of automatic tickets , the Kogi State Governor , Yahaya Bello , said, “People refer to issue of automatic ticket to governors and legislators . In our party, we have a reward system.
“You surely will not throw away a loyal party man . You will not punish a loyal party man . We will always support and reward those legislators who were supposed to have been taken away in a deceitful manner but stood by Mr President , with this country, those that are patriotic to this party and this country surely will be rewarded in one way or the other . ”

He explained that the membership registration would be intensified to provide a reliable data- base for the conduct of the direct primary to select the presidential standard bearer .

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Every major politician will be at late Sen. John McCain’s D.C. funeral, except President Donald Trump. We’ve got details on if wife Melania will still attend even though her husband has been banned.




One of late Sen. John McCain ‘s final wishes was that President Donald Trump be banned from his funeral upon his death from brain cancer on Aug. 25. All other living presidents will be in attendance on Sept. 1, and his 2008 presidential campaign rival
Barack Obama will be giving the eulogy. That shows what a truly awful person McCain though Trump to be. Now wife Melania , 48, is feeling humiliation by proxy.




“Melania feels embarrassed yet again by Donald, this time because of his ban from McCain’s funeral. She attended Barbara Bush ‘s funeral without him and now she feels pressure to go to this one without him too,” a Washington DC insider tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Melania actually looked the happiest she has in ages when posing with former Presidents George W. Bush ,
Barack Obama and their wives after Barbara’s service. She appeared relieved to be in the company of intelligent adults and not her bratty man-child husband.




Trump was so cruel to McCain ever since the tycoon entered politics. The Arizona senator was a Vietnam war hero, spending nearly 6 years being tortured in a P.O.W. camp after his plane was shot down and Trump actually dissed him over that.
“I don’t like losers. He’s not a war hero,” Trump said mockingly of McCain at an Iowa campaign stop in 2015. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” Umm, Trump got five deferments from serving in Viet Nam because of alleged bone spurs in his foot, so it was incredibly unpatriotic for a draft dodger to diss McCain like that.





“Melania does not feel entirely welcome or comfortable attending the funeral after John made it clear that Donald was not welcome. She resents Donald again for being put in the middle of an awkward position,” our insider continues. “Melania wants to do what is right, whether that means going in Donald’s place, or respectfully staying away. But she feels humiliated that this is an issue and blames her husband again for putting her in another challenging situation. She is weighing her options, has been discussing the issue with the McCain family, wants to what is best, and will make the decision when she is ready.”
McCain was so beloved by both Republicans and Democrats.




Former Vice President and close friend Joe Biden gave the eulogy at his Arizona memorial service on Aug. 30,
breaking down in tears several times. After that the senator’s body was flown to Washington D.C., where his casket will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda on Aug. 31, a day before his funeral in the nation’s capital. Everyone who is anyone past or present in U.S. politics will be on hand….except for the sitting President of the United States. That speaks volumes towards Trump’s awful character.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

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Cristiano Ronaldo is set to meet Real Madrid president Florentino Perez for the first time since his exit from the Spanish capital. The ex-Real Madrid attacker will be in Monaco for the Champions League draw and awards on Thursday and Perez is also set to be in attendance.

Ronaldo signed for Juventus this summer, the pair bade their selves’ goodbye via messages and they never saw face to face but with the football event taking place in Monaco both will have the opportunity to see each other again.

Perez is seeking to make up the damaged relationship after Ronaldo left the club without a press conference after the World Cup.
Ronaldo is of the opinion that he was not showed the loved he desire in the final stages of his career.


Ronaldo vies the UEFA best player of the year award with his further teammate Luka Modric and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, the winner will be announced on Thursday. All attention will be on Perez and Ronaldo as they are set to meet again since the Portuguese forward abrupt departure from Santiago Bernabeu.

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Retired Super Eagles forward Victor Moses reveals the best player in Chelsea training so far under the new coach Maurizio Sarri this campaign.

The 27-year-old Nigerian has seen Ross Barkley impress in the early weeks of this season as the English attacking midfielder struggled to feature during Antonio Conte reign for the dethroned Premier League Champions since his January move from Everton.




Barkley has also spent time on the sidelines with a recurrence of a hamstring injury that kept him out of action during the first half of last season at Goodison Park but he has gone start the Blues last three matches under former Napoli boss this term.However, the England international fails to start in Chelsealastfixture against Newcastle as Sarri opted to give the summer loanee signing fromReal Madrid Mateo Kovacic in centralmidfield alongside N'Golo Kante and Jorginho instead.




Moses told the club official website when asked who has been the best player in training of late he said: "Everyone has been good, everyone is working hard but I’d say, Ross Barkley,""He had a big injury but he’s started the season really well and he’s working his socks off."Chelseasitin the third place in the log table with 9 points after three wins but the West London side host Bournemouth this weekend at Stamford Bridge and Sarri may opt tokeep the same starting eleven that saw off Newcastle last Sunday in Saint James Park.

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah snubbed Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos after Spain international was named UEFA defender of the year at a ceremony at held in the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco. The 26-year-old ends his Champions League final dream in the first half of the encounter in Kiev after Los Bancos man injured the shoulder of the Egyptian star sees the Reds highest goals scorer last term left the field in tears.



However, two errors from departure keeper Loris Karius give Real Madrid a 3-1 win and their third straight victory in the competition. After receiving the award from the stage in Monaco, Ramos returned to his seat and rubbed salt in Salah's wounds by tapping him on the same shoulder that he injured in May.



Luka Modric turned to congratulate his club team-mate with a handshake but the African and PFA of the year snubbed the Spanish defender and looked straight ahead.


pic.twitter.com/qyJvGiJ5L1— James Dart (@James_Dart)August 30, 2018 Salah lost the UEFA player of the award to Real Madrid and Croatia international Luka Modric.

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President Muhammadu Buhari , Vice President Yemi Osinbajo , and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress have arrived the APC National Secretariat for the party’s National Executive Council meeting .

The party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole , is leading other members of the National Working Committee to the meeting .
President Buhari arrived the venue at about 11 : 20 am .

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Singer Bruno Mars is living the good life. The 32-year-old Hawaiian native seems to be packing on the pounds while on vacation with his girlfriend, Jessica Caban .




The couple enjoyed a relaxing day at a luxury resort in Punta Mita, Mexico on Wednesday. Bruno, who looks like he gained over 60 pounds, got his hair braided and enjoyed a few packs of cigarettes. Girlfriend Jessica lay out in the sun and showed off her sexy body in an animal print bathing suit.



She also joined her girlfriends for an impromptu photoshoot for Instagram. Bruno is taking a break from his 24K Magic Word Tour.

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A former governor of Imo State , Chief Ikedi Ohakim , has said no fewer than 15 Igbo billionaires had been mobilised to fund the senatorial race of the widow of late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu , Bianca Ojukwu .

He said the Igbo would not watch the wife of their leader be intimidated by anybody in any circumstance .

Ohakim who described the late Ojukwu as the most selfless Igbo leader dead or alive, spoke at Ekwulobia in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State during a stakeholders ’ meeting of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the Anambra South Senatorial district.

He enjoined those aspiring to contest the position with Bianca to have a rethink, stressing that it would be a setback to the Igbo and a disservice to Ojukwu for anybody to work against the interest of his widow and in fact any member of his family in general.

He said “Those who are contesting the poll with the wife of our leader may have the money and wherewithal to muzzle down Bianca but they don ’ t have the same integrity ..“Bianca Ojukwu is not an ordinary human being, she is a spirit . She has double - barreled identity and double -barreled legacy .
“We have mobilised 15 Igbo billionaires to sponsor her ambition and over 25 , 000 youths to work for her . ”

He enjoined the people of Anambra State not to disappoint the Igbo race in the Bianca project.
He added, “The people of Imo , Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu , have asked me to beg you (Anambra ) to accomplish this mission and project in memory of our great leader , Dim Chkwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu .
“ Ojukwu sacrificed his Oxford education , his personal comfort, his father’s wealth to save the Igbo race at the most auspicious time” .
Bianca said she was going to the Senate to accomplish the dream of her late husband of giving the Igbo a voice in national polity .

She said, “APGA and Igbo interests run in my veins and blood ; and I have a kindred obligation to defend it and that ’ s why I ’m going to the Senate. The Ojukwu dream must not die. We can’ t abandon Ojukwu . ”

Bianca , a former Ambassador of Nigeria to Spain would contest the Anambra South Senatorial poll on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance . Her late husband led APGA for over a decade during his lifetime, and was at several times the presidential candidate of the party.



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Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris had a lot of emotions come up about her marriage to T.I. when she recently had a pregnancy scare and the rapper had a surprising reaction to the whole situation.

Tameka “Tiny” Harris, 43, had a bit of a scare this week when she thought she may be welcoming another bun in the oven with estranged hubby T.I. , 37, and their feelings were pretty interesting about the whole ordeal. “Tiny was relieved this week after she thought she might be pregnant again,” a source close to Tiny EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife .


“It was a false alarm which was good news for Tiny. While she would love more kids with T.I., the timing could not be worse for her to be pregnant again. She is super busy with work and has enough to worry about with little Heiress in her terrible twos and the rest of her kids.”

It turns out T.I. had a very different reaction to the pregnancy scare. “T.I., however, was crushed when he found out Tiny was not expecting again,” the source continued. “He went from being super happy and excited about being a dad again to sad during the emotional week. He loves kids and wants as many as possible. He was sweet to Tiny, consoled her and told her they better get back to work trying to make kids again ASAP.”


Tiny and T.I.’s love for each other seems stronger than ever despite their separation. They recently celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary and you wouldn’t know they are estranged from the way they treat each other.

From lavish gifts to loving shout-outs on social media, these two definitely have something special and we love seeing them praise each other whenever they get the chance! Will there be more children for them in the future? We guess we’ll just have to wait and see what they decide!


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The Governor - elect of Ekiti State , Dr . Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday filed his defence to the petition by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and outgoing Deputy Governor of Ekiti State , Prof. Kolapo Olusola.




The defence team , comprised of 35 lawyers, would be led by eight Senior Advocates of Nigeria .
The SANs are Prince Lateef Fagbemi, Chief Akin Olujimi, Jelili Owonikoko, John Baiyeshea , Segun Ajibola , Mr Hakeem AfoIabi , Mr . Yomi Aliyu and Dr . Kayode Olatoke.
In the 2 ,558 - page defence with over 3 ,000 documents as exhibits , Fayemi averred that he won the gubernatorial election of July 14 , 2018 and urged the tribunal to dismiss Olusola’s petition for lacking in merit .




The team of lawyers armed with 3 ,500 exhibits and 1 , 009 witnesses were led to the tribunal by three Senior Advocates of Nigeria :
Addressing the press after filing the petition, Olatoke who spoke on behalf of his colleagues , said Olusola’s petition was a waste of time as it lacked substance and was sure that the case would be dismissed by the tribunal .
He explained further that Fayemi won fair and square in 12 out of the 16 local government areas of the state, while Olusola won in four .
Olatoke dismissed Olusola ’s claim of over voting in some polling units as frivolous and baseless .



He said Eleka ’ s first ground in his petition was based on Fayose’s phantom indictment , which had been nullified and set aside by a competent court.
“The second ground of Eleka ’s (Olusola) petition is alleged over voting, which is another false claim. In any case , the petition in itself is self- defeating.
“ The third ground is on deliberate voiding of votes as alleged by Eleka but in actual fact, majority of the voided ballots were votes meant for Fayemi, while the fourth ground is on vote- buying which is baseless as it was, Eleka ’s sponsor, Fayose that was guilty of this .

Fayemi won convincingly based on his popularity ,” Olatoke said.
No date has been fixed for hearing.

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has imposed heavy fines totalling N 5 . 87 bn on four banks under its regulatory purview for alleged illegal funds repatriation.

It also directed the managements of the banks and MTN Nigeria Communications Limited to immediately refund to the apex bank $ 8 , 134 ,312 , 397 . 63 , which was said to have been illegally repatriated by the company.


A statement from the CBN on Wednesday said it asked the banks and MTN to refund money for what it described as ‘ flagrant violation of extant laws and regulations of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , including the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act , 1995 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Foreign Exchange Manual, 2006 ’.
The four banks that came under the sledge hammer of the CBN for the violations are Standard Chartered Bank, Stanbic- IBTC , Citibank and Diamond Bank.



The Director , Corporate Communications, CBN , Isaac Okorafor, said that the actions of the bank became necessary following allegations of remittance of foreign exchange with irregular Certificates of Capital Importation issued on behalf of some offshore investors of MTN Nigeria Communications Limited and subsequent investigations carried out by the apex bank in March 2018.


“The CBN has therefore asked the managements of the banks and MTN Nigeria Communications Limited to immediately refund the sum of $ 8 , 134 ,312 , 397 . 63 , illegally repatriated by the company to the coffers of the Central Bank of Nigeria ,” it stated .

Figures obtained from the CBN on Wednesday indicated that the highest fine of N 2 . 47 bn was slammed on Standard Chartered Bank, while Stanbic IBTC Nigeria was fined N 1 . 885 bn .
Citibank Nigeria was penalised to the tune of N 1 . 265 bn , just as Diamond Bank was directed to pay N 250 m for violating extant rules .
The CBN spokesman further disclosed that the decision of the bank followed its thorough investigations into the allegations .
Okorafor said the investigations revealed that the sum of $ 3 . 448 bn was repatriated by Standard Chartered Bank on the basis of the illegally issued CCIs .
Similarly, he added that the sums of $ 2 . 632 bn , $ 1 . 766 bn and $ 348 . 914 m were repatriated by Stanbic IBTC Nigeria , Citibank Nigeria and Diamond Bank Plc, respectively between 2007 and 2015.
He said the CBN had directed the affected banks to immediately refund the respective sums to the CBN.

“The CBN’ s investigation further revealed that on account of illegal conversion of MTN shareholders’ loan to preference shares (interest free loan ) of $ 399 , 594 ,146 . 00 , the sum of $ 8 ,134 , 312 ,397 . 63 was illegally repatriated by the company,” the statement said.
He said that the investigations by the CBN took a while in order to carry out thorough inquiry and give a fair hearing to all parties involved .
Okorafor advised all banks and multinational companies in Nigeria to adhere strictly to the provisions of all extant laws and regulations of Nigeria in their foreign exchange transactions .



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Sule Lamido who is a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo supports his aspiration. Daily Trust reports that the former governor of Jigawa state spoke on Wednesday, August 29 in Jos.

He noted that he has been in the PDP before Obasanjo but that the latter sees his capability and determination. He said:"I have been in PDP much earlier than Obasanjo but he became my president, and in me he has seen the capability, the commitment and passion for Nigeria, that's why he was supporting me."Lamido said he would not leave the party even if he is defeated in the primary election as the candidate that emerges “would work based on his party's legacy and heritage.

"In PDP, we have over one million Sule Lamidos, one million Wikes, Fayoses, Dankwambo and Darius (Ishaku), but we have same heritage, our political DNA is in each other, unlike in APC, which has only one human being, the rest are articles.

NAIJ.com had reported that the national Secretariat of the PDP in Abuja was on Tuesday, August 28, taken over by the sale of nomination forms to aspirants seeking to contest the 2019 general polls under its wings. Whereas many aspirants made payments for the forms in bank drafts, others paid through Point of Sales (POS) machines, The Sun reports'


Listed among those who collected expression of interest and nomination forms were the Gombe state governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, who is seeking to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the party Also, the former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, picked the PDP presidential nomination form. Both aspirants paid N2 million each for expression of interest forms and N10 million for the nomination forms.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

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Porn star Stormy Daniels, who has been having a running battle with the United States President Donald Trump, has said that the president is not much of a good lover and that he lasted only two minutes in bed.

The controversial sex worker also claims that President Trump is a “good conversationalist,” and that in the course of their sexual trysts, he asked “good questions about the porn industry,” including if adult film stars get royalties and residuals or had a union.

In an interview with the Vogue magazine published on Tuesday, she explained part of the extra-marital encounter she had with Trump to New York Times reporter, Amy Chozick.

When asked:

“How many details can you really give about two minutes?” Daniels said, “Maybe. I’m being generous.”

She, however, remained consistent with her past claims that the sex was consensual and that she never felt forced into it.


She also said that Trump wasn’t a bad conversationalist and that he asked good questions about the porn industry, including if adult film stars get royalties and residuals or had a union.


Did Trump do something that made her feel like she had to have sex with him? Daniels is emphatic. “No, nothing,” she says. “Not once did I ever feel like I was in any sort of physical danger. I’m sure if I would’ve taken off running, he wouldn’t have given chase. And even if I had, there’s no way he could’ve caught me. He’s even less likely to catch me now.” Daniels said

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Janet Jackson honored her brother
Michael Jackson on his 60th birthday (Aug. 29) by recreating his star-studded music video for his hit song “Remember the Time” (released in 1992).

The 52-year-old pop icon teamed with Instagram comedians Kwaylon Rogers and King Bach to recreate “Remember the Time” to honor her older brother. Michael died of a drug overdose at age 50 in his Holmby Hills, CA mansion on June 25, 2009.
In the original music video, directed by John Singleton in 1992, Michael plays a talented palace performer who risks losing his head if he doesn’t entertain the easily bored queen (played by supermodel Iman ).

When the queen takes a sudden romantic interest in the charming Michael, her furious husband (played by Eddie Murphy ) orders his head chopped off.

But Michael gives Magic Johnson and his goons the slip, while setting the stage for one of the greatest dance sequences in music video history. The original music video was inspired by Eddie Murphy’s 1988 comedy film Coming to America.

Instagram janetslegacymatters @JanetJackson Honors Michael Jackson on 60th Birthday with 'Remember the Time' Remake! Featuring Viral sensation:
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Serena William’s infant daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. turns 1 on Saturday, but Serena and her husband Alexis Ohanian aren’t planning to celebrate with a birthday cake and gifts.


At a press conference ahead of the U.S. Open last weekend, Serena
explained why she and her husband won’t mark their baby’s 1st birthday with a lavish party.
“Olympia doesn’t celebrate birthdays,” said Williams. “We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we don’t do that,” she said.


Jehovah’s Witnesses are Christians who don’t celebrate birthdays or Christmas because they believe holidays have pagan origins. They also don’t believe in accepting gifts that celebrate holidays.


Other famous Jehovah’s Witnesses in Black history include Serena’s sister Venus Williams, and the late musicians Michael Jackson, Selena Quintanilla Pérez and Prince.
Michael eventually dissociated himself from the Jehovah’s Witnesses because they disapproved of his music, particularly “Thriller” with its supernatural theme.

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Selena Gomez is ready to put the past behind her and find true love after a rough break up with Justin Bieber and she’s making sure to make her happiness a priority.
Selena Gomez , 26, has been living her best single life ever since her split from Justin Bieber , 24, earlier this year but now she’s feeling ready to take the next step and find true love in a long term commitment after all she’s learned.




“Selena has a new plan when it comes to getting over Justin and preparing for a future without him,” a source close to Selena EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife . “She is making her self-care the priority, she wants to become the very best version of herself so that she can attract the right life partner. She is focused on letting all her baggage go and is doing more work on herself than ever. She is also making having fun with her friends a big priority.”
Although Selena is making sure she takes care of herself, she’s also allowing herself to have a little fun while she’s at it, and that includes working on her music.







“She’s working out a lot and eating really healthy but she’s also letting herself indulge too, she’s making happiness and feeling good the priority,” the source continued. “Being creative and doing her art always makes her feel her best so that is a big focus now too. She is really throwing herself into her career and her next album and that’s helping to take her mind off Justin too. Working on the music video with
Cardi B over the weekend was so much fun, Cardi was so sweet and made her feel so empowered.”
It’s not always easy for the brunette beauty, though, and she has to keep trying to stay positive when things still get rough . “Selena feels like she’s on the right path and ready to prepare herself for the next love of her life,” the source explained.



“It’s not an overnight change though, there are times that it’s still a struggle for Selena to keep her mind off Justin and to deal with his sudden engagement with Hailey [Baldwin ]. But her new focus on self-care, with the goal of making herself healthy and strong again so that when she meets her next boyfriend, she will be in a good place, is really working. She’s moving on from Justin and feeling good.” via hollywoodlife

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The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress says the party’s preparation for the forthcoming general elections , particularly how to conduct transparent primaries formed the major discussion held during the party’s caucus meeting held on Tuesday night.

Oshiomhole disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja .
He said the party would ensure that all its activities ahead of the elections were in conformity with the nation ’ s constitution and the Electoral Act .


The former Edo State Governor also promised that the party’ s leadership would ensure that the principles of internal democracy are followed .
He said, “The meeting just had a conversation around the forthcoming primaries .

“As you know, based on INEC timetable on primaries , this is the season from the President down to House of Assembly and the exercise must end on October 7 , according to INEC guidelines.

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“We are obliged to comply with the guidelines because the guidelines are derived from the provisions of the Electoral Act .
“So , we basically discussed how to ensure full compliance with the INEC guidelines and also ensure that we observe all the principles of internal democracy, participation , ensuring fairness and justice .
“I think those are the issues basically. ” Oshiomhole indicated that the resolutions reached at the caucus meeting would be tabled before the party’s National Executive Committee at its meeting holding on Thursday.


He said it was after the NEC had ratified the outcome that it would be made public.“By Thursday we will go to NEC where the formal decisions will be rectified and once they are rectified there will be no problem ; they are not being kept because every member of the party and indeed Nigerian are entitled to know how we agreed about the exercise .

“But I think everybody has confidence that we will do very credible primaries to ensure that those who fly the flag of the party have the mandate of their various constituencies,’’ Oshiomhole said.

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The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said LAKE Rice was now available at retail outlets , markets, super markets and stores across the state.



The Commissioner for Agriculture , Mr Oluwatoyin Suarau, who stated this while reviewing distribution report of the product , said the government flooded the state with bags of the rice because of skyrocketing prices of other rice products in the market, adding that the government would ensure all year round availability of LAKE Rice at affordable prices .





He said, “It is in a bid to ensure availability of LAKE Rice product in every part of Lagos that the government sought the participation of major rice distributors , shopping malls and supermarkets in the distribution of the product . ”


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The commissioner said the product would continue to maintain its quality and price and would always go through different quality analysis assessments before being released to the market for consumption.
“The ultimate goal of the government is to stop importation of rice and ensure that only locally- produced rice is consumed by residents .
“The rice which is packaged in 50 kilogrammes , 25 kg and 10 kg bags is still being offered for sale to residents at N 12 ,000 , N 6 ,000 and N 2 , 500 respectively.
Suraru stated that various measures had been put in place to protect the price and avoid adulteration so that the aim of the government in ensuring availability and affordability of the product would not be defeated.

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The immediate past governor of Delta State , Dr . Emmanuel Uduaghan, who has officially dumped the Peoples Democratic Party for the ruling All Progressives Congress , said he ditched his former party owing to President Muhammadu Buhari ’ s “passionate” interest for the development of the Niger Delta region .

Uduaghan in a statement made available to our correspondent on Wednesday morning and titled “Moving On To The Bigger Playing Field”, the former governor noted that despite Buhari inability to score the required 25 per cent in the 2015 election in the region , he has given direct focus to the development of the region . While listing some of the development efforts by Buhari ’s government, Uduaghan said, “Since the inception of the current All Progressives Congress , APC, administration at the federal level, there has been an encouraging interest and activities by President Muhammadu Buhari to bring a permanent solution to the Niger Delta crisis .

This has pointed in a direction that is at once progressive and developmental.
“Topmost in these activities are the ‘Engagement Processes . ’ Rather than using the military to harass our people , the Buhari administration has embarked on various engagement processes that have led to agreements and brought hope to the people of the Niger Delta . In the last years , Mr . President has personally engaged several regional leaders and youths . Senior officials of his administration also engaged many Niger Delta leaders and youths .

“Very significant is that Mr . President mandated the Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo SAN , to visit virtually all the oil producing states, engaging various stakeholders . This is unprecedented in the history of the region . Such engagement processes have brought some measure of peace in the Niger Delta. Things can only get better . ”
The former governor who is contesting the Delta South Senatorial District in 2019 , called on leaders in region to support efforts being made by the present administration to bring lasting peace to the area , adding that his defection to the APC was to offer such support .

“In this era of partisan politics, it is necessary for the people of the Niger Delta, and Delta State in particular, to identify more with the Federal Government led by the APC. By so doing, we can push some of the agreements between our leaders and the Federal Government through, and also engage the government to do more . Politics is about interests .

“The Niger Delta is a major area of interest for me , because I staked my life going into the creeks severally without security and sometimes coming back at night negotiating peace. I will, therefore, give the strongest support to any President that shows commitment in the affairs of the Niger Delta. I call on , and enjoin, other well- meaning leaders in the region , who have very useful contributions to make, to come on board and join hands in helping this Federal Government to pursue a robust development agenda that would uplift our people . Whatever milestone that appears not to have been achieved yet is not for lack of efforts. Joining hands with and supporting the process will lead to a faster delivery on expectations .


“ It is in the pursuit of this noble objective that I ’m offering myself to help drive a process that would give the lives of our people in the Niger Delta more meaning . President Muhammadu Buhari needs people who will join hands with him to uplift our people . From my political experience , you have to be well represented and actively so at the “board room ” when decisions are being taken. Delta State must be well represented . Niger Delta must be well represented ” the statement added.


Uduaghan, who thanked leaders and members of his former party for urging him to stay , added that he prayed fervently divine direction before agreeing to leave the PDP where he served as commissioner, Secretary to the State Government and two- term as a governor .



“I have, therefore, after series of consultations and prayers, taken the decision to leave the PDP and join the APC. In doing this , I want to thank the numerous leaders , supporters and interest groups that have been urging me to remain in PDP . I am happy that after explaining some of the deeper issues to you, some of you that are politicians have agreed to join the APC in the near future .
“So I am going into APC as “John the Baptist” to the numerous Deltans that are coming in , soon – very soon. ”

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Cristiano Ronaldo Jr has started training with the Juventus youth academy’s Under-9 team.
The 33-year-old move to Serie A for €100m from Real Madrid in the summer and Portugal international and his family is settling into their new life in Turin with Cristiano Jr. also joining the club.




According to Football Italia, Cristiano Jr was spotted in training today with the Pulcini 2010 squad reserved for Under-9s at the Vinovo ground alongside his iconic dad partner Georgina Rodriguez.
Five-time Ballon d'Or winner son is not the only player's kid are with the Bianconerri as Andrea Barzagl, Claudio Marchisio and Fabio Grosso sons Cristiano Jr. previously played for a youth academy attached to ​Real Madrid before his father left the European champions early last month.

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MULTICHOICE Nigeria said it has appealed against interim court order dated 20 August from the Federal High Court regarding the price adjustment implemented on August 1, 2018.




In a statement, the pay-TV company said: “We believe thatthe order is an affront to the free market economy and we have now filed a Notice of Appeal and an application for stay of execution, pending the hearing of the appeal. The CPC has accordingly been served with the requisite processes.




Inlight of the application for a stay of execution, the status quo therefore prevails.“We will always operate within the ambit of the law and will continue to work with the authorities to ensure the best outcome for our customers. We remain committed to providing the best quality of entertainment and premium content at the best possible prices.”



Some Nigerian subscribers, who dragged Multichoice Nigeria before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, over its hike in the prices of Digital Satellite Television, DSTV, and GoTV subscriptions, have initiated contempt proceedings against the company’s (Multichoice) directors for allegedly disobeying a valid court order. April 17, 2015

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Former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry revealed what he learnt in his two years spell with Pep Guardiola during their time in Barcelona, according to report in Sky Sport.



Henry who was a dominant force in the Premier League arrived in Spain towards the end of his career and at 30 years old he learnt something new.Guardiola’s philosophy injected something new into the Frenchman brand of football.




"I learned how to play football again,"he said on Sky Sports.The Arsenal legend arrived in Barcelona in 2007 and worked with Guardiola in 2008 to 2010 season.




Under Guardiola Henry won a Champions League, two leagues, a Copa del Rey, a Club World Cup, a European Super Cup and a Spanish Super Cup.He played 80 games for the Camp Nou outfit and scored 35 goals in theprocess.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

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According to movie director, Abinibi who posted a video and photos from the accident scene on his Instagram page, he presently receiving treatment and recovering at an undisclosed hospital.

Within the last one week, two celebrities have been involved in near-death car accidents.
Recall we brought to you the gist of former reality TV star, Anto who was involved in a car accident during the Salah holiday.


[WATCH VIDEO] Instagram My friend @djinee was involved in a ghastly accident Monday morning around 1am somewhere in Lekki. It's a miracle he survived! He's currently receiving treatment and recovering accordingly. Please keep him in your prayers. His phones lines are not available at the moment but you can reach me if it's important.
d by Abinibi (@abinibi) on Aug 28, 2018

No one was aware of the incident until she posted on her timeline and asked for prayers from her fans and at the same time beseeched everyone to live a good life as no one knows the lasts they will spend on earth. She however requested for assistance for a new car.

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Following the controversy over the partial demolition of Yinka Ayefele’s Music House in Ibadan, Oyo state gubernatorial aspirant, Mr Joseph Tegbe waded into the matter, seeking a civil resolution.



The partial demolition of radio station on Sunday, 19 September by the Oyo State government generated much public outcry as it seemed as if the State governor, His Excellency Abiola Ajimobi was personally involved in the matter.
While the state government has insisted that the popular entertainer did break the law because he started his radio station with out relevant approval by the government, many were not satisfied with the explanation.




Ayefele approached the court on the issue and hearing has been fixed for September 12, 2018.
However, last week Thursday, Mr. Tegbe led the musician to Governor’s Office for a meeting that he facilitated. From immediate observations when it was concluded, it seemed to have yielded fruits of an amicable resolution. Governor Ajimobi and Yinka Ayefele came out of the meeting looking pleased. It is hopeful that all matters surrounding the musician’s radio station will be resolved satisfactorily.



Joseph Olasunkanmi Tegbe, a civil engineer and Senior Partner with KPMG, is a governorship aspirant under the All Progressives Congress (APC). He is currently vying for the party’s ticket for the 2019 governorship elections in Oyo state.

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Chairmen and leaders of Accord party in the South- West have warned Dr. Doyin Okupe to desist from parading himself as leader of the party in the zone.





The party gave the warning in the communique issued at the end of its meeting in Ibadan on Tuesday .
The communique stated that the party in the South- West viewed a purported meeting organised by Doyin Okupe as of no effect and people that attended have no locus standi to do so on behalf of the party.




” Action is going on to identify erring party members who were at the meeting with Okupe and sanctions are awaiting them at the zonal level . ’’ It said that it was untrue that its National Secretary, Mrs . Adebukola Ajaja and National Vice - Chairman, South- West, Alhaji Dokun Babarinnde, attended Okupe’s meeting .





”The Accord Southwest is one and indivisible under the leadership of Alhaji Dotun Babatunde and other national officers from the zone ,” the party stated . The communique stated that all representatives of the party in the region had agreed that the anti - party activities of Okupe would be reported to the national body of the party for further actions .





Earlier , at the meeting , Mr . Isaac Adeniyi , Chairman, Board of Trustees of the party, had expressed concern over the anti - party activities of Okupe and urged the party’s leadership in the South- West to treat the report with urgency . Adeniyi informed party members and state executive that Okupe, with some unknown persons held a meeting in Ogun where he declared himself as the leader of the party in the South- West.




Representatives of the party in states in the zone , including Chief Kayode Ojo (Ondo), Alhaji Muda Ogunsola (Oyo), Isiaka Amusa (Ogun ), Alhaji Abdulrahman Opawuyi (Osun) and Mr Rotimi Ajibola (Lagos) attended the meeting .
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Nigerian superstar singer Davido might be joining his Compatriots in NYSC orientation camp soon, as a viral video shared by Tunde Ednut revealed he just registered for the national youth program.

Tunde Ednut who shared the video, alleged that Davido might be going for his service year because he wants to build a political career. He wrote;

[WATCH VIDEO] Instagram Davido just registered for NYSC. Does he really need it? This guy get plan. He will still join politics one day. I’m sure this is all preparation. Mark it, I said this in 2018 Tunde Ednut (@tundeednut) on Aug 28, 2018

David Adedeji Adeleke aka Davido was born on November 21, 1992. Now he uses the stage name Davido and is known better as an American-born Nigerian recording artist, record producer, and performer. His music is not only popular in the USA, but in his motherland Nigeria as well. The singer and producer was born in Atlanta, Georgia.

His father came to the USA from Nigeria and became a business magnate. His mother was a lecturer in the local university.
There is not a lot of information about Davido’s childhood or his first steps into the music career. However, we know that prior to starting his career, Davido went to the university. He chose a major connected with business and studied Business Administration at Oakwood University.

Eventually, he returned to Nigeria in 2011, and at that point, he started his music career for real. But due to father’s pressure, he still had to enroll in university, but this time to one in Nigeria. In July 2015, Davido earned a Music degree from Babcock University and successfully graduated. Fulfilling one of the major prerequisite for the completion of his programme, the talented artiste wrote a thesis on the topic:

‘Challenges of Live performance of Afro-pop artists in Nigeria’.
In 2011, Davido started to work on his debut studio album – Omo Baba Olowo. His first musical recording “Back When” was released on May 7, 2011. He not only recorded the song but produced them as well. The album earned a big attention from the public.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has submitted its recommended adjustments to the 2019 election budget as requested by the National Assembly Joint Committee on INEC.




INEC submitted the fresh proposals to the committee via a written correspondence in Abuja , on Tuesday. Chairman of the joint committee , Suleiman Nazif , said this before the meeting went into a closed- door session which began at 2 : 18 pm and ended at about 3 : 34 pm.





After the meeting , Nazif told reporters that the joint committee has set up an ad - hoc committee made up of committee members to look at the details submitted by INEC and report back at 4 : 00 pm on Wednesday . The INEC made submissions based on the N 143 bn as requested by President Muhammadu Buhari . via Punchng

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Former Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has bagged another award after his goal was voted UEFA’s Goal of the Season for 2018.The Portuguese fantastic overhead kick for Real Madrid against Juventus in the Champions League quarter-final was voted the best for the last season. 


Ronaldo’s goal saw off competition from Dimitri Payet’s goal against RB Leipzig in the Europa Cup to win the top prize.


Ronaldo has series of good strikes but his bicycle kick at the Allianz Stadium remained his best of all.��⚽️ You came, you saw, you voted. ��️Here are the ��3⃣ in the result of the vote for UEFA Goal of the Season 17/18...pic.twitter.com/JnyWUAkLGsUEFA Champions League(@ChampionsLeague)August 28, 2018"[It] was, in my opinion, one of the best goals of my career so far, he said."And, of course, when the people started to applaud me in the stadiumI was like, ‘wow'.



"[It] surprised me a lot because this has never happened in my life, so it was an unbelievable moment."Ronaldo has claimed 200,000 of the 346,915 votes cast on the official website of European football’s governing body. Eva Navarro won the third best for her goal for Spain in the Women Under 17 EURO final win against Germany.


Messi won the award in its first two seasons before Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic in 2017.

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Ciara Wilson presented Janet Jackson with the prestigious Rock Star Award at the 2018 Black Girls Rock! Show at NJPAC in New Jersey on Sunday, August 26.


Ciara couldn’t contain her excitement as she shared the same stage as the pop icon.
“Janet to me is one of the most valuable artists of all time. Everything she does is perfection. It says a lot to me. It says you gotta care. You gotta give 100% every time. You gotta show up every time,” Ciara said.


The “Level Up” singer wore a Balmain gown, while Janet, 52, graced the red carpet in a pouffy, embroidered Christian Siriano original from his Fall/Winter 2018 line.

Janet told the audience: “Black women rock now more than ever, and girls, all I can say is rock on.”
Ciara took to Instagram to share her excitement with her followers.


“It was truly an Honor presenting the Rockstar Award to my Friend, Icon, and Legend @JanetJackson. Forever cherishing these moments. @BlackGirlsRock#BlackGirlsRock

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Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo says the problems facing Nigeria are not about restructuring as being suggested in many quarters .
He also wondered how past Nigerian leaders , including a military dictator , Ibrahim Babangida; former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former President Goodluck Jonathan, spent the oil revenues that accrued to the country during their administrations .

According to a statement on Monday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity , Mr Laolu Akande, the Vice- President said these while answering questions from Nigerians at a town hall meeting in Minnesota, the United States of America , on Sunday. Osinbajo said Nigeria ’ s problems were not about geographical restructuring but about proper management of the country ’s resources .

He said, “ The problem with our country is not a matter of restructuring and we must not allow ourselves to be drawn into the argument that our problems stem from some geographical restructuring . It is about managing resources properly and providing for the people properly, that is what it is all about .

“I served for eight years as Attorney General in Lagos State and one of the chief issues that we fought for in Lagos State was what you call fiscal federalism. We felt that there was a need for the states to be stronger, for states, to more or less , determine their fortunes.
“So , for example , we went to court to contest the idea that every state should control , to a certain extent , its own resources (the so - called resource control debate). We were in court at that time up to the Supreme Court and the court ruled that oil -producing states should continue to get 13 per cent derivation.

“While we were at the Supreme Court only the oil - producing states and Lagos were interested in resource control, everybody else was not interested in resource control for obvious reasons .
“ Now , that is the way the argument has always gone . Those who have the resources want to take all of it, while those who do not have want to share from others. ”
Osinbajo said his view was that the government must create an environment that would allow people to realise their economic potential.

In June , Osinbajo had said that the present administration was not opposed to restructuring as being canvassed in many quarters .
Osinbajo stated this while addressing traditional rulers from Ekiti State at the palace of the Ewi of Ado - Ekiti , Oba Rufus Adejugbe , ahead of the governorship election in the state .
He had said, “ I want to say that this country is strongest, this country is best when we are one , when we are united . It is a united country that can make a difference.
“We are fully in support of any form of restructuring that benefits the people of our country .

“That is why , for example, the President just signed this into law , a bill which enables Houses of Assembly to be autonomous ; so that their finances are autonomous . This is some form of devolution of powers .
“We are also keenly supportive of anything that gives a measure of independence for states so that the states can realise their own potential and do very well for themselves in every way . The President is keenly supportive of all of those things.
In August last year, Osinbajo also denied media reports that quoted him as describing proponents of restructuring as political jobbers.
He then went ahead to describe the restructuring debate as an important one .

A statement by his spokesman then read , “Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN , has expressed surprise at the news report quoting Chief Ayo Adebanjo as saying he described those agitating for restructuring as political jobbers.
“At no time did the acting President say that those asking for restructuring were political jobbers looking for appointments . The video, audio tapes and full text of his speech at the National Security summit organised last week by the Department of State Services , are publicly available . ”
“Besides , the debate on restructuring is an important one and the calls for restructuring cover a wide range of legitimate and constitutionally valid issues . Indeed all Nigerians have both a right and a duty to advance their arguments on the subject. ”
While relying on the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ statistics on oil revenues accruable to Nigeria under successive administrations between 1990 and 2014, the Vice - President said not much had been done in terms of infrastructure development despite the huge oil revenues realised by the country.

Osinbajo said, “Under the IBB /Abacha administrations (1990 – 1998), Nigeria realised $ 199 . 8 bn.
“Under the Obasanjo / Yar’Adua governments (1999 - 2009 ), the country got $ 401 . 1 bn.
“During the Jonathan administration (2010- 2014 ), Nigeria got $ 381 . 9 bn from oil revenues .
“The question that we must all ask is that what exactly happened to resources ? The question that I asked is that where is the infrastructure?

“When added together , the oil revenues that accrued to the country under IBB , Obasanjo , Yar’Adua and Jonathan amounted to $ 982 . 8 bn
“One of the critical things that we must bear in mind and see is that this government, despite earning $ 94 bn , up until 2017 , we are spending more on infrastructure and capital than any previous government. So , we are spending N 1 . 5 trn on capital. That is the highest we have spent since 1990. ”




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The immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega , says Nigeria needs competent and assertive leaders and not necessarily strong leaders .


According to Jega, an incompetent leader who is strong will end up destroying institutions .
The former INEC boss said this at the 58 th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Abuja on Monday .
He said, “What we require most are the competence and capacity of leaders to take decisions and be assertive in ensuring that those decisions are actually implemented. So , we have to be very careful in thinking that a strong leader can really help .

“Just like a weak leader can wreck an institution , a strong leader, who has just that power and courage , but lacks the capacity, ability and competence to lead , can also wreck strong institutions .
“Competence of leadership is a very important variable in bringing about the stable political transition, good governance and deepening of democracy. ”


The former INEC boss, who superintended the 2011 and 2015 general elections , said politicians must stop treating elections as a do -or- die affair .
He recalled that a former President once said elections must be do - or -die, an incident he described as most unfortunate.
Jega also said there was a need for agencies of government to shun partisanship as this weakened institutions and eroded public confidence.


He added, “We must emphasise professionalism, impartiality and non- partisanship . This is because quite too often, you have good and strong institutions, but once partisanship is introduced and partiality become the norm , as many public institutions in this country, then those institutions would not be able to deliver effectively on their mandates. ”
The former INEC chairman said there was a need for law enforcement agencies and the judiciary to be alive to their responsibilities, adding that the integrity of the electoral process must be preserved and protected .
Jega added “From my experience , I am convinced that electoral integrity is key to stable political transition and to ensuring that there is a framework for good governance and societal development . Electoral integrity is not just about the integrity of the election management body . It is also the integrity with which the key stakeholders engage with the electoral process . ”


In his remarks, a former Head of State , Gen . Abdulsalami Abubakar, lamented that elections in Africa are always characterised by violence.

He said even the recently concluded NBA election was not without its own controversies.
“The genesis of Africa ’ s political problems is the action of sit- tight leaders who do all they can to amend the constitutions in order to perpetuate themselves forever . These leaders manipulate very vital democratic organs particularly the legislature and even judiciary to suppress any dissenting voice , ” he added.

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Ganduje spoke while taking possession of a block of eight classrooms, furniture, library and books at the Government Technical College, Gwale, donated by Nigerian Breweries Plc.




In a goodwill message, the Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness Muhammadu SanusiII, said Nigerian Breweries has added value to Kano people through its corporate social responsibility platform, adding “Maltina is no doubt our pride in CSR and other corporate bodies in Kano State should follow suit.


”Responding, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Jordi Bel, said: “Kano State occupies a special place in the planning of Nigerian Breweries. We are proud to be a veritable partner to Kano State.“Kano is special to us, as it supports us towards achieving success. Kano is home to Maltina in the North. And this is our fourth educational project in five years in Kano.”