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  • 11 months Tiwa Savage acquires customised car Sun |10ment
    (NAN)Award-winning music sensation, Tiwa Savage, has entered the second quarter of the year in grand style, as she got for herself a customized exotic car. The ‘Tiwa’s Vibes’ crooner took to her Instagram stories on Friday to share a photo and series of videos of the latest addition to her garage. Although she was not explicit on the brand of automobile, it has “Tiwa Savage” clearly inscribed on the seats which suggest how expensive the yet- to –be- identified ride would cost. Savage, a mother of one, who got separated from her hubby Tee Bilz,  in 2018,  came to limelight ... more
  • 11 months National Assembly leadership and the rest of us Sun |Opinion
    ORDINARILY, how members of the National Assembly choose or elect their leaders should not have been a cause for concern for many Nigerians if our politicians abide by the rules of the game and rise beyond their ethnic and religious confines to do what is right and good for the entire country. And because most our politicians are seemingly self-serving, ethnically and religiously biased, how the leaders of the forthcoming National Assembly will emerge should be the concern of all Nigerians. This is no longer a matter that should be left for members of the ruling All Progressives Congress ... more
  • 11 months INEC and the inconclusive polls palaver Sun |Opinion
    Carl Umegboro TENSION and fears stimulated by the 2019 general elections have been consumed by the workings of history. But the footprints left by the process stare at us, begging for assessment. Waving them away as petty wouldn’t check the evil it holds for our democracy. Even as the process gasps for conclusion in oil-rich Rivers, it’s ideal to do an assessment of events, including twists and turns, the roles of political parties, the election manager, citizens and security agencies and how we arrived at having below par polls. The 2019 elections fell short of expectations. Informed commentators rightly ... more
  • 11 months The APC and the issue of survival Sun |Opinion
    Iliyasu Gadu As the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) fresh from its victory at the 2019 elections goes through the motions of preparing itself for the tasks that lie aheadit is necessary to appraise the party’s performance at the elections and the fallouts this performance threw up with a view to determining how the party will measure up to the expectations of Nigerians in the next four years. Let us begin with the elections. Nigerians viewed this as the litmus test of how the APC will fare in the first elections to be conducted under its watch. In this regard ... more
  • 11 months NAF reinventing self through research and development Sun |Opinion
    Pembi David-Stephen ADVANCED air forces around the globe are often highly technologically dependent, considering the sophistication and complexities inherent in aerospace technology. These complexities are often surmountable through painstaking efforts of many years of unbroken research and development, with huge financial burden on the nation and its citizenry. The sacrifices may seem grave but the benefits are no doubt greater, considering the roles played by airpowers in the World Wars, as well as other conflicts since then. In recent times, the battle has left the war fronts for cities where it may be difficult to separate friends from foes. ... more
  • 11 months Nollywood reacts to ‘Do Good’ actor, LinChung’s death Sun |10ment
     Nigerian celebrities have expressed their condolences on the death of actor LinChung Duke Oliver, an actor in the hilarious sitcom comedy, ‘Do Good’ . The celebrities including Kate Henshaw, Uzor Osimkpa, Junior Pope, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Chioma Akpotha, Iretiola Doyle, Vivian Ada Ameh Ejike, also paid tributes to their departed colleague. The two leading movie stars and co-stars of hilarious sitcom, ‘Do Good’, Henshaw and Osimkpa wrote on their instagram pages some heartbroken tribute. “Goodbye “Sylvanus” May the Lord receive your soul…Your role in “DOGOOD” brought smiles to many. “You were a lively person, full of humour despite the obstacles ... more
  • 11 months Hopes and dreams deferred in self-exile Sun |Opinion
    What is happening to some Nigerians, particularly the Igbo in the Diaspora? Why are many of them very intolerant and highly irritable? Why are some of their actions toward one another highly contemptible and disparaging in some cases? Why do they have a penchant for violating one another’s family? The answers to these questions are not farfetched. In fact, they may, in part, be traced to their background and conditions abroad. Also, it may be as a result of frustrations and hopelessness these individuals are experiencing for having overstayed abroad with no end in sight and with a nightmare of ... more
  • 11 months Fayemi: The emerging vanguard of democracy Umegboro Sun |Opinion
    Victor Olabimtan MANY people were stunned by his defeat in the 2014 gubernatorial election in Ekiti State. Some could not even figure out why a man who was and still is, an epitome of leadership finesse could be denied a second term by the same people he laboured to serve. While in the saddle, he dispensed with the State’s mean resources in the most austere and pragmatic manner; led the people with open-mindedness, fulfilled most of his promises and venerated the exalted office of the Governor of Ekiti State. He was loved and appreciated by many for his genial predilection, ... more
  • 11 months Doping in competitive sports Sun |Opinion
    Eleazar Benson FOR decades there have been several definitions of doping. Beckman’s sports dictionary describes doping as the use of performance-enhancing substances which would place the athlete on a superior position than that he would normally have obtained. The first official definition of doping was in 1963 and it was issued by the European committee council. It said “Doping represents the use of substances or physiological mediators, which are not normally present in the human body, introduced as an external aid to increase the athletes performance during a competition.” According to the Anti- doping convention of the European council:’’ ... more
  • 11 months Niger South Senatorial seat and travesty of justice Sun |Opinion
    Ibrahim Ramalan It is dispiriting when judiciary, the last hope of the common man, is increasingly becoming the archetypal masterpiece of dashing people’s hopes. What, however, buoys up our hopes is the ever-presence of a pecking order in the country’s judicial system where malfeasances and excesses of judicial actors are hierarchically checked and balanced. It is against this background that the Senator representing Niger South in the National Assembly, Mustapha Sani Mohammed, petitioned the National Judicial Council, NJC, to demand an investigation in to the seeming judicial conspiracy, delay and incredible transfer of a case he filed at the Federal ... more
  • 11 months The challenges before Emeka Ihedioha Sun |Opinion
    Promise Adiele Imo State, the eastern enclave, where raw talent, natural resources, development potential, and cultural aesthetics, all coalesce into a formidable entity, was in the news recently following the outcome of the 2019 gubernatorial elections. This is because Imo is one of the few states where the ruling party, APC was defeated by the major opposition party, the PDP. The victory led to the emergence of Chukwuemeka Ihediohanma, popularly known as Emeka Ihedioha, a onetime deputy speaker of the Federal House of Representatives. His victory at the polls is significant because it is the first time an Mbaise indigene ... more
  • 11 months NSA and the future of Digital Switch Over Sun |Opinion
    Hamid Hendrix IT was a pleasant surprise indeed that the seemingly hopeless situation of the Digital Switch Over (DSO) implementation, suspended in a limbo of controversial litigation and inexplicable aloofness of the concerned authority, was eventually salvaged by intelligent intervention at the highest level of government. In a strategic swoop on the crisis-ridden national project with international significance, the vigilant National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General (rtd) Mohammed Baba Gana Monguno deployed the diligent dexterity associated with his professional specialty and, within three hours, the national interest prevailed authoritatively. Patriotic vigilance of the NSA was responsible for identifying the precarious ... more
  • 11 months Oyo: Deconstructing Ajimobi’s legacies Sun |Opinion
    For many Nigerians who are not very familiar with the politics and recent happenings in Oyo State, it is very easy to regard the defeat of the candidates of the ruling All Progressives Party (APC) in the recent senatorial and governorship elections in the state as a no-confidence vote on the eight-year administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi. The governor had lost his bid for the Oyo South senatorial seat to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while the PDP governorship candidate, Seyi Makinde, also beat the APC candidate to win the key to the Oyo Government House.  However, ... more
  • 11 months Justice for Innoson Sun |Opinion
    Chukwudi Enekwechi IT has been a long and tortuous journey for Nigeria’s first indigenous automobile manufacturer, Innoson Vehicles Manufacturing Company Ltd, to seek and obtain justice in their numerous legal battles against their bankers GTB over a judgement debt of N2.4billion granted them by the Federal High Court Ibadan, Oyo state. The matter has lingered for about eleven years following a lawsuit instituted by Innoson against Guarantee Trust Bank over excess charges on their account domiciled with the bank. Dissatisfied with the verdict GTB headed to the Court of Appeal Ibadan, and the appellate court upheld the lower court’s verdict. ... more
  • 11 months Late Nipsey Hussle’s music sales increase by 2,776% in U.S Sun |10ment
    Following the murder of Grammy-nominated rapper, Nipsey Hussle on Sunday, sales of his music has increased to 2,776 percent in the U.S. as fans mourn his death through music. According to Billboard, Nipsey’s catalog of songs and albums on Sunday sold a combined 15,000 copies — up 2776 percent compared to a little under 1,000 on Saturday. Based on lsolation of his songs, they sold 13,000 downloads on Sunday (up 2,588 percent compared to less than 1,000 on Saturday). The rapper albums sold nearly 2,000 copies on Sunday (a rise of 6,412 percent from a negligible sum). Nipsey’s best-selling song ... more
  • 11 months Time has changed common hospitality Sun |Opinion
    Dennis Walter Smith The grind of our daily walk for survival in a chaotic and uncertain times, can insult our thinking and perspectives on the fruitfulness of contagious human synergy. Today’s societal pulse, domestic or abroad, seems to beat with a shifting cadence offering a distorted imagery that living in harmony isn’t the attractive morning dew. The fragrance that once scented the air with a calming community spirit knowing a stranger would render help in a medical emergency or grant a casual smile in passing, seems to be faded tenets! A morning greeting or warm gaze was once a happy ... more
  • 11 months Fresh boost for informal sector Sun |Opinion
      Tayo Ogunbiyi Economists and experts have defined the informal sector as, “the part of an economy that is neither taxed nor monitored by any form of government, the activities of the informal sector are not included in the Gross National Product (GNP) and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of a country. They are the workers who are self employed, people who earn a living through self employment, in most cases they are not on payrolls, and thus are not taxed. This sector may be invisible, irregular, parallel, non-structured, backyard, under ground, subterranean, unobserved or residual”. According to statistics, the informal ... more
  • 11 months Tambuwal’s victory and matters arising Sun |Opinion
    In politics there’s always this ringing counsel to withhold the final cheer until the last vote is counted. It is so because, very often, politics doesn’t favour subtlety. No place in the recent governorship and supplementary elections did this advise hold true as in Sokoto, a state, it must be said, ccupies a special place in the sociopolitical history of Nigeria. Therefore, its politics never fails to rivet attention. As we already knew, the incumbent governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was reelected for a second, four-year term in office with the slimmest electoral vote margin ever in the political history of gubernatorial ... more
  • 11 months Ugwuanyi’s electoral victory and more works Sun |Opinion
    Samson Ezea The 2019 elections are over. Winners and losers have celebrated their victories and lamented their losses. Enugu State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who was overwhelmingly reelected for his second term is among the winners of the elections. But even when it is expected that Ugwuanyi will still be basking in the euphoria of his resounding reelection victory that coincided with 55th birthday, take a rest, wait for his swearing in, while giving governance backseat for now, it is interesting and amazing to know that Gov. Ugwuanyi is not resting on his oars, as he has already hit ... more
  • 11 months Exit of Nigeria’s literary greats Sun |Opinion
    Chiedu Uche Okoye Do millions of Nigerians with religious bent of mind pause to ponder on their mortality? Here, the issue of thanatology is considered to be taboo among us. We dread death. That’s why many Nigerians are wont to refuse to write their names in manifest when they’re about to embark on journeys on buses. These people will characteristically snap their fingers and shout that death is not their lot. But the inevitability of death cannot be disproved. The fact is this: we are born to die. A British historian said this about death: “Death is a consequence of ... more
  • 11 months My feminism is human rights, says actress Genevieve Nnaji Sun |10ment
    Nollywood screen diva, Genevieve Nnaji says she is a woman who has rights to choices and can do whatever she feels like. Nnaji, who spoke as a guest speaker at the recently held London School of Economics Africa Summit in London, said feminism is human rights which give her the ability to make choices on her own terms. “My own feminism is just human rights. I’m a woman who has rights to her own choices; I can do whatever I want whenever I want. “It’s just that simple; if I were a man, it would be the same thing. “At ... more
  • 11 months Breaking: American Rapper Nipsey Hussle Shot Dead Sun |10ment
    (CNN)Rapper Nipsey Hussle has died after a shooting near a clothing store he was associated with in Los Angeles, according to a high-ranking law enforcement official with the Los Angeles Police Department. Two other people were injured in the shooting around 3:20 p.m., according to the department. The incident occurred near a clothing store around the area of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard. All three victims were transported to a hospital, where one of them was pronounced dead, according to police. The other two were in stable condition, police added. In a tweet, the department said it ... more
  • 11 months Revolutionalisng Nigeria’s MSMES through renewable energy Sun |Opinion
    Akunna Sophia Ofili WITH the evolving changes emanating from climate and environmental issues in all parts of the world, man has been saddled with the responsibility of finding lasting solutions to these problems. Nigeria as the most densely populated black nation in the world has been faced with serious energy deficit which have adversely affected the growth of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMES). In the quest to meet up with the increasing demands on performance and the need to maximize cost for profit, alternative local and cheap measures have always been the major energy source adopted to ... more
  • 11 months Brexit and Britain’s chaotic exit Sun |Opinion
    Nze Nwabueze Akabogu THE beleaguered British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered yet another humiliating defeat in Parliament (House of Commons) on Tuesday 12th March, 2019 after her “new Brexit deal” was rejected by MPS with a majority of 149 votes (242 in favour and 391 against). Theresa May’s defeat came in quick succession after she had lost in her earlier attempt to obtain Parliamentary approval on the so called “original deal” on 20th January, 2019.  By her latest defeat, the British Parliament had dealt yet another devastating blow to May’s leadership and her already battered image even as she ... more
  • 11 months Imo State: Emeka Ihedioha arrives Sun |Opinion
    THIS intervention was made sometime in 2016. It is an indispensable template for the messianic Governor-elect of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, hence the encore. Penultimate Thursday I discussed with a colleague of mine based in Enugu over his earlier reportage on Imo State. After lengthy elucidations and exchange of professional banter on the activities of the governor, Rochas Anayo Okorocha of the APC, his eccentric leadership style and allied good governance issues, I did an opinion article last Monday entitled “Rochas: Misperceived and demonized.” From the multi-media responses I got, I knew, for the first and last time ... more
  • 11 months Addressing decline of reading culture in Nigeria Sun |Opinion
    Kehinde Akinfenwa NIGERIA has been rated by the World Culture Score Index as one of the countries in the world with the lowest reading culture, while available statistics from National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education shows that 38 per cent of Nigerians are non-literate as four in ten primary school children cannot read for comprehension. Regrettably, this adverse development is an ominous challenge the country seems not to be paying needed attention to. There is generally a poor reading culture in the country. The rich literacy history the country is famous for is gradually been eroded. Once ... more
  • 11 months Segun Oni vs Fayemi: The legal debacle over ‘employee’ Sun |Opinion
    Otunba Ben Oguntuase  The justices at the Court of Appeal, in their judgement on February 12, 2019, in the Segun Oni vs Fayemi eligibility case, said: “The Chambers Dictionary defines the noun employee as a person employed for wages or salary.” Wherever they got this from, let it also be noted that The Chambers Dictionary in its most current edition also defines the noun employee as “a person who works for another in return for payment.” The justices concluded that “a Minister is not employed for wages or salary,” and therefore “a Minister, even though, in the public service of the ... more
  • 11 months CNN’s AFRICAN VOICES celebrates Nigeria’s Adekunle Gold Sun |10ment
    Globacomsponsored documentary programme on the Cable Network News (CNN), African Voices is this week tracking the career of Adekunle Gold, a Nigerian highlife singer and songwriter. African Voices showcases the continent’s most astounding trendsetters who blaze the trail down their own paths in areas such as cuisine, music, arts, fashion, music, technology, architecture and the likes. Gold headlines the show with two other music icons; Baaba Maal from Senegal and Thee Legacy, an acapella group from South Africa. Born Adekunle Kosoko in 1987, Adekunle Gold, is considered the king of pop, by his fans. His hit single ... more
  • 11 months I won’t act nude for even $1billion –Toyosi Opeyemi, actress Sun |10ment
    Damilola Fatunmise Ibadan-based actress and star of Odale Ore, Ogboju Ode and Oba Kan among others, Toyosi Opeyemi, has expressed her greatest fear and shared her admiration for Nollywood hunks, Odunlade Adekola and Ibrahim Chatta. In this chat, she also reveals why she has decided not to relocate to Lagos like other Ibadan-based actors are fond of doing. Toyosi, who has logged over 15 years in the motion picture industry, speaks on her new production, Three Souls and lots more. Enjoy it. Where did you train as an actor. Did you serve tutelage under any theater group? Yes, I ... more
  • 11 months Why I can’t marry an actor  –Queen Ebisiegon, actress Sun |10ment
    Tony Ogaga Born to an indigent family, she had to hawk pepper and tomatoes to make ends meet. But 19 years after she made her entry into Nollywood, actress-cum-moviemaker, Queen Blessing Ebisiegon has carved a place for herself. In this chat, the Edo State-born film entrepreneur opens up on career, current projects and why she set up an NGO to cater to widows and the less privileged among other issues. Tell us about growing up and what were your challenges? Growing up was not a bed of roses. I was not born with a silver spoon but I have managed ... more
  • 11 months Lessons learnt from my  stormy days –Georgina Onuoha Sun |10ment
    Actress-turned-nurse, Georgina Onuoha has stepped out to counsel other women to stay strong and never give up during their stormy days. Drawing from her life experiences, the thespian said: “I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature. “I have been strong yet most often I feel weak from fears of navigating this storm called life. In my deepest reflections, ... more
  • 11 months I was mocked, bullied for my dark skin  –Beverly Naya Sun |10ment
    Dark and pretty actress, Beverly Naya, has opened up on her experience during the course of putting together her new documentary entitled, Skin. According to her, she’s still in shock from what she gathered from some Nigerians, most especially, controversial cross dresser and bleaching cream merchant, Bobrisky  while researching the documentary. The UK-born Nigerian thespian said Bobrisky confessed to her about the pain of being a cross dresser and challenges of maintaining a toned skin. While assuring that the documentary which premieres on Sunday, March 31, would bring a new dimension to film production in Nollywood, Naya said:  “As an ... more
  • 11 months Actors call for more black hairstylists in Hollywood Sun |10ment
    Sarah Jenkins, BBC News Black actors are calling on Hollywood to hire more hairstylists who know how to work with Afro-Caribbean hair. Stars including Gabrielle Union – who is best known for her role in the movie Bring It On – have been sharing their experiences of turning up to production sets to find the hairstylists are not capable of working with Afro hair. Union urged fellow actors to speak up if they found themselves in this position, tweeting: “If you stay quiet, you will have bald spots, hair damage, look nuts.” The America’s Got Talent judge explained on Twitter that ... more
  • 11 months Comedian Helen Paul bags a Ph.D Sun |10ment
    Popular Nigerian actress and comedienne, Helen Paul has bagged a Ph.D in Theatre Arts from the University of Lagos. Paul is also a stand-up comedian, popularly known as Tatafo, characterized by a voice range that makes her sound like a child, is the first among her Nigerian colleagues to bag a Ph.D. The comedian, who is also a singer announced the news on her instagram handle, itshelenpaulon Friday, March 29, 2019. “Can’t wait to wear my beautiful gown on Thursday. Special thanks to the University of Lagos, for finding me worthy of this great position as the first Nigerian stand ... more
  • 11 months Nicolas Cage files for annulment 4 days after marrying 4th wife Sun |10ment
    American actor, Nicholas Copolla a.ka. Nicholas Cage 55, has filed for an annulment four days after getting married to his fourth wife, Erika Koike. The “Face/Off” star filed for an annulment from Koike in Las Vegas and the court record also shows that the veteran actor has requested a divorce if an annulment isn’t possible, says Entertainment Tonight. The news outlet also reported that the former couple who started dating last April applied for a marriage license and tied the knot on Saturday in Las Vegas, less than a year after the pair began dating in April 2018. Cage has ... more
  • 11 months Jay-Z to receive presidential award at NAACP’s 50th anniversary Sun |10ment
    American Rapper, Shawn Carter, who answers Jay-Z, as his stage name, would on Saturday, receive the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP)’s Presidential Award. The award would form part of the activities marking NAACP’s 50th anniversary. It would be in recognition of Jay-Z’s special achievements and distinguished public service. The NAACP’s president, Mr Derrick Johnson, disclosed this in a press statement he released to Internet Movie Database (IMDB). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Jay-Z, 49, has had a prolific career as both a musician and a business mogul. He had won 22 Grammy awards ... more
  • 11 months Expect more judicial volcanoes Sun |Opinion
    PRIOR to the commencement of the 2019 election season, Nigerians had thought that the poll will profit from the enduring lessons of the 2015 exercise. They also believed that this year’s poll will be an improvement on 2015. They also thought that all the evils associated with our previous elections will never recur in this election season. Alas, they were totally wrong in all counts. The electoral violence escalated to levels never before seen in the history of elections in the country. Many Nigerians were killed in this election cycle than those before it, including first time voters. This ... more
  • 11 months Ita-Faji episode and imperative of blood donation Sun |Opinion
    Tayo Ogunbiyi RECENT tragic incidence of building collapse at Ita Faaji, Lagos Island, has once again brought to fore the need to sensitize Nigerians on the essence of blood of donation. One of the major highlights of the awful episode was the appeal made by individuals and organizations for blood donations to victims of the collapsed building. Unsurprisingly, the Nigerian Red Cross Society was in the forefront of this request.  The main objective of the drive is to ensure that the Lagos Island General Hospital, where victims of the building collapse were recuperating have enough blood in the bank. Universally, ... more
  • 11 months Cyclone in Africa: Going to Afghanistan Sun |Opinion
    Banji Ojewale IN nineteen eighty four, when we all stood in awe of Decree Four, to differ from officialdom as represented by Nigeria’s military junta headed by MuhammaduBuhari was a perilous path to perdition.The soldiers brooked no dissent as they waved the draconian law before all, notably newsmen. The law, the most outrageous and pernicious by any military dictator in Nigeria, forbade reporters from publishing or broadcasting what the authorities ‘’calculated to bring the Federal Military Government or the Government of a State or a public officer to ridicule or disrepute.’ “Then this scary one: The martial ruler was given ... more
  • 11 months Celebrating Asiwaju Tinubu at 67 Sun |Opinion
    Akintola Benson Oke “A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.” Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, Italian diplomat, politician, historian, philosopher, humanist, writer, playwright, poet of the Renaissance period and father of modern political science. If there was any doubt as to his earnestness and political astuteness, he put such doubts to rest in the 1990s when, in a most admirable ... more
  • 11 months S/A miracle church visit: Daddy Freeze champions ‘Oge Okoye Challenge’ Sun |10ment
    Controversial OAP Daddy Freeze is spearheading a challenge tagged: #OgeOkoyeChallenge shading Nollywood actress Oge Okoye for visiting South African `miracle church,’ headed by Pastor Lukau of Alleluia International Ministries. Recently, social media was on `fire’ with the viral video of Pastor Lukau allegedly raising a dead man from the dead and feeding him thereafter. However, the acclaimed ‘wonder’ was proven otherwise, when the funeral houses embroiled in the fake miracle opened up and called out the pastor for deceiving them and using their hearse to fake a miracle. In a related development, Okoye is seen in a viral video visiting ... more
  • 11 months Bloodshed in elections Sun |Opinion
    At the end of last Saturday’s   supplementary polls,  it has become apt to intervene on this forum on the bloodletting, not in the sense of melee, but outright bloodshed,  that characterised the general elections.  At the last count, which is by me, 40 people had been forcibly sent to the great beyond on account of the 2019 elections across the country. I have been told that my figure is wrong, but I feel disquieted by the number I have. I risk depression in seeking for more, and, perhaps finding out that my number is a tip of the iceberg ... more
  • 11 months NASS leadership as APC’s sword of Damocles Sun |Opinion
    Sufuyan Ojeifo A feeling of de javu in the Nigerian political milieu seems to flow from the Marxian anecdote that “History repeats itself, the first as tragedy and then as farce.” Ahead of constitution of the leadership of the 9th National Assembly in June, this year, this presents a real bugaboo, particularly, to the All Progressives Congress (APC). There is a historical context to the current anxiety within and outside the party. The constitution of the 8th National Assembly leadership in 2015 was a critical point of departure from the culture of suzerainty in which the governing party, with ... more
  • 11 months Insulating traditional rulers from partisan politics Sun |Opinion
    Bukar Usman SINCE independence, Nigeria has conducted elections under different scenarios with the hope of improving on past electoral processes and procedures. We have had elections conducted under parliamentary and presidential systems of government and under military rule. We have had it conducted by a government which was unseated by an opposition party which itself has also conducted elections. Our elections have increasingly come under the focus of observers, both local and foreign, with pivotal roles being played by senior academics and members of the National Youth Service Corps.      In spite of appreciable progress, electoral contests remain generally ... more
  • 11 months Providing lasting solution to building collapse Sun |Opinion
    Kayode Ojewale WOULD the Ita-Faaji building collapse in Lagos on March 13, 2019, which left many casualties in its wake be said of a tragedy foretold but ignored? How would a three-storey building have gone down with no pre-warning signal? If this fatal building collapse was preventable, who are those to be held responsible for the tragic incident – the owner, Lagos State government or the occupants? Why would a building that had been previously marked for demolition on three occasions be allowed to remain until that tragedy struck? What lessons have we learned from past cases of building collapse ... more
  • 11 months Antidote to corruption revisited Sun |Opinion
    THE Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation – Declaration of Santiago in November 2004 aptly said,  “Corruption is a serious threat to good governance and deters investment. Therefore, fighting corruption is essential to the development of our economies for the benefit of our people.” Similarly, “The war against corruption cannot have meaning until those at the helm begin to live by example,” Late President Yar’Adua’s spokesman told reporters, while distributing copies of Yar’Adua’s assets declaration form dated May 28, 2007, which was foreign to public officials in Nigeria. Indubitably, corruption, a perennial problem in Nigeria, has hobbled and stunted the country’s economic and ... more
  • 11 months How my mother’s strength prepared me for life – Omoni Oboli, Filmmaker Sun |10ment
    Rita Okoye   Nollywood actress cum Filmmaker, Omoni Oboli was one of the speakers at the Nestoil Corporate Headquarters to mark the International Women’s Day (IWD) with the theme #BalanceforBetter. In her speech, the mother of three reveals how her mother’s strength prepared her for life, her incessant fight to end child marriage, life as a filmmaker in a male dominated industry and lots more. Excerpts from her speech reads: “I felt the snippet of my new movie will set the tone for my speech. We are talking about women, so we have to talk about girls because they grow ... more
  • 11 months Africa and protection of children’s rights Sun |Opinion
    Carl Umegboro AFRICA’S foremost sage and rights activist, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, on August 2, 1996 groaningly emphasized, “Africa is renowned for its beauty, its natural heritage and prolific resources – but equally, the image of its suffering children haunts the conscience of our Continent and the world”. Similarly, at the launch of the Blue Train, Worcester Station, South Africa on September 27, 1997, Mandela ardently expressed, “The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children”. Yet again, at a luncheon hosted by the then United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Kofi Annan, another pride to the ... more
  • 11 months Budgeting for power, works and housing Sun |Opinion
    Fidelis Toochukwu Onyejegbu THE power, works and housing (PWH) sectors play vital roles in the growth and development of any economy such that getting it right in these sectors (alongside a few other sectors like education, health, Agric., transport and services) almost guarantees the development of such economy. These three sectors (PWH) represent a huge share of the infrastructural needs of Nigeria as a country and rightly so, there have been investments into these sectors by way of budgetary allocations and through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). The question is: are investments into these sectors enough to address the needs ... more
  • 11 months Improving Nigeria’s rural health sector using cleaner energy SOLUTION Sun |Opinion
    Akunna Sophia Ofili REGARDED as a human capital development, the health care sector of a nation is one of the bedrocks of its existence. Societies attach great importance to issues surrounding their health care system and how it functions. To ensure that the system functions at its best, adequate health care facilities must be put in place which will help to enhance the growth and productivity of the nation. According to World bank statistics and based on the United Nation Population Division, Nigeria’s rural settlement is densely populated with 51.40% population as at 2016. With this evident dense rural population, ... more
  • 11 months Lagos Building collapse: Another avoidable tragedy Sun |Opinion
    Ayo Oyoze Baje There must have been tears in heaven-and torrents of it! That is, for the 10 year-old school boy who died on his birthday; the traumatized parents, including one Mrs. Adedayo Adedoyin who lost one of her twin daughters, other voiceless victims  as well as the owner of Ohen Private Nursery  Primary school, all crushed to cruel death. The tragedy was caused by the collapse of the three-storey building housing the school located  at No 14, Massay Street opposite Ojo, Ita-Faaji, Lagos Island,  in Lagos on that fateful black Wednesday of March 13, 2019. It was more ... more
  • 11 months Buhari, Atiku and Nigeria’s future Sun |Opinion
    Maimuna Salami The greatest challenge facing the democratic process in Nigeria, as in most developing nations, has to do with the management of the post-election transition process. The political tension and acrimony between parties and politicians peak at the polls and tend to escalate during collation and announcement of results, giving electioneering a “do-or-die” tendency. This situation impacts negatively on the democratic process as election-related violence often takes a heavy toll on lives and property, disrupts elections and ultimately threatens national stability. Those who predicted the chaotic demise of the Nigerian state in 2015 based their pessimism on the ... more
  • 11 months Scrap supplementary polls now Sun |Opinion
    BY every measure, every standard, the supplementary election last Saturday that took place in five states – Bauchi, Benue, Plateau, Kano and Sokoto – was a sham. I don’t think it met the minimum best international practice. The process and the outcome, have put the nation in full-tilt tizzy. Even in the states where the incumbent governors were either reelected or upstaged by the opposition, the mood was neither high-spirited nor festive. The little merriment that followed immediately the results were announced has ceased. Now, it’s as if an invisible force has entered the states.           ... more
  • 11 months Building collapse as engineering absence Sun |Opinion
    Victor C. Ariole I am not an engineer but fate always expose me to engineering splendours and wonders. I grew up in a village called Yamoussoukro and it seemed people knew one another in that village to an extent that I almost interacted as a lad with all the people around the President of the country who was also there every weekend with lots of goodies for everyone. Within 10 years, that village turned to the most beautiful city ever known to me by its engineering wonders and I never heard that those magnificent buildings ever cracked till this March ... more
  • 11 months Tani, 8-Year-Old homeless Chess Champion gets new apartment Sun |10ment
    Tanitoluwa Adewunmi, eight year-old Nigerian chess champion and his family have moved into a new apartment, courtesy of goodwill donations after his success story went viral. According to New York Times, the young Tani,who recently won the New York State Chess championship for his age bracket, got a GoFundMe drive which raised more than 200,000 dollars for him, his parents and brother. “The family settled on one of the more modest and practical housing offers: An anonymous donor paid a year’s rent on a two-bedroom apartment near Tani’s current school. “The apartment is clean, comfortable and freshly painted, without being ... more
  • 11 months Nigerians react as singer Waje plans to quit music Sun |10ment
    By Anita Eboigbe Afro-soul star, Aituaje Iruobe aka Waje reportedly wants to quit doing music professionally. Waje announced this move in a now-viral video, citing high cost of publicity and low purchase rates of her album as reasons why she was considering quitting. She said, “After everybody shouted ‘Waje, your last album was how many years ago, please we need an album’. Where are all the people that were shouting? “I don’t have the money for publicity and that’s what I am saying. Emerald’s (her daughter) school fees is there. “it’s like I have ten things laid out ... more
  • 11 months Buhari’s victory: Obiano, Umahi & Ndigbo Sun |Opinion
    IN Nigeria’s democracy, contests for elective offices are political warfare. The winner takes all—the balderdash about “all-inclusive” government is sheer rhetoric. There is nothing like that in reality. It is only a deceitful narrative for those who allow themselves to be hoodwinked. The second element of our peculiar civil governance is that it is incontrovertibly a window of investment and a sure source of prospective streams of income because of the diversity of channels of recoupment. Self-service (or, preferably, aggrandizement) comes first before the utopia of public service—if at all! Magnanimity in victory is subjective despite all the pretensions to ... more
  • 11 months Accountability: A powerful deterrence to building collapse Sun |Opinion
    Tochukwu Ezukanma IN saner countries of the world, a workman takes pride in the quality of his products. Apart from the pecuniary incentives of his labor, he appreciates his moral obligation to society to uphold professional standards in his work, and, for his credibility, he strives for the excellence of his outputs for they define his professional hallmark. On the other hand, due to the moral and ethical collapse of the Nigerian society, the workman is indifferent to societal expectations and his professional credibility to the point of total disregards to the quality of his output. As a result, ... more
  • 11 months Bitter lessons from Adesanmi’s death Sun |Opinion
    Ayo Oyoze Baje PERMIT me for being personal here but at the end, we all stand to gain from the hard lessons it teaches us all. Let us talk about death! Oh yes, we loathe it, detest it, fear it and always pray it is postponed to yet another day. But it comes all the same-in various ways; sometimes like the hungry kite swooping down with great momentum to rip the chicken far from the mother hen’s embrace. Or, the predating lion accelerating its pace and clawing the helpless prey of a gazelle before tearing it into bloody pieces! It ... more
  • 11 months Why Ihedioha must be different Sun |Opinion
    Sam Nwokoro THE people of Imo state last Saturday overwhelmingly elected former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha from Aboh Mbaise to be their Governor for the next four years, starting from May 29. Ihedioha’s victory did not surprise many who knew the former Rep as an articulate, meticulous fellow. He exhibited this much when he chaired the House 1999 Constitution Review Committee between 2012 and 2013 inaugurated by the 7th House. His committee visited all the states of the federation and collated views which formed the critical terms of reference for convoking the Jonathan administrations-organized National ... more
  • 11 months Sustaining Amosun’s legacies: An Inescapable reality Sun |Opinion
    Olusegun Adeleke Legacy is the only thing that outlives every human being. Though, the type of legacy one leaves behind determines how the person will be celebrated, remembered or otherwise. And for a legacy to be etched in the minds of the populace, it has to be enduring and driven towards the enhancement of well-being of the people. Today,  people in the southwest and beyond, still relish and cherish the legacy of free education, socio-political and industrial development of the late sage and Premier of the defunct Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo. Even, generation yet unborn, will be regaled with how ... more
  • 11 months Jahdiel, Password, others for Night of Bliss Sun |10ment
    Gloria Ikegbule The stage is set for the maiden edition of Christ Embassy’s Night of Bliss which holds  Friday, March 29, at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. And billed to thrill guests with soul lifting worship and praise songs are renowned gospel artistes including Obi Shine, Password, Jahdiel, Uddy, Liza C and the Mass Choir of Christ Embassy, Surulere, Lagos.  Organised by the Surulere Group, an umbrella body for 10 Christ Embassy parishes in Surulere, Lagos,  the event, which holds Friday, March 29, at the National Stadium, from 8pm is expected to have over 5000 guests in attendance. According to ... more
  • 11 months I thought I’d be farmer or fine artist –Yinka Davies Sun |10ment
    Tony Ogaga She tumbled into the world of entertainment by chance when she went to help paint a stage for a show in Surulere, Lagos, during the Easter of 1987 and ever since, vocal powerhouse, Yinka Davies has never looked back. Today, she is a successful singer, lyricist, actress, dancer and choreographer with over 32 years under her belt. Recently, Entertainer caught up with the singer and she opened up on how it all began recalling her early days in music working with the likes of late late Dan Maraya Jos and Alex O among a host of others. She ... more
  • 11 months CBN and the economy going forward Sun |Opinion
    Arize Nwobu Considering the characteristics of the Nigerian economy which had made it to be resistant to guidance and discipline and remained factor-driven for 58 years, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) deserve commendation for evolving and implementing policies that tend towards reinventing the structure of the economy to improve local production, expand the country’s industrial base and create more employment, a development that need to be sustained going forward Firstly, in recognition of the strategic importance of the banking industry and the need for financial system stability which is necessary for macro-economic stability, CBN emphasizes risk-based supervision with zero ... more
  • 11 months Lessons I learnt from my nude video scandal –Etinosa Idemudia Sun |10ment
    Following her controversial Instagram nude video with MC Galaxy last weekend, actress Etinosa Idemudia has come out to explain how it all happened and lessons learnt from the experience. She told Inside Nollywood: “It (the nude video) was (done) under the influence of alcohol. However, the deed has been done. I just had to keep quiet and move on. I can’t explain to everybody what really happened, after all, not everybody is intelligent enough to assimilate and understand certain things. I just had to keep calm and keep my head up high. “I also don’t think it might affect my ... more
  • 11 months My boobs, my selling point – Josephine Nwaghanata Sun |10ment
    Fast rising actress, Josephine Nwaghanata, is a role interpreter with excellent acting ability. A graduate of Theatre Arts from Lagos State University, Nwaghanata has starred in TV series such as Tinsel, Jenifa Dairies and also movies like Strangers in Love, Entreat, and Busted amongst others. On how she started her acting career, Nwaghanata said: “It started when I was little, I would watch some movies and just get angry at how an actor interpreted his/her role and then I would say to myself ‘when I get older I would do better’. Later, I joined the drama department of my church. ... more
  • 11 months How pregnancy inspired my new film, Horrors –Amanda Ebeye Sun |10ment
    Nollywood actress, Amanda Ebeye made her directorial debut with the film, Horrors, thus joining a growing list of female directors and filmmakers from Nollywood. The actress hinted that shooting the movie in Canada was quite exciting and with no hitches. “It was actually amazing filming Horrors. Canadians are about the nicest people in the world. And just like Nigeria, Canadians are warm to filmmakers. So, making Horrors was beautiful, from the owners of the locations we used to the cast and crew, to the people that passed us on the road and cheered us on. “Electricity was 24-hours so, there ... more
  • 11 months After A Crazy World, Neveen Dominic takes on new project Sun |10ment
    After a successful wrap of the TV series, It’s A Crazy World, in which Neveen Dominic starred and was the producer, she is now set to return to Nigeria from Canada to launch her cosmetics line, Neveen Dominic Cosmetics. According to Neveen, her latest project would be launching in Nigeria and Ghana this year as part of the Foundation Domination World Tour. The first South Sudanese actress and film producer in Nollywood explains that the cosmetic line is all about empowering women, which lines up with her journey through life as a South Sudanese refugee, as narrated in her autobiography, ... more
  • 11 months As single mum, I haven’t given up on love –Grace Ama Sun |10ment
    Rita Okoye Grace Ama? Remember her? She was the hot actress on Teco Benson’s Elastic Limit, the movie that shot her to stardom in the early 2000s. Despite a promising career, she has been lying low for quite a while but now she is back to her first love and in this chat with Rita Okoye, the actress of Eastern Nigerian extraction opens up on her new movie, It’s A Crazy World, romance and life as a single mum. What has it like coming back into the industry after such a long break? Coming back into the industry wasn’t easy ... more
  • 11 months I need protection for my Symbolised Agbada – Sly Monay Sun |10ment
    From the inception of the Sly Monay’s African Symbolised Agbada in 2018, the innovative fashion brand has gained a lot of recognition both in the Nigerian market and across Africa. This no doubt, is premised on the fact that for the first time, Africans found something that they can relate with.  Ever since the Symbolised Agbada came into existence, a lot of local tailors have attempted to copy the design in a bid to satisfy their customers. According to the creator, Sly Monay, it is quite disturbing that one will create a design and someone else is out there copying ... more
  • 11 months My beauty pageant experience at Philippines — Blessing Ebbah, Catwalk Queen Sun |10ment
    Rita Okoye Queen Ebbah recently returned from Philippines where she represented Nigeria at the Miss Glamour Look International. Though she was not crowned the winner, she was capped the best in catwalk and the contestant with the most outstanding personality. Not bringing the main crown home did not damp the spirit of the young lady who is passionate about teaching young Nigerian girls about personal hygiene during their menstrual flow. A passion she turned into a pet project after emerging winner of Most Elegant Girl in Nigeria. “To some extent, yes I was sad I didn’t ... more
  • 11 months Buhari’s second term expectations Sun |Opinion
    Iliyasu Gadu Following his re-election for a second term in office, those who have always held the belief that President Muhammadu Buhari is Nigeria’s messiah have found added ammunition to further promote this view. The mammoth crowds that attended his campaign rallies all around the country no doubt point to his towering political status. In the election proper he garnered some fifteen million plus votes to defeat his challenger Atiku Abubakar by a margin of over three million votes to spare. And yes, there are places in this country where he retains a fanatical following, such that any unflattering comment ... more
  • 11 months Diversifying nigeria’s economy Sun |Opinion
    Gregory T. Okere Nigeria is endowed with vast reserves of solid minerals, including, but not limited to, precious and base minerals, industrial minerals, energy minerals and metals.  The country was a major exporter of tin, columbite and coal in the 1960s to early 1970s. However, activities in this sector began to nose-dive considerably by the mid-1970s due to a number of political and economic factors, especially the significant focus on crude oil production as a major source of foreign exchange for the country. The mining of minerals in Nigeria accounts for only 0.3% of the GDP, due to the influence ... more
  • 11 months Ita-Faaji and a culture of ‘no consequence’ Sun |Opinion
    Caleb Adebayo As is commonplace in Nigeria, we have again witnessed another avoidable tragedy that has claimed lives- including children- and left many heavy hearted. Ita Faaji was not the first of its kind, whether in Lagos or in Nigeria, or the first where children lost their lives.   In fact, one could easily read a news item from one of the earlier collapses and it will fit right into the story of Ita-Faaji. Lagos, particularly, has become a hub for collapsed buildings. Between February and August alone last year, the State witnessed more than five building collapses, ... more
  • 11 months Wase and the race for Speakership Sun |Opinion
    Imran Muhammad Halilu As Nigerians get set to usher in the 9th National Assembly, especially the House of Representatives, in June this year, they await the emergence of a Speaker that would not only fit the Number 4 Citizen’s seat, but also someone that would make the Green Chamber a melting pot where the much-needed laws that would make life better for the citizens through good governance are enacted, speedily so. Majority of Nigerians would also want to see a Speaker that would ensure a harmonious working relationship between the Legislative and the Executive arms to achieve the ideals of ... more
  • 11 months Ooni of Ife hosts 2Face Idibia, wife Annie Sun |10ment
    The Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has played host to Nigeria’s music icon, 2Face Idibia and his wife Annie, at his palace. The Ooni of Ife’s official Instagram page posted a video of the visit of 2Face Idibia and his wife on Wednesday, where the first class king expressed his pleasure over the visit. He went on congratulate him on his award at the Obafemi Awolowo University. “A great pleasure receiving TuFace, the peace ambassador to the throne of Oduduwa and his adorable wifey, Annie Idibia. “I thank God for your giant strides in life so far, especially ... more
  • 11 months 2face Idibia bags OAU’s honorary fellow award Sun |10ment
    Nigerian music icon, Innocent Idibia aka 2Face has been conferred with the award of the Fellow of the school of music by the Department of Music, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. The 43 year-old Singer, who is also a songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur became the pioneer recipient of the award which was presented to him at the department’s 1st public lecture and fellowship award on Wednesday. 2Face had earlier announced through his Instagram handle, @official2baba that he would be delivering a public lecture at the institution after which the award of the fellow of school of music would be ... more
  • 11 months BBNaija: Why our `romantic’ pairings crashed— Ceec, Lolu, Nina Sun |10ment
     Tension hung in the air as Anto, Lolu, Cee-C, Tobi and Nina shared reasons why the romantic relationships with their on-screen partners fell apart during the ongoing BBnaija #Doublewahalareload and reunion show on Wednesday night. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that during the show, the ex-housemates were paired with the opposite gender as strategic partners which largely grew into romantic relationships. However, BamTeddy (BamBam and Teddy A) are the only couple left from the show as CeeBi (Tobi and Cee-C), LoTo (Lolu and Anto) and MiNa (Miracle and Nina) broke off at different points during and after the show. ... more
  • 11 months 2face bags OAU’s honorary fellow award Sun |10ment
    Busayo Onijala/Justina Auta Nigerian music icon, Innocent Idibia aka 2Face has been conferred with the award of the Fellow of the school of music by the Department of Music, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. The 43 year-old Singer, who is also a songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur became the pioneer recipient of the award which was presented to him at the department’s 1st public lecture and fellowship award on Wednesday. 2Face had earlier announced through his Instagram handle, @official2baba that he would be delivering a public lecture at the institution after which the award of the fellow of school of ... more
  • 11 months Re-founding Nigeria and Buhari’s next level Sun |Opinion
    Charles Onunaiju Despite sustained and interrupted civil rule in the nearly past two decades, the Nigeria’s State is essentially wobbling and growing hollow. The ideals of the State expressed in its constitutional provisions are considerably constrained by institutions that should ordinarily facilitate its realization. With the state increasingly rendered hollow, its institutional infrastructure is upended with a consequence of serious critical deficit in the regular function of processes outlined in the constitutional framework. A hollow State is characterized by institutional weakness and re-configuring its structural framework as agitators for restructuring has vociferously espoused cannot compensate for institutional inertia and dysfunction. ... more
  • 11 months Adesanmi: The human oxymoron politicians must learn from Sun |Opinion
    Banji Ojewale PROFESSOR Toyin Falola has put it most concisely: Pius Adesanmi is the man who leaves and lives. He argues that although Adesanmi is leaving the scene, still he lives. He’s gone, but he’s not done. He’s gone, but he’s still on. He’s dead, but not dusted. There is more to Falola’s dirge than the lyrical alliteration. There’s also more to the oxymoron of a departure that yet defies an exit. To capture or press a point, you must confront it with its alter ego. To prove Adesanmi’lives’ on, you challenge his death with the greater fact of what ... more
  • 11 months Caught between rock and hard place Sun |Opinion
    This is aptly a sad commentary! The place seems to be harder when one regurgitates all the uncertainties that would be imminent ensuing death. Well, Nigerian males in the Diaspora are now confronted with sensitive cultural issues as they naturally grow old! In fact, it churns their heart as they contemplate on the limited options they must tackle the burning and intractable issues. Well, Nigerians in the Diaspora, especially in America are rapidly aging with obvious trepidation arising from uncertainties that trail death. Certainly, aging condition precedes the inevitable end. Therefore, people are understandably worried of the seeming ... more
  • 11 months Target points for Buhari’s second term Sun |Opinion
    Carl Umegboro “TO whom much is given, much is expected”is a universal maxim. The Bible in the third of the four canonical gospels; Luke 12:48 affirmed it. By Section 130 (1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, which established the office of President, the first mandate given to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015expires on 29 May, 2019. SinceSection 135 (1); “Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, a person shall hold the office of President until – (a) when his successor in office takes the oath of that office”, forbids a vacuum, ... more
  • 11 months Court suspends ruling on Tuface N50 million suit against Blackface Sun |10ment
    Romanus Okoye A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has suspended ruling on the defamation case between Tuface Idibia, his manager Efe Omorogbe, and his erstwhile Plantation Boys colleague, Blackface. Innocent Idibia, known as Tuface, and his manager Efe Omorogbe, as the claimants, had approached the court presided over by Justice Josephine Oyefeso claiming the sum of N50 million as damages and N3 million cost for alleged defamatory publications made by Ahmedu Augustine, known as Blackface, against them. Tuface and his manager asked the court to make declarations as follows: “That the statement published on the tweeter platform of the ... more
  • 11 months The place of legacy in a nation’s history Sun |Opinion
    Bidwell Nsofor At last, Nigerians can briefly heave a sigh of relief, having scaled through the last lap of 2019 General Election. Although, the nightmares, violence and killings were unwelcome fallouts with sad memories, the need for the winners to brace up for greater responsibilities cannot be over-emphasized. Baring the outcome of election petitions and litigations, May 29, 2019 will kick-start yet another era in Nigeria’s political history. Winners should, therefore, be focused and not easily yield to the diversionary trappings of power.    Meanwhile, now that dividing songs of party supporters that created multiple echoes and loud ... more
  • 11 months Agriculture and the 2019 budget Sun |Opinion
    Martins Eke The Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the current administration served as the basis for the development of the 2019 proposed budget for the agriculture sector and other sectors. According to the agriculture sectoral strategies of the ERGP, the federal government intends to facilitate access to inputs, set up a one-stop shop for small farmers, fast-track the development and execution of irrigation projects, improve access to finance, extend the Anchor Borrowers Programme, recapitalize the Bank of Agriculture, encourage the development of investment vehicles by the private sector, encourage research to support agricultural productivity, and increase crop value. ... more
  • 11 months Forex restriction and the textile industry Sun |Opinion
    AS the nation awaits the conclusion of the inconclusive/suspended elections across the country and the commencement of legal fireworks over the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari, which the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, is contesting in the courts, it is necessary to refocus national attention on the critical issue of governance and what the government is doing now to bring the change it promised Nigerians closer home. One such recent step, which might easily escape the people in the euphoria and drama of the electoral season, is the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria ... more
  • 11 months Celebrating Gov. Ugwuanyi at 55 Sun |Opinion
    Fifty-Five years today, precisely March 20, 1965, a bouncing baby was born into the modest and cultured family of Mr. David and Mrs. Veronica Ugwuanyi, of Ohom Orba in the present Udenu Local Council Area of Enugu State. The male child, who was delivered during the Lenten period was christened Lawrence and was also given Igbo name-Ifeanyichukwu, meaning Nothing Pass God; a name that is meaningful, philosophical, fulfilling and spiritual in all ramifications. It is a name that has lived with Ugwuanyi since then and has continued to manifest in all his endeavours till date. Just like his siblings, Ugwuanyi ... more
  • 11 months Okowa’s victory powered by God’s divine hand Sun |Opinion
    Nora Roberts I would like to thank the almighty God for the life of our dynamic governor, Sen. Dr Ifeanyi Okowa on your victory at the poll. I congratulate you on your impressive victory in the just concluded governorship election 2019. I am delighted that you will continue to work for the good of the people of our dear state; I sincerely congratulate you and send my best wishes for your every success and wisdom in discharging the important and responsible duties of your position as you have been re-elected. I am confident that the trust placed in you by the good people ... more
  • 11 months Alex Unusual, Ceec, others share lessons, struggles a year after BBNaija Sun |10ment
    Ex-housemates of Big Brother Naija: Double Wahala (S3) shared their struggles and lessons from the show one year after the season aired. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 19 ex-housemates reconvened at the big brother house on Monday night in an epic reunion show hosted by Ebuka Obi-Uchendu. Opening the show, Ebuka promised fans that the March 18 to March 31 reunion will feature massive drama, fun and entertainment. He said, “everything is on the line and nothing is off the table. He went on to introduce some of housemates, extolling their best known qualities while they were on ... more
  • 11 months Simi to release 3rd Album on 31st Birthday Sun |10ment
    Popular Nigerian Afro Pop Singer, Simisola Ogunleye a.k.a. Simi said her third studio album `Omo Charlie Campagne’ would be released on April 19, her 31st birthday. The Ojuelegba born singer who recently got  wedded to her fellow singer Adekunle Gold, took to her instagram handle @symplysimi on Tuesday to announce the released date of the much awaited album. “On the day that I was born, my next album will be born.’’ The X3M artiste released her sophomore album, `Simisola’ in 2017. The 12 track album enjoyed mainstream success which made it the first album to hit one million mark on ... more
  • 11 months American fans eagerly expect Meghan and Harry’s baby Sun |10ment
    Fascination, pride and the best soap opera in the world have many Americans eagerly awaiting the impending birth of Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle’s first child. After some 29 million Americans watched the televised May 2018 wedding of Harry to Californian actress Markle, the prospect of the first British royal baby born to an American mother is proving even more compelling. “It’s going to be massive,” said J.D. Heyman, deputy editor of People magazine. “When Meghan presents the baby, when Meghan and Harry step out onto a balcony … I think what you will see is an ... more
  • 11 months Koffi Olomide bags 2 years in prison for raping 15 year-old girl Sun |10ment
    International music star, Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba a.k.a. Koffi Olomide was handed a two years suspended jail sentence by a court in France for raping a 15 year-old girl. He was sentence in absentia as he was a no show. This sentence means that the 62 year-old music composer, producer and singer faces an arrest if he commits further offenses, according to BBC. The graduate of Business Economic and pioneer of the soukous genre was order by the court to pay a fine of 5,000 Euros ($5,700; £4,300) in damages to the former dancer. He was also ordered to pay ... more
  • 11 months The silent rage of air pollution in Nigeria Sun |Opinion
    Kayode Ojewale Air is an important and vitalrequirement for life. Air sustains life, but it can also snuff outlife. With air one survives and lives; with air one could also die. So it all boils down to the quality of that air. Every living organism requires air for growth and survival. There is no life without air. No air, no life on earth. Human beings need air to breathe because oxygen is the propeller that allows body cells to produce energy from the food we eat. The role air plays in human life cannot be overemphasized because it is the ... more
  • 11 months Nigeria population and birth control Sun |Opinion
    Kehinde Akinfenwa Indications have emerged that Nigeria faces imminent population explosion must the country fail to address the current prevailing growth rate. Currently ranks seventh in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population, the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) according to World Population Prospect stands at 5.67 per cent with an estimated population of 199,071,996, equivalents to 2.6% of the entire world. Paucity of imperative policies and commensurate amenities to sustain this increase over the years has made it a challenge rather than an opportunity. The overbearing challenges of unconstrained urban sprawl, inadequate and overburdened infrastructure, housing shortages, rising ... more
  • 11 months Emefiele and the stakes at CBN Sun |Opinion
    Sufuyan Ojeifo AS the central bank and apex monetary authority of the country, the major regulatory objectives of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as mirrored in the institution’s enabling Act are to maintain the external reserves of the country, promote monetary stability, a sound financial environment and to act as a banker of last resort. In this strategic turf of central banking, the establishment must adroitly read and proactively react to a laundry list of fluid scenarios, which include geopolitical and trade tensions that unquestionably impact the dynamics of global trade. These strains often spawn threats to ... more
  • 11 months Preventing Nigeria from becoming a ‘failed nation’ (2) Sun |Opinion
    Dan Mou The leadership went further to also control the electoral bodies to accomplish the task they did, by simply “awarding” the “votes” they wanted to the President of Venezuela, Maduro, and declaring him and his party the winner.  Under such situation, any talk of electoral integrity or the Electoral Performance Index (EPI), is a waste of time, to say the least.  The Venezuelan Society is now in terrible internal security crises as a consequence of these electoral mal-practices. (c) Relatively Autonomous National Security System (RANSS) or Architecture: This position presupposes that the national security apparatus is neither captured nor ... more
  • 11 months Blackface reignites feud with 2Baba in a diss track ‘War’ Sun |10ment
    Nigerian dancehall singer, Ahmedu Obiabo a.k.a ‘Blackface, has reignited his feud with Nigerian Afro-pop legend, Innocent Idibia a.k.a ‘2Baba’ in his newly released single, `War’. The lyric of the song released by Blackface is filled with direct shots at his former friend and band member 2baba. Since the breakup of Nigeria’s most prominent boy group ‘Plantashun Boiz’, Blackface and 2baba have been engaged in one of the longest running feuds that the industry has ever witnessed. From claims of copyright theft to allegations of blocking his music’ Africa Queen’, Blackface has been quite vocal with how he feels about 2Baba. ... more
  • 11 months British actor Idris Elba plays Nigerian DJ in new series Sun |10ment
    British award-winning actor and musician, Idris Elba has been cast as DJ Charlie Ayo, a Nigerian Disc Jockey in new series ‘Turn Up Charlie’. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the series, which recently premiered on Netflix, follows Charlie, who is 20 years past his lone hit and too ashamed to tell his parents back in Nigeria that he’s a failure. Charlie is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a nanny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter. Throughout the series, Charlie’s parents are back home in Nigeria, so he lives with his old-school aunt, ... more
  • 11 months I’m not particular about race when it comes to marriage Sun |10ment
    Christy Anyawu Suzzie Odeniyi aka Suzzie D is an entrepreneur in the media and fashion/modeling industry in Europe. She is the CEO of Suzzie D Model Management and Suzzie D Celebrity Network where she manages beauty queens and models from all around the world. She’s equally the organiser of Most Beautiful Girl in Ireland and Most Beautiful Girl in the World beauty pageants. Odeniyi, who relocated with her mum to Dublin, Ireland at the age of five, opens up on her career, the beauty/modeling world and lots more.    Could you tell us a bit about your ... more
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