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Monday, 27 February 2017

Oscars 2017 Mix-Up: "La La Land" Accepts The Award For Best Picture Before "Moonlight" Is Announced As The Actual Winner.

What happened last night at the Oscars was very similar to what happened at the 2016 Miss Universe pageant when Steve Harvey read the name of the runner up as the winner.

Actress/presenter Faye Dunaway did same last night by awarding "La La Land" as the best picture Oscar that should have gone to "Moonlight."

While the "La La Land" cast was onstage hugging one another and giving their speeches, producer Jordan Horowitz made an announcement that shocked everyone. "Moonlight" had actually won.

He then held up the card that proved "Moonlight" was the winner.

Actor/director Warren Beatty, who had presented the award with Faye Dunaway, took
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Maje Ayida Slams Estranged Wife, Toke Makinwa With N100million Suit

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Maje Ayida, Toke Makinwa’s estranged husband, has sued her for a whooping N100 million for defamation of character.

Makinwa, a TV host, had written a tell-it-all book: “On Becoming,” documenting her marriage to Ayida, a celebrity gym expert, that went sour.


In an earlier letter, Ayida’s lawyers had written to Makinwa to stop the sale of the book.


She was also asked to remove parts of the book that was defamatory to their clients (Ayida’s) character, which she had ignored.


Makinwa is currently on a tour of the UK to sell and launch the book.
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Massive Shake-up In NCAA As FG Sacks 10 Directors

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 It was a gloomy day today at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) as the Federal Government approved the sack of all the directors in the regulatory agency.
No fewer than 10 directors were unexpectedly sacked from their duty posts by the government.
Our correspondent learnt from a source in NCAA that the Director-General of the NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman conveyed the sack message to the affected directors in a meeting at the agency’s headquarters at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos.
A source close to the meeting confided in our correspondent that Usman had called for a meeting with all the directors who were in the dark about what was to befall them, but in the
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German Archaeologists Abducted In Kaduna Have Been Released

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Residence where they live under guard
To German Archaeologists who were Kidnapped in aduna state have been freed and  the Police said that no ransom was paid. They were seized near a road between Abuja and Kaduna.

The two Germans had been abducted on Wednesday during excavation work at Jenjela village in Kaduna state and two villagers who attempted to help them were shot and killed by the kidnappers.

No ransom was paid when they were freed late on Saturday, a police official said, without giving details. The gunmen had demanded a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000 or 190,000 euros).

"The two archaeologists from the Goethe University in Frankfurt are free. They are in the care of the German embassy in Abuja," said an unnamed source at the Foreign Ministry. "They are doing well under the circumstances," the source added, without providing further details.

The governor of Kaduna, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, applauded Nigeria's security forces on Sunday for securing the hostages' release. There were no details as to whether anyone had been arrested.

m.dw.com
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Nigeria To Export Yams To China – Ogbeh

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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said yesterday that Nigeria would soon begin exporting dry yam to China.

He spoke while inaugurating the committee on Nigerian yam export programme in Abuja.

“The Chinese were here a few days ago and were asking for dry yam. I wondered why they wanted it dried. The Chinese are very clever, they said 40% of yam is water and they don’t want the water, they want the yams. So if we have to ship yams to China, we have to find a way of drying it,” he said.

The minister while citing figures from the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) said Nigeria, which produces 61.7% of total global production, does not have a share of the yam
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Don Jazzy Says He's Too Big For Endorsement Deals

Mavin Records boss, Don Jazzy said the reason he has not been getting endorsement deals in recent was because he's outgrown being a brand ambassador at this stage in his career.

Speaking at the launch of Flobyt in Lagos, Don Jazzy said, 
“Brand ambassador? I stopped that a long time ago. We are bigger than those things now. We are more about partnerships.”

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SON Arrests Two Chinese Nationals With Over N5bn Fake Tyres

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has arrested two Chinese nationals, Taolung Shen and Xu Jing Yau, who were said to have dealt in substandard tyres worth over N5bn.

The suspects, according to a statement on Sunday, were paraded following their arrest, and the sealing of the warehouse where they had been cloning different sizes of tyres under different brand names.

The suspects, the statement added, churned out the substandard tyres into the Nigerian market under brand names such as Powertrac, Aptany, Harmony, Duraturn, Bearway, City Tour, Winda, Glory, Chachland, City Grand, Grandsonte and Sunny.

According to SON, the suspects brought the substandard tyres into Nigeria by stuffing them into one another.

“Sometimes as many as five tyres were stuffed into one and the tyres would have bent and
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Abike Dabiri-Erewa Calls On AU To intervene, Blasts South African Home Affairs Minister - Xenophobic Attacks On Nigerians

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Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora has called on the South African government to take definitive measures to protect Nigerians and other Africans in their country. She also called on the African Union to intervene urgently in the renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa.

She also described the suggestion by Mr. Malusi Gigaba, South African Home Affairs Minister, that diplomacy is the solution to attacks on Nigerians in his country as very insensitive. In a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja, she said:
“It appears that Mr. Gigaba would rather dwell on and entertain himself with diplomatic niceties when the welfare of Nigerians resident in South Africa are at stake now more than any time in recent history. 
“His response to the xenophobic attacks, which has now become a recurring decimal on Africans, most especially Nigerians living peacefully in their host country of South Africa was indeed unfortunate. 
“While it’s no longer news that law-abiding Nigerians in that country have borne the major brunt of these attacks, the news by the Home Affairs Minister that his country is trying to get rid of criminals in his country at the time when indiscriminate mayhem and looting of law-abiding Nigerians is very suspicious, to say the least. 
“Even if this unguarded statement must be taken in its face value, we wonder if wanton destruction and indiscriminate killing of their African brothers is the most sensible excuse to give. ‘The home affairs minister should have been more guarded and introspective in his statements so as not to further fan the embers of xenophobia that may get out control if care is not taken. 
“Nigeria and South Africa have a long-standing diplomatic relationship in which the former played a critical, if not a pivotal role that culminated in ending apartheid, among so many of her positive interventions. ‘Indiscriminate killings, in which 116 deaths have been recorded of her people MUST not be how Nigeria should be paid back. Xenophobia is such a debilitating social disease, based mostly on ignorance, in which its carrier also suffers. 
“I therefore suggest that the home affairs minister should engage in the mass education of the South African people about the debilitating effects of this disease with immediate effect. “It is apt to mention at this juncture that the home affairs minister only met with African consulates forum, an association of African consuls general, based in South Africa recently , despite the fact that this meeting was long overdue. 
“Mr. Gigaba’s response to the mayhem that a segment of the South African people perpetrated on law-abiding Nigerians in South Africa smirks of insensitivity, and it’s therefore very reprehensible, if not unacceptable. 
“In view of this unfortunate statement, I am therefore restating my earlier call on the African Union (AU) to take up the South Africa’s xenophobic issue as a matter of urgency. ‘The days that the Nigerian government will fold its arms while its citizens are maltreated to the point that some of them have lost their lives for no just cause are long gone”.
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FG To Engage Additional 350,000 Unemployed Graduates Under 2017 Budget

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As different sections of the executive arm of the Federal Government are now defending the 2017 budget proposals before the National Assembly, new details are emerging on the continuation of the Social Investment Programmes, (SIP)of the Buhari presidency, including a plan to hire 350,000 more unemployed graduates under the N-Power Volunteer Corps.

According to the Senior Special Assiatant on Media & Publicity to the President, Office of the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande, President Buhari has requested appropriation of N157.75B in the 2017 budget estimates for the N-Power scheme.

The N-Power is just one of the many SIPs that has so far drawn the interest and praise of Nigerians across board, Akande observed adding that a lot more is to come, especially this
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Factions Around President Buhari Jostle For Control Of His Medical Story, Spin Different Stories

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We learned from reliable sources at the Nigerian Presidency that President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been in the UK since January 19, is receiving “intense treatment” for a renewed flare-up of prostate issues. He had undergone surgical treatment for prostate cancer soon after losing the 2011 presidential election to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
In addition to his UK doctors, President Buhari has been under the care of two Nigerian physicians, Dr. Suhayb Sanusi Rafindadi, who is his Chief Personal Physician, and Dr. Ugorji Ogbonna, who had a medical practice for many years in Kano before relocating to the UK. Even though he is from the southeast of Nigeria, Dr. Ogbonna is very close to numerous
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