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Yahaya Bello Doesn’t Deserve NCWS Gender-sensitive Award — Natasha Akpoti
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Yahaya Bello Doesn’t Deserve NCWS Gender-sensitive Award — Natasha Akpoti

A former governorship candidate in Kogi State Natasha Akpoti has opposed the conferment of the most gender-sensitive governor in Nigeria award by the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) on Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello. According to Ms Akpoti, the award does not take into cognizance the governor’s alleged violent actions against her and others. “National Council for Women Societies @ncws_abuja should bury their heads in shame,” she tweeted on Sunday. “Honouring Kogi’s Gov. Yahaya Bello as ‘Most Gender Sensitive Gov in Nigeria’ is an insult to d violence he unleashed to me, the dead @OfficialPDPNig woman leader & a host of others. Evil monster.” The award presentation and decoration ceremony held on Saturday at the Glass House of Kogi State Government House, Lokoja. ...
Nominees For ‘Player Of The Century’ Award Have Been Revealed
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Nominees For ‘Player Of The Century’ Award Have Been Revealed

The Ballon d'Or might not be getting handed out in 2020 but there is going to be an award for 'Player of the Century,' despite the fact we're only 20 years into the century. France Football decided that the Ballon d'Or wouldn't be given out after the long pause to the football season between March and June. The decision was widely criticised due to the fact the season was still finished, and many thought that Robert Lewandowski was hard done by and that they Bayern Munich striker would have been a shoe in to win. Lewandowski can at least find some solace in the fact he's one of 28 players nominated for 'Player of the Century,' although it seems unlikely he'll win. The award is being handed out at the Globe Soccer Awards, organised by EFAA (European Association of Player's A...
Aisha Buhari, El-Rufai, Wike, Matawale, Onyeama, Bag Democracy Heroes Awards
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Aisha Buhari, El-Rufai, Wike, Matawale, Onyeama, Bag Democracy Heroes Awards

Following the remarkable success of the 8th Edition of Democracy Heroes Award-DHA2020, the Organising Committee has released a statement of appreciation, commending the contributions of Institutions and individuals who played key roles to the eventual success of the prestigious Award ceremony, held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on the 14th of October 2020. The amazing ceremony witnessed and recorded the recognition of notable and reputable personalities across key sectors in Nigeria. The statement was signed by Mr. Alexander Olufunshi Ajagbonna, the President of Face of Democracy Nigeria Projects, Organisers of Democracy Heroes Award-DHA. In the statement, Mr. Alexander outlined a list of persons and Institutions whom his organization may be unable to finds words enough to apprec...
Osimhen Wins Player Of The Year Award In France
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Osimhen Wins Player Of The Year Award In France

Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen has been voted as the Player of The Year at his French club Lille. Osimhen’s emergence as Lille’s best player in the truncated 2019-20 season is not surprising for many going by the spectacular displays of the 21-year old in what is just his maiden campaign in Ligue 1. Among other feats; Osimhen had scored 18 goals and provided eight assists in all competitions for the French Ligue 1 side, before the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season. Victor Osimhen has been named as Lille’s Player of the Year. — Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) June 2, 2020 It is these breathtaking performances that have seen Osimhen be linked with a possible transfer to several top clubs across Europe. On the list of potential suitors for O...
Lizzo Shares New Photo To Promote Positive Self-Image
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Lizzo Shares New Photo To Promote Positive Self-Image

Grammy Award-winning singer, Lizzo has shared a message to her fans and followers on Instagram as she reminds them to love their bodies. The plus-size singer who has been a face of positive self-image took to Instagram to share photos and videos of herself in lingerie as she encouraged her fans. With her back on display, she backed the camera so that viewers can see her entire backside. Sharing the photo on Instagram, Lizzo wrote: “Put on some cute panties today and smack ur own ass” See Photo Here:
See Admirable Photos Of Funke Akindele Bello And Teddy A
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See Admirable Photos Of Funke Akindele Bello And Teddy A

Funke Akindele Bello strike a sexy post with Teddy A that has got fans talking on Instagram. Multiple award winning actress, Content Creator and The CEO of Sceneone Tv Funke Akindele Bello shares a lovely photos on Instagram. Funke is a Nigerian actress and producer. she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She plays the lead character in the show Jenifa’s Diary, for which she was named Best Actress in a Comedy at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. Funke was born on August 24, 1977, in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. Funke obtained an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication from the former Ogun State Polytechnic, now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, While Tope Adenibuyan, a former reality TV star professionally known ...
Ziyech: Chelsea new boy named Ajax Player of the Year third time in a row
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Ziyech: Chelsea new boy named Ajax Player of the Year third time in a row

The Morocco international capped his impressive stay at Amsterdam with another award before his summer switch to Stamford Bridge Chelsea's latest signing Hakim Ziyech has been named Ajax Player of the Year for the third time in a row. The Morocco playmaker was outstanding in Erik ten Hag's side with a contribution of nine goals and 18 assists across all competitions this season before the Dutch Eredivisie was annulled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ziyech joined Ajax from league rivals Twente in 2016 and during his four-year spell at the club, he won the Player of the Year award thrice – the 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
Genevieve Nnaji Turns 41 – Throwback Photos to Show she Hasn’t Aged at all
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Genevieve Nnaji Turns 41 – Throwback Photos to Show she Hasn’t Aged at all

Delectable Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji is 41 today and it doesn’t the beautiful thespian is getting old anytime soon. Geneieve Nnaji was born on May 3, 1979, and she began her career in the movie industry as a child star at the age of 8. She won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005, making her the first actress to win the award. In 2011, she was honoured as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contribution to Nollywood. Here are some throwback photos of the actress:        Her directorial debut movie, “Lionheart” is the first Netflix Original from Nigeria, and first Nigerian submission for the Oscars. The movie was disqualified for having most of the dialogue i...
I want to give something magical to music lovers – Playboycasted
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I want to give something magical to music lovers – Playboycasted

Nigerian singer, songwriter and music enthusiast, Ogundayomi Olawale, famously known as Playboycasted, does not only make music for fame or money but to keep the world a better and safer place for everybody. For somebody whose music career started at the age of 9 as a church chorister, Playboycasted knew what he wanted to make out of life and has remained truthful to himself and craft over the years. Speaking in an interview during the week, Playboycasted who loves to rap recalled how he released his first rap single: “Shemi” among other freestyles as back as 2013. He would later bag four awards as a rapper at the SLIC Campus recognition awards, held yearly at the Gateway ICT Polytechnic, where he obtained Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication. He showed the wor...
‘They are robbing us’ – Lyon president Aulas criticises Ligue 1 for ending season early amid coronavirus
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‘They are robbing us’ – Lyon president Aulas criticises Ligue 1 for ending season early amid coronavirus

The French club look set to miss out on European football for the first time in 23 years after the 2019-20 campaign was abandoned due to Covid-19 Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says the club have been "robbed" of the chance to play for European football and says the decision of Ligue 1 to end the season early and award final placings on a points-per-game basis is unfair. After the announcement by French prime minister Edouard Philippe that no football could take place before September, the league governing body (LFP) confirmed on Thursday that the season was over and that the championship and European places would be awarded via points per game. This means Paris Saint-Germain are awarded a third successive Ligue 1 title, while Marseille and Rennes take the other two Champions Leag...
Bollywood Actor, Rishi Kapoor Is Dead
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Bollywood Actor, Rishi Kapoor Is Dead

Veteran Bollywood actor, Rishi Kapoor has died. The award winning actor died in an Indian hospital in the early hours of today May 30, after a two-year battle with leukemia. He was 67. Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and returned to India last September following treatment in New York. He was recently admitted to a hospital in Mumbai for further treatment. "The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last. He remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents. Family, friends, food and films remained his focus and everyone who met him during this time was amazed at how he did not let his illness get the better of him. "He was grateful for the love of his fans that p...
Obiageli Solaja Wins African Women In Badminton Award
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Obiageli Solaja Wins African Women In Badminton Award

Nigeria’s Obiageli Solaja has been awarded the 2019 African Women in Badminton Award by the Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA). The award is coming just days after Naomi Oyinloye broke a 20-year jinx to become the first Nigerian Certificated Umpire of the BCA. Obiageli becomes the second recipient of the award, following that of Gretha Prinsloo of South Africa who received the 2018 award last year during the BCA Annual General Meeting in Nanning China. The honour will be bestowed at the BCA Annual General Meeting 2020 at a date to be fixed later due to the current COVID-19 global pandemic. Oby Solaja, a seven-time African Women’s champion and 10-time Nigeria national champion in her playing days is one of the pioneers of badminton at the Olympics. Last November, whe...
‘Bullsh*t!’ – Ziyech seethes over Ajax being denied Eredivisie title
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‘Bullsh*t!’ – Ziyech seethes over Ajax being denied Eredivisie title

The Dutch top flight ended its season on Friday and decided to not name a champion in addition to cancelling promotion and relegation Ajax star Hakim Ziyech has slammed the Dutch Football Federation's (KNVB) decision to not award his side the championship for the 2019-20 season, calling the move "bullsh*t." On Friday the Eredivisie confirmed that its season was over and no champion would be named, denying Ajax the title with Ziyech's side in first place on goal differential over AZ. After Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte ruled this week that all football matches are forbidden until September 1 due to the coronavirus crisis, the KNVB moved quickly to bring the Eredivisie and second-tier Eerste Divisie to an end. The KNVB also controversially ruled that there would be no promotion o...
Sarkodie Makes His Debut On Billboard Social 50
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Sarkodie Makes His Debut On Billboard Social 50

Award winning rapper, Sarkodie, has made his first appearance unto the Billboard Social 50 today. Amongst all the names listed, Sarkodie was ranked in the 48th position with 48 peaks in just one week. The Billboard Social 50 is one of the international list of names ranked by an individuals performance and activeness on the world’s leading social networking services. This is the first time the rapper has made it onto the Billboard Chart. Sarkodie has been trending on Twitter for appearing on the Billboard Chart. Some few international artists also on the chart are Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Mikey Cyrus, Ariana Grande,Adele, Lady and Psy. Some Ghanaian artists who have also appeared on the Billboard includes, Joey B, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale and R2bees. A fan tweeted ...
Actor Kolawole Ajeyemi Shows Off Son’s Closet
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Actor Kolawole Ajeyemi Shows Off Son’s Closet

Nollywood actor, Kolawole Ajeyemi took to his Instagram page to share a photo of his son’s closet which is already packed with clothes and awards. The actor was also pictured standing close to his son, Ire, who was pretty occupied with his something in front of him. Ajeyemi captioned the photo; “People are going to judge you regardless.They will always find the wrong in you no matter how much right you do.“   View this post on Instagram   People are going to judge you regardless.They will always find the wrong in you no matter how much right you do. . . watch YouTube KOLAWOLEAJEYEMI CHANNEL Link on my Bio @kolawoleajeyemi . #WGATAP #sonofmercy #kolawoleclothings #myspirit #ire #stylist #mycircle #fateofala...
Naira Marley Named Nigeria’s Most Viewed Artiste on YouTube in 2019
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Naira Marley Named Nigeria’s Most Viewed Artiste on YouTube in 2019

Popular Nigerian singer, Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley has been award by YouTube as the most viewed artiste in Nigeria in the year 2019. The streaming site made this known in Lagos on Wednesday during the launching of YouTube Premium and YouTube Music in Nigeria Furthermore, they also revealed the top ten most viewed singes in Nigeria for last year: Davido, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Teni, Zlatan, Chris Brown, Olamide, Wizkid and Mercy Chinwo, in that order. The artiste took to his Twitter page to inform his fans about the news. https://twitter.com/officialnairam1/status/1237681876883693569
Tonto Dikeh Honored with Humanitarian Award
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Tonto Dikeh Honored with Humanitarian Award

Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh has been honored with an award of excellence for her humanitarian services. The award presented by VIP360Event at an event, was flaunted by the obviously excited actress on her social media page. She wrote on Instagram: Thanks @VIP360Event…Well Appreciated and received….@t_d_foundation.
Players, officials & even the Refereeing Committee don’t Know what’s Handball – Carvajal
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Players, officials & even the Refereeing Committee don’t Know what’s Handball – Carvajal

The full-back expected a foul to be given against Saturday's opponents and has called for consistency from officials dishing out decisions. Dani Carvajal has called for more clarity on handball decisions after officials declined to award Real Madrid with a second-half penalty in their 1-0 loss to Levante on Saturday. Los Blancos had appealed for a foul when Jose Campagna appeared to handle the ball in the 47th minute of the clash at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia, but referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez would not be swayed and let play continue. The full-time result marked Madrid's second Liga match without a win and saw the Spanish capital side drop to second in the Primera Division standings as a result. Speaking after the match, Carvajal vented his frustration at inconsisten...
Buratai Bags Man Of The Year Award
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Buratai Bags Man Of The Year Award

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai, has been awarded the Daily Asset Newspapers 2020 Man Of The Year in the security category. The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the award was in recognition of his contributions to the fight against banditry, insurgency and terrorism in Nigeria. Musa said that the award ceremony, which took place in Abuja on Friday, had eminent personalities from all works of life in attendance. He disclosed that the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan represented by Sen. Bello Mandiya (APC-Katsina South) with Sen. Gabriel Suswan as the Chairman of the occasion and representative of the Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue, among others, witnessed the event. According to him, the attendees...
Van Dijk Warned he Would Never Win Ballon d’Or Award
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Van Dijk Warned he Would Never Win Ballon d’Or Award

Former Holland ace, Ruud Gullit, has warned Virgil van Dijk that he would never win the Ballon d’Or prize. Van Dijk narrowly lost out to Lionel Messi in 2019, finishing in second place. The Liverpool defender was considered one of the favourites to win it, after helping the Premier League side win the Champions League and finish second in the league. However, the Dutchman had to settle for the runner-up spot as Messi claimed the prize for a record sixth time. Although the 28-year-old is enjoying yet another impressive campaign, which is expected to see Jurgen Klopp’s side win a first league title in 30 years, Gullit doesn’t think his compatriot will have a better chance to take home the Golden Ball. “The message of the Ballon d’Or was, he’s never going to win it again,” ...
Lionel Messi and Lewis Hamilton Share Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award
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Lionel Messi and Lewis Hamilton Share Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award

Lionel Messi and Lewis Hamilton shared the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award on Monday night. The superstar footballer and Formula one driver pipped Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal, Marc Marquez and Eliud Kipchoge for the honour. The pair were tied for first place in the voting by former sports greats who make up the members of the Laureus Academy. Hamilton, who was given the award by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, said: 'It's all of our responsibility to use our platform for really pushing for gender equality, inclusivity and making sure that we are engaging and trying to represent where the world is today.' Messi who was not at the event said: 'I apologise I was not able to come to the event tonight. I really wanted to be there but unfortunately,...
South Sudan’s Leader Wins Dubious ‘Spoiler Of Peace’ Award
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South Sudan’s Leader Wins Dubious ‘Spoiler Of Peace’ Award

South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Monday was named the top “spoiler of peace” in a new award that seeks to shame him and others into taking serious steps to end bloody conflict in the worlds youngest country. Kiir and rival leader Riek Machar are under growing pressure to form a coalition government this month, the significant next step in a fragile peace deal signed in 2018 to end a five-year civil war that killed nearly 400,000 people. The deadline has been extended twice and the international community is signaling impatience. Now a Uganda-based group, Atrocities Watch Africa, is citing Kiir and others for their roles in the conflict that also has displaced at least 2 million people. Many fled to Uganda. The “spoiler of peace” award citation accuses Kiir of being unwilling ...
Man Wins An Award For Being Lazy, Sends Friend To Fetch It
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Man Wins An Award For Being Lazy, Sends Friend To Fetch It

Craig Martin became a trending topic after he sent his friend to go collect the award for being the laziest person in his hometown of Johannesburg. The 31-year old received praise, and he was lauded for his lack of energy and for also reaching the ultra level of being lazy. About 200 people from the Southern Africa region were invited to the awards ceremony. 193 people were in attendance. The other 6 gave various reasons as to why the could not attend the event. "I don't have the energy to attend. I've been sleeping for the past 16 hours," Martin revealed to the attendees in a skype call. Martin has only been out of his yard once in three years. It was when he went to the dentist for a checkup. He beat all the 5 hopefuls who'd attended the event to "bring home" the prestigious...
Nigerian, Rinsola Babajide Wins Liverpool Women’s Player of the Month Award
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Nigerian, Rinsola Babajide Wins Liverpool Women’s Player of the Month Award

Nigerian player, Rinsola Babajide has won the Liverpool Women's team player of the month award for the month of January, the club has announced on it's official website. Babajide, who can represent Nigeria as well as England due to her dual citizenship, started all the three matches played by Liverpool last month, scoring four goals all of which came against Blackburn Rovers Ladies in an 8-1 win.                The 21-year-old, a natural winger who can also play as a central striker, said: “I’m really honoured to be Player of the Month and thanks to all the fans that voted. “I feel like our performances have been getting better all the time and two back-to-back wins show that. Now we need another three points and that would be massive for us.” “It was the volley [past Blackbur...
Nigerians React to Burna Boy’s Loss
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Nigerians React to Burna Boy’s Loss

On Sunday night, Angelique Kidjo won the Best World Music Album award at the 2020 Grammy awards, ahead of other nominees including Burna Boy, Nathalie Joachim, Altin Gun and Bokante.                  The Benin Republic born singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos, after receiving the award dedicated it to Burna Boy saying the Nigerian artiste was one of the few African artistes changing the way African music was viewed in the Western world. Nigerians have now taken to social media to give their reactions to Burna boy's loss with some saying he deserved to win while others stated that Angelique Kidjo is a bigger artist and deserved the award more. ...
Ronaldo To Add Another Award To His Cabinet Before Juventus Versus Parma Game
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Ronaldo To Add Another Award To His Cabinet Before Juventus Versus Parma Game

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will be adding another award to his cabinet before his side takes on Parma later today. The former Real Madrid man who has been in great form since joining Juventus has never stop scoring and helping his side win games. Ronaldo has now be voted Juventus MVP for December by Juventus fans on their website Juventus.com.  Ronaldo will be presented with the award by a lucky Juventus member before the game later today. Looking at Ronaldo form during December, The Instagram superstar scored nine goals up until Roma versus Juventus game. Meanwhile, Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri confirmed during his press conference that De Ligt, Douglas Costa and Rabiot and all available for the game against Parma. 'De ligt played a lot of ...
Barcelona Coach Sends Message to 25-year-old Nigerian Striker
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Barcelona Coach Sends Message to 25-year-old Nigerian Striker

Head coach of Barcelona female team, Lluis Cortes has paid tribute to Nigerian striker, Asisat Oshoala for winning the 2019 African Women’s Player of the Year award for the fourth time. Cortes said he feels privileged to have the 25-year-old forward in his Barcelona squad, adding that she is a unique player that gives the Catalan club an advantage. Oshoala has been impressive for Barcelona so far this season. She bagged four goals as Barcelona thrashed Tacon 6-0 on Saturday. “Having the best African player (Asisat Oshoala) in my team means a lot,” Cortes told Goal. “She earned the award and they aren’t giving her for who she is but based on merit. This in part benefits us, from her success and her individual performances. “We are privileged to have her because she is ...
Diamond Platnumz bashed by his former rumored side chick after failing to bag an award at Soundcity MVP Awards 2020
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Diamond Platnumz bashed by his former rumored side chick after failing to bag an award at Soundcity MVP Awards 2020

It is no secret that Diamond Platnumz has had his share of women in Tanzania. Well, we can blame this on his money and expensive lifestyle that attracts these women his way. Among those said to have been involved with the singer is Lulu Diva who at one time was also linked to Jaguar. Anyway unlike Diamond Platnumz other side chicks, Lulu Diva was kept on the low for a while before she decided to out their relationship but things did not turn out so perfectly as the singer is said to have ended the relationship immediately. Even after the break up, Lulu Diva is said to have tried getting back her way to Diamond Platnumz who apparently wants nothing to do with her. This was revealed by Diamond Platnumz close friend, Juma Lokole who also seems to have bad blood with Lulu Diva – ...
Nigeria’s oldest War veteran, Adama Aduku dies at 101
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Nigeria’s oldest War veteran, Adama Aduku dies at 101

The oldest surviving retired officer of the Nigerian army, Adama Aduku has died at the age of 101. The death of the war veteran was announced by army authorities on Twitter. According to the tweet, His death was announced by one of his relatives on the Whatsapp platform of the director of defence information. Mr Aduku, a World War II veteran, was born in 1918 in Kogi state. He joined the army in 1945. He fought for the British colonial army in Burma and Egypt during the second world war II. In 2019, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo presented an award of excellence to Mr Aduku at the Nigerian army day celebrations in Lagos.
AIT Denies Honouring President Buhari With A 2019 Award
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AIT Denies Honouring President Buhari With A 2019 Award

The attention of DAAR Communications PLC has been drawn to an image circulating on social media and amplified by the personal assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, @BashirAhmaad purportedly showing President Buhari as the DAAR Awards African President of the Year 2019. It has become necessary to respond as follows: 1. The award given to Mr President was an honorary award given to four African leaders which included Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia and President Buhari of Nigeria. 2. The 3rd DAAR Awards was hosted in January 2019 and therefore the award doesn’t reflect the activities of Mr President for the year 2019 in review. 3. Further to numerous complaints received from our social media followers to the award...
Nigerians react as best graduating student in OAU gets ₦100,000 award prize
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Nigerians react as best graduating student in OAU gets ₦100,000 award prize

Nigerians on social media have criticized the ₦100,000 prize awarded Lawal Oluwafemi, the Best Graduating Student of the Obafemi Awolowo University for the 2017/2018 session. Lawal was presented with his prize at the convocation of the university. He shared the news on Twitter on Saturday and users of the platform have been congratulating him. Besides congratulating Lawal, Twitter users have also pointed out that the prize money was too small. Critics of the prize money weighed Lawal’s prize against the N30 million that the winner of the last Big Brother Naija reality TV show went home with. Nigerians on social media have criticized the ₦100,000 prize awarded Lawal Oluwafemi, the Best Graduating Student of the Obafemi Awolowo University for the 2017/2018 session. Lawal was...
Why I Pulled Out Of Wole Soyinka Centre Award – Osinbajo
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Why I Pulled Out Of Wole Soyinka Centre Award – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has explained why he had to pull out of the Wole Soyinka’s Centre award ceremony slated 9 December, 2019. In a statement issued by Laolu Akande, spokesperson to Prof Osinbajo and titled “For The Records”, the Vice President explained why he couldn’t grace the award were he was to receive an anti-corruption award. “I am extremely grateful for the recognition and award of the “Integrity Specialty of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Anti-corruption Defender Award of 2019” to me. “The award, I note, is for our Justice reform efforts in Lagos State. I had accepted the award with pride on behalf of the excellent Justice Sector team we had. “However, two reasons explain my absence. First is that I am currently in Abu Dhabi for an ...
Wole Soyinka Centre Postpones Award To Osinbajo In Protest Against Sowore’s Rearrest
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Wole Soyinka Centre Postpones Award To Osinbajo In Protest Against Sowore’s Rearrest

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) says it has postponed the integrity award to be presented to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to protest against Omoyele Sowore’s rearrest in court. In a statement on Monday, the centre said honouring Osinbajo with the award in the light of recent protests against Sowore’s travails and the “repression“ of free speech will be inappropriate. The WSCIJ earlier announced that it would present an ‘integrity specialty of the anti-corruption defender award’ to the vice-president at its annual award ceremony in Lagos. It had said the recognition is for Osinbajo’s “invaluable work of overhauling the Lagos State Judiciary, facilitating far-reaching reforms in the administration of justice in the state, his work of promoting integr...
The World-of-Sports celebrate Messi as he wins Ballon d’Or award on Monday
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The World-of-Sports celebrate Messi as he wins Ballon d’Or award on Monday

Lionel Messi won the sixth Golden Ball Award on Monday, beating the main contenders Liverpool and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the most prestigious individual soccer trophy. The Argentine, who won the League title in Barcelona but only obtained a third place in the Copa América with his country, joined his trophies 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Senegalese Sadio Mane, who along with Brazilian runner-up Alisson Becker of Brazil and Egyptian Mohamed Salah, helped the Merseyside club win the Champions League, ranked fourth in the survey of international journalists. He beat the Dutch Virgil van Dijk and the Portuguese Ronaldo, third, who won the trophy five times. "I am very lucky, I am blessed. I hope to continue for a long time," Messi told reporters. "I realize that I am lucky, even if...
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Airtel Wins Award For ‘Best Use Of Storytelling’ At Seras 2019

The organizers of the prestigious SERA awards have honoured leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, with the ‘Best Use of Storytelling to Drive Sustainability’ award in recognition of its efforts at promoting corporate philanthropy. The SERA awards platform, which is widely considered the gold-standard recognition in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability in Nigeria, was conceived to lead the drive towards actualization of the sustainable development goals in Africa by enabling a platform that promotes, measures and harmonizes the contributions of private sector, governments/public sector and non-governmental organizations to attain set targets. The award ceremony held last Saturday at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos and Airtel Nigeria’s Corpor...
Full List Of Winners At MTV EMA 2019: Burna Boy Wins ‘Best Africa Act’ Award
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Full List Of Winners At MTV EMA 2019: Burna Boy Wins ‘Best Africa Act’ Award

Serial hitmaker Burna Boy has been announced as the winner of the Best Africa Act award at the 2019 MTV EMA’s. Burna who was nominated alongside fellow Nigerian, Teni the Entertainer, South Africa’s Prince Kaybee and Nasty C, Harmonize from Tanzania and Togo’s duo TooFan, took home the prestigious award at a star-studded event held in Seville, Spain on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019. With his 2019 MTV EMA win, Burna Boy joins an exclusive list of Nigerian superstar artistes who have won the much-coveted international honour. Past Nigerian winners of the MTV EMA Best Africa Act award include 2Baba Idibia, D’Banj, Tiwa Savage and Davido. Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) and BET International commented: “...
Rugby World Cup finalists Tom Curry and Cheslin Kolbe nominated for Player of the Year award
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Rugby World Cup finalists Tom Curry and Cheslin Kolbe nominated for Player of the Year award

England's Tom Curry and South Africa's Cheslin Kolbe have been named among the nominees for the World Rugby Player of the Year award ahead of their nations' World Cup final clash on Saturday. Curry, 21, competing in his first World Cup, has featured in all of England's matches in Japan so far, including their convincing semifinal victory against defending champions New Zealand. The flanker has also been named in Eddie Jones' side to take on the Springboks in Saturday's showpiece clash in Yokohama. Meanwhile, South Africa's Kolbe has featured in just three of his team's fixtures in Japan, sustaining an ankle injury in the pool stage before aggravating the issue in the Springboks' quarterfinal win over the hosts, but has two tries to his name at the tournament. Kolbe's injury meant ...
Aubameyang named Premier League Player of the Month
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Aubameyang named Premier League Player of the Month

The Gabon international topped the public vote after a stellar September, which he started in style with the equaliser against Tottenham. Aubameyang followed that up with a well-taken brace in the draw with Watford, before netting the winner as we came back to beat Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium. The red-hot forward finished the month as he started it, scoring the equaliser as we drew 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford. Auba beat the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin De Bruyne, Son Heung-min and Riyad Mahrez to the award.
Jürgen Klopp wins September’s Premier League Manager of the Month award
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Jürgen Klopp wins September’s Premier League Manager of the Month award

Jürgen Klopp has been named Premier League Manager of the Month for September. The Liverpool boss ensured his side maintained their flawless start to the top-flight campaign by presiding over victories against Newcastle United, Chelsea and Sheffield United. It's the second month running Klopp has been awarded the prize after also claiming it for August. In clinching September's edition, the German saw off competition from Eddie Howe (Bournemouth), Frank Lampard (Chelsea) and Brendan Rodgers (Leicester City). Klopp has now won the Premier League Manager of the Month award on five occasions, having also taken it in September 2016, December 2018 and March 2019, in addition to this season's two accolades.
Mo Salah Wins GQ Middle East Men of the Year Award
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Mo Salah Wins GQ Middle East Men of the Year Award

Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah recognized at the GQ Middle East Men of the Year Awards in a ceremony hosted by famed Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef in the UAE on Monday, October 7. Salah won the overall award for Man of the Year. Known for his irresistible sense of humor, Youssef introduced Salah while displaying funny photos of the Egyptian footballer, prompting all the attendees to cry laughing. “Each time he steps on a pitch, Mohamed Salah balances the expectations of a nation – and one of the world’s most famous football clubs. It’s the kind of pressure that can make or break a man … but this much we know: Salah won’t be stopped. That’s why he’s our Man of the Year,” The magazine said about Mo Salah, also underscoring his strong morals and constant desire to advance his care...
Nigerians react as MC Oluomo bags award for street credibility from Kwame Nkrumah Leadership awards and All African Student Union
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Nigerians react as MC Oluomo bags award for street credibility from Kwame Nkrumah Leadership awards and All African Student Union

Nigerians on Twitter are reacting to the news of the chieftain of the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW, MC Oluomo, bagging an award for his street credibility from the All African Students Union and the Kwame Nkrumah Leadership awards. The award was presented to him on October 7th and he shared the photos on his IG page. Some Nigerians are shocked that he was bestowed such an award. See reactions as shared on Twitter below...    
FIFA Best Awards: FIFA Denies Claims Of Vote Rigging For Lionel Messi Award
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FIFA Best Awards: FIFA Denies Claims Of Vote Rigging For Lionel Messi Award

World Football Governing Body FIFA has denied claims that votes for Lionel Messi to win the Best Player Award were rigged. Lionel Messi walked away with the best men's player accolade at the glitzy ceremony in Milan on Monday, pipping Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk to the award. Given Van Dijk's remarkable season at Liverpool and Ronaldo's excellent campaign at Juventus - Messi winning the award was met with a degree of surprise. FIFA determines the best players based on the votes of national team coaches, captains as well as a journalist from each country. But Messi's claim to the honour has been thrown into doubt following after Egyptian football association and Nicaragua's captain Juan Barrera raised concerns over the authenticity of the ballots - citing uncounted...
Alisson Becker Wins The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper 2019 Award
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Alisson Becker Wins The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper 2019 Award

Liverpool Goalkeeper Alisson Becker has won The Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper 2019 award. Alisson won the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup with Liverpool last season and lifted the Copa America with Brazil in the summer. On the individual level, he bagged all three awards for goalkeepers - Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season, Premier League Golden Glove and Copa America Best Goalkeeper.
Didier Drogba Named Ballon D’or Ambassador
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Didier Drogba Named Ballon D’or Ambassador

Chelsea and Ivorian legend Didier Drogba has been chosen as France Football’s Ballon d’Or ambassador on Thursday. The former Blues star will co-host the award ceremony set for December 2 in Paris, and will present the trophy. “I feel honoured to present this prestigious award. I see it as an acknowledgement of my career and its exemplarity,” Drogba said in a statement . Although the former forward never won the celebrated award, he was nominated eight times between 2004 and 2012, and even came fourth in 2007. “I would have liked to do better but this fourth place is a great reward,” admits Drogba. The 64th Ballon d’Or ceremony will be take place at the end of the year, with Virgil van Dijk the frontrunner for the top award.
Martin Odegaard Receives A Big Fish For Winning Real Sociedad Player Of The Month
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Martin Odegaard Receives A Big Fish For Winning Real Sociedad Player Of The Month

Martin Odegaard won Real Sociedad's Player of the Month award after a stunning of form and was rewarded for his efforts with a massive fish. The Norwegian has been tearing up at the Basque club after signing on loan, scoring twice in his first four La Liga appearances and running the show as Sociedad beat Atletico 2-0 at the weekend. He deservedly picked up the award although it was an unusual prize opted for. There was no trophy or bottle of champagne, instead Odegaard was presented with a large fish at a supermarket in Donostia. Incredible scenes.
Chimamanda Adichie Receives The ‘Prism Of Reason’ Award In Germany
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Chimamanda Adichie Receives The ‘Prism Of Reason’ Award In Germany

The Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie received the Prism of Reason award on her 42nd birthday in Germany. She took photos from the event to her social media page and captioned it "So grateful to have received the 'prism of Reason' award from the citizen of Kassel, Germany, on my birthday, September 15. Grateful to have turned 42, Grateful for family, friends and fans. Dalu nu rinne"
Russian Hockey Team Awards AK-47 To ‘Player Of The Game’
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Russian Hockey Team Awards AK-47 To ‘Player Of The Game’

A hockey star from Russia received a bizarre award for his starring role in goal; an AK-47. Having stopped 36 of the 38 shots he faced for Izhstal Izhevsk in their 3-2 win over Chelmet, Saveli Kononov was handed an assault rifle by a senior official. The hockey goalie was presented with a gun in the dressing room following his heroics in net by his teammates who voted Kononov as the 'Player of the Game'. Izhstal Izhevsk's captain passed Kononov the weapon and he paraded with the gun before giving a rousing speech to his teammates. The players seemed amused with the new gimmick. One player joked: "If we play poorly, they will shoot us." It's unclear whether the gun is a replica or a fully-loaded weapon. This isn't the first time a hockey team has given out strange post-match...