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US Will Do Everything To Counter ISIS And Its Affiliates Everywhere – Pompeo
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US Will Do Everything To Counter ISIS And Its Affiliates Everywhere – Pompeo

United States Secretary of State , Mike Pompeo , on Wednesday , says the US government will use all tools at its disposal in the fight against terrorist elements in Nigeria and West Africa . Pompeo made this known after the virtual meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS co -hosted by Nigeria on Tuesday . According to him , “ great progress ” was made at the meeting with the Federal Government of Nigeria . The US Secretary of State tweeted , “ Great progress was made at yesterday’ s virtual Global @Coalition to Defeat ISIS meeting on West Africa. We will use all tools at our disposal to counter ISIS and its affiliates anywhere in the world . My thanks to Nigeria for co -hosting the event. ” At the meeting , the US and the 82 -member global coalition it leads expressed ...
‘Ghost’ Human Ancestor Discovered In West Africa. Linked To Yoruba, Esan People
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‘Ghost’ Human Ancestor Discovered In West Africa. Linked To Yoruba, Esan People

A mysterious "ghost population" of now-extinct ancient human-like creatures may have interbred with early humans living in West Africa, scientists say. Researchers suggest DNA from this group makes up between 2% and 19% of modern West Africans' genetic ancestry. They believe the interbreeding occurred about 43,000 years ago. Scientists found links to the Mende people of Sierra Leone, Yoruba as well as Esan people in Nigeria, plus other groups in western areas of The Gambia. The new study was published in Science Advances this week. It suggests that ancestors of modern West Africans interbred with a yet-undiscovered species of archaic human, similar to how ancient Europeans mated with Neanderthals, and Oceanic populations with Denisovans. The research sheds more light ...
Gbemisola Saraki Says Nigerian Ports Are The Most Expensive In West Africa
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Gbemisola Saraki Says Nigerian Ports Are The Most Expensive In West Africa

The Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, has described Nigerian ports as the most expensive in the West African sub-region. A statement signed by Mr Eric Ojiekwe, Head, Press and Public Relations of the ministry, quoted the minister as saying that the high cost of port operations in the country was occasioned by duplicity of functions by operators in the ports. The minister spoke on Monday in Abuja, while receiving members of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA). She said: “the high cost of operation has made it difficult for Nigeria to compete with other neighbouring countries. “Nigeria is supposed to be the biggest player and the cheapest player but, unfortunately, we are not. “But I assure you that changes will be witnessed as...
Nigerian Cooking Makes House Smell: London Landlord Denies Gambian Accommodation
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Nigerian Cooking Makes House Smell: London Landlord Denies Gambian Accommodation

RACE ROW Landlord accused of ‘shocking racism’ after she refuses to rent room to Gambian man as Africans ‘make the house smell’ A LANDLORD has been accused of race discrimination after banning African tenants from renting her property – because “they make the house smell”. Ebrima Mboob, originally from Gambia, West Africa, arranged over Facebook to view a double room to rent in central London from landlord Elina Vimbsone. Mr Mboob claims that once Ms Vimbsone realised where he was from, she back-peddled by declaring: “It’s only for European people”. The 24-year-old – studying performing arts at the University of the Arts London – said he “could not believe it” when his viewing was abruptly cancelled because of his ethnicity. He said: “I was completely shocked at the landlo...
Nigeria Beats Ghana As The Best Place To Study Medicine In West Africa
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Nigeria Beats Ghana As The Best Place To Study Medicine In West Africa

Ghana has lost it to Nigeria as the best destination for medicine studies in West Africa, the Times Higher Education (THE) reveals. The decision to study medicine is a life-changing one and THE states that University of Ibadan is West Africa’s best bet. According to the 2020 World University Rankings (WUR) the Nigeria-based University,Ibadan ranks between 301-400 on the clinical, pre-clinical and health ladder while University of Ghana is positioned at 501-600 out of selected 1,500 best universities worldwide. Africa’s best medicine and dentistry studies destination is South Africa with Cape Town University claiming the first spot. Though Nigeria is not the top destination for studying medicine on the African continent, it bagged the top spot for the West African region. ...
T.I and wife Tiny pictured in Ghana with Cardi B
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T.I and wife Tiny pictured in Ghana with Cardi B

Cardi B was in Ghana on December 8th but she wasn't the only American celebrity in the West African country. T.I. and wife Tiny were also in Ghana at the same time. In a photo shared to Instagram, T.I. and Tiny are seen chatting with Cardi B, who was dressed in her costume made with the colours of the Ghanaian flag. Sharing the photo, Tiny wrote: "Today is our last day in Africa... first stop was Kenya. They treated us like Kings & Queens. Then Ghana was the next stop & @iamcardib jus happen to have had a concert. My first time ever seeing her show & she was fucking amazing!!! Can’t wait to show u what we did next in Ghana. u already know @giftedtalents"
Nigeria Border Closure: Nigerian Traders Cry Out ‘We Twiddle Our Thumbs & Pray’
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Nigeria Border Closure: Nigerian Traders Cry Out ‘We Twiddle Our Thumbs & Pray’

"Nothing crosses into Nigeria and nothing comes out. It's hermetically sealed," said Amadou Idi, sitting in a makeshift shelter to keep out of the rain, and reflecting on the downturn in his luck. "We twiddle our thumbs and pray." Idi's job is a transiting agent -- to get goods across the border to Nigeria at the Dan Issa frontier post in southeastern Niger. But he has been out of work since Nigeria dramatically closed its borders with its neighbours on August 20, declaring it wanted to put an end to chronic smuggling. Niger, which shares a 1,500-kilometre (900-mile) border with Nigeria, has been badly hit by the closure, along with Benin. Both nations are among the poorest in the world. A long line of lorries from Niger and elsewhere in West Africa is stranded at Dan Is...
Kotoka Ranked Best Airport In West Africa
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Kotoka Ranked Best Airport In West Africa

Ghana's Kotoka International Airport has been adjudged the best airport in West Africa and the fourth-best in the World by the Airport Council International (ACI) Africa. The country moved from 6th last year to 4th in the West African ranking. At the 28th ACI Conference in Accra yesterday, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo attributed the country's success in the latest ranking to the government's strong policy initiatives in the aviation industry. He said the achievement was also due to the stakeholders' commitment to adhere to high airport service quality and standards at the Kotoka International Airport. The ACI annual conference was aimed at providing the aviation community on the continent with the opportunity to share and disseminate vital industry information to stren...
Nigerian couple sentenced for selling toxic skin-whitening treatments online in UK
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Nigerian couple sentenced for selling toxic skin-whitening treatments online in UK

A couple have avoided jail after admitting selling illegal skin-whitening products online. Jonathan and Holiness Ikpere are thought to have earned hundreds of thousands of pounds from selling banned bleaching concoctions from their home in Towpath Mead, Southsea. They imported large quantities of cosmetics from countries in West Africa before selling them on and were caught in the UK's first national investigation into the online sale of dangerous skin-whitening products.
Samuel L. Jackson arrives in Ghana for documentary on slavery
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Samuel L. Jackson arrives in Ghana for documentary on slavery

Veteran American actor, Samuel L Jackson who has been visiting West Africa filming a documentary on slavery, has arrived in Ghana. He was first spotted at the +233 Jazz Bar on Saturday night, giving a speech. The documentary,’ Enslaved’ has since taken to Gabon, where the actor has traced his own ancestry. Jackson has been sharing his experiences across West Africa so far on social media. Fremantle has taken global rights (excluding US, Canada and Israel) to Enslaved, a six-part documentary series hosted by Samuel L. Jackson. The series will chart the horror of slavery through underwater archaeology. Created by doc outfit Associated, the series is being timed to coincide with the 400-year anniversary since the first African was brought to the New World as a slave. According ...
NNPC Hints Of Fuel Pump Price Rise, Says N145 Cheapest In West Africa
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NNPC Hints Of Fuel Pump Price Rise, Says N145 Cheapest In West Africa

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has hinted that pump price of premium motor spirit (PMS) may be increased soon, as it described the N145 pump price as the cheapest in West Africa. The new Group Managing Director (GMD), Mele Kyari, stated this yesterday during a visit to Senate President Ahmed Lawan at the National Assembly complex, Abuja. Kyari spoke while making submissions on revenue generation before the leadership of the senate. He identified cheap fuel price and smuggling as the two key factors hampering revenue generation by the agency. “The N145 per litre fuel price regime in Nigeria runs against the N350 per litre most of the other West African countries operate, encouraging smuggling. “It is even very difficult for us to make the product available...
West Africa: EU Supports Nigeria, Beninoise Customs With N8.1 Billion Scanner
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West Africa: EU Supports Nigeria, Beninoise Customs With N8.1 Billion Scanner

The effort to facilitate trade and speedy clearance of cargo in Nigeria's busiest land border will be revved up soon as the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and its Beninoise counterpart have taken delivery of a new cargo scanning machine donated by the European Union (EU) at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) joint border post, Seme-Krake. Valued at about N8.1 billion, the scanner is said to be an upgrade on the old fixed scanner at the cost of N3.54 billion and installed by the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) in 2013. Addressing journalists at the border post, the Controller, Seme Area Command of the NCS, Comptroller Muhammed Uba, said the scanner, which is currently being test-run, would be maintained by ECOWAS for two years. He said Customs office...
Ghanaian University Offers $40,000 Scholarship To JAMB Best Candidate
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Ghanaian University Offers $40,000 Scholarship To JAMB Best Candidate

Academic City College, a private university in Accra, Ghana, has offered scholarship worth $40,000 to Ekene Franklin Ezeunala, the candidate who scored 347 – the highest score – in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The College Senior Admissions Manager (Nigeria), Mrs Ogechi Ekpe, said on the sidelines of a workshop organised by the institution for schools and parents at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, at the weekend that the scholarship would cover tuition and boarding for the duration of his programme at the university. “We have a full scholarship for Ekene. He was supposed to be here today (Friday) but we did not talk about the scholarship today because he was not here. We were to present a scholarship of $40,000 to the boy from year one till he graduates,” she...
The Virus Returns: Ebola Kills 26 Persons in a Single Day
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The Virus Returns: Ebola Kills 26 Persons in a Single Day

DR Congo's health ministry, today Tuesday, disclosed that 26 persons died of Ebola in one single day. The biggest death toll to have ever hit the country from the disease. The present outbreak is the second deadliest on record, after the epidemic that struck West Africa in 2014-2016 and claimed the lives of more than 11,300 people. The health ministry revealed it had counted 957 deaths in the country, of which 891 were confirmed cases and 66 suspected ones. “There were 26 deaths from confirmed cases” on Sunday, April 28, in the northeastern North Kivu province, the ministry said in a statement. It said of the total deaths of 957, 33 were health workers who had succumbed to the disease. The DR Congo declared a tenth outbreak of Ebola in 40 years last August in North Kivu befo...
Ebola In DRC ‘Spreading Faster’ – Red Cross
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Ebola In DRC ‘Spreading Faster’ – Red Cross

The Red Cross on Thursday sounded the alarm Thursday over Ebola’s increasingly rapid spread in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the latest outbreak of the virus has killed more than 700 people.  Eighteen new cases were confirmed on Tuesday alone, the highest single-day figure in the eight-month outbreak, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said in a statement. “The bottom line is that Ebola is now spreading faster, and many people are no longer seeking care,” IFRC’s director of health and care, Emanuele Capobianco, said in a statement. “It is clear that some vulnerable communities do not trust Ebola responders,” he added. Poor security owing to the presence of several armed groups, coupled with the resistance of some communities to...
Nigerian Student, Peter Seunara Arotiba Emerges Best Candidate In West Africa
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Nigerian Student, Peter Seunara Arotiba Emerges Best Candidate In West Africa

A student of Nigerian Air Force Secondary School, Ikeja, Lagos, Master Peter Seunara Arotiba, has been honoured with the West African Examination Council’s (WAEC) International Excellence Awards for his outstanding performance in the 2018 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). Arotiba received the honour alongside Miss Wilhermina Opoku and Miss Brago Sarpong Afrifa, who came second and third respectively. The second and third prize winners are Ghanaians. Arotiba with examination number 4251112045, had a total score of 657.8256 to beat the second and third prize winners to the first prize. The Augustus Bandele Oyediran Best Candidate in West Africa Award was also presented to Arotiba. The Spokesman of WAEC, Mr Demian Ojijeogu, in a statement is...
From Head Of State To Pauper: Meet Valentine Strasser, Youngest Leader Ever In West Africa
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From Head Of State To Pauper: Meet Valentine Strasser, Youngest Leader Ever In West Africa

In 1992 at just age 25, Captain Valentine Strasser had seized power from His former boss President Joseph Momoh and had become Sierra Leone’s Head of State making him the youngest ever in West Africa. Strasser sat on wealth and many opportunities but he soon allowed his youthful exuberance to be his waterloo .He engaged in high level of profligacy and failed the war against rebel leader Forday Sankoh. He grew unpopular with accusations of mismanagement and ordering the killing of many of dissenters of his regime. Majority of his soldiers defected to the rebel army after he employed the services of mercenary front Executive Outcomes. Strasser was ousted in 1996 through a palace coup staged by his deputy Julius Maabo who assumed his position afterwards. Strasser fled to London a...
West Africa The Least Trade Integrated Region In The World — Report
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West Africa The Least Trade Integrated Region In The World — Report

The Economic Community of West Africa States, ECOWAS, is the least integrated region in the world in terms of cross border trade, a report by the Borderless Alliance group has said. According to the report, the non- application of ECOWAS directives relating to free movement of goods and people,    ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme, ETLS, and the    Common External Tariff, CET, are some of the factors responsible for the low level of trade integration in the region. Other factors militating against trade in the region include the high cost of transport &  logistics, Long delays at ports and borders, harassment along transit corridors,  mainly from uniformed services and corruption. Speaking at a one day workshop on dissemination and launch of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Sc...
Cape Verde police arrest 11 Russian sailors with nine tonnes of cocaine
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Cape Verde police arrest 11 Russian sailors with nine tonnes of cocaine

Police in the Atlantic archipelago of Cape Verde say they have seized nearly 10 tons of cocaine and arrested 11 Russian sailors aboard a vessel docked in the capital.   Authorities said the seizure represented the largest single drug haul in the island country's history. Cape Verde, a group of islands off Africa’s west coast with a population of some 500,000, has long battled gangs trafficking Latin American cocaine to Europe through West Africa.   The Russian Embassy in Cape Verde said it had received information the Russian sailors will appear in court on February 2. The embassy said diplomats have been able to visit the crew.  Police officials said the 9.5 tons of cocaine were seized during the night after the ship docked at the port of Praia for legal reasons foll...
English TV Personality & Model, Katie Price To Adopt Nigerian Orphan
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English TV Personality & Model, Katie Price To Adopt Nigerian Orphan

The 40-year-old,Katie Price star has revealed she has started the process of adopting a child from the West African country after a chance meeting with a woman who works at an orphanage. She said: ”Well basically, I’ve always said I’ve always wanted to adopt a child. I don’t care if they’ve got disabilities – just because I feel I can offer a place. Funny enough, I was getting my nails done and there was a lady sitting next to me and I don’t know why, I’m a bit weird like this, but I said to her, ‘Sorry, but are you a nurse?’ Cut a long story short, she wasn’t a nurse but she was telling me how she looks after this orphanage in Nigeria and we got talking and stuff. I said to her I’ve always wanted to adopt but the thing is, it’s easy to adopt abroad but it’s not easy to bring ...
2019 Elections: Boko Haram Plans Attack, US Warns Nigeria Citizens
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2019 Elections: Boko Haram Plans Attack, US Warns Nigeria Citizens

The United States of America has warned its citizens in Nigeria to be conscious of threats by members of Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa. In a statement published on Friday, January 18, 2019, on its official website in Nigeria, the US said the insurgents had threatened to attack public places. The US said although it did not have information on attacks targeted at the embassy, it advised the citizens to review their movements and keep a low profile. “There is an increase in ISIS propaganda videos specifically directed to Nigeria and the ongoing civil unrest in Borno State and the North-East. “ISIS West Africa and Boko Haram have both stated they plan to disrupt the upcoming 2019 presidential elections by conducting attacks on Nigerian security and infrastructure, as well as...
Golf: African Tour Offers $475,000 Prize Money for 2019
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Golf: African Tour Offers $475,000 Prize Money for 2019

The total prize money of $475, 000 will be competed on the expanded African Tour billed to commence in February. The African Tour is the upgraded version of the West Africa Golf Tour that started in December 2016. President of the African Tour, Emeka Okatta announced that the new prize money represents a 33 percent increment on the $375, 000 prize money staked in 10 tournaments on the West Africa Tour last year. On the whole, 16 tournaments are on the card for this year and will feature 40 professional golfers drawn from Nigeria and several African countries. The season’s culminating event- the Tour Championship- will hold at IBB International Golf and Country, Abuja from December 18- 21, with $100,000 as the prize money. The overall leader of the Order of Merit for 2019 w...
Togo’s Lome Port Overtakes Apapa Wharf As West Africa’s Leading Container Port
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Togo’s Lome Port Overtakes Apapa Wharf As West Africa’s Leading Container Port

Apapa Port, Lagos, Nigeria for long had the reputation as West Africa’s leading and busiest container port. However, that reputation currently belongs to Togo’s Lome port. According to data from Dynamar, a Dutch maritime intelligence and consulting firm, this is largely as a result of implemented reforms, container traffic at the port of Lome. The port’s earnings has grown more than three-fold since 2013. In contrast, things have stagnated at Nigeria largest port in Apapa, Lagos. The Apapa port has been plagued by a combination of decades of inefficiency and red-tape leaving room for corruption to thrive. Indeed, it is often far easier to pay intermediaries (sometimes in cahoots with customs officials) to clear goods at the port than to go through official processes. The bo...
Nigerian Army Discovers New Terrorist Group In North-East
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Nigerian Army Discovers New Terrorist Group In North-East

The Nigerian Army has uncovered a new terrorist group, Jama’atu Nus’ratul-Islami Wal-Muslimina, believed to be operating in the North-East of the country, and vowed to fight the group with “advanced technologies.”   The army in a statement said it had also identified the leader of the new group as Abul-Fadl Iyad Gali, adding that the existence of the group “portends grave danger to Nigeria’s national security.”   The Army also said its troops also killed an Islamic State of West Africa Province media chief, Sale Ahmad, also known as Baban Hassan, in a joint operation with the Nigerian Air Force. According to the army, ISWAP is a faction of Boko Haram, directly affiliated to the Islamic State and has attacked military troops and civilians in recent times. The state...
See Anything Wrong With This Cake Made to Welcome Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall to Nigeria?
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See Anything Wrong With This Cake Made to Welcome Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall to Nigeria?

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Nigeria on the final leg of their Royal visit to West Africa and they were welcomed with a reception done in their honour. As with most celebrations, there was a cake at the reception for Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles, but Nigerians are so disappointed with the kind of cake made and they say it is a disgrace that the federal government of Nigeria couldn't even give the contract to a professional baker to make a presentable cake. See some Twitter reactions to the "horrendous" cake below.  
Folorunsho Alakija Is Building West Africa’s Most Expensive Tower, Costs N60 Billion
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Folorunsho Alakija Is Building West Africa’s Most Expensive Tower, Costs N60 Billion

Africa's richest woman Mrs Folorunsho Alakija is set to become the owner of the most expensive building in West Africa, if not Africa. Famfa Towers is currently being built on Alfred Rewane Road in Ikoyi Lagos. The 22-floor edifice will set the billionaire oil mogul back a whooping N60billion or $165million but at a networth of nearly $3billion, it shouldn't be a problem for the former fashion designer who is said to be financing the project herself with no loans from any bank. Over N6billion has already been pumped into Famfa Towers as building begins. The one-of-kind Tower will be used for commercial purposes. The last five floors is said to be for Mrs Alakija's personal use, possibly for her office and the rest will be rented out to people who can afford it.
Nigerian Military Struggles Against Islamic State In West Africa – Reuters
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Nigerian Military Struggles Against Islamic State In West Africa – Reuters

Islamist militants have killed hundreds of soldiers in attacks in northeastern Nigeria in recent weeks, security and military sources say, forcing a turnaround in the course of an insurgency which the government has frequently claimed to have vanquished. The fatigued, ill-equipped government troops have reached breaking point, they said. The setback in the war against Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) and the Boko Haram insurgency from which it split in 2016 comes as President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term in elections next February. Buhari came to power in 2015 on a promise to defeat Boko Haram, and security has once again emerged as a main campaign issue. In the past three weeks, according to military and security sources, ISWA killed 48 soldiers at a military ba...
Nancy Isime Carries A Snake Round Her Neck
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Nancy Isime Carries A Snake Round Her Neck

TV-Host and actress Nancy Isime carries a snake round her neck as she visits 'Snake Temple' in Benin Republic, West Africa. The damsel comfortably posed with a harmless snake around her neck and she also shared a note about her experience. She wrote; "Today was such an eventful day you guys! "Let me gist you, I got to visit the Snake Temple in Ouidah which is right opposite the very first Catholic church in west Africa. It is said that Worshippers at the Snake Temple also worship at the church and vice versa... In Emmanuel the tour guide's words "Nobody has Monopoly over access to God". We then visited the famous 'Point of No return' during the Slave Trade Era. "Ouidah is the spiritual Capital of Benin Republic and being there today definitely had me feeling all sorts of way! P...
I Had Sex With My Sister And Sacrificed My Mother To Succeed – African Footballer Makes Shocking Confession!
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I Had Sex With My Sister And Sacrificed My Mother To Succeed – African Footballer Makes Shocking Confession!

A retired footballer from West Africa has shocked many after he confessed to have had sex with his sister and sacrificed his mother to further his football career. Shiva N’zigou, a Gabonese footballer who played for French clubs Nantes and Riems between 2001 and 2010 made the shocking confession at a Church. He also revealed that his parents changed the D.O.B. on his birth certificate to make him five years younger. Until now it was believed he was 34, but it seems he is really closer to 39. He said: “I had [sexual] relations with my aunt.” “These relations happened again with my sister.” “I slept with my sister.” Shiva, who retired in 2016, played 24 matches for the national Gabonese squad from 2000 to 2008, netting five goals for his country. In 2000, he became...
Ruky, Of Mtn Project Fame Drops Official Video – ‘showers’ From Her Debut Ep – “Brave Love”
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Ruky, Of Mtn Project Fame Drops Official Video – ‘showers’ From Her Debut Ep – “Brave Love”

After the release of her debut EP titled ‘Brave Love’, Ruky has just drop one of the official videos of the hit EP, titled ‘Showers’. Ruky Olotu is the First Runner Up of the Season 7.0 MTN Project Fame West Africa. The video was produced and directed by Clarence Peters. Lyrics: Written by Ruky Olotu and the music was produced by Shadybizniz. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgciFTZvVx4
FIFA World Cup: President Buhari Receives The Original Trophy In Abuja
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FIFA World Cup: President Buhari Receives The Original Trophy In Abuja

The FIFA world cup finally arrived in Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari , Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the sports minister were in hand to receive it. The president received the original FIFA World Cup Trophy ahead of the 2018 Football World Cup. FIFA representative France Christian Karembeu, President Coca-Cola West Africa Mr Peter Njonjo and Chairman House Committee on Sports Hon. Godfrey Gaiya and others.  The president also received the CHAN Super Eagles Team and Bobsleigh Winter Olympic Team in State House.
Black Panther: Atiku Abubakar Writes On The Lessons Of The Movie For Nigeria
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Black Panther: Atiku Abubakar Writes On The Lessons Of The Movie For Nigeria

Former Nigerian vice-president Atiku Abubakar who saw the Black Panther movie recently with his kids has just penned an article on the lessons he learnt from watching the movie and how they can be applied in the real world.   Read Below… Over the weekend, I joined my children to watch the much talked about ‘Black Panther’. It was a good film, and I was happy they took me to see it. However, I came out of the movie theatre a little upset.   When the first scenes came up, and I saw “Sambisa Forest” I was unhappy that the only reference the film makers could have for Nigeria was a negative one, but I was later encouraged by the thought of Africans solving African problems. That is a good thing, the kinds of things we used to do. For young people who may not rememb...
India Grateful To Nigeria, Benin For Help In Recovering Missing Ship
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India Grateful To Nigeria, Benin For Help In Recovering Missing Ship

India has thanked the governments of Nigeria and Benin for their help and support in locating a ship that went missing off West Africa coast with 22 Indians on board. India’s External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, on Tuesday said the tanker had been released. Swaraj, who, on Monday, sought the assistance of the Nigerian Government in recovering the ship, shared the news of the release on her Twitter handle, @SushmaSwaraj. “I am happy to inform that Merchant Ship Marine Express with 22 Indian nationals on board has been released,” she tweeted. In a later tweet, the minister further thanked the governments of Nigeria and Benin for their help and support. The minister had earlier said that she spoke with Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who “promised ...
India Seeks Help From Nigeria, Benin To Locate Missing Ship
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India Seeks Help From Nigeria, Benin To Locate Missing Ship

India has sought the help of Nigeria and Benin to find an Indian ship that has been missing in the sea for the past 48 hours off the coast of West Africa, fueling fears of a hijack, officials said Saturday. The tanker vessel, owned by a Mumbai-based firm, is carrying gasoline worth nearly US$8 million and crew of 22 Indians. "India has sought the help of the navies of Nigeria and Benin to track down the missing vessel. The Ministry of Shipping has also contacted its counterparts in Nigeria and Benin to help locate the missing vessel," an official said. "Nothing is known at this point of time," he added. In January, another ship went missing off the coast of Benin and two days later, it was confirmed to have been hijacked.
Osinbajo, Saraki, Others Honour Ekwueme At Abuja Airport
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Osinbajo, Saraki, Others Honour Ekwueme At Abuja Airport

Dignitaries on Monday stormed the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, in honour of the late former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme. A Parade of Honour was held at the Presidential Wing of the airport in honour of the deceased. Ekwueme died in London in December 2017. The Nigerian Police Force led the Parade of Honour at the brief ceremony. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said Ekwueme was committed to selfless service to the nation, West Africa, Africa and the world at large. The deceased, he noted, had timeless ideals of integrity, loyalty and kindness to all. He was optimistic that the vision and sacrifice of the late Ekwueme for the nation would not be in vain. Osinbajo said: “As we receive the body of the first elected Vice President ...
Fani-Kayode Reacts To DSS Report On Killings In Nigeria
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Fani-Kayode Reacts To DSS Report On Killings In Nigeria

A former Minister for Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to report by the DSS, claiming that the Islamic State In West Africa was responsible for attacks in Benue and other states.   He described the report as false.   The People Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain, insisted that Fulani herdsmen and Miyetti Allah were responsible for “genocide and ethnic cleansing in Nigeria”.   He also faulted JNI statement that CAN is using Fulani herdsmen to cause crisis in Nigeria.   “The Jama’atu Nasir Islam (JNI) says the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is using Fulani herdsmen to destabilise Nigeria in order to achieve “their agenda”.   “I have never heard such garrolous, mendacious and incredulous bunkum before in my entire life. Grow up! ...
Group Hails Umahi’s Developmental Strides
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Group Hails Umahi’s Developmental Strides

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the Centre for Reform Education Initiative (CREI) has applaud­ed what it termed ‘e­xcellent development­al strides” of Ebonyi state governor, En­gr Dave Umahi, since assumption of offic­e, especially in cr­itical sectors as ed­ucation, health, massive road network construction and agr­iculture. The group, in a state­ment signed by its Executive Director, Hon. Chinwe Ugwu, and made available newsm­en in Enugu noted that “Gover­nor Umahi has within a short time turned Ebonyi state into a huge construction site, thereby placing the once ‘obscure state on the world ma­p’. Ugwu, who expressed satisfaction with Uma­hi’s administration’s policy of achieving positive results where others fail to make impact, added th­at the Governor’s tr­ademark was setti...
Nigerian Air Force And COIN Operations – Analysis
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Nigerian Air Force And COIN Operations – Analysis

Nigeria has been trying to contain the insurgency confronting it with all possible means. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has started playing a major role in this mission and has intensified air operations in North Eastern Nigeria. NAF operations from December 20-22, 2017 neutralized scores of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in Tumbun Rago, a settlement in the northern fringes of Borno state, bordering Lake Chad. The operations started with an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission. This was followed by air interdiction to strike the identified targets. Then came Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) missions after the strikes to assess the nature and extent of damage to the targets. Finally, follow on mop up operations by helicopter gunships at multiple locations enhanced the degre...
Gambia President, Adama Barrow Visits Buhari In Aso Rock
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Gambia President, Adama Barrow Visits Buhari In Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja met behind closed doors with visiting Gambia’s President, Adama Barrow at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Gambian President, Barrow arrived at about 11:45am and was received by the Nigerian President, Buhari. They went straight to the President’s office for the meeting. According to the Presidency’s Twitter handle,”The Bilateral Meeting WAS concluded, followed by a press briefing. ”@BarrowPresident said he came to thank President @MBuhari for the support Nigeria gave to The Gambia during the recent political Transition.” The 51-year-old Gambian president, Adama Barrow, ended the rule of the longtime leader of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, who is currently in exile in Equatorial Guinea. Buhari played a major role in ensuring sm...
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Fulani Herdsmen: Nigerians Misunderstood What I Meant By Cattle Colonies – Audu Ogbeh

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has explained what he meant by the term ‘cattle colony’ as the only solution to the protracted clash between Fulani herdsmen and farmers. The minister insisted that cattle colonies being suggested by his ministry remained the only panacea in sight to ending the recurring war. Ogbeh had on Monday said Federal Government had resolved to establish cattle colonies in a bid to put an end to the persistent Fulani herdsmen, farmers’ crisis across the country. According to the minister, facilities such as grass and water will be provided to take care of herdsmen and their cattle. Speaking with DAILY POST yesterday in his Abuja home, Ogbeh said Nigerians had largely misunderstood the concept of cattle colonies thereby, misinterp...
How BoI Intervention Funds Are Helping Female Entrepreneurs – NACCIMA Boss Alaba Lawson
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How BoI Intervention Funds Are Helping Female Entrepreneurs – NACCIMA Boss Alaba Lawson

Iyalode Alaba Lawson is the first female president of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and also the leader of the women’s group known as NACCIMA Women’s Group (NAWORG). In this interview with YETUNDE OLADEINDE, the NACCIMA boss talks about government interventions for women entrepreneurs, her achievements and challenges as NACCIMA president and more. What role can women play to improve the economy?       We must not look down on the role that women are going to play.  The women are the architect of the micro economy in this great country. They are the ones moving the GDP of the country with either their formal or informal trading that they are doing. And so, we are the architect and the engine room of the growth of the economy and t...
Atiku Will Never Become President, Will Be Embarrassed By PDP Governors – Prophet Ekong Ituen
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Atiku Will Never Become President, Will Be Embarrassed By PDP Governors – Prophet Ekong Ituen

Prophet Ekong Ituen, the President/Founder of Christ Deliverance Ministries (CDM) Lagos, is one of the leading Prophets in Nigeria whose prophecies are always accurate. Below are his 2018 prophecies during the cross over night service in Lagos… Men and brethren, I have the mandate by the Host of Heaven to announce to Nigerians that the coming year 2018 will be far better than the outgoing year. I urge Nigerians not to lose hope because there are better days ahead. 2018 will also be a year of wealth transfer and abundance for God’s people. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is playing his last days in politics, he will never become the president of Nigeria. I urge him to withdraw from the race and retire from politics to avoid shame as he will be messed up and abandoned by peoples Democratic Pa...
WAEC Extends Closing Date For Exams Registratio
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WAEC Extends Closing Date For Exams Registratio

The West African Examination Council, WAEC, has fixed January 12, 2018 as the closing date of registration for the first series of WASSCE private candidates which was scheduled to close December 29. The council made this known on its official twitter page @waecnigeria on Thursday. The registration of the WASSCE private candidates began on October 9. The council said candidates can obtain registration pin on www.waeconline.org.ng. “This is to inform interested candidates and the general public that the closing date of registration for the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2018-First Series has been extended to Friday, January 12, 2018 by 12noon,” it said. The council had earlier announced that it will begin to conduct two series of the WASSCE for private candidates from 2018. ...
Democracy Taking Root In Liberia – Ex-President Jonathan
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Democracy Taking Root In Liberia – Ex-President Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says Liberia is becoming a model of democracy in Africa and beyond, having attained “political stability’’. Jonathan told newsmen in the capital, Monrovia, during Tuesday’s presidential run-off election, that democracy had been institutionalised in Liberia. He spoke in his capacity as co-leader of the United States’ National Democratic Institute (NDI) International Elections Observation Mission to Liberia for the run-off polls. “Looking at the political history of Liberia, the country has passed through challenges. “They conducted elections and the President stayed for the complete two terms and this president is about handing over to another elected president. “That shows that Liberia is now politically stable to be a good example of democ...
Counting Under Way In Liberia Presidential Run-Off
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Counting Under Way In Liberia Presidential Run-Off

Vote counting was under way in Liberia on Wednesday following a peaceful run-off election for a new president, pitting former international footballer George Weah against Vice-President Joseph Boakai. Voters were choosing a successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is stepping down after 12 years as Africa’s first elected female head of state. Results of Tuesday’s vote are expected in a few days, in what would be the West African country’s first democratic transition since 1944, according to electoral officials. The ballot was delayed for seven weeks due to legal challenges lodged by Boakai’s Unity Party against the electoral commission over the conduct of the first round of voting, but many of the complaints appeared to have been addressed in the second round. The Libe...
Lagos To Penalise Negligence On Workplace Safety
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Lagos To Penalise Negligence On Workplace Safety

Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said his administration would penalise organisations not committed to preventing avoidable deaths, losses and injuries in workplaces. Speaking at a symposium on occupational safety and health organised by the Lagos State Safety Commission, Ambode, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties, Dr. Jemilade Longe, maintained that the non-tolerance was premised on the fact that the state government is determined to achieve the Vision Zero for a world of working without accidents, diseases or harm. Ambode said Lagos was committed to putting in place everything required to achieve the objective of making the work environment safe through effective monitoring and enforcement of relevant rules and regulations. The governor...
Militancy, Political Uncertainty, Key Risks For Nigeria In 2018 – Consultancy
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Militancy, Political Uncertainty, Key Risks For Nigeria In 2018 – Consultancy

Specialist global risk consultancy; Control Risks, in its annual political and security risk forecast ‘RiskMap’, has said that despite the positives of Nigeria’s exit from recession in 2017, there may be further risks facing businesses in the country in 2018, THISDAY reports.   Control Risks’ Senior Partner for West Africa Tom Griffin stated: “2017 has been a tough and turbulent year for businesses in the region, however with Nigeria exiting recession, and foreign exchange shortages easing, we see a strong improvement in investor sentiment emerging. In Nigeria however, although presidential elections are next slated for 2019, campaigning has already started. The uncertainty that generates, as well as the need for cash that an election brings, mean that political instability and...