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Pics + Trailer: Talking Dolls premieres, takes contemporary drama to new height

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The much talked about movie, ‘’Talking Dolls’’ is now set for its premiere as all jobs have been completed. The movie rated as one of the best dramas of contemporary Africa has been described as an unpredictable kaleidoscope, thriller, and suspense, carefully built up to a climactic epic finale.

According to the producers, the movie has a ‘’a breath-taking build up that sees two colorful but opposite characters, Daniel .K. Daniel & Belinda Effah, become love birds and losing far beyond their expectations.’’

Produced by Marc Adebesin, the movie was directed by Sukie Oduwole and it features stars such as  Daniel K. Daniel, Belinda Effah, Tamara Komboye, Mofe Duncan,  Mike Olaribigbe [Mikes Comedy], Yetunde Oduwole, Kunle Oladeji, Feona Mali, Natalie Deadman, Marie Gomez-Sarkis Olukunle Fafowora, QueenMonty  and veteran actress Victoria Inyama.

‘’Talking Dolls’’ was shot in the heart of London, Kent, and Essex and is due to be released in U.K, Ghanaian and Nigerian cinemas soon.

According to the  director, Sukie Oduwole, “Talking Dolls is a story of love in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s a dark story. It’s a romantic story, it’s revenge, it’s a well played out plot, well written and carefully developed. All the actors who brought on their A-game performances. I can’t wait for the world to see the magic we created,” he said.
An ongoing conversation on the movie can be tracked on  #TalkingDollsTheMovie

Other important information on the movie can also be tracked  on Twitter: @Talking_Dolls, Instagram: @TalkingDollsMovie, Facebook: @TalkingDollsTheMovie.


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Buhari Appoints Osinbajo As NEMA Chairman

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as the board chairman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Femi Adesina, spokesman of the president, confirmed this in a statement issued on Friday.

Adesina said Mustapha Maihaja hade been appointed as the new director-general of the agency, and that other members of the NEMA board are: Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Talba Alkali representing the transport ministry, Rabiu Dagari, representing foreign affairs and Ngozi Azadoh representing health ministry.

He also said new appointments had been made in the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).

“Duro Onabule is the new board chairman of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA),” the statement read.

“Other executive directors of NTA include Dr Steve Egbo, Administration and Training; Abdul Hamid Salihu Dembos, Marketing; Mohammed Labbo, News; Fatima M. Barda, Finance; Stephen Okoanachi, Engineering; and Wole Coker, Programmes.

“At the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Aliyu Hayatu is new chairman, while Buhari Auwalu and Yinka Amosun, are Zonal Directors, Kaduna and Lagos, respectively.”

He said in the ministry of information and culture, Chika Maduekwe is the head of the Nigerian Film Corporation, while Folorunsho Coker is the new director-general of National Film and Video Censors Board, and Olusegun Runsewe is the new artistic director; National Council for Arts and Culture

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Nigeria Ranks 4th In Soft Drinks Consumption Globally

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German Engineering Federation has today ranked Nigeria as the fourth country with the most sales of soft drinks globally.

The fact was revealed by Mrs Martina Claus, Head of Market Development, while speaking at the ongoing Third International Trade Exhibition on Agrofood, Plastics, Printing and Packaging in Lagos, reports NAN.

She said that the statistics on soft drinks sales were sourced from the Euromonitor International, a global market intelligence publisher.

The market developer said the statistics showed that 38.68 million litres of soft drinks were sold in Nigeria in 2016.

“This puts Nigeria behind only the United States (114.75), China (88.18) and Mexico (45.30) in the top markets ranking.

“Also, 1.98 million litres of alcohol was sold in Nigeria in 2016, while the total volume of milk products sold was 147 tons.

“Nigeria’s fast-growing population brings with it a continuing demand for soft drinks, especially as the climate is quite hot.

“Urbanisation also drives demand for ready to drink soft drinks amongst busy, on-the-go consumers.

“Lack of potable water is largely responsible for the consumption of 36.08 million litres of bottle water in 2016,’’ Claus explained.

According to her, the Nigerian food and beverage market remains viable for investment in spite of the challenges of high energy cost and volatile raw material prices.

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Breaking Records: Nigerian Pilot, Ademilola, Makes History As First African To Fly The World Solo

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Nigerian pilot, Ademilola Odujinrin, makes history as first African to fly the world solo.

A Nigerian pilot who works for Air Djibouti has become the first African pilot in history to fly solo around the world.

Ademilola “Lola” Odujinrin completed the final leg of his historic journey Wednesday  afternoon, landing safely at Washington Dulles International Airport.

The pilot completed the entire circumnavigation in a Cirrus SR22, stopping in more than 15 countries on five continents, returning to Washington DC, where his journey began back in September.

The flight is part of Project Transcend, a foundation which aims to inspire young people to achieve their goals, regardless of their personal circumstances.

Ademilola said after the historically amazing feat,

“Ever since I was a child, I dreamed of one day flying around the world. We have a responsibility to lead by example and follow our dreams. I want African children to think: ‘I can do this too!’

“I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Air Djibouti’s Chairman, Aboubaker Omar Hadi, and Cardiff Aviation’s Chairman, Bruce Dickinson, who have supported me throughout this journey. Without them, this would not have been possible.”

 

The Ambassador of Djibouti to the United States, His Excellency, Mr. Mohamed Siad Doualeh; Senior Director of Strategic Planning for Djibouti Ports & Free Zones Authority, Mr. Dawit Michael Gebre-ab; and Chief Operating Officer of Air Djibouti, Mr. Moussa Houssein were part of a high-level delegation that received the historic aviator on the tarmac at Dulles Airport.

Other distinguished guests included the CEO Africa World Press, which plans to publish a book on the journey.

The Nigerian has logged over 4,000 hours as a commercial Boeing 737 pilot since earning his pilot licence six years ago.

The Chairman of Air Djibouti, Aboubaker Omar Hadi, said, “By supporting initiatives like Lola’s flight around the world, Air Djibouti hopes to inspire a new generation of pilots in Africa and help to pave the way for the aviation industry to thrive in the region.

“The benefits will be felt within the region, as this will encourage more intra-African trade and sustainable economic development.

“With the commencement of the Single African Air Transport Market set for June 2017, air travel in the continent is positioned to grow rapidly and become a key contributor to the region’s economic and social development.

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Buhari Cancels Medical Trip To London, Invites Physicians To Nigeria

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday changed a plan by which he was due to return to London this weekend for another round of medical treatment, barely two weeks after his return from a hospital there.

Instead, his doctors will be arriving on Friday to carry out further medical examination on him.

According to the SaharaReporters, the president’s advance party had already left Abuja earlier in the day by Ethiopian Airlines before they were recalled to Abuja.

They also say the hawks within the presidency advised against taking the president abroad so soon after his seven weeks away, as that would begin to feed the rumor mill all over again about his ailment.

In a short televised address upon his return, Buhari had hinted about returning to the hospital shortly, saying there might be a need “for further follow-up within weeks.” Given the controversial political climate in the country, however, his advisers felt it was unwise to allow him to stay away for too long.

The president has traveled to London several times since coming to power for a medical reason before traveling earlier this year for a prolonged medical treatment. He had also traveled there in June 2016, reportedly consulting with an ear, nose and throat specialist after he contracted an ear infection.

The latest developments come as pressure is mounting on the presidency to disclose how much was spent on his 49-day “medical vacation” in the United Kingdom, with Nigerians saying they have a right to know.

Activists, including well-known lawyer Femi Falana, and civil society groups such as the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, and the Campaign for Democracy, among others, argue that the medical bill is of public interest because Buhari touted transparency and change in public affairs when he ran for the presidency

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Nigeria Loses As Foreign(US) Oil Attracts More Buyers

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Nigeria has lost some of its market share in Europe, its biggest regional market, as crude oil exports from the United States penetrate more destinations.

The US had in December 2015 removed the 40- year -old restrictions on its crude exports following the rapid growth of its oil production from 2013 to 2015.

The US Energy Information Administration opined on Tuesday that the country exported crude oil to 26 different countries in 2016, compared with 10 countries the previous year.

Among the countries were buyers of Nigeria crude including Netherlands, China, Italy, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Singapore, Peru, France and Spain.

The US crude oil exports averaged 520,000 barrels per day in 2016, 55, 000 bpd or 12 per cent above the 2015 level, despite a year -over – year decline in domestic crude oil production, the EIA said.

According to the agency, in 2015, 92 per cent of the US crude oil exports went to Canada, which was exempt from the US crude oil export restrictions. After restrictions were lifted , Canada remained the top destination but received only 58 per cent of the US crude exports in 2016.

The EIA said, “ Aside from Canada, European destinations such as the Netherlands, Italy, the United Kingdom, and France rank high on the list of the US crude oil export destinations.

The Netherlands , which is one of the biggest European buyers of Nigerian crude , received 38, 000 bpd of the US crude oil in 2016, making it the second -largest destination after Canada.

The country’ s monthly import of Nigerian crude oil plunged to an average of 3.7 million barrels last year , up from 9.1 million barrels in 2015, data from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation showed.

Here’s to hoping that this does not affect the rise of the Nigerian currency

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Bola Tinubu- Ambode Gave Me A Good 65th Birthday Gift

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Still on the former governor’s birthday..

Former Lagos-State governor and National Leader of ruling party All Progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said that he got a good birthday present from the governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, as he turned 65

The APC’s national leader Bola Tinubu said this while commissioning network of roads, link bridge and health centre in the Alimosho area of the state as part of activities to mark his 65th birthday.

Tinubu, said that he got worried when Ambode took over the reins of power in Lagos, said the governor’s sterling performance in the last 22 months has made him proud.

“ Today, you (Ambode) have given me a good birthday present. This is a great opportunity for me to be very proud again. Therefore, if we can continue in this direction of infrastructural development in the manner Governor Ambode is moving, Lagos will soon match international states or country anywhere in the world. Ambode is very quiet, very peaceful, not a noise maker, but he is delivering on the job.”

Continuing, he said:

“I want to say thank you because experience is a great teacher and I am experienced. I am on the spot and I have watched things in Lagos since my tenure ended,” he said.

“I was worried hell when you (Ambode) took over, not because of your credibility, character or capacity, but because however wise or smart a man is, if there is no resources to back the ideas, production would be zero, progress would be zero.

“When you (Ambode) took over, I know you inherited a burden of debt. The debt profile of Lagos was high, I was wondering how you will reengineer and face the challenges to make progress.

Today, I can see your report card, you have scored well, and you have shown prudency especially in the judicious use of resources of the state.

“You didn’t disappoint us. Ambode is silently achieving, meticulously planning, religiously executing and brilliantly giving results for Lagos State. All over Lagos, we are seeing the results. At Oshodi, on our way down here, you can see what is happening there, that place is a construction site. It used to be a den of robbers but what is going on there now is developmental activities for the benefit of the entire country,”Tinubu said.

On his part, Gov Ambode said Tinubu’s blueprint for Lagos has helped him in achieving the Lagos dream.

Furthermore…

Here is a photo of statue of APC Chieftain Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at a bridge he commissioned today in Lagos.The bridge was named after him


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Senate Invites Prof. Itse Sagay Over His Comment On Delayed Screening Of RECs

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The presidential aide is expected appear before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to explain why he allegedly described senators as “childish and irresponsible” for pushing President Buhari to sack the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, within two weeks.

The PACAC chairman is also expected to explain why he allegedly said the Senate is “filled with people of questionable character who put personal interest ahead of the nation.”

The lawmakers said it is necessary to invite the professor of jurisprudence to name the questionable characters in the Senate.

The resolution followed a motion of privilege by Senate Deputy Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi South), who told the Senate that Sagay infringed on his integrity, character and privilege as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay on Wednesday said the Senate lacks the power or authority to summon him to appear before its committee on Ethics over alleged disparaging remarks he made against the senators. He claims that the Senators lack the power to summon him because he does not fall under the category of persons they can summon.

His words

“They have neither power nor authority to summon me. I don’t come within the group of persons or officials they can summon. I will advise them to ask their lawyers to look very, very closely at the provisions of Sections 82 to 89 of the Constitution”.

Sagay’s invitation is seen as further escalation of the current face-off between the Senate and Presidency which blew open on Tuesday with the Senate’s suspension of the consideration and confirmation of 27 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

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Jungle Justice : Couple Burn Manhood Of 17-year-old Boy For Raping Their 4 Year Old Daughter

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I am quite torn as to whether the parents of this child should be commended or chastised. But then, in a country where the legal system is too slow to enact justice and you have a child who will probably be traumatized for the rest of her life, what is to be done to the rapist? Money doesn’t solve problems like this. Getting settled out of court would not settle your soul.

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in Sokoto state, says it has arrested a couple for allegedly burning the manhood of a 17-year old boy following allegation that the boy raped their four-year-old daughter.

The Commandant of the Corps, Babangida Abdullahi, confirmed the arrest in an interview with journalists in Sokoto on Wednesday.

The Commandant pointed out that the couple, were arrested on Tuesday, at their Sama residence, Sokoto.

According to him, “They alleged that the teenager, a Senior Secondary School three students, raped their four-year old daughter.

“So, they sponsored some boys who seized him on March 24, took him to the suspects’ house, the suspects severely tortured him and burnt his manhood.

“They also locked him up in a toilet up to the following day, March 25.

“The victim was later taken to the Specialist Hospital, Sokoto, where he is responding to treatment.”

According to Abdullahi, the couple was arrested yesterday for allegedly taking the law into their hands.

The commandant further explained that the suspects would soon be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of investigations.

The Father of the victim, Abdullahi Ibrahim, a teacher at Sultan Bello Secondary School, Sokoto, called on the state government to assist the family in seeking justice for his son.

He also appealed to the Sultanate Council of Sokoto, local and international human rights groups, among others to intervene.

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Racism or Xenophobia: Angry Mob In India Attacks Nigerian Students Accused Of Cannibalism And Murder

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An angry mob in India attacked a group of Nigerian students accused of cannibalism and murder following the recent death of a local boy. Three students were reported injured in the Monday (27 March) incident in Greater Noida, near the capital New Delhi.

Police have arrested seven people in connection with the attack. State authorities have promised a thorough investigation and strict action.

The attack followed the death of teenage boy, Manish Khari, on Saturday (25 March). The boy reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest due to drug overdose, but residents blamed the African students living in the area for his death.

Earlier, when the boy was missing for a day, the locals accused the foreign students of cannibalism and even barged into their houses to search for Khari’s remains.

Following complaints by the locals, police charged five Nigerian students with murder, but did not arrest them due to lack of evidence. They were, however, detained briefly for questioning.

Accusing the police of bias, some African students staged a protest outside a police station in the area demanding withdrawal of the murder charges.

Accusing the police of bias, some African students staged a protest outside a police station near New Delhi demanding withdrawal of murder charges in connection with the death of the teenage boy.
According to NDTV, the Greater Noida police have identified and traced 54 locals who were part of the mob and will soon initiate legal action against them. “We have arrested six or seven people from the spot. There are more. We will arrest them and put behind bars,” senior police officer Sujata Singh said.

Meanwhile, one of the students complained to Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj through Twitter and the minister instructed state authorities to take appropriate action to ensure their safety.

Yogi Adityanath, the newly-elected chief minister of Uttar Pradesh of which Noida is part, has also promised a thorough investigation into the incident.

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Highlights from Bola Tinubu’s 65th Birthday and 9th edition of his Colloquium

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So today,political icon Bola Ahmed Tinubu marked his birthday today with Bola Ahmed Tinubu Colloquium #BATC17 at Eko Hotel Lagos and a small celebration. Many dignitaries were in attendance to celebrate this man who is so actively involved in the affairs of Nigeria.

A message from Governor Fayose

Fayose, in a video uploaded by his special assistant, Lere Olayinka described Tinubu as an “outstanding leader in Yoruba Land”.

The governor who dressed in an attire of a Yoruba King said his respect for Tinubu goes beyond party lines.

Watch below;


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At the Colloquium..

With the vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Ambode, Governor Akeredolu, Segun Osoba, MAmora, Gbajabiamila and other top dignitaries in attendance…

 

The birthday cake..

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Family Matters : Obasanjo’s Wife Files Suit In Lagos Court To Stop Son’s Wedding

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Mrs Taiwo Obasanjo, wife of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday filed a suit at an Ikeja High Court, seeking to stop the wedding of her son, Olujonwo Obasanjo, scheduled for May 11.

Ex-President Obasanjo and the father of the bride, Sir Kessington Adebutu, promoter of Premier Lotto known as “Baba Ijebu” are said to be respondents to the suit.

Mrs Obasanjo, who is the twin sister of Chief Kenny Martins, the former Coordinator of the Police Equipment Fund, is seeking a postponement of the wedding of her son, Olujonwo to Tope Adebutu scheduled for May 11 and May 12. She wants the wedding to be fixed for a date after June 1.

NAN reported that Olujonwo and Tope had an elaborate introduction on Dec. 17, 2016 which caused so much excitement on social media pages.

She, among others, is seeking a court declaration that as the mother of the groom, she had the rights to take part in the deliberations, decisions and activities leading to the forthcoming ceremony.

According to her, wedding invitations have been sent out and she has been excluded from the preparations for the ceremonies.

She said she also received prophesies and warnings from men of God to the effect that Olujonwo, her son who turns 34 on June 1, should not do or be involved in any elaborate celebration before his birthday.

The woman wants the court to compel Adebutu and Obasanjo to shift the wedding to a date after June 1 after she had appealed to Adebutu and Mrs Rosemary Dacosta, the mother of the bride, Tope Adebutu, the bride-to-be as well as Chief Kenny Martins.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Lateefa Okunnu has fixed April 10 for hearing of the suit no. ID/262FPM/2017

 

Do her reasons seem legitimate enough for her to take such actions in your view?

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Nigerian Women in Sports :Nigeria’s Amusan posts 2017 world’s fastest 100m hurdles time

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Tobi Amusan set the world leading time in women 400m hurdles… at the weekend. She is now the second fastest Nigerian of all time

 

Tobi Amusan, who made the semifinals of the 2016 Rio Olympics, at the weekend clocked a 12.63 seconds lifetime and 2017 world leading 100 metres hurdles best on at the University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP) Springtime meet held at the school ground, the Kidd Field.

The time, which broke a 34-year-old UTEP record, also shot the petite sprint hurdler up as the second fastest Nigerian of all-time in the event behind Africa and Nigeria’s record holder, Glory Alozie (12.44).

The Nigerian wasn’t surprised she ran that fast. “I didn’t have any idea,” Amusan was quoted as saying by the El Paso Times when asked if she knew how fast she had run. “It felt so good, so easy. I wasn’t surprised. I have been working hard ever since I got back from (indoor) nationals. I don’t go into competitions with the idea of running a time. I go into competition trying to execute my race. It showed.”

To put her time in perspective, it would have finished last season tied for the 10th best time in the world and the best in the NCAA. As she crossed the line, her coach, Lacena Golding-Clarke, thought she had messed it up on her hand time.“My stopwatch gave me an inclination of what it was, but I was waiting for the official time,” Golding-Clarke said. “I had 12.4-something (a hand time in the 100 hurdles should be .24 faster than the fully-automatic time) and I thought, ‘That’s not possible.’ I was not thinking she was ready to run that fast. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. She’s trained so hard.

“I’m so, so happy for her. I was thinking maybe a sub-13, maybe a 12.90 we can work with, but to run 12.63 as a sophomore – that’s better than my (personal record). I ran pro for 11 years and my best was 12.65. And she’s just a sophomore,” Golding-Clarke told the El Paso Times.

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