Tuesday, 25 June 2013

NIS Arrested 5 Chinese, 81 Others

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As the clampdown on illegal immigrants across the nation continues, Lagos State Command of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has arrested 5 Chinese amongst other African nationals that were arrested without a valid visa.
Other nationals include: 25 Nigeriens, 33 Guineans, 10 Togolese, 11 Benenoise and two Ghanaians.
Ever since the arrest of a Chadian on the grounds of terrorism in Ijora area of Lagos, security agencies in the state have increased the clampdown on illegal immigrants.
While parading some of the illegal aliens, Lagos Command Comptroller of Immigration, Mr. Rasheed Odupeyin said NIS had issued an order to ensure that the bio metrics of every illegal immigrant was recorded.
“The recent clamp down is not restricted, it cuts across every immigrant without a valid visa. Every immigrant with a visa that is subject to regularisation automatically gets it renewed. For the West African nationals, they would be given 3 months visa upon their entry and they are expected to get a resident or work permit.We have started storing their data if they ever find their way back to this country and are caught, they would be made to face stiffer sanction not just deportation.”
Some of the illegal immigrants who spoke to Daily Sunlamented that it was lack of information that stopped them from regularising their stay.
According to Abdul, a Guinean, no one stopped us when we were entering the country and besides when we got here, we were told that it was not necessary.
“My brother has lived in Nigeria for 8 years without documents and he was never arrested. I wasn’t lucky because there are so many people out there, who do not have the documents.” Another illegal immigrants, Mohammed from Republic of Niger said this was the second time NIS arrested him.
“I just came back to Nigeria after I was deported two months ago. This time around if I return, I will ensure that I do the right thing.” Meanwhile, the General Secretary of the Nigerien community in Lagos, Alhaji Iliyasu Ismalia has said all those who were repatriated are Nigeriens without a valid visa.
“We are currently sensitising our people in Niger Republic on the need to have a valid visa. Nigerians are good people that you can barely spot the difference between an immigrant and a Nigerian.”

AC Milan Rule Out Move For Manchester City's Carlos Tevez

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani claims the Italian team have no plans to make a move for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.
фото AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani claims the Italian team have no plans to make a move for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.
Galliani hinted in the past that the Argentine striker would be of interest to the Rossoneri.
He was quick to point out that players would need to be moved on first in order to free up funds, and maintains that it's still the case, if Milan are to add to their ranks.
However, it is unlikely that Tevez will be targeted if sales are sanctioned - ruling out the prospect of him being reunited with former City team-mate Mario Balotelli at the San Siro.
"Tevez is not a transfer target for us," said Galliani.
"Before we will try to bring in new players, we will have to sell some of the players we have first.
"It's not a financial problem, it just has to do with the amount of attackers we already have.
At the moment, we already have seven players for just three positions.
"Our big transfer coup came in January when we signed Mario Balotelli from City. We will see if anything else happens."

AC Milan Rule Out Move For Manchester City's Carlos Tevez


AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani claims the Italian team have no plans to make a move for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.
фото AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani claims the Italian team have no plans to make a move for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.
Galliani hinted in the past that the Argentine striker would be of interest to the Rossoneri.
He was quick to point out that players would need to be moved on first in order to free up funds, and maintains that it's still the case, if Milan are to add to their ranks.
However, it is unlikely that Tevez will be targeted if sales are sanctioned - ruling out the prospect of him being reunited with former City team-mate Mario Balotelli at the San Siro.
"Tevez is not a transfer target for us," said Galliani.
"Before we will try to bring in new players, we will have to sell some of the players we have first.
"It's not a financial problem, it just has to do with the amount of attackers we already have.
At the moment, we already have seven players for just three positions.
"Our big transfer coup came in January when we signed Mario Balotelli from City. We will see if anything else happens."

Britain Yet to Communicate £3,000 Visa Bond to Nigeria - Ashiru

The federal government has said it is yet to receive any official communication from the United Kingdom (UK) over plans to compel first time visitors from Nigeria to deposit a £3,000 cash bond before they can enter the UK. The money would be forfeited if the visitor overstays his visa duration.
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This was according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, while fielding questions during the 2013 Ministerial Platform to commemorate the mid-term anniversary of the current administration in Abuja, Monday.
Ashiru added that Nigeria would respond 'appropriately' when it receives a formal notification from the UK and gave the assurance that the interests of Nigerians would be protected.
The new rule, which would take effect in November this year, will target first time visitors from "high risk" African and Asian countries to discourage immigration abuse.
Ashiru urged Nigerians not to flout the laws and regulations of other countries to reduce the unnecessary burden of Nigerian missions having to deal with the legalities surrounding incarcerated Nigerians.
He particularly singled out drug trafficking, an act which is more detectable due to the sophistication of equipment at airports all around the world.
"If you know that the penalty for trafficking of drugs to a certain country is death, why would you do it? If you willfully commit this crime, then you want to willfully commit suicide as the sophisticated detectors would catch you," he said.
Ashiru, however, noted that Nigerian diplomats all over the world were still bound to provide consular services for all Nigerians, including the incarcerated ones in their countries of accreditation.
Speaking on attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, Ashiru who once served as Nigeria's High Commissioner to South Africa, said the members of local chapter of the African National Congress (ANC) during the anti-apartheid struggle were not aware of the contributions made towards their independence by their fellow Africans.

Waku: Six-Year Single Term Is Certificate To Loot Nation Blind

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One of the founding fathers of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Joseph Waku has said the proposed six-year single term for president-elect is a certificate to steal and loot the country’s resources, including stealing all the bedsheets in Aso Rock within the tenure in office.
Waku, who represented Benue North/West Senatorial District between 1999 and 2003, told Daily Sun in an exclusive interview that the single term would also make the senators to tolerate a corrupt president since they would be party to stealing and looting.
He added that since the single term would not give the president the opportunity to go back to the electorate for re-election, the electorates would be denied the chance to checkmate such erring president who did not perform in his first term.
Waku said: “Many Nigerians have this view to express on six-year single term for the president, and the view is that it is very dangerous for any country, particularly in a country that corruption is being celebrated, when you give somebody one term in office, you are giving him an absolute stealing certificate to steal to the maximum.
“He cannot get another opportunity to go back to the electorate for re-election, and by so doing you have done injustice to the electorate because you denied them the opportunity to checkmate such erring president who did not perform in his first term.
“Nigeria is not yet matured for six-year single term arrangement. It may sound that it will reduce the tension of our politicking, it will not, it will rather heat the corruption mechanism in a manner that you cannot control.
“We have not yet put in place the instrument at the National Assembly to remove a corrupt president, so you are giving that man a certificate to steal, as soon as he gets to that office, he is not accountable to you any more, he is not going to seek your re-election any more, if he is not God-fearing man, may God help us, the man will steal, including the bed sheets in the villa, and he will take everything away, and you will not have anything to say because he is not going to seek for any re-election again. Nigerians have a prize to pay.
“So I reject that clause in as much as it may sound brilliant. You cannot manufacture instruments of stealing, and even if you will bring an angel, there is so much temptation.”

Waku: Six-Year Single Term Is Certificate To Loot Nation Blind

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One of the founding fathers of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Joseph Waku has said the proposed six-year single term for president-elect is a certificate to steal and loot the country’s resources, including stealing all the bedsheets in Aso Rock within the tenure in office.
Waku, who represented Benue North/West Senatorial District between 1999 and 2003, told Daily Sun in an exclusive interview that the single term would also make the senators to tolerate a corrupt president since they would be party to stealing and looting.
He added that since the single term would not give the president the opportunity to go back to the electorate for re-election, the electorates would be denied the chance to checkmate such erring president who did not perform in his first term.
Waku said: “Many Nigerians have this view to express on six-year single term for the president, and the view is that it is very dangerous for any country, particularly in a country that corruption is being celebrated, when you give somebody one term in office, you are giving him an absolute stealing certificate to steal to the maximum.
“He cannot get another opportunity to go back to the electorate for re-election, and by so doing you have done injustice to the electorate because you denied them the opportunity to checkmate such erring president who did not perform in his first term.
“Nigeria is not yet matured for six-year single term arrangement. It may sound that it will reduce the tension of our politicking, it will not, it will rather heat the corruption mechanism in a manner that you cannot control.
“We have not yet put in place the instrument at the National Assembly to remove a corrupt president, so you are giving that man a certificate to steal, as soon as he gets to that office, he is not accountable to you any more, he is not going to seek your re-election any more, if he is not God-fearing man, may God help us, the man will steal, including the bed sheets in the villa, and he will take everything away, and you will not have anything to say because he is not going to seek for any re-election again. Nigerians have a prize to pay.
“So I reject that clause in as much as it may sound brilliant. You cannot manufacture instruments of stealing, and even if you will bring an angel, there is so much temptation.”

UK Rescinds £3,000 Entry Bond On Nigerians - Ministry

The United Kingdom has aborted its plan to place a £3,000 bond on Nigerians seeking entry to the country, a spokesman for Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Ministry told Daily Trust in Abuja on Monday.
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The Sunday Times of London had quoted UK Home Secretary Theresa May as saying that a pilot scheme that would target visitors from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Ghana would take off in November under which travellers from those countries would pay a cash deposit of £3,000 to deter immigration abuse. They will forfeit the money if they overstay their visas.
But when contacted for comments yesterday, spokesman for the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Abuja, Mr Ode Ogbole, replied with text message saying: "It's been rescinded". He did not give further details and did not answer subsequent telephone calls.
Another official of the ministry who chose to remain anonymous also told Daily Trust that a message from the UK government rescinding the plan had been sent to the Presidency.
Earlier yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister Olugbenga Ashiru told journalists at the ministerial platform commemorating the mid-term anniversary of the Jonathan administration that no official communication had been received from the British government by Nigeria on the subject.
He assured Nigerians of government's readiness to defend and protect them all over the world but urged them to always conduct themselves in a manner that will portray Nigeria in good image.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee has described the proposed UK entry bond as discriminatory and unacceptable.
"This is totally discriminatory and unacceptable. It is targeted to non-white Commonwealth. We would take a critical look at the policy as it affects Nigerians and come up with a way forward," committee chairman Rep. Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje (PDP Abia) said in a statement.
"We agreed totally with the UK Foreign Minister that the policy is totally unworkable and impractical. It is contrary to the commitment made to our President by David Cameron during their last meeting. We believe it is for political reason ahead of general election. We seek that our long historical relationship should take precedence over political expediency," Ukeje said.

Florentino Perez Expects Cristiano Ronaldo To Stay At Real Madrid


Florentino Perez is adamant that Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale and has backed him to retire at Real Madrid.
фото Florentino Perez is determined that Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale and has backed him to retire at Real Madrid.
Speculation continues to suggest that the world's costliest player could be involved in another mega-money move this summer.
Manchester United are said to be keen on bringing a former Old Trafford favourite back to the Premier League, while ambitious French outfit Paris St Germain are also rumoured to be in the process of piecing together an enticing transfer package.
Real are understandably keen to play down the rumours, with Ronaldo having been a revelation during his four years at Santiago Bernabeu.
He does have just two more years left to run on his contract in the Spanish capital, which has helped to keep the gossip flowing, but Perez is convinced that the Portugal international will eventually pen an extension and commit himself to Real for the remainder of his career.
He told 20minutos: "He's our most important asset, and we will build the future of Madrid around him.
"Soon we will clarify this issue. I have no doubt that Cristiano is going to retire at Real Madrid. I'm convinced that he'll renew. The renewals are done before the season starts."
Perez has also been speaking about possible additions at the Bernabeu, with Real reported to be plotting summer raids for Tottenham Hotspur forward Gareth Bale, Napoli striker Edinson Cavani and Malaga playmaker Isco.
He added: "I try to make it that the best players in the world play for Madrid.
"Players are never expensive or cheap. It depends on the performances that they provide. (Luis) Figo, (Zinedine) Zidane, Ronaldo and (David) Beckham gave us a massive jump in income. If you invest in great players, you will have more income.
"That allows, firstly, the club to be independent and in the hands of the members, and, secondly, to attract other great players.
"We want great footballers who work hard and understand this club and its history. Those that know me, know I always want the best to come to Madrid."

Chelsea's Todd Kane Returns To Blackburn


Chelsea defender Todd Kane will spend next season on loan at Blackburn.
фото Chelsea defender Todd Kane will spend next season on loan at Blackburn.
The 19-year-old played 14 games during two short loan spells at Ewood Park last term.
And Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has made the right-back his fourth signing of the summer.
Bowyer told his club's website: "First of all we've got to thank Chelsea once again, because they've been more than accommodating.
"With the new manager coming in, we were waiting to see if Todd was going to be part of his plans, but they see the advantage of him coming out and playing in the Championship again for a full season.
"Todd kicked on massively when he came and joined us last time. On the back of his performances here, he earned himself a new contract at Chelsea and rightly so.
"We'll be looking for him to come and make the same impact as he did last season.
"He's an infectious character, he's a great footballer and we're delighted to have him, because he's the right type of person to have on board and he cares about the club, which is important."
Kane has been cleared by Chelsea to appear for Blackburn in the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup.

"I Gave Birth At 18" – Waje


Talented and stunning Nigerian singer, Aituaje Iruobe popularly called Waje who recently became a Glo Ambassador in a question and answer session with her fans on twitter revealed some interesting information.
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Waje who has over 80,000 followers on twitter made sure she answered all her fans questions.
If you weren’t a singer, what would your profession be?
My dear, maybe I would have just been a song writer or producer sef. One way or the other i must be in music.
Rumour has it that you have a daughter, can you tell us more about her?
Her name is Emerald and she’s 14 in S.S.2.
Another fan asked how old she was when she gave birth to her 14 year old daughter, the singer revealed she was 18 years then. She also said she’s ready to give her daughter a new father.
What she does for a living apart from music?
Own a school and a shopping mall.
What do you intend to do after the glitz and glamour of music ?
Take care of my husband and kids and run my school.
What is your most embarrassing moment on stage?
Nervous and forgot our anthem in 2009.
Did you really undergo chest enlargement as rumoured some time ago?
Shey na dem help me? mchew.
Waje, you started from the church, trained by the church, and now that you’ve diverted into secular music, how is your spiritual life like? How often do u go to church?
Yes, you’re entirely right and I owe every single thing I have to God. I go to church several times a week o . If no be God…
Which celebrity husband will you prefer as your husband?
Maxwell or john legend.
What’s the most expensive item in your closet?
Hmmmm can’t say, don’t think I’m that much of a spender.

Bisi Akande Appointed APC Interim National Chairman

There are confirmations that the All Progressive Congress (APC) has appointed Chief Bisi Akande as the interim chairman of the new merger party.фото
Addressing a news conference at the end of a closed door meeting in Abuja, the former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff said the appointment was part of the requirement for the registration of the new party.
He said the appointment of Chief Akande is a consensus decision among the merging parties.
The National Secretary of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Alhaji Tijani Tumsa was appointed interim national secretary.
The meeting was held at the Lagos state governors lodge and attended by governors and chieftains of major political parties.
The meeting was held behind closed door for over three hours. The governors dismissed reports of disagreement among members of the opposition, insisting that significant progress has been made towards the realisation of the merger.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had directed the merging parties to put in place a national executive as part of the registration procedure. Now that this has been done, it expected to give energy to the fight by the opposition to wrestle power from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

PHOTOS: Unilag Students Protest Against Sexual Harassment

The Creative Arts students of the University of Lagos decided to protest this morning over the alleged sexual harassment of female students in the department by their lecturers.
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The students who expressed their disapproval stormed the Arts block, then later to the Social Science department.
The female students of the department accused the lecturers of making life unbearable and difficult for them by demanding sexual intercourse before they can pass their courses.
The students who could not bare it anymore decided to protest after a meeting was held yesterday.
The school authority is yet to respond to these allegations.
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Carlo Ancelotti To Take Over At Real Madrid

Real Madrid have confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti is to replace Jose Mourinho as their head coach and the Italian has signed a three-year contract.
фото Real Madrid have confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti is to replace Jose Mourinho as their head coach and the Italian has signed a three-year contract.
A dual European Cup winner as a player for AC Milan, Ancelotti also coached the Italian club to Champions League glory in 2003 and 2007, as well as the Serie A title in 2004.
He has also coached at Juventus, Parma and Reggiana, and enjoyed a successful stint with Chelsea, who he led to the Premier League-FA Cup double in 2010.
He has been a leading candidate to replace Mourinho since announcing in May that he wanted to leave the Parc des Princes after 18 months in charge.
A Real statement read: "Carlo Michelangelo Ancelotti will be the coach of Real Madrid next season.
"The Italian has experienced success in every country where he has managed and arrives in the Spanish capital after being named coach of the season in France.
"He has won practically everything in the ambit of international football (two Champions Leagues, two European Supercups, one World Club Cup and one Intertoto Cup) and has won the league in three distinct championships in which he has managed (Italy, England and France).
"Familiar with the pressure of managing big teams on the continent, the Italian is guaranteed to manage an exciting project."
Real president Florentino Perez's decision to hire the well-liked Ancelotti has been viewed as an attempt to replace Mourinho with a less confrontational figure.
Mourinho, who has returned to Chelsea, led Real to the La Liga title two seasons ago but his final term at the helm was marred by public disputes with members of the team.
His replacement at PSG is Laurent Blanc, who has signed a two-year deal, having been out of work since France were knocked out of Euro 2012 at the quarter-final stage.
A World Cup winner with France as a player in 1998, Blanc coached Bordeaux between 2007-10, leading them to Ligue 1 glory in 2009.
He will oversee the start of pre-season training next Monday and a club statement read: "The board of Paris Saint-Germain has given Laurent Blanc the mission to build on last season and to continue the club's ascendency towards the summits of the European game."
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, Mourinho, ex-England coach Fabio Capello and recently-appointed Napoli chief Rafa Benitez had all been linked with PSG.
However, the ambitious French outfit have plumped for Blanc, who enjoyed a distinguished career as a central defender which was crowned by his key role in the France side which won back-to-back major trophies at their home World Cup in 1998 and Euro 2000, eventually retiring with 97 caps and an impressive 16 international goals to his name.
He also collected league titles in France with Auxerre and in England with Manchester United, the European Cup Winners' Cup with Barcelona and domestic cup competitions with Montpellier, Auxerre and Barca.

PHOTOS: Former Miss USA, Real Housewives' Star Visits D’banj


Former Miss USA and the Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Kenya Moore, attended D’banj‘s DKM concert which held in Lagos last night June 23, 2013.
The 42-year-old celebrity got on stage half way into the concert and stunned guests as she co-anchored the rest of the show with comedian AY.
Check out more photos of Kenya Moore below…




How Your Friends Spill Your Secrets to Facebook


Don't be afraid of the government watching you: fear your friends!
How Your Friends Spill Your Secrets to Facebook
Have you ever heard about shadow profiles? Guess, no, because Facebook really doesn't want you to know and think how shadow profiles are used.
As Violet Blue writes: "The personal information leaked by the bug is information that had not been given to Facebook by the users - it is data Facebook has been compiling on its users behind closed doors, without their consent." It turns out that if Facebook can't get information about you from you, it'll grab it from your friends instead.
What are shadow profiles?
There were cases involving shadow profiles for some time: in 2011, Europe vs Facebook filed a complaint against Facebook Ireland with the Irish data protection watchdog (PDF) on the grounds that Facebook was collecting "as much information of users and non-users as possible."
Facebook strenuously denied the allegations at the time, so the leak of shadow profiles must be rather embarrassing.
Here's how it works. Let's imagine that you only put a very basic amount of information on your profile and keep details such as your main email address or your mobile phone number away from Facebook.
If any of your friends have that information and they sync their address books with Facebook, Facebook gets that contact info. If a friend from X university or Y employer searches for you, Facebook knows it's pretty likely that you went to X university or worked at Y employer.
If you aren't on Facebook but somebody's put your details into Facebook's friend finder, those details are now on Facebook. Facebook isn't the only firm who stores address book details, but others such as Twitter delete the data after 18 months.
Facebook doesn't, and it appears to store much more information - and that's none of your business, because other people provided it. According to Facebook, giving you any control over that information would be a freedom of speech violation.
The Information Commissioner's Office says, "You should not hold personal data on the off-chance that it might be useful in the future."
It seems that our beloved Facebook is doing exactly that.
We do not talk about conspiracy theories, but this one's a beauty: when you consider that over and above the things you consciously share Facebook can also record your GPS location, the websites you visit and any information your social network contacts have about you, it looks like the sort of thing the security services would just love.
By an interesting coincidence, Facebook's former security chief, a former FBI man who left Facebook in 2010, now works at the NSA

Jonathan: A Portrait of a Divisive President, by Niyi Akinnaso


Jonathan: A Portrait of a Divisive President, by Niyi Akinnaso
Nobody doubts President Goodluck Jonathan's meek demeanour and amiable exterior, often adorned with an admirable smile. These qualities and his comportment during the power transition crisis of 2010, no doubt, earned him the people's support when his constitutional right to be the Acting President was being denied by a cabal loyal to the late President Umaru Yar'Adua. The same qualities attracted many voters, especially the young ones, to him when he ran for President in 2011.
What was not expected was that this amiable exterior would mask a divisive leadership style that would tear apart the country, geographical zones, several states, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, and even his political party, the Peoples Democratic Party. So divided are these entities today that many more forces within each one are determined to work against him than ever before.

Nollywood Summit Dissects Salient Issues Affecting The Industry



Tuesday, June 18, 2013 marked the beginning of a new dawn in the annals of the movie industry in Nigeria. It was a day that representatives of the Nigerian film industry set aside other activities to analyze issues affecting the movie industry at the National Theater, Iganmu Lagos.фото
To underscore the seriousness attached to the assembly, they deliberated all day on the state of the industry but with particular emphasis on the N3billion Presidential Intervention Fund, which for them is inadequate.
For them, “The release of the guidelines for accessing the capacity-building fund has no input from the industry and its elected leaders, contrary to the agreement reached with the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister for Finance Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
The Nollywood Summit, which is expected to become a regular event, was convened by Nigerian Motion Picture Experts Group (NMPEG) a Nollywood Think Thank, hosted by Film & Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria.
The Summit, anchored by Paul Obazele (producer) and Zack Orji (actor), was attended by regulators and other stakeholder with over 600 delegates from all over the country participating. With the success of attendance, the Nollywood Summit has a bragging right as the first single largest gathering of practitioners since 1904 when a Briton Mr. Stanley, showed the first film at Glover Hall, Lagos.
Notable among those who bared their minds on the state of the industry and the way forward were veteran film maker, Chief Eddy Ugbomah (OFR), Mrs. Bola Athar, Deputy Zonal coordinator, South West, National Film and Video Censorship Board; Mrs. Bukola Agbaminoja, Head, Film office, Lagos State Film and Video Censorship Board; Fathia Ansah Plange, Chief Operating Officer, African Film and Entertainment Investment summit, and Mr. Bond Emeruwa of the Coalition of Nollywood Guilds and Associations among others.
At the end of the historic day, they resolved that the orderly growth and development of the industry is not possible without input and direction from the stakeholders and owners of Project Nollywood, but that “N3b (less than USD $13m) is grossly inadequate to reposition the industry. They also faulted the appointment of members of the ministerial committee (on the grant) as undemocratic and not reflective of the wishes and aspirations of the industry.
“The guidelines are unprofessional and inconsistent with global best practice. It is an abnormality for assessors to be anonymous as it denies applicants the opportunity to assess their assessors and where necessary, challenge the decision of the board. Additionally, some members of the committee have vested interest in training. There is therefore a conflict of interest.

Is Acquiring Debt The Best Way To Go?


If you think that your little credit card purchases will not hurt you at all, have a rethink. Most people in debt started with that one purchase and soon found themselves in some really serious financial crisis. Debt, especially credit card debt can accumulate faster than you can imagine and it can lead to the potential ruin of certain areas in your life.
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What you need to realise is that debt teaches you one bad lesson - spending more than what you can actually afford. Once you get used to this lifestyle, it leads to all sorts of difficulties and problems. It can be an addicting habit to have. It gives you the false sense of wealth that you think you need to keep up with family and friends.  
Instead of just paying for a car that is worth N950,000 in cash, purchasing through a line of credit will add more than that amount. You will end up paying more because of the interest amount that lenders put on top of your principal debt. Instead of adding it to your personal wealth, you are contributing that to your creditor’s wealth.

Tosyns Ten 10s: It’s Everything But Love


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We can blame Cinderella, movies or hormones, but in real life a girl goes through so many stages thinking she’s falling in love. Below I present a quick guide to know when it’s everything but love!
10) Crush
Someone says their name and you can’t breathe. They walk by and you can’t complete your sentences. You’re sure you are in love and according to ‘FLAME’, you are destined to be married. Then one day you actually sit with them and have a chat. And it’s gone. This my friends, was just a crush.
9) Fantasy
They say if a crush lasts longer than three months, it’s love. I say someone didn’t give me that memo because I’ve been loving Eminem for ten years. He can’t even spell ‘Tos’. So therefore, if your crush lasts longer than three months but thou hast never actually met the subject, that’s fantasy.
8) Infatuation
This is right in between a crush and an obsession. It’s almost sweet and practically harmless. It’s not love though, just infatuation.
7) Obsession
Then there’s obsession. What’s he wearing Where’s he going Who with? Why not me? Be warned, at this point, you’re close to crossing legal lines.
6) Lust
O wow you love him… His chest, the way he smiles, how he looks when he runs, the way his suit is cut. If you can’t find anything other than the physical to focus on, that’s lust.
5) Like
You love him. You think. I mean, he’s great to hang out with, you tell him everything, he’s heard you burp, he saw you cry. Giiiiiirl, you just like the dude. You’re close to…
4) (the) Friend zone
You study together, tell him about all the boys that broke your heart. He sends you roses, you cringe a little and ask him whether the centre part suits you better than the side part. He helps you zip into that really snug dress and drives you to your friend’s wedding where you proceed to ogle the other guy at the table. That’s the friend zone! (And you should put him out of his misery please).
3) Friendship
Similar to the friend zone but different is good ol’ friendship. This is the person you’ve probably made a pact with- ‘If we’re both still single at 35, let’s get married’. You know he’s cute, he knows you’re hot, you may have in the past but you’re past that now and it’s comfy but not awkward. That’s friendship.
2) Crime
You ‘love’ him / her but they are not legal yet. Now that’s a crime. Move it along
1) Love
And there is love. The feeling you feel when you feel a feeling you feel you’ve never felt before. With these few words of mine, I hope I have been able to convince and also confuse you that most times, it is anything but love!

Kim and Kanye Explained Why North West


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A source close to new parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye West has revealed the true inspirationbehind their much-reported-on baby name, "North West."
The pun is more "inspirational than directional," according to the insider, and is meant to represent new heights, with Kardashian and West even allegedly going around and saying, "What's North of North? Nothing." Curiously, the person also elaborates that the "duo believes North is their highest point together as a couple" and that she represents a kind of "North Star" for them.
North West, of course, joins Blue Ivy and many others in the unorthodox baby name club - a kind of new celebrity tradition that couples like Victoria and David Beckham (Brooklyn), Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz (Bronx), Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin (Apple and Moses) have practiced well before Kimye.
North West was born three weeks early, on June 15. The daughter is a first child for Kardashian and West, who have been dating since 2012.

Kim and Kanye Explained Why North West

25 June, 2013
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A source close to new parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye West has revealed the true inspirationbehind their much-reported-on baby name, "North West."
The pun is more "inspirational than directional," according to the insider, and is meant to represent new heights, with Kardashian and West even allegedly going around and saying, "What's North of North? Nothing." Curiously, the person also elaborates that the "duo believes North is their highest point together as a couple" and that she represents a kind of "North Star" for them.
North West, of course, joins Blue Ivy and many others in the unorthodox baby name club - a kind of new celebrity tradition that couples like Victoria and David Beckham (Brooklyn), Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz (Bronx), Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin (Apple and Moses) have practiced well before Kimye.
North West was born three weeks early, on June 15. The daughter is a first child for Kardashian and West, who have been dating since 2012.

Four Convicts Executed in Edo as Oshiomhole Ignores Calls from Amnesty International, Others

Four Convicts Hanged in Edo as Oshiomhole Ignores Calls from Amnesty International, OthersFour death row inmates have been reportedly hanged in Benin, the Edo State capital. The convicts were hanged on Monday evening, prison sources and officials said.
Local and International organisations including Amnesty International had appealed to Governor Adams Oshiomhole not to sign the death warrants of the convicts.
However, President Goodluck Jonathan has recently advised state governors to be bold and act constitutionally by signing the death warrants of death row inmates convicted by the courts.

PDP Swears in Interim NWC Members, Promises to Follow the Path of Justice


PDP Swears in Interim NWC Members, Promises to Follow the Path of JusticeThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it would always follow path of justice in order to take the country to greater heights to compete favourably in the comity of nations.
According to the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the PDP believes in equity and justice.
Mr. Tukur said this in his speech in Abuja on Monday while swearing in members of its Interim National Working Committee (NWC). He also reminded that the swearing in followed the resignation of the former members of the NWC.
“The former national officers had to leave their respective offices because of INEC’s observation about irregularities that characterised the National Convention held in March 2012.
“We decided to replace members of NWC who resigned their respective positions immediately in order not to allow a vacuum.
“This is the usual practice in the party since it came into existence as a political party in Nigeria.
“They are here to move the party forward and to ensure that things are done the way they should be done.
“They also promised to abide strictly by the party’s Constitution and the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended),” Tukur said.
Tukur said PDP had been a responsive and responsible party that always insisted on good governance, adding that the party vowed not to involve itself in anything illegal.
He stressed that the party was acting strictly on the mandate given to it by the people.
The chairman held that the party was waxing stronger and urged members to continue to be loyal.
He appealed to Nigerians to have confidence in the party and the ability of its leadership to provide good governance.
Deputy National Chairman, Chibudom Nwuche, National Secretary, Dr Remi Akintoye, Deputy National Secretary, Sen. Emma Agboti, National Organising Secretary, Alhaji Yusuf Abubakar among others, took oath in acting capacities.
(NAN)

Edo Executes Four Convicts By Hanging

Edo State Government on Monday confirmed the execution of four convicted criminals.
The convicts were reportedly executed by hanging, a development that has elicited condemnation from Amnesty International.
The international human rights group, in a statement, had called for restraint on the part of the Nigerian government in carrying out the exercise.
When contacted, state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Henry Idahagbon, confirmed the execution.
He said their convictions were secured years ago from the Supreme Court and that three of the executed criminals were convicted outside the state, but had been in prison in Benin.
On claims that there was a stay of execution order, Idahagbon said his office got the stay of execution papers, but that the execution was not carried out by his office.
The prison authorities, however, claimed they did not receive any stay of execution order.
Deputy Director for Africa, AI, Lucy Freeman, said, “If confirmed, these executions mark a sudden, brutal return to the use of the death penalty in Nigeria, a truly dark day for human rights in the country.
“We again urge the Nigerian authorities to stop all executions immediately and return to the moratorium on execution in the country. We oppose the death penalty in all cases without exception, as it is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.”
Also, a legal rights group, Legal Defence Assistance Project, condemned the execution.
The group’s National Coordinator, Mr. Chino Obiagwu, said the execution of the inmates was in violation of the appeal he filed on behalf of all death row inmates in the country.
Obiagwu said, “Today, the LEDAP frowns on the execution of four death row prisoners – Chima Ejiofor, Daniel Nsofor, Osarenmwinda Aiguokhan and Richard Igagu – in Edo State despite their pending appeals at the court of appeal.
“The AG of Edo State and the prison authorities were duly served with the court processes, comprising the notice of appeal and motion for stay of execution.”

Terrorists Now Pose As Security Personnel — NSA


National Security Adviser, Alhaji Sambo Dasuki, on Monday in Abuja warned Nigerians to be extra careful when hiring security personnel, saying such measures would circumvent the mistake of recruiting terrorists and people with criminal tendencies.
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The NSA sounded the warning during a one-day workshop with the theme, ‘Importance of Security Awareness and Drills in Contemporary Nigeria’, which was jointly organised by his office, the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Department of Security Service.
Participants at the workshop were largely made up of religious, traditional and community leaders, who are expected to communicate the message to the people at the grass roots.
Dasuki, who was represented by Maj-Gen. Babatunde Samuel (retd.), said investigation had revealed that some of the security personnel patronised by several individuals, communities and organisations were in most cases unqualified people with questionable characters.
He said, “I also wish to warn you about the personnel you patronise in the course of improving security. You should be careful because those that have been vetted are found to have no fixed addresses or the requisite qualification or expenses that they claim to have.
“Some are even of questionable character; you must therefore check their antecedents before you patronise them. It is based on the imperative to make Nigerians security conscious that the Federal Government gave you (participants) the opportunity to become pioneers of the rejuvenated national security awareness programme.”
Dasuki said the Federal Government, through DSS, had undertaken vulnerability assessment of the ministries, departments and agencies to improve their security apparatus.
According to him, the Federal Government is doing its best to discharge its constitutional responsibilities by “putting adequate measures in place to detect and arrest the menace of terrorists, religious intolerance, armed robbery, kidnappings, pipeline vandalism, piracy, corruption and other related crimes that impact negatively on Nigeria image and economy.”
He added, “You should know that the Federal Government, through the DSS, has undertaken a robust vulnerability assessment of most MDAs in Abuja. This was subsequently followed up with improved access control by providing other vehicles inspection system, mobile detectors.
“Security inspection committees were also set up by various MDAs to ensure compliance with the security regulations as they affect the safety of government personnel, documents, facilities and structures.”
In his speech, the SGF, Senator Pius Anyim, explained that the workshop was borne out of the Federal Government’s desire to make most Nigerians security conscious and to establish the necessary condition for the actualisation of the transformation agenda.
Anyim, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary (Special Service Office, SGF), Mrs. Esther Gonda, said if every segment of the society played its role or contributed its quota well, Nigeria would be a better place.
He said, “It is important that the Government and other relevant stakeholders like you to do their best to improve security in the country. We must use our various levels of authority in the society to discourage sensational comments, corruption, provocative preaching, religious or ethnic intolerance, unpatriotic speeches, especially by politicians.”

Presidency Has A Hand In NGF Crisis - ACN

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Lagos State chapter, has accused the Presidency of being the brain behind the crisis in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.
photo The Action Congress of Nigeria, Lagos State chapter, has accused the Presidency of being the brain behind the crisis in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.
The party made the accusation in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe, on Monday.
It alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan, through his approval of the Jonah Jang’s faction of the Forum, had shown “he had a hand in the crisis.”
The ACN said, “Even as it had come out to issue a denial of being involved in this crisis, we are all aware that the NGF crisis was began in the Presidency. We all know that the Presidency wrote and forced down the scripts of the present crisis on governors whom it factored would procure the division or ultimate destruction of the NGF for its self-serving interests.
“We all knew that in every stage of the NGF crisis, the Presidency is an active participant and it was to remove all shreds of doubts on these when it went round to offer recognition to the losing Jang faction.”
It further alleged that the Presidency in a bid “to conquer and annex” the NGF, embarked on a campaign of calumny against the Rivers State Governor and chairman of the Forum, Rotimi Amaechi, over an unfounded speculation that he was eyeing the vice presidency.
The party said through the action, the Presidency was creating doubts in the minds of Nigerians on the future of democracy in the country.
ACN decried the “affront on the country’s conscience and a distortion of democracy to benefit a small cabal that neither believes in democracy nor are desirous of its growth in the country.”
It urged Nigerians to rise up and challenge those that took “liberty with their democratic rights to plunge the country deeper into crisis by their repeated acts of illegality and impunity” as in NGF’s situation.

Why Nigeria Didn’t Appeal Ruling On Bakassi – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday explained why Nigeria did not seek a review of the International Court of Justice ruling on the ceding of the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon, saying the country had no fresh evidence in the case.
photo President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday explained why Nigeria did not seek a review of the International Court of Justice ruling on the ceding of the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon, saying the country had no fresh evidence in the case.
He also said, Nigeria did not proceed with the case in order to protect the interest of its nationals in the Cameroon.
Jonathan spoke on the sidelines of the summit of heads of states and governments of the Economic Community of Central African States, Economic Community of West African States and the Gulf of Guinea Commission, which started in Cameroon on Monday.
He spoke with the Nigerian community in Yaounde, Cameroon.
He said his administration believed that as long as the dispute over the peninsula persisted, there would be continued animosity among the citizens of the countries.
The 10-year window to seek a review of the judgment delivered on October 10,2002 if there were fresh facts ended on October 9, 2012 without the Federal Government appealing the ruling.
The government’s decision disappointed a section of Nigerians, who had sought a review of the ICJ judgment.

Boko Haram Hunters Take Over Checkpoints


Hundreds of youths who launched a manhunt for insurgents in Maiduguri have taken over stop and search work from soldiers, suggesting that the volunteers are assuming more responsibilities in their efforts to help root out insurgency in Borno State.
 
Their involvement in search work is based on the belief that they would be able to identify insurgents faster and easier than the soldiers.
 
It was reported that the young men, who call themselves ‘Civilian JTF’, organised into different groups, took positions and conducted searches on vehicles at many checkpoints around the city.
 
The youths were seen stationed at check points on major roads, including Babban Layi street, Dandal Way leading to Shehu of Borno’s palace, Ahmadu Bello Way to Gwange central cemetery and some parts of Bama Road. They also manned check points along roads linking Gwange I, Gwange II, Gwange III and Gwange IV, as well as in Mafoni, Shehuri South, Budum, Bolori, Umarari, Maimusari and Jiddari Polo.
 
The youths were seen bearing sticks at the check points, ordering motorists to stop, park and be searched in the presence of soldiers.
 

PHOTO: Vector Tha Viper Prays With OJB Jezreel


While many who came to visit the ailing producer were trying to cheer him up with gists and chats, Vector immediately asked to pray for him and a few of us who were listening closely agreed that it was a heartfelt prayer.

The rapper later told Thenet.ng, ‘it is unfortunate that this is happening to a man who has given a lot to see others make something out of their careers.
I know we will get through all of this’.
Monday’s visit to OJB’s residence was organized to show support for the ‘SaveOJBJezreel’ cause and to create more awareness for the unfortunate plight of the producer.
Vector who is already having personal problem's with his label took time out to visit the legendary producer

“I Want To Go Home” -Brain Injured Suntai Tells Doctors

After about eight months in German and United States hospitals, ailing Taraba State Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai, is eager to return home.
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The governor, who survived an air crash in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, last October – he was the pilot – has told his doctors to allow him return home, Taraba State officials who visited him said yesterday in Jalingo.
Suntai sustained multiple injuries, and was initially flown to Germany from where he was taken to the United States.
The officials, however, added that doctors, particularly the physiotherapist handling Suntai, advised that it would be unwise to fly him back now. They urged him to stay a little more and get “full recovery” before returning to continue with his job.
They also reportedly advised against receiving too many visitors who are also warned against discussing politics with him.
It was gathered that contrary to claims, the ailing governor was never taken to the John Hopkins University Hospital in the United States. Suntai has been receiving physiotherapy/treatment at a clinic residence in New York since leaving the German Hospital in Hannover in March.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Taraba State Specialist Hospital, who is also the governor’s physician, Prof. Zakari Yusuf Aliyu, had suggested that Suntai be evacuated from the German hospital to the U.S.’ John Hopkins because, according to him, it has better medical gadgets to treat the governor’s ailments.
Aliyu said Suntai was suffering from “spinal cord persistent” and “closed head injury” which made him have “expressive and receptive alphasia”.
A member of the Taraba State House of Assembly and a friend to the Suntai family, Hon. Mark Useni, told The Nation that Suntai had recovered and was looking good when he was with him a few days ago.

I Have Plans To Go Back To School - Tuface Idibia

Innocent Idibia popularly known as Tuface Idibia in an interview talks about his music, kids and plans for his education.
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When asked if Tuface is a player, he replied, "If I were a player, they wouldn’t have caught me like that."
And on his role as a father, Tuface who has six kids from different women said it has not been easy, sometimes his work entails a lot of travelling and as such he does not see his kids as often as he wants to and although he had planned to have just one wife and kids, he has accepted things the way they have turned out.
When asked if he'll have qualms about his children following his footsteps, he simply said, "he won't discourage any of his children if they decide to follow in his footsteps musically. As a matter of fact, he'll be a good adviser.
A good thing though is that Tuface definitely plans to go back to school to get a law degree but he is not certain when that will be.
On why it took so long to settle with his wife Annie, he said, "I don’t really have an answer to that question, because I don’t know. I can’t explain why I don’t have an answer to that, but somehow, by the grace of God, we are still together."
So, why Tuface/2Face?
According to the artistes, it is a way of letting his fans know that his public and private lives are two separate entities. So the Tuface they see in the public, on TV, in papers, and hear on the radio is the public figure, who is different from who he really is.
We can say it's a case of Tuface(the star) and Innocent (the man).
On fame and worth?
Tuface says fame "takes away your privacy and freedom to do some kind of simple, basic things. Like I can’t go to Iya Christopher to sit down and eat amala, the way I dey do before". And as touching money/value, he says, "I never gather, but I dey try."
Tuface has also attributed his journey so far to hard work, his fans and the grace of God.

Rick Ross' 'Country Of Africa' Tweet Draws Criticisms


Rick Ross may have been a little too excited to paint his visit to Africa as proof that the world is excited for Wale's upcoming album, "The Gifted."
In a tweet fired off Monday afternoon, the rapper (who lost a Reebok endorsement over a lyric in which he boasted of drugging and having sex with a woman without her knowledge) said that he had touched down in the "country of Africa":
What do you think of his gaffe

 


OPINION: Nigeria Needs a Criminal Tribunal, Not Amnesty For Boko Haram

OPINION: Nigeria Needs a Criminal Tribunal, Not Amnesty For Boko Haram
By Martin Ewi, Senior Researcher, Transnational Threats and International Crime Division, Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria (South Africa)
More than 700 Nigerians have died so far this year in over 80 attacks associated with Boko Haram, the Nigerian terrorist group that a recent United States report ranked as the second most deadly in the world after the Taliban in Afghanistan. Most of the deaths occurred in March and April (208 and 335 respectively), confirming the alarming dimension of Boko Haram's atrocities in Nigeria.
In one attack in Baga, on 19 April 2013, Boko Haram militants confronted Nigerian security forces in a gun battle that left 260 people dead and nearly a thousand injured. This was the deadliest Boko Haram attack since 2009, when the group catapulted onto the global stage following violent riots that resulted in the death of over 800 people in northern Nigeria. Since then it is estimated that Boko Haram has killed nearly 4 000 people and injured several thousands more.

Boko Haram Members Dressed As Women Arrested In Borno

Citizens of Gwange region in Maiduguri, The Borno State capital has cautioned their women from leaving the home and going out in the evening as news filter in thath Boko Haram members now cross dress with women clothes to avoid soldier's and commit crimes
Reports states that four terrorists from the sect boko haram were caught on saturday in Gwange ward cross dressing and trying to escape arrest as a result of presure mounted on them in the area by vigilante groups who have been looking for the terrorists in the area
According to the residents, who asked to not be mentioned due to security reasons said that the terrorists conceal their weapons also in there female cloak. “They have been doing that for a long time according to one of them who was arrested last month in Gwange and since that time so many of them have been arrested and handed to security,” he said.
Speaking on whether the soldiers are killing the arrested Boko Haram members, he said, “They (vigilante youths) have been arresting them, but killing them, we do not know because the soldiers always carry them to the JTF headquarters.”
According to him, even those that were arrested with ‘hijab’ last week Saturday, we were told that the youths beat them up and handed them over to the military for further interrogation.

Trials Of An African Gay Man

Denis Nzioka Is a passionate gay and homosexual rights activist in Kenya for a very long time but on one unfortunate day his name was broadcasted all over Kenya by a popular radio station then his whole life went downhill, he share his experience with us
Living a modest life with his secret life partner and also trying to make Kenya recognise gay right's through his small ways his life went to schreds as his name was leaked to a radio station as a gay lover
Immediately after this people started to blame him for all disasters on earth from the great drought's to even the tsunami etc
When asked here is what he said - I have also been evicted a number of times. In the first place, the neighbours sent a letter saying: 'We, the residents of the apartment block, because we know you are homosexual, and you will target our kids, are giving you three days to leave, lest we get some of the "boys" to come and evict you.' I am single and live alone; my previous partner was not out and faced challenges whenever he was seen with me in the streets or at social events
Outside my [former] workplace, at the beginning anyway, the mechanics downstairs jeered and called me names. In general though the harassment here is sporadic when compared to Uganda - it is much more common there. Also, there is a lot of positivity here. A bus full of girls met me recently, and they giggled and said that they read my columns. I am in the media a lot.
I have been attacked by strangers. Once was in a matatu [bus], when I was holding my partner's hand. I remember an incident in Mombasa where we had a community pageant show and I was the chief judge; after the show as I was leaving some youths threw stones at me while calling me names. It was scary since I was alone and they were many. I have received countless death threats, by email, telephone and through Facebook - one of which said: 'I have been sent to kill you.'
After hearing this man make his case we have to ask ourselves whatever other people decide to do by themselves in their own privacy, how does it burden us? We have millions of more seriouse and deadly problem's but meanwhile we leave them and judge people who don't accept to live by the way and code we the majority choose to live. Now let me ask you reader's WHO IS THE MAIN CRIMINAL IN THIS?

Amnesty International Wants Being Gay To Be Accepted In Nigeria And Africa

Homophobic attacks have reached dangerous levels in sub-Saharan Africa and must stop, Amnesty International has said in a report.
Goverments in Africa are everyday bring out new laws and draconian penalties to make it sure and clear that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are criminals, the report says.
Some of African leader state that homosexuality is un-African which made the western world threaten to withdraw from any country which did not give gay people there right of freedom to be and marry
However, Amnesty said US religious groups "actively fund and promote homophobia in Africa", while many of the laws were inherited from the colonial era
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Homosexual acts are still a crime in 38 sub-Saharan African countries it said in a report titled "Making Love a Crime: Criminalisation of same-sex conduct in sub-Saharan Africa".
There is no specific legislation outlawing homosexual acts in 12 African countries, mostly former French colonies, while gay rights are recognised in South Africa.
In the last five years, South Sudan and Burundi have introduced new laws criminalising same-sex relations, it says.
The parliaments of Uganda, Liberia and Nigeria have draft laws before them, seeking to increase penalties.
"These poisonous laws must be repealed and the human rights of all Africans upheld," Amnesty said.
"In some African countries political leaders target sexual orientation issues to distract attention from their overall human rights records, often marked by rampant discrimination and violence against women, corruption and lack of media freedoms," it added.
In South Africa, at least seven people, five of them lesbians, were murdered between June and

"Strike Was Inevitable" -- Students Protest In Solidarity With Polytechnic Lecturers (PHOTOS)

Earlier today, students from different Nigerian polytechnic universities -- such as Ofa Polytechnic and Ilaro Polytechnic -- joined their counterparts of the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos, protesting the continued denial of Polytechnic staff's demands by the government.
"Strike Was Inevitable" -- Students Protest In Solidarity With Polytechnic Lecturers

Exclusive: ”I Have Only 8 Weeks To Live” – OJB Jezreel


In a recent interview OJB Jezreel reveals all about his health and how things have not been well with him as he seeks to secure money for his Kidney transplant in India 
He also reveals that the doctors are telling him he has a maximum of 8 weeks left on planet earth.
Here are the full details of the exclusive interview
What is the state of your health?
The state where we are is the state we actually need a transplant. When early diagnosis was done it was just a case of Renal Infection. Right now, the two kidneys are gone,but we a running dialysis at the moment. When did you observe that you have this illness? It was two years ago, but it was not depreciated to this level.
Then it was a gradual process. it was just like a doctor’s prescription to control your blood pressure level. we did all that , but having off and on experience until it got to this stage. What would you attribute to this ailment? Most time people tend to atribute kidney problem to drunkenness or smoking
I was told that it doesn’t have anything to do with that, because as much as i drink and smoke then, it was casual drinking. maybe, they offer you a bottle of drink and all that, not that i have to drink 15 bottles or drink all through the day.
How much do you need for a transplant?
For transplant itself, it varies, because the procedure is $25000. The whole process of the treatment from pre-process,transplanting and post-transplanting will cost about $100,000. I(n two years i have spent up to five million which i have been trying to maintain myself. that is why it has been kept secret.
When are you going for the transplant?
God willing, i have like 8 to 10 weeks more to get it done. It’s strange, i still walk around a little. I can’t eat much again, N20 rice is even enough. I trust God and Nigerians for their financial assistance.
We all wish him strenght to face up to this recent challenge.Please remeber his account details are: Babatunde Okungbowa. UBA – 1015075120.
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