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Monday 29 July 2019

Bobrisky identifies as transgender

Popular Nigerian crossdresser, Idris Okuneye, better known as Bobrisky, has come out as transgender.

The 27-year-old made this revelation via Instagram.

Sharing a video of himself cooking, he wrote: "What a woman can do, a TRANSGENDER can do better. Don't laugh."

Caucasian woman writes open letter to black women, asking them to appreciate the body they are in

A Caucasian woman has written an open letter to Black women to ask them to appreciate themselves and appreciate the body they are in.

Nicole Chilaka-Ukpo, a German woman married to a Nigerian man, apologized to black women for the injustice done against them and for being made to feel like they were inferior to women of other races. She said women of other races try everything to look like black women, yet black women have been taught to dislike the way they are

She went on to extol the physical qualities of black women and referred to them as "the first women to walk the earth" and from her other women "arose".

She wrote:

dear black queen
i know we have done you wrong, done you wrong so many times, on so many levels, abused and oppressed, then and now, in shackles then, in mental bondage now, we have done you wrong, we have failed you. failed to protect you, failed to honour you, failed to give you credit, failed to praise you for who you are. but instead we glorify every copy but you. we glorify big lips, curvy bodys, curly/kinky hair and your braiding arts, the way you talk and walk, we glorify all that on everybody else BUT YOU.
but no more.
we see you.
your hair that defines gravity,
your skin that absorbs the sunlight and glows from within, your features that often leave other women jealous running from the tanning bed to the next available plastic surgeon, to get just a tiny bit of what you are naturally blessed with. we see you, you carry the dna of humanity, you were the first woman to walk earth, and we all arose from
you have been humilated for everything you are, but you will eventually be celebrated again, for everything you have become.
dear black queen,
no matter how light, no matter how dark your skin is, you are perfectly made.
rise black queen, rise ??
and with you, the black nation will arise again ??

Football stars, Messi, Suarez, Fabregas and Jordi Alba party in Ibiza with their wives (Photos)

Barcelona superstars, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Jordi Alba alongside their former team-mate Cesc Fabregas were pictured on Sunday, July 28, enjoying a party in Ibiza alongside their wives ahead of the upcoming season.

See more photos below.

Filmhouse Cinemas founder, Kene Mkparu and wife release photos from different times in their lives as they celebrate their wedding anniversary

Kenechukwu Mkparu, the founder of Filmhouse Cinemas and its former CEO, has shared lovely photos to mark his 23rd wedding anniversary with wife, Uzo Mkparu.

The photos span various points in their lives and relationship; from their wedding day to milestones like welcoming their first and second daughters, and recent photos.

See them below.

Photos from Keyshia Cole's baby shower as she expects her baby in days

Photos from Keyshia Cole
Keyshia Cole, 37, and Niko Khale, 23, are expecting their child in about three days from now and they threw a baby shower to celebrate the child's impending arrival.

Sharing photos from the shower which held over the weekend, Keyshia wrote: " 4 DAYS TO GO!!!!!! OMG!!!!! I sooo ready to meet my little munchkin #2."

Saturday 27 July 2019

13-years after their crashed marriage, Faithia Williams features her ex-husband, Saidi Balogun in new movie (Photos)

Nollywood actors Faithia Williams and her ex-husband, Saidi Balogun have joined forces to make a new movie, the first of its kind since their marriage crashed about 13-years ago.

Its not clear when the new movie will be released, but from the behind-the-scene photos released, the enstranged couple seem to have put behind their differences.

See more photos below...

Veteran Sports journalist and former NTA director, Akinloye Oyebanji dies at 62 after long battle with heart failure

Veteran Nigerian sports journalist and retired Director of Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Akinloye Oyebanji, has died at the age of 62.

His family confirmed that Oyebanji passed on at the National Hospital, Abuja, on Saturday July 27th morning after a protracted battle with heart failure.

Bukoye Oyebanji and Steve Olarinoye, family member and closed friend, disclosed that Oyebanji had been ill for almost four months now and the family had spent millions of naira to save his life without any improvement. They said some time ago, he had the misfortune of losing his kidneys, and they were replaced successfully through a transplant in India.

Late Oyebanji served the NTA for 35 years in different capacities, including being a sports broadcaster, and later as General Manager (Sports). He retired as Managing Director of NTA Properties at the authority’s headquarters in Abuja. Oyebanji hailed from Kwara State and he's survived by four children and a wife.

Proscription of Shiites movement is ‘immoral and illegal – Femi Falana

Femi Falana condemned the Nigerian government's plan to proscribe the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shi'ites, following a court order received on Friday.

According to the human rights activist and lawyer to the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the proscription which he described as ‘immoral and illegal’ was planned by the Sunni Muslims occupying public offices.

Recounting how he secured an Appeal Court judgment on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari and his defunct political party, All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) after violent attacks by the police on Nigerians protesting in Kano against the alleged rigging of the 2003 General Elections, Femi Falana stated that the justices of the Court of Appeal unanimously held that the rights of Nigerians to protest against the policies of the government was part of the freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution. He further disclosed that the court declared that police permit for rallies was illegal and unconstitutional.

He concluded by stating that the proscription of the IMN will not stand, as the fundamental right of the Shiites to freedom of religion is constitutionally guaranteed.

The statement reads;

On The Immoral And Illegal Proscription Of IMN

The IMN was proscribed by the Kaduna State government in 2016. The proscription was gazetted. But IMN has continued to operate in defiance of the proscription.

IPOB was proscribed in 2017 by the Buhari regime via an ex parte order issued by the federal high court. In line with the court order, the proscription was gazetted. But IPOB has continued to operate in spite of the proscription.

However, in a desperate bid to prevent the Shiites from demanding for the release of their detained leader, Elzakzaky and his wife, from the custody of the State Security Service the Buhari administration has proscribed the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

Since there are millions of Shiites who belong to the IMN the federal government will soon realise that it has merely driven the body underground.

In 2003, General Buhari and other members of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party held a rally in Kano to protest the rigging of the 2003 General Election by the Olusegun Obasanjo regime.

The rally was violently attacked by the Police on the ground that the ANPP leaders did not obtain police permit.

On the instructions of General Buhari and other the ANPP leaders, I challenged the disruption of the rally and the legal validity of police permit for rallies and political meetings at the federal high court.

The case was won by the ANPP. Apart from condemning the violent disruption of the rally by the Police, the Court declared that police permit for rallies was illegal and unconstitutional.

The appeal filed against the judgment by the Police was dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

In fact, the Justices of the Court of Appeal unanimously held that the right of Nigerians to protest against the policies of the government is part of the freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution.

Therefore, the proscription of the IMN for the demonstrations of the Shiites against the disobedience of court orders by the Buhari regime is immoral and illegal in every material particular.

It is particularly opportunistic on the part of the Sunnis occupying public offices to use the instrumentality of the State to liquidate the Shiites.

The illegal proscription of the IMN should be withdrawn. It will not stand as the fundamental right of the Shiites to freedom of religion is constitutionally guaranteed.

Femi Falana SAN.

Nigerian man accuses soldiers of assaulting and forcefully shaving off his hair with scissors in Aba (video)

An aggrieved Nigerian man has called out some soldiers in Aba, Abia State, for allegedly assaulting and forcefully shaving off his hair with scissors over "nothing".

Showing off some injuries he sustained from the assault, Egbule Obinna disclosed that the soldiers wore masks during the encounter which occurred while on his way to his daily business. He wrote as he shared the video;


Court in Morocco sentences two Dutch citizens to death over the accidental killing of a medical student in 2017

A Moroccan court has sentenced to death two Dutch citizens over the accidental killing of a medical student in 2017.

Two years ago Edwin Gabriel Robles Martinez and Shardyone Girigorio Semerel allegedly opened fire on a cafe in the tourist hub of Marrakech. They had apparently been aiming at the cafe’s owner, but instead killed the student and wounded two other people, local media reported.

At the time local officials said the shooting was a “settling of accounts” that was “directly linked to a criminal network which has ramifications in some European countries”. On Friday a court sentenced to jail 15 other suspects in the same case, handing them terms ranging between three and 20 years for setting up a “criminal gang”, lawyer Abdellatif Htitech told AFP.

A spokeswoman for the foreign ministry in the Netherlands told AFP that the Dutch embassy “is in direct contact with the lawyer”, without giving further details. Asked if the Netherlands would intervene, Annemijn van den Broek said it was up to those convicted to decide whether or not to appeal. But she added that the Netherlands is opposed to the death penalty.

Morocco which last issued a death sentence earlier this month against three Islamic State group supporters over the beheadings of two Scandinavian women tourists has had a de facto freeze on executions since 1993.

Nigerian student drowns in UK's River Thames

A 23-year-old UK-based Nigerian student identified as Jonathan Adebanjo, drowned in River Thames on Tuesday evening while swimming with friends at Shadwell Basin.

Jonathan was out to swim with his friends in the river, after the city was hit by a scorching heat wave. The Nigerian art student was one of three people who drowned in the Thames in three hours, after a 47-year-old swimmer died in Kingston and another person vanished in the water at Waterloo Bridge.

The deceased's heartbroken family are now warning Londoners not to go to unsupervised waters. His sister Tundun, 22, said:

“He wasn’t the only person that disappeared on that day ... we need to put a warning out there to be careful. It’s easy to think nothing bad can happen because the sun is out but there’s still a risk, and it’s very evident after what happened to Jonathan.”

She added: “When they were fishing his body out, there were still kids jumping in ... people have seen it in the news, they’ve seen the risk and they’re still doing it.”

Adebanjo was due to enter his final year at Camberwell College of Arts, part of the University of the Arts London, before the sad incident occurred.

Big Brother Naija star, Kim Oprah flaunts her banging bikini body in new photo

Big Brother Naija 2019 housemate and former beauty queen, Kim Oprah took to Instagram to put her banging bikini body on display in this new photo she posted.

Friday 26 July 2019

Photos: Ex-female Commissioner of Police joins Bayelsa governorship race

A retired Commissioner of Police, Diseye Nsirim-Poweigha on Friday became the first female governorship aspirant to obtain the APC nomination and expression of interest for to contest the August 29, 2019 APC governorship primary ahead of the November 16 governorship election.

President Buhari receives Liberia’s highest national honour

Nigerian leader, President Buhari has been conferred with “The Grand Cordon of the Knighthood of Venerable Order of the Pioneers”, Republic of Liberia’s highest national honour.

The president is the Special Guest of Honour at the country’s 172nd Independence Anniversary.

“The award is presented by the government for outstanding and distinguished service in international affairs, government, religion, art, science and commerce. It is also for singular acts of philanthropy and deeds of heroism and valour,” the president’s media aide Garba Shehu stated.

Buhari was accompanied by Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara and Mai Mala Buni of Yobe. Others on the president’s entourage were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Mustapha Sulaiman and other top government officials.

Thursday 25 July 2019

Photo: Bashir Umar, the Nigerian Air Force personnel who returned a missing €37,000 to its owner gets 'double promotion'

Bashir Umar, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnel who returned a missing €37,000 to its owner has just been promoted by the Chief of Air Staff.

According to President Buhari's media aide, Bashir Ahmad, 'Corp. Bashir has received double promotion and was decorated with a new rank of Corporal, a reward for his integrity. He recently found 37,000 euros and returned it to the owner'

Anne Hathaway reveals she's pregnant with baby no. 2 as she sends a message to women struggling with infertility

Anne Hathaway is pregnant with her second child and the actress has revealed that both of her pregnancies didn't come easy.

The "The Devil Wears Prada" actress shared a photo of her blossoming baby bump and added words that sent a message of hope to women struggling with infertility.

She said "it was not a straight line" to either of her pregnancies and sent love to women hoping to have babies of their own.

She wrote: "It’s not for a movie...??#2? ?All kidding aside, for everyone going through infertility and conception hell, please know it was not a straight line to either of my pregnancies. Sending you extra love."

Most Nigerian marriages are illegal, only 314 worship centres have licence to conduct weddings - FG

The Federal Government on Wednesday, declared most Nigerian marriages "illegal" as only 314 worship centres have licence to conduct weddings under the statutory Marriage Act.

Speaking at a one-day stakeholders’ conference on conduct of statutory marriages in accordance with the Marriage Act cap, M6, LFN 2004 as amended, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Barr. Georgina E. Ehuriah, revealed that only about 4, 689 licensed places of worship in Nigeria have updated their records with the Ministry of Interior, of which only 314 have renewed their licenses

She said “At present, only about 4, 689 licensed places of worship in Nigeria have updated their records with the Ministry of Interior, of which only 314 have renewed their licenses.

“The implication of this is that marriages conducted in unlicensed places of worship are not in line with the Marriage Act and cannot serve legal purposes when the need arises, and such unlicensed places of worship are operating contrary to Section 6(1) of the Marriage Act.”

Barr. Georgina further disclosed that the Interior ministry already has a database of all places of worship licensed for marriages, and is currently building a database of all statutory marriages conducted in Nigeria.

BBNaija: Moment Tacha broke down in tears while apologizing to Mike and promising to become a better person (video)

Hours after Tacha got back into the house with Seyi following their fake eviction on Sunday, she had a heart-to-heart conversation with Mike over their stand-off on Saturday.

We reported earlier that after Tacha got back into the house, Mike told her that a part of him and other housemates were excited that she left. He added that he hopes that all that happened taught her to be humble.

Tacha before you left, I am just going to keep it 100% . I am not going to lie. I did not like your energy at all. Not one bit. It was completely unacceptable in my eyes and I feel like when you did leave, a part of me was actually elated. I feel like some of the energy that you carry around here was only going to affect you and I hope that this little break that you've had and you being back here has humbled you in some shape or form because I am not going to lie, every can confirm that we felt a certain way when you walked out and you being back now, I am not going to lie, its a surprise and I hope that you being here we can go on and have some better time and no more face mask'' he said

However during their private conversation which ended up in apologies from both sides, Tacha told Mike that it's quite unfair for him to ask her to become another person. Tacha recounted some challenges that made her become who she is perceived to be, but promised to become a better person. She also apologized to Mike for disrespecting him.

Watch the video below;

Actress Queen Wokoma's ex-husband drops suicidal note on Instagram weeks after their marriage crashed

Queen Wokoma's ex-husband, Prince Kalada Allison, dropped a suicidal note on Instagram last night, weeks after confirming their marriage crash barely a year it was contracted.

Prince Allison in the suicidal note, alleged that he is the loser while his estranged wife, Queen Wokoma won all. He however told the actress not to pass on the hatred she has for him to their son. It reads;

I will always love you son, I'm sorry I can't be here no more for you, when you grow up always remember all I told you. Be all the things I wasn't, be strong, be appreciative, be close to God, don't let anything in this life change you from whom you are, always be you @babyxavierofficial I ddid so many things to make sure you have the life you have today, don't forget that, be content and strive hard to be great, @queenwokoma please do not pass the hate you have for me to my son, teach him how to love, make him understand that his father truly love him and would do anything to make him happy.

I have lost everything but I give God all the glory, I'm the looser and you won. Mummy I'm so sorry for doing this but thank God I already gave you a grandson that looks so much like me and I'm sure you will always remember me each time you see him. God bless you all. My life has to end here, no one should mourn me, just bury me and continue living your lives. To all my friends, political and corporate I'm sso sorry, this is how God decided to reward me for serving him, I bless him and await my personal section with him to know why he said old things are passed away yet still visits us with our own sins.. #deathisinevictable #mytimehascome #suicide #nooneshouldbeblamed

US rapper, Chief Keef, 23, 'expecting 10th child with 10th Baby Mama'

American rapper, Chief Keef is indeed a baby-making machine.

The 23-year-old Chicago hip-hop star whose real name is Keith Farrelle Cozart, is reportedly expecting 10th child with his 10th babymama, just a year after it was confirmed that he has nine babies by nine different women.

According to online reports, the rapper is expecting a baby with Diamond Nicole, a popular YouTuber. But Chief Keef has not confirmed the pregnancy report yet, neither has Diamond Nicole denied she's pregnant with the rapper's child.

American man arrested for assaulting a towing officer at Lagos airport

A 52-year-old American citizen identified as Breedlove Shawn, was arrested yesterday by police officers attached to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Command for allegedly assaulting a towing service official at the airport.

The altercation ensued after Mr. Shawn parked at a restricted spot at the airport. Following an attempt to tow his vehicle, he hopped out from his vehicle and slapped one of the towing officials, the Managing Director/CEO of the towing Company, Billafary Towing Service Limited, Alhaji Lamidi Falekulo confirmed.

Divisional Police Officer, International Airport, Lagos, Mr. Danjuma Garba, confirmed the arrest of the American citizen and further disclosed that he will be arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ogba on two counts bordering on assault resulting in grievous bodily harm.

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Car accident reveals Catholic Priest has been stealing church offering

A car accident in which a Catholic Priest fractured his hip, revealed that he has been stealing church offering to the tune of $95,000.

When emergency workers responded to the accident in a California town last month, they saw bags of cash containing $18,305.86 allegedly stolen from the church in Father Oscar Diaz’s car. Subsequent investigation into the theft, revealed that Fr. Diaz had in his office and home, collection bags from Resurrection Parish totaling more than $95,000.

“There is also evidence that money was stolen in a variety of ways from each of the parishes where he had served as pastor. I am deeply grieved that this has happened and am deeply saddened that the parishes he was sent to serve have been harmed,” Bishop Robert F. Vasa wrote in his July 22 press release.

“The full extent of the theft is not known and may never be fully known but the Diocese is committed to determining as fully as possible the extent of the theft from each of these parishes. Once such determinations are made it is the goal of the Diocese to make restitution to the parishes.”

The Catholic Priest has now been suspended from the Diocese of Santa Rosa as announced on July 22, and he has been the subject of a police investigation.

Fr. Diaz had been a priest for 25 years, and it was gathered that he told the emergency responders at the time of the crash that the bags of cash were his salary. A further probe revealed that Diaz had also deposited a number of checks made out to parishes into his personal bank account. He has also admitted to stealing the church collection bags for some time.

“There is also evidence that money was stolen in a variety of ways from each of the Parishes where he had served as pastor,” he added, saying he was “deeply grieved” and “saddened” by the “prolonged history of theft.”

“Father Oscar admitted that he had taken the Collection bags and had been doing so for some time,” the bishop said in another letter, saying Diaz had read and approved the church’s statements about the thefts.

“I expressed to him my deep sadness, anger and dismay,” the bishop wrote, insisting he was “determined” to prosecute.

But police are reluctant to pursue the case, the diocese claims.

“After an initial investigation and several interviews, the police determined that the protocols surrounding collection accounting would make it difficult to arrive at sufficient proof of theft to pursue criminal prosecution,” Vasa told parishioners.

Vasa added that the diocese was not planning to pursue criminal prosecution at this time, because of the cost involved.

2019 elections: US imposes visa restrictions on Nigerian politicians

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday, announced that it had imposed visa restriction on Nigerian politicians found culpable in sabotaging the 2019 election.

No name was passed off in the announcement, however Nigerian politicians affected by the visa restriction imposition are those indicted for electoral violence, rigging and other anti-democratic activities before, during and after the 2019 elections.

“These individuals have operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights,” spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

“The Department of State emphasizes that the actions announced today are specific to certain individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people or the newly elected government,” Ortagus added.

AAU student dies shortly after being released from EFCC custody

A 22-year-old student of Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, Edo state, has died shortly after his release after spending two months in EFCC custody.

Austin Isaiah was allegedly arrested for something he "knew nothing about". He was held for two months before being released after he fell sick in custody, friends allege on Facebook.

Upon his release, he died on Monday, July 22, due to ill health.

Friends have taken to Facebook to mourn him while calling out EFCC for his "wrongful arrest".

17 year old killed in South Africa was not a xenophobic attack- Nigerian Citizens Association says

The Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa has said that the attack on 17-year-old Dennis Chinonso Obiaju Okoroji and his friend in Johannesburg on Saturday July 20th, was not a xenophobic attack but a criminal attack.

Chairman of NCA South Africa, Benjamin Okoli, stated this in an interview with Channels TV. Okoli said preliminary investigations shows that the Okoroji was killed by armed robbers and not by angry South Africans.

This is not a xenophobic attack. This i purely criminality. The young boy was robbed and was shot whilst trying to escape''

Okoroji who lived with his guardian, Mr Mike Nsofor, in Rooderpt, Johannesburg, was said to have gone to a shop to buy an item with a friend when they were both chased by a yet-to-be identified person who opened fire on them. Obiaju died instantly.

His friend, Goodhope Oosthuizen, who was also with him when the attack occured, said the robbers first fired gunshots at him. He said the robbers fired gunshots at Okoroji after he picked up a stone and threw at them.

Rihanna reacts in shock as she comes across viral photo of a little girl who looks just like her

Everyone is believed to have a doppelganger somewhere and Rihanna just found hers.

A photo of a little girl who bears a shocking resemblance to the singer is going viral and a number of celebrities are awed by the resemblance.

Tyra Banks shared the photo of the girl and expressed her shock at the resemblance.

Riri also shared the photo and said it made her almost drop her phone.

Gabrielle Union and daughter Kaavia James look regal in African Print

Gabrielle Union seems to love to dress her adorable daughter in African prints.

Most recent photos of 8-month-old Kaavia James Union Wade shows her clad in a dress made from Ankara and a scarf to match

In this recent photo, her mother also donned a swimsuit and scarf made from African prints.

Corps member serving at Leadership newspaper shot during Shi'ites protest

A youth Corps member serving with the Leadership Newspaper in Abuja, was hit by a stray bullet on his chest during the Shi'ites and Police clash in Abuja on Monday July 22nd.

According to the media house, Aliyu who works with its Hausa section, was on his way home when the bloody protest started. A stray bullet hit him on the chest. Thankfully he was rushed to the National Hospital Abuja where he is recuperating.

Narrating how it happened, Aliyu said

‘’I was on my way home in a taxi after close of work when I got hit by a stray bullet which brushed through my chest.I did not even know that I was shot until I started feeling heavy on my chest. Then I was rushed to the hospital, ’’ Aliyu told the newspaper.

A fellow journalist and Youth corper, Precious Owolabi who was serving at Channels TV, was however not lucky. He died after he sustained gunshot injuries in his stomach.

Emotional moment US Army National Guard Sgt surprised his mum at work after being away for a while (video)

The emotional moment a US Army National Guard Sgt surprised his mother at work, after just returning from an assignment abroad, has moved viewers.

In the viral video, the young man named Christopher Williams is seen dressed in his uniform as he walks towards the sightseeing trolley his mother drives in Savannah, Georgia. In the trailer sat his mother and the moment she saw him, she stood and ran towards him screaming, "My baby is home."

She hugged him and refused to let go, then kept planting kisses on his face.

Watch the video below.

"I was deeply offended by the ignorant person saying the pilot was a woman" Freeze says in reaction to comments made after plane crash landed in Lagos

Michelle Williams releases new photo to celebrate turning 40
Michelle Williams shared a new photo of herself to mark turning 40.

The former member of the R&B group, Destiny's Child, looked exquisite in an elaborate multicolored dress.

Sharing the photo, she wrote: "Well honey #thisis40"

Michelle Williams releases new photo to celebrate turning 40