Friday, 17 January 2020

Fans applaud Sbahle for driving again after horror accident

It's been nearly two years since Sbahle Mpisane escaped with her life after a horror car crash, but the fitness fundi is back in the driver's seat and one step closer to making a full recovery.

Sbahle has been on the road to recovery since she lost control of her car on Margaret Mncadi Avenue (Victoria Embankment) in Durban during the early hours of 9 August 2018. Paramedics had to use the jaws of life to remove her from the wreckage.

On Thursday night, fans of the Mpisane/Mkhize family reality show Kwa MaMkhize watched as Sbahle got behind the wheel of a car again with confidence on lock.

“I was in this situation because I was driving, but I  believe it was not strong enough to kill me so I can still drive,” she told viewers.

Sbahle said she drove around a field at first because she was nervous, but after she became comfortable she decided to hit the open road.

Speaking on the show last week, the star admitted her slow recovery had left her feeling “sad”, and led to her staying in a wheelchair for about two months without walking.

Sbahle admitted this week that she thought she would not drive while recovering, but was determined to shake off the negativity.

Fans of the show were over the moon about Sbahle's progress and poured onto social media to praise her for having the courage to get behind the wheel again.

¨We became lovers and I even introduced Diamond Platnumz to my parents¨ a wounded Official Lynn, speaks

Diamond´s long alleged side chic, Official Lynn has come out to expose the WCB founder for promising her a life he never stuck to.

Speaking to YouTuber Sam Misago, the video vixen who was dating Diamond Platnumz while he was still married to Zari, revealed:

"We became lovers and I introduced him to my parents when he became my Fiance. He wanted to marry me. He then rented a house for me. We were together for 2 years."

According to her, there was nothing wrong with dating a married Naseeb because he is Islam and that is allowed in the religion.

'Everyone knew Diamond was with Zari and it wasn´t bad because he is a Muslim who can marry 4 wives.'

However, things never worked out for the two ´lovers´ who ended up in a bitter split in late 2018 before Platnumz took up Tanasha Donna.

This irked and wounded the Tanzanian socialite who decided to splash mud on the superstar through consistent DMs.

“Blaq Bonez your diss track better be good!” Khaligraph Jones wife warns Nigerian artist

Georgina Muteti is now scared for Blaq Bonez just in case the Nigerian artist is thinking of replying to Khaligraph Jones diss track.

The mother of 1 revealed this in an Instagram post where she warned Blaq Bonez to make sure his diss track was good; as she fears her husband will finish him off with his yet to be released song.

'Somebody tell blaqbonez if he’s going to reply to the diss track, it better be GOOD! Because mimi😂😂😂because me sitaki kumstua lakini weuhhh! That was him just drizzling, wait for the storm.'

The two artists have been having their differences for some days now following a video shared by Bonez; where he claims Khaligraph did not deserve to win the Soundcity MVP best African rapper of the year award.

Since then the two have been dissing each other on social media…okay maybe Khaligraph Jones has been doing the dissing but fans are now hoping they seize this opportunity and come up with a new project.

Anyway, as for now all we can do is wait and see how things unfold but on the other hand; we can’t miss to recognize the fact that Jones has loyal fans for sure!

Cardi B shows off her long natural hair

American rapper Cardi B has showed off her hair -- her natural one.

She shared a mirror selfie showing off the beauty on twitter.

"I got that shlonggg", she captioned the selfie.

Eddie Murphy thinks if Michael Jackson and Whitney had not made their life all about showbiz, they had probably still be alive

Eddie Murphy has opened up about why he quit Hollywood and he wishes he had persuaded late greats Whitney Houston, Prince and Michael Jackson to have done the same.

Eddie recently returned to stand-up comedy with an appearance on Saturday Night Live but before that, he had given himself a self-imposed ban from Tinseltown.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, the 58-year-old revealed how he decided to take a break in 2012 and how he had wished his "contemporaries" had done the same.

Eddie revealed: "Maybe about eight years ago, I said it's time to take a break and not really be pushing at movies like I used to.

"Getting it right, and getting it right with the director, and getting it right with the writers, and having everything work together - that takes a lot of effort, you know, and it's strenuous."

Eddie continued to say that there is more to life than work: "My career, or what I am as an artist, that's not at the centre of my life.

"At the centre of my life is my family and my kids. That's the principal relationship, and everything comes after that.

"I have 10 kids, and I'm present, and I'm part of their lives. You got to have some kind of balance with career and personal life."

Eddie first auditioned to appear on SNL when he was 18 and started making films when he was 20, giving him over four decades in the industry.

He said that he needed time out to "just be Dad."

Speaking about the passing of the likes of Jackson, Prince and Whitney, Eddie said: "So many of my contemporaries are dead, like the people that came on the scene when I came on the scene in the '80s," he told the publication.

"The people that I knew around my age - that had an impact in their areas - they're mostly... they're gone. Michael... and Prince... and Whitney, those are my contemporaries. And they're gone."

Eddie went on to explain how their careers as artists became "all-consuming".

He continued: "The centre of their whole s***, their life revolved around them as artists. Everything else suffered as a result of that. Your personal relationships, and your finances, and all that stuff. Substance abuse problems.

"All that stuff [happens] because show business can't be what's at the centre. Especially if you get to reach these highest levels, and you're Michael Jackson or you're Prince, or you're Elvis.

"If you're sitting on that, and show business is everything, that's the recipe for an early exit."

Amazon boss, Jeff Bezos and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez make their red carpet debut as a couple

Jeff Bezos and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez have finally made their romance red carpet official.

The Amazon CEO and richest man in the world was spotted walking the carpet with the TV personality in Mumbai, India, as part of an Amazon Prime event.

The pair dressed to the nines, with Bezos rocking a marble-patterned black and white tuxedo jacket paired with black tuxedo slacks, while Sanchez stunned in a sultry red and black gown featuring a plunging neckline and thigh-high slit.

The glitzy appearance comes amid a reported investigation into Amazon's business practices in India which is being conducted by the country's Competition Commission, an antitrust regulatory agency, according to the New York Times.

However, Bezos seemed far from concerned as he and his ladylove posed for beaming snapshots during the grand event.

The outing comes almost exactly a year after news first surfaced that Bezos and Sanchez were romantically involved. The news broke the same day that Bezos and his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie Bezos, announced that they were getting divorced.

Stay stupid! Peruzzi tells fans who believe King Patrick that called him out over breach of contract

Peruzzi has told his fans they can remain stupid after some tweeted at him not to bite the fingers that fed him. He says if they believe everything, then yea, they are just staying stupid

Recall the CEO of Golden Boy Entertainment, King Patrick yesterday called him out alongside Davido. Davido later responded saying Patrick is the only problem.

Now, Peruzzi is claiming King never fed him, asking, when and where? But admitted he rented an apartment for him.

He also made it clear he isn't owing King. Check out his tweets below...

You know the funniest thing. Everyone in the music industry knows who is saying the truth (i mean from experience), well maybe he added little 'lies', but damn he didn't feed you?

39 Senators Fail To Sponsor Bill In Six Months (Names)

From Tuesday June 11, 2019, when the Ninth Senate was inaugurated, to December 20, 2019, when it embarked on Christmas and New Year recess, the apex legislative chamber was able to sponsor a total of 189 bills.

Investigations carried out by New Telegraph revealed that 70 senators, out of the 109 senators, sponsored these bills while 39 of the lawmakers could better be described as bench warmers within the six months of legislative engagements in the Senate, as they did not sponsor any bill.

Further statistical breakdown also shows that three out of the 189 legislative proposals were executive bills while 186 were private member bills.

It is also pertinent to note that the three executive bills had been considered and passed for third reading in the Senate. They have been signed into law by President Muhamnadu Buhari.
The three bills include the N10.594 trillion 2020 Appropriation Bill, the 2019 Finance Bill and the N278.355 billion 2020 Appropriation bill for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT, Abuja).

Similarly, apart from the three executive bills already considered and passed within the period under review, four out of the 186 private member bills were also passed for third reading.

One of the four bills, the Deep Off-shore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act CAP D3 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2019, has been assented to by President Buhari.

Interestingly, Senators like late Benjamin Uwajumogu (APC, Imo North), Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti South) and Smart Adeyemi (APC Kogi West), who joined the 9th Senate late due to electoral litigation, were among those who sponsored the 189 bills in the last six months.

Also, it is worthy of note, that most of the 39 senators who have not sponsor any bill yet, started with the Ninth Senate during its inauguration on June 11, 2019.

Some of the senators who have not made any impact in sponsorship of bills include: Lola Ashiru (APC, Kwara South), Ishaku Elisha Cliff (PDP, Adamawa North), Stephen Ekpenyong (PDP, Akwa Ibom North West), Adamu Muhammad Bulkachuwa (APC Bauchi, North), Diri Douye (PDP, Bayelsa Central) and Onor Sandy Ojang (PDP, Cross River Central).

Others are Senators Alkali Saidu (APC, Gombe North), Amos Bulus Kilawangs (APC, Gombe South), Hadeija Hassan Ibrahim (APC, Jigawa North East), Abdul-Kwari Suleiman (APC, Kaduna North), Abdullah Barkiya Kabir (APC, Katsina Central), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo South) and Lawal Hassan Anka (PDP, Zamfara West).

Also in this category are Senators Yaroe Binos Dauda (PDP, Adamawa South), Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP, Delta North ), Oseni Yakubu (APC, Kogi Central), Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo (PDP, Bayelsa West) and Degi Eremienyo (APC, Bayelsa East), who is now the Deputy Governor-elect for the state, among others.

Furthermore, available records show that a total of 40 out of the 186 private member bills sponsored in the Senate between October and December last year have scaled second reading.

Some of the bills include the controversial anti-social media bill titled: “Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill 2019 sponsored by Senator Uba Sani (APC, Kaduna Central), the bill seeking for establishment of the National Assembly Budget and Research Office sponsored by Senator Rose Oko (PDP, Cross River North) and the bill seeking for establishment of National Rice Development Council of Nigeria sponsored by Senator Bima Mohammed Enagi (APC, Niger South).

Others are the bills seeking for an Act to prevent, prohibit and redress Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institutions sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central); Freedom from Hunger Bill sponsored by Senator Theodore Orji (PDP, Abia Central); National Health Insurance Commission Bill 2019 sponsored by Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC, Kwara Central) and the bill seeking for an Act to provide for constituency projects in the annual budget of the federation sponsored by Senator Stella Oduah (PDP Anambra North).

Other bills that have scaled second reading in the Senate within the period under review are some of those seeking for alteration of provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

They include the one sponsored by Senator Gabriel Suswam (PDP, Benue North East), which seeks for a definite and certain day for convening the first session and inauguration of elected members of National Assembly and State House of Assembly after their dissolution by the President and Governor, pursuant to sections 64(3) and 105(3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Most of the 186 bills are still at the first reading stage, being legislative proposals listed on the Senate’s Order Papers between 19th November and 20th December, 2019.

However, the Hate Speech Bill sponsored by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger North), which passed through first reading on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, was never listed for second reading before adjournment for Christmas and the New year.

The delay in listing this proposal for second reading may not be unconnected with the controversies it generated in public domain, after it was introduced in the apex legislative chamber for consideration.

I Got Impeached For Making A Perfect Phone Call - Donald Trump

The impeachment trial against President Donald Trump began in the US Senate on Thursday, starting with a reading of the charges.

John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, was then be sworn in to preside over the trial that will determine whether Trump should be removed from office.

“All persons are commanded to keep silent, on pain of imprisonment, while the House of Representatives is exhibiting to the Senate of the United States, articles of impeachment against Donald John Trump, President of the United States,” the sergeant at arms announced.


FG Committed To Sending Nigerians To Space – Onu

Minister of Science and Technology, Dr.Ogbonnaya Onu,yesterday, assured that the vision to launch Nigeria into space was still on course and would be achieved in no distant time.
Onu said with the support of President Muhammadu Buhari, the ministry would continue to work towards achieving the dream no matter how long it takes.
The minister spoke in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, while delivery an address in his alma mater, Izzi High School Old Students Association (great COSCO)’s national convention.
The event was held at the old school ground, presently occupied by the Faculty of Education,Ebonyi State University,Abakaliki (EBSU),Ishieke campus.
Onu urged students of the school to take interest in engineering and science courses, especially as they proceed into tertiary institutions.He said without trained engineers, the nation’s dream of going to space would end as a mirage.
Onu was reacting to after students of the school during a welcome song, took turns to mention the professions they would love to pursue, but surprisingly, none of them mentioned engineering.
He said engineering was vital to the development of any nation,and called on the management and teachers of the school to take urgent and sustainable measures to encourage the students to show interest to science and technology.
The minister donated 10 laboratory kits, 10 HP laptops, two desktop computers and copies of 12 different books he authored to the school.

Singer Peruzzi makes Nollywood debut

You can add actor to Peruzzi's resume now as the lady who featured him in her movie as praised his acting prowess.

The singer featured in Toyin Abraham's new comic movie 'fate of Alakada' and Toyin has given him a pass mark in the open. Praising his ability, and thanking him for bringing no drama on set, Toyin wrote on Instagram;

“Thank you so much @peruzzi_vibes for coming on my set for a cameo appearance in #FateofAlakada. Thank you for not stressing me. You are such a sweet and humble soul. You came on set, you acted, you didn’t stress any of us and your acting was top notch. You did extremely well. May God continue to bless and uplift you. I can’t wait for people to see how you nailed it."

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott ‘ready for second baby together ASAP’

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are “ready for a second baby together,” a source has sensationally claimed.

The couple, who have almost 2-year-old Stormi Webster together, have continued to work as co-parents since their split in October – but their family setup could be about to change.

According to the rapper, his feelings about Kylie haven't changed at all.

In a recent interview with XXL, Travis sent a message to Kylie, saying he still loves her and "always will."

"The hard part about relationships is just trying to be in one without a million outside voices interfering," he added.

Travis also talked about the big role Stormi plays in his life, saying, “I’ve been spending time with my family and with my daughter, Stormi. Being a dad is better than what I thought it would be."

And now a source has told RadarOnline, the couple may be ready to have another baby.

“Kylie’s convinced herself there’s no better option out there than Travis, who totally gets her and is a perfect dad as well as someone who can cope with her fame levels,” the source said.

Deontay Wilder Responds To Tyson Fury's Bizarre Masturbation Admission

Deontay Wilder has told Tyson Fury to 'enjoy himself' following his bizarre masturbation claims at Monday's press conference.

Fury revealed to HoopJab that he's made an unusual addition to his training regime which includes masturbating up to seven times a day.

'The Gypsy King' explained it was a way to keep his testosterone pumping and Wilder offered Fury some advice, despite thinking it was all for show.

"I mean, enjoy yourself," the 'Bronze Bomber' told TMZ Sports. "Just use the proper lotion!

"Whatever he says is for entertainment or whatever...Enjoy himself! Just use the proper lotion. I mean some like thick lotion."

Fury and Wilder are preparing for their highly anticipated rematch on February 22.

The duo were in Los Angeles for this week's press conference and Fury discussed the more traditional aspects of his training regime.

Speaking to the media, he explained:

"I'm eating five or six meals a day, drinking eight litres of water. If it's gonna give me an edge, I'm willing to try it."

The lineal heavyweight champion has also cut out Diet Coke from his diet, something he hasn't done in a decade.

"I'm really eliminating all the distractions this time. No phones, no thing like that. No diet coke, which I've become susceptible to," Fury added, "I've had tons, and tons, and tons of it in every training camp. This is the first training camp in 10 years I've not had one diet coke and I won't have any until after the fight.

"This is the 1st training camp where I'm going to bed early at 9.30 every night and I wake up every morning at 7 am, fresh as a daisy."

He also thinks that he'll knockout his American opponent inside two rounds at the MGM Grand next month.

"I'll meet you in the center of the ring, Deontay Wilder. February 22nd, you won't have to look anywhere for me. Just watch out for the right hand because you're going to sleep in two rounds. Two! Two rounds, he's going down."

"I keep having a dream about two rounds. In poker, I keep getting dealt number two. It's definitely a thing. He's getting knocked out in two rounds. 100 percent!"

Amotekun: ‘To Hell With Their Presidency’ - Afenifere Blasts Miyetti Allah

The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Thursday, Berated Miyetti Allah over remarks that the South-West may lose the 2023 presidency if it fails to drop its security outfit codenamed: Operation Amotekun, saying the north can go to with its presidency.

The Miyetti Allah Kaute Hore had described Amotekun as illegal saying it may affect the chances of the region to produce the presidency in 2023.

But Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, lampooned Miyetti Allah describing the remarks as an insolence.

Odumakin said: “Miyetti Allah now owns the Presidency which they can gift to who they want and deny who they choose? What insolence? Cowherders threatening a people that produced the first lawyer in 1879 because a lawyer who doesn’t know the law is overreaching himself? Can they go and tell Yoruba in Benin Republic such idiocy? It is now a crime that we inhabit the same country with them? If Yoruba would be conised, is it by those we should employ on our ranches?

“To hell with their Presidency if the condition for it is that we must allow them to continue to waste the lives of our people. Who told these people Yoruba cannot opt for self-determination and have our own president? If they see the protection of our lives as politics, we are definitely in a wrong and impossible country.”

Tonto Dikeh & Her Bestie, Bobrisky On Same Outfit, Who Rock It Best?

Nollywood Actress, Tonto Dikeh and popular Nigerian cross dresser, Bobrisky rock same outfit (jumpsuit).

Who Rock It Better ??

Imo: Gov. Hope Uzodinma Makes First Appointments

Senator Hope Uzodinma, the newly sworn-in governor of Imo state, on Thursday announced his first appointments as he takes over the State Government House.
Uzodinma was declared the authentic winner of the 2019 governorship election in Imo State by the Supreme Court during the week.
He was handed his Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Wednesday .
He was then sworn-in barely 24 hours after the court sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Yesterday, he named the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Attorney, General, Chief of Staff and Chief press Secretary.
Chief Cosmas Iwu was appointed as the SSG of the State while Barrister COC Akaolisa steps in as the Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice.
Others are Chief Nnamdi Anyaehie who was appointed as Chief of Staff and Oguike Nwachukwu who takes the position of the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, CPS.

Why Twitter May Never Get An ‘Edit’ Button, Says CEO

One of the most requested features by Twitter users is the ability to edit tweets, but perhaps it’s time for users to give up and forget about that wish ever becoming real. The reason for saying this is because of a recent video interview with Wired, Twitter’s founder and CEO, Jack Dorsey.

He said that while the company has considered bringing on an Edit button, it is pretty much not pleased with its implementation because it will be going against the very essence of the platform.

Answering a question on whether the site is planning to introduce an edit button for Twitter in 2020, Dorsey replied with a emphatic ‘No’. According to him, the ability to edit tweets will go against the very essence of the platform, which was envisaged as an alternative to text messaging, what with its 160 character limit and all.

“We started as an SMS, text message service. And as you all know, when you send a text, you can’t really take it back. We (want) to preserve that vibe, that feeling”, he said.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Why I Am Getting Married To Anita Joseph – Groom-to-be, MC Fish Spills

It is no news that actress, Anita Joseph and Fisayo Micheal are set to walk down the aisle on Valentine's Day. But what is news is the reason behind the decision by the renown Hypeman who picked an actress for a wife
Hypeman and MC, Fisayo Micheal aka MC Fish has revealed why he loves Anita and the reason he is making her his wife.
Recall that we earlier reported that an actress, Anita Joseph will be getting married this February to her longtime boo, Fisayo Micheal.
Fisayo Micheal, in a recent chat with Vanguard reveals why he chose the actress...
“Yes, the only special woman in my life is Anita Joseph, she is a Nollywood actress,” he revealed.
“No, I’m not scared at all. I believe it’s not about what the person does, it’s who the person is. My woman fits all the criteria. I understand it’s her job, so whenever she is acting, or even doing lovemaking scene thing, I will just sit back and watch my baby girl do her thing because I know she is acting. It’s not the real thing, it’s her job, we are both entertainers and we have understanding. Anytime I watch her movies and she does the sexy things, I would say ‘babe you need to do that for me too, we should try it tonight” so it’s usually like that, that is how I’ve been able to cope, and we are both happy,” he said.

Fuwa Otadola , The Only Son Of Femi Otedola Has A Brain Problem (Autism)

Fuwa Otadola the only son to Femi Otadola the multi- billionaire that have Oil company, has brain problem (autism).
Accrodimg to Temi otedola the sister to Fuwa Otedola on what she post on her blog about her brother condition FUWA .
She wrote : "I think its important to first describe what it is to those off you reading who are less familiar. Essentially, Autism is a social development disorder which affects the cognitive, communicative and interactive ability of the brain.
People with autism struggle with heightened sensory stimulation and need a lot of Care from his close ones like parents,teachers and siblings to ensure they can read the most productive and happy life possible.
Raising awareness is not the main goal at this point understanding is and even more important acceptance, so this Autism Awareness Day i ask for all of you to appreciate love on or simply accept those living with autism . 
Our  family has been so blessed to have help from carers but no one can deny the resilience my mother has had raising Fewa it is the thing i most respect about her, day by day i see becoming more independent. Our relationship is becoming less one-sided i can truly say that we're  friends. Fewa doesn't need anyone sympathy .
Fuwa is the most genuine and caring person i know this is probably why i have never seen Fuwa autism as  necessarily and totally  negative, it is a unique characteristic that adds to the complexity of the person that he is ,i am not native or unrealistic . i certainly have some gnawing worries about the future.

9ice Celebrates His 40th Birthday Today

Nigerian musician 9ice is celebrating his 40th birthday. Abolore Adegbola Akande aka 9ice was born on the 17th of January 1980 in Oyo.

Sharing some pictures and a video to mark his birthday on Instagram, 9ice wrote:

"Thanks to my mum for giving birth to me. Never regretted coming to the world through her! Thanks to my dad for just not the sperm but the advice, the time, the commitment and the prayers. Thanks to my wife for always waking me up with prayers not for her but for me. We all need more prayers."

FG Plans N97 Per Litre Fuel For Common Man

The Federal Government has revealed plans are underway to provide alternative petrol -Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) – for the common man that will cost between N95 to N97 per litre.
It also promised to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill(PIB) before May 29, 2020.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, stated these to reporters in Abuja on Thursday.
Asked whether government was going to reduce the pump prices of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to make it more affordable, the minister said that there were plans to provide an alternative fuel that is cheaper.
He disclosed the fuel CNG has undergone a pilot project in Benin City where over 10,000 vehicles are already running on it.
With CNG, Sylva said that the cost of fuel will reduce to about N95 per litre.
According to him: “What we have decided is that we should try and give the masses an alternative. This will move the masses to CNG.
“That is transport vehicles for example, out of the PMS loop to be using the CNG. CNG cost less that the subsidised PMS. Per liter the subsidized rate of the PMS is N145 per litre. CNG will cost about N95 to N97 per litre.”
Sylva posited that Nigerians will never experience fuel scarcity again.
Asked to comment on the $62b court settlement payment that Nigeria is expecting from the IoC, he explained that the process is such a cumbersome one to analyse because it was a long time that $20 per barrel ceased to be a windfall.
He submitted that from the look of things of the reconciliation of the time it ceased to be for the companies and since it was not a stolen fund stacked somewhere, the federal government and the companies simply have to settle it amicably.
He said that “there is no $62 billion anywhere that any company can pay.”
According to him, the industry has been stagnant for a very long time owing to the non passage of the bill, which the ministry has now planned to lobby the National Assembly to pass in bulk.
He lamented that the Nigerian petroleum industry has not moved forward, noting that at his first appearance in the industry the country was already producing 2million barrel per day and projecting to produce 4million barrel per day by this time.
He recalled that then the United Arab Emirates was producing 2.7million barrel per day.
According to him, the UEA has progressed to 4million per day while OPEC says Nigeria today’s production is 1.774million barrel per day.
Enumerating the benefits that Nigeria will reap from the passage of the legislation, he said that it would create an enabling environment for investors to come into the industry.
With the passage of the bill, the minister said that the incorporation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its Joint Ventures will become possible.
He added that with the legislation in place, it would become possible to conduct a major bid rounds, which its proceeds can be channeled into project development.
The minister noted: “Counting on the current harmony between the legislation and executive, we are optimistic that both the Petroleum Industry Administration and the Petroleum Industry Fiscal Bill on the other hand will be passed within the first anniversary of this administration.
“We want to progress the consideration and passage of the overall petroleum and legislation. The team working in the PIB is on the final of the harmonization of the different versions from 2000 to date (2009, 2012 and 2018).”
Sylva earlier dropped the hint of the ministry’s plan to bring the petroleum industry closer to common man in the country. He said that plans are already underway to make the fuel more affordable and accessible by the common man.

Abdulfatah Sold Deputy Governor's House, 110 Other Properties - Abdulrahman

Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on Monday alleged that his predecessor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, sold about 110 properties belonging to the state government, including the residence of the Deputy Governor.
Abdulrazaq, speaking to State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting with the President, said his deputy governor has been compelled to live in a rented apartment which is costing the state a fortune.
The Governor, who said this was part of what he briefed President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, however, declined to comment on the crisis plaguing Kwara State following the demolition of Ile Arogbo, the family property of the Sarakis.
“I have explained all these to Mr President and I have told him that we want to concentrate on agriculture because the money coming from Abuja for our local governments goes to paying 100 per cent of salaries, money coming from Abuja to the state government, 75 per cent of it goes into paying salaries,” he said.
“It’s so painful, we have to develop alternative means of generating revenue and that is why we have to be enterprising in the way we do our things.
“I came to see the President to wish him good tidings for the New Year and also with a shopping list because our state is in dire straits. When we got in, there was a total collapse in the state, starting from education. Our four colleges of education were on strike for a year,” the Governor said.
“The government was owing teachers about N750 million. Thank God we have been able to clear that. UBEC had blacklisted Kwara State since 2013. So it shows you that there had not been any investment in the education sector.
“But we have been able to clear the liabilities. We paid UBEC N450 million which was misappropriated by the previous administration. We are good to go with UBEC.
“We need federal intervention, we need federal help. UNICEF has left Kwara, we are lagging behind in everything. We have to pay close to a billion in counterpart funding, which the previous administration had not paid – funding for polio, Roll Back Malaria.
“When we got in, there was no running water at all in any city in Kwara State. [But] Today, Ilorin, the state capital, within two months we have [had] water running in the taps and some of the major towns too. It’s an ongoing process, but the basic thing like water is something that is very important and dear to our programmes.
“Our civil service we have been clearing the backlog of debts; since 2013 they have been paying half salaries [at] 60 per cent. We have been able to clear all that and also try to show that there should be no malice; government is a continuity.
“We have not removed anybody from work; the Head of Service we inherited is still there, the Permanent Secretary, Finance, is still there; even the cooks in Government House are still there. We have not changed anything.
“What we met was that they have sold virtually about 110 government properties, including the Deputy Governor’s residence; our Deputy Governor is staying in rented accommodation, they just shared everything,” the Governor said, referring to the previous state administration.

Imo PDP Lawmakers: We Will Work With Hope Uzodinma

Members of the PDP dominated Imo State House of Assembly yesterday said they will work harmoniously with the newly sworn in Governor of the state, Senator Hope Uzodinma in the interest of the state. Uzodinma was sworn in following the sacking of Emeka Ihedioha by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Our correspondent reports that APC only has two out of the 27 members’ assembly However, political watchers are expecting some realignments with the new order. They based their arguments with what happened during the race for the speakership of the House when the Speaker, Chiji Collins, defected to the then ruling PDP to enable him grab the position, which was zoned to Okigwe.
Our correspondent reports that the eight legislators who are of the Action Alliance (AA) may in no time join the APC. They were until 2019 members of the APC. They decamped when Uche Nwosu, son in-law of the former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha was denied the APC governorship ticket.
Chiji Collins, the speaker, did not think that the state legislature populated by the PDP will have any problem with the new administration. He described the victory of Uzodinma as victory of Imo people. Collins, who described Uzodinma’s emergence as a good development, said, “The members of the House of Assembly are all Imolites and we represent Imo people. So we have not come to fight anybody.
We are sons of daughters of Imo and we are representing them and so anything we will do will be in their best interest.” Uche Ogbuagu who represents Ikeduru state constituency expressed delight at Uzodinma’s emergence.
According to him, the coming of Uzodinma might be an opportunity to right some of the wrongs of Ihedioha’s administration. According to him, “To me it is a different scenario because the new deputy governor is my brother; he is from my constituency of Ikeduru and for the very first time in the history of Ikeduru that we are having a deputy governor.
“Apart from this, we all have one thing in common and this is the good and progress of all Imolites. Anybody God has chosen to be the governor of Imo state, I cannot fight that person. I am a product of providence and destiny and so I don’t fight destinies,” he said. But to another member, who preferred anonymity, said that the cooperation to be extended to Uzodinma depends on the steps he takes.
He said, “I would not like to comment yet because we are watching. We have a leader in the House and any step we will take will depend on the actions of the new governor to the state legislature.”

Nigeria, 5 Other West African Countries Condemn Renaming Of CFA Franc To ECO

The condemnation was issued at the end of a West African Monetary Zone meeting of ministers of finance and governors of central banks on Thursday in Abuja.
Nigeria and five other English-speaking West African countries have condemned the decision of their French-speaking neighbours to rename the CFA Franc as ECO.
The condemnation was issued at the end of a West African Monetary Zone meeting of ministers of finance and governors of central banks on Thursday in Abuja.
The countries that participated in the meeting are Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
The statement reads, “WAMZ Convergence Council wishes to emphasise that this action is inconsistent with the decision of the Authority of the Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS for the adoption of the ECO as the name of an independent ECOWAS single currency
“WAMZ Convergence Council wishes to reiterate the need for all ECOWAS member countries to implement the decision of the Authority of the Heads of State and Government towards the implementation of the revised roadmap of the ECOWAS single currency programme.
“WAMZ Convergence Council would be recommending an extraordinary summit of the Authority of the Heads of State and Government of the WAMZ member states will be convened soon to discuss this matter and other related issues."

Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In

Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in Thursday to preside over President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, then immediately administered the oath to the full Senate to ensure “impartial justice” as jurors for only the third such proceeding in American. history.

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Roberts made the short trip across the street from the Supreme Court before being ushered to the Senate chamber.

“Will all senators now stand, and remain standing, and raise their right hand,” Roberts said.

“Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump, president of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help you God?”

The senators, at their desks, responded and then were called up to sign the oath book

The Constitution mandates the chief justice serve as the presiding officer. Roberts, who has long insisted judges are not politicians, is expected to serve as a referee for the proceedings rather than an active participant. Senators will ultimately render the verdict.

GOP Sen. James Inhofe was absent, home in Oklahoma for a family medical issue, his office said. He plans to return when the full trial begins next week.

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The Senate opened the impeachment trial at the start of the election year as Trump seeks another term, a test not only of his presidency but also of the nation’s three branches of power and its system of checks and balances. Several senators are running for the Democratic Party’s nomination to challenge Trump in November.

Earlier Thursday, House Democrats prosecuting the case stood before the Senate and formally read the articles of impeachment against Trump.

“Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye!” said the Senate’s sergeant at arms, calling the proceedings to order at noon.

Senators filled the chamber, sitting silently at their seats under strict trial rules that prohibit talking or cellphones, as the ceremonial protocol shifted the proceedings out of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic-run House to the Republican-majority Senate.

Seven lawmakers prosecuting the charges, led by Rep. Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee and Rep. Jerrold Nadler of the Judiciary Committee, made the solemn walk across the Capitol for a second day.

“With the permission of the Senate, I will now read the articles of impeachment,” said Schiff, standing at a lectern in the well of the chamber, a space usually reserved for senators.

All eyes were on him.

“House Resolution 755 Impeaching Donald John Trump, president of the united States, for high crimes and misdemeanors,” he began, reading the nine pages.

The other House prosecutors stood in a row to his side.

Trump faces a charge that he abused his presidential power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, using military aid to the country as leverage. Trump was also charged with obstructing Congress’ ensuing probe.Ahead of the proceedings the Government Accountability office said Thursday that the White House violated federal law in withholding the security assistance to Ukraine, which shares a border with hostile Russia.

The president calls the impeachment a “hoax,” even as new information emerges about his actions toward Ukraine that led to the charges against him.

Pelosi said new allegations from an indicted associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas, only reinforces the need for the Senate to consider further testimony about the president’s actions toward Ukraine.

Pelosi noted that typically a special prosecutor would investigate but she doubted that would happen.

“This is an example of all of the president’s henchmen,” Pelosi said, “and I hope that the senators do not become part of the president’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opened the chamber Thursday decrying Pelosi’s decision to hand out “souvenir pens” after she signed the resolution to transmit the charges to the Senate.

“This final display neatly distilled the House’s entire partisan process into one perfect visual,” McConnell said. “’It was a transparently partisan process from beginning to end.”

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer renewed his party’s request that the trial include new witnesses and documents not available for the House impeachment proceedings.

“What is the president hiding? What is he afraid of?’’ Schumer said.

“The gravity of these charges is self-evident,” he said. “The House of Representatives have accused the president of trying to shake down a foreign leader for personal gain.”

The president has suggested recently that he would be open to a quick vote to simply dismiss the charges, but sufficient Republican support is lacking for that. Still, an eventual vote to acquit Trump is considered highly likely.

On Wednesday, in a dramatic procession across the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats carried the charges to the Senate.

“Today we will make history,″ Pelosi said as she signed the documents, using multiple pens to hand out and mark the moment. “This president will be held accountable.”

Moments later the prosecutors walked solemnly through the stately hall, filing into the Senate back row as the clerk of the House announced the arrival: “The House has passed House Resolution 798, a resolution appointing and authorizing managers of the impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, president of United States.”

Opening arguments are to begin next Tuesday after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Earlier Wednesday, the House voted 228-193, almost entirely along party lines, ending a weeks-long delay to deliver the charges with a tally reflecting the nation’s split.

The top Republican in the House, Kevin McCarthy of California, said Americans will look back on this “sad saga” that tried to remove the president from office with the “weakest case.”

The president’s team expects acquittal with a Senate trial lasting no more than two weeks, according to senior administration officials. That would be far shorter than the trial of President Bill Clinton, in 1999, or the first one, of President Andrew Johnson, in 1868. Both were acquitted.

The seven-member prosecution team is led by the chairmen of the House impeachment proceedings, Reps. Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee and Jerrold Nadler of the Judiciary Committee, two of Pelosi’s top lieutenants.

On Wednesday, Schiff released new records from Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, about the Ukraine strategy, including an exchange with another man about surveilling later-fired U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.

Tony Elumelu Donates Technology Centre To Ambrose Ali University

The Chairman of UBA Group, Tony O. Elumelu, has made the donation of a multipurpose information technology centre to his alma mater, Ambrose Ali University.
Through the UBA Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of the United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), Elumelu has championed the construction of a state-of-the-art multipurpose information technology building, which will benefit the students of Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, Edo State.
According to IgbereTV reports, te hall, to be named The Tony O. Elumelu multipurpose hall, is furnished with computers, desks and chairs, measures 839 square meters and has adjoining offices and conveniences.
Elumelu highlighted his motivation: “Education is crucial to Nigeria’s human capital, whether our young people join our national institutions, the private sector or, as I did, take the entrepreneurial path, no one can afford to be cut off from the digital world. It has been a personal mission to ensure that the hall was delivered to specification, for the benefit of the students at the AAU. Success brings with it the duty to give back, and I am just grateful that I am now in a position to meaningfully help the next generation”.
The multipurpose hall was formally handed over to the University, at a ceremony attended by members of the University’s governing council and staff, led by Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ignatius Onimawo.
Speaking at the commissioning, UBA’s Directorate Head, South Bank, Mr. Chris Ofikulu, who represented the UBA Group Chairman, highlighted the contribution of UBA, through its Foundation, to education and development across Africa.
“Tony Elumelu is a product of this great university and is conscious of the need to give back and there is no substitute for world class educational infrastructure, and this is what has informed the construction of these facilities, that will help equip the future leaders of our great nation Nigeria.” he said.
Prof Ignatius Onimawo, the AAU Vice Chancellor, who expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards the gesture by the UBA Group Chairman, noted that one of the most pressing needs of the University for 2020 had been met, and thanked UBA and Mr Elumelu.

EPL Predictions For Week 23 - By Owolabi Marcus

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's daughter, Chicago is two

Kim Kardashian has paid sweet tribute to daughter Chicago as she enjoys her second birthday.

The 39-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star posted on social media her thoughts as 'Chi Chi' enters the number two stage.

The mother of four posted a couple of photos of her toddler on Twitter , with a few words of appreciation towards her.

She wrote: "Happy Birthday my sweet baby girl Chicago!!! I can’t believe you are already 2!"

"You bring so much joy into our lives. I love watching you grow every day! My smart, sassy and silly girl! Mommy loves you forever!"

Jennifer Lopez and children have their 'mummy time' despite her very busy schedules

There's nothing that can come between Jennifer Lopez and her twins, Max and Emme.... she just proved it, lol.

The "Dinero" singer has been hard at work, rehearsing and gearing up for her and Shakira's Super Bowl halftime performance next month.

But yesterday, the super star took a break from her hectic schedule to spend some quality time with her 11-year-old son and daughter.

"Break from rehearsal for homework and snuggle time... 🤍," Lopez, 50, wrote on Instagram alongside a photo herself in bed with her kids.

Kylie Jenner trolls Kendall with EPIC throwback picture

Kylie Jenner has shown that there is still some fun to be had at the expense of her sister, Kendall. The 22-year-old make-up billionaire has shown that poking fun at her sister is still priceless regardless of her status.

In a pic Kylie shared on Instagram, Kendall is seen smiling at the camera in a close-up but there is something missing. The snap shows that Kendall must have been waiting for a visit from the tooth fairy, as a big gap at the front shows that she was missing one of her baby teeth.

Kylie captioned the epic throwback with a cheeky message: "I miss u @KendallJenner".

Lol, what a sister! Full pic below...

Much Ado About the Challenges & Prospects of E-commerce Growth in Africa

Key Players Championing Digital Skills in the E-commerce Industry

Since the advent of electronic commerce (otherwise referred to as e-commerce) in Nigeria in 2012, one can safely say that there has been a steady growth trajectory in that sector overtime.

Nigeria's Experience
For a sector largely driven by innovation within the financial system and more importantly, the information and communication technology (ICT), Nigeria's voyage into that space has been rather momentous.
It is, however, instructive to know that the advent of e-commerce didn't just happen out of the blues. With the benefit of hindsight, the precursors of e-commerce in the West including the Amazon, Alibaba, and a host of others, wanted to do away with the traditional platforms for commerce made up of the brick and mortar, which in their own thinking was no longer serving them well, and therefore they felt compelled to lead a rather uncharted territory which, in their own estimation, could still deliver even greater value.

While acknowledging the fact that e-commerce has come a long way as far as its operational activities are concerned in more advanced economies where ICT infrastructure is not taken for granted, the same cannot be said of Nigeria, where it faced several teething problems.

The Upsurge in E-commerce Activities in Nigeria
Many players came into this space but sadly, not many of them are still around today. However, the recent upturn in e-commerce enterprises across Africa is believed to be revolutionizing in not just the retail market but also business in general. As of July 2019, Nigeria had a population of 198 million people, of which 112 million were Internet users, placing the penetration rate at 56%, according to the Jumia Mobile Report.

According to McKinsey, the Nigerian e-commerce sector was estimated to be worth US$13 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach $75 billion in revenues per annum by 2025.

Interestingly, some of the rave-making online shopping stores in Nigeria in terms of service, excellence, coverage, and popularity include the following: Jumia, Konga, and Payporte.

A recent independent study and field survey by the Africa Internet Group through listed Senegal, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, and Ghana as the top seven African countries gaining momentum in e-commerce.
Africa Internet Group is a shareholder in online retailer Jumia and nine other e-ventures but Jumia, however, remains its best-known venture. Since its inception in Lagos in 2012, Jumia now operates in 11 African countries selling everything from diapers to iPhones and microwaves.  In 2016, the venture-funded company reached a billion-dollar valuation and reported revenues of $149.6 million in 2018. In April 2019, Jumia listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at a valuation of $1.1 billion and recorded a surge in sales arising from its NYSE debut.

Konga was set up in 2012 as a competitor to Jumia, selling a wide range of products from home appliances to groceries. It merged with Yudala in May 2018 but continued to operate under the Konga brand name.

It has been recorded by an online researcher, e-marketer, that while online retail in the US and China is growing at 12% and 20% respectively, it is less than 1% in Africa.
The slow growth of e-commerce in Africa is due to the many challenges facing the Continent. Notable among the challenges are the issues of funding and logistics. Also identified is the issue of the continent’s non-existent legal framework to regulate e-commerce.

In Nigeria, some of the logistics challenges include poor road networks and traffic gridlock which are predominant in most commercial cities in Nigeria. This is also the reason why it takes between five to seven days for some major players to deliver goods to customers. The lack of basic infrastructure, power supply, and expensive broadband internet greatly inhibit the rapid growth of e-commerce. Nigeria’s erstwhile notoriety for online fraud has further hindered growth. However, Jumia introduced its own payment platform JumiaPay a few years to counter this challenge and reassure consumers on its platform of the safety and security of their financial details.

Thankfully, the sector which was hitherto unregulated, with room for impunity now has extant laws to guide its operations.

In 2015, the Federal Government signed the Cybercrime Bill into law to prohibit and prevent fraud in electronic commerce. The purpose of the Cybercrimes Act of 2015 extends beyond prohibiting, preventing and criminalizing online fraud, but also prescribes punishments and sets the institutional framework for enforcement. The goal is to protect e-business transactions, company copyrights, domain names and other electronic signatures in relation to electronic transactions in Nigeria.

Irrespective of the problems identified above, there are tremendous opportunities for e-commerce growth and investment in Nigeria. The ease with which the evolving middle class in Nigeria has access to internet-ready devices - affordable smartphones, tablets, phablets, and computers - is complementary to the growth of e-commerce.
There is enough room for investors (local and foreign) to tap into the buoyant e-commerce space in the country. For instance, Jumia and Facebook partnered last year to train a handful of people on how e-commerce works and how they can start selling online. The creation of digital jobs and services platforms in the country would augur well both for Nigerian youths and investors. And it is commendable to see that Jumia is already committed to this cause. In the retail and consumer products sector, while many wealthy Nigerians still travel abroad for their shopping, the key market target is the evolving middle class in Nigeria. There is a rapid transition of the low-income class level to the middle-class level, and with the growing population of the country, the market is large and opportunities abound for investors in Nigeria’s e-commerce space.

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Canada's biggest newspaper tells Meghan and Prince Harry they are 'not welcome' in Canada

Canada's biggest newspaper has warned Meghan Markle and Prince Harry that they are not welcome to live there as a 'halfway house'.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced last week they plan to quit the royal family and split their time between Britain and North America in a move which has sent shock waves through the monarchy.

And with Harry likely to fly back to be with his wife and son Archie on Vancouver Island before the end of the week, the Globe and Mail has dealt them a sucker punch.

The scathing column, said Canada is not open to anyone "looking to get out of Britain while remaining a royal".

While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted over Christmas the pair were "always welcome" as they spent the festive period in Vancouver, the newspaper has said the government's response should be a "simple and succinct: No".

The Globe and Mail went on to describe the Sussexes' plans to move as "vague and evolving" and "not something that Canada can allow".

"But this country's unique monarchy, and its delicate yet essential place in our constitutional system, means that a royal resident – the prince is sixth in the line of succession – is not something that Canada can allow. It breaks an unspoken constitutional taboo," the article said.

And while the piece admitted Canadians like their own monarchy, with visits tending to "produce outpourings of public enthusiasm" no royals should "set up a home on the premises".

Instead, they prefer members of the Canadian firm to kept at arms length and "reign from a distance", adding: "Close to our hearts, far from our hearths."

"Princes are not shipped over here when no useful duties can be found for them on the other side of the Atlantic," it continued.

"Canada welcomes people of all faiths, nationalities and races, but if you're a senior member of our Royal Family, this country cannot become your home."

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Harrysong and girlfriend Isioma are engaged

Harrysong and longtime girlfriend, Isioma seems to be engaged. The singer shared a video of his girlfriend flaunting an engagement ring. In the caption, he also praised her for being patient, always forgiving him, and being the mother he never really had.

Sharing a video of her blinking finger, the singer wrote;

''I lost my mother when I was very young, I'm happy to have found a mother in you.
You care for me, you forgive me so easily, you make my life so beautiful
You're patient and kind. What a beauty to behold
You're my #Isioma
#KingIsi2020 #Isiomasaidyes''

Another sex-for-marks scandal rocks OAU, as female student records lecturer threatening to fail her over sex

A fresh sex-for-marks scandal is currently rocking the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, as a 400-level student of the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Administration, has accused a lecturer, Olabisi Olaleye, of sexually harassing her.

Motunrayo Afolayan, who has since lodged a complaint at the university’s Centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies, alleged that Mr Olaleye failed her in ‘Diplomacy,’ course code IRS 305.

The lecturer teaches the course alongside a female colleague, Omolara Akinyemi.

The allegation comes nearly two years after a widely publicised scandal involving another lecturer in the faculty, Richard Akindele, and a student.

Mr Akindele, a professor of Accounting, was dismissed from the university after he was indicted for demanding sex from a female student to help improve her grades.

A federal court later sentenced the disgraced professor to 24 months in prison.

Reliable sources within the university told Premium Times that Ms Afolayan first took IRS 305 during the 2017/2018 academic calendar while in 300 Level but was allegedly failed because he refused to sleep with the lecturer.

During the next academic year, the 2018/2019 academic session, the student registered again for the course but received repeated threats from the lecturer that “she would fail again and again if she refuses to sleep with him.”

A senior official in the faculty, who does not want to be named, said the student sought the intervention of another lecturer in the department, Sunday Omotuyi, on the matter. Ms Afolayan, it was gathered, had feared she could fail again since she was still being pestered by the lecturer.

“But Omotuyi declined to intervene. He said he had approached the same lecturer in 2014 on behalf of another student but Olaleye flared up and insulted him. He even walked him out of his office. He said Omotuyi was too “junior” to talk to him on such matter. He even asked the student to go as far as the office of the vice-chancellor to report him,” the official said.

The official further stated that when other lecturers got wind of the development, they asked for proof of the allegation against the lecturer, and Ms Afolayan played a recorded voice of Mr Olaleye saying – in Yoruba – that, “I promise you would fail this course three times except you sleep with me.”

The recording, Premium Times learnt, was done based on the advice of Ms Afolayan’s friends, who also claimed the lecturer had “tormented” them in a similar manner in the past.

A university source said, “So, she was in Olaleye’s office and just as predicted, Olaleye held her by the hand and began to fondle her. While he was carried away, the lady turned on the voice recording application on her phone and taped all his vulgar words including the threat.”

Ms Afolayan has refused to share the audio record with anyone, saying she was afraid of being subjected to public ridicule.

With officials within her faculty unable to help, she sought outside help, from the Faulty of Law where a female lecturer advised her to report the matter to the university authorities.

As soon as Mr Olaleye learnt that the matter was being escalated, he reportedly released Ms. Afolayan’s result which had been withheld alongside a few others. The released result showed that the student passed.

In response to the student’s complaint, the university authorities set up a probe panel headed by Yetunde Ajibade, the provost of the university’s postgraduate college. Ms Ajibade, a professor, is the first female provost of the college.

The panel has since met with all the concerned parties including Ms Afolayan; Mr Olaleye; Mr Omotuyi, whom the matter was first reported to; Kehinde Olayode, Head of Department, International Relations, among others.

While Mr Olaleye appeared before the panel in November last year, Mr Omotuyi met the panel on January 9.

Premium Times learnt that Ms Afolayan had appeared before the panel accompanied by other female students in the department who also served as witnesses.

Both the lecturer and the student have confirmed the development to Premium Times. But while Mr Olaleye chose to speak about the incident, Ms Afolayan said she had been advised to keep sealed lips until the university makes its verdict public.

Mr Olaleye said he had earlier submitted a written response to a query from the management, where he denied harassing Ms Afolayan.

He said the student had approached him to alter the examination timetable when the rerun course had clashed with another course she takes at 400 level.

“I didn’t know her until the timetable issue came up,” the lecturer said.

“She approached me with two other ladies but I told them I could not help. I only advised them to go and write their 400 level course first, and return to join us in the hall for my course.”

Mr Olaleye said the delay in the release of Ms Afolayan’s result was due to his co-lecturer, who teaches the course with him, being busy with “accreditation issues.”

Acting, truly my first love - Temi Otedola

Daughter of billionaire Femi Otedola has stated in an interview that acting has been her first love, and she is happy she is finally at a place she loves. Speaking about her first feature and in a major movie -- ''citation'' produced by Kunle Afolayan, Temi said she was actually introduced to the producer/actor and not the other way round, has it has been speculated the actor sort for her.

Explaining how fate brought her back to her first love, she said:

“I have been watching Mr. Afolayan’s films like forever. From ‘Figurine’ to ‘October 1’, ‘Phone Swap’, and I was actually introduced to him, I told him that from university and through school I have always been into acting and that was my first passion in life and he told me about a script coming out and the lead character is actually a girl of my age and a university student and the story tells a tale of something that is so relatable and relevant to what is happening today, not only in Nigeria but all over the world.”

On why she accepted the role, Singer Eazi's girlfriend said; “the lead character is a girl of my age and in the university while also treating a global issue that confronts women. So it is a story that is close to my heart, and I thought I could really bring that story to life.”

On why she kept this creative side of hers for so long from the public, she said;

“For me, it’s all about timing, so, for me until this movie proposal had come, I don’t think I would have entered into this arena of creative work, but this script is perfect for me. I’m so happy that I waited for this time. With Kunle Afolayan’s film, it means I am starting at the top. So, I’m just so humbled to have been given this opportunity. The message is to tell women that we are hearing their stories, that we believe them. Women are being harassed in several ways.”

Will she leave fashion for acting? The young actress said;

“Both of them are still very close to my heart; I will always be designing and doing fashion, but also, this is my one true love. So I’ll continue acting.”

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