Friday, 13 September 2019

Amapakabo, Will Continue As Olympic Eagles Coach Not Salisu–NFF Chieftain

Imama Amapakabo is set to continue in his role as the chief coach of Nigeria’s Under-23 team – the Olympic Eagles despite earlier press statement from the Communication Department of the NFF on Thursday announcing that Salisu Yusuf had served out his one-year ban over bribery incident, reports.

Yusuf was in charge of the team before he was caught on camera taking bribe from journalist posing as football agents, an action which earned him a year ban, prompting the NFF to draft in Imama to take over the side. 

However, a controversial press release on Thursday came from the federation’s Director of Communication, Ademola Olajire suggesting what might have been a reinstatement of Yusuf.

But a top NFF board member in an exclusive chat with Complete Sports revealed that there was nothing like reinstatement of Salisu Yusuf.

He said: “It’s not the NFF [board] that will review the situation. And definitely for Imama [Amapakabo] doing well, the Technical Commitee will surely confirm him to continue with the U-23.

“For your information, even the WAFU Cup, NFF plans to use largely the U-23s so as to prepare the team, and it is Imama that was asked to submit the list and he has done so.”

Amapakabo on Tuesday led led the Olympic Eagles to qualify for the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations which will take place in Egypt in November after spanking Sudan 5-0 at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, and winning it 5-1 on aggregate. 


Arsene Wenger returns to football

Former gunner boss who has been out of work since May 28 after ending his 21-year stay in north London is set to begin a new journey with FIFA. 

According to reports, Arsene Wenger returned to football after taking up a technical role with FIFA. Wenger is set to take up many of the responsibilities from AC Milan new Chief Football Officer and FIFA Deputy Secretary General, Zvonimir Boban. 

Following prolonged talks with FIFA football’s international governing body, Wenger will be confirmed soon.


2019 FIBA World Cup: France, Australia, Spain Argentina battle for final spot

Two European teams (France and Spain), South American giants, Argentina, and Oceania lords, Australia, will today attempt to reach the final spots for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China.

The final which holds on Sunday will no doubt see new champion emerge from the four teams in today’s semi-finals.

France, on Wednesday, caused an upset as they derailed the title defence of the back-to-back champions USA 89-79 in the quarterfinals. 

After eliminating the title-holders, Les Bleus will take on Argentina after the South Americans registered a memorable upset of their own, beating Serbia 97-87 a day previously, also, in Dongguan.

The other side of the bracket will pit Australia and Spain against each other in the semi-finals.

The Boomers punched their ticket to Beijing with a convincing 82-70 victory against Czech Republic in Shanghai, extending their winning streak in China to six games and ensuring their best-ever finish in the competition. Also unbeaten, Spain topped Poland in their quarterfinal 90-78 on Tuesday.

From the four teams still in contention for the FIBA Basketball World Cup title, only Argentina and Spain have captured the Naismith trophy in the past. 


Thursday, 12 September 2019

Nigerian comedian AY raises concern on expectations placed on the rich

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Nigerian comedian Ayodeji Makun, popularly known as AY has expressed concerns over the huge expectations of people seeking assistant from the rich without considering the effect of such on them.

The comic, who took to his instagram handle @aycomedian, lamented on how it affect the rich while pointed out how everyone expects you to help them once you have some money.

The comedian wrote:
“From not wanting to disappoint anybody, people consistently expects u to PLEASE everyone.

“It is only in Nigeria your 1Million Naira will attract 20 friends & family with 100k problems each?Why do they always fail to understand that if you give everybody, you will become BROKE too?

“People around you should understand that you cannot please everyone all the time.

“It usually ends up being a terrible move whenever you try to do that amongst people who fails to understand, or lack appreciation for even the little you do.

“We can only appreciate the sermon of ‘Give and it will come back to you…’ when you are in position to give.

“There’s always going to be someone disappointed, so you might as well make yourself happy and Be You. ‘Givers never lack’ no mean say make you lack sense.


Burna Boy refunds ‘boring’ fan, Nigerians react

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Afro-fusion star, Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy has garnered controversy after he refunded the ticket of a fan he described as boring.

The incident happened during the Atlanta stop of his ‘African Giant’ tour on Tuesday.

While Burna Boy was performing, he noticed a fan standing in front standing still and not swaying to the music.

He took a break from the energetic performance and called out the fan.

Burna Boy went on to refund the hundred dollars ticket price to the fan.

He also asked a bouncer to escort the fan out of the venue saying, “Your face is not encouraging.”

Burna Boy reportedly called the fan on stage to dance with him and apologised for his actions.

The event, recorded in a now-viral video, has generated mixed reactions from fans of the ‘Anybody’ singer.

While some applauded Burna Boy for correcting the negative vibe the fan put out, others chided the singer for humiliating a fan who came to enjoy the show.


Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Reality film on life in Chibok wins US award

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Daughters of Chibok, a virtual reality documentary of life in Chibok without the remaining 112 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, has won an award in the United States, courtesy of the Venice Film Festival.

The film, produced jointly by a film making firm, VR360 Stories, and a Yola-based regional nongovernmental organisation, the Northeast Humanitarian Hub, portrays life in Chibok through the home of a mother, Yana, who regularly washes the clothes of her kidnapped daughter in the wishful expectation of the return of the daughter.

The virtual reality mode of Daughters of Chibok differentiates it from the more widely known regular documentary productions in the sense of its capacity to virtually take the viewer from wherever he is to the depicted scenes which he sees as vividly as if he were there.

The film had been shown at different times to different audiences earlier this year in Nigerian cities, including Yola where it was shown in August to journalists and civil society leaders.

Daughters of Chibok portrays the misery of life in Chibok without the missing girls and appeals to the sensibilities of relevant authorities on the need to bring the girls back.

The Chief Executive of VR360 Stories and producer of the film, Joel Benson, who received the Venice Film Festival award in the US on Saturday night, said in a video clip on the event, that he dedicated the award to the woman in the story, Yana.

He said it was a deserving honour to her for sharing her story with him, and that because of the award, “the world will hear of Chibok and remember the girls still in captivity.”


Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Emmanuella Mayaki: 10-year-old Nigerian girl gets teaching appointment at UK school

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- A Nigerian whiz kid, Emmanuella Mayaki, has been offered a teaching appointment at an after-school club at the Southfields Primary School, Coventry, England

- Emmanuella got the teaching appointment after she was discovered to be computer proficient

- The school said the young girl is very passionate about sharing knowledge with kids like her because she believes in a better future

- The smart kid advised the Nigerian government to set up infrastructures that would encourage kids to learn coding at a young age for making some technological changes to an Artificial Intelligence project.

it reports that she is proficient in all main Microsoft programs and has even launched a website of her own.

After the after-school club at the Southfields Primary School, Coventry, England realised her technological skill set and her passion for work, it offered the 10-year-old the opportunity to teach so she could show others the amazing things she can do.

Martin Benbeidge, one of the instructors at the school, said Emmanuella is not only the school’s star, but has superior skill and passion for sharing knowledge. Despite what she has been able to achieve at such tender age, the 10-year old is not slowing down as she hopes to learn more programming languages like Prolong and Lisp as soon as possible, a move which would aide her further knowledge of Java and Python Coder.

Speaking with the media, the little girl said she wants the Nigerian government to put up infrastructure that would allow kids in the country to learn some computer skills and be able to code too. “I want to become a machine learning engineer because I have experience in programming and my job is to program a machine to perform specific tasks. My knowledge of modern software such as Eclipse, which I use to program Java applications, is also part of the reasons I want to be a machine learning engineer,” she said when describing what she does.


Monday, 9 September 2019

Dino Melaye speaks on being father of ex-BBNaija housemate, Tboss’ child

Dino Melaye, Senator representing Kogi West has dismissed reports suggesting that he is the father of Ex-BBNaija housemate, Tboss’ child.

Melaye described the claim in some quarters as ‘lies’, adding that he never dated Tboss.

In a tweet on his official Twitter page on Sunday, Melaye wrote: “I naturally should ignore lies making the rounds that I’m the father of Tboss’s child.

“Every child is a blessing from heaven to every new mother and I congratulate TBoss on the new bundle of Joy. As for the father, It’s Not Me. I never dated TBOSS. Olodos take note accordingly.”

Meanwhile, Tboss had already spoken up on her pregnancy after many months of speculations.
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The 35-year-old said she had to keep her pregnancy away from social media because she was scared of the negativity of some users.

According to her, she did not keep her pregnancy away from social media because she was ashamed, she did it just to protect herself from negativity on social media and keep her sanity.

TBoss wrote on Instagram, “What is it about our Generation that’s always so eager to post up our private lives on Social Media?

“We get Good news- SM, not so good news- SM, Someone offends us, someone owes us money, breakups, new home, new car, new shoes, fake designer shoes, borrowed stuff- There’s Absolutely No Mystery anymore. You wanna know about a person? Just look up their SM pages & you’d get a pretty close picture of whom you’re dealing with.

“I agree I’m not exactly social media compliant but I’m also guilty of sometimes putting more than I ought to have out there thereby subjecting myself to being misinterpreted, misquoted, misunderstood and highly misjudged and that’s why it was extremely difficult for me to keep my pregnancy all to myself.”


Nigerian mother of little girl with unique arm celebrates her as she clocks 4

- A Nigerian mother, Adetola Ogunleye, has taken to social media to celebrate her unique daughter, Tiaraoluwa’s fourth birthday

- Tiara was born with one of her arms shorter than the other and the short arm has only three fingers

- Tiara’s mother has now celebrated her daughter’s uniqueness as she recounted how devastated she was when she discovered her child was different.
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Many children are born with unique or different abilities due to unknown circumstances and it can be a bit challenging for them to adjust or be accepted in a society.
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As Adetola shared pretty photos of Tiara showing off her unique arm, she admitted that it was not always easy for her to accept her daughter’s difference.

In a post shared by photographer, Mofebamuyiwa, Adetola explained that she was initially devastated when she gave birth to her daughter. The mother added that she had locked herself indoor for a whole year till she came to terms with the situation.
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Well, it is obvious that Adetola has moved on from the sadness as she revealed that she is excited to have her daughter in her life. The happy mother has now become a limb difference awareness activist as she takes time out to school individuals on other people’s uniqueness and differences. 


Friday, 6 September 2019

Davido vs Chioma: Artist speaks on wedding date, pregnancy.

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Popular Nigerian singer, Davido has shared plans to officially tie the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Chioma Rowlands, and has passively reacted to the rumour that Chioma may be pregnant, urging his fans to wait till the ‘pregnancy’ is out.

DAILY POST reports that the 27-year-old had just concluded an introduction ceremony with his would-be wife’s family on Monday.

On photos he shared on his social media handles, the celebrity said 2020 was the anticipated year for the big events, calling on friends and family to get ready.

However, NAN reports that Davido confirmed all pictures and information shared online recently in an interview with Beat FM, saying 2020 is the year for sure.

“We have not started all those plans yet. 2020 is the year for sure,” Davido said.

Meanwhile, he has also addressed rumours that his bride to be was pregnant asking Nigerians to be patient.

“Wait and see now,” he said.
Despite all attempts on him to confirm or debunk the rumors, an excited Davido explained, ‘This one is special”.