Saturday, 30 November 2013

No more drama: American singer, Mary J. Blige gave up alcohol after Whitney Houston’s death


Award-winning American singer and actress, Mary J. Blidge revealed recently that the death of her close friend, Whitney Houston shocked her and led to her decision to give up alcohol.
The star said Houston’s death in February 2012 had a major effect on her and she began to think about her mortality. She also quit drinking in an attempt to improve her health.
She said: ‘I was at her funeral [and] being that close to someone you loved so dearly, in a coffin, it freaked me out. It made me realise the importance of my own life. ’I didn’t stop overnight, it was a process. I feel great right now. I have more clarity, more focus, more patience. And I lost weight. When you stop drinking it flies off!’
Blidge, 42, said she will even abstain from toasting her husband, Kendu Isaacs with a glass of champagne next year when they celebrate their 10-year-anniversary. She told The Guardian newspaper: ‘I’ll have a glass of ginger ale. Ginger ale and Diet Coke are my drinks.’
The Grammy Award winner, who was faced with a $3.4 million tax lien earlier this year, says there are

Dividend of democracy? Gov. Aregbesola approves 13th month salary for workers in Osun State

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola

Osun governor, Rauf Aregbesola, on Friday, November 29, approved the payment of 100 percent 13th month basic salary to workers in the state.
Aregbesola made this announcement in Osogbo, the state capital, while distributing loans for vehicle refurbishing to public workers.
According to the governor, no previous administration had ever paid workers 100 percent 13th month salary.
Premium Times report:
He assured that his administration would continue to put smiles on the faces of workers, adding that he would live up to his electioneering campaign promises.
“We have virtually touched every sector of the society in our bid to live by our words. We have touched every sphere significantly in pursuance of our Six-point Integral Action Plan. What we are doing today is spectacular and unusual again. It is unprecedented to

Why I was arrested in Benin Republic – Asari Dokubo opens up


Niger Delta activist, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari said he was arrested by the  Beninoise police over an allegation that he was that he was a member of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
He also said the allegation of being a member of the terrorist group was made from Nigeria.
Dokubo-Asari, however, attributed his arrest in Benin as the handiwork of those opposed  to the 2015 re-election ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to The Punch:
The NDPVF boss who appeared unperturbed by the arrest also said the crises “has raised my profile in that country.”
Speaking with Journalists on Friday night during his arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja he also described as lies, reports that President Jonathan sent a Presidential Jet to fly him into Nigeria from the Republic of Benin.
He said, “Crisis is normal, it can also happen here in Nigeria, it can happen anywhere in the world. The people and government of Republic of Benin have no problem with me. But if

ASUU STRIKE: We Didn’t Give ASUU Ultimatum – President Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has weekend, said his government did not give the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, an ultimatum to resume work or be sacked.
Fielding questions from newsmen at the expanded caucus meeting of the Bayelsa State Peoples Democratic Party held at Government House, Yenagoa, the President said, the Supervising Minister of Education only passed on the decision of the Committee of Vice Chancellors.
“We didn’t give them ultimatum; it was the Committee of Vice Chancellors that took that decision. The Supervising Minister of Education only passed on the decision.”
Jonathan also said the strike embarked upon by the ASUU was no longer a trade dispute , but a subversive action.
He said, “What ASUU is doing is no longer trade union. I have intervened in other labour issues before now, once I invite them they respond and after the meeting they take decision and call off the strike.

“I am Too Busy Making Money” – Empress Njamah responds to Timaya’s “Negative” Comments

Timaya & Empress Njamah - November 2013 - BellaNaija

Empress Njamah isn’t one to publicly throw shade at her former partner.
If you were expecting the Nollywood actress to give her own robust reply after music star Timaya said she “has a negative record”, you’ll be disappointed.

Punch recently contacted the actress to speak on Timaya’s comments. In the phone conversation, she revealed “People who are mature can depict what is true and what is not. I am not ready to say anything.”
On if the comment bothers her: “Why would it bother me? It is one thing to be hurt over such statement and another thing to be disappointed. I wasn’t hurt and I wasn’t even disappointed. Worst things have been said and written about me but the people who know who I am would tell the difference.”
She also revealed that she is more interested in her life at the moment rather than talking about “what doesn’t

ASUU/FG SHOWDOWN: Why Jonathan Decided To Come Down Hard On ASUU

Leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday moved from Abuja to their respective campuses expecting crackdown, as the Federal Government has issued several threats.

President Goodluck Jonathan might no longer be directly involved in negotiation with the lecturers: he is angry for the ASUU leaders' contempt for the office of the President, their decision to issue new conditions and their being allegedly backed by some external forces.
After spending almost a week in Abuja in hopes of resuming talks, the ASUU leaders were eventually left with no other option but to go back to their campuses.
A top leader of ASUU said on conditions of anonymity: "Our leaders have returned to their campuses. They were disappointed with the Area Boy or Agbero method adopted by the Minister.
"The military style of the Minister of State for Education will only compound the situation.
"So, we are back to our trenches as it was the situation during the military era. We are ready for the worst

VIDEO-INQUIRY: Kano State's Sharia Vice Squad Targets Lesbians, Prostitutes, Sagged Clothings.....

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Kano State - As enforcers of Islamic Sharia law in northern Nigeria, it is their job to gather evidence of un-Islamic behaviour -- and respond.
Six men in green uniform stand in the back of a pick-up truck in northern Nigeria's biggest city, on the look-out for prostitutes, their clients, transvestites, drunks and drug addicts. Their patrols in Kano also scout for men and women deemed to be dressed indecently, examples of supposedly "immoral" behaviour and even Western-style haircuts they consider violations of Islamic law, known as sharia.
"Once we receive an intelligence report or a tip-off of an immoral act being committed in a particular place, we mobilise our men to the area and put an end to it and arrest the perpetrators for either counselling or prosecution," Adamu Haruna Bayero, who heads the patrol, told AFP.
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A tip-off is received that there might be a prostitute in the area, and the chase is on. A girl is apprehended, suspected of prostitution, and taken back to base for further questioning. In this majority Muslim state, it's the job of the Hisbah to resolve disputes and preach sharia law - rather than detain or punish Serious criminal

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Peter 'P-Square' Okoye & Wife Lola absolutely stunning on the cover of Genevieve Magazine!

When I saw David & Victoria Beckham's Vogue cover today, I said it would be lovely to have The Okoye's or Annie & 2face Idibia's on a magazine cover and Genevieve magazine had obviously thought of that..
The newly wed couple dressed in a white wedding attire look absolutely stunning..Don't they? See another photo below:

"Kim's destroyed all of her credibility" - Kris Jenner furious after Kim appeared topless in Kanye's Bound 2 Music Video

According to Heat magazine, Kim Kardashian's mum Kris was really upset when she watched Kanye's erotic Bound2 video which had Kim topless..
‘Kris went ballistic, telling her daughter this is worse than the 2007 leaked sex tape that Kim made with her ex-boyfriend Ray J, because that was meant to stay private, while this was meant to go public.She started crying, saying how ashamed she was to see her daughter being 'forced into something so degrading'. She's saying that Kim's destroyed all of her credibility.
Kourtney told her she thought the video was disgusting and disrespectful, to the family and all their relatives, but also questioned why Kim did it,’ the source added.
The entire family are said to be deeply concerned by the potential damage Kim’s recent

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Obamas welcome Christmas tree to White House

The tree, which arrived on White House grounds by horse-drawn carriage, will be decorated and displayed in the Blue Room of the executive mansion.

WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters welcomed the official White House Christmas tree on Friday - an 18.5-foot Douglas Fir donated by a Pennsylvania farmer.

The tree, which arrived on White House grounds by horse-drawn carriage, will be decorated and displayed in the Blue Room of the executive mansion.

"We are honored to have it. This is the best part of the holiday season, when our tree comes," the first lady said in a video posted on the White House website. The family was accompanied by their two Portuguese

MUST WATCH VIDEO: This Ultimate Compilation of Politicians Slip up moments will Make You Thank God You're Not a Politician


Politicians have had some pretty epic slip-ups but this compilation of political FAILS from around the world shows us that we're definitely not alone.
However, almost ALL of the offending political figures in the video are men. Just sayin'.
Watch the video above and be glad you're not required to speak in public on a daily basis.
P.S. We could watch Bill Clinton laughing like that all day.....lolz

ASUU UPDATES: UNN, ESUT To Resume Activities On Monday, December 2nd

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Representatives of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), and the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), declared in separate statements that educational activities there are scheduled to resume on December 2, Monday.
In his statement, the Registrar of the UNN, Mr Anthony Okonta, asured that "normal academic activities would resume immediately."
Students who had outstanding examinations for the 2012/2013 session should report to their respective faculties and departments.
The ESUT Registrar, Mr Chris Igbokwe, also directed students, academic and non-academic staff to report to the institution on Dec. 2. According to the statement, students are advised to return to their respective campuses as the second semester examination would commence on Monday, Dec. 9.
On Thursday, November 28, the Federal Government prompted all federal universities to resume work on

Really, Really Weird Animals (SEE AMAZING PHOTOS)

The animal world is amazing. Discover some species you have probable never heard about:

1. Red-lipped Batfish
Photo: Red-lipped Batfish
It's a fish that can be found on the Galapagos Islands. Red-lipped Batfish is actually a pretty bad swimmer, and uses its pectoral fins to walk on the bottom of the ocean.

2. Goblin Shark

Lagos suspends principal of school where pupils sit on windows

A story on the dearth of good furniture in Ikeja Grammar School, Lagos, published by Saturday PUNCH last Saturday drew a wrong chord with the Lagos State Government.
 Last Monday, it suspended the school principal for allowing this writer to gain access to the school premises and take photographs of classes where pupils sat on windows and concrete blocks while learning.
Even though it was reported in the story titled, “Lagos school where pupils learn sitting on windows, concrete blocks” that the principal was not around when this journalist visited the school, It was learnt that her superiors have decided to hang the blame of the scandal on her.
Efforts to speak to the principal as the news of her suspension broke on Monday, were unsuccessful as she was nowhere to be found in the school. Teachers are not allowed to speak with the press in the state.
But an irked teacher, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the principal was removed from her position as a punishment on Monday.
The teacher said, “This is more serious than you think; you have put this school in trouble. The education

Meet The Man Tinubu Wants to Take Over as Governor of Lagos State after Fashola

Strong indications have emerged that the leadership of All Progressives Congress in Lagos have acquiesced to the request of Christians in the state for a Christian governor in 2015. The candidate of choice is Ayo Gbeleyi, the present Commissioner of Finance in the administration of quintessential Governor Babatunde Fashola.

The decision to present a Christian candidate emerged after due consultations with eminent Christian leaders and clerics who have promised to mobilise other faithfuls to vote enmasse for the party if a Christian emerges as gubernatorial candidate in the state. The leadership of the APC, after a thorough search, have found a willing and reliable Christian candidate in Ayo Gbeleyi, a thoroughbred professional known for his exceptional brilliance and intelligence.

Since the searchlight has beamed on Gbeleyi, Christian leaders are delighted that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has not only heeded to their demands but responded accordingly. They had argued that Moslems

Wole Olabanji: When the Oga at the top says “Go and die!”

There is a popular faith inspiring song that folks sing in church where the song leader asks the congregation; “who has the final say” to which they enthusiastically chorus, “Jehovah has the final say”.

It appears though, going by the body language, and many times the actual spoken words of Nigerian ‘leaders’, a deal may have been reached with ‘Jehovah’ to surrender jurisdiction and hand over the final say over Nigerians to their ‘leaders’.

I suspect that this might have been what that kind man, Mr Shem Obafaye of the #OgaAtTheTop fame was trying to communicate to us a few months ago. Apparently, he must have stumbled on some video where this deal was reached and he therefore knew there was no point for a mere underling to say anything substantive seeing as the right to the final say has been irrevocably ceded to some #OgaAtTheTop.

At Synagogue, God Has Been Using Our Critics As Our Advertisement - Prophet TB Joshua

Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua of the Synagogue Church of all Nations, in a new interview with Punch, spoke about his church and how he handles his 'haters'.
  • Why is it that your ministry seems to be more popular outside Nigeria than in Nigeria?
As it is written in the Bible, a prophet has no honour in his country. If my people had understood the work from the beginning, it could have affected the glory of God in my life today.  
I may not be accepted by some people in Nigeria but my acceptance in the world has been announcing me to my world. When you look at the people working with me, you see that the ratio of Nigerians working with me are not more than 10 per cent. 

Four Arriving Passengers From US Collapse At Muritala Mohammed Airport Lagos Due To Heat!

There was pandemonium at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos, yesterday evening when four passengers who arrived the city from Atlanta in the United States of America, collapsed due to excessive heat at the arrival hall of the airport terminal.

According to Leadership Newspaper, the passengers, who had arrived aboard Delta Airline, were waiting for baggage reclaim when the 4 who had just arrived from the US where the temperature is much cooler, got overwhelmed by the heat in the arrival area and collapsed.

A source close to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) told LEADERSHIP Weekend that the cooling system at the airport was not working when the incident happened and that it might be due to the current remodelling of the airport.

Protesters Disrupt Stella Oduah’s Award Ceremony In London


An award event in London was on Thursday night disrupted by some protesting Nigerian women who kicked against the inclusion of the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah as one of the recipients of the awards.

The event, which held at the Radison Hotel, Central London, was organized by the Global Peace Movement to present “Peace, Development and Security” award to Governor Yero; while the Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, was to get an award for “Aviation transformation and best performing minister in Nigeria”.

The chaos started when the citation of Ms. Oduah, who was represented, was being read as prelude to the presentation of the award.

Suddenly, a woman who gave her name as Taiwo Akpabio started speaking and shouting, condemning the conferment of the award on Ms. Oduah.

Can You Spot The Differences In These Pictures?

Just a lil fun game for the morning.
How many differences can you spot in these pictures and where are they?

Edo State PDP Offers the Widow Governor Oshiomole Abused N250,000


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Edo State, has condemned the inhuman treatment meted out on a widow by the State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
The PDP in rescue of the widow has asked the widow to come to their office and get the sum of N250,000 to help cushion the effects her siezed goods will have on her.
This was contained in a press release signed by the state chairman, Dan Orbih.

Edo PDP watched with consternation Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s brutal, inhuman and merciless treatment of a widow street-trader whose wares he ordered seized and who he unfeelingly told to ‘…go and die’ even as she knelt down in fervent protestations and appeals to his pity on a helpless widow.The governor’s actions are appalling, insensate, disgraceful, indecent, cruel and below board.
It is clear that he does not care much about the well being of the people as he pretentiously avowed.
Our hearts go to that hapless widow in this her time of travails and through her, to other widows who have

Naija's Amber Rose, Honey J Willis is Dating Tonto Dikeh's Ex-boyfriend, Capo (PHOTO)

And they have been flaunting their love on Twitter.
They sure look cute together though.

"You've totally Lost it"-Fan blasts Derenle for rocking this outfit & gold heels to Tiwa's wedding

Lol....I guess most of you saw his outfit..If you haven't this is how he attended Tiwa's wedding.I don't think it should be shocking to anyone.. A fan who was less than impressed said: "You've totally lost it mehn" & Derenle replied: "I never had it in the first pace".........Lol
See Another photo below:

Nick Cannon blasts Kanye West on twitter

Kanye has been on a media blitz ranting about how he's a genius and the most impactful artist of this generation...blah blah blah. Nick Cannon took to Twitter to point out to Kanye that real geniuses don't have to announce it...

Trivia: They've both dated same women, super model Selita Ebanks and reality star Kim Kardashian. See more Tweets below:

‘Iheanacho Must Grow Like Neymar, Ronaldo and Messi Before Moving to Europe’

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Kelechi Iheanacho has attracted interest from top clubs across Europe after his impressive displays at the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
The Golden Eaglets forward was named the Most Valuable Player (Golden Ball winner) at the tournament after scoring six goals, including one in the final, to help Nigeria make history as the first country to win the competition for the fourth time.
Neymar’s nine goals in the Peru championship helped Brazil to win the competition for the eleventh-time.
“Iheanacho is highly talented and he can be like Neymar, Ronaldo and Messi,” the Saudi’89 FIFA Under-20 World Cup silver medallist told our correspondent on the telephone during the week.
“I’m very happy that big European clubs are chasing after his signature, but I think it’s too early for him to move to Europe.
“Brazil didn’t allow the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid lure Neymar away from the country to Europe when he emerged as one of the hottest properties in South American football.

VIDEO: APC Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed Supports Oshiomhole's "Go And Die" comments to a Widow

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Lai Mohammed, the interim publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has voiced his opinion about the current incident with Edo state Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, which saw the Governor telling a widow to "go and die".
It will be recalled that Mr. Oshiomhole is in a predicament after his remarks about a widow have become viral and earned public outcry.
In a recent video, the Governor is seen issuing an order to confiscate some goods of a resident of the state, who was allegedly a road side hawker. The woman was accused of breaking traffic laws. Upon hearing her pleas for mercy on grounds that she was a widow, the Governor infamously retorted, "You are a widow, go and die."
The statement angered many Nigerians both within and outside the country.
Commenting on this while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme on Saturday, Mr. Lai

ABU ASUU Chair: "President Has No Power To Sack Us... But We're Waitning For HIS Dismissal"

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Even the President cannot relieve university lecturers of their duties, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria chapter, Dr. Muhammad Kabir Aliyu, said yesterday.
No minister, and even no the President, hold the power to hire or fire, Mr. Aliyu said.
"Nobody can tell us to go back to work.
"If they think they can get other lecturers, let them go and get them.
"We are not going back and we are ready to be dismissed by the minister. But even the President cannot sack us. Even the President has no place in the university when it comes to employment issues.
"During the military era, General Babangida tried what this man [Goodluck Jonathan] is saying, but did not succeed. And let us see how they would succeed.
"Tell them to do the right thing, but if they feel that they can threaten us, let them go ahead and see where it

Why I'm Still Single Despite Everything – BBA's Karen Igho

BBA winner, Karen Igho is really waiting patiently for her "real husband". Below is her latest rants...
"My celebrity status attracts and it scares men away too. It scares some because not every man can handle or understand fame. It takes a strong and understanding man to be able to be with a female celebrity. The attracting aspect comes from when they just want to be with you because they want to be able to say ‘I’ve been with Karen Igho.’ It takes God’s grace to be able to sift the chaff from the wheat.
I’m not in any relationship at the moment because... Love is unpredictable though; if my man comes along the way, then it is all well and good."

If Your Man Doesn't Have Money, Don't Give Him Séx – Femi Davies

 I don't know why people are beginning to equate sex with money these days. Do you think this is right?

Jonathan Begins Counter Operation Against All G7 Governors

Rattled by the defection of five out of its seven aggrieved governors to the All Progressives Congress, APC, it is now clear to President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party that things are not the same anymore.
Consequently, an emergency meeting has been scheduled for next Monday to deal with all the issues.
According to Punch, the party’s leadership at the meeting would determine the fate of the rebel governors. It was further gathered that the emergency meeting would, among other things, decide on what punitive measures to be taken against the governors and all the lawmakers who are set to join them.

Sources close to the party told Punch that President Jonathan and the PDP leaders are afraid that there could be a mass defection of PDP members in the National Assembly to the APC.

"I'm Ready To Act Nude" - Nollywood Actress Queeneth Hilbert

Ghen ghen!! Nigerians I want you all to know that you now have a sister who says she is ready to go all out in her acting career and do whatever it takes, even acting completely nude. Her name is Queeneth Hilbert and she has been a model all these year before joining Nollywood. Read what she told a report below...

Where are you from? 
I am from Nigeria.
What part of Nigeria are you from?
I think the fact that I said I’m from Nigeria is okay. Anyway my father is Lebanese while my mother is from Ebonyi State.

Would you mind acting semi-nude, or being specific, on pant and bra?
I don’t mind, if the money is right, why not? The problem with Nigerians is that most of us are hypocrites. This same pant and bra is the reason some of them buy or rent Hollywood movies. What is wrong in someone being free, doing his or her job? Some actresses would want to act a role but they will be like, I

"I like Jim Iyke. Is he not having a better life now"- Pastor TB Joshua opens up

Pastor TB Joshua in a rare interview with Punch opened up on Jim Iyke and allegations that he pays people to come and fake miracles.He also said God queries him when he invites presidents to his church

On Jim Iyke
Oh please, don’t drag me into that. All I can say is that if a person needs to see a doctor, he should be free to do so. I like the young man. He has been defending himself on the internet. Is he not enjoying a better life now? Are things not working for him?
On allegations he pays people to fake miracles 
 How much will I give to the president of a nation to come here? Even when they come, I don’t get any financial gain but I incur cost because I want to ensure that they are well cared for. That is all; I even prefer to spend my time with the poor than

Omotola, Don Jazzy, named among 2013 Africa's 100 Most Influential People

Actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, music producer Don Jazzy, writer Chimama Adichie and musicians P-Square have been named one of Africa's 100 Most Influential People in 2013 by the New African Magazine

Other Africans in the list include Ghanaian/US actor Idris Elba, Nigerian/UK actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sudan supermodel Alek Wek, South African comedian Trevo Noah, South African fashion mogul, Precious Moloi-Motsepe and Senegalese actor Omar Sy. Well deserved. See the full list HERE

"I was forced to masturbate in front of my teammates" - David Beckham

Retired footballer David Beckham recently revealed that he was forced to masturbate in front of his teammates as part of his initiation into Manchester United's youth team in 1991.
Beckham, who opened up about the incident in a documentary titled The Class of ’92, said the incident happened when he was just 16 years old. He said he was forced to stare at a calendar photo of eighties Reds soccer player Clayton Blackmore (pictured right) and pleasure himself, while his teammate watched, as part of an embarrassing hazing ritual.
“Everyone had an initiation that you had to go through on the youth team, that was one of the most uncomfortable ones. The fact that I had to look at Clayton Blackmore’s calendar and do certain things. I was embarrassed when I was saying it on camera let alone talking about it more. But it’s something that we all had to go through. It was definitely something I wouldn’t

Saheed Balogun Drags Ex-Wife, Fathia To Court Over Her Refusal To Drop His Name

Nollywood actor Saheed Balogun has reportedly dragged his ex-wife Fathia Balogun to court over her refusal to stop bearing his last name, years after their marriage ended.
According to Punch, Saheed Balogun had once said in an interview that he would stop her Fathia Balogun, from using his name when he was ready, saying:
“She is my ex. As for my name that she is still answering, the deed will be done soon. The Nigerian law says that after three or four years, you can do something about it. If somebody wants to keep my name, what of the new person coming in? This has nothing to do with grudges.”
And now, it seems Saheed is ready to do something about his threat.
Fathia on the other hand is insisting that nobody could stop her from using her name.

Here Is Bola Tinubu's Stand On The New APC

National Leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, says the party is not about himself, General Buhari or any leader of the APC, but about the nation and the need and commitment to rescue Nigeria from inept leadership.

Former Governor Tinubu, in response to a question about the significance of the five former PDP governors who joined the APC recently and the implications for Nigeria, said, "The APC is not about Tinubu, Buhari
or any of its leaders. It is about the nation and how we can come together and work together to rescue Nigeria. The implication is change. We want to change the way things are done by working together and investing our ideas. We must change the way we do things. 
"Imagine from the 60's till date. The cutlass of the 60s cannot be used for farming now. We need leaders that can think outside the box."

God Queries Me Whenever Politicians Visit Me - TB Joshua

Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua of the Synagogue Church of all Nations spoke with Punch's Bosede Olusola-Obasa on myriads of controversies surrounding his person and ministry. Read the chat below...

People say that you are very humble despite your popularity, how do you achieve this?
If you have passed through what I have passed through, you will even be more humble than I am.

Like what?
Things that can make people to be humble. You just think of it. I have good health and God shows me what I would have been in terms of sickness and death; it humbles me and I want to use my good health for him. At times, God shows me how people are suffering and the thought that it could have been me keeps me humble. For instance, if I did anything wrong during this interview, when you may have left, God will caution me. If I am not humble, I will be out of track. If I was not in the house of God, I would be one of the touts in the

Read Dele Momodu's Exposé On Education Minister, Nyesom Wike Versus ASUU

Fellow Nigerians, permit me to make a serious confession. I had refused to pay much attention to the activities of Mr Nyesom Wike at the Education Ministry where he’s presently the Alpha and Omega, after the exit of the substantive Minister, Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufai. The fault is not entirely mine. Wike had succeeded in spending more time playing politics in his home state of Rivers than sitting down at the negotiation table with the enraged and striking Nigerian egg-heads.
Naturally, we were mostly fascinated by the war of attrition between the rambunctious Minister and his former boss, mentor and benefactor, Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.

What I find most intriguing was how the Federal Government led by President Goodluck Jonathan condoned the kind of rascality going on where a serving Minister is permitted to swim with such reckless abandon in muddied political waters while his whole Ministry is on fire and in dire need of desperate rescue. 
Not just that, the Minister is allowed to seek his next political office as Governor of Rivers against the kernels

PHOTO: Jude Okoye Returns To His Brothers, P'Square

After playing hide-and-seek for days over Peter Okoye's marriage to Lola Omotayo, Jude has finally settled all issues in contention with his brother, and accepted his choice. They are working together again. #Cool.

“There is no business like church business” – Nigerian Pastor


London – A Nigerian entrepreneur has appeared on Dragon’s Den, a reality television programme in which budding entrepreneurs get three minutes to pitch their business ideas to five multi-millionaires willing to invest their own cash.

The eloquent young man who introduced himself as Pastor Jonah, wanted two hundred and fifty thousand pounds to start a new Pentecostal church, and promised returns of 500% within the first three years.

Producers of the series described the recently filmed episode as featuring the most incredible idea ever brought to the show.
They said of the Nigerian entrepreneur, “He was very confident and very smartly dressed in an Armani suit. He was charismatic and extremely knowledgeable of the Bible, and he appeared to have really done his research.”

His opening line was, “Brothers and sister, the Lord has brought me here today to tell you that there is no

SURE-P enrols 120,000 graduates for internship programme

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The Graduate Internship Scheme of Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) has signed on over 120,000 graduates in the programme with nearly 3,000 firms ready to absorb them.
Mr Peter Papka, The Project Director of the Graduate Internship Scheme, said at a sensitisation workshop in Lagos yesterday, that the scheme is aimed at resolving the employability of at least 50,000 unemployed graduates in the 36 states and the FCT, by improving their skills through internship programmes.
The Citizen reports:

Papka who was represented by the Head of Operations, Mr Akubo Adegbe, pointed out that “there is need to sensitise the public about the benefits of GIS so that unemployed graduates will be gainfully engaged.
“Apart from a few large companies and organisations that have taken over 100 graduates for internship, most of our partner firms are SMEs. There is need to sensitise more companies on the advantages of this scheme,” he said.
He further pointed out that “GIS has conducted an interactive session with captains of industry and

Meet the man whose embrace with the Pope went viral (PHOTOS)


In early November, the news went viral that the Holy Father, Pope Francis had embraced and kissed a man whose body and face were riddled with boils at the Vatican City in Rome during  a morning public audience.
The man whose name is Vinicio Riva, has had difficulty staying on his feet for long, and confined to a wheel chair said he never expected that this kind act by the Pope towards him would go viral.

According to Fox4 news his aunt Caterina Lotto said:
“We didn’t think we would be so close to the Pope, but the Swiss Guard kept ushering us forward until we were in a corner in the front row,” recalled Lotto, a woman in her late sixties with a quick smile and an infectious laugh.
“When he came close to us,” she said, “I thought he would give me his hand. Instead he went straight to Vinicio and embraced him tightly. I thought he wouldn’t give him back to me he held him so tightly. We didn’t speak. We said nothing but he looked at me as if he was digging deep inside, a beautiful look that I would

RELATIONSHIPS: Seven (gentle) ways to get a man to do ANYTHING you want

Couple hugging on a couch

How could a guy get pissed at a girl who’s just spent the whole day giving him what he wants?”

1. Don’t Fear The Damsel In Distress Act
“Whenever I want a guy to do something, I put the sweet on and act innocent. I’ll do just about everything except bat my eyelashes — but it works! Even though I’m not naïve, I’ll act that way and put a little extra sugar on everything I say and do toward him,” says Erin.

2. Bring Backup
“My boyfriend loves surprises (even though he’d never admit that), so I always come prepared. If I want him to go out with me and my girlfriends one night, or if I want him to help me clean the apartment, I make sure to stop and pick up something that he’ll really love — or something that he’s been hinting that he wants. There’s no arguments, no huffing and puffing — just a little surprise and then he’s in my pocket,” says Lisa,

Student arrested for stabbing classmate in the head, claims to be a vampire (PICTURED)

laolu ladipo

Students and staff of a Lagos secondary school were thrown into confusion yesterday when a male student stabbed another.
Laolu Ladipo, a JS3 student, waited till the end of the school day and waylaid his classmate stabbing him on his head.
The incident occurred at the  Best Steve College on Olaniyi Street in the New Oko Oba area of  Lagos yesterday afternoon.
Eagle Online reports:
It was gathered by The Eagle Online’s correspondent, Muhsin Hassan, that Ladipo, after stabbing his colleague, attempted walking away.
However, he was stopped from escaping by passersby who had recovered from the shock of the development.
According to information gathered by The Eagle Online, Ladipo had been expelled from four other schools, with Best Steve College as his fifth secondary school.

Singer, Maheeda steps it up a notch, gets international management deal

Maheeda singer

Controversial singer, Maheeda has gotten a management contract with Bigjamz World Entertainment. In a statement released by Barbara Kotsoni, the CEO of the Europe-based company says, “Maheeda is one hell of a act and once you see her as a brand you will definitely understand and appreciate her the more, it might take a long while for Nigerians to accept her as a brand but the European, Asia and other market already see her as one.”
Bigjamz World Entertainment is the same company that organized the Davido European Tour in June 2013 and the just concluded Terry G European Tour
Maheeda who is well known for her ‘indecent exposures‘ may just finally start selling albums as her foray

Atiku Abubakar: The letter that embarrassed me


Yes Ruona, I got to read your piece, and I’m truly touched. I also visited your twitter timeline, and saw someone’s testimony as being one of the beneficiaries of your training.

I got a heartbreaking note yesterday, from a lady I have never met, who was a beneficiary of the 2011 round of scholarships.
I knew Godwin a long time ago. He was a brilliant and fearless journalist, and active pro-democracy voice during the darkest days of military dictatorship. Tragically he died in 2006, shot by unknown gunmen on his way home from the office.
Back then, all I could do was to help his family in the best way I could, by including his daughter in that year’s scholarship list for her postgraduate studies in Scotland. Back then I was mostly focused on helping young Nigerians go to study abroad, because we were all on the edge of exile anyway, and we thought it was best to send young people out to go see how freedom and democracy works, so they could come home and help make the country better.
I can vaguely remember one of my close staff and friend talking about Godwin’s other daughter applying for

WATCH: Governor Adams Oshiomole Apologizes to the Widow He insulted


The governor has been heavily criticized in the social media over his choice of words to a widow who violated Edo State's policy on street trading. He realizes his mistake and has thus apologized. #Leadership.In cased you missed the earlier story where he insulted the widow, Click here

Brandy To Be In Nigeria This Sunday

US R&B singer Brandy Norwood will be making her second appearance in Nigeria by Sunday as she is billed to perform in Abuja at the ‘Face of Sofa 2013’ event holding at Thisday Dome.

The event will be hosted by Uti & comedienne Helen.
Brandy’s last outing in Nigeria was at the 2011 Project Fame West Africa launch in Lagos.