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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Uh-uh! Oprah Winfrey fuels rumour she's going to run for US president in 2020



Uh-uh! Oprah Winfrey fuels rumour she
Back in March, billionaire media mogul Oprah Winfrey sparked rumors she was considering a run for the Presidency of the United States after realizing you don't need prior experience. Back then she told Bloomberg;
“I actually never thought that that was — I never considered the question even a possibility. I thought, ‘Oh gee, I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough. And now I’m thinking, ‘Oh. Oh.’”
Last week, Oprah restarted the rumors by re-Tweeting an article calling her the Democratic Party's best hope for 2020.

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Awolowo Statue - by Hamza Atta


Awolowo Statue - by Hamza Atta
Read the article below...
First of all, I would like to thank the Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the entire Lagos State Government and the consultants Terra Kulture who invited Polystyrene Industries Ltd to design and construct this monumental piece of artwork.
I was in the FCT yesterday and they were all talking of the great significance of what the Lagos State Government is doing in creating awareness of our arts and culture. Creating monuments and memorials needs to be part of our urban policy and urban design. Not only does it enliven communities, but these works of art serve as an expression of common community values and preserve the heritage of our country.
What was the concept behind the sculpture?
When we were asked by Terra Kulture to carry out our interpretation of this great man, our first course was to research him further. Pa Awolowo was a great reader and thinker and this is the aspect of him that we wanted to capture. Awo had mental magnitude, he recognised that in this changing world brain power as opposed to brawn was where we must invest, especially in the youth. That is why he extolled education and a minimum wage and the benefits of this vision are seen throughout this nation.
The sitting posture of the new monument, keeps him in good company. The statue of arguably the most famous of the American Presidents, Abraham Lincoln, was done with him sitting majestically. It was this majesty that we sought to capture in our depiction of him. A leader of men. A standing Awo has been done several times before. Our philosophy is not to copy but to create original works of art.
We only feel joy when we see the droves of people who have been making their way to its location to take pictures alongside this great man. That was the intention of Lagos State and that is what we hoped that we would assist Lagos State to achieve.
This is community art that we hope will create attachment and pride in one’s community and a desire to make things better for all. We also hope that it inspires all citizens to read about this great man and learn lessons from what he was able to achieve. Our youth should be trying to implement all the good things that they learn from great leaders. As a result of this sculpture I also have learnt so much of what this great son of Nigeria achieved and sacrificed on behalf of Nigeria. I am ecstatic that in all the noise, no one has said that it does not look like him!
There has also been much talk of his shoes and the fact that they are laced. Pa Awolowo did also wear shoes with laces but to be very honest it was because of the detail that we wanted to put into the sculpture that we chose to sculpt laced shoes. It is an expression of our art and attention to detail. We never foresaw that it would create such controversy. Our intention was to show that his were large shoes to fill.
We feel that we have participated in something that is home-grown and celebrates our own. This is what we have to do to create awareness, inspire and give confidence to our youth. Can you imagine the kind of confidence a Mandela, Martin Luther King and even our Barack Obama have given to the black race and to humanity as a whole?
We have local champions here and I am delighted that Lagos State and their wonderful Governor Ambode see it fit to honour a national leader, even though he was not from Lagos State.
This is the kind of inclusion that we must have in our country if Nigeria is to be great. We must celebrate our own.

HAMZA ATTA 2017.
Awolowo Statue - by Hamza AttaAwolowo Statue - by Hamza Atta
Awolowo Statue - by Hamza Atta

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Cute photo of Chrissy Teigen and her daughter Lula



Cute photo of Chrissy Teigen and her daughter Lula
As shared by the model's mother...

Cute photo of Chrissy Teigen and her daughter Lula

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Amber Rose steps out without make-up (photos)



Amber Rose steps out without make-up (photos)
Make-up free Amber Rose was spotted as she headed to a restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA. 

Amber Rose steps out without make-up (photos)
Amber Rose steps out without make-up (photos)

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Here's the full text of President Buhari's address to the Nation to mark Nigeria's 57th Independence Day Anniversary

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My dear Nigerians, October 1st remains a special date for all Nigerians as this marks the day when we attained one of the most precious of human desires freedom. Over the years the country has gone through trials and tribulations, but October 1st is always a day for celebrations.

It is a day for thanks giving, reflection and re-dedication.

It is also a day for remembrance. We should remind ourselves of the recent journey from 1999 – 2015, when our country happily returned to democratic rule.

However, in spite of oil prices being an average of $100 per barrel and about 2.1m barrels a day, that great piece of luck was squandered and the country’s social and physical infrastructure neglected.

We were left with no savings and huge infrastructure deficit.

The APC Government’s Campaign rallying cry to restore security, re-balance the economy and fight corruption was not all rhetoric. The country must first be secured. The economy must be re-balanced so that we do not depend on oil alone. We must fight corruption which is Nigeria’s Number One Enemy. Our Administration is tackling these tasks in earnest.

In the past two years, Nigeria has recorded appreciable gains in political freedom. A political Party at the Centre losing elections of State Governor, National Assembly seat and even State Assemblies to the opposition parties is new to Nigeria. Added to these are complete freedom to associate, to hold and disseminate opinions. Such developments clearly attest to the country’s growing political development. But like all freedoms, this is open to abuse.

Recent calls on re-structuring, quite proper in a legitimate debate, has let in highly irresponsible groups to call for dismemberment of the country. We can not and we will not allow such advocacy.

As a young Army Officer, I took part from the beginning to the end in our tragic civil war costing about 2m lives, resulting in fearful destruction and untold suffering. Those who are agitating for a re-run were not born by 1967 and have no idea of the horrendous consequences of the civil conflict which we went through.

I am very disappointed that responsible leaders of these communities do not warn their hot-headed youths what the country went through. Those who were there should tell those who were not there, the consequences of such folly.

At all events, proper dialogue and any desired constitutional changes should take place in a rational manner, at the National and State Assemblies. These are the proper and legal fora for National debate, not some lop-sided, un-democratic body with pre-determined set of objectives.
Government is keeping up the momentum of dialogue with stakeholders in the Niger Delta to keep the peace. We intend to address genuine grievances of the communities. Government is grateful to the responsible leadership of those communities and will pursue lasting peace in the Niger Delta.
SECURITY
On security, Nigerians must be grateful to our gallant Armed Forces for rolling back the frontiers of Boko Haram’s terrorism, defeating them and reducing them to cowardly attacks on soft and vulnerable targets.
Nigeria is grateful to its neighbours and the international community for the collective efforts to defeat this world-wide menace of terrorism.
Not even the most organized and most equipped police and security forces in the world can escape the menace of modern day terrorism, as we have seen in recent years in Europe and other parts of the world.
But we are not letting up. Our Armed Forces in an effort to enhance the operational capability of troops of OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE have established Mobile Strike Teams in the North East. These will ensure the final push to wipe out the remnants of Boko Haram.
In addition, through targeted air strikes most of the leadership and identified logistics bases and routes of the insurgents have been neutralized. The Armed Forces have established a Naval presence in the Lake Chad Basin as part of the coordinated military efforts to curtail the movements or re-emergence of the sect in the area.
Government is working round the clock to ensure release of the remaining Chibok girls, as well as other persons in Boko Haram captivity. Government will continue to support the Armed Forces and other security agencies to fight not only terrorism, but kidnapping, armed robberies, herdsmen/farmers violence and to ensure peace, stability and security in our country.
ECONOMY
With respect to the economy, the Government has remained pro-active in its diversification policy. The Federal Government’s agricultural Anchor Borrowers Programme, which I launched in November 2015, has been an outstanding success with:
· N43.92 billion released through the CBN and 13 participating institutions,
· 200,000 small holder farmers from 29 states of the federation benefitting,
· 233,000 hectares of farmland cultivating eight commodities, namely Rice, Wheat, Maize, Cotton, soya-beans, Poultry, Cassava and Groundnuts, in addition to fish farming.
These initiatives have been undertaken in close collaboration with the states. I wish to commend the efforts of the Governors of Kebbi, Lagos, Ebonyi and Jigawa States for their support to the rice and fertilizer revolutions.
Equally commendable are contributions of the Governors of Ondo, Edo, Delta, Imo, Cross River, Benue, Ogun, Kaduna and Plateau States for their support for the Presidential initiative for palm oil, rubber, cashew, cassava, potatoes and other crops.
With the abundance of rainfall last year and this year, agriculture has enjoyed Divine intervention.
Since December last year, this Administration has produced over 7 million 50Kg bags of fertilizer. Eleven blending plants with a capacity of 2.1 million metric tons have been reactivated. We have saved $150 million in foreign exchange and N60 billion in subsidy. Fertilizer prices have dropped from N13,000 per 50Kg bag to N5,500.
Furthermore, a new presidential initiative is starting with each state of the Federation creating a minimum of 10,000 jobs for unemployed youths, again with the aid of CBN’s development finance initiatives.
Power remains a huge problem. As of September 12th, production of power reached an all — time high of 7,001 Megawatts. Government is increasing its investment, clearing up the operational and financial log jam bedeviling the industry. We hope to reach 10,000 Megawatts by 2020.
Key priorities include better energy mix through solar and Hydro technologies. I am glad to say that after many years of limbo, Mambilla Power Project has taken off.
Elsewhere in the economy the special window created for manufacturers, investors and exporters, foreign exchange requirements has proved very effective. Since April, about $7 billion has come through this window alone. The main effect of these policies is improved confidence in the economy and better investment sentiments.
The country has recorded 7 consecutive months of lower inflation, Naira rate is beginning to stabilize, appreciating from N525 per $1 in February this year to N360 today. Broad-based economic growth is leading us out of recession.
Furthermore, in order to stabilize the polity, the Federal Government gave additional support to states in the form of:
· State Excess Crude Account loans,
· Budget Support Facility,
· Stabilization Fund Release
to states and local governments as follows:
· N200 billion in 2015
· N441 billion in 2016
· N1 trillion in 2017
Altogether totaling N1.642 trillion.
This was done to enable states to pay outstanding salaries, pensions and small business suppliers who had been all but crippled over the years.
In addition, the Government’s current N500 billion Special Intervention Programme is targeting groups through;
· Home Grown School Feeding Programme,
· N-Power Job creation to provide loans to small-scale traders and artisans,
· Conditional Cash Transfer,
· Family Homes Fund and
· Social Housing Scheme.
CORRUPTION
Fellow Nigerians,
We are fully aware that fighting corruption was never going to be a straightforward task. We expected corrupt elements to use any weapon to fight back, mainly judicial obstruction and political diversion. But we are determined to eradicate corruption from our body politic.
In this fight, the Government has:
· Empowered teams of prosecutors,
· Assembled detailed databases,
· Accelerated the recovery of stolen funds.
The Administration’s new institutional reforms include:
· Enforcing Treasury Single Account,
· Whistle-Blowers Policy,
· Integrated Payroll Personnel and Information System.
We have signed multi-lateral cooperation agreements on criminal matters with friendly countries. There are signs of increasing cooperation from the Judiciary. Recently the Chief Justice of Nigeria directed Heads of all our Courts of first instance and Appeal to accelerate hearings of corruption cases and dismiss any judicial officers found to have been compromised.

Justice Salami has just been appointed to chair the Judiciary’s anti-graft committee. Government expects a lot from this Committee.

I commend the National Assembly for refocusing on its oversight committees. They should, in addition, ensure swift passage of enabling corruption laws. But fighting corruption is a bottom to top operation. I call on all Nigerians to combat corruption at every turn. By not asking for and refusing to accept a bribe, by reporting unethical practices or by blowing a whistle, together we can beat corruption. The government for its part will work for accountability at all levels - Federal, State and Local Governments. CHANGE will then be real.

As we enter the second half of our term of office, we intend to accelerate progress and intensify our resolve to fix the country’s challenges and problems.
Thank you and a happy holiday to all of you.
God bless our country.
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'I stood with Fayose because we don't fear death or incarceration' - Femi Fani Kayode



Femi Fani-Kayode, has explained why he attended the recent declaration of Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, to contest the 2019 presidential election.  

In a statement issued on Saturday, Fani-Kayode stated that he and Fayose shared similar qualities saying that the governor “would make an excellent president and effect the necessary changes and the restructuring that our country desperately needs'.

Hos statement reads, 'we came from completely different backgrounds and we do not agree on everything, but we have a similar disposition and we share the same perspective on most things. Fayose is not bound up in fear and he is not chained down by political correctness. He speaks the raw and bitter truth and he stands up for the weak and the defenceless. We both love God and we are both men of strength, courage, faith and destiny. The spirit of David and Jehu runs through us both. We neither fear death nor incarceration and we hate injustice, evil and oppression. The truth is that he has done an excellent job in Ekiti State and he has consistently and fearlessly stood against the evil of the Buhari administration. He has constantly kept them on their toes. He is a Yoruba man who has the courage and conviction to say that he wants to be president. Why would I not stand with him and attend the launch of his campaign?'.
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Photos:Charly Boy shares a kiss with his 98-year old mum

Video: Charly Boy shares a kiss with his 98-year old mum
Charly Boy recently spent some quality time with his 98-year old mum, Mrs C. Oputa and he shared a video from their time together saying, 'kiss your mum today'.

According to the AreaFada, 'Me and my 98yrs young funky mum. Doing mummy time. As we grow up we become our own people and may come to forget that woman who nurtured and loved us. But remember this, she will never forget you and never stop loving you. Kiss your mother today'.
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Update: Abducted Catholic priest regains freedom



Update: Abducted Catholic priest regains freedom
The Parish Priest of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Iddo 2, Okpella of Auchi Diocese, Fr. Lawrence Adorolo, who was abducted by unknown gunmen, has regained his freedom.
Spokesman of the Edo State Police Command, DSP Moses Nkombe, who confirmed the release of the Priest to journalists in Benin, said he was released unhurt and without payment of ransom, adding that the police was on the trail of the kidnappers.
Fr. Adorolo was abducted along Auchi-Okene highway at about 6 pm last Wednesday, while returning from Igarra in Akoko-Edo local government area of the State.
Sources said Fr. Adorolo was seen at about 10 pm in a community 5 kilometers away from Auchi the headquarters of Estako West local government area.
He was said to have told the people that he trekked for long hours from where his abductors dumped him.
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Rihanna spotted in London with her billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel...(photos)



Rihanna spotted in London with her billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel...(photos)
According to an exclusive Daily Mail report, Rihanna and boyfriend Hassan Jameel were spotted enjoying a romantic late night dinner at Park Chinois, Chinese restaurant in Mayfair in the early hours of Friday morning. This is the first time the couple will be seen in public together in weeks.

They chose to leave the restaurant separately with Rihanna, exiting out the back door at around 2am and Jameel following a few minutes later...

Rihanna spotted in London with her billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel...(photos)Rihanna spotted in London with her billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel...(photos)
Rihanna spotted in London with her billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel...(photos)
Rihanna spotted in London with her billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel...(photos)Rihanna spotted in London with her billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel...(photos)
Rihanna spotted in London with her billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel...(photos)
Rihanna spotted in London with her billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel...(photos)
Rihanna spotted in London with her billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel...(photos)Rihanna spotted in London with her billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel...(photos)

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'Dear Oritsefemi, please stop bleaching' - Fans advice singer

A few hours ago, Nigerian singer Oritsefemi shared a video of himself in his car and what most of his followers noticed was the colour of his skin and appearance.

Many of them believe that the self acclaimed 'musical taliban' is bleaching and the comments started pouring in.

While some compared him to Bobrisky and Michael Jackson, others simply advised him to 'stop bleaching'.

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Breaking: 9-years after, OJ Simpson has been released on parole from a jail in Nevada



Breaking: 9-years after,?OJ Simpson has been released on parole from a jail in Nevada
Former US football star and actor OJ Simpson has been released on parole after nine years in a Nevada jail.

He had been serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 10 other charges over a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel.

Simpson was approved for early parole release in a board hearing in July. In 1995 he was infamously acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goodman.
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Prince Harry and gf Meghan Markle display some PDA at the closing of Invictus ceremony

Prince Harry and gf Meghan Markle display some PDA at the closing of Invictus ceremony
Prince Harry and his girlfriend, actress Meghan Markle looked very much in love as they watched the closing of the games in Toronto on Saturday night. Several times during the games, Prince Harry was seen kissing and intimately hugging his gf Meghan, as they sat in their private box to view the closing ceremony of his Invictus Games Saturday night.
Prince Harry was pictured in the box with his Meghan, some of Meghan's friends- her best friend, Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney, her closest male friend, Markus Anderson, who introduced her to Harry last year and her mother Doria Ragland, who had flown in from the US..
Her mother, Doria Ragland,is a therapist and yoga teacher from LA.
The fact that her mother had flown in from the US to spend time with her daughter and Harry shows the seriousness of the romance between the couple. More photos below:

Prince Harry and gf Meghan Markle display some PDA at the closing of Invictus ceremonyPrince Harry and gf Meghan Markle display some PDA at the closing of Invictus ceremonyPrince Harry and gf Meghan Markle display some PDA at the closing of Invictus ceremonyPrince Harry and gf Meghan Markle display some PDA at the closing of Invictus ceremonyPrince Harry and gf Meghan Markle display some PDA at the closing of Invictus ceremonyPrince Harry and gf Meghan Markle display some PDA at the closing of Invictus ceremonyPrince Harry and gf Meghan Markle display some PDA at the closing of Invictus ceremonyPrince Harry and gf Meghan Markle display some PDA at the closing of Invictus ceremonyPrince Harry and gf Meghan Markle display some PDA at the closing of Invictus ceremonyPrince Harry and gf Meghan Markle display some PDA at the closing of Invictus ceremony
Prince Harry and gf Meghan Markle display some PDA at the closing of Invictus ceremonyPrince Harry and gf Meghan Markle display some PDA at the closing of Invictus ceremonyPrince Harry and gf Meghan Markle display some PDA at the closing of Invictus ceremonyPrince Harry and gf Meghan Markle display some PDA at the closing of Invictus ceremony

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