17 years after, Fela is still regarded as people’s champion

The enviable place of Fela Anikulakpo Kuti as one of world’s notable music legends was re-asserted last Sunday, when Jamaican legendary reggae star, Don Carlos, leading local and foreign artistes, closed this year’s edition of the annual musical concert tagged “Felabration”, writes BENJAMIN NJOKU
felaFela died seventeen (1997) years ago. But every year, thousands of fun seekers across the world throng the New Africa Shrine, in Ikeja, Lagos, to keep his legacies alive. This year was no exception. Celebrated under the theme, “Who No Know Go Know” this year’s Felabration re-echoed the strong belief that Fela never dies but lives on.

Ojukwu knew Obi would dump APGA – Obiano’s aide

FORMER Governor Peter Obi’s recent defection from All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is still causing ripples, with Governor Willie Obiano’s senior special assistant on inter party affairs, Chief Ben Obi saying yesterday that the late Ikemba Nnewi, Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu knew that the former governor would dump APGA.
Addressing reporters in Awka, Ben Obi, who also served as SSA to former Governor Obi said that it was in his presence that the late Ikemba Nnewi asked Obi three times if he would leave APGA to which the former governor vowed that such a thing would never happen.

Andy has overtaken my real name, Kenneth Okonkwo cries out

Popular Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo, is currently worried. This is not because he’s no longer getting scripts as an actor, but simply because the character he played in that foremost movie, Living in Bondage, is seriously posing a big challenge to him.
keneth-okonkwoKenneth opened up at the just concluded Best of Nollywood Awards which held last week in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State. He said that after playing “Andy” in that classic movie, people hardly know him any more as Kenneth Okonkwo.

“APC lacks internal democracy” – Ex-Deputy Chairman, Annie Okonkwo rejoins PDP

Annie Okonkwo
Former Deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Annie Okonkwo has rejoined his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Okonkwo in statement on Friday after he was given waiver by the PDP to run for Senate, said he left APC because the platform did not observe internal democracy.

FCT Minister has not withdrawn from Bauchi guber race —PDP Chieftain

Contrary to the claim that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, has withdrawn from the bid to vie for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi State, a chieftain of the party has declared that the minister is still very much in the race.
Alhaji Danjuma Barde said there was no time Mohammed announced his withdrawal from the governorship race.

Friends reunited as Mourinho, van Gaal clash

Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal insist their friendship will survive whatever happens when Chelsea look to cement their position on top of the Premier League with a statement victory at Manchester United on Sunday.
Mourinho has never hidden his distain for some of his managerial rivals, with Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Aston Villa’s Paul Lambert crossing swords with the Chelsea boss already this season, and the prospect of a crucial clash with a team capable of ending his side’s unbeaten start would usually bring out the antagonist in the Portuguese coach.

Keshi Reinstated As Super Eagles' Coach

Keshi 469958_heroaFollowing a court ruling on Thursday, to sack the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board led by Amaju Pinnick, the Chris Giwa-led board has taken over the federation’s secretariat.The Giwa-led executive have also overturned some of the decisions taken by Pinnick, including the sacking of Stephen Keshi as the national team coach.“The NFF board reviewed and feels so strongly to sustain the out-of-contract assignment given to the technical crew of the Super Eagles led by Stephen Keshi at a very critical moment like this. Nigerians want the national team to play well, win and a pride to them” a part of the communiqué reached at the executive committee read.

Barca beaten by Real Madrid on Suarez debut

Luis Suarez’s Barcelona debut ended in defeat as Real Madrid cut the gap on the La Liga leaders to just a point as they came from behind to win El Clasico 3-1 on Saturday.
Playing for the first time in a competitive game since being handed a fourth month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, Suarez’s Barca career had got off to a flying start as he set up Neymar to slide home the opening goal after just three minutes.
However, Real responded like European champions as Cristiano Ronaldo levelled from the penalty spot before second-half goals from Pepe and Karim Benzema handed them a deserved ninth consecutive victory in all competitions.

AWC: Super Falcons outclass Indomitable Lionesses

The Super Falcons ON Saturday at the Sam Nuyoma Stadium Windhoek proved too hot to handle for their Cameroonian opponents in the final of the African Women Championship.
Two first half goals by Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala was all the Falcons needed to confirm their ratings as favourites as they won the trophy a record seventh time. They completed the campaign without losing a match.

Iranian woman Reyhaneh Jabbari hanged over murder

Iranian woman Reyhaneh Jabbari, convicted of murder, defends herself at a court hearing.
woman Reyhaneh Jabbari has been executed inside a prison near the capital Tehran after she was convicted of murdering a man in a criminal case seven years ago.
Reyhaneh was hanged in the early hours of Saturday after being found guilty of killing Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi in July 2007.

Agbaso Has Not Won Any Election In Imo Before---Umeh

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief (Sir) Victor Umeh has described Chief Martin Agbabso defection  to the People’s Democratic Party as an act burn out of selfish interest,which does not potent good leadership quality.
He said the former APGA leader in Imo state is a lone ranger in his adventure,who never have the support of major party  stalwarts in the state.

APGA Is Dead In Imo — Agbaso

Martin Agbaso
Martin Agbaso…Says I Moved To PDP with 98% members
*Begs Imolites To Forgive Him For Giving Them Okorocha As Governor In 2011
An apex leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Imo State, Chief Martin Agbaso Fridayformally defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, declaring APGA as being dead in the state.
This is even as Agbaso passionately pleaded with the people of the state to forgive him for the mistake he made in giving them Owelle Rochas Okorocha, a man he did not know very well, as the state governor in 2011.

Ebola crisis: Now Mali confirms first infection case

Health worker in Mali. Photo: 9 October 2014Health officials in Mali have been checking people returning from the Ebola-hit countries in West Africa.The Mali government has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the country.It said a two-year-old girl had tested positive for the haemorrhagic virus. She recently returned from the neighbouring Guinea.More than 4,800 people have died of Ebola - mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - since March...

Here Is New Anambra Anthem-----Free Download

Have you heard of the new Anambra State Anthem.
Very inspiring... You can now download it... Easy and fast!
A well composed piece that calls Ndi Anambra to lift their homeland with trust in God
See the lyrics in the picture above.

Three More Kidnap Buildings demolished as Anambra step-up Crime Fighting

In a bid to ensure crime free yuletide season the Anambra State Government has stepped-up its pursuit of criminals and kidnappers in their den with the demolition of three buildings used to incarcerate kidnap victims at Aguleri and Umuleri, Anambra East Local Government Area.

IPMAN to call off strike as Government Warns Marketers to stop Exploiting Consumers

The warning strike embarked upon by the Independent Petroleum Marketers (IPMAN) in Anambra State on Thursday October 23, 2014 is expected to be called off today, Friday October 24, 2014 following the resolution of the immediate concerns raised by the marketers at a meeting held earlier today at the Government House, Awka.
However, Anambra State Government has warned the Independent Petroleum Marketers (IPMAN) in the state to ensure that their members desist from exploiting unsuspecting customers with high pump prices and dispensing of products with maladjusted meters at Filling stations. The warning came in the wake of the “Weigh-and-Measure” spot-checks carried out on October 20 and 21, 2014 by members of the Committee on Petroleum at some Filling stations in Awka and environ.

I don’t mind dating/getting married to a younger man now –Ara

Now single drummer girl, Ara, has said she is ready to give marriage another shot now that she and her once Iceland-based hubby have divorced. In an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats recently, Ara said she wouldn’t even mind going for a younger guy if he comes around her. “When I meet the right person and fall in love, I will consider marriage. I really want to fall in love again. I don’t believe in marriage just for its sake. If a younger guy comes up to me, I don’t mind dating the person. I don’t mind marrying somebody who I am older than. I have spoken to a couple of people and they don’t see anything wrong with it. If the person has a mature mind and is committed, then it is not a big deal.”

Former Governor Peter Obi Left No Money In Anambra State Government Coffers---By Jideofor Igboamaka

As concerned citizens of Anambra State, we feel strongly convinced on the need to warn the general public of the inherent dangers of the bizarre strain of journalism that Daniel Elombah has come to foist on the people of Anambra State, spewing pale-faced lies and outlandish fabrications to incite the people against the hard-working governor of Anambra State.

South Africa returns seized $15m to Nigeria

South African President Jacob Zuma
The South African Ambassador to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, said in a news conference on Friday that the $15m earlier seized from some Nigerians by the South African Government had been released to Nigeria.
The South African Government had, on September 5, 2014, seized $9.3m cash belonging to Nigeria and a month later seized another $5.7m, claiming that both funds were to be used for illegal purchase of arms, reported.

Supporters protest alleged plot to impeach Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose
Hundreds of supporters of the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, on Friday trooped to the streets, protesting alleged plan by members of the state House of Assembly to impeach the governor.
The protesters, under the aegis of Positive Minds Club for Teachers, converged on Fajuyi Park in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, with placards bearing various inscriptions criticising the Assembly.
They proceeded from the popular Fajuyi Park to Ijigbo roundabout where they were addressed by two of their leaders.

Jonathan can’t win in 2015 because he never won any election in the past –Junaid Mohammed

Dr. Junaid Mohammed
In this interview with Newsmen, a Kano State delegate to the just concluded National Conference and convener of the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, speaks about his brush with the law and other sundry national issues. Excerpts
You were once arrested by the State Security Service for a statement you made which it considered inciting. What do you make of your arrest?

Supporters protest alleged plot to impeach Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose
Hundreds of supporters of the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, on Friday trooped to the streets, protesting alleged plan by members of the state House of Assembly to impeach the governor.
The protesters, under the aegis of Positive Minds Club for Teachers, converged on Fajuyi Park in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, with placards bearing various inscriptions criticising the Assembly.
They proceeded from the popular Fajuyi Park to Ijigbo roundabout where they were addressed by two of their leaders.

2015 Re-election bid: Nigerians slam Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan
Some Nigerians have described President Goodluck Jonathan as an insensitive leader. This followed his moves to formally declare his re-election bid amid his administration’s failure to ensure the release of the 219 Chibok girls abducted six months ago in Borno State by the violent Boko Karam sect.
They said they were worried that the President seemed to have abandoned his responsibility of protecting lives and the property of the citizens while focusing on his re-election ambition.
The President had on Thursday set up a Presidential Declaration Committee with a former Minister of Defence, Dr. Bello Haliru, appointed as the chairman.

Synagogue Building collapse Update: T.B. Joshua, contractor face coroner Nov 5

TB Joshua
The founder and General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Pastor T.B. Joshua, has been slated to appear before the coroner investigating the cause of the church’s building that collapsed on September 12, 2014.
Joshua will be appearing on November 5, 2014 alongside the contractor handling the collapsed six-storey building. No fewer than 115 died in the collapsed building.
The coroner, Magistrate O.A. Komolafe, during the sitting of the court on Friday, stated that the appearance of the church’s founder was important to the findings of the court.


Gunmen kidnap oil minister, Diezani’s sister

The sister of Nigeria’s powerful petroleum minister has been kidnapped in the oil hub of Port Harcourt, police said Friday, in the latest abduction targeting a prominent political family.
Osio Agama, whose sister Diezani Alison-Madueke leads Africa’s largest oil industry, was seized at gunpoint as she approached her car on Tuesday night, River state police spokesman Ahmad Muhammad said.

Chita Agwu releases wedding invites

Beautiful Nollywood actress, model and Akachawa presenter, Chita Agwu and her Malaysia based fiance, John Maduabuchi
Chita Agwu
Chita Agwu
have been in the news, not only because of their celebrated engagement but more because of the romantic ways they have been celebrating their new-found love.
On Chita’s birthday a couple of months ago, John whisked her away for an exotically romantic celebration in Dubai. On Friday, October 24th Chita woke everyone up with the ultimate news.

Kwankwaso and APC’s search for sure bait

The flagging off of political activities earlier this month by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has sparked a whirlwind of campaign activities and widened the horizon for consultation and formation of common fronts.
The target, at least in the camp of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC and other progressive Nigerians, is to see who the mega opposition party can present as its candidate with the potency of coasting to victory. It is this search, more than anything else, that is generating keen interest as Nigerians wait with bated breath. The question is who APC will pitch against President Goodluck Jonathan – who is already anointed by his party to fly its flag once again.  To an extent, the question is not who because the APC is not in short supply of aspirants positioning themselves to pick the presidential ticket; the bigger question, therefore, is who can take the party to victory.

Wizkid, 2face thrill fans at first ever int’l concert

2Face and Wizkid has definitely left a mark in Ghana with their first ever international performance of their collabo track, “Dance Go – Eau De Vie”
The Hennessy Artistry 2014 headliners gave fans and party lovers a run for their money as they performed the Hennessy Artistry 2014 theme song along with a number of their hit tracks.
2Face, Wizkid in first collabo as Hennessy Artistry goes to Ghana
2Face, Wizkid in first collabo as Hennessy Artistry goes to Ghana
2Face who performed monster tracks like African queen, Spiritual healing, True Love,

DJ Neptune, DJ Spinall, others thrill at Hennessy Artistry club tour

Hennessy Artistry Club tour has undoubtedly won its place in the minds of Lagos party lovers with successful past editions.
DJs Neptune,Spinal others at the eventl
DJs Neptune,Spinal others at the eventl
Last weekend, while 2face and Wizkid dazzled fans at the first international Hennessy concert which held in Ghana, the club tour continued in Lagos at Club Xfactor in Surulere and

I am happy for coming this far, says Nigerian rep at Big Brother Africa

The big TV reality show “Big Brother Africa (BBA)’’ has evicted one of the vibrant Nigerian contestants in the house from its ‘Hotshot’ show, “Season 9’’.
The  eviction ceremony took place on Sunday night, making two contestants evicted from the completion, including the Nigerian and Ugandan representatives that were not spared.
The Nigerian, Ms Lilian Afegbai, and Ugandan Esther, who spent two weeks successfully, were however evicted.

Jonathan Set To Declare Nov. 11. A midst Controvercy

The Chairman of the Presidential Declaration Committee, Dr. Haliru Bello, has revealed that the committee has fixed November 11, 2014 as the day for the formal declaration by President Jonathan to seek re-election in 2015.
Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the committee’s inaugural meeting at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa on Friday, Dr Haliru said the venue of the formal declaration would be decided at the next meeting of the committee.

Why I built new Ekiti Government House? – Fayemi

New Ekiti Govt House:  It is insensitivity to plight of Ekiti people - Govt
IN a publication that pictorially showcased ex-governor Kayode Fayemi’s exploit in Ekiti, titled: ‘Leapfrogging Ekiti from Obscurity to Prosperity’ the conception and funding of the new controversial government house were clearly stated that ‘’The administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi in Ekiti State places much premium on infrastructure which it believes is a catalyst for modernizing the state.

It Was Love At First SIght---Patience Jonathan

Who would have thought they would someday become the First Couple..For those who don't know, President Jonathan meet the First Lady at the Department of Biological Sciences ,College of Education in Port Harcourt where he was one of her lecturers..She graduated in 1989..She then proceeded  to University of Port Harcourt and studied for a B.Ed in Biology and Psychology.
Their courtship lasted for about 20 years and they only got married legally when he became the deputy governor ..
In their biography, their first meeting was love at first sight..She said...

Anambra Legislature Lauds Obiano on Free Education for Persons Living With Disabilities

The Anambra State House of Assembly has commended Governor Willie Obiano for granting free and compulsory education from the primary to the secondary school level for persons living with disabilities in the state.


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