Protests In South Africa Over ‘Racist’ H&M Ad

South African police Saturday intervened to clear protesters trashing outlets of Swedish clothing giant Hennes and Mauritz in Johannesburg over a controversial advertisement of a black child. A photo on the company’s online website of a black boy wearing a green hoodie with the inscription “coolest monkey in the jungle” had triggered outrage on social media and among observers worldwide. The company has pulled the photograph but the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) — a radical group set up by the expelled head of the youth wing of the ruling African…

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Shi’ite Leader Ibrahim Zakzaky Makes First Public Appearance In Two Years 

The leader of Nigeria’s Shi‘ite Muslim sect, rumoured to have died in detention, made his first public appearance in two years on Saturday, after police arrested dozens of members of the group during protests calling for his release this week. Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), has been imprisoned at an unknown location without charge since December 2015 after his followers clashed with the army in the northern city of Zaria. A judicial inquiry the following year said 347 IMN members were killed by…

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N-Power Build: Reviving The Apprenticeship Culture

The dearth of certified apprenticeship programmes for Nigeria’s service professionals has led to the proliferation of the construction/automobile sectors with quacks. The attendant effect of this is apparent in instances of sub-standard buildings; incessant breakdown or malfunction of vehicles amongst others which has adversely affected economic growth. N-Power Build is poised to fill this gap by reviving the apprenticeship culture. N-Power Build is an accelerated training and certification (skills to job) programme that will engage and train 75,000 young, unemployed Nigerians in order to build a new crop of skilled…

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N338m Fraud: Supreme Court Orders Re-Trial Of Ex-Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji

A five-man panel of the Supreme Court on Friday, January 12, 2018 ordered the re-trial of a former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, who was charged with an alleged N338m fraud. The apex court had reserved judgment till today to determine whether or not Ikuforiji should be tried afresh, as ordered by the Court of Appeal. The panel headed by Justice Mary Peter-Odili unanimously ruled that the case be re-assigned to another judge of the Federal High Court instead of Justice Ibrahim Buba, who had…

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Pendulum: My Choice of Candidates in 2019 Presidential Elections By @DeleMomodu 

Fellow Nigerians, thanks for the deluge of messages and phone calls last week after reading my memo to our dear President. I doubt if any article of mine ever generated such amazing interest from the rich and poor, educated and not so educated, alike. The closest to it would be the letter I wrote to our wonderful First Lady of yore, Dame Patience Jonathan at the peak of PDP rascality. For the sake of those still wondering why I wrote so passionately, and objectively, in my last column, let me…

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Uganda Recalls Envoy To US For Beating Wife

Uganda has recalled its deputy ambassador to the United States after the US State Department kicked him out for beating his wife. Dickson Ogwang was asked to leave Washington DC after he reportedly invoked diplomatic immunity to avoid prosecution. Confirming the incident, Uganda’s deputy minister for International Affairs, Okello Oryem, said “it is unfortunate”. “One of our officers had a domestic incident at his house that resulted in him being asked to leave the country; It is unfortunate and we at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recognise that,” he said.…

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SOUNDCITY MVPs Awards Full Winners List

Check out the full list of winners from the 2017 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival.  BEST MALE MVP DAVIDO (NG) RUNTOWN (NG) DIAMOND PLATNUMZ (TZ) – WINNER SARKODIE (GH) NAVIO (UG) 2FACE IDIBIA (NG) WIZKID (NG) SHATTA WALE (GH) OLAMIDE (NG) BEST FEMALE MVP TIWA SAVAGE (NG) – WINNER NINIOLA (NG) BABES WODUMO (SA) SIMI (NG) BECCA (GH) SEYI SHAY (NG) YEMI ALADE (NG) BUCIE (SA) VANESSA MDEE (TZ) BEST HIP HOP M.I ABAGA (NIGERIA) SARKODIE (GHANA) CASSPER NYOVEST (SOUTH AFRICA) – WINNER OLAMIDE (NG) NASTY C (SOUTH AFRICA) FALZ (NIGERIA)…

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Ikoyi Prison Set To Be Relocated To Epe 

The Lagos State Government has activated discussions with the Federal Government to relocate Ikoyi Prison to the outskirt of Epe, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, said on Friday. Speaking at a media parley with judiciary correspondents and editors in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, Kazeem said the prison, which was established in 1955, has outlived its suitability for the present location, and there was need to relocate it to another place where it would better perform its primary duty of serving as a correctional centre. He…

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