I Want To Live Forever, Not Physically But Like Bob Marley – Music Star, Wizkid

Ace Nigerian musician, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, has revealed that late iconic singer, Bob Marley, is a great inspiration to him. In a recent interview, the Essence crooner said while discussing his upcoming album, ‘More Love Less Ego’ that along with managing his ego, he aims to ‘live forever’ through his music like Marley. Wizkid said his resolve to ensure he achieves the second aim was even made firmer when he attended a Bob Marley musical play, ‘Get Up, Stand Up’. “I want to live forever. Not physically, but for whatever I create to live forever,” he explained. According to Big Wiz watching the Marley musical play reaffirmed what he wanted for his life. He said; “I was like, ‘Yo, we’re watching a Bob Marley play and this guy died decades ago.’ “I didn’t even know that he died at 36. He did so much at a young age. It just reaffirms what I do; I have to keep taking this to the highest heights. “Because I know one day they’re definitely going to create a play about …

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Bill Gates’ Ex-Wife, Melinda Is Dating Again Months after Separating From Second Husband

Melinda Gates who became one of the richest women in the world following her split from her ex-husband, Bill Gates, is dating again. Insiders told TMZ that Melinda has been dating former TV reporter, Jon Du Pre for a few months and maybe longer. Du Pre is a former reporter and touts himself as a Strategic Communications Specialist, with 35 years of experience in broadcasting, writing, video production, public speaking and more. He was a TV correspondent for Fox News Channel in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Melinda hasn’t been seen a whole lot publicly since she and Bill finalized their divorce in August. She and Jon were spotted together at a Nets and Celtics game back in April. While it is unclear how they met, it was however learnt that they and some family members recently hit Pelican Hill, the 5-star hotel in Newport Beach.

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PDP: Ortom, Others Woo Bauchi Governor

By Olaide Ayinde Bauchi – Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue alongside three other People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday paid solidarity visit to their counterpart of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ortom was accompanied in the visit by Nyesome Wike of Rivers, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State. Ortom, who is also the leader of the PDP Governors’ Integrity Group, otherwise called PDP – G5, met Mohammed behind closed doors at the Government House, Bauchi. Wike, who spoke on behalf of the leader of the team, appologised on behalf of Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde, who could not make the trip due to other engagements outside the country. He said the visit was in solidarity to fraternise with Mohammed over the recent happenings between him and the PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar. “We are here to find out how things are with him, and if there are areas we could offer useful advice to him. “Whatever affects him, affects us generally and that is why we came and nothing more …

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U.S Elections; Buhari Congratulates Nigerian-Americans On Election Victory

By Ismaila Chafe Abuja, – President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated eight Nigerian-Americans on their victory in the United States midterm elections. In Georgia State, Segun Adeyina, Gabe Okoye, Solomon Adesanya, Tish Naghise, and Phil Olaleye won their legislative seats as State Representatives in their Districts. Similarly, Carol Kazeem won the Pennsylvania State Representative in District 159 while Esther Agbaje was re-elected as Minnesota State Representative in District 59B. Dr. Oye Owolewa was also re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (Shadow Representative) in Washington D.C. Buhari, who prayed for their successful tenure in office, thanked them for their invaluable support and partnerships, over the years, with groups affiliated with the ideals and objectives of Nigerians in Diaspora associations in the United States. The president also restated his unflinching support for every Nigerian excelling at home and abroad. According to him, compatriots who succeed in good causes are assets to the nation and the continent, noting that their contributions will always be remembered and celebrated. (NAN)

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Buhari dragged to court for N100bn over Ararume’s alleged unlawful removal as NNPC Chairman

President Muhammadu Buhari has been dragged to the Federal High Court in Abuja for N100 billion over the alleged unlawful removal of Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Ararume as a non-Executive Chairman of the newly Incorporated Nigeria National Petroleum Company, (NNPC). Ararume is demanding the huge sum as damages caused him in the alleged unlawful manner he was removed as the NNPC Chief after using his name to incorporate the entity. The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/691/2022 was instituted on his behalf by a group of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) comprising Chief Chris Uche, Ahmed Raji, Mahmud Magaji, Ogwu James Onoja, K.C Nwufor and Gordy Uche. In the suit, Ararume formulated four issues for determination by the court among which was whether in view of the provisions of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the NNPC, Companies and Allied Matters Act 2010 and the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, the office of the non-Executive Chairman is not governed and regulated by the stated provisions of the law. He is also asking the court to determine whether by the interpretation of Section 63 (3) …

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China Launches First Technical Trade Service Platform For Africa

Changsha, – The China-Africa Technical Measures to Trade Research and Evaluation Base was on Wednesday launched in Changsha, capital of central China’s Hunan Province, according to Changsha Customs.It is China’s first technical trade service platform for Africa.The signing ceremony for this base was held at the Summit on High-quality Development of Non-tariff Measures to Trade during the ongoing fifth China International Import Expo (CIIE).According to the Yuhua administration committee of the Changsha area of the China, the main functions of the base include information collection, advisory services, impact surveys, and promotion of standardisation.The base has a team of 139 experts in the fields of China-Africa trade and economy, international finance and taxation, testing and standardisation.Also experts of engineering machinery, rail transportation equipment, and agricultural food.With the help of a digital platform, the base will automate the capturing of notifications of technical trade measures of 54 African countries to provide both intelligent support and technical trade information sharing services.The base will carry out the collection, collation and analysis of information on technical trade measures of products, report risk warning information, and …

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2023: Mixed reactions as presidential candidates avoid debates

Amid the political campaigns for the 2023 presidential election slated for February next year, many Nigerians have expressed worry about presidential candidates delegating proxies for political debates, fearing it might deny them first hand interaction with the candidates. This is coming against the backdrop of failure by some of the leading presidential candidates to honour the last debate hosted by Arise Television. Recall that Arise TV had organised a live debate last Sunday. The debate, which hosted presidential candidates from various political parties in Abuja to interact with Nigerians, was a collaboration between Arise TV and the Centre for Development and Democracy, CDD. Four presidential candidates, among those invited, were present at the debate. They were the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party, Kola Abiola. The absence of the presidential candidates for the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, who were conspicuously missing from the debate. The two prominent candidates …

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2023: Wike, Ortom other aggrieved PDP Govs visit Bala Mohammed in Bauchi

Four of the five aggrieved governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP are currently in Bauchi State allegedly, to lure Governor Bala Mohammed to their camp. The Nation reports that the G-5 comprising Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Samuel Ortom of Benue, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu States arrived at the Bauchi Government House around 12:30. The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, who is also part of the governors demanding the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, was, however, absent. The development is coming amid a rift between Bala and the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. Recall that Governor Bala who doubles as vice chairman of the Atiku Campaign Council in the Northeast, alleged that Atiku picked campaign coordinators from his State without consulting him. In his letter to Ayu, Mohammed opened up on how he was hurt by Atiku and demanded an apology.

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APGA crisis: Game over, hang up your boots – Njoku tell Oye

The embattled national Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Edozie Njoku, has told Chief Victor Oye to shield his sword in the interest of the party. He declared that the game is over. This is following a letter which came out on November 7, from former Supreme Court justice Mary Odili, clarifying the true leadership of the party. Mrs. Odili, in the letter made a correction in her panel’s judgement of October 2021, wherein the name of Victor Oye was erroneously inserted instead of Edozie Njoku. Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday after the correction was made on Monday, Njoku begged everyone involved in the matter to put down their swords and allow peace to reign. “I beg everybody involved, particularly Chief Victor Oye to put down his sword because the game is up,” he said. He also asked the governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Soludo to rise to the occasion, insisting that failure to come together at this point would be catastrophic for the party in the coming elections. “By virtue of his being …

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Half Salaries: You must stop provoking ASUU members – Falana tells FG

Rights activist, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), has urged the Federal Government to stop provoking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in a dispute over wages. Falana stated this while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, on Tuesday. According to him, the lecturers should be paid their full salaries for the months they were on strike. Recall that ASUU members were on strike between February and October this year, crippling academic activities in public universities across Nigeria. ASUU called off their eight-month strike on Oct. 14 after the National Industrial Court (NIC) ordered the lecturers to resume. However, the Federal Government paid half-salaries for the month of Oct., angering ASUU members. The Federal Government had explained that the lecturers were paid based on the days they worked in the stated month. But speaking on the development, Falana, a counsel to ASUU, said on Tuesday, “The doctrine of ‘no work, no pay’ is totally inapplicable to ASUU members. “We are asking all Nigerians who mounted pressure on ASUU to call off the strike . . . all of us …

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Buhari absent as Osinbajo presides over hybrid FEC meeting

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over a hybrid meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari travelled to the United Kingdom for a routine medical check-up. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari; and National Security Adviser, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno are attending the meeting physically. Ministers physically present at the meeting are those of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; and Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. Others are those of Aviation, Hadi Sirika; Police Affairs, Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi; Science and Technology, Adeleke Mamora Power, Abubakar Aliyu; Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite. Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State for Niger Delta, is also at the meeting. At the last meeting on Wednesday, FEC approved the variation order for the East West road project sections 1-4 from N246 billion to N506 billion.

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2023 Presidency: Why Yorubas will reject APC to vote Atiku – Akinlade

The deputy governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, has described Yorubas in the South West as very intelligent individuals who would not vote based on ethnic sentiments in 2023. Akinlade said the people of the South West would rather reject the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that has “put them under extreme hunger and poverty.” He made this statement at an extended meeting of the PDP in Yewa South Local Government, held at the Engr. Tetede Hall, Ilaro, Ogun State. The 2019 governorship candidate said some individuals are already ‘dreaming’ that the South West votes are already in the kitty for the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu; saying, however, that this is not true. According to Akinlade, the PDP is already in control of two out of the six states in the South West, expressing confidence that Ogun would join the list in 2023. “Atiku Abubakar will win in 2023. I am saying this based on available data. In 2019 when the APC had President Muhammadu Buhari as a returning candidate and …

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EPL: Newcastle will beat them – Emmanuel Petit makes four predictions

Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder, Emmanuel Petit has predicted the four teams to finish top four this season Arsenal is currently sitting top of the league table with Manchester City breathing down their necks. Apart from Arsenal and Manchester City several clubs are in contention for a Champions League place. Asked for his take on the top-four race, Petit told Lord Ping: “The competition will be fierce and Chelsea is far away. “Man City will win the Premier League title, Arsenal will finish second, Liverpool will finish third and I think Newcastle will beat Tottenham, Chelsea and Man United to the fourth spot.”

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World Cup: It’s disappointing – Arteta reacts as Brazil drops Gabriel from squad

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said it is a disappointment that Gabriel Magalhaes was dropped from Brazil’s squad for the 2022 World Cup. Arteta has, however, urged the defender to use it as motivation to “improve”, so he could “be ready” for the next tournament. Gabriel’s teammates at the Emirates, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli, both made the cut, however. But Selecao manager Tite opted to call up Thiago Silva, Gleison Bremer, Eder Militao and Marquinhos instead of Gabriel. “For Gabi, it is a disappointment, but when you look at the squad that they have and the experience they have in that position, you have to understand that and it’s another challenge for him. “He needs to be ready for the next one, he needs to improve and carry on with the good things that he’s been doing,” Arteta said. Brazil begins this campaign against Serbia on November 24, before they play Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G.

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Ghana’s inflation hits 40.4% in October

Ghana’s inflation figure jumped to a 40.4 percent high in October compared to 37.2 percent last month. This was revealed in a statement by Ghana Government Statistician, Mr Samuel Annim, on Wednesday. By implication, the figure will impact the pressure on the country’s central bank to continue increasing borrowing costs, already at a five-year high. The figure exceeded the median expectation of 39.5%. Nigeria’s inflation figure will be released next week.

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Israeli President Herzog Aims To Hand Out Govt Mandate Soon

Tel Aviv, Israeli President Isaac Herzog announced on Wednesday that he would issue a mandate to form a new government as early as this Sunday. The president made the announcement following the success of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in recent parliamentary elections. After receiving the official results of the Nov. 1 election, Herzog said he wanted to complete consultations with the various party leaders by Friday. Each party will recommend its own candidate to form a government. It is widely believed that Netanyahu will get the job. The right-wing religious camp of the long-time former prime minister won 64 of 120 seats in the election. This was Israel’s fifth election in three and a half years after an eight-party coalition broke up in June when it lost the majority after only 12 months. The centrist Yesh Atid party of incumbent head of government Yair Lapid came second to Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party. For the first time, third place went to a far-right alliance that can expect to join the government. Herzog called on all parties to preserve the unity …

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