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Joro tell ladies: Not every relationship must lead to marriage

Relationship expert, Joro Olumofin has taken out his time to carefully list out some notes to be taken by single and desperate ladies.

In a video he posted a while ago on his Instagram page, Joro stated that not all relationship would lead to marriage, so on that note ladies shouldn’t get desperate when the love goes sour.

” This needs to be said. Ladies, Not every relationship is going to lead to Marriage. Some relationships are meant to teach you a lesson for the next one. Stop setting mental traps for yourself. Men are taking advantage of women because of this.

You’ll see ladies washing plate, doing chores for boyfriends family members because they have set wedding date in their mind.

Relationship expert, Joro Olumofin

Also, the association of “God when”. Ladies have said God when so much that when they meet any guy he is definitely God sent and he’s the ONE.

Ladies, take control of this narrative. Let guys be the one saying God when will this girl say yes to me, he captioned the video.” he shared.


NEMA: 161 Nigerians finds way back home from Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received another batch of 161 stranded Nigerians from Mtiga in Libya.

The acting Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, received the returnees on Thursday night in Lagos.

Farinloye said that the Nigerians arrived the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, late on Thursday night.

According to him, the returnees were brought via Al Buraq Air Boeing 737 aircraft with flight number UZ 189 and registration number 5A-DMG.

He said that the Nigerians were brought by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and European Union on the platform of the Assisted Voluntary Returnees (AVR) Programme.

Farinloye also said that the returnees comprised of 48 female adults, four female children, five female infants as well as 102 adult males, one male child and one infant male.

NobleReporters learnt that other agencies that received the returnees included the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

Farinloye said: “This batch brought the total number of voluntary returnees from Libya to 14,045, which is made up of 8,200 males and 5,845 females.”

One of the returnees, an indigene of Akure, Ondo State, who preferred anonymity, while narrating her ordeal, said she was 19 years when she left Nigeria.

The returnee said that she spent a year and three months before she decided to return to Nigeria.

She explained that she left Nigeria due to pressure on her when her mother had mental health problems and the father of her child abandoned them.

“I was left with the tasks of fending for my siblings, mother and my daughter.

“My mother’s relations and friends abandoned us. I was a tailoring apprentice after my husband left us.

“My mum was thrown out of the house because we could not afford to pay for rent,’’ she narrated.

According to her, feeding became a serious problem, my siblings could not continue schooling and they dropped out of school.

“No one was there for us. I had no alternative than to seek more opportunities outside when I was told that I could secure good jobs.

“It was unfortunate that the so-called good jobs were meant to destroy our future. Most of our ladies are located in connection job while a handful in “Arabu” works.

“Arabu work is like the job of a house maid which goes with unpleasant experience from torture to overworking into very late hours and waking up very early. The `connection job’ is like introducing ladies to prostitution.

“ The worst of it all was that all efforts to raise money became fruitless as militants or police could burst into our houses, robbed us of our belongings and went away with everything we had worked for over there,’’ she said.

According to her, trying to send something through a Nigerian, you have to part with the same amount you wish to send.

She explained that a Nigerian would collect cash and asked his relation in Nigeria to send half of the amount to the person that the money was meant for,” she said.

The returnee said: “I will never encourage anyone to embark on this type of perilous journey as it is just a waste of one’s life for the period spent on this type of journey. Though it was an experience but a very bad one.

“I need assistance to start my life. My mother is better health wise and she is hawking pure water now.

“I learnt IOM and other organisations are helping people like us.

“ I want to complete my fashion designing apprenticeship but need to source for a means of feeding while I am under apprenticeship.”


Sack security chiefs; Arrest and investigate them – More Nigerians demand ..

Following renewed calls for the sacking of the security chiefs by Nigerians, including some senators and regional groups amid unabated state of insecurity in the country, Saturday PUNCH conducted online polls to gauge the feelings of ordinary Nigerians.

The polls conducted on Twitter and Facebook on Friday indicate that more Nigerians want the President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to sack the service chiefs, describing them as “failures”.

In the Twitter poll involving 3,137 persons, 82.6 per cent of the voters (2,591 respondents) called on Buhari to sack the service chiefs while 5.3 per cent of the respondents (166) did not support the call. The third option – I don’t care – was the view of 12.1 per cent of the voters (380).

The Twitter poll opened at 11.49am and closed at 5.59pm.

On Facebook, as of the time of filing this report at 8.30pm, the poll which opened at 1.30pm had 2,916 respondents. According to the poll, 91.7 per cent of the voters (that is, 2,674 respondents) called for the sacking of the service chiefs while the remaining 8.3 per cent (242 respondents) voted that they should not be sacked.

Some senators on Wednesday called on Buhari to sack the service chiefs and appoint new ones as they deliberated on a motion on the security challenges and the need to restructure the security architecture.

The service chiefs are Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Similarly, regional groups including Igbo apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere and Pan Niger Delta Forum, recently backed the call by the lawmakers to sack the service chiefs.

Many comments on the pages of Punch newspaper on Facebook and Twitter are also largely in support of the sacking of the service chiefs.

For instance, Nwafor Obiorah in a Facebook post, said, “They have overstayed, a lack of new ideas, they are not supposed to stay for more than three years.”

“They should be sacked because they have failed in their responsibility,” Kenoye Tolukorimi also said on Facebook.

Ezinne Okoro, who expressed surprise at the question posed by Saturday PUNCH in the poll on Facebook, said, “Which kind question be this naa? You don’t need to ask biko (please). They should have all resigned since (Buhari inclusive) if they had shame. But unfortunately, they don’t have.”

Most of the comments on the platform toed the line of Okoro, saying sacking the service chiefs would not be enough. They said Buhari should resign after sacking them.

Om’Oghene Dennis Orido, in his post on the platform, said, “In addition to their sacking, Buhari should as well resign as a matter of urgency.”

Also according to David Omochi, who described killings under the Buhari regime as too much, “after sacking them, Mr President should sack himself for disappointing in five years”.

“PMB should sack them with himself included, they are all failure (sic),” Casmier Anthony Chinonso said on the social media platform.

On Twitter, @Zismark1 noted that sacking the service chiefs was important to discourage complacency and mediocrity.

“Whoever comes next will know that they can be sacked if change isn’t implemented, and that lack of security in unacceptable in such a nation as Nigeria. We have come forward too much to be dragged back by little things as insecurity (sic),” @Zismark1 said.

@FashanuFemi, who also commented on Twitter said, “Sack them and appoint new service chiefs that have modern security experience.”

According to @OnwubikoUche1, new ideas are needed as “you can’t still be doing something in the same way and expect different result”.

However, @fabulouskelechi, who noted that the options provided by Saturday PUNCH in its poll were not enough, said, “Sack them and resign, this list is incomplete. Add resign to it…”

According to @sf_adebayo, beyond sacking the service chiefs, the government should order their probe.

“Sack them all. Arrest and investigate them,” the Twitter user said.

Recently, the Federal Government raised the alarm that Boko Haram’s alliance with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria increased the possibility of it (Boko Haram) deploying chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive attacks in the future.

On January 8, the convoy of the theatre commander in charge of the military taskforce in the North-East, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, was attacked by the insurgents. A driver attached to the commander was said to have been killed while two other soldiers were injured.

Also, between January 17 and 18, no fewer than 17 soldiers were said to have been killed while many others were abducted by the insurgents in two confrontations with troops on the Bama-Gwoza Highway.

Even though the Nigerian Army dismissed the report as false, the insurgents were also said to have carted away some arms, ammunition and vehicles belonging to the Nigerian Army.

More soldiers were said to have been killed in recent times by the insurgents.

Also, on Christmas Day, the terrorists killed 11 Christian hostages, saying their action was to avenge the killing of their leaders, Abu bakr al-Baghdadi and Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir, in Iraq and Syria.

On Monday, January 20, as well, the insurgents beheaded the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, whom they had earlier abducted.

The CAN Chairman in Adamawa State, Rev Fr Dami Mamza, told journalists that the insurgents had demanded €2m before they could release Andimi, but that they were offered N50m, which they rejected before they killed the cleric. He noted that negotiations were ongoing when they got information that he had been killed.

On January 26, the insurgents also bombed a mosque in Gwoza, Borno State, killing a 12-year-old and leaving many injured.

No fewer than 13 persons were killed on Monday in a fresh attack by gunmen in the Bokos Local Government Area of Plateau State. This came barely two weeks after suspected Fulani herdsmen killed 12 people in the Mangu Local Government Area of the state.

Last week, a renowned alternative therapist, Alhaji Fatai Yusuf, aka Okooloyun, was shot dead on the Eruwa-Igboora Road in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State.

Yusuf was said to be on his way from an outing around 4.30pm when gunmen shot at his vehicle.

Also, bandits on January 16 killed 31 people in two separate attacks.

While 29 people were killed at the Babban Rafi village in the Gummi Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Tuesday, two health workers were also killed at Makosa village in the Zurmi Local Government Area of the state.

The attacks occurred the day before Governor Bello Matawalle, at the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Gusua, the state capital, on Wednesday, warned unrepentant bandits to surrender their arms.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Usman Nagoggo, on January 8, said no fewer than 6,319 people were killed by bandits in the state in 2019.

Also, the village head of Rumache in Kukoki Ward, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Ahmad Yakubu, was killed by gunmen last week while 17 others were abducted in four other communities of the state.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has repeatedly claimed that Boko Haram has been “technically” defeated as the President corroborated this at the Armed Forces emblem launching in Abuja on October 16 when he said “the Boko Haram terrorists have been substantially defeated and degraded to the extent that they are only daring soft targets.”

Apparently shocked by a spate of killings by the insurgents in recent times, Buhari said on Tuesday when he received a delegation of Eminent and Respected Citizens of Niger State led by Governor Abubakar Bello, in the State House, Abuja, that the recent activities of the terrorist group were surprising.

He had said, “During our campaigns, we knew about the Boko Haram. What is coming now is surprising. It is not ethnicity or religion, rather it is one evil plan against the country. We have to be harder on them. One of the responsibilities of government is to provide security.”

Also, the European Parliament in its resolution of January 16 said there had not been progress made in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.

And following renewed attacks that have led to the killing of more soldiers and civilians, including women and children, the National Assembly had asked the President to sack the service chiefs or they should resign from office.

At the upper chamber, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, led the discourse by seeking the restructuring of the security architecture while some other senators asked the President to sack the service chiefs. And in a rather different twist, the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, called on the President to resign, a call that angered some senators loyal to Buhari.

Insecurity: PDP reports Buhari, S’ Court to US, UK

Meanwhile, leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party and members in the National Assembly on Friday stormed the United States Embassy and United Kingdom High Commission in Abuja to protest against the security challenges facing the country as well as the January 14 judgment of the Supreme Court sacking Emeka Ihedioha as Imo State governor.

The Supreme Court declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for last year’s governorship poll, Hope Uzodinma, as the rightful winner of the election.

The PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, submitted their petitions to the two embassies.

Secondus told reporters after submitting the petitions that Buhari must resign because of his government’s inability to protect the citizens, alleging that his regime had lost control of the country’s security.

He claimed Nigeria had the highest number of internally displaced persons in Africa.

Secondus said, “There is a need for the international community to come to the assistance of our dear country because Nigeria is a member of the comity of nations. Nigeria is not an island. It is a member of the United Nations. When things go wrong, the international community can come to advise; that is why we are here.

“The contents of our petition are for the international community to come to the aid of Nigeria and to advise our government to obey the rule of law, especially as it relates to the National Assembly and the judiciary.

“Over the past few weeks, we have passed through very difficult and challenging times. The case in question is Imo State. We have submitted our petition. We have addressed a press conference

“As we speak, Mr President has lost control of security. Our nation is in danger. We are in pain and we are in trouble. As a party, we cannot keep our hands crossed and be waiting for the propaganda of the Presidency. This country belongs to all Nigerians. Today, we backed our Senate Minority Leader (Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe) asking and demanding that Buhari should resign because he has lost control absolutely. It is not the time for propaganda and it is not time for the Presidency to respond to issues that are very sensitive and germane to the foundation of our country.

“The issue is that our people are dying and are in hunger. You cannot travel from Abuja to Kaduna, you cannot go to Minna, you cannot go on the road.

The PDP in their letters of protest titled, ‘Perversion of justice: Deliberate efforts at truncating democracy in Nigeria’, to the US Ambassador, Mary Leonard, and the UK High Commissioner, alleged that there was a miscarriage of justice in the Supreme Court judgment.

The party also alleged that the executive arm and the ruling APC had been influencing the outcomes of election petitions in various courts.

The party said, “On January 14, 2020, the Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Muhammad Tanko, in a most bizarre judgment and against the dictates of all laws and judicial practice, overturned the Imo State governorship election clearly won by Emeka Ihedioha/PDP, who had been sworn in, and handed the state over to the APC and its candidate, Hope Uzodinma.

“It is instructive to inform you that this perversion of justice has already sparked protests in various parts of our country and has become a clear threat to peace, unity and stability of our nation and the survival of our democracy.”

The PDP called on the US and UK to take more than a passing glance to this serious issue in order to avoid an imminent breakdown of law and order.

Ex-security chiefs back call for service chiefs’ sacking

Retired military and police officers, as well as other security experts advised the Federal Government to overhaul the counter-insurgency operation and acquire high-grade weapons for the military.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, an ex-general noted that the retention of the service chiefs by Buhari had affected the morale of service personnel.

He said the counter-insurgency war was not recording progress because “there are no new ideas.”

The general added, “The call for the sacking of the service chiefs is very justified. If a service chief stays in office for three years, and if an officer is presented for promotion, he cannot be promoted for those three years.

“The situation has affected a lot of us and it led to our retirement from service; many others were also stagnated on their ranks.”

He added, “I advise the President to review the war and replace the service chiefs with new hands. We are having problems in the North-East because there are no new ideas. How can a man from the North-East as the Chief of Staff be there and there is no progress?”

A retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Austin Iwar, said the service chiefs could be replaced if they had exhausted their capacity, adding that replacing them with new hands was in order if the new hands could bring new inspiration into the war.

He stated, “I think it is good to try new hands. If these people have stayed for too long and there is a lot of noise about their capacity. I believe they are very committed, but whether they have exhausted their capacity is the issue. And if they have exhausted it, we should look for new hands that can bring new inspiration into the war.”

A retired Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, advised the government to consider the demands of the lawmakers and act accordingly.

He said, “The service chiefs were appointed in line with the rules of engagement, the Armed Forces Act and the constitution. If Nigerians are asking for a change of service chiefs, the government should look into it and find out whether the call is legitimate and backed by facts and act as necessary.”

He said it would be unnerving if the terrorists could produce rockets, adding that the security forces must increase their intelligence capability and stop such ‘strange development.’

Also, a security expert and senior researcher at the Transnational Threats and International Crime Programme, Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria, South Africa, Dr Akinola Ejodame Olojo, said to counter the threat posed by Boko Haram and ISWAP’s capacity and capability to build rockets, the FG must urgently supply the military with high-grade weapons.


7+ Nigerians who have been nominated for Grammy award and winners

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is scheduled for today January 26, 2020, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, United States. It will recognize the best recordings, compositions, and artists from October 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019.

Nigerian singer Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, better known as Burna Boy is in the race for the Best World Music Album category.

He is competing for the award with Altin Gun (Gece), Nathalie Joachim and Angelique Kidjo(Celia).

Burna Boy: Nigerians expect him to win the Grammys on Sunday

Expectations are high in Nigeria that Burna Boy will win the Award with his ‘African Giant, multiple award-winning album.

Here are Nigerians who have won the awards in the past:

Sade Adu

Sade Adu:

Sade Adu, British-Nigerian singer, who turned 61 on 16 January, 2020 has been one of Nigeria’s most successful singers. While the likes of Olamide, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Small Doctor, Phyno, and the rest have never dreamt of winning a Grammy Award, Sadu Adu made history as the first Nigerian singer to have won a Grammy.

Born on January 16, 1959, in Ibadan, Nigeria, Sade was raised in London. He had been nominated for the Grammy awards nine times and won four times.

She won her first Grammy in 1986 in the Best New Artist category. She also won the Best R&B Performance by a duo or group with vocals in 1994 for the song, “No Ordinary Love.”

Sade Adu also won another Grammy in 2002 in the category of the Best Pop Vocal Album, with the song “Lovers Rock,” while in 2011, she won the Best R&B Performance by a group with vocals for “Soldier of Love.”

Sikiru Adepoju

Sikiru Adepoju:

69 year-old Sikiru Adepoju is a percussionist and recording artist from Nigeria, primarily in the genres of traditional African music and world music. He plays a variety of instruments and styles.

Born in Eruwa, Oyo State, Adepoju was a member of Ebenezer Obey’s Inter Reformers Band until he left for the US in 1985. In the US, the ‘drummer boy’ joined O. J. Ekemode’s Nigerian All-Stars, and three months later met Babatunde Olatunji.

He became an integral part of Olatunji’s Drums of Passion, and through Olatunji met Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart

Mickey Hart and Adepoju in 2009 with their Grammys

He was part of Mickey Hart’s group Planet Drum, whose title album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album in 1991, the first year there was a Grammy in that category. He was also part of Mickey Hart’s latest group Global Drum Project, whose title album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles 8 February 2009.

Olalekan Babalola

Olalekan Babalola:

Lekan Babalola, born in 1960, is a Nigerian jazz percussionist and musician. Born in Lagos State, Nigeria where he began playing the conga at a young age, he has released seven albums and jointly won two Grammy Awards.

After primary and secondary education in Agege Lagos and Iwo in Oyo state, he left Nigeria for England in 1980 to study automobile engineering at the Chelsea College of Aeronautical and Automobile Engineering.

He however dropped the engineering programme for music and later enrolled at the Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design where he studied filmmaking. He later went to to the Northern Film School for a master’s degree.

After crossing the Atlantic to the US, he began his musical career with the Samba Samba Band and later New York City-based Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers band, where he perfected playing the Bongo drums and performing jazz music. Upon his return to the U.K, Babalola later went on to work with notable acts including Prince, Ernest Ranglin, Branford Marsalis, African Jazz All Stars, Roy Ayers, David Byrne, Damon Albarn, Tony Allen amongst others. In 2006, he won his first Grammy Award for his work on Ali Farka Touré’s In the Heart of the Moon in which he was credited in three tracks. He also won a second Grammy in 2009 for his work on Cassandra Wilson’s 2008 album titled Loverly.

Hakeem-Seriki, a.k.a Chamillionaire

Hakeem Seriki:

Nigerian-American Hakeem Seriki, better known by his stage name Chamillionaire is a rapper, entrepreneur, and investor from Houston, Texas. He was born November 28, 1979 in Washington D.C to a Muslim Nigerian father and an African-American Christian mother. He moved to Houston, Texas at the age of four

He began his career independently with local releases in 2002, including the collaborative album Get Ya Mind Correct with fellow Houston rapper and childhood friend Paul Wall. He signed to Universal Records in 2005 and released The Sound of Revenge under Universal. It included hit singles “Turn It Up” featuring Lil’ Flip and the number-one, Grammy-winning hit “Ridin’” featuring Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. The song won the Grammy in 2007 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. It was also nominated for Best Rap song.

Chamillionaire is also known for his most anticipated Mixtape Messiah series, which ran from 2004 until 2009.

He currently serves as the CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment. Chamillionaire was also the founder and an original member of the Color Changin’ Click until the group split in 2005.

Kevin Olusola

Kevin Olusola:

Kevin Olusola, born October 5, 1988 is a Nigerian-American musician, beatboxer, cellist, rapper, record producer, singer, and songwriter. He is also a polyglot.

He was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, to Nigerian-born Oluwole Olusola, a psychiatrist, and Grenadian-born Curline Paul, a nurse.

Olusola’s parents discovered his musical talent when he was six months old and decided to put him in music lessons. He started the piano at age 4, the cello at age 6, and alto sax

Olusola is best known as the beatboxer of the vocal band Pentatonix. After the group won NBC’s The Sing-Off in 2011, they released five albums, which all charted in the top 5 of the Billboard 200 charts, have sold over 2 million records, and have amassed more than two billion views on their YouTube channel.

His group won the Grammys in 2015 and 2016 for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella. The group also won in 2017 for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the song Jolene, which featured Dolly Parton.

At Yale, Olusola planned to pursue medicine and finished all his pre-med requirements. He started as an academic music major, but decided to switch to East Asian Studies after being introduced to China through a 10-day Chinese government sponsored trip for 100 Yale students.

Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel a.k.a Seal

Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, a k.a Seal

He is a British-Nigerian musician, singer, and songwriter. He has sold over 20 million records worldwide, with his first international hit song, “Crazy”, released in 1991; his most celebrated song, “Kiss from a Rose”, was released in 1994.

He is one of the most decorated of musicians with Nigerian background.

Seal had won three Brit Awards; he won Best British Male in 1992, as well as four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.

He was born on 19 February 1963 at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, to Nigerian mother, Adebisi Ogundeji, and Afro-Brazilian father, Francis Samuel. He was raised by a foster family in Westminster, London.

Seal married the German model Heidi Klum in 2005 but divorced in 2014, after four kids.

He had been nominated 14 times for Grammys and won four titles.

He won Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1996. He also won Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2011. Last year, his song Standard was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo:

A British-Nigerian actress, singer and song writer, who played the lead role in the biopic Harriet and was nominated for several awards. Her full name is : Cynthia Onyedinmanasu Chinasaokwu Erivo. She was born in Stockwell England on 8 January, 1987.

Cynthia is multi-talented. Apart from picking awards in theatre and cinema, she also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album in 2017 for Colour Purple.

King Sunny Ade (KSA): nominated twice for Grammys

Nigerians nominated for the award in the past:

King Sunny Ade: The 73 year-old African beats singer first got nominated for a Grammys in 1984 for his Synchro System album. It was in the category ‘Best ethnic or traditional folk recording’.

In 1999, KSA was nominated again for Best World Music award, this time for his Odu album.

Femi Kuti: received four nominations

Femi Kuti

Earned nomination in 2003 for his album ‘Fight to win’.

In 2010, he was nominated again for ‘Day by day’. In 2012, he was nominated for ‘Africa for Africa’. His last nomination was in 2014, for Best World Music Award over his work, No place for my Dream.

Seun Kuti.

Femi Kuti’s younger brother was nominated in 2018 for his work ‘Black Times’.

Michael Babatunde Olatunji:

Michael Babatunde Olatunji

Michael Babatunde Olatunji, Nigeria’s most accomplished drummer who died on April 6, 2003 was nominated in 1998 for Love Drum Talk.

Olatunji who was born in the village of Ajido, near Badagry, Lagos State, moved to the United States on a Rotary International Scholarship in 1950. Educated at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and New York University, Olatunji began his music career by starting a percussion group to make money to fund his studies.

He built a great following among Jazz musicians and had collaborations with many artistes such as John Coltrane who wrote the composition “Tunji” on the 1962 album Coltrane in dedication to him. Olatunji recorded with many other prominent musicians (often credited as “Michael Olatunji”), including Cannonball Adderley (on his 1961 African Waltz album), Horace Silver, Quincy Jones, Pee Wee Ellis, Stevie Wonder, Randy Weston, and with Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln on the pivotal Freedom Now Suite aka We Insist!, and with Grateful Dead member Mickey Hart on his Grammy winning Planet Drum projects. He is also mentioned in the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Free” as recorded on the album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.

Burna Boy

Nominated for Best World Music Album for his work, African Giant. Will he win?


(Check) Nigerian Nominees who lost the Grammy award..

It’s Grammy night, biggest music awards night holding at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, United States. It will recognize the best recordings, compositions, and artists from October 1, 2018, to August 31, 2019.

Nigerian singer Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, better known as Burna Boy is in the race for the Best World Music Album category. He is competing for the award with Altin Gun (Gece), Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley (What Heat), Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet (Fanm D’ayiti) and Angelique Kidjo (Celia).

While we are counting down to the big show, we would like to take a trip down memory lane and bring you four times Nigerians have been nominated for the World Best Music Category of the prestigious award.

The Best World Music Album category recognizes performers outside the United States who showcase non-European, indigenous influences in their body of work. The award was first handed out in 1992 to Mickey Hart.

See below the Nigerians that have earned Grammy nominations in World Best Music Category:

King Sunny Ade

Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye is a juju singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

The living legend, King Sunny Ade, has been nominated for a Grammy twice. The first time was in 1983 in the Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording for his album ‘Synchro System’. The second time was in 1998 for his ‘Odu’ album in the Best World Music category.

Babatunde Olatunji

Michael Babatunde Olatunji

Babatunde Olatunji (April 7, 1927 – April 6, 2003) was a Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist, and recording artist. Olatunji was nominated once for his album Love Drum Talk in 1998.

Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti: received four nominations.

Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti is the eldest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and a grandchild of a political campaigner, women’s rights activist and traditional aristocrat Funmilayo Ransome Kuti. He began his musical career playing in his father’s band, Egypt 80.

Femi Kuti has the highest grammy nominations in Nigeria, he has been nominated four times.

Fight to Win in 2002, Day by Day in 2010, the definitive album that helped to establish Femi as a true original with his own unique style. Africa for Africa in 2012 and “No Place for My Dream” in 2014.

Seun Kuti

Seun Kuti

Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti the youngest son of famous afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Seun leads his father’s former band Egypt 80.

Seun fetched his first Grammy nomination with his album Black Times in 2019. His nomination came on the heels of his older brother Femi who had been nominated four times in the category. It also marked the first time two brothers have been nominated in the same Grammy category.


$200 fraud: Suspect agreed to accusation

A 21-year-old Internet fraudster, Arowolo Ariremako, has admitted to defrauding an American of the sum of $200.

Ariremako, who appeared before a Federal High Court in Osogbo, Osun State, on Tuesday, pleaded guilty to the offences bordering on fraud preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The EFCC prosecutor, Oluwatoyin Owodunni, explained that Ariremako defrauded an American, identified simply as Gray.

The defendant was said to have obtained the sum of $200 from the American.

According to the prosecutor, the defendant opened a fake email account and posed as a woman to defraud his victim.

The counsel for the defendant, Abayomi Alawode, urged the court to be lenient with his client, saying Ariremako could still be useful to the nation.

Justice Peter Lifu found Ariremako guilty of fraud.

He, however, adjourned the matter to January 31, 2020, for sentencing.


Just in: Obasanjo advise Nigerian youths

The former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has charged Nigerian Youth to be entrepreneurs.

Obasanjo who gave this charges at the commissioning of Heritage Apparel established by a London-base Entrepreneur, Abisade Adenubi at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, commended her for keying into his initiative of making Adire a global outfit.

Obasanjo, however, urged youths and other investors to support and learn from the London-based entrepreneur who came to invest in the country.

He said, “After the initiative from me, the one who has taken it to greatest height is this young woman, Abisade, and the credit for where we are today should go to her.

“My advice for entrepreneurs is that they should come and learn from her and she will tell them the problems she encountered including the problem from convincing me to have what we have here today.”

The founder and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Apparels, Adenubi while speaking with newsmen in Abeokuta shortly after the former President has commissioned her textile factory, expressed readiness in partnering with the Adire section of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library on how to begin mass production of the indigo-dyed cloth made in southwestern Nigeria popularly called Adire.

She added that plans are underway to begin mass production of garments and apparels which include mass production of uniforms for security operatives, public sector officials, schools, among others.

The lawyer cum entrepreneur further explained that the textile factory is planning to ensure there is an evolution in the process and practices of how Adire is being made.

Adenubi added that the company would also partner with the real makers of Adire so as to achieve the evolution.

She further disclosed that the textile factory has engaged the service of about 40 people in the state so that they can begin to learn the economic empowerment of working in the textile business.

Speaking on why she ventured into manufacturing, Adenubi revealed that the low production quality in Nigeria made her establish her own textile factory.

She said, “I am in fashion business for about ten years ago and I have problems with manufacturing. I was manufacturing abroad, India, Thailand, and UK and I felt that reduce the availability of my garment in Nigeria. So, I tried to research to see what I can find here, but the quality was not what I wanted. So, I decided to set up my own manufacturing factory and here we are today.

“We are into garment and what we are going to be doing is to produce garment in high volume and mass production including apparels like uniform for school, uniform for security businesses, uniform for public sector officials. I am also working with designers as well for those who want to increase their capacity to retail.

“My firm belief is that we should not be exporting our economic development to other country and I think we have the responsibility to empower our local people, we are Nigerians and we should be Nigerians even in spite of the economic reality.

“I have not taken over Adire because it is a culture heritage for people of Abeokuta in Ogun state. What we want to do is to see an evolution of processes and practices of how we made Adire. We are going to partner the real makers of Adire to achieve this evolution.

“We already have about 40 people employed with us and they are not the elites. They have already began to explore the economic empowerment by working here.

“What we are focusing on at the moment is establishing the garment factory which is the one of the key act of the factory. So, we want to have the necessary things that we would need before we can go into the Adire production.”


23 year-old Nigerian teacher sold into slavery in Lebanon released

A 23-year-old teacher and single mother, Omolola Ajayi who was trafficked to Lebanon has been rescued by the Nigerian government after her video calling for help went viral.

Nigerians in Diaspora Commission in a statement in Abuja on Monday confirmed the rescue of Ajayi from the home of her “master” she was sold to.

The commission said Ajayi, an indigene of Osun state, is now safely in Beirut with the Nigerian Ambassador to Lebanon.

Spokesman of NIDCOM, Abdul-Rahman Balogun said, “Update on the trafficked Nigerian girl to Lebanon. She is now happily in the hands of the Nigerian ambassador in Beirut. She will be home soon.”

In a viral video which circulated on social media last week, the captive explained her ordeal in the hands of her employer in Lebanon.

Narrating her ordeal in both Yoruba and English, she said her boss had made life miserable since arriving the country.

In the video, Ajayi said a family friend linked her up with an agent who took her to Lebanon with a promise to get her a teaching job, but instead of being offered a teaching job, her passport was confiscated while her employers allegedly attempted to rape her.

She said, unknown to her, she was being sold into slavery, and therefore begged the Nigerian government to come to her rescue so she could be mother of her three-year-old child.

NIDCOM Chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa also tweeted;

“Breaking news. Update on the viral video of trafficked Nigerian girl in Lebanon. She is now happily in the hands of the Nigerian Amb in Beirut, received warmly and happy to be in safe hands. She will be home soon by Gods grace.”

“The alleged trafficker has been arrested and will be handed over to NAPTIP.The family of the lady have been traced ..Kwara Gov is personally on the matter. All hands on deck to ensure the trafficked lady returns.”

Three suspects were arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Ilorin, Kwara state, in connection with the incident.

Chief Press Secretary to Kwara state Governor Rafiu Ajakaye said in a statement that two Nigerians and a Lebanese had been arrested in connection with the crime.


Never Again! We should borrow that credo – Wole Soyinka warned

Prof. Wole Soyinka, Nigeria’s only Nobel Laureate has warned that the nation cannot afford to lose another 2.5 million people to war as it did 50 years ago to the Nigerian Civil War.

He spoke when he delivered a lecture, titled: “Never Again.” to commemorate the 50th year of the Nigerian Civil War in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

According to him, “Any time that leadership, on whichever side, is about to repeat yet again the ultimate folly of sacrificing two and a half million lives on the altar of Absolutes, any absolute, we should borrow that credo, paint them on prayer scrolls, flood the skies in their millions with kites and balloons on which those words are inscribed: ‘African Lives Matter!”

He added that “For example, ask ourselves questions such as: What price ‘territorial integrity’ where any slab of real estate, plus the humanity that work it, can be signed away as a deal between two leaders – as did happen between Nigeria and the Cameroon. You seek an answer to the claims of territorial integrity? Ask the fluctuating refugees on Bakassi Islands just what is the meaning, for them, of ‘territorial integrity’?

“Again, I feel obliged to emphasize that this has nothing to do with whether or not one side was in the wrong or right, nothing to do with accusations of a lack of vision, of pandering to, or resisting the wiles and calculations of erstwhile colonial rulers, or indeed, taking sides in a Cold War that turned Africans into surrogate players and the continent into prostrate testing ground for new weaponry.

“No, we merely place before ourselves an exercise in hindsight – with no intention however of denying credit to those who did exercise foresight – we propose that the loss of two million and a half people, the maiming and traumatization of innumerable others and devastation on a hitherto unimaginable scale, by a nation turned against itself even as it teetered on the edge of modernity, provokes sober reflection. That’s all. Sober reflection.

“A re-thinking that is unafraid, especially as such scenarios, considered in some cases even worse, more brutish, have since followed. Need one recall Rwanda’s own entry into that contest in morbid pathology, one that surpasses the Biafran carnage when comparatively assessed in duration and population parameters? All remain active reminders to haunt Africa’s collective conscience – the existence of which, I know, is an optimistic presumption – and appears to elude the ministrations of politicians and/or ideologues, or indeed theologians.”

He said there was need to borrow a leaf from brothers and sisters in the Diaspora, saying that he had no qualms in reminding this, or any other Nigerian audience that, such was the ingrained slave mentality of the contemporary progeny of those who sold those exiles into slavery in the first place, that some in this nation actually considered it a duty, even honour, to take up cudgels on behalf of the denigrators of their own kind, of their own race.

“Thus, they proceed to insult those who respond in their own personal manner to such racists, however powerfully positioned and no matter where on this globe – but let that pass for now. My intention is to jog your memories regarding that spate of serial elimination of our kind – the African-Americans – by white police in the United States at that very time, an epidemic that merely actualized the racist rantings of the current incumbent of the White House as he powered his way to the coveted seat in the last United States elections. The African-Americans, tired of being arbitrary sacrificial lambs,the victims of hate rhetoric, went on nation-wide protest marches, carrying placards that read: Black Lives Matter.

Prof. Wole Soyinka, Nigeria’s only Nobel Laureate

“Adopting that simple exhortation enables us to include the millions of victims of failed or indifferent leadership on this continent who are more concerned with power and its accruements, who see the nation, not as expressions of a people’s will, need, belonging, and industry, but as ponds in which they, the bullfrogs of our time, can exercise power for its own sake. It is they who militate against ‘nation’, not – I shall end on this selective note – not the products of migration from purely nominal nation enclaves who perish daily along the Sahara desert routes, who drown in droves in the Mediterranean.

“They are the ones who confronted the question with, alas, a fatalist determinism. They asked themselves the question: When is a Nation? And the answer of those desperate migrants is clearly read as: not when we left where we called home! As long as our humanity opts for unmarked graves in the Sahara desert, or in the guts of the fishes of the Mediterranean, their answer remains to haunt us all. Yes, indeed, let us internalize that Africa-American declaration as statement of a living faith, an expression of our humanity that may compel leadership to pause at critical moments of decision, thereby earn ourselves some space where we can re-think those bequeathed absolutes that we so proudly spout, gospels of sacrosanctity, pre-packaged imperatives or questionable, often poisoned“truths”that incite us to advance so conceitedly towards the dehumanization, and decimation of our kind,” he stated.


Foreign professor blast Nigerian governors for wasting public funds on new year Thanksgiving

A Nigerian professor based in the United States has lambasted Nigerian governors and officials who waste public funds in hiring prayer warriors or organising ‘useless’ thanksgiving prayer sessions to mark the end of another year.

Professor Olufemi Taiwo, who teaches at the Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University, in New York asked the public officials to adopt the scientific method and reasoning, rather than anchoring things on the supernatural.

“Every governor who illegally wastes the people’s money on useless ‘thanksgiving services’ for a successful year is an obscurantist that should be unmasked as no good for the general health of the people he leads; for he confirms them in their thrall to unforeseen forces domiciled in powerful principalities, directing their fortunes in the world”, Taiwo said.

His comment was contained in his essay on “How we killed Favour Daley Oladele”, the Lagos State University student murdered for money rituals that failed.

Taiwo said all Nigerians should be hanged for the lady’s death as the belief of the three persons arrested for her murder was all fed by the Nigerian society’s “active embrace of mytho-religious explanatory frameworks characterized by supernaturalism, occultism, and obscurantism, in our relation to our world”.

“When things happen, from earthquakes to floods, from motor accidents to bad governance, we are forever deploying those lame, obscurantist non-explanations: “it is God’s will,” “only God can make things right,” “it is a spiritual attack,” “spiritual warfare,”, “mysterious fire,” “mysterious birth,” and so on, and so forth”.

The professor urged Nigerians, including journalists and academics to jettison such beliefs and embrace the age of scientific reasoning.

“Every governor who attributes his success and prospects of succeeding at his task to god is entrapped in this mytho-religious animus that pervades the society. And when people in elevated positions deploy the same explanatory framework to account for their place in and relations to the world, they feed the illusion that dominated the characters in the saga we are using to illustrate this larger argument.

“Every journalist who is eager to report “mysterious fires,” “mysterious deaths,” “babies born with a Koran in their clutch,” and does not come to his or her remit with a skeptical attitude that demands evidence, repeatability—humans are the same—and what causal antecedents explain this outcome that are open to objective verification across geographical and cultural divides, contributes to feeding the obscurantism that gives credence to the unfounded belief in ‘money rituals’.

“University professors who do not come out to contradict publicly and call on the carpet a crazy Daddy G.O. who lately predicts that earthquakes are on the menu in places where they never did occur previously because “God is angry” are culpable in cementing the belief that earthquakes are caused by supernatural causes and can only be appeased by religious devotion are guilty of feeding the condition that makes ordinary people believe that “principalities do indeed exist and remotely cause things to move in our world”. Such beliefs are akin to believing that albino blood is unlike other blood and has a secret ingredient that, in the hands of the “experts” can transmute into money”.

To the money ritualists and others still wallowing in the idea that money can be conjured supernaturally, the university professor reminds them of a verse in the Bible: “From the sweat of thy brow shalt thou eat bread”.

Taiwo thus enjoined Nigerians to embrace hard work, knowledge, all aspects of the scientific method, as the preferred way of relating to the world in all ways.


UK warns citizens in Nigeria to return home after shi’ites protest soleimani’s death

The United Kingdom has issued a warning to its citizens in Nigeria to be more security conscious and vigilant due to the tension between the United States and Iran following the killing of Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani.

Some Muslim groups in Nigeria took to the streets to protest Qasem Soleimani’s death. During their protest, they had a banner with the words, “Death to America. Death to Israel.” They also burnt a US flag during the protest which held in Abuja.

UK, in its latest travel advice via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued on Tuesday, December 7, urged its citizens in Nigeria to avoid large gatherings and also to stay clear of unsafe areas.

United Kingdom issues security alert to citizens in Nigeria after some Muslim groups took to the streets to protest the killing of Qasem Soleimani

The statement reads: “The British High Commission is not aware of specific threats against British nationals but you should continue to avoid large crowds and public demonstrations as they can turn violent unexpectedly and at short notice.

“If you become aware of any nearby unrest or disturbances, you should leave the area immediately.”


76 Nigerian Senior Airforce Officers Redeployed in Shake Up.

On Wednesday, the Nigerian Air Force announced the redeployment of 36 Air Vice Marshals and 40 Air Commodores including Branch Chiefs, Air Officers Commanding and commandants of tri-service institutions.

In a statement, Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the redeployment followed the recent promotion of some senior officers to the next higher ranks as well as the retirement of some senior officers.

He said, “Branch chiefs affected by the redeployment include AVM Oladayo Amao, the former Chief of Training and Operations, who has now been appointed as the Chief of Policy and Plans while AVM James Gwani, has been appointed as the new CTOP.

“Additionally, AVM Musibau Olatunji has been appointed as the new Chief of Aircraft Engineering, while AVM Mohammed Idris has been appointed as the Chief of Administration.

“Also redeployed are AVM Abubakar Liman, the erstwhile Commandant of the Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Lagos State, who has now been appointed as Commandant Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State.

“Also, AVM Kingsley Lar has been appointed as the Commandant of AFRC, Oshodi, Lagos State, while AVM Abdulganiyu Olabisi, the former AOC Logistics Command is now the Commandant, Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna State.”


Group demands replacement of 1999 Constitution.

The Southern and Middle Belt Forum, a group of Nigerians in Europe, United States and Asia, has called for the jettisoning of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, asking for it to be replaced with the 2014 National Conference report.

The group also welcomes the release of Omoyele Sowore, urging the Nigerian Government to strike out all cases against him.

In a communiqué issued after a meeting of Nigerians in the Diaspora and signed by it’s President, Sidney Imohbio, and Secretary-General, Napoleon Akhuemonkhan, SNMBF noted that Nigeria was faced with inherent contradictions that may spill over to a major conflict unless the country restructured to guarantee self-determination.

The group stated that the replacement of the 1999 constitution with the recommendations of the 2014 Confab report will bring a halt to the arbitrary use of power, devolution of power, decentralisation of the security architecture and a complete overhaul of the political system to reflect the principles of Federalism, adding that it is the only way the country can move forward.

It said, “The so-called constitution was full of nebulous, anti-people, draconian and fascist items that failed to address the fears and aspirations of Nigerians.”

The group said the country currently has no respect for human rights and that the unlawful detention of Sowore and others was an indication that the regime was orchestrating a vicious campaign against leading opposition figures.

It added, “There can be nothing more reasonable than to drop the charges against Sowore.

“The charge of treason is ridiculous. It is not enough to free him on bail. The charges are frivolous and are mere elements of political persecution.”

The Nigerian Constitution Of 1999

SNMBF described the fight against corruption as endemic, saying it embodied nepotism, tribalism, favouritism, bribery and ethnocentrism, which are all agents of corruption.

It also condemned the appointment of northerners to major positions in the country without due regards for the federal code guiding appointment in the country.