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Super Eagles star, Ahmed Musa, has tied married his new lover, Juliet Adeh Ejue.

The wedding ceremony took place in an Abuja Court on Tuesday and pictures from the ceremony have since gone viral.

Musa’s teammates as well as the Nigeria Football Federation have sent out congratulatory messages to the Leicester City forward who allegedly divorced his former wife, Jamila, to now marry a new wife in Juliet.

It is not clear yet whether Musa will honour his invitation to the national team for the friendly games against Corsica and Togo as he is in the roster of 25 players invited for the double-header in France

While the Corsica game is barely 48 hours away, the tune up game against the Hawks of Togo is fixed for June 1 in Paris, France.

Musa did not enjoy the best of times in his maiden season in England as he failed to meet expectations having been signed by the Foxes for £16.6 million in July.

Musa scored only two league goals in his 21 appearances.

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Big Brother Nigeria (BBN) reality show first runner-up, Bisola Aiyeola, has made her first big move into the music industry by signing a deal with creative agency powerhouse, Temple Management Company (TMC).

The multi-talented artiste, who emerged as fans favourite at the just concluded reality TV show, now aligns herself with ace Nigerian singer Iyanya and others at the TMC.

Iyanya, the ‘Kukere’ crooner, who joined TMC in 2016, took to his Twitter handle @Iyanya to welcome Bisola.

“I’m excited to reunite with my sister. Welcome Sis.#TMC ,” he tweeted.

The BBN participant, is a Nigerian-British actress, singer, MC and presenter, and ‘voice over’ artiste.

She came into limelight when she contested in the 2008 edition of MTN Project Fame, before contesting as a housemate at the 2017 Big Brother Nigeria (BBN) reality show.

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OBAJI ABUNG-AKPET, Calabar

There are all indications that Cross River kid, Augustine Asuquo who in 2015 defied 45 countries to become world best at Little Mr. Planet competition in faraway Europe will be recognized by his home state on children’s day celebration, Cross River Studios, the youngster’s consulting management in Nigeria have said.

Asuquo won Little Mr. Planet while he was six years old approaching seven in faraway Suzopol, Bulgaria, but on return did not get needed recognition by either his home state or country.

However, Miss Favour Michael, Cross River Studios head of communication, in a press statement on their principal’s behave said communications are in top gear with Cross River State Government through the state’s Commissioner of Women Affairs, Hon. Stella Odey to give the boy a befitting recognition on Children’s day celebration in the state.

The statement also said there are strong indications that Prof. Ben Ayade, the governor of the state who is a great fan of success among kids and youths in the state will, himself officially recognize Asuquo on the day and then further relationship with the boy will continue from there.

“A kid as Augustine Asuquo should be held in high regards in the state. Going all the way to Suzopol in faraway Europe and defying the number of countries he took such a swipe on to clinch such a great title is something historic for the state and Nigeria as a whole and should never be joked with.”

“But for the state government to indicate interest in the boy at this time is laudable. It shows that the current administration has great drive for its own not minding age. It behooves the country to take similar steps.”

Master Asuquo hails from Akpabuyo of Cross River, Nigeria.

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the cultural  heritage  of Rivers people  will be showcased annually to the world.

 Speaking  during the Rivers Golden Jubilee Cultural Festival at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt on Saturday, Governor Wike expressed happiness that the rich culture  of the state held the entire country spell bounced on Saturday .

 He said: “After the Golden Jubilee, beginning  next year, local government  areas  will compete annually in cultural competitions, so that we can keep our culture alive”

“There is nothing  evil in our culture.  We must preserve our culture, so that posterity will know our way of life”.

 The governor  said that  Rivers State  has a rich culture, which all Rivers people  must be proud  of  and promote.

 While thanking  all the 23 Local Government areas for their participation  at the Golden Jubilee Cultural Festival, the governor announced a cash reward of N1million to each local government  and one million each to Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa  States participants at the festival.

 The procession of the 23 Local Government Areas and their cultural dance displays formed the major  attraction during  the  Golden Jubilee Cultural Festival.

 Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District, Senator George Sekibo and Majority Whip of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Evans Bipi  performed along with their kin from Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area.

 All the serving caretaker committee chairmen also participated in the event.

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IKECHI ELENWOKE

Five girls with innovative ideas have made the finalist list for the first ever Miss Geek Africa at the ongoing Transform Africa Summit.

It is a competition designed to inspire African girls to be part of the continent’s problem solving hands, using technology and also to encourage them to choose a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

According to Agency report, the five girls emerged from the eight girls who  pitched their projects to a high level panel of judges and in front of hundreds of the delegates who graced this year’s summit, including ICT, and business leaders, after which the jury chose the five  with high  project  prospects.

The report also stated   that, the finalists underwent a week-long intensive development programme to equip them with presentation, public speaking and critical thinking skills to ensure they are prepared for finals.

It also indicated Rwanda topped the list with four out of the five girls coming from there. The second round saw the finalists battling it out on Thursday to see whose project convinces the judges to be crowned Miss Geek Africa, which takes place this soon  at the sidelines of the summit.

Those who were selected are Chrystal Omany from Green Hills Academy in Kigali, Leah Akimana from University of Rwanda’s College of Science and Technology, Daniella Uwase from Riviera High School, Delphine Micomyiza from Groupe Scholaire Notre Dame De Lourdes, and Ruth Njeri Waiganjo from University of Nairobi in Kenya.

Some of the projects are ;MedApp an application developed by 18-year old Daniella Uwase. It seeks to cut the cost of medication through enabling users to access a cocktail of medication and prescriptions without having to move from one pharmacy to another, saving lives and money wasted on journeys.

“MedApp is more like your Uber or Hellofood but much better because it could be a potential life saver for you and your loved ones. It is offering a possible platform to acquire medication faster and easily,” Daniella Uwase told the judges.

Leah Akimana developed a digital mobile application called ‘Bus System Simulator’ aimed at improving means of public transportation in the country, particularly in Kigali where more than 2 million people use buses in their daily lives. It is a system that uses geo-location technology and will be able to identify how many seats in the bus, and how long it will take to travel from one place to another by predicting the velocity of the car.

Girl Safety is a project developed by Chrystal Omany aimed at bringing sustainable solutions, especially in case of emergency through information access system.

Ruth Njeri Waiganjo, from University of Nairobi in Kenya, is trying to bring about an innovative solution to respond to transport problems like frequent accidents through ‘Safe Drive’.

Her technology solution collects data through a mobile app and sensors, analyses it and the output is the profile of the driver. The system is able to know the behaviour of drivers.

Delphine Micyomyiza reckons that by fixing sensor-enabled water metres to the taps could permanently eliminate water theft. This is a digital solution that she developed to save 33 per cent of all water related expenses in Rwanda lost to water theft. It is called Water Track.

Judges questioned all the women on the feasibility of their projects, applicability of their business idea, and scalability, among others, which partly forms the criteria that will be considered while choosing the winner.

 

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Veteran actress, Patience Ookwor has opened up on her marriage to her late husband.

Speaking to RTV, Patience Ozokwor revealed that she was forced into marriage by her parents age 19, and wasn’t giving any choice as she couldn’t disobey them because she wasn’t brought up in that manner.

“It was not my decision. And if it’s not my decision then I was forced into it. I did not see any reason my parents were forcing me as I was still young. And even at that age I had so many suitors and they just wanted me to get married. You know when you come from a polygamous family and your mother is struggling for her own daughters to get married and this other one is also struggling for her own daughters to get married and when this one came around and I said no I should make a choice. but I was not allowed to make that choice. They didn’t give me that choice and at the end, I had to obey my parents. I was not brought up to disobey them at all.”

When asked if she enjoyed the marriage, she replied saying

“Sincerely speaking as a Christian I did not.” Adding that he was once married to girl who was arranged for him but the marriage didn’t work out.

“The girl was sent to London to meet him but she got there and found out she didn’t like him so she decided to move on with her life. So they didn’t leave together as husband and wife. He waited till after he came back after the war to come and marry me and there was no reason for that.”

Speaking further on her marriage, she revealed that it wasn’t easy at all for her as a young girl

“The marriage was not easy at all for me as a young girl, it was not easy but when you have two children and it is also not in the culture of my parents for you to jump from one man to another. I lost it sometimes and I had make due with the children God gave me that is why I am very close to my parents.

When asked her view on marriage she said ” It is an ordained thing by God and it should be honoured. When a man and woman are declared man and wife that is final, your plate of food is out of your parents’ house.

She further said that there are only two reasons a person should leave their spouse according to the bible, life and infidelity.

“If life is involved, God did not say don’t separate. God has standards and Christians must adhere to the standards of God concerning marriage because there are one or two things that a husband and wife divorce otherwise it is not coming from God. So it didn’t come. I didn’t catch my husband cheating on me and he didn’t catch me so we had to stay together until death parted us. When he died, I became free, people started coming for my hand in marriage but I said no, it’s already late”

Patience Ozokwor also said she couldn’t remarry because of the foundation she had, the kind of home training and because of her stand in Christianity.

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The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to host the best of Nigerian traditional and contemporary popular musicians and fashionistas to an anniversary concert to round off the unprecedented year-long activities to mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of the State.

A statement issued on Thursday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, stated that the event tagged ‘Lagos State Golden Concert’ will hold at the Bar-Beach on Sunday, May 28 and is expected to draw thousands of Lagosians from all walks of life to the venue.

The statement added that the concert which is billed to hold from 2pm will have in attendance the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Members of the State Executive Council, Members of the State House of Assembly as well as party chieftains and corporate players from the Organized Private Sector.

According to the statement, some of the confirmed artistes gracing the show include the juju music maestros – King Sunny Ade and Evangelist Ebenezer Obey as well as the legendry Highlife Patriarch, Sir Victor Olaiya.

Other superstars on board are Davido, Phyno, Olamide, Humble Smith, Adekunle Gold, Lil Kesh, Partoranking, ‘Mr Capable’ Banky W, Runtown, Vanessa, MI, Eedris  Abdulkareem, Mr. Eazi, and DJ Spinall.

Also expected are star Fuji artistes like Adewale Ayuba, Abass Akande Obesere and Wasiu Alabi (Pasuma Wonder).

According to Ayorinde, the Lagos State Golden Concert will serve as an ecstatic climax for the year-long activities that have been celebrating the cultural essence of the State since May 27, 2016.

“It will also serve as a bridge between the activities for Lagos @ 50 which will formally come to a close with an anniversary ball on Saturday May 27 and the second year anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administration on Monday May 29th 2017,” he said.

The Commissioner said the Golden Concert will further attest to the State Government’s commitment to the promotion of tourism, arts, culture and entertainment in the State and how musicians and creative artistes, like fashion designers and models, help in sustaining a vibrant, creative economy that has made Lagos State the cynosure of all eyes in Africa.

The statement thanked the media and corporate sponsors whose generous contributions have sustained the year-long anniversary as well as every Lagosian whose support, encouragement and enthusiastic participation made the Lagos @ 50 Celebration undoubtedly the most publicized event of the year across Nigeria.

 

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EFE AGHALOKPE

Olarenwaju Gentry, husband of Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe, will appear again at the Magistrate court in Ogba on May 24 over allegation of domestic violence.

The court, presided over by Magistrate F. O, Davies Abegunde, will this time determine if Gentry will be permanently restrained from getting closer to Mercy Aigbe and the kids.

Why the temporary restraining order should not be made permanent will be determined by Gentry Olarenwaju before  the Magistrate Abegunde’s Court.

Mercy Aigbe, the applicant, who was represented  on Wednesday by Adeola Falale, is expected to tender medical report of the alleged domestic violence on her by her embattled husband.

Meanwhile, the Chief Magistrate Abegunde had restrained Gentry from getting anywhere near Mercy Aigbe and the children in her custody.

The decision is in response to a 25- paragraph affidavit filed by the Lagos State Domestic violence and response team, DSVRT, the scan report from a medical centre already before the court.

DSVRT through Falade on April 28, had approached the court and gave graphic account of the alleged domestic violence.

Adeola alleged that Gentry had gone to his wife’s tailor’s place to attack and beat her mercilessly.

She supported her claim with five photographs and copies of the medical scanned report of the applicant.

The application is in pursuant to section 5(1) 1(3) and section. 1(1) of protection against domestic violence and connected purposes law 2007.

The case was adjourned to May 24, 2017.

 

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Brother Jekwu, Nollywood actor, Mike Ezuruonye is taking Nollywood by storm with his next project ‘Creek Heart’ by collaborating with stars from Poland.

The actor who was recently in Poland and was interviewed by the popular polish TV channel, TVP2 has successfully warmed his way into the hearts of European movie watchers and has gotten a deal to distribute the movie all across Europe.

The distribution deal signed for the movie is with specifics to Cinema Showings in Europe. Also as part of this collaboration, the European production crew of about fourteen will collaborate with some of ours for Technical know-how. This European crew has been part of Top rated movies and series including the BORAT and VIKINGS.

His debut movie as a producer ‘Brother Jekwu was in collaboration with Kenyan stars. The comedy merges Kenya and Nigeria in an attempt to showcase each country’s role and uniqueness in African storytelling.

Mike Ezuruonye is an award winning actor who has featured in several Nollywood movies. He received two nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008, and 2009. He was also nominated for Best actor in Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards 2015. Mike was recently nominated for the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) as Best Actor in a Drama (TV/Series) for his role in ‘Breathless’

Speaking about his recent visit to Poland and his new project, the light skinned movie star said

‘The project is big, in fact bigger than me. I am excited about this collaboration with Poland and I am confident that this is only the beginning of a profitable collaboration with them. I am equally excited about this distribution deal. The movie will be distributed all across Europe. This is huge, not just for me but for the industry as a whole. Our works are getting increasingly recognised outside of our shores and it is exactly the kind of thing we need’

Mike Ezuruonye is one movie star to watch out for.

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