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Sunday, January 16, 2022

January 16, 2022

Obi Cubana Offers Scholarship For First, Masters Degrees Abroad, Automatic Employment To Young Hawker Who Gave Money To Prisoners


Popular businessman Obi Cubana has offered Ekuma Jeremiah, the Lagos hawker seen in a viral video giving money to inmates in Nigerian Correctional Service bus in Ajah, Lagos State, university scholarship and employment in any of his companies.

The socialite disclosed this in an Instagram live with media personality Daddy Freeze.

He said: “I am offering him a lifetime opportunity, he has to go to school I think that is his ambition.

“I will see him through the university and if he wants to do Masters abroad , I will make sure he is comfortable while going to school because like I said earlier, that is the best we can do for him.”

Cubana added: “He will do University, anything he wants and then by God’s grace I know I will still be standing by the time he is done with school, he has a place in any of my organisations at the top level and if by God’s grace he finds a higher calling, you see there is nothing tied to this, I do not expect anything in return.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

January 13, 2022

UNICAL Medical Student Emerges Overall Winner Of Music Show, Wins N5m Prize Money

 A 20 year-old medical student from the University of Calabar (Unical), Miss Divine Great, has emerged winner of the second edition of the YouCanSing music show in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the music show Season 2 started on Oct. 3, 2021 with over 200 applicants from all over the country.

The Edo born Great beat MarySavio Okundo from Ebonyi and Petra Alare from Delta, who finished as the first and second runners up respectively.

Great expressed gratitude to her mother who she described as both her inspiration and manager, adding that she supported her every step of the way.

“I am not a fan of Facebook, but the day I decided to go online, I saw the advert and showed my mum who then advised and encouraged me to participate in the show.

“At first, I wondered how I was going to cope with the show, especially with my studies which was very demanding and took most of my time.

“However, with my mum’s support, I was able to pull through with all the challenges that came with the show and I am so glad that all my efforts paid off at the end of the day,” she said.

Great also expressed her gratitude to the organisers of the show for the opportunity to showcase her talent as well as fans who voted for her during the course of the show.

Richmond Atu-Johnson, the host of the show said that out of the over 200 contestants, only 96 made it to the live show.

“The show celebrated Nigeria’s 61st independence as contestants were made to sing a song celebrating Nigeria at 61.

“The show had four stages and seven contestants made it to the penultimate stage,” he said.

According to him, Great won the N5 million naira prize money, while Okundo and Alare, the runners up received music contract deals from Cityhill Records, one of the partners of the show.

. “They also received full music scholarship training at Cityhill Music Academy,” he said.

NAN also reports that the second season of the YouCanSing show, unlike the first, was broadcast live on TSTV cable network and NTA Entertainment.


Thursday, December 30, 2021

December 30, 2021

Cross River Assembly Increases 2022 Budget


By Godwin Otang 


The Cross River State House of Assembly has approved the increase of the 2022 budget from the previously announced N276,279,960,667,35 billion as presented by Governor Ben Ayade to N354,505,535,313,25 billion naira.

Speaking in Calabar on the reasons for the increase, the Speaker of the Assembly, Eteng Williams said, “finally, it was discovered that the initial provision of N14 billion was not enough for debt servicing and debt refinancing, additional N20 billion has therefore been used to augment this provision.”

Earlier, the Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Sunday Achunekang, while reading the report of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation on the State Budget Estimate for 2022 disclosed that, “in view of the fact that the Governor’s presentations represent the first reading of the Bill, it was Scheduled and read the Second time on Thursday 25th November 2021 after a robust deliberation by members, the Bill was therefore referred to the Committee on Appropriation for detailed scrutiny and to report back within three weeks.”

However, the Speaker of the house who presided over the Committee of the whole house after the budget passed third reading, stated that soon after the governor presented the budget, TED FUND, agreed to support Cross River State Government with Fund’s amounting to N40billion to be directed at the following projects. Tertiary Cancer Research Centre, Tertiary Orthopedic Centre, University Library for British Canadian School and Tertiary Tourism Centre.

According to the Speaker, approval for procurement of critical hospital equipment like Pet Scan Linear Accelerator and Cyclotron were received after the budget had been presented by the Governor.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

December 26, 2021

Panic In Aso Rock As Covid-19 Hits Buhari's Top Aides, Lai Mohammed, Garba Shehu, ADC, Others Affected


By Muideen Olaniyi

There is an outbreak of COVID-19 at Nigeria’s seat of power, with some presidential aides testing positive.

Premium Times had named those affected as the President’s Aide-de-camp (ADC), Yusuf Dodo; Chief Security Officer (CSO), Aliyu Musa, and the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

The online newspaper said their results were confirmed positive during the week.

The report also listed Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, among those affected.

It was learnt that those affected aren’t seriously affected by the virus because they are fully vaccinated.

The report quoted Shehu as saying: “I have no confirmation of the cases you mentioned, but yes I have been afflicted by the mild variant of the COVID-19. I felt okay from the beginning, maybe because one had received all three jabs, and right now, I feel 100 per cent. I just finished my hour-long running exercise.

“But the strange thing about this ailment is that it is the scientists, not you, that will say you are okay. Right now, I’m taking my prescriptions and isolating, and would go back for a test to ascertain if the virus is still here or it has left me. Thanks for your goodwill.”

The ramp up of testing in the Presidential Villa in the wake of the Omicron variant to ensure the containment of the virus is said to have been necessitated by the development.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday received his COVID-19 booster Pfizer Biontech vaccine.

Subsequently, the First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, also directed all her staff to proceed on leave until further notice.

When Shehu was contacted over the report on Saturday, he said: “Have you read the Premium Times report? What I said in it is the truth to the best of my knowledge. What is true is that I know about myself that I’m self-isolating and taking my medication, but I know of no other case.”

Thursday, December 23, 2021

December 23, 2021

Popular Nollywood Actor Dies

Another Nollywood actor, filmmaker and the chairman of Screen Writers Guild of Nigeria (SWGN), Sam Obiago

This was disclosed by some of his colleagues who took to social media to express their shock.

According to one of the colleagues, “He has been ill for a while now. So yesterday he started feeling very illl and he was rushed to the hospital at midnight. He gave up in the early hours of today.”

Sam Obiago is a Nigerian born Nollywood actor, film maker, TV personality and movie producer who has featured in over 100 Nollywood movies.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

December 18, 2021

Nollywood Actor, Bishop Umoh 'Okon Lagos' Loses Mum

Actor Bishop Umoh, popularly known as Okon Lagos has lost his mother. 

Sharing the sad news on Instagram, the actor revealed that his mother's death left him "numb and depleted". Umoh added that his mother should have waited a bit longer. 

He wrote; 

"You could have just waited just a bit. I am depleted and numb. It’s my own mother. I’ve lost her."


December 18, 2021

18-year-old Hijab-wearing Model Crowned Miss Nigeria 2021

Shatu Garko, the 18 year-old model from Kano State has been crowned the 44th Miss Nigeria, the first Hijab wearing winner, since the contest began in 1957.

She emerged the winner after beating 17 other finalists at the beauty pageant on Friday night at the Landmark Centre in Lagos.

About 1,000 ladies had entered the competition before they were pruned to 18.

Garko succeeded Etsanyi Tukura, a native of Taraba State, who won the 2019 contest. There was no contest last year because of COVID-19.

Nicole Ikot emerged as the first runner up and Kasarachi Okoro was the second runner up in the contest.

“Winning this competition means a lot to me,” Garko, who loves horse riding said before being crowned Miss Nigeria.

“My whole life I have always wanted to be a Miss Nigeria. I’d like to thank Miss Nigeria and its sponsors. I would also like to thank my mum for supporting and loving me.”

She also has a point to prove: that religion and culture are not barriers to following one’s dreams and achieving whatever a person sets out to achieve.

Shatu Garko was awarded the cash prize of N10 million, a luxury apartment, a car and ambassadorship.

Founder of Folio Media Group, the organiser of Miss Nigeria 2021, Fidelis Anosike, said the vision was to create national empowerment and a role model that would serve as an inspiration for the girl child.


Wednesday, December 15, 2021

December 15, 2021

Nollywood Actor Dies Of Cancer

Nollywood actor Karibi Fubara is dead.

A family member of Nollywood actor, Karibi Fubara has announced his passing.

“He was a warrior, now he’s an angel in heaven,” said a social media post by His sister, Stella Fubara, a top official working with the government of Dubai, where the actor had been undergoing cancer treatment for the past year.

The “God calling” actor had been diagnosed with cancer in 2020.

Karibi, who married popular Nollywood fashion entrepreneur, Yolanda Okereke in 2019, won many hearts in films such as the recent Smart Money Woman and God Calling.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

December 07, 2021

Nigerian Bags His 2nd PhD After 3 Masters, 3 Bachelor’s Degrees


A Nigerian, Temitayo Bello, has bagged his second PhD after completing three different bachelor’s degrees and three different masters’ degrees.

Bello bagged his second PhD from the University of Ibadan (UI) having completed a thesis in Energy Law.

He had got a Bachelor’s Degree (B.Sc) in Economics, Banking and Finance, and a Bachelor of Law (LL.B), and continued the journey till his second doctorate. He is a certified Barrister as well as a Solicitor in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

His son, Titilola Bello, announced his father’s new exceptional feat through Linkedin, telling the world his dad had bagged a second PhD in Energy Law after acquiring a PhD in International Law and Diplomacy and several other great qualifications.

“Join me in celebrating my dad, Temitayo Bello, who just bagged his second PhD in Energy Law from the prestigious University of Ibadan.

“This is just an addition to the existing PhD in International Law and Diplomacy, Masters in Law (LLM), M.Sc. Economics, M.Sc. Banking and Finance, M.Sc. Computer Science, L.L.B (Law), B.L (Law), B.Sc. Economics, B.Sc. Banking and Finance, PGD Computer Science.” Titilola said.

“He also has 5 certifications from World Intellectual Property Organisation – WIPO,” he said.

Temitayo Bello got all his academic degrees from the University of London, University of Lagos, University of Ibadan, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Babcock University, and Ogun State University. 


Friday, December 3, 2021

December 03, 2021

Nigerian Navy Finally Free Instagram Comedian, Cute Abiola

The Nigerian Navy has freed online Comedian, Abdulgafar Ahmad, aka Cute Abiola, from detention, The PUNCH has learnt.

Naval spokesperson, Commodore Suleman Dahun, confirmed the development to our correspondent on Friday.

Cute Abiola was said to have been missing on Monday, November 15, 2021, when his colleague in the comedy industry, Debo Adedayo aka Mr Macaroni, raised the alarm that he was nowhere to be found after reporting at his office in Navy Town, Lagos, that same day.

Two days after the alarm was raised, Dahun had announced that the funnyman wasn’t missing but was detained for contravening the military laws by posting a video of himself in military uniform on social media, an act which is said to be in violation of the armed forces’ social media policy.

Dahun had also added that the comedian failed to show up when called upon to explain himself but only returned after the expiration of his leave on November 15, 2021, and was put behind bars the same day.

Speaking with The PUNCH on Friday, the naval spokesman maintained that Ahmad knowingly violated the armed forces’ social media policy but was given a punishment after he was tried for misconduct and indiscipline.

He added that the funnyman is no longer in the naval detention as he has been released to serve his punishment.


December 03, 2021

After Many Many Years Without A Child, Actress, Ini Welcomes First Child Through Surrogate

Nollywood actress, Ini Edo, has confirmed rumours of her welcoming a daughter through a surrogate mother.

After days of keeping silent since the rumours began, the actress finally opened up in an interview with Stella Korkus, which was published on Friday.

Surrogacy is a practice where a woman (a surrogate) carries a child for another person through artificial insemination of eggs.

Confirming the news, Edo stated that the daughter was genetically hers because her eggs were used to fertilize the child.

She said, “Yes I do have a daughter and I had her through surrogacy. The eggs are mine and so genetically, she’s my blood.

“I chose this path to fulfil my dream of becoming a mother. I still have a good number of eggs frozen in case I decide to do surrogacy again or carry my baby myself.”

She also mentioned that she had the daughter almost a year ago, stating that she planned on breaking the news herself.

“I was hoping to talk about her on her first birthday in a few months but mischief makers beat me to it and spoilt the beautiful story with lies,” Edo said.

Reacting to rumours that her child’s father was a married man, identified as Kome, the actress said, “It is so sad that in Nigeria, when a ‘single’ woman is friends with a guy, it must mean to people that they are dating.

“Kome has been my friend for years and that’s what it is, period. He is a responsible family man and doesn’t deserve to be dragged into my motherhood story.”

She then revealed that she opted for a donor because of her fears saying, “I opted for a donor for me and my baby’s peace of mind.

“Another major reason I opted for a donor is because it scares me so much when I see banter and controversies between a mother and a father over a baby in public forums.”

During the interview, Edo also opened up about her past miscarriages, pointing out that her experience did not influence her decision on surrogacy.

“I had a series of miscarriages in the past but that wasn’t my reason for going this route .I still hope to carry babies In my womb in the future, God willing,” the actress said.


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

November 30, 2021

Davido Opens Application For N250m Orphanage Fund (See How To Apply)


“Assurance” crooner and music executive, David Adeleke otherwise known as Davido Davido has announced the opening of application for his N250million orphanage support fund.

Davido made took to his Instagram account Monday evening to make the announcement.

Only government-approved orphanages are qualified to apply for the fund, the singer stated.

Davido raised N200million from friends and fans after asking them to send him money in a social media post on Wednesday, November 17.

He added his N50million to bring the total amount raised to N250million.

In a statement released on Saturday, November 20, the eve of his birthday, Davido said he would give all the money to orphanages across Nigeria.

According to a flyer posted by the singer, only government approved orphanages will be considered.


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Friday, November 19, 2021

November 19, 2021

I'm Too Sexy - Grammy Award Winner, Burna Boy Boasts


Grammy award-winning singer, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy on Friday boasted that he’s way too sexy.

The self-acclaimed African-giant took to his Instagram stories to share videos of himself and his manager mum, Bose Ogulu, at an event.

Sharing a mirror video of himself holding his phone and flashing his dentition, the singer wrote, “I’m too hot. I walked in and the fire alarm went off. Way too sexy.” (sic)

The video also showed that Burna Boy’s beards were starting to grow again as stubbles were visible under his chin.

Fans went wild on Thursday, October 21 2020, when the Ye crooner shared a video of his smooth chin without beards.

Commenting on his new look then, the singer said, “Had to shave my beard. Lol. Now I look my age”(sic)

When fans complaints persisted, the singer said, ““I love you all too! But don’t make me cut the hair on my head as well. If you love me for my hair Or my beard or some shit I bought with money. Then that’s great but anybody can grow hair and buy shit.

“Don’t build your life on conditional love. Build on family, build on those who have shown no sign of potential, disloyalty. Build on talent, build on God.” (sic)

However, his latest post showed that he’s fastly regaining his former look.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

November 14, 2021

Veteran Nollywood Actor, Olu Jacobs Wins AFRIFF Life Time Achievement Award

Veteran Nollywood actor, Olu Jacobs has won Life Time Achievement Award at the 2021 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) Awards held at Lagos on 13th November 2021, IgbereTV reports.

His wife, Ajoke Silva shared the news on her Instagram handle with a photo of her husband holding the award plaque. The photo was captioned;

"Life time achievement award winner ,sir Olu Jacobs @_olujacobs , curtesy @afriff"


November 14, 2021

Nigerian Idol Returns For Season 7 (See How To Apply)



Following the success of Nigerian Idol season 6, MultiChoice Nigeria has announced the return of the competition for a 7th season starting with an online audition.

Busola Tejumola, Executive Head, Content and West Africa Channels, MultiChoice Nigeria, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.

Tejumola said that the auditions for the 7th season of Nigerian Idol open on Sunday, 14 November, and close on Sunday, 28 November 2021.

According to her, Nigerian Idol’s main viewing on DStv and GOtv screens begins in February 2022, sponsored by BIGI.

She said interested contestants should upload a 60-second video of themselves singing any song of their choice and send to, saying contestants must also be between 16 and 30 years of age.

“MultiChoice remains committed to promoting and giving young music talents in Nigeria a platform to shine and actualise their dreams.

“Season 7 promises to be even bigger and more entertaining, so if you believe you have what it takes to be the next Nigerian Idol, be a part of the auditions starting on November 14,” she said.

Tejumola disclosed that the 6th edition had Kingdom Kroseide emerge, winner, while the 7th edition promises to be more entertaining. (NAN)

Saturday, November 13, 2021

November 13, 2021

2Baba's Baby Mama, Pero Serves Annie Idibia Lawsuit Notice, Demands N500m As Damages


2Face’s baby mama, Pero has served his wife Annie Idibia a lawsuit notice, in which she demanded a retraction and N500m as damages.

In the lawsuit notice dated November 10, Pero's lawyers referenced Annie's Instagram outburst and the audio tape which went viral weeks ago in which she alleged that her husband, 2Face "packed his bags and came to America to see her (Pero) and his other kids".

Her lawyers stated that these allegations are "blatantly false, misrepresents facts and portrayed Pero as an individual with loose morals". Annie was further accused of engaging in “malicious and libelous online publication” which subjected Pero and her kids to online harassment and bullying.

Pero is now demanding for a retraction, an apology and N500m as damages

November 13, 2021

I’m Sorry For The Heartbreak, Annie Apologises To 2Face, Fans, Family


Victoria Edeme

Actress Annie Idibia on Saturday apologised to her musician husband, Innocent, popularly known as 2baba, for the heartbreak her actions have caused him.

In September, Annie took to Instagram to call out her husband for alleged infidelity involving his baby mama, Pero Adeniyi.

Her post led to a reply from the singer’s brother which further broke into a war of words between Annie’s family and her in-laws.

As she clocked 37 on Saturday, Annie took to her verified Instagram page as she made peace with her family, her husband, his family, and her fans.

Annie apologises to 2baba, family

Apologising to 2baba and their families, Annie said, “I want to apologise to my husband, Inno. I am so sorry I threw you out there like I did (so unwise). That isn’t the kind of woman you married. I’m totally sorry for all the mental stress and heartbreak it caused you. So sorry I put both our families out there the way I did (I still be your smallie o).

“To my beautiful mothers, my amazing mother and my beautiful mother in- law, I am so sorry I let both of you down.

“No mother should go through the kind of pain that you both felt. I am really sorry (I’m still your baby). I am far from perfect, but I have decided to choose peace, and I want to do better, given the chance .

“To both my families- the Macaulays and the Idibias – I am sorry for all the pain and disrespect towards both families. Please forgive me. Una no fit throw way una pikin.” (sic)

I was angry, sad, suicidal – Annie

Annie said, “It’s a brand new chapter for me and I would really love to start it on a clean slate. This year has been a lot; so much blessings and pain. My hands are shaking as I type this.

“I let a lot of people down: especially the people close to me. The last 10 weeks have been the worst of my entire life; yes, the worst since I was born. I have gone from being so angry to being so broken and back to anger, and then sadly – which I am ashamed to admit – suicidal!

“I have acted so badly in a way I am not proud of. I allowed my emotions cloud me. I allowed my emotions to lead me into making bad decisions. I allowed my anger and emotions to make me act on something that wasn’t true because I was kept in the dark.”

Annie apologises to fans, partners

She continued, “To all my 7.1m plus family out here. Thank you for still standing and supporting me and my brand.

“To all the brands that are working with us, thank you for still sticking with your Nkoyo; to the ones we are in talks with. I appreciate my big brother and friend @efeomorogbe

“I am so sorry to my manager, @phadekemi. Thank you for your patience and for sticking by.” (sic)

Friday, November 12, 2021

November 12, 2021

FG To Borrow ₦25.5 Billion To Provide Solar Power For National Assembly


By Abdullateef Salau

The federal government is to borrow N25.5bn ($62.1m) to construct 17MW hybrid solar power infrastructure for the National Assembly.

The loan is part of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s N7.6trn external borrowing request approved by the Senate Wednesday.

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Senator Clifford Ordia, said his panel found that of the $22.8bn approved by the National Assembly under the 2016-2018 External Borrowing Plan, only $2.8bn, representing 10 percent, had been disbursed to Nigeria.

The committee, in its report, listed various proposed projects to be financed by the loans.

The $62.1m loan earmarked for construction of solar power plant in the National Assembly would be sourced from SINOCURE/Standard Chartered Bank.

The contract, according to the report, was awarded at a total value of $60.1m.

However, the report was silent on what the balance of $2m would be used for.

According to the report, the government also earmarked $100m to execute a project in the Ministry of Women Affairs tagged “Nigeria for Women Projects”.

The project, according to the document, is to support livelihoods for 324,000 women over the age of 18 years in targeted local governments in states of Abia, Kebbi, Niger, Ogun and Taraba States.