Category: Entertainment

Davido Makes First Public Appearance After Son’s Death

 

Nigerian singer and songwriter, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has made his first public appearance in Osun State after his son Ifeanyi’s demise.

Davido, who lost his only son on November 1, was at the inauguration of his uncle, Nurudeen Adeleke, as the governor of the state.

The act’s aide, Israel DMW, shared photos of the singer and his team at the event.

“OGA, NO GO EVER MINUS. We are outside @aadeleke_01 OSUN STATE GOVERNOR. ”

Ifeanyi was said to have drowned in a swimming pool at his father’s residence in Banana Island, Lagos.

Sunday’s inauguration comes months after Adeleke, the gubernatorial flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), secured 403,371 votes to defeat Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 375,027 votes.

He won 17 LGAs in the state, while the APC clinched 13 LGAs.

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Nigerian emerges Italy cooking contest winner

Tracy Eboigbodin, a Nigerian woman from Benin City, recently won the 11th season of the international cooking competition MasterChef, Italy.

The surprise came following the negative reputation often attributed to Nigerians in Italy as traffickers in drugs and human beings.

The Italian embassy in Nigeria, in collaboration with the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission and Fraser Suites, celebrated Eboigbodin at the seventh edition of the annual week of Italian cuisine in the world, which was held in Abuja on Friday.

Eboigbodin, who embraced her passion for cooking, worked as a waitress in Italy, a job she did for about 15 years before proceeding to culinary school.

She ventured into the international cooking competition replicated in over 60 countries after moving to Italy 17 years ago.

Eboigbodin explained that she refused to be limited by the stereotype of being a Nigerian and a woman from Edo State, as they are often linked to prostitution and trafficking.

She lamented that people focused more on the negatives than the positive impacts made by Nigerians.

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Bill Gates’ daughter and husband expect first child

 

American billionaire, Bill Gates’ daughter, Jennifer is expecting her first child with husband, Nayel Nassar.

The 26-year-old pregnant mother announced her pregnancy on her Instagram page on Thursday.

She uploaded a picture of her and her husband Nayel in their large 142-acre home’s backyard, revealing her growing belly.

while she captioned the picture saying, “Thankful.”

In response to the announcement, Bill Gates shared a photo of the couple on his Instagram story with the caption, “Proud.”

Her mother, Melinda French Gates, commented on Jennifer’s post, saying, “I am really looking forward to meeting this little one and seeing you two become parents.”

At their property in Westchester County, New York, in October 2021, Jennifer Gates, the eldest child of billionaire Bill Gates and his ex-wife, Melinda French Gates, wed Olympic equestrian Nayel Nassar.

They became good friends after meeting on an equestrian circuit. Up until Jenn started medical school in 2019, they competed together as Stanford alums across the globe.

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Twitter announces gold, grey, blue badges

Twitter’s billionaire owner, Elon Musk, announced Friday that the platform would be launching differently colored badges to distinguish between accounts.

“Sorry for the delay, we’re tentatively launching Verified on Friday next week,” he tweeted.

“Gold check for companies, grey check for government, blue for individuals (celebrity or not) and all verified accounts will be manually authenticated before check activates.”

In another tweet, Musk said all verified individual accounts would have the same blue checkmark, but some would eventually be able to display a “secondary tiny logo showing they belong to an organization” if verified as such by that organization.

The Tesla and SpaceX boss’ proposal for users to be able to pay to be “verified” and obtain a blue badge on their profiles has caused confusion since he acquired the social media giant last month.

Musk proposed a subscription fee of $8 a month to allow users to obtain the blue check – which was previously free but reserved for organizations and public figures in an attempt to avoid impersonation and misinformation.

The first rollout of Musk’s subscription plan in early November quickly went south, with many accounts paying for the blue check and then impersonating world leaders, celebrities, or companies.

Responding to the backlash, Musk initially postponed the launch date to November 29, before delaying it once more. It now appears the feature will launch on December 2.

Musk has said he wants to charge users for subscriptions to the social media platform to diversify its income stream. Twitter currently depends on advertising for 90 percent of its revenue.

Several major brands have withdrawn from advertising on the platform since Musk bought it, fearing that his promised relaxation of content moderation could open their companies up to being associated with objectionable content.

According to the NGO Media Matters, half of Twitter’s top 100 advertisers have announced that they are suspending or “apparently suspending” their spending on the social network.

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Gospel singer Sammie Okposo dies

Ace gospel singer Sammie Okposo is dead.

GOGAN TV reported that the singer died on Friday morning. He was 51.

His project manager, Hillary Vincent, confirmed the news to our correspondent via phone call.

Responding to inquiries, he said, “Yes, it’s true.” It happened this morning.

Vincent, however, declined further comments on the singer’s demise as he did not disclose the cause of the death.

However, unverified sources on the Internet stated that the singer slumped before he was pronounced dead.

The Wellu Wellu master, as he was fondly called, was an internationally-recognized music producer, psalmist, and CEO of Zamar Entertainment.

Sammie Okposo started his music career as a soundtrack producer for Nollywood in 1992. He was well-known at that time in the small circle of Nollywood actors and producers.

He later began to get more career flashpoints when he started the Sammie Okposo Praise Party, a platform that brought many up-and-coming Nigerian gospel artistes into the scene.

The Niger Delta-born music star was known for emboldening the gospel music scene by taking his music away from the quiet confines of the church.

He released his first album Unconditional Love in 2000.

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Al-Mustapha ordered hit on our mother – Kudirat Abiola’s children

The children of the late Kudirat Abiola have maintained that their mother was killed on the orders of the presidential candidate of the Action Alliance, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha (rtd).

Khafila Abiola, in a statement on behalf of Kudirat’s children, was reacting to a statement attributed to Al-Mustapha, where he claimed that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo coerced Sergeant Jabila Mshiola, aka Sergeant Rogers, to implicate him (Al-Mustapha) during the 1998 Oputa panel.

At the panel, Sergeant Rogers confessed to having taken part in the assassination under Al-Mustapha’s orders.

Though Al-Mustapha was sentenced to death by hanging in 2012, he was later released by a court of appeal in Lagos.

However, in a recent interview published by Sahara Reporters, Al-Mustapha claimed that Osinbajo, the then Attorney General of Lagos, coached Sergeant Rogers on what to say to incriminate him (Al-Mustapha).

Reacting to the interview, Kudirat Abiola’s children said in a statement made available to a source on Tuesday that “our attention has been drawn to a recent statement made by Major Hamza Al-Mustapha.”

“In it, he accused the current Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, of instigating Sergeant Rogers to falsely claim that he, Al-Mustapha, was behind the assassination of our mother, Alhaja Kudirat Abiola.

“First of all, we all watched the proceedings of the Oputa Panel where Sergeant Rogers freely stated that he assassinated our mother and attempted to murder Senator Abraham Adesanya and Chief Alex Ibru, late Publisher of The Guardian newspaper, based on the instructions given to him by Major Al-Mustapha.

“The evidence of Sergeant Rogers was not challenged by Al-Mustapha and his lawyers at the Oputa Panel.

“Second, the Lagos High Court convicted and sentenced the armed agents of Al-Mustapha to imprisonment for the attempted murder of Senator Abraham Adesanya.

Third, the Lagos State High Court also convicted and sentenced Al-Mustapha and his accomplices to death for the cold-blooded murder of our mother.

“Their subsequent acquittal by the Court of Appeal was most likely politically motivated.” The appeal filed against the judgment is currently pending at the Supreme Court.

However, Al-Mustapha may be counting on the pervasive culture of impunity in Nigeria to not only attempt to deny his dastardly role in the assassination of a defenseless woman, but to also now contemplate running for office, along with Mohammed Abacha, who was alleged to have provided his driver to convey the assassins to carry out the mission.

“Impunity lays waste to the promise of the democracy for which our dear mother paid the ultimate price.

“As those who oversaw her assassination now seek to rewrite the history of what they did, we are forced to seek justice for our beloved mother within a jurisdiction not susceptible to the political games that hold sway in Nigeria.”

“Justice may be delayed, but it must not be denied.”

Kudirat, the wife of the late Chief MKO Abiola, was assassinated on June 4, 1996.

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Saudi Arabia Stun Argentina with Epic Comeback

Saudi Arabia stunned Lionel Messi’s Argentina on Tuesday, beating the two-time winners 2-1 in one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.

Salem Al-Dawsari hit a stunning winner to sink the red-hot favorites, bringing the South American side’s 36-match unbeaten run to a shuddering halt.

The win was fully deserved after Saudi Arabia came from behind after Saleh Al-Shehri cancelled out an early Lionel Messi penalty.

Playing a risky high defensive line, the athletic Saudis rode their luck in the first half when, three times, Argentina had the ball in the net only to be denied by an offside call.

But in a chaotic start to the second half, the Saudis swarmed all over Lionel Scaloni’s team and scored twice as the Arab nation beat the South Americans for the first time in five attempts.

In a first half dominated by Argentina, it seemed only a matter of time before Saudi Arabia’s risky defensive tactics would cost them.

That condensed the game into a sliver of green turf around the halfway line as the Asian side happily allowed Argentina’s back four to pass the ball among themselves.

It seemed Saudi Arabia were facing a long afternoon after VAR intervened to award a penalty when Saud Abdulhamid wrestled Leandro Paredes to the ground in the box at a corner.

Messi waited for goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais to dive to his left before coolly rolling the ball into the opposite corner.

But if the Saudis felt aggrieved at the technology, it would later help keep them in the game.

Three times Argentina had the ball in the net only to be denied by razor-tight offside calls, the first given by VAR.

There was no controversy about the equalizer three minutes into the second half, though, as Al-Shehri ran onto a touch from Feras Al-Brikan, beat Cristian Romero on the outside, and slotted the ball back across goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and into the far corner.

The sizeable Saudi contingent in the Lusail stadium—wwhere the World Cup final will be held—eexploded in joy.

Suddenly the Argentines were rattled, and five minutes later the turnaround was complete.

Al-Dawsari’s clever turn in the box beat two defenders before he shifted the ball past a third and rifled an unstoppable shot into the top right corner.

The crowd was going wild, and Hassan Al-Tambakti punched the air in delight after his desperate sliding tackle denied Messi a clear shot at goal.

Every Al-Owais save, including a point-blank block from Nicolas Tagliafico’s close-range prod, was greeted with rapturous cheers.

There was late drama after Al-Owais collided with Yasser Al-Shahrani and seemed to knock him out as his knee struck the defender’s head.

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“See as Portugal turns our Super Eagles into Super Fowls.” – reactions trail 4-0 friendly defeat

A cross-section of Nigerians on social media have reacted to the Super Eagles’ 4-0 international friendly defeat to Portugal on Thursday night.

Gogan TV reports that a first-half brace from Bruno Fernandes and a second-half goal each from Goncalo Ramos and Joao Mario gave Portugal the victory over Jose Peseiro’s side.

The match was played at the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon.

Reacting to the development, some Nigerians on Twitter expressed sadness over the outcome of the result, thanking God that the Super Eagles did not qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, while others criticized Emmanuel Dennis for his display against Portugal.

Also, another section called for the sack of Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro, while others singled out Bright Osayi-Samuel and Samuel Chukwueze as the only players that performed brilliantly against Portugal.

Here are some comments gathered from Twitter:

@IamDannyben, “See as Portugal turns our Super Eagles into Super Fowls.”

@Mohnice_, “You look at how the Portugal vs. Nigeria game is going on and you thank God the Super Eagles didn’t qualify for the World Cup.” “Because I don’t think there is a team we can manage to beat with these bums called footballers.”

@IfeoluwaIsaac2, “Bruno Fernandes has forgotten most, or his fans are Nigerians… “He’s singlehandedly tearing our national team apart.”

@dezfootieFaced with the daunting task of silencing PSG’s Nuno Mendes, he did so in brilliant fashion, conceding and later winning a penalty.”

@Regular_NiceGuy, “The sad thing about the Portugal vs. Nigeria match is that Nigerians don’t even have light to watch the match.”

@PoojaMedia, “Are “most” Super Eagles players overrated? “Because why are we playing like this?”

@gyaigyimii, “The Super Eagles’ Twitter page stopped giving updates after halftime; why are you running?”

@sportingshina, “Peseiro is one of Pinnick’s legacies. The sooner we fire him now, the better for the Super Eagles. Man is tactically inept. Imagine it is Brazil; the Super Eagles are playing tonight.

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Osinbajo performs “Buga” at tourism conference, thrilling the crowd

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday thrilled the audience at the United Nations World Tourism Organisation global conference in Iganmu, Lagos State, when he gave his rendition of Kizz Daniel’s hit song, “Buga”.

In the event, monitored by our correspondent via Channels Television, the vice president spoke on the theme of the event, ‘Linking Tourism, Culture and Creative Industries: Pathways to Recovery and Improving Development.’

Osinbajo told the participants, drawn from different parts of the world, that music is a global language that people can enjoy without understanding the lyrics.

He said, “Music, as we all know, is a global language. Even those who don’t know the meaning of the words of a song enjoy the rhythm. And some find out the meaning of the lyrics, discovering the cultures and ideas that inspire them.

“But let me just test that theory of mine, that is, that you don’t need to understand the words of any song to enjoy it and to be able to sing it and that music is indeed a very global language.”

To buttress his point, the professor sang Kizz Daniel’s hit song ‘Buga’; an act which caused cheers and applause from the participants.

He further asked the audience to join him in his rendition as he demonstrated the viral dance move associated with the song by raising his shoulders.

After his dance moves, Osinbajo said, “Today, Nigerian music rendered in different languages is played all over the world. So, people all over the world are dancing to that song by Kizz Daniel, called ‘Buga’.”

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Mayweather wins exhibition fight over Olatunji; gets black eye

Undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather defeated British-Nigerian Deji Olatunji in a huge exhibition boxing fight in Dubai on Monday morning, but not before Olatunji landed a punch in the fifth round to stun the Dubai crowd.

To no one’s surprise, it was Mayweather who came away with victory, but not without the efforts of the YouTube star, who took Mayweather to the sixth round before the fight was stopped in the American’s favour. The fight was a relaxed one with Mayweather even spending time in his opponent’s corner in between rounds.

The 45-year-old boxer beat the Youtuber convincingly without even breaking a sweat in the exhibition bout.

The crowd shouted, “Come on, Deji” with Mayweather even taunting him by keeping his hands at his side and entertaining the crowd.

The fight carried on and after a while, Mayweather decided it was time to end it, as he’s already put on a show, and in the sixth round he released the beast which was too much for Olatunji, who gave up, as he couldn’t keep his guard up, a clear sign that he had enough, with referee Kenny Bayless forced to stop the match.

This was Mayweather’s latest mega-money venture coming against the brother of famed YouTuber, boxer and singer, Olajide Olatunji, popularly known as KSI. This is the fifth exhibition fight for Mayweather since his retirement.

Although Olatunji took it seriously and trained for the bout as if there was a championship belt to be fought, as he even outweighed Mayweather 175.2 to 154.3, about 21 pounds more than the legendary fighter, he eventually lost.

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