Monday, 21 May 2018

Zargin wawure kudin jiha: Atiku da jiga-jigan PDP sun kaima tsohon gwaman ziyara a gidan yari

EFCC ta kama Jonah Jang bisa zargin da take masa na yin badakala da kudin jiha

Tsohon gwamnan kuma dan majalisar dattawa yana tsare ne a gidan yari bisa karar da EFCC ta shigar kan laifin wawushe kudin jiha

Tsohonn mataimakin shugaban kasa, Alhaji Atiku Abubakara tare da wasu yayan jam'oyar PDP sun kaima tsohon gwamna, Jonah Jang wanda ke tsare a gidan yari ziyara.

Kamar yadda rahoto ya bayyana, tsohon mataimakin shugaban kasa wanda aka sa ran cewa zai fito takarar kujerfar shugaban kasa a zaben nan gaba, ya ziyarcin gidan yarin tare da Farfesa Jerry Gana da wasu kusoshi jam'iyar PDP.

Hukuncin kotu

Tsohon gwamnan jihar Filato, yana tsare ne a gidan kaso bayan damar da kotu ta bada na a cigaba da tsaron shi.

Kotun ta bada umarnin cigaba da tsaran shi har zuwa ranar 24 ga watan Mayu bisa karar laifin wawure kudin jihar da aka shigar.

A zaman kotu da aka yi ranar laraba 16 ga wata, alkali Daniel Longji ya ki amincewa da bukatar belin da tsohon gwamnan ya nema. Daga ranar zantar da hukunci har sai bayan ya gama nazari kan karar shi.

Zargin da EFCC take masa

Hukumar yaki da cin hanci da rashawa ta EFCC ta shigar da karar inda take zargin tsohon gwamnan da yin sama da fadi da makuden kudin jihar har Nera biliyan shida da miliyan dubu uku.

Hukumar EFCC tana tuhumar Jonah Jang da wawure Nera 6.3bn daga cikin zargin laifuka 12 da take yi masa da suka hada da almubazaranci da karkata kudin jama'a, cin amana da rashin gaskiya amma ya musanta dukansu.

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Meghan Markle: Why the Duchess of Sussex chose Stella McCartney for her second dress

Meghan Markle wearing her Stella McCartney dress

Both women have been vocal about female empowerment and ethical fashion and so the choice was quite natural.

Hours after marrying Prince Harry in a Claire Weight Keller for Givenchy dress, Meghan Markle revealed a second wedding dress for the evening reception at Frogmore House. The second dress was a stunning Stella McCartney creation and we look at why the Duchess of Sussex chose it for her reception dress.

The Palace announced the dress details: "The Bride's evening dress is designed by Stella McCartney and is a bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe. The Bride is wearing shoes from Aquazurra made in silky satin, with nude mesh, with soles painted in baby blue."

Meghan wore Diana's ring

Meghan honoured Diana by wearing an aquamarine ring on her right hand which was visible while she waved at photographers as she sat in the silver-blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero Harry was driving.


Diana famously wore the emerald cut Aquamarine show-stopper to an auction of her own clothes at Christie’s in 1997. The jewel is part of a set — the other piece is an aquamarine bracelet, where it’s connected by five strands of pearls. She wore both to a gala dinner in Australia in 1996.

Unlike her classic and timeless ceremony gown, her second look was full-on sophisticated Hollywood glamour. With Prince Harry at Markle’s side in a sharp tuxedo, the newlyweds were the picture of elegance.

Why Stella McCartney?

McCartney is the daughter of rock n’ roll royalty Sir Paul McCartney and the late musician Linda McCartney. She flew under the royal wedding dress radar, with British brands like Ralph and Russo, Burberry and Alexander McQueen being hailed as the popular contenders.


But for Meghan, McCartney seems like a the obvious and natural choice. Stella is a vocal advocate for female empowerment and feminism as a whole. She is also leading the charge with the conversation on ethical and sustainable fashion. These are two things that the new royal is very vocal and publically passionate about so it makes sense that she would find some resonance with McCartney.

In an interview with The Guardian in April, McCartney was uncharacteristically coy when asked if she had been asked to design for Meghan.

“How many designers have you said that to today?” the 46-year-old designer replied smartly to the reporter, skillfully avoiding the question and evading rumours that had been circulating.

McCartney has been an early adopter of sustainable fashion in the industry, focusing her label on ethically- sourced materials and designs that feature sleek, simple silhouettes and celebrate the female form.


Speaking to the Guardian, she said, “I come at fashion with lightness of heart. I shot my last ad campaign in a landfill site for a reason, and to make a point, obviously. But the models looked happy, there was lightness, there was colour. My messaging is not the kind that is going to make you panic or feel rubbish about yourself or not sleep at night, because I don’t think that achieves much.”

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Davido: Artist performs before a crowd of 10,000 in Suriname, South America

Davido has done it again and this time, it is far away in Suriname, South America, where he performed before a crowd of 10,000 music fans.

Davido has struck gold yet again, performing to a crowd of 10,000, as he continues to take Nigerian music to places far and wide, finding a home this time in Suriname, South America.

The singer over the weekend performed at an event that had a capacity crowd of 10,000 fans in the little known country of Suriname in South America.

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Visibly overwhelmed by the feat, Davido immediately took to his social media pages to express his delight at achieving such success in a country where he never expected his music to have gotten to.


The performance is another ground breaking achievement that magnifies the progress of Nigerian music over the past couple of years.

It will be recalled that Davido,  who recently got nominated at the 2018 BET Awards, performed at the inauguration ceremony of Sierra Leone's new president.

He also performed in Cannes, before proceeding to the Netherlands for the continuation of his 30 Billion tour before heading to Suriname.

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Sista Afia gets 3 nominations at 3rd Tv Music Video Awards

List of nominees for the maiden edition of 3rd Tv Music Video Awards are out and the “Slay Queen” singer, Sista Afia gets 3 nominations from the list

She was nominated under these categories:

Best Hiplife Video – Pass U

Most Popular Video – Jeje Ft Shatta Wale

Best Female Hilife Video – Bokor Ft Medikal

Sista Afia is currently promoting her latest single dubbed “Slay Queen” which is gradually cooking hot on the airwaves.

The video which features comedian DKB was released few days ago with an impressive number of views.

You can watch from below how Sista Afia defines the life of some “Slay Queens” in town.

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RADP "Third Thursdays": Workers in digital, a center of RADP's interest in grooming productive staff

General Manager Ringier Africa, Leonard Stiegeler speaking with Yuliy Shenfeld, Country Manager at RADP "Third Thursdays" May Edition

The May edition of RADP Third Thursday helps to educate RADP staff, clients and guests on healthy living.

"Third Thursdays", a monthly mixer hosted by Ringier Africa Digital Publishing (RADP), took place on May 17, 2018, among guests who share the company's value for partnerships.

RADP rewarded this attractive feature with a discussion on the importance of healthy living and some games hosted by Total Health Trust (THT) a health care service provider and RDM Academy.

A THT representative, Anu Martins, came on board to share knowledge to the guests about healthy living and also highlighted fruit benefits. This progressed to a talk concerning the hazard of eating chemical products.


It was an educating and enlightening talk that reminded the guests about living a healthy lifestyle despite heavy demands from the work place.

According to Martins other factors can lead to a reduction in the quality of help. She recommended making a positive change in eating habits.

Reps of RDM Academy, which offers world class trainings in digital marketing, with an extensive range of courses, engaged guests with witty teasers which offered winners  chances to win tickets to watch the latest Marvel blockbuster “Deadpool”.

The night later progressed to a beautiful performance by singer, Maka, a fast rising singer in Nigeria's alte scene who has earned the praises of some of Nigeria's finest industry tastemakers.


She introduced herself to the audience with her song ‘Don’t you walk away’, a track she revealed has not made it to the studio. Her intimate performance also explored the dreadful feeling of being in a toxic relationship on her jam ‘Circle’. She had a vibe of soul and shared some with mixer guests turned fans.

Her performance with the mood of the RADP’s partners who have remained committed to helping to promote the goal of the mixer - to come together for productive partnerships.

We can't also forget about the DJ of the night who goes by the name, Aye. The young DJ has been lighting up the scene with his innovative and spontaneous mixes at concerts and festivals. It was no different, as Aye showed guests why he has been hailed by some as th next next Diplo or Avicii from Africa.


The energetic Aye told the reps of THT that his deejaying is a form of exercise. He proved them right when he got on the turntables and had everyone dancing.

It was surely another evening of great networking improved the environment further for a truly interactive mixer made possible through a collaboration with valuable company interests.

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Tramadol: Customs officials seize $181,000 worth of capsules at airport

Customs officials seize $181,000 worth of Tramadol capsules at airport

The seized substance was well above the government-recommended milligrams.

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) impounded 180 cartons of Tramadol capsules worth $181,000 at the import shed of the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) on Friday, May 18, 2018.

According to a report by SaharaReporters, a source revealed that the seized substance was well above the government-recommended milligrams (50-100) and was finally impounded after the importer did not show up to claim the consignment.

The source further revealed that the NCS has already handed the seized substance to the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) through its Deputy Director, Udoekpo Ekpo, who commended the actions of the NCS and promised that NAFDAC is committed more than ever to rid Nigeria of illicit drugs.

The source said, "These banned items were discovered at the SAHCOL shed by our intelligence. We have been monitoring it for a while, but the importer did not show up to claim it. So, we have to impound it and hand it over to the necessary government agency.

"This simply shows that our intelligence is working and will continue to unravel several of such illicit drugs or items that anyone may want to bring into the country through this airport."

NDLEA seizes 4 tonnes of Tramadol

The seizure of the banned substance follows another such seizure by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) who impounded four tonnes of imported Tramadol capsules at the same airport on Thursday, May 17.

The banned substance was imported from India into Nigeria through the United Arab Emirates (UAE) airline, Etihad Cargo, but the importer could not be traced as no clearing agent showed up to claim the drugs which were imported in two batches.

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#ManCrushMonday: The singer with 'The Voice', Timi Dakolo

Timi Dakolo

The ladies are crushing on the guy with the distinct voice, Timi Dakolo.

We are starting the week on a very good note with the ladies crushing on the singer with the distinct voice, Timi Dakolo.

Timi Dakolo was born in Ghana on January 20, 1981, to a Nigerian father and Ghanaian mother. He originally hails from Bayelsa state. After losing his mother at the early age of thirteen, Timi Dakolo moved to Port Harcourt where he stayed with his aunt and grandmother.

Timi's gifted voice was discovered early as he started performing in church. In 2003 he joined the singing group 'Purple Love' as a founding member. They dominated the Port Harcourt club circuit but disbanded in 2005 as all its members had gained admission into the University of Port Harcourt.


The journey to stardom for Timi Dakolo began in 2006 when he auditioned for the 'Idols West Africa.' He went on a steady rise on the reality show even though he lost his grandmother in the course of the competition.

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At the finale of the competition, Timi Dakolo won which was applauded by many because of his distinct voice and ability to sing effortlessly. Since then Timi has gone on to release a number of hit songs and won more hearts through his music.


Some of the hit songs Timi Dakolo has dropped since professionally becoming a singer over a decade ago include 'Iyawo Mi,' 'The Vow,' 'Medicine,' 'Wish Me Well,' and a number of others. Timi Dakolo has had a very successful career with him becoming one of the most featured singers at the Presidential Villa (Aso Rock).


In 2010, Timi Dakolo got married to his wife, Busola Dakolo and the couple is blessed with three beautiful children. On social media, Timi Dakolo is known to be one of the hilarious celebrities as he always finds how to turn a serious situation into a joke. Timi Dakolo is one of the judges of the music talent show 'The Voice' which he also has other music star like Waje and Yemi Alade as judges too.


Ladies, we've been able to reveal to you a number of things about your favourite singer not forgetting we told you he is happily happily married! But you think you've got the nerves to still hit him up, slide into his DM at your own risk!

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“Heaven And Hell Are The Remaining Places Davido Is Yet To Perform” – Bovi

Superstar Nigerian singer, Davido recent sold out 10 tickets at a show in an unknown South American country. The South American country was identified to be “Suriname”.

After a photo of Davido amidst fans in the country emerged online, Comedian Bovi was amazed at the way fans in the country sang Davido’s song word for word.

Bovi took to his Instagram page to share a photo of Davido at “Suriname” saying heaven and hell are the remaining places the singer is yet to perform.

He wrote;

This Gee just sold 10,000 tickets in a country I had never heard of until this moment. Suriname ! In South America of all places. Audience was singing word for word. Remaining heaven and hell for davido to perform! #global

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Politics: Nigeria’s economy slows down as Buhari's diversification policy struggles

Nigeria economy slows as Buhari's diversification policy struggles

The struggling in the non-oil sector shows a greater concern for President Muhammadu Buhari's administration who has been trying to diversify the economy away from the oil sector.

Nigeria’s economy recorded a slow growth in the first quarter of 2018 as the diversification policy of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government struggled with economic realities.

The National Bureau of Statistics said on Monday, May 21, 2018, that the economy grew 1.95% in the first quarter of 2018, a slight downturn from 2.11% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2017.

For the first time since the country came out of recession in 2017, non-oil sector struggled as the economy grew by 1.95% in the first quarter lifted by the oil sector.

The struggling in the non-oil sector shows a greater concern for President Muhammadu Buhari's administration who has been trying to diversify the economy away from the oil sector.

The oil sector

The sector recorded a real growth of 14.77% (year-on-year) in Q1 2018. This represents an increase of 30.37% points relative to rate recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2017.

The oil sector grew by 13.24% between January to March 2018, the Bureau said.

With the first three months of 2018, the nation recorded an average daily oil production of 2 million barrels per day (mbpd), higher than the daily average production recorded in the fourth quarter of 2017 by 0.05 mbpd and 0.25 mbpd higher than 2017 first quarter production which recorded an output of 1.75mbpd.

The oil sector contributed 9.61% to total real GDP in Q1 2018, up from 8.53% and 7.35% recorded in the Q1 2017 and Q4 2017, respectively.

The non-oil sector

The non-oil sector was driven mainly by agriculture (crop production); other drivers were financial institutions and insurance, manufacturing, transportation and storage and information and communication.

The non-oil sector grew by 0.76% in real terms in the first quarter of 2018. This is higher by 0.04% point compared to the rate recorded same quarter of 2017 and 0.70% point lower than the fourth quarter of 2017.

In real terms, the non-oil sector contributed 90.39% to the nation’s GDP, lower than 91.47% recorded in the first quarter of 2017 and 92.65% recorded in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Last week, the Nigeria parliament passed a record budget of N9.120 trillion from N8.612 trillion submitted by the president.

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IBB Terrorises Buhari As Saraki Transmits I-G

IBB Terrorises Buhari As Saraki Transmits I-G – Tunde Odesola

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You can call me a fool for all you care, I won’t bat an eyelid. I have the right to be foolish, anyway. But move away from my arm’s length if you call me stupid, for stupidity is mental retardation simplified. Foolishness is a choice. Stupidity is not, it’s endowed. It’s wired to the DNA. As adjectives, ‘foolish’ is lacking a good sense or judgment but ‘stupid’ is lacking in intelligence or the inability to think. Stupidity is the crown on an empty skull. Foolishness is the obstinacy that dares the lamb to look at the tiger in the eyes. With a little more caution, the lamb could, by keeping silent in hiding, escape a bloody journey into the belly of the black-striped, gold-furred tiger with flaming eyes, stalking the jungle.

This piece was written by Babafemi Adesina Badejo and was first published on The Punch. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

 Then Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari blazed into power in the very last minute of 1983. His coup was a welcome blow that broke the spine of the inept and corrupt Shehu Shagari administration which was more popular for wearing long caps on idle heads than arresting the debilitating inflation crippling the economy. Fire bellowed down the nostrils of the Buhari tiger, clawing, tearing and mauling perceived impediments to national greatness. Everybody feared the tiger until a certain lamb from the largest state in the country, Niger, came to tame it two years after. This Niger lamb was beautiful and pleasing to the eyes, its baaing was melodious to the ears; everybody who feared the tiger loved the iamb of the lamb. The furry lamb was a paradox that unnerved and reassured simultaneously. Not very long after being crowned king, however, the corrupt-wind of genetic mutation blew the way of the lamb, which sloughed its fur for scales and metamorphosed into a snake. The lamb’s harmless mouth turned into striking serpentine jaws of poison, savagery replaced genteelness, and evil stalked the land unstoppably. Sometime in the August of 1985, the snake chased out the tiger from the lair, taking over the kingdom.

I’ve never set my eyes on a scrotal sac with one ball. But I’ve often heard the Yoruba describe any man wailing meaninglessly as having only one ball in his sac. What’s the link between wailing and one scrotal ball? Does wailing complement a missing ball? Does wailing alleviate the pains or absence of a missing ball? With the way Nigerians wail meaninglessly on social media, compulsory medical check on scrotal sacs across the country won’t be a bad idea. However, it’s not only Nigerian proletariats that wail, Nigerian leaders wail, too. Last week, former man of steel, President Buhari, lamented in Abuja during the inauguration of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s headquarters in Abuja. He said he was ousted in 1985 and detained for three years by Brig Gen Ibrahim Babangida because he (Buhari) was fighting corruption as of the time. The President said, “I was removed as the head of state, detained for three years and people whom we recovered stolen money from were given back their money and I remained in detention up until my mother had to die to save me from detention.”

 Mr President, you’re free to think Nigerians are fools, but don’t you think we are stupid. In our foolishness, we can clearly see the lie in your statement that your mother waited three years to save you from detention. Why would a mother wait for 1, 095 days to save her son? What if death had knocked on your soul before her intervention? Oh, your media aides would say, “The President was speaking figuratively.” Yes, he was speaking politically, too. When a figure of speech borders on representing an idea better or worse than it really is, it is called an exaggeration. So, is the President blowing issues out of proportion in order to gain political sympathy? The President said he was toppled 33 years ago because of corruption and that the money he retrieved from corrupt politicians were returned to them, right? And Babangida, who toppled him, is still alive. Please, where should the anti-corruption war of Buhari begin from, if it is only to set the records straight and debunk the claims that his military administration was vindictive? So, Buhari knows some individuals with stolen public wealth, and he keeps quiet and feels comfy about it? What manner of leader is he? A weakling? There, surely, exists a difference between foolishness and stupidity.

 Foolishness and stupidly rule the Nigerian online political space where innumerable people talk inanities all at once. Some talk and say nothing. Some applaud roguish politicians defecating on our collective sensibilities. In Animal Farm, George Orwell depicts the proletariats as stupid. Are Nigerian proletariats better? Foolishness and stupidity went round the bend last week as another President, Bukola Saraki, tackled the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. Saraki, the President of the Nigerian Senate, last Wednesday, accused the IGP of planning to implicate him in the trial of some suspected hired killers arrested in Kwara State. Hitherto, there was no love lost between Saraki’s flimsy Senate and the unmeet police boss as Saraki and his gang of senators had repeatedly invited Idris to appear before the Red Chamber futilely. If the Senate was planning not to pass the budget of the police – in retaliation of the I-G’s scorn, a quick rethink wasn’t unlikely as Idris wouldn’t think twice before withdrawing police orderlies from our self-serving senators. Who wan die? Not these senators gulping billions of naira in taxpayers’ funds monthly with nothing to show for it.

In the heat of the back-and-forth kafuffle between the senate and the I-G, a video clip went viral. In the video, Idris, who was reading an address at a public function, was portrayed as being unable to coherently read his address, needlessly repeating the word ‘transmission’. A man in a dark suit and blue shirt stepped in to help with the speech which being ruffled by the wind while Idris bungled on. A closer look at the video, however, shows that Idris’ lips and the audio don’t sync. The IG, though a lawyer, doesn’t possess the gift of the garb. He speechifies the English Language in a laborious way. With its back pinned against the wall, the police force released its version of the video showing the IGP reading an error-free address. The two versions were from the same Kano event, but the part wherein the man in suit stepped in to offer a helping hand was excised from the version released by the police – suggesting that Idris truly made a couple of mispronunciations while delivering his speech. His traducers, however, fanned the embers of the innocuous error into a horrible conflagration by manipulating the audio to make the I-G sound as repeating himself. The Presidency later joined in the fray by describing the video as doctored. I’m not a fan of the IGP as I consider many of his actions unbecoming since he was appointed by Buhari on March 21, 2016. But a fool worth his salt would see through the deft doctoring of the video. That a lot of Nigerians believe that the IG could, in a two-minute, 18-second video, publicly repeat ‘transmission’ 13 times, and ‘I mean’ six times, shows why the political class continues to manipulate us with the stupidest of ploys. A bosom friend, Shola Ogunjimi, however, has a different opinion. He said Nigerians knew that the video was doctored, but that they believed it because of the brainlessness that attended some of Idris’ past actions. A former Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osun State Council, Prince Ayoade Adedayo, who felt no pity for Idris, believes there is more to the video than what the police are claiming.

I ask, why is Idris suddenly being portrayed as deficient in speech and reading now that some powerful people are being linked to some suspected hired killers? Why?

This piece was written by Babafemi Adesina Badejo and was first published on The Punch. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

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Royal Wedding: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle's wedding cost ₦16.222Billion!

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle's wedding cost ₦16.222Billion!

The royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle cost a lavish $45million; which in Nigerian currency is a huge ₦16.222Billion!

A grand total of $45million was spent when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedded in a lavish, attention-grabbing ceremony last Saturday, May 19 2018!

If the wedding was held in Nigeria, it would cost way more than an eye-watering ₦16Billion!

Of course, being the celebration of a royal fairytale wedding, there was bound to be a bit of lavishness here and there and on that, Prince Harry and Meghan did not disappoint.

What’s many would find surprising, however, is what actually took most of that money!

₦14.42Billion on security alone

Of the $45 million wedding budget, $40 million went to security! That in Naira is a whopping ₦14.42Billion.

So the royals did not particularly splurge on over-the-top dresses with a million crystals, neither did they spend all that on food or décor, they prioritized the safety of the celebrants, guests, and the 100,000 people who lined up the streets to cheer on the royal couple.

In comparison, $32 million of a $34 million budget was spent on security when Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot at Westminster Abbey in 2011.

How much was the wedding dress?

Meghan’s wedding dress will likely cost "hundreds of thousands of dollars," according to Bromley, E!'s royal expert Melanie Bromley.

The new Duchess chose a Givency Haute Couture wedding dress which is believed to be high-priced, but not as high as the rumoured $400,000 Kate Middleton spent on her wedding dress in 2011.

The bride may probably have paid for the dress herself.

"It wouldn’t surprise me if Meghan decides to foot some of the costs herself so she can have the dress of her dreams," Bromley tells Bazaar. "She’s independently wealthy, and she’ll want a gown fit for a duchess."

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Cost of food, drinks

Aimee Dunne, a Luxury wedding planner tells CNBC that the food and beverage could be $680,000.

$67,000 would have been spent on the cake, Bridebook projects.

Venue, décor

Bridebook also suggests that $470,000 was spent covering venue costs. The glass marquee for the reception is projected at $400,000; and the flowers, $130,000, suggests Aimee Dunne.

Other costs

Bridebook says roughly $22,000 would have been spent on photography and videography, $27,000 for the stationery, $400,000 for music, $175,000 for decorations, $8,000 for wedding rings, $2,287 for bridesmaid and page boy outfits, $235 for St. George's Chapel church fees, over $10,000 for the groom's uniform, over $13,000 for hair and makeup, $74,000 for entertainment, over $4,000 for wedding favors, and over $160,000 for the honeymoon.

Who paid for the wedding?

The palace announced prior to the wedding, that it would foot the bill for "the core aspects of the wedding, such as the church service, the associated music, flowers, decorations, and the reception afterwards," Taxpayers are likely responsible for security costs, The Independent reports.

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Lifestyle Blogger: Instagram influencer Serrabellum gives us serious Dubai FOMO

Serrabellum relaxing on her Dubai trip

Sun, sea, shopping and luxury. Take a look at Yemisi Abraham's beautifully captured trip to Dubai!

Instagram influencers are a-plenty and they are always getting up to the most fun things on the gram. Yemisi Abraham, also know as Serrabellum, recently gave us serious Dubai FOMO after she and her mother took the trip of a lifetime. Luckily for us, she snapped every bit of it and here's a glimpse of Dubai through her eyes.

Dubai is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the south west corner of the Arabian Gulf. It is well-known for its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage, and the Emirati people are welcoming and generous in their approach to visitors.

With year-round sunshine, intriguing deserts, beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and shopping malls, fascinating heritage attractions and a thriving business community, Dubai receives millions of leisure and business visitors each year from around the world.

Dubai has become the got-to place for those seeking, sun, shopping and luxury.

Serrabellum takes us to many Dubai hotspots including The Marina, Drift Beach Club and Cove, Dubai.

Take a look at her whirlwind trip below!

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Auren Yarima Harry da Meghan Markle: Ga hotunan bikin masautar Ingila wanda ya mamaye duniya

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle's wedding cost ₦16.222Billion!

Kasaitaccen bikin ya samu halarcin manya-manyan jarumai na daga cikin yan fim da wasannin motsa jiki.

A karshen makon da ya shude masarautar Ingila ta daura auren yariman ta wanda ya mamaye kafofin watsa labarai.

Bikin yarima Harry da amaryar sa Meghan Markle wanda aka daura a ranar asabar ya dauki hankalin jama'a inda ya zama abun muhawara a kafafen sada zumunta da gidajen watsa labarai.


Kasaitaccen bikin ya samu halarcin manya-manyan jarumai na daga cikin yan fim da wasannin motsa jiki.

Domin kallon hotunan bikin  danna alamar >> dake nan sama inda hoto yake.

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Olisa Metuh: 5 times ex PDP spokesperson went dramatic during trial

5 times Olisa Metuh went dramatic during trial

Chief Olisa Metuh has just collapsed in court. Here are 5 times we've had cause to talk about his dramatic court appearances rather than the case.

Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Olisa Metuh, has just collapsed in court.

Metuh slumped as he made his way to the dock of the Federal High Court Abuja, at exactly 9am on Monday, May 21, 2018.

Metuh and his company, Destra Investment Limited, are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the N400million he allegedly received from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) in 2014.

The NSA was at the time headed by Sambo Dasuki who has been in prison custody since 2015 for misappropriating a certain $2.1billion.


The government says this $2.1billion was meant for procurement of arms for soldiers fighting Boko Haram insurgents; and that Dasuki used this money for the Goodluck Jonathan campaign instead.

Prosecutors say the N400million Metuh received came from the $2.1billion Dasuki allegedly misappropriated.

Metuh is being prosecuted on a seven-count charge bordering on fraud and money laundering.

Since Metuh’s arrest in January of 2016, he’s made some quite dramatic court appearances. Here are 5 of those.

1. Metuh joins beard gang

Metuh used to be all clean shaven.

However, to make the point that he was having a hard time behind the walls of the Kuje prison, Metuh first made his court appearance in full beards the colour of grey or snow.

His white beard look didn’t really sit with his cuffed hands though; and that got a lot of people talking in the beginning.

The white beard has become a permanent feature of the Metuh ensemble these days.

2. Metuh eats paper

According to sundry reports, in January of 2016, Metuh grabbed a piece of paper containing his confessional statements from EFCC operatives, threw the paper into his mouth and began chewing the paper—all in a bid to destroy evidence.

The paper chewing drama would inspire an eatery to come up with an  advert copy that read: “why chew paper when you can eat our chicken?”


Metuh later denied that he ate paper, though.

 “They said I ate paper. I did not eat any paper. I don’t know where they got that from. As a matter of fact, the last contact I had with those people was the next day after I was arrested when I told them to charge me to court", Metuh said.

3. Metuh shows up in court on a stretcher

On February 5, 2018, Metuh appeared in court on a stretcher after Justice Okon Abang ruled that he was going to have his bail revoked if he doesn’t show up for continuation of his trial.


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Metuh's lawyer, Onyeachi Ikpeazu (SAN), had told the court that his client was on admission at the Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital for an undisclosed ailment.

4. Metuh appears in court on wheelchair

On March 14, 2018, Chief Olisa Metuh was in court on a wheelchair.

On this day, Metuh’s lawyer, Ikpeazu, told the court that his client’s health had badly deteriorated in the past two months.

According to Ikpeazu, due to his client’s worsening health, Metuh was going to require urgent medical attention from his doctors in London.


The lawyer tendered as an exhibit, a letter from one Dr. Adrian T. H. Kasey, a Neurosurgeon at Wellington Hospital in London, which he said emphasized the need for Metuh to be treated urgently.

5. Metuh collapses

May 21, 2018: Metuh is making his way to the dock for cross examination when he collapses.

Presiding judge Okon Abang has no option but to discontinue trial so Metuh can get medical attention.

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Kogi Government: Why we are not paying salaries regularly

Why we are not paying salaries regularly

“Sometimes, we repay between N400 million and N500 million monthly as loans that add no value to the state.

The Kogi State Government says huge loan servicing is responsible for its inability to pay the salaries of its workers regularly.

Mr Kingsley Fanwo, the state Director-General, Media and Publicity made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lokoja.

Fanwo said that the loans were taken by the two previous administrations for projects that did not add value to the state.

“Sometimes, we repay between N400 million and N500 million monthly as loans that add no value to the state.

“These loans were taken by the last two administrations and some of them were invested on projects that were never completed.

“When you go out, you will see Kogi Hotels, billions of naira was collected for that project and it was not completed, and it is not adding any value to the state.

“Also, the Kogi House in Abuja has gulped billions of naira, yet, it is not completed, not adding any value to the state,’’ he said.

The DG said the previous administrations collected N200 million from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) development, which was not used for the purpose intended.

According to him, rather than using the money for SMEs development, some people just shared the money.

“There is no record of anybody given loan and now we are repaying. So all of these have taken its toll on the resources and finances of the state’’

He said despite the poor resources accruing to the state, the government still strive to pay workers’ salaries.

“We cannot shy away from the fact that the resources that is coming to the state now has dwindled due to the loans we are repaying.

“It is increasingly difficult to muster enough resources to pay salaries regularly.

“As I speak with you, we are still owing March and April salaries,’’ Fanwo said.

He said despite the dwindling resources of the state, the government will remain committed in the payment of salaries even if not as when due.

“When you do a comparative analysis of wages in the North Central geo political zone, Kogi pays the highest and despite that, we have been very faithful,’’ Fanwo said.

The DG denied allegations that workers were being owed 24 months salary.

He said those peddling the falsehood were the people that benefited from the rot in the state in the past.

On bailout funds received from the Federal Government, Fanwo said that they were used to pay workers’ salaries.

He, however noted that the bail out funds were not free gifts.

“The bailout funds were not gifts from the Federal Government, it was more or less a loan, so you have to prioritise what you use your bailout funds for.

“So, we used it basically for salaries and we were the only state in the federation that published how we used that bailout funds.

“Transparency and accountability are the hallmarks of this administration,’’ he said. 

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JAMB: If you're writing rescheduled UTME, here's how to print your slip

If you're writing rescheduled UTME, here's how to print your slip

Candidates who were unable to print their slips before 2018 UTME was conducted in March are qualified to sit for the rescheduled exam.

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB has set Saturday, May 2016 for rescheduled Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

The exam body is conducting the rescheduled exam for over 12,000 candidates whose biometrics were not captured during the initial period of the UTME in March.

According to the Board’s Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin, the exam will also include candidates ''who are yet to see their results since the end of the examinations in March till date and have not been involved in any form of malpractice''

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The last group of candidates according to Benjamin are those ''who were unable to print out their e-slip before the earlier examinations and those whose centres were cancelled for suspected malpractices.’’

However, for candidates who are unable to print their e-slip, here are the three simple guidelines.

 How to print your slips

1. Log onto JAMB UTME e-slip  printing page at

2. Supply your JAMB Registration Number or Email address in the appropriate column.

3. Finally, click on ‘Print Examination Slip’ to access your exam schedule.


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Finance: 10 things you need to know before the opening bell (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, FB, SHLD)

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Here is what you need to know.

The US-China trade war is "on hold." President Donald Trump's Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on "Fox News Sunday" that bilateral talks that ended Saturday were promising enough that the world's two biggest economies don't have to keep escalating tariffs.

Americans are happy with how Trump is handling the economy. A new poll from CBS News shows that Americans are happy and optimistic about the economy with 18% saying the economy was "very good" and 46% saying it was "somewhat good." Only 9% said the economy was "very bad."

The US dollar hits a 5-month high. The US dollar index hit a high of 94.06 on Monday, its best since the middle of December.

Embattled Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro wins another 6-year term. Maduro won 5.8 million of the 7.6 million votes, Reuters says, citing Venezuela's election board, run by Maduro loyalists.

Europe's biggest budget carrier warns on oil. "Spot prices close to $80 a barrel are going to lead to a significant shakeout in the industry as early as this winter," Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary told Bloomberg.

Facebook went public 6 years ago Friday. A $1,000 stock investment bought at the closing price on the day of Facebook's initial public offering would be worth almost $4,800 today.

Sears is shutting down more stores. Sears is closing at least 40 stores, including 31 Sears stores and nine Kmart stores.

"Deadpool 2" breaks the single-day box office record for an R-rated movie. Marvel's latest superhero movie raked in $53.3 million on Friday, setting the the record for biggest opening day for an R movie, surpassing last year's hit, "It" ($50.4 million).

South Korea's LG Group chairman Koo Bon-moo dies. Koo Bon-moo, the chairman of South Korean conglomerate LG Group died Sunday due to illness at age 73, Yonhap news agency said. His son is a possible successor.

Stock markets around the world are higher. Hong Kong's Hang Seng (+0.6%) led the gains in Asia and Britain's FTSE (+0.87%) paces the advance in Europe. The S&P 500 is set to open little changed near 2,714.

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Buhari: CAN accused of collecting N40m "transportation money" from President

CAN accused of collecting N40m "transportation money" from Buhari

The NCEF is taking CAN's leadership to task for corruption and gross abuse of office.

The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) has accused the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) of collecting "transportation money" from President Mujhammadu Buhari during a visit to the Presidential Villa last year.

According to a report by Vanguard, the NCEF is taking CAN's leadership to task for corruption and gross abuse of office, citing other issues of mismanagement by the organisation.

In a memo signed by NCEF's Chairman, Elder Solomon Asemota, he called on CAN's National Executive Council (NEC) to investigate alleged abuse of power on the part of CAN president, Rev. (Dr) Samson Olasupo Ayokunle.

According to the memo titled, "NCEF Protests: Is NEC of CAN Guilty of Negligence?", the NCEF alleged that when Ayokunle led a delegation to meet President Buhari in 2017, he received 'transportation money' which CAN said amounts to N25 million but "informed sources" claim is actually N40 million.

While showing displeasure with how the money was shared, the NCEF also criticised the receipt of the money as "unethical and very insensitive".

The memo partly read, "On the 10th of November, 2017, a delegation of CAN, led by the President of CAN, Rev. Dr. Ayokunle, met with President Muhammadu Buhari and, after the visit, collected 'transportation' money.

"While informed sources claim it was N40 million, CAN officials insist it was N25 million and it was alleged to have been shared by somebody who is not an official of the National Secretariat of CAN.

"NCEF insists on proper investigation of how the money was shared and how much each person received.

"In addition, NCEF insists on proper sanction of every Christian leader that took part in sharing money from President Buhari. It is unethical and very insensitive for Christian leaders to collect money from the man every Christian is aware has compromised security to the detriment of the Church."

The forum further accused the CAN leadership of buying official vehicles at questionable prices as a total of N43 million was spent to purchase four second-hand vehicles in Cotonou when they were allegedly sold for cheaper prices in Nigeria. They further alleged that the auditor that presented a financial report to CAN did not include the N43 million spent on the vehicles, calling the process of procurement into further question.

The forum further alleged that there has been a tribal shift in appointments in the national offices and in the secretariat under CAN's current leadership.

They urged NEC to immediately convene an emergency meeting to consider the issues raised in the memo and conduct an investigation of Ayokunle as well as other CAN officials accused of misconduct.

CAN president dismisses allegations

CAN President, Rev. Ayokunle, has denied the allegations of misconduct from the NCEF, saying it's an attempt to tarnish his reputation.

He told Vanguard, "There is no truth in what they are alleging. No truth at all in all the allegations. If they are after sanity in CAN, is it on the pages of newspaper that they intend to settle any dispute? Do Muslims behave like that about their leaders?.

"You know if these people are allowed to smear my reputation on the pages of the media, they have successfully finished the Church in Nigeria. They have already written that I should be removed because they did a kangaroo investigation which did not involve me."

Rev. Ayokunle urged the aggrieved party to allow CAN's NEC resolve the conflict amicably without doing any public damage to the institution.

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World: Trump weighs risk of summit after North Korean reversal

Trump weighs risk of summit after North Korean reversal

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, increasingly concerned that his summit meeting in Singapore next month with North Korea’s leader could turn into a political embarrassment, has begun pressing his aides and allies about whether he should take the risk of proceeding with a historic meeting that he had leapt into accepting, according to administration and foreign officials.

Trump was both surprised and angered by a statement issued Wednesday by the North’s chief nuclear negotiator, who declared that the country would never trade away its nuclear weapons capability in exchange for economic aid, administration officials said. The statement, while a highly familiar tactic by the North, represented a jarring shift in tone after weeks of conciliatory gestures.

On Thursday and Friday, Trump peppered aides with questions about the wisdom of proceeding, and on Saturday night he called President Moon Jae-in of South Korea to ask why the North’s public statement seemed to contradict the private assurances that Moon had conveyed after he met Kim Jong Un, the 35-year-old dictator of the North, at the Demilitarized Zone in late April.

The president’s conversation with Moon, which was first reported by The Washington Post, came just three days before the South Korean leader was scheduled to arrive in Washington to meet with Trump on Tuesday. It was a sign of Trump’s discomfort, some officials speculated, that he could not wait to discuss the issue until Moon arrived for his meetings here, though there is no indication that the president is considering pulling out of the North Korea talks.

Trump’s aides have grown concerned that the president — who has said that “everyone thinks” he deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts — has signaled that he wants the summit meeting too much. The aides also worry that Kim, sensing the president’s eagerness, is prepared to offer assurances that will fade over time.

Moreover, Trump’s decision this month to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal raises the stakes for the North Korea negotiation. If he emerges with anything less than what President Barack Obama got, which in Iran included the verified shipment of 97 percent of all nuclear material out of the country, it will be hard for Trump to convince anyone other than his base that the negotiation was a success.

The aides are also concerned about what kind of grasp Trump has on the details of the North Korea program, and what he must insist upon as the key components of denuclearization. Moon and his aides reported that Kim seemed highly conversant with all elements of the program when the two men met, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made similar comments about Kim, based on his two meetings with him in Pyongyang, the North’s capital.

But aides who have recently left the administration say Trump has resisted the kind of detailed briefings about enrichment capabilities, plutonium reprocessing, nuclear weapons production and missile programs that Obama and President George W. Bush regularly sat through.

Grappling with North Korea in negotiations is a new experience not just for Trump, but also for everyone else in the upper ranks of his administration. South Korean officials say that John R. Bolton, Trump’s new national security adviser, has been in near daily contact with his counterpart in Seoul, trying to work out a strategy.

Bolton has been clear that in his view the president should use the Singapore meeting to declare that the North must give up its entire arsenal and nuclear infrastructure before crippling economic sanctions are eased.

The South has been advocating a more traditional confidence-building approach, in which concessions by the North result in a gradual lifting of sanctions. But Trump has said he will not repeat that technique, because it led to failure by his four immediate predecessors.

Until now, administration officials have been saying they expect Kim to agree to denuclearization at the Singapore summit meeting and to set a schedule for a fast down payment over the next six months, which would involve turning over some number of nuclear weapons, closing production facilities and allowing inspectors to range the country.

Those who have dealt with North Korea most intensively say that expectation will have to be scaled back if Trump expects success.

“If Trump is truly expecting to see a handover of nuclear weapons in six months, without anything in return, that is very unrealistic,” said Joseph Yun, the State Department’s North Korea coordinator until he retired a few months ago. He predicted that Trump would be forced into the kind of step-by-step measures that his predecessors attempted, “because there is no other way.”

Pompeo said on ABC News late last month: “This administration has its eyes wide open. We know the history. We know the risks.” He said the only measure of success would be “complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization,” a phrase first used in the Bush administration, for which it proved unattainable.

Analysts at the CIA, where Pompeo was director before becoming secretary of state, have warned for years that they do not believe that Kim would trade away all of his nuclear weapons capability, no matter what the offer from the United States and its allies. But they have said there was a chance that he would suspend testing and give up some of the North’s capability — as long as it could be rapidly rebuilt — if he could win the removal of much of the U.S. presence in the region.

Bolton has repeatedly cited the case of Libya, which turned over all of its nuclear-related equipment in 2003, as a model to follow for denuclearization. Libya received promises of economic integration with the West, little of which happened.

In 2011, its leader, Moammar Gadhafi, was overthrown, dragged from a ditch and killed. The North Koreans noticed, and much of the statement issued last week was a denunciation of Bolton and a vow never to bend to “great powers” seeking a similar deal.

But when reporters asked Trump about Libya, he managed, in one stroke, to contradict Bolton and misconstrue the importance of the trade of the nuclear program for economic rewards.

“The Libyan model isn’t a model that we have at all, when we’re thinking of North Korea,” Trump said. “If you look at that model with Gadhafi, that was a total decimation. We went in there to beat him.” That referred to Western military intervention in 2011, not to the nuclear disarmament that came eight years before.

“Now that model would take place if we don’t make a deal, most likely,” Trump warned, seeming to repeat exactly the threat that the North Koreans had warned against. “But if we make a deal, I think Kim Jong Un is going to be very, very happy.”

Trump may be right: Kim presumably has many decades ahead of him as North Korea’s leader and has much to gain from improved economic conditions. But he would be betting his entire country on any nuclear deal, and most intelligence analyses in recent years have cast doubt that he, or the North Korean elite, would be willing to give up the security provided by nuclear arms.

Michael Green, a professor at Georgetown University and a leading expert on Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote in Foreign Affairs that Kim was looking for something much larger than Trump was.

“Trump may be preparing for the wrong game: a two-player round of checkers when Kim is steeling for a multiplayer two-board chess match,” he wrote. “On one board will be the future of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs, what Trump came to negotiate. On the other will be what Kim and the other participants know is also crucially at stake: the future of geopolitics in northeast Asia.” Kim sees himself as a player in that game long after the Trump administration is over.

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.

DAVID E. SANGER © 2018 The New York Times

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New Video: Ikechukwu - Sammah

WFA rapper, Ikechukwu returns with visuals for his new single, ''Sammah''.

Ikechukwu makes a return to the music scene with the visuals for his new song titled, 'Sammah'.

At first glance, the video for Sammah which features a dancing, singing Killz, shares a parallel with his 2011 single, 'Now is the time,' in its traditional setting and costumes.


Sammah' comes after the rapper's last song, 'Z'am Oku,'  which was released in October 2016, few months before he starred in the highest grossing Nollywood movie, "The Wedding  Party" as Sola.

'Sammah' features a cameo appearance from rapper, Ice Prince, and was directed by Twitch.

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