Thursday, 18 January 2018

Finance: Here comes Morgan Stanley ... (MS)

James gorman

Morgan Stanley is set to report fourth-quarter results at about 7 am Thursday.

Morgan Stanley is set to report fourth-quarter results at about 7 am Thursday.

It's the last to report of the big US banks. Its Wall Street competitors have each exceeded expectations thus far, despite taking sizable losses attributable to tax reform.

Analysts are expecting Morgan Stanley to produce adjusted earnings of $0.77 a share.

But they're expecting the firm to report a non-adjusted loss of $0.33 a share after accounting for an estimated $1.25 billion hit from the new tax law, primarily from deferred tax assets that declined in value.

Still, that's a much smaller one-time tax loss than competitors reported: JPMorgan earlier reported a $2.4 billion fourth-quarter loss, Citigroup a $22 billion loss, Bank of America a $2.9 billion loss, and Goldman Sachs a $4.4 billion loss.

Each of the banks has been buoyant about the long-term prospects of tax reform, however.

Here's what else analysts will be looking for from Morgan Stanley:

  • Revenues of $9.24 billion
  • Adjusted net income of $1.43 billion
  • Like the rest of Wall Street, a decline in trading revenues — especially in fixed income. How will the results stack up with Goldman Sachs and other rivals?
  • An increase in investment banking revenues
  • Any exposure to Steinhoff International?

As a refresher, Steinhoff International is the scandal-wracked South African retailer that has been singlehandedly blowing a hole through Wall Street bank earnings, reappearing in the fourth-quarter announcements of major banks as the culprit for hundreds of millions in unexpected, one-time losses.

A group of Wall Street banks loaned money last year to an entity controlled by Christo Wiese, the former chairman of Steinhoff, and they subsequently sold off chunks of the loan to other banks. The deal went belly-up after Steinhoff stock cratered.

Will Morgan Stanley be on the hook for any substantial amount?



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Niger Delta Avengers: Why militant group just promised Nigeria a "doomed year"

Why Niger Delta Avengers just promised Nigeria a "doomed year"

The militants have made a set of demands that the president might not be willing to accept.

After months of abiding by a ceasefire agreement reached with the Federal Government, militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), is ready to unleash a "doomed year" on the country.

In a statement released by the NDA's spokesperson, Murdoch Agbinibo, on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, the aggrieved group has decided to launch a fresh round of attacks on the country's oil installations in the coming days.

Agbinibo warned that, unlike previous threats that were not followed through because of interventions from the region's elders, the group will not be persuaded to go back on its word this time around until the Federal Government takes heed to its demands.

He said the planned attacks will target the deep sea operations of oil multinationals that include Bonga Platform, Agbami, EA Field, Britania-U Field and Akpo Field.

Who are the Avengers?

The Niger Delta Avengers started its operations in 2016.

The group emerged around the same time that President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly reached the decision to phase out the Presidential Amnesty Programme, introduced in 2009, to assist in the disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and provision of reintegration assistance to repentant militants.

The group orchestrated relentless attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta region so much that it started to cripple operations.

The militants' strike teams are spread across states like Rivers, Ondo, Delta, Bayelsa, Cross River and Akwa Ibom.

Between January and November 2016, the group took credit for at least 45 attacks that led to the shutdown of countless oil terminals and forced major oil companies like Shell, Agip and Chevron to cease operations and withdraw their staff.

This resulted in the fall of the country's oil production, causing harm to the economy and government revenue.

The group's major demand has always been to ensure people of the region benefit from the rewards of the product of their lands.

Ceasefire agreement

In peace talks that were formally launched in November 2016, the NDA reached a ceasefire agreement with the Federal Government following talks led by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu.

The agreement was reportedly made in the hopes that it would give President Buhari time to execute a comprehensive plan that would greatly benefit the oil-rich region.

Since that agreement was reached, the group has repeatedly threatened to walk back on it and resume its destructive bombings.

However, they always encounter resistance from elders of the region who always intervene to calm the situation.

The group's last major threat to cancel the ceasefire agreement was in November 2017 when it promised a "brutish, brutal and bloody" campaign of violence against "every oil installation in our region".

Again, the group failed to carry out its threat after interventions by elders in the region.

Why is the group back now?

In the Wednesday statement released by Agbinibo, the group wants the Federal Government to restructure the country.

He revealed that the group's 'High Command' has decided that any Nigerian that is against restructuring is its enemy and an enemy of the Nigerian state.

Therefore, the group is telling the Federal Government to restructure the country so as to allow the Niger Delta to control its resources and directly use them to improve the region.

The group is critical of the government for withdrawing N1 billion from the Excess Crude Account to fund the war against terrorist group, Boko Haram in the northeast, at the detriment of the array of challenges facing the Niger Delta region.

The group also demanded the immediate release of all Niger Deltan activists and freedom fighters that are held captive by the Nigeria Armed Forces. This demand is triggered by the recent decision of the Nigerian Army to release 244 Boko Haram suspects to the Borno State government.

With the group branding the meddling Niger Delta elders as irresponsible and accusing the Federal Government of gross insincerity, the NDA's threat this time might be the beginning of another violent assault on the country's fragile security state.



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Stand-Up Comedy: Nigerian performers deserve much more credit than we give them

Comedian, Bovi is part of a generation that is not afraid to speak truth to power.

Comedians like Akproro are berated for lacking imagination but like many of his peers, he also delivers scathing commentary on social issues without fear.

Today, stand-up comedy in Nigeria is a multi-million naira industry. The most famous of the bunch, individuals like Ayo Makun, I Go Dye and Seyi Law headline packed shows where the best of their peers, as well as notable entertainers, grace the same stage.

Nights like these show that the extent of the influence that these comedians enjoy.

Their success is built on the work done by fore-bearers like Ali Baba and a generation of comedians who found an audience on the small screen before stand-up became a thing.

However, one of the biggest criticisms that this generation faces regards the tone and subject of their comedy.

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Comedians like Akpororo have made a living off playing to popular stereotypes about various tribes or in cases, the Nigerian people as a whole.

We've heard it all before, or have we?

In other cases, the subject is usually a facet of Nigerian society, such as the desire to seek greener pastures in a foreign country. Either that or another commonly explored topic; religion.

 

One of Seyi Law’s most memorable routines features a bit about a Yoruba Muslim who sells bread and other edibles.

While he says his daily prayers, he struggles to attend to customers. But, according to the joke, like the Yoruba man that he is, he ends up insulting the customer loudly while asking God to punish his detractors.

Such jokes are perceived as the fulcrum of Nigerian stand-up comedy.

Which is why most critics of the art form berate it for the lack of range.

In some way, this perspective is valid.

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For the most part, however, it fails to consider the context in which the jokes are delivered and the vital role that Nigerian comedians play in wielding their influence and using the ability to bring humour to the most gloomy situations.

When Laughter is more than just medicine

Nigerians love to laugh, for the most part, we do so with an unreserved passion as we do everything else. In daily life, however, this passion and the energy directed towards making things happen does not always bear fruit.

 

Which is why the extent of our appreciation of local comedy and its performers can seem like a desperate shot at escapism.

When Nigerians want to forget their worries, they laugh,

This puts the comedians in a precarious position. How do you keep things original yet amuse an audience that is in constant proximity to their biggest woes?

Nigerian comedians do this, not by avoiding the problem, but by referencing the issues and drawing more attention to them.

Obviously, it helps when the audience sees the humour.

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Most of their jokes may come off as lazy and stereotypical. However, by making light of these situations, Nigerian comedians call attention to social issues and deliver scathing social commentary in a tone that says don’t worry, we’ll figure this out.

A good, if not so recent example was Ali Baba’s comedy skits broadcast on radio in the run-up to his headline show.

 

In one of these skits, Baba draws attention to the forced market re-capitalisation order by the Nigerian Central Bank.

In the skit, the father of a bride-to-be orders her spouse to acknowledge her worth by recapitalising and increasing the value of his interest in her.

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One stand-up comedian who has acquired a mastery of this is the well-loved Bovi.

Fiercely confident and not afraid to touch on the most sensitive issues, Bovi’s seminal Man On Fire show has witnessed jokes on matters of genuine national interest.

Talking truth to power

In a particularly amusing incident, he told a pungent joke about Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, while the gentleman was seated directly in front of him.

This ability is important because it uses a medium that the people love to address issues that they would rather ignore.

As such, it makes sense that a few of the more versatile of these performers have made the jump to late night television.

An important case in point is Okey Bakassi and his show, "The Other News" produced in tandem, with Channels Television, widely seen as the most authoritative news channel in the country.

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On the show, written with help from famed comedy television writer, Ned Rice, Okey delivers a no-holds-barred version of the news that addresses trending issues and lampoons the insolent behaviour that we have come to expect from Nigerian politicians and public personalities.

Already, Okey’s show enjoys a massive audience, both on terrestrial television and on Youtube where episodes can also be streamed.

 

It has also attracted the attention of foreign news media, who attribute his work with “using comedy to strengthen Nigeria’s democracy”.

It would only be fair that a lot of peers enjoy that same praise, only in the sense that they have strengthened a people’s resolve, steadfastness, alertness and resilience in the face of worsening circumstances.

Nigerian comedians deserve a lot of credit. There’s much in those tummy-tossing jokes beyond the laughter.



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World: Trump Was Not 'Fully Informed' in Campaign Vows on Wall, Chief of Staff Says

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President Donald Trump’s chief of staff privately told a group of Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday that Trump had not been...

John F. Kelly, the retired Marine general credited with bringing a measure of discipline to Trump’s chaotic White House during his six months as chief of staff, told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that he had educated the president about the issue of immigration, adding that Trump had “evolved” on the wall.

The comments were an unusual instance of a White House chief of staff seeming to undercut public statements made by the president, in the process contradicting the central message of “Build the wall” that defined Trump’s presidential campaign. The president has recently begun to temper his own statements about the wall, telling a group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the White House last week that a 2,000-mile structure would not be needed because parts of the border would be impassible.

But in telling lawmakers that Trump had essentially erred from the start in promoting a wall and by claiming credit for dissuading him, Kelly appeared to be voicing a sentiment some in the West Wing have heard him express privately — that it is his job to tutor a sometimes ill-informed president who has never served in public office before.

At the same time, it suggested that Kelly, who served as secretary of homeland security before coming to the White House and has hard-line views on immigration that mirror the president’s restrictionist approach, was positioning himself now as a moderating influence.

Kelly made the remarks at a meeting with members of the Hispanic Caucus, as a group known as the Twos — the No. 2 Democrat and Republican in both the House and Senate — worked toward negotiating a deal to protect from deportation the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers. The meeting with the Hispanic Caucus was first reported by The Washington Post.

Kelly expressed confidence that the negotiations to preserve the protections provided by DACA, the acronym for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era program that Trump moved in September to end, would succeed, though not necessarily this week. The president gave Congress six months to enact a replacement for the program, which protects about 780,000 young people.

“There’s no doubt in my mind there’s going to be a deal, so long as men and women on both sides are willing to talk,” Kelly said in an interview with Fox News.

As recently as Sunday, Trump was far more pessimistic about the program’s future and criticized its Democratic supporters. “DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military,” he wrote on Twitter.

Kelly told lawmakers that “he was the one who tempered” Trump “on the issue of the wall, on the issue of DACA,” said Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., who attended the session.

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill., who was also at the meeting, quoted Kelly as having told the group that, “a 50-foot wall from sea to shining sea isn’t what we’re going to build.”

Gutiérrez told reporters that during the meeting, Kelly said that during the presidential campaign, “there were statements made about the wall that were not informed statements.”

Trump often cited his promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” to energize his campaign rallies.

Marc T. Short, the White House legislative affairs director, denied the Democrats’ characterization of Kelly’s comments about the president’s familiarity with immigration issues, telling CNN in an interview: “I don’t recall General Kelly saying the president was uninformed.”

But he did not dispute the notion that the president has changed his view of what is needed to secure the border, based in part on information from Customs and Border Protection, the government agency charged with immigration enforcement.

The wall has been a prominent issue in the negotiations over DACA, with Trump insisting that funding to build it be part of any such bill, along with measures to limit the extended family members immigrants can sponsor for entry into the United States and an end to the diversity visa lottery.

As Trump’s first secretary of homeland security, Kelly presided over the beginnings of the president’s immigration crackdown, including the enforcement of his travel ban and tougher interior enforcement measures.

But Kelly did not push the idea of a solid wall across the entire southern border, arguing from the outset that “a physical barrier will not do the job.” More recently, he has prevailed upon Trump not to dwell on the idea of Mexico paying for the wall, a notion that the president has not mentioned for some time.

“He used the word ‘evolved,'” Grijalva said, adding that Kelly said Trump has “evolved, in the general context of the wall and DACA, and he said you make campaign promises; that’s different from governing.”

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Two House Democratic aides who attended the meeting confirmed the accounts given by Grijalva and Gutiérrez.

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., said she sought a clarification from Kelly about what would constitute the border wall that Trump is seeking, since “so many people have different ideas about what the wall actually is.”

Kelly said that since taking office, Trump “realizes what the realities are, and that they are no longer considering the wall to be what was described in the campaign,” Roybal-Allard said.

“It wasn’t until he got to the White House that he was better informed in terms of what were the possibilities in terms of barriers,” Roybal-Allard added, recalling what Kelly said about Trump.

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.

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Saratu Gidado 'Daso': Babu wata salon mugunta da ban iya ba kuma da aure na nake yin fim- cewar Saratu Daso

Babu wata salon mugunta da ban iya ba kuma da aure na nake yin fim- cewar Saratu Daso

A cewar ta tana tsare mutuncin aurenta kuma tana fim kamar yadda sauran mata ke tafiyar da aikin su a ma'aikata da dama da ma masu aikin sana'ar hannu.

Sanannen jaruma Saratu Gidado wanda aka fi sani da Daso ta sanar cewa da aurenta take yin fim  kuma mijinta yana sane da irin matsayin da take fitowa a cikin shirin fim.

Fitacciyar jaruma wanda ta fiye fitowa a matsayin muguwa ko mai azabtarwa a cikin fina-finai hausa Saratu Gidado ta shaida ma wakilin bbchausa cewa da mijinta yana mara mata bisa aikin fadarkarwa da yan fim keyi kuma bata taba nadamar aikin da take yi.

*Tsohuwar jarumar Kannywood tace ta samu duk wani nasara da take nema yayin da take fim

Matsayin hada aure da yin fim

A cewar ta tana tsare mutuncin aurenta kuma tana fim kamar yadda sauran mata ke tafiyar da aikin su a ma'aikata da dama da ma masu aikin sana'ar hannu.

"Ni matar aure ce, miji na ya barni ina cigaba da harkar fim, da yake a hanyar fim Allah ya hada mu kuma muka yi auren mu. Saboda haka ina cigaba da aiki na kamar yadda matar aure take aikin asibiti, matar aure take koyawa a makarantu, matan aure suke aikin gwamnati, matan aure suke siyasa, matan aure ke duk wata sana'a dake kawo masu kobo cikin rufin asiri. Ni dai ina kiyaye mutuncin aure na.  inji jarumar.

A cewarta mai gidan ta baya jin komai ganin yanayin rawan da take takawa a fim na fitowa a matsayin mugunta domin ya san cewa wasan kwaikwayo ne.

*“Ba harkar fim kadai ke gabana” - inji jaruma

Yawan fitowarta a matsayin muguwa

Jarumar wanda aka fi kira da Saratu daso tace babu wani salon mugunta da bata iya ba amma a cikin fim domin a zahiri ita ba mai wannan halin bane.

"Ni ba muguwa bace, ni mai kirki ce a zahiri. Bani da son magana a fili ma."tace.

Daso ta tsunduma cikin harkar fim inda ta kwashi kusan shekaru 18 tana harkar.

*Hanyar da za'a bi domin samun cigaba a masana'antar kannywood

Sai dai yanzu jarumar tace lokaci yayi da zata ringa fitowa a cikin natsuwa domin a yanzu ba zata iya fitowa tana mai zura gudu ko kuma mai ihu tana tafiya.



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2face Idibia: Singer pays condolence visit to Benue state over herdsmen attack

2face Idibia, the pride of Benue state goes back home because of Fulani herdsmen killings

2face Idibia pays a condolence visit to his state of origin Benue as a result of the recent killings there.

2face has paid a condolence visit to the government of Benue state over the attack on herdsmen which led to the death of over seventy people.

The music icon who is from Benue visited the state government office at Makurdi on Wednesday, January 17, 2017, where he was received by the state governor, Samuel Ortom.

After paying his condolences, the music icon who hails from Benue state took some photos with the state governor and his cabinet.

2face Idibia has been vocal about the herdsmen crisis that has been going on in the state. At the Soundcity MVP Awards he spoke about it while on stage.

This will not be the first time that 2face will be visiting his state to either pay condolence or assist in helping the plights of his people.

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It would be recalled that in 2017, 2Face and his wife, Annie visited an internally displaced person camp in Makurdi, and donated items to thousands of families who were displaced because of the flood that ravaged the state.

2face wasn't the only celebrity who turned up to support the victims of the flood incident as celebrities like American rapper, Jidenna also gathered support for the victims.

Actress, Juliet Ibrahim was also among the celebrities who used her NGO, to raise funds for the internally displaced people.



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Bishop Oyedepo: Fulani herdsmen declare war in violent letter to Living Faith founder

Fulani herdsmen declare war in violent letter to Bishop Oyedepo

The Living Faith founder received a scary letter from the herdsmen detailing their demands.

War has been declared on Bishop David Oyedepo and Nigerians in a violent letter from Fulani herdsmen.

This startling news was shared by the founder and General Overseer of Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winner’s Chapel.

According to Oyedepo, the letter from a coalition of Fulani herdsmen, identified as Fulani Nationality Movement, clearly states that the country will have no peace.

 

The cleric said: “Just last night, I got this, believed to be from the Fulani Nationality Movement, saying that God has given them this land and that they have the right to live anywhere, and until the colony is established, there’ll be no rest in Nigeria.

”I heard them say that the cattle colony is the only solution to the crisis, whether the Government or State Government accept or not.

”We have asked all Fulani herdsmen all over West Africa to move to Nigeria and penetrate every corner for the upcoming Jihad.”

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Between Bishop Oyedepo and Fulani herdsmen

This comes after the Living Faith founder’s recent outburst after the killing of children, women and innocent people in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of Benue State.

Speaking at ‘One night with the King’ telecast, he placed a curse on these killers.

In his words, the ”perpetrators of the killings and their unborn children will not see peace.

“Where are the security agents? You mean they can’t get the herdsmen arrested? Those Fulani herdsmen and their unborn children will not see peace.”

 

He went on ask some important questions while encouraging everyone to pray for Nigeria.

Bishop Oyedepo asked: “How many of these killers have been brought to book since their campaign of carnage, death and destruction began?”

“Is cattle business government business? Should farmers be killed to Fulani herdsmen to live? Should all farmers leave their farms today for the threat of Fulani herdsmen?

“If not attended to in earnest, this might evolve into a nationwide unrest worse than the ISIS devastation going on in several parts of the world.”

 

Other reactions to Fulani herdsmen

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, Bishop Dr. Godwin Madu, has also reacted to the killing by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

In a press statement, he said: “The senseless killing of innocent citizens in Benue State by herdsmen in a democratic nation is quite unfortunate. As it is today, Benue, Nassarawa, Taraba and Plateau States have become graveyards for innocent citizens of Nigeria. This is wicked, evil.

“Is this a calculated plot to wipe away all the Christians in the middle belt in order to Islamize it? I want to sound this caution that Nigeria is on the verge of collapsing. I call on political leaders and the international community to rise up and stop the Fulani herdsmen from further killings in Nigeria. We cannot claim to be one Nigeria anymore.”

 

Bishop Goddy Madu went on to advise the Federal Government to relocate the herdsmen to  Sambisa Forest where their cattle can graze freely.



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360NoBs Film review: The Bridge

Lasun Ray has made a career out of producing and directing Yoruba film titles such as Ejika and Asiri Owo.

As the son of iconic filmmaker, Adeyemi ‘Ade Love’ Afolayan, director, Kunle, comes from that same line of indigenous filmmakers. Before he made the ultimate crossover with The Figurine (Araromire)- shot in English and Yoruba-, Kunle Afolayan had cut his teeth in the Yoruba sector of the industry, acting and directing films like Irapada.

It makes sense that The Bridge is the project to bring both men together in 2017. Lasun Ray who conceptualized the story, probably imagined it as a high concept affair, beyond the modest means of his limitations, sticks to producing responsibilities. Afolayan on the other hand is presently in the director-for-hire stage of his career, having made four films of his own between 2009 and 2016.

Coming off a three picture deal with television giants Africa Magic that has had him swing wildly between comedy (Omugwo), and drama (Roti, The Tribunal), Afolayan rounded up 2017 with The Bridge.

It is easy to see why Afolayan would be attracted to this project.

At its heart, The Bridge is a love story, a sub-genre in which Afolayan clearly has had experience making. See his 2012 romantic comedy, Phone Swap, about a boy, a girl, and a phone swap. But beyond that, The Bridge is also a meditation on the ways that human beings create conflicts for themselves all in service to traditions that have pre-dated them.

This is a theme that has shown itself consistently in Afolayan’s work. Irapada was about one educated person’s struggles with an ancient custom. The Figurine tested the limits of credibility and swung a pendulum between fate and faith. October 1 subtly placed the blame for Africa’s stunted growth on the doorsteps of the colonialists. In the film’s jaundiced estimation, the motherland was a virginal landscape until the big bad colonialists came with a bag of sins containing homosexuality, rape and murder.

The Bridge presents a familiar challenge. A young, handsome pilot in training, Obadare (Demola Adedoyin) who happens to be the crown prince of Shapati, a Western village still steeped in ancient tradition despite the elements of modernity sprouting up around. Obadare is in love with Stella Maxwell, played by singer Chidinma who makes a convincing debut big screen appearance.

Stella is an Igbo medical doctor practicing in Ilorin, Kwara state, where she meets and falls in love with Obadare. Her father, Dominic (Zack Orji) is a domineering figure who has his own plans for how his only child should live out the rest of her life. Naturally, they do not include Obadare, or any person born of his tribe.

The lovers make several unsuccessful attempts to convince their parents to warm up to their romance. They then take matters into their hands and things quickly escalate, in ways no one foresaw, leading to tragic consequences for everyone concerned.

The Bridge isn’t peak Afolayan, so anyone holding out hope for a return to form for the director might as well perish them now. Having said that, the story carries a lot of promise and with more thorough input, could have been considered a worthy accompanying document to The Figurine. Instead, it falls into territory that isn’t so prestigious, perhaps an inferior knock off, containing elements that have decorated the director’s best work.

There is a sense of mystery that pervades the film but the director and his writer, Sola Dada, are not able to convincingly break down the film in such a way that it works as a thriller. Despite solid performances by the cast who do well enough with the material that is handed to them, The Bridge isn’t able to rise above Nollywood melodrama. The story fails to explore in detail the complicity of the supernatural in the affairs of man and the film suffers heavily for this cop out.

Technically, the film is sound and the name Afolayan should ideally attract a certain level of quality control to a project. However by the end, things get sloppy, especially with the scene where a coffin is being dug up from the grave. It gets worse with the unnecessary emoting and obvious dialogue that makes up the film’s final act.

This quest for some sort of audience pleasing ending is ill advised and makes it near impossible taking The Bridge seriously.

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VIDEO: Mr. Leo – Desole (Prod. Salatiel)

One of Cameroon’s biggest music stars, Mr. Leo has arrived in Nigeria for his first ever media tour in the country. And to kickstart the tour, he released his latest work titled ‘Desole’ into the Nigerian market. The video was shot in Paris by popular music director, Shelis.

After the release of his monster hit, E Go Better in 2015, the multi-award winning singer has released 14 hits, back to back, taking over the Central and West African market with songs like ‘Jamais Jamais’ “Partout” and ‘On Va gerer’, and gathering altogether over 100 000 000 YouTube views. He sings in English, Pidgin English and French. He also writes for other artists, and his credential includes one of Africa biggest songs of 2017, ‘CALEE’ by Daphne.

Signed to his producer Salatiel’s AlphaBetter Records, Mr Leo is a Guinness-Orijin Ambassador as well mobile telephone company, iTel Ambassador. He has also won over 13 awards in the last three years.

He performed his hit collaboration, ‘Supporter’ with Locko at the last AFRIMA Awards in Lagos, Nigeria and he was impressed by the energy of the Nigeria industry. Mr. Leo said that Nigerian spirit prompted him to return. “Cameroon and Nigeria not only have cultural, geographical and historic ties – but our music industries are also intertwined.

The biggest African song, ‘Sweet Mother’ by Prince Nico Mbarga, a Cameroonian–Nigerian became big because of the influence of the two musical cultures. There have been recent collaborations between Cameroon and Nigeria, but the Cameroonian industry has also grown very big.

Today it stands on its own feet and it’s time to expand that collaboration into more shows and exchange of programmes. After all I’ve achieved back home and across Francophone Africa, I felt a need to come into Nigeria and expand the possibilities. Cameroon supports Nigerian music massively and we believe it’s time to start reciprocating that love and support so that African music can grow bigger and richer for everyone.”

His debut album, ‘LOVE ORIGINAL’ is available on iTunes.

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Watch and Enjoy!

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Tech: A YouTuber successfully sued her ex-boyfriend in a landmark revenge porn ruling — and then proposed to her co-star on the court steps

Chrissy Chambers video revenge porn YouTube still

Chrissy Chambers, part of the BriaAndChrissy YouTube act, won 'substantial' damages at the High Court in London after he uploaded six videos to RedTube.

  • Chrissy Chambers, half of YouTube duo BriaAndChrissy, won a legal case Wednesday.
  • She sought damages at the UK's High Court for videos published on RedTube by her ex.
  • The videos were online for almost two years, and included her name and age.
  • The court case was described as the first of its kind.


A female YouTube star set a legal precedent in the UK by successfully suing her ex-boyfriend for uploading revenge porn of the two of them having sex.

Chrissy Chambers, who runs the 750,000-subscriber BriaAndChrissy YouTube channel, was awarded "substantial" damages by the High Court in London after a ruling on Wednesday.

Chambers sued her ex-boyfriend, a British man who has not been named, after he recorded and uploaded videos of them having sex to the porn site RedTube.

Chambers is now in a relationship with Bria Kam, the co-star of her YouTube channel, which describes them as a "singing duo/lesbian couple with original music, making videos that inspire."

According to a report in The Times newspaper, the recordings were made without Chambers' knowledge while she was in the relationship with the man from 2008 to 2009.

He uploaded six videos in 2011 and 2012, the report said, some of which included her full name and her age at the time (18).

Chambers did not find out about them for almost two years, when she started to get complaints from viewers on YouTube who mistakenly believed she had created the videos intentionally.

Chambers, who is American and lives in Los Angeles, found it difficult to take legal action over the videos because of grey areas in the law.

According to The Times, she could not sue in the US because the videos were uploaded in Britain. And British authorities could do little about the videos, as they were recorded in the US, and were also published before new revenge porn laws came into effect.

With no criminal options, Chambers instead launched a civil case against her boyfriend in Britain, accusing him of breach of confidence, misuse of private information, and harassment. It had widely been reported as the first case of its kind.

The High Court was told that he accepted the charges, and awarded "substantial" damages to Chambers. The precise figure has not been named. The man will also have to pay Chambers' legal costs.

After winning the case, Chambers wrote on Instagram that she "could not be more elated." She proposed to Kam outside the court, who agreed to marry her.



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Reign Ended: Deadly Akwa Ibom kidnapper killed days after police captured his native doctor

Akaninyene Jumbo, seen lying on a gurney, was killed during a duel with security operatives in Rivers State, Nigeria.

Akaninyene Jumbo, was killed in a gun shoot-out against Nigeria's military team and the Nigeria police.

The combined efforts of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Nigerian Army has ensured the death of a deadly Akwa Ibom kidnapper, Akaninyene Jumbo, who was killed days after his native doctor was captured.

Jumbo, who was notorious for criminal activities such as kidnappings, robbery, cultism and politically-motivated killings, was shot dead in Rivers State, during a gun battle with security operatives on Monday, January 15, 2018, according to reports.

 

His death is expected to offer some relief to residents of the Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun local government areas, who have longed endured his reign of terror.

The Nation News reported that his corpse was exhibited at a military checkpoint at Iwukem junction and then to Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, where his hometown of Ikot Ibekwe, is located.

ALSO READ: Herbalist who prepares 'juju' for killer cult group captured by police [Photos]

The assault team which facilitated his death was put together by Ibrahim Idris, Nigeria's Inspector General of Police.

 

Jumbo's neutralization is one in a list of success stories recorded by the NPF who are on the ascendancy in the battle against criminal groups for example the Badoo cult known for terrorizing the residents of Ikorodu in Lagos.

Meet Chibuzor Igwe, a young member of Badoo

18-year-old Chibuzor Igwe, who was paraded on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at the Lagos State Police Command's headquarter in Ikeja, revealed how he was lured into the Badoo cult.

According to Punch News, the youngster who was earlier seeking for a job got introduced by one Obamoyegun Omotayo, alleged to be the leader of the terror group.

 

In his statement, the teenager revealed that he contacted the head who owns a number of cars because he wanted to be his driver.

“I am a Badoo member. Around November, I told Obamoyegun (Omotayo) that I wanted to be his driver because I saw him with new cars. He told me that it would take some time before he would give me the job," Igwe told Punch before Edgal Imohimi, the state police commissioner ordered that he and some other suspects be taken away.

The commissioner mentioned that Chibuzor Igwe was apprehended during their last strike.

ALSO READ: 'I am not a Badoo sponsor, the police just want to frame me' - Businessman

He was arrested while trying to flee from the law at a location described as Alabo Street, Abule Osorun, Ibeshe, Ikorodu. This was where a family of three was attacked on Saturday, December 30, 2017.

Others also paraded by the police include Uche Igwe; a welder, believed to be the youth's elder brother,  Samuel Akaeze, a.k.a Samito; his wife, Gift Akaeze who provides information to gang members concerning where to attack; and a herbalist, Fatai Adebayo, a.k.a Adaripon.

 

The latter who reportedly prepares 'juju' for members of the notorious cult group was captured earlier in the week. He was apprehended at his shrine in Imosan village, located around Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.

The arrest was confirmed in a press statement forwarded to Punch News by the Lagos police.

It detailed the activities of SP Chike Oti, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the aftermath of the arrest.

Some representatives of the gang who were taken into custody over the weekend told law enforcement officers about the involvement of the herbalist.

According to the police, the Badoo agents don't go for a killing without first consulting him. He reportedly administers an oath for the cultists.



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Victor Umeh: Senate swears in newly elected Anambra Senator

Victor Umeh

Victor Umeh, the newly elected Senator was accompanied to the Senate by Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano.

Victor Umeh has been sworn in as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The newly elected Senator was accompanied to the Senate by Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano.

Umeh of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) defeated thirteen candidates at the rerun election for Anambra Central Senatorial District on Saturday, January 13, 2018.

 

Umeh who was also a former APGA chairman defeated current Labour and Employment Minister, Senator Chris Ngige of the All Progressives Congress (APC), with a wide margin.

ALSO READ: Drama at Senate as PDP lawmakers halt colleague's defection to APC

Umeh swept to victory in Saturday’s poll by a landslide, securing 64,879 votes. None of the 13 other contestants in the election got up to a thousand votes.

The rerun was conducted in seven local government areas of Njikoka, Awka North, Idemili South, Dunukofia, Awka South, Anaocha and Idemili North.

The APGA candidate won in all the seven areas.

Consequently, INEC returned him as the winner of the rerun election on Sunday, January 14, 2018. morning.



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World: Souring World Views of Trump Open Doors for China and Russia

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Much of the world has soured on American leadership since President Donald Trump took office, a loss of faith that has opened up opportunities for...

Just 30 percent of people interviewed in 134 countries last year approved of American leadership under Trump.

A drop of nearly 20 percentage points since President Barack Obama’s final year and the lowest finding since the Gallup polling organization began asking the question overseas more than a decade ago. The decline was especially steep in Latin America, Europe and Canada.

The findings of the survey come just a week before Trump plans to go to Europe to attend the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, a traditional gathering of political and economic elites. Trump has alienated many other countries, including longtime U.S. allies, by pulling back from international agreements and organizations, not to mention by issuing derogatory remarks like those last week denigrating Africa and Haiti.

It makes it more challenging to lead when people are this down on your leadership,” said Jon Clifton, Gallup’s global managing partner. “But on the other hand, if we were sitting with President Trump and his leadership team, they would say these results are understandable because we’re making tough decisions.

Among those decisions has been abandoning the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and the Paris climate change accord, undercutting the multinational nuclear deal with Iran, assailing NATO allies for not spending more on their militaries and threatening to scrap free-trade pacts with Mexico, Canada, South Korea and others.

The survey showed that approval of U.S. leadership has fallen 10 points or more in 65 of the 134 countries since Trump’s inauguration, while it increased by that much or more in just four countries: Belarus, Israel, Liberia and Macedonia. It fell by 40 percentage points in Canada (from 60 percent in 2016 to 20 percent in 2017) and 28 percentage points in Mexico (from 44 to 16 percent).

Among NATO countries, 18 of 28 had 10-point declines or more, including Italy (14 points), Germany (21 points), Britain (26 points), France (28 points), Belgium (44 points) and Portugal (51 points). Even in Norway, which Trump singled out last week for praise, saying he would rather immigrants come from there than Africa or Haiti, just 13 percent approved of Trump’s leadership, down 42 points from Obama.

On the other hand, Africa was a bright spot for Trump, with 51 percent approving his leadership, just two points lower than the year before. The survey was taken before recent reports of Trump’s disparaging remarks about some African nations.

The results are broadly consistent with a Pew Research Center survey taken last year, but Gallup highlighted the comparison with other major powers. With 41 percent approval, Germany has replaced the United States as the top-rated global power. China at 30 percent has reached nearly even footing, and Russia is barely trailing with 27 percent.

The survey conflicts with Trump’s oft-stated assertion that the world is respecting the United States more under his leadership. Instead, the Gallup reported concluded, Trump’s foreign policy and his words “have sowed doubt about the U.S. commitment to its partners abroad and called its reliability into question.”

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.

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Sports: Neymar dominated Dijon with 4 goals and 2 assists but was still booed by PSG fans — here's why

PSG forward Neymar

Neymar produced a football masterclass in an 8-0 Ligue 1 win over Dijon on Wednesday yet the Paris Saint-Germain fans booed him for apparent selfish play.

  • Paris Saint-Germain's £200 million player scored four goals and created two more in an 8-0 win over Dijon on Wednesday evening.
  • Despite Neymar's heroics, the player was actually booed late in the game as he denied his teammate the chance to etch himself into the history books.
  • PSG fans chanted Edinson Cavani's name as they demanded the Uruguay striker be the one to score a penalty in the 83rd minute.
  • But Neymar took control of the ball, placed it on the penalty spot, and scored the goal himself.
  • You can watch two of Neymar's four goals right here.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar was responsible for six of the goals in his team's incredible 8-0 victory over Dijon on Wednesday.

Neymar scored four goals, created another two, and completed seven dizzying dribbles, yet the £200 million player's pitch perfect performance was still booed by the club's fans at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.

Despite his heroics, the team's supporters jeered Neymar when he stepped up to take a penalty in the 83rd minute.

At that point in the match, the Brazilian already had three goals to his name. Had Edinson Cavani been the one to score from the spot, the Uruguay striker would have overtaken former PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the club's all-time record goalscorer.

The crowd chanted "Cavani! Cavani! Cavani!" yet Neymar ignored the fan demand, took the penalty kick himself, and effectively denied his teammate the chance to etch himself into the history books.

The boos did not faze Neymar at the time as the 25-year-old scored his fourth of the game, his 24th from 23 matches in all competitions this season.

But BT Sport's French football expert Julian Laurens said the negative reaction will have "upset" the player.

Neymar's pitch perfect performance

In total, Neymar tallied 121 touches on the football, attempted 79 passes, and completed seven dribbles. He showed no mercy in and around the penalty box as his four goals from 11 shots ratio demonstrates.

His first, a direct free kick that left the Dijon goalkeeper dumbstruck, was scored in the 42nd minute.

You can watch that goal right here:

Neymar got his second (and PSG's 5th) in the 57nd minute but his greatest goal in the game arrived in the 73rd minute.

The goal involved patient build-up play from the PSG defence, pin-point accuracy in midfield, and self-confident dribbling from Neymar as the attacker coasted past three Dijon defenders before powering the ball home.

You can watch the highlight-reel strike right here:

PSG is next in action on Sunday when it travels to Olympique Lyon for a crucial Ligue 1 game. It is currently top of the division with an 11 point lead over Lyon.



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Medical Advice: How to prevent and manage high blood pressure without medication

Monitor your blood pressure and see your doctor

The lifestyle of an individual is very important for treating high blood pressure.

Anyone ever diagnosed with high blood pressure may be concerned about taking medication to ameliorate it.

The lifestyle of an individual is very important for treating high blood pressure.  Controlling blood pressure successfully via a healthy lifestyle may enable a delay or reduction in medication.

Preventing and managing high blood pressure

As pointed out in Naturegist, a healthy lifestyle can help in preventing and managing high blood pressure.  The forms of a healthy lifestyle are:

1. Healthy diet

You should reduce the quantity of sodium or salt you consume and also increase the quantity of potassium in your diet. Also, your food should have a low quantity of fat and plenty of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.  One of the best forms of eating plan is the DASH diet; it can be trusted to reduce blood pressure.

 

2. Regular exercise

You can maintain a lower blood pressure and healthy weight via regular exercise. Moderate-intensity aerobic exercise minimum of two and a half hours each week can help you to maintain a healthy weight and lower health problems risk.

3. Reduce alcohol consumption

You can increase your blood pressure by drinking excess alcohol. Alcohol adds more calories to your body and this will cause an increase in weight.  As a man, you should not take more than two drinks each day, while women should not take more than one bottle each day.

4. Non-smoking

Your blood pressure can be increased by smoking cigarette and this will raise your risk of having a stroke and heart attack. Do not start smoking if you are not smoking presently.  You can discuss with your health care provider if you are already smoking; they can help you find a way out of it.

 

5. Stress management

Learning how to manage stress and relax can promote physical and emotional health, as well as lower high blood pressure.  Examples of techniques for managing stress are meditation, focusing on peaceful and calm things, listening to music and exercise.

6. Reduce caffeine consumption

Many are still debating the role played by caffeine consumption in blood pressure management.  Caffeine has been linked to increased blood pressure by up to 10 mm Hg in individuals consuming it rarely.  Those who are habitual drinkers, on the other hand, had never recorded any strong increase in blood pressure.

 There is no clear-cut explanation on how blood pressure is affected by chronic caffeine consumption.  Be that as it may, it is possible that the individual can experience a little increase in blood pressure.

 

Check your blood pressure not more than 30 minutes after consuming caffeinated beverage to determine the effect of caffeine on blood pressure. If there is an increase of up to 10 mm Hg, then you may have some sensitivity to the raise in blood reassure by caffeine.  You should consult your doctor about how blood pressure can be raised by caffeine.

You should prevent complication or worsen high blood pressure if you already have it. Never forget to get regular medical care and also make sure you use the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor. The plans can include medicines and healthy lifestyle habit.

7. Monitor your blood pressure and see your doctor

You can keep a tab on your blood pressure via home monitoring.  Make sure that the lifestyle changes are working well; it can alert you and your doctor of any of the potential health complications of high blood pressure.  You do not need any prescription to use a blood pressure monitor and it can be bought almost everywhere. Let your doctor be aware of the home monitoring before you start.

You can equally control your blood pressure by visiting your doctor on a regular basis.  There may need to get in touch with your doctor once every 6 or 12 months if your blood pressure is not too high and depending on any of the conditions you are having.  You may have to see your doctor more frequently if your blood pressure is not properly controlled.   

8. Get support

Supportive friends and family can also contribute to your health. They may give you the encouragement required to care for yourself. You can equally drive down to your doctor or start an exercise program that can help keep your blood pressure low.

You can join a support group if you need more than the help that friends and family can provide. This will bring you close to individuals that can provide the required morale and emotional boost. They can equally give you practical tips for coping with the condition.  

Written by Dr Chiazor Ezugwu



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Finance: The founder of one of Britain's biggest hedge funds thinks the Bank of England is 'embarrassing' itself by being too negative on Brexit

Mark Carney

The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street's forecasts since the vote have been "so far adrift as to be embarrassing," Marshall wrote in the Financial Times.

  • Paul Marshall, cofounder of $34 billion UK hedge fund, Marshall Wace, accuses the Bank of England of anti-Brexit bias.
  • The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street's forecasts since the vote have been "so far adrift as to be embarrassing," Marshall wrote in the Financial Times.
  • Marshall was a major backer of the leave campaign during the run up to the referendum, and donated around £100,000 to the campaign.


LONDON — Paul Marshall, a cofounder of British hedge fund giant Marshall Wace, has accused the Bank of England of being excessively negative about Brexit, and by doing so, says the central bank is at risk of ruining its credibility.

Writing in the Financial Times on Wednesday, Marshall said that the bank's persistently pessimistic forecasts about the negative economic impacts of the vote to leave the EU could now be considered to mark the beginnings of what he called a "systematic cognitive bias."

"All of us have these types of biases and good economic forecasters are careful to be aware of their own prejudices," Marshall wrote.

"Not so the Bank of England. It has now come to embody anti-Brexit cognitive bias to such a degree that it endangers its credibility as an institution."

Marshall, it should be noted, was a major backer of the leave campaign during the run up to the referendum, and donated around £100,000 to the campaign.

The biggest point of criticism of the bank, Marshall wrote, centres around its August 2016 forecasts — the first set after the referendum.

"The bank’s forecasts were so far adrift as to be embarrassing. And because the Bank of England not only makes predictions but also sets monetary policy, poor forecasting can lead to poor policy," Marshall, whose firm has assets under management of close to $34 billion.

"Those errant forecasts provided the rationale for last year’s emergency cut in interest rates and additional quantitative easing that were, with the benefit of hindsight, unnecessary."

Marshall's article resurfaces criticisms that were aggressively levelled at the bank soon after the referendum, when numerous leave backing politicians called for the resignation of Governor Mark Carney, over what they saw as Carney's embodiment of the bank's anti-Brexit biases.

In late 2016, Carney faced attacks from the likes of former Tory leader William Hague, failed Conservative party leadership candidate Michael Gove, and former chancellors Norman Lamont and Nigel Lawson.

Most of his critics at the time felt he was too supportive of the Remain campaign prior to the EU referendum, and had politicised a role that is supposed to be purely technocratic.



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Yari: Militia have taken over Zamfara state, says Senator Marafa

Senator Kabiru Marafa said a militia have taken over Zamfara and the state governor, Abdulaziz Yari is aware.

“Zamfara state is now under the control of the militia and the saddest thing is that Governor Yari knows these people," Marafa said.

Senator Kabiru Marafa has alleged that a militia has taken over Zamfara state.

Speaking at plenary on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Marafa noted that the Zamfara state governor, Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari, his deputy as well as the Police commissioner aware aware of the presence of the militia.

He alleged that the militia were settling disputes between communities in the bush.

His words: “Zamfara state is now under the control of the militia and the saddest thing is that the governor knows these people, the deputy governor and the commissioner of police know these people.

 

“I want to say it again and again that the governor knows the perpetrators of this crime. They move around freely with their arms.

ALSO READ: Senator says his colleagues are afraid of Buhari

“I said it yesterday I was home during the fuel crisis. In my own town, they are the ones that judge between people.

“The people no longer go to the local authorities like the emirs and chiefs; they don’t go to police. iI there is a problem they go to the bush and tell these people that ‘I have a problem with somebody. They settle these issues right inside the bush,”  Marafa declared.

Meanwhile, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to either address the security challenge in the country or resign.

Bruce said Senate President Bukola Saraki would be a better replacement for Buhari.



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Political Commentary: Local Government, State Government & the minimum wage issue

Minimum wages are to be reviewed every 5 years.

The minimum wage is supposed to be reviewed every five years by law, the last time it was reviewed and increased was in 2010.

I am all for increasing the minimum wage, it's long overdue.

President Muhammadu Buhari finally set up a committee a few weeks ago consisting of some Ministers, some State Governors of both parties and labor organizations. The committee has to come to a consensus on a new national minimum wage, I am shocked that our Local Governments don't have Representatives in this committee, shocked.

I am also not thrilled that this is being done a few months before the 2019 general elections, this minimum wage review is going to be politicized, there is no doubt about it. This review was supposed to have been done in 2015, its three years late.

The minimum wage is supposed to be reviewed every five years by law, the last time it was reviewed and increased was in 2010. Our Presidents have to always abide by the rule of law and constitution, refusal to abide by the law or constitution is an impeachable offense.

Proposal

Sometime last year, the National Assembly suggested N30,000 per month as the new minimum wage, I think it's a great place to start negotiations but as much as I want the minimum wage increased I am extremely worried.

Right now there are a lot of Local Government Councils and State Governments that can’t even afford the current minimum wage of N18,000, some still owe salaries and most collected bailouts and loans from the Federal Government to pay salaries. How are these Local Government Councils and State Governments going to be able to afford the new minimum wage when they can't even pay the current minimum wage of N18,000?  

Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) are demanding a new national minimum wage of N56,000 while the United Labor Congress of Nigeria (ULC) wants N90,000 as the new minimum wage.

This minimum wage review process is going to be an exercise in futility if we don't restructure our current system. We are operating an archaic and outdated model of generating and distributing revenue. I really don't understand why our Local Government Councils and State Governors are not lobbying the National Assembly and their State Houses of Assembly to revert land and mineral rights to the Local Governments.

I am all for autonomous Local Governments and mineral rights reverting to them except oil for now because it's the country’s main source of revenue.

Land and minerals rights

Land rights and minerals rights reverting to Local Governments gives every Local Government municipality the ability to grow their respective economy, create new jobs, increase their revenues exponentially and raise workers wages.

This will also enable each Local Government effectively carry out all of its functions as stated in schedule 4 of our Constitution I.E economic development, the provision and maintenance of primary, adult and vocational schools, the development of agriculture, the provision and maintenance of health services, the establishment and maintenance of markets, motor parks and public conveniences, the construction and maintenance of roads, streets, street lightings, drains, gardens and parks among others.
 

Our Local Governments should only pay royalties on revenue generated within their municipality to their respective States and the Federal Government. Land and mineral rights reverting to Local Governments will also not place such a preponderance of power and blame of underdevelopment, poor wages and poor standard of living on the Federal Government.

Local Government Councils and State Governments continue to fail when it comes to growing their respective economies, they fail to pay workers and pensioners, fail to create thousands of new jobs annually, fail to increase their internally generated revenue (IGR) exponentially, fail to increase workers wages and they continue to fail to improve the lives and living conditions of the people they serve because of the current system we operate.

If we increase the federal minimum wage but refuse to revert land and mineral rights to Local Governments to make them more viable, we are going to have bigger problems than we do right now. The Federal Government cannot increase the minimum wage when Local Government and State revenues have dwindled, are at a standstill or have not increased exponentially. Our Local Governments and States should be run like businesses.

I also believe individual State Houses of Assembly should be able to debate increasing the minimum wage in their States, they should be able to discuss every two to four years if they can afford to pay their workers more than the national minimum wage but this can only be possible if Local Governments and States start earning a lot more revenue. We must devolve powers to Local Governments, we have to make our Local Governments more viable, land and mineral rights reverting to Local Government municipalities should be the starting point.

Written by Nosa Eweka


Nosa Eweka is an Entrepreneur and a Member of the Benin Royal Family, he can be reached at nosaeweka@yahoo.com or via Twitter @nosaeweka.



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Lookbook: SGTC clothing debuts its first ever plus-size collection

SGTC clothing debuts its first ever plus-size collection

Designer debuts collection for curvy ladies featuring media darling Taje Prest

Fast rising and contemporary Afrocentric brand SGTC CLOTHING has teamed up with Brand Influencer and CEO of Taje Prest Slides, Taje Prest to release it’s exclusive Plus Size Collection called 'Beautiful Me'.

The purpose of the collection is to make more stylish and vibrant designs available to plus size women.

The attention to detail in this pieces is evident and you can be assured that a diverse range of women can have access to well-made and stylish clothes that flatter their curves and in turn boost their confidence.

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Celebrating Women of Every Size

They celebrate women of all sizes but also understand that sometimes, plus size women do not have as many stylish ready-to-wear pieces as they deserve, hence this initiative to dedicate this collection to them.

The fabrics, designs, colours and prints have been thoughtfully and specially selected with love, to ensure extreme comfort whilst retaining an impeccable style for and occasion.

ALSO READ: Amy Osabuohien, Nigerian plus-size model takes over the UK

 

Credits

Brand: @sgtcclothing 

Model: @missvivacioust 

Photographer: @focalpointfotografia

Creative Director: @style_territory

Makeup: @nouveau_aphrodite

Accessories: @lissaconcept x @brand2glam

Location: @prestcruise



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Wanderlust: Scientist discover rare gene that makes people desperate to travel

Scientist discover rare gene that makes people desperate to travel

Scientist says there’s a clear genetic component behind an innate need to travel.

Do you only come alive when you are exploring different cultures and unfamiliar terrain? Are you bored with seeing the same things day after day?

Well, science has an answer for you! You might have a gene that makes you this way.

ALSO READ: How to travel the world without quitting your day job

Scientist says there’s a clear genetic component behind an innate need to travel. In 2016, there was a discussion about how a gene, DRD4-7R, could be giving you wanderlust.

7R, a variant of the gene DRD4, acts on the brain’s dopamine levels which in turn affects behaviour and motivation. It exists in 20% of the population. Researchers said that the 7R variation could be linked ‘with restlessness and curiosity.’ This can help propel individuals to take risks, including travelling to and experiencing new places.

 

So if you’ve been compelled to go hiking in a strange land, tried to jump out of a plane, this could be why.

Dawn Maslar, a biologist from Kaplan University, who studied the effect that dopamine and other hormones have on our brains spoke to Condé Nast Traveler about the phenomenon, saying, "the wanderlust gene is so powerful. It appears that the DRD4 gene is more predominant in the travelling type of person."

ALSO READ: 5 ways to make an adventurous travel bucket list

Others argue that a passion for travel is learned, not innate. Gloria McCoy, heads of the Travelers’ Century Club, an exclusive organisation for anyone who’s visited 100 or more countries told Condé Nast Traveler, "I think wanderlust comes from having relationships that expose you to it. I definitely caught the travel bug from my husband when I met him 29 years ago – he’s a real traveller."

There is only one cure, get up, go out and explore!



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