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Five Nigerian pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia.

Five Nigerian pilgrims to this year’s hajj in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, have died. The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Abdullahi Mohammed, announced the passage of four the pilgrims in Tuesday in Makkah, Islam’s holiest city.
Mr. Mohammed, who spoke at the 2017 pre-Arafat meeting with Hajj stakeholders, however declined to disclosed the identities of the late pilgrims as well as the circumstances that led to their death.
He said such information could only be disclosed after their families had been appropriately informed.
The Nahcon chair pleaded with the media to withhold the details so as not to further devastate the families of the affected pilgrims.
Shortly after the chairman spoke, an official on the medical team of Nahcon announced the passage of another pilgrim from Kwara.
A total 81,200 Nigerian pilgrims are performing this year’s hajj, all of whom have converged on Makkah after some of them visited and prayed at the Prophet Mohammed’s mosque in Madi…

Nair rebounds against dollar

The Naira on Tuesday, appreciated against the dollar at the parallel market.

The Nigerian currency gained N2 to exchange at N365 to the dollar, stronger than N367 posted on Monday while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N475 and N433.

Trading at the Bureau De change (BDC) window saw the Naira closing at N362 to the dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro traded at N473 and N433, respectively.

At the investors’ window, the Naira was sold at N359.67 to the dollar, while it exchanged at N305.8 to the dollar at the interbank market.

Traders said patronage was low at the parallel market.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports BDCs got the weekly foreign exchange auction from the CBN.

Actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde names her 2 favourite Naija musicians.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has spoken about her favorite Nigerian musicians - The actress revealed that she likes the music of Kiss Daniel and her son Captain E - The mom-of-four was once a musician too She may be known primarily as an actress, but Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde also has a good ear for music.
 In fact, she also dabbled in music at some point in her career. While participating in a recently organised question and answer session with her fans on Twitter, the mum of four was asked which Nigerian musicians were her favourite. She answered that she loves many but right now, her favorites are Kiss Daniel and her producer son Captain E. Actress Omotola

FIFA ranking: Super Eagles are 6th in Africa, 38th in world

Nigeria are the 38th best team in the world and sixth in Africa, according to the latest FIFA ranking for the month of August released on Thursday.

The Super Eagles latest position is one up from last month’s 39th place in the world, while they maintained their position on the continent behind Egypt, Senegal, Congo DR, Tunisia, and Cameroon respectively.

Meanwhile, Brazil have knocked Germany off the top of the FIFA rankings.

World champions Germany dropped to second despite winning the Confederations Cup last month after some rolling historical results were devalued.

Lionel Messi’s Argentina are in third and modest Switzerland, with a 100 per cent record in World Cup qualifiers, are fourth, which is higher than they have been since 1994.

Poland, who boast Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski amongst their ranks, are at a historic high of fifth having dropped just two points in their own qualifiers as European champions Portugal dro…

We’ll Sort Out Goalkeeper Problem — Rohr

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has assured Nigerians that the safest pair of hands will man the post, when the team takes on Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions in their World Cup qualification match in Uyo on Friday.

Rohr disclosed that the coaching crew will pick the best amongst Akpeyi, Dele Alampasu and Ikechukwu Ezenwa who was in good form when the home-based Eagles beat Benin Republic to qualify for the CAF Africa Nations Championship.

“We have Akpeyi, we have (Ikechukwu) Ezenwa, we have (Dele) Alampasu, we will see.

“We have a local goalkeeper, we have a very young one and we have another one (Akpeyi) who is more experienced.

“He is playing in South Africa, and we will see with our goalkeeper coaches to determine who will start the game.”

The Super Eagles will play host to Cameroon in Uyo on September 1, 2017 and the return leg game is scheduled to be played in Yaoundé three days later.

Lil Kesh Joins New Music Label

Nigerian musician, Keshinro Ololade better referred by his moniker, Lil Kesh has joined a new music label company called Massive Management.
Recall,  Lil Kesh set up his own particular record name YAGI following an effective two years spell at Olamide’s YBNL. Despite the fact that the artist was viewed as a youthful music CEO, YBNL still pulled a considerable measure of strings for the rapper. He was still especially oversaw by the YBNL hardware. Presently the rapper has gotten himself another administration outfit to cultivate his vocation on the most beneficial way.

US Lawmakers Meet Osinbajo, Saraki, Dogara Over North-East Crisis

risis As the humanitarian crisis thrown up by eight years of Boko Haram war lingers, a congressional delegation from the United States of America, USA, is meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and other senior federal government officials on the way forward.

Among the issues of particular interest to the U.S. officials will be the fight against Boko Haram and the humanitarian situation in the North-East.

The visit of the eight-member congressional delegation, led by Senator Christopher Coons, (Democrat, Delaware), a member of the Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics Committees, will last from yesterday till August 31.

A statement from the United States Embassy yesterday, indicated that other members of the delegation include Senator Gary Peters (Michigan); Senator Michael Bennet (Colorado); Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (Delaware); Representative Terri Sewell (A…

My governorship ambition not a joke – Kcee

Singer Kingsley ‘Kcee’ Okonkwo says his bid to contest the Anambra governorship election holding in November is not a joke. The singer had last week announced his intention to run after sharing a campaign banner, whose slogan read: “Peace and enjoyment for all.” Following his announcement, several celebrities have towed the same path, making many question the seriousness of any of them. But Kcee insists that he’s keen to run. “My campaign manager said I should not speak much about it and that’s what I’m gonna stand on. I’m gonna be making official statement about it but trust me it’s not a joke,” he told HIP TV. “I think the youth has to speak up and that’s what I’m saying right now. “And I think you have what it takes to do it and I have what it takes so if you believe in yourself, make it rain.” The singer has said he will use the proceeds from his forthcoming album to fund his campaign. Explaining his decision to venture into politics, Kcee said he’s interested in making an impact on the l…

I Planned My Kidnap To Raise Funds For My Parents’ Funeral - Pastor’s Wife

It was gathered that Mrs. Ndu was first rescued in Awo Omamma in Imo state last Monday, August 24 by men of the anti-kidnapping squad from the state Police Command in Ikot Akpan-Abia and arrested the same day after an investigation showed that she actually planned her kidnapping to get some money from her church members.It was learned that they had placed N3m ransom for her (Victoria) release.Victoria was said to have told her husband on August 16, 2017 that she was going to the market whereas she travelled to Imo state where she made calls alerting her husband of her kidnap.Also arrested for alleged conspiracy to the crime was her younger brother, Victor Okon Akang an artisan, who resides in Awo Omamma, Imo State.It was gathered that Victoria’s brother, Okon Akang had run to the village from Imo State crying over his sister’s alleged kidnap when the sister was actually hiding in his house in Imo state.The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chukwu Ikechukwu told newsmen yesterday at…

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Thierry Henry reveals he almost walked out of Anfield

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Thierry Henry reveals he almost walked out of Anfield Former Arsenal striker, Thierry Henry, has revealed that he was so unimpressed by Arsene Wenger’s team’s performance against Liverpool, that he wanted to leave Anfield.

Liverpool hammered the Gunners 4-0 on Sunday, thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah and Daniel Sturridge.

Henry says his former club are on a downward slide, before “everything is comfortable” at the Emirates and there is no pressure.

“I wanted to leave [the stadium] because I don’t relate to the team at the moment. That’s the problem.

“Everything is comfortable at Arsenal. It’s not the kind of pressure that you have at a big club,” the Sky Sports pundit said after the game.

Liverpool agree to negotiate with Barcelona Coutinho

Liverpool agree to negotiate with Barcelona Coutinho: Liverpool owners, Fenway Sports Group, have agreed to negotiate with Barcelona over the possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho.

The Americans had issued a public statement earlier this month, making it clear that the 25-year-old midfielder was not for sale.

But Spanish outlet, Sport, claims discussions with Coutinho’s representatives on Friday night, have persuaded them and they are now willing to listen to what Barca have to offer.

Liverpool have already rejected three bids from the La Liga giants, despite the Brazilian handing in a transfer request.

It said all that remains is for Liverpool to sign a replacement, before agreeing to sell him for close to £148m.

Rapper Yungsix spends N3.9m to drink to his accomplishments

. Rapper Yungsix spends N3.9m to drink to his accomplishments

Rapper, Yung6ix last night spent over N3million naira on drinks. According to him, he is drinking to his accomplishments. More photos below...

Our economy getting Better-Buhari

Our economy  getting Better-Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the nation's economy is getting better.
He declared this at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday after receiving briefings from the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma; the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement, said the briefings lasted over two hours.
He said the ministers and CBN governor updated the president on the improving state of the economy, implementation of the 2017 budget, preparation for the 2018 budget, revenue strategies, combined cost reduction and debt management.
Adesina said "a delighted president declared that he was pleased with the progress being made on different fronts."
The presidential spokesman said monetary policy strategies and their economic impact, among others, wer…

BREAKING: Liverpool agree club record deal for Leipzig midfielder, Naby Keita

BREAKING: Liverpool agree club record deal for Leipzig midfielder, Naby Keita Liverpool have agreed a club record deal to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, with the player officially joining in July 2018.

The Reds have agreed to pay the £48m release clause that will allow him to move next summer, plus an undisclosed premium.

The 22-year-old had been one of Jurgen Klopp's primary targets this summer, but Leipzig had refused to sell.

The deal will surpass the £35m paid to Newcastle for Andy Carroll in 2011.

The German side finished second behind champions Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga last season, allowing them to qualify for the Champions League group stage.

Liverpool had already had two offers for the Guinea international rejected this summer - the second understood to be around £70m - but now a compromise deal has been reached where Leipzig keep their prize asset this season and manager Klopp gets the player next summer.

So far this summer, Liverpool have signed winger Mohamed …

Women who wear high-heel shoes will miss heaven – Evangelist Gideon Akande

Women who wear high-heel shoes will miss heaven – Evangelist Gideon Akande Evangelist Gideon Akande of the Revelation of Truth Evangelical Ministries has stated that women who wear high-heel shoes are not Godly and should not be counted as Christians.
The evangelist spoke against Christian ladies wearing high heels on a post he shared on Facebook.
He said that celebrities with the highest heel shoes suffer the most in the hands of their husbands.
According to him, “A Christian woman who like wearing high heel shoes is married to the world; she may be in the church, but her soul is in the world. You will NEVER see a godly, chaste and modest Christian lady wearing high heel shoe.
“Too many oppositions to the post that says high heel shoes are ungodly, can’t you understand? Can’t you realize soon that high heel shoes, make-ups and downs are not the solution to happy and peaceful life?
“With your high heel shoes Satan is still messing you up, and with all those beauty care you still have d…

Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem now new VC of Unilorin

Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem now new VC of Unilorin The management of the University of Ilorin has appointed Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem of the Department of Chemical Engineering as its 10th vice-chancellor.

The university’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. Abdullahi Oyekan, announced the appointment on Monday at a press briefing.

Oyekan said the institution reached the decision after a meeting of the council in accordance with the provisions of the Universities Amendment Act.

According to him, the appointment will take effect from October 16, while the tenure of the outgoing vice chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, will end on October 15.

The pro-chancellor recalled that interested applicants were earlier given six weeks to submit applications, adding that the deadline for this was May 26.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abdulkareem, a former vice-chancellor of the faith-based Alhikmah University in Ilorin, was born in 1954 at Oro, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara …

The Federal Government has declared Friday, 1st and Monday 4th September, 2017 as public holidays to mark Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

The Federal Government has declared Friday, 1st and Monday 4th September, 2017 as public holidays to mark Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
This was confirmed by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, who made the declaration on behalf of the FG in a statement on Monday.
He congratulated Muslim faithful and all Nigerians, urging them to use the occasion to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of Nigeria.
Dambazau also urged citizens to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, in its avowed determination to build a peaceful and harmonious country, “where the rights of every citizen are protected and guaranteed, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The Minister assured Nigerians of security and safety in all parts of the country, emphasizing that security agencies have been directed to maintain peace and protect lives and property.
He condemned in strong terms the prevalence of hate speeches in the country and warned…

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to join Chelsea

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to join Chelsea
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the brink of joining Premier League champions Chelsea.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, will be out of contract next summer and has refused to sign a new deal at Emirates Stadium.

The England international has started every game for the Gunners so far this season, including Sunday's 4-0 defeat at Liverpool, when he was substituted.

Chelsea have declined to comment but it is understood they have agreed a transfer fee with their London rivals.

Liverpool have also shown an interest, but the former Southampton player is set to move to Stamford Bridge.

Oxlade-Chamberlain would be Chelsea's fifth major signing of the summer following the arrivals of striker Alvaro Morata, goalkeeper Willy Caballero, defender Antonio Rudiger and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had made it clear he wanted to add further to his squad before the transfer window closes on Thursday.


Nollywood actor, Obi Madubogwu is dead

Nollywood actor, Obi Madubogwu is dead
Nollywood actor, Obi Madubogwu is dead.

He died Monday afternoon after battling with ‘acute diabetics foot ulcers’.

Obi Madubogwu became popular for his role in the blockbuster ‘Battle of Musanga’ were he played the lead role.

Some months ago, the actor expressed his heartfelt thanks to Nigerians who helped him out financially, physically and spiritually.

He also urged them not to give up on him and but to assist him complete the final stage of his treatment which entailed flying out to a US hospital.

Ousmane Dembele unveiled in front of 18,000 fans at Camp Nou

French wonderkid Ousmane Dembele’s presentation as Barcelona’s newest star was overshadowed by the tense atmosphere surrounding the Catalan club as fans jeered and called for president Josep Maria Bartomeu to resign.
The 20-year-old became the second most expensive player ever after completing a 105 million euro ($125 million) deal that could rise to 147 million with add-ons from Borussia Dortmund on Friday.
However, Barca’s planned programme for a blockbuster presentation was delayed for nearly two hours due to a paperwork issue in releasing his registration from Dortmund.
The patience of 18,000 fans at the Camp Nou was tested with whistles during the delay and chants of “Bartomeu resign”.
Barca’s board has been under huge pressure due to the club’s fading fortunes on the field and the loss of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record 222 million euros earlier this month.
The attendance was also well down on the 50,000 fans that welcomed Neymar on his presentation four years ago.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Monday that his wife, Priscilla Chan, has given birth to their second child, a baby girl named August

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Monday that his wife, Priscilla Chan, has given birth to their second child, a baby girl named August.
Mark Zuckerberg ​expressed his happiness on his Facebook page.​ ​”​Priscilla and I are so happy to welcome our daughter August!​”, he said adding that
“​We wrote her a letter about the world we hope she grows up in, and also hoping she doesn’t grow up too fast.​”​ ​
Dear August, Welcome to the world! Your mom and I are so excited to see who you will become. When your sister was born, we wrote a letter about the world we hoped she and now you will grow up in — a world with better education, fewer diseases, stronger communities, and greater equality.
We wrote that with all the advances in science and technology, your generation should live dramatically better lives than ours, and we have a responsibility to do our part to make that happen. 
Even though headlines often focus on what’s wrong, we still believe these positive trends will…