The Executive Governor of Ekiti State Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose on Friday called on Corps members to prepare themselves for leadership positions as the roles require certain degree of preparation and orientation before they can assume them.

The governor who was represented by Hon. Kayode Esho made this call while addressing the Corps members during the swearing in ceremony of the 2017 Batch A Stream II Corps Members deployed to the state  at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Ise-Orun, Emure Ekiti.

Fayose while congratulating the Corps members, Fayose also urged them to see thier call-up to the service and deployment to the state as a call for sacrifice.

In his words, “The wide acceptance of NYSC Scheme both at the national and international levels is borne out by the noteworthy contribution of Corps members to such exercises as the electoral process, the effective nationwide campaign against HIV/AIDs, Road accidents, Drug Abuse, Human Trafficking, Corruption, Illiteracy and the implementation of various aspects of the SDGs programme.

“Your call-up for National Service at this crucial period when the nation is faced faced with various challenges ranging from economy to education decay should be conceived as a call for sacrifice.

“While one may give credence to the saying that leaders are born, not made, one must also concede to the fact that leadership in a modern society requires a certain degree of preparation and orientation before the assumption of that role.

“It is therefore expected of you as valiant Youths to brace up for the challenges ahead from this outset as you embark on National re-orientation and development.”

The governor also appealed to the Corps members to use the opportunity to make new friends, engage in social and economic development programmes to gain a better Nigeria.

He said, “You have been deployed to serve in unfamiliar terrain. I admonish you to see your call to national service as a call to sacrifice, dedication, perseverance and humility.

“I urge you to accept this rare opportunity of your call to service as a mark of honour and recognition of your worth to the fatherland.

“I encourage you to use the opportunity of this Orientation Programme to make new friends, engage in the NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programmes, gain a better understanding of Nigeria, put in your best in all that you do and devote some time to self-reflection on your plan for your service and post-service life.”

Earlier, the State coordinator, NYSC Ekiti State, Barrister Ukagha E. called on the Corps members to be disciplined and obedient to higher authority as the Federal Government has invested so much in them.

She enjoined the Corps members to join forces with Goverment in the uplifment of the nation and Ekiti State.

Nigerian Poet, Journalist, Actor and Yoruba Translator, Alàgbà Adebayo Faleti is dead.

He died on Sunday,  22nd July 2017 at the University College hospital Ibadan.

Recall that some unreliable bloggers in sometimes in 2014 reported with relish, the ‘death’, of famous, iconic Yoruba author and script writer.

The rumour however was exploded by a statement from the Adebayo Faleti Foundation who confirmed that he was alive, ‘hale and hearty’.

According to Nigeria Politics Online, the Oyo-indigene who had been sick for some time now passed on in Ibadan today. He was aged 86.

Faleti has written, produced and acted in several popular Yoruba plays. he is also known for his poems.


He was a known Yoruba translator, a broadcaster, TV exponent and a pioneer of the first television station in Africa, Western Nigeria Television (WNTV).


He was responsible for translating Nigeria’s National Anthem from English to Yoruba.


He also translated speeches being made by military president of Nigeria Ibrahim Babangida and Chief Ernest Shonekan, Head of National Interim Government of Nigeria, from English to Yoruba.


Faleti published a dictionary containing the formal or official use of Yoruba names.

World’s fastest man Usain Bolt has confirmed he will run the 100m and 4x100m relay at the World Championships in London in August, his final event before retiring.

Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medallist and an icon of world sport, has led one of the most illustrious careers in the history of athletics.

“My aim is to win in London. I want to retire on a winning note,” the Jamaican said.

The World Championships take place from 4-13 August, but the 30-year-old has chosen not to defend his 200m title but can still take his tally of World Championship golds to 13.

The men’s 100m final is due to place on Saturday, 5 August, while the men’s 4x100m relay race which will mark the end of Bolt’s career takes place on the following Saturday.

“I’m feeling much better over the last couple of days because I went to see my doctor in Germany and I’ve been training good,” he said.

Bolt has won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold at the past three Olympic Games – Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Before London, he will also compete in the 100m at the Diamond League event in Monaco on Friday.

Nigerian pop star, Wizkid has revealed that he is working with Jamaican legend, Bob Marley‘s son Damian Marley.

Come Closer crooner, who just released his mixtape “Sounds From the Other Side” disclosed this via his official Twitter account.

The singer shared a photo of himself seated with the Jamaican artist, with the caption:

“Talked about working with this man. Today we dey here! Legend! To the world my friend.

Àntí Ęléyinjú Ęgé mi òwón,

You are as pretty as nìnì is among its fellow reptilia kingdom; that’s been people’s compliments.

In fact, people still call you a gazelle while some say you are an inestimable priceless jewel! Who am I to dispute them ? After all, these praises have only opened the unclosed woody door of your heart to JUST three, four or five dudes of destined scrotums! How many is their body gan-an? Oniolónìyàn!
Pretty, don’t you think you are being unfair to him? The last time I asked you about that stylish bro you collaged with your pix, you told me he’s your brother. You said similar thing when I asked you the same thing about other bros too you photo-mixed on your DP. Even, the last one I asked about, you said he was your friend. 

But bae, when I asked two of these *bros,* they rejected you as their sis. In fact, they confided in me that you are the only thing they THINK ABOUT. Oh My God!
As your personal pezin, I think it’s time you stopped driving them crazy with this scrabbles of deceit and infatuation.

Stop confusing them with your beauty and feminine tricks! Don’t you think of the enmity you will cause if two of them later know each other and comprehend your game? You might not even be safe. Think about this!
Òrò mi ń tèsìwájú….
©Olansile Ajetunmobi Umar (OAU), 2017

National Youth Service Corps, NYSC has finally released orientation date for Batch A Stream II.

The scheme made the announcement on their Twitter handle and facebook page on Tuesday.

#BreakingNews: The wait is finally over! 2017 ‘A’ Stream II Orientation Course will run from Wed. 26th July -Tue.15th August, 2017. #MyNYSC
Also on their facebook page: 2017 BATCH ‘A’ (STREAM II) ORIENTATION COURSE COMMENCES 26TH JULY

The 2017 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) Orientation Course has been scheduled to commence on Wednesday, 26th July, 2017 nationwide.

Highlights of the exercise are as follows:
a. Registration/verification: Wednesday 26th July – Thursday, 27th July, 2017
b. Registration Cut-off date: Midnight of 27th July, 2017
c. Closing ceremony: Tuesday, 15th August, 2017

Meanwhile, all Prospective Corps Members (PCMs) of the 2017 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) are to advised to watch out for information on the printing of call-up letters shortly.

PCMs are advised to report promptly to the Orientation camps in their states of deployment at the camp addresses indicated in their call-up letters.

Management wishes all Prospective Corps Members safe journey to their respective states of deployment and a hitch-free Orientation course.

Thank you

Signed:

Management

Meanwhile, all Prospective Corps Members (PCMs) of the 2017 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) are to advised to watch out for information on the printing of call-up letters shortly.

PCMs are advised to report promptly to the Orientation camps in their states of deployment at the camp addresses indicated in their call-up letters.

The announcement comes barely 24 hours after the Scheme reacted with an apology over the delay in mobilizing the awaiting corps members.

According to a message published on its official facebook page, corps members were urged to be patient as they will soon be mobilized.

The statement reads, “The NYSC Management wishes to inform Prospective Corps Members that preparation for the conduct of the 2017 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) Orientation Course is at advanced stage.

“Management appreciates your sense of patriotism as demonstrated in your eagerness to join other compatriots in national service.

“While we enjoin you to sustain the patience shown so far, we wish to assure that the Orientation Course will commence in no distant time.

“This statement supersedes any other information being circulated regarding the date for the commencement of the 2017 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) Orientation Course.

“Prospective Corps Members are to watch out for announcement of the commencement date through the following online communication platforms.

 

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Nollywood actress, Doris Simeon, has called on fellow celebrities to stop exposing their private lives on social media platforms.

She made this call while speaking with newsmen  on the sidelines of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).
When asked for her opinion on why celebrities put their private lives on social media, she said, “Now you are putting me on a hot seat, I would say different people with their different opinion.
“I would advise that we should always keep our private life off social media. It can make you and it can break you.”
Simeon, who was formerly married to Daniel Ademinokan, said to feature in a movie, the storyline and pay must be good.
“The storyline must be captivating, it must innovative, it must be entertaining, and then the money. It must be very encouraging,” she said, while disclosing that she’s working on her independent projects.
“I just did my own productions for movies that I shot, two Yoruba movies and two English movies. Hopefully, it will be coming out before the end of the year and the rest by next year.”
On a scale of one-to-ten, Simeon rated herself average in the fashion department, saying “I am not that creative… but yes I like to look good”.

Roger Federer became the first man to win Wimbledon eight times and extended his record to 19 Grand Slam titles with victory over Croatia’s Marin Cilic.

Federer moved ahead of Britain’s William Renshaw and American Pete Sampras to claim his eighth title at the All England Club and his first since 2012 with a straightforward 6-3 6-1 6-4 success in one hour and 41 minutes.

“I always believed that I could come back and do it again. And if you believe, you can go really far in your life and I did that,” Federer said. “And I’m happy I kept on believing and dreaming and here I am today for the eighth. It’s fantastic.”

He has not dropped a set all tournament and victory over Croatian giant Cilic gave him a 19th career Grand Slam title and second in three majors this year after sweeping to a fifth Australian Open in January following a six-month absence.

“I’ve got to take more time off! I’ll be gone again for the next six months! I don’t know if it will work as well again,” Federer said with a grin.

The tournament favourite from the outset, he was rarely troubled over the course of seven matches, and Cilic was not in the condition to provide a serious test.

“I never give up in a match. I gave it my best – it’s all I can do,” Cilic said afterwards.

Federer was playing in his 11th Wimbledon final and Cilic his first, and the gap in experience showed from the early stages.

No fewer than eight people have died and 49 people also sustained different degrees of injuries after a wall collapsed at a football stadium in Senegal.

The incident happened at Demba Diop stadium in the capital, Dakar, at the end of the League Cup final between Stade de Mbour and Union Sportive Ouakam.

With the score 1-1 after 90 minutes, Mbour took a goal in the first period of extra time to win 2-1 before violence broke out at the final whistle. Fans threw projectiles including stones at others.

Cheikh Maba Diop, whose friend died in the incident and who helped move people out of the stadium, said  “All of a sudden when the wall fell… we knew exactly that some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly on people.”

A spokesman for President Macky Sall said campaigning for upcoming elections would be suspended on Sunday as a mark of respect and there should be “punishments serving as a warning”.

There are also suggestions regarding the stadium was in a poor state of repair.

The country has suspended all sporting and cultural events for the rest of the month.

Peter and Jude Okoye have criticised the federal government’s plan to stop the shooting of music videos, movies outside the shores of the country.

TRN earlier reported that Lai Mohammed, minister of information, said the government had taken steps to get the Nigeria Broadcasting Code (NBC) to put an end to the trend.
He had said: “This government has agreed that henceforth, whatever we consume in Nigeria in terms of music and films, must be made in Nigeria.

“We cannot continue to go to South Africa or any other country to produce our films and then send them back to be consumed in Nigeria.”
Reacting, Jude who manages the affairs of Psquare took to Instagram to lambast the federal government, describing the plan as an exercise in hypocrisy.

Supporting his brother, Peter said the government should be grateful to entertainers for putting Nigeria in a good light despite the “shame they bring upon the country”.