Following the report of Africans being sold into slavery in Libya, Nigerian celebrities have taken to various social media platforms to condemn the act.

 

Ali Baba, Mo Abudu, Wizkid, Davido, Eldee, Reekado Banks, Dbanj, Cynthia Morgan are some of those who have criticised the trend.


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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the nuptial knots at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle next May, Kensington Palace has announced.

 

“It will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the character of the bride and groom,” said their spokesman.

 

 

Markle who is American, will also become a British citizen and will be baptised and confirmed into the Church of England before the wedding.

 

The royal family would pay for the wedding, including the church service, the music, the flowers and the reception. Wider security costs, policing and public order arrangements will be covered by the public purse, however.

 

St George’s Chapel usually holds about 800 guests compared with the 2,000 capacity of Westminster Abbey, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got married in 2011.

Arsenal playmaker, Santi Cazorla, has suffered a fresh setback in a bid to come back from a long-standing Achilles problem.

 

The 32-year-old has not featured for the Gunners since October 2016 and has now gone under the knife again.

 

 

“Due to some discomfort in the tendon that I had been dragging the last few days, I had to go through the operating room again.

 

“It is time to delay the return date to the playing fields, I maintain the enthusiasm and motivation to return to enjoy my great passion, football,” he tweeted on Wednesday.

 

Cazorla, who was initially expected to return in November, called the 2016/2017 campaign “the worst season of his career.”

 

In June this year, he underwent his eighth operation since picking up the injury.

Davido wins big at 2017 Nigerian Entertainment Awards

See list of winners below:

Album of the Year: Glory (Olamide)

Hottest Single of the Year: If (Davido)

AfroPop Male Artist of the Year: Davido

AfroPop Female Artist of the Year: Seyi Shay

Rap Act of the Year: Olamide

Dancehall Artist: Patoranking

Best Collabo of the Year: Iskaba – Wande Coal & DJ Tunez

Best Music Video of the Year (Director): Yolo- Seyi Shay (Dir: Meji Alabi)

Best New Act: Mayorkun

Indigenous Artist of the Year: Phyno

Diaspora Artist of the Year: Jidenna

Inspirational Artist of the Year: Sinach

Most Promising Act to Watch: Deshinor

Music Producer of the Year: Krisbeatz

African Male Artist of the Year (Non-Nigerian): Toofan

African Female Artist of the Year (Non-Nigerian): Becca

AfroSoca: Machel Montano

Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned Miss Universe 2017.

Nel-Peters 22, beat out first runner-up, Miss Colombia – Laura González and second runner-up, Miss Jamaica – Davina Bennett for the crown on Sunday night in Las Vegas, United States of America.

Stephanie Abasi, who represented Nigeria was not among the top 13 finalists for the night.

The competition’s top 13 finalists were Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, USA, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Venezuela and China.

After holding an astonishing and very colourful traditional wedding in Lagos, Nigeria’s music star, Bankole Wellington mostly known as Banky W and his actress wife, Adesuwa Etomi, have held their white wedding in Cape Town, South Africa, which is rated as one of the most beautiful spots in the world.

The traditional wedding, held last Sunday, November 19, at Landmark Event Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos, venue of the wedding, was star-studded, like the stars rained down on the venue.

Also, the white wedding was bombarded with guests who were mostly people in the entertainment industry, just like the traditional wedding.

Not notable crème of the society that showed up at  include Mo Abudu, Ebuka, Toolz Oniru, Noble Igwe,  Do2tun, Stephene Coker, Lnyxxx, Skales among others stars.
See pictures below…


 

By Ogundare Abiodun Olumide
As a child, I would watch my uncle pray to a calendar hung on the wall in our living room which he bought at his church yearly. The calendar has the picture of the founder boldly imprinted on it. He would kneel before it and mumble some prayers that do not escape my scrutiny ears. ‘ God of Asolo, as I go out today let your protection be upon me and my family’ he would pray. As at that time, I was only a Christian by name yet my conscious mind was alert to know what was right or wrong religiously. 
Just yesterday, I was called upon to see a video that shows members of a popular church in Nigeria in a long straight queue knelling down before a vacant chair of their general overseer as a way of tapping into the anointing of a man who is million of miles away from the covention. The thought of if someone like Dr. Williams, a lecturer who holds a Ph.D in Oral literature, was present at that convention came to my mind: she would pick up her bag and leave. Dr Williams who is also a minister in her denomination once told us of how she left a camp seminar of her church when the invited guest started out with the story of his jet- travels. She narrated how pissed off she was about the guest minister telling stories of his travelling in a jet which according to her was bought with the worshippers’ money. I watched with utmost dismay as some of them where chased away by a fierce looking usher because they didn’t want to touch and leave but also want to say their prayer requests to it. 
A teacher in my school siezed a wrist band from one of the students and the following day, the mother of the student came to make trouble with the school. ” That wrist band you siezed from him was a blessed wrist band from our general overseer. It is for protection against evil. Why would you collect it from him? Eh? Tell me, why would you? She was furious, attacking and ready for a fight but no one would give her.
Who do we pray to? Men of God or God of men? I see no reason why anyone would direct his prayer to a man of God or attach  much importance to him more than God his creator. Many people see the men of God as gods and that is why they are heartbroken, disillusioned whenever these men of God commit graveous mistakes that even an ordinary member would dare not do. Every miracle you think you received in the course of their ministration is not by their power, if you know this; why do you still exhibit such height of ignorance? Why would you always tell us what your pastor says and not what Christ says? Why would you always take your matter to men of God instead of God of men? 

Ponder on these, seek the truth, and it shall deliver you from whatever religious madness you have been displaying.

By Olansile Ajetunmobi Umar (OAU). Saturday 25th November, 2017.
The moment a spouse believes that cutting the troat of his or her partner is the only and immediate solution to his or her marital misunderstanding, then, something is wrong with the moral upbringing or the mental health of either of the spouses.
The rate at which married women now cut shot the ‘sacred’ lives of their husbands calls for an immediate attention ; though, some men have also done that in the past months.
For instance, some days ago, Maryam Sanda stabbed his husband, Bilyamin Bello, son of the former PDP Chairman, Haliru Bello. She accused him of infidelity! In October 10, 2017, Augustina poured acid on her husband, Raymond Ihugba also because of infidelity. Unfortunately, Raymond didn’t survive the attack!
In September, Stephen Akpata stabbed her wife, Onyinye Eze in Bayelsa also because of lack of trust in marriage. Another man, Obinna  stabbed his pregnant wife, Akaleme Chinyere to death. Folorunso Idoko in Lagos also stabbed her husband, Lawrence, having accused him of infidelity! Around July in Osogbo, a woman, Omotayo Salawudeen, got a service of someone to stab her husband, Hakeem. She was reported to be jealous of the second wife Hakeem married!
One common thing with almost all these sad occurrences is that they all started with DOMESTIC ABUSE/ VIOLENCE.
The deed has been done – the dead don’t sympathise ; it’s only the living that do. The essence of this treatise is to counsel our wives-to-be, our mothers, husbands-to-be and our fathers. Then, I will proffer a preventive antidote that might be helpful in avoiding an instance like this- through our basic cultural and the religious means.
Our-wives-to-be, always assume that your husbands-to-be might marry another wife based on some circumstances beyond the plans of both of you(I discussed some of these in my article- MI Ò LE FÉ ÀÁFÀ).
Though, you don’t like hearing this ; the reality is just that such always happens. A lady who plans for an uncertainty like this will hardly think of stabbing her husband.
Yes, you might disagree from the outset, which is natural ; you won’t just have the gut to pull out his oesophagus because you have planned for the worst (to call it that way) before your marriage.
To our mothers and fathers, please our house should be a pre-marital college for us (your children). Let us know that every family has issues – one is just more complicated than the other.
Let’s us know that using kitchen utensils on each other is not the first or last bus stop when we have misunderstanding with our women and men. Inculcate the real moral, cultural and religious values in us before we marry ; when we marry, don’t stop to.
Also, please, never force a love on us! Never tell us to marry the daughter or the son of your friend just because you want a continuity of riches and political respect.
When you force us to marry someone of your selfish choice (whom we don’t love), fine, we will ; just don’t expect a happy matrimony from us, shikenna!
Oh dear husbands-to-be and husbands, please, never try to beat your wives! Never tie down your wives all in the name of punishing them! Never torture the psychology of your women ; emotional torture can be deadly and disastrous! If you are not mature psychologically, you had better learn that before venturing into marriage. Never give room for domestic violence ; she will frustrate you wallaahi, but ‘isbir’ -be patient!
Finally, in crisis management, we say a preventive approach is vital to a crisis situation. You prepare ahead of crisis. Contextually, as Muslims, the Prophet admonished us to marry a religious (pious) spouse with excellent character. Beauty, family lineage and wealth are also important, but not at the expense of the first major attribute. Culturally, our fathers would never allow a woman or a man with a violent background to marry their sons and daughters. They would not also allow their children to go into the families of irresponsible individuals.
When someone intended to marry their daughters, they did engage themselves in “ìwádìí-” research. This research was to protect their sons and daughters from falling into the hands of prey and wolves. Do we still do this?
It’s therefore my humble submission that FOR US TO HAVE A DRASTIC REDUCTION IN A SPOUSE KILLING THE OTHER, WE NEED TO REVISIT THESE CULTURAL, MORAL AND RELIGIOUS APPROACHES IN SELECTING A PARTNER.

The giant social network, Facebook will open a “community hub space” in Nigeria next year to encourage software developers and technology entrepreneurs, and become the latest technology giant to pursue a training programme in fast-growing Africa.

Africa’s rapid population growth, falling data costs and heavy adoption of mobile phones rather than PCs is attracting technology companies looking to attract more users.

Facebook did not provide details of the period over which its planned training would take place in Nigeria, which is Africa’s most populous country with 180 million inhabitants, according to Reuters.

“We understand the important role Facebook plays here in Nigeria with developers and start-ups and are interested in helping these communities,” Emeka Afigbo, its regional head of platform partnership said in a statement on Wednesday.

Facebook said the training, aimed at software developers, entrepreneurs and students, would be offered in cities, including Abuja, Port Harcourt, Calabar and Kaduna.

Last year, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, visited technology companies in Lagos and his charitable foundation provided $24m to Andela, which trains developers.

Google’s chief executive in a July visit to Lagos said the company aimed to train 10 million people across the continent in online skills over the next five years. He also said it hoped to train 100,000 software developers in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

Although Africa may not offer as much opportunity to add consumers as China or India, because large wealth gaps mean that many people in places like Nigeria have little disposable income, Facebook said more than 22 million people already use its social media website every month in Nigeria.

Widespread poverty means mobile adoption tends to favour basic phone models. That, combined with poor telecommunications infrastructure, can mean slow Internet speeds and less Internet surfing.