Barcelona have won La Liga in manager Ernesto Valverde’s first season in charge after a Lionel Messi-inspired victory over Deportivo La Coruna.

It was not an easy win at the Riazor for the newly crowned champions, although they took a two-goal lead with Philippe Coutinho (7) and Messi (38) netting before Lucas Perez (40) deservedly pulled a goal back for Depor in the first half.
The hosts got themselves level through Emre Colak (64) before Messi netted a quick-fire double late on (82 and 85) to round off his hat-trick and ensure that the La Liga trophy returns to the Nou Camp
is the 25th time Barcelona have won La Liga – eight behind the 33 won by rivals Real Madrid.
It took seven minutes for the visitors to take the lead. Ousmane Dembele’s initial cross was well blocked by Luisinho, but he pulled the rebounded ball back to the top of the area for Coutinho to curl a beautiful strike into the back of the net.
Messi might be sad to see them go having scored 13 goals at the Riazor, his favourite ground alongside Real Madrid’s Bernaebu.
Next Sunday will welcome Real Madrid in a visit to Nou Camp for another El Clasico.

Arsene Wenger has revealed he will take a month off at the end of the season before making a decision on his next career move.

It was announced earlier this month that the Frenchman’s 22-year reign as Arsenal boss will come to an end this summer, but it has not been confirmed if he plans to retire, to look for a manager’s job elsewhere or to take another role in football.
Wenger has no plans to retire from the game and, if he doesn’t stay in club management, could take a director of football role or return as a director of football.
The 68-year-old does not know what his next step might be, though, with the likes of PSG and Real Madrid having been linked with him.
“Once I’ve finished honestly I don’t know [what his next move will be],”
“I am confused a little bit at the moment and I have decided to take a little distance for four or five weeks before I make a decision.
“I need to move away a little bit to take perspective on my situation and analyse it in the most objective way possible, even if it is not easy.
“I will then decide where I go from there.”
Wenger takes his side to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, then on Thursday they face Atletico Madrid in the Europa League, having drawn the first match 1-1 in London.

This question has been dwelling inside me for a while now. Basically, a layman will simply tell you that an illiterate is someone who can’t read and write. While this might be a logical definition, it’s however no longer contextual.

These days, we have educated elites who are worse in character than some motor park touts. We also have uneducated fellows who are so level headed you begin to wonder why they were never in school.

Illiteracy has gone beyond just been unable to read and write. It involves your overall way of life. Your inability to make use of all the values education has bestowed upon you makes you an illiterate. Lack of critical thinking skills also does. If you lack basic psychological, mental and physical survival instincts even after spending over 16 combined years in the name of education, that makes you an illiterate.

Our society is filled with so many EDUCATED ILLITERATES today. By appearance they look like the best of men, but when they speak, you almost can’t help but wonder how one can be so confidently stupid.

Before you make any utterances especially in public or on social media, you’ve to ask yourself, what it says about you. Is it ethically or morally right? Is there another side to the story? Are you just following public opinions?

When criticized, embrace it, think about the critic’s opinion on your work or action. Not every critic is a HATER. Some truly want your progress. Whatever you do, Remember you have a root. Be a good ambassador of yourself, your family, your friends and most importantly humanity itself.

All these and your ability to adapt to the changing trends in life without necessary compromising your valuable moral principles are what makes you LITERATE, not Your educational qualifications or financial status.

Indeed as a great Scholar once said “AN ILLITERATE OF THE 21st CENTURY IS NOT SOMEONE WHO CAN NOT READ AND WRITE, BUT SOMEONE WHO CANNOT LEARN, UNLEARN AND RELEARN”.

©G Jaf, 2018

DMW singer, Mayowa Adewale popularly known as Mayorkun, has finally reunited with his father in Texas, United States after two years.

The Eleko crooner took to Instagram to express his unhidden happiness.

According to him, he was still ‘Mayowa’ the last time he saw his father and now he’s reuniting with him as a superstar singer widely known as “Mayorkun”.

Mayorkun shared a lovely father and son photo with his dad whom he reunited with after his show in Texas.

Nigeria star singer, Augustine Miles Kelechi, popularly known as Teckno, has reacted to Miracle emerging winner of this year’s Big Brother Naija reality show.

Miracle, one of the 20 housemates who participated in the reality show emerged winner of the N25 million grand prize on Sunday, beating off challenges from Cee-c, Tobi, Nina and Alex.

Reacting, Tekno on his Twitter page congratulated the winner of the reality show. He also offered Miracle N1m.

Tekno on Twitter wrote, ”Congrats Miracle! Just dance and #jogodo! One extra million is here for you, In case you want it.”

However, Nigerian comedian, Ajele Adeyemi, mostly known as MC Ajele has also promised to give Miracle a Toyota Venza.

Miracle beat Tobi, Cee-C and Alex to the grand prize of N25million at the final on Sunday night.

Big Brother Naija kicked off with a total of 20 housemates but only five housemates made it to the final week

Nigerian singer, Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye, popularly known as Simi, has revealed her thoughts on the relationship between former housemates Big Brother Naija reality television show, Nina and Miracle.

While Nina was evicted on the finally day of the show, Miracle emerged winner and received the N45 million grand prize. Simi, who was one of the music stars that performed during the reality show, said she does not see the relationship between the two housemates going far.

Recall that Nina had during the live show, said she and Miracle will continue their relationship after the show. When asked how she would handle her relationship with Collins, her boyfriend, she told Ebuka that “When I get to Nigeria, I’ll handle that”. Miracle, on his part, had said on national television that he will date Nina.

But reacting to this, Simi wrote on Instagram, “I don’t see Miracle and Nina ending together.”

  • FG peaks position of SGL 14 for both

The Federal Government has, finally, abolished the dichotomy that, which before, existed between university and polytechnic graduates in the civil service.

According to the circular released by the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, to convey the decision of the National Council on Establishment (NCE) to all concerned and solicited their support through its implementation.

The circular indicated that NCE approved entry point of SGL 08 for Higher National Diploma (HND) holders in the civil service. It also encouraged serving HND officers to fulfill all specified conditions as contained in scheme of service and extant rules for career progression beyond SGL 14.

The dichotomy had, hitherto, restricted the polytechnic graduates to a particularly Salary Grade Level (SGL) in the civil service. It took the intervention of the National Council on Establishment (NCE) to resolve the matter in their favour.

Meanwhile, beneficiaries of the recent abolition of the disparity have commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for his support which brought an end to the Bsc/HND dichotomy era.

President of the umbrella body of the beneficiaries, the Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE), Ahmad Yabagi, told journalists, at a press conference in Abuja, that the decision has opened a great career door which no adversary can shut.

He said: “We are glad that this monster called dichotomy, which has been a big threat to the development of technology in Nigeria has been defeated. “NATE has, therefore, resolved to support and partner the federal government in its quest to bequeath entrepreneurial skills to Nigerian youths as a means to turn around the economic fortune of Nigeria.

He, however, appealed to the government to strengthen its monitoring system to ensure the content of the circular by the head of service of the federation is implemented by all government agencies.

Miracle Igbokwe has won the third season of Big Brother Naija reality show held in South Africa.

The Imo State-born scored 38.18 per cent of the votes to beat the closest housemate, Cee-C who grossed 28.04 per cent of the votes.

The 24-year old Pilot and model walked away with the total prize of N45 million comprising of N25 million cash, an SUV worth N12million, an all-expenses paid vacation for two worth N4.7million and a N3.3million household equipment comprising of electronics and other gadgets.

Other three housemates have left in this manner of Nina with 4.18 per cent of votes, Alex with 7.07 per cent and Tobi came third with 22.53 per cent.

However, the show host, Ebuka Uchendu said this year’s edition of the game tagged ‘Double Wahala’ garnered unprecedented 170 million votes with 30 million votes in the last week of the show.

The were music performances by star acts Davido, Mr. Real and D’ice. While Kaffy and her dance group delivered energetic performance.

Mohamed Salah has won the PFA Player of the Year for the 2018 season after a stellar first campaign at Liverpool.

Mohamed Salah’s stunning season at Liverpool, which has delivered 41 goals, has got him a reward as he was named the PFA Player of the Year for 2017-18.

The former Chelsea player beat Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne to second in the voting, with Tottenham striker Harry Kane coming in third.
Salah and De Bruyne have been the standout players during the campaign, which has seen Pep Guardiola’s side clinch the league title with five games to spare, but the Liverpool man secured the most votes from his peers after scoring 41 goals in 46 appearances for the Anfield club.
Acquired for £36.9 million in the summer of 2017 from Roma, the Egypt international has made a remarkable and record-breaking impact during a second stint in England.
Went on to become the the first Egyptian to win the award, presented at Grosvenor House in central London on Sunday evening.

“Hopefully I’m not the last one,” said Salah. “I’m very proud to win and I’ve worked very hard. “It’s a big honour.”
“I didn’t have my chance at Chelsea. It was clear I would return and show everyone my football. I think I left and came back a different person, man and player. I am happy and proud.”
Manchester City’s Sane won the young player prize, while Chelsea’s Fran Kirby won the Women’s Player of the Year award.
Bristol City’s Lauren Hemp was named Women’s Young Player of the Year.
Former England captain Casey Stoney, who retired from football this year, picked up the PFA Special Achievement award.

Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis says they must be brave,bold and open minded in their search for a new manager to replace Arsene Wenger.

Wenger confirmed on Friday he will step down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season ,despite still having a year to run on his contract, bringing to an end his near 22-year reign as manager.
Gazidis has also spoken about what Wenger means to the club and the legacy he leaves behind, while admitting they must be brave when deliberating who should take over from him.
Arsenal players past and present, as well as other leading figures in the game, have praised the Frenchman’s contribution to the Gunners and English football in general.
“The most important thing is to make the right appointment – not a quick appointment,” said Gazidis.
“The process begins today. I want to keep that process in-house. This club has to rise to the challenge. You don’t find a replacement for Arsene Wenger, you find a new path forward.
Gazidis also praised the way Wenger has transformed Arsenal, on the pitch and off, during his 22-year tenure and confirmed the 68-year-old will speak about his decision on Sunday when Arsenal play West Ham in the Premier League.