Senator Olamilekan Adeola representing Lagos West has appraised the 2019 appropriation bill, describing it as the best budget in recent years.

President Muhammadu Buhari, penultimate week, presented N8.83 trillion budget proposal to a joint session of the National Assembly.

Senator Adeola who was among the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers who cheered the president during the presentation, stated that the budget will stimulate economic growth, just as it seeks to consolidate on the remarkable achievements of the Buhari-led administration.

Speaking at his Egbeda residence in Lagos state on Wednesday – where he hosted his constituents to an annual end-of-the-year party celebration, Adeola pointed out that, whatever may have been said to portray the budget in bad light should be discarded as the economy would benefit immensely from the budget.

He said it was the first time any government would earmark as much as N2 .14 trillion to service mainly local debts.

“This is a very progressive budget. This is budget taking Nigeria to the next level.

“For the first time in the history of this nation, we have a budget where N2 .14 trillion has been earmarked for the payment of debts.

“And basically, 80 per cent of these debts are local debts because much of the N2.14 trillion will be used to pay local contractors.

“What that means for the country is that there will be more money in the economy, because local contractors will be stimulated through payments,” he said.

Adeola said there would be more investments in the economy once those contactual obligations have been met by government.

He, however, stated that the ruling party remains committed and determined to taking the country to enviable heights among comity of nations.

“As you can see, the APC government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to ensure that it fulfils the promises made to Nigerians. And the government is not just paying lip service as the results are there for us to see,” he said.

He equally urged his constituents to be resolute in their bid to return the ruling APC to power at the forthcoming general elections scheduled to hold next year. The senator who is seeking re-election also urged the constituents to ensure that the feat cuts across all levels including Lagos West senatorial seat.

Senator Adeola better known as “Yayi” also promised not to renege in his effort to ensure that the constituents he represents continue to have a good feel of the dividends of democracy through constituency projects.

“I love my constituents as much as they do love me. And I want to assure them that more projects will be facilitated across the constituency.” He added.

He assured that more of what had been done since he resumed office at the red chamber of the national Assembly would come their way as he seeks to retain his mandate at the polls.

British singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran, has broken the all-time record for the for most cash made from a tour in a single year, raking in a whopping sum of £342Million in the year 2018

The 27-year-old earned £937k per day and his ‘Divide’ tour sold 4.9million tickets to beat American singer, Taylor Swift, who earned a total of £244million from her Reputation tour.

The Carters, Jay-Z and Beyonce came third as they took home £201m for their On The Run II stadium tours after selling a total of 2.2m tickets.

Here are the top ten most lucrative tours of 2018.

1. Ed Sheeran £342m – 4.9m tickets sold

2. Taylor Swift £244m – 2.9m tickets sold

3. Jay-Z and Beyonce £201m – 2.2m tickets sold

4. P!nk £134m – 1.29m tickets sold

5. Bruno Mars £132m – 1.29m tickets sold

6. The Eagles £131m – 964k tickets sold

7 Justin Timberlake £119m – 1.19m tickets sold

8 Roger Waters £104m – 1.5m tickets sold

9 U2 £100m – 927,034 tickets sold

10 The Rolling Stones £92m – 751k tickets sold

Nigerian Afro pop singer, Ayodeji Balogun mostly  Wizkid, wowed fans when he made a surprised appearance at Olamide’s Adedeji aka Baddo’s concert in Lagos shortly after his own show.

In spite holding on the same day, Sunday, Wizkid’s ‘Made in Lagos’ concert and Olamide’s ‘Live In Concert’ (OLIC) were sold out with fans trooping to support each artist.

At about 2 a.m, Wizkid kicked off a live set at his own festival which spanned over one hour. After the electrifying show, he made it to Olamide’s concert where he delivered a brief but stunning performance of  ‘Kana’ with Olamide, before delivering his own songs from ‘Ojuelegba’, ‘Fever’, ‘Fake Love’ and ‘Soco.’

Nigerians on social media spared no time to share their excitement over the support shown by Wizkid amidst claims that the date clash would affect the impact of both concerts. They commended Wizkid for constantly supporting his colleagues and praised him for being able to perform at two concerts in one night.

@Darey__ tweeted, “Before you lose your home training on this app! This is Wizkid live at #OLIC5 out to support Olamide! The sky is big for everyone to fly please. Much respect Starboy.”

@OOUnetwork said, “Olamide’s #OLIC5 soldout. Wizkid’s #MadeinLagos soldout. Sometimes you don’t need to compete to attain success. God’s grace is sufficient for all.”

@Lailaijeoma said, “Wizkid left his concert #MadaInLagos to perform Kana with Olamide at #OLIC5 When they say the sky is big enough for everyone, this is it!!!”

@Adeyemijobest tweeted, “Maximum respect for wizkid turning up for #OLIC5 after his own show #MadeinLagos.”

This was not the first time Wizkid had made surprise appearances at his colleagues’ concerts. In November, he surprised Wande Coal and Simi at their headline London shows held the same night.

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Nicki Minaj revealed on Thursday (Dec. 20) that she is gracing the February 2019 cover of Vogue Japan.

The issue — which hits newsstands Dec. 27 — has the 36-year-old rapper sporting a white top, neon yellow nails and a red Burberry trench coat. Minaj shared a collection of photos from the Vogue shoot via Instagram.

Another image sees Minaj posing in a sheer green minidress alongside a cast of colorfully-dressed men and women, and one steamy shot has Minaj leaning against a shirtless model named Keithly Anderson

The 36-year-old rapper served up numerous looks for the spread and she was styled by Anna Trevelyan and photographed by Mariano Vivanco.

Nicki shared photos from the photo shoot on her Instagram page.

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Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Manchester United, a club statement on Tuesday morning said.

He leaves the club with United in sixth position in the table after their worst start to a top-flight campaign since the Premier League’s inception in 1992.

“Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect.

“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.

“A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”

Michael Carrick will take training this week but it is not yet clear who will take charge of the team until the end of the season.

United’s next fixture is against Cardiff in the Premier League on Saturday.

Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal in the United hotseat in the summer of 2016 and was tasked with leading the 20-time English champions back to the top of the domestic game after a barren three years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s appointment.

Nigerian Afro singers, Davido, Wizkid and Burna Boy dominated the nominations list in the 2018 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival.

Wizkid is the most nominated artiste in most categories including Best Male MVP, Best Pop, Best Collaboration, Digital artiste of the year, Video of the year, Listeners’ choice, Viewers’ choice and African artiste of the year categories.

Nigerian artistes: Davido and Burna Boy are close behind with several nominations including the coveted African artiste of the year alongside Diamond Platnumz, Sarkodie, Yemi Alade, South African rappers – A.K.A, Nasty C and Tiwa Savage.

This is the 3rd edition of the SoundCity MVP Awards Festival and it is expected to hold on January 5, 2019 at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.

See the full list below:

Best Male MVP
1. Burna Boy
2. Nasty C
3. Mr Eazi
4. Olamide
5. A.K.A
6. Shatta Wale
7. Harmonize
8. Diamond Platnumz
9. Davido
10. Wizkid

Best Female MVP
1. Busiswa
2. Simi
3. Niniola
4. Tiwa Savage
5. Yemi Alade
6. Shekhinah
7. Efya
8. Becca
9. Lady Zamar
10. Maua Sama

Best Hip Hop
1. M.I Abaga
2. Khaligraph Jones
3. Nasty C
4. A.K.A
5. Kwesi Arthur
6. Phyno
7. Sarkodie
8. Kwesta
9. Falz
10. Medikal

Best Pop
1. Kizz Daniel
2. Fally Ipupa
3. Tiwa Savage
4. Yemi Alade
5. Davido
6. Diamond Platnumz
7. Mayorkun
8. Wizkid
9. Kuami Eugene
10. Mr Eazi

Best Collaboration
1. Makhe – Dj Maphorisa, Dj Simba Ft Moonchild Sanelly
2. Soco – Starboy Ft Wizkid, Terri, Spotless & Ceeza Milli
3. Jibebe – Diamond Platnumz, Mbosso, Lava Lava
4. Katika – Navy Kenzo Ft. Diamond Platnumz
5. Issa Goal – Naira Marley, Olamide, Lil Kesh
6. Spirit – Kwesta Ft Wale
7. Fake Love – Wizkid And Duncan Mighty
8. Club Controller – Prince Kaybee Ft Lasoulmates
9. Said – Nastyc & Runtown
10. Amaka – 2face Idibia Ft. Perruzi

Digital Artiste Of The Year
1. Davido
2. Tiwa Savage
3. Mr Eazi
4. Burna Boy
5. Cassper Nyovest
6. Vanessa Mdee
7. Falz
8. Wizkid
9. Diamond Platnumz
10. Yemi Alade

Video Of The Year
1. Gringo – Shatta Wale
2. Midnight Drum – A Pass, Rouge, Fik Fameica
3. Short N’ Sweet – Sauti Sol
4. Ye – Burna Boy
5. Fever – Wizkid
6. Surrenda – Adekunle Gold
7. Science Student – Olamide
8. King – Nasty C Ft A$ap Ferg
9. Heal The World – Patoranking
10. Ksazobalit – Cassper Nyovest

Best Group Or Duo
1. Distruction Boiz
2. Sauti Sol
3. Navy Kenzo
4. Micasa
5. Mafikizolo
6. Show Dem Camp
7. R2bees
8. Toofan
9. Gold Fish
10. Reggie N’ Bollie

Song Of The Year
1. Ye – Burna Boy
2. Short & Sweet – Sauti Sol Ft Nyashinki
3. African Beauty – Diamond Platnumz Ft. Omarion
4. Soco – Starboy Ft Wizkid, Terri, Spotless & Ceeza Milli
5. Katika – Navy Kenzo Ft. Diamond Platnumz
6. Makhe – Dj Maphorisa, Dj Simba Ft Moonchild Sanelly
7. Skeleton Moves – Master Kg
8. Assurance – Davido
9. Amaka – Tuface Idibia
10. Kwangwaru – Harmonize Ft. Diamond Platnumz

Best New Artiste
1. Kidi
2. Sho Madjozi
3. Odunsi
4. Peruzzi
5. Teniola
6. Kida Kudz
7. Shane Eagle
8. King Promise
9. Kwesi Arthur
10. Mbosso

Viewers Choice
1. Ye – Burna Boy
2. Drogba – Afro B
3. Somiso – Wande Coal
4. Science Student – Olamide
5. Fever – Wizkid
6. Soco – Starboy Ft Wizkid, Terri, Spotless & Ceeza Milli
7. Kupe Dance – A Star
8. Magun (Rmx) – Niniola Ft. Busiswa
9. Available – Patoranking
10. Tiwa’s Vibe – Tiwa Savage

Listeners Choice
1. Club Controller – Prince Kaybee Ft Lasoulmates
2. Katika – Navy Kenzo Ft. Diamond Platnumz
3. Soco – Starboy
4. Ye – Burna Boy
5. Wetin We Gain – Victor Ad
6. Kwangqaru – Harmonize Ft Diamond Platnumz
7. Fake Love – Wizkid & Duncan Mighty
8. Confusion – Kuami Eugene
9. CCTV – King Promise Ft. Mugeez, Sarkodie
10. Askamaya – Teni

African Producer Of The Year
1. Killertunes
2. Julz
3. Sars
4. Nahreel
5. Northboi
6. DJ Tira
7. Phantom
8. Speroachbeatz
9. Fresh VDM
10. Kel P

African Artiste Of The Year
1. Burna Boy
2. Davido
3. Sarkodie
4. Yemi Alade
5. A.K.A
6. Tiwa Savage
7. Wizkid
8. Diamod Platnumz
9. Nasty C
10. Olamide

African DJ Of The Year
1. Black Coffee
2. DJ Spinall
3. DJ Mic Smith
4. DJ Kaywise
5. DJ Xclusive
6. DJ Neptune
7. Prince Kaybe
8. DJ Arafat
9. DJ Maphorisa
10. DJ Vyrusky

Who Do You Think Would Win In Each Category?
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Group of Lawyers, Concerned Patriots Front (CPF) has called on the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, and the Nigerian Police Force to begin immediate action to curb menace of fake lawyers as they are growing in their numbers.

According to the group, the call has become necessary at this time due to rise in reports received on fraudulent activities perpetrated by these fake lawyers on unsuspecting Nigerians.

The group exposing one Emmanuel Umohinyang as an example of fake lawyers, the group disclosed that “a certain Emmanuel Umohinyang and cronies of fake lawyers have established several fronts in a bid to swindle unsuspecting Nigerians one of which is the Re-elect Buhari Movement, (RBM) whose national coordinator is another Goodluck Obi, an Independent Director at the Nigerian Police Mortgage Bank.”

“Findings have however revealed that that the said Mr. Emmanuel Umohinyang has just graduated from the Department of Law at the National Open University Of Nigeria (NOUN) with the serial number: 231, as made available on the NOUN 2018 graduation list, with Matric Number: NOU110369681 but has not been to law school let alone graduating from one.” CPF added.

It was also gathered that Umohinyang overtime has been parading himself as an as an Aide to President Muhammadu Buhari on Digital Strategy and Civil Society, dropping the names of the President and the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris to swindle unsuspecting members of the public.

“We hereby call for the urgent intervention of the Nigerian Police Force and the Nigerian Bar Association to rescue innocent Nigerians by cracking-down these fake lawyers before they run the noble profession of law to the ground” the group noted.

It is a great feeling knowing the amazing season of Christmas is here again and we are anxious and excited we are going to experience the wonderful season again.

It is apparent, many of people enjoy Christmas period but it is even a real fact,  that Christmas is more enjoyable when we are careful of the destination where we want to spend it.

From beautiful environments to astonishing cities and locations, and the good news is, no matter how long the journey is, there is no cause for alarm as there are available cheap flights to USA.

Irrespective of your region, ethnicity, background or whichever race u are from, the best Christmas destinations of your dreams could be achievable as there are best airlines that gives discounts and offers cheap flight to USA.

If you have been to the states before,  there ate many new places to check out that you will fond amazing and if you have not been to the USA, u can take one of the next flights to USA to enjoy the places that follows.

You can visit any number of themed attractions from Grand Canyon which is one of the most visited natural attractions in the United States.

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If you are standing on the rim of the canyon as a visitor,  you would be able to see down to the canyon floor a mile below, and look out over the ridges and cliffs that run as far as the eye can see.

The South Rim is the most visited section of Grand Canyon National Park, with a large visitors center, regular bus service along the Rim in the high season, and a walkway that runs along the canyon with numerous viewing points and platforms.

The status of liberty is another worthy place to take your next flight to USA to, it is a symbol of freedom which is very universal.

It is also the America’s most familiar icon and the largest statue in the world. Standing 152 ft in New York Harbor, visitors can admire the statue from various points around the city, particularly Battery Park, or take a ferry right to the statue.

For people who plan to take cheap flights to the US and visit the statue, options include grounds tickets, pedestal tickets, or crown tickets, which allow different levels of access to the site.

Anyone who plans on going inside the Statue of Liberty is encouraged to make advanced ticket reservations.

The Christmas period comes once in a year and it’s the reason you should enjoy the season to the fullest. When you think of another place to enjoy, think of Yellowstone National Park also.

If you are a fan and love to see huge ancient volcano,  it is the best place.

The volcano has resulted in a dramatic landscape and awesome natural phenomena. Geysers and hot springs, along with incredible waterfalls along the Yellowstone River are just some of the attractions drawing in huge numbers of tourists each year.

During Christmas, you enjoy the park the more, it is the oldest national park in the USA, is also home to all kinds of wildlife, with free roaming bison, bighorn sheep, antelope, black bears, and grizzly bears.

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The theme, Archiving for Creativity, resonated in all aspects of the just concluded Zuma Film Festival in Abuja, as organisers, the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) etched the names of some film industry veterans, including Femi Odugbemi, in its Movie Rock of Fame Award.

The award ceremony, which held at the International Conference Center, Abuja, was the highpoint of the week-long festival.

According to the Managing Director of NFC who doubled as Chairman of the Zuma Film Festival Planning Committee, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, Odugbemi, the Lifetime Achievement award was “to recognize and reward excellence and immeasurable contributions towards the growth of the Film industry.”

Other Rock of Fame honourees include the late first Prime Minister of Nigeria, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa; TV veteran actor Chief Chika Okpala; former Managing Director of Nigerian Film Corporation Professor Hyginius Ekwuazi; Mallam Ali Nuhu and Mallam Yakub Ibn Mohammed.

For Odugbemi, who, in June was announced a Voting Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Organisers of the annual OSCAR awards) in the United States, to being appointed MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy Director for West Africa, and now the Movie Rock of Fame Award, 2018 has been a good year so far.

Between 2002 and 2006, Odugbemi was President of the Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN) where he championed professional training and workshops for the then nascent Nollywood industry. He also led the organisation of the Lagos Forum on Cinema and Video which focused on the business of content marketing and film distribution.

Odugbemi’s career in the film industry boasts of many milestones. He was the pioneer and three-time Head Judge of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA). He has also served as a Head of Jury of the Uganda Film Festival in Kampala for three consecutive years. He is a Co-founder and Executive Director of the popular iREP International Documentary Film Festival which has gathered filmmakers from across the globe to Lagos for the last eight years.

iREP has provided training and workshop opportunities free of charge to many emerging filmmakers especially those focused on the less glamorous documentary film genre. Odugbemi through iREP has convened academics, intellectuals, historians and filmmakers under one umbrella to integrate their artistic vision, with thematic explorations of archiving, post-colonial narratives, cultural renaissance, impact of new media and technology on storytelling and many other salient inter-disciplinary approaches to film engagement. Odugbemi himself established his pedigree as a documentarist of international repute with documentary titles like the AMAA-Best Documentary film ‘Bariga Boy’ and many others.

The general focus of his documentary work has been to preserve our culture as well as use film as an advocacy tool to bring to fore burning issues in the society, as a way of keeping the leaders in check. One of his most celebrated recent documentaries is the award-winning ‘Makoko’ a story on poor primary school education in Makoko, a slum nestled in the Yaba area of Lagos. Makoko brought to light the impoverished state of the community which attracted well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the residents.

Perhaps where Odugbemi really displayed his ingenuity has been in the television space where he was a founding producer of one of the longest running TV series in Africa, Tinsel. His current production ‘Battleground’ is one of the most watched TV series on Africa Magic channel, attracting millions of viewers to its compelling narrative of love, betrayal and revenge.

What really stands Odugbemi out among his peers is his quest for excellence. Expressing gratitude for the award, Odugbemi urged young filmmakers to pursue artistic excellence in their work.