Sunday, September 30, 2012


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 Fela Kuti

It was a fun-filled weekend as memories of departed music legends were re-ignited by participants who featured in the second episode of Nigeria’s Got Talent.
Episode two featured the auditioning in Port Harcourt, Enugu, and Warri, which featured 18-year-old choreographer Michael who brought pop legend, Michael Jackson’s ‘Moonwalk’ back to life with a dramatic display of the King of Pop’s dance moves that got the audience asking for more. Michael has made it to the semi-final round; joining the four-man Acappella band group ‘Impulse’, with impressive performance that secured a 100 percent vote from the Judges.
Others were

Two Killed as Security Agents Raid Boko Haram Hideout in Zaria

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The building destroyed during the raid by security operatives on the suspected Boko Haram hideout in Zaria
By John Shiklam
Security agencies Sunday recorded yet another major success in the fight against terrorism when they raided a hide out and bomb manufacturing outfit of suspected Boko Haram members in Gaskiya Lay-Out area of Zaria, Kaduna State.
Two of the sect members were said to have been killed in the explosion that occurred during the raid while others were arrested with several weapons and vehicles recovered.
A joint military, police and SSS team was said to have stormed a house located at the Gaskiya Lay -Out around 2 am on Sunday follo

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Undergraduate on trial for sodomy

Ortyom Dyorugh allegedly indulged in homosexuality with a seven-year old boy

Ortyom Dyorugh, a 20-year-old Accounting student of Benue State University, Makurdi, was on Friday remanded in prison for allegedly indulging in homosexuality with a seven-year old boy(name withheld).
The 300 level student, who was arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court in Makurdi for alleged gross

EFCC Arrest Man Trying To Smuggle Out $7m Dollars Cash At MM Intl Airport

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested Mallam Abubakar Tijani Sheriff (24), whom the Agency described as a bulk currency smuggler, as he attempted to smuggle the sum of $7million out of the country. The EFCC said in a statement today that Sheriff, 24, was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Power: Consortium denies link with IBB

Barely 24 hours after the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE)conducted bids for the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), one of the preferred bidders, North South Power Company Limited, yesterday condemned the news linking former military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, with it.

In a statement made available to The Nation yesterday, the management said the consortium was neither backed nor sponsored by the former president as widely reported in the media.
The statement, signed by Dr. Olubunmi Peters on behalf of the management, listed four companies registered in Nigeria and another one registered in theUS as well the Niger State Government, as members of the consortium.
The companies are XS Energy Limited (Nigeria), BP Investment Limited (Nigeria), Urban Shelter Limited (Nigeria), Transatlantic Development and Investment Company (United States), Roads Nigeria Plc (Nigeria), and Niger State Government.

Nigeria safe for investment, says Jonathan

Nigeria safe for investment, says Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan said in New York yesterday that Nigeria is safe for investment.
 He spoke at the Third Nigeria Investment Summit organised by the Nigerian Mission to the United Nations and the African Business Roundtable.
The event was a follow up to Tuesday’s address of the President to the 67th United Nations General Assembly.
He had told world leaders about investment opportunities in Nigeria and the efforts he has been making to combat terrorism.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former United States Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice attended the event Investment Summit. National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bamanga Tukur was also there.
The President defended his style of prioritising projects to execute. He said: “You cannot do everything because if you do so, you will not go anywhere as a result of lack of resources. You only have to pick some vital things and do them and by so doing, you will make a complete change. I have a policy, and it is for a nation to change or develop,” he said.
Jonathan said his strategy in reviving Nigeria is to sanitise the business environment the same way he has sanitised the political process. He urged investors to patronise Nigeria, assuring them that his administration is committed to making it a safe environment for their businesses.
 The President also urged investors to work hard to create more jobs and opportunities.
On electoral process, Jonathan assured the audience that those elected into public office will perform well. He urged Nigerians to have confidence in them.
“Everybody cannot be in government at the same time but what we do is carry everybody along. We always call on people and dialogue with them whenever issues arise to move the country forward. We believe that this will boost our economy because we really need to work together,” he said.
 Blair said Nigeria is on its way up just like the African continent is also on its way up. Blair said he envisaged a new generation of people and leaders in business and politics coming together to develop Nigeria.
He therefore urged investors to look into the areas of education, reform and infrastructure in Nigeria, noting that if these sectors are reformed and changed, Nigeria will fully come up to meet its Millenium Development Goals targets.
Ms Rice said such an investment summit raises expectations that things are going to turn around in Nigeria and the world.
 She said events such as this makes it evident that the Nigerian government is trying to do a lot of important things that will make the country achieve its objectives within the global economy.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

$65m offer to marry off gay daughter

Are you an eligible bachelor ready to marry? Can you play a lovey-dovey and win the heart of a 33 year old beautiful woman, who already has a same-sex loving attraction to another woman?
If you fit these descriptions, catch the next plane for Paris or Hong kong in search of Gigi Chao, daughter of a Hong Kong billionaire.
The Hong Kong businessman has offered a $65 million “marriage bounty” to any man who can win the heart of his lesbian daughter, a report said Wednesday.
Cecil Chao announced the financial reward of HK$500 million after his daughter, Gigi, married her same-sex partner of seven years in France earlier this year, the South China Morning Post reported.
“I don’t mind whether he is rich or poor. The important thing is that he is generous and kind hearted,” 76-year-old Chao was quoted as saying.
“Gigi is a very good woman with both talents and looks. She is devoted to her parents, is generous and does volunteer work,” he added.
He also rejected “false reports” that Gigi, 33, had married abroad, saying she was still single.
Chao, who owns publicly-listed property developer Cheuk Nang, could not be reached for comment.
Same-sex marriages are not recognised in Hong Kong, a socially conservative Chinese city where homosexuality was decriminalised in 1991.
Chao is well known in Hong Kong’s social circles and regularly appears at public events with his latest young girlfriend.
He reportedly once claimed to have had intimate relations with 10,000 women.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


The historical Commissioning of the Orient Petroleum Resources Plc / Anambra River Oil Wells at Aguleri-Otu, Aguleri, on August 30, 2012 by the President and the proclamation of Anambra State as an Oil-Producing State in Nigeria, has unexpectedly awakened the ‘Oil Producing appetite’ of Anambra neighbouring States of Kogi and Enugu. Both states are now separately jostling and laying claims to the ownership of these Oil Wells which are indisputably located in Aguleri land. As if the spurious claims by the governments of Kogi and Enugu States were not enough, a few days ago, some youths of Kogi State embarked on a protest march, just as some youths of Enugu State had earlier threatened to stop the Orient Petroleum project, all in their effort to buttress their claims.
Ordinarily, Aguleri Community would have allowed the State Governments to sort out themselves believing, that the extant boundaries between the three States, namely: Anambra and Kogi States on one part; and Anambra and Enugu States on the other hand, are properly delineated.  As a people known for always standing on the path of truth, honour and justice, Aguleri would always fight back whenever our liberty is threatened or our land is encroached upon. More importantly,  we acknowledge the need to straighten the records and allay further misinformation on the matter, for the Nigerian public, and the world at large. We therefore present the historical as well as legal facts on this matter with the view to settling this contest  on the rightful ownership of the Anambra River Oil Wells (OPL 915). Having said as much, the fact remains that the Orient Petroleum Resources Plc’s Anambra River Oil Wells – Anambra River 1, 2 and 3 in OPL 915 are located in Aguleri land  precisely, Aguleri-Otu, the north-eastermost riverine settlement of Aguleri. 
It is a historical fact that Aguleri occupies the longest stretch of settlement along Anambra River – starting from Otuocha Aguleri to Inalo River at the border of Kogi State. Aguleri People live on both sides of Anambra River from Otuocha Aguleri up to Igbakwu Town in Ayamelum LGA on the east bank of Anambra River.  Igbakwu Town itself is opposite Enugu-Otu Aguleri on the west bank of Anambra River.  From Igbakwu Town northwards is Ifite-Ogwari, followed by Umueje, all in Ayamelum LGA and thereafter Igga and Ojor towns , then to Ogurugu, all in Enugu State. Clearly from Igbakwu, Anambra River has been the natural boundary between Aguleri and all the other towns on the east bank of Anambra River up to Ogurugu in Enugu State. It is also a historical fact that none of the communities on the east bank of Anambra River from Igbakwu to Ogurugu has farm lands on the west bank of Anambra River, and this is as expected, as Aguleri occupies the entire west bank of Anambra River up to Inalo River at the border of Kogi State. Aguleri people have been living in the locations of the Oil Wells known as Agu-Igbili, Agu-Ovo/Okpalia, Ngene-Ejo, Okpa-Nkwocha and Nnobi Aguleri right from time immemorial and have engaged in farming and fishing in these locations from historical times to date.
Historically, Odeke, the Headquarters of Ibaji Clan in Igala land  of Kogi State trace their origin to Aguleri and because of this ancestral connection, they lived very close to Aguleri and shared common boundaries with Aguleri. At cultural fiestas, where successful men usually have the opportunity to display their bravado or prowess for instance, it was commonplace to hear popular slogans and shouts of Odeke Agulu..ue! Odeke Agulu kwenu!!  Settlements such as Uchuchu Anocha, Uchuchu Anapiti, Echonwa, Obale, etc are all farm settlements of Odeke people. Before the advent of Colonial Administration, we lived together as a people of common stock. However, with the regionalisation of Nigeria by the Colonial Government, Odeke, together with its farm settlements were placed in Northern Nigeria as part of Idah Division.
Given the topography of the entire West Bank of Anambra River basin, which presently consists of Anambra West LGA and Aguleri-Otu in Anambra East LGA, the lands were acquired by the Government to establish the Anambra Forest Reserve in 1931. Consequent upon this Government action, an Agreement dated 28th April 1931, made in that behalf, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 5 (ii) of Cap. 95 of the Forestry Ordinance 1931. The communities that entered into the Agreement with the Government were eight (8) – namely: Nzam, Inoma, Nnani, Obodolu, Mmiata, Umuoba, Enugu-Otu and Oroma-Otu (now Eziagulu-Otu) Aguleri – all in the present day Anambra State. Another Agreement was made in that behalf on 12th Day of February 1932, also by the same eight (8) communities aforesaid. The Forestry Ordinance was published in Nigeria Gazette N0. 20 Vol. 20; notice N0.316, dated 30th March 1933. An ADO of the then Onitsha Division was appointed the Reserve Settlement Officer, to supervise the Forest Reserve, on behalf of the Government of Eastern Nigeria.
It is also important to note that the Oil Wells under discussion i.e. Anambra River 1,2&3 inside OPL 915 is located within the Anambra Forest Reserve, which is in Aguleri.
The boundary of Anambra Forest Reserve is very clear and unambiguous. Whereas Enugu State communities of Igga, Ojor and Ogurugu are on the Eastern Bank of Anambra River, the Anambra Forest Reserve is on the Western Bank of the river (Anambra River) up to opposite Ogurugu community.  So, Anambra River has always been and is still the natural boundary between Enugu State communities and Anambra Forest Reserve.
Earlier in 1927, the boundary between Aguleri and Kogi State was settled through an Arbitration jointly chaired by Captain Joel and Mr Macabe, both Assistant Divisional Officers representing the then Onitsha Division and the then Idah Division respectively. HRH Eze R. A. Idigo II represented Aguleri, while Chief Ocholo of Olu Ibaji represented the Ibaji Clan. At the end of the sittings, the Arbitrators adopted the boundary lines as represented in the Map of Nigeria in 1927 as the boundary between Aguleri and Ibaji land in the present Kogi State. It is instructive to note that far back in 1927, the official Map of Nigeria recognized the Anambra Forest Reserve as part of Eastern Nigeria. And so, as the Chairman of the Orient Petroleum Resources Plc, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, said, the “misconception that the Oil Well was not entirely in Anambra State has been resolved through the Map of Nigeria” 
The boundaries are also contained in Anambra Forestry Reserve (Amendment) Order, 1950, and Legal Notice N0. 126 of 1954; the Northern Region, Western Region and Eastern Region (Definition of Boundaries), 1954 Appendix ’B’ and ‘E’.
It is also pertinent to mention here that the Tripartite Point of intersection at the mouth of Inalo River which is the boundary between Kogi and Anambra State is quite far away and clearly long after the Anambra Oil Wells location.
All the settlements and people in possession before the establishment of Anambra Forest Reserve were named after the Aguleri people who were in possession, which explains why till date what you have are such enclaves as Oguejiofor’s Enclave, Chizua’s Enclave, Menkiti’s Enclave, etc; reflecting the founders of these settlements. Also, the fishing ponds scattered all over the entire land are owned by Aguleri people and they fish in them till date.
Other acts of ownership include the establishment of Migrant School at Okpeze which is well beyond the location of the Oil Wells by the Anambra State Government, to serve the primary education needs of the people. For long, a number of church groups have been established in the area. They include St. Philip’s Anglican Church of Anambra/Niger West Diocese, the Catholic Church of Onitsha Archdiocese Outstation Parish, just as a number of Pentecostal Churches are also located in the area.  For the pagan community, their ‘Aro’ deity is prominently located there. Above all, the Forest Quarters built for the Forest Reserve Staff by the Eastern Nigeria Government, now maintained by the Anambra State Government is at the heart of the Settlement.
For all Federal Elections in Nigeria, INEC Polling Booth located at Ngene Ejo which is part of the Anambra Forerst Reserve, administered by Anambra Office of the Commission, supervised the conduct of such elections for Aguleri people living in the area.
It is also pertinent to mention briefly that Royalties accruing from the products of the Anambra Forest Reserve have continued to be paid as agreed  by the people of Aguleri and the then Governor of Nigeria, Sir Thompson, in 1932. Till date, Aguleri Community have been collecting the said Royalties from the Forestry Department.
In 1967, the Igga Community of Enugu State brought an action against SAFRAP Nigeria Limited – an Oil Company & 2 others; and Chief A.E.Idigo & 3 Others (For and on behalf of the people of Aguleri), claiming, among other things, a declaration of title to the land and an injunction restraining the aforesaid company and the people of Aguleri from committing further acts of trespass and waste of economic trees and crops on the land in question. The Igga Community, being Plaintiffs in the suit filed a Motion of Discontinuance, after they had finished their evidence and Aguleri Community opened their defence. In the Court’s Ruling, their application was refused. The case dragged on from 1967 to 1973 and all subsequent appeals made by the same community were similarly refused. This means, as per the Court Order, that the Igga Community cannot bring any action on this matter again in any Court of competent jurisdiction – per res judicata.  The implication of that Ruling is that the Igga community has been estopped and cannot go to Court over the radical title or ownership to Anambra Forest Reserve. See the case of Chief Fabian Ukuta v. SAFRAP (Nigeria) Limited & 2 Ors and Chief A.E.Idigo & 3 Ors – Suit No. E/50/67.
It is also instructive to note that some Odeke indigenes of Kogi State testified as witnesses in this suit in favour of Igga Community, supporting the claim that the disputed land belonged to Igga Community. Is not a contradiction that today, same Kogi people are claiming ownership of the said land? Also, Kogi people never came against SAFRAP Nigeria Ltd or Elf when the two companies were prospecting for Oil in the area.
The Igga Community of Enugu State knows that they have no title to the Anambra Forest Reserve, and so have no claim to make on the land. They came in 1967 and demanded compensation from SAFRAP (Nigeria) Limited, which ended in Court, and they lost out. Similarly, in 1984, when Elf Nigeria Limited came for the Oil wells, they quickly demanded compensation, but could not succeed. Now that Orient Petroleum Resources has taken a bold step to commence operations, Igga Community has come again, but, as in the past, they are bound to fail, as they neither have any title to the aforementioned Anambra Oil Wells nor any further claim to make, having been estopped by a Court of competent jurisdiction. In fact, their case was at best considered not only as misconceived or mala fide.
For the people of Kogi State, the combined effect of the Arbitration of 1927, the Legal Notice N0. 126 of 1954 - the Northern Region, Western Region and Eastern Region (Definition of Boundaries), 1954;  the Forestry Reserve (Amendment) Order, 1950, which clearly defined the Anambra Forest Reserve as part of Eastern Nigeria (now Anambra State) and the various unchallenged acts of ownership by the Governments of Eastern Nigeria/Anambra State; and the fact that the people of Aguleri have remained in possession of the said land from time immemorial unchallenged, have effectively estopped the people of Kogi State from any claim to the land. From all indication, Kogi people, like the Igga people of Enugu State, will also fail in their claim of Anambra Oil Wells at Aguleri-Otu.
Finally, from the foregoing, it is true and clearly established beyond any reasonable doubt that the Anambra Forest Reserve has the usufractuary title over the land in question, and can use the land at its pleasure and can permit
whosoever it pleases to fish, farm, and hunt or even cut produce of the forest. This is in accordance with the principle of alienation of land; but the position of the true owners enures, remains untouchable, indispensable and superior to any other title.
In conclusion, the people of Aguleri are the true owners of the land in question – that is – the Orient Petroleum Resources Oil Wells, otherwise known as Anambra River Oil Wells.  

Woman Steals Baby During Night Vigil In Church

Detectives at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Iyaganku have investigated the case of a 28-year-old lady, Ms Kemi Adeoye, who was arrested by policemen from Sanyo Division for stealing a baby in a church during a vigil service on Friday September 7, 2012.

The lady, according to police sources, had attended a church service on the fateful day and had picked a baby where she had been laid while her mother was praying in front of the altar.

After picking the baby, the lady had reportedly left for one of the chalets within the church premises and locked herself in, after she had put the baby on her back.

The mother had raised an alarm when she got back to her seat and beheld an empty bed without her baby on it, a situation which caused members who were at the vigil to halt the service while they trooped out in search of the missing baby.

Simultaneously, a drama had ensued at the chalet area where one of the church workers had noticed that there was an occupant in a chalet which he had not allocated to anyone. Curious to know the occupant and how he or she got the key, the workers was said to have knocked on the door.

To his surprise, a voice from inside the room replied his enquiry on the identity of the occupant with another question, asking who the man was.

The door was said to have been forced open and a woman with a baby on her back was discovered in the room. It was at that time that members of the church searching for the baby got to where the chalets were, only for the baby’s mother to see that it was her baby the woman was putting on her back.

The suspect was said to have been taken to the police station where she told the police that she was sent by a woman to go and steal a baby. She also told them that she had once taken a child from a CAC church at Apete but could not say where she took the baby to.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Man Caught Having Sex With A Goat In Ebonyi State

A 46 years old man, Mr. Kelechi Nnali of Nkpogoro, Ndibe in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State was weekend allegedly caught having carnal knowledge with a sheep along the roadside in the community.
It was gathered that Nnali who is married with two wives and children pleaded with the boy who saw him committing the crime not to tell anybody, promising that he would give him (the boy)N10, 000 and a handset but the cat was let out of the bag when Mr. Nnali renege on
the agreement.
Vanguard learnt that when the act of bestiality committed by Mr. Nwali filtered into the ears of the people of the area, he was summoned by the elders of the community to answer to the allegation as the matter was later taken to Ogo Ezinwachi Play ground where delicate and public matter are usually discussed.
At the venue, Mr. Nnali was sanctioned according to the law of the land. The elders, who were visibly angry with the depraved act, stressed that the man had committed an abomination in the land and must pay the price according to the law of the land.
It was gathered that to cleanse the land of the abominable act, that elderly women of Ndibe had last weekend performed a traditional ablution called Npkompko in Mr. Nnali’s compound.
However, at the time of this report, vanguard could not get the owner of the sheep and the culprit to comment on the matter as Mr. Nnali was reported to have fled the community for fear of being lynched by irate youths of the area. 
It will be recalled that another man was caught having sex with a goat too some weeks ago in Umuahia,Abia State

Woman,Son Declared Missing In Delta State

Dr (Mrs) R.E. Pessu and her son Tosanbami Pessu, were last seen on friday, 22nd of September 2012 leaving their home at Ugbuwangwe, Warri, Delta State.Any useful information as to their whereabouts should please contact Amaju Pessu with the following numbers; 07067944696, 07085442741.Kindly help rebroadcast..

Sunday, September 23, 2012

ARA to debut in Nollywood movie “Osunfunke”

Legendary drummer girl Aralola Olamuyiwa, a.k.a Ara is venturing into the Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood.
Ara who recently separated from her husband, Nurudeen Olalekan Saliu will works with likes of Ramsey Noah and Saheed Balogun for her debut movie titled ‘Osunfunke’ which will be shot in Osun state.

For Kate Henshaw, life goes on

Kate Henshaw
Rumour of her marriage being in trouble made the headlines last year. After this, she tried to make appearances at social events. But her appearances in movies reduced drastically.
Now, it seems the storm is over for Kate. She now beams with smiles and wears a new look- a trimmer physique with dreadlocks to match. This much was noticed at a recently held event in Lagos.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bounty on Anti-Islam Filmmaker

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A Pakistani government minister has offered a $100,000 reward for the death of the maker of an anti-Islam film produced in the US.
Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour told the Associated Press (AP) that he would pay the reward for the "sacred duty" out of his own pocket, reports the BBC.
He suggested the Taliban and al-Qaeda would be eligible for the reward.
His comments came a day after at least 20 people died in clashes between anti-film protesters and police.
The violence occurred in cities throughout the country, with Karachi and Peshawar among the worst hit.
The film, denigrating Islam's Prophet Muhammad, has sparked violent protests throughout the Muslim world in recent weeks.
Scores of people were reported to have been injured on Saturday in a clash in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka between police and hundreds of demonstrators.
AP reports that police fired tear gas and used batons to disperse stone-throwing protesters who set several vehicles alight.
In Pakistan itself, a peaceful demonstration was held in Islamabad. Protesters marched through Islamabad's streets and then gathered near Parliament, chanting slogans against the filmmaker and demanding punishment.
And in Nigeria, tens of thousands of Muslims marched in the northern city of Kano in a protest that passed of peacefully.
Marchers shouted "death to America, death to Israel and death to the enemies of Islam" in a procession several kilometres long. US and Israeli flags were dragged through the dirt.
The exact origins of Innocence of Muslims, the low-budget film that has prompted the unrest, are unclear.
The alleged producer of the trailer of the film, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, is in hiding.
Anti-US sentiment grew after a trailer for the film dubbed into Arabic was released on YouTube earlier this month.
US citizens have been urged not to travel to Pakistan and the US embassy has paid for adverts on Pakistani TV showing President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemning the film.
Although US targets have borne the brunt of protests against the film, anti-Western sentiment has been stoked further by caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad published this week in the satirical French magazine, Charlie Hebdo.
France shut embassies and other missions in about 20 countries across the Muslim world on Friday.

Arik resumes domestic flights

Arik Air on Saturday resumed domestic operation following an emergency meeting convened by the Federal Government to resolve the dispute between the airline company, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Ministry of Aviation.
The meeting was chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim and had in attendance the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Hope Uzodinma and the Chairperson, House Committee on Aviation, Nkeiruka Onyejoacha.
Briefing journalist at the end of the meeting, Mr Anyim said the meeting lasted for about two hours and that all issues in contention were discussed and resolved.
“A roadmap for smooth working together for both parties was also agreed upon,” he said.
He further said “We use the opportunity to appeal to both parties to ensue every provocation that may have arisen as a result of this unfortunate misunderstanding. Accordingly, all the exchange of accusation and allegations are of no consequence.
“On behalf of the Ministry of Aviation and the management of Arik Air, we apologise to all travellers for the inconvenience this unfortunate misunderstanding may have caused them.
“We are therefore pleased to announce that Arik Air can now resume operations,” Mr Anyim said.
Arik air and the aviation agencies were in disagreement over an alleged N7 billion debt being money owed the airport authority by the airliner.

Monalisa Chinda, Funke Kuti give back

Monalisa Chinda, Funke Kuti give back

All through last week and penultimate week, Funke Kuti, who runs FK Management and actress, Monalisa Chinda gave back to teeming fans, who have been following them on micro-blogging site, Twitter. The duo took to the social site, doling out gift items to their numerous fans. While Funke gave out several recharge cards of different mobile networks to fans, Monalisa ended the jamboree when she asked questions about her charity foundation and two winners emerged. She, however, refused to disclose the prizes won by the winners but sent the winners a message.
via SUN.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Windows phone 8 smartphone unveiled by Microsoft thanks to HTC

HTC has produced two new smartphones for Microsoft, running on its Windows Phone 8 operating system.
Microsoft and HTC yesterday unveiled the first two “signature Windows Phones”, the Windows Phone 8X and 8S. Both devices will be available from November, though more than 150 mobile operators worldwide, although pricing details have yet to be revealed.
The X and the S nomenclature mirror HTC’s existing one product line. The 8X is the higher device of the two, with a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.3-inch display and 8-megapixel camera (with the now obligatory burst mode). There’s also an 88-degree wide angle 2.1MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of memory and NFC capability.
The 8S is physically smaller and less capable, with a dual-core 1GHz S4 chip, 5MP camera and a non-HD 4-inch display. Both models come in a variety of bold colours, rather akin to Nokia’s Lumia series. Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, stretched credulity somewhat when he said:
“Windows Phone has clearly emerged as one of the top mobile ecosystems and is competitive against any other smartphone platform in the world.
We’ve been inspired by Windows Phone 8 to create new smartphones that give the platform the iconic design and personality it deserves.”
That’s salesmanship for you. Microsoft is going to need more support from HTC and others to bolster the early efforts of Nokia in getting more devices out into the market – and devices that truly stand out from the very capable Android and iPhone alternatives. And as Motorola showed earlier this week with its new Intel-powered RAZR i phone, the battle now is for those feature phone owners who have yet to be persuaded (either through price or complexity) to switch to smartphones.
The new HTC models certainly appear to span the market from low to high-end Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, added:
“Pairing these beautiful new HTC phones with our Windows Phone brand is a big milestone for both of our companies and our partnership. Together we are offering customers a simple choice and a truly unique experience.”
Chris Weber, Nokia’s Head of Marketing, made a blatant attempt to deflect attention away from HTC and towards Nokia (well, he certainly got some column inches here, so his tactic worked). “It takes more than matching colour to match the innovation of the Lumia 920”, he tweeted, as well as later alluding to the fact that HTC has chosen to merely “tactically re-brand their products”. You would have thought Nokia would have been grateful for more market support for Windows Phone, but his aggressive negativity simply highlights the rotten culture at the once great Nokia.
We shall leave him to his little tweets and instead welcome the expansion of the Windows Phone line-up. Let’s not forget HTC was the OEM behind some of Microsoft’s earlier forays into mobile – the iPAQ and Orange SPV.

Range Rover Sport, Lekki home, Iyanya still counting Kukere gain

Fast rising Nigerian singer, Inyanya Mbuk, considers himself to be a very lucky artiste. After winning the maiden edition of the MTN Project Fame Reality Show in 2008, the Cross- River State native became an overnight celebrity and had to adjust to being in the klieg light.
However, the singer with the ‘lover boy’ image says things were initially not as rosy as they appear to be.
“I had to work harder because at some point things were not moving well or fast for me. So it took me five years to study the industry in order to understand what they really wanted or expected of me. I remember I would walk on the street and people would ask me what was going on, as regards my career, when in reality I was doing RnB music but people were not listening.’
Luckily for him, the decision to visit his hometown, Calabar, after being away since the time he lost his father, turned out to be the turning point.
“During the visit, I discovered that a lot of people were dancing to Etighi – a traditional dance native to Akwa-Ibom and Cross-River states and it dawned on me to produce a song around that. But the truth is, I came up with Kukere to make money because Nigerians were not listening to RnB ,’’ he says.
Although Inyanya never imagined that the song would be a hit, he says just like his previous songs, he was very optimistic.
Since he released the single in December 2011, it has gone ahead to become a club banger and chart topper. For him, the highpoint is walking into a bank or restaurant and seeing total strangers singing and dancing along to the track.
He says, “I would be honest with you, my life has changed. I now go to places I used to visit and people jostle to take millions of photographs with me, when in fact I actually used to go to these same places in the past and people failed to notice me. When I look at myself, I see some guy that God has so blessed.’’
Although a reserved artiste, Inyanya would not readily agree to the fact that he has indeed been smiling to the bank. However, after much probing, he admits that one of the dividends of the new found fame is that he has moved into his own home in upscale Lekki, Lagos, and also taken delivery of a brand new Range Rover Sport.
Unlike some of his contemporaries, he says he is not too comfortable talking about his assets. ‘I come from a very humble background and have also struggled to be where I am. Since I achieved nothing by my own strength or might, I don’t think it is worth talking or boasting about,’’ he says.
It has no doubt been a roller coaster ride for Inyanya. From his appearance to his appearance fees, he says it has been a 360 degree turn around. “I have come to realise that music is much more than the act, it is a business. So, the best thing any artiste can do for him or herself, is to continually reinvent. If I keep appearing or dressing the way I used to five years ago, my fans would be bored,’’ he reveals.
Last month, the tattoo loving singer became a trending topic after he was rumoured to be in a steamy romance with Ghanaian top actress, Yvonne Nelson. Although it was once a a hush-hush gist, after Nelson uploaded pictures of herself and the singer in suggestive positions on major social media networks to news of an impending engagement, trying to get words out of him in this regard can be likened to trying to squeeze water out of a rock.
‘’Since they say we are dating, and then we are dating. There is nothing I can say as far as that is concerned since people have already formed an impression. My answer is simply – no comment.’’
Having recently launched a new video titled Your Waist, Inyanya gives a note of warning to critics who are not impressed with the new track when compared to his last, Kukere.
‘’You should not expect me to keep doing songs that sound alike. An artiste should be versatile, and that is what I have tried to achieve in this new work,’’ he says.
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I'm A Graduate And My Boyfriend Is A Truck Driver, How Do I dump Him Without Hurting His Feelings?
Dear friends
I am a 23year old female.
My parents died when i was 8 then I dropped out of school because no one could afford to pay my fees. I then met this guy when i was 14 and he sent me back to school.
He was selling fruit then but still he was Able to pay my fees.
He then got a job as a truck driver and sent me to University.

My problem is that i feel i can't continue with this relationship because he is not my type, he isn't fluent in English, he is a very short man, plus some other Personal stuffs.

I feel I have paid him back for his Good Deeds because I give him sex anytime and anywhere he wants. But now he can't meet up to my demands.

How best can i tell him that he is
not my type without hurting his feelings??
I am grateful that he sent me to
school but i can't be in a relationship with him anymore.
I want somebody in my own class
not a truck driver.
Please help! - via 18+ Celebrity News.
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