FGC: Female Genital Cutting in Ekiti State-A Tale of Three Kings

The advocacy to end Female Genital Cutting in Nigeria may take longer than anticipated. This is despite it being outlawed in May 2015. According to a latest report by 28 Too Many, an End FGC charity, the estimated prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting among Nigerian women aged 15 to 49 is 24.8 per cent with states in the south-west zone accounting for 54.5 per cent. A visit to Ekiti, one of the south-west states with a 72.3 per cent prevalence rate, shows that the law may not be enough to…

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Ooni: Did Ifa Lie?

Controversies trail the separation of Ooni of Ife and Olori Wuraola By Akinwale Kasali Ifa kii puro, Ifa kii se eke”, which in Yoruba mythology literarily means Ifa oracle cannot lie. But some people have raised doubts on whether the oracle was right in picking the beautiful Olori Wuraola for Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Entan Ogunwusi, as a wife. This has become so following the divorce saga that trailed the marriage barely 17 months after the society wedding. A revered Ifa priest and ‘Professor’ of Yoruba Literature and Mythology,…

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The Rage Of Nature

Nature seem to rage at humans as rains unleash flood all over the world with devastating consequences By Uche Mbah Its a monster. It is deadly. It is a Hurricane. Its in a rage. It is Irma. The purr of Irma touched down at the Florida Keys in a rage, battering the Peninsula with 145mph gusts. It flooded downtown Miami, battering the die hard stay-backs-as for example, st. Petersburg, where many refused to leave- after millions were ordered to evacuate.It left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, and according…

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Davido’s Police Escorts Detained

The Nigeria Police Force says it has detained and tried two of its personnel in an orderly room for alleged reckless shooting in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a video in circulation on the social media showed the two policemen shooting into the air on the street while in a moving vehicle in Lagos. The Head of Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), ACP Abayomi Shogunle, said the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Police Mobile Force at the Force Headquarters, identified the men following a…

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Charly Boy Moves Campaign To Benue

The national coordinator of the #OurMumuDonDo movement, Charles Oputa aka Charly boy, along with other members of the group stormed Benue State on Thursday to inaugurate the Benue chapter of the movement. Oputa who spoke to newsmen at the inauguration of the state chapter at Balcony Resort along new Otukpo road explained that the sole aim of the project is to sensitize youths that they need to get involved in the Nigeria project and be part of the nation building. While stating that his own generation has failed the younger…

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Wife Accuses Husband Of Trying To Rape 18-Year Old Church Member

An Idi-Ogungun Customary Court, Agodi, Ibadan, on Wednesday dissolved the 15-year-old marriage between Nike Adenekan, a prophetess and her pastor husband, Adekunle Adenekan, over attempt to rape church member. Nike filed a divorce suit before the court, seeking dissolution of her 15-year-old marriage to Adenekan, on grounds of telling lies, immoral acts and threat to life. In his judgment, the court’s President, Chief Mukaila Balogun, dissolved the marriage and gave custody of the only child of the union to the petitioner. Balogun restrained the defendant from further attending the petitioner’s…

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Robert (Bob) Anikwe takes over information in Enugu State

The Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has apponinted Robert Ogbuagu in the Ministry of information. Ogbuagu replaces Godwin Udeuhiele, an academic who was handling the portfolio until now. The Appointment is with immediate effect. He was screened by Enugu state House of Assembly, together with two other nominees, Udidi Joseph and Donatus Ani. With this appointment, he swells the rank of professional Journalists who had held the position in Enugu state. he joins the likes of Igbonekwu Ogazimora, who was the political Editor of Hallmark Newspapers; Chuks Ugwoke, formally from…

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Mbappe’s Root Traced to Nigeria

Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe has attracted some of the biggest sides in world football in the last few weeks, making the 18-year-old football’s most courted teenager. The striker took Europe by storm last season, scoring 26 goals in all competitions in his first full season at  senior club level. Mbappe is one of the most sought  after players in the summer transfer market in  Europe. Reports on Tuesday claimed that the teenage sensation has Nigerian origin. Close followers of the emerging striker acknowledge his ability to carve out goals, not…

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Collapsed Lagos Building Death Toll Rises

The number of deaths from the Tuesday’s collapsed building in Lagos has increased to six, Alhaji Ibrahim Farinloye, the South-West spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, has said. Farinloye said in Lagos on Wednesday that 15 people had so far been rescued. He said that the incident happened at Tokunbo, off Odunfa Road, Carrena/Martins Street, Lagos Island. According to him, another 11-year-old boy was pulled out of the debris alive at about 4.00 a.m on Wednesday. He said that an 11-year-old boy, who had his two legs chopped off,…

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Nollywood Actress, Bimbo Oshin Dazzles At 46

Veteran Nollywood actress, Bimbo Oshin has shared stunning photos of herself as she adds another year today. The pretty film-maker took to her Instagram page to express her gratitude to God for sparing her life to witness her 46th birthday Bimbo wrote, “You have shown me much more than I deserve olowogbogboro. Thank you for preserving my life to see this beautiful day and all the wonders you have done in my life. . . .HAPPY ROYALTY BIRTHDAY TO ME! “Thanking God for another 365 days on earth. HAPPY ROYALTY…

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Badoo: Sales of Whistles Increase in Ikorodu

Following the rising spate of violence in the Ikorodu Area of Lagos State and the call by community leaders on residents to procure whistles, there has been an upsurge in the demand for the device in the area. The development has compelled many households in Ikorodu to own whistles, thereby creating an upsurge in the cost of the device from its usual N100 cost price to N200 or even N250, in some neighbourhoods. Interviews with some traders in Ikorodu markets revealed that the call on residents to acquire whistles as…

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Flood: Experts Says Lekki and Environs may Lose Attraction Soon

Lagos Flood

The recent flooding experienced in some parts of the country, especially in Lagos, has raised fears that petroleum products in filling stations’ storage facilities located in the affected areas may have been contaminated. Real estate experts, including land and estate surveyors and valuers, as well as town planners have said the massive flooding in Lekki, Ajah, Ikoyi and Victoria Island, will lead to a reduction in the appetite of prospective tenants and property buyers. A top official in one of the fuel marketing companies in Lagos told our correspondent that…

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Davido/Wizkid: Battle of Supremacy

The Nigerian music scene has seen its share of rivalry, down the ages, till now. From Barrister Vs Kollington; Obesere Vs KWAM 1; Onyeka Onwenu Vs Christy Essien Igbokwe; Sunny Okosun Vs Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; and now, Nigeria’s two leading pop stars; Davido and Wizkid having been going at each other’s throats in the past days, jousting for supremacy. In this special edition Potpourri takes a look at their careers and achievements and leaves you with the decision as to who’s greater and the better artiste. Pounds for pounds, this appears…

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“Stop Sand Filing Lagoon, Waterfronts”- Surveyors Warns LASG

Following the heavy rainfall that left most houses in the island deserted, former Surveyor-General of the Federation, Prof. Peter Nwilo, has urged the Lagos State Government to stop construction and all sand filling works around Lagoon and waterfronts. Nwilo was on Monday reacting to the massive flooding in the state, especially around Lekki, Victoria Island, Ajah, Ikoyi and Lagos Island, following torrential rainfall on Saturday. According to him, this is the first time the Lagos Lagoon water level is rising. “I do not think the water level of the Lagoon…

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Heavy Rainfall Wrecks Havoc in Most Part of the Country

By Akinwale Kasali Tears, anguish and pain was the lot of numerous Nigerians living on the island in Lagos State, as most of the areas in that part of the state was flooded, with people counting their losses as a result of the heavy flood. It took the intervention of the Nigerian Police, National Emergency Management Authority and the Federal Road Safety Commission to salvage the situation for the loss of lives to be minimal, following the blockage of roads leading to some part of this area to further avert…

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Ex-Internationals Rallies Support for Carl Ikeme

By Akinwale Kasali Since the news went viral that Super Eagles goal tender, Carl Ikeme has been diagnosed of acute leukemia, the soccer world has stood by him, praying for his quick recovery. One of Nigeria’s foremost goalkeepers, Emmanuel Okala, on Monday said the Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Ikeme’s illness was not an end to his career. Ikeme who plays for Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Championship was diagnosed of acute Leukaemia during pre-season testing. The club announced his condition on July 4. Okala, who spoke to the Newsmen in…

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Abducted Lagos School Kids: No Respite Yet

By Akinwale Kasali For over one month, the hope of rescuing the abducted Lagos School kids is still a long walk ahead, as there is no respite yet. Parents of the six abducted Senior Secondary School students of Lagos state Model College, Igbonla, Epe, were weekend, elated when rumours that their children would be released by midnight Saturday, filtered in. The magazine gathered that they waited patiently, without winking, from 11pm Saturday till 6am Sunday. But they were crestfallen when nothing was heard either from the kidnappers, their children or…

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2017 Ankara Carnival: LASG Plans Big

The Akinwunmi Ambode led Lagos State Government has made its plans known to begin the resuscitation of moribund Ankara textile industries in the state, with the aim of giving a facelift to the ‘Ankara’ fabric, which has gained popularity in the global fashion scene and to provide job opportunities for millions of unemployed youths.  This was disclosed during the week in Lagos, at a press conference, to herald the forthcoming Lagos Ankara Carnival 2017, slated for September 2-9, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.  According to the chief host…

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Nollywood Stars Pay Tribute to Late Moji Olaiya

Days after being interned, accolades continues to pour in on Mojisola Olaiya even in death. Late Nollywood actress, Mojisola Christiana Raimat Olaiya who died on 18th May 2017, exactly 2 months after she gave birth to a bouncing baby girl in Canada has been buried.  She was buried at Ebony Vault, Ikoyi, Lagos last Wednesday 6th June 2017. However, what Moji will be remembered for is the legacy she left behind which many of her colleagues, including the legends and veterans in the Yoruba movie industry are talking about. At…

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Fayose Advises Men to Stop Violence against Women

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has warned men to desist from maltreating women and advised husbands to take adequate care of their wives. Fayose, who described women as the mirrors through which the society sees their husbands, said any man found beating his wife should be medically examined to ascertain the state of his mental health. He stated this during an interactive session with primary school teachers and local government workers in Ado-Ekiti. A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, on Friday, said the governor also…

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