Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Nation That Betrayed Him Now Sheds Crocodile Tears- Ibori Mourns Ekwueme

The Nation That Betrayed Him Now Sheds Crocodile Tears- Ibori Mourns Ekwueme


The former Governor of Delta state, James Ibori, has reacted to the death of a former Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, saying that he is being mourned by a nation which failed to allow him “rescue it from political and economic morass will.”

He further disclosed that Nigerians are “shedding crocodile tears” over the passing of Ekwueme.

 Ibori, in a statement through his Media Assistant, Tony Eluemunor, described the death as most shocking.
He said: “Although His Excellency, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, GCON, was a great leader, a national father-figure, a stabilising factor in Nigerian politics, I, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, can never stop asking ‘what if’!
“It is ironic that the nation that betrayed this man’s effort to rescue it from political and economic morass will, now that he is dead, begin to shed crocodile tears.
“Even those who betrayed the very effort to make Ekwueme President, may begin to, hypocritically of course, bewail the fact that Ekwueme or the Igboman or woman, never ruled Nigeria.
“Ekwueme was an extraordinary polyvalent scholar, who earned multiple degrees in architecture, urban planning, sociology, history, philosophy and law from several universities.
“He was a gifted architect, whose professional legacies dot Nigerian cities. In politics, he was both gentlemanly and fatherly, introducing mildness even when others had embraced roughness and irascibility.
“If only we had allowed Ekwueme to rule Nigeria, what example would he have set? Now, we will never know…and Nigeria is the ultimate loser. Ekwueme lived a full life; gave a radiant account of himself. We all agree he was outstanding.
Ekwueme died on Sunday in a London hospital where he was transferred to after he relapsed and went into a coma — a few weeks ago.
Video: Sauti Sol ft. Patoranking – Melanin

Video: Sauti Sol ft. Patoranking – Melanin



Award Winning Kenyan afro-pop band – Sauti Sol, dishes out the first video titled “Melanin”, which is off their forthcoming LP #AfrikanSauce – A continuation of the Live and Die in Afrika.

They also promise to be dropping a collabo from around the continent every month for the next year!
The song “Melanin”, was Written & Performed by: Sauti Sol & Patoranking Co-written by: Nviiri Sande Prod: Sauti Sol Mastered by: Ralf Petter Dir: Clarence Peters Producers: Olusegun Adepoju & Yinka Sholola (Capital Dreams Pictures).

Watch video below:

 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Tony Bellew Vs David Haye Rematch Postponed Till 2018

Tony Bellew Vs David Haye Rematch Postponed Till 2018


David Haye has been forced to pull out of his highly anticipated rematch against Tony Bellew, after sustaining a bicep injury.

Bellew and Haye were expected to reignite their rivalry at the O2 on December 17, however the setback means a new date has to be settled on.

“I am devastated to announce my much-anticipated rematch against Tony Bellew has been postponed until March 24th or May 5th 2018, subject to scheduling,” said Haye.

“Despite the recent injury rumours, I was in perfect condition with an incredibly strong training camp, currently weighing lighter than I have for more than five years, I couldn’t wait to get back in the ring. I was ready to rewrite the ending of the Haye Bellew saga.

“Unfortunately, after a freak accident during a stair conditioning session, which I’ve done hundreds of times before, I lost my footing, slipped and instinctively grabbed the bannister to stop myself falling down the stairwell and in doing so managed to damage my bicep.

“This afternoon I underwent a procedure to repair it, this was pretty straightforward and my doctor and physiotherapist have no doubt that not only will I make a full recovery but will be able to be back in the gym to start my arm rehabilitation in two weeks.

“I would like to apologise to Tony, and everyone at Team Bellew, as well as all our fans who have been left disappointed. I’ve been solely focussed on this fight and it’s extremely frustrating that I couldn’t finish 2017 with just my ring performance doing the talking. I look forward to getting back to training and into the ring in early 2018 with excitement and determination.”

“I’m gutted that the rematch with David has been postponed, both for myself but more for the fans,” said Bellew. “I’ve had a tough camp with a lot going on in my life but was ready to repeat my win from March.

“I’ll get over this disappointment over Christmas with my family and will be straight back into camp for a new date, it’s a big disappointment but as always I leave my career in the hands of Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing who will get me back in there ASAP.”
#BAAD2017! Adesua Etomi And Banky W Are Legally Married

#BAAD2017! Adesua Etomi And Banky W Are Legally Married



Banky W today legally married his sweetheart, Adesua Etomi in a civil ceremony at Four Points, Lagos.  It was an intimate ceremony with family and friends there to witness their union.

Legally Wed ❤ Banky W and Adesua - never miss an opportunity to give each other sweet kisses. This Love 😍 #BAAD2017 Video @dj_aux_cord

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WATCH: Police Invites Burna Boy Over Mr 2Kay’s Robbery

WATCH: Police Invites Burna Boy Over Mr 2Kay’s Robbery


Singer and dancehall star Burna Boy has been invited by the police in connection to Mr 2Kay‘s robbery, Daily Post reports.

Mr 2Kay was robbed at gunpoint in his hotel room at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, during the “Buckwyld N Breathless” concert where he also performed.

According to Daily Post, Lagos state Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, said Burna Boy has been told to report to any Police station close to him.

Daily Post also reported that the Lagos State Acting Police Commissioner Edgal Imohimi declared Burna Boy wanted.

In the press briefing, Imohimi said that the robbers received a part payment of N50,000 from Burna Boy before the robbery, and another N50,000 after the robbery. He said:
Four armed robbers carried out the attack and detectives were able to arrest one of their girlfriends identified as ‘Matejero’. This led to the capture of the others.
During interrogation, the robbers confessed that they were hired by Burna Boy through his manager, Joel Kantiock, who was arrested in Zaria, Kaduna State.
They confessed to receiving a part payment of N50,000 before the job and another N50,000 was paid to the robbers directly by Burna Boy when the job was done.
At the moment, efforts to apprehend him is proving futile but we count on him to make himself available for questioning immediately.
Ex-PDP Chairman’s Son Allegedly Stabbed To Death By Wife

Ex-PDP Chairman’s Son Allegedly Stabbed To Death By Wife


 The Police Command in the FCT  says it is investigating the death of the son of a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Bilyamin Bello.

The Public Relations Officer of the Command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, disclosed this in an interview on Monday in Abuja.

Manzah said that immediately Maitama Police Division received the information about the death, it went to the scene and arrested the suspect.

He explained that the FCT  command had since taken over the case from Maitama Division, and that the suspect was in its custody.

According to him, investigation was ongoing, and that the case would be charged to court and “justice will take its course.”

According to Punch, Bello had been stabbed to death by his wife Maryam Sanda.

The couple, who have a daughter together, had according to Punch been having marital troubles.
A friend of Bello who spoke to Punch said the deceased had just returned to his home from the hospital after part of his ear was bitten off by Sanda.

Bilyamin Bello had been reportedly advised to leave his house, and was planning to divorce his wife before he was killed.

The source told Punch:
Maryam had attacked Bilyamin before the latest incident, which unfortunately led to his death.
The two got married about two years ago when the former PDP chairman persuaded his son to marry Maryam.
Everyone was shocked by Bilyamin’s death; it was sudden, unexpected and tragic.
Russell Simmons Accused Of Sexually Abusing Model When She Was 17

Russell Simmons Accused Of Sexually Abusing Model When She Was 17



Hiphop mogul Russell Simmons has been accused of sexually assaulting a model when she was just 17, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Keri Claussen Khalighi told LA Times she was just 17 when Simmons assaulted her while his friend, filmmaker Brett Ratner, watched.

She met the 2 of them in 1991 at a casting call, she said, and from a dinner they proceeded to Simmons’ apartment to show her a music video they’d been working on.

Simmons got aggressive, she said, yanking her clothes off and forcing her to perform oral sex on him.
Khalighi told the LA Times she begged Ratner for help but he just watched. She said:
I looked over at Brett and said ‘help me’ and I’ll never forget the look on his face. In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together.
Simmons attempted forcing her to have intercourse, Khalighi said, but after fighting wildly, he relented and coerced her to perform oral sex.

“I guess I just acquiesced,” she told LA Times.

Khalighi said she was feeling “disgusting” and she decided to have a shower. There, Simmons came to meet her, she alleged, and briefly penetrated her anally before she fought him off. “It hurt so much,” she told LATimes.

Ratner, who had previously been accused of sexual misconduct by 6 women, denied Khalighi’s claims, telling LA Times he had “no recollection” of her asking him for help.

He added that he never witnessed her “protest.”

Russell Simmons too, in a statement, said sexual acts carried out between him and Khalighi were consensual.

He also released to The Shade Room witness accounts he said he provided to the LA Times but were not added to their report.

He added that there are discrepancies between the witness statements and the account Khalighi gave to the LA Times.

Read his statement and see the witness statements below:
As a long-time social activist, I have applauded the strength of the brave men and women who have spoken out over the past month and made their voices heard regarding sexual assault and harassment. I am a supporter of the #MeToo campaign and the victims who were previously terrified to stand up and speak out against sexual misconduct. I completely and unequivocally deny the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being.
I know Keri Claussen Khalighi and remember the weekend in 1991 that she has referenced. Everything that happened between us 26 years ago was completely consensual and with Keri’s full participation. We spent time in my apartment over a period of two days and one night, as well as at some public places including Nell’s Nightclub. Much of the time we were in the presence of other acquaintances. I’m deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri’s assertions as to what happened over the course of that weekend.
Let me be crystal clear and very direct. Abusing women in any way shape or form violates the very core of my being. I have always spoken out regarding my life experiences, women’s issues and the need to bring a faster and more decisive shift in the collective consciousness that will help bring about true women’s equality. More than anything, I want my daughters to live in a more equal world and a world where they will not become victims of sexual harassment.
The LA Times article also references an allegation by Ms. Tanya Reid. I mean no disrespect to her at all when I say I honestly do not recall my telephone conversation with a hotel front desk clerk from over a quarter-century ago.


Read the full story on LA Times
Photo Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images, The Shade Room
Former Vice President Mnangagwa Takes Over As  Mugabe Agrees To Resign

Former Vice President Mnangagwa Takes Over As Mugabe Agrees To Resign



Zimbabwe’s long-time president Robert Mugabe has agreed to the terms of his resignation and a letter has been drafted, an official source with direct knowledge of negotiations told CNN.

The source said that the generals had given into many of Mugabe’s demands including full immunity for himself and his wife Grace, and that he would keep his private properties.

According to the source, the aim of Sunday’s televised address — in which Mugabe appeared to resist calls to step aside — was to ensure the veteran leader openly declared the military’s actions to be constitutional.

For the resignation to formally take place, however, a letter must first be sent to the speaker of Parliament, added the source.

Mugabe had stunned the nation on Sunday when he refused to say in a live televised address if he was stepping down.

His party had given Mugabe, who has been under house arrest since the military seized power, 24 hours to resign or be impeached. On Saturday, thousands of Zimbabweans had taken to the streets calling for him to go.

But in a bizarre and rambling speech, Mugabe instead insisted he was going nowhere, and that he would see his political party Zanu-PF through its congress in a few weeks.

Zimbabweans who’d been glued to state television to watch the speech live came out into the streets afterward, some in shock.

Harare resident Tina Madzimure called the speech “an embarrassment really. He made a fool out of the generals.”

“This man will go to his grave with Zimbabwe in his hands,” she told CNN.

Credits: CNN
Former Vice President Dr. Alex Ekwueme Is Dead

Former Vice President Dr. Alex Ekwueme Is Dead



Former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme is dead.

A statement from his family signed by his brother and the traditional ruler of Oko in Anambra State, Igwe Laz Ekwueme said that he died by 10:00 pm in a London clinic, Sunday.

The statement read: “Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON.

“The sad event occurred at the London Clinic at 10:00 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017.”

Ekwueme had slumped in his Enugu residence, and immediately taken to the Memfys Neurosurgery Hospital Enugu, where he relapsed and went into a coma.

As soon as he was stabilized in the hospital he was flown to London in an air ambulance last week.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Married Anti-gay Lawmaker Resigns After Being 'Caught Having S*x With A Man In His Office

Married Anti-gay Lawmaker Resigns After Being 'Caught Having S*x With A Man In His Office




 

A vocally anti-LGBTQ lawmaker has resigned his position after being caught having sex with another man.

Wesley Goodman, a Republican Ohio state representative serving his first term, resigned earlier last week after it came to light that he’d engaged in “inappropriate behavior”of a sexual nature with another man earlier this autumn.


Ohio House Speaker, Cliff Rosenberger, confirmed the incident in a statement: “I met with him later in the day where he acknowledged and confirmed the allegations.” .


Goodman seemed to also confirm the incident, saying in another statement: “We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life,” he said in a statement. .


“That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service. For those whom I have let down, I’m sorry.”


Goodman is married to a woman, Bethany, and has, according to The Independent, frequently endorsed “natural [i.e heterosexual] marriage” as the only valid marital option.
 #AnambraDecides2017: Willie Obiano Wins Anambra Governorship Election 2017

#AnambraDecides2017: Willie Obiano Wins Anambra Governorship Election 2017


INEC has declared Governor Willie Obiano of APGA, as the winner of the November 18, 2017, governorship election held in Anambra state.

According to INEC, Obiano received a total vote of 234,071 to finish ahead of Tony Nwoye of APC

Thirty-six candidates contested the election.

Declaring the result in Awka on Sunday, the Returning Officer, Zana Akpagu, said Obiano polled 234, 071 votes to defeat his closest rival, Tony Nwoye of All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 98, 752 votes.

Akpagu, the Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar, said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Oseloka Obaze, came third with 70,293 votes.

He said that the total valid votes cast at the poll was 422,314; total number of rejected votes, 26,457 while the total votes cast was 448,771 votes.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner for the state, Ukwachukwu Orji, commended the people of the state for exhibiting good behaviour, saying “no bloodshed was recorded”.

“Let this election not divide the people of the state but bring you together,” he said

Orji said that Obiano will get his certificate of return from INEC on Wednesday.

“We promised free, fair and credible poll and that is what we have fulfilled that,” he said.
Photos:Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian Tie The Knot In A Fairy Tale Wedding

Photos:Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian Tie The Knot In A Fairy Tale Wedding



Tennis great Serena Williams has married Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian in front of celebrity guests including Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian,Ciara,Eva Longoria and Kelly Rowland.

The The 23-time Grand Slam champion wore a dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen for her Beauty and the Beast themed ceremony. The blushing bride changed into a feathered Versace dress for the reception followed by a shorter dress, also by Versace, for dancing.

Up to 200 hundred people attended the nuptials at the Contemporary Arts Centre in New Orleans including Beyoncé, Eva Longoria, Kim Kardashian, Kelly Rowland and Caroline Wozniacki.

The dessert bar was created by “Creative Edge Parties” – The cake was by “Lulu Cake Boutique”
Serena & Alexis sat on “Throne-like” chairs, The decor was overseen by the legendary Preston Bailey. The Planner was Jennifer [Zabinski], Each table was named after Serena’s grand slam

See photos below!



Credits
Photography: @melbarlowandco. / @allanzepeda for Vogue
Bride’s First Dress@alexandramcqueen
Bride’s Second Dress: @versace_official
Bride’s Third Dress: @versace_official
Groom’s Suit: @giorgiormani
Bridesmaid’s Dresses@galialahav
Wedding Planner@jzevents
Dinner Planner: Creative Edge Parties
Decor: @prestonbailey
Location: The Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans