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Headies 2020: Nominees list in full

Here is the 14th headies nominees list for the year 2020. The award is basically for the year in review (JULY 2019 – SEPTEMBER 2020) See full nominees list; BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR   A non-voting category for the best recording (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence; songwriting, production, rendition) by an artiste or group in the year under review. OZYMANDIAS – BRYMO SMILE – WIZKID FEAT. HER WONDERFUL – BURNA BOY DREAMER – FIREBOY DML GHOST TOWN – WURLD BEST POP SINGLE A voting category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group). BILLIONAIRE – TENI NOBODY – DJ NEPTUNE FEAT. JOEBOY & MR. EAZI. LADY – REMA FEM – DAVIDO JORO – WIZKID SKELETUN – TEKNO SONG OF THE YEAR A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review. FEM – DAVIDO NOBODY – DJ NEPTUNE FEAT. JOEBOY & MR. EAZI JORO – WIZKID MAFO – NAIRA MARLEY DUDUKE – SIMI PRODUCER OF THE YEAR An individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album

The Value for Life and the Nigerian Quandry: The Unizik Model

The Value for Life and the Nigerian Quandry: The Unizik Model  By Joshua Nicholas According to data recently released by the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 55 million people died worldwide. Of these, 1.3 million were due to road injuries, equating to roughly 3500 each day from road traffic injuries. By these statistics road traffic accidents (RTA) ranked among the top 10 leading causes, a reality that was not existent a decade ago almost at par with chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS and diabetes mellitus. By 2030, car accidents will be the fifth leading cause of death in the world, if this trend were to continue.Globally, RTA is the leading cause of injury-related deaths. In Nigeria, injuries and deaths resulting from RTA are on the rise, and account for the highest proportion of deaths on the Africa continent. Road accidents are Nigeria's third-leading cause of overall deaths, the leading cause of trauma-related deaths and the most common cause of disability. Accord

Liverpool secure 7 straight win with defeat of Sheffield United

Liverpool extended their perfect sta rt to the season with a seventh successive English Premier League (EPL) victory, beating Sheffield United 1-0. But this was after home goalkeeper Dean Henderson fumbled Georginio Wijnaldum’s 70th minute shot at Bramall Lane on Saturday. Liverpool’s win was their 16th in succession in the league and extends their lead at the top to eight points ahead of champions Manchester City’s trip to Everton later on Saturday. In spite of taking the points, the visitors often looked lethargic, mis-hitting crosses, slicing shots and squandering possession on a ground where they had not won since 1990. Before Henderson’s error it even looked like promoted Sheffield United might snatch a shock win. Oliver Norwood drew a fine save from Adrian and Callum Robinson twice went close as the Blades frequently threatened. But Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp was rewarded for his positivity, after throwing on Divock Origi for Jordan Henderson after 64 minutes. The change lef

BBNaija: Tacha evicted from house

One of the housemates of the 2019 Big Brother Naija show, Tacha has been disqualified from the show. She was disqualified for dragging the hair of fellow housemate, Mercy. Tacha and Mercy had been embroiled a shouting match, which turned physical after Tacha grabbed Mercy’s hair and she, in turn, tried to defend herself with an electric iron. According to the official Twitter handle of the show, Tacha was disqualified for physical violence. This means, she would not even be recognised as a former housemate of the reality TV show. If you would recall, fitness expert, Kemen was also disqualified from the 2018 edition of the show, after an encounter with TBoss.

Megan Rapinoe Named FIFA Best Women's Player of the Year

Megan Rapinoe won the women's player award - ahead of fellow American Alex Morgan and England's Lucy Bronze - at the Best Fifa Football Awards in Milan. Rapinoe, 34, had won the Golden Ball for being the best player at the 2019 Women's World Cup as she helped the United States win the competition. Lyon right-back Bronze, 27, was named in the women's team of the year - the only English player to feature. Rapinoe's international boss, Jill Ellis, took the women's coach award. Dutch custodian Sari van Veenendaal won the women's Goalkeeper award.

FIFA Award: 18 Year Old Daniel Zsori Won Puskas Award As Messi, Klopp, Allison Others Scoops Award

Barcelona's Lionel Messi won the best men's player at the Best Fifa Football Awards in Milan as Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk missed out on the top prize. It is the sixth time Messi has been voted the best player in the world. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp won the men's coach of the year. Klopp was nominated for the award along with two other Premier League bosses - Manchester City's Pep Guardiola and Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino. Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was also a winner as he took the best goalkeeper prize ahead of Manchester City's Ederson and Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa won the fair play award after he ordered his team to allow Aston Villa to score an uncontested equaliser during their 1-1 draw in their Championship match in April. Eighteen-year-old Daniel Zsori won the Puskas award for the best goal with his spectacular 93rd-minute overhead kick for Debrecen aga

La Liga: Granada Beat Barcelona To Top Table

Newly-promoted Granada moved to the top of La Liga with a sensational 2-0 home win over Barcelona, who slipped to their second league defeat of the season. With Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati on the bench, Barcelona fell behind inside a minute as Ramon Azeez headed the opening goal. Messi and Fati were summoned at half-time but Granada maintained their performance levels after the break and with 25 minutes remaining won a penalty when Arturo Vidal conceded a needless handball. Alvaro Vadillo stroked home the spot-kick and Barcelona, who only had their first shot on target in the final 10 minutes, had no response. The Catalans, who have failed to win any of their last seven away games in all competitions, are seventh in the La Liga standings with seven points after five matches, while Granada sit on the summit with 10 points.

Fatoyinbo Asks Court To Dismiss Busola Dakolo’s Suit, Demands N50m

Senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, has asked the FCT High Court to dismiss the suit filed by Photographer, Mrs Busola Dakola. In an application filed through his lawyers, he also demanded that he is awarded a sum of N50 million as damages. According to the application, he called for the dismissal of the suit on the grounds that it is incompetent and frivolous. This comes about two weeks after Mrs Dakolo had demanded that the pastor apologises for allegedly defiling her. In a writ filed on her behalf by her lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi and Co of Law corridor, she demanded that Pastor Fatoyinbo pens a clearly worded apology on the front page of at least two national newspapers and two national television stations for seven days running consecutively. She also demanded that the COZA pastor addresses a ‘personal apology letter’ showing honest remorse for his misdeed. In the suit obtained Exclusively by Channels Television, Mrs Dakolo t

Fun Friday

You're a boy who is quick to take the front charge of the animated age long argumentative line centred on the theme; "I HAD AN AMAZING TEEN LIFE." But when you were asked if you did anything wickedly naughty like scared scantily clothed girls on their way to fetch water/bath in the stream or in lonely dark places at night. If you ever wrote excessively saccharine love letters and tactfully deposited it where the girl who was (or probably still is) the object of your obsessive adoration would locate it. If you ever Scaled the wall to the house of your  girlfriend/girl crush  whose parents had vociferously  warned you  to desist from pursuing their daughter. If you're ever able to resist the temptation of screwing more than two girls at the same time just for the fun of it. If you ever put your hands inside your boxer shorts when mistress with viral fine curves went to "the bend me down" position writting on the chalkboard in school. If you ever asked mor

A Vent To Nigeria

I have said it before. And I will not hesitate to say it again. I do not frankly know where this life as a Nigerian is leading to. I will not shy away from the brutal honesty, there is nothing that awaits the average Nigerian incredibly unlucky to have been born into this depriving generation at this time of extortionate molestation.  No doubt certain people from certain corners of the world are repleted with the unswayable conviction that our country is one fat ass joke. Until I was fifteen. I held my country in the the most supreme gesture of Nobility. Before I developed the maturity which lent a credible understanding of the way in which the affairs of this unnamed wild horizon is being chronically bastardized, I held my country in the greatest of the non_pareiled hero worship.  The proudest, most eloquently expressed fact of my life was the inexpressible exuberance that became the splashy derivates of being aware that in my vein is concealed the undeniable  legacy of gigan

11-Year-Old Nigerian Artist, Kareem Floors 2,723 Candidates, To Receive Taiwan Award

Eleven-year-old Nigerian artist, Waris Kareem, has emerged the recipient of the Taiwan’s Chou Ta-Kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation 22nd Fervent Global Love of Lives Award for 2019. NAN reports that the Representative of Taiwan in Nigeria, Amb. Vincent Yang, made this known in Lagos on Wednesday. Yang noted that Kareem stood out among other 2,723 recommended candidates across the world. He said that Waris Kareem, who had gained global recognition for his incredible drawings would meet the Taiwanese President, Tsai Ing-wen, among other laureates. “Nigerian child Artist, Waris Olamilekan Kareem has gained global recognition for his incredible drawings.

Celine Dion Rolls Back, Drops New Album 'Courage'

Celine Dion is back with three new tracks from her highly anticipated album, Courage! The 51-year-old entertainer has dropped "Imperfections," "Lying Down" and title track "Courage" from her first English album in 6 years, available everywhere November 15th - each representing an exciting new creative direction. "I think I was always courageous," Celine told ET about the title of her album, Courage. "I hope it doesn't sound pretentious to say that, but I always stressed a lot. We always kind of like just do whatever they suggest to me - not that I was a robot or anything, not to sound kind of weird, like, do this do that - but I feel like right now I'm more in charge than ever before and this is definitely a part of my life where the maturity kicks in."

Unizik Oji Ofor festival: One of South's East Most participated cultural festivals

Unizik Oji Ofor festival: One of South's East Most participated cultural festivals By Joshua Nicholas The Comr. Joseph Okafor led Unizik SUG has Thursday hosted the Oji Ofor festival in grand style, making it one of the best cultural events in South Eastern Nigeria. The cultural festival bursted into limelight with the numerous programs borne out of creativity incorporated into the event by the organizers. Indeed Joseph Okafor a  young visionary leader, has cemented his legacy in history ville for hosting such a ground breaking, epoch making and record bearing cultural carnival in Awka, Anambra State. The cultural festival also played host to a cultural exhibition which had different categories to promote and portray the blessedness of the African culture. Some of which were: African Foods, African Arts, African Fashion, Cultural dance, Traditional wrestling, Igwe and Lolo coronation, etc. The Oji Ofor cultural festival presented N50,000 each to 8 winners from the var

Xenophobia: First batch of 320 Nigerians to return home on Wednesday

Isaac Aregbesola The Consul General of Nigeria in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, has said that the first batch of the Nigerian returnees from South Africa would depart South Africa for Lagos on Wednesday. Adama told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview  that the first batch of returnees, are expected to depart South Africa by 9:00 a.m Wednesday. The consul general also disclosed that Air peace had indicated interest to evacuate over 600 Nigerians that were willing to return to their country following the latest xenophobic attacks. “The first flight leaves by 09: 00 hours  this Wednesday with about 320 passengers and the second batch will leave on Thursday all things being equal. “We have over 600 who had indicated interest. All things being equal, without any hitches, the plane will take off by 09 : 00 hours this Wednesday. “The manifest for the first flight is ready, and we are working on the next flight,” he said. President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday called for

APC Chieftain, 19 others paraded for cultism

The police in Enugu State, on Monday, paraded the Financial Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Ebonyi State, Mr Okenwa Uka, and 19 others for allegedly belonging to the Norsemen Vikings Confraternity. Also paraded were nine other suspects, who were arrested in various parts of Enugu State for various crimes ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, murder and cultism. Parading the suspects in Enugu, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmad Abdulrahman, said the 20 suspected cultists were arrested at a hotel in GRA, Enugu, where they were holding a meeting on September 7, 2019, following intelligence information. Abdulrahman stated that members of the Vikings Confraternity went in disguise to the Corporate Affairs Commission and registered the De Norsemen Kclub Inc. as a “simple organisation.” The commissioner said a banner with the symbol/logo of the Norsemen, which is the same as that of Vikings Confraternity ‘Arrow Mate’ and envelopes containing documents and paper present

Gbajabiamila appoints Ganduje's daughter as aide

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has appointed Fatima, daughter of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, as his Special Assistant on Non-Governmental and Civil Society Organisations. Fatima’s husband, Idris, who is a son of the immediate past Governor of Oyo State Senator Abiola Ajimobi, made the announcement on his Instagram page. He wrote, “Fatima Abiola-Ajimobi, I don’t know if you still believe me because I say it so often; you’re an extraordinary young woman. I have watched you struggle when you were at your lowest and noticed how you never lost faith and ‘you walk confidently in the direction of your dreams…’ The mantra you live by. “My prayer for you, my wife, is that your courage never ceases and your light never dims. “At such a young age, I am privileged to congratulate you on your appointment as the Special Assistant on NGOs and Civil Society to the Speaker of the National House of Representatives.”

NSE opens trading with 0.21%

By Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) reopened for the week on Monday still on a bearish trend, amid persistent sell pressure. Specifically, the All-Share Index dipped 56.73 points, representing a decline of 0.21 per cent to close at 27,089.84 against 27,146.57 posted on Friday. In the same vein, the market capitalisation lost N28 billion or 0.21per cent to close at N13.179 trillion, compared to N13.206 trillion on Friday. The downturn was impacted by losses recorded in medium and large capitalised stocks, amongst which are; Nestle Nigeria, Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Dangote Sugar Refinery, Oando and Cutix. Analysts at Afrinvest Limited said that, “In line with the trend, we expect the bearish performance to continue in the absence of any positive driver. They said they did not rule out the possibility of some bargain-hunting, driving positive performance in subsequent sessions, never the less. However, market breadth closed slightly on the positive side with 15 gaine

We can't stop Xenophobic attacks, South African defense Minister pledges

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, South Africa’s Defence Minister said on Monday that the attacks against foreigners in South Africa were planned by criminals and that government can’t prevent it. Mapisa-Nqakula who said this in an interview with eNCA, a local channel described South Africa as an angry nation and insisted that the government can’t prevent the ongoing violence. “The reality is that we have an angry nation. What’s happening can never be prevented by any government,” she said. According to her the death of two people during a clash in Johannesburg CBD on Sunday Sept. 8, could have been avoided but that it was well orchestrated by criminal elements. She however, said the xenophobic attacks were not politically motivated. “People are saying some heads of state decided not to attend WEF; we should be talking about why this whole thing is coinciding with the World Economic Forum,” Mapisa-Nqakula said. She said: “People are saying it is xenophobic attacks but it is not the first time w

Lagos State gets new NSCDC Commandant

Bukola Adetoye A new commandant for  the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Cyprian Otoibhi, has assumed duty in Lagos state. This  is contained in  a press statement released on Monday in Lagos  and signed by Mrs Kehinde Bada-Okoli, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Lagos State Command of NSCDC. She said that Otoibhi replaced Mr Tajudeen Balogun, who had been transferred to Zone “F”. The PRO in the statement said that there was a brief handing over ceremony held at the command’s headquarters. She said  that there;  the outgoing commandant, Mr Balogun, thanked the Commandant-General, Mr Abdullahi Gana, for the opportunity given him  to serve in Lagos State. It said that Balogun  also thanked him for  the achievements  recorded  by the NSCDC during his  three and a half-year tenure in Lagos  command. Balogun equally commended the Lagos State Government  for providing  him an  enabling environment through logistic support, which he said contributed to the succes

UNICEaf demand functional educational system for Nigerian youths

By Funmilayo Adeyemi The UN Children Education Fund (UNICEF) and other stakeholders have called for a functional educational system to help Nigerian youths achieve their dreams. They also drew the attention of the Federal Government to the need to create the right vision and environment that would unite us as a nation. They made this call in Abuja on Monday at the maiden edition of the Naija Youth Talk organised by UNICEF with the theme: “The Nigeria we Want”. The UNICEF Country Representative, Mr Peter Hawkins, said there was need to address the challenges of education in the country, with more than 64 million population of youth within the age bracket of 15-35. Hawkins, represented by Chief of Basic Education, UNICEF, Mrs Euphrates Efosie, said the youth population was a key ingredient of national development, a bridge and transition to a prosperous future if properly harnessed. “Young people today live in a world of unlimited potential. However, despite gains in the situation facing

Hon. Elijah Onyeagba Inspires Students, bags Award of Honour - Comr. Joseph Okafor

Hon. Elijah Onyeagba Inspires Students, bags Award of Honour - Comr. Joseph Okafor The Comr. Joseph Okafor led Unizik SUG has held the best Annual Public lecture so far in the history of the institution having in attendance high profile dignitaries and extraordinary public and private sector role models as speakers for the event. The program held on Monday at the Varsity Multipurpose hall, featured great lectures that impacted every one in attendance.  Top Government officials from Anambra State and the South East region were present; academics, career development experts, etc, which all together detonated their extensive wealth of experience during the several lectures. Hon. Afam Mbanefo the former commissioner for Agriculture who is now the Honourable commissioner for Youths and creative economy, delivered a powerful lecture who saw him an outstanding ovation. Hon. Valentine Ayika representing Anaocha, Dunukofia and Njikoka Federal Constituency trilled the entire students presents an

More Americans will die if Trump cancels peace talk - Taliban

The Taliban on Sunday warned that more American lives would be lost if President Donald Trump canceled peace talks with them, but said they remained open to continuing with the talks. The group was replying to a series of Trump tweets on Saturday that said a secret meeting with “major leaders” of the Taliban at Camp David had been canceled because of an attack by the insurgents that killed an American soldier. “Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great, great soldiers and 11 other people,” Trump said. “I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed talks between American and Taliban officials — which have spanned the past year and resulted in a draft agreement to end America’s longest war — have been suspended indefinitely and that U.S. forces would continue to put military pressure on the insurgents. “If the Taliban don’t behave, if they don’t deliv