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CAF confirms dates for 2023 AFCON in Côte d’Ivoire
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CAF confirms dates for 2023 AFCON in Côte d’Ivoire

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the dates for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The tournament which will be hosted in Côte d’Ivoire is scheduled to kick off on June 23 and end on July 23, with 24 countries vying for the coveted silverware. CAF changed the date of the tournament from January to June in order to give the teams adequate time to prepare because of the short time frame if it were to be held in January next year. The draws for the preliminary qualifiers will be announced on January 21, 2022. Rwanda, whose only appearance in the competition was in 2004 in Tunisia, will be hoping to end the 19-year absence by qualifying for the biggest soccer fiesta on the continent.
Music legend Ronnie Spector who sang iconic song ‘Be My Baby’ dies aged 78
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Music legend Ronnie Spector who sang iconic song ‘Be My Baby’ dies aged 78

The Ronettes icon Ronnie Spector has died aged 78. The singer's family announced the news on her official website on January 12. The statement read: "Our beloved earth angel, Ronnie, peacefully left this world today after a brief battle with cancer. "She was with family and in the arms of her husband, Jonathan. "Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humour and a smile on her face. "She was filled with love and gratitude. Her joyful sound, playful nature and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard or saw her. "In lieu of flowers, Ronnie requested that donations be made to your local women’s shelter or to the American Indian College Fund. "A celebration of Ronnie’s life and music will be announced in the fu...
Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet announce split after 16 years together
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Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet announce split after 16 years together

Celebrity couple, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet are splitting up after 16 years together - 12 years of partnership and 4 years of marriage. The pair announced they are "parting ways in marriage" in a joint statement shared on Momoa's Instagram Wednesday. "We have all felt the squeeze and changes of these transformational times," said the couple, who started dating in 2005 and officially tied the knot in October 2017. "A revolution is unfolding ~ and our family is of no exception… feeling and growing from the seismic shifts occurring" Momoa, 42, and Bonet, 54, added that they chose to announce their split "not because we think it’s newsworthy," but so that "as we go about our lives we may do so with dignity and honesty." "The love between us carries on, evolving in ways it wishes...
Jeannie Mai, 42, and husband Jeezy, 44, welcome their first child together
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Jeannie Mai, 42, and husband Jeezy, 44, welcome their first child together

Jeannie Mai Jenkins has welcomed her first child with husband Jeezy. The American TV host announced the good news on Instagram on January 11. Jeannie, 42, shared a sweet snap of a baby blanket covered in footprints with the nametag "Baby Jenkins" nearby. She captioned the photo: "I asked God for a life of love and happiness. He sent me my family." "Baby Jenkins is here," she added. She did not share any further details about the baby, including their name or sex. Jeannie Mai married 44-year-old rapper Jeezy in April 2021 following her divorce from her first husband, Freddy Harteis, in 2017. Ironically, Mai and Harteis split due to Jeannie not wanting to have children with the actor. Falling in love with Jeezy, however, changed her perspective on motherhood. Ann...
Neighbours Actress Miranda Fryer Dies In Her Sleep Aged 34
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Neighbours Actress Miranda Fryer Dies In Her Sleep Aged 34

Former 'Neighbours' star, Miranda Fryer has died in her sleep aged 34. The actress' death was announced online by her family and tributes are already pouring in. An online statement from her loved ones read: "True soulmates, Miranda and Arthur (Pothitis) were making plans to start their family, when one day last week she went to sleep and never woke up. We do not know why. "She had had some health issues with her heart, maybe her beautiful persona was just too good for this world of ours. "We, who all loved her so much, shall treasure the memories she has left us with and mourn our loss forever. "A beautiful child, stunning teenager, beautiful inside, and out… a woman, with so much love and happiness given and received. So many friends, so much still to offer this worl...
“Taking a chance of breaking up this marriage was to see that we both grew” Dancer Kaffy reveals her children’s father is now her ex
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“Taking a chance of breaking up this marriage was to see that we both grew” Dancer Kaffy reveals her children’s father is now her ex

Kaffy has revealed that she and her husband, Joseph Ameh, are no longer together. The award-winning dancer announced her divorce while speaking about divorce and separation. She explained that divorce/separation doesn't have to be toxic and added that she and her husband have broken up their marriage to see that they both "grow". She said that she wants the best for her ex and added that a separation can be friendly. The couple got married in 2012 and have two kids together. Watch her speak in the video below.
Sandra Iheuwa re-adds her husband’s name to bio, shares new photo of her wearing her wedding ring after he announced the end of their marriage
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Sandra Iheuwa re-adds her husband’s name to bio, shares new photo of her wearing her wedding ring after he announced the end of their marriage

Sandra Iheuwa has reverted to her husband's name which she initially removed from her Instagram bio. Recall MCI reported earlier that her husband, Steve Thompson exposed cracks in their marriage following changes they made in their Instagram bio. While Sandra removed her husband's name and "married to a boss" from her bio, Steve removed "husband and father" from his bio. Barely 24 hours after Steve Thompson announced the end of their marriage and what allegedly led to the split, Sandra has reverted to his name and also shared a new photo of her wearing her wedding ring with the caption "love and light".  
“I am still married” actress Doris Ogala clarifies as she says that her post about being scared of marriage was taken out of context
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“I am still married” actress Doris Ogala clarifies as she says that her post about being scared of marriage was taken out of context

Actress Doris Ogala has announced that her marriage is still intact and her post about marriage was taken out of context. After Sandra Iheuwa's husband, Steve Thompson, announced that he and Sandra can no longer stay married after 5 months of marriage, Doris released a post on Instagram,  asking why people whose marriage end are mocked. She said such mockery makes people stay in terrible marriages. She added that "marriage is bitter cola" and said she is "scared of marriage" She has now returned to Instagram to say that a lot of people took her post to mean that she is no longer married. She clarified that she is still married and hopes to remain that way. See below.
Ubi Franklin tackled after writing ‘Chukwuebuka’ hours after his baby mama’s husband announced the end of their marriage contracted five months ago
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Ubi Franklin tackled after writing ‘Chukwuebuka’ hours after his baby mama’s husband announced the end of their marriage contracted five months ago

Businessman Ubi Franklin has been tackled by social media users following a comment he dropped, hours after his baby mama, Sandra Iheuwa's husband, Steve Thompson announced the end of their marriage which was contracted five months ago. Recall that Ubi has been at loggerheads with Sandra who has repeatedly accused him of sharing photos of their child even though he has allegedly not played any role in her welfare. Ubi in a post shared weeks ago, had also alleged that he had a phone conversation with Steve and he told him that he has no hand in his estranged wife calling him out on social media. Hours after Steve announced the end of their marriage, Ubi wrote "Chukwuebuka" on his Instastory which means "God is Great". He has now been tackled by social media users who are accusi...
Update: Death of singer Sinead O’Connor’s son to be investigated
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Update: Death of singer Sinead O’Connor’s son to be investigated

The death of Sinead O’Connor’s son will be referred to the National Review Panel (NRP) for investigation. The singer announced the death of her 17-year-old son, Shane, on Twitter on Saturday (8 January). Shane hanged himself after escaping from the hospital ‘while on suicide watch. She wrote: “My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the very light of my life, decided to end his earthly struggle today and is now with God. “May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace.” O’Connor went on to question how her teenage son had been allowed to leave Tallaght hospital in Dublin. In a post on social media, O'Connor wrote: ''Now Tusla want to discuss with me ''a media release'' no doubt wishing to have me join in ...
Transfer: New player joins Manchester United
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Transfer: New player joins Manchester United

Lambeth Tigers FC have announced that their Under 14 player, Majid Balogun, has officially joined Manchester United. Lambeth Tigers disclosed this in a post via their Instagram account on Sunday. Balogun is now the second player in Lambeth’s history to join directly from the grassroots from the South of England. The youngster was on the wishlist of several unnamed clubs in England before Man United won the race for his signature. He will be aiming to sign a scholarship with Man United in the next few years. “Lambeth Tigers can confirm highly regarded U14 forward has officially joined @manchesterunited, becoming the 2nd player in the club’s history to join directly from grassroots from the South of England. “He also becomes the first player from the Tigers to join ...
AFCON 2021: CAF announces new rules on number of players, substitutions
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AFCON 2021: CAF announces new rules on number of players, substitutions

The Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the weekend announced new rules on number of players and substitutions. CAF said teams participating in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, must play their fixtures if they have at least eleven players who have tested negative for COVID-19. It also said that in case there are no goalkeepers available in the squad, an outfield player will be required to play in goal. “A team that does not have a minimum of 11 players available will be considered to have lost the match 0-2,” CAF’s statement read in part. “In exceptional cases, the organising committee of the Africa Cup of Nations will take the appropriate decision. “The organisers said teams will be able to make five substitutions per match and an a...
Singer, Sinéad O’Connor’s 17-year-old son Found Dead two days after he was Reported Missing
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Singer, Sinéad O’Connor’s 17-year-old son Found Dead two days after he was Reported Missing

Sinead O’Connor has announced the death of her 17-year-old son Shane, two days after he was reported missing. The Irish singer-songwriter announced the news on Twitter in the early hours of Saturday January 8, writing: “My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the very light of my life, decided to end his earthly struggle today and is now with God. “May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace.” The teenager had gone missing and was last seen in Tallaght, South Dublin, on Friday which caused police to launch a public appeal to find him. Sinead took to Twitter amid the search to plead with her son to get into contact with her. She tweeted: "Shane, your life is precious. God didn’t chisel that beautifu...
Former Chelsea player, Jimmy Smith is dead
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Former Chelsea player, Jimmy Smith is dead

Former Chelsea winger, Jimmy Smith, is dead at the age of 91. Chelsea announced his death in a statement on their official website on Friday evening ahead of their FA Cup tie with Chesterfield on Saturday. The statement read in part, “Chelsea Football Club is greatly saddened to learn of the passing of our former player Jimmy Smith at the age of 91. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends. “A Sheffield-born winger, Jimmy joined Chelsea from the army in 1951 and made 23 appearances, scoring three times. “His debut came in a local derby at Stamford Bridge in September 1951 when we beat Fulham 2-1, with Jimmy joined in the attack that day by goalscorers Roy Bentley and namesake Bobby Smith. “He scored himself in his second and third games, another 2-1 home v...
Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah and Robert Lewandowski shortlisted as final three for FIFA Best Awards men’s player of the year.
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Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah and Robert Lewandowski shortlisted as final three for FIFA Best Awards men’s player of the year.

Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah, and Robert Lewandowski have been announced as the final three nominees for the FIFA Best Awards men’s player of the year. The award is voted for by a jury made up of current men's national team coaches and captains, one specialist journalist from each territory represented by a national team, and fans registered on FIFA.com. Paris St Germain's superstar, Lionel Messi finally ended his wait for major international silverware in 2021 as he helped Argentina to win the Copa America. Liverpool striker, Salah is the Premier League's top goalscorer so far this season, with 16 to his name, and is arguably in the best form of his life. Bayern Munich striker, Lewandowski enjoyed another spectacular year at club level for Bayern, scoring a Bundesliga record ...
Nicholas Cage expecting his third child with fifth wife who is 30 years younger
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Nicholas Cage expecting his third child with fifth wife who is 30 years younger

57-year-old actor, Nicholas Cage is expecting his third child with his fifth wife, 27-year-old Riko Shibata. A rep for the couple told People that "the parents-to-be are elated!" A due date or sex was not announced. While this is Shibata's first child,  Cage has two other children from previous relationships: 16-year-old Kal-El and 31-year-old Weston, who is four years older than his stepmom. Shibata and Cage got married in February 2021 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. She is the “Gone In 60 Seconds” star’s fifth wife. The couple met in Shiga, Japan, and have been together since shortly after the dissolution of Cage’s last marriage, to Erika Koike which lasted for four days in 2019. Cage was also previously married to Patricia Arquette from 1995 to 2001, Lisa Marie Pr...
Antonio Brown contract terminated by Tampa Bay Buccaneers after Sunday’s mid-game walkout
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Antonio Brown contract terminated by Tampa Bay Buccaneers after Sunday’s mid-game walkout

Antonio Brown's contract has been terminated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with immediate effect. Brown had accused the Super Bowl champions of pressuring him to play through an ankle injury that will require surgery despite being in 'extreme pain' during Sunday's win over the New York Jets. Less than 24 hours after Brown's allegations, the Buccaneers announced they had released the wide receiver, who controversially ran off the field in the third quarter of his last game. "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have terminated the contract of Antonio Brown, effective immediately," a team statement read. "While Antonio did receive treatment on his ankle and was listed on the injury report the week leading up to last Sunday's game, he was cleared to play by our medical team prior to the s...
FIFA reveals final three-man shortlist for Best Men, Women’s Coach
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FIFA reveals final three-man shortlist for Best Men, Women’s Coach

FIFA on Thursday announced the final three nominees for the Best FIFA Men’s Coach and The Best FIFA Women’s Coach for 2021. The winner will be chosen by an international jury comprising a panel of FIFA Legends and registered fans across the world on FIFA’s official website. Recall that FIFA had on Wednesday announced the final three nominees for Men’s and Women’s Best goalkeeper for 2021. The virtual awards ceremony will take place in Zurich on January 17 and it will be broadcast live from the home of FIFA. The final three nominees for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach are (in alphabetical order): Lluís Cortés (Spain / FC Barcelona) Emma Hayes (England / Chelsea FC Women) Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands / Dutch national team / English national team) The final three nominees...
23-year-old man declared wanted for murder of rapper Young Dolph, 36,
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23-year-old man declared wanted for murder of rapper Young Dolph, 36,

Memphis police and the U.S. Marshals Service announced the name of a suspect in the shooting death of Young Dolph, the Memphis, Tennessee, rapper who was killed last November. Justin Johnson, 23, is wanted by police in connection with a number alleged charges, including first-degree murder, criminal attempted first-degree murder, and property theft, the Memphis Police Department said on Wednesday evening in a release posted on social media. Police urged the public to share any information regarding the suspect's whereabouts and disclosed that Johnson is a fugitive and "should be considered armed & dangerous." Johnson is 5-foot-8, 190 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes, police said. A reward of up to $15,000 is being ordered for informati...
New Olubadan of Ibadan announced
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New Olubadan of Ibadan announced

Lekan Balogun has been named as the Olubadan designate by Ibadan high chiefs, following the death of Oba Saliu Adetunji on Sunday January 2. The 10 high chiefs who made the announcement at Mapo hall, Ibadan, Oyo state capital, said there is no court case stopping them from appointing the new Olubadan. In spite of the controversy trailing their status, they also maintained that the administration of the late Abiola Ajimobi did not tamper with the Ibadan chieftaincy declaration of 1957 by elevating them from high chiefs to kings. Speaking to newsmen after the announcement, Balogun said; “I enjoin you all to discard with all unfounded rumours and insinuations capable of disturbing the peace of Ibadanland, irrespective of the quarter from which such fake news emanate. “In line w...
Hollantex signs African music sensation Yemi Alade as Brand Ambassador
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Hollantex signs African music sensation Yemi Alade as Brand Ambassador

 Hollantex, the leading pan-African Ankara manufacturer, is pleased to announce the signing of singer and global entertainer, Yemi Alade. As the new Brand Ambassador, Yemi Alade will be instrumental in growing the brand’s presence across Africa. She will support the launch of Hollantex's new collections and leverage her music and social media platforms to promote the brand’s beautiful patterns, showcasing the true elegance of the brand’s Ankara fabrics for today’s leading woman. “For many years ankara has served me well, allowing me to display my unique fashion sense in various colours and multi-pattern work.” Said Yemi Alade. “You can see it in my music videos, red carpet moments and my daily wear. My partnership with Hollantex is a match made in heaven”. ...
Arsenal vs Liverpool postponed due to Covid-19
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Arsenal vs Liverpool postponed due to Covid-19

Liverpool's Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Arsenal on Thursday has been postponed after the EFL accepted a request from the Merseyside club following further cases of Covid in their squad. Liverpool announced earlier on Wednesday their training ground would be closed for at least 48 hours and that Jurgen Klopp's assistant, Pep Lijnders, had tested positive. Lijnders was due to take the team as Klopp himself is also isolating. A request for postponement was submitted on Tuesday after the latest round of testing found more cases within the first-team bubble. Klopp and three players - Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip - were forced to miss Sunday's 2-2 draw at Chelsea after testing positive. An EFL statement on Wednesday confirmed Arsenal will now play Liverpool i...
Ferran Torres tests positive for Covid-19 just hours after being unveiled by Barcelona after £55m signing from Man.City
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Ferran Torres tests positive for Covid-19 just hours after being unveiled by Barcelona after £55m signing from Man.City

Ferran Torres has tested positive for Covid-19 just hours after being unveiled by Barcelona following a £55m signing from Manchester City. The 21-year-old Spain international has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract, which is understood to be worth an initial £46.7million, and a further £8.5m in potential add-ons. Barca have set a €1billion (£841million) buyout clause into the deal. Torres had hoped to be back in action for the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Real Madrid on January 12, but his debut could be delayed after the Catalan club announced he had tested positive for Covid-19 along with team-mate Pedri. A Barca statement on Monday evening read: 'Pedri and Ferran Torres have tested positive for Covid-19. The players are in good health and are isolated at home.' ...
Ex-Osun military administrator, Anthony Obi dies
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Ex-Osun military administrator, Anthony Obi dies

The former military administrator of Osun State, Colonel Anthony Uzoma Obi (rtd) is dead. Obi, who served as the military governor of Osun State between August 1996 and August 1998, died on Saturday, January 1, as announced by his family. Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, in a condolence message, mourned the demise of the former military administrator. He condoled the family of the deceased and hailed his contributions to governance in Osun, saying he was one of the leaders who laid the foundation of the State. “The death of Colonel Anthony Obi (rtd) is painful and a huge loss not only to his family but to the nation. He was a brave, committed and experienced military officer who served Nigeria and Osun in particular selflessly and passionately. “As a military administra...
Jose Peseiro: 5 things to know about new Super Eagles’ head coach
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Jose Peseiro: 5 things to know about new Super Eagles’ head coach

On Wednesday, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced Jose Peseiro as the new head coach of the national team. The Portuguese comes highly recommended by his compatriot, Jose Mourinho, according to NFF President, Amaju Pinnick. Peseiro replaces Gernot Rohr and will be at next month’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament, although Augustine Eguavoen will be in charge of the Super Eagles. What are some of the things you need to know about the new man? 1. Peseiro is 61 years old and began his coaching career in 1991 as a player-coach with Union Santarem in the Portuguese fourth tier. 2. His big break came in 2003, when he was named as an assistant to Carlos Queiroz at Real Madrid. 3. Peseiro has coached clubs in Portugal, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Romania, United Ar...
Taliban bans Afghan women from travelling without being escorted by a male relative
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Taliban bans Afghan women from travelling without being escorted by a male relative

The Taliban announced today, Dec. 26, that Afghanistan women who want to travel long distances should not be offered transport fare unless they are accompanied by a close male relative. Also, car owners are to only offer rides to those women wearing Islamic hijabs, according to a guidance issued by the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. The ministry spokesman Sadeq Akif Muhajir told AFP on Sunday that it must be a close male relative escorting any woman who wishes to travel. Muhajir said: "Women travelling for more than 45 miles (72 kilometres) should not be offered a ride if they are not accompanied by a close family member." The new order comes weeks after the ministry asked Afghanistan’s television channels to stop showing dramas and soap operas...
Nigerians troop to IG account of alleged new wife of Ooni of Ife where she calls herself “Aya Oba”
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Nigerians troop to IG account of alleged new wife of Ooni of Ife where she calls herself “Aya Oba”

Nigerians have trooped to the page of the alleged new wife of the Ooni of Ife to leave messages after Queen Naomi announced her marriage to the Yoruba monarch is over. The alleged new wife, Princess Ashley Afolashade Afolakemi, posts mostly photos of herself taken in the Palace and photos where she's meeting with children of the community. Princess Ashley visiting Ile-Ife community members with police escorts She signs off her posts with Aya Oba (wife of the king) and Aya Olofin Adimula. Her Instagram account is also filled with photos of her strictly wearing white or ivory, even when abroad, as the wives of Yoruba monarchs are known to. For the Ooni of Ife's last coronation anniversary,  she shared a photo of her and the Ooni in the...
Queen Naomi’s alleged separation from Ooni of Ife not true – Palace
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Queen Naomi’s alleged separation from Ooni of Ife not true – Palace

The palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has described the news shared by Queen Naomi that she has separated from the monarch as untrue. Queen Naomi earlier today via her Instagram page announced her separation from the monarch. However, in a swift reaction, the Ooni’s Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olafare in an interview with Vanguard, said ''This is not the first time such rumours had been peddled. There was a time it was reported that she left the palace and the next thing, she gave birth. So, the story is not true and it should not be taken seriously.”
Nollywood actor, Sam Obiago aka Daddy Sam, dies
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Nollywood actor, Sam Obiago aka Daddy Sam, dies

Veteran Nollywood actor, Sam Obiago aka Daddy Sam, is dead. The death of the actor was announced by the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria AGN, Emeka Rollas. He shared the photo above on his page and wrote; ''Another Sad Day RIP Daddy Sam'' He however did not disclose the cause of death.
Nigeria now in COVID19 fourth wave – NCDC
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Nigeria now in COVID19 fourth wave – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says Nigeria has entered the fourth wave of coronavirus disease following a 500 percent increase in the number of cases in the past two weeks. The agency announced this in a statement signed by the Director-General, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa on Monday evening, December 20. The statement read “Nigeria has recorded a 500% increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks across the country caused by the Delta and Omicron variants. As of 19th December 2021, a total of 223,887 cases and 2985 deaths have been recorded in Nigeria across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. The country is now in a fourth COVID-19 wave. The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, the Fe...
ASUU postpones its decision on strike then hints at being blackmailed by the FG
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ASUU postpones its decision on strike then hints at being blackmailed by the FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has announced that its decision on strike has been postponed. The union made this known in a press statement released after its National Executive Council meeting, which held on Saturday, Dec. 18. In the press statement titled, 'Enough of blackmail', signed by ASUU president, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, the union members lamented that the Federal Government had turned its back on the plan to set up an inter-ministerial committee to review the draft Renegotiated 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement. The statement reads I part: "NEC was worried by the spirited efforts of government agents to reduce the demands of ASUU to a regime of intermittent payment of watered-down revitalisation fund and release of distorted and grossly devalued Earned Academic A...
What Eguavoen needs to deliver as Super Eagles coach -Ex-international, Akanni
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What Eguavoen needs to deliver as Super Eagles coach -Ex-international, Akanni

An ex-international, Wahidi Akanni, on Sunday, said that the success of Austin Eguavoen, the interim Manager of Super Eagles, is hinged on the level of support given to the coach by stakeholders. Akanni, who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, added that all hands should be on deck, with barely a month to the Nations Cup. NAN reports that the Nigeria Football Federation recently announced that Eguavoen would replace Gernot Rohr as Super Eagles coach on an interim arrangement. “With his wealth of experience, I believe he’d bring something fresh to the team because he has been around; he has gone to these tournaments as a player and as a coach. “With NFF’s real support, he’d be able to achieve so much; the tournament is about four weeks and the...
“Femi Falana is an Overrated SAN”- Kemi Olunloyo says, slamming Oromoni family
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“Femi Falana is an Overrated SAN”- Kemi Olunloyo says, slamming Oromoni family

Kemi Olunloyo, a well-known investigative journalist, has announced plans to sue Femi Falani, claiming that no one has the right to smear her name. Kemi Olunloyo attacked Femi Falana and the Oromoni family in a message posted on her official Facebook page, claiming that ‘no family of a dead school boy’ has the right to drag an investigative journalist. She also slammed Femi Falana, calling him an overrated SAN who believes he is beyond the law. She wrote: “Femi Falana is an overrated SAN who feels he’s above the law. He carries a dangerous ego which he feels he can use to intimidate the government and protect the people. I’m planning to sue him for dragging my professional reputation asking police to invite me for specifically my “reckless statement” concerning Sylvest...
Cristiano Ronaldo reveals gender of his second twin babies
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Cristiano Ronaldo reveals gender of his second twin babies

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed the gender of his unborn twins. Ronaldo is warming to welcome his sixth children after announcing girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez’s pregnancy in October. The Portugal international proudly shared a sweet video of the gender. In the clip, the Manchester United attacker and his four children are seen holding balloons as Georgina counts to three behind the camera. The kids then pop the balloons sending both pink and blue confetti into the air, confirming the couple are expecting girl and boy twins. “Where life begins and love never ends #blessed,” the pair captioned their Instagram posts. His club teammate, Marcus Rashford, congratulated the couple over the exciting announcement and commented: “Congratulations brother...
Aguero agrees to forfeit one year wages as Barcelona terminates his contract
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Aguero agrees to forfeit one year wages as Barcelona terminates his contract

Barcelona are said to be grateful to Sergio Aguero for his attitude during negotiations to terminate his contract, according to Diario Sport. Aguero announced his retirement from football this week due to a heart problem. However, the Argentina striker only moved to Spain this summer and signed a two-year deal with Barca. Being aware of the financial challenges at the Nou Camp, Aguero decided to forfeit the second year of his contract. The former Manchester City player will also only collect part of his wages for this season. Aguero was able to make only five appearances for Barcelona and scored once against Real Madrid. The 32-year-old however scored 260 goals in 390 games for City, 100 in 230 for Atletico Madrid, 18 in 38 for Independiente and 41 in 101 for the Argent...
Alexis Sanchez to replace Aguero at Barcelona
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Alexis Sanchez to replace Aguero at Barcelona

Barcelona are looking to bring in Alexis Sanchez on loan in January, to help fill the void left by Sergio Aguero’s retirement, according to Goal. Aguero announced his retirement on Wednesday due to a heart condition. Barca see Sanchez as one player they could bring in to join Memphis Depay in the attack. However, Sanchez is not the LaLiga club’s first option, as Manchester City’s Ferran Torres remains a priority, but the Spaniard would cost a fee. Sanchez played for Barcelona from 2011 to 2014, before he left for Arsenal. During his three-season stay at the Nou Camp, the Chile international played 141 games in all competitions, scoring 46 goals while providing 27 assists. He picked up La Liga, Copa del Rey and European Super Cup honours at Camp Nou, along with two Spani...
I was Surprised by my Appointment as Eagles Interim coach – Austin Eguavoen
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I was Surprised by my Appointment as Eagles Interim coach – Austin Eguavoen

Interim Super Eagles boss, Augustine Eguavoen said he was shocked when his name was announced as the next coach of the national team. Franco-German gaffer, Gernot Rohr was sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over the weekend after a series of not-too-good results during the World Cup qualifying series. Eguavoen said he never expected that the former Burkina Faso coach would be sacked despite a cloud hanging over his future. Technical Director of the Federation, Eguavoen was appointed to take over the managerial reins for the time being. “I would say I was shocked, I was surprised when my name was announced after a brief discussion but I thought Gernot Rohr will continue because it has always been is he going to continue is he not going to continue, w...
Former Tonga Rugby World Cup star, Taniela Moa Passes away Suddenly at 36
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Former Tonga Rugby World Cup star, Taniela Moa Passes away Suddenly at 36

Former Tonga halfback Taniela Moa has died at the age of 36, the country's rugby governing body has announced. He was 36. Moa’s death was confirmed on Thursday December 16, by the Tonga Rugby Union. He was 36. The Tonga Rugby Union said in a statement that Moa was one of the all-time greats. But did not mention the cause of death. "A stalwart of Ikale Tahi Tonga rugby who will now have his name etched among the echelons of the legendary greats. Such sad news to receive about the passing of Taniela Moa," it said. "We would like to send our love and deepest condolences to his family through this sad and tragic time. May he fly high among God's army and look over you all." The Samoa rugby team also paid tribute to Moa following news of his death. "We are shocked to hear ...
Comedian Jethro dies at 73 after contracting COVID
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Comedian Jethro dies at 73 after contracting COVID

British comedian, Geoffrey Rowe, better known as Jethro, has died at the age of 73 after contracting Covid-19. The sad news was announced on his official Facebook page, with a statement reading: ‘It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of the well known and popular Cornish comedian Jethro. ‘Tragically Jethro passed away on 14th December 2021 after contracting Covid-19. ‘Jethro leaves behind his life partner Jennie, sons Jesse and Lanyon, stepdaughter Sarah, daughter-in-law Stacey and of course his much loved grandchildren. The comedy star was double-jabbed and had received a booster vaccination, Sky News understands. Jethro, whose real name was Geoffrey Rowe, was born in St Buryan in west Cornwall and was one of the most famous performers to ever come ou...
Aguero breaks down in tears as he confirms retirement from football
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Aguero breaks down in tears as he confirms retirement from football

Barcelona striker, Sergio Aguero, on Wednesday announced he is retiring from football.   Aguero confirmed this in an emotional press conference at the Nou Camp, in which he appeared along with club president, Joan Laporta. The 33-year-old broke down in tears before he was able to utter a word. “This conference is to communicate that I have decided to stop playing football. “I have decided to stop playing professional football. It is a very difficult moment. The decision I have made, I have taken it for my health. That is the main reason for my decision, for the problem I had a month and a half ago. “I was in good hands of the medical staff that have done their best and told me that the best thing would be to stop playing,” Aguero said. The Argentine also reveale...
Champions League: Toni Kroos names Toughest team that can hurt Real Madrid
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Champions League: Toni Kroos names Toughest team that can hurt Real Madrid

Real Madrid midfielder, Toni Kroos, has identified Paris Saint-Germain as the toughest team in the Champions League that can hurt his side this season. Kroos said this while reacting to the Champions League round of 16 draws that was announced on Monday. Recall that Real Madrid was drawn against PSG in the Champions League last-16 that will be played in February. Reacting, Kroos, in a video posted on his Instagram account, said, “We have a very interesting opponent for the next round. “I think they are the toughest opponent of the five that could touch us. “They are the games for which we play. We look for these games, with a lot of quality on the field. “Let’s see what will happen – at the end of the day, we are Madrid.”
Mikel Arteta breaks silence after stripping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal captaincy
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Mikel Arteta breaks silence after stripping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal captaincy

Arsenal coach, Mikel Arteta has broken his silence after stripping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the Arsenal captaincy in what he described as a "really unpleasant situation". A few minutes ago, the Gunners announced that Aubameyang would no longer be club captain and that the forward will not be considered for selection against West Ham on Wednesday night. Aubameyang was axed from Saturday’s Premier League 3-0 win over Southampton for what manager Mikel Arteta said was a “disciplinary breach”, which reportedly concerned a late return from an approved trip abroad last week. The Gabonese striker had traveled back to France last week Wednesday to go collect his sick mum and bring her back to England. He took to Instagram last week thanking fans for offering support. He wrote: 'M...
UK Removes all 11 Countries, including Nigeria, from red list
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UK Removes all 11 Countries, including Nigeria, from red list

The UK government has announced that all 11 countries will be removed from the UK's travel red list from 4am on Wednesday, Dec. 15. Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana, Angola, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are countries placed on the list in late November after the emergence of the Omicron variant. However, UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the Omicron variant had spread so widely that the rules no longer make much effect. He told parliament today, Dec. 14: "Now that there is community transmission of Omicron in the UK and Omicron has spread so widely across the world, the travel red list is now less effective in slowing the incursion of Omicron from abroad. "Whilst we will maintain our temporary testing measures for international travel ...
Adepoju reacts to sacking of Rohr, appointment of Eguavoen
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Adepoju reacts to sacking of Rohr, appointment of Eguavoen

Ex-national team star, Mutiu Adepoju has said that the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, may have timed the sacking of Super Eagles Coach, Genort Rohr wrongly. He said this is majorly because the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) begins in a few weeks. The NFF announced the sack of Rohr over the weekend and Adepoju told NAN on Monday that the sacking of the Franco-German coach had been expected long before now. Following Rohr’s sacking, the NFF appointed former Eagles Captain, Augustine Eguavoen, on interim basis pending the appointment of a permanent boss. “This decision is something that has been expected. Fans are not satisfied with what the results of the team despite the fact that we have good and young players,” the former Super Eagles star said. “I am not also sure if...
Tyson Fury included on BBC SPOTY shortlist despite legal threat
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Tyson Fury included on BBC SPOTY shortlist despite legal threat

Tyson Fury has been named on the shortlist for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award despite threatening to sue the broadcaster if they nominate him for the award. The broadcaster has ignored his warning, however, as they announced their shortlist on Monday. Tennis star and US Open winner Emma Raducanu is the odds-on favourite to lift the trophy. Tom Daley, Adam Peaty, Raheem Sterling and Dame Sarah Storey are also on the shortlist. Fury has had a long-running battle with the broadcaster which began in 2015 following his first world title victory over Wladimir Klitschko. He caused controversy that year following a string of homophobic and sexist comments with a petition demanding his removal from the SPOTY shortlist attracting more than 140,000 signatures. Fury, u...
Soun of Ogbomoso dies at 95
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Soun of Ogbomoso dies at 95

The Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III, has died. Family sources say the 95-year-old monarch died on Sunday morning, December 12. The palace is expected to announce his demise soon. Born on May 27, 1926, in Ogbomoso, Oba Oyewumi ascended the throne on October 24, 1973. May his soul rest in peace, Amen.
PSG vs Monaco: 5 key players missing as Pochettino announces squad for Ligue 1 clash
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PSG vs Monaco: 5 key players missing as Pochettino announces squad for Ligue 1 clash

Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino has announced his side’s squad to face Monaco in today’s Ligue 1 fixture in Paris. Pochettino excluded Sergio Ramos, Neymar, Presnel Kimpembe, Julian Draxler and Nuno Mendes from the 21-man squad to tackle Monaco in a post via the club’s website on Sunday. PSG head to the game following a 4-1 win over Club Brugge in the Champions League last Tuesday. Pochettino’s side are currently on top of the Ligue 1 table with 42 points from 17 games. The kick-off time for PSG vs Monaco is 8.45 pm. Below is PSG’s squad against Monaco: 1.Keylor Navas 2.Achraf Hakimi 5.Marquinhos 6.Marco Verratti 7.Kylian Mbappé 8.Leandro Paredes 9.Mauro Icardi 11.Angel Di Maria 12.Rafinha 14.Juan Bernat 15.Danilo Pereira 16.Sergio Rico 17.Colin ...
I’m leaving Old Trafford – Man United star announces
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I’m leaving Old Trafford – Man United star announces

Manchester United star, Andreas Pereira has announced his decision to leave the Old Trafford outfit. He said he wants to leave the club in the summer on a permanent basis after making just 45 Premier League appearances for United since arriving at the club in 2011. Pereira, who has spent three seasons on loan to Granada, Valencia and Lazio, is currently spending this term at Brazilian club, Flamengo. The Brazil international has decided to leave United and make his current loan move permanent at the end of the season. “My desire has always been to stay here at Flamengo, and now we are going to do everything,” Pereira told ESPN. “We are going to talk to President Landim and Marcos Braz to make this possible. Of course, I have a feeling that I owe the fans a ti...
Benue Petitions Police and DSS Over Rape of School Girls
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Benue Petitions Police and DSS Over Rape of School Girls

Benue State government has petitioned the Nigeria Police and Department of State Security Service (DSS) over an alleged rape of some female students in a federal government-owned institution in the state. Female students of Federal Science and Technical College (FSTC), Otukpo, in Benue State were reported to have been raped by a staff member of the school. The staff was accused of raping a 16-year-old female SSS 3 student and there are rumours other female students being subjected to same. While it was alleged that the suspected rapist has been suspended, human right activist, Julie Ooja told Daily Trust that she tried to take the case up but the school authority claimed it was being handled administratively. Ooja said; “Our hands were tied; we couldn’t do much because the mi...
Davido buys new Lamborghini as a Christmas gift to himself weeks after buying a Rolls Royce for his birthday
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Davido buys new Lamborghini as a Christmas gift to himself weeks after buying a Rolls Royce for his birthday

Davido just added a new Lamborghini to his garage. The singer took to his Instagram Stories to share a photo of the car with the caption,  "Christmas came early." "I promise that was the last one. No more cars for a while," he added. This comes just weeks after he jokingly asked his friends to donate money to him so he can clear the Rolls Royce he bought for his birthday. This is not his first Lamborghini. Last year, Davido took delivery of a Red Lamborghini Huracan. Also, in 2019,  Davido announced the acquisition of a new Lamborghini Urus.

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