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Tokyo reports 21 new COVID-19 cases Linked to Games
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Tokyo reports 21 new COVID-19 cases Linked to Games

Olympics organisers on Saturday reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 linked to the Tokyo Games, bringing the total number of infections since the start of this month to 241. The number was lower than Friday’s total of 27, which was the highest daily total of the Games so far. No athletes were among the new cases. Athletes who have tested positive and have been forced to miss their events include German cyclist Simon Geschke and US pole vault world champion Sam Kendricks. Twenty-three athletes have so far tested positive. Amid a sharp rise in infections across Japan, the government on Friday lengthened the state of emergency for the Games host city and extended the measure to other nearby prefectures.
Reigning Mrs World, Caroline Jurie resigns weeks after pageant controversy
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Reigning Mrs World, Caroline Jurie resigns weeks after pageant controversy

Reigning Mrs World, Caroline Jurie has resigned her title weeks after she was involved in a controversy at the Mrs Sri Lanka pageant. Jurie made international headlines after yanking the crown off the winner Pushpika De Silva, at the local segment of Mrs World in Sri Lanka at a Colombo theatre this month, claiming she is a divorcee and therefore was ineligible to contest in the Mrs World 2021 international pageant to be held in December. She was arrested and released on bail this month after the fracas at the Mrs Sri Lanka pageant in Colombo. Mrs World Inc confirmed the resignation on social media. The statement read; "Her voluntary resignation decision was made solely by Caroline herself." Kate Schneider of Ireland, the runner-up in the 2020 contest which Jurie won, wil...
Update: Mrs. World Released on bail after her Arrest for allegedly Injuring Mrs. Sri Lanka when she Ripped Crown from her Head on Stage 
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Update: Mrs. World Released on bail after her Arrest for allegedly Injuring Mrs. Sri Lanka when she Ripped Crown from her Head on Stage 

Mrs. World, Caroline Jurie has been released on bail by the police after she was arrested on charges of assault for removing the crown from the new Mrs. Sri Lanka's head over claim she is divorced and should not have won the pageant. Beauty queen Pushpika De Silva, 31, was awarded the 2020/2021 title during the ceremony at Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, Colombo, which was also broadcast on national TV on Sunday. But Caroline Jurie, 28, who won the crown in 2019 and is the current Mrs. World, snatched the crown from her head and crowned the first runner-up instead. "There is a rule that you all have to be married and not divorced," Jurie told the audience. "The crown goes to the first runner-up." As the crown was forcibly removed from a tearful De Silva, she wal...
Update: Mrs. World arrested for taking beauty queen crown off Mrs. Sri Lanka’s head on stage over divorce claims
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Update: Mrs. World arrested for taking beauty queen crown off Mrs. Sri Lanka’s head on stage over divorce claims

The current Mrs. World has been arrested on charges of assault after she removed the crown from the new Mrs. Sri Lanka's head over claim she was divorced and should not have won the pageant. Beauty queen Pushpika De Silva, 31, was awarded the 2020/2021 title during a televised ceremony at Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, Colombo, on Sunday, April 4. Just moments after being announced as the winner of the pageant only meant for married women, Pushpika faced humiliation as last year's winner and current Mrs.World, Caroline Jurie, took the microphone and announced that the first runner-up should take the title instead. "There is a rule that you all have to be married and not divorced," Jurie told the audience. "The crown goes to the first runner-up." The crown wa...
BBNaija 2021 Season 6 Returns – How to register
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BBNaija 2021 Season 6 Returns – How to register

Big Brother Naija, BBNaija 2021 Season 6 will be returning later in the year, the organisers have announced. Multichoice Nigeria said this year’s winner will go home with the grand prize of N90 million. MultiChoice Nigeria, on Wednesday, March 24, announced that it is offering customers on its DStv and GOtv platforms the opportunity to be among the first to be auditioned for the sixth season of the Big Brother Naija reality show. BBNaija hopefuls who are 21 years or older and of Nigerian nationality with a valid Nigerian passport, will get an early audition when they pay on either DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Confam, Yanga package or on GOtv Max or Jolli package between Wednesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 31, 2021.  
I Won’t Take COVID-19 Vaccine, I’d rather miss Olympics – Blake
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I Won’t Take COVID-19 Vaccine, I’d rather miss Olympics – Blake

Jamaican sprinter, Yohan Blake, has revealed his anti-Coronavirus vaccine stance, claiming he would rather miss the Tokyo 2020 Olympics than get the jab. Blake won silver in the 100m and 200m at London 2012 and gold in the 100m relay in 2012 and Rio 2016. The 31-year-old made the comments after organisers in Japan unveiled their plans to ensure athletes’ security with beefed up health protocols. But Blake told the Jamaican Gleaner, “My mind still stays strong, I don’t want the vaccine. “I would rather miss the Olympics than take the vaccine. “I don’t want to get into it right now, but I have my reasons.” Organisers have announced athletes will not need to be vaccinated to compete in Tokyo. But non-compliance with the mandatory safety protocols will see them booted out f...
#14thHeadies: ‘Embarrassment’ – Nigerians slam Organisers over technical issues
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#14thHeadies: ‘Embarrassment’ – Nigerians slam Organisers over technical issues

Organisers of the 14th Headies award have come under attack over poor sound and technical issues that marred the 2021 edition of the event. The red carpet section of the 14th edition of Headies award was expected to begin at 7pm, while the award presentation and performance of artists was expected to kick off by 8pm. However, they experienced technical issues and sound mishaps as viewers could hear conversations which were supposed to be off-air. Also, We observed that HipTv channel was on pause for some minutes before they turned off the red carpet interviews and went off-air. At the moment, the award is yet to begin which has stirred reactions from Nigerians who took to social media platforms to call out the production team of Headies award for what they described as emba...
Nigeria Women’s Premier League gets February 10 as return date from coronavirus halt
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Nigeria Women’s Premier League gets February 10 as return date from coronavirus halt

Teams will return to action next week as the league board approval to return to the pitch following over a one month suspension Nigeria Women's Premier League clubs have received February 10 as the date the domestic competition is set to return from its coronavirus suspension. The NWPL organisers, Nigeria Women's Football League, announced on Monday evening the new resumption date since the suspension of the campaign following the Week 4 fixtures on January 6. The Nigerian top-flight had required to continue their season on January 13 before the board announced the halt, citing teams' failure to submit Covid-19 test results to the league organisers.
Grammy Renames Controversial ‘Urban Contemporary’ Category
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Grammy Renames Controversial ‘Urban Contemporary’ Category

The Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammy awards on Wednesday June 10 announced a number of changes to its category names, including changing "urban contemporary" to "progressive R&B." The announcement was made amid growing criticism of the term “urban” which generalized genres including hip-hop and R&B, belittling the innovation of black music. The Recording Academy said the changes had been made to ensure its awards were "inclusive and reflect[ed] the current state of the music industry".   The statement read in part; “The renamed category is intended to highlight albums that include the more progressive elements of R&B and may include samples and elements of hip-hop, rap, dance, and electronic music. It may also incorporate production ele...
McIlroy, Johnson to Feature in Virus Relief Charity Match
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McIlroy, Johnson to Feature in Virus Relief Charity Match

Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson will face off against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in a skins match to raise money for the coronavirus relief effort, organisers announced on Monday. The TaylorMade Driving Relief event will take place on May 17 at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida, a joint statement said. The PGA Tour, NBC Sports and Britain’s Sky Sports will televise the match, which will raise funds for the American Nurses Foundation and CDC Foundation, two organisations helping to lead COVID-19 relief efforts. No spectators will be allowed to access the event, which will follow strict social distancing guidelines as laid down by the US Centers for Disease Control. A statement said “appropriate testing measures” would be put in place to protect the health of playe...
#RevolutionNow saga: Protesters, Buhari group may clash, Soyinka, others knock Presidency
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#RevolutionNow saga: Protesters, Buhari group may clash, Soyinka, others knock Presidency

The organisers of the ‘RevolutionNow’ protests on Sunday met to finalise preparations for the anti-Federal Government protests they scheduled for Monday (today) After the meetings, which were held in Abuja and Lagos, the organisers said they would go ahead with the protests, despite the arrest of the convener of the #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore. The ‘RevolutionNow’ organisers said this just as a pro-Buhari group, ‘IStandWithBuhari’ said it would also embark on a nationwide counter-rally in support of President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday (today). This, observers noted, could lead to a clash between the two groups. Sowore had declared Monday (today) as the day of the commencement of a revolutionary protest tagged, “Days of Rage,” across the country to demand a better Nigeria. ...
Winner of Ghana Next Super Model, Grace Ama, reportedly ran away from organisers in France
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Winner of Ghana Next Super Model, Grace Ama, reportedly ran away from organisers in France

The winner of Ghana’s Next Super Model 2018, Grace Ama Mensimah Amponsah, has reportedly eluded the organisers of a show she was supposed to take part in upon touching down in France. According to a report seen by TUKO.co.ke on Fashionghana.com, Grace fled from the apartment in which she was lodging without prior knowledge of the organisers who had reportedly taken her there. Grace Ama had gone to participate in fashion shows in France and in other European countries. However, after arriving in Paris in late May 2019, Grace escaped, as if she had her own different intention of traveling. Telling how it all happened, one of the organisers, Spark Zuta, revealed the organisers had left for town, leaving the model in the apartment they all shared. However, they returned and found the door l...
Fashion Model Dies After Collapsing on Runway in Brazil
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Fashion Model Dies After Collapsing on Runway in Brazil

A model has died after collapsing on the runway during Sao Paulo’s Fashion Week in Brazil. 26-year-old Tales Soares known as Tales Cotta was walking the runway on Saturday when he suddenly stumbled and fell down during a show for clothing brand Ocksa. He received help from a medical team at the scene and was later rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead, organisers said. Organizers added, "We are sorry for this loss and give our sincere apologies to Tales' family." Soares' cause of death is not yet known. His management company, Base Management, remembered Soares as having "exemplary behavior." In an Instagram post, Base said that the model never had, or complained about health problems and was a vegetarian who had a healthy diet. The company said that Soa...
Tonto Dikeh: Manager denies endorsing Olakunle Churchill
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Tonto Dikeh: Manager denies endorsing Olakunle Churchill

Ambassador Chris Odey, a project consultant of the foundation run by actress Tonto Dikeh, has stated that he stands with her despite reports saying he endorsed her estranged husband Olakunle Churchill. The reports which say he endorsed Churchill were inspired by a picture which shows him posing with ATTENTION Magazine which had Churchill on the cover. Reacting to the report, Chris Odey shared; Good morning fam. I was surprised last night @Transcorp Hilton Abuja when fellow event organisers drew my attention to a publication making arounds about me. The said picture which the publisher of the magazine pleaded that I kindly endorsed for him. was done by me innocently in which I jokingly said hmmmm this one wey na Churchill dey the cover…well ATTENTION MAGAZINE na una sabi. Then ...
National Junior Cricket Super League Kicks off Friday
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National Junior Cricket Super League Kicks off Friday

The Howzat Foundation for Cricket has scheduled Friday April 19 to Sunday April 21, for the 23rd Howzat National Junior Cricket Super League for Chief Philip Asiodu Trophy. According to the organisers, eight schools have been invited for this year tournament. The schools are, Ansar-Ud-Deen College, Isolo, Lagos, Ansar-Ud-Deen Grammar School, Surulere, Lagos, Federal Government College, Warri, Delta and Government College, Ibadan, Oyo State. Others are Ogun State representative Lisabi High School, Abeokuta, Obele Community High School, Surulere, Lagos, Scholar imperial school, Benin City, Edo and Kaduna College, Kaduna. The venue for this year tournament will hold at Ansar-Ud-Deen Grammar School, Randle Avenue, Surulere, Lagos. As part of efforts by the foundation to r...
GOtv Boxing Night: WABU President Urges More Corporate Support for Boxing
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GOtv Boxing Night: WABU President Urges More Corporate Support for Boxing

President of the West African Boxing Union (WABU), Remi Aboderin, has called on corporate organisations in the country to emulate pay television service provider, GOtv’s support for Nigerian boxing. Aboderin, who is also the Secretary-General of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C) made the call in Lagos yesterday at the offices of Flykite Promotions, organisers of GOtv Boxing Night, which has been sponsored by GOtv since 2014. He noted that the intervention of GOtv in Nigerian boxing has revived the sport, adding that there is a need for many more organisations to support boxing to ensure a speedier return to health. “Nobody connected to Nigerian boxing can fail to see the strides being made by the sport since GOtv intervened in 2014. Their intervention, which has see...
N45m in Prize Money on Offer at 7th Okpekpe Road Race
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N45m in Prize Money on Offer at 7th Okpekpe Road Race

A total prize purse of over N45million will be on offer at the seventh Okpekpe International 10km Road Race next month in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State. Pamodzi Sports Marketing, organisers of the race announced the unchanged prize money outlay on the event’s website,www.okpekperoadrace.com In the outlay, a total of $112,000 is on offer as prize money to the top eight finishers in the men and women’s elite race with the winner in each gender category going home with $20,000 while $13,000 and $9,000 respectively will go to the second and third placed finishers. The prizes for 4th-8th placed finishers in each gender category are $6,500, $3,000, $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000 respectively. Organisers also announced an unchanged prize money outlay for Nigerian runners at the race...
What Ambode Said After Receiving UEFA Champions League Trophy
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What Ambode Said After Receiving UEFA Champions League Trophy

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday received the UEFA Champions League Trophy at the Government House at Alausa, Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the trophy was presented by the championship Ambassador and former captain of Barcelona FC of Spain, Carles Puyo. Puyol, a three-time Champions League winner, is in Nigeria on a three-day visit to lead the UEFA Champions League Tour to bring the tournament closer to the fans. Ambode, who was represented by the Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr Kweku Tandoh, also received Nigerian football legend, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, who was part of the delegation. The trophy tour was organised by the Nigerian Breweries Plc. Ambode laud...
Zenith Bank /Delta Principals’ Cup: Obule, Boys School Tango for Trophy
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Zenith Bank /Delta Principals’ Cup: Obule, Boys School Tango for Trophy

After hosting three international football matches within just five days, the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba will today host the final of the Delta State Principals’ Cup football competition. Obule Integrated School, Sapele and Boys Secondary School, Obiaruku are to clash in the final while Ekpan Secondary School and Comprehensive secondary school will fight for bronze in the third place shortly before the final. The final of the competition originally scheduled for February 15 this year was moved due to the General elections and the involvement of the state in the series of international games at the venue which is fast becoming the home of Nigerian football. The chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Chiedu Ebie, who is also the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education in...
Keshi Stadium to Host Final April 1
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Keshi Stadium to Host Final April 1

The final of this year’s edition of the Delta State Principals’ Cup has been fixed for April 1 and venue is the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba. Incidentally, this venue has hosted international matches in recent time. The Super Eagles defeated Seychelles 3-1on Friday at the arena and today, the U-23 team will tackle Libya in an AFCON qualifier second led tie. Also tomorrow, the Super Eagle will clash with the Pharaohs in an international friendly encounter. No doubt, the people of Delta will continue with this football feast on Monday next week when the final of the youth football competition sponsored by Zenith Bank takes centre stage. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who entered into a partnership agreement with the sponsors three years ago to revive the competition which was in limbo for...
Coach Sure Elite Runners ‘ll Boost Lagos Media Marathon
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Coach Sure Elite Runners ‘ll Boost Lagos Media Marathon

Nigeria’s foremost long distance race Coach, Nuhu Stephen, has commended the organisers of the first Lagos Media Marathon. While commending the initiative, Coach Nuhu who handles most of the country’s top long-distance runners including the likes of Deborah Pam gave assurances of a large turnout of elite runners for the maiden media race. Pam made history at the 2019 Lagos City Marathon; finishing among the top 10 runners. The Plateau State-based coach said it was a welcome development that media practitioners were going a step further in promoting sports outside their usual writing and reportage. “This is a very commendable initiative, most of the runners previously thought that the race was just for journalists but since the general public is welcomed, they would be comin...
Police Arrest 104-year-old Grandma After She Wished to Be Arrested
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Police Arrest 104-year-old Grandma After She Wished to Be Arrested

104-year-old grandma who has never been arrested by the police as she has never been on the wrong side of the law, has finally had her wish come true after she requested that the Police have her arrested. Anne Brokenbrow, who is a resident at Stokeleigh Care Home in Stoke Bishop, Bristol, was ‘detained’ by two officers as part of a charity event, Daily Mail reports. The home is one of five facilities in the area participating in the Wishing Washing Line initiative. And just a few days later her dream came true when three police officers came to her home, handcuffed her and sat her in the police car. When he arrived at her care home in Stoke Bishop, Bristol, PC Stephen Harding from Bridewell Police Station told her: “I’m arresting you on the grounds of being an upstanding...
Okpekpe Organisers Give Timeline for Registration of Athletes
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Okpekpe Organisers Give Timeline for Registration of Athletes

Organisers of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have given Wednesday, May 22, as the closing date for registration of athletes for the seventh edition of the only IAAF Silver Label road running event in Africa in 2019 which holds on Saturday May 25 in Okpekpe, Edo State. Zak Amodu, the race’s Director of Organisation said the online registration for the historic race will close on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019. ”Accreditation and number pick up will begin on Thursday, May 23 and end the next day, Friday May 24. It will start at 8:00 a.m. each day at Yak Hotel along Auchi-Benin Road,” revealed Amodu who insisted that there will be no accreditation on race day. ”To pick up your race number you will need to print a copy of your order confirmation email or Order Number and p...
Agbakoba Legal to Begin Title Defence against Olaniwun Ajayi
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Agbakoba Legal to Begin Title Defence against Olaniwun Ajayi

Champions Olisa Agbakoba Legal is to begin the defence of the Bankole Olumide Aluko (BOA) Lawyers’ Football League title against Olaniwun Ajayi on Sunday at the AstroTurf 2000 in Ikoyi, Lagos. OAL will be aiming to start the cup defence with almost the same team that defeated Falana & Falana in the final of the last edition as this 17th edition begins with fanfare on Sunday. Nineteen distinguished law firms are participating in this edition pushed forward due to the elections that held in the country in the past fortnight. According to organisers of the lawyers’ league, 19 teams would be participating in the tournament, with seven mergers. “The teams are divided into four groups with eight matches to be played every Sunday over a five- week period, Match time for each gam...
Tiwa Savage To Join International Stars To Perform At Wireless Festival 2019
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Tiwa Savage To Join International Stars To Perform At Wireless Festival 2019

Multiple award-winning Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage has been added to the list of performers at this year’s Wireless Festival holding in London. The organisers of the Wireless Festival announced that Savage will be joining a powerful line up of artists that include the likes of Cardi B, Migos, Travis Scott, Future and ASAP Rocky. This was made known on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, as they unveiled a new set of artists that had been included to join the previously announced names. See the tweet making the announcement and her response below, Might be wrong but I think I’m the first afrobeats female to do this, no pressure but we GON kill it by HIS grace ???@WirelessFest@Festicketpic.twitter.com/JCk7kazn3H — Tiwa Savage (@TiwaSavage) March 13, 2019
Qualifier for 2019 DOAMF Charity Golf Set for Saturday
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Qualifier for 2019 DOAMF Charity Golf Set for Saturday

The Qualifier for the ninth edition of the annual Daniel Ogechi Akujobi Memorial Foundation (DOAMF) Charity Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos. Participants at the Qualifier will be hoping to pick slots in the Draw for the Final of the event billed for March 30, 2019 at the same venue.‎ Thousands of lives have been touched through the annual golf event that pulls golfers together to commit to charitable projects through the DOAMF platform and, the organisers are looking forward to another year of impacting indigent communities through the game of golf. The Coordinator of the Organising Committee, Pat Bassey, said that the Foundation hopes to leverage this year’s tournament to break new grounds in the n...
Lagos Media Marathon Not Only for Journalists, Says Oshundun
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Lagos Media Marathon Not Only for Journalists, Says Oshundun

The Chairman of the Lagos State Branch of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Debo Oshundun, has said the upcoming Lagos Media Marathon scheduled for May 1 is not exclusive to only journalists. Speaking at the weekend in Lagos, Oshundun who is the Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee said the Lagos Media Marathon though being spearheaded by journalists was opened to every member of the public to participate and have fun. He explained that just like there is the Aviation Marathon in Singapore that is organised by stakeholders in the aviation industry but its open to every runner and Comrade Marathon organised by miners in South Africa and participation is usually for everybody. The Lagos Media Marathon is a 10km and 5km road race that is open to participants outsid...
Ethiopians Sweep 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon
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Ethiopians Sweep 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon

Nigerian athletes protest results Ethiopians Suntayahu Legese and Dinke Meseret were the hero and heroine of the day as they came top in both male and female events of the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon held yesterday. At the end of the 42km race which attracted over 400, 000 athletes across the world, Legese returned with a time of 2:17:28secs to come first while Kipkorir Joshua of Kenya came second with a time of 2:18:16secs to beat fellow countryman, William Yegon to the third place. Yegon returned with a time of 2:19:04secs. It was the Ethiopia show in the keenly contested female category of the marathon as the first three positions went to Ethiopian athletes. Meseret came first with a time of 2:48:02secs while Alemnesh Herepa came second with a time of 2:49:05secs ...
Peter Rufai Heads ASFU Organising Committee
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Peter Rufai Heads ASFU Organising Committee

As the much anticipated preliminary round of matches of the maiden African Students Football Union (ASFU) Championship kick off in Ijebu Ode and Ibadan from tomorrow, former Super Eagles captain and goalkeeper, Peter Rufai Has been nominated as the chairman of Main Organising Committee. According to the President of ASFU, Professor Seun Omotayo, other notable former internationals involved in the project as ambassadors include; Julius Aghahowa and Seyi Olofinjana are ambassadors. The programme is expected to attract students from other countries especially along the west coast of Africa. Professor Omotayo disclosed that the duo of Aghahowa and Olofinjana had donated trophies for the highest goal scorer and that if he overall winner of the tournament. Omotayo said the champions...
FAB-5 Football Initiative Celebrates with Pupils, Teachers
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FAB-5 Football Initiative Celebrates with Pupils, Teachers

FAB-5 Initiative, organisers of the popular five-a-side football challenge which started since 2012, in the spirit of the season, celebrated with parents, teachers and the general public to a fun fair day at the Funfactory Lekki Phase 1. In its continued bid to “promote education through sport/recreation for a sustainable future”, children were entertained with educative games, rides and goodies from the Santa’s grotto. According to the Project Director, Dare Amokeodo, “This will also usher in the 2019 Edition of the initiative slated for Q1/Q2 which promises to be a bumper package with the inclusion of new and exciting elements.” Partners of this initiative are; Access Bank, Indomie Noodles, Fryda Nigeria and Pet-Bamok & Company.
Mayweather Makes $9M in 139 Seconds after Beating Tenshin Nasukawa
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Mayweather Makes $9M in 139 Seconds after Beating Tenshin Nasukawa

Floyd Mayweather has just made $9M in 139 seconds after beating 20-year-old kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in exhibition bout. Floyd Mayweather came out of retirement briefly to score a lucrative victory in an exhibition boxing match in Japan over kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa that will do more for his bank balance than it did for the reputation of combat sports. The 41-year-old dropped his Japanese opponent three times in the opening round of what was planned for a three-round fight. Mayweather knocked him out in just two minutes to win the clash. The fight topped the bill for the prestigious New Year’s Eve event promoted by Rizin, one of Asia’s fast-growing mixed martial arts organisations, at the Saitama Super Arena, and though it has drawn international attention, it was litt...
Olopade Predicts Doom for Domestic Football
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Olopade Predicts Doom for Domestic Football

Bukola Olopade SUPER 8 PLAYOFF As the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) continues to maintain its stands over the proposed Super 8 playoff and a scheduled date for the commencement t of the next football season, former Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria National League (NNL), Bukola Olopade, has insisted having the playoff to produce four teams that will join the professional league rank NPFL is not the solution to the current challenges facing domestic football scene. The former commissioner for sports in Ogun State, yesterday warned that the League Management Company (LMC) and Nigeria Professional Football League Club Owners should accept the initial proposal that promotes all the teams to join the 20 existing clubs in the top division to save the impending logjam. Ol...
Access Bank Wins SERAS Award
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Access Bank Wins SERAS Award

Access Bank Plc has announced that it recently won the ‘Most Responsible Business in Africa’ and three other awards at the 12th edition of the Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards (SERAS) held in Lagos. The SERAS CSR awards is an annual event aimed at recognising and celebrating organisations for investing resources in the improvement of lives and the environment they serve through several innovative program and initiatives. Other awards won by the bank included ‘Best Partnership for Development; Best Corporate Communication Team and Sustainability Practitioner of the Year – received by Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, Group Head, Sustainability at Access Bank. According to a statement, the award ceremony attracted several dignitaries, business executives and several...
NFF, NOC Back FCV Football Academy Camp
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NFF, NOC Back FCV Football Academy Camp

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Nigeria Olympic Committee, (NOC), have given their backings to the FCV International Football Academy Camp scheduled to hold April next year at the Lekki British International School in Lagos. At the media launch of the football camp at the school yesterday, the First Vice President of the NFF, Seyi Akinwumi, said the federation was delighted with such developmental programmes, promising the organisers the backing of the Glass House. Akinwumi, who doubles as the chairman of the Lagos State Football Association (LSFA), however charged some of the kids for the camp present at yesterday’s event to focus more on their education, so as to have something to fall back on after their football career. Speaking in the same ...
Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Others to Perform at GOtv Boxing Night 17
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Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Others to Perform at GOtv Boxing Night 17

The 17th edition of GOtv Boxing Night (GOtv Boxing Night 17) will feature musical performances by four big acts, the organisers have revealed. The artistes scheduled to perform at the event, which holds on 28 December at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, are Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Teni Da Entertainer and Daddy Showkey. According to Jenkins Alumona, the Managing Director of Flykite Promotions, organisers of the event, the top acts have been signed on to provide additional entertainment at the show, which will host the World Boxing Federation Intercontinental super featherweight title bout between Nigeria’s Seun “The Machine” Wahab and Tanzania’s Issa “Peche Boy” Nampepeche in addition to seven other bouts. Alumona explained that the show, tagged “Boxing Jams Music”, was conceived...
Gun Threat Forces Organisers To Evacuate Guests At ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Screening  (Videos)
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Gun Threat Forces Organisers To Evacuate Guests At ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Screening (Videos)

Guests who had attended the premiere of Lifetime's upcoming docuseries 'Surviving R. Kelly' were evacuated on Tuesday night in New York after a gun threat was called in at the venue. The premiere was being held at NeueHouse Madison Square. Special guests including #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, cultural critic Jamilah Lemieux and accusers of R.Kelly, including Kitti Jones, Jerhonda Pace, Lisa Van Allen, Asante McGee and Lizzette Martinez among others were all asked to leave the venue following the threat. "As a precaution, we evacuated," a Lifetime representative told The Hollywood Reporter. The premiere has been called off and Lifetime will regroup tomorrow do discuss potentially rescheduling. "Tonight's all about the safety of everyone — we're not even thinking of what to do next...
WBF Title Bout Headlines 17th GOtv Boxing Night
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WBF Title Bout Headlines 17th GOtv Boxing Night

The 17th edition of GOtv Boxing Night will be headlined by the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental super featherweight bout between Nigeria’s Seun Wahab and Tanzania’s Issa Nampepeche. This was announced on Thursday by the organisers at a press conference in Lagos. The WBF Intercontinental super featherweight clash entitles to the winner to take a shot at the WBF world title in the division. The fight is one of the two international clashes billed to take place at the event holding on December 28, at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. The second international duel in the eight-fight line-up will see US-based Nigerian Oluwafemi Oyeleye take on Meshack Mwankemwa of Tanzania in a middleweight challenge. Also scheduled to be in action is crowd favourite, Olaide Fijabi, who w...
Traffic Cameras Catch Cheats Taking Shortcut at Shenzhen Half Marathon
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Traffic Cameras Catch Cheats Taking Shortcut at Shenzhen Half Marathon

Almost 250 runners in a half marathon were caught cheating when traffic cameras captured them taking shortcuts through bushes. Organisers of the race in Shenzhen, China, also discovered 18 runners wearing fake bibs and three runners they described as “imposters”. All who cheated are now facing bans. “Marathon running is not simply exercise, it is a metaphor for life, and every runner is responsible for him or herself,” organisers said. Footage captured by Shenzhen police traffic cameras showed runners cutting through bushes to an adjacent carriageway, instead of continuing along the road and making a U-turn. Organisers said the 237 people caught cheating would have run two or three kilometres less than the full 21-kilometre (13.1-mile) distance. The annual race in Chi...
Egyptian King Or Dwarf? Salah Statue Mocked Online
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Egyptian King Or Dwarf? Salah Statue Mocked Online

A statue of Liverpool footballer Mohamed Salah has been met with derision online since going on display in his native Egypt, with many comparing it to an infamous bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo. The statue was unveiled with pomp and ceremony at the World Youth Forum in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in the presence of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. With large ears poking out from under a huge Afro hairstyle, Salah is captured in the pose of his now iconic goal celebration. A broad smile is etched across his face and his oversized head is tilted backwards as the arms on his pint-sized body are stretched out wide. Salah is idolised in Egypt and Liverpool, after his goal-scoring exploits last season took his country to the World Cup finals and his English club to th...
Russia World Cup Added $14 Bln To Economy: Organisers
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Russia World Cup Added $14 Bln To Economy: Organisers

The 2018 World Cup added more than $14 billion to the Russian economy, more than one percent of the country’s gross domestic product, tournament organisers said in Doha on Tuesday. The figure was revealed in a report on the economic, social and environmental impact of the tournament by Alexey Sorokin, the CEO of Russia’s World Cup organising committee. The World Cup winner’s trophy is seen during the 68th FIFA Congress at the Expocentre in Moscow on June 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO “The figure the report comes up with is quite surprising,” Sorokin told a football conference in Qatar, which is the host of the next World Cup in 2022. It calculated that the impact of the World Cup on Russian GDP between 2013 and 2018 was 952 billion roubles ($14.5 billion, 12.5 billion euros). This was...
Ajibade Battles Musa, Omeruo For Nigeria Footballer Of The Year Award
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Ajibade Battles Musa, Omeruo For Nigeria Footballer Of The Year Award

Super Eagles stand-in-captain, Ahmed Musa, defender Kenneth Omeruo and Rasheedat Ajibade will battle for this year’s Nigeria Footballer of the Year award. This would be known on November 16 at the  ceremony of the prestigious Nigerian Sports Award billed for Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. Organisers explained that the male and female footballer of the year award were collapsed into one to make it unique. According to Unmissable Incentives, organizers of the Nigerian Sports Award, NSA that announced the shortlist of nominees for the 2018 edition of the awards ceremony in Lagos yesterday, the three footballers scored highest among the nominees in that category. Nigeria’s Rasheedat Ajibade vies for the ball with Haiti’s Melchie Dumonay during the Women World Cup U20 football mat...
I’m A Beauty Queen But I’m Also A Born-Again Christian – Reigning Miss Nigeria Declares
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I’m A Beauty Queen But I’m Also A Born-Again Christian – Reigning Miss Nigeria Declares

The reigning Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Mildred Ehiguese, has declared that she is also a born-again Christian. Mildred Ehiguese Even though many people think that the world of beauty pageantry is a secular one and not for born-again Christians, the current Miss Nigeria, Mildred Ehiguese, says she is both a born-again Christian and a beauty queen. According to Punch Metro, she further said that wearing the crown did not negate her religious values but had instead helped her to empower women. “I am a born-again Christian and a beauty queen. We did not have to wear bikinis because it is a non-bikini contest. The Miss Nigeria beauty contest is one that is known for its dignity. The contestants know that they are there to promote their good image and that the organis...
Artist Paints Gov. El-Rufai In Two Minutes, Sells It For N2m
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Artist Paints Gov. El-Rufai In Two Minutes, Sells It For N2m

Kaduna – Mr Adebayo Seun, a 200 level Fine Arts student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, on Saturday sold a portrait of Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State, which he painted in two minutes for N2.0 million.   Governor El-Rufai with his pencil portrait The portrait, painted during Kaduna Emerging Young Leaders Summit held in Kaduna, was bought through an auction within five minutes by Rep. Mohammed Mamadi (APC-Igabi). Seun said that he has never made this much from a painting. “The highest I ever made was N500, 000. I really thanked the organisers of the event for this life changing opportunity. `I am so happy and feel so encouraged,’’ he said. Another artist, Abubakar Umar did a pencil drawing of the Governor. NAN reports that the summit was organised by the state governme...
NYG : Official Lauds Screening Committee
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NYG : Official Lauds Screening Committee

Ilorin – Mrs Dilichukwu Onyedinma, Leader of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) delegation to the ongoing National Youth Games (NYG) in Ilorin, on Wednesday commended the event’s Screening Committee, for doing good job.   From left: Rivers’ Precept Benjamin (Silver); Faith Y. Faith of Delta (Gold); Dorcas Effiong of Akwa Ibom and Zakiyya Abdullahi of Kano State (Bronze) medalists in the Judo event in the Female 44KG category at the 2018 National Youth Games in Ilorin on Wednesday Onyedinma, who gave the commendation in an interview in Ilorin, said that this year’s screening was better than the previous years. NAN reports that no fewer than 500 athletes were dropped from the 10-day event at the University of Ilorin, holding from Sept. 7 to Sept. 17, for being overage. “The...
Huddah Monroe Speaks On How Organisers Almost Ruined Wizkid’s Show In Kenya
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Huddah Monroe Speaks On How Organisers Almost Ruined Wizkid’s Show In Kenya

Kenyan socialite and ex-Big Brother Africa housemate, Huddah Monroe, can’t stop gushing about Wizkid‘s performance in Nairobi over the weekend. Apparently, she had a great time at Starboy’s show, though, she remarked that show organisers made it impossible for the Nigerian pop star to perform at another venue. ‘Everything was a mess but I had fun. Great laughing out loud with Daddy Yo! Gang! Gang foevaa,’ She wrote. Monroe added, ‘And I have to apologise for him not coming to Memphis, it wasn’t his fault. Kenyan event organizers are just shit!’
Organisers Withdraw From Floyd Mayweather Charity Fight
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Organisers Withdraw From Floyd Mayweather Charity Fight

Some organisers of the planned charity boxing fight involving American champion, Floyd Mayweather, on Tuesday announced their withdrew from the event. The fight tagged: “Floyd Mayweather Charity Boxing Match,’’ was scheduled to hold on June 14, at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. The organisers including Play Network Nigeria, Transcorp Hilton, George Okoro Media, and Eddie Madaki PR announced their pull-out in a statement. Extracts from the statement obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, reads: “Due to circumstances completely beyond our control, we have made the decision to withdraw entirely from the above scheduled event with sincere apologies to all members. “The play Network prides itself in upholding the absolute best standards and industry practices regardless of...
Wofai Samuel To Host West African Power Industry Awards
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Wofai Samuel To Host West African Power Industry Awards

Organisers of Cape Town, South Africa based awards ceremony,West African Power Industry Awards has unveiled one of Nigeria’s ace broadcaster Wofai Samuel, as the host of the show. The Awards which is expected to bring together 200 of West Africa’s most renowned power industry professionals, pioneers, and projects, is set to recognise and reward the success of West Africa’s Power Sector during the 2015/2016 year. Responding to the announcement, Wofai Samuel, said; ” It’s a dream come true as this has already opened several doors of limitless opportunities from diverse sectors on the international landscape. I give Thanks to God Almighty who has made this possible’. She added that “Spintelligent from South Africa and Clarion Events from the UK are prominent and highly respected brands’ an...
ISIS Bans Referees in Syria Because They Enforce ‘Laws of FIFA Not Sharia’
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ISIS Bans Referees in Syria Because They Enforce ‘Laws of FIFA Not Sharia’

Isis has reportedly banned football referees in one of its Syrian strongholds because they uphold the rules of Fifa and not Sharia law. According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, Isis commanders told organisers of local games that referees would be banned because their decisions ‘do not judge according to what Allah has revealed’ and are ‘a violation of Allah’s command and the Sunnah.’ Commanders have also drawn up a list of rules, the SOHR reports, which describe how an injured player can receive compensation from their opponents, or exact revenge, under Sharia law. We’re lucky because the football we play does not run using Fifa’s name – then the organisation [Isis] would have stopped games once and for all and not just refereeing,’ a player told the SOHR. ...
Singer Tony Tetula Pictured With Queen Of Aso Team In Lagos
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Singer Tony Tetula Pictured With Queen Of Aso Team In Lagos

As the countdown continues to the 11th Edition of Queen Of Aso Nigeria pageant preliminary fashion show holding in Lagos, the organisers Desmond and Kingsley Agboola were photographed with veteran artist Tony Tetula who is planned to be one of the star performers at the show. The event is billed to hold on Sunday 31st, July 2016 at Lagos Oriental Hotels. The preparations are already underway and all hands are on deck to ensure a successful show supported.

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