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Learn something new this Summer: Equipping Our Children with Vocational Skills this Summer Break

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Background information on Lightup Concepts

Lightup Concepts is about putting creativity into ankara or fabric thereby making a statement inour social style. Lightup Concepts include ankara accessories and other bed fittings such as ankara bags and clutches, bracelets and necklaces, ankara carrier bags and notepads (used as souvenirs for social events), throw pillows, bed sheets and pillow cases, curtains, etc.

Our Products & Services

Products – Lightup Concepts uses the ankara /fabric and local materials to design products such as bags, clutches, bracelets, necklaces (beads), carrier bags, notepads(souvenirs), Hand Fan, Hair Accessories, Fabric Bangles, throw pillows, bed sheets, pillow cases and curtains, hair bows and so much more. Other products and services include jewellry, bead making, fashion design.

Nigeria will disintegrate before Buhari's very eyes if any more innocent blood is shed- FFK

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The former Aviation Minister said this in a new post he shared on his Facebook wall. It reads
"On 29th July 2016, CNN reported that "the Nigerian government is preparing troops for a crackdown in the Niger Delta if peace talks fail". This is sad and ominous. As United States Senator Ted Cruz once said "the light of truth is stronger than the terror of darkness". It follows that the biggest mistake that the Buhari administtation can possibly make is to attempt to "crack down" on the Niger Delta and kill innocent civilians.

18 year old man convicted for stabbing Nigerian man to death in the UK

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18 year old Kaleb Amponsah (left), has been found guilty of the stabbing to death, 27 year old Ade Afariogun (right) which took place on January 29th this year. On the day of the incident, Ade was in Plaistow Park with three female friends when they noticed Amponsah ride his bike past them on several occasions and staring aggressively at them.

As Ade was leaving the park, Amponsah confronted and started an argument with him. A scuffle ensued during which the two exchanged punches.

Ade's friend attempted to intervene by pulling Amponsah away but Amponsah produced a large knife from his waistband, ans stabbed Ade in his stomach twice. So brutal was the attack, that Ade received a 12cm injury to his abdomen. He was rushed to Royal London Hospital, but despite the best efforts of medical staff, he died during the early hours of Monday 1 February.

Photos of two Nigerian children crying after their mother died in the Mediterranean on their way to Europe

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Two Nigerian siblings, 11 and 10 are pictured crying after their mother died in the Mediterranean on their way to Europe. The two children were among 150 migrants rescued from their overcrowded rubber boat off the coast of Libya while trying to cross the Mediterranean ocean into Italy by a Spanish NGO’s boat.

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Southern Sun Ikoyi hosts Business & Leisure Seekers to an Exclusive Cocktail Event in Lagos

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Mark Loxley General Manager Southern Sun Ikoyi; Nick Zaranyika; Ezinne Anyanwu & Dr. Tagbo Azubike Leading business hotel Southern Sun Ikoyi boosted relations within its community by recently providing business and leisure seekers with a wonderful experience as it hosted its quarterly corporate VIP cocktail event on Thursday 21st July, 2016. The elegant affair received exclusive coverage and red carpet interviews from leading lifestyle station Ebonylife TV and was well attended by a variety of guests which included investors, diplomats, embassy representatives, industry personnel, local and international corporate representatives and leading entrepreneurs, all treated, to delicious canapes and fine wine. Mark Loxley, General Manager Southern Sun Ikoyi welcomed guests to the exclusive affair, thanking them for their continued patronage of the hotel. Mark Loxley conveyed that the hotel’s quarterly cocktail event is indeed aimed at providing continued support to businesses within the c…

Photos: Mrs Folorunsho Alakija meets with former Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida in Minna

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Mrs Folorunso Alakija, 66, presented her books to former Military Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida at the IBB University Minna, Niger State on Thursday, July 28. Nigeria's richest woman also commissioned the Modupe and Folorunso Alakija Lecture theatre at the University.

Former NFL player Antonio Armstrong and wife shot dead by 16-year-old son

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The teenage son of former NFL player and Miami Dolphins linebacker has been charged with murdering his parents at their home in Houston, Texas.
The 16-year-old was charged as a juvenile andis being questioned by investigators in connection with the deaths of Antonio and Dawn Armstrong, NBC reports.  Armstrong, 42,  who spent a season as a linebacker with the Miami Dolphins, and his wife Dawn were both shot in the early hours of Friday morning. Ms Armstrong died at the scene, while her husband was later pronounced dead at the city’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, having suffered a gunshot wound to his head.

Sokoto uncovers 13,000 ghost workers in LGAs

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Sokoto State Government said it has discovered no fewer than 12,915 ghost workers whose names were added into the payroll of the 23 Local Governments Areas of the state.

The State Commissioner for Local Governments and Community Development, Alhaji Mannir Dan-Iya, disclosed this at a media briefing in Sokoto.


"The Ministry, through the Monitoring Department and other stakeholders has concluded a local government junior staff verification of about 58,143 workers, comprising of scheduled and unscheduled staff.

"The verification exercise has yielded a fruitful result, whereby about 12, 915 staff,comprising of seat-at-home and ghost workers were fished out of the local governments staff payrolls.

RAAAH Launches High End Fashion Line – Rahima Mohamed Couture

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Following the successful launch of RAAAH’s ready to wear collection, ‘Fly High’, by British-Zimbabwean fashion designer Rahima Mohamed, the breakthrough label has announced its move into the new season with the launch of its exclusive line of haute couture dresses and jumpsuits this Spring/Summer 2017. The Rahima Mohamed Couture line, an extension of RAAAH’s mainline collection of ready to wear classic evening dresses and coordinates, is a 16-piece high fashion and luxury range for the dynamic and experimental woman.

Russian woman beheaded on first date with a man she met online

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A 22-year-old Russian woman named Kristina Medvedeva was beheaded on her very first date with a man she met online. Kristina, a shop assistant in the Russian city of Ekaterinburg, was seeking for love on the internet and reportedly described her relationship status as 'actively searching' on one social media site.

BBA Season 8 Selly Galley Stuns in Yoruba Inspired Photoshoot by Taries Beauty Lounge

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Ghanaian Actress and TV presenter Selorm Galley – Fiawoo, popularly known as Selly and Ghana’s representative in Season 8 of the Big Brother Africa in 2013, recently visited Nigeria for the City People Awards. During her visit the actress took time out for a Nigerian inspired photoshoot organized by her friend and business partner Tara Adesemowo, a beauty specialist based in Lagos, Nigeria.

Lagos Court Dissolves 21-year-old Marriage over Wife’s Inability to Cook

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A 46-year-old woman, Aisha, on Wednesday lost her 21-year-old marriage to her husband, Ashimiyu, over poor cooking. The petitioner, Ashimiyu, 54, approached the court and asked it to dissolve the marriage over his wife’s alleged poor cooking. “My wife does not know how to cook, her food was always tasteless. Anytime she cooks and I complain about it, she will tell me to cook myself. I started cooking my food because if I had continued to eat her food, I might have fallen sick. My wife was very dirty; she will not wash or sweep the house. Everywhere in the house used to smell. She kept packing used plates for four days or more without washing them and I was always doing the cleaning.

Turkish Govt ask FG to close down all Turkish schools in Nigeria

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The Turkish government has appealed to the Federal government to close down the 17 Nigerian-Turkish International Colleges (NTIC) in Nigeria, saying they all belong to Fetullah Gulen accused of sponsoring the July 15th failed military coup in Turkey.

The Turkish High Commissioner to Nigeria, Hakan Cakil, disclosed this while hosting the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Shehu Sani on July 28th.

Zahra Buhari commissions home for orphans in Kaduna State

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President Muhammadu Buhari's daughter, Zahra Buhari who had worked with Nurse Hawau (who took care of the orphans) for the past 5 years commissioned a home she built for 90 orphans in Kaduna state yesterday. Zahra and her ACE charity team also commissioned a new library for the orphans.

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Needle Point presents “Bibs & Bows” Summer 16 Collection | Lookbook

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For Summer 2016, Nigerian design label Needle Point presents “Bibs & Bows” collection. The collection features easy-to-wear pieces, presented as separates, and with some pieces in signature ankara prints juxtaposed with clean whites. There are pencil dresses, wide leg pants, jumpsuits and dresses with exaggerated sleeves and peplum details. Bibs & Bows provides an alluring template that can be personally styled in a variety of ways to suit your style. More photos after the cut..

Police, DSS Hold Meeting with Wike and Amaechi to Ensure Peace Ahead of Rivers Re-Run

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The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Director-General ofDepartment of State Services (DSS), Alhaji Musa Daura on Tuesday held a meeting with the former governor of Rivers state and Minister of Transportation,Rotimi Amaechi, and the current governor of the state, Nyesom Wike to chart the path to peace in the state before, during and after the legislative re-run elections. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier postponed the the re-run elections due to violent activities and the burning down of its office in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of the state. According to Vanguard, Wike and Amaechi resolved to be irrevocably committed to lasting peace and vouched to play the game by the rules. They also agreed to prevail on their teeming supporters to adhere to their commitment to peace and security in the state. The duo also agreed to convene another meeting that will be aimed at solidifying the commitment reached during the meeting. More photo…

Obanikoro's aide narrates how he transported N1.2bn to Fayose in Ekiti state

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An aide of former Minister for State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, Lt. Commander A. O. Adewale, yesterday told EFCC operatives how on the orders of Obanikoro, himself and other staff members of Obanikoro, transported N1.2 billion to Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose in 2014.

The N1.2 billion is part of the N4.745 billion allegedly paid into Obanikoro’s company, Sylva Mcnamara by the Office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.

According to The Nation, Adewale said they started the trip with the money from Obanikoro's Parkview estate home in Ikoyi, Lagos."I was posted as the Flag Lieutenant to the Hon. Minister of State for Defence from March 2014 to September 2014. Thereafter I proceeded to Defence Intelligence School for my basic French Language course from December 14 to June 2015. As at when I was the Flag Lieutenant to the Minister of State for Defence, my schedule of duties was being in charge of Very Important Personalities (VIP) protection, organi…

Former governor, Rotimi Amaechi says - No one can prove I stole Rivers State money

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Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, has denied allegations that he embezzled money meant for the development of Rivers state when he was governor. Amaechi said this while speaking at a stakeholders’ forum on corruption organised by the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja today July 28th.


“If you had followed the Rivers State government when I was governor, we were the first state to introduce the Public Procurement Law in the country. The state cabinet used to call the Director General of Public Procurement in the state as an alternative governor, that they wanted an amendment to that law. The reason they wanted amendment is that he (DG) refused to increase the threshold to one hundred million naira, per ministry, instead he reduced it to 10 million naira. I had a battle with him (DG BPE) and the world bank who insisted that we should not go for an amendment but should persuade him to increase the threshold. I remember the cabinet tried to go to court against him and I remem…

Video: Senate Screens 15 Ambassadorial Nominees as Some Fail to Recite National Anthem, Pledge Correctly

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Ambassadorial Screening The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs on Tuesday in Abuja, screened 15 ambassadorial nominees out of 47 that were sent by President Muhammadu Buhari for confirmation. The Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate),Senator Ita Enang, led the nominees to the screening venue. The Chairman of the committee, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, after the screening, announced that the committee will continue with the exercise on Wednesday. The nominees answered questions ranging from their qualification to experience on the job. However, some of the nominees failed to recite the National Anthem and Pledge when asked to do so.

Photos:The funeral of former Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi

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Late Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi was buried Thursday in his hometown. His funeral started with a requiem mass in Benin, Edo State, yesterday. The funeral mass took place at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Airport Road, Benin. City which was followed by a novelty match at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.

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Davido sets up Education Scholarship Program

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Music star Davido is taking time out to do something wonderful and inspiring. He has set up a scholarship program to ensure that as many people as he can help get education actually do. He shared on Instagram ““So many people deserve education.. Starting from this year I plan to start the Veronica Adeleke Education Scholarship program .. I plan to send people to school every year … I’m starting from 4 students this year details will be released soon on how to apply…. DO YOUR PART TO MAKE THE WORLD BETTER , EVEN IF YOU START SMALL .. AT LEAST START! OBO!”

Equipping Our Children with Vocational Skills this Summer Break

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Background information on Lightup Concepts

Lightup Concepts is about putting creativity into ankara or fabric thereby making a statement inour social style. Lightup Concepts include ankara accessories and other bed fittings such as ankara bags and clutches, bracelets and necklaces, ankara carrier bags and notepads (used as souvenirs for social events), throw pillows, bed sheets and pillow cases, curtains, etc.

Our Products & Services

Products – Lightup Concepts uses the ankara /fabric and local materials to design products such as bags, clutches, bracelets, necklaces (beads), carrier bags, notepads(souvenirs), Hand Fan, Hair Accessories, Fabric Bangles, throw pillows, bed sheets, pillow cases and curtains. Other products and services include jewellry, bead making, fashion design.

Services – The main service being rendered by Lightup Concepts is training people in the art of making the ankara accessories earlier mentioned. Pictures of some these are below:

The End of a Tech Era: Verizon Acquires Yahoo Core Business for $5 Billion

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Yahoo was once regarded as the “King of the Internet”, worth $125 billion in its time the way Facebook or Google are today. Now it’s being sold to Verizon for comparatively chump change. This morning, Verizon announced the end of the long process of acquiring Yahoo’s core business for just under $4.8 billion. This transaction ends the independence of one of Silicon Valley’s most iconic pioneering companies. Yahoo’s seventh and final CEO, Marissa Mayer, will reportedly depart with severance pay worth more than $50 million.

Imad Eduso presents its 2016 Capsule Collection | Lookbook

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The collection features jumpsuits, dresses, skirts and pants, in different colours including white, pink, blue and black. More photos after the cut...

Wema Bank PLC Sponsors Nigeria Student Fashion and Design Week (NSFDW) holding on August 12th-13th

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BlackNBold Fashion House presents the Nigerian Student Fashion and Design Week (NSFDW 2016) sponsored by Nigeria’s longest surviving indigenous lenderWema Bank Plc. The event will showcase the works of emerging designers. Winners will emerge in the Fashion Designers Contest and General Public Contest for Most Stylish Student. Date:Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th, 2016.
Time: 6PM
Venue: Indoor Sports Hall, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos. Visit www.nsfdw.com for more information

Banky W, Kaylah Oniowo & More Endorse Noble Igwe’s Move to Cash in on his “Wife, not Cook” Catchphrase

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Noble Igwe‘s mentions are all of shades of lit right now!

Actor John Njamah & His Bride Wedding Photos

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Actor John Njamah over the weekend got married to his Cameroonian girlfriend, Angwi. His sister, Empress Njamah shared photos from his wedding. Congratulations to them. 
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First Photos from the 2016 City People Entertainment Awards: See Abbah Folawiyo, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, Mercy Aigbe-Gentry & More on the Red Carpet

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Mercy Aigbe-Gentry The 2016 City People Entertainment awards took place last night in Lagos yesterday and was attended by Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, Abbah Folawiyo,Hilda Dokubo, Eniola Badmus, Adunni Ade, Lilian Afegbai, Mercy Aigbe-Gentry and a host of others. First photos from the event after the cut..

EFCC arrests five undergraduates over alleged N16 million internet fraud, recover cars, laptops & more

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The EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, has arrested five suspected undergraduate scammers, 4 from the Federal University of Technology Akure, (FUTA) and 1 from Adekunle Ajashin University, Akungba. According to EFCC, the suspects who go about with the name "Tsunnami Gang and Young Pablo Money", are between the ages of 20 and 23. Adeleke Paul, 21, Adebiyi Tayo Abudu, 22, Akinsanmi Olusola Adeniyi 21, Ogundile Ademola James, 23 and Okali Ugochukwu, 21 were picked up at an Off-Campus residence located at Stateline Hotel Road, off FUTA South Gate, Akure, Ondo State.
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28 year old housewife sentenced to death by hanging in Delta for stabbing husband to death and setting him ablaze

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A 28 year-old housewife, Mary Attah has been condemned to death by hanging by an Effurun High Court for stabbing her Pastor husband, Darlington Attah, with a kitchen knife and setting him ablaze.



Prosecution from the Delta State Ministry of Justice had told the Court that the accused who was married to Darlington Attah (now deceased) with four children, on or about the 6th day of July, 2012 at Effurun within the Effurun Judicial Division did attack her husband with a kitchen knife and stabbed him in the neck as a result of an alleged phone call from the husband’s lover.

LASG to Increase Monthly IGR to N30bn by 2017, Eyes N1 Trillion Yearly Budget by 2018

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode The Lagos State Government on Sunday said it will reduce dependence on federal allocation by increasing its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to a monthly target of N30 billion in 2017. It also said that it would increase the IGR to N50 billion monthly in 2018 and as it targeted a yearly budget of N1 trillion by 2018. This is contained in a communique issued at the end of a four-day retreat for members of the State Executive Council, Body of Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Government Agencies and Parastatals in Badagry. The communiqué said the retreat had the theme “Reflect, Reappraise, Restrategise: Raising the Bar of Governance”. On the budget plan, it said the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Akinyemi Ashade, described the target as ambitious, adding that appropriate measures were being adopted to achieve the plan.

Nigerian Entrepreneur Angel Adelaja of Fresh Direct left a positive mark at Chivas The Venture Finale in New York | Eva Longoria, Trevor Noah & More

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Eva Longoria & Angel Adelaja Angel Adelaja, CEO of Fresh Direct Limited, we are proud of you. The young entrepreneur was one of 216 applicants from Nigeria for “The Venture”, Chivas Regal’s search to find and support the most innovative startups from across the world. Angel Adelaja She emerged one of the five winners during the final event in New York City last week. The winners were announced after five grand finalists pitched in front of a live audience and judging panel that included actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria. The event was the culmination of the second year of Chivas’ The Venture, which received over 2,500 applications from scalable and sustainable social entrepreneurs. The evening was hosted by The Daily Show presenter, Trevor Noah who applauded all five entrepreneurs that pitched on their commitment to using business as a force for good. The judging panel which included Eva Longoria,Sonal Shah,Joe Huffand Alexandre Ricard, assessed each business based on their abili…

Traffic offenders: Lagos state government backs removal of plate number instead of towing of vehicles

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Lagos State Government has defended the enforcement method of its Special Offences Task Force which favors the removal of number plates of erring vehicles over clamping down and towing of vehicles. In a statement jointly issued by the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem and the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde today July 25th, the state government says the new method being adopted by the state Task Force particularly for illegal parking of vehicles or obstruction of traffic simply involves capturing the offence on video, removing the number-plate of the erring vehicles and putting a branded sticker on the windshield of the car to inform the owner/driver of such cars about their offence and invitation for trial at the Special Offences Mobile Court which may sitting at any proximate local Government office or at the Special Task office at Alausa in Ikeja. It added that the Task Force is authorized under the Lagos State Road Traf…

Kourtney Kardashian splashes out on $6600-per night stay at luxury accomodation while on holiday with Scott Disick and kids

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The 37-year-old reality star has spared no expense while on a lavish holiday with Scott Disick and their kids in Nantucket. The family is reportedly holed up in an opulent 7-bedroom mansion which costs $6600-a-night. Reports have it she rented the luxury accommodation for the whole of April.. 

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Youngest Black Pilot To Fly Across America #StraightOuttaCompton

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Isaiah Cooper, a 16 year old male from Compton, Southern California has just made history after completing a record-breaking flight across the United States of America. He has just been recognized as the youngest black pilot to fly cross-country after he completed an 8,000 mile flight and a two week trip across the continent.

OC & Ibukun Ukeje, Lala Akindoju, Adesua Etomi & More at the Premiere of South African Movie “Ayanda” in Lagos

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The premiere for South African movie “Ayanda” starring Nigerian actor OC Ukeje held last night at the Silverbird Cinema in Victoria Island, Lagos. OC Ukejewas joined at the event by his gorgeous wife Ibukun and his BFF Kemi Lala Akindoju. The event was also attended by Adesua Etomi, Ini Dima-Okojie and more. See photos from the premiere after the cut...

Koffi Olomide's Zambia concert cancelled for assaulting female dancer

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Koffi Olomide’s Zambia concert has been cancelled after he assaulted one of his female dancers at Nairobi’s JKIA last Friday.
The Rhumba maestro was arrested after a video of him assaulting one of his dancers went viral, sparking outrage and condemnation on social media.

The Congolese Musician was scheduled to perform at this year’s 90th Show at the Zambia’s Agricultural And Commercial Society. The President of the management Committee Ben Shoko said on Sunday that the cancellation follows the unfortunate incident at Kenya’s Airport.

Murdered Abuja Preacher Buried as FG Vows to Fish Out Killers | Photos

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The Federal Government has said that it will bring the killers of slain Abuja evangelist, Eunice Elisha to book, PUNCH reports The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawalsaid this on Saturday as a representative of President Muhammadu Buhari at the burial service held in RCCG FCT 2 Provincial Headquarters in Kubwa on Saturday. “As a government, we want to inform you that all the perpetrators of this act will not go free and will be brought to book. All Nigerians should be safe and free to practice their religion anywhere. Government’s resolve is to fish out the perpetrators. We pray to God not only to forgive them, but pray that the perpetrators seek for repentance. On behalf of the President and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, may God console you,” Lawal said. Also present was President Buhari’s Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina. She was murdered in the Kubwa area of the Federal Capital Territory on Saturday, July 9th at about 5:30AM. The…