For a conference in Abuja, the actress rocked a matching kimono and pants set called The Maleeka set, by Nigerian fashion designer Jayda Woman.
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to participate in weekend’s presidential debate.
Kanu said the President’s action has vindicated his claims that the President was cloned.
Kanu made this known in a radio broadcast to his members on Monday.
He further blamed South-East governors whom he described as “stooges” of the northern establishment for allegedly orchestrating the labelling of his group as a terrorist organisation by the Federal Government.
Kanu added, “It has come to my attention that some people may have elected to misinterpret what I said regarding election boycott.
“The same way some Lagos-Ibadan gutter media attacked my expose on Jubril but today, everything I said about the impostor is unraveling one after the other.
“This news broke this evening (Saturday) that President Buhari will not participate In the presidential debate.
“What does this tell you? It goes to confirm what I told all of you that Jubril will never participate in the presidential debate because he’s not Buhari.
“This evening, I will offer clarifications to remove whatever ambiguity mischief makers may have introduced in their desperate attempt to dampen the spirit of our people.
“I must make it categorically clear that we IPOB are boycotting the forthcoming elections starting with the February 16 presidential election.”
The 76th Golden Globe Awards for movies and television, chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association held yesterday at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.
The awards hosted by actors Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg witnessed a huge gathering of film and television industry heavyweights.
The event honored the year’s best in movies and TV who were voted by the 90 or so members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Below is full list of categories and winners:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Bohemian Rhapsody” *WINNER
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“Green Book” *WINNER
“Mary Poppins Returns”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close (“The Wife”) *WINNER
Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”)
Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”)
Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”)
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) *WINNER
John David Washington (“BlackKklansman”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) *WINNER
Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”)
Charlize Theron (“Tully”)
Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”)
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”) *WINNER
Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”)
Spike Lee (“BlackKklansman”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale (“Vice”) *WINNER
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Vigo Mortensen (“Green Book”)
Robert Redford (“The Old Man and the Gun”)
John C. Reilly (“Stan and Ollie”)
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams (“Vice”)
Claire Foy (“First Man”)
Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) *WINNER
Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)
Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) *WINNER
Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”)
Adam Driver (“BlackKklansman”)
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Sam Rockwell (“Vice”)
Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place”)
Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”)
Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”)
Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”) *WINNER
Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Best Original Song in a Motion Picture
“All the Stars” (“Black Panther”)
“Girl in the Movies” (“Dumplin’”)
“Requiem for a Private War” (“A Private War”)
“Revelation” (“Boy Erased”)
“Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”) *WINNER
Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture
Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”)
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book”) *WINNER
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“Never Look Away”
Best Animated Film
“Isle of Dogs”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” *WINNER
Best TV series – Drama
“The Americans” *WINNER
Best performance by Actress in a TV series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) *WINNER
Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Best performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Drama
Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Stephan James (“Homecoming”)
Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”) *WINNER
Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Best TV series – Musical or Comedy
“The Good Place”
“The Kominsky Method” *WINNER
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series – Musical or Comedy
Sasha Baron Cohen (“Who Is America?”)
Jim Carrey (“Kidding”)
Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”) *WINNER
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a TV series – Musical or Comedy
Kristen Bell (“The Good Place”)
Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”)
Alison Brie (“GLOW”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) *WINNERDebra Messing (“Will & Grace”)
Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” *WINNER
“Escape at Dannemora”
“A Very English Scandal”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Daniel Bruhl (“The Alienist”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) *WINNER
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Amy Adams (“Sharp Objects”)
Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”) *WINNER
Connie Britton (“Dirty John”)
Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal”) *WINNER
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’)
Patricia Clarkson (“Sharp Objects”) *WINNER
Penélope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Presidential Campaign Organisation, PPCO, has reacted to call that its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar should step down from contesting the February election.
Recall that the spokesperson of the Strategic Campaigns of President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo had challenged Abubakar to step down and endorse Buhari.
However, PPCO spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan said with the massive support the former Vice President enjoys, he can’t step down.
Speaking during a press conference, on Sunday, the spokesperson of PPCO, Kola Ologbondiyan said Buhari shouldn’t set Nigeria on fire because he won’t be the first President to be defeated.
According to Ologbondiyan, “We want the Buhari Presidency to note that it is preposterous for anybody, no matter how highly placed, to think that our great party, the PDP and our Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who enjoys the support of overwhelming majority of Nigerians, can be subdued out of the political space in our country.
“Our heroes past fought against colonialism and won. Our modern heroes fought the military and gained today’s democracy for our nation so that every Nigerian can enjoy freedoms and rights as guaranteed in the 1999 Constitution (as amended). Nigerians are therefore not ready to surrender these freedoms and rights to neo-totalitarianism or allow anybody to suppress them in their own land.
“We therefore counsel President Buhari to tame his desperation for power. Our nation has had many Presidents before President Buhari and there will be many more after him.
“President Buhari will not be the first President to be defeated in an election as such he should not set our nation on fire just because he is feeling the air of rejection due to his incompetence and the gale of corruption in his administration.
“Our party is courageously going into the general elections with the support of overwhelming majority of Nigerians and they are not ready to accept any result that does not reflect their already expressed wishes
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24 years old Congolese girl, Dorcas Kasindes has won the crown for Miss Africa 2018.
With the crown, Dorcas went home with a thirty five thousand US dollars and a Sport Utility vehicle. Dorcas emerged winner after beating to a pulp other 24 contestants to become a queen.
24 years old Nigerian model, Chimamaka Goodness Nnemeka who is currently studying food science at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka came second with 23years old statistics student Gladys Kayumbo of Zambia grabbing the second runner up position (i.e.) third position.
In her post contest speech, Queen Dorcas urged other contestants to see the crown won by her as a crown for every African woman.
When asked to explain on the thing that makes her unique among other girls, Dorcas said as a goal driven lady with a passion for diversity of cultures as well as fashion stressing that she is compassionate, good listener and perfectionist who believes in forgiving as key to peace.
”I believe in myself so much, am an outgoing, fun loving young woman with philanthropist’s heart. I believe that there is more happiness to give than to receive.
The beauty queen maintained that high percentage of the prize cash would be used to fight poverty which has bedeviled Africa people.
“I will give a certain percentage of my money to kulisha foundation mihigo foundation in the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC as me and to other associations around the continent that has the same goal”
This year’s edition saw the current queen edged out 24 other contestants from South-Africa, Nigeria, Somalia, Ghana, and Tunisia amongst others.
In his welcome remarks, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state while speaking on the theme: Africanism, changing the narratives of African history and showcasing the rich African Heritage stated that it was time for Africa and Africans to take their rightful place in history and the world.
Gov. Ayade said: “Africanism is the reality, it is time for Africa to lead .We used to be seen the last continent but our stories are changing.
“And they changing because they have shown extra ordinary commitment and attitude .Africa most go beyond color because we have taught the crest of the world how to love.
“America is past, China is now but Africa is the future and we just take the centre stage, we are the epicenter of tourism and hospitality,” he said.
Meanwhile, Miss Chimamaka Goodness Nnaemeka representing Nigeria also went home with 3,000 US dollars of Mrs Beatrice Bassey Ita foundation.
Top Nigerian artists who spice the event includes Tiwa Savage,Mr Real, Tuface Idibia and many others.
Popular Nigerian singers, Olamide and Lil Kesh on Friday addressed report that their new song was promoting ritual killings and ‘Yahoo’.
BENGBENRO had reported that the musicians had come under attack because their new song titled ‘Logo Benz’ had lyrics like “If money no enter I go do blood money” and Nigerians aren’t finding it funny at all.
The song which since its release on Thursday stirred divergent reactions from Nigerians, especially on social media.
Some Nigerians condemned the singers for such lyrics said to be encouraging youths to engage in ritual killings and fraudulent acts for money.
But reacting, Olamide on his Twitter account denied promoting ‘blood money and yahoo.
The singer said the song was meant to create awareness about the current state of youths in our society.
He tweeted, ”Logo Benz is for the 3rd party to have a glimpse into the current state of youths in our society. (Runs girls x runs boys)
“I’m not sure if there’s anything like 2 much awareness, but pardon me if there is. It’s all over the news, it’s always been in movies, don’t box musicians.”
The United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday revealed that six out of 10 women between ages 15 and 49 in Oyo State are victims of genital mutilation.
Representative of UNICEF in-charge of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Dr. Olasunbo Odebode, made this disclosure in Ibadan, the state capital during a public declaration of FGM abandonment by 21 communities in Oyo West Local Government area of the state.
Odebode, who is a Child Protection Specialist, said that mutilation prevalence rate for women between 15 and 49 years in the state is 55.5 per cent which is the fifth highest in Nigeria.
She said the affected females live with the negative consequences of the practice, which undermined their physical, emotional and socio-economic well-being.
She described FGM as a harmful traditional practice, a gross violation of the fundamental human rights of women, which seriously compromised their health and psychological well-being.
Odebode said, “FGM is not only harmful but also against nature as it destroys the wholesome and beautiful way women and girls are naturally created.
“It poses increased risk of infection or prolonged labour, bleeding, still-birth and maternal death during childbirth as well as leaves lasting physical, emotional scars and an irreparable damage.”
She said FGM was a social norm and that people practice it because they believed that others in their community do it.
She urged stakeholders to collaborate in the campaign to end its menace in their respective communities.
State Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mrs. Dolapo Dosunmu said the agency had carried out series of programmes to sensitise the public on the effects of female genital mutilation.
Dosunmu commended traditional and community leaders in the area for dropping the age-long practice.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola, in his remarks promised to support UNICEF and NOA efforts in eliminating the practice in the state.
Oba Adeyemi who was represented by Chief Yusuf Akinade, the Basorun of Oyo Kingdom, charged community heads to sensitise people in their domain on the negative effects of the practice.