Tuesday, 20 February 2018

“IT’S AN INSULT”- BISHOP OYEDEPO REACTS TO BEING WORTH $150M

Bishop David Oyedepo leader of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, released a video in which he said he found the idea of being worth a mere $150m insulting.
This phrase was captured in a Facebook post in which the bishop was preaching. He said; “Some fellow said i was worth $150 million, i said that’s an insult. $150 million? That’s an insult. I’m worth Philippians 4:19”
The bible verse quoted says; “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
Recall that earlier this month, Forbes released a report in which it ranked Bishop Oyedepo as the richest pastor in the entire world.
This put him above the likes of Joseph Prince, Chris Oyakhilome, T.D. Jakes and Kenneth Copeland.
In the Forbes report, Oyedepo was described as; Coming in as a supposed host of the Holy Ghost with the most, Bishop David Oyedepo heads the single largest church in the world, Winners’ Chapel, which seats 50,000. As one of the main founders of the Nigerian Christian Charismatic movement, he also exerts control over churches in 45 African nations, as well as several in Dubai, the United Kingdom and the United States. Having been mentored by Adeboye, it is quite clear he took the formula of church expansion up a notch. Alongside churches, there has also been active outreach within his native continent where his ministry has aided in the development of hospitals, schools and maternity homes. As to be expected with such successes, two of his sons are following in his footsteps by heading up both the London and South African Winners’ Chapel divisions.

Source: NAN
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POLICE IN FLORIDA ARREST 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO WROTE A NOTE THREATENING TO SHOOT ‘UGLY’ KIDS IN HER SCHOOL

A 6th grader has been arrested for writing a note that contained a threat to commit a school shooting.
The student is from Davie, Florida which is close to Parkland, Florida. To add to the tragedy and fear surrounding the Florida community, and frankly the country as a whole, this news comes only a day after the tragic school shooting by a 19-year-old male killing 17 people.
The girl claims another student forced her to place the note under the office door to the assistant principal and according to the police report, the 11-year-old can be seen on a surveillance video placing the handwritten under the door.
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PHOTOS: SAD! DELTA STATE POLYTECHNIC STUDENT STABBED TO DEATH BY PHONE SNATCHER

The friends of a Delta State Polytechnic student, identified as Glory Emioma, have all taken to social media to pay their tribute to her after news of her death.
According to Glory’s friends, she was stabbed to death while struggling with a phone snatcher. One of her friends, Youngy Bui wrote,
Glory Emioma
This pikin Don kill me ooh , I can’t stop crying….. E no go better for THE People wa kill you, this sad tears da brought to my eyes they go drink am, may the Lord accept your soul Amen… RIP, we will miss you GLORIA
Another, Peckins Don Mills wrote;
RIP Glo baby….I mean when I heard it broke me,like we spoke and few hrs later I heard you are no more? Damn I swear they will surely pay with there lives,so hurtful,karma will get them ,again RI perfect peace….missing you already
Glory Emioma

Glory Emioma

Source: InformationNG
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VIRAL PHOTO OF A MAN STRIKING A POSE WITH HIS “SEX DOLL” IN A WEDDING DRESS, NIGERIAN REACT

Different reactions are trailing the pictures of a man with his Mannequin partner dressed in a wedding garment.
According to reports, the man “married” the mannequin whom he labelled as his s.ex doll in Lagos – with the poster urging no one to put them asunder.
Whether this is for an upcoming skit (joke) or for real, some online users have reacted harshly to this after the photos were shared on Facebook.

See photos below;
SEX DOLL
A Viral Photo Of A Man Striking A Pose With His “S.ex Doll” In A Wedding Dress
A Viral Photo Of A Man Striking A Pose With His “S.ex Doll”


Source – Akpraise

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Arsenal announce record shirt deal with Emirates

Arsenal announced the club’s biggest-ever sponsorship deal worth a reported £200 million on Monday, extending their shirt partnership with Dubai-based airline Emirates by five years. 

Arsenal The Gunners confirmed the branding of Emirates, which began its sponsorship agreement with the north London club in 2006, would continue to feature on the shirts and training kit of all of their teams until the end of the 2023/2024 season. The size of the deal, quoted by the BBC as being worth more than £200 million ($280 million) reportedly puts the club level with Premier League rivals Chelsea, behind only Manchester United, who have a seven-year agreement with Chevrolet worth $559 million. 

“Our shirt partnership is the longest-running in the Premier League and one of the longest relationships in world sport,” said Ivan Gazidis, chief executive of Arsenal, who have not given a figure for the deal. 

“This mutual commitment is testimony to the strength and depth of our unique relationship.” “Emirates are again demonstrating their great belief in our approach and ambition and their significantly increased investment will help us continue to compete for trophies and bring more success to the club and our fans around the world.” 

Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said: “Arsenal’s strong appeal and influence around the globe, combined with their ambitions as a club, make them an ideal partner for Emirates, with values that reflect ours as a brand. “As a long-standing supporter of football, we are passionate about the game and are a proud partner to the team.” Emirates have held naming rights to Arsenal’s 60,000-seater stadium since the Gunners moved in during 2006, with that deal set to run until 2028.

 Arsenal, currently sixth in the Premier League table, eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, are desperate to secure Champions League football for next season after missing out this year

. On Sunday they meet Premier League leaders Manchester City in the final of the League Cup at Wembley. Deloitte’s “Money League” report last month ranked Arsenal in sixth place behind the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid but a separate study said Arsenal had greater financial muscle than any club in world football with the exception of Manchester City. 

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Adorable photos of Davido and his girlfriend after his concert in London

Popular singer, Davido and his girlfriend, Chioma, whom he is really crazy about since they started dating were pictured, all loved up while chilling in London. There is little or no doubt that Omo Baba olowo is in love.
Adorable photos of Davido and his girlfriend after his concert in London Lailasnews

See photos below;
Adorable photos of Davido and his girlfriend, Chioma after his concert in London Lailasnews1
Last weekend Davido and his girlfriend, Chioma were pictured all loved up, The father-of-two shared the photo via Snapchat and referred to Chioma as his best friend.
Davido pictured holding and kissing his girlfriend in London Lailasnews3

Davido’s girlfriend Chioma Avril Rowland, is a 300Level student of Babcock University. According to insiders, Chioma is also besotted with Davido and his 30Billion, so much that she is willing to do anything for him including missing school and repeating a year
OBO is currently in UK for the London edition of his 30billion concert, The UK edition was organized to serve as a follow-up concert for his fans that could not make it to the country in December last year.
Last night, Wizkid performed alongside Davido during the London leg of the latter’s UK tour. Wizkid wore a mask to cover his face as he was backstage at Davido UK 30 Billion concert, but Davido removed the mask to unveiled his face when he was called on stage to perform his hit song “Manya”
Wizkid wears mask to Davidos 30 Billion Concert in UK (Photos) lailasnews
Like they did in each other’s end of year shows in 2017, they jumped, sang and got the crowd riled up for Wizkid and Mutay’s monster hit ‘Manya’.
Before London, Davido had performed in Birmingham, Manchester, and Leicester.The London concert took place at the 5000-capacity 02 Academy in Brixton.
This is all coming just days after he announced that he has bagged an endorsement deal that will see him emerge as the highest earning entertainer in Africa.
Though the name of the company that endorsed him is not yet disclosed, the singer was seen shooting a commercial while holding what appears to be a male grooming product.
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Monday, 19 February 2018

Ugwuanyi reinstates 207 sacked executive assistants in Enugu

Enugu state governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi have reinstated 207 executive assistants in Enugu north senatorial district sacked last week over non performance and negligence of duty Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi The governor threaded with pity and announced the reinstatement of the 207 executive assistants with stern warning to all the EAs in the state to live up to expectations in their various duty post to avoid attracting the wrath government. 

Ugwuanyi announced the reinstatement of the 207 EAs in meeting he held with all the executive assistants on Sunday at the state government house in Enugu . The governor charged the EAs to go to their various electoral wards and revalidate the ongoing voters registration exercise at the Independent national electoral commission ( INEC) , adding that government would not hesitate to release it’s sledge hammer on anyone that reneges’ on his civic responsibility He charged the EAs to be supporting party activities as most of them do not attend ward meetings while a good number of them are not residing at the wards talk less of hosting meetings at the ward levels. 

Ugwuanyi warned the reinstated EAs to move to their various electoral wards , interact with the people,mobilise and educate them on the important of voters registration exercise, adding that the EAs are the anchor point of the state government to the grassroots and as such should reside with the people to know how they feel about governance and development in the state. 
Gov Ugwuanyi

Hon. Frank Ezema who spoke with vanguard on behalf of others shortly after being reinstated thanked the state governor for tempering justice with mercy by reinstating the 207 executive assistants in Enugu north senatorial district, assured that all the recalled EAs in the zone will adhere strictly to the charge of the the state governor. 

Ezema said that all the EAs held a brief meeting shortly after meeting with the governor and resolved in concrete terms to relocate to their various electoral wards to mobilise and ensure that all adults from 18 years and above registers at INEC to obtain permanent voters card (PVC) for the 2019 general elections in the country.. ” We must pay back our principal come 2019 general elections by returning him to power in appreciation of the wonder works he is doing in the three senatorial zones of the state on prompt payment of salaries, infrastructural developments, healthcare systems, agriculture, education and N10m empowerment to every community in the state.” he said. 

He noted that the EAs would never allow wasteful moments to tear up but must be committed to party activities, host meetings and sponsor political jingles to herald the second coming of governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in the state. He promised that the 2019 general elections would remain the primary target of the EAs to do the needful by returning the dynamic governor of the state to power for the second term to enable him finish up the good work he has started on exemplary excellent governance. 

Ezema while applauding the governor on behalf of others assured that the EAs would never be found wanting in party activities to uphold the tenets of social justice in the state and beyond.



Source: Vanguard Newspaper
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Corruption fight: Buhari needs support not insults – Activist

An activist and public affairs commentator in Adamawa, Alhaji Suleiman Baba-Jada has urged Nigerians to render more support to the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle corruption and other challenges facing the nation. 

Baba-Jada told Newsmen in an interview on Monday in Yola that what Buhari needed to address the various challenges was support from Nigerians not insults and unwarranted criticisms. 

“The president needs support instead of inciting criticisms mostly from those who are perceived as corrupt people with cases to answer in EFCC. Buhari “The whole thing looks more like corruption is fighting back, and that is the more reason why Nigerians must stand up and support the president. 

“The situation we have now with many people with corrupt cases occupying elected positions means that definitely the fight against corruption won’t be that easy for the president,” Baba-Jada said. 
President Buhari

According to him, the inciting criticisms are meant to distract the president. He warned that such people “risk the wrath of the silent majority that are yearning for an end to the menace of corruption and other acts of criminality in the country.” Baba-Jada backed the setting up of special courts to try corruption cases, saying it would eliminate the delay being experienced in dispensing of such cases, a situation which has been denting the image of the country. 

“I also want to declare my support for Magu, the EFCC boss, who I believe has good intention and commitment to deliver in his job.”

The septuagenarian, who spoke on hate speech, cautioned journalists against being used by unpatriotic politicians and ethnic champions to heat up the polity. “We are seeing how politicians who lost out in elections or were not given appointment are using the media to insult their perceived enemies in the name of freedom of expression. 

“The media need to be careful from being used to create problems by such politicians and ethnic champions. “We are seeing how such politicians who used to be close to Buhari are now attacking everything thing he does in an attempt to settle personal scores just, because they were not given appointments or carried along. 

“Some of them have access to the president but they rather chose to get to him using the media in a combative and derogatory language,” Baba-Jada said. He also urged Buhari to change his approach to issues “by being more firm and decisive to prove wrong the impression being given by his traducers that he is being controlled by a cabal.”

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Stop asking me to stop Big Brother Naija 2018 – Onochie

The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie has asked people to stop asking her to fix , BigBrother Naija 2018. saying she has no such powers. Lauretta Onochie Onochie said that Big Brother is an adult programme and it’s not also compulsory to watch Big Brother Naija 2018.

STOP ASKING ME TO FIX BIG BROTHER NAIJA. I DON'T HAVE SUCH POWERS.
Big Brother is an adult programme. If your children are watching it, it's your fault, not mine. Grow up & protect your children. It's not also compulsory to watch. Use your remote control and change the channeI.



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Mr Akin Osintoku, the spokesperson of Buhari Don't Run Campaign, alias CNM should respect the rights of Pres. Buhari as provided by the constitution. If he is also in possession of President Buhari's medical records that says he's still sick so cannot run, let him SHOW Nigerians.


Source: Vanguard Newspaper
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BREAKING: Delta APC urges Buhari to run for 2nd term

DELTA North senatorial caucus of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta State has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the 2019 presidential election, passing a vote of confidence in him. 

The party, in a communique at the end of a critical stakeholders meeting held at the country home of the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said that a leadership committee headed by Chief Hyacinth Enuha, had been constituted to address the issues of unity and leadership in the party. 

Noting that the APC’s position on state police was unprecedented and should be commended, the party noted that from the inception of the third republic, the Delta Central and South senatorial districts have had two terms each. Declaring their support for the seeming zoning arrangement in the state, the APC said their right to complete the second term of the Delta North was not negotiable. 

“The Delta North APC is solidly on ground in Delta North and has the capacity to win the 2019 general election,” the communique read in part, encouraging all eligible gubernatorial aspirants of the party from Delta North to make their intentions known.


Source: Vanguard Newspaper
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Five classic Chelsea v Barcelona Champions League ties

Chelsea and Barcelona renew hostilities in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday in what has become a European classic in five tempestuous meetings shrouded in controversy.  

Here, AFP Sports takes a look back at the five previous knockout ties between the English champions and Catalan giants in the Champions League. Rivaldo leads revival Chelsea’s first foray into the quarter-finals in 2000 got off to a flying start as Gianfranco Zola and a Tore Andre Flo double put the hosts 3-0 up inside 38 minutes of the first leg.

However, Luis Figo grabbed a vital away goal after the break to set up a Barca second leg fightback. Rivaldo and Figo struck before half-time at the Camp Nou to give Barca the advantage on away goals before Flo restored Chelsea’s aggregate lead. 

Pep Guardiola provided the cross from which Dani Garcia’s header took the game to extra-time. Rivaldo’s penalty edged Barca ahead, having earlier missed from the spot, before Patrick Kluivert capped the comeback with Barca’s fifth. Mourinho gets Frisky The presence of former Barca assistant Jose Mourinho as Chelsea boss took the rivalry to new heights in 2005. Mourinho was furious with Swedish referee Anders Frisk after he sent-off Didier Drogba with Chelsea leading 1-0 at the Camp Nou in the first leg. 
Chelsea’s Spanish forward Fernando Torres (up) vies for the ball with Barcelona’s goalkeeper Victor Valdes before scoring during the UEFA Champions League second leg semi-final football match Barcelona against Chelsea at the Cam Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 24, 2012.

Frisk retired from refereeing less than a month later, citing death threats. Barca came back against the 10 men to win 2-1 on the night, but were blown away by another fast Chelsea start at the Bridge. Eidur Gudjohnsen, Frank Lampard and Damien Duff put the Blues 3-0 up inside 20 minutes before Ronaldinho, firstly from the penalty spot, and then with a stunning outside of the foot strike from outside the box nudged Barca ahead on away goals. 


However, John Terry’s header 14 minutes from time won the tie, with this time Barca complaining of a foul on goalkeeper Victor Valdes by Ricardo Carvalho. Messi times for Chelsea Lionel Messi started just one knockout game on Barca’s run to winning the Champions League in 2006. Unfortunately, for Chelsea the Argentine was still decisive. Asier del Horno saw red for hacking down an 18-year-old Messi before half-time in the first leg.

 Barca made the man advantage count through a Terry own goal and Samuel Eto’o in a 2-1 win. Ronaldinho then sealed the tie back at the Camp Nou before Lampard’s late penalty. Chelsea pay heavy penalty The most controversial of all the clashes came in 2009 when Chelsea saw four strong penalty appeals waived away by Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo before being hit by a late sucker punch. After a forgettable 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou, Chelsea went in front in spectacular fashion through Michael Essien’s volley. Three penalty claims then came and went, whilst Barca also had Eric Abidal sent-off. 

But the 10 men got the goal that paved the way for Guardiola’s men to win the treble when Andres Iniesta fired into the top corner three minutes into stoppage time. Yet there was still time for Ovrebo to turn down final howls for a spot-kick when the ball struck Eto’o’s arm, sparking fury from Chelsea players and fans. 

Torres’ time to shine The English side got their revenge in Guardiola’s final Champions League match as Barca boss three years later by upsetting the odds despite again going down to 10 men. 

Drogba gave Chelsea a slender 1-0 lead to take to Catalonia and that didn’t look like being enough when Terry saw red for kicking out at Alexis Sanchez before Sergio Busquets and Iniesta turned the tie around. However, Ramires’s wonderful chip hauled Chelsea back into the tie and they withstood wave upon wave of Barca attack after the break as Messi also hit the bar with a penalty.

 And it was the unlikely figure of Fernando Torres who landed the final blow when he broke away for Chelsea’s second in stoppage time to set up the Londoners’ solitary Champions League triumph. 

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Flavour, Styl-Plus thrill Abuja crowd as Tekno lets his fans down

The Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Abuja was host to a number of Nigerian musicians Saturday night. Popular highlife performer Flavour graced the stage alongside crowd favourite Tekno Miles and veterans of the music industry, Styl Plus. Styl-Plus The concert organisers El-carnival and Play Network sold tickets at the rates of N1 million Naira for gold table, N2million for Platinum table and 7000 Naira for regular tickets. 

The organisers pulled out an estimated crowd of 1000 fans into the Congress hall for the event. Styl-Plus first graced the stage with performances that rolled back the years. The music group performed different hits including, “Olufunmi” and “Imagine that” from the Expressions album and “four years” from the Back and Better album much to the delight of the Abuja crowd. 

One of the members of the group popularly known as Shifi, revealed his excitement to The News Agency of Nigeria. He said “It is always great to perform in Abuja because this is home. This is where it all began”. Flavour N’abania took his chance to excite the crowd with his performance and did not disappoint. 

The “Ada Ada” crooner got many people up and dancing to his popular tunes. A fan who revealed her name as Isioma Okolo speakin of her excitement at watching one of her favourite artists perform said “My favourite Nigerian musician has done it again, I have been to some of his shows before and he raises the bar every time”. 

FLAVOU
Flavour seemed to raise the bar too high this time as he got off the stage to allow Tekno end the show. Tekno had the chance to impress the waiting and anticipating crowd. However, he let his Abuja fans down with his uninspiring performance as he murmured into the mic.   

TEKNO
Tekno The singer was heard murmuring into the mic and sarcastically saying the money he was paid had finished, much to the disappointment of some of his fans. Mr Emmanuel Kevin who had come from Keffi, Nasarawa State to attend the show expressed his disappointment at Tekno. He said “It was disappointing to see. I could hear him every time he instructed his DJ to change a song half way through performing it. He seemed to be rushing somewhere”. 

Another fan who preferred to be called Freda also expressed her disappointment in Tekno. “It was as if he did not want to be in Abuja”, she said. Tekno has been criticised in the past for his bad attitude towards his fans. This latest event will likely increase those criticisms.

Souruce: NAN
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Suspected rival cult groups clash in Ihiala, 5 Feared dead

FIVE persons have been feared dead in Ihiala, Anambra State following clash by rival cult groups in the area, necessitating an emergency meeting by stakeholders and security operatives to find ways of stemming the tide. 

Anambra state governor  It was gathered weekend that primary and secondary school pupils were brazenly being initiated into cult group in the area, thereby posing danger to the people. President General of Ihiala Progress Union, IPU, Chief Jude Ngobili, who spoke on the issue said the peace and stability of the town were being truncated by the violent juvenile cultists ,who, according to him, were killing and kidnapping innocent people. Ngobili said further that apart from the danger posed by cult activities in the community, the people of Ihiala could no longer watch while their children engaged in criminal activities capable of destroying their future. 
OBIANO

He explained that following the worrisome nature of the activities of the cultists, the leadership of the town decided to invite security operatives to find solution to the problem. The Police Area Commander in charge of Ihiala, Mr. Michael Falade commended the community for resolving to partner with security agencies to fight cultism, pointing out that security was an intricate issue that called for collaboration from every law abiding individual in the society. 

Falade, said the rampaging cultists were not spirits, but youths known by members of the society who had operated for a long time because the stakeholders had not involved law enforcement agencies about their criminal tendencies and activities, adding that the police required information from the public to be able to fight crime effectively.


Source: Vanguard Newspaper

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Trump blasts Oprah over 60 Minutes episode

U.S. President Donald Trump blasted media mogul Oprah Winfrey on Twitter on Sunday night over a segment on CBS’s 60 Minutes program. 

Trump also expressed hope that she (Winfrey) would face him as an opponent in the 2020 presidential race. Trump and Oprah Actress and television host Winfrey, now a contributor to the CBS program, led a panel of 14 Republican, Democrat and Independent voters from Grand Rapids, Michigan in a wide ranging discussion about Trump’s first year in office. 

Trump tweeted: “Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. “The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. 
TRUMP

“Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!” Winfrey has told various media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly that she is not running for president, but has considered it, after there was much recent media speculation. The panelists ranged from voters who said “I love him more and more every day,” to others questioning Trump’s stability, saying, “All he does is bully people.” 


Winfrey made no declarative statements for or against the president in the program. But she did ask questions ranging from whether the country is better off economically to whether respect for the country is eroding around the world.

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BBC launches Yoruba, Igbo language services in Nigeria

The BBC this week launches its new Igbo and Yoruba services in Nigeria, as part of an expansion in local languages aimed at more in-depth reporting of countries around the world. 

The digital-only services go live online and on social media on Monday, joining a platform for Pidgin speakers that was launched last year and has attracted widespread interest. All three are among 12 new language services set up across the world with the help of £291 million ($408 million, 327 million euros) British government funding. Peter Okwoche, in charge of editorial for the launch, described Yoruba and Igbo as “the two final cogs in the wheel for the new services in West Africa” and said they were much needed. 

“What we feel is that original journalism in a local language travels even further than in English,” he told AFP in an interview. “We’re big on the African narrative, the Nigerian narrative. It’s time for people to try to tell their own stories.” – Ethnic tension – Young Nigerians increasingly live life online, with social media hugely popular in the country, which has about 150 million mobile phone subscriptions among its population of nearly 190 million. 

Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of the population is aged under 24, giving it one of the youngest demographics in the world. Okwoche said they were the corporation’s target audience, along with the business-savvy men and women for which the Igbo and Yoruba communities are noted both at home and abroad. “All we ever get to hear from Nigeria these days is Boko Haram in the northeast. As serious as that story is, it’s happening in one particular part of the country,” he said. “But there’s so much more happening. 

Here in Lagos, for instance, there’s technology stories, business and young entrepreneurs, the hustle of the street… 

bbc nigeria
“We never get to see that.” The launch comes at a time of renewed tensions between Nigeria’s three main regions, particularly the Igbo-speaking southeast and the Hausa-speaking north. In the southeast, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group has revived separatist sentiment, half a century after a previous declaration of independence sparked a brutal civil war. 

The populist rhetoric of IPOB’s leader, former London estate agent Nnamdi Kanu, has led to clashes between his supporters and the military, and propaganda on both sides. Its push for a separate republic of Biafra, using its own media, including Kanu’s Radio Biafra, has also sparked similar calls from hardline Yoruba nationalists in the southwest. 

Kanu is currently on trial for treason in the capital, Abuja, but has not been seen since September last year. BBC Igbo will on Monday run an interview with his wife. – ‘About time’ – A heady mix of wildfire rumours and misinformation on social media, plus Nigerians’ strong sense of ethnic identity, makes Africa’s most populous nation a difficult place to report.

 Foreign media often have historical baggage to deal with, not least those from Britain, the former colonial power until 1960. In the southeast, it is still not forgotten that London backed Nigeria’s federal forces against the fledgling Biafra in the civil war. Okwoche acknowledged the potential pitfalls of such a strong sense of regional identity. 

But he said his young team had undergone months of “rigorous BBC training, trying to almost change their mindset”, to tell the story without personal emotions. “We’re trying to balance our stories… 

We just have to keep on telling them (that) once your story is embellished, people know and you begin to lose credibility,” he added. The BBC has had a Hausa-language service broadcasting to northern Nigeria for 60 years, which has become one of the most successful in the corporation. Okwoche said it was “about time” the country’s other regions were catered for, using local, rather than foreign staff. 

“There’s much to applaud in that.”

source: Vanguard Newspaper
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