5G and Coronavirus – Science and Voodoo

There have been reports of  people who think 5G mobile networks have caused the coronavirus outbreak. Dr Simon Clarke, Associate Professor in Cellular Microbiology, University of Reading, said: “The idea that COVID19 is caused by 5G mobile phone signals is complete rubbish.  This is a disease which numerous doctors and scientists around the world have …

COVID-19: Curtailing government officials’ appetite for luxury amid dwindling revenue

In this article, FEMI MAKINDE examines the crash in the price of crude oil and the need for government officials at all levels to cut costs of governance and stop extravagant lifestyles for the nation to stay afloat in the face of economic turbulence ahead The steady crash of oil price as a result of …

COVID-19: Over 4,000 UK citizens seek evacuation from Nigeria

Over 4,000 citizens of the United Kingdom have indicated interest in returning to their country amid the coronavirus pandemic. The British high commission in Nigeria broke the news in a tweet on Friday. This is coming despite Nigeria’s less number of coronavirus cases compared to the figures in the UK. Nigeria currently has 190 confirmed …

A president unfit for a pandemic – The Boston Globe EDITORIAL

The president has made grave errors in addressing the coronavirus outbreak. Come November, there must be a reckoning for the lives lost and the suffering endured. Alex Brandon/Associated Press “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold,” wrote W.B. Yeats in 1919. A century later, it’s clear: The epicenter cannot hold. Catastrophic decisions in the White …

British High Commissioner, Catriona Laing, who is responding to enquiries from short-term British visitors to #Nigeria

For Consular assistance, please use the contact forms: For Abuja: https://www.contact-embassy.service.gov.uk/?country=Nigeria&post=British High Commission Abuja For Lagos: https://www.contact-embassy.service.gov.uk/?country=Nigeria&post=British Deputy High Commission Lagos 𝐑𝐄𝐌𝐄𝐌𝐁𝐄𝐑, we are considering expressions of interest (EOI) from British Nationals who live in 🇬🇧, who wish to return from #Nigeria.Send your EOI to Consular.Lagos@fco.gov.uk with name, 📧, ☎️, location & if we need …

Bill Withers, influential soul singer behind Ain’t No Sunshine, dies aged 81 – UK Guardian

Bill Withers, the influential US soul singer who wrote Lean on Me, Ain’t No Sunshine and Lovely Day has died aged 81 of heart complications, according to a statement from his family. Withers wrote and recorded several other major hits including Use Me and Just the Two of Us, before retiring in the mid-1980s and …

Coronavirus: AGF Malami counters claim of President Buhari not having the power to declare lockdown in states, provides legal justification

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has provided a legal justification for the total lockdown order issued by President Buhari in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT.  Recall that the lockdown order issued by President Buhari ignited controversy as some top lawyers argued that he doesn't have such power.  However AGF …

Adegboruwa, SAN Replies AGF, Says Covid-19 Regulations Made By President Buhari Is Illegal Because Quarantine Act Applies To Only Those Infected

A human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has responded to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN and Femi Adesina and given reasons “WHY THE QUARANTINE ACT OF 1926 CANNOT LEGALIZE RESTRICTION OF MOVEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT” In a statement made available to TheNigeriaLawyer (TNL), Adegboruwa, SAN said …

Coronavirus: Presidency cites legal provision for Lagos, Abuja, Ogun lockdown by Alfred Olufemi

President Muhammadu Buhari has offered a legal backing for the lockdown earlier pronounced in some states over the coronavirus pandemic. The president announced restriction of movement in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun, where there are many of the cases were recorded. He made the announcement during a nationwide broadcast on Sunday. Mr Buhari said the cessation …

They are old videos- Nigerian Military disowns videos of officers torturing people to enforce lockdown

Editorial: This actions of the Defence Headquarters in not not engaging the truth and putting out an untruthful statement citing fake news puts into public display the indiscipline inherent in the rank and file of the army. It also brings the government into disrepute. The illegal action of the government and its use of its …

COVID-19: The Legality and Limits of the President’s Emergency Powers, By Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri

 As clearly seen from the letters of the law, President Buhari’s order for a total cessation of movement, except for essential supplies, in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT do not seem to align with the constitutional requirements laid down in Section 45 and 305. President Buhari did not declare any state of emergency, but …

UK Foreign travel advice – Nigeria

COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, …

Yamiche Alcindor Recounts a Career of Asking Tough Questions by HANNAH BENSEN

Yamiche Alcindor found her purpose as a high school student when she heard a Kanye West song that referenced Emmett Till, a young black boy who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955.  “I had this burning desire to cover more of the Emmett Tills that are out there,” Alcindor, the White House correspondent for PBS …

Will Oshiomhole, Obaseki achieve true reconciliation? by SOLA SHITTU

Following the protracted crisis that rocked the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, MUDIAGA AFFE writes that the recent move to resolve the intra-party conflict will require a Herculean effort The duo of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, will remain in the eye …

COVID-19: Adewale Ayuba releases musical video sensitising Nigerians – NNN

Legendary Fuji musician, Adewale Ayuba, has released a musical video sensitising Nigerians on preventive measures to curtail COVID-19. Ayuba, who took to his instagram handle (officialayuba) to showcase the musical video, urged Nigerians to pray fervently during this critical period for God’s intervention as the viral outbreak was more of divine cause. The Bonsue meastro …

Housing possession proceedings suspended for 90 days

All housing possession proceedings have been suspended for 90 days after solicitors collected hard data showing lack of a consistent approach among county courts dealing with cases during the coronavirus crisis. The suspension has been welcomed by housing solicitors but the government is being urged to provide cash-strapped legal aid providers - whose cashflows will …

Guide to new UK police powers as coronavirus lockdown continues

All police forces throughout the UK and Northern Ireland now have dispersal powers to help ensure everyone adheres to the social distancing guidance laid out by the Government and Public Health England. These powers have been granted under the Health Regulations 2020 and came into effect today (Thursday, 26 March). What does this mean for …

Edo state governor, Godwin Governor Obaseki tests negative for Coronavirus, remains in self-isolation

Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, has tested negative for Coronavirus. In a tweet posted this morning, the governor said the result of the rapid diagnostic test came back negative but he awaits the result of the PCR test and would remain in self-isolation. My rapid diagnotic test for #Coronavirus ( #COVID?19 ) came back negative. However, …

UK close to rolling out at-home coronavirus tests 

By ASHLEIGH FURLONG AND ANNABELLE DICKSON 3/25/20, 5:36 PM CET Updated 3/25/20, 6:15 PM CET People in Britain should soon be able to secure an at-home coronavirus antibody test via Amazon or Boots and other high-street retail chemists, Public Health England said Wednesday. The government has ordered 3.5 million of the tests, which detect antibodies …

Edo Speaker tests positive to Coronavirus as Gov. Obaseki goes on self-isolation by News Agency of Nigeria

Edo State House of Assembly Speaker, Frank Okiye (Photo Credit: Vanguard) The Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Frank Okiye, has tested positive to Coronavirus. The state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, disclosed this on Wednesday while addressing journalists in Benin City, the state capital. “The index case of Coronavirus in Edo, the Speaker …

Trump Invokes Defense Production Act to Mass-Produce Gallons of Spray Tan by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—At long last invoking the Defense Production Act, Donald J. Trump has ordered the nation’s factories to begin mass-producing gallons of spray tan. Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, Trump said that, because millions of Americans have been forced to remain indoors, the country’s stockpiles of fake-tan reserves have fallen to …

UK Home Office releases 300 from detention centres amid Covid-19 pandemic by Diane Taylor

Release follows legal action that argues Home Office is failing to protect immigration detainees The Home Office has released almost 300 people from detention centres in the last few days because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Guardian has learned. The speed and scale of the release is unprecedented in recent years. Detainees and charities estimate …

Leave in the time of corona: can the Home Office grant blanket extensions? By Colin Yeo

With international travel closing down due to the coronavirus it is becoming not just unwise but impossible to move from some countries to others. Even if inbound flights are not banned by a country, airlines are finding it increasingly difficult to keep flights going anyway. This raises the question of what happens to people trapped …

Nneka Ogwumike has been the representative for WNBA players’ fight for better pay (video)

When Nneka Ogwumike was a child, whenever anyone asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, her answer came easily. “Nigerian culture, it’s like doctor, lawyer, engineer,” she says. “Out of those three, pick one.” Growing up, she just assumed that “doctor” was the best fit. At Stanford University, she looked into …

Trump Tests Negative For Empathy by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump has tested negative for empathy, the White House doctor confirmed on Monday. In an official statement, Dr. Sean Conley said that Trump submitted to the empathy test even though, in the physician’s opinion, “it was not really necessary.” “I expected him to test negative,” Conley said. “Empathy-wise, he has …

The truth about Prof John formally of MIT and Mr Trump’s uncle and what it means for his presidency By Heather Hendershot

His uncle’s life story tells us nothing about the president’s knowledge of the coronavirus, but it does show us why he’s failing President Trump on Wednesday delivers an address to the nation from the Oval Office. (Doug Mills/Pool/AFP/Getty Images) Last night, President Trump said that for “the vast majority of Americans” the coronavirus poses a …

A President Unequal to the Moment By Susan B. Glasser

Photograph by Doug Mills / Getty Donald Trump’s default setting during the coronavirus outbreak has been to deny, delay, deflect, and diminish. Crises clarify. The bigger the crisis, the more the clarity, which is why the incompetence, dishonesty, and sheer callousness of the Trump Presidency have been clearer in recent days than ever before. As …

NHS worker in hazmat suit spotted going into Manchester university halls to examine student – who turned out ‘not to be at risk of coronavirus’ by Ashlie Blakey

An Oak House resident was examined, but staff were 'content' they were not at risk amid the COVID-19 outbreak An NHS worker wearing a hazmat suit was spotted going into university hallsq in Manchester to examine a student - who turned out 'not to be at risk of coronavirus'. The Oak House resident was examined …

Sanusi’s Dethronement, Banishment Raise Legal, Constitutional Issues by Tobi Soniyi in Lagos and Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano

The dethronement and banishment of the former Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II by the government of Kano State, raises legal and constitutional issues, pitting old traditions and military era scenarios against Nigeria’s modern 1999 Constitution. Sanusi, who was banished to another state not under the constitutional control of Kano State government, in far …

Adeyemi, Tukur, Dasuki — seven monarchs dethroned like Sanusi

The dethronement of Muhammadu Sanusi as the emir of Kano has continued to generate reactions; some say it is expected going by recent happenings but others are still in shock. There are also those who claimed a revered traditional ruler like the emir of Kano has never been treated in such manner. Some even said such …

TULSI GABBARD’S NINE SUPPORTERS URGE HER TO DROP OUT OF RACE By Andy Borowitz

Photograph by Scott Eisen / Getty WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is under intense pressure to drop out of the 2020 race for the Democratic Presidential nomination, her nine supporters announced on Monday. The announcement from Gabbard’s nine followers surprised many Democrats, who had been unaware that the Hawaii congresswoman was still running. …

N700m fraud: Tension heightens as Ize-Iyamu, others appear in Court on 02/03/2020 by Kelvin Okereafor

BENIN CITY – With accused persons tried for similar cases convicted by the courts, tension is at fever pitch level in the camp of the former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and four others being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for a N700m election-related fraud …

FACT CHECK: No, this is not the man who drove coronavirus patient to Ogun State by The Nigerian Guardian Newspaper

A Facebook post published by AIT News Nigeria claimed that the man who drove the first person to test positive to the novel coronavirus in Nigeria to Ogun State escaped from a hospital where he was receiving treatment after he also tested positive to the virus. The author of the post claimed that the picture …

What is the historical evidence that Jesus Christ lived and died? By Dr Simon Gathercole

Today some claim that Jesus is just an idea, rather than a real historical figure, but there is a good deal of written evidence for his existence 2,000 years ago The historical evidence for Jesus of Nazareth is both long-established and widespread. Within a few decades of his supposed lifetime, he is mentioned by Jewish …

‘Racist’ is not a word that should be used lightly, but it is absolutely correct when applied to Boris Johnson by Tom Peck1

Dave was right to call the prime minister a racist. It’s not merely that he’s said many racist things, it’s that he’s declined two decades worth of chances to apologise for them It is, in its way, unfortunate that the term “racist” is so very blunt. It is a word of tremendous force and width. …

BBC’s David Dimbleby attacks ‘liar’ Boris Johnson and says PM is ‘apeing Trump’ by the Independent Newspaper

‘If you’re in the glorious moment of supreme power the one thing you don’t want is to be held to account’, veteran broadcaster says in unaired interview One of the BBC's most highly revered journalists has accused Boris Johnson of being a serial liar who is "apeing" Donald Trump's attempts to control the media. David …

Nigerian migrants in Sicily are building a buzzing Afrobeats scene from scratch by Joe Penney

The Ballaró neighborhood lies in the former historic city center of Palermo, the capital of Sicily, Italy. A few decades ago, Ballaró was known to be a dangerous part of the city controlled by brutal mafia bosses. Today, the neighborhood is safe and revitalized, thanks to the arrival of African and Asian migrants. Among these …

Trump’s Impeachment and the Degrading of Presidential Accountability By Amy Davidson Sorkin

The President will see an acquittal—which was preordained by the highly partisan Senate—as license for further abuse. Illustration by João Fazenda The sordid truth of the impeachment trial of Donald Trump is that it will end with the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, doing him a favor: delivering the votes, with little regard for the …

The Inside Story of Christopher Steele’s Trump Dossier by Jane Mayer

In a new book, the founders of the firm that compiled it defend their work. For nearly three years, President Trump has spun an alternate reality in which he was not helped and tainted by Russia during the 2016 Presidential campaign but, rather, his political opponents and his accusers were. During a rambling fifty-three-minute live …

How decoding African DNA could help fight disease by BBC

Getty Images Pharmaceutical giants often manufacture drugs with only profitable Western market in mind Black Africans are at a disadvantage when it comes to drug treatments because they represent only 2% of the genetic samples used for pharmaceutical research, but a new Nigeria-based genomics company wants to change that. This dearth of genetic studies on …

Obama’s Speech in Cairo JUNE 4, 2009

The following is a text of President Obama's prepared remarks to the Muslim world, delivered on June 4, 2009, as released by the White House. I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon …

Anita Osariemen Omonuwa: 1st black woman to graduate with first class from UK and Nigerian universities by Joseph Omotayoa

Anita Osariemen Omonuwa is a Nigerian that has had a robust academic career bagging three first class distinctions - Omonuwa has gotten several prizes for her academic finesse, out of which are the Council of Legal Education Star Prize, best overall performance - The Nigerian genius is also a member of several organisations like the …

The West’s Obsession With Border Security Is Breeding Instability by Ruben Andersson

In the name of fighting illegal immigration, the EU, the United States, and Australia are emboldening authoritarian regimes, fueling abuses and corruption, and stoking intolerance at home. An armed Libyan coast guardsman stands on a boat after the interception of 147 migrants attempting to reach Europe near the coastal town of Zawiyah on June 27, …

“Life means life for child killers” – the truth behind the headlines by thesecretbarrister

There used to be a time, once Chris Grayling had hung up his butcher’s apron at the Ministry of Justice and Theresa May ushered in a quieter, more respectful justice strategy of wanton neglect, that I wrote about something other than Boris Johnson. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister keeps booting the justice football around the pitch …

Nigerians in Ireland shocked and concerned by Grealish comments by Seán McCárthaigh

‘There are lots of Nigerians who are very highly qualified, work hard and pay all their taxes’ Members of the Nigerian community in Ireland have reacted with a mixture of shock and concern at controversial comments by Independent TD, Noel Grealish over personal remittances to Nigeria. Yemi Adenuga, a Fine Gael member of Meath County …

‘Climate of fear’: Nigeria intensifies crackdown on journalists by Eromo Egbejule

Activists warn muzzling of press under President Buhari could herald return to dark days of military rule Fisayo Soyombo was eating an evening snack in Lagos in late October when a colleague called to warn him about a plan hatched by Nigerian government officials at a clandestine meeting to arrest him. Hours earlier, the second …

Post Labour electoral loss.

The over egging of the Labour loss is akin to the analysis of the conservatives when they used the 2008 banking crisis to impose their ideological dogma to batter the poor and middle class to create a super rich class with the attendant political clot it enhanced for these people. This is giving a dog …

Overstaying on a UK visa: law and consequences By Darren Stevenson

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt Law is frequently a question of deadlines. Points fixed in a calendar, some optimistically scribbled in, some tattooed on a limb. If you are lucky, the deadline is malleable. People might be annoyed, your reputation …

Every centrist MP who defected from Labour and Tories loses seat by Jon Stone

Independents and defectors to the Lib Dems and Change UK failed to win any seats Every centrist MP who defected from Labour and the Tories looks to have lost their seat at the general election. Over a dozen parliamentarians left the two major parties, most citing Brexit or antisemitism. Some of the MPs stood as Liberal …

Charity Commission investigates Spac Nation ‘Church of Bling with video

A church is being investigated over allegations that pastors were pressuring young people in the congregation to sell their own blood to raise funds. The Charity Commission said it has opened an inquiry into SPAC Nation to probe financial and safeguarding concerns after claims emerged that pastors had encouraged worshippers to take out loans in …

Nigerians are spending half a billion dollars to school in the United States by Yomi Kazeem

The rot in Nigeria’s educational system is costing the country hundreds of millions of dollars. Over the past academic year, the economic impact of spending by Nigerian students studying in the United States reached $514 million, data from the US State Department shows. The figure outstrips the economic impact of students from France, Germany and …

For aiding Trump’s abuse of power, the GOP deserves to be voted out of existence by Max Boot

The impeachment hearings have revealed President Trump’s congenital corruption. The Republican Party’s nonchalant reaction, with not a single Republican member of Congress so far endorsing impeachment, reveals its own pervasive corruption. When the Republican Party sold its soul to Trump in 2016, the price included overlooking his attacks on Mexicans and Muslims, on Gold Star …

Abuse and torture of mental health patients ‘rife’ across Nigeria, says Human Rights Watch report

Human Rights Watch said people were chained and faced physical and sexual violence in both state and religious centres Show caption Saeed Kamali Dehghan Nigeria has been urged to end all forms of abuse in state-run mental health institutions as well as religious healing centres. In a report published on Monday Human Rights Watch (HRW) …

The Immigrant Witnesses of the Impeachment Hearings by Masha Gessen

Wouldn’t it be not merely just but also poetic if the testimony of immigrants brought down President Donald Trump? Three of the key witnesses in the impeachment hearings are immigrants to the United States, and at least one more is a first-generation American. All of them—the former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander …

The Extraordinary Impeachment Testimony of Fiona Hill John Cassidy

Fiona Hill, the former National Security Council official who testified at the impeachment hearings on Thursday, was born in Bishop Auckland, a hardscrabble former coal town in County Durham, in the northeast of England. Her father was a miner; her mother was a nurse. As she noted in her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, …

How to travel abroad with a child whose surname is different from yours by Telegraph Travel

If you are travelling with a child and are not their parent, it may be wise to bring a letter of consent Credit: AP Here is what you need to know when going on holiday abroad with children who have a different surname from you. If you are travelling to another country with a child …

Buhari can’t continue to disobey court orders by Punch Editorial Board

Public protests erupted in Abuja and Lagos on Tuesday over the non-release of Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare by the Federal Government in flagrant disobedience of a court order. The protesters had gone to the headquarters of the State Security Service in the Federal Capital Territory to demand their release. But the bullies, in whose …

Chaos Ensues as Nigerian Secret Police Rearrest Buhari Critic By Ruth Olurounbi

Publisher Omoyele Sowore detained in High Court appearance Sowore has been in prison for three months over protest call Muhammadu Buhari Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Nigeria’s secret police rearrested publisher Omoyele Sowore, a prominent critic of President Muhammadu Buhari, in chaotic scenes at the country’s Federal High Court. Scuffles broke out in the court room …

A dizzying maze’: how the UK immigration system is geared to reject Maya Goodfellow

On an industrial estate on the edge of central Birmingham, in a building nestled behind a car park and overlooking the city’s network of canals, I met a group of about 30 people who had come from all over the world but whose experiences of the UK’s immigration regime were remarkably similar. They formed a …

Person diagnosed with monkeypox in England after visiting Nigeria by Sarah Boseley

Patient being treated in London after contracting the rare viral infection similar to smallpox The patient has been transferred to the high consequence infectious disease centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London. Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA A person is being treated for monkeypox in England, a rare viral infection similar to the …

Nigerian Redeemed Christian Church of God booted out of former Dartford nightclub amid planning dispute by Euan O’Byrne Mulligan

A Christian congregation have been booted out of a former Dartford nightclub where they hold their services amid an unholy planning battle. The Redeemed Christian Church of God bought the disused club in 2017, and has been meeting there ever since. But the site sits at the heart of a proposed 548 home housing development …

APC chairman reacts to Orji Kalu’s conviction by Agency Report

Orji Uzor Kalu Mixed reactions from two political party chieftains in Abia greeted Thursday’s judgment of a Lagos High Court, which sentenced the Senate Chief Whip and former Abia governor, Sen. Orji Kalu, to 12 years in prison over N7.65 billion fraud. The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Donatus Nwankpa, said …

A Tampa fraud case linked to the Black Axe, a fraternal organisation founded in Nigeria

FBI agents here linked a series of complicated financial scams to an organised crime ring that started as a fraternal organisation. Ikechuwku “Ike” Amadi, 38, is a dual Canadian and Nigerian citizen. He worked with a Nigeria-based criminal organisation known as the Black Axe Group. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office] TAMPA — It started with a …

Dear city of London, I am ashamed of you by Sonala Olumhense

As a Nigerian, I am thoroughly unhappy at the insulting way you are treating our great ruler, Muhammadu Buhari. This eminent son of Africa loves your elegant city, to which he sojourns again and again.  He likes that chill in the air, the crisp accent off your tongues, the predominance of white faces.  In the …

Pastor Stanley Omoregie and 22 Nigerians, one Frenchman sentenced to 7 years in prison for sex trafficking in France

23 Nigerians and one Frenchman said to be members of a Lyon-based sex trafficking ring, have been handed a prison sentence of up to 7 years by a French court after being found guilty of forcing Nigerian women into prostitution. One of Europe's most wanted woman and Edo-born fugitive, Jessica Edosomwan accused of being the head …

10 things you should know about the London Bridge attacker and “early release” by thesecretbarrister

No time can be afforded in 2019 to respect the dead. Not when there’s an election at stake, and the tantalising prospect of scoring cheap political points winks coyly at you from a special advisor’s email. So it is that, within 24 hours after the killings by Usman Khan at London Bridge, politicians have lined …

CNN’s African Voices Changemakers Meets Tony Elumelu an alumni of Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma

On this week’s African Voices Changemakers, CNN International meets Nigerian businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu. After years in the banking world, Elumelu is using his experience to help those eager to start their own businesses. Elumelu made his fortune in banking, making his mark in the business world with the merger of the United Bank …

10 beautiful ways to tie gele

A Nigerian woman has appropriate gele for every occasion: ceremonies, church activities, feasts and important events, and everyday activities. below are top 10 beautiful ways to tie gele 1. Colored turban Gele with a top knot This method is used for everyday wearing. It does not require much time and some special experience. How to …

Johnson accused of racial stereotyping with view on Nigerians by Josh Halliday and Joe Goodman

Boris Johnson has been accused of pushing racial stereotypes over a newly-unearthed column written during his time as editor of the Spectator in which he said young people had “an almost Nigerian interest in money”. The prime minister has been under pressure in recent months over a series of comments he made during his career …

Trever Noah set to produce movie about Tani Adewumi a formerly homeless, 8 year-old immigrant chess prodigy

Trevor Noah is amongst a group of celeb producers that are teaming up to bring the story of a homeless, 8 year-old Nigerian chess prodigy to the big screen. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images) An 8-year-old, Nigerian boy is getting a motion picture to be based off of his life. Paramount Pictures has green lit …

Judge tells Trump he’s not a king — the President is not so sure

Donald Trump is not going to like his Constitution 101 lesson: "Presidents are not kings." A federal judge's stunning rebuke of the White House on Monday came as the result of a case by House Democrats to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify. But it serves as a thematic frame for an …

Trump Sees New Polls and Orders Ukraine to Investigate Elizabeth Warren Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—After looking at the most recent polls for the Democratic Presidential race, Donald J. Trump has ordered the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate Senator Elizabeth Warren. “What Elizabeth Warren and her crooked kids have been doing in Ukraine is a disgrace,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn. “This …

Nation Shocked That Giuliani Has Associates Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—After learning that two of Rudy Giuliani’s associates had been charged with federal campaign-finance crimes, millions of Americans expressed their stunned disbelief that Giuliani had associates. “By ‘associates,’ do they mean people who actually associate with Giuliani?” Carol Foyler, who lives in St. Louis, said. “This whole story doesn’t add up.” “I …

How schoolyard racist abuse inspired a troubled Nigerian teenager living in a small New Zealand town to become a UFC champion By Nic White

• The path Israel Adesanya took to UFC middleweight championship is storied one • The Nigerian born fighter was moved to New Zealand when just 10-year-old • He had to endure racial abuse and street fighting as he grew up in new country • On Sunday he solidified his status as one of the best …

Ambrose Alli University to honour Aisha Buhari, Bash Ali, Odion Ighalo

The management of Ambrose Alli University (AAU) in Edo says it will need about N500 million to construct a befitting mini stadium in the school environment in honour of the country’s sports men and women who graduated from the institution. Ignatius Onimawo, the vice-chancellor of the state-owned university, disclosed this while speaking on the preparations …

Donald Trump: xenophobe in public, international mobster in private by Robert ReichSun

The most xenophobic and isolationist American president in modern history has been selling America to foreign powers for his own personal benefit. Trump withdrew American troops from the Syrian-Turkish border, leaving our Kurdish allies to be slaughtered and opening the way for a resurgent Islamic State. Trump’s rationale? He promised to bring our soldiers home. …

Court of Appeal cheatsheet on human rights in immigration cases By Iain Halliday

In GM (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 1630, handed down on Friday, the Court of Appeal provides a helpful summary of where we currently stand with private and family life cases under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. General observations on Article 8 As …

How to Beat Trump, According to Experts on Middle-School Bullies by Lizzie Widdicombe

When tangling with a bully, it’s more about power than content. But to truly topple a bully from the top spot you have to address the toxic forces that got him there. Illustration by Christine Rösch As the next Democratic debates approach, Joe Biden’s advisers are probably giving him a crash course on Spotify; Elizabeth …

50 years ago today since Colonel Shittu Alao’s death.

Rare colour picture of Colonel Shittu Alao (on the left) who died on October 15, 1969, in an air crash at Uzebba, about 50 miles northwest of Benin. Alao had been Chief of the Air Staff of Nigeria's air force and the second indegene to hold the office. Alongside Alao are Major General Yakubu Gowon, …

Queen Elizabeth appoints Nigerian-born Ugbana Oyet as Sergeant at Arms in the House of Commons

Queen Elizabeth has approved the appointment of Nigerian born Ugbana Oyet as Serjeant at Arms in the House of Commons. Oyet will replace Kamal El-Hajji who retired in July after three and a half years in the post.     Speaker John Bercow announced the appointment during sitting in the Commons on Tuesday, October 16th. Oyet …

“EVERYWHERE SHE WENT TURNED BAD,” SAYS MAN WITH SIX BANKRUPTCIES By Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a blistering tweet on Friday, the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, was accused of leaving a trail of destruction by a man with six bankruptcies and multiple business failures. “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad,” wrote the man, who ran the now defunct United States Football League into the …

The Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade who enrolled for a Masters Degree in Law at the University of Calabar (UNICAL) has been spotted leaving school in a 20-Jeep convoy

The Cross River State Govenor said to have already started doing his assignments and also presenting seminars like a regular student, obtained his B.Sc. (Honours) in Microbiology at Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, 1988.He then proceeded to obtain his M.sc in Microbiology (1989 - 1990) and PhD in Environmental Microbiology from the University of Ibadan (1990-1994), …

If You Didn’t Already Think Trump Was Unfit for Office, Syria and Ukraine Should Change Your Mind David French

Throughout the 2016 presidential primaries and through the presidential campaign, those of us who were classified as “Never Trump” or “anti-Trump” conservatives repeated the same mantra, time and time again: Character is destiny. A man’s temperament, knowledge, and integrity inevitably shape his conduct. As much as voters may hope that the weight of the office …

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? THE VERY COMPLICATED STEPS INVOLVED IN IMPEACHING DONALD TRUMP

Nancy Pelosi announcing a formal impeachment investigation is only the start of what will be an epic legal and constitutional clash. Here is how impeachment goes from here. 1) Investigations step up Six committees are now tasked by Pelosi with investigating Donald Trump with the intention of deciding whether he should be impeached. They are …

Philanthropy: Femi Otedola’s Example by Reuben Abati

“God has been so kind, the only way I can show my gratitude to Him is to use my resources to support those who are underprivileged. This I intend to do for the rest of my life. In a world full of conflicts, diseases, calamities and inequality, we all need to show the milk of …

OBITUARY: David-West, the petroleum minister fired by IBB for drinking tea by Haleem Olatunji

Professor. Commissioner. Two-time minister under military regimes. And a Special guest at Nigerian prisons. Very few men in Nigeria’s history can boast of such a mix of professional dexterity and political ups and downs. The indomitable Tam David-West, as President Muhammadu Buhari fondly calls him, will be remembered for many things in Nigeria’s modern history, including …

Mobile phone loophole for filming drivers ‘to be closed’. By BBC

Getty Images The government plans to close a legal loophole that has allowed drivers who use mobile phones to film or take photographs to escape prosecution. It is illegal for drivers to call or text on hand-held phones but some have dodged punishment for taking photos. In July, a man overturned a conviction for filming …

Buhari Leaves Deputy Looking Weak Amid Nigeria Succession Talk by William Clowes

The relationship between Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is in the spotlight after the head of state embarked on a private overseas trip without handing over temporary authority to his deputy. While Buhari, 76, transferred power to Osinbajo, 62, during his first term when he traveled abroad for medical reasons, it’s …

VOODOO SEX TRAFFICKER WANTED BY EUROPOL

Jessica Esohe Edosomwan is currently wanted by the French judicial authorities Jessica Edosomwan has been on the run since 2017, accused of luring young girls from small Nigerian towns, with the promise of funding their journeys into Western Europe. But the girls were forced to take part in ‘juju’ rituals, that gave Jessica and her …

WhatsApp update finally puts a stop to a very awkward group chat problem by Aaron Brown

WHATSAPP has rolled-out a new update designed to fix one of the most awkward issues that can arise in its hugely-popular group chats. The latest update to WhatsApp should help users avoid some teeth-grindingly awkward moments (Image: GETTY • PICTURE POSED BY MODEL) WhatsApp, the most popular messaging app on the planet, has rolled-out a …

“May God kill me if a girl has worked for me” – Nigerian Pastor, Stanley Omoregie facing sex trafficking charges in France tells court by Chuks Azotani

35-year-old Nigerian Pastor, Stanley Omoregie who was arraigned before a Lyon court on Wednesday November 6, denied sex trafficking charges against him while stating that he only wanted to help members of his community. Pastor Omoregie denied running a prostitution racket and trafficking young girls from Nigeria to Europe, but he admitted renting apartments to Nigerian girls. He however said he never …

Nigerian ‘sex slavery’ ring goes on trial in France

Twenty-four suspected members of a sex trafficking ring accused of forcing Nigerian women into prostitution in France go on trial Wednesday, the latest case to highlight the growing use of Nigerian migrants as sex slaves in Europe. Nigeria was the main country of origin of the migrants arriving across the Mediterranean to Italy in 2016 …

Jimi Famurewa reviews 805: Hypnotic West African food in ‘visible-from-space’ portions

Resoundingly fed: Hearty portions at Nigerian restaurant 805 ( ES Magazine ) ES FOOD newsletter Ambience: 3/5 Food: 4/5 I don’t know if I will ever fully acclimatise to West African cuisine’s continued new life as a Hot Dining Thing. Where once the muttered rumour that Nigerians ate ‘bright orange rice’ was enough to draw suspicious …

10 things Nigeria does better than anywhere by Noo Saro-Wiwa

(CNN) — From email scams to oil spills and charlatan Pentecostal preachers, it's clear that Nigeria has something of an image problem. While the outside world's perception of Africa's most populous country hasn't always been overwhelmingly positive, there's plenty more to this nation than its unsavory associations. With its vibrant culture, sense of humor and …

Democracy without independence of judiciary by Punch Editorial Board

TWENTY odd years into the Fourth Republic, democracy is still taking baby steps. On a dispiriting note, the country’s chief jurist has reopened the long-running debate on the perceived lack of independence of the judiciary. The insight from Mohammed Tanko, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, alluding to the fact that the judiciary is still beholden …

Against Donald Trump

For the third time since The Atlantic’s founding, the editors endorse a candidate for president. The case for Hillary Clinton. The Editors Oct 5, 2016 In October of 1860, James Russell Lowell, the founding editor of The Atlantic, warned in these pages about the perishability of the great American democratic experiment if citizens (at the …

25 countries Nigerians can visit without visa

Traveling for Nigerians increasingly requires adequate planning. With Nigerian passport ranking 83rd in freedom to travel across the world, acquiring a visa is always difficult and strenuous. However, there are visa-free countries accessible to all Nigerian passport holders. With just a valid passport, you can gain entry into these African countries without having to stress …

Buhari, stay at your duty post by Punch Editorial Board

Saudi Arabia, 3 days Russia, 3 days, S/Africa, 4 days Japan, 4 days London, 16 days WHAT kind of President is Muhammadu Buhari?  In moments of national crisis, he abandons his duty post in preference for foreign trips of dubious value. Showing scant interest in domestic affairs, the President has embarked on another international trip, …

DSS files seven fresh charges against Omoyele Sowore including; ‘treasonable felony and cyberstalking President Buhari’ by LIB

Editorial Unfortunately, Nigeria now holds political prisoners with the judiciary sitting idly by. The Federal Government has slammed a fresh seven-count charge against detained political activist and convener of the RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore, accusing him of treason, money laundering and cyberstalking President Buhari.   The case was filed at the Abuja Division of the …

The Beauty and Burden of Being a Nigerian Bride by Yemisi Aribisala

There are millions of pictures of Nigerian brides on Instagram, many of them taken by talented artists who work as wedding photographers on the weekends, to pay their bills. I know some Nigerian artists, on the other hand, who swear that they will never stoop so low, no matter how needed the remuneration. Their reasoning …

Only Trump can save “us”

There is fake news that the US special forces and the brave Kurds killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. There was no over rated general directing the operation. Field Marshal, Great Genius and President Big Boy Trump single handily eliminated Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He had no support, only he could have carried out this mission. …

Memorial for Prof. Pius Adebola Adesanmi

The remains of renowed Nigerian-born Canadian professor, writer, literary critic, satirist, and columnist, Pius Adesanmi, will be laid to rest in Ottawa, Canada today Saturday October 26th.   Adesanmi was among the 157 persons who died in the ill fated Ethiopian airlne crash on March 10th this year.    Born on February 27, 1972, Adesanmi was the …

Nigeria to Give All of Its 200 Million People Identity Numbers by Ruth Olurounbi

Only 38% of Nigerians have some sort of formal identification Nigeria wants to issue identity numbers for as many as 50 million citizens per year in a bid to create a harmonized database of its population, the largest in Africa. The West African nation with a population of roughly 200 million has a fragmented identity …

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Classic rock icons from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s

Bruce Springsteen has been a rock star since the 1970s. Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images; Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic via Getty Images • Whether you grew up listening to classic rock or not, chances are that you've heard a few of the many iconic songs from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, David Bowie, and …

Understanding the Official Copy of Register of Title

The following notes have been prepared to help you understand the Official Copy of Register of Title. Please note that these notes are not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice and should not be treated as such. The register is split into 4 sections: • Header • Property Register • Proprietorship Register …

The Brexit Agonies of David Cameron by Rebecca Mead

How does David Cameron sleep at night? The former Prime Minister acknowledged this week that, like much of the country that he once led, he is preoccupied by the ongoing Brexit drama. With years of clotted negotiations having resulted in an extended parliamentary stalemate, the U.K. is six weeks away from the deadline upon which …

South Africans Are Used to Being the Targets of Racist Hatred. Now They’ve Become the Haters. By Eusebius McKaiser

The ANC government must acknowledge that xenophobic violence is a hate crime and a betrayal of the African allies that aided it during the darkest days of apartheid. A Zimbabwean man stands by one of his two cars that was set on fire after he survived a petrol bomb attack at his home near Durban, …

Democrats Beg Trump to Stop Impeaching Himself So They Have Something to Do by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In an unexpected twist in the impeachment drama engulfing Washington, leading congressional Democrats have begged Donald Trump to stop impeaching himself so that they have something to do. In a press conference on Friday morning, Representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the …

Can a Nigerian with Dual Citizenship be Prevented from Contesting an Election? – By Agboola Osabia

In the freshly concluded election in Nigeria, Mr. Ikengbolu Gbolugi a member of the PDP representing the Irele/Okitipupa Federal constituency in Ondo State, won a seat to the House of Representatives in one of the two chambers of the National Assembly. Recently, the National Assembly Election Tribunal disqualified Mr. Gbolugi on the grounds that he …

Statement of the Special Rapporteur, Agnes Callamard, on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions on her visit to Nigeria

Agnes Callamard, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions Introduction 1 I conducted an official country visit to Nigeria from 19 August to 3 September 2019.  I warmly thank the Federal Government of Nigeria for their invitation to visit the country, and the officials I met for their availability and support. 2 …

In Major Shakeup, One of the Voices in Rudy Giuliani’s Head Resigns by Andy Borowitz

Photograph by Alex Wong / Getty WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a shakeup that White House insiders said was a long time coming, one of the voices in Rudy Giuliani’s head has resigned. The resignation, which was officially tendered on Saturday morning, seemed inevitable after the former New York mayor made an appearance on CNN Thursday …

Nigeria Runs on Generators and Nine Hours of Power a Day By Ruth Olurounbi and Gordon Bell

Households spend $12 billion on self-generated power President Buhari’s reform efforts have failed to take hold A tailor uses a generator for power in Lagos. Photographer: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images Kabir Sabo’s sewing machine hums busily as he hems a “babariga,” a popular dress in northern Nigeria, in his small corner shop on …

Why Nigerian cyber fraudsters are ‘role models’ by BBC

Online scamming: 'If it doesn't look right, don't trust it' In our series of letters from African writers, Nigerian novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani laments that internet scammers have become role models for many youths in her country. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US has indicted 80 people - 77 of them Nigerians …

New allies fight Africa’s deadly scourge of fake medicines by FT

In 2013, soon after Vivian Nwakah moved to Nigeria, a close friend died after taking a malaria pill he had bought at a local pharmacy in Lagos that turned out to be fake. “One day he said he was feeling sick, he took a malaria pill and within a week he died,” she says. “That …

“How Has This Bastard Not Been Impeached Yet?” Nixon Asks in Hell By Andy Borowitz

Photograph Wally McNamee / Corbis / Getty HELL (The Borowitz Report)—The former President Richard M. Nixon became the latest person to call for Donald J. Trump’s impeachment on Monday, holding an extraordinary press conference in Hell to do so. “I see the news every day and I shake my head,” Nixon said, the infernal flames …