What we do with dogs, monkeys, dolls – Commercial drivers

An ancient traditional practice of sacrificing live dogs on the altar of Ogun, the god of Iron, by commercial drivers in search of protection is still being practiced today, mainly by truck and commercial bus drivers. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports A very experienced driver, who has been a commercial transport driver for over 30 years, Mr. Akinrede Ephraim, who is in his early 60s, said that the practice of deliberately killing dogs with a vehicle for protection against accidents does not work for him. Rather, he believes strongly in drivers praying…

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…Governors, others congratulate Christians

As the ruling All Progre s s i v e s Congress (APC) on Saturday expresses its best wishes to Christians in the country and indeed all Nigerians on the joyous occasion of Easter, former Vice President of Nigeria and a chieftain of the party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has congratulated Christians in Nigerians, saying the country will get better. In a press statement released by Atiku’s Media Office, he urged the Christian faithful and Nigerians of other faiths to see the sacrifice and deprivation of the period preceding Easter as…

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Sam Adeyemi celebrates wife at 50

To say city man of God, senior pastor of flourishing worship center, Daystar Christian Centre, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, is excited by his calling, will amount to stating the obvious; as it can only take one who is passionate about what he does to be so vast in it. Adeyemi’s knowledge in the word of God can only attest to his excitement about his calling. Meanwhile, the 50th birthday of his beautiful wife, Pastor Nike, has revealed how excited the lanky leadership teacher is about his wife, as well as how…

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Power of resurrection‘ll restore Nigeria’s lost glory –Atere

The Bishop of the Diocese of Awori (Anglican Communion), Rt. Revd. (Dr.) Johnson Akin Atere, has called on Nigerians to believe in the power of resurrection of Jesus Christ in order for God to restore the nation’s lost glory. Atere, who made this remark during a sermon at the special Good Friday service held at The Cathedral of St. James, Ota, Ogun State, appealed to every Nigerian to allow the resurrection of Jesus Christ to rekindle their hope of the resurrection of the nation’s ailing economy, values, justice system, healthcare…

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It’s good you left us, PDP tells Elechi

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youths in Ebonyi State yesterday described the defection of former governor of the state, Chief Martin Elechi, from the party to the All Progressives Congress(APC) as a good omen for the party in the state. The PDP youths said the former governor was a mole in the party and that the PDP was already celebrating his exit from the party. In a statement issued by their leader, Comrade Mark Onu, PDP youths accused Elechi of being agent of the All Progressives Congress (APC) even while serving…

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I stay days from home before matches and my wife understands –Bosso

Popularly known as Nomadic coach, former U-20 coach, Ladan Bosso, tells CHARLES OGUNDIYA that he is a man of principles and not arrogant as people tend to believe. Excerpts…   How did it all start for you? In the real sense of it, there is something called career choice. You look at what you want to become in life between when you were leaving secondary school and going to tertiary institution. I will say football or better still, sports was my career choice because I came from a family of…

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Night with performance poets in Abuja

It was a rich potpourri of spoken work performances as U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington hosted a “Night With Performance Poets”, in Abuja, in celebration of National Poetry Month. Each year, April is recognised as National Poetry Month in the United States. Titled, “Naija: Life, Love, and the Hustle”, 10 distinguished performance poets and three dance groups entertained an audience from Abuja’s literary, artistic, and diplomatic communities. The performances spoke to the challenges and dreams of people everywhere, telling stories of hope and despair, heartache and humour. In his remark,…

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‘Achebe not given befitting burial as literary icon’

The Director of the Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Prof. Emeka Nwabueze, has said that the Institute will from May 22 to 25 commemorate the life and creativity of late Prof. Chinua Achebe as a literary colossus, four years after his death. Briefing journalists yesterday in Nsukka, Nwabueze said African icons deserved to be accorded befitting respect worthy of their class after death and that was why the institute is organising the event to make up what was ignored during the burial of Achebe. He said:…

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Promoting culture of loving mothers

The culture of loving but not being expressive about it, especially towards mothers is prominent in the African homes as revealed by the social experiment. The need for being vocal about love and appreciation for mothers cannot be overemphasized. Recently, as part of the efforts to mark this year’s Mothers’ Day celebration, Baileys Nigeria launched an extension of its “Love is”… campaign tagged “Why tell others when you can tell mum?” The campaign seeks to change the perception of Africans as a whole from being rather coy in expressing love…

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Elechi’s detour and APC allure

The defection of the immediate past governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Martin Elechi, to the All Progressives Congress (APC) is causing ripples in the state, UCHENNA INYA reports The political situation in Ebonyi State is becoming more interesting. In the last few months, there have been political developments with some politicians defecting to the two dominant parties in the state – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC). But, the mother of the defections was that of the immediate past governor of the state, Chief Martin Elechi.…

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