Report: With Nigeria’s northeast facing famine, WFP funds could dry up

  The United Nations’ World Food Programme could in a few weeks run out of funding to feed millions living on the brink of famine in Nigeria, four people familiar with the matter said, intensifying one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. In the northeast, 4.7 million people, many of them refugees from the conflict with Islamist insurgency Boko Haram, need rations to survive, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), one of the main aid groups handing out food. Many of those living in camps for displaced people say…

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Okpekpe Race: Obaseki seeks more local participation

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki wants increased participation of runners from Edo State and other adjoining states in the Okpekpe international 10km road race. “The Okpekpe race has come to stay and we are happy to be associated with it. It is an event that has put Edo State on the map of the world as a destination for world-class sporting event and we are grateful for this. I will however like to have more local participation in the event. I want runners from all over Edo State and other…

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Nkechi Harry Ngonadi

Stylish Entrepreneur Nkechi Harry Ngonadi, aka NHN of NHN Couture is a beautiful lady who loves God and uses her love for fashion to propagate the gospel. She is a great proponent of the theory that you can look beautiful without indecent exposure. This has taken her far as she has a unique repertoire in the fashion industry and many ladies of high society, pastors wives, celebrities and more are some of her clients. Born on born 18th November 1975, she grew up in Zaria, Kaduna State, lived most of…

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Multiple cinemas, way out of piracy –Bright

Bright Wonder Obasi is a filmmaker, scriptwriter, cinematographer, actor and Filmmaking Facilitator at High Definition Film Academy (HDFA), he speaks with Deborah Ocheni about his Script2screen Africa reality show, multiple cinema as the way out of piracy in Nigeria and sundry issues.   You released an album in 2009. Can you tell us what is happening to that creative part of you? Yes, I released a gospel album in 2009, but since then I think film swept me off my feet, at that point my music was too local and…

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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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How Reps rejected proposal to sack govs

A controversial bill seeking to amend the 1999 constitution to empower the National Assembly to remove state governors was kicked out by members of the House of Representatives a week ago. PHILIP NYAM reviews the debate on the rejected proposed legislation Members of the House of Representatives were last week engaged in a heated debate reminiscent of the tenure elongation agenda otherwise called third term, during the 5th Assembly. Apparently aware of the mood of the nation and the impression the public have about the legislature, the lawmakers were unanimous…

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I am sensitive, romantic, adventurous – Amah-Aluko

Filmmaker, actress and author, Lilian Amah-Aluko, in this interview, talks about her career, Nollywood and piracy among other issues. TONY OKUYEME You have been off the screen for some time, is it deliberate? Not really. I just don’t get offered the kind of exciting challenging roles I crave. The last intensely challenging and exciting role I played was last year as Nori in Hush. I thank the producers for that opportunity and the chance to again play opposite RMD. My career came full circle with the role of Nori. I…

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IPOB to British envoy: You goofed on indivisibility of Nigeria

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday described as serious diplomatic blunder, utterances credited to the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, that the United Kingdom has remained firm in its support for one Nigeria. Arkwright reportedly made the statement in Kogi State, where he delivered a public lecture on the topic: “Brexit: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities for Nigeria”. However, IPOB in a statement signed by Dr. Ikenna Chinaka and Mrs Grace Ukpai, said it viewed the British Envoy’s utterance as unfortunate and distasteful, saying it was unfortunate…

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Elections must be festivals, not wars – Stakeholders

Speakers at the 2017 conference of the Association of Political Consultants in Africa on Tuesday in Lagos agreed that the African continent must evolve ways to ensure that election periods are no longer associated with violence but marked as period of celebrations. They expressed regrets that while advanced democracies of the world have seen election times as times for healthy debates and creative competitions, African countries see election periods as war moments which create tension and anxieties. Among those who spoke at the opening ceremony of the threeday conference at…

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