West , South Africa meet to see Potato Potahto in Durban

Sequel to the premiere held at the Cannes Film Festival premiere earlier in May, the star studded Shirley Frimpong Manso romantic comedy ‘Potato Potahto’ will premiere at the 38th Durban International Film Festival on Sunday, 16 July 2017 at 18h00 at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Durban. Media interviews, Question & Answer sessions with the cast, directors and producers will be held before and after the film screening. The delegates of the 38th Durban International Film Festival and the general public can look forward to seeing the award winning…

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Local oil firms walking a tight rope

Indigenous firms are the worst-hit by myriads of challenges bedeviling the oil and gas industry. ADEOLA YUSUF reports on how many of them are running into bankruptcy     Aiteo, an indigenous oil firm, made the headlines penultimate week; basking in the euphoria of its new status as the biggest Nigerian- owned oil firm in terms of production, hitherto known by many as the petroleum product trading firm, it announced the production of the largest share of the 313,602 barrels per day output from indigenous companies. The firm’s management cannot…

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Obiano to unveil new book on Anambra light bearers

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State will today unveil a book titled, ‘Icons of Anambra State’. The publication, sponsored by three leading banks, traces the resilience and enterprise that made the state to produce the highest number of achievers in Nigeria since the 20th century. The 317-page book written by a researcher and biographer, Mr. Uchechukwu Elugu, details the lives and times of some remarkable men and women, who made the difference to make Anambra the leading state in the South East. Anambra, which prides itself as “The Light of…

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Furore over WAEC’s new examination diet

DISAGREEMENT Less than one week that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) unfolded plans to introduce a new diet for external candidates, key stakeholders have faulted the move, kicking that it would not see the light of the day   While Nigerian students and their parents are yet to recover from the confusion generated by this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), last week, introduced a new diet in its examinations, which has continued to generate debate among stakeholders. With the new diet,…

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Is Arik slipping into oblivion?

Government is at a crossroads on what to do with Arik Air, having injected N1.5 billion since it took over the carrier. It’s time to take far reaching decision on the airline’s future, writes WOLE SHADARE   Arik on life support For those who don’t know, Arik Air is currently dying a slow death and here are some of the signs. The airline has just five aircraft from the over 29 it acquired when it made a debut 10 years ago. It purportedly came with a difference with state-of-the-art aircraft,…

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FG shifts Forcados, Bonga’s re-opening date to June, July

The Federal Government has announced new dates for re-opening of two major oil and gas installations in Nigeria-Bonga Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) and Forcados line. Minister of State for Petroleum resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who said this in a report, stated that Forcados would reopen in June and Bonga in July. Shell, operator of Bonga, had earlier said that the facility would re-open by April. The shutdown of these facilities have impacted the crude production in Nigeria as over 225, 000 barrels of oil is shut-in on Bonga…

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Angst in APC over ‘marginalisation’

The bottled-up anger in the All Progressives Congress (APC) is gradually being let out with series of protests by members who feel marginalised, writes ONYEKACHI EZE   There is no doubt that all is not well in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Events in the last few weeks confirmed this. First, is the news making the rounds that the party’s planned April 29 midterm national convention might not hold due to lack of funds. In fact, many people had expected this to happen because the APC leadership has cried…

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I’m a proven match winner, Moyes tells Sunderland boo-boys

David Moyes

Sunderland manager David Moyes defended his credentials as a Premier League match winner after he was jeered by some sections of the home crowd during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with West Ham United. Rooted at the bottom of the league with just 21 points from 32 games, Sunderland picked up their first point in four games on Saturday. “It’s (the booing) to be expected because me and the team are not doing well,” Moyes told the British media. “I have to accept it. “I just remember to myself that I think…

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Ighalo hits brace, out for four weeks

Olanrewaju, Odemwingie also on targeting   It was a tough day for Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, as he was rushed to the hospital after sustaining injury in his club, Changchun Yatai’s 3-2 defeat against Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League. Ighalo scored a brace in the game before he was forced off with an injury in the 73rd minute after receiving a kick to the left ankle joint. Ighalo is thought to have suffered a recurrence of an old injury following a harsh tackle by an opponent. He…

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