Actor Olaiya Igwe strips, prays for Tinubu’s victory at beach (Nation)
Movie star Ebun Oloyede aka Olaiya Igwe is in the news again.
In the past months, Olaiya Igwe has been in the news on different occasions for controversial reasons.
The veteran actor in a new video, which has gone viral, stripped himself as he prayed at the beach for the electoral victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The now-viral video has elicited mixed reactions from fans. Read more
Tweeps react as veteran Nollywood star goes naked at beach, prays for Tinubu’s victory (DailyTrust)
Several reactions have trailed the action of a veteran Nollywood star, Ebun Oloyede popularly known as Olaiya Igwe, who was filmed stark naked at a beach praying for the victory of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate in the forthcoming 2023 election.
In a video which was posted by the movie star and has since gone viral, in what appears to be a campaign stunt for the APC, the thespian was seen praying to the gods of the sea in the Yoruba language pleading that they should ensure the victory of all APC candidates in the next election.
Part of his speech which was spoken in the Yoruba language stated, “Let him win the forthcoming election, get him to the post. I internationally came to the beach to beseech you (God), the most merciful. Let Tinubu’s vote be as much as the water of the ocean. Don’t put us (APC) to shame.”
Ever since the video made it round on the Nigerian digital space, people have taken to their various social media accounts to express their opinion. Read more
Woman busts prostitution ring in Lagos, rescues seven girls (Guardian)
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Angels Assurance Security Outfits Limited, Ms Ange Ify Udeogalanya, has rescued seven girls from being trafficked to Ghana by an international prostitution ring.
The Guardian gathered that Udeogalanya, whose firm operates in Amuwo Odofin, FESTAC Town, Lagos State, discovered the first girl simply identified as Onyinyechi last Saturday morning, and later used information from her to rescue other girls from hotels in the area.
In the process of rescuing the girls, Udeogalanya and members of her staff also arrested three of the alleged traffickers.
The suspects were later handed over to the Area E Police Command for transfer to the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). Read more
APC Lagos flags off Sanwo-Olu/Hamzat campaign (Tribune)
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, on Saturday, officially flagged off the governorship campaign for the incumbent governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat.
The colourful carnival-like campaign rally was organized by the State Campaign Council and held at the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Onikan, Lagos.
The rally also availed all candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 election from the three senatorial districts, 24 Federal and 40 State Constituencies to showcase themselves to the electorate.
Present at the rally were leaders of the apex advisory body in the state, the Governance Advisory Council (GAC), chieftains and members from across the 20 Local Government Areas and the 37 LCDAs, religious leaders, Arewa community, and other representatives of various ethnic groups in the state, traders’ unions and Nollywood Yoruba movie stars. Read more
Lagos begins domestication of Nigerian Startup Act through KITE project (ThisDay)
Lagos State Government has commenced the domestication of the Nigerian Startup Act (NSA2022) with the establishment of Knowledge, Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (KITE) Project which will equitably localise the Act.
The KITE project is expected to significantly contribute to Nigeria’s economic development and position Lagos State as the hub for innovation in Nigeria.
The workshop held at Eko Innovation Centre, brought together startup founders, technology experts, innovators, and enthusiasts to join the state government in domesticating the policies in the Nigerian Startup Act.
The Act defines Nigerian startups, their scope, operations, incentives, and limits to attract foreign investment and open up the Nigerian tech industry. Read more
HIV-Positive persons protest inadequate care in Edo (DailyTrust)
The Network of Persons Living With HIV/AIDs (NPLWH) has staged a peaceful protest over what it described as inadequate care in Edo hospitals.
Addressing journalists at the Secretariat of the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, former State Coordinator, NPLWH, Elder Francis Osayande, said they found it difficult to access care, following the demolition of the Central Hospital Benin, where most of them received treatment.
“December 1 is a day of celebration for persons living with HIV/AIDs but today, we are mourning because we are finding it difficult to access treatment following the demolition of the Central Hospital.
“We no longer get the care and treatment we normally received at the Central Hospital before the demolition. We hardly see qualified doctors as those that were attending to us had been transferred since the demolition of the hospital. Read more
Osinbajo off to Vietnam for 5-day state visit (Leadership)
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, departed Abuja on Saturday for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for high-level bilateral engagements in the Southeastern nation including meetings with the President of Vietnam, President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc; Vice President Vo Thi Aah Xuan, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, other government officials and the business community.
The VP’s reciprocal visit to Vietnam will further strengthen trade and bilateral relations between both countries.
According to a statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, recalled that in view of the trade and bilateral relations between both countries, then Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam, Vuong Hue, had visited Nigeria in October 2019, and met with Prof. Osinbajo, other senior Nigerian government officials and also interacted with the Nigerian-Vietnam Business Association.
As the then Deputy Prime Minister, who was accompanied to Nigeria by senior Vietnamese Government officials and businessmen, noted Nigeria is Vietnam’s largest trading partner in Africa. Indeed trade between both countries stood at US$280 million in 2014 and increased to over US$500 million in 2019. Read more
IG files motion to set aside committal order (ThisDay)
Following the committal order issued by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja last week the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, yesterday approached the court to file a motion to set aside the contempt proceeding and committal order.
A statement by Force Headquarters affirmed that in the motion filed before the Federal High Court in the Federal Capital Territory December 1, 2022, “the IGP extensively highlighted grounds why the orders should be set aside including noting that he had not been appointed into office as Inspector General of Police when the case was instituted and the reinstatement order in question granted.”
He also stated that the contempt proceedings were served via substituted means in November 2018 and January, 2019 respectively, on the then Inspector General of Police, and not on him as the incumbent.
The statement said the IG, in his disposition, further noted that even before his assumption of office, official steps were taken by his predecessors toward complying with the reinstatement of Patrick C. Okoli, the plaintiff, as ordered by the court. Read more
Hilaria Baldwin says she and husband Alec are ‘not OK’ after ‘Rust’ shooting (PageSix)
Hilaria Baldwin and husband Alec Baldwin are still struggling after the fatal shooting on the set of “Rust” in October 2021.
“We’re not OK. We can’t be OK. No one’s OK,” Hilaria, 38, said in an upcoming interview with Extra while holding back tears. “It was and is a tragedy that nobody could ever have imagined.”
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on set when a prop gun containing live bullets went off and struck her in the chest before striking director Joel Souza in the clavicle.
The Baldwins, who recently welcomed their seventh child, have been open about their family’s “challenging year” ever since the shooting. Read more
Family home of Iranian climber Elnaz Rekabi demolished (BBC)
The family villa of Elnaz Rekabi – an Iranian climber who competed abroad with her hair uncovered – has reportedly been demolished.
Ms Rekabi, 33, broke Iran’s mandatory dress code at the contest in South Korea – but later said her headscarf had fallen off “inadvertently”.
The BBC was told her apology was forced.
Opposition to the headscarf has fuelled protests that have swept Iran, with the climber being hailed as a hero.
A video showing the ruins of a house with sports medals on the ground started circulating this week. Read more
Axl Rose says he’ll stop tossing mic into crowd after woman claims injury at Guns N’ Roses show (NME)
Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has said he will no longer throw his microphone into the crowd at the end of the band’s concerts, after a woman claimed she was injured by the stunt at their recent show in Adelaide.
The band performed in the South Australian capital on Tuesday (November 29). Some time after the show, a woman named Rebecca Howe told Adelaide Advertiser that she was struck by the microphone; a photo accompanying the report showed swelling and thick bruises on both of her eyes, and cuts to the bridge of her nose.
“He took a bow and then he launched the microphone out to the crowd… and then bang, right on the bridge of my nose,” Howe said, noting that she was in an area of the crowd that “wasn’t even right at the front”. She went on to say that she began hyperventilating, stressed that her face had been “caved in”.
She continued: “What if it was a couple of inches to the right or left? I could have lost an eye… What if it hit me in the mouth and I broke my teeth? If my head was turned and it hit me in the temple, it could have killed me.” Read more
Nick Cannon hospitalised with pneumonia (TMZ)
Nick Cannon just had a major health scare … landing in the hospital with pneumonia.
The “Masked Singer” host posted a photo of himself in a hospital bed, wearing a face mask, gown and beanie.
The father who has welcomed 11 kids with 2 on the way casually revealed his diagnosis to his millions of IG fans … “It’s just pneumonia, nothing I can’t handle. Okay, so I guess I’m not Superman.”
Then Nick became more serious, making a veiled reference to his 10-year battle with the autoimmune disease lupus … “I promised myself I would never be back at this place again… great lesson to take care of you or you won’t be able to take care of everyone else.” Read more
First look at Kingsman’s Taron Egerton in new Tetris movie (DigitalSpy)
Kingsman actor Taron Egerton appears in a first glimpse at the upcoming Tetris movie.
Directed by Jon S Baird (Filth), this one charts the high-stakes legal battle that went down in the 1980s to secure the intellectual property rights to the eponymous puzzle video game – à la The Social Network.
Nikita Efremov (Londongrad) plays Russian programmer Alexey Pajitnov alongside Egerton’s Dutch entrepreneur Henk Rogers, while Toby Jones (The Wonder), Roger Allam (The Thick of It), Anthony Boyle (The Plot Against America) and Togo Igawa (The Gentlemen) fill various supporting roles.
In the new ‘Apple TV+ Winter 2022 & Beyond’ trailer, Egerton’s moustachioed character cameos at around 38 seconds, sandwiched between clips from the likes of Austin Butler’s Masters of the Air and Will Smith’s slavery survival drama Emancipation. Read more
Gurinder Chadha talks discovering ‘Bond’ hopeful Aaron Taylor-Johnson, 1st Punjabi film and Saudi Bend It Like Beckham (Deadline)
Gurinder Chadha revealed in an In-Conversation at Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea International Film Festival on Saturday, that she had been approached about collaborating on a local version of her 2002 hit Bend It Like Beckham during her trip to the festival.
“Are there any Saudi scriptwriters here?” she asked the audience. “I was pitched a Saudi Bend It Like Beckham but I need a Saudi scriptwriter so we can write it together,” she said.
The Kenya-born British filmmaker, whose Indian family moved to the U.K. from East Africa in the 1960s, also speaks Punjabi, but until now all her films have been in the English language.
She talked, however, about her hopes to advance her dreams of making a Punjabi language feature, starring Munna Bhai M.B.B.S Bollywood veteran Sanjay Dutt. Read more
Indonesia set to punish sex before marriage with jail time (BBC)
Indonesia’s parliament is expected to pass a new criminal law this month that will punish sex outside marriage with imprisonment of up to a year.
Bambang Wuryanto, a politician involved in the draft, said the code could be passed as early as next week.
The law, if passed, would apply to Indonesian citizens and foreigners alike.
Punishment for adultery can only take effect if there are parties who lodge complaints to the authorities. Read more
Serena Williams says daughter Olympia is glad she stepped back from Tennis (People)
Serena Williams is savoring every moment she has with her daughter Olympia.
The tennis icon, 41, who has partnered with the Lincoln Motor Company on a new car fragrance, appeared on the latest episode of the PEOPLE Every Day podcast, and opened up about her more relaxed daily schedule after announcing in August that she was stepping away from the game.
Williams told host Janine Rubenstein that her 5-year-old, whom she shares with husband Alexis Ohanian, is “very aware” that her mom is no longer committed to an intense training schedule and is trying to make the most of Williams’ newfound free time.
“She wants to make sure that I’m aware that I should have time on my hands and I need to spend more time with her,” the 23-time Grand Slam champion said, laughing. “I’m always like, ‘Olympia, I’m not working now.’ She’s like, ‘Yeah, you don’t play tennis!’ She’s like, ‘Yes!’ And I don’t really quite know how to feel about that!” Read more
Senegal preparations hit with disruption with manager Aliou Cisse ill before England World Cup clash (Standard)
Senegal’s preparations for their last-16 World Cup clash with England have been disrupted by their head coach Aliou Cisse falling ill.
Cisse was unable to take training on Friday ahead of Sunday’s match in Qatar and he also missed Senegal’s pre-match press conference on Saturday.
Senegal assistant Regis Bogaert undertook media duties instead, but he is hopeful Cisse will be in the dugout at the Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday.
“He (Cisse) has been sick for a couple of days now,” said Bogaert. Read more
US lineup: Christian Pulisic starts, Jesús Ferreira makes World Cup debut (Fox)
United States men’s national team coach Gregg Berhalter made a surprising change to his starting lineup for Saturday’s World Cup round of 16 clash with the Netherlands (10 a.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports App), bringing in forward Jesús Ferreira for his first action of the tournament.
Meanwhile, as expected, Christian Pulisic was listed among the starters, having made a recovery from the pelvic contusion injury that briefly cast some doubt over his availability.
Berhalter made the switch to Ferreira — the third pure striker on the roster — against a Netherlands defense that has conceded only once in the tournament.
The selection was a surprise. Ferreira, who plays for FC Dallas in MLS, kicked his heels on the bench throughout the group stage. Read more
Luis Suarez breaks silence as he leaps to the defence of his Uruguay side (DailyMail)
Luis Suarez leapt to the defence of his Uruguay side after their early exit from the World Cup, which the forward insisted ‘hurts a lot’ in an emotional Instagram post.
Uruguay failed to qualify from Group H on goals scored after managing only two goals against Ghana, with South Korea beating Portugal to progress to the last 16 instead.
Suarez was visibly upset following the results, and took to social media to thank his nation’s fans and insist his side gave it their all in Qatar as he defended his team-mates.
‘Saying goodbye to a World Cup hurts a lot, but we have the peace of mind that we LEAVE EVERYTHING for our country’ he said. Read more
Serbia 2-3 Switzerland – Swiss through after exciting victory (BBC)
Switzerland sealed their place in the World Cup last 16 following an entertaining five-goal victory over Serbia to round off the group stage.
Switzerland, who knew a draw would be enough to qualify, took an early lead through former Stoke and Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri.
Serbia turned it around in the first half, going 2-1 up with goals from Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic and centre-forward partner Dusan Vlahovic – and they would have gone through as things stood.
The entertainment did not stop there though, as Switzerland’s Breel Embolo equalised on the stroke of half-time when he poked in from close range. Read more
Nets build huge lead to beat Raptors 114-105 (Global)
Kyrie Irving scored 27 points and the Brooklyn Nets built a huge lead before beating the Toronto Raptors 114-105 on Friday night.
Kevin Durant had 17 points and Nic Claxton chipped in 15 for the Nets, who have won four consecutive games.
Pascal Siakam scored 24 points and O.G. Anunoby added 21 for the Raptors, losers of two straight games.
Brooklyn led by 36 points midway through the second quarter and held a 93-72 advantage at the start of the fourth. Read more