Juliet Ibrahim speaks up about being in an abusive relationship (Guardian)
Juliet Ibrahim has confirmed she was in an abusive relationship.
In an interview, the actress told sources that in a previous relationship, she was locked up and raped daily by her ex-boyfriend.
The popular actress revealed that her sister would intervene pulling her out of such scenarios.
Ibrahim who did not reveal the identity of her ex-boyfriend said she also noted to her ex-boyfriend that what he did was rape but his reaction was that they were in a relationship.
“I told him what he did was rape but he said we were in a relationship. But was I ready? That was the question. Did I say I was in the mood? Read more
Lagos residents condemn underage access to hotels, alcohol (Nation)
Lagos residents have called for stiffer measures to check the growing trend of underage persons being allowed access to hotels, alcohol and drugs.
A cross-section of residents in the metropolis who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews on Tuesday, said the responsibility to check the act rest majorly on parenting.
Mrs Opeyemi Adebayo, a teacher, said that the family had a major role to play on deciding how a child would turn-out or behave in the society.
“Parents need to spend more time with their children, yes Lagos stress is there but you should create time to monitor the activities of your children since you are capable of bringing them to the world. Read more
Most old buildings in Lagos have outlived their usage – Expert (DailyTrust)
The President, Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers, Peter IgbiniJesu, has said most old buildings in Lagos State have outlived their usage.
He made this submission while speaking on the Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday on the backdrop of the recurring incidence of building collapse, especially in Lagos.
IgbiniJesu, who is also a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, said buildings have expiration dates, adding that a building should stand for at least 99 years depending on how often it is maintained.
He said an integrity test should be carried out on buildings every five years. Read more
IPOB’s beheading of about-to-wed soldiers terrorism taken too far – Army (Punch)
The Nigerian Army, on Tuesday, condemned the brutal murder of two about-to-wed soldiers and noted that the action was perpetrated by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network.
The Army described as “gruesome, barbaric and most despicable”, the beheading of Master Warrant Officer Audu Linus (retired) and Private Gloria Matthew, who were on transit to Imo State for their traditional wedding when they were killed on April 30, 2022.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General, Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Tuesday, said the act was terrorism taken too far.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that Matthew was first raped before she was shot dead along with her lover, Linus. Read more
Paymasta moves to bridge employee salary needs with EWA (Leadership)
Paymasta, an earned wage access (EWA) and personal finance management app that allows employees of organisations access their salaries before payday, has been developed by Nigerian fintech innovators.
The application built by Lastmile Financials Limited, partners with employers to provide employees immediate access to their salaries as soon as it is earned rather than waiting 30 days for payday at zero cost to the employer and helps boost employees’ productivity, engagement, and loyalty.
Speaking at the official launch of the app in Lagos yesterday, chief evangelist and co-founder of Paymasta,Mr. Gerald Erih, said PayMasta gives employees the opportunity to use a portion of their monthly salary already earned in case of an emergency, to pay bills or other unexpected financial situations. This reduces financial stress and the need for expensive payday loans, overdrafts, or credit cards.
‘At Paymasta, we help people achieve financial freedom. Our target audience are people that basically work 9am to 5pm daily and live paycheck to paycheck. In Nigeria, that’s about 80 per cent of the working-class population. We are all about enabling them not just about having access to money that they earn when they need it anytime but also help them plan their finances and track their expenses. Read more
World Press Freedom Day: Buhari salutes media’s role in sustaining democracy (Sun)
President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed the courage and determination of the media to keep the society well informed.
A statement by Femi Adesina, media adviser, quoted Buhari as stating this on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, observed yearly on May 3.
He rejoiced with the Nigerian media, and recognised their role in strengthening the country’s democracy.
In fostering the pursuit of journalism in the country, President Buhari reiterated the Nigerian government’s commitment to the freedom of the press, pledging to continue ensuring the protection of the rights and privileges of journalists in the lawful performance of their professional duties. Read more
Zazzau Emirate suspends Kaduna legislator, 3 district heads over ‘use of thugs’ during Sallah (DailyTrust)
The Emir of Zazzau, Mallam Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, has suspended four district heads shortly after the traditional Eid el fitr Sallah celebration.
A statement issued by the Media and publicity officer to the emirate, Abdullahi Aliyu Kwarbai, said the suspension was with immediate effect.
According to the statement those suspended include Uban garin Zazzau and District head of Soba, Alhaji Bashir Shehu Idris, Sarkin Dajin Zazzau and District head of Kubau, Alhaji Shehu Umar Aliyu.
Others include Wakilin Birnin Zazzau and member Kaduna state House of Assembly representing Zaria constituency, Alhaji Suleiman Ibrahim Dabo and Garkuwan kudun Zazzau and Bursar, FCE Zaria, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Uwais. Read more
Top Kaduna female politician vows to unseat 5th term NASS member (Sun)
A one-term member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly and two times commissioner in the state, Maria Samuel Dogo, has said she is ready to slog it out with a fifth term member of the Federal House of Representatives (Chikun/Kajuru), Yakubu Umar Barde, ahead of the 2023 election.
According to her, the people of Chikun and Kajuru federal constituency deserve better security, employment and infrastructural development than what they currently have, this, is her resolve to participate in the primary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) coming up this month.
She told Daily Sun that, she has been having sleepless nights over the persistent bandits’ attacks on the poor people in Chikun and Kajuru federal constituency which was largely formed the basis of her interest to represent the people of this area so she could influence laws that can improve their survival and at the same time lobby for massive constituency developmental projects to the constituency.
To her, “our people in Chikun and Kajuru are having sleepless nights because a lot of them are being held in the bush. Some of them are being killed due to the inability of some families of kidnapped victims to pay the ransom because they are poor. Read more
NANNM demands additional manpower, salary increase for nurses in Kebbi (Independent)
The branch Chairman of Kebbi State National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Comrade Abdulwaliyu Kelani has called on the state government to employ more nurses in the state to attain easy and accessible healthcare delivery.
Kelani who spoke exclusively to our correspondent said that, though nurses are in short supply globally, the need to add to the numbers is inevitable as public hospitals are expected to have at least a hundred nurses per health facility existing in the state.
He added that the state government is doing much in nurses training in universities and other equivalent tertiary institutions in the country as the state can now boost graduate nurses in different fields saying at least 20 nurses from Kebbi state are undergoing a master’s degree in nursing.
While lending his voice on the approved four months of maternity leave for lactating mothers he decried non-implementation in Kebbi state, particularly nurses whom he said should have stayed back to nurse their babies till they become easy to care for to enable them to pay attention to patients but they now only enjoy the mundane type of 3 months.
While lending his voice on the approved four months of maternity leave for lactating mothers he decried non-implementation in Kebbi state, particularly nurses whom he said should have stayed back to nurse their babies till they become easy to care for to enable them to pay attention to patients but they now only enjoy the mundane type of 3 months. Read more
Cyndi Lauper documentary, ‘Let the Canary Sing,’ coming from Sony Music (Variety)
Sony Music Entertainment is officially in production for a Cyndi Lauper documentary titled “Let The Canary Sing,” a feature-length film that promises to explore the singer’s 30-plus year career.
The film, which is being made in partnership with Lauper herself, will be directed by award-winning documentarian Alison Ellwood, who most recently directed the Emmy-nominated two-part documentary, “Laurel Canyon.” Ellwood has also previously collaborated with Fine Point Films on “The Go-Go’s,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win Best Music Film at the Critics’ Choice Awards.
“Like many people, I assumed when Cyndi Lauper burst onto the music scene in the early ’80s, that she was another young star experiencing a meteoric rise to fame and success thanks to MTV,” said Ellwood. “Her music videos were wild and colorful, her songs like ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ were infectious. But as it turns out, her story is one of hard knocks, hard work and dogged determination. Cyndi wanted her voice not just to be listened to, but a voice to be heard.”
The documentary will showcase the history of the singer-songwriter who also holds titles as actress, activist, and composer. More specifically, “Let the Canary Sing” will follow Lauper’s rise to stardom from finding her voice growing up in working-class Queens, NY, to the success of her 1983 debut album “She’s So Unusual.” Read more
Harry Styles announces ‘One Night Only In New York’ album release gig (NME)
Harry Styles has announced a special ‘One Night Only In New York’ gig to celebrate the release of his new album, ‘Harry’s House’.
The pop star will release his third album, featuring the recent single ‘As It Was’, on May 20, via Erskine Records.
The special concert will take place at the UBS Arena at Belmont Park, in Long Island’s Elmont, on May 20. According to a press release, the show will see Styles perform tracks from ‘Harry’s House’ for the first time ever.
Tickets for the gig will cost $25 all-in (£20), including taxes and fees. A Verified Fan pre-sale will open on Ticketmaster between 9am and 11am ET on Thursday (May 5) Read more
Judy Henske death: Folk singer-songwriter dies, aged 85 (Independent)
The death of singer-songwriter Judy Henske – whose unique blend of folk, blues, jazz and comedy made her a star in the 1960s – has been announced.
Her husband Craig Doerge explained that Henske passed away on 27 April in a Los Angeles hospice after a long illness.
Born Judith Anne Henske in 1936 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, the striking 6ft tall alto singer started her music career in the late 1950s, moving to San Diego and singing in coffee shops across Southern California and Los Angeles.
Henske then became a member of The Whiskeyhill Singers in the early 1960s before working as a singer in New York, appearing onstage alongside a young Woody Allen. Variety reports that she was a key influence behind the character of Annie Hall – who was also a Chippewa Falls native – in Allen’s 1977 film of the same name. Read more
Amber Heard’s op-ed ‘canceled’ Johnny Depp, sank his $22.5M movie deal, witnesses say (NYPost)
Johnny Depp was painted as the victim in his relationship with Amber Heard by a host of witnesses called to the stand Monday — alleging the actor was punched, “canceled” and lost out on a $22.5 million movie deal because of his vindictive and abusive ex-wife.
The Fairfax, Virginia, jury in Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard heard about the ex-couple’s volatile union, including how the actress allegedly once chucked a can of Red Bull at the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star and called him a “f–ing deadbeat dad.”
“You name it, she’s spewed it,” Travis McGivern, Depp’s longtime bodyguard, testified about Heard.
The jurors were also told about how an op-ed by Heard, 36, in which she called herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse” had “devastated” Depp’s career. Read more
Amazon Freevee orders ‘Bosch: Legacy’ season 2, inks Disney Movie licensing deal (Variety)
Titus Welliver’s ex-cop Harry Bosch will return to crack more cases on Amazon Freevee.
Amazon Freevee (formerly IMDb TV) announced the pickup of Season 2 of “Bosch: Legacy,” a spin-off of series “Bosch” that ran for seven seasons on Prime Video — ahead of the May 6 premiere of “Bosch: Legacy” on the e commerce giant’s free, ad-supported streaming service.
In addition, Amazon Freevee is expanding its licensed content lineup through a short-term film licensing agreement with Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution for a “limited selection” of 20th Century Studios titles, including “Deadpool,” “Deadpool 2,” “Logan,” “Hidden Figures,” Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express” and “The Post.”
The announcements came at Amazon’s 2022 NewFronts presentation Monday for marketers. Read more
‘Fast X’: Louis Leterrier to replace Justin Lin as Director (ET)
Fast X is bringing in a new member of its creative family. Following Justin Lin’s departure from the upcoming 10th installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, ET can confirm that French filmmaker Louis Leterrier has been chosen to step in and direct the action-packed film.
Leterrier is best known for directing the first two Transporter films, as well as 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, 2010’s Clash of the Titans, 2013’s Now You See Me and the Netflix streaming series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
Lin announced his Fast X directorial departure last Tuesday, but shared with fans that he would be remaining on the project as a producer. His announcement came just days after production had begun on the upcoming film. Lin also directed F9, which was released last summer, and was set to direct the upcoming 11th Fast film.
“With the support of Universal, I have made the difficult decision to step back as director of FAST X, while remaining with the project as a producer,” the filmmaker’s statement read. “Over 10 years and five films, we have been able to shoot the best actors, the best stunts, and the best damn car chases. On a personal note, as the child of Asian immigrants, I am proud of helping to build the most diverse franchise in movie history. I will forever be grateful to the amazing cast, crew and studio for their support, and for welcoming me into the FAST family.” Read more
Roe v Wade: Leaked US Supreme Court opinion suggests abortion law repeal (BBC)
The US Supreme Court could be about to overturn the nationwide legal right to abortion, according to a leaked draft opinion that has stunned the country.
Politico reports that Justice Samuel Alito writes in the document that the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision is “egregiously wrong”.
If verified, the leaking of the document would be unprecedented in the court’s modern history.
The justices are expected to issue their ruling on the case by early July. Read more
AFN in cloud nine as Nigerian athletes set more records in US (Guardian)
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has described as ‘heartwarming’ the impressive performance of the country’s athletes in various Meets across the United States at the weekend.
Barely a week after scattering Blessing Okagbare’s 200m record with a new 21.96 seconds, Favour Ofili made African sprint history by running a 100m lead of 10.93s to become the second African woman after Namibia’s Christine Mboma to race inside 11 seconds in the event and 22 seconds in the 200m event.
Also at the LSU Invitational at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Nigeria’s sprinter, Favour Ashe, posted an incredible 9.79 seconds performance. A tailwind of 3.0m/s prevented the University of Tennessee freshman, Ashe, from becoming the 12th Nigerian and 28th African man to run inside 10 seconds in the 100m.
The 10.93 seconds recorded at the weekend did not only make Ofili the fastest African teenager in history, but she also moved to fifth on the senior African all-time list. Read more
Guardiola unfazed as Man City face Real in Bernabeu cauldron (France24)
Pep Guardiola has urged his Manchester City stars to show their “personality” as the Spaniard plots yet another successful visit to Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg.
Guardiola’s side head to Madrid with a slender 4-3 advantage after last week’s thrilling first leg at the Etihad Stadium.
With a place in the Champions League final at stake, Guardiola can take comfort from his impressive record in Real’s intimidating Bernabeu Stadium.
Many star-studded teams have folded when confronted by a European night under the lights in one of the sport’s most hallowed cathedrals. Read more
Ralf Rangnick feels win over Brentford was among best Man Utd displays under him (Independent)
Ralf Rangnick was frustrated that Manchester United saved one of their best performances until his final match in the Old Trafford dugout as Cristiano Ronaldo shone once again in the win against Brentford.
Played out to a backdrop of fan anger against the Glazer family, the final home game of a miserable season ended in a comfortable 3-0 victory against Thomas Frank’s Bees.
Bruno Fernandes, Ronaldo and Raphael Varane struck for United on a night Rangnick wished he could have enjoyed more often after succeeding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the end of last year.
The interim manager’s inability to get a consistent tune out of the squad means they are set to miss out on Champions League qualification and he admitted he was disappointed that they did not play like that more often. Read more
Russia’s bid to host Euro 2028 or 2032 is booted out as UK and Ireland remain frontrunners for tournament (DailyMail)
Russia’s bid to host the European Championship in 2028 or 2032 has been booted out, removing one of the last remaining obstacles to the UK and Ireland hosting the tournament in six years’ time.
Following the invasion of Ukraine, UEFA suspended Russia and its clubs from competition and have now delivered a host of sanctions.
The bid, which left many aghast, has been deemed ineligible under rules which state those applying to host competitions ‘shall ensure that it does not act in a manner that could bring UEFA, the UEFA final or UEFA final phase, any other bidder (or any employee, officer or representative of any of the foregoing), the bidding procedure or European football into disrepute’.
The UK and Ireland bid to host Euro 2028 is expected to be successful, with Turkey — who are also vying with Italy for Euro 2032 — the only other nation in the running. Read more
Golfer Lydia Ko stuns reporter after talking about period (Guardian)
Lydia Ko, golf’s world No 3, has been praised for normalising the impact of periods on women in sport after rendering a male interviewer speechless with her answer to a question about some on-course treatment she received at an LPGA event in California.
The New Zealander was seen being stretched out by her physiotherapist midway through the final round of the Palos Verdes Championship on Sunday, prompting Golf Channel commentator Jerry Foltz to inquire whether the tightness in her back and hips would be a recurring problem.
“I hope not,” said Ko. “It’s that time of the month. I know the ladies watching are probably like, yeah, I got you.
“So, when that happens, my back gets really tight, and I’m all twisted. It’s not the first time that Chris has seen me twisted, but it felt a lot better after he came. So, yeah, there you go.” Read more
Simon Yates to start Giro d’Italia with top three as the target (CyclingNews)
Simon Yates will be lining up for a fifth Giro d’Italia with his name prominent amongst the list of favourites and a BikeExchange-Jayco squad squarely focussed on supporting his GC challenge, but is not yet willing to pin a target on the maglia rosa.
Yates has long known all too well how unpredictable the race can be – having led the GC for 13 stages in 2018 before handing off the top spot and plunging down the ranks on the third last day – but he held firm in the last stages of the 2021 Giro d’Italia, securing a position on the final overall podium in Milan with third.
“I still have memories of the great celebrations on the podium in Milan last year, and it wouldn’t be bad to re-live the same emotions again,” said Yates in a team statement. ”From the start in Hungary to the last stage in Verona on the 29th of May, the road will be long and tough, but I’m ready and I will have some great teammates with me.”
To protect Yates along the way Michael Hepburn will be lining up as road captain at his seventh Giro d’Italia along with Chris Juul-Jensen and Australian Callum Scotson. All three riders were alongside Yates when he came third in 2021. Read more