Nollywood Actor: I get angry when people tell me i’m handsome (DailyTrust)
Nollywood actor and comedian, Charles Awurum, says he doesn’t get angry when somebody tells him he’s ugly.
In a video posted on his verified Instagram account, the popular actor said when told he’s handsome, he gets angry and takes it as an insult.
“Make una look me welll well, if person see me say e wan insult me, tell me say Oga you ugly, abeg make una tell me, na curse be that, na when you tell me say bros you too fine, na that time i go vex, if you tell me say i ugly, you dey compliment me, thank you very much….. This world is rigorous men shit,” he captioned the short video. Read more
Brain Drain: 35% of nurses in LASUTH have relocated abroad – CMD (Independent)
Chief Medical Director of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Professor Adetokunbo Fabamwo, on Thursday, raised the alarm over the rate at which nurses are resigning in droves and relocating abroad to practice their profession.
Fabiano, a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, raised this concern while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 5th Anniversary and Scientific Conference of the Retired Nurse Administrators Healthcare Initiative held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium in Alausa, Ikeja.
The CMD disclosed that on a daily basis, he signs an average of four resignation letters for nurses, expressing the need to urgently address the trend.
He said: “Every day, I receive and sign between three to four resignation letters of Nurses. As we speak, the Nursing Workforce in our facility has reduced by 35%. Read more
Lagos establishes new security measures against oil pipeline thieves (Leadership)
Lagos state government is strengthening security around oil and gas assets in the state following the rise in oil theft with heavy consequences on both the economy and environment.
Speaking exclusively to LEADERSHIP on the new measures, Commissioner of energy and natural resources in the state, Olalere Odusote, said the state government has re- commenced pipeline sensitisation along the pipeline corridor to revisit and address the various challenges along the Petroleum Products Pipeline Right of Way (PPPROW).
Our correspondent reports that the minister of State for petroleum resources, Timipre Sylva recently disclosed that oil thieves are still stealing 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) from Nigeria’s oil production which poses further threat to a national economy on the precipice.
When calculated at an average $100 per barrel, it shows Nigeria is losing $40 million per day to oil thieves and $1.2 billion per month. Read more
IFMA Nigeria partners firms to employ technical college graduates (ThisDay)
The International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Nigeria Chapter has collaborated with some companies on the creation of employment opportunities for 40 graduating students of various Government Technical Colleges in Lagos State, in partnership with the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board.
The event titled, “Graduating to Employment: The Opportunity to Excel,” took place at the Government Technical College, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos on Wednesday.
Four corporate members of the association, namely: Alpha Mead Facilities Limited, Provast, Meditrack and Specific Tools & Techniques Limited, employed all the students. All the graduating students had an engagement session with all the stakeholders to ensure that the event was a success.
In his opening remarks, the President of the International Facility Management Association Nigeria Chapter, Mr. Segun Adebayo noted that he was delighted that the maiden edition of the engagement session with graduating students of the various technical colleges in Lagos had become a reality. Read more
ASUU must compensate students for wasted time – Minister (Punch)
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Thursday, said it is the responsibility of the Academic Staff Union of Universities to compensate students for the time wasted during the six-month strike, not the Federal Government.
He also said the government will not concede to the union’s demand to pay lecturers their emoluments for the six months of no academic activities.
Adamu suggested that the affected students should “take ASUU to court” to claim damages incurred over the strike period.
The Education minister said this at the 47th Session of the State House Ministerial Briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja. Read more
eNaira becomes USSD enabled from next week (Nation)
From next week, Nigerians will be able to open an eNaira wallet and conduct transactions by simply using a designated USSD code on any phone.
To carry out these transactions, Nigerians will only have to dail *997# from their phones.
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele stated these at the Grand Finale of the 2022 eNaira Hackathon in Abuja.
According to him: “Nigerians, both banked and unbanked, will be able to open an eNaira wallet and conduct transactions by simply dialling *997# from their phones. Read more
Ministries of Water Resources, Environment move to sign MoU on achieving SDG 6 by 2030 (Vanguard)
The Ministries of Water Resources and Environment, have inaugurated a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, framework to achieve Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, 6, which is ‘Clean Water and Sanitation for All’ by 2030.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Director, Press, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Kenechukwu Office.
The statement quoted the Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu, acknowledging that the SDG 6 is to be achieved by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, however, cannot be achieved alone rather demands cooperation and collaboration with other sister Ministries.
Adamu stated this during a meeting with the Minister of Environment, Muhammed Abdulahi, on how to achieve this important SDG with less than eight years to go
2023: NSCDC to train INEC officials on security during election (Guardian)
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Command, says it will train election officials on necessary security measures to take during elections.
Dr Hammed Abodunrin, the NSCDC Commandant, said when he paid a courtesy visit on the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ondo state, Dr Rufus Akeju, on Thursday in Akure.
Abodunrin said it was the responsibility of the corps and other security agencies to ensure security during elections
He, however, said other stakeholders including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must also work in tune with the security agencies.Read more
Don’t delay trial of Delta varsity student’s killers, rights group begs Okowa (Vanguard)
A human rights group, the Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) has called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state to accelerate the trial of the suspected killers of Elozino Ogege, a 300-level Mass Communication student of Delta University murdered in 2018.
The assailants were nabbed and witnesses testified before the court but justice has been delayed for the late Ogege, and AfAW said the family of the deceased has been abandoned and betrayed by the government over the case.
Vanguard reported that suspected ritual killers decapitated and plucked out the eyes of the victim at Oghara, a town located in Ethiope West local government in the state in November 2018.
In a statement on Thursday titled ‘Ritual Murder of University student in Delta State: Elozino Ogege’s Family Needs Justice’ by the leader of the group, Dr Leo Igwe, the group appealed to Okowa to let the law have its course on the perpetrators.
Mob sets ablaze ‘phone thief’ in Bayelsa (DailyTrust)
Angry youths have set ablaze a suspected robber, who reportedly specializes in stealing phones and other valuables, along Green Villa road in Biogbolo, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
According to the residents of the area, the incident occurred around 8.45pm on Wednesday.
They said the suspect, reportedly in his 30s, was caught dispossessing a resident of his mobile phone at gunpoint. He was reportedly chased and later apprehended by some youths in the area.
Daily Trust learnt that the angry youths attacked the suspect with machetes and other objects before he was tied and set ablaze. Read more
Graham Greene, Alice Moran to star in mystery comedy ‘Paige Darcy and The Case of the Stoned Cat’ (THR)
Graham Greene is set to star alongside Alice Moran in the comedy mystery Paige Darcy and the Case of the Stoned Cat, from directors Melissa D’Agostino and Matt Campagna for HighballTV.
Greene, who earned an Oscar nomination for playing medicine man Kicking Bird in Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves and will also appear in Marvel’s Echo series, joins an ensemble cast that includes Linda Kash, Dan Jeannotte, Andrew Phung and Paloma Nunez.
Paige Darcy and the Case of the Stoned Cat is also written by Second City alum Alice Moran, who has also starred in Sunnyside and Man Seeking Woman. Moran plays a former precious tween sleuth, Paige Darcy, who is dragged into solving both a murder case and the mystery of how to put her life back together.
The movie is shooting in Hamilton, Ontario through August. “We’ve been developing Paige Darcy with Alice for years now, as she’s crafted a brilliant and timely script that is as hilarious as it is moving. The script has already garnered a lot of attention, and I think the incredible caliber of the talent it has attracted speaks to how much this film was clamouring to be made,” co-director Melissa D’Agostino said in a statement. Read more
Hanae Mori, renowned Japanese fashion designer, dies at 96 (Guardian)
Hanae Mori, the Japanese fashion designer who broke into the world of French haute couture almost half a century ago, has died aged 96, her office said on Thursday.
Mori, who earned the nickname “Madame Butterfly” for her signature motif, was regarded as a symbol of Japan’s growing status as a modern, fashionable nation, and as a pioneer for the country’s women.
She designed clothes for Grace Kelly and Nancy Reagan, as well as the wedding gown worn by the current Japanese empress, Masako.
Her career took her from Tokyo, where she started out making costumes for cinema, to New York and Paris. In 1977, her label became the first Asian fashion house to join the rarefied ranks of haute couture. Read more
Reggae music is not dead – Ras Kuuku (MyJoy)
Ghanaian Reggae/ Dancehall musician, Ras Kuuku, has shared his opinion on the current state of Reggae music in Ghana. Contrary to popular beliefs, he maintains that Reggae music is “not dead”.
Ras Kuuku made an appearance on Joy FM’s Showbiz A-Z last Saturday, during the discussion, ‘Is Reggae Music an endangered genre of music in Ghana today?’ where he opined that reggae is distinct from other types of music. “Reggae is not a TikTok song that would just come and boom up the whole place like two to three weeks and it’s gone”, he said to host George Quaye.
The ‘Wo’ hitmaker, while refuting the notion that reggae music is dying in Ghana, wondered, “Reggae comes and stays forever, … for people to say that there is no reggae song or reggae artist or reggae is dying in Ghana… if you say that then I don’t know, anyone who says that is a hypocrite”. Read more
Trump CFO’s plea deal could make him a prosecution witness (APNews)
Donald Trump’s chief financial officer is expected to plead guilty to tax violations Thursday in a deal that would require him to testify about illicit business practices at the former president’s company, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.
Allen Weisselberg is charged with taking more than $1.7 million in off-the-books compensation from the Trump Organization over several years, including untaxed perks like rent, car payments and school tuition.
The plea deal would require Weisselberg to speak in court Thursday about the company’s role in the alleged compensation arrangement and possibly serve as a witness when the Trump Organization goes on trial in October on related charges, the people said.
The two people were not authorized to speak publicly about the case and did so on condition of anonymity.
Weisselberg, 75, is likely to receive a sentence of five months in jail, to be served at New York City’s notorious Rikers Island complex, and he could be required to pay about $2 million in restitution, including taxes, penalties and interest, the people said. If that punishment holds, Weisselberg would be eligible for release after about 100 days.
Messages seeking comment were left with the Manhattan district attorney’s office and lawyers for Weisselberg and the Trump Organization. Read more
T.I. says he is “still a fan” of The Chainsmokers after punching Drew Taggart (NME)
T.I. has spoken out about The Chainsmokers singer Drew Taggart’s recent claim that he was struck in the face by the rapper after giving him a kiss on the cheek.
Taking to TikTok this week, Taggart shared a video that showed the duo performing at a nightclub alongside T.I. and others. “T.I. just literally punched me in the face,” he is heard saying in the clip.
“We’re in a vibe and I, like, gave him a kiss on the cheek – it was totally my fault,” Taggart said, with his bandmate Alex Pall heard laughing in the background.
“He was like, ‘Don’t do that’. And I was like, ‘OK’. He pushed me off and I was like, ‘Alright, my bad’,” he went on. Pall then cut in, claiming that a member of T.I.’s crew approached him and said, ‘You need to get your boy’.” Read more
Embracer Group acquires IP rights to ‘Lord Of The Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ (Deadline)
Swedish video game company Embracer Group has acquired Middle-earth Enterprises, a division of The Saul Zaentz Company, which owns the intellectual property catalogue and worldwide rights to The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. But the deal means Embracer Group will pick up the motion picture, video game, board game, merchandising, theme parks and stage production rights relating to The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit franchises as well as matching rights in other Middle-earth-related literary works authorized by the Tolkien Estate and HarperCollins, which have yet to be explored.
“I am truly excited to have The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, one of the world’s most epic fantasy franchises join the Embracer family, opening up more transmedia opportunities including synergies across our global group,” said Lars Wingefors, Founder and Group CEO Embracer Group. “I am thrilled to see what lies in the future for this IP with Freemode and Asmodee as a start within the group. Going forward, we also look forward to collaborating with both existing and new external licensees of our increasingly stronger IP portfolio.” Read more
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi testifies in her official secrets case (ABC)
Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi testified Thursday in a prison courtroom in the capital for the first time in her official secrets case, a legal official said.
Suu Kyi, who has been detained since the military ousted her government last year, is being tried in Naypyitaw with Australian economist Sean Turnell and three former Cabinet members on the same charge, which is punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
Suu Kyi denied all the accusations in the case against her and pleaded not guilty, said the legal official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to release information.
Sean Turnell, an economist at Sydney’s Macquarie University, was an adviser to Suu Kyi. Read more
Costa Rica 2022: Onyenezide emerges 2nd highest goalscorer after group stage (Vanguard)
Esther Onyenezide who has been ever present and very influential in dictating the tempo of Nigeria’s midfield at the ongoing U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica grabbed a brace against Canada in the early hours of Thursday to finish the group stage as the second highest goalscorer with three goals.
Onyenezide scored two very good penalties, in the 24th and 32nd minutes of the first half, sending the goalkeeper in the wrong direction on both occasions, as the Falconets overturned a one goal deficit that came due to goalkeeping error.
The 19-year-old also scored the only goal as Nigeria overcame South Korea in the side’s second group stage game. Her ferocious strike from outside the box left the Asian side’s goalkeeper helpless.
She also won the Woman of the Match award in both games where she scored. Read more
Man Utd in talks with Real Madrid over Casemiro (Sky)
Manchester United are pushing for a deal to sign Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.
Talks are ongoing with the La Liga club amid reports suggesting the deal under discussion is worth £60m.
Casemiro, 30, has played over 300 times for Madrid and been part of five Champions League successes.
With two weeks to go until the transfer window closes, Man Utd are looking at other midfield options with a move for Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot now increasingly unlikely due to wage demands – and interest remains in Brighton’s Moises Caicedo. Read more
Conte admits Udogie is still not ready for Tottenham (FootballItalia)
Antonio Conte says Udinese defender Destiny Udogie is still not ready for Tottenham but is ‘a good prospect’ for Spurs.
The former Italy international spoke to the media at a press conference ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match against Nottingham Forest.
The Premier League side confirmed the signing of Udogie from Udinese earlier this season, but the 19-year-old will remain on loan at the Dacia Arena until the end of the season, moving to North London permanently in 2023.
“I think he is a good prospect for Tottenham because we are talking about a young player,” Conte said at a press conference, as quoted by Football London. Read more
European Championships Munich 2022: Daryll Neita pulls out of competition to recover (BBC)
Great Britain’s Daryll Neita has withdrawn from the 200m and 4x100m relay at the European Championships to recover from a busy summer of action.
The 25-year-old won bronze in Tuesday’s 100m final in Munich despite her start being hindered by cramps.
Neita said she made the decision “after competing at three Championships this summer and to prepare for the remainder of the season”.
She won 100m bronze at the Commonwealth Games earlier in August. Read more
Nigerian Nightmare looking to tie record at UFC 278 (GMS)
Kamaru Usman goes into his welterweight clash with Leon Edwards on Saturday with a title to defend and a chance to write himself into the record books.
Usman is currently on a 15-fight unbeaten streak, the second-longest in UFC history, which has him one behind Anderson Silva’s record of 16.
The Nigerian Nightmare is currently ranked as UFC’s best pound-for-pound fighter, but faces an opponent in Edwards who is desperate to avenge his loss in their previous encounter.
Usman goes into the bout as favourite, however, the Jamaican-born Briton has been improving rapidly and could prove to be a difficult opponent. Read more
LeBron James inks 2-year, $97.1m deal with Lakers (USAToday)
LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension through the 2024-25 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent announced Wednesday.
Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul said the league-maximum deal makes James the highest-paid player in NBA history. His new deal includes a player option that would keep the second-leading scorer in NBA history with the Lakers past his 40th birthday in December 2024.
The 37-year-old James is headed into the final year of his most recent contract with the Lakers, who signed the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and four-time league champion in July 2018. The new deal means the 18-time All-Star will make $46.7 million this season.
Barring injury, James is likely to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s career scoring king this winter. James and the Lakers also still hope to be in contention for another title if James and Anthony Davis can return at full health after an injury-plagued 2021-22 ended without a playoff appearance. Read more
Chelsea submit £22m Aubameyang bid, set for personal terms (Vanguard)
Chelsea have made a bid of £22 million for Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and set to offer personal terms as a plot to bring the Gabonese back to Premier League thickens, according to reports.
The 33-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.
The Blues currently lack grip in their attacking form despite having the options of Kai Havertz, Raheem Sterling and Armando Broja playing in the centre of the attack.
Gabon international has emerged as a surprise target for the west Londoners, with Thomas Tuchel keen to be reunited with a player he knows well from their time together at Borussia Dortmund. Read more