Stop feeling entitled, reactions trail man’s sinister plan for ex-girlfriend (Vanguard)
Nigerians on Twitter have reacted to a man’s sinister plan for his ex-girlfriend, who rejected him five years ago.
The Nigerian man with username @furniture_mac revealed that the lady was his best friend who he shared mutual likeness with.
But she rejected him and went on to date a guy who was traveling to Dubai the following month.
The lady is said to be wooing him again after he posted pictures of his vacation to Dubai.
Therefore, he plans to break up with her during her August birthday party after making her fall deeply in love with him. Read more
Why marriages will keep breaking easily — Actress Shan George (DailyTrust)
Popular Nollywood actress, Shan George, has given her two cents on the reason why marriages would keep crashing easily.
The actress while stating her mind via her Instagram story on Tuesday noted that marriages will ‘keep breaking as easily as clay plates’ if the couple does not understand that women nag because of love while men quarrel and shout at their wives because of love.
“Until men begin to realise that women nag because of love, and women begin to realise that men quarrel and shout at their wives because of love, marriages will continue to break as easily as clay plates,” she said.
The actress had her first marriage was when she was 16. However, in 2020, Shan George announced via her Instagram handle that she was engaged to get married for the fourth time as she showed off her engagement ring.
In her post, she revealed that the man was also from Cross River like her, adding that she had been scared and sceptical in the past, but this union seems right and she said yes to her best friend, brother and partner. Read more
LASU School of Transport Research team wins Volvo SEK100,000 research grant (Independent)
Again, a research team from the Lagos State University School of Transport and Logistics led by Professor S.G Odewunmi has won a research grant worth SEK100,000 (Swedish Krona) for a proposal submitted to the Volvo Educational and Research Foundation (VREF).
The Research is titled: “A Study of the Causal Relationship between Quadruple Governance Authorities and the Perennial Traffic in Apapa Port Area of Lagos State Nigeria”
Following the award, the VREF has also named LASU School of Transport and Logistics as a Centre of Excellence for Transport Research and Education.
To this effect, the elated Vice Chancellor of the soaring university, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, has congratulated the team for its success. Read more
Race to select new Alaafin begins (Guardian)
Following the advice of Governor Seyi Makinde to the Oyo Messi, the Kingmakers, to expedite action on the succession arrangement of the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, who passed on Friday, the race to succeed the late monarch began yesterday.
Prince Mukaila Afonja, the Baba Iyaji of Oyo, who is also the head of princes in the town, disclosed to newsmen he was sure that the succession moves would have started discreetly among the interested parties.
He said the interested princes from the next ruling house would submit their applications, just as he disclosed that nobody has brought any letter to him yet.
Iyaji added that he believed applicants interested in succeeding the late monarch would start bringing their letters after the eight days fidau prayers. Read more
Enugu monarch bans widow’s burial, threatens funeral attendees (Punch)
The traditional ruler of Ogbeke Agbani in the Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, Igwe Okechukwu Egbuna, has banned the burial of his late brother’s wife, Mrs Elizabeth Ogbodo, following the refusal of her children to withdraw a suit challenging the creation of an access road on her land.
A female organisation fighting for the rights of women, Women’s Aid Collective, told our correspondent that the monarch accused the late widow of contravening the community law by reporting an indigene, Mr Chizoba Ani (alias Chizzy), to the organisation and subsequently taking him to court over a land matter.
WACOL spokesperson, Mrs Egodi Igwe, in a statement on Monday, said the immediate family of late Mrs Ogbodo had fixed her burial for Thursday, April 28, 2022, but the monarch vowed never to allow the ceremony to happen in his kingdom.
“He also barred visitors from attending the burial ceremony, adding that violators of this order from the community would be fined N10,000. He ruled that should Mrs Ogbodo’s family proceed with the funeral against his pronouncement, they would be banished from the village,” the group added. Read more
Oromoni: Court resumes sitting, bars journalists from covering minors’ testimonies (Guardian)
Coroner Magistrate Mikhail Kadiri, yesterday, barred journalists from covering the inquest in line with the Child Rights Act, as minors will be testifying.
The magistrate took the decision at the resumed hearing of the matter to unravel the circumstances that led to the death of Sylvester Oromoni Junior, a 12-year-old student of Dowen College Lagos.
Two of the students of the school were scheduled to testify before the court yesterday, before the court registrar told newsmen that the hearing was mainly for lawyers, and urged newsmen and other interested parties to leave the courtroom.
Confirming the position, a representative of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja branch, Mr. Benard Oniga said: “Journalists will be shut out from covering the inquest this week, because minors will be testifying and the purpose is to protect the Child Rights Act. Read more
AIB-N releases reports on 4 serious aircraft incidents, accidents (Tribune)
The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N) has released four preliminary reports on serious incidents and accidents involving aircraft owned and operated by United Nigeria Airlines Limited, Max Air, Air Peace and the Nigerian Police Air Wing.
The preliminary reports include: the report on the Serious Incident involving the United Nigeria Airlines Embraer 145LR aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BWW, which was climbing out of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Nigeria when a serious incident occurred at about 4,000 feet on 17th November, 2021.
Another preliminary report was the serious Incident involving Max Air Boeing 737-300 aircraft, which was parked at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja with nationality and registration marks 5N-DAB and was involved in an on-ground collision with Skyway Aviation Handling Co. Plc (SAHCO) lavatory service truck with fleet number 9/5 on 21st November 2021.
Also released was the Preliminary report on serious incident involving a Boeing 737-300 aircraft owned and operated by Air Peace Limited with nationality and registration marks 5N-BUQ, which occurred after take-off from Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri, Nigeria enroute Lagos on 22nd November, 2022. Read more
DSS raises the alarm over bomb attacks on worship, relaxation centres (Nation)
The Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday raised the alarm over plans by criminal elements to launch bomb attacks on soft and hard targets in parts of the country.
The Service said a ploy had been uncovered by suspected criminal gangs to forge an alliance among themselves with a view to launching further attacks on critical infrastructure and other frequented public places like worship and relaxation centres, especially during and after the holidays and festive celebrations.
Spokesman of the Service, Dr Peter Afunanya, who disclosed this in a statement, urged owners and managers of such public places to be wary of this development and implement basic security measures to deter the threats.
He said the objective is to achieve some self- serving interests as well as cause fear among the citizenry. Read more
Group condemns MURIC’s opposition to Sanwo-Olu’s endorsement (ThisDay)
An interest group, Advocate for Good Governance, Lagos State Chapter, has cautioned the Muslim Right Concern (MURIC) group over what it described as the attempt of the religious group to destabilise the age long peaceful coexistence in Lagos State.
According to the spokesperson of the group, Biyi Adebiyi, “from time immemorial, Lagos has remained the most cosmopolitan, urbane and ethno-religiously tolerant state in the whole federation.”
“The statement credited to MURIC condemning the approval of second term for Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, by the leadership of the APC in Lagos, is insensitive, unnecessarily divisive, and completely against the sterling provisions of the 1999 constitution as amended on the issue of 2nd term for elected state governors.”
The group also stated that the assertion by MURIC that the end of governor Sanwo-Olu’s first signals the eight-year tenure of a Christians’ occupancy of the governorship seat in Lagos is mischievous, misleading and legally incorrect. Read more
How losing dad at 11 affected me – Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (Punch)
British actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, has recounted his experience having lost his father, Arinze, in a car crash, when he was 11.
The actor, who grew up in London after his family fled Nigeria in the 1960s Biafran war, lost his father when they both came to his home country for a wedding.
Ejiofor and his father were driving along the motorway when a truck hit the car they were in; an accident that left him with broken bones and his father dead.
In an interview with GQ Magazine, published on Monday, the actor stated that losing one’s parent at a young age affects how such a person views life. Read more
Hip hop DJ Tim Westwood denies sexual misconduct claims (BelfastTelegraph)
Veteran hip hop DJ and radio presenter Tim Westwood “strongly rejects all allegations of wrongdoing” after he was accused of sexual misconduct and predatory behaviour by several women.
In allegations made to the BBC and the Guardian, the former BBC Radio 1 DJ, 64, is alleged to have misused his position in the music industry to take advantage of seven women who were in their late teens or early 20s at the time.
Three women have accused the DJ of opportunistic and predatory sexual behaviour, while four others allege they were groped by him at events, according to the Guardian.
A statement from a representative to the PA news agency said: “Tim Westwood strongly denies all allegations of inappropriate behaviour. Read more
Abbey Road Studios to honour photographer Eric Johnson with Icon award (MusicNews)
Abbey Road Studios is set to honour photographer Eric Johnson at the first-ever Abbey Road Studios Music Photography Awards 2022, in association with Hennessy.
The New York-based photographer is best known for his photographs of Biggie Smalls, Nas, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill and the late Aaliyah in the late ’90s and early 2000s.
In recent times, Eric has snapped up stars of the moment, including Doja Cat and Shygirl.
The inaugural Music Photography Awards will take place on May 14 at Abbey Road. Read more
Naomie Ackie is Whitney Houston in new biopic first look (NME)
A first look at Naomi Ackie as Whitney Houston has just been released.
A brief clip from the forthcoming biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody was shared last night (April 25) at CinemaCon, showing Ackie in character.
According to USAToday, the clip saw Ackie perform the title track, and later take on the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ during the 1991 Super Bowl.
Since then, the first official poster for the film was shared with fans on social media. Read more
Viola Davis says ‘critics absolutely serve no purpose’ (Guardian)
Viola Davis has responded to widespread criticism of her latest performance by stating that critics “serve no purpose”.
The Oscar-winning actor has received negative feedback from both critics and on social media for playing Michelle Obama in Showtime series The First Lady. In an interview with the BBC, Davis called the response “incredibly hurtful”.
“Critics absolutely serve no purpose,” she said. “And I’m not saying that to be nasty, either. They always feel like they’re telling you something that you don’t know. Somehow that you’re living a life that you’re surrounded by people who lie to you and ‘I’m going to be the person that leans in and tells you the truth’. So it gives them an opportunity to be cruel to you.”
She said that playing someone as widely familiar as the former first lady was “almost impossible” and that “you’re doing too much or not enough”. Read more
Benedict Cumberbatch says Ukrainian family will stay in his home (Sky)
Benedict Cumberbatch has told Sky News he is waiting for a Ukrainian family to arrive in the UK to live at his property after joining the scheme to rehouse refugees here.
The actor, who was wearing the Ukrainian flag colours of blue and yellow while promoting his latest film Dr Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness in London today, gave an update on when he was expecting them to arrive.
“They’ve made it out of Ukraine, I’m monitoring their progress every day,” Cumberbatch explained.
“Sadly, they are undergoing some medical treatment – to say anything more about that would be invasion of their privacy and too much about when they’re coming and how that’s being managed would invade mine – but I want to give them some stability after the turmoil that they’ve experienced, and that’s within my home.” Read more
4 killed by female suicide bomber near China institute in Pakistan (France24)
A woman suicide bomber from a Pakistan separatist group killed four people, including three Chinese nationals, in an attack on a minibus carrying staff from the Confucius Institute at Karachi University on Tuesday.
The Baloch Liberation Army — one of several groups fighting for independence in Pakistan’s biggest province — claimed responsibility, saying it was the first suicide attack by a woman assailant.
Chinese targets have regularly been attacked by separatists from Balochistan, where Beijing is involved in huge infrastructure projects as part of its Belt and Road Initiative.
Separatists have long harboured resentment against lucrative mining and energy projects in the region, saying locals do not see the benefits and are being pushed off their land. Read more
Ex-Super Eagles player challenges colleagues to contest FA elections (Leadership)
Former Nigerian international Chikelue Iloenyosi has challenged his colleagues craving for a change at helm of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and control of the country’s football to run for an election and be part of the congress to carry out their lofty ideas.
Iloenyosi who is the chairman Board of Trustees of the new players’ union with headquarters in Abuja gave the charge when the executive members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), FCT chapter, led by Mr. Ndubueze Chidoka paid him a courtesy visit.
He described the football association as a mafia group, saying you must be inside in the system to be able to fight the system.
Iloenyosi, who is also a senior special assistant to NFF president Amaju Pinnick, said he has never been in contention or enmity with anyone, but he was always driven by passion to help develop Nigerian football, stressing that the creation of All Nigerian Players’ Union was to give players especially retired footballers a sense of belonging backed with good welfare packages. Read more
Jorginho makes Antonio Rudiger admission as defender ‘agrees’ Chelsea transfer exit (Mirror)
Chelsea star Jorginho has admitted that he and the rest of the squad are going to “miss” Antonio Rudiger following the news that he is set to leave west London.
The German defender is out of contract at the end of the season and whilst the Blues were remaining hopeful that he would extend his Stamford Bridge stay, it now seems near impossible. The UK Government sanctions laid down on the club have halted negotiations over a new contract, with Thomas Tuchel confirming that the former AS Roma man had made the decision to quit Chelsea this summer.
Tuchel said: “The situation is that he wants to leave the club. He informed me of this in a private talk. We gave everything – me and the club – but we could not fight anymore because of the actions. Without the sanctions we would at least be able to carry on fighting, but our hands are tied. We don’t take it personally. It is his decision.”
The news leaves Chelsea in a tricky situation with Rudiger now having to be replaced in the upcoming summer transfer window – particularly with Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta also having uncertain futures in west London. Jorginho has broken his silence on Rudiger’s decision, indicating the impact that his exit is going to have on him personally and the club as a whole. Read more
Ronald Araujo: Barcelona defender agrees new deal until 2026 with 1bn euro buyout clause (BBC)
Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has agreed a contract until 2026 with a 1bn euro (£841m) buyout clause.
Araujo’s previous contract with the Spanish club was set to expire in 2023.
The Uruguayan, 23, has played 26 times in La Liga this season, scoring four goals, including one in a 4-0 win against Real Madrid.
“He has proved himself to be the present and future for Barca, becoming an integral part of the Blaugrana defence,” the club said in a statement. Read more
Francis Ngannou hints at Tyson Fury UFC fight in 2023 in heavyweight champion bout (MEN)
UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has hinted that he could fight Tyson Fury in the UFC in a hybrid bout in 2023 with the two eager to face each other. Ngannou entered the ring with Fury on Saturday after his stunning knockout win over Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium ahead of their potential meeting in 2023.
Both Fury and Ngannou have stated that they plan on fighting each other next year in what would be the two top heavyweights in boxing and the UFC going head-to-head.
Fury confirmed after defeating Whyte that he plans to retire from professional boxing, but did not rule out bouts in other organizations and mentioned fighting Ngannou specifically on numerous occasions.
And speaking on Monday, Ngannou told reporter Ariel Helwani that he will ask for a fight with Fury as part of his contract renegotiations with the UFC. The Cameroonian is set to become a free agent at the end of the year, with him currently being ruled out until 2023 after undergoing major knee surgery. Read more
Wimbledon drops COVID-19 vaccination mandate, Novak Djokovic eligible to compete (SI)
Novak Djokovic will be eligible to defend his Wimbledon title after event organizers at the All England Club said players will not need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to compete at the 2022 tournament.
In a press conference Tuesday, All England Club CEO Sally Bolton said that while vaccinations are encouraged, unvaccinated players can compete and will not need to quarantine upon arrival in England for the tournament, which begins on June 27.
“The requirements set up do not include mandatory vaccination,” Bolton said, per ESPN. “It will not be a condition of entry for the championships this year.”
Djokovic, a 20-time Grand Slam winner and defending champion at Wimbledon, missed the Australian Open in January after being deported from the country because he had not received a COVID-19 vaccination. He also missed tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami because he couldn’t travel to the United States due to his unvaccinated status. Read more
Eddie House, Kendrick Perkins rip Kyrie Irving for Nets ‘management’ comments (NYPost)
Former Celtics guard Eddie House and Kendrick Perkins had their very own roast of Nets guard Kyrie Irving after Boston swept Brooklyn in their first-round NBA playoff series.
House and Perkins took issue with Irving’s comments after the Nets’ 116-112 loss in Monday’s Game 4, in which the point guard discussed himself and Kevin Durant “managing this franchise together alongside [Nets owner] Joe [Tsai] and [general manager] Sean [Marks]” in the offseason.
“As soon as he started talking, for the first minute I muted it,” Perkins said during an appearance on NBC Sports Boston’s postgame show on Monday. “He said a whole lot of nothing. Talking about the direction that they’re going in and things to that nature. No. You and Kevin Durant wanted to come together to the Brooklyn Nets to do one thing, and one thing only, and that was to come in and compete for a championship. Not get swept. Not throwing people under the bus. Not to say we’re looking forward to the offseason, making some adjustments.”
House went on to agree with Perkins — with whom he won a championship in 2008 — and explained that Irving needs to focus on the game, while allowing the front office to handle business.
“He talked in so many circles, I started to get dizzy. I’m thinking to myself, ‘Man, hold up,’” House said. “He’s going here, he’s going there and then he’s trying to downplay stuff. So that’s what I don’t like. Don’t try to downplay it. Y’all came here, y’all got whooped. [The Celtics] had a game plan, y’all couldn’t figure it out. They smacked y’all. [The Celtics] smacked y’all. Read more