“The system has failed womanhood again” — Ooni Of Ife’s Estranged Wife (DailyTrust)
The estranged wife of the Ooni of Ife, Olori Naomi Ogunwusi, has indicated being a victim of alleged bullying.
Queen Naomi revealed that she had an issue with the Assistant Commissioner of Police at the AIG’s office (Zone 17) in Akure, making it clear that the system had failed womanhood once again.
She also declared that walking away from her marriage shouldn’t take away her fundamental human rights and confidence as a woman, also adding that she would spill the tea which she believes is connected to her marriage crisis with Oba Adeyemi Enitan.
She wrote, “No woman deserves to be bullied. Walking away from abuse should not take away your fundamental human rights and dignity as a woman what just happened with the Assistant Commissioner of police at the AIG’s office (Zone 17) in Akure is a pointer to the fact that the system has failed womanhood again. Does it mean that walking away from a relationship means you should commit suicide?” Read more
American model pleads not guilty to boyfriend’s murder (Punch)
American influencer and Only Fans model, Courtney Clenney, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of her late Nigerian boyfriend, Christian Tobechukwu Obumseli.
Clenney, who is professionally known as Courtney Tailor, was arrested on August 10 as a suspect in Obumseli’s murder which occurred earlier in the year.
The PUNCH reported that policemen responded to calls at the couple’s Miami apartment on April 3, where Tobechukwu was found bleeding. Clenney was also found covered in blood at the scene.
Miami Fire Rescue personnel took him to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where a doctor pronounced him dead. According to court documents obtained by E! News, the model pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon via a written plea dated August 18. Read more
Groups partner on maritime ecosystem (Nation)
In an effort to strengthen Nigeria’s international trading ecosystem, Welcome2Africa International and Zenith Carex International Limited have announced their partnership to host the upcoming Nigeria Seaports Investment Forum 2022 (NSIF2022).
The maiden conference scheduled on September 28 and 29 in Lagos provides an opportunity to address seaport issues and improve import and export in Nigeria, according to a statement by the organisers.
With the theme “Repositioning Nigeria’s seaports for investment and trade attractiveness,” the event will address major bottlenecks such as congestion, technological advancement, infrastructural deficiency, dredging, port equipment, security, logistics, and training that represent opportunities for investors at the seaports.
According to the organisers, the programme will cover various issues such as security, infrastructure, technology, policy, international trade with Europe, and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), through sessions including: Technology and Trade Potential – The Future of Seaports in Nigeria, EU-Nigeria Agro-Commodities trade and expansion mechanism, and Increasing Trade through Improving Port Safety and Security in Nigeria. Read more
N19b Debt: NCAA threatens to suspend airlines (Channels)
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has read out a riot act to local airline operators in the country over N19bn in debts.
The Director General of NCAA, Capt Musa Nuhu, on Tuesday, threatened that the aviation regulator will not hesitate to suspend the Certificates of Air Operator’s defaulting airlines.
He spoke at a briefing in Lagos with members of the Airline Operators of Nigeria and ground handlers.
The regulatory agency said any indebted airline must enter into a Memorandum of Understanding for payment, noting that any airline that defaults three times will have its AOC suspended. Read more
Contempt: Court reserves judgement on Trade Union crisis (ThisDay)
Justice Rabi Gwandu of the National Industrial Court (NIC) in Lagos on Monday reserved for judgement the suit filed by the Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI), and nine others against Trade Union Congress (TUC) over its 12th triennial delegates’ conference.
Justice Gwandu adjourned for judgement following the adoption of written addresses in the main originating summon and the counter responses which were adopted by all parties.
The Judge at the last sitting frowned at the flagrant disobedience of her order, which restrained TUC from holding its 12th triennial delegates’ conference pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit before the court. Read more
Buhari hosts APC governors at Aso Rock (DailyTrust)
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, received a delegation of governors from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the State House, Abuja.
The agenda of the brief closed door meeting at the president’s office was not known as the governors refused to entertain questions from journalists.
Some of the governors moved over to the office of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo after meeting the president.
Daily Trust, however, learnt that the governors might have visited the seat of power to brief the President and his deputy on APC plans ahead of the 2023 general elections. Read more
Churches, mosques, others are involved in vandalism, theft – NNPC boss (Guardian)
Group Managing Director (GMD) Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari, on Tuesday, stunned guests present when he revealed that churches, mosques, security agencies as well as communities where pipelines pass through are involved in vandalism and theft of petroleum products in the country. The NNPC boss named the culprits when he appeared during the media briefing anchored, weekly, by the Presidential Communication Team, State House, Abuja.
This is even as he defended the authority’s decision to hire private contractors including the one belonging to a former militant commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, to man its oil pipeline network nationwide, saying that the decision was in the right direction. Read more
Court rejects Abba Kyari’s fresh request for bail (Vanguard)
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday, dismissed a fresh bail application that was brought before it by the detained Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari, who is facing drug trafficking charges.
The court, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice Emeka Nwite, held that the suspended DCP, failed to establish why its previous decision that ordered his remand at Kuje prison pending the determination of the case against him, should be set-aside.
It held that the fact that Kyari and four other police officers that are facing trial with him, did not escape when Kuje prison was recently attacked by insurgents, was not enough to prove that they would not jump bail once they are released from custody.
Justice Nwite dismissed Kyari’s argument that the Kuje jailbreak constituted an exceptional circumstance the court should consider and review its earlier ruling that denied him bail. Read more
Edo film festival unveils Linda Osifo as band ambassador (Independent)
LAGOS – Dynamic actress and philanthropist, Linda Osifo has been selected by the Edo State International Film Festival (ESIFF) as its ambassador.
The inaugural event scheduled to hold between September 1 – 4, 2022 is aimed at boosting the film industry and repositioning the state as a choice location for film and television productions.
According to the Managing Director of Edo State Skills Development Agency, EdoJobs, Ukinebo Dare, “this film festival — the first of it’s kind, has come at the right time in entrenching the Benin roots in the film industry and what better way to kickstart this, if not with our very own Linda Osifo who’s an exceptional talent in the industry to represent this event”.
Linda Osifo, who has become one of the fastest growing names in the Nollywood industry, has featured in several movies like Hidden Truth, Merry Men 2, Life As It Is, Son Of Mercy, Lemonade, Tanwa savage, A Naija Christmas, and many more — which were all blockbusters in Nollywood and have positioned her as one of the most sought-after actresses in the movie industry.
Eugenio Derbez injured in accident, according to wife (CNN)
Actor Eugenio Derbez, known for his work in films like CODA and the remake of Overboard, was injured in an accident of an undisclosed nature and is facing a long recovery, according to his wife, Mexican actress and singer Alessandra Rosaldo.
In a statement posted to Instagram in Spanish, Rosaldo, who has been married to Derbez since 2012, said the actor “is fine” but suffered injuries that will require surgical intervention and that he faces a “long and difficult” recovery that will include rehabilitation.
Rosaldo did not share details about the accident.
CNN has reached out to representatives for the actor for further comment. Read more
Notting Hill Carnival: Rapper Takayo Nembhard stabbed to death (BBC)
A 21-year-old who died after being stabbed at Notting Hill Carnival has been named as rapper Takayo Nembhard.
Mr Nembhard, known as TKorStretch, from Bristol, was attacked in Ladbroke Grove at about 20:00 BST on Monday.
Police had to pull him out of a huge crowd and provide emergency first aid. He later died in a west London hospital.
His manager, Chris Patrick, said TK – as he was known – was expecting a child with his girlfriend.
He said he spent a lot of time in London but lived with his parents in Bristol and his family were “devastated”.
Mr Nembhard had also been a footballer, and was part of the Bristol Rovers Academy until he was 16.
“He was talented in many areas, so when the football ended he picked up the music and started recording himself,” said Mr Patrick.
“He and his dad came to London and I met him and thought he was a good, really respectful, kid. Read more
Michael Mann’s ‘Ferrari’ adds Italian firm Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment (Deadline)
Italian firm Iervolino and Monika Bacardi Entertainment have boarded Michael Mann’s big canvas car racing drama Ferrari.
Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi are providing production services via Welcome To Italy, which they co-own, and they’ll also handle the local tax credit, ultimately gaining executive producer credits.
The long-in-the-works feature biopic of Enzo Ferrari stars Adam Driver, Penélope Cruz, Shailene Woodley and Patrick Dempsey. Filming began in Italy earlier this month.
Written, directed and produced by four time Oscar nominee Mann, the movie is set during the summer of 1957 when ex-racecar driver, Ferrari, is in crisis. Bankruptcy stalks the company he and his wife, Laura, built from nothing ten years earlier. Their tempestuous marriage struggles with the mourning for one son and the acknowledgement of another. He decides to counter his losses by rolling the dice on one race – 1,000 miles across Italy, the iconic Mille Miglia. Read more
‘WandaVision’ boss Matt Shakman to direct ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot (NME)
WandaVision boss Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the forthcoming Fantastic Four reboot.
The filmmaker has been tapped to take over the Marvel project after exiting the Star Trek film for Paramount.
“Matt Shakman is an incredibly talented filmmaker, and we regret the timing didn’t align for him to direct our upcoming Star Trek film,” Paramount Pictures said in a statement about Shakman’s exit, per The Hollywood Reporter.
“We are grateful for his many contributions, are excited about the creative vision of this next chapter and look forward to bringing it to audiences all around the world.” Read more
Sony Music sues Triller, alleging copyright infringement and breach of contract (Variety)
Sony Music Entertainment filed a lawsuit against Triller, seeking millions of dollars in damages after the video-sharing app allegedly stopped paying licensing fees in March 2022. According to the suit, filed Monday in New York federal court, Triller continued to allow Sony Music songs to be shared on the app even after the music company terminated their deal.
“Despite extolling the importance and value of ‘innovative technology and intellectual property,’ and claiming to hope that its efforts to curb copyright infringement ‘will set a precedent for us and all content creators going forward that stealing is not going to be tolerated,’ Triller displays brazen contempt for the intellectual property rights of Sony Music, its artists, and others,” Sony Music said in the lawsuit.
Triller did not respond to a request for comment.
Sony Music’s lawsuit comes after Triller was sued earlier this month by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, who alleged Triller owes them $28 million in payments from the app company’s acquisition of Verzuz, their livestreaming rap-battle show. Read more
MC Lyte and Grandmaster Flash to be celebrated at RIAA Honours (Vibe)
Grandmaster Flash, MC Lyte, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, and Universal Music Group general counsel Jeffrey Harleston will be among this year’s RIAA honourees to celebrate their new headquarters in Washington D.C.
“I don’t think there has ever been a time in music history when the influence of hip-hop has been more evident…. Streaming is the biggest revenue generator for the industry, and hip-hop accounts for a huge percentage of those streams,” said RIAA chairman/CEO Mitch Glazier to Billboard. In light of Hip-Hop’s dominance, Glazier feels “now is exactly the right time to look back” to celebrate rap’s pioneers.
“It’s an honour to be recognized, but also to be in great company with artists that have touched millions of fans as I have in my career. We artists do this to touch our fans, and the RIAA makes sure it’s counted,” shared Grandmaster Flash.
On MC Lyte, Glazier considered the Lyte as a Rock rapper “was an innovator in the art of singles and collaborations and made sure that collaboration in the hip-hop community was the key element of the art going forward.” He added, “She has also evolved into all aspects of hip-hop, not just being an MC but also in fashion, acting, art, and other parts of the culture.” Read more
Ghana zoo: Lions maul man to death in Accra (BBC)
The authorities in Ghana are investigating after a man was mauled to death by a lion after he climbed into a zoo enclosure in the capital, Accra.
The man, described as middle-aged, died from his injuries after Sunday’s attack, officials say.
Wildlife authorities suspect he may have planned to steal two rare white lion cubs which have become a big draw since their birth last November.
The victim’s body was retrieved from the zoo and taken to a local morgue. Read more
Oyo Orok’s son laments late father’s snub (Punch)
Oyo Orok, son of the late Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo, a former Vice President of the Confederation of African Football, says the lack of political will by those in positions of authority is the major reason why his father has not been immortalised, but added that his father would be remembered for his contributions to African football.
Oyo Orok Oyo, popularly known as Mr Football, was the longest-serving Secretary-General of the then Nigeria Football Association. He was the first Nigerian ever to be elected into the CAF Executive Committee (1972-1998) and also the country’s first ever football official to be elected into the FIFA Executive Committee (now FIFA Council), where he served between 1980 and 1988.
He was made honourary Life Vice President of CAF, the first Nigerian to achieve the feat, and was awarded the FIFA Order of Merit in Gold at a ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland in 2000.
The respected football administrator passed away September 10, 2008, would have clocked 100 years August 27, were he to be alive. Read more
Spalletti: No coach will say no to Ronaldo in his squad (ThisDay)
As the deadline day of the summer transfer window barely 48 hours away, Napoli Head Coach, Luciano Spalletti, has conceded that it would be ‘difficult’ to reject an £85million (€100m) bid from Manchester United for Super Eagles forward, Victor Osimhen.
The resurgent Red Devils, have been very busy in the on-going transfer and have been strongly linked with the Nigerian as they seek to strengthen Erik ten Hag’s attack.
Osimhen on the other hand has attracted interest from across Europe even before the end of last season, with Arsenal reportedly interested before the Gunners signed top target Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City.
However, the 23-year-old has remained at Napoli and has just days before the transfer window slams shut.
Although Napoli has tried to keep their prized asset but boss Spalletti has admitted that it could be difficult to do so if a club makes a major offer.
The Serie A side have already lost several key players this summer and have spent the transfer window acquiring some shrewd replacements.
Napoli is believed to have slapped a whopping £85million transfer price tag on Osimhen.
New York Yankees, Los Angeles-based fund investing in Italian soccer club AC Milan (GlobeandMail)
The New York Yankees and the Los Angeles-based fund that includes LeBron James are investing in AC Milan alongside RedBird Capital Partners, which is nearing a deal to purchase the Italian soccer champion for €1.2-billion ($1.2-billion), the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.
Gerry Cardinale, the founder and managing partner of RedBird, announced a preliminary agreement in June to purchase Milan from fellow American firm Elliott Management, with the closing scheduled by September.
Officials close to RedBird would not comment on the latest report when contacted by the Associated Press but said an announcement will be coming in the next couple of days. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the final deal has not been announced yet.
Milan, a seven-time European champion, is coming off its first Italian title in 11 years. Read more
Alexander Isak rejected Manchester United before completing his £60m switch to Newcastle (DailyMail)
Alexander Isak turned down the opportunity to join Manchester United before he moved to Newcastle, according to reports in Spain.
The 22-year-old completed his £60m switch from Real Sociedad to St James’ Park on Friday as the Magpies paid a club-record fee for him.
It has emerged that he could have moved to United instead, but his representatives recommended that he rejected their advances, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.
It is understood that United made a ‘juicy offer’ to Isak, although Sociedad did not receive an official bid from the Red Devils. Read more
British Open champion Smith joins LIV Golf (France24)
British Open champion Cameron Smith has become the latest leading player to sign up to the breakaway LIV Golf Series which on Tuesday announced that he was in the field for its next event.
The Australian was one of six new recruits for the Saudi-backed tour for the LIV Golf Invitational Boston, from September 2-4.
As the world’s number two, the 29-year-old Smith will become the highest-ranked player to compete in a LIV Golf event.
Smith was linked repeatedly to LIV Golf shortly after winning the 150th British Open, at St Andrews, last month, but avoided discussion of the subject while playing in this month’s PGA FedEx Cup playoffs. Read more
Daniil Medvedev questions if American law ‘makes sense’ after Novak Djokovic’s US Open ban (Express)
Tennis World No.1 Daniil Medvedev questioned the rules surrounding vaccinated people entering the United States after Novak Djokovic withdrew from the US Open. The Serb has missed the Flushing Meadows tournament after it became clear the three-time US Open champion would not be cleared to enter the country.
Djokovic was hoping a sudden change to the rules would allow him to enter the United States and compete in the fourth and final Grand Slam. The 35-year-old is a major doubt to compete as he is currently prohibited from entering the country due to his vaccination status.
The United States Government recently introduced new measures set to relax Covid restrictions regarding time spent in quarantine and social distancing. Djokovic missed out on the US Open after he failed to get a special exemption like the one he applied for ahead of the Australian Open in January, which proved to be famously ill-fated. Read more
Stoffel Vandoorne ‘a little bit surprised’ by Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin move (PlanetF1)
Stoffel Vandoorne was surprised Fernando Alonso chose Aston Martin over Alpine, but conceded that with the new technical rules in play, momentum could “well change by next year”.
Expected to continue with Alpine into 2023, Alonso said to be closing in on a one-year extension with the team, the Spaniard shocked the F1 paddock when he announced he’d be off to Aston Martin next season.
The 41-year-old signed a multi-year deal with the Lawrence Stroll-backed Formula 1 team, and will partner Lance Stroll for the next two years at least.
And those two years are said to be the crux of the matter. Read more