Wedding photos: Sharia police moves against Buhari’s son’s fiancee (Tribune)
Kano State’s Sharia police, Hisbah, has prohibited the sharing of the pre-wedding photos of the daughter of the Emir of Bichi, Nasir Ado Bayero, Zahrah, who is also the fiancee of Yusuf Buhari, son of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The pre-wedding photos exposed the shoulders of Zahrah and this has attracted a lot of criticisms among Northerners who consider the pre-wedding pictures as not in tandem with Islamic doctrine and the culture of the Hausa/Fulani.
Also, many critics faulted Hisbah for allowing such immoral behaviour from the daughter of the revered traditional ruler and future daughter-in-law of President Buhari.
They argued that Hisbah is saddled with the responsibility of monitoring and sanctioning people that violated Islamic laws in the state and as such, the Emir’s daughter should be called to order. Read more
Family, party members eulogise late PDP scribe, Dosunmu-Shodipe (Guardian)
Family and party members of Muiz Dosunmu-Shodipe, the late Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos State, on Friday eulogised the deceased outstanding virtues of bravery and love for the nation.
They all poured encomiums on late Dosunmu-Shodipe at the 8th day prayers held in his honour in Aguda, Surulere, Lagos.
Dosunmu-Shodipe died on July 28 in Lagos and was buried on July 30. A representative of the family, Prince Uthman Shodipe-Dosunmu, described the deceased as “a wonderful, loving soul imbued with the natural instinct of gregarious largeness”.
His eldest son, Mr Adewole Shodipe-Dosunmu, said that his late father would be remembered forever as a perfect gentlemen. Read more
Ikeja Electric upgrades app (Nation)
The Ikeja Electric Plc (IE) has upgraded its IE Mobile App. It is a multi-functional app designed to allow customers make enquiries, check and pay bills, report/resolve complaints, and promptly contact customer care representatives. It also offers live chat and account management functions.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ikeja Electric, Folake Soetan, said: “The latest IE Mobile App is a demonstration that company is forward-thinking, innovative and customer-centric. We are a vibrant brand. We are bold and excited to always aim for greatness in order to bring development to the power sector. We dare to consistently improve our services in order to improve customer experience and achieve better results.
“As a company, we are pleased to present this latest version of IE Mobile App to our customers across the network thereby giving them seamless access to our services with convenience and at the same time enriching their experience. Read more
Nigeria to begin administering 2nd batch of vaccines August 10 – PSC (Guardian)
The Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC), says the country will begin inoculation of the second batch of COVID-19 Moderna vaccines from August 10.
The vaccines were donated by the United State of America.
The Director Press, PSC on COVID-19, Mr Willie Bassey, made this known in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
According to Bassey, this is to step up efforts to battle the third wave of infections.
“The PSC has received over four million doses of Moderna vaccine donated by the US Government to Nigeria. Read more
BBNaija misleading youths, FG should ban it like Twitter –MURIC (Punch)
Islamic human rights organisation, Muslim Rights Concern, has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to ban television reality show, Big Brother Naija, just as the government banned microblogging site Twitter.
MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, in a chat with The PUNCH on Saturday, described the programme as an “abomination”, an “exhibition of nudity” and “an invitation to chaos and insecurity” because it allegedly seeks to mislead youths.
BBNaija, which made a return for a sixth season last month, has already topped previous seasons as MultiChoice Nigeria announced a grand prize of N90m. Read more
It’s not easy coping with sexual harassment in Nollywood –Chioma Okoye (Sun)
Fast-rising actress, Chioma Okoye has reiterated that there are limits to what she can do for the camera.
In an encounter with Saturday Sun, the light-skinned screen diva insisted she wouldn’t play some roles no matter how enticing the fee could be. “There are some roles I would not take no matter the amount of money attached to it. I can’t act being naked in any form or being kissed horribly. I am not saying I can’t get kissed because that’s mostly what they act these days, but such scripts should be given to me days or weeks before acting. Also, I can’t act inside a coffin or allow my photo to appear on obituary posters because I am still alive,” she says.
Ms Okoye, however, lamented that her major challenges in Nollywood are sexual advances from randy producers. “The major challenges I have in Nollywood are sexual requests from randy producers. They come indirectly but I am no longer a child, I should be able to tell what a man wants. Asking you to be his girlfriend while also asking hundreds of girls at the same time is to me a terrible thing. So, copping with sexual. Read more
“We sleep in our cars while on night duty”, LUTH doctors threaten fresh strike (DailyTrust)
The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has hinted its plan on a fresh strike after that of the national body has been called off.
According to the President ARD LUTH, Dr Hassan Jimoh, LUTH doctors were planning to embark on a strike before the national strike was announced.
LUTH, according to him, has many issues, some of which require the attention of the Ministry of health while others need to be addressed by the hospital management.
He said the welfare of LUTH doctors is so poor that they go in search of food while on duty while they also do not have any befitting place to rest when on call at night. Read more
Woman to be charged to court for attempted suicide (Punch)
The Police Command in Jigawa State said that a housewife, Maimuna Wadaji, has been hospitalised after attempting to commit suicide in Dutse Local Government Area of the state.
The woman, Maimuna Wadaji of Rungumau village, reportedly attempted suicide by bathing with petrol and igniting herself.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Lawan Shiisu, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse.
Shiisu said the woman, a resident of Runguma village, “committed the offence” on August 6. Read more
AFRIMA returns with new categories as entries open (Guardian)
For its seventh edition, the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has returned with three new award categories, celebrating the best Soundtrack in a motion picture (film/documentary/series), Global Sound, as well as Breakout Artiste of the year. The new categories stretch the legacy of the continental music awards ceremony, which have spotlighted the best in music within the African scene, from the 40 different categories awarded.
The Jury noted that the new categories were selected to capture all aspects of music including its utilization in the movie industry and in recognition of the waves being made by African artists in the world.
“The scope of music industry is becoming increasingly broad, with multiple expressions of music and complex production techniques becoming more popular, and it is AFRIMA’s mandate to support the music industry in Africa, thus, the need to recognize and reward some of these talented productions,” AFRIMA International Jury member, Hadja Kobele, explained as inspiration behind the new categories. Read more
Jake Gyllenhaal doesn’t think bathing regularly is ‘necessary’ (NYPost)
When will Jake Gyllenhaal bathe next? Maybe the day after tomorrow.
The SoulCycle enthusiast isn’t a fan of post-workout showers — or washing in general.
“More and more I find bathing to be less necessary, at times,” Gyllenhaal, 40, told Vanity Fair Thursday while, believe it or not, promoting Prada’s Luna Rossa Ocean fragrance.
“I do believe, because Elvis Costello is wonderful, that good manners and bad breath get you nowhere. So I do that. But I do also think that there’s a whole world of not bathing that is also really helpful for skin maintenance, and we naturally clean ourselves.” Read more
Barbra Streisand on Her New Album, Directing Again and the Only Time She Smoked Pot (Variety)
It’s 3 p.m. on a beautiful Southern California day and Barbra Streisand is in bed. “I’m still in my nightie,” she says. “I love being in my bed.”
Of course, her dogs — Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett — are by her side. “They take their naps in my bed,” Streisand tells me on today’s episode of the “Just for Variety” podcast.
Leave it to Streisand to work from her boudoir. She’s promoting her new album, “Release Me 2,” a collection of 10 recordings from the EGOT winner’s vault that have never been released. On the recording that debuts Aug. 6, she sings “I’d Want It to Be You” with Willie Nelson on a recording that was first produced for her 2014 album “Partners.” “The Rainbow Connection” with Kermit the Frog was recorded in 1979. “I did it basically for my son [Jason Gould], who was a big fan of ‘The Muppet Movie’ and watched ‘Sesame Street,’” Streisand says of working with the late Jim Henson. “And he loved it.” Read more
Afghanistan war: Sheberghan falls to Taliban, militants say (BBC)
The Taliban say they have taken control of the city of Sheberghan in the northern Afghan province of Jawzjan.
An Afghan defence ministry spokesman told the BBC government forces were still in the city and would clear out the Taliban “soon”.
This is the second regional capital to fall to the militants, after Zaranj in the south-western province of Nimroz fell on Friday.
It is a major blow to security forces, with battles raging across the country. Read more
Marlon Wayans was ‘happiest’ on set of Aretha Franklin biopic ‘Respect’ (PageSix)
Marlon Wayans has been acting on TV and film since the ’80s, but no set was happier than Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” biopic.
“[He] used to come up to me every single day, hug me, kiss me on my forehead and say, ‘This is the happiest set I’ve ever been on,’” director Liesl Tommy told Page Six.
“He would walk around [on set] and point [at people] and say, ‘You are so happy right now!’ It was true… We used to come on set with a smile on our face in the morning and leave with a smile on our face at night. It was a wonderful feeling,” she said.
Wayans plays Franklin’s ex-husband Ted White in the film, and Franklin handpicked Jennifer Hudson to portray her when Hudson was starring in “The Color Purple” on Broadway in 2015. Read more
Ryan Reynolds gives update on “Deadpool 3” (Metro)
Ryan Reynolds has given Deadpool fans something to be hopeful for, after saying the chances of the third film in the series beginning production in 2022 are ‘pretty damn good’.
The wait for a new Merc with a Mouth movie has been a long one since Deadpool 2 in 2018, but the upcoming sequel could finally be happening soon.
Talking about reprising his superhero character, the actor said that the highly-anticipated movie is being ‘actively developed’.
When asked by Collider how likely it was that the production would begin next year, he said: ‘The percentage chance? I don’t know. I couldn’t assign a percentage to that. Read more
Greece wildfires spread, causing mass evacuations (BBC)
Thousands of tourists and residents have been evacuated from towns north of the Greek capital, Athens, as wildfires spread across the country.
Strong winds and high temperatures are making it difficult to control the blazes, which have killed at least two people, including a firefighter.
Huge clouds of smoke and ash near Athens has meant some people there have also been urged to leave their homes.
More than 150 fires have been reported. Six areas have been put on high alert. Read more
Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Neeraj Chopra wins historic Olympic gold in athletics (BBC)
India has broken out into celebrations after Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian to win a historic Olympic gold medal in athletics (javelin throw) at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This is the second ever Olympic gold medal India has won – in 2008, Abhinav Bindra won India’s first gold in the 10-metre air rifle event.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the 23-year-old Chopra on Twitter, saying that history had been created.
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India has now won seven medals at Tokyo – one gold, two silver and four bronze, its biggest Olympic haul ever. It won six medals at the 2012 London Olympics. Read more
Olympians lament Nigeria’s disastrous Olympic outing (Punch)
Despite winning silver and bronze medal, a step better than the country’s last Olympic Games outing, Olympians have described Team Nigeria’s outing at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Games a disaster and the worst the country have ever attended.
Ese Brume and Blessing Oborududu won the country a bronze and silver medal respectively in the women’s long jump event and wrestling 68kg.
Prior to their feat, the likes of Blessing Okagbare, Enoch Adegoke, Grace Nwkocha, Tobi Amusan, Odunayo Adekuoroye, Divine Oduduru all missed out on the chance to win a medal for various inexplicable reasons.
While Nigeria have surpassed her outing at the Rio Olympics, where the country could only managed to win a bronze medal in the men’s football, some Olympians believed Tokyo 2020 remains the country’s worst outing. Read more
German modern pentathlon coach booted out of Olympics for punching horse (Metro)
German modern pentathlon coach Kim Raisner has been chucked out of the Tokyo Olympics for punching horse Saint Boy during competition.
Rider Annika Schleu was struggling to control the horse during the show jumping round of the women’s event, with Raisner trying to help her get the rattled nag under her spell.
However, the coach went too far and struck the beast, which has led to her disqualification from the Games. Read more
Kevin Durant, US hold off France for fourth straight Olympic gold medal (NYPost)
Kevin Durant was dominant. And Team USA was golden.
The Nets star scored a game-high 29 points Saturday to lead the U.S. men’s basketball team to an 87-82 victory over France in Saitama, Japan, avenging an opening loss in these Tokyo Olympics and giving the Americans a fourth straight gold medal.
Durant celebrated his third gold (tying him with Carmelo Anthony for the most in program history) with a huge American flag draped around his shoulders — the same shoulders that carried Team USA. Afterward, he admitted this one was special because of what it took to earn it. Read more
Jesse Lingard ruled out of Man Utd friendly after testing positive for Covid-19 (Metro)
Manchester United will be without Jesse Lingard for Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Everton after he tested positive for Covid-19.
The 28-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham and restored his reputation to such an extent that he only narrowly missed out on being included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020.
Lingard had been hoping to work his way back into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans ahead of the new season and had already put in a couple of impressive displays against QPR and Derby County before this latest setback.
‘You can take all the precautions and you might meet someone and something happens,’ said Solskjaer. Read more
Lionel Messi: Paris St-Germain in talks with Argentine after leaving Barcelona (BBC)
Paris St-Germain are in talks with Lionel Messi’s representatives about the Argentina forward joining the Ligue 1 club following his Barcelona exit.
BBC Sport has been told the Messi camp contacted PSG on Thursday once it became clear Barcelona were unable to honour the contract they had agreed.
Further talks are taking place on Saturday amid increasing confidence a deal can be put together.Barca say Messi will give a news conference on Sunday at 11:00 BST. Read more