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Most memorable day of my life – Fireboy on date with Madonna


 

Nigerian artist Adedamola Adefolahan, also known as Fireboy DML, opens up on  date with Madonna, the iconic American pop star.

In a recent interview with Billboard News, he referred to the encounter as the “most memorable day” of his life.

He recalls the moment Madonna sent him a DM on Instagram, confessing to being a fan of his.

 

He described the feeling of having a song with the American Pop star as something to be very proud of.

In his words:

“Madonna sent me a DM on Instagram. I think she told me she was a fan and she loved the most unlikely song on my debut album. She is so weird and funny. I just love her. That is one of the highlights of my career; having a song with Madonna is really something to be proud of because that’s the Queen of pop.

“I went out on a date with Madonna and I would say that was probably the most memorable day of my life. It was an experience.”

 

Recall that In 2022, Madonna remixed her 1998 song ‘Frozen’ with Fireboy.

Madonna’s last original music video was released in July 2019, for the song “Batuka” off of that year’s album Madame X.

The song ‘Frozen’ is taken from Madonna’s 1998 album dubbed ‘Ray of Light’, remixed by Sickick and YBNL star Fireboy DML.

The monochromatic flick sees the 63-year-old smoking a what we suspected to be a huge blunt, discharging her confidence as she slays in her all-black attire.

Fireboy DML dances closely to the pop icon, goes on his knees to render his catchy verse for the song.

Sickick remix version of ‘Frozen’ was released in December 2021 after the song went viral on TikTok in March. With the latest remix, assisted by Firboy DML, the song has definitely grown even bigger on the continent of Africa.

The video for ‘Frozen’ remix is yet another international win for Fireboy DML, following his duet with British singer Ed Sheeran on ‘Peru’ remix.

Fireboy and American Pop star, Madonna, on set the remix of her song, “Frozen”
Wednesday, 28 February 2024 15:18

Bitcoin tops $60,000, approaches all-time high

Bitcoin passed the $60,000 mark on Wednesday, approaching its all-time high and continuing its unbridled rise since the approval of a new type of investment indexed to the cryptocurrency.

At 1325 GMT, bitcoin traded at about $60,301, closing in on its all-time high of $68,991 — that was struck in November 2021 and which some analysts believe is now within reach.

 

Since their approval on January 10 by US securities regulators, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) indexed to bitcoin have theoretically enabled a wider public to invest in the cryptocurrency without having to hold it directly. The funds themselves, however, do invest in the digital currency.

The expected approval of the new investment product had contributed in recent months to a rise in its price, which had largely fallen by the end of 2022 following the bankruptcy of several crypto giants.

The US launch of ETFs or ETPs (exchange-traded products) has “injected a fresh wave of optimism, propelling trading volumes and spotlighting crypto-linked firms”, notes Mikkel Morch of specialist fund ARK36.

The instruments are comparable to stocks or mutual funds as far as accessibility to everyday investors.

Some investors eager to recoup their bets had initially triggered a wave of mass withdrawals from the GBTC (Grayscale Bitcoin Trust) fund, once it had been converted into an ETF.

But once the selling fever subsided, flows into US bitcoin ETFs, such as that of asset management giant BlackRock, increased.

Exchange-listed cryptoasset-linked investment products have attracted around $5.7 billion since the start of the year, according to calculations by asset manager CoinShares published on Monday.

– ‘Institutional endorsement’ –

As further evidence of “the growing institutional endorsement that’s fuelling this rally” in prices, Morch said, software company MicroStrategy announced on Monday that it had purchased a further 3,000 bitcoins (then worth $155 million).

The transaction brought its total bitcoin holdings to 193,000 bitcoins (about $6.09 billion).

Bitcoin is created — or “mined” — as a reward when powerful computers solve complex problems to validate transactions made on the blockchain.

James Harte, an analyst from Tickmill, notes that prices are also buoyed as major industry players invest in bitcoin ahead of the “halving” — or the dividing in two of reward for the token’s miners.

The event, which occurs about every four years, is next due in April.

It is expected to slow the speed at which new bitcoins enter the market, reducing the cryptocurrency’s potential availability for purchase, which should boost its value.

 

“As the issuance of new bitcoin slows down, the existing scarcity of the digital asset becomes even more pronounced, typically leading to increased demand and, subsequently, higher prices,” noted Nigel Green, head of financial advisory firm deVere Group.

He added: “Cryptocurrencies remain highly speculative, but the enormous interest in spot ETFs and the upcoming halving event… can be expected to continue to fuel the current momentum which could lead bitcoin to surpass the $69,000 mark.”

The virtual unit has also been partly boosted by hopes that the US Federal Reserve will start to cut interest rates this year as inflation eases.

[Vanguard]

Wednesday, 28 February 2024 15:16

Osimhen Gifts Young Ivorian Fan N2.5m


 

In an inspiring turn of events, Super Eagles sensation, Victor Osimhen, has extended a generous gift of N2.5 million to a young boy who captured hearts by emulating the football star’s skills and appearance.

The boy, who donned a mask reminiscent of Osimhen’s, became an internet sensation after a video showcasing his football talents went viral.

The clip, which featured the young fan skillfully mimicking Osimhen’s football prowess, was initially shared by popular Instagram blogger, Tunde Ednut, on Tuesday.

It wasn’t long before the video caught the attention of Osimhen himself, who was moved by the boy’s admiration and talent.

Eager to connect with his young fan, Osimhen reached out to Ednut, requesting assistance to locate the boy.

Through the collaborative efforts of Ednut and content creator, Eriq Morak, the search extended beyond Nigeria’s borders, eventually finding the boy in Ivory Coast.

Osimhen’s generous gesture highlights the football star’s commitment to giving back to the community and supporting young talents who look up to him.

Giving an update, Ednut wrote, “I initially thought this little man was Nigerian. You won’t believe we found him in Ivory Coast.

“#eriqmorak found him. He lives in Ivory Coast. I couldn’t see his message, so he reached out to #ogb recently_ and OGB messaged me. I spoke to the family briefly to make sure it was the boy.”

Osimhen then reached out and gifted the money to the boy, eliciting gratitude from his family, who shared a video thanking the footballer for his generosity.

Watch the video below:

The house of representatives has thrown out a bill that sought to make it compulsory for presidential and governorship candidates to secure more than 50 percent of the total votes cast, to be declared winners. 

The bill seeking to change the current simple majority system of electing the president and governors, suffered a setback on the floor of the green chamber on Wednesday.

Sponsored by Awaji–Inombek Abiante, a lawmaker from Rivers, the bill sought to make it mandatory for a presidential candidate to be declared winner only if he or she scores more than half of the total votes cast, where there are more than two candidates in the contest.

WHAT THE CONSTITUTION SAYS

 

According to the constitution, to win the presidential election, a candidate needs to obtain 25 percent of the votes in at least two-thirds of the 36 states and the federal capital territory (FCT), along with an overall simple majority. 

If a candidate fails to meet both requirements, a run-off occurs between the candidate with the highest vote count and the candidate with the most votes across most states.

Section 134 (1) of the constitution states that a “candidate for an election to the office of President shall be deemed to have been duly elected, where, there being only two candidates for the election:

“(a) he has the majority of votes cast at the election; and

“(b) he has not less than one-quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two-thirds of all the States in the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

“(2) A candidate for an election to the office of President shall be deemed to have been duly elected where, there being more than two candidates for the election:

“(a) he has the highest number of votes cast at the election; and

“(b) he has not less than one-quarter of the votes cast at the election each of at least two-thirds of all the States in the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.”

Section 134 also stipulates same for governorship candidates.

THE NAYS HAD IT

But Abiante’s bill proposed that in a presidential race with more than two candidates, a candidate must secure a majority of the total votes — which constitutes over 50 percent.

 

The bill had not even been debated when lawmakers roundly rejected it.

Tajudeen Abbas, speaker of the house, called for the bill to be seconded after its presentation by Abiante.

 

However, as soon as the bill was seconded and put to a voice vote, it was rejected — with louder “nays” than “ayes”.

The bill’s rejection process was highly unusual, as bills are typically rejected after the general principle has been debated.

If this system had been deployed during the 2023 election, President Bola Tinubu would not have been declared winner of the election in the first ballot, as he did not secure the majority of total votes cast.

[TheCable]

I can’t fight it anymore – Nasty Blaq cries out on battle with undisclosed illness


 

Popular Nigerian comedian cum skit maker,  Abisi Emmanuel, better known as Nasty Blaq has taken to the photo and video sharing app, Instagram to share the news of his illness to his fans, stating that he needed to take a break.

He added that his fans should pray for him and shared a picture of himself getting tested.

Captioning the photo, Nasty Blaq wrote:

 

“At this point I can’t fight it anymore.

I need a break ..pls pray for me”

While Nasty Blaq did not mention the illness affecting his health, there’s a possibility that it stress related because he mentioned that he needed to a break.

Fans and colleagues of Nasty Blaq have stormed the comment section in their numbers to wish him speedy recovery.

All death is bad. To die in one’s sleep does not make it any less so. If anything, it makes it even more so. For the living, those left to mourn, the shock can be paralyzing; in fact, it does paralyze – like the death of Prof. Anselm Emevwo Biakolo. A professor emeritus of Pan Atlantic University, Lekki in Lagos, Biakolo passed on in his sleep on February 8, 2024. People who saw him a few hours before he died said he spent the day in his office. That would suggest that he had no obvious physical distress, not to talk of a hint of death. But that’s the manner of such death. It slitters in and stealthily picks its prey, and let the world bleed all it can.

 

I knew Prof. Biakolo fairly intimately. He was not just my lecturer in the English Department of University of Ibadan, he was my friend. We were friends in the sterner, sterling sense of the word. He had an arresting personality, which was the first attraction. It was in my first year in the early 80s and he had come to the class to introduce us to poetry. “We shall be studying the poem Gerontion, written by T. S. Eliot,” he told us after introducing himself. At the time, he was assistant lecturer and working on his PhD in the department. So he was simply a “Mr.” Prof Isidore Okpewho, a luminary in oral literature, was his supervisor (he passed on in 2016). There were two other assistant lecturers in the department like him pursuing their PhD programme at the time. These were: Harry Garuba and Remy Oriaku – brilliant and ambitious individuals.

Back to the first encounter and with T. S. Eliot’s Gerontion. That first lecture, we didn’t find Biakolo accessible and his approach to the poem made it all the more esoteric. To complicate our bewilderment, Eliot was particularly not an easy poet to unravel, not even to a dilettante and obviously not to freshers like us. But he was charming, Biakolo, that is. He was slim and tall; delicate and serious, but not stern. Throughout the lecture, his face never cracked into a smile, but there was something agreeable about him, something hypnotic. His voice rang like a new bell – firm and clear. Its cadences were passionate and sure, in the manner of a rhetorician. He was your portrait of an academic and you could tell that he was an intellectual of the original mould, though without a dash of a nerd. That first day, I fell in love with him. Even though we didn’t quite understand his analysis of the poem, enough to stir our irritation and resentment, something indefinable about him was comforting and assuring. He was easy to like, too easy to like – and many of us did, from that first meeting. One more thing: From that day, we started calling him “Gerontion” – behind his back, of course!

 

We became closer in my second year when I started trying my hand on writing articles for newspaper publication. I would write and run the piece by him for his opinion and advice. I think he was impressed by the things I was scribbling. Once, he said to me half-jokingly and completely solemnly, “O’boy, true o, I think you can end up in The Guardian. I’m serious! But you have to work hard and get your degree first.” We just laughed about it. This time, we had become very close, intimate even. Our relationship had gone far more than that of lecturer-and-his-student’s. We usually go to eat at a buka beside the Faculty of Arts. He would eat amala, I preferred lafun, probably because it was the closest stuff to fufu. Everyone called him Biaks. Occasionally, we would stop by the Students’ Union Building (SUB) to drink some beer. He was not strong in that department. More than a bottle would knock him over. 

Sometimes, too, I’d join him with Harry Garuba, Dipo Irele (then assistant lecturer in Philosophy Department), and some other students like Chiedu Ezeanah, Nduka Otiono and Afam Akeh. In that party were also older friends like Oga Sam Loco and Oga Joe Emordi. I’m not sure now what Sam Loco’s status was, but I know that Emordi was a staff of the university, working in the Audio Visual Unit located at the basement of what is now Communication and Language Arts Department. Both men were also regular features in the university’s Arts Theatre, now Wole Soyinka Theatre.

 

Biakolo was residing in Agbowo, the bourgeoning settlement across the road facing the university’s gate. He lived with his wife, Margaret, and their three kids, the eldest we fondly called Okpaks. My girlfriend, Bola, slid into the mix and the relationship with the Biakolos became what you could easily say was one of “family friends.” Bola and I were in the same English Department and she was to become my wife years later. As such things go, and as women are wont, Bola and Margaret hit it off as friends too. Effectively, Biakolo was my lecturer only in my first year, but I always run to him for things academic in the remaining years of my study. 

Out of school and a few years later, we met again in The Guardian. He was a visiting member of the editorial board and I was writing for African Guardian magazine – the substance of his prescience, you’d say. The Editorial Board was meeting every Wednesday. Sometimes when he couldn’t make it back to his Ibadan base after his editorial meeting, he would come over to stay with Bola and me in our Aguda, Surulere abode. This time, Bola and I had married and had become man and wife. He never changed from the person we knew years prior. He was untouched, neither by the tyrannies and tinkerings of time nor by the change in his status. He had become Doctor, a PhD holder and well inveterated in the society of academia.

 

To know him was to be acquainted with a great soul, a man with an intellect as sharp as serpent’s teeth. You could say he was devout. A passionate Christian stewed in Catholicism, Biakolo had the staring of a mystic. In his element, he wouldn’t just look at you, he would gaze into you, peer deep into you, to your soul. And, oh yes! He had such a poisonous sense of humour. Once, we were in my room in Mellanby Hall (Block C39). I was a smoker then. I wasn’t a social smoker, I was a committed and consummate smoker. This day in my room with him, I was smoking. Now, I took a long, hard drag on the cigarette. I allowed the nicotine to do its work and then pushed a billow of smoke out through my nose. Biaks looked at me with such a sarcastic amusement. As he did that, I knew he was going to say something nasty. And he did. “So next, the smoke go dey komot from your ear and your eye. Even all your hair will turn to smoke and you’ll become Hephaestus, the Greek god of smoke!” He said that in his peculiar, acerbic manner. I almost chocked with laughter. Jokingly, I offered him the stub of the cigarette and he shot at me: “You and who? I know I have many temptations, but this is definitely not one of them!” We never forgot that episode. It became one of our fond recollections of our fraternal days in UI.

Sometime in 1993, he left Nigeria and migrated to Botswana in Southern African where he started teaching in that country’s university, a professor. We reunited at his return to Nigeria and now Dean of School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University. I called him My Teacher. In 2010 when we lost my mother in-law in Akure, he stayed out the three days with Bola and me for the burial ceremonies. The last discussion we had was some two years ago after a long time. Four years ago or so, older staff of The Guardian who worked there in the first 10 years of its founding got together into a group which they christened When the Flagship Led. I saw his name on the group’s WhatsApp platform and I sent him a direct message (DM). As though he had been waiting for it, he called and I picked. He said: “Bruce, na wa for you o! How’s that silly girl Bola?” “My Teacher,” I began with a deliberate tone, “I wish the news was different, but Bola is no more, she passed on,” He grieved, and said, “Margaret too has passed on. I’m sure you didn’t know of this.” Indeed, I didn’t know, and the information anguished me just as much. He then told me he was in the US and now that he had become Professor Emeritus and widower, he had registered for a degree programme in Family Counselling. He stressed the word, widower. I could relate with what he was going through and I figured that in the circumstances, he needed that engagement, or if you will, that distraction to be able to deal with the ennui that would certainly flood in.

 

Alas! It was not ennui that showed up. It was death, and it came while he was asleep. 

Prof. Biakolo’s death is not just a loss to his family, friends and the numerous quality individuals who passed through his academic tutelage and mentorship. His death is another knock, another diminution of the finer aspect of us. He was sincere and sensitive, playful and permissive. But behind these civilities was the fiercely normative man. Ethical in the Puritan’s fashion, Biakolo was a man of simple but significant dreams. “I have certain ideals and I have always striven to uphold them,” he once told me in his office during our Guardian days. What were his ideals? He didn’t elaborate, but I wager they could be summoned up in this: To be a good and consequential person. He only craved opportunities to be a good husband, a good father, a good friend, a good worker – a good man in every way. And, well, he lived up to those. 

Perhaps the greater loss is this: Biakolo still alive would have been for us a paradigm of a submerged old Atlantis to whom we could turn again to try to find ourselves now that everybody is losing their hold on the things that matter. Now that compatriots are throwing one another to the wolves and justifying their treachery with elegant rationalizations and learned discourses. Nay, he would have been for us like the great old Paris Fleas Market where, amidst mass of junk, people with good eyes found cast-away treasures. How now that death came early, and robbed us of a treasure!
 

Malogo, member of the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE), is a media and communication practitioner.

 
Wednesday, 28 February 2024 10:16

Full Details Of NLC’s 17-Point Demand To Tinubu

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Tuesday, made a 17-point demand to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Naija News understands that the demands were made to assuage the poverty, hunger and mass suffering inflicted on the citizens by the policies of the federal government.

The demands were placed before President Tinubu-led government after the President of NLC, Joe Ajaero, called off the nationwide protest over hardship.

Here are the 17-point demands

– We suggest a reopening of land borders to allow food, cement and other essentials to come in.

– Emergency measures to ensure food security around the country, including ensuring that farmlands are secured so that farmers can return to the land.

– We propose an immediate removal of the collection of levies, fees, dues and tolls from petty traders across the nation by local and state governments.

– Immediate implementation of the October 2, 2023, agreement reached with your government.

– An immediate purchase and deployment of CNG/ electric buses across all states of the federation to be managed by stakeholders.

– An immediate deployment of large numbers of CNG conversion kits to all states of the federation to grant the citizenry easier access to conversion of their vehicles from PMS to CNG.

– Composition of a team of relevant stakeholders to monitor and supervise all Federal Government’s intervention funds in the interest of Nigerian people. The same arrangement is advocated at all levels to ensure that government interventions reach the poor and the vulnerable.

– Reversal and suspension of further increases in school fees across the nation;

– A drastic reduction and removal of import duties paid on essential drugs and medical consumables to relieve the current hardship being witnessed by the sick.

– Direct all state governments to immediately pay all owed wages, wage awards, allowances, gratuities and pensions.

– Cash Transfers to the vulnerable with verifiable and inclusive social register to begin immediately.

– An immediate tax holiday to all workers earning from N100,000 per month and below including a reduction in PAYE for all workers earning below N500,000/Month.

– A removal of VAT on basic consumer items.

– Direct the purchase and use of Made in Nigeria goods and services to stimulate local production and save jobs.

– Immediate reduction in the cost of governance in Nigeria at all levels to reflect the nation’s tight fiscal position.

– Halt immediately the implementation of all IMF and World Bank policies in Nigeria. They have not only worked anywhere but have brought extreme hardship which imperils our nation’s security and undermines our sovereignty.

– Speedy conclusion of the National Minimum Wage negotiation, ensuring that it approximates a living wage.

The family of the late Herbert Wigwe, the former Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, has disclosed the schedule for his burial and that of his family members, following their tragic demise in a helicopter crash in the United States earlier this month.

Alongside Wigwe in the fatal incident were his wife, Chizoba, and son, Chizi, as well as Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the former group chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group), all of whom were confirmed dead shortly after the crash.

According to a programme released to TheCable, the series of events commemorating the lives of the Wigwe family will commence on March 4 with a celebration at the Eko Hotel in Lagos.

This event will honor the professional achievements and legacy of Herbert Wigwe as a prominent figure in Nigeria’s banking sector.

The burial rites will conclude with an outing service on March 10 at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Lion of Judah Parish in Isiokpo, Ikwerre LGA, Rivers State.

The ceremonies for Chizi and Chizoba Wigwe are set for March 5, also at the Eko Hotel in Lagos, where their lives will be celebrated in individual memorials.

A night of tributes is planned for the following day at the same venue, allowing friends, family, and colleagues to share their memories and respects.

A combined service of songs is scheduled for March 7 at the RCCG, Resurrection Parish in Lekki, leading to a Christian wake-keeping event on March 8 at Wigwe University, located in Isiokpo, Ikwerre LGA, Rivers.

THE BURIAL PROGRAMME

Celebrating Herbert Wigwe — ” A Professional Legacy”
Monday, March 4, 2024
Venue: Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos
Time: 2:00pm-6:00pm

Celebrating Chizi Wigwe
Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Venue: Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos
Time: 10:00am

Celebrating Chizoba Wigwe
Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Venue: Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos
Time: 5:00pm

Night of Tributes
Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Venue: Eko Hotel Victoria Island, Lagos
Time: 5:00pm

Combined Service of Songs
Thursday, March 7, 2024
RCCG, Resurrection Parish,
1 Resurrection Drive, 1st Gate,
Jakande Estate, Km 15 Lekki
Time: 10:00am

Christian Wake-Keeping
Friday, March 8, 2024
Wigwe University, Isiokpo
6:00pm

Combined Funeral Service
Saturday, March 9, 2024
RCCG, Lion of Judah Parish, Isiokpo
10:00am

Private Interment Ceremony
Saturday, March 9, 2024

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Outing Service
Sunday, March 10, 2024
RCCG, Lion of Judah Parish, Isiokpo
10:00am

Fans express concern for footballer, Emmanuel Adebayor over a resurfaced video of him drinking Garri


 

Fans of professional footballer Emmanuel Adebayor have expressed concern after a video of him drinking Garri, a popular Nigerian dish made from cassava flakes resurfaced online

The video, which was originally shared on social media several years ago, shows Adebayor enjoying a bowl of Garri while speaking to the camera.

He added that Garri was his father’s favorite cuisine, especially when combined with sugar, milk, water, and peanuts.


“This is my father’s favorite food and it is called garri. You can take it by putting water, sugar, and milk, and if you can also get groundnut to make it more delicious.
‘But if I can’t get groundnut, I will still manage it because I like the food so much and I take it always” he said.

Say what you know about Mohbad’s death – Singer father tackles son’s widow in fresh statement


 

Joseph Aloba, the father of late singer, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji better known by his stage name, Mohbad has hit back at his son’s widow, Omowunmi over her recent statement.

Wunmi, in an Instagram post, revealed information about Mohbad’s death, claiming that she has been prevented from speaking by bullies in the music industry over the singer’s death.

The mother of one expressed how helpless she is, as she further claimed that the bullies have been targeting her by releasing a voice note she recorded some years back.

 

Speaking on calls for DNA on her son, which her father-in-law was clamoring for, she stated that it brought tears and pains as the late singer never for once questioned the paternity of their son during his lifetime.

 

Now speaking out, Joseph Aloba slammed her for using emotional blackmail on him as a father. He stated that it is shameful, disgraceful, and embarrassing for her to constantly seek public sympathy.

He questioned if she were to be in his shoes, she wouldn’t do the same as he probed her on the people who were trying to silence her. He noted how she had the opportunity to speak out at the coroner inquest, but she kept silent.

Challenging her, he told her to tell the world what she knows about his death as he added that until she speaks up, no one is safe with her.

Read his statement below: