Celtic Hope To Outfly Swallows

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An in-form Bloemfontein Celtic squad will be hoping to inflict further pain on a struggling Moroka Swallows squad when they meet at the Dobsonville Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Kick-off is at 3:30pm.
The Dube Birds seem to have had their wings plucked in recent weeks as they have failed to acquire a single league win since their 2-1 victory over Polokwane City last year.

That means Zeca Marques’ men have gone five domestic matches without a victory, but Swallows skipper Lefa Tsutsulupa believes that the failure to secure a positive result isn’t down to poor form.

‘It is just a period where, we as a team, needed to go through,’ said the Swallows man.

‘I don’t believe it has to do with a drop in form, we just aren’t converting our chances.

It shows because we haven’t been picking up the points we had wanted.

‘Honestly, we aren’t really worried about Celtic and their form, we are just focusing on ourselves.

We know what we have to do.
‘We have to be aggressive at home and put them under pressure from the first minute.

‘Celtic play open football, so there will be a lot of chances created.

We will play the ball on the ground and take the game to them.

It will be an entertaining game.
‘ Meanwhile, Celtic have had an excellent run of form and they seem to have overcome their misfortunes of last year to walk away with an impressive run of results in 2014.

Out of five domestic matches since the start of January, Celtic have taken three wins, a draw and a defeat, and have conceded just three goals in the process.

Midfielder Lyle Lakay says it is down to a mixture of understanding Ernst Middendorp’s philosophy as a coach as well a new defensive unit which seems to have gelled together.

‘It has been a good run for us and I think we have now got used to the system that the coach wants us to play and also the team spirit is high,’ said Lakay.

‘It is always tough coming up against teams who haven’t won their last few matches because they will come out fighting, but I’m sure we will get a positive result.

‘The confidence is high, I think the back four, including Patrick [Tignyemb] has done well so far, especially considering Davis Nkausu and Musa Bilankulu only joined us now in the second half of the season.

‘It will be tough, but like I said we are up for it and with the high team spirit in the camp.

I think we will come away with the points.

Fathia Balogun Premieres New Movie Called TORERA

ImageNollywood Actress Fathia Balogun is really not giving it a rest this season as she has just premiered her new produced movie, she calls ‘Torera’

Many Nollywood stars attended the premiere in which the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ibinabo Fiberesima was not left out.

The premiere was held at the 10 Degrees events centre in Oregun, Lagos, many top stars and dignitaries graced the show, not also leaving the attendance was Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Victoria Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Mercy Aigbe Gentry, Nike Peller, Yemi Solade, Iyabo Ojo, Toyosi Akinranmi, Helen Paul, Bimbo Thomas, Tayo Odueke, Antar Laniyan and many others.

 

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The value of a Nigerian life – Hallmark

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Events in the country in recent times have continued to draw attention to the precarious nature of the value of a Nigerian life. In some parts of Nigeria of today, ‘The life of man’ as in Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan is still ‘solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.’ People are shot daily for the flimsiest of reasons even by law enforcement agents who are constitutionally sworn to protect the average citizen.

Indeed, since the return of democracy there have been scores of high profile murders and assassinations. These include those of Harry Marshall, Aminaosari Dikibo, Bola Ige, Funsho Williams and Ayo Daramola.

We also have the ongoing Boko Haram carnage in the North East which has morphed into an asymmetric guerrilla warfare with innocent non-combatants who are frequently caught in the crossfire the biggest casualties.

Though Section 14, sub-section (2) (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria expressly states that ‘the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government;’ this has clearly not been seen to be the primary focus of this government. To be sure, some of the factors militating against security are the high level of unemployment, poverty and deprivation in the land; but the government has been less than forthcoming in addressing these issues.

Overall, national leadership hangs in a flux. Tales of impunity abound and unlike in other nations where power flows from the people to the leaders, in Nigeria it has become clear that leaders wield maximum and absolute powers.

Were this to be a recent occurrence alone, we would have shrugged it off, believing that it may also wear itself out soon. But it is not, and our recent history is pockmarked by serial cases of highhandedness which confirm that the current wave of impunity and disregard for human value has been around for a while. In 1971 for example, Amachree, a journalist, had his hair forcibly shaven for allegedly portraying the then Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, in uncomplimentary light.

A few years later, the military regime of Gen. Obasanjo not only set up the crocodile-infested Ita Oko concentration camp to put away opponents of the regime, the administration was also credited with the infamous and viciously vindictive sacking of the ‘Kalakuta Republic’ on Februry 18, 1978, an action that precipitated the eventual demise of the nationalist and matriarch of the distinguished Ransome-Kuti family, Mr. Funmilayo Ransome-kuti.

The Muhamadu Buhari junta of the mid-1980s took despotism to new heights. Not only were perceived dissidents severely punished, Decree No.4 of 1984 was promulgated, which severely restricted the traditional independence of journalists to seek and publish information.

During the Ibrahim Babangida regime, a previously unheard of thing happened when the founding editor of Newswatch magazine, Mr. Dele Giwa, was cut down in his prime, through a parcel bomb.

The successor Sani Abacha administration could not drive the process of change in promoting the value of the citizen. Rather, it saw to the alleged establishment of death squads, the exiling of dissidents and a general sense of unease and insecurity across the land while he held sway.

Great nations hold citizens’ life sacred
Before our very eyes, life was being cheapened. And not even administration operatives were spared. Internal Affairs Minister, Alex Ibru was a victim. Ditto Attorney General, Olu Onagoruwa. And finally, the administration ate up several others, including the No. 2 man, General Oladipo Diya. Other notable victims of the Abacha terror were Pa Alfred Rewane, General Shehu Musa Yar’ Adua and Kudirat Abiola. General Olusegun Obasanjo escaped with bruises while Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka and several others fled the land that was eating its own so voraciously.

Even the mysterious death of Abacha did not put a stop to the senseless killings. Between the transition administration of General Abdulsalami Abubakar and the fledgling democracy of the Obasanjo years, there had been more casualties. MKO Abiola was an early one. But darkness became blacker when, the nation’s chief law officer, Attorney General Bola Ige, was murdered in his own house! This was the nadir of the unfolding saga of the devalued worth of the Nigerian life.

These have been harrowing times. An African proverb outlines that you do not beat and hush up a crying child. To have so many instances of rights violations is indeed worrisome.

The Yar Adua and Jonathan administrations have tried in their own little way to improve upon this situation. But it has not been far-reaching enough. While Yar’Adua, for example, very commendably moved to institute an amnesty programme for the militants of the Niger-Delta region, the subsequent hide-and-seek over the health status of the ailing President was indeed yet another sour period in our national history.

This newspaper believes that President Goodluck Jonathan’s prevarications in exploring a broader encompassing solution to the crippling insurgency in the North gives him away as at heart a politician who could not be bothered with the fine details of fixing a major national emergency that the country currently faces. The prognosis going forward is frightening.

We believe that the time to institute the much needed respect for individual and collective value of lives is now. This newspaper is looking to the presidency to initiate same. This is the time for Mr Jonathan to be truly presidential.

Nollywood Actress, Doris Simeon Finally Opens up About Her Failed Marriage & Daniel’s Alleged Marriage to Sella Damasus

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This would be the first time Doris ever gave a lengthy interview about her very much publicized separation from ex-hubby Daniel Ademinokan, and her thoughts about fellow actress Stella Damasus being married to  Daniel. There’s nothing as good as hearing from the horse’s mouth, so please read.
Excerpts are from Doris Simeon’s recent interview with TheNation:

  • Did you ever imagine that you were going to be separated someday?

No, I never thought I would be separated someday. Yes, it definitely hit me when it happened. But life goes on.

  • But a lot of people had the impression that you couldn’t be bothered and that you wanted this freedom?

No, if I wanted the freedom, I have it now; so, why am I not exploring the situation? Instead of that, I am trying to make money. I have a lot of responsibilities. So, rather than sit down and mourn all day, I have to
face the reality.

My mother was a strong woman and I learnt a lot from her. She went through a lot, which I knew of from when I was a little child. In spite of all that she went through, she kept moving on. My mom had a stroke and survived it; and she still looked radiant. My mom jumped from one trade to another. When I think of that, I would be like, this woman, na you born me, I must do that thing wey you teach us. Those are the things I just look back and then I just move on. I have a child that I need to work for, so that he won’t face the kind of suffering I faced in the future.

  • Will you consider marriage again?

I don’t know, but I am not ruling it out because I am human. I might just fall head over heels in love again. But let me still be doing what I am doing. Wherever the Lord takes me, I will go.

  • What would you do differently when you find love again?

I will probably right the wrong things I did then. I mean I will do the right thing three times over.

  • What were those things?

Can I even point them out? I can’t point them out.

  • Was it that you didn’t have enough time for the family?

It wasn’t that in anyway. It is just one of those things you have to deal with. People will say one thing or the other to defend their own sides. When I’m on set, I want to quickly do whatever I am doing. This is because I see a movie script as an examination; and when you have an examination you want to quickly do it and then relax. That is the way I work. I just want to do it and know that I am done with this script, so I can face my family. So, it’s not that I get carried away with work. I just want to do the best I can at that particular time that I am doing that job and get out from that set and face my family or face whatever I need to do next.

  • At a time, you and Daniel were one of the best couples in Nollywood. What could have gone wrong?

Anything could have gone wrong. Anything could have triggered a fire anywhere. You don’t know what might happen the next minute. We are just trying to make things go right, but God has the final say. Yes, things happen in life and till eternity you keep asking that question what went wrong. But if you dwell on that, you won’t move forward because everything that happens has God’s hands in it. There is a reason why anything happens and it has been written that it will happen that way.

  • After a year, what did you do?

Funny enough, after a year, I was like, ‘Doris, how do you think you want to move on with your life? What should you do to move on? That was when I decided not to dwell on the past; otherwise, I will go hungry. People that want to laugh at me are out there, so I will rather make them say, ‘Aha Aha, what’s happening? And I am moving ahead with my life.

  • What is the relationship between the two of you now, given that you have a child for him?

We have a child, so we talk. The boy is there, so why won’t we talk? We cannot be sworn enemies forever. Not every relationship leads to marriage, yet the people involved still talk.

  • But how do you feel knowing that your colleague is supposedly married to him?

She’s a woman and he is a man. Na man I go still follow so (laughs). In this industry, most of us are colleagues; it is not that we are close friends or something. No be say na my mama born am now.

  • What about all those statements credited to you that you will deal with Stella Damasus?

I don’t know where they got all those stuff from. As a matter of fact, The Nation is the first newspaper I’m opening up to so much on my marriage because I know that you guys are not here to get something scandalous from me. Recently, somebody used my name on BBM to get money from people. I now traced that to a Facebook account. The person’s Facebook has my name, my pictures and everything. And they were probably getting their stories and stupid talk from all the things the person was writing. In fact, the person’s fan page has more likes than my own original fan page. Can you imagine? The person has a BB with Doris Simeon and she was telling people she wants to do a movie that they should send N10,000 into a certain account

Why I don’t live with my wife – Chidi Mokeme reveals

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Despite getting married on April 28, 2012 , Chidi Mokeme and his US based doctor wife haven’t been spotted together..Here is what he told Yes magazine

“Well, when I met my wife, this was our default setting. Let me put it like that. Our default setting was that I live in Nigeria and my wife lives in America and then we started a relationship and decided to take the relationship further and decided we were gonna be man and wife. So, having taken that decision and having crossed that level, the next thing is to find a way to ease into a location. Everybody knows that you don’t just pack your bag and move in one day. There are things that need to be sorted, relocation needs to be sorted. So, we are taking our time with it. But then again, by virtue of my job, I have a pretty much very flexible timing. I own my time, I decide when to work, when not to work. So, really, I can be with my wife anytime, every time I so desire and it makes it easy. If I work 9-5, then we will always have to wait for when someone was on leave the whole year round, if I want, just to be with my wife.”

Obesere rape saga: Case transferred to SCID

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LAGOS — There were indications, yesterday, that the case involving popular Fuji musician, Alhaji Abass Akande, also known as Obesere, arrested for allegedly raping a 29-year-old business woman, Miss Olanike Olaiya, in his Okota residence may have been  transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID.

Sources told Vanguard, yesterday, that the embattled musician preferred the SCID to the  Isolo Police division because the DPO had insisted on the matter going to court.

Normally, it is  the Divisional Police Officer at Isolo Division, Aminu Ibrahim, that should have ordered the transfer of the case to SCID for further investigations.

But Obesere was alleged to have used his contacts in the police to have the case transferred to SCID

A police source also disclosed that Obesere found it difficult to pressurize the DPO at Isolo into striking out the matter or persuade the victim to accept a settlement.

The source, who craved anonymity, also said Obesere contacted some top citizens to wade into the matter by persuading the DPO to soft-pedal on the  matter but they backed down when they discovered that the police have incriminating evidence against the musician.

Victim relocates to Sagamu for treatment

Meantime, the victim, Olaiya, told Vanguard yesterday that she had relocated to her home town, Sagamu in Ogun State, where she is currently receiving treatment for the rape incident.

Olaiya, who spoke with Vanguard on the telephone, said: “As I speak with you, I am in Sagamu, my home town, where I have been  receiving traditional treatment since the incident occurred.

I bled for more than two weeks —Victim

“I bled for more than two weeks after Alhaji Obesere raped me and inserted his ring into my private part. The incident occurred on February 12, 2013 and I have spent a lot of money treating myself.

“The DPO, Isolo Police division, took pity on me and refused to give in to Obesere’s pressure to  strike out the case and God will bless him for that.

“But last week I was informed that the case had been transferred to the SCID and my Investigating Police Office, IPO, at Isolo asked me to come to the station on Tuesday for the transfer.

“But when I got to the SCID, I discovered the IPO, who took over the case, one Mr. Jacob, I don’t know his rank, became hostile to me.

“You need to see how this man treated me. He started by asking me to write a new statement and when I tried to explain that I had written a statement at Isolo division, he rebuffed my explanation and insisted I wrote a new one.

They threatened to kill me

“Afterwards, they started threatening me. The IPO, Alhaji Obesere, and some of his brothers, who were present there, asked me to stop the journalists from publishing my story and if I don’t, I will be a dead person.

“I was so frightened when they said this and each time my phone rang someone would pick it up to know who was calling.

“Later, they discovered  I wasn’t going to break, then they started begging me and promised to take care of me. Alhaji Obesere even said he was going to take me to the best hospital for treatment.

“At the end, I rose to leave and they offered to drop me in my place. The IPO also insisted that I should follow them. Instead of taking me to my area, they took me to Obesere’s house and the woman who introduced me to him was also there.

“While I was with them I alerted the police at Isolo and told them where I was.

“But yesterday, they called after they saw the publication and started threatening again to kill me.

“I am highly terrified, that was why I travelled back  to my home to get some treatment.

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