Hearty Congratulations As Osas & Gbenro Ajibade Welcome A Baby Girl In New York

Congratulations are in order for acting couple Gbenro Ajibade and Osas Ighodaro who have just welcomed their first child into the world.

Osas gave birth to a baby girl yesterday in New York which is where her family resides.

Gbenro who only a few days before was in Accra for the Ghana Golden Movie Awards made it to NY just in time to be there for his daughter’s birth.

The gorgeous couple announced last month that they were expecting in a gorgeous maternity shoot with Genevieve Magazine, tied the knot traditionally a year ago. They baby’s name has not yet been announced.

Mother and daughter are reported to be doing well.

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EFCC Nabs Businesswoman For Fraud And Issuance Of N7.3M Dud Cheque (Photo)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday June 27 arraigned one Helen Ogunniwa alongside her company, Den-Moyek Nigeria Enterprise, before Justice 0. A. Taiwo of the Lagos State High Court Igbosere on a two-count charge bordering on Obtaining Money by False Pretence and Issuance of Dishonored Cheque to the tune of N7, 369,600m (Seven Million Three Hundred and Sixty Nine Thousand, Six Hundred Naira).

The complainant, Alhaja Jumoke Yusuf, supplied a truck load of Vegetable Oil to the defendant to supply another company worth of N7, 376,650. Out of this, she only made payment of N800, 000.00 leaving balance N6, 576, 650.00 which she refused to pay. Consequently, the accused person allegedly issued a cheque in favour of the complainant.

However, when the complainant presented the cheque, it was dishonored due to insufficient funds in her account.1a

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I made N3,000 hawking water in 20 minutes — White Naija Girl

Popularly known as White Naija Girl, Ibukun Afolabi, from Hungary tells ARUKAINO UMUKORO why she decided to hawk sachet water on the streets of Lagos.

Can you give a brief background of yourself?
My husband gave me a Nigerian (Yoruba) name, ‘Ibukun,’ which means ‘blessing.’ I am originally from Hungary. I live in the United Kingdom at the moment. In 2008, I came to the UK, where I met my husband, Gbenga Afolabi of MagnumN3. I studied Business and Management. I also hold degrees in German and French languages. When I first came to the UK, I could not speak English, so I had to start learning it from the beginning.
In 2012, I decided to start ­a blog, the whitenaijagirl.com, soon after I got married. Initially, I wanted to write a book, but my husband advised me to start a blog instead so I could reach more people. I started to write about my experiences as a ‘Nigerian’ wife. Soon, many people — men and women – in relationships with Nigerians started to contact me, asking different questions. The blog became quite successful. Finally, I visited Nigeria in the middle of October last year. I stayed for a month. It was during that period that the video of me selling sachet water was shot.

Was your visit to Nigeria in October your first trip to the country?
Yes it was. But here in the UK, I have had contacts with a lot of Nigerians. The church I attend in the UK is predominantly a Nigerian church. I have always been inspired by Nigerians and their way of living. I love the culture, food and their attitude to life. I also love it that Nigerians take education seriously. My husband is a film-maker and I produce most of his films. When we came to Nigeria; that was when I noticed how hard people in Nigeria are working and how much they needed to struggle on a daily basis to earn a living.

What was the inspiration behind the video of you selling pure water and drinks on the streets of Lagos?
It is because I saw these people doing this every day for a living. And I wondered why they had to live like that in a rich country like Nigeria. That ‘pure’ water video was done because I wanted to experience what Nigerians are going through, to empathise with them and to go through what they are going through. I realised that it is really hard. And I wanted people to know about this. In the UK, when you have a child, you get child benefits. In Nigeria, there is nothing like that. It is difficult for the women hawking ‘pure’ water. It is really a difficult job. I wanted to raise awareness about their plight. These people need help from the government. They don’t have to risk their lives on the road doing such a job. That was purely my inspiration. It was a great experience, I felt their struggle, because it was hot, you could see me sweating. The load was very heavy. At the beginning, I could not take off the bowl from my head. It was hurting my head even though I had the scarf on. I am planning other projects to raise more awareness about the difficulties every day people face. For me, what I did (selling pure water) was not so extraordinary. What is extraordinary is that people are doing this job daily for a living.
That thing (bowl of sachet, bottled water and drinks) on my head felt so heavy and I only carried it for less than an hour. But those people who do it for a living actually do that for about eight to 10 hours a day. They are the real heroes, not me. I did it for less than an hour because we attracted a little too much attention so we could not carry on. And that was at the time the police were really after people selling on the streets. So, we were a little cautious so as not to get into trouble.

Were you scared at any point?
No, I was not scared. People only gathered there because it was something different, they do not see a white lady doing that every day. Two female hawkers gave me and a friend their goods to sell for that period. They were very nice. We gave the two ladies all of the money that we earned on that day.

How much did you make?
I even told my husband that we made so much money that I might just change my career from film-making to hawking sachet water. We sold all the sachet water in the container quickly, then people started buying the bottled water as well. I could not remember the exact total amount we made but I think it was between N2, 000 and N3,000 in approximately 20 minutes.

Tell us about your Nigerian family?
I met my husband in 2011, and we got married in 2012. We have two children, a boy and a girl. My husband is from Osogbo in Osun State. My children have been there. They live in Nigeria at the moment. They have been in Nigeria since October with my mother-in-law, their grandmother, because I want to ensure my children know where they are from and for them to have a rich mind. Currently they are getting some education from their grandmother. My four-year-old son attends school in Lagos and speaks Yoruba fluently. My daughter is 19 months old and she has been in Nigeria for only a few months. But she is obviously still little and does not speak the language much. I want them to know about their culture.

How do you feel that some Nigerians don’t know much about their culture?
I am a little bit disappointed about that, because Nigeria has such a wonderful culture; the family ties are so strong and they care about each other. It is just so beautiful. And when I see some Nigerians who don’t want to learn their language or about their own culture, it is such a shame. We should encourage our children to speak our local languages and to know a lot about our culture and people. Although I think things are changing for the better now. I know some people who wanted their children to learn English only, but now they are getting teachers to teach their children Yoruba.

You seem to have a strong affinity for Nigeria. Is it because you are married to a Nigerian?
Yes, it is partly so, but also because I want my children to be proud of me as well. When I show pride and respect for the Nigerian culture, I believe my children would follow my footsteps. I find it enormously important to embrace the culture because it is so colourful.

What makes Nigerian culture different from others, like in Hungary and the rest of Europe?
Hungary is a very small country, it is next to Austria, and we are quite westernised. There is not so much difference between English and Hungarian cultures. One of the things I always like to emphasise is the family ties. In Nigeria, the family is important, they are so close to each other, and somehow that is fading away in Western cultures. I want my children to come back to me when I grow older. I love that bit so much.

If you were to come back in the next life, would you want to be born a Nigerian?
Yes, why not, because I believe that Nigeria is getting better.

Many Nigerians complain about hard life in the country. What do you have to say to Nigerians who want their children to study abroad?
To be honest with you, there is nothing wrong with getting a good education abroad, but we always need to try and give something back to places where it is really needed, and Nigeria is that place. It is okay if you want your children to school in the UK or wherever, but you always need to make sure they bring something back that can help make Nigeria better. I believe that even in Nigeria, there are good schools.

What kind of Nigerian music do you like?
I love Olamide’s music so much. My son likes his songs too. I also like Yemi Alade, as well as Lola Savage, an up-and-coming singer. Even though I criticised Wizkid for some certain issues recently, I also enjoy his songs. I’m happy he is achieving a lot of things for himself and making Nigeria proud.

What kind of Nigeria food and drink do you like?
I love malt drink and Nigerian stew. My husband taught me how to use palm oil to make stew and I love it.

What are some funny and weird things about Nigerians?
This is a bit funny in some cases: no matter how bad a situation is, Nigerians would say, “It is well.” Sometimes, it sounds crazy, even when the situation is horrible. So, sometimes, when my husband says, “It is well,” I would just say, “Do you know what? Just don’t say anything!” But it is amazing though, I love the positive attitude.

Please narrate one funny story or culture shock you experienced for the first time with Nigerians?
When I first met my husband, this was a culture shock: I sneezed when we were watching television, and instead of my husband saying, “Bless you,” he said, “A ha!” I sneezed again, and he said the same thing again. And I was like, you should be saying “Bless you,” and he was like “A ha?” Also, I thought it was funny the first time I noticed how some Nigerians would point to a direction with their lips, even when the place is close by, instead of pointing their arms towards the direction. They would say, “It is there,” and point with their lips. It is funny.

What do you think about Nollywood?
The movies are great. I would like to be a part of it. Kunle Afolayan is one director I admire and respect.

Can you speak Pidgin English?
No, I don’t because I want to learn English very well. But currently, I am learning Yoruba and can understand and speak a few words like the greetings, as well as statements like, “E ku ise (well done), disciplinary ones like; “Sho fe je gba” (Do you want to be flogged?) and so on.

Culled from The PUNCH.Whitenaijagirl

Nigerian Music Star Falz Wins “Viewer’s Choice Best International Act” Award At The 2016 BET Awards

Nigerian Music Star, Falz has won the “Viewer’s Choice Best International Act” Award at the 2016 BET Awards.

He was announced as winner this evening.

The Popular comedian, rapper and actor, Falz D Bahd Guy,  well known  for his funny skits on social media, has won the 2016 BET Awards for Viewers Choice Best New International Act.

The BET Awards which will be hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross premieres on BET (DStv channel 129) on Tuesday 28 June at 19:00
CAT will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Maxwell and more, as well as a star-studded tribute to legendary pop icon Prince featuring Sheila E., The Roots, D’Angelo and Janelle Monae.

Breaking out with a popular ‘Ello bae’ catchphrase which became viral pretty fast, the fast rising entertainer who happens to be a rapper started out with a music group “School Boys” he formed with a friend back in high school, releasing a compilation mixtape titled “Shakara” in 2009.

The comic rapper has also been nominated at other award shows, winning Best Actor in a Comedy Movie/Series at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for his role as ‘Segun’ in Funke Akindele’s TV series ‘Jenifa’s Diary. Congratulations to him.FalzNigerias-Falz-wins-BET-Viewers-Choice-22Best-New-International-Act22

 

Nollywood Actor, Fred Amata Robbed, Dumped Under Lagos Bridge

Nollywood actor and newly-elected president of Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Fred Amata was allegedly robbed at gun point on Saturday, June 25, 2016.

According to reports, he was said to have been confronted by a group of armed men in front of his house and his car, a Metallic Grey Lexus 470 SUV with license plates AGL 414 CU was taken from him along with his phones and personal belongings.

It was reported that the suspects allegedly bundled him into his car and dropped him off at Fadeyi Bridge at about 2.30am after stripping him of his shoesdownload

500 Soldiers Invade Ikorodu As Militants Resume Killing

Ilara in Ogijo, a community in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, is boiling as we speak.

Neighbouring areas are also reportedly affected in the renewed mayhem being carried out by suspected militants from the nearby creeks.

‘The militants are killing people again,’ an Ogijo resident told NewsroomNG around 5:38pm on Saturday.

‘I’m just coming in and I saw at least 500 soldiers moving into our environment. They first stopped at a police station. I saw them with my eyes. They were very many.’

Full details later…

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Graphic! Female Corps Member Burnt Beyond Recognition  In A Fatal Car Accident – Photo

An fatal accident which occured  in Akwa Ibom State on Wednesday, has claimed the lives of two persons, including a female NYSC corps member and a young boy who was returning from school.
The female National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member was burnt to death alongside a young boy who was returning from school in a tragic car accident which occurred in Mbiokporo Nsit in Nsit Ibom Local Government of Akwa Ibom State, around 3:00pm yesterday.

It was gathered that the driver and the front seat passenger of the car, escaped the fatal crash unhurt.

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See How N1.3b NSA Funds Was Traced to Governor Fayose

 

Silver Magna Merra Limited (SMML) was incorporated with three directors namely Ikenna Ezekwe, Adeniyi Elizabeth and Oshodi in November 2011. On May 7, 2012, the company made Musiliu Obanikoro’s sons, Gbolahan and Babajide as well as Mr Ezekwe signatories to the account. Between April and December 2014, SMML received a total of 4.7 Billion Naira from the office of the NSA. SMML then distributed a total of 2.7 Billion Naira to various companies, politicians, PDP and the BDC. The remaining 2 Billion Naira was withdrawn in cash by former minister of state for defence, Musiliu Obanikoro. On June 12, 2014, Obanikoro and his allies flew in 1.3 Billion Naira in cash to Akure. The 1.3bn was handed to Abiodun Agbele and Zenith Bank.
Upon Zenith Bank’s insistence that the money be counted, it was discovered that the money was 80 million naira short.
Abiodun Agbele collected over 240 Million Naira, 127 Million Naira was paid into the personal account of Ayo Fayose,  another 100 Million Naira was paid into the account of Spotless Hotel, an establishment owned by Fayose, 700 Million Naira was paid into the account of De-Privateer Limited, a company owned by Abiodun Agbele.
In August 2014, Mr Abiodun paid 118 Million Naira and 50 Million Nair cash to Fayose’s account.
All the transactions involve:
SMML and Obanikoro’s sons.
Obanikoro and allies
Mr. Abiodun and Zenith Bank
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Buhari Ignores Britain’s Advice, Moves Truckloads Of Soldiers To The Niger Delta

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, May 20, 2016 said he ordered a heightened military presence in the restive Niger Delta region to deal with a resurgence of attacks on oil and gas facilities, a day after yet another pipeline explosion.

This is contrary the advice of Nigeria’s former colonial master Britain, whose foreign minister Philip Hammond warned on Saturday that military action would not end a wave of attacks in the southern swamps because it did not address rising anger among residents over poverty despite sitting on much of Nigeria’s oil wealth.

The rise in attacks in the Delta in the last few weeks has driven Nigerian oil output to a more than 20-year low, worsening a drain on public finances.
A group calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for several sophisticated attacks.
Speaking at a meeting with Shell’s upstream head, Andrew Brown, Buhari said he had instructed the chief of naval staff to reorganise and strengthen the military Joint Task Force to deal with the militancy.
“We have to be very serious with the situation in the Niger Delta because it threatens the national economy,” Buhari said in a statement.
“I assure you that everything possible will be done to protect personnel and oil assets in the region,” he added.
Nigeria had several times announced army reinforcements to the Delta but diplomats said the military has achieved little as militants were operating in small groups and hiding in the hard-to-access swamps.
“Mr. Brown had appealed for an urgent solution to rising crime and militancy in the Niger Delta,” the presidency said.
An industry source told Reuters that major oil firms warned Vice President Yemi Osinbajo this month that a military crackdown was actually fuelling dissent in the Delta.
The presidency statement also quoted Brown as saying Shell would not pull out of Nigeria despite the violence and that it was in talks with state energy firm NNPC for new oil and gas projects.
There was no immediate comment from Shell, but its country chair said in an interview published on Sunday the firm was committed to long-term investment in the West African nation.
Buhari’s comments came after locals said a gas pipeline operated by NNPC was attacked late on Thursday.
The pipeline, which connects the Escravos oil terminal to Warri, supplies gas to different parts of the country.
Eric Omare, a spokesman for the Ijaw Youth Council, a youth umbrella, said the attack occurred near the village of Ogbe Ijoh, near Warri, on the pipeline belonging to NNPC.
Resident James Dadiowei said he heard a “loud bang” at the pipeline, but an NNPC spokesman was unable to confirm the attack.
On Thursday, intruders blocked access to Exxon Mobil’s terminal exporting Qua Iboe, Nigeria’s largest crude stream. And, earlier this month, Shell workers at Nigeria’s Bonga facilities were evacuated.
In February, the Avengers claimed an attack on an undersea pipeline, forcing Shell to shut a 250,000 barrel-a-day Forcados terminal.
The group also claimed responsibility for blasting a Chevron platform in early May, shutting the Warri and Kaduna refineries. Power outages across Nigeria worsened as gas supplies were also affected.
The army said on Sunday it had arrested several suspected members of the Avengers, but locals said they had been freed.
“They were released on Wednesday evening,” Omare said.
Residents said the military had described them as Avengers but locals had protested they were Chevron pipeline inspectors who had shown the soldiers arresting them their identity cards.
Militant attacks have spiked since authorities issued in January an arrest warrant for a prominent former militant leader who with other rebels in 2009 agreed to stop blowing up pipelines in exchange for cash, a plan Buhari has trimmed as part of an anti-graft drive.