Archive for April, 2013

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gareth Bale became only the third man to be named the English Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) player of the year and young player of the year in the same season on Sunday.
The 23-year-old Wales international, who also won the main award in 2011, has scored 19 Premier League goals this season – a tally bettered only by Manchester United striker Robin van Persie with 25 and controversial Liverpool forward Luis Suarez (23).
“It’s a massive honour. To be voted by your peers is one of the biggest
things in the game. It’s great to win it and I am delighted,” Bale said.
“When you look at the list, there are some massive names on it but I couldn’t have done it without the team. They have been fantastic this year and so has the manager.”
His frightening pace, agility and clinical finishing have marked him out again
this term and his successful switch from left wing to a roving central midfield role has also helped fifth-placed Spurs in their pursuit of a Champions League spot.
He took the main award – presented at a glittering ceremony – ahead of second-placed Suarez, last year’s winner Van Persie and fellow nominees Manchester United’s Michael Carrick and Chelsea pair Eden Hazard and Juan Mata. Bale joins Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer and Mark Hughes in earning the main award twice. Ronaldo in 2007 and Andy Gray in 1977 won both awards in the same year. Bale’s scintillating form has made him one of the most feared players in the Premier and Europa League and manager Andre Villas-Boas has said the Welshman’s ability to take free kicks compares favourably with the likes of Real Madrid’s Ronaldo.
Spurs may now expect a flurry of big-money bids for the player, especially if they fail to land a Champions League berth, but an estimated valuation of over 40 million pounds could put off suitors..
Media reports said Suarez’s name was booed at the ceremony.
On the same night, the names players that made the PFA team of the year were annouced.
Full list of PFA Team of the year
David de Gea (Manchester United), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), Leighton Baines (Everton), Mata (Chelsea ), Carrick (Manchester), Hazard (Chelsea), Bale (Totenham), Suarez (Liverpool) and Van Persie (Manchester United)


Stephen "Steverock" Edoka

Stephen “Steverock” Edoka

Steverock real names Stephen Edoka is the fastest rising RnB/ pop artiste in Nigeria now. A native of Benue state and a graduate of English Literature from the University of Maiduguri, the Idoma-born handsome artiste is set to take the pop music scene by storm with his latest club banger “MAMA UJU”. Steverock who is from the same tribe with Tuface Idibia (Idoma) has worked with the likes of 2baba himself, Iceprince, Vector, W4, Pherowshuz, Cartair to mention but a few, since he started doing music professionally some 8 years ago.
He broke into the Nigerian music scene in 2009 when he released his addictive single “juju” in Abuja and Benue. It enjoyed wide airplay in major radio stations in the North as well as earned him his first series of concerts.
Streverock moved to Nigeria’s Entertainment capital Lagos in 2010 following the likes of Psquare, Mode9, MI, Nigga Raw who migrated to the Centre of Excellence, a city where every artiste who wants to make it big resides. While in lagos, steverock dropped another single which features Choc boi rapper Ice prince titled “SUPERFLY”, produced by Dbanj records ace producer J-sleek, and went ahead to release the video which was directed by Clarence Peters few weeks later. The video became a toast on popular music stations across the continent such as Soundcity, Music Africa, Nigezie, Mtv Base and Channel O.

At the end of 2012, Steverock released to the delight of his fans a hiphop single titled SHOW FOR YOUR EYES where he collaborated with the finest hiphop heads in the industry- Pherowshuz, Cartair, Vector, Terry tha rap man and Morell. This joint which had over 20,000 downloads on the first day of its release, was rated as one of the ‘tightest’ hiphop collabos on the streets in 2012. He went ahead to drop yet another joint, this time a melodious song “BEAUTIFUL” for the ladies and was produced by Popito.
Steverock’s latest effort is a club banger titled “MAMA UJU” which dropped on the 21st of April, 2013 and is presently enjoying airplay on major radio stations in Lagos and Abuja. He is working on the release of his debut album later this year.

suarez bite ivanovic
As the saying goes…”No sin goes unpunished”, and that is exactly what the English FA have done by handing controversial Liverpool striker Luiz Suarez a 10 game ban for his astonishing bite attack on Branislav Ivanovic in the premiership game against Chelsea on sunday. This means that Luis Suarez will not play football again until September.
The striker accepted a charge from the FA for violent conduct on Tuesday but took the bizarre step, backed by his club, of making it clear to the governing body that they will appeal should the independent disciplinary commission have decided upon a more severe punishment than the standard three-match suspension.
A statement on the FA website said: ‘Luis Suarez has been suspended for a total of ten matches after an Independent Regulatory Commission today ruled on a charge of violent conduct.
Luis Suarez will not play football again until September after he was hit with an 10-match ban for his astonishing bite attack on Branislav Ivanovic.
The striker accepted a charge from the FA for violent conduct on Tuesday but took the bizarre step, backed by his club, of making it clear to the governing body that they will appeal should the independent disciplinary commission have decided upon a more severe punishment than the standard three-match suspension.
A statement on the FA website said: ‘Luis Suarez has been suspended for a total of ten matches after an Independent Regulatory Commission today ruled on a charge of violent conduct.
Watch the video of the bite here:

madonna university okija campus

madonna university okija campus

Residents of Wole Madariola Street, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos have been asking questions about what pushed Chidike Oyeka, a graduate of Madonna University, Okija, to stab himself repeatedly thereby taking his own life. Chidike on April 19, 2013, took a kitchen knife and stabbed himself repeatedly until his intestines were disemboweled.
madonna graduate Chidike Oyeka
He had just concluded his National Youth Service Corps program and a relative, who wished to remain anonymous, said the 25-year-old had been depressed for some time.

She said, “He did his NYSC in Delta State and only returned in February. Upon returning, he started to act strangely and we noticed that he was no longer sociable. Most times he would sit at a corner by himself and when we asked him what was wrong, he would say he was not happy. When the symptom became persistent, his parents took him to a hospital but nothing was discovered to be wrong with him, so we took him back home and continued to monitor him.”

Narrating what transpired on the day the victim died, the relative said it happened after everyone had gone to sleep.

She said he went into the kitchen, took a kitchen knife and stabbed himself three times.

She said, “I do not know the time it happened exactly but everyone had gone to bed while he stayed in the parlour. Around midnight, he was found lying in a pool of blood and the knife soaked in blood.

“His intestines were on the floor as well. From what we deduced, he stabbed himself three times without screaming because no one heard any noise. At daybreak, we went to Aguda Police Station to report the matter.”

Source: Punch

comunal clashes in borno
Fighting between Nigeria’s military and Islamic extremists killed at least 185 people in a fishing community in the nation’s far northeast, officials said Sunday, an attack that saw insurgents fire rocket-propelled grenades and soldiers spray machine-gun fire into neighborhoods filled with civilians.

The fighting in Baga began Friday and lasted for hours, sending people fleeing into the arid scrublands surrounding the community on Lake Chad. By Sunday, when government officials finally felt safe enough to see the destruction, homes, businesses and vehicles were burned throughout the area.

The assault marks a significant escalation in the long-running insurgency Nigeria faces in its predominantly Muslim north, with extremists mounting a coordinated assault on soldiers using military-grade weaponry.

Authorities had found and buried at least 185 bodies as of Sunday afternoon, said Lawan Kole, a local government official in Baga. He spoke haltingly to Borno state Gov. Kashim Shettima in the Kanuri language of Nigeria’s northeast, surrounded by still-frightened villagers.

Brig. Gen. Austin Edokpaye, also on the visit, did not dispute the casualty figures. Edokpaye said the extremists used heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades in the assault, which began after soldiers surrounded a mosque they believed housed members of the radical Islamic extremist network Boko Haram.

Edokpaye said extremists used civilians as human shields during the fighting — implying that soldiers opened fire in neighborhoods where they knew civilians lived.

“‘When we reinforced and returned to the scene the terrorists came out with heavy firepower, including (rocket-propelled grenades), which usually has a conflagration effect,” the general said.

Sunday afternoon, the burned bodies of cattle and goats still filled the streets. Bullet holes marred burned buildings.

“Everyone has been in the bush since Friday night; we started returning back to town because the governor came to town today,” grocer Bashir Isa said. “To get food to eat in the town now is a problem because even the markets are burnt. We are still picking corpses of women and children in the bush and creeks.”

The Islamic insurgency in Nigeria grew out of a 2009 riot led by Boko Haram members in Maiduguri that ended in a military and police crackdown that killed some 700 people. The group’s leader died in police custody in an apparent execution. From 2010 on, Islamic extremists have engaged in hit-and-run shootings and suicide bombings, attacks that have killed at least 1,548 people before Friday’s attack, according to an AP count.

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sacrilege” in the Hausa language of Nigeria’s north, has said it wants its imprisoned members freed and Nigeria to adopt strict Shariah law across the multiethnic nation of more than 160 million people. While the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has started a committee to look at the idea of offering an amnesty deal to extremist fighters, Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau has dismissed the idea out of hand in messages.

Despite the deployment of more soldiers and police to northern Nigeria, the nation’s weak central government has been unable to stop the killings. Meanwhile, human rights groups and local citizens blame both Boko Haram and security forces for committing violent atrocities against the local civilian population, fueling rage in the region.

Source: AP


Reports have it that the Kebbi State Chief of Staff, Abubakar Sarki Kigo is dead.
Mr. Kigo, who is from the same hometown as the governor is reported to have died of lung cancer in an Indian hospital on Saturday.
Gov. Dakingari presently hosts the Good Governance Tour of the federal government who are in the state.


Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

The convoy of the Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha was on Friday involved in a minor road accident in Orlu Local Government area of the state on his way to an inspection tour of some state projects in the area.

A statement signed by the media aide to the Governor; Ebere Ozoukwa, stated that the Governor’s convoy was involved in the accident in Orlu town in Orlu Local government area of the state.
According to Mr Ozoukwa, “the governor sustained a minor cut on his head but is presently in good and stable condition and has been attended to by medical personnel.”

atiku campaign shoes
Errrrm…since uncle Jona used the “no shoes” strategy to win elections and is determined to make Nigerians who already have shoes to walk on bare-foot, Turaki Vanguard has decided to campaign with shoes so that those who have will have more… abi na how else u see am?

nollywood actor solomon akiyesi wedding
The Overcomer’s Church World Outreach, where the wedding between Nollywood actor Solomon Akiyesi to a new wife was disrupted today by his legitimate wife, has responded to the incidence. Find the response below:

In case you missed the story, read it HERE

What was meant to be a day of celebration – the wedding ceremony of one of our members Uloma Agwu to Mr. Solomon Akiyesi at the Overcomers Church World Outreach in Aguda – was sullied by an ugly incident. Immediately following the praise and worship session and before the officiating commenced, a woman who claims to be the lawful wife of the groom disrupted the ceremony. She was accompanied by people who sought only to wreck havoc in the church. They were unruly and violent.

We regret the ugly series of events that followed this brash display. At the Overcomers Church, we do our due diligence to ensure a couple set to wed is right in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of God. To the best of our knowledge, Mr. Akiyesi, was unmarried. The Overcomers Church World Outreach regrets that the woman who disrupted the wedding chose such a time to do so. There is no ideal situation here, but it would have been right that she bring the case before church officials in a manner befitting a house of worship. This was not the case.

The groom, Mr. Akiyesi, has apologized to the Church, his bride-to-be, Ms. Agwu, and family and friends that gathered for the wedding. “This happened because I tried to cut corners,” he said. He admits he did not properly dissolve his previous marriage to his first wife and says he is determined to do what is necessary to rectify the awful situation. We apologize for the ugly scene this caused at our Church and apologize to those who witnessed it. It is not exemplary behavior and not who we are as a Church.

The General Overseer of the Overcomers Church World Outreach, Bishop N.E. Moses, addressed the congregation after order was restored.

Bishop Moses prayed for the couple, Mr. Akiyesi and Ms. Agwu, but he did not legally wed them – no documents were signed so as not to disobey the law. Mr. Solomon Akiyesi and Ms Uloma Agwu will not be legally joined together until the matter is properly settled by lawful authorities.

Our Bishop has urged us to take a lesson from this and be careful of the decisions we make in life, so the consequences don’t hurt us in the future. It is a lesson we take well.
We stand by Ms. Agwu. She has been a dedicated member of the church and we will continue to support her and Mr. Akiyesi. It is our hope and prayer that in all of this, God is glorified and His house of worship above reproach.

Chika Moses
Media Representative,
Overcomers Church World Outreach

On the other hand, Solomon took to his facebook page to express the way he feels about the whole thing. Read HERE

Source: AfricanSpotlight

Nigerian Idol winner, Moses Obi-Adigwe

Nigerian Idol winner, Moses Obi-Adigwe

After six months of electrifying performances, surprise evictions, tough and thorough training, the third edition of Nigerian Idol the TV reality show has come to an end with 22-year-old Moses Obi-Adigwe declared as winner!

After an opening performance from Season One winner Yeka Onka, the show started with the host Illrymz introducing the two final contestants Moses and Debbie Olu-Rise on stage.

The 10 other finalists joined them and they all performed together for the last time.

Then came solo performances from Debbie and Moses; Debbie performed Tiwa Savage‘s ‘Kele kele love’. Moses performed Bob Marley‘s ‘Redemption song’; performances which both earned them a mighty applause from the audience.

D’banj made a surprise appearance on stage and performed his verse of Naeto C’s ‘Tony Montana’ remix, concluding his set with his own single ‘On top of the world’.

Other performances came from Nigerian Idol judge and Afrobeat legend, Femi Kuti and his band, pop diva and former West African idol contestant, Omawumi who gave a superlative performance of her ‘Bottom belle’ single and also the immediate past winner of Nigerian Idol season two, Mercy.

And the moment came, Illyrmz announced Moses as the winner!

Interestingly, Moses popularly called ‘Teddy Bear’ made his way to the Top 12 through the wild card selection.

Moses who’s the first male contestant to win the show, will now join Timi Dakolo (West Africa Idol, 2007), Yeka Onka (Nigerian Idol, 2011) and Mercy Chinwo (Nigerian Idol, 2012) in the league of Idols winners. And he goes home with the sum of 15M Naira and a brand new SUV.

Debbie, the runner-up walks away with sum of 1M and a KIA RIO automobile.

The show, recorded today at The Idols studios in Lagos, is expected to be broadcast tomorro

Who says perseverance does not pay? Moses was part of the “Glo Naija sings” reality show hosted by Olisa Adibua some years back but was eliminated before the final. We say Congrats to him as we wish him all the best