Joyce Blessing set to storm Nigeria on August 24

Ghana’s top notch   inspirational and  gospel musician Joyce Blessing is poised for action in Nigeria on 24th August , 2018. The Multifarious award winning singer is set to thrill patrons with a stupendous performance at the official  launch of Menzgold and Zylofon Media at Eko Hotel at Victoria Island.

The ‘I Swerve You ‘ hitmaker is widely known for her astonishing and energetic live  stage performance and she has promised to serve the Nigerian audience with an electrifying one which will keep them in nostalgia.

Joyce Blessing together with other Zylofon signees will share the same stage with Nigeria’s Patoranking, 2Face Idibia, Niniola, YCee, MI Abaga, Phyno, Olamide Tekno and more on the 24th .

Watch Joyce Blessing Official Video:  Watch Joyce Blessing -I Swerve You (Official Video).

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Nigeria’s 2019 polls will have 91 parties, over 12m new voters

Nigeria officially has 91 registered political parties the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) disclosed on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

At the last count in January 2018, there were 68 parties. Between then and now, INEC said it had certified 23 more parties out of an application of 144.

The elections body noted in a press statement that this was the final batch of registration before the country goes to the polls in February 2019. The new parties will be presented their certificates on Thursday at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

“This brings the number of political parties to 91 and will be the last round of registration until after the general elections of 16th February 2019. This suspension is in line with the Section 78 (1) of the Electoral Act, which requires all applications for registration as political party to be concluded latest six months to a general election,” the statement affirmed.

In other matters raised in the statement, INEC said it was on course to publish the first step of the electoral process – the notice of election. The August 17, 2018 event will kick-start the countdown to the 2019 general election, INEC said.

It had also extended the continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise which was supposed to afford people the opportunity to get their voter identification document. INEC said it had registered 12.1 million new voters as at 11th August, 2018.

The CVR which started in April 2017 was supposed to end on 17th August, 2018 but has been pushed to the last day of August 2018. INEC entreated people to go and collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVCs), that process will be suspended with just days to the elections.

Political parties in Africa’s most populous nation typically cut across the country’s geopolitical zones – the northern, middle and southern sectors.

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country. Its politics is currently dominated by two main forces – the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The PDP lost political power in 2015 after ruling the country for 16 years prior. They produced three presidents over the period. Olusegun Obasanjo, the late Umaru Musah Yar Adua and Goodluck Jonathan.

Jonathan lost the 2015 presidential election to incumbent Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari’s tenure expires in 2019 when new elections are to be held. Buhari has announced his intention to seek a final term.

INEC oversees all elected office elections from the presidential, gubernatorial, national assembly – senate and house of representatives, local level etc. It has only recently published its general election guidelines.

Political watchers say it is highly likely that most of these parties will not field candidates across the country due to capacity issues, a number of them will enter alliances with the major parties and field aspirants in areas they see as their strongholds.

 

Africanews

Lagos ranked among ‘world’s worst cities’ to live in

Seven out of the 10 least liveable cities in the world are in Africa, according the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual survey.

The league table ranks 140 cities on a range of factors, including political and social stability, crime, education and access to healthcare.

Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos, was ranked 138 – two slots ahead of the bottom of the league table which is held by Syria’s war-torn capital, Damascus (140).

It was closely followed by Zimbabwe’s Harare (135), Libya’s Tripoli (134), Cameroon’s Douala (133), Algiers in Algeria (132) and Senegal’s Dakar (131).

Johannesburg gained the rank of 86, making it the most livable of African cities.

The annual report says cities in the Middle East, Africa and Asia account for the ten-lowest scoring cities where “violence, whether through crime, civil insurgency, terrorism or war, has played a strong role”.

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NIGERIA: ‘Landlords make single women feel like prostitutes’

Many landlords in Nigeria suspect single women of being prostitutes, making it difficult for them to rent apartments.

A successful career woman, Olufunmilola Ogungbile, 30, never thought that she would be sleeping on a friend’s couch after five months of apartment-hunting in Abeokuta city in south-western Nigeria.

She had moved from Lagos after securing a good job with the Ogun state government as a project administrator. Despite being financially independent, she struggled to find an apartment in middle and upmarket areas because she was single.

“The first question the landlord would ask me is if I’m married?” Ms Ogungbile said, “I’d say ‘No’, and they’d follow with, ‘Why not’?”

She was often left puzzled.

“What does my marital status have to do with me getting a place to live in?”

Ms Ogungbile said the discrimination was widespread.

“Ninety-nine per cent of the landlords I met did not want to rent to me because I am a single woman,” she told the BBC.

“Most landlords and agents would tell me, ‘Can you bring your boyfriend or your husband?’ In these kinds of apartments, we don’t like boys coming in. We just want decent people.”

Ms Ogungbile believes the hurdles she faced are down to cultural expectations – marriage is a benchmark used to measure decency.

“In this part of the world, if you are not married then you are a prostitute,” she added.

Sylvia Oyinda – a product manager in the retail sector in Lagos, Nigeria’s throbbing metropolis – agrees that the stigma makes it difficult for single women to rent in Nigeria.

Ms Oyinda, 31, was engaged when she started looking for an apartment. Landlords refused to meet her without her fiancé.

“There is a saying ‘small girl, big god’ that describes young single women who rent alone or squat with other females.

“The saying refers to single women who have sponsors, typically older men, who pay their rent,” she said.

Ms Oyinda believes landlords assume most young single women are like this.

“The three landlords I met all refused to show me their apartments. They would tell me, ‘Don’t bother.'”

Out of frustration she stopped scouting on her own. On the fourth attempt, she went with her partner, to whom she is now married, and was taken seriously. The couple eventually settled for a four-bedroom flat in the high-end area of Lekki.

Coleman Nwafor, a landlord and property owner, said he does not discriminate, but most of his tenants and buyers are men because they have more money.

“Most single ladies are under the responsibility of their parents or a lover. You can never tell what will happen after the first year. And every landlord wants a tenant who will pay without stress and renew their contract once it expires,” he told the BBC.

“Most single ladies are not working. There are more jobs for men than women in Nigeria. That is just the way it is.”

Yinka Oladiran, 25, who moved from New York to Lagos in May 2016 to pursue a career as a TV presenter, said she lived independently in the US and wanted to maintain her freedom in Nigeria.

She also wanted to reduce a three-hour commute to work from her father’s home, but she could not rent an apartment without her father giving his consent to landlords.

“There were landlords who said they did not want to rent to me until they had spoken to my father to make sure that he was OK with it, even though I was paying with my own money,” Ms Oladiran told the BBC.

“My opinion didn’t matter. The landlords try to police women,” she added.

After searching independently for more than six months, she finally got an apartment in April 2017.

However, she said she felt constantly undermined by security staff, especially when she came home late from work, as they often asked her who she was visiting.

“For that to even happen over and over again was very insulting,” Ms Oladiran said.

As for Ms Ogungbile, her five-month hunt ended last week when she finally moved into a studio flat.

She said she secured it through a letting agency which focused on her income rather than her gender or marital status.

The 30-year-old, who is now excited about painting her new home in her favourite colours – purple and lilac – believes she fought back against discrimination in her own little way.

“Part of fighting the stigma was me refusing to bring a spouse or a partner because that was part of the criteria before they would hand me the keys,” she said.

 

BBC

NIGERIA: Why I slept with my biological son – 47yr old woman makes shocking confession

A 47-year-old Mrs. Veronica Iorshe, from Howe, Ugee Council Ward, Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State has revealed how she slept with her own biological son and eventually took in for him.

Mrs. Iorshe said she slept with her son just to save her marriage.

Recalling how she was able to lure her son to perform the incestuous act with her, the woman told Vanguard, “I am not a loose woman. I am just a woman who loves her husband very much and didn’t want to lose him.

“I did what I did to save my marriage, though I feel guilty about it. It was not easy but I slept with my first son from my first husband so that I could give my husband a child. But rather than sustaining my marriage, the plan has scattered it and I have lost it.

“I got married to my husband eight years ago. We had no child. The worst was that I never got pregnant even for one day. When I discovered that I was no longer getting younger, I was worried as much as he and his parents were. His mother became so impatient that she started breathing down my neck as she gave me no breathing space at all. She said that I was cheating on her son, using his son’s money to maintain myself, that I’m older than his son.

“She moved in to live with us and practically made life in my matrimonial home unbearable for me. At a point, she stopped talking to me. The only time she would talk to me was when she wanted to insult me and remind me of how less a woman I was. I was confused, more so when my husband refused to submit himself to a medical test to ascertain the source of the problem, though we loved each other before the heavy pressure from his mum came.

“We used to have serious lovemaking sessions especially during my ovulation period all in the bid to get pregnant so that my mother-in-law could stop humiliating me. Yet, I couldn’t get pregnant. I started suspecting the problem could be from my husband when he refused to subject himself to medical test.

“But the insult from my mother-in-law was getting too much, too unbearable for me. She vowed to frustrate me out of her son’s home. To make things worse, she sent away my son saying that he has no business staying in the house. I had to look for a one-room apartment for him in Lafia.

“After he left, it was just three of us in the house in Awe, which is a distance away from Lafia. I was always terrified each time I heard her voice from a distance. She tried to frustrate my meat market in Awe. In fact, the only time that I had peace was when I went to the market.

“It is so agonizing to say this. Instead of testing someone else to ascertain my fertility, I seduced and slept with my son. Simon is a young man in his early 20s; he has not started sleeping with women before I lured him into making love with me.”

On how the incestuous act started, she recalled this, “I started by buying good things for him, sleeping together on the same bed, playing with his manhood and gradually one thing led to another. There was a time I asked him if he had tested sex before and he said no. I compelled him to take an oath not to disclose it to anybody. I said I would teach him sex. I ensured that I did that during my ovulation period. I never disclosed the reason for this but deep in my mind, I wanted to test my fertility.

“I planned it during my ovulation so that I could get pregnant, although it was not easy sleeping with a son. I knew I was doing the wrong thing and betraying my husband but I saw it as a necessary action to save my marriage. I didn’t want to go out sleeping with another man outside. I knew it was wrong but I prefer it from my son than a man outside. After one month, I discovered that I was pregnant.”

Asked if she will abort the child or keep it, Veronica revealed she will keep the child, saying: “It is blood within my blood.”

On his part, Sebastian expressed his disappointment over his wife’s betrayal and vowed never to forgive her.

“I don’t want to believe the story she is narrating to you that her son is responsible for it, though I have not suspected her or seen any sign that an outsider was dating her. But the truth is that I’m not responsible for the pregnancy and will not allow her into my house. It is a shame for me to be associated with a mess like this. Please, I don’t want to talk about it anymore; she is no longer my wife.”

 

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NIGERIA: Married pastor lands in trouble after lover dies from abortion in Edo

A pastor has landed himself in trouble over the death of his lover after an abortion attempt went horribly wrong.

Ngbeken Elvis, said to be a pastor at Christ Chosen Church of God in Edo State, was said to have been secretly dating the mother of four, identified simply as Mama Sarah, despite that he is married.

Elvis, 32, claimed he always had problems with his wife since they got married in December 2016, which prompted his suspension by the church.

He said he went into a relationship with Mama Sarah, whose husband resides abroad after she went to him for prayers. She was said to have died at a hospital she was rushed to after the abortion procedure failed.

Mama Sarah’s family is now reportedly demanding that Elvis performs marriage rites and takes care of the burial expenses.

The Nation quotes the pastor as saying: “I knew this Mama Sarah when she was ill. I prayed for her and she promised to reward me. We started dating but the children were not aware.

“When one of her daughters wanted to raise suspicion after some neighbours questioned my continued visit to their house, she threatened to throw her out of the house.

“She asked me to move into their house three months ago before I could get an apartment and I was staying there. I am an orphan. I didn’t plan to get into this mess.

“She didn’t tell me she was pregnant. I was not aware she went to procure abortion. I am really ashamed. I prayed God to forgive me. I am now remorseful. She used to give me N1000 or N2000 to run errands for her.”

 

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Nigeria: Eight killed in suicide attack on mosque

At least eight worshipers were killed and eight others injured on Monday in a suspected suicide bombing at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria, eyewitnesses and residents said.

A male suicide bomber sneaked into a mosque in Konduga, a restive town near Maiduguri, capital of Borno State and heartland of Boko Haram insurgency.

“People were praying and the man appeared and none of those praying knew where he was. In the blink of an eye we heard a terrifying sound and when we rushed to help, the whole mosque was demolished and all the bodies were covered in blood and all seven bodies were under the collapsed building,” said Ali Kolo, leader of a local vigilante group.

Seven of the victims died instantly, one died during her transfer to the hospital in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno and historic cradle of Boko Haram, he added.

Umar Goni, a resident of Konduga, told AFP that he was on his way to the mosque at the time of the explosion and had participated in the relief efforts.

“We pulled seven bodies out of the rubble and one injured person died on the way to the hospital,” he confirmed. According to witnesses, the suicide bomber was about 20 years old.

No group has claimed responsibility yet but residents blame Boko Haram which has previously carried out similar attacks.

The blast was the first in three months, after a suicide bombing killed five local security personnel guiding a camp for displaced victims of Boko Haram in the town.

 

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Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa shortlisted for best goal of 2018 World Cup

Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa is in the race for the best goal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia. His goal has been shortlisted along with the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Modric.

The player’s second goal in Nigeria’s victory against Iceland in the group stages joins seventeen other contenders in a is contest to pick which one is the best.

It is the last individual accolade to be presented by the football governing body having already named the best player (Luka Modric, Croatia), best young player (Kylian Mbappe, France), top goalscorer (Harry Kane, England), top goalkeeper (Thibaut Curtois) and Fair play team of the tourney (Spain).

It is also a contest that is open to public voting. “Here is your chance to vote for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Goal of the Tournament, presented by Hyundai.

“Choose below from our shortlist of the best 18 goals at Russia 2018 and cast your vote. Voting will remain open until Monday 23 July, so don’t miss this opportunity to pick your favourite!” FIFA wrote on their website.

The seventeen other goal of the tournament contenders

  • Nacer Chadli Goal (Belgium-Japan)
  • Denis Cheryshev 1st goal (Russia-Saudi Arabia)
  • Denis Cheryshev Goal (Russia-Croatia)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 3rd goal (Portugal-Spain)
  • Philippe Coutinho goal (Brazil-Switzerland)
  • Angel Di Maria Goal (France-Argentina)
  • Artem Dzyuba goal (Russia-Egypt)
  • Adnan Januzaj Goal (England-Belgium)
  • Toni Kroos Goal (Germany-Sweden)
  • Jesse Lingard Goal (England-Panama)
  • Dries Mertens goal (Belgium-Panama)
  • Luka Modric Goal (Argentina-Croatia)
  • Lionel Messi Goal (Nigeria-Argentina)
  • Nacho goal (Portugal-Spain)
  • Ricardo Quaresma Goal (IR Iran-Portugal)
  • Juan Quintero goal (Colombia-Japan)

 

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NIGERIA: Drama as 13-year-old boy cuts policeman’s manhood

A 13-year-old boy in Tudun Markabu, Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State has reportedly cut the manhood of an Inspector (names withheld).

The victims is said to be fond of sodomising young boys in the state.

A resident in the area, who pleaded anonymity, said the Inspector was fond of committing the act with boys in the area.

It was learnt that the victims of the Inspector’s sexual preferences, set him up for vengeance.

Confirming the incident, Katsina State Police Command’s spokesperson, Gambo Isah, said: “We received the news with dismay. We are not expecting our men to be involved in this kind of act.

“He is in the General Hospital at Faskari and has been referred to the General Hospital, Katsina, but is still in Faskari.

“The Command is investigating the matter. Immediately he recovers, we will investigate the matter and get all the witnesses.

“If found wanting, he will face necessary disciplinary action and charged to court.”

 

DailyPost

Nigeria’s ruling party splits

Nigeria’s governing APC party has split in two. The rift is seen as a major threat to President Muhammadu Buhari’s bid for a second term in office with presidential and parliamentary elections less than a year away.

The APC came to power in 2015 and has been plagued with an internal crisis for more than a year. This worsened recently following the election of new national and local leaders as some key party members alleged they were treated unfairly.

The APC’s breakaway faction, known as Reformed APC, is led by Buba Galadima, a former ally of President Buhari.

It is believed to have the backing of some senior Nigerian politicians including the senate president, speaker of the lower house of parliament and some state governors.

They say that President Buhari’s government is incompetent. The splinter group is likely to join forces with the opposition to challenge Mr Buhari as he seeks re-election next February.

 

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