Viewers on DStv and GOtv enjoyed another great weekend of football action, with the continuation of the 2019/20 Premier League and La Liga.
African stars once again played key roles for their clubs in Europe’s major leagues, with Algerian star Riyad Mahrez helping Manchester City stay on track in the Premier League with a 3-1 win away to Everton.
Following a seventh straight win for Liverpool earlier in the day, it was vital for the Citizens to get a victory at Goodison Park in the late kick-off on Saturday. They found themselves drawing 1-1 until the 71st minute when Algerian star Mahrez struck direct from a free kick to break Everton’s resistance and set his team on the path to three vital points.
Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was another African star to shine brightly in England’s top flight, with the Super Eagles star putting in a powerful showing and netting a goal in Leicester City’s 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.
Ndidi and his Leicester side will face a true test of their mettle when they tackle Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday 5 October, while Mahrez is set to continue being a vital cog in Pep Guardiola’s machine when City play at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday 6 October, crunch matches for SuperSport viewers to look forward to.
In Spain’s La Liga, Allan Nyom and Djene Dakonam’s Getafe were beaten 2-0 at home by Barcelona, Ramon Azeez got the better of fellow Nigerians Chidozie Awaziem and Kenneth Omeruo in Granada’s 1-0 win over Leganes, and Thomas Partey played the full 90 minutes for Atletico Madrid’s 0-0 home draw with derby rivals Real Madrid.
SuperSport viewers can look forward to seeing Partey’s Atletico take on Real Valladolid on Sunday in the next round of matches from Spain’s top flight, while the key game is a mouthwatering clash between Barcelona and Sevilla, in which the former could again unleash Guinea-Bissau-born rising star Anssumane Fati.
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The Department of State Service (DSS) has denied arresting Chido Onumah, journalist and activist, saying he was invited for wearing a T-shirt with the inscription: “We Are All Biafrans”.
The inscription on the shirt is the exact title of a book Onumah authored three years ago.
In the book, the author highlighted some of the challenges of the country and made a strong case for restructuring.
He also wrote on the need to strengthen the factors uniting Nigeria.
However, on Sunday evening when he arrived at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja after a trip to Europe, he was accosted by DSS operatives.
The action of the secret police had sparked an outrage. Onumah was released hours later.
Reacting to the comments which trailed the invitation of Onumah, Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the agency, said the activist was grilled by the DSS over “an act capable of undermining public order”.
He said Onumah could have been attacked by a mob if he had worn the T-shirt into town.
“The Department of State Service (DSS) wishes to make clarifications regarding media reports that Dr Chido Onumah was arrested by the Service. To set the records right, Onumah was never arrested by the Service. He was rather engaged in an interaction during which an act of his capable of undermining public order and national security was explained to him,” Afunanya said.
“On his arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on 29th September, 2019, it was discovered that Onumah wore a T-shirt with WE ARE ALL BIAFRANS inscription on it. With credible intelligence that he might be a subject of mob attack if allowed to go into town in same cloth, the Service invited him and drew his attention to the implications of his probable (un)intended action.
“It was strongly believed that an attack on Onumah would have sparked ethno-religious reprisals with dire consequences for law and order and public safety in the country. He understood the issues and pledged not to engage in activities that may cause disaffection in Abuja and the country at large. He subsequently removed the cloth with the inciting symbols and inscriptions and agreed not to use it.
“The interaction between Onumah and the Service held in a convivial atmosphere. He appreciated the courtesies extended to him. Afterwards, the Service arranged for him to go back to his accommodation in town.
“It is not out of place for concerned security agencies to have sought clarification from a traveller concerning a subject of security interest.”
Onumah is a known critic of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. Many had linked the action of the agency to the stance of the activist.
Believed to be the official Christmas banger, the Liquid beats produced song uses a catchy Ghanaian line “Lai Nu” which literally means feeling in love with something. With his witty wordplay Medikal comes on hard to prove his rapping prowess.
Lighter TOD bust on the music scenes in 2010 when he released “It’s my Turn” which gave his nationwide attention in both his native country Ghana and the United State of America where he reside.
Lighter amicable personality has increased his fan base and his catchy hits have made him widespread.
The Crux Global act has worked with international stars like Red Cafe, Sarkodie, Muggex and local compatriots like Joey B, EL, D Black among others.
Listen/ Stream the song below: https://crux-global.lnk.to/lainu
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Elozonam becomes the 19th housemate, while Ike became the 20th housemate to be evicted from the Big Brother Naija 2019 house.
On Sunday, September 29, 2019, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu announced the eviction of Elozonam from the Big Brother House.
Elozonam’s exit is coming after spending a total of 91 days and nine weeks in the house.
Ike was evicted few minutes after Elozonam was evicted and Mercy couldn’t stop cryingas Ike leaves the house.
Ike spent a total of 91 days in the house aftet been ushered in alongside 20 others.
This is the 12th eviction and the 13th Sunday Live eviction show on the Big Brother Naija Pepper Dem edition which kicked off on June 30, 2019.
On Sunday, July 7, 2019, two housemates, Isilomo and Avala were evicted from the Big Brother House emerging two of the housemates with the lowest amount of Bet9ja coins.
After the first eviction, which saw Isilomo and Avala leaving the house, the ex-housemates said Jeff was living a fake life in the house and playing the strong.
On July 14, 2019, two more housemates, Kimoprah and Ella were evicted from the BBNaija house after getting the least votes from fans voting online and via SMS.
On July 21, 2019, Tuoyo was evicted and became the first male housemates to be evicted.
On July 28, 2019, Nelson and Thelma were evicted from the BBNaija house.
On Sunday, August 4, 2019, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu announced the eviction of Jeff from the Big Brother House.
Eviction resumed on Sunday, August 18, when Joe and Enkay were evicted from the house.
On Sunday, August Sunday 25, 2019, Gedoni and Jackye were evicted from the Big Brother Naija 2019 house.
On Sunday, September 1, 2019, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu announced the eviction of Esther and Sir Dee from the Big Brother House.
On Sunday, September 7, 2019, Venita was evicted from the BBNaija House after a total of six weeks in the house.
On Sunday, September 15, 2019, Khafi was evicted from the BBNaija House after a total of 77 days in the house.
On Friday, September 27, 2019, CIndy was evicted from the BBNaija House after a total of 89 days in the house.
In the evening of September 27, 2019, Tacha was disqualified and kicked out of the BBNaija house over physical violence.
21 youths made it to the Big Brother House to become the housemates of the BBNaija season 4 tagged Pepper Dem. Three weeks later, 5 other housemates joined the competition. Elozonam, Venita, Joe and Enkay were added to the reality show making the housemates 19 all over again.
The eviction continues for the next four weeks when the show comes to an end.
This article is in conjunction with Bet9ja, official partner of the BBNaija Pepper Dem.
Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran a 10.71 seconds to win the world 100 metres title at the 2019 World Championships in Doha on Sunday.
Fraser-Pryce, who was away in the 2017 edition to have her son, stunned with a 10.80 to become the world’s fastest ever in the heats.
She went on to race an amazing 10.87 in the semi-finals before a 10.71 in the final to seal a fourth world title (2009, 2013, 2015 and 2019).
U.K’s Dina Asher Smith came behind in 10.83 to seal a new British record and her first world senior medal.
Cote d’Ivoire’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou settled for bronze in 10.90 after clinching silver in the previous edition in 2017, London.
Robert Mugabe, the former president of Zimbabwe was buried in a steel-lined coffin under a layer of concrete on Saturday, September 28th following a bitter dispute over his resting place between government officials, traditional leaders and family members.
Twenty-two days after he died, the body of the former leader was finally buried next to his home in Kutama, Zvimba, the village of his birth, 55 miles north west of Harare. His eldest nephew, Leo Mugabe, who played a central role in the prolonged burial drama, said the coffin which brought his embalmed body to Harare from Singapore had to be changed for security reasons.
“People really are after his body or his body parts, so we wanted something that is tamper-proof. That is why the casket was changed,” he told a local radio station.
After the coffin was lowered into the ground in a private ceremony close to the home which Grace Mugabe had built after their marriage, concrete was laid down around it. Mugabe’s family claimed that this was the burial place he had ultimately wanted and had spoken of in the last six months of his life in Singapore, angry that he had been ousted from power two years ago by his long-time ally, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mrs Mugabe, 54, draped in heavy black lace for more than three weeks, had made it clear to all who would listen that President Mnangagwa and his loyalists were not welcome at the burial. Had he been buried at Heroes Acre, the burial ground commissioned by her late husband and the resting place preferred by the government, she would not have been able to prevent their attendance.
Crucially, it would also have meant him being buried next to his first wife, Sally Mugabe, still regarded by many as the “mother” of the Zimbabwean nation.
Kanye West’s newly found faith will no longer see him make secular music anymore but gospel from now on.
The rapper and father of four, 42, is set to drop a new album gospel album Jesus Is King in October 2019, and there are new reports that Kanye is done with secular music and will be operating as a gospel artist from now on.
Chicago music industry insider Andrew Barber, creator of FakeShoreDrive.com and Valee’s manager, was one of the people who heard the new album and confirmed Kanye is done with secular music.
“Kanye also announced that he is no longer making secular music,” Barber tweeted on Sunday. “Only Gospel from here on out.”
Kanye since overcoming his mental health issues in 2018 has drawn closer to God and fellow rapper, Nicki Minaj recently revealed in a radio interview that Kanye told her he’s now a born again christian and was embracing a new lifestyle with Christ.
Nicki Minaj She said: “Sometimes in the music business, we think that other artists don’t believe in God or aren’t spiritual as we are…then when you find people, because I was just with Kanye, and he told me he’s a born-again Christian now.”
His wife, Kim Kardashian, also confirmed West is all about worshipping Jesus during a recent appearance on The View.
“Kanye started this I think just to heal himself, and it was a really personal thing, and it was just friends and family. He has had an amazing evolution of being born again and being saved by Christ… people always ask, you know, ‘what are you worshiping?’ and ‘what is this?’ it is a Christian service, like a musical ministry, they talk about Jesus and God.”
“For the most part it’s a m usical ministry. He doesn’t have his 501(c)(3) to make it amusical church. It’s for God, it’s a Christian church. It staretd off healing for him, and now it’s become something he wants to share for everybody else.”
Mr Fidet Okhiria, Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), says the Abuja-Kaduna Train Service (AKTS) generates an average of N100 million monthly.
Okhiria disclosed this in Abuja.
According to him, “it is quite impressive. I can tell you as we speak we have over N100 million a month on the Kaduna-Abuja.
“I don’t have the figure off head but all I know is that we are averaging over hundred million,” Okhiria said.
The NRC boss expressed satisfaction with the increased turnout of passenger at the AKTS, adding that government was making efforts to address the passenger surge on the train line.
He said:” We are happy with the turnout of people and as I said earlier, once we have the coaches and we start rolling a train every hour, the pressure will come down.
“Like I told the Minister, it is not just the number of coaches but the trips we run that will reduce the pressure because different people will have different times to board the train.
“For now, let’s just bear it till November when the new coaches will be available.
“And as I tell people, now we are getting the attention and it’s another milestone.
“Four years back nobody was talking about railway; but now every body, the big, mighty and small are now talking about using the train.
“It is getting popular, people are paying attention and the management, board and staff are gearing up to make sure that we meet the needs and demands of Nigerians. ”
On e-ticketing, Okhiria said measures were also in place to ensure the e-ticketing for the country’s train line met international standard.
He said the e-ticketing platform would not only guarantee orderliness in purchasing of ticket but would address some major security challenges.
He said the e-ticketing would ensure the data base of all passengers boarding the train was captured in case of emergencies.
According to the NRC boss, the procurement process for the platform would soon be concluded and in a matter of weeks the contract for the project would be awarded.
On security, the NRC boss said the corporation had introduced more security personnel and measures that would ensure safety of persons and the trains.
He explained that the management was also trying to introduce some technology into the train operation to ensure proper monitoring of the trains with the signalling solution.
WWE Superstars past and present will be on hand to celebrate the occasion including Kurt Angle, Lita, Mick Foley, Booker T, Hulk Hogan, Trish Stratus, Goldberg, Jerry Lawler, Mark Henry, Ric Flair and Sting.
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Chido Onumah, a Nigerian journalist and activist, has reportedly been arrested by men of the State Security Service SSS.
According to Premiumtimes, Onumah was arrested at the Abuja airport this evening. He had just landed Nigeria aboard a Lufthana flight from Spain where he recently bagged a doctorate in communication studies and was was waiting for his luggage when SSS officials accosted him and whisked him to their headquarters in Abuja.
Mr Onumah, author of We Are All Biafrans, is a regular columnist and is an editorial board member of PREMIUM TIMES.
He has reportedly used his writings and his civic whistleblowers’ network, to call for good governance and anti-corruption in Nigeria. He is also an advocate for the restructuring of the Nigerian federation.
The DSS is yet to make an official comment on his arrest.