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2018 World Cup: My late grandmother will be weeping in heaven – Balogun

By John Egbokhan Standing at an imposing 1.90m in height, Leon Balogun naturally fits into the traditional football defender, the no-nonsense, tough-tackling, leg-breaking, even though he is yet to break anyone’s legs and mean-looking, despite having an easy on the eyes appeal player, who does his defensive duties effortlessly. Leon Balogun The Mainz centre-back, who first burst into the Nigerian football scene in March 2014, during an international  friendly match against Mexico, coming in as a substitute for former captain Joseph Yobo, has wormed his way into the hearts of Super Eagles fans, with his impeccable performance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. Originally born in Berlin, Germany to a German mother and a Nigerian father, the towering 29 year ...

Restructuring: Itsekiri demand referendum to devolve powers

By Egufe Yafugborhi, Warri MINORITY Itsekiri ethnic nationality has called on the Federal Government to hold a nationwide referendum on devolution of powers and  true federalism that will guarantee equity and social justice among all component groups. President Muhammadu Buhari The Itsekiri ethnic nationality under th aegis of the Itsekiri National Forum, INF, yesterday in Warri, Delta state, said that Itsekiri supports a Nigeria that remains indivisible and abhors any violent split or exclusion of any state or group from the Federal Republic of  Nigeria. The Itsekiri position presented by Chief Komi Kartey, leader of INF and Secretary, Olu-In-Council, described  Itsekiri as major contributor to the nation’s economy and not below second position among oil and gas produ...

Archbishop Martin, Osu, others move to rejig Catholic Agora

By Sam Eyoboka THE Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos took advantage of the 57th independence anniversary celebration to reinvigorate its Catholic Agora Social Media Network, the first privately owned Catholic Social Media in Africa, which was formally unveiled on August 4, 2017 by Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins. Archbishop Adewale Martins The investiture ceremony of about 16-member Catholic Agora Board of Benefactors to assist the Archdiocese to retool the online platform in the mould of Facebook designed to serve the needs of Catholic faithful, was also used to raise funds for the management of the Catholic Agora Social Media. In his address, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins, disclosed that the idea of the Catholic Agora was not accide...

Living with cancer is not death sentence

By Sola Ogundipe A cancer diagnosis could be devastating, but cancer does not have to be a death sentence. With prompt diagnosis, good treatment as well as sustained care and support, cancer is survivable. Sadly, many Nigerians diagnosed with cancer eventually die of the disorder; however there are several cancer survivors that are living in good health after achieving full recovery. Ebunola Anozie:Seeking care for cancer survivors Are you a Nigerian living with cancer? Even if you are not, what are you doing about cancer care and support in Nigeria?  This was the pertinent question at a forum penultimate week in Lagos in commemoration of the 2017 National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The forum was put together as a partnership between the Care. Organisation. Public ...

Catholic Congress: Obaseki tasks churches, leaders on compassion to stem agitations

Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has tasked religious and political leaders to show more compassion to stem the wave of agitations across the country. R-L: President, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) and Archbishop of Jos, Most Reverend Ignatius Kaigama; Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State; Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon Philip Shiabu and his wife, Maryann, during the Grand Finale of the first ever National Marian Year declared in Nigeria, and 3rd Marian Congress, in Benin City, on Friday. He also noted that Nigerians would have to restructure their minds if they are to reap genuine benefits from any effort to tinker with the political structure of the country. Obaseki said this while delivering a goodwill message at the Grand finale of the f...

Executive Turntable: New Appointments at ASCAP, Plus Moves at BMG, Genius & More

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced this week that Joel Beckerman and Rudy Pérez have been elected as new writer members to its board of directors. Beckerman’s work as a composer and producer through his sound studio Man Made Music has been recognized by Fast Company as one of their “Most Creative People in Business 1000” and has also been honored with ASCAP’s Most Performed Themes award for 10 consecutive years. Prior to joining ASCAP’s board, Beckerman founded the New York branch of the Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) with fellow member Dan Foliart, serving on its board for a number of years. Pérez is a founder of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (LARAS) and its award, the Latin Grammys, as w...

Balogun: My late grandmother will be weeping in heaven

By John Egbokhan Standing at an imposing 1.90m in height, Leon Balogun naturally fits into the traditional football defender, the no-nonsense, tough-tackling, leg-breaking, even though he is yet to break anyone’s legs and mean-looking, despite having an easy on the eyes appeal player, who does his defensive duties effortlessly. The Mainz centre-back, who first burst into the Nigerian football scene in March 2014, during an international  friendly match against Mexico, coming in as a substitute for former captain Joseph Yobo, has wormed his way into the hearts of Super Eagles fans, with his impeccable performance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. Originally born in Berlin, Germany to a German mother and a Nigerian father, the towering 29 year old, who star...

Balogun: My late grandmother will be weeping in heaven

By John Egbokhan Standing at an imposing 1.90m in height, Leon Balogun naturally fits into the traditional football defender, the no-nonsense, tough-tackling, leg-breaking, even though he is yet to break anyone’s legs and mean-looking, despite having an easy on the eyes appeal player, who does his defensive duties effortlessly. The Mainz centre-back, who first burst into the Nigerian football scene in March 2014, during an international  friendly match against Mexico, coming in as a substitute for former captain Joseph Yobo, has wormed his way into the hearts of Super Eagles fans, with his impeccable performance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. Originally born in Berlin, Germany to a German mother and a Nigerian father, the towering 29 year old, who star...

Iwobi: Henry still advises me

Alex Iwobi  has revealed that  Arsenal  legend  Thierry Henrystill advises him on his game today. Henry, now an assistant to Roberto Martinez in the Belgium setup alongside his media work, worked in the Arsenal academy for a time, before leaving last summer.  Iwobi made his senior Gunners debut three years after the Frenchman made his final appearance during a 2012 loan spell. When asked who his ‘all time’ favourite Arsenal player was, there was no hesitation from the Nigerian international – who also revealed that he still receives advice from his icon. Iwobi “Thierry Henry, defo,” Iwobi told FourFourTwo. “The goals he got, the player he was – and he is still advising me today.”  Iwobi is one of a number of promising young players to have graduated from the academy wi...

Iwobi: Henry still advises me

Alex Iwobi  has revealed that  Arsenal  legend  Thierry Henrystill advises him on his game today. Henry, now an assistant to Roberto Martinez in the Belgium setup alongside his media work, worked in the Arsenal academy for a time, before leaving last summer.  Iwobi made his senior Gunners debut three years after the Frenchman made his final appearance during a 2012 loan spell. When asked who his ‘all time’ favourite Arsenal player was, there was no hesitation from the Nigerian international – who also revealed that he still receives advice from his icon. Iwobi “Thierry Henry, defo,” Iwobi told FourFourTwo. “The goals he got, the player he was – and he is still advising me today.”  Iwobi is one of a number of promising young players to have graduated from the academy wi...

Olakunle Churchill in triple celebration

By Oba Michael Soyebo One of the most celebrated businessman in the Nigeria’s space, Dr Olakunle Oladunni Churchill, the Chief Executive officer of Big Church group is presently in a celebration mood. The Big church group has many juicy pies that cut across Agriculture, entertainment, properties, IT to mention a few and the quintessential businessman has further invested his time and resources in bringing hopes to the less privileged in the society. Presently, the Abuja based businessman is basking in the euphoria of a triple celebration as he rolled out the drums for his mother’s birthday with a luxury dinner in Europe days ago. The business magnate went on his social media page to announce the party organized to celebrate his adorable mum, attended only by few close ...

Olakunle Churchill in triple celebration

By Oba Michael Soyebo One of the most celebrated businessman in the Nigeria’s space, Dr Olakunle Oladunni Churchill, the Chief Executive officer of Big Church group is presently in a celebration mood. The Big church group has many juicy pies that cut across Agriculture, entertainment, properties, IT to mention a few and the quintessential businessman has further invested his time and resources in bringing hopes to the less privileged in the society. Presently, the Abuja based businessman is basking in the euphoria of a triple celebration as he rolled out the drums for his mother’s birthday with a luxury dinner in Europe days ago. The business magnate went on his social media page to announce the party organized to celebrate his adorable mum, attended only by few close ...