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Glitz, pomp as Igwe Iweka celebrates 6th Obiora/Iwaji Obosi annual cultural fiesta

By Nwabueze Okonkwo ONITSHA—For five consecutive years now, the traditional ruler of Obosi Kingdom in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, His Majesty, Igwe Chidubem Iweka III, has celebrated the Obiora/Iwa-ji Obosi annual cultural festival since he ascended the royal throne in 2011. Although the age-long festival had been celebrated by successive monarchs in the community, up to the immediate past Igwe Obosi, the late Josiah Nwakoby, the festival appeared to have been modernized in such a way that it has started attracting dignitaries from all walks of life, including top politicians and governorship candidates. •Igwe Iweka cutting the symbolic roasted yam to mark New Yam Festival, with his wife, daughters and guards. As part of activities marking thi...

Ginika Obi, Bishop Who Duped Church Members Remanded In Enugu Maximum Prison

Ginika Obi, Bishop Who Duped Church Members Remanded In Enugu Maximum Prison October 17, 2017 – Ginika Obi, Enugu Bishop Who Duped Church Members Remanded In Enugu Maximum Prison A Federal High Court in Enugu has remanded a cleric, Bishop Ginika Obi, in Enugu Maximum Prison. He was arraigned on 82-count charge of Advance Fee Fraud. The clergyman was arrested by the police for his alleged nefarious activities. Obi pleaded not guilty. Justice A. Liman granted him bail at N50million with two sureties, who must be a director in a ministry and a traditional ruler of his community. The bishop could not meet the bail conditions. The prosecution alleged that the suspect conspired with others at large to dupe victims. The offence was alleged to have been committed in his church/office at Km 111, En...

Buhari signs law establishing FUPRE

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, signed into law the Bill establishing the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, FUPRE, Effurun, Delta State. President Buhari, in a brief ceremony at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, pledged his continued support for the socio-economic development of the Niger Delta region. The President according the statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said: “This administration is fully committed to supporting the Niger Delta in its endeavours to achieve socio-economic development.” President Buhari He appealed to all communities in the region to strive for peace through dialogue in resolving all conflicts not only among them, but also with business entities and the...

Throw pillow on bed goes beyond aesthetics: It supports healthy living

SLEEP, they say, is the golden chain that binds health and our bodies together. Many people complain of not sleeping well in the night or having backache or, bad dreams anytime they sleep. You can’t sleep on a bed that gives you comfort and begin to have bad dreams. You can only have dreams of heavenly bliss. As doctors will always advise, when you have a good sleep and a good laugh, you have the best cure for whatever diseases you might be having in your body. But when the bed is unattractive and uninviting, sleep will always be a burden. Your bed is the focal point of the space in your room and, as Homemakers, go beyond the conventional arrangement of bed with two or four pillows on your bed depending on the size. Try getting different sizes of pillows with throw pil...

How we lost our breadwinners, families of deceased Cross River’s Pensioners •

…As Union says 50 members died since December 2016 By Emmanuel Unah “Between the last revalidation exercise in December, 2016 and now we have lost not less than 50 pensioners who were verified. In this so -called revalidation directed by the government, would those dead senior citizens not be treated as ghosts?” These were the words of Cross River State retired civil servants, who trooped into the streets of Calabar  to, not only protest their five years unpaid benefits, but  reject the state government plan verification exercise just less than a year after similar exercise was done by the government with the pensioners’ entitlements remained unpaid. A cross section of protesting Cross River State pensioners This came as some deceased families blamed non-payment of the...

Technology, clearing barriers to quality education, says LG boss

By Prince Osuagwu THE bedrock of every society is built on a solid educational foundation which will guarantee a brighter tomorrow for teeming youths around the world. A well rounded education is typically tied to the quality of a school’s available resources, assess a student’s progress and facilitate the learning process. It is important to create the right environment for learning to take place. However, with the advent of technology and the wonders it has been doing to societies which make it the centre of their economic policies, education is seen to have a breadth of life once it is rooted in technology. Meanwhile, many technology companies that are desirous of entrenching their products into the minds of youths, have also found one way or the other to link whate...

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 finally debuts in Nigeria

By Prince Osuagwu SAMSUNG’s newest flagship Smartphone, the Galaxy Note 8 is now available in Nigeria, after a launch at the Four Points by Sheraton, Lagos recently The device is said to have taken a cue from Samsung’s Note and Galaxy S lines, while boasting even more exciting features making the smartphone a stunning device. Samsung promised that customers who pre-registered will get a free fast-charging battery pack and a free back cover, beginning from October 13, 2017. Features: Made with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.0, the new smartphone has a 6.3-inch QHD screen, the largest screen on a Galaxy Note phone, a dual camera, two 12-megapixel cameras on the back – a dual pixel primary wide-angel sensor with f/1.7 aperture and OIS, and a secondary telephoto lens with f/1.4 a...

Chelsea blame Nigeria for Moses injury

Chelsea have blamed the senior national team of Nigeria for the hamstring injury picked up by Victor Moses in their 1-2 loss to Crystal Palace last weekend. Moses injured Moses left the pitch five minutes before the half time break and the club confirmed report that he will be out for four to six weeks with the hamstring injury. The Nigeria international played the entire duration of Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Zambia during the last international round of games, with the win securing Nigeria a spot at next year’s World Cup in Russia. A source close to the player said that Chelsea are angry with Nigeria for playing Moses for the entire duration of the game against Zambia, despite the forward complaining of a tight hamstring during the course of the game. “Moses was supposed...

Sausage roll: Producers in multiplicity of packaging to increase market share

…UAC, Leventis, Chi & Food Concept battle Stories by Princewill Ekwujuru &Yusuf kazeem THE revolution and product segmentation taking place in the sausage roll market has led to battle for greater market share, while attention is being paid to price, taste and product repackaging. These may have also led producers to begin to play at the lower end of the market as a result of inflationary and recessionary pressures on consumers’ disposable income. Also multiplicity of product retail sizes and units across brands has bridged affordability gap between the affluent and the indigent consumers, making battle for greater market share stiffer, while minimizing the impact of price differences. The producers have also embarked on direct marketing of the products by brin...

How we survived recession in Nigeria – Jumia

…Gives soft loan to vendors, plan big for ‘Black Friday’ By Prince Osuagwu LONG term strategic planning is giving the electronic commerce platform, Jumia a heads up against its competition that appears to be shedding weight due to recession. The company’s global chief executive officer (CEO), Jeremy Hodara admitted recently that the company may have not made enough gains in its five years of operating in Nigeria, but because of long term planning, the recession and forex challenges did not in any way slow down its operations. According to Hodara, “Nigeria is still where to be. The demand is still here despite the various economic challenges. Agreed, that the Nigerian economy has indeed been very tough in the last 18 months, which has thrown up lots of unpredictable beh...

MercyMe Wins Big At 2017 Dove Awards

Contemporary Christian band MercyMe took home awards for artist of the year and pop/contemporary album of the year and the band’s frontman, Bart Millard, was named songwriter of the year (artist) at this year’s Dove Awards. The Gospel Music Association held its annual awards show Tuesday in Nashville, Tennessee, with performances by Reba McEntire, CeCe Winans, Danny Gokey and Hillsong Worship. McEntire, a country music star and actress, also won her first Dove Award ever for bluegrass/country/roots album of the year and the Grammy-winning Winans won gospel artist of the year and contemporary gospel/urban album of the year. Other multiple winners included producer Bernie Herms, Gaither Vocal Band, NEEDTOBREATHE, Zach Williams and songwriters Ben Fielding and Brooke Ligertwood.

‘If These Walls Could Talk’: A Celebration of NYC’s Bottom Line Draws Nona Hendryx, Garland Jeffreys, Darlene Love & More

The stone building at the corner of West 4th and Mercer Streets in Greenwich Village is unremarkable now — and quiet. It contains a lecture hall and classrooms for New York University. Passersby don’t give the place a second glance. But for nearly three decades, beginning on a February night in 1974, this was a vital center of music in New York — a 400-capacity nightclub where Bruce Springsteen sweated atop the piano, Stevie Wonder jammed with Dr. John and celebrities crowded the stage and tiny tables alike. “If These Walls Could Talk: Remembering the Life and Times of the Bottom Line,” presented Oct. 13 and 14 at Pace University’s Schimmel Center, was put together by Allan Pepper, who co-owned the famed club with the late Stanley Snadowsky.   For two nights of music and memories, the perf...