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  2. It has been reported that many people have been killed in an ongoing terrorist attack at hotel in Kenya. A terrorist attack still ongoing at an upscale hotel complex in Kenya’s capital has left many people dead. AP reported that, Kenyan police officer among attack’s 1st responders says he saw bodies but ‘no time to count the dead’ It was gathered that the attack started with a blast and heavy gunfire. Witnesses and police at the scene are calling it a terror attack. The complex in Nairobi includes a large hotel known as DusitD2, banks and offices. Several vehicles are burning. People are being rushed and carried from the scene while gunfire continues several minutes after the first reports. Police spokesman Charles Owino says that “we have sent officers to the scene, including from the anti-terrorism unit, but so far we have no more information.” Ambulances, security forces and firefighters have rushed to the scene, sirens wailing. The attack reminds many Kenyans of the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi in 2013, when al-Shabab extremists burst into the luxury shopping center, hurling grenades and starting a days-long siege that left 67 people dead. A Kenyan police officer who was among the first responders at the at Dusit Hotel attack says he saw bodies but ‘no time to count the dead’. Some Kenyan hospitals are appealing for blood donations as the number of people wounded in an attack on an upscale hotel complex in Nairobi remains unknown. Night has fallen and it is not immediately clear whether attackers are still active in the complex and how many people might be trapped or hiding inside. The Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab is claiming responsibility for the attack on an upscale hotel complex in Nairobi and says its members are still fighting inside. See more photos:
  3. A young man has been caught on camera engaging a masquerade in a flogging contest in front of villagers. A video has emerged online showing the moment a young Nigerian man engaged a masquerade in a flogging contest. The incident reportedly happened during a festivity in the eastern part of the country. In the trending footage, the young man and the masquerade can be seen flogging each other in the middle of the road as villagers gathered to be entertained. The crowd shouted at the sounds of the hot lashes during the flogging battle. However, the man and the masquerade were later stopped when it appeared the contest wanted to get out of hand. Other villagers who were brave enough also engaged themselves in a flogging battle to see who will get tired. Watch the video below:
  4. Thieves reportedly invaded Kanu Nwankwo’s Hotel, The Hardley Apartments located at Waziri Ibrahim Crescent on Victoria Island, Lagos and reportedly stole all his football medals, trophies, plaques, and other valuable items. Kanu Nwankwo who learnt that his hotel which has been sealed up since 2015 sequel due to an alleged default in transaction between it and Skye Bank (now Polaris Bank) was being occupied by some authorized persons who had also commenced renovation of the facility in disregard of the seal order and litigation, was forced to arrive in Nigeria over the weekend to verify the claims. The hotel has been through series of litigation which is still pending at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, and it was gathered that the last hearing came up in November last year after which the case was adjourned till 31 January 2019. “It was a rude shock to me,” Kanu, who fought back tears at what the hitherto sprawling facility had become since the renovation started, told TheCable. “I almost couldn’t recognize the hotel as belonging to me anymore. This is the saddest day of my life as I cannot understand why this happens to me when the matter has yet to be settled in court. “All the medals I have earned, in addition to the Olympic torch that I cherished are all gone and I don’t even know who to ask for all these prized assets.” A man who was seen supervising the illegal renovation, told The Cable’s correspondent that he is a staff of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), leading to suspicion that the assets managers may have also disregarded the court proceedings by taking over the property. “This is unacceptable in all ramifications. I have not been served any notice that I have lost this property and until I am served the notice, it remains my legal property,” the former Super Eagles’ captain said. “Even cars and buses belonging to the hotel can no longer be found and I wonder where they could have been moved to without my knowledge,” Kanu further said, even as he lamented how the four-year seal of the facility had adversely affected treatment for numerous patients that his Kanu Heart Foundation planned to rescue from their ailment. “We have used proceeds from the hotel business to effect treatment for the patients over the years and now we are being forced to seek funds elsewhere, a situation that has stalled the treatment considerably especially since 2016.” An emotion-filled Kanu submitted: “During my service to this country in football up to the year 2000, I made many Nigerians happy. I don’t think I deserve this sadness in retirement.”
  5. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has put down conditions that the Federal Government has to meet before the ongoing strike by the union will be called off. According to the union, the ongoing strike action will likely continue except the Federal Government is able to meet these conditions. The union said to end the strike, the Federal Government must urgently release additional N50 billion to the N20 billion released earlier for revitalization fund and show evidence of mainstreaming the Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) into the 2019 budget and evidence of the payment of shortfall in salaries. President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said this to newsmen in an interview. He added that the unions conditions would be communicated to the Federal Government today at the inauguration of the platform for addressing matters relating to state universities. “There are basically two or three major areas; one is on the revitalisation fund. We presented to them that government owed an outstanding balance of N1.1 trillion in five tranches. But what government eventually proposed is something that is far-fetched. They were talking about N20 billion that will be released in two tranches starting from next quarter, and we felt that will not address the issue at hand. Though they said that they released N20 billion earlier, the N20 billion was to be released in 2017, if they released it in November 2018, it is not the same thing. “Out of the N20 billion that the government released earlier, we have outstanding N200 billion. So, if government can release N50 billion in addition to the N20 billion released earlier; and the remaining N150 billion can be released on quarterly basis within this year, N50 billion each for the remaining three quarters, then it will show a sign of commitment.” The group also demanded that for EAA and shortfall in salaries, government should provide evidence of its promises and give specific information and guidelines to its proposals. He added that although the government has shown a paper authorising the release of N15.89 billion to universities, the universities have not confirmed receipt and as far as ASUU is concerned, it is an issue of once bitten, twice shy.
  6. Organizers of popular reality show, Big Brother Naija have just announced that the 4th edition of the show will hold in Nigeria as against previous editions that held in South Africa. Auditions for this year’s edition will hold on February 1st and 2nd across 8 cities including Lagos, Ibadan, Benin, Enugu, Calabar, Warri, Port Harcourt and Abuja. Ebuka Obi Uchendu will return as the show host while the headline sponsor has changed from Payporte to Bet9ja.
  7. Actress Daniella Okeke finally joined the #10yearschallenge, by flaunting her backside, showing what it looked like 10 years ago and 10 years after, to prove that she is naturally endowed. She said; ‘#10yearchallenge AND DEY SAID WE DID YANSH SURGERY SMH
  8. Saraki and Fayose sure had a good time at Atiku’s Campaign which was held in Plateau state some days back. The duo was spotted doing the Shaku shaku dance and we absolutely love it 😍 Watch the Video below:
  9. Popular Nollywood actors, Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Iheme, popularly called Aki and Pawpaw Have sure come a long way . Osita Iheme aka Paw Paw, shared the photo on Instagram. He wrote Divine connection… E don tey #GodistheGreatest
  10. Curvy actress, Anita Joseph has bragged about her gargantuan natural endowments which are evident on her chest and behind her. Many have been complaining that 33-year old actress and mother of one is adding too much weight recently. She recently reacted to their criticisms with a bold message that she is not slimming down anytime soon. According to her response shared on Instagram, people have been paying millions of hard earned money to surgically enhance their curves unlike she who got it for free from providence. she posted.
  11. Actress, Iyabo Ojo has sure come a long way as a single mum of two . Joining in on the viral #10yearchallenge ,the 41 year old shared before and after photos with her two children .
  12. Nollywood actress Chika Ike is smoking hot! Check out that body… See full photo below.
  13. It has been reported that Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) International School Ogbomoso, have barred no fewer than fifty-five (55) female Muslim students from entering the school premises over the use of Hijab. A senior lecturer in the school who begged to be anonymous told DAILY POST that the 55 students were turned down by the institution’s authority for wearing Hijab on top of their uniforms on Monday morning. He said, “Hijab Imbroglio: Welcome to LAUTECH Secondary School, Ogbomoso, Oyo state. The story was dated back to 2011 when the first request was made to the Governing Board of the School to allow our willing Muslim females Children to use Hijab as part of their school uniform in line with Islamic dictate. “Since 2011 barely eight years ago, several letters of appeal had been written to the GC while we wait endlessly without any concrete positive response to our simple request. “Our Muslim girls over the period have been using Beret instead of Hijab in their own case contrary to the Islamic dictate. “While our patience overtime as law-abiding citizens was premised on our belief that the Management of the School will do the needful and give regard to the rule of law & provision of the Constitution guaranteeing the fundamental human right of everybody. “Having waited endlessly since 2011, it was decided on the 4th of January, 2019 that our willing Muslim female children should commence the use of Hijab as School resumes on 7/1/2019.” He currently described the state of the school, stating, “The Children are in the school presently, teachers are threatening. They are removing Hijab from them. The girls disagreed. They disallowed them to enter. It’s noise presently. The school is still on. Our Muslim children that used Hijab are still outside the school”. However, Principal of the school, Mr. Ibrahim Animashaun while reacting urged the parents and the students to await the decision of the school board of governors before further action. “The school board of governors is yet to approve the use of Hijab. And the board is looking at their letter. So we are yet to communicate them. Until we communicate with them, the status quo remains. “We spoke with the aggrieved parents that their letter is still with the board. LAUTECH International School board of governors is looking at their letter.”
  14. Famous Nollywood actress and Philanthropist, Tonto Wigo Charity Dikeh, has joined the #10yearschallenge craze, a social media challenge where people share throwback pictures which capture what they look like 10 years ago in direct comparison with a recent photo The self-acclaimed radical for Jesus took to the gram to share her version and wrote: “#10YEARSCHALLENGE God indeed has been faithful, A toast to life�#KINGTONTO” The now viral photo captured the mother of one looking ravishing and putting attention on some areas of her body that she had surgery for including her B.reasts. Tonto also appeared more matured and classy Check it out and let’s know what you think…
  15. Contrary to the classic difference in the photos of Nigerian celebrities thus far, Nigerian singer Folarin Falana, better known by his stage name Falz has opted to share a 2008 – 2019 throwback photo as he takes part in the “10 years challenge” and his looks are absolutely shocking The photo captured Falz definitely still having a rich unbleached skin, looking as young and innocent as he was a decade ago, even though his career has progressed drastically. Sharing the said photos, he wrote: “#10YearsChallenge any mush divrent?” Falz is known to be a rapper who recently uses his music to be an activist
  16. The Academic staff Union of Universities, ASUU has vowed to continue the over two months strike action. Recall that ASUU in an earlier publication rejected the offer made by the Federal Government after consultations with its members. According to ASUU, the offer from the Federal Government is far from expectation. Speaking during a telephone interview with newsmen on Sunday, National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi said that ASUU has shifted ground from N1.1 trillion to N220 billion which he said will cover for three quarters in 2019. He stated that the union was ready to call off the strike if the federal government paid the N220 billion. When asked if the union was ready to shift grounds from the N220 billion, he maintained: “We have already shifted ground. “We presented five tranches payment to the federal government. If we made request for five tranches of N1.1 trillion and they are not ready to give one, that shows they are the ones not ready to shift grounds. On the impact of the strike on the February general elections, the president says that ASUU strike has nothing to do with the February elections; adding that the issue with the FG has been on since 2006 and the position of the union has nothing to do with the elections. “If they know they are banking on students to use for election, then let them do what they ought to do. If they do what we asked them to do, our member can take decision this week and the matter would be resolved.” He said. Regarding some universities who are trying to boycott the strike, Ogunyemi said: “We know that there are some moves by government agents at federal and state levels to break our ranks. But our members are getting back to us and to a large extent now, our members are resolute. “Yes, there are some overzealous chancellors and administrators in one or two universities who are trying to brake these ranks. However, on the scale of balance, they are not having their ways. On the way of handling the default institutions, he said, “Our union shall handle that.”
  17. A family has raised an alarm following the ‘disappearance’ of a young girl in Sapele area of Delta state. It was learnt the the girl identified as Blessing Ogwara vanished from her home since Saturday with an undisclosed amount of money and is believed to have eloped with a young man named Ekpo Rank. According to journalist Sapele Oghenek, the girl’s mother has reported the case to the police as a search has been launched both offline and online to locate her. Members of the public are advised to report to the police or appropriate authorities if the girl or boy in the picture is seen anywhere.
  18. Nigerian soldiers bravely assembled to carefully defuse an Improvised Explosive Device planted by the Boko Haram terrorist group to cause mayhem. At about 1 p.m yesterday – 13 January 2019, gallant troops of 222 Battalion Konduga, on clearance patrol with the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Scanning Team, operating along Konduga-Aulari Road, recovered Improvised Explosive Devices planted by BHTs along Kawuri-Aulari Road. The IEDs were successfully defused by the brave soldiers combing the area for remnants of the Boko Haram sect. Nigerians have been hailing the soldiers for averting the impending doom. See more images:
  19. Tekno has finally left the Made Men Music Group to start his own record label after serving for so many years Rara crooner, Tekno Miles has left Made Men Music Group owned by Ubi Franklin to set up his own record label which he named cartel. He disclosed this on his Instagram page, where he declared himself the CEO of his new record label. Recall late last year the Diana singer announced via social media that he lost his voice due to result of damage voice box and was recuperating all through the festive season. His record label boss, Ubi Franklin also confirmed it after Tekno returned to Nigeria a few weeks later. Although he released a single in December 2018, much hasn’t been heard of him since then.
  20. There was serious panic in Iworoko-Ekiti area of Ekiti State as residents destroyed bags of APC campaign rice. Many bags of campaign rice were destroyed by an angry resident of Iworoko-Ekiti, Ekiti State, following the fatal accident that killed at least 15 persons and injured many others while conveying bags of rice to Ondo State on Saturday night. The angry youths in Iworoko-Ekiti stormed the scene of the accident to protest and destroy many bags of the campaign rice branded with the campaign stickers of a senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State. Among the dead were a mother, her child, a Youth Corps member, traders and some students of the Ekiti State University in the town. Iworoko Ekiti is home to a large number of students of Ekiti State University due to its proximity to the institution’s main campus. It was gathered that the accident occurred during the market peak period. A large crowd of sympathizers was seen wailing at the scene of the accident. Watch the video below:
  21. A team of lawyers led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), has arrived the Code Conduct Tribunal in Abuja to defend the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, who is scheduled for arraignment before the tribunal in the Monday’s proceedings. Some Senior Advocates of Nigeria in his defence team who were already seated before 9am awaiting the commencement of the proceedings included, Chief Chris Uche, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, Sebastine Hon, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, Kehinde Ogunwumiju,and A.T Kehinde. ‎All the senior lawyers are in court with their teeming juniors. But the team of lawyers comprising a handful of senior lawyers and other junior ones has been technically disbanded. Meanwhile, a former Director of Public Prosecution in Kano State, Aliyu Umar (SAN), is going to lead the government prosecution’s ‎team. Umar arrived the CCT at about 9.10am. He was one of the senior lawyers appointed by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), as part of what was meant to be the government’s prosecution team in 2016. Umar led the government’s prosecution team that was to prosecute the Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu for alleged forgery of Senate rules. The charges were later withdrawn from court by the Umar-led legal team.
  22. The implication of the ASUU strike they say, is the rising societal vices as the idle students could easily be manipulated by politicians for their selfish interests. The continued strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), which seems to have become a ‘new normal’ in the last 19 years, to many stakeholders, is seen as contributing to the growing decadence in the society typified by production of half-baked graduates, who are not employable, mass exodus of Nigerians abroad with the attendant depleting foreign reserves, as well as widening the gap between the rich and the poor manifesting in prostitution by the idle students. They argue that these years should be seen as deliberate setback to varsity education as successive governments have failed to accord priority to the sector in their budgetary allocations. Besides, they further argue that most of the successive administrators or political appointees into the sector have been self-serving or lack the requisite knowledge to handle the issues bedeviling it. The implication, they say, is the rising societal vices as the idle students could easily be manipulated by politicians for their selfish interests. Specifically, in the last 70 days, the ASUU has kept the gates and classrooms of the nation’s public university system comprising 43 Federal and 47 state universities locked. The same can also be said of the polytechnics, with 28 federal Polytechnics and about 30 states owned polytechnics closed and several thousands of students locked out of the learning environment. This is because series of meetings between the federal government and the unions have failed to achieve the desired aim, even as ASUU is threatening to renege on its earlier promise of allowing their members to participate in the February elections. ASUU’s grouse with the Federal Government in the last 19 years centres on the lackluster attitude to education in the country. It is on record that between 1999 and 2018 (19-year period), poor funding and attention by the government had led to the series of strikes in the academic calendar at all levels of education in the country, which is gradually becoming the new normal. Out of the 19-year-period since the infamous FG/ASUU Agreement in 1999, only five years; 2000, 2004, 20014 2015 and 2016 were spared of the Incessant strikes that had led to the downturn in academic activities and students performances. Demands by ASUU declared as valid by President Muhammadu Buhari, include funding for revitalization of public universities and the issue of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA); University Staff Schools; implementation of the judgment of the National Industrial Court, National Universities Pension Management Company and guidelines for pension matters for professors. Others are the exemption offered by the government regarding the issue of TSA, which included the issue of grants, endowment funds as well as salary shortfall, which is already being implemented by the government and the union’s proposal to submit a position paper to the Federal Government on their observation with a view for government to advise state governments. However, as the nation is being held in the jugular by ASUU and ASUP, parents, student bodies and other stakeholders have been counting the losses suffered by students and others as the strike has become an annual event in the academic calendar of the country’s tertiary education sector. Besides, the trend seems to have done incalculable damage to the society by way of rising societal vices through idle students’ involvement in criminal and other undesirable activities, unemployment occasioned by half-baked nature of the university products, among others. Worried that strikes have done no good to the country, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) last weekend appealed to the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to return to the negotiation table with the Federal Government. “There is a need for ASUU to continue its negotiations with the Federal Government to find a common ground to resolve issues that led to the union’s ongoing strike,’’ NANS National Public Relations Officer, Mr. Bestman Okereafor said. Okereafor, in a statement on alleged threat by ASUU not to suspend its action, added: “We consider this decision as devilish and not in the best interest of Nigerian students. “We wonder how the lingering disputes will be resolved if meetings are boycotted. We are calling on the leadership of ASUU to reverse its decision and consider returning to the negotiation table.’’ The students’ umbrella body also urged the lecturers to work towards resolving the dispute and suspend the strike in the interest of Nigerian students. Already the Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAC) last week defied ASUU by resuming activities through conduct of exams for their students. It Is A Destruction To Structured Learning Professor Chidi Ebere Onyia, former Faculty of the California State University, Dominguez Hills, California, United States of America (USA) said the decision by policy makers to fund tertiary education has always been disingenuous regardless of the political party in power. Reflecting on the past 19 years, Prof. Onyia said it “clearly shows that politicians who assume office come with a plan to kick the can down the road till its time to handover to another government”. “The problem with this mindset is that we graduate at best young people who are not ready to engage the work environment productively. The original designers of the semester system had a clear understanding of the implication of structured learning within a timeline for student mastery of content,” he said. According to him, this should be understood based on empirical evidence the implication of disruptions in the academic calendar on staff motivation/morale and engagement in the learning, research and administrative process. He tasked the government to understand that this new model of disruption presents an anomaly in the learning design, saying that the FG should be honest enough to accept that the education quality issues is to a large extent a product of their dysfunctional leadership thinking, kneejerk policies, budgetary gaps and low-quality infrastructure. He added: “Expecting an internationally respected higher education system in Nigeria is not possible and the policymakers are aware of it because education advocates locally and globally have been singing the same songs for years with empirical evidence. Ignoring the need to restructure the current funding model and accountability process will only lead to another strike by the many unions in our academic system. “ASUU’s demand for improved service for lecturers is reasonable and should be taken seriously if we intend to improve our comparative advantage as a nation. Disruption In Academic Calendar Not Productive Prof Onyia in his submission inferred that the disruption of the academic calendar is unproductive and ignoring, saying “Its effect in the overall nation-building process is a clear sign that we have the wrong leaders whose understanding of good governance or quality education is not aligned to the realities of today.” In the same vein, a rights advocacy group, Education Rights Campaign (ERC), Lagos frowned at the unconcerned attitude demonstrated by the Federal Government over the years as it relates to the revitalization of the country’s public education institutions. As successive governments continue to turn deaf ears to the issue of revitalization of public university education 19 years after the union and government conducted a NEEDS Assessment that confirmed the poor learning situations in many universities across the country, ERC submitted that it was evident that the negotiation team led by Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN) confirms that the Federal Government is not interested in resolving the crisis of proper funding of university education in the country. Threatening a mass action in line with NANS position to end the trauma and unproductive holidays students are subjected to, the group said: “It is to this end that ERC calls on the ASUU leadership not to make the strike a sit home strike or limit the activities of the strike within the confine of their members. The ASUU leadership must map out public activities, mass meetings, rally and or protest that are capable of attracting Nigerian students, civil societies and parents to the struggle on the need to save public university education from collapse. “We opined that it is this kind of united action of all oppressed layers of the country that will save public university education system from collapse. It is required at this period by all to guarantee the delivery of qualitative and public-funded education; this is inevitable if Nigeria ever wishes to banish poverty, ignorance, squalor, insecurity, disease and corruption”. 19 Years Of Deliberate Setback to Varsity Education A concerned parent and retired teacher in the Oyo State Teaching Service Commission, Chief Akin Ogunmefun frowned at the unconcerned attitude of successive Ministers of Education in the country for being cold-hearted in the matter that involves education of the masses in the country and described the incumbent minister a lame duck. Speaking on its negative effect on the lives of students, Ogunmefun attributed the poor showing of graduates from institutions to the 19 years of neglect of the sector by the FG. He said, “The danger inherent in this forced leave on students is that they stand the risk of being recruited as mercenaries by politicians desperate to clinch and return to office in the general election. “I pity this nation, go to street corners at night what you find are young girls that are products of possibly polytechnic and universities lurking around dark spots for men. This is awful and connotes serious threats to the crop of young people we are breeding. “In Benin Republic, young Nigeria boys and girls make up the population the entire population of mushroom universities operating in small houses and without laboratories. “The situation might become completely hopeless if nothing urgent is done to stem the tide of declining fortune of Nigerian universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.” Government Has Defied, Breached Equal Rights To Education Worried by the situation in public universities, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has (SERAP) also lent a voice seeking the intervention of UN special rapporteurs to “prevail upon the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to reach an agreement to end the ongoing strike action by ASUU. According to SERAP, the incessant strike has had ‘real and dire consequences on the right to higher education, specifically university education, as guaranteed by the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to which Nigeria is a state party.” In the appeal, SERAP’s Senior Legal Adviser, Bamisope Adeyanju, said: “By failing to prevent and end to the ongoing strike action by ASUU, the Nigerian government has defied and breached the explicit requirements of the right to equal access to higher education by Nigerian children and young people, under article 13(2)(c) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.” The urgent appeal sent to Ms. Koumbou Boly Barry, Special Rapporteur on the right to education and Professor Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights argues that: “The failure by the Nigerian government to reach an agreement with ASUU has also implicitly made access to higher education a privilege of the rich and well-to-do rather than a right of every Nigerian child and young person, as students in private schools continue to attend classes while those in public universities stay at home. According to SERAP, “The failure to end the ongoing strike action by ASUU is also a fundamental breach of the right to higher education without discrimination or exclusion, as strike actions continue to penalise economically disadvantaged parents who have no means or lack the capacity to pay to send their children to private schools. The urgent appeal read in part: “The obligations of the Nigerian government to create the conditions necessary for the enjoyment of the right to education include taking preventive measures to address the root causes of strike action by ASUU and to take steps to end any strike action in a timely manner when it occurs.” SERAP argued that the government has the responsibility to preserve and strengthen education as a public good and a matter of public interest, saying that short of deliberate intervention of the Special Rapporteurs, the ongoing strike action by ASUU would continue and this would continue to impede access to university education for the poor and marginalized. Atmosphere Of Peace Will Soar Varsity Profile Prof Peter Okebukola, former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission in an interview with Sunday INDEPENDENT on the failure of Nigerian Universities on the League Table of World University Rankings (CWUR) suggested that there should be significant improvement in the resourcing of universities for better quality research. Secondly, we should tighten the rigour of promotion and dim the practice of promoting based on a mere number of publications rather than on quality, measured by the appearance in high-impact journals. Thirdly, we should better incentivise our researchers so they can be motivated to carry out groundbreaking research. “We should encourage our scholars to compete for international prizes since many are unaware of the existence of such awards or are too timid to apply; we should work hard towards better training for our graduates so they can excel internationally and be eligible for appointment as CEOs of global companies. “we should strive to maintain a stable academic calendar by ensuring that events that will trigger local and national strikes are avoided. It is in an atmosphere of peace that Nigerian universities can rise stoutly to be the best they can be,” he advised.
  23. The NYSC state coordinator for FCT identified as Bello Balama, reportedly ordered a corps member to kneel down for trying to leave during his address. The incident was captured in a viral video, even though why the corps member wanted to leave the address ground was not disclosed. Bello Balama was appointed as the new Coordinator for the National Youth Service Corps in the Federal Capital Territory, in 2017. He took over from Abdulrazak Salawu, who was recently elevated to the position of Director at the headquarters. Until his appointment, Balama, was the immediate past Coordinator of NYSC in Kaduna State.
  24. Fashion is simply art. From making bold fashion statements to redefining the essence of style, ankara prints have been the go-to of many fashion designers because of its richness and flexibility for a while now. The love for African prints has gone beyond the shores of its origin. Many men and women now turn to prints to display their competence in style and fashion. As much as several African prints are easy to fall in love with, it takes the special skills of a fashion designer to bring out the best in the material. In fact, adding ankara prints to one’s wardrobe can be a great way to give your style a boost of color and individuality. However, just selecting the fabric is the first step towards making the fashion statement on desires. To get a great style out of it, one needs the best inspiration. Whether it is for an occasion or for work or an event, ankara prints can be worn provided the best style is chosen to flatter the individual’s figure and showcase the beauty of the fabric. As much as style is selected based on one’s taste, elegance is a language that can be expressed in fashion regardless of the individual in question. Women who know how to carry themselves like queens understand how to command respect in a room and the first step is always to look their best at all times. We present the best latest ankara style for women of style and elegance: 1. Off-shoulder goodness Latest ankara styles for the last months of 2018 2. Simple and chic Latest ankara styles for the last months of 2018 3. Stylish kimono Latest ankara styles for the last months of 2018 4. Shift dress Latest ankara styles for the last months of 2018 5. Elegance Latest ankara styles for the last months of 2018 6. Fancy lady Latest ankara styles for the last months of 2018 7. Ankara jumpsuit Latest ankara styles for the last months of 2018 8. Bold statement Latest ankara styles for the last months of 2018 9. Flora patterns Latest Ankara styles for the last months of 2018 Which of the styles is your favorite?
  25. It is nice to see that despite the numerous new fashion trends that keep springing up, female native wears have managed to remain relevant. They are worn to special events and for everyday life activities. If you also like Nigerian fashion, this article will be very useful to you as we will discuss the top essential wardrobe items that every fashionable Nigerian woman should own. 1. GELE This headpiece perfectly complements the outfits of exquisite and fashionable women. It is tied from a long piece of cloth. This decoration is especially popular in the western and southern parts of Africa. Gele is suitable for all age groups, so whether you are a mature woman attending church or a family gathering, or a young girl attending a party or event, you can totally rock a nice gele with your beautiful traditional attire. It is worn in both rural and urban areas. There are so many ways of tying gele, so one can easily choose one that fits the event at hand. Some tribes use gele as not just a beautiful accessory, but also to pay tribute to traditions, emphasize belonging to a particular ethnic group or religious beliefs. Tying this beautiful headdress could require a lot of time and energy, but you can be rest assured that the result will be pleasing. You can accessorize your gele with beads, sequins and multi colored tissues; you can also make a beautiful rose out of the gele fabric. The possibilities of this particular item are only limited by your imagination. 2. IRO AND BUBA This traditional outfit is often made from beautiful lace, Ankara and cotton fabric. They are especially popular in the west of Nigeria. In most cases, the styles are kept simple with little additional details. The neckline is kept round and the sleeves are long. This style allows women hide the flawed areas of their figure and it is usually loose fitted. However, there are lots of exceptions to the rules of sewing the iro and buba these days; designers are coming up with a lot of innovative ways to completely customize these native wears. In any case, this outfit will emphasize your femininity and help you attain a refined and elegant image. There are many options that allow a lady look fresh and young. 3. ANKARA TOP Ankara fabric offers unlimited possibilities when it comes to making Nigerian traditional wears. Its bright colors and unusual patterns can bring a festive atmosphere to even the dullest and most boring day. Different styles of tops with different sleeve length, neckline and shape of decollete area can be made out of ankara. There are also tight models that emphasize the beauty of a slim figure. If you would like to hide some of your shortcomings, simply choose a free model. People who have flat tummies to show off can even go for crop tops made from this fabric. For a very attractive and feminine look, ladies can wear ankara tops with open shoulders, lots of frills, unusual shapes and flowing waves of fabric. To create a beautiful combination of such tops, you can wear pants or skirts of similar colors or just go with a regular pair of jeans. This is a good option for daily activities or for a party. 4. ANKARA MAXI/MIDI SKIRT Being one of the most feminine elements of the wardrobe, long skirts, or as they are also called, maxi skirts, are loved by most girls, regardless of their figure and height. They are a great alternative to trousers and can successfully mask the imperfections of a woman’s figure by making it visually slimmer; they also add a chic touch and elegance to almost any image. This item can be found in the latest designer collections, it comes in different varieties of shapes and colors like flay, heavy, restrained or playful; these models are all lovely to behold. When choosing a style and color for a maxi skirt, it is recommended that you put the wearer’s figure into consideration. Women with wide hips should go for dark colors and floor length skirts that will make their thighs look narrower. Tight long skirts with high waistline will balance the figure of a woman with a lush chest and broad shoulders. If a person has narrow thighs, they can safely choose a pleated lush skirt. It visually adds volume to the hips. 5. ANKARA DRESS Regardless of the contemporary fashion and style trends sweeping the fashion industry, the requirements for women’s dresses remain the same – they should be light, feminine and comfortable. An Ankara dress that gently envelops the smooth curves of the body and starts widening from the knee line is ideal to pull off a fashionable look. At first glance, it may seem that Ankara fabrics all look the same; but stylists has proved to us that one can take advantage of the various patterns of Ankara to create so many unique styles. The main attractive features of Ankara dresses are their unusual design and bright colors. The soft fabric nicely covers and complements the chest, waist and hips of women. The lower parts of such dresses often greatly expanded and take different forms. You can also make styles with free cuts, mini length and many other variations. The top of the dress may be made without shoulders or sleeves and with straps across one shoulder or neck. This draws attention to the beautiful outlines of the neck and decollete zone. In addition, you can add deep cutouts with unusual shapes, asymmetry and various weaves or inserts made of lace. Such models come out looking quite original. 6. BLOUSE AND WRAPPER We have already talked about skirts and dresses, but there is another style that cannot be forgotten when discussing beautiful feminine traditional attires – the blouse and wrapper. To get it, you just have to wrap the fabric around your waist. The wrapper and blouse can be made from the same material or simply harmonized in color and style. You can choose contrasting shades to create a bright and memorable composition. The people around you will surely appreciate your impeccable taste. The wrap can be made in any length from mini to maxi. When selecting the length, you need to focus on the occasion and the beauty of your legs. If you have nothing to hide and want to walk with friends on a hot day, then feel free to show off your beautiful legs. If you are attending a serious event, of course, it is better to choose a more restrained style. The wrapper can be made straight or with different folds, it all depends on how you want to tie it and whether the fabric can maintain an unusual shape. 7. BOUBOU This style is loved by fans of free cut; a lot of ladies feel very comfortable in BouBou. Because of its practicality, it can be worn in everyday life. Making this style out of expensive fabrics decorated with embroidery, rhinestones and fabric patterns will give you a wonderful evening outfit. Even though this style is traditionally worn by married women, young girls also find modern stylish options. 8. ASO OKE The aso oke is traditionally worn by Yoruba people; it is a special fabric used for sewing headdresses, blouses, skirts, capes and many other items. Attires made from aso oke are often worn at weddings. Picking the right style and a combination of colors transforms women to very charming brides. 9. ATIKU STYLES If you want to relax and forget about bright colors or difficult styles for a day, while also bringing comfort and harmony to your life, then this is one fashion option you should choose. In most cases, the Atiku fabric comes in calm, soft colors that are perfectly for everyday use. 10. KAFTAN STYLES Kaftans are free gowns that can allow you look feminine without sacrificing comfort. The simplicity of the style is completely compensated by the bright patterns on the fabric. The Kaftan can be worn separately or combined with pants. Some women buy such clothes in order to move freely, others do so to attract attention. In any case, you will get a lot of benefits. It is extremely important that Nigerians do not forget about their roots. Native styles and fabrics not only look amazing but also play cultural and historical roles. Fashion designers of these days can always find ways to give them modern features and create stunning outfits so you can always look amazing and attract the attention of the people around you. We hope that these pictures and information about Nigerian traditional attires were useful and inspired you to replenish your wardrobe with traditional clothes. NAIJ.com wants every lady to look attractive, bright and elegant while keeping in touch with the customs of her country.
  26. Motherhood looks great on loved Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele. The new mother of two adorable twin boys recently shared a photo of herself looking exquisite in native owambe outfit a she stepped out for an event. Many fans could not help but admire the beauty who seems to be enjoying her new life as mama Ibeji. Looking almost regal she posed in the brown lacey outfit and finished the look with a stylish gele and classy earrings. 2018 was definitely a great year for the actress who is still the fans’ favourite with her hilarious episodes of Jenifa’s Diaries that millions across the country watch weekly on television. It was also a blessing that she welcomed her first set of twin boys with her man, JJC Skillz. Interestingly, it looks almost impossible just a short while ago when a certain Prophet Olagoroye Faleyimu predicted that the actress will never bore children and that her destiny was to be filthy rich but at the cost of her having kids on earth. All that seems like tales now that she is a happy mother of not one but two children. It also a plus that she looks even more beautiful since she welcomed her bundles of joy.
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