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  1. It is no longer news that actress Funke Akindele has been listed among the full cast of the “Avengers: Infinity War” on IMDb as a member of Dora Milaje. However, the actress is yet to confirm or deny the story even though she and her publicist have been reached for a statement, that notwithstanding, Nigerians have already taken to Twitter to express their excitement. “Avengers: Infinity War” is the most anticipated movie of 2018, according to IMDB, and features Akindele alongside Marvel characters such as Black P@nther, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow among others. Here are seven things you should know about Akindele’s role in the movie. 1. The Dora Milaje (pronounced dora-meh-LAH-shay) is translated in English as “Adored Ones” 2. In the comics, the Dora Milaje are the personal bodyguards of the Black P@nther, recruited from every tribe of Wakanda. 3. As an ancient tribal tradition, the Dora Milaje are assembled as potential queens for an unmarried king. This is to maintain unity in Wakanda by ensuring the possibility of the king selecting a wife from any of the 18 tribes in the kingdom. 4. It’s customary for the Dora Milaje to shave their heads and have tribal markings. In 2017, Akindele shaved her head. It could be for the role, or not. 5. While most of the Dora Milaje are nameless, several like Okoye (played by Dania Gurira) Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Queen Divine Justice are the most prominent. 6. They are the most accomplished female fighting team in the Marvel Universe. With ease, they fought the master Russian assassin Black Widow and almost defeated Storm. 7. The Dora Milaje are trained to kill, but Black P@nther’s orders limit them to just injuring enemies
  2. President Muhammadu Buhari and his family on Friday thanked all those who identified with them after the bike accident that involved their son, Yusuf, in Abuja on December 26. In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the first family said prayers rendered by those within and outside the country let to their son being discharged from hospital. “We thank Nigerians from all walks of life, both within and outside the country, leaders of many foreign countries, groups, organisations, individuals, and many others, who prayed, visited, sent messages, and generally stood by us at the trying time,” the family said, praying that almighty Allah would reward them all. Adesina confirmed that Yusuf was discharged from Cedarcrest Hospital, Abuja, on Friday, following what the Chief Medical Director described as his “extremely speedy response to treatment.” The presidential spokesman had earlier in the day issued a statement indicating that Yusuf’s health had improved remarkably and he was ready to be discharged. He had said the news of Yusuf’s improved health and imminent discharge was contained in a statement dated January 12, 2018, by the Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Felix Ogedegbe. He reproduced Ogedegbe’s statement which also denied media reports that the President’s wife, Aisha, also suffered shock and was treated at the hospital. He also quoted the report as saying that there was also no truth in the report that Yusuf was involved in the accident alongside his friend.
  3. The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, yesterday insisted that he has not withdrawn from the 2019 presidential race in spite of the fact that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had zoned the ticket to the North. Fayose said he decided to soft-pedal on his campaign because of the July 14, 2018 Ekiti governorship poll, saying the campaign will begin to gain traction after the state election. The governor added that he would repeat a resounding victory against Dr Kayode Fayemi if he is picked as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying he is not threatened by his rumoured ambition. On the agitations of some PDP aggrieved aspirants that Fayose should be prevented from interfering with the primary, the governor assured that the state has no role to play in the shadow election, saying it remains the prerogative of the Chief Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee. Some aggrieved PDP aspirants like; former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Senator Biodun Olujimi, Amb Dare Bejide, Owoseeni Ajayi, had at a joint press conference on Monday advised Secondus to checkmate Fayose and ensure that credible primary is conducted in Ekiti. Speaking during an interactive session with teachers in public primary and secondary schools at the government house in Ado Ekiti, Fayose said: “I am still in the presidential race I am only waiting for the time Ekiti governorship election will hold so I can have the time. Though, I am making contacts, I am reaching out to the people that matter across the country”. On the primary election in Ekiti, Fayose said: “I have no role to play, only the NWC will present the delegate lists for them to elect the candidate, so I won’t interfere despite my support for Prof Kolapo Olusola" have no regret supporting Olusola , if it were those people I had supported, they won’t be abusing me. But they remain our brothers and sister and we are going to put our house in order at the right time so that we can be on the same page”, Fayose added. Addressing the teachers, Fayose appealed to them to support Olusola the way they did to him in June 21, 2014 governorship election, where he defeated Dr Kayode Fayemi. He promised not to owe the teachers a dime at the expiration of his tenure on October 15, 2018, saying 1000 teachers will begin to benefit certain financial benefits from him commencing from the end of this month to give them a sense of belonging in his government.. “Don’t vote for those that will come here and sack you. When they sacked your colleagues in Kaduna State, an APC leader in Ekiti said it was a right step in the right direction and I believe such person is not good for Ekiti teachers. “Prof Olusola is a man of integrity, very hardworking and dependable, he won’t betray you. He will protect your interests and I want you to support him”, he said. Fayose added that all the outstanding salaries, allowances, bonuses and pensions shall be paid before he finally bows out as a governor.
  4. A top Nigerian scammer known in the black community as “Starboy” was arrested yesterday along with five friends all from the west African country. Antonio Joscarlos, along with a Thai woman called Sukanya, had used a fake Facebook profile to con middle aged Thai men looking for love. They used a picture of a beautiful female US soldier and pretended to be her – they were chatting to 38 men at the time of their arrest at JP Smart Condominium in Pak Kret. Victims were persuaded in the “romance scam” to send money to their accounts. Taken into evidence were a computer notebook, ten phones, bankbooks, cash and other valuables. Also arrested yesterday were five friends of “Starboy” – all Nigerians – running investment scams tricking Thai couples. Three million baht in funds was found as part of this subsequent investigation. The crime led to connections in Senegal. Leading the crackdown ordered by prime minister Prayut Chan-ocha and deputy Prawit Wongsuwan is acting tourism police chief Surachet Hakpan who said that romance scams and bogus investment schemes were causing a lot of trouble for the country. The former relied on those looking for love while the latter relied on people’s greed. All those arrested have been initially detained on fraud and false pretenses charges though Daily News reported that false imprisonment and assault may be added to the rap sheet for some of them. The crackdown is targeting mostly those in the African community using tourism as a cover for illegal activities.
  5. A young Zimbabwean woman by name Sinikiwe Kademunga is inspiring many people by doing ‘great’ things even though she was born without arms and knees. A 24-year-old Zimbabwean woman, Sinikiwe Kademunga is doing great things even though she was born with no arms and knees. Sinikiwe lives a radiating lifestyle as she believes nothing is impossible in life if you put your mind to it. Although she grew up with cultural, social and economic barriers, she did not let that ground her. Sinikiwe is the winner of the 2016 Courage award for the Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards (ZIWA). She is currently completing her degree in Social Work at the University of Cape Town. Sinikiwe posts inspiring photos and news on her Instagram with the handle: @i_am_sinibabe. Sinikiwe also runs a blog called Life in the shoes of a short girl where she shares her life journey to inspire and mentor other young Africans like herself to be more confident in their own bodies and believe that anything is possible in life despite their physical barriers. See more photos below…
  6. \ This child beggar just became internet sensation after a photographer captured her and her sister in Calabar while the were begging. LilyWhyte wrote; “Met this incredible soul on the streets of Calabar begging for petty change… Such beauty shouldn’t be on the road! Let’s tweet until something is done about taking kids off the street! #childnotbeggar” See her tweet below;
  7. The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, is set to cancel 482 contracts valued at about N90 billion over non-performance. The commission is also set to pay all outstanding arrears of foreign scholarships to students. The Chairman of the governing board of the Commission, Victor Ndoma-Egba, disclosed this in a statement issued by his communication aide, Clara Braide, and made available to journalists in Calabar. Mr. Ndoma-Egba who said the decision was reached at the recent meeting of the board in Abuja explained that the aim is to clean up the commission’s books and to remove non-performing items. He also said that the board has resolved to clear the backlog and all issues surrounding the commission’s foreign scholarship programme. According to the statement “Board reviewed the activities of the commission in the year, took statutory reports on procurements, budget performance, revenue and expenditure. “Part of the decision we arrived at was to cancel 482 projects between 0-5 per cent startup valued at about N 90 billion. This is in a bid to clean up the commission’s books and to remove non-performing items. “Also, by Tuesday next week, all outstanding issues regarding the foreign scholarship scheme would have been sorted out.” On the commission’s plans for next year, the Chairman said that “our Signature project Obia-Nembe road which is our flagship for partnership with oil producing companies, will be ready this December and we are looking forward to commissioning it early next year.” While maintaining that the board also took decision on some MOU’s signed with state governments on projects that will be jointly executed, he emphasised that “2018 will be dedicated largely to reforming NDDC systems, Audit of Personnel, restructuring the Commission’s governance protocols and projects, with more focus on ongoing projects.”
  8. An unidentified man jumped to his death at the Lagos State Magistrate Court in Ogba because of a N40k debt which he got arrested for. He was arrested 6 months ago after his creditor had reported to the police that he had refused to pay up his debt. He was apparently arraigned yesterday and the young man obviously tired of being held for a debt he couldn’t pay up jumped to his death from the 3rd floor. This sad story was shared by twitter user @O-Nife
  9. Where Is TSTV?!

    The hype that greeted the newly launched satellite Television, TSTV seem to have died down as my Nigerian still remain in oblivion as to the status or fate of the provider. TSTV which announced its services in September and had its official launch on October 1, was well received by many Nigerians who saw them as the messiah that would break the monopoly of satellite TV in Nigeria. It launch on Oct. 1, with a promise to offer pay as you go services and lower rates for its programmes including the highly favoured football channels that air European League matches, got a large number of Nigerians interested. In their joy, many went on to mock other existing providers, taunting them that their "reign of exploitation" was over. However, the first disappointment came when TSTV extended sales of its decoder to Nov. 1, an action which didn't seem to debase their fans who went about on social media and other platforms reaffirming their support for the new provider. Even an allegation of attempting to illegally air sports channels from bEIN did not seem to shake the Nigerian supporters. Two months after its official launch and one month after its commencement of sales, many Nigerians are still asking: "Where is TSTV"? Some of the Nigerian who reacted on social media (twitter) also sought to know if the provider had kept to its promise to deliver certain choice services. Read below some of the comments on Twitter:
  10. Media personality, Daddy Freeze has in his usual routine, come for Nigerian pastors - this time around, he says most pastors are into the work of God just because of the money involved. Freeze says Nigerian pastors left their professions because they can't earn as much unlike in the ministry. In a video shared on Youtube, he said, "There are many fake pastors because of monetization; that pastor who cursed me is an architect, the one at BankyW's wedding is a doctor. "Many of them are leaving profitable field because ministry is a more profitable field. "Monetization has made fake pastors come into two fold, it has made real pastors preach false messages. "Every doctrine in Nigeria has been monetized, you hear pastors say this year you will find your 'apollos' "Apollos in the Bible was increase in word of God not referring to sowing, Matthew 13;7 this verse speaks of seed of faith not money; those that twist this to you are thieves. There's nothing spiritual about those criticizing me, the only spirituality in them is the ability to twist your brain. OAP Freeze also countered speaking in tongues in Nigerian Pentecostal churches, describing it as fake. He added, "Speaking in tongues in Nigeria Pentecostal churches is fake but speaking in tongues is not fake. "When speaking in tongues, you should speak in languages not in tongues that no one can understand. 1Cor 14:26-28; someone must interpret tongues...There is no speaking in tongues without an interpreter "Interpretation of tongues is missing in today's pentecostal churches , if anyone speaks in tongues one or two should speak in tongues one at a time not multitude.That is falsehood 1Cor 14:23 is what pastors used to confuse you, they tell you tongues is an unknown language which carnal mind cannot understand. Everyone speaking in tongues in the church is false because it is a gift that everyone does not receive. "I'm a preacher that speaks from history and bible not sentiments like others; that's why I can't say God told me to pay titheS like they say. "I would tell you what God kept in bible not what God told me." Watch: Download Video
  11. The world's richest YouTuber is a former Tesco worker from Hampshire. Dan Middleton, 26, raked in a staggering £12.3MILLION from his channel in 2017, according to Forbes. Better known to his legion of fans as DanTDM, he posts videos of him playing popular computer games and offers tips. The video-sharing site gives 'professional' YouTubers around 68 per cent of advertising profits. And with an army of 16 million subscribers, that means Dan's videos are hugely profitable. He recently performed on a live tour including a stop at the Sydney Opera House which was the second fastest-selling show in the venue's history. Mr Middleton, from Aldershot, began his career posting videos of him playing Pokemon while at university. He is now mostly known for his expertise on Minecraft, a game which involves building a 3D world. Speaking about his success, Mr Middleton admitted he has been left a little overwhelmed: "It's something I was just not prepared for at all. "It's something I've slowly been learning about in the past three or four years. In the past five years YouTube has evolved. Being a YouTuber was not a thing before. "I know people that make similar content to me who are 30 or 40 years old so I don't think there is an age limit to it at all." In total his videos have been viewed more than 10 billion times.
  12. The National Youth Service Corps has launched a job portal that would enhance job seeking opportunities for Corps Members and also make them available for prospective employers. NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, while speaking at the launch today in Lagos, urged Corps Members to make themselves available for job opportunities with the aid of the portal. He added that the portal would serve as a pool for employers searching for suitable candidates and also provide a means of verification of credentials. He, however added that the Management of National Youth Service Corps have established Zonal lntegrated Skill Centres in six different locations across the country aimed at entrenching entrepreneurship among Corps Members. In her keynote address, the Managing Director, Gr8jobs Limited, Mrs Omomene Odike, emphasized the need for every job seeker to acquire relevant information in order to survive in the competitive job market. She said there was the need to reduce unemployment in Nigeria while she urged Corps Members to upload their data on relevant portals. NYSC Lagos Statec Coordinator, Prince Mohammed Momoh, said the NYSC Lagos initiative would reduce the stress of job search among Corps Members.
  13. Footballer stars, Messi (Barca), and C Ronaldo are no doubt the best players over a decade or more. And they have done so well in their football careers over the years. The question here is, " Who Do You Think Can Replace These Guys If They Eventually Retired Today? " Drop Your Answers In The Comment Section Beneath.
  14. The Peoples Democratic Party has said former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar will not vote at its December 9 national convention, which holds at the Eagle Square, Abuja. It says this is because of the provision of the party's constitution that deals with new entrants into the party. However, the party said Atiku would be allowed to speak at the convention. The Publicity Secretary of the National Caretaker Committee of the PDP, Dayo Adeyeye, who spoke with journalists at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, said the party's constitution should be used as a guide on the issue. "All you need to do is pick up the constitution of the party and see whether Atiku is qualified to vote or not," Adeyeye stated. When pressed further, he said, "First of all, I can tell you that we are happy with Atiku coming back to the PDP. It is very exciting for all of us. It is a good omen to everybody in the PDP. "He was one of the founding fathers, one of those who built this party and he is coming back home. His room was never occupied, so we have opened it for him. "He will be part of this convention. He will even make a speech at the convention but he may not be voting at the convention." Chapter 2 (Part 1) of the party's constitution deals with admission of members into the party. On Procedure for rejoining, Sections 8 and 9 explain, "A person, who desires to rejoin the party after leaving it shall apply to his Ward Secretary for re-admission; and unless given a waiver by the National Working Committee, he willbe placed on probation for a period of not less than one year. "Subject to the provision of Section 8(b), a member on probation shall have the right to attend all meetings of the party, but shall not be entitled to vote at such meetings, nor shall he be eligible to contest elective office on the platform of the party." One of Punch correspondents gathered that the party was planning to amend the above sections at the convention. The expected amendment will place returnees on six months probation before they could contest any position or be voted for. Atiku, who was a foundation member of the party, defected to the All Progressives Congress in 2014, claiming that the then opposition party would be his "last bus stop." However, he left the APC about a week ago, and returned to the PDP on Sunday. Meanwhile, Adeyeye has alleged that some agents of the Federal Government were planning to disrupt the party's national convention. He said the former ruling party had what he described as credible information that some overzealous elements in the government were planning to disrupt the convention. Stating that there was nothing to show that President Muhammadu Buhari was part of the plot, the spokesman pleaded with the President to intervene and caution the unnamed aides. Adeyeye added, "They have been trying every effort but we are happy that we have no information that it is coming from the very top. "But some overzealous elements in the administration are bent on disrupting it. It is very credible information. They are doing everything possible to make sure that this convention is disrupted. "They are afraid that if the PDP should hold a successful convention, that their days in government are numbered. "By the time we hold this convention and our officers are elected and they take offices next year, there will be a floodgate of people even from the APC to the PDP. "This is credible information and that is why we are appealing to President Buhari to please rein in his aides. We have evidence that the President is aware of this. "It is happening and we are calling on him to do his own investigation and to call those who are trying to cause this problem to desist because it is capable not only of destroying this democracy but also capable of destroying the country." In another development, the Chairman of the Convention Planning Committee, who is also the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has summoned
  15. The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Suleiman Kazaure, has warned corps members against engaging in night parties in their areas of posting. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NYSC Director General gave the warning on Wednesday when he visited the Ekiti State Orientation Camp in Ise/Orun/Emure-Ekiti. Mr. Kazaure also warned Corps members against involvement in sharp practices like Advanced Fee Fraud also known as “419” and Internet scam otherwise known as “Yahoo-yahoo”. He also warned female corps members against indecent dressing. Mr. Kazaure, a brigadier general, advised corps members to key into the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) policy of the agency. He said the SAED programme was put in place to empower corps members to be job creators rather than job seekers. He enjoined corps members to respect the culture of their host communities and shun unauthorized journeys. Earlier in her address, the State NYSC Coordinator, Nwanno Ukagha, said the Batch B Stream 1 corps members had depicted good behaviour and were performing well in the camp.

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