Monday, February 29, 2016


  • ........."She said: 'We are both very independent - I let him be who he is and he lets me be who I am"

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Proud husband: Donald Trump beams with pride as his wife smiles and waves to supporters after he won the South Carolina primary on February 20. Also pictured: daughter Ivanka Trump, lef

Melania Trump says she disagrees with her husband on 'many things' and wishes he hadn't called Ted Cruz a 'p****'

In her second ever solo interview, Melania Trump spoke out about her husband calling Ted Cruz a p**** at a campaign event in New Hampshire
When a woman shouted out the derogatory word during the event, Melania says she was thinking 'Don't repeat it'
While she admits that she and her husband have many differences, Melania says she respects The Donald and doesn't try to change him

With Donald Trump charging towards the Republican presidential nomination, his wife Melania is taking a more active role in his campaign.
In her second ever solo television interview, Melania tells CNN's Anderson Cooper that she and The Donald disagree on 'many things' - especially his crass language.
Melania referenced in particular an incident that happened at a campaign stop in New Hampshire recently, when Trump echoed an audience member's shout that 'Ted Cruz is a p***'.

Bad words: Melania Trump spoke about her husband's crass language in an interview with Anderson Cooper set to air in full Monday night

Accepting: While Melania admitted that she confronted her husband about his use of language, she says that she doesn't try to change anything about him and she thinks it's healthy that they have differences
'I was in New Hampshire when the woman was shouting out the inappropriate word, and I was there,' Melania recalled.
'And I'm thinking like, "Don't repeat it," in my head, for him, "Don't repeat it. Just don't say it because the next day, media, all they will talk about is that." But he repeated it.
'He's with the momentum, he goes with the flow, he goes with the people. They're having fun, everybody was cheering. And he said it and the next day - but he repeated the word. That was not his word.'
Trump later admitted that he wouldn't use that type of language if he were indeed elected president.

Repeat offense: Trump pictured above at the New Hampshire rally where he repeated the derogatory statement about Ted Cruz after someone yelled it in the crowd
While Melania admitted that she confronted her husband about his use of language after the rally, she says that she doesn't try to change anything about him and she thinks it's healthy that they have differences.
'We are both very independent - I let him be who he is and he lets me be who I am....Share'I don't try to change him. He's an adult. He knows the consequences and so I let him be who he is. I give him my opinions, many, many times.'
She added: 'I don't agree with everything that he says, but you know, that is normal. I'm my own person, I tell him what I think, I'm standing very strong on the ground on my two feet and I'm my own person, and I think that's very important in the relationship.'


Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government of plotting to turn Nigeria into an Islamic country.
Fayose described Nigeria as a free society and that would not be taken as an Islamic nation.
He stated that the All Progressives Congress deceived Nigerians to steal the inheritance of the people and maintained that the Peoples Democratic Party would reclaim the Presidency in 2019.

Fayose spoke on Saturday at the thanksgiving and Supreme Court victory celebration of Governor Nyesom Wike that was organised by the Rivers State Chapter of the PDP at the Liberation Stadium in Port HarcourtFayose hailed the Supreme Court for being courageous in delivering a landmark ruling on the Rivers State governorship election.
He explained that Nigerians now had the opportunity of comparing the current and immediate past administrations.
“Rivers State is the soul of Nigeria and it is governed by a man who fears God. Your people will never go to Egypt. I want to appreciate the Supreme Court which was courageous enough to clear the mess.
“We have all summoned courage. They have deceived us to take our inheritance. We are going to get our inheritance back. I want to say one thing; they have started again.
“I want to reveal one secret here; they have started subtle moves to make Nigeria an Islamic nation. But God will not allow it. This was done in 1984, but it failed. I cannot run away; I am Ayo Fayose. If you hit me, you hit trouble, if I hit you, you will be in trouble.
“Nigeria is a free nation and this nation will not be taken for an Islamic nation. Today, I decree the return of a PDP government in 2019. They (APC) are here by chance, they will go by chance,” Fayose said.
He, however, decried the current economic situation in the country, regretting that such was the type of change promised Nigerians by the APC-led government.
In his remarks, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, declared that only those in support of political armed robbery would kick against his declaration that election riggers would be resisted.
Wike also stated that desperation for power was behind the killing of the Ogoni people through an “ill-fated” military operation, adding that his administration would stand firm to protect the Ogoni people.
The governor said he stood for free and fair rerun elections in Rivers State, maintaining that nobody will be allowed to subvert the mandate of the people with the use of the military.
He noted that it was the responsibility of the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct credible rerun elections.
“Let me reiterate that if any INEC officer is bent on rigging the rerun elections, let him first tell his wife and children where his will is located because he will be treated as a political armed robber.
“Popularity is tested on the ground. It is not by carrying army around to intimidate voters. As your governor, I don’t carry army around. How can a politician be campaigning with soldiers,” he said.
Wike added that no matter the number of soldiers introduced in the state, the people would protect their votes and the PDP would emerge victorious in all the rerun elections.
He said, “I will continue to threaten political armed robbers. I will stand firm against those who use guns to steal votes.”
He, however, called on the congregation to observe a minute silence for those killed by the army during an operation in Ogoniland recently.

Senator Dino Melaye As An Alleged Anti-Corruption Activist


I oppose the marriage of 15-year-old Bayelsa girl to my district head – Emir Sanusi

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, on Monday said he was not keeping a 15-year old girl, Ese Oruru, said to have been converted to Islam.
Sanusi made the clarification while addressing a news conference in Kano.The monarch, who described the story as mischievous and baseless, said it was intended to tarnish the image of the Emirate.He said: “I was surprised that BBC called me from South Africa to know my side of the story, which was crafted to tarnish the image of Emirate Council and Islam.“In August 2015, the District Head of Kura came to the palace with a young girl of about 15 years.“We were told that she was married to him after she was converted to Islam.”Sanusi said he ordered Oruru’s immediate return to her parents who were said to be in Bayelsa State.AdvertisementHe added: “I also ordered the Kano State Shariah Commission to liaise with the Assistant Inspector General Zone 1 to assist in taking her back to her parents in Bayelsa through the AIG who oversees Bayelsa axis, for her safety.”Sanusi said he solicited the intervention of the police because the girl was said to have made a statement that she was afraid that her parents could harm her.He said: “In Islam, she has no right to just go ahead and decide things for herself.“She is still young.“She is not mature enough.“And nowhere in Islam where such a young girl can just make up her mind and give her hands in marriage just like that.“It is not permitted in Islam.“That is why we said she must be taken back to her parents.”Sanusi said he was surprised to hear that the District Head was still keeping her in his custody.“This is injustice of the highest order,” he said.

 Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Watfords Odion Ighalo’s Rise To EPL Football Glory (PHOTOS)

Until now, not many Nigerians are familiar with the name “Odion Ighalo.” After his goals lifted Watford from the English Championship to the glamorous premier league, he became the cynosure of all eyes.

At first, football pundits were unsure whether the Nigerian goal poacher can replicate the form that saw Watford qualifying for the EPL. But the blistering form of the striker continues as he netted four goals in as much as four early games of the season. This led to continuous clamour for his inclusion in Coach Sunday Oliseh’s new look Super Eagles.

The big question on some soccer observers is: How did a relatively unknown Ighalo make it this far?

In truth, the 26-year-old footballer journey through Ajegunle, a renowned Lagos slum to Norway as a teenager was more of a fairy tale.

Prior to his coming to Europe, Ighalo used to kick tin cans with his bare feet around the crowded streets of Ajegunle even when running errand for his mother. The industrious mum reportedly worked 17 hours a day selling “pure water” and soft drinks from where the proceed for the striker’s first pair of football boots came from.

On getting to icy Norway, sources said that the first time the young man ever saw snow, he ate it.

When he left Norway, he pitched tent with Spanish club, Granada which recently named one of their stadia entrances after the Nigeria forward for his immense contribution to the club’s progress.

The club said that they found it easy to name him along with three of their stadia entrances after the players for helping them progress to the Spanish La Liga in 2011.

An entrance was decorated with the picture of Ighalo and one other player and was named “Heroes’ Ascent” in the New Stadium Los Carmenes.

Now enjoying the riches of English football, his journey from inner-city hardship in Africa to Watford’s tilt at Premier League survival, is now the yardstick for kids who dream of turning from austerity to prosperity.

Today, Ighalo have just signed a new five-year contract at Vicarage Road.

Hear him: “I come from a ghetto where there was no 24-hour electricity, no good water, bad roads and the neighbourhood is tough,” he said. “We used to kick old cans, plastic bottles, sometimes even an orange, around the streets in bare feet.

“Whatever I go on to achieve in football, I will always give thanks to God for this opportunity to live my dream – but I will also never forget where I came from.

“Ajegunle is where my journey began and I’m proud of that. My first team, Olodi Warriors, used to play on a grass pitch known locally as the ‘Maracana’ but it was really a big, wide-open field.

“On one corner, there were boys selling marijuana and they were always being chased by the police when they cut across the pitch. We would hit the floor when we heard the ‘pop, pop, pop’ of gunfire and then continue training.

“It is part of life, but bullets don’t always differentiate between the footballers and the bad guys.”

Ighalo was scouted by Norway’s Lyn Oslo as a 17-year-old, and the youngest of seven children left Nigeria to seek his fortune in a country where temperatures were often 70 degrees colder.

“There were three players from Nigeria who went to Norway – but one of them had to go home because he could not cope with the cold,” he said. “I could easily have followed him, but when I thought of the hardship I left behind, I was not going to cut and run.

“I had never seen snow before in Nigeria. The first time it snowed in Oslo I was like a child. I was eating it, rubbing it on my head, throwing it in the air like confetti... it was a new toy.”

After 10 months, Ighalo was snared in the web of Watford’s owners, the Italian Pozzo dynasty, joining Udinese before being loaned out to their Spanish club, Granada, where he is revered.

Ighalo scored the winner in consecutive play-off finals as Granada leapt to La Liga.
His happy knack of scoring important goals and winning promotion endured after his move to Vicarage Road 14 months ago.

When Watford, trailing 2-1, were down to 10 men at Derby on Good Friday, Ighalo snaffled a precious equaliser.

Three days later, his rocket against Middlesbrough in another promotion shootout clinched an important 2-0 win and made the Hornets believe they were going up.

Ighalo was off the mark on the opening day of this season in a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park, leaving England’s John Stones on his backside with his signature ‘scoop’ turn.

“I’ve been lucky enough to score some important goals, but my work is not done,” he said.

“One day, when I’ve made good money in football, I would like to go back to Ajegunle and provide better pitches, help the kids at grassroots levels.

“My mum had to work so hard, selling bottled water and soft drinks, to pay for my first pair of adidas Copa Mundial boots, and everything I am today I owe to her and to God.”

Meanwhile, Ighalo has expressed his excitement over his achievements in his career in the last one week.

“A gate in Granada Stadium was name after me, I signed a new five-year contract with Watford FC and scored my second EPL goal,” he wrote recently on Instagram.

“A perfect week for me and who says God doesn’t exist? I vow to give him back all the glory.”


Never ever give up on your dream. It may tarry awhile, you will surely get there with patience, perseverance and hardwork

A Beach In Mauritius Hosts West Ham Manager Sam Allardyce, Wife

Sam Allardyce and his wife Lynn enjoy a trip in Mauritius following West Ham's fine start to the season
Man of the moment, Sam Allardyce fondly called BIG SAM was recently seen cooling off at a beach in Mauritius with Lynn, his spouse.
With West Ham enjoying their best start to a season since 1983-84, the West Ham tactician celebrated by enjoying a well-earned break on the sunny island.
The October’s Manager of the Month was seen sporting bright red trunks and shades as he strolled up
and down the beach enjoying the temperatures.
With the intense heat generated by top clubs in the EPL this season, Big Sam who got his coaching badge at 26 perhaps need the comfort of the beach more than ever.
It would be recalled that the former Bolton coach was once pressured by his wife to quit football after he was shown the exit door by Newcastle in 2008.
How did that happen?
Big Sam spent less than eight months on Tyneside before new Toon owner Mike Ashley decided he wanted to bring in his own man.
Newcastle ended up being relegated the following season despite being 11th when Allardyce left.
The West Ham boss takes his side featuring Toon old boys Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll to St James’ Park tomorrow.
And despite insisting he bears no grudges towards Ashley, Allardyce says wife Lynn thought his experience at Newcastle was too much to come back from.
Allardyce glares out into the sea, with Hammers fans hoping their manager is already looking ahead to this weekend's Premier League clash with Everton at Goodison Park“My wife said I should (quit). She said, ‘For God’s sake, you’re better off out of it, is it worth it?’ But I want to decide if I can when I want to stop,” he said.
“The thing is they go through more stress and pressure than you because they sit and watch you go through it.
“They are your support system if you like, that’s why she said what she did. They see what no one else sees. But she understands what I am, a football man, and even in the tough times I need to do this job. It’s a drug.
“It was the hardest one to take because I thought it was the right one. I thought it was the next step, a big club, big fan base, big budgets.
“And unfortunately I never saw any of that. So it happened, I left and I moved on.”
Allardyce took almost a year out to go travelling with his wife and he admits it took time to get over the  disappointment.
Well... all those turbulent eras are gone now as Sam was spotted resting his tired bones in readiness for the challenge ahead of West Ham this season
Photo source: Daily Mail

The Rise Of Kelechi Iheanacho To Meteoric Heights In Football Fame

Whenever the name Kelechi Iheanacho is mentioned in football circle, what people visualise is a young man who was fortunate to find himself in soccer hall of fame.
However his story is not as easy as many thought. His struggle in life has been described as topsy turvy by close friends and allies.
As a youth, Iheanacho represented Taye Academy in Owerri. His performances for Nigeria in the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup led to interest from clubs in Europe. Teams following his progress included Arsenal, Sporting Clube de Portugal and Porto.
In December 2013, Iheanacho travelled to England to discuss a move to Manchester City where he signed a pre-contract agreement with the club, stating his intent to formally sign for Manchester City on his 18th birthday in October 2014. In the interim, he returned to Nigeria. As the year drew to a close, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) named him the Most Promising Talent of the Year for 2013 during the CAF Awards.
But just how much do you know about the personal life of the youngster?

His mother, Mercy, died some years ago precisely in February after a short illness. Her death meant that the young footballer would have to depend heavily on his father.
In an interview he granted to UK’s Daily Mail, Iheanacho said: ‘My father (James) was a trader and my mum was a teacher, but she was laid to rest a few years ago which was really hard for all of us.
‘I have two brothers and a sister back in Nigeria as well. Everything I do, I do for my mum and my family – that’s what drives me.
‘My dad is back home and I’m living on my own in Manchester at the moment.
‘But I think a lot of kids back home have been encouraged by what’s happened to me and by where I am today. They can’t believe what I’ve achieved at just 19 years of age and it further gives them the belief that they can make it too.’

Manchester City fought off competition from FC Porto and Sporting Lisbon to agree a pre-contract with Iheanacho, but had a long wait before completing the signing and securing a work permit.
He added: ‘I’d played a few games at the Under-17 World Cup finals, and that’s when I agreed a deal with City. In all honesty, I didn’t know that much about the club at the time.
‘I was close to signing for FC Porto where I really wanted to go. City are such a big team with so many fantastic players, I didn’t believe I’d have a future here. But my father did and he gave me the confidence I needed. I’m happy I took his advice.’
‘I first heard of City's interest when I was with Nigeria for the World Under-17 qualifiers," he said. "When we finished the qualification process, I had a few scouts approaching me and telling me I had quite a few clubs interested in signing me. But I didn't want to sign for anyone at that time, I just wanted to enjoy my football.”

Today, Iheanacho consistency and goal poaching instinct has forced him to claim a first team shirt ahead of established midfield players like Samir Nasri whose nagging injury woes has continued for some time now.
In fact, many believed that the likes of Edin Dzeko were offloaded to pave way for youthful talents like him a chance for the future.
The giant leap of Kel, as his friends fondly call him, from the grassroots to one of the biggest clubs in the world has continue to elicit hope from young struggling footballers across Africa.

USA Ciara Features in Nigeria at Darey Art-Alade’s “Love Like a Movie – Naked” musical event.

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Darey & Ciara
The highly anticipated Love Like A Movie 3 (put together by Darey Art-Alade) is currently ongoing at the Eko Convention Center, with American singer Ciara taking center-stage alongside Nigerian artists like Olamide, Yemi Alade .

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Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi
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Toke Makinwa
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Cobhams Asuquo
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Tosin Ajibade
Olakunbi Oyelese
Rita Dominic
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Mai Atafo
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Florence Ita-Giwa
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Ebuka Obi-Uchendu
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Emma Nyra
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Titi and Oscar Oyinsan

Lami Phillips
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Darey & Ciara
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Genevieve Nnaji
Dr Sid & Simi Esiri
Millen Magese
Unoaku Anyadike
Victor Olaotan
Zainab Balogun
Ini Edo
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Photo Credit: Instagram – #LLAM3 | #LoveLikeAMovie3

Manchester United Wins 3-2 Arsenal (64 Years Old Coach Van Gaal Turns Ridiculous

Arsenal started the match knowing that a win against the Old Trafford side will put them within touching distance of league leaders Leicester City, but were not helped by the damning statistic of having won just once in the last thirteen visits to Old Trafford.
Arsenal had a full strength team to choose from with the core of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Welbeck, Coquelin and Walcott too much for comparison with Man Utd's youngsters Varela, Lingard, Depay and Rashford.Arsenal with more to fight for, pressurized Man U from the start while Man U were happy to concede possession and counter attack on the break, De Gea made an important save to keep Man U in the game.An early counter attack just before the halfway point of the first half resulted in a superb strike from 18 year old rookie Marcus Rashford who was just making his second start for the club. Two minutes later , the same Rashford surprised the Arsenal defence and his header gave Man U a two goal lead. Arsenal were stunned . It was a huge shock for Arsene Wenger's men.His two goals came in the space of 2minutes, 25 seconds, such was his alertness and sharp taste for goal mouth action which officially made him one of the youngest Man U players to score on his Man U debut behind James Wilson ,Anthony Macheda and Wayne Rooney.Arsenal continued to pressurize albeit spells of confidence from Man U before the home team gave away a free kick close to the 18 yard area. The resulting free kick was headed by former Man U academy product Danny Welbeck resulting in a goal for the away team.As at half time the score was Man U. 2- 1 Arsenal. The Gunners had 7 attempts while Man U had 4 attempts. United had 44% possession, while Arsenal had 56% possession.The second half began with new hero Marcus Rashford picking up a slight injury at kick off but he still continued playing after shaking off the injury scare much to the delight of the Man U faithfuls.After some inter-play, Marcos Rojo just back from an injury lay off, fractured his ankle and was replaced by another new youngster Fosu-Mensah .Depay's shot was well saved by Cech ,whose defence tried to tame United's forwards.Walcott ineffective for most of the match was substituted for tall man Olivier Giroud as Wenger opted for a more physical approach to the game.Man U just over the hour mark, counter attacked and man of the moment Rashfor confused the Arsenal defence with a pass to Herrera which entered the net via a Koschielny deflection.Arsenal retaliated with a left footed strike from Mesut Ozil after De Gea punched out Welbeck's effort. At this point with 25 minutes to go it was 3-2 to Man U's favour.Van Gaal , Man U's coached produced what could be dubbed 'entertainment piece' of the season after he theatrically fell on the floor to signal to the fourth referee about an Arsenal player's possible simulation. The crowd at the stadium went hysterical.At the 80th minute , the 79,000 people at the stadium gave match hero Rashford  a standing ovation as he was replaced by Adnan Januzaj.Nigerian player Iwobi replaced Welbeck with ten minutes to go as Wenger looked for more attacking options. Arsenal tried to rally late and save their EPL title dreams, but Man u came out top on the day with 18 year old Rashford voted man of the match.