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Combatting Rogue Pastors and Commercialization in South Africa By Leo Igwe

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The title of a local movie, the Fake Prophet, that was distributed in Nigeria as part of the campaign against child witchcraft accusation in the country, made me curious. Those behind this project had the best of intentions- to educate and enlighten people regarding the fraudulent claims by witch branding pastors. They wanted to expose the tricks of self styled men and women of God, the manipulations of clerics who claimed to have supernatural powers and employ such pretensions to deceive, abuse and exploit gullible folks. Still that the title of this film did not sit well with me and constantly agitated my mind. Too many times I queried: What does a fake prophet mean? Is that not a tautology? Which prophet is not fake? Are there genuine prophets and prophecies? Can one reall...

A Giant Called Pius Adesanmi By SOS/Sonala Olumhense

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Sonala Olumhense Syndicated Sonala Olumhense Syndicated I never met Pius Adesanmi, the remarkable Nigerian icon who died in the Ethiopia Airlines Boeing 737 Max crash last weekend. But we were part of an NVS editorial board for a while, and I read much of his writings.  I knew his spirit.  And his heart. It is why I understand why his death has hit so many people so hard and so personally that there are remembrances being held in so many places around the world.   Sadly, those who lose the most by his passing, particularly Nigeria’s poor and exploited, did not know him.  And ironically, those who gain the most will be the scavenging and ruthless social and political manipulators that were at the receiving end of his work, wit and wisdom. It is good, then

I Have No Reason To Resign From PDP At This Time, Says Jonathan

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has debunked the report that he has resigned his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He stated this in response to a report that he purportedly granted an interview to a certain Nigeria News Agency (NNA), which quoted him as dumping the party. However, a statement issued by Ikechukwu Eze, the former President’s media adviser, on Sunday, referred to the report as “fake”. The statement read: “Obviously, this is a fabrication borne out of mischief as the publishers of the fake story claimed that the former President made the statement while being interviewed by Nigeria News Agency, (NNA). “There is absolutely no way the former President could have spoken to a non-existent news agency, as none in the country goes by that name. “For the a

‘No Words To Describe The Depths Of My Pain’ — Pius Adesanmi’s Wife Speaks On Her Husband’s Death

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      Mrs. Olumuyiwa Balogun-Adesanmi, wife of the late Professor Pius Adesanmi, has expressed gratitude to individuals, groups, organisations, institutions over the show of support in honour of her husband on the occasion of his passing. Professor Adesanmi was one of the 157 victims of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that occurred last Sunday. She expressed gratitude for the “incredible demonstrations of support and waves of condolences” she has received, noting that Nigeria was dear to Adesanmi's heart even though he “deeply appreciated the blessings of making Canada home”.      A statement issued in Ottawa, Canada, read: “I have no words to describe the depths of my pain on the untimely passing of my husband, Pius Adesanmi.

Arakunrin Akeredolu, ‘Kunle Adebayo And The Dying Ondo Radiovision Stations By Arakunrin Ajos

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For days now, I have kept myself updated with the countless allegations against the Interim Chairman of OSRC and OrangeFM, Mr ‘Kunle Adebayo, from concerned Ondo state people who are really desirous of a true and working radiovision outfit. I have also read from different groups, domiciled in Ondo State too, who have raised their voices against the person and character of the Chairman and his poor, autocratic management of the stations.  I waited for his response. I wanted to confirm if those allegations are baseless so the ‘project’ could easily be abandoned by the accusers while the public wave it off as one of those media trial against a very upright, decent, working and responsible official of the Ondo State government.  I was disappointed! His defence, which ca

Frank Donga, Banky W, Ebuka Cheer On As Waje, Omawumi Make Movie Production Debuts

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Nigerian singers Aituaje Iruobe, popularly known as Waje, and Omawumi Megbele, popularly known as Omawumi, have joined forces to create a movie to address issues women face in today’s world. The movie, which is titled ‘She is’, was premiered on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Filmhouse in Lekki, Lagos. Making their debuts as producers, Omawumi and Waje were supported by their colleagues such as Bovi, Ebuka, Seyi Law, Frank Donga, Banky W, Adunni Ade at the premiere. ‘She is’ tells a story of an average Nigerian woman, Frances, played by Somkele Iyamah Idhalama, who, upon achieving success in her chosen career, finds it hard to settle down in marriage.  The movie features seasoned actors such as Frank Donga, Chiwetalu Agu, Linda Ejiofor, Somkele Iyamah Idhalama, Desmond Elliot and S

BREAKING: APC Not Even In Top Three As Emedioha Defeats Okorocha’s Anointed In Imo

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Emeka Ihedioha, former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Imo State governorship election, has emerged winner. Professor Francis Otunta, the state Returning Officer, declared Emedioha winner of the election, announcing that he polled 273,404 votes to beat his closest rival, Uche Nwosu of Action Alliance, the anointed of outgoing Governor Rochas Okorocha who polled 190,364. Senator Ifeanyi Ararume of the All Progressives Congress Grand Alliance (APGA) placed third after polling 114,676 votes. Senator Hope Uzodimma, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), ended up in a distant fourth. #NigeriaDecides Elections Politics Breaking News News AddThis :  Featured Image :  Original Author :  Sah...

Our Deal With Boeing ‘Still On, Says Air Peace

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Nigeria's Air Peace has revealed it has no plans to grouns its 10 Boeing 737-MAX 800 airplanes after public outcry on social media for it do so over global safety concerns. Speaking with newsmen on Monday, Air Peace spokesperson, Mr. Chris Iwarah, said: "The airline will continue to act in the interest of the safety of the flying public." He said the airline would continue to act in the interest of the safety of the flying public. Countries like China, South Korea, Ethiopia and the Cayman Island that recently acquired the B-737-800MAX model had grounded operations of the aircraft model following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines crash, which killed all 157 persons on board. The aircraft en route Nairobi from Addis Ababa, crashed six minutes after take-off around Bishoftu, 40 miles...

Just Like In 2015, Okowa Mauls Great Ogboru To Win Delta Governorship Election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Ifeanyi Okowa, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and incumbent Governor of Delta State, as winner of the March, 9, 2019 governorship election. Okowa polled a total of 925,274 votes to defeat Great Ogboru of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 215,938 votes. Announcing the final results on Monday at the INEC headquarters in Asaba, Professor Seth Jaja, the state Returning Officer said 2,831,205 people registered to vote in the state. Accredited voters were 1,188,784, while a total of 1,178,335 votes were cast during the election. There were 1,154,188 valid votes, while 24,147 votes were rejected. Of the 25 Local Government Areas (LGA), PDP won 23, while APC won two council areas. It is the se...

EXCLUSIVE: Adelabu Blames Tegbe For Defeat, Engages In Fisticuffs With Ajimobi’s PA

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Bayo Adelabu, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, has been abusing leaders of the party, blaming them for his loss in the election. Adelabu has been claiming that the leaders of the party collected money from him yet failed to deliver their various political constituencies.   Dayo Iyaniwura, one of Adelabu’s main allies who is also a Personal Assistant to outgoing Governor Abiola Ajimobi, was caught in one of his many fits of rage at Ajimobi’s Oluyole residence on Sunday. Two sources who witnessed the episode confirmed to SaharaReporters that Adelabu had attacked the Governor’s PA during an argument, which resulted into an outbreak of fisticuffs between the two men. One of the sources told SaharaReporters that Adelabu rained unprintable an