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The Girl Osinbajo ‘Fell In Love With’ And All That Went Down At Ake Festival 2018

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On Sunday, October 28, the Ake Festival came to an end.  The four-day event, which holds annually in Nigeria, is the brain-child of author Lola Shoneyin, whose debut novel 'The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives' was nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2010.  The event was declared open on Friday by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who acknowledged the importance of the creative industry, while also paying tribute to great Nigerian poets such as Niyi Osundare, Molara Wood and Tanure Ojaide.  Delivering his welcome address, he cited the consequences of discouraging participation in the arts with a fictional childhood experience he had with a girl he "fell in love with". “Does the artist have a responsibility to society beyond that of the ordinary citizen?

Despite Losing Five Members To Army, Shi’ites Flood Abuja For El-Zakzaky Protest

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The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has waded through barricades mounted by security agents, and marched through Abuja in protest. The protesters, who came from different states, arrived Abuja through Kubwa expressway, wielding portraits of their spiritual leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, as well as flags with Arabic inscriptions. Efforts by a combined detachment of armed policemen and soldiers to prevent the group from proceeding with the protest proved futile, as they waded through the security barricades. The protesters, who converged on Abuja from different states across the nation, defied a heavy downpour as they chanted: 'Free Zakzaky'; 'Free Our Leader'. The group later ended the protest at Citec bus stop, near Gwarinpa, a few meters away from Abuja. They, however, vowe...

President Without A Certificate By Ebun-olu Adegboruwa

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Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa Major-Gen Muhammadu Buhari (Retd) is eminently qualified to contest the presidential election in 2019. The controversy over the qualification of Gen Buhari to contest the 2019 presidential election is needless. By section 131, of the 1999 Constitution, a person is qualified for election to the office of President if: A. He is a citizen of Nigeria B. He has attained the age of forty years. C. He is a member of a political party and he is sponsored by that political party; and D. He has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent. In my humble view, Gen Buhari has met all the above requirements. Under and by virtue of section 318 (1) of the Constitution: “School Certificate or its equivalent” means- a. a Secondar

Delta Poly Students Demand Immediate Sack DSA Of Over ‘Bribery, Extortion, Abuse Of Office’

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Thomas Ojuye, Dean of Student Affairs, Delta State Polytechnic Students of the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, Isoko North Local Government Area of the state, have called for the immediate probe and sack of the Dean of Student Affairs, Thomas Ojuye and the institution's Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) Chairman, America Akpituren Mogbeiyishereje, over "abuse of office, gross misconduct and extortion from vulnerable students". Some of the students, who spoke in confidence to SaharaReporters, alleged that "abuse of office, extortion and other forms of misconduct have become the order of the day at the office of the Dean of Students Affairs, especially when it concerns the issues of students bursary". Narrating happenings in the school, one of the students, who preferred not...

UNIBEN Students Receive Presidential Commendation For Innovation

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has commended the Mr Voiceover Mentorship Initiative team for their activities geared towards job creation and empowerment. Osinbajo stated this during his visit to Benin City in Edo State. Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, who was present with Osinbajo at the Edo State government house applauded the team of students, Ifeanyi Dickins, Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, Ayodele Ayodeji, Akomolafe Jesutomi, Andrew Nwuzurike, and others for thinking out of the box on finding solutions to environmental pollution. The initiative is aimed at creating jobs by converting waste nylon wrappers into creative paintings, as well as collage artworks for portrait, furniture design, interior decoration, monument and others. The vice-president took one of the cre...