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Global football governing body, FIFA has banned Chad from football until further notice.


The decision was taken by the Bureau of the Fifa Council on Wednesday and takes effect immediately.


Note that in December 2020, Fifa had rejected a request from the country’s ministry of sports to dissolve the Chadian Football Federation.


On March 10, the minister for youth and sports released a statement to prevent the Chadian Football Association, FTFA, from performing its obligatory duties due to a dispute between- both parties.


CAF then disqualified Chad from the Africa Cup of Nations qualification race, just a few days prior to their fixtures against Namibia and Mali, following the sport Minister's actions.


FIFA has now waded in, banning the country henceforth.

Fifa bans Chad from football activities for life


FIFA says the ban was as a result of government interference in the football operations of the African country but announced that the suspension will be reversed as soon as the relevant government decisions have been revoked.


“The Bureau of the Fifa Council decided to suspend the Chadian Football Association (FTFA) with immediate effect due to government interference,” a statement from the Fifa website read.


“The suspension was prompted by the recent decisions of Chadian government authorities to permanently withdraw the powers delegated to the FTFA, establish a national committee for the temporary management of football and seize control of the FTFA’s premises.


“The suspension will be lifted once the relevant government decisions have been repealed and the FTFA and its management, led by president Moctar Mahamoud Hamid, have confirmed to Fifa that the FTFA premises are again under its control.”


Former presidential aid Reno Omokri has revealed reason why most African countries are poor.

According to him, many African succeeded but never wrote a book on how they achieved their success.

Reno said successful men and women in African hoard their knowledge which made it impossible for others to learn from them.

Sharing his thought on Twitter, Reno wrote;

“Too many Africans succeed and never write books about how they succeeded. It is a major reason Africa is poor. Our successful men and women hoard their knowledge making it impossible for others to replicate their success. Give back by writing books”

Reacting to his tweet, some of his followers agreed with him, while others disagreed with him. See some of the mixed reactions.

Not just book's from successful people, we also want book from unsuccessful people, so we can learn from their mistake and failure's

— Jay Jay (@iamrealjayjay) March 1, 2021

 

Who got rich by reading…. Just asking?

— arTED! (@tedcipher) March 1, 2021

 

Most of them can't write about their success because there are alot of theft attached in there success.

— Ade Enoch Oluwadamilare (@AdeEnochOluwad2) March 1, 2021

 

That's right Sir.

Looking from another perspective, when you want to hide something from an African man, put it in writing because the people that need to read how others became successful will never read any book.

— Stephen Samson Ojibo (@SamsonOjibo) March 2, 2021

  Former Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) housemate, Anto Lecky, has taken to social media to speak about mental health and its impact on society today.

According to her, people have become meaner despite being aware of mental health challenges other face.

Taking to her Instagram page, Anto lecky shared a picture of hers from a Mental Health Seminar in South Africa two years ago, as she spoke about how things have changed over the years.

She wrote;

“I’m just here to rant today… I took this picture 2 years ago at a Mental Health Seminar in South Africa. While I’m grateful that 2 years later, people are becoming more mentally aware, it also seems like people have gotten meaner! What happened to us?? Someone commits suicide, another person will tweet “Be Kind” but you will scroll down their page and see them trolling people all day long. Make it make sense! Someone will ask their fellow human to report a blog posting lies and humans will say they rather continue reading the gossip. Someone will shave their hair for whatever reason and someone else will say they look like a cancer patient. Someone will get skinny, they must have AIDS. Someone will have big stomach, they must be pregnant. Where did this bad behavior come from?I remember I wrote a post last year about my feelings and problems people close to me were dealing with and humans read it as I was depressed. Some even offered me money thinking I was broke. What is this type of thinking? Who is doing you people?I don’t have the answers but I hope everyone can find happiness. The world around us doesn’t seem to be getting better so you must create happiness for yourself.

I would love to be a sounding board for anyone that wants to get things off their chest. My DM is open but you have to be very direct and specific. Saying “Hi” will not get you a response. I also won't be able to answer everyone as my personal mental health is key, but I’ll continue to try and Be Kind to all.”

The Nigeria Football Federation’s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire, confirmed Erico’s death on Thursday.

A statement from the NFF quoted Erico’s family members as saying that the former assistant coach of Super Eagles complained of body pain and was treated for malaria, “only to be found dead in his bed at dawn” on Thursday.

“It is another sad day for Nigerian Football. Erico was among the very best of Nigeria’s international goalkeepers and also served the country with fervour and diligence as Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles between- 2001 and 2002.

“He will be sorely missed. We pray that Almighty God grant him eternal rest and also grant his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear the big loss,” NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, said.

Born Joseph Bassey Eric in the Odukpani local government area in what is today known as Cross River State, Erico belonged to the cast of the very best goalkeepers in the history of Nigeria’s senior team, and served at the same period as the revered Emmanuel Okala and Eyo Essien.

He made his debut for then Green Eagles in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Zambia in Lagos in July 1973 (which Nigeria won 3-2), and then kept goal in all of Nigeria’s six matches at the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations in Ethiopia, where' the Eagles finished third – the first time Nigeria would win a medal at the AFCON. Erico was also in goal in all of Nigeria’s pre-tournament friendlies against Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania just before the team flew to Ethiopia.

Nicknamed ‘Jogo Bonito’(Beautiful Game) for his preference for fluency and expression in the rhythm of play of his teams as a coach, Erico was part of the triumvirate (alongside late Amodu Shaibu and late Stephen Keshi) who were shooed in to do a rescue job for Nigeria as the ship to the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals tottered badly under Dutchman Johannes Bonfrere. With three matches left in the campaign and a must-win mandate for all, the trio got the job done and qualified Nigeria for Korea/Japan.

They also led the team to a bronze-medal finish at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Mali early 2002.

With his death on Thursday morning, it means all members of that historic triumvirate have now passed on.

Fast-rising Nigerian singer, Omah Lay has opened up on the relationship between- him and Tems after their Uganda experience brought them closer.

If you recall, the two singers were recently in the East African country where' they were arrested for violating the Covid-19 protocols during their performances in the country.

They were subsequently arraigned in court and spent days in Uganda before they were released following interventions of top personalities in the entertainment industry as well as from those in politics.

Omah Lay in a recent statement has now revealed how their short stay together brought them closer.

He made this known in a recent interview with Ebuka as he hinted at the possibility of them working together on a single anytime soon.

Watch the video of Omah Lay speaking below:
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Charles Mensah, a Ghanaian singer better known as Shatta Wale, has taken a hit at Burna Boy, an Afrofusion star, for allegedly badmouthing him.

In an Instagram live on Saturday, the self-acclaimed Dancehall king vented his chagrin at the ‘African Giant’ crooner who he claimed gossiped about him while in Ghana.

During the yuletide season, Burna Boy was spotted at a number of events and nightclubs occasionally mingling with the crème de la crème of the entertainment industry in Ghana.

The Grammy-nominated singer also reportedly engaged in a brawl with Davido, his colleague, at Twist nightclub in the west African country.

But in the short video, Wale said he is very disappointed that Burna Boy refused to reply to his messages all through the period he was in Ghana.

BBNaija ex-couple Ike Onyema and Mercy Eke are no longer together following their messy break online.

However, seems like the drama is far from over, as the reality stars are constantly trying to out do the other in terms of their recent affairs and relationships.

Yesterday, Thursday January 14, a video of Mercy rocking and twerking on her alleged new man while he caressed her ass in a club went viral on social media.

Mercy also shared videos of herself and her alleged man on Snapchat which led to the speculation that the reality star might be seeing another man identified as Montana.

Watch video below.

Bbn Mercy Eke and newest boo, Tana caught having fun at a Lagos Island strip club pic.twitter.com/hRibN90d69

— GistReel.Com (@GistReel) January 14, 2021

Few hours after the video went viral, Ike’s Snapchat video of himself having fun with two unidentified ladies feeding in bed in South Africa also surfaced on line.

Watch video below.

You don’t mean it .. while your fave is enjoying threesome . @Iam_IkeOnyema why are your thugs crying all over Twitter since morning 😂😭😭 pic.twitter.com/QUi9hg1MnG

— dami_koko (@kokopopped) January 14, 2021

Nigerian singer Davido has reacted angrily after seeing a video of the the wife of a Presidential Candidate, Bobi Wine in Uganda being stripped by Police.

This sad incident is coming just a day before the Presidential election in the east African country., and if you recall, Bobi Wine is contesting against the incumbent, Yoweri Museveni who has ruled the country for over 30 years.

According to report, the Ugandan police force carried out an arrest on the wife of the Presidential aspirant who has the support of the people.

In the viral video, Bobi Wine’s wife was dragged, stripped, and tortured in the presence of her son who struggled to rescue his mum while screaming, “leave my mummy.”

In reaction, the popular Nigerian singer and songwriter expressed utter disgust at the abuse of power and the violation of human rights.

“Jesus !! This is disgusting !this is so so bad !! POWER IS A DRUG !!”. He tweeted.

Watch the video below;
 
The man said youths in each Igbo community popularly known as Umunna, need to reduce the demands they make to men who come seeking the hands of the female members of their community in marriage.

                            

 

                          

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An Igbo man took to social media to lament about the highcost of getting married in Igboland.

Making particular reference to the demands on the marriage lists given to intending grooms in Nnewi, Anambra state, the man who made his complaint via his Twitter handle @Kene_Nnewi, said youths in each Igbo community popularly known as Umunna, need to reduce the demands they make to men who come seeking the hands of the female members of their community in marriage.

He Tweeted;

''I have kicked against this in my umunna and will fight it until the -executive adjust it... If you can... fight for yours as well. Igba-Nkwu in igboland is getting more expensive every day by day.. I told my umunna either we cut down the list of drinks or take all drinks out entirely.... collect 70k for the two goats 10k for few crates and one schnapps and that's it...this issue of gathering to share almost 8bottles of drink per head after Igba-Nkwu have to stop.''

When a Twitter user replied by saying ''African culture dey make things too hard these days'', Kene disagreed saying it is the greed in this generation that has led to the expensive wedding lists

''Not African culture but our generation greediness..our ancestors never had it this way''

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Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president, has received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Paul Ibe, Atiku’s spokesman, confirmed the development to TheCable on Thursday.

“The importance of the #COVID19 vaccine in mitigating the effect of the coronavirus cannot be overstated, particularly in Africa and Nigeria. Yesterday (Wednesday), as part of the mass vaccination programme, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine,” Atiku’s spokesman said.

“He is anxiously looking forward to when Nigerians, especially medical professionals in the front line and the most vulnerable will be vaccinated in the country.

The Pfizer vaccine is the first to be granted emergency use authorisation by the WHO, and according to Pfizer and BioNTech, it is 90 percent effective. Big Brother Naija, BBNaija season 2 See Gobe reality television stars and ex-housemates, Uriel Ngozi Oputaand Gifty Powers are back as friends after 2-year fight.

You could recall that the both reality TV stars took part in the Big Brother Naija season 2 show which was held in South Africa in 2017 and they were not been in talking terms since when the show ended, until now.

But taking to her social media page, Uriel revealed that she reached out to Gifty and it was a decision she was glad she made as it appears as if a big burden was lifted off her shoulders.

She wrote:

“After almost 2 years of not talking. I finally sent my @officialgiftypowers a DM I can’t lie I feel so relieved I’m not cut out for war sha. sorry goes a long way!! she’s a special one❤️❤️ Omo our break up Pain me shaaaaa “I’ve missed out on so much!! we where' so close. pls don’t ask me why we fell out … I don’t remember 😭🙄 2021 positive vibes only!! Gosh I feel like a heavy burden has been lifted. Gifty of Life ❤️”
Reno Omokri has opined that Africans don’t need suit and tie and a white dress for weddings in 2021.

According to Reno, the entire structure of white wedding is fashioned for European culture and not Christian culture.

He advised couple who are getting married in 2021 to marry in their native African wears. He also said that some African Muslims are also wearing European fashion to get married.

Reno on Twitter wrote; “In 2021, Africans dont need suit and tie and a white dress for weddings. The entire structure of the White Wedding is fashioned after EUROPEAN culture NOT Christian culture. Today, even African Muslims now do it. Marry in your native African wears!”

In 2021, Africans dont needsuit and tie and a white dress for weddings. The entire structure of the White Wedding is fashioned after EUROPEAN culture NOT Christian culture. Today, even African Muslims now do it. Marry in your native African wears!#FreeLeahSharibu#RenosNuggets

— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) December 31, 2020 Nigerian celebrities’ barman Cubana Chief Priest has claimed that the entire Nigerian music industry would crash should Davido leave the scene.

Davido had taken to social media to announce that he would be quitting music, after there were multiple online reports that he had a brawl with Burna Boy at a club, Twist, in Ghana.

The brawl was alleged to have started after Burna Boy reportedly moved towards Davido’s camp in the club. According to reports, the African Giant was allegedly angered as the DJ in the club continued to play different songs by Davido, despite the fact that Wizkid and Burna Boy were in the club.

So far both Burna Boy and Davido’s camp have kept mum over the alleged brawl at the club in Ghana despite videos that have surfaced online as The Punch has reached out to them but to no avail.

Calling on players of the Nigerian music industry to speak to Davido over his decision to quit music, Cubana Chief Priest described the singer as the pillar of the music industry in Nigeria.

He wrote on Twitter;

“If Davido should leave Music, the entire Nigeria music Industry will collapse. We all know how he has lifted so many people today. The real Odogwu himself David Adeleke”

If Davido should leave Music, the entire Nigeria music Industry will collapse. We all know how he has lifted so many people today. The real Odogwu himself David Adeleke ✊🏽 Tule !!

— Cubana Chief Priest (@CelebrityBarMan) December 28, 2020

South Africa has become the first country on the continent to register more than one million Covid-19 cases, France24 reports.

It comes just days after authorities confirmed that a new, faster-spreading, coronavirus variant had been detected.

Some hospitals and medical centres have reported a huge rise in admissions, putting a heavy strain on resources.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is widely expected to announce tougher restrictions to prevent the virus from spreading further.

The latest milestone was announced on Sunday, 27 December, by South Africa’s health minister, Zweli Mkhize. The country has now confirmed 1,004,413 Covid-19 infections and 26,735 deaths since the outbreak began in March.

Last week, South Africa recorded a daily average of 11,700 new infections, a rise of 39% on the previous week and from Wednesday to Friday the daily number of new cases was above 14,000.

A new coronavirus variant known as 501.V2 is believed to be driving the surge in infections, It was identified by a network of South African scientists in the eastern Cape province and then rapidly spread to other parts of the country.

Earlier this week, the UK banned travel from South Africa because of the new variant.

After South Africa, the worst-hit country on the African continent is Morocco, which has seen 432,079 cases and 7,240 deaths.

South African media personality, Pearl Thusi has opened up on her battle with colorism and depression.

Thusi in an interview with podcaster MacG, talked about her battle with being light-skinned. She recounted burning her skin when she was a child for people to stop teasing her because she didn't grow up around other light-skinned people, and also darkening her skin to fit in with the people around her.

She said;

“I used to burn my skin when I was a child for people to stop teasing (me). I didn't grow up around other light-skinned people.

“These people think this ‘light-skinned’ thing started with them. I have had this conversation since I was 11. People think this conversation is new. I had believed I had worked so hard that I had passed that conversation about the colour of my skin.”

On her success story, Thusi added;

“You can't say all I have is purely because of something I can't change and expect me to accept that. You can't! That's rude! I am going to defend my work. I worked really hard. I have slept in parking lots because I was too tired to drive home.”


Another new variant of coronavirus has emerged in Nigeria, a leading public health official has said.

John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, revealed the existence of the new P681H strain on Thursday, Dec 24, saying it is different from the ones found recently in the UK and South Africa.

The mutant strain of coronavirus has emerged as Nigeria reports a surge in the cases of coronavirus.

Coronavirus variants emerge routinely as the virus spreads. About 4,000 variants of the deadly virus has been recorded to date, but those in the UK and South Africa have been widely reported because scientists believe they are significantly more infectious than previous strains.

New variants can also affect the ability of coronavirus vaccines to fight the virus, though this is not thought to be the case with the UK or South African variant.

The Nigerian variant's potential effect on vaccines is so-far unclear.

"Give us some time," Dr Nkengasong said. "It's still very early."

The Nigerian variant was found in two patient samples collected on August 3 and October 9 in southern Osun state, a preliminary report into the virus said.

Unlike the variant seen in the UK, "we haven't observed such rapid rise of the lineage in Nigeria and do not have evidence to indicate that the P681H variant is contributing to increased transmission of the virus in Nigeria," the report added.

An emergency meeting of the Africa CDC will now take place this week to discuss the new strains, including the one in South Africa that has seen cases soar.

Dr Nkengasong said the Nigeria CDC and the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases will analyse more samples.

Tacha received a whopping sum of N6 million as well as delivery van and bikes from her fans who are popularly called Titans.

BBNaija housemate, Tacha got the suprise of her life from her fans on her 25th birthday yesterday, Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

She was drawn to tears, after seeing the shower of gifts from her fans.

Tacha celebrated her 25th birthday on Wednesday, December 23, and it saw a lot of people wishing her well on social media.

The 25-year-old later held a party for her friends on the evening of her birthday and it was full of surprises for the celebrant.

Tacha received a whopping sum of N6 million as well as delivery van and bikes from her fans who are popularly called Titans.

On Wednesday night, during her Birthday party in Lagos, the Rivers State-born reality TV star was presented a cheque of N6 million.

Thereafter, she was taken outside and was also shown the second set of her birthday gifts which included a customized delivery van and three delivery bikes.

The delivery vehicles were meant solely for her brands, Simply Tacha and Everything Tacha and this simply means that a buyer of any Tacha’s products would have to sit at the comfort of home and the products will be delivered at his or her doorstep.

Apart from the gifts, a lot of top rated celebrities in the Nigerian and African entertainment industry made videos and posts to her to celebrate her special day with her. The likes of Tiwa Savage, Funke Akindele, Don Jazzy, Omoni Oboli, Chigul, Eniola Badmus, Omah Lay amongst others did these.

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A Danish aid worker, Anja Ringgren Lovén shared before and after photos of a young boy rescued in Akwa Ibom on December 2019 after he was branded a witch and left to die.

The young boy was labelled a witch in Akwa Ibom and left to die after testing positive for HIV.

According to reports, the child’s condition was so critical that they feared he won’t survive but one year after his rescue, Saviour Udem’s transformation has been amazing, despite being a HIV patient.

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“Exactly a year ago exactly we were called to look at a serious case. A young boy had been spotted along the road and he was in a life-threatening condition,”

”It was just before Christmas and we were all busy decorating Land of Hope for our big Christmas party and suddenly we had to rush and prepare for a rescue mission.

“When we found Saviour he was in serious pain. I was not even sure if he would survive. When I made the update on the day of his rescue I wrote “his condition is critical” and that was because what we worried later turned out to be the case.

Saviour was tested positive for HIV and when infected, most children in Africa die within one year because of the lack of treatment. Nine out of 10 children aged 0-19 years living with HIV are in Africa and one of the best ways to fight stigma and empower HIV-positive people is by SPEAKING OUT openly and honestly.

For many years we have educated our children about AIDS and they know that HIV does not make people dangerous and together with our staff they are at the forefront in school to enlighten their fellow students not to discriminate people who are HIV-positive. As Nelson Mandela said: “Let us give publicity to HIV/AIDS and not hide it, because that is the only way to make it appear like a normal illness”.

Saviour was rescued in time and the urgent treatment we gave him saved his life. Today, one year after his rescue Saviour is a very strong and happy child. He loves to go to school and to play football

Saviour is so much enjoying his new life at Land of Hope where' he is constantly surrounded by love, care and protection thanks to all for your amazing support.

The Nigerian government has intervened in the arrest of singers Omah Lay and Tems who are currently remanded in a prison in Uganda.

The Nigerian top singers were arrested for performing at a concert in Katwe, a county in the East African country.

Omah Lay who was arraigned in court today cried out on Twitter that Uganda is preventing the intervention of Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Why is Uganda not letting @NigeriaMFA step into this? They have been trying to secure our release to no avail,” he wrote.

Reacting to the news, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairman of the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, said that the Nigerian Mission in Uganda is on the matter.

She said, “The Minister @GeoffreyOnyeama has also been on the matter. Our mission in Uganda has also taken it up and I just had a conversation with the lawyer representing them

Thanks Peter. The Minister @GeoffreyOnyeama has also been on the matter. Our mission in Uganda has also taken it up and I just had a conversation with the Lawyer representing them . https://t.co/bVoQwNbi9t

— Abike Dabiri-Erewa (@abikedabiri) December 14, 2020

 
The number of poor Nigerians have been projected by the World Bank to increase from 90 million to about 100 million by 2022.

This is said to be due to the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the West African country’s economy.

The World Bank stated that by 2022, about 11 million more Nigerians were expected to fall into poverty due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The World Bank also put the financing portfolio approved by its board for Nigeria at about $11.5bn.

The bank disclosed this during its Nigeria Development Update virtual event, which had the theme ‘Rising to the challenge: Nigeria’s COVID-19 response’.

In his presentation at the event, an economist with the bank, Marco Hernandez, stated that before the COVID-19 pandemic, about two million Nigerians were expected to fall into poverty in 2020 as population growth outpaced economic growth.

He said, “With the COVID-19, the recession is likely to push an additional 6.6 million Nigerians into poverty in 2020, bringing the total newly poor to 8.6 million this year.

“This implies an increase in the total number of poor in Nigeria from about 90 million in 2020 to about 100 million in 2022. Northern states are more likely to be affected.”

Nigeria’s senior national team also known as the Super Eagles have ended the 2020 calendar year as the 35th best country in the world, and the 5th best team in Africa.

The three-time African champions remain unmoved in the latest Fifa rankings released by the world football governing body on Thursday, December 10, 2020


Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles garnered a total of 1474 points to stay as the fifth-best team on the continent behind Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

Nigeria played only four games.l this year- The first match ended as a 1-0 defeat to Algeria in an international friendly. Before a 1-1 draw against Tunisia in another international warm-up game staged at the Jacques Lemans Arena, Austria.

Nigeria’s double-header Africa Cup of Nations qualifier versus Sierra Leone ended 4-4 and 0-0 respectively.

Senegal are ranked first on the continent and 20th in the world with 1558 points.

Belgium claimed the team of the year prize for the third consecutive year having won six of their eight matches played in 2020.

After Belgium is France (2nd), Brazil (3rd) and England (4th) – who retain their respective rankings.

The only change in the top five compared to 2019 is the appearance of Portugal in fifth place.


The team with the most progress in 2020 were Hungary (40th), after a gain of 44 points and 12 places allowed them to end the year in the top 50.

In eight matches played in 2020, the Magyars lost just once (to Russia), a sequence of results that enabled them to secure a berth at the Uefa Euro 2020.


Other notable climbers include Ecuador (56th, + 41 points compared to December 2019), Malta (176th, + 32 points), Brazil (3rd, + 31 points), and Equatorial Guinea (134th, + 31 points). Burundi (138th), meanwhile, picked up 29 points and made the most significant move in terms of places, ascending 13 positions.

Nigerian investigative journalist, Ruona J. Meyer, has called out Kiki Mordi for cheating her colleagues who they worked together on documentary, Sex For Grades.

Sex for Grades was published by the BBC Africa Eye in the year 2019, and Kiki Mordi has since gotten numerous awards and recognitions for it.

Ruona J. Meyer has now taken to Twitter to claim that the documentary was not actually Kiki Mordi’s idea.

In a series of social media posts, she alleged that O.O actually pitched the story, yet Kiki has failed to share whatever money she got as a return with her.

See her claims below;

Kiki, make sure this time you at least share whatever prize money there is with O.O and acknowledge her – given this was all her story as pitched, sourced/started. Real journalists have honour and also hold themselves to account, not just the government.

O.O a fellow female journalist did not get a fair deal, and you remain complicit and a beneficiary of that. The facts, complaints, responses and even her thread are there. Better make it right because journalism can’t insist on ethics & fairness from others, yet cheat within.

For any bright sparks, I was in that newsroom when N.O and O.O pitched that story, so don’t try me today… I suggest you try Jesus instead. He is a better option.

Kiki, make sure this time you at least share whatever prize money there is with O.O and acknowledge her – given this was all her story as pitched, sourced/started.

Real journalists have honour and also hold themselves to account, not just the government. #TruthIsSacrosanct https://t.co/gvmQ42IeFo

— Ruona J. Meyer (@RGAMeyer) December 10, 2020

Former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, says Nigeria will be able to access COVID-19 vaccines from the end of January through the first quarter of 2021.

Okonjo-Iweala who is currently the African Union Special Envoy on mobilizing international economic support for the continental fight against COVID-19 and Nigeria’s candidate for the Office of the Director-General of the World Trade Organization disclosed this during a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama in Abuja on Monday, December 7.

A statement released by the Ministry quotes Okonjo-Iweala as saying the Pfizer vaccine and the AstraZeneca were presently being negotiated so that poor countries don’t have to stand in line behind rich countries.

“So, the Pfizer vaccine, the Astra Zeneca, those are being negotiated now so that poor countries don’t have to stand in line behind rich countries. So, we hope they are starting by the end of January. We will be able to reach these countries, including most of the African countries, Nigeria included, will be able to get access to some of these vaccines. Initially, it will be for front line health workers, followed by some other target groups – older people, those with underlying conditions and then, from there, the rest of the population. I think the COVAX facility can cover maybe 20-23 per cent of the population by the end of next year,” Okonjo-Iweala said

The former finance minister described Africans as blessed, for not having the same incidence rate of COVID-19 like other continents, but warned African nations against complacency.

A new bill passed by the South African parliament is seeking to regulate how users share nudes and other intimate contents on the Facebook-owned instant messaging app, WhatsApp.

The bill which was mooted in 2017 and has undergone a lot of changes, criminalizes revenge porn and cracks down on some cyber crimes associated with the instant messaging application.

The bill which made it clear that sending of intimate content which can be seen as harmful without the subject’s consent has been criminalised, also allows the personal data of WhatsApp users to be subjected to scrutiny by both the law enforcement agencies and the electronic communications service providers and financial institutions which have been tasked to monitor such cyber crimes on the instant messaging app.

It also stipulates that any person, be it on WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter, who discloses a data message to a single person, group of persons, or the public with the intention to incite damage or violence is guilty of an offence. This include sharing of porn videos and images – that do not belong you, or rather, that do not have you as the participant in the imagery is a criminal offence.

The bill which was passed on December 2, is now awaiting the President’s approval.

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