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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kim Kardashian shares selfie with elder sister Kourtney

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Here it comes: Kim Kardashian's new book Selfish is set to hit bookstores on May 5 and on Wednesday the 34-year-old star announced she would be sharing some of her favorite snaps from the past 10 years on her Instagram account prior to the release; here she is with sister Kourtney, 36

Kim Kardashian and her elder sister, Kourtney shared above selfie as they kick off week-long promotion of Kim's new book Selfish on Wednesday. The keep up with the Kardashians star has revealed that she would be sharing some of her favorite selfies from the past 10 years on her Instagram account.  Selfish is set to hit bookstores on May 5.

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Ifeoma Umeokeke wed Jude Okoye at Ikoyi Registry

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Ifeoma Umeokeke wed Jude Okoye at Ikoyi Registry


Ifeoma and Jude Okoye of P-Square had their court wedding at Ikoyi Registry on April 29. They shared above photo on social media. They had their traditional wedding here. The couple welcomed their first daughter together recently. Congrats to them.

Ifeoma Umeokeke wed Jude Okoye at Ikoyi Registry

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Big, bold and beautiful Adaora Ukoh celebrates birthday (photos)

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Big, bold and beautiful Adaora Ukoh celebrates birthday (photos)

Actress Adaoro Oko was a year older recently.  Her friends, colleagues and families hosted her to an evening of dinner and jazz at the Rooftop Bar Hotel 'De Kajola' Lagos. Enjoy photos from the bash...


Big, bold and beautiful Adaora Ukoh celebrates birthday (photos)


Big, bold and beautiful Adaora Ukoh celebrates birthday (photos)

Big, bold and beautiful Adaora Ukoh celebrates birthday (photos)Big, bold and beautiful Adaora Ukoh celebrates birthday (photos)

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Pakistan court jails 10 men over Malala Yousafzai attack

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Pakistan court jails 10 men over Malala Yousafzai attack

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has convicted and sentenced 10 men to 25 years each in prison Thursday in connection with the 2012 shooting of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai.

The men do not include the gunman who actually shot Malala, but they were involved in the attack. The shooter is believed to have escaped across the border into Afghanistan.

The Taliban targeted Malala for her work promoting girls' education.   She was shot in the head while travelling home on her school bus in an attack that also wounded two other girls on October 9, 2012. Malala was seriously wounded and taken to Britain for treatment, where she now lives.

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Rihanna first Puma's Ad Campaign is here! "Bitch better have my money"

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Rihanna's new campaign for Puma is finally revealed! See it HERE!

Rihanna has dropped her first Ad Campaign for Puma four months after she became the brand's creative director.  Puma released the ad over Instagram today and is in black and white.  Puma captioned it:

"An icon who does it all needs a shoe that can keep up. Introducing the Pulse XT, worn by @badgalriri.#ForeverFaster"

RiRi models a Puma crop top with the brand's printed leggings and the pièce de résistance, the Pulse XT sneaks.

Pretty cool!
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Angela Okorie shares beautiful photos

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The actress is not looking bad in her new photos she shared on social media. Beautiful woman!

Angela Okorie shares beautiful photosAngela Okorie shares beautiful photos

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Mixed reactions trail limit on Naira debit cards

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Mixed reactions trail limit on Naira debit cards

Bank customers are divided over the reduction in the amount of foreign exchange that can be accessed for overseas transactions through Naira debit/credit cards.

Two weeks ago, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) reduced the limit on Naira debit card for overseas transactions to $50,000 per person per annum from $150,000. It also reduced the limit for daily withdrawal to $300 per day from $1,200 per day. The reduction is on Naira denominated MasterCard or Visa Card, linked to bank accounts in Nigeria. 

A cross section of bank customers who spoke to Financial Vanguard on the policy were however divided on the necessity and impact of the policy on the economy. While some criticised the reduction, saying it would hurt their businesses, others commended the reduction, saying it would help curb wastage of foreign exchange and corruption.

Criticising the new limit, Mr. Chiedu Igwe, an importer said, “The idea of reducing the debit card limit to $50,000 per person per annum is discomforting. I travel out often to get items for my trade and that aside; I spend money on vacations using a Naira debit card. So with this new limit on debit card, how am I going to keep up with my business and personal foreign exchange needs while I am overseas? I wish the implementation of the policy could be re-adjusted if possible to help businessmen like me.

Another businessman, “Mr. Lekan of LakeSide Clothing said, “I am not comfortable with the reduction, because I travel overseas to purchase most of what I sell in my stores. I make use of my debit card for shopping whenever I travel abroad, and I travel more than once in a year. So this new limit will disrupt my business plans.”

Corroborating these views, Mr. Umaru Hassan, a customer of Diamond Bank, Apapa, said that the reduction in limit is not good for business people, as most of them always travel abroad to purchase goods and conduct other business related activities that involves the use of money. “The idea of reducing the limit to $50,000 per person, per annum is an indirect way of reducing their ability to do business”, he said, adding that the CBN should reverse the policy.

On the contrary, veteran producer, director and actor, Prince Jide Kosoko commended the reduction, saying it would help curb the outrageous spending of many Nigerians. He said, “CBN has brought up the policy to redeem the value of the Naira. I know this will not go well with some Nigerians but the CBN has the power to do it. Many Nigerians travel abroad and spend their annual savings within one month in the name of holidays”.

Similarly, actress Ronke Ojo, commended the reduction saying it is another means of eradicating corruption. “It is obvious that electronic banking has generated some hiccups in the economy. However, the policy is a means to curb our excesses and eradicate corruption in the country,” she said.

According to Mr. Harrison Owoh, Chief Executive Officer, H.J Trust Bureau De Change, “The reduction in limit would minimise the various abuses associated with the use of Naira debit card overseas, like round tripping. He noted that some people use the card to withdraw dollars abroad at cheaper exchange rate, and then import the dollars and exchange them at higher exchange rate.


Banks commence implementation

Meanwhile, banks have commenced implementation of the reduction in limit on Naira debit card for overseas transactions by informing their customers about the new limits

For example, GTBank in an email message to its customers said, “We write to inform you of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) decision to reduce the Foreign exchange spending limit on Naira MasterCard from $150,000 to $50,000 per annum.

This means that you can spend up to $50,000 in a year using your GTBank Naira MasterCard when abroad (shopping online at foreign stores, ATMs and POS). In addition, the daily cash withdrawal limit for the Naira MasterCard has also been reduced to $300 per day. Please see below the new limits for both spending using your Naira MasterCard and cash withdrawal abroad”.

Similarly, First City Monument Bank (FCMB), informed its customers via an email message saying, “Dear Customer, the new foreign exchange spending limits on your FCMB card is shown below. This means that when you are abroad, you can only spend up to $50,000 or its equivalent annually (shopping online at foreign stores, ATMs and POS). In addition, the daily cash withdrawal limit for FCMB cards have also been reduced to $300 or its equivalent per day.”

Limit not applicable to Domiciliary Accounts

Meanwhile, there are indications that the reduction in limit is being misinterpreted to include use of Naira debit cards for local transactions and, also debit cards linked to Domiciliary accounts.

Indications to this effect emerged from a circular issued by the CBN, Director of Trade and Exchange Department, Mr. Olalekan Gbadamosi. The circular titled, “Clarification on Circular of April 13, 2015. Re: Usage of Naira Denominated Cards Overseas, stated, “It has been observed that some sections of the public are giving different interpretations to the recent circular on the usage of Naira debit denominated debit cards overseas. It has therefore become necessary to provide the following clarifications:

For the avoidance of doubt, the circular refers to naira denominated cards (debit and credit) to be used overseas only. Debit/Credit cards used locally are not affected by this circular. Debit/Credit cards linked to customers’ Domiciliary Account to be used overseas are not also affected. Authorised dealers are to take note and bring this to the attention of their respective customers.”

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Adaeze Yobo and mum cuddle up in new photos

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Adaeze Yobo and mum cuddle up in new photos

Adaeze Yobo and her mum are best friends.  Mother and daughter shared some beautiful photos on social media.  Lovely!

Adaeze Yobo and mum cuddle up in new photos

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Desmond Elliot receives Certificate of Return from INEC (photos)

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Desmond Elliot receives Certificate of Return from INEC (photos)

Nollywood actor and director, Desmond Elliot has received his certificate of return for Lagos state House of Assembly from INEC on Wednesday, April 29. He shared the photos with the caption:


"Your boy with the certificate of return..#Godwin #HumbledbyHismercy to Him be the glory, honour and adoration..." 


Congrats to him.

Desmond Elliot receives Certificate of Return from INEC (photos)Desmond Elliot receives Certificate of Return from INEC (photos)

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Funke Akindele, Seyi Shay, Dakore Akande, Toke Makinwa step out in style

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Funke Akindele, Seyi Shay, Dakore Akande, Toke Makinwa step out in style

Funke Akindele visited Cool FM wearing above outfit, Seyi Shay and Toke Makinwa attended a UNICEF event yesterday in their beautiful outfits. Dakore Egbunson-Akande also wore a stunning dress to an event. Whose outfit do you prefer?


Funke Akindele, Seyi Shay, Dakore Akande, Toke Makinwa step out in style
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Britney Spears joins Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry on Glu Mobile's celebrity game roster

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Britney Spears is joining Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry on Glu Mobile's roster of celebrity mobile games.  The company announced on Wednesday that it signed a 5-year deal with Spears with the possibility of a 3-year extension. The game will feature Spears's likeness, voice and "creative influence" and will be launched in the first half of 2016.

Separately, Glu says online game and social media operator Tencent Holdings of China will buy 21 million of its shares for $6 each, or $126 million. This will give Tencent ownership of 14.6 percent of Glu's shares, making it its largest shareholder.

Kardashian's game, "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood!" which made $43.4 million in just three months. proved very successful, helped by the popularity of the reality-TV star.

Glu Mobile shares surged 24 percent in extended trading to $6.69.


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Chike Ike flaunts her natural hair in new workout photos, renews deal with Bullet Energy Drink

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Actress Chika Ike showed off her natural hair as she revealed that her contract with  Sun Mark Ltd for Bullet energy drink has been renewed for another 2 years.  She wrote:

"Good morning lovelies. “My people say when a road is good you’ll pass it more than once” Bullet energy drink renewed for 2 years. My team rocks#mymanagerrocks #bulletenergydrink"

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Nollywood stars Ibinabo Fiberesima, Monalisa Chinda, Genevieve Nnaji, others attend Night of Tribute for Oronto Douglas

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Nollywood stars Ibinabo Fiberesima, Monalisa Chinda, Genevieve Nnaji, others attend Night of Tribute for Oronto Douglas

Nollywood stars - Ibinabo Fiberesima, Rita Dominic, Monalisa Chinda, Genevieve Nnaji, Ramsey Nuoah, Omoni Oboli and many others gathered at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos for a Tribute Night in honour of late President Jonathan's aide, Oronto Douglas on Tuesday. Oronto died a few weeks ago after a protracted battle with cancer.

The evening was highlighted with stage performances and speeches. It was a huge success.

May his soul rest in peace.

Nollywood stars Ibinabo Fiberesima, Monalisa Chinda, Genevieve Nnaji, others attend Night of Tribute for Oronto Douglas

Nollywood stars Ibinabo Fiberesima, Monalisa Chinda, Genevieve Nnaji, others attend Night of Tribute for Oronto Douglas

Nollywood stars Ibinabo Fiberesima, Monalisa Chinda, Genevieve Nnaji, others attend Night of Tribute for Oronto Douglas

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Fashion Designer Toyin Lawani celebrates first daughter as she turned 10

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Fashion Designer Toyin Lawani celebrates first daughter as she turned 10

Toyin Lawani’s daughter turned 10 yesterday.  The excited mother marked her birthday at her school and shared a lovely message on social media.  She wrote:

Fashion Designer Toyin Lawani celebrates first daughter as she turned 10


Fashion Designer Toyin Lawani celebrates first daughter as she turned 10

Fashion Designer Toyin Lawani celebrates first daughter as she turned 10

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52-year-old man claims rape of girl, 10, was sex education

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52-year-old man claims rape of girl, 10, was sex education

A 52-year old Woonsocket man is accused of raping a 10-year-old girl and telling police it was his way of providing sex education.

Michael Powell is being held without bond after being arraigned in District Court Monday on charges of first-and second-degree child molestation.

The Woonsocket Call reports Powell was charged with two incidents that allegedly occurred on April 11. He was arrested after police took statements from the girl and her mother and then interviewed Powell.

According to the arrest report, Powell initially denied any wrongdoing but then acknowledged that he had inappropriate contact with while trying to teach her about sex. Police say he told them he stopped because the girl told him it hurt.

Powell is due back in court on May 6.

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Confusion as driver dies inside bus in Lagos

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Ojodu Berger Motor Park

There was confusion at the Ojodu Berger Motor Park area of Lagos on Wednesday after drivers and passengers found a commercial driver dead inside his bus.

It was learnt that the deceased, only known by a nickname, Big Daddy, had slept overnight inside the bus, only to be found dead on Wednesday.

Our correspondent learnt that the driver, who hailed from Odogbolu, Ogun State, lived in the Ikorodu area of Lagos with his family.

It was gathered that the matter was reported to the Ojodu Abiodun Police Division which later sent officers to remove the corpse.

When PUNCH Metro got to the park, a member of the executive of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, who declined to be named, said the driver might have been killed by depression resulting from a debt burden.

He said, “It is not the first time that commercial drivers would sleep overnight in their buses in this park, especially those who come from distant places like Ikorodu, Lagos Island and so on. Big Daddy plied daily between the Ojodu Berger and Oshodi areas.

“When he finished work at about 10pm, he complained that he was feeling very weak. He bought a bag of sachet water and emptied them on his body. It was just this morning that I was called on the phone that he died inside his bus.

“The only thing I know is that he had a debt on his neck. He was paying back the money he borrowed to purchase the bus in installments. The bus recently developed faults. His wife and only son, Sunday, stay in Ikorodu, and have been informed about his death.”

A driver in the park, who gave his name simply as Babatunde, added that the radio which the deceased was listening to still blared when he was found dead.

He said, “We switched off the radio. I have never seen such a strange death. His first wife died about nine months ago, and he recently remarried. He died while sleeping on the steering. He was wearing only his underwear. He was a gentleman. It was shocking he died suddenly like that.”

PUNCH Metro observed as drivers, food sellers and workers in the park discussed the incident with one another.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, said he would get back to our correspondent on the matter. He, however, had yet to do so as of press time.
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Tips to help you navigate a career change successfully

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Tips to help you  navigate a career change successfully

Years ago most professionals would pursue a single career path for the majority of their lives, but in today’s ever-changing world this notion has become something of a rarity.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average professional in America now only stays in a role for about four and a half years. As an entrepreneur, I’ve made many pivots of my own, but the most important lesson I’ve learned is to gather all the facts before making a decision. Here’s how:

(1)  Ask yourself why
There are plenty of reasons for making a career change, and having a good perspective on your ‘why’ is a big step towards knowing what, how, when, and where. If you’re making the change because you’re unhappy in your current work environment, then you should look for a company who prides themselves on culture. Or perhaps you want to cut back on the long work hours and spend more time with your family. Be sure to look for positions close by in companies who emphasize a work-life balance. Every individual situation is different, so it’s important to recognize exactly what you are looking for in new career.

(2)  Recognize your own talents
Take some time to think beyond the skills you can list on a resumé. Do you have knowledge and experiences that can’t be quantified? You might have a laundry list of certifications, but some of our best skills are intangible. What are your hidden talents? How can they help you define your next career move? It also helps to ask people you trust for opinions on your skills and shortcomings. Outside perspectives can add a lot to either validate your thinking or even overturn it, which could take you on a path you haven’t previously consider.

(3)  Know your ultimate goal
What do you really want to get out of your career? What are your long-term goals? I always believe it’s important to think five to 10 years ahead. Starting with a vision of where you want to be can help you set short-term goals in order to reach your final objective. The change that you make should be a logical step in an overarching direction. I like to think of these considerations like a game of chess: always planning six to seven moves ahead given the current state of the board. This way, every move can be part of a bigger goal. The board will change (sometimes unexpectedly) and the short-term plays will inevitably adapt with it, but your vision for success should remain the same.

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Breastfeeding may lower breast cancer risk, study revealed

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Breastfeeding may lower breast cancer risk, study revealed

A new study published online April 28 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has revealed that women who breast-feed their babies and later develop breast cancer are less likely to have the cancer return or to die from it than women who do not breast-feed.

The study focused on the medical histories of 1,636 women with breast cancer. Researchers found that women who had breastfed had 30 percent less of a chance of the cancer recurring with effective treatment. They also were less likely to develop aggressive types of tumors than those who did had not breastfed, as reported by SF Gate.

Lead author of the study and research scientist with Kaiser Permanente Division of Research Marilyn L. Kwan said that this study is the first “we're aware of” that focuses on the “role of breastfeeding history in cancer recurrence, and by tumor subtype.”

Researchers discovered that women diagnosed with the breast cancer subtype luminal A received benefits of breastfeeding, while there were no significant associations with other subtypes. Study leader Kwan said that women who breastfeed are more likely to get the less-aggressive luminal A subtype of breast cancer.

Previous research has found that breast-feeding is linked with a lower risk of developing breast cancer in the first place, the researchers said.

"If a woman breast-feeds, she reduces her risk of developing breast cancer by about 5 percent to 10 percent, although other factors come into play," Kwan said, such as the number of children she has had. "We think this is one of the first [studies] to examine the role of breast-feeding and breast cancer outcomes -- prognosis and survival," she added.

"Overall, our study confirms that breast-feeding is not only good for the baby, but has potential health benefits for the mom," Kwan said.

Her team found that breast-feeding's protective effect in lowering the chances of recurrence or death from breast cancer was strongest against the most commonly diagnosed breast cancers.

The study builds on previous evidence about the link between breast-feeding and breast cancer, said Dr. Joanne Mortimer, director of Women's Cancer Programs and co-director of the Breast Cancer Program at City of Hope Cancer Center, in Duarte, Calif.

The message that's reinforced in the new research, Mortimer explained, is that ''women who breast-feed get less aggressive breast cancer." While that has been known, the new study adds detailed findings about tumor types, she said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusive breast-feeding for about six months, followed by continued breast-feeding as foods are introduced, for up to a year or longer. Breast-feeding helps protect babies from diseases such as diabetes, from infection and from becoming overweight. Mothers who breast-feed have a lower risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers, according to the AAP.



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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Comedian Bovi wants you to meet his side chick

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Comedian Bovi wants you to meet his side chick
Comedian Bovi wants you to meet his side chick

Bovi shared above photo of himself and his wife with the caption on social media.  Na real side chick...
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Behind-the-scene photos of Tonto Dikeh's Video "Sugar Rush"

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Behind-the-scene photos of Tonto Dikeh's Video "Sugar Rush"


Here are some of the Behind-the-scene photos of Tonto Dikeh's first single "Sugar Rush". The video was produced by DBrecords/DKM media and directed by Moe Musa.  Enjoy!


Behind-the-scene photos of Tonto Dikeh's Video "Sugar Rush"



Behind-the-scene photos of Tonto Dikeh's Video "Sugar Rush"

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