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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Lola & Anita Okoye,Monalisa Chinda,Others, Walk Against Violence Towards Women/Children at Mums Netwalking Event – PHOTOS

On Saturday, December 12th, Motherhood In-Style Magazine held its Mums Netwalking eventas a way to raise an awareness about the need to take action towards ending violence against women and children.

With news of mindless incidents of violence perpetrated against women and children increasing everyday, and in the wake of the senseless, police related killings of two mothers, Beauty Macloed and Idongesit UdoMotherhood In-Style magazine felt the urgent need to do something, and this inspired the organization of the walk.

Mothers from all across the country passionate about the cause came out to show support, including Paul and Peter Okoye's wives, Lola & Anita; Nollywood actress, Monalisa Chinda; former beauty queen,Helen Prest-Ajayiand more.

Check out photos from the event above


Fayose Reacts To Buhari's Media Chat:Buhari Has Told Us That Our Judiciary Do Not Matter'

Following President Buhari's media chat yesterday which has attracted criticisms from some Nigerians like Fani Kayode,Ogundamasi and others,Gov Peter Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has aired his view on Buhari's media chat.According to him,Buhari has shown Nigerians that our judiciary system does not matter to him.

He said....

'Absolutely, President Buhari has told us that our judiciary do not matter. May be he can take a step further by closing the courts'.


Photos: Travellers Stranded In Benin/Asaba Express Way Gridlock

Many people are travelling back home today to celebrate the first day of the new year with their families. Some people are trapped at the moment in a grid loc along Benin/Asaba expressway.

One of the stranded people said....

'Thinking of going through Benin/Asaba express..think again'.

No be small matter



Three Nigerian men have been arrested by Indian police for allegedly gang raping a 19 year old Indian girl in West Delhi's Uttam Nagar area.

According to India police, the men were arrested on Dec. 29th after getting a statement from the victim, who claimed she was lured into the home of one of the men.

The three alleged rapists are pictured sitting on the ground and surrounded by police...

The girl, who is a student, said she came to Delhi for the holidays and was staying with her brother's female friends.

On the night of the incident, she said the two women suggested they go to the club to party but instead took her to the home of one of the Nigerians.

Later in the night, one of them started touching her inappropriately and when she resisted, he forced himself on her.

Two other guys allegedly joined in. In her statement to police, she said she managed to escape and contacted her brother who then called the police.

33 year old Nwachorudo Charles Echejohn and two of his friends were arrested. The two women who allegedly lured her to the home have also been arrested.


Check Out These Cars Manufactured By Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Nigeria(Photos)

Check out these cars manufactured by Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company LTD,Nigeria.Innoson is a premiere private vehicle manufacturing company in Nigeria.The company has grown extensively since it started in 1986 as a trading outfit by buying Honda Motorcycle parts and over a period of time was recognized as the major dealer of Honda Motorcycle parts of the time.The company has various branches in Nigeria


Mrs Obiano Empowers Anambra Women(Photos)

Mrs. Obiano fulfilled as CAFÉ empowers 300 more women in various Skills 

The wife of the governor of Anambra State, Chief (Mrs.) Obiano appears fulfilled as 300 women who were trained in various skills received their certificates of successful training in addition to receiving working tools and take-off fund from the Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ). The graduands were part of third batch trainees. Over 600 have been trained and empowered so far while names for fourth batch are currently being compiled. 


The trainees were selected across the 21 local government areas of Anambra State for training in various skills such as Soap and Cosmetics, Tie and Dye, Bead and Hat Making, Hair Dressing and Baking and Confectioneries as well as Community Heath Care Works.


Addressing the graduands shortly before handing over to them working tools and seed money, Chief (Mrs.) Obiano thanked them for making themselves available and expressed immense gratitude to God Almighty for keeping her on the path of humanitarian service since 1991 before she became the First Lady of the State.


According to her, the training would help to equip trainees with relevant skills in areas of training to become self-reliant, job creators, family bread winners and escape from poverty while advising them to remain obedient to their husband in the face of the empowerment programme that has made them income earners.


Quoting an excerpt of Anambra Share Values part of which encourages people to be part of solution rather than be part of the problem, the governor's wife noted that CAFÉ  has been supportive to the Obiano administration to make life meaningful to the people especially the indigent women, widows and the physically challenged.


She said since inception CAFÉ had provided 800 physically challenged persons with prosthetic limbs, carried out free cleft and lip palate corrective surgeries to 120 children with abnormalities, embarked on the building of toilet project in select community markets to boost environmental hygiene and preserve dignity of market women, as well as the building of modern houses for widows who live in mud houses and empowerment of hundreds of widows and women in different skills.




Chief (Mrs.) Obiano who is the founder and CEO of CAFÉ pointed out that the only thing that gives her joy is to put smiles on the faces of people especially the needy. "The only thing that gives me joy is to put smile on the faces of people especially the needy ones in our midst. If you are happy, then I am happy. When you become self-reliant and employers of labour, make your home a good place to live in and impact on lives and don't feel that now you are empowered to make money that you are above your husband Husbands are the heads of family and should be accorded such respect."


Highlighting the programmes and achievements of governor Obiano, she told the women that in barely two years the present government in Anambra has surpassed what others were not able to achieve in four or eight years in office, asserting that the resounding performances of the governor in the area of infrastructural development like roads and Awka flyovers, regular payment of workers' salaries and pensioners retirees benefits at a period when others are owing backlog of monthly salaries, and the creation prospects in attraction of investments to the tune of N500 billion or $2.4b USD among other achievements.


In her advice to the graduands, wife of the Deputy Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Mrs. Sylvia Oseke, charged the beneficiaries to make the wife of the governor proud by making good use of what they have been thought and striving to become reference points in the trade in years to come. " It would be a thing of joy for the wife of the governor to hear testimonials in the future from some of you that it was the break she gave to you that set you on the part of success. So work hard and make a success of your selves." She stressed.


Speaking to newsmen after the presentation, one of the graduands, Calista Nwaloba thanked the governor's wife for the empowerment trainings and provision with working tools and seed money   and assured that she would make the best use of the materials and financial resources to meet the needs of her family and contribute to development of the State an Nigeria.


Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of Certificates of Empowerment Training, working tools and seed money to graduands including Mercy Obi, Calista Nwalioba and Ann Nwankwo who were each presented with Gas Cooker with Oven,and Ogochukwu Chukwulobelu (Dryer and Wash hand basin).


Explanation of photos above....


Pix 1 (L-R): Wife of Anambra State Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano presenting certificate to Mrs. Favour Onwuatuelo a graduate of Tailoring during the Empowerment of 300 graduands of CAFÉ Skills acquisition training at Governor's  Lodge Amawbia recently. 


Pix 2 (L-R): Wife of Deputy Speaker of Anambra State, Mrs. Sylvia Oseke, Wife of Anambra State Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano and Wife of National Chairman of APGA, Mrs. Mary Oye during the Empowerment of 300 graduands of CAFÉ Skills acquisition trainings at Governor's Lodge Amawbia recently.


Pix 3(L-R): Wife of Anambra State Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano Wife of National Chairman of APGA, Mrs. Mary Oye and Commissioner for Women Affairs, Dr. Mrs. Victoria Chikwelu during the Empowerment of 300 graduands of CAFÉ Skills acquisition trainings at Governor's Lodge Amawbia recently.


Pix 4: Cross-section of empowerment items including hair dryers, Sewing machines, gas cookers for the 300 graduands of CAFÉ Skills acquisition training at Governor's Lodge Amawbia recently.


Pix 5(L-R): Wife of Anambra State Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano presenting certificate to Mrs. Okafor Josephine a graduate of Tailoring, Chief Ben Obi and  Commissioner for Women Affairs, Dr. Mrs. Victoria Chikwelu during the Empowerment of 300 graduands of CAFÉ Skills acquisition training at Governor's  Lodge Amawbia recently. 


Pix 6 (L-R): Wife of Anambra State Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano presenting certificate to Calister Nwalioba a graduate of Decoration and Catering during the Empowerment of 300 graduands of CAFÉ Skills acquisition trainings at Governor's Lodge Amawbia recently.

Pix:Cross section of Anambra ladies dancing at the event


Meet The First Female Deputy Speaker Of Akwa-Ibom State Mrs Felicia Bassey [PHOTO]

Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly took a giant stride by electing the first female deputy speaker.

Mrs. Felicia Bassey representing Okobo state constituency and Chair Person, House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Welfare Matters has made history as the first woman to operate in this capacity

In a statement released on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 in Uyo, the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Mr. Kufre Okon, said Bassey emerged the first female Deputy Speaker during Tuesday's plenary, to replace the former Deputy Speaker, Mr. Effiong Bassey, representing Oron/Udung Uko state constituency, whose election was nullified last week by the Appeal Court in Abuja.

The Speaker, Mr. Onofiok Luke, who administered the oath of office on the new Deputy Speaker, encouraged her to live up to the expectation of the sixth Assembly while discharging her legislative duties.

The statement added that other members said that the position was well deserved, and expressed confidence in her ability to discharge the functions of the office to its fullest potential.


Tonto-Dike-Churchill,Lilian Esoro-Ubi Franklin: Nigeria's Top 10 celebrity weddings of 2015(Photos)

As the year comes to an end today, one can admit that 2015 was packed with glamorous celebrity weddings. While some of the nuptial ceremonies were expected and long overdue, others took us completely by surprise. Here is a list of the top weddings of the year (in no particular order):
1.  Tonto Dikeh and Olanrewaju Churchill
Controversial Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh went from being in a relationship with a Mr. X to married in a blink of an eye. After months of teasing fans with Instagram posts about her mystery lover, she finally revealed his identity in February and it turned out Mr. X was the son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. In November, Olanrewaju and Tonto tied the knot  in a traditional ceremony in Port Harcourt. Tonto is reportedly expecting the couple's first child.
2. Lilian Esoro and Ubi Franklin
The union of actress Lilian Esoro and MMMG boss, Ubi Frankin took a number of people by surprise mostly because the pair allegedly called off their engagement after Lilian announced on social media that she wasn't engaged to anyone. As it turned out, the couple who got engaged in March, were trying to keep their relationship away from the public eye after Ubi was accused by former MMMG artiste, Emma Nyra of abuse. Ubi and Lilian officially became husband and wife in November .
3. Susan Peters and Mr. Croon
Controversial Nollywood actress, Susan Peters also pulled a 'Tonto Dike' when she got married to her mystery lover in October. The actress, who got engaged last year, kept the identity of her husband away from the public until her wedding day. So far all we know about her husband is that his name is Mr.Croon and he is a non-Nigerian.
4. Omawunmi and Tosin Yusuff
After having a daughter together six years ago, Powerhouse vocalist Omawumi got married to her boyfriend of many years, Tosin Yusuff on January 17 at the Ikoyi registry in Lagos. The couple welcomed a baby boy in July.
5. IK Ogbonna and Sonia Morales
Their relationship began with flirty DMs on Instagram and slowly blossomed into romance. Model/actor, IK Ogbonnae eloped with his Colombian girlfriemd, Sonia Morales to Belgrade, Serbia to legalize their union. They have a 6-month old son named Ace.
6. Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and Cynthia Obianodo
Media personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu joined the list of hunky bachelors who got hooked this year when he walked down the aisle with his  girlfriend and daughter of Young Shall Grow boss, Cynthia Obianodo in October. The couple had their traditional wedding in Anambra state and will have their white wedding sometime next year.
7. Damilola Adegbite and Chris Attoh
Just like Osas and Gbenro, actors Damilola Adegbite and Chris Attoh met on the set of Tinsel and dated for several years before getting engaged last year August in America while Dami was pregnant. The lovebirds finally got married in a private and simple Valentine's day ceremony in Accra, Ghana. They have a son, Brian who turned one in August.
8. Dolapo Oni and Prince Adegbite  Sijuwade 
The wedding of media girl, Dolapo Oni and son of the late Ooni of Ife, Prince Gbite Sijuwade was probably one of the most anticipated weddings of 2015. The couple,who got engaged in December 2014, had a glamorous white wedding at the St Johns Church, Hyde Park, London in October. Their traditional wedding took place in August. Sadly, Prince Sijuwade also lost his dadduring that period.
9. Osas Ighodaro and Gbenro Ajibade
Osas and Gbenro officially became husband and wife in July. The cute couple, who found love on the set of popular soap opera,Tinsel, said 'I do'  in an elaborate ceremony in New York, USA. Gbenro took his new status as a married man so seriously that he shaved his trademark dreadlocks for the big day. The couple's traditional wedding took place in the hometown of Osas in Edo state.
10. Tosin Bucknor and Aurélien Boyer
Popular OAP at Top Radio, Tosyn Bucknor got married to her French fiancé, Aurélien Boyer in an unconventional two-in-one wedding ceremony in Lagos. The adorable couple who have a joint Instagram account called 'YoruFrench' got engaged during their vacation in France in August 2015. Aurélien works with Lafarge Engineering in Nigeria and has been nicknamed 'Omowale Ajala' because of his love for the Yoruba culture.

Helen Paul Tatafo Gives Out 50 Free JAMB Forms As Christmas Gifts To Fans

Popular Lagos-based female entertainer, Helen
Paul aka Tatafo has given out over 50 free Joint
Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)
forms to interested youths in Lagos state.Helen who is currently pursuing her PhD program at the University of Lagos is said to have liaised with an
independent tutorial centre to handle the registrations so that the beneficiaries can also have access to good tutorials before sitting for the examination next year.Pictured above are some of the beneficiaries of the free JAMB form.Her publicist Bayo Adetu said it's part of the humanitarian service she embarks upon every year.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Gulak Takes Over PDP Chairmanship

The Political Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan Alhaji Ahmed Ali Gulak has reportedly assumed the Chairmanship of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP), with effect from yesterday, his spokesman, Ochuba Emmanuel said in a statement.
Gulak has also purportedly cancelled the planned congress being planned by the Uche Secondus led PDP.
Emmanuel said in the statement e-mailed to Daily Trust that Gulak assumption of duty was based on the declarative judgment by the High Court in Abuja, on the 16th December 2015, which ordered Prince Secondus to vacate office as the Acting Chairman of PDP, not later than 29th December 2015, and hand over to Gulak or any other person from the North-East zone of Nigeria.
"The Court went further to make an Order of perpetual injunction against Prince Uche Secondus, restraining him from continuing to act in the office of the National Chairman of PDP. In disobedience to the court Order, Prince Uche Secondus did not vacate office, nor hand over to the plaintiff, or any other person from the North-east zone of Nigeria," Emmanuel said.
He added that a detailed letter by his counsel to INEC and BoT of PDP also specified that Gulak is now the 'authentic National Chairman' of the PDP, pending the election of a national chairman.
He said: "Alhaji Gulak has also cancelled the congresses already scheduled by Prince Secondus, declaring it illegal as the National Executive Committee (NEC) did not meet to ratify the dates. He said new dates shall be announced in due course after a NEC meeting."
He urged all PDP members across the country to remain calm and law abiding saying the party shall soon be rebranded.
But when our correspondent visited the PDP national secretariat in Abuja, yesterday, there was restriction of movement into the secretariat by security operatives.
According to them, all the national officers of the party had gone for the Christmas and New Year break.
Few men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were seen around the secretaria,t while the environment was quiet and calm.
But PDP national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh told Daily Trust in a telephone interview the change of guard was not true, saying it was impossible for Gulak to emerge as PDP national chairman without the Appeal Court delivering on the stay of execution filed by the party over the issue. 
"We don't have a new political party. What we have is the PDP and the acting national chairman is Prince Uche Secondus. So it is not true, it is not possible and nobody can be rewarded for saying that Gulak is the new PDP national chairman. We have filed a stay of execution at the appeal court. 
"There is no judgment that Gulak should be made the national chairman of the PDP. We don't expect a new PDP national chairman without NEC. With the stay of execution filed at the appeal court, you can't expect a new national chairman of the PDP now until this season is over," he said.