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Nigeria’s leading independent TV and radio broadcasting company, TVC Communications has today announced a major programme output deal with BBC News.

The agreement means that the two television channels (TVC News and TVC) operated by TVC Communications will broadcast 368 hours of BBC News brand new African focused content over a two-year period commencing May 2018.

The deal sees superior quality, ground breaking documentaries, lifestyle programmes, youth news, sports features and finance programmes broadcast on TVC Communications 24hour news channel, TVC News and the family/general entertainment channel TVC.

TVC Communications Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Hanlon said “I am delighted to announce this landmark deal today with BBC News which forms part of a major on-going investment in our TV and radio business with the aim of dramatically enhancing services to audiences and advertisers alike.”

TVC Communications is undergoing substantial, positive change which is now delivering benefits to all stakeholders. This collaboration, with one of the world’s most respected content producers, provides further proof of that change.” He said.

The Director of the BBC World Service, Jamie Angus said: “We are pleased to be partnering with TVC Communications. This deal will see more people in Nigeria getting access to brilliant BBC News content. The World Service delivers accurate, impartial and independent journalism to all countries. We spot the stories, see the patterns and make sense of the world.”

The following programmes to be taken as part of the deal are as follows:

Investigation

Africa Eye will promote the culture of investigative journalism across Africa and strengthen the skills of African investigative journalists. All of the programmes will be based on in-depth reporting that holds power to account.

Sport

BBC Sport Africa will bring the issues, the personalities, the buzz, the key moments and the trends in sport from across the continent. The 30 minute programme will cover many different sports including those that are little-known, and will be featuring everyone from the most famous sports stars to rising stars and the fans.

Business

A daily and weekly business programme capturing the dynamic and entrepreneurial spirit of Africa. The programme will offer constructive guidance and advice on money, business and economy matters specific to African audiences.

Health

A weekly health show exploring African health, food and lifestyle trends alongside medical and scientific research to provide practical solutions and advice.

Children’s

A lively factual childrens TV show with all things that the 10-16 year olds care about. The programme will give African children a voice and connect them with youngsters from around the world.

FCMB Group Plc is on a stronger pedestal and will continue to provide superior performance that would add significant value to stakeholders in a sustainable manner in spite of the challenging macroeconomic and regulatory environments. The financial institution added that its subsidiaries are well positioned to deliver more cutting-edge solutions that would provide the best customer experience in their respective target markets.

The assurance was given at the 5th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of FCMB Group Plc, a holding company comprising eight entities, namely First City Monument Bank Limited, FCMB Capital Markets, CSL Stockbrokers Limited, CSL Trustees Limited, Legacy Pension Managers Limited, FCMB (UK) Limited, First City Asset Management Limited and Credit Direct Limited, held on Friday, April 27, 2018 in Lagos.

Going by its audited accounts for the year ended December 31, 2017, FCMB Group Plc recordeda gross revenue of N169.9 billion and a profit before tax (PBT) of N11.5billion, while profit after tax (PAT) was N9.4billion. In addition, deposits grew to N689.9billion as at the end of December 2017, an increase of 5%, from N657.6billion in the previous year.

The Group’s capital adequacy ratio also improved to 16.9% from 16.7%, just as asset base increased to N1.19trillion, compared to N1.17trillion at the end of 2016. Non-interest income as at the end of 2017 was N32billion, while loans and advances stood at N649.8billion.

Presenting the Chairman’s report, Mr. Oladipupo Jadesimi said:

‘’We will continue to shore up the capital of the bank through profit retention in preparation for the growth opportunities that we expect as the economy recovers’’.

The new Chairman of the Board of FCMB Group Plc expressed gratitude to shareholders for their continuous support, adding that:

‘’Although we met with a number of challenges as a Group in 2017, I am pleased to say that we were able to surmount them, thanks to the commitment of all the personnel of our Group companies’’.

Also speaking at the AGM, the Group Chief Executive of FCMB Group Plc, Mr. Ladi Balogun, said:

‘’In spite of the reduction in headline numbers, Group performance is an improvement over the previous year after adjusting for the significant FX (foreign exchange) revaluation income enjoyed in 2016. The key drivers of the Group’s performance include increase in income from our non-banking activities, lower impairment charges from the bank and its subsidiaries, and improved operating efficiencies through more pervasive use of technology’’.

Mr. Balogun assured that FCMB Group Plc’s successful acquisition of majority (88.2%) stake in Legacy Pension Managers Limited will go a long way to help achieve further diversification of service offerings and consequent earnings within the FCMB Group.

He said: “ We see significant growth opportunities in the Pension management industry in Nigeria as it is yet to achieve maturity and will support and facilitate strategic organic and inorganic growth initiatives that will position Legacy in the top-tier of its industry over the next few years’’.

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration to seek for a second term as Nigeria’s leader on Tuesday received a boost at a closed-door meeting he had with governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

This was as the 24 governors of the party gave him their assurance by endorsing his re-election bid.

The development was made known to State House correspondents by the chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) and Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha after emerging from the meeting with Buhari.

“We came to welcome the President back and to commend him for his boldness and courage to declare his intention to run for second term as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which we the 24 governors of the APC duly support.

“And we have come to encourage him that he must go ahead with his vision,” Okorocha said.

The governor further disclosed that they also used the meeting to talk about the issue of the party’s national convention slated to hold on May 14 and the party ward, local and state congresses.

Nothing that the meeting resolved to make the forthcoming exercise hitch-free, Okorocha added, “We also agreed that we will not allow the issue of many contestants destroy our party.”

On whether the meeting endorsed former Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, as its next national chairman, the Imo State governor said that the public would be duly briefed in due course.

Meanwhile, a presidency official had earlier on condition of anonymity, told newsmen that one of the Major reasons the governor’s called for the meeting was for President Buhari to seek their support to ensure that Oshiomhole succeeds John Odigie-Oyegun as APC’s next national chairman.

Oyegun, also a former governor of Edo State, is yet to declare if he would be seeking re-election as the chairman of the party.

He had however on Tuesday, while responding on the issue of split in South-South over who to support between him and Oshiomhole, told newsmen in Abuja that the purported endorsement of Oshiomhole was childish.

Four out of six APC South-South state chairmen had on Monday refuted an earlier report that the zone had endorsed Oshiomhole as the party’s next national chairman.

Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial District is currently been detained at the facility of Special Anti Robbery Squad ( SARS ) of Nigeria Police ay Guzape District of Abuja.

It was gathered that the controversial senator decided to end the hide and seek game between him and the law enforcement officers which has been on since the deployment of armed policemen to his house on Monday.

Investigation revealed that Dino who has been indoor since the siege on his house began, came out and surrendered himself to the police in front of his residence before he was taken to the SARS’ office.

The Senator had earlier annouced on Twitter on Tuesday morning that he will give himself up to the Police to end the siege on his residence.

Injured Brazil striker Neymar has targeted May 17 for a return to training, vowing to work harder than ever to be ready for this year’s World Cup in Russia.

The Paris St Germain player, who joined the club from Barcelona in August, had an operation on his foot after being injured in a French league game against Olympique de Marseille on February 25.

He has been receiving treatment in Brazil and said he expects to be training exactly a month before the five-time champions play their World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17.

“I get my final exam, if I’m not mistaken on May 17 and then I’ll be free to play,” he told reporters at a news conference in Sao Paulo.

“I had an exam last week, it is all perfect, evolving well, so I hope that continues so I can get back as soon as possible.

“I am having treatment every day and from the moment I start training I am going to work harder than I ever worked because this is a dream that’s coming up, it’s a World Cup.

“I’ve waited four years for this chance, its close and I hope to get there in great shape.”

Neymar played for Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, but missed the catastrophic 7-1 semi-final defeat by Germany through injury.

Brazil struggled in the two years immediately after their home World Cup, but have since rebounded and go to Russia as joint favourites with bookmakers along with Germany.

Players from the Premier League champions-in-waiting Manchester City dominated the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Team of the Year announced on Wednesday, occupying five out of 11 spots.

City defenders Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi, midfielders David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne as well as all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero were named in the side.

Tottenham Hotspur had three players on the list, including England striker Harry Kane, who made the team for a third straight year along with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who has 40 goals across all competitions this season and was nominated for the PFA’s Player of the Year award, also made the team.

Chelsea had a lone representative in defender Marcos Alonso.

PFA Team of the Year: David de Gea, Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Alonso, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah, Sergio Aguero.

The Senate has reacted to the snatching of its mace during Wednesday (today) plenary, alleging that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege led the suspected thugs into the chamber.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly, in a statement issued by the Chairman, Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, said the act was treasonable, adding that it was an attempt to overthrow the legislature.

It read, “Today, some armed hoodlums led by suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege walked into the Senate’s plenary and seized the symbol of authority of the upper legislative chamber, the mace.

“This action is an act of treason, as it is an attempt to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria by force, and it must be treated as such.

“All security agencies must stand on the side of due process and immediately mobilise their personnel to retrieve the mace and apprehend the mastermind and the perpetrators of this act.

“This action is also an affront on the legislature, and the leadership of the House has come to express their support against this action.

“The Senate is now in an executive session. An updated statement will be released immediately after the closed door session.”

The session was opened at 12.07pm.

Popular Relationship Blogger, Elsie Godwin launches her book titled; Oya Start Blogging in Lagos, Nigeria.

The book which teaches both the young and old about the intricacies of blogging and how to go into it has eight chapters of insightful wisdom and knowledge which are timely and quite contemporary.

In her words, “the aim of writing this book is to get more people blogging beyond the bounds of mere gossip. I want them to embrace blogging as a tool for change.”

“There is a great need to pass on this knowledge about the blogosphere especially where there are lots of heresies about blogging from several quarters.”

Elsie who has won several awards globally was featured in the Top 20 Relationship Blogs across the globe in 2017.

Oya Start Blogging is a carefully crafted body of work by Elsie Godwin, detailed and rich with information that are positioned not only to right the wrong perception created by a few about blogging in the eyes of the right thinking world, but to inspire even more creative, conscious and capable minded that have thoughts about becoming bloggers, writers or any other form of literary connoisseur in Nigeria to pick up their pen and bleed the ink on the papers for the world to embrace, enjoy and be informed.

The 31 page book has already started gaining global attention as top bloggers across the globe are said to have requested a copy of the book.

She further encouraged Nigerians to promote the reading culture among the citizens, stating that there is a need to look into the books and guides to succeed in life.

To celebrate her birthday, the book can be downloaded for free for the next 7 days via HERE (https://www.elsieisy.com/oya-start-blogging-elsie-godwin/ )

Elsie Godwin is an On-Air-Personality, social media consultant, influencer, Transcriber and blogger behind the award-winning Literary, Lifestyle and Relationship blog ELSiEiSY.COM, and the TV show – Crux of the Matter. She also has a corner on Guardian Life Nigeria where she writes her opinion on Relationships and Lifestyle related matters. She also co-hosts HeartMatters on Lagos Traffic Radio (96.1FM).

She is passionate about raising awareness on the fight against Rape, Domestic Violence, Sex education and Sexual Health, Mental Health Issues, struggles of orphanages, Sickle Cell Diseases and societal stigmatization.

DMW Boss, Davido who had one time boast of having 30 billion in his account has revealed what he needs to have his life all set.

One may begin to wonder if 30 billion whether in Naira or dollar is not enough for Davido, then how much money in this world will be enough for him.

Recall, the singer recently spent a whooping $235k (N86m) on a 2018 Bentley Bentayga and has also been splashing cash on diamond encrusted 30 billion Gang chains for himself, his crew, daughter and girlfriend.

Of course, Davido’s lavish lifestyle did not start today but don’t think too far on how much money he needs to be really financially okay.

The singer himself took to snapchat to disclose how much he needs to have his life set. According to OBO, he needs $10million to have his life set.

Going by a careful calculation, $10m is equivalent to N3.6bn, which is up to how much he boasts to have in account when he sang “IF”.

Well, this is clear-cut proof that the “30 Billion In The Account” lyrics is just lyrics not the real deal.

Here is what he posted below;