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Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer, David Adedeji Adeleke aka Davido, has deposited the sum of $100K (N36m) to purchase customised jewelry for Zlatan Ibile, Skibii and seven other members of his 30BG (30billion gang)

The singer rewarded the Nigerian rapper, songwriter and dancer Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael aka Zlatan Ibile, who is also in the United States of America with a customized neck chain and 30 BG pendant.

Zlatan got his gift from Davido after he attended the 40th birthday of the singer’s big brother and also met his dad, Dr Deji Adeleke.

The delighted Zlatan took to his Instagram page @Zlatan Ibile to show gratitude to Davido.

Davido also gifted his older brother an expensive Rolex wristwatch as his older brother, Ayoola Adeleke marked his 40th birthday.

In the same light, Davido displayed a customized neck chain pendant with the inscription ‘Skibii’ which he bought for Nigerian popular singer, Abbey Elias, aka Skiibii Mayana.

The 30BG crew were also not left out as seven of the members, Davido’s 30BG, Asa Asika, Special Spesh, DJ Ecool, Tungee, Lati and Tycoon got the special 30BG championship ring.

NAN Recalls that in August 2019, Davido purchased a new diamond finger ring known as the 30BG championship ring worth over N54million.

Davido’s 30BG championship ring has 696 diamonds on it.

The expensive jewelry was purchased from Zaheer of Icebox Diamond and Watches in Atlanta, U.S.

Zaheer of Icebox diamond and watches in Atlanta disclosed that Davido’s customised ring was the ‘biggest championship ring he’s ever made with so many carats.’

Ahead of the Kogi West senatorial rerun ordered by the Court of Appeal last week, the two actors in the race, Smart Adeyemi and Dino Melaye, have been trading words.

Adeyemi, who is a two-term former senator of Kogi West, said Melaye never won any election in his political career.

The former lawmaker, in an interview with our correspondent, accused the incumbent senator of allegedly manipulating his way into office using political thuggery and rigging.

He said, “This position has been proved right by last week’s decision of the Court of Appeal affirming the decision of the lower court, ordering a rerun of the Kogi West senatorial election.”

Adeyemi stated that no one could deliberately cast his vote for Melaye because the senator did not fit into the category of those that could earn the respect of any Yoruba man who valued morals more than money.

He added, “Besides, the Senate is meant for those who have proved their mettle in other areas before bringing his experience to bear at the Senate. Where has Dino ever worked to gather any experience?”

However, Melaye described Adeyemi as an expired product in Kogi West.

The lawmaker said his predecessor’s eight years in office was a curse rather than blessing to the district.

Melaye, speaking through his media aide, Gideon Ayodele, said, “The judgments in the tribunal and appeal court have not said that Senator Dino Melaye did not defeat him. Senator Dino Melaye defeated Smart in six out of the seven local government areas of Kogi West.”

According to him, the mandate is the people’s and cannot be stolen or taken away.

He added, “If we go to the election again and again, Dino Melaye will still defeat Smart Adeyemi.”

A 2017 study listed the 150 least to most stressed out cities in the world. With Stuttgart in Germany nabbing first spot as the least stressed city to live and work in, Lagos came in at 148 (just two spots ahead of the most stressed city – Iraq) which will be no surprise to daily commuters on Lagos streets.

There were obviously factors other than traffic playing a role in defining this list but lack of space and cramped environments, including high traffic areas, featured high on the list of reasons people are stressed out in cities like Lagos.

Traffic is a challenge, no doubt about it, but there are tools available for Lagos road users to use to help smooth their journeys and make life a little easier.

Do the most with your travel time using Google Maps:
Lagos traffic may seem like an insurmountable, unavoidable, stressful part of the workday, over which it may seem you have no control. The truth is, there are several ways you can use technology to reclaim a few hours every day or make good use of your time on the road.

First and foremost, how real is the traffic situation?: Who says you have to hit the road at 07h30 or 17h00 sharp? With just one tap, you have access to information like ETAs, live traffic updates and quickest routes to familiar places – like home, work and the gym. This will help you decide whether you should join the fray or stick around, head off to the gym or make a stop to buy the milk you know is needed at home.

Know before you go: If gym is an alternative to traffic for you but queues aren’t, try using Google’s “Popular Times” feature. This is accessible through Search and Maps and will help you decide how to better use your time. If the gym’s too busy and filled with other traffic dodgers, for example, you can choose to see how busy things look at your local mall or the library or the supermarket.

Share your ETA and location: Sitting in traffic on your way to work and your boss keeps asking for updates? Use the Share Trip Progress functionality in Google Maps to share your journey with them, via Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger or even email. Once they open your shared link in Maps, they’ll be able to track your progress with ease. In much the same way, you can share an actual estimated time of arrival at home with your family, keeping their minds at ease on those “extra trafficky” days.

Driving in cars with kids: If it’s your turn to drop the kids off at school, and you have an Android device, why not use Google’s Bolo app to use their time in traffic wisely? Bolo is a speech-based reading app that helps kids learn how to read in English – your kids can read out loud with the app, which “listens” to them while offering encouragement and feedback to help improve their reading skills. Bolo operates offline so there can be no “poor coverage” excuses!

Mixed Transit options coming soon: People, in general, are quick learners and those faced with traffic on a daily basis will often find ways to shorten or ease this process. For some, this means mixed options when it comes to transport. You could drive or cycle to a taxi/bus station, taxi/bus or rideshare from there and then walk the last few metres to work. Google has announced its Mixed Transit feature, which will be coming to your phone soon and promises to help commuters plot their mixed transit options out every day – choosing the fastest option available.

Fatima, daughter of Mamman Daura, has refuted social media claims that her father is arranging a second marriage for President Muhammadu Buhari.

Daura, who is Buhari’s older nephew, is often described as the head of the so-called cabal that takes most decisions under the current administration.

The cabal is said to have asked the president to marry Sadiya Umar Farouq, the minister of humanitarian affairs, to spite Aisha, his wife of 30 years, over constant criticism of the clique.

The rumour was so strong last week with the purveyors picking Friday, October 4, for the wedding ceremony that never was.

In an interview with BBC Hausa Service monitored by TheCable, Fatima said her father and Buhari are monogamists.

“Wallahi, it is a lie. It is all part of what I am saying about the false allegations against our father. He is not even aware of the rumours about the marriage issue because he doesn’t use the social media. They are both monogamous. Both my dad and the president practice monogamy. They are all lies aimed at blackmailing him. They keep falsely accusing him. It does not tally with reason,” she said.

Buhari’s wife has taken pot shots at the cabal in the past, saying those who did not campaign for her husband during the 2015 elections were the ones calling the shots in his government.

Fatima specifically denied the insinuation that her father was teleguiding the president, describing him as a shy person who only minds his business.

Asked if her father was indeed controlling the president, she replied: “I think the question should be directed to her (Aisha). If one would be objective, one would understand that they (Buhari and Daura) grew up together, shared the same friends and did a lot of things together, so if any one is appointed that is close to our dad, that person is also close to the president. They have been together and they do things together. Everyone has his own confidant that he listens to. I think that is the reason for the allegations. They are very close friends. They are also related by blood so there is no way you can separate them.”

She swore that her father is not the one controlling the president.

“Wallahi, it is not like that. You guys are journalists, you can investigate and see how our father is. He is a shy fellow, doesn’t talk a lot and hardly cares about other people’s businesses. Even we as his children, he doesn’t impose things on us,” she told the BBC.

“You know the president can seek his advice but he is not the kind of fellow that will impose or insist on something. He can simply advise and stay away at home minding his business. He hardly speaks, he is 80 years old. When you talk to him about the allegations, he says you should not bother yourselves, that God is clearing his sins by such false accusations. If you are reasonable, you will see that the powers being allotted to our father by his accusers are wrong. It is only God that has such powers. It doesn’t make sense.”

She said she feels sad that her father is being blamed for the goings-on in government.

“Definitely, it is sad to hear your father being wrongly accused. But for the fact that our father is solely dependent on God and we are also like that, it doesn’t bother us much. We see it as the price we have to pay for being loyal to the president, for being there for him and for supporting him. One day, the truth will come out,” she said.

Google today announced that it is expanding itś Digital Skills for Africa program to reach children in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

Google is engaging local organisations via its partnership with the Cape Town Science Centre to train 200,000 students in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa within 1 year.

CS First is a Google program aimed at children aged 9 to 16. Created by educators and computer scientists, CS First introduces coding and computer science to students in a collaborative and creative club environment. CS First club members build projects in Scratch (scratch.mit.edu), a blocks-based programming language. The training will be delivered through 26 collaborating organisations across Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. For areas with limited access to the internet and limited devices, CS First may be delivered through CS Unplugged.

In addition, Google also aims to reach students through an Online Safety Roadshow project building on itś work with the Web Rangers program. This project will reach parents, teachers and students in all three countries.

Google is once again joining forces with SAP and UNESCO as part of Africa Code Week 2019 to engage community-focused organisations across Africa to enable them to host coding workshops for children (aged 11-18) in their local communities during Africa Code Week this month. Some 55 organisations have been identified across the continent.

These activities form part of Google’s commitment to train 10 million Africans in digital skills by 2022.

“The training programmes promise to improve the children’s confidence in interacting with computers and their overall confidence and willingness to try new things,” says Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, Head of Brand and Reputation, SSA. “With growing internet penetration across Africa, and the increasing trend of kids interacting online, Google believes it is important to provide helpful information to children and parents to enable children to take appropriate measures to stay safe online while exploring the internet with confidence. The training takes learnings from Google ́s Be Internet Awesome campaign and the content is carefully drafted to provide helpful tips to kids and parents, and information on useful tools like Google’s Family Link.”

EGE crooner, Danny S still basking in the euphoria of his widely accepted records, putting out some of the hottest street pop songs back to back since he came up the music radar, marinating in the massive success of the most recent of them “Fo Kuli” which went viral on arrival, he has decided to tour some major tertiary institutions across Nigeria, which includes; Kwara State University, LeadCity University, Lagos State University, Obafemi Awolowo University among others.

The campus throttling will see several artiste excite teeming audience on campus. Danny S is using the opportunity to appreciate his fans across Nigerian campuses, bringing electrifying and breathtaking musical, comedy and dance performance to their door steps on campus. In his words, “The demograph of people who listen and support my music are on campus, so am using this opportunity to bond and interact with them. It’s going to be a loud one, as we hope to make the students have a good time”

The campus tour aptly tagged “The Danny S Experience” will also feature an array industry’s heavyweight like; Small Doctor, Mr Real, Oladips, Jaywon, Lyta, Wale Turner, Barry Jhay, Rayce, Lil Frosh, Qdot Alagbe, Chinko Ekun, Dotman entertaining the students as packaged by the digital music service platform, Playmode Music and 1202 Media.

Development Communications Network joins the world to celebrate and support the push for positive change for the future of girls.

Since 2012 the United Nations set aside 11th October of every year to celebrate the girl child, using the day to promote girls empowerment and fight for the right of the girl-child. The day was also to tackle issues relating to child marriage, education inequality, and gender-based violence, among others as the affect the girl-child.

These formed the crux of deliberations at the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, China 25 years ago. The conference, with about 30,000 women and men from nearly 200 countries recognized the rights of women and girls as human rights. A major outcome of that conference was the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action: the most comprehensive policy agenda for the empowerment of women.

As the world celebrates two and half decades of coming together to tackle issues regarding women, we add our voice to every effort aimed at finding solutions and eliminating all harmful practices against the girl-child.

The girl-child is one of the most vulnerable when it comes to sexual violence, harassment and assault, especially in the home and school environment. This is most exemplified by the recent BBC investigative report on sexual harassment in universities across Nigeria and Ghana https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w172wn2wpdlq3hf. The content of the report calls for some decisive actions to protect female undergraduates and girls in schools.

“We support all girls to amplify their voices and stand up for their rights,” says Akin Jimoh, Programme Director, Development Communications Network.

“Although, over the years there have been improvements in the projects around empowering the girl child, Nigeria still has a long way to go in the protection of the girl-child. Parents are still giving out their daughters for marriage at very tender ages, while many of them are still cut off from basic provisions like free and quality education, health care services and others,” Jimoh added.

In other climes, girls’ voices are being heard and recognized. They are speaking up for themselves leading to a reduction in cases of child marriages. In line with the UN’s mandate, we, at all levels, must support the girl child, encourage them to stay in school and pursue their dreams by giving them access to platforms as well as expanded access to safe, youth friendly services for their health and wellbeing.

By so doing, Nigeria could an end child marriage, female genital mutilation and all forms of practices that violates the rights of the girl-child.

This would require a concerted efforts, as the Nigerian girl-child is in dire need of empowerment, financially independence, free quality education and skills acquisition to make them reach their full potentials without fear of intimidation.

Home to over 250 ethnic groups who speak some 520 languages, Nigeria is one of the most diverse countries in Africa, and perhaps even in the world. This vibrancy seeps deep into our myriad of culinary traditions.

In celebration of this, Google Arts & Culture launched a brand new project that pays tribute to Nigeria’s exciting and diverse food culture. Come Chop Bellefull: A Taste of Nigeria showcases Nigeria-inspired flavours, culinary traditions, and food-related content in glorious detail. Below, we’ve pulled out a selection of classic flavours, dishes and delicacies, from Taste of Nigeria, for you to try for yourself.

1. Mama Ashake’s recipes – Mama Ashake runs Ashake’s Kitchen and is known for serving Yoruba food in her northern home. From jollof to Èwà Àgòyìn and Òfadà stew, in this article Mama Ashake shares what makes her cuisine so memorable.

2. Tundun Tejuoso’s tea recipes – Tundun Tejuoso is the custodian of the Jazzhole, the offspring of one of Nigeria’s most iconic book and record stores – Glendora Books. She’s also a tea fan. Taste of Nigeria convinced her to share the recipes to two of her favourite teas – Tiger nut milk (or Kunun Aya) and fresh lemongrass tea.

3. Aju Mbaise: soup for healing – Aju Mbaise pepper soup is a soup made in Igboland using tree bark and leaves. It is traditionally given to nursing mothers to help them regain nutrients lost and is also said to be good for weight loss and fertility. Find out how to make it here.

4. Twenty-five food items you can find at Mararaba Market – Mararaba Market, Nasarawa state, is arguably the largest market in Northern Nigeria. For Nigerians looking for fresh produce, the market is a reliable source of affordable, good quality vegetables in large quantities. For a glimpse of what you can expect to find, visit the visual collection on Taste of Nigeria.

5. Seven things you thought you knew about Zobo – Zoborodo is the Hausa word for Hibiscus Sabdariffa an edible plant that is used to make the refreshing drink Zobo. From parties to ceremonies to ‘just because’, Zobo is a firm favourite on any occasion. Find out everything you didn’t know about how it’s made and what goes into here.

6. Ogi: the local custard of many colours – Ogi is the Yoruba name for pap, called ‘akamu’ by the Igbo and is a simple breakfast meal. It is made from fermented corn – white corn, yellow corn and guinea corn. The different corns used result in different colours of Ogi. While simple to make, Ogi need to be done right – find out how here.

7. Three delicious delicacies from the North of Nigeria – Northern Nigerian is known for its gruels, staple fufu and soups. Find out here how to make Kunun Gyada (light porridge), Miyan Karkashi (a popular delicacy) and Tuwo Masara (a corn staple) and treat yourself or your friends to a feast.

A pastor with a new generation church, the Royal Prince Prophetic Ministry, Chukwuemeka Eze, has been arrested by the Enugu State Police Command for allegedly killing his girlfriend, Miss Ogechukwu Ogbodo.

Eze allegedly killed his girlfriend for refusing to buy a tricycle for him.

Southern City News gathered that the suspect had been in a relationship with the deceased, who hailed from Amagunze in the Nkanu-East Local Government Area of the state for five years.

Ogechukwu, who was residing at the Railway Quarter, was a recharge card sales agent until her death.

She was said to have returned home on July 15, 2019, with over N2m, which she intended to deposit in the bank the next day.

However, the suspect, after discovering that the deceased had gone home with a huge amount of money, paid her a visit and allegedly killed her.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the development and said Eze was arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

Amaraizu stated that the suspect had after killing his girlfriend, ransacked her house and took the money and title documents to the deceased’s landed property.

The PPRO said Eze immediately used the money to procure musical instruments and carried out a total renovation of the church.

He added that the suspect had confessed to the crime.

Eze, according to the police spokesman, killed his girlfriend because she refused to purchase a tricycle for him though she had been buying tricycles for people in the community on hire purchase.

The PPRO added that the suspect was already helping the police in their investigation and would soon be charged.