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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Senator Patrick Leahy: With Friends Like This - By FFK

Article by former Nigerian minister, Femi Fani-Kayode..
The United States government helped Boko Haram immensly by refusing to classify them as a terrorist organisation until 2014 and by refusing to sell us arms to fight them. Worst still, they imposed an international arms embargo on us so that we could not buy arms from anyone else in the international community. When asked why they are doing this to us they tell us that it is because of the Leahy Act which prohibits them from selling arms to governments that violate the human rights of their own citizens.

"Drugs so not our style" Khloe K reacts to coke sniffing rumour at Kylie's graduation party

A video taken at Kylie’s party shows a man fiddling with a packet before rubbing a substance
in his mouth has ignited a rumour frenzy. Khloe was quick to squash the rumour in a series of tweets

Photos: 14 dead in a suicide attack in Cameroon. Perpetrator said to be a 12yr old girl

14 dead and over 20 injured in a suicide attack in Maroua, northern Cameroon today Saturday July 25th. The perpetrator is said to be a 12-year-old girl. This is happening barely three days after twin attacks there by suspected members of Boko Haram.

Photos: Scene of fatal accident involving Benue medical student

Today, I told y'all about a medical student from Benue State University who died in an accident after he was withdrawn from medical school after spending 10 years there. Just got photos from the scene of the accident that killed him. The accident happened just a few kilometers from his house. He got the news of his withdrawal from the medical school two days ago and told his friends he no longer had any reason to live. He then drank a lot, drove at high speed without wearing his seat belt, entered a sharp bend and straight to a curvet and hit a passerby. He and the passerby died on the spot. More photos after the cut...

Genevieve Nnaji & her girls hang out at a resort in Lagos...(photos)

Genevieve Nnaji was out with some of her pals in Lagos today. With no-makeup on, the actress and her friends including Veronica Odeka, Oluchi Orlandi hung out at Inagbe Grand Resorts & Leisure, Lagos. More photos after the cut...

TF? Imagine the kind of question someone asked on twitter...

How do you date a married man and ensure it does not affect his home? Lol. See question. How about not date him, and find yourself a single man?

Another beautiful example of love found on Social Media (photos)

Ladies, you really can get a ring from someone you meet on Social Media - Love works in amazing ways. Here's another beautiful example of how twitter led to an engagement.

Photos at Emmanuel Adefarasin & Yetunde Adeosun wed in Italy

Emmanuel Adefarasin, son of Pastor Wale Adefarasin who is the older brother of popular Lagos pastor, Paul Adefarasin, got married to his heartthrob, Yewande Adeosun (who is the daughter of a former Minister of Transport, Chief Oluwole Adeosun) in Florence, Italy today. Their traditional marriage took place at the Imperial, Lekki Lagos on May 23rd. More photos after the cut...

CNBC apologizes to Ezekwesili after erroneously stating that Oteh is the first African woman to be World Bank VP

CNBC Africa today acknowledged their mistake and apologized to the former minister on the error made yesterday where they had insisted that Arunma Oteh was World Bank first African woman VP. Mrs Ezekwesili has since accepted their apology. Excerpt of an apology posted in an article on their website below ...
"Oteh however is not the first African woman to be appointed to powerful positions at the World Bank. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was one of its managing directors (October 2007–July 2011) and Obiageli Ezekwesili, was vice president Africa Region (May 2007-May 2012)"

16 vs 27! Blac Chyna's teen picture versus herself at 27..

Same face, more makeup. Blac Chyna pictured as a young girl at 16 years old & an adult at 27.

Davido shares adorable photo of his dad with his daughter..

That little girl is so cute... proud granddad!

Tompolo's meeting with MEND members stopped as soldiers seal off meeting venue

The proposed MEND meeting which was scheduled to hold this morning did not hold as soldiers reportedly sealed off the Ijaw House, venue of the proposed meeting on the orders of the state governor, Dickson Seriake. Sources at the governors office say Seriake had sent a letter to MEND members proposing to meet with them at a later date to discuss their grievances. The group, through its spokesperson, Eric Omare, released a statement condemning the soldiers invasion of Ijaw House. Read the statement after the cut...

Photos: Obama dances to Kenyan music

President Obama learnt and danced to Kenyan music at the state banquet organized in his honor by the Kenyan government today July 25th. He was joined at the dance floor by President Kenyatta and his wife as well as his half sister, Auma Obama. More photos after the cut...

The phones no longer ring By Reuben Abati

A very interesting article by former President Jonathan's spokesman, Reuben Abati. Read below...first published on Sunday Vanguard
As spokesman to President Goodluck Jonathan, my phones rang endlessly and became more than personal navigators within the social space. They defined my entire life; dusk to dawn, all year-round. The phones buzzed non-stop, my email was permanently active; my twitter account received tons of messages per second.

Dino Melaye shares photos of himself chilling on Dangote's yatch

He shared the photos on twitter...

More photos from singer Duncan Mighty's wedding

Duncan marriedhis girlfriend Vivien in Port Harcourt today. More pics after the cut...

Drake's alleged ghostwriter defends him

Earlier this week rapper Meek Mill ripped into Drake on social media, accusing him of not writing his own lyrics and outed a guy named Quentin Miller as Drake's "ghostwriter". Quentin, who is credited on Drake's album, speaks up in his defense. Below is what he wrote on his Tumblr page, (but note that Quentin mentioned he met Drake in 2014. Drake has been dropping hot lyrics longer than that)
Winter 2014… I was just another guy working a job he hated with a passion for music…. And somehow found myself on the phone with One of my idols. I told him I worked in a bakery and his exact words were “Fuck that, your destined for greatness"…
Hearing that from someone that I’ve been studying since 2009, bar for bar…. Theres no way to describe that.. Most of the project was done before i came in the picture.. i remember him playing it for me for the first time thinking "Why am I here?” like.. what does he need me for??

Photo: NYSC member who just passed out on July 2 goes missing

Dr. Nwaruh Henry, who just passed out from NYSC scheme in Ijebu-Ode Ogun state on July 2nd, has gone missing. Family sources say the medical doctor, who hails from Imo state, was heading back home to Anambra state on Thursday July 23rd after completing his mandatory 1 year service when he lost contact with his family. He spoke to his sister last as he left Ogun state and his phones has been off since then. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts should please call the following numbers 08065407796, 07034255279 or report to the nearest police station...

Pearson Test of English Academic – The English test for Study Abroad and Migration

We are now at the peak period and we understand that many of you are excited at the prospect of studying overseas and are anxiously looking to book an English language test so that you can secure your visa to study or live abroad.  We want to help you achieve this dream!

PTE Academic is the leading computer-based English language proficiency test used for international student admissions and migration. When students take PTE Academic, they can expect to:

D'banj & Dr Sid reunite over a game of Fifa..

Just like old time! Former label mates D'banj & Dr Sid pictured hanging out & playing Fifa together

Rapper Meek Mill gets petty (photos)

I'm not really a fan of Meek Mill so he annoys me easily...lol. Anyway, here's what happened. Two days ago, Nicki Minaj's ex-boyfriend Safaree posted a pic of his girlfriend Zashia Santiago lovingly making him up for a video shoot.

Meek must have seen the photos because he tried to upstage Safaree. See what he posted after the cut

Why I can’t pay workers salaries - Rauf Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State says the drop in allocations to the state from the Federation Account is largely responsible for his inability to pay his state civil servants their salaries. Aregbesola said this after he received an award by the Voice of African Women for Human Dignity, an NGO at Abuja yesterday July 24th.
"I have found it hard to pay the wage bills owing to the declining federal allocation to the state. Federal allocation to the state has reduced by 40 per cent since 2013, thereby making it difficult for my government to meet its responsibilities,” he said.

Kenya rejects US gay rights agenda, what Obama said about it today

Kenya is an anti-gay country. Below is what President Obama said when asked during a press conference this afternoon in Nairobi what he thinks about gay rights in Kenya.
"The US believes in the principle of treating people equally under the law and that they are deserving of equal protection under the law.and that the state should not discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation and I say that recognizing that there may be people that have different religious or cultural beliefs but the issue is how does the state operate relative to people. You can look at the history of people around the world. When you start treating people differently not because of the harm they are doing to anybody but because they are different, that's the path whereby freedom is beginning to erode.

Photo: Nigerian soldier removes IED buried by Boko Haram in Dikwa town

This photo shows a Nigerian soldier removing an Improvised Explosive Device buried underground in Dikwa town, Borno state yesterday July 24th. The soldier was among troops who recaptured the village from Boko Haram members yesterday. More photos after the cut...

Simply Rich Out with Boogie Down

Simply Rich releases "Boogie Down" a follow up single to his wave making single "Celebrate" , the new joint is a dancehall song, that will keep everybody dancing. The dancehall song was produced by one of Deep End Entertainment's notable producer’s Pro-C, while the song was mixed and mastered by ZIK. Simply Rich's ' Celebrate' made it to number one in many radio stations all over the country and fans requested for the song during radio shows.

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu says he met his fiancee on social media

The media personality revealed he met his fiancee, Cynthia Obianodo, on social media in 2010 and not a friends 2014 wedding like many think. See his tweets after the cut...

See the cake a LIB reader ordered, see what she received (photos)

Left is cake the LIB got off the internet and ordered. Right is the cake she received from her baker. It's bigger and better than the original. Finally a beyond successful cake story! :-)

Argentinian politician praised after a photo of her breastfeeding her daughter during a parliamentary session went viral

Victoria Donda Perez's eight-month-old daughter was hungry while she was attending a meeting in Argentine National Congress earlier this month so she whipped out her breasts and fed her in the full glare of everyone. She is being hailed as a role-model for women and the picture had further opened up a conversation on public breastfeeding. What do you think? How many women would do same? Some women said that they would rather go into the car or restroom to breastfeed their children.

First photo from Duncan Mighty's wedding

Duncan is marrying the love of his life Vivien today in Port Harcourt. Will bring more photos later..

See how a UNIBEN lecturer punished one of his students during a lecture

Asked him to kneel. His classmates found it funny...lol

Smirnoff storms Abuja with Spinall and Friends Tour

Last week Saturday, PH City got a taste of the much talked about Smirnoff Spinall and Friends Tour, that day will indeed go down in history as one of the most epic parties in PH till date.

It’s time for ABJ to experience the remarkable DJ Spinall on the wheels of steel, feel the fire of Zamani with Ice Prince, sing along to Sade with Adekunle Gold, dance along to Tiff by Simi and rock out to further performances by Illbliss and Sean Tizzle.

Obama lays a wreath at the site of the 1998 US embassy bombing in Nairobi

Happened this morning (photo credit: BBC)

Chief of Army Staff decorates officers, cadets, soldiers

Cadets, soldiers and officers decorated with airborne badge by the Chief of Army Staff. Source: Aminu Gamawa

What's in her bag? Woman on train platform becomes internet celeb for wrong reasons

This woman became an internet sensation this week after someone posted this photo of her on a train platform in London, on his Facebook page. The poster asked his followers what was the long pink object sticking from her bag and many believed it was a sex toy...a dildo. The photo was shared over 50,000 times but fortunately for her, nobody knows who she is. Is that really a sex toy, though?

Benue State University student dies after he's withdrawn from medical school after spending 10yrs

His name is Idoko Nicholas Inalegwu and he was a medical student of Benue State University, Makurdi. He died recently in an unexplained accident. His friends think he committed suicide because he had fallen into heavy depression after receiving news of his withdrawal from medical school after spending 10 years.

According to Benue.com, after the student died, medical students of the school took his coffin and deposited it at the office of the vice chancellor in protest, blaming the school's action for his death. See the photos after the cut...

They told his parents to prepare for his burial when he was born, look at him today (photos)

Three years ago, his parents were told to plan for his funeral when he was born (left) but he survived. Look at how handsome and happy he is today (right). What a miracle! More photos after the cut...

Timaya denies rape, says US-based accuser is blackmailing him

So I have reached out to Timaya to hear his side of the story and he denies rape. Speaking exclusively with LIB, Timaya said it was consensual sex and the girl is now blackmailing him. Timaya admitted that he hooked up with the girl (pictured above) in his Atlanta hotel, but says she agreed to the sex.

He said the girl, who he has been talking to for about a year, contacted him when she found out he was in the US for his tour and bugged him to see him. He told her where he was and she came to see him. He said from the minute she entered the room, she started filming him.

Photos of Barack Obama in Kenya in 1988, 1992, 2006

President Barack Obama has visited his father's homeland a few times in the past; in 1988, 1992, 2006 before his visit yesterday. His first visit was in 1988. He was on a journey of self-discovery to know more about his heritage and his father, who split from his mum 2 years after he was born.

On his second trip in 1992, he traveled with Michelle, who was his fiancee at the time. They married a few months after that visit. He wanted Michelle to meet his paternal grandmother & other extended family members.

He then visited in 2006 as a US senator. He moved around relatively freely and visited his father’s grave and his grandmother’s tin-roof house. Two years later, he became the president of the United States of America. (he's pictured with his grandmother above). More photos after the cut...

Photos: Plus size styling & fashion agency debuts its first collection

Nigeria’s first styling and fashion agency dedicated to plus sized women launched its first in-house collection on the 17th of July.. The collection aptly titled Valiente (brave in Spanish) represents the fashion forward plus size woman who refuses to conform to fashion norms.

This collection is a vibrant representation of the Tobi Ogundipe woman, it includes prints and cuts that flatter your curves, pieces that will transition seamlessly from day to night and party wear.

Why I allowed Abacha arrest me - Obasanjo

Former President Obasanjo has disclosed reasons why he allowed former head of state, Sani Abacha to arrest him in March 1995 for allegedly conspiring abroad against the Abacha regime, despite many opportunities to escape and accept an offer of political asylum by the US.

Leadership  reports
Obasanjo was among the opposition lights that were against the regime of the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, who ordered their arrest, trials and sentences but spared their lives due to international pressure. Abacha was the most senior military officer in the illegal contraption called Interim National Government led by Chief Ernest Shonekan after the military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, was forced to resign over the historic annulment of the June 12 June, 1993 election won by Moshood Abiola, who later died in the military gulag.

Photos: Caitlyn Jenner steps out in sexy outfit for her first MC gig

Singer Boy George sang at Caitlyn Jenner's transgender religious naming ceremony on Thursday and she returned the favour by taking to the stage at Culture Club's performance at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles yesterday night to introduce Boy George's band to the crowd. For her appearance, she wore a chic sleeveless outfit with leather jacket and boots. More photos after the cut...

What Jidenna actually means when he says he's a Classic Man

An interesting interview with the Nigerian-American singer about the substance behind his style. Interview by Deidre Dyer for the thefader.com. Enjoy below...

Have you always been keen on suits?
There have been different moments in my life when I was really into them. Some of the earliest pictures I have are of me in a suit in Nigeria, when I was like five or six years old, with my father. He used to wear three-piece suits and walk with a cane.

US-based lady accuses Timaya of rape, shares voice recordings and chats

My attention was just drawn to an instagram page opened yesterday by an Atlanta based lady, who is accusing popular Nigerian singer Timaya of rape. The anonymous lady shared chats between herself and a person she claims is Timaya, she also shared voice recordings from their phone conversations. The last thing I want to do is ruin a career but if a lady cries rape, the media has a duty to at least hear her out but bear in mind that these are all allegations. Before posting the voice recordings, I played it to a few entertainers who confirmed that it's truly Timaya's voice, but at no point did he directly admit to rape...though he was begging the lady for forgiveness.

I will definitely reach out to Timaya for his own side of the story. For now, read the chats and listen to the voice recordings after the cut...

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