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Saturday, 31 August 2019

POLICE SHUTS DOWN BOBRISKY'S BIRTHDAY BASH AT LEKKI



Bobrisky’s birthday bash stopped by police in Lagos
The 28th birthday bash for Bobrisky, Nigeria’s crossdresser and transgender celebrity has been disrupted by the Nigerian police and guests dispersed, Instablog9ja reported.
A video of the event centre in Lekki showed several police vehicles stationed around the centre.
Bobrisky reportedly disappeared from the event. The police have not stated why the event was stopped and who ordered them to do so.
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It was being speculated that the stoppage was connected with a public spat between Bobrisky and the Director-general of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, who had described Bobrisky as a national disgrace.
In an interview, Runsewe said Bobrisky is like a cancer that ought to be gotten rid of quickly, to avoid its spread.

“He started by selling and using bleaching creams, now, he has grown boobs, bums and hips. If a Bobrisky is doing well with his immoral lifestyle, how do you convince Nigerian youths to do the right thing? Bobrisky has the right, but not within the Nigerian environment”, Runsewe said.

Bobrisky replied him as ‘too small to deal with her”.

The transgender who said he should be referred to with the pronoun she, in May, said socialised with the DG’s superiors in government.

“Ï heard someone in government talked about me a few days ago. Please tell him I’m waiting for him. It’s then he will know that I roll with his bosses in government, not someone at his level. So he left serious issues in Nigeria to address Bobrisky. But I popular sha…”

Calls to Runsewe’s number did not go through on Saturday, to find out whether he ordered the police clampdown.

KENDALL JENNER DRAGGED FOR WEARING HER HAIR IN CORNROWS


It’s no secret that the Kardashians have a long and complex history of cultural appropriation.

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From Kim and Kylie repeatedly wearing cornrows to Khloé’s Native American headdress and even allegations of blackface, it’s rare that a few months will pass without one of the Kardashian/Jenners being called out.
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In fact, just two months ago, Kim decided to entirely rename her shapewear collection after being so roundly criticised over its original moniker, “Kimono”.
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The backlash — where Kim was branded“tasteless and awful” for appropriating the name of traditional Japanese clothing — became so severe that even the mayor of Kyoto spoke out and asked her to reconsider. Kim announced earlier this week that she has renamed the collection “Skims.”
Well, the latest member of the Kardashian/Jenner family to be dragged for cultural appropriation is Kendall.



A couple of days ago, Kendall shared a video on Instagram of herself on vacation. So far, so good. Except for the fact that she was wearing her hair in cornrows.
A day later, Kendall spent time in LA with her sister Kylie. And, true to form, the pair uploaded numerous posts to social media throughout the day. And Kendall’s cornrows were still very much there.

Of course, it didn’t take long for people to go on Twitter and criticise Kendall, before attempting to explain why they found her wearing the hairstyle so offensive.
“I’m EXHAUSTED of white people constantly appropriating black culture and wearing hairstyles we are always ridiculed/chastised for having,” wrote one person on Twitter. 

The Twitter user went on to voice frustration that Kendall and others wear cornrows to “look cool”, when actually the style was designed to protect natural hair.

Another person criticised Kendall for “exploiting and stealing from black women” by wearing the hairstyles. Others said that they were unsurprised that Kendall was “back at it with cultural appropriation”.

While some said they were disappointed having defended her in the past.
And many people expressed frustration that the Kardashian/Jenners appear to “never learn” from the criticism.

This isn’t the first time Kendall has been called out for cultural insensitivity. Most famously she starred in the 2017 Pepsi advert in which she stopped a protest by handing an armed police officer a can of the soft drink.


The commercial was pulled within hours of release, with critics suggesting it trivialised issues of police brutality.


And shortly after that, she and Kylie were branded “culture vultures” for modelling a shirt from their clothing collection in a style that’s largely associated with the Mexican cholo/chola culture.
They were also criticised for including T-shirts with their faces laid over images of iconic black artists like Biggie Smalls in the same collection.
Then, less than a year later, she was dragged for wearing what some perceived as an Afro wig on the cover of Vogue.

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A spokesperson for Kendall Jenner has been contacted for comment.

EFCC ARRESTS ANOTHER 2 SUSPECTED FBI-INTERNET SCAMMERS


Nigeria's Economic and Financial crimes commission agents have arrested two more FBI named Internet scammers who names were amongst the 80 names listed when the FBI busted Nigeria's biggest overseas scam recently.



Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal Office have arrested two suspected Internet fraudsters linked to the on- going collaborative investigations between the EFCC and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI.

The suspects were separately arrested in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and Owerri, Imo State. One of them, Ogbonnah Atoukaritou, a leader of a loose syndicate of fraudsters allegedly engaged in Business Email Compromise, BEC, was arrested in Port Harcourt while the other suspect, Alpha Chidi Egbeonu, suspected to be involved in defrauding a US- based victim, Goldberg Segalla LLP and other yet to be identified victims, was arrested in Owerri.

Items recovered from the suspects include laptops, android phones, land documents, hard disks, Central Processing Unit, warehouse and a recently built house, now attached by the EFCC.

The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.



US EMBASSY SAYS POLICY ON VISA FEES FOR NIGERIANS REMAINS EFFECTIVE

U.S. President Donald Trump with President Muhammadu Buhari in the White House on April 30, 2018. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
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US says reciprocity fee remains effective pending Nigerian government's diplomatic communications.
Despite the reduction in the visa charges for Americans, who want to visit Nigeria, the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, says the increase in its new visa fee policy for Nigerians remains effective.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Friday, August 30, 2019, the Embassy said it looked forward to receiving official diplomatic communication regarding a new fee schedule for Americans seeking Nigerian visas.
The Embassy added that pending the time the communication would be received, the reciprocity fees for Nigerians seeking US visas will remain in place.

“The US. Embassy looks forward to receiving official diplomatic communication regarding a new fee schedule for Americans seeking Nigerian visas. Until such time, and confirmation of implementation, the reciprocity fees for approved visas to the United States will remain in place,” the Embassy said.
Recall that on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, the United States Embassy in Nigeria announced that it would charge Nigerians an additional fee for the issuance of its visa.
The Embassy was said to have implemented the ‘Reciprocity Fee’ policy after the Nigeria Government allegedly failed to heed its pleas to change the fees charged to US. citizens for certain visa categories for 18 months.
However, the move to charge Nigerians additional fees for the US visas prompted the Federal Government to announce a reduction in the visa charges payable by US citizens who want to visit Nigeria.

PRESIDENT BUHARI WELCOMES INVESTMENTS FROM JAPAN BANK, TOYOTA

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President Muhammadu Buhari welcomes investments from Japan Bank and Toyota [All Africa]


President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, August 30, 2019, held investment talks with top officials of Japan Bank for International Cooperation, and Toyota Group, at the margins of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7), holding in Yokohama, Japan.

Led by its Deputy Governor, Mr Nobumitsu Hayashi, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation indicated its interest in supporting projects in which Japanese companies are involved in Nigeria.


The bank said it had lots of resources dedicated for that purpose, and would be interested in oil and gas, and investments in infrastructure.



President Buhari welcomed the bank, informing the team that Nigeria had introduced the Ease of Doing Business, and bureaucratic bottlenecks were being cleared off the way.

At a bilateral meeting with Toyota Tsusho, a part of the Toyota conglomerate, President/CEO of the group, Ichiro Kashitani, indicated interest in sectors like energy, healthcare and automobiles, saying Toyota would be delighted to have presence all over Nigeria.

Kashitani said Toyota Tsusho wishes to also build an advanced medical diagnostics centre, which would foreclose need for foreign travel to obtain cutting edge medical diagnosis.

President Buhari urged the group to also consider setting up a car assembly plant, noting that Nigeria had the capacity to absorb the investment for positive returns.

At another meeting with the Prime Minister of Algeria, Noureddine Bedoui, President Buhari counseled that the political programme in the country be faithfully executed, which would lead to general elections as soon as possible.


“Algeria is a good pan-Africanist nation, with a lot of influence over the continent,” the President said.

Prime Minister Bedoui said dialogue was in progress with all stakeholders leading to elections, hopefully by end of the year.

Friday, 30 August 2019

DJ CUPPY VISITS VICTIMS OF CONFLICT IN BORNO STATE


Ambassador DJ Cuppy paid a benevolent visit to victims of conflict at the Save the Children Stabilisation Centre in Maiduguri.....





''So touched to be visiting Maiduguri in Borno State as a @SaveChildrenUK Ambassador! 🕊⛑ #CuppyCares''



PETER OKOYE, MR P ROOTS FOR TACHA TO WIN BBNAIJA 2019 PEPPER DEM

Peter Okoye is currently rooting for BBNaija 2019 Pepper Dem housemate, Tacha to win the reality TV show.
Peter Okoye is canvassing for more votes for Tacha and wants her to win BBNaija Pepper Dem.[Instagram/Multichoice NG]




BBNaija 2019 housemate, Tacha has gotten singer and dancer, Peter Okoye to her corner as he’s currently rooting for her.
Peter took to his Instagram account on August 29, 2019, to appeal for votes to keep Tacha in the BBNaija house.
Still rooting for her 100%, Let’s keep the pepper rolling. Tacha pepper🌶 @symply_tacha #Vote I Dey pepper dem🌶🤣😂 Oya Titians let’s do this👍🏾💪🏾 #WeDieHere Karma is coming.....,” he captioned the picture with Tacha on it.
The post has seen many of his fans wondering why he decided to support Tacha in the reality TV show.
He responded saying, “The Raba is for Tacha while she will Pepper Dem 🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶 go vote guys.
Peter Okoye throws weight behind Tacha to win BBnaija season 4. [Instagram/Peter Psquare]
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Peter is currently on a tour performing for his fans across Africa and other continents. 
He took out time to show support to Tacha hours after performing in Dubai, from where he headed to Zambia.

R.KELLY APPEALS REMOVAL FROM SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, AWAITING TRIAL

R.Kelly has through his lawyers appealed to the Bureau of Prisons to let him out of solitary confinement.
R.Kelly is appealing to the prison authorities to let him out of the solitary confinement while awaiting trial.









R.Kelly is appealing to the prison authorities to let him out of the solitary confinement while awaiting trial.

PageSix reports that the music star's lawyers filed an emergency motion on Thursday August, 29, 2019, arguing he should be released from solitary confinement while awaiting trial on child pornography charges.


According to them, R.Kelly has been denied access to other humans in jail, hasn't gotten sunlight since his confinement, limited access to emails and only gets to shower three times a week.
According to them, R.Kelly has been denied access to other humans in jail, hasn't gotten sunlight since his confinement, limited access to emails and only gets to shower three times a week. [ViceNews]







However, the Bureau of Prisons says the reason behind R.Kelly's solitary confinement is because of his celebrity status and the nature of the charges he is been accused of. 

His lawyers say that Instead of moving him to a number of floors that are available outside of general population, BOP moved Kelly to “the most restrictive floor,” in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Chicago where he is been held.

NoHis lawyers say that Instead of moving him to a number of floors that are available outside of general population, BOP moved Kelly to “the most restrictive floor,” in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Chicago where he is been held.
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It would be recalled that a few weeks ago, R.Kelly was hit with fresh sex crime charges by the court. He has since been remanded in prison custody.
More woes for R.Kelly as he is hit with fresh sex crime charges

TMZ reports that the music star is been accused by a young lady who said she was sexually assaulted by him during a concert in 2001 when she was just 17. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says the alleged victim initially approached Kelly seeking an autograph and claims Kelly paid her $200 to get naked and engage in sex acts with him.
R.Kelly is been charged by the Prosecutors for two sex crimes which include; engaging in prostitution with someone under 18, and hiring/offering/agreeing to hire someone for sexual contact.
R.Kelly is been charged by the Prosecutors for two sex crimes which include; engaging in prostitution with someone under 18, and hiring/offering/agreeing to hire someone for sexual contact. [CNN]
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However, the music star's lawyer is thinking differently as he says there was no sexual intercourse between Kelly and the alleged victim, but he claims there was "dancing and sexual contact.