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Thursday, 31 October 2019

OAP TOKE MAKINWA GIFTS PERSONAL ASSISTANT A CAR




Toke Makinwa gifts her personal assistant with a car on her birthday.

One video a lot of people will be talking about today is that of Toke Makinwa gifting her Personal Assistant, Onise a car gift.

The media personality had a pre-birthday party on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, in Lagos which was put together by her close friends. According to her, she won't be in Nigeria for the birthday proper so it was only right she partied with her close friends.


Well, we guess a lot of people didn't see it coming as Toke Makinwa gifted her Personal Assistant, Onise with a car. The visibly overwhelmed P.A could not hide her joy as she wept uncontrollably as the key to the car was presented to her.


"I already knew what I wanted for my birthday present as I turn 35, buying my assistant a car was the only thing that’ll make me happy and I thank God for the grace to be able to help her start her life. She got the keys last night," Toke wrote on her Instagram page.


Toke Makinwa turns 35 in a few days and just like every other year, we cant wait to see those gorgeous photos she would be sharing on that day...just wait for it!

Still talking about Toke Makinwa and her photos, a few months ago, the media personality attempted at breaking the Internet with some steamy photos.

THE ROCK BUYS $9M ESTATE IN GEORGIA



Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has yet another asset in his name and it is a $9 Million Georgia Estate.





TMZ reported that the Hollywood actor and former WWE Superstar paid $9,014,000 for the 46-acre estate which is located 45 minutes from Atlanta in Powder Springs, Georgia.





The 14,791 square feet mansion which has 8 bedrooms, a 12-stall barn, a riding arena with a viewing deck, a pool with a pool house is located in a town which has only 15,000 people. The farmhouse was reportedly built in 1867 for the caretakers.

ANOTHER PETROL TANKER FALLS IN ONITSHA, POLICE AVERT FIRE


A dog on Thursday reportedly sniffed out the driver who drove the fuel tanker that fell in Onitsha.

He driver reportedly fled the scene of the accident and hid in a culvert.

A resident who spoke with our correspondent in Onitsha said the driver went into hiding after the accident but was sniffed out of his hiding place by a dog.


“The driver ran away after the incident; he was nowhere to be found. But after a while, a dog started barking near a culvert close to the scene of the accident.

“The noise attracted many people and after a search, a man who acknowledged that he was the driver of the truck was found and brought out. The police later came and took him away,” the source stated.



The Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed that the driver had been identified and arrested.

He said, “The driver of the tanker has been arrested by Awada division. NUPENG is on the ground and making efforts to transload the product.”

He said the tanker crashed into a gutter due to brake failure.

“The tanker was coming from Benin and travelling to Enugu,” Mohammed said.


 
This would be the third time that a tanker would be falling in the commercial city in two weeks.

The first two accidents claimed no fewer than five lives, including a woman and her 10 month- old child.

No fewer than 22 vehicles and about 500 shops were reportedly destroyed in the two incidents.


The Thursday incident, it was gathered occurred around 1:00 p.m. on the Onitsha/Enugu Expressway.


An eyewitness told our correspondent that the content of the tanker was spilling out after it fell, causing residents to scamper for safety.

The incident caused gridlock in the area for close to three hours.

The Anambra State Police Command in a statement directed commuters to use other routes.

The statement said, “A tanker loaded with PMS just fell into a ditch along Onitsha/Enugu Expressway by Chipex Filling station.


“The PMS is spilling out as of the time of making this report. It is highly advisable you alert residents in the area to stay clear from the premises in order to prevent any disaster.

“Police patrol teams have cordoned off the area and fire service department has equally been contacted to be on standby in order to prevent fire incident.”

NIGERIAN-OWNED BUSINESSES SHUT DOWN BY GHANAIAN TRADERS ASSOCIATION


On Thursday, October 31st, members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) shut down shops owned by Nigerians in five markets in Kumasi, the Ashanti Region capital.



It was the second time this year the association would shut Nigerian-owned shops, claiming it was waging a war on foreigners doing retail business in the country.

GUTA says foreign retailers flout section 27 of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act 865, which forbids their involvement in the sale of goods or provision of services in a market, petty trading or hawking or selling of goods in a stall at any place must be reserved for Ghanaians. 



The law also bans foreigners from operating taxis, beauty salons, selling medicine, production and sale of sachet water, among others. The markets where Nigerian traders were shut out were in Kejetia, Suame Magazine, Adum and Asafo.



GUTA Public Relations Officer, Albert Mensah Offei, told Joy FM that the action will soon be extended to other parts of the country. However, according to Ghanaweb.com, the action of the association is being interpreted as a retaliation for the closure of the Nigerian land border, which has affected traders in the West African region.



GUTA recently noted that the closure of Nigeria’s trade borders to Benin and other neighbouring countries is an outright breach of ECOWAS treaties. The President of the Association, Joseph Obeng who spoke to Accra-based Joy FM noted that the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the ECOWAS parliament have failed to check Nigeria. He argued that this is enough evidence that all treaties and protocols under ECOWAS being ineffective.

“Nigeria has blatantly flouted ECOWAS protocol if there is even something like that. Surprisingly, the foreign affairs ministry has failed to deal with this issue, nobody is talking to this issue and for two months Ghanaian goods have been locked up in Nigeria. This act by the Nigerian government nullifies the entire ECOWAS Treaty on the free movement of people and goods,” he said.

POLITICAL ADVERTISING BANNED ON TWITTER


Twitter will ban all political advertising on the platform globally, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has announced.



He made this statement on Twitter and explained that they'll be stopping every paid political ad because they "believe political message reach should be earned not bought".



According to Jack Dorsey, paying for reach as regards politics "brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions.



He promised that details on the ban will follow in November.



Read his full statement on the matter below





MTN DEACTIVATES 600,000 SIMS, GROWS BY 12%


MTN Nigeria said it deactivated 600,000 active subscribers in compliance with the directive of the Nigerian Communications Commission to deactivate partially registered SIM cards.

The telecommunication company recorded 61.6 million subscribers at the end of the third quarter, adding 100,000 users quarter on quarter, the Q3 unaudited financial report ended September 30, 2019 stated.

In the report published on Wednesday, MTN said service revenue increased by 12.1 per cent to N854.9bn, largely driven by increases of 10.1 per cent and 34.9 per cent, respectively in voice and data revenue.

The financial report stated that earnings per share rose by 29 per cent to N7.29 while capex increased by 39.5 per cent to N154.1bn

MTN said its fintech business gained traction with 21.7 per cent year-on-year growth in revenue, driven by increased adoption of the Xtratime service, allowing subscribers to borrow airtime.

The telco said it launched its super-agent services in August 2019 and recorded 66,000 registered agents.

Commenting on the performance of the company, the Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman, said MTN recorded double-digit growth in service revenue despite the challenging business environment.

According to him, the telco added 1.6 million active data subscribers and 4G population coverage reached over 35 per cent in 64 cities.

EFCC ARRESTS 30 STUDENTS OF OOU, FUNAAB, MAPOLY


 The   Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested  30 students of   Moshood Abiola Polytechnic and Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, as well as those of Olabisi  Onabanjo University.


The anti-corruption body arrested FUNAAB, MAPOLY students on Wednesday, after storming the Ibogun campus of the OOU  in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State to arrest some students of the school.


A student of OOU, Samson Adeyemi, who is also the students’  spokesperson, claimed the EFCC  agents took away 18 students from the Ibogun campus.


According to him, the agents arrived at some students’ hostels around 12am on Tuesday and broke in through the windows and the doors before making arrests.


Our correspondent learnt that operatives raided student apartments, claiming that they were Internet fraudsters. Some cars, laptops and phones were taken away.


It was learnt that they carried out the operations in Safari, Abule-Ojere, Gbokoniyi, Kemta and Alabata, all in Abeokuta,   reportedly dominated by  MAPOLY and FUNAAB students.

An eyewitness, who recorded a 25-second video of the raid on a building in Abule-Ojere,  said the operatives carted away from a car, laptops, but could not get the suspected  Internet fraudsters living in those apartments.

A student,  who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he was accosted on his way home by  EFCC officials, but was later released after they searched him and could not find any incriminating material on him.

Our correspondent also obtained a 50-second  video from one of the victims whose apartment was allegedly raided by the  EFCC.


In the video, the victim believed to be a student of MAPOLY lamented that he was not a fraudster, but his apartment was raided.


The victim claimed that the operatives broke into his room through the windows and ransacked his apartment.



Our correspondent also obtained a video where a vehicle carrying the EFCC operatives was  moving around Abeokuta.



Meanwhile, the  Public Relations Officer of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Student  Union, Johnson Idowu, said the school had not received any report of arrest of  MAPOLY students by the EFCC.



He said, “We learnt that the EFCC came to Abeokuta, but there was no pictorial evidence to prove that.






“We have not received  any report that our students are among those arrested.”



However, spokesman for the   EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the operations.”



Uwujaren told our correspondent that they arrested about 30 people over alleged  Advanced Free Fraud.



He said,   “Yes, our people are there for an operation and made some arrests.



 “At the moment, they are screening them and  once they finish the screening, those who are not linked  to the crime will be allowed to go home while we will continue with further investigation.”



When asked of the whereabouts of the students, Uwujaren said “I don’t think that is an issue. They are safe. About 30 people are involved".

NICKI MINAJ'S BUYS HER $1.1M WORTH DIAMOND RING


Nicki Minaj's husband went to great lengths to put a ring on her finger ... overseeing the making of her wedding band every step of the way and throwing down a massive wad of cash to secure it.

Nicki is finally showing everyone the diamond goods ... and the jeweler who made it tells us Kenneth Petty handled the design, delivery and paid for it on his own. We're told the band is valued at $1.1 million.


Rafaello and Co tells us Kenneth commissioned them to make their wedding rings, working together on a design for several months. Nicki's custom bling features a 17-carat center with VVS2-clarity diamonds.

The jeweler tells us Kenneth wanted a traditional wedding ring for Nicki -- nice diamonds and nothing too gaudy -- because he knows that's her style.

As for Kenneth's band ... we're told it's customized with the words "Ken & Barbie" on the inside of the ring. Nicki's doesn't have an inscription, but we're told there was simply no room for one.


We're told the jeweler flew from New York City to Los Angeles a few days before Nicki's wedding to deliver the rings ... they came in a customized the jewelry box that plays a photo slideshow of the couple to the tune of Nicki's song, "Come See About Me."


TMZ broke the story ... Nicki and Kenneth got hitched last week in L.A. in a super low-key ceremony, rushing to the altar with her pastor because their marriage license was about to expire.

Sounds like things are going great for the newlyweds ... their jeweler tells us Nicki and Kenneth are "definitely in love and happy."




Wednesday, 30 October 2019

INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK BAN USE OF EGGPLANT, WATER DRIP, PEACH EMOJIS


Facebook and Instagram have banned aubergine and peach emojis as well as the water drip, for being too ‘sexually suggestive.’



According to the social media giants, the change is part of an update to Facebook’s Sexual Solicitation Community Standards, which are aimed at sex workers who use the platforms to sell their services.



The emojis, which are widely known to represent a penis (aubergine), bum (peach), and ejaculation (water drip), will still be allowed in captions, but can no longer be used in a manner that suggests or asks for anything sexual.



Facebook explained: “People use Facebook to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation. We recognise the importance of and want to allow for this discussion.



“We draw the line, however, when content facilitates, encourages or coordinates sexual encounters between adults.



“We also restrict sexually explicit language that may lead to solicitation because some audiences within our global community may be sensitive to this type of content and it may impede the ability for people to connect with their friends and the broader community.”

OJUKWU TEACHING HOSPITAL STAFF THREATENS TO GO ON STRIKE AGAIN



Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria, Anambra State chapter of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital chapter has threatened to go on strike again.

The doctors had suspended their strike that lasted for two months in July.

On Wednesday, the medical practitioners issued a seven-day ultimatum to Anambra  State Government to commence payment of enhanced salaries to its members or face industrial action.

The Chairman of the association, Dr Chukwudi Okani, at a press conference in Awka, said members of the association would commence the indefinite strike should the government fail to heed to the call.

He noted  that salaries received by medical consultants in the institution were lower when compared to salaries received by House officers in Federal Medical Centres across the South-East zone.

He said, “I have been a consultant for more than six years now but you cannot believe that my salary here is not up to what a house officer receives in any of the FMC in the South-East zone.


“Our ultimatum was due to the inability of the state to implement the agreement it reached with us after the suspension of our July 8, 2019 strike.

“After the suspension of our July strike, we agreed with the Anambra State Government that salaries paid to consultants in the state should be equal to that received by other consultants in teaching hospitals.

“We had other issues that we presented to the government which made the state government inaugurate a committee that was given one month to investigate and submit its findings and recommendations to the government’’.



Okani regretted that since the suspension of the strike, the committee had not submitted its report.

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FANS REACT AS TACHA DEACTIVATES IG ACCOUNT


Former Big Brother Naija housemate, Tacha has
deactivated her Instagram page.

Today on your favourite celebrity ditching their fans and going 'Missing In Action,' former BBNaija housemate, Tacha has deactivated her Instagram page.

The reality TV star left her almost one million Instagram followers in shock after she deactivated her page on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. As usual, no prior notice was given before the action. Don't bother searching for Tacha on Instagram as the only page/pages you'd come across are fan accounts.


Fans and followers of the reality TV star have been left puzzled as to the reason behind their favourite super star's decision to go MIA.


For some, this won't come as a surprise as this is not the first time Tacha would leaving her social media followers in a state of confusion. Recall that a few weeks ago she deleted all her photos on Instagram which we all later got to understand was for rebranding purposes.

CUSTOMS SEIZE 54 CONTAINERS OF EXPIRED RICE, BANNED DRUGS


54 containers laden filled with contrabands including expired rice and banned drugs, has been seized by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Tin Can Island Command.



The Comptroller-General Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali, who briefed reporters at the Customs Examination Ground of the Tin Can Island Port said the seized items include 33 containers of expired rice, one container of rice concealed with spare parts, 11 containers of unregistered pharmaceutical products, two containers of used tyres, one container of used clothing and four containers of refined vegetable oil in retail packs.







Value of the seizure has been placed at N2.713 billion and it was reportedly bagged in 50kg sacks which had the labels of Nigerian companies. Some include Master Rice bags with the label of Masters Energy Commodities Trading Limited, with its address as 31A, Remi Fani Kayode Street, GRA, Ikeja. The ‘Jasmine Rice’ consignment had the inscription “packed for Yumfei International Trading Company Limited", with address as 103, Ebittu Ukiwe Street, Jabi, Abuja.



Customs Comptroller-General said there are plans to arrest those listed on the different consignments. He added that closure of land borders meant all goods for the Nigerian market are being routed through the seaports.



“One significant thing about this seizure is that all the rice has expired or about to expire. Also remarkable is the seizure of variants and unregistered performance enhancing drugs among the pharmaceutical.

“No doubt, those who imported these dangerous items do not wish us well. Imagine if they had succeeded in getting the expired rice in, re-bagged and changed the expiration date for Nigerians to consume.

“Realising that there may be possible backslash to the closure of the land borders, I directed all seaports and airports to beef up their surveillance and intercept any illicit and prohibited consignment for which attempt for their smuggling may be made through these entry points. This decision was made considering that those consignments may have been paid for and the importers will devise means to ensure they are delivered to their warehouses in Nigeria,” Ali said.

NYSC MEMBERS TO BE PAID N30,000 MINIMUM WAGES


The National Youth Service Corps has  said corps members will enjoy the N30,000 new minimum wage once the Federal Government commences  payment.



The NYSC Director-General, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, stated this in Abuja during an interview with reporters on Tuesday after a meeting  between the body  and  the representatives of state governments.



 The  Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, and the Chairman of NYSC Governing Board, Fatimah Bala, attended the meeting.



The DG said, “We are going to commence  payment as directed by the Federal Government. I spoke to corps members when I visited Jigawa State about four days ago. I told them that they had  also benefitted from the minimum wage. They were so excited and were praying for the Federal Government, saying it will engender them to perform more duties for the country.



“Once the government commences with the civil servants, the corps members will enjoy the same. Our minister has directed that the further details will be communicated to us by the minister of finance.”



Daren said some states and local government areas  had over the years failed to discharge their statutory responsibilities to the NYSC, adding that such trend must be reversed.



He said, “For the potential of corps members to be fully harnessed for national development, an atmosphere conducive to working must be created for them. However, there is the inability of critical stakeholders, especially states and local governments to fully discharge their statutory responsibilities to the scheme.”



 governor also bankrolled the medical bills of the children and their teachers aside from providing the ambulance that conveyed the victims to hospital.





He stated, “We appreciate all Nigerians. Several people prayed in churches and mosques. Through their prayers, God brought us help. God used a former governor of Kaduna State to assist us. We are thankful to all Nigerians. We are in celebration mood now.



“We paid ransom before their release, but we don’t want to state the amount. We paid ransom, but all the same, we want to thank the police as well.”



One of the parents, who spoke on condition of anonymity after press briefing, explained that the police only conveyed the victims to the Kaduna tollgate after the kidnappers had set them free.






He stated, “What happened was that when the children and the two teachers were released, they had no shoes. So, out of the ransom paid, the kidnappers gave the victims transport fares to come back to town. One of the teachers crossed over to the other side of the road to buy footwear for the victims from the money. It was at that point that the police arrived and offered to give them a ride.



“Even the first time part of the ransom was paid, the kidnappers gave the ransom bearer transport fare back to town. So, we really appreciate the police for giving our children and the teachers a ride.”

MTN DRAGS ABUBAKAR MALAMI TO COURT, N3BN LAWSUIT WITH 9,100 PAGE EVIDENCE


The N3bn lawsuit Mobile Telephone Network (MTN) filed against Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami, has taken a different twist as they brought in a 9,100-page document to prove the case.



The registry of the Federal High Court in Lagos took delivery of the documents which was brought in a coaster bus on Tuesday October 29.



Malami was dragged to court over a letter he served the telecommunication firm on payment of N242bn and $1.3bn as import duties, withholding and value-added taxes. Channels Television reported that the firm’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) described the act as ‘malicious, unreasonable and one made on an incorrect legal basis.



He further stated that the AGF acted beyond his powers and violated the provisions of Section 36 of the constitution on fair hearing with “the purported revenue assets investigation” he carried out on the firm’s activities covering 2007 to 2017.



Following the dismissal of the preliminary objection filed by Malami, MTN is now asking the court to award N3bn against Malami as general and exemplary damages.



“From the endorsement on the writ, this suit was commenced on September 10, 2018 and a simple calculation shows that from August 23, 2018 when the cause of action arose to September 10, 2018, when the suit was instituted, a period of three months had not expired, as envisaged, for the suit to be statute barred,” trial Judge, C.J. Aneke ruled.



The case which was stalled on Tuesday, was adjourned till January 30, 2020.

GAME OF THRONES PREQUEL CANCELLED


According to Deadline, the spin-off series has been officially axed. The show was set "thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones" and was going to "chronicle the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour," including the "horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history" and "the true origin of the White Walkers."

The website reports showrunner Jane Goldman "has been emailing the cast and crew of the project to tell them that the pilot is dead," which could mean the network decided not to move forward after seeing the first episode.



According to TV Line's sources, this might be the case. Apparently "HBO execs screened the pilot over the summer and were not thrilled with the results." They reportedly advised Goldman to make a few changes, however, the edited version still failed to impress the executives which led them to "pull the plug altogether."

Insiders also say the pilot was "troubled" from the start due to creative differences, personal issues and budget problems. Luckily, it seems like HBO is still moving forward with it's two other Game of Thrones prequels, one of which is expected to detail the rise and fall of House Targaryen.

As of right now, HBO has not yet confirmed these reports via an official announcement.




TWO UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ATTEMPT SUICIDE OVER FAILED EXAMS


Two students of a tertiary institution based in Ondo State on Tuesday made attempts to commit suicide after failing the preliminary examination of their institution.

The students reportedly decided to kill themselves when they discovered that they had failed the final preliminary examination, which would enable them to go to 100 level.

The two students, who are currently receiving medical treatment at a private hospital in Akure, the state capital, allegedly consumed Snipper insecticide.



A source at the hospital said the two students were brought by their neighbours, but declined to disclose their identities, claiming that divulging such information was against the ethics of the medical profession.

He disclosed that the victims attempted to commit suicide for failing their examinations at the preliminary level.

He, however, said that the two students were already responding to treatment.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the State Police Command, Femi Joseph, could not be reached for reactions.

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

WIZKID NOMINATED FOR 2019 SOUL TRAIN MUSIC AWARDS


Ace Nigerian music superstar, Wizkid, has been nominated for the 2019 Soul Train Music Awards scheduled to hold on Nov. 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wizkid is nominated in the Best Collaboration and the Songwriters’ Award categories, all for his collaborative song with Beyoncé, “Brown Skin Girl.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this nomination makes it the third time Wizkid has made the nominees’ list for the prestigious award.

He was nominated for Best Dance Performance in 2017 for his song ‘Come Closer’ and in 2016 for the Rhythm and Bars category, for his song ‘One Dance.



Chris Brown leads the 2019 Soul Train Awards nominations with eight, followed by Drake with seven, and Beyoncé and Lizzo with six each.

Brown’s nominations include best R&B/Soul Male Artist, Album/Mixtape of the Year, the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award and two nods for the best dance performance.

Drake’s seven mentions include Rhythm & Bars (formerly best hip-hop song of the year), Best Dance Performance, Best Collaboration and two nominations for Song of the Year with “No Guidance” and “Girls Need Love Too Remix.”

Beyoncé and Lizzo each picked up nominations for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Song of the Year, Video of the Year, Best Dance Performance and the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award.

Khalid also ranked among the leading nominees with five mentions, followed by J. Cole with four, while H.E.R, Ari Lennox and Summer Walker got three each.

NAN also reports that the Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award that honours the best in black music and entertainment.

It is produced by the makers of Soul Train, the programme from which it takes its name, and features musical performances by various R&B and soul recording artistes spread throughout the ceremonies.

SEX-FOR-GRADES: FGN ADVISES STUDENTS TO NOT MEET LECTURERS UNNECESSARILY


The Federal Government said on Tuesday that it was embarrassed by allegations of sexual harassment in the nation’s universities and other tertiary institutions.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, also advised female students against going to lecturers unnecessarily; while also warning them not to harass their lecturers.

The minister made the remarks at the University of Port Harcourt during the unveiling of a policy document against sexual harassment in the institution.

Adamu, who was represented by the Assistant Director, Tertiary Department of the ministry, Mrs. Ijeoma Duru, expressed the need for female students to study hard in order to be able to defend their certificates.

He charged female students to desist from going to lecturers unnecessarily and to also stop harassing their lecturers sexually, admonishing that the sexual harassment policy launched by UNIPORT should be adopted by other tertiary institutions.

Commending the management of the university for being the first to unveil a policy document against sexual harassment, the minister pointed out that the policy would go a long way in curbing the menace of sexual harassment in Nigerian higher institutions.

“The Federal Ministry of Education is embarrassed with the allegations of sexual harassment in Nigerian higher institutions. Girls should read their books and be able to defend their certificates.

“They (female students) should stop going to lecturers unnecessarily and should not harass their lecturers.

“We are recommending UNIPORT’s Sexual Harassment Policy to other higher institutions in Nigeria,” Adamu advised.

Also, the Vice Chancellor of UNIPORT, Prof. Ndowa Lale, lamented that sexual harassment had taken over public discourse and space in Nigerian universities, describing the situation as “a crying shame.”

Lale explained that university students should feel safe and secure under the protection of the institution’s authorities to pursue their education in an uninhibited environment that should allow them to bring out their best.

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“Some victims of unwanted sexual advances, assault or rape are known to have dropped out of school to stay away from the maddening crowd.

“In extreme cases, some victims have even contemplated or actually committed suicide as a coping mechanism.

“Some male lecturers are known to publicly boast among their circle of friends outside the university that their female students are a form of ‘ bush allowance’ awarded to them by benevolent Cupid to augment their poor pay.

“It is now time for such randy Romeos to wake up from their dream state and face reality.”

The vice chancellor, however, warned lecturers and administrators in the university not to involve themselves in any form of sexual harassment.

He also cautioned students involved in harassing lecturers to award them undeserved grades to desist from such act or be ready to face serious sanctions when caught in the act of self advertisement to their lecturers.

“Any Juliet, who blackmails vulnerable male students or their colleagues into amorous sexual liaisons should be ready for the long arm of the Policy on Sexual Harassment.

“Also, visitors who believe that the university is a happy hunting ground for cheap sex should think again, as they would be apprehended, held liable and prosecuted in line with relevant provisions of the policy,” Lale added.

In her lecturer as the keynote speaker at the event, Prof. Nwadiuto Akani listed some of the actions that constituted sexual harassment.

They include unwanted sexual teasing, telling a target about sexual stories, and calling someone ‘Babe’, honey or darling.

Others, according to Akani, are unwanted touching of a target’s body, making kissing sounds, unwanted hugging, sending of unsolicited amorous text messages and creating a hostile environment in order to get undue advantage against a target,

DAVIDO ANNOUNCES ALBUM RELEASE DATE


The singer took to his Instagram handle on Monday to announce that the album is to set to be released in November 22, 2019.

He tweeted; “A GOOD TIME NOV 22 !!!”

The album will serve as a follow up on the last album titled ‘Omo Baba Olowo’ which was released in 2012.

According to the singer, the album will also feature; ‘Blow my mind’ featuring American singer, Chris Brown and ‘Risky’ featuring Popcaan, which he released recently.

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It would be recalled that sometimes last month, the singer held a listening party. There, he hinted the industry people and journalists on the upcoming album and some songs featured on the album was played.

Davido also stated that the album will feature productions from all his go-to hitmakers; Kiddominant, Shizzi, Speroachbeatz, FreshVDM and one international producer.

MOMPHA DELETES INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT

Mompha


The Instagram page of embattled Dubai-based Nigerian social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha a.k.a Mompha seems to have been deactivated days after he was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over his alleged involvement in internet fraud and money laundering.



Though no official statement has been given for Mompha's sudden disappearance from the social media platform, this however came after his alleged Lebanese accomplice, Hamza Koudeih was arrested in his N1.8bn Lagos home alongside two other suspects.






LIB reported earlier that the anti-graft agency has uncovered 51 bank accounts Mompha allegedly used for money laundering.  The five wristwatches recovered from him after his arrest on Tuesday October 22,  has also been found to be worth over N60 million rather than the N20 million earlier thought.

OVER 90 MILLION NIGERIANS LIVE IN POVERTY -- FGN


Minister of the newly created Ministry of Humanitarian and Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has said nearly 90 million Nigerians are living in extreme poverty.

The minister, who spoke at a budget defence session of the ministry before the House of Representatives Committee on IDPs, said the Muhammadu Buhari administration had resolved to lift the affected persons out of extreme poverty.

She also said the new ministry was committed to strengthening the coordination of humanitarian and disaster management efforts by multiple stakeholders.



Umar Farouq said the ministry has enormous responsibility to address some of the underlying causes, drivers and consequences of humanitarian crises and underdevelopment.

The minister said this was about half of the country’s 198 million population living in extreme poverty.

A breakdown of the proposed budget for National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons include: N474,306,285 for personnel, N165 million for resettlement of IDPs in the Northeast and Bakkasi returnees, in the 2020 budget proposal.


Others include: N15 million for 1,000 IDPs enrolment into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS); N105 million for renovation/rent of 21,000,000 per state; N60 million

“back-to-school” fees; N105 million for drilling of boreholes; N184 million for securing land for relocation and reintegration of IDPs in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Nasarawa State and N110 million for 2,200 families as return assistance to Northeast, among others.

Chairman of the Committee, Mohammed Jega, promised to justify the confidence Nigerians reposed in the committee.

He assured Nigerians that the budget would impact positively on every Nigerian at individual and collective levels.



“We are, therefore, poised for a collaborative action with the Executive arm of government to ensure that we design a performing budget that will meet the expectations of the teeming populace,” Umar Farouq said.

Jega hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for creating the ministry with the view to addressing the numerous humanitarian challenges confronting the residents as a result of insurgency, armed banditry and other humanitarian challenges.

27 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS ARRESTED IN ENUGU


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday October 28, paraded 27 suspected internet fraudsters at the anti-graft agency's zonal office in Enugu.



The suspects were arrested in Eura Hostel, Naze-Obibiezena Road, Nekede and Bloomnesdays Plaza Hostel, Nekede, all in Owerri, Imo State on Thursday October 24,  following intelligence and diligent surveillance carried out on them.



Mobile phones, laptop computers, three Lexus E350 cars with registration numbers AFM 206 MK, WER 468 PP, LAG 615 FE; two Lexus R300 SUV with registration numbers MUS 276 FB, NGN 153 NX and one Toyota Avalon with registration number AAA 124 EP were recovered from the suspects who will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.



Read EFCC's statement below;



The Enugu Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, October 28, 2019 announced the arrest of 27 suspected internet fraudsters. .
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They were arrested on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Eura Hostel, Naze-Obibiezena Road, Nekede and Bloomnesdays Plaza Hostel, Nekede, all in Owerri, Imo State, following intelligence and diligent surveillance carried out on them. .
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Intel established that the suspects were living above their means from proceeds of their alleged fraudulent activities, following which a team of operatives executed a coordinated raid in their residences. .
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Items recovered from them include: mobile phones, laptop computers, three Lexus E350 cars with registration numbers AFM 206 MK, WER 468 PP, LAG 615 FE; two Lexus R300 SUV with registration numbers MUS 276 FB, NGN 153 NX and one Toyota Avalon with registration number AAA 124 EP. .
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The suspects have already provided useful information that is aiding the Commission’s investigation. They will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

UTME CANDIDATES WILL NOT SCORE ZERO EVEN WHEN ABSENT FROM EXAM -- JAMB


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said it has adopted a policy of score standardisation under which Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidates cannot get zero, even if they are absent from the examination.



The board explained that apart from absentee candidates, candidates who did not attempt any question or who did not get any answer correctly were also captured under the policy and would be awarded a “common scale with uniform metric.”





According to JAMB, the score standardisation policy means that all candidates, who are registered for a paper, will be awarded a score for that paper, and there would be no zero score.



The board stated this in a paper presented by its Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, according to the JAMB weekly bulletin obtained by our correspondent on Monday.



Oloyede, in conjunction with other experts, made the presentation on score standardisation at the 45th International Association for Education Conference held in Azerbaijan.





The paper is titled, ‘Social responsiveness in applying assessment technicality: The case of standardisation of a zero score in the UTME.’



The board said, “The adoption of the score standardisation is a technical procedure for transforming candidates’ raw scores in the different subjects taken by each candidate to a common scale with uniform metric or units, which is the globally accepted procedure.



“The general public hardly understands nor appreciates why scores should be transformed and this has been generating controversies and throwing up all sorts of unfounded arguments. It is to be noted that some poorly educated professionals consider the transformation of scores as an arbitrary allocation of unmerited scores.







“The issue has been compounded by candidates whose scores of zero were transformed alongside other candidates’ scores of above zero. Transformation is generally across board and was not focused on individual candidates.





“Candidates with zero scores include those whose attempts earned them zero because they did not get any answer correct; those who mischievously did not attempt any question throughout the course of the examination as well as those who were absent from examination.”





The board noted that apart from Oloyede, the panel of experts, which brainstormed on score standardisation,  comprised Prof Boniface Nworgu, Prof Raheem Lawal, Prof Muhammad Yakasai and Dr Omokunmi Popoola.

MOMPHA'S LEBANESE ACCOMPLICE ARRESTED IN N1.8B APARTMENT WITH CHARMS


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a Lebanese identified as Hamza Koudeih and two others suspected to be accomplices of Dubai-based Nigerian social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha a.k.a Mompha.



Operatives of the anti-graft agency arrested Koudeih after a three-hour stand-off at his N1.8 billion luxury apartment in the 33-storey Eko Atlantic Pearl Tower, Victoria Island, Lagos. It was learnt that he and his wife refused opening the door to their apartment and also refused responding to appeals by the building's chief security officer.



The suspect who alongside Mompha and other arrested suspects are allegedly kingpins of a network of cyber criminals who laundered N33 billion through three firms, lived in an apartment which was fortified with triple reinforced fire-proof door and closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, making it difficult for the operatives to gain entrance.



However after EFCC operatives gained access into the apartment after trying to break down the door with breaching tools, his wife claimed that her husband had escaped through the window even though they lived in the topmost floor.



Koudeih was found hiding in the ceiling and a fire-proof safe containing different charms and talismans in calabashes was uncovered after a search was conducted in his bedroom.



“Our officials knew that he was still inside and they were even hoping to persuade him not to jump out through the window because it would be suicide,” EFCC Lagos Zonal Head, Mr. Mohammed Rabo, who confirmed the arrest, told The Nation.



Two luxury cars were recovered from the suspect who claimed the charms were his “prayer objects”. 



Koudeih and his wife’s immigration status are currently being investigated. ;ocal and international law enforcement agencies are said to have indicated interest to collaborate in the investigation.



 Rhe Lagos zonal head of the EFCC, Mohammed Rabo said the operation that led to Koudeih’s arrest was “an offshoot of the collaboration between the EFCC and the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),” but that Koudeih was arrested based on “purely EFCC intelligence”.

Rabo added: “Actionable intelligence received from local and international law enforcement agencies had revealed that Koudeih and Mompha alongside their collaborators are high valued targets in Organised Cyber Syndicate Network (OCSN).

“Investigations have also revealed that Mompha uses a firm known as Ismalob Global Investments Limited to perpetrate about N14 billion money laundering while Koudeih also operate two firms namely: THK Services Limited and CHK properties Limited to launder about N19 billion.”



An update on Mompha's arrest also revealed that 51 bank accounts he allegedly uses for money laundering has been uncovered. The five wristwatches recovered from him after his arrest on Tuesday October 22,  has been found to be worth over N60 million rather than the N20 million earlier thought.

Monday, 28 October 2019

NIGERIA RANKS NUMBER 0NE IN PRACTICING OPEN DEFECATION


The Federal Government says Nigeria now ranks number one in the world with people practicing open defecation.

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, disclosed this while declaring open a two-day Private Sector Forum on Sanitation, on Monday in Abuja.

The forum was organised by Organised Private Sector on Sanitation with the theme, ‘Coordinating Indigenous Private Sector Initiatives to End Open Defecation in Nigeria.’

On October 2, India stopped being the world number one country with the highest number of people practising open defecation in the world.


According to Adamu, Nigeria currently ranks number one in terms of the number of people practicing open defecation in Africa.

“We are on the brink of being ranked first globally, as approximately 47 million people do not have access to sanitation services in its most basic form.

“Understandably, this is a serious concern to all of us, as it has immense economic consequences and also hinders the social development of the country,” he said.


He said that the Sustainable Development Goal six is aimed at ensuring availability of WASH services as well as the sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.

He said that the SDGs, Target 6.2 also focused on achieving access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and to end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.

Adamu said that although the SDGs have stipulated these targets, they have also highlighted some hurdles that would require collaborative efforts to overcome them “which is our concern for the course of this workshop’’.



“Besides the exposure to diseases, there is a lack of dignity that is inherent in open defecation practices, particularly with regard to women and girls. As such, there is also a gender inequality issue which must be addressed with urgency.


“If effective solutions are not found, the non availability of sanitation facilities inadvertently further exposes women and girls to violence including rape, when they are forced to go out at night to defecate in the open.

“Again, I will emphasise that this problem has many layers in terms of the vast consequences.

“As part of the efforts to address this issue with particular reference to ending open defecation, a National Roadmap towards making Nigeria Open Defecation Free (ODF) by 2025 was developed and launched in 2016.

“However, only minimal progress has been achieved in the implementation of the Roadmap with only 14 LGAs across the country so far being certified as open defecation free, according to the National ODF Protocol.

“However, it is comforting to note the positive efforts being made by my ministry in the WASH sector toward improving the living standards of our people both in the rural and urban areas.

“Access to Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene are part of the indices for socio-economic development of any nation and thus cannot be ignored,” Adamu said.

The minister however, said that the role of the private sector in the revitalisation of the WASH sector would not be overlooked as the engine for economic growth and key players to creating innovative structures that pertains to the financing of WASH services.

He said that historically, the private sector had always been adept at coming up with new technologies and solutions relating to development.

“However, this is the first time that there is a call toward leveraging the capabilities of the private sector in a collaborative manner in light of dealing with inadequate WASH services globally.

“The SDGs have also reiterated this point that the eradication of inequality in water and sanitation cannot be achieved without greater emphasis on private sector engagement,” he said.

He said the essence of the forum was to identify areas of private sector involvement and collaboration on issues of (WASH), and ultimately come up with innovative solutions on how the pressing challenges would be effectively addressed.

“This workshop will address the challenges of financing the WASH sector through the collaboration of all stakeholders including the private sector to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) WASH targets by 2030, ” he said.

Dr Nicolas Igwe, the Managing Director, Zenith Project Ltd. said the two-day workshop was to create stronger private sector collaboration in the light of solving national WASH problems and also to meet international standard as the key.

Igwe said that there was need to reinforce commitment to re-emphasising multi-sectoral solutions in WASH as part of the private sector culture in Nigeria.

Mr Benson Attach, the National Coordinator, Society for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (NEWSAN) said it was committed to supporting the Federal Government, private sector and other partners in addressing the issues of WASH in the country.

“We want to call on all partners to ensure that we avoid those issues that will not keep us on track and let us also access the challenges and come up with strategies that will enable us achieve Open Defecation Free by 2025,” he said.


The minister assured that the new ministry would strengthen the coordination of humanitarian and disaster management efforts by stakeholders.

The breakdown of the proposed 2020 budget for National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons include N474,306,285 for personnel, N165 million for resettlement of IDPs in the North East and Bakkasi returnees in the 2020 budget proposal.

Others are N15 million for 1,000 IDPs enrolment into NHIS; N105 million for renovation/rent of 21,000,000 per state; N60 million Back to school fees; N105 million for drilling of borehole; N184 million for securing land for relocation and reintegration of IDPs in FCT, Nasarawa States and N110 million for 2,200 families as return assistance to North East, among others.




LAST SURVIVING WIFE OF TAFAWA BALEWA DEAD


Hajiya Jummai Abubakar, the last surviving wife to late Prime Minister of Nigeria, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, is dead

A granddaughter to the late prime minister, Hajiya Hajara Yakubu Wanka, confirmed the death of Hajiya Jummai in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday night.

Hajara disclosed that the deceased, aged 85, died at 4pm on Sunday in Lagos, following cardiac arrest, leaving behind eight children and many grandchildren.



She said that the deceased had returned from a two weeks medical trip in India, but decided to while away time in Lagos with her daughter, when the death occurred.

She said that the corpse would be brought to Bauchi on Monday for burial.

TERRORIST GROUP, ISIS APPOINTS NEW LEADER



Terror group, ISIS ‘already has a new leader’ barely 480hours after former head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew up himself and three children to escape US military raid in Syria. 



According to reports, Baghdadi’s successor is a former Iraqi army officer named Abdullah Qardash (sometimes spelt Karshesh). Not much is known about Qardash, who once served under Saddam Hussein.But he is understood to have already taken over a number of duties from al-Baghdadi prior to his demise this week when he detonated a suicide vest, reported Mail Online. 



An official told Newsweek: ‘Baghdadi was a figurehead. He was not involved in operations or day-to-day. All Baghdadi did was say yes or no, no planning.’



The succession news comes as experts have warned the IS and the extremist jihadist movements have over the last one-and-a-half decades repeatedly shown resilience after the death of key leaders.



And their militants, battle-hardened by years of fighting, remain in place around the world. The group may have been ready for the death of Baghdadi and after an initial adjustment period of a few months could even use it as a rallying case for launching new attacks, they added.

BBNAIJA MERCY BUYS DUPLEX




Mercy has bought a new four-bedroom duplex that was formerly thought to be a gift to the Big brother Naija winner.

Billionaire wife Ichechi Okonkwo has served an update on Big Brother Naija winner, Mercy's new four-bedroom duplex which many at first thought was a gift.



According to Real Estate mogul Kennedy Okonkwo's wife, Ichechi, Mercy bought the four-bedroom duplex which she described as "the best decision". She wrote;



Congratulations Babygirl, buying yourself a house the best decision and I am super proud.  Mercy Lambo on the 1000Landladies train and moving.








NIGERIANS NOW TO BE CHARGED N50 FOR EVERY POS TRANSACTION


The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) are working for the application of remittance processes to ensure the seamless collection of stamp duty charges for PoS.

Many filing stations and supermarkets are already adding  the new fee to the customer’s purchases.

To avoid dispute with its customers, filling stations have pasted notices on their pumps.



In a notice to its customers, a filling station official said: “N50 Stamp Duty Charge on PoS Transactions. Folliwing the CBN directive of September 17, 2019 to charge applicable taxes and duties on individual electronic transcations, all Hayden Retail Stations shall henceforth charge N50 extra on all PoS transactions from N1, 000.”

Before now, the fee paid by merchants on the aggregate PoS transactions carried out on a particular period, which was never passed to customers.

The extra charge on customer’s transaction followed a CBN’s directive to banks to charge N50 Stamp Duty on individual transactions, rather than merchants’ accounts.


The directive on the Unbundling of Merchant Settlement Amounts was contained in the CBN circular to banks, processors and switches, titled: “Review of Process for Merchants Collections on Electronic Transactions”.

The policy stipulates Stamp Duties Payment on individual transactions that occur on PoS, rather than previous plans where charges occurred on aggregate transactions.

The circular signed by CBN Director, Payments System Management Department, Sam Okojere,  authorised banks to unbundle merchant settlement amounts and charge applicable taxes and duties on individual transactions as stipulated by regulators.

Merchant Service Charge was also reviewed downward from 0.75 per cent (capped at N1, 200) to 0.50 per cent (capped at N1, 000).

In a NIBSS report titled: “Returns on Stamp Duty Collection for Merchant Transactions”, the payment agency said the new stamp duty payment plan is in line with the provision of the Stamp Duties Act and Federal Government Financial Regulation 2009.

The policy, it added, was aimed at ensuring strict adherence to the CBN guideline communication on the subject, collection and Remittance of Statutory Charges on receipts to Nigeria postal Service under the Stamp Duties Act dated 15th January 2016.

The procedural processing guide for stamp duty Charges for PoS, web merchant and all deposit money banks (DMBs) should download daily PoS/Web settlement report from their respective processors settlement file transfer portal.

Also, the PoS and web settlement processing officer shall ensure that stamp duties are correctly processed daily by downloading daily PoS/web transactions valued at N1, 000 and above, noting the count of these transactions; multiply the count of these transactions by N50 and pass the corresponding debit/charge to the respective merchant accounts.

The apex bank guideline said: “The debit should be passed to the merchant accounts account at the point of PoS/ Web merchant Credit/Settlement to mitigate against the inability of the Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) to successfully secure these daily stamp duties charges and remit as expected.

“These charges are expected to be deposited into the already opened stamp duty collections account at the various DMBs and should form part of the weekly Stamp Duty rendition by the DMBs to NIBSS.”



The NIBSS data showed the total volumes of PoS transactions for 2017 stood at 146.3 million which was worth N1.4 trillion; 285.9 million transactions in 2018 worth N2.3 trillion and 187.7 million for six months- January to June 2019 worth N1.4 trillion.



GHANAIAN PASTOR OFFERS MEMBER WEED DURING DELIVERANCE


A weird scene played out at a three day church programme organized by Ghanaian preacher Abruku Abruka, as the General Overseer of Anointed Palace Chapel Rev. Obofour made a member of the church he visited, smoke weed in the auditorium.



Rev. Obofour had a brief encounter with the man in church after he asked if anyone in the church had marijuana.  After the man identified as 41-year-old Razak came out with one, the Ghanaian Pastor asked him to smoke it to verify his claim.



He further said that the weed he made Razak smoke in church was the last one, as he has now broken that "bad habit" and is ready to take care of him (Razak) as his own son.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS AT THE 2019 AMAA


The 2019 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) took place Sunday night at the Landmark Event Centre in Lagos, with actress Kemi Lala Akindoju, Lorenzo Menakaya and comedian, Funnybone as hosts.

See the full list of winners at AMAA 2019 below....

1. Michael Anyiam Osigwe Award For Best Film by an African-Born Director Living Abroad

1. Julius Amedume – Rattlesnakes (WINNER)
2. Tosin Coker – Lara and the Beats
3. Robert O. Peters – Makeroom

 

2. Best Diaspora Short Film

1. Bail (UK) (WINNER)
2. Oath Bound (UK)
3. Fevah (USA)
4. I Am Superman (Brazil)

 

3. Best Diaspora Documentary

1. Wax Print 1 FABRIC, 4 continent (UK)
2. The Guardian of No Return (Guadalope)
3. Dare to Dream (USA/CUBA)
4. Drugs as Weapons Against Us (USA)
5. My Friend Fela (Brazil) (WINNER)

 

4. Best Diaspora Narrative Feature

1. Nine Nights (UK)
2. Olympia (USA)
3. Traffik (US)
4. Hero (Trinidad and Tobago/Canada) (WINNER)
5. Sprinter (Jamaica)

 

5. Best Achievement in Production Design

1. Redemption (Mozambique) (WINNER)
2. Rafiki (Kenya)
3. Ellen, The Ellen Parkies Stories (S. Africa)
4. Urgent (Morroco)
5. Burial of Kojo (Ghana)
6. Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa)
7. Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda)
8. Delivery Boy (Nigeria)

 

6. Best Achievement in Costume Design

1. Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa)
2. Light in the Dark (Nigeria)
3. Rafiki (Kenya)
4. King of Boys (Nigeria)
5. Lara and the Beats (Nigeria)
6. Urgent (Morocco)
7. Mabata Bata (Mozambique)
Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda) (WINNER)

 

7. Best Achievement in Make-Up

1. Makeroom (Nigeria)
2. Gold Statue (Nigeria)
3. Veronica’s Wish (Uganda)
4. Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa)
5. Before the Vows (GHANA)
6. Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda) (WINNER)
7. The Burial of Kojo (Ghana)

 

8. Best Achievement in Soundtrack

1. Subira (Kenya)
2. Mabata Bata (Mozambique) (WINNER)
3. Farewell Ella Bella (S. AFRICA)
4. Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda)
5. Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa)
6. Lara and the Beats (Nigeria)
7. The Delivery Boy (Nigeria)
8. Redemption (Mozambique)

 

9. Best Achievement in Visual Effects

1. Makeroom (Nigeria)
2. Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa)
3. Knockout Blessing (Nigeria) (WINNER)
4. Mabata Bata (Mozambique)
5. The Delivery Boy (Nigeria)
6. The King of Boys (Nigeria)
7. Burial of Kojo (Ghana)

 

10. NFVCB Award For Best Nigerian Film

1. The Delivery Boy
2. Lara and the Beats
3. Makeroom
4. King of Boys (WINNER)
5. Gold Statute
6. Up North
7. Knockout Blessing

 

11. Best Documentary

1. Djambar, Sembene the Unsubmissive (Cameroun)
2. The State Against Mandela (South Africa)
3. Golden Fish, African Fish (Senegal)
4. Skin (Nigeria)
5. Khartoum Offside (Sudan) (WINNER)
6. Le loups d’or de Balole (Burkina Faso)
7. Sur Les Traces de Mamani Abdoulaye (Niger)
8. No Gold For Katsaka (Burkina Faso)
9. Mother, I am Suffocating, This Is My Last Film About You (Lesotho)

 

12. Ousmane Sembene Award For Best Film in an African Language

1. Makeroom (Nigeria)
2. Mabata Bata (Mozambique)
3. Rafiki (Kenya) (WINNER)
4. Bahasha -The Envelope (Tanzania)
5. Azali (Ghana)

 

13. Efere Ozako Award For Best Short Film

1. The Fisherman (Ghana)
2. A Tune of Kora (SENEGAL) (WINNER)
3. ICYASHA (Rwanda)
4. NAMOW2018 (KENYA)
5. Vagabond (GHANA)
6. Measure of a Woman (SA)
7. Mma Moeketsi (SA)
8. Motswakwa (BOTSWANA)
9. Tonight’s Opening Act (EGYPT)
10. Hello Rain (NIGERIA)

 

14. Best Achievement in Sound

1. The Last Victim (S. Africa)
2. Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa)
3. Makeroom (Nigeria)
4. The Delivery Boy (Nigeria)
5. The Burial of Kojo (Ghana)
6. Urgent (Morocco)
7. Mabata Bata (Mozambique) (WINNER)
8. Redemption (Mozambique)

 

15. Best Achievement in Cinematography

1. Mabata Bata (Mozambique)
2. Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa) (WINNER)
3. Mother, I am Suffocating, This Is My Last Film About You (Lesotho)
4. Redemption (Mozambique)
5. Rafiki (Kenya)
6. Delivery Boy (Nigeria)
7. The Burial of Kojo (Ghana)
8. Redemption (Mozambique)

 

16. Best Achievement in Editing

1. The Delivery Boy (Nigeria)
2. The Burial of Kojo (Ghana)
3. The Last Victim (S. Africa)
4. Rafiki (Kenya) (WINNER)
5. The Gold Statute (Nigeria)
6. Diamond in the Sky (Nigeria)
7. Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda)
8. Sew The Winter To My Skin (S. Africa)

 

17. Best Achievement in Screenplay

1. The Delivery Boy (Nigeria)
2. The Last Victim (S. Africa)
3. Rafiki (Kenya)
4. Diamond in the Sky (Nigeria)
5. Gold Statute (Morocco)
6 Lara and the Beats (Nigeria)
7. Redemption (Mozambique) (WINNER)
8. Up North (Nigeria)

 

18. Best Animation

1. Kitwana Journey – Kenya
2. Choices – Nigeria (WINNER)
3. Isolated- Kenya
4. Afrogames – Burkina Faso

 

19. Best Young/Promising Actor

1. Youssef Alaoui (Ayoub) URGENT
2. Angel Onyinyechi Unigwe (Adaeze) LIGHT IN THE DARK
3. Cynthia Dankwa (Esi) BURIAL OF KOJO (WINNER)
4. Emilio Bilo (Azarias) Mabata Bata
5. Jamma Ibrahim (Amir) The Delivery Boy
6. Catherine Credo (Neema) Fatuma

 

20. Best Actor in a Supporting Role

1. Remilekun “Reminisce” Sarafu (Makanaki) King of Boys
2. Jarrid Geduld 9 (Abie) Ellen, The Ellen Parkies Story (WINNER)
3. Zolisa Xaluva (Wyatt Earp) Sew the Winter to my Skin
4. Kanayo O. Kanyayo (Chief Otuekong) Up North
5. Kobina Amissah-Sam (Kwabina) The Burial of Kojo
6. Bucci Franklyn (Dagogo) Knockout Blessing

 

21. Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1. Eniola Shobayo (Vivian) Knockout Blessing
2. Linda Ejiofer (Oby) Knockout Blessing
3. Kandyse McClure (Golden Eyes) Sew the Winter to My Skin
4. Adesua Etomi (Kemi) The King of Boys (WINNER)
5. Joke Silva (Mama Jumoke) Light in the Dark
6. Arlete Bombe (Mia) Redemption

 

22. Best Actor in a Leading Role

1. Gabriel Afolayan Gold Statue
2. Joseph Otsiman (Kojo) The Burial of Kojo
3. Chinedu Ikedieze (Big Chi) Lara and the Beats
4. Jimmy Jean Louis (Robert McQueen) Rattlesnakes
5. Gil Alexandre (Bruno) Redemption
6. Marc Zinga ( )Mercy of the Jungle) (WINNER)
7. Ezra Mabengeza (Samson) Sew The Winter To My Skin
8. Ayoub Bombwe ( Mwanyusi ) Fatuma

 

23. Best Actress in a Leading Role

1. Sheila Munyiva (Ziki) Rafik
2. Rita Dominic (Jumoke Arinze) Light in the Dark
3. Jill Levenberg (Ellen) The Ellen Parkies Story
4. Beatrice Taisamo (Fatuma) Fatuma
5. Seyi Shay (Lara) Lara and the Beats
6. Sola Sobowale (Eniola) King of Boys (WINNER)
7. Jemima Osunde (Nkem) The Delivery Boy
8. Samantha Mugatsia (Kena) Rafiki

 

24. Best Director-First Feature Film

1. Blitz Bazawule – The Burial of Kojo (Ghana) (WINNER)
2. Adekunle “Nodash” Adejuyigbe – The Delivery Boy (Nigeria)
3. Sippy Chadha – Subira (Tanzania)
4. Nicole Amarteifo – Before the Vows (Ghana)

 

25. Best Director

1. Wanuri Kahui – Rafiki (Kenya)
2. Adekunle “Nodash” Adejuyigbe – The Delivery Boy (Nigeria)
3. Daryne Joshua -Ellen, The Ellen Parkies Story (S. Africa)
4. Jahmil X. Qubeka – Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa) (WINNER)
5. Kemi Adetiba – King of Boys (Nigeria)
6. Mohcine Besri – Urgent (Morocco)
7. Mickey Fonseca – Redemption (Mozambique)
8. Joël Karekezi- Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda)

 

26. Best Film

1. Rafiki (Kenya)
2. Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda) (WINNER)
3. The Delivery Boy (Nigeria)
4. Ellen, The Ellen Parkies Story (S. Africa)
5. Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa)
6. Redemption (Mozambique)
7. King of Boys (Nigeria)
8. Urgent (Morocco)