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Oses Otoide – My passion for acting killed my dream of becoming a female pilot

My name is Oses Otoide. I hail from Ishian in Edo State. I was born and brought up in Benin city. I am the fourth child in a family of five. Well, talking about my upbringing, I was brought up [...]

January 25, 2014 Music and film, Nollywood

Invest in farming – Stop selling African land

Large land deals between African governments and usually foreign (and sometimes domestic) investors have seen swathes of the countryside leased or concession, often for as much as 50 to 99 years. From Senegal in West Africa to Ethiopia in the Horn, [...]

January 25, 2014 Agriculture, Business

To Offset Debt, Airtel May Sell Nigeria Tower Business

Indications have emerged that Indi telecommunications service provider, Bharti Airtel may sell off its towers in Nigeria for about $550m in the first quarter of the year to streamline debt. “The company wants to finish the Nigeria tower sale by [...]

January 25, 2014 Business, Economy

Appropriation Bill for Second Reading Tuesday – Tambuwal

The House of Representatives will next week read the 2014 Appropriation Bill for the second time. It will also vote on whether or not to review the 1999 Constitution. The Speaker of the House, Aminu Tambuwal, disclosed about the vote [...]

January 24, 2014 Government and politics
Nissan targets April for made-in-Nigeria SUV

Nissan targets April for made-in-Nigeria SUV

Nissan Motors is working on rolling out the first made-in-Nigeria Sport Utility Vehicle, Nissan Patrol, in April, the firm’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Carlos Ghosn, has said. He said this on Thursday during a meeting he had with President Goodluck [...]

January 24, 2014 Business
Nigeria’s Sanusi Says Independence Is Successor’s Main Issue

Nigeria’s Sanusi Says Independence Is Successor’s Main Issue

Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Lamido Sanusi said his successor’s main challenge will be to maintain the independence of the institution and any undermining of that may hurt the economy. “If anyone tampered with it, the markets would punish the [...]

January 24, 2014 Finance
NBS to release rebased GDP in three weeks

NBS to release rebased GDP in three weeks

The National Bureau of Statistics on Thursday said that barring unforeseen contingencies, the rebased Gross Domestic Product report would be released within the next three weeks. The Statistician-General/Chief Executive, NBS, Dr. Yemi Kale, said this in Abuja while answering questions [...]

January 24, 2014 Technology

African champions Nigeria will train in Houston, United States for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi had proposed the team train in either Miami or Houston for the World Cup, but top Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) official Chris Green said the country had settled on the Texas city. “Nigeria will train for [...]

January 24, 2014 Sports


SABMiller’s Nigerian subsidiary, Intafact Beverages Ltd, announced yesterday plans for a multi million pound expansion of its brewery in Onitsha, South Eastern Nigeria, which opened in August 2012. It’s set up marked an initial investment of more than $100m making it the [...]

January 24, 2014 Business, Economy

Nigeria – Sets new automotive policy

President Goodluck Jonathan, has said that the key objective of the nation’s new automotive policy was to make new cars affordable to more Nigerians. He said that his Administration was fully committed to rapidly developing Nigeria’s automobile industry through the [...]

January 24, 2014 Business

Johannesburg – Four police officers arrested after protester killed

Four police officers were arrested on Friday morning for the fatal shooting of a protester in Roodepoort, Gauteng police said. “After receiving the initial factual report on the incident it was decided that there is enough evidence to arrest and [...]

January 24, 2014 Africa, Environmental issues

Pope Francis – Internet is ‘a gift from God’

Pope Francis has shared his thoughts about the Internet, declaring it a wonderful thing but also expressing worries that it impair human relationships and inflict a kind of commercial violence on users. Francis’ thoughts are published here under the title “”Communication at [...]

January 24, 2014 International

Wealthy father doubles dowry for lesbian daughter

Cecil Chao’s revised inducement – which Ms Chao says is unlikely to succeed – is the latest in a string of gimmicks by the tycoon that have horrified lesbian and gay groups in Hong Kong and drawn international opprobrium. The [...]

January 24, 2014 International

Car bomb – Four killed at Cairo police HQ

A car bomb struck Cairo police headquarters on Friday, killing four people in an early morning blast heard across the Egyptian capital, police and health ministry officials said. The explosion sent a large plume of smoke billowing above the city [...]

January 24, 2014 International

Africa Holds Solution To Global Food Problem

At the world Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mr Adesina told Channels Television on Thursday that bulk of the land available for farming around the world was in Africa. “The issue of global food security is very important. Nine billion [...]

January 24, 2014 Africa, Agriculture, Business

Li Na is making the most of her ‘second life’

One year ago, Li Na looking forward to becoming the champion in Melbourne, only for fate to strike her down with an ankle injury in the final, not once but twice, as she lost out to Victoria Azarenka. Li is [...]

January 24, 2014 General, Sports

Abimbola “Bim” Fernandez – Chasing Rihanna’s Throne

There’s a Nigerian heiress named Abimbola “Bim” Fernandez who’s coming for you. Well, maybe. Daughter of Antonio Deinde Fernandez, one of the world’s wealthiest men, Fernandez says daddy is worth $8.7 billion and she grew up calling the late Nelson [...]

January 24, 2014 General, Nollywood

Angela Okorie – “My Man Can’t Cheat On Me Because I Satisfy Him In Everything”

Angela Okorie, Ex Delta soap model c*m actress speaks on the issue of husbands cheating on their women. When asked if she can ever leave her matrimonial home on the bases of infidelity, the pretty actress responded: “In the first place, [...]

January 24, 2014 General

Old manuscript found in Spanish library

A long lost comedy by one of the best known playwrights of 17th century Europe has been rediscovered in the Spanish National Library nearly 400 years after his death, officials said on Wednesday. The discovery of the work by Spanish [...]

January 24, 2014 General, Literature
Foreign Investments Ben Ovia

Jim Ovia in Davos, Canvasses for Foreign Investment in Nigeria

By Goddy Egene with agency report The founder of   Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia, Wednesday called on foreign investors to invest in the Nigerian economy and reap one of the best returns in the world. Ovia, who is attending [...]

January 23, 2014 Business
Cement Factory Investment

$8 Billion New Investments in the Cement Industry

NIGERIA’S cement industry has attracted additional investment worth $8 billion, driven largely by the implementation of the Federal Government’s Backward Integration Policy. The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, who disclosed this during a meeting with the Indian [...]

January 23, 2014 Business
Nigeria to Double Agriculture Credit in Two Years to Cut Imports

Nigeria to Double Agriculture Credit in Two Years to Cut Imports

Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, plans to double agriculture’s share of banks’ credit to 10 percent in two years as it seeks to cut food imports, Agriculture Minister Akinwunmi Adesina said. “We made a fundamental shift that agriculture is not [...]

January 23, 2014 General

Magnetic therapy – Ease migraine symptoms

A new magnetic device can offer people who suffer from migraine a spot of relief, according to a research. UK watchdog National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said there is limited evidence that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may [...]

January 23, 2014 Health issues, Societal issues

Nepal doctors strike – Patients travel to India

Hundreds of Nepalese patients have been compelled to go to India for treatment as all medical services, including emergency, have been halted since Sunday due to a strike called by doctors demanding medical reforms. As hospitals and clinics remained closed [...]

January 23, 2014 Health issues, Societal issues

1st black African in space sets to be a young DJ

No one in Mandla Maseko’s family has ever stepped outside South Africa, but the young township disc jockey is set to rocket into space next year. From the dusty district of Mabopane, near Pretoria, 25-year-old Maseko has landed a coveted [...]

January 23, 2014 General

Nigeria – Biggest cement firm in Africa expands to South America

Africa’s biggest producer of cement and Nigeria’s largest manufacturing company, Dangote Group, is to expand into three South American countries, after signing a preliminary joint venture agreement with an unnamed firm in that regard. The private BusinessDay newspaper reported Thursday [...]

January 23, 2014 Business, General

Brazil – New species of river dolphin discovered

Scientists in Araguaia River basin of Brazil have discovered the first  dolphin species in the river.   Only 1,000 of them left because they are critically endangered. River dolphins are distantly related to sea dolphins. They feature long beaks which [...]

January 23, 2014 General

Nigerian court – Angry mob attacks gay suspects

Seven  men was attacked by an angry mob in Nigerian court as they are suspected of breaking Islamic law banning homosexuality after a court hearing in northern Nigeria, a court official said on Thursday. “As soon as the suspects emerged from [...]

January 23, 2014 General

Killing in Durban Deep – Roodepoort

The family of a man shot dead, allegedly by a policeman, in Durban Deep in Roodepoort on the West Rand on Thursday believes he was killed deliberately. “He was not even a part of the protesters. He was on his [...]

January 23, 2014 Environmental issues, General

Police Arrest Kidnappers Of Dr. Izebuwa In Edo

While addressing Journalist on the issue, the State Commissioner of Police, Foluso Adebanjo, thanked the people for their support in the fight against criminality, stating that 2014 will be very tough for criminals in State. The suspects were paraded alongside [...]

January 23, 2014 Environmental issues, General