Thursday, 15 November 2018

The Owner of Instablog9ja Reveled – John Abayomi

It is a well known fact that the question of the brain and face behind Popular Instagram blog, Instablog9ja have remained in the minds of many online users in Nigeria and overseas. A recent discovery released has revealed hat the identity of the blog owner is no other than John Abayomi Aruleba

Instablog9ja which kick started activities in the media scene in 2015 alongside many other blogs but is widely considered the most successful news blog on Instagram is also known to dig out rumours and washing the dirty linen of many outside.

Finally, the table has been broken as for years, no face has been put to who the mystery person behind the Instagram blog was, even with so many name predictions all around but until now, no one has been right as being anonymous was obviously important role to the creator of Instablog

LIB reports that the owner of instablog9ja is John Abayomi, a former online editor of Vanguard news and current online editor of Punch. He is also a Social media strategist, creative content developer, documentary producer and SEO expert.

John is a 2002 graduate of University of Agriculture and has a Master’s Degree in New Media & Society, Communication and Media Studies from University of Leicester UK in 2014. He also holds an international Broadcast Presentation certificate and Broadcast Journalism from Radio Nigeria training school, Lagos.

His experience in news editing, his degree in new media and communication and his training in broadcast journalism is what has pushed his platform instablog9ja into the success it is today

Many online users are of the opinion that the newsman has stepped on some toes and they definitely want him to take a bow. As at the time of this report, neither John nor his current office, PUNCH, have reacted to the reports

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

A Case Study Of Niger-Delta Politics...

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The agitation by women to be given equal opportunities in politics and governance is neither news nor a light matter that can be easily swept under the carpet, as call for this inclusion has picked up momentum over the years hence the move by political parties to allot certain slots or positions to women and the increase in political and ministerial appointments.

However, considering the political reality with recourse to the recently held primaries by different political parties across the country (with emphasis on the Niger Delta), one cannot help but wonder if these minimalist inclusion of women so far has been a political stratagem to douse the tension while status quo remains the same to the critical eye.

In the recently held primaries in Niger-Delta states, few female aspirants were recorded and even fewer scaled through. Two most notable are Barrister Nnenna Anozie of Fresh Democratic Party, who was the consensus candidate of the party delegates at the governorship and legislative primaries at Enugu State, thus making her the first female guber aspirant in the state.

In Delta State, in a very interesting albeit unexpected turn of events, Honourable Evelyn Oboro defeated Senator Ighoyota Amori during the legislative primaries for the senate seat, even though all bets were in favour of Senator Amori.

However, in Rivers State the story appears to be different. Most of the party flag bearers emerged through selection by party leaders and leviathans. Suffice it to say that there wasn't a level playing ground for women as they were given compensatory roles of deputies in a hypocritical move to "strike a balance".

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Air Force Bombs Boko Haram Camps In Talala

Some Boko Haram terrorists have felt the superior power of the Nigerian air force after they were killed in air strikes conducted on Friday.

See What The First Made-In-Africa Smartphone Looks Like (Photo)

The first made-in-Africa smartphone has been unveiled by African high-tech company, Mara group. 
African high-tech player, Mara, has announced the production of their newest product the Maraphone – the first made-in-Africa.

Residents Flee Homes As Boko Haram Attack Village Near Maiduguri

People living in Baleh Shuwari village have reportedly fled for their lives after Boko Haram terrorists attacked their village. 

Friday, 9 November 2018

JUST IN: Oby Ezekwesili Resigns

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, on Thursday, announced her resignation from her position as leader of the Red Card Movement (RCM).
The group announced this on Friday via its Twitter handle, @RedCardMng.

Heartbreaking: Little Boy Seen Staring At The Photo Of His Dad Killed During The Shiite/Police Clash In Abuja

A little child has been caught on camera staring at the photo of his father who was killed during the recent clash between police and Shi'ites. 
Photos have shown the really heartbreaking moment a young boy was spotted staring at the photo of his father who was recently killed during a fallout between security operatives and the Shi'ites members.

Boko Haram Ambush Travelers, Many Feared Dead And Dozens Wounded

Boko Haram fighters have waylaid travelers in the north-eastern part of Nigeria with many feared dead.

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have ambushed travelers on Borno highway which left several dead and many with gunshot wounds, a Civilian Joint Task Force, CTJF source told Daily Trust.

Court Orders Arrest Of Ex-First Lady For Corruption

An arrest warrant has been issued on a former first lady but it may not be executed immediately due to her right of appeal. 
The Philippines’ anti-corruption court on Friday ordered the arrest of former first lady Imelda Marcos after finding her guilty on seven counts of graft during the two-decade rule of her husband Ferdinand Marcos.

NURTW Members Invade Ondo Assembly, Chase Out Lawmakers As Speaker And Deputy Are Impeached

Members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers have stormed the Ondo state House of Assembly in reaction to the impeachment of the Speaker and his deputy.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Register For Day 1: The GTBank Fashion Weekend, Meet the Runway Designers

Hard work, creativity, and passion, punctuated by the clicking of heels, define a single moment on the GTBank Fashion Weekend Runway Show.

On Saturday, November 10th, and Sunday, November 11th, 2018, thousands of guests will be entertained by this single moment as indigenous and internationally renowned designers showcase their brands on the runway.

These are the designers slated for Day 1 of the 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend:


ItuenBasi’s 2009 collection brought back the proliferation of the Oleku trend which led to the new wave of the Ankara interpretation all around Nigeria and even beyond the shores of Africa. Ituen’s unique use of Ankara has made her the go-to designer for celebrities and fashionistas in search of something beautifully African

Sukeina – Omar Salam

Omar Salam is the Senegalese-born designer behind SUKEINA, a global fashion brand worn by some of the best-dressed women in the world. He studied fashion at the prestigious Parsons School of Design and has created 8 exquisite collections which strike a resemblance to wearable art.

Romeo Hunte

Romeo Hunte is a self-named lifestyle brand. His collection consists of outerwear pieces that have a mix of cool-girl denim designs and everyday style for the fashion forward-guy. Romeo’s design has been worn by Hollywood A-listers like Beyoncé and Gabrielle Union.

Gozel Green – Sylvia Enekwe and Olivia Jude-Okoji

Sylvia Enekwe and Olivia Jude-Okoji are the brains behind the budding Label, Gozel Green, established in the year 2010. Growing up in the eastern part of Nigeria, Enugu, they were tremendously inspired by their art-loving parents and their immediate environment. These inspirations birthed Gozel Green and thus paved way for artistry, originality and timelessness as their forefront design aesthetics.

Clive Rundel

Clive’s creations are well-known both locally and abroad, adored by bold and fearless women for their charismatic charm. Today, Clive Rundle has established his name as one of the forefathers of contemporary fashion design in South Africa.

Adama Paris – Adama Amanda Ndiaye

Adama Amanda Ndiaye is the brain behind Adama Paris, which celebrates the multicultural, elegant, and versatile woman. Her work has been featured in magazines such as Vogue, Elle, CR Fashion Book and worn by celebrities like Teyana Taylor.

David Tlale

Proclaimed as South Africa’s kind of Fashion, David Tlale designs are known to employ the unpredictable use of fabric, color, and texture, David’s designs have been gracing the runways of NYFW from 2008 till date.

Register to attend for Day 1; CLICK HERE

No Going Back On Probe Of Ganduje: Kano House Of Assembly Says About The Bribery Video

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The Kano house of assembly says it will not stop its probe of Abdullahi Ganduje, the state governor, over a video of him allegedly collecting bribe.

After videos of the governor allegedly receiving kickbacks went viral, the assembly set up a panel to investigate the issue.

A high court in Kano had on Monday, ordered the ad hoc committee set by the assembly to stop investigating the allegations against Ganduje following a legal action was undertaken by a pro-democracy group called Lawyers For Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria.

However, Baffa Dan’Agundi, chairman of the committee, on Tuesday said the court order did not stop them from their investigation but only asked the committee to maintain the status quo.

He cited sections 128 and 129 of the Nigerian constitution, which provides that house of assembly has the jurisdiction to probe corruption allegations.

He added that the committee will appear before the court on Monday for hearing.

“We have received a court order that we should stop investigating the video clips showing governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, allegedly collecting bribe,” Dan’Agundi said.

“We had a meeting today at the assembly and according to our understanding, the court didn’t stop us from investigating the allegations. We understand that the court only said the status quo be maintained. As such, we will continue with our work.

“The court set Monday for us to appear before it for hearing. We will respect the court and go with our documents that justify our position and jurisdiction to investigate this matter.”

Labour Suspends Strike, Insists On N30,000 Minimum Wage

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The organised labour has suspended its planned strike after the Tripartite Committee came up with a report to by submitted to the President Buhari later today.
The nationwide industrial action was initially scheduled to commence on Tuesday to press home workers’ demand for a new national minimum wage.

The President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, confirmed the suspension of the strike at the end of the meeting of the tripartite committee that ended around 10pm on Monday night. Wabba said the decision to suspend the action came after agreements were reached and documents signed.

“Having reached this position and agreements signed, the proposed strike action is hereby suspended,” the labour leader said.

At the end of the last meeting of the Tripartite committee made up of the Government, Labour and Organised Private Sector, the Chairperson of the committee and former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Ms Ama People said while the federal government insisted on N24,000, organised labour maintained its earlier stance of N30, 000.

She however said the government pleaded with labour to call off its planned strike.

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Maternal Mortality In Bayelsa State..An Article By Pauline Onyibe

Although there are considerable efforts and progress are being made in addressing maternal mortality rate in Nigeria but the efforts are not good enough hence the death of so many mothers and children still going on at an alarming rate. Knowledge about safe motherhood practices could help reduce pregnancy related health risks especially in the rural communities where women are naïve about safe motherhood. Of course the health system in the country is a farce the reason why the highly placed in the country always sought for medical help outside the country while they always budget huge amount of money to the health sector both at the National and state levels.

Up till now, nobody can give account of how much was spent during president Buhari’s treatment in London last year.This is one out of many. Only in 2018, Bayelsa state budgeted a whopping 8.5 billion Naira for the health sector for one year while at the federal level, a whooping sum of 340.456billion naira was budgeted. For instance, communities in Bayelsa state especially at the creeks, the women are ignorant of what to do. So many don’t believe in going for antenatal including teenage mothers that found themselves being sexually abused and impregnated by older men. Going round the communities at the creeks, one discovers with dismay the non -existence of Health Centers while the few ones there are poorly managed. There are no Doctors, no Nurses, no drugs, no bedding facilities. The Government that supposed to do those things are not doing them after politically announcing that those facilities are there with huge amount of money voted to that effect.

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Check Out Tope Alabi’s Viral New Song ‘Logan Ti Ode’ Featuring TY Bello (Watch)

Tope Alabi and TY Bello recently released a new video titled “Logan Ti Ode”.
The video which is part of TY Bello’s Spontaneous Worship series is a powerful soul lifting rendition, which speaks on how anyone’s life can change for good once the Savior Jesus Christ arrives and is ready to work in that person’s life.
Logan Ti Ode meaning ‘The Moment He Steps In’ has since gone viral, thanks to whatsapp and the genuine soul lifting quality of the song.

Sharing her testimony about the song, TY Bello wrote:

“I got urgent word from Apostle Obi Pax-Harry to release the songs from our spontaneous worship session with Tope Alabi over Nigeria … This urgent message first came from Lanre Olusola .. “those songs have to be released NOW!!” I was wondering why God would bring these urgent messages in Yoruba language when Nigeria has over 520 different languages.. I knew this wasn’t by accident .. we are a SPEAKING nation; each dialect carrying a ‘redemptive purpose’ as Apostle Obi Pax-Harry put it .

This is just a seed awakening everyone to the power and beauty of our diverse expressions of worship .. Tope Alabi carries a mantle and great depths in using Yoruba language in song was an incredible experience making music with her .. every sentence out of her mouth made us feel like .. this!! is why God crafted this language .. ..LOGAN TI O DE (THE MOMENT HE STEPS IN) .. reminds me of Genesis .. God SAID , Let there be light:AND THERE WAS light.. That’s exactly what happens when we release God’s word over a situation, our lives and our nation .. .. He steps in. .. Instantly !! And everything aligns with His purpose . Yoruba is a very interesting language, one word can have varying meanings but this is not peculiar to Yoruba. I had fun praying over my life this past week with the word ‘Settled’.


Monday, 5 November 2018

Gender And Political Inclusion:The Rivers State Scenario... Article By Pius Dukor

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The recent Anambra State 2018 women’s summit that witnessed the wife of the vice president, federal republic of Nigeria, Her Excellency Dolapo Osinbajo was a wake –up call for women in the country irrespective of their political affiliations to be more pragmatic and be more conscious than ever before to be involved in party politics.

Notwithstanding, some political pundits might dismiss it as a mere political gimmick to eulogies the women and win cheap popularity. On the contrary, the statement share some similarities with the “I have a dream” by Martin Lurther King Jnr. and “I can” in the Barack Obama Sloganeering ideology, in America before he was elected President. This can only be achieved and actualized if the women grow above petty women politics and embrace the spirit of oneness. The lucid point I am making is that as the 2019 general elections get closer, it is imperative for Nigerian women including Rivers women to participate in politics with total zeal, vigor and charisma, definitely on a full scale. 

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

ERGP: FG To Reduce Number Of Children Per Mother

The Federal Government says it hopes to implement a policy that limits the number of children that a mother can have. The Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, said this on Tuesday at the Nigeria Economic Summit meeting which took place in Abuja.

2018 Average Life Expectancy For Nigerians Now 55 Years -WHO

The average Nigeria is now expected to live for only 55-years, a new global data released by the World Health Organization, has revealed. 
According to the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) data published for 2018 life expectancy in Nigeria, the 2018 average life expectancy for Nigerians is now 55 years, an improvement from the previous figure, 47, the global data shows.

Aggrieved APC Reps Announce Plan To Leave Party

The aggrieved members have been meeting since the final list was submitted to take a decision on their political future.
Investigations showed that the resignation would be done in batches, beginning from Wednesday (today) on the floor of the House in Abuja.

Dino Melaye Kneels Down As Pastors From Kenya, Pakistan Pray For Him (Photos)

Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party yesterday spent some quality time with some foreign clerics at his home. 
Controversial Kogi Senator Dino Melaye was pictured kneeling down before some pastors from Kenya, Pakistan and Nigeria as they laid hands on him to pray for him.
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