Relationships: This is why couples look alike after a long time together

Why lovers who have been a couple for a long time tend to look like each other.

Have you ever wondered why old couples look alike so much that they could even be confused for siblings? Well, here’s an answer to that, as provided by scientists.

Trying to understand what could be responsible for this phenomenon, psychologist Robert Zajonc of the University of Michigan conducted his popular ‘Facial Likeness’ study in 1987 and found that couples who have been together for as long as 25 years looked so similar in appearance that participants in the study did not have any trouble pairing them together despite having no prior knowledge of their marriage.

During the study, Zajonc and his team asked volunteers to look carefully at photographs of men and women and match them based on facial similarity. The researchers found out that couples who'd been married for 25 years were rightly paired together a lot.

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An explanation for this, according to Zajonc, is that couples who have been together for that long would have had a lot of shared experiences that left similar lines on faces, and that couples would therefore begin to look more similar. In essence, couples would have had a lot of moments of shared laughter, shared sadness, and would have gone through a lot of emotions together, which leaves the same facial lines on them.

 

As you grow old together, you tend to adapt yourself and change in accordance with your partner. Your life experiences are reflected in your face. Couples that have shared a happy and joyful life together develop muscles and wrinkles related to smiling and laughter, whereas couples that have been unhappy have frowns, anger and depression reflected in their faces.

On the other hand...

In some other cases, when partners look alike, it could have nothing to do with how long they’ve been together. According to a 2010 report from Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, people tend to be attracted to members of the opposite sex who look like them or their parents.

July 16, 2018

Lookbook: Fashion brand IMAATU Fulani releases stunning new campaign

Fashion brand IMAATU Fulani releases stunning new campaign

With a name change and brand overhaul Imaatu Fulani releases new photos shot by Stefan Gergely and it's a must-see.

Nigerian-Austrian fashion brand Fulani of modern luxury designs has released new campaign photos from their Quiet storm collection to announce the change of their brand name from Fulani to IMAATU Fulani and releases stunning new campaign.

This comes months after the brand laid out its vision to transform and grow beyond the Fulani brand to create up-to-the-minute luxury styles, defined by authentic, unique products and fashion innovation.

For the campaign images which emanates from the 2018 Quiet Storm collection and was inspired by Young M.A’s song “Quiet Storm”, Imaatu Fulani braved the wind-chilled Austrian terrain for a calm yet blissful campaign shot by Stefan Gergely, giving the campaign photos life and a special landscape feel.

Among the highlights is the vibrant lavender, yellow viscose with geometrical prints which dominates the collection. Gorgeous couture gowns made of chiffon and silk - red carpet ready.

Party and cocktail outfits, blouses, skirts and pants with a touch of sexy, for your everyday styling.

 

Credits

Designs: @imaatufashion

Photography: @stefan_gergely

Strategy: The world’s population is 7.63 billion and more than 50% live in these 7 countries

The world’s population is 7.63 billion and more than 50% live in these 7 countries

According to the United Nations estimates, about 3.97 billion people are concentrated in the seven countries.

As the world's population hits 7.63 billion, more than 50% of all people around the world live in just seven countries.

According to the United Nations estimates, about 3.97 billion people are concentrated in the seven countries.

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These countries are:

1. China - world’s largest population 1.42 billion

 

2. India 1.35 billion

 

The next five most populous nations

3. United States 326.77 million

 

4. Indonesia 261.1 million

 

5. Brazil 207.7 million

 

6. Pakistan 193.1 million

7. Nigeria 186 million

 

As at 2014, half the world’s population was concentrated in just six countries – the same nations as above, with the exception of Nigeria.

But in a World Population Day report, Pew Research said the recent population growth has been faster in the rest of the world than in these six nations, meaning that the top six now hold slightly less than half (49.4%) of the world’s people.

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Tura ta kai bango: Magidanci ya kashe uwardakin sa bayan ya kama ta da aikata zina

Bello Muhe ya kashe matar sa kan zargin aikata fasikanci

Bello Muhe ya kashe matar sa Husse Ali bayan tayi kunnen kashi da umarnin da ya bata na daina fasikanci.A

Wani magidanci a jihar Niger mai suna Bello Muhe ya kashe uwardakin sa bayan ya zargi ta da yin zina.

Magidancin ya kashe matar sa Husse Ali mai shekara 25 bayan da ya bayyana cewa tayi kaurin suna wajen aikata fasikanci duk da gargadin da ya bata na daina hakan.

Kamar yadda rahotanni suka bayyana Bello Muhe wanda asali dan karamar hukumar Bagudu ne na jihar Kebbi, ya tura matar sa gidan iyayen ta bayan ya kamata da aikata fasikanci da wani. Ta cigaba da aikata mummunar aikin bayan komawa gidan iyayen ta.

Labari ya bayyana cewa bayan roko da jama'a suka yi masa na ya dawo da ita gidan sa. Amma duk da dawowar ta ta cigaba da aikata abun takaicin.

Bello ya zantar ma jaridar Northern city news yadda ya kashe matar tasa kamar haka:

"Na tsare ta da adda bayan ta bijire ma umarnin da na bata. Ya bata umarni na daina aikata fasikanci da mazaje amma ta ki kuma bisa ga haka na fusata har na kashe ta. Tayi kunnen kashi da gargadin da nayi mata don haka ta gamu da wannan mummunar sakamako".

Kakakin rundunar yan sanda na jihar Niger, Muhammed Abubakar, ya tabbatar da faruwar haka kana ya kara da cewa ana cigaba da bincike kan lamarin kuma bayan haka za'a gurfanar dashi gaban kotu.

Lookbook: BB Naija's Anto is the new face of Ayaba's latest collection 'Liberation'

BB Naija's Anto is the new face of Ayaba's latest collection 'Liberation'

Ayaba's latest collection is not just about the clothes, it celebrates women coming into their own and features Anto as its muse.

Ayaba Woman releases its latest lookbook titled 'Liberation' which stars BB Naija's Anto as the face of the campaign.

According to the brand, this collection celebrates a woman coming into her own. It features staple colours and simple cuts while retaining the statement elements Ayaba is known for.  

In this collection the brand played with a lot of black and white in different fabrics, textures and patterns as well as detailed sleeves to create silhouettes befitting for various occasions from corporate to casual and black-tie.

"In this age where women are beginning to know their rights, take their stand and have a voice, we decided to create a collection that showcases the emancipation of the girl child. This collection features a lot of toned colours with details in every piece which reflects the boldness that comes with the realization of who you are as a woman.",  Tomiwa Oladele, Creative Director of AYABA WOMAN says about the new collection.

Credits

 

Brand: @ayabawoman

Muse: @antolecky

Stylist: @derinfromisaleeko

Makeup: @simijosh

Hair and nails: @maneandco

Creative Direction: @stylebyayaba

Photography: @shobeesphotography

Ekiti Guber Poll: Tinubu says Fayemi’s election is victory for the people

Tinubu

Tinubu made the declaration in a congratulatory message to Fayemi, the APC Candidate in Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State.

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Sen. Bola Tinubu, on Sunday said the election of  Dr Kayode Fayemi in Saturday’s gubernatorial poll was a victory for the people.

Tinubu made the declaration in a congratulatory message to Fayemi, the APC Candidate in Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State.

In a  statement signed by his media officer, Mr Tunde Rahman, entitled – “Ekiti Election: A Victory for the People”,
Tinubu urged Fayemi to avoid recriminations and run an all-inclusive government.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Fayemi won the election after securing 197,459 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Prof. Kalapo Olusola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who got 178, 121 votes.

”Dr Fayemi must keep in remembrance that the people have placed their future in his safekeeping and he must justify their trust in him by doing all he can do to advance their welfare.

” I’m confident that Fayemi will keep faith with the programmes and policies of our party in order to improve the lives of the people of Ekiti.

”I know Fayemi will establish an all-inclusive government that involves all stakeholders in his administration and in the governance of the state, ” he said.

Tinubu said that the people of the state had voted to take a path different from the one on which they had been.

”In Ekiti, a chapter has closed and a new one has begun.  This was not done by contrivance or artifice, nor was it the product of intimidation or improper influence.

” This came about because it was the will of the people of Ekiti as expressed and manifested in the conduct of a free and fair election in that state. In voting as they did, the people thus voted for themselves.

” Here, we must congratulate Dr Kayode Fayemi and our party, the APC, for the successful campaign that was run and for the confidence the people of Ekiti have shown in transferring the mandate to govern them into our hands, ” he said.

Tinubu said there was much apprehension and concern leading to the election that the exercise would fall into disorder.

”In the end, the election took place as it should for democratic elections are- a peaceful contest of ideas and ideologies.

”In Ekiti, two clearly different perspectives of governance stood in contest for the people to decide and decide they did.

“I make no bones that I am glad that Dr Fayemi and the APC won this contest, ” he said.

Tinubu commended the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Prof. Olusola Kolapo Eleka for not resorting to violence to get his way.

”However, I would be remiss if I did not say a good word about the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Prof. Olusola Kolapo Eleka.

”He conducted a tough and energetic campaign. He wanted this seat but, in the end, he did not resort to violence to get his way.

”He allowed the people to make their own decision and for his adherence to this democratic principle, he should be recognised, ” he said.

Tinubu also commended Gov. Ayo Fayose for not crossing the line by trying to subvert the will of the people through violent means.

“The same must be said of Gov. Ayo Fayose. He tried his utmost to bring his candidate to victory but he did not cross the line by trying to subvert the will of the people through violent means.

”Dr Fayemi is a man of integrity and his government will not be one of recrimination.  It is a government of the people and as such will focus its attention on helping the people, not suppressing yesterday’s political opponents.

”I urge Gov. Fayose and Prof. Kolapo Eleka, as prominent citizens and leaders of Ekiti, to move forward in that same spirit. Let there be an orderly transition from the outgoing to the incoming government.

”Last and most importantly, let us commend the people of Ekiti.  Casting aside all the dire predictions, they conducted themselves with the patience, sobriety and collective wisdom befitting the moment.

”Instead of turning things upside down, they turned to peace and mutual respect for each other as well as respect for the democratic process.

”Above all else, the election was your election and yesterday was your day!  With the choice that you have made, may tomorrow also be your best future, ” he said.

Tech: Nigerian ad-tech startup secures funding from several investors led by Beta.Ventures

Nigerian ad-tech startup secures funding from several investors led by Beta.Ventures

Other investors are Collins Onuegbu of SASWARE, Sam Senbanjo of Neon Ventures and several other individuals.

Nigerian advertising-technology company, TaxiTV, has secured an undisclosed amount of funding in a seed round led by Beta.Ventures

Beta.Ventures is a Nigeria-based investment company funding early-stage entrepreneurs scaling tech and tech-enabled startups to become market leaders.

Other investors that participated in the seed funding are Collins Onuegbu of SASWARE, Sam Senbanjo of Neon Ventures and several other individuals.

Taxi TV founded last year by Akinbola Asalu and Dami Osiyale, is an in ride entertainment system for riders to enjoy content in ride-hailing cars. The startup provides advertising channels for corporate brands and SMEs in Nigera.

As at June 5, 2018, the startup has about 150 drivers on its platform.

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Slave Trade: Nigerian writer opens up about her family's dark past

Nigerian writer opens up about her family's slave trade past

Writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani writes about her family's complex relationship with slave trade business and slaves

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani has written an enlightening and informative piece about the history of slavery in her family for The New Yorker.

Published on Sunday, July 15, 2018, Nwaubani tells the story of her great-grandfather Nwaubani Ogogo Oriaku who was a wealthy man. Nwaubani Ogogo Oriaku was a wealthy man who dealt in palm produce and the trade of human beings.

"In the late nineteenth century, he carried a slave-trading license from the Royal Niger Company, an English corporation that ruled southern Nigeria. His agents captured slaves across the region and passed them to middlemen, who brought them to the ports of Bonny and Calabar and sold them to white merchants" writes Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani.

Nwaubani Ogogo Oriaku had a license to sell slaves that was given to him by the Royal Niger company in the 19th century. With his agents, he captured slaves within the South-Eastern region and handed them to middlemen who moved them to ports in Bonny and Calabar to be sold, white merchants.

Oriaku was so influential and important in his day that leaders in his community gave him their daughters to marry. He judged over many court cases. He was also revered among white people who had to cut a piece of their hair and send it to him to prove they were Caucasian before they could be invited to his home.

When he died, a leopard was killed and six slaves were buried alive with him.

Knowing about her family's past has disturbed Nwaubani.

"...I’ve felt a growing sense of unease. African intellectuals tend to blame the West for the slave trade, but I knew that white traders couldn’t have loaded their ships without help from Africans like my great-grandfather.

I read arguments for paying reparations to the descendants of American slaves and wondered whether someone might soon expect my family to contribute" she explains.

Her cousin Chioma feels more guilty about her family's past. "I cry and cry and ask God to forgive our ancestors."

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani goes on to write about her family's complex relationship with the offsprings of her great grandfather's slaves. Known as  Ohu, they are regarded as second-class citizens in Igbo land.

"The descendants of freed slaves in southern Nigeria called Ohu, still face significant stigma. Igbo culture forbids them from marrying freeborn people and denies them traditional leadership titles such as Eze and Ozo" she writes for the New Yorker. 

"(The osu, an untouchable caste descended from slaves who served at shrines, face even more severe persecution.) My father considers the ohu in our family a thorn in our side, constantly in opposition to our decisions. In the nineteen-eighties, during a land dispute with another family, two ohu families testified against us in court" she further adds.

While dealing with the osu, many Igbo families who profited from the slave trade have also had to deal with the so-called spiritual baggage of profiting from the sale of human beings.

"Last July, my father’s cousin Sunny, a professor of engineering, visited my parents to discuss another concern: a growing enmity in our family. Minor arguments had led relatives to stop speaking to one another. Several had become estranged from the family. 'We always have one major disagreement or division or the other,' my father’s cousin Samuel told me.

My cousin Ezeugo was not surprised by the worrying trend. 'Across Igbo land, wherever there was slave trade with the white people, things never go well,' he said. “They always have problems there. Everybody has noticed it.” My relatives thought that our family’s history was coming back to haunt us" she writes.

In the article, she reveals that her family had to undergo a special fasting and prayer session to deal with the karma of dealing in slaves. She, however, mentioned that the ohu members in their family were not invited.

Ekiti Election: Fayose's N1.3B fraud case with the EFCC explained

Fayose's N1.3B fraud case with the EFCC explained

We take the time to explain why EFCC says it wants to reopen the N1.3B fraud case against Ekiti Governor Ayodele Fayose.

Speaking through his spokesperson, Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has announced that he isn’t going to run away from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

On Saturday, July 14, 2018, Fayose’s handpicked candidate in the governorship election, Prof Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, lost to Dr. John Kayode Fayemi of the APC.

Soon after Fayemi was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the EFCC issued a tweet (which has now been deleted) to suggest that the anti-graft agency will be going after Fayose over the poultry scam.

 

The EFCC tweet read as follows: “The parri is over; the cloak of immunity torn apart, and the staff broken. #Ekiti Integrated Poultry Project/Biological Concepts Limited N1.3bn fraud case file dusted off the shelves. See you soon.”

What is this whole poultry project about?

On May 29, 2003, Fayose was elected second executive Governor of Ekiti State after defeating then incumbent Niyi Adebayo in the gubernatorial elections.

However, Fayose’s tenure was cut short as he was impeached on October 16, 2006.

Then President Olusegun Obasanjo regarded Fayose as corrupt and made sure he was impeached.

Fayose and Obasanjo have been sworn enemies since the impeachment. Fayose constantly insults Obasanjo to this day.

In 2005, the EFCC filed a N1.3bn fraud case against Fayose over the integrated poultry project.

 

The project involved the building of four poultry farms in four centres in Ekiti by the State government.  

Prosecutors say Fayose’s childhood friend, Gbenga James, was awarded the contract for the project.

However, the money wasn’t spent on the project, according to prosecutors. Instead, the N1.3billion was reportedly used to build a house in Ibadan for Fayose and purchase a Mercedes Benz worth N2.1million for Fayose’s mother, among other things.

Fayose fled Nigeria's shores when the EFCC started asking questions

When investigations commenced into the case, an impeached Fayose fled the country for fear that the EFCC could come after him.

The EFCC hasn’t been able to reopen the case file as Fayose returned to win the governorship election in 2014.

 

Under Nigerian laws, serving State governors are immune from prosecution, but once they are done with their terms in office, the EFCC can then slap charges on them.

Fayose will hand over the affairs of Ekiti to Fayemi on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

Fayose says he isn't scared of the EFCC

After the EFCC’s tweet of Sunday, July 15, Fayose’s spokesperson Lere Olayinka told Premium Times that “he (Fayose) is not afraid of anything. What are they going to do to him? Is EFCC the court of law?”

Olayinka added that there was no way the EFCC will be able to pin anything on his principal.

According to Olayinka, Fayose is willing to turn himself in after leaving office.

 

“Since 2015 that they started talking about Sambo Dasuki, how many Nigerians have they convicted?” Olayinka asked. “That was how they lied that the governor had a property on Gana Street in Maitama and nothing came out of it.

“The governor will hand over when the day comes in October,” Mr Olayinka said. “And if it is necessary that he should go to the EFCC for questioning after leaving office, he will go and meet them.”

The presidency doesn't like Fayose and Fayose doesn't like the presidency

Fayose is also not best of friends with the presidency. The Ekiti governor has spent a chunk of his time in office hurling insults at President Buhari whom he considers too ill, too feeble and too old to govern Nigeria.

After the defeat of the governor's candidate in last weekend's gubernatorial election, presidency spokesperson Garba Shehu called Fayose a “street-type thug” who peddles fake news for a living.

 

“The politics of brinkmanship, assaults, insults, abuses and Robin Hoodism disguised as stomach infrastructure has been rejected in favour of politics of inclusion, development, responsibility and good governance”, Shehu wrote.

“As for Mr. Fayose and his morbid brand of politics, it is now his time to reconcile himself to the imminent political extinction he faces, his political career sealed for good. Newspapers have mistaken him for a gadfly who creates discomfort for the government at the centre to make it better, but Fayose is a street-type thug.

 

“An old proverb says you can’t beat something with nothing. After all the noise, theatricals and drama, Fayose’s fall came with a thud, not a bang: a high-powered nothing,” he added.

Wizkid: Davido sends singer message on his birthday

Davido and Wizkid live.

The relationship between Wizkid and Davido keeps getting better by the day.

Today is Wizkid's birthday and messages have been pouring in from different corners, including that of his new friend Davido.

The singer took to his Instagram stories on Monday, July 16, 2018, where he posted a video of himself partying and captioned it with a quote.

"Happy birthday @wizkidayo!! KEEP SOARING MY G!!'' he wrote. Happy birthday to Wizkid from all of us at PULSE. We love that these guys have really put behind all the beef that restrained their relationship for years.

 

Over the last few months, we have seen these guys become really close, especially when they kept showing up at each other's shows and trolling nosy followers on social media.

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Check out Wizkid's reply after fan tried to troll Davido

 

Earlier in the year, Wizkid and Davido's new found love (No Homo) came to play when Wizkid dragged a nosy follower who tried to troll Davido. Now the gist is that a follower of Davido on Twitter probably wanted to cause a fight between Wizkid and Davido by shading him with a tweet

"Be living, loving and laughing while @wizkidayo another hit on Monday by 1 PM Nigerian time!" the followed tweeted. Well, Davido acting as the bigger person replied the fan in a way he wasn't expecting.

 

"Lmao baba go and sleep this is so last year.. and yea I’m sure the world knows by now say me I no get problem wen it comes to HITS!," Davido tweeted.

Now the coolest thing about this is that Wizkid too was in on the drama replied Davido with a very assuring tweet "forget dem Obo !'' he tweeted with a laughing smiley.

Bayero University, Kano: Lecturers and SUG members raise money to support needy students

Lecturers and SUG members raise money to support needy students

The ASUU members in the university also promise to deduct N100 from their basic salary to help students who can't pay school fees.

Lecturers in Bayero University, Kano and Student Union Government members are reportedly raising money to support needy students.

According to reports, the University Student Union Government had earlier announced that it has set up the SUG Trust Fund to help less privileged students pay school and hostel fees.

In order to raise the fund, a sum of N300 was added to registration fees out of which N200 would be remitted to the fund and N100 to SUG purse, Daily Trust reports.

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Lecturers promise to give students financial support

Also, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), BUK chapter, has promised to deduct N100 from the basic salary of its members to support the students.

The SUG president, Khalid Sanusi said, “We initiated the idea to help the less privileged students in the university, and it successfully started working  in the 2018/2019 academic session and there must be a certain scrutiny before releasing money to a student.”

He explained that ''a student would first write a request letter to the Dean Students Affairs of the university, then the level coordinator and all the presidents of associations of each department must be involved in making sure that the student really deserved to be supported financially''.

Sanusi added that the student union leaders are waiting for the university management to set up a committee that would control the fund as it is not with the SUG.

 

"Power": Here's how Twitter reacted to season 5 episode 3

Here's how Twitter reacted to Power season 5 episode 3

In this week’s episode, Tommy’s dad finally shows his true self, Ghost has sex with a potential investor and Tasha stands up to Kanan.

Episode three of "Power" season five - Are We On the Same Team? - aired on Sunday, and here's how Twitter reacted.

In the third episode, we get to see Tony Teresi for who he is: a snitch. When Saxe and Mak  ask him to give them some information they can use against Tommy in exchange for his freedom, he reveals that has been his plan all along. And by the end of the episode, Teresi is a free man.

In the new episode, Angela, who is still successfully ignoring Ghost's calls, meets and gets to have sex with Steve Tampion, a handsome Fed from D.C., who she is also surprisingly opening up to on the Jimenez case.

Tasha finds out that Ghost killed the drunk driver who killed the son of the couple in their grief group. She confronts him, calling him out for not being able to kill Dre or Kanan, but is using his vigilante skill on a stranger.

Ghost says he had to make just one thing right. Unfortunately, his action only made things for the family as the police suspects the grieving father of the murder. 

Kanan and Tasha meet at Tommy’s place while looking for Egan. She blames him for her daughter's death and Tariq's criminal acts.

With a threatening look, he grabs her arm, but Tasha stands up to him: “If you f— with me, you better kill me n—-a, because I swear to god, you best believe I will get you back," she says to him.

Also in the episode, Ghost has sex with Linda, a potential investor who he had pitched the Queens Child Project to. He also unwillingly agrees to let Tommy begin laundering money through the club again.

Here's how Twitter reacted to the episode:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahead of its season five premiere, "Power" was renewed for a sixth season in March.

Catch up on episode 1 of Power season five here.

New Video: Korede Bello x Gyptian x DJ Tunez x Young D - Stamina (International Remix)

Watch this international collaboration that features Korede Bello, Gyptian, DJ Tunez and Young D titled 'Stamina'.

The visuals of the International remix of 'Stamina', which features Korede Bello, Gyptian, DJ Tunez and Young D has now been released.

The collaboration which has Nigeria's Korede Bello alongside Jamaican Superstar Dance-hall artist, Gyptian and joined with Afrobeats International disc jockey, DJ Tunez with production from Young D.

The visuals was directed by Wole Ogundare.

Gasar kofin duniya 2018: Fitaccen yan wasa a gasar bana

Kylian Mbappe

Yayin da aka kammala gasar kofin duniya na wannan shekara, ga fitattun yan wasa da suka karbi lambar yabo a gasar

Gasar kofin duniya na wannan shekarar ta zao karshe inda kasara nahiyar turai, Faransa tayi nasarar lashe kofin.

Wasan ta na karshe Faransa ta doke Croatia da ci 4-2 wajen samun galabar sake daga kofin gasar bayan karo na farko a cikin shekarar 1998.

Kamar yadda aka saba yi a kowa shekara na gasar, an karrama wasu fitatun yan wasa da suka taka rawara gani a gasar da lambobin yabo.

Ga yan wasan da kyautar da suka samu:

Gwarzon matashi a gasar bana

 

Jajirtaccen matashin dan wasan Faransa, Kylian Mbappe shine ya samu kyautar fitaccen matashi a gasar 2018.

matashin mai shekaru 19 ya taka rawar gani a gasar inda ya taimaki Faransa wajen zama zakarun bana.

kyautar dan wasa mafi kwallo

Jagoran yan wasan tawagar Ingila, Harry Kane shine ya lashe wannan kyautar bayan ya samu nasara zurra kwallaye 6 a ragar abokan adawar sa a gasar wannan shekara.

Gwarzon mai tsaron raga

 

Thibaut Courtois na kasar Belgium ya lashe kyautar gwarzon mai tsaron raga a gasar bana. A gasar dai sau shidda kwallo ya shiga ragar shi.

Jarumin yan wasa

 

Luka Modric na kasar Croatia ya lashe wannan kayutar bayan ya taimaki tawagar kasar wajen kafa tarihi na kaiwa zagaye na karshe na gasar bana.

Fitaccen dan wasan ya nuna gwaninta da iyawa a gasar sai dai dan kwarewar shi bata kai ga nasarar lashe kofin duniya na wannan shekarar.

Kylian Mbappe: World Cup winner says he’s staying at Paris Saint-Germain

Kylian Mbappe

Mbappe scored four goals at the 2018 World Cup and got the Young Player of the Year award.

Just after winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup with France, Kylian Mbappe seems to have shut down all transfer rumours insisting that he’s staying at Paris Saint-Germain.

Kylian Mbappe 2018 World Cup campaign

Mbappe has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and the rumours had intensified especially after Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus.

The 19-year-old has, however, come out to say that he will be staying with the French champions.

 

"I will stay with PSG, continuing on my path with them," Mbappe told reporters after he won the World Cup with France following their 4-2 win over Croatia in the final played on Sunday, July 15.

"I am at the beginning of my career."  

Mbappe shone at the just concluded World Cup where he scored three goals and got the award as the Younger Player of the Tournament.

The forward joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 after a breakthrough season with Monaco.

In his first season with Paris Saint-Germain, he scored 21 goals and won three trophies, Ligue 1, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue.

Pulse Blogger: Holding faith;Finding hope

Most Patriotic Nigerian?

"The recent happenings in the world over has left me feeling helpless and distraught over the pain and anguish people go through time and time again".

When happiness becomes a thing of the past and life's journey seems to end in a bleak vast, I pause to ponder on what to keep me afloat in this sudden nothingness and surreptitious state of mind.

Let's not look too far but at our country; Nigeria, our fatherland is being ravished by one blood bath or the other, holding the citizens to ransom, unsure of what calamity to expect in the nearest future.

From the Dapchi school girls, to the herdsmen attack in Benue, to the massacre in Jos, Lagos and Niger states weren't left out of the fiery furnace that ended the lives of many. From the beginning of the year to this moment, everyone has been left in utter shock as they soak in the aftermath of these, wondering how long horrible situations will last.

When life comes at the mercy of jeopardy and we've no other option than to have faith for a greater tomorrow, living day to day, hoping for better things to spring forth. What then is Faith?

Faith

Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing, a belief not based on proof. Faith involves intellectual assent to a set of facts and trust in those facts. Faith is based on the idea, that whatever the outcome is, it is for the better. Faith is a complete trust or confidence in something. For some people, it's a name, while others believe it's just another phenomenon but one they're yet to experience.

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Holding on to faith can be somewhat abstract, it's perceived to be a religious terminology. However, it's quite significant especially at times like this.

Hope

Hope is an action predicated on uncertainty. It is a word that describes the act of being unsure about one's circumstances, and essentially, wishing for an outcome conducive to one's desires. Hope is a peaceful assurance that something that hasn’t happened yet will indeed happen.

Hope must involve something that is as yet unseen: “Hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?” (Romans 8:24).

Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation or desire.

Hope is a confident expectation that naturally stems from faith. "Faith says it is so now, and Hope says in the future it could happen".

The Irony

It's easy to talk about faith and all, but when the present circumstances say otherwise we've to pause and retrace our steps back, in order to figure out what went wrong. It's okay to be philosophical and talk about a given phenomenon but it would be foolhardy to continue that way especially when our very existence is being threatened.

I listen to people talk about how life can be hard, it's actually true . We all know life doesn't play a fair game,  that doesn't mean we should fold our arms while our lives are cut short by forces "Unseen". It's easy to blame the government, but we all have our parts to play on this stage. You can choose to roll with the tide or give it all it takes in order to survive.

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 It just might take a little longer for the scenes to turn out fine because a successful play is a result of consistent and relevant hard-wok, sacrifice and practice.

The Patriot

What do you have to say in defence? Blame it on Religious Bigotry, Economic meltdown, Nepotism, Bureaucracy and what have you? The ultimate question is what are you doing personally to ensure life is better for the person next door? You can ignore the happenings around you but you're affected by them nonetheless. You can only run but for how long?

Nigeria is our home, our fatherland, she needs us. This is not the time to relocate or find another resting place, this is the time to show our truest sense of patriotism. This is the time to put a foot down and pledge our allegiance to our nation. This is the time to stay hopeful, take deliberate and positive steps towards making Nigeria the land of our dreams.

This is the time to get your PVC, the little you can do to purge our nation of this parasitic system. This is a time to say NO to being used as political saboteurs, to evolve a new trend of upright and charismatic youths.

A time to find hope in a better future for the upcoming generation and to hold on to faith despite our bleeding hearts

This is a time to be... Your time starts now.

Written by Bello Adekunbi "Kunbella".

Cybercrime: 12 Nigerian students to face trial in Benin Republic

12 Nigerian students to face trial in Benin Republic

Seven out of the 12 students have reportedly been released on bail while negotiations are ongoing to secure the release of others.

12 Nigerian students who were arrested by the Police in Benin Republic are to face trial for cybercrime, Punch reports.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, seven out of the 12 students have been released on bail.

The students' name Mathew Langgapp, Bayo Oyenuga, Tari Bori, Samuel Akinwande, Dunchi Dennis, Steven Porobunu, Chuckwudi Valentine, Peter Ochani, David Esu, Emmanuel Chukwuneke, Timi Ogunleye and Jacob Oluwatobi.

Dabiri-Erewa said the resolve to try the students was contained in a brief sent by the Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic, Amb. Kayode Oguntuase.

 

The brief states that students were placed on surveillance and they were allegedly caught perpetrating crime.

However, Dabiri-Erewa in a statement released on Sunday, July 15, 2018, by her media aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said that the Beninoise Police arrested the students without informing the Nigerian Embassy in the country.

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She added that the arrest of the students was contrary to the claims that over 50 Nigerian students are in prison in Benin Republic.

The SSA also said that after series of negotiations and entreaties, the Nigerian consular in Benin Republic was able to secure the release of seven students from  Aglaganda Police Station on July 5, 2018, adding that efforts were ongoing to ensure the remaining five students are released.

She, therefore, appealed to Nigerians in diaspora to ''avoid crime and criminality and shun any act capable of tarnishing the good image of Nigeria,”

 

Movement Smiling: MS calls off love engagement over car gift

MS calls off love engagement over car gift

The source also confirmed that MS had purchased a brand new Benz as a surprise engagement gift but suddenly called off the event in the last minute.

Jamaican/Nigerian raga sensation Movement Smiling had suddenly called off his love engagement on Sunday July 15, 2018.

The reason behind the sudden change of plan generally remains unknown but trusted sources from his inner circle say MS cancelled his engagement on his ex fiancée's refusal to return another car gifted to her by a guy.

 

The source also confirmed that MS had purchased a brand new Benz as a surprise engagement gift but suddenly called off the event in the last minute.

Meanwhile MS has refused to make any direct public statement on regards the issue.

On the 5th of May MS had released the audio remix to his black empowerment song "Black and proud" featuring Africa’s legendary 2baba. Weeks later he followed with a video interpretation directed by Clarence Peter. Already building an impressive body of work, MS is more than a prospect to look out for.

 

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How to make money online: Online jobs; how to make money on YouTube in Ghana

Online jobs; how to make money on Youtube in Ghana

There are several ways to earn money on Youtube in Ghana. Don't limited yourself to YouTube ads, sponsored ads or affiliate marketing. Try creating content inspired merchandise, an enviable email list or fabulously be a STAR!

Do you want to earn extra cash? Do you enjoy watching or sharing videos on YouTube? This is the perfect article for you. Make money online on YouTube in Ghana.

You tube is a video website that provides easy access to video content from all over the world. Features include watching videos online, live streaming, create and upload your own videos. As much as it is a hobby, others use this platform to earn more than a decent living.

One of the largest social media platforms ever, it records a stunning ONE BILLION unique visitors in a month. In marketing, people is equal to money. Therefore you have access to one billion potential customers=money per month.

That’s a lot of money and quite easy to make to. Read on to find out ways which you could monetize your YouTube channel.

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Ways to earn money on YouTube in Ghana:

  • YouTube ads and sponsored videos

Advertisers may want buy ad slots on your channel if your audience fits their target. Or may even sponsor your channel in exchange for some time on your channel.

  • Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is all about making money on commission.  Refer your viewers to sites where they can get products the need. Companies offer deals to affiliate marketers to promote their products to their audience.

  • Services and products based around the content you create/offer

Obviously, you definitely know what you are talking about when making those videos (unless you don’t!). Simple offer services if you are a hair vlogger or products if you are a makeup guru. Your market is blooming with each view and so should you!

 

  • Directing traffic to your website

All businesses online need a website to keep things running. A website is similar to an online shop, and just like a store you need customers. One way is by referring your viewers to your website. So now your viewers become your customers. The more customers you have, the likelihood of purchase.

  • Email list

Create an email list from your audience base on their interest, preferences and other demographics. Either use this list to create stronger relationship with your audience by suggesting sites of interest. Or you may sell this list to advertisers of products that they may interest your audience.

  • Merchandise

Create your own branded products from the content you put out there. For example, a natural hair YouTuber could start selling branded T-Shirts with pictures of Afro-American icons to earn good money.

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  • Be a STAR!

YouTube stars are definitely a thing now including Instagram models and twitter trolls.

All these is possible if you grow a huge audience base on the platform. Be consistent and knowledge about your content. Be honest and open. Avoid racist, hateful or abusive language. And most importantly engage your audience.

COST

One cannot place a fixed cost on how you can earn money on YouTube in Ghana. Remember as stated earlier there are different ways to earn money and that means different uses for YouTube. Translating to different contents put out there. So the cost involved in creating a content would differ from another.

DURATION

Monetizing your YouTube channel has no fixed duration or time period. How much you earn, where your money is coming from etc. will determine how long before you begin to gain revenue. For example, if you decide to direct traffic to your website, you might earn faster than from YouTube ads.

 

TOOLS

  • Smartphone/Computer/Desktop

SUPPLIES

  • Internet service
  • Google account

STEPS

You need a YouTube channel to get started. Either create a personal channel or a business channel. Your personal channel can be accessed by your through your google account. But a business channel allows for multiple owners

How to set up a personal YouTube channel

  • Go to YouTube (YouTube.com) and sign in.
  • Try uploading a video, try creating a playlist or try posting a comment. This would prompt you to create a channel if you don’t have one.
  • Provide your details. Confirm your google account and photo to create a new channel.
  • You are good to go! Upload your first content.

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Set up a business channel on YouTube

  • Sign in to YouTube
  • If you want to create the channel for an already existing Brand Account, go to your channel list. Select the Brand Account from your channel list. Verify your account. Go to channel manager settings to change channel managers.

OR

  • Click “create new account” to set up a new account. Name your new account and provide other relevant information. Click “Done”. Your new business account is ready to go. Remember to change your manager settings.

Revealed: President Akufo-Addo establishes football academy-Ex Ghana goalie discloses

President Akufo-Addo establishes football academy-Ex Ghana goalie discloses

Former Black Stars goalkeeper Abukari Damba has revealed he is working for an academy owned by the President of the Republic of Ghana.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo has set up a football academy to unearth talents, according to former Black Stars goalkeeper.

Akufo-Addo is believed to be a sports enthusiast, having participated in the beautiful game as a young boy growing up in the Accra suburb of Nima.

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The first gentleman of the land who is a fan of Asante Kotoko and Tottenham has confirmed his love for football, after Damba revealed he has established a football academy.

“I am currently working on a sports project for President Nana Akufo Addo, named WillyAddo Sports that seeks to discover and nurture youthful talents,” Damba told Happy FM.

"President Nana Akufo-Addo loves sports and wants the game to develop that's why. I’m the technical director and I have appointed some people to assist me to achieve that goal. I have travelled across the country scouting talented children for this program,” he said.

 

He added that “Nana Addo Jnr. is the president of the academy. We have about 60 children and it’s a non-residential project.”

“Two of the boys from this programme will be going to Holland. Foreign agents were in the country to monitor the boys,” he noted

Football in the West African country has grind to a halt after exposé by undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw revealed alleged massive corruption in the game.

Transfer News: Daniel Opare scores debut goal at new club Royal Antwerp

Opare opens account at new club Royal Antwerp

Ghanaian right back Daniel Opare begins new life of football at Belgian club Royal Antwerp as he got in his debut goal for the club.

Opare has opened his goal account for Royal Antwerp in their 3-1 win over PAOK in a pre-season friendly encounter on Sunday.

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Opare joined the Belgian side on a two-year deal as a free agent from German Bundesliga side Augsburg after the club terminated his contract.

The signing was announced last week and the 27-year-old wasted no time in announcing his presence in the Belgian top flight.

Opare celebrated his first goal for the club in their fifth pre-season training match.

The former Real Madrid youth defender opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a fantastic curler.

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Lazarous Lamprou equalized for the Greek giants in the 33rd minute but further goals from Jonathan Bolingi and Samuel Owusu saw Antwerp carry the day.

Opare played  70 minutes while Owusu played 89 minutes of action.

Young And Innovative: 15-year-old Ghanaian makes wooden standing fan

Thomas Owusu is a class 5 pupil at the Bokabo D/A Primary School in the Western Region

Thomas Owusu is a class 5 pupil at the Bokabo D/A Primary School at Sefwi Bokabo, in the Bodi District of the Western Region of Ghana.

A 15-year-old has made a standing electrical fan from wood and plastic.

Thomas Owusu is a class 5 pupil at the Bokabo D/A Primary School at Sefwi Bokabo, in the Bodi District of the Western Region of Ghana.

His teacher, Max Owusu first shared images of the boy and his works on Facebook where he has become an internet sensation.

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“See this young but creative electrical engineer at my school who designed a wooden stand fan that can be operated electronically. I believe in a future that is realized today not tomorrow,” the teacher posted.

Many social media users have commended him and called on the government or any benevolent organisation or individual to help develop his talent.

Young Thomas Owusu built the entire standing fan in a space of two days, crafting the wood to fit the shape of the fan and molding the plastic fan blade all by himself.

He has already made two of these fans and is hoping to add a few more.

The parents of young Thomas are both cocoa farmers. He, therefore, helps them on the farm when he is not in school.

 

Thomas hopes to make other wooden fans that run solely on batteries and says those will be “easier to build.”

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His teacher, Max Owusu describes him as “a genius, who believes in himself, very positive-minded and result oriented.”

In terms of his academics, his teacher says “Thomas is an average student with a strong interest in Mathematics, science, and crafting.”

The teacher also said that he is pleading for sponsorship to help develop and showcase his talent.

World Cup 2018: In West Africa people consider failure as the will of God- Didier Drogba

In West Africa people consider failure as the will of God- Didier Drogba

The former Chelsea hitman believes most Africans and for that matter West Africa have negative mentality.

Didier Drogba in analysing the poor performance of Africans in the World Cup has indicated that most African players don’t have positive attitude, especially those who established themselves on the continent before seeking greener pastures abroad.

He explained that people use excuses that failure is the will of God and move on in life without finding solutions to problems.

He said this in relation to Africa’s poor showing in the just ended FIFA World Cup, which all the five representatives from the continent exited at the group stage.

Didier Drogba thinks Africa’s disappointing World Cup in Russia is a blessing in disguise, since the continent would sit up moving forward.

"It was a difficult result for the African teams, but I think it is also good. It is important to see this, and witness this to understand that we need to change," Drogba told RT in Moscow, where he has acted for the past month as a pundit and ambassador.

"In West Africa, if you don't get the result you expected, people go 'It's OK, next time I will do better. It's OK, it's God's will,'" said Drogba.

"I have this positive mentality as well, but at the same time, I hate losing. The chance I had, leaving Ivory Coast at age six, and going to Europe, and being surrounded by people who want to always perform, I have both these sides. I think mentally, we need to believe that we can go to the World Cup to win it, not to participate," said Drogba.

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"We need to find out why it is happening, and the how we can change it, and when," said Drogba.

"We need to keep the creativity, the craziness, the power, the physique of African football, but we need to add the consistency and organization, not necessarily of European teams, but of experienced teams."

All five African sides - Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Tunisia, and Senegal - did not qualify from the group stage of the World Cup finals.

Drogba has a stunning strike rate of 65 goals in 104 caps for his country.

Tech: Africa's fastest internet speed is in one of the world's poorest countries

Madagascar is followed by Kenya, ranked 64 and South Africa, ranked 76 on the broadband list. Morocco and Tunisia come in fourth and fifth.

An analysis of more than 160 million broadband speed tests conducted across 200 countries revealed that Madagascar has the fastest internet connection in Africa.

The report by a communications company in the UK, Cable, ranked Madagascar 22nd in the world, up 67 places and ahead of France, Germany, Finland, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

 

Madagascar, categorised the Least Developed Countries by the United Nations, 1.6 million people (4.3% of the population) could access the internet as of 2016.

48% of the population of Madagascar suffers intense poverty, according to the 2016 Human Development Index.

Madagascar is followed by Kenya, ranked 64 and South Africa, ranked 76 on the broadband list.  Morocco and Tunisia come in fourth and fifth.

The African countries with the lowest connection include Somalia at 197, Guinea at 196 and Mauritania at 195. Niger and Burkina Faso comes in at 193 and 192.

Pulse Wedding: This is how Bibi Bright looked on her wedding and we are loving it

Bibi Bright looked on her wedding

We were totally swoon by Actress Bibi Brights Wedding look.

It’s 2018 and new brides are breaking the rules of wedding looks. Actress Bibi Bright is one of such brides.

Let’s welcome back the ponytail bridal look which was in vogue about a decade ago but has been revived Kind Courtesy our latest celebrity bride, Bibi Bright.

The actress tied the knot over the weekend (July 14th, 2018) at a traditional marriage ceremony that was attended by friends, celebrity friends, and family members.

 

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Our expectations were over-met with her outstandingly gorgeous bridal look. One that brought chills down our spine. From head toe, she dazzled like the enchantress she is.

Let’s talk hair and makeup

Bibi Bright swerved us entirely with her lengthy baby hair curls hair she held like a flowing half-pony. A hairstyle that got lost in the bridal memo years back.

Bibi Bright’s hair looked like a flowing waterfall of waves, and it's all thanks to the fact that she tied up only the top half, tugged at the crown for more volume, and waved the ends.

 

A big thumbs-up to her makeup team. They slew the ‘spunky’ out of her. Her bridal make couldn’t have been better. Perfect color blend!

READ ALSO:Check out first photos from Bibi Bright’s traditional marriage

Wardrobe Choice

The beauty dazzled in our indigenous Kaba and Slit style made of Kente Fabric. The Kaba was made in a peplum form with a red fabric with the base in Kente.

 

She took us off with her mermaid slit style entirely made in the same Kente fabric.

Bibi Bright’s bridal look was everything ethereal.

Beauty Tips: 3 reasons why men should moisturize daily

Importance of using Moisturizers

Many men underestimate the importance of using moisturizer in their daily routines. 

Many men underestimate the importance of using moisturizer in their daily routines. 

Moisturizing can help keep your skin clear, smooth, and wrinkle-free in the future. Workout to keep in shape, eat healthy and moisturize for a flawless skin.

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  • Moisturizing helps your skin stay young

Research has shown men’s skin age much faster than women’s. The skin is the largest organ in the human body, and it's the first line of defense people have against disease and infection.

Moisturizing daily helps prevent those wrinkles from appearing, by restoring the elasticity in your skin.  Moisturizing can help give your sensitive skin the boost it needs to repair itself and stay healthy.

  • Moisturizing can reduce the appearance of other blemishes

A freshly moisturized skin has a healthy sheen, which can help reduce the appearance of any existing blemishes. Some moisturizers have some tint or self-tanner that can work with any skin tone.

 

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  • Strengthens skin

Dry skin begins to crack up after a period. These cracks open your skin up to the environment and make it more easily affected by allergies and infections. Moisturising your skin regularly helps your skin out by binding your epidermal cells together.

This forms a tough barrier to prevent harmful agents from getting in. If you actually want to be tough, rather than look tough, it’s worth cracking open the moisturizer.

Interesting! This marriage list prepared by a church makes singleness a better option

Marriage list made by church makes singleness a better option

The marriage list released by the church based in Warri, a city located in Nigeria’s Delta state enjoins all its members who intend to marry to redeem all the required payments latest by three weeks prior to the day of wedding.

A church identified as the True Vine Power House Ministry Incorporation has triggered debate especially among social media users after a marriage list it has prepared and released for its members who intend to marry has gone viral online.

The marriage list released by the church based in Warri, a city located in Nigeria’s Delta state enjoins all its members who intend to marry to redeem all the required payments latest by three weeks prior to the day of wedding.

According to the controversial list, lateness to the church also attracts a penalty of N5k.

Clearly, these requirements are totally different from the expensive dowry that the groom would have paid already to the bride’s family.

READ MORE: Bride sues groom for failing to show up on wedding day

Below is the full marriage list released by the True Vine Power House Ministry Incorporation:

N8k for officiating pastor

N10k for host pastor

6k for instrumentalists

15k for couple fee

10k for marriage certificate

5k for fuel

N5k for lateness to church

10 food flask with one small 5 Alive and one Maltina each for the Ministers

2 food flask, 2 Eva water, 2 big 5 Alive and 2 cans of Maltina each for the Host Pastor

50 takeaways or 1 cooler of rice, 2 and half crates of can Maltina for the church workers

Suits for the Host Pastor and his wife

Couples must attend marriage class for two weeks before the wedding

Couples thanksgiving should not be more than a week after the wedding

 

Some people are of the view that if churches are charging their members so much aside the main dowry before their marriages can be blessed, then marriage will not be affordable for most couples.

World Cup 2018: Kevin-Prince Boateng congratulates France on World Cup win

The Ghanaian attacker has sent his congratulatory message to the gallant French team that emerged champions of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Kevin-Prince Boateng has congratulated France on winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

France managed to beat Croatia 4-2 on Sunday at the Luzhniki Sports Stadium in the final of the 2018 Mundial.

Allez Les Blues trailed for just 12 minutes in the entire tournament, as they navigated through the various stages of the competition with high level efficiency.

They were a delight to watch as they put the icing on the cake in a 4-2 victory over the first time finalists in .

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Boateng who played in both the 2010 and the 2014 FIFA World Cups has celebrated the French for emerging as the champions of the World.

"Congrats to France winning the cup!! But this guy played an unbelievable World Cup...brudaaaaaa well well done #AnteRebic," he posted on Twitter.

Rebic had a phenomenal World Cup, scoring an important goal in Croatia's romping of Argentina.

The Croat and Boateng had a good season together at Frankfurt as the pair combined to deliver the Eagles their first trophy in 33 years, after beating Bayern Munich in the finals of the DFB Pokal.

Economic Performance: Minority to hold mid-year budget review today

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu to present mid-year budget review

The round table discussion will have Civil Society Organisations(CSOs), the Trades Union Congress(TUC) and other relevant bodies dialogue on the economic performance in the first half of the year.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) will today hold their version of the mid-year budget review.

Under the theme: "Economic Performance and Projections; Minority's Perspective", they will dissect how the Ghanaian economy has fared since government presented its budget to parliament in February.

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The round table discussion will have Civil Society Organisations(CSOs), the Trades Union Congress(TUC) and other relevant bodies dialogue on the economic performance in the first half of the year.

The official mid-year budget will be presented to the house on Thursday by the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta. Speculations have been rife that there would be an expected increase in VAT and other taxes to help fund the National Health Insurance and free SHS.

 

Reports say government is likely to increase the Value Added TaX (VAT) from 17.5% to 21% and National Health Insurance Levy(NHIL).

These expected increases have been shot down by some government officials while members of the opposition believe any increase in taxes will be a betrayal by government to Ghanaians and it will bring untold hardships in the country.

 

Celebrity Birthday: Davido celebrates Wizkid's birthday with 'Soco' dance

Davido celebrates Wizkid's birthday with 'Soco' dance

Davido has taken to Instagram to wish his colleague Wizkid as he turns a year older today.

Wizkid turns 28 years old today fans, Followers, his colleagues and family have been celebrating him Worldwide.

His ‘best friend’, Davido wasn’t left out, as he gave him a shout-out.

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Davido who is currently in Paris shared a video of himself dancing to Wizkid’s hit song 'Soco'. He shared the video on his page.

Watch video below:

Star singer Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun known as Wizkid is the founder of Star boy entertaiment. He started his singing career at the age of 11 with the nickname Lil Prinz.In 2006 he rebranded his name to Wizkid.

In Eastern Region: How a brave MMT driver saved passengers from robbery attack

The conductor on the bus Pascal Letsu said during the journey, the driver saw that a barricade had been mounted on a section of the road, he still managed to save almost all passengers from the robbery.

A Metro Mass bus driver defied logic during an armed robbery attack and saved a number of passengers on the bus on Saturday night.

Narrating the incident to Accra-based Adom FM, the conductor on the bus Pascal Letsu said during the journey, the driver saw that a barricade had been mounted on a section of the road.

The barricade was mounted on the Akyem-Asafo Amaase road in the Eastern Region.

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Pascal Letsu said the armed robbers had placed firewood and barrels on the road to prevent the bus from moving.

However, the driver Andrews Frimpong managed to drive through and led all passengers to a nearby bus.

The fan belt of the bus got torn as a result of this action.

The driver managed to lead the passengers to a nearby bus before the gun-wielding armed robbers broke in.

But according to Pascal Letsu 2 of the passengers, a male, and female who failed to get out of the bus were robbed.

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He said that a formal complaint has been lodged at the Asafo and Tafo Police station.

Meanwhile, Chief of Akyem Asafo, Barima Dakwanin II said the increase in robbery cases in the area is worrying.

He said that even though the police in the area are doing their best, they lack the needed resources.

He, therefore, appealed to the government to provide the needed resources for effective policing in the area.

Tech: All you need to know about the maiden Ghana Tech Summit

The Ghana Tech Summit is for local and international industry leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, digital marketers and creatives interested in transforming the world via entrepreneurship.

The first annual Ghana Tech Summit is set to take off in Accra, bringing together leading global tech executives and entrepreneurs to discuss the pan-African technology landscape.

It is a part of a 12-year initiative of the Global Startup Ecosystem-the first and largest digital accelerator that accelerates 1000 companies to market annually across 190+ countries entirely online.

The summit launched in June this year is a 3-day international program to be hosted on July 18-20, 2018.

Each year 100 global speakers convene alongside 1000+ attendees to re-position Africa as the next and final frontier of innovation.

The Ghana Tech Summit is for local and international industry leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, digital marketers and creatives interested in transforming the world via entrepreneurship.

To participate in Technology summit so as to change the world in any little way, you could register/purchase your tickets here.

Here’s all you need to know about this big tech event in Ghana:

GSE summits are annual conferences held around the world to connect, inform, and inspire stakeholders within an ecosystem to leverage technology that ensures impact. Summits are a major focal point for bringing together government officials, business leaders, startup innovators, celebrities and key influencers in one place.

About Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE): is a central hub designed to educate, inspire and prepare Tech  communities for the digital age. GSE summits are annual conferences held around the world to connect, inform, and inspire stakeholders within an ecosystem to leverage technology that ensures impact.

Summits are a major focal point for bringing together government officials, business leaders, startup innovators, celebrities and key influencers in one place.

Transfer News: Check how Ronaldo arrived to a huge mob at Juventus

Portuguese star goes through medical at Juvetus and is set to be officially unveiled by the club later in the day

Believe it or not Cristiano Ronaldo is the biggest football superstar at the moment. The argument can go on and on as to if he is the greatest player of all time.

However, the gravitas of his fame was proven when he arrived to hundreds of fans who were in to welcome him on his arrival to the Juventus medical Centre in Turin.

 

This was in earnest to complete his 100 million deal from Real Madrid to Juventus.

The Portuguese arrived in Turin in a private jet on Sunday evening and had his medical at the J Medical Centre adjacent to the club's Allianz Stadium for tests on Monday morning.

 

He also went ahead to sign autographs for some of the waiting crowd, who chanted his name and cheered.

 

Ronaldo walked back into the medical centre where he sung 'Juve, Juve'. 

Ronaldo will be officially unveiled as a Juventus player inside the stadium at 5.30pm UK time after the 33 year hopefully passes his medical.

Photos: Wendy Shay shows off boyfriend to calm Ogee dating rumours?

Wendy Shay releases photos of her boyfriend

'Uber driver' hitmaker Wendy Shay has been spotted having fun with an unidentified man at an unknown location.

Afrobeats newcomer,Wendy Shay, has calmed rumours that she is dating her Ebony's hypeman Ogee.

The RuffTown Record’s artiste released photos of herself and a young man reported to be her boyfriend having fun at an unknown location.

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This follows reactions to rumours to the effect that she was sexually involved with Ogee, an official of RuffTown Records.

See of Wendy Shay's boyfriend photos:

 

Loose Talk Podcast: Episode 127 - Crossing Rivers To Aso Rock feat. Donald Duke

Loose Talk Episode 127 Crossing Rivers To Aso Rock feat. Donald Duke

Donald Duke is a guest on Nigeria's number one podcast. He speaks on various Nigerian issues and well as his presidential ambition.

 

For Apple users, you can listen to this episode of the Loose Talk podcast HERE

The latest guest of Loose Talk podcast is none other than former Cross Rivers state Governor Donald Duke.

Donald Duke who has declared his intent to run for President in 2019, speaks on a range of issues from which party will he run on, his relationship with Olusegun Obasanjo, Boko Haram, power generation and state police.

 

Speaking of his intent to run, the former Governor doesn't see his declaration as too late.

"If you look at the field in Nigeria, I don't think it is too late, a lot of people have not said anything. There's a lot of body language, at least I was bold enough to say it" he says.

In the two-hour long podcast, he also speaks on the origin of the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria.

"The remote cause that created the environment (for Boko Haram) is poverty. Don't forget that in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, that part of the country was the cotton belt.

"Nigeria was on the cotton map of the world. We were one of the largest cotton producers in the world and we had textile mills everywhere.

"When the textile mills collapsed and cotton growing died, then the people were poor. That was the remote cause. The immediate cause was a political issue that was not dealt with" explains Donald Duke.

During his stint as Governor of Cross Rivers, tourism would be one of the major pillars of Donald Duke's administration. He talks on why he focused on tourism and how it benefited Cross Rivers.

With the 2019 general elections less than a year away, Donald Duke stresses on the importance of youth participation and the need for Nigerians to be actively involved in the political process.

Impressed by the Ringier Africa Digital Publishing (RADP) office in Oniru, Lagos, Donald Duke had this to say "I'm really proud of what I have seen. The working environment is not the norm.

 

"There is a lot of work and play and that obviously enhances your productivity. You are working in an environment that you enjoy."

Loose Talk is Nigeria's number one podcast. Created in February 2016, the hosts Osagie Alonge, Ayomide Tayo and Steve Dede talk about the biggest pop culture moments in Nigeria on a weekly basis.

This is one Loose Talk episode you don't want to miss as Donald Duke also touches on late Head of State General Sani Abacha, his relationship with Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Nigeria's population crisis.

World Cup 2018: Visa-free entry into Russia all year round!

Cocaine, marijuana, heroin, codeine allowed for 2018 world cup

For the rest of 2018, world cup fans can enter into Russia without a visa.

Russia, the host of the just concluded World Cup, is now open to fans!

Tourists who visited Russia for the World Cup will testify that it is indeed a beautiful and fascinating country with lots of places and culture to explore.

To mark the conclusion of the World Cup, President Vladimir Putin made a televised speech after the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday to announce that Russia will be extending its visa-free travel regime for foreign soccer fans until the end of 2018.

 

Russia initially allowed soccer fans to travel to Russia without visas to attend the World Cup once they obtained fan IDs that were issued to supporters with match tickets.

“I think we will do the following: for foreign fans who currently have fan IDs, we will give them multi-entry visa-free travel until the end of the year,” Putin told reporters after France’s victory against Croatia.

Putin said Russia could surely be proud of its hosting of the football World Cup, judging it a success in every respect.

“We have done it for our supporters, for Russians who are passionate about sport and for all those who love sport across the world,” Putin thanked the foreign fans who came to Russia for the tournament.

For those with their Fan IDs who will be revisiting the country, these are five places to steer away from while in Russia.

Army: Army says reports of 23 missing soldiers in Borno "blown out of proportion"

Army says reports of missing soldiers blown out of proportion

The Army said only two soldiers were injured in Boko Haram attacks that were repelled by troops in two communities in Bama.

The Nigerian Army has dismissed reports that 23 soldiers were missing after  an ambush attack by terrorist group, Boko Haram, in Borno State, declaring that the media blew it out of proportion.

According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), a competent military source disclosed that terrorists ambushed a military convoy at Boboshe village in Bama local government area of Borno on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

The source said five officers, 18 soldiers and eight trucks were missing after the attack with only three of the 11 trucks deployed to the area returning to their base in Maiduguri, the state capital.

In a statement signed by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, on Monday, July 16, he said the report is untrue and misleading.

He disclosed that the reported attack were actually failed attacks by terrorists on troops at Kwakwa and Chingori communities in Bama, attacks he said were successfully repelled with 22 terrorists killed.

He said the Army's only casualties were two injured soldiers who are receiving treatment at a military medical facility.

His statement read, "The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to news making the round alleging attack on soldiers and capturing of military vehicles by Boko Haram in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.

"The Nigerian Army wishes to state categorically that the report is not only untrue but misleading as the said report is blown out of proportion by the media.

"Contrary to the report, the Nigerian Army wishes to put the record straight on the issue and assure members of the public particularly residents of the North East to disregard the report as their safety is guaranteed.

"The Nigeria Army wishes to state that there was an attempted attack on troops at Kwakwa and Chingori communities in Bama area of Borno State by suspected Boko Haram Terrorists as a result of difficult terrain where our vehicles bugged down.

"The terrorists also attempted to cart away troops operational vehicles, but were successfully repelled by our gallant troops with the support of the Nigerian Air Force.

"About 22 members of Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised while several others escaped with gunshot wounds. Efforts are being intensified by the troops to get the fleeing members of the Boko Haram terrorists.

"Unfortunately, one officer and a soldier sustained injuries and are currently receiving medical attention at the military medical facility."

Brig. Gen. Chukwu advised the media to report certain facts with caution and verify facts from the appropriate military authority before publishing. He also urged members of the public to disregard the the report of the ambush.

Atiku expresses concern

Earlier on Monday, former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, took to his Twitter account (@atiku) to express his concern about the fate of the soldiers.

He posted, "I'm concerned about the fate of scores of our soldiers declared missing following the ambush of their convoy by Boko Haram insurgents at Boboshe village in Bama LGA of Borno. I do hope and pray for their safe return."

 

The report of the ambush attack has generated a lot of outrage from Nigerians who criticised the federal government for their insistence that Boko Haram has been defeated despite the group's repeated attacks on civilian populations and security forces.