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Tears As Nigerians Pay Tribute At Requiem Mass For Late Prof. Dora Akunyili In Abuja

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We present to you photos from the Requiem Mass at Pro-Cathedral Catholic Church, Garki Abuja held in honour of late Prof Dora Akunyili earlier today. President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience Jonathan, and many government officials and prominent personalities were in attendance. See more pics below:

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Top celebrity endorsements and their worth

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Endorsements from various corporate bodies have become a major source of revenue for  top entertainment celebrities. Musicians, comedians and Nollywood stars now smile to the banks on account of what they get paid by these blue chip companie These endorsement deals are usually worth multi millions of naira and our celebrities are laughing all the way to the bank. We highlight celebrities with the most endorsements and how much they’re worth

Funke Akindele –  N20 million deal with Vita Foam
Funke Akindele shot into prominence with the release of her smash hit movie Jenifa where she made over #60 million. Since then, she has become the queen of endorsements with numerous brands using her to advertise their products. Her endorsements include Vitafoam where she got #20 million. Telecoms giant Globacom,,, Klin detergent, Lagos Inland Revenue Service and  Nigeria’s premier detergent, OMO are among those paying the actress mouth-watering money to represent them in our capacity or the other.
Don Jazzy – N50 million package from Loya Milk
Don Jazzy has become a very wealthy man, even making Forbes List as the richest artiste in Nigeria. The CEO of Mavin Records isn’t only making money from his star-studded record label, he also has very lucrative endorsement deals including one with Loya Milk where he got nothing less than #50 million. His #25 million deal with MTN, and his mouth-watering endorsement with Samsung Africa rake in millions of naira.
Genevieve Nnaji: N100 million Etisalat deal
Genevieve Nnaji is one of the richest actresses in Nollywood and she achieved the feat not only by starring in high budget films but also by promoting several blue chip brands. Some of the brands she is representing or has represented include Lux, Cintrion Energy drink, Range Rover Evogue, Etisalat, Polo and Amstel Malta. The  Etisalat deal alone earned her N100 million.The Polo deal is put in the region of N70 while the Cintrion drink rakes in N50 million for the actress.
Iyanya –N60 million MTN deal
After winning MTN Project Fame in 2008, Kukere crooner Iyanya made a lot of money from his jaw-dropping endorsement deals with top brands. His endorsement deal with MTN is worth #60 million. He also has a $350,000 endorsement deal with Zinox computers and a #35 million deal with phone manufacturing company Solo Mobile where he also received a 2014 Prado SUV.
Wizkid –  MTN is worth N45 million
His deal with Telecommunications network MTN is worth #45 million. Wizkid also has endorsement deal with Pepsi worth about  $350,000. He has another endorsement deal with Guinness. No wonder the Jaiye Jaiye crooner could afford to replace his crashed 25 million naira Porsche Panamera with a brand new one just two weeks after.
Omawumi – Glo deal worth N25 million
Omawumi shot into limelight after becoming 1st runner up at the 2007 West African Idols. She is now one of the highest paid female artistes charging up to 5 million naira per show. She is also one of the singers with the highest number of endorsement deals. Glo deal is said to worth N25 million. Others include  including Konga worth between 5 – 10 million naira, Mortein and Malta Guinness
Tiwa Savage – MTN deal worth N30 million
Apart from her very successful music career the First Lady of  Mavin Records, also has a number of juicy endorsement deals worth several millions of naira. Her MTN deal is reportedly worth N30 million. Other deals include contracts with Pepsi,  Forte Oil and Maggi
Davido – N30 million MTN Pulse deal
Aye crooner Davido has deals with MTN Pulse and Guinness Nigeria. While the Guinness deal hasn’t been declared his MTN contract is reported to have made the Omo Baba Olowo N30 million richer.
Banky W, Kate Henshaw, Mr Ibu, Saka
R & B Singer Banky Wellington popularly known as Banky W is smiling to the bank with his jaw-dropping N100 million endorsement deal with Samsung mobile as well as his endorsement with MTN.
Kate Henshaw also has an endorsement with Samsung as the Face of Samsung Mobile. She has other multimillion naira endorsements like Face of Blessing Perfume and Face of Onga.
Veteran Nollywood Actor Mr Ibu has been entertaining movie lovers for a very long time. Just recently, he got two very lucrative endorsement deals, one as an ambassador for Sports Betting company MerryBet and another one as brand ambassador for GoTv.
Saka is known for his strange roles in movies. The funny actor is known for his ‘I don port’ campaign and he received a whopping #20 million when he switched from Etisalat to MTN. He also has a lucrative deal with Soulmate hair cream where he had appeared a number of their adverts
D’Banj gets close to N100 million, Psquare N140 from Glo
Dbanj’s deal with Glo is said to be in the region of N100 million while Psquare’s deal with same outfit goes for N140 million. Just few months after Mike Ezuronye was dropped as Glo Ambassador, he ported to Airtel in a very lucrative endorsement deal running into millions.  Burna Boy and Waje have multimillion naira endorsement deals as Glo Ambassadors. Limpopo crooner Kcee and Chidinma are both MTN Ambassadors with lucrative deals worth over #20 million each.
Flavour N’albania –
Flavour has become one of the most sought after Nigerian artistes and charges nothing less than 4.5 million – 5 million naira for shows in Nigeria and #8 million naira to perform at international events. He has multimillion naira endorsements with well known brands such as Globacom, Harp and Onga seasoning.

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  • I had sex with five dogs, boy, 18, tells police

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    *Taboo …gods to be appeased — Villagers
    *Suspects to be charged with unnatural offence
    By Simon Ebegbulem, Benin-City
    Amid the fear of the Ebola virus in the country, it was with disbelief that residents of Iguosa community in Ovia North East Local Government Council of Edo State ran to an uncompleted building in the area to see an 18-year-old boy, simply identified as Ighodaro, making love to a dog .
    Curiously, the dog was said to have enjoyed the sex before the crowd stormed the scene. Ighodaro was in JSS 2 before he dropped out from school, due to the inability of his poor parents to pay his school fees.

    He learnt welding, but, while doing that, he became a lover of dogs.  He confessed to Sunday Vanguard that he has slept with different dogs five times until this last episode. It was learnt that a member of the community was passing by the uncompleted building when he sighted the boy making love to the dog and raised the alarm that attracted the villagers.
    Mr George Ogbonmwa, owner of the dog, expressed  shock at the incident, explaining that when he saw the young man with the dog, he did not know he had an ulterior motive.  “I thought he wanted to play with the dog only for him to end up in an  uncompleted building where he had canal knowledge of the dog.
    This is like another dream to me because I have not seen this kind of thing in my life before”. Following what the villagers described as an abomination, the Odionwere (head)of the community, Elder Clifford Igiehon, was invited to the scene and expressed shock over the incident which he described as a taboo.
    He said,”We have never seen this kind of thing before in this  community. This is an abominable act and we don’t want the suspect to come and corrupt other people here.   What he committed was a taboo. We will call the parents to come and atone the gods but the boy will go on his own, because we cannot kill him.
    But we have killed the dog because that is the first thing to do. And because we don’t want this kind of taboo to happen again, we decided to hand the boy over to the police. This kind of thing has never happened before, the boy has to face the music. The parents will perform traditional rites, it is going to cost about a hundred thousand Naira.
    The boy knows what he is doing, he is not mad. We know him from the beginning, he was in school before he went to learn welding; may be the parents could not pay his school fees. We were even shocked he said he has had sex with dogs five times; that will tell you he knows what he is doing”.
    The community leaders further used the opportunity to appeal to the police: “Give us more policemen in our area because a lot of evil things are happening now. Like what the boy did is a taboo and they must cleanse the land with the appropriate sacrifice. We need the police to be around us so that these evil happenings will stop”.
    The suspect, who spoke to Sunday Vanguard at the Edo State Police Command Headquarters, Benin-City, said he did not know what was wrong with him, admitting that he enjoyed sex with five dogs while two bit him during the act.  “I learnt welding around Iheya. I don’t know when I slept with the dog, I slept with dogs five times. Some of the dogs  bit me, I have been bitten two times and each time I have a dog bite my grand father will treat me”, he said.
    Asked about the tactics he deployed to attract the dogs, Ighodaro stated: “When I call them, I will be rubbing their head, petting them so that they will feel free with me. I will be playing with them and they will follow me. They will bark at me some times, and when I notice that it is serious I will leave them. Any one that is friendly with me, I take that one to an uncompleted building and have sex”.
    The suspect who was asked about his girl friend, said he broke up with her last year and started making love to dogs this year. His words: “ I had a girlfriend last year but we are no longer together. I started sleeping with dogs this year around March. I don’t know what is wrong with me.
    None of my relations knows I sleep with dogs. In this particular case, the dog is very familiar with me; so it was easy to lure it away. While I was having sex with the dog, one man saw me and ran to inform the Odionwere. They now came to pick me and they asked the police to go and check me and see if I have any disease. I don’t know what is wrong with me”.
    Edo State Police Commissioner, Foluso Adebanjo, who reacted to the incident, narrated: “It was the people of that community that arrested the boy and called the police.
    He was taken to Owotubu Division before he was transferred to the state Police Command Headquarters. What he has done is classified under Unnatural Offences, Section 214 Sub-Section Two which says that any person who has carnal knowledge of an animal is guilty of a felony and he is liable for imprisonment for 14 years if he is found guilty. We are going to charge him to court. You can see that the guy is not denying anything.
    He made a confessional statement that he has been sleeping with dogs since March and he has done it five times. I was very worried because this is an unnatural offence and it can bring problem to any community.
    You can imagine a human being sleeping with a dog what will that dog produce in some months time; , you can see it is a bizarre situation. The boy looks normal unless if he has spiritual problem because I can’t imagine some body sleeping with a dog.
    He said he had a girl friend before; you can imagine if he decides to sleep with another woman what he will give the woman and that is how they spread diseases particularly now that we have different diseases, It is really shocking that we experience this type of issue every day in our country. I am very worried but thank God that the community people have killed that dog because they said what the boy committed was a taboo”.

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    ASUU STRIKE UPDATE: ASUU May Call Off Strike Next Week, Demands Slash Of Lawmakers’ Salaries By 2014

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    THE about five-month-old strike embarked upon by members  of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may be called off next week.
    It was gathered that the union would conclude consultations with its members and may resume class soon.
    The union, it was also gathered, had asked the Federal Government to slash across board, salaries of National Assembly members, ministers and other political office holders by 2014.
    The demand was placed on the Federal Government at a marathon meeting leadership of the union held with President Goodluck Jonathan and other key government officials at the Presidential Villa, on Monday. ASUU president, Dr Nasir Isa Fagge, could not confirm this, as calls put to him on his mobile line were unsuccessful, but ASUU source told the Nigerian Tribune in Abuja that the demand formed part of their deliberations on Monday to early hours of Tuesday.
    The source said ASUU had suggested this based on the complaint by the Federal Government that it had no money to implement all aspects of the 2009 agreement as demanded. Nigerian Tribune, however, gathered that branch chairmen of the ASUU had been directed to brief their members on the offer by President Jonathan, which is largely an addition of N20 billion to the N200 billion already agreed upon with Vice President Namadi Sambo to be released to universities annually. According to the fresh pact, the Federal Government had agreed to release N220 billion yearly to the public universities, beginning from 2014 till the next five years. It was also gathered that the meeting adopted the accord struck by the vice president with the union, on the need to increase the N30 billion already released for the payment of academic earned allowance to N40 billion. According to sources, government also agreed that the N40 billion should be regarded only as first instalment, and not a once-and-for-all payment. At the meeting, the government assured that it would, among other things, revamp the public universities by ensuring that all those issues that always led to strike were dealt with once and for all. ASUU president had, after the meeting, told reporters that his team would take back the message of President Jonathan to  varsity teachers before a decision would be taken on the next line of action.

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  • DAVIDO To Shoot Another Skelewu Video Again with CLARENCE PETERS

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    An insider from the HKN camp has revealed to one of our correspondent that Davido is not pleased with what Moe Musa shot in the UK for his hit single. The insider said “Davido is very angry about the whole skelewu shiii, he wants the best for his fan, so he has
    decided to shoot another video with Clarence Peters”.
    We also confirmed that he has already paid Clarence
    Peters a sum of 7million naira to shoot a perfect video. This announcement will be made official later in the day by his PR team. The first video was shot by Sesan, Davido wasn’t pleased with the video and had a reshoot with UK based Moe Musa who has directed many videos ranging from Caro by Wizkid to Antenna by Fuse ODG to mention a few, but he also failed to impress the Omo Baba Olowo. Let’s see what Clarence will do…and if clarence fails, maybe Dj Tee will shoot another version. See screenshoot below:

  • ASUU Strike: Government Blinks, Agrees To Spend N200b Each For Four Years To Bring Nigerian Universities Up To World Standard

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    VP Namadi Sambo and ASUU Representatives led by Dr. Fagge
    By SaharaReporters, New York
    Towards ending the ongoing ASUU strike, the Federal Government has committed to spending N200 billion in the 2014 budget on the universities as well as on each of the next three-four years until the universities are brought to world-class standard.  This is in addition to the N100 billion dedicated and already made available for 2013.
    The government has also increased to N40 billion as a first installment, funds for the payment of earned allowances to the striking lecturers, an improvement from the N30 billion previously released.
    This information is contained in an internal Federal University of Otuoke statement by Professor Bolaji Aluko, its Vice-Chancellor, seen on Wednesday night by SaharaReporters.
    On the earned allowances, he explained, “Government will top it up with further releases once universities are through with the disbursement of this new figure of N40 million, so Vice-Chancellors are urged to expedite this disbursement within the shortest possible time using guiding templates that have been sent by the CVC,” the circular said. 
    Professor Aluko said the development followed meetings on September 19 and Oct 11 of representatives of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, led by CVC Chairman, Prof. Hamisu of ATBU and ASUU Representatives led by its President, Dr. N. Fagge with the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Arc. Namadi. Sambo, Minister of Education Barr. N. Wike and others.
    Of great interest to stakeholders, Vice-President Sambo, appealing to ASUU to call off the strike, apologized for the “take-it-or-leave-it”; comments credited to the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at the onset of the strike.  The Minister did not seem to have been involved in either meeting, perhaps as the government’s way of soothing the feelings of the university teachers.
    Other points of agreement at the meetings include the following:
    Project Prioritization: Universities will now be allowed to determine their priorities and not be “rail-roaded” into implementing a pre-determined set of projects with respect to the NEEDS assessment. Decisions are not to be centralized.
    TETFund Intervention: Government assured that the operations of the TETFund will not be impaired, and that the regular TETFund intervention disbursement to Universities will continue, unaffected. So the NEEDS assessment capital outlays are in addition to regular TETFund intervention.
    Project Monitoring: A new Implementation Monitoring Committee (IMC) for the NEEDS Assessment intervention for universities has been set up to take over from the Suswan Committee. The new one is under the Federal Ministry of Education and chaired by the Honorable Minister of Education. In addition, to build confidence and ensure faithful implementation and prevent any relapse as before, the Vice President will meet quarterly with the IMC to monitor progress.
    Blueprint: ASUU was mandated to submit a blue print for revitalizing the Universities to the Vice President.
    Prof. Aluko further stated that a signed document will soon be issued to itemize the full issues on which the consensus he had outlined here, as brokered by AVCNU, was reached.