Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Messi and Ronaldo top FIFA World Player of the Year 2014 list

Who should win it this year? World Football governing body, FIFA today October 28th released its Ballon D'or list for the 2013/2014 season aand usual nominees Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi top the list. Only one African made the list, Yaya Toure from Ivory Coast. See the full list after the cut and tell us who think should win this year... 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or shortlist: Gareth Bale (Wales) Karim Benzema (France) Diego Costa (Spain) Thibaut Courtois (Belgium) Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Angel Di Maria (Argentina) Mario Gotze (Germany) Eden Hazard (Belgium) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) Andres Iniesta (Spain) Toni Kroos (Germany) Philipp Lahm (Germany) Javier Mascherano (Argentina) Lionel Messi (Argentina) Thomas Muller (Germany) Manuel Neuer (Germany) Neymar (Brazil) Paul Pogba (France) Sergio Ramos (Spain) Arjen Robben (Netherlands) James Rodriguez (Colombia) Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Peter Okoye Explains Why He Went Solo

Two weeks ago, Nutricima, makers of Olympic milk endorsed only Peter Okoye instead of the singing duo of him and his brother, Paul, since then tongues have been wagging, anxiety high and of course, speculations running wild with all sorts of permutations on why it should be so. Scandal hounds have sniffed another crack in the house of the Okoyes and felt another rift in the air as the one that nearly tore them apart months before. However, Peter, the more outspoken one of the music twins peaking at his unveiling debunked such development and explained why the company selected him alone. “ Music is like football. For example, if I play for Barcelona and I get endorsed by Nike, it doesn't mean the whole Barcelona team has been endorsed. This is about me and not me and Paul” he explained. “Among thousands or perhaps millions of people in the entertainment industry, I felt honoured to be chosen as the brand ambassador. The deal means a lot, not just to me but also to my fans. If a brand isn't worth it I have nothing to do with such a brand. The fact that I am ready to work with this brand is an indication of its top quality” he added in his inaugural speech as the brand ambassador of the brand

Nobody Can Touch My African Queen! 2Baba Reveals

Tuface Idibia has disclosed in an interview that getting married to Annie Macaulay was not easy and indescribable as he would have gotten injured if he did not get married to her. He stated that Annie has really supported his career all the way and he truly cannot explain the amount of love he has for her. Speaking about his hit track song ‘African Queen,’ 2Baba revealed that nobody can touch the song and he is not ready to do a remix of the song. He officially discontinued the use of the name Tuface and selected Tu-baba as his stage name and he is one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists in Africa. He is one of the most bankable artists in Africa. 2Face has received one MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award, five Headies Awards (Hip-hop award), four Channel O Music Video Awards and one BET award for his musical work, four MTV Africa Music Awards, one MOBO award, one KORA award, and numerous additional nominations

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Nigeria at 54: Fitful growth of democratic institutions

As Nigeria celebrates 54th Independence anniversary today, divergent views have continued to greet the country’s achievements in various sectors since October 1, 1960 .While some describe the country as a toddler at 54 others, give kudos to the country’s organs of government for their achievement despite the short time democracy was allowed to thrive in the country. One of the bitter experiences the country went through few years after independence was the civil war. Between 1967 to 1970, the country fought a civil war that almost divided the country. The ability of the military government at that time to successfully prosecute the war without any part of the country seceding has been described as one of the achievements of General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) who was the military Head of State at that time. Nonetheless, the country has been facing numerous socio-economic and political development since then. At present, the protracted battle against terrorism has compounded the general insecurity in the country. Some Nigerians believe that despite apparent drawbacks, the country has not done too badly. Kola Jamodu, President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) believes that despite some challenges facing the country, especially in the area of security, the country is not doing badly in all areas, particularly in communication. He stated that the country has made a significant progress in communication that must be appreciated by all, noting that even the erratic power supply in the country is being looked into by the government.