Dr. Sonnie Badu joyfully welcomes a new member to his family.

Dr. Sonnie Badu joyfully welcomes a new member to his family.

Sonnie Badu who was all happy wrote on his instagram wall that “Today a King is born the one I have been working so hard for.”

Award winning UK Based Ghanaian worship minister and Pastor, Sonnie Badu welcomes an additional member to his family as his wife Ann-Marie Badu successfully delivered a beautiful baby boy three days ago.

Sonnie Badu who was all happy wrote on his instagram wall that “Today a King is born the one I have been working so hard for.”

“What can I say? To Mrs Badu, thank you so much and you know love you loads. These past 9 months has not been a joke but in all things, what shall I render unto my Lord … I am truly grateful … What a date: 07/07: He’s Definitely here to finish what daddy has started … I love you Son ” He continued

Us Against the World by David and Tamela Mann (New Book) |@DavidandTamela

Tamela Mann shares a little about her relationship with her husband David  in her new book Us Against the World

DALLAS (July 5, 2018) Two-time NAACP Image Award-Winning Actor and Comedian David Mann and his wife, Grammy® Award-Winning Recording Artist Tamela Mann, are celebrating their 30-year love story with the release of their new memoir, Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family (W Publishing/Harper Collins Christian), available November 13, 2018.

With a relationship spanning more than 30 years, David and Tamela are just as, if not more than, happily in love as they were in the early days of life together. In their new book, Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage and Family, the superstar couple who has delighted and inspired audiences through music, plays, movies, and the television series’ Meet the Browns, The Manns, and Mann & Wife, candidly share a wonderfully inspiring, funny, and up-close look at their lives while offering hope and practical advice for building a strong relationship, marriage and family.

“We’ve always been transparent about our relationship and family with fans. In our first book we’ll tell our whole story and share our secrets to a successful marriage,” said David. “Our marriage is a top priority and our greatest accomplishment. We’re excited to share what we’ve learned about doing life together as a couple and how to fully love your spouse,” said Tamela.

Highlights of Us Against the World include:

Shares tips to help couples grow in love and commitment to each other.
No holds-barred honesty gives hope, no matter how difficult things may be.
Insight into how two successful people built careers and a family together.
Lays out how to experience true unity and fulfillment in marriage.
Offers encouragement that though blending a family is difficult, it is possible.
The couple has a busy summer ahead as they continue to promote their memoir, record new music and tour. Fans can catch them this weekend performing on Essence Festival’s Walmart Stage and AT&T Stage. David will be doing his comedy set and Tamela will be performing her current single, “Through It All,” which features Timbaland. The track is currently No. 3 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay Chart.

For the latest updates on David and Tamela visit:

BOOK WEBSITE: www.tillymannmusic.com/book.html

BOOK TEASER TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7u8PQZnjws

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/davidtamelamann

INSTAGRAM: @DavidandTamela

TWITTER: @DavidandTamela

Lexi Releases ‘Just Listen: The Remixes’ EP (NEW SONG)

Lexi Releases All New ‘Just Listen: The Remixes’ EP

Lexi’s continued success with her current album, JUST LISTEN, generates new remix EP Just Listen: The Remixes available digitally today (https://Lexi.lnk.to/remixEP). The remix EP includes fresh versions of top tracks from the new album, and Lexi shared the original and charming cartoon cover on her social platforms page today.

Released last month, JUST LISTEN, debuted at number 5 on Billboard’s Top Gospel chart and remains a favorite on radio. Most recently, her current single “In The Room,” broke through the Top 40 on the gospel charts, and was among the Most Added songs this week increasing her audience reach over 27%.

In celebration of the release of Just Listen: The Remixes, Lexi is launching the #LexiGivesARemix giveaway. Beginning today, fans can go to Instagram to nominate a special woman in their life who deserves or needs a little “remix.” Fans are asked to post a photo on Instagram using #LexiGivesARemix and a caption about who they are nominating, and why. The contest ends next Friday, July 13 when, Lexi will choose a winner to receive a Visa Gift Card for a day of pampering, a new outfit, new hairdo or just to say thanks.

Lexi continues her extensive promo schedule with a full month of appearances this month. She will kick off this weekend at Essence Fest and will be a featured performer at the Empowerment Experience Hour of Power on Sunday, July 8 at 12noon at the New Orleans Convention Center. She will perform later this month at GMWA in Atlanta.

(PHOTO) Four (4) bankers drown in Onitsha flood

(PHOTO) Four bankers drown in Onitsha flood

Four (4) bankers drowned following a downpour in Onitsha, Anambra State and its environs. The deceased, said to be workers of one of the New generation banks located along Obodoukwu road, Ogbaru local government area, were said to be on their way home when the incident happened.

It was gathered that the deceased had boarded one of their official vehicles, having resolved to defy the rain, which lasted till after close or work. The driver of the vehicle, said to be the bank’s accountant, struggled to beat the flood that had covered the entire road, but could not as the vehicle suddenly plunged into the drainage channeled to the River Niger.

A trader along Obodoukwu road, who simply identified himself as Okechukwu, said all the occupants of the car got drowned in the drainage as the vehicle was completely covered in the flood.

“The flood carried the vehicle to the Sakomori (drainage) which is about 15 feet deep and filled to capacity. The driver tried to resist the force of the flood but could not because of the size of the vehicle.

“I saw about four of them with one little girl as they were panicking inside the vehicle. After the rain, the vehicle was recovered with three out of the four of them,” he said.

According to him, the body of the accountant was later recovered the next day, adding that it was not certain if the little girl was carried into the River Niger by the flood.

Another witness who pleaded anonymity, said it was regrettable that the drainage constructed to control the high volume of flood in the area could wreck such havoc.

Efforts to reach the Okpoko Divisional Police Officer for confirmation proved abortive, but a Senior Police Officer who preferred anonymity said they were aware of the incident. He however revealed that the bodies had since been deposited in a nearby morgue.

Attempt to confirm the incident from the Anambra State Police Command did not yield results as the command’s image maker, Mohammed Haruna did not reply to messages sent to him.

PHOTO: Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s Daughter To Wed In October

Carissa Sharon Oyakhilome popular known as CSO, UK based gospel artist and daughter of popular preacher, pastor Chris Oyakhilome announces wedding date. CSO is set to say “I do” to her fiance, Phillip who engaged her last year.

DOWNLOAD > AUDIO: CSO “Holy Spirit” (Download Mp3 + Lyrics)

Their wedding is slated for October this year.

Carissa  Sharon Oyakhilome shared the news of her upcoming wedding ceremony on her Facebook page “We love CSO”.

NEWS:: Frank Edwards Signs American Singer, Nicole C Mullen To Rocktown

Frank Edwards Signs American Singer, Nicole C Mullen To Rocktown record. In his words;

frankrichboy With JESUS JOY!! Signed & sealed by the holy ghost… I say welcome to ROCKTOWN Singer ,song writer, producer, instrumentalist , great woman of God @nicolecmullenofficial !! LETS WIN THE WORLD FOR JESUS!! If only the world know what is about to happen WAIT FOR THE BOOOOOM !! This is beyond music business fam!! This is the move of GOD !!!?? #supernatural #rocktownindabuilding. GUY’s pls go follow @nicolecmullenofficialsomething is about to happen!!!?? #Glory2God

New Signing: Tim Godfrey Signs New ArtistsTo Rox Nation Record Label

New Signing: Tim Godfrey Signs New ArtistsTo Rox Nation Record Label

Tim Godfrey signs new gospel artistes into his record label (Rox Nation)

Full list of the latest rox nation signing are;

  • Okey sokay,
  • I.B.K, S.M.J
  • Blessyn

This was his message on his page Instagram page..

It’s Official! The BIG NEWS is here!!
Can you take a guess who these newly- signed artistes Are?
It is now a Reality!
History is being made!!

Emmanuella get nominated for the New African Woman Awards

Emmanuella get nominated for the New African Woman Awards

The African Woman Awards was put together  by the pan-African bi-monthly, New African Woman magazine. The African Woman Awards was set aside to celebrate and honour exceptional African women who have made a positive impact and contributions in their communities, and the continent at large, in the last 12 months.

In the nominee list for the second edition for the New African Woman Awards, Nigeria and Kenya topped the list with 12 and 10 nominations respectively. Some of the Nigerians featured in the nominee list are;

  1. The new Un Deputy Secretary General, Nigeria’s Amina J.Mohammed, Nominated in two categories,
  2. Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,
  3. Bella Naija Founder and CEO Uche Pedro,
  4. Hadiza Bala Usman and ,
  5. Nigeria Comedy Prodigy, Emmanuela Samuel also made the nominees’ list.

News: Young Nigerian Innovators Receive N756.3m Award From World Bank

Young Nigerian Innovators Receive  N756.3m Award  From World Bank 

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment(Dr Okechukwu Enelamah) said this in Abuja on Tuesday during the grant award ceremony. Enelamah said the grant was made possible through the Growth and Employment Project (GEM) financed by the World Bank IDA Credit.

The GEM project is an initiative of the Federal Government, World Bank and DFID to increase firms and businesses growth and employment creation in Nigeria.

The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment has approved the sum of N756.3 million for disbursement to 81 Nigerian innovators as part of Federal Government’s economic empowerment initiatives.

Enelamah said the innovators were selected following a technological innovation competition organised by the Presidency, called Aso Villa Demo Day (AVDD). According to him, the project targets young Nigerian entrepreneurs with innovative business models who will contribute to the growth of the economy.

“Having awarded grants to the best three innovators that emerged winners from the 2016 AVDD national competition, the presidency engaged GEM to scale up the programme for wider impact,’’ he said. Enelamah said 289 candidates were shortlisted and after the evaluation process, 81 of them met all requirements and were selected as beneficiaries.
He said the beneficiaries were drawn from the six geo-political zones, adding that the grants would be disbursed in two separate tranches after the grant award ceremony. “GEM is about igniting businesses and building their capacity to grow and employ Nigerians. Above all, it helps solve the problem of funding faced by many of our MSMEs,’’ Enelamah said. He said the project was a 160 million dollars World Bank IDA credit with the Project Implementation Unit at the ministry.
Enelamah said the project’s objective was to increase growth and employment in participating firms in Nigeria through provision of technical assistance and grants to qualified existing firms and businesses across Nigeria.

He said the project would operate in five high growth sectors of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Hospitality, Entertainment, Light Manufacturing, and Construction.

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PHOTO: God’s Children Great Talent (GCGT) Season 7- GCGT 2017 Judges| @Gcgtng

PHOTO: God’s Children Great Talent (GCGT) Season 7 Judges| @Gcgtng

If you think you got talent that the world needs to see and hear register for the upcoming God’s Children Great Talent (GCGT) Season 7. These are list of the judges for GCGT  Season 7

  • Kaffy
  • TY Mix
  • Omawunmi

These are the areas this year’s GCGT season 7 covers; Dance, Music, Spoken word & Comedy. If you this thing you got great talent then apply below.

Click Here To Apply

You would like this ==>  God’s Children Great Talent (GCGT) Season 7- GCGT 2017 Registration guidelines 

Funny Video: Robert Kelly BBC World interview on South Korea

WATCH Funny Video: Robert Kelly BBC World interview on South Korea

Prof Robert E Kelly kept it cool during the interview about South Korean politics when his two children interrupt him, live on air, on BBC World News. Kelly’s daughter first lets herself into his office and is shortly followed by a baby in a rambler. He smiles and apologises for the interruption while his wife rushes into the room to take the kids out..


Eurobond: Re-Lending Withheld FAAC Dollars To FGN?

The Federal Government has borrowed US$1 billion via a Global Medium Term Note or 15-year Eurobond that became effective on February 14, 2017. It was 780 per cent subscribed at a fixed coupon rate of 7.875 per cent. Issued in the United Kingdom, the Eurobond has been listed for trading on the London Stock Exchange’s regulated market. The bond is also expected to be listed on The Nigeria Stock Exchange for trading on the FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange.

Credit for stoking international interest in the issue has been attributed to the roadshow held abroad that was graced in person by Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, minister of Finance, Senator Udo Udoma, minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor, Dr. Abraham Nwakwo, director-general, Debt Management Office (DMO) and Mr. Ben Akabueze, director-general, Budget Office. Although the Eurobond bears the tag of $1 billion, the lump sum payment realised by government was much less. The undisclosed difference between the received lump sum and the bond value represents upfront fees and sundry negotiated charges payable in dollars to Nigeria-based financial institutions (albeit with significant foreign interests), namely, the lead co-fund managers of Citigroup Global Markets Ltd and Standard Chartered Bank, both of which have Stanbic IBTC Capital as the financial adviser. So the roadshow which took place abroad won Nigeria-established fund managers whose solid reach to numerous international investors in such bonds should be taken for granted. The roadshow was therefore uncalled-for. Additionally, bearing in mind the undisclosed cost to Nigeria of the roadshow which was in scarce forex, the Federal Government collected under $1 billion in February 2017 and signed away coupon rate and redemption costs of the bond amounting to at least $2,117.5 billion by February 2032 out of its guaranteed multi-billion dollar receipts from oil exports. Clearly, the Eurobond was effectively a risk-free bounty or dash with return that dwarfs LIBOR. No wonder the offer was oversubscribed by some six times. But why is the FG celebrating the handing over of the stranglehold on future public sector receipts to private investors as “a demonstration of the strong market for Nigeria appetite and indicative of the confidence by the international investment community in Nigeria’s economic reform agenda?’’

It should be noted that Eurobond subscribers and secondary bondholders may come from different countries including, strange but true, Nigeria. In both categories of investors will be found, possibly in the majority, Nigerian individuals and institutions which are inundated with forex which they did not directly generate but still find themselves in a position to deploy for subscription readily available forex hoards obtained from the inappropriate but routine CBN auctions of wrongfully withheld Federation Account dollar allocations.
Now, did the FG need the Eurobond? The question is answered in the negative by the high likelihood that the Eurobond was open to what may be aptly termed incestuous subscription (whereby withheld FAAC dollars turn out from a part of the invested funds). It is puzzling that such possibility escaped the organisers or promoters of the Eurobond roadshow at all. In the circumstances, participants in the roadshow, who happen to be the apex fiscal and monetary decision makers, individually and collectively, professionally and politically have not served Nigeria well by embracing the Eurobond and suchlike borrowings as a solution to the so-called forex scarcity (which is artificial as will be seen shortly) facing the country. Being current holders of public offices that have existed since independence (excepting the DMO), the apex decision makers on fiscal and monetary matters are both answerable for and bound by duty to correct any inherited policy mistake whether they arose from acts of commission or omission.

Accordingly, the top fiscal and monetary officials should shed forthwith the toga of being ciphers holding office for the spoils which they wore to the unwarranted Eurobond roadshow, wake up to the respective statutory responsibility that they hold in public trust and correct the mistake made by their predecessors in 1971 upon the demise of the Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates. The mistake involves the CBN withholding Federation Account dollar allocations as so-called CBN’s external reserves and simultaneously substituting for budgetary spending by FA beneficiaries freshly printed purported naira equivalent. It is not naira equivalent because that step is economically synonymous with the apex bank proportionately financing the budgets of the tiers of government to the extent of withheld dollar allocations. The economy has reflected the adverse impact of the resultant excessive fiscal deficits since the 1970s.

Tragically, the so-called CBN’s external reserves (which even the FG is precluded from investing) are dissipated through auctioning in the guise of defending the value of the naira in a sham forex market. For the CBN, the naira proceeds from the dollar auctions are junk (money removed from the system for destruction). On the other hand, the auctions guarantee access to physical dollar cash (forming part of the withheld FA dollar allocations) to the even elements that neither export any goods and services nor have legitimate economic use for foreign exchange.

The dollar cash acquired from the apex deposit money banks is put to abuses that are absolutely detrimental to the national economic objectives such as currency speculation, dollarization, smuggling, stashing away in foreign lands and so on. The forex is also hoarded in domiciliary dollar accounts with no time limit which has created unconstitutional dual currency system with the naira playing the second fiddle. The limitless avenues of abuse include locking up hoards of dollar cash in private places thereby sequestering the forex from the working of the economy.

Through the Eurobond, part of the auctioned FA dollar allocations most probably formed the bulk of the subscription or forex funds re-lent to the FG at coupon rates payable in government’s future dollar earnings. The mistake if 1971 has simply finished off the economy. It therefore amounts to shedding crocodile tears for the above named successor top fiscal/monetary officials to lament the self-created forex scarcity and multiple exchange rates. Along with their predecessors, they have nursed the baneful mistake for over 46 years. Is that a mark of rational economic behaviour on the part of the most populous black country on earth? The mistake of 1971 should cease.

This newspaper has demonstrated untiringly that proper management of FA dollars would channel the country’s total public and private sector export earnings productively and provide ample forex for desirable economic activity with the FG investing part of the country’s exclusively FG-OWNED external reserves in various infrastructure and vital projects as the need for them arises.

Saying Bye To The Danfo In Lagos

Written by the Editorial Board of The Guardian Newspaper

The desire to give Lagos a world-class transportation system apparently informed the recent disclosure by Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode that he intends to remove the yellow mini-buses popularly called Danfo from the city’s roads by the end of the year. The Danfo experience in Lagos is a cocktail of sadness and joy. But there is no denying that the city deserves better and the government’s plan is in order.

Daily, commuters go through hell in the hands of miscreant Danfo drivers and their assistants who molest, assault and even rob at will. Ambode’s move should therefore be encouraged if only to curb hooliganism and touting, as well as sanitise intra-city transportation.

Although, Danfo has, over the years, become an integral part of Lagos city transport, phasing them out would create a more decent environment befitting of a modern city. But apart from the mini-buses, the menace of tricycles and motorcyclists should, at the same time, be looked into with a view to phasing them out too.

Governor Ambode made his disclosure while speaking at the 14th annual lecture of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) held at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, with the theme: ‘Living Well Together, Tomorrow: The Challenge of Africa’s Future Cities.’
He explained the significance of the infrastructural projects his administration had been executing in strategic sectors of Lagos economy, noting that they were directed at up-scaling the status of the state.

According to him, the establishment of massive lay-bys, rehabilitation of inner-city roads and construction of flyovers in different parts of the state were designed to end the challenges of urbanisation.

He said the main objective of his administration is to make Lagos the third largest economy in Africa from the current fifth position. To realise this prime goal, he insisted that the yellow buses would be removed for a more efficient and well-structured world-class mass transportation system that would facilitate movement.

He decried the present connectivity mode in the state, which he said is not acceptable and befitting for a modern city of Lagos’ status. The solution, he stressed, is to banish yellow buses this year.

There is no doubt that for decades, Lagos has been battling with a chaotic transport system in which all manners of rickety vehicles operate. There are few cities in the world where such chaos exists as it does in Lagos.

But the state government wants to turn things around by modernising the transportation system and infrastructure. The bus-stops are being modernised. Roads are widened, among others. These are commendable efforts that should be stepped up.

From the colonial times up to the 60s, train services operated efficiently and movement was hassle-free in Lagos due to low population. But the situation has been chaotic since the 70s, when mini-lorries popularly called Bolekeja and Molue dominated intra-city transportation amid high influx of people into the city. Efforts to improve the situation have been on but hardly enough to catch up with an ever growing population.

Interestingly, while the old rickety Bolekeja has totally been phased out, Molue is also on the verge of extinction, having been banned from commuting into Lagos Island.

Over the time, the Lagos Municipal transport, which operated in the 70s and 80s, has been replaced with the Bus Rapid Transfer System with modern, clean buses which started in 2007.

The train service that practically came to a stop for some time is being revived. The Lagos Monorail track lines are being constructed in order to integrate train services the overall city’s overall mode of transport. The situation will definitely change when these plans are accomplished.

The focus at the moment is on the infrastructure. The infrastructure facilities in Lagos need up-grading given the teeming population in the city. Hopefully, the plan is part of the Lagos Master Plan to make for integrated urban re-development framework.

Ambode is working very hard. But a lot still needs to be done. The endemic traffic gridlock in Lagos shows the fundamental defects inherent in the city’s transportation system due to planlessness. Dilapidated inner city roads in particular. Lack of effective mass transit system in form of rail and water transport has contributed to making movement in Lagos a nightmare.

One critical mode of transportation that has not been fully explored is water transportation. Interestingly, Lagos is surrounded by water but unlike other cities around the world with the same advantage, where water transportation is fully integrated into the mode of transport, water transportation is neglected in Lagos.

At the moment, some private operators are involved in water transportation with rickety and sub-standard boats that expose users to risk. That explains the frequent accidents on Lagos waterways. The state government should therefore integrate water transportation into its overall transport plan and private investors should be encouraged to come in.

Lagos is the fastest growing city in Africa with a growth spurt of 77 people per hour. That calls for long term planning which, happily, the current leadership seems to appreciate.

Nigerian Actress, Monalisa Chinda Tells Fans: Your Situation Is Not Beyond God

Popular Nollywood actress, film producer and television personality, Monalisa Chinda Coker, on Friday, told her 214,000 fans and followers on social media that their situations are not beyond God.

The beautiful actress tweeted on her handle @Monalisacode, “Your situation is not beyond God…With HIM ALL things are possible…good morning dearies…..’’

The actress did not expressly state what ‘situation’ she is referring to, whether it is the economic crisis plaguing the country or any other issue.

Monalisa Chinda was born on Sept. 13, 1974 in Port Harcourt, River State to an Ikwere father and an Igbo mother.

She is the first born in her family of two sons and four daughters.

She attended Army Children’s School GRA for Primary and then Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girls’ School, Elelenwo, for Secondary, all in Port Harcourt.

She obtained a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Port Harcourt.

Her first major movie was `Pregnant Virgin’, which she did in 1996.

However, after graduation from the university in 2000, she did `Above the Law’ and has done many others since then.

Coker’s road to stardom kicked off in 2007 when she started appearing in the television soap `Heaven’s Gate.’

In 2011, she debuted as Executive Producer in the Royal Arts Academy movie, `Kiss & Tell’, which Emem Isong co-produced with her and Desmond Elliott directed.

In May 2012, she became one of the first of four Nollywood stars to be featured on the cover of Hollywood Weekly Magazine.

The Nollywood stars that featured on the cover of the Hollywood Weekly Magazine were Monalisa Chinda, Desmond Elliot, Jackie Appiah and Joseph Benjamin.

In November 2014, the actress branched out of acting a little bit and debuted her Talk Show titled “You & I with Monalisa.’’

She is involved in a lot of charity works.

Coker is a consultant with Royal Arts Academy, a media school known for breeding new talents, in acting, directing, and screenwriting.

In 2011, the talented film producer was crowned Port Harcourt Carnival Queen, during the Port Harcourt Carnival in her hometown of Rivers State.

In 2010, she was nominated for `Best Actress in a drama series’ at the Terracotta TV and Film Awards.

She won `Best Actress,’ at the 2009 Afro Hollywood Award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, an international festival and competition focusing on productions for television founded in 1961 and based in Monaco, France.

She has featured in over 80 movies.

The mother of one got married traditionally to Victor Tonye Coker on Feb. 20, 2016 after her first marriage to Dejo Richards crashed in 2009.

Their white wedding ceremony was done in Santorini, Greece on Sept. 1, 2016.

Her husband grew up in Port Harcourt but lived most of his life in Germany where he is based. (NAN)