Strategy: 10 of Kofi Annan's best, most inspirational quotes

Ghanaian international diplomat Kofi Annan passed away on Saturday aged 80, after battling a short illness.

The death of the former UN chief shocked the world as leaders from all corners of the globe mourned him.

Annan was born in Kumasi and had most of his education in Ghana. He joined the UN in 1962, working for the World Health Organisation's Geneva office and rose to become the UN boss.

He served as UN Secretary-General for two consecutive five-year terms, beginning in January 1997.

As the world continues to mourn Anan, we take a look at some of his best quotes during his lifetime.

 

1. “To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.”

 

2. “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”

 

3. “Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.”

 

4. “Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.”

 

5. “More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.”

 

6. “There is no development strategy more beneficial to society as a whole – women and men alike – than the one which involves women as central players.”

 

7. “I have always believed that on important issues, the leaders must lead. Where the leaders fail to lead, and people are really concerned about it, the people will take the lead and make the leaders follow.”

 

8. “We need to think of the future and the planet we are going to leave to our children and their children.”

 

9. “We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.”

 

10. “In the rush for justice it is important not to lose sight of principles the country holds dear.”

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Album Review: Loose Kaynon and A-Q serve a royal banquet on the 'Crown' album

On ''Crown'', Loose Kaynon and A-Q are rapping not just because it is what they do best, but for the sake of making a statement for the culture.

''Crown'' is depicted as the game changer album in a rap world where Loose Kaynon and A-Q are playing by evolving rules different from the ones that inspired them to the culture and yet seeking to make a big splash on the scene.

Very few rappers in the game have as much resolve as A-Q has exhibited in his decade-long journey on the scene.

A-Q fits perfectly into the phrase, 'been there, done that', and commendably he is still here. Two solid body of works in the last two years in ''Rose'' and ''Blessed Forever'' has strongly enhanced the constant rhetoric that he never ceases to announce to all who step into his timeline, 'I told you I am the greatest'.

If there is something you will give him credit for, it is his ability to keep reinventing himself from that almost always 'bitter and ready to bite' rapper, to the wise veteran who now understands the place of collaboration to foster his career.

For Loose Kaynon, I remember walking into Koko Lounge one fateful Monday night many years ago. The rapper was pushing the art form in all ways that seemed wrong but making it work out right.

A hip-hop event on the mainland on the first working day of the week just didn't seem to make sense, but that day at the venue, watching hip-hop lovers converge as rappers took to the stage, confirmed the saying that at times it takes the abnormal route to leave a lasting legacy and that is what Loose achieved during the period that Wax Lyrical lasted.

While A-Q's discography is fairly impressive, that of Loose has been quite sparse with just one project in Gemini, released in 2016, but despite the length of their careers, an underdog tag has long been hung round their necks, so the idea of a joint project was as welcoming and refreshing for both parties.

'Crown' is the first of the three fold album offerings executive produced by MI Abaga, tagged LAMBAugust, a series he hopes will help reawaken the consciousness of the art-form in the country.

 

Understanding their limits, the tracks rely on an array of vocalists to supply hooks, from Chigurl to Debbie Romeo, Torna and Yoye.

The album opens with 'Out of This World' and they brought the church on this one. A-Q is immediately off the blocks, reeling out movie references, with his very impressive flow.

''Fly young nigga, Fly'' is the order from Loose as he soars with the rhythm and tempo helping them land perfectly on the zenith.

On 'Regrets', the beat is cold, Loose can't even afford to wait for the beat to come on, he is about to slaughter someone, while Debbie makes a return with a foreboding hook as she says a prayer of grace, this is the A-Q of ''Past, Present and Future'' reborn.

''For everytime you were yapping, I was practising every night… top 5 rappers, and I am coming for the top three, try to rob me of my glory, such fuckery,'' he boasts.

 

Next is 'Gang Gang', a song Loose chooses as his best song on the project and you can understand why through the hippy and braggadocious verse he serves, featuring Chocolate City's Torna who brings the Trap flavour with his Igbo delivered hook into the mix. A-Q's verse on this is silky.

The album titled track, 'Crown' is Slaughterhouse's 'Truth or Truth' in a refined version, featuring the duo of Show Dem Camp's Ghost and Tec, two of the most consistent flag bearers of the genre in the last few years.

Like Loose explained, 'Crown' is the first song they started recording on the project, and also the last to finish as they had to wait forever for Tec to send his verse and it was absolutely worth the wait.

Taking turns, the four emcees serve a lyrical feast of pure hip-hop offering with Reinhard the royal chef who supplies the hardest beat for them to ride on.

 

Everyone is in prime form on this, with Ghost spearheading the regal assault, his voice is as gritty as ever adding an extra edge to his mean verse.

A-Q is touching on everything from when rap used to matter to BlackLivesMatter, Melanin, SA rap, Linda Ikeji, this is the kitchen sink flung through the door, then comes Loose with some royalty bars, he is straight gliding through this, like this is comfort zone music for him, and Tec's verse is hella sharp and stinging, it is an assault and one that is quite ruthless.

The duo lower their guards on 'By Your Side' which features Yoye, as they admit to their softer side,  On Off Black, Blaqbonez, who has his album scheduled as the third in the series is the guest artist and he imposes his trap persona on this. One of A-Q's least impressive verses on the project, while Loose comes correct yet again.

There is that lingering and chilling vocal grace that Chigurl brings on 'Hustlers Prayer' that warns you of what to come, a verse that according to MI, she recorded via a voice note just before undergoing surgery.

A-Q is introspective, this is grown man rap as he opens up on how rough the journey has been, ''Everything I hold sacred is now a given, everything that I believed in is now bringing division… just before I go, I hold the record as the best,'' he rhymes. Then comes Loose and this is a shutdown.

 

'God Wants Us To Be Too Lit' is an uncharming ending to the 33-minute journey of eternal rap with producer Beats by Jayy rather unnecessarily tagging along.

Crown is in every way worth its own hype, as the two rappers conjure the right energy, revived hunger and poetical flights of prescient flows to evoke a project that caters for both the old and new hip-hop fans.

The album is not without its failings, but the production and musical direction on Crown almost makes this the duo's best ever project yet.

For years, the abilities of the two rappers have been clouded under imperfect attempts to balance their lyrical prowess with commercial attempts, but like A-Q admitted in a recent interview, the album had been long done, but MI insisting on working his production brush on the project helped polish it into a wholesome magic box that dazzles the audience as each song unravels.

Like a quote from Shakespeare reads, ''a crown fit well upon the head of a pedant; but let him wear it who deserves it.''

A-Q and Loose have reached for this symbol of ascendancy and they deserve it. Crown exudes an opulence of everything that hip-hop represents plus more. This is an album that shoots at restoring hip-hop to its glory days and its aim doesn't fall too far off from the throne.

Stream Crown on iTunes

Rating: 4/5

Ratings

1-Dull
2-Boring
2.5-Average
3-Worth Checking Out
3.5-Hot
4-Smoking Hot
4.5-Amazing
5-Perfection

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57-year-old woman beats to a pulp a 35-year-old woman who insulted her in Lagos

A 35-year-old woman was hospitalized after she was beaten up by a 57-year-old woman in Igando, Lagos. Mrs Sherifat Jimoh, 57, and Mrs. Titilayo Akapo, 35, who are neighbours at Osunba in Igando, got into a fight which was reportedly started after the younger woman insulted the elderly woman. During the fight, Mrs Jimoh surprised everyone as she overpowered her younger adversary and beat her to a pulp. Mrs Akapo was rushed to the hospital as she sustained serious injuries, while Mrs Jimoh was arrested by the police at Igando Division and charged before the Ejigbo Magistrates court. Mrs Jimoh pleaded not guilty and the Presiding Magistrate, Mr. L.K.J. Layeni, granted her bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in like sum. She was remanded in prison custody pending when she will perfect her bail condition. The matter was adjourned till September 5, 2018.The post 57-year-old woman beats to a pulp a 35-year-old woman who insulted her in Lagos appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Oshiomhole: Reps beg Buhari to arrest APC Chairman for 'primitive' attacks on Saraki, National Assembly

Reps beg Buhari to arrest Oshiomhole

The group of lawmakers said the former Edo State governor is ridiculing Nigeria in the global community with his actions.

Members of the House of Representatives have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to arrest national chairman of the All Progressives' Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, to curb his alleged attacks on the National Assembly.

The group of lawmakers, named Parliamentary Democrats Group (PDG), said the former Edo State governor is ridiculing Nigeria in the global community by launching relentless attacks against the office of current Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the entire legislative arm of government.

In the statement signed by the group's spokesperson, Hon. Timothy Golu (Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam, Plateau – PDP), they said Oshiomhole is destabilising the National Assembly with threats.

The statement read, "Oshiomhole has refused to sleep because he wants Senator Bukola Saraki removed as duly elected Senate President.

"He is distracting our nation's democracy and ridiculing us before the global democratic community. His style is too primitive for democracy.

"Let him come through the door with 2/3 of the Senators to legally achieve his selfish objective. What his ignorance would not allow him know is that even some APC Senators are not part of the charade. Access to democracy is not brigandage but respect to the rule of law and due process.

"Oshiomhole's anti democratic utterances is making us a laughing stock. We advise him not to kill himself on Saraki as there is nothing he can do to subvert the law of democracy just to achieve an anti democratic goal.

"We call on President Buhari to immediately call him to order or direct the IGP Ibrahim Idris to arrest him so that peace can flow.

"He is destabilising the National Assembly with threats and the use of security agencies to haunt our leaders."

Saraki vs Oshiomhole

Ever since Saraki dumped the APC for the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) in July, Oshiomhole has led the charge for him to be impeached as leader of the Senate several times.

The national assembly adjourned legislative sittings till September 25 during plenary on July 24, amid a controversial clampdown by security operatives on Saraki and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, in what has been described as a witch-hunt orchestrated by the executive.

The alleged witch-hunt raised even more concerns when operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) invaded the national assembly complex on Tuesday, August 7.

The ruling party recently alleged that Saraki and the PDP were plotting to employ thugs to attack APC Senators over the ongoing plot to remove him as Senate President. The party said APC lawmakers will be lured to a meeting by PDP and then harmed with hired thugs to prevent them from attending legislative sittings that could lead to Saraki's impeachment.

The ruling party further alleged that the plot is a follow-up to Saraki's previous attempt to buy over APC Senators with N100 million each to upset the party's majority in the Senate.

The APC has been putting public pressure on Saraki to reconvene the National Assembly, describing his actions of 'shutting down' parliament as bordering on high treason.

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Eid el-Kabir: See the different ways you can prepare your ram meat for Sallah/Ileya

See the different ways you can prepare your ram meat for Eid

Preparing sallah meat can be overwhelming, especially thinking about the quantity and the ways to serve it. Let's help you out with some inspiration.

This Sallah is a period of celebration marked by bleating of rams all over the country and the mooing of cows. If you've bought yours, here are the different ways you can prepare your ram meat for the season.

Eid el-Kabir, or Eid el-Adha or Big Sallah as it is fondly called, is the occasion that Muslims sacrifice an animal, usually a ram, cow, or camel, to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s great act of genuine submission to the will of God. In doing so, a portion of the meat prepared is for yourself, another portion for your neighbours and friends, while the last portion is for the less privileged.

You can decide to spice up your portions with any of the following:

1. Dambu nama

Dambu nama is a delicious, spicy-savoury Northern Nigerian dried beef floss. The dried, shredded meat floss can be eaten as a snack or sprinkled over rice or stuffed inside bread. It also goes along so well with masa. However, preparation is very time-consuming.

Cooking time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients

Ram meat

Seasoning cubes

Chilli powder

Onion

Garlic

Yaji (suya spice)

Vegetable oil

Ginger powder

Directions

Boil the ram meat with the spices and onions till it is very tender i.e. it falls apart. Make sure the taste is quite right. Then, you can shred the meat by continuous turning or by pounding or using a mallet or rolling pin on a chopping board. After shredding, add some more spices (yaji, seasoning cubes, garlic and ginger), heat up oil in a large pan and shallow fry. You can do this in batches and takes anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. Getting the right texture for the ‘dambu’ is crucial.

If the oil is not hot enough, the shreds will absorb most of it giving a greasy result. If the oil is too hot, the beef becomes dry and crunchy, instead of soft and chewy. Best to try a few small batches and work out your preferred texture and flavour.

2. Peppered fried meat

The peppered meat is very easy to prepare and a very delicious snack.

Cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

Ram meat

Red Bell Peppers/Tatashe or Shombo

Green peppers

Black pepper

Onions

Scotch Bonnet (Atarodo)

Vegetable Oil

Seasoning Cubes

Beef seasoning of your choice

Curry

Thyme

Ginger

Garlic cloves Minced

Salt to taste

Directions

Wash your meat and boil for 20-30 minutes with salt, thyme, seasoning cubes, beef seasoning, onions and black pepper. While the meat is boiling, chop up all the peppers or blend lightly. After the meat is boiled, deep fry the meat till succulent. Heat up some oil and fry some onions and garlic before putting in the pepper mix. Add seasoning cubes, curry and salt and adjust to desired taste. Then add the fried meat and stir. Leave on low-medium heat for 10-15 minutes.

3. Barbecue/Grilled ram meat

Grilling is a healthy way of preparing meat. It involves marinating the meat in flavours, slicing the meat slim and placing on direct heat. Grilling gets rid of excess fat on the meat. To spice it up, you can kebab the meat.

 

Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

Ram meat

Barbecue sauce

Yaji (suya pepper)

Honey

Minced garlic

Dry ginger powder

Dry/fresh rosemary

Paprika

Cayenne pepper

Stock cubes

Salt to taste

Directions

After marinating your meat in a foil for 30-45 minutes, place on the grill (still in the foil) for about 15 minutes. Remove from the foil and put some more marinade on the meat. Place directly on the grill for another 10 minutes on each side.

4. Peppersoup

You can make use of the ram head and legs to make a peppersoup. The ram head is scraped, washed and cut into essential pieces and prepared as normal peppersoup is made. Check out how to make peppersoup with this simple recipe.

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Tonto Dikeh: Actress raises alarm over plans by police to storm her house

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Tonto Dikeh says she isn't intimated as she raises alarms over plans of police to storm her house.

Tonto Dikeh is raising alarm over plans by the police to storm her house.

The actress made this known via her Instagram page on Monday, August 20, 2018. A fearless Tonto says she is waiting for the police and also went to say that she is not intimidated by anything in this life.

"I guess I am now a criminal..MY STOMACH OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO And they are even coming with Press to record my arrest Lmaoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.. #IF THE HAIR ON MY SONS BODY IS TOUCHED OGA POLICE YOU WILL HAVE TO BURY ME,YOU WILL HAVE TO KILL ME,HAaaaa OGA POLICE there is no FEAR bone in my system!!!

 

I am a mother and nothing in this life can intimidate me… #Dear Oga police if you need me you have my no. Like I said going to my home if anything happens to my son, Pls have a spare of whatever you did to him to do to me!!! #DROPS MIC," she wrote.

 

Even though it is not clear why the police are coming to Tonto Dikeh's residence, this might be connected to her frosty relationship with her ex-husband, Churchill Oladunni and the custody battle over their son, King. A few weeks ago she revealed that she had installed CCTVs around her home for her son's protection.

ALSO READ: Tonto Dkieh comes 1st in son's school inter house sports [Video]

Tonto Dikeh installs CCTV all over house to protect son [Photo]

 

Tonto Dikeh is taking no chances over the protection of her son as she has installed CCTV cameras all over her house. The beautiful actress made this known on Sunday, July 29, 2018, where she shared a photo of one of the cameras strategically placed in her living room. According to her, this is the best investment she has done as a parent.

"My best investment as a parent is my MOMMY CCTV, I VIEW AND WATCH EVERY CORNER OF MY HOME FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD..#MUMMYS MUST INVEST #WITH ALL THE EVIL IN THE WORLD ONE CANT BE TOO CAREFUL #SAFETY #MOTHERHOOD #MUMMIES DAYOUT BUT MY EYE STILL THEY PIKIN BODY #MOMSTER #KINGSMOM #KINGSEVERYTHING #SECURITY #I DONT WANT TO CATCH YOU DOING NOTHING TO MY KID #I WANT TO PREVENT YOU DOING SOMETHING/EVIL TO MY KID KNOWING THAT MY EYES ARE EVERYWHERE ON MY KID.. #MOMSTER," she captioned the photo.

 

Tonto Dikeh and her ex-husband, Churchill Oladunni have been in a messy divorce scandal for a year now. Only recently, Churchill filed a suit against the actress over their son's appearance in her reality tv show.

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Forbes: 10 world's highest paid actresses of 2017

Scarlett Johansson is world's highest paid actress with $40.5 Million

'Avengers: Infinity War" actress, Scarlett Johansson, is world's highest paid actress with $40.5 Million.

According to Forbes Magazine, "Avengers: Infinity War" actress, Scarlett Johansson, is the world's highest-paid actress with $40.5 Million.

The actress surpassed Emma Stone, who earned the spot in 2017 with $26 million. Jahansson's spot on the list can be attributed to her role in the 2018 Marvel film, "Avengers: Infinity War," which saw her reprise her role as Black Widow.

While the actress is yet to have her own standalone movie yet, a Black Widow movie is in the works with no release date currently attached to it.

She will however reprise her role in the upcoming and fourth Avengers Movie next year.

Other actresses alongside Johansson on the Forbes' list are Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence, and Reese Witherspoon.

Check out the full list below:

1. Scarlett Johansson — $40.5 million

 

2. Angelina Jolie — $28 million

 

3. Jennifer Aniston — $19.5 million

4.  Jennifer Lawrence — $18 million

5. Reese Witherspoon — $16.5 million

 

6. Mila Kunis — $16 million

7. Julia Roberts — $13 million

8. Cate Blanchett — $12.5 million

 

9. Melissa McCarthy — $12 million

10. Gal Gadot — $10 million

 

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Actress Mimi Orjiekwe, her daughter and nanny fly first class as they vacation in Seychelles and Dubai(photos)

Actress Mimi Orjiekwe and her daugther, Jasmine are currently on vacation.The actress whose marriage to fellow actor, Charles Billion packed up last year after she found out he was also married to a black American woman in the US, started her vacation trip in Seychelles where she stayed in Eden Island.Yesterday, she departed Seychelles and continued her vacation in Dubai where she is currently staying in a suite at the Burj Al Arab, the most expensive hotel in Dubai.Continue to see more photos from her vacation below.. The post Actress Mimi Orjiekwe, her daughter and nanny fly first class as they vacation in Seychelles and Dubai(photos) appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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EFCC charges Saraki’s aide Makanjuola with alleged diversion of N3.5b

 EFCC charges Sarakis aide Makanjuola with alleged diversion of N3.5bThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC) is set for the trial of Gbenga Makanjuola, deputy chief of staff to the Senate President Bukola Saraki and a former Managing Director of Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria( SGBN), Robert Mbonu. The duo are to be arraigned over the alleged conversion of N3.5billion of N19billion London-Paris Club refund to states. The other accused are Melrose General Services Limited and Obiora Amobi. No date has been fixed for the trial of the suspects at a Federal High Court in Lagos, TheNation newspaper reported today.   In the charges against the suspects, the EFCC said there was no service rendered to have warranted the payment of the N3.5billion. The charges read in part: “That you Robert Chidozie Mbonu, Melrose General Services Limited and other persons at large on or about the 14th day of December, 2016 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves to disguise the unlawful origin of the sum of N3.5billion paid into the account of Melrose General Services Limited and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.“That you Robert Chidozie Mbonu and Melrose General Services Limited having reason to know that N3.5billion directly represented the proceeds of your unlawful activity to wit: Conspiracy and Stealing: did convert the said funds which you received from the Nigeria Governors Forum under the false guise that you were entitled to payment of consultancy fees from money recovered for the states in relation to “over-deductions on Paris and London club loans on the account of the states and local government (1995-2002)” which service you did not render and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.“That you Robert Chidozie Mbonu and Melrose General Services Limited on or about the 14th December, 2016 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did retain in the Access Bank Plc Account No. 0005892453 operated by Melrose General Services Limited the sum of N3, 500,000,000.00 received from the Nigeria Governors Forum when you reasonably ought to know that the said money was a direct proceed of your unlawful activity to wit Conspiracy and Stealing: and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2) ((1) 0f the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.“That you Robert Chidozie Mbonu and Melrose General Services Limited on or about the 20th of December, 2015 in Lagos wihln the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did transfer the sum 0f N50m being part of N3.5billion which represented the direct proceed of your unlawful activity to wit: (Conspiracy and Stealing) to Gbenga Makanjuola and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.That you Gbenga Makanjuola on or about the 20th of December, 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did make cash payment of the sum of N50, 000,000.00 (Fifty million naira) to Robert Chidozie Mbonu without going through a financial institution and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 201 1 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 16 (2) (b) of the same Act.“That you Robert Chidozie Mbonu on or about the 20th of December, 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did accept cash payment of the sum of N50million from Gbenga Makanjuola without going through a financial institution and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 16 (2) (b) of‘ the same Act.“That you Robert Chidozie Mbonu and Melrose General Services Limited between the 15th December 2016 and 17th December, 2016 in Lagos Within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did transfer the sum of N300million being part of N3.5billion which represented the direct proceed of your unlawful activity (to wit Conspiracy and Stealing) to Obiora Amobi and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2) (b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.“That you Obiora Amobi between the 15th December 2016 and 17th December, 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did make cash payment of N300million to Robert Chidozie Mbonu without going through a financial institution and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 16 (2) (b) of the same Act.“That you Robert Chidozie Mbonu on or about the 20th of December, 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did accept cash payment of N300million from Obiora Amobi without going through a financial institution and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by 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Enjoy EbonyLife TV, Fox, ST Nollywood Plus and more for only N1,900 a month

Enjoy EbonyLife TV, Fox, ST Nollywood Plus and more for only N1,900 a monthYou read right! Ebony Life TV is now on StarTimes Channel 189/191. Now you can keep in touch with the latest trends, movies, series and everything urban for N1,900 only. You also get to watch some of the best Nollywood movies on ST Nollywood and latest series on Fox. If you don’t have a StarTimes decoder, you can download the StarTimes app here http://bit.ly/2htdztR to watch all the channels. Follow @startimesng on social media or call 014618888 & 094618888 now for more!The post Enjoy EbonyLife TV, Fox, ST Nollywood Plus and more for only N1,900 a month appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Graphic photos: Yahoo Boy attempts to kill his mother for money rituals in Lagos

The police in Lagos state have arrested 29 year old Taiwo Akinola pictured above for trying to kill his mother, Alice Akinola so as to further his cyber fraud business ( yahoo.com) to the bloody or ritual level  (yahoo plus).  A statement by the police command spokesperson, CSP Chike Oti, says Taiwo who lives with his mother at No.2 Raji Ajanaku street, Alaja Road, Ayobo, Lagos, is a staunch member of the notorious Aiye confraternity.At about 8am yesterday Sunday August 19th, Taiwo  went to his mother's  provision store in front of their apartment and told her to meet him inside the house for an important discussion and at same time sent his nephew, Faruk to go buy him a white handkerchief and a stick of cigarette. As soon as his mother entered the house, the suspect attacked her, smashing her head with a plank, pressing iron and a UPS charger to ensure she didn't survive the ferocious attack. When Faruk returned from the errand, he didn't see his grandmother in the shop so he went into the house only to see the poor woman lying in a pool of blood. Shocked by what he saw, the small boy raised the alarm which attracted neighbours to the scene.  They called the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ayobo Division who arrived the scene with his team and promptly arrested the suspect and secured the scene for further investigation by the police forensic experts attached to the Homicide section SCIID Panti, Yaba . The victim was rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment and was found to be hanging onto life. Right now, the doctors are battling to revive Mrs Alice Akinola presently unconscious Meanwhile the CP has paid the initial hospital cost which  enabled the doctors to commence treatment. During a brief interrogation, the suspect disclosed that he was asked to kill his mother in order to have more money. When his room was searched, the following exhibits were recovered in it, viz: 1. Two calabashes with one containing human skull and the other, a mixture of dark concoction;2. A plank perforated with  nails and  stained with blood;3. A pressing iron stained with blood; 4. A white handkerchief with which he wanted to scoop the victim's blood; 5. A bottle containing oil and  labelled Back To Sender; The Commissioner of Police calls on Lagosians to rise against all forms of crime and criminality. He added that the Command defeated the Badoo cult group with the help of  people who provided credible and timely  information to the police . He added that the time has come to root out the street cult groups. He notes that complacency is not an option in the face of threat to peace and security  posed by these nefarious associations. The post Graphic photos: Yahoo Boy attempts to kill his mother for money rituals in Lagos appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Pulse Blogger: Christianity, Electricity, Nigeria’s poverty & Daddy Freeze

Christianity, Electricity, Nigeria’s poverty & Daddy Freeze

Nigeria has no electricity. Or whatever Nigeria has should not be called electricity. It goes anytime and comes back anytime.

Normally, electricity should be abundant and available. But in Nigeria it has been reduced to an option – or if possible, a luxury.

The same sets of problems in electricity twenty, thirty years ago are still existent. Public or private controlled generation and distribution have all failed.

There seems to be an understanding of do not touch electricity for solution or any way to make it evidently improve.

There is always news of some investment, project, policy or whatever looks like hope but are often an incremental sham.

Darkness is not just what electricity cuts deliver. But there’s darkness in statistics and major knowledge of the situation or real solution.

Electricity crisis in Nigeria grew to become a monster and now everyone seems comfortable that it is the way it is.

Also Read: Questions for daddy freeze on RCCG & Pastor Adeboye

Nigeria’s Darkness – Gross Darkness

At night in several places across Nigeria, it is darkness – gross darkness. Usually, Nigeria does not have enough street lights, but external home lightings gives some streets night visibility.

However, there are some places that are just grossly dark and these places are a lot. The optionality of electricity – a factor that should be constant – made Nigeria far backwards.

 

The backwardness also resulted from the act of reversal of factors in Nigeria. Christianity in Nigeria is optional, but critics of it make it seem like it is something compulsory, and use that to attack true Churches, Pastors and genuine Christians.

But a lot of Christianity or little makes no difference in how the country develops. There is NO reliance of major public factors in Nigeria on Christianity.

Even so, there’s dependency of development on electricity, employment, predominant education, agriculture, water supply, transport systems, infrastructure, etc.

Churches are not hindering anything good for Nigeria. Churches are personal places and are more or less social.

Yes, there are fake churches, hypocritical Christians and fake pastors, but they don’t invalidate the potency of the power of GOD, and Faith of true Christianity.

As a fact, attending a fake church or being under a fake pastor requires discernment to get out of there as fast as possible.

True Churches are for true Faith, true Hope, and Worship – in Spirit and in Truth. Churches are not commissioned to fix utility poles, or transformers or for generation and distribution of electricity.

All the hate campaigns against Churches have been unable to connect the Church to electricity cuts – a major underdevelopment problem in the country.

Also Read: The failures of the Church & the Role of the Church

 

Big Christianity or Big Poverty

Some people say Churches are responsible for poverty in Nigeria. It is either those saying this are lying, or they have diseased stupidity.

Churches don’t control how much people earn. Also, the money people spend – or give – in true Churches is optional and has NO might to keep people poor.

Wages and expenses are in no way connected to Church. If people earn two dollars a day, it is not the Church that made that happen.

Also, if people have to buy food, or toothpaste, or whatever they can’t do without, it is not the Church that raises prices – or in charge of trade, manufacturing or monetary policies.

Another angle to this is that if a person visits any of the major impoverished zones across Nigeria, and looks at life there, the conditions, the environment, the food, utilities, etc. one can ask which of these were instigated by the Church?

Also Read: Churches or Business Centers?

So, the responsibilities of true Churches to poverty in Nigeria are zero to none. If there’s a true Church in a poor environment, it is not primarily charity, albeit there are expectations of them to contribute to that environment.

Churches have an obligation to grow, which is one of the reasons people give. Welfare stuff can be a vehicle for evangelism, not the core mission.

As a fact, opening a school in every deprived area across Nigeria does not guarantee quality education, if others responsible don’t do necessary stuff.

There are lots of people in underprivileged areas that the society has failed. There are those who will not cheat, or do fraud, cut corners or change figures, but there is a limit the country often puts on people.

What is not there is not there, what is not in Nigeria is not in Nigeria. What is in Nigeria is there, and it affects – the helpless – mostly.

Yes, there are those who have failed themselves, their families and society but there are those who have tried to not fail themselves, yet being Nigerian is not great for them – even abroad.

So the Church is not responsible for any of the major setbacks of the country. The true Church is optional enough that all the stupid campaign is disease for all the somnambulists.

Also Read: Are Christians in Nigeria Brainwashed? Free food in Churches in Nigeria

 

Daddy freeze is no reformist

There are lies daddy freeze tells himself and that others tell him. They say he’s a reformist, or that he’s actually smart, or that he is changing something. NO!

As much as he lies to himself, his converts help to keep him – a lie, and his messages – total lies, alive.

But his converts are not bright. They are always fawning over his useless big words – forced into sentences, so he can look smart.

For them it is the first time to hear those and daddy freeze is their primary source of information.

They are also unable to think for themselves and see the untruths in all he says. Daddy freeze is trying to grow his popularity and whatever online nonsense he’s seeking members for – by attacking others.

True Churches that grew always preached messages on the Fruits of the Spirit and against the works of the flesh.

Major true Pastors didn’t center sermons – attacking entertainers or entertainment in order to have members.

The Power of GOD they talked about often attracted people – as they saw it as advantageous over evil, wickedness, sin and destruction.

For daddy freeze, it is to hurl insults, attack Churches and Pastors and fool himself that Churches are the problem of underdevelopment or responsible for poverty, etc.

Reformist of a problem he claims exists but all lies; reformist of personal decisions that adults are responsible for themselves for, like several others.

There’re reforms needed in electricity and job creation, you will never see him there because his sense is absent at everything useful.

Also Read: Nigeria's Smarts: Daddy freeze & the reach of his mind

 

Daddy freeze is like that neighbor who thrives on shame, disgrace and pulling others down, with no self-worth and a worthless spoilsport or a mad person everyone avoids, but has to be dealt with – sometimes.

The inability for people to think, to ask questions, when they hear Churches are responsible for this, giving is that, to be able to know – that this is not the way it is, is a huge loss for Nigeria.

Daddy freeze has never achieved anything in his life, other than to grow supporters on social media and insult people who have no business with him.

Daddy freeze and all his supporters can campaign against tithes and seed offering for the rest of their lives, it will change nothing for development in Nigeria and will make no single difference.

He and his uninspiring prominent supporters in entertainment and a former president aide are intellectual stinks who know nothing and hold no promise.

If daddy freeze can say how Churches have hindered electricity or how Churches have caused poverty in Nigeria, then his followers should be happy their leader has sense, until never, they are all a disgrace.

The Church of GOD will stand and withstand, all the unrepentant enemies and haters will drown in their foolishness – will and never find help.

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Finance: Nigeria’s chief statistician says the economy is still struggling and has not fully recovered from the recession

Nigeria’s chief statistician says the economy is still struggling and has not fully recovered from the recession

In the first quarter, the Nigerian economy grew 1.95% a slight downturn from 2.11% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Yemi Kale, the Statistician-General of the Federation, has stated that the Nigerian economy is still struggling and has not fully recovered from the 2016 recession.

Nigeria entered into its worst economic recession in 20 years in the second quarter of 2016, as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures contracted by 2.06%.

In an interview over the weekend on Arise TV, the statistician-general lamented that the performance of the nation’s economy in the second quarter 2018 may be flat from the previous quarter.

 

Surprisingly, I expected the numbers should be much better; it is looking very similar to the first quarter. I think the economy is still struggling out of recession and that is what the numbers are showing.”

“Agriculture is not just about crops; when you destroyed a farmland or even cattle rearing is also part of agriculture, so the back and forth are affecting both crop production and livestock and agriculture is the biggest part of our GDP and that is slowing down the economy,” he said during the interview.

In the first quarter, the economy grew 1.95% a slight downturn from 2.11% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2017.

For the first time since the country came out of recession in 2017, non-oil sector struggled as the economy grew by 1.95% in the first quarter lifted by the oil sector, Business Insider SSA had reported.

Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund, IMF, had identified global debt levels, geopolitical risks, and trade tensions as threats that may hinder growth projections of emerging and developing economies like Nigeria.

In its April 2018 publication of the World Economic Outlook, the IMF also projected Nigeria’s economy to accelerate to 2.1% in 2018, up from the 0.8% in 2017.

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Federal Government and FIFA agree on working terms over football interference in NFF

 Federal Government and FIFA agree on working terms over football interference in NFFThe Federal Government of Nigeria and the World's Football governing body, FIFA have agreed on a working agreement that will enable the smooth running of football in the Nigeria Football Federation. This comes days after FIFA gave Nigeria deadline to avoid international suspensions due to the interference in the Nigeria Football Federation. In a letter issued last week, FIFA said that the Nigerian soccer federation headquarters must be handed back to the elected leadership by Monday, August 20, 2018 or the country will be suspended from international competitions. Following FIFA's deadline the Federal Government on Saturday dispatched a letter to FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich, detailing the agreement reached between both bodies, making it imperative on the world soccer ruling body’s chieftains to drop the proposed sanctions on Nigeria from noon today, if the leadership of Amaju Pinnick is not allowed to do its jobs at the Glasshouse of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), following the legal tussle in the country’s polity. It was also revealed that FIFA officials are impressed with the progress made in the negotiations with top government officials leading to the drafting of the letter from Nigeria and are ready to work with the country which is a key stakeholder in global soccer, especially the young Nigerians plying their trade in Europe and the Diaspora. The post Federal Government and FIFA agree on working terms over football interference in NFF appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Samuel Ogundipe: How Sowore stormed Police HQ in Abuja, secured release of detained journalist

In very high spirits, they sang, cheered, and respectfully aired their intent of taking Samuel back and ensuring he gets his freedom. They were resisted and teargassed by the police.

Omoyele Sowore, presidential aspirant under the newly formed African Action Congress (AAC) and publisher of Sahara Reporters, stormed the headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force with members of the #TakeItBack movement to demand the release of detained Premium Times reporter, Samuel Ogundipe.

In very high spirits, they sang, cheered, and respectfully aired their intent of taking Samuel back and ensuring he gets his freedom. They were resisted and teargassed by the police.

 

Undeterred, they stood their ground, stating that they won't leave until Samuel was released unconditionally.

The force's PRO, Jimoh Moshood, came out to address them and apologized for the acts of his colleagues. He said their message would be relayed to the Inspector General and he will ensure it reaches a logical end.

 

This isn't the first time Sowore will be leading protests and defending the defenseless and voiceless. He has a track record of championing fearless struggles for the common good.

 

His activism days started at the University of Lagos, where he was a student, at the young age of eighteen. He has led several protests and was a key part of the Abiola/Abacha struggles of the 90s.

 

Samuel Ogundipe has finally been released. All thanks to Omoyele Sowore, the #TakeItBack movement, and all Nigerians of good faith who joined and supported the movement from different parts of the globe.

 

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NSFDW 2018: Muse Couture, March Experience, Modhan, Jawahar Stitches to showcase at 6th edition

Jawahar Stitches to showcase at NSFDW 2018

Nigerian Student Fashion and Design Week organizers have announced the list of the talented and emerging designers who'll be on the runway this year.

Nigerian Student Fashion and
Design Week organizers have announced the list of the talented and emerging designers showcasing on the runway
this year.

The designers showcasing at the 6th edition include Muse Couture, March Experience, Modhan and Jawahar Stitches.

March Experience to showcase at NSFDW 2018

 

Anya March Michael’s love for change and creativity led a career in
fashion and his fashion house, March Experience was born. His
inspiration for the unending African story and music are top on the
list when creating a collection. He defines his collection as Afro-urban.

When asked how to change the opinions of Nigerians in diaspora who
believe ‘Made in Nigeria’ products lack quality and how that
perception can be changed, he shares, “Quality fabrics and
attention to detail would go a long way. Making sure every piece is
made sartorial
”.

Muse Couture to showcase at NSFDW 2018

 

Fatoyinbo Olumide Caleb launched Muse Couture because of his love
for fashion and how he could use it to express his feelings and
emotions of others. As an emerging designer, he sees Nigerian Student
Fashion & Design Week as a platform to introduce and showcase
his designs to the fashion industry. On his expectations from
NSFDW2018, “My expectations this year is that this edition is going to be
massive and it will also push me beyond my comfort zone
”.

For Muse
Couture, he draws inspiration from nature and personality; and also
defines his collection which he will showcase as “Royalty”.

Modhan to showcase at NSFDW 2018

 

Modhan fashion brand is definitely one to look out for because of
its unique crochet and yarn wears. Its founder Olakanye Modupe
describes the fashion house as “unique, creative, vintage and
different”.

Her biggest fear while starting out was if she would be
accepted, “I was scared people won't appreciate and value my kind
of fashion since it's made of Yarn. Plus, down pricing is another
problem. Most people believe handmade should be cheap irrespective
of the hours you used creating that piece
".

She draws her inspiration from everyday routine,
lifestyle, culture and even nature. On NSFDW being a competitive
platform for emerging designers to showcase their best collection,
how did she create her collection, “Through imagination,
inspiration from other designers or fine artists, sketching,
fashion shows
”.

Jawahar Stitches to showcase at NSFDW 2018

 

Jawahar Stitches was started due to a huge gap in the availability of a wide
range of fabrics and modest wears in Nigeria. Her biggest fear when
starting out was “getting the right market, lack of appreciation of
my products, financial stability and sustainability of the brand
”.

Her creativity is inspired by the desire to
wear and create classy and timeless pieces, that transcends a
certain purpose and place whilst preserving the modesty of a woman. Speaking on
AFWH/NSFDW Partnership and if given an opportunity to showcase in
Houston, “I believe I'll get the opportunity, just
being able to showcase presents the right impression, and the
international market can see first-hand that African fashion brands
have the know-how and have the ability to compete in the global
market
”.

Since its inception in 2013, Nigerian Student Fashion & Design Week has showcased over five hundred plus breakout fashion designers, and continues to lead the way in producing innovative, indigenous, and contemporary favorites on the runway.

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Moments that Matter

Moments That MatterThe best moments in our lives are always so evergreen in our hearts – they are hard to forget! If you have a bestie, you would agree that some of the most awesome moments are when y’all get up to some fun shenanigans. If you know, you know! LOLCool, Bahd and Goofy, are three very unusual besties who are here to tell you about the moments you can relate to in a very funny and interesting manner. They would leave you in stiches and gasping for breath.You can catch the lives and times of these three friends with different and sometimes opposing personalities and physical trait on ‘Moments That Matter’ – a mini web series coming soon. The unusual trio of these jolly good fellows are bonded not only by the spirit of true friendship but great moments and events in their lives.It’s fresh, it’s unique, and it promises to make you “aww” here and there in the most memorable way possible.‘Moments That Matter’ is definitely an upcoming series you don’t want to miss!The story is filled with comedy, drama and romance.New episodes of the series are released weekly.  That’s not all. Two lucky people also get the chance to win N5,000 every week for answering questions from the episode of the previous week. Who wouldn’t want to make some free cash?!Now, here’s HOW TO WIN: Follow/like us on all our social media pagesFacebook: www.facebook.com/HollandYoghurt1IG – @hollandiayoghurt Twitter – @hollandiayoghurt Youtube – momentsthatmatter2. Watch the series on our social media pages every Sunday.3. Answer the giveaway question by leaving a comment with your correct answer.4. Two winners of N5,000 would be selected at random from the comments on our pages every week.As simple as that!Remember to stand a chance of winning, you need to follow us on our social media pages. Good luck! Powered by Hollandia Yoghurt.The post Moments that Matter appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Finance: Seafood, Christmas lights, and bicycles — the everyday items set to get more expensive due to Chinese tariffs

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The Trump administration's proposed $200 billion in fresh tariffs on Chinese imports will force Americans to pay more for their products from the cradle to the grave, a wide range of American Businesses have said.

  • Trump is proposing new 25% tariffs on Chinese imports.
  • A hearing on the proposals starts in Washington on Monday.
  • The new tariffs "dramatically expand the harm to American consumers, workers, businesses, and the economy," the US Chamber of Commerce said in written testimony.
  • Furniture, lighting products, tires, chemicals, plastics, bicycles, cradles, and Chinese seafood are among the imports set to be hit by the new duties, Reuters reported.

The Trump administration's proposed $200 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports will force Americans to pay more for everything from cradles to seafood, businesses have warned.

Monday is the first session of a six-day hearing in Washington on the proposed 25% tariffs, which are part of the Trump administration and US Trade Representatives' efforts to put pressure on Beijing.

The US Chamber of Commerce, which represents a wide range of American Businesses, said in written testimony for the hearing that the new tariffs will "dramatically expand the harm to American consumers, workers, businesses, and the economy."

Past rounds of sanctions have mainly targeted Chinese industrial machinery and intermediate goods, but the proposed tariffs could affect thousands of consumer products by late September, Reuters reported. Furniture, lighting products, tires, chemicals, plastics, bicycles, cradles, car seats for babies, and Chinese seafood are all set to be hit by the new duties.

The Trump administration lacks a "coherent strategy" to address China’s theft of intellectual property and other harmful trade practices, the US Chamber of commerce said according to Reuters' report. It called for "serious discussions" with Beijing.

The USTR received over 1,400 written comments from businesses about the Trump administration's plan. Most businesses argued the tariffs will cause harm by raising costs on products and services.

The largest bicycle brand in the US, Huffy, said a 25% tariff poses a "serious threat to the company." It sells 4 million Chinese-made bikes per year.

"There is no other country in Asia or Europe that can provide the volume Huffy requires as China is the largest bicycle producer in the world," Bill Smith, the CEO of Huffy Corp, said in his submission.

Graco Children’s Products, which makes car seats for babies, said there would be an increase in customers buying second-hand items for their children.

"[The tariffs] will have a direct negative impact on our company, American parents, and most importantly the safety of American children."

Trump administration officials and their Chinese counterparts are expected to meet later this week in Washington to discuss their trade dispute.

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Imprisoned notorious contract killer boasts of his relationship after marrying a pretty model in jail

Russia's "most notorious hitman" has married a glamorous model and psychiatrist in prison.Alexey Sherstobitov, 51, is serving 23 years in a high security penal colony for a dozen murders, but this did not stop him from finding love and getting married. He got married to Marina Sosnenko in jail dressed as a 1920s gangster.Marina was the one who first contacted the serial killer after reading his autobiography, titled "Liquidator".   "I felt through pages of his book how many worries, sufferings and troubles he went through," Marina said. "I felt that I really wanted to support him and share his troubles.""I wrote him via internet at the end of October 2015. He answered. Our relations developed fast."  They married the following year, posing as a 1920s US prohibition gangster and a flapper in fancy dress. Since then, Sherstobitovn, who was formerly a member of Russia's interior ministry force, has been boasting of his extraordinary behind-bars relationship to a glamorous "model and psychiatrist."Sherstobitov still has 13 years to serve in his high-security facility in Lipetsk for conjugal visits – but despite claiming he is a reformed man who retrained as a plasterer and an author there is no sign of an early release. The post Imprisoned notorious contract killer boasts of his relationship after marrying a pretty model in jail appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Priyanka Chopra: Indian actress, Nick Jonas take engagement party to India

Pictures from Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas' engagement in India

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are taking family and God along on their blossoming love journey…

Newly-engaged couple, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas stopped by India for their engagement party and the resulting photos on Instagram are warming our hearts so nicely.

The traditional engagement party saw the American singer and parents  travelling all the way to Mumbai last Friday, August 17, where they met with the Indian actress’ parents before the ceremony.

By Saturday, 36-year-old Chopra posted a burst of photos of the whole group together, dressed traditionally, gathered for a roka ceremony that officially confirms her engagement to Nick, 25.

 

“The only way to do this. . . with Family and God. Thank you all for your wishes and blessings,” she wrote.

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She posted another dreamy photo for the gram, which shows her closely held in her beau’s embrace, subtly showing off her engagement ring, reportedly worth ₦72.3million.

“Taken.. With all my heart and soul…” she writes.

The roka ceremony is one of a number of pre-wedding events held to celebrate engaged couples in India. A source who knows the couple recently told E! News, “All of the plans are moving quickly and Priyanka and Nick do not want to have a long engagement.”

Priyanka and Nick’s engagement first became news in July, just two months after the couple started dating.

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