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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Colonialism was grave mistake - President Emmanuel Macron

President Emmanuel Macron of France on Saturday December 20, declared that colonialism was a "grave mistake" and a "serious fault" made by the French Republic.

The French President who spoke during a visit to Ivory Coast, a former French colony in West Africa said he hopes "a new page" of the story could be written.

Macron said;

"Too often, France is perceived as taking a supremacy stance and to dress itself in the rags of colonialism, which has been a grave mistake, a serious fault of the Republic"

This is however not the first time the French President will be expressing his views about colonialism. During his election campaign for presidency, Macron created a storm by calling France’s colonisation of Algeria a “crime against humanity”.

I’ll love to experience what true marriage feels like – Uche Ogbodo

Uche Ogbodo shared her wish of experiencing what true marriage feels like in a new interview she granted.

The Nollywood actress who debunked claim of ever being married in the interview with New Telegraph, disclosed that she will love to have a complete family with a man she loves wholeheartedly and also have more children.

Uche Ogbodo said;

I have never been married and I will love to experience what true marriage feels like. I would love to have a complete f a m i l y with a m a n I love wholeheartedly. And have more Children. I will love to have two more children by God’s grace. I already have one as a Single Mum. If it pleases God I want two more with a man who loves me.

On her nude birthday photoshoot which sparked off mixed reactions on social media, the actress;

I have been in this entertainment industry for over a decade, and if you follow my brand you will see that I am not one to do what others do. I am in my own lane. I set my own trends, from my hair to my appearance, to my Personality. I can never copy anyone. People copy me. I set trends and they follow. I don’t follow trends.

So it’s absurd to say I did my nude photo shoot because others did it. Please go back and check the dates, you will see I gave the others mind to feel comfortable in their bodies.

I did it first and they followed suit. My brand is about strength and courage, will power to be yourself and express yourself freely, especially women who are insecure about themselves due to fear the society has infringed in them. I give hope to the hopeless and a voice to the Mute! Speak your truth! It is after all your truth

How Ajimobi awarded dubious contracts and padded the state budget – Governor Seyi Makinde

Governor Oluseyi Makinde of Oyo State on December 21, 2019 painted a picture of the alleged corrupt practices that characterised the administration of his predecessor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in the management of the affairs of the state.

Makinde alleged that the era of the immediate past administration was characterised by corruption, budget padding, mismanagement of funds, kickback syndrome, inflation of contracts’ fees, lop-sidedness in projects management, award of contracts only to their cronies and re-awarding of projects at double price, among others.

He made this sttement on a live programme of the Oyo State Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State tagged ‘Live chat with GSM, a quarterly session with the Oyo State Governor’. He said;

“If I should talk about the finances of Oyo State as at the time we came on board, some people will not be able to walk on the streets. Up till date, we have not bought vehicles for the office holders. If we are to buy official vehicles for myself and other office holders, we will not spend less than N3 billion and we cannot afford that now. Up till today, I am still using my personal cars in office.

“Our priority is to the people. We prioritise what we can do to the people who gave the opportunity to serve them over ourselves. We don’t want to serve ourselves. On May 6, 2019, three weeks to take over, the last administration withdrew N5.2 billion and spent it to remain N19, 000 by May 29. Soon, those involve will have to explain how they spent the money on the people.

“When I resumed, I was scared. The government was running 67 banks accounts. So I asked for all the balances of the accounts. A particular account has N300 million, and another has N20 million. I asked the accountant general to prune the accounts down and put all the money in one account and which came to about N6 billion.”

“When we assumed office, some people came to me and said that this is how they shared money. I said don’t share the money to me. Let us use it to better the lives of the people of the state. IGR has gone up a bit because we have blocked loopholes. Let me also reveal this. We did not spend government money on those Christmas decorations that you see everywhere. Normally, at the end of the year, people and corporate organisations give gifts to the governor.

“So, when they came, I called my people and told them that these gifts should be channelled towards beautifying the state instead. So, we used the gifts to do those Christmas decorations that you are seeing. If we continue to be prudent, all will be well and things will go round. It is because we cut off the wastage, that is why we are able to do some of the things are doing”.

For first time in 200 years, there'll be no Christmas mass at Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral

French officials have confirmed that Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris will miss its first Christmas mass since 1803 as workers continue to repair and rebuild the landmark eight months after a devastating fire.

The cathedral’s press office said midnight mass would still be celebrated on Christmas Eve by rector Patrick Chauvet but it would be held at the nearby church of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois.

Notre-Dame, part of a UNESCO world heritage site on the banks of the River Seine, was ravaged by the April 15 blaze losing its gothic spire, roof and many precious artefacts.

The building had remained open for Christmas through two centuries of often tumultuous history including the Nazi occupation in World War II being forced to close only during the anti-Catholic revolutionary period in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

President Emmanuel Macron has set a timetable of five years to completely repair the eight-centuries-old structure, which remains shrouded in scaffolding with a vast crane looming over it.

Paris prosecutors suspect criminal negligence and opened an investigation in June, suggesting a stray cigarette butt or an electrical fault could have caused the fire. The culture ministry said in October that nearly one billion euros ($1.1 billion) had been pledged or raised for the reconstruction.

Actress Jemima Osunde tackled over her comment about a man that 'aggressively toasted' her in February but got engaged in December

Actress Jemima Osunde ignited the wrath of some social media users over her comment about a man that 'aggresively toasted' (asked her out) in February but got engaged in December.

The actress had two reasons for the engagement in the now-deleted tweet she shared. According to Jemima, it's either the man thought it could have been her or was playing games.

Read her tweet below;

Jemima however got tackled by some Twitter users who pointed out that a lot could happen in 10 months. See some tweets below;

Nigerian boxer Efe Ajagba knocks out Kiladze in 5th round (videos)

Efe Ajagba, a 2016 Nigerian Olympian now has a 12-fight winning run with 10 knockouts after defeating his opponent Iago Kiladze at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California on Saturday, December 21.

The Georgian and Ukrainian professional boxer was knocked out twice in the fight; first in the second round and in the fifth round.

Though the 25-year-old Nigerian heavyweight prospect was dropped by 33-year-old Kiladze in the third round, he got it back together and re-took control in round four before dropping Kiladze again in the fifth with a vicious right hand.


Efe Ajagba lands a HUGE right hand that drops Iago Kiladze, but the Georgian gets back up and survives Round 2. #HarrisonCharlo2— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) December 22, 2019

Though the stubborn Kiladze refused to stay down, his corner called for a halt to the fight after Ajagba closed in on him again.

The year and rise of the African Prize Fighter Continue's. Efe Ajagba is now 12-0 after getting the TKO vs. Kiladze in Round 5. #PBConFOX #CharloHarrison2— ?i6 (@Kingi6ix) December 22, 2019
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