Serena Williams Welcomes Baby Girl

Tennis superstar Serena Williams, who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian gave birth to a baby girl on Friday, US media reported, prompting an outpouring of delight from fellow professionals, celebrities and fans of the sporting icon.

Williams, who will turn 36 later this month, was admitted to the St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday before going into labor overnight.

Her elder sister, Venus Williams described herself as “super excited” after being informed of the reports concerning the baby as she walked on to the court for her third-round match at the US Open in New York.

She reveived an avalanche of congratulations from well-wishers.

Pop goddess Beyonce took to Instagram to send her message, posting a portrait of a pregnant Williams in a flowing white gown with the message: “Congratulations Serena!”

Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou added on Twitter: “Congratulations @SerenaWilliams for your baby girl. I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion. Recover well & enjoy without limitation.”
US tennis legend Chris Evert meanwhile chimed: “I’m so thrilled for her. And what a role model she’s going to be for her daughter.”

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Universities Should Be Privatised–Ben Murray-Bruce

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has called for the privatisation of university education in Nigeria.
During his address at the 4th NIPR Stakeholders’ Conference with the theme, “Media, Communication and the Challenge of Quality Education for National Development”, held in Lagos on Tuesday August 29, 2017, Murray-Bruce said privatisation of universities in the country will help address the challenges of low capacity of institutions to admit young high school graduates in Nigeria. He said with over one million students writing UTME every year, very few were able to gain admission due to limited capacity of the institutions to take more students. He noted that most of the students always ended up schooling in neighboring countries’ such as Mali, Ghana, Cameroon and so on.
In a report by WorldStage Newsonline, the Senator stated that “the entire education sector should be privatised. Let government give scholarship to those that need it. Government has no business in running university.”
Speaking further on the need for privatisation of the university education, he said an institution such as the University of Lagos should be privatised for it to establish campuses in other part of the country to admit more young Nigerians who are seriously in need of quality university education.
He called on the media to stop running the nation down with fake stories which according to him, is not helping the image of the country.
He said Nigerian media must project the country positively to enhance its reputation outside the country.
“Almost every media organization has an agenda. For example, when something negative happens in Nigeria, CNN, BBC, RFI and SABC will cover it. But when something positive happens, they will either not cover it or they will cover it in such a way that you will hardly notice,” Senator Murray-Bruse stated.
The Chairman and Founder, Chrisland Group of Schools, High Chief Winifred Awosika who described education as the bedrock for any nation’s development said no nation paying lip service to quality education will survive in the 21st century.
The Chrisland boss said the level of education in the country was disheartened in spite of the advancement in technology all around the world. She identified inadequate funding, lack professional and quality educators, inadequate teaching facilities and remuneration and poor working conditions as some of the challenges facing the development of sector.
According to her, “I want to emphasize on the importance of quality assurance, where efforts must be made to ensure quality in every aspects: the environment, facilities, curriculum and manpower.”
She urged government to encourage owners of private schools by coming up with policies that can assist and not stifle them.

Charly Boy Calls For Alison Madueke’s Repatriation


Charly boy and his group marched down to EFCC head quarters to request for Alison Madueke’s repatriation. 
It should be recalled that he also led a #resumeorresign campaign when President Muhammad Buhari was in London for medical treatment. 
He emphatically stated that Nigeria n’s are no longer docile as people are becoming wise everyday.  He mentioned that the ill treatment of Alison Madueke is uncalled for and for this reason, she need to return to her country. 
Alison Madueke, former minster for petroleum who is battling with cancer and under a severe investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. 

Several of her properties have been seized and huge sum of money forfeited.

PHOTOS: Senator Dino Melaye rocks the beat at Nottinghill Carnival

Up rising music artiste, Senator Dino Melaye rocks his ‘Ajekun Iya’ song at the Nottinghill carnival. 

ADMISSION: IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO ALL 2017/2018 JAMB CANDIDATES


The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has fixed minimum cut off marks for Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.

The minimum cut off marks for admissions into universities in Nigeria was set for 120, polytechnics and colleges of education pegged at 100, while that of innovative enterprising institutes was pegged at 110.

Institutions are, however, at liberty to raise their cut off marks for admission above the minimum set by JAMB.

Also, admissions into public degree awarding institutions for the 2017 UTME examination will end on January 15, 2018 while for private institutions, it ends on January 31, 2018.

Decisions on first choice candidates by universities will end on October 15, and second choice candidates will end on December 15; after which the remaining students will be available in the market place for other institutions till the January closing dates.

The registrar, however, appealed to heads of institutions not to charge more than N2,000 for admissions’ processes.

RODENTS ARE KEEPING BUHARI AWAY FROM HIS OFFICE–PRESIDENCY


Abuja-President Muhammadu Buhari, who resumed duties on Monday after 103-days of medical vacation abroad, will operate from his official residence until his office is completly renovated, Presidency said Monday. 
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Shehu Garba, told THISDAY that the president’s office needed renovation because of its devastation by rodents during the president’s long period of absence. 
“Following the three months period of disuse, rodents have caused a lot of damage to the furniture and the air conditioning units,” he said, explaining that it was impossible for his boss to operate from the office in that condition. 
Garba, however, said this would not affect the effectiveness of Buhari’s work since the residence has an annex to the office, adding that the president had been carrying out his duties from home since he resumed. 
Saying he could not tell when the renovation would be completed, the presidential spokesperson stated that the maintenance company that was seen at work on Monday at the Presidential Villa by THISDAY had been asked to speed up its pace of work. 
The president’s decision to work from home got a nod from the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun, who said it was in order, explaining that the most important thing was that the president would do his job. 
“What is important is that the job gets done. Whether he does it from his bedroom, or his sitting room, or his ante room, it does not matter. Let the job be done. And the job will be done,” he said.

SEE FAKE BLIND BEGGAR WHO MAKES 8,000 DAILY

A fake beggar identified as  Abdullahi Abbas was apprehended in Ikorodu area of Lagos State yesterday.
 

Abdullahi, 37, who usually disguised as a visually impaired beggar, led by a 12-year-old boy (names withheld) begging for alms at First Gate and Odogunyan area of Ikorodu was captured. 

Unfortunately for the beggar and his accomplices, mother luck ran out on them as a curious female resident, Adeoye Baliks, engaged the pair in a conversation and discovered the ruse. Abdullahi and his aid were said to be well patronised in the axis until the Baliks raised the alarm. 
According to an eyewitness, both were said to have confessed they realised between N5,500 and N8,000 daily, depending on the patronage. It was learned that after several beatings, Abdulahi, an indigen of Oyo State confessed that he belonged to a team of beggars, who feigned visual impairment and operate in areas like Ikorodu, Oshodi, Iyana-ipaja and Abule-Egba. 
Another resident, simply identified as David Oyesile, said both were found with a bag containing an undisclosed amount of money and it was learned that a substance was usually rubbed on Abdulahi’s face as he uses a walking stick, led by the teenager. 
The scene attracted huge crowd, who almost took the law into their hands but all thanks for the timely arrival of a local vigilante team in Ikorodu, Onyabo Vigilante Group, who prevented a mob action and handed over the pair to Police at Sagamu Road Division.

SAUDI ARABIAN GOVERNMENT APOLOGISES TO NIGERIA GOVERNMENT

The Saudi Arabian government has apologized to the government and people of Nigeria over the brutalization of two Nasarawa State Pilgrims by Customs officials at Prince Muhammad Bn Abdulaziz Airport in Madinah on Wednesday. 
Audu Muhammad and Ibrahim Godi were said to have been brutalized by two customs officers shortly after their arrival from Abuja. 

According to the Secretary of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Bello Tambuwal, the two pilgrims were called aside by the Customs officers “after they had passed through all the necessary checks earlier and they became apprehensive and refused to follow the officials which led to their being brutalized”. 

Dr. Tambuwal said after they were mistreated, he personally took the two pilgrims to two different hospitals, one run by Nigeria’s National Medical Team and the other by the Saudi government. 

“The Saudi’s also offered to foot the medical bill of the two pilgrims,” he said. The Deputy Governor of Madinah, Wahid Asahin, on Monday visited the pilgrims’ Hotel, Riyad Al Zahra, in the Markaziya area of Madinah to personally convey the apologies of the Saudi Arabian authorities over the matter. 
Mr. Asahin described the incident as regrettable. Speaking through the Deputy Minister for Hajj Affairs, Mohammed Abdulrahman Al Bijawi, the deputy governor assured Nigerian officials that “such incidence will not occur again” adding that disciplinary measures were already being taken against two officials involved in the incident. 

The deputy governor visited the pilgrims in their hotel rooms and presented some gifts to them.

SON OF KATSINA STATE GOVERNOR’S S.A FOUND IN LAGOS, 3 YEARS AFTER GOING MISSING

Sulaiman,  the son of Hon. Binta Abba, the Special Adviser to the Kaduna State governor on Child Education, has been found, 3 years after he was declared missing at Area 11, Abuja. He was found by his uncle, today, in Lagos. 

His uncle, an EFCC official, stumbled upon him on the streets and recognized him. It was gathered that before his disappearance from home in 2014, sulaiman had speech difficulty, but now he is able to speak fluently. 
Admist the terrible occurrence in 2014, his mother was accused of using him for money ritual, because she’s a political status.

Rod of Correction Trained My Children-Pastor Bakare

In a recent interview granted by pastor Bakare of Later Rain Assembly where he disclose his style of fatherhood,  he said that he used the rod of correction to train his children. 

Can you recall your most memorable experience as a father?
The first day I held my first child in my hands after she was delivered; I will never forget. That was the first time I was holding my biological child in my hands – that is an unforgettable moment. That experience happened to me five times and each one remains a delight. There is nothing like being able to look in the eyes of a little child and see that you are holding in your hands a letter you are writing and sending to a future you may not see. Because, whether we like it or not, wherever these children go, they carry not just our DNA in them, but also our name. It requires also the responsibility not to derail them. These children look up to us (parents) as their hero because we are the first world they are encountering. This is why the greatest gift a father can give his daughter or his son is to love their mother.

What unique things did you do as a father?
If you mention changing diapers, I recall that I did that several times with joy. I remember that for my first daughter, my lower lip was her greatest pacifier. She refused to take the natural pacifier. But once I offered her my lip, she would lick and suck it. Up till today, she calls me her pacifier, but not my lip though. She is married. She only used my lip as pacifier when she was under one year.
How would you say fatherhood has changed you?
I think I grew into it, I learnt on the job. My father died when I was two plus but my mother poured herself into me. I was single-handedly raised by a widow and I was an only son between my father and mother. I learnt what it means to be a father and mother at the same time. Fatherhood is an awesome responsibility. Today, I joke with my children, I say a father is a banker produced by nature. He is a permanent automated teller machine, but I’m looking forward to them taking care of me in my old age, not now though. Honestly, there is nothing like a home where both parents know their duties, responsibilities and obligations towards their children. Children raised in a stable environment hardly mix with wrong crowd or become victims of peer pressure.
What would you have loved to do differently?
My first daughter told me a secret. She said when she was much younger, whenever I was about to say goodbye to her before embarking on a trip, she would pretend as if she was asleep. She kept wondering why I had to embark on international ministry –related trips all the time then. She felt I was always travelling. She held it against me for a while until a time came when they (she and her siblings) were in America and Britain for their education and they saw how bills were being paid promptly. I had stored up and set aside enough resources for them over the years. They then realised that it was hard work I was doing for their future. But back to your question, if I had my way, I would reduce my trips, which I’ve done considerably now and stay more with my family because one must never succeed in ministry at the expense of one’s family. I thank God that I realised that early; not losing one’s family and gaining the whole world.
Some African fathers prefer the boy child to the girl child. What is your view on this?
My wife would answer that question. I wanted all my five children to be girls. I see how female children take care of their father. When my wife was pregnant with our first child, I told her the Lord revealed to me we would have five children. God answered my prayer twice and answered her prayer thrice. She won. She has three boys and I have two girls.
You mean you wanted all your children to be female?
Yes, to be honest with you, I did.
Are you the type of father that influences his children’s career choices?
I didn’t influence their careers; I created an enabling environment for them. I never dictated to them what to study. We (my wife and I) ensured that we created an enabling environment, gave them the exposure they needed, took them to the best schools within and outside the country. Based on their patterns, they each chose the course they wanted to study.
My first daughter is a pan Africanist; she attended Emory University where she studied political science. She also attended the School of Oriental and African Studies, she majored in African history. She wants to be a lecturer and professor.  My second daughter is an interior architect; she has a master’s degree in interior architecture. My first son is a communications director, while my second son is an information technology guru, he also studied in London. My last child who just graduated studied political studies.
Are any of your children following in your footsteps in ministry?
My first son is the media director for the Latter Rain Assembly. He is one of the people responsible for all we do in the media.
Would you have loved your children to be pastors?
They will all serve God in different ways; we don’t all have to be pastors. No one compelled me to do what I’m doing, God called me.  I won’t force them into it.
How do you balance being a father, pastor and political figure?
God’s grace is sufficient to do everything he has called you to do. I thank God for grace to do all I’m doing. My children know that once I enter the house that is home moment, family moment – a time I don’t joke with. Everything I’ve done in life has involved my children. I have never done anything that they are not part of. They always know the reason for which I do whatever I do. If what I’m doing is not good for my children, I don’t do it.
While your children were growing, were you strict on how you gave them money?
I was extremely conservative; I was raised to have value for money. My children don’t have an entitlement mentality. They know one has to work hard to succeed in life.
Can you remember the lowest money you gave any of them?
I can give you a clear example. My daughter was in final year in secondary school. She did so well in her studies and was excited about her graduation party. She told me she needed a pair of shoes, bag and gown. I asked her how much she would need to purchase the items; I think she said N50,000 or so. I told her she deserved more than that. I told her to come take N100,000. I put it on the table, she took it and said, ‘thank you daddy.’ As she was about to step out, I asked her to return the money. I told her she should wear what she had at home. I explained to her that she had nice clothes and shoes and that if she started to buy clothes and shoes for every occasion, she would ruin herself in future. Today, that lesson has become an asset to her. My children never spend money anyhow.
How do you discipline your children?
First and foremost, I correct them verbally. If they repeat the same thing a second time, they are corrected with a rod of correction not a rod of vexation. I don’t slap them. My wife has two canes by her bed side called rods of correction – a long and short one. When a child misbehaves, he or she will say how many strokes of cane he or she should receive. After the child is flogged, he or she says thank you sir and ma. I have never slapped my children. The Bible talks about rod of correction.
How tough was the task of raising children?
I am grateful to two women who made the task easy, my wife who turned her back on her banking career to stay with our kids and the second person is my mother. She ensured her values were communicated to them. God helped us. It is a miracle to raise a proper child because of peer pressure. A child you do not train properly will sell the houses you are building. Fatherhood is an awesome responsibility. If you can’t raise a child; don’t bring them into the world. And the responsibility of training children shouldn’t be passed to mothers. Fathers should train their children.  The role a father plays in the life of a child is different from a mother’s role. I’m pained when I see homes without fathers.
Do you help your wife with house chores?
We have cooks and stewards to assist. But when we were much younger, I used to assist her with chores. I got into the bathroom one day and saw that she had soaked her underwear waiting for me to finish having my bath. Before she got into the bathroom, I washed everything for her. If she can help me with mine, why shouldn’t I help with hers?
How do you spoil her?                     
After I proposed to my wife, another man was also interested in her. One day, I went to her house on foot while the other man drove to her house in a Mercedes Benz, but she still chose me. On one of my trips to Germany, I bought her a Mercedes Benz. I personalised the number plate for her and presented it to her. I told her I appreciated her accepting me when I had no car.
You have been married for a long time. What is the secret of a successful marriage?
To be honest with you, I have not been married for a long time. Our marriage is only 33 years, it is short. I married my wife when I was 30. I told her I would be with her for 60 years and then leave the planet and tell her to continue (smiles). But the secret to having a successful marriage is mutual respect, trustful give and take and understanding of each other’s needs. Marriage is not man’s idea. It is God’s idea.

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