APC Ebonyi Resumes Fight … After Truce to Welcome Buhari … Wants Umahi Join Party

The warring factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ebonyi State chapter have failed to reconcile their two years leadership
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APC Ebonyi  Resumes Fight … After Truce to Welcome Buhari … Wants Umahi Join Party

FETHA CMD, TWO Others Abducted … Doctors Protest to Govt House

Gunmen on Wednesday, kidnapped the Chief Medical Director of Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki(FETHA), Ebonyi state, Dr. Emeka Onwe Ogah, the
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FETHA CMD, TWO Others Abducted … Doctors Protest to Govt House

Challenges, Expectations of 2018 Budget

Regrettably, Nigeria’s fiscal plans, are not endorsed until well into each accounting year. With up to 4 months delay in
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Challenges, Expectations of 2018 Budget

Police unmask masterminds of Ozubulu Church killings

Prince Charles Obi and Dickson Nwaoji have been named as masterminds of the early morning attack on St. Philip Catholic
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Police unmask masterminds of Ozubulu Church killings

New York Suspect Says IS Inspired Attack, Killings ‘Felt Good’ …‘We Must Not Allow ISIS to Return to US’ – Trump

  The Uzbek immigrant behind New York’s worst attack in 16 years confessed to acting in the name of the Islamic
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New York Suspect Says IS Inspired Attack, Killings ‘Felt Good’  …‘We Must Not Allow ISIS to Return to US’ – Trump

North Korea slams ‘incurably mentally deranged’ Trump … even as 200 died in nuclear test site accident

  North Korea slammed US President Donald Trump as “incurably mentally deranged” in a personal attack ahead of his first visit
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North Korea slams ‘incurably mentally deranged’ Trump  … even as 200 died in nuclear test site accident

How P-Square will come back

Peter Okoye aka Mr P has revealed the only reason that will bring erstwhile music group P-Square together. (more…)
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How P-Square will come back

Anthony Joshua retains world heavyweight titles … amidst controversy

Anthony Joshua maintained his 100 per cent knockout ratio by stopping a bloodied Carlos Takam in the tenth round on
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Anthony Joshua retains world heavyweight titles  … amidst controversy

Moses, Ekong make African Player of the Year shortlist

Super Eagles’ duo of Victor Moses and William Troost-Ekong have been nominated alongside 28 others for the   2017 African Footballer
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Moses, Ekong make African Player of the Year shortlist

Grazing Bill, Plot To Colonise South-East, says MASSOB

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has described the National Grazing Reserve Bill as a
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Grazing Bill, Plot To Colonise South-East, says MASSOB

Biafra Zionists Blast Gowon, Reveal Ojukwu’s Mistake

The Biafra Zionists Federation, BZF, on Monday, tackled former Nigeria head of state, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, (rtd.) over his claims
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Biafra Zionists Blast Gowon, Reveal Ojukwu’s Mistake

IPOB Tells Igbos What To Do On Anambra Election Day

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has advised its members in Anambra State not to go out between 6pm November
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IPOB Tells Igbos What To Do On Anambra Election Day

Pope talks meaning of life in call with Space Station astronauts

Pope Francis conversed with astronauts orbiting earth on the International Space Station on Thursday, discussing questions as diverse as man’s
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Pope talks meaning of life in call with Space Station astronauts

Create Your Own Joy

Who decides whether you shall be joyful or not? The answer is; you do. In life, you are left with
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Create Your Own Joy

Averting Road Accidents in the ‘Ember Months’

For as long as can be remembered, the end of every year is believed to be synonymous with increased crime
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Averting Road Accidents in the ‘Ember Months’

Saints only Allowed God Touch their Imperfection – Pope Francis … Says In the Eucharist We Receive The Grace To Love

  Pope Francis marked All Saints' Day Wednesday saying the saints are honored not because they were perfect or did everything
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Saints only Allowed God Touch their Imperfection – Pope Francis  … Says In the Eucharist We Receive The Grace To Love

Tricyclist Defiles Primary 2 Pupil

  A 6-year-old minor Mbam (first name withheld by us), a primary 2 pupil of Mgbaabor Primary School in Ebonyi Local
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Tricyclist Defiles Primary 2 Pupil

Balfour Declaration: 100 Years of No Peace in the Middle East – The Jews in Europe

  Jews, originally Judean Israelites tribe from the Levant in western Asia, migrated to Europe just before the rise of the
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Balfour Declaration: 100 Years of No Peace in the Middle East – The Jews in Europe

The Many Worries Of Our Next President

  Not everyone has ever occupied a leadership position before. It is technically not possible, because followership make up the bulk,
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The Many Worries Of Our Next President

Street Light Cable Claims Widow’s Life In Abakaliki …Nora Aloh offers scholarship to first daughter

  Joy of three children of one Mrs. Joy Oluchi Osuchukwu, a widow and resident of No 2 Ndizuogu Street, behind
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Street Light Cable Claims Widow’s Life In Abakaliki  …Nora Aloh offers scholarship to first daughter

Community Bans Female Genital Mutilation

The traditional ruler of Ukwagba autonomous community in Ohaukwu LGA of Ebonyi State, HRH Ezeogo Frederick OgeOme, the town union
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Community Bans Female Genital Mutilation

Ebonyi High Population a Disaster by 2050-HP+

As Ebonyi state is acclaimed the highest in Fertility rate among the states in south east, there is fear that
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Ebonyi High Population a Disaster by 2050-HP+

Mastermind of Catholic Priest Kidnap Apprehended …As Another Priest, others Escape Death

  A 36 years old man, one Ngamgbo Eze, who allegedly masterminded the kidnap of a Roman Catholic Priest on the
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Mastermind of Catholic Priest Kidnap Apprehended  …As Another Priest, others Escape Death

Rep Member Laments Increase In Hate Speech In The Country

Members of correspondent chapel under the Nigeria Union of Journalists Ebonyi State council last week observed their press week. (more…)
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Rep Member Laments Increase In Hate Speech In The Country

Four Suspects Escape Police Cell

4 suspects including Mr. Ogonna Alioke aka " pilot" who was among the deadly kidnap gang that kidnapped and killed
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Four Suspects Escape Police Cell

Agbaja Youths Seal House At Abakaliki

  Some angry looking youths of Agbaja Community in Abakaliki capital city on Monday morning 30th October, 2017 stormed one compound
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Agbaja Youths Seal House At Abakaliki

Visually impaired persons celebrate world blind day in abakaliki. …Honour Ngozi Obichukwu as Patroness

  Penultimate weekend, the people living with visual impairment under the auspices of Nigeria Association of the Blind, Ebonyi State Chapter
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Visually impaired persons celebrate world blind day in abakaliki.  …Honour Ngozi Obichukwu as Patroness

FIFA Player of the Year: Messi blames 5 people for award miss

Barcelona star striker, Lionel Messi reportedly blames five people for Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo winning the FIFA Player of
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FIFA Player of the Year: Messi blames 5 people for award miss

Anambra Elections and Biafra Referendum

Events in Catalonia and Kurdistan seem to have pointed the way forward for many secessionist groups of the world who
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Anambra Elections and Biafra Referendum

How Kidnapped Priest Regained Freedom … Another Abducted in Edo  …PPRO makes case for priests

  A Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Timothy Nwanja who was kidnapped by unidentified gun men in his parish at St. Mary’s
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How Kidnapped Priest Regained Freedom  … Another Abducted in Edo   …PPRO makes case for priests

Bank Customer Floors UBA in Court

  A high court sitting in Abakaliki presided over by Justice John Igboji n has vindicated a bank customer and made
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Bank Customer Floors UBA in Court

 Man, 42 Impregnates Primary Five Pupil

  A 42-year-old married man known as James Aleke has been accused of raping and impregnating a primary (5) five pupil
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 Man, 42 Impregnates Primary Five Pupil

2017 Mental Health Day: What every Employer and Employee must know.

In commemoration of 2017 World Mental Health Day, themed 'Mental Health at the Work Place', we would discuss/few things you
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2017 Mental Health Day: What every Employer and Employee must know.

Women, Babies’ Death Caused By Malaria in Pregnancy, Says Jhpiego

  A global medical team known as Jhpiego has disclosed that malaria in pregnancy is responsible for 10,000 women and 100,000
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Women, Babies’ Death Caused By Malaria in Pregnancy, Says Jhpiego

Agonies of freedom – Guam Island: Good To Fight, Not To Vote

The history of Guam involves phases, including the early arrival of people known today as the ancient Chamorro, the Spanish
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Agonies of freedom   –  Guam Island: Good To Fight, Not To Vote

Boosting Your Self-Confidence; By Ugochukwu Jacinta

  The biggest factor in determining your level of success is often your self-confidence. Self-confidence is extremely important in almost every
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Boosting Your Self-Confidence;  By Ugochukwu Jacinta

Recession, Revenue Diversification and the Nigerian Economy

Since the return of democratic governance, successive administrations have formulated economic policies on how to diversity the nation’s economy.
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Recession, Revenue Diversification and the Nigerian Economy

Two killed, Six Injured as Cameroon attacks Cross-River Community

At least six persons were injured and property destroyed following a clash between residents of Danere community of Boki Local
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Two killed, Six Injured as Cameroon attacks Cross-River Community

Citizens Grumble, as Potholes Take over Calabar Roads

Residents and motorists in Calabar Metropolis, Cross River State, have complained about the growing potholes, causing traffic jams and loss
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Citizens Grumble, as Potholes Take over Calabar Roads

Spain Threatens Catalan Separatists as Deadline Looms

Spain said Wednesday it would take the unprecedented step of seeking to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy if the region’s leader does
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Spain Threatens Catalan Separatists as Deadline Looms

China’s Xi Set to Enhance Powers at Communist Congress

China’s Communist Party opens a twice-a-decade congress on Wednesday for a leadership reshuffle expected to enhance President Xi Jinping’s already
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China’s Xi Set to Enhance Powers at Communist Congress

CHAN 2018: Eagles Group Opponents to Emerge Nov. 17

The home based Super Eagles team will know their opponents for the 2018 African Nations Championship on November 17 when
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CHAN 2018: Eagles Group Opponents to Emerge Nov. 17

FIBA Africa Zone 3 qualifiers suffer set back

FIBA Africa Zone 3 yesterday shifted the date for the Zone’s Champions Cup Qualifiers for Men  initially scheduled from 20th
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FIBA Africa Zone 3 qualifiers suffer set back

Why Super Eagles Must Win World Cup

President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad is hopeful that Nigeria makes history in next year’s FIFA
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Why Super Eagles Must Win World Cup

Felaboration 2017: Wizkid, Lagbaja, Ayuba, others dazzle at grand finale

The annual felabration music festival which celebrates the life and times of the late Afro-beat maestro, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, came to
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Felaboration 2017: Wizkid, Lagbaja, Ayuba, others dazzle at grand finale

Police has declared Davido free —Lawyer …Says ‘He is innocent’

  Following the recent turn out of events which almost ruined the reputation of young Nigerian pop star, Davido, his legal
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Police has declared Davido free —Lawyer  …Says ‘He is innocent’

Biafra: Igbo Governors Must Also Go; By SKC Ogbonnia

These Igbo governors, all of whom are the ground goons of Nigeria’s corrupt oligarchy, have been exploiting the Biafran crisis
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Biafra: Igbo Governors Must Also Go;  By SKC Ogbonnia

What will happen to IPOB members – Nigerian Army

Following the conclusion of Operation Python Dance II in the South East, the Nigerian Army has revealed that it would
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What will happen to IPOB members – Nigerian Army

Ozekhome Reveals What Complicated Nnamdi Kanu’s Case

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike Ozekhome, has said the invasion of the home of the leader of the
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Ozekhome Reveals What Complicated Nnamdi Kanu’s Case

Fani-Kayode reveals how Nnamdi Kanu can appear in court

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has stated that the only way the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra
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Fani-Kayode reveals how Nnamdi Kanu can appear in court

Buhari Approves Payment of Pension To Pardoned Retired Biafra Police Personnel

President Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday, approved the payment of pension for police officers who were granted presidential pardon in 2000 after
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Buhari Approves Payment of Pension To Pardoned Retired Biafra Police Personnel

Pope Francis Prays for Victims in Somalia and California

On Wednesday, Pope Francis offered prayers for the more than 300 victims of a terrorist bombing in the African country
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Pope Francis Prays for Victims in Somalia and California

Pope Francis on Why He Gives Interviews

In a preface to a new book of interviews, Pope Francis outlined his approach to speaking with journalists, explaining that
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Pope Francis on Why He Gives Interviews

Why God Keeps Inviting Us To Heavenly Banquet – Pope … Says You Can’t Spread God’s Love from an Armchair

On Sunday, Pope Francis canonized 35 new saints in the Catholic Church, saying that no matter how often we reject
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Why God Keeps Inviting Us To Heavenly Banquet – Pope  … Says You Can’t Spread God’s Love from an Armchair

Social Function Thief Apprehended

  A yet to be identified young suspect alleged to be a specialist in stealing people’s belongings at social events was
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Social Function Thief Apprehended

GIVE TO CAESAR WHAT IS CAESAR’S AND TO GOD WHAT IS GOD’S – REFLECTION FOR WORLD MISSION (29TH SUNDAY YEAR A) WITH FR. ANACLETUS (October 22nd, 2017)   

Last Sunday we were admonished to wear the wedding garment. I was with full expectations that very many of us
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GIVE TO CAESAR WHAT IS CAESAR’S AND TO GOD WHAT IS GOD’S – REFLECTION FOR WORLD MISSION (29TH SUNDAY YEAR A) WITH FR. ANACLETUS (October 22nd, 2017)   

DOES YOUR PROPERTY MANAGER KNOW THE MEANING OF OUTGOINGS? (Contd from last week)

Property rates are statutory payments to the local government for services and basic infrastructure they provide and maintain. (more…)
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DOES YOUR PROPERTY MANAGER KNOW THE MEANING OF OUTGOINGS? (Contd from last week)

Nigerian Governors Forum to set-up women Wing

The Nigerian Governors Forum said the Issue of Constitution Amendment, they would soon harmonise their inputs, especially areas that were
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Nigerian Governors Forum to set-up women Wing

Our Visit Should Not Be Misconstrued ….Suleman

  The House of Representatives has said that its oversight visits to federal government-owned higher institutions in the country were not
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Our Visit Should Not Be Misconstrued ….Suleman

Weekly Premier League Fixtures

All times CAT (SA, GMT+2) (more…)
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Weekly Premier League Fixtures

HEAVENLY BANQUET AND OUR MEAL TICKET! (28th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A )

When top women politicians and women of worth are to gather for a feast you hear things like; ‘uniform colour
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Remember the titans (3): Oskar Shindler – Who Is My Neighbour

  "The times are bad. Very well you are there to make them better' - Thomas Carlyle In 1972, during a visit
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Remember the titans (3): Oskar Shindler – Who Is My Neighbour

NIA, ECOWAS and Nigeria’s National Interest

No other government agency or department is more privy to the handling foreign counter-intelligence matters like the National Intelligence Agency
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NIA, ECOWAS and Nigeria’s National Interest

Christians, Muslims Won’t Win Religious War in Nigeria – Bishop Onaiyekan

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan has said there would be no victor between Christians and Muslims if
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Christians, Muslims Won’t Win Religious War in Nigeria – Bishop Onaiyekan

Fashanu Educates Super Eagles for Russia …NSA commends team, calls for early preparation for Mundial

  Former Wimbledon striker, John Fashanu, believes no group will come easy for Nigeria’s Super Eagles when the draw for the
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Fashanu Educates Super Eagles for Russia  …NSA commends team, calls for early preparation for Mundial

Lagos musician, Davido quizzed for murder

The Lagos State Police Command Wednesday, arrested hip-hop artist, David Adekeke alias Davido over the death of one Tagbo. (more…)
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Lagos musician, Davido quizzed for murder

When it comes to my profession, I am Daring – Neema Godwin

When it comes to interpreting roles, actress, model and ex-beauty queen, Neema Godwin is bold and daring. For the former
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When it comes to my profession, I am Daring – Neema Godwin

ECOWAS, AU score Liberia elections high

The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Liberia on Wednesday said the country’s general elections held on Tuesday were on the
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ECOWAS, AU score Liberia elections high

Spain Marks National Day With Show Of Unity in Catalan Crisis

Spain marked its national day Thursday with a show of unity in the face of Catalan independence efforts, a day
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Spain Marks National Day With Show Of Unity in Catalan Crisis

EBSU Students Call For Security Beef- Up

After their horrific experience with armed men at the midnight of Wednesday October 4th 2017, students of Ebonyi State University
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EBSU Students Call For Security Beef- Up

Education Sector In Ebonyi State: Only The Best Is Good Enough!

In his book entitled My Odyssey, An Autobiography, Nnamdi Azikiwe noted: “There is plenty of room at the top. There
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Education Sector In Ebonyi State: Only The Best Is Good Enough!

Does your property manager know the meaning of outgoings?

I have chosen to write on this subject this week because the topic OUTGOINGS was delivered in our weekly training
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Does your property manager know the meaning of outgoings?

Agonies of Freedom Russia and her Neighbours 11 the Invasion of Afghanistan

  In 1885, Russian forces seized the disputed Oasis at Punjdeh South of the Oxus River from Afghan forces, which became
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Agonies of Freedom Russia and her Neighbours 11 the Invasion of Afghanistan

Deputy Governor Calls for Synergy between Govt, Private Schools…NAPPS Bemoan Alleged Intimidation by ACTDB

The Deputy Governor of Ebonyi state Barr Eric Igwe has called for synergy between government and private schools to ensure
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Deputy Governor Calls for Synergy between Govt, Private Schools…NAPPS Bemoan Alleged Intimidation by ACTDB

Stakeholders Call For Fortification Of Food With Micronutrients To Stem Hidden Hunger

Stakeholders in the Agriculture and Health sectors of the Nigerian economy yesterday canvassed for the fortification of micronutrients in staple
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Stakeholders Call For Fortification Of Food With Micronutrients To Stem Hidden Hunger

Containing Money Pox Outbreak

When there was an outbreak of the much-dreaded Ebola virus in Nigeria in 2014, many Nigerians as well as members
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Containing Money Pox Outbreak

Bishop Okoro @ SASCO …Inaugurates her 60th Academic Year …Invests 54 spiritual year seminarians

  Monday, 9th October, 2017 was a colourful and remarkable day to those in St. Augustine Minor Seminary, Ezzamgbo, Abakaliki, Ebonyi
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Bishop Okoro @ SASCO  …Inaugurates her 60th Academic Year  …Invests 54 spiritual year seminarians

Ibeto Cement: We Are Still Waiting

Don’t mind me oh please. I actually know the enormity of the work needed to be put in place by
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Ibeto Cement: We Are Still Waiting

COMMON MISTAKES SINGLES MAKE IN RELATIONSHIP, DATING AND CHOICE OF MARRIAGE

Jane: I wish I were a man! Tony: Why? Jane: Men have unique opportunities that women do not have especially as it
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COMMON MISTAKES SINGLES MAKE IN RELATIONSHIP, DATING AND CHOICE OF MARRIAGE

MASSOB Allegedly condemns the Army medical outreach.

There were rumours round the South East and some states in the south South  on Wednesday  that the Army was
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MASSOB Allegedly condemns the Army medical outreach.

For Fear of Death, Children Flee from school

Following the widespread rumours that some persons were going round public and private schools in Ebonyi state vaccinating pupils against
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For Fear of Death, Children Flee from school

Anambra Polls: IPOB Not A Threat— CP

The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garba Umar, has reassured residents of the state of the command’s readiness to
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Anambra Polls: IPOB Not A Threat— CP

Why Ohanaeze supports IPOB’s ban—Nwodo …Says action of govs saved lives on Igbo youths, doused tension …Inaugurates Abia chapters of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

ThePresident-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has said that the apex Igbo socio-cultural body supported the decision of
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Why Ohanaeze supports IPOB’s ban—Nwodo  …Says action of govs saved lives on Igbo youths, doused tension  …Inaugurates Abia chapters of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

You Can’t Stop Biafra, MASSOB tells Buhari, Army

The Movement for the Actualisation of a Sovereign State of Biafra has condemned a fresh military invasion of the home
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You Can’t Stop Biafra, MASSOB tells Buhari, Army

Our Grouse with Ohanaeze Leader, Nwodo — IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has picked holes in the comments of President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo,
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Our Grouse with Ohanaeze Leader, Nwodo — IPOB

Biafra: FG writes US, UK, others, insists Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB a terrorist organisation

Nigerian Government has formally informed the governments of the United States, US, United Kingdom, UK, and other foreign countries of
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Biafra: FG writes US, UK, others, insists Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB a terrorist organisation

Igbo Political Contractors Trying To Kill Biafran Agitation —IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra on Monday accused those it called Igbo political contractors of trying to strangulate the Biafra
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Igbo Political Contractors Trying To Kill Biafran Agitation —IPOB

Pope Francis: Death Penalty Is Contrary to the Gospel

In an Oct. 11 speech to members of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Pope Francis
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Pope Francis: Death Penalty Is Contrary to the Gospel

Pope: Christians Are Never Bored – They Persevere With Love

On Wednesday Pope Francis said Christians are never bored or hopeless, but know how to wait patiently – even when
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Pope: Christians Are Never Bored – They Persevere With Love

For Global ‘Peripheries,’ Poverty Can Lead To Online Exploitation – African, Asian Church Leaders

While the challenge of protecting children online is one faced throughout the world, Church leaders from Asia and Africa said
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For Global ‘Peripheries,’ Poverty Can Lead To Online Exploitation – African, Asian Church Leaders

‘Novelty’ of Christianity Is Love, Not Revenge, Pope Francis says … Dedicates October To Praying For the Unemployed … Meets German President on Migration, Reformation

  On Sunday Pope Francis said the new and unique perspective offered by Christianity is an attitude of love, rather than
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‘Novelty’ of Christianity Is Love, Not Revenge, Pope Francis says  … Dedicates October To Praying For the Unemployed  … Meets German President on Migration, Reformation

One Hundred Years Later, Fatima Still Offers Potent Messages

Although the Fatima apparitions occurred 100 years ago, the Vatican’s resident Fatima expert has said they contain a message that
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One Hundred Years Later, Fatima Still Offers Potent Messages

Amid Fresh Unrest, All Iraqis Must Work For Unity, Pope Says

As the Chaldean Catholic Church begins their annual synod, Pope Francis kicked the meeting off by telling leaders of the
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Amid Fresh Unrest, All Iraqis Must Work For Unity, Pope Says

The case for Igbo presidency

  I am an Igbo man and I believe in one Nigeria. I love my ethnicity and I love my country.
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The case for Igbo presidency

Libya, Six Years after Gadhafi

Gadhafi was born to Abu Meniar and Aisha in an inconsequential tribal family of al-Qadhadhfa on 7th June, 1942. Much of
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Libya, Six Years after Gadhafi

Russia 2018 World Cup : We respect Zambia, but we’ll grab ticket –Mikel

Ahead of the all important Nigeria, Zambia FIFA World Cup qualifier billed for the Nest of Champions in Uyo, Super
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Russia 2018 World Cup : We respect Zambia, but we’ll grab ticket –Mikel

Gold medal for reality shows, bronze for academics

It is hardly mentioned that scholars or geniuses make the top list of Forbes’ richest persons in the world, and
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Gold medal for reality shows, bronze for academics

”My dad conducted deliverance for me after Big Brother Naija” – Debie Rise

Ex-Big Brother Naija star, singer and guitarist, Deborah Ebun, popularly known as Debie-Rise, has revealed that her dad who is
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”My dad conducted deliverance for me after Big Brother Naija” – Debie Rise

Kapenguria And Rivonia: Where Truth Was Condemned

  Since they first set foot in Africa, the Western European powers have found one thing or the other to hate
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Kapenguria And Rivonia: Where Truth Was Condemned

…Not Yet Time For Another War

  Chimamanda Adichie is unarguably one of the most brilliant minds of our time. And one of the most celebrated Nigerians
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…Not Yet Time For Another War

Why Igbos Are Angry With Nigeria

  My friends who are not from the East of Nigeria where Igbos come from often ask me why there is
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Why Igbos Are Angry With Nigeria

Msgr. Mmuo Celebrates 75th Birthday …44years Of Priesthood

As large as St. John de Evangelist Parish Okpaugwu, Abakaliki, yet it could not accommodate crowd who rolled their drums
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Msgr. Mmuo Celebrates 75th Birthday  …44years Of Priesthood

Buhari, At 72nd UNGA, Silent on IPOB’s Agitation

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday addressed the General Debate of the 72nd Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72)
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Buhari, At 72nd UNGA, Silent on IPOB’s Agitation

Look For IPOB Sponsors Within Your Fold, PDP Tells APC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a swipe at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the latter’s recent
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Look For IPOB Sponsors Within Your Fold, PDP Tells APC

Biafra: Soyinka warns Buhari, Nigerian Army over Operation Python Dance

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, on Wednesday warned President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Army to be cautious in its
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Biafra: Soyinka warns Buhari, Nigerian Army over Operation Python Dance

We Are Ready To Fight the Army and Defend Our People – Biafra National Guard Blows Hot

The Biafra National Guard (BNG) has declared they are ready to fight the Nigerian military . This is a result of
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We Are Ready To Fight the Army and Defend Our People – Biafra National Guard Blows Hot

Govt Draws Lines for Operation Python Dance II in Ebonyi

Ebonyi Deputy Governor Barr. Kelechi Igwe, has urged Nigeria Military to pay more attention to the border between Ebonyi and
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Govt Draws Lines for Operation Python Dance II in Ebonyi

Pope Francis: When It Comes To Evangelization, Don’t Be Stuck In Your Ways

Pope Francis met with new bishops at the end of their training course at the Vatican, reminding them to be
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Pope Francis: When It Comes To Evangelization, Don’t Be Stuck In Your Ways

Pope Appoints New Under-Secretaries to CDF and Congregation for Clergy

On Thursday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis' appointment of Fr. Matteo Visioli as the new under-secretary of the Congregation for
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Pope Appoints New Under-Secretaries to CDF and Congregation for Clergy

Igbos Everywhere

Some years back, I traveled to my hometown for Christmas holidays. One evening while I was returning from somewhere, at
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Igbos Everywhere

All to Jesus; through Mary our Mother! (2)

Nigeria must be consecrated to our mother Mary. That process had already begun from the 8th of September to October
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All to Jesus; through Mary our Mother! (2)

Peaceful Society Through Essential Education Curriculum

Education, the essentials of man's existence is a by-product of the white man's colonization activities in Africa. It came through the church – the missionaries.

The missionaries planned the school activities in such a manner that it accommodates character moulding and knowledge of one's environment, including his health.

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Peaceful Society Through Essential Education Curriculum

Hardworking Teacher Receives Land As Reward

The saying that teachers' rewards are in heaven seems to have been reversed as a private school in Ebonyi State on Tuesday June 27 made a history by honouring their honest and hardworking teachers.

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Hardworking Teacher Receives Land As Reward

Ebonyi to Expand The Capital City

Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi has promised to develop Afikpo, Onueke and Ikwo in line with urban renewal policy of his administration.

 Umahi said he will develop the three major cities to make them attractive like Abakaliki the capital city.

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Ebonyi to Expand The Capital City

Judgment Day for Alleged Rapist…for Abusing Mentally Challenged Woman

It was a day of reckoning Tuesday the 20th June for Mr. Isaac Nkale Nweke (alias Bamayi) when the book of record of his notorious life was opened and nemesis caught up with him as he was alleged to have abducted a psychiatric patient and forced her into sex in a forest.

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It is hardly mentioned that scholars or geniuses make the top list of Forbes’ richest persons in the world, and it is becoming increasingly worrisome as the Nigerian society continues to place higher premium on vainglorious sports and entertainment stars than on academic geniuses.An enraptured audience stood transfixed – it was a standing ovation. The girl’s mellifluous voice was enchanting as she serenaded the crowd. Her dance steps were astonishing as she wowed everybody with her performance.

In the end – after performances by other contestants in the talent show – the young lady was adjudged the winner. To her name, was added a cash prize of N25m and a brand new sport utility vehicle – latest model.

Far away from that pomp and circumstance, was another gathering – solemn but nonetheless in a joyous mood. It was the fifth time a graduand would be called to the podium to receive an award.

She won almost every award available; best graduating student, best student in the department, faculty, etc. The crowd was astounded by her academic genius.

But she went home with a paltry N540, 000 for claiming seven awards of excellence, following rigorous years of painstaking study.

Entertainment and reality shows such as the Big Brother Nigeria (BBN) offers N25m prize. Paediatricians award N250 to best graduating student.

Recently, the winner of Big Brother Nigeria got N25m and a brand new Kia Sorento SUV and a recording contract, while the Paediatrics Association of Nigeria (PAN) which sponsored the 2014/2015 academic year Best Student in Paediatrics Award at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, winner – Joy Omubo – N250, an amount worth less than a dollar.

And, the money was given to her in 2017. But Omubo displayed a rare sense of humility and contentment towards the disgraceful N250 prize money. When asked how she felt about the prize, she said, “About the cash prize, I’m grateful for the gesture. I do not feel entitled to anything and nobody actually owes me anything. So, I don’t feel sad. The cash reward was inconsequential to me.”

Have you heard of Cristiano Ronaldo? Have you heard of Gareth Bale? Have you heard of Kylian Mbappe? Have you heard of Paul Pogba? They all have something in common – they are football stars that earn multimillion-dollars salaries.

Did you know the highest-paid footballer in the world today? His name is Neymar Jr. He recently signed a £25m-a-year contract at Paris Saint-Germain.

On the Forbes List of Riches Persons in the World, you will hardly find an academic genius on the list. The reward system in the society is said to be against academic excellence and in favour of sports and entertainment accomplishments as developments in Nigeria have demonstrated in the last two decades.

Corporate organisations, individuals and government agencies all seem drawn to stardom offered by the world of showbiz. Sports and entertainment stars are promoted, courted and honoured more than academic geniuses.

Sports and movie stars are paid huge salaries. How many researchers, lecturers and teachers earn as much? But can those in entertainment/sports and academics be held to the same standards?

Some experts have argued that sports/entertainment stars with rare talent who earn so much are few, and the money is in “recognition of the skills and dedication a person needs to be successful.”

They argued further that the society prefers them to a boring academic genius. Sports and entertainment stars bring so much joy and thrill to families and many are willing to fritter away their hard-earned money just for the fun of it. They do not see academic excellence as being exciting and worth ‘wasting’ money on.

It is also argued that famous entertainment and sports stars sometimes risk their life and health to break through. One of Nigeria’s most celebrated footballers, Nwankwo Kanu, had to deal with a heart problem and beat the odds to be successful. He became an icon of hope and determination as demonstrated by Peak Milk’s commercial. There are many other examples.

Some have noted that the Nigerian society places a higher premium on sports and entertainment than on education. Today, not a few parents encourage their children to join a film, sports and music academy so as to make it big in life. The get-rich-quick syndrome has become a way of life, likely because entertainment and sports offer a sure way of making it big with less stress and with less years and resources.

Everyone is now reaching for stardom: lawyers have become film stars, doctors have become musicians and engineers have become reality show celebrities just as the standards of education continue to fall and teachers keep embarking on several indefinite strikes because the government has always failed to cater to their needs.

There are a lot of sports and entertainment programmes that give huge financial rewards to contestants and winners; they get a lot of viewership and followership – a cult following of some sorts.

While the education system may be said to be in the crucible, there are efforts being made – maybe little compared to sports and entertainment – to make education attractive and rewarding. It is not all that bad news in the sector.

Last year, Learn Africa said it had concluded plans to organise an award programme, which recognises and honours distinguished National Examination Council (NECO) candidates, schools and teachers in the country in all states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Concerning that the Chairman of the organisation, Emeke Iwerebon, said, “The annual Learn Africa-NECO Excellence Awards for students, teachers and schools at the senior secondary level’s objective was and remains to underscore the importance of excellence in education to our national development, as well as encourage hard work, diligent scholarship, and healthy competition amongst students, teachers and schools.”

To Iwerebon, more funds are needed in the education sector to make it competitive and more rewarding. It is not entirely correct that there are no interest in education by corporate institutions and individuals. Some have wondered what has happened to various scholarships programmes offered by the federal government, banks and oil companies. Why are students not taking good advantage of these opportunities?

The response is not farfetched. Accessing such scholarships requires rigour and brilliance; not so much so with displaying raw talent, or no talent at all, to win big in sports or entertainment.

Early this year, though, the Ondo State Government gave automatic employment to six graduates who made first class. Similarly, in July this year, a pharmaceutical firm (Fidson Healthcare Plc) rewarded 200 pupils for academic excellence in primary schools.

The Astymin Brilliance Reward (ABR) is an annual event that rewards exemplary final year pupils in primary schools.

“As customary of the ABR programme, about 200 best-performing pupils from different public and private primary schools from across the South-West and South-East will be rewarded for their academic excellence, thereby enhancing their mental and academic performances. The kids will be recognised and rewarded with certificates of excellence and valuable prizes,” the company’s Manager, Corporate Communications, Sylvester Iriogbe, said.

His words were corroborated by his marketing counterpart, Friday Enaholo, who said, “As we have always emphasised, the ABR is our attempt to bring back the glorious days of our education by supporting the children’s drive for academic excellence. This is another season of delight for pupils who have worked so hard and performed exceptionally in their academics. For us as a brand, it is another day of celebrating excellence.”

In 2016, there was no single Nigerian student on the list of 700 best universities in the world. It was not surprising; nowadays, schools have become filled with sadistic lecturers, paedophiles as teachers in primary and secondary schools.

Expressing her angst over the current situation, Debbie Otua, a social commentator said, “Today, talent shows in which people sing, dance just live with a bunch of other people (in a house) live on television to win mouth-watering prizes are the order of the day. Having read about the lamentations of scholars, lecturers and other concerned citizens, parents and stakeholders in the education sector; a bitter conclusion is that the system is fast losing its juice in Nigeria.

“Until the Nigerian society starts to place more premium on education and the youths, the future remains bleak.

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