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NBA elections: Dele Adesina disagrees with Olumide’s win, calls for fresh votes

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One of the presidential candidates in the 2020 elections of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dele Adesina, has asked the Body of Trustees of the association to cancel the just concluded polls.

In his 11 page petition to the body, Adesina described the election as “electronic fraud, illegal and unconstitutional.”

The elections were conducted electronically on July 29th to July 30th at the end of which, the immediate past chairman of the NBA’s Section on Business Law, Olumide Akpata emerged the winner.

He defeated Dr. Babatunde Ajibade and Mr Dele Adesina.

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But reacting to the outcome, Adesina called on the Chairman of NBA Board of Trustees, Olisa Agbakoba to “rise up and save the Association by cancelling the elections and conducting a fresh one.”

Adesina said he was one of the builders of the association and his call was driven by the members’ interest.

He cited some pre-election concerns and agitations which were studiedly neglected and disregarded by the electoral committee and alleged among other things that the Voters’ Register used in the 2020 Election was a sham, illegal, doctored and manipulated.

The candidate also alleged that the data in the election results monitoring site was programmed to produce a premeditated result and many voters were also disenfranchised.


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Update: Buhari congratulate Olumide Akpata as he emerges NBA president

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday felicitated with the newly elected President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata.

Mr. Akpata was, on Friday, announced the winner of the NBA election, which was conducted electronic voting and began at 11 pm on Wednesday and ended by 11 pm on Thursday.

The President wishes “him every success in the new position of leading Nigerian lawyers to chart a path of professional development and fulfilment,” a statement by Presidency spokesman, Femi Adesina said.

“As a lawyer of over two decades who has held several strategic positions in the legal association, President Buhari trusts that Mr Akpata’s vast knowledge and experience in litigation, corporate world and engaging with government at different levels, will greatly benefit the Bar and indeed all Nigerians, who look up to the learned fellows as crucial stakeholders in a modern democracy.

“President Buhari assures the new leadership of the NBA of the continued cooperation of his administration in addressing the broad range of challenges and opportunities facing the legal profession and the country.”


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NBA elections: Opposition, Babatunde congratulates Olumide Akpata

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A contestant in the Nigerian Bar Association elections, Mr Babatunde Ajibade, has congratulated Mr Olumide Akpata who emerged as the 30th President of our association.

In a statement personally signed by him on Friday, Ajibade said he was proud of the level of the debate and the quality of the ideas that were brought forth during the elections which held on the 29th and 30th of July, for the improvement of our association, the welfare of its members and the good of our society.

He, however, pointed out that the processes leading up to and during the election itself have not been devoid of controversy, while also expressing hope that the repeated challenges with conducting objectively free and fair elections in the association will be resolved.

“It is unfortunate that the process leading up to and during the election itself have, once again, not been devoid of controversy. It is my fervent hope that we will get over these repeated challenges with conducting objectively free and fair elections into the leadership positions in the association.

“I remain resolute in my belief that we cannot succeed in addressing the challenges confronting our profession unless we unite and I urge the incoming President and his executive to take deliberate and proactive steps to unite the Bar,” Ajibade said.

Speaking further, he thanked all those who supported his aspiration to be elected President of the association, noting that although they did not achieve the desired goal, the experience was rewarding and fulfilling.

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“I say a heartfelt thank you to all the persons too numerous to mention, who supported my aspiration to be elected President of the Nigerian Bar Association.

“Though we did not get the result we wanted, the experience has been rewarding and fulfilling. I have met and established lasting bonds of friendship with colleagues from different parts of our great country Nigeria who share my values and aspirations for a better, stronger and united legal profession.

“To all those who sacrificed their time and resources, both material and otherwise, I owe a lasting debt of gratitude. I pray that God will reward each and every one of you.

“Thank you and God bless,” the statement read in part.


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Just in: Olumide Akpata emerges NBA president

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A former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Section on Business Law, Olumide Akpata, has been declared the president-elect of the Association.

The Chairman of the Electoral Committee of the NBA, Tawo Tawo (SAN), who made the declaration around 12:52am on Friday says, Akpata scored the highest number of votes cast and satisfied the provisions of the NBA constitution.

“I, Tawo Tawo, the Chairman, Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA), as the electoral officer for the 2020 National Officers’ Election, hereby declare Akpata Olumide Anthony, having scored the highest number of votes cast and satisfied the provisions of the constitution of the NBA 2015 (as amended), the winner of the election into the office of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association,” Tawo said.

The election which were conducted via electronic voting began at 11pm on Wednesday and ended by 11pm on Thursday.

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Akpata scored 9,891 votes out of a total of 18,256 voters who participated in the elections, representing 54.3% of the votes.

He defeated Dr. Babatunde Ajibade (SAN) who scored 4,328 and Dele Adesina (SAN) who scored 3,982.

Other winners who emerged in the elections are: John O Aikpokpo-Martins as the first Vice President with 6,010 votes, and Adeyemo Kazeem Debo as second Vice President with 8,794.

NBA president-elect, Olumide Akpata. Photo: Twitter@Olumide Akpata

Others are Joyce Oduah as General Secretary; Nwadialo Esther Uchenna, Assistant Secretary; Mercy Ijato Agada, Treasurer; and Edun Olukunle, Welfare Secretary.

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Anagor Raphael Nnamdi emerged as Financial Secretary; Nduka Rapuluchukwu Ernest (PhD) as Publicity Secretary; and Naza Ferdinand Afam as Assistant Publicity Secretary.

The new officers of the association are expected to be sworn in at the forthcoming 60th annual general conference of the NBA holding virtually from the 26th to the 29th of August.

In a swift reaction to his victory at the polls, Mr. Olumide Akpata thanked his supporters and assured them that by the grace of God, transformational leadership would be witnessed in his administration.

In his words, “In 2 years from now, we would look back to this day with gratitude. We would say thank God that Olu became President. We would never regret this day. We would transform our association and the Bar will work for all”.


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16 NBA players test positive for COVID-19

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Malcolm Brogdon, Jabari Parker and Alex Len publicly acknowledge that they have tested positive for COVID-19.


The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association said that 16 players tested positive for coronavirus in the first wave of mandatory tests done in preparation for the restart of the season.

Those 16 players were part of a pool of 302 tested on Tuesday. Tests continue for all 22 teams that will be participating in the restart at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida, next month.

The player names were not disclosed. However, some players, such as Malcolm Brogdon of Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings teammates Jabari Parker and Alex Len have publicly acknowledged they have tested positive.

The league and the union say that “any player who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until he satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician.”


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COVID-19: NBA star, Durant test positive.


Brooklyn Nets disclosed that four of her players, including NBA star Durant, tested positive to coronavirus but are understandably stable.


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Vanessa is suing helicopter company over death of her husband, Kobe and daughter Gianna Bryant


Vanessa Bryant is suing the helicopter company, Island Express, after a crash killed her Husband, Kobe, Gianna Bryant, seven other people, including the pilot, Ara George Zobayan.

The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, the same day the “Celebration of Life” for Kobe and Gianna was in progress at the Staples Center.

N.Rs received that the lawsuit alleges Island Express was only allowed to fly under visual flight rules, and the conditions the day of the crash were not conducive for such flying. The fog was extremely low when the Sikorsky S-76B took off from John Wayne Airport, and the pilot is said to have been in blinding conditions moments before the crash.

The lawsuit also reportedly says that the pilot was travelling at 180mph in a steep decline amid the fog. Also, the lawsuit states that the pilot failed to monitor and assess the weather before take-off, as well as failing to obtain weather data prior to the flight. The pilot is also said to have failed to abort the flight upon learning of the cloudy conditions.

An allegation toward the pilot, Zobayan states that he did not avoid “natural obstacles” in the flight path. The lawsuit says Island Express embarked on unnecessary and needlessly risky means of transportation given the conditions. Damages are asked for in the suit for “pre-impact” terror, which regards the emotional distress Kobe and Gianna suffered as the helicopter crashed.


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Americans Deny Ever Knowing Davido After NBA Program. {Details}


Davido could not keep calm when NBA team, Washington Wizards gave him a VIP recognition at a recent basketball game that the team played over the week. Aside from giving him a special recognition to welcome him to the game, the team also gave him a special shout-out on their Twitter page.

Davido quickly re-posted the shout-out revealing that he was excited about the recognition. He was featured on the Arena Screen while the commentator introduced him as singer, songwriter, and recording producer. The home team further took the recognition to their social media page but most of their fans began to wonder who Davido really was.

Some Americans and fans of the Basketball team claimed they don’t know Davido. And were surprised to find out that the singer has over 15 million followers on his Instagram page.


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E Sweet Me Die – Davido Reacted After Being Recognized During NBA Match


Nigerian superstar, David Adedeji Adeleke a.k.a Davido has been celebrated by NBA team, Washington Wizards for being on the side court, supporting the game.

Davido shared the video of when he was being recognised and captioned it “I been Dey form … but make I no lie e sweet me 😂😂 Big up @washwizards 🔥🔥🔥”


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NBA All-Star Game now The Kobe Bryant MVP Award


The MVP award for the NBA All-Star Game is now officially “The Kobe Bryant MVP Award.”

The annoucement was made on Saturday by NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver.


“Kobe Bryant is synonymous with NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game,” Silver said. “He always relished the opportunity to compete with the best of the best and perform at the highest level for millions of fans around the world.”

Late Kobe Bryant

The Kobe Bryant MVP Award will be presented on Sunday at the end of the 2020 All-Star Game in Chicago. The teams will be captained by LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Team Giannis will wear No. 24 and Team LeBron will wear No. 2, the respective jersey numbers worn by Kobe Bryant and his duaghter, Gianna.

Bryant was an 18-time All-Star who won a record-tying four All-Star Game MVP awards, the NBA said. He was named All-Star Game MVP in 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011. He was the youngest player to ever play in an All-Star Game at 19 years old in 1998.


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Breaking: Egbe Amofin choose Dele Adesina for NBA president


The hope of the South West to produce the next President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) became brighter during the weekend as Egbe Amofin ni Eko, the Lagos branch of the Egbe Amofin Oduduwa agreed to comply with decision of the umbrella body in its choice of Dele Adesina SAN as its candidate for the presidency of the largest bar in Africa in the 2020 elections.


The chairman of the group, Otunba Martin Ogunleye disclosed this at the meeting of the Egbe on Sunday February 9 in Lagos. “We are true sons and daughters of Oduduwa and we stand on the decision of Egbe made in Ibadan over the endorsement of a single candidate. Another meeting of the Egbe is only 13 days away. Any aggrieved candidate should approach Egbe. But for us, we stand on the decision of the mother group”, Otunba Ogunleye said.

On Saturday December 14, 2019, Egbe Amofin picked Dcn Dele Adesina SAN out of five contestants as its official candidate for the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in 2020.


While other candidates had abided by the decision of the Egbe and stepped down, only on candidate, Mr Babatunde Ajibade SAN has refused to step down, claiming the procedure is not acceptable to him. All entreaties made to him by senior Yoruba lawyers to convince him to respect the decision of the group have not yielded result.

This is as the race of who will succeed the Paul Usoro administration gathers momentum every day.


NBA presidency follows the principles of zoning between the North, West, and East. Edo and Delta States are regarded as part of the West while the South South States of Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, and Cross Rivers are regarded as part of the Eastern Zone.

In the Zoning formula of the Association, the next president is expected to come from the West. Already many candidates have signified their intention to run.


These include an Abuja based lawyer, Chief Muyiwa Akinboro SAN; Mr Awoniyi Alabi, based in Osogbo; Lagos based Dr Tunde Ajibade; Olumide Akpata; and Adesina Ogunlana.

However, the Egbe Amofin leadership, fearing a repeat of the disgraceful loss it suffered in 2014, decided to endorse only one candidate for the presidency of the Association.


In 2014, three members of the Egbe namely Dele Adeshina SAN, Funke Adekoya SAN, and Niyi Akintola SAN contested for the position.

Because they could not agree amongst themselves, the three lost to Mr Augustine Alegeh SAN from Edo State. The Egbe Amofin regarded the loss as not only shameful but avoidable.


In order to prevent a re occurrence, the Egbe met in August 27, 2019 in Lagos and decided to re-invigorate and strengthen the union for the common good of South West lawyers.

It was decided that the Egbe would present only one candidate for the presidency in 2020.

Present at the meeting were leaders like Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN, Mrs Priscilla Kuye, Chief Tunde Ajomole former Chairman, Body of Benchers, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo SAN, Chief Felix Fagboungbe SAN, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe SAN, Moyosore Onigbanjo SAN, Attorney General of Lagos State, all chairmen and secretaries of the 26 branches of the association in the South West.

The meeting which was chaired by Mrs Kuye, a past president of the association, resolved to unite in the interest of all Southwest lawyers, strengthen the association, and present only one candidate for the NBA 2020 Presidential elections.


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{Photos} LeBron tattoos ‘Kobe 4 life’ on his lap ..


Popular basketball star, Lebron James has paid tribute to Kobe Bryant with a new tattoo, days after the LA Lakers legend died in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter Gianna and 9 others in Calabasas, California.

Lebron who was pictured crying at the Los Angeles airport the morning after hearing of Kobe’s untimely death, visited celebrity tattoo artist Vanessa Aurelia on Wednesday to get the new ink, then on Thursday during his work out in Lakers training facility in El Segundo, let photographers capture the new tattoo.

The tattoo is still fresh, but has the shape of a black mamba, the nickname Kobe was known for, then an inscription ‘Kobe for life’ can be seen written.


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Debate to make NBA new logo of Kobe Bryant pass 2.5m ..


A petition to make the late Kobe Bryant the new NBA logo has grown massively, surpassing 2.5 million.

It has been reported that a petition to make LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash, the new NBA logo has grown to huge proportions.


The petition has now become the first petition of 2020 on change.org to pass a million signatures, a report by the Agence France Presse, AFP, has shown.

Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg and Usher have all backed the move, which had received 2.6 million signatures by Wednesday, well on the way to its target of 3 million.


“When I started this petition I was just some 16-year-old kid who had just lost his role model and hero,” wrote Nick Moghtader from Vancouver in Canada, who registered the petition.

“I was using it as a way to cope and mourn his passing. My initial goal was to get a mere 100 signatures. Never would I have thought for this petition to get so incredibly big,” he wrote.

The NBA’s current logo features a white silhouette of Jerry West — another LA Lakers legend — and has been around since 1969.

West later became the Lakers’ general manager, picking a 17-year-old Bryant straight out of high school in the 1996 draft.


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Kobe Bryant’s death is because of his affair with his daughter – Doctor affirms ..


Following the tragic death of NBA star, Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old daughter, Gianni in the gory helicopter crash, a Nigerian UK-based Doctor and Writer, Yemi, has alleged that Kobe was having incestuous affair with his daughter, Gianni.

According to Yemi, Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianni perishing in the gory helicopter crash was a punishment from God for their incestuous affair.The Nigerian UK-based Doctor, Yemi, took to Twitter and posted a photo of Kobe Bryant kissing his daughter on the lips and asked whether it was right for a father and daughter to kiss on the lips and then alleged that;“Is it right to have a lip kiss with your own daughter? Kobe Bryant was no doubt a pedophile and an incestuous father. They deserve death. The death was punishment for their sins, for atonement. #RIPMamba”.


In another tweet, Yemi continued that;

“I had a dream on Tuesday last week where God appeared to me and told me that he was going to kill Kobe Bryant and his daughter for their incestuous affair. I didn’t believe him. When it happened, he reappeared and said, “You doubt too much my daughter #RIPMamba #RIPGianna”.


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How Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter crashed ..


New footage of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter circling ‘aggressively’ overhead before it crashed has surfaced online.

A witness who captured the moment took to Twitter to share the video of the helicopter circling over Glendale, California, just 30 minutes before the Sikorsky S-76 crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, northwest of Los Angeles on Sunday.

‘I try and video /photograph all the weird stuff happening above my house in Glendale,CA. Unfortunately this morning I didn’t realize I was filming the helicopter Kobe Bryant, his daughter and others were in 31 minutes before they crashed . RIP,’ a Twitter user with the handle @theironlydreams wrote.

Another tweet from the same user claimed that the pilot was performing a very ”aggressive circling maneuver,” that’s why he went outside to film because it was so loud. He added that he ‘observed 1 or 2 circles’ before filming.

 New footage of Kobe Bryant

According to the Today show, the man’s home has been verified as being under the flight path of the Sikorsky S-76B chopper.


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I will continue Kobe Bryant’s legacy – LeBron James ..


LeBron James says he is “heartbroken” over the death of Kobe Bryant and promises to continue his fellow basketball great’s legacy.
Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.
LA Lakers star James surpassed Bryant to become the NBA’s third-highest scorer of all time on Saturday, reports the BBC.


James also played alongside Bryant at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, helping the United States win two gold medals.
“Man, I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try, I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had!” he posted on social media.


“I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA. Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have.
“I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother.


“I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here. Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There’s so much more I want to say but just can’t right now because I can’t get through it! Until we meet again my brother!!”
Bryant finished his playing career as the Lakers’ all-time leading points scorer, and is fourth on the NBA’s all-time list with 33,643 points.


In his 1,566th and final game for the Lakers in April 2016 he scored 60 points for the sixth time.
Speaking after the LA Lakers’ 108-91 defeat by the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, which was the day before Bryant’s death, James said: “I’m happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bryant.
“One of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers.”


Meanwhile, reports have it that the helicopter carrying former NBA star Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others is believed to have plummeted 500 feet in 15 seconds in heavy fog killing everyone on board.
Details of the doomed 39-minute flight from John Wayne Airport on Sunday morning, which had been ferrying the passengers to a basketball tournament 80 miles away, have now emerged.


Pilot Ara Zobayan had tried to turn the Sikorsky S-76 chopper moments before the impact, banking south west – with some suggestion he lost control of the aircraft as he attempted to clear unexpected cloud.
Audio between the pilot and air traffic controllers reveals he was given permission to fly under special visual flight rules or SVFR, despite the treacherous fog.
But he was forced to circle for a quarter of an hour while the air space was cleared by controllers.


Thick fog engulfed the flight path and conditions continued to worsen in the minutes after takeoff at 9.06am, with Zobayan then circling over Burbank from 9.20am.
Remaining in constant contact with air traffic control at Burbank Airport, the helicopter then asked the Van Nuys Tower if it could rotate southwest at 9.39am which was approved.


Zobayan had been given special permission to navigate the difficult conditions by sight without reliance on instruments, and after the maneouvre he confirmed he had regained flight visuals.
The helicopter then began to accent to 1,500 feet before dropping back down at 9.42am to allow the aircraft to show up on the correct frequency as per requests from air traffic controllers.


However, there was no response from the pilot and 40 seconds before the helicopter plummeted to the ground, the tower said: “You’re still too low for flight following at this time.”
Instead, Zobayan climbed to around 2,125 feet, potentially looking to rid himself of the poor weather, before crashing while traveling at 175mph.
Flight data indicates the chopper dropped at 425 feet in its final 15 seconds before crashing into a hillside in Calabasas at 9.45am.


Experienced helicopter pilot Phillipe Lesourd told The Sun it appears Zobayan had lost control when suddenly spotting low cloud and trying to turn at the last second.
He compared it to driving “on the freeway at a 115mph and close your eyes – what do you think is going to happen”.
Lesourd said choppers are “unstable” and pilots are navigating in 3D rather than straight lines like motorists, and it is “very, very easy to get into spatial disorientation”.
There would have been no other aircraft in the airspace as that had been cleared specifically for Bryant’s chopper to complete its journey without the risk of a midair collision.

And Lesourd said in the valley between the Santa Monica Mountains where it was flying before coming down, it would have struggled to fly above the fog by rising higher.
After climbing, tracking data shows the craft quickly jolted down to just 1,700 feet in what some experts say could have been an attempt to go under the fog – suggesting the pilot was unaware he was flying into a mountain range until too late.


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Fans of Bryant demand new NBA logo ..


More than 800,000 fans have signed a petition to replace the NBA logo with an image of Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people in California on Sunday.

‘With the untimely and unexpected passing of the great Kobe Bryant please sign this petition in an attempt to immortalize him forever as the new NBA Logo,‘ read the Change.Org petition, which was posted by a Nick M. of Vancouver, British Columbia.

So far, the petition has over 800,000 signatures.

The current logo is a silhouette of fellow Lakers legend Jerry West, who expressed in the past that he would not mind if the logo was changed. The logo was designed by Alan Siegel. Except for a small change to the font, which was introduced in 2017, the NBA has used its iconic tri-color logo since 1971.

Kobe Bryant died alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others when his chopper crashed in Calabasas, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles on Sunday.


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BBNaija: Cee-c reacts to Khloe criticising Nigerians mourning Bryant’s death ..


Former Big Brother Naija housemate, Cynthia Nwadiora also known as Ceec has taken a swipe on her fellow housemate, Khloe, and many others who have criticised Nigerians that are mourning the tragic death of NBA Legend, Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.

Koko in a post shared on her Instagram stories on Monday described Nigerians mourning Kobe as hypocrites. Read here.

In her reaction, Ceec took to her InstaSory saying it is ridiculous that in a time such as this people still feel the need to ”spew negativity.”


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Update: O’Neal’s son shared Bryant’s last message ..


American basketballer Shareef O’Neal, who is Shaquille O’Neal’s son, has shared the message Kobe Bryant sent to him on the morning he died alongside his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash.

Shaquille O’Neal’s Son, Shareef Shares The Last Message Kobe Bryant Sent Him Before He Died

At 8:19am, Kobe reached out to Shareef, writing, “You good fam?”


Unfortunately, Kobe Bryant never replied till his death.

Shaquille O’Neal’s Son, Shareef Shares The Last Message Kobe Bryant Sent Him Before He Died

At about 9:40am on the same day, Kobe’s chopper crashed, killing him and his daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant.

Shareef, whose father Shaquille was teammates with Kobe, has dedicated his Twitter account to remembering the late legend and his daughter Gigi


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Neymar Jr. dedicated his second goal against Lille FC to Kobe Bryant ..


Neymar dedicated his second goal in Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-0 win at Lille on Sunday to basketball legend Kobe Bryant, whose death on Sunday in a helicopter crash shocked the world.

The Brazilian slotted home the 52nd-minute penalty that put PSG two goals up in the French Ligue 1 clash and went over to the television cameras by the side of the Stade Pierre Mauro pitch to make the number 24 with his fingers in honour of Bryant’s shirt number.

“It’s deeply saddening for the world of sport and for all of us,” said Neymar to Canal+ after the win, which put PSG 10 points clear at the top of the league.


“Not just for basketball fans, but for everything he did for the sport.”

Bryant, who had been nominated for the NBA Hall of Fame in December, was confirmed dead at 41 years old on Sunday after a helicopter crashed and burst into flames in foggy conditions in suburban Los Angeles, leaving five people dead.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said there were no survivors from the morning crash on a rugged hillside in Calabasas, west of LA.

In an email, Mayor of Calabasas Alicia Weintraub confirmed Bryant was among the victims.

“Yes, it is confirmed,” Weintraub wrote.


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DJ khaled, John Legend, others pay tributes to Nipsey & Bryant ..


The Grammys lined up a tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle nearly a year after his shooting death in March of last year. Tragically, his tribute would find itself making room for two as he was ultimately projected alongside Kobe Bryant after the basketball legend passed away earlier in the day.

YG and Roddy Ricch found themselves among collaborators Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, John Legend and gospel mainstay Kirk Franklin as they led an emotional rendition of Khaled’s “Higher” featuring Legend and Nip before the crowd gathered inside of the Staples Center.


Earlier in the evening, Nipsey Hussle earned his very first Grammy after posthumously winning the prize for Best Rap Performance for his “Racks In The middle” track. His family, including Lauren London, his grandmother, his brother, daughter, and sister all accepted the award on Hussle’s behalf. As for Kobe, host Alicia Keys called on Boyz II Men for an impromptu performance of “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” before displaying his No. 8 and No. 24 Lakers jerseys above the crowd.


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