Koko-Master, D’banj aka BangaLee kicks off the new year with this new Rexxie produced track titled “Ikebe”.
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Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, better known by his stage name D'banj, is a Nigerian musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, entrepreneur and television personality.
Africa’s most charismatic entertainer and one of the continent’s biggest export – D’Banj (real name Oladapo Oyebanjo) opens up his 2021 chapter with the highly anticipated dance-ready tune – IKEBE.
While a new date is yet to be scheduled, the club have announced that they will look into people being able to vote via post.
Barcelona’s presidential election has been postponed due to COVID-19, the club have confirmed.
The election was due to take place on 24 January, but the Catalonian government confirmed to club officials that exceptions would not be made to allow members of the club hierarchy to vote.
The delay means that the club will finish the January transfer window without a president, meaning any incomings are highly unlikely.
It also means that Lionel Messi’s future will continue to hang in the balance as he enters the final five months of his deal.
An official statement from the club read: “For its part, the club has understood the impossibility of holding elections on the scheduled date due to mobility restrictions decreed by the Catalan Government in the current context of the pandemic, which is why the date of the elections must be delayed.
“In this sense, the club has asked the Catalan Government to evaluate the possibility of modifying the current sports legislation in order to enable voting by post on the new date of the elections, a request that the Government has undertaken to study.”
The election is down to the final three candidates with Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa looking to take over from Josep Bartomeu, who resigned in October 2020.
Laporta and Font are regarded as the favourites, with both promising to prioritise Messi’s contract.
Laporta was president of the club between 2003 and 2010 and was responsible for the club’s appointment of Pep Guardiola as manager. Font is keen to recreate something similar, making his relationship with legendary midfielder Xavi Hernandez clear as he has name-checked him as a potential future manager.
With Barcelona struggling on the pitch for most of 2020, fans are hopeful that a new president will begin a new chapter of success at the club.
The estranged couple got married both legally and traditional in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, in April 2019.
Big Brother Naija’s Angel Ifemi Awotarigha and his Canadian wife, Felicia, have allegedly gone their separate ways barely 2 years after they said “I do.”
According to reports reaching Kemi Filani News, the Union between Angel and his woman ended over irreconcilable differences.
A further check on their various social media pages shows they have since unfollowed each other on Instagram and deleted photos of each other from their social media pages.
Recall with NoRM that 8 months ago, the couple took to social media to celebrate their one month anniversary.
Excited Angel took to social media via his verified Instagram page to show off Felicia.
The pretty model clocked a year older on April 30, 2020, and Angel made sure to let the world know via his social media page.
He mentioned that Taaooma however, refused to look into his complaints and her reply was him to either take it or leave it without any refund.
A filmmaker identified as @Olaondeck on Twitter has called out famous comedian and content maker, Taaooma over an N1.5million deal.
According to @Olaondeck, he paid Taaooma a huge sum of N1.5million for an advert and she did not give value for the money.
In his words;
“Paid Taaooma 1.5m… She shot video and the client doesn’t like the work done. And her position is Take it or Leave it…
We are not asking for a full refund but as least a sense of concession will go a long way.. 1.5m gone like that… And you guys wonder how Maraji fell off? For those of you asking ” What did Maraji do?” Maraji didn’t do anything in this situation and she’s a fantastic storyteller… However, ask anyone who has worked with her and her team, she’s not the easiest person to work with. Hence, the reason for the honest comparison”
See how social media users reacted to this;
@ahmakah wrrote “Taaoma abi tomatoe is not even funny. She’s yet to make me laugh. Including caramel plugg. They all try too hard! I wonder why you have to give her that kind of money. Nawa o”
@abbygold_globalconcept wrote “She will shoot it till it gets perfect, d rsn Y u contacted her in d first place is bcos u know she can do it. And I guess u signed an agreement. Just ask her to perfect it, not refund d money.”
@aldolina__ wrote “Una get money to waste sha. Who dy even give taaoma 1.5 Mtchewwww”
@wuhmi wrote “I don’t understand 1.5 for just ad? Or I’m I missing something”
@amaka_8 wrote “Why are you asking for a refund? Where you told that you could come back for your money if your client rejects it? So the time and resources she used in shooting should be funded by who? You are the one that is not considerate by calling her out to the public like this. What you should be asking for is a remake or something close to it and not a refund. She can choose to give you something out of her kindness if she feels like and not the other way round.”
@oprah_adesuwa wrote “Bcos she is a woman abi una dey ment. Its not her biz if u dont like the video. She has done it and thats it. NEXT!”
@retha_medae wrote “@amaka_8 I think what they should be requesting for is a remake not a refund cos no matter how terrible the skit was she must have spent some cash making it but am not sure the lady in question is ready for that either.”
The action as expected sparked a debate on social media on Friday.
Nigerians have taken to social media to mock President Buhari after the doves, otherwise known as white pigeons, released by him at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony, refused to fly despite multiple attempts.
The President had opened the birdcage at the National Arcade, picked up one of the doves, and thrown it into the air but the bird landed atop the cage and refused to fly.
Buhari, who was eager to let the white pigeons fly, opened the roof of the cage in a bid to send them all out but the birds remained adamant and decided to sit on top of the cage’s roof.
The President, who appeared tired of trying, soon left the birds and returned to his seat. Moments after the President had left, however, some of the birds flew.
Reacting on twitter, one Odoemena sarcastically wrote “there must be sanctions, those birds were given sleeping drugs to embarrass the president”
One Oyindamola wrote “Nothing moves in this country, not economy, not even pigeons”
One Wunmi wrote “Just like the Nigerian citizens, these pigeons are very hungry and do not have the strength to fly”
The ritual of releasing doves is to commemorate the life of a departed loved one and is common at significant events like funerals or memorials. It also signifies peace.
In 2014, the doves refused to fly when former President Goodluck Jonathan freed them. The Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev Fr. Ejike Mbaka, described the incident at the time as a sign that God had abandoned Jonathan.
The refusal of the birds to fly on Friday, however, sparked thousands of comments on social media.
A former presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Adamu Garba, said the birds should be eaten if they cannot do what they were trained to do.
“The pigeons are tired and overtime became lazy, they don’t want to fly the spirit of The Nigerian Flag. We should roast them at Suya joint and deploy Crowwe for action,” he said.
Social media personality, Morris Monye, said the Department of State Services would have arrested the pigeons for embarrassing the President if they could.
“I guarantee you… If it was possible, the DSS would arrest the pigeons for such an affront on the President. But really, is there peace, harmony, and security in the land?” he asked.
A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, who is a known critique of the President, also tweeted, “Hmmm. Even the pigeons in Nigeria.”
The Spanish side failed to strike a deal back then but remained open to doing business in January if City were prepared to lower their asking price – something Pep Guardiola has always refused to do.
Manchester City centre-back Eric Garcia is expected to join Barcelona as a free agent once his contract comes to a close this summer.
It was revealed last summer that Garcia had rejected the chance to sign a new contract with City as he has his heart set on a move to Camp Nou, where Barcelona have been trying to sign him ever since.
An agreement over a transfer fee is all that is needed as Fabrizio Romano has again stressed that Garcia has already agreed personal terms with Barcelona, and it’s just a case of when rather than if.
Guardiola was asked about Garcia’s future during a press conference on Friday, but as he has always done, he suggested that City will try to refuse any offers to sell the 20-year-old this month, although he was not as definitive as he has been in the past.
“I hope not but maybe Barcelona knows better than me,” he said when asked whether a deal will happen. “I don’t know what’s going to happen but maybe it’s going to happen.”
Guardiola has been reluctant to offload Garcia this season as he wants to the Spaniard to stay and act as cover for his regular starters, despite the fact that refusing to sell will cost City some money.
Garcia is usually fifth in the pecking order behind John Stones, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake, but the latter two have been sidelined with injuries in recent weeks.
Ordinarily, that would have opened the door to Garcia, but injuries and illness have kept him out since early December.
However, Guardiola clearly believes that keeping another senior centre-back at the club has its merits, and he has urged the club to reject Barcelona’s advances, but it could all come down to how hard Ronald Koeman’s side push for the deal.
Barcelona are not expected to do any real business until after their presidential elections, with will be held on January 24.
The chief justice had to interrupt hearings on Friday after he was told one of his close aides had contracted coronavirus, forcing him to self-isolate.
South Africa’s ex-president Jacob Zuma will not appear before a judicial panel probing alleged graft during his time in office, his lawyer said Friday, despite a court application seeking to compel him to testify.
Zuma, 78, has played cat-and-mouse with the commission since it was set up in 2018 to investigate looting of state coffers during his nine-year tenure.
The former leader has only testified to the panel once, in July 2019, but pulled out after a few days, saying he was being treated as an “accused” rather than as a witness.
He reappeared briefly before the commission in November to demand that the its chair, deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, recuse himself.
The exasperated panellists issued a fresh summons starting on January 18 and filed an urgent Constitutional Court application to oblige him to comply.
But Zuma’s lawyer Eric Mabuza on Friday told AFP the ex-president would not be appearing next week.
In a WhatsApp message, Mabuza explained that his client was waiting for the Constitutional Court to respond to the commission’s application.
He is also holding out for the outcome of an application to set aside Zondo’s refusal to recuse himself.
“We have informed the commission that President Zuma will not be appearing on Monday,” Mabuza confirmed.
Zondo has not yet reacted to the announcement, which was widely expected.
“Commission cannot continue today,” the judicial panel tweeted shortly after its lunch break. “DCJ (Zondo) says he has just received news that somebody who works very close to him has tested positive for Covid-19.”
It was not immediately clear whether this would impact next week’s proceedings.
Zuma, who became president in 2009, was forced to resign in 2018 over graft scandals centred around an Indian business family, the Guptas — who won lucrative contracts with state companies and were allegedly even able to choose cabinet ministers.
He was succeeded by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has vowed to confront the “scourge” of corruption.
The so-called state capture commission was established to hear testimony from ministers, ex-ministers, government officials and business executives on alleged corruption under Zuma’s tenure.
So far at least 30 witnesses have directly and indirectly implicated the former leader.
In the latest summons, he had been called to testify from January 18 to 22 and again from February 15 to 19.
Zuma is also facing trial for allegedly receiving bribes in a multi-billion rand arms deal in 1999, when he was deputy president.
That trial is now scheduled to resume in February after postponements.
Rooney has not played a game himself since his caretaker appointment and has indeed now played his last game of professional football.
Derby County have appointed Wayne Rooney as manager on a permanent basis following a positive run of results since he took over as interim boss in November.
His move into full-time management also brings an end to a glittering playing career that began in 2002.
Rooney, who initially joined the Rams as a player-coach in January 2020, has been handed a two-and-a-half year contract until the end of the 2022/23 season.
His immediate task will be to steer Derby away from the Championship relegation zone, having already seen an upturn in results since he took temporary charge.
Rooney, now 35, was appointed head of the interim coaching team when Philipp Cocu was sacked and has since seen Derby win three, draw four and lose only twice.
The Rams have trebled their points tally since Rooney took solo charge and briefly moved out of the relegation zone.
Steve McClaren will continue his role as technical director, while coaches Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker will also stay on. Rosenior will be assistant manager.
“When I first arrived back in the United Kingdom I was completely blown away by the potential of Derby County Football Club.
The stadium, training ground, the quality of the playing staff and the young players coming through and of course the fan base that has remained loyal and supportive,” a grateful Rooney told NoRM‘s known Media.
“Despite other offers I knew instinctively Derby County was the place for me,” he added.
“To be given the opportunity to follow the likes of Brian Clough, Jim Smith, Frank Lampard and Phillip Cocu is such an honour and I can promise everyone in involved in the club and all our fans, my staff and I will leave no stone unturned in achieving the potential I have witnessed over the last 12 months of this historic football club.”
But Rashford is also adamant that United do not go out looking for penalties or are awarded more than they deserve.
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has revealed that former manager Jose Mourinho taught him to be ‘more savvy’ in the penalty area so that he is more likely to win a penalty if he is fouled by giving the referee no doubt
A player who tries to stay on their feet when fouled in the box can end up disadvantaged and not getting the decision because a foul is not always as clear.
“When you are making runs in behind or dribbling with the ball and if you see a challenge coming, you don’t want to get tackled because you are looking at an opportunity to score a goal,” he said on Thursday night as he accepted the Football Writers’ Association 2021 Tribute Award.
“There is no way you are going to let somebody take the ball off you, so for me it is a case of us wanting to score goals and the teams wanting to defend goals and penalties can happen. There have been times when we have probably not got penalties.
“When Jose [Mourinho] was manager, there were five or six times where I should have had a penalty and Jose ended up saying to me, ‘If you are not savvy about the way you do it, then you are not going to [get] it.’ After that, we started to get a few penalties.
“It was something, in terms of development, you have to learn and understand.”
Jurgen Klopp recently made a pointed jibe that United have had more penalties since 2018 than Liverpool have had in his entire time at the club.
That is true, but this season alone United have had only one more in the Premier League and both have scored five.
It is actually Leicester that have been awarded far more than anyone else – 10 so far, scoring eight.
Liverpool have also benefitted more from penalties, taken seven additional points as a direct result of scoring from the spot. United over the same period have taken six additional points.
United have also completed a clean sweep of player and manager of the month awards in the WSL, with Leah Galton and Casey Stoney respectively recognised.
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has been named Premier League Player of the Month for December for his performances that helped fire his team up the table.
It is the second month in a row in which Fernandes has scooped the individual prize, while he has also made history as the first player ever to win four times in a single calendar year following previous wins for February and June, as well as obviously November.
“Three goals and four assists was a complete month. Scoring and assisting your team-mates is perfect. I want to achieve other trophies and awards but I’m really happy to make history,” the Portugal international told the Premier League’s official website.
Initially rested, Fernandes was brought on at half-time in United’s opening game in December and helped the team pull off a 3-1 comeback win after trailing.
He later got two goals and an assist in a 6-2 thrashing of Leeds in the club’s final game before Christmas, a goal and assist in a 2-2 draw with Leicester on Boxing Day, plus another assist in a 1-0 win over Wolves to end the month and the calendar year.
As a team, United rose from seventh at the end of November to second by the end of December. Now, that momentum has continued into January and they are top of the table.
This weekend, Fernandes and United face second place Liverpool at Anfield in what will now be the biggest game of the 2020/21 season so far.
“It’s a long way before we can start talking about being champions. We have to keep working. We play against one of the best teams in England and we know what it means to the fans. But the main point is the same: three points,” Fernandes explained.
It is the second month in a row the league leaders have received both awards, with Tobin Heath previously winning for November.
The club are currently trying to extend the contract of some of their key players, including Ibrahimovic and goalkeeper Donnarumma, whose deals expire at the end of the current season.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he will decide on his future towards the end of the season and has declared AC Milan teammate Gianluigi Donnarumma as the best goalkeeper in the world.
The duo have been key parts of the Rossoneri’s squad which has taken Serie A by storm this season, topping the table with 40 points from 17 games putting them three points clear of city rivals Inter.
Ibrahimovic’s return to Milan at the start of 2020 triggered something in the side as they have gone on a tremendous run of form, with the 39-year-old earning plenty of praise for his performances.
Zlatan says he will decide his future towards the end of the campaign, while heaping praise on the Italian goalkeeper.
“He is the best goalkeeper in the world, but I never tell him. He must continue to have ambition, but it’s not normal that he’s never played in the Champions League,” Ibrahimovic told Il Corriere dello Sport, via Football Italia.
“I’ll continue playing as long as I feel well. Then we’ll see, we’ll talk about my contract. I didn’t want to put myself in a trap with no way out, that’s why I initially signed a six-month contract which I renewed afterwards. Others made different choices.”
Donnarumma has played over 225 times for Milan since making his debut for the club aged just 16 in 2015.
He is the Italy number one, taking over from the legendary Gianluigi Buffon but at the age of just 21 years old, he is yet to appear in the Champions League.
He has been linked with a move to Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain in the summer on a free transfer, but with Milan’s current performance there is growing confidence that they could convince him to re-sign.
Ibrahimovic is currently Milan’s top goalscorer this season with ten goals, despite missing a portion of the season following a positive COVID-19 test and a knee injury that kept him out for a month.
Therefore, it seemed likely that the 28-year-old would be allowed to walk away from Old Trafford this month.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will block a January exit for midfielder Jesse Lingard as he believes the Englishman can still play a role at the club this season.
Lingard is yet to play a single minute in either the Premier League or Champions League this year and instead has been forced to settle for just three appearances across the domestic cups.
There has been plenty of interest in Lingard’s services. The likes of Sheffield United, Newcastle and Real Sociedad have all been linked, and Sky Sports News have thrown Ligue 1’s Nice into the mix as well.
However, The Telegraph specifically reject the idea of contact with Nice and instead insist that Solskjaer is not keen on pushing Lingard out the exit door this month.
It’s said that Solskjaer still sees value in Lingard as a squad player – someone to plug the holes when the first-team players need a rest or are unavailable – so he does not want to let the midfielder leave the club just yet.
Once this season comes to a close, Lingard will be encouraged to explore other options. He will enter the final year of his contract and United have already used their extension clause to stop him walking away for free this summer.
Instead of offloading Lingard, United will put their focus in clearing out other unwanted players. Timothy Fosu-Mensah has already sealed a permanent move to Bayer Leverkusen, and there are a number of fringe players who could follow suit.
United hope to sell defender Marcos Rojo and goalkeeper Sergio Romero, with the desire to sell Rojo particularly strong as his contract expires at the end of the season. Romero’s is also scheduled to expire this summer, but United have a one-year extension clause to trigger if they want.
Centre-back Phil Jones is also on the market, although United are aware that his £100,000-a-week wages may make a January move impossible and will even harm his hopes of leaving next summer.
The Red Devils may also be waiting until the summer to find permanent buyers for Diogo Dalot and Andreas Pereira, who are currently on loan with AC Milan and Lazio respectively.
Neither are expected to return to Old Trafford, and the hope is that the pair can entice some offers over the next six months.
There’s a lot of uncertainty concerning outgoings at United, but one thing which is certain is that striker Odion Ighalo, who has just nine Premier League minutes to his name this year, will leave the club once his loan expires on January 31.
Popular Nigerian crossdresser and brand influencer, Bobrisky has declared himself the No 1 runs girl in Nigeria.
According to Bobrisky, he is the number 1 runs girl in the world and he is only meant for Big men.
Sharing one of his seductive photos on social media, the 28 year old wrote;
No 1 runs girl in Nigeria…Big men food ONLY !!
Some of Bobrisky’s fans and followers however took to his comment section to agree with him.
See some of their comments below;
@mariam_adun_ wrote “BILLIONAIRE FOOD ONLY”
@classicgold07 wrote “Oya Billionaire food only”
@iam_larrycandy wrote “Highest paid runs girl”
@vec.hoe_ wrote “Wahala for who no do Runs”
@official_isabella58 wrote “Queen among queens”
@amakaaustin wrote “Bob Bob,keep making your millions”
@aifeloa wrote “TRILLIONAIRA FOOD ONLY”
@nemeppi wrote “Not good for chewing gum boys”
@hoyinolarmy_2015 wrote “RICHEST MEN food ONLY”
@miz_estyfrosh wrote “Iyalaya anybody, EXPENSIVE FOOD…Bob na ni.. opooorrrr danu.