Friday, 30 September 2016

Meet Our Distinguished Independence Media Chat Guest, Kolo Kenneth Kadiri.

Kolo Kenneth Kadiri is a serial networker and addicted netizen. He is enthusiastic about how brands perceive and utilize virtual trends and audiences for engagement, positioning and exposure; and how they leverage on their offline attitude for sales closure. 

An ardent social do-gooder and a growing social change communicator, Kolo imbibes the tenets of development communication in advocating for amongst others, gender responsive public services, tax justice, women's sexual and reproductive health rights, internet freedom and ethical citizen-journalism. 

All You Need To Know About “Nigeria Rise Concert.”

With unparalleled passion for change and development, the Nigeria Rise Concert duo, Franklin Adjetey and Amb. Philip Roberts spoke extensively on “Project Know Thyself” and  the upcoming “Nigeria Rise Concert.”
Nigeria Rise Concert is specially put together to motivate Nigerians to rise above her challenges. As the largest black nation in the whole world, Nigeria has a major role to play for Africa to stand. Through the concert, we intend to use the power of entertainment to raise awareness and show forth Nigeria’s potential to stand, Franklyn said.

The CEO of PKTS revealed during a press briefing that as part of their awareness campaign for individuals and nations to realize their potentials, the PKTS (Project Know Thyself) organizes free Teachers training, Youth seminars, Press conferences, free talent development/mentorship/leadership programs for artist. 

Others include environmental cleaning and outreaches to the less privileged of the society by providing them food and other basic needs.

Buhari sends 6 names to Senate for confirmation as INEC commissioners

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, sent six names to the Senate for screening and confirmation as national commissioners of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. 

The President also sent names of five persons for screening and subsequent confirmation as national commissioners of National Population Commission, NPC. 

How we can come out of recession – Tinubu, Atiku, Chike-Obi

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Recession: Former Lagos State Governor and National Leader, All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said that the economic recession the country is going through requires sacrifice from all Nigerians to see the country through. Speaking at the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers’ investiture of its President, Mr. Oluwaseyi Emmanuel Abe, on Wednesday night in Lagos, he said Nigeria is blessed with both human and natural resources, which it can properly harness to come out of the recession. 

The APC leader also spoke on the significance of electricity in driving economic development, recalling how Lagos State invested in private power project during his time as governor. 

EDO: KOWA Calls For Cancellation Of Elections As LP, NNPP Objects

The KOWA Party has called for the cancellation of the Edo State gubernatorial election results following reports of violence and irregularities in certain areas.

KOWA’s agent at the INEC headquarters in Benin City, Thompson Osadolor had called for the cancellation following the commission’s cancellation of results in areas where ballot boxes were snatched or card readers not used for authentication.

He said that since it was obvious that such issues including the open inducement of voters at polling units occurred at different places, INEC should out rightly cancel the entire results and bar parties found culpable from contesting a new election.

It’s Time For Nigeria To Have A Female Governor- Obasanjo

At the book presentation of “Nigerian Women Pioneers and Icons” written by Prof. Bolanle Awe, the first female lecturer in Nigeria, held at the MUSON Centre in Lagos today, Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo disclosed that it was time Nigeria had a first elected female governor to pilot the affairs of a state in the country.

“This is the time for women to reap the labour of these great women of the past,” he said, adding that women in Nigeria were doing extremely well and should be allowed greater involvement in the affairs of the nation. Obasanjo, who was represented by Dr. Femi Majekodunmi said apart from physical strength which men excelled the women, the female folks were seriously competing with men in other areas and that he believed that it was time the nation produced women elected governors.

15 Nigerians on trial in Dubai for robbery worth millions in different currencies

Three Nigerians men and a woman, together with eleven other accomplices currently on the run, were charged in the Court of First Instance on Thursday, September 29th, with attacking two Pakistani men and robbing them of millions in different currencies, belonging to their employer.

The 11 others on the run, including another woman, are being accused in the same case of possessing the stolen money. The defendants, all Nigerians are currently in detention.

Photos: Pres Buhari attends annual general meeting of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria

President Buhari Thursday attended the 44th Annual General meeting of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria which held in Abuja. More photos after the cut...

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Nigeria at 56: What Education was like before independence.

As Nigeria celebrates its Independence on Saturday, it is imperative to recapitulate the role education played in gaining our freedom from Britain 56 years ago. Foremost nationalists like the late Chief Anthony Enahoro, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and the late Sardauna of Sokoto, Ahmadu Bello, who fought for our independence did so not through arms and ammunition, but through the power of the pen which they derived through education. 

The aforementioned nationalists had were brave enough to challenge the colonial masters due to their access to quality education. Anthony Enahoro, who moved the motion for our independence was educated at Government School, Uromi, Government School Owo and King’s College, Lagos. He was not educated in any private school, all the schools he attended were government schools. 

Ex-IG of police dies at 85

The Former Inspector General of Police, Sir Etim Okon Inyang is dead.

The family of the ex-police boss confirmed his death to Vanguard on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

According to the family, Inyang died at Reddington Hospital, Lagos on the night of Monday, September 26, 2016.

Lai Mohammed Slams Economist Magazine over ‘Change Begins with Me’ Campaign.

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said the social reorientation campaign, ‘Change Begins with Me’ that was introduced this month was not scheme to silence Nigerians.

His response was contained in a statement issued yesterday to a story by The Economist published on September 24, 2016, entitled: ‘Nigeria’s war against indiscipline, Behave or be whipped.’ Mohammed said the article was pejorative, loaded with innuendos and couched in a language that was downright racist.

Edo Election Disregard any result posted on social media –INEC says

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called on Nigerians to disregard any result posted on social media.

According to the electoral body, some people had started putting up results from the Edo governorship election on the internet.

Nigeria League Winner To Get N40m From LMC

Champions of the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season stand to win N40 million from the Merit Award of the League Management Company (LMC).

Rangers International of Enugu and Rivers United of Port Harcourt are the two clubs in contention for the big prize money.

The reward is from a total of N200 million pool the LMC has set aside as reward for final positions on the league table at the end of the season on Sunday.

Sale Of Assets, Mere Speculations, FG Yet To Decide- Lai

Shortly after a meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed described the many reports in the media about the sale of national assets as mere speculations saying he Federal Government is yet to make any decision on it. 

He said; “What the government will do is to reflate the economy, everything you have heard so far is just suggestion, until the government makes its position known. All these reports of asset sale, asset leasing and whatever is being bandied about, are nothing but speculations.

Baby Born With A Rare Skin Condition That Makes Him Look 80-Year Old (Photos)

A baby boy who looks like an 80-year-old man actually has a rare condition which causes him to age quickly.

Born in Magura, Bangladesh, he has wrinkles, hollow eyes, a shrunken body and a thick layer of hair on his back. Local doctors were left stunned as to what the cause of his ageing is - but they believe he has progeria.

The condition which affects just one in four million often restricts children from having a normal life and causes their body to age faster than it should. A doctor, who had been treating him, said: 'The baby does not look like a new born at all. 

Naira crashes to N465/ USD as CBN issues new directives on domiciliary accounts usage

As Naira came under fresh pressures in the parallel market Wednesday, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, issued more directives restricting usage of domiciliary accounts by bank customers, apparently to stem the pressures and improve official supply of foreign exchange to the interbank market. 

As a result of the pressure, Naira crashed to between N460 and N465/ USD1, against the opening rate of N445/USD1 in the parallel market segment, though the interbank rate depreciated just marginally to N312.9/ USD1, against N310 earlier in the week. Currency dealers at both segments of the market attributed the renewed pressure on rates to a worsening supply gap at all the segments, even as CBN’s intervention, according to them, has become too thin to assuage the huge demand. 

Edo governorship election update.

The two leading candidates in the Edo State governorship election, Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were last night racing neck and neck against the background of mixed fortunes for some of the state’s leading political leaders. 

The biggest upset of the night was at the PU001 Staff Training School, Benin where the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and wife of the PDP candidate, Dr. Idia Ize-Iyamu voted. The PDP won the unit by 78 votes to APC’s 69. Also, former Governor of the state, Oserhiemen Osunbor failed to deliver for the APC, as PDP won at his poling unit in Iruekpen, Esan West LGA by 168 to 120 votes. 

Abdulmumin Jibrin heads to court following his suspension

Sacked chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, says he has instructed his lawyers to file a suit against the Speaker and the House of Representatives over his suspension from the house Wednesday September 28th.

Jibrin was suspended following his refusal to appear before the House of Representatives Committee on Ethics and privileges to address the allegations of budget padding he leveled against the Speaker and 13 other lawmakers. Speaking with journalists in Abuja after his suspension, Jibrin said he fears for the life o those around him as he is fighting a mafia'.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Nigeria@56 - 11 Ways To Celebrate Nigeria’s Independence.

It is widely believed there are 3 most important days in everyone’s life: 1. Your birthday 2. Marriage day 3. Death day. In addition to that, the day that marks one’s National independence/Freedom is also a very key day to mark. All of the three events mentioned above most likely happened or will happen in your home country. 

If there is no Nigeria, there won’t be Nigerians and if there is no independent Nigeria, there will be enslaved Nigerians. The freedom we have today is worth celebrating. 

Below are 11 tips that will aid you in having a remarkable patriotic celebration as we mark the 56th birthday of our dear country Nigeria. Like I always say, you can make the difference in making this country great. Continue to read after the cut..........

Upcoming Gospel Music Icon Steve Joe set to release debut track.

Steve Joe, an anointed music minister and a dynamic song writer, who hails from Okedaba, Kwara State, Nigeria and a graduate of University of Jos with a BSc degree in Industrial Chemistry is set to release his debut track soon. 

The passionate minister attends Family Worship Center Abuja where he is one of the key worship leader in the choir. 

His calling is to connect souls to God through worship in truth and in spirit. 

As a lover of God and a worshipper, his debut track “Amazing Love” came as an inspiration from God about His Awesome Love. 

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith we have Peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). 

The long awaited debut track will be unveiled on 1st of October, 2016. We have few days to go. don't miss it!.

Woman Who Defrauded Osaze Odemwingie, Others Of £130,000 Gets Jailed

A bogus lifestyle guru who stole more than £130,000 from Premier League footballers , a top manager and two millionaire businessmen was jailed for three years and eight months.

Claire Liddle, 41, conned wealthy clients including Stoke City frontman Peter Odemwingie , Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom and former Celtic boss Tony Mowbray by offering to organise their luxury holidays.

Photos: Makarfi Visits Sheriff As PDP Factions Seek End To Crisis

The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, and the party’s factional National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, met in Abuja on Tuesday to resolve the lingering crisis in the party.

It was learnt that the meeting between the two PDP leaders, laying claim to the headship of the former ruling party, was aimed at seeking an end the leadership crisis in the party.

Tight security as Edo election hold today.

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The atmosphere is charged in Edo State ahead of today’s governorship election, as security agents from all indications have provided water tight security across the state. 

The presence of the about 25,000 policemen deployed to the state is being felt, as over five thousand security operatives were sited at the premises of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at Aduwawa, Benin City. 

Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room has called on the political parties participating in the election to conduct themselves in a manner that does not encourage violence by their supporters, as they would be held liable for their activities that trigger violence. 

Court To Rule On Jonathan's Wife's $15.5m October 7

A former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo Dudafa, yesterday urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to nullify the guilty plea by four companies linked to Jonathan’s wife, Patience.

The companies on September 15 pleaded guilty to laundering $15,591,700 (about N5billion) when they were arraigned.
They are: Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd (represented by Friday Davis), Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd (represented by Agbor Baro), Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Ltd (represented by Dioghowori Frederick) and Avalon Global Property Development Ltd (represented by Taiwo Ebenezer).

I told governors, ‘please let us save for the rainy days’ they said no!. – OBASANJO

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, accused former governors of contributing to the economic woes afflicting the nation by opposing his government’s efforts to save for the rainy day when the price of oil was higher.

Obasanjo, who spoke at the 2016 World Pension Summit in Abuja, lamented that many of the former state executives frustrated his genuine attempt to save a substantial portion of the country’s resources when there was excess oil revenue. Obasanjo said at the event attended by global pension players and top government officials: “I remember when I was in government and I told, particularly, the governors, ‘please let us save for the rainy days.’ They said no!. 

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists attack Kwang and Boftari villages

Suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists, scavenging for food, on Monday, September 26th at about 5.00, attacked Kwang village and Vigilantes from Dagu (which is about 4 kilometres from Kwang), responded and repelled the terrorists attack.

During the fire fight that ensued, one of the vigilantes sustained gun shot wound on his hand and was evacuated to General Hospital Uba while the terrorists fled with gun shot wounds.

Photo: 32 seater bus manufactured by ex-Niger Delta agitators arrive Abuja for delivery to President Buhari

The 32-seater bus manufactured by ex-Niger Delta militants arrived Abuja today, for onward delivery to President Buhari in honour of his commitment to the Amnesty Programme and the Niger Delta Region. The 80 former militants who graduated from the Innoson Kiara Academy in Enugu on August, produced the vehicle without any supervision.

Who said it can't be made in Nigeria?

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Letter to my countrymen: Averting an economic meltdown via the right type of asset sales.

In my previous capacity as the Chairman of the Technical Committee of the National Council on Privatisation up until May 2015, I canvassed for the privatisation of the power sector, sale of NITEL and pushed for the sale of the refineries and the passage of the transport reform bills before time ran out on the last administration. 

The Nigerian economy has since taken a turn for the worse. We are now confronted by the twin evils of economic stagnation (2.06% contraction of real GDP in the second quarter of 2016) and a high inflation rate (above 17%). Stagnation + Inflation = Stagflation. 

Vice President Of India & Wife Are In Nigeria (Photos)

The Vice-President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari and his wife have arrived Nigeria. They arrived the country yesterday and they were received by VP Osinbajo and wife. More photos below:

Recession -Woman's Pot Of Rice Gets Stolen In Ebonyi State

A middle-aged woman identified as Agnes on Sunday in Abakaliki lost the pot of rice she was cooking to thieves.

Some pressmen who visited Agnes’ residence behind Nnodo Secondary School, Amike-Aba on Monday report that she was still in shock over the incident.

It took repeated appeals by the correspondent to make Agnes talk, as she maintained that her husband had barred her from speaking further on the issue to avoid negative attention to the family.

We will get out of our problems- Pres Buhari assures again.

President Buhari yesterday said Nigeria has the people and the resources to surmount her economic problems. Receiving President of the African Development Bank (ADB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, at State House, Abuja, on Monday, President Buhari said:

"God has given us people and resources. It will take hard work on our part, but we will make it. We will get out of our problems. We are determined to produce what we eat, and stop importation. We will also chase those who stole, and get them to refund."

List of New Federal Appointment by President Buhari.

President Buhari has approved new appointments in 13 Federal Government agencies as follows:
1. Industrial Training Fund (ITF) - Director-General - Mr. Joseph Ari
2. National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) - Director-General - Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami)
3. Nigerian Content Monitoring Board - Executive Secretary - Engineer Simbi Kesiye Wabote

Saturday, 24 September 2016


In a country with an average population of 170 million, what difference can only one person make?

Was told a perplexing story by a friend about an incident that occurred on a major drive in Gwarinpa, Abuja. I was been driven by the friend and a driver in another car helped us to kick start a well needed discussion when he displayed the usual road user misbehavior in Nigeria. Once we were through that, he started to narrate an incident that happened earlier.

In a regular after work traffic, a driver instead of joining the holdup and wait for his turn to move, maneuvered his way into an illegal lane and started to shove his way forward with his near James Bond moves. An aggrieved Nigerian targeted him and tactically blocked him, at least to point out his misbehavior to him. Then the unusual happened, the Nigerian James Bond stepped out of his car and spectators expected he was going to angrily land the man a slap for obstructing him. But I bet the guy shocked everyone even the narrator of the story when all he did was ask the young man just one question: “Hey guy, CAN ONLY YOU CHANGE NIGERIA?” He said that and walked back into his car. 

Falana warns Dogora against probing Jibrin.

A senior Nigerian lawyer, Femi Falana, has written to the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, demanding an immediate discontinuation of the house’s investigation of Abdulmumin Jibrin. Mr. Falana said the probe was an attempt to suspend Mr. Jibrin, despite an ongoing court case against such move.

Mr. Jibrin, a member of the house from Kano, is accused of misconduct after he accused Mr. Dogara and other leaders of budget fraud. The house has not investigated the alleged corruption.

Double celebration as Bayelsa First Lady delivers quadruplets in US.

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After many years of marriage without a child, the wife of Bayelsa State Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Rachael Dickson has given birth to quadruplet in the United States of America (USA). 

According to Vanguard the quadruplets, a boy and three girls were delivered in the early hours of Friday in an disclosed hospital. News of the delivery sparked celebration among staff of the government house. The birth of the quadruplets, came few hours after Governor Seriake Dickson secured victory at the Abuja Division of Appeal Court the over his rival, Timipre Sylva as winner of the last governorship election in the state, making it a double celebration for the first family. 

Photos from Peter Okoye's son Cameron's 8th birthday party

P-Square's Peter Okoye first born Cameron turned 8 years old today and a birthday party was thrown for him. More photos after the cut...

Friday, 23 September 2016

2 students to be flogged for extortion, impersonation

Gudu Upper Area Court on Thursday sentenced two students, Azubuko Onyekachi, 27, Daniel Ododo, 18, to seven strokes of cane for impersonation and extortion of N10,000.

The Upper Area court judge, Mr Umar Kagarko, ordered that the convicts should return the N10,000 to the complainant.

Onyekachi and Ododo, both students, had pleaded guilty to a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, impersonation and extortion.

Nigerian blogger detained for five days.

A Nigerian blogger on Thursday spent his fourth night in detention for writing a controversial blog post.

Jamil Mabai, a blogger based in the Northwestern state of Katsina, was arrested by officers of the Nigerian Police Force on Monday in Kaduna.

The blogger is a known critic of the Katsina administration led by Aminu Masari on his blog, Cliqq Magazine.

Senators Plan To Buy Nigeria's Assets, Don't Sell - Falana Tells Buhari.

Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana, has kicked against suggestions that Nigeria should sell off its national assets to raise funds for the country’s ailing economy.

Nigeria’s business mogul and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, had suggested that the federal government should sell off some national assets like the multi-billion dollar Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, NLNG, and use the proceeds to pull the country from the current economic recession.

“If I had challenges in my company, I would not hesitate to sell assets to remain afloat, to get to the better times. It doesn’t make any sense for me to keep any assets and then suffocate the whole organization,” Mr. Dangote, who is the chairman, Dangote Group, told CNBC Africa.

Innovation: A Specially Designed Keyboard Allows Yorùbá and Igbo Speakers to Type Their Languages

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Typing Nigerian languages, such as Yorùbá and Igbo, is usually a challenge as most keyboards are not equipped for the tonality that characterizes them. These technical barriers have been a source of concern for many Nigerians who would wish to type their local languages properly.

However, this might no longer be an issue thanks to, which has developed a Yorùbá and Igbo keyboard. is a multimedia dictionary of Yorùbá names, which seeks to preserve and document all Yorùbá names in a multimedia format. It is part of a long-term project to document all types of African cultural experiences on the internet as a way of ensuring the survival of African identities in their various expressions.

South Korea reveals plans to assasinate North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-Un using undercover hitmen

South Korea's defence minister Han Min-koo has said his country has a plan to launch a special forces Unit to go to North Korea and kill Supreme leader Kim Jong-Un if he decides to attack South Korea with missiles.

According to Han Min-koo, military chiefs are “considering launching a special forces unit to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.”
The operation would be part of ‘Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation’ plan (KMPR), which was announced after North Korea’s tested it's fifth nuclear warhead earlier this month, Han added during a parliamentary meeting in Seoul on Wednesday.

Reviving Nigeria’s Economy: Experts set agenda for 22nd Nigerian Economic Summit

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The grave misdeed of too much dependence on sale of crude oil for revenue generation cannot be overemphasized, this is why, when oil prices fell from more than $100 a barrel to about $40, the naira lost more than a third of its value and is still falling. 

For the foreseeable future, signs abound that the price of oil will remain low, not only because of oversupply in the market but also as a result of several other indices, green technology is catching up both in cost and efficiency, also manufacturing, ICT, agriculture and other viable alternatives to oil are been embraced around the world as part of efforts to create a stable economy in order to withstand global uncertainty. 

‘FG, states share N2.53trn in 7 months’ – NAN

The federal, states and local governments have shared N2.53 trillion as proceeds of revenues from the Federation Account from January to July, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. 

The figures were derived from documents obtained from the Federal Ministry of Finance, showing that the total revenue generated for the months under review was N2.73 trillion. However, deductions were made for cost of collection to Nigeria Customs Service (seven per cent); Federal Inland Revenue Service (four per cent) and Department of Petroleum Resources (four per cent). The funds are usually shared the following month; for example, revenues generated in January is shared in February; thus, the revenue shared between January and July was actually generated between December 2015 and June, 2016. 

Governors pass vote of confidence on Kemi Adeosun, Udoma Udo Udoma, support sale of national assets

The 36 state governors Thursday passed a vote of confidence on Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun and her counterpart at the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma.

According to a statement from the spokesperson of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande, the governors passed their votes on the ministers at the monthly National Economic Council meeting which was presided over by Osinbajo at the presidential villa in Abuja. 

The Economic Council also supported the sale of some national assets to rescue Nigeria from current economic recession. Read the full statement below:

Thursday, 22 September 2016

"Nigeria Rise Concert" - Ace Broadcaster and Adept On Air Personality unveiled as comperes.

Abuja is set to experience a one of a kind Independence Concert on the 9th of October, 2016 - "Nigeria Rise Concert." 

The organizers of the event, Franklin Giva CEO, PKTS International and Phil Roberts in collaboration with STUDIO 24 officially unveiled the comperes yesterday in a hangout with social media influencers in Abuja.

Phil Roberts who is also the Project Director of the forthcoming event unveiled the comperes. “The official anchors of Nigeria Rise Concert are Adora Onyechere of AIT and Stanley Bentu of WE FM. We decided to pick the best hands for this event because of our penchant for excellence and that has been the hallmark for our projects over the years” he said.

He added that STUDIO 24 has been in charge of the official photo shoot for these anchors which is intended to be part of the publicity for the event. More details about the comperes after the cut...........

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