Linda Ikeji, Wizkid Top Google Nigeria Search For Last 10 Years

Linda Ikeji                                                                                                                                 Wizkid

 

Popular blogger and entrepreneur Linda Ikeji and popstar Ayodele Balogun, also known as Wizkid have topped Google Nigeria search since 2008.

The tech giant disclosed this on Wednesday as it marked a major milestone – its 20th anniversary.

Other prominent Nigerians in the top 10 are Olamide, President Muhammadu Buhari, Davido, and Phyno.

See the full list below:

  1. Linda Ikeii
  2. Wizkid
  3. Olamide
  4. Muhammadu Buhari
  5. Davido
  6. Cristiano Ronaldo
  7. Lionel Messi
  8. Rihanna
  9. Nicki Minaj
  10. Phyno

Founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, with the aim of organising the world’s information to make it universally accessible and useful, the Search Index now contains hundreds of billions of web pages and is well over 100 000 000 gigabytes in size.

Google has not only grown to become the world’s most popular search engine, it has also become a crucial tool for many, according to the Country Manager for Nigeria Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor.

“Search is a very different product from what it was in 1998. Far from simply being a way to find information, it has become a crucial social and economic tool,” she said.

“This is especially true in Africa, where it has proven invaluable in helping people find jobs, start businesses, and even save money.”

 

Popular Nigerian Blogger, Linda Ikeji Gives Birth

Courtesy: Instagram.. @officiallindaikeji

Popular Nigerian blogger, Linda Ikeji has given birth.

She gave birth on Monday morning at a hospital in the United States.

Although she didn’t state the sex of the child, she had earlier said she was expecting a baby boy

In a post on Instagram where she announced the birth, she simply referred to the newborn as ‘Baby J’.

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Gov. Ahmed Warns Judiciary Against Corrupt Practices

Abdulfatah-Ahmed, National Discovery, Governor Ahmed, RescessionThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has called on members of the judiciary to stand against corruption and uphold the rule of law.

The governor who made this call at the swearing-in of a new grand Kadi of the Shariah Court, Hon. Muhammed Ola Abdulkadir, said that recent happenings on alleged corruption against some members of the judiciary, make the public question the integrity of the judiciary.

According to the governor, “Judges across the country should be bold, fearless, incorruptible, follow the principles of the constitution and promote democracy”.

He also noted that the integrity, independence and impartiality of the judiciary are essential to promoting human rights and fostering development.

“Judiciary must be inclusive and promote social justice. – Ensuring equal treatment of all before the law goes a long way in building trust in the credibility of the judicial system,” Ahmed stressed.

Consequently, he stated that all citizens must have unrestricted and equal access to justice at all times.

Also, the rights of all must be protected regardless of gender, age or status, as justice helps society create organised human relations and forms the basis of strong institutions and good governance.

Kaduna Attack: Govt. Enforces 24-Hour Curfew

Godgodo, death toll, KadunaThe Kaduna State Security Council has enforced a 24-hour curfew in Jema’a and Kaura Local Government Areas of Kaduna State with immediate effect.

This follows the recent attacks by gunmen that claimed lives and property in some communities in the two local government areas.

A statement by the spokesman for the state government, Samuel Aruwan, says the action became necessary in order to protect the lives of residents and avoid further breakdown of law and order in the two Local Government Areas.

The statement directs all security agencies on a special operation in the two local government areas to ensure strict compliance of the curfew, stating that only workers on special duties and those on humanitarian services are allowed free movement after due clearance by security agencies.

N-Power: Ahmed Lauds Scheme, Engages 5,553 In Kwara

Abdulfatah-AhmedThe Federal Government has engaged about 5,553 graduates through its N-Power job creation scheme in Kwara State.

The state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, disclosed this in Ilorin, at the stakeholders’ forum on the implementation strategies of the Federal Government’s special intervention projects.

He also informed that the home-grown school feeding programme for primary school pupils, will soon commence.

The N-Power is the Federal Government’s Programme, designed to drastically reduce youth unemployment, with focus on providing young graduates and non-graduates with skills, tools and livelihood to enable them advance from unemployment to employment, entrepreneurship and innovation.

The governor applauded the Federal Government for its special intervention projects, which he said, had enhanced the quality of lives of the beneficiaries.

“Let me begin by commending the Federal Government for its social intervention projects across the country, such as the conditional Cash Transfer Scheme (CCT), and the N-Power programme.

“These have been designed to restore livelihoods, economic opportunities and sustenance for the poor and impacted positively on the lives of Nigerians.

“I note with pleasure that about 1,080 households in 360 communities spread across 12 Local Government Areas of the state, have benefited from the first phase of the ongoing Federal Government Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme (CCT).

“We have launched various programmes to guarantee that citizens of the state thrive in their various endeavours”, Ahmed said.

Kogi State Set To Become Hub Of Industrial Activities

Yahaya-Bello-Governor-Kogi-StateThe Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello, has expressed the determination of his administration to make the state a hub of industrial activities, because of its strategic location in Lokoja, the state capital.

Bello, made this known to journalists during his maiden visit to the Nigeria-Korean friendship Institute of Vocational and Advanced Technology (NKFI) in Lokoja.

The institute which is a technical/vocational school, is committed wholly to the training of youths, middle and skilled man power.

It was established in Lokoja in 2010, by the South Korean government in partnership with the government of Kogi state, aimed at deepening the bond of friendship between Nigeria and South Korea.

The Principal of the Institute, Gabriel Okewu, in his address of welcome, gave a rundown of the institute, including the challenges it has experienced; one of which he identified as land disputes with the state polytechnic.

“I wish to express the profound gratitude of the management and members of staff of this institute to your Excellency for the prompt response in granting the needed fund for the take-off of the institute.

“We remain deeply grateful for the noble gesture which will go a long way in paving way for eventual commencement of academics programme in the institute.

He further stated: “We have commenced the process of registration of the institute with the corporate affairs commission and as demanded by the note.

“Hopefully and by the grace of god, we shall collect the certificate soonest for onward transmission to note the head office for scheduling of the date for the resource inspection and accreditation of the Institute.

The governor in his reply lauded the Korean government initiative leading to the establishment of the institute, while he assured the management of his readiness to take the institute seriously.

“Kogi State is set to overtake every other states in Nigeria, we are ready to take our destiny into our hands, we have the political will to ensure that this Institute works well.

“We will make judicious use of it to impact knowledge and skills into our teeming youths to better their lives and contribute meaningfully to the development of the state and Nigeria at large.” Yahaya said.

At the end of the speeches the governor and some of his cabinet members present, were taken round each department of the institute.

Furthermore, Yahaya promised to resolve the lingering land dispute, and promised to fund the institute.

“Before our second year anniversary this institute is going to be assembling vehicles here and we shall have ‘Made in Kogi’ vehicles, machines, shoes, and ‘Made in Kogi’ almost everything.”

Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to the Governor, on Multilateral Donor Agencies and special projects/focal person on social investment programmes, Adoga Ibrahim, told journalists that the institute would be used as a foundation for industrialization in the state.

“Part of the initiative is to invite automobile plant companies to see how they can establish a plant In Kogi state and begin to assemble vehicles.

“Kogi state has about 100 million in the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN), which you have graciously approved and given directive for the establishment of cassava processing plant at Egbeda-Ega in Ijumu local Government Area.

“We have also brought Kogi indigenes who invented cassava processing plant which you are going to see in action today, and fish-drying machine fabricated by this institute.

“We have direct talk with Korean government through their embassy and we have gotten an invitation to host them in a couple of weeks in Abuja.

“To whom much is given much is expected,” Adoga Ibrahim added.

Vigilante Member Arraigned For Raping Nursing Mother In Osun

Justice Ademola's Trial OpensA 25-year-old vigilante member, Sunday Arewa, has been docked before an Ile-Ife Magistrate court in Osun State, for allegedly raping a nursing mother.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Emmanuel Abdulahi, told the court that “Arewa committed the offence on January 19, 2017 at about 12:00 am at Oke-Ogbo area in Ile-Ife.

“The accused inflicted injuries on the left arm of the victim, Tosin Afolabi, and also threatened her with gun before allegedly having carnal knowledge of her in an uncompleted building.

The prosecutor further informed the court that the accused committed offences contrary to and punishable under Sections 351, 355, 86(2) and 360 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol. II, Laws of Osun, 2003.

Arewa entered into a not guilty plea to the four count-charges presented against him.

Meanwhile, the Defence Counsel, Akintilo Olakunbi, made attempt to move application for Arewa’s bail but the presiding Magistrate Olalekan Ijiyode, asked her to bring a written bail application.

The presiding Magistrate has therefore ordered that Arewa be remanded in Ile-Ife prison custody.

The case was adjourned to March 10, 2017 for hearing.

Rainstorm Destroys High Tension Poles In Port Harcourt

Falling power poleAbout 96 high tension poles belonging to Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) were destroyed by heavy wind, during the downpour that occurred on Tuesday evening in Port Harcourt.

As a result of the damaged poles with other associated materials such as 150mm aluminum conductor spanning over 32,000 metres, several cross arms, among others were also destroyed.

A cross section of Port Harcourt metropolis has been thrown into darkness.

In the wake of the loss, five 33kv and four 11kv feeders namely; Borikiri 33kv, Rainbow 33kv, Choba 33kv, Rumuolumeni 33kv and UST 33kv were affected.

Others affected are 11kv in Rumuomoi, Federal, Wokoma and Water lines.

The Chief Executive officer of PHED, Mr Jay McCoskey, reacting to the natural disaster that culminated to the loss of supply to the affected areas, appealed to the residents to exercise patience while the damaged poles are being replaced.

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One person was killed in earlier storm on Monday

He assured the residents that the management would do everything possible to ensure early restoration of power supply.

“It is regrettable that PHED is facing such a loss at this moment due to natural disaster, but I can guarantee that supply will be restored to the affected areas because we have started sourcing for the materials to replace the damaged poles and other accessories,”  McCoskey said.

Thunderstorm Kills One In Port Harcourt

The rainstorm came a day after a heavy rain with thunderstorm in Port-Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State,  brought down at least two masts, destroying bill boards and some roofs in Ikoku Mile 1 community.

A 16-year-old girl, who was said to be with her mother, was killed.

While two others, including the coach of the Community Football team were left with broken skulls and are currently battling for survival at the hospital.

Rain, Thunderstorm Kill One, Leave Two In Critical Condition In Port-Harcourt

port-harcourt-rainstormTragedy struck on Monday evening in Port-Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, when a heavy rain with thunderstorm brought down at least two masts, destroyed bill boards and some roofs in Ikoku Mile 1 community.

A 16-year-old girl, who was said to be with her mother, was killed.

While two others, including the coach of the Community Football team were left with broken skulls and are currently battling for survival at the hospital.rainstrom-in-port-harcourt

The acting Managing Director of the Rivers State Signage and Advertising Agency, Chukwudi Dimkpa, told Channels Television that, “the state government was currently conducting integrity test on poles and bill boards”.

“Those found to have failed to obtain government approvals or to do maintenance will be made to face sanctions,” Chukwudi said.

Australian Open: Serena Defeats Strycova To Reach Quarter-Finals

Australian Open: Serena Defeats Strycova To Reach Quarter-FinalsWorld number two, Serena Williams, has advanced to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open following a 7-5 6-4 win over Czech Barbora Strycova at Rod Laver Arena.

Williams was broken three times in the opening set and again when coasting to the finish line in the second.

However, she shifted up a gear when it counted to close out the match in one hour, forty six minutes.

Williams, bidding to win a record 23rd grand slam title in the professional era, has now notched 10 consecutive quarter-final appearances at the majors, dating back to the 2014 U.S Open.

On Wednesday, Serena will play Johanna Konta, who advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Ekaterina Makarova at Margaret court arena.

Committee Commends ECOWAS For Restoring Democracy In Gambia

Committee Commends ECOWAS For Restoring Democracy In GambiaThe Committee For The Protection Of Peoples Mandate (CPPM), has commended the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) for what they say is a restoration of Democracy in The Gambia.

The committee revealed this in a statement signed by the Executive Chairman, Nelson Ekujumi, titled: “Kudos To Ecowas For The Restoration Of Democracy In Gambia”.

It reads:

“The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) whole heartedly congratulates and commends the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for its steadfastness and faithfulness to the sanctity of the democratic mandate of the people of Gambia as entrusted in President Adama Barrow by ensuring that ex-President Yahya Jammeh quits office involuntarily.

“We equally commend the good people of Gambia for their perseverance despite the provocative comments and actions of ex dictator Yahya Jammeh and his cronies to hang on to power by assaulting the constitution and the democratic rights of Gambians as freely expressed at the polls on December 1, 2016.

“As we rejoice with the people of Gambia over the restoration of democracy and the aversion of a needless crisis that would have been generated by the crudity of ex dictator Yahya Jammeh to cling on to power unconstitutionally and against decency and civilized conduct, may we admonish Gambians to remain faithful to democracy as the only legitimate means of determining who rules them.

“We congratulate President Adama Barrow for his tenacity in keeping faith with the mandate of the Gambian people and urge him to repay all the sacrifices put in place and endured to reclaim his mandate, both locally and internationally by ensuring the delivery of dividends of democracy to the populace.

“We view this action of ECOWAS in restoring democracy to Gambia by chasing out expired despot Yahya Jammeh as highly commendable, a victory for democracy and an unambiguous message to other despots on the African continent that the time of reckoning for assaulting the people’s right to freely choose their leader, is over.

“We are very hopeful that the laudable action of ECOWAS in Gambia would be a wake-up call to the electorates in Africa to boldly take their destiny in their thumbs to vote out despots who have underdeveloped, mismanaged and caused strife and crisis on the African continent.

“Once again, we wish President Adama Barrow and the good people of Gambia, a successful and fruitful tenure to the glory of God and the benefit of mankind.” the statement said.

Ogun State Declares 396, Others Free Of Lassa Fever

Ogun State Declares 396, Others Free Of Lassa Fever The Ogun Commissioner for Health Dr. Babtunde Ipaye, has said that 396 people have been declared free of Lassa Fever according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) standard, after being placed under surveillance.

The persons were said to have had primary and secondary contacts with the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer of Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Idi- Aba in Abeokuta, who died of Lassa fever in December 2016.

Ipaye also revealed that 19 close contacts to another new suspected Lassa fever case, came out negative after been tested.

The Commissioner, who made this disclosure during an interview in his office with Journalists at Oke- Mosan in Abeokuta, explained that during the process of monitoring the 396 contacts, another suspected case was recorded with about 50 contacts traced to the victim.

According to him, the blood samples of the 19 primary contacts out of the 50, were then tested and confirmed to be negative.

Ipaye said the suspected victim who later died at University College Hospital, (UCH) in Ibadan, cannot be counted for Ogun State, saying that the remaining 39 secondary contacts have been placed under close monitoring with one thermometer and health officer attached to each of them to monitor their temperature.

He added that so far, none of the contacts have shown abnormal temperature since they began monitoring and that the medical officers attached to each of the contacts would continue to monitor until the specified period in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) standard, is exceeded before they could be medically adjudged to be free of the disease.

The Health Commissioner said the 39 contacts would in less than a week, be declared free to include the 19 close contacts that were tested nagative.

He then urged members of the public not to panic, while assuring citizens that the government was on top of the situation.

He also stressed the need for the people to cultivate high level of hygiene, keep food items away from rats and get rid of all kind of rats in and around their environment.

Dr. Ipaye also advised members of the public to report any case of malaria symptoms that may have exceeded three days of treatment to the nearest General Hospital.