9ice, Others Aim To Make History With Suya

Afropop singer 9ice in the company of some other partners are poised to make history as they have announced plans to create a 50 feet-long steak, popularly known as suya, to celebrate Nigeria’s Independence Day this year.

The singer and popular tourism ambassador and CEO of ‘Suya Stops’ Kehinde Talabi revealed to journalists in Lagos, south-west Nigeria that the idea is to set a new Guinness World Record of the longest steak in the world by making a single 50ft suya. They also aim to draw more positive attention to the country and the showbiz industry.

Talabi said, “We have been working tirelessly behind the curtains in the past few months since we birthed this idea and with the full support of the Lagos State Government and amiable governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, through the Ministry of Arts and Culture, we are sure Lagosians and people in Lagos are in for a good ride.

“I run a Suya spot in Lagos and I can tell for a fact that that it is one viable business with so many intrigues and much more to showcase and imbibe in our tourism export.”

The carnival, which is billed to wrap up the celebration of Lagosat 50, is billed to hold on October 1, 2017.

In recent times, other Nigerian entertainers including Kaffy and DJ Obi have held Guinness World records in other categories.

Gunmen Kill 23 In Kano And Borno

Gunmen killed 23 people in northern Nigeria in attacks that appeared to target gamblers and people selling ‘forbidden’ meat that Islamist militants disapprove of, officials and locals said yesterday.

In the deadliest attack, late on Monday, gunmen opened fire at a market in the town of Damboa in Borno state North East Nigeria, targeting local hunters who sell bush meat from animals such as monkeys and pigs, which strict Muslims are forbidden to eat, a local official said.

“Gunmen suspected to be members of BH (Islamist sect Boko Haram) came to the town market and shot dead 13 local hunters on the spot while five others died from their injuries at the hospital,” Alhaji Abba Ahmed said. “They came to the market in a Volkswagen Golf car, carried out the operation and left.”

In a separate attack in the north’s biggest city of Kano, some 500 km (310 miles) west of Damboa, on Tuesday, suspected Boko Haram members riding on motorbikes shot dead five people playing an outdoor board game, witnesses and a hospital source who received the bodies said. Two others were wounded.

Damboa is in the remote northeast, the sect’s heartland near the borders with Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

President Goodluck Jonathan told Reuters in Geneva on Tuesday that tackling global jihadists is in Nigeria’s interest because of the links between its Islamists and those in the desert states to the north, like Mali. An Islamist group known as Ansarudine, which has been blamed for abducting and killing Westerners, claimed responsibility for an attack on Nigerian troops heading to Mali on Sunday that killed two officers.

Militants have killed several hundred people in the past three years in a campaign to impose sharia, Islamic law, on Nigeria. Their targets include the security forces and churches, although they have killed more Muslims than Christians.

Gunmen also fired on the convoy of Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero in Kano on Saturday, killing six people.