Jazz Artiste, Kirk Whalum Talks About His Roots

Kirk WhalumJazz saxophonist, Kirk Whalum, started out as a band leader, performing in clubs before he joined the big league and went to on win 12 Grammy awards.

In the 80’s, he formed a band, having regular gigs in local clubs.

It was at this time he was discovered by jazz pianist, Bob James. That move proved to be his biggest decision as he went on to play for top artistes, including late soul singer, Whitney Houston.

The originator of ‘Gospel According to Jazz’ backed up for top artistes in America, including late singer, Whitney Houston, who gave him a slot in the song, ‘I Will Always Love You’.

Kirk recently visited Nigeria to celebrate the International Jazz Day and Entertainment News seized the opportunity to speak with him about his roots and music.

Do enjoy.

EDHA Reacts To Oshiomhole’s Letter On L.G.A Chairmen’s Tenure

OshiomholeThe Edo State House of Assembly has summoned the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to appear before it on Monday.

This is for him to explain why the State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, was not well advised concerning a letter sent to the House on the tenure of local government chairmen in the state.

The resolution was passed after the lawmakers deliberated on the letter challenging the House on why it recently passed a resolution directing the local government council chairmen whose tenure expired on Thursday to hand over to the head of local government administration in their respective LGAs.

Night Grazing Banned In Plateau State

grazingSecurity operatives have banned the movement of cattle and herdsmen after 7PM in Riyom, Barkin Ladi, Mangu and Jos South Local Government Areas of Plateau State.

The Commander of Operation Safe Haven, Major General Tagbo Ude, made the announcement during a town hall meeting between community leaders, village heads and Ardos of the affected communities as part of efforts to maintain law and order in the areas.

Top of the agenda at the meeting was the return of internally displaced persons ousted from both the Berom and Fulani settlements.

They also looked into the issue of maintaining peace and having an understanding between the cattle rearers and farmers especially during the rainy season.

During the interactive session some community leaders expressed concerns on issues of internally displaced persons returning to their homes, in spite of the assurances that it was safe for them return to commence.

Major-General Ude again allayed their fears on the destruction of newly built houses of returning displaced persons. He maintained that security operatives would be available to protect such structures.

He went ahead to read the riot act to perpetrators of such crimes, insisting that the security agencies would not condone any excesses.

The banning of night grazing was one of the agreements reached at the town hall meeting. Participants expressed hope that all concerned would adhere to the decisions taken and embrace peace for the sake of development.

INSPIRING: Nigerian Without A Degree Builds Mini Aircraft

The power of the mind and how much it can achieve is seen in the act of Aghogho, a young man without a degree, who read how aircrafts are made and brought it to life.

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“I have not been to any school, I do my research at home” Aghogho said.

 

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Aghogho’s first aircraft flew in 1999 with many setbacks since then

 

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After many failures, he started to think there was something spiritual about things that fly

 

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According to Elbert Hubbard, in these days, a man who says a thing cannot be done is quite apt to be interrupted by someone doing it.

 

 

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There is much the mind can achieve if we go after the information we need to do whatever we want to do.

 

 

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Aghogho has become a ray of hope for many; young and old in his community

 

Watch Aghogho’s aircraft fly. Enjoy the video.

NACA Takes Public Health Campaign To Rural Communities

nacaThe National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) has extended its public health awareness campaign to rural communities in Benue State.

The agency has been offering free medical services and HIV/Aids testing.

An Assistant Director of Strategic Knowledge Management on HIV/AIDs in NACA, Mr Lawrence Kwaghar, said that the free medical services is aimed at reducing the infection rate and to improve on Nigeria’s public health concerns.

Some beneficiary of the four-day free medical services in Tarka Local Government commended the NACA for the initiative.

They said that it has afforded them the opportunity to get tested, know their health status and better their standards of living.

In Imo state, several people trooped into the Premier Primary School at Amaifeke in Orlu Local Government for the NACA/Sure National HIV testing and counselling.

The Programme Director, Mrs Agatha Thomas, said that the essence of the programme is to create public awareness to members of the public to avail them the opportunity to have access to some basic health services which is being funded by the federal government.

Also speaking, the Programme Coordinator for Imo State, Nwokedi Onyekachi, said that the agency is working round the clock with massive mobilization and sensitization exercise to ensure that by 2030 over 95% of Nigerians would have done the HIV test so as to reduce the problem of stigmatization and victimization.

Appeal Court Reserves Judgment On Taraba Speaker

TarabaThe Court of Appeal sitting in Yola, on Monday reserved judgment on the appeal filed by the Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly Hon. Peter Abel Diah.

Diah had approached the Appeal Court to set aside the judgement of the Elections Petitions Tribunal which nullified his election victory under the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The 3-man panel of judges of the Yola Appeal Court – Justice Jummai Hannatu Sankey, Justice U. Onyemenem, Justice Saidu Tanko Hussaini, called on the counsel to the Speaker and APC to deliberate and inform the court on the day they agree for judgement.

Speaking to reporters briefly after the court sitting, the counsel to the PDP, Barrister Solo Akuma (SAN) said that he was confident that the Appeal Court judgement would favour the embattled Speaker.

The embattled Speaker was also optimistic that the Appeal Court would upturn the verdict of election tribunal. He called on his political supporters to remain calm.

Tough Times Are Ahead For Nigerians – Udo Udoma

Udo-UdomaThe Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, has urged Nigerians to brace up for tough times ahead because of the negative economic and social issues happening across the globe.

Speaking at an interactive session with the Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Senator Udoma said that the federal government would cut all frivolous expenditure in the 2016 budget and overheads will be reduced by 7%.

The Central Bank Governor, the Group Managing Director at the Nigeria National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) as well as the Ministers of Finance, were also at the forum to discuss the 2016 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) with members of the senate committee.

The Minister of National Planning explained how the federal government arrived at the indices in the MTEF while the NNPC boss, who is also Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, gave a breakdown of the oil and gas sector, including how much has been spent on petroleum subsidy in 2015.

In the Medium Term Expenditure Framework, the 6.077 trillion naira budget with a revenue target of 3.82 trillion naira, projects a deficit of 2.22 trillion naira and projects that recurrent expenditure would drop from 84% in the 2015 budget to 70% in 2016.

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, explained how the federal government plans to cut recurrent expenditure.

In the proposed framework, capital expenditure of 16% in the 2015 budget was raised to 30% in 2016 but with dwindling oil prices, economic analysts have expressed concern about how government intends to fund the 2016 budget.

The Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue, Mr Babatunde Fowler, said that one of the strategies which the federal government intends to use is by blocking loopholes and opening up the tax base.

African Oil Producers Must Cut Production Cost – Kachikwu

KachikwuThe Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, says Nigeria and other African oil producing countries must begin to device strategies to cut costs in oil production in order to break even.

This came in the face of persistently dwindling oil prices in the global market.

Dr Kachikwu said that this current challenge requires strong collaboration among smaller oil producing countries in the continent and a lot of decisive action in areas of structure, management and operations in oil production.

He said that the African Petroleum Congress and Exhibition – CAPE VI to be hosted by Nigeria in March 2016 would focus on promotion of cooperation among member nations in technical assistance, marketing policies and strategies geared towards returning African oil producers to the lowest cost in oil production.

NSC Promises To Develop Taekwondo In Nigeria

TaekwondoThe National Sports Commission (NSC) has promised to support the Chika Chukwumerije Sports Foundation in a four-year strategic partnership geared towards the development and promotion of taekwondo in Nigeria.

The 3rd CCSF International Taekwondo Open witnessed a large turnout of athletes across Africa with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) dominating the eight events competed for at the two-day championship.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the championship which took place at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, Director-General of the NSC, Alhassan Yakmut said that with what CCSF has been doing in terms of its programmes, it was clear that the foundation has been able to champion the ideals of the commission.

“I am convinced beyond any doubt that CCSF has done a lot to promote and development taekwondo in Nigeria.

“For us at NSC, we want to partner organization like this because they are doing things that are in line with our vision. The atmosphere at this year’s tournament is what obtained globally in terms of international standard and I don’t think any reasonable person will not be impressed with what we have seen here tonight.

“Apart from the tournament, they have done workshop and other developmental activities to support the upcoming athletes. With this, NSC will be entering into four-year strategic partnership with CCSF to champion the development and promotion of taekwondo which is an Olympic sport in Nigeria. So from 2016, the collaboration will take off with NSC fully supporting the foundation in all its activities,” Alhassan said.

After two days of competitive action, the NSCDC confirmed why it is committed to sports in Nigeria when its athletes dominated the medal table at the 3rd CCSF Open concluded at the weekend.

NSCDC recorded four gold, one silver and four bronze medals to beat Mali and Niger Republic to second and third places on the medal table.

Mali again showed why it remains one of the taekwondo power houses in Africa when inspired by Soumare Karamoko, they won two gold and two bronze medals while Niger Republic won same number of gold with one silver and one bronze medals.

From the 284 athletes that featured in the competition which has the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF)-certified referees handling proceedings, Mali’s Karamoko was voted the best male athlete while NSCDC’s Chinazum Nwosu won the best female diadem.

Cameroun’s sole representative who fought his way into the final in the men’s -80kg to clinch silver medal won the fair play award for his sportsmanship during the final match, which he eventually lost to NSCDC’s Segun Olushola.

Jonathan and Familiy Bid Farewell To Aso Villa Chapel

JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday bid goodbye to worshippers in the Aso Rock Villa Chapel, praying that the incoming administration would continue from where he stopped.

It was a thanksgiving service that had all the trappings of a celebration in honour of President Goodluck Jonathan, for the ability to appear before the Lord in the chapel for six years.

It was also to serve as a hand over service to the incoming Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who was not present at the service.

In what looked like testimonies, the President and his wife, Patience called on their members to forgive them of any imperfection, saying they are going home with their heads held high.

Mrs Patience Jonathan, who confessed that she never dreamt of becoming a first lady, recalled the number of times she was wheeled into theJonathan theatre for operations.

She was grateful to God that she had been completely and miraculously healed from the ailment that made her undergo surgical operations four times in a German hospital.

There were pronouncements by the men of God who seemed to say that the President has planted a seed by giving peace to Nigeria and he now makes way for the next administration to water.

The Chaplain, Venerable Obioma Onwuzurumba, said that he would miss the friendly nature of the first family and he was sure that this would be the same feeling for other members whose lives, the first family has impacted in one way or the other.

In all, the clergies recognized that it is God that gives the increase and that he would give Nigeria the increase.

Laden with the best of songs, some of them the President’s favourite, prayers were also offered with thanksgiving as the first family and their friends danced to the alters with their substance.

Gifts were also presented to the President, the First Lady, the couple and the mother of the President.

Ogun Police Rescue Kidnapped 3 Year Old Girl

kidnappedThe Ogun State Police Command says it has rescued a three year old girl who was allegedly kidnapped in a church in Lagos State last Sunday during a church service while her parents were in the church.

The girl was said to have been seen in a church at Oke Sokori, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital by members of the community who later informed the Police detectives attached to Adigbe Division Abeokuta Ogun State.

The girl was rescued and handed over to the Juvenile and Women Centre of the Police for proper care.

According to a press statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, preliminary investigation revealed that the kidnappers had demanded for #300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira) ransom from the girl’s parents and promised the parents that they would see her after the ransom has been dropped at a designated place.

The girl was seen with a note on which their Lagos pastor’s telephone number was written, possibly to locate her after the criminals’ transaction with her family.

The rescue of the girl terminated or truncated the operation of the criminals and no ransom was paid before the girl was rescued by the Police.

According to the command spokesperson, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Valentine Ntomchukwu, has directed the State Intelligence Bureau of the command to carry out thorough investigation into the matter as the mode of operation adopted by kidnappers in the state in recent times calls for concern.

The Commissioner of Police promised to discuss with his counterpart at the Lagos State Command on the need to tackle the recent development, and plan towards curbing such and arrest the criminals who engage themselves in the inhuman act.

The CP, Valentine Ntomchukwu, also appealed to parents and guardians and church authorities to always keep watch on the young ones in their churches and make adequate internal security arrangement in their churches to curb this menace of the new mode of operation of the kidnappers.

Orekoya Children: Nanny Says Kidnapping Runs In The Family

Orekoya childrenA startling revelation has triggered following the arrest of a nanny, Funmilayo Adeyemi, for the kidnapping of the three Orekoya children.

The Lagos State Police Command said that the nanny, known initially as Mary Akinloye but whose real name is Funmilayo Adeyemi, has confessed to also being the mastermind of the kidnap of another set of children who were taken in November 2014.

More intriguing is the confession by Mrs Adeyemi that her entire family is involved in the nefarious act.

Adeyemi narrated to Channels Television how she executed the kidnap of the Orekoya children which was planned by her husband, who is said to be a music and video producer, her brother-in-law and his wife, as well as her mother-in-law.

The nanny was said to have been hired through an online trading portal, OLX.

In an interview with Channels Television, a police source had revealed that the kidnappers, faced by immense pressure the incident had generated, abandoned the children in Shasha area of Lagos State, Nigeria’s south-west region.

The children were immediately taken to an anonymous hospital for observation and are in the process of being re-united with their parents.

The three children, aged six years, four years and 11 months old, were abducted by the housemaid on April 8, a day into her job as the family maid.

She, as well as her accomplices, contacted the children’s parents and demanded a 15million Naira ransom.