TRIBUTE – What makes Chief James Onanefe Ibori tick – garlands for the leader at 62

TRIBUTE – What makes Chief James Onanefe Ibori tick – garlands for the leader at 62

Chief James Onanefe Ibori. By Oghenero J. Eghweree Odi-di-di-gbo-i-gbo! What an apt nickname for a mighty man. This name in local parlance could mean greatest of the greatest, or, someone with intimidating charisma. It could also be used to describe someone with intimidating size. Indeed, all are befitting qualities of the two time former governor of Delta State, (1999-2007) Chief James Onanefe Ibori. August 4, every year is an occasion to celebrate Chief Ibori, the…

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Femi Kuti, others to perform at opening of 2019 AFCON

Femi Kuti, others to perform at opening of 2019 AFCON

Femi Kuti By Muhyideen Jimoh The Organising Committee of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has announced that Nigeria’s legendary Afro-beat singer Femi Anikulapo-Kuti will perform at the opening ceremony of the competition. Kuti, a four-time Grammy Award nominee will be joined by two other musicians Hakim from Egypt and Dobet Gnahore from Ivory Coast. The 2019 AFCON is set to kick off with the new expanded 24 teams on Friday in Egypt, it…

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Gabon foils coup attempt in President’s absence

Gabon foils coup attempt in President’s absence

Gerauds Wilfried Obangome LIBREVILLE (Reuters) – Gabon foiled an attempted military coup on Monday, killing two suspected plotters and capturing seven others just hours after they took over state radio in a bid to end 50 years of rule by President Ali Bongo’s family. Government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou announced the deaths and arrests after soldiers briefly seized the radio station and broadcast a message saying Bongo was no longer fit for office after suffering a…

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Mo Ibrahim: How to stop Boko Haram, Al Shabaab

Mo Ibrahim: How to stop Boko Haram, Al Shabaab

Sudanese billionaire philanthropist Mo Ibrahim has offered a two-point suggestion to African nations on how to stem the growth of militant groups, such as Boko Haram or Al Shabaab: cut the birth rate and provide jobs for youths. Ibrahim made the suggestion today, Monday, 29/10/2018, in an interview with Reuters as he launched his foundation’s annual index showing the state of governance across 54 African countries. The billionaire who made his money from telecom warned…

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Asaba 2018: Hosting not waste of funds, DTSG tells Abati

Asaba 2018: Hosting not waste of funds, DTSG tells Abati

The Delta State Government has described the contents of an article ‘The Asaba Disgrace, What a big disgrace’ written by Dr. Rueben Abati, former media aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, as absolute falsehood heavily supported with unconfirmed reports. In a statement by the state Commissioner for Information, Ogbueshi Patrick Ukah, in Asaba on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, revealed that the article is a figment of the imagination of the writer who was not in Asaba…

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PDP applauds Okowa, Delta state for success of Asaba 2018 African athletics fiesta

PDP applauds Okowa, Delta state for success of Asaba 2018 African athletics fiesta

From right. Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa; Chairman, Local Organizing Committee, Chief Solomon Ogba and Chairman Delta State Sport Commission, Tony Okowa during the closing ceremony of the21st African Senior Athletics Championship at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba. PIX: BRIPIN ENARUSAI The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Delta State chapter, has congratulated Governor Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, and the good people of Delta State, and Nigerians on the successful hosting of the 21st Confederation of African…

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CAA Asaba 2018 fall out: Abati article unfortunate, disgraceful, says Ogba, LOC Chairman

CAA Asaba 2018 fall out: Abati article unfortunate, disgraceful, says Ogba, LOC Chairman

Start of the 110m hurdles men finals during day three of 21st African Senior Athletics Championship Asaba 2018 on Friday PHOTO: GODDY UMUKORO Solomon Ogba, the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of CAA Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships, has described Reuben Abati’s description of the Championship organization as a disgrace as unfortunate and disgraceful. “Dr. Abati, a respected journalist, has a right to his opinions but to describe the organization of CAA…

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African Senior Athletics Championships: Athletes Depart Asaba after Big Show

African Senior Athletics Championships: Athletes Depart Asaba after Big Show

Athletes and officials of countries that participated in the just concluded 21st African Senior Athletics Championship has started departing Asaba for their various destinations. As promised by the Local Organising Committee for CAA Asaba 2018, airplanes were made readily available for the traveling contingents who all expressed delight at the hospitality and great championship which was heavily supported by the Delta State Government. In a statement issued by Olukayode Thomas, Head Media, and Publicity for…

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Excitement, eulogies as curtain draws on Asaba 2018, Algeria is host for 2020 Africa’s senior Athletics

Excitement, eulogies as curtain draws on Asaba 2018, Algeria is host for 2020 Africa’s senior Athletics

By Chukwudi Abiandu “I think on the whole, we’ve seen a very good finish, and I hope that everyone here (in Asaba) has thoroughly enjoyed one good week of high-quality athletics, I dare say, the first in the continent because there is something at stake.” That was the remark of the President of the African Sports Journalists Union (AIPF), Mr. Mitchel Obi while fielding questions at the media centre as the curtains draw this evening,…

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Okowa bags NOC merit award, Falilat Ogunkoya, Okagbare also; honour ’ll inspire me to do more, says Governor

Okowa bags NOC merit award, Falilat Ogunkoya, Okagbare also; honour ’ll inspire me to do more, says Governor

For his outstanding roles in the development of sports in the country, Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has received the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) Merit Award. At a colourful ceremony held in Asaba Saturday, 4/9/2018 night, President of NOC, Engr. Habu Gumel personally presented the award to the governor at the ceremony, which also, saw such notables personalities as Rt. Hon. Sir Adetokumbo Ademola, Sir Awotire Eleyae, late Alhaji Babayo Shehu, Chief Falilat…

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