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INEC postpones general elections, fixes new dates

INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commision, INEC, in a bid to conduct a free, fair and credible election has postponed the general elections slated to hold on February 16th, 2019 to February 23rd, 2019.

In a statement signed by the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, this was decided after a careful review of the implementation of INEC plan and logistics and need to conduct free and fair elections.

According to INEC Nigeria, the Presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on 23rd February, 2019 while the Governorship, State House of Assembly as well as the FCT Area Council Elections will hold on 9th March, 2019.

He added that this was a difficult decision to take, but necessary for the success of the elections and the consolidation of Nigeria’s democracy.

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Watch the press briefing below:

Oscars nomination 2019: Full list of nominees

Oscars

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has unveiled the nominations for the 91st Oscars. This took place on Tuesday Jan. 22, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, California.

The nominations for the 91st Oscars were announced on Tuesday  by Tracee Ellis Ross (“blackish”) and 2018 Oscar nominee Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”).

The final voting will start on the 20th of February and will run for eight days. The Academy Awards ceremony will also take place on 24th of February at the Dolby theatre in Hollywood, and for the first time in three decades, it won’t have a host.

Nominees were announced in the following categories: Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Costume Design, Film Editing, Original Score,  Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Animated Short, Live Action Short, Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Makeup and Hair styling, Original Song, Production Design, Visual Effects, Animated Feature, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short and Foreign Language Film.

Movies like Olivia Colman’s period comedy-drama, The Favourite and Netflix’s black-and-white epic Roma had the highest Oscars nomination this year with 10 nominations each.

Here is the list of the 2019 nominees:

Best Picture
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Roma”
“A Star Is Born”
“Vice”

Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
Adam McKay, “Vice”
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”

Best Actress
Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”
Glenn Close, “The Wife”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Best Actor
Christian Bale, “Vice”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, “Vice
Marina de Tavira, “Roma”
Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Joel Coen , Ethan Coen)
“BlacKkKlansman” (Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee)
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)
“If Beale Street Could Talk” (Barry Jenkins)
“A Star Is Born” (Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters)

Best Original Screenplay
“The Favourite” (Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara)
“First Reformed” (Paul Schrader)
“Green Book” (Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly)
“Roma” (Alfonso Cuarón)
“Vice” (Adam McKay)

Best Cinematography
“Cold War” (Lukasz Zal)
“The Favourite” (Robbie Ryan)
“Never Look Away” (Caleb Deschanel)
“Roma” (Alfonso Cuaron)
“A Star Is Born” (Matty Libatique)

Best Costume Design
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Mary Zophres)
“Black Panther”(Ruth E. Carter)
“The Favourite” (Sandy Powell)
“Mary Poppins Returns” (Sandy Powell)
“Mary Queen of Scots” (Alexandra Byrne)

Best Film Editing
“BlacKkKlansman” (Barry Alexander Brown)
“Bohemian Rhapsody” (John Ottman)
“The Favourite”(Yorgos Mavropsaridis)
“Green Book”(Patrick J. Don Vito)
“Vice” (Hank Corwin)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Border”
“Mary Queen of Scots”
“Vice”

Best Original Score
“Black Panther” (Ludwig Goransson)
“BlacKkKlansman” (Terence Blanchard)
“If Beale Street Could Talk” (Nicholas Britell)
“Isle of Dogs” (Alexandre Desplat)
“Mary Poppins Returns” (Marc Shaiman)

Best Original Song
“All The Stars” from “Black Panther” by Kendrick Lamar, SZA

“I’ll Fight” from “RBG” by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” by Willie Watson, Tim Blake Nelson

Best Production Design
“Black Panther” (Hannah Beachler)
“First Man” (Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas)
“The Favourite” (Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton)
“Mary Poppins Returns” (John Myhre, Gordon Sim)
“Roma” (Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez)

Best Sound Editing
“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“First Man”
“A Quiet Place”
“Roma”

Best Sound Mixing
“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“First Man”
“Roma”
“A Star Is Born”

Best Animated Short
“Animal Behavior”
“Bao”
“Late Afternoon”
“One Small Step”
“Weekends”

Best Visual Effects
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Christopher Robin”
“First Man”
“Ready Player One”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Capernaum” (Lebanon)
“Cold War” (Poland)
“Never Look Away” (Germany)
“Roma” (Mexico)
“Shoplifters” (Japan)

Best Animated Feature
“Incredibles 2,” Brad Bird
“Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson
“Mirai,” Mamoru Hosoda
“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Best Documentary Feature
“Free Solo,” Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross
“Minding the Gap,” Bing Liu
“Of Fathers and Sons,” Talal Derki
“RBG,” Betsy West, Julie Cohen

Best Live Action Short
“Detainment,” Vincent Lambe
“Fauve,” Jeremy Comte
“Marguerite,” Marianne Farley
“Mother,” Rodrigo Sorogoyen
“Skin,” Guy Nattiv

Best Documentary Short
“Black Sheep,” Ed Perkins
“End Game,” Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
“Lifeboat,” Skye Fitzgerald
“A Night at the Garden,” Marshall Curry
“Period. End of Sentence.,” Rayka Zehtabchi

NLC rejects minimum wage

NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has rejected the N27,000 new National Minimum Wage adopted by the National Council of States on Tuesday, according to Leadership Newspaper.

This was made known by the NLC General Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson. According to him, the council has no jurisdiction determining another amount after a Tripartite Committee has submitted its report.

“It is abysmal of government to be delaying the submission of an Executive Bill to the National Assembly and by wrongfully adopting N27,000 through the council of states,” he said.

Ozo-Eson however added that an emergency National Executive Council meeting by the NLC been slated for Friday to weigh the deadline given to government within which to submit an executive bill to the National Assembly.

The NLC general scribe added that the Federal Government was only projecting a shutdown of the economy with its latest action.

“This is because workers should not be held responsible for any development after its NEC meeting on Friday,’’ he said.

Elections: Facebook rejects foreign political adverts on Nigeria, Ukraine

Facebook

In order to prevent “foreign interference” around the polls, and giving people more information about the ads they see across their platforms, Facebook has announced it will not accept political advertisements from outside Nigeria ahead of the country’s upcoming general elections in February.

In a blog post, Facebook stated that this applies to Nigeria and Ukraine where presidential elections will be held in March.

For these two countries, enforcement will temporarily be expanded and foreign electoral ads will not be accepted around their elections, starting with Nigeria on January 16.

According to Facebook, their work this year builds on our political ad transparency efforts which was already launched in the US, the UK and Brazil.

Political advertisers in these countries must also confirm their identity and location before they can run ads, and their ads are housed in a public, searchable Ad Library for up to seven years.

“By shining a light on political adverts, news organisations, regulators, watchdog groups and people anywhere in the world can hold advertisers and us more accountable,” Facebook wrote in the blog post.

According to the Cable News Network (CNN)Facebook adverts, are an “integral part of the social media campaign for candidates and parties.”

“United Kingdom authorities fined Facebook with a £500,000 ($645,000) last October, saying that it failed to safeguard user data. In India, where general election will be held in April, Facebook said it would begin to archive electoral ads in an online library starting February.”

“My secret to flat abs.” – Omoni Oboli

Omoni
Omoni Oboli

Omoni Oboli, Nigerian film maker and actress, contrary to popular opinion, puts a lot of work in remaining ageless.

The mother of 3 who seems to have been ageing backwards has been mum goals for a lot of ladies.

Omoni
Omoni Oboli and her family.

The actress began sharing tips on how she got her pre child bearing abs back.

According to her, one has got to be disciplined and it’s not about one particular product either. It’s some lifestyle changes she did years ago.

“I’m not one of those lucky few that snap back after childbirth without doing anything. I had to put in the work to see results!” She said.

She wrote: 

“I did a smoothie only diet for 4 days and lost some weight and my stomach got a lot flatter in the process.

Following that, for now, I have just one meal a day around lunch time. I have my tea and smoothie for breakfast, I can either have smoothie again for dinner or just have some carrots or apples with a handful of nuts.

These are some of the things I have done over the years to get back my pre child bearing abs…

The first thing is discipline!

1: First thing I drink when I wake up in the morning is a glass of warm water with lemon. (I always squeeze the juice of my lemon in my tea or water before throwing it in. Who else does that?

2: My green tea: I have my green tea every morning. I squeeze in some lemon or lime, add 2 spoonfuls of Apple cider vinegar (with the mother in it) and some ginger juice. You can add some honey (honey is actually beneficial to the body)

3: I don’t eat as much carbs as a lot if you think I do. The people around me will testify to that. There are times that I am bad and I go on a carbs spree but I caution myself early and make restitution.

4: I try never to eat carbs at night. Carbs make you bloat in the morning so stay away from them at night. Long and continuous consumption of carbs at night will lead to an extended stomach.

5: I use vegetables and some nut flours to make swallow. (I like my soups and I don’t like just licking them) So I make almond swallow, cauliflower, cabbage, egg plant or even carrot swallow. Watch video below on how to make one of them.

 

6: I drink lots of water and fresh juices. Carrot juice is particularly good for the skin. I mix it with ginger and celery (most times).

7: I drink other types of tea during the day apart from green tea. Some of my favourites are mint, rooibos tea and camomile at night.

8: Exercise is very important not just for weight loss but for your health and general well being so don’t forget to exercise but 80% of weight loss or staying trim is done in your kitchen!

I would tell you the benefits of these foods and drinks I take but the post will be too long so google is your friend 😉
I will share more tips with you another time.
You’re welcome.”

See more photos of the forever young mum below:

Omoni

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[PHOTOS] Tonto Dikeh launches new hair collection

Tonto
Tonto Dikeh

Nigerian actress, Tonto Dikeh has launched her new hair collection. She revealed this on Tuesday via Instagram.

Most Nigerian celebrities are known to delve into different business ventures and Tonto Dikeh is not left out. Asides having her own foundation, The Tonto Dikeh Foundation, she is gradually delving into the beauty department.

The actress wrote, “Hello guys, how are you? I just launched my KingTonto hair collection in collaboration with Glee and it has been amazing so far.

Thank you to all who have been supporting. I really appreciate you. To all my friends who have not supported this process, I would like to ask you to join me in pushing and promoting this phase of my career as it means so much to me.

Buy and show as much support as you can. Show me love baby show me loooove lol mwah!! Love you guys!”

 

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Hello guys, how are you, I just launched my KingTonto hair collection in collaboration with Glee and it has been amazing so far. Thank you to all who have been supporting. I really appreciate you. To all my friend who have not supported this process I would like to ask you to join me in pushing and promoting this phase of my career as it means so much to me. Buy and show as much support as you can. Show me love baby show me loooove lol mwah!! Love you guys! #PS÷ if i have shown you or your business love Or you say you owe me one,Beloved its time to pay up😁 by reposting and pushing for your girl #KINGTONTOLUXURYHAIRCOLLECTION #GLEEHAIR #ABILLIONNARIAMARK #JESUSDIDIT @gleeoflife

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The actress shared photos featuring dread curls and the tonto waves.

See photos featuring the Dread Curls which goes for 55,000 naira below:

 

See photos featuring the tonto waves which goes for 68,000 naira (300g) and 46,000 naira (200g) below:

Tonto

 

9mobile appoints new Chief Financial Officer.

9mobile

9mobile has announced the appointment of Phillips Oki as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

The telecommunications company in a statement issued on Monday by the Acting Managing Director, Stephanie Beuvelet, disclosed that Oki has resumed duty.

According to Beuvelet, Oki emerged as the best person for the position after a meticulous search process.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Phillips Oki is a Financial Management professional with over fifteen years hands on experience in diverse industries including Audit of Manufacturing, Oil Service, and NGOs, Public Sector group and Telecommunication.

He also Pioneered the set-up of Visafone Communications Ltd with reference to business plan and budgeting, worked with KPM, Price Water Coopers, Pepsico international, Merchant Bank and worked in academia, as a lecturer at Babcock University.

Phillips, according to Beuvelet, is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and has managed and delivered several projects for Nigeria’s Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) as Deputy Director, as well as the Adam Smith International and Department for International Development (DIFD) in the United Kingdom.

“We are excited to have Oki with us. Finance is a huge part of any business, especially one like ours in a competitive telco space where it continues to be imperative to have operational costs within healthy bounds.

“We are confident that Oki will leverage his wealth of experience to inspire the finance team to deliver on their mandate,” Beuvelet said.

[PHOTOS] Simi And Adekunle Gold on Honeymoon in Cape Town.

Simi

Nigerian singers, Simi and Adekunle Gold who recently got married in a private ceremony at Eko Atlantic in Lagos, are away on honeymoon in Cape Town, South Africa.

See some photos shared by the duo below:

Simi

Watch lovely video of Simi hyping her husband below.

 

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The singers after their wedding released a music video titled ‘PROMISE’. The music video featured the couple promising that they will be there for each other till the end of time. Watch the video here.

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Watch all episodes of Skinny Girl in Transit (SGIT) Season 5 here.

SGIT

To all the Ndani TV’s Skinny Girl in Transit (SGIT) fans, we have good news for you! You can watch all episodes of season 5 here.

Season 5, episode 1: Ring.

Tiwalade is basking in the euphoria of Mide’s proposal and Mama Tiwa invites Woli to the house for prayers. Mama Tiwa asks Woli to anoint her daughter to ward off all evil, but something is missing.

Season 5, episode 2: Anointing Oil.

Tiwa and Mide decide to stay celibate until after the wedding, and Mama Tiwa moves to fortify her daughter with some anointed oil from Woli. Derin discovers the true identity of the man she encountered at the office.

Season 5, episode 3: Blast from the past.

Mama Tiwa accompanies Aunt Dupe to the children’s home to follow up on her adoption process, and Tiwa throws a surprise party for Mide’s birthday. The countdown starts now!

Season 5, episode 4: Fess Up.

Mide and Tiwa’s big day is getting closer and Mama Tiwa is making preparations with Aunt Dupe. Derin and Chris have a run in and it all takes an interesting turn.

Season 5, episode 5: Enemies Within.

The reality of the fact that Mide could have a son dawns on Tiwa and she makes a movie to sort out things with Mide. Shalewa decides to pay Mohammed a surprise visit, and Chris takes out time to revisit his run in with Derin.

Season 5, episode 6: Prayers and Danger.

Mama Tiwa invites Woli to the house for prayers in the build up till the wedding. Mide decides to confront his problems with Theresa head on and Mohammed tries to work things out with Shalewa.

Season 5, episode 7: What really matters.

Mama Tiwa and Mama Mide can’t seem to agree on arrangements for the wedding, and Madam original does not make things easy. Mohammed decides to talk to Faridah about their situation, and Tiwa prepares for Mide’s return from London.

Season 5, episode 8: Two can play.

Tiwa and Mide decide to take a test to be sure that they are having a a baby. Didi invites her new boyfriend to the office to see Tiwa, and Shalewa makes an important decision in her relationship with Mohammed.

Season 5, episode 9: Flat line.

Wedding preparations continue in the Awosika household as Mama Tiwa contracts a family photographer for the event. Tiwa and Derin square up and Shalewa has second thoughts about her decision to leave Mohammed.

Season 5, episode 10: Feelings.

Tragedy strikes the Macaulay family, as Mide’s father passes on. Tiwa makes an effort to provide emotional support for Mide, and Mohammed decides to take a stand in his relationship with Shalewa.

Season 5, episode 11: Bridal Shower.

Mama Tiwa invites Woli to the Awosika residence for prayers to secure Tiwa and Mide’s relationship, and things seem to get to a head for Jade, the events planner for the wedding. Derin reaches out to Theresa for closure.

Season 5, episode 12: Season Finale.

On the season finale of Skinny Girl in Transit Season 5, Mide crashes Tiwa’s bridal shower to give her an update on the DNA test. Derin has a surprise change of heart and makes an attempt to mend things with Tiwa.

 

 

John Coughlin, former US champion figure skater commits suicide after suspension.

John Coughlin

John Coughlin, former U.S. figure skating champion, recently suspended from his sport, has killed himself in the middle of an investigation concerning his sport.

According to TMZ, Coughlin, a two-time U.S. Pairs champion, took his own life Friday in Kansas City, according to his sister, Angela Laune, who revealed the news on Facebook.

She wrote: “My wonderful strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life earlier today. I have no words. I love you John…”

The Police have reportedly confirmed his death as well. A day before his death, the 33-year-old, was temporarily barred from participating in any skating events in any capacity by the US Center for SafeSport.

The center is a US Olympic Committee agency with oversight of sexual misconduct and other abuse allegations reported to national governing bodies.

The details of what he’d been accused of remain unclear for now.

Coughlin’s death coincided with the start of the 2019 US Figure Skating Championships in Detroit.

His sister also posted details of his funeral on Facebook.

“Funeral for John will be next Tuesday, January 29th and the Visitation will be the day before on the 28th at Christ The King here in Kansas City, MO. More details to follow.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out. The love is helping us during such an incredible loss. 💙”