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Emmanuel Macron, President of France, visited the New Afrika Shrine on Tuesday to inaugurate the African Cultural Season slated for 2020.

The event, tagged ‘Celebration of African Culture’, recorded a large convergence of entertainers, culture enthusiasts, and politicians.

Macron, accompanied by Lagos governor Akinwunmi Ambode, said he chose to visit the Afrika Shrine because he has good memories of the place from 2004 when he worked in the state.

He described the Shrine as “a cultural hub” that is “very important for me first on a personal level”.

Macron said politics is important and urged the Nigerian youth to get involved. He said African youth have a huge role to play in the future of the continent.

“I am very happy to be here. Let me remind you that this place — shrine is a music place as well as politics which is needed to change the society. So, I will say to the youths, politics is important, be involved,” he said.

Macron advised the young generation of Africans to “not think their future is outside Africa, saying “they have to build Africa”.

He said: “What we want to launch this evening is the African Cultural Season 2020. It will be for Africans by Africans. You will have artists, painters, fashion designers.

“It will be organised by Africans to show France and Europe what is here and it will be financed by African leaders.”

The French president said Africa needs a new narrative and that “we need to have African people speaking about Africa”.

He said: “What we need is young people to make this narrative. Africa needs a new generation of artists, journalists, civil society, to speak about Africa everywhere.

“I have a huge debt to Femi, Fela, Seun and the Kuti family. The family provides, not just this place, but for its time, its commitment, and especially the different battles of Fela, a very strong message, a message that it is possible, even now to decide your own future. Never forget.”

Yemi Alade and Femi Kuti delivered energetic musical performances on the night while a short skit directed by Kunle Afolayan featured several Nollywood stars including Jide Kosoko, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Joke Silva, Dakore Akande, Rita Dominic, Ramsey Nouah, among others.

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BREAKING: Ondo Commissioner For Health Dies Of COVID-19

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Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Mr. Wahab Adegbenro is dead.

A source revealed that Mr Adegbenro died on Monday after he was rushed to a hospital in Owo after contracting Coronavirus.

“The Commissioner died at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo and this has just thrown the entire cabinet into chaos.

“He died of COVID-19 because he had contracted the virus earlier and was taking drugs at his own comfort being a medical doctor.”

Governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu, is currently in self-isolation after testing positive for the virus earlier this week.

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Former Nigerian Ambassador Vincent Okobi Is Dead

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Former Nigerian Ambassador to Togo, Vincent Sunny Okobi is dead.

A statement by the family, which was signed by Amaechi Okobi, Group Head, Corporate Communications, Access Bank Plc reads as follows:

“Our family is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Ambassador Vincent Sunny Okobi, who passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, June 27, 2020, after a long illness.

Ambassador Okobi was the quintessential gentleman and a diplomat who has left an indelible mark on the world stage. First as a clerk under then Governor-General of Nigeria Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, before leaving Nigeria for the United States. Then as a civil rights activist and President of the African Students’ Union in Washington, D.C. in the 1960s. While serving as Nigerian Ambassador to Togo, he was awarded France’s Légion d’honneur by President Francois Mitterrand for his commitment to promoting Franco-Nigerian foreign relations.

Most of all though, Ambassador Okobi has left his most unforgettable legacy as a devoted husband of 52 years, father of four children, and grandfather of 14.

Ambassador Okobi is survived by:

Justice Victoria Okobi (wife)
Amaechi Okobi
Yomi & Adaobi Oniwinde
I.K. & Alison Okobi
Patrick & Awele Okigbo

Comfort Odiachi (sister)
Maggie Okobi (sister)
Patricia Dada Amuzie (sister)
Telema Okobi (brother)

We would like to thank all friends and well-wishers for your constant love and support.
In strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, we respectfully ask that well-wishers do not plan home visits to the family at this time.

Burial plans will be announced shortly. In the meantime, we ask that you keep our family in your prayers.”

 

Signed:
Amaechi Michael Okobi
on behalf of the family

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BREAKING: Dubai Police Hand Over Ramoni Igbalode ‘Hushpuppi’ To FBI In The US

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Nigerian Instagram Celebrity Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi has been handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US, Dubai Police said on Thursday, Gulf News Dubai is reporting.

According to a statement, Christopher Wray, Director of FBI, praised the role of Dubai Police in arresting Raymond Abbas (Hushpuppi) and Olalekan Jacob Ponle aka Woodbery and handing them over to the US.

“Director of FBI expressed his thanks for the exceptional efforts (of Dubai Police) in fighting organized cyber crimes and arresting Hushpuppi and Woodbery,” Dubai Police said in the statement.

According to Dubai Police, Hushpuppi and Woodberry wanted for a series of crimes like money-laundering, fraud, hacking of websites and accounts, impersonation, banking fraud etc.

Hushpuppi and Woodberry were arrested with 10 other suspects on allegations of fraud, involving huge money.

Hushpuppi often posted pictures on Instagram with his luxury cars and private jet.

Last month, Dubai Police said that the operation called “Fox Hunt 2”, revealed a hidden online fraud network that was committing crimes outside the UAE, including money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonating, scamming individuals, banking fraud and identity theft.

Police said the raid resulted in the seizure of incriminating documents pertaining to a well-planned international fraud worth Dh1.6 billion.

According to Dubai Police, the gang used to hack corporate emails and send fake emails to corporate customers to change money transfers to the gang’s personal banking accounts.

“They were designing and mimicking company and bank websites to steal credit card data and illegally obtain victims’ money before laundering the cash,” said Brigadier Jamal Al Jallaf Director of Criminal Investigation Department at Dubai Police.

During the arrest, police found a huge amount of data on individuals, companies, bank accounts, credit cards as well as documents of money laundering, online fraud, and hacking accounts of victims outside the UAE.

“The forged documents pertained to online fraud outside the country. The fraud was worth more than Dh1.6 billion. We seized more than Dh150 million in cash from them and confiscated 13 luxury cars worth Dh25 million,” Brig Al Jallaf said.

Police confiscated 21 computers, 47 smartphones, 15 memory cards, five hard disks containing 119,580 fraud files as well as addresses of nearly two million victims.

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