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No Stepping Down For Fury, Usyk Fight – Anthony Joshua Insists

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All eyes are on Nigerian Boxer, Anthony Joshua. as the idea of an undisputed heavyweight title bout between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk resurfaces.

Fury was expected to fight Dillian Whyte in a mandatory title defense of his WBC belt, before Usyk rematches Joshua for the unified WBA, WBO, and IBF belts, with the victors meeting off later this year.

But it now appears that Joshua and Whyte are working on a possible step aside deal with Fury and Usyk to allow them to fight for all the gold in the Middle East.

Fury’s promoter Bob Arum has claimed they have received an offer from the region to crown an unprecedented four-belt undisputed world champion.

“It is total chaos,” Arum told talkSPORT. “What’s happening is just promises coming out of the Middle East about doing a unified fight with Usyk and Fury, and is Dillian Whyte going to step aside.

“And people that have absolutely no contractual ties – like Frank Warren’s Queens- berry and our Top Rank do – are getting involved.

“It’s a typical terrible kind of situation, but hopefully it’ll get sorted out and probably it will get sorted out with a purse bid on Friday.”

Joshua has previously insisted that while he is focused on facing Usyk, there would be a numerical offer that could see him take another deal.

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15 Years After, Best Of Nollywood To Collaborate With Group 8 On BON Awards

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  •  As Seun Oloketuyi Steps Down As CEO, Appoints Feranmi Olaoye Executive Producer

After a 15-year eventful milestone, Best of Nollywood (BON) has disclosed a strategic collaboration with Group 8 LTD for the next five editions of the BON Awards. Group 8 LTD, a media-tech organisation renowned for its diverse mass and new media assets, including Soundcity, Trybe TV, OnTV, Spice TV, and other networks, will contribute its expertise to elevate innovation in media and communications for the prestigious awards.

Simultaneously, Seun Oloketuyi, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards, is stepping down from the leadership position. In his place, Feranmi Olaoye has been appointed as the Acting Executive Producer of the Awards, effective immediately. Olaoye will be supported by a soon-to-be-announced nine-member Advisory Board, which will also have Oloketuyi as a member.

The collaboration with Group 8 LTD aims to ensure the seamless and enhanced delivery of Nigeria’s longest-running award production.

Best of Nollywood Awards, an annual event celebrating exceptional achievements in the Nigerian film industry, had its inaugural edition on December 6, 2009, in Ikeja, Lagos State.

Looking ahead, the 2024 edition of the BON Awards is scheduled to take place in Enugu come November 2024.

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Adamawa Corps Member Dies Watching Super Eagles AFCON Semi-Finals

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A member of the National Youth Service Corps serving in Adamawa State has reportedly died during the penalty shootouts of the match between Nigeria and South Africa on Wednesday evening.

The corps member identified only as Samuel from Kaduna State, allegedly passed away just before the final kick which secured Nigeria’s win in the match, The Nation reports.

A witness recounted the event on a social media post.

The post read, “We lost one Nigerian during our victory celebration over South Africa at our sports viewing centre here in Numan.

“The corps member who is serving in Numan from Kaduna State fainted before the kick of the winning goal.

“He died before they could reach the hospital in Numan. May his soul rest in peace.”

Also, the NYSC Coordinator in Adamawa State, Jingi Dennis, on Thursday, said the corps member was confirmed dead at the General Hospital in Numan.

Dennis said, ”I received the news of his death last night. I hope to have more details today.

“According to his colleagues who went with him to watch the match, the late corps member told the people around him that he did not like watching penalty shootouts. He then bowed his head and all of a sudden, he collapsed.

”He was confirmed dead at the General Hospital in Numan by the doctor.”

Similarly, a former member of the House of Representatives who represented the Ika Federal Constituency of Delta State, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, passed away on Wednesday evening while watching the AFCON semi-finals match between Nigeria and South Africa.

A source close to the politician stated, “Cairo Ojougboh, a medical doctor died during the Nigeria vs. South Africa match.

“The incident happened when the penalty was awarded against Nigeria. Dr Ojougboh was said to have shouted and slumped due to massive heart attack when SA scored.”

 

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KWASU Deputy Bursar Ayuba Abdullahi Dies Watching Super Eagles AFCON Semi-Finals

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Alhaji Atiba Abdullahi, the  Deputy Bursar of Kwara State University Malete, on Wednesday night, died while watching the semi-finals between Nigeria and South Africa in the ongoing AFCON.

Nigeria won the match against South Africa by 4-2 goals on penalties after regulation and extra time ended 1-1.

Sources close to the deceased but who spoke on condition of anonymity said  Abdullahi went to a sports centre in the Sango area before he started feeling uneasy.

One of the sources said, “The Deputy Bursar watched the Nigeria/South Africa match from the beginning till the end of the extra time, till it was time for a penalty kick.

“He complained that he was feeling dizzy, so he said he needed to go back home and rest not knowing that his BP had gone up.

“On getting home, he collapsed and was rushed to a private hospital in Sango and he was referred to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital and before he could be attended to, he died.

“He was buried on Thursday morning according to Islamic rites.”

The university’s Director of Information, Dr Saedat Aliyu, confirmed Abdullahi’s death.

Aliyu, however, stated that the cause of death was yet to be ascertained by the management of the university.

“Yes, he died last night. He was hale and hearty and was full of life on Wednesday at his office. May Almighty Allah grant him Aljanah Firdaus” she said

A statement by the university said, “This is to announce the death of Mr. Ayuba Olaitan Abdullahi of the Bursary Department.

“Janazah will be held this morning, and his remains will be interred at the Hausa Muslim cemetery, Apata Yakuba, Oyun area, Ilorin, at 9 am.”

Also, a former federal lawmaker in Delta State, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, died while watching the Eagles’ match..

A source close to the politician said, “Cairo Ojougboh, a medical doctor died during the Nigeria vs. South Africa match.

“The incident happened when the penalty was awarded against Nigeria. Dr Ojougboh was said to have shouted and slumped due to a massive heart attack when SA scored.”

In the same vein, a member of the National Youth Service Corps serving in Adamawa State also reportedly died during the game.

The corps member identified only as Samuel from Kaduna State, allegedly passed away just before the final kick which secured Nigeria’s win in the match, The Nation reports.

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