Duke Of Shomolu Proposes To DJ Cuppy To Become His 6th Wife

Joseph Edgar, a seasoned investment banker, owner of Duke of Shomolu productions, 
Kantuga media and a columnist with This Newspaper has professed his love to Nigerian singer, Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola, aka DJ Cuppy and daughter of oil mogul, Femi Otedola,
He wrote in his column:
I have been watching this beautiful damsel for sometime now and would like to come out openly to ask for her hand in marriage. My dear Mr. Otedola, now that our dear DJ is of age, I would like to bring her in as my sixth wife. Kindly note that as The Duke of Shomolu and by the grace of God the 115th to the throne of Her Royal majesty the Queen of England, I have it on good authority that I can make this audacious bold move.

Chief Otedola kindly take this as a thing of pride and joy that I can consider your daughter worthy of my attention. This marriage if you agree to it will further strengthen your stature as you would no longer be required to go into buses to take selfie. You will also be allowed to enter countries like Libya, Togo and Yemen without visa as father-in-law to the Duke of Shomolu. So kindly send me an application requesting that I consider your beautiful daughter as my bride, send it with six cartons of wine and a basket of kola nut.

Let four virgins from your Epeland come with the items and they must be prepared to stay at least five days with me so that I can have a foretaste of the wonders of Epe. Please on the wedding day, come with that your friend Aliko – that one will be doing like he does not know me. I saw him at Four Points the other day and he refused to greet me. Let him come with you so he can do the prostrating. I look forward to receiving the letter not later than December 31, 2018 so that we can fix a date for the wedding immediately after the elections. Kai, Cuppy, Cuppy omo da da come home to daddy. Happy birthday, my darling!

Surprised by the proposal, Cuppy wrote: Got proposed to in the newspaper today... Cupcakes, would I make a good 6th wife?! #Epp

Atiku Kick-off Campaign On Monday With People’s Policy Launch (Read Document)

Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is to kick-start his campaign for 2019 general election through an address to Nigerians on Facebook on Monday.

A statement issued by the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation, on Saturday in Abuja, said that Abubakar would use the address to launch his policy document.

“In his address, the PDP presidential candidate will present his vision for Nigeria and his action plan to achieve it as encapsulated in his policy document ”

The organisation said that the decision of Abubakar to kick-start his presidential campaign with the launch of his policy document is to reiterate his commitment to run an issue-based campaign.

“The intention is to take our policy directly to Nigerians and to register the belief of Abubakar that it will take the collective efforts of every Nigerian to rebuild the country.

“That is why we want Nigerians to access the policy directly and ultimately take ownership of it, ”the statement said.

It added that the campaign of the organisation would offer a simple message: “united, the people of Nigeria can begin anew, creating a prosperous and secure future and a better life for every Nigerian.”

It stated that on the first working day of the campaign, the PDP and its candidate, Abubakar would put forward his plan to get Nigeria working again.

“We have chosen to do this by having the PDP Presidential candidate speaking directly to the Nigerian people on Facebook.

“This medium came about as part of the telecommunications revolution that he helped start as Vice President in 1999-2007.

“We have also chosen to have our candidate speak online as it facilitates the ability for anyone to download a copy of his policy document at no cost, as we intend this to be the policy of every Nigerian.

“Our policy document focuses on creating jobs, ensuring security, growing business, developing power and water infrastructure, agriculture and education and how we will empower women.

“Our policies outline the goals and methods for developing and revitalising Nigeria as the foundation of our campaign.

“This policy document is being launched to encourage a dialogue with the people of Nigeria, inviting everyone to join us in helping to get Nigeria working again.”

It said that Abubakar looked forward to conducting vital discussions as he travels across the length and breadth of Nigeria, meeting and talking with stakeholders.

The stakeholders according to the organisation, include famers, small business people, workers, students, mothers, and children.

“We recognise that this will be a vigorous and hard fought election. We are completely confident that with peaceful, free and fair elections, we will be victorious.”

'Ball Boy' Denies Roger Federer Of 100th Career Title

Zverev has denied Roger Federer a shot at a 100th career title by beating the Swiss great 7-5, 7-6 (5) on Saturday to advance to the championship match at the ATP Finals.

After pulling off one of the upset in his career, Alexander Zverev was left apologizing for an unforced error he didn’t make.
Federer was leading the second-set tiebreaker 4-3 and in the ascendancy of a rally on a Zverev service point when a ball boy at the back of the court dropped a ball. Zverev immediately signaled for the point to be stopped and the umpire ordered the point to be replayed.

The German served an ace before going on to close out the match moments later.

“I want to apologize for the situation in the tiebreak,” said Zverev, who was booed by some members of the crowd during his on-court interview. “The ball boy dropped the ball so it’s in the rules that we have to replay the point.

“I’m a little bit upset about the whole situation because this is not how I wanted it to end.”

Zverev is the youngest player at 21 to reach the final since 2009 and the first from Germany since 1996. He will next face Novak Djokovic or Kevin Anderson, who are in the other semifinal later Saturday.

Federer, 37, was seeking a record-extending seventh title, but was unable to cope with the pressure created by Zverev’s power and precision at the O2 Arena.
“He [Zverev] apologized to me at the net,” Federer said. “I was like, ‘Buddy, shut up. You don’t need to apologize to me here. Congratulations on a great match and a great tournament so far. All the best for the finals.’ And you move on.”

An inspired series of shots earned Zverev the first break points of the match in the 12th game and Federer sent a forehand wide to fall behind.

Federer willed himself to a break for 2-1 in the second set, but Zverev quickly composed himself to hit straight back in the following game.

Zverev overcame the freak interruption to establish a 5-4 lead in the tiebreaker, and Federer netted the simplest of forehand volleys to bring up match point.

He saved the first, but Zverev confidently put away a backhand drive volley to set up a shot at the biggest title of his career and leave Federer waiting until next season for his 100th title.

“Overall, I’m happy how the season went,” said Federer, who picked up his 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. “There’s many positives. So I’m excited for next season.”

Despite having reached only one Grand Slam quarterfinal, Zverev is the only active player outside the Big Four of Djokovic, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray to have won three Masters titles. But victory at the tour’s flagship event would surely exceed those achievements.

Super Eagles Survives Bafana Bafana Onslaught, Qualifies For 2019 AFCON

After missing out on back-to-back editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles with a game to play, have booked their place at Cameroon 2019 despite playing a 1-1 draw against Bafana Bafana on Saturday at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

The Super Eagles since winning the 2013 edition of the AFCON failed to qualify for the 2015 and 2017 editions.

After five games, they now have 10 points, with one game more to be played.
Having been beaten 2-0 in the reverse game played in Uyo, the Eagles came for revenge in Johannesburg and they started quite badly.

They could have gotten the lead early on when stand-in skipper Ahmed Musa interchanged passes with Kelechi Iheanacho before releasing a curler which was brilliantly taken by goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune in the sixth minute of play.

The opening goal for Nigeria came through an own goal from Buhle Mkhwanazi. The defender deflected Samuel Kalu’s cross past his own goalkeeper.

Percy Tau should have equalised for Bafana Bafana almost immediately but his fine move was punctured by Kalu.

It did not take too long for the equalizer to come for the South Africans as they were back on level terms in the 26th minute as Man-of-the-match, Tau, sliced through the Eagles’ defence before unselfishly setting up Lebo Mothiba who tucked home to an open net.

As in the first half, the second stanza got off to a rather slow start. There were few chances for either side in the opening 10 minutes.

There was a bright chance for Nigeria later in the game but it was Omeruo who squandered as the centre-back headed wide from close range.

Musa got the ball in the back of the net following a defence-splitting pass from Iwobi, but the assistant’s flag was raised for offside in the 84th minute which television replays suggest it was a faulty call.

While Nigeria was denied the win they wanted, they would be glad to have achieved the primary assignment of qualifying for the 2019 AFCON with one game to spare.

Either Libya or South Africa will join Nigeria from Group E depending on how their game goes in March.

Sixth Video Of Kano State Governor Ganduje Receiving Dollars

The sixth video of the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, allegedly collecting bribes has been released.

The video clips are released by Daily Nigeria.

Daily Nigerian, an online platform alleged that the Kano State Governor Ganduje collected $5 Million as kickback from contractors.

The recent video, which lasted for 2 minutes 20 seconds, saw the governor examining documents containing the projects.

Kemi Adetiba, others share experiences as Afolayan’s video on airport managements get world attention

By Eniola Daniel

The brother of Nigerian actor and film producer, KunleAfolaya, Mr. AremuAfolayan rants on ill treatment meted on him and his family by the Nigerian airport authority has continued to get world attention.

Afolayan had posted a video online accusing the authourity of deliberate frustration with the intention to extort in the name of security measure.

He said; “So frustrated today by the situation of this country, the people working at different parastatals actually think they are some kind of god. Ethiopian airline staffs are so inefficient. They refused to carry a passenger for no reason . The girl in question is not a citizen of Nigeria, she went with her France passport and other documents issued by the France consulate, all they needed to do was to verify the passport but not the manager said he is not comfortable with the passport so she can’t fly with them, he actually dropped the passport and took to his heels . Imagine the immigration saying she should get a Nigerian visa, for what? I don’t know. How will you ask her to get a Nigerian visa to go to France, I don’t understand this and I need some explanation, after that they said she should get a Nigerian passport, for what please? This is wrong and I am so angry at that . The same manager has agreed to carry the girl with additional cost and all. Which way Nigeria, why are treated like uneducated animals and why are these people acting like important fools , all you need to do is do your job and do it right . When will this stop . The security at the departure are not helping matters , how can you ask me to pay to let my family see me off to the check-in point , this is wrong very wrong . Even the immigration officers wants to collect money for anything they do ...why whywhy. And I know the mayor @akinwunmiambode of this and every other state can find a lasting solution to this , the president@muhammadubuhari himself can override things to set them right but I bet they don’t even know people are travelling out of the country, check the airport all you see are Nigerians running away from the country. I have never seen an EMIRATI or an AMERICAN that will run away from their country. Until you have no one to govern or be a president over before you know.

Meanwhile, in the video posted by American Cable News Network (CNN) Africa, asking Nigerians for their opinion on the issue, “Nigerians are sharing this video of Nollywood actor, AremuAfolayan, venting about his experience with officials at the Murtala Mohammed airport. Have you had a similar experience? Let us know!

Responding to the question on Twitter, eddy @ediological, said, “List of people i bribed the last time at Lagos Airport: Group of uniformed women, A man offering to wheel my box to the counter, Another man for weighing my box to ensure “safety”, A janitor when I went to pee, The official where i identified my luggage before taken aboard.

kaz_official‏ @Adizkaz , said; “Yes this things happen and are rampant. But excesses are checked when exposed, using preferred channels. I can hear the spokesperson to those institutions denying it already. And saying no complaint was filed. We need to learn how to fight for our right.

Rossy A‏ @therossycodeI was traveling to Accra via Lagos with my friend.We flew in from Kigali & had a stopover there for 3hours. Initially the officials insisted we needed transit visas which was not the case. I am from CMR & haven been through the airport I knew what they were up to. I tried to make them understand we were just changing planes literally. The police officer said I could go and told my friend to stay with him. I insisted on being with her coz we were traveling together and at this point she was clearly traumatized.

At this point another officer collects our passport and asked us to follow him to his office for no reason. We tried to get it back but he wouldn’t oblige. Until 20 minutes to check in time he asked for money.

Nigerian Movie director, Kemi Adetiba is the latest celebrity to narrate her ugly experience in the hands of officials at the airport in Lagos. Adetiba took to her Twitter page yesterday to narrate the ugly encounter.

Sharing her experience, she wrote, “My flight from Paris was delayed for almost 6 hours yesterday. If I thought that was the worst my day could get, I was wrong. I got back into Lagos at about 2am and this is where a series of unfortunate events unfolded... Right there at MY country's airport.

Going through immigration& picking my luggage was a relative breeze. As I approached customs, I knew all would not be well as I saw a lady's eyes light up like I was a fowl approaching a den of hyenas. I was still a good distance away when she beckoned for my porter and I to pull aside. Now I had only been gone a week (to give a KEYNOTE speech) and then took out a few days to rest before returning to Nigeria, so I didn't do any shopping asides a bottle of perfume I had bought for a friend. Mildly irritated, I stepped aside and reached in my bag to get my passport and keys to my suitcase. Luckily I had bumped into a friend in Paris. We ended up hanging together and as luck would have it, he sat next to me on the plane. He was there with me. She asked to open all the bags, but not finding anything, zeroed in the perfume gift and my small travel speakers. She asked I show her an invoice for the speakers. I told her I no longer had it, and asked her WHY as it was a personal item. By the way this lady's name is "Ojo" She then leads me to a counter where she pulls out a booklet (i'm assuming rules manual), she drops the manual and pulls another one (no difference) then opens a page, and without showing me what was inside goes, "you know we charge duty on items more than N50,000, right?" I said, duty on a personal/used item? She starts getting nervous. She goes back to the perfume and asks I open it. That's when my patience starts to wear thin and I FIRMLY told her I would NOT open the bottle of perfume as it was a gift. Luckily my friend with me was present at time of purchase, so he also decides to buy one for himself as well. As it was for personal use, he offers to open up the packaging of his own bottle for them to see. I apologize to him that he has to do this. Seeing she wasn't winning there she goes back to my speaker. Demands an invoice for it. Friend reiterates that it is a personal used belonging. She insists on an invoice, I insist she joking and she can call her supervisor. She starts getting nervous as she sees I'm ready to take this to the end and will not be shaken down for money.

“She makes an uninspired call for "valuation:" but no one shows up. Of course..Another rues to rattle me. I ask for the guy handling valuation, someone now says "he's praying". How convenient. Seeing as I was ready to take this on she transfers me to another gentleman "Eni . O." He asks for the invoice for the speaker. My friend again points out that it is a personal item. Just the same way he shouldn't ask for the invoice of my laptop, why is he asking for this one. I give him the speaker to inspect. He says something to another colleague which I mistake for him talking to me. I say, "I beg your pardon", he rudely says "Madam I was not talking to you" like he was beneath speaking to me. A woman. He then turns to my friend to speak to him about my speaker. Each time I try to add to the conversation concerning MY speaker with my male friend, he eyes me and rudely says, "Madam.. WE are not talking to you." Like it was a man's club and I wasn't invited to participate. Meanwhile on my property oh.

Raniery Returns To Premier League, To Face Former Club In December

Former Leicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri, has been appointed as the new coach of Fulham after the sack Slavisa Jokanovic on Wednesday.
The Italian guided Leicester City to win their first ever Premier League title in 2016.
“It is an honour to accept Mr. Khan’s invitation and opportunity to lead Fulham, a fantastic club with tradition and history,” Ranieri told Fulham’s official website.
“The objective at Fulham should never be to merely survive in the Premier League.
“We must at all times be a difficult opponent and should expect to succeed.
“This Fulham squad has exceptional talent that is contrary to its position in the table.
“I know this team is very capable of better performances, which we will work on straight away as we prepare for Southampton at the Cottage.”

Ranieri will hope to guide Fulham to victory when they tackle Southampton on November 24 in the Premier League.

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Worry more about your N5.8bn indictment than my tenure, Jonathan tells VP Osinbajo

FORMER President, Goodluck Jonathan, has asked Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to be more concerned over his indictment by the House of Representatives in the N5.8 billion he approved for the National Emergency Agency, NEMA, without due process, than his (Jonathan) sojourn in office.

Jonathan, in a statement by one of his aides, Reno Omokri, was reacting to the Vice President’s claim that his government saddled the country with debt and alleged corruption of his administration. The statement read: “My attention has been drawn to regurgitated and discredited allegations by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo blaming former President Jonathan of saddling Nigeria with debt and ruining the economy by the alleged corruption of his administration.

“How can Vice President Osinbajo, a man who had just been indicted by the House of Representatives in one of the biggest corruption scams ever in Nigeria’s history, have the gall to point accusing fingers on Dr. Jonathan, a man that is celebrated internationally for his efforts at achieving Nigeria’s best rating in Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perception Rating when Nigeria improved 8 paces from 144 to 136 in 2014? “Having read through the sordid details of Professor Osinbajo’s corruption as revealed in the indictment by Nigeria’s House of Representatives, it is easy to understand why Nigeria made her worst ever retrogression in Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perception under him this year, moving 11 paces backwards from 136 to 148.

“On the issue of debt, the fact remains that in the entire 16 years that the Peoples Democratic Party governed Nigeria, the total amount of money borrowed was 8.06 trillion Naira. These are facts sourced directly from the budget office controlled by the Buhari administration.

‘’However, in only three years, the All Progressives Congress led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has borrowed a total of 10 trillion Naira. With this fact in hand, where does Vice President Osinbajo have the moral authority to point leprous fingers at former President Jonathan? ‘

’The claim by Vice President Osinbajo that former President Jonathan left $$63 billion in debt is also a false claim. The Jonathan administration inherited $42.23 billion in debt in 2011 which were debts borrowed by the states and the Federal Government.

‘’Throughout the five years that he was President, former President Jonathan incurred the wrath of several state governments because his administration refused to guarantee their foreign loans. ‘’The reason that Nigeria’s debt has ballooned under this administration is because the Federal Government lacks the discipline that Jonathan had and are thus unable to curb borrowing by both the Federal Government and the states.”

‘’For example, on Tuesday November 13, 2018, the Debt Management Office revealed that in just 2017 alone, the Buhari administration borrowed ¦ 2.4 trillion to fund their budget deficit.

‘’This is besides other loans that they took in 2017 alone. That money is more than the funds borrowed by the Jonathan administration in five years. “To show to Nigerians the profligacy and ineptitude of the current administration, I draw their attention to the fact that between July and August 2018, the Buhari administration claimed it had shared $322 million Abacha funds recovered by the Jonathan administration to the poor.

‘’Then a week after it made that announcement, the Buhari government borrowed $328 million from China. “The question is this, why would you share out $322 million one week only to borrow the same amount next week? Why not use the Abacha funds to fund government activities instead of adding to the already strained debt burden? ‘’These are questions that Vice President Osinbajo should answer rather than making false allegations against former President Jonathan.’’

Duke Of Shomolu Protection Tells Lagos Story In Oba Eshugbayi

Maryland Mall Partners Producer
By Eniola Daniel

It was Jamaican-born political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and Orator, Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr. ONH, who said that a people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots, it’s on this note, Duke of Shomolu Productions, a recently formed theatre and media production company would be headlining the yuletide Season with an epic production, Oba Eshugbayi.

Actor, Yemi Shodimu (left); Executive Producer, Oba Eshugbayi, Joseph Edgar; Actress, Yinka Davies and Director Maryland Mall, Laide Agboola during the press briefing on Oba Eshugbayi Stage play in Lagos. PHOTO: AYODELA ADENIRAN

Oba Eshugbayi is a story of tribulation and emancipation and romance. It brings together the very rich cultural heritage of Lagos and the very colourful and insightful traditions of the Efik people who are habit of the exotic banks of the River Cross in South Eastern Nigeria.
The play will see a fine mix of veteran acts and fresh young and talented acts come together to put up performances that would not only leave the audience in awe but will throw up to the fore the continuous need to pass down our traditions and culture to the next generation.

Wale Macaulay iconic Actor and TV Producer would be playing his illustrious forebear– Herbert Macaulay, while Femi Branch who today is one of the most charismatic players in the Industry is Oba Eshugbayi. Other acts include Legendary Yinka Davies who is becoming a staple on the scene, former Big Brother Naija Housemate, Offiong Anthony popularly known as Tall Thin Tony a favourite with young theatre goers as a result of his wonderful turn in the Big Brother House will be reprising a strong ad influential romantic lead.

Highlight in the cast is beautiful and sultry AyobamiShodimu daughter to showbiz impresario YemiShodimu. Ayo is a versatile player who has carried out very important and award winning productions internationally, including some very exciting showings on stage in critically y acclaimed productions in the UK. She would be making her stage debut at the Muson this December. She is expected to bring in a fresh and beautifully enticing heat with her romantic liaisons with Tony’s character in Oba Eshugbayi.
According to Joseph Edgar, an Investment Banker and Theatre Producer, Oba Eshugbayi is the latest in its Heritage Series where epic productions with strong historical leanings would continue to be staged in a strong bid to tell our story through performance’’. It is in this regard, that the Duke of Shomolu Production platform has been set up to be the home of these productions. The IsaleEko series which is the debut production in the series has been seen by a combined 15,000 people over its two seasons showing and would be coming back to TeraKulture next February due to popular demand.

Written and Directed by William Benson and Executive Produced by Joseph Edgar and OlisaAdibua with YemiShodimu and MofoluwakeOriyomi Edgar as Producers.

Edgar said; “in the last four years, we’ve had series of production, all geared towards telling our stories, through performance; we decided to key into the hunger in the Nigerian theatre going crowd for our indigenous stories, that’s why we started with the IsaleEkofranchise which was massively received, and that performance interests MTN who signed a one year contract with us to takeIsaleEko to Abuja on Easter, 2019. IsaleEko trended for five days. Oba Eshugbayi is the continuation of that story, and we have two iconic actors, YemiShodimu and Yinka Davies.

“You can’t understand where you are going if you don’t know where you are coming from. So, our children now rather know what is happening in the English Premiership, know what is happening with the queen of England than what is happening in Nigeria, in fact many of them don’t know who the governor of Taraba State is. And Our stories are very rich and deep, so, working on Oba Eshugbayi, we got to one of his great-grandchildren of the Lagos monarch who reigned, was the Oba of Lagos from 1901 to 1925, and from 1931 to 1932, and he’s a white cap chief.

“The kind of stories I’ve heard is quiet phenomenal so, we want to bring back our culture to a position of priority and we want to use it to deepen the entertainment industry.

“Entertainment has grown in the last few years, you heard people talk about trillions of naira but the theatre is not enjoying that kind of audience and growth, it’s just the poorer cousin of other aspect in the entertainment industry, but we thank God, with the effort of people like Bolanle Austen-Peters, the sector has started to show significant improvement, so we are seen production that worth millions of naira in budget. These are things we couldn’t hear before. IsaleEko costs us about 22 million to drop on stage. Oba Eshugbayi is costing us close to N18 million . So we are beginning to see stage actors, begin to command so very serious fees and that is thanks to supporters who have given producers like us the strength to engage people like these.

On the N15 million support from the mall, he said; “Maryland Mall has shown significant interest in supporting the art and the entertainment industry, and this is the second time we are working on big projects together, they played a vital role in IsaleEko. Most of the people that came to see the show alluded to the fact that they heard about it from the mall.
On his part, veteran actor who is also one of the 75 man casts, YemiShodimu, said; “the honest true is that we are still far from what is real but it’s a bold attempt to take theatre from the level at which it was to another level; we are still on a journey. It may shock you that the total cost of the project may not be up to what an actor is paid somewhere out there but here, it a huge amount, with a lot of sacrifice. It’s almost suicidal on his part to embark on this project, and the industry can only be grateful to people like this who have decided to throw everything into it.
Speaking on why the mall decided to support Oba Eshugbayi, Director, Maryland Mall, LaideAgboola, said; “Edgar is a multi-character personality, and what you get from him is pure art, and it’s worth supporting. Not everybody has that kind of artistic flare; everyone that has followed him will definitely see that character in him, it brings us to the point where we at Maryland partner with him in a way to help us bridge the gap between an old cultural environment that we need to transient to our kids and make sure that those stories are not forgotten.
“To make the millennial to understand that there was a culture, there is a culture, and there will always be culture. The millennial might know some of the names of the powerful people in 1920 but they don’t know the full pictures of what Lagos was so, you need to take that storyline to them why we also fulfill the need to have art for everybody within the social climate so, for us, that partnership is important.
Oba Eshugbayi comes up 24th, 25th and 26th Dec 2018 at the Agip Recital hall of the Muson centre, Lagos.

You Have No Moral Right To Call Anybody A Bigot, Northern CAN Tells El-Rufai

The Public Relations Officer, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, 19 northern states and Abuja Rev. Joseph Hayab, has said that Kaduna state governor,  Nasir el-Rufai, has no moral right to call anybody a bigot.

Hayab explained that since he (el-Rufai) became the governor of the state, his insulting and denigrating comments had polarised the state.

Making his view known in a statement in Kaduna, he said, “Happenings in our dear Kaduna State for over three years now, especially some recent statements by the governor, have compelled me to speak as a citizen and a stakeholder who believes in the unity and diversity of Nigeria.

“It seems that Governor el-Rufai takes pleasure in making bad and inciting comments about others but unable to bear or reason that his leadership style is worse than that of those he is quick to accuse.

“When some Christian leaders years back complained about how he (el-Rufai), made mockery of Jesus on his Twitter handle, it seemed then that they deliberately accused him of such a recklessness for political reasons, but little did we realise that such inflammatory comments were el-Rufai’s trademark.

“Since el-Rufai became the governor of Kaduna State, many of his utterances have been either to insult or denigrate some individuals or group of people.”

He noted that el-Rufai’s recent tweet accusing Mr. Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra State and vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of being a tribal bigot “clearly shows that the governor needs to go and look at himself in the mirror”.

He said although he was not from the South-east Nigeria, but a visit to Anambra State and meeting people on the streets of Awka and Onitsha showed that Obi as governor of Anambra State, led with an exemplary leadership style of tolerance and promoted peaceful coexistence “unlike el-Rufai who has polarised Kaduna State with divisive actions and inciting utterances”.

Hayab further explained, “My dear Governor el-Rufai, you cannot go to the social media every now and then making divisive statements about the population of our dear state, only to come back to accuse other Nigerians of being bigot.

“For you to have the moral right to accuse others as bigots, you need to check and reexamine yourself in the mirror to ascertain if you are not worse off.

“It is public knowledge how you have threatened Shiites, SOKAPU (Southern Kaduna Peoples Union) and even the Nigerian Army aside from those who hold different political views.

“Does el-Rufai assume that the silence of many indigenes of Kaduna State and other well meaning Nigerians on his actions is a sign of weakness or are people ignorant of the high level of polarisation that his leadership style has brought to Kaduna State?

“My investigation shows that when Mr. Peter Obi was Governor of Anambra State, he worked peaceably with three Commissioners of Police from the North of Nigeria including Alhaji Amusa Bello, Gwary Usman and CP Leha.

“In comparison to Mr Obi, please, el-Rufai should tell Nigerians how many heads of security agencies in Kaduna State during his tenure were/are from the other parts of the country?

“From el-Rufai’s utterances and actions, one becomes sceptical if anyone from another part of Nigeria other than the core north could work as Commissioner of Police or Head of DSS in Kaduna without the governor asking the authorities in Abuja to transfer such with immediate effect.

“My dear Governor, please stop your divisive and distractive statements and actions and look inward to remove the speck from your eyes before attempting to help remove the splinter in others.

“el-Rufai has not lived in Anambra, but is accusing someone from Anambra of his stewardship.

“Can el-Rufai be truthful to himself and to us in Kaduna State by admitting that he is not Nigeria’s chief bigot?

“Peter Obi’s people say that he is one of those exemplary governors who left his state financially better off than he met it. Besides, he left Anambra peaceful and united.

“Can we from Kaduna State rate el-Rufai in the same way? Without the fear of contradiction, a record of Kaduna State people are of the view that Governor el-Rufai should focus more on his duties as a leader of the state and stop busy bodying and poke-nosing into affairs that have little or no link to the administration of our state.

“We demand that Governor el-Rufai should concentrate on making Kaduna State peaceful and prosperous by delivering fair, unbiased and equitable leadership, rather than being at war with almost everyone who holds a differing view from his.

“The undeniable truth is that the governor’s actions and utterances about people and situations both in the state and elsewhere have further impaired the peace we once enjoyed in Kaduna.

“My candid advice to the governor is that he should stop pointing leprous fingers at others and instead, take a hard look at the mirror as his utterances, poor political equations and decisions have heighten suspicion and distrust, a development that is condemnable and unfortunate.”

Michelle Obama Reveals Why She Stopped Smiling At Trump’s Inauguration

Wife of former US president Michelle Obama says she found the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration so difficult to bear that she ‘stopped even trying to smile’ during the ceremony,

The former first lady, 54, shares the heart-wrenching confession in her new book, Becoming, which is due to be published on Tuesday, explaining that she was left devastated by the lack of diversity – and the stark contrast between Trump’s ceremony and her husband’s.

‘The vibrant diversity of the two previous inaugurations [both of her husband’s] was gone,’ she writes, before going on to state that she felt ‘the optics… what the public saw’ may have been a very realistic illustration of the incoming president’s ‘ideals’.

‘Someone from Barack’s administration might have said that the optics there were bad, that what the public saw didn’t reflect the president’s reality or ideas. But in this case, maybe it did,’ she says.

‘Realizing it, I made my own optic adjustment: I stopped even trying to smile.’

At the time, Michelle’s distressed expression sparked a slew of viral memes, as people used images of the outgoing first lady to illustrate their own feelings about the new president.

Twitter was full of funny screen grabs and jokes about Michelle’s pained face, with people writing things like, ‘Today Americans learned that Michelle Obama does not posses a poker face,’ and, ‘Michelle Obama is literally all of us today.’

In an interview with Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, which aired on Monday morning, hours before her book is due to launch, Michelle was pressed about her opinion on the current political situation.

‘I’ve said what I will continue to say: being Commander in Chief is a hard job,’ the mother-of-two said. ‘You need to have discipline, you need to read, and you need to be knowledgeable, you need to know history, you need to be careful with your words.

‘But voters make those decisions, and once those voters have spoken… we live with what we live with.’

With regard to her husband’s presidency – and how it might have led to Trump’s election, Michelle refuses to be drawn.

When Roberts noted that ‘there are some people that feel that the seed of discontent that led to Trump being elected happened during your husband’s presidency’, the mother-of-two replied:

‘I would like to indulge the question, but it requires a level of speculation about how people are feeling and thinking that I don’t have.

‘I think we’re going to have to figure that out as a nation.’

What she is sure about, however, is the fact that her family’s presence in the White House was both celebrated and ‘hated’ – perhaps even in equal measure.

‘Our presence in the White House had been celebrated by millions of Americans, but it also contributed to a reactionary sense of fear and resentment among others,’ she writes in her book.

‘The hatred was old and deep, and as dangerous as ever.’

Stan Lee: How He Broke Down Barrier Between Audience And Artist

As Marvel's editor-in-chief in the 1960s, Lee made the Marvel staff as familiar as the company's fictional characters.

Stan Lee is known as the co-creator of any number of comic book characters: Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, the list goes on and on — there are few characters in Marvel’s back catalog that don’t have his fingerprints on them in some form or another. But perhaps his greatest legacy isn’t the army of superheroes that populate the Marvel Universe, but the way he broke down the barriers between fans and creators on the page during the Marvel revolution of the 1960s.

Lee, who died Monday at 95, was responsible for the addition of creator credits in Marvel’s comic book output, a break from the industry standard at the time — previously, at Marvel as-was, and certainly at other publishers, fans would be required to study art styles or hunt for signatures to identify who drew each issue of their favorite characters, while writers toiled in even deeper obscurity. (What creator names were attached to stories was often a reflection of who had originally invented the characters, as opposed to who had worked on each story.)

It’s not entirely clear why Lee broke away from the norm with his change — was it driven by his own frustrations as a relatively anonymous creator earlier in his career, or simply a move to differentiate his company’s output from the more successful opposition in an attempt to do whatever it took to make the company stand out? — but it was the first phase of what quickly became a mission to humanize Marvel, turning the staff and freelancers behind the scenes into faces and names as recognizable as the colorful characters on the covers.

It took less than a year from the creation of the Fantastic Four — considered by most the starting point for Marvel as it’s recognizable today — for Marvel creators to show up in the pages of the comics themselves; Lee and Jack Kirby are terrorized in Fantastic Four No. 10 when Doctor Doom shows up in their offices, demanding that they call Mr. Fantastic and help set up a trap for the heroes.

Within two years, the real thing followed, with the front cover of 1964’s Marvel Tales Annual No. 1 promising “An actual unretouched photo of virtually every member of our Merry Marvel Bullpen!” as a selling point. The feature was the only all-new material in an issue that was otherwise reprint, but it delivered what was promised: photos of almost every Marvel employee — some, most notably Spider-Man and Doctor Strange co-creator Steve Ditko, were missing, their absence explained with a note that read, “A few of our bullpen buddies were out of town when these pix were taken — so we’ll try to print their pans later on. (A sneaky way to coax you to read all our future issues!)”

If that seemed like an unusual selling point, it was apparently a successful one; the next year saw Marvel launch its “Merry Marvel Marching Society” fan club — for one dollar, fans would receive a membership card, stickers and more, including a flexidisc that featured Marvel staff acting out skits and letting fans hear their voices for the first time.

That same year also saw the launch of Bullpen Bulletins, a recurring one-page feature that would mix publishing announcements and advertisements with gossipy updates about the goings-on at the Marvel offices. “Did you know that our bullpen ramrod, Smilin’ STAN LEE, also authors MONSTERS UNLIMITED as well as YOU DON’T SAY!” one item in December 1965’s debut feature started. “Both are slick paper photo-gag magazines, and Stan the Man seems to have the magic touch — both of those humor sensations seem to sell out as fast as our own Marvel masterpieces — and that’s sayin’ something!” (Although anonymously written, it is believed that Lee was behind the initial installments, making boasts like these all the more shameless.) The feature would continue intermittently for the next four decades.

As a promotional device, it worked; the Marvel offices would receive letters, phone calls and personal visits from fans who considered the creators friends, creating a bond between company and customer that other publishers could only enviously — and, for the most part, less successfully — emulate. (It’s no coincidence that creator credits were adapted by other comic publishers within years of Marvel’s runaway success.)

Beyond that, there was something oddly prescient in the way Lee put artists and audience in faux-communication that predicted the social media era. It’s almost certainly a strange coincidence more than prognostication on Lee’s part — really, who could have seen Twitter or Facebook coming half a century ago? — but in erasing the wall between consumers and creators, Lee didn’t just change the comic book industry, he offered a preview of how all forms of media would operate in the future.

Stan Lee, Marvel Comics' Real-Life Superhero, The Man Behind Spiderma Dies at 95

The legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee,  whose fantabulous but flawed creations made him a real-life superhero to comic book lovers everywhere, has died. He was 95.
Lee, who began in the business in 1939 and created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man, among countless other characters, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a family representative told The Hollywood Reporter.

Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee's daughter, J.C. Lee, also confirmed his death.

Lee's final few years were tumultuous. After Joan, his wife of 69 years, died in July 2017, he sued executives at POW! Entertainment — a company he founded in 2001 to develop film, TV and video game properties — for $1 billion alleging fraud, then abruptly dropped the suit weeks later. He also sued his ex-business manager and filed for a restraining order against a man who had been handling his affairs. (Lee's estate is estimated to be worth as much as $70 million.) And in June 2018, it was revealed that the Los Angeles Police Department had been investigating reports of elder abuse against him.

On his own and through his work with frequent artist-writer collaborators Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others, Lee catapulted Marvel from a tiny venture into the world's No. 1 publisher of comic books and, later, a multimedia giant.

In 2009, The Walt Disney Co. bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, and most of the top-grossing superhero films of all time — led by Avengers: Infinity War's $2.05 billion worldwide take earlier this year — have featured Marvel characters.

"I used to think what I did was not very important," he told the Chicago Tribune in April 2014. "People are building bridges and engaging in medical research, and here I was doing stories about fictional people who do extraordinary, crazy things and wear costumes. But I suppose I have come to realize that entertainment is not easily dismissed."

Lee's fame and influence as the face and figurehead of Marvel, even in his nonagenarian years, remained considerable.

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“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created," Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. "A superhero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart."

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige also paid tribute. “No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee," Feige said. "Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family and the millions of fans who have been forever touched by Stan’s genius, charisma and heart.”

Beginning in the 1960s, the irrepressible and feisty Lee punched up his Marvel superheroes with personality, not just power. Until then, comic book headliners like those of DC Comics were square and well-adjusted, but his heroes had human foibles and hang-ups; Peter Parker/Spider-Man, for example, fretted about his dandruff and was confused about dating. The evildoers were a mess of psychological complexity.

"His stories taught me that even superheroes like Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk have ego deficiencies and girl problems and do not live in their macho fantasies 24 hours a day," Gene Simmons of Kiss said in a 1979 interview. "Through the honesty of guys like Spider-Man, I learned about the shades of gray in human nature."

(Kiss made it to the Marvel pages, and Lee had Simmons bleed into a vat of ink so the publisher could say the issues were printed with his blood.)

The Manhattan-born Lee wrote, art-directed and edited most of Marvel's series and newspaper strips. He also penned a monthly comics column, “Stan's Soapbox,” signing off with his signature phrase, “Excelsior!”

His way of doing things at Marvel was to brainstorm a story with an artist, then write a synopsis. After the artist drew the story panels, Lee filled in the word balloons and captions. The process became known as “The Marvel Method.”

Lee collaborated with artist-writer Kirby on the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Silver Surfer and X-Men. With artist-writer Ditko he created Spider-Man and the surgeon Doctor Strange, and with artist Bill Everett came up with the blind superhero Daredevil.

Such collaborations sometimes led to credit disputes: Lee and Ditko reportedly engaged in bitter fights, and both receive writing credit on the Spider-Man movies and TV shows. "I don't want anyone to think I treated Kirby or Ditko unfairly," he told Playboy magazine in April 2014. "I think we had a wonderful relationship. Their talent was incredible. But the things they wanted weren't in my power to give them."

Like any Marvel employee, Lee had no rights to the characters he helped create and received no royalties.

In the 1970s, Lee importantly helped push the boundaries on censorship in comics, delving into serious and topical subject matter in a medium that had become mindless, kid-friendly entertainment.

In 1954, the publication of psychologist Frederic Wertham's book Seduction of the Innocent had spurred calls for the government to regulate violence, sex, drug use, questioning of public authority figures, etc., in the comics as a way to curtail "juvenile delinquency." Wary publishers headed that off by forming the Comics Code Authority, a self-censoring body that while avoiding the heavy hand of Washington still wound up neutering adult interest in comics and stereotyping the medium as one only kids would enjoy.

Lee scripted banal scenarios with characters like Nellie the Nurse and Tessie the Typist, but in 1971, he inserted an anti-drug storyline into "The Amazing Spider-Man” in which Peter Parker's best friend Harry Osborn popped pills. Those issues, which did not carry the CCA "seal of approval" on the covers, became extremely popular, and later, the organization relaxed some of its guidelines.

Born Stanley Martin Lieber on Dec. 28, 1922, he grew up poor in Washington Heights, where his father, a Romanian immigrant, was a dress-cutter. A lover of adventure books and Errol Flynn movies, Lee graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School, joined the WPA Federal Theatre Project, where he appeared in a few stage shows, and wrote obituaries.

In 1939, Lee got a job as a gofer for $8 a week at Marvel predecessor Timely Comics. Two years later, for Kirby and Joe Simon's Captain America No. 3, he wrote a two-page story titled "The Traitor's Revenge!" that was used as text filler to qualify the company for the inexpensive magazine mailing rate. He used the pen name Stan Lee.

He was named interim editor at 19 by publisher Martin Goodman when the previous editor quit. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Signal Corps, where he wrote manuals and training films with a group that included Oscar-winner Frank Capra, Pulitzer-winner William Saroyan and Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss). After the war, he returned to the publisher and served as the editor for decades.

Following DC Comics' lead with the Justice League, Lee and Kirby in November 1961 launched their own superhero team, the Fantastic Four, for the newly renamed Marvel Comics, and Hulk, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil and X-Men soon followed. The Avengers launched as its own title in September 1963.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Manhattan's high-literary culture vultures did not bestow its approval on how Lee was making a living. People would “avoid me like I had the plague. … Today, it's so different,” he once told The Washington Post.

Not everyone felt the same way, though. Lee recalled once being visiting in his New York office by Federico Fellini, who wanted to talk about nothing but Spider-Man.

In 1972, Lee was named publisher and relinquished the Marvel editorial reins to spend all his time promoting the company. He moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to set up an animation studio and to build relationships in Hollywood. Lee purchased a home overlooking the Sunset Strip that was once owned by Jack Benny's announcer, Don Wilson.

Long before his Marvel characters made it to the movies, they appeared on television. An animated Spider-Man show (with a memorable theme song composed by Oscar winner Paul Francis Webster, of "The Shadow of Your Smile" fame, and Bob Harris) ran on ABC from 1967 to 1970. Bill Bixby played Dr. David Banner, who turns into a green monster (Lou Ferrigno) when he gets agitated, in the 1977-82 CBS drama The Incredible Hulk. And Pamela Anderson provided the voice of Stripperella, a risque animated Spike TV series that Lee wrote for in 2003-04.

Lee launched the internet-based Stan Lee Media in 1998, and the superhero creation, production and marketing studio went public a year later. However, when investigators uncovered illegal stock manipulation by his partners, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2001. (Lee was never charged.)

In 2002, Lee published an autobiography, Excelsior! The Amazing Life of Stan Lee.

Survivors include his daughter and younger brother Larry Lieber, a writer and artist for Marvel. Another daughter, Jan, died in infancy. His wife, Joan, was a hat model whom he married in 1947.

"J.C. Lee and all of Stan Lee's friends and colleagues want to thank all of his fans and well-wishers for their kind words and condolences," a family statement read. "Stan was an icon in his field. His fans loved him and his desire to interact with them. He loved his fans and treated them with the same respect and love they gave him."

"He worked tirelessly his whole life creating great characters for the world to enjoy. He wanted to inspire our imagination and for us to all use it to make the world a better place. His legacy will live on forever."

Like Alfred Hitchcock before him, the never-bashful Lee appeared in cameos in the Marvel movies, shown avoiding falling concrete, watering his lawn, delivering the mail, crashing a wedding, playing a security guard, etc.

In Spider-Man 3 (2007), he chats with Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker as they stop on a Times Square street to read news that the web-slinger will soon receive the key to the city. “You know," he says, "I guess one person can make a difference … 'nuff said.”

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