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South Africa enters third wave of COVID-19



South Africa has officially entered its third wave of coronavirus infections, health authorities said, with rising caseloads and a sluggish vaccine rollout fuelling fears of fresh strain on the health system.

“South Africa technically entered the 3rd wave today as the national 7-day moving average incidence (5959 cases) now exceeds the new wave threshold as defined by the Ministerial Advisory Committee,” the National Institute for Communicable Diseases tweeted on Thursday.

The health ministry later announced that it had detected over 9,100 cases in 24 hours — approaching the levels seen at the peak of South Africa’s second wave in December.

Chilly winter weather is also fuelling concerns of a resurge in Africa’s worst-hit country.

Four of South Africa’s nine provinces were hit by a third infection wave in late May, including the most populous Gauteng province — home to the administrative capital Pretoria and financial hub Johannesburg.

President Cyril Ramaphosa last month tightened a nighttime curfew and reintroduced limits on social gatherings in a bid to stem the spread of the virus.

To date, South Africa has recorded more than 1.7 million coronavirus cases — around 34 per cent of the continent’s reported infections — of which at least 57,410 have been fatal.

The country was hit by a second wave in December that peaked at around 10,000 new cases reported per day.

That resurge was fuelled by the more transmissible Beta virus variant, first identified in South Africa, which contributed to delaying the country’s inoculation plans due to its resistance to certain vaccines.

After several setbacks, the government now aims to vaccinate 60 per cent of South Africa’s 59 million inhabitants by March 2022.

But just over one per cent of the population have received jabs since February, prompting criticism of the government’s vaccine procurement strategy.

Ramaphosa has accused richer countries of hoarding Covid-19 shots, saying the situation could lead to a “vaccine apartheid”.

South Africa and India are pressing the World Trade Organization to waive intellectual property rights on coronavirus jabs and drugs in order to facilitate production and access for developing countries.


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The early days of Nigerian football



Nigeria is rich in ways you can see once you step foot into the country. Their culture is rich, their landscapes are beautiful, and the people are simply the happiest on the planet.

Another noticeable thing about the country is how the people are widely drawn to sports. Although there may be a lot of sports that their locals love, it is undeniable that football has shone above all other sports. Aside from being their national sport, it is also the most followed sporting event in the country.

Given the fact that sports betting in Nigeria is legal to those who are of legal age, it is no longer surprising to know that a lot of people there love betting on football. Whether it may be for their favourite teams or local players, it is undeniable that the amount of support pours whenever there is an upcoming match. To have a clue on how this sport has grown so much, here is a closer look at how the sport started in the country.

The birth of Nigerian football

Nigeria was once a colony of Britain in the early years of the 20th century. Colonization may have brought changes in Nigerian culture, both good and bad, but it also propelled them to industrial and agricultural progress. More so, they were also introduced to other forms of entertainment.

Although they were introduced to a lot of sports, it is undeniable that football became the most popular one. The reason behind this is the fact that it can be played by a lot of players with just one ball. Its game objective was also easy to understand.

Early records say that the first-ever played football match in Nigeria was a game between Hope Waddell Training Institution and the crew of the British gunboat HMS Thistle. This match was won by the Nigerians with a final score of 3-2 was held in June 1904. Two years later, football clubs started to be formed in Nigeria.

The first Nigerian football associations

Nigeria’s first football association was formed in 1932. This was called the Lagos District Amateur Football Association (LDAFA). This was followed by the launch of the National Football Association (NFA) in 1945. Today, the NFA remains to be the national governing body of the sport.

How it became the national sport

Football was already becoming more and more popular in the country but it came with a lot of racism issues. As a result, a man named Nnamdi Azikiwe established his own athletic club in 1938. His club was named Zik’s Athletic Club (ZAC) and it became a symbol of self-determination and nationalism in the country.

Azikiwe popularized football so much that it already became a huge part of the country’s identity. He even succeeded in having a wide media coverage for the matches despite the ongoing Second World War. Upon giving the people a sense of national pride, football was officially declared the country’s national sport in 1950.

In October 1960, Nigeria officially gained independence from Britain. That was the same year they became an official member of Fédération Internationale de Football Association or FIFA, the world’s governing association for football. With Azikiwe’s efforts, he became the first Nigerian president in 1963.


Nigerian football has come a long way since it first started in the country. Now, there are also mainstream football leagues in the country. Aside from watching the matches, people can now enjoy sports betting in Nigeria as the football matches keep on getting better and more exciting to follow. More so, people will also be amazed by how many Nigerian football players made a name for themselves by proving their sportsmanship.

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Pope Francis Declares Readiness To Help Nigeria Through Difficult Time



The head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has disclosed his willingness to work together with the Federal Government of Nigeria to end insecurity in the country and sub-Saharan Africa.

 Pope Francis made his submission when he received a letter of credence from the Nigerian Ambassador to the Holy See, Ambassador Paul Oga Adikwu. The Vatican City issued a statement where the Pope promised to offer his assistance to the plight of Nigerians and help put a stop to the insecurity.

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Vatican City said. “The Holy Father, Pope Francis, expressed readiness to collaborate with Nigeria to overcome the security challenges currently witnessed in the sub-Saharan region.

“Pope Francis appreciates the effort of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to combat security challenges witnessed in some parts of the country.

“The Holy Father said the problem is not just a Nigerian problem, but a global one, saying he will personally be involved in praying for Nigeria to overcome the situation,”


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JUST IN!!! Police Arrest 3 People For Shooting Cows (Photo) – Igbere TV




The Nigerian Police have arrested three suspects following the shooting of cows in the Eruwa area of Oyo State, Igbere TV reports.

The Spokesman of Oyo State Police Command Adewale Osifeso, said the suspects Opeyemi Ajibodu, Segun Dade and Dare Adenle were found in possession of two dane guns, and daggers, among other weapons.


He said the police made the arrests in the Sunbare area following reports of several gunshots reportedly fired in the nearby bush.

He added that an on-the-spot assessment carried out at daybreak revealed that the gunshots were from an attack launched against a group of Fulani herders, which resulted in the killing of six cows and wounding of 13 others.

“In continuity of the crime-fighting crusade of the Oyo State Police Command, on Sunday 20th June, 2021, several gunshots were reportedly fired in a bush at Sunbare Area, along old Ibadan Road Eruwa, causing fear and panic in the hearts of residence.

“Upon receipt of the information, police operatives attached to Eruwa Divisional Police Headquarters gathered momentum and stormed the reported scene.”

Upon arrival at the scene, the three suspects were arretsed with the weapons, police sas and wounding of 13 others.

“Upon interrogation, fact gathered revealed that the attack was perpetrated to ward off the herders from grazing in the forests in Eruwa environs,” Osifeso said.



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Jade Osiberu’s Next Film “Gangs Of Lagos” stars Adesua Etomi, Tobi Bakre & Chiké as Best Friends



Filmmaker Jadesola Osiberu has a new feature film in the works and this one stars Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Tobi Bakre and Chiké.

Jade produced the recently released cinema hit “Áyìnlá” and the highly acclaimed blockbuster “Sugar Rush“, which also featured Adesua Etomi alongside Bisola Aiyeola and Bimbo Ademoye.

This new movie “Gangs of Lagos” is about a group of friends —Obalola, Gift and Panama — who grow up on the streets of Isale Eko. The movie is inspired by real-life characters. It’s “a story that will move you,” Chiké says.

Without revealing much, Jade gave us a look at one of the film’s locations, a rooftop in Isale Eko, where she was inspired to write the story five years ago.

2016 I shot a scene from Gidi Up season 3 on a rooftop in Isale Eko and I was inspired to write a film about a group of friends who grow up on the streets of Isale Eko.

Fast forward 5 years and we’re standing on that very same rooftop, shooting a scene with best friends Obalola (@tobibakre ), Gift (@adesuaetomi ) & Panama (@officialchike ) in Gangs of Lagos.

Really grateful that I get to continue my on-screen love affair with Lagos, the city we all share a love/hate relationship with but we all acknowledge, there’s nowhere in the world quite like Lagos!

The lead actors also shared photos from the same scene on Instagram. “Meet best friends Obalola (@tobibakre), Gift (myself) and Panama (@officialchike). ‘Gangs Of Lagos’ is gonna blow you away. I promise you,” Adesua wrote in her caption.

On-set production for the movie kicked off on the 18th of June, the same day “Áyìnlá” was released in the cinema and Jade celebrated with a photo of the first slate which confirmed her as the film’s director.

“It’s a double celebration day! 💃🏾💃🏾Today, as the first film in our slate #AyinlatheMovie releases in cinemas, we roll our first scenes on my next feature film, Gangs of Lagos,” Jade wrote.

She later shared another photo that revealed “Gangs Of Lagos” also features Ikorodu Bois.

We can’t wait to see the magic Jade creates as she brings this story to life.

Photo Credit: @jadeosiberu @adesuaetomi, @tobibakre

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Court sentences Farouk Lawan to seven years in prison over $500, 000 bribe



A High court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has sentenced the former Chairman of the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee on Petroleum Subsidy, Farouk Lawan, to seven years in prison.


Lawan was found guilty of counts one, two, and three bordering on corruptly asking for and obtaining a bribe of $500, 000 from billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola, in order to exonerate Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited from the list of companies in the fuel subsidy scam.


For counts one and two the court sentenced him to seven years while for counts three he was sentenced to five years. The sentences are to run concurrently.


The court also ordered that he returns the sum of $500,000 to the Federal Government.


Lawan represented Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency of Kano State in the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2015.



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