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New York terrorist pledged allegiance to ISIS before attack

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The man who allegedly ran down cyclists and pedestrians along 17 Manhattan blocks pledged his allegiance to ISIS before his attack, it has emerged.

Police sources say Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, entered a bicycle path at Houston Street at 3.05pm and drove downtown, knocking down victims before smashing into a school bus at Chambers Street, exiting and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’.

As the horrific toll – currently at eight dead and at least 15 injured, including one child in critical condition – climbed up, details began to emerge about Saipov’s life.

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Your dad is a conman, MP Simeo tells NTV’s Shiela Gashumba 

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Kassanda South Member of Parliament, Simeo Muwanga Nsubuga, has rubbed salt in the bleeding wounds of NTV presenter, Shiela Gashumba, who is trying to clear her father, Frank Gashumba’s name. Gashumba and his brother, Innocent Kasumba, were arrested by Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) for possession of illegal passports, fake stamps of different government ministries…

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Africa is changing. The advocacy of socio-political and economic equality of sexes in the continent has raised the bar for women to be treated the same way as men with regards to same rights, power and opportunities.

For a hundred years, women especially in the Europe and America have continued to struggle for voting rights for women and equal guardianship. The Vancouver Sun published a letter from the Women’s Suffrage Association to Electors in August 1, 1916, “we do not claim that equal suffrage will be a panacea for all ills, but simply that it will bring about a fairer and more evenly balanced administration of affairs. It is just because men and women are different that women should have equal opportunities with the men to bring their own point of view to bear on the many political questions which affect them so vitally.”

However, women in pre-colonial Africa, such as Nigeria played significant roles in socio-economic activities of the society. Though it was largely a patrichal environment, women were in charge of domestic responsibilities. According to the Britannica, division of labour was along gender lines and women controlled food processing, mat, weaving, pottery making and cooking. They were able to access land through their husbands or parents. Younger family members were left in the care of older women.
In Yoruba land women achieved great social status in trade and business. Many of them rose to prominent positions and were given chieftaincy titles of the Iyalode, one of great privilege and power. Women gained authority. They had some level of political influence, especially senior women.
In Edo, Yoruba, and Hausa culture, the queen mother had considerable power with influence over meetings. These groups had a long list of heroines among who were Moremi of Ile-Ife, Amina of Zaria and Queen Idia of Benin.

Falola reveals that post-colonial Nigeria has witnessed the rise of elite women in leading positions, as a result of women involvement in education that is challenging many aspect of the patrichal society.
This change has led to the rise of women presidents in the continent of Africa, with the like of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Catherine Samba Panza of Central African Republic, Rose Francine Rogombe of Gabon, Agnes Monique Ohsam Bellepeau of Mauritius, Ivy Matsepe-Casaburi of South Africa, Joyce Hilda Banda of Malawi and Sylvie Kinigi of Burundi.

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Young African women perspectives about Feminism have actually changed with time with the rise of globalization. I ran into a young Nigerian woman on my way back to Nigeria from London and this was what she had to say. She told me what it means to be a feminist.
What is your name?
“My name is Kego.”
What do think Feminism represents?
“I believe that the term Feminism is taken to the extreme now. A true feminist is someone with the freedom to do what you need to do without someone forcing you, but sometimes it is double standard. For example, if a woman wants to pose naked, she has the right, but the Uber feminist feel she should be ashamed of herself, as in slot shaming, but for me it is her choice. I think feminist should hold on to what they are as female. They shouldn’t try so hard to keep up with men or try to be mannish. What we should do is get the men to respect us. We don’t want to walk in front of a man or behind him either, but side by side as a partner. This is what feminism is about.
What are the extremes of feminism?
“A woman goes to work, want to wear a power suit, or dress like a man. Unfortunately, growing up around men may tempt girls to want to look like them, that is an extreme, trying to go equal with them. The situation you find yourself, you either become aggressive, taking upon yourself a male characteristic.”
What do you have to tell young girls that want to emulate Tarzan female character in cartoon films?
“You mean like Tarzan chauvinist male. These characters try to make women more independent, but not to the detriment of disrespecting women.”
Don’t you think naturally we are created for different roles?
“We are fair enough. However, time has changed a lot of things. Women are now pilots, women can be soldiers, but that shouldn’t sexualize the female character.”

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…Bags Patron, Nigeria Football Supporters Club

The Founder/Sole Sponsor of Go-Round Football Club of Omoku, Bro. Felix Obuah has described Governor Nyesom Wike as a pillar of sports who has exceeded the expectations of Rivers people and Nigerians at large in the development of sports.

Bro. Obuah who stated this while receiving members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Rivers State Chapter who visited him in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Tuesday to bestow on him a Patron of the Club, pointed at the array of Governor Wike’s projects and investments in the area of sports.

According to the Go-Round FC boss, the ongoing move to establish the Real Madrid Football Academy is a case in point which has once again put Governor Wike in the annals of history.

He described the Real Madrid Football Academy as a master-stroke and trail blazer targeted to put Rivers State on the world soccer map.

Bro. Obuah said it is very rare to find a Governor who despite the ongoing economic recession, would find time to place premium in sports development, noting that such action clearly marks Governor Wike out from his contemporaries.

“Governor Wike is truly a sports loving Governor. He has really demonstrated his passion for sports and I make bold to say that he has exceeded our expectations with lofty investments in football and other sports.

“He is setting the standard in all fronts and creating a great future for both the youths and the unborn to explore their God-given talents and posterity would continue to celebrate him as No. 1 sports lover in the State”, said Bro. Obuah.

The Go-Round FC owner whose club recently gained promotion to the elite Nigerian Professional Football League commended the Rivers branch of Nigeria Football Supporters Club for honouring him as a Patron and promised to give them the needed support at the appropriate time.

He also praised the group for their moral boosting support towards teams like Dolphins FC, Rivers Angels and Go-Round FC of Omoku. Continue reading



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Captured Boko Haram militants by men of the Nigerian Army. Photo credit: punch newspaper.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieut. General Tukur Buratai, has disclosed that the Nigerian Army would soon deploy some gallant soldiers to Lake Chad region in order to flush-out remnants of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.
Buratai, who made this disclosure in Port Harcourt, during the official close of the Operation Crocodile Smile II, in the Niger Delta region, noted that only troops who excelled in the exercise would be involved in the cleanup operation in the Lake Chad waters.

Speaking at the 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Monday, Buratai stated that the fight against the sect had been won, but stressing that there was need for the round up operation to make the area free of terrorism.

The army chief further commended the Joint Military Task Force, JTF, in the North East for their operations in Lake Chad region, stating that the troop would be deployed to cap the recorded success.

He said: “I want to assure you that most of the troops that have excelled in the operations across the region, we will redeploy you especially within the Lake Chad waters to be able to flush-out the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists that are within the Lake Chad Island and other nooks and crannies of northern part.

“This is a task we must ensure that it is accomplished. The effort of the JTF is equally appreciated in the Lake Chad region. The remnants who are in the other areas with our contiguous states will have to be properly identified and flushed out in our joint effort.” Continue reading

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