360 Gist Pilot: July 2017

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Elbow Injury Rules Djokovic Out For 2017 Season

Twelve-times grand slam champion Novak Djokovic will miss the rest of the tennis season to recover from an elbow injury.

The Serbian made this announcement on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old posted a video statement on Facebook in which he said he had decided to let heal the injury which caused him to retire during his Wimbledon quarter-final against Czech Tomas Berdych earlier this month.

“I’ve made a decision to not play any competitions or tournaments for the rest of the 2017 season,” Djokovic, down at number four in the world rankings for the first time since 2009, said. “It’s a decision that had to be made.”

Djokovic then told a news conference he had decided to take six months off after consulting doctors and specialists in Serbia and abroad.

“I have been dragging this injury for the past 18 months and it has escalated in the last month or two,” he said.

“It became very painful at Wimbledon, where unfortunately I had to retire against Berdych.”
He said surgery would not be necessary, however.

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Wilshere Returns To Full Training After Suffering Broken Leg

Arsenal star Jack Wilshere returned to full training following the leg break he suffered at the end of last season.

The Arsenal midfielder who is free to leave the club this transfer window who the missed Gunners pre-season tour to Australia and Asia as he continued his recovery from the fracture suffered against Tottenham during the closing stage of last season.

The 25-year-old has returned to full training back at the club’s London

Jack Wilshere remains hopeful of forcing his way back into manager Arsene Wenger’s plans, despite the fact he was allowed to leave the club on loan to Bournemouth last summer. 

The England international has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium having spent last season out on loan at Bournemouth, where he made 27 Premier League appearances. 

With a report that Serie A side Sampdoria and Turkish outfit Antalyaspor and Premier League side West Ham are all interested in the midfielder.

The midfielder knows he is unlikely to be given regular game time next season, but it remains to be seen whether he leaves or sees out the final year of his contract. 

Wilshere may be set to leave the Emirates Stadium with one year left on his contract.

He was welcomed back with open arms on Wednesday, posing for a group picture with Rob Holding and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the latter putting his arm around the midfielder's shoulders. 

Arsenal are reportedly holding out for a £20m bid for Wilshere. He has made 159 appearances for the senior side.

Photo Credit: Daily Mail

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Goalkeeper Ezenwa Appointed As Captain For CHAN Eagles

FC IfeanyiUbah goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa will captain the Nigeria team at the African Nations Championship.

Team coach Salisu Yusuf made the selection on Wednesday.

Ezenwa will be assisted by Enyimba’s defender Chima Akas who captained the home-based Eagles to the 2016 CHAN in Kigali, Rwanda.

The announcement was made on the Super Eagles Twitter handle.

“Coach Salisu Yusuf names Ikechukwu Ezenwa as Captain and Chima Akas as Vice-captain of the CHAN team,” the tweet read.

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Diego Costa's Agent Meets With AC Milan Directors

Portuguese super-agent, Jorge Mendes met with AC Milan directors, Marco Fassone and Massimiliano Mirabelli yesterday evening in Milan.

According to several reports from Italy, no one is sure of what was actually discussed. A potential transfer involving Diego seems to be a media favourite.

With Atlético Madrid unable to register new players until January, AC Milan may be hoping to a march on them over the acquisition of Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Chelsea and Milan were apparently locked in heated transfer battle not that long ago, but while Chelsea managed to secure the signing of Álvaro Morata.

Milan have yet to make significant progress for either Andrea Belotti or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

This could possibly open the door for Diego Costa, much as that door has been rumoured and shut several times already earlier this summer.

But unlike previous reports, there is no mention of a potential loan this time (short- or long-term), which could very well mean that Milan are trying to take Atlético out of the transfer equation.

One thing seems certain, AC Milan are still looking for another big name, big money striker and Diego could certainly fit that bill.

Unfortunately for them, Costa seemed fairly adamant about going to Spain and nowhere else, so this Milan angle could once again be a whole lot of something about nothing just as before.

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PHOTOS: Chibokgirls Graduate From School

Governor Kashim Shettima yesterday attended the graduation ceremony of Internally Displaced Girls, including the ChibokGirls, under the Organisation of Female Students Scholarship Scheme, sponsored by the Girl Child Concern (GCC), a Non-Governmental Organisation, in collaboration with the Borno State Governement.

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Throwback Pictures Of A Two-time Grammy Award Winning Nigerian, Sikiru Adepoju

 by naptu2:

Sikiru Adepoju is a legendary talking drummer from Eruwa in Oyo State Nigeria. He is descended from a long line of drummers and his father began teaching him how to play the drums when he was six years old. He and his brothers played in the family band. He later became a member of Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey’s Inter-Reformers Band when he was a teenager and this was when he became famous in Nigeria.

He travelled to the United States in 1985 in order to play with afrobeat legend Orlando Julius and master drummer Babatunde Olatunji. Olatunji had been famous and very influential in the music scene in the United States since the early 1960s and he introduced Sikiru Adepoju to his friends, including Micky Hart.

Musician, musicologist and drummer for the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart had an idea to make an album in which all the best drummers from around the world would feature.

The album featured Mickey Hart (United States), Zakir Hussain and T.H. “Vikku” Vinayakram (both from India), Babatunde Olatunji and Sikiru Adepoju (from Nigeria), Airto Moreira and his wife Flora Purim (from Brazil) and Giovanni Hidalgo and Frank Colon from Puerto Rico.

The album won the first ever Grammy Award in the “World Music Album” category at the 1992 Grammy Award ceremony. It also reached number 1 on the Billboard chart for Top World Music Albums.

Unfortunately Babatunde Olatunji died in 2003.

Sikiru Adepoju has collaborated with many musicians including Stevie Wonder, Babatunde Olatunji, Carlos Santana, Ebenezer Obey, Airto Moreira, Bimbo Abimbola, Mickey Hart, Orlando Julius, Muruga Booker and The String Cheese Incident.

Sikiru Adepoju continued to collaborate with Micky Hart on many projects after the death of Babatunde Olatunji. One of those projects was the Global Drum Project which won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album. It also reached number six on the Billboard chart for top world music albums. The album featured Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo.

Micky Hart and Sikiru Adepoju holding their Grammy Award trophies at the press room of the 51st Grammy Award ceremony at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on February 8th, 2009.

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Lunch In London, Anxiety In Nigeria - Reuben Abati

Lunch in London, anxiety in Nigeria - Reuben Abati

“What’s gwan inna wa cwantry?”
“What language is that?”
“English of course.”

“Sounds like Creole to me. Why don’t you just talk straight?”
“Nobody talks straight in this country anymore.”
“I still talk straight. I can’t start twisting my tongue because some people have lost it.”
“Okay, I was asking what is going on in our country?”
“Is that a direct question or a sly comment?”
“Just answer the question”
“What I know is that we are now truly, a country of hyenas, jackals and small animals. A big animal kingdom, but when the First Lady Aisha Buhari drew attention to this, recently, we all started screaming that she was rather condescending but right now, with what I am seeing and hearing, I believe she will be vindicated in the long run.”
“I see.”

“We, the people are obviously the small animals. In an animal kingdom, the bigger animals do what they like with the smaller ones, and they dare not complain.”
“But you still haven’t answered my question”

“My friend, why must I always be the one to tell you what is going on in this country? When you want to be mischievous, that is when you ask funny questions. Are we not in this country together? Don’t you listen to the news like everyone else? So, why should I become your newspaper and internet combined. Stop it. But for just this last time, I will use my church mind to tell you that the latest development is photography as a tool of governance. Some APC Governors and party leaders just visited President Muhammadu Buhari in London. They had lunch with him and took photographs.”
“I know about that. I actually saw the photos too. But the whole thing doesn’t look straight to me.”

“It doesn’t look crooked to me either. People have been complaining that the President of Nigeria is missing in action and they need to know that he is still alive. So, they provide a photograph of him having lunch with his party members and loyalists. How is that a problem for you? We should be glad that the President is getting well.”
“Who took the photograph?”

“We are in a digital age. Anybody at all could have taken the photograph?”
“You can’t just ask anybody to take the President’s photograph. It is either you have a media crew on ground, who will take both still and motion pictures, that is photos and videos, or you invite the media, both local and foreign to capture the scene.”

“Who says that is the only way to cover a Presidential occasion?”
“Everything a President does is supposed to be properly documented.”
“What is your problem? They showed us the President having lunch with his guests. And there was another photograph taken by the guests.”

“Where are the establishment shots, and the video, and the audio?”
“Those people didn’t go there to establish anything. They went to do eye-service!”
“You don’t get it. Rather than just show the President and his guests at the dining table, they should have shown us the President welcoming his guests, chatting with them, and NTA should have shown us an actual video as part of the nine o’clock Network News. And what kind of lunch was that? It looked like they just placed a bunch of banana in front of the President and some fruits in front of the guests. I checked the table carefully; every drink there is like anything from a Nigerian fridge. And not even a small stain of oil on the table.”

“You were looking for stains on the table as proof that the lunch actually took place? Did that look like a bukateria to you? Hen? Obviously, the only thing you are used to is gbegiri and amala kind of lunch. When big men eat, they don’t litter and stain their clothes and the table the way small animals like you do. And their mouths don’t drop oil. If that happens, there would be stewards to clean things up.”

“You are assuming some big men have table manners. You don’t know anything. They should show us the video then, and more useful photographs. And why didn’t the party leaders travel with the President’s media team and the Minister of Information? All these dem say, dem say, Okorocha told me. All of a sudden Okorocha has become the Minister of Information. You think if they asked Alhaji Lai Mohammed to also come and eat in London, he will say he is busy?”
“I see your problem is that some people had lunch with the President.”
“Someone in fact told me that the picture looks very familiar.”
“You may need to prove that.”

“Okay, Mrs Buhari also went to London to visit her husband. Where are the photographs of her own visit? Why didn’t they show a picture of her sitting with the President?”
“You are a foolish man. You want photos of the President and his wife, sitting together in za ozza room? Candidly, tell me you are asking for photographs from the Presidential ozza room? You are sick. No President takes pictures in that other room.”
“Donald Trump will gladly take a picture anywhere. You don’t get my point”
“I get your point. You are just another wailing wailer, a merchant of lies and a mischief-maker. We know your type.”

“I am only trying to help. When you set out to tackle disinformation, you look out for pitfalls that can create doubt and you deliver a sucker-punch to shut people up. You don’t address an issue by creating more doubts. I am talking strategy. All of this would also have been more convincing if it was the picture of Acting President Osinbajo having dinner or breakfast with the President in London that they showed us.”

“The acting President didn’t go to London to eat. He went for serious business to consult with his boss. And what if he was fasting at the time?”
“He could have posed for a photo-op with his boss.”
“He was in a hurry. He rushed to London and rushed out to attend Council meeting on a Wednesday.”

“In a hurry to take a photograph to allay the anxiety of Nigerians?”
“People like you would still have said the photograph looked familiar.”
“Nigerians are not convinced. They would probably have given Mrs. Buhari and the Acting President the benefit of the doubt but they won’t believe what an APC Governor says. Okorocha ke?”.

“Oh ye descendants of Shimei!”
“Shimei? Who is Shimei?”
“You are a Christian and you have never heard of Shimei?”

“Okay, just continue you hear. Just make sure you don’t lose your head in the process. Just because we are in a democracy, you think you can be questioning everything. Oh ye descendants of Shimei in Nigeria, beware…beware!”
“I have an idea.”

“See, I think the government can still score a master-stroke, if they arrange for Femi Fani-Kayode and Governor Ayo Fayose to also go to London and have lunch with the President. People are likely to believe the two of them. Fayose will then use his own mouth to inform Nigerians that he made a mistake when he said the President was on life-support and Fani-Kayode will recant and both of them will apologize.”

“Clap for yourself. I see you truly consider yourself a political strategist. So if you are working for President Buhari you will actually invite those two Yorubas to lunch with the President while he is on a medical vacation that is making everyone anxious.”

“Why not? The President is the President of everybody. He is the President of all Nigerians not 95%. And if you are concerned about those two being Yoruba, we can have a Federal character representation. They can invite Nnamdi Kanu from the East and Alhaji Balarabe Musa from the North. Lunch in London with Baba, an organized event covered by the media.”
“Nnamdi Kanu! Did you say Nnamdi Kanu? Are you on some kind of medication?”
“If the objective is to prove to Nigerians that the President is not bed-ridden, he should have lunch with people Nigerians are likely to believe.”

“So if Fani-Kayode, Fayose and Nnamdi Kanu return from London and they decide to say something else, who will bear the risk? Or they turn down the invitation on the grounds that it is a calculated attempt by the Nigerian state to blackmail and poison them, who will defend the Nigerian state?”

“You are giving the dog a bad name”
“Then it means you know nothing about politics.”
“I am not joking. I can even add one more person to the list, how about the Catholic priest, Ejike Mbaka who claims he has been hearing cries falling like rains in Aso Rock?”

“If Fr. Mbaka saw visions of cries and rains, he probably saw the floods that are now ravaging the country from South to North. But keep adding people. You can even add Hushpuppi, Maheeda and Bobrisky. But I bet you will also be the first to complain that they are using Nigerian or-yer-l money to have lunch in London.”

“In that case, let them just do a London edition of the Presidential Media Chat.”
“Nobody is going to do any media chat. Nigerians must learn to trust their government for once. When you go into government, people treat you anyhow.”

“It is our government. We have the right to ask questions. You can’t keep rejecting everything that I suggest. Okay, let the Nigerian High Commission in London organize a Town Hall meeting between President Buhari and Nigerians in the UK. That is a cost-effective way of correcting impressions. Nigerians want to be sure that their President is well, alive and fit. This thing is not rocket science and I trust our brothers and sisters in diaspora to report the truth. ”
“You want to sabotage the President. You want him to interact with PDP members in diaspora.”
“I never mentioned PDP. There are APC members in the UK too and there are persons who have no political affiliation. Anyway, when is Baba coming back?”

“When his doctors say so or according to Governor Okorocha, in two weeks‘ time.”
“But the Constitution is very clear. It says…”
“Forget about the Constitution. This is national politics, stability and security. We don’t care what the Constitution says. Be careful, when Baba returns Insha Allah, something will definitely be done about all you hyenas, jackals and small, small animals disturbing this government. Insha Allah.”

“Stop bragging. There should be room in this your kingdom for all animals please. Nobody should intimidate anybody. That is why I am happy that the House of Representatives is now considering the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill. They have reduced the minimum age for eligibility for the office of President to 35.”

“Thirty-five. I don’t have a problem with that.”
“You shouldn’t. The only problem is that you are a fascist. But there should be other bills: a Too-Old-To-Run bill that will prevent Aso Rock from being turned into an Old People’s Home and a bill that says the minimum qualification for anybody seeking any office, from councilor to President should be a university degree or its equivalent.”
“What has a university degree got to do with politics and governance?”

“Some of the worst people in this country are university graduates. So?”
“You just keep disagreeing with everything. Okay, are you aware that some people are now saying Nigeria is now definitely on auto-pilot?”
“Nigeria is not on auto-pilot. Professor Osinbajo is in charge and all of you wishing us evil, just know that there will be serious consequences.”

“What consequences? Threats. Threats. Threats. Government cannot continue to threaten the people. It is just so sad that civil society and the Nigerian media have been badly compromised. Where are the intellectuals of old, the professional activists, the pro-democracy coalition; they are all so quiet. I believe they are quiet out of shame and regret.”
“Nobody is ashamed. That is strategy. I am surprised you can’t even identify strategy. You think this government will wait and fold its arms and allow all of you to start sounding like paid enemies?”

“You and your people should just realize that this is a democracy, and that someday, tomorrow will come and the people will remember.”
“Hey, sorry hen, wailing wailer. I see the thing is paining you. For your information, Baba will win again in 2019.”

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Photos Of Buhari With APC And PDP Governors And Aisha Buhari In London

President Buhari receives in courtesy visit delegation of Nigeria's Governors' Forum led by its Chairman Governor Abdulaziz Yari in Abuja House London on 26th July 2017.

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Davido's "IF" Debuts On Billboard

Nigerian Musician, Davido hit single "IF" made its debut on Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 tracks.

This is Davido's first single to chart, excluding his collaboration with Olamide on "Summer Body".
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Linkin Park Writes Chester Bennington A Sad Open Goodbye Letter

Linkin Park posted an open letter to their late bandmate Chester Bennington, who committed suicide last Thursday in which they thanked the fans for the outpouring of love and support, and say of the singer .
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Former EFCC Twitter Handler Drops Some Major Shade Via His Handle

He revealed that he resigned from the organization and wasn't fired as has been speculated.

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Anthony Joshua Vs Vladimir Klitschko Rematch Scheduled For November 11 In Las Vegas

Nigerian born boxer, Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title rematch with Russian, Vladimir Klitschko has been fixed for November 11, 2017 at the new hi-tech T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.

According to promoter, Eddie Hearn, 'the venue and the date are the preferred options, with T-Mobile and November 11 pencilled in'. This translates into virtual confirmation that the second edition of the epic battle between Joshua and the iconic former world champion Klitschko is on.

Win or lose, this is likely to be Klitschko’s last fight and a source close to his camp said: ‘If this is to be the end of his fantastic career, he wants to go out in style in Vegas.’
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Here Is A Picture Of Nigeria Army Officer Who Recently Became A Captain Killed In Sambisa Forest

According to the media aide of Sokoto state governor, Imam Imam, army officer, M. Maiwada pictured above who recently became a Captain, was killed in a gun battle with Boko Haram members today July 26th.
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Drake's Ex, Maliah Claims He Was "controlling" And "Mentally Abusive"

Over the weekend, Drake mentioned that he was going to “retire” his stripper ex-girlfriend Maliah Michel. Drake meant this as a compliment in the sense that she wouldn't have to be a stripper anymore, but Maliah took this the wrong way and called him out in a series of tweets.

It all started with Drake hosting a retirement party for Lira Galore, Miracle Watts and Maliah Michel at his pop-up nightclub The Ballet. The festivities required hanging up the jerseys of the strippers to commemorate their retirement. In addition, each woman received special gifts from Louis Vuitton courtesy of Drake’s new partnership with them.

Miracle Watts was really appreciative of the gesture and took to Instagram to thank the rapper for retiring her from her life as a stripper.

She wrote: "Look, I don't dance now, I make Money moves Thanks @champagnepapi for helping me gracefully "HANG UP MY JERSEY" OFFICIALLY! 3 years ago, I made a decision to leave the pole in my past, && I never looked back. I'm blessed and thankful to be a part. #MotivateTheStrippers #HoustonMade."
The second stripper, Galore, was also thankful and wrote on Instagram: "Wow, made strip club history tonight. Got in, got out .. STILL relevant. S/O to the BOY !! @Drake"

Maliah did not share the other women's sentiments and she said as much on Instagram. She shared photos of herself in her stripper's get-up and wrote: 
"Contrary to "social media news" no man can retire me. I'm shaking this azz into a wheel chair. Maliah will retire Maliah #MaliahMondays"
Later, she took to Twitter to blast Drake and revealed that he was controlling and mentally abusive during their relationship.

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Millen Magese Shares Stunning Photo From Her Maternity Shoot

The 38 year old top model welcomed her first child last year.
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Lagos State Government Serves 48 Hour Abatement Notice To Owners Of Illegal Structures,Shanties Around Obalend

The Lagos State Government today served another 48 hours 'Abatement Notice' to all owners of illegal structures and shanties including containerised shops around Obalende to remove them immediately.

Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force SP Olayinka Egbeyemi disclosed that these illegal structures and shanties including containerised shops were directly constructed/placed blocking the free flows of drainages and canals around Obalende thereby causing floods whenever it rains.

He disclosed further that the initial 6-month notice from the government expired recently but the law permitted this new 48 hours 'Abatement Notice' to be served before any demolition.

The Chairman stated that perennial flooding experiencing in some parts of the State were not natural but a 'Man-Made Disaster' due to carelessness of members of the public by dumping refuse and used tyres into both secondary / primary water channels (canals and drainages).

SP Egbeyemi stated further that the present administration is spending much on infrastructural development which includes clearing of drainages and canals across the State but there is the need for an 'Attitudinal Change' from members of the public to support the government in securing the environment.

He implored owners of such illegal structures, shanties and containerised shops around Obalende including under bridges to remove them within 48 hours of this notice or have them demolished by the government.

The Chairman hinted that motor mechanics and all other form of unauthorised commercial activuties within Obalende and its environs were also affected by this notice.

SP Egbeyemi who seeks for a total compliance and maximum cooperation from the people around Obalende however advised miscreants and hoodlums arround the area to relocate outside the State as anyone arrested would be immediately charge to court for prosecutions.

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