From: TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt Civil Society groups in Rivers State have cried called on politicians to leave them out of politics, threatening to expose anyone that attempts to infiltrate their ranks. The outcry followed the recent revelations made by the Executive Director of a non-governmental organization (NGO), Integrity Group, Livingstone Wechie, declaring that his…
By CHRISTY ANYANWU
VERY unassuming and down to earth, Mrs. Sophie Livi-Ajuonuma is the CEO of FinaAfrik Designers,
a unisex fashion house based in Lekki Phase 1. She has always been a fashion buff and her creativity
and depth is commendable. After her youth service years back, she resolved to pursue her passion and that motivated her to do a crash programme in dress making to hone her skills. Today, her outlet is a hub for ready-to-wear and cut-to- measure male and female apparels. She
Do I really have a favorite color? I love cream and peach but I know blue fits me better. Any shade of blue looks nice
on me according to people. My interiors are very colorful too as every room has its color scheme. My room is lilac and purple but my living room is red, white and black.
I like gospel music especially praise and worship by Houghton Israel, W. Smith, Nathaniel Bassey, Frank Edwards and other inspiring gospel artistes.
I’m not a food person but if you give me unripe plantain, I’ll really appreciate it; whether it’s boiled or as porridge, anyhow you serve it; hot or cold, I don’t mind. It’s very nourishing. Unripe plantain and vegetables with fresh fish and prawns are just really delicious.
I don’t have a favorite book but I like Christian literature from
different men of God. I like to read literature by Pastor E A Adeboye, Dr G.K Olukoya, and late Myles Munroe. In fact, I’m reading Munroe’s book titled, The most Important Person on the Face
of the Earth now. His books are very inspirational; he’s a teacher, he will practically teach you; he writes the way he preaches and the way he speaks. He’s straight to the point in simple English.
Favourite holiday spot
I like Miami, Florida. The weather is beautiful and there are lots of tourist attractions there.
I’m not a car freak but I love Mercedes particularly the space wagon. I like posh cars.
Favourite fashion accessories
I like the shift dress and
the baby doll dress. They are timeless. The baby doll dress
is there forever, they don’t go
out of fashion. The shift dress
is also cute and suitable for all ages. It’s a classic piece and most women have at least one in their wardrobes.
Funny enough, I love the rainy season. I don’t like harmattan, it irritates me. I don’t like it when it’s too hot but when it’s cold, fine. You can wear your warm clothes when it’s too cold for you.
I like the full body exercise; walking. I walk on Ikoyi bridge and by the time you go up and down it’s something refreshing. Hitherto, I used to do it once weekly but I’m busy and if I manage to do once a month I’d be very happy.
— 19th July 2017
From: Molly Kilete, Abuja The Nigerian Army said its troops on counter insurgency war in the north east have arrested 30 members of the Boko Haram terrorists group. The terrorists were reportedly fleeing from the overwhelming firepower of the soldiers were arrested at Goniri, in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State. The suspected terrorists…
— 19th July 2017
From: Fred Ezeh, Abuja Youths and students from the southern part of Kaduna State, under the umbrella of Southern Kaduna Youths and Students Forum (SKYSFOM), have passed a vote of no confidence on the state government for what they described as ‘anti-peoples’ policies’ especially in the education sector. The youths raised their voice on the…
— 19th July 2017
From: Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has lamented the absence of federal projects in the state, particularly in the area of road infrastructure. He expressed displeasure with the development despite the contribution of the state to the revenue that accrues to the federation. According to him, the situation should not…
— 19th July 2017
…Initiative to engender regeneration of Lagos Island The Lagos State Government has sealed a major partnership with world’s second largest private foundation, Ford Foundation, on the total regeneration of Lagos Island and transformation of Onikan axis to a major tourism hub in Africa. Briefing Government House Correspondents after a strategic meeting held at Lagos House…
Entertainment— 19th July 2017
DG Rcords act and fast rising Afro pop singer, Cyprex (Chukwuyem Onyemaka Romeo) is poise to hit up the Nigerian music scene as he drops yet another single from his yet to be released album which his management, led by Jegbefume Henry has boasted will rule the airwaves. Entitled Money, it is coming on the…
South-West Report— 13th July 2017
• Residents tremble, as Ibadan awaits more rains From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan these days, whenever clouds form in the firmament, fear of unknown has always been sending shivers down the spines of millions of residents of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. At such times, they always send supplications to God that He should not send…
Abuja Metro— 19th July 2017
By Magnus Eze With a projected growth of 4.9 per cent and accounting for nearly 9 per cent of the continent’s GDP, Africa’s travel and tourism industry has incredible potential to help generate growth, create jobs and enable development. Unfortunately, Nigeria is not one of the top 10 most tourism-ready economies, based on the World…
Oriental News— 19th July 2017
From Magnus Eze A middle-aged female teacher at Plato Government Vocational Secondary School, Ezzamgbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State had obstructed labour due to the extensive cut in her genital organ in the name of circumcision. Though she has had to live with the emotional scar, it has remained an experience she…
Features— 19th July 2017
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday ordered a 38-year-old man, Tunde Bankole, remanded in Kirikiri Prisons in Lagos for allegedly raping his employer’s wife. The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Raji Akeem, told court that the accused committed the offences on May 28 at the home of the complainant. He alleged that Bankole forcefully had carnal knowledge…
Literary Review— 7th July 2017
By Henry Akubuiro The golden girl of Nigerian literature, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has won yet another international award. Her work, “Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions” emerged one of three winners of Le Grand Prix de l’héroïne Madame Figaro. The prize, in its 12th edition, was established in 2006 by the French magazine…
Lifeline— 18th July 2017
•In Lagos, blind reporter motivates youths with life story By Perpetua Egesimba Recently, a visually-impaired broadcast journalist, Solomon Abiodun Elugbaju, took some youths through what it takes to succeed in life, even in the face of disability. He brought to life the age-long aphorism that being challenged in life is inevitable but being defeated is…
Education Review— 18th July 2017
•With work yet to commence on its burnt main library complex that used to house some faculties and departments, students and staff of UNIJOS, go through hell teaching, learning, reading and studying From Gyang Bere, Jos For nine months now, students of the University of Jos have had horrible reading experience reading in pains and…
Marketing Matters— 30th November 2016
It was a unique gathering of major stakeholders in Nigeria’s marketing industry when the Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) rolled out the red carpet to celebrate outstanding achievers at the 2016 ADVAN Awards for Marketing Excellence at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, last weekend. The event threw up new champions who would bask in the…
TSWeekend— 14th July 2017
By Emeka Anokwuru Popular actor, Ernest Asuzu, who suffered stroke a few years ago, is back on the block. However, he has now found a new role. It’s to change people’s perception about Nollywood by bringing God back to the industry. In an interview with TS Weekend, Asuzu, a born-again Christian, reveals why he feels…
(…At the amphibious River Niger headquarters of the Combat Regiment, enter the acting G.O.C. Brigadier One Leg Atamuna, Officers and men of the Regiment….blaring the revolutionary lyrics of Sunny Okosun, the late Ishan Priest of Ozziddism, at the background…. “I want to know who owns the land, Papa’s land…. Africans, let my people go…. We…
SATURDAY PUNCH headlines of July 15 shortly welcome us to this new column in this medium. The essence of this grammatical intervention, beyond its educative fundamentals and knowledge panache, is to insurmountably fill up the vacuum created by the challenging exit of the Chief Priest of the English language in Nigeria, Baba Adebayo Solomon Oguntuase…
Meaning of recall A recall is the power of voters to unseat a serving lawmaker before the person’s tenure is up. It shows that the sovereign power lies with the people and they have the right to recall their representatives, whether the representatives are legislators or high officials, if they fail to perform their functions…
Does the above headline sound like any definition you know? Okay, you still don’t get it, right? How about “government of animals, by animals and for animals?” Well, even I, am not too sure I haven’t heard that line before. What I’m very sure of, however, is that all is not well when voters go…
By Simeon Nwakaudu Recently, the proprietor of Integrity Group of Companies, Livingstone Wechie, appeared on Focus APC, where he struggled in vain to exonerate immediate past governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi. Well, for those who do not know, it is pertinent to say this: Wechie was never an employee of the Rivers State government…
In their hasty decision to patch up the emerging cracks in the union of ethnic groups known as Nigeria, Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, senior government officials and former national leaders have interjected in the ongoing public debate on the future of Nigeria by singing a unilateral, invariable song that says the unity of the country…
• Being conclusion of article by Prof Wole Soyinka, which was first published yesterday. This leaves us with the other line of approach, the line of frankly subjective or reasoned, pragmatic preferences. It is a positioning that admits, quite simply, I am a creature of habit and prefer things as they are. Or: I like…
IN deference to space constraint here, I don’t want to dwell on the controversial Committee for the Organization of All-Africa Games (COJA)–BMW deal, which drew a lot of flaks before the commencement of Abuja 2003 and years after the event. An extract from COJA Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Amos Adamu’s assertions on…
This is not originally mine; it is an adaptation from an anonymous convert’s experience on the walk to heaven. My girlfriend visited me for a weekend and I took her along to a church programme where I was invited. The two guest speakers for the first and second days were wonderful. We laughed and shouted…
Like Nigeria that always bounces back from the precipice, redemption last midweek came the way of the People’s Democratic Party that had been entrapped in a leadership cul-de-sac since its 2015 loss of a 16-year monopoly of the presidency. The nick-of-time rescue by the highest court in the land came via a verdict saluted nationally…