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‘I want to make Sugar Mummy a positive term’ – Teni

A popular Nigerian singer has recently been recognized by international publishing house Vogue Magazine, after getting featured in an article where she speaks about her latest music single.

The talented singer Teniola Apata, popularly known by her stage name Teni, was filled with excitement as she shared the news of her Vogue feature with fans and followers on social media.

In the article, the much loved songstress talked to Vogue’s fashion news director, Chioma Nnadi, about her latest music single, Sugar Mummy; a song which has been a favourite listening choice for lovers of her kind of music.

Teni revealed that the song was inspired by the need to change people’s perception, particularly Nigerians, about who a sugar mummy is.

Many people often use the term to describe rich older woman who are romantically involved with young men, who they often attract with their wealthy status. But for the Uyo Meyo crooner, she expressed that she wants females described with the term to be seen as strong women who look good and are proud to be different.

“I want to make Sugar Mummy a positive term. She is a woman with swag, who looks good, who is proud to be different.” she said.

Speaking on her sense of style, the singing star divulged that she does not want to conform to the stereotype that women have to be feminine. She expressed that no one should get to choose how she lives her life.

Teni said: “There’s an assumption that women have to look a certain way to be feminine, but I don’t want to conform to that stereotype. My thing is this: You don’t get to decide how I choose to live my life. I’m being me, respect that.”

On how she has been able to use her influence to help, Teni recounted an incident with one of her Instagram followers who was on the verge of taking her life.

“This girl was on the verge of taking her life, so I immediately got her number and reached out to her. She explained that watching my funny Instagram videos had kept her going. It was in that moment that I realized how powerful my influence can be. If I can be a source of hope and joy to somebody, then I’m doing something right.” she said .

‘End banditry on Kaduna-Abuja road’, El-Rufai begs NAF

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el – Rufai , has appealed to the Chief of Air Staff to deploy special troops to tackle kidnapping along Kaduna -Abuja highway and in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state .

He stated this while inaugurating the detachment of the 271 Nigerian Air Force in Birnin Gwari , in Kaduna State.

The 271 NAF detachment is the brain child of the Chief of Air Staff , Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar , designed to combat insecurity in the area.

El – Rufai also lauded the Emir of Birnin Gwari, Alhaji Jibril Zubairu Maigwari II , for donating part of his land for the Air Force base.

He added that President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to total defeat of all forms of terrorism in the country.

The governor said , “ The establishment of the 271 NAF Detachment Birnin Gwari is therefore timely , as it will further boost the ongoing Operation Diran Mikiya, Operation Sharan Daji and play a very crucial role in restoring and maintaining the peace in all affected areas.

“ While we recognise the efforts of the Nigerian Air Force , we also want to appeal to the Chief of Air Staff to approve the deployment of NAF Special Forces to the Abuja- Kaduna road to participate in the new Joint security operations aimed at confronting the prevalence of banditry and kidnapping that has bedeviled the road for the last two years.”

“ All the insecurity menace will soon be over . The present All Progresives Congress is focused on ensuring that Nigerians are proud of their country.

“ The prevalence of terrorism, banditry and kidnapping has increased in recent times . And we are grateful that the Armed Forces of Nigeria , particularly the NAF, is boosting security operations and developing even more effective strategies to end this menace.

Earlier in his address , the CAS said the NAF was committed to safeguarding the territorial integrity of the country.

He said , “ The NAF is committed to seeing that the territorial integrity of our dear country is preserved as this is the only country we can call our own . It is our desire , therefore , to ensure that the menace of terrorism , kidnapping , cattle rustling and banditry are curtailed, if not completely eradicated.

“ The inauguration of 271 NAF Detachment Birnin Gwari is a testimony of the NAF commitment to the fight against insurgency and banditry in Nigeria . ”

Nigerian murders fellow Nigerian in South Africa

A Nigerian, Tony Elochukwu, has been killed by an unidentified gunman in South Africa.

His death brings to three the number of Nigerians killed within three days (April 6-9) in that country, according to Ben Okoli, president of Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa (NICASA).

Okoli in a letter sent to Godwin Adams, consular general, Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg decried the death and continued killings of Nigerians in the country, adding that people are worried and scared since none of the suspects has been arrested or charged.

“We received yet again the sad news of the death of another Nigerian in Witbank Mpumalanga province. Mr. Tony Elochukwu from Nnobi Anambra State was shot twice in the head by an unidentified Nigerian gunman on April 24 at around 2:45 pm,” he said.

Okoli alleged that a lone Nigerian man walked to some others at a restaurant and inquired from them where to get some weed to smoke.

He said those standing, however, told him that they did not know where since they do not smoke but the man pulled out his gun and shot Elochukwu on the head, then sped off in a car parked down the street.
He added that a case of murder had been opened at the police station by Obeji Chukwuma, NICASA chairman, in Mpumalanga area of the country.

“This looks like another case of Nigerians killing themselves. This ugly trend of Nigerians killed by fellow Nigerians is on the increase and is disturbing to our community,” he said.

“NICASA is deeply worried over the death and continued killings of our citizens in South Africa.

“People are worried and scared, since none of the perpetrators had been arrested or charged over it.”

He appealed to the consulate to put pressure on the South African police to pursue cases of killings of any Nigerian with seriousness.

“The South African police must stop attempting to encourage this killings by lack of investigation and prosecution with aim of bringing to justice every criminal involved in these heinous crimes,” he said.
Adams also condemned the killings but said they do not fit into xenophobic attacks.

“It is clear that as much as any form of criminality and xenophobic attacks against foreigners, including Nigerians in South Africa is condemnable, the killings do not fit into xenophobic attacks,” he said.

“The cases are the stabbing of a Nigerian, Mr. Bonny Iwuola, in Turfontain in Johannesburg on April 6 at about 23:30 hours in front of his house, by unknown assailants, and more of crime related murder.

“Another Nigerian, Gozien Christian, from Agbor in Delta State, was stabbed to death by three unknown assailants. No arrest has been made but cases were opened and police are investigating the murders.

“The third case of murder which happened on the night of April 8 at Sunnyside in Pretoria happened at the usual place of cult-related murders by Nigerian cult groups.

“This particular case had more connection with business-related disagreement that turned sour.

“Investigations are on but eye witness accounts indicated that he was killed and his new Mercedes car-2019 model was snatched and driven away. All these cases do not appear to be xenophobic.

“They are part of the usual crime-related killings in South Africa. Police statistics in South Africa indicate that over 18,000

Soyinka: My generation has failed Nigerians

Nobel laureate , Prof . Wole Soyinka, says his generation has failed the country.
Speaking on Hard Talk , a BBC programme, the professor said the dreams people of his generation had about the country had not materialized.

This was gathered in a programme anchored by Zeinab Badawi. She had asked the literary scholar , “ Has your generation of older Nigerians failed the people?”

The professor responded , “ Yes , I believe so . I compare today with dreams and aspirations we had when we all rushed home after studies abroad . We considered ourselves the renaissance people that were going to lift the continent to world standards , competitors anywhere . It hasn’t happened . ”

Asked to comment about the 2019 presidential election, he said , “The 2019 election is one of the most depressing elections we ’ ve been through . Talking for myself , it wasn ’ t possible for me to make a choice for the simple reason that both candidates ( President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar ) had histories – one immediate , one past – which made one look for alternatives . ”

He explained why he was soft on Buhari in 2015 when he referred to the president as a born again Democrat.

Soyinka said Buhari did not win the 2015 election because the people were endeared to him but for the fact that Nigerians could not continue with former President Goodluck Jonathan in office .

“ General Buhari didn’t really win the first election , he won by default . It was impossible to continue with Jonathan (back in 2015 ).

“ As it happened , yes , I did use that expression ‘ born again democrat . ’ When somebody competes in an election three, four times and persists , he must believe in democracy … the circumstances in Nigeria , the fact that Nigerians have shown the military what a huge failure they were makes it possible for one to identify the possibility of exceptions when they seem to behave like democrats.

“ But in any case , I kept emphasising that Nigerians had a very difficult choice and as I said , it was between the devil and the deep blue sea . ”

Several ‘flaws’ Identified In Atiku’s Presidential Election ‘server Result’

The computation of presidential election results filed before the elections petition tribunal by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, shows that all accredited votes cast in 33 states of the federation were shared between him and President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Buhari was declared the winner for a second term of four years with 15,191,847 votes to defeat Mr Abubakar who polled 11,262,978 votes. The two got lion share of the 27,324,583 valid votes recorded in the election. Over 1.2 million votes were also voided in the course of the election.

However, excerpts of court filings published by PREMIUM TIMES give Mr Abubakar’s state by state breakdown of votes which, he claims, placed him ahead of Mr Buhari with 18,356,732 against the incumbent’s 16,741,430 votes. The result is exclusive of figures from Rivers State.

The Flaws

Mr Abubakar’s purported result implies that no invalid votes were recorded in the 33 states, and none of the 71 other presidential candidates obtained any score.

In three states; Abia, Bauchi and Cross River, the documents show that the two candidates collectively got votes higher than the number of accredited voters.

Mr Abubakar claims that he obtained the results from the server of the electoral commission, INEC.

The document is included in the petition filed by Mr Abubakar in a suit seeking his declaration as the validly elected president.

The purported result shows that Mr Abubakar defeated the incumbent president by a margin of 1.6 million votes.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed the alleged figures as a product of the opposition’s “hallucination.”

Different result:

Contrary to Mr Abubakar’s computation, INEC’s official result obtained from the electoral commission’s website show that all the 73 candidates who participated in the election scored some votes.

The result showed that 71 other candidates in the election shared the remnants of 869,758 valid votes collated.

The person who came a distant third in the election, Felix Nicholas, of the Peoples Coalition Party (PCP) scored a total of 110,196 votes.

He was followed by Obadiah Mailafia of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) who polled 97.874.

Gbor Terwase of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) clinched the fifth position with 66,851 votes.

Candidates with least scores are Angela Johnson of Alliance for a United Nigeria (AUN) with 1,092, Abah Elaigwu of Change Advocacy Party (CAP) with 1,111 and Edosomwon Johnson of the Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP) with 1,192 votes.

The Atiku result

In Mr Abubakar’s home state of Adamawa, where INEC officially declared Mr Abubakar winner with 412,266 against Mr Buhari’s 377,488, Mr Abubakar claims that he got 646,080 out of the total 815,680 accredited voters with Mr Buhari scoring 161,600. The result show only the two got all the possible votes.

In Akwa Ibom, Mr Abubakar and Buhari, according to the computation, received all the votes by the 925,370 accredited voters with Mr Abubakar polling 587,431 votes ahead of Mr Buhari’s 337,939.

It is another clean sweep in Enugu as Mr Abubakar claimed that the state’s 965,940 accredited voters gave him 698,119 as against 267,821 for Mr Buhari.

The 1,169,303 voters accredited in Sokoto State, according to the purported result, all shared their votes between Mr Abubakar (552,172) and Mr Buhari (617,131).

Mr Abubakar’s 442,380 votes allegedly polled in Taraba and Mr Buhari’s 188,389 votes put together represent 630,769 total accredited votes for the state.

Yobe’s 750,745 accredited votes, Mr Abubakar claims, were shared in total between him and Mr Buhari who got 443,904 against Mr Abubakar’s 306,841

In Zamfara, the result shows that total accredited votes of 792,796 were shared between Messrs Abubakar and Buhari with the former having 379,022 while the latter got 413,774.

Irregularities?

Aside the exactitude between summation of figures for the two candidates and the number of accredited voters, there are other issues that are either arithmetic errors or over voting.

In Abia, for example, 853,050 were recorded as “accredited voters (actual)” but the sum of the votes allotted to Mr Abubakar and Buhari alone, outshot the accredited voters by 10,000.

Mr Abubakar, according to the result, polled 664,659 while Mr Buhari obtained 198,391.

It is a similar case in Bauchi, where the total for Messrs Abubakar and Buhari’s purported votes outnumber total accredited voters by 287 votes.

Mr Abubakar claims 187,668 votes a far cry from 854,037 the document said Mr Buhari obtained. The summation comes to 1,041,705 while the document gives the total accredited voters as 1,041,418.

In Cross River, the document shows that votes obtained by the two leading candidates amount to 691,640 which is higher than the 690,890 accredited voters’ figure by a total of 750 votes.

Tribunal Continues Sitting

The presidential election petition tribunal has continued to hear Mr Abubakar’s petition against Mr Buhari’s victory.

On Monday, the tribunal granted Mr Abubakar and the PDP the permission to serve the petition on Mr Buhari and the APC through substituted means.

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