Newly re-elected President of Chad, Idress Deby has died of injuries he sustained while fighting in the frontlines against rebels in the country.
The announcement of his death was made by the Military Spokesperson, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, shortly after electoral officials declared Deby winner of the April 11 Presidential elections, which was the beginning of a 6 year term in addition to his 30 year rule.
Deby had gone to the front line to visit troops battling rebels based across the border in Libya. The rebel group Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) had attacked a border post on election day and advanced many kilometers south.
The clashes with the army began on Saturday. An army general told Reuters news agency that 300 insurgents were killed and 150 captured. Five government soldiers were killed and 36 were injured, he said.
In a statement read out on State television, General Azem said:
“Deby, 68 has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield”
Deby came into power in 1990. He was one of Africa’s longest- serving leaders.
Annie Idibia has praised her husband, Tuface Idibia for being an incredible father to all 7 of his kids.
She expressed her appreciation to him on her Instagram page as he travelled to spend time with his and Pero Adeniyi’s kids – Rose Idibia, Justin Idibia and Innocent Idibia Jr.
In the caption, she wrote
Annie Idibia shared clips and pictures from the visit. She also shared clips of Tuface spending time with her own kids, as well as his kids with Sumbo Adeoye’s kids.
Annie Idibia, legally married to Tuface Idibia, had been in a long term relationship with the music star before their traditional and white weddings which both took place in the year 2013.
Before their wedding, Tuface had welcomed 2 kids with Sumbo Adeoye, and 3 kids with Pero Adeniyi, with the youngest of Pero’s kids born around the same time Tuface got married to Annie.
In spite of all the media buzz as a result of the births, with a lot of people on social media jeering at Annie for still sticking with her man, despite his unfaithfulness in their relationship, she was not deterred. She stood by her husband and has embraced all 7 of their kids. Their marriage has produced 2 kids.
Her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, popularly known as jjcskillz made the announcement as he posted a video on his Instagram page saying “Hard work pays, my darling. Thank you to all the jenifan @amen_estate_lagos & @sceneonepd @omogettothesaga and every single supporter. God bless and Uplift you“.
In one of the videos posted by her husband on his Instagram page, Funke Akindele could be seen ripping off the Nylon on the “tear rubber” whip with a lot of excitement.
The burial ceremony for Duke of Edinburgh-Prince Philip, who died on the 9th of April, 2021 at the age of 99, took place today, the 17th of April, 2021 at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in compliance with coronavirus restrictions.
In order to comply with Public health safety rules, the funeral was pared down, with adjustments including a limit of 30 guests at the church service. The Queen and the select family members in attendance all wore masks and were seated six feet apart in the chapel, with the Queen sitting alone.
Before the ceremony, the Duke’s coffin was moved from a private chapel in Windsor Castle to the castle’s Inner Hall, where prayers were said.
The funeral service lasted less than an hour. A choir of four sang music chosen by Prince Philip, but were some distance from the seated guests, in line with public health guidelines.
His coffin was draped with his personal flag, with his sword, a naval cap, a flower wreath — and a letter from his wife placed on top of the flag.
After Prince Philip’s casket was lowered into the royal vault, his many titles were proclaimed and a lament was played by a pipe major of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Popular Nigerian Comedian, Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr Macaroni, has urged filmmakers in Nollywood to pay up-and-coming talents for the services they render, while also giving them the respect they deserve.
Mr Macaroni talked about this on a thread on Twitter where he also talked about difficulties he faced with producers in Nollywood when he started off his acting career.
He wrote: “I’m not asking anyone to be a rebel ooo.. lol. The industry is tough.. I know. But when I started acting, I had issues with quite a number of producers. It’s one thing not to pay me. I tolerated that one. But disrespect me?? Never!! I’ll give you my piece of mind and walk out”.
The comedian’s tweets come a few weeks after Twitter buzzed with reports that some producers in the \Nigerian movie industry exploit up coming talents, and some woulde pay screenwriters as low as N25,000 for scripts, while at other times, con the upcoming talents with the promise of exposure.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip was born in Corfu, Greece, in 1921 to the family of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. He was the youngest of five children and the only son.
At the age of 10, he set up a workshop at his father’s castle, equipped with lathes, a forge and a foundry. When he joined the Navy he designed a system of fans, radiators and thermostats for air-conditioning his quarters. He even fashioned a device, controlled by an alarm clock, for making his early morning tea – 20 years before such a gadget appeared on the market.
Prince Philip met Princess Elizabeth during a royal visit to the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, in 1939, where he entertained Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. This is where he caught Princess Elizabeth’s eye and she fell in love with the handsome young prince. Several years later, Prince Philip, showed signs of reciprocating her feelings. The romance began in earnest and soon translated into a marriage that lasted 71 years, Until his death on the 9th of April, 2021 at 99 years. The marriage yielded four children: Prince Charles- the Prince of Wales; Princess Ann- Princess Royal; Prince Andrew- Duke of York & Prince Edward- Earl of Essex.
Prince Philip is, so far, the longest-serving consort in British history, who sacrificed a naval career to give steadfast support to his wife.
Popular US Rapper, Earl Simmons, also known as DMX has died at the age of 50. He died on April 9, 2021, at White Plains hospital with family and friends around him.
DMX was hospitalized on April 2, 2021, after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest following a drug overdose. He has been on life support till his death.
The rap artist had been hospitalized since last week when he suffered a heart attack at his home in New York, according to his longtime attorney, Murray Richman.
DMX (Dark Man X) began rapping in the early 1990s and released his debut album, “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot,” in 1998.
After the deaths of rappers, The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur DMX emerged on the scene, and he became one of the reigning stars of hardcore hip hop. He was the premier artist signed to the Ruffhouse Records label.
His single, “Ruff Ryders Anthem,” helped to seal his commercial success. The rapper released several albums over the years, including one of his most commercially successful, including “X,” which was released in 1999 and was nominated for a Grammy in the best rap album category. He had 3 other Grammy Nominations.
He sold millions of albums, boosted by hits like “Get At Me Dog” in 1998, “Party Up,” in 1999 and “X Gon’ Give It to Ya,” in 2003.
His professional achievements were often overshadowed by his issues with substance abuse and run-ins with the law. In 2017, He was sentenced to one year in prison after he pleaded guilty to tax fraud.
More recently, DMX thrilled fans last year when he appeared in a Verzuz battle with fellow artist Snoop Dogg.
Artists, athletes and other celebrities paid tribute to him on social media Friday 9th April 2021.
Kaduna State has indicated interest in hosting the 21st edition of the National Sports Festival billed for 2022 in Nigeria.
The Kaduna State Sports Ministry outlined its plans to host Nigeria’s version of the Olympics in a brochure on Tuesday and Governor Nasir El-Rufai has given his support to the cause. Kaduna state has hosted the event twice in the past. Most recently Kaduna State hosted the event in 2009 and previously during the third edition of the National Sports Festival in 1977. According to Governor El-Rufai, Kaduna State, they have already commenced upgrading the facilities used in 2016 to meet contemporary standards.
“I hereby seize this unique opportunity to reaffirm our willingness and readiness to host the biennial event and plead the Council of Sports’ approval of Kaduna State as hosts of the 2022 National Sports Festival.” According to the brochure, proposed venues for the multi-sport event include Kaduna Club, Murtala Square, Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna Township Stadium, Kaduna State University, Nigeria Defence Academy, Police College, and the Kaduna Polytechnic.
In addition to the proposed sites, the state added that seven new stadiums are currently being constructed in Zaria, Kafanchan, Kachia, Lere, Birnin Gwari and Saminaka. The 20th edition of the Sports Festival is currently underway in Edo and will come to a close on 14 April.
Ayanna Williams of Houston, USA- the woman with the world’s longest nails has finally had them cut after nearly three decades. She got her nails cut because, according to her, she got tired of them.
Ms Williams broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest fingernails in 2017, when she was declared female with the record for longest nails on both hands. At the time, her fingernails measured nearly 19 feet long, and it took Ms Williams more than two bottles of nail polish and over two hours to complete a manicure.
Dr. Allison Readinger of Trinity Vista Dermatology in Forth Worth, Texas (USA), used an electric rotary tool to cut the record holder’s lengthy nails after measuring them a final time. At that time,it turned out that the Houston resident had managed to break her own record by letting her nails grow after her initial confirmation four years ago. At the time of being cut, they measured a whopping 24 feet and 0.7 inches.
According to Guinness World Records, this is the first time that a record-holder has cut their nails since the early ’90s. For Ayanna Williams, it was an emotional goodbye.
“I’ve been growing my nails for a few decades now,” she said. “I’m so, so ready for a new life. I know I’m going to miss them, but it’s just about that time – it’s time for them to go.”