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I know what you’re thinking.


So before I tell you my story, let’s just get that bit out of the way first. It’s been more than a decade and I still get asked

this one thing about my time in England.


“Hey, what happened to you signing for Manchester United? How come you swapped for Chelsea at the last minute? ”


Every time.
Well, my Dad wasn’t too pleased about what happened either. He wanted me to go to Manchester United because he

loved Alex Ferguson. Back home in Nigeria, a lot of people were saying I should go to United because of how well they

work with young players, whereas Chelsea just bought superstars.



And it’s true, I was only 18 years old and Chelsea had players like Lampard, Ballack and Makélélé in midfield. A lot of

people in Nigeria doubted that I could even make the Chelsea team if I went there.



So … why did I turn down the biggest club in the world?


I’ll tell you what happened. I had all these people on both sides fighting over me. Agents, managers, strangers,

guys handing me papers. I had Sir Alex Ferguson calling me on the phone on one side. And I had Roman

Abramovich on the other side, putting me up in London, hiding me somewhere where only a few people knew

where I was. It was really confusing, and I was a kid, you know?




After a while, someone from FIFA gave me a phone call. They said, “Listen, we know you’re young and you

have these two clubs fighting over you. We can’t decide for you. You can only go where you want. You have to tell us.”

I thought about it for a long time. It was the biggest decision of my life.

You know what made my mind up? Chelsea had signed three other players from Nigeria along with me. They

were staying with me at the house in London to keep me company. These guys …  their lives depended on the

decision I was making. If I went to United, they were gone. If I went to Chelsea, they were going to have a

career. No matter how long it lasted, that was important to me. Just to give them a chance, you know?

I chose Chelsea, and four lives changed that day.

No one thought that I’d end up lasting there for 11 years. No one thought I would play in so many games or win as many

trophies as I did. That’s one thing a lot of people in Nigeria respect me for — I don’t chicken out. You can say whatever you want

about me, but all these managers came and went at Chelsea and they looked at all the superstars ahead of me, and I didn’t

chicken out. I survived. That mentality goes all the way back to my childhood in Jos, Nigeria.

When I was a kid, I didn’t have shoes, let alone football boots. But I would always be out in the street every morning, playing

barefoot with hardly any clothes on. That’s how badly I wanted to be Kanu.


When I was a kid, Kanu was the man. Nwankwo Kanu and Jay-Jay Okocha, they were the footballing kings of Nigeria. I wanted to be them. There’s this image I have in my mind of me and my friends running around trying to find a TV so we could watch Kanu play for Arsenal. Back then, sometimes the electricity would go off for like a week, and you’d have to go around town searching for a coffee shop or a beer parlour or some place that had a generator. Every Saturday at 3 p.m., they always showed the Premier League, and Nigerians love Arsenal, so it was usually Arsenal on TV.



We’d watch Kanu do his thing on the pitch and then we’d go out into the streets after the game and try to imitate whatever move or trick he did.

But the dream is the dream. What I mean by that is … Well, being Kanu takes so much more than daydreaming. It takes work and sacrifice. And sometimes it takes people who are willing to help you. I remember when I was little, there were tournaments where you had to play in boots. That was the rule. But I didn’t have boots. My family had money to send me to school, but not enough for the football stuff. So this guy in our town, Mabao, he had a little bit of money, and he used to buy me and some other kids boots and clothes so we could play in the tournaments.

Without him, and without my parents, I wouldn’t be where I am.

Somehow something clicked for me when I was 12, when I was playing for the Pepsi Football Academy. We were playing against a side called Plateau United. You see, in Jos, Plateau United was the team.


They were the government team — the big boys with money. If you wanted to be the next Kanu, you had to play for Plateau United. So you know what I do in the under-13 state tournament against Jos? I work my butt off and end up changing someone’s mind. After the match, Plateau came to my house and told my mother that they wanted sign me. And my mum was like, “What? He’s still in school! You know how old he is? Why do you want to sign him? He’s going to play with grandpas?!”

My mum always called the bigger, richer kids grandpas.

 

 

 

Friday, 15 June 2018 15:16

Yearning for Super Eagles of 94

 


How Nigeria can get back the football squad she had of 1994 through 1996 is part of my worries about the Super Eagles. From the onset, I must confess that I have nearly lost interest in the Nigerian football team. I have not been able to figure out what could be responsible for the decline of the Super Eagles. If not for patriotism and the inborn love for the “Pele’s toy”, I would have stopped watching football matches. To get relief, I sometimes prefer to watch matches of foreign clubs than our local tournaments. Yet, though not a fan of any, I belong to every serious club but never a diehard for any. That was me when Nigerian clubs and tournaments were interesting. Can our past football history return?   



Sometimes, I feel that the politics surrounding the choice of players is responsible; politics in different ways. Either because in the course of choosing the players, the harmful idea of federal character is placed on board or the consideration of godfathersim/who-knows-who comes to play. Or corruption is responsible in the sense, as alleged, that players have to pay immediately to be selected or sign pacts to forfeit parts of their match allowances. It is bad and whatever is responsible for this, I think the federal government has the responsibility to sanitize the system in the glass house.



I have never wept for Nigerian football like that of France 98 when Nigeria lost woefully on June 8 to Denmark by 4-1 in the round 16. This followed the loss to Paraguay 3-1 on June 24 at the stage matches. Nigeria had earlier defeated Spain 3-2 on June 13, defeated Bulgaria 1-0 on June 19. Hopes were very high for Nigeria to defeat Denmark. I prayed for the Eagles after the first and second goals hit Peter Rufai’s net in the third and 13th minutes. I still prayed that Nigeria could make it in the second half as usual until hopes were dashed by the third and fourth goals in the 60th and 76th minutes by Ebbe Sand and Thomas Helveg respectively. I took to memory every bit of the happenings in 98 Super Eagles’ outing. And since that year, Nigeria has been unable to build a strong team. Any hope for Nigeria in Russia 2018 with Croatia on June 16, Iceland on June 22 and Argentina on June 26 at the group D stage?     



It cannot be that Nigeria has no qualified players. Nigerian players are doing very well in many renowned teams across the world. If this is unarguable, why is it difficult to assemble these Nigerian stars to form a formidable Nigerian football team as other countries with history in the game have maintained. What will it take Nigeria to study the way the South Americas have sustained their supremacy over the round leather. I know that reading or even learning culture in Nigeria is low, but football is a game that is more practical than theoretical. There are all assurances that Nigeria can build a strong football team that can last long, if all the factors enumerated above are arrested or eliminated.



I dearly yearn for the Nigerian Super Eagles of 1994. I feel for those days of Rashid Yekini, Steven Keshi, Jay Jay Okocha, Emmanuel Amunike, Daniel Amokashi, Sampson Siasia, Victor Ikpeba, George Finidi, Tijani Babangida, Augustine Egwavon, name them. Those were the days Nigerian matches thrilled the world and many non-football lovers would spare the time to watch Nigerian matches. Those were the days I would not eat, even when hungry, until I watched the last action in any Nigerian match. Those were the days I used to conduct a personal prayer for the Eagles before any of their matches. Those were the days that if the Eagles lost a match, one would be convinced that they actually did play the game. And those were the days Nigerian footballers were selected/appointed to represent Nigeria on merits and they were cared for. There was less or no wicked conspiracy against them. There was no compromise over their entitlements. Unity and patriotism were their watchwords.



And in 1996, the team, strengthened with some powerful football “magicians” like Kanu Nwankwo, conquered the world at Atlanta. Many of these Nigerian super stars are still alive. Some of them, though retired and not tired, have been contributing positively to the development of the younger footballers. The question is: With such vast experienced game masters, why are the new breeds not performing or replacing them. A reported problem is that some of these retired big players have influenced the team formation negatively because they insist that their blood brothers or relatives make the Super Eagles squad, thus causing confusion during the selection processes. And I ask: Must everybody in a family be footballers? This means that some of the players are imposed on the coach or technical adviser.  




As a lover of the game and a player too, who knows what would have been of me when as a student in Egypt, I had some opportunities to play in the top Egyptian teams in the early 1990s when Nigerian football stars like Emmanuel Amunike and John Utaka, amongst others, kept the Nigerian flag high in the Egyptian soccer leagues. As a member of the Foreign Students’ team which had friendly matches with the Egyptian football clubs, few of us were often invited for trainings by the clubs. But it was a herculean task or an impossibility to combine studies with professional football in the land of the Pharaohs. I can still remember a colleague, Abubakar Haidara from Mali and Ibrahim Mujambera from Malawi who accepted to play for clubs. Haidara played for the junior team of Al-Ahly club and later played for his country. The Mandela Cup that used to be hosted by the Egyptian authorities for African students in Egypt seemed to be a property for Nigerians because the Super Eagles in Egypt then were often the champions.



Though captured in my book “My prayers, hopes for Nigeria”, I discovered something strange while in Egypt, about how Africans take Nigeria and Nigerians. Whenever there is a football match between Nigeria and any other African country, all the students from other African countries would boldly not support Nigeria. Even as they could not affect any change in the course of the match, they colluded against Nigeria. Instances were whenever there were competitions between Nigeria and any other country within the students’ sport activities.




The Mandela Cup was a handy example. No one doubted what Nigeria stood for in football then. So, African students would gang up against Nigerians, despite the fact that Nigerian team must have its way. Really, I was disturbed by this attitude. It caused skirmishes between my friends and me. But gradually I became used to it and Nigeria still remained a giant in whatever contest we undertook on behalf of the country over there.




Besides, I took time to find out the reasons behind such acrimony towards my country by my African brothers and sisters.  I got the answer in “Nigerian people feel too big. They think they are everything. They think they know everything. They say they are Giant of Africa”. Yes, we sometimes feel too big to learn. But anything that requires talent and practice can only be sustained with practice. It is said that “practice makes perfect”. Let the administrators of Nigeria’s football learn why the South Americas have remained superior over the round leather since memorable times. I believe the Super Eagles of 1994 can be built, if corruption, nepotism and frivolities in the sector can be fought to a standstill.

Muhammad Ajah is an advocate of humanity, peace and good governance in Abuja. E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

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Nigerian writer, poet and novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has won the 2018 PEN Pinter prize. Adichie is a worldwide sensational author with a house hold name as a result of her books and TED talks.  The prize award was named in the recognition and memory of playwright Harold Pinter.

She was hailed by Harold Pinter’s widow, the biographer Antonia Fraser, as a writer who embodies “those qualities of courage and outspokenness which Harold much admired”.


“I admired Harold Pinter’s talent, his courage, his lucid dedication to telling his truth, and I am honoured to be given an award in his name,” said Adichie.




Judges for the award praised Adichie’s “refusal to be deterred or detained by the categories of others”.


“In this age of the privatised, marketised self, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the exception who defies the rule,” said Maureen Freely, chair of trustees for English PEN. “Sophisticated beyond measure in her understanding of gender, race, and global inequality, she guides us through the revolving doors of identity politics, liberating us all.”



An award-winning novelist – her 2004 debut Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth writers’ prize, Half of a Yellow Sun won her the Orange prize in 2006, and Americanah took the US National Book Critics Circle award in 2014 – Adichie is also known for her TED talks and essays. Her most recent book is Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, which began as advice for a friend about how to raise her daughter as a feminist.Her 2013 TED talk, We Should All Be Feminists, was later published as a pamphlet and distributed to every 16-year-old in Sweden as part of a campaign by the Swedish Women’s Lobby. Audio from the talk was also sampled by Beyoncé in her song ***Flawless.

Adichie will be awarded the prize on 9 October

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It is said that legends are born once every generation.  It is also common knowledge that during a typical rainstorm, every bird seeks shelter from the storm, by settling on a safe branch on a tree for the storm to pass; except for one bird, the Eagle!



In a typical rainstorm, the Eagle uses its powerful wings to begin to soar above the storm, until it ascends above the storm and above other birds of lesser pedigree.  The Eagle also sees further, while maintaining a far higher altitude than other birds. The above scenario is about to play itself out in today’s Nigeria; among a cacophony of multiple new candidates, some of whom are just plain rabble-rousers, in Nigeria’s upcoming 2019 presidential elections.



For watchers of Nigeria’s political space, the new phenomenon is the now Abuja-based Washington-trained politician, Okey Sam Mbonu.


Mbonu, who hails from Anambra, has always being a man of first among equals.  He declared his intention to seek the presidency on May 11, 2018 in Abuja.  In his declaration speech, he listed four (4) critical areas he would focus on in his first 4 years.
They include:


(1) Internal Security & Strife;
(2) Electric Energy & Related Economic Infrastructure;
(3) Youth, Women Empowerment, and reforming the Education System;
(4) Agriculture, Water Resources & Healthcare.  He says his experiences creating policies toward “Community Development” as a former “Commissioner” in the US, provides him with a foundational framework to develop Nigeria beyond where it is now.



The below facts bear this out:  Mbonu moved to the US at a young age, and attended American University Washington, and the University of District of Columbia, School of Law, where he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) Law degree. Many Nigerians have earned JD’s from American institutions, however; it is what Mbonu did during his professional training, and post-qualification that set him apart from other Nigerian-born professionals.


Leveraging human relations and interpersonal skills while in Washington, Mbonu became the first non-US born, to be elected a Senator at the US law school.Colleagues of Mbonu from the Washington-based law school who were interviewed for this story, say he had a mix of charm, political, and social dexterity; which easily enabled him to out-campaign other native-born law students, to win the coveted seat at the law school Senate.


Upon graduation from law school, Mbonu quickly navigated his way around Washington, working as Senior Advisor to a Washington firm during the liquidation of government assets by a US agency.At the same time, Mbonu had started to hone relationships with various stakeholders from institutional Washington; including US Congressmen and Congresswomen and other elected and appointed officials.



While colleagues of Mbonu were building legal careers in Washington, some of them with reasonable material success; Mbonu in his typical element gravitated toward Public Policy and Public Service; he was soon appointed a Commissioner, for Housing & Community Development in Prince George’s, state of Maryland.

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Prince George’s Maryland, was founded in the year 1696, it is one of the oldest and most affluent jurisdictions in the Washington metropolis (established during English colonial era).Again, history was made when Mbonu became the first foreign-born to be appointed a commissioner in the history of Maryland.


Mbonu left public service at the end of his 5 year term, to leverage his public service expertise toward a private career in the Housing & Urban Development industry.Shortly after that, he co-founded the Nigerian-American Council, a think-tank in Washington that provided policy guidance toward Africa for US institutions and private corporations.


As a Strategic Advisor and Consultant in Washington, Mbonu has provided expertise to Washington institutions, ranking members of the US Congress, Diplomats, and the media on Sub-Saharan Africa matters. Over the past few years, Mbonu has also appeared regularly on various US and international media, from MSNBC, to CNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, VOA, etc.  He has been called “A Powerful Voice” in US-Nigerian matters, by US media Giant MSNBC.



Also, on February 18, 2018, he was honored at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California, as one of the most accomplished Nigerians in the US. If Mbonu wins the coming 2019 presidential election, it will not be the first time a Diaspora Nigerian has shaken up the status quo in Nigeria; because The Rt. Hon. Nnamdi Azikiwe returned from the United States in the 1940’s, after a 9 year sojourn, and spearheaded Nigeria’s own independence movement.



However, Mbonu says that comparing him to the Rt. Hon Nnamdi Azikiwe is flattering.



He maintains that his professional training and serving in a United States jurisdiction, as Commissioner- a policy-making role, in an agency that included “community development,” and overseeing budgets in the $700-$1 Billion range; sets him miles apart from every new candidate for the office of president in Nigeria today.


He says Azikiwe would marvel at the heights the Nigerian Diaspora such as himself has attained in the United States today. We tend to agree, Eagles soar above the storm, Eagles see further than others, and Eagles do not flock, they fly alone.



The factual historical narrative above means that Nigeria and Mbonu could be on their way to another first, the first Nigerian with Diaspora roots to be elected President of modern Nigeria. Even in the early stages of his campaign, Mbonu has already recorded a first, being the first Presidential candidate to visit the IDP Camps in Northeast Nigeria, at a great personal risk to his life, because of the dangers inherent in traveling in Northeast Nigeria at this time.



Mbonu is a phenomenon, and a new beginning for Nigeria.

 

 

“June 12, 1993 was the day when Nigerians in millions expressed their democratic will in what was undisputedly the freest, fairest and most peaceful election since our independence. The fact that the outcome of that election was not upheld by the then military government does not distract from the democratic credentials of that process”, President Muhammadu Buhari has declared.



On Wednesday June 6, 2018, President Buhari added another record to Nigeria’s history by declaring June 12 Nigeria’s Democracy Day to replace former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s May 29,18 years after Nigerians celebrated the day as remembrance of the return of democratic governance to the country. With this, Buhari has recognized the significance of free election. He has re-avowed support for sustained democracy through international practice of hitch-free and acceptable polls. Methinks he has the political will to conduct freer and fairer general elections in 2019. The 2019 elections should witness greater success than that conducted by General Ibrahim Babangida and there should be assurances that actual winners would be declared. This is a task on the Professor Mahmood Yaqubu-led Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). This is one of the serious matters arising from the presidential declaration.



Buhari shares the view of millions of Nigerians. In his words, June 12, 1993 was and is far more symbolic of Democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29, or even October 1. In a statement he signed, he said: “For the past 18 years, Nigerians have been celebrating May 29 as Democracy Day. That was the date when for the second time in our history, an elected civilian administration took over (would have taken over – mine) from a military government.” The first time this happened, he observed, was on October 1st, 1979. Wonderful observation! The truth remains that it was a credit to Nigerian. The annulment of the results by the then military administrator (MILAD) does not reduce the democratic acceptability of the electoral process.



The President also demonstrated further political will by recognizing the protagonist of the June 12 political drama, Chief MKO Abiola, by awarding him Nigeria’s highest honour, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) which is only attained by Presidents of Nigeria. By this, Chief Abiola, though late, is now recognized as a past President of Nigeria. Historians and relevant government agencies should work out the period he served or might have served in that capacity. Though he was not sworn in, they can consider the period from after the elections till he died. Furthermore, his picture should now be fixed in all places where past presidents of Nigeria are showcased.



Further matters connected to this declaration should included payment of his entitlements as a president of Nigeria and all other privileges or rights that a deceased president is entitled to, according to the constitution or any presidential order. If there are any national recognition(s) to which the wife and children were due for, there is need to release it to them. As simple as that, the wife and children should be granted access to federal government opportunities like other past presidents. 



President Buhari’s recognition of Abiola’s running mate Ambassador Babagana Kingibe with Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), the second highest political honour in Nigeria is another matter, though it is paramount as Abiola’s own stands. It means Kingibe has attained the position of the vice president of Nigeria. So, as all entitlements should be granted to Abiola as late president, all that is entitled to the vice president of Nigeria should be extended to Kingibe.



Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi who campaigned for the actualization of June 12 up till Abiola’s death was conferred with the second highest honour of GCON. Fawehinmi died in September 2009 after a protracted lung cancer at 71. But a matter arising from here is what honours should be given to all the key fighters for the return of democracy in 1999. Unarguably, some Nigerians died or were killed for that great cause of librating Nigeria from military clutches. Those who could be identified should be remembered through their families and compensated somehow either with employment or scholarships.



The election of Abiola and Kingibe was adjudged the freest and fairest in then Nigeria’s history. Many may put to debate if it has not remained the best till now. Unfortunately, the election was mysteriously rejected by General IBB. That was the beginning of the new order of political crisis in Nigeria. Abiola died in on July 7, 1998, nearly six year after his victory to led Nigeria was dashed by IBB. Since then, the northern military oligarchy had insisted on compensating the Yoruba people. That is, to calm the political tension arising from Abiola’s demise, Olugegun Obsanjo was installed in 1999. But since 1992, there has been no clear explanation for annulment of the election. What are the bones in the cupboard?



In 2009, General Babangida made attempt to clear the inquisitiveness of Nigerians on the annulment. In a TV programme, Moments with Mo, anchored by Mo Abudu and broadcast on MNet channel of DSTV, he said he was compelled to nullify the election because of security threats to the enthronement of a democratic government at that time. According to him, he and the Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC) knew that the new democratic government to be installed would sooner than later be toppled through another military coup deta’t, which he said his government wanted to avoid. He claimed his regime wanted to be the last military administration that would ascend the seat of power through coup. Said he, “June 12 was accepted by Nigerians as the best of elections in Nigeria; it was free and fair. But unfortunately, we cancelled that election.”



This explanation plunges one into another dark air. What were exactly the threats that would have erupted after Nigerians had voted and were ready to defend their mandate by flushing the military out of power? Who were the expectant coup plotters? Could General IBB not have protected the democratic government if he was interested in handing over, having the knowledge of the possible coup plotters? His language of “stepping aside”, remained pregnant as his body language explained further. He had made several attempts to come back as a democratic president. The, to protect Nigeria’s unity, which was alright, he brought in Obasanjo to strike equilibrium and pacify the Yoruba for the loss of Abiola.     



Another matter arising from Buhari’s declaration borders on why throughout Obasanjo’s eight years’ leadership, he did not celebrate June 12 or at least recognize it as a national day. It may be argued that it would look as a tribal affair, being a Yoruba like Abiola. The South West Nigeria, being a political fulcrum in Nigeria, could not convince him. Immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan could not do it. In short the then ruling party, People Democratic Party (PDP) could not do it, although they had all the opportunities. In 2014, Dr. Ebele Jonathan bestowed the national honour of GCFR on late Abacha. Justice Belgore did not complain.   



I must congratulate President Buhari for another achievement. It takes a political will to effect a change in a difficult society like Nigeria. Despite all the squabbles from different quarters ranging from the National assembly to individual opinions arising from the matter, I stand firm to say that Abiola deserves to be immortalized. Asking INEC to release the election results is not necessary. Former President Umar Musa Yar’Adua would have recognized Abiola’s contributions to Nigeria’s democratic development and enthronement if he was quite stable. He also should be immortalized by Buhari, irrespective both are from the same state. Yar’Adua positively affected Nigeria’s politics. Some more national recognition should be given to him by naming national monuments after him. The Yar’Adua Center is not enough. Happy new Democracy Day!



Muhammad Ajah is an advocate of humanity, peace and good governance in Abuja. E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Christ Embassy’s Man of God, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, has concluded the 2018 Holy Land Tour. The church planned out the trip meticulously for the benefit of believers of Jesus across the world.Hundreds of the Pastor’s followers joined him on this spiritual visit to Israel and Jordan. Each day on the itinerary was filled with sites seeing of holy places, considered important to both Christians and Jews. The tour followed the journey Christ took in the Bible and scripture, allowing participants to walk in His footsteps and learn from His glory.



LoveWorld incorporations were overwhelmed by the warm welcoming they got from the Jewish Land. Jews and Christians alike were delighted for the visit of Pastor Chris, highlighting the close connection Evangelicals have to the Holy Land and its people.The visit coincided with two monumental events for the state of Israel. The first is the marking of the 70th year of Independence for the Jewish Land. The second event was the move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.




Earlier this year the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, announced his intentions of moving the Embassy. The move aimed to signal to the international community that the US stands behind and recognizes the Holy City, Jerusalem, as the capital of the Jewish Land, Israel. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized a celebratory reception in honor of the move. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome was personally invited to the event. The Pastor received warm welcome and was embraced by members of government as well as a variety of Jewish individuals. The hosts were eager to welcome the world-renowned Evangelist Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.



Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and his entourage managed to visit numerous sites during the eight-day visit Some included Caesarea, the Sea of Galilee, Abu Gosh, Mount Hertzel, and the Tomb of Lazareth. Additionally, one group was provided with the opportunity to visit holy sites in Jordan, witnessing the diversity of the Holy Land. Participants and local observers were also able to see Pastor Chris Oyakhilome minister many times throughout the trip. They testified that ministrations were “filled with gospel and glory, bringing all those involved closer to the Lord.”


 

 

FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United/RSA), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna/ESP)


Defenders: William Troost-Ekong, Shehu Abdullahi (Bursaspor/TUR), Leon Balogun (Brighton Hove Albion/ENG), Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea/ENG), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm/RUS), Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto/POR), Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge/BEL), Tyronne Ebuehi (Benfica/POR)


Midfielders: Mikel Obi (Tianjin Teda/CHN), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor/TUR), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva/ISR), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City/ENG),Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense/POR), Joel Obi (Torino FC/ITA)

Forwards: Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai/CHN), Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho(Leicester City/ENG), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal/ENG), Simeon Nwankwo (FC Crotone/ITA), Victor Moses (Chelsea/ENG)

 

 

 

 

Nigeria coach names final World Cup squad, says team has 'a lot of work to do'

 

 

 

The World Cup’s most anticipated uniform was finally available for purchase — and now it’s not.


Nigeria’s “Naija” kit has been a pop-culture phenomenon since Nike released the design in February and began

accepting preorders. But the jersey wound up even more popular than the company could have imagined.

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Three million preorders for the $90 shirts came in, and Nike stores sold out their retail inventories Friday.


Customers lined up for blocks in Nigeria’s capital of Lagos as well as in London to purchase the kits, which have become

as much of a fashion statement as a way to support the Super Eagles in this month’s World Cup.

 

The kits are modeled after those worn by Nigeria’s revered 1994 team and feature the zigzag design meant to mimic an

eagle’s wings.


“Naija,” the name of the collection and the word stamped across the front of one of the kits, is a patriotic slang term

among the nation’s youth. It can be literally translated to mean “the new Nigeria” and often is a moniker for the fast and

fun life of Nigeria’s middle-class cosmopolitan younger generation.



Jacob Bogage writes about sports for The Post, where he has worked since 2015. He previously covered the automotive and manufacturing industries for the Business section

 

 

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    Prof. Yemi Osinbajo ,  Nigeria’s acting president has sacked the  intelligence boss of the Department State Security (DSS), Lawal Musa Daura for the blockage of the country's National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria.


    Osinbajo  the country's vice president made the decision  to fire the  intelligence  chief  due to the  Tuesday morning blockade of the country’s legislature – the National Assembly, NASS. Osinbajo acted...
  • Kofi Annan:   Africa must stop voting for Old Men Kofi Annan: Africa must stop voting for Old Men
    "African Citizens Must Stop Voting for Old Aged Men Above 70yrs Into Leadership" - Kofi Annan
    Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general has blamed poor state of goverance in Africa due old aged men in power.  The former UN Boss made the observation in Namibia  at the just concluded  world changers  summit .

    His words:  “Africa has great values to depend upon, Africa could be independent, but we have too many...
  • Dr. Ide Okoye Pushes Bold Agenda at Umuoji Convention in New Jersey Dr. Ide Okoye Pushes Bold Agenda at Umuoji Convention in New Jersey
    “Let Us Build A Medical Center in Umuoji” -  Chief (Dr.)  Ide Okoye   At the concluded July 2018 Umuoji convention held in New Jersey USA, the current president general of Umuoji Improvement Union of North America Chief Ide Okoye pushes a bold and ambitious agenda.

    Dr. Victor Ide-Okoye  -  “Ide of Umuoji” “Ichie Idejuogwugwu” called on all Umuoji natives worldwide to rise to the task of building a great and prosperous...
  • Yearning for Super Eagles of 94 Yearning for Super Eagles of 94
     
    How Nigeria can get back the football squad she had of 1994 through 1996 is part of my worries about the Super Eagles. From the onset, I must confess that I have nearly lost interest in the Nigerian football team. I have not been able to figure out what could be responsible for the decline of the Super Eagles. If not for patriotism and the inborn love for the “Pele’s toy”, I would have stopped watching football matches. To get relief,...
  • Mbonu 2019:  Powerful Phenomenon Rises from Diaspora Mbonu 2019: Powerful Phenomenon Rises from Diaspora
    It is said that legends are born once every generation.  It is also common knowledge that during a typical rainstorm, every bird seeks shelter from the storm, by settling on a safe branch on a tree for the storm to pass; except for one bird, the Eagle!

    In a typical rainstorm, the Eagle uses its powerful wings to begin to soar above the storm, until it ascends above the storm and above other birds of lesser pedigree.  The Eagle also...
  • Nigeria coach names final World Cup squad (Russia 2018) Nigeria coach names final World Cup squad (Russia 2018)
      FULL SQUAD Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United/RSA), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna/ESP)
    Defenders: William Troost-Ekong, Shehu Abdullahi (Bursaspor/TUR), Leon Balogun (Brighton Hove Albion/ENG), Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea/ENG), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm/RUS), Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto/POR), Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge/BEL), Tyronne Ebuehi (Benfica/POR)
    Midfielders: Mikel Obi (Tianjin Teda/CHN),...
  • Nigeria World Cup jerseys sold out overseas after 3 million Nigeria World Cup jerseys sold out overseas after 3 million
      The World Cup’s most anticipated uniform was finally available for purchase — and now it’s not.
    Nigeria’s “Naija” kit has been a pop-culture phenomenon since Nike released the design in February and began accepting preorders. But the jersey wound up even more popular than the company could have imagined.

    Three million preorders for the $90 shirts came in, and Nike stores sold out their retail inventories...
  • Ngozi Adichie To Address Harvard University Class 2018 Ngozi Adichie To Address Harvard University Class 2018
     
    Nigerian prolific and world acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will address Harvard University class of 2018, as part of the annual class day celebration on May 23, the day before Harvard’s 367th Commencement.


    “Ms. Adichie is a prolific writer whose work has been translated into more than 30 languages. She wrote the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright...
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