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NIGERIA: Henry Onyekekuru heads for his mother’s burial in a private jet

Onyekuru and his wife headed to his mother’s funeral. [Image: courtesy]
Nigeria—Henry Chekwuemeka Onyekuru a Nigerian professional footballer, playing as a winger for Monaco and Nigeria national team lost his mother in April this year and has returned home for the burial ceremony.

The Super Eagles star has headed to Owerri in company of his family members, as seen in his Instagram page. Henry’s mother died during the closing stages of last season.

Gatherings revealing that Nigeria’s sporting community was thrown into mourning the sad news of the death of Jessy Onyekuru, the mother to Henry Onyekuru.

The news was broken by his Turkish Super League club Galatasaray on their social media platforms. The club wrote.

“We have learnt with great sadness that our footballer, Henry Onyekurus’s precious mother, Jessy Onyekuru is dead. We send our deep-felt condolences to the family and pledge our support during this trying moment.”

With the conclusion of the football season the Nigerian footballer has retuned home and is headed to the burial ceremony of his late mother billed to hold in Owerri state.

Henry was spotted in a private jet, alongside his wife and children via a post he shared on his Instagram account with the caption.

“It’s difficult to face the fact that I am headed to my mother’s funeral but I know God know best. I am blessed to have a strong amazing woman by my side through this difficult time. Thank you all for your messages of support. I appreciate you.”

His close ally and footballer John Ogu was in panic during a moment of turbulence as he flew from Lagos to Owerri for the burial of Henry Onyekeru’s mother as seen on his Instagram page.

He was spotted in fear during the flight as they glided through turbulence midair.

“Wetin happen?” he screamed as others trolled him over his expression.

South Africa: Willard Katsande leaves Amakhosi dispirited

Willard Katsande, a veteran Kaizer Chiefs player. [Image: courtesy]
South Africa—Willard Katsande a Zimbabwean professional footballer, who played as a midfielder for Premier Soccer League club Kaizer Chiefs and for the Zimbabwe national team is now a free agent.

Katsande penned a heartfelt letter following the announcement that he will leave Kaizer Chiefs after serving the club for 10 years.

“It is with a heavy heart that I must leave my beloved Chiefs family.” Katsande wrote.

“I am honored and eternally grateful to the chairman of the club, Mr Kaizer Motaung for granting me the opportunity to represent this great club over the past 10 years. I am grateful to colleague players for the mutual trust and support we have accorded each other all along.

“To my fans I must say a great thank you for standing with me, for the support that has seen us even qualify for the CAF championships this year. I must say we shall still meet though at a different stage to ensure that our club remains at the apex of every tournament.”

Kaizer Chiefs confirmed the Zimbabwean’s departure along with Kgotso Moleko, Philani Zulu and goalkeeper Brylon Peterson.

Yagan Sasman who is playing at the defense for Kaizer Chiefs and Siphosakhe NtiyaNtiya playing as a left back, Lazalous Kambole playing as forward are also at the transfer list. Speaking to a local South African media Kambole confirmed his exit but not his destination.

“I am scheduled to leave the Chiefs during this transfer window season, the club has been a home for me and many others for close to five years. But change is inevitable as I walk out it’s an honor to our supporters and a great honor to our coach having baked us to the top.” Kambole spoke.

During his stay at Naturena, Katsande clocked the most appearances as a foreigner, reaching 326 appearances for Amakhosi.

Ugandan couple losses Ush 1.6 million to termites

Ugandan Currency. [Image: courtesy]
Uganda—A somber mood as engulfed Tito Okema’s home in Amuru district in Uganda. Okema’s family woke up counting losses after termites munched Ush 1.6 million they have been saving for the past three years.

Eighty-year-old Tito Okema and his 75-year-old wife Bicentina Alal had been saving the notes in a metallic case and were perplexed when they opened the T-trunk to confirm their savings.

According to independent gatherings the notes were in denominations of 20,000 (35pieces), 10 pieces 50,0000 and 36 notes of 10,000 some of which have been chewed by the insects beyond recognition.

Alal disclosed that they checked on their box three weeks ago and the notes were in good shape, but later discovered that the metallic box was slowly being covered by mud.

Upon opening they remained agape with no words to tell after seeing the money ravaged by termites.

Alal says the they have been saving the money from minor businesses that they ran: selling papyrus mats, poultry, dried cassava chips and domestic animals. Adding that ounce in a while they would chip into the box for some money to medicate or support their children and close families.

Blessed with six grandchildren Alal and Tito live in Kali-Kali village in Rec Iceke parish of Layima subcounty, Uganda. There only hope is somebody will come to their rescue and exchange the destroyed notes with better cash to help rekindle their businesses.

Their tale is no different from India’s Jamalaya who lost Rs 5lakh, he had saved to build a house. With Indian reports revealing that Jamalaya had denied himself luxury and his family too so that they could build a better home only to encounter the misery.

He was astonished upon opening the iron safe to discover that termites had punched huge holes into the currency notes, rendering them useless.

Ghana’s legendary guitarist Ebo Taylor hits out at Ghamro

Veteran Ghanaian guitarist Ebo Taylor. [Image: courtesy]
Ghana—Ebo Taylor a Ghanaian guitarist, composer, bandleader, record producer and arranger focusing on highlife and afrobeat music has said that he receives more royalties from diaspora than in Ghana.

Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) is a royalties collection agency within Ghana, that represents the rights or music copyright holders.

It was created under section 49 of the Copyright Law, Act 690 of 2005. The agency collects royalties for right owners in Ghana.

But Taylor at 85-years is not happy with the work of GHAMRO.

“No it’s not enough, it is not any good money somebody can rely on,” Taylor said. “I get 20 million from the diaspora, 20 million dollars or 50 million pounds.

“Despite our local musicians here working smart to market their creative work, so little comes out of it. That’s discouraging. Sad is for the young Turks, the upcoming artists have a tough time to get to the top because zero support is given to them not knowing how a majority have the inner talent.

“We should find a way as a country to support at least if not all the creatives but the majority who have the talent. To me its possible but with current situation at Ghana Music Rights Organization I can’t promise anything positive.

“I don’t get much from Ghana because it’s just one country but abroad there is Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark,” he narrated.

Several Ghanaian artists have complained about the failure of the Ghana Music Rights Organization (Ghamro) to pay them the royalties.

Ebo Taylor first came into the Ghanaian music limelight in the 1950s and 60s, making his signature in the Ghanaian highlife that influenced the father of afrobeat, Fela Kuti.

As highlife and afrobeat music got entry into the world stage, Taylor’s work has been sampled several by International R&B artist Usher in his 2010 track “She don’t know” featuring rapper Ludacris, and by Canadian hip-pop duo Ghetto Concept on their 1992 track ‘Certified.’

KENYA: Wiper and ODM meet in a confined power talk deal

Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka scheduled to meet again over power deal ahead of 2022 general election. [Image: courtesy]
Kenya—Kenyans are already engulfed in a political atmosphere ahead of their next general election in August 2022.

The Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga and his Wiper counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka are on a power negotiating table that could see them join hands a head of the 2022 general election.

According to insiders of both party’s it has been established that the two have agreed, the sole way to run over the Deputy President William Ruto is to unify their regions.

Gathering that efforts are also in store to bring on board Musalia Mudavadi who seemingly is the hardest nut to crack of them all.

In a session with the Wiper National Executive Committee meeting, sources reveal that the team asked Kalonzo to confine them in an alliance that would sail them to statehouse.

“He (Kalonzo Musyoka) read the letter by Raila on political parties funding to NEC. He then said the mutual respect they have for each other with Raila made it possible to sort out the impasse,” a source reveled.

With a scheme to ditch both Nasa and OKA to form a new coalition altogether.

Kathiani MP Robert Mbui when interrogated said anything is possible in politics.

“If both Raila and Kalonzo realize it is in their best interest to work together then chances are very high they will. It does not matter what one says. I can tell you there is nothing which is impossible.”

Kibwezi East MP Jessica Mbalu, a key instrument in the wiper team said insinuations to the effect that Raila and Kalonzo have parted ways are wrong.

“They have not parted ways. We are just forming a bigger coalition whatever it is. Everyone is welcome. Remember Nasa was only for four she said.

Adding, “We want to form a team that will unite all Kenyans. We are not a divisive team. We are forming a bigger house and welcoming everyone. We are not divorcing with ODM. This is just but a new structure.”

South African government set to pump R36billion to fund its dilapidating economy.

South Africa’s Finance minster, Tito Mboweni affirms that the government is ready to support its economy. [ Image: courtesy]
South Africa—As a means to support the ailing South Africa economy, The SA’s government has announced a R36.2billion package to provide relief to those disadvantaged economically and the poor.

It’s a pronouncement that was done by South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday that his government would throw its weight behind the economy, which has been destroyed by Covid-19 and the recent looting in the country.

Tito Mboweni the finance minister in the country disclosed that this month’s demonstrations and looting of property in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng and other regions of the country, though on a smaller scale, it has had a huge negative impact on the economy and negatively affected the projected economic recovery trajectory.

“The National Treasury now projects, we will only be able to go back to the pre-Covid-19 growth situation in 2023.” Said Mboweni.

Adding that the current estimated cost of damage to property and infrastructure in eThekwini alone was about R15Bbn.

“This R15bn normally would have been used for better economic performance, but this destruction in eThekwini is very significant,” he said.

It extended to shops, cellphone network towers, shopping malls, post offices, roads and freight among other things.

“The impact of all these is that we have to do something. We can’t sit back, cry and be sad about it,” Mboweni said.

With the support of other South African Insurance Companies, Sasria had started assessing the damage to assist business to get back to their feet.

“We anticipate this will cost R15bn to R20bn, and between Sasria and the National Treasury, we will have to make sure this is met.” He added.

Cedric Masondo, Sasria’s boss was confident that they would be able to pay all the damages. Saying the association’s balance sheet in terms of assets was about R9.7bn. There was also about R6.5billion which would be reinstated from reinsurance.

NIGERIA: All Progressive Congress inaugurates council for July 31st ward meeting

APC party politicians in Abuja after inauguration of ward congress members. [Image: courtesy]
Nigeria—Ahead of its July 31st ward seminar, the Nigerian ruling party All Progressive Congress (APC) on Wednesday initiated a two man congress for each of the 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

While inaugurating the committees at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, the Chairman of Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) and Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni urged the committees to encourage consensus arrangement for solidification.

The chairman was personified by the Secretary of the Caretaker Committee, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe.

Saying the triumph of the exercise would solely bank on the committees. While the July 31 for the commencement of the congress remains sacrosanct, the exercise in Zamfara and Anambra states has been put to halt by the leadership of the party.

Buni said: “In continuation of the rebuilding and reposting of our party, our ward congresses to produce the ward executive committees and the delegates at that level will take place this Saturday, July 31, 2021. You’ve been selected to superintendent over the exercise.

“There is no doubt that within this room are crème de la crème of our party, our first team for any competition.

“Therefore, I urge you to keep the interest of the party first and foremost within your hearts. The success of this exercise depends much on you, the unity of our party, also depends on the outcome and the outcome essentially depends on your handling of issues and the overall conduct of the exercise.”

Evenly the Lagos City State chapter of the party will, conduct its ward and local government meeting on Saturday, so as to appoint leaders at that level.

The State APC chairman Tunde Balogun, spoke to the press on Wednesday, after a meeting with the governors’ advisory council (GAC) with Governor  Babajide Sanwo-Olu said: “July 31st is the party’s ward congress that will lead to the formation of the party officials at the ward and local government levels. There will be stakeholders’ meeting tomorrow (today) at the local government level where we will decide on what to do.”


NIGERIA: Mala Buni wins Most Friendly Housing Governor Award

Yobe State Governor bags Most Friendly Housing Governor Award 2021. [Image: Courtesy]
Nigeria—Honorable Mai Mala Buni, the Nigerian Yobe State Governor and All Progressive Congress Party Caretaker Chairman, Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) has won the Most Friendly Housing Governor of the Year 2021 Award.

According to a pronouncement done by the Director General Press Affairs and Media, Mamman Mohammed, the prize was presented to governor Mala on 26th July 2021, during the Abuja International Housing Show.

A housing enterprise show that offers real estate stakeholders an additional medium for networking, meeting visitors who have a buying capability face to face and sealing deals. Over the years Abuja International Show has been able to generate not only high—quality audiences and sale leads to exhibitors but also great bargains for attendees.

In line with the occasion organizers,  governor Mala was awarded the prize in recognition and appreciation of his efforts in inaugurating and executing housing plans, policies ands interventions. Noting that honoring where honor is due automatically transforms the society.

Babatunde Raji Fashola, the Federal minister of works and housing was the special guest of honor of in event. While handing the award to the governor, he appreciated him for giving priority to decent housing projects to his constituents across Yobe State.

Fashola who was represented by the minister of State for Works, Engineer Abubakar D. Aliyu, said the governor’s housing plan will bridge the housing deficiency in Yobe State.

Governor Mala Buni cherishing the award, said the honor would stimulate him to do more towards providing humane housing and accommodation to his people.

Buni who was personified by Alhaji Bukar Dauda, the Commissioner for Housing, applauded the organizers of the event for acknowledging the achievements of his administration in the housing sector.

The governor devoted the award to the people of Yobe State, appreciating them for their support in the housing sector among other critical government projects.


NIGERIA: Leon Bologun hits out at Nigerian Football Federation

Leon Balogun unhappy with Nigeria’s Football Federation. [Image: courtesy]
Nigeria—Leon Aderemi Balogun a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Scottish Premiership champions Rangers and Nigeria National team has hit out at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over some of the treatments he calls inhumane they give to the Super Eagle players and coaches.

Balogun blames the Nigerian Football Federation for not providing a permanent base for the Super Eagles home matches. Equally castigating the accommodation provided and the conditions of pitches for these games.

Akwa Ibom, located in Southern Nigeria used to be the Super Eagles base for their home matches, but in recent years, the team has had to travel to different parts of the Nigeria to play its home games.

The Super Eagles hosted Sierra Leone in their Africa cup of Nations qualifier at the Samuel Ogbedmudia Stadium in Benin.

Further hosting Lesotho in their qualifier at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. However, Balogun is not happy with the fact that they have to move up and down to play home matches.

“We are not being provided with the best to do our job, it starts with the pitches or it starts with accommodation but it goes on to the pitches and all these kinds of things.

“If you want to see us soar then you need to make sure that back home, in Nigeria we have the best possibilities. Why don’t we have a base in Nigeria, where we meet up liken St. George’s Park in England. We don’t have something like that.” He spoke.

Balogun admits his comment is likely to ruffle a few feathers in the glass house but to him that has no impact as along as he is championing for his interest and that of Nigerian football players.

Adding that the NFF has not paid players their bonuses for qualifying in the Afcon, while the coach Gernot Rohr and his assistants are owed a backlog of salaries.

UGANDA: Micho makes a come back to Uganda Cranes after exiting Chipolopolo

Milutin Sredojevic arrives in Uganda after quitting Zambia. [Image: courtesy]
Uganda—Milutin Sredojevic professionally known as Micho, the Serbian football manager is back in employment barely a week after quitting Football Association of Zambia, where he was coaching (Chipolopolo), Zambia’s national team.

Micho has been given an opportunity to coach Uganda Cranes for the next three years. A contract a little short than that he had in Zambia.

The Serbian grown manager, left Chipolopolo Zambia on July 17th after a modest 17-month reign in which he presided over twenty seven games out of which twelve were competitive matches winning four, drawing four and being mauled in other several matches.

Micho’s fifteen-match friendly record with Zambia saw him win seven, draw four and lost four.  Media sources revealing that Micho’s contract in Uganda will run from 2021 until 2024.

His return to Uganda cranes has been taken as an honor by fans and players too, considering his bagging of legendary status leading them to two successive CHAN tournaments qualifications.

“We are happy to welcome Micho back to our team. With him we registered glory after another not only in tournaments but friendlies. We remember what he did and how he made us feel during the CHAN tournaments.

“As fans we still take pride in him despite his shortcomings in the previous team, we understand that’s normal in any competition, and more importantly his matrix with our players has always worked out well.” Jesiga Wevanda a Uganda Cranes fan stated.

He was backed by another fan who said, “Micho has earned himself a place in our hearts maybe he had a challenge with the Chipolopolo but here we still accord him respect and ready to support him together with our players.”

The highlight of his first term as Uganda coach saw him guide the Cranes to their first AFCON appearance since 1978 when they qualified for the Gabon 2017 tournament.