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Today's Headlines: Banky-W Reveals Wizkid's Humble Beginning, No Hajj For Nigerians, Others ThisYear

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Banky W Reveals Wizkid's Humble Beginning

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Nigerian singer and songwriter cum politician, Olubankole Wellington popularly known as Banky W, has revealed some pasts about Grammy-winning Nigerian musician, Ayo Balogun also known as Wizkid.

According to the EME label boss, the lack of money for studio session made Wizkid develop into a very fast songwriter.

Banky disclosed this while featuring on Wizkid’s ‘A Superstar Made In Lagos’ docuseries.

“Wiz, for a long time in his life, wasn’t fortunate enough to afford studio time. So he was a studio rat,” Banky said.

“Wiz would just go to any studio where they would let him hang out all day. He would hope for the end of the day, waiting for engineers or the producers to just take pity on him and say, ‘oya, come record for 15-30 minutes’.

“All day, he would work on hooks and melodies while coming up with things in case he was given an opportunity to jump on the mic for a few minutes. He didn’t have time to be thinking about what to write at that moment.

No Hajj For Nigerians, Others This Year

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FOR the second consecutive year, no foreign pilgrims will perform the Hajj this year in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sunday Tribune has learnt. 

According to the Arabian government, the decision follows the restriction it placed on the 2021 Hajj programme, which allows only 60,000 citizens and residents of its country to participate in the spiritual exercise. 

Reporting the decision of its government to the public recently, the Saudi Arabia’s state-owned news agency (SPA) stated that the decision to bar foreign pilgrims from the Hajj programme was to prevent the spread of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic. 

Bauchi Gov Empowers 1,200 Women, Youths with Material Worth N150m

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Bauchi State governor, Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has empowered 1200 women and youths with empowerment materials worth N150 million in two Bauchi local government areas.

The programme, which took place in Gamawa and Zaki local government areas of the state was part of celebrations to mark June 12 Democracy Day.

The state governor, Bala Mohammed, while flagging off the Kaura Economic Empowerment programme (KEEP), said his administration is ready to ensure welfare of citizens.

Bala said that his government has, in the past two years embarked on several developmental projects across the state, adding that it was high time the empowerment of the people began in earnest.

Akeredolu Reveals What Can Solve Nigeria's Problems

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Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu on Saturday disclosed that the only way to solve the challenges affecting Nigeria is to adopt a true federal system of government.

Akeredolu, however, said the challenges can be defeated if everyone in the country is sincere in finding a lasting solution to the problem.

He stated this at the commemoration of the 28th anniversary of the annulment of the June 12 Presidential Election won by Chief M.K.O. Abiola, held at the International Centre For Culture and Events, on Saturday.

He added that Nigeria with its size and diversity should not have its power centred at the Federal Government too much.

He said, “It is incongruous to have just a police command in a federal state such as Nigeria. The sheer size of the population, coupled with our diversity, makes this arrangement problematic. Every federating unit should have its police for effective security.

IPOB's ESN Clash With Soldiers In Abia

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The Nigerian military on Saturday clashed with members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) militant wing – Eastern Security Network (ESN) – in Ohafia, Abia State.

It was gathered that a soldier attached to the 14 Brigade of the Nigerian Army was reportedly shot during the encounter.

Trouble started when ESN stormed the popular Ebem motor park in the Ohafia Local Government Area of the state and begun shooting sporadically.

The shooting was said to have attracted soldiers from the Army Headquarters, in Ohafia, who engaged the suspected ESN members in an exchange of gunfire.

It was gathered that the injured soldier was taken to Federal Medical Center, Umuahia, for treatment.

This forced residents to flee Elu, Amangwu, Ebem and Amaekpu to neighbouring villages to avoid being with stray bullets.

Pa Adebanjo Talks About Nigeria's Problems

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LEADER of Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo has debunked the claim by President Muhammadu Buhari that he has taken Nigerians out of poverty, describing the statement as one of the propagandas of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Buhari regime. 

Pa Adebanjo speaking with Sunday Tribune the president is number one enemy of the country and that Nigerians, are pained about the incompetence and lack of vision of the Buhari administration. 

He identified the constitution as the main problem of the country and the moment President Buhari refuses to change it, he said, he will remain the number one enemy of the country. He said, “Are you a Nigerian? Have you been in the country since the last six years or you are just arriving? What is your answer to that? That’s not true. It is part of his exaggeration. That is part of the propaganda of the Buhari regime and the APC. The country is so pained about their incompetence and lack of vision but they did not admit it. 

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