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Nigerian-American basketball star Arike Ogunbowale made Nigeria proud at the Women’s National Basketball Association, WNBA, All-Star Game on Sunday in Phoenix, USA. Ogunbowale, 27, led her team, the WNBA All-Stars, to a close victory over Team USA with a record-breaking performance. Despite not scoring in the first half, Ogunbowale came alive in the second half, scoring an incredible 34 points, the most ever in a single WNBA All-Star Game. This included a staggering 21 points...

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US President Joe Biden has officially announced his withdrawal from the presidential race. In a statement released on Sunday, Biden said he wants to “focus all my energies on my duties as President for the remainder of my term” Also, in a surprising move, President Biden endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris as his preferred candidate. “I want to offer my full support and endorsement for Kamala to be the nominee of our party this year,”...

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Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, has shelved plans to build a new steel plant in Nigeria. This decision comes amidst accusations from the government that Dangote’s business empire wields too much influence, particularly with the launch of his new oil refinery. Dangote announced the change of plans on Saturday while addressing journalists at his refinery in Lagos. He stated that the company’s board opted to avoid the steel industry to avoid being “called all sorts...

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The Nigerian national team, the Super Eagles, has slid down the FIFA World Rankings to land at 39th place in the latest update. The news stings for Nigerians, especially considering the team’s strong showing earlier this year. Nigeria was ranked 28th in February after an impressive run in the Africa Cup of Nations which saw them finish second-place. While FIFA has not pinpointed the exact reasons for the decline, it is likely due to the...

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President Bola Tinubu has approved a new minimum wage of N70,000 for Nigerian workers, a significant increase from the previous minimum wage of N30,000. This comes after months of struggle by labour unions, who had demanded a new minimum wage of over N200,000. The labour unions, led by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), had embarked on a series of strikes and protests to press home their demand for a...

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Move is to render support in response to the economic distress On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted to cut their salaries by 50 per cent for the next month in response to the economic distress. This critical decision comes at a time when the country is facing a severe economic crisis, and citizens are gearing up for a week-long street protest that will start on 1st August and end on 10th August 2024. The...

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…School management stops hostel room allocation Fear of kidnapping has led to a mass exodus of students from hostels at the Federal University Lokoja, FULOKO. The institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi, raised the alarm during a recent visit by the House Committee on University Education. Professor Akinwumi disclosed that the two university hostels, with a combined capacity of 500 students, are practically empty. He attributed the low occupancy rate to a May 2024 kidnapping incident...

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The White House announced yesterday that President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the 79-year-old president is experiencing “mild symptoms” and has begun taking medication. The statement read in part: “Earlier today (yesterday) following his first event in Las Vegas, President Biden tested positive for COVID-19. He is vaccinated and boosted and he is experiencing mild symptoms.” The statement added a note from Dr. Kevin O’Connor,...

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MultiChoice Nigeria has announced the return of the highly anticipated Big Brother Naija reality TV show for its ninth season. The new season is scheduled to premiere on Sunday, 28th July 2024, retaining the grand prize of N100 million and a brand new SUV for the winner. This season will introduce a unique twist to the show’s format. Contestants will enter the Big Brother Naija house as pairs, marking a first in the show’s history....

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A 24-year-old Nigerian biochemist has etched his name into the Guinness World Records after a record-breaking gaming marathon. Oside Oluwole, also known by his gamer alias “Khoded,” successfully completed the longest videogame marathon playing a soccer game, clocking in an impressive 75 hours. This remarkable feat surpasses the previous record of 50 hours set by Englishman David Whitefoot in 2022 by a significant margin of 25 hours. “Unlike all seven previous record holders who played...

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