Emery Set For Arsenal Challenge

Unai Emery (L) shakes hands with Arsene Wenger                                         Photo: FRANCK FIFE / AFP
 
Fuelled by video nasties and sleepless nights, Unai Emery is ready for the challenge of succeeding Arsene Wenger after being appointed as Arsenal’s first new boss for 22 years.
Arsenal have made a habit of appointing managers out of left-field — Bertie Mee was a former physiotherapist, former Arsenal star George Graham came from second-tier Millwall and Wenger was greeted with “Arsene Who?” headlines following his move from Japan’s Nagoya Grampus 8 in 1996.
Emery is seen by some as another surprise choice after the Gunners reportedly initially favoured Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta.
But Emery, a 46-year-old Spaniard, arrives with grand credentials following his two-year stay with Paris Saint Germain and a Europa League-winning spell at Sevilla.
Emery left Paris at the end of this season having won the domestic treble.
Now he is tasked with raising standards at the Emirates Stadium and restoring Arsenal to the kind of glory they enjoyed in the early years of Wenger’s reign.
Emery already has one thing in common with Wenger after making clear his disdain for the Frenchman’s old rival Jose Mourinho.
When Manchester United boss Mourinho, then in charge of Real Madrid, devoted a press conference to criticising referee Carlos Clos Gomez in 2010, Emery gave an acerbic retort, snarling: “Mourinho’s stance is that of a cry baby”.
It was a jibe typical of the intense Emery, who was steeped in football from birth, with his father and grandfather both former players.
Emery had a modest playing career, largely spent in Spain’s lower leagues, but he was an instant hit in his managerial debut with third-tier Lorca.
He achieved promotion and then moved to Almeria, who he took up to La Liga for the first time before taking over at Valencia, where he guided the team into the Champions League with three consecutive top-three finishes.
Valencia’s vibrant style earned him the admiration and friendship of Pep Guardiola.
Emery moved to Sevilla where he won three consecutive Europa League trophies in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Emery has earned a reputation as one of Europe’s most studious coaches, working until the early hours of the morning crafting his game-plans.
Perfectionist 
He spends up to 12 hours preparing video analysis for his players and former Valencia winger Joaquin once quipped: “There were so many videos I ran out of popcorn.
“He’s obsessed with football, it’s practically an illness. He’s one of the best managers I’ve had.”
Emery is a perfectionist who demands relentless effort on the training ground.
“Either we all work or let’s just burst the ball,” he said, giving voice to an approach that might shake Arsenal out of the complacency that marred the end of the Wenger era.
Significantly, Emery has flourished within a structure similar to the one now in place at Arsenal, who lean heavily on head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and head of football operations Raul Sanllehi, both recruited last November.
At Sevilla, Emery worked well with recruitment director Monchi and Arsenal are gambling the same structure pays dividends for them.
The main worry for Arsenal fans might be Emery‘s ill-fated spell with Spartak Moscow in 2012 and his failure to fulfil his mandate at Paris Saint-Germain, where he was asked to win the Champions League after moving to the big-spending French giants in 2016.
Emery was let go by PSG with one year left on his contract and the roots of demise lay in two painful Champions League exits and a troubled relationship with star striker Neymar.
In 2017, a woeful 6-1 loss in Barcelona saw PSG surrender a 4-0 first leg lead in an incredible last-16 meltdown.
On the heels of that collapse, this season’s capitulation against Real Madrid in the last-16 ensured Emery‘s time in Paris would be short-lived.
Wenger’s travails in recent years mean Emery will not have to worry about the Champions League in the coming season but Arsenal can rest assured their ultra-driven boss will be working all hours to get them back there.
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Three Things Unai Emery Must Fix At Arsenal

Unai Emery Photo: CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
 
Unai Emery was appointed as Arsenal’s first new manager in 22 years on Wednesday. Here are three things the Spaniard must deal with to ensure a smooth transition from the Arsene Wenger era:
Solve the Ozil conundrum
Mesut Ozil’s diffident personality and alarming habit of drifting to the periphery of matches proved a major problem for Wenger. Emery must decide whether he can drag more committed and consistent displays from the German playmaker. The 29-year-old signed a new £300,000 ($400,000) per-week three-year contract in January as Arsenal scrambled to hold on to one of their stars following Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United. But the former Real Madrid midfielder continued to provide only occasional glimpses of the talent that persuaded Wenger to pay £42 million for him in 2013. Early reports suggest Emery, having reviewed video of Arsenal this season, may not have much faith in Ozil, preferring to build around the more robust Aaron Ramsey instead. With the gifted Henrikh Mkhitaryan already in place at the Emirates Stadium, Ozil should be on notice that his performances must improve if the World Cup winner is to avoid being swept away by Arsenal’s new broom.
Plug Arsenal’s leaky defence
Wenger neglected Arsenal’s defence in his final years at the Emirates and Emeryinherits a ramshackle unit that crumbles at the first sign of pressure. They conceded 51 league goals this season — more than any other side in the top seven and only five fewer than bottom of the table West Bromwich Albion. Although Arsenal’s back four were let down by Wenger’s failure to drill his midfielders to properly protect them, they still made enough mistakes of their own to leave the demanding Emery surely convinced that new recruits are the only solution. Renowned for providing players with video analysis of their own performances, Emery will have enough material to fill an entire hard drive as he surveys footage of the leaky Arsenal defence over the past 10 months. With Laurent Koscielny set to miss the start of the season after ankle surgery, Emery will not want to be left with error-prone pair Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding as his first-choice centre-backs. The Gunners have already been linked with Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos, while inconsistent Arsenal full-backs Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac could also do with a few of Emery‘s rigorous defensive tutorials.
Unite Aubameyang and Lacazette
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made a blistering start to life with Arsenal following his club record £56 million move from Dortmund in January as the Gabon forward netted 10 times in 13 league games. Aubameyang’s impact was all the more striking given the travails of the man he usurped in the starting line-up. Although he scored 17 times in 39 appearances in all competitions, Alexandre Lacazette endured an underwhelming first season after his £46 million switch from Lyon. Where Aubameyang’s pace, movement and predatory instincts made an instant impact on a moribund Arsenal team, France international Lacazette allowed himself to be bullied out of games far too often. Now Emery will have to chose whether he wants to start with both in his attack. If not, it seems certain Aubameyang would lead the line, consigning Lacazette to the bench. Lacazette can point to a slightly more potent finish to the season as a sign he is beginning to adapt to the physical nature of English football. But, significantly, Aubameyang already has a strong connection with former Dortmund team-mate Mkhitaryan, who is likely to be tasked with supplying the chances for Arsenal’s strikers.
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Dotun: OAP gets a taste of SARS treatment over colour of hair

Dotun is the latest celebrity to be harassed by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. Looks like the list of celebrities that have been harassed by men of the Special Armed Robbery Squad (SARS) will continue to be on the increase with On-Air personality, Dotun as their latest prey.According to Dotun, who took to his Twitter page to write about his frustrations in the hands of the special police officers, revealed how he was stopped because of his hair which we all know has a signature colour.”SARS kuku catch me finally cos of my hair. My ID saved me. It was so funny. They were so convinced they’ve caught a yahoo boy. 6 fully armed men but one was aware. He said “Do2dtun abi” I replied “Yes”… he said “Dey go, I sabi you”…” breath in and out”.  “I am like when do you become your hair? It was so funny. They blocked my car at ikota but it made even more sense that they actually can pick you for the littlest things. God save us,” he tweeted.  Maybe we would soon move for a T.V. series where celebrities get to talk about their experiences in the hands of SARS officers because the list is endless. ALSO READ: Ruggedman clashes swith police ASP over young man’s deathJhybo arrested by SARS over gun photo on his phoneJhybo was recently arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad also known as SARS over a photo of the rapper holding a gun in his phone. The rapper took to his Twitter handle on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, where he shared his experience in the hands of the overzealous officers.”Yesternight I was held by Sars men, along “Oba Akran” after he forcefully checked my phone n found this pic.. he said “ I’m gonna hold you cus u carrying Rifle  n wearing khaki”.. I was like can u see I was on set shooting my m/video, yet he wunt allow me go….. senseless !!!” he tweeted.Dr. Sid harrassed by SARS officers (Video) Dr. Sid has joined the list of celebrities who have been harassed and humiliated by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad also known as SARS. The gist is that the singer was driving along the popular Lekki-Epe expressway when he was pulled over by the overzealous policemen.

Pulse Opinion: It’s time for Obasanjo to come clean on $16B allegation

Now is the time for Obasanjo to say all he knows about how $16billion meant to fix the power sector on his watch, brought darkness instead. When President Muhammadu Buhari accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of frittering billions of dollars in the name of fixing Nigeria’s power sector, Obasanjo referred us to his book for answers.And then he called Buhari “ignorant” and “lacking understanding” for broaching the subject. It was the oldest trick in the book, but we won’t be buying it. Not this time. Not now. “And one of the former Heads of State was bragging that more than 15 billion American dollars (not Naira) was spent on power. Where is the power? Where is the power?? And now we have to pay the debt”, Buhari said without mentioning Obasanjo by name.  It was a weighty allegation that should be treated as such. Of course we all knew who the president was referring to as soon as we parsed his comments. Only one man was accused of funneling the humongous sum of $16billion into a hole from 1999 to 2007—all in the name of fixing Nigeria’s power sector. That man is Obasanjo. The allegations have been there for 10 years and Obasanjo can’t simply wish them away with a carefully crafted press statement issued in his name by an aide. “We recommend that the President and his co-travellers should read Chapters 41, 42, 43 and 47 of My Watch for Chief Obasanjo’s insights and perspectives on the power sector and indeed what transpired when the allegation of $16billion on power projects was previously made. “If he cannot read the three-volume book, he should detail his aides to do so and summarise the chapters in a language that he will easily understand”, Obasanjo said.No, Obasanjo, we won’t be reading your book just because you said so. Not every Nigerian can afford the book anyway. We need commonsense explanations complete with figures. We need the truth.  What we want from Obasanjo is a tell-all during a media parley; before TV cameras. What we want from Obasanjo is the truth and nothing but the truth. $16billion is too huge a sum to be reduced to an ad hominem tirade between former Generals.  How it all beganIn 2008, the House of Representatives led by then Speaker Dimeji Bankole accused the Obasanjo administration of funneling $16billion into the power sector with only darkness and more darkness to show for it.The House thereafter passed a resolution mandating its Power and Steel Committee headed by Godwin Ndudi Elumelu, to probe the power sector over the alleged disappearance of $16billion in investments.That committee went round the country to see power projects for themselves and recommended the probe of the following persons: former president Olusegun Obasanjo; former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Agagu; former Governor of Cross River state, Mr. Liyel Imoke (who was power minister in the Obasanjo years); former Central Bank Governor, Professor Charles Soludo; former Accountant General of the Federation, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo, among others. As has become typical of Nigeria, the recommendations of that committee and the report they spent tax payers money putting together, were swiftly swept under the carpet soon after. Only a country called Nigeria would spend all that money on power with nothing to show for it and then continue as though nothing happened. Like Buhari incredulously asked, we should all be screaming: ‘where is the power?’N11 trillion disappeared in the name of electricityIn fact, it gets even worse. In 2017, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) alleged that N11trillion electricity fund was squandered by the administrations of former presidents Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan.SERAP’s 65-page report contained the following words: “The Obasanjo administration spent $10 billion on NIPP with no results in terms of increase in power generation. $13.278,937,409.94 was expended on the power sector in eight years while unfunded commitments amounted to $12 billion”. Now is as good a time as any for Obasanjo to explain why the allegations levelled against him are false. Some of the ministers fingered by the House in 2008 are still alive. Imoke became Governor of Cross River after he left the federal cabinet. What does he know about this $16billion allegation? It’s time for everyone who was linked with the disappearance of the money to start talking.A country that spends all that money on power with nothing to show for it should be asking questions and not enjoying the drama between Obasanjo and Buhari. Civil society, the media, everyone, should be asking tough questions about why Nigeria remains in darkness after all the splurge in the power sector—about why we are still celebrating 5,000Megawatts of electricity in 2018 after spending trillions to generate and distribute more.And if Buhari has been this displeased about the disappearance of the money, why isn’t his administration dusting up the Elumelu report and dragging named persons before a judge? Why is the president sounding just as helpless as the rest of us? Obasanjo really has to start talking and clearly so.

Arsenal Appoint Emery As Wenger’s Successor

Unai Emery. Photo: CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
 
Arsenal announced former Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery as their new boss on Wednesday, handing him the daunting task of revitalising a club that has slipped well behind their Premier League rivals.
The Spaniard, who won the domestic treble with PSG this season, emerged as the shock favourite to replace Arsene Wenger earlier this week after it had appeared former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job at the Emirates.
Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League — 37 points behind champions Manchester City — and failing to qualify for the Champions League.
Arsenal will be wary of the turmoil at Manchester United after the departure of long-serving manager Alex Ferguson in 2013 but said the choice of Emery was unanimous.
“I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game,” Emery, 46, told Arsenal’s website.
“Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history.”
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis said the decision to appoint the former Valencia and Spartak Moscow boss had been unanimous.
“Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly,” he said.
“His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward.”
Emery left PSG this month after winning Ligue 1 and four domestic cups in two seasons in the French capital.
The Spaniard, who will be unveiled at a press conference at the Emirates later on Wednesday, will work in a head coach capacity at Arsenal.
It follows the appointments of Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment over the past year
– Europe League wins –
Before moving to France in 2016, Emery had a significant track record of success in Spain, winning three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla.
Arsenal have won three FA Cups in the past five seasons but have consistently failed to mount a credible title challenge since they were last crowned Premier League winners in 2004.
Wenger won three Premier Leagues and a record seven FA Cups during his time in charge, his crowning glory coming in the 2003-04 season when Arsenal won the league without losing a single game.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright, part of Wenger’s team which won the double in 1997-98, has warned Emery he must change the mindset of a complacent squad if he wants to hit the ground running.
“Trying to replace Arsene Wenger after 22 years with what he has done is a massive job in itself. It is not something which is going to be done overnight,” Wright said.
“We need to get our players competing, fit and with a different mindset to what they have had in recent years.
“If he comes in, can coach our players and find a couple of gems, then slowly but surely hopefully we will start getting back to where we want to be.”
Defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals earlier this month meant Arsenal missed out on Champions League qualification for a second consecutive season.
Emery has earned a reputation as one of Europe’s most studious coaches, demanding relentless effort on the training ground.
He has flourished within a structure similar to the one now in place at Arsenal, working well with recruitment director Monchi at Sevilla.
But according to reports, he will have just £50 million ($67 million) to spend on new players to revitalise his squad, putting him at a huge disadvantage compared with the cash-rich Manchester clubs.
Emery will have a handful of top stars to call on, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil, but the future of many of the squad members is uncertain, with the club in need of defensive reinforcements.
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Nigeria 2 Vs 3 Atletico Madrid: 5 things Diego Simeone said after the game

These are five things Atletico manager Simeone said after the game on Tuesday. Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone had some things to say after his side beat Nigeria 3-2 in a friendly game played on Tuesday, May 22 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.Simeone didn’t take it as a friendly it was, he was his usual animated self on the touchline and remain passionate during the post-match conference.Aided by former Super Eagles and Barcelona defender Gbenga Okunowo, these are five things the Atletico manager said at the press conference monitored by Pulse Sports.1. Win every game Simeone was asked why he was so unsettled on the touchline despite the game being just a friendly game, the Atletico manager said he and his team want to win every game.“We don’t like to lose, we play every game the same, the most important thing is to win no matter the game,” Simeone said at the press briefing after the game.2. He doesn’t remember the Beckham France 98 incident Simeone was pushed to remember the infamous incident with David Beckham which led to the sending off of the Englishman in a quarter-final game of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.“I don’t think of what happened 20 years ago, I can’t remember,” Simeone said through the interpreter.3. Super Eagles side were ‘good’ Simeone was impressed with how the Super Eagles of Nigeria player.“They tried, they made us work hard,” he said.4. Nigeria can’t stop Messi at the World Cup The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been drawn with Argentina in Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and Simeone who is also an Argentine was asked about how to stop his fellow countryman Lionel Messi.As coach of Atletico Madrid, Simeone has been on the end of Messi’s magic and the 48-year-old believes no one can stop the Barcelona star.“Lionel Messi is a special player. He’s difficult to stop if he’s in good shape and he wants to win the World Cup before retiring so I don’t see any of the teams stopping him. But good luck to all the teams going to the World Cup,” Simeone said.5. Nigerians can play anywhere even in SpainSimeone was also asked if some of the Nigerian players his team faced have what it takes to go play in his team or La Liga.“The Nigerian players have good talent. they can go to any country,” he said.

Arsenal appoint ‘progressive’ Emery as Wenger successor

Arsenal announced former Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery as their new boss on Wednesday, handing him the daunting task of revitalising a club that has slipped well behind their Premier League rivals.
The Spaniard, who won the domestic treble with PSG this season, emerged as the shock favourite to replace Arsene Wenger earlier this week after it had appeared former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job at the Emirates.
Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League — 37 points behind champions Manchester City — and failing to qualify for the Champions League.
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— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 23, 2018
Arsenal will be wary of the turmoil at Manchester United after the departure of long-serving manager Alex Ferguson in 2013 but said the choice of Emery was unanimous.
“I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game,” Emery, 46, told Arsenal’s website.
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“Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history.”
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis said the decision to appoint the former Valencia and Spartak Moscow boss had been unanimous.
“Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly,” he said.
“His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward.”
Emery left PSG this month after winning Ligue 1 and four domestic cups in two seasons in the French capital.
The Spaniard, who will be unveiled at a press conference at the Emirates later on Wednesday, will work in a head coach capacity at Arsenal.
It follows the appointments of Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment over the past year
– Europe League wins –
Before moving to France in 2016, Emery had a significant track record of success in Spain, winning three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla.
Arsenal have won three FA Cups in the past five seasons but have consistently failed to mount a credible title challenge since they were last crowned Premier League winners in 2004.
Wenger won three Premier Leagues and a record seven FA Cups during his time in charge, his crowning glory coming in the 2003/04 season when Arsenal won the league without losing a single game.
Defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals earlier this month meant Arsenal missed out on Champions League qualification for a second consecutive season.
Emery has earned a reputation as one of Europe’s most studious coaches, demanding relentless effort on the training ground.
He has flourished within a structure similar to the one now in place at Arsenal, working well with recruitment director Monchi at Sevilla.
But according to reports, he will have just £50 million ($67 million) to spend on new players to revitalise his squad, putting him at a huge disadvantage compared with the cash-rich Manchester clubs.
Emery will have a handful of top stars to call on, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil, but the future of many of the squad members is uncertain, with the club in need of defensive reinforcements.
Wednesday’s official announcement came after Emery looked to have confirmed himself as the Arsenal’s new boss late Tuesday.
The homepage of Emery’s personal website, www.unai-emery.com, displayed a picture of the Spaniard alongside an Arsenal crest. It carried the message: “Proud to be part of the Arsenal family.”
The image was later taken down, replaced by an error message, but has now been reinstated.
AFP
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Google pledges $6m in grants for non-profits in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa

Over the course of the next 6 months, the Google Impact Challenge for Africa will reward 36 non-profits with community impact in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa a total of $6m in grants.
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Photo Of The Day: Tonto Dikeh with the sauce

Tonto Dikeh stuns like a first lady in our photo of the day. We don’t think fans and admirers of this beautiful woman would ever get tired of seeing photos on social media.On our photo of the day, Tonto Dikeh looks drop dead gorgeous in this outfit and, she kind of reminds us of one of those state first ladies whose fashion style was always a topic for discussion amongst fashion enthusiast.We love how she was able to make the outfit class and make this photo which we know is going to trend the whole day. Tonto Dikeh is unarguably one of the most talented actors in this country but we can’t dispute the fact that she is also very pretty.Tonto Dikeh in the last one year has become more popular for her controversies than her movies since her marriage to businessman, Churchill Oladunni crashed. From videos to shades and calling each other out, Tonto has really become a famous celebrity.Just recently, Tonto Dikeh, in another episode of shaming her ex-husband, Churchill Oladunni went on social media to help an online business vendor locate him because he is allegedly indebted to them.The online business vendor with the Instagram handle @buy_sell_swap_rent­_ghana had gone on their page to call out Oladunni Churchill for taking away appliances such as air-conditioners from the house he once rented with Tonto Dikeh while they were still residing in Ghana and refusing to pick their calls.

Google Launches First African Impact Challenge

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Tech Giant, Google has announced the launch of the Google Impact Challenge Nigeria, 2018.
The company made the announcement on Wednesday saying it will be offering $2m worth of grant funding to nonprofits in Nigeria through the challenge.
According to Google, four non-profits in Nigeria stand the chance of winning $250 000 each while eight runners-up will each get $125 000.
It says winners will be decided by a panel of local judges and a public vote.
Apart from the cash prizes, winners will have access to guidance, technical assistance and mentorship from Google, which they are free to take up should they so choose.
The Nigerian judging panel includes chairman CEO Channels media group John Momoh, chairman CEO, Zinox Technologies Leo Stan Ekeh, chief executive officer Parminder Vir, Rapper and CEO of Chocolate City Music Group MI Abaga, Philanthropist and Executive Director of Nigeria Network of NGOs Oluseyi Oyebisi.
Others are Philanthropist and Media entrepreneur Mo Abudu, Ex-footballer and founder of the Kanu Heart Foundation Kanu Nwankwo, Managing General Partner, EchoVC Partners Eghosa Omoigui and Google Country Director Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor.
The Challenge kicks off today (May 23) and will close on July 4, 2018, after which a final awards ceremony will be held during the week of November 26.
At Google for Nigeria in July last year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the company’s commitment to providing $20m funding to African non-profits over five years.
Google CEO, Sundar Pichai at the Google for Nigeria event in 2017.
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This, however, is the first initiative aimed at realising that commitment.
Speaking on the announcement, Google Country Marketing Manager Affiong Osuchukwu said: “This is the first time we are running a Google Impact Challenge in Africa. Many African nonprofits are doing great work with real impact and we’re keen to shine a light on them, and give a financial boost to innovative projects and ideas.
“We believe technology can help local and national organisations to better reach their goals and solve some of the continent’s most pressing challenges, and we are eager to back people who are using technology in new ways to make a positive difference in their communities.
“We also want to highlight the healthy state of social enterprise in Nigeria today, and encourage non-profits to consider how technology can help them reach their goals,” Osuchukwu says.
Other Google Impact Challenges around the world have supported ideas ranging from smart cameras for wildlife conservation to solar lights for off-grid communities to a mobile application that helps to protect women from domestic violence.
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In Jos: Car dealer bags 6 months imprisonment for receiving stolen vehicle

The convict had pleaded guilty to a count charge of receiving stolen vehicle and begged for leniency. An Upper Area Court, sitting in Kasuwan Nama, Jos, on Wednesday sentenced a 43-year-old car dealer, Obiora Ozani,  to six months imprisonment for receiving stolen vehicle.The judge, Yahaya Mohammed, however, gave the convict N10,000 option of fine.The convict had pleaded guilty to a count charge of receiving stolen vehicle and begged for leniency.Earlier, the prosecutor, Ibrahim Gukwat, told the court that the case was reported on Nov. 21, 2017 at the Jos Area Command Police Station by the complainant, Mgbechi Nkiruka, of University of Jos.Gukwat told the court that during police investigation, it was discovered that the stolen car was registered in Enugu by the convict, who lives at No. 2, Hassan Lane, Enugu.‘’The accused is the owner of Ozani Motors, he has being buying stolen vehicles from one Abdullahi Mohammed, who is currently in prison,’’ Gukwat said.The offence contravened Section 317 of the Penal Code.

Buhari: This is why Obasanjo and president are fighting again

If you want to know why Obasanjo and Buhari are going after themselves all over again, here’s a simple piece to guide you through. We aren’t exactly sure what Season we are in the Obasanjo Vs Buhari blockbuster, but it has gone down again this week.Let’s just say it was Buhari who started it all this time.On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, while speaking to members of the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) who were led to Aso Rock by the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali, President Buhari took shots at Obasanjo without calling him by name.Here’s what Buhari said”And one of the former heads of state was bragging that more than 15 billion American dollars (not Naira) was spent on power. Where is the power? Where is the power??  “And now we have to pay the debt”, Buhari said.What is this $16billion power allegation all about?in January of 2008, the House of Representatives with Dimeji Bankole as Speaker, passed a resolution mandating its Power and Steel Committee, headed by Godwin Ndudi Elumelu, to probe the power sector over the alleged disappearance of $16billion in investments. The Elumelu committee was asked to look into how much money had gone into the power sector from 1999 to 2007 under Obasanjo–without commensurate addition to the national grid. Among its many findings, the committee submitted that $16billion had disappeared into private pockets in the name of fixing Nigeria’s perennial power problem. The Elumelu committee also recommended the interrogation of some former and serving public officials by the EFCC for their roles in what became known as the ‘power scam’.  Among those the committee recommended for EFCC probe were former president Olusegun Obasanjo; former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Agagu; former Governor of Cross River state, Mr. Liyel Imoke; former Central Bank Governor, Professor Charles Soludo; former Accountant General of the Federation, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo, among others.It was alleged thereafter that the Elumelu committee was given a bribe of N100million to halt their investigation and kill their report. However, a hurriedly reconstituted House Ethics Committee immediately cleared Elumelu and other members of the power committee of bribe taking allegations. What Obasanjo said in response to BuhariIn a statement issued through his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo called Buhari an ignorant president who should ask his aides to read for him if he can’t read for himself. Here’s Obasanjo’s statement in full. “It has come to the attention of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo that a statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari, apparently without correct information and based on ignorance, suggested that $16 billion was wasted on power projects by “a former President”.“We believe that the President was re-echoing the unsubstantiated allegation against Chief Obasanjo by his own predecessor but one.“While it is doubtful that a President with proper understanding of the issue would utter such, it should be pointed out that records from the National Assembly had exculpated President Obasanjo of any wrong-doing concerning the power sector and has proved the allegations as false. “For the records, Chief Obasanjo has addressed the issues of the power sector and the allegations against him on many occasions and platforms, including in his widely publicised book, My Watch in which he exhaustively stated the facts and reproduced various reports by both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which conducted a clinical investigation into the allegations against Chief Obasanjo, and the Ad-Hoc Committee on the Review of the Recommendations in the Report of the Committee on Power on the Investigation into how the Huge Sums Of Money was Spent on Power Generation, Transmission And Distribution between June 1999 and May 2007 without Commensurate Result.“We recommend that the President and his co-travellers should read Chapters 41, 42, 43 and 47 of My Watch for Chief Obasanjo’s insights and perspectives on the power sector and indeed what transpired when the allegation of $16 billion on power projects was previously made. If he cannot read the three-volume book, he should detail his aides to do so and summarise the chapters in a language that he will easily understand. “In the same statement credited to the President, it was alleged that there was some bragging by Chief Obasanjo over $16 billion spent on power. To inform the uninformed, the so-called $16 billion power expenditure was an allegation against Chief Obasanjo’s administration and not his claim. “The President also queried where the power generated is. The answer is simple: The power is in the seven National Integrated Power Projects and eighteen gas turbines that Chief Obasanjo’s successor who originally made the allegation of $16 billion did not clear from the ports for over a year and the civil works done on the sites.“Chief Obasanjo challenges, and in fact encourages, anybody to set up another enquiry if in doubt and unsatisfied with the EFCC report and that of the Hon. Aminu Tambuwal-led ad-hoc committee.

FIFA Worried Over Russia’s Arrest Of Rights Activist

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference prior to the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament in Moscow. Photo: Alexander NEMENOV / AFP
 
FIFA said Wednesday they were “deeply concerned” about the detention in Russia of a rights campaigner that drew international condemnation ahead of the World Cup.
Oyub Titiyev was arrested in January on what campaigners believe are trumped up drug charges in the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya.
Titiyev headed the local Grozny office of the award-winning Russian rights organisation Memorial.
The predominantly Muslim republic has turned into a hornets nest of human rights abuses since strongman Ramzan Kadyrov’s rise to power in 2007.
Grozny was also selected as the base camp of World Cup qualifier Egypt.
“FIFA values the important work done by human rights defenders such as Mr. Titiyev,” the world football governing body said in a statement released to AFP.
“Even though we have no indication that the detention of Mr. Titiyev is linked to FIFA’s own operations or the 2018 FIFA World Cup, FIFA is deeply concerned about the situation of Mr. Titiyev.”
FIFA added that it was of “paramount importance that Mr. Titiyev is granted a fair trial in accordance with international standards.”
The statement was issued after Memorial publicised a letter about Titiyev and Egypt it had sent to FIFA boss Gianni Infantino last month.
It was co-signed by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International along with 11 other global rights groups.
“FIFA can make a difference and has a responsibility to do so,” said the letter.
“We call upon FIFA to engage with the Russian authorities on the human rights crisis in Chechnya, in particular on the attack against Titiyev and Memorial.”
FIFA said they had responded to the Memorial letter but did not indicate whether they had raised Chechnya and Titiyev’s case with any Russian officials.
The letter from Memorial said it was concerned “Kadyrov will seek to take advantage of the use of Grozny as a training camp location to boost his credibility and prestige.”
The decision by Egypt to be based in Grozny during the June 14 to July 15 football extravaganza was approved by FIFA a few weeks after Titiyev’s arrest.
Memorial is the last rights organisation to retain a visible presence in Chechnya while remaining critical of Kadyrov.
Its offices in Chechnya and the neighbouring Muslim republic of Ingushetia were also torched in the days following Titiyev’s arrest.
Memorial activists and others who worked in the region say these events are part of a decade-long battle waged by Kadyrov against rights groups.
Such organisations have significantly scaled down their presence in Chechnya since Titiyev’s predecessor Natalia Estemirova was kidnapped and murdered in 2009.
The United States placed Kadyrov on a blacklist of “gross violators of human rights in Russia” in December.
Kadyrov has brushed aside such criticism aside.
“As far as fundamental human rights are concerned, the situation in Chechnya is significantly better than the one in the US,” Russia’s RT news network quoted Kadyrov as saying last month.
AFP
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Shell Oil Spill: Nigeria’s Bodo Villagers Back In UK Court

 
Lawyers for the Bodo community in Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta, which was devastated by two major oil spills a decade ago, went to court in London on Tuesday to fend off what they said was an attempt by Shell to kill off their litigation.
The Bodo oil spills have been the subject of years of legal wrangling. In 2015, Shell accepted liability for the spills, agreeing to pay 55 million pounds ($83 million at the time) to Bodo villagers and to clean up their lands and waterways.
Oil spills, sometimes due to vandalism, sometimes to corrosion, are common in the Niger Delta, a vast maze of creeks and mangrove swamps crisscrossed by pipelines and blighted by poverty, pollution, oil-fuelled corruption and violence.
The spills have had a catastrophic impact on many communities where people have no other water supply than the creeks and rely on farming and fishing for survival.
At the same time, oil companies have run into problems trying to clean up spills, sometimes because of obstruction and even violence by local gangs trying to extract bigger payouts, or to obtain clean-up contracts.
After years of delays, the clean-up in Bodo is currently underway and litigation in the London High Court is stayed, or on hold.
Lawyers for SPDC, the Nigerian arm of Shell, argued on Tuesday that the litigation should be struck off in October 2018, or at the latest a year later, and that it should only be re-activated if SPDC failed to comply with its obligation to pay for the clean-up.
Lawyers for the Bodo community said that was unacceptable because the clean-up could go wrong for any number of reasons and that under Shell’s proposal the villagers would be left without the recourse of going back to court.
“The effect of what Shell is trying to do is to kill off the case,” said Dan Leader, the Bodo community’s lead lawyer, on the sidelines of the hearing. “It’s only because of the pressure of litigation that the clean-up is getting back on track.”
But Shell’s lawyers, citing an earlier judgment, compared the stayed litigation to a “gun in the cupboard” that the Bodo community’s lawyers wanted to be able to hold to Shell’s head at their convenience, for years on end.
They said the litigation was a hindrance to the clean-up because it gave some local community members the impression that there was still the possibility of a bigger payout, incentivising them to block the clean-up rather than cooperate.
“The previous persistent delays to the clean-up process clearly demonstrate that litigating Nigerian oil spill cases in the English courts does little to resolve the complex underlying security and community issues which can frustrate attempts to clean up areas impacted by oil pollution,” an SPDC spokeswoman said.
“We hope that the community will continue to grant the access needed for clean-up to progress as planned.”
A judgment on the litigation issues is expected on Friday.
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Nigeria 2 Vs Atletico Madrid 3: 10 things you might have missed on TV

These are 10 things you might have missed on TV during the game between Nigeria and Atletico Madrid. Spanish giants Atletico Madrid on Monday, May 22 beat a selected Nigerian XI 3-2 in a friendly game at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.Fernando Torres, Angel Correa and Borgas Garces Moreno scored for Atletico Madrid while Kelechi Nwakali and Usman Mohammed netted for Nigeria.If you were among the millions that saw the game on TV or didn’t see it at all, these are 10 things you might have missed.1. How did the Nigeria Vs Atletico Madrid friendly game come about Club Vs country friendly game is an everyday fixture in football, nonetheless Nigeria Vs Atletico Madrid, it was only possible from the console of games.But at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Monday, a selected Nigerian side clashed with a star-studded Atletico Madrid.The friendly game was an initiative from the partnership between La Liga and the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and sponsored by cable television DSTV-that was why the friendly game was called GOTv Max Cup.La Liga have been looking to strengthen ties with Nigeria and have partnered with the League Management Company (LMC) organisers of the NPFL  and also launching an office in Nigeria.As part of this partnership, last year, a selected squad from the NPFL travelled to Spain to participate in the prestigious Carranza La Liga World Club tourney and also played a friendly match against Valencia CF.2. Emem Eduok draws ire of fansNigerian forward Emem Eduok drew the ire of home fans at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium because of some misses.In the first half, Eduok was found guilty of not running into space for right back Musa Mohammed and the fans at that corner were furious.Several times, they called on the 24-year-old to run into space for his teammate.The bashing even became more intense when he gave away the ball just before Angel Correa equalised for Atletico Madrid.His substitution was cheered.2. Rohr impressed with Nwakali Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr was in the stands for the game and he was hugely impressed with Kelechi Nwakali who was one of the stars of the game.The Arsenal player was a delight in the game, stringing passes together with his brother Chidiebere and drawing the cheers with some deft touches.Rohr was shown on screen everytime Nwakali pull off a good move. When he scored, the Super Eagles was seen smiling and nodding.He has never invited the 19-year-old to the national team but that is sure to change,3. The act of pressure by Simeone and Burgos Atletico manager Diego Simeone and his assistant German Burgos were their usual selves on the touchline, shouting at players and pressuring match officials.Not minding that this was just a friendly, Simeone and Burgos didn’t allow a decision go uncontested.Towards the end of the game, he implored everyone on the bench to stand up and they are started waving their hands at the referee to end the game.4. Ovation for Torres and Simeone, Oblak too Fernando Torres was clearly the most popular Atletico Madrid player as he was cheered everytime his face was shown on the big screen.Simeone was a fans favourite too at the stadium while Jan Oblak got the locals excited also.Torres’ popularity greatly highlights why La Liga are very keen on the Nigerian market. The veteran striker is widely known in Nigeria for his days in the Premier League while Simeone’s touchline dramatics are well documented.5. No new jersey for the Super EaglesThe Super Eagles players played with the old Nigerian jersey, not the new kits that were unveiled in February for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.The new Nike kits have only been used by the main Super Eagles of Nigeria6. Fake jerseys on parade The new Nike Super Eagles jerseys have not been made public, but fakes pieces have dominated the streets of Nigeria.At the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, hundreds were fans were donning the fake jerseys.7. Simeone and his defenceThe Atletico Madrid’s 3-0 win over Marseille in the final of the 2018 Europa League was their 200th clean sheet in 377 games a corroboration of the work Simeone has done at the club.It was clear to see on Tuesday night as the manager stood on the touchline all through the game shouting at his defence.Simeone didn’t talk to his attackers or midfielders much of the game except when shouting at them to defend. His defence was the main concern, constantly barking and shouting instructions at them.8. Gbenga Okunowo the interpreterFormer Super Eagles and Barcelona defender Gbenga Okunowo was the interpreter when Simeone was speaking to the Nigerian press at the post-match press conference.The journalists asked questions in English while Okunowo interpreted to Simeone in Spanish then translates the manager’s responses to the media.9. Twitter not loving art gift for Torres After the game, Torres was presented with a art made out of metal. The art is made to resemble a Naira note and Twitter wasn’t pleased with the gift to El Nino.“It was an afterthought. If it was really made for him there should be his name engraved on it somewhat. Someone just went to remove that item from where it was hung and claimed it is a gift for Torres. What a shame. Zero correlation between the gift and the occasion,” a Twitter user with the handle @OlasehindeJames wrote. “Shameless people, you demonstrated to them that we are still uncivilized. This is funny and meaningless. It symbolises nothing but we Nigerians thinks and respects only money,” another user @yakubunkumo said. “If you check well, the person they contracted to do that sculpture might have used rubbish material. It will now turn to rust in El Nino’s house,” @endee91 said.“My goodness how is Torres suppose to take that welded put together metal back to Spain with him…My country’s mentality will never change for their mind now na better gift… Nigeria fall my hand,” @brklynsfynest said.10. Mutiu Adepoju and Atletico Madrid assistant manager Burgos know each other very wellAfter the game, Super Eagles legend Adepoju and the eccentric Burgos who is the Atletico Madrid assistant manager hugged each other when they met after the game. Both of them played in the La Liga at the same time in the early 2000s and must have known each other very well within that period.