Akeem Reachnaija

Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 23, 2018
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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Trust, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, told our correspondent, OLALEKAN ADETAYO, that Nigeria needs new leaders with experiences to take it out of its current problems. Excerpts:

What informed your decision to run for the highest seat in the land?

I have a passion for this country and the passion has been noticeable since I was a young man. While in school, I was one of the students’ union leaders that fought for democracy. We have always believed that this country can be better than what it is now. We paid a price for that. I was detained under Decree 2 in those days. I was 1989 Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience at the same time that Dr. Nelson Mandela was a Prisoner of Conscience in South Africa. It was my passion for Nigeria that was at display at that time, not because we were expecting that we are going to be politicians. It was even very dangerous as of that time, some of our colleagues actually died in the process of that struggle. So, what I am doing is a self-imposed duty that started about three decades ago. I understand how the modern international political economy operates and I know that we can drive all the forces of progress to make Nigeria a prosperous country. I also understand Nigeria. As one who has done business successfully in infrastructure, oil and gas, public affairs and engineering for 27 years, I will be able to steer Nigeria’s economy towards accelerated growth. I will also unite Nigeria and secure the country. That is why I am running.

You are aware that the position of the President of a country like Nigeria is not a small one, what kind of political background do you have that made you feel you are qualified to hold this office?

I have been in leadership positions all my life as a young man. I was a prefect in secondary school. We started leadership from that stage. You don’t just become a leader from the blues, you must have done something before that your peers believe that you can lead them. I was a students’ union leader in the university. I was one of the human rights leaders in Nigeria in the 80s. I was the National Publicity Secretary of a national party, National Democratic Labour Party, in 1996. In 1998/1999, I played a very serious role in establishing the democratic order and I was elected the first Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party. I was in the policy engine room in those years and as a matter of fact, when President Obasanjo was organising his Policy Advisory Committee, I was the secretary of the Youth and Women Sub Committee. We did most of the policy works on youths and women. Hajia Dongoyaro was the chairperson as of that time. I was also on the Political Advisory Committee in the Office of the Political Adviser up till 2003. At the policy, party management and civil society levels, I have very solid experience. But most importantly, as a businessman, I understand how to build infrastructure and how to create jobs. I think that is what Nigeria needs now. Nigeria does not need politicians that have always been depending on government all their lives. What we want to do now is to expand the economy. It is not just the usual people that you need to take Nigeria to the next phase of our development. We need essentially new leaders with new experiences. It is just like when Americans decided to go for Donald Trump, he has never been a governor or a senator and you can see how tremendous growth has occurred in the US economy because the Americans were interested in the economy in the last election. Nigeria does not need the usual set of politicians who have failed the country. Nigeria needs a new set of people who will think outside the box, not just repeating the same thing that has been done for about 30 years without result. We need to break from that era, we need a completely new and better Nigeria. That is why the core of my message is how to create a $4trn economy because the conversation has always been how to manage the small economy. Like when Nigeria had $510bn GDP in 2013, it was celebrated. But that size of economy cannot take Nigeria out of poverty. Nigeria needs $4tn size economy to be a medium-income economy and to be at par with countries that we were at par with at independence like Malaysia, Thailand and Turkey. These are middle-income economies. If we are going to have a per capita income that is going to be between $16,000 and $20,000, we need a $4trn economy. The new Nigeria economy programme that we have set up in our blueprint will take Nigeria to a $4trn economy within 10 years. We will be able to create like four million jobs on annual basis.


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 23, 2018
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Okupe, who spoke on Arise Television, yesterday, advised Nigerians, particularly the unemployed, to salvage the situation by voting for a President who will be in charge and be fully aware of the happenings around him.

“Is that what we want to vote for, a government that you don’t know who will run the administration? A country of 200 million people with so many youths? We are in dangerous and perilous times, and only God and PDP will save this country in 2019″, he said.

The medical doctor-turned-politician said that the government led by the All Progressives Congress (APC) had brought indecency into Nigeria, and continuously peddled lies.

He said the Buhari’s administration had not created 12 million jobs as claimed, adding that Akinwumi Adesina, the erstwhile Minister of Agriculture during the Jonathan government, evidently had over 10 million farmers on his mobile wallet data base.

Okupe added that Buhari’s government may have added two million farmers to what Adesina had verifiably done.

He declared that Nigeria is in a perilous time and only God and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) can save the nation from total collapse.

The former governorship aspirant of the PDP in Ogun State said the President’s wife, Aisha Buhari, had made it clear that her husband is not in charge of the nation’s affairs.

Okupe said, “His wife came out on television and said the president is not in charge. Mrs Buhari said two men are the people running the country”.

Meanwhile, the former presidential aide cleared the air on the support of his son for Buhari. He said his son’s support must have been informed by his education and gullibility.


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 23, 2018
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Waje who recounted how she was trolled on social media in 2013 after a bad performance in a new interview, disclosed that she used to seek validation from social media.

Waje who told Dang Network that she is no longer affected by bad performances, stated that she once isolated herself and there was nothing anyone did that pleased her. She said;

“I NEVER USED TO THINK THAT I WAS GOOD-LOOKING, HAVING A GREAT BODY OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. I NEEDED VALIDATION SO WHEN SOCIAL MEDIA CAME, IT WAS A NO-BRAINER. GREAT PICTURES, COMMENTS; I FELT LIKE I HAD HIT JACKPOT AND THEN THE BUBBLE BURST. THEN I REALISED THAT SOME PEOPLE FOLLOW YOU JUST TO POINT OUT EVERYTHING WRONG WITH YOU. IN 2013, I HAD FOUR NOMINATIONS AT THE WORLD MUSIC AWARDS AND I HAD JUST RELEASED MY ALBUM, I WAS ON THE TOP OF MY GAME.

“I WAS BILLED TO PERFORM ON THIS FAITHFUL DAY AND UNDERSTANDING THAT I HAD A GREAT VOICE, I JUST WANTED AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE MY TALENT WITH LIVE MUSIC AND THE ORGANISERS TOLD ME THAT THERE WAS NO SPACE FOR THAT. I WAS MAD AT MY MANAGEMENT FOR NOT SORTING THAT OUT BUT WE NEEDED THE MONEY SO I AGREED. I GOT THERE AND THERE WAS A BAND.

“I GOT DEPRESSED, THE CROWD IN THEIR THOUSANDS DIDN’T KNOW THAT I WAS NOT IN MY ELEMENT, I HAD TO USE A CD TO PERFORM AND I DIDN’T LIKE IT. THERE WAS NO HEART, NO LOVE, JUST ME FEELING DISAPPOINTED THAT I GAVE THEM LESS THAN THEY HUNGERED FOR. I WAS TRENDING BUT I WAS TRENDING FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS.

“THEY HATED MY PERFORMANCE, I WAS FAT-SHAMED, ONE PERSON EVEN SAID THAT I LOOKED LIKE A DSTV REMOTE CONTROL. I CRIED AND FELT REALLY BAD.

“I ISOLATED MYSELF AND THERE WAS NOTHING ANYONE COULD DO TO APPEASE ME. THE ONLY PERSON THAT COULD GET THROUGH TO ME WAS OMAWUMI AND MY FRIEND JENNIFER.”

Waje who disclosed that it took a fitness coach who helped her work on her body and mind to change her mentality, added;

WE DIDN’T JUST WORK OUT FOR FITNESS, WE WORKED ON MY MIND TOO. BETWEEN 2013 AND NOW, PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING ME WHAT DIET I USED TO LOSE WEIGHT BUT I KNOW THAT I HAVEN’T LOST MUCH WEIGHT BUT SOMETHING CHANGED.”

“I ALLOWED SOCIAL MEDIA TAKE A HOLD OF ME, I TRUSTED IT TO GIVE ME SOMETHING IT HAD NO ABILITY TO OFFER BUT I REALISED THAT EVERYTHING I NEED, I ALREADY POSSESS, I JUST NEED TO CHANNEL IT IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. GOOD OR BAD PERFORMANCE, I DON’T LET IT BOTHER ME, IT DOESN’T FAULT MY CONFIDENCE.”


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 23, 2018
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The young man was apprehended as part of an international investigation into online ‘love scams’ and ‘mystery shopper’ schemes that made victims lose at least $2 million (N724million) over the past two years. KWAM 1 exclusively disclosed to Legit.ng that his son has been released on bail and was just a victim of circumstance. The veteran singer added that, his son was among the suspects but he is not a fraudster.

He said: “Sultan Marshal’s Arrest: The True Story. Our attention has been drawn to the news circulating that Sultan, K1 De Ultimate’s son was arrested alongside five other people in the US over Two million Dollars fraud. There is no doubt that he was among those that were arrested but what is however not true is that he is a fraudster. We can confidently say that he was not in any way involved in the crime, which explains the reason why he was the only person that was released on bail. The bail given to Sultan indicates that he is not involved in the crime; he is only a victim of circumstance who happened to be at a wrong place at a wrong time. Many detractors are quick to celebrate the news because to them, they want to get to the father. But the truth will always shine as light over darkness. Sultan, we believe will be given a clean bill of health.”


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 23, 2018
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This Is So Sad.

A young man met his untimely death while dancing at an event. The young man reportedly damaged his spinal cord after throwing so many stunts.

In the viral video, the young man, was hired to perform at a traditional marriage. While stunting, he lost his balance and landed with the back of his neck and he became cold instantly. All efforts were made to revive him but to no avail.


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 23, 2018
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This year has obviously been a very good one for star actress, Mercy Aigbe. Apart from appearing in numerous movies and recording good sales in her boutiques, the actress also bought a new house and a Prado jeep in 2018.

Though there have been insinuations that she gets money from politicians, Aigbe insists that she is an industrious person. In an exclusive chat with Sunday Scoop, she said, “What drives me is the urge to succeed. I always want to be successful with whatever I do. I also have passion for acting and fashion, which are the things I do. People who follow me on social media can attest to the fact that I’m a very trendy person. Apart from acting, I have other streams of income. I am not a lazy person and I believe that I have not even achieved half of my dreams.”

The actress also stated that one of her children is already showing interest in acting. “My son is showing interest in acting and I usually say that whatever my children want to do, I’m going to give them 100 per cent support,” she said.

Speaking on the trend of Yoruba movies making it to the cinemas, Mercy said, “Yoruba movies going to the cinemas is a welcome development and we are happy about it. Cinema culture is not new in Nigeria; I would rather say it has been revived. I recall that when we were younger, we used to go and watch movies. I am happy that people are embracing cinema culture now because it is another avenue for filmmakers like me to make money from our works.”

However, Aigbe refused to categorically say which fetches her more money between home videos and cinema runs. “Both home videos and cinemas all bring in money; I wouldn’t say that one has the upper hand. I don’t agree that movies in cinemas have a short lifespan. As long as people demand your film, it will keep showing. DVDs are cheap while cinema tickets are costlier. We can also sell our movies to online TV channels,” she said.

Refusing to disclose the cost of the most expensive item in her wardrobe, the Heaven on my Mind actress said, “I wouldn’t tell you the price of the most expensive item in my wardrobe before some people think I have so much money and thieves come calling. However, the costliest item in my wardrobe is a Rolex wrist watch.”


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 23, 2018
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The identity of the father of the child of former Big Brother Naija contestant , Gifty Powers ’ child, Alisha , continues to be shrouded in mystery . Recall that Gifty recently posted a picture of the child with a man on social media. She stated that the guy in the picture was the true father of her child .

However, Mr 2 kay responded shortly after that with a post in which he insinuated that a DNA test had been carried out on the child and the results could not be wrong. He wrote , “ DNA too true to tell a lie , way forward” .

This was after he had felicitated Alisha on his Instagram page . “ Happy birthday to my sunshine. Alisha is one today . Daddy loves you so much . May God keep protecting you and showering his blessings on you endlessly . My little princess and you look so much like your big brother , ” he wrote .

In an exclusive chat with Sunday Scoop , “ Gifty maintained that 2 kay isn’ t the father of her child . She said , “ Tell him to post the proof (of the DNA test ) on his Instagram page . I know what is happening . 2 kay just wants a stupid publicity stunt . ”


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 23, 2018
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TOPE OMOGBOLAGUN writes about how robust medical interventions offered fresh hope to HIV positive parents in Bauchi State helping them to give birth to HIV negative babies

Thirty- six – year – old Zainab has nursed a secret pain for 15 years caused by the loss of a child . The pain was compounded by the collapse of her first marriage.

Since then, the soft- spoken woman had given marriage a wide berth . But her fears crumbled like a pack of cards when cupid shot its arrow.
Zainab told our correspondent that she met her husband through a friend during a visit to a hospital to get drugs .

She said after the meeting, they got talking and she later discovered that he was also HIV positive . According to her, they courted for some time and got married in 2013 .

The woman said she never thought hope could come her way after her first marriage experience. She stated , “ I discovered that I was positive several years ago . I first got married in 2005 before my husband and the child I had died.

“ It was during my ex- husband’ s last days on earth that I found out I was also HIV positive . He was sick for a long time and admitted at a teaching hospital and it was there that the tests were conducted. The sickness affected him such that it became a psychiatric problem. It was at the time that it was discovered that he was positive and placed on drugs .

“ Then , the drugs were usually brought from Gombe State. Later on , he was asked to come with his wife to also conducted test on her. That was when it was discovered that I was also positive . I was placed on cotrimoxazole for about three years .

“ I didn ’ t know that I can fall in love again . I was happy when love found me again and especially after the birth of my son , Murtala . I have a new hope , ’’ she told our correspondent as she adjusted the short , black veil caressing her happy face .

Zainab ’s baby is HIV negative. Seven- month – old Murtala looked beautiful and healthy in his brown shirt and short as he smiled at our correspondent , struggling to leave her mother ’ s arms .

Zainab said her son has never shown any strange illness since birth , only some teething- related issues peculiar to children of his age.

She said , “ When I got pregnant , I decided to take a step further to confirm that I was pregnant . I went for a scan which confirmed I was pregnant . For me , it was a mixed feeling because I was excited that I was pregnant . At the same time , I was scared because of my status . I approached the HIV/ AIDS control department of the Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/ AIDS, Tuberculosis , Leprosy and Malaria and I was advised to register for antenatal immediately.

“ When I went to the health facility , I registered and was told to return two months after . The doctors told me that they will fix me in a team . During antenatal classes, I told the doctors that the last time I gave birth was 15 years ago and they predicted that I would give birth through caesarean section but I refused . I told them that the only reason I would accept was if there was a complication . ”