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Akeem ReachnaijaApril 26, 2018
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Nigeria leads the world in terms of population growth rate. We are driving the increase in the number of people on the planet more than any other country in terms of percentage growth rate.

Our research (see table below from Internetworldstats) shows that of all the top 10 countries in the world with the highest population, Nigeria has the highest growth rate of 58% between years 2000-2018 which is quite astonishing.

A similar study by the Spectator Index gives Nigeria a higher score when it comes to population growth over the last 20 years.

Population growth, past twenty years.

Country Population Growth Rate in the last 20 Years

Nigeria 72%
Saudi Arabia 69%
Egypt 55%
Pakistan 54%
India 34%
Indonesia 31%
South Africa 31%
Turkey 29%
Mexico 26%
Canada 22%
United States 18%
UK 13%
China 12%
France 11%
South Korea 11%

This shows 2 things primarily:

1. Nigerians are prolific when it comes to sex and,

2. Family planning is not something most Nigerians care about.


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 21, 2018
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2min260

British Prime Minister Theresa May says the young people of the Commonwealth, leading the youth forum and participating in other activities, have inspired the heads of government.

The prime minister said this while speaking at the first meeting of Commonwealth heads of government at Queen Elizabeth’s home in Windsor, United Kingdom.

“Good morning everyone and welcome to Windsor castle. I think in the best Commonwealth tradition, in the intimacy and privacy of our retreat today,” she said.

“First of all, I like to thank Her Majesty, the Queen for her generous invitation into her home, the first time I think the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting has been held here in the remarkable history of this building.

“I am also struck by the number of heads of government we have assembled here today. That is a powerful demonstration of our commitment to revitalise the Commonwealth and to tap into its vast potential.

“I think I speak for everyone in the room when I say we have all been inspired by what we’ve seen and heard, particularly from our young people.”

May went on to say the onus now lies on the heads of government to build on what was presented by the discussions from the women, business, people and youth forums.

“Yesterday, we spoke about the shared challenges as we strive to build a more sustainable, a more prosperous, a more secure and a fairer Commonwealth.

“And today is a chance to build on that, to talk frankly, and openly with the tradition of the Commonwealth Heads of Government retreat.”

After her opening speech, the leaders began a “closed-door” meeting for “frank” deliberations, which May said would make the leaders “even closer friends” by the end of the week.

The meeting was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari and all the heads of state present at CHOGM 2018.


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 19, 2018
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Queen Elizabeth II, the Head of the Commonwealth, opened the Commonwealth summit for what may be the last time on Thursday voicing hope that her son would be allowed to carry on her role.

Queen Elizabeth, who turns 92 on Saturday, welcomed leaders from the 53 Commonwealth nations — mostly former colonies — to Buckingham Palace for two days of talks that will include discussions on trade, marine protection and tackling cyber crime.

In her opening speech, Queen Elizabeth spoke of her own “extraordinary journey” as head of the Commonwealth, which started under her father King George VI with the London Declaration of 1949.

“It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity for future generations and will decide that one day, the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949,” she said, referring to her son Prince Charles.

Queen Elizabeth, who has been the group’s symbolic figurehead since 1952, gave up long-haul travel in support of the biennial summit in 2013 and the 2020 gathering is set to be held in Malaysia.

On the closing day on Friday, leaders are expected to discuss who should follow Queen Elizabeth in the role.

The position is not hereditary, but Prince Charles, who is also the heir to the thrones of 16 Commonwealth nations, is expected to get the nod, despite some unease among ardent republicans.

Charles, 69, told Commonwealth leaders the body had been “a fundamental feature of my life for as long as I can remember”.

“The modern Commonwealth has a vital role to play in building bridges between our countries,” he said.

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said of Charles: “We are certain that when he will be called upon to do so, he will provide a solid and passionate leadership for our Commonwealth.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May, the summit host, paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth’s service to the Commonwealth at the opening ceremony.

“You have been the Commonwealth’s most steadfast and fervent champion,” May said.

“You have seen us through some of our most serious challenges.

“And we commit to sustaining this Commonwealth, which you have so carefully nurtured.”


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 18, 2018
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Two visa applicants, Olusola Alabi and Balogun Teslim, have been sentenced to two years in prison for presenting fake documents to the United States embassy.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission had arraigned the convicts before Justice Mojishola Dada of a Lagos State High Court, accusing them of violating Section 25(1) (a) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

The ICPC said in a statement by its Spokesperson, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, that the convicts procured a false annual leave letter from the United Bank of Africa to mislead the US Consulate, Victoria Island, Lagos, into believing that they were employees of the bank in order to facilitate the approval of their visa applications

The commission subsequently arraigned them on three counts bordering on procuring false documents to mislead a constituted authority.

The court was told by ICPC that the offence committed by the accused persons violated Section 25(1) (a) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and was punishable under the same section.

Counsel for the convicts pleaded with the court to show mercy to them, saying they were first-time offenders and had cooperated fully with the prosecution.

Justice Dada, in her ruling, sentenced them to two years imprisonment each with an option of fine.


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 14, 2018
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3min550

Thousands of mourners have crowded into a stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, where Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is being given a high-level send-off. Her casket was draped in the national flag, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the eulogy.

Mrs Madikizela-Mandela, former wife of Nelson Mandela, died earlier this month at the age of 81. A controversial figure, Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was lauded for her role in the anti-apartheid struggle. But she was later shunned by the political elite for endorsing punishment killings for government informers.

Mrs Madikizela-Mandela’s daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini berated the “extreme cruelty” of those she said had led smear campaigns against her mother and isolated her – only to clear her name after her death.

In Winnie’s daughter’s words;

“It is so disappointing to see how they withheld their words during my mother’s lifetime, knowing very well what they would have meant to her. Only they know why they chose to share the truth with the world after she departed,” Mrs Mandela-Dlamini said.

President Ramaphosa described Mrs Madikizela-Mandela as a symbol of resistance who laid bare the edifice of patriarchy. He apologised for only belatedly recognising her contribution.

In the President’s words;

“I’m sorry, Mama, that your organisation delayed in according you its honour, to this point in time and moment. As president, I will propose that we award you the highest order of our movement, you richly deserve to be awarded”, Mr Ramaphosa said.

There were loud cheers when the radical Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema paid tribute to Mrs Madikizela-Mandela. Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was a social worker when she met her future husband, then a prominent anti-apartheid campaigner, in the 1950s.

They were married for a total of 38 years. For almost three decades of that time, they were separated by Mr Mandela’s long imprisonment. They had two daughters together. After Mr Mandela was imprisoned by the apartheid regime, Mrs Madikizela-Mandela became an international symbol of resistance to apartheid. She too was jailed for her role in opposing white minority rule.

To her supporters, she became known affectionately as “Mother of the Nation”. But Mrs Madikizela-Mandela also found herself mired in scandal for decades. She was accused of conducting a virtual reign of terror in parts of Soweto by other members of the ANC in the late 1980s, and in 2003 she was convicted of fraud.


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 12, 2018
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A single mom of five has gone viral after graduating from Law School.

33-year-old Houston native Ieshia Champs posted an amazing photo including her five children holding signs that say things like, “I helped too!” and “We did it!”

All of the success Iesha is experiencing has come after a series of unfortunate circumstances.

As a single mother, I know first hand that nothing else has pushed me to become a better person than my son! It’s something about a mother’s love for her children that drives her to do the impossible!

Iesha and her sister bounced around from foster home-to-foster home after being removed from their drug-addicted mother’s home.

Her sister got pregnant at 14, so she dropped out of high school to help raise the baby. Soon after, Iesha met the father of four of her children and they had their first child when she was 19.

In 2009, Iesha went to church one day after her sister begged her to and she met a prophetess who told her to go back to school and get her GED so that she could fulfill her dream of being an attorney.

“During that same year — it was 2009 — I ended up having a house fire, I lost everything that I had. I got laid off from my job, the father of my children died of cancer while I was seven months pregnant, I literally tried to kill myself, and I ended up going back to get my GED,” Iesha tells Yahoo.

Iesha was 25 at the time and thought she was crazy for pressing onward, but she did! Iesha got accepted into law school, had her fifth baby and got married, only to be divorced a year later, but she stayed in school and here we are today!

Iesha says God made a way for her when she thought all was lost. She says that she finished in the top 15% of her class and that it was “nobody but God!”

She also received $13,000 in scholarships and tells us that God sent her a study group that would come to her home.


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 11, 2018
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US President Donald Trump told Russia in an early morning tweet to prepare for “nice and new and ‘smart!'” missile attacks in Syria after an alleged gas attack on the last rebel stronghold in the country.

The tweet came after the Russian ambassador to Lebanon said in an interview on Tuesday with Hezbollah-owned al-Manar TV that “if there is a US missile attack, we – in line with both Putin and Russia’s chief of staff’s remarks – will shoot down US rockets and even the sources that launched the missiles”.

Trump further chided Russia for its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Wednesday’s tweet, saying it “shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”


OjukwuRNApril 10, 2018
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1min310

The daughter of a Russian ex-spy who was poisoned with nerve agent along with her father has been released from hospital, British media reported Tuesday.

Yulia Skripal and her father Sergei were found unresponsive on a bench in Salisbury, southern England, on March 4.

Yulia, 33, was discharged from Salisbury District Hospital on Monday and taken to a secure location, the BBC reported.

“This is not the end of her treatment but marks a significant milestone,” said Christine Blanshard, Salisbury District Hospital’s medical director.

Sergei Skripal remains in the hospital. Blanshard said last week that the 66-year-old was “responding well to treatment” and “improving rapidly.”

The United Kingdom has blamed Russia for the Skripals’ poisoning with Novichok nerve agent. The Kremlin denies any responsibility.

The Russian Embassy in London tweeted: “We congratulate Yulia Skripal on her recovery. Yet we need urgent proof that what is being done to her is done on her own free will.”

Dozens of countries including Britain and the United States have expelled over 150 Russian diplomats because of the incident, while Russia has retaliated by expelling foreign envoys.


OjukwuRNApril 10, 2018
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Members of Israel’s right-wing Yisrael Beteinu yesterday launched procedures to impeach Arab Member of Knesset Hanin Zoabi after she called on “millions of Palestinians to march on Jerusalem”.

On Sunday, Likud MK Oren Hazan filed a complaint to the Knesset Ethics Committee against Zoabi. He warned that he would file a lawsuit against Zoabi in the Israeli High Court if the Ethics Committee did not respond to his complaint.

During a press conference held in the UN Headquarters in New York last week, Zoabi called for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank to take part in the Great March of Return in an effort to end the Israeli occupation.

“We need popular marches to remind the world with the siege… Millions of Palestinians have to move towards Jerusalem,” she said. “We hope to do this, but we cannot because the Israelis will kill us.”

She also said that “Israel changes from a racist state to a fascist state… Israel is not defending itself as it claims, as it claims, the occupation and imposing a siege is not self-defence, it is an act of terror.”

In July 2016, the Israeli Knesset approved a law that allows MKs to be expelled if they are found to be inciting terror and disloyalty to Israel. Such a move would need the backing of 90 MKs out of 120.


OjukwuRNApril 10, 2018
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Donald Trump will finally pay out a $25 million (£20m) settlement to students after a judge signed off on claims against his fake university.

Judge Gonzalo Curiel, of the Southern District of California, declared the settlement “final” after an appeals court rejected arguments from a former student who wanted to pursue a separate lawsuit against the now defunct Trump University.

Sherri Simpson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who decided not the challenge the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision, said she gave about $19,000 (£13,400) to the company.

“This process has taken long enough,” Ms Simpson’s lawyer Gary Friedman said in an interview on Monday. “We took our best shot, the 9th Circuit ruled against us, and we want the money to go out to everyone as quickly as possible.

New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, who sued Mr Trump over the university, welcomed the settlement.

“Victims of Donald Trump’s fraudulent university will finally receive the relief they deserve,” he said, adding it was “an even higher settlement than anyone originally anticipated”.When initially granting final approval in March 2017, Judge Curiel said the settlement provided “significant and immediate” relief to thousands of students, who could potentially recoup more than 90 cents on the dollar.

The suits alleged Trump University failed to deliver on its promise to teach success in real estate through programmes that cost up to $35,000 (£25,000). They said the programme misled students by calling itself a university when it was not an accredited school and by saying Mr Trump “hand-picked” instructors.

Despite repeatedly insisting he would not settle, Mr Trump agreed to pay out the $25m shortly after he won the 2016 presidential election in November 2016.

“I could have settled this case numerous times, but I don’t want to settle cases when we’re right,” he told supporters two years ago. “I don’t believe in it. And when you start settling cases, you know what happens? Everybody sues you because you get known as a settler.”