Archive for December, 2014

(News) Mourning AirAsia: Relatives faint as rescuers recover 40 corpses @tj_shetade

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‘PAPA, please come home. ‘I still need you.’

This was the heartbreaking message posted on the social media on Tuesday by Angela Ranastianis, the daughter of Captain Iriyanto, the pilot of the ill-fated AirAsia plane   which disappeared on Sunday morning.

Angela certainly was not aware that rescue teams had retrieved and tallied a grim inventory of bodies and debris from the plane off the coast of southwestern Borneo in Indonesia.

She had also posted Iriyanto’s picture on the social media hours after her grandfather, said the last time he saw his son was at the funeral of his other son who died of diabetes last week.

The recovery of about 40 bodies and items belonging to the 162 people aboard the plane coincided with reports that another AirAsia aircraft with 153 passengers and crew   overshot the runway at an airport in the Philippines, forcing passengers to make an urgent exit on emergency slides.

Indonesian navy spokesman Manahan Simorangkir had earlier on Tuesday told the Agence France Presse that, “Based on the navy radio, it has been reported that the warship Bung Tomo has retrieved 40 bodies and the number is growing.”

Search and rescue teams said that three items in particular — the suitcase and parts they identified as an aspirator assembly and a reservoir slide craft — helped them determine that the debris came from Flight 8501.

They added that the pieces of the wreckage were found about 60 miles southeast of the last known position of the plane — the opposite direction from the jet’s path, a fact that was not explained.

The teams also spotted what they said might be a larger submerged piece of the fuselage of the Airbus A320-200, which was operated by the Indonesian affiliate of AirAsia.

An Indonesian television station showed uncensored footage of some corpses floating in the sea, causing the victims’ relatives – who were watching live reports at crisis-centre at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya – to burst into tears, with some fainting and requiring hospital treatment.

The television station also showed a rescuer descending from a helicopter toward a corpse, which like other bodies found was not wearing a life jacket.

Throughout Tuesday afternoon,   authorities built up an inventory of debris collected by ships and helicopters from the sea surface, including life vests, aircraft parts and what appeared to be a small blue suitcase.

Indonesia’s President, Joko Widodo, who met with families of the   victims at the crisis centre, said, “I am so very sorry for this accident. I hope families can stay strong while facing the tragedy.”

Also, the Head of AirAsia, Tony Fernandes, said, “My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ 8501.”

He added in   a Twitter message soon after the debris was discovered, that   “words cannot express how sorry I am.”

Fernandes said later that he did not want to speculate about the cause of the disaster until the plane’s flight data recorders were recovered and analysed.

But he noted that “bad weather is the short-term conclusion — weather in Southeast Asia is bad now.”

Some of the relatives of passengers stood despondently outside the airport in Surabaya with one of them, Ifan Joko, saying, I’m still hoping my brother is safe.”

His brother, Charly Gunawan, who was travelling to Singapore to spend the New Year’s holiday, was among the 162 people onboard.

“If the passengers are dead, I want the bodies brought back to Surabaya,” Ifan said. “I will pay the bill myself if I have to.”

The crash was a particular loss to Surabaya’s ethnic Chinese community. Flights from Surabaya to Singapore serve as shuttles for residents who do business in Singapore or have family members there.

The air disaster seems to have also disproportionately affected Surabaya’s Christian community.

Leaders of Bethany, a massive, three-storey mega-church in a wealthy neighbourhood on the outskirts of Surabaya, pored over the plane’s manifest when it became available on Sunday and determined that at least five passengers were members of families who attend the church.

Deddy, one of the church pastors, said the crash was a tragedy for all of Indonesia. But, he said, “We can guess from the names that many are Christian and Chinese.”

On   Tuesday near crash, AirAsia said no passenger and crew member was hurt.

The statement reads, ‘AirAsia Philippines confirms flight Z2 272 from Manila skidded off the Kalibo International Airport runway at 5.43pm upon landing. All 153 passengers and crew were able to disembark safely, no injuries reported.’

‘All passengers are now at a hotel assisted by AirAsia staff.”

(Gist) Nicki Minaj Remembers Abortion That Nearly Claimed Her Life 16 Years Ago @semaotakeit

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Nicki Minaj is about as thick-skinned as they come, but she opened up about a decision that left her heartbroken back in her teen years.

The 32-year-old rapper spoke to Rolling Stone about a pregnancy that ended in abortion while she was still in high school.

It was revealed that Nicki Minaj Almost Had a Child 16 Years Ago

“I thought I was going to die,” she says when she found out she was pregnant. “I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through.”

According to Rolling Stone, the father of her unborn child was an older guy from Queens that she dated while still attending Manhattan’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

(Breaking News) D’Banj Replies Cynics In New Single ‘Feeling The Ni**a’

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Nigerian Music Multiple Awards Winner, Dapo ‘D’Banj’ Oyebanjo has made an amazing return into Nigerian music scene with a new song titled ‘Feeling The Ni**a.

The new effort, Fujiipop learnt that D’Banj replied critics who wanted to know what the Koko Master is doing at the moment. And this is meant to launch his little absence in the Nigeria entertainment scene hits the internet this week. And the song has lots of downloads in just two days it was dropped online with the video that was shot at South Africa few days back which was directed by Mazi C. I. Jizzle.

He stressed that the new song

“We have lots of works at the moment. Feeling The Ni**a is just the kick off. My fans will see D’Banj in new dimension. Keep your finger cross. Bangalee is coming. Enjoy this creativity from D B Records. More concepts are coming”, D’Banj who recently adopted a new name as Bangalee said.

Meanwhile, plans are in top gear to unleash activities in marking D’Banj 10th year’s anniversary any moment from now.

Watch Here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE-yyrIR0R8

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(Photo) Lagos Big Boy, Sikiru (Dele) Quits Bachelorhood, Ties Knot with Kafayat @RichyArthur

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It was a gathering of who is who in the social society. A celebration of love as all and sundry gathered to witness the conjugal ceremony of Sikirulahi Sabado and Kafayat Animashaun on Saturday, 27th Dec 2014 walking down the aisle to say I do. The wedding ceremony which was like a carnival took place at The Police Officers Mess, Onikan, Lagos Island.
It started with Nikah Ceremony. Then the engagement followed before reception round it off. Savado and Animashaun families assembled to witness the joyful day of the new couple. The event also witnessed live performance of different music bands. MC Ajele, ace comedian, along side, Meyangi thrilled the guests to a scintillating performances that made guests asking for more jokes.

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(Entertainment) How Nollywood Actor O. C. Ukeje Stranded in U K @tj_shetade

…O.C Ukeje opens up on embarassing holiday experience in London

Nigerian actor and model, O.C Ukeje shares his worst holiday experience in an interview with MTV Base Happy Holidays

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The recently married star, narrates his embarrassing story of how he was left almost stranded in London and had to get help from a girlfriend to pay for hotel and feeding when event organizers failed to provide money.

Watch Here:  http://www.youtube.com/embed/9R2Nm1SacTI

(News) Oga Jonathan,Pay Our Salaries ooo, 70,000 FG Workers Three-Month Salaries @semaotakeit

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No fewer than 70,000 civil servants in 30 Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government have yet to receive their three months’ salaries.

The Secretary-General of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, Mr. Alade Lawal, made this known   just as investigations by The PUNCH revealed that states like Osun, Oyo, Benue and Plateau are owing their workers between three and four months’ salaries.

Prominent among the ministries listed by Lawal during an interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja on Monday are Education, Works, Labour and Productivity, Mines and Power.

He said, “About eight MDAs have been owing workers their salaries from   October. The number rose to 11 in November and in December, hit 30, including departments and agencies.”

Asked what was responsible for the increase in the number of MDAs indebted to their workers, Lawal said some government officials involved in salary payments were engaged in a game of deceit.

He said, “They are telling us that some of the MDAs are involved in expenditure items different from salaries. They said they were spending on items not related to salaries. But that is not supposed to be the fault of the workers.

“There should be synergy in government whereby they have to work in tandem with the Budget Office and Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation. They know what they are doing, they are muddling up the whole exercise and suffering workers unnecessarily.”

He said the government had no tangible reason for not paying the workers, having promised to do so before December 24.

“As of   December 22, they promised us that before Wednesday, December 24, these payments would be made. But as I am talking to you now, affected workers have not been paid.

“The Ministry of Works alone has about 26,000 workers. If you add them together, they can’t be less than 70,000 workers that are affected.

“We have been liaising with our people. But you know, this is a festive period and it has affected some of the trade union actions we intended taking. The promise that they made last week which they also told the press that they would pay before Christmas, we thought they were serious about it. But latest developments indicate that they are   deceiving us.”

The Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, had in a statement by her Special Adviser on Communication, Mr. Paul Nwabuikwu, on December 22 promised that the   salary arrears of civil servants in MDAs would be paid before Christmas.

The PUNCH gathered on Monday that civil servants in states like Osun, Oyo, Benue, Plateau and Abia had a bleak Christmas as they are being owed between two and four-month salaries.

In Osun State for instance, the Chairman of state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Saka Adesiyan, told one of our correspondents in Osogbo that workers were being owed October, November and December salaries.

The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Mr. Boye Abolarin, also confirmed that   secondary school teachers   were being owed October, November and December salaries.

Abolarin said that workers were subjected to hardship while politicians were feeding fat especially during the Yuletide.

Governor Rauf Aregbesola, however,   blamed the development on the dwindling monthly   allocations     to the state.

Aregbesola, in a   statement made available to our correspondent by his media aide,   Semiu Okanlawon, said, “Either at the federal or at the state level, where is it that workers   are being paid as and when due?

“We thought this situation will not last long. That was why we used our strategic reserve to augment salaries for one year. All our savings were spent on augmentation of salaries.”

In Oyo, the state NLC   Chairman, Basiru Alli,   said   that the November and December salaries of some workers were being awaited.

He said, “I will not say that government in the state is owing us, it is actually delaying payment of workers salaries. As of now, not all workers have been paid November salaries. Some are still waiting for theirs. We do not know when the December salary will come.”

Asked what efforts the NLC was making to ensure all the workers got paid, Alli said that they were told by the government that   dwindling allocations from the Federal Government were responsible.

“We hold consultations with the government from time to time and what we were told the last time was that it was not a deliberate attempt to delay the salaries but due to dwindling allocations, the state had to manage its resources.”

But the Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo, said that all workers had been paid November salaries.

He said, “The state government is passionate about staff welfare. We are handicapped by the dwindling allocations from the Federal Government. We have a wage bill of N4.9bn but the allocation we have this month was N2.9bn. Last month, the state got N3.1bn from the Federal Government. We are   working hard to ensure workers are paid the December salaries.”

The situation in Benue State is not better as the   government is also currently owing three months’ salaries.

Before the Yuletide,   the government owed workers five months’ salaries but it paid two months’ salaries at different intervals.

A civil servant, who pleaded anonymity told The PUNCH that a day to Christmas, some of his colleagues received alert for one month salary while on Monday, others received alert for their second salary payment.

The civil servant   explained that they could not enjoy the Yuletide due to the debts they had incurred.

He said, “What the state government paid to us was used to settle   debts .

“Mind you, we from the mainstream civil service are not on any industrial action but the state is currently owing us three month-salaries. I can tell you that the situation is worse for lecturers as they have been on half salaries for five months.”

Investigations by The PUNCH in Abia State indicated that while civil servants in the   ministries   had received their November and December salaries, their counterparts in the parastatals were being owed some months .

The Chairman, NLC   in the state,   Sylvanus Eye, said workers in the parastatals had not been paid November and December salaries.

He added that teachers as well as council workers   were also being owed arrears of two months.

The state   leadership of NLC had about three weeks ago picketed the office of the Accountant General   over the salary arrears of the parastatal workers   and for allegedly witholding check- off dues of the union.

When contacted, the Accountant General,   Gabriel Onyendilefu, said that “the function of payment is dependent on available cash”.

He explained that in the past five months, the state’s allocations from the federation accounts had been dwindling following the constant fall in the price of crude oil.

In Kogi State, local governments’ workers complained that they only received half of their salaries for October and November.

They alleged that they still had some backlogs of salaries that were not fully paid.

A source, who pleaded anonymity, said the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, had informed them that they would receive alert of their December payment on Tuesday(today).

The NLC Chairman, Plateau State chapter, Mr. Jibrin Bancir, told one of our correspondents that the government was owing many workers four months arrears of salaries and   leave grants.

The worst hit are local government workers who have not been paid for about seven months.

Meanwhile, the NLC has directed its state chapters to furnish it with actual state of affairs in connection with the salary arrears.

Noting that it was criminal for any government to owe workers their salaries, the NLC said it would take a firm decision in a couple of days on the issue.

The General Secretary of the congress, Mr. Peter Ozo-Eson, stated this in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents in Ilorin on Monday.

He said, “We have not taken a firm decision on what to do until we get actual information on which state, what is owed, how many months and the actual amount from all the state councils. We hope that within a couple of days, these reports would have got to us and we would take a firm position on them.

“We would rely on the reports that we get from our state chapters. We are asking our state to advise us on salary payments and if there are debts. Based on that we are going to collate take appropriate actions in relation to getting those salaries paid.

“We condemn any state government that is owing arrears of salaries because the workers must be the first to be paid before they start spending on any other issue.”

Ozo-Eson said it was worrisome that even the Federal Government was owing some categories of its workers for about three months.

He lamented that some state chapters of the NLC did not give the national body a report on time that their members   were being owed.

He stated that payment of workers’ salaries should be made a priority.

The NLC secretary said,   “For us, it is criminal for any government not to pay workers’ salaries, accumulate them over months while the governors and other political office holders take their own salaries. Such is criminal. We are also aware that even the Federal Government is owing some categories of civil servants their salaries   for over three months.

“This is extremely unacceptable. Whatever is the reason for that! In the case of the Federal Government, they try to explain it in terms of problems with migration to IPPIS system.We think whatever is the logic, those salaries and   arrears need to be paid immediately.

“On state governments that are owing, unfortunately some of the NLC chapters   did not bring it to our notice early enough for us to know that salaries are owed. If you owe a worker salary for a month, you have no moral obligation to expect workers to come and render any service.

“So to hear that there are states and large number of them that are owing workers for two or three months is completely unacceptable.”

(Interview) Meet Rising Comedian, MC Ajele @richy

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Please tell us your real names?

My real names are Ajele Adeyemi Abimbola. Ajele is actually my Family name

We all come from somewhere, where are you from?

I’m from Ondo State.

Where in Ondo?

I come from Ilaje area of Ondo state.

What is your family back ground like?

Well, I come from a good family back ground. I will say we are in the middle of the social order. We are not too rich and at the same time not too poor. Though we are closer to been poor.

So, what is the family set up like?

Well, my father married 3 wives with 16 children, we are now 15, I happened to be the number 15. My mum is the last wife, she gave birth to 4 boys and I am the last one.

When did you go into comedy?

Well, I did not go into comedy and comedy did not come into me. I have always been a comedian and comedy has always been me. Its an inborn talent. However, I became a professional comedian, that is, I started earning money as a comedian when I met Emeka Smith. Before then I used to work as a Kai official. It was while I was working with Kai that a friend of mine who observed the talent in me and who also believed so much in me introduced me to Emeka Smith. He introduced me to Emeka Smith and said, this guy need help o, me I no know say Emeka Smith sef need help. So from there Emeka Smith introduced me to Seyi Law, Seyi Law introduced me to A Y and A Y introduced me to everybody.

Why comedy of all professions, why did you chose comedy?

I did not chose comedy o, like I told you earlier, I have always been a comedian. The thing is that comedy has always been around me, even from childhood I have always tried to make people happy, and I have always feel happy when ever I make other people happy. So it has always been there. I will however say that I recognised comedy to be what I can use to make money in 2005.

Ok, so what would you have been if you are not a comedian?

I would have been a business man.

What kind of business?

Any business, business is business.Ideas run through my brain every day. The business would still be around the entertainment industry. I would ve been a business man because I love money.

What is your future ambitions?

So many, I have so many future ambitions. Considering the fact that I am a christian, I will like to have a big concert like Experience, but its not going to be based in Lagos alone, it will be all over Nigeria and Africa.

What is your private life like?

You will not believe it but I am a very very private person, I hardly go out except when I have show or events. I don’t smoke nor drink. I don’t go clubing and all that. I am very very private.

We all have our bad habits. What is your bad habit?

My own bad habit? Ah!, honestly I can’t think of any at this very moment, but  I do have some.

Try remember one?

Ok, probably the one I can readily say at the moment is that I hardly forgive, and I’m working on it like seriously. I respect people and I also honour people equally, but if you wrong me I hardly forgive, but I’m working on it.

What is your awkward moment?

My awkward moment was the day I took my girlfriend out, not really my girlfriend, I was still toasting her then. I wanted to do a big boy, so I took her to AY Open Mic, I was haven about #1200 on me, we took a cab, I have never taken a cab all my life, I have always entered bus, we took a cab, I also bought suya for her. I never knew that drinks inside clubs are more expensive than drinks outside, so I bought her drink inside the club and consequently spent all my money inside the club. After everything its now time to go home, I had to resort to begin money from comedians for transport, some gave me #200, some #100 and so on, at the end, the money was just enough for me to put her in a cab back home. Then it remained me, how do I go home, I then begged a conductor and he allowed me to stay in the book of the bus, unfortunately for me, because I had danced all night, I slept off in the bus and they carried me pass where I was going, I had to trek back again. That was my awkward moment.

What is your hobby?

Writing and cooking

What is your relationship like?

I’m single, but living married.

What is the challenges you have faced been a comedian?

The basic challenge been a comedian is just to be original. You have to know how to motivate people because so much is expected from you. As a comedian, you must have new jokes every day.

How do you handle your female fans?

I meet them every day, but I have always zero my mind that nothing dey happen. Though I like women, I won’t lie about that, but on the part of fans I have always tried to apply limit to our relationship.

Do you have any other occupation aside comedy?

Well, I’m an entrepreneur, I have a shop where I sell jeweries and perfume.

What is your charges for shows and events?

It depends on the kind of show or event, and also the capacity and capability of the person involved. If Dangote call me for an event, definitely it will be in the region of millions.

Looking at the society generally, there are young people who want to be this and that, some entertainment. What do you want to say to them|?

First you need to know your industry,you need to know the difference between the business in what you want to do and the talent. study your industry very well and know the business side of what you want to do. Again, what ever you want to do try to be original.

Now back to comedy, for a young person that aspires to be a comedian but doesn’t know how to go about it, what do you advise him to do?

Number one, you need to be very sure of yourself, you must be confident, try have jokes, if its hard at the beginning, you can atleast remember some basket mouth jokes, copy it at the moment but try build your own jokes. Have at least 15 to 20 jokes, then look for a mentor who you will look up to, if the person is not close look a comedian that is close to mentor at your level until you get access to your desired mentor. Because in this industry you need a father figure who will help you grow, comedy industry is not like other industries where you will just grow on your own just like that. Its all about the the process, gradual process. You no fit just blow just like. You just have to work hard and God will crown your efforts.

As we go into the election year, what do you say to Nigerians?

Don’t take bribe, vote for a creditable person, the person you know is the right man for the job. Your vote is your power, use it wisely. Don’t waste your vote.

What do you want to say to your fans out there.?

 I love them, I wish them merry Christmas and happy new year.

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