FRENCH PRESIDENT, MACRON TO VISIT LAGOS JULY 3

** French President, Emmanuel Macron, will be a guest of honour at a special event on July 3 in Lagos organised by TRACE, a leading entertainment brand in Africa. The event is planned as part of the 2020 African Cultures Season

According to the statement, the event, the first of its kind in Nigeria, aims to “change French society’s perception of the African continent through the promotion of African contemporary creation.”

It will take place at the New Afrika Shrine, and feature a host of Nigerian cultural talents, including Femi Kuti, Banky W, and Yemi Alade, among other leading stars of music and Nollywood, fashion, food and visual arts, 

TRENDING

*. Nigerian music legend, Augustine Okeleke Onwubuya, aka Ras Kimono who died a few weeks back at the age of 60 will be buried on August 25, 2018. According to a statement  issued by the family, ‘we wish to inform the general public that the Burial Ceremony for late Ras Kimono has been slated for the 25th day of August 2018. The program of the events leading to the funeral will be made available in due course’. “We wish to thank everyone who has individually and collectively supported us”

*. A former deputy national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Olabode George, on Sunday said he is happy to have resolved his differences with a former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasano. Mr George spoke when he paid a visit to Mr Obasanjo in his private residence in Abeokuta. The visit comes days after Mr Obasanjo’s condolence visit to Mr George over the loss of his son. Mr George, who was accompanied by ten of his supporters, said he had put the past behind him, “and Baba (Obasanjo) will remain my leader forever.”

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
A notorious career thief who was once France’s most-wanted man pulled off a daring jailbreak on Sunday, fleeing a prison in the Paris area by helicopter, officials said. Redoine Faid, 46, broke out of the prison in Reau in the city’s southeastern suburbs within minutes, helped by a number of heavily-armed men, sources close to the case said. He fled with three accomplices, according to the sources. The helicopter was later found in a northeastern suburb of the French capital, they said, adding that a police search has been launched across the entire Paris region.

2. AFRICAN ISSUES:
President Buhari on Sunday in Nouakchott, Mauritania called on nations where looted assets have been stashed to release them without the usually long technicalities involved in the process of reptriation . Speaking during his introductory remarks as the leader of the African Union theme of the year, Winning the Fight against Corruption, A Sustainable Path to Africas Transformation, shortly before the commencement of the debate on the African Anti-Corruption Year

3. PRESIDENCY:
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Christians in Nigeria have all decided to commit the country to God in order to achieve the much anticipated greatness. Osinbajo said this when he spoke at the inter-denominational National Prayer for Nigeria organized by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), City of David Parish in Abuja. He enjoined Christians to join hands with the Federal government to push for peace in the country.  “We have committed the nation into God’s hand and we believe we will begin to see the fruits of that prayer beginning from this moment,” he said at the church programme

4. POLITICS:
Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President, has again challenged anyone with corrupt charges against him to come forward.  He declared that he has never stolen government money and that if he did, his former boss, Olusegun Obasanjo, would have been the first person to expose him. He said that the country does not need another Buhari who would further divide Nigeria and deepen the wounds. Atiku, who has indicated interest in contesting the 2019 presidential election, made this known during an interview with Ovation publisher, Dele Momodu. 

5. POLITICS:
The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has criticised his former boss and predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, over the latter’s recent boast about the 2019 presidential election. Mr Ganduje was reacting to Mr Kwankwaso’s claim over the weekend that he can defeat President Buhari should the opposition PDP give him its mandate ahead of the polls. The governor said Mr Kwankwaso, who represents Kano Central at the Senate, cannot defeat Mr Buhari. He said the senator’s cannot win the election in the lawmaker’s village.

6. ABACHA LOOT:
SERAP has said their plan by the government of President Buhari to share the $350million (around N115 billion) loot recovered from late Gen. Sani Abacha among estimated 300,000 households, with each getting around $14 (around N5,000) a month is “mis-targeted and would not bring any tangible benefits to the beneficiaries.”
SERAP said, “The authorities have a legal obligation under the UN Convention against Corruption to which Nigeria is a state party to make sure that the returned Abacha loot is properly and efficiently used

7, LAGOS TRAGEDY:
There was controversy on Saturday over the whereabouts of the three-year-old boy, Eyitayo Famojuro, reportedly declared missing after the driver of the vehicle conveying him, his twin brother and their mother, escaped with him when the incident happened on Thursday. One Tunde Adenuga, on Twitter, claimed on Saturday that the missing boy, had been found. Adenuga’s tweet read, “Breaking News: He is found. The driver brought him home, few minutes ago. However, few minutes after his post, there was a counter-information on the social media that Eyitayo and the driver were still missing.

8. ENTERTAINMENT:
Winner of the last edition of Big Brother Naija, Miracle Igbokwe, has obtained his Private Pilot License PPL. Recall that in the house, he spoke passionately about his dream of becoming a Pilot. Since he won the Reality TV show, he has been pursuing his dream. He announced his recent achievement on his IG page. He wrote, “Firstly, I thank GOD Almighty for HIS Grace and Wisdom, also Your Excellency @rochasokorocha a man of His word and for your uncommon Wisdom, exemplary leadership and remarkable vision for Education…”

9. #RUSSIA2018:
Igor Akinfeev was Russia’s hero after saving two penalties in a shoot-out to sensationally dump Spain out of the World Cup and book the hosts a place in the quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw in Moscow. Koke and Iago Aspas were denied by the Russia goalkeeper as 2010 champions Spain, who dominated possession without creating clear chances, were defeated 4-3 on penalties. Sergei Ignashevich became the oldest scorer of an own goal in World Cup history when the 38-year-old gave Spain an early lead at the Luzhniki Stadium.

10. SPORTS:
Cristiano Ronaldo has allegedly rejected a big-money offer to stay at Real Madrid. The Portugal international has turned down a contract worth £26.7m from Los Blancos, according to Tuttosport. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s future was cast into doubt in May when he hinted that Real’s 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final would be his final game for the club. Ronaldo’s former club, Manchester United, were immediately installed as the favourites to sign him, but the latest reports suggest that they face competition from Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.

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