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Federal Government plans grand reception for winning Team Nigeria’s athletes

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Tobi Amusan set a new Games’ 100m women hurdles record at the just-concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England

• Performance, a special parting gift for me, says Buhari
• WaleTinubu promises extra dollar rain on medallists

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised a grand reception for Team Nigeria’s athletes to the just-concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, when they return to the country.

Nigeria recorded an unprecedented performance, winning 12 gold, nine silver and 14 bronze medals to end as the seventh best team at the competition and also achieve its best ever performance at the Games.

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Speaking to the team ahead of their departure for Nigeria, yesterday, Youth and Sports Development Minister, Sunday Dare, said a grateful country is planning a grand reception for them, adding that President Buhari is waiting to fete them.

Dare praised the athletes for bringing glory to the country, saying: “I followed every moment of your competition. I was in Birmingham from the beginning till I had to leave for other official engagements. So many Nigerians followed you too. We are all so proud of what you achieved for Nigeria and yourselves.

“Mr. President is also very proud of you and has approved that a presidential reception be held to honour you for the historic feat at Birmingham 2022.

“We will immediately start to plan for the reception and once we have tightened things up, we will announce the date, invite you over from your different bases and you will have that privilege of meeting Mr. President.

“The gold medal haul is the highest at a single Commonwealth Games for Team Nigeria, representing its best performance ever,” he said.

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Dare, who described this year’s performance as excellent, inspirational, phenomenal, commendable and commanding, noted that the impressive outing earned Team Nigeria number seven position on the medals table, and also the best ranked African country in the Games.

“This is a performance like no other, many new records were set, old records broken, long standing jinxes of not getting on the podium in some sports were destroyed,” the minister said.

Earlier in a congratulatory message, Buhari told the athletes that he joined millions of other sports loving Nigerians to watch some of the colourful and spectacular moments, which resulted in the harvest of 35 medals.

He said: “I salute the memorable display of Team Nigeria athletes and I  commend the 94 worthy ambassadors that proudly flew the Nigerian flag in nine sporting events for those exciting moments when the medalists brought smiles to our faces by breaking world, national and games records, as well as achieving personal bests in their career.”

The president praised Nigerian women for being at the forefront of bringing honour to the country. He added: “it is noteworthy that majority of the medals, including 12 gold for the country, were championed by our talented young women and girls. They include multimedalist Tobi Amusan (100m Women’s Hurdle and 4x100m Relay), Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, Grace Nwokocha (4x100m Relay); Miesinnei Mercy Genesis (50 kg), Blessing Oborududu (57 kg) andOdunayo Adekuoroye (57kg) in Women’s Freestyle wrestling; as well as Adijat Adenike Olarinoye (55kg) and Rafiatu Folashade Lawal (59kg) in Women’s weightlifting.”

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He also mentioned other gold medallists, including Folashade Oluwafemiayo, Women’s heavyweight Para Powerlifting, Eucharia Iyiazi, Women’s shot put, Chioma Onyekwere and Goodness Nwachukwu in Women’s Discus throw, and Ese Brume, long jump.

The president said: “This is a special moment and a fitting parting gift, being my last Commonwealth Games as Head of State.”

He also lauded the leadership and top management staff of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, coaching crew and team officials, for the passion towards ensuring the development of sports in the country. He assured that history would remember them for all their contributions in making athletes shine in the international arena.

The 11-day Commonwealth Games had over 5,000 athletes, representing 72 nations and territories in 280 medals events.
MEANWHILE, Team Nigeria athletes and their officials could return to the country to a shower of dollars from a grateful country, as some sports lovers have started promising to reward them for making the country proud.

One of such sports enthusiasts is Group Chief Executive of Oando Plc, Wale Tinubu, who has announced that his company will give cash rewards to all Team Nigeria medallists at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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Tinubu promised to match the rewards already given to the athletes by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for each medal won at the Games. At the Games, the Sports Ministry gave each gold medallist $5, 000, silver medallist $3, 000 and bronze medallists $2, 000.

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Why women cheat in marriage – Blessing CEO Claimed

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Blessing CEO, has claimed that most women cheat in their marriages because of irresponsible spouses.

According to her, it is impossible for a woman who caters for her family not to cheat.

Okoro stated this in the latest episode of her TV show, Moments With Blessing CEO.

She urged men to be financially stable and responsible to avoid infidelity on the part of their spouses.

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“As a man, you have to get a job. How would you leave responsibilities for a woman for 9years and you’re expecting her not to sleep around?” she remarked.

The topic of infidelity has dominated the Nigerian social media space, following the recent cases of paternity fraud.

The social media influencer had earlier said she walked out of her marriage because of domestic violence and not cheating.

According to her, cheating is not enough reason for divorce.

She said, “I left my marriage because of domestic violence, my husband is not a cheat. Sometimes we women have to accept we are the problem.”

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Blessing CEO added, “Cheating shouldn’t make you leave your marriage, the same way you hide a DNA result, keep it a secret if your husband is cheating.”

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Depression: Opeyemi Aiyeola offers support to Jamiu Azeez

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Opeyemi acknowledged Jamiu’s resilience and kindhearted nature, but also recognized the weight of life’s challenges.

Encouraging him to stay strong and hold onto his faith, she reminded him that difficult times are temporary and that he has the support of genuine people around him.

She thanked Toyin for her support and prayed for Jamiu’s well-being.

“Ajadi @jamiu_azeez1 my attention was drawn to ur post and sincerely my heart is broken. My heart is broken cos ure such a hard worker, a gentle soul with a very good heart filled with genuine love and u deserve to be happy, sane, and stable in all aspects of your life.

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Unfortunately, life has a way of throwing challenges heavier than our expectations and capacity at us sometimes.

Be encouraged knowing that life is a phase. You’ve always been a steadfast believer in Allah, continue to hold onto your faith and remember giving up is not an option brother Like I always tell you, you got God and some genuine people around you for support. Stay strong broda, your testimony is near

@toyin_abraham thank you so much for coming through for my Ajadi Oluwa a fi opolopo ropo insha Allah

The lyrics are from Allah’s mouth to your ears Ajadi”.

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Actress Eniola Ajao’s epic, Ajakaju crosses N100 million mark in Nigerian box office

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Nollywood actress Eniola Ajao’s producer debut epic, “Ajakaju (Beast of Two Worlds),” has surpassed N100 million in ticket sales at the Nigerian box office.

Film distribution company FilmoneNg announced this achievement in a tweet on Thursday afternoon. According to the tweet, the indigenous film, co-produced by Anthill Studios, grossed N101.2 million within five days of its release on March 29, 2024.

“The Beast has conquered !!! #Ajakaju : Beast of Two Worlds is making all the waves in the cinemas nationwide hitting 101.2m at the box office in 5 days • Nigerians are not playing on this one. Thank you for trusting every movie we dish out”

Just a few days ago, Niyi Akinmolayan, the founder of Anthill Studios, shared a post revealing that “Ajakaju” had not only become the highest-grossing film for the weekend but also secured the title of the largest Easter opening film ever. This milestone further shows its position as the third-highest opening for a Nollywood film of all time, having earned N63.2 million within 72 hours of release.

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This indigenous movie, “Ajakaju,” marks Yoruba actress Eniola Ajao’s debut production venture to hit cinemas nationwide. It has propelled her to become the first-time female producer to achieve the biggest opening for an indigenous film in Nigerian cinema history. The movie opened at cinemas with N16 million on its first 24 hour run.

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The film explores the plight of a king facing exile due to his wives’ inability to conceive a male heir. To ensure the continuity of his dynasty, he marries a woman from another realm, leading to unforeseen turmoil and a battle for his legacy.

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On its opening day, “Ajakaju” grossed N16 million, as reported by Nairametrics. Shot by Idowu Adedapo, known for his work on various acclaimed films, including “Wedding Party” and “King of Boys.” Produced under the banners of Lighthouse Pictures and Anthill Studios, and distributed by Film One Entertainment, the film offers audiences an enthralling journey into the complexities of power, love, and legacy.

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