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Why I lied To Nigerians That I Was A Virgin – Toyo Baby Of Jenifa’s Diary

Fast-rising Nollywood actress, Juliana Olayode, has owned up to deceiving Nigerians that she was a virgin.

The 22-year-old actress incurred the wrath of Nigerians when she claimed to have lost her virginity to her married teacher at 17.

The raunchy details were contained in her new tell-it-all memoir titled “Rebirth,” released on Thursday.

Unfortunately, the Internet never forgets. The actress, who shot into limelight after starring in Funke Akindele’s hit series, Jenifa’s Dairy, as ‘Toyo baby’ had granted several interviews wherein she claimed to be preserving her virginity until she marries.

Her teeming fans, who adored her stance on sexual purity, were shocked when she contradicted herself in her new book.

The Nollywood actress, however, explained why she lied. According to her, she was led to deny being a virgin when she was taken unawares during a live TV programme.

People had assumed I was a virgin. I had never said I was but I had never corrected their assumptions either. So, I was still in that fix. Shortly after my confession, Ebony Life TV called me for an interview. I went and for the first time in my several interviews; I was asked point blank if I was a virgin. I tried to evade the question, but my interviewer was not having it.

“She demanded for a yes or no. I did not see the question coming and I lied. I said, “Yes, I am a virgin”. Immediately the interview was over, I hurried to the bathroom in the studio and cried. I felt terrible for lying and told God I was sorry.”

She said because she was ashamed to admit lying in various interviews, she decided to live the lie.

“I felt it was my secret and the whole world need not know about it. I was upset with myself, however, for answering her. I could have insisted I could not tell. So, I proposed never to answer such again. Easier said than done, right? Shortly after, I was on another TV interview, Crux Of The Matter, with Elsie.

“I was invited to talk for sexual purity while the other guest spoke against. In the process of the discussion, around the time when it was heated, I was asked out of the blues again if I was a virgin. And before I knew it, I heard myself lying again. I was mad at myself. I was on another TV interview that trended for a while. It was On The Couch, with Lady Ariyike. I talked about sexual purity, but thankfully I was not asked if I was virgin. After that one, I decided to stop interviews altogether. I was tired of lying or having to dread lying if I was asked straight up.”

Mixed reactions have trailed the release of the book. Critics say the actress is simply towing the path of media girl, Toke Makinwa, who also published a similar tell-it-all memoir, On Becoming, in 2016.

In the book, the actress also discusses her struggles, which include hawking on the street, experiencing sexual abuse, how a pastor once tried to abuse her sexuality and how she dropped out of school.

AFRIMA 2017: Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage Dominate West African Region Nominations

Nigerian music stars, Wizkid, Davido and Tiwa Savage, are once more dominating the West African class of the regional nomination categories of the All African Music Awards. The stars are being nominated in AFRIMA top categories for the fourth time in a row.

The nominee’s list for the 2017 AFRIMA Awards was announced by officials of the African Union Commission, and a 13-man jury of the All Africa Music Awards on Wednesday at the Renaissance Hotel, Ikeja in Lagos.

From the best West African male and female categories, Nigerian acts received 10 nods from a total 17 nominations.

Wizkid, his Protégé, Mr. Eazi; Hkn Boss Davido, will join Runtown, Tripple Mg singer Tekno in the race for the best male prize contending against Sarkodie from Ghana, MHD from Guinea, and DJ Arafat from Ivory Coast.

In the female category Yemi Alade, Seyi Shey, Tiwa Savage and Aramide will fly the Nigerian flag at the Pan African awards ceremony scheduled for later this year.

According to the jury members, entries for these year’s installment were in excess of four thousand and were prone by 13 judges representing the different region on the black continent.

Events for the 2017 AFRIMA will include the Music Village and the AFRIMA Music Business Summit, which will take place between 10 and 12 November 2017, and will be broadcast across 84 countries around the world.

The full list of nominees for the 2017 All Africa Music Awards can be viewed on the AFRIMA website.

See The Full List Of The Regional Categories Below:

Central Africa (Best Female)

Montess – Love Witta Gun Man (Cameroon)

Reniss – Mamamuh (Cameroon)

Ewube – Fall On You (Cameroon)

Nsoki – Africa Unite ft DJ Maphorisa & Paulo Alves (Angola)

Daphne – Calee (Cameroon)

Mimie – Dance Fi You (Cameroon)

Merveilee – Toi (Cameroon)

Bussine – All Africa Party (Gabon)

Central Africa (Best Male)

Maitre Gims – Tout Donner (DRC)

Hiro – Ton Pied, Mon Pied ft Chidinma (DRC)

Big Nelo – O Legado Da Lenda (Angola)

Locko – Supporter ft Mr Leo (Cameroon)

Fally Ipupa – Eleko Oyo (DRC)

Jovie – Ou Meme (Cameroon)

Anselmo Ralph – Casas Comigo (Angola)

Ke Black – Bazardee (DRC)

East Africa (Best Female)

Juliana Kanyamozi – I Am Still Here (Uganda)

Chess Nthusi – Give It to You (Kenya)

Victoria Kimani – Giving You ft Sarkodie (Kenya)

Lady Jaydee – Sawa Na Wao (Tanzania)

Vanessa Mdee – Cash Madam (Tanzania)

Wayna Wondersonn – You Are Not Alone (Ethiopia)

Nandy – One Day (Tanzania)

East Africa (Best Male)

Diamond Platnumz – Eneka (Tanzania)

Sinishaw Legesse – Selam Ethiopia (Ethiopia)

Qritiqual – Malika (Kenya)

Kibrom Birhane – Eskista ft Nassmbu Burasa (Ethiopia)

Henok & Mehari Brothers – Firkir Yishala (Ethiopia)

Alikiba – Aje ft MI Abaga (Tanzania)

Octopizzo – TBT (Kenya)

Mure K.E – Excuse my Language (Kenya)

Southern Africa (Best Female)

Sally Boss Madam – Bimbim ft Busiswa (Namibia)

Babes Wodumo – Family ft Maphorisa & Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)

Busiswa – Inggongo (South Africa)

Lebo Segobela – Lion of Judah (South Africa)

Amanda Black – Amazulu (South Africa)

Ru – Down (Zimbabwe)

Thandiswa – Nontsokolo (South Africa)

Southern Africa (Best Male)

Hugh Masekela – Shango (South Africa)

AKA – The World is Yours (South Africa)

Nasty C – Down South ft Seyi Shay & Ma E (South Africa)

Tay Grin – Tola ft Vanessa Mdee (Malawi)

Emtee – We Up (South Africa)

Jah Prayzah – Watora Mari ft Diamond Platnumz (Zimbabwe)

Nduduzo Makhathini – Igagu (South Africa)

West Africa (Best Female)

Oumou Sangare – Yere Faga ft Tony Allen (Mali)

Aramide – Why So Serious (Nigeria)

Viviane Chidid – Lon Kelen (Senegal)

Yemi Alade – Tumbum (Nigeria)

Seyi Shay – Yolo Yolo (Nigeria)

Tiwa Savage – All Over (Nigeria)

Becca – Na Wash ft Patoranking (Ghana)

Zeynab – Noctambule ft Shadow Chris (Benin)

West Africa (Best Male)

Runtown – Mad Over You (Nigeria)

Sarkodie – Pain Killer (Ghana)

Wizkid – Come Closer ft Drake (Nigeria)

DJ Arafat – Agbangnan (Ivory Coast)

Mr Eazi – Leg Over (Nigeria)

MHD – La Puissnace (Guinea)

YCee – Juice (Nigeria)

Davido – Fall (Nigeria)

Tekno – Rara (Nigeria)

North Africa (Best Female)

Ibitssam Tiskat – Menak Wla Meni (Morocco)

Zaho – Tant De Choses (Algeria)

Assma Lmnawar –  3ndou Zine (Morocco)

Sherine – Koul Maghani (Egypt)

Zina Daoudia – Sayidati (Morocco)

Cheba Maria – Kheltini (Algeria)

North Africa (Best Male)

Fnaire – Ngol Mali (Morocco)

Shayfeen – Wach Kayn Wader (Morocco)

French Montana – Unforgettable (Morocco)

Balti – Wela la (Tunisia)

Tasmer Hosny – Ya Maley 3eny (Egypt)

L’algerino – Les Monetess (Algeria)

Saad Lmjarred – Ghaltana (Morocco)

Lacrim – Collonel Carillo (Algeria)

At Least 14 Dead, 100 Injured In Spain Attacks, 5 ‘Terrorists’ Killed In Raid

Following a deadly vehicle-ramming attack in Barcelona Thursday afternoon — which left at least 13 people killed — a police operation was carried out 90 minutes south of the city in Cambrilla, during which five “terrorists” were killed, officials said.

Police said the operation was in response to a “possible terrorist attack.”

Five “terrorists” were killed in the operation, but initially officials said four people were injured and one person was wounded and detained.

On Twitter, police said they “have killed the alleged perpetrators.” Catalan police told ABC News that they believe the incident in Cambrils is related to the attack in Barcelona earlier Thursday.

Authorities confirmed early Friday morning, the explosive belts carried by the alleged terrorists, were fake.

“We work on the hypothesis that the terrorists killed in Cambrils would be related to the events in Barcelona and Alcanar,” police said. Alcanar is the location of the earlier deadly house explosion that police said was believed to be connected to the Barcelona plot.

Also, Catalunya’s Emergency Services confirmed that in addition to the terrorists, five people were injured. Early Friday morning, it was confirmed one of the five injured, has died.

At least 13 people died and more than 100 were injured when the van slammed into pedestrians in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas district.
The U.S. State Department said one American was injured in the attack, although it did not identify the individual. “We can confirm one U.S. citizen suffered minor injuries,” a State Department official said. “We are monitoring the situation closely and stand ready to provide consular assistance to any affected U.S. citizens.”

And men’s college basketball teams from Oregon State, Clemson, Tulane, Arizona and Grand Canyon were in Barcelona at the time of the car attack, but all teams took to Twitter and said everyone was safe and accounted for.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said at a press conference Friday that four Australians were injured and one is unaccounted for. Greece’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on its website that one Greek national was injured. And Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Reynders tweeted that one of its nationals was killed in the attack.

From team hotel in Barcelona, Oregon St. basketball? coach posts somber video conveying the gravity of what took place outside his window.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 17, 2017

Source: ABC News 

Edo Government To Partner FG On HIV/AIDS Management

The Edo State Government is to partner with the Federal Government to close the existing gaps in the management of Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS).

Governor Godwin Obaseki disclosed this on Wednesday when he played host to the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who led a delegation of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and implementing partners on an advocacy visit to Government House, Benin City, on Wednesday.

Obaseki said his administration was committed to strengthening health systems to allow for effective management of diseases which include HIV/AIDs, and added that a committee with representatives of NACA would be set up to come up with an Action Plan on the models and strategies for the effective management of the disease in the state.

It is important that we contain HIV, but there are some key things we need to do. We also need laboratories and the right management models to make it work,” he added.

Earlier, the Minister of Health who was represented by Dr. Evelyn Ngige, Director for Public Health in the Federal Ministry of Health, said there was the need for the state government to increase funding for HIV/AIDS activities.

Adewole explained that there was still a wide gap between those who require HIV care and treatment and those who can access it in Edo State. He disclosed that an estimated 173,660 persons were living with the virus in the state while 25,730 Persons living with the virus were on Anti-Retroviral treatment.

The minister said that the state in 2016 spent N5 million on the State’s Sustainability Road Map (SRM) for the disease. He said the estimated project cost to implement the SRM in the state was about N271, 432, 118.

We want Edo to earmark at least 0.5 to one per cent of its monthly federal allocation for the funding of HIV/AIDs Sustainability Road Map and the provision of HIV/AIDs commodities in the state,” the minister said.

Censors Board Arrests 6 Distributors Of Unclassified Movies

The National Task Force on the eradication of unwholesome movies set up by the National Film and Video Censors Board has arrested six persons for distributing unwholesome movies.

A statement signed by Martins Etuechere, Head of Public Affairs of the Board said the suspects have been transferred to the Force Headquarters in Abuja for further investigation and prosecution.

The arrests made in Lagos, may have sent out a very strong and clear message to criminal elements in the industry, Industry watchers said.

In a telephone chat with Daily Times, Etuechere said more arrests were being made by the Task Force which is still in hot pursuit of some fleeingerring distributors and that more arrests were expected to be made in the coming days, and their numbers made public.

He revealed that the Task Force which was inaugurated by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed recently has made tremendous impact so far.

It will be recalled that the Executive Director of the Board, Alh Adedayo Thomas, in a press conference recently, emphasised the determination of the Board to rid the movie industry of criminals.

The operations which are being conducted in conjunction with the Nigerian Police are still ongoing.

Source: Daily Times

Buhari’s Health Has Improved Tremendously – Yakubu Dogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has spoken on his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in London.

Mr. Buhari on Thursday met with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Mr. Dogara at Abuja House in London.

PREMIUM TIMES published the visit which was initially announced in a Facebook post by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, who also shared a picture of the meeting.

Mr. Buhari has been in London for over 100 days receiving medical treatment for a yet to be disclosed ailment.

Speaking on Thursday’s visit, Mr. Dogara said Mr. Buhari’s health has improved tremendously.

He said he was glad seeing that the president is doing well and urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the president.

Today we visited His Excellency, President @MBuhari. I am glad that he is doing well. His health has improved tremendously. @NGRPresident”

I urge all Nigerians to continue to pray and offer thanks to God for answered prayers and for the safe return of Mr. President @MBuhari.”

The two National Assembly leaders are the latest set of public officials and politicians to visit the ailing president in London amidst protests back in Nigeria demanding his return or resignation.

The president had on Saturday at the Abuja House in London received members of his media team, where he reassured them that there was tremendous improvement in his health.

The presidential media team was led by Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, accompanied by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity and Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.
Other members of the team on the trip included Lauretta Onochie, Personal Assistant on Digital/Online Media and Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters.
Others who have visited the president are Acting-President Yemi Osinbajo, state governors, and the leadership of ruling All Progressives Congress.

The visitors have at various times assured Nigerians that the president was getting better and would return soon.

Celebs React With Disgust To Trump Defending Neo-Nazis

People around the world are outraged by President Donald Trump‘s latest comments, in which he seemingly defended the actions of neo-nazis and white supremacists.

During a press conference on Tuesday (August 15), the President of the United States went back to his original stance on the events in Charlottesville, saying that “both sides” are to blame for the deadly violence at the rally.

You also had some very fine people on both sides,” Trump said. “You had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. The press has treated them absolutely unfairly. Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people but you also had troublemakers.”

Trump placed blame in the counter-protestors.

What about the alt left that came charging at, as you say, at the alt right? Do they have any assemblage of guilt?” He said while making up the term “alt-left.” 

What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do.”

Read what celebs like Chelsea Handler, Chris Evans, Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O’Donnell, and more are saying.