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South Africa's Saidy Brown: 'Why I shared my HIV status on Twitter'

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"When I found out at 14 that I was HIV-positive, I didn't think I would live to see 18, I am turning 22 this year."

Since Saidy Brown tweeted those words on Friday, thousands of people have re-shared her hopeful message, with many praising her courage for speaking publicly about her own experience with the Aids virus.

Saidy, who describes herself as an HIVictor, has been speaking to the BBC about the extraordinary reaction to her post, why it took so long for her to be diagnosed and the challenges of dating for someone who is HIV-positive.


Leicester City 3-1 Liverpool: Foxes return to form

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Jamie Vardy and Leicester City provided a thrilling reminder of the form that took them to the Premier League title last season four days too late for dethroned boss Claudio Ranieri, as a limp Liverpool were dispatched 3-1 at the King Power Stadium.

A home crowd peppered with banners paying tribute to the amiable Italian, who was sacked last Thursday following a run of five consecutive top-flight defeats, had no cause to approach mutiny as their side located an intensity and drive sorely lacking over recent weeks. Tow goals from Vardy on either side of Danny Drinkwater's wonder strike gave Leicester a 3-goal cushion by the hour mark.

Coutinho scored a consolation goal for the Reds at the end.



Kwara assembly summons MTN over mast installation

The Kwara House of Assembly on Monday summoned the management of MTN Nigeria over alleged “wrong installation’’ of mast at Budo Egba area of Ilorin.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the summon was sequel to a complaint a resident filed before the House Committee on Public Petitions.

The committee’s chairman, Alhaji Adeayo Mohammed, said that the petition was filed by Chief Oladele Olanrewaju, through his counsel, Mr Teju Oguntoye.

According to him the petitioner claimed that the installation of the mast was causing environmental hazard to residents.

Mohammed said the committee would investigate the matter thoroughly and directed MTN management in the state and other stakeholders to appear before the committee on March 3.

Neil Fingleton , Game of Thrones actor and UK's tallest man , dies at age 36 .

Neil Fingleton, Britain’s tallest man who is popular for his role as Mag the Mighty in
Game of Thrones has died.

Fingleton suffered a heart failure on Saturday, February 25, 2017. He was 7 ft 7.56 inches in height and among the 25 tallest men in the world.




Asides from his role in Game of Thrones, the basketball player-turned-actor also appeared in works, including Doctor Who, X-Men: First Class , Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jupiter Ascending .
A statement posted on the Tall Persons Club group Facebook page on Sunday read:

‘Sadly it has come to our attention that Neil Fingleton Britain’s tallest man passed away on Saturday.’

Oscars 2017: Check out celebrity couples that were golden at the red carpet

Some of Hollywood's biggest celebrity couples stepped out for the Oscars on Sunday night, and we're eating it up.
It was one glamorous date night for everyone- checkout some of our favorite couples from the red carpet.


John Legend and Chrissy Teigen


Terrence Howard and Mira Pak


Denzel and Pauletta Washington


Also Read: Viola Davis becomes first black woman to win an Oscar and an Emmy Award


Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake


John Cho and Kerri Higuchi


Viola Davis and Julius Tennon

Barcelona looking to persuade Isco to join as a free agent in 2018

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Barcelona are hoping to poach Isco from Real Madrid in 2018 by attempting to convince him not to extend his contract in the Spanish capital, according to reports in Spain.

The Catalans believe they have nothing to lose approaching Isco and would relish the opportunity to get one over on Madrid president Florentino Perez, who has made overtures to Neymar, Iniesta and even Luis Suarez while they ply their trade at Camp Nou.

Barcelona have indicated to the Spain international that they have always rated him highly and only the presence of stalwarts such as Xavi and Iniesta in their line-up previously prevented them making a formal approach.

While revered by the Bernabeu faithful and having turned down opportunities from around Europe to leave in the past, Isco is aware that he faces limited playing time should he stay on at the club he joined from Malaga in 2013.

Viola Davis becomes first black woman to win an Oscar and an Emmy Award

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Viola Davis won her first Oscar on Sunday for her supporting role as a long-suffering housewife in the African-American family drama 'Fences.' Davis, 51, had swept awards season in the role, taking home a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild statuette and numerous critics prizes. She had been nominated for an Oscar twice in the past.

"I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life," an emotional Davis said while accepting her statuette.

In 'Fences,' the screen version of the prize-winning August Wilson play, Davis played Rose Maxson, a self-effacing wife whose modest life implodes when her charismatic husband insists on keeping a mistress.

On television, she became the first black woman to win a lead actress Emmy award when she took home the statuette in 2015 for playing a conflicted criminal attorney in drama 'How To Get Away With Murder.'


Man returns draft of N900,000.00 mistakenly paid into bank account to EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has urged the general public to be good and patriotic citizens by reporting any money deposited mistakenly into their various accounts. The Commission stated this when Dr. Aliyu Usman Tilde, an academician, columnist and writer returned a draft of N900, 000.00, (Nine Hundred Thousand Naira Only), to the Gombe Zonal office of the EFCC. The amount was mistakenly paid into his account.
Three months after his account officer could not trace the origin of the strange alert, Dr. Tilde reported the case to the EFCC. Investigation by the EFCC however revealed that the amount belongs to a law firm that was counsel to Federal Ministry of Justice in a case that involved a former staff of Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Investigation further revealed that the Clark of the firm made a mistake in writing Dr. Tilde’s firm account number when submitting bank details to the client’s Ministry. Dr. Tilde raised a draft of the said amount in the na…

Jackie Chan brings two stuffed pandas as his Oscar dates

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Chan arrived at the 89th Annual Academy Awards with two stuffed animal pandas, complete with glittery Ugg-esque boots and UNICEF pins.

Also read:Oscars 2017 Complete List of winners

"I'm the ambassador of [the] panda," Chan told Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet.

Chan received an honorary Oscar at the Governor's Awards in November 2016 for his work in over 200 movies throughout his 56-year career.


Oscars 2017: The Complete List of Winners

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Here's the complete list of winners at the Oscar Academy Awards 2017

πŸ•΄ 1 Best Picture : *Moonlight*
πŸ•΄ 2 Directing : *Damien Chazelle, La La Land*
πŸ•΄ 3 Actor in a Leading Role : *Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea*
πŸ•΄ 4 Actress in a Leading Role : *Emma Stone, La La Land*
πŸ•΄ 5 Actress in a Supporting Role : *Viola Davis, Fences*
πŸ•΄ 6 Actor in a Supporting Role : *Mahershala Ali, Moonlight*
πŸ•΄ 7 Adapted Screenplay : *Moonlight*
πŸ•΄ 8 Original Screenplay : *Manchester by the Sea*
πŸ•΄ 9 Animated Feature Film : *Zootopia*
πŸ•΄ 10 Foreign Language Film : *The Salesman (Iran)*
πŸ•΄ 11 Documentary Feature : *O.J. Made in America*
πŸ•΄ 12 Cinematography : *La La Land*
πŸ•΄ 13 Costume Design : *Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them*
πŸ•΄ 14 Makeup and Hairstyling : *Suicide Squad*
πŸ•΄ 15 Live Action Short Film : *Sing*
πŸ•΄ 16 Sound Editing : *Arrival*
πŸ•΄ 17 Sound Mixing : *Hacksaw Ridge*
πŸ•΄ 18 Documentary Short Subject : *The White Helmets*
πŸ•΄ 19 Original Score : *La La Land*
πŸ•΄ …

Pope makes historic visit to Rome Anglican church

Pope Francis attended a service at the All Saints ’ Church in Rome on Sunday , becoming the first pontiff in history to visit an Anglican church in the Italian capital.

Francis ’s visit marked the 200th anniversary of the All Saints ’ church , furthering a rapprochement between the Vatican and the Anglican Church of England that began last year .

In a further sign of the closer ties, the pope spoke of the “ possibility” of a visit to troubled South Sudan with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby , his Anglican counterpart.

Pope Francis added that such a visit would only be for a single day “because the situation is difficult there” .

South Sudan , which only gained nationhood in 2011 , has been engulfed since 2013 by a civil war which has left thousands dead and three million people displaced .

“ As Catholics and Anglicans , we are humbly grateful that , after centuries of mutual mistrust, we are now able to recognizee that the fruitful grace of Christ is at work also in others …

Sacked Ranieri says goodbye to Leicester stars

Claudio Ranieri visited
Leicester City’s training ground on Saturday to say farewell to his former players and staff after his shock sacking.

Ranieri had visited the club’s Belvoir Drive headquarters to clean out his office on Friday following his dismissal 24 hours earlier.

But the 65-year-old Italian was unable to say goodbye to the players who helped him become a Leicester legend during last season’s incredible Premier League title-winning campaign because they were on a day off.

So he returned on Saturday to have a last meeting with the group following the decision to sack him, which was made by the club’s Thai owners after Leicester slumped into the relegation dogfight with five successive league defeats.

“I just say thank you to the fans. They are fantastic. Thank you,” Ranieri said when questioned by Sky Sports News as he drove away.

“I feel good now, because what we achieved in Leicester. I hope it will happen again, but it will be very difficult.”

Asked if it had been an em…

Could the next Messi come from Nigeria as Barcelona launches Lagos academy?

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One of the world's biggest and most successful clubs, Barcelona is launching a football academy in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial hub.

It is modelled along Barcelona's flagship La Masia Academy in Spain which has produced stars such as Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Xavi.

Inside an assortment of big pictures of Barcelona star players Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar can be seen amongst commercial advertising boards.




Gospel act Tope Alabi loses her 70 year old mother!

Popular Nigeria gospel singer Tope Alabi has announced the passing away of her mother whose sad demise occurred on Thursday February 23rd.

“I want to announce the glorious exit of my mother Madam Agnes kehinde Obayomi, who slept in the Lord on 23rd of Feb, 2017 @ the age of 70. Mama Tope Alabi Sun un re ooo.”


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FG sacks all NCAA Directors

The Federal Government has approved the sack of all the directors in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) with immediate effect.

Court orders forfeiture of ex-Customs boss’ 17 vehicles to FG

Justice S.M Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna, Friday, ordered the forfeiture of the 17 vehicles discovered at the home of the former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Custom Service, Abdullahi Dikko Inde, to the Federal Governemnt.

Kim Kardashian suffers wardrobe malfunction

Kim Kardashian suffered a wardrobe malfunction

The Central Bank of Nigeria reintroduces charges on cash deposits, withdrawals

The Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday announced that they have reintroduced bank charges on certain categories of cash deposits and withdrawals.
This came about three years after the apex bank stopped the charges.

In a circular to all Deposit Money Banks posted on its website, the regulator said the decision to reintroduce the charges on cash deposits was part of the review of charges on deposits and withdrawals under the cashless policy.

It said the decision was taken at the Bankers’ Committee meeting, which held in Abuja two weeks
ago.

The circular, signed by the Director, Banking and Payments System Department, CBN, Mr. Dipo Fatokun, stated that the committee decided that the cashless policy should be extended to the remaining 30 states of the federation.


It also directed that with effect from April 1, 2017 :

> Banks in the states where the cashless policy was already operating, Lagos, Ogun, Anambra, Abia, Kano, Rivers and the Federal Capital Territory, would begin to impose …

Demi Lovato Premieres 'Beyond Silence' Documentary: 'I'm Bipolar & Proud, & I Live Well With It' (Video)

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Demi Lovato stunned in a sleek long dress while premiering her new documentary Beyond Silence on Wednesday (February 22) in Los Angeles.

She was joined by cast members Jeff Fink, Lauren Burke, and Lloyd Hale, director Shaul Schwarz, as well as representatives from Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Mental Health America, and The JED Foundation.

"Today we are premiering Beyond Silence, a #BeVocalSpeakUp documentary that shows how the power of one voice can inspire and help so many others," Demi shared on Instagram along with the video below.


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Male teacher drugged and gang-raped by 4 women

A male teacher from Lupane, Zimbabwe, was abducted, drugged and gang-raped by four light-skinned women, suspected to be 'Sperm harvesters', who offered to give him a lift.

The said teacher, woke up in the bush feeling very weak, after the incident that happened on
Friday, February 17, 2017. He then rushed down to Lupane Police station to file a complaint, and also disclosed that five people were on board the Toyota Quantum car (4 women and a man driving the vehicle), his alleged rapists used in giving him a lift.

Here's how a police source narrated the incident;

'The teacher was intending to travel to Bulawayo on Friday night. He was given a lift by the group of women who were traveling in a Quantum with South African number plates.
'After some time, the driver diverted the route and one of the women told him that they wanted to pick up someone.
'The man said they forced him to drink a substance from a bottle and he passed out. He suspects that they sexually a…

BREAKING: Claudio Ranieri Sacked‼

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Leicester City Football Club has tonight (Thursday) parted company with its First Team Manager, Claudio Ranieri.

Assistant Manager Craig Shakespeare and First Team Coach Mike Stowell will be taking charge of the squad ahead of the game against Liverpool on Monday until a new manager is appointed.

Ranieri was appointed by the club in July 2015 and he led the Foxes to the greatest triumph in the Club’s 133-year history last season - they were crowned Premier League champions for the first time.

However, 6 months into the season, Leicester have 21 points from 23 games (17th) and are battling relegation.


Omawumi has released the title and release date of her third studio album.

Nigerian songstress, Omawumi who released her first single “Butterflies” is gearing up for the release of her third studio album.

BB Naija: Gifty state that she isn’t married, does not have a sex tape and that she does not have a child.

Ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Gifty took to her Instagram page to dispel the rumours that had come up in the news while she was in the house.

You will recall that a twitter user by name Ekwelike Stanley had alleged that Gifty was his girlfriend as he shared romantic pictures of both of them to support his claims.

However, Gifty went on Instagram to state that she isn’t married, does not have a sex tape and that she does not have a child.

Here is what she wrote:


“So, they said that I am married and I have a boyfriend who is threatening to release a sex tape if I don’t share the BBN money with him…now, I want to clear it out by writing it here that please I am not married, I do not have any sex tape & I do not have any child for anybody… These are just crazy rumors and for the fact such is out then guys do expect more cuz’ I see this person won’t rest till he/she is satisfied @bigbrothernaija2017 #bbnaija #itsjustgod #nevergiveup”

5 Habits That Will Dramatically Improve Your Life

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We have to be very careful in choosing our pursuits, because our habits make us. Cultivating the habits that follow will send you in the right direction. They’ll help you to lead a more meaningful and fulfilling life, whereby you cultivate the best within yourself.

Xenophobic attacks: I lost N240.6m, says Nigerian mechanic

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A 42-year-old South Africa-based Nigerian automobile mechanic, Mr. Simon Adeoye, said on Tuesday that he lost N240.6m (R10m) to the xenophobic attacks by South Africans on his workshop on Saturday Adeoye told the News Agency of Nigeria on the telephone from Pretoria, South Africa, that he got a call on the day of the incident that his workshop had been set ablaze and that he rushed to the place.

It noted the last one which occurred on February 17, 2017 in Pretoria West led to the burning, looting and destruction of the properties of Nigerians even as many suffered serious injuries for no just cause.

It called on the ruling African National Congress in South Africa to rise up and not allow "disgruntled and uninformed elements in the society to disrupt the good works the leadership had been implementing since the advent of democracy in 1994."




Big Brother Naija: TTT is a ‘Scum,’ not worthy of votes for denying his marriage – Actress Obaseki

Nollywood actress, Maltida Obaseki has disapproved of Big Brother Naija housemate, ThinTallTony’s extra marital affairs with Bisola, saying he is not worthy of any votes.

The lead actress in Tv series ‘Tinsel’ called TTT a ‘Scum’ and accused him of desecrating institution of marriage for not owning up to the fact he is married with children.

Recall that TTT said he was single during a conversation with Bisola on Monday
On her twitter page@TildaObaseki01, she wrote: “It’s sad to see how the institution of marriage is being desecrated on top 25 million that u might not even win
“Na wa o!i hope u know that 25 million cannot buy you a house, furnish it and send your children to school for life.

“A man that can deny his marriage and fatherhood is the lowest of all kinds of scum and isn’t worthy of any kind of praise or votes.

“I hope you realize that all is fair in love and war…so if your wife too puts family aside to make some “cheddar” don’t cry foul.

“I’m not sure the wife is smiling a…

NECO releases Nov/Dec 2016 results

The National Examination Council NECO has released the results of November/December 2016 exams.

The body said that 28,550 or 60.55% had five credits including Maths and English out of the 47,118 candidates who sat for the exam.

Neymar, FC Barcelona to stand trial on corruption charges

FC Barcelona player Neymar and his club will stand trial on corruption charges over his transfer from Brazilian team Santos, after losing a final appeal.

The case relates to a complaint from Brazilian investment group DIS, which owned 40 per cent of Neymar’s transfer rights.

claims it received less money than it was entitled to when Neymar joined Barca from Santos for £49 million in 2013.

Santos FC, Neymar’s mother and a company run by the 25-year-old footballer’s parents will also face charges.

“Santos FC, FC Barcelona, Neymar, his mother Nadine Goncalves and N&N, the family company, have lost their appeals to have charges of fraud and corruption dropped,” the Spanish High Court said in a statement on Monday.

NAN reports that they cannot appeal against the court’s decision.

Prosecutors are seeking a two-year prison sentence and a fine of nearly £8 million for Neymar.
However, even if the Brazil international were found guilty he would be unlikely to go to jail.

Under the Spanish…

Inter Milan goal thrills Gabigol

Gabriel Barbosa felt his hard work was rewarded after he came off the bench to sink Bologna and end a six- month wait for his first Inter Milan goal on Sunday , Goal reports .

The Brazil international has appeared fleetingly since moving to San Siro from Santos last August and was granted just a sixth substitute outing in Serie A with the deadlock still intact at Stadio Renato Dall’ Ara.

But the Rio 2016 gold medallist found the breakthrough from close range in the 81 st minute before removing his shirt and tearing towards the travelling support for joyous celebrations.

“ I am very happy for this moment, for the first goal – even more so because it gave this important victory to us ,” he said . “ I waited for this moment, I worked hard, because I knew that in one moment I would score. This moment will never leave my head.

“ Since my arrival here I have worked hard, with great seriousness and professionalism .I know how much I can help Inter. ”

Inter Milan coach Stefano Pioli told his…

Banky W Dubai Trip Giveaway.

In the spirit of the Valentine season, musician, actor and producer Banky W has said that a lucky fan will win a trip for two persons to Dubai.

Messi penalty rescues poor Barcelona

Barcelona needed a last minute Lionel Messi penalty to see off lowly Leganes 2-1 as a poor week for the Spanish champions continued on Sunday.

Fashola Blames Poor ⚡Power Generation On Vandalism

The Minister Of Power, Works And Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has blamed Nigeria's recent drop in power generation, on acts of vandalism on the gas pipelines at the Ihovbor Power Plant in Edo state.

Mr Fashola made the claims during an inspection of the 14 km Benin-Lokoja road reconstruction project at the Aduwawa axis in Benin City, the Edo state capital, as part of his assessment of projects being handled by his ministry in the state.

A group that calls themselves the Niger Delta Avengers have claimed responsibility for attacks on oil and gas facilities in the region, gradually dipping the nation's oil production which had hit 2.4 million barrels per day in the post-amnesty era.

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A new manager might not bring success to Arsenal – Wenger

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has insisted that replacing him with a new man, does not guarantee success for the club.

Messi wants Guardiola back at Barca

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PEP GUARDIOLA could make a stunning return to Barcelona, because Lionel Messi wants him back. The Spaniard left the Nou Camp after a revolutionary four-year spell before taking a sabbatical and going on to manage, first Bayern Munich, and now Manchester City.

After a brief lull following Guardiola’s departure, Barcelona returned among Europe’s elite by becoming the first club in history to win a league, cup and Champions League Treble for a second time.

Aisha Buhari gives out birthday gifts, tasks privileged Nigerians

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WIFE of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari yesterday distributed some gift packs to patients at the four district hospitals in Abuja.

See Photo Of Pogba And His Brothers Looking Like Triplets

Pogba and his brothers look like triplets

Bayern mercilessly troll Arsenal after 5-1 hammering

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Alexis Sanchez had given the visitors hope as he cancelled out Arjen Robben's impressive opener but the tie completely swung in Bayern's favour in the second period.

Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan found guilty of having "unethical hair" as mohawk breaches UAE rules

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Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan has breached United Arab Emirates Football Association guidelines on hairstyles.
The Ghanaian international is currently on loan at Al-Ahli, who are based in Dubai.
Gyan is one of 40 players to have been found guilty of breaching Saudi rules.
He showed off his new mohawk during the Africa Cup of Nations as Ghana lost in the semi-finals.
But Islamic teachings ban 'Qaza' hairstyles where only part of the head is shaved.


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[Must Read] 10 Things You Should Let Go Of...

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1. Stop wasting your time watching rubbish on TV How many times have you sat through an entire TV programme and then ended up complaining about how awful it was? This experience is too common not to learn from. Be proactive. Switch off the TV when a programme is boring and put that time to use for something more productive. 2. Putting on your makeup before you go to the gym Makes no sense. Because you are only going to get hot and sweaty when you work out and the makeup is going to wear off and spread haphazardly, making you look horrible and feel uncomfortable. So, really, why bother putting it on in the first place? Give makeup a miss and you’ll be surprised how much time you’ll save. Besides, ultimately, no one will notice anyway – it’s a gym, remember? 3. Worrying about what other people think A useful tip on how to stop wasting time and become happier is to stop stressing about people’s opinion of you, as it’s an utter waste of your time. So long as you are happy with who you are, …

Incase you missed it, watch how Messi-led Barcelona were rubbished 4-0 by PSG (Video)

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Every football lover had the shock of their liveson Tuesdaynight, as Barcelona, one of the greatest football clubs of the last decade, was humiliated 4-0 by PSG, a recently built team with a new coach.

Flavour steps with his daughter, Sophia

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Daddy duties!!!

Toyin Abraham celebrates mum as she turns 74.

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Toyin Aimakhu who turned Toyin Abraham is a Nollywood actress, filmmaker, director and producer.
The actress took to her Instagram page earlier today to celebrate her mother who is also a pastor.
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