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HISTORIC FEAT IN LIBERIA: ‘GOD, LIBERIAN People made me PRESIDENT of LIBERIA’-George WEAH, 25th President of Liberia …Three-time African Footballer of the Year, first African player to win Ballon d’Or succeed the first elected female President *Says: ‘My Victory has changed the face of Politics in Africa, Youths are eligible to contest and become President’ * ‘60% of our population, Liberian Youths under the age of 30 voted for me’ * ‘The Lord help me Defeat Joseph Boakai former Liberian Vice-President in power for 12 years, Don’t you ever give up your Dreams’ * Ex-FIFA World Player of the Year fights illiteracy, Graduates in Bachelors Degree with Distinction in Business Management from Devry University, USA *Had Masters degree in Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, Devry University * Arsene Wenger, Arsenal’s Football Club Manager Congratulates WEAH: “I congratulate one of my former players, who became president of Liberia” * “This is a challenge to Nigeria’s former Super Eagles’ Superstars..Austin Okocha, Sunday Oliseh, Kanu Nwankwo and rest to freely contest Nigeria’s Presidency in 2019”-Nigerian American Press Association BY ROSEMARY ABBOT, STAFF REPORTER, MONROVIA

HISTORIC FEAT IN LIBERIA: ‘GOD, LIBERIAN People made me PRESIDENT of LIBERIA’-George WEAH, 25th President of Liberia …Three-time African Footballer of the Year, first African player to win Ballon d’Or succeed the first...

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD WORLDWIDE: NIGERIAN Physically Challenged Lady, ALICE OLUWAFEMIAYO Makes HISTORY, Breaks WORLD Record as a WEIGHTLIFTER in MEXICO…Defeats earlier women’s +86kg record at the World Para Powerlifting Championships *Wins Power After Lifting 140kg in her first three attempts *Fourth Attempt outshines former Record in 2014 by lifting 145kg * Tells Paralympic website: “I feel very happy, it was not something I was expecting” * “I believe that Nigeria are the best in powerlifting in the world. The first event of the competition and we have a world record already broken”-National coach, Feyisetan Are BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD WORLDWIDE: NIGERIAN Physically Challenged Lady, ALICE OLUWAFEMIAYO Makes HISTORY, Breaks WORLD Record as a WEIGHTLIFTER in MEXICO…Defeats earlier women’s +86kg record at the World Para Powerlifting Championships *Wins...

HONOR FOR NIGERIA ABROAD: NIGERIAN Doctor, Anambra State Genius BENNET OMALU Wins AMERICAN Medical Association AWARD…Still First Person in the World to Identify Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Sports *Presents Detailed Paperwork on CTE to National Football League *Justified as work justified change the face of American football *At 16 years joined University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Earned Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at 22 years *Graduates in Masters of Business Administration from Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University * “I discovered that science and faith actually go together, because, science and faith seek the truth, and there can only be one truth”-OMALU * ‘Omalu identified chronic brain damage, as a major factor in the death of other professional athletes, particularly football players. He called the disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE. Omalu is without question, the winner of the distinguished service award’-Andrew Gurman, President of American Medical Association BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF/UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

HONOR FOR NIGERIA ABROAD: NIGERIAN Doctor, Anambra State Genius BENNET OMALU Wins AMERICAN Medical Association AWARD…Still First Person in the World to Identify Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Sports *Presents Detailed Paperwork on...

SUCCESS AGAINST ALL ODDS: NIGERIAN Born Anambra State Man, VINCENT AGULUEFO Wins 2017 World’s Greatest Bodybuilding Heavyweight NPC Ruby Championship in USA…Defeats 50 Others to earn GOLD Trophy * Honored FIRST PLACE in Men’s Bodybuilding Heavyweight, Overall Winner & Men’s Classic Physique and Overall Outlook’ * Strongly Holding Unto the Promises of God in Miracles * ‘Always I Believe I will Make NIGERIA proud Abroad’-Aguluefo * His favorite QUOTE: “Sometimes we gotta walk through fire to be purified Gold, Believe in Yourself Always” BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

SUCCESS AGAINST ALL ODDS: NIGERIAN Born Anambra State Man, VINCENT AGULUEFO Wins 2017 World’s Greatest Bodybuilding Heavyweight NPC Ruby Championship in USA…Defeats 50 Others to earn GOLD Trophy * Honored FIRST PLACE in Men’s...

FROM 20 YEARS TILL DATE: NIGERIA’S MAGIC PLAYER, ‘Jay Jay OKOCHA’ Wins BOLTON WANDERERS’ Best Player Award…Fans says he is best player to have ever played at the Reebok Stadium, now Macron Stadium *Beats former Spain defender Ivan Campo and French forward Youri Djorkaeff * Jay Jay captures the hearts of not only the Bolton faithful, but football fans across the country for his silky skills and cheeky smile *REMARKABLE: Shine for Trotters on 145 occasions, played in the Carling Cup Final – where he scored two unforgettable free-kicks in the semi-final first leg – and and also in the UEFA Cup BY CHUKA NINIABU/SPORTS REPORTER, UNITED KINGDOM

FROM 20 YEARS TILL DATE: NIGERIA’S MAGIC PLAYER, ‘Jay Jay OKOCHA’ Wins BOLTON WANDERERS’ Best Player Award…Fans says he is best player to have ever played at the Reebok Stadium, now Macron Stadium *Beats former...

INSPIRATIONAL ABROAD: Nigerian-AMERICAN, AL-FAROUQ AJIEDE AMINU is Reigning United States Professional Basketball Player…Signs $30million Contract with Portland Trail Blazers *Earlier played for Team Africa at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game *Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2010 NBA draft with eighth overall pick *Recorded 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in an 87–99 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on April 17, 2013 *Won with the D’Tigers of Nigeria the 2015 FIBA Africa Championship (AfroBasket) in Tunisia by defeating Angola 74–65 *Played in Los Angeles Clippers (2010–2011), New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (2011–2014), Dallas Mavericks (2014–2015), Portland Trail Blazers (2015–present) BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

INSPIRATIONAL ABROAD: Nigerian-AMERICAN, AL-FAROUQ AJIEDE AMINU is Reigning United States Professional Basketball Player…Signs $30million Contract with Portland Trail Blazers *Earlier played for Team Africa at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition...

BREAKING NEWS: Nigerian American, AKBAR OLUWAKEMI-IDOWU GBAJA-BIAMILA Making Waves in Hollywood…His American Ninja Warrior show Receives 2nd EMMY Nomination Award as Best Reality Competition Series *Former professional American football player works as Sports Analyst for the NFL Network *Basketball Star, teammates won back-to-back City and State Championships in 1996 and 1997 *Named team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year, compiling 11 sacks and 74 tackles in his senior campaign *HIS Yoruba Heritage, Nigerian ancestry, Biological Parental links to Bolatito(Mother), Mustapha(Father) Revealed *PLUS How He played College Football at San Diego State University BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

BREAKING NEWS: Nigerian American, AKBAR OLUWAKEMI-IDOWU GBAJA-BIAMILA Making Waves in Hollywood…His American Ninja Warrior show Receives 2nd EMMY Nomination Award as Best Reality Competition Series *Former professional American football...

INSPIRING: Nigerian American, AKIN AYODELE Reigns in American Football as a Linebacker…Played for Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, and Buffalo Bills…Studied at Purdue University and Coffeyville Community College *Received second-team NJCAA All-American, All-Jayhawk and Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors *Selected in the third round (89th overall) of the 2002 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars *PLUS how he reunites with former Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells, who was the team’s Executive Vice President of Football Operations BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

INSPIRING: Nigerian American, AKIN AYODELE Reigns in American Football as a Linebacker…Played for Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, and Buffalo Bills…Studied at Purdue University and Coffeyville Community College *Received...

RE-BRANDING NIGERIA IN AMERICA: NIGERIA’S Igbo Lady, CHIOMA UBOGAGU, Most Famous in Orlando City Soccer Club in Florida…British-American Forward plays for National Women’s Soccer League * Earlier glows as Arsenal Football Club Ladies forward in Britain *Named the 2010 Gatorade Texas Player of the Year *Represented United States at the U18, U20 and U23 levels *Won FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup, CONCACAF Women’s U20 Championship in 2012, scoring the championship-winning goal *Made 21 appearances for Gunners, scoring seven times including goals in both her debut and final matches. * PLUS how her grandfather Austin Eneuke played as a former Nigeria and Tottenham Hotspur player BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

RE-BRANDING NIGERIA IN AMERICA: NIGERIA’S Igbo Lady, CHIOMA UBOGAGU, Most Famous in Orlando City Soccer Club in Florida…British-American Forward plays for National Women’s Soccer League * Earlier glows as Arsenal Football Club...

FALLOUT OF LAGOS@50: ‘LAGOS State Speaker, Rt Honorable Mudashiru Obasa called me to Apologise for Oversight in Honorees’ List’-BASH Ali, Nigeria’s oldest boxing champion *Confesses program was a privately-sponsored event *Promised to under-write all my expenses from my destination to-and-fro Lagos * ‘It was not done deliberately to spite me’ * ‘There is a HUGE picture of me under National Stadium bridge’ BY KUNLE AYORINDE/SPORTS REPORTER, LAGOS

FALLOUT OF LAGOS@50: ‘LAGOS State Speaker, Rt Honorable Mudashiru Obasa called me to Apologise for Oversight in Honorees’ List’-BASH Ali, Nigeria’s oldest boxing champion *Confesses program was a privately-sponsored event *Promised...