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BORN TO REIGN: Lagos bullied boy, ISRAEL ADESANYA in New Zealand knocks-out opponent to become UFC World Middleweight Champion…endured Racial Abuse, street-fighting from the age of 10 *30 year old now celebrated as one of the best fighters in the world *Crushes Robert Whittaker’s dentition out in two rounds before a crowd of 57,000 in Melbourne * earlier trained in taekwondo in Nigeria, fighting professional kickboxing bouts in 2011 * ‘I struggled to fit in and never felt accepted in my adopted country because of my race and being an African immigrant. It was weird being the only black kid around. I had to defend myself a lot. ‘I’m cheeky, I’m annoying so I’d always get myself into trouble and eventually I had to learn how to defend myself. That’s when my search for fighting came through’-Adesanya BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

BORN TO REIGN: Lagos bullied boy, ISRAEL ADESANYA in New Zealand knocks-out opponent to become UFC World Middleweight Champion…endured Racial Abuse, street-fighting from the age of 10 *30 year old now celebrated...

Resolving Xenophobia in Africa: BUHARI Strikes deal in Mandela’s Country…Nigeria, South Africa to issue 10-year Visa to Businessmen, Academics, Frequent Travelers *Agreement reached at 9th Bi-National Commission of South Africa and Nigeria meeting in Pretoria *Decision taken to encourage more people-to-people contacts among citizens of both countries and further strengthen socio-cultural, economic and political relations *During meeting at the Union Buildings, Presidential Palace of South Africa, the two presidents agreed on early warning signals to nip violence in the bud before it escalates BY NOPESA PUNUELL/DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENT, PRETORIA in South Africa

Resolving Xenophobia in Africa: BUHARI Strikes deal in Mandela’s Country…Nigeria, South Africa to issue 10-year Visa to Businessmen, Academics, Frequent Travelers *Agreement reached at 9th Bi-National...

TRENDING GLOBALLY: Lagos-born 7ft 3 inches giant Wrestler, JORDAN OMOGBEIN takes over WWE in America…25year old signed mouth-watering deal, beats competitors to surrender in NXT *Debut in World Wrestling Entertainment in a Two-On-One Handicap match *earlier a college basketball player for the University of South Florida and for Morgan State University * After his Nigerian family migrated to the United States, he attended and graduated from Atlantic Shores Christian Academy in Chesapeake, Virginia *Met basketball legend Hakeem Olajuwan during the USF Bull’s team trip to Houston, Texas, played center position for the Morgan State Bears from 2014-2015 BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

TRENDING GLOBALLY: Lagos-born 7ft 3 inches giant Wrestler, JORDAN OMOGBEIN takes over WWE in America…25year old signed mouth-watering deal, beats competitors to surrender in NXT *Debut in World Wrestling...

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ‘I Didn’t See my Appointment to Nigeria’s Honorable Minister of Labour and Employment (State) coming’-TUNDE MOSHOOD Junior, Special Assistant, Media & Communications * We will be operating an Open-House style for trained journalists to verify any information * A new dawn in information dissemination, smooth access to media performance in our ministry * Minister of State Labour and Employment already attracting interest from foreign partners. Had William’s Dominic who’s the Political Counselor at the British Embassy in our ministry to discuss possibly synergy on foreign investments and cooperation with Nigeria *Recalls glorious days of Festus Keyamo (SAN) at the Gani Fawehinmi’s chambers *PLUS plans to leave a lasting legacy for Nigerians, diplomats, foreigners, members of the press GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU, AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ‘I Didn’t See my Appointment to Nigeria’s Honorable Minister of Labour and Employment (State) coming’-TUNDE MOSHOOD Junior, Special Assistant, Media & Communications * We...

WORLD Exclusive Interview: ‘I was with my Father, Chief Hubert Ogunde at Cromwell Hospital, West London in his last moment’- Bayo Ogunde, son to Nigeria’s foremost Theatre & Cultural icon …Reveals fond memories as far back as in the 60’s, 70’s * How Nigerian Government invited him to start the National Troupe * Converged artistes from all over Nigeria in their home town of Ososa via Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State *Plans underway to celebrate Ogunde at a later date in Great Britain * Only arts, culture, music students’ researchers yearn after Ogunde’s works, others run after Western/Asian cultures * PLUS how the family built on their Estate in Ososa, The Hubert Ogunde Living History Museum opened to the public and made available the Complete musical works of Dr Hubert Ogunde (a 13CDs Box-Set) for sale at The Ogunde Villa 3, Noble Street, Alagomeji, Yaba, Lagos GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU, AMERICA Foreign Bureau Chief (Naija Standard Newspaper)

WORLD Exclusive Interview: ‘I was with my Father, Chief Hubert Ogunde at Cromwell Hospital, West London in his last moment’- Bayo Ogunde, son to Nigeria’s foremost Theatre & Cultural icon …Reveals fond...

HEARTLESS! Nigeria’s Convicted Drug importer in Australia, PATRICK NWEKE inside Sydney’s Villawood Detention centre smuggled several mobile phones to dupe an American disability pensioner $US400,000…creates Fake Romance scheme, later tricked Peter Strand into Trafficking drugs to evade customs *Coordinate operatives in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia to lure Strand to Sydney airport with 2.5 kilograms of cocaine * Suspect criminal network target the elderly and vulnerable to become couriers * Strand lost his job as an electrical salesman, his marriage crumbled * “I received an email from a scammer posing as a Nigerian Government official offering to help retrieve funds. It was extremely well organised. That’s mind-boggling, absolutely mind-boggling and let alone out of Australia, but out of a detention facility — how is that possible?”-Victim * “They would coordinate their travel arrangements, they would put them up in hotels, they would provide them with money, aeroplane tickets and then upon receipt, they would take acceptance of the drugs and introduce them into the market. Mr Strand as a prize catch because he was broke, sick and frail. The people controlling the man are in Spain”-Australian Police BY TINA IBIDUN/SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, SYDNEY & GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

HEARTLESS! Nigeria’s Convicted Drug importer in Australia, PATRICK NWEKE inside Sydney’s Villawood Detention centre smuggled several mobile phones to dupe an American disability pensioner $US400,000…creates Fake...

HISTORIC MOVIE ON MISSING CHIBOK GIRLS: Nigeria’s Documentary ‘Daughters of Chibok’ win The LION OF AWARD at Venice Film Festival…Movie reflects true life story of Yana Galang, 51-year old woman whose daughter was among the 276 girls kidnapped in April 2014 from their school dormitory in Chibok, northeast Nigeria * Nigeria born Film Director, Joel Kachi Benson determined to take the world to the women of Chibok still living in incredible pain of their kidnapped daughters’ absence *His words: “When my name was announced as the winner and I walked up on stage, it was the most surreal thing ever! Almost like an out of body experience. But I knew this was an opportunity to remind the world that Chibok is still here and the story doesn’t have an ending yet. And so we must not forget” * ‘Everyday, I wash and fold my daughter’s clothes — praying that she will one day be released from the den of Boko Haram. Rifkatu my daughter, for five years I have wept and waited, praying for you to return. I will not stop praying for you. I will never stop, and I know that one day my prayers will be answered’-Galang cries *PLUS how crew spent several days in the small village in Borno State speaking to families of those affected by Boko Haram abductions BY AHMED ALWALI/MOVIE REPORTER, VENICE

HISTORIC MOVIE ON MISSING CHIBOK GIRLS: Nigeria’s Documentary ‘Daughters of Chibok’ win The LION OF AWARD at Venice Film Festival…Movie reflects true life story of Yana Galang, 51-year old woman whose...

BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria’s KING of Comedy, ALI BABA Storms America for 2019 Independence Anniversary…Red Carpet event holds LIVE in Dallas October 4-5 at 7pm to 12midnight * Independence weekend groove stages at Swayz Ballroom, 9750 Walnut Street, Dallas 75243 * Cheap earlybird ticket now on sale at $30, VIP ticket $60, for VIP tables dial: +1469-335-3458 *Historic ceremony powered by Ateam, TK Dallas, Jude Ngene * Ali Baba promises fresh and new rib-cracking jokes to reflect major events in Nigeria BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICA FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria’s KING of Comedy, ALI BABA Storms America for 2019 Independence Anniversary…Red Carpet event holds LIVE in Dallas October 4-5 at 7pm to 12midnight * Independence weekend groove stages at...

BREAKING NEWS: Over 20 Arab Ministers confirm attendance for 3days’ UAE 3rd Arab Ministerial Forum on Housing and Urban Development…His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE ready to host dignitaries * UAE’s Ministry of Infrastructure Development & Zayed Housing Programme rolls out press conference on Tuesday 24/9 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Habtoor Palace, Al Habtoor Ballroom A, Ground Floor * Jointly organized by the Ministerial Council for Housing and Construction of the Arab League in conjunction with Council of Arab Ministers of Housing, Reconstruction and the Regional Bureau for Arab States *Historic ceremony discusses issues pertaining future in the fields of housing and development, as discussions revolve around three main questions of inclusive cities for happiness,quality of life, sustainability in housing and urban development BY ABDUL MOHAMMED/ARABIAN SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, DUBAI

BREAKING NEWS: Over 20 Arab Ministers confirm attendance for 3days’ UAE 3rd Arab Ministerial Forum on Housing and Urban Development…His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, Vice President...

CHILD ABUSE! Nigerian Woman, REBECCA OJO ODONSI Sentenced To 6 Years in Jail for Body Injury to Daughter in Ghana…Accused 15-year old daughter of Stealing 3,000Cedis, handing over proceed of crime to Boyfriend *Angrily used a kitchen knife, a pair of scissors to cause her harm, leaving her with bleeding wound * Ghana government returns daughter back to Nigeria woman relative * ‘My daughter is a thief. She had been stealing everything in the house and giving same to her Ghana boyfriend. She stole my two cellphones in the house, 3,000Cedis I collected from the bank and handed everything to her Ghana boyfriend. We have no money to feed. I have no one to run for help. Her father promised to send us money, but nothing has happened since January this year. Ghana government should spare me jail time. They should deport me back to Nigeria’-Cried embattled suspect BY KOJO AKUA/CRIME REPORTER, ACCRA, GHANA

CHILD ABUSE! Nigerian Woman, REBECCA OJO ODONSI Sentenced To 6 Years in Jail for Body Injury to Daughter in Ghana…Accused 15-year old daughter of Stealing 3,000Cedis, handing over proceed of crime to Boyfriend *Angrily used...