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WORLD EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH United States Govt: AMERICA is awarding $4million Grant for project Action against Child Labor Trafficking in West Africa-THEA LEE, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs *‘Project to support ECOWAS and the Federal Government of Nigeria in implementing regional and national action plans that will address child labor crisis from December 2022 to December 2026’ *To avert Corruption: ‘The Department of Labor has a rigorous process to select our grant recipients and partners, we will continuously monitor our projects to ensure proper accountability of funding’ *“We want to be good stewards of taxpayer money while implementing the Biden-Harris Administration’s worker-centered policies”-LEE *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Senior Investigative Editor

WORLD EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH United States Govt: AMERICA is awarding $4million Grant for project Action against Child Labor Trafficking in West Africa-THEA LEE, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs *‘Project to support ECOWAS...

Living the Dream: ‘Gifted Hands’ Genius Nigerian woman, PEJU ALATISE rule the world of Arts, ‘Ascension’ artwork sold highest in Nigeria’s Art Auction at 4.4 million Naira … fights against injustice of the present through a vision of a safer imaginary future for little girls by addressing the issue of child labor *Use arts to combat societal issues, incorporating literature, symbolism and traditional Yoruba mythology into works *Work exhibited at Venice Biennale’s 57th edition, themed Viva Arte Viva (Long Live Art), 2014 Casablanca Biennale in Morocco, Cooper Gallery for African and African American Art Harvard University, 2017, Resignification of Black Body; 2016 in Museo Bardini- Florence. Other works featured in Familiar boundaries-Infinite possibilities exhibition, August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, USA, Resignification of Black bodies, Palermo, Italy, Curator- Awam Ampka (New York University), June 2018; Péju Alatise Memoirs of the forgotten, 2019 Sulger Buel Gallery, London Intricacies: Fragment & Meaning, Aicon Gallery, New York, 2019 *A graduate of Architecture created a group of life-size figures based on the life of a servant girl to become a recipient of the 2017 FNB Art Prize in Johannesburg, South Africa *She is a Nigerian artist, poet, writer; a fellow at the National Museum of African Art influenced by David Dale, Bruce Onabrakpeya, Nike Monica Davies, Susanna Wenger, Nigerian and Yoruba culture *“”When I look at the standard in which I want my work to be, I look at what is happening on a global scale. The artists who inspire me are those whose works engage in a way that either informs or inspires you, that talk to the true essence of the human in you and I want my work to do the same”-ALATISE *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Senior Investigative EDITOR

Living the Dream: ‘Gifted Hands’ Genius Nigerian woman, PEJU ALATISE rule the world of Arts, ‘Ascension’ artwork sold highest in Nigeria’s Art Auction at 4.4 million Naira … fights against injustice of the present through a vision...

EDOCHIE’S Family disown YUL’S Second Marriage: ‘Count Us Out, We only Support your First Wife’, says Uche, elder brother to Nollywood actor …We advised against marrying second wife, he won’t listen *YUL hails self, replies family on Instagram amidst controversy, captioned a photo in pidgin wearing an Ibo traditional attire ‘Ezedike’: “Real men own up and take responsibility. Fake men dey hide for back dey run am. EZEDIKE!!! Na man you be” *“I can tell you that Yul’s first wife, May, is a wonderful woman. She is my sister in law. She did not go into any relationship with my brother (Yul) agreeing to be part of any polygamous marriage. That’s the first problem. So I feel for May. It is not fair to her. My family is not in support of his actions. This is not what we do and we are trying our best to console May. What else can we do? Yul was advised against taking a second wife, but my younger brother stuck to his guns because he felt marrying a second woman is the best way to own up to his mistakes and make things right. If he chose to continue on this part, he may convert into being a Muslim where that religion permit him to marry many wives as he wants. For Edochie’s family, we stand solidly behind his first wife”-UCHE on behalf of the Edochie’s family *BY QUNNETH ADEBAYO/MOVIE Reporter, Lagos

EDOCHIE’S Family disown YUL’S Second Marriage: ‘Count Us Out, We only Support your First Wife’, says Uche, elder brother to Nollywood actor …We advised against marrying second wife, he won’t listen   *YUL hails self, replies...

Corruption & Slavery Mentality: RWANDA trades Asylum Seekers’ freedom in Britain for £120million cash payment, turns African country into deportation haven … ‘If you are a Refugee seeking applicant, Asylum person or you came into United Kingdom illegally by boat, train or plane, you will be issued a-one-way ticket and be deported to Rwanda’, says Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister *Immigrants have no statutory right to appeal deportation while in Britain, once inside the plane undocumented immigrants becomes the responsibility of Rwandan government *“Migrants are subject to Rwandan immigration rules as soon as they land. These people will be encouraged to apply for refugee status, and will have no immediate right to return to the UK. Anyone the Rwandan authorities decide to deport-such as people who commit a crime-can be sent to the first ‘safe’ country or their country of origin. Asylum seekers will stay in a hostel while their claims are processed. This is expected to take about three months”-Rwandan government *“We believe that plans to send those claiming asylum to offshore centres would breach three articles of the European convention on human rights and three of the articles of the refugee convention. It could also be challenged under discrimination legislation if, for example, Ukrainians are seen to be exempt”-Senior counsels in London *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Senior Investigative Journalist

Corruption & Slavery Mentality: RWANDA trades Asylum Seekers’ freedom in Britain for  £120million cash payment, turns African country into deportation haven  … ‘If you are a Refugee seeking applicant, Asylum person or you came into...

NAILED: Two Nigerians jailed trying to bribe South African Hawk Police to release arrested Drug Courier ‘brother’ …earlier phoned law enforcement agents to deny suspect’s appearance in court *“The two Nigerian suspects approached one of our investigators as planned, offered an amount of R5 000 in order to ensure their brother’s release. The pair offered to pay an additional amount to make the case disappear. The pair was consequently arrested and charged for corruption”-Hawk Police after a sting operation *BY FOLABI AIYEDOLA/JUDICIAL Correspondent in South Africa

NAILED: Two Nigerians jailed trying to bribe South African Hawk Police to release arrested Drug Courier ‘brother’ …earlier phoned law enforcement agents to deny suspect’s appearance in court *“The two Nigerian suspects approached one...

HOPE ALIVE FOR THE MASSES: Nigeria’s House Tenants may no longer have to Pay a year in Advance for Rent…Senate debating a law to make yearly upfront rents illegal in the capital, Abuja *Lagos state government hoping to act as a guarantor in a new payment system, landlords will be encouraged to switch to accepting monthly rents *Before now Nigerian landlords prefer large upfront payments to reduce chances of tenants’ default *Finding 12 months’ rent in advance is an additional burden for millions of the people *KEMI OLUDAYO/Housing Correspondent, Abuja & IKECHUKWU AMAECHI/Reporter

HOPE ALIVE FOR THE MASSES: Nigeria’s House Tenants may no longer have to Pay a year in Advance for Rent…Parliamentarian debating a law to make yearly upfront rents illegal in the capital, Abuja *Lagos state government hoping to act as...

CONFESSION: My Nigerian Great Grandfather, NWAUBANI ERASMUS OGOGO ORIAKU Greatest Slave Trader in Bite of Niger Delta-ADAOBI Tricia Nwaubani, poet …gained power and wealth by selling African men, women and children across the Atlantic, carried slave-trading license from the Royal Niger Company in southern Nigeria *Agents of my great grand father captured Igbo slaves across the region, passed them to middlemen through the ports of Bonny/Calabar and sold them to white merchants *African local leaders hand over their daughters in marriage to him to secure his favor, had dozens of wives, a leopard was killed; six slaves were buried alive with him in death *Influence drew the attention of colonial officials who appointed him chief of Umujieze and several other towns, presided over court cases, established churches and schools *Built a guest house where he played host to British dignitaries on land where my parents’ home now stands *Descendants of freed slaves in southern Nigeria called ohu still facing significant stigma, Igbo culture forbids from marrying freeborn people, denies traditional leadership titles such as Eze and Ozo * Our family dissociates ourselves from our great grand father’s wickedness, we are seeking the face of God for mercy, we feel our family is cursed *ADANNA OKORIE/HISTORY Correspondent, Abia State, Nigeria

CONFESSION: My Nigerian Great Grandfather, NWAUBANI ERASMUS OGOGO ORIAKU Greatest Slave Trader in Bite of Niger Delta-ADAOBI Tricia Nwaubani, poet …gained power and wealth by selling African men, women and children across the Atlantic, carried...

My Vision for BringBackOurGirls Movement, Fight against Boko Haram & Police Brutality in Nigeria-AISHA YESUFU, prominent Kano State born Nigerian activist, ENDSARS Movement member …earlier direct attention to the abduction of over 200 girls from a secondary school in Chibok *Graduate of Microbiology from Bayero University Kano overcome the challenge of a girl gender in a heavily patriarchal environment, joined women protestors that marched on the Nigerian National Assembly Abuja complex *Chosen among BBC’s 100 Women in 2020, listed in Top 100 Most Influential Africans in New African magazine in the year 2020 *”I will not be an irresponsible parent and leave this fight for my children. I am ready to sacrifice my life for my children to live. I brought them to this world, and I need to fix the world I put them in”-YESUFU *BY AMINA IBRAHIM/CIVIL RIGHTS Correspondent, Abuja

My Vision for BringBackOurGirls Movement, Fight against  Boko Haram & Police Brutality in Nigeria-AISHA YESUFU, prominent Kano State born Nigerian activist, ENDSARS Movement member …earlier directed attention to the abduction of over...

Breaking News: Nigerian varsity lecturer, Dr. GIDEON IDOWU wins $150,000 (2.3 million Rand) Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Grant in South Africa…Alumnus of Federal University of Technology Akure defeats 292 candidates representing 26 countries in 2021 competition *Winning research explores how, through poorly enforced environmental laws in Africa contributes significantly to global marine plastic pollution, contamination of its freshwater bodies, where rural populations depend for drinking water *Grant established in memory of the late Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer’s lifelong vision of seeing research at the forefront of developing solutions for conserving, and better understanding of our environment for generations to come *“ Dr. Gideon Idowu will lead a group of scientists from 11 African countries looking to gain deep understanding of the impacts of microplastic pollution on human health; loss of aquatic biodiversity, helping inform policy and attitudinal changes across the African continent for generations to come”-Bridget Fury, head of Oppenheimer Generations Philanthropies and chair of the JWO Grant expert pane *BY FREDRICK IMAGBEAGBON/EDUCATION Correspondent, Johannesburg

Breaking News: Nigerian varsity lecturer, Dr. GIDEON IDOWU wins $150,000 (2.3 million Rand) Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Grant in South Africa…Alumnus of Federal University of Technology Akure defeats 292 candidates representing 26 countries...

BREAKING News: Libyan Court orders Gaddafi’s son back into Presidential Race… arguments intensified over conduct of an election aimed at ending a decade of turmoil *Armed men stormed five election centres in western Libya, stealing ballot cards-Elections Commission *‘Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is a figurehead for Libyans still loyal to the former government of his father’-Political Analyst *BY ALIYU AHMED/Political & Judicial Foreign Correspondent, reporting LIVE from Tripoli

BREAKING News:  Libyan Court orders Gaddafi’s son back into Presidential Race… arguments intensified over conduct of an election aimed at ending a decade of turmoil  *Armed men stormed five election centers in western Libya, stealing ballot...