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INSPIRING: Ebenezer Obey’s former Drummer, SIKIRU ADEPOJU Wins GRAMMY AWARD in AMERICA…earlier Toured, Record several albums with Inter-Reformers Band *He’s Nigerian top percussionist and recording artist in the genres of traditional African music and world music, playing variety of instruments and styles *Arrived AMERICA in 1985, played with O. J. Ekemode’s Nigerian All-Stars, and three months later met Babatunde Olatunji *He’s Master of the talking drum, his father Chief Ayanleke Adepoju, whose very name, Ayan, means ‘descendant from drummers’ *Recorded albums with these artists: Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Airto Moreira, Bola Abimbola, The String Cheese Incident, Zakir Hussain BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

INSPIRING: Ebenezer Obey’s former Drummer, SIKIRU ADEPOJU Wins GRAMMY AWARD in AMERICA…earlier Toured, Record several albums with Inter-Reformers Band *He’s Nigerian top percussionist and recording artist in the genres of traditional...

INSPIRATIONAL IN AMERICA: NIGERIA’S 7-Year-old Comedienne, EMMANUELLA SAMUEL starred in Hollywood DISNEY Project…Received YouTube Gold award, FreshYo Ambassador *Appeared in Advert for Wikipedia, hosted Nickeledeon’s Nick Fest show *Featured as one of the characters in a hugely successful comedy channel on YouTube, Mark Angel Comedy *Awarded Best New Comedienne and Princess of Comedy at the Afro-Australia Music and Movie Awards in Australia *Mark Angel Comedy won Best Sub-Saharan Channel at the YouTube Awards in 2017 *Received Endorsement from Nigeria’s Senate President: “Your story is an inspiration. Come by the @NGRSenate sometime, let’s discuss how we can develop the potential of our young talents in the creative industry”-Bukola Saraki BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

INSPIRATIONAL IN AMERICA: NIGERIA’S 7-Year-old Comedienne, EMMANUELLA SAMUEL starred in Hollywood DISNEY Project…Received YouTube Gold award, FreshYo Ambassador *Appeared in Advert for Wikipedia, hosted Nickeledeon’s Nick Fest...

CRUEL & SHOCKING: NIGERIAN FAMOUS Musician, ZAINAB NIELSEN (Alizee), 4 year old Daughter Killed by European Husband in Banana Island Apartment, Lagos…Over Misunderstanding, Jealousy *Police discovers marks of violence on bodies, homicide unit is investigating * 29 year old Deceased musician billed to perform April 29 in the southern city of Warri * Danish Husband, Peter Schau Nielsen blames the Devil for action * Last year she signed a lucrative deal with Japan-based Petra Entertainment BY JOYCE NWACHUKWU/ENTERTAINMENT WRITER, LAGOS

CRUEL & SHOCKING: NIGERIAN FAMOUS Musician, ZAINAB NIELSEN (Alizee), 4 year old Daughter Killed by European Husband in Banana Island Apartment, Lagos…Over Misunderstanding, Jealousy *Police discovers marks of violence on bodies, homicide...

SAD ORDEAL: ‘I was Kidnapped in Music Arena, My Family/Supporters Sold My Properties, Paid 11 million naira (approx. $30,500 USD) for My Freedom’-OSAYOMORE JOSEPH, Nigerian Highlife Music living Legend …Released Hit Album titled: ’30 Days and 30 Nights in Evil Forest’ *Plans to visit America this Summer, Complain of Financial, Emotional stress * Dragged from car by seven armed men with AK-47s, Wife hit with Bullet *Spends TWO WEEKS recovering in a hospital in Benin City * “They took me on a motorbike into the forest. We saw a small river — little did I know it was a branch of the sea. They put me on a speedboat and drove me very far into the sea. After a time, they branched into a swamp, a very big forest in a swamp, along the Koko River, south of the town of Sapele, in the Delta region-“Osayomore * PLUS His Close Relationship with FELA KUTI BY OSAGHE IGBEDION/ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER, EDO STATE

SAD ORDEAL: ‘I was Kidnapped in Music Arena, My Family/Supporters Sold My Properties, Paid 11 million naira (approx. $30,500 USD) for My Freedom’-OSAYOMORE JOSEPH, Nigerian Highlife Music living Legend …Released Hit Album titled:...

66 YEARS BIRTHDAY IN LAGOS: ‘Bola Ahmed TINUBU is a FOUNTAIN of Ideas for Economic Development, a True Humanitarian, Great Contributor to Nigeria & Africa’s Progress’-President Muhammadu BUHARI …Says ‘HE is a Political Partner and Strategist’ *We are constructing a nation where leaders no longer rule by whim but govern according to law and for the betterment of the people *We will replace Corruption with correctness, Insecurity with safety and Poverty with prosperity * We need massive investments in agriculture, a sector that employs over 65 per cent of our people * The road we tread is rough and hard in spots, but that march is inevitable BY OLUCHI IKENGA/STAFF WRITER, LAGOS

66 YEARS BIRTHDAY IN LAGOS: ‘Bola Ahmed TINUBU is a FOUNTAIN of Ideas for Economic Development, a True Humanitarian, Great Contributor to Nigeria & Africa’s Progress’-President Muhammadu BUHARI …Says ‘HE is...

TRENDING: NIGERIA’S Famous Music RAP Artiste, 2SHOTZ Turns Photographer, Film-maker in AMERICA…Cover Ceremonies, Parties, Events in Texas *Left Nigeria in 2016, Relocates to United States *Had Professional training in Hollywood *Runs a Film-making outfit called ‘Studio High Definition’ BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

TRENDING: NIGERIA’S Famous Music RAP Artiste, 2SHOTZ Turns Photographer, Film-maker in AMERICA…Cover Ceremonies, Parties, Events in Texas *Left Nigeria in 2016, Relocates to United States *Had Professional training in Hollywood *Runs...

UNBELIEVABLE: NIGERIAN Reverend, PATRICK HENRY EDET Dumps Catholic Priesthood for Marriage…Says ‘I Am Happy to Marry a Woman of my Choice, I Will Still make Heaven’ * Boasts: ‘Now I know what I am Missing in Marriage’ * Traditional Wedding took place two days earlier * His wife, Inyene Sampson Akpan, a graduate of University of Uyo hails from Atai Ibiaku Itam in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State *Resigned from priesthood on August 2nd last year during his radio programme, Grace and Inspiration on Planet FM BY MONICA EWEKA/STAFF WRITER, AKWA IBOM

UNBELIEVABLE: NIGERIAN Reverend, PATRICK HENRY EDET Dumps Catholic Priesthood for Marriage…Says ‘I Am Happy to Marry a Woman of my Choice, I Will Still make Heaven’ * Boasts: ‘Now I know what I am Missing in Marriage’ *...

TRENDING IN AMERICA: NIGERIAN-British Actor, DAVID OYELOWO Headlines HOLLYWOOD’S Most Famous Latest Blockbuster Movie ‘GRINGO’…Set for Release worldwide March 9, 2018 in USA, Becomes First Black Actor to play an English king in a major production of Shakespeare * Drama/Action trailer reveals mild-mannered American businessman traveling to Mexico, crosses line from citizen to criminal relating with shady colleagues, international mercenaries, drug lords and Drug Enforcement Administration * I hour 50 minutes movie Celebrates professionalism of Nigerian Actor * Oyelowo in dramatic move screams in Yoruba language ‘Oluwa, Olorun Eledunmare’, translating ‘Lord, God Almighty’ *Movie enjoying great reviews on Cables News Network, BBC, Sky News, New York Times, Daily Mirror Online, TIME Magazine * Oyelowo’s name in America’s Hall of FAME as he earlier played ‘Martin Luther King Jr.’ role in the American biographical drama film ‘Selma’ * Acted MI5 officer Danny Hunter on the British drama series Spooks (known in North America) from 2002 to 2004 *Formed Yoruba Saxon Productions company that co-produced movies which featured him including: Nightingale, Captive, Five Nights in Maine, and A United Kingdom *Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to drama by Queen Elizabeth of England * AWARDS: Received Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actor, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, Got first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

TRENDING IN AMERICA: NIGERIAN-British Actor, DAVID OYELOWO Headlines HOLLYWOOD’S Most Famous Latest Blockbuster Movie ‘GRINGO’…Set for Release worldwide March 9, 2018 in USA, Becomes First Black Actor to play an English...

INSPIRING OVERSEAS: NKECHI OKWUCHI, NIGERIAN Born AMERICA’S GOT Talent Star starred in Hollywood Short Movie ‘A Mother’s Song’…Nominated for Finals of ‘My Rode Reel’ Short Film Competition * Movie recorded in Atlanta to Houston under WOB Films *Cast & Crew showcase natural Talents in United States * “Video we created remains one of my most powerful/meaningful/passionate works till date. It is a short documentary film on the healing power of faith and how a mother connected with her daughter in coma through a song”-Brian C. Ezeike, Film producer BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

INSPIRING OVERSEAS: NKECHI OKWUCHI, NIGERIAN Born AMERICA’S GOT Talent Star starred in Hollywood Short Movie ‘A Mother’s Song’…Nominated for Finals of ‘My Rode Reel’ Short Film Competition * Movie recorded...

MUSIC & AWARENESS CELEBRATION in AMERICA: BOB MARLEY ‘Resurrects’ at 2ND ANNUAL KAYA Festival 2018 in CALIFORNIA…Goal is to Educate, Inspire, Encourage positive public awareness of vast medical and industrial potential of cannabis *Tickets on SALE from January 18, 2018 visit:http://kayafestivals.com/, Marley Foundation writes Naija Standard Newspaper *Events hold April 28 and 29 at the NOS Events Center at 689 S E Street in San Bernardino, California 92408 * Why Press Statement was released on Martin Luther King Jr. Day being half a century since the great Freedom Fighter’s passage * “What we really try to emphasize is education before recreation—to get one to learn about the medical uses, the industrial uses, the environmental benefits, the healing potential of the plant. And to ask why really is there such a fight against this plant?”-Festival founder Stephen “Ragga” Marley * Stephen Marley and his brothers Ziggy, Damian, Julian, Ky-Mani will return for a second historic performance, along with their father’s contemporary, reggae legend Toots Hibbert & The Maytals *QUOTE: “Wake up and turn me loose, Bob Marley sang on the title track of his classic album ‘Kaya,’ released exactly 40 years ago this spring” BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

MUSIC & AWARENESS CELEBRATION in AMERICA: BOB MARLEY ‘Resurrects’ at 2ND ANNUAL KAYA Festival 2018 in CALIFORNIA…Goal is to Educate, Inspire, Encourage positive public awareness of vast medical and industrial potential...