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Naira rain as 43rd CBN Nat’l tennis tourney serves off

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The 43rd CBN National Senior Tennis Open Championship has entered the records of being the best in the history of men and women Singles Championship in the country with the highest Singles prize money of One million naira each for the first positions in both categories.

Disclosing this in Abuja during the Press briefing to usher in the Championship which serves off today, President of Nigerian Tennis Federation (NTF) Akintoju Ifedayo noted that the Federation has enjoyed a very cordial relationship and sponsorship with the country’s apex bank which has spanned over four decades.

Ifedayo further noted that this year’s CBN Senior Tennis Open Championship which attracts male and female youths across the country has created a record of being the highest and best of the championships in the history of its sponsorship in Nigeria, adding that the fact that the Singles first prize money is one million naira in both categories speaks volumes of the bank’s decision to make Tennis sponsorship a priority.

He maintained that the CBN would not have achieved this feat without the support of its sports loving Governor, Godwin Emefiele whom he commended his total commitment towards the development of Tennis in the country.

The NTF President, while assuring the sponsors of benefiting from their commitment, said the Championship has been chunning out great talents in both men and women who have been representing the country at various global and continental tournaments even as he disclosed that the winners of this year’s edition will represent the country at the Davis Cup competition which is equivalent of football world cup competition.

A total of N13, 100, 000.00 has been earmarked as the sponsorship package of the 43rd edition of the championship.

On his part, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele who was represented by the AG. Director Corporate Communication, Department, Osita Nwanisiobi said, “The objective of the senior tennis championship is to create a platform for the discovery, harnessing and grooming of young tennis talents and deploying them to represent the nation at International Tennis Tournaments like the Davies Cup, Billie Jean Cup etc. It has over the years also served as a platform to take young talents off the streets and afford them an opportunity to channel their energy and showcase their talent.”

“Indeed, we can confidently say that this objective has continued to be met every year. Impressively, I am informed that the winners from the Tournament this year are expected to represent Nigeria at the Billie Jean and Davies Cups slated for June 15th to 20th and June 21st to 26th, 2021 respectively. 

“In recognition of the critical role of the youth in nation building, I call on all Nigerian Youth to maximize this opportunity provided by the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigeria Tennis Federation for the discovery, harnessing and grooming of young talents with a view to showcasing them at tournaments locally and internationally. 

“The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), is passionate about the Nigerian youth and sports development. To underscore this commitment, the Management of the Bank has graciously approved an increase in the total prizemoney for the CBN Senior Tennis Open Championship with the winners of both the men’s and ladies’ singles finals getting the star prizes of N1,000,000.00 each.

“It is our expectation that this year’s Championship will be very exciting, and we wish to reaffirm the commitment of the Management of the CBN to sustain sponsorship of the tournament.

“We wish to appreciate the efforts of the Nigerian Tennis Federation in mobilising players to participate in the championship and ensuring the overall success of the event all these years. Let me state clearly that all guidelines set by the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid19 for non-contact sports would be strictly followed and we urge all participants to comply. “


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Shocker! Kidnappers detain pregnant woman till child birth, keep new baby, set mother free

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A pregnant woman, has allegedly been set free and her baby taking away by kidnappers, after detaining her till the birth of her child, introducing a shocking but gory dimension to what has now become a sort of epidemic in parts of Africa.

Reports coming from Ghana, said the woman, who was identified as Josephine Panyin Mensah, was seized and taken away from her home in Takoradi, when her pregnancy was already due at nine months, but that her abductors only allowed her to go, after she gave birth and her baby taken away.

According to the source, the kidnappers who were interested in the unborn baby bolted with the baby after she had been delivered, adding that family sources indicated that the distraught woman is currently receiving treatment at the Effiankwanta Teaching Hospital.

The victim, was said to have gone missing on Thursday, September 16, after she went for a dawn walk in Takoradi, and that the police immediately swung into action leading a search party for her after a report was made to the by her husband, Michael Simmons.


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Breaking: Davido’s photographer dies

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Davido’s official photographer Fortunate Umunname Peter aka Fortune is dead.

He died three months after the hit maker’s close friend and associate, Habeeb Ademola Uthman aka as Obama DMW passed on.

Davido had also lost his bodyguard of six years, Ogbeide Tijani Olamilekan (Teejay) in 2020.

In 2017, Davido lost two friends and team members, Tagbo and DJ Olu.

Fortune was born and bred in Bariga, Lagos but hailed from Owerri.

He has been working with Davido since 2019.

He was born on July 10, 1997 and started off as a graphics designer before he moved to photography after his aunt, Dr. Harriet, got him his first camera which forced him to move back to Lagos from Owerri.

The exceptional photographer has made portfolios for Davido, Pogba, Popcaan, Lilbaby, Cassanova, Mayorkun, Wizkid, Jidenna, Tiwa Savage, Burna boy, Patoranking, Akon, DMW and many others.

His last Instagram post was on July 10 where he made a birthday post with a caption “Rolling stone +1”


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Breaking: Ex-Kwara gov, Jega, Utomi, Duke, others form third Force ahead 2023 elections

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Ahead of the 2023 general elections, prominent Nigerians have established a third force, Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP), to give Nigerians alternative platform to the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Founders of RNP include former governor of Kwara state, Ahmed Abdulfatai, Prof. Pat Utomi, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, former Governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke,

Senator Lee Maeba, Usman Bugaje, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Amb. Nkoyo Toyo, Yomi Awoniyi, Dr. Rose Idi Danladi, Dr. Sadiq Gombe among others.

Delivering his keynote address, Abdulfatai lamented the state of the nation, noting that the high level of nepotism and lack of inclusiveness have given rise to agitations by different ethnic groups.

He recalled that in 2015, Nigerians embraced change, adding that today, “that change appears to be what we didn’t expect, as insecurity has taken over the nation.”

He said, “It is based on this that we decided to set up this Rescue Nigeria Project. We want to salvage this country and see how we can fix the mess. We want to set a template and key criteria leaders must have before they can attain any political position.

“Despite the great opportunities of the past, Nigeria has failed to live up to the dreams of its founding fathers and the hopes of successive generations of its citizens.

“Perhaps, at no other time have these failings become more apparent than in the past decade or so.

“In 2015, Nigerians overwhelmingly embraced the promise of change. These hopes have not only been dashed, but they have arguably turned out to be the worst political statements ever to be made in this country. Nigeria today appears set to fulfill all the prophesies of doom.”

He further noted that “Unprecedented nepotism and political exclusion have left the country more divided than ever as evident in the various separatists agitation that are threatening the corporate existence of the country itself.”

Also speaking, Adeniran noted that there is disaster at hand, hence the move to rescue the nation.

He said: “You only rescue when there is disaster and when you fail to rescue during disaster, it is more dangerous.

“We have a disaster in our hands and we need to rescue the country. We need to look back and see how we get here. We know where Nigeria was before now. We know the task is not going to be easy, but we have to determine how to rescue the nation.”

In his opening remarks, the RNP national coordinator, Usman Bugaje, explained that the Rescue Nigeria Project was founded on the premise that the challenges bedeviling the country were largely derived from poor leadership.


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