Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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    ‘Nothing has changed’ — NGO says children are still slaving in Ebonyi mines

‘Nothing has changed’ — NGO says children are still slaving in Ebonyi mines

In December, TheCable published an undercover investigation exposing how children are used as cheap labour in stone crushing sites and lead mines in Ebonyi.The children, hired by artisanal miners, work during school hours.By virtue of the hazardous substances they are exposed to, the children become susceptible to tuberculosis, kidney disease, and lung cancer.Six months after the report and despite assurances given [...]

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    UNDERCOVER: In Ebonyi, orphans and little kids are mining in the pits of death

UNDERCOVER: In Ebonyi, orphans and little kids are mining in the pits of death

Story HighlightsMining is a family business in some poor communities in Ebonyi Encouraged by their low rates, artisanal miners often engage child miners to work during school hours Some of the children working in Ebonyi mines and granite sites are orphans Ebonyi solid minerals ministry is handicapped, can't effectively curb child mining Children working at the stone crushing sites [...]

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    The Legend Series: Why I moved back to Nigeria despite making waves abroad, by Ajai-Lycett

The Legend Series: Why I moved back to Nigeria despite making waves abroad, by Ajai-Lycett

An actor's actor is one who is revered and admired for their talent and dedication to the craft. Those who fall into this category give everything while on set; inspire, motivate and help enhance the skill-set of other actors around them.Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, a veteran of the movie industry, is one of such persons. [...]

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    Five signs you are moving too fast in a relationship

Five signs you are moving too fast in a relationship

Moving too fast is rarely a good way to start a relationship, but with the sparks of the early stage of romance, it is easy to miss the fact that you are leaping into things.It is normal to get all loved up and gooey during the honeymoon phase, but if you get caught up in that, you can end up [...]

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    The Legend Series: I had fake friends when I used to drink and smoke, says Sadiq Daba

The Legend Series: I had fake friends when I used to drink and smoke, says Sadiq Daba

Several decades after it held sway on Nigerian television, Sadiq Daba is still well known for his role as 'Bitrus' in 'Cock Crow At Dawn' — a top drama on NTA in the early 1980s.Owing to the weight of his performance, 'Bitrus' has become unforgettable, permanently crested, etched into the memories of those opportune to be of age to watch the show. [...]

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    WATCH: MI releases video for controversial ‘You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives’

WATCH: MI releases video for controversial ‘You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives’

One week after releasing a song criticising fellow rappers, MI Abaga has put out a video for the controversial 'You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives'.The song has since elicited counter-criticisms and responses from a few rappers. [...]

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    PHOTOS: Queen of drums, Ara, premieres new movie ‘Osunfunke’

PHOTOS: Queen of drums, Ara, premieres new movie ‘Osunfunke’

Ara, better known as the queen of drums, has premiered her new film 'Osunfunke'.The movie which was directed by DJ Tee, features Ricardo Agbor, Baba Wande, Doris Simeon, Yemi Shodimu, Peju Ogunmola, Ijesha, Femi Jacobs, Olamide Adedeji, among others. [...]

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    How Rwanda forged past genocide — and six lessons Nigeria can learn

How Rwanda forged past genocide — and six lessons Nigeria can learn

It takes a deep level of forgiveness to shake hands with the killer of one's father but Gabriel Ndutiye does it – a couple of times every year.He was 11 years old during the Rwandan genocide of 1994 that killed over a million people. He alone survived, losing five brothers and both parents. Although he can never forget, Gabriel has [...]

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    Google will no longer read your mails for personalized ads

Google will no longer read your mails for personalized ads

Google says that it will no longer scan the contents of mails on its free Gmail service for the use of personalized adverts.The company made this announcement in a blog post on Friday. [...]

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    FACE-TO-FACE: Olu Jacobs — the towering giant of African cinema

FACE-TO-FACE: Olu Jacobs — the towering giant of African cinema

Nostalgia is a child of memory - and memory: is a priceless function of experience. Only one who has seen a lot will have tales aplenty to share.In the time Olu Jacobs has been involved in the world of make-believe, many wars have come and gone, several legends have been made and a handful of nations have risen and failed. [...]

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    OBITUARY: Ogbemudia, the governor who spent only three nights in govt house

OBITUARY: Ogbemudia, the governor who spent only three nights in govt house

His mother had many children but she lost quite a number of them, so when he was born, he was named Ogbemudia, which means "this one has come to stay".When he wanted to join the army, his mother wept all night long up until the moment she bade him farewell. She didn't want the child who had "stayed" till adulthood [...]

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    Chocolate City founder, Audu Maikori, ‘rearrested’ by police

Chocolate City founder, Audu Maikori, ‘rearrested’ by police

Audu Maikori, CEO and founder of Chocolate City, has been rearrested by the police.The lawyer and businessman who was arrested in Lagos on Friday has been taken to Kaduna state, says Edward Ayide-Israel, the business development manager of Chocolate City. [...]

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    I had no power to remove you, Atiku tells Akiolu

I had no power to remove you, Atiku tells Akiolu

Atiku Abubakar, former vice president, has told Rilwan Akiolu, oba of Lagos, that he "had no power" to enforce his retirement of  from the police force.The monarch had accused Atiku and Habu Daura, a police commissioner, of persuading former president Olusegun Obasanjo to retire him from the force in 2002.He had said: "Atiku, Daura and others sat down and advised President [...]

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    Akiolu says Atiku, Daura convinced Obasanjo to retire him from police (updated)

Akiolu says Atiku, Daura convinced Obasanjo to retire him from police (updated)

Rilwan Akiolu, oba of Lagos, says Atiku Abubakar and Habu Daura advised former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, to remove him from the Nigerian police force.The monarch said the ex-vice president and the late police commissioner were able to convince Obasanjo to retire him because the Police Service Commission (PSC) "is a toothless bull-dog"Akiolu made this known on Monday at a stakeholders’ meeting held in Victoria [...]

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    Fayemi vows to probe report of mining damage to Okobo residents

Fayemi vows to probe report of mining damage to Okobo residents

Kayode Fayemi, minister of solid minerals development, says his team is reviewing the situation at Okobo, a mining host community in Ankpa local government area, Kogi state.TheCable recently published a report highlighting the adverse environmental and economic impact of coal mining in the community.The minister reacted to the report through his Twitter page, revealing that he had delegated officials from [...]

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    Okobo, the Kogi village where coal mining is killing the people

Okobo, the Kogi village where coal mining is killing the people

In Okobo, life revolves around endless machine grunts, a never-settling haze of dust and a seemingly hopeless battle for crops, rights and sanity.The young, old, senile, and children walk around with a defeated gait, like a people facing an immovable wall who still must try to survive."They are cheating us... they are cheating us," a teenage boy says with agitated fervour, perhaps [...]

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