Thursday, November 30, 2017

Libya Returnee: I Witnessed The Sale Of 20 Nigerian Girls And Death Of 25 (Photo)

A Nigerian returnee from Libya has revealed that 25 compatriots, ferried from Nigeria to Libya by a trafficker identified as Charles, perished in the Sahara Desert, in the course of the journey.

The returnee, who identified himself as Alex Otoide, from Edo state, said seven members of the group also died inside a Libyan jail.

“We were 55 that travelled from here to Libya, 25 people died in the desert.More than seven people died from hunger and thirst inside the prison”, Otoide said in a report published by TheNation newspaper today.

Otoide spoke with journalists in a government camp in Benin City.

He said the human trafficking agent, Charles collected the N500, 000 from him with a promise of a better life in Europe.He, however, regretted that instead of Europe, he ended up in a Libyan jail.

He said but for providence, things could have been worse for him as he witnessed the sale of 20 Nigeria girls in the prison where they were all kept.

“They sold about 20 girls in the night. I saw it. It was God that saved me.”
“I left Nigeria with N500,000. I spent six months in Libya jail after the man that took my money ran away.
The Nation reported that many of the returnees look skinny and exhausted while some of the women among them came back to the country with babies, whose fathers are not known.

Charles, the returnees said, is running a transit camp in Libya for those who wanted to travel illegally across the Mediterranean to Europe.

He regularly made a trip back to Nigeria where he persuaded desperate young men and women that he can help them to get to Europe from Libya for a fee of about N500, 000.

But according to the deportees, after collecting the money, Charles usually abandoned them in Libya.

The human trafficking kingpin reportedly operated several bank accounts with different names in Nigeria through which he collected money from victims.

They alleged Charles kept Nigerians for days without food in his camp in Libya. Many of the migrants don’t even make it to Libya as they died of exhaustion in the Sahara desert, according to the migrants.

Osas Blessing, one of the returnees said Charles is among those nicknamed “burgers” or “connection man” on the Libya route.

He said:
“I gave Charles N450, 000 but when I got to Libya he increased it to N600, 000. He is very wicked. He does not care for human life. He is a Benin man. He will say if you die you die. He pushed us into the sea at the wrong time.
“I heard he just left Nigeria with new passengers to Libya. He has frustrated many Nigerians.”

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Ronaldo Gives Real Madrid List Of Three Players To Buy

Football star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has reportedly given the club a shortlist of three players they must bring in next year. 

Madrid are eight points off Barcelona, who currently occupy top spot in La Liga. Ronaldo has eight goals in five games in Europe, but has managed to net only twice in nine league matches, as the champions struggle to impress on the domestic front.

The Portugal captain has also been outspoken on the club’s decision to allow experienced backup players like Pepe, Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez to depart in the summer.

Diario Gol reports that Ronaldo has appealed to president Florentino Perez to strengthen the squad.

The 32-year-old would like to see Portuguese youngster Goncalo Guedes, PSG defender Marquinhos and a new goalkeeper arrive – with Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa the No.1 target.
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Cristiano Ronaldo Beats Lionel Messi After Gaining 30million Instagram Followers

Real Madri forward, Cristiano Rinaldo, off-field antics have gained him
more Instagram followers than any other athlete in 2017.

But Neymar's online videos secured him more social media
story views than the Real Madrid ace.

Cristiano Ronaldo documented his growing family
on Instagram.

Ronaldo gave his 116milllion followers an exclusive insight
into his private life with a wide range of snapshots.

The Real Madrid striker gained over 30million followers
throughout the year.

The list of Instagram's most followed athletes of 2017 stands
as follows:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Gained 30m followers)
2. Lionel Messi (Gained 21m followers)
3. Neymar Jr (Gained 20m followers)
4. Conor McGregor (Gained 11m followers)
5. Gareth Bale (Gained 8m followers)
6. Paul Pogba (Gained 8m followers)
7. Paolo Dybala (Gained 8m followers)
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Gained 7m followers)
9. LeBron James (Gained 6m followers)
10. James Rodriguez (Gained 5m followers)
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Donjazzy Congratulates Wizkid And Davido For Making Africans Proud

Nigerian recording artist and record producer, Michael Collins Ajereh, better known as Don Jazzy, congratulates Nigerian singers, Wizkid and Davido, for making Africans proud in the MOBO Awards 2017.

Nigerian star boy, Wizkid, beats Jay Z, Cardi B and Drake to win the BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT.

Wizkid, becomes the first African act to win the prestigious award.

The "FIA" crooner, Davido, also beats, Tiwa Savage, Sarkodie, Mr Eazi, Juls and Tekno to win the "BEST AFRICAN ACT".

Donjazzy wrote: Congrats kings. We are proud of you guys. #Nigeria #Africa @Wizkidayo @Davidoofficial #WeCanAllWin See the sky make we fly.
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Billionaire's Daughter, Dj Cuppy Covers The Latest Issue Of Magazine

Billionaire's daughter, Ifeoluwa Otedola, popularly known as Dj Cuppy, covered the latest issue of magazine.

According to Cuppy, if she wasn't a DJ, she'd probably be somewhere in an office, waiting for the weekend to come. Well this is not the case and even better, her career has taken a new turn since her official induction as a singer on her new song with Tekno; Green Light.


Graciously covering the Magazine for the month of November, Cuppy takes both old and new fans through the motions of her interesting yet complicated life as an award-winning serial entertainment entrepreneur and as a young and free 25-year-old who still loves her Minnie Mouse.
Read cover story and see more stunning pictures here

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Kendall Jenner Is The Most Followed Model On Instagram

Kendall Jenner is on a roll. After dethroning Gisele Bundchen to emerge the highest paid model of 2017, Kendall is now the most followed model on Instagram.

The 20-year-old model boasts of 85 million followers, the second highest is Cara Delevingne who has less than half that amount with 40.7 million followers.
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Indian Jails 8 Donkeys For Eating Expensive Plants (Photo)

Eight donkeys have spent four days in an Indian jail for eating expensive plants. They did not go for trial. They were summarily incarcerated as the illegal eating took place near a prison.

It all happened in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The animals were arrested after eating  up “expensive” plants just outside the compound of the main jail in the state’s Jalaun district, over 200 km from capital Lucknow.

“Various types of saplings were planted in the jail premises for beautification. Those were damaged by the donkeys. Hence, I rounded them up,” jail chief Sita Ram Sharma told the media.

The donkeys were freed on Monday after a local politician of the state’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) intervened in the wake of a plea by the owner of the donkeys.

“For two days, I could not find my horses and donkeys. When I came to know that they are in jail, I sought the help from local BJP leaders to secure their release,” owner Kamlesh S. said.

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MOBO Awards 2017: Davido Wins Best African Act

The 'FIA' crooner, Adeleke David, popularly known as Davido, was also a big winner at the MOBO Awards 2017 in London.

The singer wins the Best African Act 2017. 

Davido, was nominated alongside Wizkid (who won Best International Act),
Wande Coal, Eugy, Maleek Berry, Tiwa Savage, Juls, Mr eazi, Sarkodie and Tekno.

Congrats to him.
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MOBO Awards 2017: Wizkid Beats Jay Z, Drake, Cardi B To Win Best International Act

Nigerian singer, Wizkid, has added a major feather to  his cap. The 'Ojuelegba' crooner won the award for Best International Act at the 2017 MOBO Awards.

He was nominated alongside, Jay Z, Drake , Cardi B, Kendrik Lamar, Travis Scott, DJ Khaled, Solange and SZA.

Wizkid has now become the first African Artist to have won the BET Award and MOBO Award for Best African Act, MTV EMA for Best Worldwide Act and also the MOBO Best International award .
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Throwback Photo Of Ime Bishop At 3

Nigerian actor and comedian, Ime Bishop often called Okon Lagos or Udo, shares his throwback photo on Instagram. The hilarious Okon, was 3-year-old when he took the photo.

He wrote; I knew this back sometime ago. Just think I gotta include it again in my #festivalofthrowbacks today. That's me a 3 #Okonlagos #Okonrepublic #iyammi #chisos

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Jay-Z Has Confirmed That He's Working On A Joint Album Wiith Beyonce

American rapper, Jay -Z, has confirmed rumours that he and his wife, Beyonce, worked on a joint album. 

In a new interview for T Magazine’s holiday issue, JAY-Z said they had been working on a collaborative album during the making of their respective releases 4:44 and Lemonade.

When asked if the two had a discussion about putting out such intimate records, JAY-Z responded, 

“It didn’t happen that way.... We were using our art almost like a therapy session. And we started making music together.”“And then the music she was making at that time was further along. So her album came out as opposed to the joint album that we were working on. Um, we still have a lot of that music. And this is what it became. There was never a point where it was like, ‘I’m making this album.’ I was right there the entire time.”
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FG Declares December 1st Public Holiday

Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday December 1st, as public holiday. this is to celebrate the Muslim Eid-El-Maulud. 

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, made this known on behalf of the federal government, via a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja.
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War Criminal Dies After Drinking Poison In Court

A Bosnian Croat war criminal has died in hospital after drinking poison during an appeal hearing in The Hague.
Slobodan Praljak, 72, died in hospital, with the United Nations court announcing that the courtroom was now “a crime scene.”

On hearing that his 20-year jail term had been upheld, the ex-commander of Bosnian Croat forces said he was not a criminal and then drank from a bottle, the BBC reports.

In 2013, he was sentenced for crimes in the city of Mostar during the Bosnian war in 1992-95.

Praljak was one of six former Bosnian Croat political and military leaders up before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

They were attending the final appeals judgment to be handed down by the court.
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Sale Of Nigerians In Libya, Slap On Our Face – Senate

The Senate has begun the investigation of the alleged sale of illegal African migrants “mostly Nigerians” as slaves in Libya, which it described as a slap on the face of Nigeria.

The probe was based on a motion moved by Senator Baba Kaka Garbai (Borno-Central) at the plenary on Wednesday, entitled, ‘Urgent Need to Protect Nigerian Citizens from the Libya Slavery Auction.’

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said there was the need for Nigeria to do more to protect its citizens. He said, “As a country, truly, it is a slap on the face of all of us if Nigerians can be treated in this manner. Like somebody said, Ivory Coast that is not as big as us is taking action to see how they can bring their own citizens back. We need to be doing similar things.”

The lawmakers unanimously granted prayers of the motion, including to “condemn in totality the current depravity and sheer animalism being exhibited by these Libyans selling fellow Africans as slaves.”

They also urged the Federal Government to urgently investigate how many Nigerians were affected by the slave sales.

The lawmakers also urged the Federal Government to urgently commence the process of repatriation and rehabilitation of Nigerian citizens “caught up in these despicable treatment and human rights abuses.”

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Arsenal 5 - O Huddersfield: The Gunners Maintained Their Perfect Home Record

Mesut Ozil inspired Arsenal to a dominant victory over Huddersfield as the Gunners maintained their perfect home record in the Premier League this season.
The midfielder, back in the side after recovering from injury, scored one goal and provided two assists as the hosts made it seven wins from seven at the Emirates.
Alexandre Lacazette gave Arsenal an early lead with a confident finish after being put through by Aaron Ramsey's clever flick.
The visitors went close to an equaliser when Petr Cech pushed Steve Mounie's shot onto the bar not long after the restart.
But Arsenal scored three goals in four minutes to end Huddersfield's hopes of getting a surprise result.
Ozil played a one-two with Alexis Sanchez before the former teed up substitute Olivier Giroud to convert from six yards out.
Soon after, Sanchez made it three with a volley from Ozil's lofted pass.
Ozil capped a superb individual display with a goal, placing the ball beyond Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl after being put through by Ramsey, before Giroud's close-range finish in the final minutes completed the rout.
Arsenal, who remain fourth, host second-placed Manchester United on Saturday.

Arsenal's superb home run continues

The Gunners had won their 11 previous Premier League games on home soil prior to the visit of Huddersfield, a run stretching back to April.
Against a side that had not won away from home since the opening game of the season, win number 12 for the hosts always seemed likely, a view that was only enhanced when Lacazette struck after just three minutes.
The early goal hinted at a long night for the visitors, but Arsenal - initially - failed to build on it. They laboured for more than an hour against a disciplined Terriers side, misplacing passes in defence and leaving gaps that more clinical sides than Huddersfield would have exploited.
But when the second goal arrived on 68 minutes, the Huddersfield defence wilted and, with Giroud also hitting the post and Sanchez shooting over from close range, the win could have been even more comprehensive.
The victory for Arsenal, who have now scored 20 goals in seven home games and conceded just four, sets them up nicely for the visit of Jose Mourinho's side this weekend. Should the Gunners win that game then they will move to within a point of United.
"We wanted to take advantage of being at home and we did that again," said Ramsey after the game.
"It is another three points and now we can go into the Manchester United game at the weekend full of confidence. Hopefully it will be a very successful week for us."
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Man City 2-1 Southampton: Magnificent Sterling Gave City A Late Win

Raheem Sterling's 96th-minute winner sank Southampton to give Manchester City a club-record 12th-successive Premier League victory which restores their eight-point lead at the top of the table.
Sterling had scored decisive late goals in City's previous two wins, over Feyenoord and Huddersfield, but his third strike of the week was his most dramatic of the lot, and sparked wild celebrations from City boss Pep Guardiola and his bench.
City had taken the lead at the start of the second half when Saints defender Virgil van Dijk got the final touch on Kevin de Bruyne's free-kick.
But it appeared Saints got their reward for a determined display when Romeu swept home Sofiane Boufal's pull-back with 15 minutes remaining.
Sterling, who has now scored 13 goals this season, had other ideas.
He had already seen a goal disallowed for a foul on Saints keeper Fraser Forster moments earlier, but was not to be denied - cutting in from the left, exchanging passes with De Bruyne and bending the ball past Fraser Forster.
Guardiola's side had already made the most successful start in Premier League history, with 37 points from their first 13 games.
This win saw them become the first side to reach 40 points from 14 games, and maintains the advantage of eight points over Manchester United that they had at the start of the week.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

West Brom Appoint Alan Pardew As New Manager

English Premier League strugglers, West Brom Albion, today appointed Alan Pardew as their new manager following the sacking of Tony Pulis. 

The former West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace boss has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract at the club, languishing just two points above the relegation zone.

Alan Pardew, said;
“I’m thrilled with the opportunity Albion have provided and looking forward to getting to work with what I consider to be a talented group of players,”
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"Marry A Kenyan And Get Visa On Arrival" - Kenyatta Tells All Africans

Any African can get a visa on arrival in Kenya, and will be free to settle in the country if they marry a Kenyan, removing restrictions on some nations, President Uhuru Kenyatta said.
“If you wish and find a willing partner, you can marry and settle in Kenya,” he said during his inauguration address after being sworn-in for a second term in office, saying the move was designed to cement African ties. 

According to him: “This commitment we make again with no requirement for reciprocity.”
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45-Year-Old Man Who Cut Off Girlfriend's Nipples With Scissors Sentenced To 45 Years Imprisonment

A 45-year-old South Dakota man has been sentenced to 45 years imprisonment for cutting his ex-girlfriend’s breasts with scissors.
Tony Ledbetter of Sioux Falls,45, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault. As part of his plea deal, prosecutors agreed to ask for no more than a 30 year sentence, but Judge Doug Hoffman went against the agreement giving Ledbetter a heftier sentence.
Ledbetter was accused of slicing off the woman’s nipples with a pair of scissors after an argument they had last year. Since then though, Ledbetter has publicly apologized, to which the victim responded, “Do you feel like a man?”
The victim said in court that the incident affected her physically and emotionally.
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Saudi Prince Freed After Returning $1 Billion Following Corruption Charges

Senior Saudi Prince, Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading coRPri to the throne, was freed after reaching an “acceptable settlement agreement” with authorities paying more than $1 billion, a Saudi official said on Wednesday.

Miteb, 65, son of the late King Abdullah and former head of the elite National Guard, was among dozens of royal family members, ministers and senior officials who were rounded up in a graft inquiry partly aimed at strengthening the power of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The official, who is involved in the anti-corruption campaign, said Miteb was released on Tuesday after reaching “an acceptable settlement agreement”. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed but the official said it is believed to be the equivalent of more than $1 billion.

“It is understood that the settlement included admitting corruption involving known cases,” the official said.

According to a Saudi official, Prince Miteb, was accused of embezzlement, hiring ghost employees and awarding contracts to his own firms including a $10 billion deal for walkie talkies and bulletproof military gear worth billions of Saudi riyals.

The allegations against the others included kickbacks, inflating government contracts, extortion and bribery.

The claims could not be independently verified.

Saudi authorities had been working on striking agreements with some of those in detention, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for their freedom.

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Libya Slave Trade: Davido And Wizkid Agrees On One Thing

Two Nigerian musical bosses, Wizkid and Davido, both agrees on one thing. The slave trade in Libya has to end. 

The duo both used the same image to ass across their message.

Wizkid simply used a heartbroken emoji while Davido wrote;
What a wicked world we live in!!!! We need to come together to fix this!! ME I GALANT FOR THE MATTER!! CLEAR!!
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My Fans Take Heart, I Think I Was Very Stupid, Please Forgive Me - Paul Okoye Apologizes To Fans

Paul Okoye, whose stage name is now "Rudeboy", has expressed regrets  for making their family issues public following Psquare split.

The "Fire Fire" crooner who was at BeatFm recently told Olisa Adibua he regrets his actions.

He said;
“My fans, take heart. As e dey break my heart, na so e dey break una heart. “I think I was very stupid, in that aspect. Something got into me. I couldn’t stand him. But what I did, I regretted it. Please forgive me for that and let me move on.”
Though he believes every family faces its own issues. “Everybody has problems in their families, everyone has issues,” he said.

Aasked if he’d ever collaborate with his brother, Peter for PSquare again, he simply said; “I don’t know”.
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Revealed! Why Wizkid's "Manya" Video Was Removed From YouTube

Wizkid's latest hit, Manya was taken down from Youtube for other reasons, it has been revealed that, the video was taken off his Vevo and Starboy accounts due to his contract with Sony.

The contract allegedly places a limitation on the amount of local content he can release.

This might explain why he didn't release the video for Medicine featuring Flavour and Phyno, despite gushing over the video two months ago.

According to reports, the song, Manya is originally owned by producer,Mut4y of Legendury Beatz.It has now been removed from Wizkid's account  where it had amassed over 1.5 million views in a week. However, the video is still on Mut4y’s YouTube account where it has been viewed aover 80,000 times.
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Nigerian Woman Jailed In Dubai For Human Trafficking, Flees

Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other releated offences have launched a manhunt for a 33-year-old woman, Perebi Otubo, who was jailed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for trafficking Nigerian girls.
Otubo, who is reportedly hiding in an unidentified location in Nigeria, allegedly belonged to an international syndicate which trafficked girls to Dubai and Abu Dhabi cities to work as commercial sex workers.
Our correspondent learnt that Otubo, who hails from Bomadi, Delta State, went into hiding in Nigeria after she returned from Dubai in July 2017.
The woman reportedly fled when some members of the syndicate were arrested by NAPTIP.
The agency’s Head, Press and Public Relations, Josiah Emerole, who confirmed the manhunt, said Otubo’s accomplices were being prosecuted in the court.
Emerole said, “Otubo is wanted for human trafficking. She has been linked to an international human trafficking ring that specialises in trafficking young girls from Nigeria to Dubai and Abu Dhabi in UAE for sexual exploitation.
“She was recently jailed in Dubai for human trafficking. She was released in July 2017 and is currently at large, hiding somewhere in Nigeria. Her accomplices and recruiters in Nigeria have been arrested by NAPTIP and are currently facing prosecution in court. We want the public to assist us in locating her.”
Also, the anti-trafficking agency said it had met with tour operators, travel agents and airline operators to ensure that human traffickers did not infiltrate them.
The NAPTIP Director-General, Julie Okah-Donli, said travel agents must be mindful of the clause in their contract agreement that travellers shall not “be exploited at their places of destination.”
Okah-Donli noted that the penalty for aiding and abetting a human trafficker, intentionally or unintentionally upon conviction, was “a jail term and a fine of not more than N10m.
“Tour operators and travel agents cannot afford to passively sit by while human trafficking is promoted through their means of livelihood. They must recognise the signs of trafficking and possible exploitation and how to report such cases to us,” she said.

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Extremely Wicked! Newborn Baby Boy Died After His Mother Threw Him Into A Pit Toilet

A young woman, 24, has been arrested after she gave birth to a baby boy and threw him into a pit toilet in Ga-Rafiri village, Lebowakgomo, South Africa.
Police spokesperson Lt Col Moatshe Ngoepe says SAPS have noted with great concern, the increase in cases of new born babies being thrown into pit toilets by their mothers, despite campaigns conducted in an effort to raise awareness on structures within the Saps and its sister departments.
“Police were notified, reacted swiftly and rescued the infant who is currently recuperating in hospital,” Ngoepe said.
Photos:  Newborn baby rescued after his mother threw him into pit toilet
Department of Health’s spokesperson, Thabiso Teffo says emergency services stabilized the baby and he was taken to the Zebediela Hospital.
Sadly, new reports say that the infant died in hospital while receiving medical attention.
The suspect is due to appear before the Magatle Periodical Court soon on a charge of attempted murder.
“The suspect in this matter has appeared before the Matlala Periodical Court for murder, she was released on warning and the case was postponed to 18 December 2017 for further police investigations to take place,” Ngoepe explained.
The Provincial Commissioner, Lt.General Nneke Ledwaba, has condemned these acts, especially in the duration of 16 days of activism on violence against women and children.
Furthermore, Ledwaba has sent a stern warning to those taking part in these ‘heinous acts’, that they will be dealt with harshly without compromise.
“Mothers are supposed to be the nurturers and protectors of children. It is now becoming a regular tendency and members of the community are advised to consult the helping professionals for family problems, with some departments, such as the Department of Social Development offering these services for free,” concluded Ledwaba.
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From A Stripper To A Grammy Award Nominated Rapper! Cardi B Nominated For Both Best Rap Song And Rap Performance Song (See Her Reaction)

The former stripper turned rapper, Card I B, was nominated in two cateogories for the 60th Grammy Awards holding in 2018.
Card I B's chart topping track, "Bodak Yellow" has transformed her life.
Best Rap Performance:
“Bodak Yellow” — Cardi B
Best Rap Song:
“Bodak Yellow” — Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B)
See her reaction to the nomination below;
From a stripper to a Grammy award nominated rapper! Cardi B nominated for both Best Rap song & Rap Performance song
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Eto'o Denied Saving "Slaves" From Libya

Former Barcelona star, Samuel Eto'o has denied claims that he personally donated money or purchased plane tickets for Cameroonian migrants so they could return home.

People on social media are sharing photos appearing to show migrants returning home from Libya after being released from slavery.

However, the top image dates back at least a year and shows migrants leaving Libya for Burkina Faso, BBC reports.

In a post on his Facebook page, he said "this rumour is completely baseless".

He urged his followers to act to prevent the terrible plight of migrants rather than react to it, adding that "among the victims will be people who we've lived alongside at some point".
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