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Deadline For Bank Accounts Without BVN Elapses Today 1st January

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THE deadline for customers of Microfinance Banks (MfBs) and Other Financial Institutions (OFIs) without Bank Verification Number (BVN) linked to their accounts has elapsed today, January 1,2018.

If the directive by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) earlier in the year is anything to go by, such customers will be unable to make withdrawals from their accounts henceforth.

The BVN enrolment is a brainchild of the apex bank and the Bankers’ Committee, a body of banks’ managing directors and the CBN.

This is coming as the initial deadline set for July 31, this year was extended. The new directive indicated that by December 31, 2017, all customers of financial institutions operating in the country are expected to have had their BVN.

The CBN, again, assured Nigerians that the BVN is geared towards financial system stability, while ensuring Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) customers are identified and known, so as to prevent those that will use the banking system as a platform to carryout illegal activities.

The CBN had in November written a letter to the Deposit Money Banks in the country, asking them to submit list of customers and bank accounts without bank verification number.

The letter came after a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the CBN and 19 banks to freeze accounts without the BVN and got an interim order seeking the forfeiture of deposits in the accounts without theBVN, among others.

Government has said that there were about 45 million accounts in the banking sector withoutBVN as at February this year. According to the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS), there were 97.57 million accounts in the banking system as at February, 2017, with only 51.72 million of them having BVN. The BVN was introduced in 2014 to ensure that all bank accounts have biometric identification of their owners.

There is raging debate on the legality or otherwise of the planned forfeiture of funds in such accounts without BVN.

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Jesus Never Raised The Dead Nor Healed The Sick – Majid Michel Says In Sermon

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The Ghanaian actor, Majid Michel made a controversial statement about Jesus Christ. He claimed that Jesus did not perform certain miracles commonly associated with him. Specifically, the actor said Jesus never healed sick people. He also stated that Jesus did not raise anyone from the dead. These types of miracles are usually attributed to Jesus in Christian teachings based on the Bible.

Majid Michel spoke about some well-known miracles that people often connect with Jesus. He then made the following statement:

“Do you know Jesus never healed the sick nor raised the dead? Jesus never let the blind see.” This quote directly contradicts many traditional Christian beliefs about Jesus’s miraculous acts.

The Ghanaian actor continued to share his perspective with the audience. He tried to explain his understanding of Jesus’s role and actions. The actor said:

“Do you know what Jesus said? ‘I do nothing by myself. As I see the Father do, I do. In other words, I am Jesus, I have a will, but I will not use my will; only the will of my Father I came to do.'” This suggests that Jesus didn’t act on his own but followed God’s will.

The actor continued by mentioning a well-known story from the Bible. He talked about the time when Satan tried to tempt Jesus. Using this example, he further explains his point of view. He connected this biblical event to his earlier statements about Jesus’s actions. The actor then said:

“If the devil had gotten Jesus to turn that stone to bread without asking his Father’s permission, he had gotten him to sin and that is what you call sin—separation from God, independence from God.” With this statement, the actor means that acting independently of God would have been sinful for Jesus.

The actor shared this video on his Instagram account. He ended his message with a final statement. He said: “When you throw your own plans and make your own decisions without consulting the Father, you have sinned.”

 

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This Ghanaian actor has won awards for his work. For many years now, he has been devoted to his faith in God. He often talks about how he came to believe in Christ. Since his religious conversion, people have seen Majid Michel preaching in churches. He frequently shares his views on religion, which are often different from common beliefs.

Majid Michel acted in a movie called ‘Crime To Christ’. He has expressed strong opinions about religion. He believes that Christianity, Islam, and other religions are causing big problems in the world.

The actor thinks all religions have done harmful things in the past. He says they have been violent and cruel at times. Because of this, Majid suggests that people should not be religious. He thinks people should stay away from organized religion.

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Rema’s ‘HEIS’ Sets Record For Biggest Opening Week On Spotify Nigeria In 2024

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Nigerian music star Rema continues to be a leading force behind the global Afrobeats movement. His latest album, “HEIS,” has become a massive hit on Spotify Nigeria. It smashed records to solidify Rema’s status as a superstar.

Here’s a closer look at Rema’s record-breaking achievements:

Unmatched Opening Week for HEIS Album

“HEIS” amassed 12.3 million streams on Spotify Nigeria during its first week. With this, he established a new benchmark for album debuts on the platform in the country. This surpasses the previous record held by Olamide’s album “Ikigai,” which garnered 7.92 million streams in its opening week.

HEIS Album, Second Highest Overall

“HEIS” falls just short of Davido’s record-breaking “Timeless” album (which holds the number one spot with a phenomenal 14.4 million opening week streams). But it still claims the prestigious number two position on Spotify Nigeria. This achievement demonstrates Rema’s immense popularity and the widespread appeal of “HEIS.”

Building Anticipation with “Benin Boys”

Even before the album’s release, Rema was making headlines with the hit single “Benin Boys” featuring Shallipopi. This track secured the most first-day streams for a song on Spotify Nigeria, effectively generating immense anticipation for the upcoming album.

HEIS Album Dominates Streaming Charts

“HEIS” didn’t just break opening week records; it also dominated its debut day, surpassing Rema’s own previous record for most first-day streams. The album continued its impressive run, reaching a staggering 1.99 million streams the following day. This early dominance indicates the album’s strong connection with listeners and its potential for long-term success.

A Global Star with a Mission

Rema’s success with “HEIS” further cements his place as a global Afrobeats phenomenon. It’s worth noting that his debut album received mixed reviews, with some praising his bold experimentation and others questioning the final product.

Interestingly, at the album’s listening party held in London, Rema expressed a desire to take Afrobeats back to its roots. He feels the genre is being simplified to cater to foreign audiences, and “HEIS” seems to be his effort to push Afrobeats in a more authentic direction.

This mission to preserve the genre’s core identity while still achieving global success makes Rema’s artistic vision particularly intriguing.

Only time will tell how “HEIS” influences the future of Afrobeats, but one thing is certain: Rema is a frontrunner in shaping the sound of the genre for years to come.

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Deyemi Okanlawon Advises Skit Makers Hoping To Go Into Acting

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Deyemi Okanlawon is a Nollywood actor. He recently appeared on the Echoo Room podcast. During the podcast, he talked about social media skit makers. These are people who make short, funny videos for social media platforms.

Some of these skit makers want to become professional actors. Okanlawon had advice for them. He said they need to work very hard to achieve their goals.

The podcast host asked Okanlawon what he thought about skit makers using their videos to enter the acting industry. Okanlawon responded by stressing two important things. He said perseverance is crucial. He also said hard work is necessary.

Okanlawon believes that becoming a successful actor requires more than just making social media videos. He suggests that aspiring actors must put in extra effort to make their dreams come true.

He began, 

“If you’re ever trying to do anything different from the norm, if you’re known for something and you’re trying to do something different, it’s going to be difficult.”

 

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“Nobody is going to readily roll over and allow you; I’ve learned that the hard way. So if anyone finds themselves in that situation, what I would suggest is to just keep that vision alive and keep working towards it,” Deyemi added.

Thinking back on his career…

Deyemi Okanlawon remembered a period when he kept getting cast as the bad guy in movies. Instead of getting discouraged, he saw it as a chance to show everyone he could play all kinds of roles, not just villains.

He explained, 

“There was a time in my career when I was the bad boy of Nollywood; I was the villain and I saw it but I didn’t particularly like it. I wanted to play the loverboy, the good guy or the pastor, but they were giving me the villain.”

He also said that by doing this, directors finally realized he wasn’t limited to playing bad guys.

“I said to myself, ‘This is the opportunity that I have’ to maximise this opportunity and so I took every villain that was ever asked to play and I made them so different and still so believable. They tried to put me in a box but I made sure I painted the box differently and I worked with what I had until people started to realise that I could do more,” he narrated.

The actor advised others facing the same problem. He said to stay strong and keep working towards your dreams.

“I think that anyone who finds themselves in a situation where they feel like the path where they want to be is not readily available, I think they need to put in the extra work and it will happen,” Deyemi concluded.

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