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Stanley Nwabali Receives Prestigious Chieftaincy Title

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Stanley Nwabali, the remarkable goalkeeper who propelled Nigeria’s Super Eagles to the 2024 AFCON finals with his awe-inspiring saves, has been bestowed with a prestigious chieftaincy title in his home community.

His Royal Majesty Nzeobi Evaristus Amida, the esteemed traditional ruler of Mgbede community in Egbema Kingdom, awarded him the title of “Ugo Egbema,” signifying “The Pride of Egbema Kingdom.”

This recognition reiterates Nwabali’s exceptional contribution and the immense honor he has brought to his people.

Nwabali’s journey to glory is further adorned by a state award and a generous N20 million gift. The Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, presented the award to the super eagle goalie.

Stanley Nwabali’s name wasn’t widely known before the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament, but the goalkeeper etched his name in Nigerian football history with a string of stellar performances.

Nwabali Bags Chieftaincy Title In Rivers State

Playing for South African club Chippa United, Nwabali received a surprise call-up to the Nigerian national team just before the 2024 AFCON tournament. Despite limited appearances, he unexpectedly emerged as the first-choice goalkeeper, replacing established names.

Stanley Nwabali stood tall throughout the tournament, keeping an impressive four clean sheets.

His agility, reflexes, and commanding presence in the area were crucial to Nigeria’s defensive solidity.

The turning point came in the nail-biting semi-final against South Africa. After a 1-1 draw, the game went to penalties. Nwabali rose to the occasion, saving two crucial penalties and sending Nigeria to the final. He earned the Man of the Match award for this feat.

Although Nigeria finished as runners-up, Nwabali’s AFCON performance was undoubtedly a personal triumph. He earned national recognition and awards.

Beyond the statistics, Nwabali’s AFCON story is one of resilience, determination, and seizing the moment.

He has left a lasting impact on Nigerian football, and he has a promising future in the international arena.

Stanley Nwabali’s new chieftaincy title stands as a powerful symbol of appreciation. It is also a source of inspiration for aspiring athletes across the nation.

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Bobrisky To Spend 6 Months In Ikoyi Prison For Naira Abuse

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Popular Nigerian influencer Idris Okuneye, also known as Bobrisky, was recently sentenced to six months in jail without the option of a fine. The judge, Justice Abimbola Awogboro of the Federal High Court in Lagos, delivered the sentence on Friday, April 12, 2024.

Bobrisky’s arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) last week stemmed from accusations of mutilating Nigerian Naira currency.

The EFCC at the time of the arrest said they had “commenced investigation into her for allegedly spraying naira notes.”

The EFCC investigation revealed that Bobrisky allegedly defaced Nigerian currency at other events in the past. Bobrisky cooperated with the EFCC by showing up for questioning on April 4th and providing statements. The EFCC also initially accused Bobrisky of money laundering, but these charges were dismissed by the court.

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Bobrisky’s sentence has sparked mixed reactions from Nigerians. Some believe the punishment is too severe for defacing money, which is sometimes done during celebrations in Nigeria.

“She was used as a scapegoat. Why no option of fine, please???? What point are they trying so hard to prove? I hope she learns to not always brag on social media that she is above the law when she gets out too,” someone said.

They just used her as a scapegoat and if we’re being fair, she doesn’t deserve it. 99% percent of people at events spray money exactly the way she sprayed money in that video. This isn’t fair,” another person said.

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Recent Deaths In Nollywood Rob Nigeria Of Legendary Filmmakers – NFC Boss, Ali Nuhu

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The Nigerian film industry is in mourning after the recent deaths of two respected figures. Ali Nuhu, the Managing Director of Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), expressed his deep sadness over the passing of two actors: Saratu Gidado (known as Daso) and John Odonwodo (known as Junior Pope). He has said that recent deaths in the movie industry have robbed the nation of legendary filmmakers.

He described their deaths as “heart-wrenching” for their colleagues and everyone involved in Nollywood.

“Their deaths, which occurred within the week has left Nigeria’s movie industry in a state of mourning.

“Stakeholders have been pained by the frequent recent losses robbing the country of legendary filmmakers, who have impacted and contributed greatly to the growth of Nigeria’s film industry.

Their footprints within the development of the Nigerian film industry will not be forgotten,” he said.

The NFC statement also paid tribute to actress Saratu Gidado. The statement highlighted her captivating presence on screen, particularly in leading roles for Kannywood films like “Linzami Da Wuta” and “Gidauniya.” These movies helped her win the hearts of many Nigerians.

“She was a Zuma Film Festival (ZUFF) 2023 Life Time Achievers Awardee but sadly succumbed to death in the early hours of Tuesday, April 9.

“Odonwodo’s role in showcasing the professional competencies and screen delivery by actors is remarkable, as can be found in Honey Money, Blood Affair and Wrong Initiation movies that the late actor acted.

“Mr Ibu evoked laughter and comic reliefs, leaving behind a gap to be filled, the refined gentlemen shall be greatly missed,” he added.

The NFC also acknowledged the importance of safety in the film industry moving forward. Nuhu pledged the NFC’s continued support for policies that create a safe working environment for actors and filmmakers. This includes advocating for health insurance, medical benefits, and life insurance for everyone involved.

Ali Nuhu offered his deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of both Gidado and Junior Pope. He also extended his sympathies to the Actors Guild of Nigeria. He offered prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

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Manchester City Defender, Manuel Akanji Wants To Help Nigerian Kids; Talks Afrobeats And Burna Boy

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Manchester City defender Manuel Akanji is back on social media and using his platform to connect with his Nigerian roots. The Nigerian-Swiss player recently spoke about his passion for helping Nigerian children.

Akanji had a stellar season with Manchester City last year, helping them achieve a historic treble: the Premier League trophy for the third year in a row, the FA Cup, and most importantly, their first-ever Champions League win.

Pep Guardiola, Manchester City’s manager, valued Akanji’s skills as a central defender who can also play the ball well. Akanji wasn’t afraid to take risks by pushing forward and joining the midfield when needed.

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Manuel Akanji wants to help Nigerian kids

Akanji’s off-field style is as progressive as his approach to the game, as evidenced by his recent collaboration with Hypebeast, a fashion trendsetter.

Since joining Manchester City, he’s been a rock star on the pitch, consistently delivering top performances.

Hypebeast recently interviewed Akanji at Manchester City’s training ground, where they discussed his life in Manchester, the influence of manager Pep Guardiola on the team’s fashion sense (they’re apparently known for being very stylish), the new Netflix documentary, “Together: Treble Winners,” and more.

One topic particularly close to Akanji’s heart is his Nigerian heritage. He spoke about his desire to help underprivileged children in Nigeria who weren’t as fortunate as him growing up in Switzerland.

He said,

 “In Nigeria, I like to help kids who didn’t have the same luck that I had with growing up in Switzerland.”

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Manuel Akanji on Burna Boy and Afrobeats

The conversation also touched on music. When asked about Afrobeats, Akanji said…

“My favourite artist is Burna Boy.

I spoke with him after the Champions League final. I love listening to Afrobeats.”

While Manuel Akanji has a strong connection to his Nigerian heritage, as evidenced by his desire to help children there, he ultimately chose to represent Switzerland on the international football stage.

This is likely due to growing up in Switzerland and potentially coming up through their youth development system.

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