No fewer than 21 people have been abducted by gunmen in Nigeria’s Kaduna State.
The victims, which included 17 members of one family, were abducted from Udawa village in Chikun local government area of the state at the weekend.
The abductions took place in two separate incidents.
Liman Hussaini, a community leader in Udawa, confirmed the incident, explaining that the gunmen stormed the area and started shooting sporadically.
Several persons were reportedly injured in the incidents.
Four people were said to have been kidnapped on Friday while 17 others were abducted on Saturday on their way to the farm around 7am.
Four other relatives of the family members who were abducted on Saturday were rushed to a hospital in Kaduna, following injuries sustained during the attack.
“You know there is serious hunger. People are finding it very difficult to feed, but now that the maize is done, many families depend on it to feed. We have started harvesting maize which we use for feeding because there is no food.
“The head of this family of 21 was riding on a bike with one of his sons and two daughters to the farm when the bandits opened fire on them after abducting 17 members of the family.
“The man was shot on the leg; the son was shot in the mouth. One of the daughters was shot on the chest; the other daughter was shot on the hand. The four of them were taken to a hospital in Kaduna.”
Israel Adesanya signs historic Puma deal
UFC middleweight champion Israel ‘The Last Stylebender” has become the latest global sports star to be signed on by sportswear manufacturing giants Puma.
The company announced on Thursday 18 September that the undefeated Nigerian star has signed a multiyear deal with that will see him become the face of Puma’s Oceania division. He will also be a major part of their global marketing plans. Puma made the announcement with a special video showing the Nigerian-born New Zealand mixed martial arts fighter standing ontop of Auckland’s Sky Tower.
The deal is an apparel and shoe sponsorship and he becomes the first MMA fighter to be sponsored by the company.
However, it must be noted that the UFC has an existing uniform sponsorship deal with Reebok and and has locked in an agreement with Venum starting in April 2021, which means that Adesanya can’t wear Puma gear in the cage for his fights. However, he can promote Puma through his various media appearances outside the UFC.
“We’re ecstatic to be welcoming one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed athletes to the Puma family,” Pancho Gutstein, general manager of Puma Oceania, said in a statement. “Not only is Israel a fearless and incredibly talented athlete, but his passion for dancing, fashion, anime, and his memorable personality makes him a standout individual to represent the brand.”
Speaking about the partnership, Adesanya said he was “hyped and honoured” to partner up with the “Beast in the game”.
“I only work with companies that align with my values and goals and Puma is an awesome fit,” he said.
“I express myself when I fight, when I dance and through my style and I’ve always loved rocking PUMA. I never conform to society’s expectations of who I should be – individualism is key. I love that PUMA is all about individuality, daring to stand out, fearlessness and pushing the limits. Exactly my kind of brand and I’m hyped to see the partnership unfold.”
He joins a stable featuring some of the biggest stars in the world such as footballers Neymar, Sergio Aguero, Romelu Lukaku, Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, NBA star DaMarcus Cousins, 100m world record holder Usain Bolt as well as recording artistes Rihanna and Jay Z.
The announcement comes ahead of Adesanya’s highly anticipated fight against the undefeated Paulo Costa of Brazil in the main event at UFC 253 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (Fight Island) on Sunday 27 September.
The bout is tipped as a potential “Fight of the Year” and the two fighters have been engaging in a flurry of exchanges on Twitter for weeks with Israel Adesanya vowing to come out on top.
in a recent interview, he stated that Costa has not fought someone of his calibre and reminded the fans that he has defeated opponents ranked considerably higher as compared to the Brazilian.
“It’s a cliche to say before every fight that he’s never faced anyone like me. He’s only beat two guys that are ranked. I beat like four or five guys that are ranked. Six, maybe. I lost count,” Israel Adesanya added.
Omotola to star in rattle snake the movie.
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde will play Lady Maimuna Atafo, a fictional character in the remake.
The Veteran actress will star alongside Osas Ighodaro, Stan Nze, Efa Iwara in the upcoming remake.
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has been unveiled as the latest cast of ‘Rattle Snake: The Ahanna Story’, Play Network studios’ remake of Amaka Igwe’s 1994 crime thriller.
The information was made known via the play network studios Instagram page.
The Nollywood star actress will play the role of Lady Maimuna Atafo, a fictional character in the upcoming remake directed by Ramsey Nouah.
Speaking on her character and the movie, Ekeinde shared: “It feels great being a part of this remake…There’s a lot of youth and drama, culture. I like that there is a human story to it. People will be able to relate to it because they can find themselves in the story plus it’s a classic and you can’t go wrong with a classic”.
The anticipated remake written by ‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’ writer, Nicole Asinugo will also star newly unveiled cast, Ayo Makun alongside Osas Ighodaro, Bucci Franklin, Efa Iwara, Stan Nze, Emeka Nwagbaraocha, Elma Mbadiwe and Odera Adimorah.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde MFR born Omotola Jalade, 7 February 1978) is a Nigerian actress, singer, philanthropist and former model. Since her Nollywood film debut in 1995, the leading actress has appeared in 300 films, selling millions of video copies. After receiving numerous high-profile awards, launching a music career, and amassing an enviable fan base, the press has dubbed the Screen Nation “Best Actress” as the “African Magic”.
She is the first African celebrity to receive over 1 million likes on her Facebook page. She currently has a total of 3 million followers on Facebook.
Beyond her show business accomplishments, she is also applauded for her remarkable humanitarian efforts. Omotola is one of the pioneers of the video film era of Nigerian cinema, becoming one of the most watched actresses in Africa. In the year 2013, she was honoured in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world alongside Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Kate Middleton.
In the year 2013, Omotola made a brief appearance on VH1’s scripted series, Hit the Floor. On 2 November 2013, she spoke at the 2013 edition of the WISE- Summit, held in Doha, Qatar. In the year 2014, she was honoured by the Nigerian government as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, MFR for her contributions to Nigerian cinema.
Omotola got her first big role in the critically acclaimed film Mortal Inheritance (1995). In the movie, she played a sickle-cell patient who fought for her life despite the odds of survival. Omotola’s character overcame the disease and she had a baby. The film is regarded as one of the Nigeria’s best movies ever made. Since then, she has starred in several blockbuster movies, including Games Women Play, Blood Sisters, All My Life, Last Wedding, My Story, The Woman in Me and a host of others.
After a career defining role in Mortal Inheritance, Omotola’s portrayal won her “Best Actress in an English Speaking Movie” and “Best Actress Overall” at the (1997) Movie Awards. She was the youngest Actress in Nigeria at that time to achieve this feat.
In ( 2012), CNN Travel noted Omotola’s famous tongue (accent) on their list of the world’s twelve (12) sexiest accents. The Nigerian accent ranked 5th on the list. The following year, Omotola was named one of the most influential people in the world by TIME magazine for their annual TIME 100 list. She appeared in the icons category. In (2015),she was listed among the highest-grossing movie stars one has ever heard of; the listing included: Shah Rukh Khan, Frank Welker, Bob Bergen, Jack Angel, Mickie McGowan, Michael Papajohn, Martin Klebba, Clint Howard and Chris Ellis.
We look forward to seeing the star on screen yet again.
Nigerian heavyweight Ajagba hungry for Rice
Nigeria’s heavyweight boxing prospect Efe “The One and Only” Ajagba will hope to keep his winning streak intact when he faces veteran Jonnie Rice in a 10-round clash as the co-feature to the Jose Pedraza-Javier Molina junior welterweight main event at the MGM Grand Las Vegas on Saturday 19 September. The 6ft 6in knockout artist has a fearsome record of 13 wins from 13 fights with 11 knockouts.
The fight will be his first since March, a 9th round knockout of Razvan Cojanu in Brooklyn. It will also be his first under a new management, promotion and training team.
The Rio 2016 Olympian who is based in Stafford in Texas, USA, signed a promotional deal with Top Rank this summer, coming shortly after teaming up with highly influential boxing manager James Prince. Ajagba also changed from previous head trainer Ronnie Shields to new coach Kay Koroma.
“I didn’t feel I was at a championship level, which is why I changed my trainer,” Ajagba said.
Koroma is urging Ajagba to box and to no longer be hung up on his power.
In that regard, he compared him to long-reigning former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
“When Klitschko finally learned how to use his power behind his boxing, that’s when he really took off and things got so much better for him,” Koroma said.
“Muhammad Ali was great with his power, but he used it wisely. He knew how to box and that set up his power. He just didn’t come out using power right away. Efe’s learning to hide it behind his boxing. That’s when he’s really going to show power. The basic power is there, but when he uses it with his boxing is when you’ll see a difference.”
The 26-year-old, who is known as “The One and Only”, joins a loaded Top Rank heavyweight stable as part of a trio of 2016 Olympians that includes France’s 2016 Olympic Gold medalist Tony Yoka, Italy’s Guido Vianello, along with American prospect Jared ‘Big Baby’ Anderson and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury of Manchester, England.
“I’m excited to be back again doing what I love,” Ajagba said. “The only disappointment is that my (first) fight will not have fans in attendance. I really feed off of the fans, they motivate me and give me energy in the ring.”
“But of course, this is what it takes to fight (these days), so I will be ready. And the fans not being in attendance, means that they will be watching at home. They will be pleased with what they see this weekend.”
His opponent Rice (13-5-1, 9KOs) suffered a 10th round stoppage at the hands of Australia’s Demsey McKean (18-0, 12KOs) in his last fight, on the same day as Ajagba’s previous contest though on the other side of the world in Queensland, Australia. Prior to the loss, Rice had won three straight, all taking place in Tijuana. Saturday’s bout will mark his first in the United States since September 2018.
Koroma described Rice as a mover, which makes him happy because he’ll get to see how Ajagba acts under duress when an opponent isn’t standing frozen in front of him.
“We want to break him down and use the ring and cut the ring off,” he said. “It’s going to be interesting to see if he reverts to the old Efe or if he’ll stay with the program and stick to what we have been working on.”
Ajagba insists he’s going to stick with the program no matter how things go because he likes what he sees from Koroma’s plan, and he believes it’s the best for him.
His goal, he said, is simple, and Koroma is there to help him achieve it.
“I want to be the heavyweight champion of the world,” he said. “I know I can achieve [that goal], but I have to do the right things.”
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