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Biafra marks 50 years : Southeast Nigeria on shut-down

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Shops, schools and businesses were shut in south-east Nigeria on Tuesday, 50 years to the day since an independent rRepublicof Biafra was declared, sparking a brutal civil war.

In Onitsha, the economic hub of Anambra state on the banks of the River Niger, most markets were closed and the streets were largely empty of people and traffic.

Biafra Day Celebration

Separatist sentiment persists in the region, which is dominated by the Igbo people, and the main pro-Biafran independence group has called on supporters to stay at home.

“No work today, we are Biafran, we are not Nigerians,” said Ebere Ichukwu Eli, one of the few people to venture outside, where there was a visible security presence.

“No violence, it is a peaceful sit at home. We are protesting peacefully,” the 47-year-old told AFP.

A woman who gave her name only as Justine, said: “The market is closed today. I’m just going home to stay with my children.

“We want our one Biafra. It’s our land. That’s why we all sit at home today.”

– Over 100 arrested –

The closures were either to commemorate the anniversary in support or because of fears of violence, local people said.

Nigerian police last week denounced “planned protests and order of market closures” and warned it would “deal decisively” with any breach of the peace or unlawful protest.

Last year, demonstrations marking the declaration of Biafran independence turned bloody. Amnesty International said the military gunned down more than 60 people.

Since August 2015, more than 150 people have been killed in pro-Biafra protests, said Amnesty’s Nigeria director Osai Ojigho. Nigeria’s government denies the claim.

“We urge the Nigerian security agencies to conduct themselves in a manner that will ensure public order without resorting to force,” he added.

Amnesty said the security forces had arrested more than 100 members of pro-Biafran separatist groups in the run-up to Tuesday’s anniversary.

Calls for independence never disappeared even after the 30-month civil war, which left more than one million dead, most of them Igbos, mainly from starvation and disease.

Many people accuse the government of failing to invest in the southeast since the end of the war in 1970, blighting development. Some see it as a punishment for the conflict.

Support for secession has increased since the arrest in late 2015 of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the pro-independence Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement.

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Ooni Of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi shows off his new bride Prophetess Naomi

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Over a year after his marriage to Olori Wuraola crashed, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has found a new bride. The Ooni released a statement annoucing this, along with photos of his new Queen.

It read:

I waited patiently upon the Almighty the King of kings, he eventually did it in the midst of many trials. Shilekunola, Moronke, Naomi; the greatest Arsenal you can apply on this highly revered throne with many rules and regulations in the midst of undiluted tradition, heritage and culture is the “Fear Of God In You”, which is the beginning of your wisdom on this throne of Oduduwa. You are welcome home my beautiful and adorable queen. #OoniOfIfe #Otisese

Ooni Of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi shows off his new bride Prophetess Naomi

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“Except Toyin Abraham and Funke Akindele, all actresses don’t feed off their hard work” – Nkechi Blessing

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“Except Toyin Abraham and Funke Akindele, all actresses don’t feed off their hard work” – Nkechi Blessing

  • “Except Toyin Abraham and Funke Akindele, all actresses don’t feed off their hard work” – Actress Nkechi Blessing

Nollywood actress, Nkechi Blessing has thrown caution to the win and shattered a very big table which got a lot of her colleagues on it.

According to the actress, excluding Toyin Abraham and Funke Akindele, all actresses don’t feed off their hard work and God-given talent.

The actresses also added she knows what they are really into to make up with the extravagant lifestyle of an actress.

Read her post below.

Worldbest is the only Actress I know that Feeds Off her HARD WORK and God Given Talent. The Reat Of US **In quote** Na we sabi wetin we dey do #Isaidwhatisaid… Love you Mama another person I know is @funkeejenifaakindele… Argue with your phone.

“Except Toyin Abraham and Funke Akindele, all actresses don’t feed off their hard work” – Nkechi Blessing

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