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8 Aug 2019
For more than 10 years, PayCom has been working in Nigeria, focusing on mobile payments. A recapitalisation policy by Nigeria’s Central Bank threatened to push it out of existence until Opera Software acquired the controlling shares in the company in 2017. That singular investment by Opera has morphed into a revolution that has launched PayCom…
24 Jul 2019
The United States Government Tuesday said it has imposed visa restrictions on some Nigerian politicians, which it said undermined Nigerian democracy. It, however, did not name who the politicians were, their parties and specific offences. “The Secretary of State is imposing visa restrictions on Nigerians believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy…
13 Jul 2019
A 53-year-old Nigerian priest in the church of England is fighting to marry his partner, also a Nigerian. As a priest, the Church allows Jide Macaulay to be gay. But an outright marriage to his partner is not permitted. He can live with him in a celibate relationship but cannot get married in the church.…
28 Jun 2019
Former Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun's rejoinder to Premium Times’ publication on his hand over of firearms and ammunition to the Ogun State command of the Nigerian police has raised more questions than answers. The Nigerian newspaper said Amosun, on the eve of him handing over the rein of the state’s leadership to his archnemesis…
26 Jun 2019
Former Ogun State governor Ibikunle Amosun Tuesday denied handing over 1000 AK 47 rifles to Ogun State Police Command hours to the end of his tenure in May. Online news platform, Premium Times (PT), reported on Monday that the former governor handed over 1,000 AK-47 assault rifles, 1,000 bulletproof vests, and four million bullets to…
12 May 2019
When Kamarudeen Usman left his village in Auchi, Edo State, for the United States with his parents at the age of five, being a mixed martial artist was not on his mind. Life was basic and modest. There weren’t many cars in the village but life was good. But moving to the US changed everything for…
15 Apr 2019
When Prashant Kirpalani said Nigeria is his fatherland at the end of Devesh Uba’s new documentary, there was a smile on his face. Kirpalani is a fourth-generation Indian living in Nigeria. His family has been in Africa’s most populous country long before he was born in India. Soon after his birth, he was shipped to…
13 Nov 2018
On Monday, July 23, Mariam Abiola told the police how she has killed four persons for her gang leader, each person's life only worth ₦10, 000. Runaway Abiola, 20, a member of Eiye confraternity, according to the police, was recruited into the gang by a certain Sodiq. She had dreamed of being gainfully employed in…
26 Aug 2018
When Jude Abaga hit the scene with his Crowd Mentality single in 2006, Nigerian hip-hop heads welcomed the freshness of his idea, the audacity of his witty lyrics tightly packed in bars and a healthy dose of social commentary. And when his debut LP, Talk About It, hit the shelf on December 11, 2008, there…
21 Jun 2018
The Nigerian entertainment industry is one that is prone to the glorification of hype above real talent, bar some instances. And when being a woman is thrown into the mix, the problem becomes acuter.
10 Jun 2018
Oluwaforijimi Adewale Amu did not set out to be a renowned disc jockey. The thought of spinning turntables did not immediately appeal to him. But that career happenstance is not only putting bread on his table. It has made the man known as DJ Jimmy Jatt a bonafide hip-hop head and world-renowned turntablist. With almost…
6 May 2018
An intimidating resume, a litany of national and international recognition, a creative oeuvre bursting at the seams and, when you throw in a humble disposition in spite of age and achievements into the mix, what you get is Tunde Kelani, or TK, a cinematographer whose work has become a benchmark for filmmakers in Nigeria. But…