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46 — VANGUARD, MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018 CHANGE OF NAME ADIM I, formerly known and addressed as Adim Paul, now wish to be known and addressed as Adimegwu Chimezie. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. ORHUERE I, formerly known and addressed as Orhuere Erigare Patrick, now wish to be known and addressed as Samuel- Ebor Erigare Patrick. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. OGUANYA I, formerly known and addressed as Mr. Oguanya Onyedika Michael, now wish to be known and addressed as Mr. Onyeka Michael Anthony. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. OSAS This is to confirm that the names Osas Ewere Stella and Osaigbovo Ewere Stella refer to one and the same person. I now wish to be known and addressed as Osaigbovo Ewere Stella. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. 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Grammy award winner, Gerald Albright, Dolapo Osinbajo feature at World Jazz fiesta By Chris Onuoha THE Nigeria version of United Nations Educa-tional Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO World International Jazz Festival 2018 will hold on Sunday April 29 at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Lagos, and leading the array of stars in this jazz carnival will be the famous Grammy award winning jazz maestro, Gerald Albright. In what seems like a new dimension from the usual norm, the organisers, Universal Music Nigeria in collaboration with Runway Jazz decided to take a leap further in an experimental mixed genre fiesta with the introduction of Masterclass sessions to underscore UNESCO’s mandate. Unveiling the line-up of activities in Lagos, the convener, Runway Jazz, Afolabi Oke, alongside the Managing Director, Universal Music Sub-Saharan, Sipho Dlamini, expressed optimism that this year’s jazz festival which will be dedicated to the memory of an African pride, famous South African Jazz exponent, Hugh Ramapolo Masekela, will be a worthwhile experience. Oke revealed that Runway Jazz festival in its 3rd year, is hugely supported by the Lagos State Government, wife of Nigeria’s Vice-President, Dolapo Osinbajo and in mutual By OSA AMADI NO talk can be too much today about the importance of rediscovering the lost culture of voracious reading in an age of the internet and social media. It is therefore a welcome start when this book, Deep Secrets by Nnamdi Agbakoba begins with the universal axiom: Readers are leaders. “Books like the Bible or the Koran or other spiritual books,” it says, “are food for the soul and spirit, while entertainment programs, books, or comedy shows are food for the heart. We need to read good books that will build the mind, body and soul. We must strive to break away from reading only books to pass exams. In the 1950s, 60s and 70s, novels of the James Hadley Chase series, Mills and Boon, the Sidney Sheldon series and a host of other good novels were very popular with the youth and students. We need to revisit those glorious days when youths and students always had a novel in their school bags.” Next, it gives three inspiring partnership with UNES- CO regional office, Abuja. Oke said: “Runway Jazz started two years ago. We are in partnership with Universal Music and UNESCO whose mandate is basically helping to promote global peace, unity and dialogue through entertainment and cultural exchange programmes. This is done concurrently in over 196 countries across the globe. In Africa, South Africa has taken the lead though, but with top-notch procedures, we are hoping to get there as well. This has brought huge investment and tourism opportunities to South Africa which we want to replicate in Nigeria and West Africa at large. Last year, it was the biggest jazz event that was supported by Lagos State Government and this year, we have the singular honour to host the Vice-President’s wife, Dolapo Osinbajo, whose foundation, Step Up Initiative, will add colours to the event.” Speaking further, he stressed: “This year’s event will be very different. It is a two-day event that will feature many programmes in accordance with the UNESCO mandate. There will be a music and entertainment Masterclass to be anchored by Universal Music. In it, they will be sharing ideas about the mandate of universal quotes: “Education is the greatest weapon with which we can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela; “A child miss-educated is a child lost.” – John F. Kennedy; and Tai Solarin: “If you are planning for one year, plant rice, if you are planning for five years, plant trees, but if you are planning for the future, educate your children, because education is the ammunition the youths need for their future existence, music in Nigeria which is hinged on helping the entertainment industry in sub-saharan region. There will also be a fashion Masterclass. In this session, Step Up Initiative boss, Dolapo Osinbajo will engage the participants about the fashion industry and how Nigerians can tap into the resources to make young people self-employed. “This year, we have a unique jazz artist, Gerald Albright who will also be joining us at the Masterclass. He was in Nigeria about five years ago and is excited to come back to celebrate with us. Other acts will include Sweet Sound as the host band, Tiwa Savage and other R&B singers as alternative genre expose, Heavy wind, and Beyond Vocal, a South African powerful vocal quintet under the Universal Music discovery . Stage dance performance by the Society for Performing Arts in Nigeria, SPAN, with fashion runways by AvantGarde will also feature. “In the fashion Masterclass, notable names like Oke Maduewesi, MD, Zaron Cosmetics; Opeyemi Oke, MD, Studio 54; and Ibidunni Ighodalo, MD, AvantGarde, will engage participants and it will be headed by Her Excellency, Dolapo Osinbajo. Also, in the musical Masterclass, Gerald Albright will lead, alongside Sipho Dlamini, Kayode Ajayi and Tiwa Savage.” Oke also said there are expectations that next year’s edition will be held in Lagos to be made possible by the Lagos State Governor’s support. According to him, the and also the life wire of every successful society.” Deep Secrets is written as a conversation which turns out to be a confession to sinister cultrelated activities between the protagonist, Okechukwu, and his godfather, George who describes Okechukwu this way: …Okey was a godson I wish I never had. All he had to offer was trouble of all sorts and exams he had to retake again and again before passing. He was a thorn in everybody’s flesh. Okechukwu, a level one student of law in one of the premier universities in Nigeria whose father is a top ranking police officer, is influenced into cultism by a level two student, Justin. Both students become close friends. A horrendous cult-related tragedy befalls Justin and Okechukwu’s life starts to fall apart making his poor academic performance a source of worry. His godfather, on noticing that Okechukwu is not doing well in school and knowing what the problem is, unravels to him the reasons for his exam woes. The novel shows how terrorism, cultism and student restiveness can be combated via peace, 08070524223 partnership is coming at the right time being that as a country, Nigeria is hoping to bid to host the global jazz festival by 2020. Universal Music Sub- Saharan MD, Sipho Dlamini said it is a partnership they are excited about. “We are very excited to partner the runway jazz event in Nigeria termed ‘the flagship of jazz festival in Africa.’ Runway jazz show is one unique opportunity for local musicians to have exposure. Universal music is the number one entertainment in the world that is not only a record label but with various activities. We also do live events. Under live, we conceptualise, produce and partner with entities and companies to put up shows like this one, music concerts, conferences and related events. Nnamdi Agbakoba battles cultism, terrorism with Deep Secrets education and the literary arts. A cross-breed between prose and poetry, the book talks about family unity and bonding including the effectiveness of the legal system in tackling social menace in Nigeria and the world. The use of irony and suspense is well employed by the author. Deep Secrets is a book based on a true story that took place in one of Nigeria’s top universities, and the author spared no words in an attempt to use the power of literature to deter students and youths from becoming cultists and terrorists. The book is fore-worded by the Director, Book Development Center, Nigeria Education Research and Development Council, NERDC, Dr. Benedict Ikegulu. Deep Secrets has received complementary reviews and endorsements from the UNESCO, Pope Francis of the Vatican, and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, amongst others. The eight-chapter book with 115 pages is garnished with over 10 poems related to peace and education. Deep Secrets is available at Konga, Jumia, Shoprite, and other bookshops nationwide.

Vanguard, MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018 — 47 2018 FIFA WC: Finidi sees Eagles in Semi-final... but Former Super Eagles winger, Finidi George has challenged coach Gernot Rohr and his wards, to do better than qualify from the group stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament starting June in Russia. Finidi who provided the assist for late Rashidi Yekini to score Super Eagles’ first World Cup goal, when Nigeria made its maiden appearance at the USA’ 1994 tournament, argued that in previous tournaments the Eagles have reached the knock out stage, and it was about time the present crop of Eagles Imo State Head of Service disrupts Cricket Tournament THE group match of the 8th edition of Chuma Anosike South-East Cricket Championship between Team Imo and Team Ebonyi was halted by the former Imo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports and presently the Head of Service of the Imo State Civil Service Commission, Tony Ajaelu due to the disqualification of Team Imo. Imo State the host of the 8th Chuma Anosike South- East Cricket Championship was disqualified based on a protest by University of Nigeria Cricket team against Team Imo 2 who fielded ineligible players in the tournament. The tournament went on for two days from 5th to 6th on the above grounds, however the game was stalemated on the 3rd day when UNN Team insisted they got an answer to their petition. After investigations, the Local Organizing Committee, (LOC) disciplinary committee, indicted Team Imo 2 and banned them from further participation in the event. The LOC decision did not go down well with Ajaelu, a former Commissioner for Youth and Sports in Imo state who promised to disrupt the tournament if the decision was not in favour of Imo State team who are the host. “Based on my status as former Commissioner of Youth and Sports and Head of Services in Imo State, if the decision of the disciplinary Committee did not go in Team Imo’s, favour, no match will take place in any Imo state cricket pitch,” he said. “I will show you that you are in my state, I will use Police to arrest everybody or unleash my boys on you and flog hell out of you." raised the bar. “We have done well with the qualifiers in Africa. However, the Eagles need to take us to another level. “Will this happen? I honestly don’t know. Everything depends on the players and not the coach,” said Finidi who was regarded as the best crosser of the ball during his days with Ajax Amster- Super Eagles are likely to play the friendly against Congo DR in Port Harcourt on May 27. The match is meant to be a send forth game for the Super Eagles making their fifth World Cup appearance at the 2018 tournament in Russia. Abuja and Uyo were previuosly considred. It was gathered that the Sports Ministry is requesting N70m to fix the out of service Abuja National Stadium. “The match against DRC will now be played in Port Harcourt,” a top official informed only SCORENigeria. Interestingly, Port Harcourt first hosted the Eagles 2018 World Cup dam of Holland. He called on coach Rohr to make the best selection of players available to him and ensure the team is well motivated to achieve the onerous task of making it out the group D parings featuring Argentina, Croatia and Iceland. One paper Nigeria is the weakest team, they will open their account with Croatia on June 26. Eagles to play Congo DR in Port Harcourt PIERRE-Emerick Au bameyang netted once again in Arsenal’s 3- 2 win over Southampton Favour Mode from Kaduna state at the weekend defeated Adeyemi Omolade from Ondo state 9-8 to win the girls 16 category of the 2018 Central Bank of Nigeria Junior Tennis tournament while another Kaduna state player, Gabriel Friday outclassed Lagos state representative, Mathew Agbamu 9-8 to claim the boys 16 trophy. Also victorious was the Oiza Yakubu of Lagos state that stopped Chidinma Eze from Anambra eliminator against Swaziland in 2015. The Swazis held Nigeria to a goalless draw at home only to fall 2-0 to the Eagles in Port Harcourt. Port Harcourt will also be remembered for staging the country’s qualifiers to the 2002 World Cup. •Rohr Aubameyang keeps scoring for Arsenal La Liga ready to help develop Nigerian League By Ben Efe — del Rio LA Liga global network representative in Nigeria, Javier del Rio suggested that the country’s football league will benefit from the partnership and cooperation between La Liga and the Nigeria Professional Football League. Del Rio was speaking in Lagos yesterday, while listing the activities of the La Liga global network, after two years of establishing its presence in Nigeria. “After signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the NPFL, we’ve done quite a lot of things. “A selection of best NPFL players traveled to Spain to play against Kaduna dominates CBN Junior Tennis Championship state 9-7 to win the Girls 14 title just as Ekiti state’s Daniel Adeleye defeated Friday Victor 9-4 to smile home with the boys 14 title. Another champion was Ganiyu Mubarak who sent Phillips Pyagbara packing via 9- 3 defeat in boys 12 category Esther Oni lost 6-9 to Afolabi Imole from Oyo state in the girls U-12 division. Nene Yakubu surpassed all opposition to emerge victorious in the U-10 girls category that was yesterday. The Gabonese international, who set the north London club back a whopping £56million in the January transfer window, has now scored five in his last four Premier League appearances. Of course, this doesn’t mean he is the greatest player to ever pull on the red and white shirt; Arsenal have had more than a few world-class strikers in their time. But unlike them - we’re talking Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Nicolas Anelka and co. - Aubameyang has broken a record for the Gunners in his first seven games for the Emirates giants, meaning he was certainly worth the outlay. Arsene Wenger said after the game that Arsenal made life difficult for themselves. Wenger told Sky Sports: “It took us some time to get to the pace of the game. In the game we found the resources to win. We had the resources and the spirit. We had the mental resources to win the game.” played in a round robin format that ino living 7 players to place Adewusi Faith from Ekiti state in the second position. Meanwhile, the Ag Director, Corporate Communications of the CBN, Isaac Okorafor was trilled by the large turnout of players from across the country for the 2018 edition. Okorafor also went further to plead with parents to encourage their children to take up sports especially tennis to replace tired and ageing hands. MFM lose to Djoliba MFM FC suffered a major setback in their quest to qualify for the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup after they fell 1-0 at home to Djoliba of Mali today. The Lagos club now face a Herculean task to turn the table against the more experienced opponents in the return leg in Bamako. Mohammodou Cisse netted the back breaker against MFM FC after 78 some La Liga sides. Rivers United has also did preseason in Spain and of course we have a U-15 tournament running nationwide. And then we also looking forward to staring a development programme in the future for the women league.” Also speaking at the occasion were former Nigerian internationals, Emmanuel Amuneke, Finidi George and Mutiu Adepoju. Amuneke who played for Barcelona submitted that Nigerian football needs rapid development if the country were to be in the same level with other top in football nations. “Football keep changing and it is left for our clubs and players to change. The League Management Company is doing its best to lift the League, but it boils down to clubs. “Under the this arrangement, so clubs have been to Spain to see how a club should be run, but how many are already to make changes?” Amuneke said. Finidi who played for Real Mallorca and Real Betis observed that players shouldn’t be in a rush to go to Europe, but wait to learn and develop their skills, otherwise they will end up in football leagues that will not help their careers. Francis Uzoho...plays in Spain minutes. Six minutes earlier Moussa Sisoko was denied by a super save by MFM goalkeeper Ospino Egbe. Egbe was also the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first half as he was forced to make several saves to ensure there were no goals in the first period. Okpekpe race will be bigger and better, organisers promise THE director of organisation for the sixth Okpekpe international 10km road race, Zack Amodu says this year’s event will be bigger and better organised and in strict accordance with International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) competition rules. The race has been elevated by the IAAF to a silver label status,the first in Nigeria nay West Africa and Amodu is confident organisers will give Nigerians and the watching world another world class event. ‘We have the experience and the trust by the IAAF that we can deliver a world class race come May 12 in Okpekpe.Right from the inaugural edition of the race we have proved to be up to the task as far as the technical organisation of the race is concerned and this was recognised by the IAAF who granted us a bronze label status.We also proved we can organise a label event without supervision and the result is the elevation to a silver label status,’he said. Amodu is aware the scope of this year’s race is slightly different from what organisers are used to but he has assured of another hitch-free technical and administrative organisation of the sixth Okpekpe race.