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Golden Globe winner, Christine Kaufmann, dies in Germany

Actress Christine Kaufmann, the first German to win a Golden Globe award, has died, aged 72, her management told media on Tuesday.

The media said that Christine Kaufmann rose to fame in Germany at the age of 9, when she starred in “Rose-Girl Resli,” a 1954 West German drama directed by Harald Reinl.

Christine Kaufmann attends the Shocking Shorts Award 2016Christine Kaufmann attends the Shocking Shorts Award 2016 (Zimbio)

It added that she gained international recognition five years later when she starred in “The Last Days of Pompeii,” an Italian sword-and-sandal film.

Kaufmann won a Golden Globe award for the 1961 film “Town without Pity,” in which she starred with Kirk Douglas and played a girl allegedly raped by four U.S. soldiers.

At the age of 18, Kaufmann married Hollywood star Tony Curtis,a man 20 years her senior whom she had met during the filming of Taras Bulba in 1962.

Christine Kaufmann in Taras BulbaChristine Kaufmann in Taras Bulba (Hola Brigitte)

However, she divorced him five years later, while she then returned to Germany with her two children to continue her acting career.

Kaufmann was also a successful businesswoman, promoting her own cosmetics products line that sells well in Germany.

She wrote several books about beauty and health, as well as two autobiographies.


Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho named World’s Best Paid Player, Coach respectively

Real Madrid and Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi to second place in the best paid player in 2016-2017.

According to France Football, Ronaldo’s earning for 2016-2017 was $95.3m.

Messi was second with $76.5m, while his Barcelona teammate Neymar is third with 55.5 million euros.

Ronaldo’s Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale is in fourth spot on $41m and Argentina’s Ezequiel Lavezzi who plays for Hebei Fortune in the Chinese Super League is placed fifth on $28.5m.

For the highest-earning coach, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is number one, with income of 28 million euros.

France Football said it based its figures on salary, bonuses and advertising income for the 2016-2017 season.

[Nigerian Eye]

Why Magu has a more challenging job than Buhari, Saraki – Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole, former Edo governor, has described the job of Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as the most challenging in Nigeria.

According to the ex-governor, Magu’s job is more tasking than those of President Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Speaking on Monday at the first national anti-corruption stakeholders’ summit at the EFCC Academy in Abuja, he said, “You have the most difficult and challenging job in this country today; more challenging than the job of a governor, the job of a President, the job of a Senate President or any other person because those ones are clearly defined and the values are there but this one is really problematic.”

Oshiomhole also said the anti-corruption efforts of the present administration was not selective, citing instances to back his position.

“In the past we were made to believe that you could not probe the armed forces because of security reasons because they could overthrow; so, army accounts were never touched. But we are beginning to see changes. Today, even former service chiefs are being made to account for fighting the money that was meant for insurgency but diverted and kept in pit latrines,” he said.

“I can see both people in opposition and government being made to give account.”

The former labour leader also said the fight against corruption cannot be won through an individualistic approach.

He called for synergy between anti-corruption agencies, urging them to endeavour to share intelligence.

“We are all witnesses to the fact that individualistic approach has not taken us anywhere.

“How can we win the fight against corruption without casualties? There has to be collaboration among anti-corruption agencies, all the agencies involved in the fight against corruption must have to share intelligence,” Oshiomhole said.

[Nigerian Eye]

REVEALED: Why Obasanjo’s wife filed suit to stop son’s wedding

aiwo Obasanjo, wife of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday filed a suit at an Ikeja high court, seeking to stop the wedding of her son, Olujonwo, scheduled for May 11.

Ex-President Obasanjo and the father of the bride, Kessington Adebutu, promoter of premier lotto known as ‘Baba Ijebu’ are respondents to the suit.

The woman, who is the twin sister of Kenny Martins, former coordinator of the Police Equipment Fund, is seeking a postponement of the wedding of her son.

She wants the wedding to be fixed for a date after June 1.

Olujonwo and Tope had an elaborate introduction on December 17, 2016 with the social media awash with photographs of the event.

Obasanjo, among others, is seeking a court declaration that as the mother of the groom, she had the rights to take part in the deliberations, decisions and activities leading to the forthcoming ceremony.

According to her, wedding invitations have been sent out and she has been excluded from the preparations for the ceremonies.

She said she also received prophesies and warnings from men of God to the effect that Olujonwo, her son who turns 34 on June 1, should not do or be involved in any elaborate celebration before his birthday.

The woman wants the court to compel Adebutu and Obasanjo to shift the wedding to a date after June 1.

She had appealed to Adebutu and Rosemary Dacosta, mother of the bride, Tope Adebutu, the bride-to-be as well as Kenny Martins.

Lateefa Okunnu, a justice, has fixed April 10 for hearing of the suit no. ID/262FPM/2017.

[Nigerian Eye]

Nigerian students attacked by Greater Noida natives in India [Photos]

Some Nigerian students on Monday sustained severe injuries after a group of locals attacked them in Pari Chowk, Noida. The incident occurred at 6 PM when a group, comprising hundreds of locals, held a protest demanding all Africans living in Greater Noida region vacate their rented houses immediately.

The protest was triggered by the death of a class 12 student, who reportedly died of drug overdose, and five Nigerian students from the same neighbourhood were detained in connection with the case.

The locals also claimed that the boy was seen spending time with these Nigerian students and accused them of cannibalism.However, the Nigerian students were released owing to the lack of evidence.

Police have registered a case under section 307 of the Indian Penal Code in relation to the incident and arrested five people.

The locals had permission to protest, but suddenly, the situation spiralled out of control. Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took cognisance of the matter and sought a report.

“I have asked for a report from Government of Uttar Pradesh about the reported attack on African students in Noida,” Sushma tweeted.

The Association of African Students in India claimed there had been multiple attacks on African students, and ten students so far had been targeted.

More photos below…


[Linda Ikeji]


Nigerians mock Dino Melaye over certificate scandal

By now, you all know the internet has no chill. And the on-going certificate scandal around Senator Dino Melaye’s graduation for ABU Zaria has become a butt of jokes on the internet. There’s a lot of distorted facts and unanswered questions. Twitter users are asking how it is possible for a man to graduate in 2000 but did NYSC in 1999. See tweets on the certificate scandal  after the cut..









[Linda Ikeji]

#BBNaija Update: Marvis shuts down social media with her weed-rolling skills [Photos]

Big Brother Naija housemate, Marvis, yesterday caught a number audience’s attention and has got many talking over her expertise at rolling weed.

Although the substance was tobacco, most viewers agreed that she rolled it perfectly and concluded that Marvis has proven that she smokes weed in real life and know how to do the rolling.

The brand of cigarette, mostly cheaper than the ones already rolled, is common abroad.

After watching her skill, which elicited several reactions and huge buzz on social media, Big Brother called Marvis into the Diary Room for explanation.

Marvis confirmed that the substance was not weed but mere tobacco, which she prepared for herself and Bally.

Meanwhile, Bisola and Efe are certain of their place in the final week of Big Brother Naija ‘See Gobbe’ competition.

The duo escaped eviction on Monday, with Bally, Marvis, Tboss and Debbie-rise nominated.

TBoss, Efe, Marvis and Debie-Rise were initially the four up for eviction after every housemate spoke with Big Brother in the Diary Room.

But Biggie asked Head of House, Bisola, to save and replace one of the nominated housemates.

She picked Bally as replacement for Efe.

Recall that Bassey was evicted from the Big Brother Naija house on Sunday.

[Daily Post]

Satanic forces will overrun Nigeria if Buhari dies – Bishop Azogu

The General Overseer, Our Sanctuary Gospel Church, Bishop Udo Azogu has warned that if President Muhammadu Buhari dies, Satanic forces of darkness will overrun Nigeria.

Addressing his congregation during a church service in Lagos, Azogu urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the President to overcome his health challenges so as to defeat the dark satanic forces.

The clergyman insisted that Buhari’s Presidency was ordained from heaven.

According to Azogu, ‘‘God in the revelation warned that if Buhari dies, the forces of darkness with ‘black and white banner’ will overrun Nigeria.

‘‘God revealed that a satanic organization will try to take over the reins of government by force but, that the church should pray against it. The spiritual symbol of the satanic group is dragon.

‘‘God has equipped President Buhari to counter the evil forces. If Buhari dies, Nigeria will be in serious trouble.’’

Azogu appealed to the President to terminate the ongoing prosecution against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and work closely with the leadership of the National Assembly.

‘‘The ongoing prosecution of Saraki does not portray Nigeria in good light and does not reflect genuine fight against graft in the eyes of enlightened Nigerians.

‘‘Nigerians will benefit more when the Presidency and the leadership of the National Assembly work cooperatively together in a transparent manner to fix the economy,’’ the clergyman added.

[Daily Post]

Sergio Ramos: I won’t be retiring anytime soon

Sergio Ramos has insisted he will not follow Spain team-mate Gerard Pique into international retirement after the 2018 World Cup.

The Real Madrid captain turns 31 this Thursday, but insists he still has “many years left” at the top.

Ramos is expected to feature in Spain’s friendly game against France in Paris on Tuesday, when he will win his 142nd cap.

His usual central defence partner, Pique, has however confirmed he will quit the national team after next year’s World Cup.

“I am in the middle of my career,” Ramos said at a media conference.

“I have many years left at a good level. Each season I reset myself to start from scratch, not settling for what I’ve already won.

“As long as I continue to want to win, both in the national team and in the club, I will continue playing. I hope it’s the longest possible time — I see it [retirement] far in the future.”

[Daily Post]

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