Saturday, January 31, 2015
Welcome to Emmaxy's Blog: Wolfsburg 4-1 Bayern Munich. END OF BAYERN MUNICH?...: Two goals each for Bas Dost and Kevin de Bruyne saw Wolfsburgstun Bayern Munichwith an emphatic 4-1 win on Friday. The first game back afte...
Two goals each for Bas Dost and Kevin de Bruyne saw Wolfsburgstun Bayern Munichwith an emphatic 4-1 win on Friday. The first game back after Germany's mid-season break gave Wolfsburg's players and fans the opportunity to honour the life of 20-year-old midfielder Junior Mandala, who died in a car crash earlier this month, before kick-off. Dieter Hecking's team, who were 11 points behind leaders Bayern in second before Friday's match, proceeded to give a stirring performance from the first whistle - Dost handing them a fourth-minute lead. Making only his fourth start of an injury-hit campaign, Dutch striker Dost doubled his tally in first-half stoppage time before the excellent De Bruyne took centre-stage. The Belgium international displayed visible emotion in memory of his countryman Mandala when he made it 3-0 in the 53rd minute. Although Juan Bernat hit back for Bayern two minutes later, De Bruyne would mesmerizingly turn Dante inside-out to rifle in an unstoppable fourth and seal Bayern's worst league defeat since a 5-1 thrashing on the same ground in April 2009. Following a poignant pre-match tribute to Mandala - commemorated with a lengthy period of applause before a moment's silence - Wolfsburg stylishly took the lead from their first attack. Luiz Gustavo intercepted Thomas Muller's pass to launch a clinical counterattack. Daniel Caligiuri's exquisite throughball from the right picked out De Bruyne, who selflessly touched the ball intoDost's path to stroke home. Aside from the goal, Bayern largely bossed the early exchanges and Wolfsburg defender Robin Knoche made a timely block to deny Robert Lewandowski in the 14th minute. The champions' usual poise deserted them as the half wore on and they might have been further behind when Xabi Alonso carelessly gave away possession to De Bruyne, but he was unable to pick out Dost on this occasion – the Dutchman scuffing another effort wide soon after. However, he would not rue his misses for long. Bayern half-cleared a stoppage-time set-piece and, althoughDost's contact did not appear to be completely clean, the Dutchman lashed into the top corner via the upright. Though Caligiuri could not convert Ivan Perisic's superb left wing cross soon after the interval, Wolfsburg once again would not pay for their profligacy as Bayern's defensive efforts completely unravelled.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
PMnews reports that all attempts made by the Winners overseer, Bishop David Oyedepo, to make members of his congregation stand up to pray for President Goodluck Jonathan to win the 14 February presidential election were to no avail. It was reported that while some stood up reluctantly, other members who were not happy with Jonathan’s administration refused to stand up from their seats to pray for him. However, pastor Oyedepo was unperturbed as he finally prayed for Jonathan by himself. The said visit of the president has obviously caused a lot more havoc than blessings as the church has been under serious scrutiny and condemnation from Nigerians. President Jonathan, with some of his aides, the chief of staff tothe president, Jones Arogbofa, and the executive secretary of the Christian Pilgrim Board, Kennedy Okpara, worshipped at the church during its third service after they arrived at the church premises in a helicopter. Within a few minutes of their departure, the ”not-so-palatable” malicious report sent the internet agog, with various local blogging sites misquoting and misinforming thepublicabout what really happened during the church service, resulting in the outrage that greeted the president’s visit. While some Nigerians said they were shocked that Oyedepo could make such a comment, others went comiccallinghim a man of“small gods.” Unfortunately, however, many of these bloggers and news writers were not in the church during the president’s visit, but they all attributed their news to sources within the church. According to a PMnews correspondent who attended the same service as the President, his aides, and politicians from the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos and Ogun states, the drama began in the church.
Davido has expressed his intention to vote in the forthcoming elections and have also said he is good enough to be Nigeria’s president one day. The Skelewu crooner made this known in a chat with MTV Base Choose or Lose Vox Pop. ‘Yes! I’m voting, I want my voice to be heard, there’s no point in complaining if you are not going to vote,’ he said about voting. When asked if he would love to see a celebrity rule Nigeria one day, and who the person might be and why, Davido said; ‘I think I’m good enough to be president, because it’s me, I want to be the president.’
Sunday, January 25, 2015
While arguing over the winner of the upcoming presidential election, two friends – Chukwuemeka and Akpan – got into a fight at Old Ojo Road in Agboju area of Lagos State. Leadership Newspaper reports that the argument started after Chukwuemeka boasted that come rain or shine, Muhammadu Buhari would win the election, a statement opposed by his friend, Akpan who insisted that President Goodluck Jonathan remains the best person for the job. What was said to be a friendly discussion degenerated into a fight as Akpan allegedly hit Chukwuemeka in the chest. In retaliation, Chukwuemeka hit his friend across the lips. “Akpan fainted and those in the area had to use cold water to revive him. We have been friends for many years and I don’t know why the two friends who knew each other about a decade before I knew them would fight over election that they will not gain much from. As for me, I am not a fanatical supporter of any candidate so I will not fight because of any candidate,” an eyewitness told the paper.
http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2012/209/3/2/two_men_fighting_by_gueparddefeu-d58wogd.jpg While arguing over the winner of the upcoming presidential election, two friends – Chukwuemeka and Akpan – got into a fight at Old Ojo Road in Agboju area of Lagos State. Leadership Newspaper reports that the argument started after Chukwuemeka boasted that come rain or shine, Muhammadu Buhari would win the election, a statement opposed by his friend, Akpan who insisted that President Goodluck Jonathan remains the best person for the job. What was said to be a friendly discussion degenerated into a fight as Akpan allegedly hit Chukwuemeka in the chest. In retaliation, Chukwuemeka hit his friend across the lips. “Akpan fainted and those in the area had to use cold water to revive him. We have been friends for many years and I don’t know why the two friends who knew each other about a decade before I knew them would fight over election that they will not gain much from. As for me, I am not a fanatical supporter of any candidate so I will not fight because of any candidate,” an eyewitness told the paper.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Many politicians are talking tough ahead of the February 14 presidential election. Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has declared that the PDP has run out of lies, having failed to discredit the presidential candidate of the APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, over his academic qualification to contest the February 14 presidential election. The Government College, Katsina (formerly Provincial Secondary School) had on Wednesday released the 1961 credential to Buhari shortly after he had formerly requested the school to make the document available to dispel the controversy surrounding his qualification. Oshiomhole is however insisting that Buhari’s capability is not in doubt, adding that that he would secure the votes of Nigerians, even if he tendered his electricity bill Nigerians will still vote for him. The governor, who spoke during an inspection of road projects at the Egor Market in Upper Siluko area of the state capital on Thursday, said that Nigerians are tired of the current situation, because of the Federal Government’s failure to provide the basic infrastructure in the country. Oshiomhole said, “I’m happy that you people are following what is happening.One young man said even if Buhari didn’t have a school certificate, he is better than another man who has a doctorate degree in Zoology yet we can’t even get fish on our table. “The truth is that everybody is tired. Today in this market, I’m sure you don’t have light. We have provided the electric poles and the transformer but they will not give us light. “So, the only solution is, after 16 years of the PDP, they have exhausted their lies. We have to bring Gen. Buhari because we want a leader with courage; when he says I will do something, he will do it, not a leader that will promise during campaigns but will disappear after the campaigns." The governor also accused the Federal Government of enriching a few individuals, “and they are telling us they are going to bring a lot of money to buy our votes. When they bring the money collect it, it’s the money they stole from you, but we will not vote for them.”
UBANG—NESTLED between two mountains in Obudu Local Government Area, Cross River State, is Ubang community where the female and their male inhabitants speak separate languages and they understand themselves. Neighbouring villagers, who know about the extraordinary development look at the people with a feeling of awe. Ubang people know how others feel about their wonderful talent and now and again, they tell their story in a way that makes others green with envy. For instance, whenNiger Delta Voicevisited the community, the elders led by Ogbe Sylvanus Odobi, said God descended on one of the mountains in the villages of Okiro and stood on the rock at the peak of the mountain and distributed languages. “He started with us (Ubang) since it is our mountain that He stood to distribute the languages and His footprint is still etched on that rock till today,” Odobi flanked by two others, Ochui David and Clement Obi said. His words: “It was after God had distributed the languages to the men and women of Ubang that He discovered that the languages would not go round the communities if He continued to give each for both sexes and so He decided to give the other communities one language for both sexes.” The clan head, Chief Moses Ade, corroborated their story. No plan to merge languages Populated by energetic young men and stunning girls, Ubang comprises of three villages, Okwersing, Ofambe and Okiro, the variances in language between the male and female folks is what stands the community out they most and they are quite proud of it. They boast that God so loved them and except He comes down again to the spot in the community where He handed them the languages and directs otherwise, they had no plan to fuse the two languages. Odobi asserted that right from birth, each child born in the community knows he or she has to speak the language of his or her sex because any attempt to learn the language of the other will end in futility. “If a female tries to speak the language of the male or vice versa, she will not be able because she will be confused and make a lot of mistakes,” he added. For example, the men folk call waterAmie, while the female call itBanu. The verb, ‘go,’ isMbieby the male, while to the women, it isUruo. Women call yam,Iri, while men call itKetung. An elderly woman in the village, Mary Orim, said the words that form the two languages were given by God, so no one language is superior to the other and each sex speaks the words allotted to their language with pride and confidence. “Why should I speak the men’s language after God has considered it fit to give me my own language? She queried when asked why the women did not revolt and speak the same language with male counterpart as it is done in other places. She toldNiger Delta Voice, “you (reporter) will spend the entire week here if you decide to write all the words down because nearly all the words we speak are separate.” Stuffing her nose with snuff from her carefully-held snuff box, she said, “Women call stone ‘koka’, while their men call it ‘okai, we call shirt is ‘ariga’ while men call itNki. She added: “If a woman, no matter how old, begins to speak like a man, the women will laugh at her.”
Luis Suarez may have departed Liverpool, but he continues to play a part in shaping the club’s future. Liverpool Ladies continued strengthening their squad for the forthcoming season with the prize capture of African Women’s Player of the Year, Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria And the 20-year-old Super Falcons forward reveals the exploits of a certain Uruguayan meant she jumped at the chance of a move to Merseyside. “In Nigeria, I always dreamed of coming to England to play, and Liverpool are a team I have liked a lot,” says Oshoala. “I support the men’s team and have followed the results of the women’s team. “When I got the deal from them I was very excited. “I supported Liverpool when I was younger, especially when Luis Suarez was still here. He’s a player I have really admired.” Oshoala arrives at Liverpool Ladies with a burgeoning reputation having packed much into a still formative career. She was voted the most valuable player and top scored at the Under-20 Women’s World Cup in helping Nigeria finish runners up, and also helped club side Rivers Angels win the league and cup double in her homeland. Such success led Oshoala to be named both African Women’s Footballer of the Year and Youth Player of the Year for 2014, and last September she was made a Member of the Order of the Niger by Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has passed away, aged 90. The monarch died late last night January 22nd (Nigerian time) in his home. His death was announced in a statement broadcast on Saudi state TV. "His Highness Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and all members of the family and the nation mourn the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who passed away at exactly 1am this morning (Friday - Saudi time)," the statement said.Abdullah became king in 2005 after the death of his half-brother King Fahd. The late king's brother, Salman, 79, has been announced as the new ruler of the kingdom.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
When I heard the news of your demise,brother
I thought it was a lie, I wonder,
People like this should not die
But all who live must die,
One of the Heros of Nollywood
Who took it to the level of Bollywood
Placing it above all other kinds of wood,
I respect you, brother
So does the host of Nollywood elders,
I will miss you, says Nigeria
What a loss!, exclaimed the Octogenarians,
Ah!, Brother, Rest in Peace
Till we meet again in the breeze.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, has again warned all the pastors in the church not to use the altar of the church to campaign for any politician. This will be the third time Pastor Adeboye would be issuing the warning to the pastors of the church with headquarters in Nigeria and hundreds of branches globally. He had issued a similar warning when an audio cassette authored by one Pastor Bosun, who claimed to be ordained in the RCCG, went viral. In the controversial video Pastor Bosun advised Christians not to vote for the candidates of a particular political party in the forthcoming elections. However, Pastor Adeboye swiftly disassociated the Redeemed Church from the contents of the cassette which generated discontent among politicians and political parties. Pastor Adeboye told his pastors then that the church should not be used for any political activity. He said he was not saying the pastors should not partake in politics, but that the church should not be turned to campaign ground. A few days ago, the authorities of the church sent another text message to all the pastors of the church reminding them of the earlier warning. The content of Pastor Adeboye’s message read: ‘The General Overseer had reiterated that on no account MUST the altar and the parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God be used for political campaign. Anyone caught will face the consequence. You are warned.”
Friday, January 16, 2015
Angel Di Maria was back in Manchester United's starting line-up for the first time since November when Southampton provided the opposition at the weekend.
Of course, the result was a disappointing one but it was at least heartening to see the record buy at Old Trafford again. Performing in an advanced forward's role, he showed plenty of dash and purpose and can never be criticised for failing to attempt to make things happen. Much of his work is direct, whether pinging passes or accelerating into space, as he often takes the shortest route to goal.
Although he was withdrawn with 20 minutes left, which was always Louis van Gaal's intention, there is an anticipation among the Reds faithful that he will have a crucial role to play in the coming weeks and months. His exact position in the side is still to be confirmed, with the boss admitting as much to MUTV recently, but there is no doubting his quality wherever he is asked to perform.
Di Maria's cameo at Yeovil Town whetted the appetite as he instantly looked head and shoulders above the opposition, wasting little time in claiming his fourth goal since the move from Real Madrid, and his first since 5 October. That is largely due to his spell on the sidelines and he was pleased with his return from injury in the FA Cup third round.
"It is difficult for a player, especially when you come to a new club," he told MUTV. "You just want to arrive and you want to show them how well you can play. So when these things happen, it is unfortunate but, that said, the important thing was that when I came back, I needed to make sure that I could help the team and that's what I did. It's important for me and important for the team to be really doing my best and showing what I am capable of."
Di Maria, named in the 2014 FIFPro World XI on Monday, was speaking before the 1-0 reverse to the Saints but was already preaching patience before kick-off. United may have surrendered third spot to Ronald Koeman's men but the defeat ended an 11-match unbeaten run and there is still reason for optimism ahead of upcoming trips to QPR and Cambridge United.