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How will Moses cope with the new Pharoah at Stamford Bridge?

6 August 2018 It’s a new beginning at Chelsea, the Maurizio Sarri era. As with the previous dispensations, optimism is high. While faithful crave an attractive, productive brand, the players battle for relevance. Some may have lost the contest before the season even begins. Antonio Conte’s time in West London was brief but memorable. He feuded on two fronts, with the club …

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Alex Iwobi signs contract extension at Arsenal

The 22-year-old midfielder joined Arsenal as a nine year old and has come through their Hale End Academy. Since breaking into the first team in 2015, he has made 98 appearances, scoring nine goals. Alex is also a Nigeria international, with six goals in 20 games for the senior team so far.  He is the nephew of legendary Nigeria ex-international …

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Nigeria: Thousands living in fear as Zamfara armed bandits ramp up attacks

1 August 2018 • Armed bandits hold sway in rural parts of Zamfara state • At least 371 people killed since January and dozens of villages sacked Insecurity is escalating in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state, with daily killings and kidnappings by armed bandits leaving villagers in constant fear of attack, Amnesty International said today. Thousands of people have been displaced …

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Countdown to February 2019: A look ahead at Nigeria’s elections

30 July 2019 Below is a summary of a research paper on Nigeria’s 2019 elections by Chatham House, the international affairs think tank. The full report is available here. International engagement will be critical to the success of Nigeria’s elections, but its international partners – in particular the US – appear less engaged than they were four years ago. Summary In February 2019 …

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Youths agitating for Biafra “do not have a proper sense of history” – Nigerian historian

28 July 2018 Meet Stephen Temitope David, a historian and storyteller It’s not history that matters, but the way it is told, says Stephen Temitope David. The Nigerian historian seeks to add an African perspective to Western narratives. Julia Jaki met him in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Mungo Park, the 18th century Scottish explorer of West Africa, discovered the Niger river, …

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Carl Ikeme announces his retirement

Wolves and Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has confirmed his retirement from the professional game. The 32-year-old announced the news to his teammates before a training session at Compton on Tuesday morning. The Wolves Academy product came to the decision after consultation with medical experts following his 12-month battle with acute leukaemia. Last month Ikeme announced on Twitter that he was …

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Michael Emenalo comes back to haunt Chelsea

Chelsea former technical director Michael Emenalo has come back to haunt the club by persuading Aleksandr Golovin to snub a move to Stamford Bridge and join Monaco instead. Emenalo quit his role at Chelsea last November and became sporting director at Monaco just three weeks later. Chelsea were favourites ahead of Juventus for Golovin’s signature this summer, and CSKA Moscow team-mate Sergey Chepchugov …

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How Fela Kuti came to be celebrated by those he sang against

The Nigerian icon was harassed, censored and imprisoned for singing truth to power. Today power celebrates him. Every time I see politicians and statesmen honouring Fela Kuti, I chuckle to myself and wish I could be there to ask with the utmost seriousness: “Are you, sir, recommending Fela to younger generations as a role model?” I definitely had a good …

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