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Meet Sapphire Youngsters Reality Show 20 Contestants




Winners to take home multi-million naira scholarships, become brand ambassadors
Organisers of the most anticipated first-ever teenagers’ educative reality TV show, the Sapphire Youngsters, have concluded the screening of over 400 applicants after weeks of meticulous exercise.




The 20 qualified contestants were painstakingly selected following rigorous interviews during the screening exercise.




This is disclosed in a brief made available to the media by Mr Lukman Omikunle, head of the media and publicity of Sapphire Youngsters Reality Show.



Revealing the names of the qualified contestants, Omikunle said preparations are in top gear to stage the first-ever teenagers’ reality TV show wrapped in morality, leadership training and educative content.



He added that a panel of top educationists and other related professionals including Dr Edwin Osazuwa Aghedo, Director Academic Services Pegasus Schools Eket, Mrs Sansa Omolara Mary, the National Secretary of the Trade Union Congress Women Commission (TUCWC) and Chairperson of the Ogun State chapter, Mrs Victoria Omobolanle Oyebamji, proprietress of D & W Dominion School among others conducted the marathon screening exercise.




The qualified 20 contestants are;

Angelica Ituma, 13-year-old, is a student of Maryland Educational Centre, Jikwoyi, Abuja and her current class is SS2. She is from Abia State. Her hobbies include spoken words, singing and sports.



Esther iniouwa Lawal is from Lagos State, the 14-year old student of Government Science and Technical College Garki Abuja is currently in SS2. Inioluwa likes reading, dancing and singing.




Thomas Precious, 14-year-old, attends Ansar-Ur-Deen Comprehensive School Ota Ogun State, his state of origin. Thomas is currently in SS2 and he loves dancing and has a passion for talking drums.

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Usman Hammed Ayomide is a student of Adeoye international College. The 16-year old SS2 pupil is an indigene of Osun State. He loves playing football and music.




Adeyokun Ifeoluwa Faith, an indigene of Osun State, was born on the 10th of April, 2008. She attends Kingdom way College, Ota Ogun State. The SS1 student loves dancing.




Adebayo Habdullah Adedoyin is from Kwara State. He is a student of St’ Classic College, Iju-Otta, Ogun State and he is presently in SS2. He loves comedy and has a passion for reading.





Chimamanda Eluaka is a 12-year-old JSS3 student of Patricia High School in Asaba Delta State, her state of origin. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, travelling, singing and swimming.




Alex Princess Chidimma is from Abia State. The 15-year-old SS1 student of Queen’s Secondary School, Enugu loves reading and dancing.





Kalu Pamela, born on the 5th of July 2005, is from Abia State. She is an SS1 student of Day Boys and Girls Secondary in Enugu. She loves reading and cooking.



Mudashiru Samuel Olawale, an SS1 student of Ota Total Academy in Ogun State. The 12-year-old boy is from Oyo State. His hobbies are football, musical instruments, designing complementary items and games.




Lawal Awal Adebayo is a student of Government Secondary School Gwarinpa Estate Abuja, with current class – SS2. The 14-year-old boy who is from Oyo State loves exploring.




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Mudashiru Favour Boluwatife is a 15-year-old SS2 student of Adeoye International College in Ogun State. she is from Oyo State and he likes baking.



Emmanuel Monday is from Akwa Ibom State. He is 15 years old, he attends God’s Wisdom School and he is currently in SS3. His hobbies are writing, reading, public speaking and travelling.


Agada Oyinyechukwu, born on the 1st of June 2006, is from Enugu State. The SS1 student of Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School has a passion for reading.



David Nengi Ayomide Pepple, 12-year-old, is from Rivers State. The JSS2 student of Victory Christian College, Elelenwo, Port Harcourt, Rivers State listed his hobbies as reading, adventures, creative arts and animation.

Adebayo Praise Olaoluwa Emmanuel, 15-year-old, is from Osun State. He attends St. Graags College and he is currently in SS3. His hobby is playing the Saxophone and with animals (dogs)



Marcus Destiny Chimsom, 16-year-old, is from Abia State. The SS1 student of Army Day Secondary School in Enugu likes travelling and reading.



Eke Blessing Goodluck, a 15-year-old, from Rivers State, is a student of Emilio Piazza Memorial College currently in SS2. Her hobbies include reading, travelling and meeting new people.



Wisdom Chibueze Chinemeze, 16-year-old, from Anambra State, is a student of Divine Knowledge Schools currently in SS3. Wisdom likes Singing and acting.



According to Omikunle, winners of the contest will take home multi-million naira worth of scholarships and as well become brand ambassadors of related sponsors.

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Nigeria Triumph In Dubai Spelling Bee Challenge Despite Sponsorship Woes



Nigeria colours is currently flying high in far away United Arab Emirate, where her team came 1st in the senior category of an intercontinental Spelling Bee competition final held at the weekend.

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Nigeria team featured in 2 categories of the 2021 Intercontinental Spelling Bee competition final held on Friday 24th September at the Best Western plus Hotel Deira Creek Dubai.



The team came 1st in the senior category courtesy Oni Inioluwa Daniel of the Ambassadors College, Ota and Nigeria also came 3rd with Olujobi Oluwadarasimi Opeyemi also of Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State.



In the junior category Pearl Koshi Etika-Matthews Eni Memorial High School, Calabar, Cross Rivers State came 2nd, whilst Nanret Adamu from St. Augustine College, DU, Jos, Plateau State emerged the most promising Speller in the Senior category.



The Nigerian Consulate in Dubai was ably represented by Consul Prince Wale Awolesi, who donated $500 of his personal funds to the over $4,000 left to settle their bill.


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Akin Olu-Philips the executive director Of Peat Philips Foundation, led the team to a successful outing in Dubai.

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Female Journalist Laments EFCC Night Invasion Of Her Bedroom, Kitchen



A woman journalist, Mrs. Norah Okafor, has alerted authorities to the invasion of her home in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, by over 25 masked operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).



The incident, she said, took place on Thursday between 1:36 a.m and 2 a.m.




“At exactly 1:36 a.m, I was alerted by my brother that there were armed robbers at my gate trying to make their way into the compound. Because it was an electric fence, I didn’t bother enough because I felt they could not make their way in. Alas, I was wrong. At 2 a.m prompt, they entered the compound, and they came prepared. There were over 25 of them in two Hilux buses. They were masked and dressed in all-black attire.



A huge member of the team climbed the fence with a pair of pliers and immediately cut off parts of the wires. He jumped into the compound and, with an axe, broke the gate key open to enable the team enter my apartment.



“As a nude sleeper, while they tried to make their way into the compound, I found something to wear while my brothers and I were thinking of a way of escape. The worst case scenario for me was that they would rape or take the only valuable available (a car key).



So, I prepared my mind. The next thing I realised was that about seven of them were in my room with shouts of ‘Lie down, face down; (switch) on the light. Where’s your phone? Where’s your car key?’ They asked for so many things and I became confused. Seeing over 25 hefty men with different kinds of guns, mhen, e don be, be that (It had finally happened, I presumed).

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“I handed the phone over to them with the key. Before then, they had taken my laptop. I turned to be sure if they were armed robbers.



They asked for my passwords to all the devices collected with masking tape to identify each. Still in shock, I heard someone destroying everything in the kitchen, my room, that of my brothers and all the drawers. I was still asking myself: what’s happening?



“They asked me to stand and follow them downstairs. Lo and beyond, they unmasked themselves. Hmmmm! Are these criminals? I asked. All my neighbours were already going through the same pain as I was.



They had given my brothers the beating of their lives, carried my neighbour downstairs and tried unlocking all the cars in the compound. And after searching all the phones and laptops, three of them walked in. Behold, they were from EFCC.



“What?” I screamed.

“Shut up” was the next thing I heard.



“When they couldn’t open my phone, they asked me to, and I did. After a while, I asked them: ‘Please, where is your office so I can come and pick up my things on my way to work?’ They asked me what I do and I said I’m a journalist. They asked my neighbour and he said ‘lawyer’; the other one a ‘doctor’.




“They looked at me, handed over the phones and said: ‘We just wasted our time.’



“Those fools spent over one hour molesting and destroying things in this compound. I feel so pained and embarrassed right now. “Is this how EFCC operates? How did we get here? Who is the informant? I am just confused right now. Thank God, my mum isn’t here…”

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Yoruba Nation, Biafra Agitators, Two Others Protest As Buhari Addresses UN Assembly Today



Yoruba Nation

Three Nigerian groups On Yoruba Nation  are set for protests today at the United Nations headquarters in New as the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) addresses the UN General Assembly.



While two of the groups are protesting against the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the third group will demonstrate in support of the ex-military leader.



One of the groups comprising Yoruba Nation and Biafra agitators, Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination, is headed by Prof Banji Akintoye.



Also, activists under the aegis of TakeItBack movement have mobilised for a protest at UN headquarters in New York with demands.



PUNCH gathered that the last group would be holding a pro-Buhari protest tagged, ‘One Nigeria March.’




Akintoye explained that NINAS’ protest tagged, ‘Million-Man Freedom March,’ was to show the world “the crimes against humanity, attacks on press freedom, free speech and other criminalities being aided by the Buhari-led government of Nigeria.”



He also said the agitators “are demanding the conduct of a regional referendum so that the indigenous people can decide on their nationhood”.


The renowned historian accused the Federal Government of sponsoring the counter-protest at UN headquarters, alleging that black foreigners living in the United States of America were “hired at $500 per head.”



Akintoye, in a statement on Thursday by NINAS Director of Public Communications, Mr Maxwell Adeleye, said, “Irrespective of the material and financial superiorities of these Lions, there’s no way they can defeat United Foxes in a democracy.

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“The Friday Grand March in New York shall be historic; hence, the Nigerian government is jittery. The ring leader of government officials and a top Lagos journalist are now in New York to start hiring black people who will pretend as Nigerians to stage a pro-Buhari and One Nigeria protest to counter NINAS.



“But we refuse to be rattled. We shall not be intimidated. No oppressor has ever triumphed against the collective will of the people. The people are the government and power belongs to the people. The people make the constitution.”




TakeitBack Movement’s Global Director of Mobilisation, Gbola Owoborode, listed four demands for the activists’ protest, among which were that the leader of Independent People of Biafra and Yoruba Nation activists, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Igboho, should be freed.



He said, “The regime should also free Sowore, unconditionally and drop all charges, of which he has been falsely accused.



“We demand the immediate release of all political prisoners, including Nnamdi Kanu, Igboho and the over 300 #endSARS activists still under illegal detention, as well as an end to terrorism, kidnappings. and banditry that has completely ravaged the entire country.



“The resignation of the Buhari regime that is incompetent, lawless, despotic, nepotistic and corrupt.



It has failed to guarantee the security and welfare of Nigerians which is their primary responsibility as a government. The Buhari Junta must go!”




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