JUST IN! WILL SMITH BANNED FROM OSCARS FOR 10 YEARS FOR SLAPPING CHRIS ROCK

Will Smith has been banned from the Oscars gala and other Academy events for 10 years after the actor slapped comic Chris Rock at the Oscars. The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Science, which organises the awards ceremony, met virtually on Friday to discuss disciplinary action. Smith has apologised for his actions and resigned from the Academy. The actor hit Rock for joking about his wife’s shaved head, a result of the hair-loss condition alopecia. Less than an hour later, he was awarded the best actor award for his…

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BEYOND BANKING: UNION BANK LAUNCHES FUTURE-FORWARD INNIVATIVE CO-CREATION HUB, ‘SPACENXT’

Leading financial institution, Union Bank has launched a technological and innovation hub known as SpaceNXT. Built to promote innovation and encourage collaboration within the tech ecosystem in Nigeria, SpaceNXT is a future-forward purpose designed co-working hub for innovators, creators and techpreneurs. Located within the Union Bank Head Office in Lagos Nigeria, SpaceNXT was set up to provide an enabling environment where tech enthusiasts, visionaries and creators can converge for the propagation of new ideas. It is a launching pad for innovators to collaborate, develop and improve on ideas around digital…

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‘FG COMMITTED NO CRIME BUNDLING NNAMDI KANU FROM KENYA TO NIGERIA’—COURT RULES

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, says that the rendition of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) from Kenya is not illegal. According to the court presided over by Justice Binta Nyako, rendition for the purpose of criminal investigation is allowed and in the instant case, there is a bench warrant on the defendant, Nnamdi Kanu suffice to say he is a fugitive before the court. The court also refused to rule against the proscription of IPOB and held that the case was pending…

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KETANJI JACKSON EMERGES FIRST BLACK WOMAN ON U.S. SUPREME COURT

Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court in a milestone for the United States and a victory for President Joe Biden, who made good on a campaign promise as he seeks to infuse the federal judiciary with a broader range of backgrounds. The vote to confirm the 51-year-old federal appellate judge to a lifetime job on the nation’s top judicial body was 53-47, with three Republicans – Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney – joining…

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INCITING COMMENTS ARE PART OF INSECURITY

By Femi Adesina Let’s start with a caveat: free comments are part of democracy, and so this is not an attempt to muzzle anyone. Nobody should come and shout, oh, they don’t want us to say our minds again. They want to padlock our mouths. Not at all. President Muhammadu Buhari is not even the type that would gag anyone, and the polity is today suffused with all kinds of comments, the responsible, and the not so responsible. The inspiring, and the bilious. The encouraging, and the poisonous. The reasonable,…

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