The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced late American international music legends, Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G among its inductees for the 35th annual Hall of Fame ceremony, years after their death.
According to US Today, the Rock Hall announced Houston and the legendary rapper B.I.G among nine first-time nominees and 16 overall under consideration for induction for the 2020 edition holding in May in Cleveland, United States.
Their nominations honour artistes who both died young, as Houston was 48 when she drowned in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub and B.I.G was just 24 when he was killed in a drive-by shooting.
Joining Houston and B.I.G as first-time nominees are the Dave Matthews Band, the Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy.
Returning nominees include Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and Todd Rundgren.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a museum and hall of fame, established in 1983 and is located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie.
It documents the history of rock music and the artistes, producers, engineers, and other notable figures that have influenced its development.
To be eligible for nomination, an artiste or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years before the year of nomination.
After the nominees are announced, ballots will be sent to more than 1,000 artistes, historians and members of the music industry, who will consider an act’s career work, influence on other artists, innovation and skill as they vote.
The 2020 inductees will be announced in January and the next ceremony will take place in Cleveland on Saturday May 2, 2020.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Whitney Houston, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, was born into a musical family on Aug. 9, 1963, in Newark, New Jersey.
She was an international superstar singing diva, with her debut album, ‘Whitney Houston’, released in 1985 and became the biggest-selling album by a debut artist.
Her several hit singles include ‘Saving All My Love For You’, ‘How Will I Know’, ‘You Give Good Love’, and ‘The Greatest Love of All’
Houston was married to singer Bobby Brown with whom she had her only child Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, who had also passed on July 26, 2015.
She was a Multi-Grammy Award winning singer, with an unequalled run of seven consecutive number one records (1980s), and held number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 for 14 weeks with “I Will Always Love You”.
In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time.
She was found dead in her hotel room at the Beverly Hills, California, on Feb. 11, 2012 at 48 years.
NAN also reports that late rapper Notorious B.I.G, the only child of Jamaican immigrant parents, was born Christopher George Latore Wallace on May 21, 1972 and raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
His debut album Ready to Die (1994) made him a central figure in East Coast hip hop and increased New York City’s visibility in the genre at a time when West Coast hip hop dominated the mainstream.
The Notorious B.I.G. was noted for his “loose, easy flow”,dark, semi-autobiographical lyrics and storytelling abilities, which focused on crime and hardship.
He was married to singer Faith Evans, and they had a son, before his murder by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997.
His second album, “Life after Death”, released two weeks after his death, rose to number one on the U.S. album charts.
In 2000, the album became one of the few hip-hop albums to be certified Diamond.(NAN)
Test Result of Indian with Coronavirus symptoms at Dangote refinery out
Earlier in the day a media report stating how an Indian contractor, Mr. Akhil Kunyil with Coronavirus symptoms was identified at Dangote Refinery in Lagos.
In reaction, Tony Chiejina spokesman for Dangote Group had confirmed the news but maintained that the Indian was not an employee of Dangote Group.
According to Chiejina, “the said individual that was coughing and running a high temperature was spotted during a routine medical check at the refinery”, He also added that the case had not been confirmed.
In a recent development while speaking exclusively to www.e-nigeriang.com via a telephone conversation a few minutes ago media personnel of Dangote Group said the results of the tests conducted on the Indian contractor by officials of Nigerian Centre for Disease Control is out and he tested negative to Coronavirus.
Dangote group remains a strong ally in the fight against Coronavirus (Covid-19). The group donated N200m to the fight against the epidemic.
Zenith Bank Rewards Shareholders, Declares Dividend Payout Of N87.9bn
Zenith Bank Plc, on Monday, March 16, 2020 at its 29th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Abuja, declared that it paid out a whopping N87.9 billion in dividends to its shareholders, www.e-nigeriang.com can now report.
During the AGM, the Bank’s shareholders unanimously approved the proposed final dividend of N2.50 per share, bringing the total dividend payment for the 2019 financial year to N2.80 per share with a total value of N87.9 billion. This followed the recent release of the Bank’s audited financial results for the 2019 financial year.
Chairman of the Board of Zenith bank, Mr. Jim Ovia (CON) said the AGM was an opportunity for the bank to engage shareholders on its 2019 financial year performance. In his statement, Mr. Jim Ovia said “Zenith Bank is committed to consistently deliver superior returns to our highly esteemed shareholders by ensuring that a good chunk of our profit is set aside for you. In a clear demonstration of this, we had declared and paid you an interim dividend of 30kobo per share in the course of the 2019 financial year. We hereby propose a final dividend of N2.50kobo per share. If approved, this will bring the total dividend for the year ended December 31, 2019, to N2.80kobo per share”.
Zenith Bank reaffirmed its leading position in the Nigerian banking industry posting an impressive Profit Before Tax (PBT) of N243bn, representing a 5 per cent increase over the N231.6bn recorded in the corresponding period of 2018. Profit after Tax (PAT) stood at N208.8bn over N193bn, an increase of 8 per cent, thus making Zenith Bank the first Nigerian bank to cross the 200billion Naira mark.
The bank’s result showed an increase in gross earnings from N662bn to N630bn, indicating dominance in market share, while its assets grew by 5 per cent from the N5.9 trillion to N6.3 trillion, a growth driven by the 29% increase in non-interest income from N179.9 billion in 2018 to N231.1 billion in 2019. The Bank’s fees on electronic products continue to grow significantly with a 108% Year-on-Year (YoY) from N20.4 billion in 2018 to N42.5 billion in 2019.
The drive for cheaper retail deposits coupled with the low-interest yield environment helped reduce the cost of funding from 3.1% to 3.0%. However, this also affected net interest margin, which reduced from 8.9% to 8.2% in the current year due to re-pricing of interest-bearing assets. Although returns on equity and assets held steady YoY at 23.8% and 3.4% respectively, the Group still delivered an improved Earnings per Share (EPS) which grew 8% from N6.15 to N6.65 in the current year.
The Group created new viable risk assets as gross loans grew by 22% from N2.016 trillion to N2.462 trillion. This was executed prudently at a low cost of risk of 1.1% and a significant reduction in the non-performing loan ratio from 4.98% to 4.30%. Prudential ratios such as liquidity and capital adequacy ratios also remained above regulatory thresholds at 57.3% and 22.0% respectively.
Caterpillar Excavates 3 Year-old girl from Abule Ado Explosion scene…
Over 50 houses were razed down, millions of naira gone down the drain at the explosion site in Abule Ado yesterday, Sunday, March 15, 2020. The wailing continued again after more than 20 persons were reported dead including a school Principal, a newly wedded couple and a Reverend Sister; the list is almost endless.
Amidst all the shocking news comes news of a 3 year old survivor dug out by caterpillar on the scene and she was unhurt.
3 Year-old Favour was rescued by Emergency officials after several hours of rescue operation.
Favour had since been handed over the Nigerian Red Cross Society who is giving her the needed care and support.
Chairman, Nigeria Red Cross Society (NRCS) Lagos branch, Adebola Kolawole while explaining on Monday how Favour was rescued said she was found amidst the rubbles during rescue operations on Sunday night.
According to Adebowale, Favour’s mother had sustained serious head injury from the accident and has been in coma ever since and her brother too.
She further stated that Favour’s mother upon regaining initial consciousness immediately gestured to rescue officials that Favour was her daughter.
Little Favour was actually favoured by God because her survival remains a miracle as described by many on the scene.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government had announced a N2billion special intervention fund and an additional N250 million for victims of the unfortunate Abule Ado incident. Our Thoughts and prayers are with them.
Woman Arrested for Controversial Miracle Exposes Pastor Chris Okafor’s Fake Miracles
Bose Olasunkanmi, the woman allegedly used for fake miracles by some pastors in viral videos, shares her story with Afeez Hanafi
Where are you from?
I hail from Ilesa, Osun State.
How old are you?
I am 44 years old.
What religion do you practise?
I am a Muslim.
What is your educational background?
I attended Nawarudeen Primary School. I finished primary school in 1988 and came to Lagos in 1989. I lived with my mother before she died in 1990.
When did you start faking miracles for churches?
After my mother’s death, I started working with a food vendor. I worked there for nine years. In 1999, I had an accident and my leg and right hand were affected. The food vendor I was working with could no longer engage me because of the injuries. I then went to my sister’s place in Igando and I stayed with her from 2000 to 2003 when I met my husband. He married me with the injuries. We had three children together and he died on October 3, 2017. There was nothing for me again. No helper and no house for me to stay. I relocated with my children to my sister’s shop where we were living.
It was at the shop I met a girl called Fatila Musa. I begged her for money and she gave me N1, 000. She saw my hand and said if she took me to some churches I would make some money. She left and returned in September 2018. She then took me to a church in Ogba, Lagos.
What is the name of the church?
The church is Radiant Army Deliverance Ministry; I know the pastor as Tony Anthony.
How did you get to be used for fake miracle when you met him?
Before Fatila took me there, she taught me how I would act when we got to the church. We did the rehearsal at home. She taught me how to first hang my hand.
We went to the church at night. I sat when I got to the church and the pastor came. He took me to the altar. He asked me if I believe my hand could heal and I said yes. Meanwhile, the girl had already sent my picture to him and he already knew what he wanted to do.
He put a towel on my hand and prayed. He put oil on the towel to rob my hand. Immediately he removed the towel, I started putting down my hand gradually (she demonstrated). Fatila gave me N9, 000 when we left the church. Three days after, I returned to Pastor Tony Anthony’s church on Sunday. The pastor asked me to come out and he told the congregants that he helped me with N1m. But he didn’t give me anything. If he had given me N1m that day, I would not have gone to any other church again.
All the pastors were already aware of the whole thing and she was the coordinator. We would do rehearsals and she would send videos to the pastors. I would bring down the hand as they started praying for me. They knew everything was arranged because the girl had told them already.
Where else did you do the fake miracle?
I didn’t see the girl again until August 2019. I followed her to Port Harcourt (Rivers State). She took me to two churches. One of the pastors did his own (fake miracle) at a market. She also took me to a church in Abakaliki (Ebonyi State). In October 2019, she took me to the Mountain of Liberation and Miracle Ministry at Ojodu-Berger which is the last church I went to. The name of the Pastor is Chris Okafor.
As I sat in the church, the pastor called my name and I went out. I have never seen him before but Fatila had already given him all the details. She gave me N10, 000 after we left the church, Fatila called me and said one brother Henry from the church would give me N400, 000. She later sent Henry’s mobile to me and I called him. Henry asked me to send him my account number and I did. After some days, he sent N400, 000 into my account.
Why did Henry send the money to you?
He said I should not be involved in fake miracles again. He told me that the money should be used to rent a shop and an apartment. I used the money to rent a shop in Igando where police arrested me.
In your encounter with Pastor Okafor, he said your hand paralysed after you fell from the bed whereas you claimed you had an accident. Who is telling the truth?
I don’t know how the pastor came up with all he was saying about me when I was in his church. Maybe it was the Fatila that told him to say all those things.
Why didn’t you refute his claim?
What am I going to say? It is yes I would say. Why will I say no inside the church? I cannot say no because the girl (Fatila) has arranged everything.
After the service did you meet Pastor Okafor one-on-one?
No. There was no meeting. I left after the service. I didn’t discuss with the pastor; it is the girl I knew.
How much did you make from Port Harcourt and Abakaliki ‘miracle’ crusades?
The pastor in one of the two churches Fatila took me to in Port Harcourt is called Pastor Godswill Abbey. I got N11, 000 in his church. I can’t remember the name of the second pastor. Fatila gave me N7, 000 after ‘the miracle’ at the market. I got N9, 000 at Abakaliki.
Did you regret your action?
Yes, I did.
If I knew they would put my videos on the social media, I would not do it (the fake miracle). It is poverty that pushed me into it. When my husband died, I could not use my hands to do anything. I am a widow; there was no helper for me. If I knew it would lead to this, I would not have followed the girl (burst into tears).
My father has a stroke and my mother is dead. I lost one of my children and the remaining two live with my sister.
When your children heard about your plight, how did they feel?
Did they know you were going to churches to fake miracles?
They didn’t know.
Can you recount all you said before Pastor Okafor and others who performed ‘miracles’ on you?
Yes. In fact, I am ready to take the police to all the churches because I am tired. All the pastors should be arrested. I can confront them with everything I just said. They cannot deny that they don’t know me. I know I have made a mistake doing this, but I am tired. I regret doing what I did.
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