P.M. NEWS Nigeria » celebrities http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:55:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Chelsea Clinton is pregnant http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/17/chelsea-clinton-is-pregnant/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/17/chelsea-clinton-is-pregnant/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:56 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=191811 CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE: Chelsea; her mum, Hillary and her dad Bill Clinton

CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE: Chelsea; her mum, Hillary and her dad Bill Clinton

America’s former first daughter Chelsea Clinton announced in New York today that she is pregnant with her first baby, giving her parents Bill and Hillary a long-awaited grandchild.

Chelsea, 34, made the announcement at Clinton Foundation initiative, an event which her mother organised to advance the cause of women and girls around the world.

“Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year,” she told the audience at the Lower Eastside Girls Club to whoops of delight from the crowd.

Chelsea and Marc on their wedding day

Chelsea and Marc on their wedding day

“And I certainly feel all the better whether it’s a girl or a boy that she or he will grow up in a world full of so many strong female leaders,” she said.

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the presumed frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, beamed in delight.

She has often spoken of her eagerness in having a grandchild. Chelsea married long-term boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky in 2010 and the couple live in Manhattan.

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Arsenal legend Parlour for launch of Airtel Premier http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/22/arsenal-legend-parlour-for-launch-of-airtel-premier/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/22/arsenal-legend-parlour-for-launch-of-airtel-premier/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 12:17:44 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=188934 Arsenal legend and former England international, Ray Parlour, is set to visit Nigeria as part of the Arsenal team to the launch of Airtel Premier. The launch which will take place at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, comes after the visit of Robert Pires last year.

The former Arsenal captain will arrive on 23 March, to participate in the activities marking the launch of Airtel Premier. His visit comes under the partnership between Arsenal Football Club of England and the Airtel Africa Group.

Parlour will launch Airtel Nigeria’s Airtel Premier, a product designed to enhance success in the professional and personal lives of its customers. The product offers exceptional and personalized services to high Networth customers and distinguished personalities who enroll on the ‘Airtel Premier Club.’

Ray Parlour

Ray Parlour

During his visit, Parlour will be hosted to an interactive session with a select group of Arsenal fans and members of the sports media.

Parlour spent 14 years at Arsenal which he played 339 times scoring 22 goals for the Gunners. With the London club, he won three premier league titles, four FA Cups, one League Cup, three Community Shield titles and one European Cup Winners Cup.

Despite, his fantastic performances for Arsenal, the former midfielder only managed ten caps for the England national team, which he played for from 1999 to 2000.

After leaving Arsenal in 2004, he joined Middlesbrough where he spent two and half years playing 60 games in the process then signed a one-year deal with Hull City.

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Fashion passion bonds Serena, Sharapova http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/10/fashion-passion-bonds-serena-sharapova/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/10/fashion-passion-bonds-serena-sharapova/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 05:54:51 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=187775 The sometimes tense relationship between tennis superstars Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams may be taking a turn for the better over their shared love of fashion.

After winning her opening match at the Indian Wells hardcourt tournament, Sharapova seemed delighted to learn that Williams had tweeted that she thought the Russian’s outfit was “totally cute”.

“Really? Are those her exact words, ‘totally cute?'” Sharapova said.

Maria Sharapova's on  court apparel approved by Serena

Maria Sharapova’s on court apparel approved by Serena


Sharapova at the press conference

Sharapova at the press conference

Williams, who hasn’t played Indian Wells since 2001, concluded her tweet with “#approved”.

Sharapova and Williams were caught up in a war of words before Wimbledon last year, after the American took a dig at Sharapova’s romance with Bulgarian ATP player Grigor Dimitrov.

Sharapova hit back with comments on the American’s romance with her French coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

The two have since tried to smooth things over publicly, and Sharapova seemed intrigued by Williams’ tweet.

“I think we have to exchange designs,” Sharapova said. “We have to design an outfit for each other, without knowing — that would be fun to do, without telling each other what it is, just unveiling it.”

Serena Williams: turns heads on the court too

Serena Williams: turns heads on the court too

But Sharapova would draw the line at some designs — such as the kind of catsuit Williams famously modeled at the 2002 US Open.

“Well, I have to put an end to the idea of the catsuit on me,” she said. “I’m 26 already, so I think those days are over.”

The four-time Grand Slam winner and former world number one, who has collaborated with apparel maker Nike on designs for tennis clothing, offered insight into her fashion philosophy.

“I like to push the envelope a little bit but still maintain an elegant and classy look and appeal to girls that are playing Under 14s and junior tournaments, and appeal to ladies that are playing in a doubles league,” she said.

“There’s always a thin line because you have to create for different body shapes. It’s fun. I really enjoy it.”
She also keeps a keen eye on what her WTA rivals are wearing.

“I think it’s fun to compare and critique — and gossip about it!”

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Schumacher still in ‘wake-up phase’ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/07/schumacher-still-in-wake-up-phase/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/03/07/schumacher-still-in-wake-up-phase/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:16:57 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=187559 Michael Schumacher remains in a “wake-up phase” from the coma he was placed in following a life-threatening skiing accident nearly ten weeks ago, his spokeswoman said Friday.

The statement from Sabine Kehm was the first since February 13, when the Formula One legend’s family said they continued to strongly believe that he would recover.

Kehm said: “Michael is still in the wake up phase.

“The situation has not changed. Any medical information published which is not confirmed by the team of doctors treating Michael or his management has to be considered as not valid.”

Schumacher: before the bad fall

Schumacher: before the bad fall

Schumacher’s condition has been the subject of much speculation by media around the world but few details have been released by the medical team looking after him in the University clinic in the French Alpine city of Grenoble.

Reports that he had contracted pneumonia but beaten the lung infection in the first half of February have not been confirmed or denied.

Two weeks ago, his friend and former teammate Felipe Massa was quoted as saying that Schumacher seemed to respond to him during a recent visit.

“He is sleeping, he looks normal and he showed a few responses with his mouth,” Massa told German tabloid Bild.

“I was very happy to be able to spend some time with him,” said Massa. “I spoke with him a lot, about how the team was doing, about the new car.”

“I tried to give him the best possible energy,” he said. “He is a very strong person and I really hope that he will again be able to enjoy life.”

Schumacher was put into an induced coma after a December 29 accident in which he hit his head on a rock while skiing at the resort of Meribel with his son and a group of friends.

Before being placed in the coma, he had surgery to reduce bleeding and bruising. His family announced on January 30 that the drugs used to keep him in a coma were being reduced with a view to bringing him back to consciousness.

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Karen Igho Dumps Nigeria For British Citizenship http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/11/21/karen-igho-dumps-nigeria-for-british-citizenship/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/11/21/karen-igho-dumps-nigeria-for-british-citizenship/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:06:29 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=178039 Karen Igho, ex-Big Brother Africa winner has dumped her Nigerian passport for British citizenship.

The controversial reality show star announced this via her Twitter handle @karenigho this morning and invited all her friends for a drink in her home.

“I just became a citizen of the UK…I’m so happy…Drinks for everyone,” she tweeted in the early hours of today alongside a provoking bikini photo.

•Karen Igho: Dumps Nigeria for Britain

•Karen Igho: Dumps Nigeria for Britain

While announcing her good news of procuring the British red passport, Karen did not reveal how her application for the United Kingdom citizenship sailed through.

P.M.NEWS learnt that among the processes through which immigrants could become a British citizen include marriage, British parents or the most common, settling in Britain.

But Karen has been living in the UK for many years before she won the Big Brother Africa competition. And with her British red passport, she can travel almost everywhere in the world.

Karen won the 2011 Big Brother Africa’s amplified edition. She is arguably one of the most controversial but loveable Nigerian celebs on the scene.

She is an actress and on-air personality with Lagos-based Naija FM Radio.

—Funsho Arogundade

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VP Sambo, others praise Jonathan on birthday http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/11/20/vp-sambo-others-praise-jonathan-on-birthday/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/11/20/vp-sambo-others-praise-jonathan-on-birthday/#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:08:07 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=177984 Jonathan, the birthday boy in London

Jonathan, the birthday boy in London

Today, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan became a year older, clocking 56.

Though he was away in the UK to woo investors for Nigeria, his birthday was marked by Vice-President Namadi Sambo, secretary to the Government, Pius Anyim and members of the Federal Executive Council.

At a brief ceremony held before the commencement of the weekly meeting, FEC members presented a giant-size birthday card signed by all of them to Vice President Namadi Sambo for onward delivery to the President.

Senator Pius Anyim Pius, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF also led other Council members to cut a birthday cake for the President.

“There is no doubt the great destiny of this man has helped our individual destinies. What can we give him in return. We thank God for his life and also commend him for His guidance, protection and the fear of God. We continue to pray that Mr. President succeeds with his primary cause of transforming our dear country,” Sambo who described President Jonathan as divine gift for the country said at the occasion.

Senator Idris Umar, the Minister of Transport and Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the Minister of Agriculture respectively offered special prayers for the President on behalf of the council.

Presdent Jonathan was born 20 November 1957 in Otueke, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

A former lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt, the President holds a BSc. degree in zoology, Msc. in Hydrobiology and Fisheries Biology and a Phd in Zoology from the same university.

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Joke Silva, Osita Iheme March Against Drug Abuse http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/10/18/joke-silva-osita-iheme-march-against-drug-abuse/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/10/18/joke-silva-osita-iheme-march-against-drug-abuse/#comments Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:24:22 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=175017 •Joke Silva

•Joke Silva

 

•Osita Iheme

•Osita Iheme

Prominent Nigerians like Dele Momodu, Joke Silva, Osita ‘Pawpaw’ Iheme and Ali Baba, are set to lead other celebrities and law enforcement agents on a “One Million March Against Drug Abuse.”

The star-studded walk is slated for 2 November, 2013, and will take-off from Obalende through Keffi, Awolowo way, City Mall, TBS and Tinubu Roundabout.

Lamboginny, an artiste and ambassador of the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), is the convener of the project that has been described as the first of its kind in Nigeria.

Eminent Nigerians from all walks of life have promised to be part of the historic project, which is targeted as a platform to sensitise Nigerians, the youths in particular, on the dangers of drug abuse.

Dr. Femi Ajayi, the Director General of the NDLEA, will be the Guest Speaker at the event alongside ace comedian, Ali Baba and Charles Udoh; former Diamond Bank’s Head of Corporate Communications.

Celebrities that have confirmed their presence at the walk include Olisa Adibua (Beat FM), Kwame (Nigezie), Yaw (Wazobia FM), Olamide, Yemi Sax, Ruggedman, Mbryo, Denrele, Kaffy and Yemi Alade.

Others include Kennis Music All Stars, General Pype, Artquake, Laide Bakare, Tekno Miles, OD Woods, Terry Apala, Kome, Owen Gee, MC Icewater and Akpororo.

The Nigeria Army, Police, Immigration, FRSC, NDLEA, NSCDC, Red Cross and the American Community are also part of the agencies that have thrown their weight behind the epoch making event.

The walk, which will be transmitted live on Google+ is sponsored by Jevinik Restaurant, will commence from 8am on Saturday, 2 November, 2013, and it is expected to be an annual event henceforth.

Bassy Iyang, the boss of Jevinik Restaurant, said his outfit is throwing its weight behind the celebrity walk because “it is a very good initiative. Drug abuse is one of the ills that our company stands against, so it is just natural for us to be part of this history in the making. Let me seize this opportunity to call on all Nigerians to emulate this giant initiative taken by Lamboginny.”

–Bayo Adetu

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Erelu Fayemi celebrates with books http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/10/11/erelu-fayemi-celebrates-with-books/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/10/11/erelu-fayemi-celebrates-with-books/#comments Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:27:08 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=174593 GBENRO ADESINA/ADO-EKITI

Notable people in and outside Nigeria today gathered at Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State to shower encomiums on Erelu Bisi, the wife of Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi as she presented two books she authored to the public to celebrate her golden jubilee.

The books are: Speaking Above a Whisper and Speaking for Myself.

Among those who showered encomium on her were: 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Ms. Leymah Gbowee from Liberia, Professor Abena Busia from Ghana, Professor Bolanle Awe, Mrs. Florence, wife of Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, former Ekiti State Governor, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Secretary to the State Government, SSG in Nasarawa State, Mrs. Zainab Talatu Abdulmumin, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr. Omirin Adewale Albert and Chief of Staff in Ekiti State, Yemi Adaramodu.

In about five minutes talk, Senator Tinubu said that she did not know Erelu Fayemi in person but know her through her work appealing to the people of Ekiti to give Governor Fayemi an opportunity to serve for second term because the governor and his wife still have a lot to offer Ekiti State.

Dame Abimbola Fashola unveils one of the books. Governor Fayemi and his wife stand on the right

Dame Abimbola Fashola unveils one of the books. Governor Fayemi and his wife stand on the right

Speaking in the same direction, Otunba Adebayo, who described Erelu Fayemi as a rare breed, prayed that she and her husband would be a force to be reckoned with in the next five years.

For the Ekiti State Speaker, Erelu Fayemi is a wife par excellence who stood by her husband in the dark days when the military was hell bent to arrest him adding, “Erelu Fayemi stood with her husband and struggled with him to reclaim his stolen mandate. She advocates for gender equality. She stands for what is good. She is bold and courageous.”

Erelu Bisi and her husband, Dr. Kayode Fayemi supported by others to display the launched books

Erelu Bisi and her husband, Dr. Kayode Fayemi supported by others to display the launched books


Mrs. Abdulmumini, who described the Fayemi family as a friend of Nasarawa State, said that she was proud to be associated with Erelu Fayemi adding that her name would always feature in books as a woman who is committed to women emancipation.

Senator Ojudu prophesied that by the time her husband completes his second term in office, “she will stand before the world as a Nobel Laureate winner”.

In his speech, Governor Fayemi pointed out that he derives a lot of inspiration from the celebrant.

Reacting, the celebrant, who could not hide her joy said, “I cannot tell you how happy I am that God has made it possible for me to share my story”. She thanked her mother for bringing her up well.

Earlier, Gbowee gave a lecture tagged, “Leading the Change: The Journey of a Great African Icon”, where she extensively spoke on women violation concluding that it must be fought against. She described Erelu Fayemi as a mentor whose contributions make her what she is today.

The two books were reviewed by the Executive Editor, The News Magazine and PM News, Mr. Kunle Ajibade who reviewed Speaking for Myself and Professor Busia who reviewed Speaking Above a Whisper.

The occasion was also attended by traditional rulers, wives of Osun and Lagos States governors, Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola and Dame Abimbola Fashola, and former Deputy Governor in Lagos State, Sarah Adebisi Sosan.

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US actor Tom Hanks battling with diabetes http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/10/08/us-actor-tom-hanks-battling-with-diabetes/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/10/08/us-actor-tom-hanks-battling-with-diabetes/#comments Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:03:50 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=174106 LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks has stunned fans by revealing on a US late-night talk show that he’s living with Type 2 diabetes.

Hanks, 57, was promoting his new movie “Captain Phillips” — about the capture of a US cargo ship by Somali pirates — when he made the surprise disclosure on CBS television’s “Late Night with David Letterman” on Monday.

“I went to the doctor and he said, ‘You know those high blood sugar numbers you’ve been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you’ve graduated. You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man’,” the film star said.

Hanks, who won best-actor Oscars for “Philadelphia” in 1994 and “Forrest Gump” in 1995, has often changed his weight for the roles he plays, bulking up for “A League of their Own” in 1992 then shedding the pounds for “Cast Away” in 2000.

Medical experts say that such wide fluctuations can be a factor in the development of Type 2 diabetes, by far the most common form of the disease that affects 25.8 million Americans.

Looking fit and healthy, Hanks told Letterman that weight loss at this stage probably wouldn’t help.

“My doctor said, ‘If you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school you will essentially be completely healthy and will not have Type 2 diabetes’ — and I said, ‘Well, I’m gonna have Type 2 diabetes cause there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school.'”

And in high school, Hanks — who is six feet (1.83 meters) tall, said he weighed 96 pounds (nearly 44 kilograms).

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Type 2 diabetes is “usually associated with older age, obesity and physical inactivity, family history of type 2 diabetes, or a personal history of gestational diabetes.”

It can be controlled through healthy food choices, physical activity and weight loss, although insulin or oral medication might also be necessary.

Based on current trends, by 2050, one in three American adults will have diabetes, which in 2007 was the nation’s seventh leading cause of death, the Centers for Disease Control said.

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Fashion: Nigeria’s Helen Apreala takes part in first ever catwalk on Skywalk http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/10/06/fashion-nigerias-helen-apreala-takes-part-in-first-ever-catwalk-on-skywalk/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/10/06/fashion-nigerias-helen-apreala-takes-part-in-first-ever-catwalk-on-skywalk/#comments Sun, 06 Oct 2013 19:34:46 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=173879 Nigerian born international fashion designer, Helen Apreala, will be participating in the first ever fashion show on the Grand Canyon Skywalk on the Colorado River, in the United States. Models will be doing the catwalk 4,000 feet above the river on 1 November.

The J. Autumn Fashion Show is masterminded by J Model Management and will feature a number of exquisite combination of Haute Couture and Prêt-à-Porter collections from America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Helen’s collections will be the face of Africa.

helen Apreala: invited to fashion show

helen Apreala: invited to fashion show


Helen broke the news of her participation on her Facebook page 4 October, when she announced: “Hello HA Fam, It is Official Fam…We are going to world fashion week, organised by J Model Management at the J Autum Fashion Show…Venue is the Grand Canyon USA!”

Spanish artist Diego Cortizas is bringing his bold colors of red, yellow, and green to the grand catwalk. Expressing abstract creativity, Russian sensation Lidia Demidova is combining texture and shapes based on the laws of geometry. On a softer side, Portuguese fashion house Joana Montez and Patricia de Melo will focus on the usage of multiple layers, light materials, transparency, and floral designs.

Lebanese Haute Couture designer Ziad Nakad will demonstrate a captivating fusion of material and colours while celebrating simplicity and sophistication. In the handbag sector, Hong Kong luxury leather brand Homanz is blending contemporary and classic style with a unique twist.

Other participating brands include Russian talent Polina Raudson, German artist Nina Athanasiou, and US’ very own creative brand Intrepid By Ao’c.

The masterpiece will be filmed from 5 different angles to capture the majesty of the Colorado River and the silhouette of an eagle in the Grand Canyon wall alongside the stunning catwalk.

“Jessica Minh Anh’s project is more than a fashion or beauty statement, it is a revolutionary breakthrough in the industry. Our art director Miguel Castillo and the entire team are currently preparing architectural hair styles and flawless makeup looks to compliment her extraordinary vision.” said Oney Syers II and Noelle Dixon from La’Bella MAFIA beauty agency.

Guests will be seated on the viewing platform at the same level as the bridge and watch models walking in front of them as if they are walking on a cloud. The show is supported by Hualapai Tourism and Hampton Inns & Suites Las Vegas Airport besides many others.

A model on Skywalk:

Jessica Minh Anh on the Skywalk:


The girl in the photo, who is posing on the famous Grand Canyon Skywalk, is about to turn this crystal clear glass bridge into the world’s most iconic catwalk with the concept of models walking in the sky.

No doubt the combination of human creative genius, the Skywalk, and Mother Nature’s greatest wonder, the Grand Canyon, results in an ideal runway.

But what makes the upcoming J Autumn Fashion Show really special, is that it celebrates the rise of the young generation who make dreams a reality. With a vision to go beyond imagination, model and entrepreneur Jessica Minh Anh is bringing high fashion to the Eagle’s point on the 1 November 2013.
See the video of the preparation for the autumn winter show here: http://youtu.be/bA4Iunnlxps

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Ghanaian poet, Kofi Awoonor killed in Nairobi attack http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/09/22/ghanaian-poet-kofi-awoonor-killed-in-nairobi-attack/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/09/22/ghanaian-poet-kofi-awoonor-killed-in-nairobi-attack/#comments Sun, 22 Sep 2013 15:49:41 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=172604 Ghanaian poet and former UN envoy Kofi Awoonor, 78, is among 59 people killed in the attack, according to reports from Nairobi.

The Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta also lost his nephew and the fiancee to the terror attack Saturday at the Westgate upscale mall in the nation’s capital.

Two Canadians and three Britons have also been confirmed dead.

Kofi Awoonor, right with Wole Soyinka

Kofi Awoonor, right with Wole Soyinka

With 45 people still missing, the number of the dead may increase, observers believed.

British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the attackers as “sickening and despicable”.

“What we know is that three British nationals have been killed,” Cameron said on Sunday.

“Because the situation is ongoing, we should prepare ourselves for further bad news,” he added indicating that the British toll could rise.

The announcement of Awoonor’s death led to an outpouring of grief in his home country. President John Dramani Mahama expressed his “shock” at the news, adding: “Such a sad twist of fate.”

Awoonor’s son was also wounded at the Westgate mall, Ghana’s Deputy Information Minister Felix Kwakye Ofosu said.

Awoonor had been due to appear at the Storymoja Hay literary festival in Nairobi on Saturday.

Kwame Dawes, a cousin of Awoonor as well as a poet who was in Nairobi at the time of the attack, said Awoonor and his son were not together when the shooting started.

“I think the son went to pick up something at the mall. Professor Awoonor was in the parking garage waiting for him,” Dawes, a professor in the United States who is editing Awoonor’s latest poetry collection, told AFP by telephone.

“The son was shot while he was inside the mall. We don’t know at what point the professor was shot,” Dawes said.

Awoonor was Ghana’s representative to the United Nations under the presidency of Jerry Rawlings from 1990 to 1994. He was also president of the Council of State, an advisory body to the president, a post he left earlier this year.

He was most noted for his poetry inspired by the oral tradition of the Ewe people, to which he belonged.

Much of his best work was published in Ghana’s immediate post-independence period, part of which he spent in exile after the first president and post-colonial icon Kwame Nkrumah, to whom Awoonor was close, was overthrown in a coup.

His books included “Rediscovery and Other Poems”, published in 1964.

The announcement of Awoonor’s death sparked widespread shock in Ghana.

While he was head of the Council of State, Awoonor was often in the press during a period that included the death of the sitting president John Atta Mills and the disputed 2012 election.

Awoonor’s death occurred on Nkrumah’s birth anniversary, adding to the sense of grief.

“He straddled many, many, many worlds,” said Esi Sutherland-Addy, an associate professor at the University of Ghana who knew him through literary circles.

“He’s an elderly gentleman. You would have thought that such a person would pass away peacefully. That’s what you wish for. This is just absolutely the last thing that one would have thought.”

Awoonor returned to Ghana in 1975 and was later arrested and tried over his suspected involvement in a coup, according to a biography from the US-based Poetry Foundation.

He was released after 10 months, and the foundation said his imprisonment influenced his book “The House by the Sea”.

During his time in the United States in the early 1970s, Awoonor was chairman of the comparative literature departure at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

He was also Ghana’s ambassador to Brazil and Cuba in the 1980s, the foundation said.

Awoonor was planning to continue writing essays and poetry, including on his experience in government, Dawes said.

“Kofi Awoonor is easily one of the great poets of Africa and has been for many years,” Dawes said.

Awoonor wrote in both English and Ewe, a language predominant in Ghana’s east and other parts of west Africa. He used the syntax and structure of that language in his English poetry, Dawes said, a move that distinguished him from other writers.

Dawes said he plans to release the new book next year.

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Drugs killing ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/08/25/drugs-killing-iron-mike-tyson/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/08/25/drugs-killing-iron-mike-tyson/#comments Sun, 25 Aug 2013 16:16:19 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=170457 Former world heavyweight Boxing champion Mike Tyson has claimed he is on the verge of dying from drug and alcohol problems.

“I wanna live my sober life. I don’t wanna die. I’m on the verge of dying, because I’m a vicious alcoholic,’’ Tyson said on ESPN’s on Friday Night Fights.

Tyson, now a promoter, told a news conference, “I’m a bad guy sometimes. I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be forgiven.

“So in order for me to be forgiven, I hope they can forgive me. I wanna change my life, I wanna live a different life now,’’ the former champion said.

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson

Tyson admitted to being a continual substance abuser but was hopeful he was finally becoming clean.

“I haven’t drank or taken drugs in six days and for me that’s a miracle,” he said.

“I’ve been lying to everybody else that I think I was sober, but I’m not. This is my sixth day. I’m never gonna use again,’’ he said.

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2 Nigerians In BBA Final Showdown http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/08/23/2-nigerians-in-bba-final-showdown/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/08/23/2-nigerians-in-bba-final-showdown/#comments Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:14:43 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=170308
FUNSHO AROGUNDADE

As this year’s Big Brother Africa reality television show draws to a close, there is high anticipation about who will take home the princely $300,000 (about N48 million) grand prize on Sunday, 25 August.

With last week’s exit of dreadlocked South Africa’s Angelo Collins, whom many had tipped to take the prize and Ethiopia’s Bimp, the title race has now been narrowed down to the two Nigerians-Beverly Osu and Melvin Oduah-squaring it off with Ghana’s Elikem, Namibia’s Dillish, and Zambia’s Cleo.

The five have survived 88 days in the House and now need every vote possible to get their hands on the much sought after grand cash prize.

On 26 May, 28 housemates from 14 countries entered the Big Brother House in Johannesburg, South Africa for a 91-day of fun and entertainment in a secluded environment. But as the end of The Chase is just days away, social media, especially Facebook and Twitter, have been abuzz with fans getting creative with their support for their favourite housemates.

Whoever wins on Sunday would hug instant fame and fortune, joining the likes of Nigeria’s Kevin Pam Chuwang (2009), Uti Nwachukwu (2010), Karen Igho (2011) and South Africa’s Keagan Petersen, who was last year’s winner of the show.

P.M.NEWS investigations revealed that while all the Top 5 contenders are loved by Africa, the two Nigerian representatives have been enjoying massive votes from Nigerians and other Africans.

Melvin seems to be the favourite, but Beverly is also attracting attention from fans and laying a huge claim to the grand prize in spite of the opprobrium she attracted from some quarters over her controversial sexual conduct with Angelo in the house.

Angelo, who approached five ladies while in the house, told IK Osakioduwa, the show host, during the live eviction show last Sunday that Beverly wanted more sex after their scandalous romp under the duvet and in the bathtub.

“I like Beverly because she is a strong woman and she would go for whatever she wants. Beverly told me it has been over one week since we last did it (referring to the sex in the bath tub) but I said NO. I promised my mother I would not do such, so I can’t do it again,” Angelo said of Nigeria’s video vixen.

Ada Beverly Osu

Ada Beverly Osu

On top of the $300,000 grand prize that each of the top five Housemates are in line to win, last night, each of the Chase housemates were given an opportunity to win a piece of jewellery worth $1000.

“In the House is a box from down memory lane and on the middle box is a picture of each remaining Housemate. On the picture is a space for a hand. On the sound of the buzzer, each Housemate will have to put their right hand on the picture of their face where the hand mark is placed. This will be an endurance Task,” read Biggie’s Brief to the Top 5.

Except for Melvin, who claimed to have jewellery worth $3000, four other housemates faced off in an Endurance Task where each of them had to place their hand on a box with their picture on it and whoever manages to hold on the longest and outlast the others would be crowned the winner and walk away with the $1000 jewellery prize.

After a long and excruciating battle, that saw her fight through fatigue, hunger and cramped hands, Dillish bagged herself a beautiful prize that consists of a piece of jewellery of her choice worth $1000.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s DJ Xclusive will make a return to the Big Brother House to shut down the final Channel O Party tomorrow.

The hip WizKid’s official DJ and Lagos urban radio station Cool 96.9 FM’s DJ in a message promised to make it a party to remember as it will be the housemates’ last party.

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CBN governor honors wife http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/08/12/cbn-governor-honors-wife/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/08/12/cbn-governor-honors-wife/#comments Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:08:13 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=169364 MADUABUCHI NMERIBEH/Kano

Governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank, Prince Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on Sunday in Kano, north-west Nigeria staged a lavish honour for the wife, Sadiya who he described as the “Pillar” of all of his successes.

Sanusi, a radical banker who is also eyeing the throne of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero installed Sadiya as Giwar Danmaje.

The lanky northern scholar who was conferred Majen Kano by Emir Ado Bayero was in the ancient commercial city to observe the traditional rites of the Eid-El-Fitr.

Sadiya Sanusi(middle)

Sadiya Sanusi(middle)

The honour to Sadiya was also part of the fanfare to mark the forthcoming Silver Jubilee of the lover-birds—Sunusi and Sadiya.

According to Sanusi, the woman in his life—Sadiya, has been “a pillar of stability” on the home front, adding that “credit goes to this woman of blue blood that proved to be a pillar of peace in all my trying periods.

“The decision to confer this title on this woman of substance was a sign of gratitude for the positive role she has played in my life over the last twenty five years in marriage. I married Sadiya 25 years ago during the silver jubilee of the revered Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero. By next December, it would be exactly 25 years of eventful wedlock.”

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Malema, South Africa’s enfant terrible visits TB Joshua http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/08/10/malema-south-africas-enfante-terrible-visits-tb-joshua/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/08/10/malema-south-africas-enfante-terrible-visits-tb-joshua/#comments Sat, 10 Aug 2013 06:40:25 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=169270 Julius Sello Malema,leader of South Africa’s political movement, the Economic Freedom Fighters will be visiting Nigeria’s preacher, TB Joshua in the Synagogue of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria.

The visit will begin today and end on 15 August.

News about the visit was disclosed on the Facebook page of the EFF.

“Commander in Chief, Fighter Julius Malema will lead a delegation from the Central Command Team of the EFF in this spiritual visit to meet and create friendship with this son of Africa and his congregation: and ask for blessings for the journey ahead”, said the statement.

Julius Malema: visits TB Joshua

Julius Malema: visits TB Joshua

TB Joshua

TB Joshua

EFF said its leader, in meeting Joshua for blessings will be following the footsteps of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who visited Joshua’s church in 2011.

Joshua’s Synagogue has been attracting a throng of VIPs from across Africa.

Other former visitors include Zimbabwe’s outgoing prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai, late Ghanaian president John Atta Mills, Malawi President Joyce Banda and King Goodwill Zwelithini.

Malema, born 3 March, 1981 was a former youth leader of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress.

After a series of suspensions from the party for hate speeches and for sowing racial discord in the party, he was expelled in 2012.

In September 2012 he was charged with fraud and money laundering.
He appeared before the Polokwane Magistrates Court in November 2012 to face these charges, plus an additional charge of racketeering.

The case was postponed to 23 April 2013, and then to 20 June. The State has proposed the trial date be set for 18 to 29 November 2013.

Malema founded the EFF in July this year. He is EFF’s president.

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William and Kate present baby http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/07/23/william-and-kate-present-baby/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/07/23/william-and-kate-present-baby/#comments Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:59:39 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=167954 Prince William and his wife Kate emerged from her London hospital on Tuesday and presented their newborn son, a future British king, to the world’s media.

To huge cheers and a frenzy of snapping from the hundreds of waiting photographers, Kate, smiling broadly and wearing a loose-fitting blue dress, walked down the steps holding the boy before passing him to her husband.

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their new-born baby boy to the world's media. AFP

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their new-born baby boy to the world’s media. AFP

“He’s got a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure,” William told journalists, while Kate said they were “very emotional” after welcoming their first child, who is third in line to the British throne.

“It’s a special time,” Kate said. “I think any new parent would know what this feeling feels like.”

The unnamed baby raised a tiny hand above his white blankets.

William said the baby was “a big boy, he’s quite heavy”, and joked: “He’s got her looks, thankfully.”

The couple were “still working on a name”, he added.

After speaking briefly to the press, William and Kate returned to the hospital before re-emerging minutes later with their son in a car seat.

William secured the seat in the back of a black Range Rover parked outside the hospital, before driving his family back to their home at Kensington Palace.

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Soyinka’s Ake to be turned into a movie http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/06/02/soyinkas-ake-to-be-turned-into-a-movie/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/06/02/soyinkas-ake-to-be-turned-into-a-movie/#comments Sun, 02 Jun 2013 19:08:21 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=164204
NKRUMAH BANKONG-OBI

Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka’s childhood memoir, Ake, The Years of Childhood is to be adapted into a film.

A Lagos-based film production outfit, Back Page Production is handling the project.

Dapo Adeniyi, the executive producer of the project, said work will begin in June this year.

Professor Soyinka has also met with the cast and crew of the movie, which will be shot in locations across Lagos, Abeokuta and Ibadan respectively.

The meeting was inspiring to the cast as Soyinka exchanged views with the artistes on the text and the project.

Soyinka with cast and crew of Ake

Soyinka with cast and crew of Ake

Present at the meeting were renowned Nigerian movie industry practitioners such as Taiwo Ajayi-Lycet, Akin Lewis, Tina Mba, Ben
Tomoloju, Yinka Davies, Tony Umole, Yeni Kuti, Jimi Solanke, Jahman Anikulapo and Beautiful Nubia.

Also in attendance were the film’s crew led by Dapo Adeniyi, the executive producer, Yemi Akintokun, the director, Ayodele Ayobolu head of marketing and Kemi Obadina head of communications of Back Page Productions.

The film is set in the 1930s and 1940s and aims to recreate that period through restored locations and the automobiles of the period.

One of the leading characters, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Ransome-Kuti is reputed to be the first woman in Nigeria to drive a car.

Nigeria’s history is also at the fore in the Ake film, especially the Egba Women’s Riots of 1945 led by Mrs. Kuti, who incidentally was Professor Soyinka’s aunt and mother of the late Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti, as well as Soyinka’s own mother, Eniola Soyinka.

The riot climaxed with the famed deposition of the Alake of Egbaland, the abolition of the poll tax on Nigerian women and the institution of the universal adult suffrage.

The movie will be premiered in 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Nigerian amalgamation and the 80th birthday celebration of Professor Soyinka.

Ake, a personal story of Professor Soyinka’s childhood was first published in 1981.

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Samsung chief pulls son out of school after scores row http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/05/30/samsung-chief-pulls-son-out-of-school-after-scores-row/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/05/30/samsung-chief-pulls-son-out-of-school-after-scores-row/#comments Thu, 30 May 2013 09:11:05 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=163941 Jay Y. Lee, the number-two at Samsung Electronics and only son of chairman Lee Kun-Hee, has publicly apologised for a controversy over his own son’s entry to an elite school.

Prosecutors raided the Younghoon International Middle School on Tuesday on suspicion that it had skewed admission scores to favour certain applicants including, one Seoul city council official alleged, Lee’s 13-year-old son.

Although he accepted no suggestion of wrongdoing, Lee said he regretted not paying closer attention to the issue before it developed.

“I am sorry for having caused a stir over my son’s schooling… it was my fault for not being able to check up on this properly,” Lee said in a brief statement.

Lee confirmed he had pulled his son out of the school and was believed to be seeking his transfer to another.

Jay Y.Lee: son's school controversy

Jay Y.Lee: son’s school controversy

“I thought that it was right to take my child out due to the controversy,” he said.

Seoul education authorities have asked prosecutors to investigate 11 school officials on suspicion of manipulating test scores.

The case has caused outrage in the education-obsessed country, where qualifications from top colleges are crucial for careers and even marriage prospects.

The Lee family founded and controls Samsung Electronics — the world’s biggest technology firm by revenue and the top maker of memory chips, televisions and mobile phones.

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Soyinka slams those who diminish Chinua Achebe http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/05/19/soyinka-slams-those-who-diminish-chinua-achebe/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/05/19/soyinka-slams-those-who-diminish-chinua-achebe/#comments Sun, 19 May 2013 06:29:08 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=163116 Professor Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, in an interview with Sahara Reporters, speaks on his relationship with compatriot, Chinua Achebe and slams those, he describes as ‘an incorrigible sect’, promoting lies that his Nobel prize poisoned the relationship. Excerpts…

“Well then, this prospect that “my 1986 Nobel Prize in literature poisoned my personal relationship with a supposedly resentful Achebe” – I think I shouldn’t dodge that either. Even if that was true – which I do not accept – it surely has dissipated over time. For heaven’s sake, over twenty-five people have taken the prize since then! The problem remains with those vicarious laureates who feel personally deprived, and thus refuse to let go. Chinua’s death was an opportunity to prise open that scab all over again. But they’ve now gone too far with certain posturings and should be firmly called to order, and silenced – in the name of decency.

I refer to that incorrigible sect – no other word for it – some leaders of which threatened Buchi Emecheta early in her career – that she had no business engaging in the novel, since this was Chinua’s special preserve! Incredible? Buchi virtually flew to me for protection – read her own account of that traumatizing experience. It is a Nigerian disease. Nigerians need to be purged of a certain kind of arrogance of expectations, of demand, of self-attribution, of a spurious sense and assertion of entitlement. It goes beyond art and literature. It covers all aspects of interaction with others. Wherever you witness a case of ‘It’s MINE, and no other’s’, ‘it’s OURS, not theirs’, at various levels of vicarious ownership, such aggressive voices, ninety percent of the time, are bound to be Nigerians. This is a syndrome I have had cause to confront defensively with hundreds of Africans and non-Africans. It is what plagues Nigeria at the moment – it’s MY/OUR turn to rule, and if I/WE cannot, we shall lay waste the terrain. Truth is, predictably, part of the collateral damage on that terrain.

Yes, these are the ones who, to co-opt your phrasing, “diminished (and still diminish) Chinua’s image”. In the main, they are, ironically, his assiduous – but basically opportunistic – hagiographers – especially of a clannish, cabalistic temperament. Chinua – we have to be frank here – also did not help matters. He did make one rather unfortunate statement that brought down the hornet’s nest on his head, something like: “The fact that Wole Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize does not make him the Asiwaju (Leader) of African literature”. I forget now what provoked that statement. Certainly it could not be traced to any such pretensions on my part. I only recollect that it was in the heat of some controversy – on a national issue, I think.

But let us place this in context. Spats between writers, artists, musicians, scientists, even architects and scientific innovators etc. are notorious. They are usually short-lived – though some have been known to last a life-time. This particular episode was at least twenty years ago. Unfortunately some of Chinua’s cohorts decided that they had a mission to prosecute a matter regarding which they lacked any vestige of understanding or competence or indeed any real interest. It is however a life crutch for them and they cannot let go.

Prof. Wole Soyinka

Prof. Wole Soyinka

Chinua Achebe: an incorrigible sect diminishes name

Chinua Achebe: an incorrigible sect diminishes name

What they are doing now – and I urge them to end it shame-facedly – is to confine Chinua’s achievement space into a bunker over which hangs an unlit lamp labeled “Nobel”. Is this what the literary enterprise is about? Was it the Nobel that spurred a young writer, stung by Eurocentric portrayal of African reality, to put pen to paper and produce Things Fall Apart? This conduct is gross disservice to Chinua Achebe and disrespectful of the life-engrossing occupation known as literature. How did creative valuation descend to such banality? Do these people know what they’re doing – they are inscribing Chinua’s epitaph in the negative mode of thwarted expectations. I find that disgusting.

China, with her vast population, history, culture – arts and literature – celebrated her first Nobel Prize in Literature only last year. Yet I have been teaching Chinese literature on and off – within Comparative literary studies – for over forty years. Am I being instructed now that those writers needed recognition by the Nobel for me to open such literary windows to my students? Do these strident, cacophonous Nigerians know how much literature – and of durable quality – radiates the world?

Let me add this teacher complaint: far too many Nigerians – students of literature most perniciously – are being programmed to have no other comparative literary structure lodged in their mental scope than WS vs. CA. Such crass limitation is being pitted against the knowledgeable who, often wearily, but obedient to sheer intellectual doggedness, feel that they owe a duty to stop the march of confident ignorance. For me personally, it is galling to have everything reduced to the Nigerian enclave where, to make matters even more acute, there are supposedly only those two. It makes me squirm. I teach the damned subject – literature – after all. I do know something about it.

So let me now speak as a teacher. It is high time these illiterates were openly instructed that Achebe and Soyinka inhabit different literary planets, each in its own orbit. If you really seek to encounter – and dialogue with – Chinua Achebe in his rightful orbit, then move out of the Nigerian entrapment and explore those circuits coursed by the likes of Hemingway. Or Maryse Conde. Or Salman Rushdie. Think Edouard Glissant. Think Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Think Earl Lovelace. Think Jose Saramago. Think Bessie Head. Think Syl Cheney-Coker, Yambo Ouologuem, Nadine Gordimer. Think Patrick Chamoiseau. Think Toni Morrison. Think Hamidou Kane. Think Shahrnush Parsipur. Think Tahar Ben Jelloun. Think Naguib Mahfouz – and so on and on along those orbits in the galaxy of fiction writers. In the meantime, let us quit this indecent exercise of fatuous plaints, including raising hopes, even now, with talk of “posthumous” conferment, when you know damned well that the Nobel committee does not indulge in such tradition. It has gone beyond ‘sickening’. It is obscene and irreverent. It desecrates memory. The nation can do without these hyper-active jingoists. Can you believe the kind of letters I receive? Here is one beauty – let me quote:

“I told these people, leave it to Wole Soyinka – he will do what is right. We hear Ben Okri, Nuruddin Farah, even Chimamanda Adichie are being nominated. This is mind-boggling. Who are they? Chinua can still be awarded the prize, even posthumously. We know you will intervene to put those upstarts in their place. I’ve assured people you will do what is right.”

Alfred Nobel regretted that his invention, dynamite, was converted to degrading use, hence his creation of the Nobel Prize, as the humanist counter to the destructive power of his genius. If he thought that dynamite was eviscerating in its effects, he should try some of the gut-wrenching concoctions of Nigerian pontificators. Please, let these people know that I am not even a member of Alfred’s Academy that decides such matters. As a ‘club member,’ however, I can nominate, and it is no business of literary ignoramuses whom, if any, I do nominate. My literary tastes are eclectic, sustainable, and unapologetic. Fortunately, thousands of such nominations – from simply partisan to impeccably informed – pour in annually from all corners of the globe to that cold corner of the world called Sweden. Humiliating as this must be for many who carry that disfiguring hunch, the national ego, on their backs, Nigeria is not the centre of the Swedish electors’ world, nor of the African continent, nor of the black world, nor of the rest of the world for that matter. In fact, right now, Nigeria is not the centre of anything but global chagrin.

Chinua is entitled to better than being escorted to his grave with that monotonous, hypocritical aria of deprivation’s lament, orchestrated by those who, as we say in my part of the world, “dye their mourning weeds a deeper indigo than those of the bereaved”. He deserves his peace. Me too! And right now, not posthumously.

It is not all bleakness and aggravation however – I have probably given that impression, but the stridency of cluelessness, sometimes willful, has reached the heights of impiety. Vicarious appropriation is undignified, and it runs counter to the national pride it ostensibly promotes. Other voices are being drowned, or placed in a false position, who value and express the sensibilities between, respect the subtle threads that sustain, writers, even in their different orbits. My parting tribute to Chinua will therefore take the form of the long poem I wrote to him when he turned seventy, after my participation in the celebrations at Bard College. I plan for it to be published on the day of his funeral – my way of taunting death, by pursuing that cultural, creative, even political communion that unites all writers with a decided vision of the possible – and even beyond the grave.”

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Beckham ends football career http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/05/16/beckham-ends-football-career/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/05/16/beckham-ends-football-career/#comments Thu, 16 May 2013 20:43:14 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=162963 David Beckham: so long

David Beckham: so long

Football megastar David Beckham announced on Thursday that he is to retire after a glittering 20-year playing career in which he became one of the most widely recognised figures in world sport.

The former England captain, 38, made the announcement shortly after winning the Ligue 1 title with French giants Paris Saint-Germain, which made him the first Englishman to win league championships in four different countries.

He bows out from the game at the same time as his former Manchester United mentor Alex Ferguson, who handed Beckham his professional debut in 1992 and thereby launched one of the most newsworthy careers in the history of the English game.

Beckham went on to play for Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan, as well as PSG, and won 115 caps for England in an unprecedented feat for an outfield player.

“I’m thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level,” Beckham said.

“If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club, Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over one hundred times, and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy.

“I’m fortunate to have realised those dreams.”

Blessed with an extraordinarily accurate right foot, Beckham was renowned for his dead-ball prowess and his seemingly limitless reserves of stamina.

David Beckham: end of a career

David Beckham: end of a career

He won six league titles, two FA Cups and the 1999 Champions League with United, creating both injury-time goals as Ferguson’s side stormed back to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the final, before joining Madrid in 2003, where he won the Spanish league title four years later.

Beckham moved to Los Angeles in 2007 and won two MLS Cup titles with the Galaxy, but he spent two loan spells at Milan and then returned to Europe in January this year, when he signed a short-term deal with PSG.

He is fondly remembered for his exploits in an England shirt, having captained his country for six years and played at three World Cups.

“I knew every time I wore the Three Lions shirt, I was not only following in a long line of great players, I was also representing every fan that cared passionately about their country,” he said.

Beckham’s global celebrity also turned him into a one-man marketing phenomenon with a glut of lucrative endorsements.

He has long-standing sponsorship deals with firms including Adidas, Armani and Samsung and is believed to share a £200 million ($306 million, 237 million euros) fortune with his wife, Victoria, the pop star turned fashion designer and mother of his four children.

However, he said he wanted to be remembered as a sportsman, rather than a celebrity.

“I just want people to see me as a hard-working footballer, someone with passion for the game and every time I stepped onto the pitch, I’ve given everything I have, because that’s how I feel,” he told Sky Sports News.

“People have looked at other things that have happened in my career and sometimes that’s overshadowed what I’ve achieved on the pitch. As much as I say that doesn’t hurt me, it does.”

Football Association chairman David Bernstein described Beckham as “an iconic figure”, while former United team-mate and close friend Gary Neville saluted his impact on English football.

“He had incredible stamina and energy. He was a joy to play with,” said Neville.

“And when you think back on the way football has changed over the last 22 years, he has probably been the most influential player in that time out of England in terms of transforming football.”

England manager Roy Hodgson said he hoped Beckham would remain in the game.

“I’m rather hoping we’ll be able to keep him in football because we can really benefit from his experience, we can really benefit from his charisma and we certainly benefit from the magnificent past he has had as a football player,” he said.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said: “It’s the end of a chapter of an amazing story. David grew up as a football loving child and achieved his dreams, and unquestionably inspired millions of boys and girls to try and do the same.”

As one of Britain’s most recognisable figures, Beckham also worked as an ambassador for last year’s London Olympics and carried the Olympic flame to the opening ceremony in a glitzy speedboat ride down the River Thames.

He is due to play his final game for PSG at Lorient’s Stade du Moustoir on May 26.

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