Meet Nestreya the new sexy queen of afro-beat music

BY ROTIMI AGBANA

Sultry New York based Nigerian afro-beat music singer, model, dancer and fashion connoisseur Tracey Isiofia, a.k.a Nestreya, is set to take her place as sexy queen of afro-beat in Nigeria with the release of her debut song, Ye-Baba, produced by Young D, while the video was directed by Nigerian international video director, Wole Ogundare.


Nestreya, who has had a passion for entertainment at a tender age has been able to garner followers from different parts of the world due to her originality, fashion sense, style, and natural beauty.

She recently landed herself a recording and management deal with Nigerian/American entertainment company, Siderz Entertainment, which will be releasing different body of works for her, ranging from music, movies, events and more.

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As a model/dancer, she has worked with different international and multinational brands like Refinery 29, Toyota, and many more. She has also featured on Essence magazine.com, Afropunk, Daily News.com, Buzzfeed.com, and various blogs as well.

She is also well known for her creative ways of promoting multiple artistes in her dancing videos on her platform which has led her to work with major artistes.

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Khashoggi's killing is elephant in room as Saudi king gives rare speech

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By F. Brinley Bruton

You could be forgiven for thinking that it was business as usual in the Saudi capital on Monday during King Salman’s annual speech to the country’s Shura Council.

Just days after Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor recommended the death penalty for five suspects in the murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, the king did not mention the firestorm of controversy swirling around his country. The CIA believes the king’s son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ordered the killing.

Image: King Salman

King Salman Anadolu Agency / Getty Images file

King Salman did voice support for the kingdom’s judiciary, which will be handling the investigation into Khashoggi’s Oct. 2 killing in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

“The kingdom was founded on an Islamic approach based on the establishment of justice, and we take pride in the efforts of the judiciary and the public prosecution in the fulfilling the duty entrusted to them, and we affirm that this country will not deviate from the application of God’s law,” he said during the speech to the unelected body that advises the absolute monarch.

After initially vehemently denying any official involvement in the killing, the Saudis claimed Khashoggi — a former insider who became a prominent critic of Prince Mohammed — was killed by a team of rogue operatives.

A series of official leaks have linked the prince to the killing, but the young royal has remained officially untouched by the kingdom’s investigation.

On Friday, NBC News reported that the CIA had concluded that Prince Mohammed ordered the killing, according to a person briefed on the assessment. NBC News had previously reported that the U.S. intelligence community believes it’s unlikely that Prince Mohammed could have had no connection to Khashoggi’s death.

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Asked if the CIA had assessed whether the crown prince was behind the killing, President Donald Trump said on Sunday, “They have not assessed anything yet. It’s too early. That was a very premature report.”

During the speech, the king reiterated his support for his son’s signature initiative to turn around around the oil-dependent economy and cut unemployment.

“Our country is undergoing a comprehensive developmental plan in accordance with the plans and programs of the kingdom’s Vision 2030, which is proceeding in parallel and achieving its goals at satisfactory rates,” he said. “You are aware of the efforts of the state to create more job opportunities and we directed the crown prince, the president of the Economic Development Affairs Council, to concentrate and develop the human capabilities and prepare the new generation for future jobs.”

After first becoming an international figure in 2015 upon being named deputy crown prince, Prince Mohammed was praised for weakening the country’s powerful conservative clerics and increasing women’s participation in the economy and society — including granting them the right to drive.

More recent efforts to silence dissent and a harsh crackdown on fellow princes, business leaders, rights defenders, women’s activists and reforming clerics has raised the alarm, however. The brief kidnapping of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and break with fellow Gulf kingdom Qatar have also worried traditional allies, including in the United States.

The king also defended another initiative spearheaded by his 33-year-old son: The disastrous war in neighboring Yemen. The conflict in the desperately poor country has helped created the world’s worst humanitarian disaster and pushed half of the population, or some 14 million people, to the brink of starvation.

While Khashoggi killing crystallized much of the growing international unease with Saudi Arabia, the kingdom as well as Prince Mohammed have become linchpins in the Trump administration’s plans, like containing Iran’s regional ambitions and delivering an Palestinian-Israeli peace plan.

In May 2017 during Trump’s first visit abroad as U.S. leader, the president announced $110 billion in immediate sales of U.S. arms and equipment, with $350 billion in additional deals over the next 10 years.

While it is unclear how much of Trump’s announcement covered deals that had already been unveiled, the president has touted such arms sales in an effort to explain the importance of the relationship with the kingdom.

Recently, bipartisan pressure has also been mounting on Trump to distance the U.S. from Saudi Arabia and in particular the crown prince. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally, on Sunday harshly condemned the crown prince over the young royal’s alleged role in Khashoggi’s killing, calling the country’s de facto ruler “unhinged.”

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“The fact that he didn’t know about it is impossible for me to believe,” Graham said on Sunday’s “Meet The Press.” The Republican said he hasn’t been given an official briefing on the matter, but maintained that the conclusion that the crown prince had a role in Khashoggi’s murder should be clear to anyone with knowledge about the country.

“If he is going to be the face of Saudi Arabia going forward, I think the kingdom will have a hard time on the world stage,” Graham said.

On Thursday, the United States announced sanctions against 17 Saudi Arabian officials in response to the killing.

Khashoggi's killing is elephant in room as Saudi king gives rare speech

Khashoggi's killing is elephant in room as Saudi king gives rare speech

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You could be forgiven for thinking that it was business as usual in the Saudi capital on Monday during King Salman’s annual speech to the country’s Shura Council.

Just days after Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor recommended the death penalty for five suspects in the murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, the king did not mention the firestorm of controversy swirling around his country. The CIA believes the king’s son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ordered the killing.

Image: King Salman

King Salman Anadolu Agency / Getty Images file

King Salman did voice support for the kingdom’s judiciary, which will be handling the investigation into Khashoggi’s Oct. 2 killing in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

“The kingdom was founded on an Islamic approach based on the establishment of justice, and we take pride in the efforts of the judiciary and the public prosecution in the fulfilling the duty entrusted to them, and we affirm that this country will not deviate from the application of God’s law,” he said during the speech to the unelected body that advises the absolute monarch.

After initially vehemently denying any official involvement in the killing, the Saudis claimed Khashoggi — a former insider who became a prominent critic of Prince Mohammed — was killed by a team of rogue operatives.

A series of official leaks have linked the prince to the killing, but the young royal has remained officially untouched by the kingdom’s investigation.

On Friday, NBC News reported that the CIA had concluded that Prince Mohammed ordered the killing, according to a person briefed on the assessment. NBC News had previously reported that the U.S. intelligence community believes it’s unlikely that Prince Mohammed could have had no connection to Khashoggi’s death.

Nov. 17, 201802:00

Asked if the CIA had assessed whether the crown prince was behind the killing, President Donald Trump said on Sunday, “They have not assessed anything yet. It’s too early. That was a very premature report.”

During the speech, the king reiterated his support for his son’s signature initiative to turn around around the oil-dependent economy and cut unemployment.

“Our country is undergoing a comprehensive developmental plan in accordance with the plans and programs of the kingdom’s Vision 2030, which is proceeding in parallel and achieving its goals at satisfactory rates,” he said. “You are aware of the efforts of the state to create more job opportunities and we directed the crown prince, the president of the Economic Development Affairs Council, to concentrate and develop the human capabilities and prepare the new generation for future jobs.”

After first becoming an international figure in 2015 upon being named deputy crown prince, Prince Mohammed was praised for weakening the country’s powerful conservative clerics and increasing women’s participation in the economy and society — including granting them the right to drive.

More recent efforts to silence dissent and a harsh crackdown on fellow princes, business leaders, rights defenders, women’s activists and reforming clerics has raised the alarm, however. The brief kidnapping of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and break with fellow Gulf kingdom Qatar have also worried traditional allies, including in the United States.

The king also defended another initiative spearheaded by his 33-year-old son: The disastrous war in neighboring Yemen. The conflict in the desperately poor country has helped created the world’s worst humanitarian disaster and pushed half of the population, or some 14 million people, to the brink of starvation.

While Khashoggi killing crystallized much of the growing international unease with Saudi Arabia, the kingdom as well as Prince Mohammed have become linchpins in the Trump administration’s plans, like containing Iran’s regional ambitions and delivering an Palestinian-Israeli peace plan.

In May 2017 during Trump’s first visit abroad as U.S. leader, the president announced $110 billion in immediate sales of U.S. arms and equipment, with $350 billion in additional deals over the next 10 years.

While it is unclear how much of Trump’s announcement covered deals that had already been unveiled, the president has touted such arms sales in an effort to explain the importance of the relationship with the kingdom.

Recently, bipartisan pressure has also been mounting on Trump to distance the U.S. from Saudi Arabia and in particular the crown prince. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally, on Sunday harshly condemned the crown prince over the young royal’s alleged role in Khashoggi’s killing, calling the country’s de facto ruler “unhinged.”

Nov. 18, 201803:49

“The fact that he didn’t know about it is impossible for me to believe,” Graham said on Sunday’s “Meet The Press.” The Republican said he hasn’t been given an official briefing on the matter, but maintained that the conclusion that the crown prince had a role in Khashoggi’s murder should be clear to anyone with knowledge about the country.

“If he is going to be the face of Saudi Arabia going forward, I think the kingdom will have a hard time on the world stage,” Graham said.

On Thursday, the United States announced sanctions against 17 Saudi Arabian officials in response to the killing.

Military Rescues 31 People, Recovers Over 500 Livestock (Full Statement)

Military Rescues 31 People, Recovers Over 500 Livestock (Full Statement)

The military says troops deployed in Operation Whirl Punch have rescued 31 people from suspected bandits and kidnappers within its area of responsibility.

Addressing a press conference on Monday in Kaduna, acting Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General John Agim, disclosed that 14 suspects have been killed since the military launched the operation in October.

He also said no fewer than 500 livestock have been recovered and returned to their owners while troops recovered several weapons and motorcycles among other items from the suspects.

Read the full statement below;

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to this briefing on activities of the Operation WHIRL PUNCH being conducted by the troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army (NA).

This operation is part of the ‘Operation 777’ which is being conducted and coordinated simultaneously nationwide under the auspices of the Defence Headquarters.

Prior to the launch of Op 777, terrorists and criminals devised different means of evading ongoing operations in different theatres of operations.

However, since the commencement of Op 777 on 8 October 2018, significant and modest operational successes have been recorded across the nation.

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Under Operation WHIRL PUNCH, 1 Division NA is tasked to provide security and restore normalcy along Kaduna – Abuja Expressway and Birnin Gwari and its environs as well as Niger State, which was hitherto devastated by the activities of bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers and cattle rustlers.

In preparation for the conduct of the operations, additional platforms, establishment of new military/Police formations/units, and injection of more troops were carried out by the Defence Headquarters to ensure the success of this operation.

There is Nigerian Army Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Birnin Gwari, which will soon metamorphose into 98 Bn in line with 2016 NA Order of Battle (ORBAT).

The Nigerian Air Force also plans to establish FOB to support Operation WHIRL PUNCH in Birnin Gwari general area, Niger State and the entire operation WHIRL PUNCH Area of Responsibility.

The troops of 1 Division NA, Nigerian Air Force aircraft, Police and other security agencies are conducting series of raids, ambushes, patrols, roadblocks and air strikes against the identified camps/hideouts of bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements within the operational areas.

The general areas where our troops operate are characterised by thick forests such as the Kamuku, Kuduru, Birnin Gwari and Alawa Forests; the area also has several high grounds, which bandits and kidnappers use as staging areas and camps to perpetrate their heinous acts.

To surmount these terrain challenges, we have also devised ingenious ways of deploying our troops and conducting operations.

So far, in this operation, 14 notorious bandits, cattle rustlers and kidnappers have been neutralised.

Likewise, several assorted sophisticated arms, ammunition and large herds of cattle have been recovered from the bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers.

A total of 18 AK47 rifles, two pistols, three mobile phones, one Motorola, large cache’ of ammunition and 32 Motorcycles have been recovered.

The troops also recovered over 331 cows from rustlers in Birnin Gwari area and 132 cows in Birnin Yero areas respectively.

Along the Kaduna – Abuja Expressway 49 cows and 42 sheep have been recovered. All the recovered animals were handed over to their screened and profiled owners. Additionally, a total of 31 persons (18 Children and 13 Adults) were rescued from kidnappers within the Area of Operation.

During this period also five bandits and two informants were arrested, and they are currently assisting the security agencies in the ongoing investigation.

Unfortunately, two soldiers were wounded and are currently receiving treatment at a military hospital in Kaduna.

Two civilian vigilante assisting troops in the operation were also killed in action by bandit’s fire.

Through these special operations, relative peace has been restored and hence, the troops dominate the operating environment, thereby creating a safe and conducive atmosphere for socio-economic activities to thrive.

It is evident that now the local traders, motorists, residents of villages/settlements in these general areas are conducting their businesses mostly unmolested.

The returned of relative peace and security was made possible through joint operations and synergy of efforts by the security agencies and cooperative posture of the locals and vigilante’ groups.

Let me also address a recent allegation of killing 74 cows belonging to Fulanis at Riyawa in Sabon Birni area.

The Riyawa general area has been notorious as a den of bandits, cattle rustlers and kidnappers. Severally, troops had encounters with the bandits who use the difficult terrain and knowledge of the ground to escape.

On 17 November 2018, based on intelligence, troops conducted a raid on bandits’ camps in the area. The bandits were alerted by their dogs.

The observed current practice of the bandits is to use their cows as a shield to escape while firing at troops.

This was the case on 17 November 2018 which was not a deliberate act by the troops to kill the cows.

Gentlemen of the Press, our troops were recently deployed to restore and maintain peace in the recent Kaduna crisis, the proactive deployment, was applauded for its critical impact on preventing spread of crisis beyond Kaduna State.

It is equally important to state that, as part of 1 Division’s Community Engagement Programmes (CEP) during Operation 777, medical outreach programme was carried out in Sayen Lemu Village in Zaria LGA.

Worthy to mention also is the renovation of 2 blocks of classrooms recently in Sayen Lemu Village.

As part of the CEP also, the troops in Kidandan area of Giwa LGA, Kaduna State now escort farmers to enable them to harvest their crops.

This is coming in the aftermath of recent bandits attacking and killing farmers in their farms in the general area.

Let me use this opportunity to assure the law-abiding citizens that the Armed Forces and other security agencies will continue to ensure the protection of lives and properties of Nigerians.

Operation 777 is designed to consolidate on the achievement of the existing operations so as to enhance the safety and promote socio-economic activities of Nigerians.

We will continue to solicit the support and cooperation of the media towards successful conduct of the

Operation 777.

Thank you and God bless.

JOHN AGIM

Brigadier General

Acting Director Defence Information

19 November 2018.

World Toilet Day highlights global sanitation crisis

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KAMPALA, Uganda — Poor countries around the world are facing a dangerous shortage of toilets that puts millions of live at risk, according to campaigners marking World Toilet Day by urging governments and businesses to invest more in sanitation.

The toilet crisis is most severe in parts of Africa and Asia facing extreme poverty and seeing a population boom.

One in five primary schools and one in eight secondary schools globally do not have any toilets, the group WaterAid said in a new report to mark the U.N.-designated toilet day, observed on Monday, as part of efforts to end the global sanitation crisis.

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An Indian child holds a replica of an Indian-style toilet at an event held to mark World Toilet Day in New Delhi on Nov. 19, 2018.Harish Tyagi / EPA

An estimated 4.5 billion people across the world lack access to proper sanitation, said the report. Some 2.5 billion among them do not have adequate toilets, according to U.N. figures. The lack of toilets forces many to defecate in the open — in the streets, in the bushes and by rivers and other water sources.

Among the development goals set by the U.N. in 2015 is a target to ensure everyone has access to a safe toilet by 2030. But campaigners warn this goal will be hard to meet if governments and businesses do not put more money into the sanitation economy.

Sanitation is “the business of the decade,” said Cheryl Hicks, chief executive of the Geneva-based business group Toilet Board Coalition. She told The Associated Press that the group is urging commercial investment to help reduce toilet shortages in countries where governments cannot afford such infrastructure.

“Half the world needs toilets. They don’t have them because the infrastructure is too expensive for governments,” she said.

African countries are among the neediest.

The new report by WaterAid cites an estimated 344 million children in sub-Saharan Africa who lack a toilet at home, leaving them vulnerable to diarrhea and other water-borne infections.

In the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau, one of 101 countries surveyed by WaterAid, eight in 10 schools there lack adequate toilet facilities. The same study reported that 93 percent of households in the East African nation of Ethiopia lack a decent toilet.

Joel Ssimbwa, an entrepreneur who has put up two low-cost facilities in impoverished parts of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, said he launched his business in 2016 after several times he needed to ease himself but had “nowhere to go.”

In September 2007 a Ugandan lawmaker told reporters he was “badly off” and helpless after being photographed urinating against a wall outside the Ministry of Finance in Kampala. He was later charged and fined, despite protesting the lack of sanitation facilities nearby.

There are fewer than 20 free public toilets in Kampala, a city of over 3 million people. Toilets in buildings across the city are often kept under lock and key, apparently to ward off unwelcome users.

Ssimbwa acknowledged that the Shs300 (8 cents) he charges may still be unaffordable to many, the reason he is working on a business model that would allow his clients to pay a uniform monthly fee instead of having to pay each time they check in.

“It is a drop in the ocean, but it creates awareness” of what the government and others must do, he said, talking about his services.

Diddy pays tribute to Kim Porter

Diddy pays tribute to Kim Porter

Diddy has paid tribute to his ex Kim Porter, who died last week.

The American rapper said they “were more than soulmates” in a series of emotional posts on Twitter and Instagram.

The model and actress was 47 and was the mother to three of Diddy’s children.

Numerous celebrities including Rihanna, 50 Cent and Missy Elliott paid tribute to her last week, but this is the first time Diddy has broken his silence.

“For the last three days I’ve been trying to wake up out of this nightmare,” he wrote.

“But I haven’t. I don’t know what I’m going to do without you baby.

“I miss you so much.”

“Today I’m going to pay tribute to you, I’m going to try and find the words to explain our unexplainable relationship.”

Posting a video of the two of them during a maternity shoot, he added: “I’ll raise our family just like you taught me to.”

Kim and Diddy dated on and off until 2007 and had three children together: twins Jessie James and D’Lila, 11, and son Christian, 20.

She had acted in films like 2001’s The Brothers and in the US TV show Wicked Wicked Games.

The cause of her death is unknown.

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