The Voice Newsmagazine


Mr Justin Onuorah Abuah, Director of Information, State House, has passed on.
Born on January 29, 1959, Mr Abuah, fondly called O.J, by all who knew and came in close contact with him, died on Sunday, August 14, in Abuja after a brief illness.

The late Abuah had a long and rich career at the Presidency, where he served seven past Nigerian leaders since 1986 when he joined the State House media office from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
His many colleagues, friends and admirers will fondly remember him as the man behind several presidential statements and speeches; and he demonstrated a rare sense of calmness and candour in service.
A native of Asaba, Oshimili South Local Government Area, Delta State, O.J is survived by his wife, Loretta and three children (Chinedum, Chike and Amaechi).
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a condolence message to the bereaved family.
Burial arrangements will be announced later by the family.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)

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Edo 2016: Obiano, Labaran, Umeh, Shinkafi amongst others drums support for Osaro Onaiwu's Solution Agenda.

BENIN-CITY: The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Gubernatorial Candidate for the September 10 governorship election in Edo State, Earl Osaro Onaiwu has officially flagged-off his campaign. The event which was held on Saturday 30th July, 2016 at the Urhokpota Hall, King Square, Benin-City was well attended by thousands of residents, supporters and party faithful’s across the State and beyond.
The Executive Governor of Anambra State and National Leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Willie Obiano led a delegation of party chieftains to the event to show solidarity for the Osaro Onaiwu Solution Agenda.

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The woes of Edo and the Onaiwu solution

As politicians in Edo State struggle to outshine one another in the build up to the forthcoming September 10th governorship election, Edo people must be vigilant to avoid the deceit that has become the attribute of many a politician and ensure the election of the best candidate. The narrative in informed circle across the state captures this sentiment and the need to return Edo to its glorious past.
It is unfortunate that even the modest infrastructure which Edo inherited upon its creation in 1991 has so lost value that one wonders whether successive governments have been asleep. Take the roads in Benin the capital city for instance; there is hardly any in the main city without deep gullies. Even where you manage to find a tarred road, be rest assured that the adjoining streets will be no better than swamps. Driving in Edo during this raining season is particularly hellish for motorists.

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FG to issue Nigerians abroad permanent residency certificates

The Federal Government has resolved to issue permanent resident certificates to Nigerians who are living in the Diaspora but not yet permitted to have dual citizenship by their host countries.
The government also said it was considering the agitations by Nigerians in the Diaspora to participate in electoral process in the country, but did not indicate if the gesture would commence in 2019.

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For Nigerian Students, Abbey DLD Is Sure Pathway into Top UK Universities

Nigerian parents who crave to give their children an unrivalled opportunity to gain entry into some of the best universities in the United Kingdom, including Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London, should send them first to Abbey DLD Group of Colleges to equip them with the required knowledge, according to pre-university schools’ officials.

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Reflections on Elusive Diaspora Policy for Nigeria

Nigerian Diaspora Day today gives room for somber reflections as I did about this time a year ago through an opinion piece. I stated then “Despite its commendable vision and sparse achievements, the humongous shortcomings of the Diaspora Day are threatening in 2015 to explode in the face of all stakeholders” I concluded the piece with the following “to get the Diaspora Day right, you must first get the Nigerian Diaspora Policy right” Since then, not very much has happened around the Diaspora Policy. However the American idiom “a new Sheriff in town” typically used during periods of power transition could be applied to events surrounding the 2016 Diaspora Day in Nigeria. This adage is deployed particularly when the way things are done are experiencing some changes, or when a new person takes control. In the case of the National Diaspora Day of Nigeria it is a combination of a new operating environment and new persons wrestling back hijacked control from mini cabals of a national policy instrument. 

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Late Stephen Keshi to be buried in Illah on July 29

The burial arrangements for late Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi, have been made public.

A member of the burial committee, who is also the Delta State Commissioner for Information Mr. Patrick Ukah, revealed that the ceremonies will hold between Thursday, July 28, and Sunday, July 31, 2016.

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Profile of Godwin Obaseki: Man destiny for greatness in Edo State

As Edo State prepares for a transition from one government to another, the protagonist are preparing for battle and one man that stands out clearly in the crowd, is Mr. Godwin Obaseki of APC. One of our correspondents in Nigeria did take a look at his profile for our Diaspora audience to know the man who is destiny to be the next Governor of Edo State of Nigeria.

He had his early education in St. Matthews Anglican Primary School Benin City and Eghosa Anglican Grammar School, Benin City and later attended the University of Ibadan, Columbia University and Pace University in New York. He has a BA in Classics and MBA in Finance and International Business.

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Deltans resident in Edo State Support Godwin Obaseki for Governor

Ahead of the forth coming Governorship election in Edo State, a group known as Concerned Deltans for Good Governance has thrown their support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Mr Godwin Obaseki and Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu as running mate in the State.

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EDO State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has continued to receive commendations from a cross section of the society for having the will power to bring development to the state.


The governor has in the past seven years deliberately opened up the rural communities with the construction of several of roads across the state bridging the gap between the urban cities and the farming villages.

There is no doubt that the people, both in the cities and in the rural areas now have different stories to tell, because in the past it was a story of despair and disappointment due to decades of criminal neglect, marginalization and deceit by different administrations.

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In fairness to Governor Aregbesola!

Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s stewardship in Osun State has been generating all manner of comments in recent times. From the indefensible, infantile, misinformed and misguided viewpoints to the impressive analyses of his actions and inactions, the comments reveal a lot about this man of many parts who has not only done very well for his people, but has also been fair to all sections of the state in his policy implementation. Although Aregbesola is frequently the butt of criticisms, there is no doubt that he means well for his people and does what he sees to be in their best interest at all times.

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Gov. Aregbesola of Osun State, Nigeria

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The Obi of Owa Kingdom, in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State, His Royal Majesty Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor II (JP) OON has honoured one of his subjects and the Executive Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, with a 55-year old elephant tusk. The revered Owa monarch was overwhelmed with joy when Governor Okowa and other members of his executive paid him a courtesy visit at his Owa-Oyibu Palace shortly after the commissioning of the Abavo Central Hospital, Abavo, its access roads and others at Owa-Oyibu on Friday, June 24, 2016.

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Thousands of fans revel in African Music Festival in The Netherlands

Internationally acclaimed singer, Youssouf N'dour and his band, Le Super Étoile de Dakar climaxed the Jubille celebration of the Africa Music Festival in Hertme, The Netherlands last weekend. Thousands of African music fans danced throughout his performance with exhilarating rigour and zest, whilst Morocco's Jazz and soul singer, Oumel Ghait mesmerized the audience with her incredibly soaring tenor. Song hoy Blues closed the afternoon proceedings; as they rendered elements of contemporary rock and hip hop, like Songs like “Irganda” and their masterpiece of desert blues, blending American guitar saw the audience glowingly bluesy and shuffled every move with their feet.


Ghanaian veteran Pat Thomas with his impetuous young group, The Kwashibu Area Band, entertained the audience with a collection of songs from their album the 'hype.' Upcoming star from Guinea Bissau, Karyna Gomes, also thrilled the audience with a combination of traditional African music, and rhythms from around the world.

Although intermittently, rains fell on both days, but there was a great deal of sunlight and the thousands of music lovers nevertheless, joined the exuberant performances displayed by an array of renowned African musical artists. The young and old danced in close circles and clapping their hands in appreciation. Acts came from the four corners of Africa, including Congolese rumba, West African High Life music, Malian Kora music, the sand dunes sound of North Africa and the audience added a scintillating flavour to the atmosphere and It's no wonder the crowd rediscovered their vigour whenever a new act is being performed.

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Boko Haram: Humanity against Inhumanity

Not until the reported abduction of over 200 young school girls from #Chibok in Borno State, North-East Nigeria in April, 2014, the menace of the Boko-Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria never gained prominence in global discuss. The #BringBackOurGirls awareness campaign on the Social Media sparked an international outrage and pressure on the Nigerian Government and the Western world to get their acts together to secure the release of the abducted school girls.

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Alhaji T.Y. Danjuma

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The Support For Humanity Foundation, SHF has congratulated the All Progressives Congress, APC Governorship candidate in Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki for emerging victorious at the party primaries because he has the capacity to industrialize the state and reduce the level of poverty.


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CRPP Support Odubu for Governor

 As the All Progressive Congress conduct its primaries this weekend The Coalition of Registered Political Parties in Edo State has thrown its support for the Deputy Governor of the state, Rt. Hon Pius Odubu as the All Progressive Congress APC conduct their party primaries this weekend in Benin City. Speaking to Newsmen the Chairman of CRPP Edo State, Dr. Samson Isibor enjoined the APC delegates to cast their votes for Dr. Odubu.

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According to him, people respect Dr. Odubu for his loyalty, truthfulness, transparency. "He is not arrogant, pompous or a Mr know it all, but a very humble man and above all he is not corrupt and a good listener. We concur with the economic experts who agreed that Odubu will change the dwindling economy of the state to a more viable one". The Coalition of Registered Political Parties is an organization with 15 political parties in Edo state as members.

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Press briefing to declare support for Dr. Odubu as Governor of Edo State.

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25 underprivileged young Zambian women have been selected to receive the Justina Mutale Scholarship to continue their education at institutions of higher learning around the world. The announcement was made at the Official Launch of the Justina Mutale Foundation’s Scholarship Programme, which was held at the Zambian High Commission in London, on Thursday 9th June 2016.

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I heard with great shock, sadness, and disappointment the news of a statement issued on Sunday, June 5, 2016, by the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to Mr. President, informing the general public that President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR will proceed on a 10 day medical vacation to London from Monday, June 6, 2016, during which period he is billed to see an E.N.T. specialist for a persistent ear infection, based on a recommendation for further evaluation said to have been advanced by Mr. President's Personal Physician and an E.N.T. specialist in Abuja. 

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President Buhari: He is having ear problem.


Even though the nature of the persistent ear infection/specific diagnosis was not stated in the Special Adviser's press release, I wish to commend Mr. President for the medical disclosure (a departure from the past) and sincerely sympathise with him, especially at this critical stage of our country's history and development, and wish him quick recovery.

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It was with great shock and deep pain that I received the sad news of the unfortunate death of Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, a former Coach of the Super Eagles, while in his home in the early hours of today, and before arriving at the Faith Mediplex hospital, Benin City, Edo State, where he was taken to for emergency care.

Indeed one has been so devastated and unable to hold back tears since learning of the untimely death of our indisputable football icon, the inimitable Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi.

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As one with whom I had privileged and great friendship from my tender age, I feel extremely sad, especially as Coach Stephen Keshi lost his wife only a couple of months ago. He was undoubtedly a true Patriot, committed, diligent, selfless and altruistic Nigerian, iconic Coach and a well-respected global citizen who made tremendous sacrifices to his country, Nigeria, and the global community at large.

Despite the challenging circumstances he sometimes found himself, he, at all times, exemplified the "I can do" Nigerian spirit, one that made him achieve astounding results in his chosen career.

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Stephen Keshi: Nigeria football legend dies aged 54

News getting to The Voice magazine this morning is that Nigeria former Super Eagles captain and coach of the National team, Stephen Keshi has passed away. BCC quoting the Nigerian football Association announced on their website about an hour ago. One of African football's best-known figures, Stephen Keshi is truly gone at the age of 54.

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A former captain of the Nigeria national team, Keshi was one of only two men to win the Africa Cup of Nations both as a player and a coach.

He also managed Togo and Mali, and his playing career included a spell for Belgian club side Anderlecht.

He is thought to have suffered a heart attack, local media reported.

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