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Jay Jay Okocha Reveals His All Time Best Player, Chooses Between Ronaldo and Messi

Two time BBC African player of the year, and Nigeria football legend Jay Jay Okocha is arguably the best player of his generation and it would actually be a crime if you would leave out his name in Africa’s greatest ever footballers.

He made his name at his home turf before winning the worlds adoration with his incredible talent in Europe, having played for top teams like; Bolton Wanderers, Paris Saint-Germain, Fenerbahçe and Hull City, winning a total of ten trophy accolades at club and national level.

Okocha’s prowess and unique talent saw him bag a total of seven Nigerian footballer of the year awards (1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 )

He however is arguably the only best player to never win the CAF African player of the year, despite being listed in football legend Pelé’s FIFA 100 (a list of the greatest 125 living players of all time) in 2004.

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I Forced My Nephew Iwobi To Choose Nigeria Over England, Reveals Jay Jay Okocha (VIDEO)

With all said Okocha doesn’t consider himself as the greatest African footballer.

When asked whom he rates as his all time best footballer he settled for Brazil legend, Pele.

“Not just what he did on the pitch in very difficult circumstances, his attitude off the pitch comes second to none.” He said, as well as settling for George Weah, the only African player who has won FIFA’s best player of the year, scooping the award 22 years ago (1995).

But between Messi and Ronaldo ,who’s Okocha’s favorite cup of coffee? Find out in the video below.

 

 

 

I Forced My Nephew Iwobi To Choose Nigeria Over England, Reveals Jay Jay Okocha (VIDEO)

Nigeria football legend, Augustine Azuka Okocha, popularly known as “Jay-Jay” Okocha is currently in the country where despite cementing his name in football’s historical books, he was on a mission to promote professional golfing in the country.

The 43-year-old football legend who is widely regarded as the African Ronaldinho across Europe thanks to his confidence, technique, creativity, and dribbling skills, however couldn’t fully escape football related questions during his media junket on Thursday morning.

Among the questions was his relationship with budding football star, Alexander Iwobi, his nephew who turns out for Arsenal Football Club and his journey so far having been at the club for more than a decade coming through the youth ranks, before finally cementing a berth in the first team.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria Iwobi relocated to England as a kid, a country he went on to represent, playing youth football for it’s Under 16, 17 and Under 18 sides, between 2011 to 2013.

Despite all that, the U19s coach overlooked the 20-year-old winger and with his chances to play for the England senior team diminishing, the youngster had no choice but choose to represent Nigeria, the country that gave birth to Okocha, his legendary uncle who propelled his nation to the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994.

But was the decision entirely Iwobi’s or was Okocha  the man behind it all?

When asked on whether he played any role in helping Iwobi choose Nigeria over England, Okocha didn’t even mince his words about it.

“It was totally my decision for Iwobi to choose Nigeria over England.” Said the two time BBC Africa’s best player of the year.

“I thought if I could convince him to come and play in Africa, it would toughen him at a tender age and make him a better player in the future, since in England he has the privilege of better training facilities, better pitches. After he played his first game for Nigeria, Iwobi called me to thank me. It showed he had matured “ Added the Ex Bolton Wanderers and PSG attacking midfielder, who represented Nigeria’s Super Eagles for 13 years between 1993 and 2006.

Okocha also believes that Iwobi has many more years to grow and emulate his success and is fully impressed by his development at Arsenal football club.

Check out the video below.

 

Can Kenyan Musicians Live Off Their Music In The Long Run?

As I type this, I am listening to some new Naija songs. It’s good seeing Wizkid good making moves, signing major recording deals with international labels. Why is everybody’s talk these days?

Is it because of his success with his “One Dance” collabo with international rapper Drake? Well, this shows that Africa has immense musical talent and potential — this is no doubt. When you come to Kenya, the situation is not any different. There is immense talent.

Just the other day, I read how P-Square are living large. Can Kenyan artists live their dreams too?

This is the reason why Kiss TV has been looking for the next big star in Kenya. Through The Search, the reality TV show that’s trending now, it has been showcasing the best of Kenyan upcoming musical talent. The contestants have brought their A-game. But who will walk away with 1 million bob and a lucrative recording deal?

One of the contestants on the show is Ray, whose passion for music is quite unexpected
Ray

“Really, by accident…..I intended to join drama club in campus but instead walked in on the choir as they were rehearsing in the theater auditorium. I was talked into doing a spot audition and just like that I was automatically a tenor in the choir…all this happened so fast but you know the saying “the rest is history”…at least it was a coercion into something I ultimately enjoyed and came to really like”, he says.

Could he be the one big artist you’ve been waiting for? The fresh voice you have been craving? He says that he looks up to Diamond Platnumz, one of the most sought after, well paid musicians in Africa. If you are a Diamond fan or follower, you’ll relate to Ray’s story perfectly.

“Diamond really inspires me…I watched his latest video Salome against his first video Mbagala…it’s amazing to see the progress he has been able to make over the years. From a guy who had no qualms singing amidst garbage at a dumpsite in nothing but his champalis (slippers) to a juxtaposition against the artistic opulence illustrated in the Salome video is really amazing and inspiring,” he says.

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This Sunday, another contestant will go home. This was after the Kisii Boys Band have already gone home, because Coach Filah felt that they were the weakest in vocals. Who will be going home this weekend?

African Muhonja, to the viewers’ surprise was also sent home regardless of her good rendition of James Brown Hit It’s a Man’s World. Anto who hoped Savage Garden would help him stay in the Academy unfortunately got himself sent home.

This week two contestants are going home. Who will it be? Be sure to tune in to watch the show!

Here’ s a preview to the show!

I Was Tortured For 4 hours Over ‘Negative’ Stories, Says Standard Journalist

Journalist Isaiah Gwengi, who was arrested by police on claims of incitement, has alleged torture including a severe beating, strangulation and death threats.

The Standard newspaper correspondent for Bondo was arrested on Wednesday night by officers from the Quick Response Team (QRT) who allegedly assaulted him.

Gwengi was apprehended alongside rights activist Rodgers Ochieng’. Following their release, they were taken to Bondo referral hospital.

Police denied assaulting the two but the journalist said his private parts were severely squeezed.

Narrating the ordeal shortly after the release, Gwengi said he was on his way home from work when four QRT officers approached.

“They asked for my phone before ordering me to follow them. I reluctantly followed their orders.”

“I was slapped in the face, forced into a waiting police vehicle and taken to Usenge AP post where I was thoroughly beaten,” Gwengi said.

The officers threatened to shoot us at close range, he added.

Gwengi said he had recorded a statement at Bondo DCIO in January after an officer attached to the QRT threatened him.

The journalist said they were “tortured” for about four hours by officers who used gun butts and clubs. He said he was also strangled.

Police accused Gwengi of inciting the public through his articles.

Ben Mandere, Siaya county AP commandant, said he was told the two had been inciting members of the public to turn against officers.

He said Gwengi had written several negative stories about the QRT with the intention of portraying it as inept and corrupt, a situation he said made the public lose confidence in the unit.

Ochieng’ said they tried to secure their release by pleading innocent but the officers did not listen to them.

He said that after they were beaten, they were taken to Usenge police station where they were to be held in custody but the officers at the station declined because of their injuries.

They were then taken to Got Agulu dispensary for check-ups.

-The Star

Pastor’s Wife Charged With Sh5.7Million Fraud In Uganda

A Ugandan pastor’s wife by the name, Ms Sandra Katebarairwe has been charged with Sh200million Ugandan shillings fraud (Approximately Sh5.7Million Kenyan shillings).

Meet The Pastor Who Went To Heaven And Took Photos, Selling the Pictures for Sh40K A Piece

Ms Katebarairwe, who’s the wife of pastor David Ngabo, is reported to have appeared before Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Mr James Ereemye on charges of fleecing a Chinese national of Shs200 million.

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According to monitor.co.ug, she is charged with obtaining money by false pretence, forgery and uttering false documents, charges she denied.

Pastor Happy David Ngabo
Pastor Happy David Ngabo

It is alleged that on July 8, 2016 at Rwenzori Towers in Nakasero, Ms Katebarairwe and others defrauded Mr Wu-WeiLing of Mama Mia Investments of $68,530 (about Shs 240m) pretending they would rent him space at Imperial Botanical Shopping Mall whereas not.

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The pastor’s wife presented two sureties and court granted her a cash bail of Shs10m and the sureties were both bonded at Shs50m (not cash).

Court adjourned the case to April 5 for hearing.

-monitor.co.ug

PATANISHO: Nimemalizana Nawe Ukitaka Oa Wanawake Tano!

John mwenye umri wa miaka 38, aliomba apatanishwe na mkewe Jane kwani walikosana mwezi uliopita, kisa na maana; John alikuwa na tabia za mipango ya kando.

PATANISHO: Nilimgonga Mke Wangu Na Mtungi Kwa Hasira

“Kuna msichana alinipigia simu usiku tukiwa na bibi yangu na hapo tukakosana na mke wangu kwani yule alikuwa mpango wa kando. Ni shetani tu.” Alieleza bwana John akidai kuwa walikuwa kwa uhusiano wa wiki moja pekee. John na mkewe wamekuwa kwa ndoa ya miaka minne na wawili hao wamejaliwa watoto.

PATANISHO: Nikilipa Deni La Elfu Nane Nataka Lihesabiwe Kama Mahari

Kulingana na Jane, alikuwa anampata bwanake na mwanamke mwingine kwa nyumba huku wakati mwingine kupata mwingine akimtayarishia chai.

“Si unaona hiyo ni kazi? Unapata hata mwanamke yule yule amemtumia ujumbe akidai kuwa anahitaji ampe mapenzi.” Alijieleza.

“Si ulikuwa ukitaka wenye wanakuonesha mapenzi na mimi hutaki mapenzi yangu? Nenda ukae nao sahii roho yangu imefika mwisho msamaha sitaki enough is enough. Nimemalizana nawewe sahizi ukitaka hata kuoa wanawake tano sina shida nawe, nilikusamehe nikachoka.” Alimueleza mumewe akishikilia kuwa mapenzi yameisha kwa ajili ya madharau yake kwani hata akijilazimisha namna gani hawezi mpenda tena.

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Aliongeza kuwa anahitaji miezi kama mitatu ili amsamehe na amrudie.

Police seize £73m worth of cocaine with ‘Lionel Messi’ packaging

Police in Peru have seized a 1.4 kilogram shipment of cocaine that had Lionel Messi’s face on the packaging.

The haul, worth a reported £73million, also had images of the Barcelona man’s ‘M’ logo printed on it, while other packages in the shipment were carrying the royal seal of the King of Spain.

Pictures show Messi’s image in a Barcelona kit alongside his brand logo, as well as the 29-year-old’s name.

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According to AFP, the shipment was destined for Europe before it was seized by officials.

Even more bizarrely, Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo report that the illegal shipment of Class A drugs were hidden inside a shipping container that was carrying almost 1,300 giant squid fillets.

Last year, A fruit wholesaler stored £24million worth of cocaine inside plastic bananas for Colombian drug baron Daniel Valdes Jaramillo whose nickname was ‘Messi’ after the superstar footballer.

The packages were found in a warehouse just off the A2 near Rainham in Kent.

-DailyMail

 

Kenyan man who ‘stole’ Sh4Billion responds asking for donations for his bail

The Kenyan man who is accused of allegedly stealing 4 billion shillings by hacking into the KRA system is asking for donations through mpesa for his bail.

Alex Mutuku, aged 28, has penned down a letter on Facebook to explain the chain of events he suggests may have led to his being implicated in the theft of the money from KRA.

He wrote;”

After all the media frenzy, I’ve been forced to respond with a handwritten letter through my brother who has come to visit me.

My life was darkest in 2015 and after that I decided nothing will ever take me back to that dark time. Not anyone. Not even this and certainly the media twisting facts. Hence my phrase ‘Nothing can stop me, I’m all the way up…’ I’m sure most of you are familiar with the lyrics. I’m always smiling. Even now, I have learned to love myself. And trust me, I’ve never loved myself more than I do now.

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Now, since 2015 I’ve never taken time off. I struggled with a lot of things but eventually overcame all. So, 2017 is here and what do I do? I decided one of my new year’s resolution is a trip of East and Southern Africa and one international trip. I buy my international ticket and embark on the east African trip. From city to city. On bus. No flying- too expensive – and I document everything on my FB timeline. By the time, I get to Tz, I’ve spend 73k, already broke and the deadline to register as a voter is quickly approaching. I decided to come back. Now, it has all been twisted as ‘living large’. Wow. But I understand people have to make a living- in this case selling more copies.”

He continued;”

By March I have ticked two resolutions for this year. I get back, I’m arrested. Why? KRA has lost 4B. Not a million but billion. When they told me that, I laughed. I laugh even now. I’m not stupid. Clearly, I’m the patsy. Those big cajunas at KRA looted the cash and then in a smoke-filled room, smoking their cubans – forgive my imagination, it probably was an office- decided this.

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“Oh, this Alex boy just went on a trip and stupidly plastered it all over FB. What’s more, he has a similar case. Perfect! Go get him.”

Anyone with half a brain can figure that out. Four billion doesn’t just disappear like that without anyone noticing- for years. Even slowly.”

Alex has been splashing his social media with photos of his holiday, and flaunting stacks of money leading to speculation that he could be enjoying the proceeds of the ‘theft’.

Here is what he says are the facts about the case;

1. I DO NOT have 4B, or any part of 4B. In fact, my life’s savings are not even remotely close to one billion, let alone four!

2. I have NEVER worked at KRA nor do I know anyone who works there. If I did then I do not believe I’d have queued all those hours renewing my license or transferring my bike ownership. Those queues are just life draining.

3. I believe this is a test and just like every storm, it will pass and I will emerge victorious. The truth never stays hidden. All will be revealed in due time. God’s time is the best. For now, I’ll keep smiling and praying.

4. Everyone who knows me personally knows that I don’t like asking everyone for it. My bail ruling is coming up on the 28th of March and I’m praying and hoping for two things. One that I be granted bail and two, it’s a REASONABLE amount. Now reasonable of course is relative to everyone and for me that’s 100k as that’s what I can afford. But I’m not the magistrate. All I can do is wait.

 

 

 

 

Olunga On Target As Uganda Force Harambee Stars To A 1-1 Draw

Harambee stars played to a 1-1 draw with fierce rivals Uganda Cranes in their international friendly at the Machakos stadium.

Michael Olunga, who recently made a multi-million shilling switch to newly promoted Chinese outfit Guizhou Zhicheng, put stars ahead in the 35th minute before Uganda took advantage of a defensive lapse which led to Moses Waiswa’s 85th minute equalizer.

Harambee Stars Friendlies Now Moved To Machakos Stadium

The match was beamed live on Bamba sport.

Stars will face Democratic Republic of Congo in another friendly match at the same venue on Sunday.