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Meghan Markle's visit to Nigeria was referenced in a speech by the country's first lady, which was used to both attack and defend

Meghan Markle’s visit to Nigeria was referenced in a speech by the country’s first lady, which was used to both attack and defend the Duchess of Sussex on social media.

Meghan and Prince Harry spent several days in the West African nation meeting school children and celebrating her husband’s Invictus Games tournament.

Over the weekend, footage emerged of First Lady Oluremi Tinubu discussing the fashions of some young Nigerian women, stating: “We don’t accept nakedness in our culture.”

She said: “They are all beautiful girls but they should be confident to know they are. They don’t want to be like…even they are mimicking and trying to emulate film stars from America.

“They don’t know where they come from. Why did Meghan come here looking for Africa? That is something we have to take home with. We know who we are and don’t lose who you are.”

A clip of the speech went viral on X, formerly Twitter, after it was posted with the message: “When the First Lady of Nigeria puts your name, nakedness and ignorance about your identity in the same sentence… Ouch!!!”

The post has been viewed 880,000 times and liked 4,100 times, but not everyone agreed that the comment was a criticism of Meghan.

 

Supporters of Meghan suggested Tinubu had meant that the duchess went to Nigeria from California “looking for Africa” because of the power of Nigeria’s traditional fashion and culture, and that Nigerian women should therefore keep the country’s own traditions alive rather than copy Hollywood.

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One wrote on X: “The First Lady of Nigeria tells Nigerian women to not lose sight of their culture, it’s the reason why Thee Duchess Meghan visited Nigeria.”

Others pointed to Meghan’s specific outfits during the tour to suggest the royal’s looks were out of step with the attire of her Nigerian hosts.

One Meghan critic wrote: “All I heard is ‘Nigeria is a decent cultured nation & their daughters need better role models who don’t come dressed nakedly like the likes of Meghan.’

“She also added if the likes of Meghan need a place to go naked, they should attend Met Gala. All hail the First Lady of Nigeria.”

Ultimately, Tinubu made no direct comment on Meghan’s tour outfits, though she did take a swipe at the Met Gala, which included some actual partial nudity among female celebrities, such as Rita Ora.

“We have to salvage our children,” Tinubu said. “We see the way they dress. They keep forgetting that Nigeria, we are beautiful.

“The moment you can see what they showcase on the stage, I said ‘we are fashionable we see what is going on.’

“We are not having a Met Gala. Everyone their nakedness is just everywhere and the men they are well clothed.

“So we have to do something. Tell them the way it is. We don’t accept nakedness in our culture. That is not beautiful. It’s not beautiful at all.”

Meghan was not a guest at the Met Gala and there is nothing to suggest the reference was intended to allude to Meghan’s attire in Abuja and Lagos.

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Ramaphosa sworn in as South Africa’s president for 2nd term

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Ramaphosa sworn in as South Africa’s president for 2nd term

South Africa’s seventh democratically elected President Cyril Ramaphosa was officially sworn in Wednesday for a second term in office after his reelection by parliament last Friday.

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo administered the oath of office in a colorful ceremony attended by several heads of state and government in the capital Pretoria.

“I, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, swear that I will be faithful to the Republic of South Africa,’’ the 71-year-old said in his oath of office.

Zondo congratulated Ramaphosa and introduced him to the audience after signing a certificate, saying the president-elect has now been duly sworn in. Members of the public watching proceedings from the union building’s lawns erupted into loud cheers after Ramaphosa was sworn in.

Interfaith prayers were held before the swearing-in ceremony with religious leaders praying for the incoming president and the government of national unity.

Members of the South African parliament reelected Cyril Ramaphosa last Friday as president for a second term during the first sitting of the legislature.

Ramaphosa, the leader of the African National Congress party (ANC), received 283 votes, defeating Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighter party who garnered 44 votes.

The ANC, once led by civil rights icon Nelson Mandela, dominated South African politics for the past three decades, until losing its majority in the May 29 national elections.

The ANC has 159 lawmakers in the 400-member National Assembly, making it difficult for it to form a government on its own. It proposed the formation of a government of national unity.

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The ANC reached a deal to form a national unity government with the Democratic Alliance, the Patriotic Alliance, the Inkatha Freedom Party, and Good party among others.

Source: The Nation

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Ojude Oba 2024: Meet most-talked-about man at festival, Farooq Oreagba

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Ojude Oba 2024: Meet Most-Talked-About Man at Festival, Farooq

The recently held 2024 Ojude Oba festival has drawn the attention of many netizens, including the Gen Z crowd, on social media.

This is mostly because of the rich culture on display at the festival and the fashionable elderly Nigerians who represented the Yoruba culture well, one of them being managing director and CEO Farooq Oreagba.

The Ojude Oba festival takes place yearly in Ijebu Ode, a few days after the Muslim Sallah celebrations. Even though the festival used to be celebrated only by Muslims, it has transcended religion and has become one of the most widely accepted events in the country.

Several photos from the occasion took over the Nigerian social media space on June 18, 2024, but one man, Farooq Oreagba, stood out over what people referred to as ‘steeze’. Steeze is a slang used to describe a person who is effortlessly stylish and Oreagba fit the bill for many Nigerians.

A series of photos and videos of Farooq Oreagba made the rounds online, and he particularly stood out for his ability to rock a rich traditional outfit with a touch of modernity that had people drooling.

Oreagba wore a green and lemon ‘agbada and shokoto’ outfit paired with a matching cap. He complemented the look with red coral beads around his neck and a crossbody gold chain on his torso.

In one particular video that trended, he was spotted riding on a decorated horse with lovely tattoos on his arms in full display while also smoking a cigar.

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This seemed to impress many young Nigerians as they praised his steeze. Others were also curious to know who he was, and a quick social media search revealed that Farooq Oreagba is an investment professional and the managing director and CEO of NG Clearing Limited. He was also the former head of the Nigerian Stock Exchange Consult.

Source: Legit news

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Gov AbdulRazaq, Emir of Ilorin condole Saraki over mother’s death

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has sent his condolences to the Sarakis on the death of their matriarch, Chief Florence Morenike Saraki, which occurred on Tuesday, June 18.

The governor particularly commiserated with the former Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, Mr. Olaolu Saraki, and the rest of the family on the sad development.

In a statement by his spokesman, Rafiu Ajakaye, in Ilorin on Wednesday, the governor urged the Sarakis to be consoled by the fine legacies of their matriarch.

Governor AbdulRazaq prayed to God to repose the soul of Chief Mrs Florence Saraki and uphold the family after her death.

Similarly, the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara State Traditional Rulers Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has commiserated with Saraki, over the death of his mother, Madam Florence Saraki.

Alhaji Sulu-Gambari described the deceased as a wonderful mother, a great philanthropist and virtuous wife of Olusola Saraki, the late Waziri of Ilorin, whose contributions to humanity will forever be remembered.

In a condolence message issued by the Emir’s spokesman, Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona, on Wednesday, Alhaji Sulu-Gambari sent his heartfelt condolences to Dr. Bukola Saraki, a two-term governor of Kwara State and and former Senate President of Nigeria, as well as his siblings, over the demise of their beloved matriarch.

He also extended his condolences to both immediate and extended family members of the deceased, stressing that, “Late Madam Florence Morenike Saraki lived a fulfilled life with numerous accomplishments.”

The monarch prayed that Almighty God repose her soul and grant the families the fortitude to bear the great loss.

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Minimum wage: Nigerian workers deserve reasonable adjustments – Fashola

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Former Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola said workers in Nigeria deserve reasonable adjustments to cope with the rising cost of living in the country.

Fashola stated this in a piece titled, ‘Minimum Wage Review – My Take Away’.

He stated, “When cost of living rises as they have now, the lowest and the highest income earners are impacted to varying degrees and therefore deserving of reasonable adjustments whether they earn wages or salaries.”

The former Lagos State governor faulted Section 4(1)(b) of the National Minimum Wage Act 2019 which exempted “an establishment employing less than 25 persons” from being bound by the provisions of the Act to pay the minimum wage.

The former minister said the exemption of such establishments “raises serious doubts about whether we have enacted a minimum wage Act if small businesses who barely have 25 employees but who employ the largest number of the most vulnerable people are exempted from the law as currently legislated. Who then is the law protecting?

Fashola, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said item 34 of the 1999 Constitution as amended in the Exclusive Legislative list confers power on the National Assembly to prescribe a national minimum wage for the Federation and not a monthly salary.

He said though wages and salaries are common methods of compensation open to the employer, the former is a fixed annual amount, payable at weekly, bi-weekly or monthly subject to agreement, while the latter refer to payment based on an hourly rate and the number of hours the employee works.

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“Therefore, it seems obvious from this definition that by making a law in Section 3(1) of the Minimum Wage Act that the minimum wage of N30,000 shall be paid monthly, the NASS may have acted unconstitutionally by legislating on a SALARY (monthly payment) when they only have power to legislate on WAGES, an hourly payment.

“This is important while the conversation on minimum wage is being had in 2024 because in Section 3(4), the minimum wage “shall be reviewed in line with the provisions of this Act” which includes Section 3(1) that has prescribed a monthly amount instead of an hourly wage.”

“Of course, if and when we decide as a country on the implementation of a proper minimum wage, we must then design a formula to review salaries of those who do not earn wages in order to assist them deal with cost-of-living challenges.

“This may yet be the most fruitful outcome of the dilemma of appropriate employee compensation as it may lay the foundation for national productivity, wealth creation and prosperity. The opportunity is too big to miss or waste,” he said.

The former governor urged experts in labour law and compensation matters to put their thinking caps on and seek help from the best faculties around the world.

“As we do this, we must be mindful of the need for a possible amendment to item 34 of the Exclusive list in the constitution to include salaries because it currently does not.”

After weeks of failed talks on a new minimum wage for workers in the country, the Organised Labour declared an indefinite industrial action on Monday, June 3, 2024. Businesses were paralysed as labour shut down airports, hospitals, national grid, banks, National Assembly and state assemblies’ complexes.

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The labour unions said the current minimum wage of ₦30,000 can no longer cater to the wellbeing of an average Nigerian worker, saying government should offer workers something economically realistic in tandem with current inflationary pressures, attendant effects of the twin policies of petrol subsidy removal and unification of the forex windows of the current administration.

The labour unions also lamented that not all governors are paying the current wage award which expired in April 2024, five years after the Minimum Wage Act of 2019 was signed by former President Muhammadu Buhari. The Act should be reviewed every five years to meet up with contemporary economic demands of workers.

In January 2024, President Bola Tinubu inaugurated a tripartite committee to negotiate a new minimum wage for the country.

At the start of negotiations, Labour presented ₦615,000 as the new minimum wage but saw reasons to drop their demand to ₦497,000, and then to ₦494,000.

Also, in the beginning, the government and the Organised Private Sector proposed ₦48,000, ₦54,000, ₦57,000, and later ₦60,000, all four offers were rejected by Labour, prompting the strike.

In the heat of the impasse and the attendant consequences of the strike last Monday, June 3, 2024, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), George Akume, said the President was committed to a wage above ₦60,000, and that the government side of the tripartite committee would meet with labour for one week to agree on a wage.

The organised abour “relaxed” its industrial action on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, some 24 hours after the strike.

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Both leadership of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) subsequently resumed talks with the representatives of the Federal Government, states, Organised Private Sector.

The President also directed Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, to present a template for a new minimum wage. Before the directive, the minister described as “unaffordable, the demands of labour.

The 36 state governors said labour’s demands was not sustainable. Local government administrations also described the demands of the NLC and TUC as unrealistic.

However, on Friday, June 7, 2024, the two sides (labour and the government) failed to reach an agreement. While labour dropped again its demand from ₦494,000 to ₦250,000, the government added ₦2,000 to its initial ₦60,000 and offered workers ₦62,000.

Both sides submitted their reports to the President who is expected to make a decision and send an executive bill to the National Assembly to pass a new minimum wage bill to be signed into law by the President.

In his Democracy Day speech on June 12, 2024, the President assured the Organised Labour that an executive bill on the new national minimum wage for workers would soon be sent to the National Assembly for passage.

Source: Vanguard

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Obasanjo visits Nigeria’s First Lady 48 hours after wearing ‘Tinubu cap

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Obasanjo visits Nigeria’s First Lady 48 hours after wearing ‘Tinubu cap’

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday met with the First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu.

Obasanjo’s meeting Mrs Tinubu was made public by the First Lady’s Media Aide, Busola Kukoyi via X.

Sharing photos of the two individuals, Kukoyi wrote: “Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Senator Oluremi Tinubu after receiving the Former President who came felicitating on the Sallah Celebration on Monday 17th June.”

This is coming barely 48 hours after Obasanjo was seen donning a cap with President Bola Tinubu’s insignia.

DAILY POST reported a video of Obasanjo wearing a cap branded with Tinubu’s insignia at an event attended by some African dignitaries.

Obasanjo and Tinubu are known to belong to different political affiliations despite coming from the same Southwest geopolitical zone.

During the 2023 presidential election, the former President supported the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

Before the election, Tinubu had visited Obasanjo at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State, while seeking an endorsement, but the former President opted for Obi.

The former President had criticised the Tinubu’s administration’s handling of its ongoing reforms and the coup d’etat in Niger Republic.

Source: Daily post

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Multichoice succumbs, readjusts subscription prices for Dstv, GOtv

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A Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal sitting in Abuja has granted an application for substituted service of the interim order,

Following a court order mandating it to halt the move to hike prices, MultiChoice has readjusted its subscription rates for DStv and GOtv users in Nigeria.

The company had vowed to challenge the order of the Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal’s ruling in Abuja after reporting a decline in its subscriber base in Nigeria, leading to the loss of over a million subscribers.

MultiChoice has reflected the readjustment on its company’s apps as at Sunday, June 16, 2024.

Due to the adjustments, DStv subscribers will now pay N29,500 instead of N37,000 for the Premium package, while Compact+ package subscribers can now pay N19,800 instead of the new price of N25,000.

The readjustment now have Compact Bouquet subscribers paying N12,500 previously being charged instead of N15,700, while Confam package subscribers will pay the old price of N7,400 instead of N9,300 per month.

For the Yanga package subscribers, old rate of N4,200 will be paid against N5,100 placed as new rate; while Padi subscribers will pay the former price of N2,950 instead of the N3,600.

Same goes for GOtv subscribers who are now required to pay the old rates of N12,500 for the Super+ package instead of N15,700.

GOtv Super users are required to pay N7,600 from N9,600, which the company charged; GOtv Max subscribers are to pay N5,700; GOtv Joli, N3,950; and N2,700 for GOtv Jinja.

Source: leadership.ng

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