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WAEC and NECO Suspend Exams Indefinitely Because Of Coronavirus

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New reports that the Federal Government has announced the indefinite postponement of this year’s West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination and the National Examinations Council because of the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said this at the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Tuesday.

Both examinations were slated for May and June 2020.

The minister said that 15 states had already commenced electronic learning for pupils on their local television and radio channels following the stay-at-home orders of the federal and several state governments.

Nwajiuba appealed to parents to cooperate with the government to ensure that their children were made available to learn at the designated hours and channels.

The minister said the government was looking at what to do for schools to reopen.

According to him, nobody can reopen schools until all efforts have been coordinated by the government.

He said: “We have announced that WAEC and NECO for the year have been postponed. This postponement is indefinite at the moment. We will also be looking at what we will do for schools to reopen. As you recall, we asked that schools be vacated in the last part of March 2020 as soon as this pandemic broke out.

“The lockdown in various parts of the country will definitely affect whether students and teachers come to school or not. So nobody can reopen schools until we have coordinated all efforts. We are also asking parents to help us.

“We have made provisions available online. The Directorate of Information and Communication Technology in conjunction with the Universal Basic Education Commission, the coordinating agency, will anchor an alliance with State Universal Basic Education Boards in all the states so that they can key into our design.

“About 15 states have already commenced learning via different channels that are available in their states, mostly local TV and radio. All the programmes they are running are approved by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Commission. Some of those states are Anambra, Lagos, Kaduna, Ondo, Edo, and Ogun. There are different education programmes for different times.”

The minister said the biggest challenge of the government was how to reach pupils who are living in rural communities without devices to learn.

He said, “Our biggest challenge is how to reach children who do not have devices. We re working with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria to install some of that for primary and secondary school students.”

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Top Ten Most Anticipated Nigerian Albums In 2021

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The Year 2020 which ushered in a decade in the entertainment industry in Nigeria also remains one of the busiest years in the industry especially the music sector. Despite the Covid 19 Pandemic and End Sars Protest that took place across the Country, Nigerian Artistes ensured they delivered good music to the ears of their listeners and music critics across the country and Africa at large. In this article, we examine the Top Ten Most Anticipated Albums in the Nigerian Music Industry for the Year 2021.

Most A-List Artistes dropped their projects in 2020 to rave reviews both locally and in the international scene as Spaceship and Atlantic Records act, Burna Boy also bagged his second Grammy nominations with his album ” Twice as Tall.

These are the albums that Nigerian music lovers are looking forward to, in 2021.

1) Peruzzi – DMW Act and Davido’s Songwriter, Peruzzi announced his sophomore album “Rum & Boogie” will drop in November 2020. Due to some delays, the album did not drop in 2020. The album features Artistes like Phyno, Davido, Wande Coal, Tiwa Savage, Dremo, Idowest, Teni and Fireboy and one of the singles from the album “Southy Love” featuring Fireboy is doing well on the airwaves. The album is expected to drop in February, 2021.

2) Runtown – Nigerian Singer Douglas Agu popularly known as Runtown inadvertently leaked his album on Twitter in September 2020 but he was able to quickly bring down the links. The 12 track album is tentatively titled “Sound God” and features Artistes like Bella Shmurda, Hudson and Darko vibes. The music album is expected to officially drop in 2021. The lead singles off the Album “Kini Issue” and “Body Riddim” are doing well on the airwaves.

3) Bella Shmurda – “Sho ni Cc, Load Am”. Bella Shmurda was one of the hottest artiste in 2020. With features on Davido’s ‘A Better Time ‘and Olamide’s ‘Carpe Diem’ Album and one of the hottest songs in 2020 titled “Cash App” featuring Zlatan Ibile, many fans are craving for an album from the youngster. Bella Shmurda released an EP titled “High Tension” in 2020 to quench the thirst of his fans and has promised an album in 2021.

4) Rema – Since he came into the scene in 2018, Divine Ikubor aka Rema has consistently delivered hits. Rema has 3 EPs so far in his career and a string of hit singles like Dumebi, Iron man, Lady, Woman, Corny, among others. Divine Ikubor has since won an Headie Award, nominations for the BET among other career achievements. Fans are expecting his debut album to drop under Mavins Records this year and he has confirmed same via his Twitter account.

5) Laycon – The Rapper achieved widespread Fame when he won the BB Naija Lockdown Edition in 2020. He also dropped his debut EP “Who is Laycon” under the imprint of Fierce Nation Entertainment the Same Year. Laycon has promised his numerous fans a project this year and a lot of us are in anticipation of an album.

6) Mr P – Former member of the Psquare duo, Peter Psquare has since decided to launch his solo career and his record label, P classic group after the duo decided to go seperate ways. He dropped his debut single for year 2020 in December titled “Follow My Lead” featuring Wande Coal. His debut album tentatively titled “Euphoria” is expected to drop in 2021.

7) Teni – Teni Makanaki is one of the leading female acts in Nigeria and one of the few top female Artistes that didn’t drop a personal project in 2020. With an impressive single run in 2020 like MJ remix with BadboyTimz and Jo, the singer had hinted that her debut album will drop in 2021 and fans are seriously anticipating.

8 ) Paul Okoye – The Former Psquare member had massive success with his single ” Audio money” which remains his biggest solo single. He is also working on his debut album which is expected to drop in 2021 same year as his twin brother.

9) Chike – Chike warmed in way into the hearts of many Nigerians especially ladies when he released his debut album “Boo of the booless”. The album was released to rave reviews and acceptance. Chike has stated in interviews that his sophomore project was already in the works while he was promoting his debut album and fans are eagerly waiting for the album to drop in 2021.

10) Oxlade – Ikuforiji Abdulrahmann Olaitan aka Oxlade has been touted as the next Wande Coal in the Nigerian music industry. With smooth vocals, fine looks and a charming personality, Oxlade is sure on his way to greatness. He dropped his debut Ep ” Oxygene” in 2020 and has hinted on an album to be released in 2021 as fans anticipate same.

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Messi Faces 12-match Ban For Punching Opponent During Super Cup Final

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After getting a red card during Barcelona’s Spanish Super Cup final defeat to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday night, Lionel Messi faces a 12-match ban.

The Argentine playmaker was sent off as Barcelona were beaten 3-2 by Athletic Bilbao. It was Messi’s first red card for Barcelona and only the third of his career.

Barcelona star, Lionel Messi facing possible 12 match ban for punching opponent during Super Cup final against Athletic Bilbao

Referee Gil Manzano missed the incident initially but after a VAR review, he showed Messi a straight red card for violent conduct.

Messi now faces being suspended between four and 12 matches, depending on the way the Spanish FA review the incident.

If the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is deemed to have acted in an aggressive manner then he could face the maximum time out of action, The UK Sun reports.

Koeman backed his star man over the incident, saying Messi’s frustration at being repeatedly fouled throughout the game caused him the red card.

Barcelona star, Lionel Messi facing possible 12 match ban for punching opponent during Super Cup final against Athletic Bilbao

‘I can understand what Messi did,’ the Dutchman said after the match.

‘I don’t know how many times they fouled him, and it’s normal to react when they keep trying to foul you as a player who is looking to dribble with the ball, but I need to see it again properly.’

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Cultists Scatter Bella Shmurda’s Show In Ilorin (Watch Video)

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Singer Bella Shmurda breaks down in tears as suspected cultists scatter his show in Ilorin, Kwara State.

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