Newly-promoted English Premier League (EPL) clubside Fulham have signed wing-back Ola Aina on a season-long loan from Italian Serie A side Torino.
Fulham also have an option to make the 23-year-old’s arrival permanent and the Nigeria international said he was happy to return to London where he was born and raised.
“It feels amazing to be back closer to my family, back in the capital,” Aina told the club’s media channel.
“There’s a great bunch of lads here. I’m really good friends with Big Hec (Michael Hector) and Josh Onomah.”
Aina, who came through neighbouring Chelsea’s youth system, spent the last two seasons with Torino, where he played 69 times with his versatility allowing him to play on either flank.
“I feel very comfortable on either foot. I can fill in wherever needs be,” he added.
“I’d say I’m pretty quick and I like to attack, but I also like to help the team and do the dirty work as much as I can.”
Aina’s signing follows the capture of midfielder Harrison Reed, goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, right-back Kenny Tete and midfielder Mario Lemina and left-back Antonee Robinson.
Winger Anthony Knockaert’s loan move was also made permanent.
Fulham, who gained promotion to the Premier League after winning the second tier Championship playoffs last season, begin their campaign on Saturday with a visit from fellow London side Arsenal.
Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
Buhari to Okorocha at 58: Your large heart will always stand you out
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Rochas Okorocha on his 58th birthday, saying his large heart and detribalized outlook on the country will continue to stand him out for recognition and appreciation.
The president, in a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday, lauded Okorocha for using his foundation to reach out to the poor and downtrodden in the society, building schools and health facilities, and providing scholarship for many.
Buhari, therefore, felicitated with former Governor of Imo on his 58th birthday, joining friends and family to celebrate the consummate entrepreneur and philanthropist, whose kindness cuts across the nation.
The president also shared the moment of joy with political associates of Owelle Okorocha, Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district in the ninth assembly.
He acknowledged Okorocha’s antecedents as Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, President, Nigeria Red Cross Society, President/Founder, Rochas Foundation Inc and President, Rochas Group of Companies Limited.
Okorocha was also onetime Pro-Chancellor, African Business School and former Chairman, Board of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency.
According to him, Okorocha’s dedication to the development of the country and unwavering commitment to the welfare of the citizenry deserves commendation.
He prayed that the almighty God would grant Owelle Okorocha longer life and good health to keep serving the country and humanity.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
Ogun community lauds Airtel for restoring electricity 15 years after disconnection
The residents of Isokan in Ogun on Monday commended Airtel Nigeria for assisting in restoring electricity, 15 years after the community was thrown into darkness.
Airtel said in a statement that Isokan community had been disconnected from public power grid since 2005 due to equipment failure.
The telco said the situation of the Isokan community was brought to its attention via Airtel Touching Lives initiative which prompted the company to intervene.
“The story was featured in an episode of the television programme, ‘Airtel Touching Lives’, which aired earlier in the year on national TV.
‘It showed community members narrating how livelihoods had been adversely impacted over the years, throwing homes, families and businesses in distress,” it said.
According to the statement, during the moving episode, Airtel pledged to support the community with the sum of N7 million to bankroll the electrification project which had been abandoned due to lack of funds.
It said the telco had since delivered on its promise, restoring power to the community following the erection of 29 utility poles and connection of the high tension and low tension cables to the main power grid transformer.
The people of Isokan community commended Airtel for restoring their long lost hope and giving hundreds of families a chance at a better life as businesses could now thrive with the prospect of stable electricity, it said.
Commenting, Secretary, Electrification of Isokan Community, Mr Bamidele Moses, said the intervention was life-changing.
He lauded Airtel for truly touching the lives of those in dire need without fanfare.
“Airtel Touching Lives has really touched our lives beyond our imagination. It still feels unreal because we have been in this situation for so long and nobody came to our rescue.
“I just want to thank Airtel for such generosity. This means so much to the people of Isokan. May God bless Airtel always,” Moses said.
Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, Airtel Nigeria, Emeka Oparah, said: “Airtel is committed to creating opportunities for Nigerians and providing platforms that will make lives better.
“The Airtel Touching Lives initiative has a singular vision of providing relief for communities and individuals who require them.
“We are excited that life has returned to the Isokan Community and we will not relent in our efforts of reaching out to underprivileged persons and communities across the country,” he said.
Airtel Touching Lives is an inspiring CSR initiative that seeks to offer relief, succor, hope, opportunities and credible platforms to liberate and empower the underprivileged.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
Netflix announces new original contents from Nigeria
Netflix, the world’s leading Internet entertainment service, has announced new Nigerian original series in the pipeline plus three new Nigerian branded films licensed to Netflix.
Ben Amadasun, Netflix Director of Licensing and Co-Productions in Africa, announced this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria .
The three anticipated Nigerian films by some of Nigeria’s prolific filmmakers – Mo Abudu, Kunle Afolayan and Kemi Adetiba – are set to premiere on Netflix.
They include Òlòtūré, the story of a young female journalist who goes undercover as a prostitute to expose a human trafficking syndicate.
Set in Lagos, Nigeria, Òlòtūré is part of Netflix’s partnership with Mo Abudu and her production company, Ebonylife.
It is directed by Kenneth Gyang, and is expected to launch globally on Oct. 2.
There is also “Citation”, directed by Kunle Afolayan and produced by Golden Effects Pictures, which will also launch globally on Nov. 6.
King of Boys II is the sequel to Kemi Adetiba’s 2018 crime thriller and which launches globally in the first half of 2021.
Amadasun says “these Netflix Original films demonstrate how we’re building a home for the best-in-class Nigerian content for our members in Nigeria and beyond.’’
Amadasun said that the Netflix Original films demonstrated how Netflix was building a home for the best-in-class Nigerian content for audiences in Nigeria and beyond.
“It is amazing to see how Nigerian films and series resonate with audiences around the world.
“ By making it easy for people to watch films and shows from other countries, we can help them build empathy and develop a shared understanding of the world,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dorothy Ghettuba, the Lead for African Originals at Netflix, said that the new series and films were at different stages of production while others were ready to premiere.
She said that Netflix was encouraged by abundant talents in the country to work with Nigerian content providers to produce original contents for global audience.
“Netflix is proud to continue to invest in more original content from Nigeria.
`We are also thrilled to grow our existing creative partnerships while forming new ones.
“They will join people like Mo Abudu, Kemi Adetiba and Kunle Afolayan to bring more Nigerian stories onto the service.
“We look forward to partnering with the Inkblot team to bring this exciting young adult series to life.
“They will join the growing slate of Nigerian content on the service and debut to 193 million members in 190 countries around the world,’’ she said.
NAN reports that Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with over 193 million paid memberships in over 190 countries.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
NCPC boss honours Bauchi, celebrates ‘Word Peace Day’ in the state
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam, on Monday commended people of Bauchi state for living in peace regardless of their differences.
Speaking when he visited Gov. BalaMohammed, Pam said he was impressed by the peaceful atmosphere and had therefore decided to visit the state to celebrate the. ‘ World Peace Day’ there.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the United Nations has designated Sept. 21 of every year as ‘World Peace Day’ aimed at strengthening the ideals of peace.
He said that considering the peaceful nature of Bauchi, others needed to emulate the people and the state governor , whom he said never discriminated against followers of any faith.
He described Gov Mohammed as a ‘pilgrims-friendly, Chief Executive considering his inclusiveness and generosity, especially his administration resilience and fairness in appointing Christians into positions.
In his remarks, the governor commended the Christian community in the state for maintaining peace, unity and brotherhood, which further promoted and consolidated the fraternal relationship between Christian and Moslems.
He expressed delight that the state had remained peaceful and stable, just as he commended the state chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) for being proactive.
The governor pledged to increase the number of slots for indigent Christians performing pilgrimage, from the initial 100.
Mohammed, who declined to disclose the number of increment in the seats, urged Christians to always pray for peace and stability of the state and Nigeria at large .
He said that he was highly delighted to receive the Secretary, expressing confidence that the commission would benefit from the dynamic leadership of Pam..
Edited By: Remi Koleoso