Today’s New Telegraph Newspaper Headlines, Friday 25th January 2019

Today’s New Telegraph Newspaper Headlines, Friday 25th January 2019

U.S., UK to prosecute, place visa ban on Nigerian politicians
Fri, 25 Jan 2019

We, and other democratic nations, will be paying close attention to actions of individuals who interfere in the democratic process or instigate violence against the civilian population before, during, or after the elections. –United States

Our monitors will, in particular, be looking out for any attempts to encourage or use violence to influence the elections… this may have consequences for individuals. These could include their eligibility to travel to the UK, their ability to access UK-based funds or lead to prosecution under international law. –United Kingdom

Barely three weeks to the general elections in Nigeria, the governments of the United States (U.S.) and the United Kingdom (UK) have warned politicians against acts of violence or interference in the democratic process. The two governments threatened to impose sanctions, including visa restrictions, access to funds and prosecution under international law on politicians who run foul of the rules guiding the election. Nigerians will be going to the polls on February 16, for the Presidential and National Assembly elections and on March 2, for the governorship and State House of Assembly election. The presidential election has evolved into a two-horse race between the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The election campaigns have been characterised by incidents of violence, mudslinging and mutual suspicion. There have also been accusations and counter-accusations of plots to manipulate the electoral process. In a joint statement made available to media organisations yesterday, the U.S. observed that the conduct of the upcoming elections in Nigeria was important not only for Nigeria, but for the African continent. According to the statement, the U.S. welcomes the signing of the Peace Accord by the presidential candidates and enjoins them to remain committed to a peaceful electoral process.

“The United States government does not support any specific candidate or party in Nigeria’s upcoming elections. The United States supports the Nigerian democratic process itself. We support a genuinely free, fair, transparent, and peaceful electoral process. “We, and other democratic nations, will be paying close attention to actions of individuals who interfere in the democratic process or instigate violence against the civilian population before, during, or after the elections. We will not hesitate to consider consequences – including visa restrictions – for those found to be responsible for election- related violence or undermining the democratic process. Under U.S. immigration law, certain violations may also lead to restrictions on family members,” the statement read. Similarly, the British High Commission in Abu-ja reaffirmed its strong support for free, fair and peaceful elections in Nigeria and assured that her international partners would remain committed to supporting Nigeria’s democracy.

“We do not support any party or individual and believe that the Nigerian people should be able to choose their leaders in an environment free from hate speech and insecurity. “We continue to provide significant support to Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and to Nigerian civil society to help them deliver credible elections.

We also regularly engage with actors across the political spectrum to encourage them to respect electoral rules and maintain an atmosphere of peace and calm. “We will be deploying an extensive observation mission for the forthcoming elections, including coordinating with the EU’s Election Observation Mission.

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Worsening security situation in the North
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
One of the reasons Nigerians decided to sack the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government led by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 was the spate of insecurity in the country, especially the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East. Although, there were cases of kidnappings, armed robberies and other similar vices that were daily issues in []The post Worsening security situation in the North appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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I’ll beat Saraki silly in senatorial race ‘ Oloriegbe
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Senate President: Youre day dreaming As Nigerians prepare for the Presidential and National As-sembly elections on February 16, the race for the Kwara Central Senatorial District will be the cynosure of all eyes as the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, will lock horns with Dr. Yahaya Oloriegbe, a political archrival of many years. Oloriegbe, []The post I’ll beat Saraki silly in senatorial race ‘ Oloriegbe appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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C’Appeal sacks Gana, reinstates Duke as SDP presidential candidate
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, in a unanimous decision, set aside the judgement of an Abuja High Court which declared a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana as the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). The court upheld the presidential primary election, which produced a former Governor of Cross Rivers State, []The post C’Appeal sacks Gana, reinstates Duke as SDP presidential candidate appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Ezekwesili: Why I pulled out of presidential race
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
ACPN: Refund our campaign donations Internal wrangling occurred yesterday in the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (APCN) leading to the withdrawal of the partys presidential candidate, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, from the race. But the party leadership accused her of using the platform to negotiate for ministerial position, threatening to drag her to court if []The post Ezekwesili: Why I pulled out of presidential race appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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2019: Ohanaeze Ndigbo endorses Atiku/Obi ticket
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday in Enugu formally endorsed the candidature of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and his running mate, Mr. Peter Obi, in the February 16 presidential election. The endorsement came on a day President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives []The post 2019: Ohanaeze Ndigbo endorses Atiku/Obi ticket appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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INEC officials convicted over N264.8m fraud
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos has convicted a former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Administrative Secretary in Kwara State, Christian Nwosu, over a N264.8 million fraud. Nwosu was convicted alongside another INECs official, Tijani Bashir. In his verdict, the judge noted that the prosecution has proved the case beyond reasonable []The post INEC officials convicted over N264.8m fraud appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Osinbajo visits Jakande, seeks support for APC candidates
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Vi c e P resident Yemi Osinbajo yesterday held a close-door meeting with the first Executive Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, to seek his blessing for 2019 general elections. Osinbajo, the vice presidential of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who was in Lagos for the continuation of his door-todoor campaign to Mushin []The post Osinbajo visits Jakande, seeks support for APC candidates appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Reps to pass N27,000 minimum wage bill Tuesday
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Buhari hails senators, Reps for accelerated hearing The House of Representatives, yesterday, considered and passed for second reading the National Minimum Wage Bill, which was transmitted by President Muhammadu Buhari same day. Speaker Yakubu Dogara had, before the commencement of debate, read the correspondence from President Buhari conveying the bill. Titled a Bill for an []The post Reps to pass N27,000 minimum wage bill Tuesday appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Kogi govt shuts MTN base stations
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Subscribers of MTN mobile phone and data services in Lokoja and its environs are presently experiencing difficulty in accessing the services of the provider. A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent gathered yesterday in Lokoja that the development followed the decision of the Kogi State Internal Revenue Service (KGIRS) to shut the telecom service provider’s []The post Kogi govt shuts MTN base stations appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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APC has failed to tackle Insecurity, hardship ‘ Atiku
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar yesterday berated the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for its inability to tackle the endemic insecurity and hardship in the country. Atiku promised that if elected in the forthcoming election, he will ensure security and provision of food on []The post APC has failed to tackle Insecurity, hardship ‘ Atiku appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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New wage: Ominous signs as crisis deepens
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
As organised labour flatly rejects the N27,000 proposed by the National Council of State, observers are watching with keen interest developments expected to unfold in the day ahead, Sunday Ojeme reports The peak of reconciliation between organised labour and the Federal Government crumbled again within the week as the ‘final’ endorsement of a new []The post New wage: Ominous signs as crisis deepens appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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LCCI predicts economic downturn over elections
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
backs FG’s move on VAT increase The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has disclosed that the country’s economy, especially the manufacturing sector, should expect downturn during the year, saying that the general election could delay the passage of the budget till half of the year (June). President, LCCI, Babatunde Ruwase, made this []The post LCCI predicts economic downturn over elections appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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$1.1bn green loan’ll revolutionise agric sector
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Agric stakeholders have applauded Federal Government’s effort to create about five million jobs through the launch of ‘The Green Imperative’ agricultural mechanisation programme with a $1.1 billion loan from the Brazilian Government. They applauded the move, saying the current administration under President Muhammadu Buhari has once again demonstrated unflinching commitment to take the country’s []The post ‘$1.1bn green loan’ll revolutionise agric sector’ appe
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Pension fund managers invest N221.89bn in real estate
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
As Nigerian workers registered under the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) remain faithful in their cause, the Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) have invested not less than N221.89 billion in real estate properties out of the N8.50 trillion total assets. According to the National Pension Commission (PenCom) in its latest report, Federal Government Securities gulped the []The post Pension fund managers invest N221.89bn in real estate appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Investors shun stocks as economic gloom spreads
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Renewed concerns about a global economic slowdown continued to sap investor appetite for assets considered risky, dragging global stocks and bond yields lower on Wednesday, while the U.S. dollar held near three-week highs. Reuters reports that trading was choppy overnight as hopes of more stimulus measures from China to shore up economic growth clashed with []The post Investors shun stocks as economic gloom spreads appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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CSI: Brewery commissions projects in South-West
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
International Breweries Plc, a member of the world’s largest brewer, ABInBev, has commissioned many beneficial projects across several communities in Osun, Ogun and Oyo states under its corporate social investment initiatives. These projects, which were completed in the last quarter of 2018, were recently handed over to the communities amid fanfare. The projects are part []The post CSI: Brewery commissions projects in South-West appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Nigeria, others need solutions to fight army worm
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
The caterpillars of the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), an invasive moth, can potentially feed on over 350 different species of plants. In the Americas, it’s known as a serious pest. It destroys crops of maize, rice, sorghum, sugar cane, peanuts, soybean and non-food crops such as cotton. In maize, fall armyworm feeds on the developing []The post Nigeria, others need solutions to fight army worm appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Research: Insects could solve global food shortage
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Nutritionists and researchers have been touting insects as sustainable and cheap source of protein to feed a growing world. Insects have great potential as an alternative source of protein, but further research is urgently needed before mass production begins in order to avoid environment disaster, Swedish researchers warned. There is currently an ‘overwhelming lack of []The post Research: Insects could solve global food shortage appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Concessionaire mobilises equipment for Warri Port
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Ocean and Cargo Terminal Services Limited (OCTSL), a subsidiary of SIFAX Group, has mobilised its team and equipment to turn around the dwindling fortunes of Terminal B within Warri Old Port. The company assured the Federal Government and other stakeholders that it would turn around the fortunes of the terminal before long. The assurance was []The post Concessionaire mobilises equipment for Warri Port appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Huawei launches 5G multi-mode chips
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Huawei has unveiled its 5G multi-mode chipset Balong 5000 along with the first commercial 5G device powered by it, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro. Together, these two new products provide the worlds fastest wireless connections for smartphone, home, office, and on the go. Balong 5000 officially unlocks the 5G era. This chipset supports a broad []The post Huawei launches 5G multi-mode chips appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Riding on their fathers’ shoulders
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Just like in the corporate world, the scions of Nigerias political ruling class are gradually fitting into their fathers shoes. Ahead of the 2019 general elections, several of these silver spoon kids of the incumbents and former ruling class are in the fray for the polls. WALE ELEGBEDE writes on whether their fathers name and []The post Riding on their fathers shoulders appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Buhari to Ndigbo: Don’t allow opposition to take over power
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
promises completion of projects in S’East President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, pleaded passionately with the people of the South East not to make a mistake of allowing the opposition takeover power. The President, who made the appeal, while speaking during his presidential campaign rally in Onitsha, Anambra State, said the 16-year misrule of Nigeria []The post Buhari to Ndigbo: Dont allow opposition to take over power appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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My achievements’ll earn me re-election, President says in Enugu
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Later in Enugu, President Buhari declared that his achievements in office within the last three and half years are enough to earn him a return ticket. The President, who insisted that he has done his best to be re-elected, added that besides achievements in infrastructure development, his administration has achieved food security and empowered Nigerian []The post My achievements’ll earn me re-election, President says in Enugu appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Disability Bill gets president’s assent
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018. The Act prohibits all forms of discrimination on ground of disability and imposes fine of N1 million against corporate bodies and N100, 000 against individuals or a term of six months imprisonment for violation. Presidential Liaison to the National Assembly, Senator []The post Disability Bill gets president’s assent appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Dont bring food to polling center, Kwara INEC warns
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kwara state has warned that no one will be allowed to bring food items to polling centres during the forthcoming election. Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the state, Garba Madami who made the disclosure at a stakeholders forum ahead of coming elections said the move was part of []The post Dont bring food to polling center, Kwara INEC warns appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Ezekwesili’s party, ACPN, endorses Buhari’s re-election bid
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Leadership of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) has criticised its presidential candidate, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, for withdrawing from the race. In a statement on Thursday by its National Chairman, Mr Gani Galadima, the party alleged that the presidential aspiration of the former minister was not real. ‘The reason for calling this press conference []The post Ezekwesilis party, ACPN, endorses Buhari’s re-election bid appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Ugboaja seeks better ways for basketballers
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Players’ representative on the board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Ejike Ugboaja, has revealed his goal of seeking better future for players in the country especially in the area of welfare. Ugboaja who has called for a three days conference in Abuja starting from January 25 to 27 said his position on the board is []The post Ugboaja seeks better ways for basketballers appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Ahmed Musa loses mum
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Super Eagles stand-in captain, Ahmed Musa, is bereaved following the death of his mum Sarah Moses yesterday Musa announced the sad news on Instagram on Thursday, stating: ‘What a sad day of my life, just lost my mum.’ It was not known whether the Al Ain of Saudi Arabia forward was by her mum before []The post Ahmed Musa loses mum appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Ijeh: No great players in Eagles because of bad managers
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Ex-international, Peter Ijeh, has said great players will not emerge from Nigeria in foreseeable future because the country’s football is beset with bad administration. The former Malm FC of Sweden star is worried that the country is no longer producing super stars like she used to do in the past, saying other African countries with []The post Ijeh: No great players in Eagles because of bad managers appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Aussie Open: It’s Osaka, Kvitova final
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
as Nadal breezes into final Naomi Osaka has certainly shown that her US Open final appearance was no joke. The 21-year-old star is continuing her breakout with an appearance in the Australian Open final, notching a semifinal win against Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 on Wednesday night. Osaka has been nothing short of brilliant []The post Aussie Open: It’s Osaka, Kvitova final appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Rohr happy with Moses’ Fernerbache move
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, is excited with the movement of Victor Moses away from Chelsea to Fernerbache of Turkey. Rohr it was learnt was very happy that Moses would have playing time unlike how he warmed the bench since the beginning of the season in Chelsea. Rohr told our sources that Moses could return []The post Rohr happy with Moses’ Fernerbache move appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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NWPL Super 4: Battle for Women’s league title begins as Soccer Temple comes alive
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
It will be outright fireworks on Friday in Lagos among the four best teams in the land at the kickoff of the 2018 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4 play offs at the Agege Stadium ‘Soccer Temple’ in Lagos. The biggest prize at stake as always will be who takes home the coveted trophy []The post NWPL Super 4: Battle for Women’s league title begins as Soccer Temple comes alive appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Friendship with Sex benefit
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
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I’VE ALWAYS BEEN A REBEL ‘ TENI
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Medium height with comfortable sense of fashion describes Teniola Apata, popularly known as Teni Entertainer. In this interview with EDWIN USOBOH, she talks about her upbringing, music and becoming Teni Entertainer It was a big opportunity to write for Davido Your coming out wasn’t like the typical up and coming []The post I’VE ALWAYS BEEN A REBEL ‘ TENI appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Omotola expresses excitement with first outing as Oscars jury member
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is very excited with her first outing as a member of the jury for the 2019 edition of The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. While expressing her delight, the Alter Ego actress said most of the movies she nominated made the list of nominees for Oscars 2019. Taking to her []The post Omotola expresses excitement with first outing as Oscars jury member appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Falz : I’ve not had a girlfriend for a long time
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, Nigerian entertainer, says he found success when he started to ‘showcase rascality’ on the internet. The singer said although he had started making music since 2009, he did not find his big break until 2015. Falz, who recently released his ‘Moral Instruction’ album, said it was ‘quite tough’ to break into the []The post Falz : I’ve not had a girlfriend for a long time appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Harrysong apologises for manner of exit from Five Star Music
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Nigerian musician, Harrysong, has apologised over the manner in which he left his former collaborators at Five Star Music, the record label that belongs to musician, Kcee and his brother, EMoney. Harrysong left Five Star Music under controversial circumstances in 2017, before setting up his own outfit, Altar Plate, which resulted in a conflict between []The post Harrysong apologises for manner of exit from Five Star Music appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Only Blackface can explain his problem with me ‘ 2Baba
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
With the good old days of Plantashun Boiz now long forgotten, Nigerian music superstar, 2Baba said he is of the view that only Blackface can explain the problem he has with him. In an interview on the popular ‘Wetin Dey’ show on MaxFM in Lagos on Tuesday, the ‘Amaka’ singer made it known he is []The post Only Blackface can explain his problem with me ‘ 2Baba appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Black Panther becomes first superhero film nominated for Oscars’ Best Picture
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Black Panther’ has emerged the first superhero movie to get an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, with the nonination for the Ryan Coogler movie being the first nomination since the last 90s edition of The Oscars. At the 2018 edition of The Oscars, James Mangold’s ‘Logan’ became the first superhero movie to receive recognition in []The post Black Panther becomes first superhero film nominated for Oscars’ Best Picture appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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D’banj’s DKM partners with CSA global in one of a kind pan-African cultural & business collaboration
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
One of Africa’s biggest music names and entertainment entrepreneurs, D’Banj and his media company, DKM Media led by CEO Damian Ifeanyi Okoroafor have signed with CSA Global on a deal to co-manage all the artists on their roster, including the ‘Kokomaster’ himself and his C.R.E.A.M. entertainment platform. ‘This is a true media & entertainment collaboration []The post D’banjs DKM partners with CSA global in one of a kind pan-African cultural & business collab
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