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Nairaland / General / New Music: Stanzyy - "Stay" + "Chere" by 247NewsUpdateNG: 12:12am On Nov 18, 2018
One of South East's finest artistes Stanzyy is back on the music scene following a short break. The singer, who went through rebranding which saw him switch his style of music from highlife to Afro pop, comes through with two new singles titled Stay and Chere.

These are chart toppers which everyone will surely have on replay.

The tracks were produced by Wizpop.

Download here: https://naijamusichub.com.ng/2018/11/17/audio-stanzyy-stay-chere/

Nairaland / General / Nigeria At 58: A Citadel Of Electoral Misconduct by 247NewsUpdateNG: 9:04pm On Oct 01, 2018
Prior to her almagamation, the Northern and Southern Protectorates of Nigeria were represented by traditional rulers and leaders to her colonial master Great Britain. In 1919, elective democracy was introduced by the then Governor-General Sir Fredrick Lugard when the Township Ordinance gave the right to vote for a limited slot of three seats in the Lagos Town Council to some men. The first elections to the council were held on 29 March 1920.

In 1922, a new constitution was promulgated under the regime of then Governor-General Sir Hugh Clifford. The new constitution, which was known as Clifford Constitution, introduced a slot of four elected seats to the Legislative Council, three for Lagos and one for Calabar.

In 1959, prior to the independence of Nigeria, an electoral body known as the Electoral Commission of Nigeria was established to oversee and conduct the elections to usher in the first indigenous leadership. Following independence in 1960, the body morphed into the Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO) to conduct the 1964 and 1965 federal and regional elections.

Citing corruption and civil disobedience among several other allegations, some military officers conducted the first military coup d'etat killing almost all top civil government leaders. Those who were left were displaced and jailed. A counter-coup ensued immediately and that brought in military rule. This resulted in the dissolution of the electoral body and a recurrence of coups and counter-coups left it literally non-existent. In 1977, driven by a proposed transition to civilian, democratic system of governance, then Head of State General Olusegun Obasanjo constituted the Federal Electoral Commission to conduct elections which ushered in the Second Republic under Alhaji Shehu Shagari.

An alleged state of corruption prompted the military under the leadership of General Sani Abacha to seize power, sack and jail top government officials of the civilian government. This affected all democratic institutions thus plunging the electoral body into a non-existent state. However, in December 1995, the military government re-established the national electoral body under a new name of National Electoral Commission Of Nigeria (NECON). The electoral body conducted a set of elections but the elected institutions were not inaugurated before the sudden death of the then military Head of State General Sani Abacha in 1998.

On takeover of leadership of the military government, General Abdulsalami Abubakar dissolved the electoral body NECON and established the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The newly established electoral body organized the elections which saw a transition of governance from military rule to democracy ushering the Fourth Republic. However, due to the nation being used to the system of military rule, the masses were ignorant of the core understanding of democracy creating a loophole for the last military government to dictate and orchestrate the results of the election in favour of its preferred candidate in the person of General Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd).

The transition of governance to democratic rule resulted in the creation of political juntas and machineries which has continually played an influential role on the electoral body INEC. However, this influence has continually edged towards the negative part thus playing the electoral body's credibility on doubt. International election observers and bodies have continuously cited the 1999, 2003 and 2007 general elections of Nigeria as proof of prevalent electoral misconduct. This elections have been described as a combination of disorganization and fraudulent electoral activities which saw the stealing, rigging and hijacking of the mandate of the masses by a caucus of political elites.

Over the years, elections in Nigeria have been marred by violence and fraudulent electoral activities. Political machineries of thuggery have been continually sponsored by members of political parties to intimidate, harass and sometimes kill members of opposition parties. Also, rigging and vote-buying have become a norm where the votes of several persons are exchanged for a certain amount (usually a very little stipend) and resulted can also be tipped in favour of a candidate.

Recently, the world observed with dismay the electoral abnormalities prevalent with Nigerian elections. Few days ago, the Osun State gubernatorial election shocked the nation and world at large with the supposedly impartial electoral body INEC declaring the elections inconclusive while the opposition party People Democratic Party (PDP) was in the lead. A re-run election was scheduled and conducted amid a show of brutal force by political thugs and security forces loyal to the ruling party All Progressive Congress (APC). Blockades were created preventing loyalists of the opposition access to polling units to cast their votes. Violence reigned supreme on that day as thugs delivered the services they were paid for.

Despite protests and factual evidence, the electoral body INEC declared the re-run election as smooth and peaceful with an eventual announcement of the ruling party's candidate as winner. This has drawn condemnation from national and international organizations and is being challenged in court. However, with the level of democratic dictatorship being exhibited in all the arms of the government, it will surely be difficult for mandate of the masses to prevail and all they can do is use the adaptive mechanism learnt, to keep suffering and smiling.

With basis on the ideology of Martin Luther King Jnr, Nigerians have a dream where we can really be accorded excellent and impartial governance.

Happy New Month/Independence Anniversary to all Nigerians nationwide and in diaspora.

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

God bless Nigeria!




Article by Agwah Michael
(Founder 247NewsUpdate Blog, Researcher, Human Rights Activist, Social Critic and Political Analyst)
Twitter: @AgwahMichael
LinkedIn: Agwah Michael

Nairaland / General / Nigeria At 58: A Citadel Of Electoral Misconduct by 247NewsUpdateNG: 8:48pm On Oct 01, 2018
Prior to her almagamation, the Northern and Southern Protectorates of Nigeria were represented by traditional rulers and leaders to her colonial master Great Britain. In 1919, elective democracy was introduced by the then Governor-General Sir Fredrick Lugard when the Township Ordinance gave the right to vote for a limited slot of three seats in the Lagos Town Council to some men. The first elections to the council were held on 29 March 1920.

In 1922, a new constitution was promulgated under the regime of then Governor-General Sir Hugh Clifford. The new constitution, which was known as Clifford Constitution, introduced a slot of four elected seats to the Legislative Council, three for Lagos and one for Calabar.

In 1959, prior to the independence of Nigeria, an electoral body known as the Electoral Commission of Nigeria was established to oversee and conduct the elections to usher in the first indigenous leadership. Following independence in 1960, the body morphed into the Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO) to conduct the 1964 and 1965 federal and regional elections.

Citing corruption and civil disobedience among several other allegations, some military officers conducted the first military coup d'etat killing almost all top civil government leaders. Those who were left were displaced and jailed. A counter-coup ensued immediately and that brought in military rule. This resulted in the dissolution of the electoral body and a recurrence of coups and counter-coups left it literally non-existent. In 1977, driven by a proposed transition to civilian, democratic system of governance, then Head of State General Olusegun Obasanjo constituted the Federal Electoral Commission to conduct elections which ushered in the Second Republic under Alhaji Shehu Shagari.

An alleged state of corruption prompted the military under the leadership of General Sani Abacha to seize power, sack and jail top government officials of the civilian government. This affected all democratic institutions thus plunging the electoral body into a non-existent state. However, in December 1995, the military government re-established the national electoral body under a new name of National Electoral Commission Of Nigeria (NECON). The electoral body conducted a set of elections but the elected institutions were not inaugurated before the sudden death of the then military Head of State General Sani Abacha in 1998.

On takeover of leadership of the military government, General Abdulsalami Abubakar dissolved the electoral body NECON and established the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The newly established electoral body organized the elections which saw a transition of governance from military rule to democracy ushering the Fourth Republic. However, due to the nation being used to the system of military rule, the masses were ignorant of the core understanding of democracy creating a loophole for the last military government to dictate and orchestrate the results of the election in favour of its preferred candidate in the person of General Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd).

The transition of governance to democratic rule resulted in the creation of political juntas and machineries which has continually played an influential role on the electoral body INEC. However, this influence has continually edged towards the negative part thus playing the electoral body's credibility on doubt. International election observers and bodies have continuously cited the 1999, 2003 and 2007 general elections of Nigeria as proof of prevalent electoral misconduct. This elections have been described as a combination of disorganization and fraudulent electoral activities which saw the stealing, rigging and hijacking of the mandate of the masses by a caucus of political elites.

Over the years, elections in Nigeria have been marred by violence and fraudulent electoral activities. Political machineries of thuggery have been continually sponsored by members of political parties to intimidate, harass and sometimes kill members of opposition parties. Also, rigging and vote-buying have become a norm where the votes of several persons are exchanged for a certain amount (usually a very little stipend) and resulted can also be tipped in favour of a candidate.

Recently, the world observed with dismay the electoral abnormalities prevalent with Nigerian elections. Few days ago, the Osun State gubernatorial election shocked the nation and world at large with the supposedly impartial electoral body INEC declaring the elections inconclusive while the opposition party People Democratic Party (PDP) was in the lead. A re-run election was scheduled and conducted amid a show of brutal force by political thugs and security forces loyal to the ruling party All Progressive Congress (APC). Blockades were created preventing loyalists of the opposition access to polling units to cast their votes. Violence reigned supreme on that day as thugs delivered the services they were paid for.

Despite protests and factual evidence, the electoral body INEC declared the re-run election as smooth and peaceful with an eventual announcement of the ruling party's candidate as winner. This has drawn condemnation from national and international organizations and is being challenged in court. However, with the level of democratic dictatorship being exhibited in all the arms of the government, it will surely be difficult for mandate of the masses to prevail and all they can do is use the adaptive mechanism learnt, to keep suffering and smiling.

With basis on the ideology of Martin Luther King Jnr, Nigerians have a dream where we can really be accorded excellent and impartial governance.

Happy New Month/Independence Anniversary to all Nigerians nationwide and in diaspora.

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

God bless Nigeria!




Article by Agwah Michael
(Founder 247NewsUpdate Blog, Researcher, Human Rights Activist, Social Critic and Political Analyst)
Twitter: @AgwahMichael
LinkedIn: Agwah Michael

Nairaland / General / Tattoo Hitmaker Soft Releases New Single by 247NewsUpdateNG: 3:08pm On Mar 24, 2018
Following the release of the hit single Tattoo which garnered overwhelming acceptance from music lovers and saw a remix with OBO and DMW boss Davido, certified hitmaker Soft aka Bang Bang is here with a new track titled Imagine.

The jam was produced by Blaise Beats and mixed by Indomix.

Stream below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjke0rO5ptM
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Romance / Re: Igbos Should Stop Giving Their Children These English Names. by 247NewsUpdateNG: 7:41pm On Jan 23, 2018
If foreigners can name their kids Chicago, North, Evil, Drinkwater, Titanium, then we too have the right to give names like Paulinus, Longinus, Magnus, Buhari and Obasanjo.

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Nairaland / General / Two Dead, Several Injured As Armed Teenager Attacks High School In Kentucky by 247NewsUpdateNG: 7:25pm On Jan 23, 2018
A 15-year-old boy opened fire with a handgun just before classes started at his high school in rural western Kentucky on Tuesday, killing two fellow students and wounding 13 other youths before he was arrested, the state’s governor and police said.

The shooter, who has not been officially identified, entered a common area at Marshall County High School in Benton shortly before 8 a.m. (1400 GMT), pulled out a pistol and began firing at students, witnesses told Kentucky media.

The suspect will be charged with two counts of murder and multiple counts of attempted murder, the Kentucky State Police said. Police have not released a motive for the shooting but said they believed the gunman acted alone.

The bloodshed at the school of nearly 1,150 students in a small farming town was the latest outbreak of gun violence that has become a regular occurrence at schools and college campuses across the United States over the past several years.

The students killed were Bailey Hope, a 15-year-old girl, and Preston Cope, a 15-year-old boy, state police said. Five of the victims were in critical condition, police said, but hospital officials said they expected all those wounded in the incident to survive.

“I see this guy draw from his side and he pulls out a pistol. I didn’t even know what was going on. And then it registered. About the time it registered, this guy was sitting here pulling the trigger into all of us,” student Bryson Conkwright told TV station WKRN.

“I can hear the gunshots. He was shooting in our group,” said Conkwright, showing where a bullet grazed his hand.

Kentucky State Police previously reported that 14 people were shot, including the two who died, but changed that number to 15 late on Tuesday. Apart from those who were shot, five other people were also injured in the chaos, police said. All 20 of the victims were between 14 and 18 years old.

At least one hospitalized student suffered a broken jaw from falling and being trampled while trying to escape, Marshall County prosecutor Jeff Edwards said.

Edwards toured the school, from which he, his wife and their children all graduated, describing signs of the scramble to flee from the gunfire.

Backpacks, cellphones and clothes were strewn in the main area where the shooting occurred, he said.

“When it happened, apparently everyone left everything laying,” Edwards said. “It made it real, seeing the disarray.”

The school serves Marshall County, which has a population of about 31,000, and the shooting hit the community hard. Churches held vigils on Tuesday night, including the First Christian Church in Benton, where about 150 people gathered for prayers for the victims.

“I don’t know how to start healing myself and I don’t know how the students will be able to heal because they will have to be in that school every day,” said Alexandra Smith, a former student at the school who attended the church vigil.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin called the shooting a tremendous tragedy in a statement posted on Twitter.

“It is unbelievable that this would happen in a small, close-knit community like Marshall County,” he added.

Governor Bevin’s voice choked with emotion and he paused to collect himself at a news conference on Tuesday where he spoke of the shooting.

“There’s no good answer for it,” Bevin said.

Bevin said the suspect was apprehended at the school in a non-violent manner but did not elaborate.

Students followed training they had recently received from state police in how to respond to such incidents, authorities said, crediting police for arriving on the scene quickly and apprehending the suspect.

Helicopters took five victims, including the boy who later died, to the nearest Level 1 Trauma Center, about 120 miles (190 km) away at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump had been briefed on the shooting. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families there,” she said.





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Nairaland / General / Gunmen Attack Luxurious Intercontinental Hotel In Afghanistan Capital Kabul by 247NewsUpdateNG: 8:03pm On Jan 20, 2018
A group of four gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday and were exchanging fire with security forces, an interior ministry spokesman said.

Details of the incident, including information on any casualties, were unclear but the attackers appeared to have included suicide bombers, ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.

There were reports that a number of people were being held hostage, while an eye witness said that part of the building was on fire.

Special forces were on the scene battling the attackers, according to local media reports.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the latest in a long series to have hit Kabul.

Although the NATO-led Resolute Support mission says the Taliban has come under pressure after the United States increased assistance to Afghan security forces and stepped up air strikes against the insurgents, security is precarious.

The incident comes days after US Embassy in Kabul issued a warning that said armed groups may be planning attacks against hotels in the city.

The Intercontinental, situated on a hill overlooking Kabul, is usually heavily guarded because of its popularity with government officials and foreigners living the Afghan capital.

The hotel is one of two main luxury hotels in Kabul and is used for events including conferences attended by government officials.

This was the second time that the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul came under attack.

In 2011, an overnight assault by Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers on the hotel ended with the killing of the attackers by security forces and the deaths of at least 10 civilians.



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Nairaland / General / Re: Nigeria At 57: An Entity Of Tribalistic Nepotism And Democratic Falsism by 247NewsUpdateNG: 3:56pm On Oct 02, 2017
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Nairaland / General / Nigeria At 57: An Entity Of Tribalistic Nepotism And Democratic Falsism by 247NewsUpdateNG: 3:54pm On Oct 02, 2017
Nigeria is a country situated in the western part of Africa. Colonized by Britain in the 18th century, the country is home to approximately 180 million people of over 500 ethnic groups with diverse cultures and traditions. Prime among the ethnic groups are the Hausa tribe (primarily dominants of the Northern region), the Yoruba tribe (inhabitants of the Western region) and the Igbo tribe (stretched out in the Eastern and Southern region).

Prior to the almagamation of the mineral-filled territory in 1914, pre-colonial Nigeria was an arena of various kingdoms and tribal states such as the Kingdoms of Ife & Oyo, Kingdom of Nri, Fulani Empire (also known as the Sokoto Caliphate), Kingdom of Nri, etc. The merger of the Northern and Southern Protectorates of Nigeria (then under the rule of the British Empire) was a bid for the unification of the various tribes and kingdoms occupying the territory. Administrative and legal governance were held by the British Empire and instituted through indirect rule via traditional chiefdoms.

The struggle for independence began in the 20th century with prominent representatives of the various tribes playing diplomatic roles. Celebrated diplomats such as Ahmadu Bello (then Sar'duna of Sokoto), Tafawa Balewa, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Michael Okpara, Obafemi Awolowo, Anthony Enahoro and various others lent their voices towards the achievement of independence.

The independence wave sweeping the various colonial territories in Africa and the determination of the diplomats achieved fruition as the nation was granted independence on October 1, 1960.

A coalition of the conservative parties, Nigerian People's Congress (NPC) and National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC), aided unification of the young nation as the parties were primarily domimated by people of the Northern and Eastern/Southern regions respectively. The opposition, Action Group (AG), a liberal party dominated by people of the Western region lent a voice of criticism to the conservative government towards a better governance system.

Allegations of corruption and financial mismanagement against the electoral and political administrators prompted a military coup spearheaded by Igbo military officers Majors Emmanuel Ifeajuna and Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu. The murders of Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa, Premiers Ahmadu Bello and Ladoke Akintola (all prominent leaders of the Northern and Western regions) stirred tribal sentiments as the coup was tagged an Igbo coup due to the sparing of President Nnamdi Azikiwe and Premier Michael Okpara.

The coup masterminds struggled towards the formation of a central government resulting in the handover of government control by then Acting President Nwafor Orizu to the military then under the command of an Igbo officer, General JTU Aguiyi Ironsi. The development further infuriated the Northern and Westerm regions and led to a countercoup which saw the deaths of Gen. Aguiyi Ironsi, various military officers and a genocide of Igbos resident in the Northern region prompting mass exodus.

Military disquilibrium and power surge among the ranks led to consecutive coups and extensive military rule before the issue of the decree by the last military Head of State Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar leading to the adoption of a new constitution thus resulting in a transition to a democractic system of government.

General elections were held with former military Head of State Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo declared winner under the auspice of the People Democractic Party (PDP). Power of governance was transfered to Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd.) on May 29, 1999 completing the transition of the nation to democractic rule.

After completion of the constitutional two terms, general elections were held which saw former Katsina State governor Umaru Yar'Adua of the People Democractic Party (PDP) declared winner with former Bayelsa governor Goodluck Jonathan serving as vice president. The death of Umaru Yar'Adua while in office led to the appointment and confirmation of Goodluck Jonathan as president to complete the tenure of the deceased.

Expiry of the tenure led to Goodluck Jonathan's contest of a new presidential election in which he was declared winner with a total of 22,495,187 votes while the major opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari, a retired military Head of State, came second with 12,214,853 votes.

The tenure of Goodluck Jonathan was riddled with criticism from various opposition parties and individuals furthering into the birth of the mega party All Progressive Congress (APC), a merger of various opposition parties, with Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) fielded as the party's flag bearer for the March 2015 general elections.

The then incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan, under the People Democractic Party (PDP), contested for re-election and lost to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd). His concession of defeat garnered international appraisal as it curbed the formation of a national unrest.

Prior to electoral victory, campaigns led by the All Progressive Congress (APC) were fueled by the promises of major reforms, political and administrative changes won the hearts of the masses as the nation sought a change of leadership after a sixteen year rule of the People Democractic Party (PDP). This resulted in the vigilance of the masses against electoral rigging as massive votes were cast against the then incumbent government.

However, the electoral promises are yet to suffice as the APC-led government that lent an ear to the masses during campaigns have gone deaf to their pleas and instituted a system of governance tagged as military democracy ridden by tribalism, nepotism and democractic falsism.

Propaganda has also being feeded in as a screen to shield the political game play being experienced by the nation.

Prior to the assumption of office by the APC-led government in 2015, Nigeria was listed as the world's 20th largest economy worth more than $500billion and $1trillion in terms of nominal GDP and purchasing power parity respectively. The nation was also named the largest economy in Africa, overtaking the bouyant economy of South Africa. Categorized as an emerging market by the World Bank, Nigeria was identified as a regional power in Africa, a middle power in international affairs and an emerging global power. It was also listed among the 'Next Eleven' economies set to be classified among the biggest in the world.

However, upon assumption of office, the APC-led government announced that Nigeria's reserve coffers was empty. Accusations and counter-accusations have continually been threaded between the incumbent and its predecessor. The APC-led government furthered its announcement by declaring that the nation was undergoing economic recession leading to a drastic uprise in inflation and resulting in the inability of even the nation's middle class to afford basic commodities.

Directives and orders banning importation of various items and a sudden stop to foreign exchange transactions resulted in the exodus of investors and increment in the sufferings experienced by children of the middle and low class studying abroad.

The present administration's system of governance has also been continually riddled by tribalism and nepotism. Prior to the 2015 electoral victory, Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) has been publicly known to have a staunch disdain of the Eastern/Southern region on tribal and religious basis. A strict Islamic Fulani native, the present commander-in-chief have been caught on camera severally making hateful utterances against the Eastern/Southern region which quite cost him partial support of the region during the 2015 general elections. The nepotistic system streamed into the present administration are visible in the prosecution of corrupt officials and also in the appointment of several public offices. The presidental cabinet is mostly filled with close family members and friends of the number one citizen in the nation.

The involvement of the military in democracy is totally unacceptable except in a state of emergency. Recently, the military labeled the secessionist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist group and with the backing of the South-East Governors Forum ban all activities of the organization. The Chief of Army, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai later denied the Army's involvement in the labeling of the group with Senate President Bukola Saraki publicly declared that it is unconstitutional to declare the group a terrror organization. The unrest caused by the group and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, shook the nation for some weeks with hate speeches and threats of national disintegration. However, the flooding of civilian streets with soldiers is unconstitutional and should never be practised in a democractic system of governance except in dire situations.

However, as a saying goes 'No matter how dark the night is, it won't last forever' so no matter how corruption and other vices try to ride down the nation, we will still rise like the Phoenix from the ashes to soar the world in beautiful colours.

Happy Independence Day/New Month to all Nigerians nationwide and in diaspora.

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!







Article by Agwah Michael
(Founder 247NewsUpdate Blog, Researcher, Human Rights Activist, Social Critic and Political Analyst)
Twitter: @AgwahMichael
LinkedIn: Agwah Michael

Nairaland / General / Apple Set To Mark Decade Anniversary With Unveiling Of Three Iphones by 247NewsUpdateNG: 1:33pm On Sep 12, 2017
A decade after then-CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone, Apple Inc. on Tuesday is set to introduce a completely redesigned top-of-the-line iPhone along with two other new phones, as well as a big upgrade to the Apple Watch and a higher-definition Apple TV.

The splashy launch event will take place at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple’s new Apple Park 'spaceship' campus, widely considered to be the final product designed by Jobs, who died in 2011.

The new products and the holiday shopping season that follows are the most important for Apple in years.

The company has sold more than 1.2 billion iPhones over the past decade and ushered in the era of mobile computing, but last year suffered a substantial decline in revenue as many consumers rejected the iPhone 7 as being too similar to the iPhone 6.

Apple hopes the new high-end phone, expected to be called the iPhone X, will silence critics who say the company has lost its innovation edge. It features an edge-to-edge display with richer colors and facial recognition to unlock the phone without the need for a fingerprint reader or physical home button.

The two other models, expected to be called the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, are intended to update the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. They could also include some new features, such as a glass back similar to the iPhone 4 that would help facilitate wireless charging.

The phones are expected to come with a steep price tag. Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi predicts the top-end model will cost $899, though other analysts expect it to cross the $1,000 threshold. That compares to a top base price of $769 for the iPhone 7 Plus prior.

Much of that added costs is driven by more expensive parts, like a higher-resolution display, 3D sensors and more memory capacity. “Some of these components are just darned expensive. There’s just no doubt about that,” said Brian Blau, an Apple analyst at Gartner.

Blau expects Apple to keep several lower priced models in its lineup.

Analysts also expect Apple to reveal a new Apple TV that operates at higher resolution than its previous set. The higher resolution could play into Apple’s efforts to court Hollywood, which have shifted into a higher gear recently with two high-profile executives hired away from Sony.

The company is also expected to reveal more details about the HomePod, its voice-activated home speaker that competes against Amazon.com Inc’s Echo devices and the Google Home speaker. Apple announced the HomePod in June and said it will ship in December.

Lastly, Apple is expected to announce a new version of the Apple Watch. Previous versions of the watch had to be tethered to a user’s phone in order to receive send or receive data, but the new version is expected to connect to wireless data networks just like a phone.

Apple does not say how many Apple Watches it sells. Gene Munster, a veteran Apple watcher and analyst with Loup Ventures, believes the watch could double or even triple in sales because of the new connectivity.

But even a huge boom in one product will not move the company’s financials like the iPhone, which accounted for 63 percent of Apple’s $215 billion in sales last year. Even if Apple crushes rivals like Fitbit Inc. and Garmin in smart watch sales, Apple remains the iPhone company.

“It’s a really big deal for the wearables category for Apple, but it’s not a big deal for the company,” Munster said.



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Nairaland / General / Fast Rising Artiste Grants 247newsupdate An Interview by 247NewsUpdateNG: 9:34am On Aug 02, 2017
Fast rising artiste Stanley Louis Chinemezu popularly known by his stage name Stanzyy is a Maths/Statistics student of the prestigious Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri. An indigene of Amaigbo Nwangele in Imo State, the versatile singer has proven himself a part of the future of Nigerian music industry, which has recently been in the global spotlight.

Ever since he dropped his debut single Hustle, the young musical sensation has been entertaining his fans and music lovers with good music. From Same God (which featured upcoming rapper Lio Steve) to the wedding anthem Nwa Amaka to Iyawo Mi to Badda to My Story and several others, Stanzyy has shown himself to be far above a fluke.

In this exclusive interview, Stanzyy talks about life as a fast rising artiste, acceptance of his music and other things concerning his musical career and life in general.

Excerpts from the interview…

Good day Mr. Stanzyy. It’s good to have you again. How has life been?
Good day my brother. Life has been good, thanks to God

That’s good to hear. You released My Story some months ago. How has the publicity of the song been?
Well, I thank God, the song was widely accepted and I think the audience loved it

Nice. In the song, you told the story of your life. What prompted you to do that?
Well, what I have been through and still I’m going through prompted the song. The hustle is not a child’s play. A whole lot is required to stay relevant in this industry

And you did it the way you’re good at. Through singing. That’s wonderful. So Mr Stanzyy, with the growth of your fan base, how have you been dealing with the public?
Well, it is never easy being an intending star. People tend to judge you even with little things. You have the challenge of trying to make everyone happy, trying to please everyone and that’s quite difficult

That’s deep. You’ve had had the chance to meet with several other upcoming artistes in your vicinity. How has your relationship been with them?
Well, I can say it has been cool. I’m quite cool with my colleagues and respect them too because to me, we are family. I don’t think I am in a competition with anybody, that’s how I see it

Cool. Among them, is there any who has impacted your style and life tremendously?
(smiles) Quite a number of them are doing wonderfully well and are putting out positive vibes, but I think what influences my sound is love and life generally

Well said. Within the last two years, artistes from Owerri have been getting breaks, with the likes of Xbusta and F2 getting signed to big record labels, do you think that the Nigerian music industry is gradually accepting sounds from the Eastern Heartland?
Good one. I always tell people music is a general language, no matter where the sound is coming from, once it’s good, they have no option than to accept it. The likes of F2 & Xbusta are proving that. Also guys like Mr Cruz, Leeroy, El Vicker who are all from Owerri & have their own sounds to which I urge the general public to watch out for

Rightly said. If you were asked to point out two Owerri artistes that you admire so much, who will they be?
Tough one though, but sincerely I would pick Mr Cruz & El Vicker. I am a big fan of their works. There are so many other great acts too though

(laughs) In every crowd, there has to be a Moses and Joshua to lead. If I may ask though, why did you pick those two?
Well, the concept of their songs are just great. I think they are great songwriters for which is one quality I appreciate in an artiste

Among their various songs, which is your favourite?
I think any time any day, Show Love by Cruz is a classic. As for El Vicker, he has a lot cooking in the studio right now and my favourite is one of his coming new jams, just wait on it

You’re right. Show Love is a classic jam. On your El Vicker’s favourite track, I want to inform you that you have just increased the state of anxiety in El Vicker’s fans. That’s by the way though. With the recent collaboration of Nigerian artistes with their foreign counterparts and several other happenings, what do you have to say about the gradual global acceptance of Nigerian and African sounds?
Yea. The Nigeria music industry is growing globally. Shout out to all the artistes contributing to this massive growth. Our music is accepted anywhere in the world now

Alright. So Mr Stanzyy, outside the musical sphere, how has life been with you?
Fine bro. So far so good

How has the combination of schooling and music been?
Very tough bro. I won’t lie to you. I give more attention to the music. Most times, I miss lectures for studio sessions, but hopefully I will come out with a good result because I try my best to read as well

Nice. When are you due for graduation?
This time next year. I can’t wait

(laughs) That’s how all stages in life are. Recently, we got news of a robbery incident that affected you, can you give us details on that?
Uhmm, that’s been like two months now so I prefer to forget it and move on. It was a terrible experience which I don’t wish to talk about

It must have been very terrible. Our apologies for bringing it up. So it’s been quite a while you gave your fans something to vibe to, is there anything cooking?
(laughs) I have been waiting for this question. Well, first of all, I want to apologise to my fans, family and friends for going this long without giving them something to listen to. This time around I can assure them that the wait is over, and hopefully the wait was worth it

Great news. There has been rumours about an album from you. What do you have to say about that?
Album? No no no, the plan is to push my singles real far this time

Singles? How many are you planning on dropping this time?
I have Eyez, Wellu Wellu & Amara all ready, but the later should be dropped after the first two

So the first two, Eyez & Wellu Wellu will drop first and after that Amara will follow, right?
Exactly

Any special reason for that arrangement?
Well, I don’t think so

Okay. Mr Stanzyy can you drop for your fans a verse from any of the tracks?
(smiles) They should just wait for it. They have waited a lot already and it is close right now. All I can assure them is that we are moving up after this songs and they are definitely gonna love them

(laughs) You’re really a man that loves leaving anticipation in people. The last time you were here, you told us that you were single. Has any ‘Nwa Amaka’ entered your story yet?
(laughs) My brother make we leave that one for now jare. I don’t even know if I have a girlfriend. I am confused as well

(laughs) Sometimes that’s the spot life puts us in. At the moment, what is your best Nigerian song?
So many good songs right now, but I think Virtuous Woman by Flavour right now

That’s a melodious track. Any reason for picking it?
Well, like you and I know Flavour is a musical god and the song is unique, not just the regular stuffs we get everyday

True. On the foreign part, what’s your best?
Jason Derulo

Which of his tracks is your best?
Whatcha Say. That’s my best

Cool. Recently the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) held a rally in Owerri. As an indigene and resident of eastern Nigeria, what do you have to say about the economic state of Nigeria and the Biafra agitation?
(coughs) I am an artiste, politics is none of my business so no comment on that

Okay. So do you any words for music artistes (both A-level & upcoming), your fans, music lovers and the public in general?
All I have to tell artistes most especially upcoming ones is to be humble and always believe you can breakthrough

And to your fans, music lovers and the public?
My fans should wait for what I have coming. I am not gonna let them down. And they should not forget my birthday is on the 18th of August & there is a show on the 19th at Trinity hotels, Owerri where I will be playing host to top arts in Owerri

Great. Mr Stanzyy, it was really nice having you. We hope you will drop by again in the future. God bless your hustle.
Thank you very much too and God bless you


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Romance / Re: My Boyfriend Said His Dating Me Because I Look Like Genevieve (photo) by 247NewsUpdateNG: 4:33pm On Apr 20, 2017
Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder!

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Romance / Re: I Was Offered This Job - But I Want To Turn It Down (photos) by 247NewsUpdateNG: 9:59pm On Apr 15, 2017
But OP, these people are the choirmasters and choirmistresses of the aviation industry and it's kind of affiliated to music. They even wear that ear muffs that make them look like they are in the studio. Give the job a chance.
Celebrities / Re: Man Breaks Tonto Dikeh And Churchill's Love Lock In Paris (Video) by 247NewsUpdateNG: 5:23pm On Apr 13, 2017
QueenSuccubus:
shocked


Why he broke it? It isnt his padlock oooo... angry

Not bcoz thse couple broke up, juz any nosy kondolondo , will go there and break their padlock...


So disrespectful... undecided lipsrsealed


Aunty please don't use your English to break Nairaland. Thanks!

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Religion / Re: Take The Gospel Story Quiz To Prove Your Bible Knowledge! by 247NewsUpdateNG: 9:34pm On Jan 01, 2017
HardMirror:

What does origin of species have to do with contradictions of the bible? If you must address me, ensure u are making sense

Learning to read and understand well should be top of your 2017 bucket list.
Religion / Re: Take The Gospel Story Quiz To Prove Your Bible Knowledge! by 247NewsUpdateNG: 7:51pm On Jan 01, 2017
HardMirror:
cheesy

Thanks seun

Anytime any christian attempts preaching to me again, I will give them this quiz. If they pass, thereby proving to be true christians then they have a right to preach to me, if they don't pass then they shld shut the fvck up. angry

From my observation of your comment, I believe you are a Darwin disciple so I put this to you.
Any day you can explain how the first organism or fossil, through which evolution supposedly began, only then do you have the moral jurisdiction to give a Christian this quiz.
Happy New Year!
Religion / Re: Take The Gospel Story Quiz To Prove Your Bible Knowledge! by 247NewsUpdateNG: 7:37pm On Jan 01, 2017
Sanchez01:

The site is the handiwork of (an) atheist(s), hence the name, 'ex-christians'. It attempts to ridicule the Bible by giving you a single question with different accounts from the synoptic Gospels. Their point is to tell you about the 'contradictions' of the Bible itself, yet they tell you the Bible is just fairy tales.

One story with two different accounts and a single conclusion or message is not a fairy tale, it goes on to prove that it is indeed real (the account) but the difference here is the viewpoint of those who wrote it.


Don't hastily conclude.
The fact that it was built for encouraging ex-Christians doesn't necessarily mean that an atheist put it up. It can be the work of a freethinker, scientologist, etc or even a Christian who loves money.
Religion / Re: Take The Gospel Story Quiz To Prove Your Bible Knowledge! by 247NewsUpdateNG: 7:32pm On Jan 01, 2017
Nigayoyo:


Keep deceiving yourself with your curses. Even yahweh CANNOT curse Seun! cos if yahweh tries to curse him he's gon get butt raped! cheesy

Are you insinuating that Seun is gay?
Religion / Re: Take The Gospel Story Quiz To Prove Your Bible Knowledge! by 247NewsUpdateNG: 7:26pm On Jan 01, 2017
Seun:
I used to think I knew the gospel story very well, because I used to read the bible a lot as a Christian, but then I took the short gospel story quiz below and got every question wrong. I'd like you to take the quiz to find out whether you can do better: The Gospel Story Quiz. Thanks!


That quiz is programmed to mark you wrong, no matter the answer you pick.
And after going through the comments on this thread, I just realized that there are few true Christians than not and the few that are don't forcefully shove it up everyone's ass.
Nairaland / General / Breaking News: National Association Of Boyfriends (nabs) Embark On Strike by 247NewsUpdateNG: 10:14pm On Dec 15, 2016
FROM: National Association of Boyfriends (NABs)
TO: National Association of Girlfriends (NAGs)
CC: Federal Ministry of Women Affairs
BCC: Senate Commitee on Conflict Resolution


NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT OF STRIKE
--------------- ----------------------------
This is to bring to the notice of the public our concerns and conclusion on this Xmas period hereby embarking on a strike till further notice.

Reasons for recent strike:
How can a girl send you
• Boxers & expect a BB?
• A tie & expect Brazilian hair?
• Singlet & expect iPad 2?
• Cufflinks & expect BB Porsche of 450k?
• Or nothing at all & expect an expensive dinner at
Chicken Republic?

Yet we preach gender equality.

To worsen matters, MMM decided that it wants to start living in a janded way and as it did not find snow, it entered freezer.

Well, the National Association of Boyfriends (NABs) has concluded it should be trade by barter this Xmas.

The following exchange are due to take place:
• Singlet should be exchanged with a Bra.
• If she gives you roll-on, buy her "Miss Paris".
• She gives you cufflinks, give her rubber band to tie her natural hair.
• If she shows up at your door empty handed, put NTA or AIT for her to watch. Don't let her watch
your subscribed cable (no free thing).
• If she asks for an expensive dinner, take her to an expensive night vigil. MFM or CAC to be precise.
• She gives you a flower, you give her igneous rock from Olumo or Zuma, not Aso (all na nature).

The above is currently our exchange rate for the Xmas.

From now till further notice, we hereby commence our strike.



Signed,
National Association of Boyfriends (NABs)







cc Seun, Lalasticlala
Religion / Re: To All Those Who Claim Evolution Doesn't Make Sense And It's Just A Theory by 247NewsUpdateNG: 8:46pm On Dec 14, 2016
Though what the video depicted about religious folks is true, it still doesn't change much.
The day evolution will be globally accepted by religious people (or creationists, as Seun tagged them) is the day scientists/evolutionists accept that a human goes to heaven or hell, after death.
However, due to the fact that neither sides may ever cave in to the other, it is best everyone sticks to their respective beliefs.
Politics / Re: President Buhari Presents N7.3trn 2017 Budget to National Assembly by 247NewsUpdateNG: 5:38pm On Dec 14, 2016
benueguy:
I see a better 2017. Buhari or no Buhari. I just sense it in my spirit


Wise words!
Food / Re: Pure Water Now Sells For N20 Per Sachet by 247NewsUpdateNG: 5:06pm On Dec 11, 2016
Naijasinglegirl:
So I usually buy 150cl of bottled water everyday and whenever I thirst after exhausting my 150cl for that day, I buy sachet water and pour it inside the bottled water.
It happened that I finished my water as early as 4pm yesterday and when I went to buy the usual sachet water, the seller told me a sachet now sells for N20. A whooping sum of N20 for ONE PURE WATER. He said it might sell for N30 by January.

To think that I was buying sachet water for N5 in
April. What a time to be alive!
In the spirit of change, I feel obligated to list the
different price change of necessity goods in 2016,
following the ultimate promise of change.

Coaster biscuit: N5 to N15
Sachet Water: N5 to N20
Nutric C: N50 to N70
Spaghetti: N130 to N175
One de rica of rice: N200 to N300
Orbit gum: N200 to N250
50cl Coke: N100 to N120
Bottled groundnut: N300 to N380
Apple: N100 to N150
Liquid tin milk: N100 to N150
Titus Sardine: N180 to N250
Xpression attachment: N600 to N1000
Yaki flip weavon: N800 to N1200
Always pad: N200 to N270
Gold Circle: N20 to N60
Malt: N100 to N150
Raw egg: N30 to N50
Boiled egg: N50 to N70
Fried egg: N50 to N100
One wrap of amala: N50 to N100
Jack & Jill Biscuit: N50 to N100
Indomie: N40 to N70
Gala: N50 to N70
La-casera: N100 to N120
Dollar: N270 to N485
Panadol: N50 to N100



www.naijasinglegirl.com/breaking-news-one-sachet-of-water-cost-n20/




Where I am at the moment, Indomie noodles Super Pack costs N100 while the Hungry Man costs N150.
Phones / Re: Mtn And It's New Fraudulent Tactics..(Resolved) by 247NewsUpdateNG: 9:59pm On Dec 10, 2016
fineboynl:
Oga your excuse is lame. how can they deduct 100 from you everyday and u never noticed it. what are you doing with the sim if you are not using it. if you are not using it to make calls why did you recharged it.

you have opted for the lotrery program and because you didn't win. now you want your money back.


sorry there is nothing mtn can do.

should have reported it earlier for them to deactivate it.


noted. I am not saying mtn don't activate people intentionally. my stand is you should have reported earlier.


Good day, Sir.

I went through your reply to the Op's complaints and at the end, I drew out a little piece to drop with you.

1) Please, on Tuesday (due to the fact that Monday is a holiday), visit your primary, secondary and tertiary institutions (that is if you actually ATTENDED any) and ask for a refund from all the teachers who took you on English Language.

2) Learn to chew before you swallow. I believe your elders must have taught you that while in your formative ages (that is if you're past that already).

3) Impersonation is a crime, on legal and illegal platforms. Don't speak for a company who has not employed your services especially in this kind of cases.

4) You should try to get social media etiquettes counseling (from Seun or any other moderator, as this is their platform) as it would help keep you out of trouble in a civilized country.

Any other observation that comes afterwards would be relayed to you.

Thanks for your understanding.

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Religion / Re: University Of Uyo Student Dies As Reigners Bible Church Collapses (Pics) by 247NewsUpdateNG: 9:35pm On Dec 10, 2016
IamPatriotic:
Heaven straight, since she died serving in the vineyard of her Lord. RIP.

Pathetic notion!

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Crime / Re: Boy Found In A Moulded Block In Ondo, Rescued By Breaking The Walls (Photos) by 247NewsUpdateNG: 9:25pm On Dec 10, 2016
Orikinla:


He was buried alive in the construction of the building for rituals of human sacrifice.
It is common practice among cultists in Nigeria.
Sometimes, they bury thir victims alive in the foundation of the building.
Others use cows. But the most wicked cultists use humans.
That is why cases of missing children and adults are common in these parts.

Nicely put.
However, for better interpretation of certain words by most, there is a stern difference between cultism and occultism.
Thanks!

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Crime / Re: Boy Found In A Moulded Block In Ondo, Rescued By Breaking The Walls (Photos) by 247NewsUpdateNG: 8:58pm On Dec 10, 2016
Seun:
He was drugged and placed in there and the cement hardened before he could free himself. Someone wanted to kill him without spilling any blood, basically.

From its look, that structure is over two weeks old. Scientifically, how long does the most effective sedative last?
Nairaland / General / Nigeria At 56: A Case Of Economic Osteoporosis by 247NewsUpdateNG: 3:53pm On Oct 02, 2016
Nigeria is a country situated in the sub-Saharan region of the continent, Africa.
Blessed with a long list of natural resources, she has been dubbed the pride of Africa.
Colonized by Great Britain during the invasion of the supposed dark continent (as Africa was then referred to as) by the then power houses of the world, Nigeria gained her independence on the 1st of October, 1960.

After her independence, Nigeria's economy was mainly centred on the exportation of agricultural products such as cocoa, cassava, groundnut, palm oil, etc. Ranked as the first and sixth country with the highest agricultural output in Africa and worldwide, her economy was tagged as one of the best in Africa and earmarked as one of the fast-growing economies globally.
Also aiding the sustenance of the economy was the mining of mineral ores found beneath her soil. Ores such as tin, iron, steel, etc were mined and exported internationally.

Coups and counter-coups however dealt a hard blow to the young nation as the military overrode the civilian government and assumed total control of the economy. Worsening the situation was the then massacre of thousands of the Igbo tribe resident in the Northern region of the country, home to mostly the Hausas and Fulanis. This led to the secession of the Eastern region, home to the Igbo tribe and her sister-tribes, from the young nation and the formation of the Republic of Biafra. Despite a peace accord being signed by the parties involved, the eruption of a civil war seemed and became inevitable. The end of the war saw an outright end to regionalization and the creation of several states. This further heightened the instability of Nigeria's economy due to its centralization causing sole dependence on the federal government (run by the military then).

In the 1970s, the world experienced an oil boom and the discovery of crude oil, in commercial quantity, in the Southern and Eastern parts of the country caused a diversion of the economy from dependence on exportation of agricultural products and mineral ores to a dependence on exportation of crude oil. As the years went by, the economy moved totally from diverse dependence on several resources to solely depend on crude oil. Due to the high oil prices, this was supposed to boost and keep the nation's economy stable but due to the monopolistic system run by the military government, economic stability was unattainable.

In the 1980s, a decrease in oil prices caused a decline in the country's per capita real gross national product (GNP). By 1987, the GNP decline reached a 4.8%. This led to the classification of Nigeria as a low-income nation by the World Bank.
In 1989 the World Bank declared Nigeria poor enough to be eligible for concessional aid from an affiliate, the International Development Association (IDA).

The 1990s saw an increase in oil prices which was slated to boost Nigeria's economic state but due to the mismanagement of the country's income, the economy kept suffering instability. In 1999, Nigeria's transition from military rule to civilian (democratic) rule was applauded and hope was rekindled for the economy.

The civilian government was required to deliver accountability to the masses but this didn't still give the nation's economy the stability she hoped for as the treasury was continually looted and emptied in personal coffers in international bank. The establishment of several anti-corruption agencies didn't totally check the issue as favouritism and sentiments have continually clouded the total war on corruption.

In 2015, history was made as the ruling party was ousted by the opposition party whose electoral campaign agenda was centered on the restructuring and revival of the country's economy. However, since its assumption of office, the economy has plunged further as inflation, decrease in oil prices, oil pipeline vandalism, terrorism, lack of resources, etc has gripped the nation causing it to go into economic recession.

Nevertheless, citizens of Nigerians patriotically look forward to when they can proudly beat their chests and announce their nationality globally but till then, we can only ask for God's guidance as Nigeria moves onwards from strength to strength.

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
Happy Independence Anniversary Nigeria!

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