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BBC Africa Shines Spotlight On Nigeria Elections

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As Nigeria prepares to hold elections on February 16, BBC Africa will be offering comprehensive coverage for our local and international audiences across Radio, TV, Online and Social Media.

During the campaign period, there will be special programming across all BBC Africa’ s 12 language services including English, French as well as Nigeria based BBC News Yoruba, BBC News Hausa, BBC News Igbo and BBC News Pidgin.

A one day conference hosted by the BBC will look at the spread of fake news and its potential impact on the country’s elections. Nigeria 2019: Countering Fake News starts on January 9 and ispart of the BBC’s Beyond Fake News season. Around the world, disinformation has been seen to cause social and political harm, with people having less trust in the news. This international anti-disinformation initiative will involve a keynote speech delivered by Prof.Yemi Osinbajo, SAN Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria. It will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by the Publisher of Today’s Woman magazine Adesuwa Onyenokwe and will feature:

· Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission

· Professor Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureaute

· Jamie Angus, Director of World Service Group

· Funke Egbemode, President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and Editor in chief, New Telegraph newspaper

· Uche Pedro, Founder of BellaNaija

The Director of the BBC World Service Group Jamie Angus says: “BBC News pioneered fact checking programming in the UK. In 2018 I pledged that the BBC’s international services would move beyond just talking about the global ‘fake news’ threat. We commissioned in depth research that helped us to understand the processes and motivations behind ‘fake news’. We have taken action in Africa and in India to provide fact checking services that will help audiences to identify reliable sources and disinformation from fact.”

BBC Africa’s language services will host ten Governorship debates in Igbo, Hausa, Pidgin and Yoruba starting on January 10. Alongside this, a 30 day count down will commence on January 17 and will offer infographics, explainers, in-depth analysis around key areas such as the economy, health, education, security, godfatherism, the female vote, how young people will vote and much more.

As tens of millions of Nigerians visit the polls BBC Africa will be sending over 50 reporters to cover the elections-the largest deployment for an election coverage by an international broadcaster.

For the first time a pre- election fact checking project will aim to verify or debunk claims made by candidates. Audiences will be able to keep updated via digital and social media platforms. In addition Global Reality Check will be fact checking the various debates throughout the country.

BBC Africa will present election stories on all social media channels as well as dedicated digital videos on bbcafrica.com.

From February 4, each morning the global breakfast show Newsday (04:00-0800 GMT) will offer an insight into how Nigerians and people from various other parts of Africa view this momentous election. Focus on Africa Radio will be covering daily events around the country, asking: What does the future hold for Nigeria? You can listen daily at 15:00, 17:00 and 19:00GMT The BBC’s TV programme for Africa, Focus on Africa, available on BBC World News at 17.30GMT, will be live in Nigeria for two weeks. Both programmes will be analysing the media campaigns by candidates and bringing to you a variety of voices from across the country.

Fact Finder will present a special edition on the growing use of fake news in elections. The programme will be working with credible fact checking organisations to evaluate the veracity of claims and counter claims as well as pledges made through the Nigerian electoral period.

The women’s discussions programme #TheSheWord will record a special debate in Nigeria focusing on Women in Politics. It will be looking specifically at female candidates.

BBC’s Africa’s daily business programmes Money Daily, Mitikasi Leo (Swahili) and Cash Éco (French) will all air live from Lagos on February13, 14 and 15 ahead of the presidential election and after the poll. The special coverage will feature interviews with some of Nigeria’s most prominent entrepreneurs, economic analysts as well as ordinary citizens on what the election means for Africa’s largest economy.

The following daily TV news programmes which are rebroadcast by partner stations across Africa will also bring in-depth reporting around the elections:

Afrique – BBC Infos

Hausa – Labaran TV

Swahili – Dira Ya Dunia

Somali – Caawa iyo Caalamka

The Africa live page will be an important destination on February 16. Throughout the day there will be commentary and analysis from our correspondents across the continent and updates will continue daily as the results come in.

The BBC’s Head of West Africa Languages Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye says, “We are prepared to deliver memorable coverage of what is set to be the most competitive election in Nigeria and even across Africa. Our audiences across the continent and around the world can now keep up to date with the action in twelve languages including English, Hausa and the newly launched Igbo, Pidgin and Yoruba languages. We will bring key interviews from politicians, commentators and viewpoints from voters on the ground. From every state, whatever the issue, BBC Africa will be there.”

Audiences will be able to keep abreast of the issues and results by following bbcafrica as well as the BBC’s language sites: bbcnewsafrique, bbc newsamharic, bbcnewsafaanoromoo bbcnewsgahuza, bbcnewsigb

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A Serious Boyfriend Will Cook For You When You Visit Him, Not The Other Way Round : Woman Warns Daughter

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Now which mother will give this sort of advice if she really wants her daughter to attract suitors? A young lady identified as Alhaja Gold @Yommmms revealed that her mother warned never to cook for her boo nor tidy up his place whenever she visits him because according to her, any serious man would ensure his house is clean and there is cooked food to eat.

She wrote; “Everytime I’m going over to see a boy, my mother warns me not to cook or clean in his house. ‘If he’s a serious person, he will make sure you’re coming into a clean house and there’s something for you to eat.’

Guys, what do you think about this, will you entertain such a woman in your life based on this advice her own mom gave her? We are waiting for your views.

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Forget Obinim, Obofour And The Rest; I’m The Most Powerful Ghanaian Preacher : Opambour Explains Why

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Founder and leader of Ebenezer Miracle Worship Center, Reverend Ebenezer Adarkwa Yardom aka Opambour has stated categorically that he is the most powerful Ghanaian preacher all other things being equal.

His assertion comes just after Bishop Obinim asserted that he is the most powerful man of God in Ghana and that his colleague pastors don’t come close to him in the spiritual world.

Bishop Opambour’s assertion seems to be a subtle response to Obinim who is the founder and leader of the International Godsway Church. However, Opambour in a recent television broadcast revealed that he is the only one God has given him the power to do his work both spiritually and physically.

“Let me tell you something when they talk about the power of God you don’t understand. You have to come so that I can tell you how the power of God looks like because I am the only person he has given his power. He has given me all the powers to do his work spiritually and physically. There is nobody powerful in Ghana than me…so come and let me help you”. Opambour revealed in a recent telecast on Prophet 1 television.

He, therefore, called on anyone who needs his help to consult him because no one comes close to him in the spiritual realm. He added that those who’ve never had an encounter with His should run to him as soon as possible.

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Bro Sammy To Face 15 Years Imprisonment If Found Guilty : FDA

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Gospel musician Brother Sammy is likely to face 15 years imprisonment and could also be fined a maximum amount of 180,000 cedis if found guilty.

According to the Public Relations Officer for the Food and Drugs Authority, James Lartey, the gospel musician flouted the law when he advertised his drug on social media without approval from the agency.

“We’ve reported him to the police because he has flouted our law. Well, this is an offence against the law, so we’ve left everything for the police. So the police will be doing the investigation and questioning, and if found guilty he will be sent to court.

According to the Public Health Act, Act 851, when you flout the law and you’re found guilty, you’ll pay a minimum fine of GHs 90,000 or maximum fine of GHs 180,000 and then if the Judge decides to jail you, the minimum jail term is 15years and the maximum is 25years or the Judge can say he will do both” he disclosed.

He also stated that his outfit is putting measures in place to bring offenders like Bro Sammy to book for selling unapproved products.

The gospel musician was arrested over the weekend after he revealed that he has the cure for cancer, diabetes, Asthma and the deadly HIV/AIDS.

Bro Sammy stated that his drug which is ‘Spiritual Divine Healing Water’ was a revelation by God.

He was however invited by the Food and Drugs Authority to aid in the investigation because his so-called healing water was not approved by the agency.

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