2016 IN RETROSPECT

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Compiled by Eric Elezuo and Donald Asakitikpi

There is no gain saying the fact that the year, 2016, has been one of much drama, brouhaha and stories that made headlines for weeks – even months. Looking at the entertainment and political as well as business scenes alike, much dust has been raised event after event, month after month – and some amount of dust have settled too. From personal disputes which made their way to social media, to publicity stunts; from success stories to corruption sagas, from celebrity scandals to clash of public figures, we bring you the events that stunned the year 2016.

The Transformation of Bread Seller, Jumoke

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It was simply a typical incident of being in the right place at the right time. A street seller ignorant of the scene ahead of her, with her goods balanced on her head as usual as every other regular day of her bread-hawking trade, photo-bombed a photo-shoot between Tinie Tempah, popular music star, and renowned photographer, TY Bello, and in that split second her life changed forever.

Jumoke Orisaguna a mother of two, formerly a hairstylist from Osun State, struggling to make ends meet, left her husband and two children in their home town to become a street vendor. CNN reported – “She seemed a little confused,” says Bello. “Some people were asking her to walk past really quickly, others were asking her to stay, she was just in limbo. I said ‘is it okay to take your photograph?’ And she nodded ok.”

“I didn’t think I made a great image,” Bello says, but once she posted the shots on social media, interest in Jumoke exploded.

“When the photographs landed for the first time on social media, everyone immediately thought she was a model,” Bello explains.”No one believed she just walked past. It occurred to me that if everyone thought she should be a model then maybe she should be one, then the search for her began.”

After a contract with ‘Few Models’, Jumoke’s face was on billboards after landing a lucrative contract.

Budget Padding

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The passage of the 2016 budget was overdue after the two arms of the National Assembly- the Senate and House of Representatives learned it was error-filled. The ‘Budget of Change’ was sooner or later signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on May 6 after the Senate had approved it since March 23.

This delay was triggered by allegations and counter-accusation by both the Legislature and Executive that the budget had been ‘padded’. Buhari adjourned those within the Executive accountable for the inconsistencies and had to cautiously scrutinize the budget before authorizing it.

This sparked off the budget crisis between the Legislature and Executive which eventually metamorphosed into budget padding scandal that subsisted till September that eventually led to the suspension of the erstwhile chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation Hon. Jibrin Abdulmumin.

Facebook Owner, Mark Zuckerberg, Visits Nigeria

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Facebook founder, one of the world’s youngest richest men, Mark Zuckerberg came to Nigeria August 30 to meet with start-ups in the country, his first port of call was Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) in Yaba. Part of this visit included the debut of Free Basics in Nigeria and to show support for the Jobberman team.

The highlight of his visit to a neutral Nigerian was probably when he walked the streets of Yaba and jogged with some of his tech-savvy hosts on the popular Ikoyi-Lekki Bridge.

Zuckerberg made the end of his visit at Aso Rock, Abuja where he was received by President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

Donald Trump Emerges American President

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Donald Trump shattered expectations with an election victory that revealed deep anti-establishment anger among American voters and set the world on a journey into the political unknown.

The Republican nominee achieved one of the most improbable political victories in modern US history, despite a series of controversies that would easily have destroyed other candidacies, extreme policies that have drawn criticism from both sides of the aisle, a record of racist and sexist behaviour, and a lack of conventional political experience. Hilary Clinton of the Democratic Party, who was defeated, called Trump to concede defeat as results trickled in. Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said Trump told Clinton: “You’re a smart tough lady and you ran a great campaign. Thank you for calling. I respect you.”

Nana Akufo-Addo Wins Ghana Presidency

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Ghanaians have elected Nana Akufo-Addo, the candidate of the main opposition party, New Patriotic Party, NPP, as their new president.

Mr. Akufo-Addo, 72, who was running for the office for the third time, comfortably edged out incumbent, John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) by almost 10 points.

Adama Barrow Dethrones Yahya Jammeh in Gambia

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Yahya Jammeh, longtime ruler of The Gambia, lost the presidential election to the opposition leader, according to the electoral commission.

Adama Barrow’s victory in the West African country brought to an end Jammeh’s 22-year rule.

Jammeh, who came to power in 1994 as a 29-year-old army officer following a military coup, had won four previous polls.

Barrow received 263,515 votes while Jammeh won 212,099, Alieu Momarr Njai, the electoral commission head, said in the capital Banjul.

Nigeria Officially In Recession

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Nigeria was officially declared a nation in recession as the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, hinted the country’s economic situation was in “its worst possible time”. She admitted this statistic after months of denial that the country wasn’t in a state recession.

The inflation rate shrank at 17.1%, The GDP had contracted by 2.06%, the economy by 0.36%. Oil price has crashed to less than $50 per barrel; Nigeria’s production output has tumbled over 400,000 barrels due to militancy activities in Niger Delta region. Oil production plummeted to 1.69 million barrels per day in the second quarter of 2016, down from 2.11 million barrel per day in the first quarter, with oil – based GDP contracting by 17.5% in quarter two compared to 1.9% in the first quarter.

The national Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released a report on Nigeria’s economy in the second quarter, including the Gross Domestic product (GDP), Inflation, Employment, and Unemployment, Capital Importation and other key fundamentals.

Aisha Buhari’s BBC Interview

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Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari in an interview with Naziru Mikailu from BBC Hausa sometime in October blew the lid on her frustration with what she perceived as people reaping from what they didn’t sow.

“Some people are sitting down in their homes folding their arms only for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position,” she said.

She however warned that if her husband did not correct his ways that she won’t be voting for him come the next presidential election in 2019 as she said people who did not share the vision of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were now appointed to top posts because of the influence of a “few people.”

President Buhari’s Inglorious Response

The President, responding to his wife’s remarksconcerning his government dismissed his wife’s talk as that of a woman who has no say in his administration and in broad-spectrum.

Quite ironically, Buhari’s remarks were made in the presence of the person of German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, a woman who has campaigned for the cause of feminism by her remarkable rise to the top; “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.”

Although President Buhari received comments back home in Nigeria as his responsewas seen as demeaning to women, though it familiarized a new lexicon for Nigerians – “the other room’

Trial of Dasuki and others

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Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki is facing three charges. In the first case, he is charged with money laundering and illegal possession of firearms. The ex-NSA was arraigned before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja on September 1, last year. In the second case, Dasuki was charged with former Director of Finance, office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu; a former Executive Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Baba-Kusa and his two companies –  Acacia Holding Limited, and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited for allegedly diverting public funds running into billions of naira. In the third case, Dasuki was charged along with ex-Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, a former Director of Finance at the office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu, a former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, his son, Sagir Bafarawa and their company, Dalhatu Investment Limited for allegedly stealing about N9.2billion from the office of the NSA.

There were other major issues which include the arrest and detention of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu; the murder of protesting IPOB members in Aba; as well as the proposed secret trial for the IPOB leader, which was aggressively rejected.

DSS Raid of Judges’ Homes

The Directorate of State Service conducted a late night raid on the homes of judges suspected to have been involved in corruption, erupting nationwide debate.

Fulani Herdsmen Attack Enugu Community

Fulani herdsmen invaded Ukpabi Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani local government area of Enugu State, killing scores of local residents.

The following will not be left out: Massive killing of Southern Kaduna residents by unknown assailants; alleged Niger Delta militants terrorise Ikorodu area, killing and raping residents.

Buhari Declares Sambisa Forest recaptured and Boko Haram decimated

 

Celebrity Scandals were not left out

This year, there were a number of scandals recorded, many of which made headlines for weeks. Some of them include:

Don Jazzy Versus Olamide at the Headies

2016 kicked off with celebrity scandal. At the 2015 Headies, which actually transitioned into the 1st of January, 2016, there was a lot of drama that led to two power houses in the Nigeria music scene going head to head – on the very first day of the year.

So the uproar started when Reekado Banks of Mavin Records won the sought-after Next Rated Artiste Category. This obviously didn’t go down well with Olamide whose YBNL artiste, Lil Kesh appeared a bigger favorite in the run up to the show to win the award.

Olamide used his time on stage to throw shade at the event organizers for not giving Lil Kesh the award. He said this while using profanities as he listed all the hit songs Lil Kesh had produced that year alone. Not long after, Don Jazzy used his own opportunity on stage to get back at Olamide. He responded, “Egbon Olamide, if you want the car, come and collect it.” It didn’t end there as it as Olamide continued to make threats against Don Jazzy on Twitter.

The saga eventually died down as billionaire, Aliko Dangote even called up both titans and settled the rift. The two were seen taking pictures together.

Tiwa Savage and Teebillz Porce

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This year also saw celebrity couple Tiwa Savage and Tee Billzinvolved in one of the biggest scandals of the year. Tee Billz took to Instagram complaining about neglect, accused his wife of having flings with Dr. Sid, Don Jazzy and 2face Idibia, called his mother-in-law a witch and spoke about his fractured relationship with his father.

It was later revealed that he tried committing suicide on the same day.

In a tell-all interview exclusively released to Pulse, Tiwa Savage accused Tee Billz of neglect, drug use and infidelity.

However, on the present scene, it’s perceived that the two are working on their marriage and might just be getting back together soon.

Davido and baby mama, Sophia

Davido had tried to take his own daughter to Dubai on holiday but refused to take the mother along. This little incident quickly turned into a big issue.

Sophia, the mother of the child accused the pop star’s family of ‘baby napping’ and had quickly contacted her popular uncle, Dele Momodu.

Instantly, Davido and his family were accosted at the airport and were not allowed to fly until the case was settled.

Even after the truce was called between Davido’s family and Sophia Momodu’s family, the pop star has been taunting the veteran journalist and Ovation publisher Dele Momodu by calling out his name in his songs.

 

Wizkid and Binta Diallo’s Baby Daddy Drama…

Pop singer Wizkid has surely been in a lot of baby mama drama this year. Back in February, it was revealed that Wizkid had allegedly fathered a child with a Guinean woman named Binta Diamond Diallo who stays in America.

Despite the baby boy being named after him Wizkid swiftly denied fathering a child. Binta Diamond Diallo fired back by saying that Wizkid is a deadbeat dad who has not seen his son.

There has been no statement from Wizkid after that but the scandal did leave a mark on the pop star.

 

…Burna Boy too

It all started when a lady, named Uju Stella, accused the singer of allegedly impregnating and abandoning her.

Burna Boy, in response to the allegation, made a short video clip where he suggested he only slept with her once.

Uju Stella also claimed Burna Boy stormed her apartment, broke her door and threatened her after she made it public that she is with his child.

Uju Stella then proceeded to drag his mum into the drama accusing her of trying to get her terminate the pregnancy. It seemed as though Stella’s story could be questionable as she suddenly went underground with her claims.

Rahama Sadau Expelled From Kannywood

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According to the Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria, Sadau was expelled for featuring in a romantic music video by Jos born singer, ClassiQ. Her expulsion was considered by many as partial and sexist.

What seemed like a simple hug in a musical video has landed a rising star in trouble. Actors, directors, movie lovers and Twitter went into anintense conversation about the unexpected ban of Kannywood actress, RahamaSadau.

 

Emeka Ike Wants Estranged Wife Back

Popular Nollywood actor, Emeka Ike had been having a turbulent time with his marriage though he had keptit very well under wraps.

But his whole marital woes splashed into theheadlines when he went to court begging for his wife to return home.

His wife, Emma had sometime in 2015 approached the court to dissolve the 16 years union between her and the Nollywood actor on grounds of incessant battery. The actor had vehemently denied the allegation, and begged the court not to separate them, saying “I still love my wife’’. The issue is still in the courts.

Seun Egbegbe and Mobile Phone Theft

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Seun Egbegbe, Nollywood’sToyin Aimakhu’s ex-lover, was beaten to pulp by angry mob after he was caught with stolen brand new apple iPhones in Computer Village, Lagos.
According an eyewitness, “Egbegbe came inside Computer village with some guys in a jeep around 10:30am pretending that he wanted to buy 7 iPhone 6s and 2 iPhone 7 mobile phones.
Egbegbe went into the phone store ‘Kaalcech Innovations and Consultancy’ located on number 9 Medical Road, Computer Village, Ikeja and requested for nine iPhones, pretending to be ready for payment after the phones were delivered to him only for him to scram into the waiting jeep before the sales girl screamed for help”

The noise which attracted sympathizers, helped as they gave Egbegbe a hot chase and eventually caught up with him before he could find his way out of computer village. The angry mob pounced on him and gave him a merciless beating before the store owner, Mr. Kolawole Aleshinloye quickly informed the police who came and whisked him away to Area F Police station where he was detained.

Ovation Holds Green Carol

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The Ovation Group held its annual carol with a bang as Headies followed with its yearly award with Mr. Eazi winning the prestigious Next Rated Award.

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