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Pictures Of Hollywood Kerry Washington And her Nigerian NFL Player Husband

It came as quite a pleasant surprise to me when I came across a rather cute Nigerian attired family picture of what was labelled Actress Kerry Washington with her husband and kids.

I have not been an avid follower of the “Scandal” actress who plays Olivia Pope so the discovery of not just her marital status, but also the identity of her spouse took me as much by suprise as it would many Nigerians who would hitherto have been unaware of these details.

Washimgton tied the knot with football player Nnamdi Asomugha, after dating for 1 year.

The 42 year-old Scandal actress and the 36 year old San Francisco 49ers cornerback got married on June 24 2013 in Blaine County, Idaho.

Kerry became one of the most buzzed about actresses of 2012 with her breakout role as Olivia Pope on Scandal and her turn as an enslaved woman in Django Unchained.

Nnamdi was signed to the 49ers and previously played for the Oakland Raiders for eight seasons and the Philadelphia Eagles for another two.

Both Kerry and Nnamdi are dedicated activists and philanthropists. He has participated in the Clinton Global Initiative every year since 2009.


The couple have a daughter and two sons.

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Former Mayor Of Greenwich Buries Mum In Ibadan

The former mayor of Royal Borough of Greenwich Cllr Olugbenga Babatola recently exchanged the metropolitan streets of London for his ancient hometown of Ibadan in Oyo state, Nigeria to bury his mother, late Mrs Folashade Emily Babatola Olaniyi who sadly passed away last year at the ripe old he was age of 105

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The former mayor was accompanied by his wife Mrs Babatola

The funeral service and internment took place on Saturday 19th January 2019 at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Abudooro in Lagelu Local Government area of Ibadan after the service of songs at the deceased’s residence at Ori-Okuta, Wofun on Friday the 18th.

Guests were hosted at a reception at the Prof Emeritus Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, UCH, Ibadan

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Cllr Babatola and his siblings after the service of songs

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Ghanaian Credit Cards Scam Gang Jailed Following £1m Spending Spree

A gang who went on a £1 million spending spree in the West End during a credit card scam have been jailed.

Marcus Carter, 38, and his co-accused splashed out on Rolex and Cartier watches and kitted themselves out in Burberry, Gucci and Prada.

They browsed for luxury goods on mobile phones and tablet devices worth £126,000 and dined at restaurants such as Gaucho and the Dorchester Hotel.

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Carter along with Jeffrey Spencer, 35, and Frank Allan, 33, used details of old companies to secure huge lines of credit, then maxed out their American Express and Barclays cards.

Carter convinced ex-lovers Yaa Abrefa, 37, and Abena Frempong, 34, to allow their bank accounts to be used to process the fraudulent transactions. Frempong used the cards to buy high-end items which were exported to Ghana.

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Spending spree: Marcus Carter, Frank Allan and Jeffrey Spencer pose in their Rolex watches during a lavish meal out ( ES picture desk )

Between 2014 and 2016 Carter, Spencer and Allan posed as directors of lucrative companies to convince credit card chiefs they were doing business with big-time players.

They then supplied phoney accounts to Companies House to make it look like they were successful traders, Southwark crown court heard last Friday.

Staff at American Express eventually became suspicious and contacted the City of London Police’s Fraud Squad. Addison Lee taxi journeys led to their identification.

Carter, also known as Marcus Boahene-Coabbina, was sentenced to seven years and two months after admitting conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to acquire criminal property.

Spencer, aka Victor Templar-Quarshie, of South Norwood, and Allan, aka Frank Templar-Quarshie, also of South Norwood, were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to acquire criminal property and failing to disclose the PIN to their phones.

They were jailed for nine years and seven years and nine months respectively. All were disqualified from being a company director. Abrefa, of Thornton Heath, and Frempong, of Petts Wood, were convicted of conspiracy to acquire criminal property.

They were given suspended 18-month and 12-month prison sentences and ordered to carry out unpaid work.

The prosecution is seeking Proceeds of Crime Act orders to remove any financial benefit the gang gained during the fraud.

Tragic Case Of Camberwell Stabbing Victim Who Died After Falling On Knife In Her Own Bag During Fight With Ex Boyfriend

A teenage girl died after falling onto a knife during a struggle with her ex-boyfriend, a court has heard.

Katerina Makunova, 17, was found slumped in a block of flats in Brisbane Street, Camberwell, last July and died from a stab wound.

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The teen, from Forest Hill, had been described as a “loving ambitious” girl by her brother.

Oluwaseyi Dada, also of Brisbane Street, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Wednesday at the Old Bailey.

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The court heard the pair had been in a relationship that had recently deteriorated.

In tragic circumstances, the court heard how Ms Makunova fell onto a knife after an altercation began between the pair.

On July 12, Ms Makunova and Dada went onto the lobby of a block of flats where Dada lived. According to police, “a struggle began”.

Police said: “During the course of this altercation both of them fell, but unfortunately Katrina was carrying a knife in her handbag

“Katrina fell onto the handbag, causing the knife to pierce the bag and then stab Katrina in the chest.”

Officers arrived to the scene, at about 12.15pm, and found Dada desperately administering CPR to Ms Makunova.

Despite the efforts of paramedics and Dada, she was pronounced dead at the scene an hour later.

A post mortem examination took place and gave cause of death as a single stab wound.

Detective Inspector Domenica Catino of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “A young woman has lost her life and my thoughts are with her family and friends, who have been devastated by Katrina’s death.

“This is another young person who has been killed as a result of a knife and we need our communities to work with the police to end this scourge.”

Her sister-in-law Shannon Jodie-Leigh Butcher said the whole family were “heartbroken and devastated”.

“I would like her to be remembered as a young, joyful and beautiful girl,” she added. “She was bright, confident, always smiling.

Dada will be sentenced on Tuesday, January 29.

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Team Of Researchers Granted WHO Funding To Research Improved Prevention And Treatment Of Malaria In Pregnant Women In Nigeria

A team of  researchers have received a substantial World Health Organisation (WHO) research grant funding to conduct implementation research and training work to improve the prevention and treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy in Nigeria.

Led by Professor Dilly Anumba, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The University of Sheffield, United kingdom, the team will be working with researchers at the Babcock University and Teaching Hospital, Ogun State Nigeria, and “rippling out” to the University of Benin and Teaching Hospital, Benin City Nigeria and the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria.

The WHO estimates that 216 million cases of malaria occurred in 2016, 90% in Africa, with 445,000 deaths. Malaria contributes to ~16% of premature births, miscarriage and stillbirth, and up to 11% of maternal deaths in affected areas. There are more deaths from Malaria in Nigeria than in any other country in the world, with over 100 million cases and more than 300,000 deaths annually.

According to Professor Anumba, “Our work will enable needed focus on the vulnerable populations of pregnant women and their unborn and born children, key strategies towards the eventual elimination of malaria from sub-Sahara Africa”

Professor Anumba is an expert Clinical Academic in Women’s Healthcare, with Teaching, Training and Research portfolios. This he combines with being a Medicolegal Expert Witness RCOG Training Programme Supervisor, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Sheffield TeachingHospitals.

The University of Benin Teaching Hospital graduate is also Postgraduate Lead, Academic Board of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, United Kingdom.

In 2017, the prof was part of a team of Doctors and scientists from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield that used pioneering technology to develop and test new device that could predict onset of premature labour. The project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Medical Research Council (MRC).

Promising Young Footballer In Court Over New Year’s Day Assault

A 23 year old has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm by detectives investigating an assault on a woman in Clapham High Street on New Year’s Day at

Andrew Akingbaje, 23 (02.03.1995) of Poplar Road, Brixton, has also been charged with two counts of assault by beating against two other women alleged to have taken place during the same incident.

He will appear in custody at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on 3 January.

The vicious and shocking New Year’s day attack happened outside the club, which had hosted an event called ‘Galaxy Gala 2019 – New Year’s Eve at Lotus’, with tickets costing up to £40.

Akingbaje repeatedly punched and threw his victim, Krystal Mission to the ground in
the violence which was one of several separate incidents in London on New Year’s Day, which also saw a bouncer for a party at a Mayfair townhouse stabbed to death.

In a night of bloodshed, a woman in her early thirties was also killed at a home in Camberwell, south London, in an unrelated stabbing.

The two unrelated murders followed London’s deadliest year in a decade, which saw 134 killings recorded by Scotland Yard, including 24 victims aged up to 19

Past History

Akingbaje was a PROMISING young footballer whose career was cut short after he was jailed for selling drugs as a 19 year old teenager in 2014. He would take the train down from London and peddle crack cocaine and heroin to users on the streets of Southsea.

He set up shop at the home of ‘vulnerable’ local Martin Beech in Harrow Road and would advertise his drugs on a BlackBerry on his journey down. He was jailed for two years and six months in a young offenders’ institution.

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Former Tottenham Hotspur prospect Andrew Akingbaje, 21, is set to join Accrington Stanley for pre-season when they return from their summer break.

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Andrew, who plays left or right wing, caught the eye of PFSA Founder David Hobson at our trials last year, who has since been able to arrange various opportunites for him.

After joining Peckham Town in February, he went on to score 10 goals in less than four months with the Kent County League side, in a bid to keep his fitness up ahead of trials next season.

“I’m thankful to everyone at Peckham for giving me the chance and taking me in,” said Andrew, “It was a great opportunity for me to keep match fit and score some goals.”

Despite now doing well for himself, Andrew hasn’t always been the model footballer and was released from Spurs after two seasons due to his code of conduct.

“I was young and had a poor attitude,” he said, “I used to turn up late to matches and to training, I thought I’d made it already. If I could go back and have my time again I’d definitely do things differently.”

But since attending UK Football Trials, he’s managed to turn his football career around, with the support of his family and David Hobson.

He said: “David has been amazing for me. He has been a mentor, a coach and has made an impact on my football in a massive way and I’m grateful for that.

“Obviously the support from my family has been huge as well, their support is massive and they have been a big influence on me.”

He added, “You know, sometimes you wake up in the morning and you don’t feel like training or you don’t feel like playing, but they don’t let you forget that they are there and I have to go and do it for them.”

Andrew has also received interest from Charlton Athletic, who will monitor the situation with Accrington before deciding on their next move.

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Looks like all those huge opportunities are just gone to waste.

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Bright East London Teenager Wins £76k Scholarship To Top A-Levels School

A bright teenager will be swapping Canning Town for a sleepy village in Surrey after winning a £76,000 scholarship to a top fee-paying sixth form, east London newspaper, NewhamRecorder reports.

Sukai Secka, 15, takes up her places at Cranleigh School to study A-levels in English literature, politics and history next September.

Notable alumni at the independent school include film director Patrick Marber, former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and Conservative MP Adam Holloway.

Sukai who completed her year 10 work experience at top London law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner, was supported through the application process with writing personal statements, applications, preparing for entrance exams and selection interview by the Eastside Young Leaders’ Academy (EYLA).

Sukai, who wants be a politician, was offered a place after coming through a gruelling series of assessments and interviews.

She said: “I can’t wait to get to my new school and start shaking things up a little bit. It is a very white and middle/upper-class environment.

“I got on very well with the students on my assessment day because they are all very motivated to do well, I am like that too.

“I am also different to them because I grew up in east London which is quite a tough place and has lots of diversity.

“The reason I think they accepted me was because I offer a very different perspective on life to their current students.

“Everyone should know how to mix with a diverse range of people.”

Sukai follows in the footsteps of former pupils Iyanuoluwa Agbedejobi and Teniola Akinola who have won places at fee paying schools.

Iyanuoluwa took up a £76,000 a year place at Wellington College in 2017 while Teniola joined City of London Freemen’s School last September on a £30,000 scholarship.

Iyanuoluwa Agbedejobi, studied A Levels in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry at Wellington College and planned to go on to read chemical engineering at Oxford University.

Teniola Akinola, is studying A-levels in history, physics and chemistry.

She was awarded the scholarship having been recommended for a place by youth charity Eastside Young Leader Academy.

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Headteacher Stephen Gillatt said: “Like Iyanuoluwa and Teniola before her, Sukai has set the bar for other students to follow.

“As headteacher at this school I can tell you there is no shortage of intelligence or ambition. What we are instilling in our students is the confidence and belief that they can achieve.

“This is now the third year in a row the school have sent students to top fee-paying schools. We want our students to see the success of their peers and be inspired.”