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Headies Award 2018, Arsenal Vs Burnley, MET Gala trend on Google Search



Headies Award 2018 and Arsenal Vs Burnley match lead this week’s Google most searched item in Nigeria.



Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google’s Communications & Public Affairs Manager, West Africa, disclosed this in a dispatch on Wednesday in Lagos.


According to him, “Over the weekend, the 2018 Headies Awards were held at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos.


“The annual awards, now in their 12th edition, saw Davido lead the recipients list with four awards, including artist and song of the year. Wizkid followed with three awards, while Simi won the album of the year.


Fans raced to Google to see the full award list, making ‘ Headies Award 2018’ a top trending term.” he stated.



The Google Communications Manager said that Arsenal Vs Burnley match trended because Arsenal gave Arsene Wenger a memorable farewell with a 5-0 win against Burnley in his last home game as the London club’s manager in the ongoing English Premier League on Sunday.


He said, “Arsenal is now in sixth place in the Premier League, which means its place in Europa League group stage is secure for the next season. Burnley, meanwhile, will finish seventh.


“This game was Wenger’s 606th and final home game in charge of Arsenal and also the 27th time his team have won by five or more goals on home soil.



Kola-Ogunlade, said that Met Gala was another top trended story this week.


According to him, “Met Gala is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City and also marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit.


“The 2018 MET Gala, held on the first Monday in May, was themed ‘ Heavenly Bodies — Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’.


“The event was graced by celebrities including Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, Madonna, Solange, and Rihanna. All wore stunning Catholic-inspired ensembles on the red carpet.


“As the show aired, fans and viewers took to Google to see what everyone was wearing, making ‘Met Gala 2018’ a top trending term,” he added.



The Communications Manager said that, Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson, Former Manchester United manager sudden rush to Salford Royal Hospital on Saturday after reportedly suffering a brain haemorrhage made Google search this week.


The 76 year old is now in intensive care after undergoing emergency brain surgery.


Ferguson reportedly asked his son how Doncaster Rovers had fared in their final game of the season after waking up from his surgery. Unfortunately, they lost the game by 1-0.


His former club Manchester United, as well as football fans around the globe, have shown great support following his surgery wishing him a speedy recovery.

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Channels TV Reporter Dies in Yobe



Jonathan Gopep, Channels TV reporter in Yobe state, is dead. He died after a brief illness at Yobe State Specialist Hospital, Damaturu on Thursday.


Aged 47 years, the late Gopep was a graduate of Mass Communication from University of Maiduguri.


Late Gopep who was a reporter of Yobe State Television (YTV) joined Channels Television out of passion, at the peak of Boko Haram insurgency.


He was described by his colleagues as an excellent reporter and a perfect gentleman.


Our correspondent also gathered that he was managing himself for two weeks after being diagnosed with liver infection.


“Two days ago, his health condition continued deteriorating. He was rushed to the hospital this afternoon where he died few hours later,” his neighbour, Musa M Buba disclosed.

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Omoge Campus, Nollywood Actress Dies in Canada



Aisha Abimbola, Nollywood actress

Aisha Abimbola, Nollywood actress, popular for her role in Omoge Campus, is dead, after reportedly battling with cancer.


QED which broke the news said that the 46-year-old died in Canada on Tuesday and that the death was confirmed by fellow actress, Bisola Badmus, on Instagram on Wednesday.


“Gone so soon RIP omogecampus,” Bisola wrote.


Abimbola shot into limelight with her role in the Bola Igida’s Omoge Campus.


Before then, she had featured in Eje Adegbenro, a film produced by Jide Kosoko.


She was also popular for her roles in TV series such as Papa Ajasco and Company, Super Story and Awerijaiye.


Aisha was a recipient of the City People Entertainment Award for Yoruba Movie Personality of the Year.


Her death comes almost two years after the death of fellow actress, Moji Olaiya, who also died in Canada on May 17, 2017.

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StarTimes, SOS Children’s Villages Join Forces to Empower African Youth



Digital Television Company StarTimes Media and SOS Children’s Villages International have signed in Nairobi (Kenya) a Memorandum of Understanding (‘MOU’) that will see the two organizations partner towards supporting vulnerable families and children, with an emphasis on empowering youth in light of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (‘SDGs’).

The MOU will see StarTimes support SOS Children’s Villages programmes in over ten African countries specifically in broadening local learning opportunities and extending diverse experiences to young people from SOS Children’s Villages programmes.

This will include technical and vocational skills training and mentorship, alongside driving access to digital television in SOS Children’s Villages programmes and benefitting from media exposure on the StarTimes platform.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Mr. William Masy, StarTimes Group Overseas Public Relations Director, noted that the brand made a commitment to empowering youth during the YouthConnekt Africa Summit in Rwanda in 2017.

The SOS Children’s Villages partnership represents a step forward towards facilitating the entry of youth into the job market and giving them the means to create a sustainable future for themselves and society.

“StarTimes Group is committed towards empowering youth and facilitating their entry, growth and development through availing themselves of mentorship and training opportunities. This partnership with SOS Children’s Villages is therefore very strategic, as we look forward towards imparting knowledge and skills to the next generation of our leaders,” noted Mr. Masy.

In this context, SOS Children’s Villages will share resources, skills and knowledge as far as youth employability and capacity building is concerned towards the implementation of the MOU.

For young people in alternative care, their first job is not only the first step towards independence. For them, their first job is a matter of survival – the difference between an independent life lived with dignity and a life plagued with further difficulty.

In Africa, 200 million people are aged between 15 and 24 years, comprising more than 20% of the total population. Demographic rates are growing fast, which will increase the pressure countries face in terms of job creation. Of this, youth make up 37% of the working-age population, but 60% of the total number of unemployed.

Ms. Shubha Murthi, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of SOS Children’s Villages International, commented: “Partnerships make our work possible. We can only accomplish what we do for children, young people and families thanks to the generosity, commitment and amplification of our message by corporate partners such as StarTimes.

In East and Southern Africa, SOS Children’s Villages works closely with a wide range of companies and partners who have a vested interest in improving the lives of the communities they are working in. As a result, the impact of our work is stronger and more sustainable.”

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