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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Are 'Madly in Love,

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are the real deal! After nearly two short months of dating, a source close to the "Ain't Your Mama" singer told ET on Wednesday that the two have fallen for each other fast. 
"Jennifer and Alex are madly in love," the source revealed. "They are the real thing."
The pair made their official red carpet debut as a couple on Monday at fashion's biggest night, the Met Gala in New York City. Lopez, 47, wore a stunning powder blue Valentino gown, while Rodriguez, 41, complemented her look in a black-and-navy tuxedo with Harry Winston Premier Diamond Cufflinks.

"Everyone who saw them on Monday night could see how super into each other they are. They didn't leave each other's side for a minute," the source continued. "Wherever Jennifer went, Alex followed. They only had eyes for each other." But don't expect Lopez and the former MLB pro to be walking down the aisle anytime soon -- the…

Ghana to host the 6th Innovation Prize for Africa

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) in collaboration with the Government of Ghana, represented by the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), and Ghana 60 Years On Planning Committee wish to announce that Ghana will host the most celebrated innovation event in Africa, the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) in Accra in July 2017 (dates to be confirmed soon). 

The decision to host IPA in Ghana has received the highest endorsement from H.E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana, who will deliver the keynote address during the Awards ceremony.

Ghana’s selection as host country for IPA 2017 comes as a result of its commitment towards consolidating a thriving national innovation ecosystem. In its 60 years of independence, Ghana has been an example of progressive successes that have made the country and its advancements marketable and well respected globally.  With the presence of w…

Book: Obama proposed to another woman before Michelle

Barack Obama proposed to a serious girlfriend before he met his eventual wife Michelle, according to a new biography of the former president. 
The book – "Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama" by David J. Garrow – was reviewed Wednesday in The Washington Post. The review details the book's assessment of Obama's relationship with Sheila Miyoshi Jager, who is now a professor at Oberlin College in Ohio. 
Jager told Garrow that Obama asked her to marry her in the winter of 1986. Jager's parents objected to the union, believing her to be too young, as she was in her early 20s and two years younger than Obama. 
Their romance continued, but Jaeger says his political ambitions got in the way. Possessed by a sense that he was destined to a life in politics, and could even become the first African-American president, she says race soon cast a shadow over their relationship. 
"I remember very clearly when this transformation happened, and I remember very spec…

FBI head 'nauseous' over his possible sway on US election

FBI Director James Comey has said it makes him "mildly nauseous" to think that he could have had an impact on the US presidential election.
But Mr Comey said he thought concealing the discovery of new Hillary Clinton emails would have been "catastrophic".
The comments came during a Senate panel on FBI oversight, in which Mr Comey faced tough questions about his inquiry into Mrs Clinton's private email use. 
Mr Comey added that "even in hindsight I would make the same decision".
The remarks are the FBI chief's first public explanation of why he reopened an investigation into Mrs Clinton's use of a private email server just days before last November's presidential election.  
"It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election," Mr Comey said on Wednesday.
"But, honestly, it wouldn't change the decision."
Mr Comey added that failing to inform Congress would have been an "act o…

14-member committee approved to select a film to represent Ghana at the Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved a 14-member committee to select a film to represent Ghana at the 90th Oscars which will run in 2018.
Following the guidelines of the Academy, the committee is tasked to select from open submissions one film to be the official film from Ghana at the awards.
In 1969, Algeria became the first African country to win an Academy Award, this was followed in 1976 by Ivory Coast with the film Black and White in Color.
African countries and films represented at the Academy Awards in the past have included Tsotsi from South Africa, Lamb from Ethiopia, Timbuktu from Mauritania. South Africa, Ivory Coast, Algeria and Mauritania went ahead to win foreign language Oscars.
Leila Djansi, who spearheaded the committee selection and submission to the Academy explained the motivation behind the move saying :”Since 2011, Films from Ghana and made by Ghanaians have successfully travelled the festival circuit by merit, with 2016 being our …

Nigeria's ailing President Buhari misses third cabinet meeting

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has missed his third cabinet meeting in a row amid ongoing questions about the state of his health. 
There are concerns about a leadership vacuum as one of Africa's largest economies struggles to pulls itself out of recession, correspondents say.
Information Minister Lai Mohammed said Mr Buhari "needed to rest". 
In March, Mr Buhari returned from seven weeks of sick leave in the UK where he was treated for an undisclosed illness. 
When he returned home he said he had never been so ill in his life. 
To calm fears, the president's wife Aisha Buhari tweeted on Tuesday that her husband was not as sick as is being perceived. 
But as he has not been seen in public for more than a week, Nigerians are continuing to discuss the issue.
In her tweets, Mrs Buhari said that the president was continuing to "carry out his responsibilities" and has been meeting with ministers.  
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who was the acting presiden…

Michelle Obama takes a swipe at Trump for ending her girls' education program

Michelle Obama just knows how to be classy in all she does, even when it involves calling someone out. The former first lady has shared a photo indirectly letting Trump know that there's no stopping what she has started, even if he succeeds in doing it on an administrative level.

Yesterday, CNN obtained an internal document which revealed that President Donald Trump will discontinue a signature girls' education initiative championed by Michelle Obama when she was the First lady of the United States. The initiative, called "Let Girls Learn" was started by Michelle and Barack Obama in 2015 to facilitate educational opportunities for young girls in developing countries.

Hours after CNN reported on the change by the Obama administration, the White House backtracked and said the program had not changed.

Minutes ago, Michelle shared a photo of her with some young girls and her caption looks like it was directed at the Trump administration, almost as though she w…

Brad Pitt Gets Candid About 'Boozing Too Much,' 'Stoner Days' and the 'Bittersweet' Feeling of Getting Sober

Actor Brad Pitt became quite reclusive following his separation from Angelina Jolie, but he recently came out of his shell for an interview with US GQ Style. He revealed quite a lot during the interview, which is his first since the couple announced their separation.

The former sexiest man alive revealed that he drank so much and became a professional at it to the extent that it damaged his relationship and ripped his family apart.

He, therefore, concluded that the split was "self-inflicted". According to him, he could drink a "Russian under the table with his own Vodka". Speaking of his addiction to alcohol, the father-of-six said:
"I was a professional. I was good. I was boozing too much. It’s just become a problem. And I’m really happy it’s been half a year now, which is bittersweet, but I’ve got my feelings in my fingertips again."
He added: "I mean, we have a winery. I enjoy wine very, very much, but I just ran it to the ground. I had t…

I Never Said Ghanaians Don’t Have Common Sense; It’s A Propaganda Against Me – DKB

Ghana’s King of Comedy, Derick Kobina Bonney, popularly known as DKB has received a few bashing by Ghanaians who claim the comedian disrespected them by saying “they don’t have common sense”.

The comedian has responded to these claims and said he make the statement to deter some media people who are trying to destroy the goodwill of Ghcomedy.

“What happened was, some media people disrespected Gh comedy on air and online over its achievements and I responded to them. But my response was misconstrued to mean I was talking to the whole country.

It was them(media people) I was referring to; that if they still don’t find us funny and will willingly destroy Ghcomedy after all we have achieved which they’ve seen and heard then they don’t have common sense. He explained.

“I am never in the position to say Ghanaians don’t have common sense. I respect Ghanaians a lot and if it hadn’t been for their support for comedy, the industry wouldn’t be where it is today. Without them (Ghanaia…

Arnold Schwarzenegger photobombs tourists in Paris

Arnold Schwarzenegger stole the limelight from a group of tourists in the French capital, Paris. The Terminator star couldn't resist diving in front of the Thai visitors as they were posing for a group shot in front of the Eiffel Tower.
On a bike, in dark glasses, shorts and a camouflage jacket, the actor was understandably unrecognisable to them. 
He later thanked them on Instagram for "letting me crash your photo!"
One of the Thai group later said on Pantip that he and his companions were about to smile broadly for the snap when someone "rode his bike in front of our shot".

The tourist, posting as Y-G2006, added: "I thought to myself, 'Hey, what a badass!'"
He also said he and his group had no idea at the time who the photobomber was. 
It was only down to their guide shouting "Arnold" once Schwarzenegger had ridden off - accompanied by bodyguards on cycles and motorbikes - that they realised who they had been dealing with.
Schwarzeneg…

Facebook hires 3,000 to review content

Facebook is hiring 3,000 people for its "community operations team", to help stop hate speech, child abuse and self-harm being broadcast on the website.
Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said it had been "heartbreaking" to see people "hurting themselves and others" in videos streamed live on Facebook.
He added he would make reporting problematic videos easier.
The move follows cases of murder and suicide being broadcast live on the social network.
In April, a man was killed in a video streamed live on Facebook. Later in the same month, a Thai man killed his baby daughter and then himself in a live stream.
Mr Zuckerberg said the additional staff, joining the 4,500 existing people on the community operations team, would help the company respond more quickly when content was reported.
In a post on his Facebook profile, he said the company would develop new tools to manage the millions of content reports it received every week.
"We're going to make it…

[Photos]: Police Officer Assaults Taxi Driver, Stripping Him Naked

A policeman stationed at the Anyaa police station in Accra, Gabriel Tabiri, went berserk Tuesday by physically assaulting a taxi driver for allegedly jumping red traffic light.
The cab driver Kwabena Danso, who is traumatized, was disgraced in the open by the peacemaker with service number 36832. The officer allegedly accosted him at a Fuel Station after allegedly jumping the light and ended up tearing apart his clothing.
“Frequent users of that Anyaa stretch of the highway know that particular traffic light is faulty. It is usually on amber or switches to red and within a blink of an eye it turns green then amber then red,” Danso explained to Starrfmonline.com and has been corroborated by drivers who use that road often.
“I was surprised the police officer came all the way to the filling station and said I was under arrest. I explained to him that the light doesn’t work and it’s a fact and even pointed it to him, but he insisted I have flouted traffic regulations.
“He kept pre…

Sonnie Badu honoured with Key to City of Brooklyn

Multiple award winner and ace gospel musician Sonnie Badu has been honoured in the U.S with the Key to the City of Brooklyn, New York.
The London-based singer, received three awards; the Key to the City of Brooklyn, New York by the President of Borough of Brooklyn, Eric L. Adams the Dr of Divinity by CICA International University and Seminary Houston and the UN Ambassador CDSE Commander of most Distinguished Order of special Envoy.
Overwhelmed by the honours  Sonnie Badu said, “Never went to university, but determination held my hands. Today, we have written 15 books, and God has honored us… The world has honored us, America has honored us, and Africa has honoured us.”
“I am still reading about the new office I have assumed and meehhhnnn. All this, over 21 years in ministry has been worth it. The pain, the hurt, the accusations have been worth it.
“I now understand the saying “No Pain, No Pain” and “No test, no testimony….now to you reading this …..I declare to you, that you w…

Annie~Joy writes: Why Rampant Divorce In Marriage. #BeInspired!

This bond was set from the time of creation. In the pre-historic days when GOD, the Supreme Being, created all things and on the last day created man, He joined both man and woman together in a bond which is termed as marriage today. The traits continue since then till date. Now, my explanation for marriage is, an intimate, legal and complementing union between a man and a woman, in which these two become physically and spiritually one in life. 
In this case, I can confidently say, any union which is not physical or spiritual between a man and a woman cannot be termed as marriage. Marriage is when a man and a woman stand before God and the universe and each proclaims and signs legally that this is the man or the woman I have chosen to spend the rest of my entire life with. You the man or the woman have totally denied all proposal from various points just to be with that one person and which is strongly accepted. I would move straight to talk about DIVORCE IN MARRIAGE. 
A lot of exercise…

Video: Kenyan man wins $2 million with $2 football bet

A lucky Kenyan man, Samuel Abisai has won more than $2million (£1.5m) for correctly predicting 17 football matches in a competition run by betting company SportPesa. The payout is set to be one of the biggest in Africa. A statement from SportPesa says its CEO Ronald Karauri called the winner who was already celebrating.
The CEO advised the winner, who was screaming, to end his night out, to which he said, ‘I’m going home right away'. "
It also said the winner placed $2 on two mega jackpot picks in which he had to predict the outcomes of 17 games selected by SportPesa. 
He plans to give some of his winnings back to society, including supporting his local football team in the western region of Kakamega.
"I think I am not going to bet again," Mr Abisai told journalists in Nairobi.
The company's boss Ronald Karauri led a convoy, including a stretch limousine, to pick up Mr Abisai from his home in the small town of Thika 45km (27 miles) north-east of the capital, N…

OFFICIAL: Shatta wale, M.anifest, Davido, FALZ, Tiwa Savage for Ghana Meets Naija 2017

The 7th edition of Empire Entertainment’s annual West African concert Ghana Meets Naija was launched this afternoon at uniBank Ghana’s Kokomemle offices.
Among performers for this year’s edition are Shatta Wale and M.anifest for Ghana, while Davido ,”Bahd Guy” Falz, and MAVIN diva Tiwa Savage represent the Green-White-Green. As has been the situation every year,  patrons will also be treated to outstanding surprise  performances.

EIB jockeys Nii Ayi, DJ Vyrusky, and  DJ Lord mann the decks as official DJs. They’ll be supported by Nigerian counterpart DJ OB.


Pana man Tekno, widely speculated to appear this year, cannot make it as he’s reportedly treating an ailment, organisers say.
The concert is at this point,  the biggest West African show, and has always seen massive patronage because of the expert organisation as well as the tall list of top African acts it parades with every edition
This year, organisers promise a “golden experience” and the night has banking giant uniBank as…

Prince William Calls Kate Topless Photo Scandal 'Painful' Reminder of Princess Diana's Death, Asks for $1.9 Million in Damages

Prince William called the 2012 publication of topless photos of his wife Princess Kate "shocking" in a prepared statement read in the trial against six individuals involved with the images on Monday, reported the BBC.
William said in the statement - read by his lawyer Jean Veil - that the long-lens photographs were "all the more painful" because of "the harassment" that led to his own mother Princess Diana's death in a 1997 car crash.
"The clandestine way in which these photographs were taken was particularly shocking to us as it breached our privacy," the statement said, according to the BBC.

William and Kate were vacationing in Provence, France, when the images were taken. They were printed in French magazine Closer, while photos of Kate in a bikini were published by newspaper La Provence.
Among those on trial are Closer's editor, and two agency photographers accused of taking the images.
At the time, the St. James's Palace …

'Stop looking for famous people to influence your children' - Amber Rose warns parents

Amber Rose is fed up with people telling her that she doesn't live a life worth emulating for kids and she's not a good role model. In a candid piece shared on her Instagram page, after a parent told her that she wasn't a good role model for her teenage daughter, she took to her page to tell parents to stop looking for famous people to influence their kids. She wrote:

Photo : Sandra Ankobiah Visits White House

Ghanaian celebrity lawyer, Sandra Ankobiah visited White House, the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States, located in Washington and met some top officials of President Donald Trump’s administration.

The beautiful lawyer and entrepreneur is in the USA to participate in the 2017 edition of Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Program.

The program provides participants with unique opportunities to develop their management and business skills while gaining experience in the U.S. business and non-profit environment.

Sandra completed the one week orientation program where she attended leadership workshops and other business organization and development skills.

She also got the opportunity to go to the White House and met two of Donald Trump’s Deputy National Security Advisers; K.T. McFarland and Dina Habib Powell. She also met Ivanka Trump who doubles as US president’s daughter and assistant as well as meeting Kellyanne Conway …

Exam revision students 'should smell rosemary for memory'

With the exam season approaching and revision under way, university researchers have suggested that the smell of rosemary could enhance memory.
A study found that pupils working in a room with the aroma of rosemary, in the form of an essential oil, achieved 5% to 7% better results in memory tests.
Mark Moss from Northumbria University said the findings were consistent with tests on adults. Dr Moss said the study supported traditional beliefs about rosemary.
He said that rosemary had been associated with memory for hundreds of years. 
Ancient Greek students wore garlands of rosemary in exams - and Ophelia, in Shakespeare's play Hamlet, says: "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance."
Herb power
The study, to be presented this week at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society, will back the "received wisdom" that rosemary can assist memory.
In the tests carried out by Dr Moss and Victoria Earle, 40 pupils aged 10 and 11 carried out a …

Janet Jackson Plans to Bring Baby Eissa on Tour, and Will Start 'Rigorously Dieting,' Source Says

Janet Jackson is getting ready for her big comeback. The 50-year-old singer told fans on Monday about her plans to continue her tour -- formerly known as Unbreakable, the name of her latest album, though she's now decided to call it The State of the World Tour -- after taking a break last year due to her pregnancy. A source close to the Jackson family now tells ET that Jackson is planning to tour with her almost four-month old son, Eissa.

Last month, news broke that Jackson and her estranged husband, Wissam Al Mana, have split. 
"She will be in court to flesh out the dissolution of her marriage," the source says. "Touring with baby Eissa could be a possible problem but she's hoping it's not."
The source says her older brother, Randy Jackson, will be with her on tour to help take care of his nephew. 
"He's her primary source of emotional support and may be the perfect guardian for her son while she's on tour," the source adds.
Acco…

Nominations Open For The 2017 Premium Bank Ghana Startup Awards

The African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE) in partnership with Premium Bank Ghana Ltd have opened nominations for 2017 edition of the prestigious Ghana Startup Awards.

The awards which was launched last year has being geared towards celebrating ambitious and indigenous start-up businesses making impact, contributing to economic growth, meeting social needs and putting Ghana on the global economic map.

Winners of the Awards aside the award plaques will receive various kinds of business support from Premium Bank through its HelpStation initiative.

Nomination is opened till the 12th of May, 2017 and can be made through www.thestartupnetwork.org/nomination

Categories up for nomination include: Agriculture, Education, Fashion, Finance, Health, Manufacturing, Multimedia & Tourism, Processing, Social Enterprise, Technology, Startup Entrepreneur of the Year, Startup of the Year, Student Startup of the Year and Non-Ghanaian Startup of the Year.

Notable winners from last year’s awa…

‘Battleground’ Starring Joke Silva And Others Premieres On Africa Magic

DStv viewers can catch the newest Nigerian telenovela, Battleground, showing exclusively on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv 151) every weeknight at 7pm.

Produced for Africa Magic by Ace filmmaker and pioneer Tinsel producer, Femi Odugbemi, Battleground tells the intriguing story of the Bhadmus family and its patriarch Chief, a man whose desire for power, fame and influence leads to dire consequences for his family and business.

The Director, M-Net West Africa, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, said: “Battleground is an exciting new telenovela that shows how the combination of love, lust, greed and power ultimately results in a powerful story with different, ripple effects for everyone involved.”

Battleground follows the success of Africa Magic’s recently concluded telenovela Hush and the launch of new shows included the sitcom My Flatmates and Jemeji, another telenovela.  ”Battleground is yet again another example of Africa Magic’s continued investment in the African film and television indus…