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Burkina Faso beat Tunisia 2-0 to reach Afcon semi-finals

Burkina Faso scored a late brace to beat Tunisia 2-0 and reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.
Substitute Aristide Bance scored with a low drive from a free-kick only five minutes after coming off the bench.
Prejuce Nakoulma made sure of the victory on the counter-attack, after Tunisia had thrown everyone forward, rounding the goalkeeper 40 yards out before slotting into an empty net.
The Stallions will face either Morocco or Egypt in the last four on Wednesday.
It is now three wins from their three quarter-finals appearances for Burkina Faso, who last reached this stage in 2013 when they finished as losing finalists.
For the first time they secured a quarter-final win in normal time although until Bance's intervention, which finally broke Tunisia's resistance, it appeared as though extra-time was to be required again.
The Burkinabe had the clearest chances of the first half, Nakoulma fired over from 12 yards over and Bertrand Traore was unlucky with a chip that hi…

Funke Akindele voted 2016 Most Influential Young Nigerian

Leading Nigerian Actress and Producer Funke Akindele has been voted as the 2016 Most Influential Young Nigerian in a public ranking poll by reputable rating establishment, Avance Media.
Funke Akindele who plays a lead role in the TV series Jenifa’s Diary in 2016 made lot of waves in the entertainment industry swept more accolades as she also got voted the 2016 Most Influential Young Nigerian in the Entertainment Industry as well as the Most Influential Young Nigerian lady on the ranking.
The ranking which features 100 young Nigerians between the ages of 15 to 40 was launched by Avance Media in 2016 and drew participation from over 80 countries from across the world who voted for the 100 nominees to make up the final ranking.
Following Funke keenly on the ranking are Blogger Linda Ikeji, Motivational Speaker Jimi Tewe, Tara Fela Durutoye and John Obidi
Below are also the Young Nigerians voted as the Most Influential in their various categories related to their field of work:

I still polish Lawrence Tetteh's shoes and irons his shirts says Sonnie Badu

UK based Ghanaian Gospel artist Sonnie Badu has affirmed asserts by Reverend Lawrence Tetteh, originator and President of the Worldwide Miracle Outreach (WMO) that he gave him his first global introduction. 
Days back, reports surfaced online that the righteous man had "gloated" about giving Sonnie Badu his first universal introduction and that clearly intends no damage to Sonnie Badu since it is valid.

As checked by Ghana's Hub For Pop Culture and Urban excitement News –, Sonnie Badu who has been caught up with visiting the world with his service attested the remarks by Lawrence Tetteh, who he alludes to as "father".

As per him, the remarks are "genuine" and that he keeps on cleaning his shoes and irons his shirts at whatever point he is with him.

This was to put to rest calls and inquiries put to him by various media houses.

In a post, Sonnie Badu stated, "despite everything I clean his shoes and iron his shirts when I am with h…

Photos: Rihanna visits school children in Malawi

International superstar, Rihanna went to a school in Lilongwe, Malawi on Thursday Jan. 26th. The 28-year-old pop star visited the classrooms and met with the understudies amid her philanthropy stumble in the interest of her Clara Lionel Foundation.

She was likewise in the African nation filling in as the ambassador for foundations Global Citizen and the Global Partnership for Education. Rihanna established CLF in 2012 to pay tribute to her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.

As indicated by her, 'cooperating, I know we can open up our endeavors and guarantee that a great many youngsters access to education all around'.

Through a multi-year organization, Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), universal support bunch Global Citizen and GPE crusade cooperate to ensure the world's poorest kids have an opportunity to better themselves.

Australian Open 2017: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams to set Grand Slam record

Serena Williams beat sister Venus in straight sets to win her seventh Australian Open and an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title.
Serena, 35, won 6-4 6-4 to pass Steffi Graf in the all-time list of major winners since the Grand Slams accepted professional players in 1968.
The American regains the number one ranking from German Angelique Kerber.
Australia's Margaret Court, with 24, is the only player still ahead of Serena in terms of Grand Slam singles titles.
"Congratulations Serena on number 23," said Venus, who at 36 is the oldest Australian Open finalist in the Open era.
"I have been right there with you, some of them I lost right there against you. It's been an awesome win.
"I'm enormously proud of you, you mean the world to me. I, God willing, would love to come back. Thank you for all the love."
Serena paid tribute to her sister, who was playing her first major final for eight years, saying: "There's no way I would be at 23 …

Sir John Hurt: Bafta-winning actor dies aged 77

Veteran actor Sir John Hurt has died aged 77, his agent has said. The Bafta-winning star, known for his roles in Alien and The Elephant Man, continued working despite being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015.
He recently starred as Father Richard McSorley in Jackie, the biopic of President John F. Kennedy's wife.
US director Mel Brooks described Sir John as "cinematic immortality", as tributes poured in for the star.
He was given the all-clear in October 2015 but last year pulled out of play The Entertainer due to ill-health.
Sir John decided not to perform as Billy Rice in Sir Kenneth Branagh's production on the advice of his doctors.
Brooks paid tribute to Sir John, who had starred in his comedy Spaceballs, saying on Twitter: "No one could have played The Elephant Man more memorably."
He added: "He carried that film into cinematic immortality. He will be sorely missed."
Stephen Fry praised Sir John for being "great on the stage, small scr…

Gambia plans Feb.18 celebration as new leader arrives home

Billboards across Gambia's capital are declaring a Feb. 18 ceremony to mark the inauguration of the country's new leader, a day after his triumphant arrival.
Hundreds of thousands turned out Thursday to greet President Adama Barrow, a week after he took the oath of office in neighboring Senegal. Longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh, who clung to power despite losing December elections, finally flew into exile over the weekend after mounting international pressure.
Gambia has high hopes for Barrow, who has vowed to create greater freedoms in this tiny West African nation and reverse many of Jammeh's actions, including his declaration that the country would withdraw from the International Criminal Court. Barrow also has said the new government will look into alleged abuses under Jammeh, who has been accused of overseeing a system that tortured and even killed opponents.
"Much has to be done to tell the people their vote counts," spokesman Halifa Sallah said Frid…

Akufo-Addo swears in 12 ministers

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sworn in 12 out of the 13 ministers approved by Parliament.
At a ceremony held at the Flagstaff House Friday, the President charged the ministers to live by the public creed that calls on them to discharge a selfless service to the nation.
He entreated them to work towards achieving policies promised Ghanaians by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2016 general elections.
The President was emphatic that their role would be help protect state's kitty and ensure that there is value for money in whatever activity they undertake.
Foreign Affairs Minister-designate, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway was not sworn in since she is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a summit.
President Akufo-Addo told the gathering he would swear her in when he joins her in Ethiopia Saturday.
The Ministers sworn in include....
Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta
Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyerematen
Justice Minister, Gloria Akuffo
National Security Minister, Albe…

MultiChoice Explains 'Why Big Brother Naija Shooting Is Done In South Africa'

MultiChoice, coordinators of the Big Brother Naija Reality TV indicate said facilitating the show in South Africa, would empower it accomplish high creation and meet courses of events.

An announcement issued via Caroline Oghuma in the interest of the organization, clarified that the shooting of the show in South Africa would empower it utilize its completely prepared house.

"‎We have a completely prepared house in South Africa, which is utilized for the Big Brother appears.

"This implies we can accomplish high creation values while meeting tight timetables and guaranteeing the show goes to our watchers on time as arranged, and with the same comprehensively prestigious quality.

'We don't have light and other pivotal foundation'

Despite the fact that there's no shower hour as in other Big Brother emphasess in Africa because of Nigeria's traditionalist watcher mores, the show needs to be reporting in real time 24 hours for each day, seven days seven days for …

Mark Zuckerberg dropping lawsuits seeking to buy Hawaii land

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Friday that he was dropping lawsuits seeking to buy out Native Hawaiians who own small pieces of land within his sprawling estate on the island of Kauai, promising to work with the community on "a new approach."
Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, said in a letter to the community published in The Garden Island newspaper that they were ending the cases "to find a better path forward."
"Upon reflection, I regret that I did not take the time to fully understand the quiet title process and its history before we moved ahead," the letter said of the legal move to clear up disputed or undetermined land ownership in Hawaii. "Now that I understand the issues better, it's clear we made a mistake."

A spokesman for Zuckerberg confirmed the couple sent the letter.
The 14 parcels mostly belong to Native Hawaiian families awarded the land during the mid-19th century, when private property was established in Hawa…

Melania Trump's Vanity Fair Mexico cover draws ire: 'It's a lack of sensitivity'

Her husband has single-handedly triggered a diplomatic crisis between the US and its southern neighbor in a confrontation which has helped send Mexico’s economy into a tailspin.
So it was probably inevitable that Melania Trump’s appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair Mexico would provoke outrage. 
The fact that she is posing with a fork and a string of jewels as if she were about to eat them like spaghetti has only added insult to injury in a country where almost half the population lives in poverty. 
The magazine’s February issue includes a lengthy interview with Trump (which originally appeared in GQ last year), and promises to dish on “her (turbulent) family past, the tactics for dealing with her husband and how she plans to turn herself into the new Jackie Kennedy”.
“It’s a lack of sensitivity on the part of the publisher,” said Guadalupe Loaeza, a Mexican author and columnist. “I started reading this and I couldn’t finish. I didn’t want to know anything about the wife of o…

Boakye Agyarko bribes MPs with GHC3k – Minority claims

The Minority caucus on the Appointments Committee of Parliament has accused Energy minister-designate Boakye Agyarko of attempting to bribe them, to clear him, following his edgy vetting.
According to a member of the minority, Mahama Ayariga, the chairman of the committee handed them some monies and claimed it was coming from the minister nominee, but they rejected it.
“On Tuesday, you know we had the Appointments Committee sitting to consider a number of nominees and at the end of the sitting, we normally have our own close door meetings to evaluate various nominees who appear before us…and I think some members raised the issue of our allowances for sitting beyond the normal hours and then working during the weekends.
“The chairman of the committee assured us that he had prepared a memo and he is going to access funds to pay the sitting allowance  of members, so we were expecting that, so I think either yesterday or a day before yesterday, our chief whip called us and said t…