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About Samuel
Samuel Agbelusi is a Journalist from Ondo state who is working in Lagos State, Nigeria.

He is a freelance Journalist  with different media outfits, a volunteer, an opportunist, content creator, sport analyst and lover of music.

He began his career as a journalist when he was picked with 54 others on a project sponsored by PTCIJ (Premium Times Campus Investigative Journalism), a renowed media organization in Nigeria.

He later on start writing report for THE NATION Newspaper, a popular newspaper in Nigeria. He is currently the Program director and a correspondent for AAUA INSIDER, a media outlet based in Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko in Ondo State. The media outlet is based on amplifying AAUA stories to the world.

He recently served as an Election Observer with PTCIJ/Google YIAGA Initiative at the Ondo State Governorship Election.

He's an opportunist, critical thinker, avid learner and a FC Barcelona lover.
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BB Naija Level-Up: Cubana Chief priest pledges huge cash prize to fans to support favourite housemate

03 Oct 2023  |  News Digest
Celebrity barman Pascal Okechukwu, known as Cubana Chief Priest, has pledged to give his fans N200,000 if they vote for Big Brother Naija 'Level up' housemate Bryann. He made this announcement on Instagram, asking fans to show proof of their voting process. Bryann faces possible eviction alongside other housemates Adekunle, Groovy, Bella, Sheggz, and Hermes.

Court sentences Nigerian actor to 16 years in prison, lawyer to appeal

01 Oct 2023  |  News Digest
Nollywood actor Olanrewaju James, known as Baba Ijesha, was sentenced to 16 years in prison by the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court for defiling a 14-year-old girl. The sentence will run concurrently, resulting in a five-year prison term. Found guilty on two of six charges, including child defilement and sexual assault, his lawyer plans to appeal the judgement. The case, initially reported by actress Adekola Adekanya, was investigated by the State CID in Lagos.

Does It Matter Who Tinubu Really Is?

28 Aug 2023  |  jimidisu.com
The article critically examines the enigmatic identity and governance of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, highlighting his controversial rise to power and the opaque nature of his policies. It questions the legitimacy of his educational background and his commitment to transparency. The piece also touches on Nigeria's strained relations with Niger, the controversy surrounding Minister Hannatu Musa Musawa's NYSC status, and the Nigeria Bar Association's actions against Ifunanya Excel Grant. Additionally, it criticizes Mudashiru Obasa's discriminatory policies and mentions the dismissal of a legal case involving Benjamin Kalu Okezie.

Sour Relationship Between Africa And Its Colonial Masters

24 Aug 2023  |  jimidisu.com
A coup in Niger led by presidential guards has ousted President Mohamed Bazoum, raising concerns among Western nations due to Niger's strategic importance, particularly for France's uranium needs. The coup is perceived as a revolt against French neo-colonialism, with citizens celebrating and raising Russian flags. This event follows similar military interventions in Mali and Burkina Faso, with ECOWAS and the African Union calling for the restoration of democracy in Niger. Russia is increasing its influence in Africa, offering grain supplies and gaining military cooperation, as seen with the Wagner group's support for the coup. ECOWAS threatens sanctions and military intervention, while Mali and Burkina Faso warn against interference, seeking Russian support. The situation highlights the growing tension between Western influence and African sovereignty.

FG Tackles Obaseki Over Criticism of Tinubu’s Economic Policies

24 Aug 2023  |  jimidisu.com
The Federal Government criticized Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki for his comments on the economic policies of President Bola Tinubu's administration, particularly the removal of fuel subsidy and foreign exchange reforms. The government accused Obaseki of hypocrisy and failing to acknowledge the benefits these policies have brought to his state. The statement highlighted the broader economic support for these reforms, including endorsements from global institutions like the World Bank and IMF. The government emphasized the increased revenue for states and the various measures being taken to alleviate the economic challenges faced by Nigerians.

Niger Coup: The Sour Relationship Between Africa And Its Colonial Masters

27 Jul 2023  |  opinionnigeria.com
A coup in Niger led by presidential guards has ousted President Mohamed Bazoum, raising concerns among organizations like the United Nations and ECOWAS. The coup is perceived as a revolt against French imperialism, with citizens celebrating and raising Russian flags. The military junta has accused France of exploiting Niger's uranium resources. The West, particularly the US and France, is seen as exploiting African countries, leading to a shift in relations from the West to Russia. ECOWAS and the African Union have condemned the coup and threatened sanctions and force to restore constitutional order. Mali and Burkina Faso have warned against ECOWAS intervention and sought Russian support. The situation reflects a broader resistance against Western influence in Africa.

Niger Coup: The Sour Relationship Between Africa and Its Colonial Masters

26 Jul 2023  |  Modern Ghana
A coup in Niger led by presidential guards has ousted President Mohamed Bazoum, sparking celebrations among some citizens and raising concerns from international organizations like the United Nations and ECOWAS. The coup is seen as a revolt against French imperialism, with Nigeriens accusing France of exploitation, particularly regarding uranium resources. The event is part of a broader trend of anti-Western sentiment in Africa, with countries like Mali and Burkina Faso also experiencing similar military interventions. Russia is capitalizing on the situation, strengthening its ties with African nations. ECOWAS and the African Union have called for the restoration of democracy in Niger, while Mali and Burkina Faso have warned against external interference, indicating a potential escalation in regional tensions.

Sour relationship between Africa and its colonial masters

26 Jul 2023  |  guardian.ng
A coup in Niger led by presidential guards has ousted President Mohamed Bazoum, sparking celebrations among some citizens and raising concerns from international organizations like the United Nations and ECOWAS. The coup is seen as a revolt against French imperialism, with Nigeriens accusing France of exploitation, particularly regarding uranium resources. The event is part of a broader trend of military interventions in Africa, with countries like Mali and Burkina Faso also experiencing similar upheavals. Russia is capitalizing on the strained relationships between African countries and the West, offering support and resources. ECOWAS and the African Union have called for the restoration of democracy in Niger, while Mali and Burkina Faso have warned against military intervention. The situation highlights the ongoing struggle against Western influence in Africa and the potential for increased geopolitical tensions.

Deborah Samuel: Students seek justice for slain colleague

12 May 2023  |  The Nation Newspaper
The article reports on the reaction of tertiary students across Nigeria to the killing of Deborah Samuel, a student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State, who was accused of blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed and subsequently killed by a mob. Students from various universities and polytechnics expressed their outrage and called for the government to ensure justice is served and to address the issue of religious extremism. The Sokoto State Government has closed the school until further notice. The Christian Association of Nigeria also condemned the killing and urged the government to take swift action against the perpetrators. The article includes statements from students and representatives from different institutions, all advocating for a response that upholds justice and prevents future occurrences of such violence.

CBN naira policy: Comprehensive approach on Nigerian economy

10 Feb 2023  |  guardian.ng
The Central Bank of Nigeria introduced redesigned N200, N500, and N1,000 banknotes to curb money laundering and promote digital payments. Despite Nigeria's cash-based economy, the CBN's cashless policy has expanded payment channels, with ATMs and PoS terminals increasing significantly. The policy aims to bring an estimated 2.7 trillion naira from informal channels into the banking system. The CBN allows weekly withdrawals of up to N500,000 for individuals and N5 million for organizations. The policy, supported by President Buhari and critical stakeholders, seeks to control liquidity, combat inflation, and address security issues ahead of the 2023 general election. Challenges include potential negative impacts on small businesses and the rural economy. Solutions involve aggressive circulation of new notes, collaboration with Fintech brands, and public enlightenment campaigns to transition Nigeria to a cashless economy.

Super Eagles of Nigeria set for second friendly with Desert Foxes of Algeria

26 Sep 2022  |  News Digest
The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to arrive in Oran for their second friendly match against the Desert Foxes of Algeria. The match will take place at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium, Oran, following a 2-2 draw in their previous encounter. The Nigerian team, led by Jose Peseiro, faces challenges with injuries to key players including assistant captain William Troost-Ekong and midfielder Wilfred Ndidi. The game is scheduled to kick off at 8 pm Nigeria time.

ROUNDCHECK Partners With Learnaholics Academy On Fact-Checking

24 Sep 2022  |  roundcheck.com.ng
ROUNDCHECK has partnered with Learnaholics Academy to offer a free online course on fact-checking, aiming to increase global awareness and training in the verification process. The partnership aligns with both organizations' commitment to education and combating the spread of false information.

UCL Draw: Barcelona in group of death, seek revenge against Bayern Munich

26 Aug 2022  |  News Digest
Barcelona faces a challenging group in the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League, drawn with Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, and Viktoria Plzen in Group C. They aim to avenge their defeats to Bayern Munich from the previous season. Real Madrid, the reigning champions, are in Group F, while Liverpool is in Group A, Chelsea in Group E, and Manchester City in Group G. The first matches are scheduled for September 6 or 7, 2022, and the final will be held at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey.

Nigeria's Falconets crash out of U20 Women World Cup

22 Aug 2022  |  newsdigest.ng
The Falconets of Nigeria were defeated 2-0 by the Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup, with goals from Zera Hulswit and Ziva Caroline Henry. The Netherlands advanced to the semifinals for the first time, where they will face Spain.

Serie A: Osimhen as Napoli defeats Verona

16 Aug 2022  |  newsdigest.ng
Victor Osimhen started the Serie A season with a goal and an assist, contributing to Napoli's 5-2 victory over Verona. Osimhen's performance included scoring just before the first half ended and later assisting Matteo Politano's goal. Napoli now leads the league table, surpassing AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Roma, who also won their opening games. Last season, Osimhen's 14 goals in 27 matches were instrumental in Napoli's Champions League qualification.

BBNaija 7: Two housemates evicted, Beauty disqualified from the show

08 Aug 2022  |  newsdigest.ng
The Big Brother Naija show, which started on July 23, has seen its first evictions with Cyph and Christy-O leaving the house. The evictions were not surprising to the audience, who felt the evicted housemates lacked content. Additionally, Beauty was disqualified for breaking the show's rules. Despite these departures, two new housemates, Chizzy and Rachel, were introduced, unbeknownst to the others, as riders who can be nominated but will not be evicted.

‘My gist partner’ – Davido writes as he shares screenshot of himself and Chioma on video call

08 Aug 2022  |  newsdigest.ng
Nigerian singer David Adeleke, known as Davido, shared a screenshot of a video call with his estranged fiancee, Chioma Rowland, on Instagram, referring to her as his 'gist partner.' Over the past few months, the couple has hinted at a possible reunion, attending family events together, including their son's birthday and Chioma's sister's wedding, where Davido performed and generously gave money. Their relationship had previously faltered in February 2021 when Davido was seen with another woman, but they have a history dating back to 2017, an engagement in 2019, and a son named Ifeanyi.

Community Shield: Liverpool on top as Haaland struggles on official debut

31 Jul 2022  |  newsdigest.ng
Liverpool FC won the Community Shield against Manchester City FC with a 3-1 victory at Leicester's King Power Stadium. Darwin Nunez, Liverpool's new signing, had an impressive debut, winning a penalty and scoring a goal. In contrast, Manchester City's Erling Haaland struggled, missing key opportunities.

Team Nigeria wins first gold in Commonwealth games 2022

30 Jul 2022  |  News Digest
Team Nigeria secured its first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham through Adijat Olarinoye's record-setting performance in the women's 55kg weightlifting category. Olarinoye's victory brought jubilation to the Nigerian camp, with hopes for more medals in upcoming events. In boxing, Abdul-Afeez Osoba advanced to the Round of 16, while Bolanle Shogbamu was defeated in her match.

2023: Lagos PDP Gov candidate picks Funke Akindele as running mate

12 Jul 2022  |  newsdigest.ng
Olajide Adediran, the Peoples Democratic Party's governorship candidate in Lagos State, has chosen actress Funke Akindele as his running mate for the 2023 election. Akindele, known for her success in Ikorodu and her societal projects, will put her acting career on hold to focus on the campaign. This announcement follows a similar trend as Tonto Dikeh's candidacy in Rivers State under the African Democratic Congress.

Former FIFA, UEFA presidents cleared of corruption charges

08 Jul 2022  |  News Digest
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and former UEFA president Michel Platini have been acquitted of corruption charges by a Swiss court. The charges stemmed from a 2011 payment of two million Swiss francs from FIFA to Platini, which was claimed to be part of a 'gentleman's agreement' made in 1998. Both Blatter and Platini have maintained their innocence, with Blatter emphasizing his clear conscience and Platini celebrating the verdict as a victory against injustice. The case was part of a broader investigation into FIFA by the US government, which led to Blatter's resignation and both men being banned from football in 2015.

MISLEADING! Akeredolu Didn't Tell Ondo Residents To Secure Themselves With Arms

08 Jul 2022  |  roundcheck.com.ng
The article clarifies that the statement attributed to Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, suggesting residents should arm themselves, was taken out of context and is misleading. Akeredolu emphasized self-defense and the importance of security measures, including the installation of CCTVs and the role of traditional rulers. He criticized the federal government's quick attribution of the Owo attack to ISWAP and highlighted the need for state police and better-armed local security outfits like Amotekun.

Sports: Dare, Buhari’s Interference Unwarranted

06 Jul 2022  |  jimidisu.com
Nigerian Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, and President Muhammadu Buhari have been criticized for their unwarranted interference in sports, particularly in the affairs of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The minister's directive to amend NFF statutes and hold elections is seen as meddlesome and could lead to more divisions. The article argues that such interference contradicts FIFA's principles, which prohibit political influence in member federations. It also highlights past negative consequences of government meddling in sports, such as FIFA bans on Nigeria and other countries. The author suggests that Nigeria should follow global best practices by allowing an independent NFF and promoting private sector participation in sports. The handling of sports by Dare is described as uninformed and toxic, and the article calls for his immediate dismissal.

UK Based Company, Baron and Cabot Offers Alternative Investment Options to Nigerians

01 Jun 2022  |  News Africa Now
Baron and Cabot, a UK-based real estate company, is offering Nigerians the opportunity to invest in UK properties. Managing Director Pearson Mark and Head of Sales James Welsh highlighted the benefits of their investment options, including protection and regulation of investments, low entry amounts, and the stability of the UK market. The company aims to attract investors from other African countries and has an office in Nairobi, Kenya. They emphasize the transparency of the UK real estate market and the availability of detailed information online.

Insecurity: A Norm in Nigeria

30 May 2022  |  opinionnigeria.com
Insecurity in Nigeria has escalated to alarming levels, affecting various regions with issues like cybercrime, armed robbery, kidnapping, and banditry. The historical roots trace back to the 1966 coup and subsequent ethnic mistrust, leading to the Nigerian Civil War and the rise of secessionist and militant groups. The presence of extremist groups like Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa Province has worsened the situation. The economic impact is severe, with Nigeria losing 11 percent of its GDP and foreign investments worth over $40.6 billion due to insecurity. Solutions proposed include addressing unemployment, revamping leadership recruitment, and reevaluating the education system.

ASUU Strike: FG Ready To Renegotiate ASUU Agreement

08 Mar 2022  |  vreporters.com
The Federal Government of Nigeria inaugurated a seven-person committee to renegotiate the 2009 agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which is currently on a one-month warning strike. The committee, chaired by Emeritus Professor Nimi Briggs, is tasked with finalizing the government's position, renegotiating agreements with university-based unions, and repositioning Nigerian universities for global competitiveness. The renegotiation includes addressing the non-payment of university revitalisation funds totaling about N1.1 trillion. Labour Minister Chris Ngige stated that the government has addressed most of ASUU's demands but acknowledged the need to review conditions of service. The committee has three months to submit draft agreements, and ASUU may extend their strike if their demands are not met.

Russia-Ukraine Conflict: What It Means For Africa and Nigeria

04 Mar 2022  |  cdn3.newsafricanow.com
The Russia-Ukraine conflict, initiated by Russia's invasion, has significant implications for Africa and Nigeria, with potential economic impacts and opportunities. Africa's ties to Ukraine include student populations and trade, with the crisis potentially benefiting some African countries through market shifts. Nigeria, a major supplier of LNG to Europe, could increase exports via the Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline. However, the conflict may also lead to increased oil prices and inflation in Africa. Nigeria's government has expressed concern over the conflict and called for peace, without condemning Russia's actions. The situation could also influence Nigeria's internal separatist movements, such as the Biafra agitation.

Russia, Ukraine and a Nigerian Gesture

04 Mar 2022  |  News Digest
Russia has invaded Ukraine, with President Putin's justifications being widely dismissed as false. The invasion has been met with international condemnation and sanctions, but the response from global powers has been criticized as insufficient. NATO has mobilized troops, while the West targets Russia's economy. Ukraine calls for a halt to Russian energy purchases and for Russia to be disconnected from the Swift payment system. The article also highlights the plight of Nigerians in Ukraine, criticizing the Nigerian government's delayed evacuation efforts. The conflict has inadvertently benefited Nigeria's financial markets due to rising oil prices, but the author emphasizes the value of human life over economic gains.

‘Our grouse about power supply, high bills’

24 Feb 2021  |  The Nation Newspaper
Students from Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko (AAUA) protested against the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) due to poor power supply and high electricity bills, especially during their examination period. The university had resumed on January 18, 2021, after a directive from the Federal Government and a temporary closure due to a tragic accident. Students complained that electricity was only available when they were in lectures and absent during study times in their hostels. The AAUA Student Union, led by President Obagunwa Oluwasegun, intervened by organizing a protest and meeting with BEDC officials. Following the student union's actions, BEDC restored electricity to the campus. Students praised the union for its effective response and dedication to student welfare.
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