Anthony Joshua: ‘Being a boxer you have to be a man of the people’

Anthony Joshua has never lost a professional fight and he’s won every bout with a knock-out. But in two weeks he faces the fearsome Wladimir Klitschko, aka Dr Steelhammer. Should he be nervous? Alex Clark meets the bricklayer turned boxer Anthony Joshua, the Hertfordshire bricklayer who has become British boxing’s greatest star, is a busy boy. After months of trying to find a gap in his schedule, we finally isolate a weekend in Watford. Within 24 hours, that’s shifted to a Friday in Sheffield, and a modern, unremarkable cul-de-sac on…

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Russia 2018 will be dream come true, says Olarenwaju

Kayode Olarenwaju, one of Nigeria’s top goal scorers in the European leagues this season having netted 17 goals, has revealed his dream of recording more caps playing for the Super Eagles of Nigeria after having a taste of the action in the international friendly game against Senegal in London last month. Kayode, 23, made his debut for Nigeria in the 1-1 draw with Senegal, and he is optimistic that the Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr was impressed with his gamechanging appearance as a second-half substitute. He said: “It was nice to…

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Kaduna Gov commends Nigerian Breweries for contribution to economy

The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, has commended Nigerian Breweries for its role in the economic development of the state stressing that the company remains the biggest tax payer in Kaduna State. The Governor, who was at Nigerian Breweries Stand at the just concluded Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit (KadInvest 2.0), said Nigerian Breweries plays a big role in the state as far as investment and economic growth are concerned and remains a concrete testimony of the friendly business and investment environment the state is promoting. The…

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YEMISI RANSOME-KUTI: WOULD BE A LOT RICHERIFI WASN’T A RANSOME-KUTI

    Yemisi Ransome-Kuti is one of the elite women out to serve her community selflessly without a thought of enriching herself. She had served in different developmental projects that had earned her recognition in her community. In this interview with FLORA ONWUDIWE, Ransome-Kuti, who is a cousin of late Afrobeat king, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, encourages women who are aspiring to run for political offices not to give up. Excerpts…     What was your growing up like as a Ransome-Kuti, a family that played prominent roles in the history of…

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Russia will not broadcast Eurovision

  Russian broadcaster Channel One will not broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest next month because the country’s competitor has been barred from host country Ukraine. Russia’s decision removes any chance of it competing this year, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said. Ukraine is refusing to allow Julia Samoilova to perform at Eurovision because she has visited Crimea, the peninsula seized by Russia in 2014. The EBU has condemned the ban. It says Ukraine is undermining the non-political nature of the contest. The union, which produces Eurovision, said it had offered…

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Buhari: We’re discussing with Chibok girls’ captors

THREE YEARS AFTER ABDUCTION… President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday disclosed that his administration has reached out to leaders of the Boko Haram sect for the release of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped exactly three years ago in Borno State. The president stated this in a statement to mark three years since the girls were abducted from Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok. “We have reached out to their captors, through local and international intermediaries, and we are ever ready to do everything within our means to ensure the safe release of all…

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Stock market advances on blue chips

The Nigerian equities market yesterday sustained upward trend for the second day following renewed investors’ optimism. This was in despite the transactions on the local bourse have continued to witness lull following unfriendly business environment. Key market indicators, the NSE ASI and market capitalisation advanced by 0.05 per on the back of blue chips companies. Specifically, the All-Share Index gained 13.3 basis points or 0.05 per cent to close at 25.51.01 index points as against 25.496.71 recorded the previous day, while the market capitalisation of equities appreciated by N4 billion…

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