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NOTTINGHAM, England, Aug 14 (Reuters) – A first-half goal from Taiwo Awoniyi was enough to earn Nottingham Forest a 1-0 win over West Ham United on Sunday, their first victory of the new Premier League season as the City Ground hosted top-flight soccer for the first time since 1999. Awoniyi scored Forest’s first Premier League goal in 23 years in first half stoppage time and it proved to be the difference as both teams had goals disallowed by VAR and West Ham captain Declan Rice had a second-half penalty saved. “I’m really happy about it because it took me a…

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by Emeka Obasi Defeating former governor Ahmed Makarfi was newsworthy, it did not make me look the way of Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed when he migrated from the House of Representatives to the Senate in 2011. Gen. Muhammad Magoro came into the picture. The Senate was in session and Baba- Ahmed stood up to speak. Senate President David Mark granted him permission. I wanted to hear this young man who snatched the Kaduna North Senatorial zone slot from the Federal Government College, Enugu trained Makarfi. ” I cannot address senators as distinguished colleagues. There are people here who are far my…

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by Tyler Ayodeji/staff writer CHICAGO, IL After two years’ suspension occasioned by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the African Festival of the Arts is returning to Washington Park in Chicago to once again relish, dine and showcase the rich cultural diversity of the Black race. Tagged “Back to Culture, Back to Tradition”, an indication of a return to normalcy as a community, village and people, after the Covid-19 pandemic the 33rd version is scheduled for the Labor Day weekend of September 2nd-5th. “I’m impressed. This is wonderful,” declared erstwhile Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago as he went around the…

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Dr. Conrad Worrill, professor and academic coordinator of Inner City Studies Education at Northeastern Illinois University Center for Inner City Studies  is better known  for his pro-Africanism and demand for reparations for what he called “injustice done to the Black race.” He spoke to Joseph Omoremi, editor of  The Chicago Inquirer  on the cries for reparations and urged Blacks, especially African immigrants to the Western world to “reclaim African view” for the posterity of the next and lost generation.”    It is an exciting reading. Excerpts:  Inquirer: Can you give a simple and clear definition of reparations your organization is seeking?…

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Dr. Conrad Worrill, professor and academic coordinator of Inner City Studies Education at Northeastern Illinois University Center for Inner City Studies  is better known  for his pro-Africanism and demand for reparations for what he called “injustice done to the Black race.”  He spoke to Joseph Omoremi, editor of  The Chicago Inquirer  on the cries for reparations and urged Blacks, especially African immigrants to the Western world to “reclaim African view” for the posterity of the next and lost generation.”    It is an exciting reading. Excerpts:  Inquirer: Can you give a simple and clear definition of reparations your organization is…

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Dr. Chiedu J. Nchekwube is a man of many worlds. He trained as a medical doctor but incorporated prayer, medication and herbal healing to his practice to avoid prescribing toxins for his patients. In an interview with  Joseph Omoremi, editor of The Chicago Inquirer in his clinic in Merrillville, Indiana, the physician pointed out the good, the bad and the alternative to western medicine. It is an interesting read. Excerpts: Inquirer: You are a board certified family doctor but you are known more in alternative medicine. Where is your interest?             Nchekwube: I’m a board certified family physician. I went…

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by Tyler Ayodeji CHICAGO: A disheveled picture of Oba Ovonramwen of Benin Kingdom, a state in the present-day Nigeria, was unveiled recently at the Arts Institute of Chicago (AIC) as part of 220 Benin ancient artworks . The Oba Ovonramwen picture was taken in 1897 after he was captured by British soldiers and exiled to Calabar, a seaport for attacking British traders and expeditionist in Benin Kingdom. Oba Ovonramwen legs were chained and his hair unkempt in the picture. Other ancient artworks dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries equally on display includes game boards of “Ayo” otherwise known…

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by Joseph B. Omoremi CHICAGO: Nigerian youngest Professor, Dr. Adesuyi Leslie Ajayi, has joined the Chicago State University (CSU) where four other eminent Nigerian professors currently holding top positions as either head of their department, colleges or research institute. Dr. Adesuyi, a former Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) proflecturer became a professor at 34 thereby upstaging Professor Kayode Oshuntokun, former Medical Director, University of Ibadan Teaching Hospital (UCH). Oshuntokun, now late, beame a  professor at 35. “I became a professor before Professor Oshuntokun died,” an elated Ajayi was quoted as saying recently. Born in Ado-Ekiti, in Ekiti State of Nigeria, Adesuyi…

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 Mr. Laolu Akande with President Bush The wounds of the apartheid era appears to be coming out again going by the just concluded tour of Africa by President George Bush.             Bush spent 36-hours in the former apartheid enclave. He never requested to see Mandela. The action, some would interpret it as a revenge for the tongue-lashing Mandela gave Bush in the run-up to the US-led war against Iraq.             Mandela criticized Bush — and British Prime Minister Tony Blair — for their intention to ignore the United Nations Security Council and declare war against Iraq if it failed to…

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Dr. Ewa I. Ewa with Obama at the event by Tyler Ayodeji/staff reporter CHICAGO: The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place suddenly brightened Saturday night when the voice of Louis Armstrong reverberated round the conference hall, venue of the seventh annual gala night of the Organization of Nigerian Building Professionals (ONBP).   Members of the organization, invited guests, politicians and friends of ONBP temporarily halted their dinner to see the legendary singer.   Louis Armstrong could not be found and the baby face of  James Cromwell, a Dansika band member, was behind the microphone.   Cromwell and the band thrilled and entertained…

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