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Goodluck Jonathan Celebrates His 63rd Birthday Today

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Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan GCFR, GCON (born 20 November 1957) is a Nigerian politician who served as the President of Nigeria from 2010 to 2015.

He lost the 2015 presidential election to former military head of state General Muhammadu Buhari, marking the first time in the history of Nigeria that an incumbent president lost re-election and conceded defeat. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010; and in oil-rich Bayelsa State as Governor of Bayelsa State from 2005 to 2007.

Early life
Jonathan was born on 20 November 1957 in Ogbia to a Christian family of canoe makers, from the Ijaw minority ethnic group. He received a bachelor degree in zoology (second-class honours), a masters degree in hydrobiology and fisheries biology; and a doctorate in zoology from the University of Port Harcourt.

Political career
Before his entry into politics in 1998, he worked as an education inspector, a lecturer and an environmental-protection officer.

Deputy Governor of Bayelsa
On 29 May 1999, Jonathan was sworn in as Deputy Governor of Bayelsa alongside Diepreye Alamieyeseigha who came in as the governor of the state on the platform of PDP. Jonathan served as Deputy Governor until December 2005.

Governor of Bayelsa
On 9 December 2005, Jonathan, who was the deputy governor at the time, was sworn in as the governor of Bayelsa State upon the impeachment of the current Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha by the Bayelsa State Assembly after being charged with money laundering in the United Kingdom.

Vice President of Nigeria
As a vice-president, Jonathan took a very low profile. While recognising the constitutional limits of the vice-president’s office, he participated in cabinet meetings and, by statute, was a member of the National Security Council, the National Defence Council, the Federal Executive Council, and was the Chairman of National Economic Council.

Goodluck Jonathan was instrumental in negotiating an agreement with many of the major militant groups in the Niger Delta, to lay down their weapons and stop fighting as part of a government amnesty.

Presidency
Main article: Presidency of Goodluck Jonathan
On 9 February 2010, following a controversial doctrine of necessity from the Nigerian Senate, Goodluck Jonathan was named acting President due to President Yar’Adua’s trip to Saudi Arabia in November 2009 for medical treatment. On 10 February 2010, during his first day as acting president, Jonathan announced a minor cabinet reshuffle.

Post-presidency
Since leaving office, Jonathan has continued to defend his administration. In 2019, he was appointed as the honorary Special Adviser to the Bayelsa Education Trust Fund Board. In June 2019, Goodluck Jonathan emerged as chairperson of the newly inaugurated International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP). In July 2020, Jonathan was appointed Special Envoy of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); to lead mediation talks during the 2020 Malian protests.

Personal life
Family

Jonathan and his wife, Dame Jonathan Patience, have two children, Ariwera (Son) and Aruabai (daughter).

Wealth
In 2007, Jonathan declared his assets worth a total of ₦295,304,420 (then equivalent to US$8,569,662).

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“The Grammys remain corrupt” – The Weeknd after nomination snub

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Canadian star, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye aka The Weeknd, has reacted to his snub from the 2021 Grammy Award nomination list.


He said the award remain corrupt.


The Grammys remain corrupt - The Weeknd after nomination snub

Many were left shocked after The Weeknd failed to receive any nominations for the 2021 awards for his latest album, ‘After Hours’.

“The Grammys remain corrupt,” he wrote on Twitter. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.”

The Grammys said they “empathised” with his disappointment but that some “deserving” acts missed out every year. Responding to The Weeknd’s tweet, in a statement provided to Rolling Stone, Recording Academy Chair Harvey Mason Jr. said,

“We understand that the Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated. I was surprised and can empathise with what he’s feeling.

“His music this year was excellent, and his contributions to the music community and broader world are worthy of everyone’s admiration. Unfortunately, every year, there are fewer nominations than the number of deserving artists.

“All Grammy nominees are recognised by the voting body for their excellence, and we congratulate them all,” Mason Jr. concluded.

After Hours is the biggest-selling album of the year so far in the US, while Blinding Lights is the longest-running top 10 hit in US chart history.

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This South African Beauty Enthusiast’s Morning Routine Is Way Simpler Than You’d Expect

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South African celebrity and beauty enthusiast Amanda du Pont  launched a beauty and wellness community called lelive and she kicked off the content with this easy, breezy video about her morning routine.

On her channel she said:

Here’s my simple morning routine. I really do hope you enjoy ❤️ This is the start of the amazing community my team and I have put together called lelive. A place where we as Africans can share all things positive to create the things we wish to see in the world. If you would like to share your routines, tips, traditions, recipes or meditations please tag us on socials and we would be thrilled to repost you there or on our youtube. I believe the future is about supporting each other and sharing what we know to help us feel better- outside and in! Please join lelive the honest and uplifting community…

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The fun doesn’t stop here, visit www.bellanaijastyle.com for more on African fashion and lifestyle now!

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Boko Haram Terrorists Killed Six Soldiers, Injured 20 Others During Ambush In Borno

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No less than six Nigerian soldiers have been killed by terrorists, SaharaReporters reports.

Six soldiers were killed and 20 others wounded when Boko Haram terrorists ambushed troops between Jagiran and Monguno in Borno State on November 21.

The troops were ambushed and attacked at about 2:00pm by Boko Haram elements, who also carted away a Toyota bullet proof Land Cruiser belonging to the Acting Commandant of Sector 3.

Several soldiers are still reported missing from that incident.

A military source, who confirmed the incident to SaharaReporters, said, “They don’t have to tell us only victory stories while soldiers are dying and their families are weeping.”

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