Without as much as a hint, Eminem has released a whole album titled Kamikaze early on Friday morning, comprising 13 tracks including a soundtrack to the upcoming Venom movie.
Kamikaze features long-time collaborator Royce da 5’9″, Jessie Reyez, and Joyner Lucas, and comes less than a year after the American rap icon released Revival back in December 2017 to mixed reviews.
The new album is Eminem’s ninth studio album and the first to come with less than 18 tracks.
Moghalu running for president on his platform after losing PACT candidacy to Fela Durotoye
Presidential Aspirants Coming Together (PACT) have declared Fela Durotoye as its presidential candidate for the 2019 election after he beat Kingsley Moghalu in a concensus held to determine the coalition’s candidate.
Durotoye ended up with four votes to beat Moghalu by one vote in the concensus, leading to Moghalu announcing he would still run for president based on national interest and the support he has received so far from Nigerians.
PACT’s concensus saw only seven of the 18 aspirants take part in the process of choosing a candidate, with four candidates withdrawing during the concensus.
As a result, Moghalu will be running on the platform of the Young Progressive Party, citing a clause in the PACT memorandum which allows candidates to pursue their political aspirations.
Saraki officially enters 2019 presidential race
Following a highly dramatic last few weeks, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election as a candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Saraki made the declaration during a gathering organised by the Not Too Young To Run Movement as part of a series of such meetings between the youth and the leadership of political parties ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The former Kwara State governor, who defected to the PDP in August, joins the likes of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, and former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, as aspirants aiming to be PDP’s presidential candidate.
Not Too Young To Run Movement disappointed with Saraki
The Not Too Young To Run Movement has expressed its disappointment at Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for using its platform to declare his candidacy for the 2019 presidential election and distanced itself from any political affiliations.
Saraki was part of the Peoples Democratic Party’s delegation to a gathering organised by the movement to create an avenue where the youth and leadership of political parties could meet and discuss issues affecting the youth.
According to the movement, Saraki instead changed the direction of the gathering and as a result, released a statement to distance itself from any political affiliation including the Senate President’s presidential ambition.
Modrić wins 2018 UEFA Best Player award
Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modrić, has been named 2018 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year ahead of last year’s winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Liverpool star, Mohamed Salah.
Modrić was handed the award during the draws for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League which was held in Monaco, with the 32-year-old also being awarded as the Champions League Midfielder of the Year at the ceremony.
Ronaldo, formerly of Real Madrid, on his part won the Forward of the Year award ahead of Lionel Messi and Salah, while Real Madrid’s sweep of the awards was completed with Sergio Ramos emerging Defender of the Year and Keylor Navas winning Goalkeeper of the Year.
With this win, Modrić is now a strong favourite for the FIFA Best Men’s Player of the Year award alongside Ronaldo and Paris Saint-Germain star, Kylian Mbappe, with the winner to be named at a ceremony in December.
UEFA Champions League draws throw up big games
Draws for the group stage of this season’s UEFA Champions League have pitted a number of strong teams together.
Last season’s runners-up, Liverpool, were drawn in Group C with French champions, Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, and Red Star Belgrade while Real Madrid’s title defence would begin in a relatively easy Group G against AS Roma, CSKA Moscow, and Viktoria Plzeň .
Inter Milan’s return to the competition was made an uphill one after being drawn in Group B with Spanish champions, Barcelona, Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven, and Tottenham Hotspur.
Another potentially tough group saw three-time finalists, Atlético Madrid, pitted with 2013 runners-up, Borussia Dortmund, 2004 runners-up, AS Monaco, and Belgian champions, Club Brugge.
Meanwhile, Group H set up a reunion between Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United as Juventus got drawn in the group with the Red Devils alongside Valencia and Young Boys of Switzerland.
In other groups, English champions, Manchester City, got a relatively easy draw in Group F where Pep Guardiola’s side would face Shakhtar Donetsk, Olympique Lyon, and TSG Hoffenheim, while German champions, Bayern Munich, ended up with Ajax, Benfica and AEK Athens in Group E.
Emmanuel Macron portrait earns 11-year-old artist an education grant
11-year-old artist, Waris Olamilekan Kareem, has earned himself a 20-year education grant with Ecobank Nigeria for drawing a portrait of France president, Emmanuel Macron, in two hours.
Kareem had completed the portrait while Macron was hosted at the Afrika Shrine in Ikeja during his visit to Lagos in July, with the 11-year-old also put on a monthly allowance.
The talented artist, who is inspired by Michelangelo and Arinze Stanley Egbengwu, makes use of pencils primarily for his works, as well as ball-point pens, paint, and pastels.