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END OF THE ROAD FOR BONGO’S FAMILY. 

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Army officers have appeared on national television to say they have seized power in Gabon, after President Ali Bongo was re-elected to a third term in office in the Central African nation.

According to the BBC, the officers said they were annulling the results of Saturday’s election which the opposition had denounced as “fraudulent”.

Twelve soldiers reportedly appeared on television to announce that they were cancelling the results of the election and dissolving “all the institutions of the republic”.

“We have decided to defend peace by putting an end to the current regime,” one of the soldiers was quoted as saying on TV channel Gabon 24.

The soldier cited “irresponsible, unpredictable governance resulting in a continuing deterioration in social cohesion that risks leading the country into chaos”.

The Gabonese Election Centre (CGE) had declared Bongo winner of the election on Wednesday with 64.27% of the votes cast.

Michel Bonda, CGE head, said Bongo’s main challenger, Albert Ossa, had polled second with 30.77%.

Bongo’s team have rejected Ossa’s allegations of electoral fraud and irregularities.

Tensions have been running high in Gabon with fears of unrest, following the presidential and parliamentary elections.

Bongo’s overthrow would end his family’s 53-year hold on power. He became president when his father Omar died in 2009.

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FC Tobol Secures the Signing of Talented Nigerian Defensive Midfielder, Ededem Essien

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FC Tobol of Kazakhstan has sealed the signing of highly-rated Nigerian defensive midfielder, Ededem Essien from Pari Nizhny Novgorod in Russia.

The midfielder joins for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half-year deal with an option to extend for a further year.

On signing for the Kazakhstan side, Ededem has increased his chances of playing in UEFA competitions next season as the team is a top side in the region.

The deal for the 25-year-old who has played for FC Van in Armenia, Al Nasr SC Benghazi, and Al Akhdar in Libya before moving to Pari Nizhny Novgorod in Russia was brokered by K24 Sports and Consult.

Speaking on the transfer, the CEO of K24 Sports And Consult, Olalekan Kolejo said it’s a testament to the agency’s resolve to become a household name in player transfers in Nigeria, Africa, and beyond.

“We are happy to have been able to seal this deal for Ededem Essien who is a big talent in football. Our agency will continue to pull the strings in terms of players movement around the world”, he said.

Essien played a total of 18 games for his previous club before his move which included Cup games.

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Akwa Ibom Photographer Wins 3rd Place at 2023 International Close Up Photographer Of The Year Photo Contest.

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David Joseph, Macro Photographer

An Akwa Ibom photographer, David Joseph has clinched the 3rd place spot, Animals category at the 2023 edition of Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY).

The Close-Up Photographer Of The Year (CUPOTY) is a yearly global photo competition that celebrates close-up, macro, and micro photography, where tiny creatures and things (or tiny parts of larger things), are captured to reveal details our naked eyes can’t pick therefore revealing the hidden wonder of the world.

Winning Images for Animal Catergory

The winners and Top 100 pictures of its 5th edition were announced on Tuesday, January 9, via the contests’ official website, with David Joseph making the list in the Animal category of the CUPOTY with his flawless “Natural Architecture”, a picture of a sac spider in a curled and webbed grass.

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According to the CUPOTY website, It took over 20 hours of Zoom calls with 23 judges looking at 11,870 photographs to create what is the best survey yet of close-up, macro, and micro photography in the world across 11 categories from 67 countries.

“Personally, I think this is our best collection of winning images yet, and I’m so grateful to those who entered as it allows us to see and learn from their work and to recognize how incredible and surprising the world is”, says CUPOTY co-founder Tracy Calder.

David, a native of Ikot Annung in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State and a 2023 English Education graduate from the University of Uyo had won Akwa Ibom State Professional Photographers and Cinematographers Guild (ASPPACG) Macro Photographer Of The Year Award, 2022 edition.

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Leader On a Mission: Ntatam Rescues 1 Month old Motherless baby

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Leader On a Mission: Ntatam Rescues 1 Month old Motherless baby

…… Revisited 5months old motherless twins

Fulfilling the purpose and goal of the mission, Akwaobongunwana Dr Emmanuel Ntatam, Friday, visited Wisdom Sunday, a one month old motherless baby, who lost his mother to the cold hands of death immediately after his announcement into the world at Afaha Ediene, Ikono Local Government Area.

Baby Wisdom crying his way into the world on the 1st of December 2023, was left with the fate of having to battle through the tunnel of his destiny without a mother’s care, love and attention, but mercy came through for him and he found help.

His story took another dimension when Mrs Itohowo Sunday, another nursing mother had compassion on him, and decided to nurse Wisdom alongside her baby, bringing Wisdom into the arms of a mother he had lost.

Dr Emmanuel Ntatam, on hearing the touching story of the new born baby, sprang into action, ensuring his welfare and that of his foster mother was safeguarded to lessen tension, tears and emotional trauma from the family.

The Ikono born philanthropist in his usual gesture, purchased basic needed items for baby Wisdom such as NAN 1, baby oil, baby lotion, diapers, wipes, dettol, baby syrups, baby soaps, tissue, rice for the family, and cash gift to Carter for other urgent items that was not included in the package.

Emmanuel while praying for baby Wisdom, pleaded God to preserve his life, direct his steps on earth, guide him through the path of his destiny and increase his level of greatness throughout his existence on planet earth.

Meanwhile, Heal the world project team revisited Marvelous and Miracle, the 4months old motherless twins now 5months at Nkwot, Ikono Local Government, to inspect their health condition and as well rate their progress level for immediate follow up.

The leader of the team, Dr Emmanuel Ntatam with a broaden smile and gratitude to God almighty was impressed on their current health status, as they were kicking with joy and happiness for life restored.

The entire team feeling encouraged, glorified God for working miracle through the team to the fraternal twins in a matter of one month, believing God to perfect the good works He had started.

The leader of the team out of his own magnanimity decided to topup baby items for Marvelous and Miracle, even as he presented cash gift to the family for the twins upkeep.

Recalled that Akwaobongunwana and the team had visited Marvelous and Miracle last year who were on the verge of giving up due to poor treatment and malnutrition after they lost their mother at birth, and today, sunshine has returned to the family.

Ntatam is currently on a mission to heal the world, restore hope to the hopeless, helping others grow, inspiring the younger generation to stand up to their dreams and potentials, care for the helpless, and putting smiles on the faces of the downtrodden, with the reassurances of a better life

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