Award-winning Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji has featured in British-Nigerian actor, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s semi-autobiographical film, “Farming”, alongside star Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Damson Idris.

The multitalented mother of one recently wowed the world with her directorial debut film, “Lionheart” that became the first African film to be acquired by American film streaming platform, Netflix.

The actress who is not slowing down in cementing her name in the sands of time as one of the greatest actresses to come out of Africa, featured in the filming of Farming which took place around locations in London and Nigeria back in 2017.

The Nigerian star will be acting alongside British-Nigerian actor, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje who has starred in successful films like OZ, Game of Thrones and Suicide Squad.

The film he disclosed would chronicle his childhood in the UK after being offered up to be fostered by a white working-class family.

Farming also stars another British actor of Nigerian descent, Damson Idris. Idris who has starred in film roles in Snowfall and Black Mirror plays a fictional character based on Adewale called Enitan. Nnaji on her part plays alongside Adewale playing his Nigerian student parents who farm him off to an abusive foster mother played by Kate Beckinsale known for roles in Underworld and Van Helsing.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw from Black Mirror and A Wrinkle in Time will also play the supporting character of the teacher who helps Enitan find his way to redemption.

The trailer of the film which is set for release in October has now been released and sees the film addressing issues like racism and identity.

Check out the trailer below:

Femi Falana in a communique sent out on Thursday, advocated for election petitions to be handled by retired Judges as serving judges have been overburdened, leaving all matters pending in their courts to carry out national assignments.

The human rights activists pointed out the adjournment of court cases by over 350 Judges of the State High Courts, Federal High Court, and National Industrial Court, for a 'national assignment' which was never within their jurisdiction.

Femi Falana pushed for a review of preference given to election petitions and appeals, and further stated that such cases are not handled by regular courts in neighbouring countries but by constitutional courts.

The statement reads “Over 350 Judges drawn from State High Courts, Federal High Court, and National Industrial Court and handling election petitions have adjourned all matters pending in their courts’ sine die. Their Lordships and Ladyships are said to have left their jurisdictions for “national assignment” in other parts of the country.

“Apart from appeals arising from pre-election cases and election petitions, both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court are adjourning all pending appeals till 2020 and 2021. The vacation of the Justices of the Court of Appeal has been cancelled to enable them to handle election-related appeals.

“Since all litigants are equal before the law it is high time the preference given to election petitions and appeals by Nigerian courts was reviewed. In some neighbouring African countries, election petitions are not handled by regular courts but by constitutional courts.

“It is therefore suggested that the Constitution be amended to allow retired judges to handle election petitions and appeals arising from them. If our retired judges can handle arbitral matters and participate in judicial commissions of enquiry they should be saddled with the responsibility to handle election petitions and appeals arising from them.

“The injustice meted out to litigants whose cases are not political by the legal system should stop forthwith in the interest of justice”.

Singing goddess Beyoncé’s Lion King project, Lion King: The Gift, is comprised of 14 all-new original tracks. Besides Beyoncé, Lion King: The Gift will also include work from Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Burna Boy, Jessie Reyez, WizKid and more.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter is also featured on the tracklists, with credits on “Brown Skin Girl.”

You can take a look at the tracklist for Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift album below.

The Lion King: The Gift is scheduled to see release on July 19, while the actual film will debut in theaters on July 18

Beyonce Lion King Track List

  1. Beyoncé – The Lion King: The Gift(Tracklist)
  2. Beyoncé, “Bigger”
  3. Beyoncé, “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)”
  4. Tekno / Yemi Alade / Mr. Eazi, “Don’t Jealous Me”

  5. Burna Boy, “Ja Ara E”
  6. Beyoncé / Kendrick Lamar, “The Nile”
  7. Beyoncé / JAY-Z / Childish Gambino, “Mood 4 Eva”
  8. Salatiel / Pharrell / Beyoncé, “Water”
  9. Blue Ivy Carter / SAINt JHN / WizKid / Beyoncé, “Brown Skin Girl”
  10. Tiwa Savage / Mr. Eazi, “Keys to the Kingdom”
  11. Beyoncé, “Otherside”
  12. Beyoncé / Shatta Wale, “Already”
  13. Tierra Whack / Beyoncé / Busiswa / Yemi Alade / Moonchild Sanelly, “My Power”
  14. 070 Shake / Jessie Reyez, “Scar”
  15. Beyoncé, “Spirit”
Arsenal have not come remotely close to matching Crystal Palace's asking price for Wilfried Zaha, according to Roy Hodgson.

The Gunners are in the market for wingers and Zaha is at the top of a list containing Barcelona's Malcom and Ryan Fraser of Bournemouth .

Zaha has generally refrained from commenting on the speculation but, earlier this month, his brother Judicael made a public plea for Palace to sanction the 26-year-old's "dream" transfer .

The south London club are believed to have rejected an opening offer of around £40 million ($50m), and the two clubs remain some distance apart in negotiations.

"I don't think Arsenal have actually made a bid that has come anywhere near our valuation," Eagles boss Hodgson told Sky Sports .

"I'm sure the player realises that if someone's going to take him away from us, he'll expect clubs to pay the market value.

"Until someone does that, there's not much to discuss regarding Wilf.

The Ivory Coast winger is currently on holiday having been knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations after a quarter-final defeat to Algeria.

Wilfried Zaha, Ivory Coast

Hodgson is keen to get his star man back as soon as possible, with Palace suffering a 6-2 loss in Tuesday's friendly with Barnet.

"He has high regard for himself, just as we have high regard for him.

"He has a long term contract and all we can do now is wish him well and hope he comes back to us very soon."

Palace have shown they are prepared to part with prized assets this close-season, selling right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United for £50m ($63m).

"We would've loved to have kept him," Hodgson said of the England Under-21 international.

"But the bottom line is, when Manchester United come calling and they're prepared to pay what the club feel is the market value of the player, then all we can do is wish him well."

Kenyan born, Nigeria based singer, Victoria Kimani has reacted to the exclusion of the Kenyans and other East Africans artists from The Lion King: The Gift, the new companion album spearheaded by Beyoncé for the forthcoming Lion King.

According to Kimani said she is depressed by the exclusion of the Kenyans artists from the Soundtrack.

She wrote on Twitter;

"As much as we celebrate with our fellow Africans... The obvious exclusion of Kenyans / East Africans on this Soundtrack is Depressing... The movie was based on KENYA."

Let's not forget Victoria Kimani once dissed Tiwa Savage and Ycee in her fvckyouchallenge song. Where she calls the female Afro-pop artist a grandma, who was turning 45 but was still pretending to be an African bad girl.

She also came for rapper Ycee and accused him of stealing lyrics without giving credits.

According to a series of tweets sighted by The NEWS, fans can be seen trolling Kimani.

The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR has uncovered 45 illegal petrol stations in Adamawa State used for smuggling of petrol products to neighboring countries.

The DPR Controller in charge of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim A. Ciroma, made the disclosure yesterday in Yola, the state capital, during a tour to checkmate the activities of petroleum marketers in the state.

He said the reason for the tour was to curtail the large influx of petroleum products demanded by major marketers who are aiding the illegal stations to smuggle petrol products to neighboring countries like Cameroon Niger, and Chad.

According to him, despite the three months warning given to the owners of the illegal stations to dismantle them, it fell on deaf ears as they refused to comply.

He said as a result of the development, he has written the names of the illegal stations and their addresses to the security agencies for prompt actions, but still awaiting for them to carry out the action.

Ciroma said such illegal activities could aid the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists and other criminals at the borders of Cameroon where insurgency is more prevalent.

He lamented that marketers demand the products more than the capacity of their fuel stations to sell to the illegal stations at an exorbitant price of N350 to N400 per litre with the intention to smuggle the products to neighboring countries for more gains.

“The federal government spent huge amount to refine the products, l don’t see the reason for some unpatriotic Nigerians to smuggle the products to others countries for more gains thereby aiding all forms of criminalities in border areas,” he said.

Ciroma said the DPR was collaborating with other security agencies to curtail the activities of smugglers who illegally smuggled the products outside the countries.

Victor Lindelof insists that he is happy at Manchester United despite recent reports linking the Swedish defender with a move to Barcelona.

Lindelof, 24, has spent the past two seasons at United after arriving from Benfica, but reports this month have linked the defender with a move to La Liga champions Barca.

But the Sweden international moved to play down the talk, saying he was happy at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

"I'm very, very happy to be a Manchester United player," Lindelof told a news conference in Perth on Tuesday.

"I'm really looking forward to this season. I'm very excited for a new season to start.

"That's my answer, I'm very happy here.

“I always felt like a Manchester United player but last season was a better season for me, I performed better than I did in my first, pretty.

“I'm happy that people think that [I'm the best central defender at the club].

“I'm just trying to do my best every day and that's what I work hard for every day to help the team and the club.”

Lindelof made 40 appearances for Manchester United last campaign, including 30 in the Premier League as he became a vital piece of the club's backline under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

In his first season, he made just 17 Premier League appearances but has now seemingly adjusted to the pace and style of the Premier League.

The next step will be adapting to new faces coming in, including new defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

“Well new players, new signings, we as a team will always try to help them to settle in as quickly as possible,” said Lindelof.

“This is my third season here, I've been through what it is to sign for this club and get a little criticism.

“But it's part of the game and, like I said before, everyone in the team is trying to help the new guys.”

Manchester United are preparing to face Leeds United in their second pre-season friendly in Australia on Wednesday.

The Red Devils topped Perth Glory 2-0 in their first match of pre-season with Marcus Rashford and James Garner scoring the two goals.

Leonardo tried to convince Brazil star to stay

Neymar has reiterated his desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain, even though the club have tried to persuade him to stay.

Several reports have claimed the Brazil star met up with PSG sporting director Leonardo to discuss his future amid ongoing speculation surrounding a return to Barcelona.

And Sky Sports says that the Ligue 1 side attempted to change Neymar’s mind, but he made clear that he wants out of the French capital without saying where he wants to go.

Tottenham are open to paying up to €60 million (£54m/$68m) to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid this summer, Marca reports.

The Welsh winger has struggled at the Santiago Bernabeu side and they are ready to let him go amid speculation linking him to a return to Spurs and a move to Manchester United.
Philippe Coutinho's agent has said the Barcelona attacker would not consider a move to any Premier League side other than Liverpool, given his affinity with the Merseyside club.

The Brazilian has been linked with transfers to Manchester United and Chelsea - as well as Liverpool - in recent weeks, but agent Kia Joorabchian believes if Coutinho were to return to the Premier League it only would be to rejoin the Reds.

"Manchester United is a great club, I have players there and I have all the respect for them, but as far as Philippe goes it would be an extremely difficult to a near-impossible move,” Joorabchian told talkSPORT.

"It would be very difficult for Philippe to play for any of Liverpool’s rivals, because he has such a great affinity towards Liverpool. His time there was fantastic. His heart and affinity is very much with Liverpool."

Coutinho spent five years at Liverpool before departing the club in January 2018 for a reported fee of £142 million ($178m), but has struggled to establish himself as a first-team regular at Camp Nou.

While it is a little over 18 months ago that the 27-year departed the Reds, Joorabchian feels that the club’s recuitment in that period may mean there is no place for Coutinho in Jurgen Klopp’s side.

"Liverpool have built a tremendous squad, the manager has a great balance there and it’s probably one of the best run football clubs in the country," he said.

"So with the build-up they’ve done and the squad they have, [signing Coutinho] would really have to be something they would have to decide whether or not they feel there is now a gap in the squad for someone like Philippe.

"Obviously if he were to move back [to the Premier League], it would have to be Liverpool, but at the moment I think it would be difficult and it would be up to them."

Speculation that Coutinho could return to his former employers has increased markedly in recent days, with a report claiming Barcelona may offer Liverpool the chance to sign the former Inter man on a two-year loan.

However, the player’s agent has dismissed these rumours and claims Barca want to keep hold of their record signing.

"I don’t know about those stories," said Joorabchian. "[Josep Maria] Bartomeu [the club president] was very clear with me, saying he doesn’t want the player to leave and he has a future there.

"They made a tremendous effort to bring him over, he is Barcelona’s most expensive signing in history and the second or third most expensive signing in the world.

"As things happen in football, sometimes players feel a bit uncomfortable about somewhere, sometimes it’s the clubs that just don’t quite fit. If that happens obviously we’ll decide what’s best for Philippe, but at the moment we’re being told that’s not happening, it’s fine."

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