Madagascar counts votes in tense election run-off

<p class="">Madagascar released early partial results on Thursday the day after its presidential election, with both candidates claiming victory in a head-to-head duel that has raised fears of instability on the Indian Ocean island.</p>

<p class="">The vote count is set to be tense as Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, both former presidents, hope to emerge on top after a drawn-out election process hit by allegations of fraud.</p>

<p class="">Preliminary results were declared for six percent of polling stations and 750,000 votes — out of 10 million registered voters — with Rajoelina in the lead with 57 percent and Ravalomanana on 43 percent.</p>

<p class="">Amid calls for rival supporters to be patient, election authorities have said the count should produce a winner after Christmas.</p>

<p class="">Local media on Thursday highlighted Rajoelina’s early advantage.</p>

<p class="">"Andry Rajoelina is in the lead," headlined L’Express. "Andry Rajoelina is slowly moving towards Iavoloha (the presidential palace)," added La Verite.</p>

<p class="">Late on Wednesday, Rajoelina told his supporters: "I am sure I’m going to win but we’ll wait for the official results."</p>

<p class="">Meanwhile Ravalomanana, nicknamed "Daddy" said: "Change is coming tomorrow, and today you can say that ‘Daddy’ is elected."</p>

<p class="">Ravalomanana said he would reject the result if there was fraud, while Rajoelina’s camp has already alleged it is the victim of cheating.</p>

<p class="">The long-time rivals, who came a close first and second in November’s first-round vote, were both banned from running in the 2013 election as part of an agreement to end recurring crises that have rocked Madagascar since independence from France in 1960.</p>

<p class="">In the first round, Rajoelina won 39 percent compared with 35 percent for Ravalomanana.</p>

<h>Grudge match</h>

<p class="">The EU observer mission, which said turnout was around 50 percent, called for candidates and their supporters not to take to the streets until official results are announced.</p>

<p class="">Complete results are due by January 9, although they are widely expected to be announced next week.</p>

<p class="">Ravalomanana, 69, was first elected president in 2002 but was forced to resign seven years later by violent demonstrations supported by Rajoelina, the then mayor of the capital Antananarivo.</p>

<p class="">Rajoelina, now 44, was installed by the army and ruled until 2014.</p>

<p class="">Both candidates have spent lavishly on campaigning, with promises and handouts distributed liberally to voters, who are among the poorest in Africa.</p>

<p class="">With the personalities of the two men dominating the election, issues such as poverty, corruption and lack of basic services and infrastructure were largely pushed to the side.</p>

<p class="">Former education minister Paul Rabary, a fringe candidate who was eliminated in the first round, warned that a disputed result, fraud allegations and legal challenges could lead to another political crisis for the island.</p>

<p class="">"I’m sure there will be problems," he said. "The next president will not be the one who was elected at the polls but the one who succeeds in imposing his victory."</p>

<p class="">Ravalomanana is a former milkman from a peasant family who went on to build a business empire, while Rajoelina is a former party planner and successful entrepreneur with slick communication skills.</p>

<p class="">Madagascar is well known for its vanilla and precious redwood, yet is one of the world’s poorest nations, according to World Bank data, with 76 percent of people living in extreme poverty.</p>

<p class="">The island, which is also famed for its unique wildlife, is dependent on foreign aid and burdened by a long history of coups and unrest.</p>
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Okorocha says only God can help APC win Imo governorship election

<h1>Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, believes it would take divine intervention for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to win the 2019 Imo State governorship election.</h1>

<p class="">Okorocha said it’ll be hard for the party to market its candidate, <strong>Senator Hope Uzodinma</strong>, to the state because of his problematic political history.</p>

<p class="">In a statement signed by his spokesperson, <strong>Sam Onwuemeodo</strong>, on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, Okorocha said God himself would have to talk to the Imo people for Uzodinma to win.</p>

<p class="">He said, <em>"It would require God talking from heaven and telling Imo people, ‘Chief Hope Uzodinma is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased’ before Imo people could consider changing their minds. If not, Imo people know those who cannot be their governor. Chief Uzodinma knows this fact and he should stop using the governor to deceive his sponsors."</em></p>

<p class="">The governor has long been a vocal opposition to Uzodinma’s candidacy, preferring instead that his son-in-law, <strong>Uche Nwosu</strong>, succeeds him as he approaches the end of his second term in 2019.</p>

<p class="">Despite the open hostility between both parties, Okorocha said he’s not the lawmaker’s problem. He pointed to the candidate’s alleged $12.5 million contract fraud being probed by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property.</p>

<p class="">He said, <em>"Chief Uzodinma’s problem is self-inflicted. Imo people who are going to vote on election day know him and he has the choking problem of how to convince them to vote for him to become their governor. </em></p>

<p class=""><em>"The latest story on the APC candidate is that he has been banned from travelling out over allegation of treasury looting. It was not Okorocha who slammed the travel ban on him.</em></p>

<p class=""><em>"The case is in court over $12.5 million contract. That does not concern Rochas.  He is in court for asset declaration issue. That has also nothing to do with Rochas."</em></p>

<p class="">The governor further noted that there are stronger candidates in other parties who can easily defeat Uzodinma at the polls in 2019. Okorocha’s preferred candidate, Nwosu, recently dumped the APC for the <strong>Action Alliance (AA)</strong> and will be contesting next year.</p>

<p class="">Okorocha concluded that despite the trouble with Uzodinma’s candidacy, it’ll be easy to sell <strong>President Muhammadu Buhari </strong>to the Imo people as the 76-year-old contests for re-election next year.</p>

<p class=""><em>"It is going to be easy to market Muhammadu Buhari and some other Candidates of the party,"</em> he said.</p>
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Courteney Cox bumped into Tom Selleck in a New York bar and fans are asking what Chandler would say

<ul><li> Tom Selleck and <a href="">Courteney Cox</a> bumped into each other at a New York bar. <li><li> The pair played lovers Monica Gellar and Richard Burke in "Friends" <li><li> The chance encounter was caught on camera and <a href="">shared on Twitter</a> . <li><li> Fans were quick to ask what Chandler who Monica ended up with over Richard in the show would have made of the situation. <li></ul>

<p class="">"Friends" fans were treated to a mini-reunion on Tuesday night after Tom Selleck and <a href="" id="340a7cdb-52f1-3438-ae4b-5f0b0fefd4b0"> Courteney Cox </a> bumped into each other at a New York bar.</p>

<p class="">The pair played lovers Monica Gellar and Richard Burke in the hit sitcom.</p>

<p class="">Their impromptu meet-up was caught on camera by Claudia Oshry who <a href="" id="be1d1086-ca19-3b04-ab88-a78e3ab2797f"> shared the footage on Twitter </a> with the caption: "Spotted in NY: Dr. Richard Burke and Monica Geller saying hi to one another. Shook. What will Chandler say?"</p>

<p class="">Like Oshry, "Friends" aficionados were quick to ask what Chandler who Monica ended up with over Richard in the show would have made of the situation.</p>

<p class="">"Could I BE any more excited????" one person asked.</p>

<p class="">Many just posted Chandler gifs.</p>

<p class="">And one fan said she wished that Monica had ended up with Richard over Chandler.</p>

<p class="">So, could this be the start of a wider "Friends" reunion? It’s likely just a chance encounter, however, Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green) recently refused to rule out a reboot.</p>

<p class=""><strong> Read more: </strong> <a href="" id="46be4557-5fe3-342a-a4b5-11f73c2049f8"> Jennifer Aniston says she fantasizes about ‘Friends’ coming back but can’t picture what it would look like today </a></p>

<p class="">"I fantasize about it," Aniston told <a href="" id="4115a766-ff57-309e-a165-a48e9e877bf8"> InStyle </a> . "It really was the greatest job I ever had. I don’t know what it would look like today, but you never know. So many shows are being successfully rebooted."</p>

<p class="">She stipulated that some cast members may need more convincing than others: "I know Matt LeBlanc doesn’t want to be asked that question anymore. But maybe we could talk him into it."</p>

<p class="">Here’s hoping.</p>

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Pulse List 2018: Top Nollywood movies of the year

<h1>From &quot;New Money&quot; to &quot;King Of Boys,&quot; viewers were treated to some of the best storylines, dialogue and good use of camera angle in the movies released in 2018.</h1>

<p class="">The top Nollywood movies 2018 was arrived at after considerations on the storyline, character interpretation of roles and the overall acceptance of the movie by viewers.</p>

<p class="">The movies on this list have wowed audience and some of the best critics after their release in cinemas in 2018.</p>

<p class=""><strong><em>Check out the list of top 10 Nollywood movies in 2018 in no particular order.</em></strong></p>

<p class="">1. <strong>New Money</strong></p>

<p class="">‘New Money’ is one of the movies that made 2018 a great year for lovers of Nollywood.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Official poster for New Money movie "> <figcaption>Official poster for New Money movie </figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">Shot by Tope Oshin, the movie had an interesting theme which resonates with an average Nigerian.</p>

<p class="">The movie combines fiction and reality to give a fine storyline which was well interpreted by the cast that include <strong>Dakore Akande, Kate Henshaw, Jemima Osunde </strong>and <strong>Jemima Osunde</strong>.</p>

<p class="">The movie had good reviews from film critics and viewers alike.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Mummy Dearest: The Wedding</strong></p>

<p class="">When Willis Ikedum decided to release the sequel to his film, ‘Mummy Dearest’, not many gave him a chance.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Photos from the premiere of ‘Mummy Dearest: The Wedding’"> <figcaption>Photos from the premiere of ‘Mummy Dearest: The Wedding'</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">However, the release of Mummy Dearest: The Wedding’ was one of the blessings of Nollywood in 2018.</p>

<p class="">The movie, which features Liz Benson Ameye, Chris Okagbue, Daniel K Daniel, Uti Nwachukwu and Melvin Oduah, gave audience the viewing pleasure of enjoying the sterling performance of one of Nollywood’s veteran, Liz Benson again.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Sergeant Tutu</strong></p>

<p class="">‘Sergeant Tutu’ didn’t come across like the movie that will interest the Nollywood world but interestingly, the movie turned out to be a worthy venture.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Sergeant Tutu is one of the top movies in 2018"> <figcaption>Sergeant Tutu is one of the top movies in 2018</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">Focused on the life and trials of a police officer who ranks as a Sergeant, ‘Sergeant Tutu’ gives life to investigative genre of Nollywood movie.</p>

<p class="">The movie is not like the regular investigative movie, it ranks in the likes of Kunle Afolayan’s ‘October 1.’</p>

<p class="">The movie also mirrors the current possibilities in the Nigerian police force where a diligent officer has a crooked officer as superior.</p>

<p class=""><strong>King Of Boys</strong></p>

<p class="">Kemi Adetiba’s ‘King Of Boys’ is one of the many movies that enjoyed accolades from movie critics and movie lovers across Nigeria.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Sola Sobowale plays the lead character in Kemi Adetiba’s ‘King Of Boys’"> <figcaption>Sola Sobowale plays the lead character in Kemi Adetiba’s ‘King Of Boys'</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">The ability to dare to produce and direct a three-hour long movie remains one of the most daunting steps taken by the leading filmmaker.</p>

<p class="">A political thriller in the age of comedy, the movie shone like a bright star for seven weeks as the number one movie in cinemas across Africa.</p>

<p class="">’King of Boys’ features <strong>Sola Sobowale</strong>, who gives a stellar performance a Alhaja Eniola Salami, a businesswoman and philanthropist, who is the centre of the movie.</p>

<p class="">The movie also brought out the acting abilities of rapper, <strong>Reminisce</strong>, who gave an award-winning performance in his first movie role as Makanaki. Other members of cast brought their A-game to fore and this had an overall effect of success on the movie.</p>

<p class="">The movie also features<strong> Jide Kosoko, Adesua Etomi Wellington, Toni Tones, Ill Bliss, Funlola Aofiyebi Raimi</strong> and many others.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Esohe</strong></p>

<p class=""><strong>Charles Uwagbai</strong>’s "Esohe," brought back lovely memories of the history of Edo land.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="’Esohe’ Poster"> <figcaption>’Esohe’ Poster</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">The epic goes back to the reincarnation and reunion of Ifagbai, the son of Eghosa the Oba’s warrior, his long-lost lover, Esohe, which presents a puzzle to Gary Barbar.</p>

<p class="">The ability to make the movie relevant to millenials and all ages of movie lovers despite its deep rooted Edo theme, remains one of its selling points.</p>

<p class="">From <strong>Toyin Abraham</strong> to <strong>Jimmy Jean Louis, Chris Attoh, Jemima Ounde, Omoeye Uzamere</strong>, <strong>Bimbo Manuel</strong> and<strong> Desmond Elliot</strong>, the movie cast gave a wonderful performance.</p>

<p class=""><strong>The Royal Hibiscus Hotel</strong></p>

<p class="">"Royal Hibiscus Hotel," is a regular Nigerian movie but with a theme that appeals to the biracials with Nigerian and British origin.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Romantic comedy from EbonyLife Films in 2018, "The Royal Hibiscus Hotel" "> <figcaption>Romantic comedy from EbonyLife Films in 2018, "The Royal Hibiscus Hotel" </figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">The story of a disillusioned London chef, who visits Nigeria and struggles with dealing with her matchmaking mother aside restoring the family’s rundown hotel is not totally an uncommon one in Nigeria but the British infused humour made the <strong>Ishaya Bako</strong> directed movie a success.</p>

<p class="">With a London born and trained <strong>Zainab Balogun</strong> playing the lead role, it was easy for <strong>Deyemi Okanlawon, Kenneth Okolie, Akah Nnani,</strong> and<strong> Kemi Lala Akindoju</strong> to bring their A-game to the movie.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Date Night</strong></p>

<p class="">‘Date Night’ reminds you of the Nollywood movies released in the late 90s and 2000s but with a twist that follows the current happening around the world.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="A scene from ‘Date Night’"> <figcaption>A scene from ‘Date Night'</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">The movie tells the story of a man, who is held hostage by a woman he brings home for the night, and an intense struggle for survival follows.</p>

<p class="">‘Dark Night’ joins some of the best thrillers Nollywood produced in 2018 considering the twist in the tale, storyline and character interpretation by some of the accomplished stars in Nollywood.</p>

<p class="">Directed by<strong> Daniel Oriahi</strong>, the movie stars <strong>Deyemi Okanlawon, Adesua Etomi</strong> and <strong>Ogechi Peters</strong>.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Alexandra</strong></p>

<p class="">A tale of love, passion and revenge, "Alexandra" tells the story of a young Nigerian woman, who meets and falls in love with an American online.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Poster for "Alexandra" starring Vivica Fox, Joseph Benjamin, Ada Ameh"> <figcaption>Poster for "Alexandra" starring Vivica Fox, Joseph Benjamin, Ada Ameh</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">The plot is one easily understood by Nigerians in Nigeria and abroad.</p>

<p class="">The story becomes relatable to many individual, who have had their family members travel abroad to live with their spouses and tales that follow this process.</p>

<p class="">The movie, which won itself an AMAA in Rwanda, was shot by Robert Peters and features <strong>Vivica Fox, Joseph Benjamin, Ada Ameh, Robert Hays </strong>and<strong> Freda Steffl</strong>.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Black Rose</strong></p>

<p class=""><strong>Okechukwu Oku</strong> tells the story of a female known as Rose in his 2018 effort, ‘Black Rose.’</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Black Rose"> <figcaption>Black Rose</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">Starring <strong>Blossom Chukwujekwu, Ebele Okaro</strong>, <strong>Lilian Echelon</strong> and <strong>Betty Bellor</strong>, the movie comes in two halves: the first and the second half.</p>

<p class="">While one half depicts the common hardship that befalls widows in Nigeria, the second half leaves the viewers blaming the character for getting lost in the world after clinching an opportunity to give back to the poor widow.</p>

<p class="">The intrigue in ‘Black Rose’ is one of the best things that happened to Nollywood in 2018.</p>
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Pulse List 2018: Top 5 Movie Directors of the year

<h1>2018 was a year for movie directors to surpass their achievements while displaying talent and skill in helming outstanding movies.</h1>

<p class="">Several movies were released but few directors were able to distinguish themselves from the pack.</p>

<p class=""><strong><em>Pulse Movies has put together the top five movie directors of the year 2018.</em></strong></p>

<p class=""><strong>5. Charles Uwagbai</strong></p>

<p class="">Charles Uwagbai’s feature film, ‘Esohe,’ is no doubt one of the masterpieces that retold a Nigerian story. </p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Charles Uwagbai’s joint effort with Robert Peters on ‘Eohe’ produced one of the best epic in 2018."> <figcaption>Charles Uwagbai’s joint effort with Robert Peters on ‘Eohe’ produced one of the best epic in 2018.</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">With a screenplay done by Bimbo Manuel, Uwagbai tells the love story of a pretty lady from Benin, Esohe. </p>

<p class="">Uwagbai’s good use of location, camera angle, editing and makeup leaves Esohe as one of the memorable projects by a Nollywood filmmaker.</p>

<p class=""><strong>4. Izu Ojukwu</strong></p>

<p class="">After his success with ‘76 in 2016, Ojukwu had returned to the drawing board to work on another piece.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Izu Ojukwu made his comeback in 2018 with ‘Power of 1’"> <figcaption>Izu Ojukwu made his comeback in 2018 with ‘Power of 1′</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">He was presented with the opportunity to work on the story of African music star, 2face Idibia, in the Buckwyld produced advocacy movie, ‘Power of 1.’</p>

<p class="">Ojukwu’s ability to tell a story with his lenses has become uncommon so much that he thrives in re-creating true life events spiced with fiction for audience viewing pleasure.</p>

<p class=""><strong>3.</strong> <strong>Niyi Akinmolayan</strong></p>

<p class="">Obviously one of the most busy directors in 2018 is Niyi Akinmolayan. </p>

<p class="">The filmmaker had his hands on two of EbonyLife TV productions between 2017 and 2018. </p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Niyi Akinmolayan had his hands full in 2018 working on some of the biggest projects of EbonyLife Films."> <figcaption>Niyi Akinmolayan had his hands full in 2018 working on some of the biggest projects of EbonyLife Films.</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">After his success in creating, ‘The Wedding Party II,’ a box office breaking sequel to ‘The Wedding Party I’, Akinmolayan was engaged in 2018 for ‘Chief Daddy.’ </p>

<p class="">‘Chief Daddy,’ one of the most anticipated movies from EbonyLife Films is expected to compete with Dare Olaitan’ ‘Knockout Blessing’ and BB Sasore’s ‘God Calling’ in the cinema during 2018 Christmas.</p>

<p class=""><strong>2. Tope Oshin</strong></p>

<p class="">Tope Oshin has made her impact felt in the Nigerian movie and film industry from TV screens to cinema screens.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt=" Tope Oshin had three wonderful movies to her credit in 2018."> <figcaption> Tope Oshin had three wonderful movies to her credit in 2018.</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">In 2018, Tope Oshin had her hands full with the shoot of three big movies that include, ‘We don’t live here anymore,’ ‘Up North’ and ‘New Money.’</p>

<p class="">‘New Money,’ one of the earliest film filmed by Oshin made a statement in 2018 at the cinemas while ‘We don’t live here anymore,’ earned over 15 nominations from the AMVCAs, AMAAs and BON awards.</p>

<p class="">Her latest and one of the most anticipated movie starring Banky W, Rahama Sada and Bauchi State governor is ‘Up North.’</p>

<p class=""><strong>1. Kemi Adetiba</strong></p>

<p class="">For 2018, Kemi Adetiba held the later part of the year spellbound with her movie, King Of Boys which had Sola Sobowale sitting on the throne.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Kemi Adetiba is the director of the year."> <figcaption>Kemi Adetiba is the director of the year.</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">Her return to the scene after the success of Wedding Party I, was welcomed with grace and fanfare.</p>

<p class="">The response of the general public and critics to her new movie puts her ahead other directors for 2018.</p>

<p class="">Adetiba was able to keep Nigerian audience on the edge of their seats for three hours with the movie that stayed on the number spot for five weeks in the cinema.</p>

<p class="">The movie was touted to have raked in over N100 million by FilmOne distribution.</p>

<p class="">Kemi has been able to attain certain height many of her peers long for with her ability to have broken boundaries with just two feature films.</p>
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This is why lawmakers booed Buhari during 2019 budget presentation

<p class="">Here is the real reason why lawmakers booed and jeered Buhari during 2019 budget presentation.</p>

<h1>On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, President Buhari was greeted with boos and jeers as he stepped into the green chamber of the National Assembly to present the 2019 budget estimate of N8.83 trillion to a joint sitting of parliament.</h1>

<p class="">The catcalls, name calling, heckles, jeers and boos endured as Buhari reeled out budget estimates to lawmakers who weren’t interested in listening to whatever he had to say.</p>

<p class="">With the <a href="" id="a4ba2ce8-8800-4df8-9b97-8b701a5cb368">boos getting louder</a> as Buhari settled into the day’s business, the president just couldn’t take it anymore and issued a note of caution to lawmakers who were threatening to bring the roof down.</p>

<p class=""><em>"May I appeal to the honourable members that the world is watching us and we’re supposed to be above this," </em>President Buhari cautioned, before proceeding to more jeers from lawmakers who had made up their minds to be unruly.</p>

<h1>Udo Udoma's refusal to apologise angered lawmakers</h1>

<p class="">Two lawmakers from either side of the partisan divide told <strong><em>Pulse</em></strong> on condition of anonymity, late Wednesday, that the jeers were pre-planned and designed for maximum impact. </p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Buhari tells booing lawmakers: "the world is watching us" (Credit: Presidency)"> <figcaption>Buhari tells booing lawmakers: "the world is watching us" (Credit: Presidency)</figcaption> </figure>

<p class=""><em>“Last week, we warned that if the president’s Minister for Budget and National Planning, </em><strong><em>Sen Udo Udoma,</em></strong><em> doesn’t apologise to lawmakers for making us look bad before Nigerians, we were going to boycott President Buhari’s budget presentation. </em></p>

<p class=""><em>"After we were begged not to boycott the presentation, the best we could do was boo and we did just that”, </em>one PDP lawmaker told <strong><em>Pulse,</em></strong> while pleading that his name be left out of this story.</p>

<p class="">On Thursday, December 13, 2018, members of the House of Representatives threatened to boycott President Buhari’s budget presentation after Udoma was quoted as saying lawmakers were responsible for the delay in the presentation of the 2019 Appropriation Bill. </p>

<p class="">Speaker of the House, <strong>Yakubu Dogara,</strong> had called out Udoma during plenary, saying the 2019 Appropriation Bill had only just been approved and there was no way the National Assembly could have been responsible for the delay. </p>

<p class=""><em>“Until this morning, nobody had requested for a date for budget presentation. The letter was only submitted today”, </em>Dogara bellowed to his colleagues.</p>

<p class="">Thereafter, lawmakers demanded an apology from Udoma. Should he refuse to apologise, they declared, the president would be presenting the budget to an empty chamber. </p>

<p class="">One after the other, lawmakers took turns to lampoon Udoma and the executive for always ridiculing legislators before Nigerians.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Udo Udoma (left) and Speaker Dogara (right). Udoma was hated by lawmakers (Credit: Punch)"> <figcaption>Udo Udoma (left) and Speaker Dogara (right). Udoma was hated by lawmakers (Credit: Punch)</figcaption> </figure>

<p class=""><em>“When you move round, people now call us “legislooters”. They make us look like we are delaying the budget,”</em> screamed a visibly agitated <strong>Mike Adeniyi (PDP, Ondo).</strong></p>

<p class="">It took the intervention of <strong>Hon Femi Gbajabiamila </strong>(APC, Lagos) to restore some calm to a House that was almost boiling over.</p>

<h1>What was Udoma's reaction when lawmakers got angry?</h1>

<p class="">Gbajabiamila claimed to have received a phone call from Udoma, with the majority leader informing his colleagues that Udoma not only apologised for the misunderstanding, he claimed to have been misquoted.</p>

<p class="">Udoma had also promised the leader of the House that he was penning a rejoinder to the allegation, Gbajabiamila announced. That rejoinder never came.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Hon Femi Gbajabiamila stood on Udoma’s side as lawmakers threatened fire and brimstone (Credit: Punch)"> <figcaption>Hon Femi Gbajabiamila stood on Udoma’s side as lawmakers threatened fire and brimstone (Credit: Punch)</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">It is unclear if Udoma did formally apologise to lawmakers or send in a rejoinder behind the scenes, but <strong><em>Pulse </em></strong>understands that all the Minister said during the televised interview was that whenever the lawmakers were ready to receive the budget, the executive was ready to present it.</p>

<p class=""><em>"The newspapers twisted the Minister’s words and made it look like he was blaming lawmakers for the budget presentation delay. That was as far from the truth as you would ever get", </em>said an aide of Udoma.</p>

<h1>Legislature and Executive don't see eye to eye</h1>

<p class="">Growing resentment toward the executive from the legislative arm of government which is now being led by two opposition PDP members in Dogara and Senate President <strong>Bukola Saraki,</strong> provided the backdrop for the boos and jeers Buhari received during his budget estimate presentation on Wednesday.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Udoma speaks with Saraki and Dogara as Buhari comes visiting (Credit: Saraki media)"> <figcaption>Udoma speaks with Saraki and Dogara as Buhari comes visiting (Credit: Saraki media)</figcaption> </figure>

<p class=""><em>“The truth is that Speaker Dogara called the lawmakers into a closed session hours before Buhari arrived, and pleaded for decorum and civility during the presentation. But the PDP lawmakers were having none of it. At the end of the day, it’s all politics. Which is why we responded with our own chants of support for Buhari”,</em> said an APC senator who also pleaded that his name be left out of this story.</p>

<p class="">Other national assembly sources told <strong><em>Pulse</em></strong> that the boos predominantly came from the PDP side of the aisle and that it was always going to be an unruly chamber when Buhari came visiting, because it’s the president’s last budget before an election year.</p>

<p class="">PDP lawmakers weren’t going to allow Buhari gloat <a href="" id="1ff28179-159e-4589-8a96-94432db36146">about his achievements</a> before the cameras on their turf.</p>

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<p class=""><em>“The plan was to make the president uncomfortable, throw him off balance and divert attention from his speech and budget, to the boos. And you can’t say the PDP lawmakers didn’t achieve their aim”, </em>one legislative aide disclosed.</p>

<p class="">In the ensuing hostile atmosphere of the budget presentation, Speaker Dogara and Senate President Saraki shelved their speeches and watched helplessly as Buhari was called “liar” and “Barawo (thief)” by irate lawmakers.</p>

<h1>The National Assembly is yet to conduct a headcount</h1>

<p class="">Dogara and Saraki officially defected from Buhari’s governing APC in September and July respectively, to the opposition PDP.</p>

<p class="">The APC failed in several attempts to impeach Saraki as Senate President, choosing instead to wait it out till the 2019 vote.</p>

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<p class="">Lawmakers from the APC and PDP who promised to conduct a headcount to determine the party with the most seats upon resumption of plenary, following a gale of defections from either camp, failed to do so when plenary resumed on October 9. </p>
Source: politics

Pulse List 2018: Top 10 Yoruba Actors of the year

<h3>Yoruba movie stars gave sterling performances to their large followership in 2018 with the release of several movies.</h3>

<p class="">Though Nollywood is home to some of the most talented practitioners, some of the Yoruba genre have continued to shine like bright stars because of their involvements in many movies. </p>

<p class="">Despite jumping from one movie set to the other because they are in hot demand by producers and directors, many of the movie stars also had to juggle the roles of producer and lead actors and actresses.</p>

<p class="">While their acting skills and command of the language are partly responsible for their demand in movies, these movie stars shuttle between various movie locations in Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Ilorin and Osun state.</p>

<p class=""><strong><em>Here are the top 10 Yoruba movie stars</em></strong></p>

<p class=""><strong>Odunlade Adekola</strong></p>

<p class="">In 2018, Odunlade Adekola remained on top of his career bringing his acting prowess to fore. </p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Odunlade Adekola has remained of Nigeria’s biggest and funniest actors for nearly a decade"> <figcaption>Odunlade Adekola has remained of Nigeria’s biggest and funniest actors for nearly a decade</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">The actor appeared in over 20 Yoruba movies released in 2018 and three English movies. </p>

<p class="">Odunlade also won the coveted Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for his role in a Yoruba comedy.</p>

<p class=""> From ‘Iya Alara’ to ‘Iji Laafin’ and ‘The Vendor,’ Odunlade proved his worth in 2018.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Abdulateef Adedimeji</strong></p>

<p class="">Abdulateef Adedimeji was very busy in 2018 with several movies to his credit. </p>

<p class="">The actor, who is believed to have made fame working with Odunlade Adekola, featured in over 30 movies released in 2018. </p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Abdulateef Adedimeji is one of the top Yoruba actors in 2018."> <figcaption>Abdulateef Adedimeji is one of the top Yoruba actors in 2018.</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">From ‘Ayo Ife’ to ‘Ana Mi,’ ‘Ife,’ ‘Ere Mi’ and ‘Komisona’ Adedimeji wowed many of his fans. </p>

<p class="">Abdulateef also made a big break with an appearance in Kunle Afolayan’s yet-to-be released feature film, ‘Mokalik.’</p>

<p class=""><strong>Wale Akorede</strong></p>

<p class="">Wale Akorede is undoubtedly one of the hilarious Yoruba actor that had a fulfilled year on many sets. </p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Wale Akorede"> <figcaption>Wale Akorede</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">The comic actor featured in more than 30 movies released in 2018 and they include ‘Gbekude,’ ‘Arogidigba,’ ‘Ahun,’ ‘Baba Soja,’ ‘Layepe’ and ‘Ile Wa.’</p>

<p class=""><strong>Femi Adebayo</strong></p>

<p class="">Femi Adebayo made efforts to remain relevant and entertain his numerous fans in 2018 despite his political appointment in the cabinet of the Kwara state governor, <strong>Abdulfatah Ahmed</strong>. </p>

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<p class="">With appearances in more than 15 movies including a cinema film, ‘Heaven on my mind,’ his biggest offering for 2018 was ‘Etiko Onigedu.’ </p>

<p class="">The movie, which was released in two parts was nominated for the AMVCAs and Best Of Nollywood awards. </p>

<p class="">Femi won himself the award for the best actor in a lead role Yoruba at the BON awards for his role as Etiko in the movie, ‘Etiko Onigedu’ and also an AMVCAs.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Toyin Abraham</strong></p>

<p class="">The career-driven actress was busy on several movie sets in 2017 and majority of the productions were released in 2017 and 2018.</p>

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<p class="">Toyin was one of the most sought-after Yoruba actresses in 2018 and she had scripts from both the English and Yoruba movie producers. </p>

<p class="">Some of her efforts in 2018 include many cinema releases including ‘Seven dates and a half’ and ‘Toyin Alakara,’ ‘Ori Olola,’ and ‘Perfect Engagement.’</p>

<p class=""><strong>Jumoke Odetola</strong></p>

<p class="">Jumoke Odetola is without doubt one of the young Yoruba actresses aiming for the zenith of her career.</p>

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<p class="">Jumoke is known to have been in high demand in the last three years.</p>

<p class="">While she still ranks in the B list of Yoruba movie stars, she is one of the most sought-after actresses.</p>

<p class="">Her ability to convincingly deliver her roles has been responsible for her rise, which even got nominations at the Africa Movie Viewers Choice Awards. </p>

<p class="">Her movie, ‘Agbokolori’ was one of the most watched on YouTube in 2018 and trended for over three months.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Mercy Aigbe</strong></p>

<p class="">Mercy Aigbe isn’t just a fashionista and celebrity with endorsement deals, she’s actually one of the Yoruba actresses in ‘hot demand.'</p>

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<p class="">The request for her participation in several movie roles is a public knowledge amongst her colleagues and peers.</p>

<p class="">According to most of colleagues, Mercy is always ready to give her all to any movie as long as the story resonates with her.</p>

<p class="">One of her media aides once said Mercy takes her acting career with all seriousness saying it is her call to fame and should never be toyed with.</p>

<p class="">She featured in movies like ‘Judasi,’ ‘Kostrobu,’ and ‘Judgement.’</p>

<p class=""><strong>Eniola Ajao</strong></p>

<p class="">Eniola Ajao owes most of her appearances in movie roles to the favour she got in the sight of actor, director and producer, Odunlade Adekola.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Eniola Ajao made her mark acting in movie by Odunlade Adekola and produced her own movies in 2018."> <figcaption>Eniola Ajao made her mark acting in movie by Odunlade Adekola and produced her own movies in 2018.</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">In 2018, the actress, who also doubles as a producer featured in over 10 productions one of which was her movie, ‘Iya Alara.’</p>

<p class="">A former accountant, Eniola has since been in demand after starring in over 15 films directed and produced by Odunlade Adekola.</p>

<p class="">Her good looks has played a big role in the demand for her appearance for movie roles by movie directors and producers. </p>

<p class="">She also featured in movies like ‘Igbeyawo afoju,’ ‘Oko Alaya Marun,’ and ‘Iseju Marun’ </p>

<p class=""><strong>Mide Martins Abiodun</strong></p>

<p class="">Mide Martins, the daughter of Funmi Martins, who died over two decades ago, is also one of the top actresses for 2018.</p>

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<p class="">Married to Afeez Abiodun, Mide is currently on the list of the most sought-after actresses not because she’s the daughter of a late popular actress but because she is one of the darlings of fans and filmmakers on screen and on social media. </p>

<p class="">Some of her productions for 2018 worth talking about are ‘Koedurowo,’ ‘Ilara Gbona,’ ‘Onikanra,’ and ‘Imu.’</p>

<p class=""><strong>Ronke Ojo</strong></p>

<p class="">2018 was a beautiful year for Ronke Ojo, who is widely referred to as Ronke Oshodi Oke. </p>

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<p class="">For her main production for the year, Oshodi Oke employed the services of four different directors for her epic movie, ‘Osun Sengese.’ </p>

<p class="">The movie stood her out and earned her major nominations at the AMVCA 2018 and BON 2018. </p>

<p class="">The actress also featured in some 2018 released productions like ‘Iyawo Suwenu,’ and ‘Afoju Meta.’</p>
Source: entertainment

Juelz Santana sentenced to 27 months behind bars

<p class="">Juelz Santana will be cooling off behind the bars for a long time</p>

<h1>Juelz Santana has been sentenced to 27 months behind the bars following drug and fire arm case.</h1>

<p class="">According to <strong>TMZ</strong>, a judge on Monday, December 17, 2018, in <strong>Newark</strong>, <strong>NJ</strong> sentenced him to jail. He’ll also be under supervised release for 12 months after he’s completed his time. No date was set on when the rapper will have to surrender.  </p>

<p class="">It would be recalled that Juelz Santana was arrested in March after trying to take a loaded .38-caliber handgun and eight oxycodone pills in his travel bag at <strong>Newark International Airport</strong>. After TSA security found the gun, Juelz booked it but he later turned himself in.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="juelz Santana sentenced to jail for arms possession "> <figcaption>juelz Santana sentenced to jail for arms possession </figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">Juelz Santana pled guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Back home in Nigeria, a few weeks ago, singer, Small Doctor was arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot a police officer with a gun.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Police arrest Small Doctor for alleged possession of firearm</strong></p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Small Doctor being paraded along side his gang "> <figcaption>Small Doctor being paraded along side his gang </figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">The police on Monday in Lagos said they had <a href="" id="f217d0e8-14d7-48bf-84cd-0a5eefb145cc">arrested a popular musician, Adekunle Temitope, a.k.a Small Doctor</a>, and three others for alleged unlawful possession of fireman.</p>

<p class="">The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP <strong>Imohimin Edgal</strong>, told newsmen that the suspects were arrested after threatening to shoot policemen controlling the traffic at the ever-busy Oshodi area of Lagos.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Small Doctor was arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot a police officer"> <figcaption>Small Doctor was arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot a police officer</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">Edgal said that he was disappointed with the musician’s conduct because he had a case with the State CID, Panti for shooting a gun at his Agege show where he injured four persons.</p>
Source: entertainment

What is it like visiting Yaba market as a young woman?

<p class="">Recently, a conversation was started by #MarketMarch against harassment of women in Nigerian markets, starting from Yaba market in Lagos. So, what is it like visiting the market as a young woman?</p>

<h3>A revolution is coming. In the spirit of the coming change, Pulse speaks to a few women about their experiences in Yaba.</h3>

<p class="">Being touched by unwanted grubby hands, being catcalled, receiving rude and vulgar comments… those are just some of the things that characterise a visit to the market. This is usually done to both men and women to "get a potential buyer’s attention".</p>

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<p class="">This has gone on for the longest time and had become the norm in Yaba market and markets all over the country.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Marketmarchyaba"> <figcaption>Marketmarchyaba</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">Not a lot of people thought the conversation would ever be addressed on a grand scale.. at least not until <a href="" id="fa2e6a5e-414d-4b23-b537-4652b365fe54">#MarketMarch founder, Damilola Marcus</a> aka <strong>Omoge Dami</strong> organised the first ever Market March at Yaba or Tejuosho market on Saturday, December 15, 2018.</p>

<h1>So, what is it like visiting Yaba market as a young woman?</h1>

<p class=""><em>"I can’t count how many times I’ve almost got into a fight. The markets are unbearable for women, it shouldn’t be so."</em> – Affiong (female)</p>

<p class=""><em>"I am literally scared of going to that place — the grabbing, the insults, the catcalls. One particular experience that stands out… This guy selling travel boxes tried to grab me and I hissed and sidestepped him. Next thing, dude started calling me names and insulting my mother… Back then, I used to carry office pin with me whenever I go to Yaba — which is a lot, because "UNILAG student" — so I pinched him with the pin and ran for dear life. [I] crossed the road to where my school shuttle used to be back then without checking to see if cars were coming… ask people that ply that road very well, that was a deadly move." – </em>Hannah (female, not real name)</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Men reacting during the #MarketMarch"> <figcaption>Men reacting during the #MarketMarch</figcaption> </figure>

<p class=""><em>"They are pretty vulgar when they want to be. One guy told us we should come to his shop and after of course touching us inappropriately and repeatedly, he told us our vaginas are smelling and that is why nobody will ever marry us. Another time, one told me I should come [and] when I refused he started following me [and] whispering close to my ear that he will take me and touch me until my vagina is wet and I will be begging him to stop. Again."</em>- Ibukun (female, not real name)</p>

<p class=""><em>"[It’s] always very rough and those guys keep touching and dragging you. And if you don’t answer them, they start insulting you… ‘You dey mad, you no even fine.’"</em>- Damola (female)</p>

<p class="">Men who come to the market are not spared from the touching. Some young men who spoke to Pulse recount their annoying experiences, but slightly different from that of women. In their case, they are not as vulgar.</p>

<p class=""><em>"They also touch us. But if you challenge them, they’ll ask you if you are a woman. They believe that as a man you should understand why they are touching you and not "form" like women do."</em> – Bayo (male, not real name).</p>

<p class=""><em>"When i shouted at one, he asked, ‘Wetin dey worry you, you fine reach me? Na because you wear suit?’"</em>- Ayoola (male).</p>

<p class="">With the success of the #Marketmarch on Saturday, people have already begun turning in testimonies of walking through the market without being touched.</p>

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<p class="">Hopefully, the conversation continues and carries on to many other markets around Nigeria to end the normalised sexual harassment &amp; bullying of women in markets, one market at a time.</p>
Source: lifestyle

Here are 5 reasons employers didn’t call you after submitting application

<p class="">By the time you read this to the end, you’ll understand why some employers don’t invite applicants for job interviews sometimes.</p>

<p class="">You may be wondering why employers or hiring managers didn’t call to invite you for a job interview after sending you an email to acknowledge your application.</p>

<p class="">This happens a lot, and most times, job applicants worry about what could have wrong with their applications. The silence on the part of the employers worsens their situation because the applicants will never get to know why they’re not called for the job interview.</p>

<p class="">Fam, you may find it annoying that some hiring managers choose to keep you waiting for their calls, but here are some of the reasons why hiring managers don’t invite applicants for job interviews after receiving their applications.</p>

<p class=""><strong>1. The job was already filled</strong></p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Sometimes, employers don’t call applicants because the job is already filled."> <figcaption>Sometimes, employers don’t call applicants because the job is already filled.</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">To be honest with you, companies sometimes post job openings just for formalities. They probably have an internal candidate in mind to fill the position.</p>

<p class="">In a situation like this, the hiring manager won’t bother to address all applications received for that opening.</p>

<p class=""><strong>2. You didn’t follow instructions</strong></p>

<p class="">Failing to follow instructions has been identified as one major mistake job applicant always make. Job postings always come with instructions stating what candidates have to submit with their applications. Unfortunately, many applicants don’t follow these instructions.</p>

<p class="">Hiring managers usually get very busy looking through CVs to identify candidates that meet the requirements. This process is an automatic disqualification for candidates who do not follow the instructions. And once you’re disqualified, the employer may not think it wise to get back to you.</p>

<p class=""><strong>3. There are too many applications for the hiring manager to handle</strong></p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="If a hiring manager receives one thousand applications for just one opening, many applications would certainly be ignored. "> <figcaption>If a hiring manager receives one thousand applications for just one opening, many applications would certainly be ignored. </figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">See, here’s the truth, some hiring managers don’t have the time to look at every job application they receive. And in a country like Nigeria, where the unemployment rate is high like a mountain, a hiring manager may receive one thousand applications for just one opening. </p>

<p class="">Trust me, if a company assigns only one person to sort the applications, some would have to be ignored even if the company uses Application Tracking Systems (ATS) and there won’t be any need to reach out to the applicants.</p>

<p class=""><strong>4. Your CV is not tailored to the job description</strong></p>

<p class="">Using Application Tracking Systems (ATS) helps a hiring manager to vet job applications by searching for certain keywords that are relevant to the job posting.</p>

<p class="">If these keywords are not used in your application, your credentials may end up in the trash bin. That’s the end of the application. No need to call or send an email to the applicant again.</p>

<p class=""><strong>5. You weren’t the right fit</strong></p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="The bitter truth is you’re not qualified for the job."> <figcaption>The bitter truth is you’re not qualified for the job.</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">There are two reasons why a hiring manager man does not consider you fit for the job. It could turn out that you’re not the right fit they are looking for. Or maybe there is another applicant who is an even better match than you are. Either way, the employer may not think it is necessary to call you after going for the candidate of their choice.</p>
Source: lifestyle