Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Gets Appointed As Member Of Commonwealth High Level Group

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been selected as one of the members of a High-Level Group on Governance of the Commonwealth Secretariat headed by former president of Kiribati Anote Tong.

Other members of the group alongside the former Minister of Finance are former British energy secretary, Lord Howell;  former UN deputy secretary-general,  Louise Frechette and former Australian defence minister, Robert Hill.

Talking about what it stands for, the group said,

At their last Summit in Malta, Commonwealth heads of government directed the secretary-general to form the group.

Today members are discussing the scope of the group’s work and the areas of governance it will examine over the coming months.

The process is open and the high level group reports to the heads.

The issue of succession of the Head of the Commonwealth is not part of the group’s mandate.

The group operates independently of the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat and would report only to the heads of Commonwealth governments.

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Michelle Obama Endorses Black Panther!

Black Panther hasn’t only smashed box office records with $218million, it has been endorsed by the former first lady of the United States!

Michelle Obama made a tweet congratulating the entire team adding that the movie will inspire people of all background to dig deep and find the courage to heroes of their own stories.

See her Tweet:

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Fergie Defends Her Rendition Of The American National Anthem, Says ‘I Honestly Tried My Best’

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Last weekend, American singer Fergie had the task of singing her country’s national anthem at the NBA All-Star game. However, her performance was far from being conventional; she added several twists to the song and was heavily criticized by fans, basketball players and fellow musicians.

Responding to critics in a statement, Fergie defended her choice to sing the anthem the way she did. ‘I’ve always been honoured and proud to perform the National Anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA. I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly, this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best,’ she said.

Watch the performance above and rate her.

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TrendingNow: Is Cardi B Pregnant?

Cardi B recently sparked pregnancy rumours when she posted a video of herself dancing on Instagram.

This prompted a concerned fan to leave a comment on her page asking her if she was pregnant. “Is there maybe a Kylie Jenner secret that we need to know about? Just asking”, the fan said.

But Cardi B in response said “no bitch I’m just getting fat. Let me fat in peace”.

Cardi who is currently engaged to Migos rapper Offset had earlier told ENews at the Grammys that somebody is always saying that she’s pregnant every two weeks.”So it’s just like if ya’ll wanna know, ask me, I’ll tell ya,” she said.

Anyways Cardi! We’ll be glad to see your baby anytime he or she comes.

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Saudi Arabia Aims To Be A-List Entertainment And Tourism Market Destination By 2030

Saudi Arabia aims to become an A-rated country for entertainment and tourism by 2030. This assertion was made by Saudi General Entertainment Authority CEO Faisal Bafarat, yesterday at Global Dialogues for Happiness event at the World Government Summit in Dubai, UAE.

Bafarat also said that his country plans not only to re-open cinemas after a 39-year bad but also in the plans in the conservative Arab oil state, is to become featured on the global map for festivals, sports events, and family entertainment.

Continuous reforms being driven by 32-year-old Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, considered the mastermind of Vision 2030, has seen the country push for more rights for women and reforms in its entertainment and tourism sector.

In September last year, women were finally allowed to drive themselves and just recently, they can now watch football games in a stadium alongside their male counterparts.

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Watch The Super Bowl Performance That Has Critics Bashing Justin Timberlake

Yesterday, pop star Justin Timberlake had the honour at performing at the Superbowl LII- the final game between the top two American football teams in the country.

The thirteen-minute long performance has been described in harsh terms by several critics. Admittedly it was going to be challenging: the last time Justin Timberlake was at the Superbowl, his performance with Janet Jackson ended in controversy as he accidentally ripped her shirt and exposed her right breast. Many fans have not forgiven JT for the way he handled the event afterwards.

But this performance has received serious stick- New York Post called a failure of his redemption. The Guardian described it as a flashy but forgettable performance. Washington Post claimed Justin lost the Superbowl.

The harsh reviews are strange because JT is usually adored. Watch above and decide for yourself.

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Grammys 2018: Kendrick Lamar And Bruno Mars Win Big

The 60th annual Grammy Awards held last night at New York’s Madison Square Gardens. At the end of the glamorous event which many consider to be the holy grail of music recognition, rapper Kendrick Lamar and pop singer Bruno Mars were the biggest winner of the night.

Lamar won five awards including Best Rap Album, Best Music Video, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance.

On his part, Bruno Mars was the highest individual winner with six awards. The singer won for Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song Best R&B Album, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

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