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Chimamanda Adichie wins French writers award

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Renowned writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie the author of Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions”  has been named one of three winners of Le Grand Prix de l’héroïne Madame Figaro.

The prize was established in 2006 by the French magazine Madame Figaro to celebrate heroines of French and foreign literature. Each year the shortlisted works are selected by the magazine’s editor.

A team of judges, chaired by influential journalist Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, selected one French novel, one foreign novel in translation, and one nonfiction work. “Chère Ijeawele, ou un manifeste pour une éducation féministe,” the French translation of ‘Dear Ijeawele,’ was selected as the winner in the latter category.

Along with Adichie, Alex Stresi was awarded the prize in the French novel category for ‘Lopping’ and Lauren Groff received the foreign novel prize for ‘Les Furies.’

Adichie’s French publisher, Marie-Pierre Gracedieu of Gallimard, commented: “When I read Dear Ijeawele, I felt an urge to share it with many friends, women and men, who had become parents of a girl in the recent years. Then I started to feel it had to be read by parents of boys too. And thereafter by everyone of us to investigate our own education, and try to overcome a few inherited clichés.

“Therefore to publish it at Gallimard has meant a lot to me, and it is a very rewarding experience to see it awarded the Grand Prix de l’Héroïne by Madame Figaro, a prize that celebrates the power of literature and of characters as role models.

“The fact that such an established and popular weekly has understood the importance of spreading the content of this letter-manifesto, even in the Western world, and especially in the political context we are now, brings me joy and hope.”

This was the 12th edition of the prize.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Hoodlums Loot Abuja NYSC Office

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Hoodlums Loot Abuja NYSC Office
Hoodlums Loot Abuja NYSC Office

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The National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC) orientation camp in Kubwa, Abuja has been reportedly attacked by some hoodlums.

According to reports, the orientation camp was invaded in the early hour of Tuesday, October 27.

It was reported that the hoodlums upon arriving at the NYSC camp at about 9 am today, blocked the major roads, and ordered motorists to follow another route.

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According to reports, the hoodlums were seen with mattresses, plastic chairs, rice, groundnut oil, and other items walking around the camp.

Military and police officers have cordoned off the area and there have been shooting there. A military helicopter is reportedly hovering around the area.

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‘You Cannot Gag The Press’ -Fani-Kayode Reacts To NBC Fine On Media Houses

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‘You Are A Dictator, Sociopathic Disgrace’ – Fani-Kayode Attacks Buhari
'You Cannot Gag The Press' -Fani-Kayode Reacts To NBC Fine On Media Houses

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Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has slammed the National Broadcasting Commission for punishing ARISE TV, Channels Television, and Africa Independent Television (AIT) over their coverage of the #EndSARS protests.

Recall that on Monday, the regulatory body fined each station N3 million for alleged violation of broadcasting codes for broadcasting footages obtained on the Lekki shooting by soldiers from unverified and unauthenticated social media sources.

Also Read: Nigerian Lawyer, Adegboruwa reacts to Fashola’s ‘discovery’ of camera at Lekki tollgate

Reacting to this development, Fani-Kayode stated that NBC’s move was an indicator that President Muhammadu Buhari is a “dictator and a fascist.”

He wrote:

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NBC Fine On Arise, Channels And AIT Unfair, Says Shehu Sani

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ASUU Struggle Is Legitimate And Morally Right, Says Shehu Sani
NBC Fine On Arise, Channels And AIT Unfair, Says Shehu Sani

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Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has criticised the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for imposing fines on ARISE TV, Channels Television, and Africa Independent Television (AIT) over their coverage of the #EndSARS protests.

Recall that on Monday, NBC accused the three broadcasting stations of violating broadcasting codes for broadcasting footages obtained on the Lekki shooting by soldiers from unverified and unauthenticated social media sources.

Also Read: BREAKING: NBC Sanctions AIT, Channels, AriseTV Over Lekki Shooting

The regulator alleged that the three stations aided in the escalation of tension through coverage of the protests in the country, hence leading to a fine of N3million for each station.

Reacting to the development, the former lawmaker described the move as unfair and unjust.

See his tweet below:

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