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17-year-old boys learning ‘Yahoo’ from another ‘Yahoo boy’ nabbed, says their parents gave consent

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Operatives of the special task force of the Uyo Zonal Office of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday June 20, 2019, made a harvest of eleven suspected internet fraudsters, popularly known as ‘Yahoo Boys’ in an apartment on Parliamentary Extension, Akai Efa, Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
The all male suspects are: Endurance Ahunwan (28), Nohuwan Frank (26), Dominic Chidiebere (28), Idehe Efosa (17), Patrick Edos (27),
Samuel Ukiwe (21) and Michael Edward 25.
Others are: Destiny Efe (17), Hope Yusuf (19), Harrison Esi (17) and Igbinigun Osamudia (17).
Seventeen-year-old Esi was found hiding in the roof of the apartment along with some of their tools of operation. According to him, their leader, Ahunwan instructed him to conceal himself and the gadgets in the roof in order to prevent his arrest and confiscation of the tools.
“Our leader ordered me to hide in the ceiling with the gadgets so that I will not be nabbed also,” Esi said.
Upon arrest, Ahunwan the prime suspect, confessed that he recruited the team, saying they were paying back Europeans for stealing from their forefathers.
He also alleged that the parents of the arrested accomplices gave their consent and pleaded with him to help their children secure a means of livelihood.
Items recovered from the suspected fraudsters include: 10 laptops, eight internet modems, several sophisticated telephone handsets, including one iphone, technical devices and scam emails.
Similarly, seven suspected internet fraudsters were on Friday, June 21, 2019 arrested by officers of the Kaduna Zonal Office of the Commission.

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The suspects, whose age ranged between 20 and 33 years were apprehended around 5a.m in an apartment along Ihejirika Close, Becky, Karu, Nasarawa State.
They include: Peter Olu Tsetimi, Ogunbiyi Adekunle A, Emuze Omosigho Emmanuel and Isaac Daro Obozokhai.
Others are: Samuel Nana-Kofi Eruese, Edward Yusuf and Peace Manayin (female).
The suspected internet fraudsters held sway around Mararaba, Nyanya and Karu axis of Nasarawa State and Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
One of the suspects poses as an engineer with Exxon Mobil, the others also use false identities to defraud unsuspecting people within and outside Nigeria.
Items recovered from them include expensive watches and necklaces, expensive phones, tablets, laptops and several fraudulent documents.
All the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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Wizkid is Africa’s Apple Music Artist of the Year award recipient for 2021

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Wizkid (sobriquet Big Wiz or StarBoy) receives the honour as Apple Music Artist of the Year (Africa) for 2021. The annual award held by the premier streaming platform praises individual artites for having a stellar year on its music platform both through streams and culturally.

On Wizkid winning, an excerpt from Apple Music reads: ” In October 2020, he released “Made in Lagos,” his critically acclaimed and most commercially successful album, which included his hit song “Essence,” a track that gained 125 million plays on Apple Music and over 2.8 million Shazams. This past year, he’s been the most streamed African artist on the continent on Apple Music and ranked on the Daily Top 100 charts in 60 countries, in addition to his monthly plays on Apple Music growing by more than 250 percent outside of Africa.”

“Thank you to Apple Music for this award”, Wizkid said, continuing, “It’s a blessing to get to do what I do, and I’m proud to be representing for Africa.”, Ayodeji “Wizkid” Balogun says in thank you speech. The Apple Music Award, the third annual series will air on Apple Music and Apple TV starting Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

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Dj Wapsam takes his self named clothing line up a notch, launches online storefront

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During the pandemic, Dj Wapsam like everyone else was scouting for opportunities online, to get his DJing skills to more people, countless audiomack mixes, whatsApp broadcast messages until he found the right platform, Tiktok roughly six months later, his strategy was simple yet hard, create a catchy adlib, the resonate a phrase that a listener won’t easily forget, the uptrend started with Ibon “wonti yi ibon, esare o esare o” shortly after the 1 mins videos was everyone, people reposting, apart from his Djing skills, one thing Wapsam didn’t let go is his clothing line! Shopwapsam now!

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See how this 24 years old Nigerian is harnessing the power of WhatsApp to create a community of super cool Gen Z

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One of the greatest way to build wealth is through adding value to ones immediate community, even startup fundraising have a family & friends round, this is because unlike institutional investors, these people are ready to carry you when you fail, this is what Akinlusi Funso Oluwagbenga, 24 is leveraging to build a brand, in Western Africa, Nigeria to be precise, WhatsApp TV is thing, people use there large audiences, status views to bill prospective customers for ads placement but there is a downside to the model, unverified news, misinformation, nudity, most importantly non-active viewers, for most 5000 views only 100 are engaging in post, these are the challenges making the once shining means of social influencing die down until January last year when Funso started his Captain Awesome TV, the Nigerian influencer has always referred to himself as a social media influencer not just a WhatsApp TV admin, but this wasn’t what brought the distinction, it was the way be carefully built his audience from zero to close to 10k active status views to his highly curated itinerary of events from music and entertainment gist to politics and football commentary, and highly engaging programs around topics like sex education, relation tips to spear heading campaigns which say the TV community give a huge amount of money to the less privileged etc.

When asked why he is being thorough in an industry people don’t really appreciate he said “everyone project there non existent, advanced version on Instagram, fake there level of intellect on twitter, but WhatsApp is where you really know people because it’s like there safe and private space, where no one is really watching, so people’s opinion about a brand or service in the space tends to be from an honest point of view not clout for retweets or likes”

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