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Mariah Carey has performed a headline show in Saudi Arabia – despite activists’ concerns over human rights abuses in the kingdom.

The US singer behind hits like Honey and Fantasy performed in a sequinned black dress in front of screaming crowds at the King Abdullah Economic City.

DJ Tiesto and dancehall artist Sean Paul are also among those set to perform at the multi-billion dollar mega-city, about two hours drive north of Mecca.

Carey is the first international female artist to perform in Saudi Arabia since restrictions were lifted on gender segregation and entertainment last year.

In December, Enrique Iglesias, The Black Eyed Peas and David Guetta also played at shows in the kingdom following high-profile liberalising reforms by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

But the decision to perform in Saudi Arabia has been criticised by rights advocates who point to the imprisonment of women’s rights activists, the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the ongoing war in Yemen as evidence that the regime is not serious about human rights.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gives a joint press conference with France's President at the Elysee Palace in Paris on April 10, 2018

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Mohammed bin Salman has introduced a series of liberalising reforms

Many argue that flashy concerts are an attempt by the regime to polish its international image while it continues and even expands oppression at home.

Groups including Amnesty International criticised Carey’s decision to perform, arguing that “Mariah should use her voice” to call for the immediate release of female rights activists in prison.

Walid Al Hathloul, whose sister Loujain is imprisoned in Saudi after campaigning for women’s rights and against male guardianship, urged Carey to call for her release on stage.

“This concert is a pathetic attempt to show that the country is becoming more tolerant toward women,” he wrote. “All I want is justice for my sister.”

Omaima A-Najjar, a political refugee from Saudi, also branded the concerts a distraction from the war in Yemen and repressive laws at home.

She has backed a petition calling on Carey to boycott the country, saying taking such a stand would not impact ordinary Saudis as tickets which start at $80 (£61) are unlikely to be affordable for most.

Carey’s publicist said the singer was “presented with the offer to perform for an international and mixed gender audience in Saudi Arabia” and “accepted the opportunity as a positive step towards the dissolution of gender segregation”.

“As the first female international artist to perform in Saudi Arabia, Mariah recognises the cultural significance of this event and will continue to support global efforts towards equality for all,” Carey’s publicist said.

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Amokachi ya taya Mansurah da Sani Danja murnar shekara 12 da yin aure

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Tsohon dan wasan Super Eagles na Najeriya Daniel Amokachi ya taya jaruman Kannywood Mansurah Isah da mijinta Sani Danja murnar cika shekara 12 da aurensu.

Sani Danja da Mansurah suna cikin ‘yan fim na farko-farko da suka auren juna, kuma sakon da suka wallafa a shafin Instagram ya ja hankalin jama’a sosai ciki har da tsohon dan kwallon na Najeriya.

A cikin sakon da tsohuwar jarumar fina-finan na Hausa ta wallafa mai dauke da hoton mijinta, ta yi takaitaccen bayani game da rayuwar aurensu na zaman hakuri da kaunar juna.

Kalaman sun nuna yadda kamar a gidaje da dama, ma’auratan ke zaman hakuri duk da irin sabanin da ta ce suna samu a lokaci zuwa lokaci.

Wannan na zuwa ne a daidai lokacin da ake yawan samun rahotanni marasa dadin ji na yawaitar mutuwar aure a arewacin Najeriya da kuma kisa ko kaiwa juna hari tsakanin wasu ma’auratan, lamarin da ake alakantawa da rashin soyayya, hakuri da rashin bin tsari mai kyau wurin assasa auren.

Mansurah ta ce dukkaninsu suna da rauni, inda wani lokaci takan yi gaba da mijinta ba tare da ya saba mata ba, yayin da wani lokaci kuma ya ki cin abincinta har ya ki ba ta kudi idan ta tambaye shi.

“Ka ci gaba da hakuri da ni ka ci gaba da dauke kai a kan laififfuka na. Domin nasan ni mai laifi ce a gare ka. Rayuwa ba ka taba zama 100% komin yaya akwai inda ka kasa,” in ji ta.

Amma ta ce sukan yi dariyar sabanin da suke samu saboda sun zama abokan juna. Kuma har yanzu suna son junansu kuma suna taimakon juna.

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Daniel Amokachi ya shahara wurin taka kwallo a ciki da wajen Najeriya

Ta kuma yaba wa yadda ta ce mijin nata ya yi hakurin zama da kuma kula da ita.

Kalaman sun sa mutane da dama yi mata da mijinta fatan alheri da dorewar zaman lafiya a aurensu, kuma cikinsu har da Daniel Amokachi.

Amokachi ya yi masu addu’a inda ya ce Allah Ya ci gaba da ba su zaman lafiya da kara kauna, bayan ya taya su murna.

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Awwal Ahmad

Wata daga cikin wadanda suka yi tsokaci ta ce, kalaman Mansurah sun kusan sa ta yin kwalla. Inda ta yi addu’a cewa Allah Ya kara daidaita tsakaninsu.

Mabiya sama da 800 ne suka yi tsokaci, yayin da kusan mabiya 15,000 suka so sakon.

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Nigerians react to Jada Pullock’s domestic violence allegation against Wizkid

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A cross-section of Nigerians has reacted to the allegation by Wizkid’s third baby mama, Jada Pollock, accusing the star musician of physically abusing her.

DAILY POST earlier reported that the mother of Ayo Balogun’s third child has accused the singer of domestic violence.

The allegation has since stirred diverse reactions from Nigerians on social media.

While some Nigerians condemned the singer for allegedly being violent on his baby mama, others described the allegation as mere publicity stunt and demanded that he speak up on the claim.

Below are some comments gathered by DAILY POST from Twitter:

@tiffany_gracie: “Wizkid just have to say something on this one. This is domestic violence allegations that can take away everything he has built for 10 years or someone from his camp should speak up the cause.”

@kwakunie: “You f**king unhealthy looking coward! There are no walls for you to hide again. What do you have to say about this? Your fans can’t save you this time around. N*gga, you should be in Jail. Domestic violence is unacceptable. Wolf in Sheep Skin. Fela My black ass.”

@bashir_zaynab1: “Told Wizkid he did a big mistake by getting that ingrate Jada pregnant but the man blocked me on Instagram”.

@chukwuezugo: “Wizkid and Jada trending. An act of domestic violence is a big deal, as is an accusation of same. Both should be taken very seriously. Hopefully, the truth prevails.”

@freezone20: “I don’t support men beating women. Men please when you notice any animalistic behaviour in your woman while dating, please run away. Animalistic women can frustrate the hell out of a gentle soul and not everyone can control that part of them, Wizkid, beating”

@chillinkid20: “As much as I love Wizkid, I’m with Jada on this sh*t, n*gga is a dick, enough is enough.”

@inireakboy: “This is what we are saying, any female can just come out to say domestic abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, na problem say dem born us man, na problem, what is it gan, haha, Wizkid.”

@therealjude2: “These same Wizkid fans blasting Jada and saying she just wants to spoil his birthday, didn’t wait to to hear the full story of Busola allegations before protesting on Twitter. Everybody is a hypocrite.”

@dreadsToluwani: “Please stop defending Wizkid, Ain’t ready to stop being a Stan anytime soon. She said Ayo and not wizkid, Ayo and jada should go settle the dispute between them cos both of parties dey disturb Wizkid with this unnecessary drama.”

@kelvinbagwell02: “Wait, Wizkid put hands on his baby mama? Well, aren’t you a short bastard? This better just be true okpo, or I’m deleting all your shit from my devices.”

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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Wednesday morning

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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has appointed his legislative aides.

A statement Tuesday night by Lanre Lasisi, his Special Adviser on Media, noted that the appointments take immediate effect.

2. The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most Revd. Matthew Kukah, has warned against blanket demonisation of herdsmen, especially of the Fulani stock.

He warned that such actions could be preamble to a breakout of violent confrontation against the Fulani.

3. The Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) has dissociated itself from the visit by some notable leaders within its fold to the Common Wealth of Zion Assembly (COZA).

A statement signed on Tuesday by CAN’s National Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Evangelist Barrister Kwamkur Samuel Vondip, said the pastors who had visited the church were on their own and that the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria had set up a panel to investigate the rape allegation against Pastor Fatoyinbo.

4. The State Working Committee (SWC), and other major stakeholders in Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Tuesday, adopted the direct mode of primaries to elect candidate for the November 16 governorship poll.

The decision was taken at a meeting well attended by key stakeholders, including the state leader of the party and former governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, the immediate past Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, a former member of the Buhari campaign Organisation, Preye Aganaba and elected National Assembly members of the party, held amidst rowdy atmosphere.

5. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has hailed Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo state for making public his assets declarations forms, in line with his electioneering campaign promise.

Reacting, the party in a statement issued by his National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said that such voluntary decision further demonstrated Makinde’s commitment to transparency and good governance, for which the people of the state voted massively for him in the March 9 governorship election.

6. The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, affirmed Uche Nwosu as the authentic governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in Imo State.

The Apex Court struck out the suit instituted by Leonard Okolienta, challenging the judgments of the lower courts.

7. President Muhammadu Buhari has observed that criminal elements are taking advantage of the focus on the North East to commit crimes in other parts of the country.

He promised that the successes recorded in degrading terrorists in the North East will be extended to other parts of the country experiencing challenges.

8. Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has called for the immediate impeachment of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila for allegedly negotiating with armed bandits in Zamfara.

HURIWA faulted the reported parley between the Speaker, bandits and hoodlums in Zamfara State, describing the act a high treason and one of the most serious crimes against the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

9. One person has been confirmed dead, with many injured on Tuesday, in a tussle on ownership of land between the people of Araromi Obu community in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State and their Ikale neighbour in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state.

Report said that crisis has been brewing between the two communities following a ruling of the Ondo State High Court in Akure, the Ondo capital, which declared Ikale community as the real owners of the land.

10. Nigerian Super Eagles will tonight battle Tunisia for the bronze medal of the African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The kick off time for the match is 8pm, West African Time.

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