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Adele reveals the moment she knew she had to divorce

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Adele opened up about the heartbreak her late alcoholic father caused her and the exact moment she knew she was not happy in her marriage during an interview with Oprah as part of the two-hour CBS special ‘Adele One Night Only.’

The 15th Grammy winner confessed to Oprah that she felt embarrassed when it dawned on her that a divorce from entrepreneur Simon Konecki was inevitable, but added that Konecki was the person she respected the most and they were still great friends. 

‘I take marriage very seriously and it seems like I don’t…That’s what it should be. When we have kids, we stay together, and I tried. I was so disappointed for my son, I was so disappointed for myself,’ she said. 

The singer wiped away tears as she talked about her reconcilement with her estranged father, shortly before his death in May. 

‘My dad’s absolute lack of presence and effort…But I finally understood that it was the alcohol,’ she said. 

‘Nothing as scary as what I’ve been through in the past two years behind closed doors,’ she added.

The singer said she was in a shooting for a ‘boujee magazine,’ when, for the first time, she said out loud what she had been feeling for a long period of time. 

‘I just said it. I am really not happy. I’m not living, I’m just plugging along,’ Adele said she told a friend before filing for divorce in 2019. 

The special also showed Adele in a Schiaparelli Ans dress singing her heartfelt lyrics to a famous audience.

Celebrities such as Gordon Ramsey, Melissa McCarthy, Gabrielle Union and Ellen DeGeneres were in attendance at the performance in the Los Angeles Griffith Observatory.  

‘I just said it. I am really not happy. I’m not living, I’m just plugging along,’ Adele said she told a friend before filing for divorce in 2019

After Oprah touched on Adele's 'interesting relationship' with alcohol, the singer said her father's death had made an impact in her lifestyle

After Oprah touched on Adele’s ‘interesting relationship’ with alcohol, the singer said her father’s death had made an impact in her lifestyle

The hardest part, Adele said, was explaining the divorce to her son Angelo

The hardest part, Adele said, was explaining the divorce to her son Angelo

The hardest part, Adele said, was explaining the divorce to her son Angelo. 

She said: ‘The hardest part, trying to explain to a six-year-old that I do love him [Konecki] I’m just not in love with him.’

The 33-year-old artist said she stills spends a lot of time with her ex-husband and that he is a pivotal part of her life. She also offered insight into the many changes that fans have noticed in her life in the recent years.  

After Oprah touched on Adele’s ‘interesting relationship’ with alcohol, the singer said her father’s death had made an impact in her lifestyle. 

‘It [ Alcohol] took my dad from me,’ Adele said. ‘Once I realized I had to do a lot to work on myself, I stopped drinking and started working out a lot.’     

Adele’s estranged father, Mark Evans, died in May at the age of 57 after a long battle with bowel cancer.  

She said she met with her father in Wales shortly before his death, and got closure after the heartbreak she suffered as a little girl due to Evan’s absence in her life. 

‘My dad’s absolute lack of presence and effort. But I finally understood that it was the alcohol,’ she said. 

Adele sang her heartfelt lyrics including Hello, Easy on Me, Skyfall, When We Were Young

Adele sang her heartfelt lyrics including Hello, Easy on Me, Skyfall, When We Were Young

The mother-of-one defended her change in appearance and added that the way she looks does not determine whether she's body positive or not

The mother-of-one defended her change in appearance and added that the way she looks does not determine whether she’s body positive or not

Adele said her father’s absence when she was a child had shaped the way she navigated relationships as an adult, and made her hurt her partners as a defense mechanism to avoid being hurt herself. 

‘I hurt the first, not in a malicious way, but protect herself,’ she said. 

Adele admitted that she got some closure when her father was able to understand how he hurt her by listening to her songs when they met before he died. 

The British singer told Oprah that the only expectations she has for her 9-year-old son Angelo is for him to be a good person.  

Adele also addressed her highly publicized change in appearance, and talked about her struggle with anxiety and how it affected her life.

The mother-of-one defended her change and added that the way she looks does not determine whether she’s body positive or not. 

‘I was body positive then and I’m body positive now. It’s not my job to validate [anyone],’ she said. 

She added that she occasionally eats fast food and her diet is not restricted.   

The special also showed Adele singing her heartfelt lyrics to a famous audience, with celebrities such as Gordon Ramsey, Melissa McCarthy, Gabrielle Union and Ellen DeGeneres in attendance at the performance in the Los Angeles Griffith Observatory

The special also showed Adele singing her heartfelt lyrics to a famous audience, with celebrities such as Gordon Ramsey, Melissa McCarthy, Gabrielle Union and Ellen DeGeneres in attendance at the performance in the Los Angeles Griffith Observatory

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Christian Union, CAN To File Fresh Charges Against Nigerian Government Over Controversial Act

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The Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) says it will file a fresh suit against the Nigerian Government to prevent the implementation of certain provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020. 

The Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in August 2020.

Also, the leadership of CAN has called for mass prayers as they take the government up in a new legal battle.

CAN had filed the suit following its last year’s rejection of the CAMA 2020, especially as it applies to the regulatory roles the law gave the registrar of Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and a supervising minister over churches.

The judge, Inyang Ekwo, in a judgment, dismissed the suit over the failure of the plaintiff to comply with the law in the name used in filing the originating summons.

“Therefore, this application lacks merit and ought to be dismissed and I hereby make an order dismissing same,” he ruled.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while the incorporated trustees of the CAN is the plaintiff in the suit, the CAC and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment are the 1st and 2nd defendants, respectively.

The plaintiff, in an originating summons, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/244/2021, had prayed the court to determine “whether Section 839, subsections (1), (7) (a) and (10) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 2020, is inconsistent with Sections 4(8), 6(6)(b) and 40 of the Nigerian constitution which guarantees the plaintiff’s right to freedom of association and the right to seek redress in court”.

It also urged the court to determine whether the provisions of Section 854 of the CAMA are inconsistent with section 39 of the Nigerian constitution which guarantees the right to freedom of expression.

However, during the proceedings, CAN brought an application, praying for an order to amend the originating summons and accompanying processes by replacing the word, “INCORPORATED” with “REGISTERED” in the name of the plaintiff in the suit such that it would read, “The Registered Trustees of the Christian Association of Nigeria.”

The application was filed on the grounds that the name expressed in its certificate of incorporation is the “Registered Trustees of the Christian Association of Nigeria” and not “Incorporated Trustees of Christian Association of Nigeria.”

Justice Inyang Ekwo stated that suing in the wrong name contrary to a statutory provision is statutory non-compliance and is not a mere misnomer to be corrected by the Court, as the court cannot re-write statutory provisions. Consequently, the suit was struck out.

But on Sunday, CAN’s General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, said the organisation would not like to join issues with the Court by going on appeal, because “it would further delay the case.”

Accordingly, he said the religious body has decided to take the option of refiling the case.

“Our lawyers are currently preparing to institute a fresh suit using the proper name of the Plaintiff (CAN) as it is on the Certificate of Incorporation. This is the truth of the matter now. 

“What happened in the court was just a temporary setback and by the grace of God, we have overcome it. Our prayers are for the unborn generations and nothing will discourage us from pursuing this case to the logical conclusion,” Daramola stated.

Amongst other reliefs, CAN would be asking the Court to determine “whether Section 839, subsections (1), (7) (a) and (10) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 2020, is inconsistent with Sections 4(8), 6(6)(b) and 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) which guarantees the plaintiff’s right to freedom of association and the right to seek redress in court.

 “Whether the provision of Section 854 of the CAMA is inconsistent with Section 39 of the CFRN which guarantees the right to freedom of expression.”

It would also be seeking: “An order striking down Sections 839(1), (7) (a) & (10), 842(1) and (2), 843, 851 and 854 of the CAMA for being unconstitutional.

“A declaration that Section 17(2) (a) & (d) of the CAMA demand an impossible and impracticable action; thus, void.

“An Order striking down Section 17 (2) (a) & (d) of the CAMA for being impracticable and unknown to Law.”

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Parents bury children found dead in vehicle, amidst tears

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The parents of the eight children that were found dead in a Lexus SUV at Adelayo Street, Jah-Micheal Agunaje area of Badagry, have buried them amidst tears.

The eight children were found dead in a vehicle parked in front of the owner’s compound on Saturday evening.

The children were buried according to Islamic rites on Sunday morning, without an autopsy conducted on them.

Mark Akande, the founder of Society for Youth Advancement and Creativity Initiative (SHACo), who visited the scene on Sunday, gathered that the incident happened around 5p.m. on Saturday and the children were buried after attempts to conduct autopsy on them failed.

The parents reportedly took the children to the General Hospital at Badagry, and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), where they were told to bring N100, 000 each for the hospital to conduct autopsy on the children.

“The parents decided not to take them for autopsy at LUTH. They said it is against Islamic laws to spend money on the dead,” Mr Akande said.

The police spokesperson, Adekunle Ajisebutu, earlier confirmed that the children reportedly entered a parked vehicle while playing around and died from suffocation.

One of the elders in the neighbourhood, who declined giving his name, said the children were supposed to be at Islamic lessons at the time of the incident, and no one suspected that they had entered a parked vehicle.

Afsat Isiaka, a mother who lost three children to the incident, was found in a mourning state amidst sympathisers in her compound, which was close to where the incident happened.

“I know no wetin happen, my second sef go find the children, the woman sef stay inside compound and call me say make I come, na so I find the children inside car, all of children don die, ” she said in pidgin English.

She said the children were foaming in the mouth by the time they were brought down from the vehicle.

Her children, Abdulwahab Isiaka, Yakub Isiaka, and Zainab Isiaka were 11, 5 and 3 years old respectively.

Ibrahim Jubril, a father to two of the deceased children, was also found surrounded by sympathisers in his compound.

Father of two deceased children, Ibrahim Jubril
Father of two deceased children, Ibrahim Jubril

Mr Jubril said they had already recovered the bodies of the children before he got to the scene.

“They said they wan carry them to hospital and me I be Muslim. We carried then to General Hospital, that same yesterday, police gave us paper, they say they want to transfer us to Ikeja, LUTH. They said each person is N100, 000 to check, that is N800, 000 for eight of them,” he said.

He said he has written a statement at the police station with respect to the incident.

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Mr Jubril’s immediate brother also lost two children to the incident, while one of the eight children is the grandson of the owner of the vehicle, PREMIUM TIMES gathered.

The woman in whose car the children were found dead is currently in custody of the Area K Police Command in Badagry, Lagos.

Mr Ajisebutu, the police spokesperson, said the police is investigating the matter and would carry the public along on the report.

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Shock for Scott Morrison as poll puts Labor ahead 53 to 47 and Anthony Albanese more popular

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Shock poll shows Australians now prefer Anthony Albanese’s Labor to win government in 2022 – with Albo now more popular than the PM

  • The Morrison Liberal government is behind in the latest poll ahead of election 
  • Voters preferred Labor to the Coalition by a margin of 53 to 47 per cent  
  • Anthony Albanese is also gaining increased support for PM according to poll  

The latest Newspoll shows voters favour Labor to win the next federal election.

It also shows Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has enjoyed a lead in net approval over Prime Minister Scott Morrison for the first time since March last year.

The poll conducted for The Australian shows 47 per cent of voters believe Labor will form the next government following an election expected in March or May.

Just 37 per cent expect the Coalition to be returned for a fourth term.

Labor leads the two-party preferred race over the Coalition, 53 to 47 per cent, on a primary vote of 38 per cent.

Scott Morrison (pictured at the Bathurst 1000 on the weekend) has experienced a drop in net approval while Anthony Albanese has seen a gain 

The Coalition primary vote fell a point to 36 per cent while the Greens also lost a point to finish the year on 10 per cent.

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation improved a point to 3 per cent with other minor parties also gaining a point to 13 per cent.

Scott Morrison dropped a point as the preferred prime ­minister to 45 per cent and Opposition Leader Anthony ­Albanese lost two points to 34 per cent while 19 per cent were uncommitted.

The poll showed 44 per cent of those polled were satisfied with Mr Morrison’s performance while 52 per cent were dissatisfied – a net negative ­approval rating of minus eight.

Mr Albanese’s approval rating lifted two points to 39 per cent while those dissatisfied fell three points to 45 per cent – a net negative approval rating of minus six.

This is the first time Mr Albanese has enjoyed a lead in net approval since March last year.

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