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Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, dead at 76

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Aretha Franklin, the music icon, Queen of Soul who influenced generations of singers with unforgettable hits such as Respect (1967), Natural Woman (1968) and I Say a Little Prayer (1968), was surrounded by family and friends when she died at 9.50am on Thursday local time.

It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul,” her family said in a statement issued by her publicist.

In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart.

We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.

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An early photo of Franklin

Her death from advanced pancreatic cancer was followed by an outpouring of grief, with celebrities flocking to pay their respects to the iconic singer.

John Legend tweeted: “Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I’ve ever known.”

Diana Ross said she was “sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.”

Barbra Streisand shared a photo of herself performing with Franklin in 2012, adding: It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world.

Tributes flowed for the remarkable woman, with everyone from Apple CEO Tim Cook to Hillary Clinton expressing their admiration for Franklin and sadness at her death.

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Franklin during her last public performance for the Elton John AIDS Foundation

Stars offered tributes and prayers for their idol earlier this week after news about her worsening condition emerged.

“My prayers are with Aretha Franklin and her family during this difficult time,” tweeted rapper Missy Elliott.

“We MUST CELEBRATE the Living Legends while they are here to see it. So many have given us decades of Timeless music.”

Boy George said: “This is sad news. Aretha Franklin, what a voice.”

Pop diva Mariah Carey, who was heavily influenced by Franklin, tweeted: “Praying for the Queen of Soul.”

Franklin has cemented her place in American music history with her powerful, bell-clear voice that stretched over four octaves. In her decades-long career, her hits spanned the genres, from soul to R&B, to gospel and pop.

She was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine put her at the top of its list of the 100 greatest singers of all time, male or female.

The Hall of Fame issued a statement titled “Lady Soul”, which read: “The first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin was an artist of passion, sophistication and command, whose recordings remain anthems that defined soul music. Long live the Queen.”

Franklin’s declining health was first disclosed on the Showbiz 411 website late Monday by Roger Friedman, a reporter and family friend. He wrote that she was “gravely ill in Detroit. The family is asking for prayers and privacy.”

Franklin, who is widely known by only her first name, in true diva style, rose from singing gospel in her father’s church to regularly topping rhythm and blues and pop charts in the 1960s and 1970s.

Beyond Respect, her powerful cover of the Otis Redding tune that became her calling card, Franklin had dozens of Top 40 singles, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Other hits include Day Dreaming (1972), Jump to It (1982), Freeway of Love (1985) and A Rose Is Still A Rose (1998).

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She won 18 Grammy Awards, including one for lifetime achievement, and sang at the inaugurations of two presidents: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

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The singer pumps up the crowd in Detroit for President Barack Obama

In 2005, Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award for an American civilian, by then-president George W. Bush.
In 2010, she suffered serious health problems, but continued to perform until late last year, singing last in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York. That same year, Detroit named a street after her.

Standing outside the Motown Museum in Detroit on Tuesday, Linda Laura-Culbreath told AFP that Franklin had influenced a generation of women who were empowered by her songs.

We all were blessed with pure talent,” the 53-year-old musician, who was visiting from Milwaukee, said.

She made sure that women in general knew that they were not under a man, that they were supposed to walk next to them.

 

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National Boundary Commission Poised to Resolve Issues with Ghana, Guinea, Others

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The National boundary commission (NBC) says it is poised to resolve the country’s maritime boundary issues with Ghana, Equatorial guinea, and Sao tome and Principe, to enhance good neighborliness at the maritime level.

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Dr Richard Oji, director of internal boundary in the NBC, made this known in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.

Oji said the commission had been doing a lot both internally and internationally on boundary issues.

He stressed that the commission, under its director-general, Adamu Adaji and with support from the presidency, would record remarkable achievements on the issues very soon

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NCBN has been allocated a space at the ongoing Abuja International Trade Fair.

The AITF is platform designed to promote and strengthen businesses, trade and investment opportunities in the country.

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It provides a neutral and open atmosphere for blue chip companies, trade groups/associations, government
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The Lagos International Trade Fair is the largest International Trade Fair in Nigeria. The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which is the foremost highly influential in Nigeria, The Chamber is uniquely aware of the high standards expected of an International Trade Fair, and it is, therefore, constantly striving to live up to this expectation. Moreover, the Chamber comprises the creme de la creme of Nigeria’s top business organizations and personalities, who are able and ready to enter business interactions with their counterparts all over the world. This event showcases products like offers a unique exposition for manufacturers, suppliers, buyers and users of a wide range of goods and services as well as opportunities for investment and trade promotion etc. in the Business Services industry.

 

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Trump Says he is Prepared to Leave the White House if Biden’s Victory is Formalized

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Donald trump has said he will leave the white house if the electoral college certifies Joe Biden as the winner of the November 3 presidential election.

This is the closest the outgoing United States President has come to conceding the contest.

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However, Trump has insisted that ‘the race is far from over”.

Democrat Joe Biden leads trump 306 votes to 232 under the electoral college system.

Biden also leads the popular vote by more than six million.

Members of the U.S electoral college will meet to formalize the result on 14 December, with Joe Biden due to be sworn in as President on 20 January.

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