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Strictly Come Dancing launch 2018: Tess Daly dazzled in a sparkling silver gown as she joined tuxedo-clad Claudia Winkleman at star-studded event on Monday

The season launch for Strictly Come Dancing 2018 kicked off on Monday night, with the stars of the show making a glamorous display at the extravagant event.

Not ones to fade into the background, co-hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman dazzled as they stepped out onto the stage at the BBC Broadcasting House, London.

The former model, 49, was sure to turn heads in a sparkling silver gown as she joined the television presenter, 46, who looked stylish in her androgynous tuxedo look.

Strictly Come Dancing launch 2018: Tess Daly dazzled in a sparkling silver gown as she joined tuxedo-clad Claudia Winkleman at star-studded event on Monday

Strictly Come Dancing launch 2018: Tess Daly dazzled in a sparkling silver gown as she joined tuxedo-clad Claudia Winkleman at star-studded event on Monday

The hosts looked every inch the show women as they put on a very animated display at the star-studded launch.

The dynamic duo added to their statuesque figures in a pair of matching black stiletto heels, and held hands as they stomped down the catwalk. 

Tess’ halterneck dress fit snugly on her trim frame, and she looked glamorous as she let her blonde locks cascade over her shoulders. 

Stylish: The dynamic duo added to their statuesque figures in a pair of matching black stiletto heels, and held hands as they stomped down the catwalk

Stunning: Tess' halterneck dress fit snugly on her trim frame, and she looked glamorous as she let her blonde locks cascade over her shoulders

Stylish: The dynamic duo added to their statuesque figures in a pair of matching black stiletto heels, and held hands as they stomped down the catwalk

Dream team: The hosts looked every inch the show women as they put on a very animated display at the star-studded event

Dream team: The hosts looked every inch the show women as they put on a very animated display at the star-studded event

The British rose brushed on a slick of nude lipstick, as well as dark mascara and eyeliner to complete her overall look for the night.

Claudia pulled her raven tresses into a stylish bun, while her fringe framed her petite face well which she accentuated with a glamorous palette of make-up. 

Both women looked incredibly pleased to be kicking off the show’s launch ahead of its return to the BBC, as they smiled and laughed their entire way through the event. 

Showing off their moves: The co-hosts couldn't help but dance as they stepped out on stage

Showing off their moves: The co-hosts couldn’t help but dance as they stepped out on stage

Sensational: The British rose brushed on a slick of nude lipstick, as well as dark mascara and eyeliner to complete her overall look for the night

Beaming: Tess had a bright smile on her face the whole time

Sensational: The British rose brushed on a slick of nude lipstick, as well as dark mascara and eyeliner to complete her overall look for the night

Yay! Both women looked incredible pleased to be kicking off the show's launch ahead of its return to the BBC as they smiled and laughed their entire way through the event

Yay! Both women looked incredible pleased to be kicking off the show’s launch ahead of its return to the BBC as they smiled and laughed their entire way through the event

Wow! Tess was sure to make heads turn in her glittering ensemble at the extravagant event

Wow! Tess was sure to make heads turn in her glittering ensemble at the extravagant event

Darcey Bussell led the glamour at the launch in a plunging fuchsia pink ballgown, which had a long train, as she joined her judging panel of Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

The former Royal Ballet principal ballerina and judge, 49, looked stunning in the bold ensemble as she styled her short brunette locks into a dramatic curled sweptback hairdo.

Darcey proved diamonds really are a girl’s best friend as she accessorised her look with a pair of jaw-dropping pendant earrings, bracelet and oversized tortoise shell sunglasses.  

Smile and wave: The co-hosts beamed as they walked down the catwalk and saw the adoring crowd ahead of them

Smile and wave: The co-hosts beamed as they walked down the catwalk and saw the adoring crowd ahead of them

Dazzling: Tess looked incredible in her sleek gown

Killer moves: The blonde beauty excitedly danced down the catwalk

Dazzling: Tess looked incredible in her sleek gown

Glamorous judging panel: Darcey Bussell led the glamour in a plunging fuchsia pink ballgown  as she joined her judging panel of Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli

Glamorous judging panel: Darcey Bussell led the glamour in a plunging fuchsia pink ballgown as she joined her judging panel of Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli

Sensational look: Ashley Roberts looked incredible as she stepped out in a blue sequinned outfit

Pretty in pink: Katie Piper put on a glamorous display in her gorgeous ensemble

Wow! Ashley Roberts (left) and Katie Piper (right) sparkled in their ballroom attire

Making an entrance: The co-hosts looked sensational as they arrived at the event

Making an entrance: The co-hosts looked sensational as they arrived at the event

Sparkle, sparkle: Tess glittered as she posed for photos at the ballroom extravaganza

Beaming: Tess couldn't help but smile at the launch event

Sparkle, sparkle: Tess glittered as she posed for photos at the ballroom extravaganza

Ta-da!: The dancers looked every inch the Strictly stars as they showed off their toned figures in black, red and silver sparkly sheer outfits

Ta-da!: The dancers looked every inch the Strictly stars as they showed off their toned figures in black, red and silver sparkly sheer outfits

She was joined by her co-star and head judge, Shirley Ballas, who oozed Hollywood glamour in a white halterneck midi dress, with a sheer and beaded chiffon cape over the top.

The Queen of Latin styled her raven locks into a voluminous tied back hairdo, with the front strands loose, she added a slick of glamorous make-up which included a dark red lipstick.

She accessorised her look with a set of red and pearl studded heels, as well as a pair of oversized black sunglasses. 

Meanwhile, the professional dancers made sure to put on a spectacle on the star-studded red carpet as Anton du Beke showed off his snake hips with flame-haired Dianne Buswell. 

The duo looked every inch the Strictly stars as they showed off their toned figures in black, red and silver sparkly sheer outfits.  

Showing their moves: The judging panel couldn't help but have a good time at the event

Showing their moves: The judging panel couldn’t help but have a good time at the event

Toned: Karen flaunted her washboard abs in her revealing top

Sizzling: Janette put on a very leggy display in her form-fitting outfit

Enviable figures: Karen Clifton and Janette Manrara wowed in their sparkling outfits

Defiant: Exs Karen and Kevin Clifton proved their split hasn't marred their professional relationship as they danced up a storm at the event

Defiant: Exs Karen and Kevin Clifton proved their split hasn’t marred their professional relationship as they danced up a storm at the event

Show-stoppers: The professional dancers made sure to put on a spectacle on the star-studded red carpet as Anton du Beke showed off his snake hips with flame-haired Dianne Buswell

They've got the moves: Anton du Beke and Dianne were in high spirits at the event

Show-stoppers: The professional dancers made sure to put on a spectacle on the star-studded red carpet as Anton du Beke showed off his snake hips with flame-haired Dianne Buswell

The launch show for Strictly Come Dancing will be filmed on August 31, with the celebrities pairing up with their professional dance partners.

The launch show will air on September 8.

Anticipation has been mounting for the new series ever since the lineup was officially confirmed, with names such as Lee Ryan, Ashley Roberts and Susannah Constantine set to take to the dancefloor.

It will be the first time viewers will see the celebs dance with their professions in a group dance.

The first show will feature special guests Nile Rodgers and Chic, Craig David and Stefflon Don. 

Glamorous duo: The former Royal Ballet principal ballerina and judge, 49, looked every inch the show woman in the bold ensemble as she styled her short brunette locks into a dramatic curled sweptback hairdo

Glamorous duo: The former Royal Ballet principal ballerina and judge, 49, looked every inch the show woman in the bold ensemble as she styled her short brunette locks into a dramatic curled sweptback hairdo

Wow factor: Shirley Ballas oozed Hollywood glamour in a white halterneck midi dress, with a sheer and beaded chiffon cape over the top 

Wow factor: Shirley Ballas oozed Hollywood glamour in a white halterneck midi dress, with a sheer and beaded chiffon cape over the top 

Pretty in pink: Darcey Bussell led the glamour in a plunging fuchsia pink ballgown with a long train at the Strictly Come Dancing launch in London on Monday night

Pretty in pink: Darcey Bussell led the glamour in a plunging fuchsia pink ballgown with a long train at the Strictly Come Dancing launch in London on Monday night

Doubling up: Ahead of the red carpet event, it seemed that host of the show Tess Daly and new contestant Faye Tozer had compared notes, both walking into the event in identical ensembles

Doubling up: Ahead of the red carpet event, it seemed that host of the show Tess Daly and new contestant Faye Tozer had compared notes, both walking into the event in identical ensembles

Doubling up: Ahead of the red carpet event, it seemed that host of the show Tess Daly and new contestant Faye Tozer had compared notes, both walking into the event in identical ensembles

Ahead of the red carpet event, it seemed that Tess and new contestant Faye Tozer had compared notes, both walking into the event in identical ensembles.

Before dolling themselves up for the glam debut show, each blonde strutted into the studios in London in matching khaki army jackets.

They both wore white tops underneath and black skinny leggings, and even their bags were matching, as each toted a small black leather shoulder purse.

Everything was identical between the two – down to their pink trainers, but the main difference was that Faye covered her blonde locks with a beige baseball cap, while Tess let her mane fall loosely around her shoulders. 

Gal pals: Tess strutted alongside head judge Shirley, who walked with her in a white blouse and black slacks 

Gal pals: Tess strutted alongside head judge Shirley, who walked with her in a white blouse and black slacks 

Difference: Faye covered her blonde locks with a beige baseball cap, while Tess let her mane fall loosely around her shoulders

Difference: Faye covered her blonde locks with a beige baseball cap, while Tess let her mane fall loosely around her shoulders

What a laugh: Shirley was seen on the arm of a tuxedo-clad Craig Revel Horwood at one point

What a laugh: Shirley was seen on the arm of a tuxedo-clad Craig Revel Horwood at one point

Tess strutted alongside head judge Shirley, who walked with her in a white blouse and black slacks.

She was seen on the arm of a tuxedo-clad Craig Revel Horwood at one point, looking to share a hysterical joke with one another.

Their fellow judge Bruno Tonioli turned up looking smart in a shirt and tie, followed by Tess’ co-host Claudia Winkleman.

Claudia wore a black casual ensemble, a warm coat and hauled a large bag with her.

Strutting her stuff: Darcey Bussell arrived at the BBC Studios in a chic denim number

Strutting her stuff: Darcey Bussell arrived at the BBC Studios in a chic denim number

Strutting her stuff: Darcey Bussell arrived at the BBC Studios in a chic denim number

Smiley: Tess' co-host Claudia looked stylish as she arrived in all black

Smiley: Tess’ co-host Claudia looked stylish as she arrived in all black

Sharp: Bruno Tonioli turned up looking smart in a shirt and tie

Sharp: Bruno Tonioli turned up looking smart in a shirt and tie

Excited: Also arriving was Katie Piper, in a white top and jeans

Excited: Also arriving was Katie Piper, in a white top and jeans

Excited: Also arriving was Katie Piper, in a white top and jeans

Not feeling Blue: Lee Ryan showed up clad in a black suit

Not feeling Blue: Lee Ryan showed up clad in a black suit

She showcased her newly dyed mane of blonde dip-dye highlights.

Also arriving was Katie Piper, in a white top and jeans, followed by Lee Ryan in a dark ensemble.

Darcey Bussell arrived at the BBC Studios in a chic denim number followed by casual clad Graeme Swann and Kate Silverton.

Friendly competition: Graeme Swann showed up equipped with a bag of sushi

Friendly competition: Graeme Swann showed up equipped with a bag of sushi

Friendly competition: Graeme Swann showed up equipped with a bag of sushi

Raring to go: Kate Silverton looked ready for her time in the spotlight

Raring to go: Kate Silverton looked ready for her time in the spotlight

STRICTLY COME DANCING 2018: THE FULL LINE-UP

The [Kim] joy of baking: Kim-Joy has an ‘open’ approach to cakes

Susannah Constantine 

Age: 56

Occupation: Fashion TV star 

Claim to fame: Susannah dated Princess Margaret’s son, David Linley  and is known for starring in What Not To Wear with Trinny Woodall, where they lauded Spanx

Boozy bakes: Londoner Ruby is partial to a Chambord Ganache

Charles Venn 

Age: 45

Occupation: EastEnders actor 

Claim to fame:  The handsome hunk has most famously starred as Ray Dixon in EastEnders, but has also starred in Casualty and Footballers’ Wives 

Flamboyant or flambé? Karen is looking to ‘have some fun’

Lauren Steadman 

Age: 25

Occupation: Paralympic silver medallist

Claim to fame: British Paralympic athlete is a double World Champion Paratriathlete and six-time European Champion, who was born missing her lower right arm

Blood, sweat and tears: Jon is a medical courier for a living

Lee Ryan 

Age: 35

Occupation: Blue singer and former CBB star 

Claim to fame:  Lee is a member of boy band Blue who sold over 14million records worldwide. He’s also starred in various pantomimes 

Mother knows best: Imelda learned to bake from her Irish mother

Seann Walsh 

Age: 32

Occupation: Comedian 

Claim to fame:  Seann is one of the UK’s most beloved comedians, and along with touring the country is a regular on shows Virtually Famous and Play To The Whistle. 

Paul Bollywood? Antony’s Indian father taught him how to bake

Kate Silverton 

Age: 48

Occupation: News broadcaster

Claim to fame: Kate has been a fixture of BBC’s news presenting team for many years. She has also hosted programmes Panorama, Big Cat Live and My Family at War

Getting technical: Terry is a self-confessed ‘edgy’ baker

Ashley Roberts  

Age: 36

Occupation:  Former Pussycat Dolls singer

Claim to fame:  Ashley soared to fame in the modern Burlesque group and dance troupe Pussycat Dolls. She left the group in 2010 and became a judge on Dancing On Ice

Party boy: Luke is trading his decks for a different type of mixer

Dr Ranj Singh 

Age: 38

Occupation: This Morning’s resident doctor 

Claim to fame:  Dr Ranj has garnered fame from his presenting on CBeebies’ shows Get Well Soon and Bedtime Stories, as well as being a regular on ITV’s This Morning 

Man of science: Rahul has an East-meets-West flair for baking

 Vick Hope 

Age:28

Occupation: DJ 

Claim to fame: Vick has garnered fame in her turn as a DJ on Capital FM opposite Roman Kemp on the weekday breakfast show from 6AM

Danny John-Jules 

Age: 57

Occupation: Actor

Claim to fame: Danny has played Cat in the sci-fi cult series Red Dwarf since 1988. He also played hero Lenny Bicknall in the CBBC spy series M.I. High.

Katie Piper 

Age: 34

Occupation: TV star

Claim to fame: Katie rose to prominence after she was the victim of a horrific acid attack in 2008. She went onto front the documentary Katie: My Beautiful Face as well as several other series. 

Self-taught: Briony credits YouTube for her skills in the kitchen

Stacey Dooley 

Age: 31

Occupation: Documentary maker 

Claim to fameStacey has presented investigative documentaries for the BBC, including the award-winning Stacey Dooley on The Frontline: Gun Girls and ISIS in 2016.

Bringing the boulangerie: Manon draws upon her French heritage 

Graeme Swann 

Age: 39

Occupation: Former cricketer

Claim to fame: Graeme is one of England’s greatest ever cricket stars, playing for the national team from 2008-13. He was also part of the historic winning 2009 Ashes team.

Growing up: Dan has honed his baking skills as a stay-at-home dad 

 Joe Sugg 

Age: 26

Occupation: YouTube star

Claim to fame: One of Britain’s most popular YouTube stars, with over 8m subscribers to his channel and 5.5 million Twitter followers. He is the brother of web guru Zoella.

Faye Tozer

 Age: 42

Occupation: Steps singer

Claim to fame: Faye was one of the stars of legendary 90s band Steps from 1997 to 2001. The group reunited in 2017 for an anniversary tour, with their comeback album

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Prophet Soul E predicts presidential election winner

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South Africa-based, Prophet Okose Ifechukwude Emmanuel formerly known as Soul E has predicted emphatically that President Muhammadu Buhari will win Saturday’s election.

Sometime last week, I tuned in to his Facebook live daily prayer broadcast where he usually pray and minister to his listeners from around the world.

We haven’t spoken much since he moved to South Africa where he is doing big things. He likes to call me his publicist. Our relationship goes back to that day I interviewed him and after, he began to pray and tell me deep things (story for another day).

So as his broadcast, he digressed spontaneously. He began to address those of us listening from Nigeria. Reaffirming himself, he disclosed how he said it from the start that President Buhari will do a two years tenure of four years apiece.

He stressed that the results of the election will shock many.

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Alleged $2.1m Fraud: Court Admits More Evidence Against Ex-NHIS Boss

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NHIS Crisis: Why we blocked Yusuf, dared armed police officers

 

Justice A. O. Faji of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Thursday, February 21, 2019, admitted a document tendered in evidence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against Dr. Martins Oluwafemi Thomas, a former Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Thomas was re-arraigned alongside one Kabiru Sidi, a Bureau De Change Operator, on June 28, 2017 on an amended six-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of $2,198,900 (Two Million, One Hundred and Ninety Eight Thousand Nine Hundred Dollars)

He was alleged to have conspired with his wife, Femi, to make a cash payment of the sum to one Ibitoye Bamidele at their residence on 20, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos.

The second defendant, Sidi was also said to have lied to an EFCC investigator, Afeez Mustapha that he was the owner of the money that the first defendant and his wife transacted with.

One of the count reads: “That you, Kabiru Sidi, on or about the 15th day of July, 2015, at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s Lagos Zonal office, Ikoyi, before the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, made a false statement to Afeez Mustapha, an investigating officer with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 39 2(b)and punishable under Section 39 (2)(c)of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Establishment Act, 2004.”

At the resumed hearing today, a prosecution witness, Emmanuel Egwu, who is the Director of Finance, NHIS, gave a breakdown of total amounts of the entitlements, salaries and emoluments received by Thomas while he worked at the NHIS between November 2013 and May 2015.

Egwu, the third prosecution witness, PW3, while being led in evidence by counsel for the EFCC, Ekele Iheanacho, revealed that the total money Thomas received in his official capacity was a sum of N62,919,154.75 (Sixty- two Million, Nine Hundred and Nineteen Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty- Four Naira, Seventy-Five Kobo) only.

When Egwu sought to tender the said documents as evidence, there was no objection by counsels for the defendants.

The documents were, thereafter, admitted in evidence as exhibits F1 and F2 respectively.

When counsel to the first defendant, Collins Ogbona, asked the witness, during cross-examination, if he knew the first defendant personally and all his sources of income, the witness said: “I only know the first defendant in his official capacity as well as only his official income.”

Consequently, Justice Faji adjourned the case to March 8, 19 and 20, 2019 for continuation of trial.

 

 

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It’s okay for women to send nudes, just don’t betray her – Lady says

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A Nigerian identified as Sally on Twitter has said it’s okay for women to send nudes, especially when they are in love.

While defending her opinion, she however stated that most women do so to keep their relationship with the man, especially the ones they trust.

It’s okay for women to send nudes, just don’t betray her – Lady says

So the blame now comes on the man when he betrays such trust to leak her nude on the internet

Read her post:

Women send nudes out of Love, also trying to keep their relationship. If she loves you and trust you why betray that trust? There’s no excuse for leaking her nudes even if she cheated.

In another post, she wrote that women hardly leak their nudes and it is mostly done by men who she regarded as betrayers

Women hardly leak nudes sent to them by their boyfriend, I have never seen one. But I don’t know what’s wrong with some men. You will beg your girlfriend for nude, she will send you out of Love… you’d then want to blackmail her. Imagine if a guy did that to your Sis.

 

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