Eleven-year-old Anthony Mmesoma Madu, Nigeria’s viral ballet dancer, has received multiple scholarships from around the world to pursue his passion.
One of those scholarships came from the prestigious Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in the US.
As Anthony prepares to embark on a journey of a lifetime in 2021, he describes how things have changed for him.
In an interview with BBC, the talented boy said: “I feel very, very happy because the viral video has brought so many opportunities. Since then, I won a scholarship to go to the US in the year 2021.”
Anthony has already begun online classes with the New York academy and he said the classes have been so amazing.
He said the classes have made him more active than he used to be.
“What I’m going to miss here is my parents and my siblings. And I’m also going to miss our academy because I used to come here every day.
“In my neighbourhood now, what has changed for me is that plenty people want to become my friends.” the boy said.
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APC concedes defeat; congratulates Obaseki for winning Edo governorship election
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has conceded defeat and congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki for winning last Saturday, September 19 governorship election in Edo state.
On Sunday September 20, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC declared Obaseki of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the election after polling 307, 955 votes to defeat his main contender Pastor Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress APC, who polled 223, 619 votes.
Reacting to the outcome of the election, the chairman of the APC national caretaker committee, Mai Mala Buni, said in a statement that the peaceful conduct of the election and its outcome represents a victory for Nigeria’s democracy.
He said the party and the president remain committed to free and fair elections to strengthen the foundation of the country’s political and moral authority.
He commended INEC, security agencies, and all political parties that contested the election for the successful conduct of the election.
Read the full text of the statement below
”The September 19, 2020 Edo State Governorship election is over, the winner has been declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the person of the Mr. Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP). We hereby congratulate the winner of the election, the people of Edo State and all Nigerians. The peaceful conduct of the election and its outcome represent victory for Nigeria’s democracy
As a party, we join our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, to affirm our ‘commitment to free and fair elections’ in order to strengthen ‘the foundation for our political and moral authority’. We commend INEC, our security agencies and all political parties that contested the election for the successful conduct of the election. As a governing party, we will take every step necessary to support the Federal Government to consolidate all the gains achieved.
We, in particular want to salute our candidate in the election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamuh for his tenacity and leadership. We similarly commend our Edo State leaders, especially our immediate past National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and all our members in Edo State for demonstrating unwavering support for our party and our candidate in the election. In the face of all the challenges, we collectively remained faithful and worked tirelessly during the campaigns. We appeal to all our members to be strengthened by the outcome of the election and unite in order to correct all the problems that worked against our party and our candidate in the just concluded election.
Finally, we specially hereby celebrate our Edo State 2020 Governorship Campaign Council led by His Excellency Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Governor of Kano State. We acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of all members of the Campaign Council. As progressives and democrats, we are confident that all leaders and members of the party will celebrate the outcome of the election as free and fair as acknowledge by our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari.
Let us unite to move our democracy for forward. We must put an end to the era when electoral contest become warfare. We urge our candidate and all our members to join us in congratulating Mr. Godwin Obaseki and the PDP, being the declared winner of the election. Our attention must now shift to Ondo State and ensure that we win the October 10, 2020 election. September 19, 2020 Edo election should present a new watershed. We will work hard to win the Ondo election. Having reaffirmed our commitment to free and fair elections, it is our expectation that all opposition parties in the country will also commit themselves to free and fair contests. We will therefore accordingly expect congratulatory message from all parties just as we similarly guarantee that once we are defeated in a fair contest, we will congratulate the winner.
May God continue to bless our democracy, our nation and our people!
His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni
Chairman, APC Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee”
My supporters were prevented from voting – Ize-Iyamu reacts to loss at Edo governorship election
Osagie Ize-Iyamu, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to him losing to Governor Godwin Obaseki of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), at the gubernatorial election which was held in Edo state on September 19.
The APC Governorship candidate in his tweet alleged that there were many irregularities during the election and that his supporters were ‘prevented from voting.’
Ize-Iyamu revealed that he is studying the results along with other party members and will soon announce his next move.
I thank and appreciate my supporters, who had to endure many evils including being prevented from voting, for their support and determination during the election. I assure you all that I am studying the results along with other party members and will announce my next move soon.
APC rejects Edo governorship election result
The All Progressives Congress has rejected the September 19 Edo governorship election result which brought back Godwin Obaseki as the Governor of the state.
Chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council, John Mayaki in his statement on Sunday September 20 alleged that there was foul play due to “strong-arm tactics”. Mayaki also claimed that there was an arbitrary arrest of local party members.
He urged party members to remain calm while the result is studied to decide on the next line of action.
The statement read;
“On this note, we hereby reject the outcome of the election, and urge our members to stay calm. We thank them for their support. We’ll be announcing our decision and course of action shortly.
“Obaseki shouted that he was being rigged out and blamed INEC at the initial stage, but that was to divert attention from the evil going on in the field.
“The Party also notes the arbitrary arrest of our local party members, who could have resisted the outrage, while Mr Obaseki was busy diverting attention with false alarm.
“There were obvious illicit tampering with results, to shore up PDP numbers and mark down that of our party. Areas where we won, they cancelled them. They decreased the votes in areas we had advantage; they rejected our results and jerked up theirs.
“The ‘strong arm’ tactics, as seen in the election, cannot slide. Our people were arbitrarily arrested, while many of the figures were fabricated.”
According to the official result, Mr Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closet rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC, who scored 223,619 votes.