Chinenye Ugonna

Chinenye Ugonna is a National Assembly correspondent at Premium Times, the third most read newspaper in Nigeria. She is also an Entertainment and Lifestyle blogger. She is also a presenter for Premium Times' Radio and loves photography. She is a graduate of University of Lagos. When she is not working, she is blogging or out with friends. She is hardworking, fun loving, jovial, intelligent and a charismatic person. She blogs at www.chinenyeugonna.com

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Nicki Minaj, Sam Smith, others win ​2015 ​BET Awards

It was a fun-filled night with amazing performances. Some of the winners incl ​u​ de ​d​ Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Janet Jackson, Sam Smith and many more. See full list of winners below.   Best New Artist Dej Loaf Fetty Wap Rae Sremmurd Sam Smith – WINNER Tinashe   Best Female…

Senate summons NNPC over oil refineries

The Nigerian Senate has summoned the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to examine the conditions of the nation’s four refineries. The decision was taken following a motion urging the Senate to act in respect of incessant fuel tanker tragedies on Nigeria's highways. The motion was introduced by Gbenga Ashafa representing Lagos…

Saraki, Dogara, dare APC; reject party’s choices of principal officers for Senate, House

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have yet again defied their party, the ruling All Progressives Congress, rejecting the APC’s nominees for top leadership positions in the two chambers of the National Assembly. Messrs Saraki and Dogara defeated candidates nominated by…

Senate president, Bukola Saraki

Senate sets up committee to review members’ salaries, allowances

The Senate has set up a committee to review the salaries and allowances of lawmakers. This was revealed Tuesday by the Senate president, Bukola Saraki. He said the Adhoc committee was set up to reassess the structure, and review the level of openness, of members' pay to ensure that the…

House of Rep member dies

A former member of the House of Representatives member, Anthony Madwatte, has died. Mr. Madwatte represented Numan, Lamurde, Demsa Federal Constituency of Adamawa State, between 2007 and 2015. He contested as the running mate to Adamawa State gubernatorial candidate, Aliyu Modibbo, who contested on the platform of Social Democratic Party,…

5 things a woman should not do for love

When some women fall in love, they fall hard. Women are naturally compassionate and loving by nature. With these characteristics, we get criticized sometimes or taken for granted. As much as we know how difficult relationships might be, some of these emotions are overridden by men, which lead to bad…

Saraki congratulates Dogara, seeks colloboration

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has congratulated the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on his election. Mr. Saraki sought collaboration between both chambers of the National Assembly. This was disclosed in a statement from the office of the senate president on Thursday in Abuja. In the statement,…

Melaye blames absentee APC Senators for PDP’s Deputy Senate President win

The Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, has said that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ike Ekweremadu, emerged Deputy Senate President because some APC senators did not attend the inauguration. Mr. Melaye, an APC member who supported the candidacy of Bukola Saraki for Senate President as opposed to…

Pro-Lawan APC Senators vow to challenge Saraki’s election

The Unity Forum Group, consisting of Senators who supported Ahmed Lawan as the candidate for Senate president, have vowed to challenge the victory of Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu as the president and deputy president of the Senate respectively. Speaking Wednesday at a news briefing attended by 23 members of…

Tinubu’s wife snubs Saraki

The wife of a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and serving senator representing Lagos State, Remi Tinubu, snubbed the Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Wednesday. Mr. Tinubu, an influential APC stalwart, is credited to have initiated the establishment of the party leading to its victory at the…

I’ll defend National Assembly’s independence — Saraki

The newly elected president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has pledged to be just and fair to Nigerians, and to defend the independence of the National Assembly. He made this known in his acceptance speech at the inauguration of senators at the National Assembly on Tuesday. He thanked his colleagues…

Senate, House of Reps elect new leaders — LIVE UPDATES

Members of the National Assembly will Tuesday elect the principal officers who will take charge of the Senate and the House of Representatives. In the Senate, the major battle for the position of Senate President is between Ahmed lawan (Yobe North) and Bukola Saraki (Kwara Central). Mr. Lawan is the…

ANALYSIS: In APC’s history of crises, choosing Senate President, House Speaker seem toughest

The race to the office of Senate President of the 8th National Assembly is yet proving to be the litmus test for the governing All Progressives Congress, APC. APC had a smooth birth when the defunct major political parties, Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, the…

House of Rep passes Petroleum Industry Bill

Few hours to the end of their tenure, the House of Representatives passed the Petroleum Industry Bill on Thursday. The bill was passed after three weeks of scrutiny following the consideration of the various clauses and agreement by members. The bill seeks to establish a legal, fiscal and regulatory framework…

Former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari writes Senate, seeks approval to appoint 15 advisers

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate seeking approval to appoint 15 advisers. The letter was read in the Senate on Tuesday by the Senate president, David Mark. It was Mr. Buhari’s first correspondence to the National Assembly since assuming office Friday. The appointments would be the second for…

Buhari, APC must rescue Chibok girls, provide uninterrupted electricity, others — Ekweremadu

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has tasked the Peoples Democratic Party National Assembly Members-elect on being a credible opposition. Mr. Ekweremadu said "being in opposition is not a life sentence for any party." He spoke at a retreat organised by the Forum of PDP National Assembly members-elect…

7 signs your girlfriend is about to dump you

Last week, I did something on the seven ways to know when your boyfriend is no longer interested in the relationship. This time, it’s the other way round. I know the guys are a little interested in this one because they always complain of how confusing women can be sometimes.…

Support Buhari, Senate President Mark tells Nigerians

The President of the Nigerian Senate, David Mark, has urged Nigerians to support the new administration of Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Mark said this at St. Mulumba Catholic Chaplaincy Apo in Abuja, according to a press statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, on Friday. It was a speech…

Why I never wear English clothes – Tar Ukoh

Tar Ukoh is an indigene of Benue State and a retired broadcaster. He was born into a Catholic family and has two children. He named his daughter, Cuba, and his son, Africa. Mr. Ukoh as a scholar of African cultural work has strong beliefs in the African tradition and does…

7 signs he is losing interest in the relationship

There are so many things that happen in relationships that some women choose to be blind to. You see your man losing interest but choose to lie to yourself. When you get dumped, you cry and wet your pillows like life depends on it. Don’t get me wrong, I am…

Senate probes lingering fuel scarcity

The Senate has ordered its Committee on Petroleum (Downstream and Upstream), to investigate issues surrounding the lingering fuel scarcity. This was raised by the senator representing Bauchi central, Abdul Ningi, at the plenary on Thursday. Mr. Ningi said it was the Senate’s duty to investigate and solve the issue as…

Senate ​holds valedictory service for Chukwumerije​, Zanna​​ Wednesday​

The ​S​enate has adjourned till ​Wednesday in honour of its member, Ahmed Zannah, representing Borno senatorial district, who died on Saturday. The ​S​enate president, David Mark​,​ ​said ​the ​plenary​ was adjourned in ​keeping​ with the tradition of the National Assembly. ​He said a joint valedictory session will be held Wednesday…

T​aylor Swift wins big at the Billboard Music Awards 2015

The highly anticipated Billboard Awards 2015 took place at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on Sunday. The star studded event was hosted by Chrissy Teigen and Ludacris. Taylor Swift emerged as the star of the night with six awards including the Top Artist award. Other winners were Sam…

Constitution Amendment: Senate dumps plan to overide Jonathan

The Senate on Wednesday reversed its proposal to override President Goodluck Jonathan’s veto on the new amendments to the Constitution. The Senate said it will rather go to Court to challenge a recent decision by the Supreme Court stopping the amendments. Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, said Wednesday that the move by the executive to…

REPORT CARD: Nigerian Senators, Reps cornered N600bn in 4 years but passed only 106 bills

Nigerian lawmakers managed to approve only 106 new laws out of 1,063 brought before them in the last four years, despite spending more than half a trillion naira within the period, earning the notorious title as the world’s highest paid legislators. The figures mean for the National Assembly, with a…