Lionel Messi shows off his 6th Ballon d?Or trophy as he poses with his family?(Photo)
Last night, Lionel Messi became the first-ever player to win sixth Ballon d’Or trophy after edging out Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award in Paris.

Taking to his Instagram page hours ago, the Barcelona and Argentine playmaker shared a family photo of himself posing with his new trophy alongside his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo and their sons, Thiago and Mateo.

Photos of Saraki
On Monday December 2nd, the Federal High Court in Lagos ordered the forefiture of two multimillionaire houses owned by former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to the Federal government.

The EFCC had dragged Saraki before the court with claims that the houses are proceeds from some illicit activities Saraki engaged in while he was governor of Kwara state between 2003 to 2011.

See another photo below,

Photos of Saraki

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, says he will throw his weight behind the controversial hate speech bill if the first victims to be sanctioned are President Buhari, Bola Tinubu, Nasir El-Rufai, Festus Keyamo and Rotimi Amaechi for the ''hateful words they have spoken over the years.''

Four Liverpool stars make Ballon d?Or top 10 alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Barcelona striker, Lionel Messi was the biggest winner of the night after he picked up his sixth Ballon d'Or trophy.

But four Liverpool players dominated the Ballon d'Or top10  list after their Champions League success and sensational form last season.

Three other Liverpool players (Roberto Firmino, Alexander Arnold and Gini Wijnadum) were included in the first 20 names revealed on Monday afternoon.

Alisson, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk were all named in the top 10.

The Liverpool stars were also joined in the top 10 by both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who dominated the Ballon d’Or for a decade between 2008 and 2017. Manchester City stars Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva are also included, along with Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

Four Liverpool stars make Ballon d?Or top 10 alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

  Hate Speech Bill: Rather than condemning the Bill and its sponsor, Nigerians should have called for its regulation. - APC Chieftain, Mumuni
A chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) and security expert, Abayomi Mumuni has waded into the controversial Hate Speech Bills, saying that it will curtail provocative utterances and the spread of fake news in the Nigerian cyberspace.

The anti-social media bill sponsored by Senator Muhammed Sani Musa has been read for the second time on the floor of the Nigerian Senate, paving the way for its passage into law.

Mumuni argued that the Bill was necessary, given how most Nigerian social media users throw caution to the wind, creating palpable tension and making decorum impossible in the society.

In a statement made available to newsmen by his media aide, Rasheed Abubakar, the former Lagos gubernatorial candidate of the defunct CPC said, "The Hate Speech Bill would have been unnecessary had  Nigerians taken caution in using the social media. In the absence of decorum, peace won't reign.  We should not throw the bill out because it has come to regulate the way we use the social media.

'What are the contents of the Bill? What is controversial about it?,' Mumuni asked, stressing that, "It says, in part, that a person must not carry out any act within or outside Nigeria that will be transmitted in Nigeria as  a statement which could be a false statement of fact. Is their anything wrong with that? I won't be surprised if many of those who kick against it didn't have an idea of what the bill is about."

Mumuni, who authored 'Global Terrorism and its Effects on Humanity' said, rather than condemning the Bill and its sponsor, Nigerians should have called for its regulation.

According to him, "What should have been advocated for is the regulation of the bill in the sense that it would only cater for glaring cases of hate speech so as not to serve as a mechanism for witch-hunting, perceived oppositions or eliminating critical engagements on public policy".

Speaking further, the Aare Jagunmade 1 of Lagos revealed that developed countries like France, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy and a host of others have legislations used to regulate public communication so as to ensure peaceful coexistence among the people in the society.

He noted that the use of social Media in Nigeria has actually become an outlet for the cowards, stressing that, "freedom of speech does not give one the licence to cause crises, wreak havoc and make unfounded claims".

"The government should also try as much as possible to make the punitive measures be in tandem with the offense, in the sense that the ant would not be killed with a machine gun. The punishment attached to the offense should not be different from the ones obtainable in other countries in order to rule out the possibility of any political mission. I support fines or jail terms for offenders, irrespective of their status in the society," he advised.

Allaying fears from the public, Mumuni, who later authored, 'Demand by Terror' urged Nigerians to give maximum support to the bill inasmuch as it is not to punish genuine critics, saying that only those who abuse the social media have cause to be afraid.

"The way forward is that people should understand that freedom of speech does not translate to causing crises and promoting falsehood. Doing such is unhealthy to our nascent democracy. As such, the guilty ones should not go unpunished to serve as deterrent to others" he concluded.

No date yet to re-open land borders ? Buhari
President Buhari has disclosed that there is no date yet for re-opening of the Nigerian border which according to him has led to a drop in the country's domestic fuel consumption.

The Nigerian leader who is on a 4-day working visit at his hometown Daura in Katsina State, told a delegation of Katsina State Elders Forum that he is yet to give a date for the reopening of the land borders.

In a statement released by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, the Presidency said two months into the closure of Nigeria’s land borders to curb smuggling activities especially rice, the Buhari-led administration was betting on same measure to rekindle the agriculture sector.

President Buhari who acknowledged the hardship residents of border communities have been going through following the ban on sale of fuel at stations 20 kilometres to the border, stated that the restriction was a temporary measure as the Nigerian Customs Service needed to ascertain outlets involved in real sale of products and those being used for smuggling.

The statement reads in part "Two months into closure of Nigeria’s land border to curb smuggling activities, especially rice, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is betting on same measure to rekindle the agriculture sector.
The government’s directive will save the country billions of naira on import bills.
Receiving a delegation of Katsina State Elders Forum at his country home in Daura, the President said the country’s domestic fuel consumption had dropped by more than 30 per cent, following closure of land borders.
President Buhari said he had not given any date for the reopening of the land border until the situation improves.
The President commended the actions taken by the President of Niger Republic, Muhammadou Youssoufou, including the dismissal of officials and a ban on use of the country as a dumping ground for Nigeria-bound smuggled goods.
President Buhari noted that the measures taken by the President of Niger were helpful and supportive.
President Buhari acknowledged the hardship of border communities following the ban on sale of fuel at stations 20 kilometres to the border, a restriction that also saw to the closure of all fuel stations in his native home, Daura.
''Farmers must be protected. Dishonesty is deep rooted in the country. Otherwise the border closer would not have been warranted,'' he said.
According to him, the restriction was a temporary measure as the Nigerian Customs Service needed to ascertain outlets involved in real sale of products and those being used for smuggling.
President Buhari told the delegation that he intends forging ahead with poverty alleviation schemes and the agricultural and livestock reforms started by the administration in the first term, since the election was behind him and a government now in place.
He explained that the reforms, especially those relating to the settlement of livestock herders would take time to accomplish, assuring that his deliberate choice of tested farmers as his past and current ministers of agriculture was informed by the need to carry his vision through."

Cristiano Ronaldo crowned Serie A player of the year
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo was named the Italian league’s player of the year at an awards ceremony in Milan on Monday night.

Ronaldo was at the Gran Gala del Calcio in Milan to collect his prize, instead of attending the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris where he was third in the voting for best player in the world which Messi won.

According to reports, the Portugal international turned up about an hour before the main award was announced, arriving more than two hours after the other guests, and waited outside in the car until the moment came for him to go on stage to pick up the prize for his place in the team of the season.
“It’s an honor to hold this award,” Ronaldo said in Italian. “I thank my Juventus teammates.
“I’m very happy to play in Italy, it’s a very difficult league. Thanks to everyone for having voted for me. I want to do as well this year, too.”

Ronaldo also took to Instagram hours ago to thank everyone that voted for him, adding that switching to the Italian league from La liga has been difficult but he's happy and wants to be better.

Cristiano Ronaldo crowned Serie A player of the year

The Portugal international scored 26 goals in his debut season in Italy and helped Juventus towards another domestic title. In the league, he scored 21 times in 31 appearances, finishing fourth in the top-scoring charts, with veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella of Sampdoria collecting the golden boot award.

A jury comprising of fellow Serie A players, coaches, referees, journalists, and current and former technical commissioners all agreed that Ronaldo was the league’s best last season.

Juventus’ quest to win the league yet again isn't going well however, with Inter Milan currently a point above them at the summit of the table.

Ronaldo has managed six goals in his 11 Serie A appearances this term and will be expected to help his side secure another league title.

Police confirm invading Nnamdi Kanu
The Anambra State Police Command has confirmed invading the home of Nnamdi Kanu's lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor at Oraifite in Ekwusigo council area of the state.

In a statement released by the command's spokesperson Haruna Mohammed, the police alleged that there was a formal complaint against Ifeanyi Ejiofor, a member of the proscribed IPOB in Oraifite on alleged case of abduction, assault occasioning harm and malicious damage to property.

He further disclosed that some IPOB members attacked police officers upon arriving the house and ended up setting ablaze a police patrol van. Mohammed said two police officers were killed in the attack while others received machete cuts.

The statement read in part “On the 2/12/2019 at about 11:30 am, there was a formal complaint against one Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, a member of the proscribed IPOB in Oraifite on alleged case of abduction, assault occasioning harm and malicious damage to property.
“Following the report, police patrol teams, led by the Area Commander, Oraifite, Mr Oliver Abbey, mobilised and rushed to the scene in order to arrest the suspect, who declined police invitation.
“However, as soon as police arrived at the house, armed men, suspected to be IPOB members, descended on the police, set ablaze one patrol vehicle and attacked them with rifles and machetes.”
“Consequently, the command deployed reinforcements from the state headquarters, comprising PMF, Special Anti-Robbery Squad and Special Anti-Cult Units, in conjunction with the army and other sister agencies.
“The area has been cordoned-off in order to fish out the culprits, while joint patrol are still ongoing in the town to prevent further breakdown of law and order,” Mohammed added.

The police spokesperson added that the Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang who visited the scene vowed to bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to justice.

Nigeria?s salvation lies in education ? President Buhari
President Buhari on Monday, December 2nd in Daura, Katsina State, said Nigeria’s socio-economic and political salvation would come from education.

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said the president stated this at an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Community Secondary School, Daura.  

Buhari and five others founded the school as a community service. The president urged Nigerians to embrace learning as a way of life as his administration would do its best to provide access to it.
Buhari, who was honoured at the event, said his nine years in boarding school and joining the army shaped his life. “I spent nine years in the boarding school where the teachers showered us with love, care and total commitment.
They treated you as their own children. They commended you when you did well, and flogged you on bare buttocks if you misbehaved,” the President said.
He praised the current management of the school, which has been renamed Pilot Secondary School, Daura, for maintaining high standards. Buhari implored the old boys association to carry on the good work they were doing which had raised the school to an enviable height.

Alhaji M.T. Bature, the Sarkin Kudu of Katsina, said the vision of the founding fathers had ensured the success of so many sons of the state. He said graduate of the school had become professors, engineers, doctors and military generals.

Graphic: Police officer allegedly shoots truck driver dead for refusing to hand him N100 bribe in Ondo
Passengers plying the road in Owo, Ondo state were left in tears yesterday Monday December 2nd after a police officer allegedly shot a commercial truck driver dead over N100 bribe.

According to eyewitnesses, the truck driver was stopped by the police officer who, along with some other officers, were on a stop and search duty. The officer allegedly asked for a N100 bribe but the truck driver refused to give him. There was an exchange of words and the officer allegedly opened fire on the truck driver, shooting him in the head. The driver died instantly. The incident led to serious traffick gridlock.

The Ondo state police command is yet to react to the incident.

Graphic: Police officer allegedly shoots truck driver dead for refusing to hand him N100 bribe in OndoGraphic: Police officer allegedly shoots truck driver dead for refusing to hand him N100 bribe in Ondo

Facebook user, Mercy-Blossom Oyisi, who witnessed the incident, wrote on her wall
Something happened not quite long, I've always heard about it but never experienced it. A police man killed a truck driver because of #100, the Hausa guys around started shooting randomly because one of them was killed, we ran into the bush when we started hearing gunshots.
There are dead people due to the shooting between the Hausa guys and the police men. One mama in our bus was shot while we were running. I've not recovered, still shivering.
Because of #100 o, how are some people different from animals?
Graphic: Police officer allegedly shoots truck driver dead for refusing to hand him N100 bribe in Ondo
Graphic: Police officer allegedly shoots truck driver dead for refusing to hand him N100 bribe in Ondo
Graphic: Police officer allegedly shoots truck driver dead for refusing to hand him N100 bribe in Ondo
Graphic: Police officer allegedly shoots truck driver dead for refusing to hand him N100 bribe in Ondo
Graphic video from the scene of the incident.

 Opponents of ?hate speech bill? are pretenders - Senator Abdullahi
Deputy chief whip of the senate, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi has lashed out at those opposing the controversial hate speech bill he is sponsoring.

The lawmaker who described opponents of the bill as pretenders who claim they are protecting freedom of speech, alleged that some elements with strong bias capable of escalating ethnic and religious violence are infiltrating the media.

He also warned Nigerians to be wary of false information being spilled out by some persons and groups parading themselves as serving the interest of the nation.

The Niger State Senator insisted there is need to criminalize hate speech as he cited the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) report on “Overcoming Dangerous Speech and Endemic Religious Divides in Central Nigeria” to back his aim of sponsoring the bill.

“Both Christians and Muslims have said that the media blatantly expresses bias against their religion, and that journalists will deliberately not report their story or perspective,” he said.
“Outside the immediate communities affected by a specific incident, the general public’s understanding of violent events is often incomplete.
“In some cases, false news about attacks have incited the people to undertake revenge attacks in various parts of the country.”
Making specific reference to Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) report, Abdullahi said: “In 2017, Nigeria experienced the continuation of three major conflicts that provided a fertile ground for the propagation of hate speech.
“These were the resurgence of the Biafra Agitation in the South East, the clash between the Army and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly referred to as the Shiites Movement in the North West, and the transformation of the localized farmers-herders conflict and cattle rustling to the large scale rural banditry that had taken an ethno-religious character across much of the North West and North Central zones of the country.
“Across the country, scores of people were killed as a result of these conflicts, further providing fuel for the wildfire of hate speech.
“More than at any time in the recent history of the country, hate speech became widely used in public discourse and communication.
“They fueled a dynamic that weakened national cohesion and made it difficult for the country to collectively address the threat to peace that affected the population in the country.”

Taraba House of Assembly Speaker, Peter Diah resigns
Peter Diah, Taraba State House of Assembly Speaker has resigned from his position following the crisis rocking the state's legislative body.

The lawmaker who is representing Mbamga constituency for the fifth time and also the longest-serving legislator in the house, confirmed his resignation on Sunday December 1. Peter told newsmen that he resigned for personal reasons.

He was elected 8th speaker Taraba State House of Assembly following the inauguration of the Eighth Assembly in June 2015 and was re-elected speaker in April 2016 after being sacked by a Court of Appeal.

Nine people including two children die?in South Dakota plane crash
Nine people, including two children, were killed on Saturday, November 30th when a plane crashed in rough weather near Chamberlain, South Dakota, authorities said.

A Pilatus PC-12, a single-engine turboprop passenger plane, had as many as 12 people on board when it crashed shortly after takeoff about a mile from Chamberlain Municipal Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

Brule County state's attorney Theresa Maule Rossow said survivors were hospitalized in Sioux Falls. Among the dead was the plane's pilot, she said.

First responders at the scene "should be commended in their heroic actions to rescue the victims in extreme weather conditions," Rossow said in a statement. The plane was en route to Idaho Falls Regional Airport in Idaho when it went down, the FAA said.

The area of the crash was under a winter storm warning with a few inches of snow accumulating, according to the National Weather Service. "FAA investigators are on their way to the accident site, and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified," the FAA said.

People blame me for my father
Zahra Buhari-Indimi who held the first edition of her “An Afternoon with Zahra” which was organised in Abuja by her foundation ZMB Homes, publicly expressed her support for the social media bill which has ignited controversy in the last few weeks.

The President's daughter who lamented over the cyber-bullying she has been subjected to since her father got elected, stated that she knows that some  of those attacking her want to be where she is at the moment.

Recounting the attacks she was subjected to, Zahra said “2015 was when I knew what bullying was. It started with my photos going viral. I was actually having a yoga class and I was sweating but people were busy sending my pictures up and down. People used it for their gain during the campaign.
“But the issue changed the way people looked at my dad because they didn’t know that we were educated, we could speak English, and we could dress. So it changed a few things for good. It showed another light. People then understood that in the North not everybody is illiterate.
“The 2015 elections went well. After 100 days, then the blow started coming. ‘Zahra your father did this… Zahra your father did that. But seriously, am I in office with him? Do I take any vital decision?
“Did you understand why some decisions are being taken? When I post my picture, it is my picture. It is not your child’s picture. I kept wondering why people do this to me constantly.”
To victims of cyber bullying, Zahra said, “I know we have people who are victims here. So to be honest, if you are a victim you need to feel sorry for those people; they want to be where you are and they are not there. So they will try to pull you down. Would you let them pull you down? No. You need to know that you have the values that someone also wants.”

In the last few weeks, citizens and digital rights activists have been voicing fears of potential impact the social media bill will have on human rights and democratic expression.

42 year-old man defiles and impregnates 11 year old girl he lured with N100
Mr. Okorie Agwu, a 42-year-old driver who works with Imo State Transport Company (ITC) has been remanded in prison for reportedly defiling and impregnating a girl he lured with N100.

Agwu's victim was in JSS 1 and 11-years-old when he started defiling her in 2017. He was arrested after the girl was found to be 6-months pregnant in 2019.

Recounting how the father of five who is separated from his wife started defiling her, the rape victim said Agwu first made an offer of one hundred naira and promised to buy her a cell-phone if she became his friend.

The girl at first rejected the driver's advances but succumbed after he drove her in his bus, dragged her into a bush, tore her cloths and raped her. The victim who lives with her grand father and step mother said she went home bleeding.

However after being threatened with being sent out of their home by her step-mother on grounds of not being able to pay for her ante-natal and post-natal care,  a Non-Governmental Organization, Virgin Heart Foundation and Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Imo State Chapter through its vice Chairman, Dorothy Nnaji have pledged to provide psycho-social support, medical assistance and legal support.

Woman poisons and kills her two-day-old grand daughter with sniper because she doesn
42-year-old Temitope Akinola has been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for killing her two-day-old granddaughter by poisoning by her with an insecticide, Sniper.

Akinola was arrested following the complaint the baby's mother filed with the police. The distraught lady reportedly went to bath and returned to see a lifeless body of her baby she left with her mother.

“Upon the information, the DPO Shagamu division, SP Okiki Agunbiade, detailed his detectives to the scene where the killer grandmother was promptly arrested,” Ogun policer spokesperson, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi said.

The grandmother who admitted killing her grandchild said she did it because she never liked the man her daughter had the baby for. She said she tried to terminate her daughter's pregnancy but was warned against doing such by her Pastor.

Akinola told the police upon being interrogated that she decided to wait till the baby was born before carrying out her plan.

She has been transferred to the homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and prosecution, while the corpse of the baby has been deposited at Olabisi Onabanjo teaching hospital mortuary for autopsy.

Oshiomhole mocks Saraki and others, says Dino Melaye is 20,000 feet below ground level and will need a miracle to be re-elected
Adams Oshiomhole slammed those that defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) he heads as he discussed the challeneges they are facing at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the party.

According to the former Governor of Edo State, Former Senate President Bukola Saraki and 15 other lawmakers who defected to the People's Democratic Party (PDP) felt they could burn the APC down but they lost their reelection bid.

Oshiomhole who stated that there are no miracles in election, also took a swipe at Dino Melaye who he said is 20,000 feet below ground level and is hoping for a miracle at the rerun election on November 30.

“I also believe it is significant to point out all those who rebelled against this party, those who sort to burn us down, those who decamped at critical moment believing they could destabilize us and we won’t have enough time to make up as led by Senator Bukola Saraki and fifteen others; all sixteen of them, by the special grace of God, the Nigeria electorates have chosen to punish them with their PVCs and ballot papers. They were all voted out and APC’s senators were voted in to replace them.
“There is one that is still struggling, and as we speak, he is 20,000 feet below ground level and he is hoping that there will be a miracle that will bring him to that level and climb him to the senate.
“I believe by the special grace of God under your leadership (looking at Buhari), I believe that deficit (Dino Melaye) there are no miracles in elections, especially if it is free and fair.
“God willing, by the end of the month, God’s will in Kogi State will be done; the 16th stubborn one will go the way the other fifteen went,” Mr Oshiomhole told the crowded hall graced by party members and pressmen.
He also threw jab at some members of the party “who rode on the back of President Buhari to get money for their elections and still went back to decamp and attack the presidency and the institution of our party.”

Adams Oshiomhole also blamed the loss recorded in Zamfara, Oyo, Bauchi, and Adamawa elections on internal party crisis. He told party members to stop supporting candidates of the opposition party even if their allies in the APC loses.

“The issue of Bauchi and Adamawa, these are the states we have sitting governors. Looking at the result and listening to our officers from those states, it is very clear that these losses can easily be attributed to internal fighting (disunity) within the party in those respective states leading to internal sabotage.
“I think the lesson to learn from it is that no matter how aggrieved we are, the worst of our candidate embarking in an election should be preferred to an angel emerging as an opposition. It is my prayer that our leaders and cadres will recognise that once the primaries are done, everybody can’t win but whoever emerges should be supported. The spirit of party calls for a commitment to stand by whoever prevails, however, imperfect the process may be,” he said.

England still pays me N5m pension monthly as an ex-player ? Footballer, John Fashanu speaks on dumping Nigeria for England
Former professional footballer, John Fashanu has revealed that he still receives N5m monthly pension as an ex-English footballer as he talked about Tammy Abraham dumping Nigeria to play for England just like he did.

Fashanu who talked about how hard it is to convince players of Nigerian descent to dump their adopted countries to play for the national team without attractive welfare packages, backed his claim with the challenges some Nigerian football legends have been facing even after their sacrifices for the country.

The footballer turned English Television presenter who played for England just twice in 1989, told Daily Trust “Till today, I still get my benefits, my pensions. I get N5m monthly as pensions for being an ex-footballer in England and I am now in my 50s.

"Tammy knows why he hasn’t played for the Super Eagles and it’s because there is more financial benefits playing for England, there is more glory and less wahala. Why do we ask the boy to play for Nigeria and torture him? .

"We need to step up. Tammy is a massive miss for Nigeria. Nobody went to London to talk to him and explain to him the benefits of playing for his motherland.
"And when you hear what happened to Kanu Nwankwo, Jay Jay Okocha, did anybody come out to defend him over his tax bills, did anybody come out to defend Kanu when he had issues with his hotel?” he asked.

Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte advises his players on how to have sex with their partners during the season

Inter Milan coach, Antonio Conte has disclosed that he gave instructions to his players as to how to have sex with their partners in order to stay at their best form on the field of play.

The ex-Chelsea coach who is looking to end the dominance of Juventus, who are one point ahead of Inter Milan in Serie A, told his players that during the season sex they must not last long and the players must also stay under their partners.

Speaking to L'Equipe in a recent interview, the 50-year-old Italian coach said:  'Competition for me is battle,' 'It is "your death, my life". I am very focused on the fact that in the end there should only be one left standing and I do everything to make it my team.

"During the season, I advise my players to have sex for short periods and with the minimum of effort, and better use positions where they are under their partners. And preferably, with their wives, because if with others, well, that needs extra action."



"I?m not going to shut the f*ck up" Chimamanda says about being an advocate for feminism
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has said she will not be silenced while advocating for gender equality.

The author said this on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, while receiving an award at the "Equality Now."

She said: "I was a feminist long before I knew what the word meant. Not because I read books but because I observed the world around me and saw how women were treated. Sometimes it can feel very lonely trying to prove that sexism exists, that we haven’t achieved basic equality for women around the world. Tonight is an oomph that shows me that it truly matters.

She added: "I’m going to remember this night when people tell me to shut up. I’m not going to shut the fuck up!"

"I?m not going to shut the f*ck up" Chimamanda says about being an advocate for feminism

The international organization, Equality Now honored Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Scarlett Curtis at the annual Make Equality Reality Gala in New York City.

Equality Now Global Executive Director Yasmeen Hassan said at the event: "Changing laws and mindsets is only possible through persistent activism. Our honorees tonight, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Scarlett Curtis, use the written word to do just that."

Curtis is the author of the bestseller Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies, and is a vocal activist across feminist issues from period poverty to female genital mutilation (FGM).

"I?m not going to shut the f*ck up" Chimamanda says about being an advocate for feminism

Singer-songwriter Rhonda Ross, daughter of singer and producer Diana Ross, presented Adichie with her Equality Now award. Ross invited a group of guests to welcome Adichie on stage by reading an excerpt from her book We Should All Be Feminists.

"I?m not going to shut the f*ck up" Chimamanda says about being an advocate for feminism

In her speech, Adichie also said storytelling has an important role to play in achieving equality.

"We really need to start thinking about ways to make women’s stories familiar to men. Men need to read more women's stories."

"I?m not going to shut the f*ck up" Chimamanda says about being an advocate for feminism