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Germany: Martina Big undergoes tanning injections to ‘become black’

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Martina Bigs previously spent £50,000 on cosmetic surgery and now boasts size 32S breasts. But she took her transformation to a controversial extreme when she underwent radical tanning injections to darken her skin.

Opening up in September last year, the 29-year old from Germany – who was born white – revealed during an interview on US talk show Maury that she now identified as black. Her comments left the audience shocked.

But she has raised eyebrows once again after claiming that her tanning injections have turned her once blonde hair ‘naturally African’.

In the bizarre Facebook post, Martina wrote: “I was at my African hair dresser to change my extension.

“After taking out my extension I noticed how much my hair structure of my own hair has changed. I compared my own hair with the hair of the other Africans in the salon. They are identical to my [sic].”

According to Martina, it is “the clear proof that I’m a real black woman now.”

She added: “If my transformation continues to be so good, I will soon be identical to other black women. You can not imagine it is a great feeling to become more and more a black woman.”

Martina had her first surgery in 2012 and said she initially wanted to look like a Barbie, but with more curves. She claims her fiancé Michael is her biggest supporter.

During her controversial appearance on Maury, Martina tried to justify her lifestyle choice.

She insisted: “I am the proud owner of black skin.

“If they start fading, I won’t feel less black. I will ask them for more.”

She continued: “I am black. That is my race. I can’t wait to go to Africa because I hear the food is tasty. It’s better to be black, the feeling inside is just better.”

When asked whether she thinks she has offended people who were born black, she said: “No, I don’t want to. I know some feel attacked but it’s not my intention.

“I do it for myself and only talk to people who want to talk with me about this.”

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Nigeria Customs suggest 35% levy on imported vehicles reduction to check smuggling.

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The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali (retd.) has called on the Federal Government to reduce the 35 per cent levy on imported vehicles so as to check the rising cases of smuggled vehicles into the country.

Ali said this on Wednesday in Abuja at the unveiling of a Strategic Revenue Growth Initiative which was held at the Ministry of Finance.

He said already the Nigeria Customs Service had made a proposal to the Ministry of Finance on the need for a reduction in the 35 per cent levy on imported vehicles.



Ali said currently, any new vehicle imported into the country attracted an import duty of 35 per cent and an additional levy of 35 per cent.

This, he noted, brought the total duty payable on such a vehicle to about 70 per cent.

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He described the 70 per cent being charged by the government as high, adding that time had come for it to be reduced.

In achieving this, he said, the government could still retain the 35 per cent import duty while the additional 35 per cent levy could be tinkered by bringing it downwards.

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He said, “First, we must understand the fact that smuggling in most cases did not really occur because of the tariff that is placed on goods in Nigeria.

“When we talk about vehicles, yes, new vehicles attract 70 per cent duty; that is 35 per cent duty and 35 per cent levy but most of the vehicles that are being smuggled through our borders are not new vehicles, they are used vehicles.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, who unveiled the Strategic Revenue Growth Initiative, said that the government was concerned about the inability of some of its agencies to meet their revenue target.

She admitted that it had become a challenge for the government to mobilise fiscal resources to deliver on its developmental objectives, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed that revenue generation needed to be enhanced.

According to her, while oil revenue to oil Gross Domestic Product ratio stands at about 39 per cent, non-oil revenue to non-oil GDP is about 4.2 per cent.

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24 days to Election in Nigeria, Obiageli Ezekwesili quits presidential race.

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The leading female candidate in Nigeria’s presidential election said on Thursday she had withdrawn from the race weeks ahead of the poll to help build a coalition to provide a viable alternative to the country’s two main parties.

Former government minister Obiageli Ezekwesili, co-founder of a group to raise awareness about more than 200 girls kidnapped by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram in 2014, said on Twitter that she had been in talks for three months with other candidates about a coalition.



Nigeria’s presidential election is scheduled to take place on Feb. 16. The main candidates in the race to head Africa’s top oil producing country are the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari, and Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president who is representing the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

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“I have decided to step down from the presidential race and focus on helping to build a coalition for a viable alternative to the #APCPDP in the 2019 general,” said Ezekwesili in a tweet.

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Ezekwesili was not considered to be among the frontrunners in the race. Analysts see President Buhari and Abubakar as the only genuine contenders due to the financial power and patronage networks provided by their parties.

Ezekwesili, a former government minister, is a founder of the civil society organization Transparency International. She was considered for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her anti-corruption work.

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