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Jokic’s Commanding Performance Leads Nuggets to Victory Against Lakers, While Suns Eclipse Warriors

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Jokic's Commanding Performance Leads Nuggets to Victory Against Lakers, While Suns Eclipse Warriors

In a clash of NBA titans, the Denver Nuggets orchestrated a thrilling victory against the Los Angeles Lakers, with Nikola Jokic emerging as the maestro of the night. The Nuggets’ commanding performance, spearheaded by their star center, showcased the team’s prowess and resilience on the court.

From the opening tip-off, Jokic dictated the tempo with a display of basketball finesse that left the Lakers scrambling to counter his multifaceted skills. His court vision, often likened to that of a point guard in a center’s frame, was on full display as he orchestrated the offense with precision. Jokic’s ability to read the game and make split-second decisions elevated the entire team’s performance.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Jokic’s game is his passing ability, and it was evident in this matchup. The Serbian center dished out assists with an almost casual ease, threading the needle through the Lakers’ defense to find open teammates.

The synergy between Jokic and his teammates was palpable, with each player seamlessly moving off the ball to capitalize on his visionary passes.

 

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However, Jokic wasn’t just a facilitator; he dominated the scoring sheets as well. His scoring repertoire, ranging from silky-smooth jump shots to powerful post moves, kept the Lakers’ defense on its heels. The Nuggets’ offensive strategy flowed through Jokic, and he responded with a masterclass in scoring efficiency.

Defensively, Jokic proved to be a formidable presence, contesting shots and securing rebounds to limit the Lakers’ second-chance opportunities. His two-way impact underscored why he is considered one of the most complete players in the league.

While Jokic was the focal point for the Nuggets, the supporting cast played a crucial role in securing the victory. Players like Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. rose to the occasion, contributing both offensively and defensively to create a well-rounded team effort.

Meanwhile, in another marquee matchup, the Phoenix Suns eclipsed the Golden State Warriors in a game that showcased their collective strength. The Suns, led by their dynamic backcourt of Chris Paul and Devin Booker, executed a game plan that exposed the Warriors’ vulnerabilities.

Paul’s veteran leadership and playmaking, combined with Booker’s scoring prowess, proved to be a potent combination. The Suns’ ball movement and strategic shot selection kept the Warriors’ defense scrambling, leading to open looks and high-percentage shots.

In conclusion, the night’s NBA matchups were a testament to the league’s competitive nature, with standout performances from Nikola Jokic guiding the Nuggets to victory and the Suns eclipsing the Warriors through collective brilliance.

These games not only entertained fans but also provided a glimpse into the potential playoff matchups that could shape the course of the NBA season.

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Breaking: MTN Nigeria forfeits shareholder funds after suffering N740 billion in foreign exchange losses.

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Breaking: MTN Nigeria forfeits shareholder funds after suffering N740 billion in foreign exchange losses.

Breaking: MTN Nigeria forfeits shareholder funds after suffering N740 billion in foreign exchange losses.

MTN Nigeria Plc has reported a loss before tax of N177.8 billion compared to a pre-tax profit of N518.8 billion a year earlier. The losses resulted in a wipeout of shareholders’ funds.

The company attributed the losses to a massive foreign currency loss of N740 billion up from N81 billion reported in 2022.

This is the company’s first-ever loss since it became a quoted company in Nigeria.

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Total subscribers increased by 5.3% to 79.7 million
Active data users increased by 12.7% to 44.6 million
Active mobile money (MoMo PSB) wallets increased by 163.2% to 5.3 million
Service revenue increased by 22.4% to N2.5 trillion
Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) grew by 12.3% to N1.2 trillion
EBITDA margin decreased by 4.5 percentage points (pp) to 48.7%
Loss after tax was N137.0 billion due to net forex loss
Profit after tax (PAT) adjusted for the net forex loss decreased by 14.3% to N344.5 billion
Earnings per share (EPS) declined to negative N6.38 kobo (N16.56 kobo adjusted for the net forex loss, down 14.1%)
Net loss for the year has resulted in a depletion of our retained earnings and shareholders’ fund to negative N208.0 billion and N40.8 billion, respectively
Company Commentary: “2023 witnessed a very challenging operating environment characterised by rising inflation, currency devaluation and foreign exchange shortages, complicated by geopolitical disruptions and cash shortages in Q1 arising from a redesign of the naira.

These factors created severe MTN Nigeria Communications Plc Audited results for the year ended 31 December 2023 2 | Page headwinds for our customers and our business during the year. The inflation rate increased throughout the year, reaching 28.9% in December 2023 – the highest reading in 18 years – with an average rate of 24.5%.

This was further exacerbated by higher fuel prices, arising from the removal of the fuel subsidy in May 2023, with the average prices of diesel and petrol up by 66.4% and 257.1% in 2023 to N1,416.8/litre and N600/litre, respectively. In June 2023, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) adopted a more liberal foreign exchange management system and reintroduced the ‘willing buyer, willing seller’ model.

This has resulted in a 96.7% unfavourable movement in the exchange rate against the US dollar from N461.1/US$ in December 2022 to N907.1/US$ (Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM) rate) in December 2023. This development contributed meaningfully to the upward pressure on the cost of doing business in Nigeria, and for MTN Nigeria in particular, significantly increased the costs in relation to our tower leases.”

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BREAKING: “No more Emilokan”—Ibadan residents protest hardship under Tinubu 

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BREAKING: “No more Emilokan”—Ibadan residents protest hardship under Tinubu

Some Nigerians in Ibadan, Oyo State, are currently protesting the high cost of living, food inflation, and economic hardship under President Bola Tinubu administration.

Recall that Nigerians have continued to face various degrees of economic hardship since President Tinubu announced the removal of the petrol subsidy on May 29, 2023.

The protest, which was staged in the Mokola area of Ibadan, had some placard-carrying youths in their numbers chanting songs to drive home their points.

Some of the placards have inscriptions such as ‘No more Emilokan’, ‘End food hike and inflation’, ‘The poor are starving’, ‘Tinubu, don’t forget your promises’, amongst others.

Armed policemen were seen at the protest scene even as demonstrators held the peaceful rally against the economic hardship in the land occasioned by the removal of petrol subsidies and the unification of the foreign exchange windows.

The police had warned that no breach of peace would be allowed during any protest in the state.

The protest in Oyo followed others in Kano and Minna, among others, over the economic hardship occasioned by petrol subsidy removal, food inflation, and the high cost of living.

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A helicopter carrying Herbert Wigwe and five others crashes on the California-Nevada Border

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A helicopter carrying Herbert Wigwe and five others crashes on the California-Nevada Border

A helicopter carrying Herbert Wigwe, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Access Holding, and five other people crashed near the California-Nevada border.

No official confirmation has been made from the bank holding company.

However, sources with knowledge of the matter confirm that Herbert Wigwe was on board the helicopter but cannot confirm if he is dead or if there were survivors.

Also on board were his wife and son. Nairametrics also understands that business mogul Abimbola Ogunbajo was also on board the flight.

However, the United States National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) is still investigating the crash, as authorities have yet to access the crash site.

The NTSB also tweeted

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