Mondays are especially filled with events, and today, May 20, 2019 is no different.
Here are some of the big news that trended and got a whole lot of people talking.
Naira Marley remanded
In Nigeria, the day started with trending news of now popular singer Naira Marley appearing in court and his case being adjourned till May 30 for hearing of bail application.
While in court, Marley’s mother reportedly broke down in tears when she sighted her son walking into the dock.
Few hours later, another story filtered in that Naira Marley has been released but Sahara Reporters was quick to debunk the news through a source in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Game of Thrones epic climax
After eight epic years, 47 Emmys, two dead dragons and lots of sex, “Game of Thrones” has said an emotional goodbye to devotees worldwide of one of the most popular shows in television history.
The blood-spattered tale of noble families vying for the Iron Throne wrapped with the 73rd and final episode of a ratings juggernaut that has demolished audience records worldwide and redefined weekly “event TV” for the instant-gratification Netflix generation.
Airing in 170 countries under its portentous tagline, “Winter is Coming,” the show is also the most expensive ever, with a budget of $15 million per episode.
The season seven finale set an all-time US record for premium cable TV, with 16.5 million people watching live or streaming on the day of transmission and 15 million more tuning in later.
Google cut ties with Huawei
Another trending news that filtered in on Monday was that US internet giant Google, whose Android mobile operating system powers most of the world’s smartphones, said it was beginning to cut ties with China’s Huawei, which Washington considers a national security threat.
It is believed that the move could have dramatic implications for Huawei smartphone users, as the telecoms giant will no longer have access to Google’s proprietary services — which include the Gmail and Google Maps apps.
In a response, Huawei said “Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry.
Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally.
We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.”
Lobi Stars coach slumps and dies
Monday came to a climax with a rather tragic story of the death of Lobi Stars coach Solomon Ogbeide.
Ogbeide reportedly slumped and died after suffering low blood pressure in Makurdi.
Ogbeide rejoined Lobi Stars in 2017, following an earlier spell with the Makurdi club.
Despite the sad incident, Lobi Stars went on to host Wikki Tourist in their final home game of the season, perhaps the news has not been broken to the players.