Stars in my pocket like grains of sand

Snowflake macro photo: Stars in my pocket like grains of sand, cluster of two stellar dendrite snowflakes with complex and elegant structure
Snowflake photo: Stars in my pocket like grains of sand (2560 x 1920)

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I borrow this title from sci-fi book, written by amazing author Samuel R. Delany.

This is tiny cluster of two stellar dendrite snowflakes: large and medium size. It was flat, and perfectly fits in focus without focus stacking technique. I like star shapes and elegant structure of this pair, and their sharp edges, without any traces of melting.

7 identical RAW photos was taken as fast series, aligned and averaged to improve SNR (signal/noise ratio) of this picture. I've used only diffused light of cloudy sky, dark grey wool fabric as background; and macro setup, containing Canon Powershot A650is and lens Helios 44, reversely mounted in front of camera as additional magnifier.

Here is slightly different version: without my usual blue color toning. As you can see, completely grey wool fabric shows color variances at high magnification:

Snowflake macro photo: Stars in my pocket like grains of sand (grey), pair of stellar dendrite snowflakes with complex structure, glowing on dark grey background
Snowflake photo: Stars in my pocket like grains of sand, grey variant (2560 x 1920)

Prints available at Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica),
Licenses for commercial use - at,

And this is version with blur background. I've done it easily, because already had precise isolation mask, created at early processing stage:

Snowflake macro photo: Stars in my pocket like grains of sand (blur), two stellar dendrite snowflakes with complex structure, glittering on dark cyan blurred background
Snowflake photo: Stars in my pocket like grains of sand, blur variant (2000 x 2000)

Prints available at Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica),
Licenses for commercial use - at,

Here is another stellar dendrite snowflake, also taken at dark textured backdrop, and processed in same technique:

Snowflake picture: Rigel - stellar dendrite snow crystal with sharp ornate arms, glowing on dark cyan textured background

If you want to see more snowflakes, you can browse through all snowflake pictures.
Here you'll find snowflake photo wallpapers in numerous resolutions and screen proportions, up to Ultra HD 4K.
And here is article about snowflake macro photography.


The striker who hadn't scored in the Women Premier League since netting against Reading Ladies in March brought her barren run to an end on Sunday.

Asisat Oshoala has finally ended her Women’s Super League goal drought as she fired past Megan Walsh to give her side the lead in their 2-0 victory over Notts County Ladies at Meadow Lane Stadium.

The Nigerian had previously failed to score for the Gunners since March 23, 2015, when she struck on her debut in her side’s 3-1 victory against Reading FC Women.

And having gone several games without getting her name on the scoresheet, the moment finally arrived in Sunday's Super League tie with Notts County Ladies as she rounded goalkeeper Walsh before slotting in the opener before the hosts scored into their net for the second.
The victory places Pedro Losa’s Ladies third on the log with 23 points from 12 games.


Both teams were on the losing side over the weekend, but the Bauchi Elephants remain atop the Nigeria elite division log
Ikorodu United 1-1 El-Kanemi Warriors
Yemi Olasupo's goal salvaged a point for Ikorodu United against El-Kanemi Warriors at the MKO Abiola Stadium on Sunday.

The Desert Warriors drew the curtain raiser courtesy of Samuel Mathias' superbly dispatched free kick before Ikorodu United fought back to earn a point.

The draw means the Oga Boys remain 19th on the log with 23 points and 20 points behind Warriors.

In an intense game, Ikorodu United, had to fight hard in an attempt to prevent a lose to Elkanemi Warriors.

At the blast of the final whistle in Abeokuta, both teams shared the spoils.

Nasarawa United 1-0 Enugu Rangers
Philip Azango's 66th minute goal handed Nasarawa United a 1-0 win over Enugu Rangers at the Aper Aku Stadium.
The goal and the eventual triumph left the passionate Nasarawa United fans extremely excited.

The victory earned the Solid Miners their 16th maximum points of the 2016 season.

Rangers had two goals disallowed by the match referee in the keenly contested war in Makurdi.

Nasarawa United bowed down 1-0 to Plateau United thanks to a second half penalty strike by Benjamin Turba on Monday. Nothing apart from victory was therefore expected in the game and they didn’t disappoint.

Rangers came into the match prepared to stretch Nasarawa United but the very determined Lafia-based side ensured that the visitors returned to their base empty-handed.

Sunshine Stars 1-1 Heartland FC
Heartland FC were held to a 1-1 draw by Sunshine Stars in a top tier fixture at the Akure Township Stadium.

Chidiebere Ajoku opened the scoring in the second minute of injury time before Kehinde Adedipe equalised for the Owena Waves.

The score was a priceless one for the Naze Millionaires as they continue their battle against relegation.

Most of the play was concentrated in the middle of the park with both teams struggling to find a way past the opposition's defensive line.

Stars ended the first half the stronger of the two sides with a flurry of chances.
The bad reaction of Akure fans marred the intriguing battle that produced two goals in a late show.

Ajoku shocked the jam-packed home fans with his finish past a helpless David Ariyo.

Adedipe delivered a timely goal to level matters for Sunshine Stars.

Rivers United 2-0 Plateau United
Rivers United proved why they have been tipped to end up with a silverware ahead of their 'Super Clash' with Enugu Rangers next Sunday.

The Pride of Rivers accounted for the scalp of Plateau United at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium to go joint-top of the table with Wikki Tourists after the completion of week 33 matches.

Plateau United saw their four-match winning streak snapped by Rivers United.
Ovoke Bernard and Olalekan Gabriel were on target for Stanley Eguma's side.

The goals were notched in each half of the game with Ovoke opening the scoring from the penalty arc in the 31st minute before Olalekan put the icing on the cake ten minutes from time.

Niger Tornadoes 2-0 Lobi Stars
It was triple tragedy for Lobi Stars as they lost 2-0 at the Confluence Stadium to Niger Tornadoes.

Their continental dreams suffered a blip, coach Evans Ogenyi was sent to the stands and top striker Kingsley Eduwo was red carded for dissent.

Tornadoes, who were more comfortable at the match venue, went ahead under five minutes when forward Kunle Isa met a long thrust before unleashing a thunderous teaser which struck the bar before landing in the net.

15 minutes after the break. Solomon Owello doubled the lead from the penalty spot.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1-0 Wikki Tourists
FC Ifeanyi Ubah kept their title hopes alive with a slim 1-0 victory over Wikki Tourists at the Ifeanyi Ubah Stadium on Sunday in Nnewi.

Former Heartland star Jimoh Oni popped up on 71 minutes to score the match winner.

It was a match the Anambra Warriors had to dig deep to pick the points after the MA Boys showed enough fit for the fight.
The result pushed FC Ifeanyi Ubah to 3rd in the table with 52 points.

Wikki Tourists remain at the summit of table with 53 points, the same with Rivers United, though they have better goal difference than the Pride of Rivers.


This is to inform the university community and the general public that the 2016/2017 PDS Entrance examination earlier slated for 23rd and 24th of August, 2016 has now been postponed to 4th and 5th of October, 2016 at 10:00a.m at the specified centers in Ogbomoso as indicated in applicants' examination slip.

While application form is still on-line for sale, all the already applied candidates are advised to re-print their examination slip for confirmation of the new dates, time and venue.

Thank you.

What's New?

Hello friends!
I know you come to this space to enjoy regular updates on moderately interesting topics. I haven't done many updates lately because I haven't done anything moderately interesting. Work is work. Sometimes I get on planes and do work at other places besides my local spot. What is there to say about that? Not much. I haven't finished any books in the past week, mainly because I'm lazy. Made some cookies - is that interesting? Not really.

More trips are on the horizon so that's... something. I'll share more on those after they are over.

The olympics were on, and now they're over. They are a scam but it's still great to see the athletes get emotional after they win. That never gets old, even for a cynic like me.

Why do they hold the olympics in a city in a third-world country renowned for corruption? The Sochi  (sp?) winter olympics in Russia were bad, and the Rio summer games were worse. How is that even possible? We know the reason that those cities were awarded hosting rights: it starts with big bags of money and ends with big bags of money. You would think that at some point the people collecting all that money would feel somewhat ashamed and maybe try harder to make the graft less obvious. Maybe someday. It's not like we do that sort of thing in the United States. Oh, wait. Never mind.

Get Down with this Slow Jam: Flume - Tiny Cities feat. Beck, Headphone Activist Remix

It's been 12 days since my last post.
In that 12 days I have been in Chicago / home / Thousand Oaks* / home / Oakland / San Francisco / Oakland / home / Torrance / home / Phoenix / home / Denver / Boulder / Denver / home.

Along the way some stuff happened and stuff. Whatever. Work is work. August shaped up to be the busiest travel month of the year, and that was just the first two weeks. So that's fun.

Please enjoy this free download that I may have posted already. I can't even remember and I'm too lazy to look. I do remember that I think this remix is amazing, and for $0.00 you can't beat the price. Can you believe you get this song for free? What a time to be alive.

More to come since I don't have to get on a plane for a whole week. Very excited.

* Fuck Thousand Oaks so much. When I die and go to Hell it will look just like Thousand Oaks, except it won't be as bad.

Obidiegwu Onyensoh: I Died, Was Buried For Days Before I Was Crowned King

The traditional ruler of Nri Kingdom, Anambra State, His Majesty, Eze Obidiegwu Onyensoh (Nri Enwelana) has given insight into his kingdom and shared some rather shocking norms and traditions behind ascending the throne.
Onyensoh, who is the 26th Eze Nri in the kingdom, said he ‘symbolically’ died and was buried for three days before he was crowned king, adding that the method of ascending the throne is not by election, but by divinity.

In an interview with the Punch, His Majesty, on how he ascended the throne, said “In this kingdom, for you to be an Eze Nri, you also have to die. The candidate for the Eze Nri must die symbolically, and after three days, the person will wake up. During the person’s death, he takes a new body and when he wakes up, he must shine like a star.

“What I am telling you may sound like exaggeration but I tell you, it is the truth! The candidate must die! When the candidate dies, he will be buried in a shallow grave for three days; his body will be buried, but his head will be left outside the grave. During that period, he will undergo a transformation; pass through a stage, from human being to spirit, after which he will wake up and his body will be adorned with white chalk (Nzu) and he will shine like a star. From there, he will leave his father’s compound.

“He will not leave through the door. It is presumed that he has grown above passing through the door. They had to put a ladder for me to climb over the fence and I landed outside and I left my father’s compound. This happened like 28 years ago.

“While you are in the grave, you are being mourned by your family and the entire village will be in festive mood, eating and dancing every day. After that traditional mourning, when you wake up again, you take a new body and you are now a spirit. So when you have taken a new body, you go to a confluence river. The nearest to our community is the Ezu River, which is in Aguleri. At that confluence, they employ divers, who go down deep into the sea to scoop clay, which would be used to mould a pot. The Eze will drink from it and we call that pot, Udueze.

“After the Eze has drank from it, the pot would be seen as a very precious pot because the clay used in moulding it was got from the depth of the sea, from a confluence of two rivers. When the divers go in there, they would want to test your agility and spirituality as an Eze. If the diver does not come out, well, that is it! But if the diver comes out with the clay that would be used in moulding the pot, then you are Eze (king).

“Around our place here, we have two confluence rivers where an Eze Nri could be taken. There is Lokoja and there is Aguleri. Since Lokoja is far from us, we have to go to Aguleri, that is Ezu na Omambala, Abanaba.

”From there, you will visit all communities that are descendants of the Nri Kingdom and then you go home triumphantly as a king. Then you embark on another visit to Umueri clan, which contains 118 settlements. You have to visit as many as you can, and they will know that a new Eze Nri has emerged. After then, the clans will now return the visit to Eze Nri, where the Eze Nri will settle in his Obi (domain) and receive them. During that period, the Eze Nri will stay in a hut that is akin to half room, and will return to the spirit world for eight days, before he will now become a human being again.

“While he is in that spiritual state, he does not receive visitors because he is still a spirit. But after the two market weeks of eight days, he could receive visitors.

But before then, no one sees him, he is served food from underneath the door; no one is permitted to see him physically. When he leaves the Obi after eight days, he moves to his palace, which at that time, must not be a zinc building but would be built by a certain leaf, called Uma, which is usually broad. That is where he would stay for two years before his palace would be changed.

“Also, we have a kind of system that when a traditional ruler passes on, we have to stay seven years without a king. Those seven years will give the people time to know which person would occupy the throne. They would look for signs and signals.

“One section of the community produces, and then another does. There are three villages here. So the lot fell on my village to produce the traditional ruler and my village needed someone who would occupy the seat. In 1987, while I was in Port Harcourt, my people invited me home and I came, only to be told that the position of Eze Nri had shifted, and that I was likely going to be the person to occupy the throne. Our method to determine who would become the king is not through election; it is divine.

“We would have to perform what we call ‘Afa’ (divination). The gods would have to say who it would be. Whoever the gods appoint for that position cannot refuse it. The gods were consulted and the lot fell on me. I could not believe it. I was like, ‘how can a poor man be the traditional ruler?’ I was a young man and I had nothing. I had just returned from the US and was looking for a way to earn a living. Let me also say that before you become a candidate for Eze, you must have taken all the titles.

“I had not taken any title then, so I had to start taking all the titles one after the other. I finalised it by taking the Ozo title. When that ended, I took a higher one – the Oba title. The long and short of it is that there are so many titles one has to take to become Eze Nri. You have to visit all the shrines in this community and all the ancestral homes. We are the descendants of Eri.

All the Eri communities and all the shrines in the communities had to be alerted of the emergence of a new Eze Nri. It took us about three years to take all the titles,” Onyensoh added.

Lai Mohammed Endorses Use Of Barcode In Nigeria Movie & Music 2 Fight Piracy

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has endorsed the use of barcode in Nigerian movies and music as a measure to protect intellectual properties from undue exploitation.

The Minister, who was responding to a request to that effect by the Caretaker Committee of the Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja on Friday, advised the Association to also liaise with the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) and other regulatory bodies to ensure the success of the new measure.

"You asked that we make a declaration making it illegal for NTA, FRCN and other radio and television stations from using any music or movie, which is not barcoded...I think what we should do is to work through the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), NCC and other regulatory bodies," he said.

Barcode is a machine-readable representation of data, which provides information about the objects that carry such codes. In the movie and music industry, It can be used to separate original works from fake ones, thus preventing buyers as well as radio and television stations from patronizing pirated works.

Alhaji Mohammed decried how trillions of Naira are being lost through copyrights infringement and stressed the need to re-invigorate institutional structures to block areas of leakages in order to rake in more revenue for the government and also allow artistes to enjoy the fruits of their labour.

He also enjoined players in the creative industry to buy into the innovative ways the government is employing to fight piracy through the Digital Switch Over in broadcasting.

"I think you also have to buy into the new digitization programme of the Federal Government because that will be a more effective way to fighting piracy than what we have today...... When you release your work online then there are no CDs to pirate. If I want to buy I (must) pay and it comes straight to me," he remarked.

The Minister said another advantage of the digital regime is the multiplicity of channels to broadcast content, thereby creating more demand for content.

He said the government is working to turn the creative industry into a viable economy and appealed for private sector investment in production and post-production studios as a deliberate effort to curb capital flight to countries with hi-tech production infrastructure.

"If you can convince the private sector on the viability of the creative industry, you are going to see change. What the private sector needs are figures, data and balance-sheet," said Alhaji Mohammed.

The Minister also sought the support of PMAN towards the National Re-orientation Campaign of the Federal Government, tagged "Change Begins with Me," which is to be launched soon, saying creative artistes are influential members of the society who can take the message of change in attitude to the various strata of society.

He agreed to partner with PMAN to organise a Creative Economy Conference with a view to bringing on board all stakeholders to brainstorm on the development of the industry.

In his remarks, the President of the Caretaker Committee of PMAN, Mr. Pretty Okafor, said the music industry is the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria with over 12 million people gainfully engaged.
Mr. Okafor said according to a recent study, the nation's creativity industry is worth N15 trillion, but that over N10 trillion is lost through national and global piracy.

He said government stands to earn N3 trillion annually in both Value Added Tax and taxable income through the introduction of systematic ways to track revenue accruing to the sector and curbing piracy.

Collection of fernlike dendrite snowflakes

Fernlike dendrites are common, large and traditional-looking snowflakes. In fact, snow crystals of this type are so big, that many of them can be seen in all details with naked eye, without any magnification tools (especially at contrast background like black wool mitten). I see and photograph huge specimens of this type at regular basis - up to 10 millimeters in size and even bigger! These snowflakes have very small center, and long, complex and massive arms: with many side branches, and lots of icy "petals" and "leaves" on them. These crystals are fragile, and often broke in air, when collide with neighbor snowflakes. In my photo archive, i keep lots of these wonderful crystals, but processing them is hard task: my workflow requires drawing precise mask, which isolates snowflake from background (to be able processing crystal and background separately), and drawing good mask for their complex shape is not easy work.

Here is already processed snowflakes. When i'll process new crystals of this type, i will immediately add here links to them, too. Just click on photos you like, and they will open as full resolution versions:

Snowflake macro photo: Majestic crystal, very big and complex fernlike dendrite with lots of side branches and good symmetry, sparkling on bright gray-blue gradient backgroundCloseup snowflake photo: Asymmetriad, medium size fernlike dendrite snow crystal with relatively simple structure, glittering on light brown-blue gradient background
Snowflake picture: Neon, real snow crystal of fernlike dendrite type, glowing on dark cyan background in LED back lightSnowflake image: Leaves of ice, huge fernlike dendrite snow crystal with tree-like arms, containing many side branches and icy leaves
Snowflake photo: Winter is coming, large fernlike dendrite with traditional look and feel and nice symmetry, sparkling on pale grey-blue gradient backgroundPicture of snowflake: Cloud number 9, very big fernlike dendrite snow crystal, standing on edge against clear blue background and reflected in glass

Here you'll find similar collection with small and simple hexagonal plate snowflakes:

Four hexagonal plate snowflakes: small snow crystal with simple hexagon shape and amazing inner patterns

If you want to see all of my snowflake photos, you may browse through all snowflake pictures.
Here you'll find snowflake photo wallpapers in numerous resolutions and screen proportions, up to Ultra HD 4K.
And here is article about snowflake macro photography.

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SOME AMENDED RULE TO ALL EUROPEAN LEAGUES BY International Football  Association Board (IFAB) applicable to 2016/2017 season.

SOME AMENDED RULE TO ALL EUROPEAN LEAGUES BY International Football  Association Board (IFAB) applicable to 2016/2017 season.

1. The ball no longer has to travel forward at kicks-off, effectively meaning an attacking player no longer needs to break the law by standing in the opponents’ half to receive the ball.(they can pass alone as it happened at Euro2016: see d attached photo).

2. A fourth substitution will now be permitted during extra-time in the FA Cup from the quarter-finals onwards.

3. Hands and arms are no longer considered in offside decisions.

4. The toss of a coin rather than the referee’s discretion will determine the end at which a penalty shoot-out takes place. (It was employed at Euro2016).

5. Shoot-out teams must always have the same number of players (so that a team with fewer takers does not benefit from their best finishers having a second bash).

6. No contact will be required on violent conduct for a player to be dismissed.

6. A fouled player requiring minor treatment may now stay on the pitch.

7. Red cards can now be handed out before the start of play, but a substitute may take the place of the dismissed player.

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Shooting Stars Shooting

1. Enyimba 1 - 1 Rangers

Paul Aigbogun's men suffered a huge setback in their quest to retain the Nigeria league title after a disappointing home draw against the Flying Antelopes on Sunday, Enyimba were held to a 1-1 draw against Enugu Rangers in a Week 29 Nigeria Professional Football League tie played at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium on Sunday.

Godwin Aguda's strike forthe Flying Antelopes cancelled out Stephen Chukwude's early lead as the Paul Aigbogun's side saw their title dreams suffer a huge setback in Port Harcourt. Both sides went into the tie with high hopes of giving their title a boost . Enyimba started the contest brightly as Abu Azeez came close to snatching an early lead but his soft effort was denied by goalkeeper Ator Itodo in the 15th minute.

The cracking encounter witnessed several moments of midfield tussles and good defending till the 45th minute when the hosts broke the deadlock through Chukwude and before the half time break, Aguda leveled up for the visitors.

In the second half, Chisom Egbugulam's soft effort was saved by goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai in the 62nd minute to raise the visitors hope. In the 78th minute, Egbuchulam forced Afelokhai yet again to another finec save from a free kick. In the closing stages of the game, Enyimba made several late rallies but visiting keeper Itodo kept his side in the mix to ensure scoreline remain unchanged till full time.

Following the stalemate, Enyimba now have 41 points and remain seven points adrift of their visitors with two games in hand. However, Enugu Rangers moved atop with 48 points - a point above Wikki Tourists, who suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Akwa United.

2. Shooting Stars 2-1 Sunshine Stars

Shooting Stars fought back from a goal down to discard Sunshine Stars 2-1 in Ibadan. Two spot kicks was awarded to the hosts and Sunday Adetunji scored both to the Owena Waves got the lead through Meshack Chukwubuikem as he silenced the jam packed stadium with a fine strike from Michael Egbeta's assist.

Shooting Stars scored the equaliser with Adetunji netting from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute.
Adetunji scored what proved to be the winner with another spot kick at injury time. The win boosts Shooting Stars' position on the log as they moved further up to 14th with 36 points with the Owena Waves dropping to ninth position.

3. Nasarawa United 3-0 El-Kanemi Warriors

Nasarawa United picked up their 13th win of the Nigeria Professional Football League season, caging El-Kanemi Warriors 3-0 at the Aper Aku Stadium on Saturday.

Tayo Fabiyi put the Solid Miners in front in the 33rd minute, twelve minutes after Esosa Igbinoba failed to score from the penalty spot. Abdulrahman Bashir then added a second before Fabiyi wrapped up victory with a brace for himself.

Nasarawa United coach Kabiru Dogo stuck to his guns, after a 2-2 draw with Ikorodu United last time out, fielding an attack-minded 4-4-2 formation and this time he was rewarded for the bold approach.

It was not long before the home side were outnumbering their opponents on the attack and the only way Kazeem Yekeen could find to save his team was to commit a foul in the 18th minute inside the penalty area. There was no red card punishment, though.

However Yekeen denied Igbinoba from the spot, diving to his right to make the save.
The Lafia-based outfit took the lead 12 minutes later, though, with Fabiyi heading the ball beyond Yekeen.

Yekeen kept the Desert Warriors in the game early in the second half when he denied Fabiyi in a one-on-one situation, but he was again powerless when Nasarawa United scored again in the 70th minute with Thomas setting up Bashir to make it two.

Fabiyi, who bagged the first goal of the game, put his name on the score-sheet again in the 86th minute, beating Yekeen with a volley.

4. Niger Tornadoes 2-1 Abia Warriors

Ten-man Niger Tornadoes put Abia Warriors to the sword following a 2-1 home win at the Confluence Stadium. Striker Uche Ihuarulam picked the ball and firmly planted it to the bottom corner in the fourth minute for the curtain raiser.

Tornadoes were dealt a terrible blow when young defender Gabriel Wassa was substituted after sustaining an hamstring injury late in the first half. After the break, Abia Warriors looked quiet sharper but could not break down the Tornadoes defence marshaled by Chinedu Nwanze and Abiodun Adebayo.

When Tornadoes were on top on their game again, playmaker Ifeanyi Okoye was sent off for a second bookable offense. Despite the numerical advantage, Abia Warriors found the Tornadoes back line hard to penetrate.

Tornadoes moved to 12th place, while Abia are 15th on the log.

5. MFM FC 0-1 Plateau United

MFM FC youngster Stephen Odey had a game to forget after he missed a spot kick as his side were pipped 1-0 by Plateau United at the Agege Stadium. Coach Fidelis Ikechukwu named a strong line up that had goalkeeper James Aiyeyemi in post with former youth international Ifeanyi Ifeanyi in midfield.

Despite the heavy build up and form from the home side it was Plateau United who had a strong start to the game and scored though Kabiru Umar. MFM responded with their own chance after twenty minutes through Odey but his penalty kick was saved by Isa Danladi.

The Olukoya Boys certainly begun the second half with purpose but Danladi pulled off two smart saves to keep the Jos side in the lead. Plateau United claimed possession and dictated the tempo to the delight of their fans.

MFM threw men forward in the last ten minutes of the game in search of an equalizer but tried as the they did a combination of masterful goalkeeping and resolute defending denied them.

6. Akwa United 3-0 Wikki Tourists

Akwa United secured an impressive 3-0 result as Wikki Tourists suffered their biggest loss of the campaign at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium. Hassan Babangida sent in a rebound eleven minutes into the one sided fixture in Uyo.

The Promise Keepers struck twice courtesy of Babangida and Ubong Friday to seal the victory.
The result changed the fortunes of the opposing sides in the table, Akwa tenth and the MA Boys second.

Crucially, though, Akwa kept their composure when it mattered, and secured a win that dealt a significant blow to Wikki's title hopes. Both clubs are in next weekend's action - Wikki Tourists are at home to Lobi Stars, while Akwa United travel to Abia Warriors.

7. Lobi Stars 3-0 Warri Wolves

Goals from Kingsley Eduwo, Patrick Ikeokwu and Raphael Ayagwa were enough for Lobi Stars to down Warri Wolves 3-0 at the Aper Aku Stadium.

Such a scoreline was barely conceivable early on as Lobi Stars started the match the better of the two teams. Lobi Stars were more clinical in an interesting game, with Eduwo doing well to get on the score-sheet.

Ikeokwu made his impact felt, scoring just as Wolves were pushing hard for their own equaliser to head home a scramble in the box. With ten minutes left on the clock, the massacre was complete thanks to Ayagwa's goal.

8. FC Ifeanyi Ubah 2-1 Kano Pillars

FC Ifeanyi Ubah needed a late penalty from Tamen Medrano to secure a 2-1 victory over Kano Pillars in Nnewi.

The ball was off the post after an audacious strike from Medrano six minutes into kickoff. In the 10th minute it was the turn of Jimoh Oni to test goalkeeper David Obiazo as the Anambra Warriors continued to dominate possession.

Ifeanyi Ubah were on the hunt for a second to give themselves a more comfortable lead early in the second half, but Gata had his headed effort saved by Obiazo. The result gives FC Ifeanyi Ubah 11 wins in as many outings in the Nigerian top flight this season, leaving them eight in the table, while Pillars sit fourth.